Monday, August 31, 2015

Student Enrollment Increases for Second Straight Year

Stevenson’s official enrollment for 2015-16 is 3,942, an increase of 55 students from last year. This is the second straight year the student body has grown larger after eight consecutive years of decline. The largest class is ninth grade, which has 1,032 students, while the sophomore class has three fewer students. The senior class has 950 students, while the 11th grade has 931. One factor impacting the enrollment increase this fall was an unusually large influx of transfer students. Approximately 150 transfer students enrolled at SHS this year, about 100 more than usual. The district will be conducting its biannual demographic study this fall to determine future enrollment projections.

Getting Silly for Charity

Brett Erdmann, who serves as a science teacher and Community Service Coordinator at Stevenson, talked with the Daily Herald about the upcoming Spirit Fest charity event, which will be held Saturday, September 12. Erdmann expressed hope that the community will rally to help raise between $20,000 and $25,000. Most of the proceeds will go to the Hydrocephalus Foundation, with the remainder benefitting the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

Spirit Fest also will feature the National Honor Society executive board’s annual attempt to set a Guinness world record. This year, the goal is to set the record for the most people participating in a water balloon toss. “The sillier, the better,” Erdmann told the Herald. The current mark, set last September, is 902. Erdmann thinks the SHS community can break the record. “People like to be part of something bigger than themselves.” he said. “A world record attempt gives people the chance to do something that’s never been done before. That really captures imagination.” Spirit Fest registration

Test Scores Coming to Students, Parents by Tuesday

Students who took the EXPLORE, PLAN or practice ACT exam on Thursday will receive their scores by Tuesday. Scores will be sent to students’ SHS email accounts, as well as the email addresses of their parents or guardians.

Band Parents Fundraiser Hits the Spot

The SHS community came through for the Band Parent Organization fundraiser at Potbelly’s in Wheeling last Wednesday. The location reported an uptick in sales of between 30-40% for the evening, and the BPO was able to raise more than $300.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at Lake Forest Relays: The Patriots opened their season with a second-place finish among 13 teams. SHS had 393 points, behind Lake Forest’s 409. Casey Kirby, Ashley Carollo, Morgan Bosse and Rachel Song combined to win the 200 backstroke relay (1:54.07). Kirby also finished third in the senior 50 freestyle (25.93), and joined Song on a pair of third-place varsity relays: the 400 medley, with Jessica Lenhart and Danielle Fang (4:07.85), and the 400 free, with Irune Andres and Kamila Wawer (3:48.76). Iza Pelka won the sophomore 50 freestyle (25.80) and swam on three second-place relays. She teamed with Ashley Carollo, Annie Xu and Alexandra Kokhan in the freshman-sophomore 200 medley relay (1:58.44); joined Andres, Wawer and Victoria Kim in the 800 free combo (8:30.23); and swam with Carollo, Callie Coffey and Eva Holsen in the frosh-soph 400 free relay (3:53.74). Danielle Kameristy placed third in the junior 50 free (26.61), Bosse was third in the junior 100 freestyle (57.98), and Carollo placed third in the freshman 100 free (57.40). SHS won the junior varsity 100 diving relay, and was third in the varsity diving relay. – Daily Herald

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Warren Invitational: In a tournament that saw the top five teams separated by three strokes, the Patriots finished fifth with a 304 score, behind Mundelein and Loyola (301), Lake Forest (302) and Highland Park (303). Kamaren Sandhu finished fifth with a 74 at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, while Jake Labow was eighth with a 75. James Dvorak shot a 77, Zach Orlowsky had a 78 and Jackson Bussell added a 79. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at New Trier Invitational: The Patriots (4-0) blanked Loyola, 6-0, at the North Shore Racquet Club. Play was moved inside due to wet court conditions at New Trier. Zoe Taylor (6-1, 6-3) and Dhwani Kumar (6-2, 6-1) were winners at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. The winning doubles teams were No. 1 Vinaya Rao/Kate Harvey (6-1, 6-0), No. 2 Alexandra Zoubareva/Elizabeth Ferdman (6-4, 6-1), No. 3 Gwen Heidkamp/Paige Nierman (6-1, 6-0) and No. 4 Bronwyn Heidkamp/Samantha Burger (8-3).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Crosstown Classic: The Patriots fell to Libertyville in the championship match at Warren, 25-21, 26-24, after beating Lakes in the semifinals, 25-21, 23-25, 31-29. In the two-day tournament, Jori Radtke led the Pats (5-1) with 43 kills in four matches, and also made 24 digs. Isabella Milejczyk had 23 kills, 29 digs, and served 7 aces. Corissa Kurth recorded 79 assists and also had 14 digs, 6 aces and 6 kills. Chloe Robinson had a team-high 8 aces, and also made 27 digs. Morgan Berland led the team with 36 digs, and also had 6 aces. Jordyn Taborek had 20 kills and led the squad with 4 blocks. Katie Collins recorded 12 kills and also served 3 aces. – Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 26, Palatine 24: Aidan O’Connell, who had never taken a varsity snap, took over for injured starting quarterback Jack Sorenson and led the Patriots to victory on the road in their season opener. O’Connell completed his first 11 passes, and finished the night 17-for-20 for 222 yards and three touchdowns. His first touchdown pass was a screen pass to Tyler Vincent that the senior caught and ran 46 yards for the score to give SHS a brief 12-10 lead. Vincent also had a 1-yard TD run in the first half, which ended with the Pirates leading 17-12. He ran for 92 yards on the night. In the second half, O’Connell connected on two touchdown passes with Henry Marchese as the Pats took control. Their first TD was a 48-yard pass play late in the third quarter, and the second came on an 11-yard connection early in the fourth that gave SHS a 26-17 lead. Palatine scored with 2:35 remaining in the game to cut the deficit to 26-24, and got the ball back. But cornerback Piotr Niedzwiedzki preserved the win with an interception. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at New Trier Invitational: The Patriots (3-0) beat New Trier, 5-0, and Glenbrook North, 3-2, on the first day of the two-day tournament. Zoe Taylor won both of her matches at No. 1 singles, surrendering just one game. Also posting 6-0, 6-1 victories was Dhwani Kumar at No. 2. In doubles, the winners against New Trier were defending state champions Kate Harvey and Vinaya Rao at No. 1 (6-2, 6-2), Alexandra Zoubareva and Bronwyn Heidkamp at No. 2 (6-1, 6-0), and Elizabeth Ferdman and Paige Nierman at No. 3 (6-4, 6-2). The lone doubles win against GBN came at No. 3 from Ferdman and Gwen Heidkamp. They posted a 6-3, 4-6 (3) decision.

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 2, Lake Forest Academy 1: Dennis Katsman scored two goals in the first half, and goalkeeper Jeremy Klaber made 9 saves as the Patriots won their season opener in the Stadium. Klaber and Dean Lim assisted on Katsman’s second score, while Jake Nunez had the helper on the first. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Crosstown Classic: The Patriots (4-0) opened pool play at Libertyville with wins over Wheeling (25-15, 25-14), Rockford Auburn (25-8, 25-11) and Grayslake Central (25-13, 25-10). – Daily Herald

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 26, Highland Park 31; Stevenson 18, Buffalo Grove 39: Isabelle Sparreo and Jessica Philipp posted the two fastest times as the Patriots opened their season with a pair of victories at Half Day Forest Preserve. Sparreo crossed first with a time of 17:46.18, followed by Philipp at 18:24.46. Kendall Roberts was seventh (19:50.54). SHS also claimed the No. 9-13 slots with Shea Kirby (20:10.2), Gabriela Jagielo (20:28.22), Jessica Woodard (20:36.74), Sydney Pacernick (20:38.69) and Amy Eckardt (20:39.18).

Girls Golf

Deerfield 300, Stevenson 301: At Crane’s Landing, the sixth score proved to be decisive for the Warriors. Myra Peterson led SHS with a 44, while Katie Hannahs had a 45. Alexia Fidman shot a 49 and Olivia Hancock added a 50.

Field Hockey

Stevenson 3, Elgin Academy 1: Jamie Schlacter, Nicole Keane and Hannah Wynne scored for the host Patriots, who evened their record at 1-1 on the year. Watch the Stevenson Broadcast Network replay


Senior Parent Night Tonight in PAC

Parents of seniors are invited to attend the College/Career Center’s annual Senior Parent Night from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Sue Biemeret and Dan Miller will walk parents through the college application timeline for senior year (which also will be shared with all seniors during the first two weeks of school in their English classes). They will provide a list of important dates for college applications, along with the procedures for sending transcripts and general application information.

Late Arrival Thursday

The school follows a late arrival schedule on the morning after each Open House night. With the first Open House night on Wednesday, SHS will have a late arrival on Thursday. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m.


Sign Up for the Color Fun(d) Run

Registration is now available online for the 2015 Color Fun(d) Run! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to to sign up! Registration online is encouraged, but you may also sign up at the color run registration table this week during lunch hours in the Wood Commons.

Want to Be Part of Snow Flake at Daniel Wright?

If you are interested in being part of this year’s Snow Flake at Daniel Wright, please attend our first meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1708. No experience is necessary! All are welcome. See you there! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

SNN Auditions Continue This Week

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News continue this week. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild ( and Mr. Aronoff (

Student Art Contest for Room 8080

The Mathematics and Science Divisions are sponsoring a student artwork contest to decorate their newly renovated office in Room 8080 of the East Building. The artwork will be displayed prominently on glass panels behind the division assistant’s desk at the entrance of the room. Artwork should capture the artist’s interpretation of students’ learning experiences within Stevenson’s Mathematics and Science classes. Students can submit artwork ideas individually, or as a team. Multiple submissions are allowed. Click here to see contest details. The deadline to submit artwork is September 30. Interested students are encouraged to visit Room 8080 to see the glass panel.

Did You Lose Something? Look in Room 2416

If you’ve lost a gym bag, lunch bag, sports bag, T-shirt, shoes or something else, chances are it might be in Room 2416. That’s where the lost-and-found area is for the West Building.

Spirit Fest Fundraiser at Giordano’s Today

Giordano’s of Vernon Hills is donating 15% of any order placed on any Monday during September to Spirit Fest. Proceeds will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association. Use this flyer on the Spirit Fest page when ordering.


Juniors and seniors: The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will be visiting Stevenson this week. Here the procedures to sign up through Naviance and meet with the representative: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page; 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance; 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page; 4) Put your ID number on the page; and 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit, and bring it the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. If the college visits occur during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.  

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding one workshop on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week). The workshop will give tips and suggestions of successfully completing your Common App; it will take place in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. See you there!

Considering Indiana University in Bloomington? The Wells Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate awards offered by any American university. The Wells Scholars Program provides special educational opportunities that encourage academic excellence, growth in leadership, and engagement in the larger world. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2016. Interested Seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return the nomination forms is Wednesday, September 16. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete the Wells Scholarship application by Thursday, October 1.

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on the following dates:

  • Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week)
  • Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)
  • Friday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m. (Late Arrival)

You only need to attend one workshop. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All workshops will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.


The start of IM Ultimate Frisbee is just around the corner! Ultimate Frisbee will be meeting this fall on Mondays and Wednesdays. Our first day will be today at 3:30 p.m. on Practice Field 12. Before you attend, be sure to register online or in the PREP Office (Room 3040). For more information visit the IM Ultimate Frisbee website.

All ballplayers are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball starting at 3:45 p.m. today on the sophomore baseball field. Open Field Baseball dates are listed on the baseball web page and the Intramurals page.


Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 at 3:30 p.m. today. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Anime Club starts today! Join us in Room 1414 to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

Chess Club starts Tuesday. The club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

Are you interested in doing scientific research? Have you done research in the past and want to enter it in competitions? Whether new or experienced, Science Reach Club is the place for you. Our mandatory introductory meeting for all students that are interested in possibly doing or presenting research is after school in Room 1904 on Tuesday. If you are unable to make it, there will be an alternative meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in 1904. If you plan to come to the alternative meeting or for more information, e-mail Mrs. Palffy at

Video Game Club begins this week. We have a new day (Tuesday) and a new room (Staff Dining Room, 1204). VGC will meet from 3:30-5:30.  

Do you want to help change the world? Stevenson’s very own Gay-Straight Alliance meets on Tuesdays. Come on down for support, friends and fun. We meet in Room 6012 right after school.

The Stevenson Bass Fishing Team invites students interested in joining to an informational meeting Tuesday in Room 2918. The meeting will start at 3:45 p.m. and last around 15 minutes, followed by practice out at the pond. This fall, the team will be competing in six tournaments, including Streamwood High School’s three-tournament Fall Series. Last year, the team concluded the season with a second- and fourth-place finish in Prospect High School’s Spring Tournament. If you have questions, contact Mr. Mural at

Do you have a passion for fashion? The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will have its first meeting on Wednesday in Room 1612 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Students are responsible for the production of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine.  Photography, writing, editing, layout, and other opportunities are available when joining. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Erickson at

Best Buddies will have informational meetings before and after school (7:15-7:45 and 3:30-4:15) on Wednesday and Friday in the Recital Hall. You only have to attend one of the meetings to get an application packet and sign up for an interview.


The softball team will have preseason informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 8 and at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, September 10 to discuss fundraising for a Spring Break training trip. Athletes only need to attend one of the meetings. If you have any questions, contact Coach Vikartofsky in the Quiet Learning Center (Room 2115-G) or email her at


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