Thursday, September 17, 2015

The WIT Earns Top Honor in National Contest

The 2014-15 edition of the WIT, Stevenson’s student literary magazine, earned the highest level in the National Scholastic Press Association’s annual publications contest. The magazine earned the All American Award with five marks of distinction, the most possible. The WIT received marks of distinction in content, writing, art, layout and concept. Marks of distinction are given for accomplishments of extraordinary merit.

In his critique, the contest judge included comments such as “What a pleasure to read and peruse ‘The Wit’, such beautiful art, photography and poetry and fiction selections.” Only about 5% of all entries in NSPA contests earn the All American Award.

The editors-in-chief of the 2014-15 WIT were Kathryn Roach and Noelle Lee, who graduated in June. The assistant editors were senior Zanub Husain and junior Mia Kim. Other WIT staff members included senior Hannah Francis, and juniors Lara Iriarte, Rachel Kwon, Louisa Lara and Annamarie Wellems.

If you would like a copy of last year’s magazine, email WIT co-sponsor Jim Barnabee at with your mailing address.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lake Zurich, 25-20, 25-11: Jori Radtke had a team-high 8 kills, 12 digs and 5 aces as the Patriots (13-4, 3-0) won on the road. Corissa Kurth had 14 assists on 40-of-41 setting, 3 aces and 2 solo blocks, and Isabella Milejczyk added 7 kills and 2 assists. Zoe Graflund contributed 2 solo and 2 assisted blocks, and Morgan Berland chipped in 9 digs. – Daily Herald

Stevenson Athletics Ranked Third in State has ranked Stevenson’s Athletics Division as the third-best athletic department among public high schools in Illinois. SHS is listed behind Glenwood and Lincoln Way West. bases its ranking on several criteria, with parent and student opinions accounting for 45% of the final score. Other factors include the number of sports offered (20%), the percentage of female and male athletes (30%), and overall school spending per student (5%). Several area schools made the top 10, including Glenbrook South (No. 4), Libertyville (No. 5), Glenbrook North (No. 6), Barrington (No. 7) and Vernon Hills (No. 8).

Alum Earns 100th Career Win as Soccer Coach

Marni Polakow, a 1998 Stevenson graduate, earned her 100th win as varsity boys soccer coach at Antioch on Wednesday. She is in her eighth season with the Sequoits. Her mother, Pam, is a member of Stevenson’s security staff.

Kickoffs at Northwestern Coming From Alum

Matt Micucci (Class of 2012) is handling kickoff duties for Northwestern University’s football team. The junior has 12 kickoffs in the Wildcats’ first two games, averaging 60.2 yards with two touchbacks. He also is NU’s backup punter.


Homecoming Tickets On Sale Through Monday

Homecoming tickets are on sale for $25 each and $50 for couples at the school store and through the school store’s website through Monday. The dance is at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 26 in the Field House. If you’re bringing a date who’s not a Stevenson student, make sure he or she fills out a Dance Guest Form. The last day for ticket refunds is Tuesday. This year’s Homecoming theme is “James Bond 007.”

Fall Play Opens Tonight

The Fine Arts Division will present the fall theatrical production, “Third,” in the Studio Theatre tonight through Saturday. Showtimes are 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance also set for Saturday. Admission is $5. Wendy Wasserstein’s play focuses on a college professor who accuses one of her students of plagiarism after he submitted an essay that she believes was too sophisticated to have come from him.

Color Fun(d) Run Coming Sunday

The Color Fun(d) Run starts at 9 a.m. Sunday. Register today to receive a free T-shirt while supplies last. Race packets may be picked up on Friday during lunch in the Wood Commons and after school until 4 p.m. Or, stop by Road Runner in Kildeer on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up your race packet. Runners may register the day of the race until 8:30 a.m., but will not receive a Color Fun(d) Run T-shirt. Go to to sign up.

Graduation Cap and Gown, Announcement Orders

Seniors can order their graduation caps and gowns, and graduation announcements, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2400. Seniors will have their graduation meeting during the activity period on Thursday, October 8.

Free Jamba Juice for All Students Friday

All Stevenson students will receive a free 16-ounce Jamba Juice at the Vernon Hills location from 5-7 p.m. Friday as thanks for Spirit Fest.

Fashion Trip to NYC Planned for Next June

The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City next summer from June 6-9. If you have taken any of the following courses, you are eligible to go: Introduction to Clothing and Design, Clothing and Design, Advanced Clothing and Design, Interior Design, or Fashion Merchandising and Design. There will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Flyers are available in Room 1410 for more information. If you have any questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410. Hope to see you on October 28.


Attention juniors and seniors: Learn about the academic programs, on- and off-campus resources and opportunities, and the admission process for the University of Wisconsin-Madison during a special program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 24 at Libertyville High School.

The College of Lake County is hosting an Engineering Night for juniors and seniors at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 24. If you are interested in science, technology, engineering or math, this would be a great opportunity for you to explore your college and career opportunities. Doors open at 5:30. Register for up to three presentations by various colleges and universities. You can pre-register on the CLC Stem website:

Juniors and seniors: Please check Naviance daily to see an updated list of colleges that have scheduled a visit to Stevenson. The following colleges will be visiting next week: Southern Illinois University, University of Richmond, University of Texas, University of Arkansas, Gettysburg College, Lynchburg College, Whitman College, Muhlenberg College, Suffolk University, Boston College, Furman University and Carroll University. Please check Naviance for the dates and times. Remember to check our website for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit on Naviance. Please remember to print your confirmation page and have it signed two days prior to the college visit and have the page signed by your teacher.

If you are an outstanding senior student who is interested in the University of Notre Dame, you might want to apply for its prestigious Hesburgh-Yusko scholarship. This scholarship provides $25,000 per year towards the cost of attendance at ND, plus opportunities to engage in learning seminars and summer enrichment programs.  Stevenson can nominate one or two applicants who display outstanding leadership, academic achievement, a sincere commitment to service and solid moral character.  Applications are available in the CCC and are due October 23.


Zumba Club will have an informational meeting at 3:35 today in Room 2816.

Attention all interested members of Psychology Club, we will have our first meeting of the year after school today in Room 2612. All are welcome! Come and find out how the mind works and how you can improve your own.

Guitar Club will be holding its first meeting after school today in the Orchestra Room. Guitar Club is primarily a casual, drop-in group in which students practice and jam. You can either bring your own guitars, or use one of the classical acoustic guitars or basses available through the Music Department. Complete beginners and advanced players are welcome, as well as singers and songwriters.

Philosophy Club will hold its first meeting of the year after school today in Room 7060.

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1204. If you’re a fan of role-playing games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or email

Attention transfer students or Stevenson Patriots In New Situations: You are invited to a pizza party during your lunch period on Friday in Room 7096. Drinks, snacks and pizza are free. We will be planning our monthly Friday night field trips for the 2015-16 school year. Please join us! Questions? Contact Ms. Kellogg at or Ms. D’Angelo-Hermes at

The Future Business Leaders of America will have a kickoff meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the West Staff Dining Room. If you want to be your own boss one day, or if you like business, want to make new friends, and enjoy competition, FBLA is for you. Join our Facebook group, FBLA SHS Chapter 2015-16.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays beginning next week in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

The Magicians Club meets for the first time on Monday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 6066! Veteran and aspiring magicians are both welcome. Learn the craft, help aspiring magicians, and prepare for performances outside of school! For more information feel free to contact Nathan Ji at See you soon!

If you are interested in completing a science research project for spring competitions, there will be one last introductory Science Reach meeting Monday in Room 1904 at 7:30 a.m. Contact Mrs. Palffy if you have questions.

Come to Chinese Club in Room 2812 for fun Chinese games like mahjong and yummy food like potstickers and eggrolls. Our next meeting is Tuesday.

Breakfast With Books will have its first meeting of the year on Tuesday. Meet in the ILC at 7:45 a.m.


The Northwestern Medical Explorers program is accepting applications for the upcoming year. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 30. You must be at least 15 years old, a sophomore or junior, in good academic standing, and able to commit to two years of the program. Find out more and apply here.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at


If you missed last week’s NCAA Night and are thinking about playing college sports, check out the College/Career Center’s NCAA eligibility guide.

Any baseball player interested in trying out next spring should attend an informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, September 24 in Room 6050. If you cannot attend the meeting, see Coach Block in Room 7080. Also, any interested baseball player who has not yet picked up their Lou Malnati’s fundraising coupons can pick them up from Coach Block in 7080.


All baseball and softball players are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball/Softball after school on selected dates, which are listed on the Intramurals page.


Preliminary state PARCC results indicate majority of students missed the mark

Contract negotiations to resume tonight in Prospect Elementary District 23

McHenry District 156 teachers will only work contracted hours starting Friday

ISBE announces finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year

Cash-strapped CPS spent millions on pizza, subs

Duncan praises University of Illinois’ disability services

West Chicago District 94 hopes to avoid snow days through e-learning program

Glen Ellyn District 89 board picks DePaul administrator to fill seat

Waukegan District 60 seeks input on search for new superintendent

New hotel in Rogers Park to be owned by Loyola University

Outpouring of support following damage to Elgin high school’s football field


Texas ninth-grader goes from handcuffed to hero over homemade bomb frenzy

New type of public school becomes reality in Camden, New Jersey

Rutgers football coach suspended for trying to get player’s grade changed

Head of firm chosen for new Wisconsin state test gave governor $10K

Why teachers aren’t getting their pensions


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