Thursday, October 15, 2015

22 Selected to Perform at All-District Music Festival

Twenty-two student-musicians have been selected to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association All-District Music Festival at Glenbrook South High School on Saturday, November 7. More than 1,500 students from schools throughout northeastern Illinois auditions for spots in the all-district ensembles. Stevenson’s all-district selections are:

Band: Torin Bakke (clarinet), Patrick DeMichele (alto sax), Erik Kang (bassoon), Mia Kim (flute), Kevin Li (clarinet) and Julia Nagel (flute).

Choir: Abby Arvold (alto), Maya Cohen (soprano), Koyomi Funahashi (soprano), Monique Hsu (soprano), Elisabeth Schmitt-Wagner (soprano), Jake Singer (tenor) and Olivia Watkins (soprano).

Orchestra: Rowena Bakke (cello), Jean Choi (violin), Adele Lee (violin), Justin Lee (violin), David Luo (violin), Ilyssa Muise (violin), Charis Pao (bass), Daniel Wu (violin) and Haoyang Yu (violin).

The all-district band, choir and orchestra groups will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 7. The top students participating at the festival are eligible for selection to the ILMEA All-State Festival, which will be held in January. All-state musicians will be announced in late November.

Foundation Sponsoring Two Shows This Weekend

The Stevenson Foundation has two events scheduled this weekend. Popular Chicago singer Hilary Ann Feldman will bring her newest show, “The Life and Laughs of Carol Burnett,” to the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students. On Sunday, the Foundation’s fall children’s play, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” will be performed at 1 and 3 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All seats are $5. Tickets for both events can be ordered online or purchased at the door.

SPARK’s Sparkling Growth Noted in Article

Pioneer Press correspondent Laura Pavin stopped by the annual SPARK Symposium and Recognition Dinner last Thursday. She spoke with several students, including seniors Isheeta Jaria and Anastasiya Loos, and juniors Dani Lopez and Alexis Cacioppo. She also talked to SPARK sponsor Brett Erdmann, who discussed the program’s extraordinary growth since he and school-business liaison Diane Willock made changes in 2013. More than 50 students participated in SPARK this summer, compared to single-digit numbers prior to three years ago.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-12, 25-8: Isabella Milejczyk had seven kills and Emma Bufe added five for the host Patriots (26-8, 4-2) in their North Suburban Conference Lake Division finale. Katie Collins distributed 10 assists, while Corissa Kurth had nine assists, seven digs and three aces. Revell Cozzi also had three aces to go along with three kills, while Jessi Cliffer joined her with a trio of kills. Morgan Berland made nine digs while Zoe Graflund had two solo blocks. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 9, Mt. Carmel 1: Jack Wiley scored two goals to lead the offensive explosion at Twin Rinks, snapping a three-game losing streak for SHS (4-4). Jordan Marcelletti and Michael Dowd each had a goal and two assists, while Daniel Levey registered a goal and an assist. The Patriots’ other goals came from Jackson Leptich, Daniel Wolfe, Bahri Kurapey and Tim Fogliatti. Assists were recorded by Seth Cohen, Tyler Marcelletti, Ben Moschea, Ben Stavola, Jason Roseman and Kyle Previn. Goalie Josh Pike stopped 16 shots.

Field Hockey

Glenbrook South 3, Stevenson 0

Girls Tennis Team Prepares for Sectional on Home Court

Defending state doubles champions Vinaya Rao and Kate Harvey are the top seed in the IHSA girls tennis sectional that will be hosted by Stevenson starting at 1 p.m. Friday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Seeds were selected Wednesday night. Zoe Taylor and Dhwani Kumar, who have been the Patriots’ top two singles players this year, are 3-4 seeds. Also selected as a 3-4 seed is the doubles team of Alexandra Zoubareva and Elizabeth Ferdman. The top four finishers in singles and doubles will qualify for next week’s state tournament. Also on Wednesday, the IHSA Board of Directors announced that girls and boys tennis will move to a two-class system in Illinois starting with the 2016-17 school year.

Patriot Pair Pitch In for Lake Forest Co-op Ice Hockey Team

Juniors Corynn Salazar and Katie Wynn are on the roster of the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team, which includes players from SHS and LFHS, as well as Highland Park and Libertyville. Both Patriots were instrumental in the team’s first victory of the season, a 7-0 shutout of Upper Fox Valley last Thursday. Wynn scored one goal and assisted on three others, while Salazar stopped all five shots on goal.


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. today and Friday in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2400.

Showcase Auditions Sign-Ups Continue Today

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the Patriot Parent Association’s annual student variety show, will be held today, and next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 20-22, during all lunch periods in the Wood and Glass Commons. What kinds of acts are the PPA looking for? Visit for the answer to that question, the audition sign-up form, plus other important information.

Sushi Station in the West Commons on Friday

Sodexo is offering a made-to-order sushi station in the West Commons during the lunch periods on Friday. You can mix and match from 15 different sushi types, made with either traditional sushi rice or healthy brown rice. Using only the finest ingredients, the products offer diners everything from raw, exotic fish to fully-cooked, traditionally-prepared seafood to vegan and vegetarian options. The sushi station will be located near the main cashier lines.

Catalyst Sponsoring Trip to Fright Fest

Catalyst is sponsoring a trip to Great America for Fright Fest on Saturday, October 24. This event is open to all Stevenson students. You can purchase tickets and turn in the required permission slip at the school store. Free bus transportation to and from Great America will be provided. Buses will leave at 4:30 p.m., and return around 12:30 a.m. Local police have been notified about the event, so you should be safe from curfew violations. For more details, click here.

Yearbook Re-Take Days Moved

The dates for yearbook re-takes have changed. They will now take place Wednesday and Friday, October 28 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is available only for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS teachers and staff). Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must contact Visual Image Photography at or call 800-577-9570.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Vikas Rao is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. He will receive a Sodexo smoothie gift certificate. Thank you to all who participated. Don’t forget to stop by the Homework Center in Room 1313. It’s a place where you can finish your homework or get peer tutoring, develop creative ideas and organizational skills, as well as motivation skills. The Homework Center also has “thinker toy” strategy games.


Interested in meeting great people, helping out the community, and earning service hours? Join Interact Club for its annual road clean-up Saturday from 9:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Email Ms. Smith ( for details and to sign up.

Sophomore Class Board is meeting today after school in the College/Career Center. All sophomores are invited to attend!

Attention all juniors! If you like breakfast, come get it for free on Tuesday, starting at 7:30 a.m. in Room 2104! Get pumped! Also, Junior Class Board meets today after school in Room 2004.

The History Bowl team will meet for the first time in Room 1508 today after school. If you’re a fan of history or just history trivia, and like to compete, please join our team on Thursday! If you have any questions, please contact Peter Anderson at


Save the date! There will be a Health Careers Night on Wednesday, November 4 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held in the Grainger Atrium and Yacktman Children’s Pavilion. Learn about health career choices; talk with people who work in various health-related careers; and obtain information about educational requirements and salary ranges. Advance registration is recommended. For more information and to register, please call HealthAdvisor at 1-855-312-KIDS; mention class code 8P54.

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


Do you have any gently used items such as shoes, clothing, toys, games, books or videos that you’d like to get rid of? Here’s your chance! You can bring used items to “the strip” part of Stevenson Drive, by the baseball and softball fields, between 7-8 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. today and Friday, or between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday. For every pound of items collected, Stevenson Athletics will receive money from the Savers store in Arlington Heights. All the money raised will help offset travel costs for these sports teams: baseball, girls lacrosse, boys and girls water polo, and Patriettes. Click here for more information.

The softball team is holding a “Friday Frosty” sale in the Wood and Glass Commons on Friday. Buy a Frosty for $2, and all proceeds go to SHS softball.

Anyone interested in trying out for boys basketball should plan on attending an informational meeting. The freshman and sophomore teams will have meetings on Wednesday, October 28. Sophomores will meet from 3:35-4 p.m. in Room 2900. Freshmen will meet in Room 8048 from 3:45-4 p.m. The varsity meeting will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. Monday, November 2 in Room 6070. If you are unable to make the meetings, contact the appropriate coach: Coach Ambrose (varsity) at; Coach Hess (sophomore) at; and Coach Gimre (freshman) at

There will be an informational meeting for boys swimming and diving after school Wednesday, November 4 in the pool balcony. Come and meet the new head coach, Mr. Lillydahl, as he shares information on signups, tryouts, athletic forms, and team practices for this year.


Open Field Softball is available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:45 until October 27 on the JV softball field. All softball players are welcome. Click here for the fall schedule.


The following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: Northern Michigan University, University of Alabama, Pace University, Georgetown University, Whittier College, Iowa Wesleyan University, University of Michigan, DePaul University, University of Nebraska, Auburn University, California College of the Arts, Cedarville University, University of North Carolina-Asheville, St. Louis University, Drake University, Grinnell College, Bethel University, Belmont University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Knox College, Texas State University, Rhode Island School of Design and George Washington 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.

The College/Career Center Drop-In Day on Tuesday, November 3 has been cancelled. Please continue to stop in the CCC if you have any college questions or concerns.

College-bound students with an IEP or 504 plan are invited to attend the annual Choices Fair next Wednesday at Niles North High School. The evening begins with breakout sessions at 6 p.m. and 6:50 p.m., followed by a college fair from 7-9 p.m. For more information about the fair, visit


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