Monday, November 9, 2015

Chess Team Captures Evanston Invitational

The SHS chess team continued its strong start to the season by winning the Evanston Invitational on Saturday. Stevenson beat Whitney Young, Maine South and New Trier, and tied Glenbrook North, en route to capturing first place in the state-qualifying tournament. Saturday’s victory places the Patriots in the conversation for the No. 1 seed in the Illinois High School Association state tournament in February. SHS was the state runner-up last year, and has finished second in the state three of the past four years.

In addition to the tournament victory, SHS is off to a 4-0 start in the North Suburban Chess League, with wins over Evanston, New Trier, Glenbrook South and Glenbrook North. Members of the team are senior Allen Guo, juniors Rahul Dhiman, Sritej Vontikommu and Adit Ghosh, sophomores Alex Bian and Conrad Oberhaus, and freshmen Miranda Liu, Jack Xiao, Shashank Bala and Kavin Lavari.

AP Physics Teachers Receive Grant From Toshiba

Advanced Placement Physics teachers Sheila Edstrom and Ryan Fedewa have received a nearly $9,000 grant from the Toshiba America Foundation to provide new hands-on experiences for students enrolled in AP Physics C. The grant money will be used to purchase equipment, but also has a much broader application. The teachers hope to attract more girls to take the course and possibly choose to continue studying science and engineering in college. They also will be able to recreate some of the greatest physics experiments of all time, folding history into the investigations their students will be doing. Research indicates that female students feel more connected to science through history. The AP Physics C course has grown considerably in recent years. Fewer than 15 students were enrolled in 2007-08. The current enrollment is 112.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: Sophomore Isabelle Sparreo finished 10th among 217 runners, leading the Patriots to 13th place as a team, their second-best showing at state. Stevenson was 12th in 1998. The Pats also placed 14th in 1996, their only other trip downstate. Sparreo finished the three-mile course at Peoria’s Detweiler Park in 16:53, a personal best by 12 seconds. Her 10th-place effort tied Mackenzie Levy, who was 10th in 2009, for the best individual finish by a Stevenson runner. Sparreo is only the fourth state medalist in program history. Sparreo wasn’t the only Patriot to post a personal best. In fact, all seven Stevenson runners had their fastest races ever. Jessica Philipp, a senior and the only upperclassman in the SHS state lineup, was 34th in her final high school race (17:29, personal best by 21 seconds). Natalie Sparreo, also a sophomore, finished 99th (18:11, personal best by 30 seconds). Other Patriots competing were sophomores Shea Kirby (131st, 18:28, personal best by 40 seconds), Gabriela Jagielo (157th, 18:41, personal best by 16 seconds) and Lauren Appell (185th, 18:58, personal best by 40 seconds), and freshman Kendall Roberts (196th, 19:12, personal best by 7 seconds). – Official Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: Senior Jared Borowsky was unable to compete in the race due to injury.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Grayslake Central Supersectional: The Patriots’ bid for the state finals fell short at the hands of Cary-Grove, which won the supersectional championship, 25-17, 25-21. Stevenson finished its season with a 31-9 record, the fifth time in the last six years it has reached the 30-win plateau. Cary-Grove improved to 34-5. Junior Jori Radtke led SHS with seven kills and two aces, also tied for the team lead in digs (10) with Morgan Berland and Chloe Robinson. Radtke also had one block. Corissa Kurth, playing her final match, had 14 assists, five digs, five kills, an ace and a block. She was one of nine seniors on the team, along with Berland (one ace), Isabella Milejczyk (two kills), Zoe Graflund, Katie Collins (one ace), Jordyn Taborek (five kills), Jessica Cliffer, Emmaline Buffe and Revell Cozzi. – Daily Herald (+), Northwest Herald


Stevenson at IHSA Class 8A Playoffs: The Patriots fell to top-seeded Loyola, 49-0, ending their season with a 7-4 record. This was the seventh consecutive season SHS has reached the seven-win mark. Loyola improved to 11-0. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+), Daily North

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Meet: Behind two championships from Iza Pelka, the Patriots finished a close second to Lake Forest, 330-322. Pelka captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.27) and the 100 butterfly (57.42). Eva Holsen finished second in the 500 freestyle with a personal-best time (5:12.50) that was 16 seconds faster than her top previous effort. Irune Andres was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.45), while Ashley Carollo was runner-up in the 100 backstroke (58.40). Casey Kirby placed second in the 100 free (52.41) and took third in the 50 free (24.02). Carollo, Kirby, Danielle Feng and Rachel Song finished second in the 200 individual medley. – Daily Herald (+)


Miss Saigon Ticket Sales Underway

Tickets for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, are available online through the Patriot Superstore. The cost is $10. All seats are reserved. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center.

Freshman-Sophomore Play Audition Packet Online

Auditions for the 2015-16 freshman-sophomore play, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday, November 23 in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4200). Click here for the audition packet. Interested freshmen and sophomores can sign up for a time slot on the callboard next to the Little Theater. Sign-ups will be posted Monday, November 16. Copies of the play are available in the ILC and for individual check out in Room 6076.

Second Semester Driver Education Meetings, Permits

The permit process for second-semester Driver Education is underway with mandatory meetings this week. Click here for more information. If you cannot attend any of the meetings, go to the Driver Education Office (Room 6088) as soon as possible.

S-Factor Auditions Coming Soon

Auditions for Stevenson’s only singing competition, S-Factor, are November 16-17 and 19-20. Singers and hosts can sign up for auditions at

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, song lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to Mr. Barnabee at along with your name and ID number by Wednesday.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Amber Albrecht 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.


Peer Helpers would like you to join us in its mission to re-define beauty. Beauty is more than what you see. Help us increase self-confidence, reduce eating disorders and make SHS a safe and healthy place for all students. Look for clues on the bathrooms mirrors and on signs around the school.  Visit the student lounge for more information. #RedefineBeautiful

Chinese Club is hosting a “Hot Pot” event from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday in the newly renovated Food Lab (Room 1406). The cost is $6 for individuals, but if you bring a friend, the two of you can be part of the fun for only $10.

On Friday after school, the Interactive Gamers Club will host a sealed Commander tournament in Room 7096. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. The cost is $10, and each student will be given a 100-card deck to play with. There is a limited number of card decks, so pre-register by contacting Mr. Fedewa. There also will be prizes raffled off. New members always welcome!


The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7096. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information, visit the IM page at

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school tomorrow in Room 6014. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at


Attention juniors and seniors, the following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: University of Illinois-Springfield, Central Michigan University, Heidelberg University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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.


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


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