Monday, February 1, 2016

Boys Bowling Team Wins State Championship

The boys bowling team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Saturday, the first in program history and the 34th state title since Stevenson opened in 1965. Seven of the 34 state championships have come in the past five years. Junior Zach Singer won the individual championship, the first Patriot bowler to win a state title. His classmate Richy Zenner was second, marking the first time in IHSA state bowling tournament history that the top two finishers have come from the same school. The team will be honored at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104.

The bowling championship capped an extraordinary weekend for Patriot athletics. The Patriettes finished second at the IHSA Class 3A competitive dance state finals, and the wrestling team won its second straight conference championship. Details on all the accomplishments are available in the Patriot Sports section below.

Summer School Registration Opens

Registration for Stevenson’s summer school opened this morning. Online registration is available at, and walk-in registration is open between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Room 2414. Although registration is open until June 3, the critical date for interested families is March 11, which is when the school determines how many sections of summer school courses (and teachers) will be needed. After March 11, all registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. More information is available in the summer school course catalog, which also is available at For summer camps and other programs offered by the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP), click here.

Freshman Photograph Selected for State Poster

Freshman Carissa Silet was recently named an Illinois Youth Art Month finalist. Her black-and-white, hand-colored photograph of her cousin created in Photography 1 class will be on the 2016 Illinois Youth Art Month poster. She also will be entered into Sargent Art’s free trip to New York competition. Click here to see the photo.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots won their first state championship with a record-setting performance, and junior Zach Singer became the first individual state bowling champion for SHS. Stevenson set a state record by accumulating 13,371 pins over the two-day, 60-game competition, edging defending state champion Rockton Hononegah by 40 pins. The Patriots’ final pin count broke the previous record set in 2006 by Andrew (13,161). Singer and classmate Richy Zenner finished 1-2 in the individual standings, the first time that has happened in state finals history. No Patriot had ever finished in the top 12 before Saturday. Singer vaulted from seventh-place after Friday’s competition to claim top honors with a total score of 2,899, a 241.6 average. Zenner was only 20 pins behind, and averaged 239.9 over his 12 games. SHS demolished several school records, including highest one-game score (1,263), three-game series (3,499) and six-game series (6,739). Ted Tapas concluded his high school career by finishing 18th (2,704, 225.3 average). Junior Josh Singer was close behind at 2,621 (218.4), good for 37th place. Senior Eddie Mendrala bowled nine games (1,711, 190.1 average), junior Gabe Gordon rolled two on Saturday (388, 194 average), and sophomore Lucas Pinkus recorded a 159 in his only game on Friday. Head coach Cody Mathias won a state championship in his first year; his assistant was Paul Mazzuca. – Official Results (Day 2) (Day 1) | Day 2 coverage: Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)| Day 1 coverage: Daily Herald (+)

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: The Patriettes finished a close second to Neuqua Valley in Bloomington, posting their best state finals score in the process. Stevenson earned a score of 94.88, just 1.1 points behind Neuqua, and higher than any score it has recorded in three previous state finals appearances. Head coach Kristin Piekarski’s teams scored 96.46 while finishing second in 2013, the first year of the IHSA state finals, then received a 92.74 in 2014 (third) and a 92.60 last year (fourth). – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)


Stevenson at IHSA Lake Zurich Sectional: The Patriots finished second behind the host school by less than a point, 91.10-90.87, earning their 10th state finals berth in the last 11 years. SHS will perform in the preliminary competition Friday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)


Stevenson at NSC Championships: The Patriots rallied on the second day of competition at Wauconda to win their second straight conference championship. Two wrestlers won individual titles. Michael Kordek (31-4) captured the 182-pound crown with a 10-1 major decision in the final bout. Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (30-4) reigned atop the 170-pound division, clinching first with a 6-1 decision in the championship match. Nine other Patriots were medalists. Nick Grujanac (27-10) was runner-up at 285, while Dylan Geick (33-3) and Robert Pavlovics (27-10) finished second at 152 and 160, respectively. Eric Carter (25-9) finished third at 132, while Tommy Frezza (23-9) took third at 106. Alec Nolan (14-15) and Ben Ponto (16-15) placed fourth at 120 and 138, respectively. Brandon Zisman (24-16) took fifth at 126 and Max Gomez (4-12) was sixth at 195. In the team standings, Stevenson defeated Grant, 192.50-169.50. Last year, SHS edged Grant by a half-point for the title. – Daily Herald (+), Pioneer Press

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 64, Zion-Benton 51: Ryuji Aoki scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the final three minutes of the third quarter, propelling the host Patriots (16-6, 6-2) into sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Lake Division. Aoki, who had 15 points in the second half, scored eight straight points as SHS cut the Zion lead to 41-40 by the end of the third quarter. He had four three-pointers in the game, and also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Justin Smith put the Pats ahead for good, 45-43, with a pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter. Smith scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth. He also had six rebounds on the night, and went 7-for-8 from the line. Willie Herenton scored 11 points, while Rodney Herenton had 10 points and four assists for Stevenson, which has won eight of its last 10 games. The Pats held the Zee-Bees (15-9, 4-4) to 21 points on 8-of-24 shooting in the second half. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)


Stevenson at Glenbrook South Tournament: The Patriots walked away with a slew of trophies, including the overall women’s championship, plus top honors in women’s foil, women’s epee and men’s epee. SHS also was second overall in the men’s division. Several Pats earned individual honors, led by Lisa Rosov, who took first in women’s saber. Nikita Jhangiani finished second in women’s epee, while Zimo Zhu was second in men’s epee. Sophia Siegel placed third in women’s saber, and Andrew Kim claimed third in men’s saber. Rachel Aranyi finished fifth in women’s epee.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at NSC Championships: The Patriots finished second to Warren at Fountain Square Lanes in Antioch, and had three bowlers earn all-conference honors. Kaitlyn Rudy finished fourth with a six-game pin total of 1,148, while Samie Schmidt was eighth at 1,108. Xanthe Coulson was the third all-conference Patriot, placing 13th (1,074). Rudy and Coulson repeated as all-conference bowlers. SHS posted a team pin total of 5,063, 127 pins behind Warren, which led from the opening frame of the tournament. After finishing the morning three-game session in fifth place, the Patriots rallied in the afternoon to move past Antioch (5,035), Lake Zurich (4,920) and Libertyville (4,833). – Daily Herald (+)

Girls Basketball

Zion-Benton 48, Stevenson 43: Despite the road loss, the Patriots (21-5, 9-1) retained a one-game edge over the Zee-Bees (16-7, 8-2) in the NSC Lake Division with two games remaining. After falling behind by 11 points late in the fourth quarter, SHS rallied to within three, 44-41, with a minute left but could get no closer. Ashley Richardson scored a game-high 15 points, while Jessica Burke added 12. Klaire Steffens had nine points and 12 rebounds. Stevenson travels to Mundelein on Tuesday, and to Libertyville on Thursday. – Daily Herald (+)


Girls Gymnastics Regional at SHS Tonight

Stevenson plays host to an IHSA girls gymnastics regional tournament tonight at 6 o’clock in the Field House. The regional will include SHS, Lake Forest, Evanston and Carmel.



Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance are available at the Patriot Superstore for only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday. After Friday, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on Friday

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

Freshman-Sophomore Play This Weekend

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, this weekend. Shows will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Click here for the cast list.

Dance Class Placement for Those Not Currently in Dance

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in a dance class, and would like to be placed in a level higher than Dance 1 for next school year, need to attend a dance placement on Thursday, February 11. Students may attend placements at one of the following times: 7-7:50 a.m., during lunch periods (there will be time to eat after the assessment), or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Placements will be in Room 2112. Click here for more details.

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Auditions for “Charlotte’s Web” February 10-11

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play, “Charlotte’s Web.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10-11, from 4:30-6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help save Wilbert the pig from being sold for bacon. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: On March 1, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Senior Party spaces are filling up … turn in your registration forms today. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.


Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.


Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.

The Stevenson Styler will meet Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612. New members are welcome! We will be planning the spring/summer edition!


The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at

The nomination deadline is February 22 for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here.


Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

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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