Thursday, March 10, 2016

Six Students Semifinalists for U.S. Physics Team

Six students from Stevenson are among 358 students nationwide who have qualified as semifinalists for the 2016 U.S. Physics Team. One of Stevenson’s semifinalists is junior Jason Lu, who was a member of the U.S. team that won a silver medal at last summer’s International Physics Olympiad in Mumbai, India. He was the second Stevenson student to be selected for the U.S. team; Richard Zhu earned the honor in 2014. The other semifinalists with Lu are seniors Patrick DeMichele and Junghyun Hwang, junior Zhenhao (Kevin) Li, and sophomores Albert Cao and Haoyang Yu.

Stevenson has almost half of the 14 Illinois students who earned semifinalist status. The only other high school with more than one student is Naperville North, which has two. The other semifinalists hail from Libertyville, Hinsdale Central, the Illinois Math and Science Academy, the University of Chicago Lab School, Northside College Preparatory in Chicago, and the University Lab School in Urbana.

Only eight high schools in the country have more semifinalists than Stevenson. Four are in California: Mission San Jose in Fremont, (14), Saratoga High in Saratoga (11), Lynbrook High in San Jose (10), and Monta Vista High in San Jose (eight). The others are Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia (10), The Harker School in Boulder Creek, Colorado (nine), Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland (nine), and Phillips Exeter Academy in Newfields, New Hampshire (seven).

Scholastic Bowl Wins Regional, Second at Masonic Bowl

The Scholastic Bowl team had an eventful three-day weekend. The team finished second in Class 3A at the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl in Bloomington, then won the Illinois High School Association Class AA Regional at Stevenson on Monday.

At the Masonic Academic Bowl, Stevenson was runner-up to Hinsdale Central, which has been ranked first or second in the country for most of the school year. SHS won all five of its pool matches, beating Carbondale (310-230), Glenwood (340-200), University High in Normal (330-240), Rockford Auburn (330-260) and Fremd (340-220). In the playoff rounds, Stevenson beat the Illinois Math and Science Academy (280-230) before falling to Hinsdale Central (350-190) in the championship match. The team also received $1,000 for its second-place showing.

In the IHSA Regional, Stevenson opened with a forfeit win against North Chicago, beat Deerfield (560-210) in the semifinals, and defeated St. Viator (470-230) for the title. This is the 10th consecutive regional championship for Stevenson, and its 13th in the past 14 years. SHS advances to the sectional at Fremd on Saturday, and will face the host school, Barrington and Carmel in round-robin competition. SHS will be seeking its 14th trip to the state finals in school history.

Science Club Qualifies 28 for State Exposition

Nearly 30 students from the Science Club qualified for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Exposition based on their results at regional competitions last week.

Twenty-six club members qualified at the poster session held Saturday at Niles North High School, with more than 600 students displaying posters explaining their original research experiments. Three students earned Best in Category awards: seniors Rebecca Nelson for Botany, Blandon Su for Cellular and Molecular Biology, and junior Rahul Arun for Physics. In addition, two sophomores won special awards: Justin Lee, from the Yale Science and Engineering Association, and Carina Su, from the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. All of them are headed to the state exposition, along with these Gold Award winners: juniors Aman Grover, Christie Kang, Cindy Yao, Hiranmayee Kundeti, Ndallah Njongmeta, Revanth Bellam and Sneha Poondru; sophomores Noah Hirsch, Shreya Sriram, Sannidhi Saravadhavabhatla, Srikar Repaka, Sanketh Bhaskar and Jonathan Xue; and freshmen Annie Xu, Anubhav Agarwal, Maema Njongmeta, Riya Gyanmote, Aniket Nuthalapati, Vaibhav Gupta, Pujan Rawal and Shreya Viswanathan.

Also earning Gold Awards were freshmen Zuhair Ali-Khan, Alisa Wang and Devanshi Gupta, and sophomores Sanketh Bhaskar and Joel Slaby. Silver Awards went to freshmen Aishu Sanchula, Kaushik Perkari, Seoyon Won and Emily Mak, sophomore Allen Kuncheria, and junior Adit Ghosh.

At the IHSA Regional Science Fair paper session held at Stevenson on Wednesday, March 2, 16 club members qualified for state based on explanations of their individual research experiments. Nelson and Carina Su were selected for Best Overall Paper honors among the 60 that were presented. Also winning Gold Awards and earning state berths were Alisa Wang, Carina Su, Srikar Repaka, Sannidhi Sarvadhavbhatla, sophomore Saketh Prazad, Christie Kang, Aman Grover, Revanth Bellam, Rahul Arun, junior Shivani Dhebar, Sneha Poondru, Jonathan Xue and junior Hope Schneider. Silver Awards were earned by Kaushik Perkari and sophomore Rebecca Lin.

The state contest will be held May 13-14 at Millikin University in Decatur.

Health Education Teacher Named to National Council

Health Education teacher and assistant athletic director Chad Dauphin has been selected to serve a three-year term on the SHAPE America School Health Education Council. His term begins next month at the National SHAPE America Conference in Minneapolis. The council addresses the areas of Health Education teacher education, K-12 school health education, and state-district health education administration. One of the council’s major tasks is to relate all of its activities to SHAPE America’s “50 Million Strong by 2029” initiative.

Nine Students Win Awards at Regional IDEA Competition

Nine students won awards at the 39th IDEA Regional Drafting-Design Competition at the College of Lake County last Friday, and six of them qualified for next month’s state competition by finishing first or second in their division. Students competed in CAD (computer-aided design) and drafting challenges against other area high schools in the area. Senior Max Papushin and sophomore Ryan Mitchell finished first in 3D CAD Modeling and 3D Architectural CAD, respectively. Rafael Pablos Sarabia and Sam Gordon, both juniors, earned second place in 3D CAD Modeling, while senior Zach Taylor and freshman Ian Winter received second place awards in 3D Architectural CAD. Three students won third-place awards: Freshman Erik Rademacher in 3D CAD Modeling, and sophomores Borler Wu and Kelia Sainyeruult in 3D Architectural CAD. The IDEA State Competition will be held at Illinois State University on April 16.

Critical Summer School Date Tomorrow

Although summer school registration is open until June 3, the critical date for interested families is Friday, when the school determines how many sections of summer school courses (and teachers) will be needed. After Friday, all registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. For more information on summer school, including the course catalog, visit For summer camps and other programs offered by the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP), click here.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Glenbrook South Sectional: The third-seeded Patriots fell to second-seeded Deerfield in the semifinals, 53-50, ending their season with a 24-7 record. The Warriors (28-3) overcame a nine-point deficit early in the third quarter with a 25-8 run. Ryuji Aoki led SHS with 14 points, hitting four three-pointers. Justin Smith added 13 points, had 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Jordan Newman chipped in with 11 points. Deerfield extended its winning streak to 16 games, while Stevenson had a 10-game win streak snapped. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (+)

Richardson Among Ms. Basketball Candidates

Junior Ashley Richardson is one of 26 players under consideration for the Ms. Basketball of Illinois Award, sponsored by the Chicago Tribune and the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Richardson averaged 14 points, 4.8 rebounds, two assists and almost two steals per game for the Patriots, who won the NSC championship and finished the year with a 25-6 record. Stevenson has had two Ms. Basketball winners: Tauja Catchings in 1996, and her younger sister, Tamika, in 1995.


Last Chance to Attend Operation Snowball

If you missed the Operation Snowball retreat in December, here’s the second chance you’ve been looking for. The next Operation Snowball retreat is Friday through Sunday, March 18-20 at YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a weekend of making new friends, having new experiences, relieving stress, taking healthy risks, understanding yourself and others, communicating with peers and adults, singing, eating, dancing, and having fun. More information and a registration links are online at You can also find out more information at the Student Activities Office, or by contacting Mr. Mazzuca at or in Room 7080, Mr. Hutchins at or in Room 6028, or Ms. Czaplewski at The registration deadline is Wednesday.

Auditions for Spring One Acts March 15-16

Auditions for the 2016 Spring One Acts, a festival of student-written and directed one-act plays, will be held after school Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15-16, in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Auditions will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sign up for an audition slot on the Theatre Call Board outside the Studio Theatre (Room 2400). Click here for the audition packet. There will be an informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in the Little Theater. If you want to learn more about the plays and auditioning, come join us!

Sophomores, Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Download your application here or pick one up in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.

Winter Play Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Winter Play, Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” are on sale for $5 through the Patriot Superstore. The play, a tale of love and mistaken identity, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium.

Informational Meeting for Fashion Show Wednesday

There will be an informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show on Wednesday in Room 1612 (the Clothing Lab) from 3:30-4:15. Those interested in modeling, working backstage, doing hair and makeup, hospitality and more should attend. The Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Time responsibilities will vary based on roles. Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at

Odyssey Clay Masks Available in Room 1422

Students who participated in either day of the Clay Mask class during Odyssey can pick up their masks in Room 1422.

ILC, Testing Center Closing Early on Tuesday

The ILC will close at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Testing Center, meanwhile, will be closing at 3:30.

College Essay Workshop for Juniors This Summer

Juniors can get a head start with their college essays this summer by taking the College Essay Workshop. The workshop will be offered three times during summer school: the first week of the first session, and the first and last week of the second session. You can get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for college applications. The workshop can help you finish your essay before senior year begins. Last year, more than 150 students received help with their essays! This is a non-credit course. Check the summer school catalog for details at


Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


Have you followed “Making a Murderer”? Do you want to know how phrasing of questions can lead to different answers? Join a joint meeting of Psychology Club and Law Club today after school in Room 7054. All are welcome.

The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a three-person team sealed tournament after school today. The cost is $2.50 per person, and you’ll get four packs to play with! You must be able to stay until 6 o’clock to participate. New members are always welcome!


Due to overwhelming response, we cannot accept any more new Career Shadow applications at this time. If you have already filled out an application or sent an email to Mrs. Willock, you will be contacted regarding an appointment. We will resume accepting applications again after Spring Break, so please check back! If you have general career questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Willock. Summer career camps and programs can be found on the Career Exploration web page, and make sure to follow the College and Career Center on Facebook for any upcoming college and career-related events and information!

Will you be staying home over Spring Break? Interested in a career in engineering? The Career Exploration Program has an opening for three individuals to participate in a one-day career shadow in engineering with Underwriter’s Laboratories. You must be available over Spring Break! Please message Mrs. Willock at and let her know if you are interested!

Interested in a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? Plan on attending Fermilab’s Career Expo on Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Batavia. This is a free event and no registration is required. Read more here

Applications for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s summer internship for future healthcare professionals are being accepted until April 6. This is only open to juniors and seniors. For more information, please click here.


The girls and boys water polo teams are holding a fundraiser at the Vernon Hills Potbelly from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The Potbelly is located at 700 N. Milwaukee Avenue. 25% of all sales will benefit the teams. No flyer is necessary!

All hockey players in grades 8-11 who live in Stevenson High School District 125 are invited to get to know the SHS coaches and players during a free skate at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight. Full equipment is required.


Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 17. Please turn your completed packet into Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).

The Illinois Regional College Fair will be held Tuesday at the College of Lake County from 6-8 p.m. in the Physical Education Center (Building 7) at the Grayslake campus. There will be 150 college and university representatives at the College Fair, which is open to all high school students and their parents. There also will be two financial aid sessions in Room 706. The CLC campus is located at 19351 W. Washington Street in Grayslake. Park in Lots 2 or 3 on the north side of the campus, closest to the Washington Street and Lancer Lane entrance.  See the CLC website for more information:


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