Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Four Students Semifinalists in National Math Challenge

A team of four SHS students earned semifinalist status in the annual Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, an open-ended, applied math modeling problem focused on a practical issue. This year’s 14-hour challenge focused on changes in mobility and driving technologies. Senior Shu Zhang and juniors Amber Hu, Zhenhao (Kevin) Li, Jason Lu and Austin Zhou will split $1,500 in scholarship money for finishing between seventh and 12th place overall among 1,084 papers submitted in the contest. The individual amounts will be paid directly to the colleges or universities at which the students ultimately enroll. A second team from Stevenson reached the challenge’s second round: seniors Dingwei (Devin) Deng, Emily Leng, Emery Liu, Patrick DeMichele and Liyang (Michael) Zhang. DeMichele, Deng, Liu and Zhang were part of teams that received honorable mention last year and received $1,000 in scholarship prizes.

Teacher Promotes Benefits of Reading Nonfiction

Communication Arts teacher Stephen Heller wades into the debate over the use of nonfiction versus fiction in high school English classrooms in the current issue of English Journal, published by the National Council of Teachers of English. (The article is only available to subscribers.) In the piece, entitled “Timely or Timeless? The Merits of Teaching Nonfiction,” Heller argues that nonfiction can help students develop key skills, particularly rhetorical analysis and argument, which result in informed citizenship. By this he means “the ability to understand others’ stances and to know how we are affected by others’ arguments,” as part of developing stances on various issues. In the end, Heller argues, fiction and nonfiction need not be pitted against each other. They work together to reflect the “timelessness of the human condition.”


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 4, St. Ignatius 0: Jill Steinbrink scored two goals and assisted on another as the host Patriots (1-3) won their first game of the season. Mackenzie Connington and Rachel Aranyi had the other goals for SHS, which had only scored one goal in its first three contests. The Pats took control early, scoring twice in the first five minutes. Steinbrink connected off an assist from Brianna Van Zanten, and three minutes later set up Connington. Daniela Adjunta assisted on Steinbrink’s second goal, while Hannah Lapeire had the assist on Aranyi’s score. Goalkeeper Hannah Petrich earned the shutout by turning away both shots by the Wolves. – Daily Herald (+)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 12, Fenwick 6: In a rematch of last year’s state semifinal, the Patriots (6-0) dominated en route to their 43rd consecutive win. SHS scored the first three goals of the game, and led 7-3 at halftime. After the Friars scored early in the third quarter to pull within three goals, Stevenson responded with five unanswered tallies to make it 12-4. Fenwick’s final two goals came in the last two minutes of the game. Allison Travetto led all scorers with seven goals, Claire Haas had four and Lauren Maloney added one. Goalie Lauren Burns made 19 saves.


Glenbrook North 3, Stevenson 2: Patrick Loeffler hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game at 2-2, but the host Spartans hit a homer in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead. Loeffler also had a triple, accounting for half of the four hits by the Patriots (1-1). Jack Trotter and Henry Marchese had the other hits, both singles. – Daily Herald, @SHSBaseball2016

Travetto Leads Water Polo Team With Focus, Fun

Girls water polo captain Allison Travetto is the subject of this Pioneer Press profile. The senior, a two-time all-state selection who will play for Long Beach State, helped lead the Patriots to their first state championship in 2015. Travetto talked about how being on the girls swim team has improved her water polo game, and the fun ways in which she tries to raise the sport’s profile in school. Head coach Jeff Wimer says Travetto is the best shooter he’s coached in 26 years.

Vote for the Girls Basketball Team in Sky Contest

The Patriot girls basketball team is a finalist for Chicago Sky High School Team of the Year. Voting is open until April 30 at The winner will be announced at halftime of the Sky’s season opener on Saturday, May 14.

Baseball Team Adds Another Fundraiser

The baseball team has added another fundraiser to its lineup. The team will have a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the Potbelly in Vernon Hills, 700 N. Milwaukee Ave. One-fourth of sales during the three-hour event will benefit the team. No flyer is necessary when ordering. The Potbelly joins another baseball fundraiser at Stiletto’s, which also ends Thursday. See the Athletics section in the Student Announcements below for details.


PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, cherry and apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Spring Fling Planning Meeting Thursday

It’s time to begin planning for Spring Fling. Send a representative from your team to meet during lunch periods Thursday in Room 2104.

ILC, Testing Center Closing Early on Thursday

The ILC and the Testing Center will be closing at 3:30 on Thursday.

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

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation April 7

The next Visiting Artist of the Month presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 7 during fourth and fifth periods. Mark Jackson, studio director for Project Onward, will be the featured speaker at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building.

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student

Looking for some summer excitement without leaving home? Hosting an international student for the month of July might be the answer! Two students from Denmark will be attending second-semester summer school at SHS, so please call 847-415-4500 if you would like more information about welcoming one or both of them into your home. We appreciate your interest!

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 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.

Chicago International Film Festival Poster Competition

Cinema/Chicago is holding its second international poster design contest to promote the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival this October. You’re invited to submit a poster design for a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize and see your work featured as the festival’s promotional poster. Submissions must follow these guidelines: must convey the theme “Because Everybody Loves Movies,” must include the festival logo and website ( in the design, and must include a $25 entry fee with each entry (if more than one entry is submitted). Full details are available at Entries must be submitted by April 1.

Missing Something? Here’s Lost and Found Information

If you’re missing a gym bag, swim bag, lunch bag or any other item, stop by the lost and found area in Room 2416 (West) or Room 5024 (East), or the attendance office in the lobby by the Field House. Please consider marking your name on your items so they can be returned promptly if found. You can also look on the Lost and Found web page to see what items have been turned into Room 2400.


The girls lacrosse teams are selling Leider Greenhouse gift certificates to help benefit their annual spring trips. Certificates are available in amounts of $25, $50 or $100, and do not have an expiration date. You can order gift certificates by contacting any Patriot girls lacrosse player, or contact Michele Murphy at or 847-726-2254.

The baseball team is holding a fundraiser at Stiletto’s, 394 W. Half Day Road, in Buffalo Grove through Friday. Mention SHS baseball and customers will get 10% off the purchase price, and 10% of the transaction will be donated to the team.


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

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

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!


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


Come to the $1 Music and Movies Night after school on Wednesday, April 6, sponsored by the Black Association of Stevenson Students and Diversity Council. For just $1, you can watch the movie “Drumline” and have free pizza and soda. You’ll need to get parent permission to attend. Click here to download the permission form, or pick one up in the Student Activities Office. The movie will start at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1414.

Animal Welfare Club’s adoptable Dog of the Month is Jack Daniels, and our Cat of the Month is HBO. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at ! Again, these animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


PREP has a lot of upcoming classes including Yoga/Pilates Fusion, HoopFit, Adult Guitar, Zumba, Yin Yoga and much more. Check out the complete calendar and register today!


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