Monday, April 11, 2016

FCCLA Claims Six State Championships

Nine students won championships in six events at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Illinois State Leadership Conference in Springfield last weekend. Several other SHS students won gold and silver medals. Overall, 13 students earned invitations to the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Diego, the most in school history.

Stevenson’s FCCLA state champions were:

  • Senior Camryn Hirsch in the Career Investigation event with her project in psychiatry.
  • Juniors Madison Randol, Robin Cheifetz and Jordan Zatz in the Promote and Publicize event with their community campaign.
  • Senior Heather Staples in the Preschool Lesson Plan event with her four seasons project.
  • Senior Jamie Blackman in the Hospitality event with her Twist catering company.
  • Sophomore Stephanie Martin in the Focus on Children event with her “Take a Tech Break” project.
  • Senior Lindsey Wetle in Nutrition and Wellness, for developing dietary meal plans and analysis of her entire family.
  • Laura Thornburg in the Freshman category for Nutrition and Wellness, with her personal diet analysis and wellness plan.

Click here to see the other award winners.

College Night for Freshman Families Wednesday

All freshman families are invited to attend the College Career Center’s “Looking Ahead” program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. The evening will provide a glimpse at the next three years for current freshmen, and help them to prepare for their college journey. In addition, there will be a “mini-session” for students with an IEP or 504 plan beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

AP Art Show Features Works by Nearly 50 Students

Nearly 50 students will have their artwork on display during the AP Art Show on Tuesday and Wednesday. The show will be held in Room 2104 and the Upper Forum of the West Building, with a public reception set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the same location. Admission is free. The show will include works by the following students:

AP Drawing Portfolio: Seniors Kristen Chu, Marta Grigiel, Yash Hatkar, Sophia Podber and Iris Tong.

AP 2D Design Media: Seniors Natalie Giannos and Sharon Kim, and junior Julia Son.

AP 3D Design Media: Senior Sarah Dresden.

AP Photography: Seniors Daniela Adjunta, Ana Astudillo, Bryanna Bennett, Dev Damani, Emma Kluever, Savannah Kruse, Andrew Lefebvre, Khansa Noor, Janine Pappageorge and Taylor Spula, and juniors Judy Kupchan, Alyssa Pauly and Hannah Yan.

Advanced Photography and Digital Design: Seniors Lauren Burns, Megan Ernsteen, Zoe Graflund, Michael Long, Jordan Marcelletti and Chantal Vaca; juniors Melanie Blake, Brandon Brown, Yara Sophia Cruz, Alaina Errico, Nicholas Helland, Parker Lalain, Louisa Lara, Sneeha Poondru and Hannah Speers; and sophomores Claire Brand, Annabelle Cheng, Nicholas Duffy, Alexis Handley, Mia Kaghan, Kenneth Lu, Jacob Milman, Leah Sivkov, Elisabeth Turok and Brentley Wright.

Percussion Ensemble to Perform Tuesday Night

The SHS Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at Willowbrook Invitational: The Patriots dominated the field en route to winning the tournament championship, capturing seven of eight flights. SHS won all four levels of singles, and three of four in doubles. In singles, Ashley Richardson won the No. 1 title, followed by DaMin Paik at No. 2, Kat Stanley at No. 3 and Thivya Sivarajah at No. 4. In doubles, the winning pairs were No. 1 Kelsey Huang/Shirley Cao, No. 2 Ana Stanley/Sarah Hou and No. 3 Niveda Tennety/Emily Leng. All seven champions finished the day with 5-0 records. The No. 4 doubles team of Kitty Zeng/Julie Zhu finished third with a 4-1 record.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Plainfield Central 1: The host Patriots (1-2) earned their first win of the year. – Illinois High School Lacrosse Association

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 4, Grayslake Central 0: Mackenzie Connington scored two goals as the visiting Patriots (3-4) posted their second consecutive shutout. Savannah Kruse scored a goal and had an assist. Brianna Van Zanten also scored. Hannah Lapeire and Emma Jaeger each recorded an assist. Hannah Petrich made two saves. SHS scored three of its goals in the second half. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Warren Invitational: The Patriots (5-7) won three of five matches in the two-day tournament and finished fourth, and had two players selected to the all-tournament team: Peter Drozdzewicz and Justin Leonard. Leonard slammed 58 kills in five matches, and also served five aces. Drozdzewicz made 33 digs and also had five aces. Jeffrey Wang recorded 82 assists, and served six aces. Leo Chen had seven aces, while Jeremy Sandrof made 21 digs and distributed 21 assists. SHS beat Highland Park (25-20, 25-16) and Whitney Young (25-14, 25-16) on Friday, and also topped Mundelein (25-5, 25-7) on Saturday. The Pats lost to Evanston (25-23, 25-22) and Lincoln-Way North (25-16, 26-24) on Saturday.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Lake Forest 9: The visiting Patriots (3-4) won their third straight, and kept their third straight opponent under 10 goals. – Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Bob Bohl Invitational: At Mundelein, Matt Krames finished sixth in the all-around with 48.9 points. He also was fourth on parallel bars (8.75) and horizontal bar (8.0), and tied for fourth in vault (9.1). SHS, missing three gymnasts who were preparing for the ACT exam, finished 15th in the team standings. – Daily Herald (+)


Tickets for Mr. SHS On Sale at the Superstore

The Senior Class Board’s Mr. SHS is an event spotlighting senior boys that is so different it’s hard to explain! Call it a “Man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it you have to call it fun! This year’s Mr. SHS contest is at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available now at the Superstore for $5 each or $7 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

Best Buddies Fundraiser Today at Bagel and Bialy

If you eat at the Original Bagel and Bialy in Buffalo Grove today, 10% of your purchase will go to Best Buddies.

Donate Your Used Children’s Books to the ILC

Celebrate National Library Week! Donate your gently used children’s books to the ILC Book Drive and get a gently used YA book in return! Bring your books to the West ILC circulation desk between now and Friday. If you don’t have any children’s books sitting around, you can still get a free book by signing up to follow the ILC on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!  

Catalyst Holding Fundraiser at Menchie’s on Wednesday

The Catalyst Club is holding a fundraiser at Menchie’s in the Lincolnshire Commons from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Show this image and 20% of your purchase will be donated to Catalyst.

Collection Drive for Orphans of the Storm

The Animal Welfare Club and Best Buddies is holding a collection drive to benefit Orphans of the Storm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Collection bins will be located around school so you can donate towels, baking soda, cat litter and pet toys.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The next PPA Bake Sale is Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Cookies, brownies, “puppy chow” and more will be available for only $1! All proceeds benefit students and staff through the PPA.

Bocce Ball Tournament Training Sessions Thursday

If you are registered to volunteer for the Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament,  please attend one of the training sessions on Thursday during either 8th period or 9th period (after school). The session will only last 30 minutes, but you will receive an hour of credit for attending. For the training session, please meet on the grass next to parking lot C.

“Sundaes on Fridays” for Freshmen This Week

All freshmen are invited to participate in the “Sundaes on Fridays” after school this Friday in Room 2104. If you bring a canned food item to donate, you’ll get two free scoops of ice cream. The event runs from 3:30-5:30.

Taking Driver Ed This Summer or Fall?

Students enrolled in Driver Education this summer and in the fall must attend two mandatory meetings during the week of April 18. These meetings will help you get your learner’s permit. The first meeting involves taking a vision test, and the second includes the permit test. Click here for more information.

Did You Take Wheel Throwing in Odyssey? Read This

Students who participated in the Odyssey Wheel Throwing classes may come in to glaze their work until Friday, April 22. The following times and rooms are available to you to glaze: 7:40-8:00 a.m. and 1st hour – Room 1422; 5th, 6th and 8th hour – Room 1426; and 3:25-4:30 p.m. (only on Tuesdays) – Room 1422. If you do not come in to glaze or pick up your artwork by Friday, April 22, your work will no longer be available to take home.

Order Your Free WIT By April 29

Complimentary copies of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine run, written and produced by students, are available to anyone who is interested. Orders must be turned in by Friday, April 29. Order forms for students and community members can be downloaded here: Students | Community


Attention freshman students and parents: Please attend our “Looking Ahead” program for freshman families at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. This is a great way to learn about what your next three years will entail, and help you to get excited about beginning your college journey. In addition, there will be an IEP/504 Mini-Session in the Recital Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, Room 1123.

Attention seniors: 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

Biology Olympiad will be hosting an AP Biology Review session (competition-style, complete with prizes) today and next Monday after school in Room 1904. Contact Mr. Barr for more information at

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

The Catalyst Club is having a bowling night at the Brunswick Zone in Buffalo Grove, 350 McHenry Road, from 8-11 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $25, which includes unlimited bowling (and shoes), laser tag, pizza and soda. Pay at the Superstore by Thursday. No permission slip is required.

On Thursday, the Interactive Gamers Club will host a Sealed tournament from the brand-new Shadows Over Innistrad set! The cost is $5, and each student will receive six packs to play with. Students must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New members always welcome! The tournament will be held in the West Staff Dining Room (1204).

Animal Welfare Club’s adoptable Dog of the Month is a 9-year-old Minpin, Diva, and our Cat of the Month is Teddy B (and this little guy is a cat that knows tricks!). 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, who can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


We are now accepting new Career Shadow applications for the summer. Applications must be received by May 9 in order for you to participate in a shadow over the summer. Please pick up an application in the CCC or download one from the Career Exploration page. Completed applications can be turned in to the CCC. Applicants will then be contacted by Mrs. Willock to schedule an appointment.

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.


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 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.


PREP’s second session of Watercolor Painting starts soon! Whether you are just starting or have been painting for awhile, this class will expand your skills. For more information or to register, click here. You won’t want to miss out on this awesome class!


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