Thursday, April 14, 2016

Three Students Earn Award in International Math Contest

It’s no secret that Stevenson has some of the best math students around. The latest proof comes from three seniors who were the only high school students in the world to earn an award in the 32nd annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling competition.

Seniors Emily Leng, Emery Liu and Liyang (Michael) Zhang won the competition’s Ben Fusaro Award for their paper, which tackled the challenge of developing a model to keep a consistent optimal temperature in bathtub water for one person to enjoy without wasting too much water. The trio were given the award, which is named for the contest’s founder, based on the quality of their paper, and its originality and creativity in using modeling to solve the problem.

The Stevenson team was the only public high school team to win an award in the competition. Other winning papers come from establishments such as Brown University, Virginia Tech, the University of Colorado, and several universities from China. This year, 7,421 teams from institutions in 13 countries participated in the contest, which is sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP).

Mr. SHS Contest Returns Friday

The Senior Class Board’s annual Mr. SHS contest will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available through the Patriot Superstore until 1:30 p.m. Friday for $5, and will be $7 at the door Friday night. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

Fine Arts Division Sponsoring Day of Dance

Stevenson’s dance classes will be performing throughout the school day Friday during the annual Day of Dance in the Performing Arts Center. The event is open to the public, although all visitors will have to follow normal check-in procedures. For those unable to attend, the day will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at To see the day’s schedule, click here.

Five Students Chosen for 10th District Art Contest

Five student artists and their works have been chosen to represent the SHS Art Department in this year’s 10th District Congressional Art Contest. Juniors Madison Wicklund (drawing) and Judy Kupchan (photography), sophomores Annie Lu (drawing) and Michael Garcia (digital painting), and freshman Dora Guo (drawing) will be honored during a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Congressman Robert Dold’s district office, at 300 Village Green, Suite 235, in Lincolnshire. One winner will be selected at the contest, and his or her work will be displayed for a year in the U.S. Capitol building.

Student Council Members Earn Honors

Two members of Stevenson’s Student Council were honored Wednesday at the Illinois Principals Association Lake Region Student Recognition Ceremony. Student Council President Reema Amin and Student Council Historian Max Kahn, both seniors, were honored.

Options Fair for Students With Disabilities Tonight

Students with disabilities, and their families, are invited to attend the annual Options Fair from 6-8 p.m. tonight at the College of Lake County. Fifty agencies and organizations will have representatives on hand to provide vital information for individuals with disabilities, community and education professionals, and families and caregivers. Stevenson is one of the sponsors of the event. A list of participating exhibitors and resource providers is available at


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 6, Highland Park 1: At VHAC, the Patriots (2-1) rolled to their second win in as many days. The No.1 doubles team of Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg won by scores of 7-6 (4) and 6-0. The other winning doubles teams were No. 2 Ben Bush/Sam Komis (6-2, 6-2) and No. 4 Ryan Yoo/Arjun Sheelvanth (7-6 (7), 6-4). In singles, Zach Kim prevailed at No. 1, 6-1, 7-6 (2). He was joined in the winner’s circle by No. 2 Aswath Viswanathan (6-4, 6-3) and No. 3 Gary Braznichenko (6-1, 6-3).


Stevenson 11, Lake Forest 1 (6 inn.): The Patriots (8-3-1, 4-0) beat the Scouts (2-5, 1-3) for the second straight day. Michael Marchese held the hosts to three hits in five innings. Charlie Ling went 3-for-4 with a double, and scored three runs. Robby McGaha was 2-for-4 with two-run double, and Dylan Molek doubled. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Lake Forest d. Stevenson, 32-30, 25-18: Justin Leonard paced the Patriots (5-8, 0-2) in the Sports Center, with 10 of the team’s 15 kills. He also served five of their seven aces, and added a pair of solo blocks. Jeffrey Wang registered 15 assists.


Warren 13, Stevenson 12: The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the visiting Patriots (5-4, 3-1). – @SHS_PatSoftball

14 Student-Athletes Announce College Plans

Fourteen Patriot student-athletes signed national letters of intent or announced their college plans during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Wood Commons. Click here to see where the latest SHS athletes will continue their playing careers in college.

Leonard’s Return Provides Spark for Volleyball Team

Justin Leonard’s return to the boys volleyball lineup has had an immediate impact, Pioneer Press reports. The 6-foot-5 senior missed the team’s first few matches after breaking the top joint of his left pinky finger while playing with his club team during the offseason.


“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 p.m.

Elton John Tribute Concert Saturday

If you like the music of Elton John, the Stevenson Foundation invites you to attend “Rocket Man: The Ultimate Elton John Tribute” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature many of Elton John’s greatest hits. Tickets are $20, and can be ordered online here or purchased at the door.

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 by 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!  

Thinking About Joining the Military?

Are you unsure about what you would like to do after high school? Would you like to further explore your options? Do you have any interest in joining the military? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test on Saturday, April 30. This is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The test also may be used to provide students with more information regarding career options. If you’re interested in taking the test, you must sign up by next Tuesday. Click here to sign up and for more details.

Bocce Ball Tournament Training Sessions Today

If you are registered to volunteer for the Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament,  please attend one of the training sessions today 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.

Taking Driver Education This Summer or Fall?

Students enrolled in Driver Education this summer and in the fall must attend two mandatory meetings next week. 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.

Third Annual Fashion Show is Thursday, April 21

The third annual Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission will be $5, and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. There will be a red carpet photo op, refreshments and the chance to see all the amazing fashions your friends are making in Clothing and Design, plus the latest looks from local boutiques. Hope to see you there!

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

College Essay Workshop for Juniors This Summer

Attention juniors: Get a head start with college essays this summer! Register for the College Essay Workshop, which is being offered three times during the summer. Get help on your personal statement with Ms. Arias, Mr. Bradshaw, Ms. Cullen, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Lukens or Mrs. Mack! About 160 students are registered already, but there is still space to join! Students who did the workshop last summer gave several endorsements. One raved about how the teachers have “extensive knowledge in reading college essays,” while another said “It gives you a kick start. … Awesome class!” Check the summer school catalog for details at

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 a.m. through first hour in Room 1422; fifth, sixth and eighth hour in Room 1426; and 3:25-4:30 p.m. (Tuesday only) in 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.


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


The Interactive Gamers Club will host a Sealed tournament from the brand-new Shadows Over Innistrad set after school today! 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).

Sophomore Class Board is meeting today after school in the College Career Center. New members are welcome!

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. You can sign up through Friday at the Superstore. No permission slip is required.

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

Animal Welfare Club’s adoptable 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! The Dog of the Month, Diva, was adopted on Tuesday.


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 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.

The baseball team is holding a Mom’s Night Out at Stiletto’s, 394 W. Half Day Road in Buffalo Grove, from 5-8 p.m. Monday. Join SHS baseball moms past and present and earn 15% off your purchase (10% will go to the team.) You’ll also be able to enter and win raffle prizes from local businesses, and participate in “sips and snacks.”

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.


Some exciting PREP classes are going on next week, including Date Night Italian Style, Mother’s Day Brunch, Yoga for a Healthy Back and Purchasing a Vacation Property, Second Home or Retirement Home. Plus, our junior high students won’t want to miss out on the Cheer and Dance Clinic (grades 6-8). Click on the links above or visit for more information!


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