Monday, April 18, 2016

Science Olympiad Team Wins Second Straight State Title

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team won its second consecutive Division AA state championship on Saturday, edging New Trier and Hinsdale Central at the University of Illinois. The title also is the third in the last four years for SHS, which earned an automatic bid to the Science Olympiad National Tournament May 18-21 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Stevenson and New Trier have occupied the top two slots at state for eight consecutive years. A record 52 high school teams took part in this year’s state championship.

In addition to the overall team championship, Stevenson also had eight student teams win top honors in their events. Senior Rebecca Nelson and junior Amber Hu were partners in two winning entries, and each also shared in a third first-place finish. Nelson and Hu won the Green Generation and Hydrogeology competitions. Hu joined with classmate Caroline Fatina to take first in the Electric Vehicle category, while Nelson paired with freshman Maitreyee Malpekar to win the Fossils division. Junior Hannah Yan took part in two winning tandems, joining senior Katia Villevald in Air Trajectory, and freshman Tony Tan in Dynamic Planet. Tan also won Bridge Building with junior Katherine Liu, who paired with sophomore Elaine Xiao and senior Julianne Yang to win Protein Modeling. Stevenson also received a first-place finish in one of the three trial events, Optics, thanks to freshmen Andrew Ding and Katherine Zeng.

Four student teams finished second in their events: Nelson and Malpekar in Invasive Species; Yan and senior Teresa Mao in Write It, Do It; Mao and sophomore Owen Simon in Robot Arm; and Yang and senior Shu Zhang in Anatomy and Physiology.

Third-place efforts came from Tan and sophomore Daniel Tao in Astronomy; Yan and Nelson in Geo Logic Mapping; Villevald and Mao in Wind Power; and Liu and Malpekar in Wright Stuff.

Xiao was part of two fourth-place teams: Cell Biology, with Liu, and Disease Detectives, with junior Eric Qian. Xiao and Qian joined Fatina to finish fifth in Experimental Design.

Two Student-Artists Earn Awards in 10th District Contest

Junior Judy Kupchan won the Photography division, and freshman Dora Guo finished third in Overall Best of Show at the annual 10th District Congressional Art Contest on Saturday. Other students whose work was chosen to represent Stevenson’s Art Department at the reception were sophomore Annie Lu and junior Madison Wicklund in Drawing, and sophomore Michael Garcia in Digital Painting.

Senior Picked to Speak at Chinese Language Conference

Noah Salk, a senior enrolled in Advanced Placement Chinese, has been invited by the College Board to be part of a four-student panel that will share their learning experience at the National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago on April 30. Salk and other panelists, all from the Chicago area, will share with educators their experiences in learning Chinese, their future plans for using Chinese, and suggestions about ways to improve Chinese education.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at Rolling Meadows Invitational: The Patriots won five levels en route to capturing the team championship over six other schools. SHS posted a final score of 46.7, ahead of Glenbrook South (42.4) and Lake Park (32). Stevenson won all three levels of singles in which it had an entry. Ashley Richardson captured the No. 1 title, May Ling claimed No. 2 and DaMin Paik took first in No. 3. All three went 6-0. Also posting 6-0 marks and claiming titles were two doubles teams: No. 3 Emily Leng and Niveda Tennety and No. 4 Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah. The Pats received runner-up finishes from the No. 1 doubles duo of Kelsey Huang and Shirley Cao (5-1) and the No. 2 tandem of Ana Stanley and Sarah Hou (5-1). Annie Wu and Emily Wu were third at No. 5 doubles (3-3).

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: Allison Travetto scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Patriots (16-1) beat Mother McAuley, 12-11, and finished the two-day tournament with a 4-0 record. Travetto’s goal was her 37th of the tourney, 19 more than her nearest competitor. She had nine of her goals in the win over McAuley. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made 15 saves against the Mighty Macs, and had 64 in four games over two days. She also registered 17 steals and 11 assists. Claire Haas scored nine goals, including two against Mother McAuley. Fiona Gaffney had the other goal against McAuley. SHS beat Hudsonville, Michigan, 13-4, in an earlier game on Saturday, with Travetto scoring 11 times. –

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at DeSmet Jesuit Invitational: In St. Peter’s, Missouri, the Patriots (15-2) rallied from a 7-0 first-quarter deficit to tie the championship match, but fell just short to St. Louis University High, 8-7. Andrew Shashin scored the second of his two goals early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 7-7, but the Junior Billikens nailed the eventual game-winner midway through the period. Dan Maleski and Kurt Holzer also had two goals in the title tilt. SHS reached the championship game with wins over Ladue (14-3) and Lindbergh (11-3). Collin Kapecki scored five times to lead the team against Ladue, and joined with Cristiano Tomassetti in recording three goals to pace the Pats over Lindberg. Kapecki finished with 15 goals in the two-day tournament, while Shashin and Tomassetti each had 14. –


Stevenson 9, Hersey 4: In its annual Homers for Heroes game honoring military veterans, the Patriots (10-3-1) jumped on the Huskies (3-8) for eight runs in the first three innings. SHS stole seven bases, with three coming from Pat Loeffler, who also scored two runs, drove in a pair, and walked twice. Robbie McGaha was 2-for-4 with an RBI double and two runs scored. Dylan Molek added a two-run double as part of a six-run third that also saw McGaha’s double and RBI singles by Christian Dutler and Brandon Grant. Starting pitcher Michael Kingery allowed just two earned runs while pitching into the fifth inning. Logan Lavelle and Danny Lubelfeld combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots (9-9) beat Grant (25-17, 25-20) and Zion-Benton (25-11, 25-10) before falling to Lake Forest in the championship match (25-20, 25-21). Mark Kanaris led the team in kills in two of three matches, with seven against Grant, six versus Lake Forest, and 19 overall. Leo Chen had 13 kills, Alex Pieprzycki recorded 12 and Hudson Havenhill added 10. Jeffrey Wang racked up 64 assists and also served five aces.

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at York Invitational: Matt Krames won the all-around competition and two events to lead the Patriots to a sixth-place finish among 10 teams. Krames won the vault (9.5) and parallel bars (8.75), and was second on floor exercise (9.2). He earned an all-around score of 49.85. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Quadrangular: The Patriots went 1-2 on the day, beating Fremd after falling to Lake Forest and Deerfield. Each match ended with a 5-2 score. Winners in the Fremd match were No. 2 Aswath Viswanathan (6-0, 6-0) and No. 3 Gary Braznichenko (6-2, 7-5) in singles, and in doubles, No. 1 Ben Bush/Sam Komis (6-3, 6-2), No. 2 Matt Harvey/Brian Weisberg (6-0, 6-3) and No. 3 Arjun Sheelvanth/Ryan Yoo (6-2, 6-2). – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Lacrosse

Fremd 7, Stevenson 6 (OT): The Patriots overcame a four-goal deficit to tie the game at 6-6 with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, but the Vikings prevailed in overtime. – @patslax

Girls Lacrosse

Palatine 18, Stevenson 7: The Pirates ended the Patriots’ winning streak at four games.

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 5, Grant 1: Justin Kopech pitched five innings, allowing one unearned run, as the Patriots (9-3-1) prevailed on the road. Kopech struck out five and walked one. Logan Lavelle and Bronson Litcher each threw a scoreless inning in relief. SHS scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie, and added an insurance run in the seventh. Brandon Grant drove in the Pats’ first run in the fifth inning, while Charlie Bourbon had an RBI in the sixth. Christian Dutler was 2-for-3 at the plate. The Bulldogs, who committed five errors, dropped to 9-3.- Daily Herald, @SHSBaseball2016

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 15, Carmel 6: The Patriots (5-4) extended their win streak to four games.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at DeSmet Jesuit Invitational: The Patriots (13-1) rolled past two St. Louis-area schools, DeSmet (23-1) and Chaminade (21-6) to open the two-day tourney. Cristiano Tomassetti, Collin Kapecki and Dan Maleski each scored seven goals in the two games. Andrew Shashin scored six goals. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots (14-1) opened their two-day tournament by breezing past two Michigan schools: Rockford (17-6) and Okemos (16-6). Allison Travetto scored nine goals in the win over Okemos, and seven against Rockford. Fiona Gaffney notched three goals against Okemos, while Eileen Hoang, Lauren Maloney and Tanya Shkiler each scored twice against Rockford. –

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: At Grant High School, the Patriots (7-8) opened the two-day tournament with wins over Grayslake North (25-17, 25-10) and Highland Park (25-21, 25-20). Alex Pieprzycki led SHS with eight kills in the win over Highland Park, while Mark Kanaris had six kills to pace the Pats against Grayslake North. Stevenson served 10 aces against Grayslake, with six by Jeffery Wang and four from Jeremy Sandrof. Wang dished out a combined 37 assists between the two matches.


Stevenson vs. Niles North: The ballgame was suspended heading into the bottom of the 11th inning at The Ballpark at Rosemont, with the Patriots (7-4) trailing 4-3. Vera Pflugradt was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Mic Faunce was 2-for-4. –


Prom Tickets On Sale at Superstore, Online

Tickets for Prom are on sale at the Superstore and online until Monday, May 2. Tickets are $85 per person. The Prom will be held Saturday, May 14 at the Renaissance Convention Center in Schaumburg. Click here for details.

Taking Driver Education at SHS This Summer or Fall?

Students enrolled in Driver Education at Stevenson this summer and in the fall must attend two mandatory meetings this week to get your learner’s permit. The first meeting, which you need to attend today or Tuesday, involves taking a vision test. The second includes the permit test, and you can attend on Thursday or Friday. Click here for more information.

Special Exam Options for World Languages Students

Students in World Languages classes have the option to take an exam next week that can help them be recognized by the State of Illinois in its Seal of Biliteracy program. Students in Chinese, French, German and Spanish can take the Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam, while those in Latin can take the Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) test. The cost is $20 for the AAPPL and $10 for the ALIRA. Students need to sign up by Friday. The tests will be administered after school on Tuesday, April 26. For more information, stop by Room 2434 and ask for Mrs. Buccieri.

Third Annual Fashion Show is Thursday

The third annual Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday 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!

Come See SHS Artwork at the Conference Art Show

You’re cordially invited to attend the opening of the North Suburban Conference Art Festival at Vernon Hills High School on Thursday. Stevenson High School will have 59 artworks represented from our incredibly talented students. The show is open from 6-8 p.m. at the Vernon Hills High School Field House, 145 Lakeview Parkway, in Vernon Hills.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Malnati’s on Wednesday

The Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Mention “Stevenson Band” and a portion of your order will go to the band program. Orders can be placed for delivery, pickup or dine-in.

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 Tuesday. Click here to sign up and for more details.

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. 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.


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

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


Attention juniors and seniors: We have two visits coming up on Monday, April 25. U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Eric Huot will be here during fourth period at 10:55 a.m., and College of Lake County Recruitment Specialist Ashley Ward will be joining us sixth hour at 12:45 p.m. These visits take place in the College Career Center and will last the entire class period. Please sign up in Naviance to attend. Print the confirmation page and have your teacher sign the page. Bring the signed confirmation page with you on the date of the visit. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center – Room 1123.  Hope to see you there.

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


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 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Batavia. This is a free event and no registration is required. Read more here.


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. today. 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.

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


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