Monday, April 25, 2016

Stevenson Excels at National History Bowl and Bee

Eleven students led Stevenson to unprecedented success at the sixth annual National History Bowl and Bee in Arlington, Virginia last weekend. The Bowl is a team competition, while the Bee is an individual competition.

In the History Bowl, Stevenson’s A team of sophomores Chris Muth and Conrad Oberhaus, and freshman Olivia Lamberti earned fourth place out of 102 teams in the Junior Varsity (freshman and sophomore). In the Varsity division, Stevenson took ninth out of 162 teams. The team was comprised of seniors Marco Laudati and Kazuma Shimanaka, and juniors Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed. In the Varsity History Bee competition, Shimanaka finished 12th among 182 students while Saeed made the quarterfinals (top 32). Lamberti was a quarterfinalist in the JV History Bee. She won the JV state championship in February.

Besides the Bowl and the Bee, the tournament offered coach Peter Anderson’s students the opportunity to compete individually in a variety of other social studies competitions. Oberhaus tied for first in the nation in the Varsity division of the United States Geography Olympiad, while Muth finished second in the Junior Varsity division of the Sports and Entertainment Bee. He was the division national champion last year.

SHS Takes Third at IHSA Journalism Sectional

Stevenson finished third among 13 schools at the Illinois High School Association Journalism Sectional at Roosevelt University on Saturday. Two students won sectional championships, while two others were runners-up. All four qualified for the IHSA state meet on Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Junior Sami Sparber won the Sports Writing division, while classmate Nikol Safronova captured the Newspaper Design category. Sarah Verschoor was second in Editorial Writing and Shubhangi Joshi placed second in Advertising. Both are seniors.

Other place-winners were: senior Kayla Guo (fourth in Feature Writing), sophomore Ryan Mitchell (fourth in Yearbook Theme Development), junior Cindy Yao (fifth in News Writing), sophomore Seowon Lee (fifth in Yearbook Double-Page Spread), senior Namrata Sridhar (sixth in Broadcast News) and junior Annie Wu (sixth in Infographics). Also competing at the sectional were seniors Izabela Zaluska (Copy Editing and Headline Writing) and Sabrina Szos (Photographic Storytelling).

Spring Band Concert Tuesday Night

The band program will hold its last major concert of the year at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at and through The Cube.

District Residents Can Turn in Old Prescriptions Saturday

If you have unused or expired medication lying around your house, members of Stevenson’s Catalyst Club and the Stand Strong Coalition can help you get rid of it. They are holding a special prescription-disposal day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills police departments. The first 20 participants will receive a free prescription drug lock box. Saturday’s local collection is part of the federal government’s 11th annual National Take Back Initiative.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Distance Night in Palatine: At Palatine High, Isabelle Sparreo broke the school record en route to a third-place finish in the 1,600-meter Elite division. Sparreo, who set the school record in the 3,200 meters earlier this season, ran the 1,600-meter race in 5:01.49. Her younger sister, Natalie, placed 17th (5:13.40). Lauren Appell placed sixth in the 1,600  Open division (5:31.25). In the 800 Elite, Gabriela Jagielo finished 14th (2:25.53), and Kendall Roberts was 17th in the 3,200 Elite (11:34.71). Joanne Kim, Eliza Sullivan, Claire Sullivan and Taylor Yen ran the Distance Medley Relay, in which the first leg was 1,200 meters, the second 400, the third 800 and the fourth 1,600. They completed the relay in 14:09.22. Also, the Sparreo sisters joined with Patriot boys Paul Udoni and Jared Borowsky in the Costume 1,600 Relay. They ran as Jimmy Johns employees. The meet was an invitation-only event based on meeting certain qualifying times. – Official Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Distance Night in Palatine: The Patriots had three entries in the invitation-only event at Palatine High School. Jared Borowsky finished 12th in the 1,600 Elite division (4:23.06), Caleb Oh was 21st in the 800 Elite (2:02.55), and Paul Udoni placed 23rd in the 1,600 Elite (4:27.73). – Official Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: Brian Weisberg and Matt Harvey won the No. 2 doubles title as the Patriots finished second to Glenbrook North, 46-38, in the eight-team field. Weisberg and Harvey claimed the No. 2 doubles flight with a 6-2, 6-4 decision against Glenbrook North. SHS was runner-up in all three singles flights, and at No. 1 and 3 doubles. Finishing second in singles were No. 1 Zach Kim, No. 2 Aswath Viswanathan and No. 3 Gary Braznichenko. In doubles, Sam Komis and Ben Bush finished second at No. 1, while Ryan Yoo and Jeremy Park were runners-up at No. 3. – Daily Herald (+)


Stevenson at Hinsdale South ABCD Invitational: The Patriots had two bracket champions, both in doubles. Shirley Cao and Kelsey Huang won the C Bracket in No. 2 doubles, finishing with a 5-1 record, and Ana Stanley and Shu Zhang claimed the D Bracket in No. 4 doubles with a 4-2 mark. Other Pats who posted winning records but did not place were Ashley Richardson and DaMin Paik, 2-1 at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, the No. 1 doubles team of May Ling and Sarah Hou (2-1), and the No. 3 doubles tandem of Emily Leng and Niveda Tennety (3-2).


Summer Job Fair in Room 2104 Thursday

The school’s first-ever Summer Job Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2104. Approximately 20 employers will have representatives on hand. Stop by during lunch or your free period. Some companies will be interviewing, so bring a resume and dress appropriately! Snacks will be served, and there will be a raffle for a $25 Jazzman’s gift card.

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.

Post-Prom Event Planned at Six Flags Great America

Anyone attending Prom is invited to a VIP post-Prom event at Six Flags Great America with students from several area schools, including Lake Forest. The cost is $55 per person, which includes unlimited access to all rides, a dinner buffet, DJ, dancing, transportation and more. Special buses will leave the Prom at 10 p.m. to go directly to Six Flags, and then depart at 3 a.m. to go back to SHS. Permission slips are required. Tickets can be purchased at the school store or online, wherever Prom tickets are sold.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark This Fall

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark this fall! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

Oscar-Winning Director Coming to Stevenson

Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone and American University history professor Peter Kuznick will screen an episode of their 10-part documentary film series, “The Untold History of the United States,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 in the West Auditorium. They will show the third episode in the 2012 series, which focuses on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The free event is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation and open to the public. No registration is required. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening, and Stone and Kuznick will discuss the documentary as well as their companion book by the same name.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available, all for $1.

Order Your Free WIT By Friday

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. Order forms for students and community members can be downloaded here: Students | Community


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


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

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 sale has been extended to May 16, so buy some for Mother’s Day!


We are now accepting new Career Shadow applications for the summer. Applications must be received by Monday, 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.


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