Monday, May 2, 2016

Two Journalism Students Win State Titles; SHS Places Second

Two students won championships at the Illinois High School Association state journalism competition at Eastern Illinois University on Friday, leading Stevenson to a second-place team finish.

Junior Cindy Yao won the state championship in News Writing, while junior Sami Sparber took top honors in Sports Writing. Also winning awards were junior Nikol Safronova, who took second in state in Newspaper Design, and senior Sarah Verschoor, who placed sixth in Editorial Writing. Senior Shubhangi Joshi competed in Advertising.

Yao and Sparber are the third journalism state champions from Stevenson. The first was Kristina Hauptman, who won the Yearbook Copy Writing category in 2007. This year’s medalists are the first from SHS since 2009. The school’s second-place team finish ties its best IHSA showing ever, in 2007. Since the IHSA started its state journalism competition in the 2005-06 school year, Stevenson has finished in the top 10 twice: this year and in 2007.

Science Bowl Team Posts Winning Record at Nationals

Stevenson had its best showing in years at the National Science Bowl over the weekend, finishing with a final record of 4-3-1. The team missed by one question from advancing to the double-elimination round. The Stevenson roster included seniors Andrew Jin, Allen Guo and William Chang, and sophomore Zachary Chin. Their coach was Caroline Humes.

Students Attend Law Day at County Courthouse

Students from Stevenson were among the 300 student countywide who participated in the annual Law Day at the Lake County Courthouse on Friday. They attended seminars addressing topics such as interrogation techniques and crime scene investigations.

College Counselor to Speak at IACAC Conference

SHS College Counselor (and alumnus) Dan Miller will be the co-presenter at a session at the annual Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling Conference in Itasca on Wednesday. Miller and Dawn Erickson of East Leyden High School will lead a session entitled “What I Wish I Knew, and What I Know Now.” The session will provide practical, everyday ideas and strategies for college counselors seeking to stay on top of their workload.

Food Revolution Club Hosts “Fittest Loser” Contestants

Food Revolution Club members and sponsor Sara Lohrmann hosted the five contestants in the Daily Herald’s 2016 Fittest Loser Contest on a recent evening, using the school’s Culinary Arts Lab to teach them tips for preparing healthy food.

Alum’s New Book Gets Good Review in Tribune

The Chicago Tribune on Sunday published a positive review of SHS alum Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve’s new book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court. The book was released Sunday by Stanford University Press.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at Hudsonville (Michigan) Invitational: The Patriots (24-1) won both of their games to finish the two-day tournament 4-0. SHS beat the second-ranked team in Michigan, 18-7, and also defeated Zeeland, 13-4. Against Okemos, goalie Lauren Burns made 18 saves against Okemos, while Allison Travetto scored 10 goals. Tanya Shkiler registered three goals in the game, while Fiona Gaffney, Lauren Maloney, Eileen Hoang and Julia Nicholson each had one. Travetto scored nine times against Zeeland, with Claire Haas hitting the back of the net twice. Gaffney and Maloney also scored. Burns made 10 saves.


Stevenson 7, Buffalo Grove 0 (5 inn.): Justin Kopech gave up only one hit in five innings, while Henry Marchese homered for the visiting Patriots (15-5-1). Patrick Loeffler and Dylan Molek each had two hits. Molek and Jack Cappalli doubled for SHS, which scored all of its runs in the first two innings. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Tom Pitchford Invitational: The No. 2 doubles team of Ben Bush and Sam Komis posted a 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over a duo from Deerfield at Rolling Meadows in their only action of the two-day tournament, which was shortened by rain on Saturday. In the No. 1 doubles quarterfinals, Brian Weisberg and Matt Harvey dropped a 6-1, 6-3 decision to the second-seeded team from Glenbrook North. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Varsity Classic: The Patriots (20-5) fell to Naperville Central, 11-6, and Lyons, 9-6, and finished the two-day tournament 2-2. Andrew Shashin scored twice against Naperville and finished the tournament with 10 goals, third-most among all scorers. Cris Tomassetti, Collin Kapecki, Justin Ginsberg and Kurt Holzer each scored one goal against Naperville. –

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 8, Lake Zurich 7: The host Patriots (3-5) won their second in a row and improved to 2-3 in the North Suburban Conference. –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: At Grayslake North, Isabelle Sparreo overtook Lake Zurich’s runner in the final 200 meters to win the 1,600 run (5:06.30). Sparreo also ran a leg of the Patriots’ 3,200-meter relay that finished second (9:33.64). SHS finished seventh in the team standings. – News-Sun, Daily Herald (+)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Tom Pitchford Invitational: At Hersey, the No. 1 doubles team of Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg won the final 13 games to rally past their opponent from Jacobs, 5-7, 7-5, 6-0. Weisberg and Harvey (12-1) trailed 5-0 in the second set before bouncing back and advancing to the quarterfinals. – Daily Herald (+)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at Hudsonville (Michigan) Invitational: The Patriots (22-1) edged the host school, which is the top-ranked team in Michigan, by a 10-8 score and also beat the third-ranked school, Ann Arbor Pioneer, 10-2. Allison Travetto scored six goals against Hudsonville, while goalie Lauren Burns made 12 saves. Travetto and Claire Haas were the leading scorers against Pioneer, with goals each. Amelia Eastman scored twice in the win over Hudsonville, while Eileen Hoang scored a goal in each game. Tanya Shkiler added a goal against Hudsonville. Burns also made 12 saves against the Ann Arbor school.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Varsity Classic: Kurt Holzer and Collin Kapecki broke a 6-6 tie as the Patriots (20-3) got past New Trier, 8-7, to open the tournament, then followed with a 15-0 shutout of Oak Park. Kapecki and Holzer each scored two goals against New Trier, while Andrew Shashin recorded three goals. Against Oak Park, Alex Kapecki scored five goals, while Shashin, Dan Maleski and Rahul Arun each had three. Goalie Charlie Day earned the shutout against the Huskies. –

Boys Volleyball

Lakes d. Stevenson, 25-22, 28-26: Grant Maleski led the Patriots (9-14) with nine kills. Hudson Havenhill had five and Justin Leonard added four. Setter Jeffrey Wang had 22 assists and also served five aces.  Austin Zhou made seven digs. Sudhish Gogula made two solo blocks.

Girls Lacrosse

Barrington 10, Stevenson 9: The Patriots’ record moved to 6-6. –


Click here for the AP exam schedule and room assignments

AP Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices — which allow students to transmit exam questions in seconds to others around the world — are prohibited from the Advanced Placement exam room and may not be used during the break. Last year, 475 students worldwide had their exam scores cancelled because they used a cell phone during the exam or on the break. If a student uses electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, Apple Watch, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices in the exam room or during breaks, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed. Thank you for helping us create a fair exam environment for all students!

Final Exam Schedule for Seniors Adjusted

The school has decided to adjust the final exam schedule for the senior class to remove potential schedule conflicts with end-of-year activities. Seniors will have their final exams on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31 and June 1, so they can participate in graduation-related activities on Thursday, June 2. All other students will have final exams as scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, May 31 through June 2. Seniors will take all of their final exams in the Field House rather than in their regular classrooms. Click here for more details.

Oscar-Winning Director Coming to SHS Wednesday

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 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.

Applications for Student Council Close on Friday

If you would like to join Student Council for the 2016-17 school year, fill out the online application here by Friday. Anyone interested must complete the application, including current members.

Prom Ticket Sales End Today

Prom ticket sales end today. You can buy them at the Superstore until the end of sixth period, and through the Online School Store until midnight. Tickets are $85 per person. 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. Adult chaperones are needed for the post-Prom event. Any interested adults can contact Jamie Epstein at

Advanced Choir Class Auditions This Week

Do you like to sing? Want to develop your skills and have a great time performing and participating on fun field trips? Placement auditions for Stevenson’s advanced choir classes (Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers) are happening Wednesday through Saturday. Sign-up sheets and audition information are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson ( if you have any questions.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Wednesday

The Choral Guild is having a benefit day at Lou Malnati’s in Buffalo Grove next Wednesday. Show this flyer between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., and 20% of pre-tax sales will go to the Choral Guild. The promotion includes dine-in, carryout and delivery.

Senior Party Slots Filling Up, Don’t Miss Out

Seniors, tickets are running out for the Senior Class Party boat ride on the day before graduation. Don’t get stuck on the waitlist! Registration forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan.


Come take a break from AP studies and enjoy the $1 Dollar Music and Movies 1st Wednesday with the Black Association of Stevenson Students and DIVCO! We’ll be watching “Rush Hour” starting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1414. For $1, you’ll get free pizza from Lou Malnati’s and free soda, too! Also, enter to win a $10 gift certificate for Lou Malnati’s Pizza during lunch periods in the West Commons. Flyer

Students Helping Soldiers will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044 to prepare for making care packages on Friday.

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


We have filled all the spots for summer career shadowing, so we will no longer be accepting any more applications. If you have already turned in an application or have contacted Mrs. Willock before today, you will still be able to participate. We will resume taking applications again in the fall for the next school year. Please make sure to check the Career Exploration webpage and follow the College and Career Center on Facebook for the latest updates. For general career questions, please contact Mrs. Willock at


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!


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