Monday, May 16, 2016

Senior Wins Award at Intel Science Fair

Senior Rebecca Nelson won the Monsanto Award for Innovation in Plant Sciences at the Intel International Science and Engineering Festival in Phoenix last week. Nelson won a $2,000 first-place award for her paper on a rare species of flowering plant found in British Columbia and Washington. The paper’s title was “The Effect of Site and Flower Color on the Genetic History of Castilleja levisecta (Golden Paintbrush), Castilleja hispida (Harsh Paintbrush), and C. levisecta x C hispida.” Her award was one of dozens of special awards given by corporations, government agencies, universities, or nonprofits who sponsor awards for finalists at Intel ISEF.

Five members of Stevenson’s faculty also were on hand at the fair, serving as judges: Christina Palffy, Laura Brandt, Nancy Fenton, Brett Erdmann and Director of Science Dr. Steve Wood.

Archers Hit Personal Bests at National Tournament

Several Patriot archers posted personal-best scores at the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky last weekend. Leading the way was sophomore Sami Hartman-Stackhouse, who had a personal-best score of 292 and finished 18th out of 2,004 entries in the High School Girls Division. Hartman-Stackhouse’s score qualified her for the NASP World Tournament June 24-26 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She shot three perfect rounds at 10 meters, and had all bullseyes and 9’s at 15 meters. In addition, Hartman-Stackhouse was named to the All-Academic National Archery Team Top 10.

Junior Go Ogata shot a personal-best 285 to finish 190th out of 2,277 in the High School Boys Division. Other team members who recorded personal-best scores included senior Sam Argubright (273), junior David Xu (255), freshman Andrew Miller (249) and junior Vishva Tummalapally (247). Freshman Mae Pazzol shot a perfect third round at 10 meters. Overall, Stevenson missed advancing to the world tournament by 28 points.

Prom Royalty Announced

Seniors Max Moser and Allison Travetto were named king and queen, respectively, at the annual Prom Saturday night. The rest of the Prom court included seniors Jennifer Brown, Patrick DeMichele, Zoe Graflund, Monique Hsu, Alice Jin, Peter Kulagin, Trevor Meinholz and David Yan.

Official Notice of Weed Control Application

The school will be spraying herbicide broadleaf weed control on its land at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex on Wednesday and Thursday.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: Matt Krames won the state championship in floor exercise, becoming the first male gymnast from SHS to capture the event. The junior posted a 9.50 score on floor, beating out his nearest competitor from Fremd, who had a 9.45 average. Krames is the first Stevenson state champion in an individual event since Alex Hoersten won parallel bars and vault in 2010. Krames also earned another state medal by tying for third on parallel bars with an average score of 8.80. He also placed ninth in the vault (9.05). His third-place finish on parallel bars is the best by a Patriot since Hoersten’s state championship six years ago. In Friday night’s all-around competition, Krames finished 11th. – Official Individual Results | Official All-Around Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald


Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots tied for 13th place with three other teams at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Ashley Richardson had the longest run of any Patriot in the two-day tournament, winning five of seven singles matches and reaching the consolation bracket semifinals. Her only losses came to the eventual champion from Hinsdale South, and a quarterfinalist from Waubonsie Valley. The doubles team of May Ling and Sarah Hou reached the fourth round of the consolation bracket, finishing the tournament with a 3-2 record. The other doubles team from SHS, Kelsey Huang and Shirley Cao, lost both of its matches as did the second singles entry, DaMin Paik. – Official Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The defending state champion Patriots breezed to their third consecutive sectional championship and 11th in the past 13 years. Stevenson, the top seed in the sectional, defeated second-seeded Highland Park, 15-2, in the title match after beating Palatine, 14-2, in the semifinal Friday night. SHS (32-1), which has won 22 consecutive matches, will face St. Ignatius in the last state quarterfinal matchup this Friday at 8:15 p.m. in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Against Highland Park (26-3), Allison Travetto scored eight goals and Claire Haas had three. Goalie Lauren Burns made 10 saves in three quarters of action, and Anna Mossakowski had four in the fourth period. Tanya Shkiler, Amelia Eastman, Fiona Gaffney and Lauren Maloney also scored against the Lady Giants. In the win over Palatine, Travetto scored four goals while Haas and Eileen Hoang each tallied three. Shkiler scored twice, and Gaffney and Julia Nicholson also had a goal. Burns made 13 saves.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The Patriots (26-6) reached the state tournament for the fifth straight year by winning their fifth consecutive sectional title and eight in the last 10 seasons. SHS, seeded No. 1 in the sectional, beat No. 2 Mundelein in the championship contest, 20-12, after knocking off No. 4 McHenry, 25-13, in the semifinals on Friday. Stevenson will face Lyons Township in the state quarterfinals at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Against Mundelein (24-9), Andrew Shashin, Cris Tomassetti and Dan Maleski each scored five goals, while Collin Kapecki had a team-high five goals versus McHenry. Shashin and Kurt Holzer scored four times against McHenry. –

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Tournament: Zach Kim won the No. 1 singles championship, and Ben Bush and Sam Komis captured the No. 2 doubles title as the Patriots finished second to Lake Forest in the team standings, 36-34, at Grant High School. Kim, a freshman seeded second, upset the top seed from Lake Forest, 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 1 singles match. Komis and Bush, the top seeds at No. 2 doubles, beat Lake Forest’s duo, 6-1, 6-4, to claim the crown. Stevenson had three second-place finishes: Brian Weisberg and Matt Harvey at No. 1 doubles, Aswath Viswanathan at No. 2 singles, and Dhruva Kumar and Arjun Sheelvanth at No. 3 doubles. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Buffalo Grove Sectional: Isabelle Sparreo was the Patriots’ lone state qualifier, finishing third in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:53.21. This will be the second state meet for the sophomore, who reached the state meet in the 800 and 1,600 in 2015. In Friday night’s sectional, Sparreo also finished  seventh in the 1,600 (5:12.39) but did not qualify for state. Her twin sister, Natalie, was ninth in the mile (5:16.49). Other top-10 finishers included Janine Fajardo, who was sixth in the 100 high hurdles (16.75); Amy Atkinson, seventh in discus (103-0); Jhuvi Jhaveri, who tied for 10th in the 100 (13.23) and 200 (27.35); Claire Sullivan, 10th in the 400 (1:03.20); and Kesina Daley, who tied for 10th in high jump (4-9). SHS third in the 3,200 relay (9:44.96) and seventh in the 800 relay (1:52.51). – Official Results


Stevenson 15, Evanston 4 (5 inn.): The visiting Patriots (10-12) scored 10 runs in the second inning to blow open the non-conference contest. All nine players in the lineup collected at least one hit, with Alyssa Pauly, Mic Faunce and Vera Pflugradt all recording three hits. Pflugradt was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and four runs batted in. Her triple cleared the bases during the 10-run second inning. Pauly was 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Faunce was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored. Trish Porzycki was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run. Emma Oriatti (triple, two runs scored), Hannah Epstein (two runs, RBI) and Alana Labaschin (three RBI) also had two hits. Myra Peterson earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle, giving up only four hits and two earned runs in five innings while striking out six. –


Sign Up for Class of 2017 Senior Yearbook Portraits

Students in the Class of 2017 can schedule their senior yearbook portrait today or Tuesday in the Patriot Lobby of the West Building from 10:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Seniors-to-be can also sign up online at or by phone at 847-499-9300.

All Juniors Meet With Counselors Today

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period today. Here are the meeting room locations by counselor:

Grove Studio Theater (2204)
Jones 2104
Kellogg 7044-7046
Kelly West Auditorium (2206)
Kulla West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 7014
Moran Chorus Room (2202)
Perkins 2500-2504
Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Scanio 8046-8048
Seeger 6048-6050
Sullivan 7096
Timm Little Theater (4200)
Vazquez 2104

Graduation Cap and Gown Pick Up Tuesday

Graduation caps and gowns will be distributed between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the West Building Lower Lobby near the College/Career Center. Seniors must show their student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive their cap and gown.

Senior Party Bus Sign-Up is Tuesday and Wednesday

Senior Party bus sign-ups will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104. Senior class representatives from the PPA will be on hand to help seniors sign up from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, and during the lunch periods on Wednesday. Please note: You must stop by in person to confirm your bus assignment. Friends may pencil in your name, but you are responsible for stopping by the table to confirm your bus number. The Senior Party is Wednesday, June 1 on board the Odyssey cruise ship departing from Navy Pier.

Come to the Consortium Art Festival Tonight

All students are invited to come to the Consortium Art Festival and Empty Bowls fundraiser tonight. The festival, an exhibit of K-12 student artwork, will take place in the Field House from 6-8 p.m. The Ceramics and Foods students also will be selling ceramic bowls and soup, for the Empty Bowls Project. The cost of a bowl and soup is $5, with all proceeds going to the Libertyville Township Pantry.

Read This If You Need to De-Stress

Stressed? If so, come visit the student lounge this week during lunch periods. You can make your own stress balls, pop some bubble wrap, get free hot chocolate on Tuesday and Thursday, and enjoy the time to relax and de-stress. Look for de-stress tips around the school and learn to reduce your stress so you can feel better and do great on your finals.

Sophomores: Wear Blue Wednesday for a Free Donut

Sophomores who wears a blue shirt on Wednesday will receive a free donut during their lunch period, courtesy of the Sophomore Class Board. Donut tables will be set up in the East and West cafeterias.

Did You Take Government During First Semester?

Attention seniors! If you took Government during first semester, please join your peers in the West Auditorium during your free period or lunch on Friday to hear from recent SHS alumni who will be speaking about their college experiences. There will be a Q&A panel and an opportunity for you to ask a question. We hope you will join us!

Dance Company Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Do you like to dance? Choreograph? Perform? An audition for the Mélange Dance Company and the Repertory Dance Company will be held from 3:45-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Dance Studio Room 2010. Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. Be prepared to perform a 1-minute solo of your own unique choreography. Students must be able to commit to all rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-6:30 p.m. during the school year. They must also be free every day after school during the weeks of the Winter Dance Concert (November 28-December 6) and the Spring Dance Concert (May 1-6, 2017). Any questions, email Mrs. Rothwell at

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chipotle, Menchie’s Wednesday

The Band Parent Organization is holding its final fundraiser of the school year from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at Chipotle and Menchie’s in the Lincolnshire Commons shopping center. Fifty percent of proceeds from Chipotle sales will go to the Band Parent Organization, while 20% of sales from Menchie’s will be donated. Stop by Chipotle for dinner and follow it up with dessert at Menchie’s. Mention the Stevenson Band Parents Organization when ordering, or show one of these flyers: Chipotle | Menchie’s

First 50 Students at State Water Polo Get in Free

Sports Boosters has committed to purchasing admission tickets for the first 50 Stevenson students who want to attend the IHSA state water polo matches on Thursday and Friday (50 each day). The Patriot boys will play at 5:45 p.m. Thursday and the girls play at 8:15 p.m. Friday. Students need to show their ID at the admission gate and if they are part of the first 50, they will get in free.

Clean Out Your P.E. Locker By Friday, May 27

All P.E. lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Friday, May 27. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.


The last Breakfast With Books meeting for the school year is Tuesday. The meeting will take place at 7:45 a.m. in the ILC.

The Video Game Club is holding a Smash Brothers tournament Friday in Room 1204 at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether you are in Video Game Club or not.


If you’re thinking of playing college sports, there is a special opportunity for you after school today. Several Stevenson alumni who have continued their playing careers in college will be part of a panel discussion on the recruiting process, and managing academic and athletic expectations at the collegiate level. The discussion will take place from 4:45-6 p.m. in the West Auditorium. The free event is intended for Stevenson student-athletes and their parents. Click here for details.

There will be a girls basketball summer informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Graham at

Today is your last chance to buy Leider Greenhouse gift certificates to help benefit the girls lacrosse program. 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.


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