Wednesday, May 18, 2016

10 Juniors Earn Perfect ACT Scores

Ten students, all juniors, earned perfect scores on the ACT college-entrance exam given at Stevenson in March. Students who scored a 36 were Kevin Acuna, Nathan Cha, Aryn Harmon, Amber Hu, Michael Komarovsky, Jason Lu, Alexander Shi, Manikandan Swaminathan, Alice Zhang and Zimo Zhu. This brings to 17 the number of students in the Class of 2017 who have recorded a perfect ACT score.

Best Buddies Chapter Raises $20K for Parent Organization

Stevenson’s Best Buddies chapter raised more than $20,000 for the Best Buddies Illinois Friendship Walk held May 7 at Brookfield Zoo. The walk raised money to help Best Buddies International create new chapters in underfunded schools to expand its mission of creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Stevenson’s chapter took home the award for Top Team Fundraising, and junior Carly Fishbein won the award for Top Individual Fundraiser. She raised $2,425.

More Than 30 Earn Awards at State Science Fair

More than 30 students earned Gold Awards at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science state competition last weekend at Millikin University in Decatur. More than 1,000 projects from around the state were presented.  

On Friday, nine of 13 students who presented projects at the Paper session earned Gold awards: juniors Rahul Arun, Revanth Bellam, Shivani Dhebar, Aman Grover and Christie Kang, sophomores Saketh Prazad, Carina Su and Jonathan Xue, and freshman Alisa Wang. Grover earned a special distinction by receiving an Apple Dental PC Award for having one of the top three papers in the competition. He received $150 for placing second with his paper on “The Effect of Ethanol on the Efficacy of SAHA in Treating Breast Cancer.” In addition, Arun, Dhebar and Kang finished in the top 10 in the Senior Division (grades 9-12), while Bellam, Su, Xue and Wang were in the top 10 for the Paper Session Excellence Award. Sophomore Rebecca Lin earned a Silver Award, while junior Sneha Poondru and sophomores Srikar Rapaka and Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla received Bronze Awards. Paper Session Awards | Overall Results

On Saturday, 24 students presented projects at the Poster session, with 21 earning Gold Awards: juniors Revanth Bellam, Aman Grover, Christie Kang, Hiranmayee Kundeti, Ndallah Njongmeta and Sneha Poondru, sophomores Sanketh Bhaskar, Noah Hirsch, Justin Lee, Srikar Rapaka, Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla, Carina Su, Jonathan Xue and Cindy Yao, and freshmen Anubhav Agarwal, Vaibhav Gupta, Riya Gyanmote, Maema Njongmeta, Aniket Nuthalapati, Pujan Rawal and Shreya Viswanathan. Silver Awards were earned by freshman Annie Xu and sophomore Shreya Sriram.

Several posters earned Best in Category honors: Viswanathan for Biochemistry (“Effect of Various Anticoagulants on Clot Mass in a Blood Model”), Yao for Botany (“Effect of Location and Season on the Colonization of Fungi in Trees”), Bhaskar for Earth Science (“The Effect of Brand of Soil on Soil Texture pH”) and and Su for Mathematics (“Development of a Novel Algorithm for the Traveling Salesmen Problem”). Also, Gyanmote, Kang, Hirsch, Grover and Xu earned special awards for excellence from the Health Science Learning Exchange for projects dealing with various areas of health science. Poster Session Best in Category | Overall Results

College Counselor Featured in Gap-Year Article

College Counselor Dan Miller is featured in a front-page Daily Herald article today about the advantages and disadvantages of graduating seniors taking a “gap year” before entering college. Miller, a Stevenson alumnus who worked in the admissions office at George Washington University before returning to his high school alma mater, praised the idea. “As school counselors, we talk about the importance of self-care, and the pursuit of a gap year allows kids to recharge for an entire school year by traveling or participating in community service or other activities that interest them before diving into the rigors of higher education,” he told the paper. “This process of self-discovery and gaining independence by exploring endless opportunities are huge benefits of a gap year.”


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 10, Lake Zurich 0 (5 inn.): Justin Kopech and Logan Lavelle combined on a three-hit shutout as the host Patriots clinched the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship on Senior Night. SHS (22-7-1, 9-3) will travel to Prairie Division champion Wauconda (23-4,12-0) on Thursday to play in the last NSC Championship Game. Kopech threw four innings of one-hit ball, striking out three, while Lavelle tossed the final frame against the Bears (11-17, 3-9). Offensively, Stevenson rapped out nine hits and stole six bases while winning their fifth straight game. Patrick Loeffler was 1-for-1 with a two-run triple during a four-run second inning. Henry Marchese was 2-for-2, scoring two runs and driving in two, while Charlie Ling (two runs, two stolen bases, RBI) and Brandon Grant (one run, RBI) both went 2-for-3. Jack Trotter was 1-for-2 with two runs scored. – Daily Herald (+),

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 8, Huntley 7: The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the host Patriots (4-10), who close out the regular season against Evanston at 7 o’clock tonight in the Stadium. –


Libertyville 22, Stevenson 10: Emma Oriatti was 3-for-3 with a home run, double and five RBI for the host Patriots on Senior Night. – Daily Herald (+)

Monday’s Varsity Results


Zion-Benton 10, Stevenson 1

Girls Soccer, Lacrosse in Regionals Tonight

The Patriot girls soccer team will face Palatine at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Barrington Regional at 6 o’clock tonight. SHS is the No. 8 seed in the Palatine Sectional, while the Pirates are the No. 9 seed. The winner will face top-seeded Barrington for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Friday. The girls lacrosse team will play host to Glenbrook North in the Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association sectional semifinals at 5:30 today in the Stadium.

Autism Fundraiser at Saturday’s Allied Soccer Game

The final Allied Soccer game of the year on Saturday also will feature the Junior Class Board’s “Light It Up Blue!” fundraiser for autism awareness. The game will start at 1 p.m. in the Stadium, followed by a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Students who buy a special T-shirt for $10 during their lunch period can wear it to the game and get free admission to the game and the party.


Yearbook Distribution for Freshmen, Sophomores Today

Yearbooks will be distributed to freshmen and sophomores today during the lunch periods in the Patriot Lobby and Glass Commons. After today, yearbooks can be picked up or purchased in the Patriot Superstore.

Senior Party Bus Sign-Up Ends Today

Senior Party bus sign-ups will take place today in the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104 during the lunch periods. 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.

Candle Sale Outside the PAC Today and Thursday

The Bright Lights Candle Company is having its end-of-the-year sale in front of the Performing Arts Center today and Thursday from 11:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds will go toward purchasing additional supplies to continue student vocational training. Candle prices are $4 for votives, $8 for a small, and $10 for a three-wick.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chipotle, Menchie’s Today

The Band Parent Organization is holding its final fundraiser of the school year from 5-9 p.m. today 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

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!

Mandatory 2016-17 American Studies Meeting on Friday

If you are enrolled in Honors American Studies for next year, there is a mandatory informational meeting in the Recital Hall (4100) during all lunch periods on Friday. There are two meetings per period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b), and you need to attend one of them. Please contact Mr. Anderson ( or Mr. Heller ( if you have any questions.

Meetings for AP Drawing, 2D and 3D Art Students

There will be informational meetings for all students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art, AP Drawing and AP 2D Media for the 2016-17 school year. Students enrolled in AP 3D Design Art will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 in Room 1422. Students enrolled in AP Drawing and AP 2D Media will meet from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in Room 1426. The purpose of the meetings will be to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Attendance at the meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken ( and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday, May 27, in Room 1426.

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.

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 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.


Junior Class Board will meet Thursday after school in Room 2004 to finish the details for Light It Up Blue! New members are always welcome.

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.


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

The girls lacrosse team will be selling Jamba Juice smoothies during the lunch periods on Tuesday in the Wood Commons. For $4, you can get a 16-ounce smoothie in one of these flavors: Caribbean Passion, Strawberry Wild, Razzmatazz and Mango-A-Go-Go. Funds raised will benefit the varsity’s spring break trip.

The girls cross country team will have an informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Levanti at


Registration is open for the the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) youth and high school summer camps! We have an expanded selection camps in engineering, sports, music and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy. For more information, visit or call 847-415-4145. Camps fill quickly so register today!

PREP is excited about its new Intro to Fitness and Nutrition camp for students in grades 7-8. This new program is designed to provide young students entering adolescence the importance of lifelong fitness and nutrition. It will focus on three key areas; proper form, basic everyday nutrition, and basic athletic movements. This class is not meant to put kids through a rigorous 90-minute workout, but instead allow them to learn some basic things that they can do on their own when at home. It will also promote better techniques for exercise and some background knowledge in nutrition, as high school athletics nears. The same class will be offered two times a day to help with conflicts during other camps. Click on one of these links to register: 8:30-10 a.m. | 10-11:30 a.m.


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