Thursday, May 19, 2016

Two Seniors Named to Daily Herald Academic Team

Seniors Rebecca Nelson and Bill Wei have been selected to the 2016 Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team, announced today. Brief capsules about each students are available here.

The newspaper invites each high school in its circulation area to nominate two seniors for the Academic Team, and requires nominees to submit grades, test scores, a list of awards and honors, co-curricular activities and scholarships. Students also must write personal essays, and must submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor. “The point of the Academic Team is not mastery of subjects alone but to celebrate teens who also show themselves to be whole people, involved in their school and community, and who have a purpose behind their hard work,” the newspaper said.

In his endorsement of Nelson, SHS science teacher Jason Carlson wrote this: “Her primary desire is to become a research biologist, but she is also currently editing her first mystery novel. Becca is a student who is driven with the heart of a scientist but maintains the soul of an artist.”

Wei was endorsed by his debate coach, Bill Fritz, who had this to say: “The true mark of an excellent competitor is not only the trophies the student has won, but by the team that is left behind when the student graduates. Based on this criteria, Bill is not only a powerhouse debater, but he is a valuable asset to the school’s debate program.”

Science Olympiad Heading North to Nationals

Stevenson’s state champion Science Olympiad team will face an unusual situation heading into this weekend’s National Science Olympiad at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Usually, the national event conflicts with the school Prom, meaning many upperclassmen are left out. The team has done well despite the obstacle, however. Last year, Stevenson finished 10th in the nation even though none of its seniors participated. In 2014, facing the same situation, the team placed 11th. This year, the Prom has already taken place.

Bass Fishing Ready for State Tournament

The bass fishing team won its final regular-season competition in preparation for the Illinois High School Association state tournament beginning Friday on Carlyle Lake near St. Louis. Last Friday, Will Reichert and Andrew Austin took top honors at the Prospect Fishing Tournament by catching a total weight of 6.67 pounds. Jon Mitchell and Myles Slavicek finished third with 1.6 pounds. Reichert and Austin will represent Stevenson at the IHSA state tournament. You can follow their results here.

Stevenson Community Orchestra Concert Sunday

The Stevenson Community Orchestra, under the direction of Director of Orchestras Enrique Vilaseco, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Click here to see the orchestra roster. The orchestra is part of the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP) and is affiliated with the Stevenson strings program.

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student in July

The school is looking for a family willing to host a student from Denmark who will be attending the second semester of summer school. The student would stay from July 1-30. If you are interested, call the Student Services Division at 847-415-4500.


Freshman Alisa Wang earned a Gold Award in the Poster session at last weekend’s Illinois Junior Academy of Science state competition, in addition to a Gold Award in the Paper session. Her name was omitted from the list of poster Gold Award winners in Wednesday’s Digest.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson hosted IHSWLA Sectional Semifinal: The Patriots lost to No. 11 Glenbrook North, 14-11, despite five goals from Eleanor Fisher and three by Courtney Patten. Colie Keane had two takeaways. SHS, which won the North Suburban Conference championship, finished its season with an 8-11 record.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Regional: The eighth-seeded Patriots fell to No. 9 Palatine, 2-0, ending their season with a 9-7-1 record after starting the season 1-4. The Pirates (10-7-4) advance to Friday’s regional championship against Barrington. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Antioch, 25-19, 23-25, 25-19: Grant Maleski smashed 19 kills, and Justin Leonard had 17 kills and served three aces as the Patriots (16-17) closed their North Suburban Conference schedule with a victory. Maleski and Leonard each made two solo blocks. Jeffrey Wang recorded 32 assists, while Peter Drozdzewicz had six to go along with 21 digs. Austin Zhou made 10 digs. Leonard and Maleski had nine and eight digs, respectively. Sudhish Gogula chipped in with five kills.

Boys Lacrosse

Evanston 11, Stevenson 3: The Patriots finished the regular season with a 4-11 record, and will await their pairing in the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association state playoffs, schedule to be announced Saturday. –

Boys Water Polo Team in State Quarterfinals Tonight

The Patriot boys water polo team takes on Lyons Township at 5:45 today in the Illinois High School Association state quarterfinals, which will be played in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The game marks a rematch of last year’s state final, in which the Lions prevailed. The first 50 Stevenson students who come for the match will get in free, courtesy of the Sports Boosters (student ID required). This will be the boys’ fifth consecutive appearance in the state quarterfinals, and their eighth in the past 10 years.

Baseball Playing for NSC Title, Boys Track at Sectional

In addition to the boys water polo state tournament getting underway, two other Patriots teams have important postseason contests today. The baseball team will travel to Wauconda for the North Suburban Conference championship game at 4:30, while the boys track and field team will compete in the IHSA Class 3A Sectional at Lake Zurich, beginning at 4 o’clock.

Freshman Baseball Player Throws No-Hitter

Freshman Nick Wang threw a no-hitter, and almost had a perfect game, during the Freshman B baseball team’s 4-0 win over Lake Zurich on Tuesday. Wang “had electric stuff with pinpoint control,” Coach Gregg Winter said. The freshman struck out three and only allowed one batter to reach base (on a walk) in seven innings, while his teammates played sterling defense behind him. The team improved to 18-2 after Wang’s feat.


Pick Up Yearbooks at the Patriot Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, or if you want to buy a yearbook, stop by the Patriot Superstore. Yearbooks are available there starting today.

Return Library Books, Pay Overdue Fines to ILC by Friday

Please return all library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC by Friday. Starting Monday, no library materials may be checked out until books have been returned and fines have been paid.

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.

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!

Junior Class Board Holding Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Junior Class Board will hold its “Light It Up Blue!” fundraiser for autism awareness during the Allied Soccer game at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. There will be a party after the game in the Wood Commons featuring food and fun. Students who buy a special “Autism Speaks” T-shirt for $10 during their lunch period can wear it to the game and get free admission to the game and the post-game party.

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 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.

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 today, 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.

Bright Lights Candle Sale Ends Today

The Bright Lights Candle Company’s end-of-the-year sale ends today. You can buy a candle from Bright Lights students from 11:20 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Performing Arts Center. 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.


Sophomore Class Board is meeting today after school in the College/Career Center.

Junior Class Board will meet after school today 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 in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Levanti at

There will be a girls golf informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen 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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