Friday, October 14, 2016

36 Named to All-District Music Festivals

Thirty-six SHS student-musicians have been selected for next month’s Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Senior High Music Festival and Jazz Festival. More than 1,500 students from schools in northeastern Illinois auditioned for spots in the ensembles.

The District 7 Music Festival will be held Saturday, November 12 at Crystal Lake Central High School with a public concert for the band, orchestra and choir at 3 p.m.

Band students selected include: junior Saya Araki (alto sax), senior Eowyn Bakke (french horn), senior Andy Christensen (alto sax), senior Eric Kang (bassoon), junior Adam Kastler (trumpet), sophomore Yenna Kim (oboe), junior Kevin Li (clarinet), junior Julia Nagel (flute), senior Shannon Piskun (flute), and junior Ksenia Polyarskaya (flute).

Choir students include: senior Kevin Acuña (bass), senior Johnny Barboza (tenor), junior Katie Coughlin (soprano), senior Sammie Landau (alto), junior Emily Lee (soprano), senior Al-Sadiq Rahemtulla (bass), junior Elisabeth Schmitt-Wagner (soprano), junior Courtney Shub (alto), senior Noah Silver (bass), senior Jake Singer (tenor) and sophomore Sarah Strezewski (soprano).

Orchestra students include: sophomore Rowena Bakke (cello), senior Matthew Cabrera (violin), senior Jean Choi (violin), senior Aryn Harmon (cello), junior Marissa Katz (viola), junior Haddon Kay (cello), sophomore Adele Lee (cello), junior Justin Lee (violin), freshman Andrew Lee (violin), junior Haoyang Yu (violin) and junior Wilson Zhu (viola). Kay will be the principal cello and Harmon the assistant principal cello.

Students selected for the District 7 Jazz Festival, which will be held Saturday, November 19 at Lake Zurich High School, include:

Jazz Band: sophomore Chase Duvall (guitar), senior Jack Henhapl (drum set) and junior Adam Kastler (trumpet).

Jazz Choir: senior Kevin Acuña (bass), senior Johnny Barboza (tenor), senior Kristen Cardella (soprano), senior Jake Singer (tenor) and senior Annamarie Wellems (soprano).

The top performing students at both festivals will be eligible for the annual ILMEA All-State Conference in January. All-state selections are expected to be announced in early December.

Three Stevenson Foundation Events Coming Up

The Stevenson Foundation has three events coming up in October. The trio kicks off with the Nightmare on Stevenson Drive on Saturday, October 22. Run (or walk) for your life through the haunted trail around campus, then come to the Stadium for a party afterwards featuring food, music, games, a photo booth and more. The cost is $25 in advance or $30 on October 22. Your entry fee includes a lighted wristband and a food voucher for either Lou Malnati’s, Dairy Queen, Weiner Take All, or Chick-Fil-A. (Additional items will be available for purchase). Check-in begins at 5 p.m. and the Nightmare starts at 6 o’clock. Costumes are encouraged (but must follow SHS guidelines). Sign up now at

The foundation’s first children’s play of the school year will be Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, October 23 in the West Auditorium. There will be shows at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $5.Click here for tickets. After the show, cake will be served to celebrate the play’s 25th anniversary.

The Great Lakes Naval Station’s Show Band, Liberty Call, will give a free Veteran’s Day concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 30 in the West Auditorium. Although the event is free, registration is required. Care packages for troops will be collected; click here to see the list of requested items.

Alum Sailing on Research Ship in Atlantic Ocean

2013 Stevenson graduate Jared Moelaart, a student at Eckerd College, is currently enrolled in SEA Semester: The Global Ocean, a study abroad program operated by the Sea Education Association. The program allows students to study the impact of human actions upon the oceans through the lens of various seaport communities and the marine ecosystems that surround them while working as active crew members aboard the sailing research vessel SSV Corwith Cramer. The 15-student class spent five weeks in preparatory coursework along the shore in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, then flew to Barcelona, Spain to live on the Cramer for the next six weeks. They will sail through the Straits of Gibraltar into the eastern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean, visiting the ancient city of Cádiz and conclude with port stops in two Atlantic archipelagos: Madeira, where almost two-thirds of the area is protected habitat, and the Canary Islands. Moelaart and his classmates are writing updates on this blog through November 6.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Waukegan, 25-14, 25-10: The host Patriots (26-7, 5-2) served 13 aces on Senior Night. Senior Sydney Erickson recorded four aces in nine attempts, while four others had two aces: senior Jori Radtke, juniors Laura Micek and Chloe Robinson, and sophomore Sophie Sorenson. Senior Amy Arbus was 32-of-32 setting with 12 assists. Radtke led all attackers with eight kills, while senior Sarah Woodstein had four and Sorenson added three.

Boys Soccer

Evanston 3, Stevenson 1: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, junior Matt Brickman tied the game at 1-1 with a goal in the 63rd minute, assisted by senior Jake Nunez. However, the Wildkits (15-1-4) regained the lead four minutes later and added an insurance tally in the final minute. Sophomore Zachary Klaber (five saves) and junior Ethan Kalis (two saves) tended goal for the Patriots (9-6-3). – Daily Herald

Playoff Berth Assured, Football Team Seeks NSC Title

The SHS football team seeks its seventh straight victory tonight with a Senior Night matchup in the Stadium against Waukegan. The Patriots enter their final home game of the regular season with a 6-1 overall record and are 5-0 in the North Suburban Conference, while the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-5) have lost six straight. Coach Bill McNamara’s team has clinched its 28th consecutive state playoff berth, including each of his seven seasons at the helm. The Pats also are seeking their seventh NSC title in the last eight years. The Daily Herald points out these statistical disparities: Stevenson is averaging 34.4 points per game, highest in the league, while Waukegan is surrendering an NSC-high 37.4 points per game, and scores less than 10 points offensively. Tonight’s contest will be streamed live on The Cube by the Stevenson Broadcast Network; link to the game at You can also catch the game on the school’s studio radio station, WAES 88.1 FM.

Tennis Team Aims for Sixth Straight Sectional Title

The girls tennis team begins pursuit of its sixth consecutive sectional championship today. Stevenson is one of 10 schools in the Illinois High School Association Class 2A Sectional at Hersey High School. The tournament will wrap up Saturday. You can follow results here.

Cross Country Teams Competing in League Meet

The boys and girls cross country teams will run in the North Suburban Conference meet at Libertyville’s Adler Park on Saturday. The varsity boys race starts at 10 a.m., followed by the varsity girls at 10:30. Junior varsity boys start at 11 a.m., JV girls are at 11:30, freshman boys begin at noon and freshman girls conclude the meet at 12:30.

Boys Bowling Coach Earns State Honor

Cody Mathias, who guided the boys bowling team to its first state championship in January, was selected recently by the Illinois High School Association to receive the 2015-16 National Federal of High School Associations Boys Bowling Coach of the Year Award. The state title capped his first year at Stevenson, and his first season as a head coach. Three of the Patriots’ top four performers at state return this season, including 2016 state champion Zach Singer and runner-up Richy Zenner.

Bai Overcomes Rough Start to Lead SHS Girls Golfers

Freshman Joyce Bai had a rough beginning to her high school golf career. Her first four tee shots went out of bounds and she finished her first hole with an 11. But Bai ended up shooting a 44 for nine holes, signaling to coach Emma Degen that “she was a real deal.” Bai ended up being the leading golfer for the Patriots this season, finishing third at the conference tournament and qualifying for sectionals.


Sign Up for S-Factor Auditions

Auditions for S-Factor, the Kiva Club’s annual student vocal competition, will be held Monday through Wednesday, October 24-26 in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Audition slots will be every five minutes from 3:15-4:30 p.m. each day. To audition, students must be available the week after Winter Break, January 4-6. The deadline to sign up is 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 21. Sign up at

Testing Center, Learning Center Hours on Wednesday

The Testing Center and the East Learning Center will be closed on Wednesday due to the PSAT testing that will be taking place for sophomores and juniors. The West ILC and Quiet Learning Center will be closed until the start of fourth period on Wednesday.


Are you interested in meteorology? Would you like to learn how to forecast the weather? Do you want to earn volunteer hours while helping people who are suffering from natural disasters? Do you want to use Stevenson’s weather station? If so, come to Meteorology Club! Join us on Mondays at 3:35 p.m. in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

The Animal Welfare Club’s October Dog of the Month is a senior pup named Bellah and our Cat of the Month is a playful 4-year-old named Aristotle. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website! Again, these animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Rice University, Tufts University, Michigan State University, Denison University, United States Army, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Kansas, Florida Atlantic University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Baldwin Wallace University, Moore College of Art and Design, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Luther College, Truman State University, University of Vermont, Southern Methodist University, Colorado State University, DePaul University, University of Oklahoma, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, St. Olaf College, University of Kentucky, Lawrence Technological University, Hofstra University, Kansas State University, Vanderbilt University, Boston College, Carleton College, Duke University, Northwestern University, Washington University, Oberlin College, Iowa State University, Wesleyan University and Swarthmore College. Please check Naviance for the dates and times, and also for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit. Remember to print your confirmation page, put your school ID on the page, and have it signed by your teacher for that class period two days prior to the visit. Bring the signed confirmation page on the day of the college visit.

Stevenson juniors and seniors and their parents can learn about nearly 175 colleges and universities at the Illinois Regional College Fair hosted by the College of Lake County from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The fair will be held in the Physical Education Center, Building 7, on the CLC Grayslake Campus. Parking is available in lots 2 or 3, on the north side of the CLC campus, closest to the Washington Street and Lancer Lane entrance, 19351 W. Washington St. College financial aid information sessions, presented by staff from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, will be held in room 706 of the Physical Education Center from 6:30-7 p.m. and 7:15-7:45 p.m. For information, call 847-543-2588 or visit for a list of colleges that will be represented.


The freshman boys basketball team will have an informational meeting at 8 a.m. Monday in Room 8046. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Gimre at

The girls gymnastics team is having an informational, preseason meeting today for anyone interested in trying out. The meeting will be held at 3:30 in Room 2002. No experience is necessary.

Anyone considering trying out for the girls basketball team should attend the informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater (Room 4200). Tryouts will take place Monday and Tuesday, October 31 and November 1, from 3:45-6 p.m. Freshman tryouts will be in the Field House, and all others in the Sports Center.


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