Monday, November 7, 2016

Chess Team Captures Evanston Invitational

The SHS chess team continued its strong start to the season by winning the Evanston Invitational on Saturday. Stevenson beat Chicago Northside, Maine South, Fremd and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. In addition to the tournament victory, SHS is off to a 4-0 start in the North Suburban Chess League, with wins over Deerfield, Lake Forest, Glenbrook North and Waukegan. Members of the team are Alex Bian, Rahul Dhiman, Marcus Engstrom, Adit Ghosh, Miranda Liu, Conrad Oberhaus, Sritej Vontikommu, Adam Wallach, Jack Xiao and Anthony Yan.

Next CPN Parent Book Jam Focuses on Technology

The Vernon Area Public Library and the Community Parent Network are sponsoring their latest Parent Book Jam from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, November 14 at the Vernon Area Library. The event will focus on the book Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers by Dr. Lucy Jo Palladino. The event will provide parents with the tools to teach children, from toddlers to teens, how to gain control of their technology use. In her book, Palladino offers seven evidence-based steps to help kids build awareness, make good choices about their screen time and to help build a better brain. A limited number of books are available at the library’s Youth Desk. Even those who haven’t read the book are welcome to attend the discussion. Those planning to attend are asked to register at the Vernon Area Public Library District website.

Stevenson’s 1952 Concession Speech Still Inspires

The pointed jabs and barbs of the 2016 presidential election have led to media pieces wistful for a return of high-minded rhetoric, with several pointing to school namesake Adlai E. Stevenson II as an exemplar. This piece from the Washington Post highlights Stevenson’s remarks after losing to Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential race, which the New Yorker’s Hedrik Hertzberg called “the granddaddy of all concession speeches.”


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier 4, Stevenson 1: With the loss at North Shore Rink, the Patriots dropped to 6-7 on the season.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball Headed to State!

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Dundee-Crown Supersectional: The Patriots (32-7) won the super sectional championship, 25-21, 25-22 over DeKalb on Saturday. Senior Jori Radtke led SHS with 10 kills and two aces. A block from Sara Bufe sends the Pats to state for the first time since 2001. Stevenson will play Minooka in the state semifinals at Redbird Arena in Normal at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 11. Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: The Patriots finished 19th as a team on Saturday at Peoria’s Detweiler Park in their fourth appearance at state finals.  Among those who placed were juniors Isabelle Sparreo (17:39), Natalie Sparreo (17:58), Gabriela Jagielo (18:44), Shea Kirby (20:12), sophomore Kendall Roberts (18:42), and freshmen Caimin Xi (18:48) and Michelle Yu (18:51) – Official Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: Junior Nikita Smyrnov (15:48) placed 157th at the IHSA Boys 3A State Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Official Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots won 8 out of 11 events to amass 368 points, well ahead of runner-up and host Lake Forest (268), on Saturday. Warren took home third (222), while Libertyville was fourth (209) and Mundelein fifth (112). Patriots Danielle Fang, Ashley Carollo, Rachel Song, and Claire Huang took the lead right from the start by crushing 200-yard medley relay in a school-record time of 1:45.70. Daily Herald


Stevenson at Lowell (Indiana) Invitational: The Patriots won 18 medals and placed in the top three as follows at Saturday’s Lowell Invitational: Zimo Zhu (second, men’s epee), Jeehyun Sung (third, men’s epee), Andrew Kim (first, men’s saber), Patrick Sack (second, men’s saber), Rachel Arayni (first, women’s epee), Nikita Jhangiani (third, women’s epee), Julia Son (third, women’s foil) and Rachel Roh (second, women’s saber). Results


Tickets on Sale for Girls Volleyball State Finals and Pep Bus

Tickets for the girls volleyball state finals are on sale now at the school store before and after school, and during lunch periods today through Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. Game tickets are $8 for each game. The Athletic Department is offering a pep bus to the ISU Redbird Arena in Bloomington Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12.  The cost of the pep bus and admission is $15 each night. Friday’s bus will leave at 3:45 p.m. from Lot B. Saturday’s bus will leave at 4 p.m. for a 7:25 p.m. third-place game or 5:30 p.m. for an 8:55 p.m. first-place game. A signed permission slip and game ticket are required. Students must ride the pep bus to and from the game. Permission slips are available online and at the school store. The first 40 students who turn in their permission forms will receive a free ticket for the game and bus, compliments of the Sports Boosters.

Students Helping Soldiers and Catalyst Club Team Up to Honor Vets

Catalyst Club is collecting care package items for soldiers (playing cards, squishy balls, yo-yos, magazines, hard candy, beef jerky, gum, protein bars, Swedish Fish, peanuts, cookies, powder-type drink mixes like Propel, lip balm, letter-writing materials, DVDs, etc.) Collection bins are located at the Point and Sports Center entrances. After school on Friday, Catalyst will host a pizza party during which the items will be packaged and sent to soldiers. Afterwards, club members will head to Menchie’s for dessert and a portion of sales will benefit student substance prevention. On Friday, Students Helping Soldiers will welcome veterans to attend their inaugural “Vet Fest” during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Students will be able to talk with veterans about their military experience and thank them for their service.

Sophomores Invited to “Glow Up” Friday Night

The SHS DJ Club is sponsoring a “Sophomore Glow Up” at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons. Admission is free to all sophomores who present their student ID. There will be glow sticks, food and fun. Dubriot, B2B and Anupam will perform, and UR MAI WAIFU will be the featured artist.

Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Continue This Week

Audition sign-ups for Showcase, the PPA’s annual student variety/talent show, will be held Tuesday through Thursday during all lunch periods in the Wood and Glass Commons. No act is too unique! Singers, dancers, bands, musicians, comedians, magicians and actors are wanted! The PPA is looking for creative acts to “showcase” your talent. Showcase acts must have a minimum of three performers unless the act is very “unique.” If you need help finding a group try the Showcase Facebook page, or contact Edie Eiseman-Axe at or Sherrie Getlin at Showcase 2017 variety act auditions will be held on January 12 and 18. Band auditions will be held on January 14. Seniors interested in auditioning to be emcees or Weekend Update anchors should also sign up during “audition sign ups.” Emcee/anchor auditions will be held January 9. Please fill out the Audition Sign-Up Form and bring it to sign-ups on the days listed above. The form and more detailed information can be found at


Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Commander tournament on Friday in Room 1508/1510. The cost is $10 to attend, and every participant will get a 100-card pre-made deck.


The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: University of Nebraska and Bennington 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.


Anyone interested in playing Girls Softball in the spring should come to a meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 8 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. in Room 2004. You only need to attend one of these meetings.

If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday, November 10 from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (November 10 is a late arrival day). Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The other meeting dates for this school year (all late arrival days) are December 1, February 16 and March 16, at the same time and location.


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