Friday, November 11, 2016

Career Expo for Students Next Thursday

Students thinking about potential career choices are invited to attend the Stevenson High School Career Expo from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Building. (Park in Lot B and enter the “Point” entrance.) Representatives from dozens of industries will be in attendance, and some will even be offering internships for students. New this year will be a presentation in the West Auditorium entitled “Connecting Careers to College” from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by the career exhibition in the Forum, West and Wood Commons from 6:30-8:30.

Student-Musicians Performing in All-District Festival

Thirty-two student-musicians will perform at Saturday’s Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Senior High Music Festival. A public concert featuring the all-district band, orchestra and choir will begin at 3 p.m. at Crystal Lake Central High School. Admission is $5, but free for children 12 and under.

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.

Eight students, including five on the rosters for Saturday’s concert, will perform in the District 7 Jazz Festival at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 19 at Lake Zurich High School.

Sophomore Chase Duvall (guitar) and senior Jack Henhapl (drum set) will join Kastler in the All-District Jazz Band. Senior sopranos Kristen Cardella and Annamarie Wellems will be part of the All-District Jazz Choir with Acuña, Barboza and Singer.

Host Family Sought for German Exchange Student

The school is looking for a family to host a visiting student from Germany from March 5-17. For consideration, please complete the Student/Family Information Form and send it to or return it to Room 2414 in the West Building. Forms will be accepted in the order received. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at or call 847-415-4500.

Science Faculty Members Leading Session in Oregon Today

Four members of the Science Division faculty will be giving a presentation this afternoon at the National Science Teachers Association area conference in Portland, Oregon. Science teachers Lauren Albert, Kristen One and Kristy Wrona, and Director of Science Dr. Steve Wood will lead a session entitled “Strengthen Your STEM Lessons with the Science and Engineering Practices.” The session will highlight a range of lessons that Stevenson science teachers have developed to align with the Next Generation Science Standards. The presentation is sponsored by the NSTA’s Committee on High School Science Teaching.


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Girls Volleyball Team Aims to Make History

Stevenson’s girls volleyball team makes its fourth appearance in the Illinois High School Association state tournament tonight, taking on Minooka in the Class 4A semifinals at 7 p.m. at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena. The winner of tonight’s match will play for the state championship at 8:55 p.m. Saturday, while the loser will play in the third-place match at 7:25. All matches will be streamed live by IHSA.TV. You can watch them all for $9.99. Click here to sign up.

SHS carries a 32-7 record into tonight’s contest. The Patriots overcame a rough patch in the middle of the season in which they lost six of 10 matches, and are riding a 12-match winning streak. Minooka is 34-6 and has won five straight matches since falling to Geneva in its regular-season finale. Here is a Daily Herald preview of the match. Neither school has won a state tournament match, but both are guaranteed to bring home a trophy this time. Stevenson qualified for state in 1990, 1991 and 2001, losing to Lockport, Belleville West and Sandburg, respectively. Minooka reached state in 1999, falling to Quincy. Neither school has been to state since the IHSA revamped the state finals format in 2006. Since then, only four teams in each class qualify. Eight schools reached state annually before 2006.

Patriots head coach Tim Crow will be making his second appearance on the sidelines at Redbird Arena. He was an assistant under Lindsey Celba when Stevenson went to state in 2001.

Girls Swim Team Hosts Sectional Saturday

The girls swimming and diving team, fresh off its North Suburban Conference championship, now sets its sights on the sectional meet in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Saturday. Head coach (and SHS alum) Kevin Zakrzewski and his squad are looking to win the program’s first sectional title since 2013. The Pats will face 11 other schools, including Mid-Suburban Conference champion Barrington. You can click here to see sectional results Saturday evening. While the Patriots have been working hard to prepare for the sectional, they also took some time to have a little fun by taking the “mannequin challenge.” You can watch it on our Facebook page.

Bozek Heading to Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame

Stevenson alumnus and Olympic silver medalist Megan Bozek (Class of 2009) will be inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in January. She is one of two people chosen in the players category, along with current Chicago Blackhawks announcer Steve Konroyd, who also played for the team from 1988-92. Bozek helped the University of Minnesota win two national championships, and has been a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2012. Bozek is the second person with Stevenson connections to be inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame. The late Vee LaCroix, who led the SHS boys ice hockey program for many years, was inducted in 2008.

Duo Key Contributors for Co-Op Girls Ice Hockey Team

Two Patriot seniors are members of the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team. Corynn Salazar is the squad’s starting goalie, while Katie Wynn has been a regular at forward. Salazar has been between the pipes in three of the team’s first five games, and has allowed only five goals while making 45 saves. Wynn has played in four games, registering a goal and an assist.


Honor a Veteran Today

Come and talk with veterans about their military experience, and thank them for their service, during today’s “Vet Fest” sponsored by Students Helping Soldiers. You can visit with the veterans during the lunch periods in the Wood Commons.

Fall Musical Tickets on Sale

Tickets for Big Fish, the 2016-17 school musical, are available online through the Patriot Superstore. The cost is $12. All seats are reserved. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., November 18-19, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, in the Performing Arts Center.

Sophomores Invited to “Glow Up” Tonight

The SHS DJ Club is sponsoring a “Sophomore Glow Up” from 6:30-8 p.m. tonight 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.

Senior Shirts On Sale Now!

Students in the Class of 2017 must place their orders online by Thursday at

Interested in Being an FMP Mentor?

Sophomores and juniors who are interested in becoming Freshman Mentor Program student mentors are invited to attend an informational meeting during the lunch periods on Friday, November 18. Meetings will be held every half lunch period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b) in the Recital Hall.

Freshman/Sophomore Play Audition Packet Available

The audition packet for the Theatre Department’s freshman/sophomore production of Crimes of the Heart is now available for download. The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate. Auditions for Crimes of the Heart will be held in the Studio Theater (Room 2204) at 3:40 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, November 21-22. Interested students should sign up for an audition slot.


All girls interested in Stevenson Strength and Conditioning (SSC) should attend an informational meeting with Coach Walker today in Room 7096 at 3:45 p.m. to learn more about the before-school conditioning program.

Anyone interested in playing softball in the spring should come to a meeting on Tuesday before school at 8 a.m. or after school at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2004. You only need to attend one of the meetings.


The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Coed Volleyball League will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Activities Office. This is a combined meeting for both leagues.


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

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

Breakfast with Books will be meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. Everyone is welcome!

The Spanish Club is holding a Guacamole-making contest after school Thursday in the Foods Lab. Bring friends and participate as a team. Don’t worry about bringing anything! Spanish Club will provide all the necessary ingredients.

Senior Class Board will be making cookie-ingredient mason jars for each Give-A-Thon family from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, November 18 in the Foods Lab. Seniors, please sign up on UGIVE by Thursday!


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