Monday, November 14, 2016

11 Qualify for National History Bowl and Bee Tournament

Several members of Stevenson’s History Bowl team earned berths in next spring’s national tournament based on their performances at Saturday’s Northern Illinois History Bowl and Bee competition at Fenwick High School.

The Varsity A team of seniors Ali Saeed and Nathan Cha, and juniors Chris Muth and Conrad Oberhaus earned second place, while the Varsity B squad featuring juniors Ahmed Khan, Deepak Moparthi and Shamsheer Rana, and freshman Govind Prabhakar earned fourth place. In the junior varsity division (freshman and sophomore students only), the team of freshmen Meehir Dixit, Grant Davis and David Holmquist earned second place. All three teams qualified for the seventh annual History Bee and Bowl National Championships April 21-23 in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Virginia.

Eight students qualified for the national History Bee (individual) tournament. In the varsity History Bee competition, Saeed was second, Oberhaus placed third, Cha finished fourth and Muth was fifth. In the JV competition, Prabhakar was the champion while Holmquist and Dixit were finalists. All the aforementioned students, plus Moparthi, qualified for the national tournament.

Debate Team Finishes Second at Rolling Meadows

Stevenson finished second in the Large Team category and saw a slew of students win awards at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association’s third tournament of the 2016-17 school year, held Saturday at Rolling Meadows High School.

Six debaters earned first place in their chambers: seniors Alexis Cacioppo, Serena Goldberg, Aman Grover and Aaron Merlin, junior Abhiram Kakuturu, and sophomore Shreya Viswanathan. Third-place honors went to sophomores Alan Sherman and Miriam Silberman. Kakuturu received Best Presiding Officer recognition, while Cacioppo was selected for third place in the Overall Quality Speaker category.

10 Honored at Brown University Model UN Simulation

Ten members of the Model United Nations team earned awards at the 20th annual Brown University simulation held Friday through Sunday in Providence, Rhode Island. Senior Khalil Khan received a Best Delegate honor while sophomore Dexter Darmali was chosen for an Outstanding Delegate award. Honorable Mention Delegate honors went to senior Mariel Boden, junior Adam Katz and sophomore Ellie Baden. Sophomore Rachel Potula received a Verbal Commendation.

Four students won awards for their position papers: Senior Teddy Coburn, juniors Anita Fang and Srikar Rapaka, and sophomore Mary Polupan.

Alum Shows Off Race Car in Vernon Hills

Alumnus and professional drag racer T.J. Zizzo (Class of 1993) held a meet-and-greet with fans Sunday at Firehouse Subs in Vernon Hills. Zizzo, whose racing team is based in Lincolnshire, is the husband of SHS Spanish teacher Jennifer Zizzo (Class of 1993). The Daily Herald covered T.J.’s appearance.


Friday’s Digest listed the incorrect instrument for sophomore all-district musician Adele Lee. She plays the violin, not the cello.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A State Finals: The Patriots won their third-place match over Niles West, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16, earning the program’s first state trophy and finishing the season with a 33-8 record. The 33 wins were the fourth-most in school history. Senior Jori Radtke led all attackers with 17 kills in her final prep match, while sophomore Sophie Sorenson had 13. Both added 10 digs. Junior Alex Kuc dished out 33 assists while classmate Chloe Robinson had a team-best 13 digs. Juniors Sara Bufe and Hope Havenhill registered three and two block assists, respectively. Niles West (28-10) beat Stevenson in two sets on September 17. – Official Box Score | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots broke two pool records en route to capturing their third sectional title in the last five seasons. Several members of the team qualified for this weekend’s state tournament. Junior Iza Pelka set a new pool record while winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.09, and swam the final leg in the 400 free relay, which set a new Patriot Aquatic Center mark (3:28.96). Her relay teammates were seniors Morgan Bosse and Rachel Song, and sophomore Ashley Carollo. Pelka qualified for this weekend’s state meet in a third event, finishing second in the 500 free (4:56.07). Other winners for Stevenson included Carollo in the 100 backstroke (56.48) and senior Jessica Lenhart in the 100 butterfly (56.05), plus the 200 medley relay unit of Carollo, Song, senior Danielle Fang and sophomore Claire Huang (1:46.17). Song was runner-up in two events, the 100 butterfly (56.51) and 100 backstroke (58.26). Bosse placed third in the 200 free (1:53.08) and fifth in the 100 free (53.00). Fang finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.75), Carollo was fourth in the 100 free (52.79) and junior Eva Holsen took fifth in the 500 free (5:04.89). Sophomore Sherry Mestan earned an at-large state berth in diving based on her score of 374.75, which was good for seventh place. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A State Semifinals: Minooka snapped the Patriots’ 12-match win streak, 25-17, 25-13, advancing to the championship match against Mother McAuley, to which it lost on Saturday. The Indians (35-7), making their second state tournament appearance, featured three Division I recruits in the starting lineup. Senior Jori Radtke, who will play for Northern Illinois next year, led SHS (32-8) with eight kills and 10 digs. Junior Alex Kuc handed out 16 assists. Sophomore Sophie Sorenson added five kills and junior Hope Havenhill had four. – Official Box Score | News-Sun, Daily Herald

Fall Sports Awards Night on Tuesday

Student-athletes who were involved in a fall sport, and their parents or guardians, are invited to the annual Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sports Center. Big Gun, Scholar-Athlete, North Suburban Conference Sportsmanship, and ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Performance Award) winners will be announced, and individual sports programs will have their own celebrations.


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., and 2 p.m. on Sunday, in the Performing Arts Center.

Mandatory Showcase Meetings This Week

Showcase 2017, the annual student variety/talent show sponsored by the PPA, will be presented on March 17-18. If you signed up to audition for Showcase, please remember that at least one member of each of your groups must attend a participation meeting to be eligible to audition. Each person auditioning as an emcee must also attend one of the meetings. Participation meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the Studio Theater (Room 2204). You need to only attend one meeting. If you are still interested in auditioning for Showcase 2017, please email to check on audition availability and plan on attending one of the participation meetings. For updated information, please check out “Showcase-Stevenson High School” on Facebook.

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. Meetings will be held every half lunch period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b) in the Recital Hall.

Senior Shirts On Sale Now!

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

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.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Pumpkin and apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. This scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, you must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Please stop in the CCC today to pick up your application. The deadline to return a completed application is Tuesday.

Seniors interested in the University of Virginia: The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards full scholarships to UVA to students who have demonstrated uncommon academic ability, exceptional leadership and a commitment to the community at large.  Stevenson may nominate one student for this prestigious scholarship. If you are interested, please pick up an application from the CCC. Please return this application to the CCC by Tuesday.


Trying to figure out which career is best for you? Plan on attending the Stevenson

High School Career Expo on Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn about different careers in one place on one night! Representatives from dozens of industries including healthcare, engineering, law, education, fine arts and more 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 6:30-8:30pm. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at if you have any questions.


Anime Club will meet today. Come join the fun in Room 1414 at 3:30 to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks. Everyone is welcome!

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 today 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 Stevenson Styler fashion magazine is here! Get yours Tuesday morning before school or by stopping by the Fashion Design Lab in Room 1612.

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is hosting some new events! This Wednesday,  come and DIY your very own fashion-forward choker and learn more about the club! We will be in Room 1612 at 3:30. Hope to see you there!

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.

The Indian Student Association will have its Diwali celebration from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $4.

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!


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.


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.


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