Monday, December 5, 2016

When It Comes to Water, SHS Gets the Lead Out

The Daily Herald on Sunday published a front-page article indicating that more than one-fourth of 319 suburban schools have lead levels in their drinking water above federal limits. Stevenson is not one of the schools and in fact, has lead-free water, based on results from an independent investigator. The school submitted a report to the Herald based on samples taken from 11 different locations by Geneva-based Suburban Laboratories. No lead was detected in any of the samples. In addition, the school routinely monitors for legionella in addition to lead, and found none.

Math Students Excel in National Contest

Stevenson excelled in the fall portion of the 22nd annual American Regions Math League (ARML) Power Contest, and is in line to eclipse its results from the past two years. The 15-student contingent scored 39 out of 40 possible points in the contest, which is a problem-solving competition in which teams have 45 minutes to complete a set of questions. Students are judged on their ability to discover a pattern, express the pattern in precise mathematical language, and provide a logical proof of its conjectures. The Stevenson team was comprised of seniors Amber Hu and Jason Lu, juniors Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Wilson Zhu, Andrew Luo, Kevin Li, Albert Cao and Andy Hwang, sophomores Joey Rivkin and Angela Zhang, and freshmen Philena Liu, Jasmine Wang, Eric Gan and Dylan Hu. The team is well-situated to exceed its Power Contest results of the past two years. Last year, SHS posted a 33 score in the fall and a 29 in the spring, while in the 2014-15 school year it had a 28 in the fall and 30 in the spring. How challenging is the contest? Here are the questions students had to answer last spring (and here are the solutions).

Band Concert Tuesday Night

Stevenson’s bands will be featured in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

Alum Featured for Trading Engineering for Latin

Stevenson alumnus Kirk Halverson (Class of 2013) started his studies at the University of Illinois mechanical engineering major, but found that it just wasn’t for him. So he switched to something he enjoyed while at Stevenson: Latin. Now, he is the only student in UI’s Class of 2017 that will be earning a Teaching of Latin degree. He talked with the Daily Illini about his journey.

Tuesday’s PPA Meeting Postponed

Tuesday’s Patriot Parent Association general meeting has been postponed until January. The date and time have not been determined.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Cheerleading

Stevenson at Crystal Lake Central Invitational: The Patriot varsity won first place in its division. In fact, all three SHS teams won their divisions.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted Patriot Relays: The Patriot Gold squad edged defending state champion Lyons Township and six other schools for the Gold Division championship, 248-236. Lyons won the Gold Division last year. In the Green Division, the Patriot Green team was third out of seven teams. All of the events in the Patriot Relays feature teams, even diving. Swimming on winning relays for the Patriot Gold were seniors Matt Krames, Andrew Shashin and Patryk Wierzchucki, juniors Nicholas Baginski, Collin Kapecki and Daniel Ng, sophomores Nathan Gates, Phoom Lertsinsongserm, Jacob Rosenkranz, Max Ryaguzov and Joseph Song, and freshmen Ethan Batko, Nick Comini and Jake Kim.

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at Minooka Invitational: The Patriettes, splitting into two squads, took first and second place in the 3A Division among 28 routines.

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 71, Zion-Benton 55: Senior Justin Smith scored 14 of his season-high 30 points in the third quarter as the Patriots (5-0, 2-0) pulled away from the Zee-Bees (1-1, 0-1) in the Sports Center. Smith’s alley-oop dunk from senior Aidan O’Connell was the exclamation point as SHS outscored Z-B 24-14 in the third to take a 51-38 lead. O’Connell had seven assists in the game. Smith scored 22 of his points in the second half. He also grabbed 20 rebounds on the night. Senior Willie Herenton led the Pats offensively in the first half, scoring 10 points and finishing with 23. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald


Stevenson at Grant Quadrangular: The Patriots (5-0) won both of their matches, beating state-ranked Barrington, 34-24, then scoring the final 32 points in a 44-15 victory over Grant. Against Barrington (5-3), junior Jake Simon’s 13-3 major decision at 160 pounds gave SHS a 22-20 lead that it would not relinquish. He won his match against Grant with a pin in 1:15. Other double-winners on the day included sophomore 113-pounder Tommy Frezza, who pinned both of his opponents (at 3:01 vs. BHS and 5:14 vs. GHS), seniors Dylan Geick at 170 (7-3, technical fall) and classmate Robert Pavlovics at 182 (11-2, pin 1:39), and junior Michael Karp at 126 (6-5, 4-3). At 195 pounds, senior Nikita Nepomnyashchiy won his match against Barrington (technical fall), while junior Jon Ramirez recorded a pin in 5:07 against Grant. Other victors in the Barrington match included sophomores Anand Baatbatar at 285 (pin, 5:12) and Matt Zimring at 120 (2-1, two overtimes). Against Grant, wins also came from seniors Eric Carter at 152 (6-0) and Brandon Zisman at 138 (10-5), and juniors Charles Longsworth at 220 (5-4) and Muziwakhe Sitshela at 145 (9-8). – Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Vernon Hills Cougar Classic: At the Hawthorn Brunswick Zone in Vernon Hills, the Patriots finished second to Machesney Park Harlem in the 24-team tournament. SHS had a six-game total of 6,174 pins, 88 behind Harlem and 44 ahead of third-place Lake Zurich. Senior Zach Singer finished fourth individually with a 1,329 series, only 18 pins back of the winner from Harlem. Singer broke the 200 barrier in five of his six games, with a high mark of 255. Senior Gabe Gordon was ninth at 1,274, and had Stevenson’s highest game of the day, a 264. Junior Lucas Pinkus was 22nd in the 156-bowler field (1,220 series, 237 high game), senior Josh Singer was 28th (1,191, 234) and senior Jake Kozak placed 35th (1,160, 214). – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at Fremd Valhalla Invitational: Senior Neeraja Kadiyala had the best series and game of the day for the Patriots at Arlington Lanes. She rolled a six-game total of 988 and had a high game of 218, finishing 36th overall out of 106 bowlers. Junior Genevieve Dominick had an 884 series and classmate Jackie Koepp contributed a 722. SHS finished 18th among 19 teams.

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at Rolling Meadows Invitational: The Patriots placed 10th. Individual SHS results were unavailable. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 47, Warren 41: Senior Ashley Richardson scored 15 points, pulled down nine rebounds, dished out four assists and made three steals as the visiting Patriots (5-2, 2-0) won their 11th consecutive game against the Blue Devils (5-2, 1-1). Junior Kiana Cencula tallied 11 points and classmate Klaire Steffens added nine. Senior Madison Wicklund grabbed nine rebounds and scored eight points. Junior Izzy Paldrmic, making her first start of the season, scored four points and had five rebounds. Her jumper from the wing was the only field goal in the fourth quarter, giving SHS a 40-37 lead. Stevenson made nine of 12 free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, with Steffens and Cencula each hitting four of five. The Pats held Warren to 0-of-9 shooting from the floor in the fourth. – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Vernon Hills 2,272, Stevenson 1,816 – Daily Herald


Sign Up for the MLK Day of Service

Students are invited to sign up for the fourth annual Day of Service on Monday, January 16, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a school holiday. Students will engage in two hours of work at local charity sites as part of a daylong event focusing on service. All students who take part will receive five service hours. Students may register individually or in teams of up to four people. There is a limit of 375 students for the Day of Service. The registration deadline is Monday, January 9. Click here to register.

Winter Play Audition Packet Online

The audition packet for the Theatre Department’s winter production, The Heidi Chronicles, is now available for students. Click here to download the packet. Auditions will take place after school on Tuesday, January 10, with callbacks after school on Wednesday, January 11. Sign up for an audition slot on the Theatre Call Board, located outside the Studio Theatre (Room 2204).

Last Chance to Have Your Yearbook Picture Taken

Any student who has not had his or her yearbook picture taken, but would like to, must have it taken by Wednesday. To have your picture taken, make an appointment with Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio by calling 847-499-9300.

Relay for Life Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A Tonight

The Relay for Life club is holding a “Spirit Night” fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. tonight at Chick-Fil-A, 701 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Vernon Hills. Just mention “Relay for Life” when ordering, and a portion of the proceeds will go to help the fight against cancer.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s Wednesday

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser at the Buffalo Grove Culver’s, 450 McHenry Road, from 3-10 p.m. Wednesday. When you order, just mention “Stevenson Choral Guild” and 20% of your sale will be donated to the group.

Anthem Singers Needed for Boys Swim Meets

Do you ever dream of singing the national anthem to kick off a sporting event? The boys swimming and diving team has several meets with this opportunity. If you, a pair or a group are interested in auditioning, please contact Mr. Lillydahl in Room 2514 or email for information.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

The Testing Center will have the following hours during final exams: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, December 15, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, December 16. If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The last PPA Bake Sale of the semester is this Wednesday during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood and Glass Commons. Puppy chow, donuts, cake, pie and home-baked goods will all be on sale for $1.

Senior Men Invited to Sign Up for Mr. SHS

Applications for the annual Mr. SHS contest are now open. Senior guys can look for the application on the Senior Class Board’s social media channels. Applications will be open through Friday, December 16.


Teams are forming now for IM Basketball and IM Coed Volleyball. Don’t forget that team packets are by Wednesday in the Student Activities Office. Contact Mr. Wellington if you have questions.

Morning Strength Training and Conditioning is open to all students from 6:15-7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Cardio Room 5042. No one is too busy, it’s a matter of priorities!


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 today at 3:35 p.m. in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Are you interested in learning more about the National Organization of Women and about current issues surrounding women in our nation? Come join the Lean In Feminism club as we host a speaker from NOW after school Wednesday in Room 2702.  All are welcome!

The Cultural Cuisine Club will meet after school Wednesday in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). The meeting will end around 5:30.

What do you say to an angry potato? Nothing, you just butter him up! Come to Club Israel on Thursday and help make latkes and potato pancakes. We meet in the Food Lab right after school.


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