Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Debaters Win Third Place in Elk Grove

Stevenson won third place in the Large School Sweepstakes at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association varsity debate tournament at Elk Grove High School on December 10. Twelve students earned awards, with four receiving first-place honors: sophomore Josh Zhu and seniors Alexis Cacioppo, Aman Grover and Aaron Merlin. Earning second-place awards were sophomore Thivya Sivarajah and juniors Kevin Li, Jeremy Yu and Ali Rahman. Juniors Joy Wang and Saketh Prazad received third place. Best Presiding Officer honors went to juniors Abhiram Kakuturu and Andrew Hwang. Cacioppo also was chosen for Third-Place Quality Speaker. The debate team coaches are Steve Heller, Marie Bednarz and Bill Fritz.

Junior Aims for $10K Prize at Math Contest

Junior Andrew Hwang is heading to Atlanta this weekend to participate in the “Who Wants to be a Mathematician?” national championship in Atlanta. He and nine other students will be competing Saturday for the top prize of $10,000. Hwang talked with Pioneer Press about the opportunity.

District 96 Promotes Alum to New Role

Ivy Hall School Principal Amy Gluck, a 1991 Stevenson graduate, has been named the next director of educational services for District 96. Gluck, who has served as Ivy Hall‘s principal since 2012, will succeed Heather Friziellie, who will become superintendent of Fox Lake District 114 in July.

District 103’s “Simplifying Stevenson” Program Tonight

Eighth-graders at Daniel Wright Junior High School and their parents are invited to hear from Stevenson Principal Troy Gobble and several SHS students during District 103’s “Simplifying Stevenson” program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. tonight. The program will be held in Daniel Wright’s cafeteria. Gobble and the students, all Daniel Wright graduates, will answer questions and offer glimpses into student life at Stevenson. Questions about tonight’s program can be directed to Daniel Wright at 847-295-1560.

Benchmark Exams Set for Saturday

Benchmark examinations for incoming freshmen will be given Saturday at SHS, starting at 8 a.m. The exams are intended for incoming freshmen who will not take benchmarks at their current school, or who were absent when the exams were given in early December. Benchmark exams help determine placement in freshman-level courses for English, mathematics, science and world languages (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Latin, Hebrew). However, no student can take benchmark exams without first completing the enrollment process. Click here for details.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Round Lake 2,149, Stevenson 1,974: At Lakes Bowl in Round Lake, junior Jackie Koepp and senior Neeraja Kadiyala led the Patriots. Koepp rolled a team-best 454 series, five pins shy of Round Lake’s top bowler, while Kadiyala shot a 447. Junior Genevieve Dominick had the high game of the day for SHS, a 175, as part of her 383 series. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at Hinsdale Central Classic: The Patriots (10-2) beat St. Charles East, 56-41, for the tournament’s consolation championship. Senior Willie Herenton scored a game-high 19 points and dished out three assists, while classmate Justin Smith had 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Junior Jackson Qualley scored 15 points and grabbed five boards. After falling to Hinsdale Central in the opening game, SHS reeled off three wins in three days. The Pats beat Crete-Monee, 65-46 and thumped St. Viator, 57-22, before sidelining the Saints. Smith earned all-tournament honors for the second straight season, averaging 21.5 points and 9.8 rebounds over four games. He was the tournament’s leading scorer. Stevenson opened Winter Break with a 47-46 loss to Prospect on a three-pointer from halfcourt at the buzzer.


Stevenson at Conant Quadrangular: The Patriots (11-2) won two of their three matches, defeating Maine West, 54-16, and Stagg, 62-10, and falling to the host Cougars, 33-30.

Boys Swim Team Keeps Lake County Crown

The boys swimming and diving team won its second straight Lake County Invitational championship on December 17, capturing eight events and posting the state’s fastest time this season in the 400-yard free relay. Juniors Nick Baginski, Karl Wadowski and Daniel Ng were joined by sophomore Topher Stensby in the 400 free relay. They touched first in 3:11.05, 10 seconds ahead of the runner-up and less than three seconds from the school record (3:08.91) set in 2003. Baginski claimed two events, the 50 free (21.43) and 100 butterfly (51.73), and also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:37.72) with Ng, Stensby and sophomore Joseph Song. Ng won the 200 individual medley (1:58.01) and Stensby reigned in the 100 free (48.19). Senior Matt Krames won the diving competition (436.55), and the quartet of Wadowski, sophomore Jacob Rosenkranz, junior Collin Kapecki and senior Andrew Shashin was victorious in the 200 free relay (1:29.39). In the team standings, Stevenson posted a score of 491, well ahead of second-place Barrington (333) and eight other schools. Baginski shared some insights into his success this season.

Girls Basketball Team Wins Four of Five During Break

The girls basketball team enters 2017 with a 12-3 record after finishing third at the 34th annual Charger Classic at Dundee-Crown High School. SHS won three of its four games, and senior Ashley Richardson and junior Klaire Steffens were named to the all-tournament team. Richardson was selected for the fourth consecutive year after averaging 14.7 points per contest. She scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and overtime as the Patriots overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Maine South, 51-45, in their second game. Richardson had 18 points to lead Stevenson past Hampshire in the third-place game, 41-29. Steffens had 50 points in four games, including a team-best 17 in a 55-25 victory over Bartlett to open the tournament. The win was the 750th in program history. SHS opened Winter Break with a 45-43 win over Libertyville on December 17 to maintain its grip on the North Suburban Conference. Richardson led all scorers with 20 points as the Patriots overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and improved to 6-0 in the league. Steffens scored 12 points and senior Madison Wicklund added 11. Watch the Stevenson Broadcast Network replay here.

Three Wrestlers Win Titles at Hinsdale Central

Three Patriot wrestlers won championships at the 51st annual Rex Whitlatch Invitational at Hinsdale Central on December 17. Seniors Dylan Geick (16-1) and Robert Pavlovich (15-4) won the 160- and 182-pound titles, respectively, while sophomore Tommy Frezza (16-2) captured the 113-pound crown. Senior Eric Carter (17-5) was fourth at 145, sophomore Max Gomez (12-6) placed sixth at 195, and sophomore Anand Batbaatar (11-10) finished eighth at 285. Stevenson finished fifth among 24 teams in the tournament, which is considered to be one of the top wrestling meets in Illinois. Official Results

Singer Takes 10th at Rockford Bowling Tournament

Senior Zach Singer had the highest series (1,097) and individual game (216) for the boys bowling team at the Viking Boys Junior Gold Shootout at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford on December 27. He earned a medal with his 10th-place finish. Classmate Jake Kozak was close behind with a 1,023 series and 213 high game). SHS posted a six-game pin count of 4,842. The tournament featured two different oil patterns on the lanes, from the United States Bowling Congress’ Junior Gold Championships.

Girls Bowling Pair in Top 35 at Vernon Hills Tourney

Juniors Jackie Koepp and Genevieve Dominick finished in the top 35 at the 12-team Vernon Hills Snowman No Tap Girls Bowling Tournament on December 17. Koepp knocked down 1,197 pins in six games, a 199.5 average, including scores of 241, 240 and 219 and placed 25th overall. Dominick was 34th with a six-game total of 1,086 (181 average) and the Patriots’ best game of the day, a 244. SHS finished 11th in the team standings.

Ice Hockey Team Edges Closer to .500 Record

The varsity boys ice hockey team won three of its five games during Winter Break to head into 2017 with a 13-16 record. Junior Michael Dowd led the Patriots with seven goals in five games, including a hat trick during an 8-0 shutout of Wheaton in the first round of the 23rd Annual Chicago Blackhawks Charities High School Holiday Hockey Classic on December 26. Senior Jason Roseman posted a hat trick during a 4-2 win over York on December 16, and also scored during a 6-4 loss to Christian Brothers College High School from St. Louis in the Pats’  tournament finale on December 27. The third victory was a 3-2 decision over St. Rita on December 18 during which junior Nick Cimarusti stopped 22 shots. Cimarusti was the goalie for all five games, making 90 saves. Junior Jackson Leptich had six assists and two goals during Winter Break, while senior Kyle Previn dished out four assists. SHS also lost to conference foe Glenbrook North, 4-2, at the Blackhawks tournament on December 27.

Boys Basketball Game on SBN, WRLR Thursday

Thursday night’s varsity boys basketball game against Libertyville will be broadcast by the Stevenson Broadcast Network and WRLR 98.3 FM. The SBN broadcast begins at 7 p.m. at WRLR’s pregame show will start at 6:30, with tipoff set for 7 o’clock. The game also can be heard at and through the WRLR Radio app.


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. Click here to register.

Best Voice in School? Vote Your Choice at S-Factor

The Kiva Club’s annual S-Factor singing competition is at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Fourteen students will perform in front of four teacher-judges for the opportunity to advance to the final round, where the audience will select the winner via text vote. Tickets are $7, with proceeds benefitting micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the worldwide non-profit organization Kiva. To purchase tickets, go to the Patriot Superstore or click here.

Help Plan This Year’s Project Dance

Applications are now being taken for the Project Dance Planning Committee. Students on the committee will plan and run this annual fundraiser for the Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire and the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund. The committee will meet every Tuesday from 3:30-5 p.m. beginning January 24. Project Dance will take place April 8. To apply and for more details, click here.

Sign Up to Become a PE or Alternative PE Leader

If you are interested in becoming a PE leader or an alternative PE leader for the 2017-18 school year, please fill out an application by Monday. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Piekarski (for PE leader) at or Mr. Sommers (for alternative PE leader) at

Madrigal Singers Audition Information Available

The Choral Department will hold auditions for the Madrigal Singers (a capella choir) at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the Choir Room (2202). Visit the choir web page for audition information. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Singer at

Children’s Play Auditions Start Today

Auditions for the Stevenson Foundation children’s play “The Princess and the Pea” will be held today and Thursday from 4-6 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Interested students should prepare a children’s poem or nursery rhyme to perform. We will be working with dramatic movements on the stage so be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. Bring your enthusiasm and energy!

Textbook Return, Pick-Up Information

Textbook returns, exchanges and pick-up for one-semester classes will take place in Room 1416 until 3:30 p.m. today, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. Beginning Friday, all textbook needs will be handled in academic division offices.


The Animal Welfare Club’s January Dog of the Month is a 7.5-year-old Malamute/Husky mix named Cinderella and the Cat of the Month is a playful 3-year-old named Floyd. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at! These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, who can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


Applications are available for the Lake County Federation of Teachers’ Joe Hutten $1,000 Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor the late educator Joe Hutten. Students must intend to attend an Illinois public institution (two- or four-year) to qualify. All other scholarship requirements are listed on the application. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) for an application. The application deadline is January 23.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.

Seniors can pick up applications for the General Henry Dearborn American History Scholarship, which is part of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution North Shore Chapter. Applicants must plan to major in American history and plan to attend a junior college, four-year college or university in Illinois. Applications can be picked up in the CCC and must be submitted by February 1.


The Career Exploration Program is accepting Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (


The boys volleyball team will hold an informational meeting on Monday for anyone interested in trying out. Meetings will be held at 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in Room 1922, and you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend one of the meetings, contact Coach Eric Goolish at

Beat the winter doldrums by supporting SHS baseball! Tickets are now on sale for the third annual SHS Baseball Trivia Night on Friday, January 27, at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. The evening will include a buffet dinner, cash bar, fantastic trivia, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 each or $500 per table for a group. The first 50 people who purchase tickets have a chance at winning gift cards for iTunes, Starbucks and Visa, among others. Proceeds help SHS baseball play teams from around the country during Spring Break so they’re ready to compete in conference play when the season starts. Click here to purchase tickets.


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