Thursday, February 2, 2017

Science Olympiad Team Wins CL Central Invite

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team captured first and second place at the Crystal Lake Central Invitational on Saturday. SHS won 12 of 23 events in the competition, which brought out 45 teams from around northern Illinois.

Junior Daniel Tao and sophomore Rachel Zhang each were part of three event-winning teams. Tao and freshman Roy Zhou combined to win the Astronomy and Microbe Mission competitions, and the junior paired with classmate Owen Simon to win the Hover Craft category. Zhang won Anatomy with sophomore Josey Zhang, Electric Vehicle with freshman Irina Stamm, and Towers with senior Katherine Liu. Josey Zhang also took first place in Rocks and Minerals with sophomore Maitreyee Malpekar, while Simon added a second victory in Robot Arm with freshman Radha Patel. She also placed first in Experimental Design with senior Caroline Fatina and junior Elaine Xiao. Freshman Christopher Yang captured two firsts: Wind Power with sophomore Tony Tan, and Game On with sophomore Andrew Gan. Xiao earned a second victory with senior Eric Qian in Disease Detectives. Click here to see all of the medal winners.

Former SHS Leader Sisi Promoted in District 214

Former Stevenson administrator Angela Sisi, the principal of Wheeling High School since 2013, has been promoted by District 214 to become its director of language development. She will lead the district’s Newcomer Center for immigrant students with limited English language skills, and also will work with District 214’s ELL staff and parents. Sisi worked at Stevenson from 1997 to 2013, starting as a Spanish teacher and eventually rising to director of the Student Services Division.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 3, Stevenson 0: The illness-plagued Patriots dropped their regular-season finale to the Spartans at Northbrook Ice Arena. Junior Nicolas Almenara made 28 saves for SHS, which is seeded No. 9 in the upcoming state hockey tournament. Stevenson will face No. 24 St. Viator. The date has not been set. – State tournament bracket

Seven Announce College Athletic Plans

Seven college-bound Patriot student-athletes were honored during a ceremony in the Forum Wednesday afternoon. The seven who announced which colleges they plan to attend and continue their playing careers were: Ben Brandt (men’s soccer, University of Chicago), Camryn Cadiz (women’s soccer, Winona State University), Grant Kinscherff (football, Trinity University), Henry Marchese (football, University of Iowa), Jake Nunez (men’s soccer, University of Illinois-Chicago), Hannah Petrich (women’s soccer, Kenyon College) and Jillian Steinbrink (women’s soccer, University of Indiana-Purdue University-Indianapolis).

Brunson Named Finalist for Cousy Award

Villanova University sophomore Jalen Brunson has been named one of 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s best collegiate point guard. He is averaging 14.2 points and 4.2 assists per game for the Wildcats, and shooting 54.5% from the floor. The winner will be announced April 7 in Los Angeles.

Girls Gymnastics Team in Regional Tonight

The girls gymnastics team will compete in the Illinois High School Association regional at Carmel High School at 6 o’clock tonight. SHS, Carmel, Niles North and Wheeling are the regional entries. Stevenson will be seeking the 20th regional championship in program history and first since 2013. SHS will host the local sectional tournament on Monday.

Cheerleaders’ Routine to be Streamed Live

The varsity cheerleading team’s performance at the Illinois High School Association State Finals will be streamed live (for a fee) by at this link. Stevenson performs at 4:35 p.m. Friday.

Wrestling Team Ranked 10th in State

The SHS wrestling team remains No. 10 in the weekly state Class 3A rankings from Go Earn It Wrestling Apparel and Illinois Matmen. Three Patriots are ranked in the top 10 in their weight class: senior Dylan Geick is third at 160 pounds, senior Nikita Nepomnyashchiy is fifth at 170, and sophomore Tommy Frezza is 10th at 113. Stevenson will compete in the IHSA Class 3A Libertyville Regional on Saturday.


SPARK Information Meetings Set for Friday

Informational meetings for the 2017 SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) summer program will be held during the lunch periods (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a and 6b) Friday in Room 2104. Students should bring their own lunch and they’ll be provided with complete application information. All interested students must attend. A synopsis of the program can be found here.

Early Bird Winterfest Dance Tickets on Sale Monday

Early bird ticket sales for the Student Council’s Winterfest Dance will begin Monday and end on Friday, February 10. Tickets will be $20 until February 10. After February 10, the price will go up to $25. The Winterfest Dance is Saturday, February 25.

Seniors, Fill Out the Parking Survey

Seniors, have you completed the 2016-17 parking survey yet? If not, don’t forget to do so! Check your school email or visit the link here. This survey is for all seniors, even those who did not park on campus.

Taking an AP Art Class Next Year? Read This

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option), and AP 3D for next school year, please click here to download the AP Art Portfolio Review packet, or pick one up at the East Fine Arts Office (6080) or from your current art teacher. The Portfolio Review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken ( Portfolios are due no later than Friday, February 10 in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).

Visiting Artist Presentation Next Wednesday

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Charles Yost, will give a presentation during periods 5 and 6 on Wednesday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. All students are invited.

Showcase Needs Student Help With Videos and More

Showcase has always included amazing videos created by SHS students, and more are needed in 2017. If you have ideas for videos, would like to perform in videos, or can help produce videos, Showcase can make it happen. Showcase also is also looking for backstage help such as props masters, stage running crew and photographers. Check out the Showcase Facebook page (Showcase-Stevenson High School) for more information. Please email if you would like to help backstage during Showcase, or if you have ideas or would like to help with videos.

Mr. SHS Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Mr. SHS contest are on sale for $5 at the Superstore and online. Mr. SHS will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, February 10 in the Performing Arts Center. Not sure what Mr. SHS is? Click here to find out.


Junior Class Board is meeting today after school in the College/Career Center to work on Winterfest decorations. All juniors are invited to help.

The Animal Welfare Club’s February Dog of the Month is a small dog with a big attitude named Faye, and its Cat of the Month is a playful “talker” named Knolan. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new 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, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


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.


Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at for any questions regarding career exploration!


An informational meeting for boys gymnastics will take place at 3:45 today in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Room 7096. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Johnson at

The boys water polo preseason meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at

There will be a girls softball informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rooms 2004-2006. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wilhelm at


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