Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Chess Team Seeded Fourth in State Tournament

The SHS chess team will compete in the Illinois High School Association state tournament beginning Friday at the Peoria Civic Center. Stevenson has earned the No. 4 seed in the 149-school competition, and will face Prospect in the first round. SHS has finished second in the state the last two years, and four of the last five.

The students representing Stevenson this weekend will be senior Rahul Dhiman, juniors Alex Bian, Conrad Oberhaus and Marcus Engstrom, sophomores Miranda Liu, Jack Xiao, Shashank Bala and Kavin Lavari, and freshmen Adam Wallach and Anthony Yan.

Bian is the Patriots’ top player, having earned state medals on Board 1 in 2015 and 2016. He was one of three players to finish with a perfect score at last year’s tournament. Dhiman, who will be making his fourth state appearance, also has a state medal, on Board 6 in 2015. Oberhaus heads to state for the third time, while Liu, Bala and Xiao are on the state roster for the second time.

Junior Finishes Third at National Math Contest

Junior Andrew Hwang finished third in the “Who Wants to be a Mathematician?” national championship in Atlanta last month. He was one of 10 finalists, and brought home $1,000 for himself and $1,000 for the SHS Math Division. Hwang is a member of the school’s math team.

As this Daily Herald article points out, however, math is just one area in which Hwang excels. He’s also involved in several clubs, including the debate team, Model United Nations, Health Occupations Students of America, and Youth in Government. He also is a member of the boys gymnastics team.

Also impressive are Hwang’s parents, Eunjoon and Sae Hwang, who have sacrificed much for Andrew and older brother Peter (Class of 2014), a junior at Yale University. The Hwangs, both college-educated in South Korea, came to the U.S. and overcame racism and a language barrier while working at grocery stores in Texas and raising the boys. The family moved to Lincolnshire when Andrew was in third grade. “They gave up a lot for me to pursue my education,” Andrew told the Daily Herald. “They made sacrifices. I think that, in and of itself, inspires me to work hard and do that best I can.”

National Honor Society Application Deadline Next Week

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, February 15. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at as soon as possible.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 85, Zion-Benton 74: Senior Willie Herenton scored a career-high 34 points as the Patriots (17-4, 9-1) prevailed in a matchup between the North Suburban Conference’s top two teams in Zion. Herenton scored 13 points in the final quarter, including a three-pointer around the four-minute mark that stopped a rally by the Zee-Bees (17-8, 7-3) and allowed SHS to regain control. He hit 10 of 13 shots from the floor and 12 of 15 from the free throw line, and also dished out four assists and grabbed four rebounds. Junior Jackson Qualley also had a career night with 18 points, including a trio of three-pointers in the first half. Senior Justin Smith added 16 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists. Seniors Eric Zalewski and Aidan O’Connell each scored eight points. Stevenson extended its league lead over Zion-Benton to two games with four to play. SHS travels to Libertyville Friday night. – News-Sun, Daily Herald


Marchese to Join Illinois Football Program

Senior Michael Marchese has accepted an offer from the University of Illinois football team to be a preferred walk-on this fall. Marchese, whose twin brother Henry signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Iowa last week, will be joining older brother Jim, who is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Illini. Marchese made 94 tackles for the Patriots last fall, and also had seven tackles for loss and three interceptions. He broke up another four passes, forced two fumbles and also recovered a fumble.

Varsity, JV Hockey Players Earn League Honors

The varsity boys ice hockey team takes on Glenbrook North tonight in the opening game of its best-of-three, first-round Scholastic Cup playoff series. Faceoff is scheduled for 8:40 at Northbrook Ice Arena. Several Patriots have earned Scholastic Hockey League honors in advance of the playoffs. Junior Michael Dowd was named to the SHL All-League Second Team, and 11 players were selected to the SHL Varsity All-Academic Team: seniors Jacob Saddler, Benjamin Stavola and Daniel Wolfe; juniors Nicolas Almenara, Jake Camp, Roey Kleiman, Jackson Leptich, Frank Wiest-Puchala and Jack Wiley; sophomore Max Slavin; and freshman Jonathan Leptich. Eleven members of the junior varsity earned JV All-Academic Team recognition: junior Jonathan Goldberg; sophomores Akhil Atluri, Sam Frishman, Billy Kopka, Adam Offenbach, Daniel Romm, Justin Roseman and Alan Tokarsky; and freshmen McCrea Anderson, Itai Kleiman and Max Kulick. The JV Patriots also are involved in SHL playoffs, and lead Glenbrook South 1-0 in their best-of-three series that continues Thursday.


Improv Club to Perform Tonight

The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improvisational troupe, will give a free performance at 7 o’clock tonight in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center.

Visiting Artist Presentation Today

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

Registration Meeting for Strings 2018 Trip to Italy Tonight

There will be a mandatory registration meeting for all strings students and their parents participating in the 2018 performance trip to Italy at 6 o‘clock tonight in the Orchestra Room (Room 2200). The trip itinerary includes stops in Rome, Palermo and Taormina between March 23-28, 2018. For questions, contact Mr. Vilaseco at

Come Pick the Next Mr. SHS Friday Night

Which senior boy should be Mr. SHS? You can help decide during the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Call it a “man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it, you have to call it fun! Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore, online or at the door.

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 in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).


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!


The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 15. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at for varsity, Coach Sorkin at for sophomore, and Coach Smith at for freshman.


Tu B’Shvat is this weekend. Celebrate the birthday of the trees by making chocolate bark-and-fruit smoothies. Join Club Israel Thursday in the Food Lab (Room 1406) right after school.

The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its next meeting to inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting is after school Monday in Room 7068.

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!


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