Friday, February 10, 2017

14 Earn Regional Writing Awards

Fourteen students earned honors in the Midwest Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, and eight are under consideration for national accolades. One of the students, senior Katherine Liu, reached the national level for the third straight year.

Liu and fellow senior Dylan Geick, juniors Seowon Lee, David Hou, Katherine Chiasson and Elaine Xiao, sophomore Alisa Wang and freshman Anna Wang earned Gold Key awards, the top honor in the regional contest. Gold Key winners receive automatic consideration for national medals, which will be announced in March.

In addition to receiving Gold Key awards, Liu and Xiao were nominated for American Visions and Voices medals, which are “Best in Show” honors for Gold Key winners. Liu received her nomination in Poetry, while Xiao was nominated in Personal Essay/Memoir.

Liu earned a Gold Key in Poetry for the third straight year, and also garnered one in Writing Portfolio. She earned Gold Keys in Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir and Flash Fiction in 2016 and 2015.

Lee also received Gold Keys in two categories, Poetry and Flash Fiction. Also earning Gold Keys in Poetry were Chiasson and Anna Wang. Geick and Hou were honored in the Personal Essay/Memoir category, and Alisa Wang was selected in Short Story.

Click here to see all of Stevenson’s regional award winners.

Mr. SHS Contest Tonight

The annual Mr. SHS contest will be held tonight at 7 o’clock in the Performing Arts Center. Click here to see the list of senior boys competing for the title. Admission is $5. If you can’t attend, the Stevenson Broadcast Network will carry the contest live at


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Seven Wrestlers Prepare for Sectional

Stevenson has seven wrestlers in the IHSA Class 3A Barrington Individual Sectional that begins today at Barrington High School. Four Patriots will be seeking their second trip to the state tournament, led by senior Dylan Geick, who finished fourth in the state at 152 pounds in 2016. This year, Geick has moved up to 160, and is ranked third in the state with a 37-1 record. Also seeking a second state appearance are seniors Eric Carter, Nikita Nepomnyashchiy and Robert Pavlovich. Carter, who is 35-7 at 145, went to Champaign at 120 two years ago, while Nepomnyashchiy and Pavlovich qualified last season at 170 and 160, respectively. Nepomnyashchiy has overcome an early season injury to post a 15-1 record at 170, while Pavlovich is 31-8 at 182. Also heading to the sectional are three sophomores: 113-pound regional champion Tommy Frezza (33-3), plus Anand Batbaatar (285, 22-19) and Matthew Zimring (120, 18-20).

Steffens Earns Daily Herald Basketball Honor

Junior forward Klaire Steffens earned the Daily Herald’s latest Lake County Girls Basketball Most Valuable Player award for her performance in the Patriots’ two wins last weekend. She hit the game- and conference championship-winning shot in a double-overtime win at Libertyville on Friday, then scored 15 points in a win over Palatine on Saturday.

Alumnus Stempel Shining in Senior Year at IWU

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Andy Stempel (Class of 2013) tied a season-high with 21 points in leading the men’s basketball team to a 87-60 win over Elmhurst College on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 senior guard is having a strong final season for the 15-6 Titans, starting all 21 games and averaging 11.6 points per game, third on the team. He also leads IWU in assists. “He’s a 6-4 wing who can shoot it with a high IQ and he comes from a winning program,” Titans head coach Ron Rose told the Bloomington Pantagraph. “He’s a team-first guy, a guy who got the big picture. There were a lot of attractive things about Andy (that led to his recruitment).”


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. 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.


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.

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


The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.  


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

All baseball players are invited to take part in open gym in the Field House Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Hitting, defense and throwing will be the focus.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. 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.


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Rauner, lawmakers can’t agree who writes school funding plan

Mundelein High putting cops in the classroom as teachers

Loyola University graduate students vote to unionize

NU student government calls for fraternity suspensions after sex assaults

SIU approves 3.9% tuition increase, proposal for new housing

Palatine, Mundelein principals taking jobs in Prospect Heights District 23

Incumbent: Republicans making Palatine District 15 board race political

Water main break cancels classes at Oakton Community College

Danville district maintenance workers’ contract ratified


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Bipartisan education politics a thing of the past?

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Endowment sweepstakes: How tiny Houghton College beat Harvard

The role of parents is critical in college persistence and completion

Total tobacco ban in Kentucky public schools advances in legislature


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