Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Late Arrival on Thursday

The school will operate on a late-arrival schedule Thursday due to staff development work. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Buses will begin their routes at 9:20.

Architecture and Engineering Club Captures 10 Awards

All 10 members of the Architecture and Engineering Club who participated in last week’s Technology Student Association State Conference at Illinois State University earned awards by finishing in the top three in their event.

Four students posted first-place finishes, with freshman Caimin Xi claiming two: the Structural Engineering-Bridge Design competition, and for his prepared presentation on future technologies. Junior Joel Slaby took first in Technical Design, and the team of junior Ethan Tham and sophomore Albert Lua finished first in two of the three problem-solving competitions (Problem Solving Nos. 1 and 3). Xi also placed second in Problem Solving No. 3 with freshman Weiran Zhao, and was third with freshman Rahul Subramanian in the Debating Technological Issues competition.

Freshman E.J. Alexis was second in the prepared presentation on future technologies, and paired with Subramanian to take third in Problem Solving No. 3. Other third-place winners were Zhao in Structural Engineering-Bridge Design, junior Tim Green in Computer-Aided Drafting, sophomore Anjana Ganapathy in reciting the Technology Student Association creed from memory, and Ganapathy and sophomore Lauren Maloney in Problem Solving No. 2.

Students competed in hands-on design challenges and technical skill competitions against other high schools across the state.

Junior Speaks at Anti-Drug Coalitions National Conference

Ananya Pati, a junior at SHS and co-director of the Catalyst youth group dedicated to alcohol and drug prevention, spoke last week to 3,000 people attending the Communities Anti-Drug Coalitions of America annual leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Pati, who also represents Catalyst in the Stand Strong Coalition, spoke about turning her passion for prevention into helping the Village of Lincolnshire place restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

Orchestra Chamber Concert Tonight

Tonight’s Orchestra Chamber Concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 6 o’clock. The concert, which will be held in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, will feature two groups of performances. The first begins at 6 o’clock, with the second at 7:30. Admission is free.

Roosevelt University Honors SHS Alum

Roosevelt University has honored Stevenson alumnus Jessica Santini (Class of 2003) with its Matthew Freeman Social Justice Award. Santini was selected for the honor because of her work with autistic children and for her efforts to raise awareness about substance abuse. Her younger brother Mikey (Class of 2008), died of a heroin overdose in 2015 after becoming addicted to pain pills. “The students always inspire me, but she is someone who just lives the mission of Roosevelt University,” Roosevelt administrative clerk Linn Bourgeau, who nominated Santini, told the Daily Herald. “Not everyone steps outside of themselves as she does.”


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 50, Lake Zurich 40: The host Patriots (19-4, 11-1) outscored the Bears 17-4 in the fourth quarter and, coupled with Zion-Benton’s loss at Lake Forest, captured its fifth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship. Seniors Willie Herenton and Justin Smith scored 19 and 15 points, respectively, and hit 15 consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter as the Pats went on a 13-0 run. Smith and Herenton were a combined 16-of-16 from the line, and SHS went 19-for-22. Lake Zurich (17-9, 4-7) led for the first three quarters. Junior Jackson Qualley scored seven points and senior Aidan O’Connell had six. – Daily Herald

Youthful Core Gives Hope to Girls Gymnastics Team

With all of its sectional qualifiers returning next season, the future looks bright for the varsity girls gymnastics team. Head coach Judy Harwood, who just completed her 25th year at the helm, should have a core featuring current sophomores Zoe Hinz and Johnna Geick, and freshmen Emily Weinstein and Riley Polatsek, all sectional qualifiers. Although none reached the state meet, Harwood said the experience they gained this season was valuable. “Next year, they’ll be much better prepared for what’s to come at the end of the season,” she told Pioneer Press. “It takes going through it once to realize the level of pressure, but also realizing that you’re entirely able to handle it, as long as you keep yourself under control.”

Herenton Nominated for Player of the Week Honor

Senior Willie Herenton is one of five nominees for PrepHoopsIlinois Player of the Week honors. Herenton was nominated after scoring a career-high 34 points in last week’s win over Zion-Benton. Voting ends today; click here to vote.


College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Get help on your personal statement with Ms. Arias, Mr. Bradshaw, Ms. Cullen, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Lukens or Mrs. Mack. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at

Project Dance Information Meetings Friday

Information meetings for the 10th annual Project Dance will be held during every half-lunch period Friday in Room 2104. Bring your own lunch and learn about becoming a Project Dance fundraiser. Project Dance supports the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation.

National Honor Society Application Deadline Tonight

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. tonight. 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.

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at


Spanish Club meets after school today in Room 2808. The club will be meeting until 5 p.m.. Chips and salsa will be served, as well as some belated Valentine’s Day sweets, and it will be a movie day! New members are always welcome, and no prior Spanish experience is necessary.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim will be the featured guest at the Law Club meeting after school Thursday in Room 7066. He’ll talk about running the criminal justice system in Lake County, as well as his successful re-election campaign last year.

Senior Class Board will meet Thursday after school in Room 2004 to make snowflakes for Winterfest. New members are welcome.


If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (Thursday is a late arrival day). Any fall or winter athlete who has not attended a meeting yet should be there, as well as any potential spring athlete. Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The last meeting for this school year (also a late arrival day) is March 16, at the same time and location.

Today is the last day to buy tickets in advance for the varsity boys basketball team’s game against Morgan Park in the 22nd Annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown. The game will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Morris University Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $10, which includes the 8 p.m. game between Evanston and Simeon. Tickets are on sale at the Patriot Superstore.

If you’re going to the boys basketball games at Waukegan High School on Friday, make sure you bring your Stevenson ID. Waukegan requires all students to display their school ID when attending events at its school. If you have brothers or sisters in middle school who want to attend, they’ll have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You can buy spirit wear to celebrate the Patriettes’ first state dance championship. Apparel orders will be taken until Friday. Click here for ordering information.


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