Friday, March 10, 2017

SHS Hosts Computer Programming Competition

Stevenson hosted the third annual Chicagoland ProCom 3.0 High School Programming Competition last Saturday. Thirty-two teams from 17 high schools took part in some of the most challenging programming problems they’ve ever encountered.

The day also included a talk by software engineer and Stevenson alumnus Robin West (Class of 1997) from Zebra Technologies. She gave students a glimpse into the impact that “Big Data” and the Internet of Things will have on national and international commerce, and on job trends over the next several decades.

SHS entered two teams into the competition. The Stevenson Gold squad featured sophomores Emma Weiner and Shreya Karpoor, and junior Mengjing Shi. The Stevenson Green team consisted of senior Jason Kim, junior Nikita Smyrnov, and sophomores Zain Aamer and Nicholas Lyubenko. The two teams finished 21st and 13th, respectively. Whitney Young took home the first place trophy, with Niles North, Lake Forest and Niles West rounding out the top four.

Former Superintendent’s New Book Coming Soon

Former District 125 Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kanold’s latest book will be published Friday, March 17 by Solution Tree. Heart! Fully Forming Your Professional Life as a Teacher and Leader seeks to help fellow educators create “heart-centered” classrooms through reflecting on five aspects of their professional lives: happiness, engagement, alliances, risk and thought. Kanold offers personal reflections from his five decades in education, as well as insights from dozens of thought leaders and researchers inside and outside of the education profession. To preorder the book, click here.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 19, Conant 6: Junior Claire Haas scored six goals and sophomore Lauren Maloney added three as the Patriots cruised in their season-opener in Hoffman Estates. Sophomore Eleanor Michaud and junior Eileen Hoang each scored twice against the Cougars, who have reached the state tournament in each of the last two seasons. –

Vote for the Girls Basketball Team Starting Monday

The Chicago Sky is holding its annual High School Team of the Year contest, and Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball squad is in the running. Online voting starts Monday and runs through Saturday, April 22 at this link. The High School Team of the Year will receive a complimentary basketball clinic led by Sky coaches and players, and the opportunity to host the Sky’s 50/50 charity raffle to raise funds for its team and athletic department. The winner will be announced at halftime of Opening Night on May 19.

Stensby Nominated for Tribune Athlete of the Month

Could the boys swimming and diving team have the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore area Athlete of the Month for a second straight month? You will decide. Sophomore Topher Stensby has been nominated for the Tribune’s Athlete of the Month award for March. His teammate, senior Matthew Krames, won the honor for February. You can vote here from multiple devices. Voting ends next week.


Showcase Tickets on Sale

Tickets are on sale for the Patriot Parent Association’s annual student spectacular, “Showcase 2017: The PAC Where It Happens.” Showcase takes place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 17-18 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10, with a different performance lineup each night. Tickets can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore before school or during lunch periods with cash, check or student ID, and can be purchased online anytime at this link. General admission tickets are available for students. Tickets can be picked up during lunch in the Wood Commons or at Will Call on show nights.

Don’t Miss the Winter Play This Weekend

The Fine Arts Division will present its winter production, “The Heidi Chronicles,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6 each, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore in the Wood Commons, or online at this link. For more information and the cast list, click here.

Spring One-Act Plays Auditions Tuesday

Auditions for the spring one-act plays will be held Tuesday starting at 3:40 p.m. in the West Auditorium. You can sign up for an audition slot on the Fine Arts Callboard. Click here for the audition packet.

Peer Helpers Applications Now Available

Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences?  Do you want to help staff the Student Lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? If you said yes to those questions, and you’re currently a freshman, sophomore or junior, then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available at this link and in the Student Activities Office. Applications are due no later than Monday, April 10. For more information, visit the Peer Helpers in the Student Lounge, or see Ms. Polisky or Ms DeHoyos.

Graduation Speaker Applications Due March 17

Seniors interested in being considered for one of the two speaking slots at the commencement ceremony in May must turn in their application by 3:45 p.m. Friday, March 17. Click here for details and to download the application.


Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

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 Friday, 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.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit and for more information.


Juniors and sophomores: Consider attending the Illinois Regional College Fair at CLC on Thursday, March 16 from 6-8 p.m. There will be more than 150 colleges across the nation attending. To register, and to see the list of colleges in attendance, check out this link:

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is next Thursday. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.



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