Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Underclassmen Shine at State TEAMS Contest

Stevenson captured the top three places in the ninth- and 10th-grade division at the state Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science competition at the Illinois Institute of Technology on March 10.

The team of sophomores Andrew Ding, Alex Dong, Andrew Gan, Aniket Nuthalapati, Joseph Rivkin, Tony Tan and Angela Zhang, and freshman Eric Gan posted the highest score among all groups in the grades 9-10 competition.

Second place went to the team of sophomores Samarth Goel, James Lim, Rohit Mandava, Poojan Palwai and Alisa Wang, and freshmen Caitlin Goldberg and Joshua Tsai. Finishing third were freshmen Healey Kogan, Philena Liu, Emily Lu, Samhita Madduru, Patrick Tong, Anna Wang, Megan Wei and Jasmine Zhang.

All three of the grades 9-10 teams qualified for the national TEAMS conference, which will be held June 21-24 in Orlando. Also qualifying for the national conference were Stevenson’s two entries in the grades 11-12 division.

One roster included juniors Albert Cao, Zachary Chin, David Liang, Andrew Luo, Samarth Madduru, Deepak Moparthi and Wilson Zhu. The other team featured senior Michael Krebs, and juniors Matt Adams, Alex Dove, Tim Green, Jovan Monteiro, Kyle Racelis, Joel Slaby and Ravi Sunder.

Strings Students Take In Stravinsky Premiere at CSO

Members of the Stevenson strings program were among those in attendance for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s American premiere of a newly discovered piece by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky last Saturday. The concert capped a day-long trip into the city that started with clinics at North Park University led by violin professor Renee-Paul Gauthier and guitar professor Dr. Julie Goldberg. The SHS contingent also had guided tours of Symphony Center and the William Harris Lee violin shop in the Fine Arts Building, plus unguided walks through the Harold Washington Public Library and the Chicago Cultural Center. They also participated in a pre-concert lecture before the CSO performance, which featured the U.S. debut of Stravinsky’s “Funeral Song.”

Learn About Social Hosting Laws Before Prom, Graduation

With Prom and graduation around the corner, Stevenson parents and other community members are invited to learn about social hosting laws at the next Stand Strong Coalition meeting. The meeting will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lincolnshire Village Hall. Representatives from the Lincolnshire Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to discuss the legal consequences parents face if they allow underage drinking in their home — or in places they rent.

Special Delivery for School Psychologist

As a school psychologist, Angela O’Brien is accustomed to challenging situations. Recently, she had one of her own. O’Brien and her husband Kevin were expecting their second child last month, but the arrival came sooner than expected. So soon, in fact, that they didn’t have time to go to the hospital. Instead, Paige Noelle O’Brien was born at 12:40 a.m. March 30 in the O’Brien’s home, assisted by paramedics from the Lake Zurich Fire Department. As a sign of gratitude, the O’Briens brought pizza to the crew at the main fire station last Friday. The Daily Herald wrote about the deliveries.


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Two More Seniors to Sign Letters of Intent Today

Add two more names to the list of senior student-athletes signing national letters of intent today. Danielle Fang, who will swim for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and David Goncharov, who will run for the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology track team, will join 14 other Patriots at this afternoon’s signing ceremony in the Wood Commons. The ceremony starts at approximately 2:40.

Four Seniors Playing in County All-Star Hoops Event

Senior basketball players Justin Smith, Willie Herenton, Ashley Richardson and Madison Wicklund will be among the area standouts participating in the eighth annual Lake County Senior Girls and Boys Shootout on Thursday, April 20 at Waukegan High School. The event will feature all-star games for boys and girls, a coed three-point shootout, and a slam dunk competition. The girls all-star game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.

Online Voting Ends Soon for SHS Nominees

Time is running out to vote online for Stevenson in two online contests. Voting ends at noon Thursday for the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Athlete of the Year. Three Patriots are in the running: Jori Radtke, Matthew Krames and Topher Stensby. Click here to vote. The varsity girls basketball team is a finalist in the Chicago Sky’s High School Team of the Year contest. Voting runs through Saturday, April 22 at this link.


PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available, all for $1.

Get Ready for the 4th Annual Fashion Show April 21

The fourth annual Stevenson Styler Fashion Show is coming to the Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 21! The pre-party will start at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and red carpet photo ops. The fashion show will begin at 7 p.m., and admission will be $5, with all proceeds benefitting Dress for Success. Dress your best and come check out the latest looks from Bella Donna, Olivia’s, Illusions by Jill, Stilleto’s and Francesca’s. The guys haven’t been forgotten: there are great summer trends from Gap and Old Navy. More than 100 amazing student-designed looks made by students in the Clothing and Design classes will be shown!

Boys Volleyball Team Selling T-Shirts for Benefit Night

The boys volleyball team is selling T-shirts for its upcoming Diabetes Awareness Night to benefit JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1-diabetes research. Shirts are $10 for small through extra-large, $12 for XXL and $13 for XXXL. Shirts can be ordered at this link through Friday.

Students Invited to Day of Dance on Thursday

The Dance Department invites you to the “Day of Dance – Take It Outside” on Thursday. All dance classes will be performing their latest choreography throughout the school day in the Performing Arts Center. These presentations were created from a myriad of concepts based in nature and the skies, and convey literal or abstract concepts created by the dancers.

Taking a Non-SHS Student to Prom?

If you‘re taking a non-Stevenson student to the Prom, you must purchase their ticket at the Patriot Superstore. Non-student tickets cannot be purchased online or at the door. You will need to fill out this form and provide a copy of your guest’s photo ID to purchase their ticket. Prom tickets are $90 each, and will go on sale Monday, April 17.

Get Your Light It Up Blue Shirt for Autism Awareness

“Light It Up Blue” T-shirts will be on sale for $15 during the lunch periods this week. Light It Up Blue is the annual fundraiser for the Autism Speaks Foundation and autism awareness, sponsored by the Sophomore Class Board and Best Buddies. Everyone who buys a shirt is invited to wear it to the Allied Soccer game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in the Stadium. After the game, everyone will be invited onto the field for games and activities. There will be free food and games. If you wear your T-shirt, admission to the post-game festivities is free. Otherwise, the cost will be $10.

Order Your Free Copy of the WIT

All students can receive a complimentary copy of this year’s WIT literary magazine by filling out this form and returning it to their English teacher, or to either Communication Arts Office. Students also may email the form to Mr. Barnabee at The deadline for returning the form is Thursday, April 20. In late May, students who turned in a form will receive an email announcing the WIT’s arrival.

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available as early as May 22, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

Are You a Fan of TED Talks? Watch Them Live April 27

You can watch a live simulcast of the official TED Conference taking place in Vancouver from the comfort of the Vernon Area Public Library meeting room on Thursday, April 27. There are sessions at 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. (plus 1 p.m.). Join other TED enthusiasts to experience 18-minute talks from inspiring speakers from around the world. For details on the speaker lineup, visit The program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Register online, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library.


The Stevenson Styler fashion magazine is here! Pick up your copy today in Room 1410 or outside Room 1612! This edition talks about “fast fashion” and its impact, spring and summer trends, summertime recipes and DIY’s, and more.

Senior Class Board will meet Thursday in Room 2004 after school to work on commitment day celebration breakfast plans. New members are welcome!

Peer Tutors Executive Board 2017-18 applications are available on the Peer Tutor Facebook site. All responses must be submitted on Google Forms by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. No late responses will be taken. An interview will be scheduled for the third week in April.


Juniors and their families are invited to meet with one of the postsecondary counselors for a 30-minute Post-High School Family Planning Meeting. The appointments are available through Thursday, June 15. This is a great opportunity to discuss your journey after Stevenson High School. Please complete the College/Post Secondary Planning Worksheet to begin the process. (You can also get a copy of the worksheet in the College Career Center in Room 1123.) Once you have turned in a completed worksheet to Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for the appointment. Worksheets are due in the CCC by Monday, April 24. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McGurn.


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