Monday, April 24, 2017

Four Journalism Students Qualify for State Finals

Stevenson served as host for an Illinois High School Association journalism sectional tournament on Saturday, and had four of its own students qualify for this week’s state finals. Seniors Sami Sparber and Cindy Yao won sectional titles in Sports and News Writing, respectively. Seniors Aman Grover (Editorial Writing) and Nikol Safronova (Newspaper Design) placed second. They will compete at the IHSA state finals Friday at Eastern Illinois University.

Several other SHS students were recognized for their work. Sophomore Akshita Singh placed fourth in Yearbook Caption Writing, junior Yogin Patel finished fourth in Photo Story Telling, and junior Maya Parekh was fourth in Feature Writing. Sophomore Ashley Mandel placed fifth in Review Writing and sophomore Nicki Nouri took fifth in Yearbook Theme Development. Sophomore Anikey Nuthalapati was sixth in Headline Writing and sophomore Olivia Lamberti finished sixth in Editorial Cartoon. Senior Annie Wu (Infographics), juniors Lawrence Kreymer (Broadcast News) and Grace Westphal (Copy Editing), and sophomore Chloe Myers (Advertising) also competed.

More than 150 students from 14 schools competed in 17 events. The Statesman and Ambassador staffs placed fifth in the team standings.

IHSA Honors Athletic Director, Assistant AD

Athletic Director Trish Betthauser and Assistant Athletic Director Chad Dauphin have been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois High School Association. Betthauser and Dauphin are the first from Stevenson to receive the award. They and 10 other recipients from around Illinois will be honored June 12 in Bloomington.

Band Concert Tonight

The Stevenson bands will be in concert tonight at 7 o’clock in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Consortium Art Festival, Empty Bowls Project Tuesday

The 38th annual Consortium 125 Art Festival, featuring works by students from Stevenson and its sender schools, will be open to the public from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. The evening also will feature the Empty Bowls Project to raise money for the Vernon Township food pantry. Click here for details on both.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Mundelein Quadrangular: The unbeaten Patriots (20-0) rallied in the second half to defeat defending state champion Naperville Central, 6-5, capping a 3-0 day. Junior Justin Ginsberg scored three goals against the Redhawks (18-2), while seniors Andrew Shashin and Dan Maleski and junior Collin Kapecki each tallied one. Junior goalie Charlie Day made seven saves. SHS also defeated Mundelein, 19-9, and Conant, 14-8. Shashin scored nine goals against Mundelein, and Maleski added five. Against Conant, Ginsberg scored four goals, and Shashin and junior Eric Osuch contributed three apiece. – Daily Herald,

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots (21-0) finished the two-day tournament with a 4-0 record by beating Skyline High from Ann Arbor, Michigan, 15-1, and Okemos, Michigan, 13-6. Junior Claire Haas was the leading scorer in each game, tallying five goals in the win over Skyline and four against Okemos. Sophomores Eleanor Michaud and Lauren Maloney scored two goals in each contest. –

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: The Patriots won two of three doubles flights and finished second in all three singles brackets, placing second to Glenbrook North in the team standings, 44-40. Seniors Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg won the No. 1 doubles title, improving to 8-1 on the year. They beat Glenbrook North’s top tandem, 6-3, 7-6 (2). Sophomores Aswath Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth also ran their record to 8-1 after beating Glenbrook North in straight sets for the No. 2 doubles title. Freshman Andy Dong and junior Jeremy Park finished second at No. 3 doubles. Also placing second were all three of Stevenson’s singles entries: freshman Zach Kim at No. 1, junior Sam Komis at No. 2 and senior Gary Braznichenko at No. 3. – Daily Herald


Stevenson at Hinsdale South ABCD Invitational: Freshman Esther Shi beat defending state champion Judy Yang of Hinsdale South for the Singles A championship, leading the Patriots to second place overall. Senior May Ling and freshman Jenny Yang took second place in the Doubles A bracket. Two other doubles teams finished second in their bracket: Sophomores Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah in Doubles B, and junior Harini Shanmagsundaram and freshman Megan Wei in Doubles C.


Stevenson 3, Lake Forest 1: Junior Michael Thon and seniors Justin Rayyan and Daniel Lubelfeld combined on a five-hitter as the visiting Patriots (10-7, 4-5) salvaged the final game of the three-game series. Thon started and went four innings to earn the victory, surrendering three hits and one earned run. Rayyan and Lubelfeld followed with three innings of scoreless relief. Rayyan struck out three and gave up two hits in two innings of work, while Lubelfeld earned the save with a perfect seventh that included a strikeout. Senior Henry Marchese scored all three of Stevenson’s runs during a day in which he went 2-for-3 at the plate and stole four bases. He was knocked in twice by classmate Jack Housinger, on a first-inning sacrifice and a fifth-inning single that closed out the scoring, and on a groundout to shortstop in the third inning by fellow senior Charlie Ling that proved to be the game-winning RBI. –


Stevenson 12, Loyola Academy 7: Senior Alana Labaschin scored three runs and drove in three others as the host Patriots (7-10) held off a late charge from the Ramblers for their third win in a row. SHS scored four runs in the first inning, and led 7-1 before Loyola tied the game in the top of the fifth. The Pats responded by scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth to retake control. Labaschin had three hits, as did classmate Mic Faunce, who scored three runs and knocked in two. Senior Vera Pflugradt and sophomore Anna Fossier collected two hits apiece. Junior Ilyssa Muise was the winning pitcher.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 9, St. Rita 7: The host Patriots won their fourth game in a row behind 14 saves from junior Chad Winter, and four goals from fellow junior Caleb DiMaria. Classmate Austin Masters scored two goals, while sophomore Cole Okmin, junior Ryan Walsh and senior Demetre Crews each recorded one. Junior Colin Bowler had two assists, and Crews, senior Mike Simon and sophomore Danny Hynes registered one apiece. – @patslax

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Fenwick 8: Senior Michelle Kats made 14 saves as the visiting Patriots (9-4) won their fourth game in a row. Sophomore Sophie Sorenson scored five goals and classmate Erica Spieler tallied four.

Allied Soccer

Stevenson 7, Antioch/Lakes 3: Junior Tim Phelps made eight saves as the host Patriots (3-0) won their “Light It Up Blue” game in the Stadium for autism awareness. Sophomore Steven Wetle led the SHS offense with two goals. Also scoring were seniors Jennifer Callen, Josh Standiford, Daniel Kahn, Ethan Wismer and Natalia Chavez.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 12, Zion-Benton 1: The Patriots (2-5-1, 2-2) erupted for five goals in the first half and added seven more in the second. Brianna Van Zanten, Camryn Cadiz, Jill Steinbrink, Krissy Hill and Hannah Lapeire each scored two goals. Kirsten Kendler and Ana Koruna had one goal apiece. Goalie Hannah Petrich had a shutout in the first half with one save. In the second half, Zoey Friedman and Arushi Nair split time in goal. Daily Herald

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Niles North Invitational: Senior Matt Krames won the all-around championship with a score of 52.3 points. His career-high score is 52.6. Krames won the floor exercise (9.5) and high bar (9.4), was second on parallel bars (9.1) and tied for second on still rings (8.5). SHS finished sixth among 14 teams. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The undefeated Patriots (19-0) recorded wins over a pair of Michigan schools in the first day of the two-day, eight-team tournament. Senior Fiona Gaffney and juniors Eileen Hoang and Claire Haas each scored three goals as SHS opened play with a 11-4 win over Hudsonville. Haas and Hoang scored four goals apiece during a 12-2 win over Rockford. Gaffney added two goals.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Elk Grove, 25-20, 25-17: UCLA-bound senior Grant Maleski recorded 14 kills and served seven aces for the visiting Patriots (16-6). Maleski was 19-of-23 attacking, and SHS had only seven errors in 45 attempts. Sophomore Will Sorenson and junior Haddon Kay distributed 11 and 10 assists, respectively. Neither one made an error in 37 combined attempts. Senior Austin Zhou had three assists and was perfect in seven setting attempts, making Stevenson’s setters 44-for-44 on the night. – News-Sun


Stevenson 17, Vernon Hills 4 (5 inn.): All nine starters recorded a hit and scored a run as the visiting Patriots improved to 6-10 with a win over their former North Suburban Conference rival. Junior Carly Perkins led the offensive onslaught, collecting four hits and scoring four runs. Sophomore Anna Fossier drove in four runs and had three hits, while senior Emma Oriatti also rapped out three hits and added three RBI. Senior Vera Pflugradt had three hits and Alana Labaschin, also a senior, knocked in three runs. Sophomore Riley Housinger was the winning pitcher for Stevenson, which scored 11 runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Bob Cohoon Invitational Invitational: Senior Noah Lukz finished second in the 200 (22.24), fellow seniors Jordan Eng was runner-up in the long jump (21-3), and classmate Jonathan Powell finished third in the long jump (21-3) and triple jump (43-9) at Downers Grove South. SHS tied for sixth with Neuqua Valley in the 17-team meet. – Daily Herald

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Titan Invitational: Senior Abby Pucek won the 800-meter run (2:30.90) and ran in two third-place relays as the Patriots finished third overall at Glenbrook South. Pucek ran in the 1,600 relay with seniors Sydney Erickson, Claire Sullivan and Juhi Jhaveri (4:22.99), and joined Sullivan, triplet sister Eliza Sullivan and junior Lauren Appell in the 3,200 relay (10:41.41). The other member of the Sullivan trio, Sabrina Sullivan, finished second in the 300 hurdles (50.60). She was one of four runner-up entries for SHS. Sophomore Miffy Tani was second in the 100 hurdles (17.26), classmate Johnna Geick was second in the pole vault (8-6), and the 800 relay team of Erickson, Jhaveri, sophomore Payton Nierman and junior Haley Tokars was second (1:50.47). Erickson also placed third in the 400 (1:03.83), and sophomore Natalie Sorenson was third in the 3,200 (12:39.98). Fourth-place finishes were recorded by Jhaveri in the 100 (13.16), Tokars in the 200 (27.32), junior Kesina Daley in the high jump (4-10), senior Mel Keith in the shot put (31-5) and senior Abbie Sise in the discus (82-8). Stevenson had five fifth-place showings: Sabrina Sullivan in the 100 hurdles (18.18), junior Meghan Liss in the 400 (1:04.55), sophomore Alyssa Collins in the 1,600 (5:51.52), sophomore Taylor Yen in the 3,200 (12:55.50), and the 400 relay unit of Daley, Liss, Nierman and junior Nicole Youkhanna (54.36). Claire Sullivan was sixth in the 800 (2:35.53), senior Amy Eckardt was sixth in the 1,600 (5:55.22) and sophomore Jakayla Murphy was sixth in the discus (75-8).


Lake Forest 6, Stevenson 2: The Scouts broke up a scoreless duel with five runs in the fourth inning, snapping the host Patriots’ three-game win streak. Freshman Shane McGaha drove in both of Stevenson’s runs with a single in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Charlie Ling was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base for SHS (9-7, 3-5). –


Auditions for Advanced Choir Classes This Week

Do you like to sing? Want to develop your vocal skills and have a great time performing and participating in fun events? Placement auditions for Stevenson’s advanced choir classes (Advanced Choir and Patriot Singers) are happening Wednesday through Saturday. Sign-up sheets and audition information are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson ( if you have any questions.

#SHSConfidenceisBeautiful Starts Wednesday

Peer Helpers is rolling out its annual “body image” campaign starting Wednesday. Keep your eyes open for messages about positive body image, and that what is on the inside is what matters most of all! Peer Helpers has been doing this campaign for the last few years, spreading positive body image awareness to students via bathroom messages. This year, the Peer Helpers is including staff members in the campaign, letting all of them know that inner beauty matters most and confidence is beautiful. Please spread your messages or pictures of positivity with #SHSConfidenceIsBeautiful.

Prom, Post-Prom Ticket Sales End Next Monday

Tickets for the Prom and the post-Prom event at Six Flags Great America are on sale through the Superstore. Tickets for the Prom are $90, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore during sixth hour or online at this link. Prom ticket sales end Monday, May 1. Click here to see the 2017 Prom booklet. Tickets for the post-Prom event are $55. The post-Prom event runs from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The school will provide bus transportation from the Prom to Great America, and then back to the school. For details and the required permission slip, click here.

Get Your Tickets Now for the One-Act Plays

The Theatre Department continues its tradition of one-act plays and monologues as its spring production. This year’s one-act shows will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Admission is $6. Click here to purchase tickets in advance. Concessions sold at the show will go to the family of Sodexo employee Ana Marinez, whose 13-year-old son was struck and killed by a car on March 31. Donations also will be accepted.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.

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 Thursday

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. 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 Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).

The Waukegan alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is awarding two scholarships to African-American males who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application for this scholarship. The application must be submitted by May 15. If you have any questions, see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Spring ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through Tuesday, May 2.


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