Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Student Council Receives National Award

Stevenson High School’s Student Council has earned a 2017 National Gold Council of Excellence Award from the National Association of Student Councils for its exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community.

“Receiving an NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program,” said Ann Postlewaite, National Association of Secondary School Principals student programs director. “NASC applauds the work of the National Gold Councils of Excellence and challenges them to continue their leadership and service to their schools and communities.”

To meet the award requirements, a student council must meet a variety of criteria. In addition to basic requirements such as a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, and membership in NASC, councils demonstrate things such as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning, and active participation in state and national student council associations. Councils awarded the gold level have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership.

Math Contest Winners Reflect on Achievement

The seventh year proved to be the charm for Stevenson in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. During its first six tries in the national mathematics contest, SHS showed improvement. This year, everything came together as juniors Albert Cao, Andrew Hwang, Deepak Moparthi, Joshua Yoon and Haoyang Yu took top honors, beating 1,400 teams from 47 states. Yoon, the team’s captain, and mathematics teacher Paul Kim, the group’s coach, talked with Pioneer Press’ Phil Rockrohr about the experience.

Senior Selected for Eagle Scout Scholarship

Senior Ben Brandt was awarded the Michael Landgraf Scholarship last week during the annual Eagle Scout Dinner of the Northeast Illinois Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was honored during a ceremony at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling. The scholarship is given to an individual based on academic excellence, community service, extracurricular involvement and scout leadership. Brandt was one of eight finalists for the scholarship. Finalists were interviewed by seven members of the council’s board of directors. He will be attending the University of Chicago, where he will pursue a double major of economics and mathematics or statistics. Brandt is a member of Boy Scout Troop 78 in Lincolnshire.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Warren 0: The visiting Patriots (10-2, 6-0) concluded their dominating run through the North Suburban Conference dual-meet schedule with another shutout. SHS won each of its league matches by 7-0 scores this season. The match in Gurnee was similar to other NSC duals, with Stevenson winning each level in straight sets. Sophomore Zach Kim was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 1 singles, while seniors Brian Weisberg and Matt Harvey recorded a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. Junior Sam Komis (6-2, 6-0) and senior Rafael Pablos Sarabia (6-1, 6-0) sailed at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Collecting the Pats’ other three doubles decisions were sophomore Aswath Viswanathan and freshman Andy Dong at No. 2 (6-0, 6-1), juniors Jeremy Park and Michael Maryniuk at No. 3 (6-4, 6-1), and sophomore Nick Ryding and freshman Delbert Su at No. 4 (6-1, 6-0).


Stevenson 5, Lake Zurich 3: Senior Jack Housinger went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Patriots (13-10, 7-7) beat the Bears (6-7) for the second straight game. Housinger doubled home classmate Henry Marchese to open the scoring in the top of the first inning, and Marchese’s twin brother, Michael, drove home another senior, Charlie Ling, with a sacrifice fly as SHS took a 2-0 lead. In the second, Housinger knocked in Henry Marchese and Ling with a single. After Lake Zurich closed the gap to 4-3 after five innings, Housinger singled and scored an insurance run on an infield error in the seventh inning. Michael Marchese was 2-for-3 while Henry went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Ling walked twice and scored twice. On the mound, four pitchers combined to strike out 12 batters. Starter and winning pitcher Jacob Rosenkranz, a sophomore, fanned four in three-and-two-thirds innings, and classmate Hayden Brotz followed with four strikeouts in an inning-and-a-third. Seniors Justin Rayyan and Daniel Lubelfeld followed with one scoreless frame apiece. Lubelfeld struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to finish the game and earn the save. The game was played at Stevenson, but Lake Zurich was the home team. –, Daily Herald


Zion-Benton 14, Stevenson 8: Senior Mic Faunce hit two home runs for the second day in a row, driving in four runs and scoring three times. She had three hits in the game, while senior Alana Labaschin had two hits and two RBI. Senior Emma Oriatti also collected two hits for the visiting Patriots (10-13, 3-7).

Girls Soccer

Lake Zurich 2, Stevenson 1: Junior goalie Zoey Friedman made eight saves for the visiting Patriots (2-7-2, 1-3). The Bears improved to 14-3, 4-1. – Daily Herald

Badminton Team Seeks Seventh Straight Sectional Title

Stevenson‘s varsity girls badminton team will seek its seventh consecutive sectional championship on Thursday. SHS is the host site for an Illinois High School Association sectional, and will welcome Hersey, Prospect, Maine East and Waukegan to the Field House, where play begins at 5:30 p.m. Three Patriots will be seeking return trips to the state tournament, which will be held Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 at Eastern Illinois University. Seniors Ashley Richardson and May Ling are two-time state qualifiers, both reaching in 2016 and 2015. Last year, Richardson qualified in singles and Ling in doubles. In 2015, the reverse was true. Junior Shirley Cao is looking for her second state appearance after reaching in doubles last season. Freshman Esther Shi is the top seed in the singles bracket, with Richardson the No. 2 seed. In doubles, Ying and freshman Jenny Yang are the top seed, with Cao and freshman Kaitlyn Lu No. 2.

Volleyball Team Raises $1,100 for Diabetes Group

The boys volleyball team’s fundraiser with their counterparts from Fremd for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raised more than $1,100. The two teams raised money through “Let’s Dia-Beat This” T-shirt sales and raffles prior to their matches on Monday. The fundraising idea came from former Patriot volleyball player Justin Leonard (Class of 2016), who wanted to support head coach Eric Goolish, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes three years ago.

Tennis Player Adapts His Game, Life in New Country

Pioneer Press has an insightful article on the adjustments varsity boys tennis player Rafael Pablos Sarabia has had to make since moving to the United States from Spain in 2014. Not only has the senior had to learn a new language, but he’s also had to adjust his game from clay courts, which is the standard in Spain, to hard courts. Sarabia is a triplet along with senior sisters Paula and Maria, plus a younger sister, sophomore Julia. Rafael said moving to a new country was difficult, but told reporter Rich Mayor that he and his sisters “felt very welcomed by everyone in the school. Also, joining the tennis and soccer team was very helpful because it allowed me to make friends.” Their family is returning to Spain this summer.


Spring Dance Concert This Weekend

Don’t miss this weekend’s Spring Dance Concert, featuring the Mélange and Repertory dance companies and the Concert Dance class. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online, at the Patriot Superstore, or at the door on each concert night. Click here to see which students will be involved.

You’re Invited to Apply for National Service Honors

The organization that runs the website has some national award opportunities for all students. There are three levels of recognition based on volunteer hours. All you have to do is share a few details and a photo of your service activity completed between June 1, 2016 and now. To apply, visit Online applications are due by Friday.

Mandatory Meeting for 2017-18 AP Art Students

There will be a mandatory meeting for all AP 2D Design (Media) and AP Drawing students on Monday, May 15 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1426. All AP 3D Design students will have a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, May 16 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1422. The purposes of the meetings are to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Work from the summer assignments will be a significant factor in the first six-week grading period. Attendance at this meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken ( and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday, May 19 in Room 1426.

Driver Education Information Meeting for Parents

The Driver Education Department is having an informational meeting for parents and guardians of students taking Driver Education this summer or during the fall semester at 7 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Other interested SHS parents can attend the meeting, which is scheduled to last an hour. The meeting will cover permitting, course information, tips for new drivers, and state driving laws. There also will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions of a State Farm Insurance agent and a Lincolnshire police officer. For more information, contact Driver Education teacher Courtney Bresnen at

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.


Come celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, with Club Israel on Thursday. Decorate an Israel cookie cake and celebrate with friends in Room 1414 after school.

The Animal Welfare Club’s March Dog of the Month is a 4-month-old sweetheart named Ode and its Cat of the Month is a friendly attention lover named Selina. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


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.


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