Friday, May 5, 2017

Junior Invited to U.S. National Chemistry Team Tryout

Junior Zachary Chin has been invited to participate in the United States National Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado from June 6-21. He qualified for the honor by being one of the top 20 scorers nationwide on last month’s National Chemistry Olympiad exam. Chin took the exam at Loyola University Chicago recently, along with freshman Allen Ding. The top four scorers at the camp will represent the United States in the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad this summer.

Child Development Students Go Above and Beyond

More than 40 students enrolled in the Child Development course went above and beyond a class assignment to make a difference in children’s lives. They were initially asked to research and present ideas on combatting world issues to their classmates, but 44 took it upon themselves to go above and beyond the assignment to donate money, clothes, toys and time to make a difference in children’s lives. Click here to see a summary of good works that Michelle Backes’ students did.

Two Seniors Honored by Regional Principals Group

Two seniors were honored at the Illinois Principals Association Lake Region Student Recognition Breakfast at Vernon Hills High School on Wednesday, April 26. Gabe Gordon and Samantha Merrick were honored for their work with the Freshman Mentor Program, and for their leadership in other areas of the school.

Gordon was nominated for serving as an ambassador for Stevenson, through his role as a member of the WAES broadcast team and as part of the team that welcomes hundreds of education professionals each year during the school’s Site Visit days. Gordon also serves as a Peer Tutor, and was a member of Stevenson’s state champion boys bowling team in 2016.

Merrick serves on the FMP Executive Board, working with other student leaders to evaluate and improve the program, in addition to serving as a lunchtime mentor to freshmen. She also is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Council of 100, and the state championship Varsity Patriettes.

Nurses Offer Ideas on Reducing Stress

Stress affects everyone, but how we manage it determines its impact. With Advanced Placement exams and final exams this month, finding ways to cope with additional stress is important for students to stay healthy and succeed. The SHS nursing staff offers some stress-relieving ideas in their latest Nurses’ Nook.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots won their seventh straight sectional championship, capturing the top two spots in singles and doubles and qualifying six players for the state tournament at Eastern Illinois University next weekend. Freshman Esther Shi defeated senior teammate Ashley Richardson in the singles final, 21-13, 21-11. Shi improved to 33-1 in her inaugural season while Richardson (30-5) earned a trip to Charleston for the third straight year. They were the top two seeds in the singles bracket. May Ling also punched a ticket to state for the third straight year. The senior combined with freshman Jenny Yang to win the doubles championship, beating junior Shirley Cao and freshman Kaitlyn Lu, 21-9, 21-7. Cao qualified for the 2016 state tournament in doubles. Ling and Yang will carry a 15-1 record to Charleston. In the team standings, Stevenson scored 18 points, ahead of runner-up Prospect, which had 12. – Official Results, Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots edged Barrington for the county championship, 103.5-100.33, with host Lake Zurich third with 66 points. Senior Jonathan Powell won the long jump (22-0) and triple jump (44-8), and also ran on the winning 800 relay with Noah Lukz, David Goncharov and Ahmad Dinkins (1:29.64), which posted its season-best time. Also picking up a win for SHS was Nikita Smyrnov in the 1,600 (4:25.62). Lukz was runner-up in the 100 (11.0) and 200 (22.40) to a Mundelein runner who broke his school’s record in both races (10.75 and 22.10). SHS was second in the 3,200 relay (8:13.68) and in the 400 relay (43.21). Goncharov placed third in the triple jump (43-3.75). Two Pats finished fourth: Smyrnov in the 3,200 (9:31.01) and Sam Herenton in the 400 (52.14). Caleb Oh was fifth in the 800 (2:01.03) and Anand Batbaatar took fifth in the shot put (48-3). Paul Udoni had a sixth-place showing in the 1,600 (4:28.98) and Jordan Eng was sixth in the long jump (20-5). David Engstrom finished seventh in the high jump (5-9). – Daily Herald

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: The team of Sydney Erickson, Bridget Holzer, Haley Tokars and Juhi Jhaveri won the 800-meter relay (1:49.33), leading the Patriots to a fourth-place finish at Zion-Benton. SHS ended the year third overall in the conference after factoring in dual-meet results. Jhaveri brought four medals back home. The senior was runner-up in the 100 (13.03), third in the 200 (26.87), and ran the final leg of the third-place 400 relay with Erickson, Tokars and Emily Ossentjuk (51.77). Erickson also ran on the second-place 1,600 relay with Natalie Sparreo, Abby Pucek and Meghan Liss (4:16.72). Stevenson’s other second-place showing came from Kendall Roberts in the 3,200 (11:50.52). Pucek was part of the third-place 3,200 relay with Claire Sullivan, Gabriela Jagielo and Lauren Appell (10:12.36). Mel Keith finished fourth in the shot put (31-0), while Miffy Tani was fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.23). Sparreo was fifth in the 1,600 (5:27.87). The Pats also had three sixth-place efforts: Tokars in the 100 (13.62), Jagielo in the 800 (2:31.89) and Kesina Daley in the high jump (4-7).

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Grant, 25-16, 25-12: Grant Maleski registered eight kills and seven aces in the non-conference road match for the Patriots (19-8). Leo Chen added seven kills and Hudson Havenhill had four. Will Sorenson distributed 10 assists and Haddon Kay recorded seven. Danny Orlov made five digs.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 7, Waukegan 0: Hannah Lapeire scored two goals and assisted on three others for the host Patriots (3-7-2, 2-4). She set up goals by Camryn Cadiz, Jill Steinbrink and Brianna VanZanten. SHS also received goals from Krissy Hill and Kirsten Kendler. Cadiz, VanZanten and Katherine Sakshaug each had an assist. Goalies Arushi Nair and Zoey Friedman combined for the shutout, each playing a half. – Daily Herald

JV Girls Track Team Cruises to Title, Sets Three Records

The junior varsity girls track and field team capped its season with a dominating performance at the North Suburban Conference JV meet Thursday night at Zion-Benton. Stevenson racked up 153 points, well ahead of the next closest team, which had 95. The Patriots won seven events, three with performances that broke JV records. Freshman Denisa Voshtina won the 400-meter dash in 1:04.94, breaking the old record of 1:05.0 set two years ago. The 1,600 relay team of Voshtina, junior Haleigh Fobbe, freshman Avery King and senior Eliza Sullivan finished first in 4:29.53, shattering the previous record of 4:35.15 established in 2015. The third record-breaker was the 3,200 relay unit of Sullivan, fellow senior Amy Eckardt and sophomores Hallie Feldman and Alyssa Collins. They finished in 10:38.18, more than 10 seconds faster than the previous mark of 10:48.6 set in 2003. The other individual winners for SHS were sophomore Jessica Zhang in the long jump (13-7.75), junior Jessica Wang in the triple jump (30-2) and junior Nicole Youkhanna in the 100 (14.04). Youkhanna also ran in the first-place 400 relay with sophomores Payton Nierman, Olga Piatkowska and Journi Alford (54.53). Nierman, Piatkowska and Alford also won another relay, the 800, with Fobbe (1:57.73). Piatkowska added second-place showings in the 100 (14.09) and 200 (28.84), Collins was runner-up in the 1,600 (5:55.72), and freshman Karolina Rutyna was second in the 300 hurdles (53.46). She also placed third in the 100 hurdles (18.33). Other third-place efforts came from King in the 400 (1:07.92), Eckardt in the 1,600 (5:56.62), Nierman in the 200 (29.33) and freshman Alyssa Smith in the high jump (4-7). Sullivan was fourth in the 800 (2:42.47) and freshman Olivia Holsen was fourth in the shot put (28-1.5). Feldman finished fifth in the 800 (2:43.56) and sophomore Ashley Yun was fifth in the long jump (12-10). Junior Sam Burger placed sixth in the 3,200 (13:40.87). During the season, the JV won all seven of its dual meets and finished second at the Glenbrook South Invitational.


Post-Prom Permission Slips Due Before Tuesday

If you’re planning on going to the post-Prom event at Great America, your permission slip needs to be turned in before Tuesday. Click here to register and to download the permission form.

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.

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


The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 18 in the Link Lab. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.

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 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).  


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