Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Retired Superintendent Receives Heritage Award

Retired Stevenson Superintendent Dr. Timothy D. Kanold received the 2016-17 Heritage Award from the District 125 Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Monday. The Heritage Award is given annually to individuals who have made a significant impact on Stevenson High School. Since its inception in 1985, Heritage Award recipients have included former faculty and staff, community members, and alumni. Click here to read more about this year’s Heritage Award winner.

SHS Wins UW-Parkside Geography Bowl Again

The Junior Geography team won the 29th annual Geography Bowl at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Monday. This is the second straight year Stevenson has won the Parkside title, with three of the four members part of each squad. Conrad Oberhaus, Andrew Ossentjuk, Steve O’Reilly and Sarav Sundaram breezed to the championship by winning all 16 rounds. Last year, Oberhaus, Ossentjuk and Sundaram went 19-0 as sophomores en route to the title, along with Matt Adams. Stevenson’s sophomore team of Michael Giannos, Rebecca Azevedo, Johnna Geick and Charles Moore also competed.

Three Earn Honors on U.S. Physics Exam

Three students took the United States of America Physics Olympiad exam on April 6 and earned semifinalist status. Senior Zhenhao Li, who will attend Yale University in the fall, received Silver Medal recognition. Albert Cao, a junior, received Bronze Medal recognition, and classmate Wilson Zhu received Honorable Mention.

Seven Hebrew Students Earn Seal of Biliteracy

For the first time, Stevenson students this year were offered an opportunity to earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy in Hebrew. Seven students earned the seal, which will be included on their diploma: Senior Shir “Melody” Givati and her freshman sisters, Shanny Givati and Noa Givati, junior Roey Kleiman and his freshman brother, Itai Kleiman, and juniors Yishai Elran and Dan Efroni. Students interested in taking the exam next fall should contact the World Languages office.

Free the Children Club Fundraiser at Portillo’s Thursday

The Free the Children club is holding a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the club, which seeks to educate, engage, and empower social change on a global scale. Click here for the flyer to present when placing an order.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A Regional: Jill Steinbrink scored two goals as the 12th-seeded Patriots (5-9-2) upset No. 7 Carmel, 4-2, advancing to Saturday’s regional championship match against No. 2 Warren. Steinbrink scored the game’s first goal in the eighth minute, and Kristin Hill made it 2-0 in the 46th minute. After the Corsairs (9-7-3) cut the lead in half, Steinbrink scored her second goal off an assist from Kirsten Kendler in the 55th minute. Carmel pulled within 3-2 in the 76th minute, but Hannah Lapeire scored on a penalty kick two minutes later. Goalie Hannah Petrich made four saves for SHS, which tied Carmel 3-3 on April 24. Saturday’s regional title tilt will take place at 11 a.m. in the Stadium. Warren and Stevenson faced off on May 8, with the Blue Devils prevailing 3-1. – Daily Herald


Stevenson 10, Warren 3: Big days at the plate by Hayden Shape and Henry Marchese, and a combined three-hitter from four pitchers, led the host Patriots (18-12, 11-8) past the Blue Devils (24-9, 13-6) in the second game of their three-game series. Shape went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs, including a three-run home run. Marchese was 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, a triple, two stolen bases, and three runs scored. Stevenson scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, and five in the fourth. Jacob Rosenkranz, Hayden Brotz, Justin Rayyan and Daniel Lubelfeld combined on a three-hitter. Rosenkranz was the winning pitcher and Lubelfeld picked up a save. –


Warren 12, Stevenson 1 (5 inn.): Emma Oriatti went 3-for-3 with a double and a run batted in for the host Patriots (13-17, 4-10) in their final North Suburban Conference game of the year. The Blue Devils clinched the league title with the victory.

Water Polo Teams Prepare for State Tournament

Stevenson’s water polo teams are in familiar territory this week, in more ways than one. The Patriot girls and boys earned berths in the Illinois High School Association state tournament, which has been held in the Patriot Aquatic Center every year since water polo became a sport in the 2001-02 school year. The boys are making their sixth consecutive state appearance, and have finished second in three of the last four seasons. Sean Wimer’s crew enters the tournament with a 33-0 record and has been the top-ranked team in the state all season. Stevenson has never won the boys title, and the Patriots will take their first step toward making history at 7 p.m. Friday, when they face Lincoln-Way East in the state quarterfinals. The Patriot girls, who are coached by Sean’s father, Jeff Wimer, are two years removed from winning the first state championship in program history, and finished third last year. Stevenson, which has made state in each of the last four seasons, will bring a 31-2 record into its state quarterfinal game against St. Ignatius at 7 p.m. Thursday. Click here to see the state tournament schedule.

“Down to Earth” Shi Reaches the Pinnacle

Freshman Esther Shi couldn’t have asked for a better start to her high school badminton career. She finished the season with a 39-1 record, won the state singles championship, and helped her team capture the IHSA title. Head coach Grant Johnson told the Pioneer Press he wasn’t surprised by Shi’s season. “She loves to practice and has an ability to understand the flow of the game,” he said. “The precision of her shots (is) outstanding. She knows what her opponents are going to do and is always in control of a point.” Senior Ashley Richardson, who reached the state tournament in each of her final three seasons, raved about Shi as a player and as a person. “My favorite thing about Esther is how down to earth she is,” Richardson said. “She is so good but doesn’t go around flaunting it.”

Football Team’s Collection Drive Shatters Expectations

The football program held its fifth annual donation drive for the Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization Monday morning, shattering its collection record set last year. Patriot football players brought in 18,502 items, nearly three times the amount donated last year, when the squad collected 6,444 items. The collection drive is part of the team’s leadership training program. “Huddle group” leaders were trained by the team coaches on setting and meeting goals, then provided guidance for their teammates to beat last year’s record.


Clean Out Your PE Locker by Monday

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

First 50 SHS Students Get in Free to State Water Polo

The Sports Boosters will continue its tradition of paying for the first 50 Stevenson students to attend the IHSA Water Polo State Tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Thursday and Friday nights. The girls will play at 7 p.m. Thursday and the boys at 7 p.m. Friday. Students should present their ID at the admission window.

Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony Thursday

The Spanish Honor Society induction ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. Rehearsal for the students being inducted is at 5 p.m.

Final Exam Update From the Testing Center

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

15th Annual SNN Film Fest Friday Night

All students are invited to enjoy an evening of student-made short films at the 15th annual SNN Film Fest at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2. Note: Some films may contain mature themes and/or language.


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 in Room 2516. 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.


There will be an informational meeting for girls cross country at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater (Room 4200). If you cannot make the meeting, contact Coach LeVanti at

The girls basketball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2002. Don’t forget to register for summer camp/leagues!

The girls lacrosse team is holding a Jamba Juice sale in the Wood Commons during seventh and eighth periods and during the assembly, and after school by the athletic fields before Spring Fling. You can buy a 10-ounce Jamba Juice for $3. Two flavors will be available: Strawberry Whirl and Mega Mango. You can pay in cash or with your student ID.


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