Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Stevenson Named No. 3 Public High School in U.S.

Stevenson High School begins its 53rd year of serving the community today, and received a boost just days before opening the 2017-18 school year. Stevenson was named the top open-enrollment public high school in America for the second year in a row by Overall, SHS is ranked third among U.S. public high schools, behind two Chicago selective-enrollment schools: Walter Payton College Prep and Northside College Prep. Stevenson was ranked first in the country last year by the Pittsburgh-based website.

Orientation Night for Parents of Transfer Students

Parents of transfer students are invited to attend an orientation evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2104 of the West Building. They’ll have the opportunity to learn more about SHS and its resources, ask questions, and meet fellow transfer parents.

HOSA Earns Six Awards at International Conference

Fourteen members of Stevenson’s Health Occupations Students of America club placed in the top 10 of their events at the 40th annual International HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida in June. Leading the way was the Biomedical Debate team of graduated senior Yaajnavalki Varanasi and current seniors Ali Rahman and Bhavana Muppavarapu. They placed second. Juniors Heather Jeon and Marilyn Li paired to take fifth in Medical Innovation-Advancement. Junior Saaniya Farhan finished sixth in Epidemiology while senior Sylvia Chen was sixth in Extemporaneous Health Poster. Two teams had seventh-place showings: seniors Andrew Hwang, Michael Lee and John Tan in MRC Partnership, and seniors Gurasees Bajaj, Shreya Sriram, Karaj Singh and Sarah Park in Creative Problem Solving.

Senior Second at World Archery Tournament

Senior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished second among 467 competitors in the High School Girls Division at the National Archery in the Schools Program World Tournament held July 21-22 in Orlando, Florida. Hartman-Stackhouse shot 24 bullseyes in 30 attempts, including 14 consecutive bullseyes to begin her round. Her performance propelled Stevenson to a 26th-place finish in the team standings out of 69 teams. This marked the first time the school has competed as a team at the world tournament. Two other Patriots placed among the top 50 in the High School Girls Division. This article lists all the scores for Stevenson’s archers.

Seniors Earns Top Honor in STEM Showcase

Senior Justin Lee won first place and had the top overall score at Northwestern University’s 10th annual High School Project Showcase in May. He was one of nine Science REACH Club members whose scientific research projects were selected for the showcase, which features STEM-related work by dozens of Chicago-area high school students. Also participating in the showcase were seniors Shreya Sriram and Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla, juniors Abhilash Raghuram, Abhishek Kannan and Shreya Viswanathan, and sophomores Swarna Jammalamadaka, Celeste Xu and Caiman Xi.

11 FBLA Members Win Honors at National Conference

Eleven members of the Future Business Leaders of America club finished in the top 10 of their events at the FBLA National Leadership Conference held June 29-July 2 in Anaheim, California. Seniors Jonathan Xue, Haoyang Yu and Ruidi Xu finished third in the Business Plan category. Junior Rohit Mandava was fifth in Introduction to Business Communication. Sixth-place showings came from senior Daniel Tao in Accounting II, and juniors Jesse Stein and Brett Meyers in Sports and Entertainment Management. Senior Harsh Dasika placed seventh in 3D Animation, and the trio of sophomores Rayann Yao, Julie Mathews and Ketna Kolakaluri was ninth in Hospitality Management. More than 9,600 students from around the country took part in the conference.

Choral Guild Kickoff Dinner Tonight

All choir students and parents are invited to attend the Choral Guild’s annual kickoff dinner at 6:30 tonight. The event will be held in the East Commons, located adjacent to parking lot C. This year’s choral activities, information about the choral program, upcoming fundraisers, and new choral spirit wear will be discussed. SHS choral directors Alice Nuteson and Kirstin Snelten will be in attendance, along with members of the Choral Guild board. Dinner includes Lou Malnati’s pizza, salad and beverages. For those who didn’t register in advance, the cost of admission is $10.


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Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Prospect Invitational: The Patriots finished third among eight schools at Mt. Prospect Golf Course with a team score of 337, behind New Trier (316) and St. Charles North (326). Sophomore Joyce Bai finished sixth with a 78, while senior Olivia Stomberg was seventh with a 79. Also competing for SHS were senior Katie Hannahs (88) and freshman Sophia Zhuang (89). – Daily Herald

Haas Selected to Youth National Water Polo Team

Senior Claire Haas, who led Stevenson’s girls water polo team to the state championship last spring, was selected to the USA Water Polo Women’s Youth National Team. She was the only member of the 25-woman roster chosen from the Midwest. Haas was named the Illinois Water Polo Girls Player of the Year in May after leading the Patriots to their second state title in the last three years. She registered team highs in goals (156) and assists (60) in 33 games. Click here to see her Player of the Year acceptance speech at the Illinois Water Polo awards banquet.

Boys Golfers Look to Continue Strong Summer Play

The varsity boys golf team opens its season today at the Hersey Invitational at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights. Junior Jackson Bussell begins the season coming off a strong summer campaign. He won the boys championship at the 37th annual Chick Evans Junior Amateur tournament at the end of July. Bussell defeated Prospect’s Nick Tenuta, who tied for third at the Class 3A state golf tournament last fall. Bussell followed up his Chick Evans outing with a strong performance at the 68th Illinois Open held last Monday through Wednesday at Briarwood Country Club and The Glen Club in Glenview. He was one of only 19 amateurs, and one of only two high school players, to make the cut. Bussell was even par after the first two days and finished 44th with scores of 72, 71 and 77. Bussell and junior Mark Noonan finished second and third, respectively, at the Golfweek Junior Tour event held Saturday and Sunday at the Warren Golf Club at the University of Notre Dame. Earlier last week, Noonan and junior Alex Kim tied for third in the Illinois Junior Golf Association Player of the Year tournament at the Highlands of Elgin Golf Course.


Open Auditions for Dance Companies Aug. 29-31

All students interested in joining the Mélange or Repertory dance companies are invited to open auditions after school Tuesday through Thursday, Aug. 29-31 in Dance Studio 2010. Here is the audition schedule:

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 3:45-5:30 p.m.: Open company audition for any students who have missed the first round of auditions. Come prepared to take a technique class, learn movement combinations, and perform 60 seconds of your own choreography in silence.

Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 30-31, 3:45-6 p.m.: Company placement auditions. Please be prepared to take class and learn movement combinations to determine which company you will be placed in.

SNN Anchor Auditions Next Week

Auditions for Stevenson Network News anchors will be held Monday through Friday, Aug. 21-25. This opportunity is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students must have eighth hour completely free to be an anchor. The sign-up sheet and information packet is available in the Student Activities Office. Also, students must complete this application, print it out and bring it to their audition.

Expanded Late Bus Schedule for Students

During the regular school year, the school provides late buses to encourage students’ participation in after-school activities. Buses will be available at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. every school day (except during exams) in parking lot B. All activity buses load at the Forum (“point”) entrance. Make sure you have your ID card when getting on the bus.

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Yearbook Portrait

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior yearbook portrait session! Times are available now, but they fill up fast. You need to have your portrait taken by the end of September if you want it in the yearbook. 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.


Congressman Brad Schneider will be hosting an information session for students interested in attending a U.S. service academy from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22 at Mundelein High School. Parents and guardians are invited to attend with their student. To register for the information session, please visit: At the session, representatives from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will speak about their institution and discuss the admissions process. Information also will be provided about receiving a congressional nomination from Rep. Schneider’s office. For questions about the event or the nomination process, contact Greg Claus at 847-383-4870 or More information about the application process is available at the congressman’s website.


The StageCrafters club will meet after school today in the West Auditorium. Anyone interested in working backstage for the fall play is welcome to attend.

The bass fishing team will have an information meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2918. Any students interested in participating in the fall season should plan to attend.


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