Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

Coolidge Foundation Honors Senior With D.C. Trip

Senior Conrad Oberhaus traveled to Washington, D.C. Aug. 19-20 for an all-expenses-paid weekend sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Oberhaus was among 39 semifinalists for the 2017 Coolidge Scholarship who attended the summit, which included policy seminars and tours of the White House, Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and Mount Vernon.

In May, Oberhaus was selected as one of 10 finalists for the scholarship. He received a $5,000 cash stipend and a trip to the foundation’s headquarters in Vermont, in addition to the trip to Washington.

There were 2,500 applicants for the Coolidge Scholarship, named after the nation’s 30th president, with 221 ranking first in their class and more than half in the top 5 percent.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at New Trier Invitational: The Patriots (5-0) beat New Trier, 4-1, to capture the championship of the two-day tournament at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Winnetka. SHS also downed Fremd, 5-0. Senior Zoe Taylor won both of her No. 1 singles matches, 6-0, 6-1 over Fremd, and 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 against New Trier. The No. 1 doubles team of senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman claimed a pair of straight-set victories, 6-1, 6-1 over Fremd, and 6-3, 6-4 against New Trier. Sophomore Athena Kolli won both of her matches at No. 2 singles, and the No. 2 doubles team of senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser also went 2-0.

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Warren Township and McHenry Invitationals: The Patriots finished second to Lake Forest at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee. SHS posted a team score of 302, 10 strokes behind the Scouts, and ahead of 14 other schools. Junior Mark Noonan tied for third with a 74. Stevenson was third at the 10-team McHenry Invitational at the McHenry Country Club. – News-Sun, Northwest Herald

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at Lake Forest Relays: The Patriots finished second to Warren, 432-376, in the 13-team meet to open the season. 2016 state medalists senior Iza Pelka and junior Ashley Carollo swam on both of Stevenson’s first-place relays. They were part of the 400 medley relay with sophomore Madeleine O’Donnell and senior Sasha Kokhan (4:08.06), and the 400 free relay with junior Jennifer Xiong and sophomore Lucy Stevens (3:43.25). Pelka also won the senior 100 free (54.13). The 200 back relay of Carollo, Xiong, senior Elyse Spearman and junior Victoria Kim was second (1:58.01). Carollo was third in the junior 50 free (25.33). Other top-five finishes came from the 400 medley relay squad of O’Donnell, freshman Elizabeth Cao, and juniors Natalie Wess and Eleanor Michaud (fourth, 4:26.90); the 200 butterfly relay of Kokhan, Pelka, Wess and Michaud (fourth, 1:52.30); the 800 free combo relay of freshmen Ashley Alteri and Jayne Bottarini, sophomore Molly Delach and junior Julie Warren (fourth, 8:36.84); the 200 breaststroke relay of O’Donnell, Kokhan, Stevens and Cao (fourth, 2:19.25); the 200 freshman-sophomore medley relay team of Stevens and fellow sophomore Hanna Cloeter, plus Cao and fellow freshman Brianna Liu (fifth, 2:01.51); the 200 free relay of seniors Eileen Hoang, Kaily Chou and Claire Haas, and junior Lauren Maloney (fifth, 1:47.55); the freshman-sophomore 400 free relay of O’Donnell, Cloeter, Liu and freshman Anna Gates (fifth, 4:05.69); Beth Warren in the freshman 50 free (fifth, 27.54) and the freshman 100 free (fifth, 1:00.48); Stevens in the sophomore 100 free (fourth, 57.45); Xiong in the junior 100 free (fifth, 58.49); and Chou in the senior 50 free (fifth, 26.32).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Crosstown Invitational: The Patriots (5-2) beat Glenbrook North, 27-25, 25-15, to claim third place in the two-day tournament at Libertyville. Senior Hope Havenhill recorded seven kills, sophomore Lily Cozzi had six, and seniors Lauren Micek and Sara Bufe made five apiece. Sophomore Grace Tully was 34-of-38 setting with 21 assists. Senior Chloe Robinson was 7-for-7 setting with three assists, and also had a team-high 14 digs. SHS fell earlier in the day to Lakes, 22-25, 25-22, 25-20, despite 10 kills from Havenhill, and seven kills and three aces by Cozzi. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 14, Palatine 7: Sophomore Jean-Marc Etienne ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns in his first varsity game as the Patriots won head coach Josh Hjorth’s debut. Etienne ran 54 yards for a touchdown on Stevenson’s opening possession of the third quarter, breaking a 0-0 tie. After the Pirates (0-1) tied the game on the opening play of the fourth quarter, Etienne capped a 10-play, 65-yard drive with a 5-yard run and Stevenson took a 14-7 lead with 7:37 remaining. Palatine had one last chance to tie the game, taking possession at the Patriot 35 with about one minute to play, but threw two incomplete passes before time ran out. Junior quarterback Cole Okmin came off the bench after senior starter Grayson Kubow sprained an ankle in the second quarter, and completed nine of 13 passes for 71 yards. Okmin’s 7-yard pass to senior tight end Alex Capstick on a third-and-6 set up Etienne’s winning TD run. Palatine, a state semifinalist in 2016, opened the game by running the ball 13 consecutive times and marching from its own 35 to the Patriot 2-yard line. But the SHS defense stopped the Pirates on the next two plays, and the home team then missed a 28-yard field goal attempt. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Crosstown Invitational: The Patriots (4-1) advanced to the semifinals by capturing the Orange Pool at Libertyville with wins over Evanston (25-23, 8-25, 15-11), Wauconda (19-25, 25-20, 15-11) and Grayslake North (25-13, 25-0 forfeit due to injury). Senior Hope Havenhill led all SHS attackers with 17 kills in three matches, while sophomore Lily Cozzi had 16 and senior Sara Bufe added 13. Senior Alex Cuc was 94-of-98 setting with 51 assists, and classmate Chloe Robinson made a team-high 35 digs.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at New Trier Invitational: The Patriots (3-0) posted 5-0 shutouts of New Trier and Glenbrook North at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Winnetka, winning every match in straight sets. Senior Zoe Taylor won both of her contests at No. 1 singles, while junior Elizabeth Ferdman and senior Kate Harvey earned a pair of wins at No. 1 doubles. Sophomore Ellen Ma won at No. 2 singles against New Trier while classmate Athena Kolli captured the No. 2 match against GBN. Other winners against New Trier were the No. 2 doubles tandem of senior Samantha Burger and sophomore Margaret Gong, and the No. 3 team of sophomore Kaya Rand and senior Carly Lefar. Against Glenbrook North, junior Alyssa Glaser and senior Bronwyn Heidkamp won at No. 2 doubles, while senior Ambika Singh and sophomore Sneha Yellapantula were victorious at No. 3 doubles.


Wondering About the New Community Service Program?

All interested students are invited to hear about the school’s new approach to community service from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5 in the the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4200). Mr. Erdmann will lead “Transforming Community Service,” and he will address the following topics: the InnerView website (which replaces uGIVE); senior service recognition (replacing the 300 Club); revised National Honor Society admissions requirements; and the Inspiring Service Awards. He also will answer your questions.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Portillo’s Today

The Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. today. When ordering, mention ”Stevenson High School Band.” Orders at the Portillo’s side and the Barnelli’s side are valid, along with orders placed at the cake counter. Online orders are not valid.

Want to Work on the Crew for Fiddler on the Roof?

Anyone interested in working on the stage crew for Fiddler on the Roof, please meet in the West Auditorium after school Tuesday for a brief meeting. Set building for the musical will begin on Wednesday.

Hungry? Stop by the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the first PPA Bake Sale of the school year Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, “puppy chow” and more will be available, all for $1.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation Thursday

The Visiting Artist of the Month, Anne Hughes, will give a presentation during seventh and eighth periods Thursday in front of the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Find out more about Ms. Hughes at her web page.


Illinois, Indiana, Alabama and Arizona are all coming to visit Stevenson next week. To see the complete list of college rep visits, and to find out how to sign up for one, visit

Seniors who have general questions about applying to college, or need help, are invited to attend a “Drop-In Tuesday!” session in the College Career Center before school or during eighth period. Sessions will be held every Tuesday except Sept. 12. No appointment is necessary.

Seniors are invited to attend a Common Application Workshop to learn how to use this online application. Workshops will be held in the College Career Center (Room 1123) during eighth period today and at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

The College Career Center will hold an Essay Writing Workshop during eighth period Thursday for seniors preparing college applications. The CCC is located in Room 1123.


Applications are now being accepted for students wishing to participate in a career shadow during the first semester. Please visit the Career Exploration web page or come to the College Career Center for an application. If you have general career questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet about career planning, please send Mrs. Willock an email at  

Students interested in healthcare careers, mark your calendars: Advocate Condell Medical Center Penwasciz Healthcare Career program will accept applications online for 2017-18 at on Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. only. You will not be able to access the application prior to that time. More information can be found on the Career Camps and Internships web page or by emailing Mrs. Willock at


Registration for IM Flag Football is now open, so join a team and get signed up! Stop by the Student Activities Office if you have questions.

An information meeting for IM Ultimate Frisbee will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. The group will start playing after school on Thursday, Sept. 7.

Open field girls softball will begin Wednesday and will meet every Wednesday through Oct. 4. Each week’s session will run from 4-5:30 p.m. on the varsity softball field.

IM Golf: The first outing to Vernon Hills Golf Course is on Tuesday. To join IM Golf, just register online. You can turn in your money and permission slip for the club in at the Student Activities Office. Questions? Contact Mr. Argentar at or Mr. Wise at

CLUB NEWSSee the master list of clubs for 2017-18

Yearbook Club is seeking new members! If you love writing, photography or design, this is the club for you. We meet today after school in Room 2712. Please join us for fun, friends and food.

Come to Anime Club at 3:30 today. Join us in Room 1414 for fun and your favorite anime! Everyone is welcome.

The Green Team meets Mondays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2506, and the first meeting is today.

Breakfast with Books will hold its first meeting from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. The club is very excited for the upcoming year and has some fun things planned. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading!

Interested in the medical field? Come join the Future Doctors of America Club after school on Tuesday in Room 1510 for its first meeting of the year.

Students Helping Soldiers will have its first meeting at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday in Room 5044.

Zumba Club will host its first meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Aerobics Room (2110). The club is open to all grades and no experience is required. Zumba Club meets every Tuesday at 3:45. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Antillera at

Are you interested in science research? Do you have your own ideas of what you want to learn more about? The first Science REACH meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 1916. Contact Mrs. Palffy or Mr. Robinson if you have any questions.

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will hold its first meeting of the 2017-18 school year at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. Information on events and activities being planned for the year will be shared, and the club will also be making DIY tassel necklaces. All students are welcome! Do you have any questions? Contact the faculty sponsor, Mrs. Erickson, at

Kiva Club will have its first meeting after school Wednesday in Room 7066. Free pizza will be included!

Sophomores, juniors or seniors: Interested in representing Stevenson to visiting educators and showing your Patriot pride? The Student Ambassador Club is hosting two upcoming informational meetings. Please come to the Recital Hall (Room 4100) at 10 a.m. Friday or at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 to hear about the club, and the opportunities to get involved. Questions? See Dean Wallace or Dean McCauley.


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