Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

970 Earn Advanced Placement Scholar Honors

Nine hundred and seventy current and former Stevenson students earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards from the College Board for their performance on the 2017 AP exams last spring. Here is a breakdown of Stevenson’s AP Award recipients by category:

  • 204 students earned National AP Scholar status for receiving an average score of at least 4 on all of their AP exams, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of the exams. Stevenson’s AP National Scholars had an average exam score of 4.54.
  • 567 students earned AP Scholar With Distinction for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of their exams. The school’s AP Scholars with Distinction had an average exam score of 4.32. All National AP Scholars also earned this designation.
  • 154 students earned AP Scholar With Honor for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of their exams. Stevenson’s AP Scholars with Honor had an average exam score of 3.73.
  • 249 students earned AP Scholar for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. The school’s AP Scholars had an average exam score of 3.38.
  • One student, Mariel Boden (Class of 2017), received the AP International Diploma for earning scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams in three or more subject areas.

See who earned AP Scholar honors

StreetFest Forecast Calling for Clear Skies

Last year, rain made a mess of the annual StreetFest celebration. This year, the forecast is calling for clear skies. StreetFest runs from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, with a plethora of food trucks and entertainment (including a dunk tank) taking over parking lot E by the Sports Center. The evening will conclude with a fireworks show in the Stadium, starting around 8:45. This year’s StreetFest will benefit three area charities: the Leukemia Research Foundation; Willow House, which supports grieving children and families; and the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center. Admission is $10, with a limited number of T-shirts available at the gate for an extra $10.

Kids From 7 Schools Picked for Fiddler Cast

In addition to more than 70 teenagers, the cast for the fall musical, Fiddler on the Roof, will feature 10 elementary school students. Those students, announced Wednesday by director Lauren Rawitz, represent a generous cross-section of schools in the Stevenson area. The kids’ cast list includes Leonor Newman (Aspen), Madelyn Dudek (Longfellow), Angelica Kokorevich (Tripp), Kelsey Kupferschmid and Sammy Lee (Kildeer), Rachel Varghese and Joshua Goldwasser (Country Meadows), Palash Gupta and Jack Lodowsky (Quest Academy), and Ethan Michaels (Half Day). Fiddler on the Roof will be performed in November.

Alumni Opening Italian Restaurant in Arlington Heights

SHS alumni Matt and Rikki (Himmelfarb) Peota, both members of the Class of 2001, are opening a new Italian restaurant in downtown Arlington Heights next month. Matt is the head chef for Passero, which will feature family recipes and his own creations. The Peotas were wed in 2013 by their former sociology teacher at Stevenson, Chris Salituro.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson 19, Lake Forest 41, Lake Zurich 26, Stevenson 31: Seniors Nikita Smyrnov and Brett Lucas paced the Patriots at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, finishing second and third overall, respectively. Smyrnov ran the 3.1-mile course in 15:31.89, seven seconds behind the winning runner from Lake Zurich, which finished third in Class 3A at the state meet last fall. Lucas covered the course in 15:45.87. Other Patriots in the top 20 were junior Alex Beckerman (seventh, 16:35.96), senior Tim Green (ninth, 16:37.64), senior Ethan Simanek (14th, 17:01.73), sophomore Cameron Coffey (15th, 17:04.19), senior Raven Jo (16th, 17:04.79) and sophomore Corey Pacernick (17th, 17:05.30).

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 15, Lake Forest 50, Stevenson 19, Lake Zurich 38: The Patriots had five of the top six runners at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Leading the way was senior Isabelle Sparreo, who completed the 3.1-mile course in 18:39.19, nearly 30 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Lake Zurich. SHS claimed the next four spots. Senior Gabriela Jagielo was third (19:20.20), junior Kendall Roberts fourth (19:23.66), junior Natalie Sorenson fifth (19:28.45) and sophomore Caimin Xi sixth (19:36.38). Other Pats in the top 20 were sophomore Michelle Yu (10th, 20:21.28), senior Lauren Appell (11th, 20:27.77), senior Shea Kirby (15th, 20:59.26) and junior Alyssa Collins (20th, 21:12.87).

Girls Golf

Stevenson 173, Libertyville 198: Sophomore Joyce Bai won medalist honors with a 3-over-par 39 at Vernon Hills Golf Club, and freshman Kelly Dong was second with a 40. The Patriots (7-0, 3-0 North Suburban Conference) also received 47s from senior Olivia Stomberg and sophomore Julia Yoo. Freshman Sophia Zhuang shot a 51. Dong had the lone birdie of the match, posting a 3 on the par-4 first hole.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Mundelein 0: The Patriots (9-0, 2-0) rolled to straight-set victories in all seven matches at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Senior Zoe Taylor triumphed at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1, while sophomores Athena Kolli and Kaya Rand posted 6-0, 6-0 shutouts at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. In doubles, junior Elizabeth Ferdman and senior Kate Harvey earned a 6-2, 6-4 decision at No. 1. They were followed into the winner’s circle by junior Alyssa Glaser and senior Samantha Burger at No. 2 (6-1, 6-2), sophomore Ellen Ma and senior Ambika Singh at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0), and sophomore Sneha Yellapantula and senior Carly Lefar at No. 4 (6-1, 6-0).

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 113, Lake Forest 70: Depth carried the day for the visiting Patriots (2-0, 1-0), who had two of the top three place-winners in eight of 11 scored events. SHS won six events, with senior Iza Pelka swimming in four of them. She captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.70) and 500-yard freestyle (5:15.75), and was a member of two first-place relays: the 200 medley with junior Ashley Carollo, sophomore Maddy O’Donnell and junior Claire Huang (1:56.13), and the 400 free relay with O’Donnell, junior Lauren Maloney and sophomore Hanna Cloeter (3:49.50). Carollo also claimed the 100 backstroke (1:01.27). Sophomore Lucy Stevens was part of two first-place efforts. She won the 200 free (2:05.60) and was part of the 200 free relay with seniors Sasha Kokhan and Kaily Chou, and junior Jennifer Xiong (1:44.71).

Boys Soccer

Lake Forest 1, Stevenson 0: Senior Ethan Kalis made five saves for the Patriots (4-3, 0-1), who outshot the host Scouts, 13-9.

Football Game at Lake Forest Available Online

Tonight’s varsity football game at Lake Forest will be streamed online by the NFHS TV Network, beginning at 7:30. Viewers must be an NFHS subscriber to watch the game live. Here is the link to watch the game and to subscribe. Plans start at $9.99. The host Scouts enter tonight’s game with a 2-0 record, with wins over Glenbard East (38-23) and St. Viator (20-14). SHS is 1-1, beating Palatine in the opener, 14-7, and falling to Muskegon, Michigan last Saturday, 28-7. The Patriots beat Lake Forest last year, 43-12. If you’re heading to Lake Forest for the sophomore or varsity game, arriving early is recommended. Parking at Lake Forest’s West Campus will be tight. Stevenson fans will sit in the east bleachers. The campus is located at the corner of Route 60 and Waukegan Road. Google map

Etienne in Running for Athlete of the Month Honor

Sophomore running back Jean-Marc Etienne is one of three candidates for the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Athlete of the Month for September. Etienne was selected after his sensational varsity debut against Palatine on Aug. 25, in which he ran for 147 yards and both touchdowns in Stevenson’s 14-7 win. You can vote for him once every 12 hours.


9/11 Ceremony Monday Morning Before School

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its annual 9/11 ceremony at 8 a.m. Monday in the Garden of Peace, Hope and Remembrance by the pond southeast of the West Building.

Co-Curricular Vocal Group Auditions Next Week

Auditions for vocal co-curricular groups will be held next week: Just the Guys (Tuesday, 7 p.m.), Jazz Etc. (Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. for tenor/bass voices, 7 p.m. for soprano/alto), and Ladyjazz (Thursday, 6:30 p.m.) Auditions will be held in the Choir Room (2202). Audition packets are available at

Fall Play Takes Stage Tonight and Saturday

What would make someone stay inside their bedroom for a year? Come to the fall theatrical production, Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, and find out. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the Black Box Theater (also called the Studio Theater). Admission is $6.

Auditions for “Monster in the Closet” Next Week

You’re invited to audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s fall children’s play, The Monster in the Closet. Auditions will be held Tuesday in the West Auditorium and Thursday in the Black Box Theater (formerly known as the Studio Theater), from 4:30-6 p.m. each day. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would deal with those kids who live outside your closet; make these responses clever and creative. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Half Wit Accepting Work From Frosh, Soph Writers

All freshmen and sophomores: The Half Wit, Stevenson’s underclassmen-exclusive literary magazine, wants your work! Send us your poetry, drama, screenplays, short stories, essays, songs … we’ll read every word. Get published! Submit your writing to  Mr. Barnabee at by Nov. 20.

Homecoming Dance Tickets on Sale

Homecoming dance tickets are available for $25 at the Patriot Superstore or through the Online School Store. If you’re bringing a guest who’s not a Stevenson student to the dance, fill out this form and have it signed by the guest’s dean.

Meningitis Vaccination Requirement for Seniors

The State of Illinois requires that before Oct. 15, all students in 12th grade will provide evidence of having a meningitis vaccination on or after their 16th birthday, or of receiving two meningitis vaccinations, with the first dose given on or after their 10th birthday and the second dose at least eight weeks after the first dose. Students failing to comply with the state mandate by Oct. 15 will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.


Do you want to hang out and play awesome board games? What about getting service hours for it? Come to Stevenson’s new Board Game Club! The club meets from 3:45-5:45 p.m. every Monday in Room 1500-1502. Every week, a new strategy, deduction or cooperation game will be featured. For more information, contact or

Anime Club meets Monday after school in Room 1414. Join us for your favorite anime epics! Everyone is welcome.


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. This scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend a college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, you must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. The deadline to return a completed application is Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Considering Indiana University in Bloomington? The Wells Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate awards offered by any American university. The Wells Scholars Program provides special educational opportunities that encourage academic excellence, growth in leadership, and engagement in the larger world. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2018. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the nomination forms is Friday, Sept. 15. If selected, the nominee will need to complete the Wells Scholarship application by Wednesday, Sept. 27.


Patriot Baseball 2018: Please let all parents know that we will have a meeting for parents of players trying out for the team next spring at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in Room 2104. The meeting is not mandatory, but will cover the upcoming season, tryouts and events this year.


Applications are now being accepted for students wishing to participate in a career shadow during the first semester. Please visit the Career Camps and Internships 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  

The Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program is currently accepting applications. This program introduces students to healthcare careers through guest speakers, discussions, tours, hands-on activities and more. Students entering sophomore or junior year are eligible to apply. See more information on the Career Camps and Internships web page.


Open gym basketball starts Monday, and runs from 6-8 p.m. in the Field House. To see the entire open gym basketball schedule for the fall, visit the Open Gym web page.

You can still sign up for IM Golf. The cost is $25 to register, and there will be weekly trips to the Vernon Hills Golf Course. Each trip is $10. Contact Mr. Argentar at or Mr. Wise at if you have questions.


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