Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

WIT Wins First Place Honor in National Contest

The 2017 WIT won first place with special recognition as a “best anniversary edition” in the American Scholastic Press Association literary magazine national contest.

The publication scored perfect scores in the categories of design and presentation, and the contest judge saluted the WIT for “nurturing esteem and status” among young writers.

The WIT’s senior editors-in-chief were June graduates Mia Kim and Annamarie Wellems. The staff included six others from the Class of 2017: Izzy Edreva, Justin Han, Rachel Kwon, Emily Pease, Amy Tian and David Xu. Other staff members included current seniors Dan Kim, Sasha Kokhan, Angela Lee, Michelle Nutlis and Saffron Williams; juniors Michelle Cai, Emily Luo and Winston Wang; and sophomores Joyce Bai and Helen Han.

Math Team Opens Year in Impressive Fashion

Stevenson’s math team started its North Suburban Math League season on an impressive note Thursday. SHS traveled to Whitney Young High School in Chicago, and not only won that site competition (which featured the top five teams in the league from 2016-17), but also posted the highest score among all 59 schools in the league.

All eight seniors wrote perfect papers: Albert Cao, Andrew Hwang, Justin Lee, Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Michael Lee, Andrew Luo and Terry Maeda. They were among 19 team members with perfect papers. The other perfect papers were written by juniors James Lim and Tony Tan, sophomores Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Philena Liu, Richard Liu and Emily Lu, and freshmen Sai Merneedi, Ram Potham, David Wallach and James Kim. Junior Joey Rivkin finished second in the oral presentation event.

The math team also is competing in two national contests this fall.

Stevenson is participating in Math Madness, a national contest featuring head-to-head competition between schools. SHS competed in the practice round last week, defeating Diamond Bar High School from Diamond Bar, Calif., 37-26. The top five student scores make up the team score, and were submitted by Rivkin, Hu, Yoon, Maeda and Cao. Math Madness qualifying rounds begin this week, with hundreds of high schools and middle schools around the country participating. After two qualifying rounds, scores will be tabulated and championship brackets determined.

Stevenson also completed the first round of the Who Wants To Be a Mathematician contest, sponsored by the American Mathematical Society. Eleven students advanced to the second round by receiving scores of 8 or higher out of 10 questions: Cao, Gan, Hu, Hwang, Lim, Philena Liu, Lu, Yoon, Yu, junior Angela Zhang and freshman Nikhil Belgal.

8 Model UN Members Earn Awards

Eight members of the Model United Nations team won awards at a recent conference held at Sandburg High School. Four students earned Outstanding Delegate honors: junior Neal Patel, sophomores William Fitzgerald and Sowmya Venkatachalam, and freshman Carson Ezell. Four others received Honorable Mention: senior Kevin Li, junior Josh Dudley, sophomore Luke McCue and freshman Ishaan Khullar.

Next CCC Facebook Live on Tuesday

The College Career Center’s next Facebook Live takes place around noon Tuesday. Post Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will speak with a representative from Ohio State University. You can watch at the College Career Center’s Facebook page. The duo will also be leading the annual Financial Aid Night for junior and senior families at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. (No Facebook Live coverage)


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Niles Notre Dame 1: Senior Trevor Hilt scored a goal and assisted on two others as the host Patriots (10-1) won their ninth consecutive game. Hilt’s goal early in the third period gave SHS a 3-1 advantage at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. He had assists on Stevenson’s second goal of the game, from senior Jack Wiley, and on its final goal, by junior Seth Cohen. The Pats’ opening goal was scored by junior Zach Wesley, assisted by classmate Sam Shellist. Hilt’s goal was assisted by Cohen and sophomore Brett Stokes. SHS never trailed and dominated play throughout the game, outshooting the Dons (1-2), 53-21. The Patriots had 23 shots on goal in the second period alone. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 20 saves. – Boxscore

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 106, Libertyville 80: Depth made the difference for the visiting Patriots (5-0-1, 4-0) in the North Suburban Conference matchup. SHS won five of 12 events, and made up the difference through 15 Pats finishing in the top five of their events at least once. Individual winners for Stevenson were junior Natalie Wess in the 200-yard individual medley (2:19.88), senior Alyssa Mussar in 1-meter diving (194.15), senior Eva Holsen in the 500 free (5:31.19) and junior Ashley Carollo in the 100 back (59.97). Also victorious was the 400 free relay team of Carollo, senior Sasha Kokhan, sophomore Madeleine O’Donnell and freshman Elizabeth Cao (3:47.23).

Football Team Roster’s History Spans the Globe

Daily Herald sports writer Patricia Babcock McGraw writes that Stevenson has one of the most diverse schools in the suburbs, and that diversity is reflected on the varsity football roster. There are about a dozen players who were either born abroad or are first-generation Americans, she writes. Her article focuses on junior linebacker Maema Njongmeta, who hails from Cameroon. The straight-A student started playing football two years ago, but has emerged as one of the team’s top defenders. Other Patriots with ties to their native countries include: seniors Bevin Buan (the Philippines) and Michael Iancau (Romania); juniors Kylan Abuaita (the Netherlands), Anand Batbaatar (Mongolia), Arnav Chaubal (India), Ivan Gleyzer (Russia and Serbia), Rafay Noor (Pakistan), Nick Orihuela (Greece and Bolivia), Andrew Park (South Korea) and Ross Wilson (Jamaica); and sophomore Jean-Marc Etienne (Haiti and the Philippines).


All Juniors Meet With Their Counselor Wednesday

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period Wednesday. Juniors must attend this meeting, even if they are a member of a club that meets during the activity period. Here is the list of room locations by counselor.

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.

In a World Languages Class? Speak More Than English?

Students in World Languages classes, and students who already speak a language other than English, have the option to take an exam that can help them be recognized by the State of Illinois in its Seal of Biliteracy program. The Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam will be offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Students interested in Latin can take the Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) test. The cost is $20 for the AAPPL and $10 for the ALIRA.  Students need to sign up by Tuesday. The tests will be administered after school on ​Thursday. For more information about any of these exams and to register, please stop by Room 2434 and ask for Ms. Munch. If you’re interested in earning the Seal of Biliteracy for Polish, please contact Mrs. Tuman (Glowacka) at

Operation Snowball Retreat Registration Underway

Registration is open for the next Operation Snowball retreat, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 30-Saturday, Dec. 2 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, Wis. All grade levels are invited. However, a limited number of openings are available. Students will be added to the retreat roster in the order in which they register and turn in the required permission and medical form packets. Register and download the necessary forms at the Online School Store. For more information on the retreat, visit the Operation Snowball web page.


Seniors applying to colleges that offer interviews are welcome to attend an Interview Workshop at 7:30 a.m. or during eighth period Thursday in the CCC. Alumni from Harvard University will be on campus to facilitate these interview workshops, which will teach seniors various tips for college application interviews. Registration is required to attend either session. Seniors or students planning to graduate this school year may register at this link.

Iowa, Georgia, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, Florida State, Pepperdine and Wisconsin-Whitewater are just some of the colleges 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

Connect with more than 400 colleges and universities during National College Fairs in Chicago and Milwaukee in October. In addition to meeting with college representatives, the fairs will feature educational workshops to learn more about the college search process. The Chicago National College Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at McCormick Place. The Milwaukee National College Fair runs from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Wisconsin Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Here are registration links, which include a list of participating schools: Chicago | Milwaukee.

Seniors interested in the University of Virginia: The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards full scholarships to UVA to students who have demonstrated uncommon academic ability, exceptional leadership and a commitment to the community at large.  Stevenson may nominate one student for this prestigious scholarship. If you are interested, please pick up an application from the College Career Center (Room 1123). Please return the application to the CCC by Tuesday, Nov. 21.


Are you interested in learning more about being a physician assistant? A physician assistant will be visiting the College Career Center from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 to talk with students about PA programs and schools, educational requirements, and specifics of the job. Space is limited, so please send a message to Mrs. Willock in the CCC at to register.


The varsity boys ice hockey team is holding a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Visit for the flyer and mention the fundraiser before ordering. The offer is valid for carryout and delivery orders, too.

Interested in bowling? If you have years of experience or if you’ve never bowled before, come and try out this season for the boys bowling team. Come to the informational meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in Room 2628. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Mathias at

The girls gymnastics team will have a pre-season meeting after school Friday, Oct. 13 in Room 2002. Anyone interested in joining the team is welcome. No experience is necessary.


The first Science Bowl meeting will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 8066. Science Bowl is a fun, team-based, competitive club that tests scientific knowledge, with the chance to win a fully-paid, week-long trip to Washington, D.C. Come to Room 8066 to learn more, or talk to Mrs. Humes in Room 8080.

Interactive Gamers Club will host a two-headed giant Magic tournament with the brand new Ixalan set after school Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room (1204). Play with vampires, pirates and dinosaurs! The cost is $5, and each student will receive six Magic packs. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you! New members are always welcome.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students (BASS) is a club dedicated to exploring black culture at SHS, and in the U.S. and the world. BASS discusses how current events, history and pop culture relate to and affect black culture. Meetings include social activities as well as service opportunities, field trips and more. BASS is open to anyone with an interest in black culture. Join us to connect, unwind and eat tasty treats after school Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 6018!

The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the fall/winter edition at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 1612. The Styler is looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome. The group also will be watching a documentary about one of New York’s hottest designers, Alexander Wang. Hope to see you there!


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