Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

46 Students Share Research at SPARK Symposium

Forty-six students who participated in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research during the summer shared their experiences during the annual SPARK Symposium and Recognition Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Students who took part in the symposium included seniors Ryan Abbott, John Armgardt, Daniel Attia, Gurasees Bajaj, Zachary Chin, Anita Fang, Samantha Fleishman, Laurel Guo, Michelle Karan, Maura Kelleher, Allen Kuncheria, Justin Lee, Kevin Li, David Liang, Aditya Mansharamani, Ryan Mitchell, Deepak Moparthi, Bhavana Muppavarapu, Sarah Park, Neil Patel, Trisha Patel, Shalini Patel, Alex Polyakov, James Prince, Ali Rahman, Matthew Randall, Sannidhi Sarvadhavabatla, Karaj Singh, Shreya Sriram, John Tan, Vikram Thanigaivelan, Jonathan Xue, Samuel Yeo, Rachael Zhang and Jerry Zhou, and juniors Maanasa Devabhaktuni, Saaniya Farhan, Ethan Gordon, Devanshi Gupta, Shreya Karpoor, Mihira Krishnaswamy and Andrew Yoon.

The coordinator of the SPARK program is Brett Erdmann. Here are the research projects students worked on, and their mentors.

Parent-Student Driver Education Meeting Next Week

Students enrolled in Driver Education for second semester, and their parents or guardians, will have an information meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Parents and guardians will receive information about the SHS driver education program, while their students will complete an online permit application and permit test. Parents and guardians are asked to RSVP at this link. Students whose parents or guardians are unavailable may attend the meeting and start the permitting process. They should also RSVP. For those unable to attend the Oct. 19 meeting, there will be mandatory meetings for students only during the week of Nov. 6-11. Read this letter for more details.

CCC Facebook Live With U. of Iowa Friday

The College Career Center wraps up its fall Facebook Live sessions Friday morning with a visit from a University of Iowa representative. The session will start at approximately 9:26 a.m., which is the beginning of second period. You can see the session at the CCC’s Facebook page.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Waukegan, 25-10, 25-20: Senior Emily Grimes recorded six kills as the visiting Patriots (17-11, 4-2) rolled on the road. Junior Sophie Sorenson added five kills and junior Callie Grass had four. Sophomore Grace Tully was 38-of-39 setting with 16 assists. SHS served eight aces in the match, and junior Becca Sullivan led the team with three. Senior Chloe Robinson made 12 digs, and also was 6-for-6 setting with a pair of assists.

Golf Teams Prepare for State Tournaments

The girls and boys golf teams compete in their Illinois High School Association state tournaments Friday and Saturday. The girls will be part of the IHSA Class 2A tournament in Decatur, while the boys are in the 3A tournament in Bloomington. The girls are making their third state appearance in school history, and have placed in the top 10 in their first two opportunities. SHS was ninth in 2007 and 10th in 2006. The boys are making their fifth state appearance, finishing eighth in 1987, 10th in 2015 and 2005, and 12th in 2001. Here are links to see tee times and results: Girls | Boys

Postseason Play Starts for Four Sports

Several sports will be jumping into postseason action this weekend. The girls tennis team will seek its seventh consecutive sectional championship, and will be playing on its home courts at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex Friday and Saturday (weather permitting). The boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the North Suburban Conference championships at the College of Lake County Saturday morning. The girls are the defending conference champions. The varsity field hockey team will play host to Naperville North in the first round of the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association state playoffs at 6 p.m. Friday in the Stadium.

Mandatory Meetings for Frosh, Transfer Student-Athletes

All freshman student-athletes and transfer student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2017-18 school year. There are seven possible dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The first meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.

Volleyball Alum Earns Conference POW Honor

Howard University senior Khaila Donaldson (Class of 2014) earned women’s volleyball player of the week honors from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the second straight week on Monday. In three matches last week, Donaldson averaged 12.7 kills and 9.7 digs per set. She leads the Bison in kills and aces, and is second on the team in digs.


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.

Junior Families Invited to “Finding the Fit” College Night

All juniors and their parents are invited to the College Career Center’s annual “Finding the Fit” program from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2019. Post Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months. The presentation will be using a web-based program called Pear Deck, so juniors and their families are encouraged to bring their SHS iPads or an electronic device connected to a Gmail address.

Theatre Costume Sale During Lunch Today, Friday

Need an idea for a Halloween costume? Looking for something to add to your wardrobe? Stop by the Theatre Costume Sale, a fundraiser for SHS Thespians, during all lunch periods today and Friday in front of the Performing Arts Center. The sale is open to all students.

Yearbook Photo Make-Ups Next Week

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who didn’t have their yearbook photo taken during orientation, or who want to have it taken again, will have another chance next month. Yearbook photo make-ups will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20 in the Recital Hall. For questions, contact

Volunteer at Woodlawn’s Haunted House

Woodlawn Middle School’s Fall Fest Halloween Party is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. The school is looking for student volunteers to help with haunted house props, and to be actors in the haunted house. This is a great opportunity for students who enjoy acting, drama or stage-crafting. You can sign up through SHS’s InnerView for this opportunity.


Senior Class Board is meeting today after school in the College Career Center.

Interactive Gamers Club will host a Pokemon draft after school today in Room 1204. The cost is $5, and each student will be able to keep the cards they draft! Students must be able to stay until 5:30 p.m. to participate.


Auburn, Cal-Berkeley, Duke, George Washington, Nebraska, Pittsburgh and Western Illinois are among the more than 25 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.

Representatives from more than 60 art schools and universities will be on hand at the National Portfolio Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. To reserve a spot, see a list of participating schools and get more information, visit this link.

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.


Applications are still 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  


ESPPA award nominations for the fall season are now being accepted through Oct. 30. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Hodge at

Senior golfer Matt Schawel is one of two nominees for Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Area Athlete of the Month. Vote for him at this link. You can vote every 12 hours.

The freshman boys basketball informational meeting will take place at 8 a.m.  Wednesday in Room 8046. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Gimre at

The sophomore boys basketball team is seeking a manager. You can earn volunteer credit for the experience. Contact Coach Hess for details at

Heading to Waukegan on Saturday to watch Patriot football? The freshmen play at 9 a.m., followed by the sophomores at 11 a.m. and the varsity at 1:30 p.m. All games are at Weiss Field. Admission is $3 for students with Stevenson ID. (Student ID is required for admission.) Patriot fans should enter at Entrance 3 off Lewis Avenue. Waukegan will be having a “pink out” on Saturday to raise money for breast cancer research and prevention efforts.


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