Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

Senior Archer to be Honored by Buffalo Grove Board

Senior archer Sami Hartman-Stackhouse will be honored at tonight‘s meeting of the Buffalo Grove village board. She will be recognized for finishing second at the world championships in July and fourth at the national championships in May. The recognition is the latest for Sami, who earlier this year was named to the National Archery in the Schools Program USA All-Star Team, and is a two-time academic All-American. She won the state championship as a sophomore. Tonight’s meeting starts at 7:30 at the village hall.

New Auto Club Reaches Top Gear With Paper

Stevenson’s new Auto Club received front-page coverage in today’s Daily Herald. (Here’s a link to the article.) The club teaches students basic auto maintenance and repair skills, and has them working on a 1947 Jeep engine in addition to other vehicles. Reporter Russell Lissau talked with club sponsor Rodney Phelps about the club, which already numbers 30 members. He also spoke with juniors Eric Fleishman and Brandon Conner, and sophomore Stanislaw Nowicki.

SHS Hosting Special Fair for Area School Districts

Representatives from approximately 25 area school districts are coming to Stevenson for the first-ever Therapeutic Residential Fair on Tuesday. The event is sponsored by Stevenson, Community High School District 128 (Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools) and Evanston Township High School.

During the all-day fair, they will have the opportunity to meet with, and receive program information from, representatives from 25 Illinois State Board of Education-approved therapeutic residential schools from around the country. The residential schools provide special education services beyond the capabilities of regular schools.

Stevenson’s Special Education Division developed the idea for the fair, and the school’s Private Placement Coordinator, Joann Stearns, helped to organize the fair along with colleagues from Libertyville and Evanston Township high schools.

Best Buddies Fundraiser at Portillo’s Today  

Stevenson’s Best Buddies club is having a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. today at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills. Show this flyer when ordering, and 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit the club.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Meet: The Patriots finished 15th at Detweiller Park in Peoria, their third consecutive top-20 finish. Senor Isabelle Sparreo was the leading runner for SHS, finishing 40th among 210 runners. She covered the 3-mile course in 17 minutes, 45 seconds. Junior Natalie Sorenson was 65th (17:55). Stevenson’s other team points came from Isabelle’s twin sister, Natalie Sparreo, (116th, 18:19), junior Kendall Roberts (129th, 18:26) and senior Gabriela Jagielo (142nd, 18:30). Also running for Stevenson were senior Lauren Appell (158th, 18:41) and sophomore Caimin Xi (172nd, 18:51). – Official Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Meet: Senior Nikita Smyrnov closed out his high school career by finishing 46th among 210 runners at Detweiller Park in Peoria. He ran the 3-mile trek in 15:03. – Official Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots captured the conference meet in convincing fashion, winning seven of 12 events. Senior Iza Pelka and junior Ashley Carollo won two individual events and swam in two victorious relays. Iza claimed the 100-yard butterfly (56.88) and 500-yard freestyle (4:59.29), while Ashley touched first in the 100 backstroke (56.26) and 50 free (24.59). The pair combined to form half of the winning 200 free relay with sophomores Madeleine O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens (1:37.54), and also were part of the 400 free relay unit with senior Sasha Kokhan and junior Jennifer Xiong (3:35.38). Stevenson’s seventh event victory came from Lucy, Sasha, freshman Elizabeth Cao and junior Natalie Wess in the 200 medley relay (1:49.64). Natalie was second in the 200 individual medley (2:13.48) and third in the 100 butterfly (58.89). Senior Eva Holsen was runner-up in the 500 free (5:14.28). Jennifer placed third in the 200 free (1:59.05) while Elizabeth finished third in the 200 IM (2:17.15). In the team standings, Stevenson amassed 358 points while runner-up Warren had 281. SHS shares the overall crown with Warren, which had the league’s best dual-meet record in the regular season. Stevenson also won the JV conference meet; those results will appear in Tuesday’s Digest. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys and Girls Fencing

Stevenson at Lowell Invitational: The Patriots took top honors in women’s and men’s saber, also captured first place in women’s epee during their season-opening tournament in Indiana. Sophomore Sanya Bawa won first place in women’s saber and senior Rachel Aranyi claimed first in women’s epee. SHS also was second in men’s epee and women’s foil, and fourth in men’s foil. Three Pats placed second in their weapon: senior Steven Xia in men’s saber, senior Shiho Suto in women’s epee, and sophomore Aya Taira in women’s foil. Sophomore Rachel Roh finished third in women’s saber.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Spartan Eliminator Invitational: Senior Lucas Pinkus finished sixth overall at the Brunswick Zone Deerfield, leading SHS to a ninth-place showing among 24 teams in its season opener. Lucas rolled a six-game series of 1,052 pins, with a high game of 213, missing a medal by just two pins. Freshman Nicholas Sternes had a 969 series (high game of 178). Three Patriots rolled five games: senior Marcus Engstrom (691, 172) and freshmen Benji Ries (672, 170) and Joey Gluck (640, 163). Sophomore James Ruiz had a three-game score of 297 (125). Stevenson’s 870 team score in its fourth game of the tournament was the fifth-best of the day.


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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. The registration deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 22.

PE Leadership Applications for 2018-19 Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for Physical Education and Alternative Physical Education leaders. Being a PE leader is a two-year commitment, so only sophomores may apply. Applications are due by Wednesday, Dec. 20. To apply, and for more information, visit the PE Leadership web page.

To Be or Not to Be … Uh, What Was the Question?

Your brain is like a great work of art, but it’s still a work in progress. Getting involved with drugs and alcohol can prevent you from reaching what you’re meant to be. Check out this video from the Substance Abuse Prevention office.


Representatives from four community colleges, plus Columbia College Chicago, North Park, Saint Mary’s at Notre Dame, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside are among the colleges and universities sending representatives 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


The Indian Student Association will be hosting its annual Diwali celebration from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium and West Staff Dining Room. There will be amazing performances, delicious food and more, all for $5! All proceeds go towards the Siddhagiri Gurukul Foundation. If you want to have a fun time, be there!


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