Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Healthy Patriot Parent Discussion Series Returns

SHS parents and guardians are invited to attend the Healthy Patriot discussion series during second semester. The free monthly series kicks off Wednesday with a discussion about “Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom.” The session will run from 7:30-9 a.m. in the District Administration Center, located directly north of the Stadium, and a light breakfast will be available. SEL Coordinator Molly Gosline and Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac will lead Wednesday’s session. For those planning to attend, the presenters recommend reading this article in advance. To see the other topics in the series, visit the Healthy Patriot web page.

Three Debaters Qualify for Tournament of Champions

Fifteen members of the debate team attended the 10th annual Sunvitational National Debate Tournament at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale last weekend. Three debaters, senior Ali Rahman and juniors Thivya Sivarajah and Josh Ezrol, broke to the semifinal rounds, earning each a bid to the 47th annual Tournament of Champions April 28-30 at the University of Kentucky. Also competing were seniors Aaryav Nagpal and Bhavana Muppavarapu; juniors Josh Zhu, Devanshi Gupta, Aishani Dutta, Aarim Khan, Ali Chaudhary, Jacob Minin and Archit Bajaj; sophomore Christie Lee; and freshmen Laya Reddy and Christine Irlbeck. They were accompanied by debate sponsor Alison Pearl.

More Than 100 Volunteers Needed for Odyssey

More than 100 parent and community volunteers are needed for each day of Stevenson’s Odyssey fine arts festival, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6-7. During Odyssey, all students spend the school day in performances, lectures and hands-on workshops led by more than 100 visual and performing artists. Volunteers have the option of working one or both days, and can work all day or part of the day. Visit this page to see the list of volunteer options and to sign up. Volunteers must have a current background check on file with the school to participate. For those who do not have a background check on file, a form is available at the sign-up link. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Laurie Dickinson at

Two Seniors Receive Leadership Honors

Two seniors received honorable mention distinction on the 2017-18 Daily Herald Lake County Leadership Team announced today. Hanna Kunin and Frank Wiest-Puchala were chosen based on their volunteer efforts as members of the Student Council and National Honor Society. Hanna also was cited for her work with youngsters at a Waukegan elementary school through the Spanish Honor Society, while Frank earned kudos for being part of the Freshman Mentor Program.

Archery Team Nearly Wins Chicago Shootout

The archery team took second place at the Phoenix Firebird Shootout in Chicago last weekend, missing the top spot by one point. Stevenson finished with a total score of 3,257, while Schlarman Academy from Danville had 3,258. Senior Samantha Hartman-Stackhouse captured first place overall among 191 competitors with a score of 295, which included 26 bullseyes. Sophomore Sylvia Zhang achieved a personal best, finishing fifth overall with 280 points and 14 bullseyes. She was third among 96 girls in the High School Division. Another sophomore, Caitlyn Goldberg, took seventh place overall and fifth among high school girls with a score of 277 that featured 14 bullseyes. Senior Nick King achieved his personal best with a sixth-place finish among 95 boys in the High School Division. He scored a 276 with 10 bullseyes. The squad travels to Danville this weekend for the fourth annual ULLR Classic.


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Wednesday, Jan. 17 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 6, New Trier Blue 1: Six Patriots scored goals as SHS outshot the Trevians, 49-19, at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. Junior Adam Offenbach scored a goal and assisted on two others. Other goals came from seniors Jackson Leptich, Michael Dowd, Trevor Hilt and Jake Camp, and sophomore Brett Stokes. Trevor also had two assists for Stevenson, which improved to 46-14-2 overall and 18-5 in the Scholastic Hockey League with three regular season games remaining. Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 18 saves. New Trier Blue fell to 4-17 in the SHL. – Box Score

Girls Bowling

Warren 7, Stevenson 2: On Senior Night at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, the Patriots won the third game, 837-787, bringing an end to the Blue Devils’ undefeated season and snapping their 24-game win streak. Senior Genevieve Dominick led SHS with a 543 series, while classmate Jackie Koepp rolled the team’s highest single game (204) en route to a 487 series. Genevieve’s top game was a 199. Both of the high games occurred in Game 3. Freshman YooJin Lee shot a 434 series, fellow freshman Kelly Radelet had a 393 and senior Lauren Stein added a 389. In the final pin totals, Warren had 2,458 and Stevenson compiled 2,246. – Daily Herald

Patriettes Start State Title Defense at Mundelein

The defending state champion varsity Patriettes will take the first step toward defense of their title at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Mundelein Competitive Dance Sectional on Saturday. SHS will be part of a 30-team field seeking berths in the state finals Jan. 26-27 in Bloomington. In the five years since competitive dance became an official IHSA sport, Stevenson has captured one state championship and was runner-up twice. For those going to the sectional, admission is $5 for the entire day. Also, Mundelein is asking spectators for donations of the following items for its local food pantry: liquid dish soap, canned tuna, peanut butter, ramen noodles, diapers (any size), toilet paper and laundry detergent.


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One-Acts Audition Packet Now Online

Students interested in acting in the spring One Acts production can download the audition packet at Auditions will take place at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the West Auditorium. Sign up for an audition slot on the Fine Arts Callboard.


Come join Spanish Club for a Spanish dance lesson after school Wednesday in Room 1508. All are welcome.


The girls water polo team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at


Monday is the application deadline for the Joe Hutten $1,000 Scholarship sponsored by the Lake County Federation of Teachers. To be eligible, students must intend on attending an Illinois public higher education institution (two- or four-year). Stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up an application.

The Naviance document library has been updated with Early Action admissions stats for each college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The document library can be accessed on the right side of a Naviance account (both students and guests have access to this feature). Keep in mind, both ACT and SAT data scattergrams are included, as many SHS students are now applying with both exam scores.


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