Thursday, March 8, 2018

Scholastic Bowl Wins 12th Straight Regional Title

Stevenson won its 12th consecutive Illinois High School Association Class 2A Scholastic Bowl regional championship on Monday, advancing to Saturday’s sectional at Fremd High School. SHS will face the host school, Palatine and Hersey in a round-robin format to determine the sectional champion and a berth in the state finals Friday, March 16 in Peoria.

Stevenson was the host school for its latest regional triumph, and defeated Carmel (730-170), Warren (840-80) and Loyola (560-280) en route to the title. The regional championship roster included seniors Deepak Moparthi, Conrad Oberhaus and Shamsheer Rana, juniors Olivia Lamberti, Emily Luo and Melanie Wang, sophomores David Holmquist, Healey Kogan and Akash Kumar, and freshman Arjun Nageswaran.

Two days earlier, Stevenson placed second at the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl Class 3A state tournament in Bloomington, the school’s fifth consecutive top-four finish. Seven members of the regional team took part: Deepak, Olivia, Arjun, David, Conrad, Melanie and Emily. They won $1,000 to help pay for future tournaments.

SHS won its first four pool-play matches in the morning over Oak Park-River Forest (320-210), Mahomet-Seymour (310-190), Carbondale (340-220) and Dunlap (340-130) before falling to eventual champion Rockford Auburn (300-260). Stevenson advanced to the afternoon playoffs, defeating the Illinois Math and Science Academy (270-200) in the semifinals before falling to Auburn (270-260) on the last question in the championship match.

Co-Curricular Fair for Incoming Freshman Families

Incoming freshmen and their families have had several opportunities to learn about the academic side of Stevenson. Soon, they will have a chance to see the wide range of possibilities available outside the classroom. Representatives from dozens of after-school clubs, sports teams and intramural programs will be on hand at the annual Co-Curricular Fair on Wednesday, March 21. The event, sponsored by Stevenson’s Student Activities Division, runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Field House. Admission is free. Stevenson-themed clothing also will be available from the Sports Boosters.

NHS Holding Fundraiser at Roti on Friday

The National Honor Society is holding a fundraiser at Roti Modern Mediterranean, 1240 E. Route 45, in Vernon Hills, from 4-8 p.m. Friday. Twenty percent of all sales during the fundraiser will go toward the Stevenson to College program, which provides scholarships and mentorships for first-generation college students. Just mention “Stevenson National Honor Society” when ordering. RSVP at this link. During the school day Friday, the NHS is sponsoring a blood drive for students age 17 and older. LifeSource will provide a donation to Stevenson to College based on the number of students who participate in the blood drive.

504/IEP “Pre-Session” Canceled for Tonight

Tonight’s “Planning Your Future” pre-session for families of sophomore students with 504 or Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) has been canceled. Planning Your Future will go on as scheduled at 7 o’clock.

Salituro Receives Pioneer Press “Shout Out”

The latest Pioneer PressShout Out” features veteran sociology teacher Chris Salituro, one of only two high school teachers who are members of the American Sociological Association. He talked about misconceptions about sociology, and how the dual-credit arrangement Stevenson has with Loyola University.


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Wednesday, March 7 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, Providence Catholic 1: Senior goaltender Elias Sandholm made 27 saves as the Patriots (53-17-2) beat the Celtics to advance to the Blackhawk Cup Red Division state tournament semifinals for the first time in school history. Senior Jackson Leptich scored two goals to lead third-seeded SHS, which will take on Scholastic Hockey League rival and No. 7 seed Glenbrook South at 6:40 p.m. Monday at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. The Titans upset second-seeded New Trier Green, 8-3, on Tuesday. Against Providence, goals also came from senior Trevor Hilt and juniors Seth Cohen and Adam Offenbach.

Basketball Team Breaks Two School Records

The 2017-18 varsity boys basketball team set two school records during the recently completed season. The Patriots tied the 2006-07 team as the toughest to score on, allowing only 46.8 points per game. Also, SHS sank a record 16 three-pointers in its game against Maine South. Here is a link to the updated records, and here is a link to the updated all-time scoring list, which saw senior Jackson Qualley move into 29th place.

Lacrosse Alum Aims for Another MVP Season

Whitman College women’s lacrosse standout Lindsay Schwartz (Class of 2015), the reigning player of the year in the Northwest Conference, has a new coach and new rules this season. Her squad, picked for second in the NWC preseason poll, opens its season Saturday against conference favorite George Fox. Schwartz earned league MVP honors last year after setting new Whitman single-season standards in goals, points, game-winning goals, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.


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Vaping: We Won’t Get Fooled Again

A lot of ads say that vaping is safe. Years ago, ads said that cigarettes were safe. Don’t believe it? Watch this week’s video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition.

If You’ve Lost Something, Check These Lost-and-Found Areas

If you’ve lost a lunch bag, water bottle, pencil case, backpack, sweatshirt or some other item of importance, check one of the lost-and-found areas to see if it’s been turned in. Lost and found items are placed in Room 2416 in the West Building, and in Room 5024 (in the Field House lobby) in the East Building.


Representatives from nearly 175 colleges and universities will be available to meet with families at the Illinois Regional College Fair at the College of Lake County on Thursday, March 15. The fair runs from 6-8 p.m. in the Physical Education Center, Building 7, on the CLC Grayslake campus. For details, visit


The girls water polo team is holding a “Wendy’s Frosty Friday” fundraiser during the passing periods between sixth and seventh, and seventh and eighth, and also after school on Friday. Chocolate and vanilla Frostys will be available for $2 in the Wood and Glass Commons.


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