Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Junior Qualifies for Two National Debate Tournaments

Junior Mary Polupan will be representing Stevenson at two national debate tournaments this summer. Last weekend, Mary won first place in her Senate chamber at the Congressional Debate National Qualifiers at Glenbrook North High School, qualifying for the nationals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in June. She is one of four students from Illinois to qualify.

On March 2, Mary won her House chamber at the Northern Illinois National Speech and Debate Association national qualifying tournament, earning a trip to Birmingham, Ala., in June. Junior Anubhav Agarwal earned first alternate in his House chamber. Mary is the second SHS debater to win her chamber and qualify for the NSDA national tournament in the last three years. Patrick DeMichele (Class of 2016) qualified two years ago.

Late Arrival on Thursday: What is Your Student Doing?

Stevenson will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Stand Strong Coalition reminds parents that late-start days can provide students with unmonitored time prior to school, and can lead to high-risk behavior for some, such as drinking and smoking marijuana. The coalition recommends that parents ask their students these four questions: Where will you be? Who will you be with? What will you be doing? and What time will you be leaving home? For more tips, visit

Burrows Talks About Her Final Production

The Pioneer Press talked with Cynthia Burrows and several cast members about last weekend’s winter play, Luna Gale, a play that covered several sensitive topics, including drug abuse. This was the final theatrical production at SHS for Burrows, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

JV Archery Team Wins First Place

The junior varsity archery team won first place at the Schurz Tournament in Chicago on Saturday, and had six of the top 10 individual archers. Finishing fourth through ninth, all with personal-best scores, were: junior Simon Honeyville (276), freshman Justin Gordon (270), sophomore Josh Nimmo (269), freshman Malachi Park (266), senior Shelley Siegel (265) and junior Sidney Zuber (264). Two other JV archers posted personal bests: junior Carissa Spaeth (262) and senior Caroline Ramirez (236).

The varsity archers had three of the top 10 individuals at the Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School Buffalo Stampede in Georgetown, Ill., on Saturday. Senior Desmond Ding was second overall with a personal-best score of 290, and senior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse was third at 289. Senior Melissa Elsner placed 10th with a personal-best 284. Also shooting a personal best was junior Temma Saito (278).

Two Students Earn Computer Science Honors

In honor of Pi Day, here is some good news from the Mathematics and Computer Science Division: Two students earned honors in a recent National Center for Women and Information Technology regional competition. Sophomore Allison Liu was named the Northern Illinois Affiliate winner of the NCWIT Award of Aspirations in Computing. She and other affiliate winners were selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education. Sophomore Emily Kang received honorable mention. Both students were inspired by and received application assistance from Steve Svetlik.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly on Thursday

The Band Parent Organization will hold a fundraiser at the Potbelly, 700 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. When ordering, mention the Stevenson Band Parent Organization (or show this flyer) and 25 percent of proceeds will be donated to the group.


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Tuesday, March 11 Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 19, Loyola Academy 7: The host Patriots (3-1) scored 11 unanswered goals to roll past the Ramblers in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Junior Lauren Maloney scored four of the team’s first 11 goals. Senior Claire Haas, the state’s reigning player of the year, led all scorers with six goals. She scored three straight goals late in the third period after Loyola rallied to make the score 15-7. Juniors Eleanor Michaud and Kalista Tapas and senior Eileen Hoang tallied two goals each. Seniors Bella Greenspan and Amelia Eastman and sophomore Shreya Sreedhar also scored. Junior goalie Anna Mossakowski made 11 saves.

Girls, Boys State Basketball Champs Make Trib’s Top 64

Stevenson’s state champion girls and boys basketball teams have been ranked among the top 64 high school squads in Illinois history by the Chicago Tribune. The 1995 girls state champions, led by Ms. Basketball of Illinois Tamika Catchings, went 33-2 and won all three of its state tournament games by 17 points or more. The 2015 boys squad, with Mr. Basketball Jalen Brunson, went 30-3 to cap a run of three consecutive trips to the state tournament.

Bowling Alum in Running for National Championships

Wichita State University sophomore Kaitlyn Rudy (Class of 2016) has a chance to win two collegiate national championships in bowling next month. She is one of 24 qualifiers for the Intercollegiate Singles Championships to determine the nation’s top female college bowler. Also, Rudy and her Shocker teammates will compete for the team title at the Intercollegiate Team Championships. Rudy finished third at the ISC sectional in Dallas on Friday, with a six-game score of 1,226 pins (a 204.3 per-game average). Wichita State won the ITC sectional championship, also held last weekend in Dallas, and will be seeking its 10th national title. Both tournaments will take place April 17-21 in Lincoln, Neb. The finals will air on the CBS Sports Network in late April. At Stevenson, Rudy was a two-time state medalist, finishing third in 2015 and 12th in 2016.


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West ILC Circulation Desk Closed Until 9:30 Thursday

The circulation desk in the upper West ILC will be closed until 9:30 a.m. Thursday. No checkout of laptops, books, or other equipment will be available during this time.

Need Some Tips on Dealing With Stress?

How do you deal with stress? There are lots of ways. But what if nothing seems to work? The latest video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition offers some important tips.

Writing Contest on Mental Health Open to All Students

The Write Club and VitArbr, a nonprofit organization led by Stevenson students, have teamed up to create “From Their Eyes,” a writing contest focused on mental health. Three categories are available: poetry (40-line limit), short story (2,000-word limit) and nonfiction/memoir (2,000-word limit). First prize is $25, second prize is $15 and third prize is $5. The submission deadline is midnight Saturday, March 24. Winners will be announced April 2. To submit a piece, or for more information, email


Information on nearly 40 summer career camps and internships are now available on the school website. Visit the Career Camps and Internships page for more details.


Freshmen and transfer student-athletes who haven’t attended their required meeting with the athletic director have another opportunity from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. (Thursday is a late arrival day.) 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.


Students throughout Chicago area to stage walkouts today

Strike averted: Rockford teachers vote in favor of proposed contract

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills school board backs off gun violence resolution

Chicago high school students stage play based on Columbine shooting

New agriculture academy draws interest from Decatur students

Southern Illinois University will no longer house students in “The Towers”

Two McHenry County teachers honored in Golden Apple Awards program

PayPal co-founder to speak at UI commencement

Naperville teen defies odds with back-to-back perfect AP physics scores


Thousands of students nationwide expected to walk out of classes today

How walkouts test student rights and school responsibilities

Is the trauma of training for a school shooter worth it?

Critics: Feds’ school safety plan endangers black, brown students

Enrollment in most foreign-language programs continues to fall

Ohio governor making push to take control of education agencies

Homework gets an overhaul at districts around the country

Charter school financing upheld by Louisiana Supreme Court

Ole Miss grapples with its links to slavery and racism


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