Monday, April 2, 2018

New School Logos Are Coming

Stevenson will be getting a new look starting with the 2018-19 school year. The school is overhauling its official “S” and Patriot logos, along with its crest, in tandem with an update of its mission and vision statements. Each week this month, a new logo will be revealed. The unveiling begins today with the new “S” logo.

Brunson Plays for National Title Tonight

Stevenson alumnus Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) will seek his second NCAA basketball championship in three years tonight when Villanova University takes on the University of Michigan in San Antonio, Texas. The championship game will air on TBS starting at 8 p.m. Tip-off is set for 8:20. On Sunday, Brunson won the Naismith Trophy awarded to the best player in men’s college basketball. The honor is the latest in a cascade of awards for the junior forward, who is expected to turn pro this summer. Brunson also was named player of the year last week by the Associated Press. This morning, several SHS staff members gathered to show their support for Brunson with a special Twitter message.

Varsity, JV Winter Guard Win at Maine South

The varsity and junior varsity Winter Guard teams placed first in their divisions at the Midwest Color Guard Circuit competition March 25 at Maine South High School. The varsity won the Scholastic A Division, while the JV claimed top honors in Scholastic Regional A.

The varsity Winter Guard roster included juniors Maddy Casaletto, Caroline French, Kennedy Schooley, Arielle Pazol, Amanda Jimenez and Jasmin Ealom, sophomores Danie Shvartsman, Lexi Becker, Kennedy Davis, Sophia Shin and Haley Bauman, and freshmen Georgie Casaletto, Vickie Orishter and Angelia Pulos. The JV roster included junior Nhan Luu, sophomores Randi Zeal, Jane Pak, Kyle Grumet and Dani Schwarz, and freshmen Katie Advani, Samantha Mazur, Ishita Kataki, Alexa Feldman and Mia Watkins.

The coaches are Amanda Reber, Amanda Houston, Maddy McKenna and Michael Tseitlin. Both teams will travel to the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Championships this weekend at LaPorte (Ind.) High School.

World Languages Faculty Speak in Milwaukee, Chicago

Seven members of the World Languages Division faculty gave presentations at the annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language in Milwaukee last month.

Spanish teachers Jennifer Zizzo, Jori Greenhill and Megan McCullough described the co-constructive feedback process in “Us vs. Them: For Whom is the Feedback, Anyway? An Exploration of Dialogic Student-Driven Feedback.” Chinese teachers Janet Wang and Li Ye discussed “Building Chinese Proficiency Through Guided Self-Reflections During Performance-Based Assessments.” Spanish teacher Patrick Grady and Director of World Languages Justin Fisk provided an overview of evidence-based reporting with “A Standards-Based Grading Starter Kit.”

Last week, Fisk was part of a panel presentation at the TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo in Chicago. He joined five other panelists to discuss how states, districts and schools can use the Seal of Biliteracy program to promote English language development.


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Thursday, March 29 Varsity Results


Niles West 14, Stevenson 0: The Patriots dropped to 1-2 on the year after the loss at The Ballpark in Rosemont. – @Dion_JTsports

Wednesday, March 28 Varsity Results


Stevenson at Historic Dodgertown Spring Training Invitational: The Patriots (4-3-1) overcame an early 4-0 deficit and received five innings of hitless relief pitching from Matthew Mittelmark to beat Medina (Ohio) High, 9-4, and conclude their Spring Break trip to Vero Beach, Fla. SHS fell behind 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second, but scored seven runs in the next two innings to take control. Junior Michael D’Angelo singled home senior Evan Kiah to give Stevenson a 5-4 lead in the third inning, and junior Hayden Brotz followed with a two-run single. Junior Ryan McElhinny went 3-for-3 and scored three runs. Senior Caleb Evans hit a solo home run for the Patriots’ final run. Matthew struck out five in his 57-pitch relief stint with no walks. –

Tuesday, March 27 Varsity Results


Stevenson at Historic Dodgertown Spring Training Invitational: The Patriots (3-3-1) tied Neenah (Wis.) High School, 6-6, before falling to Westminster Christian Academy of Edwardsville, Ill., 10-7. Against Neenah, senior Nick Bonk singled home classmate Jack Housinger with the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, his second run batted in of the game. Junior Michael D’Angelo hit a two-run triple against Neenah, and went 3-for-3 with an RBI in the second game. SHS trailed Westminster, 9-0, before mounting a late rally. Jack hit a bases-clearing triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by classmate Caleb Evans during a five-run seventh. – recaps: Neenah | Westminster

Monday, March 26 Varsity Results


Stevenson at Historic Dodgertown Spring Training Invitational: The Patriots (3-2) rallied from an early deficit to defeat Neenah (Wis.) High School, 15-4, in six innings. Trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning, SHS erupted for 11 runs over the next three frames. Senior Nick Bonk went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs, including three on an inside-the-park home run. Junior Hayden Brotz hit a two-run home run and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Junior Ryan McElhinny went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Senior Jack Housinger also had three hits, including a pair of triples, and drove in two runs. Junior Jack Jonota added a two-run single as part of the Patriots’ 16-hit attack. On the mound, senior Michael Thon started and earned the victory with five innings of work. He struck out four and gave up five hits. –

Sunday, March 25 Varsity Results


Stevenson at Historic Dodgertown Spring Training Invitational: In Vero Beach, Fla., the Patriots opened their Spring Break trip with losses to Canon-McMillan High of Canonsburg, Pa. (14-2, five innings) and Kings High of Mason, Ohio (9-8) and fell to 2-2 on the year. The game against Kings was a seesaw affair, with the lead changing hands five times. Back-to-back two-run singles by sophomore Zachary Taylor (1 for 3) and senior Benjamin Chestler (1-2, two walks) gave SHS a 4-2 lead in the third inning. Junior Isaiah Hart (2-4, two runs) had an RBI triple to break a 4-4 tie, while senior Evan Kiah (2-3, two RBI) tripled home a run to make it 7-6 in the sixth. Junior Ryan McElhinny went 2-3. –

Saturday, March 24 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Blackhawk Cup Red Division State Championship: The Patriots (55-18-2) fell to Loyola Academy Gold, 4-2, at the United Center in their first-ever appearance in the state title game. The title was the first in 22 years for Loyola (53-10-2), the tournament’s top seed. Senior Jackson Leptich scored both goals for third-seeded Stevenson. His first tied the game at 1-1 late in the first period off an assist from classmate Michael Dowd, and his second gave SHS a 2-1 lead with 9:59 remaining in the second. An estimated 13,000 people were in attendance. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, Journal & Topics

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Joliet West Tiger Challenge: The Patriots (6-0) captured the invitational championship by polishing off three schools during the day to finish 5-0: St. Charles North (25-16, 25-22), Wheaton North (25-14, 17-25, 25-19) and, in the title match, Metea Valley (25-22, 25-18). In the final, junior Will Sorenson was 50-of-50 setting with 21 assists, and also had two solo blocks and two block assists. Senior Leo Chen led SHS with eight kills, while senior Matt Cliffer and sophomore Gavin Meng each had seven. Against Wheaton North, the Patriots served 11 aces, with Gavin tallying four and Will and senior Alex Bian recorded three apiece. Sophomore Justin Ross led Stevenson with seven kills. Leo had a team-high seven kills against St. Charles, while Will and senior Haddon Kay dished out 14 and 13 assists, respectively.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 18, Lincoln-Way East 6: Senior Collin Kapecki scored seven goals to lead the Patriots (7-1) past the Griffins in home water. Freshman Dima Kobets and senior Justin Ginsberg each scored four times, with Justin adding seven steals. Senior Eric Osuch added three goals, while classmate and goalie Charlie Day stopped five shots. –

Friday, March 23 Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 4, Hersey 0: The Patriots (3-1) dominated the Huskies (0-5) in the nonconference game in the Stadium. Hersey had allowed only six goals in its first four games. Junior Kristin Hill scored the game’s first goal at the 11-minute mark of the first half, and senior Katie Sakshaug hit the back of the net to give SHS a 2-0 halftime lead. Junior Nina Kalou extended Stevenson’s lead to 3-0 in the 49th minute, and senior Ana Koruna closed out the scoring 11 minutes later. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Joliet West Tiger Challenge: The Patriots defeated Plainfield South (25-2, 25-12) and Oak Forest (25-14, 25-21) in the opening round of pool play to run their record to 3-0 on the season. Senior Leo Chen led SHS attackers in both matches, with seven kills against Plainfield and nine versus Oak Forest. He also had three aces in the Plainfield match. Senior Matt Cliffer had seven kills against Oak Forest, and recorded four kills and four block assists versus Plainfield. Junior Will Sorenson and senior Haddon Kay dished out 21 assists apiece between the two matches.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 9, Cor Jesu Academy 7: The Patriots improved to 4-0 with the win in St. Louis. – @PatriotsGLax

Thursday, March 22 Varsity Results


Stevenson 18, Libertyville 0: The Patriots (7-0, 3-0) posted their third shutout in one week, all by 18-0 scores, and, as with the other two contests, captured every match in straight sets. In doubles, the winning tandems were sophomore Jenny Yang and freshman Emily Hu (21-5, 21-4), freshmen Benna Li and Jyotsna Harikrishna (21-6, 21-6), sophomore Esther Shi and freshman Shibani Ram (21-0, 21-0), junior Riya Gyanmote and sophomore Kaitlyn Lu (21-9, 21-7), sophomore Megan Wei and senior Harini Shanmugasundaram (21-13, 21-19), and juniors Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah (21-7, 21-17). All the doubles players won their singles matches, led by Esther (21-1, 21-1) and Shibani (21-3, 21-1). They were joined by Jyotsna (21-7, 21-1), Emily (21-6, 21-4), Jenny (21-1, 21-6), Kaitlyn (21-2, 21-7), Benna (21-3, 21-5), Megan (21-3, 21-5), Harini (21-17, 21-7), Thivya (21-11, 21-7), Julie Zhu (21-9, 21-3) and Riya (21-11, 21-4).


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Prom Tickets On Sale Today

Prom tickets go on sale today through the Superstore and online. Tickets are $95 per person. Ticket sales end Monday, April 16. Table reservations will take place Tuesday, April 11. The last day for refunds and special meal requests is Wednesday, April 18. For details, visit the Prom web page.

This Week’s AP Pre-Administration Sessions Postponed

All AP pre-administration bubbling sessions for this week have been canceled. A new schedule will be coming out soon. Students should check their emails for notices of the new sessions.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation Wednesday

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Chicago sculptor Taehoon Kim, will give presentations to students and answer questions during periods six and seven on Wednesday. He will talk about his exhibition, entitled “The Boy is Still Running,” on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery through Friday. Read this article for more information about the artist.

What’s For Lunch Today?

You can see the lunch menus for the month of April by visiting You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.


Best Buddies is holding fundraisers at Chipotle and Menchie’s, 950 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire today. The Chipotle fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m., and the Menchie’s fundraiser goes from 3-8:30. Mention “Best Buddies” when ordering, and a portion of the sale will go to the club.

The Animal Welfare Club will be meeting after school Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 in Room 2500 to make dog toys for donation to local shelters. All are welcome!


The Allied Soccer team will have its picture day with Visual Image Photography in the Forum at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Parents who would like to order photos in advance from VIP can use this link.


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