Friday, May 11, 2018

Journalism Program Receives Multiple Awards

Rarely a week has gone by this spring without Stevenson’s journalism program being recognized in state and national publications contests.

The Statesman, the school newspaper, won a first-place ranking from the American Scholastic Press Association for the fourth straight year. The ranking is the highest rating in the ASPA’s annual competition for collegiate and secondary education student publications.

Fresh on the heels of its first-place ranking from the ASPA, the Statesman was named Best Print Publication in the 2017-18 Illinois Journalism Educators Association contest. Several students were recognized as well:

  • Sophomore Cheryl Chen placed first in the Infographic category. Her graphic accompanied a story about the Stevenson Athletic Division’s reaction to the scandal involving a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics.
  • Senior Bella Greenspan received first place in Advertising for her advertisement for Purple Sprout.
  • Cheryl and senior Lawrence Kreymer received second place in Sports Feature for covering the kneeling during the anthem and Stevenson athlete’s reactions.  
  • Sophomore Anjini Grover received third place in Feature Story for her article about sexual assault survivors at Stevenson.
  • Junior Raj Mullick received third in Personality Profile for his article “Becoming an Ikon” about a student DJ.
  • Senior Vicky Kolotov and junior Ani Nuthalapati received an honorable mention in In-Depth News for their piece about Stevenson’s change in WiFi.  
  • Junior Adele Lee and senior Ryan Johnson received an honorable mention in Feature Photo.  

Adele was one of five students to win state-level awards in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest, qualifying for the organization’s national competition. Adele earned first place in two categories: in Feature Story, for her article on “Closing the Gap” about females in STEM, and in Sports Story, with sophomore Ben Bowler for “Handling Hazing,” about Stevenson’s work to prevent hazing. Also qualifying for the national contest were junior Ellie Baden, for her editorial on kneeling during the national anthem, and junior Ashley Mandel and sophomore Anjini Grover, for their double-page layout “Where Art They Now?” about the student art in Stevenson’s hallways.

Several other students won awards in the NFPW contest, as well as the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association competition. Read this article for all the results.

“Fiddler,” DePew Earn IHSMTA Nominations

For the third consecutive year, Stevenson’s annual musical has earned nominations in the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards competition. “Fiddler on the Roof” is one of five shows nominated for Best Production, and senior A.J. DePew received one of 12 Best Actor nominations for his portrayal of Tevye. Nominations were announced Thursday on the IHSMTA Facebook page.

Last year, “Big Fish” landed nominations for its lead actor, Jordan Radis (Class of 2017), and its director, Cynthia Burrows. In 2016, “Miss Saigon” was nominated for Best Production, Radis received his first Best Actor bid, and Kaitlin Feely (Class of 2016) was nominated for Best Actress. Lauren Rawitz directed “Fiddler” and “Miss Saigon.”

The IHSMTA awards ceremony will take place Monday, June 4 at Broadway Playhouse at Chicago’s Water Tower Place. The Best Actor and Best Actress winners will advance to the Jimmy Awards, sponsored by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, June 25 in New York City.

Spring Guitar Concert Monday Night

The Spring Guitar Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at


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Thursday, May 10 Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Palatine Sectional: Senior Isabelle Sparreo finished third in the 1,600-meter run and freshman Camille Clay placed second in shot put to qualify for next weekend’s state finals at Eastern Illinois University. Isabelle ran the 1,600 in 5:03.05, and will be making her third state appearance. She qualified in the 800 and 1,600 as a freshman in 2015, and in the 3,200 as a sophomore. Isabelle was injured last season. Camille had a top throw of 39 feet, 3.5 inches to become the first Patriot to qualify in shot put since Shannon Legge in 2013. Stevenson received four top-five finishes beyond the state qualifiers, and senior Haley Tokars was involved in three. She placed fifth in the 200 (26.78), was part of the third-place 800 relay with freshmen Jade Cadichon and Jordan Tollison and junior Olga Piatkowska (1:47.70), and finished fourth with Jade, Jordan and senior Haleigh Fobbe in the 400 relay (50.11). Camille added a fifth-place effort in discus (115-6) for SHS, which finished ninth among 15 teams. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots beat eighth-seeded Wheeling in the quarterfinals, 19-1, extending their winning streak to 28 games and advancing to today’s semifinal. SHS (30-1), which reached the 30-victory mark for the fifth straight season, will face fifth-seeded Libertyville at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the championship game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Against Wheeling, 12 Patriots scored goals, led by Lauren Maloney, who had three. Eileen Hoang, Eleanor Michaud, Amelia Eastman, Kelly Kempf and Claire Haas all scored twice. Bella Greenspan, Anne Baldino, Maddy O’Donnell, Maanasa Devabhaktuni, Brigitte Lefebvre and Alena Bardic also scored for Stevenson, which held the Wildcats scoreless until 5:42 remained in the contest.


Stevenson 7, Fremd 6: The host Patriots (17-11-1) employed “small ball” to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, breaking a 2-2 tie in the nonconference game. After Hayden Brotz and Michael D’Angelo singled, Jack Jonota dropped down a bunt that was mishandled by the Vikings’ pitcher and allowed Hayden to score. Nicholas Brueckert immediately followed with a bunt single down the third-base line that scored Michael and Ryan Miller. Jack Housinger hit a sacrifice fly and Caleb Evans singled home Isaiah Hart to cap the outburst. Caleb had a sacrifice fly and Ryan McElhinny stole home during a two-run fourth inning. Starting pitcher Michael Thon had a strong outing, tossing four innings in which he allowed four hits and one run. Stevenson won its fourth straight game and has captured six of its last seven contests. –


Mundelein 8, Stevenson 4: The host Patriots (6-15, 5-7) fell in the conclusion of a game halted by rain on Thursday, May 3. –

Softball Alum Earns Player of the Year Honor

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman outfielder Vera Pflugradt (Class of 2017) was named the Position Player of the Year for the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Team. She ranked sixth in the WIAC with a .392 batting average and was 10th with a .557 slugging percentage. Pflugradt helped lead the Warhawks to their sixth straight conference championship and sixth straight bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Whitewater hosts a four-team regional today through Sunday.


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Senior Party Ticket Deadline Monday

Monday is the last day to buy tickets to the Senior Party, which will be held on the last day of school, Thursday, May 24. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased online through the Superstore.

Relax: DeStress Days Returning for Exam Week

The Student Services Division is hosting its second annual DeStress Days in the College Career Center during semester exams. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of finals week, come to the CCC any time to enjoy relaxing music, Wii, arts/coloring materials, popcorn, lemonade, board games, free Hawaiian leis, Play-Doh and zen gardens. Additionally, there will be photo booths and frame decorating on Tuesday, comfort dogs on Wednesday, and a movie day on Thursday! Students must have a signed permission slip to engage with the comfort dogs. (Click here to download the permission slip or pick up a hard copy in the CCC.) Once you complete the permission slip, bring it to Room 2412 and you will be emailed a link to sign up for a 15-minute time slot with a comfort dog. Space is limited, so sign up before spots are gone!

Summer Reading Assignments for English, Social Studies

Summer reading assignments for all levels of Communication Arts classes, as well as Advanced Placement European History and U.S. History, are available at Assignments for other courses will be listed as they become available.


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