Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

Literary Magazine Receives National Honor

The 2018 edition of The WIT, Stevenson’s student literary magazine, received the top honor in a nationwide contest sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English.

The WIT earned the REALM First Class award from the council’s Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines program. Stevenson was one of 28 schools in the country to receive the designation, and one of only two in Illinois. SHS was joined by Lyons Township High School. The contest received 358 entries from schools in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American schools abroad.

Class of 2018 member Seowon (Angela) Lee was editor-in-chief of last year’s WIT. The other editors were seniors Michelle Cai, Ulysses Figueroa, John Koskela, Emily Luo and Winston Wang, juniors Joyce Bai, Cheryl Chen, Eric Gan and Helen Han, and sophomore Maddie Mitchell. Staff members included 2018 graduates Dan Kim and Sasha Kokhan, seniors Alex Dong and Anjali Kotamarthi, and sophomores Jennifer Cheng and Sophia Li. The WIT sponsors are Communication Arts teachers Jim Barnabee (Class of 1987) and Bob Zagorski. Retired SHS Fine Arts teacher Donna Hickman serves as the WIT’s art liaison.

Madrigal Dinner Reservations Now Open

Reservations are being taken for the annual Madrigal Dinner, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. The Madrigal Singers’ mix of feast and funny is $32, with a $20 option for children not in high school. Sponsorship options also are available, as well as the opportunity to place an ovation honoring one or more cast members in the event program. Reservations are due by Thursday, Feb. 28, as are ovation orders. Use the following links for the reservation/sponsorship form and for the ovation order form: Reservations | Ovations

Five Seniors Earn Highest Honor in Girl Scouts

Five SHS seniors earned the Girl Scouts’ most prestigious honor last weekend. Madison Garcia, Olivia Lamberti, Sherry Mestan, Charlotte Russell and Angela Spilotro received the Gold Award, the Girl Scouts’ equivalent to the Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, during a ceremony on Saturday. The five have been members of Troop 40257 since first grade.

Only 6 percent of Girl Scouts achieve the honor. To be considered, the girls had to meet several criteria, including creating individual projects with a sustainability component that required at least 80 hours of work. Madison’s focused on monarch butterfly conservation, while Olivia worked on a children’s program for a domestic abuse shelter in Waukegan. Sherry coordinated “books for babies” to combat literacy issues for children born prematurely or with other challenges at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Charlotte devised ways to increase girls’ interest in engineering, and Angela sought to provide dental care for children and at-risk youth.

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


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Girls Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Hersey Regional: Freshman Simone Sawyer scored a game-high 19 points, leading a trio of players in double figures, as the Patriots (22-9) defeated Round Lake, 55-47, in the regional semifinals. Stevenson, the No. 5 seed in the sectional, will face fourth-seeded Hersey (19-9) for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday. Simone scored 13 points in the second half as SHS held off a late push from the 12th-seeded Panthers (21-10). Junior Avery King tallied nine of her 15 points in the first half as the Patriots built a 19-15 halftime lead. Freshman Ava Bardic had 10 points, including seven fourth-quarter free throws amid Round Lake’s fouling frenzy. Stevenson nailed 15 of its 22 attempts from the charity stripe in the final quarter, and was 17-of-24 in the game. The Patriots will be seeking their second straight regional title and 15th in program history.

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 49, Waukegan 45 (OT): RJ Holmes blocked a potential game-tying shot with less than 10 seconds remaining in overtime as the Patriots (22-3, 11-1) captured the crucial North Suburban Conference contest. The junior finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots for Stevenson, which won its 13th consecutive game and has not lost since Dec. 26. Two of his classmates also had critical plays in OT. Matt Kaznikov hit a 3-pointer to give SHS a 45-43 lead with 2:30 to go, then Matthew Ambrose stole the ball and drove the length of the court for a layup to extend the lead to four points. Matthew had a game-high 13 points, along with six rebounds and four assists. Another junior, John Ittounas, added 11 points for Stevenson, which has a two-game lead over the Bulldogs (22-5, 9-2) with two league games remaining. – Daily Herald

Patriettes Ride Self-Reliance to State Success

Patriettes coach Kristin Piekarski has built one of the best competitive dance programs in Illinois by not following the crowd. While most schools hire a professional choreographer to develop their routines, Piekarski’s squad does its own choreography. The results are unarguable: Since competitive dance became an IHSA sport in 2013, Stevenson has won six state trophies, including the state championship in 2017. “We have ownership of what we do,” Piekarski told Pioneer Press reporter Steve Sadin. “We take pride in it.” Seven students served as choreographers this season, and senior co-captain Emily Sparber talked about their song choice.

20 Hockey Players Honored by League

Several members of the Patriot boys ice hockey team have earned Scholastic Hockey League honors for their work on and off the ice. Senior Billy Kopka was named to the All-SHL Second Team after posting the second-highest number of goals (16) during the league season. Billy also was one of nine varsity Patriots who received All-SHS Academic Team honors for earning a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. He was joined by seniors Akhil Atluri, Alan Tokarsky, Max Slavin, Adam Offenbach, Daniel Romm, Justin Roseman, Samuel Frishman and sophomore Liam Jones. Eleven junior varsity players were all-academic selections: Juniors Jizhi Yan, Itai Kleiman, Henry Nelson, Jonathan Leptich and Max Kulick, sophomores Ian Zhang, Daniel Kabakov, Andrew Chambers, Christopher Lermer and Max Brachfeld, and freshman Rafael Biedron.


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Get Your Winterfest Wardrobe Ready

Winterfest is next week, and it’s not too early to start planning your wardrobe for the dress-up days. Tuesday is Pajama Day (there is no school on Monday because of Presidents Day). Wednesday, Feb. 20 is Jersey Day. Thursday, Feb. 21 is Groutfit Day. (Don’t know what groutfit is? Here’s a primer.) Capping off Winterfest Week is Class Colors Day on Friday, Feb. 22. Seniors wear green, juniors wear gold or yellow, sophomores wear blue and freshmen wear red. Faculty and staff wear pink.


Planning to attend CLC this fall? The College Career Center is hosting on-site placement testing to help with your transition. Students whose SAT English score was below 480, or whose ACT Reading or English score was under 17, must take the CLC APT English Exam. The exam will be offered at Stevenson on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Students whose SAT math score was below 580 or whose ACT math score was under 25 will need to take the CLC APT Math Exam. The exam will be given at SHS on Monday, March 11. Both exams are free. Students need to apply, send transcripts, and send test scores to take the exams. Stop into the CCC if you are interested in taking one of the exams at SHS, or if you need help applying to CLC, or sending test scores or transcripts.


All football players are invited to meet the new head coach, Coach Morrissey, at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Wrestling Room.


Attention Squash Club members: There will be a trip to Lifetime this Friday instead of Friday, Feb. 22. Please turn in your $10 and register for the trip in Student Activities ASAP.


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