Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Art Students Chosen for State’s Largest Exhibition

Eight students have been chosen to participate in the state’s largest high school student art exhibition, which opens to the public this weekend in Chicago. The sixth annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Zhou B Art Center and Bridgeport Art Center, both located on West 35th Street in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. The shows run through Friday, March 8.

Seniors Bekka Goldstein (digital painting), Natalie Wess (photography) and Dora Guo (mixed media), and juniors Piper Starr (pottery) and Jasmine Lin (design) were selected for the General Exhibition, a “best of the best” show featuring more than 800 works of art from public and private high school students around Illinois. Bekka, Natalie and seniors Miffy TaniAlyssa Zhang, Helen Yu and Anu Ulziibaatar are part of the Senior Scholarship Exhibition, in which top student artists compete for millions of dollars in college scholarships. The six have received more than $1 million in scholarship offers.

Awards and scholarships will be announced during ceremonies Sunday afternoon at the Bridgeport Art Center. There also will be a College Recruitment Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the BAC. Representatives from more than 40 art schools, colleges and universities will be on hand.

Math Students Compete in Harvard-MIT Tournament

Ten SHS students participated in the 22nd Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament last weekend in Cambridge, Mass. The tournament attracts a number of Mathematics Olympiad-level students from the United States and other nations.

Senior Joey Rivkin and juniors Eric Gan and Dylan Hu were members of the “Sequences from Chicagoland” team that finished in the top 10 in the Mathlete Aggregate competition. Juniors Philena Liu, Joshua Tsai and Andrew Zhuang, and sophomores Emily Hu, James Kim, Richard Liu and Brandon Lu competed on another team, “Something else Feb.” One of the tournament directors was Emery Liu (Class of 2016), a sophomore at Harvard University.

Mr. SHS Winner Announced

The new Mr. SHS is Kavin Lavari. He won the voting in the Senior Class Board’s annual senior male pageant Friday night. Classmates Sanam Jhaveri and Aaron Rudloff were named Mr. Congeniality and Mr. Generosity, respectively. The biggest winner of all was the Vernon Township Food Pantry. Audience members were asked to donate non-perishable items for the pantry on their way into the Performing Arts Center, and they delivered: 885 items were collected.

Meet the Alumnus Who Has Reached Rare Heights

Only 48 people have reached the North and South Poles, and climbed to the summits of the tallest mountain on all seven continents. One of them is a Stevenson graduate. Joel Schauer (Class of 1978) will talk about his journey to complete the “Explorers Grand Slam” at 2 p.m. Sunday in Room 2104 of the West Building. His appearance is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. Tickets are $10 for the presentation, and can be ordered online at this link until noon Friday. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Winter Choral Concert Thursday Night

Stevenson’s curricular and co-curricular choirs will perform during the Winter Choral Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The Choral Guild will hold a bake sale in front of the PAC prior to the concert, with all items available for $1. For those unable to attend, the concert will be available via live stream on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

95 Educators Visiting SHS Today

Ninety-five people from 10 schools were scheduled to come to campus today for the monthly Site Visitors for Educators program. The visitors are attending a range of sessions that explain Stevenson’s philosophies, policies and practices. More than half of the visitors are with two school districts: Allen High School in Allen, Texas, and Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The longest trek was made by six people from the Gyeonggi Science High School in Suwon, South Korea, one of four science-focused high schools for gifted students in that country. Other out-of-state visitors came from Glen Lake Community Schools in Maple City, Mich. and Northeast Community School District in Goose Lake, Iowa. Representatives from three Illinois schools and districts are here: Fremd High School in Palatine, Canton Union School District 66 in Canton, and Deerfield Public School District 109. Registration fees paid by site visitors help support Stevenson High School Foundation programming.


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Patriot Basketball Looks to Wrap Up Title, Regular Season

The varsity boys basketball team closes out its regular season at Lake Forest tonight with a chance to win the North Suburban Conference championship outright. The Patriots carry a 12-1 league record into the contest, while second-place Waukegan stands at 11-2. The varsity and sophomore games will be streamed live on the NFHS Network. Catch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The sophomore game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7.

Two Hockey Players Selected for America’s Showcase

Senior defensemen Zach Wesley and Sam Shellist have been selected to the Team Illinois roster for the 35th annual America’s Showcase high school ice hockey tournament, which will be held April 11-15 near St. Louis. The Patriot pair was among 120 players from around the state invited to try out for the 20-member team. Zach and Sam bring to nine the list of Stevenson hockey players making the Team Illinois roster: Trevor Hilt (2018), Jackson Leptich (2017 and 2018), Elias Sandholm (2018), Jake Cimarusti (2015), Jared Projansky (2014), Michael Trapp (2013 and 2014) and Vince Moschea (2013).

Boys Volleyball Player Heading to Harvard

Senior Will Sorenson, a setter on the varsity boys volleyball team, is heading to Harvard University after graduation. News of his commitment was shared on Instagram by his club team, Adversity Volleyball Club. Will earned Lake County All-Area Boys Volleyball Team honors from the Daily Herald last spring. He recorded 681 assists in 2018, almost twice as many as his sophomore season, and also made 49 blocks.


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Operation Snowball Reunion at Culver’s Today

Operation Snowball is having a reunion fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Culver’s from 4-9 p.m. today. The invitation is open to all past, present and future Snowballers. Come join the group for frozen custard, fries and warm fuzzies.

Reminder: Groutfit Day on Thursday

Don’t forget to wear gray on Thursday. It’s Groutfit Day for Winterfest.

Sobering Statistic From Catalyst

Students who drink before they turn 18 are much more likely to become alcoholics than those who wait, according to the latest video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition.


Tryouts for the baseball teams will be held Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 25-27, in the Field House. Visit the baseball web page for the schedule, and for other tryout details. Email Coach Skala with any questions or concerns at

Softball tryouts start Monday after school in the Field House, and run through Friday, March 1. Visit the softball web page for the complete tryout schedule. Questions can be addressed to Coach Ruchim at


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