Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

National Parenting Expert Coming to SHS Thursday
Nationally known pediatrician and author Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg will come to the Performing Arts Center Thursday night to discuss “Authentic Success: Raising Youth to Thrive.” The program, which begins at 7 p.m., is sponsored by the Community Parent Network — a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation — and the Deerfield Parent Network. The event is free, but organizers are asking those planning to attend to RSVP at

Ginsburg is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also works with homeless youth in Philadelphia as director of health services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. Ginsburg has appeared on a number of national television programs, and writes a blog for Psychology Today.

Ginsburg’s talk is one of two he will be giving in the area on Thursday. At 9 a.m., he will discuss “Building Resilience: Giving Kids Roots and Wings” at North Shore Unitarian Church, 2100 Half Day Road, in Deerfield. RSVPs also are encouraged at

The two hosting organizations also are sponsoring follow-up gatherings for those who want to extend the conversations prompted by Ginsburg’s appearances.

The Community Parent Network will have a follow-up discussion led by District 96 Superintendent Julie Schmidt at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 13 at the Vernon Area Public Library Community Room, 300 Olde Half Day Road, in Lincolnshire. RSVP at

The Deerfield Parent Network will have book talks focusing on Ginsburg’s latest works at the Deerfield Public Library. His book, Building Resilience, will be the topic at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20, while Letting Go With Love and Confidence is on the docket for 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3.

Model UN Members Win Seven Awards at St. Ignatius
Stevenson’s Model United Nations Club competed at the prestigious St. Ignatius event on Saturday. Six SHS delegates won awards as the outstanding delegates on their committees, and one walked away with the top prize of best delegate on her committee.

Michelle Hu was named Best Delegate on the Warsaw Pact Committee. Outstanding Delegate honors went to Kevin Acuna (European Union), Andrew Jin (Red Scare Committee), Amanda Loutris (British Council in the American Revolution), Elan Modilevsky (UN Security Council), Jonathon Mishory (UN Security Council) and Pawan Sajnani (Illuminati).

SHS, BGHS Students Discuss Gun Control
Eleven students from Stevenson joined peers from Buffalo Grove High School last week for the Buffalo Grove Village Board’s annual civics forum. This year’s topic was a gun control ordinance passed by the village in July. Stevenson’s participants included Alyse Deutsch, Jeremy Harris, Narmin Hasanova, Derek Lowe, Rohan Mathew, Ryan McCoy, Elan Modilevsky, Alex Rude, Lexi Schmidt, Sophia Schmidt and Joel Spiegel.

Alum Who Was at Boston Bombing Also at LAX Shooting
Stevenson alumnus and parent Al Scaletta (Class of 1979) was at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday during the shooting rampage that resulted in the death of a Transportation Security Administration employee. Scaletta and his wife, Pam, had just arrived at LAX and had picked up their luggage when the shooting started. They had gone to Los Angeles to celebrate the 20th birthday of their daughter Hillary (Class of 2009), who is attending college in California. Earlier this year, Al Scaletta had completed the Boston Marathon about 30 minutes before a bomb blast at the finish line that killed three people and injured nearly 300 others.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, Glenbrook South 2: Ryan Wiley scored a hat trick and Michael Trapp added the other goal at Twin Rinks. Trapp also had three assists, while Sam Spector added one. Goalie Nathan Newmark made 34 saves. The Patriots improved to 11-3-2 overall and 4-2 in the Scholastic Hockey League. Glenbrook South dropped to 1-5 in the SHL.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson 35, St. Charles East 7: SHS (8-2) won its eighth consecutive game, advancing to the second round of the IHSA Class 8A playoffs. The No. 6 seed Patriots will travel to Carol Stream to take on No. 3 Glenbard North (9-1), which has knocked them out of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday. Against St. Charles East, Willie Bourbon threw three touchdown passes — two to Matt Morrissey and one to Cameron Green — and Tim Vestuto ran for a pair of scores. Stevenson took control early, building a 21-0 halftime lead and stopping the Saints (6-4) twice in the red zone late in the second quarter. Morrissey intercepted a pass in the end zone to squelch one of the scoring drives. St. Charles, which averaged 34 points per game in the regular season, scored its only TD in the fourth quarter. The Pat defense racked up five sacks, including two by Rory Koenig on back-to-back plays in the third quarter. Green caught eight passes for more than 100 yards while Morrissey had six receptions for more than 80 yards. Bourbon was 18-of-30 passing for 248 yards. – Daily Herald, High School Cube News, Kane County Chronicle

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional: The Patriots finished 12th in the team standings and did not have anyone qualify for the state finals. Jared Borowsky led SHS with a 20th-place finish (15:49.26). Sam Oh was 40th (16:12.07), followed by Alex Mazursky (64th, 16:30.49), Josh McMullen (82nd, 16:42.44), Paul Halliday (110th, 17:13.94), Paul Udoni (112th, 17:15.26) and Jeremy Bloomfield (124th, 17:27.99). –,

Girls Cross Country
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional: Neither Patriot entry, Jessica Philipp or Julide Ozmeral, advanced to the state finals. Philipp finished 34th (19:04.82) and Ozmeral was 117th (20:48.29). –,

Boys Ice Hockey
Glenbrook North 4, Stevenson 1: Justin Pantle scored the lone Patriot goal, assisted by Jake Cimarusti and Richard Chen. Goalie Corey Benjoya stopped 27 shots.


Students interested in summer travel to the western United States and earning a geology science credit: There will be an information meeting for you and your parents at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. Meet the teacher guides and find out more about this exciting trip. Visit our Student Travel Experiences web page for more information.

Audition packets for the freshman-sophomore play are available online. Click here to download the audition packet. This year’s play is The Arkansaw Bear by Aurand Harris. Auditions will take place at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 in the Little Theater.

It’s almost time for the annual Fast-a-Thon! Pledge to fast this Friday to show respect for those who suffer from hunger every day and for those who fast for religious reasons. Then join Diversity Council for a Breaking-fast feast after school in the upper point! Enjoy food from Kona, Go Roma, Noodles & Co., Wildfire, and more! Fasting is optional, but all are invited to the Break-fast party. Tickets and shirts will be sold in the Wood Commons during lunch periods. All proceeds go to Heifer International.

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.


There will be a boys swimming and diving informational meeting today at 4 p.m. in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Hartman at

The sophomore boys basketball student-athlete information meeting is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2900. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Hess at

The varsity boys basketball student-athlete information meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2900. If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Ambrose at


Operation Click will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1428 with our very own Officer Tom Branick. Please come join the fun, meet new friends and receive community service hours for attending.

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at

FCCLA will have a meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 1406. We will be taking a yearbook photo and discussing competition.


The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page.


Want more information about careers in healthcare? Plan on attending Lutheran General Hospital’s Health Career Night on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Learn about different healthcare career choices and talk with individuals in those careers. More information can be found on the Career Exploration webpage at

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


District 211 is holding a Spanish Speaking College Fair at Palatine High School on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A presentation in Spanish will be given on preparing for college, financial aid, and two-year versus four-year colleges and universities.

The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 15.

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