Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Odyssey 10 Brings the Arts to SHS Tuesday, Wednesday
The 10th edition of Odyssey, Stevenson’s biennial fine arts festival, returns Tuesday and Wednesday. On those two days, the regular school day schedule is suspended in favor of a menu filled with arts classes taught by professionals from around the Midwest and beyond.

Chicago-based experimental theatre group The Neo-Futurists will be the headline performer, which means all students will have a chance to see their show. The Neo-Futurists, who create theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry and “living newspaper,” will perform their signature show, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, the longest-running production in Chicago. The show, which made its debut December 2, 1988, attempts to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes.

Two Odyssey performers also will take part in evening events for the community at Stevenson. Jay Asher, author of the young adult best-seller Thirteen Reasons Why, will give a free presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Auditorium. His appearance is co-sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation and the Vernon Area Public Library. On Wednesday, Spanish dance group Ensemble Espanol will perform at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Tickets for the Ensemble Espanol concert are $10, and can be purchased in advance by calling 847-415-4121.

2002 Alum Inducted into Relay for Life Hall of Fame
Adam Schwartz, a 2002 Stevenson graduate, recently became the youngest person to be inducted into the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Hall of Fame. Since the Relay for Life began nearly 30 years ago, only seven other volunteers have been inducted into its Hall of Fame. He has helped develop Relay for Life programs in Japan and Ireland in addition to his work in the states. Schwartz is part of a local team, Chemosaurus Rex, which will participate in the event at Stevenson on June 13-14. Schwartz’s interest in the Relay for Life began with his participation while attending SHS.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Rolling Meadows Sectional: The Patriots captured their first sectional title in four years, and will head to the state finals for the ninth consecutive time. SHS won the Large Team 1 championship with 91.57 points, ahead of runner-up Rolling Meadows (90.57). This was the fifth sectional title for Stevenson in the nine years that the IHSA has offered competitive cheerleading. – Official results, Daily Herald | High School Cube Video

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Dance
Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriettes finished third in Class 3A, giving them two top-three finishes in the two years the IHSA has sponsored state finals for competitive dance. Last year, the SHS was runner-up in Class 3A. This year, the Patriettes had 92.74 points, behind Lake Park (95.04) and Barrington (94.56). Stevenson entered the final round in fourth place following Friday’s preliminaries, in which it posted a score of 92.18. The Patriettes pushed past Neuqua Valley (92.10) in the final round. – Official results, Daily Herald (Day 2), Daily Herald (Day 1)

Stevenson at NSC Championships: Eight Patriots posted top-six finishes, helping the team to a third-place showing in the team standings with 124 points, behind Grant (271) and Libertyville (251.5). Ryan Mass (13-6) led the way with a runner-up finish at 152 pounds. Tyler Harrington (31-5) and Evan Rodriguez (21-11) were third at 170 and 120, respectively. Fourth-place efforts came from Eric Carter (25-12) at 106, Zach Horwitz (19-14) at 182 and Seth Harris (19-11) at 220. Russell Thomashow (6-11) and Ben Ponto (13-21) were sixth at 126 and 132, respectively. – official results, Daily Herald (Day 2), Daily Herald (Day 1) | Videos of championship matches

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 66, Warren 51: The host Patriots used a 13-2 run midway through the contest, improving to 18-1 overall and 6-1 in the NSC Lake Division. Jalen Brunson led SHS with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Connor Cashaw chipped in with 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. Matt Morrissey added 10 points. The Blue Devils fell to 14-10 overall and 4-5 in the division. – News-Sun, Daily Herald (stats)| SBN video (available starting at 9 p.m. tonight)

Boys Ice Hockey
Loyola Gold 4, Stevenson 3: The Ramblers built a 4-0 lead before withstanding a furious rally from the Patriots at Heartland Ice Arena. Jared Projansky, Michael Trapp and Evan Baker scored for SHS. Projansky and Tripp added an assist apiece. Goalie Nathan Newmark made 17 saves. – High School Cube News

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: The Patriots won the meet at Libertyville, posting its best score of the season to edge Mundelein, 138.300-137.525. In the final league standings, SHS placed third behind the Mustangs and Libertyville. Alyssa Weisberg tied for top honors in the all-around competition (37.550. The defending state champion in balance beam won that event (9.35), was second in vault (9.5) and floor exercise (9.4), and placed fifth in uneven parallel bars (9.3). Elizabeth Shank was fourth in the all-around (36.450). She placed third in uneven bars (9.5) and floor exercise (9.35), was fourth in vault (9.350), and tied for eighth on balance beam (8.25) with Mikaela Webb, who was eighth in the all-around (34.250). Webb also placed sixth in uneven bars (9.2) and ninth in floor exercise (8.5). – Daily Herald (stats)

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: Led by Kaitlyn Rudy and Colleen VanDerMeulen, the Patriots tied for third with Wauconda. Each school amassed 4,994 pins in six games, behind Libertyville (5,125) and Warren (5,087). Rudy was second overall, rolling a six-game series score of 1,190 that included the second-best game of the meet, a 257. She also rolled games of 205 and 201. VanDerMeulen finished ninth overall with a 1,063 series that included a 213. Sam Szura also had a 213 game as part of a 1,014 series that enabled her to finish in 20th place. – Daily Herald (stats)

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 59, Mundelein 44: Sophia Way scored a game-high 20 points, and Taylor Buford tallied 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the visiting Patriots (18-6, 9-1) maintained a share of first place in the NSC Lake Division. If SHS beats Lake Forest on Friday, then the home game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday versus Zion-Benton will be for the division championship. Against Mundelein (16-7, 6-4), the Patriots went on a 14-7 run before halftime to take control of the game. Stevenson went 19-for-21 from the free throw line, hitting all 12 of its attempts in the fourth quarter. The Pats have won three straight games and 10 of their last 12. – High School Cube News, Daily Herald (stats)


Odyssey 2014 is Tuesday and Wednesday! Odyssey school days begin at 10:15 a.m. and buses will run on the late arrival schedule. At 10:15 a.m., students should report to their regular second period classroom to receive their daily Odyssey Schedule and Admission Ticket. Students with Science periods 1-2a or 2b-3 should go to their science room. Morning Tech Campus students should report to Dr. Custable in the Applied Arts Office (Room 1408). Students who are unscheduled during second period should report to the Wood Commons to pick up their schedule. Click here for more information.

Campus will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Juniors and seniors will not be able to leave campus for lunch. The cafeterias will be ready to serve all students during Odyssey.

During Odyssey, the upper ILC will be open with limited access, but the lower ILC will be closed. The upper ILC will open at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday and stay open until 6:30 p.m. Wednesday hours will be 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. However, the upper ILC will be unavailable to students during periods 1 and 3 on Tuesday and Wednesday unless they are attending a presentation scheduled for the staircase.

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey.

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play “Jack and Magic Beans.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Thursday and Friday from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help deal with the Giant and save the village people. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with stage fighting and dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!


Relay for Life will be meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Room 1802.

The 50th Anniversary Club will meet at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2430.

The Speech and Drama team meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:45 in the East ILC. New members are always welcome! Come be a part of a friendly team where you can star in your own performance — there are 14 events to choose from — and learn valuable life-long communication skills.

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


Girls water polo will have an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the pool balcony. Please contact Coach Jeff Wimer at 847-415-4275 or email if you are unable to attend the meeting.

Polar Bear will be after school on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., and we will meet in the cardio room. See Coach LeVanti for details.

Girls track and field will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). Contact Coach Degen at 847-415-4267 or email if you unable to attend the meeting.

Girls softball informational meetings will be held Tuesday, February 11 from 7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. Both will be held in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). You only need to attend one meeting. If you unable to attend, contact Coach Friedrichs at 847-415-4803 or by email at


There will be a new CareerExcursions! trip on the next Field Trip Day, February 12. We will be visiting Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove. If you have an interest in veterinarian medicine and especially want to explore different specialties in vet medicine (such as cardiology or dermatology), please plan on attending. See Mrs. Willock in the CCC to sign up and pick up a permission form.

Don’t have plans for Spring Break? Why not participate in a Career Shadow and learn about a specific profession as well as get some hands on experience? Current career areas to explore include: culinary arts, physical therapy, advertising, veterinary medicine, business, engineering, health care and more! Contact Ms. Willock at to set up an appointment and find out more.

Immediate internship opportunity: Local non-profit needs a highly motivated, self-starter to do marketing work with a growing, Chicago-area film festival. You must be excellent at writing, public speaking and social media marketing. Hebrew-speaking skills are a plus, but not necessary. Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment and apply.

Are you good at editing and posting video footage? A local business could use your help with a project. You will be paid for your time. Please contact Mrs. Willock at if you are interested.

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