Friday, April 4, 2014

Best Buddies Preparing to Host Friendship Walk
Stevenson’s Best Buddies chapter is hosting a Friendship Walk on campus Sunday, April 13. The event will raise money for Best Buddies Illinois. Check-in starts at noon and the walk begins at 1 p.m. A post-walk party with food and drinks will follow from 2-4 p.m. For more information, or to sponsor a walker or make a general donation, go to Money raised will be used to open new chapters in schools, and to help with job placement and training programs for adults with disabilities.

In addition to the walk, SHS Best Buddies is holding a pair of fundraisers over the next four days. On Monday, Best Buddies will host a benefit night at Real Urban Barbecue in Vernon Hills from 4:30-8 p.m. One-fourth of the proceeds will go to Best Buddies Illinois.

Today, Best Buddies is holding a “Jail ’n Bail” fundraiser among SHS students. During the lunch periods, teachers will be “locked up” in the Glass and Wood commons areas and “begging” to be bailed out by students. Chapter members will be walking around the commons areas seeking donations to bail the teachers out. Eleven teachers plus Principal Troy Gobble will be incarcerated: Pat Block, Jason Carlson, Shane Cook, Jason Ford, Bill McNamara, Dino Moran, Greg Sherwin, Todd Sikora, Scott Sommers, Steve Soszko and Tim Tomaso.

Math Students Advance in National Competition
Less than 20 percent of the high school teams that entered the annual Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge have qualified for the second round, and two of the squads are from Stevenson.

One team comprises Jaymo Kang, Licheng (Richard) Zhu, Alex Hong, Brian Zhou and Timothy Klem, while the other one features Gabriel Antoniak, Michael Abir, Mikhail Iouchkov and Nam (Peter) Hwang. Their sponsor is Paul Kim. This is the third year Stevenson has entered the M3 Challenge.

Stevenson’s two teams were among 200 of the 1,152 teams that submitted solution papers for the challenge to advance to the second round. Six teams from around the country will be chosen to fly to New York City to present their final round papers April 28 at Moody’s corporate headquarters in Manhattan.

In the M3 Challenge, teams are asked to use mathematically based insights to address concerns posed by government officials, school districts and students. This year’s question, “Lunch Crunch: Can nutritious be affordable and delicious?”asked students how schools can comply with federal mandates requiring healthier choices in school lunches.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson 16, McHenry 4: The host Patriots (9-2) won their fourth game in a row. –

Girls Soccer
Evanston 2, Stevenson 0: With four starters missing due to illness or injury, the visiting Patriots fell to 1-2 on the season. Goalkeeper Maddy Boutros made three saves. Evanston, which has surrendered only one goal this year, improved to 4-1. – Daily Herald, Evanston Now

Boys Lacrosse
Glenbrook North 11, Stevenson 6: SHS dropped to 1-3 with the loss. – IHSLA website

Patience Pays Off for New Girls Soccer Coach
The Lincolnshire Review has an article this week about the new head coach of SHS girls soccer, Kevin Heffernan. Although he is new to the position, Heffernan is not new to the program. He served as an assistant for 23 years before getting the head coaching job last fall.

SHS Likely No. 1 to Start Next Basketball Season
If the SHS boys basketball team thought it had a target on its back this season, wait until 2014-15 rolls around, writes Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times. With Jalen Brunson, Connor Cashaw, Matt Johnson and other key players returning, the Patriots are likely to be the state’s top-ranked team heading into season.

Three Wrestlers in Top 10 at Frosh-Soph State Meet
Two underclassmen wrestlers finished fifth at the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association freshman-sophomore state tournament before Spring Break. Eric Carter and Roberts Pavlovics placed fifth at 113 and 145 pounds, respectively. Nikita Nepomryashckiy advanced to the quarterfinals at 160, and Nick Grujanac reached the round of 16 at 285.


Don’t miss the “Night of Jazz” concertat 7 p.m. tonight in the West Auditorium. Students in Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Band I, Ladyjazz, Jazz Etc. and Just the Guys will be performing. Come out and show your support.

Tickets for Mr. SHSwill go on sale Monday in the Patriot Superstore. Tickets are $5 each. The Mr. SHS contest will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Center.

The school is looking for students interested in serving as docents (someone who can speak knowledgeably about the school) and ambassadors for the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium on Friday, April 18. (There is no school on April 18.) For students who are interested, there will be a meeting after school Monday at 3:30 in Room 2626. Students who have questions can contact Ms. Erickson at, Ms. Lubecke at or Mr. Carney at

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than Tuesday. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

The first-ever Stevenson High School Fashion Show will be held Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium. We will be showing not only the amazing garments that students make in Clothing and Design, but also the latest fashions from local boutiques. If you are interested in modeling, working backstage or assisting in the organization of the event, please attend a required meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1424. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Erickson at Hope to see you on April 9th!

Get ready for the 10th annual Pat-Triathlon. The event combines biking, running and swimming and will take place Sunday, April 27. The event consists of a 3-mile bike ride around campus, a 1-mile run on the Stadium track, and a 200-yard swim in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The Pat-Triathlon is free for all SHS students, faculty and staff! You can participate individually or as part of a relay team. For more information and to download a registration form, visit the Pat-Triathlon web page at

Do you want to earn 10 community service hours in one day? How would you like to volunteer with Special Olympics? Mr. Salituro is taking students to volunteer for the Special Olympics bocce ball tournament on Sunday, April 13. No experience with bocce ball is necessary to volunteer. We will leave school at 7:30 a.m. and be back at 4 p.m. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt and a box lunch. Signup at or contact Mr. Salituro in either Social Studies office for details.

The inaugural Stevenson Interregional Film Festival, featuring movies submitted by area high school students, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5 (reserved seating). You can buy tickets in advance through the SHS Web Store, or at the Patriot Superstore. Money raised by the event will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund.

AP Microeconomics first semester students: There will be an AP exam review from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in Room 7066. The topic will be review and materials. On Saturday, April 26, there will be a review from noon to 4 p.m. in Room 7066 covering tests and essay. Questions? Ask Dr. Wright or Mr. Haan.

Buy breakfast at SHS, and you might win a prize!Any student who buys a breakfast item in the East or West cafeteria between now and mid-May is eligible to enter a drawing for free prizes. The grand prize is a mountain bike. There also will be 10 iTunes cards ($10 value each) given away. The contest is sponsored by Sodexo.


Spring IM Archery starts Wednesday. Join today so you can attend. New and old members are always welcome. For more information or to register visit the IM Archery website at or visit the PREP office (Room 3040).


Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic Draft after school today in Room 1500. The cost to enter is $5. If you have a DCI number, please bring it. If you don’t have a DCI number, Mr. Fedewa will get one for you. Questions? Contact Mr. Fedewa at

Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching!Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. next Friday. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email


Seniors planning to attend CLC this fall:  The College of Lake County Foundation is offering the CLC Superintendent’s Scholarship, which will cover tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year. This scholarship is awarded to the SHS senior who has earned the most credits. (In the case of a tie, the scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest unweighted GPA.). If you have already submitted your CLC application, you will automatically be considered for this award. If you haven’t yet applied to CLC, you have until Monday, April 21 to be considered for the scholarship.


If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

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