Friday, December 5, 2014

Football Celebration Fills the Forum

Students, staff, parents and other community members came to the Forum this morning to celebrate the first state football championship in school history.

SHS Band members performed, and a number of students involved in supporting roles were announced: Those involved with the cheerleading and Patriettes squads, the Stevenson Broadcast Network webcasts, and even the “Bucket Brigade” that faithfully followed the team from game to game. The coaching staff was introduced, followed by words of thanks and gratitude from head coach Bill McNamara. Finally, the players were introduced, and five of them — seniors Willie Bourbon, Cameron Green, Nick Dillon, Jason Vravick and Jack Joseph — addressed the crowd and their fellow teammates with brief, heartfelt remarks.

Fox News Chicago was among the media outlets that dropped by to cover the ceremony. Click here to see Joanie Lum’s report.

SHS Dance Connection Fundraiser at Skinfo

The SHS Dance Connection is having a fundraiser at Skinfo locations in Lincolnshire and Glencoe Monday through Wednesday. Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the program. To redeem the savings and take advantage of other specials, you’ll need to present this flyer when ordering.

PREP Offers Free “Musical Petting Zoo” on Saturday

The Stevenson PREP Community Music Academy will host a free Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at the Vernon Area Public Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Stevenson instrumental instructors, along with SHS music students, will provide children of all ages the opportunity to see, hear, touch, and even play a wide variety of string, wind, brass, and percussion instruments. For more info about community music instruction at Stevenson, visit



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Thursday’s Varsity Results



Stevenson 51, Mundelein 14: The visiting Patriots (3-0, 1-0) won their first three matches decisively and never looked back. Juwon Anderson started the night with a pin at 170 pounds, and Nikita Nepomnyashchiy finished it with a fall at 160. Pins also came from Evan Rodriguez at 138 (in 43 seconds) and Nathan Reinsdorf at 145. Other wins came from Michael Kordek at 182 (7-1 score), Orkhon Otgonbaatar at 113 (7-4), Eric Carter at 126 (13-2) and Ben Ponto at 132 (technical fall). Tyler Harrington and Nick Grujanac won by forfeit at 195 and heavyweight, respectively. – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 9, North Chicago 0: Kaitlyn Rudy had the highest game and series among the 10 bowlers who competed at Fairhaven Lanes. She rolled a 633 series that included an opening game of 246, followed by a 206 and 181. Colleen VanDerMeulen had games of 214, 180 and 160 for a 554 series. Sam Szura added a 520 series, with games of 189, 175 and 156. SHS outscored the Warhawks, 2,533-1,885.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, Grant 0: At Lakeside Lanes, Josh Singer led the Patriots (7-0) with games of 247, 225, and 221 for a 693 series. Richy Zenner rolled games of 236, 226 and 204 for a 666 series. Matt Poetker added a 614 series, with games of 214, 202 and 198.    Zach Singer added games of 222 and 192. SHS outscored the Bulldogs, 3,007-2,597.


Boys Basketball No. 1 in AP Poll; Girls Close to Cracking Top 10

The boys basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the first Associated Press Illinois Class 4A poll of the season, while the girls basketball team came close to the top 10. The Patriot boys received eight of 10 first-place votes, with the other two going to Whitney Young and Curie. The Patriot girls received three votes overall, which put them in a tie for 14th place with St. Charles North.

High School Cube News Talks With Connor Cashaw

Connor Cashaw of the boys basketball team is the subject for this week’s MVP video segment with Beth Long from High School Cube News. The Rice-bound senior talked about the expectations for this year’s team, the chemistry that has developed between his teammates, and his excitement to continue his career in Houston.

Richardson Named County Offensive Player of the Week

Sophomore guard earned Lake County Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Daily Herald after helping the Patriots win last week’s Schaumburg Thanksgiving tournament. Richardson, who was named the tournament MVP, averaged 14.2 points per game for SHS, including a career-high 22 against Rockford Boylan. She also was named Female Athlete of the Week by the News-Sun.

Six Named to Daily Herald All-Area Football Team

Six members of the state champion football team were named to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area team today. Quarterback Willie Bourbon, defensive lineman Nick Dillon, wide receiver Cameron Green, running back Jack Joseph, and linebackers Jimmy Marchese and Jason Vravick — all seniors — were chosen. Four other players earned honorable mention: seniors Patrick O’Connell (defensive lineman) and Kevin Pearson (wide receiver/defensive back), and juniors Cade Gilbert (offensive/defensive lineman) and Jack Sorenson (wide receiver).

For McNamara, the Wait Was Worthwhile

Bill McNamara waited a long time to get his shot at leading a football team, but the wait was definitely worth it, he told the Chicago Tribune. McNamara was an assistant under Bill Mitz for 20 years before being selected as Mitz’s successor in 2010. The Tribune talked with several players, who pointed to McNamara’s positive and unflappable nature as being crucial to their development.

Football Assistant Celebrates Reaching Pinnacle

Another member of the Patriot football coaching staff who waited a long time to reach the trophy stand at the state championship game was Brent Becker, who spent 11 years at the collegiate level before moving to the high school ranks the past six seasons. Becker, who teaches third grade at Half Day School in Lincolnshire, talked with the newspaper from his hometown of Princeton, Illinois, about Stevenson’s dream season.



Celebrate Give-A-Thon Success at Tonight’s Jingle Bash

Come celebrate another successful Give-A-Thon campaign by stopping by the Jingle Bash tonight. The casual dance and mixer for all SHS students will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Forum. A minimum $5 donation is required for admission.

Improv Troupe Performing in Libertyville Saturday Night

The Failed Presidential Candidates Improv Troupe will be performing at Improv Playhouse in Libertyville at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and members of the military, and $8 for students.

Madrigal Singers Auditions Set for Monday

Auditions for the Madrigal Singers will take place from 3:30-5:15 p.m. Monday in the Choir Room (2202). Any interested students are invited to contact Associate Choral Director Kirstin Snelten at for audition information. Questions? Email Ms. Snelten or call her at 847-415-4767.

Applications Online for PE, Alternative PE Leaders

Applications to become a PE Leader or Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 are available online at There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the applications. All applications are due January 9.

We You Named an Illinois State Scholar?

Attention Illinois State Scholars: Certificates are available for pick up in Room 2414.


IM Volleyball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


Interactive Gamers Club will be learning how to play a brand new game after school today in Room 1500 — Dicemasters! If you’re a fan of X-Men or the Avengers, come by and learn how to play! Cost is $5, and you’ll receive a two-player starter set to take home!


Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at or in the College/Career Center if interested.


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