Friday, January 23, 2015

Registration Open for SHS Foundation Golf Outing

The Stevenson High School Foundation’s annual Golf Invitational and Dinner will be held Monday, June 29 at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit three Foundation programs: the Kids In Need (KIN) Fund; innovation grants; and student scholarships. The cost for golf is $295 per individual or $1,100 per foursome, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, dinner, a Nike golf shirt, and more. For more information and to register, visit

Winterfest Party Pro Tip for Parents: Booze Rhymes With Lose

It’s Winterfest Dance weekend, and the Stand Strong community coalition — which includes Stevenson as a partner — reminds parents that they face stiff legal and financial penalties for allowing or encouraging parties in their homes with illegal alcohol use. The Digest included a breakdown of legal consequences for “social hosting” before the Homecoming Dance in October. For parents who want to ensure a safe celebration for teens, here are eight tips from the Lake Forest-based SpeakUp! Prevention Coalition.

Teacher’s Soccer Team Second at National Tournament

Spanish teacher Manolo Sanchez-Rider and his Park Ridge Rogues teammates finished second in their division last weekend at the King Cup in Las Vegas, the nation’s largest adult men’s soccer tournament. The Rogues reached the championship game of the Luther Division in the Over-40 Recreational Division.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 37, Warren 21: The visiting Patriots rallied from a 8-0 deficit after the first two matches en route to winning the first North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship in program history. Eric Carter began the comeback with a pin at 126 pounds, cutting the margin to 8-6. Ben Ponto followed with a 5-3 win at 132 to give SHS (19-3, 6-0) a 9-8 lead, which it would not relinquish. Stevenson won six of the next seven matches to put an exclamation point on its historic night. Other Pat winners included Evan Rodriguez (14-4 major decision at 138), Corey Weil (pin at 145), Roberts Pavlovics (5-1 at 152), Juwon Anderson (10-5 at 170), Tyler Harrington (pin at 182), Michael Kordek (10-5 at 195) and Nick Grujanac (2-1 at 285). Two Patriots reached the 20-win mark with their victories: Rodriguez (20-10) and Grujanac (20-5). They joined Harrington (26-2), Anderson (23-7), Kordek (22-3) and Carter (21-9). – Official results | Daily Herald ($)

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 5, Zion-Benton 4: The Patriots rode a 1,000-pin performance in the opening game to win the battle for overall score, and captured the NSC Lake Division championship. Kaitlyn Rudy led a balanced effort with a 611 series that included games of 226 and 224. Colleen VanDerMeulen followed with a 598 series that featured a match-best 253 game. Sam Szura had a 592 series that included games of 224 and 200. Xanthe Coulson contributed a 567 series, with a 201 best effort. The Pats also received a pair of 177 games from Shu Wang. SHS won the first game by nearly 200 pins (1,016-834), which proved decisive in the final cumulative score. Zion won the next two games by a combined 104 pins, but Stevenson prevailed overall, 2,834-2,754.

Fencers Qualify for National Tournament

Three members of the SHS fencing program have qualified for the United States Fencing Association Junior Olympics Championships February 13-16 in Richmond, Virginia. Stevenson’s qualifiers are: sophomore Nikita Jhangiani, women’s epee (junior and cadet events), sophomore Zimo Zhu, men’s epee (junior and cadet), and junior Lisa Rosov, women’s sabre. A fourth Stevenson student who is not a member of the program, Andrew Jin, qualified in men’s epee.

Girls Basketball Game on High School Cube Tonight

Tonight’s varsity girls basketball game versus Lake Zurich will be streamed live from the Sports Center by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on High School Cube beginning at 7 p.m. Click this link to watch the game.

Patriettes’ Sectional Performance on High School Cube

The varsity Patriettes will compete in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A DeKalb Sectional in competitive dance on Saturday. Stevenson is scheduled to perform at 3:32 p.m. The sectional will be carried live on High School Cube; click here to watch. Meanwhile, Bryan Bonato of the News-Sun says that based on its performance at last weekend’s NSC championships, the Patriettes have a good chance to bring home a state trophy.

Loss Humbles, Motivates Boys Basketball Team

Losing to the nation’s top-ranked team by 26 points last weekend was a reality check for the varsity boys basketball team. Findlay College Prep from Henderson, Nevada has 11 players on its roster, and all of them have either accepted or been offered scholarships by Division I schools. Head coach Pat Ambrose tells the Daily Herald ($) that his team was disappointed by the result, but is using the setback as motivation to keep seeking improvement. The Patriots remain the unanimous No. 1 choice in the weekly Illinois Associated Press rankings.

Brunson Closer to Being County’s No. 2 All-Time Scorer

Jalen Brunson is moving closer to becoming Lake County’s second-leading all-time scorer in high school boys basketball. The senior guard has 2,338 career points with eight regular-season games remaining. He needs 70 points to pass Deerfield’s Ryan Hogan, who amassed 2,407 points from 1994-97. The county’s all-time leading scorer, Milik Yarbrough from Zion-Benton, finished his career in 2014 with 2,621 points. Brunson would need to score 284 points by the end of his final season to surpass Yarbrough. Head coach Pat Ambrose talked with the Daily Herald ($) about Brunson’s achievement.



Apply to Help With Project Dance

Students interested in helping to plan, promote and run Project Dance must apply by next Wednesday. Click here to read more and to apply.

Senior Class Party Price Going Up February 1

Seniors: The cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up February 1. Save money by signing up now! The permission form is available for download at Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

Families Needed to Host Visiting German Students

If you’re interested in hosting a student visiting from Germany from April 12-24, applications are still being accepted. Applications are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or

ILC Hiring Student Aides; Paid Position

The ILC is hiring student aides for most periods throughout the school day. This is a paid position! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible. Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

Village of Lincolnshire Seeks Your Feedback

The Village of Lincolnshire wants to hear from Stevenson High School students regarding their impression of Lincolnshire. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey at The village will use the results of the survey to make further improvements. Student responses will be kept anonymous. The survey closes on Friday, January 30.


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the Lil Switzerland trip on January 31 is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club website at or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.


There will be a boys volleyball informational meeting at 3:30 Monday in Room 1508. Contact Coach Goolish at if you cannot attend.

Girls soccer will have an informational meeting at 3:45 Tuesday in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Heffernan at

Girls interested in track and field should attend an informational meeting at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 7096 (above the East Commons). If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Degen at

Any interested girls who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring, please attend the informational meeting at 3:45 Wednesday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at


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.


The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic Sealed tournament today after school in Room 1500. Each student will receive six packs to use in the tournament. Cost is $5. New players are always welcome to join!

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? Come to the Meteorology Club’s next meeting at 3:45 Monday in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Attention animal lovers: Animal Welfare Club is having a movie night Tuesday in Room 2500 at 3:45. We will be watching Dolphin Tale (snacks will be provided). If you bring a towel, blankets, or newspapers for Orphans of the Storm, you will get one hour of community service. Bring them to 2500 after school. We will also have some petitions to sign for animal rights issues. Hope to see you all there. Bring your friends!


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College of DuPage board votes to force president out in 2016

Author of measure to overhaul school financing altering bill for easier passage

Illinois Supreme Court keeps pension case on fast track

Southern Illinois University to pay wages for forced furlough

Schaumburg District 54 approves free, full-day kindergarten in its schools (DH – $)

Ex-Gavin teacher pleads not guilty; bail revoked (DH – $)

Retired Marine who oversaw logistics of massive CPS closings leaving district

Parkland Community College in Champaign facing budget woes

Teacher from Richards High School scheduled to appear on “Wheel” tonight


Wisconsin’s new evaluation system gives teachers major say in standards

Push to tax “529” college-saving accounts stokes debate

Court rules Philadelphia teachers’ contract can’t be voided

New York governor Cuomo rips teacher unions as selfish “industry”

Lawsuit by former University of North Carolina athletes seeks education reforms

South Carolina to allow unhealthy food at school fundraisers

Intel putting big money into grade-school education — and betting that it pays off


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