Friday, March 6, 2015

Next Healthy Patriot Session is Wednesday

The next Healthy Patriot discussion series for parents is Wednesday. The title is “Wait … didn’t they cover that in Health?” A representative from Stevenson’s Student Services Division will offer tips and conversation-starter suggestions for parents to talk with their student about healthy relationships. “The Talk” will take place from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the District 125 Administration Building. The event is free. Light breakfast items will be provided. For more information on the Healthy Patriot program, visit

Showcase Takes the Stage Tonight, Saturday

Showcase, the PPA’s annual student variety show, is tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show features a different lineup of performers. Tickets are available during all lunch periods today in the Wood Commons. All tickets are $10 each. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door tonight and Saturday. Showcase will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network both nights. Visit to watch either night.

Six Members of HOSA Club Qualify for National Conference

Six members of the Health Occupations Students of America club qualified for the 38th annual HOSA National Leadership Conference based on their performance at the state competition in Decatur this week.

The Health Career Display Team of Karan Menon and Yojan Shah won first-place honors. Two other teams finished third: Abby Mishory and Abigail Pucek (Health Career Display), and Ishita Aggarwal and Jeffrey Wang (Forensic Medicine).

Finishing fourth and just missing nationals was the Biomedical Debate Team of Ali Ladha, Paul Edat and Aman Grover.

Other top-10 finishers in the team competition included: Bijan Moazezi, Adam Sagerman and Karthik Kasireddy (Biomedical Debate); Ali Ladha, Paul Edat, Aman Grover, Bijan Moazezi, Adam Sagerman and Yojan Shah (Public Health); and Amy Arbus, Sydney Pacernick and Jordan Gregg (Public Service Announcement).

Six students placed in the top 10 in individual competition: Jeffrey Wang (Epidemiology), Ishita Aggarwal and Amy Arbus (Nutrition), Jordan Gregg (Pathophysiology), Afrah Jahan (Clinical Specialty), and Samantha Merrick (Transcultural Health Care).

This is the inaugural year for HOSA at Stevenson. The HOSA national conference will be held in Anaheim, California, June 24-27.

Sociology Teacher Meeting with State Task Force

Sociology teacher Chris Salituro will be in Normal today to provide feedback to a task force that is revising the state’s social studies standards for the first time since 1997. The Illinois Social Science Standards Revision Task Force was created last year, and is charged with presenting new standards by June for consideration by the Illinois State Board of Education.


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Regional Title Tilt Marks Final Home Game for Boys Hoops

Stevenson’s senior boys basketball players, who have had an unprecedented run of success over the last four years, will play on their home court for the final time tonight. The Patriots will take on Zion-Benton for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Stevenson Regional championship at 7 o’clock. SHS was supposed to play Niles North, but the Vikings forfeited their semifinal win over Z-B due to what the IHSA called a self-reported residency violation. This will be the third time Stevenson and Zion have tangled this season. The Pats prevailed in the first two meetings, 81-57 on January 9 and 87-64 on February 7. The winner of tonight’s game will take on Niles Notre Dame or Deerfield in the Waukegan Sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. Tuesday. For those unable to attend tonight’s game, it will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on The Cube.

Brunson Adds Two More Honors to List of Accolades

Jalen Brunson can add two more honors to his list of prep accolades. On Thursday, the senior guard was one of two players from Illinois chosen to play in the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, April 17. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jabari Parker are among the list of high school hoop stars that have played in the Jordan Brand Classic since 2002. Today, Brunson was named the honorary captain of the 2015 Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Basketball Team. He was chosen after averaging 22.8 points, 5.1 assists and 2.6 steals per game during the regular season. Click here to read a Q&A he did with the paper ($).

Six Picked for Daily Herald All-Area Basketball Teams

Joining Brunson on the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Boys Basketball Team are senior and fellow four-year starter Connor Cashaw, and sophomore Justin Smith. Cashaw averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2 steals per game during the regular season. Smith, a first-year starter, averaged 9.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, and was the team’s leading dunker. Seniors Matt Johnson and Parker Nichols earned honorable mention.

Stevenson also has three representatives on the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Basketball Team. Seniors Taylor Buford and Sophia Way, and sophomore Ashley Richardson were chosen. Way earned her third All-Area selection after averaging 13.3 points and 5.5 rebounds this season. Buford averaged 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and is a two-time All-Area choice. Richardson made the All-Area team for the first time. She scored 12.4 points and had 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Junior Janine Fajardo earned honorable mention.

Nine Basketball Players Earn All-NSC Honors

Several members of the boys and girls basketball teams have earned All-North Suburban Conference honors. For the boys, seniors Jalen Brunson, Connor Cashaw and Matt Johnson, plus sophomore Justin Smith, were named to the All-NSC team. On the girls’ side, seniors Taylor Buford and Sophia Way, junior Janine Fajardo and sophomore Ashley Richardson were chosen. One other player earned honorable mention honors on the boys’ squad: senior Parker Nichols.


AP Exam Registration Deadline Monday

The last day to register for Advanced Placement exams without paying a late fee is Monday. After Monday, you will have to pay an extra $25 per exam. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Children’s Play Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation spring children’s play “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theater on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you can dance in for this audition. Be ready to answer the question: What you would wish for if you found Aladdin’s lamp? We will work through improv, dance, and script reading. Come join the fun as we present this classic story on April 19. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Have You Registered to Vote? Tuesday is the Last Day

Have you registered to vote for the April 7 primary election? If you’re a U.S. citizen and going to be 18 by April 7, you’re eligible. Tuesday is the deadline, and there are people in the school who can take care of your registration. These seniors can register voters: Jalen Brunson, Victoria Cruz, Talia Grossman, Evan Helchen, Caitlin Keeley, Dan Mortge, Parker Nichols, Bryan Pinkley, Colin Silverman and Haji Seferian. In the West/East ILC, ask for Julie Wilson, David Hess or Sarah Walker. In Room 2434, Director of World Languages/ELL Justin Fisk can register voters. Also, these teachers can register you: Vanessa Lal, Dave Elbaum, Sandra Wright, Pat Block, Dan Larsen, Andy Conneen, Michelle Stone and Christina Anker.

Freshman Movie Night Scheduled for Friday the 13th

All freshmen are invited to Freshman Movie Night after school Friday, March 13 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Freshman Class Board will be showing the movie, “Pitch Perfect,” and will have free ice cream and popcorn. Freshman Movie Night runs from 3:45 to 6:45.

Interact Club Collecting Books for Low-Income Children

Did you know that 61% of children in low-income households do not have access to books? And that millions of these children show up to kindergarten already years behind in school, becoming statistically more likely to face, in their futures, academic failure, low-income work, even trouble with the law? Interact Club would like to invite you to become part of the solution! Through March 19, the club will be collecting children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that puts entire libraries in the homes of low-income children. Donate new or gently-used books (for babies through sixth-grade level) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday, March 21.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration has been extended to Tuesday. The Snowball weekend is March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions, or visit

Vote for Your Favorite Book in the Abe Lincoln Contest

Students who have read four or more titles on the 2015 Abe Lincoln Student Choice Award list are eligible to vote for their favorite online. The polls close at midnight, Saturday, March 15; one vote per student. If you have read all 22 books on the list, see Mrs. Dettling in the ILC.

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

Two seniors will be selected to speak at the commencement ceremony in June. If you would like to be one of those seniors, complete this application and return it to the Student Activities Office by Tuesday, April 7.

2015-16 Student Council Applications Being Taken

Anyone interested in serving on the Student Council for the 2015-16 school year is invited to apply online by Friday, April 24. Existing members must re-apply.


Attention sophomore families: Plan to attend our “Planning Your Future” program Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Dan Miller and Sue Biemeret will give a formal introduction to our online career and college program, Naviance, help you begin your college search, and give insight to college questions that need answering. This program should leave you much better prepared for your junior and senior years. Hope to see you there!

The College of Lake County is hosting the Illinois Regional College Fair next Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake campus in the P.E. Building. Meet representatives from many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities. For more information, please see their website:


All SHS female student-athletes are invited to attend a free screening of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary spotlighting 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The documentary was made by five female filmmakers who drove more than 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days to interview the women. The documentary will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Wood Commons. Concessions will be available.

There will be an informational meeting for Allied Soccer at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6058.


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you have questions, contact

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

Geography Club meets Monday after school in Room 7004.

Sustainability Council meets Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact Ms. LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at

Meteorology Club’s next meeting is at 3:45 Monday in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at


Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


Stress! We all have it, none of us wants it, but what can we do about it? Join Dr. Gregg Stern to discuss factors involved in your perception of stress, what stress can do to your body, and healthy natural methods you can use to best manage your stress. Dr. Stern’s class meets Monday at 7 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

Did you know that your breath is an essential connection between your own mind and body? PREP instructor Vidya Nahar will discuss and demonstrate several breathing techniques during the Yogic Breathing Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Click here to register.

PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Premium and Flavored Balsamic Vinegar of Modena from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Join us and learn how to add premium and flavored balsamic vinegar into your favorite recipes. Students will have the opportunity to sample taste several premium and flavored balsamic vinegar of Modena. Click here to register or for more information.

On Thursday, March 19, PREP will be holding its iPad Basics 101 class. If you’re not sure what to do with your iPad, then this class is for you! Participants will learn the basics of the iPad, from using its default applications to installing new ones, plus backing up your data, and general maintenance and troubleshooting. The class is $29 for adults and $19 for seniors. Reserve your space today at this link.


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