Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Basketball Team Headed to State for Third Straight Year

Stevenson’s boys basketball team will make its third consecutive trip to the Illinois High School Association Class 4A state finals after winning the Chicago State Supersectional Tuesday night. (Game details in the Sports section below.) The Patriots will play Bolingbrook in the first state semifinal game at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Peoria’s Civic Center.

A send-off celebration for the team will take place at 10:05 a.m. Thursday in the Forum of the West Building. Thursday is a late arrival day; the team will leave for Peoria when school starts at 10:30.

Students can purchase a combination of game ticket and pep bus ticket for $20 through the Superstore or online the SHS Web Store. The combination is available for Friday and Saturday’s games. ($20 for each game) Stevenson is assured of playing Saturday, regardless of Friday night’s outcome. Once students board the pep bus, they will receive their game ticket.

When purchasing the combo ticket, students must submit a completed permission form with parent signature. Pep bus tickets will not be sold separately.

Single-game tickets in the upper bowl are available for the general public and students through the Superstore only until 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Upper bowl tickets are $8.50.

A replay of Tuesday night’s victory will be shown on Comcast Channel 100 at 7 p.m. tonight and Thursday. Visit for additional air dates and times.

Sophomore to Perform With Camerata Chicago

Sophomore Emily Frederick will showcase her piano skills in concert with Camerata Chicago as part of its “Rising Star” series next month. She will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, the “Jeunehomme,” in E-flat Major during the group’s concerts on Friday, April 17 and Sunday, April 19. The April 17 concert will take place at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago at 7 p.m., while the April 19 concert starts at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Park Ridge. In addition to Frederick’s appearance, each concert will feature Camerata Chicago performing Handel’s Water Suite Music No. 2 in D, and Schubert’s Fifth Symphony. Anyone connected with Stevenson High School  (attendees, parents, staff) will receive a 20% discount to either or both of the concerts when ordering online. Tickets for students of ages 16 and under are free when attending with a paying adult. Use the discount code AESHS when purchasing. Click here to purchase tickets. In addition to her piano-playing prowess, Frederick sings in the Advanced Chorus and is enrolled in the Advanced Placement Music Theory course.

Model UN Team Honored at University of Illinois Conference

The Model United Nations team took 32 students to MUNI (Model United Nations Illinois) in Champaign last weekend, which was attended by more than 20 other high schools. Delegates represented Egypt, Venezuela, Colombia, the United States and Georgia in larger, UN-based committees, and simulated historical figures in crisis-based cabinets as well. The team won 11 awards at the conference, including:

Best Delegate: Natalie Wu, Mariel Boden, Pawan Sajnani, Nuha Hamid, Kevin Wadowski, Marco Laudati

Outstanding Delegate: Max Weiss, Erin Knapton

Verbal Commendation: Aileen Acuna, Sushmetha Subramanian

Honorable Mention: Andrew Jin

The entire delegation also received a Verbal Commendation award based on its strong showing.

10 Students to Participate in Photography Exhibit Saturday

Ten students will be among the exhibitors in Visual Image Photography’s sixth annual Student Photography Art Show at its Wheeling location from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. SHS students whose work will be displayed include Taylor Spula, Judy Kupchan, Alyssa Pauly, Savannah Kruse, Allison Lackey, Megan Desilva, Alex Anstett, Carlie Manno, Rebecca Tsivin and Kristen Maleski. The professionally juried exhibition will feature more than 100 works from students at 12 Chicago-region high schools. VIP’s Wheeling studio is located at 600 Northgate Parkway in Wheeling.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 62, Riverside-Brookfield 45: Connor Cashaw scored a game-high 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had six steals as the Patriots (28-3) dominated from start to finish. SHS led 20-4 after the first quarter and had a 23-point advantage at halftime. The Bulldogs (28-4) came no closer than 16 points the rest of the way. Jalen Brunson scored 13 points and became the all-time leading scorer in Lake County history. His fourth point of the night broke the old record of 2,621 points by Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough in 2013. Brunson, who now has 2,631 points, also added five assists. Justin Smith had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Parker Nichols scored nine points and drew four charges. – Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald ($), Pioneer Press (main), Pioneer Press (Brunson sidebar), Shaw Media

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 20, Loyola Academy 6: Melissa Gartenberg scored five goals and Allison Travetto added four as the host Patriots improved to 4-0. SHS led 5-2 after the first quarter, extended the lead to 9-4 at halftime, then outscored the Ramblers 8-0 in the third to put the game out of reach. Annika Hotchkiss scored three goals, while Alex Adams, Claire Haas and Joanie Neeland each had two. Erin Kempers and Autumn Hoang also scored. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made 13 saves.

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson 151.9, Barrington 117.5: The visiting Patriots opened their season with an exclamation point, posting the highest score in the state thus far in 2015. Arie Feltman-Frank, Matt Krames and Elijah Klaber finished 1-2-3 in the all-around competition.

Wrestling Alum Prepares for NCAA Tournament

Stevenson alumnus Danny Sabatello (Class of 2011) is among a record eight Purdue Boilermakers who qualified for this week’s NCAA wrestling tournament, which starts Thursday in St. Louis. Sabatello is the No. 11 seed at 133 pounds. This is the second straight NCAA tournament appearance for Sabatello, who is a redshirt junior. He was an at-large qualifier at 141 pounds last year. Sabatello was a two-time state champion for Stevenson.

Former SHS Student’s Team in NCAA Tournament

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins Thursday, and one former Stevenson student’s team is in the field of 65. Chandler Levingston Simon is a member of the men’s basketball program at Valparaiso University, which faces Maryland on Friday. He is sitting out this season after transferring from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His father is former Chicago Bulls player Cliff Levingston.


Graduation Announcement Orders to be Delivered Tuesday

Seniors: Jostens will be at school to deliver graduation announcement orders on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons, directly outside of the Student Activities Office. Final payments are due at that time. Please feel free to call Jostens at 847-818-8419 with any questions or concerns.

Want to Learn Russian or Chinese for Free?

Students who will be returning to Stevenson for 2015-16, and who have had no prior exposure to the Russian or Chinese languages, are invited to apply for the STARTALK program at Lewis University. There are no tuition costs, and successful students will receive three university credits. The program runs from June 15 through July 10 at Lewis University’s campus in Romeoville. The application deadline is May 4. Click here for more information.

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 Thursday, 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.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Register for the new college essay workshop offered this summer! The first week of each semester, you can come and get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for your college applications. Get suggestions and feedback. Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop.

Buffalo Grove Candidates to Debate at SHS Thursday

The Political Action Club and the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are hosting public debates Thursday night featuring the two candidates for Buffalo Grove village president, and the six people running for three Buffalo Grove village board trustee positions. The debate starts at 7 p.m. in Room 2104 of the West Building. A debate between trustee candidates will take place first, followed by a debate between the village president candidates. Students will serve as moderators for both debates.

Juniors Invited to Apply for Summer Health Care Internship

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: The deadline to apply is April 3.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Less than 75 spaces are left.

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

Please check Rooms 2416 and 5024 for missing swim and gym bags, as well as coats and sweatshirts.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove

The Band Parents Organization is having a month-long fundraiser at the Culver’s in Buffalo Grove on McHenry Road (Route 83). Whenever you make a dine-in or carryout order, just mention “SHS Band Fundraiser” and a portion of the sale will benefit Stevenson band students.


Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due this week! Sophomores are due today, and freshman are due on Thursday. If you have any questions, come see us in Room 3040.


David Hilbert, professor of philosophy at UIC, will speak to Philosophy Club after school on Thursday. Hilbert will be presenting a talk on color and philosophy of perception. All faculty and students are welcome! Philosophy Club meets in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at

Join us for the first-ever joint meeting of Psychology Club and the Indian Student Association on Thursday. Vidya Nahar will be leading us for afternoon yoga in Room 2104. All are welcome to relax and rejuvenate!

Zumba club will be held, only for Thursday, in Room 2626, at 3:45 p.m.

Write Club meets Wednesdays after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.

Table Tennis meets on Thursdays in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

The Video Game Club is back! We meet on Thursdays after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 on Thursday in Room 7054. #LawClub


Interested in a career in pharmacy? Available over Spring Break? The Career Exploration Program has an opportunity for a student to shadow a pharmacist over break. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for more details.

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.


PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Cooking with Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar. This class will be at The Olive Tap in Long Grove from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Join us and learn how to incorporate premium Olive Oils and balsamic vinegar into your kitchen. Students will have an opportunity to taste several dishes where the flavors and textures of premium grade olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used. For more information or to register, click here.

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about gardening. This session PREP is offering a series of three gardening classes to help you in the garden. Join us for the first one on Wednesday, March 25: Simple Garden and Landscape Design for the Homeowner. In this class, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will get you ready to design, upgrade or add a new garden area to your landscape this spring. Visit for more details and to reserve your spot in this class!


Report: Hundreds of students at Hersey, Rolling Meadows opted out of PARCC tests

Lawmakers balking at proposed state education cuts

Plainfield board fires teacher after charges of sex with student

Former Mundelein principal named leader of Warren Township District 121 (DH – $)

Rich Township school board candidate a convicted felon

Oak Park River Forest board worried about legal consequences after assembly

U-46 union president “surprised” by layoff numbers (DH – $)


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Montana requires teaching of Native American culture, history in schools

Harvard University Press to publish first comic book


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