Friday, March 20, 2015

Basketball Team at State; Brunson Wins Gatorade Award

The big news at Stevenson today is actually to be found in Peoria, where the boys basketball team prepares for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A semifinals tonight against Bolingbrook. SHS is attempting to win the first state championship in program history, and to become the first Lake County boys basketball team to ever win the state title. Other major basketball news was announced this morning: Jalen Brunson has been named Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season. Details on all the basketball happenings can be found in the Sports section below.

PARCC Opposition Fails to Materialize at SHS

While some suburban schools have seen large numbers of students refuse to participate in state-mandated PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing, that has not been the case at Stevenson. Only one student opted out, at the request of his or her parents. Approximately 15 students have taken either the Algebra 1 or English portion of the PARCC exam, but not both. They have until April 10 to complete the testing. Here is a Daily Herald article ($) with a look at the suburban PARCC scene.

Three Students Earn National Honors for Art, Writing

Three students have earned national recognition in the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which has honored young artists and writers since 1923.

Sophomore Katherine Liu and junior Rebecca Nelson each received a national Gold Medal for their work, and will be invited to participate in the award ceremony at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on June 6. Liu was honored for her poetry collection, entitled “Heredity, Rinsing.” Nelson won for her personal essay/memoir, “In Searching.” Liu and Nelson are the founding members of Stevenson’s Write Club.

Senior Jennifer Kong won two Silver Medals, one for her art portfolio, “REM Sleep,” and one for her painting, “Weaving into Reality.”

This year, more than 300,000 works were submitted to regional affiliates. Ultimately, 2,000 works were awarded with national Gold Medals.

Past winners of Scholastic Art and Writing Awards include Andy Warhol, Kay WalkingStick, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Myla Goldberg, Joyce Carol Oates and Richard Avedon, among many others.

In addition to her Scholastic honor, Liu also on second place in Gannon University’s national high school poetry contest. Her poem, “Mooncake,” was judged one of the best among several hundred poems from all around the country.

Senior Selected for Honor Orchestra of America

Monet Lee represented Illinois as a concertmaster in Music for All’s 2015 Honor Orchestra of America. The senior violinist joined 87 other musicians from 22 states in the orchestra’s performance last weekend with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Indianapolis.

The Honor Orchestra of America selection was just the latest in a long list of accolades Lee has earned while at Stevenson. She was chosen to participate in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Youth in Music Festival. As part of the festival, Lee had the opportunity to play under the baton of CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti in an open rehearsal in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center last month. In November, she was a violin Merit winner in the National Young Arts Foundation’s annual contest. Lee is a three-time member of the Illinois Music Educators Association’s All-State Honors Orchestra, serving as concertmaster in 2013 and assistant concertmaster this January.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Need a Meningitis Shot? “Well – Well – Well” Can Help

Did you know the state has a new meningitis immunization requirement for the Class of 2016? (Details) You can take care of that requirement Sunday by stopping by “Well – Well – Well: Everybody’s Got Something,” a community wellness event in the West Building from 1-3 p.m. A number of health care providers, support groups and others will be on hand to offer health screenings, consultations, immunizations and more. Click here for details.

Eating Up the Rankings

Stevenson’s ranking as the No. 2 public school in the country last November by continues to reverberate around the Internet. On Wednesday, a trade publication called Food Service Director picked up on Niche’s rankings, which included a category for best food offered by high school cafeterias. Stevenson also ranked No. 2 on that list.

Order Your 50th Anniversary Yearbook

Own a piece of Stevenson history by ordering the 50th anniversary yearbook. Featuring more than 350 pages and 400 historical photographs covering the school’s tradition and excellence, this limited edition yearbook will be a keepsake for all Patriots. The cost is $50. Order yours today at The deadline is Friday, March 27.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 50.5, Huntley 49.5: The Patriots won the final event, the 1,600-meter relay, to rally past the Red Raiders. Leading the way individually were Sammy Oh and Aaron Lund, who won two events apiece. Oh captured the 3,200-meter run (10:01.9) and the 1,600 (4:36.6), while Lund finished first in the 55 high hurdles (8.0) and 55 intermediate hurdles (7.9). Andrew Goncharov won the 300 meter dash (39.9). Jared Borowsky was second in the 800 (2:03.8) and 1,600 (4:45.2). Other runner-up finishes came from Brett Lucas in the 3,200 (10:45.9), Tim Vestuto in the 55 dash (6.8), and Henry Sise in the shot put (51-1).

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 11, Oak Park-River Forest 2: The host Patriots moved to 5-0 behind five goals from Allison Travetto and four from Melissa Gartenberg, and 12 saves from goalie Lauren Burns. Annika Hotchkiss and Claire Haas had the other goals for SHS, which shutout the Huskies in two of the four quarters. –

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 20, Lincoln Way East 5: At the Fenwick Invitational, Collin Kapecki scored four goals, and Alex Kapecki, Dan Maleski, Kurt Holzer and Luke Gable-Preze all netted three as the Patriots moved to 5-0. –

Girls Soccer

Maine South 3, Stevenson 2: Savannah Kruse and Rachel Blumenthal scored unassisted goals for the visiting Patriots in their season opener. Keepers Emma Marx and Hanna Petrich made five and four saves, respectively. Marx left the contest with a concussion. – Daily Herald ($)

Stevenson Basketball Takes Aim at Making History

Stevenson’s boys basketball team has a chance to make history this weekend. Not only are the Patriots striving for the first state championship in program history, but also are looking to become the first Lake County boys basketball squad to capture the state title. Two wins stand between SHS and those goals. The first hurdle is Bolingbrook, which Stevenson will play at 6:30 tonight at the Peoria Civic Center. (Ticket/broadcast information) If the Patriots win, they will face Normal or Geneva for the Class 4A state championship at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. If the Patriots lose, they will play in the third-place game at 6:30. SHS students, staff, parents and other fans gave the team a rousing send-off Thursday morning in the Forum. (Coverage: Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($))

Previews and predictions:

Chicago Sun-Times: Joe Henricksen preview | 13 reasons to be interested in the state finals | Beyond the Arc (videocast)

Daily Herald ($): Semifinal preview | Marty Maciaszek predictions

Chicago Tribune: Jon Kerr semifinal preview/prediction |  Mike Helfgot prediction

Brunson Named Gatorade Illinois Player of the Year Again

Jalen Brunson has been named the Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season, the school learned this morning. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior guard has led the Patriots to a 28-3 record and a berth in tonight’s Class 4A semifinals. He has averaged 23.1 points, 5.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 steals per contest thus far, shooting 48.7% from the field, 38.3% from 3-point range, and 82% from the free throw line. Off the court, the Villanova-bound Brunson has maintained a 3.22 weighted grade point average. In addition to donating time as a voter registrar, he has volunteered at his church and as a youth basketball instructor. With the state award, Brunson becomes eligible for the national Gatorade Player of the Year award.


Watch Day of Dance Live Today

Students in all dance classes will perform their most recently developed choreography during every period of the day today during the annual Day of Dance in the Performing Arts Center. Click here to watch through the Stevenson Broadcast Network.

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 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

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or email


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: 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!


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Chicago State U. president accused of falsely claiming harassment (Trib – $)

CPS principals say schools remain “filthy” under $340M janitorial contracts

Loyola University president to step down, move into chancellor post

Chicago parents fear loss of vouchers if Rauner has his way

Bloodied UVA student from Chicago known as leader, not problem

College of DuPage board formally hires Chicago PR firm for help (DH – $)


What if education reform got it all wrong in the first place?

Iowa House backs changes to teacher bargaining rules

New politics at the University of North Carolina

Former legislative aide, lobbyist named Michigan’s schools superintendent

Los Angeles schools hoping Hollywood will help boost arts education

Michelle Obama puts focus on empowering girls through education

Victoria’s Secret model ready to show off new look: College student


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