Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Paul Swan to Receive 2015 Heritage Award

Paul Swan, who taught at Stevenson for more than 30 years and has coached Patriot student-athletes even longer, has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Heritage Award. The Heritage Award is given annually to individuals who have made a significant impact on Stevenson. He will be honored during the school’s 50th Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 30.

Swan joined the SHS faculty as a mathematics teacher in the 1969-70 school year, and retired from the classroom in 2002. He was the school’s first head baseball coach, leading the program for seven seasons. He spent parts of three decades with the football program, and recently completed his 46th season as an assistant in the boys basketball program. Swan has been boys basketball head coach Pat Ambrose’s right-hand man during all 16 years of Ambrose’s tenure. In addition to coaching Stevenson sports teams, Swan also was the longtime head coach of the American Legion baseball team that gave Patriot players a summer outlet to refine their skills.

During his time with the basketball program, the Patriots reached the state tournament four times: 1992, 2007, 2013 and 2014. The football team, meanwhile, reached the state playoffs in each of the years in which he was on the staff in the late 1980s through 2002. Because of the school’s successes on the field over the past 46 years, “Swanee” has become a coaching legend around Lake County. In 2002, he was inducted into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame. In 2009, Swan was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Since its inception in 1985, Heritage Award recipients have included former faculty and staff, community members, and alumni. Their contributions have been vast and varied, providing powerful legacies for the current members of the Stevenson community, and for those to come.

SHS Among Sponsors of 2015 Options Fair for Disabled

Stevenson is one of the educational organizations sponsoring the 2015 Options Fair for high school and college students with disabilities and their families from 6-8:15 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. The fair will be held in the lower level C Wing on the CLC campus. The event will provide a wealth of information for individuals with disabilities, community and education professionals, and families and caregivers. For more information, visit


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 12, Libertyville 1: The visiting Patriots remained unbeaten at 16-0 by erupting for seven first-quarter goals and matching the outburst with a stingy defense that yielded its only score in the first frame. Eight different players scored for SHS (16-0, 2-0), led by Allison Travetto, whose three goals gave her 78 on the season. Annika Hotchkiss scored two goals, while Melissa Gartenberg, Alex Adams, Clare Haas, Autumn Hoang, Eileen Hoang, Joanie Newland and Holly Wegener each had one. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns had 17 saves and no goals allowed. Gartenberg made two saves. Libertyville fell to 7-4, 0-2. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Libertyville 4: Alex Kapecki scored four goals and Kurt Holzer added three for the host Patriots (13-2, 3-0). Colin Kapecki, Cris Tomassetti and Liam Holzer each added two scores. –


Stevenson 16, Evanston 2: The Patriots won 11 of 12 singles matches and five of six doubles contests. Ashley Richardson and Nicole Xia earned a 25-23, 16-21, 21-8 decision at No. 1 doubles. They were joined in the winners circle by No. 2 Kelsey Huang and Shu Zhang (21-18, 19-21, 21-13), No. 4 Margaret Chen and Michelle Ling (21-10, 21-6), No. 5 Naomi Ecanow and Niveda Tennety (21-15, 21-9) and No. 6 Sarah Hou and Sophia Liu (21-8, 21-12). In singles, Chen won at No. 1 (21-11, 21-16), Ling prevailed at No. 2 (21-16, 21-13), Richardson triumphed at No. 4 (21-13, 21-3), Zhang was victorious at No. 5 (21-11, 21-8), Xia posted a come-from-behind decision at No. 6 (18-21, 21-19, 21-15), Huang hung on at No. 7 (21-19, 21-17), Ecanow rallied at No. 8 (18-21, 21-13, 21-12), Hou withstood a challenge at No. 10 (21-10, 23-21), and Liu won at No. 11 (21-13, 21-17). Also in singles, wins came from No. 3 Michelle Hu (18-21, 21-9, 21-18) and No. 9 Shirley Cao (21-7, 21-15).  – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Wauconda 0: The Patriots (2-0) won every match in straight sets. Adam Maryniuk and Matt Harvey shut out their opponent at No. 1 doubles (6-0, 6-0), as did the No. 2 tandem of Sam Komis and Josh Cheng (6-0, 6-0). David Luo and John Kny posted a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3 doubles, while Gary Braznichenko and Alex Smith were 6-1, 6-1 victors at No. 4. In singles, Colin Harvey posted a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1, followed by Brian Weisberg at No. 2 (6-1, 6-0) and Adam Teng at No. 3 (6-1, 6-0).


Loyola Academy 9, Stevenson 8: Pat Loeffler hit a three-run home run for the visiting Patriots (8-4), but the Ramblers won on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. – Daily Herald, @SHS_Baseball1


Lake Zurich 8, Stevenson 4: At Lake Zurich, Hannah Epstein went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double, while Vera Pflugradt and Emma Oriatti each had two hits. Alyssa Pauly added a double for the Patriots (2-6, 1-2), who only trailed 5-4 until the Bears scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. – Daily Herald ($)

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 81, Lake Zurich 64; Libertyville 83, Stevenson 62: At Libertyville, Charloette Langbo won two events to lead the Patriots. She captured the long jump (14-0) and triple jump (32-4). Borchueh Wu won the 200-meter dash (27.6), Janine Fajardo captured the 100-meter hurdles (15.9) and Lily Marks claimed the 100-meter dash (13.2), and all three were part of the winning 400-meter relay team with Juhi Jhaveri (52.6). Kesina Daley won the high jump (5-2).

Sports Boosters Looking for Parent Volunteers

The Sports Boosters organization is looking for parents who would like to get more involved for the 2015-16 school year. The Boosters organization raises funds that benefit all Stevenson athletic programs through the sale of memberships, concessions, and spirit clothing. If you’re interested in finding out more about ways to assist in a great organization with a passion for athletics, please email Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at


Late Arrival on Thursday

Don’t forget: This Thursday is a late arrival day, and not next Thursday as listed in the Guidebook.

PPA Bake Sale Today

The next PPA bake sale is today. Donuts, puppy chow, pies and other goodies will be available for $1.

Mr. SHS Tickets on Sale at the Superstore

Mr. SHS is Friday night at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Pick up your tickets at the Superstore for $5. You can even buy tickets at the door the night of the show! Support the seniors and come on out and have a great night.

Last Chance to Buy Football, Basketball State Title Apparel

Patriot fans have one last chance to buy football and basketball state championship apparel this week. The ordering window closes at 5 p.m. Friday. Click here for ordering links.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board and the Special Education Division want you to help create a “blue out” for the Allied Soccer game against Lakes at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. You can buy “Light It Up Blue’ T-shirts for $10 during the lunch periods or in the Superstore this week. If you wear the shirt on Saturday, you’ll get into the party after the game for free. Click here for details.

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.

Don’t Wait to Sign Up for Summer School

Are you thinking about registering for summer school classes? Don’t wait and miss out on the class you want. You can sign up online at

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Attention junior students: 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? Join the 100 students who have already signed up for our college essay workshop this summer! The first week of each semester, you can get help on your personal statement for the common application, supplemental essays for specific colleges, and even scholarship essays! Get suggestions and feedback! Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop on the summer school web page.

Calling All Student Poets

The ILC has turned its front glass wall into a Poetry Wall for the month of April. Stop by and create your own poem!

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.

Patriot Nation, Got News?

We want to hear from you! Share your stories, photos, videos, and more with us. Tag us using #shareSHS across all social channels, or email us at and get social at Stevenson. Big or small, we want it all. You just might see your news in the spotlight.


Attention Juniors: All junior families are invited to participate in our Narrowing Your Options program, which consists of individual 30-minute appointments with a college counselor (one appointment per family) through the end of June. Scheduling a Narrowing Your Options appointment will greatly assist you in the college planning process. Please fill out this form and turn it in by Monday.

Attention juniors and seniors: A representative from the College of Lake County will be visiting Stevenson on Tuesday during seventh period. If you’d like to attend, please sign up through Naviance. You can get full directions on the “College Rep Visit” link on the College/Career Center web page at You must get a pass signed by your seventh period teacher at least two days prior to the visit in order to attend.


Spring IM Archery starts today. Join today so you can attend. New and old members are always welcome. For more information or to register, visit the IM Archery website at


SPINS Club members going to the Climbing Mountain at Libertyville Sports Complex on Friday: Please return your permission forms to Student Activities.

The Interactive Gamers Club will host a free Hearthstone tournament after school on Friday in Room 2104. There will be prizes for the top finishers, and raffle prizes throughout the tournament. Players can use up to three decks, and each must belong to a different class. Blackrock Mountain cards are allowed.

Spanish Club will be having a movie night on Wednesday, April 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 7096. All students are invited to watch the movie El Dorado, and eat free food such as chicharones, flan and jarritos.

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

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at

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


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.


The PREP Cheer and Dance Junior High Clinic will be held Monday and Tuesday. This two-day clinic will focus on dance/cheer technique and choreography. Participants will learn a variety of dance or cheer skills, plus a routine. Skills include: turns, leaps, jumps, motions, cheer and dance choreography. The clinic is for grades 6-8. Register today at

Have you checked out any of PREP’s amazing gardening classes this session? If not, don’t miss out on the last one for this Spring! Perennial Gardening from the Ground Up meets on Wednesday, April 22. In this two-hour presentation we will address selecting, planting and caring for perennial plants that are suitable for northern Illinois. Visit for more information and to register!


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