Friday, April 17, 2015

Rawitz Play Selected for Hollywood Festival

Jonah Rawitz has been named one of the winners in the Los Angeles-based Blank Theatre’s 23rd annual Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival. His play, “Take the Money and Run,” was among 12 scripts chosen by a panel of theater professionals. The plays will be directed and acted by professionals in June at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, and the students also will be mentored by a professional writer. The Blank Theatre is run by Daniel Henning and “ER” alumnus Noah Wyle.

Stevenson has a tradition of sending student playwrights to the festival. In 2010, Marissa Bohrer and Danny Barry (both from the Class of 2010) had plays chosen. In 2002, three alumna had their plays performed: Jenna Ahrens (Class of 2002), Philippa Ainsley (Class of 2003) and Megan Hovany (Class of 2003). Rawitz’s older sister, Naomi (Class of 2012), was a three-time festival semifinalist.

Vote for Mr. SHS Tonight

The annual Mr. SHS contest will be held tonight at 7 o’clock in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Fourteen senior boys will compete for the title of Mr. SHS, and crowd voting will help determine the winner. They will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their public speaking skills. The winner, who will receive two tickets to Prom, will be decided based on originality, personality and presentation in each category. There also will be one Prom ticket given to the student winning the Mr. Congeniality competition.

This year’s contestants are Jacopo (Jack) Buggio, Jack Buttacavoli, Junwon Choi, Theodore Chou, Matthew Friedman, Jake Gable-Perez, Jake Horwitz, Tyler Kim, Daniel Ko, Junsu Kwon, Viktor Markarskyy, Matthew Reitman, Rafa Ridao and Avi Samuels. Mr. SHS is sponsored by Senior Class Board; the sponsors are Jennifer Jensen and Nancy Peterson.

Monday Deadline for Junior College Counseling Program

Monday is the deadline for junior families to turn in their form for the Narrowing Your Options program, which provides a 30-minute appointment with one of Stevenson’s college counselors before the end of June. Click here to download the form.

Foundation Children’s Play Sunday

The Stevenson Foundation concludes its 2014-15 children’s theater program on Sunday with performances of “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin” at 1 and 3 p.m. in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. The cast includes Ines Beganovic, Maddie Berube, Sonya Borkhovik, Sophie Cohn, Grant Connor, Alexander Dungan, Zanub Husain, Angelica Karim, Mia Katz, Rebecca Krakman, Ari Lasko, Scotty Orlov, Jaxine Rivera, Nicole Strezewski, Jessica Vanderah and Lindsey Wetle. Jessica Pacheco is the stage manager and Marta Grigiel is her assistant.

Indian Student Association Co-Sponsoring Bollywood Concert

Stevenson’s Indian Student Association is co-sponsoring a Bollywood Masti Concert in the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, that will raise funds to help reduce illiteracy in India. The event begins with dinner at 5 p.m., followed by a performance at 6:45. Tickets are available online or at the door. Click here for details.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 13, Vernon Hills 2 (5 inn.): Kayleigh McGovern went 2-for-4 and drove in five runs, while Taylor Koenigs was 4-for-4 with a triple for the host Patriots (3-6). Vera Pflugradt was 2-for-4 with a double, and Molly Thon also doubled for SHS, which had 12 hits. Ruby Mankus pitched four innings for the win. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Vernon Hills 0: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots moved to 3-0 on the season. Colin Harvey was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles, while his brother Matt teamed with Adam Maryniuk for a 6-1, 6-3 decision at No. 1 doubles. Other singles wins came from No. 2 Brian Weisberg (6-2, 6-0) and No. 3 Adam Teng (6-4, 2-6, 6-2). The other doubles victories were recorded by No. 2 Sam Komis/Josh Cheng (7-5, 6-4), No. 3 David Luo/John Kny (6-1, 6-0) and No. 4 Kyle Gordon/Ryan Yoo (6-1, 6-2). – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 4, Glenbrook North 3: In Northbrook, the Patriots rallied from a 2-1 first-half deficit to win their second straight match and even their record at 3-3. Emma Jaeger scored twice, Caroline Dempsey had a goal and an assist, and Rachel Takaroff also found the back of the net. Courtney Bruckman, Cassie Farber and Kyra Kirsch were credited with assists. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 18, Lake Forest 2: Kurt Holzer scored four goals and assisted on three others for the Patriots (14-2, 4-0) in Lake Forest. Colin Kapecki and Dan Maleski each scored three times, while four others added a pair of goals: Alex Kapecki, Ben Lauter, Cris Tomassetti and Nick Koto. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 18, Lake Forest 3: The host Patriots improved to 18-0 overall and 4-0 in North Suburban Conference play behind another stifling defensive effort. SHS shut out the Scouts in two of the four quarters, with goalkeeper Lauren Burns making 12 saves. Offensively, the Pats exploded for eight goals in the first, four in the second and third, and two in the fourth. Melissa Gartenberg led all scorers with four goals, while Annika Hotchkiss, Claire Haas and Allison Travetto each scored three. Autumn Hoang and younger sister Eileen added two goals apiece, and Christina Spizzirri and Joanie Newland both had one score.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson hosted 44th annual Patriot Relays: In their annual meet in which every event except the 1,600 is a relay, the Patriots finished fifth with 71 points, behind Huntley (104), Barrington (89), Grant (80) and Cary-Grove (80). Sammy Oh won the 1,600 in 4:22.7, with Jared Borowsky finished third in 4:28.9. SHS was second in the 440-meter intermediate hurdle relay (1:06.1) and in the 3,200 relay (8:06.6), and Matt Poetker, Cade Gilbert and Henry Sise combined to finished third in the shot put relay (136-10.5). – Daily Herald ($)

Meet the New Girls Basketball Coach Next Thursday

All interested girls basketball players and their parents are invited to meet new head coach Ashley Graham, and to learn about summer opportunities, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room), which is near the Sports Center entrance. Graham talked with the Journal and Topics about her decision to leave Prospect, where she guided the Knights to their best season ever in 2015.


ACT Exam Room Assignments for Saturday

Are you taking the ACT exam at Stevenson on Saturday. Click here to see which room you should report to by 8 a.m.

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. today. Click here for ordering links.

Order Your Free WIT By April 27

Complimentary copies of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine run, written and produced by students, are available to anyone who is interested. Orders must be turned in by Monday, April 27. Click here to download an order form.

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.

AP Macroeconomics Review Session Sunday

The next AP Macroeconomics review session will take place from 9-11 a.m. Sunday in Room 8036-8038.

Volunteers Needed for “Your Actions Matter” Campaign

The Stand Strong community coalition is looking for student and parent volunteers to help with the state’s fifth annual “Your Actions Matter” campaign to change adult attitudes about giving alcohol to minors. Volunteers will work with police officers to provide educational material to stores in Buffalo Grove and Lincolnshire that sell alcohol. Five student volunteers are needed to work from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 30 in Buffalo Grove, and 10 students are needed in Lincolnshire from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12. Student and parent volunteers will receive training before going out into the community, and will have a pizza party at the end of each session. Students and parents who are interested can contact Stand Strong director Jamie Epstein at to sign up, or for more information.

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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.


The Interactive Gamers Club will host a free Hearthstone tournament after school today 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.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students meets from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today in Room 2620. Anyone is welcome, regardless of skin color.

Students interested in creating artwork for the Fine Arts posters can attend the Poster Design Club meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6008. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grice at

To make sure all seniors have a chance to attend, the last Breakfast with Books meeting has been moved to 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the upper ILC.


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. 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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