Friday, May 1, 2015

School’s 50th Birthday Bash Less Than a Month Away

The Stevenson Foundation is making plans for the school’s 50th Birthday Bash on Saturday, May 30. A number of activities will be taking place between 9 a.m. and noon, all open to the community:

  • Longtime Stevenson teacher and coach Paul Swan will receive the 2015 Heritage Award. There will be a special continental breakfast meet-and-greet opportunity at 9 a.m., followed by the award presentation at 9:30. Anyone interested in attending the continental breakfast is asked to RSVP by Friday, May 20 by calling Ellyn Ross at 847-415-4109 or emailing
  • A free pancake breakfast also will take place for anyone who doesn’t plan to attend the Heritage Award event. As a tie-in with the breakfast, the Foundation is selling “50 Flippin’ Years of Stevenson-50th Birthday Bash” T-shirts. The cost is $10 and the deadline to order is Tuesday. To order a shirt or for 50th Birthday Bash details, click here.
  • A special stained glass window on the north end of the West Building by the Sports Center entrance will be dedicated at 10:45 a.m. The four-panel window design is inspired by sophomore Sabrina Zhang, who won a school-wide logo design contest last fall. Visit to see the stained glass window design.
  • The winner of the Foundation’s Vacation Getaway Raffle will be announced, and will have the option of choosing one of these trips: a golf vacation in Scottsdale, Arizona; a wine lover’s experience in Napa Valley, California; or a four-day stay at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The raffle is supporting the new Stevenson to College program, which seeks to help every SHS student earn a college degree. Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $125. Only 300 tickets will be sold. Click here to buy raffle tickets.
  • Future Patriots can play games with members of the state championship football and boys basketball teams. Kids also can try on uniforms worn by the players, as well as sample championship rings.

There also will be student art exhibits and music performances, student-guided tours of the school, a poms clinic for kids by Stevenson’s Patriettes, a visit by the school’s safety dog, Goldie, and more. Visit for all the details.

New Opportunity for Language Learners

Seniors who have proven proficient in English and another language can get a special seal from the state on their diploma and transcript. The school received approval to implement the state’s new Seal of Biliteracy program with the current graduating class. Seniors can qualify by having achieved minimum-level scores on an ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam — or by meeting standards on a test that will be given at Stevenson on Saturday, May 9. Click here for details.

Spring One-Acts, Monologues This Weekend

The Fine Arts Division will present “Trapped,” a series of one-act plays and monologues written, directed and acted by students, at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $5.

Students to be Honored by Special Olympics

Stevenson students who won the Polar Plunge Cool School Challenge in February will be honored at a Special Olympics event Sunday morning at Lake Zurich High School. The students raised more than $3,200 for Special Olympics as part of the ninth annual Fox Lake Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge.

Stevenson Center on Democracy to Host Talk on Water

Dr. Eugene Griffin, director of research at the ChildTrauma Academy, will discuss “Eye of the Beholder: Working With High-Risk Adolescents” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy in Mettawa. Griffin, who is retired from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has spent his career caring for young people and families involved in the public sector settings of mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. Admission is $15 for adults and free for students. To register or for more information, visit


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: Freshman Isabelle Sparreo broke a 32-year-old school record while finishing second in the 800-meter run, and also was runner-up in the 1,600 as the Patriots finished fifth at Lake Zurich. Sparreo covered the 800 in 2:20.27, eclipsing the previous mark of 2:20.5 set in 1983 by Natalie McCoy (Class of 1983). Sparreo posted a time of 5:08.48 in the mile. The 400-meter relay team of Juhi Jhaveri, Janine Fajardo, Borchueh Wu and Lily Marks finished second in 51.32. Charlotte Langbo was second in the triple jump (35-0.25) and finished fourth in the long jump (15-11). Also finishing fourth was the 3,200 relay team of Natalie Sparreo, Eliza Sullivan, Claire Sullivan and  Gabriella Jagielo. Three Patriots had fifth-place finishes: Marks in the 100, Fajardo in the 100 hurdles (16.29) and Jessica Philipp in the 3,200 (11:35.45). The 800 relay team of Wu, Marks, Bianca Ji and Ashley Chai was sixth (1:52.75). SHS improved upon its ninth-place overall finish last year. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 10, Fremd 9: Willie Bourbon drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping a two-run rally as the host Patriots (15-6-1) spoiled the return of Fremd head coach and SHS alumnus Chris Piggott (Class of 1992). Brandon Grant went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, while Jack Trotter doubled twice en route to a 2-for-4 day with three RBI. Bourbon had two hits in the game. Brandon Lichter was the winning pitcher, striking out two in an inning of relief. The Vikings fell to 10-10. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 12, New Trier 2: The top-ranked Patriots improved to 25-0 with another dominant performance in the Aquatic Center. SHS shut out the Trevians in three of the four quarters, and built an 11-0 halftime lead. Allison Travetto had four goals, two assists and seven steals. Melissa Gartenberg scored three times, had four assists and also made seven steals. Autumn Hoang contributed two goals and five steals, while Annika Hotchkiss, Alex Adams and Claire Haas each scored a goal. Goalkeeper Lauren Burns made nine saves and also had four assists before giving way to Brigitte Lefebvre in the fourth quarter. Lefebvre made four saves.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots tuned up for today’s Pitchford 32 Invitational by losing only one game in seven matches. All four doubles teams posted 6-0, 6-0 victories: No. 1 Ben Bush/Josh Cheng, No. 2 Adam Maryniuk/Matt Harvey, No. 3 Sam Komis/Ryan Yoo and No. 4 Gary Braznichenko/John Kny. Colin Harvey and Brian Weisberg were 6-0, 6-0 winners at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, while Kyle Gordon recorded at 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 3. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 3, Mundelein 0: Savannah Kruse scored the first two goals and Rachel Takaroff added the third as the visiting Patriots (7-5-1, 2-2-1) won their fourth straight match. Jill Steinbrink, Courtney Bruckman and Caroline Dempsey each had an assist. Emma Marx made four saves and earned her first shutout of the season. The Mustangs dropped to 5-6-4, 1-2-2. – Pioneer Press


Antioch 9, Stevenson 8 (8 inn.): The host Sequoits (17-4) won on a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning. Taylor Koenigs had a home run and a triple as part of the Patriots’ 10-hit attack. Vera Pflugradt added a double in the see-saw affair. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Lacrosse

York 14, Stevenson 6: Courtney Patten led the host Patriots (6-9) with two goals. Eleanor Fisher, Lindsay Schwartz, Hillary Levey and Melisa Dove had one goal apiece. The Dukes, ranked fifth by Lax Power, improved to 9-2. – Stevenson Broadcast Network/Cube video,

Mork Named Libertyville Boys Basketball Coach

Brent Mork has been named the next varsity boys basketball coach at Libertyville High School, the Daily Herald reported today ($). Mork served as an assistant coach in  Stevenson’s boys basketball program from 2008-12, including three seasons as a varsity assistant. Prior to joining Stevenson, Mork was assistant men’s basketball coach at Lake Forest College for one season, and spent two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He served as Stevenson’s varsity girls golf coach from 2012-13. Mork, who is a Driver Education teacher at SHS, will be joining Libertyville as a teacher in its Physical Welfare Department.

Success is Part of Oh’s Plan

Pioneer Press this week profiled senior runner Sammy Oh, who will be taking his considerable talents to Harvard University in the fall. In addition to being one of the best distance runners in school history — he finished sixth at last fall’s IHSA state cross country meet — Oh is an excellent student as well. He is a 4.0 student who scored a 35 on the ACT and is president of Student Council.


Prom, Post-Prom Ticket Sales End Monday

Tickets for the Prom are available at the Superstore in the Wood Commons, and through the Online Superstore. Tickets are $85 each. If you’re going to the Prom with a non-Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special permission form. The form and other information are available at Ticket sales end Monday. You can also buy tickets to the post-Prom event at Great America, which runs until 3:30 a.m. the morning after Prom. Tickets are $50 for the post-Prom event. Click here for details and the permission form.

Spring Fling Packets Due Today

Remember to turn in your Spring Fling packets to Student Activities and submit the online form today. No exceptions will be made, and if you have any questions find the Spring Fling event on Facebook!

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! There are only 35 spots left. Once those spots are filled, students will be placed on a wait list.

Color Guard Clinics Tuesday-Thursday

Clinics and auditions for the Fall 2015 Color Guard season are quickly approaching! Be ready to: make new friends, be part of a team, learn to spin flag and rifle, dance, challenge yourself and have fun! All students of the 2016-19 graduating classes are welcome! Clinics will be held in the Wood Commons from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please wear athletic clothing. Sign up or ask questions to Coach Reber at

Student Volunteers Needed for Focus Group

Stevenson’s Prevention Team is looking for students to participate in a focus group during their lunch period on May 18 to review ideas for next year’s drug prevention work and provide feedback. A diverse range of students is needed. If interested, please contact Mrs. Cortesi at

AP Macroeconomics Review Sessions

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

AP Exam Policy on Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices — which allow students to transmit exam questions in seconds to others around the world — are prohibited from any room in which an Advanced Placement exam is taking place and may not be used during the break. Each year, hundreds of students worldwide have their exam scores cancelled because they used a cell phone during the exam or on the break.

If a student uses electronic equipment (cell phone, smart phone, laptop, tablet computer, etc.), portable listening or recording devices (MP3 player, iPod, etc.), cameras or other photographic equipment, devices that can access the Internet, and any other electronic or communication devices in the exam room or during breaks, the device will be confiscated and the student dismissed. Thank you for helping us create a fair exam environment for all students!

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation May 7

Landscape painter Frances Cox, the Art Department’s current Visiting Artist of the Month, will give a presentation to students during periods 6 and 7 on Thursday at the Rotunda Gallery in the West Building.

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 Monday. Click here for more information.


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing games, stop by. 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

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


College of DuPage board places president on administrative leave

Chicago schools decline to offer extra year on teachers contract

Lawsuit: Malcolm X teacher told student to drop class because he is blind

Mundelein High names new assistant principal (DH – $)

Antioch High getting new football field, track for 2015-16 school year

Arlington Heights District 25 plans to borrow up to $18M for school additions (DH – $)

Transgender student wants more gender-neutral bathrooms at Round Lake (DH – $)

White House, Chicago libraries to give every CPS student a library card

Behavior of man behind controversial CPS contract called into question

Celebs at We Day urge students to reach for the stars


Michigan governor suggests splitting Detroit into two school districts

Judge reduces sentences for three educators in Atlanta cheating scandal

U.S. won’t drop census question on college major

Once invisible, college boards of trustees suddenly in the spotlight

Assistant secretary of education leaving to take over ASCD


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