Friday, May 8, 2015

Missing 2005 Alum Found Dead

Kelly Dwyer, a 2005 Stevenson graduate who had been missing since October 2013 was confirmed dead on Thursday, according to officials in Wisconsin. Her body was found in rural Jefferson County, about 40 miles from Milwaukee. The cause of her death is unclear, officials said. Dwyer, 27, was last seen on surveillance camera entering the apartment building of her boyfriend. She was never seen leaving the building. The boyfriend is currently in prison on drug and child porn convictions.

SHS to Host Illinois High School Dance Festival Saturday

Stevenson will serve as host for the 37th annual Illinois High School Dance Festival on Saturday. This is the second straight year the event has been held at SHS. Approximately 500 high school students from around the state will have the opportunity to learn from some of Chicago’s premiere teachers, choreographers and performers. The day will feature master classes and a professional company performance, and concludes with the Student Choreography Showcase at 2:50 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Stevenson is one of 12 schools selected to perform during the showcase.

Website Says Stevenson Best School District in Midwest

Stevenson was recently named the best school district in the Midwest by, a website that provides moving company information for relocating families and individuals. The other school districts listed as best in their geographic region included the Edgemont Union Free School District in Westchester County, New York (North); Arlington County Public School District in Virginia (Mid-Atlantic); Eanes Independent School District around Austin, Texas (South); and San Marino Unified School District in Los Angeles County, California (West).

Sophomore Named Ambassador for Area Lupus Walk

Mazzy Teich, a sophomore at Stevenson, has been selected as ambassador for one of this year’s four Illinois Lupus Walks. She will serve as ambassador for the Northern Suburbs Walk at Half Day Forest Preserve in Vernon Hills on Sunday, May 31. (Click here for details and to register or make a donation.)

Teich was diagnosed with lupus last May, although she had suffered symptoms of the disease for two to three years prior. Since then, she has been very active in trying to raise awareness about lupus, which is a chronic autoimmune disease that has no cure, and for which few treatments exist. The disease can be mild to life-threatening. Common symptoms include fatigue and body aches. Ninety percent of individuals who have lupus are women.

“It can get frustrating when someone asks me why I have a handicap placard because, they say, ‘You don’t look sick’,” Teich told the Chicago Tribune. “The lack of consideration and knowledge of invisible illnesses is frustrating.”


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots won their third consecutive sectional championship and earned an automatic berth in next weekend’s Elite Eight state meet at Hinsdale Central. SHS posted a team score of 152.30, ahead of Deerfield (145.1) and Mundelein (141.925). Elijah Klaber won the all-around competition (51.7 points/8.62 average), Arie Feltman-Frank won the parallel bars (8.95) and high bar (8.8) and finished second in the all-around (51.0), and Matt Krames captured the vault (9.3). Klaber was third in vault (9.05) and high bar (7.8), tied Feltman-Frank for third on still rings (8.65), and was fourth on pommel horse (8.6) and parallel bars (8.65). Krames was runner-up in floor exercise (9.1), fourth on high bar (7.55), fifth on rings (8.55) and sixth in the all-around (49.6). Feltman-Frank added a fifth-place finish on vault (8.9). The top five finishers in each individual event automatically qualified for state, and the top three in the all-around received automatic berths. At-large bids for other qualifiers will be announced Monday. – Official results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: Charlotte Langbo won two conference championships with record-setting efforts, and Isabelle Sparreo added a third individual title as the Patriots finished third behind host Warren and Grant. Langbo won the long jump with a school-record leap of 17 feet, 2 inches, and topped her own school record in the triple jump with an effort of 35 feet, 2 inches. Sparreo captured the 1,600-meter run in 5:10.46. Sparreo also finished third in the 800 (2:19). Janine Fajardo placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.86), while Jessica Philipp was third in the 3,200 (11:40.06). Other top-eight finishes came from Borchueh Wu, who was sixth in the 200 (27.40), Lily Marks, who placed seventh in the 100 (13.11), and Natalie Sparreo, who took eighth in the 800 (2:28.02). Three of Stevenson’s four relays finished in the top five. The 800 relay team of Wu, Bianca Ji, Ashley Chai and Juhi Jhaveri was third (1:49.90); the 400 relay unit finished fourth (51.44), thanks to Jhaveri, Fajardo, Wu and Marks; and the 3,200 relay team took fifth (10:03.94) behind Natalie Sparreo, Eliza Sullivan, Claire Sullivan and Abby Pucek. In the team standings, SHS had 67 points, behind Warren (104) and defending champion Grant (78). Last year, Stevenson finished sixth in the conference. – Daily Herald ($)


Stevenson 5, Grant 3: Trisha Porzycki hit a two-run, inside-the-park walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning for the host Patriots in the NSC crossover contest. Porzycki went 2-for-2 in the game with a walk. Emma Oriatti was 2-for-3 with a double, and Vera Pflugradt went 1-for-3 with a two-run single. Myra Peterson went the distance in the pitcher’s circle, striking out four and allowing only two earned runs. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 9, Grant 1: Jill Steinbrink scored three goals, and Briana Van Zanten and Rachel Takaroff each added two in the Stadium. Savannah Kruse and Rachel Aranyi also scored for SHS, which improved to 8-6-1. Goalkeeper Hannah Petrich made four saves. – Daily Herald ($)

Boys Tennis

Lake Forest 5, Stevenson 2: In Lake Forest, the winners for SHS (8-3) were Colin Harvey at No. 1 singles (6-1, 2-6, 6-0) and the No. 2 doubles team of Ben Bush and Josh Cheng (6-4, 6-4). – Daily Herald ($)


Crystal Lake Central 3, Stevenson 1: The visiting Tigers held the Patriots (18-8-1) to three hits. Christian Dutler drove in the lone SHS run. – Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse

Evanston 13, Stevenson 1


Relay for Life Fundraiser With Lou Malnati’s Monday

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life team comprising students from Stevenson and Buffalo Grove high schools will hold a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 85 S. Buffalo Grove Road, in Buffalo Grove on Monday. The fundraiser will run from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Malnati’s will donate 20% of total sales (pre-tax purchase, excluding alcohol)  to the American Cancer Society from every dine-in, carryout or delivery order received using the flyer below. The fundraiser must be mentioned when placing an order, and the flyer must be shown (either printed version or on mobile device). Click here for the flyer.

Yearbook Pick-Up Dates Announced

Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbooks on Tuesday, May 19. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbooks Wednesday, May 20. Yearbooks will be available outside the Performing Arts Center and in the Patriot Lobby during lunch periods. Student ID will be required.

Interested in the Service Academies?

Students interested in the nation’s five service academies — Air Force Academy, Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Merchant Marines Academy — are invited to learn more at Academy Day on Saturday. The event will take place at St. Charles East High School’s Little Theatre from 9-11 a.m., and is being hosted by Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam. Presentations will be given by representatives from each academy, along with information on the congressional nomination process required for applicants.


SPINS Club members going to Whirlyball and Lasertag: Please return your permission forms to the Student Activities office by next Thursday. This is our last event of the 2014-15 school year!


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