Monday, September 21, 2015

Homecoming Reminder: Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

One of the biggest challenges facing efforts to curb underage drinking in the Stevenson community is the fact that some parents allow or encourage parties in their homes featuring illegal alcohol use. The Stand Strong community coalition, of which Stevenson is a member, offers the following reminders about “social hosting” laws as Homecoming weekend approaches:

  • Parents or guardians who knowingly allow underage drinking in their homes can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and face fines ranging from $500-$2,500.
  • If a minor dies or is seriously injured as a result of illegally provided alcohol, the provider can be charged with a Class 4 felony and sentenced to 1-3 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. The provider also risks being sued in civil court.
  • The first two examples come from state law. However, many towns and villages in Illinois, including most in District 125, have stronger ordinances with harsher penalties and higher fines. In Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills, for example, even if the parents (or owners of the house) are not aware that underage drinking is happening, they can still be charged with social hosting. The burden of proof falls on the owners of the house to prove that they took all necessary steps to prevent underage drinking to occur, including controlling access to the house and the alcohol in the house. Buffalo Grove’s ordinance goes further: Homeowners do not have to be present to be guilty of social hosting.
  • Local ordinances also expand the scope of the state law. Police officers can charge not only homeowners with social hosting, but anyone deemed to be in “control” of the home, including a minor. The ordinances apply not only to residences, but any property controlled by an individual, including a hotel or motel room, limousine, bus or boat.

What should parents do if they find out that underage drinking is taking place without their knowledge? Call the police before they call you to avoid social host charges. No charges will be filed if parents request assistance from law enforcement after discovering the illegal activity.

Social hosting laws will be just one of the topics covered during Stand Strong’s program for parents, “Not My Kid?! 2,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 30 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but those planning to attend are asked to register in advance.

For more information, contact Stand Strong at

Co-Curricular Vocal Group Rosters Announced

The Choral Department on Friday announced the rosters for its co-curricular vocal groups for 2015-16. Students selected were:

Jazz Etc.: Kevin Acuna, Johnny Barboza, AJ DePew, Kaitlin Feely, Koyomi Funahashi, Lydia Johnson, Ellie Joplin, Isabel Koleno, Kate Liebl, Sam Litwin, Cynthia Liu, Megan Pinkley, Andrew Projansky, Al-Sadiq Rahentulla, Jonah Rawitz, Lindsey Richardson, Kelvin Rim, Jake Singer, Noah Silver and Olivia Watkins.

Just The Guys: Kevin Acuna, Owen Albrecht, Johnny Barboza, Aleksander Butovetsky, Conor DeMichele, AJ DePew, Mike Komarovsky, Sam Litwin, Jonathan Lugthart, Ethan Murphy, Andrew Projansky, Noah Silver, Jake Singer, Ryan Sussman, Chris Van Overberghe and Serge Zvenigorodsky.

Ladyjazz: Abby Arvold, Hannah Behm, Tyeese Braslavsky, Alexis Cacioppo, Kristen Cardella, Alexa Chmieleski, Maya Cohen, Katelin Cooper, Haley Hauptman, Lilly Helchen, Hailey Keenan, Sammie Landau, Emily Lee, Cassidy Lemrise, Chinmayee Sakhare, Isabelle Sanchez, Elisabeth Schmitt-Wagner, Courtney Shub, Miffy Tani and Annamarie Wellems.

Spirit Fest Fundraiser at Giordano’s Today

Giordano’s of Vernon Hills is donating 15% of any order placed today for Spirit Fest. Proceeds will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association, which was one of the charities helped by Spirit Fest. Use this flyer on the Spirit Fest page when ordering.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Maine East Invitational: The Patriots toppled Warren, 25-17, 25-16, in the championship match of the two-day tournament, which they finished with a 5-0 record. Isabella Milejczyk and Jori Radtke had 8 and 7 kills, respectively, in the title match, while Chloe Robinson served 4 aces. For the tournament, Radtke led SHS (18-4) with 51 kills, Milejczyk had 32, and Jordyn Taborek added 16. Corissa Kurth led the team in assists (83) and aces (13), and also made 30 digs. Milejczyk served 12 aces and also made 16 digs. Morgan Berland had a team-high 63 digs. Radtke contributed 44 digs, and Robinson recorded 8 aces. The Pats also defeated Maine South (25-18, 25-19), Maine East (25-21, 25-21), Regina (25-21, 25-20) and Lake Forest (25-18, 18-25, 15-5). – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at Prospect 8 Invitational: The Patriots won all three singles divisions, and three of four doubles flights, and breezed to the team championship. SHS amassed 40 points, ahead of runner-up Glenbrook North, which had 27. The singles champions were Zoe Taylor, Dhwani Kumar and Maria Sarabia. Each posted three straight-set wins en route to their titles, and Kumar didn’t surrender a game all day. Stevenson also captured the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 doubles competitions. The winning tandems were Elizabeth Ferdman/Alexandra Zoubareva, Paige Nierman/Gwen Heidkamp, and Bronwyn Heidkamp/Samantha Burger. They also won all three of their matches in straight sets. The No. 1 doubles team of Vinaya Rao/Kate Harvey finished second.

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at Richard Spring Invitational: The Patriots placed eighth among 62 teams at Peoria’s Detweiler Park, home of next month’s state cross country meet. Jared Borowsky finished eighth overall out of 554 runners, posting a time of 14:38.7. Four other Pats placed in the top 100: Nikita Smyrnov (15:28.0, 53rd), Paul Udoni (15:37.9, 68th), Caleb Oh (15:41.6, 82nd) and Brett Lucas (15:44.8, 88th). Also competing for SHS were Adam Butler (15:57.3, 126th) and Jacob Sparreo (16:20.4, 194th). – Official Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Richard Spring Invitational: Isabelle Sparreo finished fourth among 558 runners, propelling the Patriots to a 21st place finish out of 62 teams at Detweiler Park in Peoria, home of the state cross country meet. Sparreo crossed the finish line in a time of 17:08.0. The other top runners for SHS included Kendall Roberts (19:17.2, 112th place), Shea Kirby (19:28.9, 131st place), Gabriela Jagielo (19:44.5, 183rd place) and Amy Eckardt (20:08.5, 221st place). – Official Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Rockford Guilford Invitational: The Patriots tied for fifth at Ingersoll Golf Club with a team score of 345. Myra Peterson led SHS with an 82, followed by Olivia Stomberg (84), Alexia Fidman (85), Maddie Schaetzlein (94) and Katie Hannahs (100).

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Wheeling Invitational: At Chevy Chase Golf Club, the Patriots placed 12th among 25 teams. Kamaren Sandhu finished ninth overall, shooting a 74. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 20, Wauconda 7: The host Patriots (3-1) responded to an opening-drive touchdown by the Bulldogs (1-3), scoring two TDs within a 3-minute span in the first quarter to take control for good. Jack Sorenson connected with Michael Marchese on a 59-yard pass play, and then Sorenson gave SHS the lead for good with a 26-yard scoring run. Sorenson threw a 58-yard TD strike to Michael’s twin brother, Henry, early in the fourth quarter to complete the scoring. Sorenson finished 10 of 15 passing for 214 yards, and also ran for 73 yards. Henry Marchese caught five passes for 120 yards on the night, while Michael had four receptions for 87 yards. Charlie Bourbon intercepted a pair of passes. Ethan Masters recovered a fumble. Brad Drazner and Connor Santini each recorded a sack. The game time was moved up 90 minutes due to weather concerns, and with 2 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the first half, a storm front blew through, leading to a two-hour delay. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald


Homecoming Tickets End Today

Homecoming ticket sales end today. They are on sale for $25 each and $50 for couples at the school store and through the school store’s website. The dance starts at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Field House. If you’re bringing a date who’s not a Stevenson student, make sure he or she fills out a Dance Guest Form. The last day for ticket refunds is Tuesday.

Parent Information Meeting for Trip to Iceland

The parent information meeting for next summer’s “Fire and Ice” trip to Iceland will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 24 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). This opportunity is open to sophomores and juniors who have taken or are currently enrolled in AP Geography or any science course. Join us Thursday to learn more about this exciting trip abroad. Visit the Iceland trip website.

Class of 2018 Can Order Class Rings October 1-2

Sophomores can order their class ring Thursday and Friday, October 1-2, during the lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Don’t want to wait? You can order class rings today through Jostens at

Student Art Contest for Room 8080

The Mathematics and Science Divisions are sponsoring a student artwork contest to decorate their newly renovated office in Room 8080 of the East Building. The artwork will be displayed prominently on glass panels behind the division assistant’s desk at the entrance of the room. Artwork should capture the artist’s interpretation of students’ learning experiences within Stevenson’s Mathematics and Science classes. Students can submit artwork ideas individually, or as a team. Multiple submissions are allowed. Click here to see contest details. The deadline to submit artwork is September 30. Interested students are encouraged to visit Room 8080 to see the glass panel.


Any baseball player interested in trying out next spring should attend an informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 6050. If you cannot attend the meeting, see Coach Block in Room 7080. Also, any interested baseball player who has not yet picked up their Lou Malnati’s fundraising coupons can pick them up from Coach Block in 7080.


All baseball and softball players are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball/Softball after school on selected dates, which are listed on the Intramurals page.


The College of Lake County is hosting an Engineering Night for juniors and seniors at 6 p.m. Thursday. If you are interested in science, technology, engineering or math, this would be a great opportunity for you to explore your college and career opportunities. Doors open at 5:30. Register for up to three presentations by various colleges and universities. You can pre-register on the CLC Stem website:

Attention juniors and seniors: Learn about the academic programs, on- and off-campus resources and opportunities, and the admission process for the University of Wisconsin-Madison during a special program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Libertyville High School.


Sophomores: Help decorate your west hallway for Homecoming! We’re meeting after school today in the College/Career Center. All sophomores are welcome and you earn community service hours, too!

Freshman Class Board will be meeting right after school today in the West Building, near The Point, to decorate the hall for Homecoming. New members are always welcome.

Anime Club will meet this afternoon. Join us in Room 1414 to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

The Magicians Club meets for the first time today from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 6066! Veteran and aspiring magicians are both welcome. Learn the craft, help aspiring magicians, and prepare for performances outside of school! For more information feel free to contact Nathan Ji at See you soon!

Come to Chinese Club in Room 2812 for fun Chinese games like mahjong and yummy food like potstickers and egg rolls. Our next meeting is Tuesday.

Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032.  Representatives from our community service sites will be speaking about Key Club’s volunteering opportunities. New members are always welcome.

Breakfast With Books will have its first meeting of the year on Tuesday. Meet in the ILC at 7:45 a.m.

Want to eat Israeli and Russian food? Want to show off your cooking skills? Join Club Israel and the Russian Club for a special cooking event! We will be making falafel, shakshuka, Russian beet salad, and farm cheese crepes from 3:30 to 5:30 Thursday in the Culinary Arts Lab, Room 1406.


Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at


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