Monday, November 2, 2015

SHS to Face Loyola in State Football Playoffs Saturday

The defending state champion Patriot football team won its first-round playoff game, and will travel to Wilmette at noon Saturday to face undefeated Loyola Academy. Tickets are $5, and will be sold at the Superstore Wednesday through Friday, before school and during lunch periods. There will not be a pep bus. More details on Stevenson’s first-round win — plus news about the girls cross country team’s first state finals appearance in 17 years — are in the Patriot Sports section.

Five Earn Honors at Speech Competition

The speech and drama team took part in its first competition of the year Saturday at Huntley High School. Serena Goldberg placed sixth in both impromptu speaking and oratorical declamation in the varsity division. In the novice division, Sharon Zavlin won first place in original oratory. Three others earned third-place honors: Josephine Zhang (informative speaking), Shreya Sriram (poetry) and Annie Xu (special occasion speaking).

Junior Earns Perfect ACT Score

Emma McMahon and Katherine Liu, both members of the Class of 2017, earned a perfect score on the ACT exam. They achieved a 36 on the ACT in September.

School to Carry Anti-Heroin Overdose Devices

Starting next week, Stevenson’s nurses will have devices on hand to treat overdoses to heroin or prescription drugs. They will be trained to use Evzio auto-injectors that work like EpiPens, which are used to treat allergic reactions. The devices, which are being donated by the Live4Lali organization, release an opioid antidote called naloxone when injected through the skin. The naloxone temporarily reverses the opioid effect, stabilizing the victim until emergency personnel can arrive. According to the Lake County Opioid Initiative, 33 lives have been saved in the last year by law enforcement officials using Evzio auto-injectors.

Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi said the decision to have the auto-injectors in the school is a proactive measure, and that ideally, the devices will never be used. There is no record of an overdose occurring on campus, however, several alumni have died in recent years due to overdoses. One of those alumni, Alex Laliberte, was the inspiration behind Live4Lali.

There will be four of the devices in the school: one in each nurses’ office, plus one in Cortesi’s office, and one in the office of the police liaison, Officer Tom Branick of the Lincolnshire Police Department. The Daily Herald has an article about the school’s decision in today’s editions; the online link is restricted to Herald subscribers.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional: The Patriots finished fourth at Busse Woods, earning their first state meet appearance since 1998 and only the third in program history. SHS also reached state in 1996. Stevenson had 113 points, behind Lake Forest (79), Grant (100) and Barrington (101), and ahead of Palatine (115). The top five teams qualified for state. Individually, Isabelle Sparreo finished ninth (18:15), Jessica Philipp was 13th (18:31), Natalie Sparreo placed 25th (19:08), Gabriela Jagielo took 30th (19:23) and Shea Kirby was 36th (19:31). The Pats’ other runners were Kendall Roberts (59th, 20:00) and Lauren Appell (65th, 20:09). The state meet is Saturday in Peoria. This will be the first time Stevenson has had an entry in the state finals since 2009. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional: Jared Borowsky earned the opportunity to run in his first state meet for his final high school cross country race. Last year, Borowsky missed qualifying for the state meet by six seconds. On Saturday, the senior covered the course at Busse Woods in 16:00, good for eighth place overall. His teammates came close to joining him in Peoria, placing sixth. The top five teams advanced. The Patriots’ other runners were Brett Lucas (35th, 16:36), Paul Udoni (42nd, 16:40), Nikita Smyrnov (66th, 16:57), Jacob Sparreo (73rd, 17:00), Adam Butler (107th, 17:27) and Caleb Oh (122nd, 17:43). – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 43, Conant 35: The host Patriots (7-3) rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Cougars (6-4) in the opening round of the IHSA Class 8A state playoffs, advancing to a meeting with top-seeded Loyola at noon Saturday. After falling behind 35-19 with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter, Jack Sorenson took over and led SHS to scores on four of its final five possessions. He closed the gap with an 11-yard TD run, then connected with Henry Marchese from three yards out to make it 35-33. Sorenson drove SHS down the field again, and Peter Drozdzewicz put the Pats ahead, 36-35, by kicking a 27-yard field goal with 3:49 to play. The field goal was only the second of the year for Drozdzewicz, and only his second attempt. Anthony Sabo provided some breathing room with a 34-yard TD run in the final minute. Sorenson finished the game 22-of-35 passing for 329 yards and two TDs, and also ran for 60 yards, scoring twice. Marchese caught both of Sorenson’s TD passes, and ended the night with 10 receptions for 140 yards. SHS won its fourth straight game, while Conant lost its third in a row. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald (+)


Sign Up for the Operation Snowball Retreat

Registration for Operation Snowball is underway in the Student Activities Office, the school store, and online. The weekend retreat will take place December 4-6. Operation Snowball is a weekend of making new friends, having new experiences, relieving stress, taking healthy risks, understanding yourself and others, communicating with peers and adults, singing, eating, dancing, and having fun. Please email or see Mr. Mazzuca in 7080 or Mr. Hutchins in 6028 for further information.

Student Activities Plans Service-Learning Trip to Alaska

The Student Activities Division is sponsoring a service-learning trip for students to Juneau, Alaska from July 22-31. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a new culture while working with the Tlingit Native American tribe. There also will be daily sightseeing and other activities. Visit for the detailed itinerary. Interested students and their parents must attend an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, November 19 in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). The meeting is mandatory.

Did You Miss the NYC Fashion Industry Trip Meeting?

Are you interested in the New York Fashion Industry Travel Experience but couldn’t attend the meeting? Stop by the Applied Arts office in Room 1410 and get the packet, or visit the travel experience web page at Contact Mrs. Erickson at if you have any questions!

Want to Become the Next Great Writer? Submit to the Half-Wit

Sophomores and freshmen: What’s the difference between you and great writers like Ray Bradbury, Sherman Alexie, John Steinbeck and J.K. Rowling? They submitted. Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, song lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to Mr. Barnabee at along with your name and ID number by November 11.

S-Factor Auditions Coming in November

Auditions for Stevenson’s only singing competition, S-Factor, are November 16-17 and 19-20. Singers and hosts can sign up for auditions at

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Yearbook Wants Your Halloween Costume Photos

The yearbook invites students to submit their Halloween costume photos for the 2015-16 Ambassador. Upload photos by Friday to or email them to Please make sure the photo was taken at school.


Anime Club meets today. Join us at 3:30 in Room 1414 to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

The Animal Welfare Club will be getting a visit from the school’s safety dog, Bear, on Tuesday! Come out and meet Bear and learn a bit about the great work he does for Stevenson and the surrounding communities. We will meet in Room 2500 at 3:45 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Science Bowl will have its first practice after school Tuesday in Room 8066. No experience is necessary, just a love of science knowledge and trivia. Contact Mrs. Humes for details.

Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. Come sign up for the SRACLC dance and make dog toys for Orphans of the Storm. New members are always welcome.


Girls bowling will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Johnson at

There will be an informational meeting for boys swimming and diving after school Wednesday in the pool balcony. Come and meet the new head coach, Mr. Lillydahl, as he shares information on signups, tryouts, athletic forms, and team practices for this year.

Girls gymnastics starts Monday, November 9. Any girls interested in being part of the team should see Coach Rogalski in Room 2115-G.


The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, in Room 7096. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information, visit the IM page at


Save the date! There will be a Health Careers Night from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. The event will be held in the Grainger Atrium and Yacktman Children’s Pavilion. Learn about health career choices; talk with people who work in various health-related careers; and obtain information about educational requirements and salary ranges. Advance registration is recommended. For more information and to register, please call HealthAdvisor at 1-855-312-KIDS; mention class code 8P54.

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


The College/Career Center Drop-In Day on Tuesday has been cancelled. Please continue to stop in the CCC if you have any college questions or concerns.

Attention juniors and seniors, the following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: University of Tennessee, Xavier University, Winona State University, Monmouth College, Johnson and Wales University, Northeastern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Grand Canyon University, Transylvania University, University of Illinois – Springfield, Central Michigan University, Heidelberg University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Please check Naviance for the dates and times. Remember to check our website for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit on Naviance. Please remember to print your confirmation page and have it signed two days prior to the college visit and have the page signed by your teacher.

The Campus Pride College Fair and Prep Day for junior and senior LGBTQ and Ally students, and their families, in partnership with Teach for America, is coming to the Chicago area. The fair will be held Saturday, November 7, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., in Chicago. Parking fees may apply. For more information, go to


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