Friday, November 6, 2015

Students to Perform With Roosevelt Orchestra

Students from Stevenson’s orchestra program will perform with Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, November 18 at the Harris Theater in Chicago. SHS orchestra members will join the CCPA group in a performance of the overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Nabucco.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, in Chicago. The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Harris Theater Box Office the night of the concert, or reserved in advance at, or by calling 312-334-7777. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Former SHS Teacher’s Good Turns Goes Viral

Former SHS Physical Welfare teacher Courtney White and his wife have become Facebook celebrities for a good work they did Sunday night. The pair had returned to Chicago from Alabama, where they attended the funeral for White’s grandmother. As they were exiting their Blue Line train, they quietly slipped some money into the bag of a man sleeping in a wheelchair, who appeared to be homeless. Another rider saw what they did and took a photo as they left the train, then posted it on Facebook with a laudatory post which had been shared by more than 60,000 people as of Thursday. White is head of the P.E. Department at Downers Grove North High School, while his wife, Tanya Prewitt-White, is a sport and health psychology professor at Adler University.

November Visiting Artist of the Month Information

Tim Lowly, an interdisciplinary artist who teaches and serves as an artist-in-residence at North Park University in Chicago, is the SHS Art Department Visiting Artist of the Month for November. Samples of his work will be on display in the Rotunda Gallery, located in the 1400 hallway of the West Building. Lowly will come to the school later in the month to meet with students. Click here to read more about the artist.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Libertyville Sectional: The second-seeded Patriots rallied to upset No. 1 Libertyville, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, snapping the Wildcats’ 21-match winning streak and capturing their first sectional championship since 2011. SHS (31-8) will face Cary-Grove (33-5) in the Grayslake Central Supersectional at 6 p.m. Saturday. The winner will head to the state finals at Illinois State University. Libertyville and Stevenson had faced each other twice before this season, with the Wildcats (33-6) winning both meetings in straight sets. Among the standouts in the match were Morgan Berland (31 digs), Jori Radtke (14 kills on 37-of-41 attacking, 15 digs), Isabella Milejczyk (12 kills on 26-of-33 attacking, seven digs, one solo block, two block assists), Corissa Kurth (27 assists on 55-of-59 setting, 11 digs, one ace), Chloe Robinson (17-for-17 serving with one ace, nine digs), Sarah Woodstein (two solo blocks, one assisted), Zoe Graflund (one solo block, one block assist) and Katie Collins (13-of-13 serving). Stevenson trailed 11-5 in the third set, but rallied to tie the game. The score was knotted five times down the stretch, with the final one at 21-21. Radtke had a pair of kills to clinch the match. The sectional title was the 10th in program history and the third under head coach Tim Crow. – Daily Herald (+), Pioneer Press

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Loyola Gold 4, Stevenson 0: At Twin Rinks Ice Arena, goalie Nick Cimarusti turned aside 23 shots.

Football Team Gears Up for Rematch With Loyola

Stevenson’s football team travels to Wilmette at noon Saturday for a IHSA Class 8A state playoff rematch with Loyola. The Patriots (7-3) beat the Ramblers (10-0) in the second round last year, 24-21, en route to winning their first state championship. Loyola features one of the state’s stingiest defenses, allowing only 7.3 points per game and winning four of its game by shutout. An audio broadcast of Saturday’s game can be heard for free at The Cube, with video available after its conclusion. Those who want to watch the game live will have to pay $9.95 to see it on the National High School Federation Network.

Cross Country State Meet on Saturday

The girls cross country team will compete in the IHSA Class 3A state finals at 1 p.m. Saturday, its first appearance since 1998. Stevenson is one of 26 teams in the field, and one of three North Suburban Conference schools. These 12 runners will hit the course at Detweiler Park in Peoria: senior Jessica Philipp, juniors Amy Eckardt, Sydney Pacernick, Claire Sullivan and Jessica Woodard, sophomores Lauren Appell, Gabriela Jagielo, Shea Kirby, Isabelle Sparreo and Natalie Sparreo, and freshmen Kendall Roberts and Taylor Yen. Joining them downstate will be senior Jared Borowsky, who will run in the boys’ state meet at 2 p.m. Saturday. You can track state meet results at these links: Girls | Boys

Six Picked for Daily Herald All-Area Volleyball, Soccer

The Daily Herald today announced its Lake County All-Area teams for girls volleyball (+) and boys soccer (+), and Stevenson has several representatives on each roster. Seniors Corissa Kurth and Isabella Milejczyk, and junior Jori Radtke were selected to the girls volleyball team, while seniors Jeremy Klaber, Jun Min and Kizuki Niimi were picked for the boys soccer squad. Honorable mention honors went to senior Morgan Berland in volleyball.

Kurth had amassed 673 assists prior to Thursday night’s sectional. Radtke had recorded 341 kills and 283 digs, while Milejczyk had 241 kills and 59 aces. Klaber, a goalkeeper, had eight shutouts this fall and gave up less than one goal per game on average. Min had 14 goals and three assists, and Niimi had six assists and two game-winning goals.

Girls Swimming and Diving Hosts NSC Meet

As if Saturday weren’t busy enough with the state cross country meet, supersectional girls volleyball, and the football playoff game, Stevenson also will be serving as host for the North Suburban Conference girls swimming and diving meet in the Patriot Aquatic Center.


State Football Playoff Tickets Available at Superstore

Tickets for Saturday’s second-round state football playoff game between Stevenson and Loyola will be sold at the Patriot Superstore today and Friday during regular store hours. Tickets are $5. There will not be a pep bus. The Superstore is open one-half hour before school begins, and during the lunch periods.

Freshman-Sophomore Play Audition Packet Online

Auditions for the 2015-16 freshman-sophomore play, The Importance of Being Earnest, will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday, November 23 in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4200). The audition packet is available for download at (OR: Click here for the audition packet.) Interested freshmen and sophomores can sign up for a time slot on the callboard next to the Little Theater. Sign-ups will be posted Monday, November 16. Copies of the play are available in the ILC and for individual check out in Room 6076.

Miss Saigon Ticket Sales Underway

Tickets for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, are available online through the Patriot Superstore. The cost is $10. All seats are reserved. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., November 13-14, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, in the Performing Arts Center.

Second Semester Driver Education Meetings, Permits

The permit process for second-semester Driver Education starts Monday. Click here for more information. If you cannot attend any of the meetings, go to the Driver Education Office (Room 6088) as soon as possible.

FMP Mentor Information Meetings November 20

Sophomores and juniors with an interest in mentoring incoming freshmen are eligible to apply to be in the Freshman Mentor Program, and are encouraged to go to the informational meeting on Friday, November 20. Meetings will occur every half lunch period in the Recital Hall (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B).

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 20-27. 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.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! 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 Wednesday.


Peer Helpers would like you to join us in its mission to re-define beauty. Beauty is more than what you see. Help us increase self-confidence, reduce eating disorders and make SHS a safe and healthy place for all students. Look for clues on the bathrooms mirrors and on signs around the school.  Visit the student lounge for more information. #RedefineBeautiful

Next Friday after school, the Interactive Gamers Club will host a sealed Commander tournament in Room 7096. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. The cost is $10, and each student will be given a 100-card deck to play with. There is a limited number of card decks, so pre-register by contacting Mr. Fedewa. There also will be prizes raffled off. New members always welcome!


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

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Tuesday in Room 6014. For more information visit the Climbing Club page at


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

Nominations are now being taken for the new ESPPA Awards. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and every season the Athletic Department will be honoring athletes at all levels for great performances. There are even awards for outstanding team managers and fans. You can nominate someone today by going to the ESPPA web page. The deadline is Saturday.


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 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


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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