Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Yearbook’s 50th Anniversary Edition Honored

The 50th anniversary edition of the Ambassador, Stevenson’s yearbook, won two awards from the American Scholastic Press Association. The yearbook received a Second Place award, as well as the Outstanding Theme award for “50 Years in Perspective.” The special edition yearbook was produced by the Ambassador Yearbook Club, along with the 50th Anniversary Committee.

School’s Drug Education Efforts Continue to Make News

Stevenson is featured prominently in this Red Eye article about the changing focus of drug education in schools. The article, “Forget D.A.R.E. — new drug, addiction educators offer ‘just say know’ agenda,” takes a look inside a recent presentation given to sophomores enrolled in Health Education. The presentation featured SHS alumni Chelsea Laliberte (Class of 2003), executive director of the Live4Lali organization, and recovering addict Sarah Comm (Class of 2013). Also quoted in the article are the school’s substance abuse prevention coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, and students Luisa Dahlstedt and Tanvee Patankar.

Five Seniors Earn National Merit Special Scholarships

Five seniors have been selected as recipients of Special Scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Deborah Blount, Brian Guth, Katie Mandera, Niveda Tennety and Jennifer Zhang received the scholarships, which are provided by corporations and business organizations. Every year, about 1,200 National Merit Program participants, who are outstanding but not National Merit Finalists, are awarded Special Scholarships. The scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study, or one-time awards.

Give-A-Thon Gets Bigger With Age

The Daily Herald has coverage of Tuesday’s annual Give-A-Thon collection day (+). The newspaper talked with Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann and National Honor Society member Eric Ren. NHS is the sponsor of Give-A-Thon, which this year brought in holiday gifts for a record 320 families in Lake County. Students and staff also contributed six months of food to the Vernon Township Food Pantry, and provided half a year’s worth of diapers, baby formula and young motherhood items to Lake County PADS. This was the school’s 31st annual Give-A-Thon.

Alum Rewarded for Scooping Up Bear’s Fumble

SHS alumnus Dan Hughes (Class of 2008) will be going to Sunday’s Chicago Bears game for free, courtesy of offensive lineman Kyle Long. Hughes, a sanitation worker for the city of Lake Forest, found the all-pro’s wallet lying at the end of Long’s driveway on Tuesday while collecting garbage. Long thanked Hughes for returning the wallet by giving him tickets for the game.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 51, Warren 29: The visiting Patriots (4-2) held another opponent under 40 points, and Ashley Richardson nearly outscored the Blue Devils (1-5) herself. The junior scored a game-high 25 points in three quarters of action. SHS held Warren to three points in the first quarter, and led 26-14 at halftime. The Pats are holding opponents to 34 points per game this season, and only one opponent has scored more than 40. Kiana Cencula scored nine points, and Jessica Burke added seven. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,013, Lake Zurich 2,747: At Lakeside Lanes, Richy Zenner rolled a 672 series as the Patriots (4-0) remained undefeated in match play this season. He had a high game of 234. Josh Singer posted the highest game of the day, a 257, en route to a 636 series. Zach Singer added a 620 series (high game of 223), Ted Tapas had a 580 (211) and Lucas Pinkus chipped in with a 505 (204). The Patriots outscored the Bears in each of the three games.

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Antioch 2,493, Stevenson 2,412: Nina Wright had games of 222 and 212 on her way to a team-high 558 series at Palace Bowl in Johnsburg. Samie Schmidt recorded a 532 series that included a high game of 209. Kaitlyn Rudy had the top game for the Patriots, a 235, and finished with a 516 series. Xanthe Coulson rolled a 475 series and Amy Atkinson had a 331. SHS won the final two games of the three-game match.

Boys Basketball Team Getting Accustomed to Roles

Figuring out everyone’s roles has been the focus of the early season for the varsity boys basketball team. The Patriots have won three of their first four games, and in two of the contests all 15 players saw action. Coach Pat Ambrose says he’s been impressed with the energy and effort of the team thus far, and is looking forward to its North Suburban Conference opener a week from today.


Commit to Dine In on Thursday

Celebrate Family and Consumer Sciences Week by committing to dine in on Thursday.  Research shows that families that prepare and eat a meal together are more likely to eat healthier and consume fewer calories. Join us in reaching the goal of 200,000 families dining in on Thursday. Visit to register your family and get more information on the event! Don’t forget to send out your selfie on Instagram #healthyfamselfie

Thrill Your Taste Buds at Stevenson Burger Night

The Introduction to Business classes will have a record five original recipes — one from each class period — at the first-semester Stevenson Burger Night tonight at Tom and Eddie’s restaurant at the Vernon Hills Town Center, 1260 S. Milwaukee Avenue (northwest corner of Milwaukee Avenue and U.S. 45/Olde Half Day Road). The event runs from 4-9 p.m. Between 10-20% of the proceeds, depending upon number of burgers sold, will be donated to Ivy Hall Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization. The five burgers are the Crunchy Munchie, the Sweet N’ Salty, the When in Rome, the BBQ Brisket Burger, and the Chi-Town Shuffle. Click here to see the ingredients for each sandwich.

Struggling in Class? Stop by an ILC for Academic Help

If you’re struggling academically, the school has a number of services available to help. Click here to learn more about academic assistance available in the Information and Learning Centers, including peer tutoring, Targeted Tutoring and the Homework Center.

Did You See the Latest Styler? Check it Out Online

The Stevenson Styler has been delivered! Didn’t get your copy? You can now view the Styler digitally! Visit to view it today!


HOSA will be meeting after school today for yearbook pictures in the West Auditorium. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces! Our next meeting will be Wednesday, December 9 after school.

Chanukah is just around the corner and we’re celebrating early! Join Club Israel for making Latkes (potato pancakes) and eating Sufganiyot (jelly donuts) after school Thursday in the Food Lab, Room 1406.

Sophomore Class Board is meeting Thursday after school in the College/Career Center. All sophomores are welcome to help us prepare for Winterfest! SCB is a great way to make new friends and earn community service hours.

On Thursday after school, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Hearthstone Tournament in Room 1204, the West Faculty Dining Room. The cost is $5. Players must bring three decks, and there is a 32-person cap. New members are always welcome!

Do you value empathy and understanding in others? Do you want all people at Stevenson to feel welcome and accepted? So do those in Peer HelpersCome to a meeting Thursday in Room 2612 after school to find out what Peer Helpers do and how they can help your experience at Stevenson!


A reminder that IM Basketball packets are due this week! Sophomores are due today, and freshmen are due tomorrow. If you have any questions, come see us in Room 3040.

Don’t forget that IM Volleyball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


Sports Boosters Flash Sale on Friday

Stevenson Sports Boosters will be holding a Flash Sale on Friday, just in time for your holiday shopping. There will be huge savings on current inventory items, including sweatshirts, polo shirts, T-shirts, sweatpants and more. The sale takes place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Field House.


Attention seniors: Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.


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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