Friday, January 8, 2016

Prominent Patriot Award Winners Honored

Three students who were instrumental in the formation and flourishing of Catalyst, a group dedicated to alcohol and drug prevention, were named winners of first-semester Prominent Patriot Awards today. Seniors Olivia Sorenson and Nicole Keane, and sophomore Ananya Pati, were honored during a ceremony at 7:30 this morning in the West Auditorium. Also honored were six other students who earned Prominent Patriot Award nominations: senior Mira Sethi, juniors Nicholas Chu, Kevin Acuna and Joseph Axelsen, and sophomores Allison Chen and Elmira Hezarkhani. More than 80 students were suggested by SHS students, faculty and staff. Click here to read the nominations submitted for the nine students honored this morning.

The Prominent Patriot Award was created to recognize students whose actions reflect those of someone with good character, and demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community.

The Catalyst trio were honored for their outreach efforts to peers and adults. Keane is chairwoman of the group’s Student Outreach Committee. She has been leading its development of a campaign that praises students for having the courage to resist temptations to use drugs and alcohol. Sorenson leads the Coaches and Parent Outreach Committee. She was one of three panelists at the Stand Strong Coalition’s recent “Mindful Parenting” event at Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, where she explained what students are exposed to at SHS, and provided helpful hints to parents to discourage misbehavior. Sorenson also directed a recent presentation to head coaches at Stevenson on how best to talk to student-athletes about avoiding drugs and alcohol. Pati, the only sophomore on Catalyst’s executive board, is chairwoman of the Community Outreach Committee. She is working with Mariano’s supermarket to increase awareness of the dangers of social hosting with community parents. Pati also represents Catalyst at meetings of the Stand Strong Coalition and the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force youth group. She is currently working to develop legislation addressing e-cigarettes in local communities.

Stevenson’s Catalyst group was started with a $25,000 grant from the Rosecrance Foundation, which was used to train Keane, Sorenson and Pati in an evidence-based program called “Lead and Seed.” Catalyst uses the Lead and Seed model for its activities.

Semester Exams Begin Tuesday

Starting Tuesday and running through Thursday, Stevenson students will be taking first-semester exams after Winter Break for the last time. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, first-semester exams will be given before Winter Break. To see next week’s final exam schedule, click here.

Alum Helping Kids Choose Guitars, Not Guns

The Daily Herald today has a front-page article about SHS alum Phil Jacobson (Class of 2004) and his efforts to use music as a way for providing positive after-school experiences for Chicago schoolchildren. Jacobson and some of his friends are leading the Chicago version of Guitars Over Guns, which started eight years ago in Florida. If you want to read the article (here is the link), it requires registration through the Herald’s website.

Chicago Sculptor is Visiting Artist of the Month

Chicago sculptor Terrence Karpowicz, who has been a professional artist for more five decades, is the Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for January. Examples of his work are on display in the West Building Visiting Artist Gallery through February 12. Click here to read more about the artist.

SBN Covering S-Factor, Robotics Competition

The Stevenson Broadcast Network is scheduled to carry tonight’s S-Factor student singing competition, as well as Saturday’s VEX robotics competition, live at The S-Factor starts at 7 tonight, while the robotics competition begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,199, Vernon Hills 2,718: Josh Singer broke the 700-pin barrier as the host Patriots posted the ninth-highest three-game series in school history at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. Singer rolled a 707 series, which was the best of the day, and also had the top individual game, a 278. Three other Patriots recorded 600-plus series: Ted Tapas had a 682 (high game 267), Zach Singer shot a 651 (245), and Richy Zenner added a 611 (212). Eddie Mendrala contributed a 548 series (185). SHS broke the 1,000-pin mark en route to winning all three games, including an 1,102 score in the final game.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 123, Vernon Hills 63: The Patriots (3-0) captured eight of 12 events in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Daniel Ng won two events: the 200 freestyle (1:47.79) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.22.). Other individual winners were Jacob Rosenkranz in the 50 free (23.49), Ethan Ross in the 500 free (5:12.27), Matt Krames in 1-meter diving (222.55), and Alex Kapecki in the 100 butterfly (56.17). Kapecki also swam on the victorious 200 medley relay with brother Collin, William Jiang and Karl Wadowski (1:44.31). Wadowski also was part of the winning 400 free relay squad with Alan Fang, Maxim Ryaguzov and John Roh (3:29.95). The Cougars (0-2) are coached by Adam Lueken (Class of 2002), who swam for Patriots head coach Doug Lillydahl during the latter’s first tenure at SHS. – Daily Herald (+)

Former Wrestling Coach Headed to County Hall of Fame

Retired SHS wrestling coach Lino Martinez, who coached the Patriots for 21 seasons and had a state tournament qualifier in each of his final 15 campaigns, will be inducted into the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Fame next month. He becomes the 18th person from Stevenson to receive the honor. The induction ceremony is scheduled to take place between the women’s and men’s basketball games at the College of Lake County on Saturday, February 6. The ceremony start time is expected to be around 2:45 p.m.

Getting Defensive Pays Off for Basketball Teams

How do Stevenson’s varsity basketball teams stack up against their peers around Lake County this season? The Pioneer Press says the SHS girls are strong postseason contenders thanks to a stifling defense, which also is a strong suit of the defending state champion boys team.


Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC before the end of the semester. Once second semester begins, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

S-Factor Returns Tonight

The Kiva Club’s annual S-Factor singing competition will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $7. Come see 16 of your peers as they perform to earn the votes of four teacher-judges (Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Maxwell, Mr. Block and Mr. Frantonius), and also the audience. The competition will feature these contestants: Owen Albrecht, Johnny Barboza, Katherine Bussell, A.J. DePew, George Hashemi, Lily Helchen and Nicole Keresh, Monique Hsu, Emily Lee, Blessy Mathew, Grant Mower, Kailey Pearson, Aleksandra Reszka, Lindsey Richardson, Sophie Sorenson and Miffy Tani. Can’t make it to the S-Factor? Watch it live through the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

Robotics Competition in the West Auditorium Saturday

For the first time, Stevenson is hosting a VEX robotics competition. The event will start at 10 a.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium, and runs until 5 p.m. There will be lots of battling robots action; every match only takes about two minutes. Admission is free.

The Circus is Coming to Stevenson on Saturday

China’s most celebrated acrobatic company, the New Shanghai Circus, will be performing at Stevenson Saturday afternoon. The event starts at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $15 for students. You can buy tickets at the door, or online at

Sign Up for the Day of Service by Monday

Monday is the deadline to register for the third annual Day of Service on Monday, January 18, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a school holiday. You’ll do two hours of work at a local charity site as part of a daylong event focusing on service. The keynote speaker will be Erin Merryn, a sexual abuse survivor, author and political activist. She was named Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year in 2012, and People magazine declared her “One of 15 Women Changing the World.” Watch this video to hear her story. All students who take part will receive five service hours of credit. Stevenson will provide transportation to and from charity sites. Click here to sign up, and for more information.

Textbook Return, Pick-Up for One-Semester Classes

Here is the textbook return schedule for those finishing a first-semester class, or for those picking up a textbook for a second-semester course:

Tuesday, January 12


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Wednesday, January 13


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Thursday, January 14


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Tuesday, January 19


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Wednesday, January 20


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Today is Clothing Project Pride Day

Today is Clothing Project Pride Day! If you like your friend’s outfit today, tell them! They might have made it in their Clothing and Design class!

Bringing a Guest to Winterfest?

If you’re bringing a guest to next month’s Winterfest Dance who isn’t a Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special form before buying their ticket. You can get the form from the Superstore in the Wood Commons, or download it here. Early bird ticket sales for the Winterfest Dance will start February 1, so fill out your form now so you’ll be ready on the first.

Testing Center Hours, Procedures During Finals

During finals, the Testing Center hours will be:

Tuesday, January 12


Wednesday, January 13


Thursday, January 14


Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can be taken only during a free period. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up to take a test during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor stating that it has been rescheduled.

Audition Packets Available for Winter Play

Audition packets for the Winter Production, Twelfth Night, are now available online at Scripts also are available for overnight checkout in the ILC. If you have questions regarding auditions, please contact C. Burrows in the Studio Theatre, Room 2204.

Softball Team Selling Frosty’s on Monday

The girls softball team will be selling $2 Frosty’s on Monday in the Glass and Wood Commons. Good luck Frosty’s for finals!


Open Soccer starts Sunday in the Field House, from 7-8 a.m. Open Soccer will run every Sunday morning through February 14.


The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the Spring/Summer edition on Wednesday, January 20 at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome!


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


There will be an informational meeting for the 2016-17 sophomore football team on Wednesday, January 20. Meet in Little Theater (Room 4200) at 7:30 a.m. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Jacobson at or 847-415-4710.

The softball team is holding its first-ever Bowling Night fundraiser on Saturday, January 30 at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. This is a 21-and-older event that runs from 2-5 p.m. In addition to bowling, there will be appetizers, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and awards for best-dressed bowling team. For more details, click here.

The baseball team is raising money by holding its second annual Trivia Night on Friday, January 22 at The Arboretum in Buffalo Grove. The event will feature tests of trivia knowledge, raffle items, plus a live and silent auction, along with a full buffet dinner and dessert. Anyone age 21 or older is welcome to attend the trivia night. Details are on the baseball web page.


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