Monday, January 11, 2016


Scholastic Bowl Teams Ranked Nationally

Both of Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl teams are listed in the latest rankings of the top 200 Quiz Bowl teams in the country by national guru Fred Morlan. Stevenson’s A team is No. 18, while the B team is No. 68. The A unit is the third-highest ranked team in Illinois, behind No. 2 Hinsdale Central, No. 6 Rockford Auburn, No. 15 Illinois Math and Science Academy and No. 17 Naperville North.

Freshman Takes Top Honors in S-Factor

Freshman Sophie Sorenson won first-place honors at the Kiva Club’s S-Factor student singing competition Friday night. Senior Lindsey Richardson was the runner-up. You can watch the Stevenson Broadcast Network replay of the S-Factor at

Township Touts Parking for Students at Metra Station

For Stevenson students unable to park at school, Vernon Township is selling parking spaces at the Prairie View Metra train station for second semester. The cost is $145 for the second semester. A $30 monthly option also is available. To download a permit application that includes rates and rules, click here. For more information, contact the Vernon Township Office at 847-634-4600.

Science Director Discusses Added Elements

The periodic table of elements recently gained four new elements, and Pioneer Press talked with Lake County science leaders, including Stevenson’s Director of Science, Dr. Steve Wood, about the change.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 52, Libertyville 39: With members of Stevenson’s 1995 and 1996 state champion teams in attendance, the Patriots rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second quarter and moved to 14-3 overall and 6-0 in the North Suburban Conference’s Lake Division. Kiana Cencula sparked the rally, scoring six of her season-high 17 points in the latter half of the second quarter as SHS turned a 22-12 deficit into a 27-25 halftime lead. After the Wildcats (9-8, 3-3) pulled to within 31-30 with 2:30 left in the third quarter, the Patriots pulled away. Ashley Richardson scored 11 of her team-high 18 points in the second half for Stevenson, which snapped Libertyville’s five-game winning streak. Jessica Burke added seven points. – Pioneer Press (+), Daily Herald (+)

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Lake Zurich Invitational: The Patriots won the tournament championship, led by individual titlist Zach Singer and third-place finisher Ted Tapas. Singer rolled a six-game series score of 1,399, including a 731 in the three-game morning series. He also had the high game of the day for SHS (280). Tapas recorded a 1,339 series, with a high game of 240. Josh Singer shot a 1,311 (237), Richy Zenner rolled a 1,220 (238) and Eddie Mendrala had a 1,056 (215). Stevenson had a six-game team score of 6,325 at the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park. The Pats’ second-game of the day was a 1,182, the third-highest in school history.


Stevenson at 39th annual Leyden Invitational: The Patriots narrowly finished second to Conant, which won the title for the fifth straight year. The final team scores were 191-189. SHS had three individual champions: Dylan Geick (24-2 record at 152 pounds), Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (170) and Michael Kordek (182), who pinned his opponent from Ridgewood in 1:20 in the title match. Geick posted an 11-5 win over his opponent from Maine East, while Nepomnyaschchiy edged his challenger from Highland Park, 8-5. Eric Carter (132), Robert Pavlovics (160) and Nick Grujanac (285) finished second. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at 51st annual Evanston Invitational: Nick Baginski and Daniel Ng each posted a pair of top-10 individual performances as the Patriots finished sixth among 18 teams. Baginski was second in the 100 butterfly (52.98) and third in the 50 freestyle (22.36), while Ng placed fifth the 200 individual medley (2:00.43) and was eighth in the 100 backstroke (56.45). Alex Kapecki was 10th in the 50 free (22.87). Stevenson finished seventh in all three relays, with Kapecki, Baginski and Ng swimming in two of them. The 200 free relay team (1:32.49) featured Kapecki, Topher Stensby, John Roh and Andrew Shashin. The 200 medley relay (1:40.80) included Ng, Alan Fang, Baginski and Stensby, and the 400 free relay (3:19.56) had Kapecki, Ng, Stensby and Baginski.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 3, Rockford 2

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 58, Lake Zurich 15: The host Patriots (13-2, 3-0) won the first four matches and cruised to victory in the Field House. Robert Pavlovics opened the meet with a pin at 160 pounds (3:30). Nikita Nepomnyashchiy followed with a 15-6 major decision at 170, improving to 17-4 on the year. Josh Dahl received a forfeit at 182, and Michael Kordek (19-4) followed with a pin at 195 (3:01), extending Stevenson’s lead to 22-0. Nick Grujanac (19-6) recorded a pin at 285 (4:44), and Ben Ponto pinned his man at 138 (2:48). Eric Carter (12-7) earned a 9-6 decision at 132, while Jake Simon held on for a 3-2 win at 145. Tommy Frezza (106), Matt Zimring (113) and second-ranked Dylan Geick (21-2 at 152) all won by forfeit. The Bears fell to 11-6, 3-2. – Daily Herald (+)


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.

Parking on Campus During Final Exams

Final exams are part of the third marking period, which means that only seniors with a valid permit can park on campus. Seniors who haven’t picked up their second semester stickers yet can do so Tuesday, January 19 in parking lot D. Look for the security guard in the black truck beginning at 7:15 a.m.

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.  

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 7:00-1:30 Room 1416
Wednesday, January 13 7:00-1:30 Room 1416
Thursday, January 14 7:00-1:30 Room 1416
Tuesday, January 19 7:00-3:30 Room 1416
Wednesday, January 20 7:00-2:00 Room 1416

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 7:00-3:30
Wednesday, January 13 7:00-1:00
Thursday, January 14 7:00-3:30

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. Auditions will be held after school Wednesday, January 20.

Softball Team Selling Frosty’s Today

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


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


Open Baseball begins Wednesday, January 20 in the Field House, and runs from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Open Baseball will meet every Wednesday through the end of February, with the exception of February 10, which is an Odyssey day.


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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