Friday, January 22, 2016

400 Students Participate in Day of Service

Monday’s second annual MLK Day of Service drew 400 students to do charity work on their day off from school. Students worked at 10 different charity sites, including Lake County Haven, Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Vernon Township Pantry. In addition to charity work, the students participated in activities at Stevenson, including hearing a presentation from Erin Merryn, the force behind Erin’s Law.

World’s Fair Returns January 30-31

The Diversity Council’s annual World’s Fair, a celebration of the countries, cultures, and cuisines of the Stevenson community, will be held Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31. Student-led booths featuring cultural displays and culinary delicacies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, featuring food and fun activities. There will be special performances each day starting at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. World’s Fair is a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger. Read More

Consortium 125 Concerts on Monday, Tuesday

The final two Consortium 125 concerts featuring student-musicians from local junior high schools and Stevenson will be held in the Performing Arts Center next week. The Consortium Choral Concert is Monday, and the Consortium Band Festival is Tuesday. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free. Both concerts will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at Also, if you missed Wednesday’s Consortium Orchestra Concert, a video replay is available at the SBN page.


Thursday’s report about students earning perfect Advanced Placement exam scores missed one: senior Emery Liu, who scored all the possible points on the AP Calculus BC exam as a sophomore in 2014. This means that Stevenson has had four students in the past four years earn perfect AP exam scores.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 37, Warren 15: The seventh-ranked Patriots (17-2, 5-0) moved a step closer to their second straight North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship, dispatching the Blue Devils (14-2, 4-1) in the Sports Center. SHS can clinch the division title with a win over Mundelein at 5:30 today in the Field House. The match with Warren was close in the beginning, with tight matches in the upper weights, then turned as the Patriots dominated the lower weights. Nikita Nepomnyashchiy started the match with a 9-7 overtime decision at 170 pounds and improved to 24-4. Michael Kordek (25-4) made a late escape in the third period to pull out a 5-4 win at 182. After Warren won the next two matches to take a 9-6 lead, 285-pounder Nick Grujanac (24-8) claimed a 3-2 double-overtime victory and Tommy Frezza followed with a 8-2 decision at 106 to give Stevenson the lead. The Blue Devils captured the next match to tie the score, but Alec Nolan put SHS ahead for good by winning 8-3 at 120. Brandon Zisman (11-2 major decision at 126), Eric Carter (3:35 pin at 132), Jake Simon (6-3 at 145), Dylan Geick (2:38 pin at 152) and Robert Pavlovics (6-3 at 160) posted the other wins. Geick, ranked second in the state, improved to 28-2, while Pavlovics moved to 22-9. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 120, Warren 64: SHS won 10 of 12 events in the Patriot Aquatic Center, improving to 5-0 in dual meets this season. Daniel Ng captured two individual events and also swam a leg on one of the Pats’ two victorious relays. Ng won the 100-yard butterfly (54.51), claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:03.58), and was part of the 200 medley relay unit with Varun Ganesh, John Roh and Andrew Lefebvre (1:46.06). Lefebvre also recorded an individual win, taking the 500 free (5:05.64). Other individual winners included Maxim Ryaguzov in the 200 free (1:53.76), Nick Baginski in the 200 IM (2:04.63), Alex Kapecki in the 50 free (22.36), Matthew Krames in 1-meter diving (231.55), and Andrew Shashin in the 100 free (50.68). Baginski, Roh, Kapecki and Karl Wadowski joined forces to take the 200 free relay (1:30.00).

Boys Basketball Game Online Tonight

Tonight’s varsity boys basketball game between Stevenson and Warren will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7 o’clock. You can watch the action at

Patriettes, Boys Bowling at IHSA Sectionals Saturday

Two varsity teams will look to earn their way into Illinois High School Association state finals on Saturday. The boys bowling team, looking to head downstate for the second straight year, will take part in the Rockford East Sectional. Stevenson’s competitive dance team, the Patriettes, will perform at the Huntley Class 3A Sectional. SHS has qualified for the state finals all three years that they have existed. The IHSA will have live coverage of the sectional through the National High School Network. You can watch the action here starting at 10 a.m. Saturday (pay to view).

Winter ESPPA Awards Nomination Window Now Open

The nomination window has opened for the Winter ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Winter Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and honors athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here. The nomination deadline is February 22.

Chicago Sky Honors Girls Basketball Team

The Chicago Sky recently named Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball team as its High School Team of the Week. The squad was honored not only for its record, which was 14-3 at the time and is now 19-4, but also for its efforts in the classroom and outside the school. The team has a 3.48 grade point average, and during Winter Break, volunteered to package meals at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. The team also raised more than $2,000 for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to benefit women’s cancer research. By receiving the award, the team received 15 tickets to the Sky’s opening night game among other prizes. The Sky will announce its High School Team of the Year at its opener.

Alum Talks About Reaching National Semifinals

Pioneer Press caught up with Matt Morrissey (Class of 2013) to find out about his first season of college football, in which he and his Michigan State teammates reached the national semifinals. Morrissey played in 12 games for the Spartans, after redshirting his first year in East Lansing. Patriot head coach Bill McNamara talked with pride about watching one of his former players.


Free Breakfast for All Sophomores on Tuesday

The Sophomore Class Board is sponsoring a free breakfast for all sophomores from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. A yogurt buffet and juice will be available. Make sure you bring your ID! Also, bring books to donate to Bernie’s Book Bank. For every book you donate, you’ll receive one raffle ticket.

$1 Books On Sale at Superstore to Benefit Give-A-Thon

There is a new selection of books for sale outside the Superstore during the lunch periods. All books are $1, and proceeds will benefit Give-A-Thon.

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.

ILC Hiring Student Aides for Second Semester

The ILC is hiring student aides to work during most periods this semester. You must have a free period or a study hall that you would like to give up in exchange for a job in the ILC. This is a paid position! Please see Mrs. Gorman or any staff member in the Upper West ILC for an application.

Superstore Hiring for Sixth-Hour Position

The Superstore is looking for a sophomore or junior to work during sixth hour. This is a paid position. If you’re interested, see Mrs. Miller at the Superstore or email her at

Parking for Students at Prairie View 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. You can also purchase parking by phone. Call 877-727-5004 or download the mobile app at, and enter parking zone number 831.

Director Application for One Acts Available Online

If you’re interested in being a director for The One Acts — the one-act plays written, directed and acted by students this spring — the application is available at Applications are due to Ms. Nowak or Ms. Rawitz no later than 8 a.m. Thursday, February 25. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 15 in the West Auditorium.

$1 Cookies Today at the New Jazzman’s

The new Jazzman’s in the East Building is open, and we’re celebrating with daily specials all week. Today, you can get cookies for $1. Stop by and take a look at what Jazzman’s has to offer. Plus, enter for a chance to win a $100 Jazzman’s gift card!


The boys volleyball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Room 1916. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at

The informational meeting for girls soccer is Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Heffernan at

The informational meeting for girls track and field is Thursday, January 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at

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.


Tuesday is the next meeting of the Breakfast with Books Club. The club’s yearbook photo will be taken during this meeting. Join us in the Upper ILC from 7:45-8:25 a.m.


Open Softball starts Monday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. in the Field House. Other upcoming dates are Tuesday, February 2 and Monday, February 8.

Open Soccer continues Sunday morning, but note the location change from the Field House to the Sports Center. Also, Open Soccer will run from 7-8:30 a.m.


Attention seniors: Some of you may need to send seventh-semester transcripts (also called mid-year reports) to colleges. These transcripts will be ready for disbursement on February 1. If you applied to a college using the Common Application, your mid-year report will be sent automatically by Stevenson High School; there is nothing you have to do. If you applied to a college using Parchment, then you need to order an updated transcript. Log on to and click on “Send Now” and your seventh-semester grades will be included. If you have any questions, please stop by the College Career Center.


Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

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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