Thursday, March 24, 2016

Junior Earns Eagle Scout Award

Junior Ben Brandt, a member of Boy Scout Troop 78 in Lincolnshire, earned the rank of Eagle Scout on March 5. His Eagle Scout project involved removing a dilapidated, environmentally hazardous volleyball court in the village’s Whytegate Park and replacing it with a perennial garden. After securing approval from both the Lincolnshire Village and Park Boards, Brandt and more than 30 volunteers installed the garden over a four-month period. He raised more than $2,400 to apply toward the project’s $18,000 price tag. The project included installing four Chippendale benches, a sundial, 10 trees with landscape lighting, and stone pathways.

On his way to achieving Eagle Scout status, Brandt earned 37 merit badges, completed more than 100 hours of community service, hiked 160 miles, camped out 54 nights, and was the leader in wreath sales five years in a row, selling over $20,000 of merchandise. He also held several leadership positions within the troop.

Orchestra Concert on The Cube

If you missed Tuesday night’s Spring Orchestra Concert, don’t worry: The Stevenson Broadcast Network was there, and has a replay available at

Alum Writes About UI’s Only Deaf Student

The University of Illinois has more than 44,000 students on its campus in Urbana, but only one is deaf. Alice Smelyansky (Class of 2012), a senior at UI and features editor of the Daily Illini newspaper, has written this story about her.

Digest Will Return April 4

The Daily Digest will not be published on Friday, nor during Spring Break. The Digest will return Monday, April 4.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 12, Evanston 3: Goalie Lauren Burns turned away nine shots in home water as the Patriots improved to 7-0. Allison Travetto scored six goals, while Claire Haas and Lauren Maloney each had two. Tanya Shkiler and Julia Nicholson contributed one goal apiece.

Indianapolis Honors Tamika Catchings

Tuesday was Tamika Catchings Day in Indianapolis, as the city honored the former Patriot and current WNBA star as she prepares for her final training camp. Catchings will be retiring from the Indiana Fever this summer after a 15-year career that saw her named league MVP in 2011 and Defensive Player of the Year five times. She also is considered to be one of the country’s most influential citizen-athletes, thanks in part to her Catch the Stars Foundation. Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy was the keynote speaker at the event, which also included this tribute video featuring “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts.

NCAA Tournament Spotlight Not Fazing Brunson

Anyone who followed Jalen Brunson’s career at Stevenson will not be surprised to learn that he is unfazed by all the attention and pressure accompanying Villanova University’s run in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Brunson is quick to credit SHS head coach Pat Ambrose, along with VU head coach Jay Wright and Team USA head coach Sean Miller (head coach at Arizona), with keeping him focused. Villanova will face Miami in a Sweet Sixteen game tonight at 6:10 on CBS.

Two From Track Team Seeded in Top Times Field

Two members of the varsity girls track and field team have earned seeds in this weekend’s Illinois Top Times Class 3A Indoor Classic at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Sophomore Isabelle Sparreo is seeded eighth in the 1,600 based on a time of 5:06.71, while senior Janine Fajardo is seeded 19th in the 60-meter hurdles (9.52).

Boys Volleyball Season Opens Minus Two Starters

The varsity boys volleyball team opens its season today at the Joliet West Invitational, and already is facing challenges. Two projected starters, 6-foot-8 junior Grant Maleski and 6-5 senior Justin Leonard, were injured playing with their club teams in the offseason and won’t be ready. Maleski may be out most of the regular season, while Leonard likely won’t be ready until early April. Their absence opens the door for seniors Mark Kanaris and Alex Pieprzycki, who are among 10 players returning from last season.

Alum Earns Gymnastics, Academic Honors at Carolina

Stevenson alum Lexi Cappalli (Class of 2012) finished her collegiate gymnastics career last week by winning several honors at the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Championships in Pittsburgh. The University of North Carolina senior earned EAGL All-Tournament First Team honors in the all-around and on uneven bars, and was named Second Team All-Conference in the all-around. She finished seventh in the conference in the all-around, and was eighth on bars. Earlier in the week, Cappalli was selected as the EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She is a mathematics major with a minor in business administration at UNC.


Spring Fling Planning Meeting Today

It’s time to begin planning for Spring Fling. Send a representative from your team to meet during lunch periods today in Room 2104.

ILC, Testing Center Closing Early Today

The ILC and the Testing Center will be closing at 3:30 today.

College Essay Workshop for Juniors This Summer

Juniors can get a head start with their college essays this summer by taking the College Essay Workshop. The workshop will be offered three times during summer school: the first week of the first session, and the first and last week of the second session. You can get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for college applications. The workshop can help you finish your essay before senior year begins. Last year, more than 150 students received help with their essays! This is a non-credit course. Check the summer school catalog for details at

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student

Looking for some summer excitement without leaving home? Hosting an international student for the month of July might be the answer! Two students from Denmark will be attending second-semester summer school at SHS, so please call 847-415-4500 if you would like more information about welcoming one or both of them into your home. We appreciate your interest!

Sophomores, Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Download your application here or pick one up in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 on Tuesday, April 5. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.


The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Wacky Draft today after school in Room 1204, the Faculty Dining Room. The cost is $2.50, and you must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New members are always welcome!

Come to the $1 Music and Movies Night after school on Wednesday, April 6, sponsored by the Black Association of Stevenson Students and Diversity Council. For just $1, you can watch the movie “Drumline” and have free pizza and soda. You’ll need to get parent permission to attend. Click here to download the permission form, or pick one up in the Student Activities Office. The movie will start at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1414.

Animal Welfare Club’s adoptable Dog of the Month is Jack Daniels, and our Cat of the Month is HBO. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at ! Again, these animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


Applications for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s summer internship for future healthcare professionals are being accepted until Wednesday, April 6. This is only open to juniors and seniors. For more information, please click here.

Interested in a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)? Plan on attending Fermilab’s Career Expo on Wednesday, April 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Batavia. This is a free event and no registration is required. Read more here

Due to overwhelming response, we cannot accept any more new Career Shadow applications at this time. If you have already filled out an application or sent an email to Mrs. Willock, you will be contacted regarding an appointment. We will resume accepting applications again after Spring Break, so please check back! If you have general career questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Willock. Summer career camps and programs can be found on the Career Exploration web page, and make sure to follow the College and Career Center on Facebook for any upcoming college and career-related events and information!


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


The baseball team has two fundraisers running this week. The team will have a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. today at the Potbelly in Vernon Hills, 700 N. Milwaukee Ave. One-fourth of sales during the three-hour event will benefit the team. No flyer is necessary when ordering. The other fundraiser is at Stiletto’s, 394 W. Half Day Road, in Buffalo Grove, and ends Friday. Mention SHS baseball and customers will get 10% off the purchase price, and 10% of the transaction will be donated to the team.

The girls lacrosse teams are selling Leider Greenhouse gift certificates to help benefit their annual spring trips. Certificates are available in amounts of $25, $50 or $100, and do not have an expiration date. You can order gift certificates by contacting any Patriot girls lacrosse player, or contact Michele Murphy at or 847-726-2254.

The girls basketball team is a finalist for Chicago Sky High School Team of the Year. Voting is open until April 30 at The winner will be announced at halftime of the Sky’s season opener on Saturday, May 14.


PREP has a lot of upcoming classes including Yoga/Pilates Fusion, HoopFit, Adult Guitar, Zumba, Yin Yoga and much more. Check out the complete calendar and register today!


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