Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SHS Alum Earns Golden Apple Award for Teaching

Todd Katz, a 1997 Stevenson alum who teaches at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, received the 2016 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching on Monday. Katz teaches Honors Biology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science at Whitney Young.

Katz was chosen in part for his devotion to the environment, biology, and his students and colleagues. One way in which he’s had a major impact was through building the school’s greenhouse. As part of the project, he works with Eco Club students to tend the plants and herbs, which are then supplied to local companies that produce gourmet chocolate and perfume.

Katz and other Golden Apple winners will be honored during an awards ceremony May 20 at WTTW (Channel 11) studios in Chicago. The event will be live streamed, and will include live interviews with former students and guests of the award recipients. WTTW will broadcast the awards ceremony in a one-hour program after the event.

Special Transition Night for Incoming Freshmen

The District 96 Parent-to-Parent Network and the Stand Strong Coalition are sponsoring a special night for all incoming Stevenson freshmen and their parents (and other interested adults) to learn about making the transition to high school. The event will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Twin Groves Middle School in Buffalo Grove. Though not required, an RSVP is appreciated. Click here to register.

Students and parents will be separated into different rooms and receive different presentations. Students will hear from a panel of current Stevenson students who are members of the Catalyst club. This will be a casual, candid Q-and-A opportunity to learn about social life at school and on weekends for Stevenson students. Parents will hear from a panel that includes Claudia Kasten, chief of the Juvenile Division in the Lake County State’s Attorney Office; Cristina Cortesi, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at Stevenson; and Ted Goergen, Director of Student Activities at Stevenson. Click here for more information.

Governor’s Proposal Would Mean More Aid for District

District 125 would see about 8% more in state funding under Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposal released Tuesday. Overall education funding in Illinois would increase under the proposal, with Stevenson receiving approximately $118,000 more in the 2016-17 school year than it currently gets. This year, the district is receiving about $1.4 million from the state.


Tuesday’s item on Stevenson’s four qualifiers for the USA Mathematical Olympiad contained two errors. Junghyun Hwang will be competing in the Olympiad for the third time, not the second. Also, Jason Lu qualified for the Olympiad last year.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 2, Lake Forest 1: Henry Marchese’s hard grounder in the bottom of the seventh inning eluded Lake Forest’s first baseman, allowing Christian Dutler to score the winning run for the host Patriots (7-3-1, 3-0). The game was scoreless until the top of the seventh, when the Scouts (2-4, 1-2) took the lead with its lone run. In the bottom of the frame, Charlie Ling tied the game by knocking in Jack Trotter from third with a single before Marchese’s game-ending at bat. Ling had two hits. Starting pitcher Justin Stark threw five scoreless innings, giving up only one hit. Stark retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced, and has not allowed an earned run in three starts this season. He more than kept pace with the Scouts’ ace, who will pitch for Texas Christian University, which has reached the College World Series in each of the last two seasons. Justin Kopech and Bronson Litcher tossed the final two innings, with Litcher getting the win. – News-Sun


Stevenson 15, Lake Forest 4 (5 inn.): Alana Labaschin drove in five runs and stole home, and Vera Pflugradt smacked a grand slam as the host Patriots (5-3, 3-0) won their fifth straight game. Labaschin hit a bases-clearing double as SHS erupted for six runs in the first inning. Mic Faunce had a two-run double and Gina Shanley added an RBI single in the frame. After the Scouts scored four times in the third to narrow the lead to 6-4, Labaschin knocked in two runs with a double, and then stole home as the Pats tallied three runs. SHS, which has scored 46 runs in its last three outings, put the game out of reach by tacking on six more runs in the bottom of the fourth, highlighted by Pflugradt’s grand slam. Riley Housinger was the winning pitcher, surrendering five hits and striking out three in five innings. –

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Antioch 0: The Patriots (1-1) received straight-set victories from all seven entries. Zach Kim was a 6-1, 6-3 winner at No. 1 singles, while Ben Bush and Sam Komis posted a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 1 doubles. The other wins in singles came from No. 2 Aswath Viswanathan (6-1, 6-0) and No. 3 Gary Braznichenko (6-3, 6-0). In doubles, No. 2 David Luo/Jeremy Park (6-1, 6-0), No. 3 Ryan Yoo/Arjun Sheelvanth (6-1, 6-0) and No. 4 Nicolas Ryding/Shosuke Naokawa (6-0, 6-0) breezed to victory.

Boys Gymnastics

Libertyville 133.1, Glenbrook North 131.4, Stevenson 128.0: In the Sports Center, Matt Krames won the all-around competition with the second-highest score of his career, and also recorded a personal-best on parallel bars. The junior posted an all-around score of 50.4, second only to his 50.9 effort while placing sixth at last year’s state meet. He won first place on parallel bars with a career-high 8.9, and also won the floor exercise (9.1), vault (9.0), still rings (8.4) and high bar (8.0). Krames also tied for second on pommel horse (7.0). The Patriots (0-2, 0-1) recorded their highest score of the season. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Lacrosse

Grayslake North 12, Stevenson 2

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 79, Lake Forest 67: The Patriots captured 10 of the 18 events at the Scouts’ stadium, with Jared Borowsky winning two of them. He finished first in the 3,200 (9:43) and in the 800 (2:04.40). Noah Lukz won the 100 (11.03), Corey Shang claimed the 300 hurdles (44.52), David Goncharov out-leapt all others in the triple jump (42-1), Johnathan Powell took the long jump (20-1), and Borler Wu crossed first in the 400 (54.50). Stevenson also won three of the four relays: the 3,200 (8:44.50), 800 (1:34.77) and 1,600 (3:42.20). The Pats also posted nine second-place showings: Goncharov in the 200 (23.50), Stephen Rice in the 110 high hurdles (16.5) and 300 hurdles (45.30), Paul Udoni in the 3,200 (10:03), Brett Lucas in the 800 (2:10.90), Aaron Portman in the 400 (56.10), Caleb Oh in the 1,600 (4:41.80), Ahmad Dinkins in the long jump (19-2) and Seth Johnson in the triple jump (38-4).

NLI Signing Ceremony for Senior Athletes Today

Fifteen Patriots are scheduled to sign national letters of intent this afternoon to continue their athletic careers in college. The signing ceremony will take place in the Wood Commons during eighth period. Senior athletes scheduled to take part are: Rodney Herenton Jr. and Jordan Newman (boys basketball), Sabrina Illian and Madison Kempf (girls soccer), Jeremy Klaber and Jun Min (boys soccer), Nicole Schwartz and Irune Andres (girls swimming), Christian Dutler, Patrick Loeffler and Justin Kopech (baseball), Vinaya Rao (girls tennis), Raymond Sullivan (football) and Michael Kordek (wrestling).

Leave Your Mark, Buy a Stadium Brick

Stevenson families, area business and others are invited to leave their mark at the school by buying a brick paver for placement in the southwest entrance to the Stadium. There are two options available: a traditional-sized brick (4″ x 8″) for $150 and a “super brick” (8″ x 8″) for $275. The deadline to place a brick order is May 31. Click here to order your brick today.

Girls Water Polo Picked for CN100 Game of the Week

Saturday’s varsity girls water polo match between Stevenson and Mother McAuley has been selected as the CN100 Game of the Week. The game will be shown on replay at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, on CN100 on Comcast. Visit for additional air dates and times. You can also watch it anytime in HD with Xfinity On Demand. The game will be played at 2:40 p.m. Saturday in the Patriot Aquatic Center.

Baseball “Mom’s Night Out” at Stiletto’s on Monday

The baseball team is holding a Mom’s Night Out at Stiletto’s, 394 W. Half Day Road in Buffalo Grove, from 5-8 p.m. Monday. Join SHS baseball moms past and present and earn 15% off your purchase (10% will go to the team.) You’ll also be able to enter and win raffle prizes from local businesses, and participate in “sips and snacks.”


PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

The next PPA Bake Sale is this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Cookies, brownies, “puppy chow” and more will be available for only $1! All proceeds benefit students and staff through the PPA.

Catalyst Holding Fundraiser at Menchie’s Today

The Catalyst Club is holding a fundraiser at Menchie’s in the Lincolnshire Commons from 5-9 p.m. today. Show this image and 20% of your purchase will be donated to Catalyst.

Bocce Ball Tournament Training Sessions Thursday

If you are registered to volunteer for the Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament,  please attend one of the training sessions on Thursday during either 8th period or 9th period (after school). The session will only last 30 minutes, but you will receive an hour of credit for attending. For the training session, please meet on the grass next to parking lot C.

Donate Your Used Children’s Books to the ILC

Celebrate National Library Week! Donate your gently used children’s books to the ILC Book Drive and get a gently used YA book in return! Bring your books to the West ILC circulation desk between now and Friday. If you don’t have any children’s books sitting around, you can still get a free book by signing up to follow the ILC on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!  

Thinking About Joining the Military?

Are you unsure about what you would like to do after high school? Would you like to further explore your options? Do you have any interest in joining the military? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test on Saturday, April 30. This is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The test also may be used to provide students with more information regarding career options. If you’re interested in taking the test, you must sign up by next Tuesday. Click here to sign up and for more details.

“Sundaes on Fridays” for Freshmen This Week

All freshmen are invited to participate in the “Sundaes on Fridays” after school this Friday in Room 2104. If you bring a canned food item to donate, you’ll get two free scoops of ice cream. The event runs from 3:30-5:30.

Tickets for Mr. SHS On Sale at the Superstore

The Senior Class Board’s Mr. SHS is an event spotlighting senior boys that is so different it’s hard to explain! Call it a “Man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it you have to call it fun! This year’s Mr. SHS contest is at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available now at the Superstore for $5 each or $7 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

Taking Driver Ed This Summer or Fall?

Students enrolled in Driver Education this summer and in the fall must attend two mandatory meetings next week. These meetings will help you get your learner’s permit. The first meeting involves taking a vision test, and the second includes the permit test. Click here for more information.

Third Annual Fashion Show is Thursday, April 21

The third annual Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission will be $5, and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. There will be a red carpet photo op, refreshments and the chance to see all the amazing fashions your friends are making in Clothing and Design, plus the latest looks from local boutiques. Hope to see you there!


Attention freshman students and parents: Please attend our “Looking Ahead” program for freshman families at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. This is a great way to learn about what your next three years will entail, and help you to get excited about beginning your college journey. In addition, there will be an IEP/504 Mini-Session in the Recital Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, Room 1123.

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


On Thursday, the Interactive Gamers Club will host a Sealed tournament from the brand-new Shadows Over Innistrad set! The cost is $5, and each student will receive six packs to play with. Students must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. New members always welcome! The tournament will be held in the West Staff Dining Room (1204).

The Catalyst Club is having a bowling night at the Brunswick Zone in Buffalo Grove, 350 McHenry Road, from 8-11 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $25, which includes unlimited bowling (and shoes), laser tag, pizza and soda. Pay at the Superstore by Thursday. No permission slip is required.

Animal Welfare Club’s adoptable Dog of the Month is a 9-year-old Minpin, Diva, and our Cat of the Month is Teddy B (and this little guy is a cat that knows tricks!). 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, who can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


We are now accepting new Career Shadow applications for the summer. Applications must be received by May 9 in order for you to participate in a shadow over the summer. Please pick up an application in the CCC or download one from the Career Exploration page. Completed applications can be turned in to the CCC. Applicants will then be contacted by Mrs. Willock to schedule an appointment.

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.


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.

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.


Some exciting PREP classes are going on next week, including Date Night Italian Style, Mother’s Day Brunch, Yoga for a Healthy Back and Purchasing a Vacation Property, Second Home or Retirement Home. Plus, our junior high students won’t want to miss out on the Cheer and Dance Clinic (grades 6-8). Click on the links above or visit for more information!


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