Thursday, May 5, 2016

Oliver Stone Visits Stevenson

The Daily Herald has coverage of Wednesday night’s appearance by Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone, who with collaborator Peter Kuznick showed an episode of their documentary series, “The Untold History of the United States.” The pair chose to show an episode about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and said they did so because of President Obama’s reported interest in visiting Hiroshima this month. Stone and Kuznick also took questions after showing the episode. The event was sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation, and was made possible by SHS alum Arie Serota (Class of 2003), who was one of Kuznick’s graduate students at American University.

Senior Chosen to Give Voice to Foster Children in D.C.

Senior Leyda Garcia has been selected to represent the voices of youth in the foster care system through the Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program in Washington, D.C. this month. The program provides youngsters who were foster children an opportunity to work with their Congressional representative, as well as White House officials, to improve the foster care system.

Garcia, who has attended Stevenson the last three years, first landed in the state’s foster care system when she was 12. Over the next six years, she had been enrolled in 12 different schools and had lived with eight different families. Garcia credits SHS counselor Tom Habley, whom she calls “one of my personal heroes,” with providing stability in the midst of so much change.

“I have learned so much from him, from how to be a better friend to how to gain independence while living apart from my natural family,” she said. “He has accomplished so much personally and professionally and I find him inspiring because he has always followed his heart.”

Habley said he has been inspired by Garcia as well. “Leyda made the statement that life is about creating yourself, not finding yourself; that is her source of strength,” he said. “She has had the courage to follow her heart with gratitude for all that have supported her.”

Garcia recently was voted onto the OMNI Youth Services Board of Directors as its youth representative, and for the next several years will be working with its long-range planning committee. She will be attending the University of Illinois this fall, where she has been designated as a James Scholar Honors Student in the UI School of Social Work.

Alum Earns Major Role in Production of “Rent”

Abby Vombrack (Class of 2009) has been cast in one of the supporting roles in “Rent,” which opens with preview performances at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Thursday, May 19. The show will run from May 25 through July 3. Vombrack plays the role of Maureen, which was her favorite character in the show when she first saw it while at SHS. Vombrack talked with the Daily Herald about her passion for theater, which she pursued in high school and at Illinois State University, where she earned a theater education degree in 2014. The article also quotes the musical’s director, Lauren Rawitz, who has directed several Stevenson theatrical productions, including last fall’s “Miss Saigon.” Rawitz also is an SHS parent.

Junior Discusses Upcoming Journey to China

The Lincolnshire Review has a brief question-and-answer piece this week with junior Blake Sherwood, who has been chosen by the U.S. State Department to study Chinese for six weeks overseas this summer. He’ll spend four weeks in Shanghai speaking and reading Mandarin, then will live with a Chinese family for two weeks. Sherwood also talked with the paper about his aspiration to become an investment banker.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 16, Libertyville 9: The Patriots (7-7, 5-0) won their first conference championship in program history by beating the Wildcats in the Stadium.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-21, 27-25: Grant Maleski hit 13 kills as the Patriots (11-13) won their second in a row. Jeffrey Wang dished out 32 assists. Justin Leonard recorded eight kills and Matt Cliffer added seven.

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 15, Naperville North 4: On Senior Night in the Patriot Aquatic Center, Allison Travetto scored eight goals and Claire Haas added three as the Patriots (26-1) extended their winning streak to 16 games. The game was tied 1-1 after the first quarter, but SHS shut out the Huskies 5-0 in the second to take control. Carolina Bohorquez, Fiona Gaffney, Eileen Hoang and Holly Wegener all scored once. Goalie Lauren Burns made 10 saves.


Stevenson 9, Zion-Benton 4: Justin Kopech tossed six shutout innings for the visiting Patriots (17-6-1, 8-3), who beat the Zee-Bees for the second straight day. Kopech allowed three hits and struck out five. He left with a 9-0 lead. Dylan Molek went 2-for-3, scored three runs, stole two bases and drove in a run. Charlie Bourbon also had two hits with an RBI. Christian Dutler and Robert McGaha each went 1-for-3 with two RBI. McGaha’s single scored Molek to give the Pats a 1-0 second inning lead, which they never surrendered. –, Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 11, Naperville North 9: The Patriots improved to 21-3. –

Boys Lacrosse

Libertyville 12, Stevenson 5

NSC Championship Soccer Game Set for Tuesday

The girls soccer team will face Wauconda in the North Suburban Conference championship game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wauconda High School.


AP exam schedule, room assignments, cell phone/calculator policy

Post-Prom Ticket Sales End Today

Anyone attending Prom is invited to a VIP Post-Prom event at Six Flags Great America with students from several area schools, including Lake Forest. The cost is $55 per person, which includes unlimited access to all rides, a dinner buffet, DJ, dancing, transportation and more. Special buses will leave the Prom at 10 p.m. to go directly to Six Flags, and then depart at 3 a.m. to go back to SHS. Permission slips are required. Tickets can be purchased through sixth hour today at the school store, or online until midnight tonight here. Adult chaperones are needed for the Post-Prom event. Any interested adults can contact Jamie Epstein at

Applications for Student Council Close on Friday

If you would like to join Student Council for the 2016-17 school year, fill out the online application here by Friday. Anyone interested must complete the application, including current members.

Cram for the AP Government Exam on C-SPAN

Tune-in to C-SPAN Saturday from 8:15-9 a.m. Saturday as Mr. Larsen and Mr. Conneen join the annual “Cram for the Exam” program to help AP Government and Politics students around the country prepare for their upcoming exam on Tuesday. The two teachers will discuss the exam, preview sample questions, and make suggestions as to what students should be studying. They will also respond to student questions asked via telephone, email and social media. If you want to call in with a question, the number will be 202-748-8000. You can Tweet questions using the hashtag #APCram4Ex or email

Melange, Repertory Auditions May 18-19

Auditions for the Melange and Repertory dance companies will be held from 3:45-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 18-19, in Dance Studio Room 2010. Click here to sign up for an audition.

College Essay Workshop for Juniors This Summer

Attention juniors: Get a head start with college essays this summer! Register for the College Essay Workshop, which is being offered three times during the summer. Get help on your personal statement with Ms. Arias, Mr. Bradshaw, Ms. Cullen, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Lukens or Mrs. Mack! About 160 students are registered already, but there is still space to join! Students who did the workshop last summer gave several endorsements. One raved about how the teachers have “extensive knowledge in reading college essays,” while another said “It gives you a kick start. … Awesome class!” Check the summer school catalog for details at

Struggling in Class? Stop by an ILC for Academic Help

If you’re struggling academically, the school has a number of services available to help. Click here to learn more about academic assistance available in the Information and Learning Centers, including peer tutoring, Targeted Tutoring and the Homework Center.

Missing Something? Here’s Lost and Found Information

If you’re missing a gym bag, swim bag, lunch bag or any other item, stop by the lost and found area in Room 2416 (West) or Room 5024 (East), or the attendance office in the lobby by the Field House. Please consider marking your name on your items so they can be returned promptly if found.


Sophomore Class Board is meeting today after school in the College Career Center. New members are welcome!

Today after school in Room 1204 (Faculty Dining Room), the Interactive Gamers Club will host a miniature-figure painting workshop! No cost to attend, no experience required, just show up to relax from all your AP and finals studying. Figures and paints provided by IGC, but you get to keep your finished product!

Auditions for the SHS Color Guard are Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. in the Wood Commons. No experience is necessary. Please bring water and dress in athletic clothing. If you have any questions, email


We have filled all the spots for summer career shadowing, so we will no longer be accepting any more applications. If you have already turned in an application or have contacted Mrs. Willock before today, you will still be able to participate. We will resume taking applications again in the fall for the next school year. Please make sure to check the Career Exploration webpage and follow the College and Career Center on Facebook for the latest updates. For general career questions, please contact Mrs. Willock at


Friday, May 13 is the nomination deadline for the Spring ESPPA Awards, which will be given out at the Spring 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 Spring ESPPA Awards by clicking here.

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 sale has been extended to May 16, so buy some for Mother’s Day!


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