Thursday, May 26, 2016

ILC Search Engine Gathers Big Results

The Information and Learning Center’s use of a search tool to access all of its research collection has drawn the attention of its maker. EBSCO highlighted the ILC web page, which includes a search box from which students can scour the library catalog and dozens of research databases.

Head Librarian Lisa Dettling raved about the EBSCO Discovery Service (EBS), which the ILC first subscribed to in 2015 and launched earlier this year. She said the ILC search box has led to a significant rise in downloads by students. From January to April, there were nearly 33,000 full-text downloads, with 13,000 in March alone. In the four months preceding the launch of the ILC search box, there were 14,000 downloads, Dettling said.

“Our usage statistics are off the charts,” she told EBSCO for one of its “Success Stories” profiles. “This is only the first year; we’ll see more use next year.” Unfortunately for Stevenson, Dettling won’t be around to see next year’s numbers. She is moving back to her native New York after having served at SHS for the past nine years.

Senior Receives Eagle Scout Award From Congressman

Senior Marco Laudati received his Eagle Scout award last weekend at Community Christian Church in Lincolnshire. Laudati received his award from Congressman Robert Dold, for whom the student has served as an intern since his freshman year. Laudati connected with the congressman’s office through Stevenson’s Political Action Club. He also received the Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen Award from Commandant Mel  Ellingsen of Lake County Detachment 801. Laudati’s freshman brother, Giorgio, freshman, is currently a Life Scout and was the master of ceremonies.

Director’s Workshop on Friday

Students in the Directing the Actor course will feature their culminating project, a public performance of scenes directed by members of the class, during the Director’s Workshop throughout the school day on Friday in the Studio Theatre (Room 2204). Admission is free. Community members who are adults will need to check in at the “Point” entrance of the West Building; use parking lot B.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional: The Patriots’ semifinal game versus Loyola Academy was suspended in the bottom of the second inning due to the storms that hit the area Wednesday afternoon. The game will resume today at 4:30 with the score tied at 0-0. Stevenson is the No. 9 seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, while Loyola is No. 8. The winner will face top-seeded Libertyville for the regional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday.


Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Palatine Regional: Wednesday’s storms forced postponement of the Patriots’ game against Glenbrook South until 4:30 today. SHS is the No. 3 seed in the Stevenson Sectional and Glenbrook South is the No. 19 seed. The winner will play sixth-seeded Lake Forest or No. 10 seed Palatine for the regional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Boys Tennis Looks for Another Top 10 State Finish

The boys tennis team will be looking for its 10th consecutive top-10 finish at the IHSA state tournament, which begins today on several suburban high school courts. Stevenson has five players at state: Freshman Zach Kim in singles, and the doubles teams of senior Ben Bush and sophomore Sam Komis, and juniors Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg. Both of the doubles tandems are 9-16 seeds, while Kim is a 17-32 seed. You can follow their results here. To read the Daily Herald preview, click here.

Patriot Pair Heads to State Boys Track and Field Meet

Two members of the boys track and field will compete in the IHSA Class 3A state competition at Eastern Illinois University on Friday. In track and field, senior Jared Borowsky will run in the 3,200-meter run and junior David Goncharov will compete in the triple jump. Borowsky finished 24th in the 3,200 last year. This is his third state trip. He ran in the 1,600 and was part of Stevenson’s 3,200 relay as a freshman. Goncharov is making his first trip to state. The NFHS Network will broadcast all the action live from the track at O’Brien Stadium, however field events will not be able to be covered, with the exception of awards. To subscribe and watch, visit

Spring Sports Award Winners Announced

The Athletics Division held its annual Spring Sports Awards Night Tuesday in the Sports Center. Jack Sorenson and Allison Travetto were named the top senior male and female athlete, respectively. A number of other major awards were given. To see them, click here.

Three Named to All-NSC Softball Team

Three members of the SHS softball team have earned All-North Suburban Conference honors. Senior pitcher Myra Peterson, junior outfielder Vera Pflugradt and junior catcher Mic Faunce were named to the team. Senior shortstop Trisha Porzycki, junior second baseman Emma Oriatti and junior third baseman Alyssa Pauly earned honorable mention.

Football Team Scores Touchdown With PADS Drive

The Patriot football program’s support for the Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization continues to grow. The squad has held a PADS donation drive four years in a row, and this year’s effort was the best ever. The team collected 6,444 items, more than doubling its previous best of 3,067 items last year. The donation drive is part of the team’s leadership training program, with huddle group leaders coordinating with their teammates to collect items.


Meetings for AP Drawing, AP 2D Media Students

There will be an informational meeting for students enrolled in AP Drawing and AP 2D Media next fall after school today from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1426. The purpose of the meeting will be to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Attendance at the meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken ( and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday in Room 1426.

Clean Out Your P.E. Locker By Friday

All P.E. lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Friday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

SNN Film Festival Friday Night

The 14th annual SNN Film Festival, featuring student-made movies, takes place at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2. You can pay at the door, or buy tickets in advance from Mr. Fairchild or Mr. Aronoff.

Return Comm Arts Books, Pick Up AP History Books at Superstore

All Communication Arts books should be returned to the Superstore. Also, AP U.S. History, AP European History, and American Studies students can purchase their 2016-17 books at the Superstore.

Testing Center Final Exam Guidelines

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during finals. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or P.E. Before and after final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that is has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

Missing Your Favorite Pen or Pencil? Stop by 2416

Did you lose your pencil case with your favorite pens and pencils? Come to Room 2416 and check the filled bin for yours. Also, check for your glasses and other items.

Rare Summer Opportunity: Host an Exchange Student in July

Looking for some summer excitement without leaving home? Hosting an international student for the month of July might be the answer! A student from Denmark will be attending the second semester of summer school at SHS. Please call 847-415-4500 if you would like more information about welcoming her into your home from July 1-30.

Pick Up Yearbooks at the Patriot Superstore

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, or if you want to buy a yearbook, stop by the Patriot Superstore.

Movie, Pizza and Soda … All for $1 on Wednesday, June 1  

Come watch the movie “Stomp the Yard” and have Lou Malnati’s pizza and soda, all for $1, at the $1 Dollar First Wednesday end-of-year party sponsored by the Black Association of Stevenson Students and DIVCO. The party starts at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 in Room 1414. “Stomp the Yard” features Columbus Short, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Meghan Good.

Celebrate the End of Finals With the Balloon Pop Challenge

Don’t miss the second annual end-of-the-year Balloon Pop Challenge in the West Commons after final exams end on Thursday, June 2. Challenge a classmate to come and pick the subject you pop this year! The entry is $1, and you’ll have a chance to win a $10 gift card from Lou Malnati’s. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and Stevenson to College program. This event is sponsored by DIVCO and the Homework Center.


There will be a girls golf informational meeting for the 2016-17 season at 3:30 today in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Degen at

The boys cross country team will have an informational meeting at 7:40 a.m. Friday in Multi-Purpose Room 5044 in the East Building. If you are interested or plan on running cross country this fall, you should plan on attending this short informational meeting.  The meeting will go over some important dates and information regarding the start of the fall cross country season.


Sophomore Class Board meets after school today in the College/Career Center to work on homecoming decorations.

Junior Class Board will meet today in Room 2004 after school to celebrate LIUB! Bring a friend — new members always welcome!


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