Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two New Laws Have Connections to Stevenson

Two pieces of legislation with ties to Stevenson became laws last month, one state and one federal.

17-year-olds throughout Illinois now have expanded political participation rights after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law House Bill 6167, also known as “Suffrage@17 – Part 2.” The new law allows 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the time of the November general election to sign and distribute candidate petitions, as well as serve as deputy voter registrars. The legislation, which takes effect next year, adds to the original Suffrage@17 law from 2013 that granted 17-year-olds the right to vote in primaries if they turn 18 by the time of the general election. Both Suffrage@17 laws originated at Stevenson, led by Andrew Conneen, Dan Larsen and other members of the Social Studies faculty. Watch Conneen, Larsen and SHS alum Neli Farahmandpour (Class of 2014) talk about the original Suffrage@17 law in this January 2014 episode of WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.”

The other Stevenson-connected law, signed by President Obama, affects the nation. Called “Lali’s Law” in honor of SHS alum Alex Laliberte, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act provides funding for states to make naloxone, an opioid-overdose antidote, more readily available. The law also calls for courts to place a greater emphasis on treatment instead of imprisonment. Laliberte died of a heroin overdose shortly after his graduation in 2008. His sister, Chelsea (Class of 2003), has been tireless in her efforts to promote opioid awareness since Alex’s death. She is the executive director and co-founder of Live4Lali, and was one of the main driving forces behind the legislation. Live4Lali is one of three area charitable organizations that will benefit from Stevenson’s Street Fest in September.

Last Chance for iPad Pick-Up, Training

Today is the last chance for students who have not picked up their school-issued iPad, and gone through the required training and orientation. iPad pick-up and orientation takes place at 3:30 in Room 3012, in the Link Labs located midway through the corridor that connects the West and East buildings. Click here for details.

Junior Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Junior Matthew Adams, a member of Boy Scout Troop 79 in Long Grove, has earned his Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills.  He also must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and must lead a project that benefits the community. Adams’ project was the construction and installation of nesting boxes for the declining screech owl population at Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve in Long Grove. Scouts from Troop 79 and current Stevenson students assisted Adams with his project.

Safety Drills During Activity Period Today

The school will hold two safety drills during the activity period this morning, from 10:06-10:49 a.m. The annual drills are conducted to ensure that faculty, staff and students know what to do in case of an emergency, and to verify that the school’s safety protocols are working properly. There will be some first responders on campus during the drill, but no heavy equipment.

SHS Community Invited to Stand Strong Meeting

Stevenson is a member of the Stand Strong Coalition, which is dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use by District 125 youth. Community members are invited to the first Stand Strong meeting of the 2016-17 school year. The meeting will take place at the Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road, from 7-8:30 p.m. Also open are the coalition’s alcohol and prescription drug committee meetings, which start at 6 p.m.



Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Hersey Invitational: The Patriots opened their season by finishing fourth among 12 teams at Rolling Green Country Club in Arlington Heights. James Dvorak led SHS with a 73. Jackson Bussell shot a 76, while Drew Mix and Mark Noonan each carded a 79. Stevenson posted a team score of 307, 17 shots behind champion Loyola, which was followed by Glenbrook South (302) and Prospect (305). – Daily Herald

Several Green-Gold Games on Tap Thursday, Friday

Several fall sports will hold their Green-Gold intrasquad competitions on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, the boys soccer teams will have Green-Gold matches at 4:30 p.m., while the girls volleyball squads take the court at 5 and 6 p.m. Football scrimmages will follow at 6:30 (freshman-sophomore) and 7:30 (varsity). On Friday, the field hockey teams will hold their Green-Gold games at 6 p.m.

High-Powered Offense Fuels Football Optimism

After scoring nearly 30 points a game en route to a 7-4 record last year, the Patriot football team believes its offense can be even better in 2016. Head coach Bill McNamara welcomes back several key starters, led by the speedy wide receiver duo of twin brothers Henry and Michael Marchese, both seniors. Throwing to them will be senior quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who came off the bench in the opener at Palatine last season and led the Pats to a 26-24 win. Other weapons include seniors Anthony Sibo, Noah Lukz and Lucas Wax, and junior Alex Capstick. “I think this year we have some skill kids that are pretty exceptional, and it will be exciting to watch them on the field,” McNamara said. SHS opens its season at home Friday, August 26 against Palatine. The Patriots are aiming for their 28th consecutive appearance in the state playoffs. CSN Chicago has Stevenson ranked No. 12 in its preseason power rankings.

Smith Emerges as One of Nation’s Top Hoops Prospects

Justin Smith has emerged as one of the top three basketball prospects in Illinois and one of the top 100 in the nation, according to Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times. The 6-foot-7 senior forward drew rave reviews for his play at the NY2LA Summer Jam in July, and head coach Pat Ambrose is looking for big things from him this season. “It’s been a slow, steady improvement in a lot of different areas with Justin,” Ambrose said. “The game has slowed down for him and things have come more natural for him. He’s more mature, more aware of things. As a result, he is playing with more confidence.” Smith has a long list of colleges after him, including defending national champion Villanova (with Smith’s former teammate, Jalen Brunson), Stanford, Xavier, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Northwestern.


Big Fish Pre-Audition Vocal Clinic Thursday

Students who want to audition for this year’s school musical, Big Fish, are encouraged to participate in the pre-audition vocal clinic from 3:40-6 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held after school Monday, also in the PAC. Students interested in auditioning can download the audition packet at The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate.

SNN Auditions Next Week

Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Monday and continue throughout next week. The sign-up sheet and information packet are available in the Student Activities Office. Any interested student must have 8th hour completely free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild ( and Mr. Aronoff (

Represent Your School: Be the Patriot

Stevenson needs enthusiastic and athletic students who want to be the face of SHS spirit! All students are invited to open tryouts to become the Patriot mascot. Tryouts will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday in the Aerobics Room (2110). Be prepared to dress as the Patriot in full costume, and show how you will act while the school song plays, and how you will interact with fans during an event. Questions? Contact Mr. Eddy in the Student Activities Office or at

Want to Perform at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake?

If you are interested in performing this year at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake, there will be an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 1500. No experience is necessary. All are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

West ILC Hiring Student Aides

The West ILC is hiring library aides to work during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC instead, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC for an application. This is a paid position.

Time Running Out for Senior Yearbook Portraits

Time is running out for seniors to schedule a yearbook portrait appointment through Visual Image Photography. The remaining dates are Monday through Saturday, August 22-27. Click here for times and more information. In order to appear in the yearbook, all seniors must have their photo taken by VIP. Photographers submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

Freshman Mixer Friday Night

All freshmen are invited to the annual Freshman Mixer, featuring a DJ and refreshments, from 7-9 p.m. Friday in the Wood Commons in the West Building. The Freshman Mixer is a free, lock-in event, so students must stay for the entire two hours. Freshmen must have their student ID to be admitted. Parents and guardians should drop off their freshmen in parking lot E. The event is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association and the SHS Student Activities Division.


The Boys Badminton Club informational meeting will be held Thursday from 3:35-4 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (5044). If you’re unable to attend and are interested in joining the club, email Coach Johnson at

Interactive Gamers Club will have its first meeting Thursday after school. We’ll be handing out free Magic: the Gathering Intro Decks to all members, signing up for RPG adventures, and learning new board games. IGC meets every Thursday from 3:30-6 p.m. in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room).

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:35 Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Would you like to help create artwork for the Fine Arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting in Room 6008 from 3:30-4 p.m. on Monday. The 2015-16 Poster Design Club Portfolio can be viewed here: If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

All of Stevenson’s theatre clubs will have a Welcome Back Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. You’ll find out about the plays planned for this year, plus get information about the International Thespians Society, StageCrafters Technical Theatre Club and TBA Playwriting Club. You’ll also get a tour of the PAC, and watch the safety video that is required viewing for anyone who wants to be cast in a show or part of the crew. For more information, contact Mr. Carmody at


A big welcome to all incoming freshman and returning Stevenson students. The Career Exploration Program will accept Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year beginning the week of August 22. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (


The start of Intramural Golf is right around the corner. IM Golf meets on Tuesdays at the Vernon Hills Golf Course (transportation is provided). The informational meeting is at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6014. We hope to see you there! For more information, visit the IM Golf web page.

The Stevenson Flag Football League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m.  Tuesday in Room 2104. For more information visit the Stevenson Flag Football Page.

IM Spikeball starts soon! The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 31 in Room 2104. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information visit the IM Spikeball web page.


The Athletics Division is looking for student managers to assist fall athletic programs with team video projects, including filming practices and games and uploading video to software. The time commitment is approximately three to five hours per week, but is flexible. If you are interested, please email Ms. Betthauser, the athletic director, at by August 31.


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