Thursday, September 22, 2016

Seven Selected for Those Who Excel Awards

Seven Stevenson employees have been selected by the Illinois State Board of Education to receive 2016-17 Those Who Excel education awards. Science teacher Brett Erdmann was chosen for the Award of Merit in the Classroom Teacher category, while the Odyssey Leadership Team of Deanna Dreyer, Stephanie Schafer, Greg Diethrich, Jon Grice and Julie Jensen was an Award of Merit choice in the Team category. Suzanne Paloian was selected for the Award of Recognition in the Educational Service Personnel category. They will be honored by the ISBE at the 42nd annual Those Who Excel awards banquet October 22 in Normal. The seven also will be recognized by the District 125 Board of Education at its November meeting. Click here to see Stevenson’s recent Those Who Excel recipients.

Electronics Recycling Drive Starts Tuesday

The Green Team, a co-curricular club at Stevenson dedicated to protecting the environment, will hold an electronics recycling drive beginning Tuesday and running through Wednesday, October 5. The club will have three collection locations on campus: the Sports Center, the Field House, and the Forum (or “Point”) entrance to the West Building. Students will receive one service hour for each electronic device they donate (up to three). The following items will be accepted: cell phones, tablets, computers, laptops, batteries, and cords and wires. Televisions, light bulbs, kitchen appliances and products containing mercury will not be accepted.

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-11, 25-18: Alex Kuc was 44-of-45 setting with 19 assists for the host Patriots (20-3, 2-0), who reached the 20-victory mark for the 13th straight season and 30th in the last 31 campaigns. Jori Radtke recorded 10 kills while Sophie Sorenson had seven kills and served three aces. Hope Havenhill had two solo blocks and two block assists to go along with four kills. Chloe Robinson made five digs. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Stevenson 1, St. Ignatius 0: Emily Hersh scored the game’s only goal, assisted by Giovana Guimaraes.

Football Team Looks to Post Fourth Straight Win

Stevenson plays host to Zion-Benton in its annual Homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Stadium. The Patriots are 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference. SHS has won three straight games, including a 48-6 victory at Mundelein last week in which linebackers Sam Marks and Alex Iancau led a stifling defensive effort. The Zee-Bees will bring a 2-2 record into the game (1-1 in conference) after a 43-26 loss to Lake Zurich last week. Stevenson and Zion have one opponent in common this season; Z-B beat Mundelein 56-21 two weeks ago. Friday’s game will include the Spirit Revolution fundraiser for Louisiana flood victims, and the Catalyst club’s “Close the Gap” initiative for students (see the Student Announcements for details). If you can’t make it to the game, the Stevenson Broadcast Network will show it live at You can also hear the game on Stevenson’s student radio station, WAES 88.1 FM.

Tennis Team Overcomes Obstacles During 11-0 Start

When you look at the Patriot girls tennis team and its 11-0 record, it would be easy to think that coach Tom Stanhope’s team has had a smooth ride during the first month of the season. As this article points out, however, Stevenson has faced several challenges, including an early injury to Kate Harvey, who won the state doubles title with Vinaya Rao two years ago and was runner-up with her last year. In fact, Stanhope has only been able to deploy his full lineup once this season. But the Pats have persevered, thanks to a stable of seasoned veterans and talented freshmen.

Sophomore Among Nation’s Top Young Gymnasts

Sophomore Paul Juda is one of the elite young gymnasts in America. In May, he finished fifth in the all-around in the under-14 competition at the USA Gymnastics Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships. Juda, who is not a member of Stevenson’s boys gymnastics program, talked with Pioneer Press about his Olympic aspirations and working out four hours a day six times a week.


“Close the Gap” for Free Food at Friday’s Football Game

Catalyst is hosting a pre-game hot dog and chip party before Friday’s varsity game, from 6-7 p.m. behind the home bleachers. The first 500 students who enter the Stadium will receive a “Close the Gap” wristband from a Catalyst member, which gives them access to the party. What does “Close the Gap” mean? Catalyst hopes to close the gap between student perceptions and the truth about alcohol and drug use.

Spirit Revolution Supply Drive for Flood Victims

Stevenson’s Spirit Revolution, the school’s cheerleading and pom teams, will hold a supply drive next week to help flood victims in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The supply drive will take place Wednesday and Thursday, September 28-29. Bins will be available at the Field House and Sports Center doors, where people can drop off supplies between 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day. Local resident Mark Walton, who has three children that have graduated from Stevenson, will load a truck and drive the supplies to Baton Rouge on October 4. To see a list of most-needed items, click here.

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Will You Dare to Scare?

Earning service and leadership hours by scaring people sounds too good to be true, right? But that’s exactly what will happen if you and your friends create a scare station for the Stevenson Foundation’s Nightmare on Stevenson Drive. Not only that, but you’ll also get $150 to design your scare station and costumes. You’ll need to hurry, though, because the deadline to sign up for a scare station is today. Click here for all the details and to sign up.


The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Arcadia University, George Mason University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Robert Morris University, Brandeis University, DePauw University, George Washington University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Northern Arizona University, Drake University, University of South Carolina, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, Kent State University, Rutgers University, SUNY Maritime College, Lehigh University, Seton Hall University, St. Norbert College, University of Miami, Augustana College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Carroll University, Baylor University, Simmons College, Washington College, Suffolk University, Concordia University, Boise State University, Boston University, Ithaca College, Chapman University, University of Minnesota, Miami University, University of Redlands, University of Central Florida, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Mercer University. Please check Naviance for the dates and times, and also for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit. Remember to print your confirmation page, put your school ID on the page, and have it signed by your teacher for that class period two days prior to the visit. Bring the signed confirmation page on the day of the college visit.


Did you know that Israel won two medals in the Summer Olympics? Want to find out more and play a mini-version of Israel Summer Olympics? If the answer is yes, come to Club Israel after school today in Room 1414.

The Scholastic Bowl teams will have their informational meeting and first practice on Monday. If you’re a fan of trivia games, Jeopardy! or just want to know more about the team that took second place in the nation last year, please come to Room 1510 next Monday! New players always welcome!


The Career Exploration Program is accepting Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year. 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 (


Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Fall ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through October 28.


The information meeting for IM Dodgeball will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29 in the Wood Commons. Play begins on Saturday, October 29. Visit the IM Dodgeball page to see the season schedule.


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