Thursday, September 29, 2016

Five Local Schools Earn Blue Ribbon Awards

Five local schools whose students flow into Stevenson have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016 by the United States Department of Education. The Consortium District 125 schools selected were:

They are among 329 public and private K-12 schools across the country selected for overall academic excellence or for making progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. All five local schools were honored for academic excellence. There were 21 schools in Illinois selected for Blue Ribbon Awards. Daily Herald coverage

Alum in Running for $100K Research Prize

Dr. David Levine (SHS 2002) is one of three finalists vying for the $100,000 award in the fifth annual BRIght Futures Prize Competition, which seeks to solve vexing medical problems. The competition is sponsored by the Boston-based Brigham Research Institute at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The finalists, all BWH researchers and clinicians, were selected through a two-step scientific review process.

Levine’s idea, called “The Home Hospital,” would offer older patients who come to the hospital the option of receiving care at home. Patients would receive all the services and attention as at the hospital, including visits from doctors and nurses, but in a more comfortable and cost-effective setting. To test his hypothesis that patients move more and sleep more at home, participants would wear devices allowing for remote monitoring of vital signs, physical movement and sleep activity. They also would be able to have video conferences with their providers.

The idea has been practiced in Europe and Australia for more than a decade, Levine said, but has received scant attention in the United States. Levine describes his concept in this video, featuring the plans of all three finalists.

The winner will be determined in part by online voting. Click here to cast your vote.

Orchestra Concert Tonight

Stevenson’s orchestras will hold their first concert of the year at 7 o’clock tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. If you can’t make it to the concert, the Stevenson Broadcast Network will carry it live at


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championship: Joyce Bai finished third overall, leading the Patriots to a fourth-place finish out of seven teams. SHS also finished fourth in the overall conference standings for 2016. Bai, a freshman, shot an 86 at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, with a 42 on the front nine and a 44 on the back nine. Stevenson’s other medal-winning golfers all finished in the top 20: Olivia Stomberg tied for 11th with a 91, Olivia Hancock carded a 92 and tied for 14th, and Gina Shanley and Tanya Chanprung tied for 18th with a 97. Also competing for the Patriots were Katie Hannahs (21st, 99) and Ashley Richardson (22nd, 102). Stevenson had a team score of 366, five strokes behind third-place Lake Forest and 21 in back of champion Libertyville. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Blue 4, Stevenson 3: At Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion, the Patriots fell to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Scholastic Hockey League. The Trevians improved to 3-0 in the SHL. –,

Girls Volleyball

Libertyville d. Stevenson, 25-16, 25-21: Jori Radtke led the host Patriots (21-5, 3-1) with eight kills. Hope Havenhill had three kills, plus a solo block and a block assist. Sophie Sorenson also registered three kills. Alex Kuc recorded 13 assists on 42-of-44 setting. The Wildcats improved to 18-6, 5-0. – Daily Herald

Radtke Earns Athlete of the Month Honor

Senior Jori Radtke, a member of the girls volleyball team, was voted Lake Shore Athlete of the Month for September by the Chicago Tribune suburban sports team and community voters. Country Financial, the program’s sponsor, will be donating $250 to Stevenson, and the money will be given to the girls volleyball program. Radtke will be honored prior to the start of the Patriots’ home match against Lakes on October 18.

Fast Start for Novoselsky, Western Michigan

Western Michigan’s football team is off to its first 4-0 start in 22 years, and Zach Novoselsky (Class of 2014) has played in each win. In fact, the redshirt sophomore has a 9-1 record as a Bronco; WMU was 5-1 in the six games that he appeared in last season. Novoselsky and his teammates will try to match the program’s best start, 5-0 in 1994, when they travel to rival Central Michigan on Saturday. The game will be broadcast at 6 p.m. Central Time on the CBS Sports Network.

IHSA Tennis Moves to Two-Class System

No matter what happens in October, Stevenson’s 2016 girls tennis team will be a part of state history. Next month’s sectional and state tournaments will mark the beginning of a two-class system for the sport in Illinois. The decision to create a second class for girls and boys tennis was made in October 2015. Stevenson will participate in Class 2A, which will include the upper half of schools in the state based on enrollment. The Patriots will play in the Class 2A Hersey Sectional on October 15, with the 2A state tournament set for October 20-22. Under the new format, the state tournament will have the same total number of qualifiers (128) as it did in the one-class era, with 64 singles and doubles players qualifying in each class.


Operation Snowball Registration Now Open

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3, at YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a program planned by teens for teens that gives you a chance to learn about yourself, your peers, and a wide variety of topics. Sign up today through the online school store. The registration deadline is November 18.

Yearbook Photo Retakes October 20-21

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who didn’t have their yearbook picture taken during orientation in August will have a final chance in October. Yearbook retakes will be done on Thursday and Friday, October 20-21, in the Recital Hall between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. both days.

Green Team Electronics Recycling Drive

The Green Team is holding an electronics recycling drive through Wednesday. 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.

Spirit Revolution Supply Drive for Flood Victims

Stevenson’s Spirit Revolution, the school’s cheerleading and pom teams, is holding a supply drive today to help flood victims in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Bins will be available at the Field House and Sports Center doors, where people can drop off supplies until 7 p.m.. Local resident Mark Walton, who has three children that have graduated from Stevenson, will load a truck and drive the supplies to Baton Rouge next week. To see a list of most-needed items, click here. Also, Stevenson Athletics is offering free admission to Friday night’s varsity football game against Libertyville to anyone who brings a case of water or sports drink to the east entrance gate prior to the game.


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 (


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


Junior Class Board is meeting today to celebrate its first-place finish in the Homecoming competition! See you after school in the College Career Center for victory speeches and special treats!

Senior Class Board will meet today in Room 2004-2006 to celebrate Homecoming! New members are always welcome.

Did you know that there are more than 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the U.S. and more than 157 million pounds of honey produced? Well now you know, and it’s your turn to taste some of them. Join Club Israel in an Apple and Honey Taste Test after school today in Room 1414. Which will be your favorite?

The Thespian Club will be holding its Annual Costume Sale during all lunch periods Tuesday and Wednesday outside the Performing Arts Center, just in time for Halloween planning!


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 following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Nova Southeastern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Puget Sound, Pepperdine University, Emory University, Loyola University Chicago, University of Michigan, Bowdoin College, University of Cincinnati, Ball State University, University of California-San Diego, Carnegie Mellon University, Illinois College, Ohio State University, Bates College, University of Wisconsin, University of Warwick, Loras College, University of Arizona, Rhodes College, Western Michigan University, Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music, Transylvania University, Mount Mercy College, Saint Louis University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Willamette University, Roosevelt University, Grinnell College, Lewis University, Wabash College, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Lynn University and Missouri University of Science and Technology. 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.


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