Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mural Named Illinois Latin Teacher of the Year

Christopher Mural, the creator and leader of Stevenson’s Latin curriculum, received the state’s top award for Latin teachers last week. Mural was named the Farrand Baker Teacher of the Year for 2016 by the Illinois Classical Conference. The award was announced at the group’s annual conference, which was held at Stevenson.

The Farrand Baker award is given annually for exemplary teaching of Latin, for outstanding service to the Illinois Classical Conference, for dedication to the cause of classics in the teacher’s home community, and for participation in regional and national classics organizations. He received $100 in addition to an award plaque.

After graduating from Knox College in 2000, Mural taught Latin for one year at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights before coming to Stevenson in 2001. He has built the Latin program at SHS into a four-year program that culminates at the Advanced Placement level. Approximately 110 students are enrolled in Latin classes.

In addition to his classroom duties, Mural is the head coach for Stevenson’s bass fishing team. He also has taught economics at SHS, and has served as an assistant coach in the boys and girls soccer programs.

Flood Victims Receive SHS Donations

Several thousand items donated by the Stevenson community made their way to help flood victims in Baton Rouge, Louisiana earlier this month. The items were driven to Louisiana by former SHS parent Mark Walton and his friend, Scott Goldstein. Walton reports that Spirit Revolution, the school’s cheerleading and poms teams, donated 1,000 items alone. The outpouring of support was so great that there was not enough room in Walton’s truck for all of the water and sports drinks that were donated. They have been given to food pantries in Vernon and Libertyville townships. Walton said that in addition to the contributions of Stevenson employees and families, Home Depot, Walmart, Target and AvisBudget car-truck rental all helped out. Also, St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church donated furniture.


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Daily Herald Honors Marchese for Defensive Effort

Senior Michael Marchese was named the Daily Herald’s Lake County High School Football Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in last week’s 17-14 win at Lake Zurich. Marchese made 20 tackles, including 14 solo stops, and added an interception.

Volleyball Alum Makes History at NIU

Northern Illinois University senior Jenna Radtke (Class of 2013) is making history for the Huskies’ women’s volleyball program. She recently became the first player at NIU to earn Mid-American Conference West Division offensive and defensive player of the week honors in the same season. On Monday, she was named the division’s Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week. The 6-foot-2 Radtke, who didn’t start playing volleyball until her sophomore year at Stevenson, is a two-time all-MAC player. This season, she has been among the nation’s top 25 in hitting percentage. Radtke’s sister Jori leads the SHS volleyball team.


Testing Center Closed Wednesday, October 19

The Testing Center will be closed on Wednesday, October 19 due to the PSAT testing that will be taking place for sophomores and juniors.

Sign Up for S-Factor Auditions

Auditions for S-Factor, the Kiva Club’s annual student vocal competition, will be held Monday through Wednesday, October 24-26 in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Audition slots will be every five minutes from 3:15-4:30 p.m. each day. To audition, students must be available the week after Winter Break, January 4-6. The deadline to sign up is 3:30 p.m. Friday, October 21. Sign up at

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.


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 girls gymnastics team is having an informational, preseason meeting on Friday for anyone interested in trying out. The meeting will be held at 3:30 in Room 2002. No experience is necessary.


Don’t forget to turn in your team packet this week for the IM Dodgeball League. If you need to pick up a team packet or if you are looking for a team to join, stop by the Student Activities Office.


The Animal Welfare Club’s October Dog of the Month is a senior pup named Bellah and our Cat of the Month is a playful 4-year-old named Aristotle. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website! Again, these animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!

Are you interested in meteorology? Would you like to learn how to forecast the weather? Do you want to earn volunteer hours while helping people who are suffering from natural disasters? Do you want to use Stevenson’s weather station? If so, come to Meteorology Club! Join us on Mondays at 3:35 p.m. in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at


The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Rice University, Tufts University, Michigan State University, Denison University, United States Army, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Kansas, Florida Atlantic University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Baldwin Wallace University, Moore College of Art and Design, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Luther College, Truman State University, University of Vermont, Southern Methodist University, Colorado State University, DePaul University, University of Oklahoma, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, St. Olaf College, University of Kentucky, Lawrence Technological University, Hofstra University, Kansas State University, Vanderbilt University, Boston College, Carleton College, Duke University, Northwestern University, Washington University, Oberlin College, Iowa State University, Wesleyan University and Swarthmore College. 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.

Stevenson juniors and seniors and their parents can learn about nearly 175 colleges and universities at the Illinois Regional College Fair hosted by the College of Lake County from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 20. The fair will be held in the Physical Education Center, Building 7, on the CLC Grayslake Campus. Parking is available in lots 2 or 3, on the north side of the CLC campus, closest to the Washington Street and Lancer Lane entrance, 19351 W. Washington St. College financial aid information sessions, presented by staff from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, will be held in room 706 of the Physical Education Center from 6:30-7 p.m. and 7:15-7:45 p.m. For information, call 847-543-2588 or visit for a list of colleges that will be represented.


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