Friday, October 21, 2016

Grice Named State’s Art Administrator of the Year

Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice has been named 2016 Art Administrator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association. Grice has led Stevenson‘s fine arts program since 2010, when he was selected to become its leader after five years as fine arts department chairman at Riverside-Brookfield High School. The Des Plaines native taught art at R-B immediately after graduating from Northern Illinois University. He will be honored at the IAEA’s 68th annual conference November 3-5 in Normal.

“I am truly honored to receive this recognition from IAEA,” Grice said. “As an active member, I have always been inspired and influenced by the organization and its members to guide our work. Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with so many dedicated professionals at forward-thinking schools in supportive communities that I am forever grateful for. It is within these environments that have allowed my colleagues, the arts, and our schools to flourish.”

On the latest episode of the “Speaking of Stevenson” podcast, Grice talks about the award, the arts program at Stevenson, and why he left a successful gig at Riverside-Brookfield High School to take the reins at SHS. Listen to the podcast at Stevenson’s Soundcloud page.

For Cubs Fans, “W” Can Mean Wicked On Saturday

Saturday evening can be a frightful time for District 125 Cubs fans, regardless of how the team does. The “trek” portion of the Stevenson Foundation’s Nightmare on Stevenson Drive — during which participants must pass through several “scare stations” on the north side of campus — will be over before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series begins. Check-in and kickoff begins at 5 p.m., with the trek starting at 6. After the trek, there will be a party in the Stadium featuring food, games, a photo booth and music. The cost is $25 if you sign up today, and includes a lighted wristband and a food voucher for either Lou Malnati’s, Dairy Queen Route 22, Chick-fil-A Vernon Hills, or Wiener Take All. Registration at the gate on Saturday will be $30.

The event is a fundraiser for the Foundation’s Stevenson to College (S2C) program. S2C mentors Stevenson students at risk of not attending college, and provides the necessary tools and support to empower them to succeed in their college and career quest.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A State Tournament: The Patriots stood in first place after the first day of action, with both doubles entries and one of two singles players unbeaten in their first two matches. SHS scored 14 points, ahead of Hinsdale Central, which had 12. Freshman Gina Kondos and sophomore Elizabeth Ferdman, a 5-8 seed, won their opening match over Glenbard West’s Ali Koch and Summer Johanneson, 6-0, 6-1. In the second round, they beat Skylar Olsen and Hannah Rakofsky of Crystal Lake South, 6-0, 6-0. Ferdman and Kondos will face Loyola’s Caroline Witkowski and Maggie Hines in the third round on Friday. The two tandems squared off in the semifinals of the Prospect Fall Classic on September 24, with the Stevenson duo coming away with a 6-3, 7-5 decision. Junior Kate Harvey and senior Paige Nierman won their opening match over Naperville Central’s Zoe Comerford and Elaine Liu, 6-1, 6-0. In the second round, the 9-16 seed beat Devin Davidson and Halle Michael of Highland Park, 6-0, 6-1. They will take on Libertyville’s Danielle Blaser and Callie Klein in the third round Friday. Dhwani Kumar also went 2-0 on the day. The senior was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Joliet West’s Eileen Carney in the  first round of singles, and knocked off Lake Forest’s Alex Slomba in the second round, 6-1, 6-3. Next up for Kumar is Olivia Oosterbaan of Hinsdale Central. Freshman Athena Kolli beat Pekin’s Abbie Latronico, 6-0, 6-1, in the first round, then fell to Lyons Township’s Lahari Yelamanchili in the second round, 6-0, 6-3. She was eliminated with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Wheaton North’s Madeline Fidel in the second-round consolation bracket. – Day 1 Results

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Allied Bowling

Grayslake 133, Stevenson 99: Senior Ethan Wismer was the leading Patriot, rolling a 123 at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. Sophomore George Kuchaidze shot a 96, freshman Nithi Thirumurugan recorded a 95, and 93s came from senior Chris Burg and freshman Chris Kanaris.

Boys Cross Country Team Hitting its Stride

The boys cross country team has recovered from a sluggish start to the season and is finding its stride at the right time. Head coach Scott Sommers says his squad has become much more consistent in the past two weeks, and is driven by the memory of barely missing out on last year’s state meet. The Patriots will compete in the IHSA Class 3A Libertyville Regional on Saturday, and Sommers is counting on junior Nikita Smyrnov, who has been the squad’s top runner this year. You can see regional results at this link on Saturday.

Football Adopts “Next Man Up” Philosophy

Injuries are a part of football, so when a shoulder injury kept senior quarterback Aidan O’Connell out of last week’s game against Waukegan, his backup was ready. Junior Grayson Kubow stepped into the spotlight and directed the Patriots to a 36-7 win and the North Suburban Conference title. O’Connell, fellow senior Anthony Sibo and head coach Bill McNamara said because of Kubow’s arm and agility, major changes weren’t required to the offensive game plan. Sibo also continued his strong season, in which he has emerged as the Patriots’ leading rusher. He’s also second on the team in receptions and receiving yards. Stevenson finishes its regular-season schedule at Warren tonight. The Patriots (7-1, 6-0) have won seven games in a row since opening the season with a 28-20 loss to Palatine, which is currently ranked fourth in Class 8A. Warren is 4-4 overall and 4-2 in the NSC, but enters the game riding a three-game winning streak and has won four of its past five.

Brunson Picked for Cousy Award Watch List

Villanova University sophomore Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) is on the 19-man preseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the best point guard in college hoops. The Cousy Award committee will narrow its list to 10 players by mid-February, and five finalists will be announced in March. Brunson was the starting point guard for the Wildcats’ national championship team last season, averaging 9.6 points and 2.5 assists per game. Villanova checks in at No. 3 in USA Today’s preseason top 25.


The varsity boys soccer game story in Thursday’s Digest, which relied on this Daily Herald report, contained two significant errors. The Patriots’ goalkeeper was junior Ethan Kalis, and both SHS goals were assisted by senior Ben Brandt.


Second-Semester Driver Education Permit Information

Students enrolled in Driver Education for second semester at SHS can complete the permit application process (including vision test) between 7:30-8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, October 24-28, in Room 7096. You only have to attend one meeting date. Click here for details.

Orchestra, Guitar Polo Shirts Are Here

Orchestra and guitar students who ordered polo shirts can pick them up at the Patriot Superstore.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation Friday

Visiting Artist of the Month Tom James will be giving presentations to students during third and fifth periods today at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Click here to read more about the artist.

S-Factor Audition Deadline Today

Auditions for S-Factor, the Kiva Club’s annual student vocal competition, will be held Monday through Wednesday 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 today. Sign up at

Sign Up for Nightmare on Stevenson Drive at Lunch

If you’re looking for a “spook-tacular” start to Halloween, come to the Nightmare on Stevenson Drive on Saturday. It’ll be a real scream. You can sign up at the registration table during lunch today in the Wood Commons. Get details here.

Yearbook Photo Retakes Today

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who didn’t have their yearbook picture taken during orientation in August will have a final chance this week. Yearbook retakes will be done today in the Recital Hall between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Parents can pay for yearbook photos in advance by selecting the “School Portraits Pay Ahead” option at this link.

Place Your Graduation Cap and Gown Order

Seniors can order their graduation cap and gown, and graduation announcements, until 3 o’clock today in the West Building Patriot Lobby by Room 2400. Orders also can be placed online at

Turn In Senior Party Forms Today

Attention all seniors! The Senior Class Party is only eight months away but the time to register is now. Sign up and guarantee your spot on the Odyssey. Forms were distributed during the senior class’ picture day earlier this month. Forms also are available in the Student Activities Office, at the Patriot Superstore, and online. You can turn in your completed form with payment at the tables in the Patriot Lobby today. The Senior Class Party is Thursday, May 25, 2017. For only $35 you can enjoy a two-hour cruise aboard the Odyssey, transportation to and from Navy Pier, a full lunch buffet, dessert station, unlimited soda and juice, and DJ entertainment. Spots are limited. Don’t miss out on this fun event!


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 (


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. This scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, you must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Please stop in the CCC today to pick up your application. The deadline to return a completed application is November 15.

Seniors interested in the University of Virginia: The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards full scholarships to UVA to students who have demonstrated uncommon academic ability, exceptional leadership and a commitment to the community at large.  Stevenson may nominate one student for this prestigious scholarship. If you are interested, please pick up an application from the CCC. Please return this application to the CCC by November 15.

The following colleges are sending representatives to Stevenson next week to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Oberlin College, Macalester College, Iowa State University, Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, University of Colorado, Whitman College, University of Illinois at Chicago, Southern Illinois University, McGill University, Carthage College, Elmhurst College, University of Northern Iowa, Tulane University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, University of Alabama, California Institute of Technology, Williams College, Occidental College, University College Dublin, College of the Holy Cross, Rockford University, University of Dayton, Grand Valley State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Cornell College and Union 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.


There will be a sophomore boys basketball informational meeting on Wednesday from 7:30-8 a.m. in Room 2900. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach David Hess at

If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday, November 10 from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (November 10 is a late arrival day). Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The other meeting dates for this school year (all late arrival days) are December 1, February 16 and March 16, at the same time and location.


Morning Strength Training and Conditioning is open to all students, and is held 6:15-7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Thursday, February 9 in the Cardio Room 5042. No one is too busy, it’s a matter of priorities!


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