Friday, November 18, 2016

Give-A-Thon Bringing Help for the Holidays

Stevenson’s 32nd annual Give-A-Thon, a school-wide campaign to bring joy to Lake County residents in need during the holiday season, is underway. This year Give-A-Thon will be providing holiday gifts for a record 385 Lake County families, and also aims to donate enough food to stock the Vernon Area Pantry for six months, and enough diapers, baby formula, and young motherhood items to Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) to meet its needs for six months. If you would like to make a financial contribution to Give-A-Thon, click here. Student Activities Director Ted Goergen talked about Give-A-Thon, and many other co-curricular activities at the school, during the latest “Speaking of Stevenson” podcast. Click here to listen.

Seniors Finish Second in National Cybersecurity Contest

A team of three Stevenson students finished second in a national high school cybersecurity competition sponsored by New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Seniors Jason Lu, Alex Shi and Austin Zhou placed second in last weekend’s High School Forensics Challenge, which was part of the world’s largest student-run cybersecurity contest, NYU’s Cybersecurity Awareness Games. The Stevenson trio was one of 11 teams from the United States and the United Arab Emirates that reached the finals in Brooklyn after beating more than 400 teams in preliminary rounds in September. During last weekend’s event, they were asked to solve a fictitious murder in part by obtaining the victim’s biometric data from LG smart watches supplied to the teams.

Students, Adults Invited to Technology Conference

Registration is now open for the SIT (Students Involved with Technology) Conference, which will be held Saturday, February 11 at South Middle School in Arlington Heights. The SIT Conference is “for” students and “by” students in grades 3-12. Stevenson’s retired technology trainer, Charlene Chausis, is co-chair of the conference. Registration is $25 for each student or sponsor. Reserve your spot today; registrations ends when the conference is full. Adult volunteers are also needed for the day. Sign up to volunteer at (Sponsors may sign up as volunteers for the day, and avoid the registration fee. Use the “Special Needs or Requests” box on the form to indicate if you are also sponsoring a student or group of students.) For more details and to register online visit


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,089, Lake Zurich 3,037: Sparked by senior Zach Singer’s 279 in the second game that concluded with 11 straight strikes, the Patriots (2-0) overcame a sluggish start to beat the Bears at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. Singer finished with a match-best 731 series, 90 pins higher than any other bowler. His 279 tied for the eighth-highest individual game score in program history, while his 731 series was among the top 20 all-time. Junior Lucas Pinkus rolled a 623 series (with a high game of 217), senior Josh Singer shot a 611 (212) and senior Gabe Gordon added a 595 (214). Senior Jake Kozak contributed games of 203 and 182 for SHS, which outscored Lake Zurich in two of the three games, including a 47-pin margin in the second game.

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 54, Schaumburg 43: Senior Ashley Richardson scored a team-high 22 points and junior Klaire Steffens added 13 as the Patriots (2-0) won their second contest at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament. Senior Madison Wicklund and junior Kiana Cencula each tallied eight points for SHS, which outscored the Saxons (0-2) 23-11 in the second and third quarters after ending the first period knotted at 13-13.

Nine Patriots Competing in State Swim Meet

The big day is finally here for the girls swimming and diving team. The Patriots will be competing in the IHSA state meet at Evanston Township High School. Nine members of the team qualified for the meet, which starts this morning and concludes Saturday. Senior Rachel Song will swim in four events: the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 backstroke, and two relays, the 400 free and 200 medley. Senior Morgan Bosse, junior Iza Pelka and sophomore Ashley Carollo qualified in three events each, with each taking a leg in the 400 free relay. Bosse also will swim in the 200 free and 100 free, Pelka will be in the 200 free and 500 free, and Carollo will compete in the 100 backstroke and 100 free. Other Patriot qualifiers include seniors Jessica Lenhart (100 butterfly) and Danielle Fang (200 medley relay), junior Eva Holsen (500 free), and sophomores Claire Huang (200 medley relay) and Sherry Mestan (diving). You can follow results here.

Basketball Teams High in Daily Herald Rankings

Stevenson’s basketball teams are near the top of the Daily Herald’s preseason top 20 rankings released today. The girls basketball team is No. 5 while the Patriots boys are No. 6. The Herald also published a special section with team previews. The girls’ preview is here while the boys are at this link.

Tickets for Basketball Game Against Peoria Manual

Tickets for the boys basketball team’s game against Peoria Manual at the 26th annual Highland Optimist Shootout Classic in January will go on sale Saturday at this link. The Patriots will play the Rams at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, January 7 at Highland High School in Highland, Illinois, about 35 miles northeast of St. Louis. Tickets are $12, which gives admission for all seven games that day.


Freshman/Sophomore Play Audition Packet Available

The audition packet for the Theatre Department’s freshman/sophomore production of Crimes of the Heart is now available for download. The packet includes a form that must be signed by a parent and brought to the audition in order for the student to participate. Auditions for Crimes of the Heart will be held in the Studio Theater (Room 2204) at 3:40 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Interested students should sign up for an audition slot.

Host a German Exchange Student in March

Twenty high school students from Germany will be visiting Stevenson from March 5-17, and we need your help! Please consider hosting one or more students for an experience your family will talk about for years to come! Information is available by emailing Suzanne Paloian at or by calling 847-415-4500. This Student/Family Information Form should be completed and emailed to or returned to Room 2414. Forms will be accepted in the order received.

Testing Center Closing Early Wednesday

The Testing Center will close at 2:37 p.m. Wednesday, when classes end for Thanksgiving Break.

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. Click here to watch the video! The registration deadline is November 29.


The Indian Student Association will have its Diwali celebration from 3:30-7 p.m. today in the West Auditorium. Admission is $4.

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 to meet with interested juniors and seniors: Bennington College, Saint Joseph’s College, Central Michigan University, Johnson and Wales University, and the U.S. Navy. 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.


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 (


Beat the winter doldrums by supporting SHS Baseball! Tickets are now on sale for the third annual SHS Baseball Trivia Night on Friday, January 27, at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. The evening will include a buffet dinner, cash bar, fantastic trivia, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 each or $500 per table for a group. The first 50 people who purchase tickets have a chance at winning gift cards for iTunes, Starbucks and Visa, among others. Proceeds help SHS baseball play teams from around the country during Spring Break so they’re ready to compete in conference play when the season starts. Click here to purchase tickets.


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