Thursday, December 1, 2016

MLK Day of Service Call for Area Charities

Area charities are invited to be part of Stevenson’s fourth annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16. On that day, Stevenson students will engage in two hours of work (from 10 a.m. to noon) at local charity sites, as part of a daylong event focusing on service. Stevenson will provide transportation to and from charity sites. For more information, contact Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann at or 847-415-4418.

Stevenson Success Story: Sami Hartman-Stackhouse

When she first joined the school’s archery team as a freshman, Sami Hartman-Stackhouse wasn’t strong enough to work the bow used in competitions. By the end of her sophomore year, she won the state archery championship. Now a junior, Hartman-Stackhouse is as passionate about archery as ever, but she also has other interests, including the goal of becoming a veterinarian. Check out this Stevenson Success Story video featuring Hartman-Stackhouse and archery team sponsor Jane Klewin.

Senior Completes Eagle Scout Project

Senior Reuben Gutmann recently completed his Eagle Scout project, combining his love of the outdoors and mathematics to improve a local forest preserve. Gutmann researched, designed and installed new information signs at Reed-Turner Woodland Preserve in Long Grove. He created seven signs, one for each of the preserve’s ecosystems, with a relevant statistic on each one. Gutmann is a member of Boy Scout 79, which meets at Hope Lutheran Church in Long Grove. He has earned 127 merit badges since joining the scouts in first grade. Only 21 badges are required for an Eagle Scout. Among the fellow scouts who helped him with the Eagle Scout project were seniors Eric Kang, Scott Glassberg, Andrew Hammon and Brian Weisberg.

Four Seniors in Running for Merit Special Scholarships

Four seniors have been selected as candidates for National Merit Special Scholarships, which are sponsored by corporations and business organizations, and awarded to about 1,200 outstanding students nationwide who are not National Merit finalists. The students and their corporate sponsors are: Ashwin Dandapani (Siemens Foundation), Jordan Gregg (Tate and Lyle Americas LLC), Vivien Liu (Marsh and McLennan Companies Inc.) and Sneha Poondru (Astellas US LLC).


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 123.1, Libertyville 122.38: The Patriots won three of the four individual events in their season opener on the road. Sophomore Zoe Hinz finished first in the balance beam (8.15), while freshmen Emily Weinstein and Riley Polatsek captured the floor exercise (8.7) and uneven bars (7.6), respectively. Polatsek added a second-place finish in floor (8.575). Hinz was third the all-around (30.475). Sophomore Johnna Geick took third in floor (8.125) and classmate Sophie Whiting placed third on beam (7.425). – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball Game on SBN Saturday

The boys basketball team opens its North Suburban Conference schedule at home against Zion-Benton at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sports Center. The game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

Richardson, Smith Earn Herald Honors

The Daily Herald Lake County High School Basketball Players of the Week both hail from Stevenson. Senior Ashley Richardson was chosen as the top girls player after averaging 17.6 points per game in the Patriots’ first five games. Senior Justin Smith earned the boys honor after winning most valuable player honors at the Buffalo Grove Thanksgiving Tournament, averaging 24.5 points per contest and becoming the sixth Patriot to score 1,000 career points.

Hjorth Embracing High Expectations for Football

Yes, there’s pressure attached to taking over a football program that has reached the state playoffs for 28 consecutive seasons, the longest active streak in Illinois. But new head coach Josh Hjorth says he’s embracing the challenge. “I work with some of our (team) leaders and one of the big things we talk about is facing adversity,” he told the Daily Herald’s Joe Aguilar. “Adversity can be expectations, pressure, things like that. When you choose to meet that head-on and choose to have that as a positive thing in your life and not a negative, you can really go out there and do some great things.” Hjorth talked with Aguilar about patiently waiting for the opportunity to lead the Patriot program despite opportunities at other schools.


Last Chance to Have Your Yearbook Picture Taken

Any student who has not had his or her yearbook picture taken, but would like to, must have it taken by Wednesday, December 7. To have your picture taken, make an appointment with Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio by calling 847-499-9300.

Sign Up to Become an Alternative PE Leader

If you are interested in becoming an alternative PE leader for the 2017-18 school year,  please fill out this application by Monday, January 9. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Sommers at

Mr. SHS Application Window Opens Friday

Applications for the annual Mr. SHS contest will open on Friday. Senior guys can look for the application on the Senior Class Board’s social media channels. Applications will be open through Friday, December 16.

Submit Your Design for the new Fine Arts T-Shirt

All students are invited to compete in the Fine Arts T-shirt Logo Design Contest. Your logo must be submitted by Friday. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. Click here for details.

Anthem Singers Needed for Boys Swim Meets

Do you ever dream of singing the national anthem to kick off a sporting event? The boys swimming and diving team has several meets with this opportunity. If you, a pair or a group are interested in auditioning, please contact Mr. Lillydahl in Room 2514 or email for information.

Madrigal Singers Audition Information Available

The Choral Department will hold auditions for the Madrigal Singers (a capella choir) on Thursday, January 5 at 3:45 p.m. in the Choir Room (2202). Visit the choir web page for audition information. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Singer at

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s Next Wednesday

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser at the Buffalo Grove Culver’s, 450 McHenry Road, from 3-10 p.m. next Wednesday. When you order, just mention “Stevenson Choral Guild” and 20% of your sale will be donated to the group.


Seniors can now pick up applications for the General Henry Dearborn American History Scholarship, which is part of the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution North Shore Chapter. Applicants must plan to major in American History and plan to attend a junior college, four-year college or university in Illinois. Applications can be picked up in the CCC and must be submitted by February 1.

Seniors can now pick up applications for the Illinois Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarship. Interested students must complete both the Illinois DAR Financial Need Form along with the application and plan to attend a junior college, four-year college or university in Illinois. Application materials can be picked up in the CCC and must be submitted by February 1.

The University of Dayton offers a Leadership Service Scholarship for students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church or community. Applications can be picked up in the College Career Center and must be returned by Thursday, December 8.

Applications are available for Stetson University’s J. Ollie Edmunds Distinguished Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship that pays expenses for four years for students who exhibit exemplary academic and personal leadership. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 weighted GPA, an ACT composite score of at least 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 (Critical Reading and Math), and demonstrated outstanding leadership in high school or the community. Applications can be picked up in the CCC and must be returned by Thursday, December 8.


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.


The Ski and Snowboard Club parent meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be sure to attend. If you have any questions contact Mr. Wellington or Mr. Johannsen.

Teams are forming now for IM Basketball and IM Coed Volleyball. Don’t forget that team packets are due Monday through Wednesday in the Student Activities Office. Contact Mr. Wellington if you have questions.


The Cultural Cuisine Club will meet after school next Wednesday in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). The meeting will end around 5:30.


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