Friday, December 2, 2016

Three Earn Awards in YoungArts Competition

Three students earned awards in the 2017 National YoungArts Foundation competition honoring some of the country’s most promising young talents in literary, visual, design and performing arts. Juniors David Hou and Derek Chung received Honorable Mention awards for their piano performance in the classical music category, while senior Katherine Liu was chosen for a Merit award in creative non-fiction. Hou and Chung will receive $250, and all three will receive medallions and an invitation to participate in a YoungArts regional program. Nearly 700 students from 42 states were named winners in the competition, which is open to students in grades 10-12 (or age 15-18).

Junior’s Extraordinary Effort Helps Feed Others

In a school that prides itself on helping the less fortunate, few can match the extraordinary effort of Amrit Johar. Starting last summer, the junior has been collecting unused bagels from area bakeries, and donating them to local food pantries. Using his parents’ car, Johar makes three or four trips to bakeries every week to get unused bagels. He takes the bagels back to his home in Vernon Hills and repacks them into clear plastic bags, tying each one by hand. Nancy Urice, who coordinates the food supply at the Vernon Township food pantry, praised Johar for his commitment. “People do get excited about some particular activity, then life gets in the way and they don’t follow up,” she told Pioneer Press. “It’s really exciting when a child sticks with it like he is.”

Relay for Life Fundraiser at Chick-Fil-A Monday

The Relay for Life club is holding a “Spirit Night” fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. Monday at Chick-Fil-A, 701 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Vernon Hills. Just mention “Relay for Life” when ordering, and a portion of the proceeds will go to help the fight against cancer.

Trailblazing Former SHS Parent Dies

Today’s Daily Herald has an article about the death of former Stevenson parent Trudy “Casey” Stryganek, who died suddenly on Sunday at her home in Hawthorn Woods. Stryganek was one of the first female paramedics in the Chicago Fire Department, and later ran a training program for paramedics. She was the mother of Brandon Stryganek (Class of 2011), who starred in track and field at Stevenson and the University of Illinois.

Winter Dance Concert Tonight and Saturday

The Winter Dance Concert, featuring the Mélange and Repertory dance companies and the Concert Dance class, will be held at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $6.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,288, Warren 2,481: Junior Lucas Pinkus and senior Zach Singer rolled two of the highest three-game series in school history to lead the Patriots (5-0) at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. Pinkus had a 740 series, the highest of his prep career and tied for ninth all-time at SHS. Singer bowled a 735 series, which ranks among the top 15 efforts in program annals. He has six three-game sets among the top 15. Singer also posted the high game, a 266. His triplet brother, Josh Singer, recorded a 675 series with a high game of 247. Senior Gabe Gordon also broke the 600-pin barrier (605) with a top game of 225. William Jacob, also a senior, shot a 533 (187). The Patriots had games of 1,116, 1,056 and 1,116 for a total score of 3,288, the fifth-best in school history.


Stevenson 56, Mundelein 15: The Patriots (3-0, 1-0) won the final six matches to pull away from the Mustangs in their North Suburban Conference opener in Mundelein. SHS scored 33 unanswered points to finish the evening, thanks to pins from sophomore Tommy Frezza at 120 (4:45), junior Michael Karp at 132 (3:24), senior Brandon Zisman at 138 (0:44) and senior Eric Carter at 152 (3:17). Sophomore Matt Zimring added a 9-5 decision at 126 and junior Muziwakhe Sitshela won by forfeit at 145 during the 33-0 run. The match began at 160 pounds, where junior Jacob Simon received a forfeit. Senior Dylan Geick followed with an 18-7 major decision at 170, junior Jon Ramirez won 10-3 at 195, junior Charles Longsworth posted a 20-11 major decision at 220, and sophomore Anand Baatbatar pinned his man in 1:05 at 285. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Barrington 5, Stevenson 4: The visiting Broncos scored twice in the final 1:24, including the game-winner with 17 seconds remaining, to hand the Patriots (10-11) a tough loss at Twin Rinks. Senior Daniel Wolfe scored three goals for SHS, with his final one giving the team at 4-3 lead with 9:42 left in the third period. Junior Michael Dowd recorded the Pats’ other goal, and also assisted on one of Wolfe’s scores. Juniors Jake Camp and Jackson Leptich each had two assists and senior Ben Stavola added one. Junior goalie Nick Almenara made 15 saves and classmate Nick Cimarusti had four.

Three Named to All-Area Football Team

Senior twin brothers Henry and Michael Marchese, who combined to catch 92 passes for 23 touchdowns this fall, and senior quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who broke the school’s single-season passing record, have been named to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Team. Henry Marchese was selected at wide receiver, where the three-year starter made 63 receptions for 1,052 yards and scored 16 TDs, all school records. Michael Marchese was chosen at wide receiver and safety. Defensively, he made 94 tackles, including seven for loss, and had three interceptions. As a receiver, he caught 29 passes for 497 yards and seven touchdowns. O’Connell rewrote Stevenson’s passing records in his only season as a starter, throwing for 2,741 yards, including a school-record 447 against Muskegon, Michigan, 26 touchdowns, and a 61.6 pass-completion percentage. He averaged 304.6 yards per game, and was named to the Class 8A All-State Team by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. Three other Patriots received honorable mention honors from the Daily Herald: seniors Brad Drazner (offensive line) and Anthony Sibo (running back), and junior Sam Marks (inside linebacker).

Sports Boosters Flash Sale Next Friday

If you‘re looking for holiday gift ideas, the Sports Boosters will have a “flash sale” featuring Stevenson apparel and other items at the school on Friday, December 9. The sale starts during the lunch periods in the Field House lobby, then continues after school from 3:30-6 p.m. inside the Field House.

Patience Pays Off for Huelsman

One of the early season surprises for the varsity boys basketball team has been the emergence of Mitch Huelsman. The senior guard saw little game action last year, but got plenty of work trying to guard the now-graduated Ryuji Aoki in practice. Inspired by Aoki’s work ethic, Huelsman has broken into head coach Pat Ambrose’s starting lineup and has become the team’s main long-distance threat. He drained all six of his three-point shots in the team’s first two games.

Sun-Times: Mark Your Calendar for These SHS Games

Stevenson appears twice in Sun-Times prep boys basketball writer Joe Henricksen’s article on 50 of the best high school games to see in 2016-17. He picked the Patriots’ February 17 game at Waukegan, and their game the next night against Morgan Park in the annual City-Suburban Showdown.

Alum Shocked by Illinois Hockey Hall Selection  

Learning of her selection to the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame left SHS alumnus Megan Bozek (Class of 2009) speechless. The Olympic silver medalist told the Daily Herald she was “shocked, very surprised” to receive the call to the Hall. She will be inducted into the players category with current Chicago Blackhawks announcer Steve Konroyd, who played for the team from 1988-92. Bozek helped the University of Minnesota win two national championships, and has been a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2012.


Mr. SHS Application Window Opens Today

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

Winter Play Audition Packet Online

The audition packet for the Theatre Department’s winter production, The Heidi Chronicles, is now available for students. Click here to download the packet. Auditions will take place after school on Tuesday, January 10, with callbacks after school on Wednesday, January 11. Sign up for an audition slot on the Theatre Call Board, located outside the Studio Theatre (Room 2204).

Want to Get Recognition for Speaking Hebrew?

Students in World Languages classes, and students who already speak a language other than English, have the option to take an exam that can help them be recognized by the State of Illinois in its Seal of Biliteracy program. Stevenson will be administering the STAMP exam for Hebrew on Wednesday. If you are interested in signing up and are not currently enrolled in Hebrew at Stevenson, please call Mrs. Buccieri at 847-415-4700. There are limited spots available and the deadline to sign up is Monday.  The test will be offered again in the spring.

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. 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

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.


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 next Thursday.

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 next Thursday.


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 (


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.

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


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

Are you interested in learning more about the National Organization of Women and about current issues surrounding women in our nation? Come join the Lean In Feminism club as we host a speaker from NOW after school Wednesday in Room 2702.  All are welcome!

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


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