Friday, December 9, 2016

Semester Exams Start Wednesday

First-semester exams will take place next Wednesday through Friday. Exam details, including the testing schedule, are available on our final exams web page. We also have some parking reminders for exam week and beyond. The second semester begins Wednesday, January 4.

Assessing the Impact of the Stevenson Foundation

Since its creation in 1993, the Stevenson Foundation has provided nearly $2 million for programs and projects benefitting our students and the community. Whether it’s lifting students above the barriers that hold them back from getting a college degree, giving low-income students winter coats and boots to stay warm, or bringing high-quality entertainment to campus, the Foundation is doing a lot for our students. Check out the Foundation’s latest annual report to see how much it means for Stevenson. Want to make a donation to the Foundation before the end of the year? Click here.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Show Will Heat Up the PAC Saturday

Speaking of the Stevenson Foundation and high-quality entertainment, don’t miss “Rock Baby Rock” featuring Lance Lipinsky, who played Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet this weekend. Lipinsky and his band The Lovers will heat up the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a musical tour through the birth and history of rock ‘n’ roll. You’ll hear your favorite songs from greats like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the Comets, Johnny Cash, and many more (including Jerry Lee Lewis), plus entertaining historical stories about the different musical eras. Here’s a taste of what to expect. Tickets are $20. Order today at or by calling 847-415-4121. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Acting 3 Production Saturday Night

The Acting 3 class will have its end-of-semester production, “Behind the Scenes,” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Studio Theatre, which is located upstairs by the Sports Center entrance. Admission is free.

Orchestra Concert on Monday

The Stevenson orchestras will close the first-semester Fine Arts schedule with a concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

Long Grove Lauds Pair for Eagle Scout Projects

Two students, one current and one former, were honored recently by the Village of Long Grove for their Eagle Scout projects which benefitted the community. Current senior William Jacob, who is part of Boy Scout Troop 198 in Mundelein, was recognized for his project, which extended the Long Grove Park District’s Hayrake Trail. With the help of 19 community volunteers, including senior Jake Cullen and freshman Michael Coffey, Jacob cleared a five-foot-wide walking path along Indian Creek. Over the course of three weekends, Jacob and his crew removed brush, buckthorn and other invasive species, and also cut back plants along a 900-foot section of Indian Creek. Also honored was 2016 graduate Jonathan Lugthart, whose Eagle Scout project involved constructing and installing a dozen bluebird houses in Buffalo Creek Park. He is a member of Troop 79.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 141, Lake Forest 45: SHS won all 12 events in the Patriot Aquatic Center, with junior Nick Baginski having a hand in four of them. Baginski won the 100-yard butterfly (52.24) and the 100 backstroke (56.48), and swam legs on two relays. He was part of the winning 200 medley relay with fellow junior Daniel Ng and sophomores Maxim Ryaguzov and John Roh (1:40.17), and swam the final leg on the 400 free relay with Roh, Ryaguzov and junior Karl Wadowski (3:20.89). Sophomore Topher Stensby also won two events, the 100 free (48.68) and the 200 free (1:49.64). Other individual winners included Ng in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.27), sophomore Joseph Song in the 200 IM (2:02.81), sophomore Jacob Rosenkranz in the 50 free (22.60), senior Matt Krames in diving (264.95) and freshman Cameron Coffey in the 500 free (5:07.75). Ng, Rosenkranz and Wadowski were part of the 200 free relay with senior Andrew Shashin (1:29.86).

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,188, Libertyville 2,776: Senior Josh Singer rolled a 731 series and his twin brother Zach Singer had a 685 for the Patriots (7-0) at Lakeside Lanes. Josh also had the high game of the day, a 279, with Zach next at 248. Junior Lucas Pinkus recorded a 674 series and a best game of 247. Seniors Gabe Gordon (556, 208) and Jake Kozak (542, 184) also contributed to the victory.

Girls Bowling

Warren, 2,658, Stevenson 1,779: Junior Genevieve Dominick led the Patriots with a 462 series and a high game of 190 at Fair Haven Lanes. Classmate Jackie Koepp shot a 395 series with a high game of 161. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 7, Stevenson 2: Juniors Jack Wiley and Michael Dowd scored goals for SHS (10-13 overall, 4-10 in the Scholastic Hockey League) at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. The Trevians improved to 15-0 in the SHL. Seniors Jason Spector and Daniel Wolfe, and junior Jake Camp each recorded an assist.

Wednesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 54, Zion-Benton 18: The Patriots improved to 6-0 behind wins on the mat from seniors Eric Carter (152 pounds) and Dylan Geick (160), junior Michael Karp (132), sophomore Anand Baatbatar (285) and freshman Alex Rutnarak (113). SHS also received five forfeit victories: senior Robert Pavlovics (182), junior Jake Simon (170), sophomores Tommy Frezza (120) and Matthew Zimring (126), and freshman Andrew Chang (106).

Three Named to Pioneer Press All-Area Football Team

Seniors Aidan O’Connell, Henry Marchese and Michael Marchese were named to the Pioneer Press All-Area Football Team on Wednesday. O’Connell and Henry Marchese were selected for the First Team Offense at quarterback and wide receiver, respectively, while Michael Marchese made the First Team Defense as a defensive back/safety. Three players received honorable mention: seniors Brad Drazner (offensive line) and Anthony Sibo (running back) and junior Sam Marks (linebacker).

Look for Boys Basketball Highlights on CSN Chicago

The boys basketball team returns to action tonight in Mundelein. CSN Chicago plans to provide highlights of senior Justin Smith from tonight’s game on its “High School Lites” show at 11 p.m. Stevenson is No. 12 in the latest CSN Chicago power rankings. SHS also is No. 14 in the Chicago Tribune and No. 19 in the Chicago Sun-Times. The Patriots are No. 5 in the Daily Herald rankings, which only covers the northern and western suburbs. Stevenson is shaping up to be the team to beat in the North Suburban Conference.

We Missed a Turkey Trotting Alumnus

Thursday’s Digest item on current and former SHS cross country runners in local Thanksgiving Turkey Trots missed Taylor Frishman (Class of 2016), who placed 11th overall at the Long Grove event.

Catchings Seeks Bridge-Building Through Basketball

Former Stevenson basketball great Tamika Catchings has retired from the WNBA but she continues to be a goodwill ambassador for the sport. The Daily Herald earlier this week shared this story about Catchings’ work with Laureus, a global charity that uses sports to tackle violence and discrimination against young people. She traveled to the island of Cyprus to congratulate a young female basketball player who won a Laureus-sponsored design contest. The organization sponsors a program in Cyprus and other countries seeking to reconcile factions through basketball.


Sports Boosters Flash Sale Today

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 today. 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.

Bright Lights Candle Sale Today

The Bright Lights Candle Company will sell be selling candles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in front of the Performing Arts Center. The votives are $4, small are $8 and three-wick are $10. Several special holiday scents are available, such as Noel, Welcome Home, Autumn Harvest and Icicles, plus Bright Lights favorites Birthday Cake, Spring Rain and Clean Cotton. The Bright Lights Candle Company is a vocational training program at Stevenson.

Freshman Band Students, Pick Up Your PE Shirts

All first-semester Freshmen Band students should come and pick up their Physical Education shirts from the Patriot Superstore before second semester begins. The Superstore is open during semester exams.

Illinois State Scholar Certificates Available in 2414

Attention all Illinois State Scholars! Your certificate is available for pick up in Room 2414 (Green Student Services). Please have your ID ready to show when you pick up your certificate.

Class Rings to be Delivered at School Monday

Brian Walter from Jostens will be here to deliver class rings on Monday during lunch hours outside the Student Activities Office. Remember to bring your final payment.

Parking Change for Seniors After Break

Attention seniors: There will be a small change to the senior parking area in parking lot D starting after Winter Break (fourth grading period). As a reminder, yellow-lined spots are for faculty/visitors and white-lined spots are designated for students. Security will be available to provide stickers for cars and to alert students to the new arrangement on Wednesday, January 4.

Parking Reminders During Exam Week

As we approach semester exams, here are a few parking reminders. Final exam days are part of the third marking period, so students must have a valid parking permit if driving or parking on campus during school hours. The strip and Port Clinton lots are for senior and staff overflow parking, and should be used when necessary. One-day parking passes are for the Port Clinton lot only. The fourth marking period begins after Winter Break. Any senior students beginning to park in January should have their vehicle stickers put on in parking lot D beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4. If you have parking questions, stop by Room 2400.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

The Testing Center will have the following hours during final exams: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, December 15, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, December 16. If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the Testing Center needs a call or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled.

Textbook Return, Pick-Up Information

Textbook returns, exchanges and pick-up for one-semester classes will take place in Room 1416 Wednesday through Friday, December 14-16, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After Winter Break, textbooks can be returned or picked up in Room 1416 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, and from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, January 5. Beginning Friday, January 6, all textbook needs will be handled in academic division offices.

West Jazzman’s Closing for Remodeling

The West Building Jazzman’s will be closing after school Friday for remodeling during Winter Break, and will remain closed until the start of second semester.

Is the Superstore Open During Semester Exams?

The Patriot Superstore will be open during semester exams.

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

Senior Men Invited to Sign Up for Mr. SHS

Applications for the annual Mr. SHS contest are now open. Senior guys can look for the application here. 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).

Sign Up for the MLK Day of Service

Students are invited to sign up for the fourth annual Day of Service on Monday, January 16, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a school holiday. Students will engage in two hours of work at local charity sites as part of a daylong event focusing on service. All students who take part will receive five service hours. Students may register individually or in teams of up to four people. There is a limit of 375 students for the Day of Service. The registration deadline is Monday, January 9. Click here to register.


Registration is now open for the Stevenson Ski and Snowboard Club. If you register by Wednesday, you get a free sweatshirt. The first trip is to Cascade Mountain on January 7. If you have questions, stop by the Student Activities Office.


Breakfast with Books will meet Tuesday morning from 7:45-8:20 in the Upper ILC. All students are welcome!

Are you interested in being a Peer Tutor second semester? We are having an orientation meeting after school Thursday, January 12 in Room 7032.


Applications are now available for the Lake County Federation of Teachers’ Joe Hutten $1,000 Scholarship. The scholarship was established to honor the late educator Joe Hutten. Students must intend to attend an Illinois public institution (two- or four-year) to qualify. All other scholarship requirements are listed on the application. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) for an application. The application deadline is January 23.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.


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 (


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