Friday, January 20, 2017

Bond Payoff Will Save District $267K

The District 125 Board of Education last week voted to pay off bonds it issued in 2007, a move that will save taxpayers more than a quarter-million dollars in interest. The board voted 6-0 on January 9 to transfer $1.74 million from the school’s Education Fund to the Debt Certificate Fund, allowing the district to retire outstanding general obligation bonds issued in 2007. By paying off the bonds early, the district will save $267,973 in interest payments. Assistant Superintendent for Business Sean Carney, in making the recommendation to the school board, said sufficient funds would remain in the Education Fund even after the transfer.

Madrigal Dinner Cast Announced

The cast for this year’s Madrigal Dinner has begun rehearsals in anticipation of its show Sunday, March 12 at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Director Ellen Singer is preparing the following students: seniors Talia Cheifetz, Al-Sadiq Rahemtulla, Jake Singer, Zach Singer and Claire Sullivan; juniors Katie Coughlin, Degauille Dai, Conor DeMichele, Katie Dong, Abby Dutler, Litzy Flores, Madeline Gutierrez, Anabelle Lee, Anushka Nageswaran and Betsy Schmitt-Wagner; sophomores Mary Baldino, Donna Ilyukh, Caroline Powers, Ryan Sussman and Allen Wu; and freshmen Lexi Koperski and Saumya Malhotra. The student director is senior Noah Silver.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 36, Libertyville 24: The host Patriots (17-3, 6-0) rallied from an early 11-0 deficit to defeat the Wildcats (8-10, 5-1), and can clinch the North Suburban Conference title outright with a win at Warren tonight. Stevenson is the two-time defending league champion. LHS won the first two matches, but SHS claimed seven of the next eight. Senior Brandon Zisman put the Pats on the board with a 19-6 major decision at 138 pounds and classmate Eric Carter (27-4) pinned his man in 1:46 at 145 pounds. After a Wildcat win at 152, senior Dylan Geick (28-1) posted a 16-7 major decision at 160, and junior Jake Simon gave Stevenson the lead for good with a pin in 3:30 at 170. Seniors Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (10-0) and Robert Pavlovich (24-7) followed with a technical fall (5:08) and 13-1 major decision at 182 and 195, respectively. Sophomore 220-pounder Max Gomez capped the Pats’ run by edging his opponent, 2-1, giving his squad a 32-14 lead. Libertyville won the next two matches to close within 32-21, but sophomore Tommy Frezza clinched the meet with a 22-8 major decision at 113. – Daily Herald

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 110, Whitney Young 74: Senior Matthew Krames broke his own school record in 1-meter diving as the host Patriots improved to 5-0 in dual meets this season. Krames posted a score of 285.50 with his six dives, breaking the 271.15 mark he established in 2016. Another highlight of the meet came in the 50-yard freestyle, which featured three of the fastest swimmers in the state. When the waves settled, they had finished within one-third of a second. Junior Nick Baginski touched first in 21.47 seconds, with sophomore Topher Stensby (21.53) a close second. Whitney Young’s top swimmer was third (21.71). Baginski also won the 100 free (47.29), and he and Stensby had a hand in two victorious relays: the 200 medley (1:41.37) with juniors Michael Lee and Collin Kapecki, and the 200 free (1:27.55) with sophomore Jacob Rosenkranz and senior Andrew Shashin. Freshman Cameron Coffey won the 100 butterfly (54.80) and sophomore Joseph Song captured the 100 backstroke (58.33).

Patriettes Win Conference Championship

The varsity Patriettes won the North Suburban Conference competitive dance championship last Friday night, its second league title in the last four years. The Patriettes posted a score of 91.00, well ahead of runner-up Lake Forest (87.87), Libertyville (87.30) and the NSC’s other five schools. Stevenson won the conference championship in 2014. The Patriettes will compete in the Illinois High School Association Grayslake North Sectional on Saturday. SHS is seeking its first sectional crown since 2014.

Swimming Alum Headed to County Sports Hall of Fame

Three-time state champion Ashley Wanland (Class of 2008) is one of seven people who will be inducted into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday. Wanland won the 100-yard breaststroke state title in 2004, 2005 and 2007, and set an Illinois state record time of 1:01.83 seconds in the 2007 preliminaries that still stands. Wanland earned all-state honors during all four years of high school, and was a 10-time North Suburban Conference champion in the 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay. She went on to become a nine-time All-American at the University of Wisconsin, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2009. Wanland will become the 19th person from Stevenson inducted into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame, and the first Patriot swimmer. Click here to read about all of the inductees. The induction ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the College of Lake County’s Physical Education Center.

Graham Honored for Reaching 100-Win Mark

Head girls basketball coach Ashley Graham recorded her 100th career victory when the Patriots beat Hampshire, 41-29, in the third-place game of the Dundee-Crown Charger Classic during Winter Break. She was honored by Athletic Director Trish Betthauser for the milestone before Wednesday’s game against Warren. Graham is in her second season at Stevenson and her fifth overall. She has a career record of 104-33, which includes a 40-11 mark at SHS and a 64-22 record in three years at Prospect. Graham and her Patriots will take on Fenwick at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sports Center.


Host Families Needed for German Students

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 unforgettable family experience. Information is available by emailing Suzanne Paloian at or by calling 847-415-4500. If you are interested, complete this Student/Family Information Form and email it to or return it to Room 2414 at your earliest convenience. Forms will be accepted in the order received.

AP Art Portfolio Review Packets Available

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option), and AP 3D for next school year, please stop by the East Fine Arts Office (6080) to pick up the AP Art Portfolio Review packet, or pick one up from your current art teacher. The Portfolio Review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken (  Portfolios are due no later than Friday, February 10 in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).

Fashion Show Volunteers Needed

The fourth annual 2017 Fashion Show benefiting Dress for Success will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21. A meeting for interested volunteers will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 2 in Room 1612. If you are interested in modeling, make-up, hair, model dressing, staging, hospitality or photography, please come and learn more about the show! If you have any questions, please contact the fashion show faculty coordinator Mrs. Erickson at

Mr. SHS Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Mr. SHS contest are on sale for $5 at the Superstore. Mr. SHS will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, February 10 in the Performing Arts Center. Not sure what Mr. SHS is? Click here to find out.


The boys lacrosse team will have an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 7096. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Patrick Fitzgibbons at

There will be a girls water polo informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Jeff Wimer at


Juniors and seniors interested in cancer research are invited to apply for the summer researcHStart program, a joint effort between the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. Applications must be received by Friday. Find more details here. There are a number of other summer career programs and camps that are currently accepting applications or will be soon. Please see a current list of these opportunities by visiting the Career Exploration webpage. Applications for career shadows during Spring Break are now being accepted. Applications can be found here or stop by the CCC to pick one up. Once your completed form is turned into the CCC, you will be contacted to set up an appointment. Email Mrs. Willock at if you have questions or need more information.


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 Monday.

Attention seniors: Are you considering attending the College of Lake County? Would you like to take a field trip to learn more about its opportunities? We are offering two dates for field trips to CLC: Wednesday, February 1 (designed for seniors who have an IEP or 504 plan) and Wednesday, February 8 (for seniors who do not have an IEP or 504 plan). Both field trips will depart at 8:30 a.m. from parking lot C. Students will return to SHS in time for fifth-period lunch. If interested, seniors should pick up the permission slip and interest form at the College Career Center (Room 1123) by Friday, January 27. Each trip will be limited to 40 seniors. We hope you will join us!


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


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