Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Speaker to Offer Advice on Parenting Teens

Award-winning psychologist and best-selling author Dr. David Walsh will give a presentation called “Why Do They Act That Way? A Practical Guide for Parenting Pre-Teens and Teenagers” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 8 in the West Auditorium. Admission is free, but registration is requested through this link. The presentation, intended for parents and educators of sixth- through 12th-graders, is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson Foundation, and the Vernon Area Public Library.

Walsh is considered to be one of the world’s leading authorities on parenting and the impact of technology on children’s health and development. He also is the author of Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Healthier, Brighter, and Happier. During his presentation, Walsh will translate the latest findings from brain science into practical strategies that parents, teachers and anyone concerned about kids can put to use immediately.

Walsh also will give a free presentation on Thursday, February 9 on “Parenting With the Brain in Mind: What Science Tells Us About Raising Smart, Healthy Kids.” The talk will take place from 9:15-11:15 a.m. at the Vernon Area Public Library Annex building. His presentation’s intended audience is parents and educators of pre-kindergarten through high school students. Click here to register.

About 150 Celebrate Patriettes Title

About 150 people came to Room 2104 Tuesday morning before school to honor the varsity Patriettes for winning the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Competitive Dance state title on Saturday. The Daily Herald stopped by and filed this report.

Sophomore Attains Rank of Eagle Scout

Sophomore Alex Stencel, a member of St. Mary Boy Scout Troop 140 in Buffalo Grove, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout project benefited the Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook by collecting donations of cash, gift cards and pet supplies. Stencel also is a member of the Boy Scout Order of the Arrow and has earned more than 90 merit badges throughout his scouting career.

Foundation Sponsoring Children’s Play Sunday

The Stevenson Foundation will hold its final children’s play of the school year, “The Princess and The Pea,” on Sunday in the West Auditorium. Performances will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $5. To order tickets in advance, visit or call 847-415-4121.


The freshman-sophomore play, Crimes of the Heart, will be performed in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center, not the Studio Theatre as reported in Tuesday’s Digest.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 143, Warren 43: The Patriots capped their second consecutive unbeaten season in the North Suburban Conference, finishing with a 7-0 record in dual meets. SHS won 10 of 12 events in Gurnee, including all three relays. Freshman Cameron Coffey won the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.22), junior Collin Kapecki claimed the 50 free (22.90), sophomore Nathan Gates captured the 200 individual medley (2:05.84), sophomore Topher Stensby touched first in the 100 butterfly (53.37), junior Nick Baginski was victorious in the 200 free (1:47.33), junior Daniel Ng won the 100 free (51.19) and senior Matthew Krames took top honors in diving (284.55). Coffey swam in two of the three winning relays. He teamed with freshman Ethan Batko, sophomore Phoom Lertsinsongserm and junior Matthew Han in the 200 free relay (1:34.09), and was part of the 400 free relay with Lertsinsongserm, senior Varun Ganesh and sophomore Jacob Minin (3:25.20). Ng joined sophomores John Roh and Jacob Rosenkranz, and senior Andrew Shashin, to win the 200 medley relay (1:41.82). The team also contributed more than $800 to the family of former Blue Devil swimmer Josh Church, who died last year. – Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 51, Zion-Benton 35: The Patriots (19-5, 11-1) scored the first 18 points of the game and never looked back in Zion. Senior Madison Wicklund scored a career-high 21 points, all in the first three quarters, and junior Klaire Steffens added 12. Junior Isabella Paldrmic scored all six of her points in the first quarter, which ended with SHS leading 18-0. Senior Ashley Richardson added five points. The Zee-Bees dropped to 9-14, 2-10. Stevenson maintained its two-game lead over Warren in the North Suburban Conference standings, with two league contests remaining. The Patriots can clinch a share of the conference title with a win at Libertyville on Friday. They finish NSC play at Lake Zurich on Wednesday, February 8.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, Northwest 2: Five players scored goals and junior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 36 saves at Mt. Prospect Ice Arena. Cimarusti (12-11) stopped 12 shots in the first period, 13 in the second and 11 in the third, lowering his goals-against average on the season to 2.82. Senior Jason Roseman opened the scoring at the 12:09 mark of the first period, and junior Jackson Leptich lit the lamp eight minutes later. After the Chargers had the only goal of the second period, juniors Roey Kleiman and Jack Wiley scored within a three-minute stretch midway through the third to build a 4-1 lead. Sophomore Sam Shellist capped the scoring with an empty-netter in the closing seconds. Seniors Benjamin Stavola and Daniel Wolfe, and sophomore Seth Cohen, each recorded an assist. – Boxscore

Boys Basketball

Benet Academy 69, Stevenson 53: A cold-shooting night in Lisle led to defeat for the Patriots (15-4). Senior Willie Herenton led SHS with 18 points while fellow senior Justin Smith had 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Redwings (15-6) led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter before Stevenson rallied to within seven early in the fourth quarter. Senior Eric Zalewski and junior Jackson Qualley each scored six points. Senior Aidan O’Connell had four rebounds and three assists. – Daily Herald

Cheerleading Team Send-off Friday Morning

Patriot fans are invited to the cheerleading team’s sendoff for the state finals at 8 a.m. Friday by the southwest entrance to the SHS Stadium. The team will head to Bloomington and compete at 4:35 Friday afternoon.

Winning, Sportsmanship Go Hand in Hand for Fencers

The fencing team closes its season Saturday at the Great Lakes Conference Championships in Culver, Indiana. SHS will look to build on its showing at last weekend’s Illinois High School Championships, at which the girls and boys won their divisions. The girls also swept all three weapons, while the boys claimed one. While winning is important to the team, so is sportsmanship. Pioneer Press correspondent Jon Kerr talked with seniors Robin Cheifetz and Zimo Zhu, and head coach Fernando Delgado, about how fencing teaches important life lessons.

Betthauser Talks About Patriot Athletics

Athletic Director Trish Betthauser leads one of the most successful programs in the state of Illinois, with an impressive list of championships earned by Patriot teams during her eight-year tenure. She talks about the joys and challenges of her job, and some of her favorite moments as Patriot AD, in the latest “Speaking of Stevenson” podcast.


Fashion Show Volunteer Meeting Thursday

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 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 Christina Erickson at

Dance Class Placement Opportunity Thursday

Students with dance experience who are not currently enrolled in an SHS dance class can attend a placement assessment for the 2017-18 school year on Thursday in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Dancers can pick one of these times: 7:30-8:15 a.m. and 3:30-4:15 p.m. Dress appropriately!

SPARK Information Meetings Set for Friday

Informational meetings for the 2017 SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) summer program will be held during the lunch periods (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a and 6b) Friday in Room 2104. Students should bring their own lunch and they’ll be provided with complete application information. All interested students must attend. A synopsis of the program can be found here.

Early Bird Winterfest Dance Tickets on Sale Monday

Early bird ticket sales for the Student Council’s Winterfest Dance will begin Monday and end on Friday, February 10. Tickets will be $20 until February 10. After February 10, the price will go up to $25. The Winterfest Dance is Saturday, February 25.

Pep Bus Available to See State Cheerleading

The Athletics Division is offering a pep bus for any students interested in attending Friday’s Competitive Cheerleading State Finals at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Students must ride the bus to and from the event. The cost is $20, which covers the cost of admission and transportation.  Students should complete this permission form and return it to the Athletic Office with $20 before 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Students are responsible for their own meals and any other expenses. The bus will leave lot B at 1 p.m. Friday and return after the competition at approximately 10 p.m. The varsity cheerleaders perform at 4:35 p.m. The Athletic Office will notify the Attendance Office of the excused absence for sixth, seventh and eighth periods for all students participating in the field trip. Only one pep bus will be used, so students should return their form and money as soon as possible.

Seniors, Fill Out the Parking Survey

Seniors, have you completed the 2016-17 parking survey yet? If not, don’t forget to do so! Check your school email or visit the link here. This survey is for all seniors, even those who did not park on campus.

Taking an AP Art Class Next Year? Read This

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option), and AP 3D for next school year, please click here to download the AP Art Portfolio Review packet, or pick one up at the East Fine Arts Office (6080) or 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).

Visiting Artist Presentation Wednesday, February 8

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Charles Yost, will give a presentation during periods 5 and 6 on Wednesday, February 8 at the Visiting Artist Gallery. All students are invited.

Showcase Needs Student Help With Videos and More

Showcase has always included amazing videos created by SHS students, and more are needed in 2017. If you have ideas for videos, would like to perform in videos, or can help produce videos, Showcase can make it happen. Showcase also is also looking for backstage help such as props masters, stage running crew and photographers. Check out the Showcase Facebook page (Showcase-Stevenson High School) for more information. Please email if you would like to help backstage during Showcase, or if you have ideas or would like to help with videos.

Mr. SHS Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Mr. SHS contest are on sale for $5 at the Superstore and online. 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.

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.


Ski and Snowboard Club members: This week’s trip is to Little Switzerland. Turn in your money to Student Activities by the end of the day Wednesday.

Morning Strength Training and Conditioning is open to all students from 6:15-7:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Thursday, February 9 in the Cardio Room 5042. No one is too busy, it’s a matter of priorities!


An informational meeting for boys gymnastics will take place at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Joe Rogalski at

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Room 7096. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Johnson at

The boys water polo preseason meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at

There will be a girls softball informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rooms 2004-2006. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wilhelm at


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