Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Sophomore Swimmer Stensby Wins State Title

Sophomore Topher Stensby won the championship in the 50-yard freestyle at Saturday’s Illinois High School Association state meet, becoming the first Patriot swimmer to win the event. He is only the third male swimmer in school history to capture an individual state championship. Stensby led Stevenson to a fourth-place finish in the team standings. More details in the Patriot Sports section.

Four Students Earn Honors at State Debate Tourney

Four members of the varsity debate team won honors at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association state tournament at Harper College in Palatine on Saturday. Sophomore Sydney Glickson received First Place Speaker in one of the four Upper Championship chambers. Dylan Hu, a freshman, received Third Place Speaker and Best Presiding Officer honors in one of the 10 Lower Invitational chambers. Seniors Aman Grover and Alexis Cacioppo were named to the 10-member ICDA All-State Team.

Winter Guard Third at Stagg Competition

Stevenson’s Winter Guard finished third in the SA class at the Stagg High School competition on Saturday. This was the team’s first time in the SA class. The Winter Guard roster included seniors Hannah Speers and Sabrina Sullivan; sophomores Maddy Casaletto, Jasmin Ealom, Caroline French, Amanda Jimenez, Arielle Pazol and Kennedy Schooley; and freshmen Lexi Becker, Kennedy Davis, Rebecca Katsnelson and Danielle Shvartsman.

Winter Band Concert Tuesday Night

The Winter Band Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. All five of Stevenson’s concert bands will perform. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Sophomore Topher Stensby’s state championship-winning effort in the 50-yard freestyle, one of four medals he earned, propelled the Patriots to a fourth-place finish in the team standings, their best showing since taking second in 2004. Stensby, who entered the meet seeded fourth in the 50 free, swam a personal-best and school-record time of 20.44 seconds in the final. He joins Darren Heydanek (200 individual medley, 1991) and Tommy Gregory (100 butterfly, 2003) as the only male individual swimming champions in school history. Stensby’s time in the 50 free also qualified him for the USA Junior Nationals. The sophomore nearly won a second title in the 100 free, where he was edged out by St. Viator’s Micha Balcerak by .02 seconds, 45.12-45.14. Stensby also swam on two medal-winning relays. The 400 free relay unit of Stensby, juniors Nick Baginski and Daniel Ng, and senior Andrew Shashin finished second (3:04.54), while the 200 free relay team of Stensby, Shashin, Ng and sophomore Jacob Rosenkranz placed third (1:24.78). Stensby set a record in the 400 free relay with his 44.06-second closing leg. Stevenson earned four other medals: Baginski was seventh in the 100 butterfly (50.29) and eighth in the 50 free (21.01), senior Matthew Krames finished seventh in diving (460.35), and the 200 medley relay squad of Ng, Baginski, Rosenkranz and sophomore Joseph Song placed ninth (1:34.78) with a school-record time. The Patriots set three other school records during Friday’s preliminaries. The 400 free relay posted a time of 3:04.01, and the 200 free relay recorded a time of 1:23.96, which included a school-record split of 20.95 by Ng. SHS had a team score of 106 points, behind defending champion Lyons (156.5), Hinsdale Central (142) and New Trier (120). This was Stevenson’s fifth top-five finish in state meet history, with all five instances occurring under Doug Lillydahl, who is in the second year of his second stint as head coach. His Patriot teams finished fourth in 2001, fifth in 2002, and second in 2003 and 2004. – Official Results | Daily Herald (Saturday coverage), Daily Herald (Friday coverage), Pioneer Press

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Wheeling Indoor Invitational: The Patriots finished second overall behind 10 top-five placewinners. Junior Isabelle Sparreo won the 1,600-meter run (5:24.9), and also ran in the second-place 1,600 relay with seniors Juhi Jhaveri, Abby Pucek and Eliza Sullivan (4:33.8). Jhaveri ran the final leg for the runner-up four-lap relay with sophomores Michelle Cai and Journi Alford, and junior Kesina Daley (1:27.2), and also placed third in the 55-meter dash (7.65). Daley was second in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches). Pucek was third in the 800 (2:34.7). Two relays also placed third: the 3,200 relay with junior Lauren Appell, freshman Michelle Yu, junior Gabriela Jagielo and senior Claire Sullivan (11:18.7), and the 1,500 medley relay squad with Appell, junior Emily Grimes, senior Paige Nierman and freshman Avery King (4:28). Sophomore Kendall Roberts was fourth in the 1,600 (5:38.2) and Jagielo was fifth in the 800 (2:40.8). Sophomore Johnna Geick broke her own record in the pole vault with an effort of 8 feet.

Boys Basketball in Regional Tuesday Night

The varsity boys basketball team begins the quest for its fifth consecutive regional championship on Tuesday. The Patriots will face the winner of tonight’s game between Lake Forest and Chicago Mather in the IHSA Class 4A Maine West Regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Des Plaines. Stevenson enters the game with a 21-5 record and is the top seed in the regional. The winner of Tuesday’s semifinal will play for the regional championship Friday night.

Pep Bus Planned for Hockey Team’s Playoff Game

The Athletic Department is offering a student fan bus to the varsity boys ice hockey team’s Blackhawk Cup state playoff game against Evanston on Thursday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. The cost is $5. The bus will leave parking lot B at 5:30 p.m. and return after the game, which starts at 6:40. Students should bring at least $10 for admission and food. Students can sign up and pay online through the Superstore or pick up a Field Trip Permission Form at the Superstore and return it (with $5) before Thursday by 1:30 p.m. A minimum of 10 students must sign up for the bus to run.


Friday’s Daily Digest omitted the names of two varsity boys track and field team members who finished in the top five of their event at the season-opening Huntley Invitational on Thursday. Junior Brett Lucas was runner-up in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9 minutes and 43 seconds, and he also placed fifth in the 1,600 (4:43.90). Junior Nikita Smyrnov finished third in the 3,200 (9:55.00).


All Juniors Taking ACT on Tuesday

As part of its commitment to helping students achieve academic and collegiate success, Stevenson will be offering the ACT exam with writing to all junior students on Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. No registration is necessary nor are there any fees for the exam. Juniors will have the option of leaving school early after completing the exam. Click here for details.

Project Dance Coupon Code Extended

The Project Dance coupon code HIGHFIVE has been extended to Friday, so you can still receive $5 off when registering. Help us support the great work of the Riverside Foundation (helping developmentally disabled adults achieve independence) and Stevenson 2 College (helping first generation college students with financial support and mentoring). Project Dance is a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that requires no selling! All you have to do is join the platform and use the online tools to spread the message in your personal networks and family networks. Click here for all the registration information, forms and details.

NHS Blood Drive Sign-Up Ends Friday

If you’re at least 17 years old by March 10 and weigh at least 110 pounds, you can save three lives by donating blood at the National Honor Society Blood Drive on Friday, March 10 in the Wrestling Room. You must have a full free period between periods 3-8, in which you would be available to donate blood. This period can be an unscheduled period, a full lunch, or a PE/Health class (with teacher approval). By giving blood, you’ll also receive three community service hours. Plus, LifeSource will make a financial donation to the Stevenson Foundation’s Stevenson to College program, which improves access to college for SHS students who would be the first in their family to attend. Click here to sign up and to download forms you’ll need to bring to the Student Activities Office before the event, or bring them to the Wrestling Room on the day of the blood drive. The sign-up deadline is Friday.

One-Act Plays Audition Information Meeting Thursday

An informational meeting for students interested in auditioning for the Spring One-Acts will be held at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Studio Theatre. Auditions are open to everyone and will be held after school Tuesday, March 14 in the West Auditorium. The audition packet will be posted online this week, and there also will be an audition sign-up sheet outside the Studio Theatre.

Thinking About Joining the Military?

Are you unsure about what you would like to do after high school? Would you like to further explore your options? Do you have any interest in joining the military? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test on Thursday, March 16. This is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The test also may be used to provide students with more information regarding career options. If you’re interested in taking the test, you must sign up by Wednesday. Click here to sign up and for more details.

Operation Snowball Registration Open

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a two-day event with tons of indoor and outdoor activities planned by upperclassmen for all Stevenson students. Registration is now open at the Online Superstore. Sign up by Wednesday to reserve your T-shirt. Registration closes Friday, March 10. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski or Mr. Mazzuca if you have any questions.

College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at

Want to Help Transfer Students New to SHS?

If you’re interested in becoming a buddy to a transfer student, there will be a Transfer Buddies informational meeting during each lunch period Friday, March 17 in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4100). Please bring your iPad to the meeting.


Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit and for more information.


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

The Bass Fishing Club will be having an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2918. Contact Mr. Mural for more information at


Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 16. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: Students should apply by Friday, March 31.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


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