Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Math Team Wins Regional Championship

Stevenson’s math team won first place at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Class 4AA regional competition at SHS on Saturday, qualifying for the state finals at the University of Illinois on April 10.

SHS posted a team score of 1,032, tying Naperville North for the highest score at any regional site in the state. Glenbrook South was a distant second in the Stevenson Regional with 819 points. Stevenson won or tied for first place as a team and individually in all 10 categories in the regional, and recorded team scores in six of them that were the best among all regionals: Algebra 2, Calculus, Freshman-Sophomore Eight-Person, Junior-Senior Eight-Person, Junior-Senior Two-Person, and Orals.

National Art Educators Group Honors Grice

Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice has been selected as the recipient of the National Art Education Association’s 2017 Western Region Supervision/Administration Art Educator Award. He will be honored at the NAEA national convention in New York City, which begins today. The award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service, and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member at the regional level within their division. The Western Region covers 17 states and two Canadian provinces.

This is the second major award for Grice during the 2016-17 school year. In October, he was named 2016 Art Administrator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association. Grice has led Stevenson‘s fine arts program since 2010, when he was selected to become its leader after five years as fine arts department chairman at Riverside-Brookfield High School.

Taking Aim at Prescription Drug Misuse

Did you know that one in 10 Lake County high school seniors who graduated last spring said they had taken a prescription drug not prescribed for them within the last 30 days? That’s one of the facts that has led Stevenson’s Catalyst club and the Stand Strong Coalition to sponsor tonight’s Thursday night’s forum on preventing prescription drug misuse. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Stand Strong Executive Director Jamie Epstein, a Stevenson parent, and junior Luisa Dahlstedt, a member of Catalyst’s executive board, talked with Pioneer Press about tonight’s forum.

Band Parent Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Today

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization will hold a fundraiser at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 700 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Potbelly will donate 25% of sales to support the band program. Mention Stevenson when ordering.

80 Educators Coming to Visit SHS Thursday

Eighty visitors from schools in eight states are scheduled to visit Stevenson on Thursday as part of the regular Site Visits for Educators program. Guests will be coming from the following schools and school districts: Allen High School in Allen, Texas; Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Virginia; Cherry Creek High School and the Cherry Creek School District from Greenwood, Colorado, and Durango High School in Durango, Colorado; Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire; North Oldham High School in Goshen, Kentucky; Sparta Middle School in Sparta, Michigan; the Fond Du Lac School District in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, and New Glarus High School in New Glarus, Wisconsin; and St. Luke Middle School in River Forest. Visitor registration fees go to the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 64, Lake Forest 35: The Patriots hit 10 of 15 three-point attempts and shot nearly 60% from the floor as they rolled past the Scouts in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Maine West Regional semifinal. SHS (22-5) will face Waukegan (19-8) for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. The two teams split their previous two games against each other. Stevenson beat the Bulldogs, 59-37, in the Sports Center on January 21, and fell in Waukegan, 61-58, on February 17. Against Lake Forest (12-16), the Pats scored the first seven points of the game and never looked back. Seniors Justin Smith and Willie Herenton led the scoring with 21 and 19 points, respectively. Smith added nine rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots. Herenton scored 11 of his points in the second quarter, and for the game recorded two assists and two steals. Junior Jackson Qualley hit a trio of three-pointers for nine points, while senior Aidan O’Connell grabbed seven rebounds and scored four points. Senior Danny Rosen contributed six points. – Daily Herald

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Indoor Invitational: The Patriots edged Vernon Hills, 52-45, for top honors in the three-school meet that included the host Bison. Junior Isabelle Sparreo ran in two of the three races won by Stevenson. She captured the 800-meter run and was part of the 3,200-meter relay with senior Abby Pucek, junior Lauren Appell and sophomore Kendall Roberts (10:36.7). Sophomore Miffy Tani won the 55-meter hurdles (9.84).


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.

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 1:30 p.m. Thursday. A minimum of 10 students must sign up for the bus to run.

Project Dance Coupon Code Extended to Monday

The Project Dance coupon code HIGHFIVE has been extended to Monday, 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.

Annual Summer Job Fair for Students March 9

Looking for summer work? Visit the annual Summer Job Fair on Thursday, March 9 during all lunch periods in Room 2104. Dozens of local companies will be on hand looking to hire, including: Home Depot, Six Flags, JCC Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp, Tamarak Day Camp, Marriott Resort Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills Park District, Panera, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Mariano’s, AKIRA and many more! Make sure to bring your student ID to be eligible for a $25 Jazzman’s gift card. Don’t miss this great chance to score a summer job!

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 today. Click here to sign up and for more details.


Hey Patriots, get in on the fun and be part of our newest IM league, Coed Kickball, this spring! There will be an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 in the Student Activities Office.


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.


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.


The Animal Welfare Club’s March Dog of the Month, Pensacola, has a big heart and volunteers at local nursing homes on Saturdays. Its Cat of the Month is an attention lover named Brewer. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at! These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


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