Thursday, April 20, 2017

Special Event for Incoming Freshman Families Monday

Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi will lead a special panel discussion for incoming freshmen and their parents or guardians from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Twin Groves Middle School. Although the event is being held at Twin Groves, it is open to all eighth-grade families whose student will be attending Stevenson in the fall.

The focus of the evening will be the social transition from middle school to high school. There will be one discussion for eighth-graders, and another for their parents or guardians. In the adult discussion, panelists will discuss what to expect with the move from middle school to SHS, and how to best keep communication channels open with their child. Parents will hear from Cortesi and Claudia Kasten, chief of the Juvenile Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and chairwoman of the Stand Strong Coalition. Also speaking will be Laurie and Stuart Kessler, parents of a former SHS and Twin Groves student who struggled with addiction. In another room, eighth-grade students will have the opportunity to get their questions answered by current members of Stevenson’s Catalyst club.

RSVPs to the event are requested but not required. Interested guests can learn more at this link.

Counseling Appointment Deadline for Juniors is Monday

Monday is the deadline for junior families to schedule a Post-High School Family Planning Meeting with one of Stevenson’s postsecondary counselors. The 30-minute appointments are available through Thursday, June 15. Families need to complete the College/Post Secondary Planning Worksheet to begin the process. (A copy of the worksheet also is available in the College Career Center, Room 1123.) Once families have turned in a completed worksheet to Chris McGurn in the College Career Center, they will receive an email with a link to sign up for the appointment.

VEX Robotics Team at World Championships

Stevenson’s state champion VEX Robotics team is participating in the VEX Robotics World Championships today in Louisville, Kentucky. There are 564 teams from more than 20 countries competing in the three-day event. Stevenson’s team of seniors Opasan Bondad, Aryn Harmon, Chris Lee, Lisa Rosov and Serge Zvenigorodsky, and junior Abby Starr will have its first match at 2:43 today (match No. 5), followed by contests at 4:35 (39) and 6:13 (69). On Friday, the team will compete at 10:09 a.m. (84), 10:54 (98), 1:28 p.m. (128), 3:19 (163) and 4:13 (180). Saturday will bring matches at 8:59 a.m. (192) and 10:22 (219). Elimination matches will take place Saturday afternoon for those schools that qualify. If you want to watch the action and see results, click here. Stevenson‘s team number is 1965A, and its name is “Chris Lee’s Hat.” The VEX robotics coaches are Michael Anderson and Frank Radostits.

Sabbagh, Grice Part of Art Educator Show

Art teacher and SHS alum Cristal Sabbagh (Class of 1990) and Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice are participating in this year’s Art Educator Show at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition. The opening reception and awards presentation will be held from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Bridgeport Arts Center. The juried show will feature more than 100 works of art from city, suburban, public and private educators. Winners will be awarded more than $1,000 in cash prizes and awards. The exhibition will run through May 13.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 16, Glenbrook South 2: Freshman Esther Shi rolled to a 21-4, 21-6 victory at No. 1 singles, as the Patriots (11-1-2) won 11 of 12 singles matches and five of six doubles contests in Glenview. The other winners in singles were senior Ashley Richardson at No. 2 (21-3, 21-9), Jenny Yang at No. 3 (21-7, 21-12), senior May Ling at No. 4 (21-14, 21-12), freshman Kaitlyn Lu at No. 5 (21-5, 21-10), junior Shirley Cao at No. 6 (21-10, 21-9), sophomore Thivya Sivarajah at No. 7 (17-21, 21-11, 21-18), junior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 8 (21-14, forfeit), sophomore Julie Zhu at No. 9 (23-21, 22-20), freshman Megan Wei at No. 10 (21-18, 20-22, 21-11) and sophomore Sanjana Chunduri at No. 11 (21-13, 21-11). In doubles, Ling and Yang were 21-4, 21-2 winners at No. 1. Also victorious were Cao and Lu at No. 2 (21-19, 21-10), Richardson and Shi at No. 3 (21-7, 21-7), Zhu and Sivarajah at No. 4 (15-21, 21-15, 21-11) and Wei and Shanmugasundaram at No. 5 (21-11, 17-21, 21-11).

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 12, Mundelein 8: Senior Michael Simon and junior Caleb DiMaria each scored three goals and had an assist for the Patriots in the Stadium. Senior Bryan Spruce and junior Austin Masters scored two goals apiece, and juniors Ryan Walsh and Alex Dove also scored. Masters also registered an assist, as did junior Colin Bowler and senior Demetre Crews. Junior goalie Chad Winter made 11 saves. – @patslax

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Mundelein 3: The visiting Patriots (8-4, 1-1) won their third game in a row and the fourth in their last five outings. –

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-19, 25-14: Senior Grant Maleski smacked eight kills and classmate Austin Zhou served five aces to lead the Patriots (15-6, 3-0) in the Sports Center. Junior Leo Chen added four kills and three aces, while junior Matt Cliffer and senior Hudson Havenhill had three kills apiece. Junior Haddon Kay and sophomore Will Sorenson recorded 10 and nine assists, respectively.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Glenbrook South 2: Sophomore Zach Kim cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles to pace the Patriots (7-2) at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Junior Sam Komis posted the same winning score at No. 2. Senior Rafael Pablos Sarabia rallied past his opponent at No. 4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 10-2. In doubles, SHS won at the second through fifth slots. Sophomores Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath Viswanathan rolled at No. 2, 6-1, 6-1, freshman Andy Dong and sophomore Nick Ryding prevailed at No. 3, 7-6 (3), 6-3, juniors Michael Maryniuk and Jeremy Park breezed at No. 4, 6-0, 6-1, and senior Kento Ogawa and freshman Delbert Su held on for a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win at No. 5.


Stevenson 15, Zion-Benton 5 (5 inn.): The host Patriots (9-6, 3-4) scored eight runs in the first inning en route to completing a three-game sweep of the Zee-Bees. The big blow in the bottom of the first was a bases-clearing double by senior Michael Marchese that gave SHS a 3-0 lead. His twin brother, Henry Marchese, added a two-run single, and junior Evan Kiah also knocked in two runs with a single. Nine players collected at least one hit, with Kiah, Henry Marchese and senior Scotty Max recording two apiece. Max had a two-run single as Stevenson extended its lead to 12-0 in the second inning. On the mound, seniors Michael Sobel (three innings) and Charlie Bourbon (two innings) surrendered three hits and struck out five. Sobel was the winning pitcher. –


Libertyville 16, Stevenson 0 (6 inn.): Senior Vera Pflugradt was 2-for-3 with a double for the host Patriots (4-10, 1-5). Libertyville improved to 14-2, 5-0. – Daily Herald

Softball Team Holding Special Promotion

The softball program is holding a special “Take Me Out of the Ball Game” promotion for its games on the next two Saturdays. For $10, anyone who attends a game will receive their choice of a hot dog or burger, chips, a drink and a souvenir SHS Softball cup. Click here for more details.


Tickets for Prom, Post-Prom Available

Tickets for the Prom and the post-Prom event at Six Flags Great America are on sale through the Superstore. Tickets for the Prom are $90, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore during sixth hour or online at this link. Prom ticket sales end Monday, May 1. Click here to see the 2017 Prom booklet. Tickets for the post-Prom event are $55. The post-Prom event runs from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The school will provide bus transportation from the Prom to Great America, and then back to the school. For details and the required permission slip, click here.

Fourth Annual Fashion Show Friday Night

The fourth annual Stevenson Styler Fashion Show is coming to the Performing Arts Center on Friday! The pre-party will start at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and red carpet photo ops. The fashion show will begin at 7 p.m., and admission will be $5, with all proceeds benefitting Dress for Success. Dress your best and come check out the latest looks from Bella Donna, Olivia’s, Illusions by Jill, Stilleto’s and Francesca’s. The guys haven’t been forgotten: there are great summer trends from Gap and Old Navy. More than 100 amazing student-designed looks made by students in the Clothing and Design classes will be shown!

Special Olympics Bocce Ball Training Today

For students participating in the Special Olympics Bocce Ball event on Sunday, there is a training session today during eighth period and after school. Please come to one session. Meet in the lower Glass Commons.

Get Your Tickets Now for the One-Act Plays

The Theatre Department continues its tradition of one-act plays and monologues as its spring production. This year’s one-act shows will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28-29 in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Admission is $6. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Child Development Classes Holding Book Drive

The Child Development classes are holding a children’s book collection drive to benefit students at V.H. Nelson Elementary School in Niles. Almost 60% of Nelson’s students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and their English Language Arts score on the state PARCC test is well below average. The Child Development classes believe that the discrepancy in scores is due to the lack of books and other resources for Nelson students. You can drop off new and gently used children’s books at the Vernon Area Public Library until April 30.

Volunteers Needed for Riverside Foundation Gala

Mr. Goergen and Mr. Erdmann will be honored at the Riverside Foundation’s annual Hearts of Gold Gala on Saturday at the Lincolnshire Marriott, and student volunteers are needed to help. Volunteer shifts are available from 4-9 p.m. or 9 p.m. to midnight. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Elisa Capstick at

Support These Art Students After School Monday

Come out and support five of your fellow students at the 10th Congressional District Art Competition reception and awards from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday at the Vernon Area Public Library. Stevenson will have five students represented: Alexandra Kokhan (mixed media), Judy Kupchan (photo), Amy Tian (drawing), Caroline French (photo) and Madeline Meirhaeghe (digital painting).

You’re Invited to Apply for National Service Honors

The organization that runs the website has some national award opportunities for all students. There are three levels of recognition based on volunteer hours. All you have to do is share a few details and a photo of your service activity completed between June 1, 2016 and now. To apply, visit Online applications are due by Friday, May 5.

Check Out the Stevenson Styler Online

The Stevenson Styler fashion magazine is digital! Save some paper and check it out online. You can view it here. This edition talks about “fast fashion” and its impact, spring and summer trends, summertime recipes and DIY’s, and more.


Have you ever been to an escape room, heard of escape rooms, or ever played breakout in class? If yes, then you will love this! If you haven’t heard of any of those but like solving puzzles, then you will love this! If you don’t like puzzles but just want to have fun and hopefully win a prize, then you’ll love this! Join Club Israel on Friday for Escape Passover edition. The club will meet in Room 1414 right after school.

Best Buddies is close to reaching its goal of raising $12,000 for the Best Buddies Illinois Friendship Walk on May 6 at Brookfield Zoo. As of Monday, Best Buddies had raised $10,854. If you want to take part in the walk, click here. Anyone who raises $50 will get a Best Buddies T-shirt.


Attention juniors and seniors: A United States Marine Corps recruiter will be visiting Stevenson on Monday during third period (10:18 a.m.) in the College Career Center.  Please go into Naviance under the College Visits tab to sign up for the visit. You will need to bring a signed pass from your third-period teacher to attend the visit. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).

The Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).  


End your week on a really happy note. Get to the Wood Commons or Glass Commons on Friday during sixth and seventh passing periods, or after school, and buy a Wendy’s Frosty for only $2 … and support girls water polo! After all, you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a Frosty, and that’s pretty much the same thing!


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