Friday, April 21, 2017

Buffalo Grove Named Best Place to Live in Illinois

The website that named Stevenson the best public high school in America last fall has bestowed a major honor on four of the communities in which its students live. has named Buffalo Grove the best place to live in Illinois, and the seventh-best in the country. Long Grove was ranked fourth in the state. Vernon Hills is No. 12 and Lincolnshire No. 19. The ranking is based on quality of public schools, crime rates, employment opportunities, cost of living and other factors.

One-Act Plays Will Raise Money for Family

Next weekend‘s one-act plays also will serve as a fundraiser for the family of a Sodexo employee whose son died last month. 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. Concession sales will go toward the family of Ana Marinez, whose 13-year-old son Adrian was struck by a car and killed while crossing Townline Road in Vernon Hills on March 31. Donations also will be accepted. “I was sitting in my car crying when I heard the news (about Adrian’s death),” director Lauren Rawitz told the Daily Herald. “As a mother, my heart was breaking for Ana.”

Special Olympics Bocce Ball Tournament at SHS Sunday

Stevenson will serve as host for the Area 13 Special Olympics bocce ball tournament on Sunday. This marks the third time SHS has served as host. The opening ceremonies start at 9 a.m. on the intramural fields adjacent to the Field House. Sociology teacher Chris Salituro is coordinating more than 90 student volunteers (all from Stevenson) who will help with the tournament. He has been a volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics bocce ball tournament for the past six years.

Seven Entering Dance Honor Society

Seven students will be inducted into the National Honor Society of Dance Arts before school Monday morning. Seniors Katharine Fairman, Mollie Rice and Alice Rong, and juniors Allison Chen, Sophia Connolly, Emily Feng and Alexandra Pinchuk will join the society during a ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Monday in Room 2104. Parents coming to see the ceremony should park in lot B or E for closest access to Room 2104.

Ten Students Earn Blue Ribbons at NSC Art Festival

Sixty Stevenson art students participated in the North Suburban Conference Art Festival at Warren Township High School on Wednesday. Ten students were awarded blue ribbons for their work, including sophomore Michelle Cai, who also received the artist’s choice ribbon for her colored pencil panel. Other blue ribbon recipients included seniors Melanie Blake (photo), Thomas Krebs (jewelry), Emma Nudelman (photo), Natalie Przybylo (charcoal) and Krishna Vepachedu (jewelry), juniors Marissa Mazzone (ceramics) and Kate Tobin (ceramics), sophomore Dora Guo (painting) and freshman Madeline Meirhaeghe (digital).

Five Students in Congressional Art Competition

Five SHS students have their works entered in the 10th Congressional District Art Competition, which concludes with a reception and awards ceremony from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Vernon Area Public Library. The Stevenson quintet includes seniors Judy Kupchan (photo) and Amy Tian (drawing), junior Alexandra Kokhan (mixed media), sophomore Caroline French (photo) and freshman Madeline Meirhaeghe (digital painting).

Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling Old Electronics

Stevenson’s SMARTdesk encourages families to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday by recycling old electronics items at one of four drop-off facilities operated year-round by the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO). There is no charge for the service. To find out which electronics items can be recycled, click here.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Libertyville 0: The host Patriots remained unbeaten in North Suburban Conference duals on a blustery afternoon at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS (8-2, 4-0) won all seven matches in straight sets. Sophomore Zach Kim rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 decision at No. 1 singles, while the No. 1 doubles team of sophomores Aswath Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth earned a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles. The other winning doubles duos were senior Matt Harvey and freshman Andy Dong at No. 2 (6-1, 6-2), juniors Jeremy Park and Michael Maryniuk at No. 3 (6-4, 6-2), and freshman Delbert Su and senior Kento Ogawa at No. 4 (7-5, 6-4). Seniors Brian Weisberg and Gary Braznichenko won their matches at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Weisberg cruised, 6-1, 6-1, while Braznichenko prevailed, 7-6 (2), 6-4.


Stevenson 7, Lake Forest 6: Junior Carly Perkins’ one-out walk-off single up the middle scored sophomore Anna Fossier in the bottom of the seventh as the Patriots improved to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the North Suburban Conference. Fossier opened the seventh with a double, then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Gina Shanley. Perkins followed with her second hit and second RBI of the game. Fossier and senior Mic Faunce led SHS with three hits apiece, and Fossier scored twice. Junior Ilyssa Muise was the winning pitcher.


Stevenson 18, Glenbrook North 0: In Northbrook, the Patriots (12-1-2) completed a two-day sweep of the Glenbrook schools. SHS beat Glenbrook South, 16-2, on Wednesday. The highlight of the match was at No. 1 singles, where freshman Esther Shi beat 2016 state qualifier Jiayi Huang, 21-6, 21-23, 21-7. Senior Ashley Richardson, who beat Huang en route to reaching the consolation semifinals at state last spring, posted a 21-5, 21-15 decision at No. 2 singles. Richardson and Shi teamed at No. 3 doubles, winning 21-5, 21-7. The other winners in singles were freshman Jenny Yang at No. 3 (21-5, 21-9), senior May Ling at No. 4 (21-6, 21-9), freshman Kaitlyn Lu at No. 5 (15-21, 21-14, 21-19), junior Shirley Cao at No. 6 (21-10, 21-2), sophomore Thivya Sivarajah at No. 7 (21-7, 21-18), junior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 8 (21-13, 21-4), sophomore Julie Zhu at No. 9 (21-11, 21-17), freshman Megan Wei at No. 10 (21-15, 21-15), sophomore Sanjana Chunduri at No. 11 (21-15, 21-10) and sophomore Riya Gyanmote at No. 12 (21-16, 21-7). Yang and Ling combined for a 21-12, 21-4 victory at No. 1 doubles. Lu and Cao won 21-4, 21-12 at No. 2, Zhu and Sivarajah were 21-15, 21-15 winners at No. 4, Wei and Shanmugasundaram posted a 21-11, 21-13 decision at No. 5, and Chunduri and Gyanmote prevailed at No. 6, 21-14, 21-17.

Girls Soccer

Mundelein 1, Stevenson 0: The host Mustangs scored the game’s only goal in the first half. SHS dropped to 1-5-1 overall and 1-2 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Brunson Returning to Villanova for Junior Season

SHS alum Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) will return to the Villanova University men’s basketball team for his junior season this fall. The announcement on Thursday by Villanova head coach Jay Wright ended speculation that Brunson would enter the NBA draft. “Jalen is an outstanding student who loves being at Villanova and wants to complete his degree by the end of his junior year,” Wright said in a statement. ”This was a simple decision made by Jalen’s family. Jalen wants to graduate, be a leader on this year’s team, and compete for a championship.” Brunson earned first-team all-Big East honors this year after averaging 14.7 points and 4.1 assists per game. He also was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation’s top point guard. Brunson is expected to lead a talented but inexperienced starting five next season.


Fourth Annual Fashion Show Tonight

The fourth annual Stevenson Styler Fashion Show is coming to the Performing Arts Center tonight! 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!

Auditions for Advanced Choir Classes Next Week

Do you like to sing? Want to develop your vocal skills and have a great time performing and participating in fun events? Placement auditions for Stevenson’s advanced choir classes (Advanced Choir and Patriot Singers) are happening Wednesday through Saturday, April 26-29. Sign-up sheets and audition information are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson ( if you have any questions.

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.

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.

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.


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.


Juniors and their families are invited to meet with one of the postsecondary counselors for a 30-minute Post-High School Family Planning Meeting. The appointments are available through Thursday, June 15. This is a great opportunity to discuss your journey after Stevenson High School. Please complete the College/Post Secondary Planning Worksheet to begin the process. (You can also get a copy of the worksheet in the College Career Center in Room 1123.) Once you have turned in a completed worksheet to Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for the appointment. Worksheets are due in the CCC by Monday. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McGurn.

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 today 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!

The girls lacrosse team is selling gift certificates to Leider’s Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove to raise money for its annual trips and other activities. Certificates are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, and they do not expire. Click here to download an order form. Order forms must be turned in by Sunday, April 30. For more information, contact Caren Keane at


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