Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Stevenson Students Honored for Community Service

Stevenson High School has earned a 2016-17 Ruby Award from the non-profit organization Inspiring Service for student volunteerism. The Ruby Award is the organization’s highest honor.

Through March, Stevenson students had logged 68,339 volunteer hours in service to others, nearly seven times the minimum 10,000 hours required for a Ruby Award.

Inspiring Service awards connect personal and collective community service with progress toward the United Nation’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The 17 goals range from providing a quality education to all children, to eliminating poverty, to reducing inequalities.

Inspiring Service, which runs the website that Stevenson students use to log service hours, uses technology to encourage young people to engage in community service.

The organization has three levels of recognition for students based on volunteer hours. Students can apply for recognition at Online applications are due by Friday, May 5.

Visitors From Six States, Canada on Thursday

Approximately 130 visitors from 14 schools or districts in six states and one Canadian province will come to Stevenson for its final Site Visit Day of the year on Thursday. Representatives from Holy Names Catholic High School in Windsor, Ontario will be visiting, along with these in-country, out-of-state schools and districts: Avon Grove High School in West Grove, Pennsylvania; the Forney Independent School District in Forney, Texas; Prairie du Chien High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; Scott County High School in Georgetown, Kentucky, and North Oldham High School in Goshen, Kentucky; and Pomona High School in Arvada, Colorado, Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and the Cherry Creek School District in Centennial, Colorado. Five Illinois schools also will send representatives to Stevenson: Schaumburg High School, Fenton High School in Bensenville, Crete-Monee High School in Crete, CICS Northtown Academy in Chicago, and DRW College Prep in Chicago.

Schools visiting Stevenson pay registration fees that are donated to the Stevenson Foundation to support its Kids In Need Fund, the Stevenson to College program, and the Local Scholars Reception.

Postsecondary Counselors Serving as Moderators

Stevenson’s postsecondary counselors, Sara English and Dan Miller, are serving as moderators for two panel discussions at this week’s Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling Conference in Itasca. English organized, and will be the moderator for, “Helping Domestic International Students with the College Search,” while Miller will moderate “Embracing Your Story and Creating a College-Going Mentality.”

Seniors Who Helped Start Fashion Show Say Goodbye

The fourth annual Stevenson Styler Fashion Show drew a crowd of about 160 people on Friday, more than double the number that came to the first show in 2014. The event marked the final show for several seniors who helped get it off the ground. Pioneer Press reporter Ronnie Wachter talked with Avery Klondar and Michelle Wexler, plus Styler sponsor Christina Erickson.


Tuesday’s Digest incorrectly listed sophomore Elliott Koriath as finishing fourth in the National Sports and Entertainment Bee’s Junior Varsity Division. He was third.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 6, Libertyville 2: Senior Henry Marchese led off the game with a home run and sophomore pitcher Hayden Brotz won his first varsity start as the Patriots (11-8, 5-6) evened their season series with the host Wildcats (15-5, 9-2). Brotz pitched four scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits. Marchese’s homer was the only run of the game until the top of the sixth inning, when senior Charlie Bourbon hit a two-run triple and then scored on senior Hayden Shape’s sacrifice fly to give SHS a 4-0 lead. After Libertyville responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, Bourbon recorded his third RBI in the top of the seventh, knocking in junior Evan Kiah, whose single scored senior Charlie Ling. Bourbon finished 3-for-4, while Kiah and Ling each had two hits. Senior Daniel Lubelfeld pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to close out the ballgame. –, News-Sun


Stevenson 16, Lake Forest 5: Seniors Emma Oriatti and Mic Faunce each collected three hits and drove in three runs for the Patriots (8-11, 3-6) on the road. Senior Vera Pflugradt also had three hits. Three other hitters recorded two hits each: senior Alana Labaschin, junior Gina Shanley and sophomore Anna Fossier. Labaschin and Fossier both drove in a pair of runs. Senior Alyssa Pauly factored into 11 of the 18 outs. She had eight assists and three putouts while playing error-free ball. Sophomore Riley Housinger was the winning pitcher.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 0: The visiting Patriots (9-2, 5-0) kept their grip on the conference lead by winning every match in straight sets. Sophomores Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath Viswanathan posted a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles, followed by juniors Michael Maryniuk and Jeremy Park at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0), freshmen Delbert Su and Andy Dong at No. 3 (6-1, 6-3) and seniors Gary Braznichenko and Kento Ogawa at No. 4 (6-0, 6-1). In singles, victories came from junior Sam Komis at No. 1 (6-3, 6-0), senior Matt Harvey at No. 2 (6-4, 6-0) and senior Rafael Pablos at No. 3 (6-1, 6-3).


Stevenson 17, New Trier 1: In Winnetka, the Patriots (13-1-2) closed out their dual-meet schedule with a lopsided victory. Freshman Esther Shi rolled past New Trier’s 2016 state qualifier at No. 1 singles, 21-3, 21-5. Other singles wins came from senior Ashley Richardson at No. 2 (21-6, 21-14), freshman Jenny Yang at No. 3 (21-11, 21-5), senior May Ling at No. 4 (21-8, 21-6), freshman Kaitlyn Lu at No. 5 (21-10, 21-9), junior Shirley Cao at No. 6 (21-9, 21-8), sophomore Thivya Sivarajah at No. 7 (21-17, 21-14), junior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 8 (21-11, 23-25, 21-12), freshman Megan Wei at No. 10 (13-21, 21-18, 21-18), sophomore Sanjana Chunduri at No. 11 (21-18, 21-12) and sophomore Riya Gyanmote at No. 12 (21-9, 14-21, 21-11). SHS swept all six doubles matches. The winning tandems were Ling and Yang at No. 1 (21-14, 21-10), Cao and Lu at No. 2 (21-15, 21-12), Shi and Richardson at No. 3 (21-8, 21-3), Sivarajah and sophomore Julie Zhu at No. 4 (21-9, 21-18), Shanmugasundaram and Wei at No. 5 (21-15, 21-11), and Gyanmote and Chunduri at No. 6 (21-12, 22-24, 21-9). Stevenson will serve as host for the North Suburban Conference championships Friday and Saturday in the Field House.


PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.

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 in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Admission is $6. Click here to purchase tickets in advance. Concessions sold at the show will go to the family of Sodexo employee Ana Marinez, whose 13-year-old son was struck and killed by a car on March 31. Donations also will be accepted.

Prom, Post-Prom Ticket Sales End Monday

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. 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.

Auditions for Advanced Choir Classes This 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. Sign-up sheets and audition information are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson ( if you have any questions.

#SHSConfidenceisBeautiful Starts Today

Peer Helpers is rolling out its annual “body image” campaign starting today. Keep your eyes open for messages about positive body image, and that what is on the inside is what matters most of all! Peer Helpers has been doing this campaign for the last few years, spreading positive body image awareness to students via bathroom messages. This year, the Peer Helpers is including staff members in the campaign, letting all of them know that inner beauty matters most and confidence is beautiful. Please spread your messages or pictures of positivity with #SHSConfidenceIsBeautiful.

Juniors, Don’t Put Your Senior Year in Jeopardy

Most of Stevenson’s Class of 2018 has failed to comply with the state’s meningitis immunization mandate, jeopardizing completion of their senior year. The state requires that before October 15, all students in 12th grade will provide evidence of having a meningitis vaccination on or after their 16th birthday, or of receiving two meningitis vaccinations, with the first dose given on or after their 10th birthday and the second dose at least eight weeks after the first dose. Students failing to comply with the state mandate by October 15 will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.


Due to a large volume of interest, summer shadow applications will not be accepted after Monday. Look for the career application form at


The Hebrew program and Club Israel invite you to the first Israel Day at Stevenson! Join us today in Room 2104 during all lunch periods to learn all about Israel and its culture. There will be food, free snacks, games, activities, raffles and more. Don’t miss it! Bring your friends. All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

The Senior Class Board invites all seniors to its College Commitment Day free breakfast from 7:30-8:20 a.m. Friday in the Sports Center. Wear your college gear!


The Intramural Department will have open gym basketball for any interested student from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Field House. All you need to participate is your current school ID. There also will be open gym basketball on Monday, May 8, 15 and 22, from 6-8 p.m. in the Field House.


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. For more information, contact Caren Keane at

Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Spring ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through Tuesday.


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