Thursday, May 4, 2017

District Earns Top Financial Rating for 11th Straight Year

District 125 has earned the state’s highest rating for its financial management practices for the 11th straight year. Stevenson received Financial Recognition status from the Illinois State Board of Education based on five indicators: fund balance-to-revenue ratio; expenditure-to-revenue ratio; days cash on hand; percentage of short-term borrowing maximum remaining; and percentage of long-term debt margin remaining. SHS received a perfect score from the state for the ninth consecutive school year. Statewide, 632 out of 852 districts earned the Financial Recognition rating, including all six of Stevenson’s sender districts. Click here to see a 14-year comparison of all state school districts, in alphabetical order.

Economics Team Takes Part in National Challenge

Stevenson’s Illinois Economics Challenge champions took part in the National Economics Challenge semifinals last week, finishing 14th out of 36 teams in the Adam Smith Division. Seniors Reuben Gutmann, David Liu, Alex Shi and Kevin You qualified for the national semifinals by winning the state title on April 7. Their sponsor was economics teacher and Economics Club adviser James Kollar.

Hot Wax Painter Closing 2016-17 Visiting Artist Series

A Chicago-based artist who uses an ancient form of painting is the final Visiting Artist of the Month for the 2016-17 school year. Alexander Charles Listello engages in encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, which has been in existence for about 2,000 years. In encaustic painting, heated beeswax and colored pigments come together to form a liquid or paste applied to a surface, usually prepared wood. Samples of his work are on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery (West Building) through May 23. The artist will visit the school on Friday, May 12 to talk with students during third and fifth periods at the gallery.

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 16, Naperville North 10: Claire Haas scored eight goals for the host Patriots (26-1), who took a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Fiona Gaffney, Eleanor Michaud and Lauren Maloney each scored two goals, while Eileen Hoang and Melanie Blake found the back of the net once. Goalie Anna Mossakowski played the first three quarters, making 10 saves. Brigitte Lefebvre had two saves during her fourth-quarter stint.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 16, Naperville North 9: The Patriots improved to 27-0 with the win on Senior Night. –

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Warren 7: In Gurnee, the Patriots improved to 13-5 overall and 3-1 in the NSC. –


Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 2: Michael Marchese hit a two-run single in the first inning and added an RBI single in the second as the visiting Patriots (14-10, 8-7) erupted for six early runs and swept the three-game series with the Bears (6-8). Marchese finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI and two stolen bases. His twin brother Henry had two hits and scored two runs. Charlie Ling also scored twice. Evan Kiah and Jack Housinger also drove in a run apiece. Michael Thon was the starting and winning pitcher. He tossed 28 pitches, surrendering only one hit and an unearned run in three innings. In all, Stevenson’s five pitchers threw 93 pitches, gave up six hits and struck out seven in seven innings. –

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 5, Highland Park 3: In a matchup of two teams that finished in the state’s top 10 last year, the Patriots (11-2) won on the road for the second day in a row. The winning doubles teams were Andy Dong and Aswath Viswanathan at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0), Michael Maryniuk and Jeremy Park at No. 3 (6-1, 6-2) and Gary Braznichenko and Kento Ogawa at No. 5 (7-5, 7-5). The singles winners were Sam Komis at No. 2 (6-3, 6-4) and Rafael Pablos Sarabia at No. 3 (4-6, 6-4, 6-1). The Giants were fourth in the state last season, while the Patriots tied for eighth.

Boys Lacrosse

Warren 10, Stevenson 5: The host Patriots dropped to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the NSC. The Blue Devils improved to 8-3, 5-1. –

Boys Volleyball

Lake Zurich d. Stevenson, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16: The Patriots dropped to 18-8 overall and 3-2 in the North Suburban Conference. Austin Zhou made nine digs. Grant Maleski recorded nine kills, Leo Chen had seven, Matt Cliffer made four and Sudhish Gogula added three. Haddon Kay dished out 13 assists, while Will Sorenson had nine assists and two aces. The Bears improved to 18-4, 4-1. – Daily Herald

Country Financial to Honor Stensby at Awards Night

Sophomore Topher Stensby, who won the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore-area High School Athlete of the Month voting for March, will receive his award from Country Financial at the beginning of the Spring Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16. He won the honor after capturing the state championship in the 50-yard freestyle at the IHSA state meet. Country Financial will donate $250 to the school in recognition of Stensby’s win.

Memories of a “Coach’s Dream”

Head boys soccer coach Mark Schartner said his former captain, Ryan “Rocky” Pebbles, was a “coach’s dream.” The 2002 graduate, who died in a one-car accident in California last month, is remembered by Schartner and classmate Kevin O’Connell in this Pioneer Press piece. Athletic Director Trish Betthauser said the school will be adding a brick paver in Pebbles’ name to those lining the entrance to the southwest corner of the Stadium.


Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available as early as May 22, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

Spring Dance Concert This Weekend

Don’t miss this weekend’s Spring Dance Concert, featuring the Mélange and Repertory dance companies and the Concert Dance class. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online, at the Patriot Superstore, or at the door on each concert night. Click here to see which students will be involved.

Driver Education Information Meeting for Parents

The Driver Education Department is having an informational meeting for parents and guardians of students taking Driver Education this summer or during the fall semester at 7 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Other interested SHS parents can attend the meeting, which is scheduled to last an hour. The meeting will cover permitting, course information, tips for new drivers, and state driving laws. There also will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions of a State Farm Insurance agent and a Lincolnshire police officer. For more information, contact Driver Education teacher Courtney Bresnen at


Come celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel Independence Day, with Club Israel today. Decorate an Israel cookie cake and celebrate with friends in Room 1414 after school.

The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 18 in the Link Lab. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.

The Animal Welfare Club’s March Dog of the Month is a 4-month-old sweetheart named Ode and its Cat of the Month is a friendly attention lover named Selina. 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!


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).  


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