Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

Catalyst Influences Villages to Raise Tobacco-Buying Age

Stevenson’s Catalyst club has influenced three local villages to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products and e-cigarettes this summer.

The latest victory for the group, which promotes a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle among students, came Monday night. The Buffalo Grove village board narrowly approved an ordinance to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21. Earlier this summer, the villages of Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills acted similarly. Ten municipalities statewide have raised the minimum purchase age, starting with Evanston in 2014.

Presentations from Catalyst members and sponsors supporting the “Tobacco 21” agenda preceded each vote. Members of Junior Catalyst clubs from Consortium 125 junior high schools also have been on hand for the meetings.

Senior Ananya Pati told the Buffalo Grove village board that tobacco companies are promoting e-cigarettes in order to boost cigarette sales. “Electronic cigarettes are basically big tobacco’s comeback. They’re saying that this is a new product, but they are using the same marketing tactics,” she said, according to the Daily Herald. “It still has harmful chemicals.”

In Buffalo Grove and Vernon Hills, the major objections to raising the minimum age were these: businesses within the village could be hurt financially, and students will go to another suburb to buy tobacco products or e-cigarettes. Dr. Cristina Cortesi, the school’s substance abuse prevention coordinator and a Catalyst sponsor, had this to say to Vernon Hills officials in June, according to Pioneer Press:

“Part of policy change is creating a culture change and making a really clear stance,” she said. “In doing that, you are creating public awareness regarding a health issue. Often times what may seem like a really small policy change is actually creating a larger impact.”

College Counseling for Senior Parents, Guardians

The College Career Center will hold its annual Senior Parent Night from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to all parents and guardians of seniors at Stevenson. During the presentation, postsecondary counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to apply to colleges. Topics to be covered include types of applications (Common App, for example), admission plans (including Early Decision), deadlines, obtaining a transcript, standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, essays and scholarships. There will be a special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in the Recital Hall, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

Late Arrival on Thursday

The school will operate on a late-arrival schedule Thursday, which is standard procedure on the day after a parent open house night. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m. Students riding buses should be at their stops no later than 9:25.

Senior Orchestra Solo Winners Announced

The four winners of the orchestra’s annual Senior Solo Competition have been announced. They are: Julia Nagel (flute), Haddon Kay (cello), Wilson Zhu (viola) and Haoyang Yu (violin). The four will have solos during the four orchestra concerts this school year. Nagel will perform during the orchestra concert on Sept. 28, Kay on Dec. 12, Zhu on March 20 and Yu on May 8.

In addition to the honor of performing solos at SHS, the four seniors will be invited to attend the Sewanee Summer Music Festival at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. They will receive $2,300 scholarships to pay for half of the four-week festival’s cost. The quartet are the first Stevenson students to receive the Sewanee award.

Auditions were held Thursday at the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory in Highwood. The competition was moved to MYA after the emergency closure of the school on Thursday.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 164, Glenbrook South 165: Three Patriots birdied on the final hole as SHS (3-0) rallied for the win at the Vernon Hills Golf Club. Stevenson trailed by two shots after eight holes, but freshman Kelly Dong, sophomore Joyce Bai and senior Olivia Stomberg all posted a 3 on the par-4 ninth, and sophomore Julia Yoo added a par. Dong tied two Titans for medalist honors with a 1-over-par 37. Bai was one shot behind. Yoo shot a 44, including a birdie on the par-4 sixth hole, while two Patriots had 45s: Stomberg and freshman Sophia Zhuang. Senior Katie Hannahs recorded a 48, which included a birdie on the par-3 third hole.

Girls Volleyball

Barrington d. Stevenson, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20: The Fillies rallied after losing the first set in the Sports Center, spoiling the season opener for the Patriots, who were third in the state last year. Senior Hope Havenhill led SHS attackers with 11 kills in 20 attempts, and also had a solo block and four block assists. Classmate Lauren Micek added six kills and a service ace. Fellow senior Alex Cuc was 54-of-56 setting with 25 assists, added two kills in three attempts, and had two block assists. Chloe Robinson, also a senior, made a team-high 13 digs. Sophomore Lily Cozzi recorded four kills and two aces. Seniors Becca Sullivan and Emily Grimes also had two aces apiece.

Boys Soccer

Buffalo Grove 4, Stevenson 1: The Patriots dropped their season-opening match at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. – Daily Herald


West ILC Hiring Student Aides

The West ILC is hiring student aides to work in the library during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC instead, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper ILC for an application. This is a paid position.

Going to the Football Games at Palatine on Friday?

If you’re going to watch the sophomore or varsity football games at Palatine on Friday, Stevenson Athletics has some expectations for you: No signs can be brought into the stadium; your student ID is required for admission; spectators must wear shirts; no full face paint is allowed; no artificial noisemakers are allowed; and no re-entry will be allowed into the stadium.

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Yearbook Portrait

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior yearbook portrait session! Times are available now, but they fill up fast. You need to have your portrait taken by the end of September if you want it in the yearbook. 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.


Seniors are invited to attend a Common Application Workshop to learn how to use this online application. Workshops will be held in the College Career Center (Room 1123) during eighth period on Monday and at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.

The College Career Center will hold an Essay Writing Workshop next week for seniors preparing college applications. The workshop dates are 7:45 a.m. Monday and eighth period on Thursday, Aug. 31. The CCC is located in Room 1123.


The IM flag football captains meeting will take place at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 2104. Team packets will be given out at the meeting. You must be part of a team in order to play. If you have any questions, see Mr. Wellington in the Student Activities office.

The IM golf meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 6014. The first trip to Vernon Hills Golf Course is set for Tuesday, Aug. 29. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Wise or Mr. Argentar.


The SHS Lean In Feminism Club will have its first meeting after school today in Room 2702. All students who are interested in social and political gender issues are encouraged to attend! Meetings are on the first and third Wednesday of every month.  

Superhero Club starts today! Come to Room 1414 at 3:30 to watch your favorite superheroes. Everyone is welcome.

The Interactive Gamers Club will have its first meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday in Room 1204. The club will be joining RPG groups, teaching students how to play board games, and introducing any card games that you’re interested in!

Peer Tutor information meetings will be held on Thursday before school at 10 a.m. and after school in Room 7066. Come and find out if the Peer Tutor club is for you!

Would you like to help create artwork for the fine arts posters and program covers? If so, please attend the Poster Design Club meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 6016. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Breakfast with Books will hold its first meeting from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. The club is very excited for the upcoming year and has some fun things planned. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading!

Zumba Club will host its first meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Aerobics Room (2110). The club is open to all grades and no experience is required. Zumba Club meets every Tuesday at 3:45. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Antillera at

Are you interested in science research? Do you have your own ideas of what you want to learn more about? The first Science REACH meeting will be held after school Wednesday, Aug. 30 in Room 1916. Contact Mrs. Palffy or Mr. Robinson if you have any questions.


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