Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017

Fall Play Takes Stage Starting Thursday

The Theater Department’s fall play, Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, will be performed Thursday through Saturday in the Black Box Theater (also called the Studio Theater) by the Sports Center entrance. Curtain times are 7 p.m. each night. Admission is $6.

The play features senior Hannah Lichtenstein in the role of Rose, a widow who locks herself in her room for nearly a year after the death of her husband. Senior Pia Russo plays her daughter, Emma, who cares for her mother through the closed door. When their church sends a pastor, played by senior Jeremy Tracz, to help coax Rose out of her room, he finds that she is not the only one using barriers to hide her true feelings. Junior Elijah Bennett plays Rose’s deceased husband.

Cynthia Burrows is the play’s director. Junior Amira Hady is the student director/stage manager. The assistant student directors are sophomores Maggie Kirkham and Jack Marks.

Alum Returning From Broadway for Make-A-Wish Benefit

Max Quinlan (Class of 2004), who used his Stevenson experience as a springboard to Broadway, will be returning home next week to take part in the BG Singers’ benefit for Make-A-Wish Illinois. Quinlan will be part of “A Night of Wishes” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Buffalo Grove Park District Community Arts Center.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are available at The Make-A-Wish benefit is part of the BG Singers’ 25th anniversary concerts, which will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15-17.

Since his graduation from Stevenson, Quinlan has becoming an award-winning actor and director based in New York. He appeared in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Miserables, and also performed in national tours for Les Miserables and Evita. He gave a Jefferson Award-winning performance in The Light in the Piazza at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, and won a Broadway World award for his turn in Jesus Christ Superstar. In addition to his stage work, Quinlan has sung with six symphony orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He currently serves as resident director for the North American tour of Phantom of the Opera, after serving as resident director for the Les Miserables Broadway revival. Quinlan also is a director, having led the play Detroit and the musical Ragtime in the New York area earlier this year.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 4, Lake Forest 3: The No. 3 doubles team of seniors Samantha Burger and Ambika Singh captured the final match, 7-6 (9-7), 5-7, 6-1, as the visiting Patriots (8-0) won the North Suburban Conference opener for both teams. SHS swept all four doubles matches. Senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman posted a 6-2, 6-4 decision at No. 1 doubles, senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser rolled at No. 2, 6-3, 6-2, and senior Carly Lefar and sophomore Sneha Yellapantula prevailed at No. 4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In Stevenson’s first eight matches, seven opponents finished in the top 20 at the state tournament last fall. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Northwest Chargers U18 1: Seniors Jackson Leptich and Michael Dowd each scored two goals as the Patriots won their season opener at the Mt. Prospect Ice Arena. Leptich scored the game’s first goal at the 13:21 mark of the first period, assisted by senior Roey Kleiman and junior Seth Cohen. After the Chargers evened the score a little over a minute later, Dowd followed with the game-winner at 7:05 in the second period, with Leptich and sophomore Brett Stokes earning assists. Leptich scored his second goal unassisted with 6:49 left in the third period, and Dowd capped the scoring three minutes later off assists from Cohen and senior Trevor Hilt. Senior goalie Elias Sandholm stopped 14 shots for the Pats, who outshot their opponent, 32-15. – Boxscore

Boys Golf

Stevenson 153, Zion-Benton 183: Junior Jackson Bussell earned medalist honors with a 35 at Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course in Zion. Classmate Mark Noonan was one shot behind. Senior Matt Schawel shot a 40 and freshman Conor Pan added a 42.

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 2, Lakes 1: Luka Lezhava’s goal with five minutes remaining broke a 1-1 tie for the host Patriots (4-2) in the nonconference game at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The junior scored his goal off an assist from senior Steven O’Reilly. Junior Hunter Tam scored Stevenson’s first goal of an assist from freshman Alem Duratovic. Senior Ethan Kalis made eight saves for the Pats, who outshot the Eagles, 16-9. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Lakes fell to 4-2. – Daily Herald

Sophomore Soccer Team Wins Tournament

The sophomore boys soccer team won its own invitational with a 3-1 win over Lake Zurich on Friday. Anton Sazonov scored two goals and Phillip Clement added the third for SHS, which is 5-1 this year.


All Seniors Meet With Their Counselor Today

Seniors will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period today. They must attend the meeting, even if they are involved in a club that is meeting during the activity period. Counselor meetings will take place in the following locations:

Dwyer/Scanio Recital Hall (4100)
Ely/Seeger Little Theater (4200)
Grove 1508-1510
Jones 1916-1918
Kellogg/Kelly/Kogan/Puglisi West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 8036-8040
Perkins 1500-1502
Roznowski 2500-2502
Sullivan 7096
Timm 8046-8048
Vazquez/Walton Performing Arts Center (4000)

The following clubs will meet during the activity period:

Students Helping Soldiers 5044
Freshman Class Board Testing Center (1200)
Patriot Pride Student Activities Office
FIRE (Fostering Intercultural

Respect and Advocacy)

Club Israel 2818
Science REACH 2616
TYMP (oralist) 7052
Student Congress West Staff Dining Room (1204)
Free the Children 1506
1Stevenson 2104

Auditions for “Monster in the Closet” Next Week

You’re invited to audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s fall children’s play, The Monster in the Closet. Auditions will be held Tuesday, Sept. 12 in the West Auditorium and Thursday, Sept. 14 in the Black Box Theater (formerly known as the Studio Theater), from 4:30-6 p.m. each day. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would deal with those kids who live outside your closet; make these responses clever and creative. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Half Wit Accepting Work From Frosh, Soph Writers

All freshmen and sophomores: The Half Wit, Stevenson’s underclassmen-exclusive literary magazine, wants your work! Send us your poetry, drama, screenplays, short stories, essays, songs … we’ll read every word. Get published! Submit your writing to  Mr. Barnabee at by Nov. 20.

Homecoming Dance Tickets on Sale

Homecoming dance tickets are available for $25 at the Patriot Superstore or through the Online School Store. If you’re bringing a guest who’s not a Stevenson student to the dance, fill out this form and have it signed by the guest’s dean.


The Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program is currently accepting applications. This program introduces students to healthcare careers through guest speakers, discussions, tours, hands-on activities and more. Students entering sophomore or junior year are eligible to apply. See more information on the Career Camps and Internships web page.

Applications are now being accepted for students wishing to participate in a career shadow during the first semester. Please visit the Career Camps and Internships web page or come to the College Career Center for an application. If you have general career questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet about career planning, please send Mrs. Willock an email at  


Open fencing begins today from 3:45-5:45 p.m. in the East Commons. Equipment will be provided.

The IM Ultimate Frisbee season starts Thursday. The group plays on Mondays and Thursdays after school. You can register online and it’s just $10. Contact Ms. Patten at or Mr. Gutierrez at if you have questions.

You can still sign up for IM Golf. The cost is $25 to register, and there will be weekly trips to the Vernon Hills Golf Course. Each trip is $10. Contact Mr. Argentar at or Mr. Wise at if you have questions.

Flag football registration closes Friday. You must be part of a team in order to participate. Stop by the Student Activities Office if you have questions, or if you are having trouble finding a team to play on.

Open gym basketball starts Monday, and runs from 6-8 p.m. in the Field House. To see the entire open gym basketball schedule for the fall, visit the Open Gym web page.

Morning strength and conditioning has started. Sessions will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-7:15 a.m. in the Field House during September and October. Exceptions: No sessions on Sept. 21 or Oct. 19.


Do you want to be a part of this historic year in Stevenson sports? Have you ever listened to the announcers during a football broadcast and thought, “I can do that”? The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting team will be holding an informational meeting after school today in Room 1634. New members are always welcome!  Questions? See Mr. Carlson in the West Science Office, Room 1514.

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 today in Room 6016. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

If you missed the introductory meeting for Science REACH due to a conflict, the alternate meeting is Wednesday during the Activity Period. The room number is TBA. Contact Mrs. Palffy or Mr. Robinson if you have any questions.

Thursday is the last day applications will be accepted for first-semester Peer TutorsThere will be an orientation meeting after school Thursday in Room 7066.

Chess Club will hold its first meeting of the school year after school Thursday. The meeting will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 2818.

The first general meeting of the Catalyst Club, a leadership club dedicated to prevention of underage drinking and drug use, will take place at 7:40 a.m. Thursday in the East Lower Commons. Come learn more about how you can help create a safer and healthier school and community for teens! For more information, please email Dr. Cortesi at or Mrs. Epstein at

Sophomores, juniors or seniors: Interested in representing Stevenson to visiting educators and showing your Patriot pride? The Student Ambassador Club is hosting an informational meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday. Please come to the Recital Hall (Room 4100) to hear about the club, and the opportunities to get involved. Questions? See Dean Wallace or Dean McCauley.

The Interactive Gamers Club will be playing Commander after school Thursday in Room 1204! The cost is $5, and all players will be given a 100-card deck to play with, which they can then take home when the games are over. Decks this year are Dragons, Wizards, Vampires, and Cats! New players are always welcome.

History Bowl/Bee will hold its first practice of the year after school Thursday in Room 2500. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Anderson in the Social Studies Department or at

The Wit and the Half Wit, Stevenson’s incredible, award-winning magazines of student fiction, poetry, drama, music lyrics, essays, rants, and so much more, has begun meeting every Thursday after school in Room 2015. If you love writing and love publishing, come join the club. Just stop by or email Mr. Barnabee at

Do you want to hang out and play awesome board games? What about getting service hours for it? Come to Stevenson’s new Board Game Club! The club meets from 3:45-5:45 p.m. every Monday in Room 1500-1502. Every week, a new strategy, deduction or cooperation game will be featured. For more information, contact or


Seniors thinking about applying to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are invited to attend an application workshop in the College Career Center. Workshops will be held during eighth period today, and at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.

Considering Indiana University in Bloomington? The Wells Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate awards offered by any American university. The Wells Scholars Program provides special educational opportunities that encourage academic excellence, growth in leadership, and engagement in the larger world. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2018. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the nomination forms is Friday, Sept. 15. If selected, the nominee will need to complete the Wells Scholarship application by Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate two students from the Class of 2018. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return nomination forms is Tuesday, Sept. 26. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Sunday, Oct. 15.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. This scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend a college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, you must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. The deadline to return a completed application is Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Student-athletes who aspire to play college sports, and their parents, are invited to the NCAA Eligibility Workshop at 7 o’clock tonight in the Mundelein High School Auditorium. The evening, sponsored by North Suburban Conference schools including Stevenson, will provide insights on NCAA academic requirements and recruiting.


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