Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

Police Chase Near Campus Causes Stir Wednesday Night

Stevenson locked down its campus late Wednesday night at the order of the Lincolnshire Police Department, which was in pursuit of three armed robbers at the time. The lockdown occurred around 8:45 p.m., after the suspects were reported in the area of Olde Half Day Road and Milwaukee Avenue, about a half-mile east of the school. The lockdown was lifted around 9:30 after police reported apprehending the suspects.

“A lockdown was the right response to a reasonable threat to students and others who were on our campus at the time,” said Assistant Principal for Operations Ken Latka. “There is no doubt that the experience was difficult for those who were affected by the lockdown, and we appreciate their patience and understanding. Our top priority at the time was ensuring the safety of everyone in and around the building.

“We were grateful that the suspects were caught before they could endanger anyone on campus. We’re also grateful to our security personnel and faculty for their efforts in protecting students and others who were here at the time. Their work, plus the security provided by our automatic door-locking system, was instrumental in keeping everyone safe.”

Band Parents Fundraiser at Mug’s on Monday

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization will have a benefit night at Mug’s Pizza and Ribs, 1695 Weiland Rd., in Buffalo Grove from 3-10 p.m. Monday. The restaurant is one block south of West Aptakisic Road. Mention “Stevenson Band” when ordering. The benefit is valid on carryout or delivery only at the Buffalo Grove location. Online orders do not qualify.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Mundelein, 25-17, 25-22: The host Patriots (9-7, 2-0) won their third straight match behind 10 kills from junior Sophie Sorenson, who also made nine digs. Senior Hope Havenhill had five kills and sophomore Lily Cozzi added four. Junior Becca Sullivan recorded a team-high 10 digs, and also had a team-best two aces along with senior Riana Doretti. Senior Alex Cuc was 55-of-55 setting with 16 assists, and also made six digs. Classmate Sara Bufe had two solo blocks and five block assists. The Mustangs dropped to 7-10, 1-1. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 8, Barrington 0: The quest for a second straight undefeated dual season took another step at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, as the Patriots improved to 11-0. SHS has now won 60 of its last 61 dual matches over the past four seasons, with the only loss coming in 2015. Stevenson was 18-0 in 2014, 16-1 in 2015 and 15-0 last fall. Senior Zoe Taylor shut out her opponent at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0, while sophomores Athena Kolli (6-4, 6-1) and Ellen Ma (6-1, 6-2) rolled at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. The five doubles matches were more competitive. Senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman prevailed at No. 1, 6-3, 7-5, while senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser were 6-4, 6-4 winners at No. 2. Seniors Ambika Singh and Sam Burger cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 3, while senior Carly Lefar and sophomore Sneha Yellapantula earned a 6-3, 3-6, (10-6) victory at No. 4. Sophomores Kaya Rand and Maggie Gong were 7-5, 6-2 winners at No. 5. Stevenson has seven more matches to play, including today against Libertyville.

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson 15, Warren 50: The Patriots claimed the top eight spots and 13 of the first 20 at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Senior Brett Lucas garnered top honors by traversing the 3.1-mile course in 15:47.15, 20 seconds ahead of classmate Nikita Smyrnov (16:07.15). Fellow senior Jacob Sparreo was third (17:05.22), followed by junior Alex Beckerman (17:06.37), senior Tim Green (17:15.28), sophomore Corey Pacernick (17:27.11), and seniors Ethan Simanek (17:30.83), Raven Jo (17:31.68) and Aaron Portman (17:38.82). Other SHS runners in the top 20 were senior Ari Machtinger (17:54.58), sophomore Cameron Sprague (18:09.81), junior Alan Sherman (18:22.84) and freshman Soham Bhonagiri (18:47.54).

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 15, Warren 48: Isabelle Sparreo cruised to a first-place finish as the Patriots were victorious at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The senior ran the course in 18:57.64, more than 25 seconds ahead of the runner-up, junior Gabriela Jagielo (19:24.34). Junior Natalie Sorenson was third (19:50.39), sophomore Caimin Xi was fourth (19:50.89) and junior Kendall Roberts placed fifth (19:56.11). Three other Pats were in the top 10: senior Natalie Sparreo (seventh, 20:31.52), sophomore Michelle Yu (eighth, 20:50.64) and senior Shea Kirby (10th, 21:21.70). Other SHS runners in the top 20 included senior Lauren Appell (21:22.21), junior Alyssa Collins (21:57.87) and senior Jessica Wang (22:39.08).

Homecoming Football Packed With Special Events

Friday’s Homecoming football games against Mundelein will feature several special events. During halftime of the sophomore game, kids who participated in the Spirit Revolution cheerleading and dance clinic will perform. It’s also Junior High Band Night and Faculty Appreciation Night, plus there will be many alumni returning to campus. And, as usual, the Marching Patriots will perform at halftime of the varsity game. The sophomore game starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 7:30. The varsity looks to improve its record to 3-1. For those who can’t attend, the varsity game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. Viewing options are, and on The Cube. Senior Travis Bronstein earned Daily Herald Defensive Player of the Week honors for Lake County based on his performance against Lake Forest. The safety made nine tackles (five solo), including one for loss, forced a fumble, recovered another one, and broke up a pass during the Patriots’ 23-0 win.

Baseball Alum Leads Beloit in Hitting, Steals

SHS baseball alumnus Mike Martin (Class of 2011) led the Beloit Snappers, the Oakland Athletics’ Class-A affiliate, in batting average and steals this season. He hit .300 in 73 games, the first Snapper to finish the year at .300 or better since 2014. Martin also stole 24 bases for Beloit. Including three swipes he had in five games with Oakland’s short-season club in Vermont, Martin’s 27 stolen bases this year were the most in the Athletics’ minor-league system.


Meningitis Vaccination Requirement for Seniors

The State of Illinois requires that before Oct. 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 Oct. 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.

If You’ve Lost Something, Check These Lost-and-Found Areas

If you’ve lost a lunch bag, water bottle, pencil case, backpack, sweatshirt or some other item of importance, check one of the lost-and-found areas to see if it’s been turned in. Lost and found items are placed in Room 2416 in the West Building, and in Room 5024 (in the Field House lobby) in the East Building.


Sophomore running back Jean-Marc Etienne is one of three candidates for the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Athlete of the Month for September. You can vote for him once every 12 hours at this link.

Patriot Baseball 2018: Please let all parents know that we will have a meeting for parents of players trying out for the team next spring at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in Room 2104. The meeting is not mandatory, but will cover the upcoming season, tryouts and events this year.


Yale, UCLA, Notre Dame, Western and Eastern Illinois, Villanova, Ball State and the University of Miami are just some of the colleges coming to visit Stevenson next week. To see the complete list of college rep visits, and to find out how to sign up for one, visit

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.


Thespians Club will meet from 8-8:25 a.m. Monday in the Black Box Theater (Room 2204). This will be the club’s second meeting of the year. The other meeting dates for the 2017-18 school year will be: Oct. 2, 16 and 30, Nov. 13 and 27, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and 26, March 12, and April 16 and 30.


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