Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

10 Selected for Those Who Excel Awards

Ten educators from Stevenson have been selected to receive recognition in the Illinois State Board of Education’s 43rd annual Those Who Excel Awards program.

The American Studies Honors curriculum team earned the highest honor. The team, which features a mix of teachers from the Communication Arts and Social Studies divisions, was selected for the Award of Excellence in the team category. They were honored for their work in developing an Advanced Placement-level interdisciplinary course that is rare in the state and nation. American Studies is team-taught by AP Junior English teachers Steve Heller, Dawn Forde and M. Elizabeth Kenney, and AP U.S. History teachers Seamus Campion, Peter Anderson and Marie Zlotnikov.

Four other educators were recognized for Those Who Excel Awards. Three received the Award of Merit: Mathematics teacher Linda Reusch (Classroom Teacher), science teacher Molly Sponseller (Early Career Educator) and Special Education aide Stephanie Bush (Educational Service Personnel). School Psychologist Andrew Schroeder was chosen for the Award of Recognition in Student Support Personnel.

The 2017-18 Those Who Excel Awards banquet will be held Oct. 28 in Normal. Stevenson’s Those Who Excel recipients also will be recognized at the November meeting of the District 125 Board of Education.

CCC Facebook Live Sessions Continue Today, Tuesday

The College Career Center continues its Facebook Live sessions with college representatives today and Tuesday. Today’s session features the College of Lake County at approximately 2:38 p.m., which is the beginning of eighth period. On Tuesday, a representative from Lawrence University takes a turn in front of the camera, starting at 10:18 a.m. You can watch either session (and previous sessions) at the College Career Center’s Facebook page.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 6, St. Rita 0: Jackson Leptich scored three goals and added an assist for the host Patriots (6-1), who won their fifth straight contest. The senior forward scored the game’s first goal at the 10:38 mark of the first period, off an assist from classmate Jake Camp, and added a goal in each of the next two periods. Camp chipped in with a goal of his own in the third period and finished the game with two assists. Senior Michael Dowd scored a goal and assisted on two others, while junior Daniel Romm had Stevenson‘s other goal. Senior Jack Wiley and junior Adam Offenbach also were credited with one assist apiece. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti earned his first shutout of the year, turning away all 15 shots he faced. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at Prospect Power 8 Invitational: All three singles players and all four doubles teams won titles as the Patriots rolled to the tournament championship. SHS had 84 points, double the number put up by runner-up Glenbrook North. Senior Zoe Taylor won the No. 1 singles crown, dropping only three games in three matches. Sophomores Athena Kolli (6-1, 6-1) and Ellen Ma (6-2, 6-1) rolled in their title contests at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. In doubles, senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman posted a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1. Senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser captured the No. 2 title with a 6-2, 6-3 decision. Seniors Ambika Singh and Sam Burger breezed to the No. 3 championship, 6-0, 6-2, and senior Carly Lefar and sophomore Sneha Yellapantula prevailed at No. 4, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6. – Daily Herald

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Wheeling Invitational: Juniors Jackson Bussell and Mark Noonan were part of a three-way tie for first place, leading the Patriots to a two-stroke victory over Highland Park for the team championship at Countryside Golf Club in Mundelein. Noonan and Bussell each shot a 1-under-par 71, along with Justin Seymour of Wheaton Warrenville South. Seymour won medalist honors on a tiebreaker. Freshman Conan Pan carded a 76 and junior Philippe Kim had a 77. SHS posted a team score of 295, ahead of Highland Park (297), Lake Forest (303) and 23 other teams. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots took top honors in an eight-team field at Deerfield Golf Club, and claimed the top two golfers. Freshman Kelly Dong was the tournament medalist, shooting a 3-over-par 75 that included an even-par 36 on the back nine. She had three birdies on the day, including the par-5 final hole. Sophomore Joyce Bai was second with a 76 that included a birdie. Freshman Sophia Zhuang shot an 85 to finish 10th, including a birdie on the last hole. Also competing for SHS was sophomore Julia Yoo (91) and seniors Katie Hannahs (95) and Gina Shanley (97).

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Richard Spring Invitational: At Peoria’s Detweiler Park, home of the state meet, the Patriots placed seventh among 64 teams and had three medalists. Senior Isabelle Sparreo captured fourth place, running the 3.1-mile course in 17:30.7. Junior Kendall Roberts finished 51st (18:53.3) and sophomore Caimin Xi was 54th (18:55.7). Also running for SHS were senior Natalie Sparreo (19:16.5), sophomore Michelle Yu (20:01.7), senior Shea Kirby (20:16.0) and senior Lauren Appell (20:21.2). There were 433 runners in the race; all of Stevenson’s entries finished in the top half. – Official Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 93, Vernon Hills 93: Iza Pelka won two events for the Patriots at their nearby rival. The senior captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:54.98) and 500-yard freestyle (5:08.42). Junior Ashley Carollo had the other SHS victory, in the 100 backstroke (58.85). – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 35, Mundelein 7: Senior quarterback Grayson Kubow threw three touchdown passes, and sophomore Jean-Marc Etienne ran for a pair of scores as the Patriots (3-1, 2-0) overcame a slow start to claim their Homecoming game. After the Mustangs (1-3, 0-2) capitalized on an SHS fumble to take a 7-0 first-quarter lead, the Pats scored 35 unanswered points. Etienne’s first TD run, a 21-yarder, tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter, and his 51-yard burst in the second gave Stevenson a 14-7 lead that it took into halftime. In the second half, Kubow connected on scoring strikes with seniors Terrence Fisher (36 yards), Alex Capstick (14 yards) and Connor Friesen (25 yards). Kubow finished the game 17 of 26 with 240 yards, while Etienne had 14 carries for 119 yards. Defensively, the Patriots held Mundelein to under 200 yards of total offense, only 65 coming on the ground. Senior Travis Bronstein and Bien Buan picked off passes for the Pats, while junior Maema Njongmeta recorded a pair of sacks. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, SBN Replay


Parking Stickers for the Next Grading Period

The first six-week grading period ends Wednesday, and the second starts on Friday. Anyone who hasn’t picked up their parking sticker should do so next Friday morning in Lot D before school. Look for the black pickup truck marked “Security.” Remember: Students may only park in lots D and E, “the Strip” and the Port Clinton lot.

Tri-M Honor Society Induction Ceremony Tonight

The Tri-M Honor Society induction ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. The event had been scheduled for Tuesday. If there are any questions, they can be directed to Shaun Zimmerman at

Improv Troupe Audition Workshop Tonight

Auditions for the Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improv troupe, will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25 in the Little Theater portion (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. To prepare, students are invited to participate in an audition workshop from 7-8:30 tonight in Room 2104. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Fritz at

Did You Miss the NYC Fashion Trip Meeting?

Are you interested in going on the Fashion Industry student travel experience to New York City, but couldn’t attend the meeting last week? It’s not too late to get the information! You can stop by the Applied Arts office (Room 1410) to pick up a packet or follow this link. All paperwork is due to Room 2400 by Dec. 1. Questions? Contact the trip coordinator, Mrs. Erickson, at

Information Meeting for June Trip to Germany

An informational meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26 for students interested in taking part in a nine-day trip to Germany in June. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2204. For more information, please contact Frau Glowacka at

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.


We have an excellent opportunity for students to participate in a career shadow on Columbus Day, Oct. 9, for those interested in careers in finance and business. Please send an email to Mrs. Willock in the CCC at if you are interested. Spots are limited.

Interested in a career in a STEM field? The College of Lake County’s STEM Speaker Series hosts evening presentations focusing on different careers. On Thursday, Sept. 28, there will be a free event for students interested in engineering and computer science careers. The event will take place at the Grayslake campus and doors open at 5:30 p.m. Find out more by visiting

Applications are still being accepted for students wishing to participate in a career shadow during the first semester. Please visit the Career Exploration 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  


Anime Club meets today after school in Room 1414. Join us for your favorite anime epics!

FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) will be meeting at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Foods Lab. Hope to see you there!

The Scholastic Bowl teams will have their informational meeting and first practice on Wednesday, Sept, 27. If you’re a fan of trivia games, “Jeopardy!” or just want to know more about the team, please come to Room 8036! New players are always welcome.


ESPPA award nominations for the fall season are now being accepted through Oct. 30. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Hodge at


Seniors who have general questions about applying to college, or need help, are invited to attend a “Drop-In Tuesday!” session in the College Career Center before school or during eighth period. No appointment is necessary.

Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State, Colorado State and Marquette 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

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.


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