Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

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Senior Chosen to Perform at Carnegie Hall in February

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Ask Justin Lee. The SHS senior violinist and member of the Patriot Orchestra has been selected to perform at the famed New York City venue in February.

He is among nearly 700 performers chosen from more than 18,000 students from around the world who were nominated for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series. Justin will perform in the Honors Symphony Orchestra, one of five groups in the series. The Honors Performance Series concerts will take place Sunday, Feb. 4.

Justin has been studying violin for 12 years under the tutelage of Betty Haag-Kuhnke at the Betty Haag Academy of Music in Buffalo Grove. He also is a member of the symphony orchestra at the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Magical Strings of Youth, a traveling violin ensemble. Justin performed recently as a soloist in Germany and Portugal with the Magical Strings.

Sophomore Nominated for Regional Acting Award

Sophomore Emily Feldman has been nominated for a Broadway World Award for her role in a local production of Our Town earlier this year. Emily is a nominee for Best Actress in a Play (resident, non-equity) for her role as stage manager in the Thornton Wilder classic. The Broadway World Awards acknowledge regional productions, touring shows, and individual performances for all productions that opened between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. Our Town was performed last spring by Big Deal Productions, which is managed by the Buffalo Grove Park District. Voting is taking place online. Visit this link to cast a vote for Emily. Voting ends Dec. 31. Our Town will be the freshman-sophomore play at Stevenson this year. Auditions begin Monday. Interested students can download the audition packet at

Giving Thanks for Give-A-Thon

The upcoming Give-A-Thon collection day on Nov. 28 is expected to provide six months of non-perishable items for Vernon Township’s food pantry. Stevenson’s 33rd annual charity drive is one of several by area high schools that benefit township efforts to help those in need. If you would like to make a monetary donation toward Give-A-Thon, visit our online store.

SHS Graduates Invited to Attend Alumni Lounge

Stevenson alumni are invited to return to their alma mater on Wednesday for the annual Alumni Lounge. Past Patriots can join faculty, staff and former classmates in the Student Activities Office between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be served. Guests are asked to use visitor parking in lots B, D or E. A current photo ID is required to check in.

Senior Archer Hits the Mark in Q&A

Senior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse talked about her passion for archery and becoming a veterinarian with Pioneer Press as part of its weekly “Shout Out” series. See what she had to say.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 48, Schaumburg 42 (OT): Senior Klaire Steffens scored five of her 10 points in overtime as the Patriots (2-0) held off the host Saxons at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Classic. Senior Kiana Cencula led all scorers with 13 points, 12 coming from a quartet of three-pointers. Junior Kristin Hill and sophomore Avery King each tallied eight points for SHS, which plays Evanston at 10 a.m. Saturday. The game was a see-saw affair, with the Pats leading 11-6 after the first quarter, then heading into halftime looking at a 22-19 deficit. The game was tied at 32-32 after three quarters, and 39-39 at the end of regulation. In the extra session, Stevenson outscored Schaumburg, 8-2, with six of its eight points coming from the free-throw line. Klaire hit three of four attempts in OT for the Patriots, who went to the line 24 times in the game compared to 16 for the Saxons.

Boys Bowling

Lake Zurich 2,887, Stevenson 2,874: Senior Lucas Pinkus rolled a 729 series, the third-highest of his career, at the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park. Lucas posted a high game of 265 for SHS (0-2), which shot a 1,032 in its opening game. Freshman Joey Gluck broke the 600 barrier for the first time in a three-game set, recording a 611. He had a high game of 205. Classmate Nicholas Sternes rolled a 221 game as part of his 598 series. Junior Kerry Mueller had a 516 series (200) and freshman Benjamin Ries rolled a 420 (170).

Volleyball Alum Named Conference MVP Again

Howard University women‘s volleyball player Khaila Donaldson (Class of 2014) has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The senior outside hitter led the MEAC in kills and points while leading the Bison to a 9-3 conference record. She recorded double-digit kills in 19 of her last 21 matches, including a season-high 23 last weekend against Morgan State. Donaldson also was named to the MEAC All-Academic team for the third straight year Howard plays tonight in the first round of the MEAC Conference tournament. The championship match will be shown live on ESPNU/ESPN3 at 11 a.m. Sunday. The MEAC champion earns an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Howard, a No. 2 seed this year, has won the past two MEAC titles, with Donaldson earning Most Outstanding Performer honors both years.

Radtke Legacy Continues for NIU Volleyball

The Northern Illinois University student newspaper has a feature on the Radtke sisters, Jenna (Class of 2013) and Jori (Class of 2017), both part of the school’s women’s volleyball program. Jenna was one of the top players in Huskies history, earning Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors in 2016 while leading NIU to its first league title in 15 years. Jori is seeking to follow in her footsteps. She played in all 31 of Northern’s matches this season, starting 12, and was third on the team in kills.

Illinois Football a Family Affair for Marchese Clan

Another set of siblings is making its mark on the University of Illinois football program. Jimmy (Class of 2015) and Michael (Class of 2017) Marchese are walk-ons for the Illini, and they are continuing the family tradition of playing Big Ten football. Their father, John, played for Iowa in the mid-1980s, oldest brother Joe (Class of 2013) was a walk-on at Maryland, and Michael’s twin brother Henry (Class of 2017) is on scholarship at Iowa. Earlier this season, Jimmy, a redshirt sophomore linebacker, became UI’s first non-scholarship starter since 2014. He has played in all 10 games, starting two of the last five. Michael, a safety, has been relegated to special teams thus far. He has played in three games, and recovered a fumble in Illinois’ game at Purdue on Nov. 4. Henry, meanwhile, has played in one game for Iowa.


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FMP Applicant Information Meetings Monday

Sophomores and juniors who want to apply to become freshman mentors are invited to an FMP informational meeting during all half-lunch periods Monday in the Recital Hall.

Early Dismissal on Wednesday for Thanksgiving

The school will follow an early release schedule on Wednesday, followed by no school on Thursday and Friday, in observance of Thanksgiving. Classes will be dismissed at 2:37 p.m., and the school will follow the PM Assembly schedule.

Give-A-Thon Collection Day is Coming Soon

Give-A-Thon Collection Day is coming! Make sure to bring all of your full boxes and gifts to the Wood Commons on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Come and enjoy hot chocolate and celebrate the holiday spirit!

Fiddler Taking Over SHS Instagram This Weekend

Stevenson’s Instagram account is being taken over by Fiddler on the Roof this weekend. Starting at noon Friday and continuing through Sunday night, Max Rubinstein will be posting images from behind the scenes of the school musical. Check it out at


The College Career Center will hold its first-ever Military Week the week of Nov. 27. Representatives from each branch of the military, the service academies, and ROTC programs will be here to meet with interested juniors and seniors. See this link for details and to sign up for a session.


Breakfast with Books will meet from 7:45-8:25 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading.


Leader of charter school for low-income kids accused of stealing $2.7M

Allegations against District 62 superintendent started last year

Waukegan District 60 adds after-school sports to all elementary schools

Booth, Kellogg remain among top 10 in business school rankings

Chicago schools sell $1B in bonds with lower market penalty

Mundelein show choir parents raise voices over possible PE waiver change

Highland Park lines up support from school districts for Briergate TIF

Springfield teachers, district reach tentative contract deal

Evergreen Park high school locked down after report of student with gun

NIU appoints new chief financial officer


Minnesota Supreme Court to hear case against teacher tenure

Criminals make student data public in escalating demands for ransom

Ohio State suspends all fraternity activities

How active shooters are changing school security in the U.S.

Colleges making increased use of drones for safety and security

Forbes’ “30 Under 30” innovative educators list has no classroom teachers

College counselors share best practices for treating students’ mental health

An ode to the hand turkey: This assignment is more than just for the birds


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