Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Students Helping State Senator on “Tobacco 21” Bill

Three students in the Catalyst club and their sponsors have been working with a state senator who plans to introduce a bill in the General Assembly’s next session raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Junior Devin Smith and seniors Katherine Yao and Borler Wu have been working with state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield to convince municipalities around the state to pass ordinances raising the minimum age. Morrison told the students that a 2008 state law that prohibits smoking in workplaces and indoor public places was preceded by similar ordinances from 45 municipalities throughout Illinois.

As part of the lobbying effort, the Catalyst trio have been working with peers in Kankakee who support the “Tobacco 21” initiative. Borler, Katherine and Devin spent Sunday afternoon educating members of the youth council of the Partnership for Life Coalition about the issue, and helped prepare them for its presentation tonight before the Bourbonnais village board. Using Skype, the Stevenson teens shared their experiences with getting Tobacco 21 ordinances passed in Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove. They also provided helpful hints, including responses to objections likely to be raised by trustees.

SHS Sixth in Math Contest After Fall Session

Stevenson scored 36 out of a possible 40 points in the fall portion of the 23rd annual American Regions Math League (ARML) Power Contest, and is ranked sixth among about 60 participating schools. The contest will conclude with a spring session, and scores from the two seasons will form the final rankings.

The contest is a problem-solving competition in which teams have 45 minutes to complete a set of questions. Students are judged on their ability to discover a pattern, express the pattern in precise mathematical language, and provide a logical proof of its conjectures. This page has links to problems from last year’s contest.

SPA Fundraiser at Yu’s Mandarin Starts Friday

The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser at Yu’s Mandarin restaurant, 4 E. Phillip Rd., in Vernon Hills beginning Friday and running through Monday, Jan. 1. When ordering, say “I am eating for the SPA,” and a portion of the sale will go to the organization. The fundraiser applies to dine-in and carryout orders.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 134.20, Lake Forest 126.75: Sophomore Emily Weinstein won every event and the all-around for the Patriots in the Field House. Emily took top honors in vault (9.15), uneven bars (8.55), balance beam (9.20) and floor exercise (8.65), leading to first place in the all-around (35.55). Seven other Patriots had top-five finishes. Freshman Hannah Brand was second on balance beam (9.00) and fourth in floor exercise (8.40). Three gymnasts were runners-up: Junior Sarina Johnson in vault (8.85), junior Johnna Geick in floor exercise (8.60, tied for second), and freshman Ainslee Cutler in uneven bars (8.40). Sophomore Riley Polatsek finished fourth on balance beam (8.65), junior Zoe Hinz was fourth on uneven bars (7.50), and junior Marisa Osowski placed fifth in floor exercise (8.35).

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 46, Zion-Benton 21: Senior Klaire Steffens tied her season high with 23 points, 17 coming in the first half, as the Patriots (7-3 overall, 3-1 North Suburban Conference) won their fourth straight game. She was the only player to score in double figures. SHS led 25-8 at halftime and 41-11 at the end of three quarters. Senior Julia Osuch scored six points.

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook South 3, Stevenson 1: At the Glenview Ice Center, senior Jake Camp scored the lone goal for the Patriots (34-11-2 overall, 10-4 Scholastic Hockey League). His power play goal was set up by senior Jackson Leptich and junior Adam Offenbach. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 23 saves.


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Parking Reminders for Finals, Start of Second Semester

The third grading period ends Wednesday. Final exams are part of the third grading period. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking can purchase one-day passes for the Port Clinton lot during finals. The fourth grading period begins Monday, Jan. 8. Students who haven’t picked up their sticker should do so that Monday morning in Lot D before school. SHS security in the black pickup truck will have stickers. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in lots D, E, “the Strip” and along Port Clinton Road.

Sled Wars Registration is Friday

Sled Wars registration day is Friday in front of the Student Activities office in the Wood Commons. Team captains need to turn in their teams’ registration fee of $10 per person, and permission slips, during their lunch period.

Holiday Candle Sale Today and Friday

The Bright Lights Candle Company, which is part of Stevenson’s transition program, is selling holiday candles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Friday in front of the Performing Arts Center entrance. Prices range from $4 to $10, and cash, check, credit card or student ID will be accepted. Money from the candle sales will help the program purchase materials and supplies.


All students are invited to join Student Council members in making stress balls during the lunch periods Friday, Ugly Sweater Day, in the Wood and Glass Commons.

Don’t forget to add Winterfest to your calendar. The social dance for all students will be held Saturday, Feb. 24. This year’s theme is “Retrocade” (retro arcade).

Student Council wishes all students good luck on their final exams before a relaxing Winter Break, and wishes students and their families Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.


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