Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Senior Wins Downstate Archery Tournament

Senior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won top honors at the Redbird Classic archery tournament in Metamora on Saturday. Sami shot a personal-best score of 296 with 26 bullseyes (each worth 10 points) in 30 attempts. She nailed 22 consecutive 10s before her first 9 score. Sami outshot 291 other competitors, including 99 at the high school level.

Second Incoming Freshman Orientation Night is Thursday

The second of three orientation evenings for incoming freshman families takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The primary audience is families whose student has a last name ending in the letters I-P. However, any incoming freshman family can attend. Read here for more details.

Visiting Artist of the Month Exhibition on Display

Professional photographer John Vlahakis, whose work focuses on natural landscapes and the human condition, is the SHS Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for January. His exhibition, 3 Perspectives: New York City Street / Of Landscape / Own Nature, will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery through Thursday, Feb. 8. The artist will discuss his work and career during the next ARTalks presentation, sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Admission to ARTalks is free and open to the public. Read this article for a description of Vlahakis’ exhibition and to see a sample image.

World Languages Teacher Presents at Conference

World Languages teacher Jennifer Arias gave a presentation on “Rhetorical Analysis and Argumentation (SAT and ACT Writing) for English Learners” at the Illinois Resource Center’s 41st annual Statewide Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students on Dec. 5 in Oak Brook. She modeled lessons and comprehensible materials for argumentation and rhetorical analysis, shared teaching strategies to connect with students, and offered accessible reading and writing tasks that build academic language.

Making The Case Against Marijuana Legalization

The Stand Strong Coalition, which includes Stevenson as a member, will begin a two-part series at its next meeting on Thursday that pushes back against the drive to legalize marijuana in Illinois. Dr. Aaron Weiner, director of addiction services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Naperville, will discuss how legalization has impacted Colorado and Washington, and what it could mean to Illinois. He wrote this guest column last month for the Daily Herald making the case against legalization. Thursday’s Stand Strong meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Lincolnshire Village Hall.


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Tuesday, Jan. 9 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, St. Rita 1: Four players scored at Oak Lawn Ice Arena as the third-ranked Patriots (45-12-2) won their fifth straight game. Goals came from seniors Jackson Leptich and Jake Camp, and juniors Sam Shellist and Zach Wesley. Senior Michael Dowd recorded two assists, while Jackson, junior Seth Cohen and senior Jack Wiley had one apiece. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 21 saves. – Box Score

Girls Gymnastics

Lake Zurich 137.300, Stevenson 136.925: Freshman Hannah Brand won the all-around for the host Patriots in the Field House. She also captured first place in vault (9.125), was second on balance beam (8.95), tied for second on uneven bars (8.7) with freshman Ainslee Cutler, and placed fourth in floor exercise (8.75). Ainslee also finished fifth in floor exercise (8.7). Junior Sarina Johnson won the uneven bars (8.85) and tied for fifth in vault (8.5). Freshman Jessica Mahar was third on floor (8.875) and sophomore Riley Polatsek tied for third on balance beam (8.75). Junior Sophie Whiting finished fifth on uneven bars (8.525). – Daily Herald

Start Times Changed for Frosh Basketball Games

The start times have changed for Friday’s freshman A and B boys basketball games against Lake Zurich. The freshman A game will begin at 4 p.m. and the freshman B contest will tip off at 5:15 p.m.

Hilt, Sandholm Making Most of Varsity Hockey Shot

Senior Trevor Hilt could have thrown in the towel when he was kept off the boys ice hockey team’s varsity roster last season. Instead, he used the rejection as motivation. Now, the left winger is one of the points leaders on a Patriots team that has climbed to No. 3 in the state rankings. Trevor was tied for the team lead with 91 points through 58 games, with 54 goals and 37 assists. His teammate and fellow senior, Elias Sandholm, also is making the most of his only varsity season. Elias moved to the United States from Sweden prior to the start of his senior year. In his first 27 games, he posted a 21-5-1 record with four shutouts while giving up only 50 goals.

Alum Receives Football Scholarship at Illinois

University of Illinois linebacker Jimmy Marchese (Class of 2015) received an extraordinary Christmas gift. Illini head coach Lovie Smith informed the junior, a former walk-on, that he has earned a scholarship for the remainder of his time in Champaign.  Marchese played in all 12 games for Illinois last season, including two starts, and recorded 18 tackles.

Trainer Featured in Article on Football Helmet Safety

Athletic trainer Tyler Kollmann is featured in this month’s issue of Chicago Magazine, in an article on the new InSite football helmets produced by local company Riddell. Stevenson has gradually increased its stock of the helmets for the football program, and now has more than 30. SHS was one of the first InSite customers.


Tuesday’s Digest article about the JV Gold boys ice hockey team’s victory in the New Trier Hockey Invitational omitted one of the two players who scored in the championship game shootout: junior Jake DeMaio.


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All Juniors Meet With Their Counselor Thursday

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Thursday. Juniors must attend, even they are part of a club meeting during the activity period. Here are the room locations by counselor:

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

Club Meetings During Thursday’s Activity Period

The following clubs will meet in these locations during the activity period on Thursday:

Business Professionals of America Sports Center
Freshman Class Board Lower Sports Center Lobby
Patriot Pride Student Activities Office
Mega Math Room 7052
Student Congress West Staff Dining Room
Senior Class Board eBoard Room 1123
Students Helping Soldiers Room 5044
1Stevenson Room 2104

How Do You Say “No”?

Most high school students say “no” if offered a drink. How do you say no? Check out the latest video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition.


Attention juniors and seniors: Are you considering attending the College of Lake County? Would you like to take a field trip to learn more about its opportunities? We are offering two dates for field trips to CLC: Friday, Jan. 19 and Friday, Feb. 2. Both field trips will depart at 8:30 a.m. from parking lot B. Students will return to SHS in time for fifth-period lunch. If interested, juniors and seniors should pick up the permission slip at the College Career Center (Room 1123). Each trip will be limited to 45 juniors and seniors.


There will be a boys lacrosse informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Fitzgibbons at


Open Gym Softball will run from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on the following Wednesdays in the Field House: Jan. 17, 24 and 31, and Feb. 14. Other dates are to be determined.


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