Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Four Students Testify at Hearing With Lawmakers

Four members of Stevenson’s Catalyst club testified at a hearing with lawmakers in Chicago on Monday about the proposed legalization of marijuana in Illinois. Seniors Devin Smith and Ananya Pati, freshman Alexander Zhou and sophomore Vrushali Thakkar argued against legalization, citing evidence showing the negative effects of marijuana on the developing teen brain. They were joined by fellow Catalyst members and current Twin Groves eighth-graders Lexi Gitler and Eden Mondschain.

The group also met with state Sen. Dan McConchie, who represents the 26th District, which includes parts of District 125, including Vernon Hills, Long Grove, Lake Zurich and a portion of Buffalo Grove.

On Tuesday, several Catalyst members will travel to Springfield and participate in a press conference led by the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco. The group will announce legislation to raise the minimum age of tobacco sales from 18 to 21, and will recognize the 10th anniversary of Illinois’ smoke-free air law. Senior Borler Wu is scheduled to speak on behalf of state youth at the press conference.

Archery Team Third at Danville Tournament

Stevenson’s archery team finished third at the fourth annual ULLR Classic in Danville last weekend. Three Patriot archers received medals: Senior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won first place overall, sophomore Caitlin Goldberg was eighth and senior Brandon Raef finished ninth. SHS travels to Champaign this weekend for the Jefferson Charger Classic.

String Parents Raising Funds Through Schwan’s Cares

The String Parents Association’s latest fundraiser to benefit the orchestra and guitar programs is through Schwan’s Cares. Order from among more than 300 food items, and a portion of the sale will go toward the SPA. See this flyer for details.


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Wednesday, Jan. 24 Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 45, Warren 34: Senior Jackson Qualley scored 17 points as the host Patriots (11-6, 5-2) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the North Suburban Conference. The Blue Devils (14-8, 5-2) led by one point at halftime, 16-15, but SHS went on a 9-0 run at the start of the second half to seize control. Jackson hit a pair of three-pointers during the streak, while senior Nick Bonk (seven points and seven rebounds on the night) scored the other three points. Senior Tyler Turk provided a spark off the bench, with six points and three rebounds. Jackson also had four rebounds and two steals for the Pats, who are tied with Warren and Libertyville for first in the NSC standings. Stevenson held the Blue Devils to 39 percent shooting from the floor. – Daily Herald, @SHS_BHOOPS

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 3, Stevenson 2: The Spartans avoided the season sweep by edging the Patriots (47-15-2 overall, 19-6 Scholastic Hockey League) at Northbrook Sports Center. SHS, which won two of its three games against Glenbrook North during the season, closes the regular season Sunday at home against SHL champion Loyola Gold.

O’Connell to Play Football at Valparaiso

Senior defensive lineman Liam O’Connell announced Tuesday that he will play football for Valparaiso University in the fall. During his senior season, Liam recorded 46 tackles, including six tackles for loss and two sacks, had eight quarterback pressures, broke up a pass, forced one fumble and had a fumble recovery. He joins a Crusader program that went 6-5 in 2017, its first winning season since 2003.


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Pep Bus for State Dance Finals Available

Stevenson is offering a pep bus for students interested in watching the varsity Patriettes perform at the IHSA Competitive Dance State Finals on Friday in Bloomington. The cost is $20, which includes a ticket to the competition. The deadline to sign up is 3:30 today. Use this link to register. The bus will leave parking lot B at 11:15 a.m. Friday and return at approximately 11 p.m. A minimum of 15 people must sign up for the pep bus to run.


The IACAC Scholarship Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to 10 students who plan on pursuing a college or university education. This scholarship will be awarded to deserving students of member high schools who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated involvement in their schools, the community or service to others, with a motivation to achieve personal goals. Students can apply online at: The application deadline is Wednesday. Please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123) with any questions.


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