Friday, May 18, 2018

2018-19 Theater Productions Announced

The Theater Department revealed its 2018-19 productions at the annual end-of-year celebration held after school on Wednesday. The five plays are a mix of fantasy and real life that tap into the human condition while addressing significant social issues, often in a whimsical, witty way.

Leading off the lineup is the fall play, Distracted, which will be performed Sept. 13-15. Lisa Loomer’s insightful look at the impact of a 24/7, information-rich world on the modern family. Next up is Shrek the Musical, which brings to life the beloved ogre and all the misfits from the Oscar-winning film. Shrek the Musical will take the Performing Arts Center stage Nov. 16-18. Another famous character is the centerpiece of the freshman-sophomore play, Peter and the Starcatcher, set for Feb. 1-2. Rick Elice’s Tony Award-winning adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels upends the century-old story of Peter Pan. Staying in the realm of fantasy is the winter play, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. The high-octane dramatic comedy follows a young woman’s journey into the imaginary world inhabited by her deceased teenage sister. The year will conclude with the annual “One Acts” production, featuring one-act plays written, directed and performed by SHS students. The One Acts will be performed May 3-4.

Two Students Win Awards in Wiesenthal Contest

Two students won awards in the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Your Voice Speech Competition last month. Freshman Sailaja Nallacheruvu placed third and junior Aziz Goziev was fifth in the competition, which challenges middle and high schoolers to write a three- to five-minute speech responding to the Wiesenthal quote, “The combination of hatred and technology is the greatest danger threatening mankind.” The competition took place April 22 at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago.

Archery Team Competes at Nationals

Stevenson had two teams compete at the National Archery Tournament in Louisville, Ky. last weekend. One team advanced to the World Tournament on June 7-9, also in Louisville. Freshman Jaci Walls, senior Desmond Ding, and juniors Temma Saito and Simon Honeyville all shot perfect rounds (50’s) at 10 meters.

Foundation Holding Luxury Vacation Raffle

The Stevenson High School Foundation is selling tickets for its luxury vacation raffle. This year’s winner will choose from four vacation packages. Tickets are $50 each or three for $125. No more than 400 tickets will be sold. The winning ticket will be drawn Monday, June 4 at the annual “Drive Fore Dreams” golf outing. (The winner need not be present.) Proceeds will benefit Stevenson to College (S2C) and Kids in Need (KIN).


Thursday’s Digest omitted senior Owen Simon from the list of students receiving $2,500 National Merit Scholarships.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Thursday, May 16 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Grayslake North Sectional: The 800-meter relay team of sophomores Jahleel Perrin and Shane Johnson, senior Ahmad Dinkins and freshman David Smolensky set a school record and qualified for next week’s state meet at Eastern Illinois University. The quartet of Patriots finished second while posting a time of 1:27.88, breaking the record of 1:28.31 set in 2012 by Ki Hwan Kim, Parker Deloye, Carl Miller and James Vestuto. The new record is currently the second-fastest time in the state for 2018. Senior Aaron Portman won the 800-meter run (1:56.87) to earn a trip downstate. Also heading to state will be junior Maema Njongmeta, who was third in the discus (158 feet, 7 inches), and seniors Nikita Smyrnov (9:21.99) and Brett Lucas (9:23.21), who placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 3,200. Nikita qualified for state in the 3,200 last year; everyone else will be making their first state appearance. SHS finished fourth in the team standings with 48.5 points, behind Fremd (104), Barrington (100) and Warren (61.25). Other non-state-qualifying point-scorers for Stevenson were Nikita in the 1,600 (third, 4:23.30); sophomore Jordan Vincent in the 400 (fourth, 51.57); David in the 100 (fifth, 11.14); Jahleel in the 200 (fifth, 22.61); junior Sam Farber in the 300 hurdles (fifth, 41.64); the 400 relay team featuring the same lineup as the record-breaking 800 relay squad (fifth, 43.25); and the 3,200 relay team of senior Ethan Simanek, junior Alex Beckerman, sophomore Cameron Coffey and freshman Keegan Donovan (sixth, 8:24.82). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The second-ranked Patriots (29-5) saw their season come to an end with a 12-6 loss to second-ranked Naperville Central in the quarterfinals in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The Redhawks (32-1) took a quick 4-0 lead and never looked back. Drew Wangard scored two twice for SHS, while Sam Shokodko, AJ Carollo, Justin Ginsberg and Filip Mihajlovic also goals. – Box Score | Daily Herald


Prospect 4, Stevenson 3: Evan Kiah’s two-run single in the top of the fifth inning gave the Patriots (20-13-1) a 3-2 lead, but the host Knights (17-11) responded with two in the bottom of the frame and held on for the nonconference victory. Evan added a double and had two of Stevenson’s five hits. Caleb Evans hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the third for Stevenson’s first run. –

Boys Volleyball

Palatine d. Stevenson, 25-27, 25-13, 25-18: Leo Chen had 13 kills and Gavin Meng added 10 for the visiting Patriots (26-9) in their regular-season finale. Matt Cliffer had eight kills and Justin Ross contributed five. Will Sorenson was 71-of-71 setting with 32 assists. The Pirates (27-8) won in the final home game for head coach Frank Stark.

Girls Water Polo State Quarterfinal Today

The defending state champion girls water polo team faces Mother McAuley in the IHSA state quarterfinals at 5:45 today in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Top-ranked Stevenson brings a record of 32-1 and a 30-game winning streak into the game. The  second-ranked Mighty Macs, meanwhile, are 31-2 and riding a 13-game win streak. McAuley’s last loss was to Stevenson, 12-8, on April 7. Admission is $8, which covers all four quarterfinal games. The first 50 SHS students will receive free admission, courtesy of the Sports Boosters (student ID required).

Girls Soccer Team Plays for Regional Title Saturday

The girls soccer team takes on Fremd for the regional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Stadium. The winner of Saturday’s game advances to the Libertyville Sectional semifinals, and will face Libertyville or Lake Forest at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Saturday’s game will be streamed live by SBN through the NFHS Network. Click here to watch (paid subscription required).

Track and Field Alum Second in Big East

Villanova University junior Henry Sise (Class of 2015) finished second in shot put at the Big East Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend, helping the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the team standings. Sise’s top throw was 50 feet, 6.75 inches, earning him all-Big East outdoor honors for the first time. Sise made his first all-conference indoor team earlier this year.


Click This Link to See More Announcements

Last Chance to Pick Up Graduation Cap and Gown

Seniors who did not pick up their graduation cap and gown on the original delivery day can pick theirs up between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday outside the Student Activities Office in the Wood Commons.

Seniors Invited to Alumni Panel Discussion Monday

Seniors are invited to attend an SHS alumni panel taking place during all periods Monday in the Recital Hall. Seniors currently taking AP Government or AP Economics will attend the alumni panel as a part of their class on Monday. All other seniors are encouraged to join the panel during their lunch or free period. No RSVP is required.

Celebrate State, National Champions Monday

State and national champions from athletics and clubs will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Monday in Room 5044, the room next to the East Fitness Center. All students are welcome to attend.

All Yearbooks Sold Out

If you wanted to buy a yearbook, it’s too late. They are all sold out. The only copies left in the Superstore are for those who pre-ordered a book. Pre-ordered yearbooks will be available for pick up until July 1. After that, yearbooks will be disposed of due to lack of storage space, and no refunds will be issued.


In the Loop, Stevenson’s Knitting Club, will have its last meeting of the year after school Monday in Room 2708. Come browse recent yarn donations and plan your summer projects. Contact Ms. Kenney if you have questions. All are welcome.


Illinois Senate votes to raise teacher salaries

A day after shooting, Dixon High seniors back at school

Police: Dixon school shooter used gun his mom bought in 2012

UI board approves $263M in construction projects

Bill permitting medical marijuana use in schools goes to Rauner

CPS senior joins ranks of students with more than $1M in scholarships

State lawmaker to SIU president: “Go to hell, sir”

Police chief says 1988 Winnetka school attack could have been worse

Wheeling District 21 inks four-year contract with employees

Four Illinois schools earn federal Green Ribbon honors

Solar panel project ready to start at four Grayslake schools

17 candidates vying to fill U-46 board vacancy

College of DuPage offers craft beer class for students


Lawmakers propose free speech legislation following campus protests

K12 teacher strikes, walkouts pose challenges for administrators

Florida adopts tougher test scores for high school graduation

New Michigan high school transfer rule addresses “realities of 2018”

Two killed, dozens hurt in New Jersey school bus field trip crash

Police offer praise for Wisconsin high school senior prank

25-year-old posed as high schooler to relive basketball glory days


The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at

Comments are closed.