Two Win First Place at Creative Writing Festival
Two students won first-place honors at the annual University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival on Wednesday. Senior Winston Wang was awarded first place in Short Fiction, and senior Emily Luo garnered first place in Personal Essay.
Five others were honored. Senior Johnna Geick earned second place in Personal Essay. In Poetry, junior Anna Wang received second place, junior Helen Han was awarded third place, and sophomores Maddie Mitchell and Katie Wu received honorable mention.
“Shrek” Tickets Nearly Sold Out
Anyone thinking of attending “Shrek the Musical” this weekend who doesn’t have a ticket might be out of luck. A limited number of tickets remain for each performance, and those will be sold at the door if available. The cost is $12. Curtain times are 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center.
String Parents Holding Fundraiser Saturday
The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Chipotle, 950 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Show this flyer or mention Stevenson strings when ordering.
Catalyst Seeks Views on Marijuana Legalization
The Catalyst club is conducting an online survey regarding the legalization of marijuana in preparation for a meeting with local village leaders on Jan. 30. The club is asking District 125 residents for their view on the issue. Click here to complete the survey, which should take less than a minute.
Major SEL Conference Coming to Chicago
Stevenson‘s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator, Molly Gosline, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Molly and SEL at Stevenson, follow her on Twitter @mollygosline.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL.org) recently announced plans to host its inaugural SEL Conference next year in Chicago. As SEL is emerging as a field of practice for educators, it is imperative to have learning spaces to share best practices. Having a national conference right here in the area offers us an incredible opportunity not only for us to potentially share out our strategies for SEL integration, but as importantly, to learn from other leaders in the field.
Thursday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson 49, Lockport 38: Freshman Simone Sawyer and junior Avery King and scored 13 points apiece to lead the Patriots past the Porters in their season-opening game at the Willowbrook Tournament. Simone scored half of the team’s points during a 14-point second quarter that gave SHS a 28-19 halftime lead. Avery tallied 10 of her points in the second half. Sophomore Lydia Lueck scored 10 points and senior Kristin Hill added eight, all in the first half, for SHS, which faces Plainfield Central tonight. Lydia and Simone hit a pair of three-pointers, while sophomore Nicole Ware nailed one trey and rounded out Stevenson’s scoring with five points.
Warren 3,100, Stevenson 3,038: Sophomore Nicholas Sternes rolled a season-high 711 series and tied for top honors with a high game of 258 at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. Joey Gluck, also a sophomore, added a 667 series with a 253 for the host Patriots (2-2, 0-2). The Blue Devils claimed all three games, but each was close. The second was decided by five pins and the third by 15. Sophomores Benjamin Ries and Ryan Lerman recorded 598 and 586 series, respectively, with high games of 219 and 210. Senior Kerry Mueller contributed a 476 series.
Wednesday’s Varsity Results
Boys Ice Hockey
Barrington 5, Stevenson 2: Seniors Jake DeMaio and Billy Kopka scored the goals for SHS at the Crystal Lake Ice House. Jake and classmate Adam Offenbach were credited with assists on Billy’s goal, while sophomore Liam Jones and senior Sam Frishman set up Jake’s score. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made 25 saves. – Boxscore
Hjorth Steps Down as Head Football Coach
Head football coach Josh Hjorth announced his resignation today after two seasons at the helm. Click here to read the full announcement. Hjorth compiled a 12-8 record in two seasons, reaching the Class 8A state playoffs both times. In his 13 years on the varsity coaching staff, the Patriots went 99-35, reaching the state playoffs every year and winning the state championship in 2014. SHS captured seven conference championships during that span. “I am truly grateful for every interaction and experience with our student-athletes throughout the past 13 years and look forward to watching the continued success of Stevenson football,” he said.
State Girls Swim Meet Starts Today
Seven swimmers will compete at this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state meet at Evanston Township High School. Stevenson qualified in six events, and senior Ashley Carollo will swim in four of them. The Tulane commit, who already has five state medals in her career, will take part in the 100-yard backstroke and three relays: the 200 medley, the 200 free and the 400 free. Ashley finished fourth in the backstroke last year, and was sixth as a sophomore. She enters this year’s meet with the fastest qualifying time in the event. Her teammates in the 200 medley relay will be sophomore Jessica Nyborg, freshman Claudia Rzeznik and junior Maddy O’Donnell. Claudia competes in the 100 butterfly, Jessica takes on the 100 breaststroke, and sophomore Elizabeth Cao joins Ashley in the 100 backstroke. Ashley, Maddy, Claudia and junior Abigail Li will swim in the 200 free relay, while the 400 free relay will feature Maddy, Ashley, Abigail and junior Lucy Stevens. The preliminaries begin this afternoon, with finals set for Saturday. Click here to follow state meet results.
Njongmeta Named to All-State Football Team
Senior linebacker Maema Njongmeta was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 8A All-State Team on Wednesday. He was the only Lake County player selected to the 8A squad. Maema, who will continue his playing career at the University of Wisconsin, talked with the Bucky’s 5th Quarter blog about his decision.
Klaber Named to News-Sun All-Area Soccer Team
Senior goalkeeper Zach Klaber, who had eight shutouts and only allowed 10 goals this season, has been selected to the Lake County News-Sun Boys Soccer All-Area Team.
Senior Pitcher Signs With Valparaiso
Senior Jacob Rosenkranz will be joining the Valparaiso University baseball program next year. The 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher, who throws in the mid- to high ’80s, signed a letter of intent with Valpo on Wednesday. He has started 18 games for the Patriots over the last two seasons, with 39 strikeouts in 50 innings and a 7-5 record.
Previewing the Patriot Basketball Season
Senior Yearbook Photo Deadline is Dec. 1
The senior yearbook portrait deadline is Dec. 1. Seniors can reserve studio time at Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio at www.vipis.com or by calling 847-499-9300. VIP is the only photographer approved by Stevenson’s yearbook. Seniors who want to be in the yearbook but are not interested in ordering prints have a free option. They can schedule a traditional head-and-shoulders session. There is no fee for the session, during which seven to 10 photos will be taken. Approximately two weeks after the session, parents will receive notification that the images have been posted online. There will then be a two-week window to select a yearbook image. If an image is not selected, one will be chosen by VIP. More information is available on the Senior Yearbook Portraits web page.
Operation Snowball Registration Ends Wednesday
Registration is open for the upcoming Operation Snowball retreat. The three-day retreat takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, Wis. Snowball is a way to boost your self-esteem by being accepted for who you are, not what others want you to be, and to have a lot of fun doing it. To register and for more information, visit the Operation Snowball web page. Registration ends Wednesday.
Breakfast with Books will meet from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. A fun activity is planned, and the group will have its yearbook photo taken. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading!
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