Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

Record Number of Seniors Named State Scholars

A record number of seniors have been named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois State Assistance Commission. Five hundred and fifteen members of the Class of 2019, almost half of the school’s 1,108 seniors, were chosen for the honor, which is based on state test scores and academic achievement. The number of state scholars is the highest in school history, topping the mark of 395 set last year. Click here to see this year’s Illinois State Scholars.

Give-A-Thon Triumphs Despite Snow Day

Last week’s 34th annual Give-A-Thon campaign brought in holiday gifts, including 89 bicycles, for 300 Lake County families (about 1,500 people in total). Students, faculty and staff also donated enough food to supply the Vernon Township Food Pantry for nine months, and enough baby items to stock the PADS Lake County’s emergency shelter for six months. Science teacher Brett Erdmann, who also serves as the school’s community service coordinator, talked about Give-A-Thon with Pioneer Press reporter Karen Ann Cullotta, as did seniors and National Honor Society leaders Gina Oh and Noah Chiou.

Journalism Students Honored for STEM Work

Three journalism students who produced pieces on females in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for the Statesman last school year won awards in the annual Quill and Scroll Writing, Photo and Multimedia contest. Senior Chloe Myers received second place in Informational Graphics for her page “Women in STEM,” while senior Adele Lee and alumna Ryan Johnson received third place in Agricultural, Health and Science Writing for their piece, “Closing the Gap.” They were among 259 winners among 2,065 entries submitted in 23 categories.

Catalyst Club Leads Anti-Legalization Forum

The Catalyst club gathered nearly 100 Chicagoland high school students on Friday to discuss the negative impact of marijuana legalization in Illinois. Catalyst is a student group dedicated to preventing drug and alcohol use by teens. Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim spoke to the group, as did Kelly Krenzer, whose 20-year-old son was killed by an intoxicated driver. Newly elected state Rep. Daniel Didech (Class of 2005) offered advice on working with legislators. Catalyst members presented their “Cannabust” campaign message, featuring data from states where the drug has been legalized to show its linkage with increases in crime, traffic incidents and health services use. Students from as far as Kankakee came for the meeting, which took place at the Marriott Lincolnshire.

Improv Club, Acting 3 Class Performing This Weekend

Two theatrical performances will take place at Stevenson this weekend. On Friday, the Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improvisation club, will take the West Auditorium stage at 7 p.m. The Acting 3 class, meanwhile, will present its end-of-semester showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. Note: The Acting 3 performance is for mature audiences only. The improv performance will be streamed live at this link.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,505, New Trier 3,194: Benjamin Ries led all bowlers with a 669 series at Classic Bowl in Morton Grove, while Nicholas Sternes had the best game of the day, a 279, as part of his 643 series. Benjamin rolled a top game of 266, the second-best effort of the match. Joey Gluck added a 610 series and 223 game. Ryan Lerman shot a 235 game en route to a 583 series, and Josh Lerner added a 217 game and 533 series. Ryan Grabiner contributed a 467 series for SHS (5-4). All are sophomores. Both teams used six-man rotations in the match.

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 137.25, Lake Forest 136.20: The host Patriots improved to 3-0 in dual competition, all against North Suburban Conference schools. No individual results were available. – @SHSPatRiot

Girls Bowling

Warren 2,415, Stevenson 1,644: At Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan, sophomore YooJin Lee led the Patriots with a 366 series and a high game of 158. Junior Reilly Sullivan and sophomore Kelly Radelet were close behind with series scores of 362 and 358, respectively. Also competing for SHS were sophomore Ally Lee (292) and junior Jodi Katti (266). – Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Libertyville 62, Stevenson 52: Junior Avery King led all scorers with 19 points, and made three of the team’s 11 3-pointers. She also grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots. Freshman Simone Sawyer sank four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points. Sophomores Nikki Ware and Lydia Lueck had seven and six points, respectively, for SHS (6-2, 1-2). Libertyville improved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference. – Daily Herald


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Visiting Artist Presentation Next Week

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, retired SHS art teacher Joan Ackerman-Zimny, will give a presentation for students during third and fourth periods on Thursday, Dec. 13. Her talks will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building.

Are You Being Used by “Big Tobacco”?

This week’s video from Catalyst asks a simple but provocative question: Are you a “lab rat” for the tobacco companies? Click here to watch.

Be Smart, Be Safe at Railroad Crossings

Did you know that it is illegal to cross over, under or around a railroad crossing gate when it is lowered or being raised? Someone found guilty faces a mandatory $250 fine or 25 hours of court-ordered community service for the first offense. A second offense brings a mandatory $500 fine. Many pedestrians are killed or injured each year because they misjudged the speed of an approaching train, or were fixated on a stopped train and failed to notice another coming on the opposite track.


Registration and team packets for IM basketball and volleyball are due Wednesday in the Student Activities Office. Sign up and get your teams formed today.


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