Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

Class of 2018 College Attendance Report Released

The College Career Center has released its annual college attendance report for Stevenson’s most recent graduates. Click here to download the report. Here are some highlights from the report, which tracked postsecondary plans for the 1,011-member Class of 2018:

  • 96 percent of the Class of 2018 planned to attend college.
  • 85 percent are attending four-year schools, down from 90.6 percent with the Class of 2017. The percentage attending two-year schools increased from 9.4 percent to 11 percent.
  • Of those attending four-year colleges, 65.5 percent are attending public institutions.
  • 47 percent of the class planned to attend a college in the state of Illinois, a slight rise from the Class of 2017 figure, 45 percent.
  • The Class of 2018 can be found on more than 180 campuses.
  • Almost one in five graduates attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A total of 155 from the Class of 2018 said they were going to UIUC, 18.1 percent of the class.
  • The most popular four-year universities among the Class of 2018 after UIUC were: the University of Illinois at Chicago (44), Indiana University (41), Illinois State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (33), DePaul University and the University of Iowa (24), Purdue University (20), Loyola University Chicago (19) and Marquette University (17).
  • 20 students planned to take a gap year, 10 were seeking employment, and eight intended to join the military.

Host Families Needed for German Students

Learn about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting a student from Germany in March. Stevenson will be welcoming 15 English-speaking high schoolers from Max-Born-Gymnasium in Germering, Germany from March 3-15, and host families are needed.

The students will arrive at the Deerfield train station on Sunday, March 3, where you will pick them up. They will attend classes with your student during their stay and leave the Chicago area directly from SHS during the school day on Friday, March 15.

If you would like to host one or more of the visiting students, please complete this application. Applications will be accepted in the order received. You will be contacted if the school is able to place a student or students with your family. All current Stevenson students and families are eligible to participate. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or

Is Amazon Primed for a Fall? Freshman Shares Thoughts

Amazon and Sears are businesses heading in completely different directions, with the latter on the verge of bankruptcy. However, freshman Victoria Feng says the downfall of the once-popular Sears provides a cautionary tale for Amazon in this opinion piece she wrote for the Los Angeles Times’ “HS Insider” section. She says the online retail giant can learn from Sears’ missteps.


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Piekarski Earns Coach of the Year Honor

Patriettes head coach Kristin Piekarski was chosen recently to receive the 2017-18 National Federation of State High Schools Association’s Illinois “Spirit” Coach of the Year Award. The spirit category covers cheerleading and dance. She was nominated by sports administrators at the Illinois High School Association, based on her leadership of the program. In the past six seasons, Stevenson has finished no lower than fourth place at the IHSA state finals, and won the Class 3A championship in 2017.

Think Pink/Kay Yow Night to Fight Women’s Cancers

The girls basketball program’s annual fundraiser for women’s cancer research, Think Pink/Kay Yow Night, returns Tuesday, Jan. 22 as Stevenson plays host to Libertyville. Commemorative T-shirts are available for $10 (pay with cash or check made out to Stevenson High School), with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. T-shirts will be distributed the week of Jan. 14. Order through a girls basketball player, head coach Ashley Graham or the Athletic Office. Download the order form (PDF).

Girls Basketball on NFHS Network Tonight

Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Warren will be streamed live from the Sports Center and can be seen on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7.

Bernard Steps Up for Boys Basketball Team

Injuries are a fact of life in sports. So, when a broken finger shelved the boys basketball team’s leading scorer, junior Matthew Ambrose, someone needed to step in. That’s exactly what Cameron Bernard has done. The 6-foot-2 junior, who made the varsity roster for the first time this season, has filled in admirably over the past month. Cameron and head coach Pat Ambrose talked with Rich Mayor of the Pioneer Press about the transition.

Sorenson Earns All-State Volleyball Honor

Senior Sophie Sorenson added to her collection of athletic awards during Winter Break when she was named to the Champaign News-Gazette All-State Girls Volleyball Second Team. She was the only player from Lake County on the first or second team.

Hockey Team Holding “Pucks for PTSD”

The boys ice hockey team is holding a Pucks for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) game against Glenbrook North at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. It’s a “teal out.” Wear teal for PTSD awareness. The team will hold a fundraiser at Menchie’s, 950 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire, from 3-9 p.m. Saturday. Show this flyer and 20 percent of the purchase will be donated to Students Helping Soldiers and the hockey team in the name of PTSD awareness.


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Next Mental Health Wellness Event is Friday

Looking for ways to maintain balance in your life and reduce stress? Stop by Room 2104 during your lunch period on Friday for the Student Services Division’s next Mental Health Wellness Series event. Find out how the fine arts can help you enhance mental wellness and achieve balance. The Dance Department will be offering guided movement exercises, and there also will be sand art stations for the first 60 students each lunch period. There will be origami stations, too, and a few SHS teachers will be providing during the lunch periods as well.


The boys volleyball team will have informational meetings on Friday. Meetings will be held at 8 a.m. in Room 8016 and at 3:30 pm in Room 1920. Attend one meeting, not both. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at or 847-415-4584.

Informational meetings for girls softball will place before and after school on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Anyone interested in playing softball this spring should attend one of the meetings. The meetings will be held at 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., both in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Ruchim at


Registration is open for the newest IM sport: Squash. There will be eight Friday trips to Lifetime Fitness between this Friday and April 12. Each trip lasts from 4-5:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25, and there is a $10 fee for each trip. Click here to register. For more information, stop by the Student Activities Office.


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