Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Blue Ribbon Award Ceremony Today in D.C.

Stevenson will officially receive its fifth National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education today during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Stevenson is one of only six schools in the country to receive the honor five times. Stevenson also earned Blue Ribbon awards in 1987, 1991, 1998 and 2002.

SHS is one of 362 schools — 312 public and 50 private — recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. Among the other Blue Ribbon winners are two sender schools: Ivy Hall Elementary School in District 96 and Hawthorn Elementary School South in District 73.

Representing the school in our nation’s capital will be Principal Troy Gobble and Social Studies teacher (and Stevenson alumna) Jenessa Gerber.

A livestream of the Blue Ribbon Schools recognition luncheon and presentation of awards begins at 10:30 a.m. Central Time on the Department of Education’s website.

Getting a Taste of High School Life
Eighth-graders from Stevenson’s sender schools came to the Performing Arts Center on Thursday to watch the dress rehearsal for the fall musical, “Chicago (High School Edition).” The show opens to the public tonight and runs through Sunday. Curtain times are 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. Online ticket sales are open until one hour before each show. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

Varsity CS:GO Team Remains Unbeaten
The fifth week of the eSports season brought three victories in six matches. The varsity Counter-Strike: GO (Global Offensive) team remained unbeaten with a 16-11 win over Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. The junior varsity Overwatch squad posted a 3-0 win over its rival from North Dakota, and the JV CS:GO team received a forfeit from its scheduled competitor in Texas.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,214, Lake Zurich 2,777: The Patriots (2-0 overall and conference) rolled the 12th-highest three-game series in school history to beat the Bears at Bowlero in Deer Park. Leading the way for SHS was junior Nicholas Sternes, who had the highest series (735) and game (277) for either team. Ryan Grabiner, also a junior, shot a 622 series with a high game of 241, and freshman Ender Starr added a 602 series and best game of 223. The other six games were split evenly between three bowlers: juniors Ryan Lerman (449, 237), Joey Gluck (438, 234) and Josh Lerner (368, 190). SHS opened the match with a team score of 1,123, followed by games of 1,069 and 1,022.

Two Named to Daily Herald All-Area Girls Volleyball Team
Two members of Stevenson’s regional champion girls volleyball squad were named to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Volleyball Team today: Senior Grace Tully and sophomore Amanda Holsen. Grace, the Patriots’ setter, dished out 842 assists in 38 matches, while adding 183 digs, 50 aces and 41 blocks. Amanda recorded the second-highest number of kills in program history (451), while adding 252 digs and 55 aces. Seniors Lily Cozzi and Abby Keevins, and juniors Emerson Kouri and Makayla Uremovich, earned honorable mention.

Boys Basketball Team Embracing High Expectations
Returning starters Matt KaznikovR.J. Holmes and Matthew Ambrose and John Ittounas are part of a strong senior nucleus that has created high expectations for the boys basketball team. The Patriots went 27-6 last season, the fourth-highest win total in school history, and won conference, regional and sectional championships. Chicago Sun-Times writer Michael O’Brien came to campus Monday to talk with head coach Pat Ambrose and some of his players.

New Statesman Video Series Features Crow in First Episode
Head girls volleyball coach Tim Crow is the feature of the first Patriot Portrait, a new video segment on the Statesman’s website that spotlights SHS teachers and students. In the inaugural Patriot Portrait, Crow talks about his 500th career win on Sept. 23 and his 18 years as Stevenson’s head coach. The first episode was produced by Managing Editor of Web Christie Lee, In-Depth Coordinator Lily Jiang, and staff reporter Pooja Jain. Christie is a senior, while Lily and Pooja are juniors. Click here to watch the video.


Mr. SHS Application Packets Now Available
Mr. SHS application packets are now available in Student Activities. The deadline for sign up is Friday, Dec. 13.

Looking for a Free Car Wash?
Waterway Carwash in Vernon Hills is offering free car washes to all students who show their school ID on Saturdays and Sundays in November. Waterway is just minutes north of Stevenson, at 860 S. Milwaukee Ave., in the former Peacock gas station.


The Breakfast with Books Club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. The club will have its yearbook photo taken during the meeting. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!


The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board voted Thursday night to give transgender students unrestricted access to locker rooms and restrooms at its five schools. The board voted 5-2 to approve the new procedure. It replaces one that set up privacy stalls for transgender students. The new procedure requires transgender students to work out special arrangements with the district in such cases.

A video has surfaced showing a large brawl at Andrew High School on Wednesday that followed a series of racist incidents. Muslim students said a fight occurred inside the school after a classmate desecrated a Quran. However, school district officials said the Quran was not destroyed or damaged.

Waukegan District 60 is asking a Lake County judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging its purchase of a former bank building in downtown Waukegan. The lawsuit argues that the $700,000 purchase of the former First Midwest Bank violates state law, required voter approval and is a “misuse and a frivolous use of taxpayers dollars.”

A Waukegan High School student was hospitalized after being stabbed by another student Thursday in one of the restrooms at the school’s Washington campus, according to Waukegan School District 60 officials. The other student involved, believed to be the one who did the stabbing, was also taken to a hospital for treatment.


A boy described as bright, quiet and “normal” pulled a gun from his backpack on his 16th birthday and opened fire at his southern California high school before saving the last bullet for himself, authorities said. The shooting that killed two teenagers and wounded three others Thursday at Saugus High School in a Los Angeles suburb took just 16 seconds and left the attacker hospitalized in critical condition with a head wound, authorities said.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday extolled the potential benefits of microcredentials and other alternatives to traditional degrees, calling on the higher education sector to innovate and look to inexpensive programs for college students. Her remarks were made to corporate leaders at an event run by The Conference Board, a public policy and economic think tank.

Some college campuses are moonlighting as wedding venues to bring in extra revenue during a time of widespread budgetary woes. Prices range from $300 to $3,000. Yet price isn’t necessarily the main factor. For many couples, a school might hold personal significance if they met in their college days. Sometimes, colleges are chosen because they offer beautiful venues near or in a major city.

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