Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

Winter Dance Concert This Weekend

The 2019 Winter Dance Concert, featuring the Mélange and Repertory dance companies and the Concert Dance class, is Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased online or at the door. The show features choreography from these students:

  • Seniors: Elena Rouse, Jorie Knysz, Kiley Lacher, Isabella Fontane, Ari Reinstein, Allison Noronha and Chloe Lucido.
  • Juniors: Georgie Casaletto, Leah Kochevar, Jocelyn Silk, Juliette Koskela, Katie Wu, Sammi Meyers and Hannah Stewart.
  • Sophomores: Masha Khorolinsky, Magdalena Waz, Heloise Jacobs and Samantha Serpico.
  • Freshmen: Abbie Szwejbka.

Guest choreographers are Lauren Parets and Jordan Ryder.

Senior Named Finalist for Posse Scholarship
Senior Krish Shah has been named a finalist for a Posse Scholarship at Cornell University. The Posse program seeks to identify a small, diverse group of talented students who can be trained to help develop consensus solutions to complex social problems. More than 2,800 students in the Chicago area were nominated for the program, which provides a full-tuition scholarship to the Ivy League school. Since its beginning in 1989, the Posse program has expanded to include 58 selective institutions of higher education. Students must progress through two rounds of interviews to reach finalist status.

Two More Fundraisers at Culver’s
Culver’s restaurant in Lincolnshire is participating in two more Stevenson fundraisers this week. Today, a Give-A-Thon fundraiser takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mention “Stevenson” when ordering, and 25% of the sale will go to Give-A-Thon. On Friday, HOSA is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation from 4-8 p.m. Friday. Mention “Stevenson” or “HOSA” when ordering. Culver’s is located at 405 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Lincolnshire.

Blood Drive Honors Former Student
The family of a Stevenson student who died in 2017 is holding a memorial blood drive in his honor on Saturday. Matthew Abrams passed away in July 2017, due to complications from a stem cell transplant to treat his leukemia. He had just finished his freshman year. The blood drive is being held through Vitalant (formally LifeSource), and people can donate at any of its 17 area locations. The primary location for donations is at 25 W. Rand Rd. in Arlington Heights. Anyone who donates blood is asked to mention Matthew’s name or Group Code 813A.

Run Started by Alumnus Going Strong
About 3,000 people ran in last week’s annual Long Grove Turkey Trot, which raised money for the Northern Illinois Food Bank and other nonprofit groups. The Thanksgiving race founder and organizer is Peter Starykowicz (Class of 2000), a Long Grove native who started the event when he was 19. Starykowicz is now president of All Community Events, based in Lake Zurich. His company organizes races throughout the Chicago area.

Reminder: Late Arrival Schedule on Thursday
Thursday is a late arrival day at Stevenson due to staff development activities in the morning. Classes begin at 10:30 a.m. and buses begin their routes at 9:20.

Band Fundraiser Time Change
The Band Parents Organization has changed the ending time of its fundraiser Thursday at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe in Lincolnshire. The event will now run from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Student Carolers to Perform at Tree Lighting Ceremonies
Stevenson’s student volunteer caroling choir will be performing at two holiday tree lighting ceremonies this weekend. The group (along with members of the SHS Pep Band) will sing at the Village of Lincolnshire ceremony at approximately 6:15-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Village Green, at the northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Olde Half Day Road. On Saturday, the choir will perform at 5 p.m. at the Village of Hawthorn Woods Hometown Holiday Event, which takes place at Community Park, 5 Park View Ln., in Hawthorn Woods.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,280, Waukegan 3,042: The Patriots rolled the sixth-highest three-game series in program history to hold off the Bulldogs at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. Junior Ryan Grabiner shot a match-best 280 game, only the 10th Stevenson player to reach that mark, and added a 229 in his other game. Ryan Lerman, also a junior, led SHS (6-0 overall, 5-0 North Suburban Conference) with a 687 series, and had a high game of 246. Junior Nicholas Sternes recorded a 652 series (237 high game), freshman Ender Starr added a 613 (222), and junior Joey Gluck contributed a 594 (208). Junior Luke Snider rolled a 225 in his only game.

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 56, Warren 34: The host Patriots (6-1) rolled in their North Suburban Conference opener, bombarding the Blue Devils with a 23-4 blitz to start the game. SHS extended its lead to 51-20 by the end of the third quarter. Sophomore Ava Bardic led all scorers with 17 points, hitting five of the team’s seven 3-pointers, and senior Avery King added 15. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Ice Hockey
Carmel Catholic 5, Stevenson 2: Goals by senior Josh Wright and junior Daniel Kabakov gave the Patriots a 2-0 lead at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills, but the Corsairs rallied for the victory. Junior Liam Jones, freshman Davis Jegers and senior Brett Stokes recorded assists.

Ambrose Named to Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame
Boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose has been selected for induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame next spring. He is among 20 active coaches chosen for the Class of 2020.

Ambrose is the winningest coach in Stevenson history, and has guided the Patriots to the IHSA state finals four times, capturing the Class 4A state championship in 2015. His career record is 423-166 (.718 winning percentage), and in the past five seasons Ambrose-coached squads have posted a 182-39 record (.824). He has never had a losing season in his 20-year head coaching career, all at Stevenson. Ambrose has been named the IBCA Coach of the Year three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2016.


Buy Your “Hoops for Heroes” T-Shirt by Monday
Show your support for members of the U.S. military by purchasing a Hoops for Heroes T-shirt and wearing it to the Military Appreciation Night boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 13. Click here to order your shirt. Monday, Dec. 9 is the last day to order. Online orders may be picked up during the lunch periods on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12-13, outside the Student Activities Office.

Melange, Repertory Auditions Next Wednesday
Do you love to dance and choreograph dances? Auditions for the second semester of Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 in Room 2010. Students should come dressed to dance and be prepared to learn movement, as well as perform their own piece of 1-minute choreography. If you have questions, please see Mrs. Rothwell or contact her at


Southern Illinois University has a new president. Daniel F. Mahony, currently the president of Winthrop University in South Carolina, is expected to be confirmed by the SIU Board of Trustees as president of the Southern Illinois University System during its meeting on Thursday.

A substitute high school teacher has been charged with contributing to the criminal delinquency of a minor after convincing a teen to sell him her Adderall stimulant medication, officials say. John Mixer, 32, of Bloomingdale owned a private tutoring business and also worked as a substitute teacher in Glenbard High School District 87. His tutoring business advertises that he specializes in tutoring children with disabilities, including those who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

A lawsuit has been filed against Burlington Elementary District 301, a bus driver and the bus aide who authorities say punched an 8-year-old special needs student in the face and knocked out two teeth in an Oct. 2 attack on a school bus.


A retired businessman has committed to pay college tuition and fees for students in the Kansas town where he grew up. Ben Cutler left Neodesha in the 1960s and went on to a lucrative career in finance and insurance. He hopes to turn around the fortunes of his dwindling hometown — population 2,300 — and will foot those costs for the next 25 years, and possibly decades beyond that.

Some educators in Washington state are embracing a new way of teaching children to read. They have been inspired by the adoption of science-backed reading strategies in some Pennsylvania schools. The new strategies have roots in an old way of teaching but is based on new cognitive neuroscience research that has revealed how brains process sounds and symbols. It borrows from linguistics, the study of language and its structure. The Pennsylvania transition hasn’t been easy or without controversy.

A Wisconsin school resource officer on Tuesday shot and wounded a student who stabbed him during an altercation, police said. It was the second shooting to take place in a high school in the state in two days. The incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m. in the office of the school resource officer at Oshkosh West High School in Oshkosh — about 90 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

A rural Ohio high school‘s graduating class of 2000 is at the heart of this New York Times report on the scope and devastating consequences of the nation’s opioid crisis. By the time the group entered its final year, painkillers were nearly ubiquitous, found in classrooms, school bathrooms and at weekend parties. Many graduates shared struggles with addiction, whether their own or their relatives’. They told about the years lost to getting high and in cycling in and out of jail, prison and rehab, and they mourned the three classmates whose addictions killed them.

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