Alum Selected for Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Gina DiBello has hit the highest note of her professional career. The 1999 Stevenson graduate will be joining the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, according to several sources. She will be part of the CSO’s first violin section.
DiBello had served as principal second violin of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2008, after spending three years in the first violin section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She and other musicians had been locked out from the Minnesota group due to a labor dispute since last fall. Last month, DiBello announced she was leaving Minnesota for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, prior to receiving the CSO offer.
DiBello was a four-year member of the Stevenson orchestra program, earning Illinois Music Educators Association All-State honors during her senior year.
Model United Nations Members Win Awards
Twenty-five members of the Stevenson Model United Nations team took part in a conference at the University of Illinois last weekend. Approximately 400 students from throughout the Midwest attended the three-day event.
Eight SHS students earned honors, with six receiving “Best or Outstanding” awards: Alex Nye and Stuart Plen (joint crisis committees for Rome and Sparta); Sam Cohen (in the role of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the National Governors Association committee); Julia Snarski (in the role of Egyptian President Morsi in the Middle East crisis); and Nuha Hamid and Peter Hwang (representing Morocco in the U.N. Security Council).
Helen Hwang won an “Outstanding” designation for her role in the international press delegation, while Aileen Acuna received Honorable Mention honors for her work with the international criminal court.
Choir Students Performing in Chicago Wednesday
If you’re going to near Chicago’s Water Tower Place around midday Wednesday, stop by the Fourth Presbyterian Church to see a performance by SHS choir students. The concert is free.
From Madonna to Motivational Speaker
The Daily Herald on Monday published an article about SHS alum Shaun Sperling (Class of 1997), who has become a motivational speaker in the wake of his famous YouTube video. (The article was not available online when the Digest was published Monday.) Sperling spoke with students after school Monday, and will talk at Maine East High School in Park Ridge today.
Monday’s Varsity Results
Boys Track and Field
Stevenson 93, Libertyville 53: Ki Hwan Kim won two events for the host Patriots, who captured 12 of 17 events overall. Kim claimed the 200 (22.6) and long jump (20-11.5). Other individual winners included Michael Dolan in discus (151-9), Jason Pitts in high jump (5-6), Sam Oh in the 1,600 (4:44.3), Brendan Wood in the 3,200 (9:57.6), Alan Velev in the 110 high hurdles (15.1), Brian Lee in the 100 (11.1), Danny Gardiner in the 800 (2:06.3), and Justin Doong in the 400 (54.9). SHS also won two relays: the 400 (45.1) and 800 (1:32.7). – Daily Herald
Stevenson 14, Glenbrook South 4: In Glenview, the Patriots swept the doubles competition and prevailed in eight of 12 singles contests. The winning doubles tandems were No. 1 Yein Lee/Sakthi Shanmugasundaram (21-11, 21-15), No. 2 Monica Chen/Margaret Chen (21-18, 21-11), No. 3 Claire Zhang/Vivian To (21-7, 21-10), No. 4 Neva Lui/Katelyn Schroeder (21-19, 21-11), No. 5 Christina Li/Tracy Lai (21-14, 21-14) and No. 6 Elizabeth Onishchenko/Yixuan Wang (21-14, 21-19). Lee won No. 1 singles (21-11, 11-21, 21-17), followed by Monica Chen at No. 2 (23-21, 21-5), Margaret Chen at No. 4 (21-13, 21-9), Lui at No. 6 (21-18, 21-19), Li at No. 8 (21-18, 21-19), Schroeder at No. 9 (21-16, 21-11), Shanmugasundaram at No. 10 (21-9, 21-17), and Onishchenko at No. 12 (21-19, 21-16). – Daily Herald
Stevenson d. Hersey, 22-25, 25-19, 25-9: Brett Lerner and Brad Tiller each had 13 kills as the Patriots (6-2) rallied past the Huskies in Arlington Heights. Aaron Zalewski added nine kills. Jonah May dished out 36 assists. Brian Dubinsky led with 15 digs, with Kevin Xu collecting 12 and Lerner making 11. – Daily Herald | statistics
Gymnastics Alum Earns All-Big Ten Honors
Mike Wilner (Class of 2011), a sophomore on the University of Illinois men’s gymnastics team, finished second in still rings at the 2013 Big Ten Championships on Saturday, missing the conference title by 0.05 points. He also earned second-team all-Big Ten honors. In the team competition on Friday, Wilner topped the still rings competition for his seventh rings title of the season. Big Ten Network highlights
One-Time SHS Student in Masters Field
This weekend marks the 77th playing of the Masters golf tournament, and the field will include a former Stevenson student. John Huh, who attended Stevenson for one year before his family moved to California, earned a spot in the Masters by finishing 28th overall on the PGA Tour money list last season. He also won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 2012, the first golfer of Korean descent to win the award. Huh attended SHS for his freshman year in 2004-05. His older brother, James, graduated in 2005. This Golf Digest article from last fall provides an insightful glimpse into Huh’s journey.
AP Macroeconomics review packets are available for pick up in Room 7080 or Room 2434.
AP Government packets are available in Room 7080. AP Government review sessions will be every Wednesday at 7 a.m. and during 8th period on the ILC steps.
Don’t know whom to vote for when it comes to Mr. SHS? Check out the art panels in the Wood Commons, the Forum or the Glass Commons to see whom these 10 handsome and talented men are! Then text your vote Friday night at 7 p.m. in the PAC! The competition this year is fierce! Tickets are $5 at the Patriot Superstore or you can buy them at the door.
Don’t miss the PPA bake sale on Wednesday. All items are $1.
Juniors and seniors! Check online for Prom information about ticket sales, table reservations and special meals. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 15, and are available until Monday, April 29. You will be able to purchase them online.
Take an eBook break! Check out an eBook, audiobook or eReader from the ILC and get a raffle ticket for a $25 Amazon gift card! The more books you check out, the more chances you have of winning. Click here to view our Digital Media Collection. Directions for downloading to your smartphone, iPad, tablet or computer are available online, or stop by the ILC for help. The contest runs through April, with drawings each week.
The ninth annual Pat-Triathlon is just around the corner — Sunday, April 28. It’s free for Stevenson students, faculty and staff. The Pat-Triathlon consists of a 3-mile bike ride around campus, a 1-mile run on the Stadium track, and a 200-yard swim in the Patriot Aquatic Center. You can do all three events, or pair up with two others for a relay (one event per person). Click here to download the registration form. Turn in your completed form to Mr. Feigh or Ms. Mullins in the West Physical Welfare Office (Room 2108).
The Interactive Gamers Club will meet today after school in Room 1616. If you have questions about the club, contact Mr. Fedewa.
Freshman parents: Wondering what the next three years have in store for your student? Join College Counselors Mr. Foltin, Mrs. Biemeret and Counselor Mrs. Scanio at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center for “Looking Ahead: Getting From Here to There!” The evening will take a look at how your freshman can maximize SHS resources and experiences to prepare for the next step after SHS: college!
Which career is right for you? Register for an upcoming Career Exploration summer school course and explore careers in healthcare and medicine, business, law, STEM and visual arts. Students will be exposed to many different careers through a combination of field trips, classroom instruction and presentations from professionals.
Haven’t made plans for the summer yet? There are an abundance of career-related summer camps and courses available for high school students. Explore careers in architecture, healthcare, technology, business, forensics, science, engineering and more! Pick up information in the College/Career Center, visit the Career Exploration Website, or contact Diane Willock, Business Liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
If you are interested in participating in a career shadow, applications are available in the CCC or through the Career Exploration web page (http://www.d125.org/careerexploration/default.aspx). Please contact Diane Willock at email@example.com for more information.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
School districts nervous about potential PTELL changes
Districts U-46, 300 reject online charter school proposal
Illinois State sees 13% drop in students seeking teaching degrees
CPS creating safety routes for kids heading to new schools
Building, food service workers end strike at University of Illinois
NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Panel advises overhaul of Pell Grants for students
Report: One in four black students get suspended
Research remains hazy on student-teaching’s value
The writing’s on the wall: Cursive disappearing from public schools
The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.