Friday, April 26, 2013

Stevenson Wins Three TEAMS State Titles
Stevenson won three state championships in the state TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science). Stevenson fielded three varsity teams among the 44-team field, and two of them, varsity A and B, tied for first place. The varsity C squad placed ninth. In the junior varsity division, Stevenson’s A team won top honors and the B team was second among 12 teams.

TEAMS is an annual competition that gives students an opportunity to discover engineering and how knowledge in engineering can help make a difference in the world. Students work collaboratively to solve real-world engineering challenges, applying their math and science skills in practical, creative ways. This year’s competition focused on cyber security.

The roster for the varsity A team included Mark Zhang, Justin Doong, David Chen, David Whistler, Rohan Dasika, Austin Hua, Vivian Wan and Richard Zhu. The roster for the varsity B team featured Sai Nimmagadda, Christine Zhao, Ellen Zhao, David Wang, Tony Chung, Paul Sone, Allen Wang and Sunny Yun. The varsity C team included Chris Rho, Rahul Pillai, Mikhail Iouchkov, Miles Cushing, Joyce Chung, Matt Zhang, Tony Massat and Nisa Chuchawat.

The JV A team roster had Brian Zhou, Jaymo Kang, (Sree) Bharadwaj Kalanadhabhatta, Tim Klem, Barton Huang, Alex Hong and Sergey Papushin. The JV B team included Ajay Varadhan, Patt DeMichele, Hebron Taylor, Andy Xu, Kevin Cho, Allen Cao, Phillip Kwon and Powan Sajnani.

John Wilkie is the TEAMS club sponsor.

“Suffrage @ 17” Bill Gets Two Major Senate Backers
Legislation created by SHS Government teacher Andy Conneen that would allow qualifying 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections has two major backers in the Illinois Senate. Senate President John Cullerton, a Democrat, and Sen. Bill Brady, the 2010 Republican candidate for governor, have signed on as sponsors of the legislation which passed in the House on April 17.

The “Suffrage @ 17” bill would allow 17-year-0lds to vote in primaries if they will be turning 18 by the time of the general election. The Senate Executive Committee is seeking public opinion by Wednesday on the bill. Those with an opinion on the bill can register it online at this link. In Section IV – Testimony, you can simply check the “Record of Appearance Only” box if not wishing to supply a written statement or speaking in front of the committee.

Spring Dance Concert This Weekend
The Spring Dance Concert is this weekend. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center entrance.

Ninth Annual Pat-Triathlon on Sunday
The ninth annual Pat-Triathlon will be held Sunday starting at 9 a.m. (Check-in begins at 8.) The event 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. The Pat-Triathlon is free for Stevenson students, faculty and staff, and $15 for community and family. Visit the Pat-Triathlon web page for more information.

Reflecting on Music, Teaching
The Lincolnshire Review has a Q&A with retiring Band Director Jeff Slepak in this week’s edition. The newspaper caught up with Slepak after last Sunday’s band concert.

1995 Graduate Earns Assistant Professor Post
Jenni Sorkin, a 1995 Stevenson graduate, has been appointed assistant professor of contemporary art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara beginning July 1. She currently is assistant professor of contemporary art history and critical theory at the University of Houston. Dr. Sorkin earned her PhD in the History of Art from Yale University in 2010. She is the author of a forthcoming book from The University of Chicago Press, Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics from 1945 to 1975.

Senior’s Research Paper Picked for International Event
Senior Jack Hirsch’s Science Fair project, “As American as Apple Pie Gum: A Study of Satiety,” was selected for presentation at the Association of Chemoreception Sciences 35th annual meeting last Thursday in Huntington Beach, California. His was the only paper presented by a high school student at the international scientific meeting.

Alum Giving Public Recital in Northfield on May 11
Karen Jesse (Class of 2000) will sing works by Samuel Barber, Alban Berg, Ottorino Resphighi and Gwyneth Walker during a free public recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Northfield Community Church, 400 Wagner Road, in Northfield. Her grandmother, Lydia, was one of the original employees of Stevenson High School, and her father Bill is a 1967 graduate of the school. Her mother, Janet, worked in the SHS Fine Arts Division for several years, coordinating the Odyssey fine arts festival.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: Jackie Setina won the high jump title with a leap of 5 feet, 2 inches at Grayslake North. Four other Patriots had top-10 performances: Mackenzie Levy was sixth in the 800 (2:27.31), Becca Feltman-Frank tied for sixth in the triple jump (31-9), Marsha Feingold placed ninth in the 400 (1:04.06), and Shannon Legge was 10th in shot put (31-9). In the team standings, SHS finished 13th out of 17 teams. – Daily Herald | News-Sun | Official results (PDF)

Stevenson 9, Loyola 5: Jake Schnierow pitched five innings, allowing five hits, two runs and striking out two as the host Patriots improve their record to 8-6. Willie Bourbon, Austin Black, Jimmy Marchese and Joey Morris all had two hits, with Bourbon and Marchese driving in a pair of runs each. Black scored twice. – Daily Herald | linescore

Stevenson 22, Round Lake 0: Abby O’Connor homered and drove in six runs for the visiting Patriots (8-6) in the North Suburban crossover. She also had a double among her three hits, and scored three runs. Lexi Yonkovic and Morgan Manka also hit homers. Yonkovic also tripled and singled. Taylor Koenigs scored four times, had two doubles among her three hits, and drove in a pair of runs. Sam Feder threw three perfect innings for the win. – Daily Herald | linescore

Girls Soccer
Stevenson 1, Mundelein 1: Jenna Weiner scored the lone goal for the Patriots (6-3-4, 3-1-2). Cori Calcaterra made five saves. –Daily Herald

Boys Tennis
Lake Forest 5, Stevenson 2: The visiting Patriots received wins at Nos. 3 and 4 doubles. Adam Maryniuk and Rudy Viswanathan were 7-6 (2), 6-1 winners at No. 3, while Jerry Pan and Josh Cheng prevailed at No. 4, 7-6 (8), 2-6, 6-3. – Daily Herald

Gymnastics Alum Finishes Fifth at NCAA Finals
Mike Wilner (Class of 2011) finished fifth in still rings at the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships on Sunday. The University of Illinois sophomore earned All-America honors for the first time in his career. He helped lead the Illini to a sixth-place team finish.

Weber Honored By Illinois Wrestling Coaches, Officials
Justin Weber, who finished third at 145 pounds at the Illinois High School Association wrestling tournament, has added another award to his collection. He was named the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association 2013 Illinois Scholastic Wrestler of the Year. Weber will continue his wrestling career at the University of Wisconsin.

Five Fencers Qualify for Summer Nationals
Five members of the SHS fencing program qualified for the USA Fencing Summer Nationals tournament to be held June 27-July 7 in Columbus, Ohio. Sarah Seol qualified in Division 2 women’s saber, while three other fencers made the cut in Division 3: Sara Antos (women’s epee), Daniel Kofman (men’s saber) and Kristen Rehberger (women’s foil). Stevenson’s fifth qualifier is Nicole Strezewski, who will compete in Y14 women’s foil. The Patriot fencers reached nationals through their performance at qualifying tournaments at New Trier in April.

Boys Volleyball Team No. 6 in Sun-Times Rankings
The boys volleyball team has moved up three spots to No. 6 in the latest Chicago Sun-Times rankings. The Patriots are the only Lake County team in the top 10.

Girls Basketball Team Finalist in Chicago Sky Contest
Online voting is underway to determine the Chicago Sky’s High School Team of the Year, and Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball team is one of nine nominees. Cast your vote at until June 14. In addition to being named Team of the Year, the winner will receive Under Armour apparel for the squad. Stevenson will be honored at the Chicago Sky-Los Angeles Sparks game on June 29, as one of winners of the Sky’s Team of the Week contests.


Juniors and seniors, these are the last days to buy your Prom tickets. Ticket sales end at midnight Monday. Don’t miss out on Prom.

If you are going to Prom and need to order a special meal, please see Mrs. Rubenstein in the Testing Center as soon as possible. The deadline is Wednesday.

Do you like to sing? Would you like to earn GPA credit, study great music, and have the opportunity to sing at Disney World? Auditions for the 2013-14 Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers classes begin Monday. Audition sign-ups and information are posted outside the Choir Room door (2202). Students are welcome to audition even if they have not signed up for a choir class yet. Please see Mrs. Nuteson in the Music Department or find a current choir member if you have any questions!

Reminder to all senior theatre production participants: Your Senior Recognition forms for the End of the Season Celebration are due no later than Monday. Please make sure you turn in your form to either Mr. Arnold or Ms. Lynch if you plan on attending the celebration and would like to be recognized.

All art students that had an art class first semester, and are currently not in an art class, should bring in their favorite assignment to their art teacher ASAP. It will be featured in the 2013 Artfest show on May 22-23.

Interact Club will be promoting a fundraiser, in partnership with the Lincolnshire Rotary Club, to raise monies to help eradicate polio worldwide. On Tuesday and Wednesday during the lunch periods, Interact Club will have a table in the Wood Commons. Please come stop by and learn more about the Rotary Club initiative to eradicate polio around the world! We would love your support. There will be fun incentives, too, so stop by to check out the Interact Club table!

All overdue library materials must be returned and fine paid by May 10. Materials will not be loaned until accounts are clear.

Sophomores: Want to take any of Rachel’s challenges? If so, sign the banner outside the West Auditorium or the PAC, and join the Peer Helpers in their random act of kindness campaign. Come to the student lounge during all lunch periods to add to a chain of kindness.

Peer Helpers reminds you that kindness is contagious! Come to the lounge to add to the chain of kindness. We challenge you to spread the kindness. “You never know how far a little kindness can go.”

Here is this week’s Driving Fact of the Week, from Operation Click and the Driver Education Department: It is against the law to drive with headphones on in both ears!


We are looking for staff and directors for the 2013-2014 Operation Snowball retreats! Sophomores and juniors who attended this year should check their school email accounts for information to request an application. Any sophomores or juniors who have attended at least one Snowball are also eligible and should email for information. Wednesday is the deadline to request an application.


The baseball team and Students Helping Soldiers are teaming up for the second annual Patriot Pride Veterans Baseball Game against Buffalo Grove on Saturday morning. If you know a veteran, please encourage them to come to the game. All veterans will receive a free hot dog and slice of apple pie! The opening ceremony starts at 10:45.

Watch the varsity girls softball game against Vernon Hills live from Rosemont tonight on High School Cube. The broadcast starts at 7:30. Click here to watch the game.


If you are interested in participating in a Career Shadow over the summer, the application deadline is today. Please visit the Career Exploration Website for an application or contact Diane Willock, Business Liaison, at for more details.

Attention students interested in government, community service and business: The office of State Representative Carol Sente is seeking students for summer help in many different areas. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for information regarding this program.

Attention students interested in veterinary medicine: The Anti-Cruelty Society, along with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine office, has a program aimed at high school students that will run from September 2013 through April 2014. Students must apply for this program by June 30. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for more information and an application. Serious inquiries only, please.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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