Thursday, May 16, 2013

Illinois Senate Approves Conneen’s “Suffrage at 17” Bill
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday approved legislation created by SHS Government teacher Andy Conneen that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they turn 18 by the November general election. The measure passed by a 43-9 vote and now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, who told Conneen and a group of Stevenson students on May 1 that he would sign the bill into law. A Quinn spokesman reiterated the governor’s support on Wednesday.

Two Seniors Receive Vernon Area Library Scholarships
Senior Melissa Engel of Buffalo Grove has been named the winner of the fourth annual $2,000 Allen Meyer Memorial Scholarship from the Friends of the Vernon Area Public Library. Classmate Jeffrey Epstein, also of Buffalo Grove, was named the recipient of the Friends’ first-ever $500 Honorable Mention award. Both students will receive their scholarship checks at an after-hours ceremony at the library at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Engel plans to study anthropology and human biology at Emory University in Atlanta, and eventually pursue a career as a pediatric specialist for children with chronic diseases.

Epstein will attend the College of Lake County, with plans to pursue a business degree. He and a partner recently opened a teen dance club, INFINITY, through the Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs program.

Baroque Ensemble in Concert Tonight
The Baroque Ensemble will perform a free concert at 7:30 tonight in the Recital Hall.

Prom Updates
The check-in time for Prom on Saturday has moved from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Bus and table assignments are available for students to see. Details in the Student Announcements section below.

Heritage Award Ceremony Coverage
About 200 people came to school last Friday night to pay tribute to Dolores Fischer, the 2013 recipient of the District 125 Heritage Award. The Lincolnshire Review was on hand, and has an article in this week’s edition.

Alum Featured in Illinois State Magazine
Professional drag racer T.J. Zizzo (Class of 1993) was the featured speaker at a gathering of Illinois State University alumni in Joliet last month. Zizzo, who is the husband of SHS Spanish teacher Jen Zizzo, also is featured in the latest edition of ISU’s alumni magazine.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-13, 25-18: Brad Tiller had seven kills and four digs, and Jonah May added four kills and seven assists, as the host Patriots captured the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship and completed a perfect league season. Brett Lerner and Jack Cordes had three kills apiece for SHS (30-4, 11-0), which has reached the 30-win mark for the third consecutive season. Brian Dubinsky led the Pats with 11 digs, while Scott Feldman added seven assists. – Daily Herald | statistics

Stevenson 7, Vernon Hills 5: Taylor Koenigs became the sixth player — and the fourth this season — to hit a home run over the varsity outfield fence. Her two-run shot tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth, and Abby O’Connor hit a two-run double in the sixth to break the deadlock. Koenigs knocked in three runs and scored two, while O’Connor went 3-for-3. Sara Loerch scored three runs for the Patriots (15-13). Winning pitcher Sam Feder struck out nine. – Daily Herald | linescore

Stevenson 12, Grant 8: Will Bourbon hit a pair of home runs, and Blake Johnson and Zach Novoselsky also homered for the visiting Patriots (18-10) in the NSC crossover game. Johnson drove in three runs on the day, while Novoselsky knocked in a pair. Bourbon, Novoselsky and Jimmy Marchese (two runs scored) each had three hits. Jordan Sheinkop pitched three and a third innings of hitless, scoreless relief to earn the win. – Daily Herald | linescore

Boys Lacrosse
Stevenson 9, Lake Forest 8: The Patriots won for the sixth time in their last seven games, improving to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in the North Suburban Conference. The Scouts dropped to 7-6, 5-3 after losing their third straight. –

State Water Polo Tournament Begins Today
Stevenson serves as host for the Illinois High School Association state water polo tournament today through Saturday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. SHS will take on Conant in the boys quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday. Click here for the tournament schedule. All games will be available on

Boys Track and Field Sectional Tonight
The boys track and field team will compete in the IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional tonight. The Patriots are one of 16 teams in the meet, including most of the North Suburban Conference squads.

Girls Lacrosse to Face Fremd in Sectional Semifinal
Stevenson will face Fremd in the Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. tonight at Lake Forest High School. The Vikings advanced to the semis with a 17-5 win over St. Viator Wednesday night. SHS and Fremd met on April 15, with the Patriots coming away with a 10-7 win on the road. The winner of tonight’s semifinal will play for the sectional championship at Stevenson on Monday.

Ozga Helps Cornell Earn First NCAA Tourney Berth
Rebekah Ozga (Class of 2010) helped the Cornell College softball team reach the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time. The junior second baseman hit .298 for the Rams, who had their third consecutive 20-win season. Ozga has started all but one of Cornell’s games over the past three seasons.

Sorkin Stands Out for Illinois State
Brad Sorkin (Class of 2009) won the final home start of his career for the Illinois State University baseball team on Sunday. Sorkin went 6 2-3 innings as the Redbirds beat Evansville, 14-4, and held on to a one-game lead in the Missouri Valley Conference race. Sorkin currently sports a 7-4 record in 13 starts, and on April 22 was named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week after throwing a shutout against Indiana State.


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All freshman advisories will meet in the Performing Arts Center today.

Yearbook distribution will take place next week. Seniors, juniors and sophomores can pick-up pre-ordered books on Monday. Freshmen can pick up their pre-ordered books on Tuesday. Click here for specific pick-up days and locations.

The Senior Party is now full. Please look for information next week on bus sign-up.

If you are attending the Prom on Saturday, remember that all students must ride their coach bus to and from the event. Check-in is at 5 p.m. Saturday (new time). All buses will be parked in lot B. Students can check in directly to their bus with their ID. Buses will leave campus at 5:30, and are scheduled to return at 11:00. Click here for student bus and table assignments (students must use their Stevenson email login and password).

Do you have any unused or gently used art supplies? We’re having an art supply collection drive Monday morning in the Field House. You can drop off crayons, pens, pencils, markers, full sheets of blank paper, paints and brushes, rules, glue, glue sticks, scissors and much more! See the website for details.


SPINS Club – Our next outing is Friday to Laserquest for laser tag. Get your permission forms signed and turned in so you can attend.

Stevenson is trying to form a boys badminton team for next year. If you are interested, there will be an informational meeting from 3:35-4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2002.


Want to learn more about specific careers? Plan on attending the upcoming Career Days in May. There will be a Science Career Day on Tuesday, a Computer and Technology Career Day next Thursday, and an Engineering Career Day on Friday, May 24.  A variety of professionals will be presenting every class period in the Recital Hall. You must sign up in the College and Career Center if you plan on attending. Contact Mrs. Willock if you need more information at

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.

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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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