Friday, May 17, 2013

Commencement Speakers Selected
Seniors Nikhita Luthra and Elizabeth Ettleson have been selected to give the Gubernator and Scriptor speeches, respectively, at the commencement ceremony on June 6. Their speeches were chosen by a committee comprising faculty members and two graduating seniors who were not applying for the honor.

2013-14 Drum Majors Announced
Jamie Di Tommaso, Akanksha Shah, Nicholas Perozzi and Isaiah Walker have been selected to the drum majors for the 2013-14 Marching Patriots. The four juniors were chosen Thursday following after-school auditions in the Band Room.

Junior Named Regional President for Temple Youth Group
SHS junior Amy Orlov has been elected as Chicago-area region president for the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). As president, she will oversee all programming in the Chicago region, will represent the region at all North American meetings, and preside over regional council and board meetings. She is a member of Temple Chai in Long Grove.

During Memorial Weekend, Orlov will be in Georgia to volunteer at NFTY’s Camp Jenny. The camp, held annually during Memorial Day weekend, provides a weekend camp experience with three nutritious meals and fellowship for underprivileged Atlanta children. Orlov is attempting to create a form of Camp Jenny for the Chicago area next May.

College Counselor to Appear on Radio
College Counselor Sue Biemeret will appear on Newsradio 780 during the noon hour on Tuesday, discussing college admissions as part of WBBM’s Business of Education Week. Biemeret is scheduled to hit the airwaves during the 12:19-12:25 segment.

Band, Color Guard Parents Fundraiser This Weekend
The Band and Color Guard Parents Organization will hold its annual spring fundraiser at Didier Farms on Saturday and Sunday. Ten percent of purchases will go toward the band and color guard program. Click here for details, and to download the required flyer.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Buffalo Grove Sectional: Three school records fell, and seven Patriots qualified for state, as SHS tied for third behind Fremd and Barrington. Ki Hwan Kim broke the school record in the long jump 22-10.5, a foot better than the previous best, and earned his third straight state berth. This is the first time he has qualified in long jump; in 2012 and 2011 he was part of relays that went to state. Another record was broken by the 3,200 relay team of Brendan Wood, Danny Gardiner, Jared Borowsky and Sammy Oh, which had a second-place time of 7:51.02 that eclipsed the old mark by more than 4 seconds. Borowsky broke his own freshman record in the 1,600 with a time of 4:21.73. Stevenson also had two qualifiers in the weight events. Jordan Fobbe qualified in the shot put and discus. He had a second-place throw of 53 feet, 8 inches in the shot put, which was nearly 7 feet farther than his previous best. He also finished fourth in discus with a throw of 155-3. Joining Fobbe in discus will be Michael Dolan, who finished third with an effort of 163 feet. Dolan qualified for state in discus last year. Gardiner also is making a return trip to Charleston. He was part of the 800 relay unit that made state in 2012. – Daily Herald |Pioneer Press | official results

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson at IHSWLA Sectional: Fremd scored in the final 30 seconds to upend the Patriots, 14-13, in the sectional semifinals at Lake Forest. Makala Udoni led SHS (11-5) with six goals, while Lily Walker had three goals and caused six turnovers. Jenni Schultz also scored three times.

Boys Lacrosse
Stevenson 14, Palatine 3: The Patriots ended their regular season with a blowout on Senior Night in the Stadium, improving to 13-4. –

Boys Water Polo Squad Aims for State Title
The boys water polo team is participating in the IHSA state tournament for the second straight year. Tonight, the Patriots will play Conant in a 7 p.m. quarterfinal game in the Patriot Aquatic Center. However, the time when head coach Sean Wimer (Class of 2001) and senior Remy Dalloul really want to play is 8 p.m. Saturday. If they can do that, the Pats will be in the state championship game.

Shannon Takes Her Shot at State
Shannon Legge will compete in the shot put today at the IHSA state girls track and field championships at Eastern Illinois University. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Stevenson has had a state qualifier in shot put or discus at the girls state meet. Click here to follow state meet results.

Girls Water Polo Team Looks Forward
After its stinging loss to Mundelein in the sectional championship game, Stevenson’s girls water polo team took 24 hours to mourn the end of a fine season. Then, it was back to work for the Patriots, who will return several key members in 2014.

Volleyball a Fraction of Zalewski’s Talents
This week’s Lincolnshire Review includes an article about Aaron Zalewski, the MIT-bound boys volleyball standout who also was a member of Stevenson’s math team that finished second in the state.


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.

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.

You are cordially invited to attend ArtFEST 2013, the annual all-school art show. The public reception will be Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Field House, complete with refreshments and music.

If your parents want to visit ArtFEST during school hours next week, they will need to RSVP with Ms. Hill at or call her at 847-415-4750. They will need to park in Lot B, enter through the Circle Drive, and check in at the Principal’s Office with a valid state ID prior to attending ArtFEST.

Here is your Driving Fact of the Week, sponsored by Operation Click and the Driver Education Department: No cell phones (including hands-free) are allowed in school zones and construction zones.


A boys badminton information meeting will be held Tuesday from 3:35-4 p.m. in Room 2002.


Want to learn more about specific careers? Plan on attending the upcoming Career Days next week. There will be a Science Career Day on Tuesday, a Computer and Technology Career Day next Thursday, and an Engineering Career Day next Friday.  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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