Monday, Sept. 9, 2013

Student Places Fifth at Junior Pan American Games
Matthew Zalewski, a junior from Buffalo Grove, finished fifth in his karate division at the 2013 Junior Pan American Games in Medellin, Colombia at the end of August. Zalewski competed in the age 16-17 male Kumite (76g) division. Overall, the U.S. Junior National Karate Team finished fifth.

Alum Earns Journalism Honor at Missouri
Class of 2013 member Jake Schnierow, a freshman at the University of Missouri, was selected as a Walter Williams Scholar in its journalism school. He is studying journalism with minors in business and Spanish. While at Stevenson, Schnierow was an Advanced Placement Scholar, an Illinois State Scholar, and also played on the baseball team. To be considered for the Walter Williams Scholar program, applicants must earn an ACT exam score of 33 or higher and rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class. The program is named for Walter Williams, the journalism school’s founding dean, who later became president of Missouri.

Final Parent iPad Workshop Tuesday Night
The second of two free iPad workshops for parents will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lower level of the Information and Learning Center in the West Building. Parents will see how Stevenson is using the device in the classroom, and also learn some strategies in helping their student use the iPad at home. Parents are encouraged to bring their students’ iPad; there will be iPads available for those who do not bring one. The workshop will be led by Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac and Instructional Technology Coordinator Caroline Haebig. Although the program is free, reservations are required. Click here to reserve a space.

Health Teachers Promote Suicide Prevention Program
The Health curriculum team at Stevenson, as part of National Suicide Prevention Week, invites parents to attend a free one-hour presentation tonight in Arlington Heights. “Recognizing When Your Teen Needs Help: ACTing to Prevent Suicide” begins at 7 p.m. in the Partnership Room at Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health, 3436 N. Kennicott Avenue. The event is sponsored by Elyssa’s Mission and Alexian Brothers. Stevenson’s Health teachers use Elyssa’s Mission materials in their curriculum.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis
Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots won the team championship by a comfortable margin over Lake Forest, 41-29.5, and captured five flights. Zoe Manion won the No. 1 singles title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Cat Orfanos of Lake Forest. Lena Arafa claimed the No. 3 singles crown with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over New Trier’s Tess Lubin. SHS also came away with three doubles championships. Michelle Tulchinskaya and Kaylin Dong teamed at No. 2 and rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Lake Forest in the finals. Bryn Rubin and Caroline Kelmis rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Highland Park in the No. 3 title match. Gwenna Heidkamp and Thalia Noegroho outlasted a New Trier duo in the No. 4 doubles final, 6-1, 4-6, 6-0. Stevenson also had a runner-up performance from Alexxis Kiven and Kendall Kirsch in No. 1 doubles, and a third-place showing from Vinaya Rao in No. 3 singles.

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson at Jacobs Invitational: In Algonquin, the Patriots (6-2) won three of five matches to finish in fourth place among 12 teams. SHS went 3-0 in pool play, defeating the host school (25-17, 25-19), Hersey (25-18, 21-25, 15-9) and Hampshire (25-23, 25-18). The Pats fell to tournament champion Rockford Boylan (25-14, 27-25) in the semifinals, and dropped the third-place match to Crystal Lake Central (25-23, 25-22). Khaila Donaldson led the attackers with 48 kills on the day, while Julia Osmond added 17. Jori Radtke served 10 aces and Alexa Bykowski dished out 90 assists. Peyton Bykowski made 56 digs and Nikki Zarytsky had 27. Osmond and Grace Duffy each recorded five blocks. – Daily Herald (stats), Chicago Tribune

Friday’s Varsity Results

Homewood-Flossmoor 28, Stevenson 21: The visiting Vikings (2-0) returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown after SHS (0-2) had tied the game at 21-21, then made a pair of interceptions to seal the victory in the Stadium. Matt Morrissey caught four passes for 132 yards, including a game-tying 73-yard touchdown, and also intercepted a pass. – Chicago Tribune, High School Cube, Daily Herald, Northwest Times (Indiana) | Stevenson Broadcast Network webcast

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 9, Glenbrook North 0: The Patriots won every match in straight sets at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The five doubles tandems were No. 1 Alexxis Kiven/Kendall Kirsch (6-1, 6-1), No. 2 Michelle Tulchinskaya/Kaylin Dong (6-3, 6-0), No. 3 Bryn Rubin/Caroline Kelmis (6-0, 6-2), No. 4 Gwenna Heidkamp/Thalia Noegroho (6-2, 6-1) and No. 5 Nikki Rezania/Lindsey Waxman (6-1, 6-3). Zoe Manion earned a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 1 singles, followed by Vinaya Rao (6-3, 7-5), Lena Arafa (6-2, 6-3) and Rachel Mopper (6-2, 6-1).

Dobin Takes Leading Role for Boys Soccer Team
With the departure of 15 seniors from last year’s squad that finished fourth in the state, the SHS boys soccer team needed someone to step up and provide leadership. Michael Dobin, the only returning starter from 2012, has more than filled the bill.


The Superstore will be selling Homecoming Dance tickets online and in store beginning today for $25 per person. The last day to buy tickets without paying a late fee is Monday, September 23. Late ticket purchase will be Tuesday, September 24 with a $10 late fee per ticket. The last day for refunds will be Wednesday, September 25. Click here for more details and to order tickets online.

Attention all students: We are pleased to announce that SHS will be participating in a survey conducted by Stanford University. This survey is a way for our students to have their voices heard about homework, stress, school engagement, the climate at school, etc.

The survey will be given Wednesday during activity period. If you have a cell phone or iPad, you will need it to take the survey. If not, devices will be provided. If you would like to take the survey and you don’t have a second period class, or you are at Tech Campus, please come to Room 6064 during your unscheduled time on September 11.

We hope that this survey will help us learn to better understand how we support our students. Thank you for your participation and honesty in this survey.

You are cordially invited to the Students Helping Soldiers 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Wednesday in the Garden of Peace, Hope and Remembrance at 7:30 a.m. There will be live music, a chance to thank some of our current military members, and a moment of reflection.

Don’t miss the first PPA Bake Sale of the year on Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Puppy Chow, pies, donuts and more. All items $1.

Class of 2014: VIP is still accepting senior portrait appointments for September! Please contact the VIP Wheeling Studio at 847-499-9300 to set up a time to have your photo taken. In order to appear in the yearbook, you must be photographed before October 11. Photographs submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

Students Helping Soldiers and the football teams are working together to achieve one goal: 100 yards of shoes. Bring in your gently used shoes to The Point or Field House between now and next Thursday. Proceeds from the shoes will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Have you signed up for the September 22 Color Fun(d) Run yet? This is a 5K run/walk where your time doesn’t matter. All that matters is how messy you can get! The Color Fun(d) Run will raise money for the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund, which provides assistance for school-related expenses for SHS students in financial need, and a free breakfast program for students on free/reduced lunch. You can sign up as an individual or put a team together. The Color Fun(d) Run will take place on campus. Visit for details.


“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or your personal statement? Mrs. Biemeret will be holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on these dates:

• Today, 2:35 p.m. (eighth hour)

• Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. (second day of the week)

• Thursday, 9:30 a.m. (late arrival)

• Tuesday, September 17, 2:41 p.m. (eighth hour-second day of the week)

You only need to attend one seminar. This seminar will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process. All seminars will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Seniors working on the Common Application: There will be a workshop during eighth period Tuesday in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Mrs. Biemeret will go through the workings of the Common App with you and answer any questions you have. See you Tuesday!

The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 15.

Juniors and seniors, college visits have begun. Many colleges and universities have already scheduled a date to visit with Stevenson students. The following colleges are visiting Stevenson this week: University of Illinois, Kendall College, Boston University, Indiana University, Baldwin Wallace University, American University, University of St. Thomas, University of Iowa, Michigan State University, St. Olaf College, Emory University, Elon University, University of California-San Diego, Caltech, and Miami University.

New This Year! We no longer will be using the Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors will use your NAVIANCE to sign up for the college you are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up and print a confirmation page. Take this confirmation page to your teacher for his/her signature; and then bring this signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are on the CCC webpage. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.


Spanish Club will be meeting for the first time after school today. If interested, we’d love to have you join us in Room 2918. Please contact Mrs. Rodríguez if you are unable to make it and would like more information.

Come and relax after school in Anime Club! New members are always welcome! Join us today at 3:45 in Room 2113.

The Guitar Club will have introductory meetings after school today and Tuesday in the Orchestra Room. Beginning and advanced players are welcome. Guitars will be provided. Contact Mr. Kramer at if you have any questions.

Stevenson Student Ambassadors Club: Are you proud of Stevenson High School and want to show off our school? Do you enjoy meeting people from other schools and earning community service hours? Then the Student Ambassadors Club is for you! We are a club that services our school by providing tours to visiting educators, transfer students and incoming freshmen. This is a low-stress commitment that allows you to convey your Patriot Pride while earning service hours! Interested? There will be a mandatory informational meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2113. Questions? See Mr. Wallace or Ms. McCauley in Student Services.

Join Key Club: If you’re looking for community service, come to our first general meeting and find out about the many opportunities we offer. Our kickoff meeting is Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. 

Attention all animal lovers: SHS finally has a club dedicated to the welfare of animals. If you love animals, this is the club for you. We are meeting after school on Tuesdays (starting this coming Tuesday) in Room 6014. Come alone or bring your friends. Community service opportunities will be provided. See Ms. Kellogg or Ms. Polisky for questions or more information.

Make ‘em laugh; make ‘em cry; make ‘em think. The power is within you. Come develop persuasive and performance powers to last a lifetime. Join the Speech and Drama team. Make friends competing in one or more of 14 competitive events. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 3:45 in Room 8048. Informational meeting Tuesday with refreshments.

The Chess Club and Team will have its first meeting Tuesday in Room 7022 starting at 3:45. We encourage players of all strengths and interest levels to come out and play. The club and team will meet in Room 7022 on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the school year. We look forward to meeting you!

Interested in joining FCCLA? Future Career and Community Leaders of America will have an informational meeting Wednesday from 7:30-8 a.m. Can’t make it in the morning? No problem, we will have another meeting from 3:30-4.

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will have its first meeting on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1424. If you are interested in any aspect such as layout, writing, photography or leadership, please stop by! Questions? See Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410!

Do you like to write? Read? Do like poetry? Fiction? Drama? Painting? Drawing? If you like any of those, then come to the first WIT meeting where you can join the club that constructs a nationally recognized literary magazine! The first meeting is Thursday at 3:35  in Room 2516. We then meet every Thursday at the same time and in the same place! Come unleash the poet, fiction writer and editor in you!

Come to the first Art From the Heart Club meeting Thursday after school in Student Activities. Meet new people, make arts and crafts, and have fun doing community service! All are welcome.

Students interested in participating in Latino College Bowl Club should contact Ms. Bowen or Ms. Kellogg as soon as possible. This club allows you to participate in trivia competitions that can earn you scholarship money. Our first meeting will be Monday, September 16 after school in Room 2432. Come help us celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Let us know you are coming so we can plan to feed you yummy Mexican food and beverages.


Play Hard Hoops is looking for an interested youth coach for its basketball program. Programming will begin the week of September 30. Please visit the Career Exploration webpage ( for all the information and how to apply.

The College of Lake County STEM Speaker Series begins on Thursday with STEM Cell Technologies 2013-A Look at New Medical Applications. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. at the CLC Grayslake Campus and preregistration is required. Visit for more information.

Are you interested in a career in medicine or healthcare?  The Medical Explorers Program, run by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, allows students to learn more about careers in medical and healthcare fields through monthly activities.

The application deadline to apply for this program is September 27, so please email Mrs. Willock, Business Liaison, in the CCC at or stop by the CCC for more information.

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


 The West ILC is hiring library aides throughout the school day. If you have a study hall or a free period and you would like to apply for the job, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. This is a paid position.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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