Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

SHS Community Breaks World Record (Unofficially)
Stevenson set an unofficial Guinness World Record Saturday night when 890 people popped bubble wrap simultaneously at Spirit Fest. Guinness officials must certify the record, which takes approximately one month. The previous record was set of 366 people was set earlier this year by a high school in Hawthorne, New Jersey, where bubble wrap was invented.

Debate Team Picks Up 12 Awards at Tournament
Twelve members of Stevenson Debate earned awards at the first Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament of the school year last weekend at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates.

Peter Hwang and Jenny Zhang earned First Place Speaker honors in the varsity division, while Jake Glaser brought home a Third Place Speaker award.

In the junior varsity division, Jake Davis, Karan Rami and Wen Kang Wei received First Place Speaker awards. Pratik Kamat was a Second Place Speaker. Gabe Gordon, Yoanna Ivanova, Arvand Kumar, Allison Silverman and Serena Goldberg were presented with Third Place Speaker awards.

Twenty-eight new team members competed for the first time.

SHS Students Attend Federal Budget Forum
A dozen Stevenson students attended a federal budget forum Tuesday sponsored by Congressman Brad Schneider and the Concord Coalition. The SHS contingent was among more than 140 people who attended the forum at the Sedgebrook retirement community in Lincolnshire.

Alum Selected to Northbrook Sports Hall of Fame
Heather Aseltine, a 2002 graduate of Stevenson, was the only person inducted into the Northbrook Park District Sports Hall of Fame this year. She learned to skate at the Northbrook Sports Center, and was the national collegiate figure skating championship while attending the University of Illinois. Today, Aseltine is the Northbrook Park District’s leisure services supervisor.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 0: The Patriots (9-0) continued their march through the North Suburban schedule by posting straight-set victories. The No. 1 doubles team of Alexxis Kiven and Kendall Kirsch, as well as No. 1 singles player Zoe Manion, recorded 6-0, 6-0 shutouts. Vinaya Rao (6-2, 6-0) and Rachel Mopper (6-1, 6-0) cruised at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. The other doubles teams also met little resistance. Kaylin Dong and Michelle Tulchinskaya were 6-2, 6-1 winners at No. 2, followed by Gwenna Heidkamp/Thalia Noegroho at No. 3 (6-2, 6-1), and Caroline Kelmis/Nikki Rezania at No. 4 (6-0, 6-2). – Daily Herald

Boys Soccer
Stevenson 3, Lakes 2: Ethan Marx scored two goals and Jacob Krause added the third for the Patriots (5-2-4) in the North Suburban crossover match at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Max Klaber, Cobi Illian and Sam Zwirn had assists. Goalkeeper Jeremy Klaber made nine saves. Lakes fell to 5-5. – Daily Herald (statistics)

Boys Golf
Mundelein 155, Stevenson 168: At the Arboretum, Jason Gohde, Luke Feder and Logan Brim led the Patriots with 41s. Jerry Pan shot a 45. Kamaren Sandhu had a 46. – Daily Herald (statistics)

Homecoming Game All in the Family
Head football coach Bill McNamara has a special interest in this week’s Homecoming opponent, Vernon Hills. His son, Connor, is the starting quarterback for the Cougars.


Thursday is Concert Day. Wear your favorite concert shirt. Friday is Spirit Day — everyone wears green and gold. You can buy a neon green “Stevenson Knows Spirit” T-shirt for $10 in the Wood Commons during lunch periods.

Sign up now for the October 19 PSAT test at SHS. The deadline is October 9.

Sign up for the October 26 ACT at SHS. Deadline for testing is Friday.

Are you interested in performing at Daniel Wright’s Snow Flake in February? If so, there will be an informational meeting for Stevenson Peer Theater after school on Tuesday in Room 1414. No acting experience is necessary, and all are welcome! If you have questions, please contact Mr. Foley.

Hey seniors! Looking for service hours for 300 Club, Sociology or Political Thought? Well, you’re in luck! There will be a senior-only community service event at Feed My Starving Children on October 4 from 3:30-8 p.m. If you’re interested in this event, please check your school email for your invite. See you there!

Summer travel opportunities are available for Advanced Placement European History and AP Human Geography students. Both courses are combining for a summer 2014 trip from Paris to Copenhagen. The trip is open to current AP Euro and AP Geo students, or juniors who took the courses last year. Students earn summer school credit for unique experience-based learning abroad. To learn more, come to the informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 7096, or contact Ms. Gerber ( or Mr. Springer (

West Student Services is looking to hire student aides for first and fifth period only. This is paid position. Please see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2414 if you are interested.


There will be a Science Club meeting today after school in Room 1912. New members are welcome!

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will have its first meeting today 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!

Are you interested in becoming a part of Psychology Club? Join us for our first meeting of the year at 3:45 Thursday in Room 7044 to become a member of the executive board and help plan meetings and events. All are welcome!

Interactive Gamers Club meets Thursday after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or e-mail

Keep your eyes on the skies and help bring a weather station to SHS by joining Meteorology Club. Our first meeting will be held Monday in Room 8064 from 3:30-4:30.


The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Tulsa, University of Kansas, Suffolk University, Columbia University, University of Kentucky, Grinnell College, Iowa State University, Coe College, St. John’s University, Millikin University, Marist College, Pepperdine University, University of Arkansas, Bradley University, Lake Forest College, Sarah Lawrence College, Colorado College, Johns Hopkins University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Denison University, Northeastern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Augustana College, Emerson College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Whittier College, DePaul University, George Mason University, Bard College, Washington University, Xavier University, University of Evansville, University of Maine, Ohio State University, Michigan Technological University, Chapman University, Northwestern University, Central Michigan University, Western Illinois University, University of Dayton and Scripps College.

New This Year! We no longer will be using the Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors will use 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.

Seniors using the Common Application: We’ve received clarification on the process of having teachers complete recommendations for you. After you have asked a teacher to write a letter, you need to not only invite them on your Common App but also assign them to at least one college before your teacher can complete your recommendation. Please be sure to invite and assign each teacher to at least one college as soon as you can. Thanks for your patience.


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 Friday, so please email Mrs. Willock, Business Liaison, in the CCC at or stop by the CCC for more information.

Student Job Opportunities: Need some extra cash? jcc Chicago is hiring lifeguards and swim instructors for its youth swim programs. Afternoon and evening shifts are available. Apply online at

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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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