Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013

21 Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students
Twenty-one seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among about 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation who are being recognized for exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2014 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Stevenson’s Commended Students are: Itamar Allali, Jason Asher, Nicholas Bersin, Jonathan Blasgen, Arjun Bose, Neel Bose, Raymon Cao, Eric Chang, Xinhe Chen, Miles Cushing, Yana Garmash, Valerie Gutmann, Christopher Kim, Daniel Kofman, Peter Niesman, Katelyn Noronha, Daniel D. Oh, Jerry Pan, Hyojin Rho, Partha Ryali and Yixuan Wang.

The next PSAT/NMSQT opportunity for interested juniors and sophomores will be held at Stevenson on Saturday, October 19. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 9.

School Seeks SHS Family to Host Exchange Student
A Stevenson family is needed to host an exchange student from Norway. For more information, please contact Sarah Bowen at 847-415-4501 or

Stevenson Drumline Produces Solid Gold
Who were those masked students? That was the question many people were asking at the start of last Friday’s Homecoming pep assembly, when five students walked onto the Sports Center floor looking as if they were going to tackle a hazardous materials spill. Then, they did this. The masked men on the drum line were Miles Cushing, Jeffery Harris, Nick Perozzi, Justin Pitlik and Blake Zimmerman. Cushing and Perozzi are seniors, Harris and Pitlik are juniors, and Zimmerman is a sophomore.

Students have the opportunity to receive free EKGs next week, and not heart scans, which are difference procedures.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, Benet Academy 2: Trevor Patten scored three goals as the host Patriots beat the team that knocked them out of the state quarterfinals last season. SHS (4-1) led 1-0 after two periods but the Redwings (3-4) tied the game on a power play early in the third. The Pats responded with a tally at 11:03 of the third, and added their third goal with eight minutes remaining. After Benet scored to make it 3-2 with two minutes left, the Stevenson defense stiffened. An empty net goal in the waning moments closed the scoring. – @SHSHockeyClub, @BenetHkyVarsity

Tennis Team Faces Big Showdown With Lake Forest
The girls tennis team is scheduled to have a big showdown with Lake Forest at 4:30 today at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Coach Tom Stanhope is pleased with his team’s improvement since the season began in August, and hopes the Patriots can make some noise at the state tournament later this month. SHS tied for 10th last fall.

Donaldson Finds Howard a Home Away From Home
SHS girls volleyball standout Khaila Donaldson looked at a few colleges to continue her playing career, but nothing clicked. Then, she visited Howard University in Washington, D.C., and found her “second family.” Donaldson was struck by how much she was valued as a person by the Howard coaching staff.

Pan Salvages Sour Round in a Singular Way
By the time he reached his final hole at the Mundelein Invitational on September 23, Jerry Pan was ready to be done. The senior had scuffled around the Hawthorn Woods Golf Course all day, and had little expectation that this 18th hole would go any better than the previous 17. “Nothing was going right that day, my swing was off, my scores were dismal, all in all it was a frustrating day,” Pan recalled. Then he stepped up to the 9th hole. We’ll let him take it from there:

“The 9th hole was playing 160 yards, dead into the sun. When I hit it I knew it was going straight at the hole, but other than that I had no idea where the ball was going to end up. Because I couldn’t see into the sun, I stopped looking at my ball and picked up my tee to wait for my playing competitors to hit. For some reason, the two guys I was playing with kept on staring at the hole, as if something was happening. I asked them what was going on, and one kid said in a very confused tone, “I think it went in.” Naturally, I dismissed his suggestion. After all, he didn’t even seem too sure. Despite their continued efforts to convince me, I told myself there was no way it was in the hole. Walking to the hole, I was filled with anxiety. ‘What if it actually went in?’ I asked myself. ‘If I start getting excited and the ball ends up being not in the hole, I’ll look like a fool!” As I leaned over to check the hole, I could not stop grinning as I knew the ball had to be in there. In the end, the hole in one, my first ever, made a very frustrating day a little more enjoyable.”


Anyone interested in Relay for Life should attend the informational meeting with the American Cancer Society during all lunch periods today in conference room 1416. Bring your lunch and your friends.

Don’t miss the orchestra concert tonight in the Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7 o’clock. Come see your friends perform for free.

Halloween and Dress-Up Lovers: Don’t miss the “Usually Annually” Costume Sale hosted by the Theatre Department. This year we have some pretty great gear from past productions that must be cleared out of storage. So, bring your cash next Wednesday and Thursday, October 9-10, to the Glass Commons during all lunch periods to purchase choice costume pieces to create your original look for Halloween!

Have you signed up for a free EKG yet? You can get a free EKG next week, but the deadline to sign up is this Sunday. Not only is the EKG free, it’s also painless. Click here for details.


Interactive Gamers Club meets today 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

Ever heard of Sukkot? Have you ever made a Sukkah? If the answer is “No” or “Yes” to either question, you should join Club Israel today. We’re making Candy sukkahs. What could be better than building something out of graham crackers, frosting, fluff, Twizzlers, etc. … and having pizza. Today in Room 1414. Everyone is welcome!

Would you like to win a car or a free parking spot for an entire month? Come to the first Operation Click informational meeting at 3:3o today in Room 1428. All students are welcome. We are looking for leaders in advertising, making videos, commercials and creative ideas to promote the club. You’ll earn community service hours, too. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Mrs. Frain at extension 4030 or Officer Branick at extension 4023.

The Speech and Drama team meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:45 in the East ILC. New members are always welcome! Come be a part of a friendly team where you can star in your own performance — there are 14 events to choose from — and learn valuable life-long communication skills.


Seniors: We have the answers! Are upcoming college deadlines leaving you a bit overwhelmed? Do you have a quick question about the Common App? Do you want to run an essay idea by a college counselor? If so, plan to attend our Drop-In Day on Monday from 3:30-5:00 in the CCC. Stop in and get your questions answered; Mr. Miller and Mrs. Biemeret will be available to offer you some assistance. See you there!

The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Northern Michigan University, Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Butler University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Lawrence University, DePauw University, Ripon College, Juniata College, University of Michigan, Middlebury College, Arizona State University, University of Connecticut, Georgetown University, Kalamazoo College, Otterbein University, University of Richmond, St. Ambrose University, Carroll University, Bentley University, University of Illinois-Springfield, Stanford University, Catholic University of America, University of Delaware, Yale University, Oberlin College, Boston College and Washington College.

We no longer are using the Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors, 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.

Interested in Davidson College? Stevenson can nominate one student for The John Montgomery Belk Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a student who represents the finest attributes of the Davidson student body: integrity, intellectual enthusiasm and excellence, global awareness and leadership. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, come to the College/Career Center and pick up the nomination form. This form is due back to the CCC by October 21.


Attention future engineers: CLC’s STEM Speaker Series will be presenting an Engineering Night on Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grayslake campus.  There will be a keynote speaker and representatives from colleges, including the University of Illinois School of Engineering, to talk with students. You must register to attend. Visit 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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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