Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Physics Teacher Edstrom Named “Unsung Hero”
Advanced Placement Physics teacher Sheila Edstrom has been selected to receive an ING Unsung Heroes Award. She is one of 100 K-12 educators around the country chosen for the award, which honors innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and the ability to positively influence children. Edstrom is the only Lake County educator to receive the award in 2013, and one of only 11 teachers from five schools in Illinois.

Edstrom will receive $2,000 to buy equipment for her award-winning project, “Kids, Cars, and Kinematics,” created for the AP Physics C course. The project is designed to provide hands-on experiences that allow students to construct meaningful interpretations of everyday motion.

Through the use of wireless units attached to high-speed remote control cars, students will measure changes in acceleration, velocity and vertical displacement, and map out the paths taken by the cars through an analysis of the data captured. Additionally, some of the more experienced students will be able to use the devices to explore everything from the motion of a gymnast flipping and twisting through air to the arm movements of a cellist playing music.

ING U.S. began the Unsung Heroes program in 1996 to demonstrate the company’s commitment to the education community. Over the years, the program has awarded more than $4 million to 1,700 educators in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Band Conducting New Uniform Drive
The SHS band is conducting a uniform drive to purchase new uniforms for the 2014 marching season. The current Marching Patriots uniforms are 24 years old. The new uniforms will have a modern, cutting-edge look, and will be made of lightweight, breathable fabric that is easily adjustable and machine-washable. For more information and to donate, visit

“Princess Diaries” Author Visits Campus
“Princess Diaries” author Meg Cabot came to Stevenson last week for an event sponsored by the Vernon Area Public Library. About 100 people attended Cabot’s appearance, during which she promoted her newest release, “The Bride Wore Size 12.”


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Lakes, 25-22, 25-16: Khaila Donaldson had six kills and nine digs for the host Patriots (10-5). Julia Osmond added three solo blocks, and assisted on three others. Grace Duffy delivered three kills and Nikki Zarytsky served two aces. Alexa Bykowski had 11 assists and sister Peyton made 10 digs. – Daily Herald (stats)

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson defeated Lake Forest: No results available.

Boys Soccer
Lake Forest 1, Stevenson 0: The visiting Scouts (9-5-1, 4-1) scored on a penalty kick en route to clinching the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title. – Daily Herald | Stevenson Broadcast Network gamecast

Girls Tennis
Lake Forest 4, Stevenson 2: The defending state champions handed the host Patriots their first dual-meet loss of the season, and captured the NSC Lake title. Alexxis Kiven and Kendall Kirsch were 6-2, 6-2 winners at No. 1 doubles. Thalia Noegroho and Gwenna Heidkamp won 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4 doubles. Michelle Tulchinskaya and Kaylin Dong were leading their No. 2 doubles match, 4-6, 6-2, 5-3 when play was suspended by darkness. Their match is scheduled to be completed Tuesday. – Daily Herald (stats)

Friday Night Football Fireworks Expected
Expectations are high for an offensive explosion in Gurnee tonight when Stevenson and Warren meet on the football field. Both teams are averaging more than 36 points per game, and both broke the 50-point barrier during victories last week. The Patriots enter tonight’s game with a 3-2 record, including a 2-0 mark in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. The Blue Devils, who are celebrating their Homecoming, are 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the division. Mike Helfgot of the Chicago Tribune offers his prediction.


Senior Parking Update: The second 6-week grading term begins Monday. Senior students who begin their parking privilege in term 2 should meet SHS security personnel in parking lot D at 7:15 a.m. Monday to have a parking sticker applied to their primary vehicle. Students with questions should stop by Room 2400.

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, registration.

The deadline to register for the PSAT exam is Wednesday. The test is open to sophomores and juniors, and will be given at Stevenson on Saturday, October 19. The PSAT can unlock scholarship opportunities for those who take the exam. Click here for details and to register.

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 to the Glass Commons during all lunch periods to purchase choice costume pieces to create your original look for Halloween!


Are you interested in biology and in competing in an international competition? Then come to Biology Olympiad Club every Monday in Room 1904 from 3:30-5 p.m.!

Science Club will meet on Wednesday in Room 1912 after school. All members that are new this school year must attend. Contact Mrs. Palffy if you have questions.


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.


Attention future engineers: CLC’s STEM Speaker Series will be presenting an Engineering Night next Thursday 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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