Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013

24 Music Students Earn ILMEA All-District Honors
Twenty-four music students have been selected to represent Stevenson at the Illinois Music Education Association District 7 band, choir and orchestra festivals next month. The SHS musicians, chosen following auditions at Zion-Benton High School last week, are:

Band: Larissa Kennerly and Blandon Su (flute), and Kevin Cho, Yoon Doh, Eric Hamilton and David Zhang (clarinet).

Choir: Mikey Barker (tenor), Maya Cohen, Koyomi Funahashi, Monique Hsu and Jennifer Lee (soprano), and Landen Rosenbloom (baritone).

Orchestra: Torin Bakke (clarinet), Eowyn Bakke (horn), Eric Chang, Junwon Choi, Christopher Gao and Emily Hoang (cello), Gregory Chonko (double bass), Tim Klem (percussion), Jonathan Chang and Sophia Liu (viola), and Mathew Cheng and Monet Lee (violin).

They will perform at the ILMEA District 7 Senior Music Festival Saturday, November 9 at Crystal Lake Central High School.

Stevenson Online Auction Begins Monday
More than 150 items will be available during the fourth annual Stevenson Online Auction, which begins Monday and ends Monday, October 28. The auction will feature vacation packages, sports and concert tickets, dining opportunities, valuable merchandise and services, Stevenson-related items, artwork and more. Click here to see some of the auction highlights.

Common Application Glitches Cause Problems for Seniors
Stevenson’s college counselors on Tuesday issued an “urgent” message to seniors experiencing trouble with the new online Common Application used by more than 500 colleges and universities around the country.

The new version of the Common Application has been plagued by problems since its rollout in August. The glitches have made it more difficult for Stevenson seniors to meet the recommended deadline of October 15 set by the College/Career Center at the start of the school year. The October 15 deadline is for applications due to colleges by November 1.

In an open letter to SHS seniors, counselors Sue Biemeret and Daniel Miller said they have been assured by Common Application officials that all technical issues will be resolved by Friday. However, the pair also asked seniors to keep them apprised of any troubles they encounter with the online program.

Guidance Counselor’s Playoff Fix Makes Tribune
Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune doesn’t like the current Major League Baseball playoff structure, so he asked readers if they had any ideas on how to fix it. SHS guidance counselor Tim Roznowski offered his thoughts, which earned an endorsement from Zorn.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey

Glenbard West 3, Stevenson 1

Football Team Ranked Sixth in AP Poll
Stevenson’s surging football team has made its return to the state rankings. The Patriots, winners of five in a row, are ranked sixth in the Associated Press Class 8A poll, up four spots from last week. SHS faces two ranked foes to close out the regular season. This week, the Pats travel to Lake Forest, which is No. 6 in Class 6A. Next week, Stevenson closes the regular season at home against Lake Zurich, the top-ranked school in Class 7A.

Alum Named Golfweek Collegiate Player of the Week
2013 Stevenson graduate Stephanie Miller has been named women’s collegiate player of the week by Golfweek after leading the University of Illinois to the Diane Thomason Invitational championship in Iowa City last weekend. Miller won the tournament title by 10 strokes, becoming the first UI freshman to win an individual championship since 1992. Her 54-hole score of 213, which was three shots under par, is the sixth lowest in Illini history.

Tennis Alums Finish Third in National Doubles Tourney
Washington University doubles teammates Ross Putterman (Class of 2011) and Jeremy Bush (Class of 2013) finished third at the USTA/ITA Division III Men’s Doubles Championship in Fort Myers, Florida last week. They defeated the top seed in the third-place match, and finished their fall season with a 7-2 record.


Graduation cap and gown measurements and orders will be done on Thursday and Friday. Measurements will take place in the upper lobby of the West Building (by Room 2400) from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $27 (including tax) and must be paid at the time of measurement. Fees can be paid in cash or by check made out to Jostens. Click here for more information.

Seniors can turn in their Senior Class Party form and payment when ordering a cap and gown Thursday or Friday. The party will take place on the Odyssey cruise ship, docked at Navy Pier, on Wednesday, June 4. The $35 fee includes a two-hour cruise, full lunch buffet, dessert station, unlimited soda and juice, and a DJ. Click here to download the registration form. Return this form with a check payable to Stevenson PPA.

Juniors and seniors could win a free car by signing up in the Operation Click contest by October 31. Go to to take the pledge.

It’s Ally Week! Stop by at any of the booths during all lunch periods in the East and West buildings. Learn what being an ally is, and take the pledge to stand up against bullying. Get a free pin!

Hey, SHS hockey fans! Tonight, the varsity cheerleaders will be attending the varsity game against St. Rita at 7:25 at Twin Rinks. Let’s pack the place and support the Patriots!

The Green Team is collecting old and unused costumes to be given to less fortunate children this Halloween. If you have any, please drop them off in one of the bins at the Point, Sports Center or Field House between now and October 25.


Calling all talented Stevenson students to participate in the 25th anniversary of Showcase to be held on March 7-8! We’re looking for Stevenson seniors hoping to emcee or star in a Weekend Update video or any SHS students wishing to sing, dance, rock a band, or creatively entertain us during this year’s performances. These acts must have a minimum of three people to participate. Gather up your friends and create a new fan favorite act!

Think you can’t be a part of Showcase because you don’t sing, dance or play an instrument? Well, have we got a surprise for you! This year we are looking for unique acts (other than vocal, dance or instrumental) such as jugglers, magicians and comics to perform as solo or duo acts in the show. The possibilities are endless!

Come to the Wood Commons during lunch today and Thursday, or next Tuesday to schedule your December audition. An Audition Sign-Up Form must be completed at this time. Forms can be picked up today, Thursday and next Tuesday, or can be found on the PPA website, the Showcase Stevenson High School Facebook page or the Student Activities Office.


The Speech and Drama team meets today 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.

SPINS ClubOur next outing is Friday. We’ll be playing lasertag at Laser Quest and then going out for a dinner or snack. We’ll be back at SHS by 7 p.m. Get your permission forms signed and turned in before Friday so you can attend.

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


Seniors: Back by popular demand! 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 Monday from 3:30-5:00 in the CCC. Stop in and get your questions answered; Mrs. Sullivan, Mr. Miller and Mrs. Biemeret will be available to offer assistance. You will still be able to meet that important November 1 deadline. See you there!

The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Franklin College Switzerland, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Clark University, Marietta College, Ohio Northern University, Southern Methodist University, Luther College, University of Nebraska, Ball State University, Washington and Lee University, Dominican University, Hope College, Beloit College, Champlain College, Occidental College, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Roosevelt University, Transylvania University, University of North Carolina, Babson College, Elmhurst College, Creighton University, Loras College, University of New Hampshire, North Central College, Rice University, St. Catherine University, University of Akron, Baylor University, Furman University, Kent State University, University of Dayton, University of Southern California, Northern Illinois University and Dartmouth College.

We no longer use 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.

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.


Introducing CareerExcursions! Ever want to know what it is really like to work for an internationally known advertising, marketing and public relations giant? The Career Exploration Program is sponsoring a field trip to Ogilvy and Mather in Chicago on November 6 (which is an official SHS Field Trip Day) during school hours. Get a sneak peak into what goes on in advertising and the many careers available to you. Spots for this trip are limited. Please email Mrs. Willock in the CCC at if you are interested and available to attend.

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.


A girls basketball informational meeting will be held at 3:30 today in the Little Theater (Room 4200). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Dineen at

The boys and girls fencing informational meeting will be held at 3:45 today in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Delgado at

The boys bowling team will have its informational meeting Thursday from 3:30-4:15 in Room 2113 (upstairs, near the point). Contact Coach Lapping downstairs in the West ILC (Room 1300) if you have questions.

Girls gymnastics will have an informational meeting at 4 p.m. Friday in Room 1204 (West Faculty Dining Room). If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Harwood at

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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