Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Site Visit Day to Welcome 60 From Nine Institutions
Sixty people representing nine schools or school districts will be visiting Stevenson during the next Site Visit Day on Tuesday. Two schools from the East Coast are sending representatives — Bedford High School in Bedford, Massachusetts, and Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia — while the rest are coming from Wisconsin and Illinois. The Wisconsin visitors include Altoona High School, Watertown High School, the Kewaukee School District, and CESA 5 from Portage. The Illinois visitors include sender district Diamond Lake District 76 from Mundelein, and Brookwood District 167 in Glenwood.

Online Auction Begins Today
The fourth annual Stevenson Online Auction started at 9 a.m. this morning, and runs through 9 p.m. Monday, October 28. More than 150 items are available for bid. Proceeds will benefit several SHS booster groups. Click here to place a bid.

Technology Workshop for SHS Parents Tuesday Night
The first of two free technology workshops for Stevenson parents will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center. The workshop will focus on two digital learning systems in use at the school: Infinite Campus and Haiku. Reservations are encouraged. Click here to reserve a space.

Two More Students Added to All-District Music Festival
Two students were added last week to the list of Stevenson participants in the upcoming Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Festival. Senior Aidan Murphy, a baritone, and junior Alex Knezevic, a tenor, will be part of the All-District Choir.

SHS Junior Chosen for Leadership Program
SHS junior Colin Silverman is one of 20 Chicago-area teens chosen for the inaugural group of Diller Teen Fellows, a 15-month international leadership program that includes a three-week trip to Israel. The students will participate in monthly seminars and weekend retreats that focus on social action and community service, and Jewish identity.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Rockford 4: Michael Trapp scored two goals and added two assists as the visiting Patriots (10-1-1) won their third straight game. Jared Projansky scored a goal and had three assists at Carlson Ice Arena, while Ryan Wiley scored one goal and assisted on another.  Jake Cimurusti also scored. Trevor Patten added an assist. Goalie Corey Benjoya stopped 30 shots.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf
Stevenson at IHSA Class AA State Tournament: Nikki Marquardt finished her high school career with a 20th-place finish in her first state tournament. The Eastern Michigan-bound Marquardt tallied a two-day total score of 157 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. She shot a 77 on Friday and an 80 on Saturday. – Official results

Girls Tennis
Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots won their third consecutive sectional championship and qualified all four entries for this week’s state tournament. Zoe Manion won the singles championship, while Kendall Kirsch and Alexxis Kiven defeated teammates Kaylin Dong and Michelle Tulchinskaya for the doubles title. Vinaya Rao finished third in singles. All six players have made state before. Kiven will be making her fourth appearance, while Tulchinskaya and Dong qualified for the third time. Manion, Kirsch and Rao reached for the second time. Manion breezed through her first three matches before being extended to three sets in the championship contest, which she won by a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3 score over Gaby Schoenberg of Grant. Kiven and Kirsch won all four of their doubles matches in straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Dong and Tulchinskaya in the final. Dong and Tulchinskaya reached the finals with a 6-2, 6-7 (6), 6-0 win over Michelle Kannenberg and Kathleen Felicelli of Carmel. Rao won her first two matches in straight sets before getting upended by Schoenberg in the semifinals, then bounced back with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Christina Rao (no relation) of Carmel. – Official results, Daily Herald

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference meet: Jared Borowsky and Sam Oh finished third and fourth, respectively, leading the Patriots to a fifth-place showing in the team standings. Borowsky covered the 3-mile course at Camp Henry Horner in Fox Lake in 16:07.24, just ahead of Oh, who clocked in at 16:08.95. Jeremy Bloomfield also earned all-conference honors by finishing 22nd (16:53.49). Alex Mazursky was 35th (17:08.67). – Official results, Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference meet: At Camp Henry Horner in Fox Lake, the Patriots placed 11th among 13 teams. Amy Lin was Stevenson’s top runner, finishing 43rd with a time of 21:00.47 on the 3-mile course. Julide Ozmeral was 47th (21:08.49). – Official results, Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, St. Rita 2: Nathan Newmark made 32 saves in net, and Jared Projansky scored twice as the visiting Patriots (9-1-1) beat St. Rita for the second time in four days. Jake Cimarusti and Michael Trapp also scored for SHS. Daniel Levey, Greg Anast, Trevor Patten and Richard Chen registered assists.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson 20, Lake Forest 6: Sam Oriatti intercepted two passes and made four tackles to lead a stifling defensive effort by the visiting Patriots (6-2, 5-0), who won their sixth straight game and clinched their 25th consecutive state playoff appearance. The victory also set up a showdown in the regular season finale on Friday against top-ranked Lake Zurich (8-0, 5-0) for the NSC Lake Division championship. Oriatti and the rest of the SHS defense held the Scouts (6-2, 3-2) nearly 30 points under their season scoring average and forced four turnovers. Itai Gerchikov added five tackles and two sacks for the Pats, who limited Lake Forest’s leading rusher to 31 yards on 14 carries. Offensively, Matt Morrissey caught eight passes, including a pair of touchdown strikes from Willie Bourbon, who also connected with Cameron Green on a 24-yard TD pass. Bourbon completed 22 of 36 passes for 258 yards. – Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune, High School Cube News, High School Cube video

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Lake Forest, 25-21, 25-16: Khaila Donaldson had six kills and eight digs, and Grace Duffy added five kills for the host Patriots (23-6, 5-2), who won for the 15th time in their last 16 matches. – Chicago Tribune


The last day for Showcase audition sign-ups is Tuesday. Stop by the Wood Commons during your lunch hour to schedule a December audition. You’ll need to complete an Audition Sign-Up Form, which will be available at the table in the Wood Commons. You can also find it online at the PPA website or the Showcase Stevenson High School Facebook page, or in the Student Activities Office.

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and Wendy’s Frostys. All items are $1 but Frostys will be $2.

Freshmen! Come to the Pink Out at the Freshman A football game at 4:30 Thursday in the Stadium. The first 200 freshmen wearing the PINK Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt will get a free pair of Thundersticks and a ticket for food. Come and watch the Pats beat the Bears!


The next Breakfast With Books meeting is Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in the Lower ILC (Room 1313).

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at

Club Israel: We’re back and we’re debating. Do you agree or disagree? Come share your opinion and listen to others after school Thursday in Room 1414. As always, pizza and pop will be served.

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: 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 today 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!

All juniors and parents, the college search process is officially underway! Plan to attend a most informative meeting on how to choose the college that’s right for you Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller, Stevenson’s college counselors, will highlight and outline the steps students and parents should be taking this year to find the college that provides the greatest fit. Join the College/Career Center staff as they help juniors “Find the Fit.”


Introducing CareerExcursions! Interested in a career in advertising? 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.

Job Openings: Chick-fil-A in Vernon Hills is hiring. Please visit their Facebook page,, to download an application, or see the Career Exploration webpage for more info.

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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