Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

Concert Dance Class to Perform at Local Showcase
The Concert Dance class is one of seven groups that will perform during MOVE, a showcase for professional and amateur dancers sponsored by the new Jazz Theatre of Illinois, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, November 10 at Vernon Hills High School. Stevenson’s dancers will be performing “Warped Reality,” a piece choreographed by senior Monica Wilner. Dance faculty members Tiffany Van Cleaf and Radmila Olshansky are coordinating the performance. Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at

Harley-Davidson Honors 2009 Alum
Harley-Davidson has named SHS alumnus Michelle Miller (Class of 2009) as one of America’s most independent, freedom-loving women. The company ran a contest last spring asking fans to share stories of women riders who inspire others to ride, and picked 10 of them to spotlight. She received a $200 Harley-Davidson gift card and Harley-Davidson merchandise. Miller, whose mother Sally runs the Patriot Superstore, is enrolled in the graduate nursing program at Rush Medical Center University in Chicago. She is scheduled to graduate in 2015.

2005 Alum’s Band to Perform Benefit Concert
David Paige, a 2005 Stevenson graduate, and his band will be performing a benefit concert for PAWS Chicago on Sunday, November 24. He’s also donating $1 to the nonprofit organization every time his group’s Facebook page gets a new “like.” Pioneer Press talked with Paige about what led to the partnership.

Former SHS Art Teacher Dies
Daniel McAvoy, who taught art at Stevenson for four years in the 1970s, died Tuesday after a long illness. He was 64. McAvoy began his teaching career at SHS in 1973, and taught here through the 1976-77 school year. He later spent 25 years at Hononegah High School in Rockton.

Thursday’s Digest had the wrong start time for tonight’s performance of “In The Heights.” The show begins at 7 p.m., not 7:30.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Buffalo Grove Regional: The Patriots captured their fourth consecutive regional championship, and ninth in the past 12 years, with a 25-23, 25-18 win over Buffalo Grove. SHS (30-7), which reached the 30-win mark for the fourth straight year, will face Carmel (31-7) in the Conant Sectional at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Carmel is the No. 2 seed in the sectional, while the Pats are No. 3. Against Buffalo Grove, Khaila Donaldson sparked a late rally in the first game. She scored six of the team’s final eight points with five kills and a block. For the match, she had 11 kills. Jen Kapov added six kills. Alexa Bykowski set 21 assists. Peyton Bykowski made 14 digs and Nikki Zarytsky had seven. Jori Radtke served three aces. – Daily Herald (statistics)

The Saints Come Marching In Saturday
Two high-scoring offenses will square off when Stevenson plays host to St. Charles East in the first round of the IHSA Class 8A football playoffs at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Patriots (7-2) are averaging 31.6 points per game, while the Fighting Saints (6-3) score 34 points per contest. Saints quarterback Jimmy Mitchell has thrown 26 touchdown passes.

The two teams have much different defensive records, however. Stevenson has been stingy, allowing only 110 points in nine games, while St. Charles East has given up 29.4 points per game. The Saints have a 6-foot-6 kicker who quit football last year to focus on rowing, but recently rejoined the team due to injuries.

The winner of Saturday’s game will face Glenbard North or New Trier in the second round. The Stevenson Broadcast Network will carry the St. Charles East game live.

Cross Country Teams Ready for Sectional
The IHSA Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional will be run at 11 a.m. Saturday. It is one of five sectionals in the state. The Patriots boys qualified as a team, led by Sam Oh and Jared Borowsky, who were second and fifth, respectively, at the regional. Two members of the girls’ squad — Jessica Philipp and Julide Ozmeral — earned berths. Philipp placed eighth at the regional. SHS last earned a state medal in girls cross country in 2009; the last boys’ state medal came in 2010.

Four Named to Daily Herald All-Area Boys Soccer Team
Senior sweeper Michael Dobin and junior midfielder Ethan Marx have been named to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Boys Soccer Team. Senior Jimmy Wang and junior Cobi Illian, both midfielders, earned honorable mention.

Five Selected to Daily Herald All-Area Volleyball Team
Seniors Khaila Donaldson and Kara Maleski have been selected to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Volleyball Team. Donaldson, an outside hitter who will play for Howard University, is the Patriots’ leader in kills and aces, and is second in digs. Maleski, a middle hitter who will play at Wichita State, leads the team in solo and assist blocks. Three other Patriot seniors earned honorable mention: setter Alexa Bykowski, libero Peyton Bykowski and middle hitter Julia Osmond.

Betthauser Proposes Changes to IHSA Football Playoffs
The IHSA will ask its members to consider a proposal made by SHS Athletic Director Trish Betthauser that would reduce the number of regular season football games from nine to eight, while expanding the number of teams that qualify for the state playoffs.

Under the plan, which was developed in consultation with fellow North Suburban Conference athletic directors, each of the state’s eight classes would have 24 more teams qualify for the playoffs each year. The number of teams overall making the playoffs would be 448, with the top eight seeds in each class getting a first-round bye. Currently, 256 teams make the playoffs, with no one receiving a bye. Teams not making the playoffs would be able to schedule a ninth game. Betthauser’s proposal is one of three that would alter the format of the state football playoffs.


Tickets for the school musical, In The Heights, are now on sale. Tickets are $10. You can buy them at the Patriot Superstore, or online until 12:30 p.m. today through the Web Store at

The Patriot football team will play St. Charles East in the first round of the state playoffs at 3 p.m. Saturday. The game will be played at Stevenson. Tickets are $5. The gates will open at 2 p.m.

Visiting Artist of the Month Steven Carrelli will be in the Rotunda Gallery today during periods 7 and 8 to discuss his graphic drawings and his career as an artist.

Students interested in summer travel to the western United States and earning a geology science credit: There will be an information meeting for you and your parents at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. Meet the teacher guides and find out more about this exciting trip. Visit our Student Travel Experiences web page for more information.

Audition packets for the freshman-sophomore play are available online. Click here to download the audition packet. This year’s play is The Arkansaw Bear by Aurand Harris. Auditions will take place at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, November 13 in the Little Theater.

Submit your Halloween photos to or download the app to your smartphone. The top three entries will win a prize and be published in the yearbook. All entries must be submitted by Saturday. The contest is open only to Stevenson students. Questions? Contact Ms. Fletcher at

Freshmen and sophomores: Submit your poetry, short stories, essays or drama to the HALF WIT and get published in the literary magazine! Send all submissions to and don’t forget to include your ID number. See your work in print and submit!


Operation Click will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1428 with our very own Officer Tom Branick. Please come join the fun, meet new friends and receive community service hours for attending.


There will be a boys swimming and diving informational meeting Monday at 4 p.m. in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Hartman at

The sophomore boys basketball student-athlete information meeting is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2900. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Hess at

The varsity boys basketball student-athlete information meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2900. If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Ambrose at


The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Mount Union, University of Alabama, College of Wooster, Cornell College, Eastern Illinois University, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Reed College, Hofstra University, Otis College of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI), College of Lake County and Indiana State University.

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.


Want more information about careers in healthcare? Plan on attending Lutheran General Hospital’s Health Career Night on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Learn about different healthcare career choices and talk with individuals in those careers. More information can be found on the Career Exploration webpage 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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