Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Football to Host State Semifinal on Saturday
Last weekend was another noteworthy one for Stevenson athletics, as the football team won its state quarterfinal game and the girls swimming and diving team captured its second straight sectional championship.

Stevenson’s 14-0 win in football means the Patriots advanced to the state semifinals for the third time in school history. SHS will play host to Loyola Academy at 1 p.m. Saturday. The gates will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $6; no passes will be accepted. Tickets will be on sale at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch periods Monday through Friday, and before school Tuesday through Friday.

More details on Saturday’s football and swimming triumphs are in the Patriot Sports section below.

Stevenson Pair to Have Plays Performed at Eureka
SHS senior Aidan Murphy and 2013 graduate David Wood are among six students in the state whose plays will be performed this weekend at the Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival at Eureka College. They were selected for the honor during the summer. Students from around the state were invited to submit original, unpublished, unproduced 10-minute plays. One winner each was chosen from the classes of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Two winners were selected from all classes combined.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Football
Stevenson at IHSA Class 8A Quarterfinal: Willie Bourbon threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes and the stifling Patriot defense registered its first shutout of the season as SHS beat Barrington, 14-0. The Patriots (10-2), who have won 10 games in a row, will play host to top-ranked Loyola Academy in the state semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday. This will be the third semifinal appearance for Stevenson; the school also qualified in 1996 and 2002. The game at Barrington was played in a driving rain that also included two lightning delays of nearly 90 minutes. Bourbon threw TD passes to Cameron Green and Jake Sorenson during a three-minute span midway through the first quarter. Green and Jason Vravick intercepted passes to stop Bronco drives in the second quarter. Barrington (10-2) only made it inside the SHS 30-yard line once, due to a Patriot fumble. On the ensuing drive, the Broncos only gained two yards. Green caught three passes for 62 yards. – Daily Herald, Daily Herald sidebar, High School Cube, Chicago Tribune, News-Sun

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at IHSA Barrington Sectional: The Patriots captured their second consecutive sectional championship and fifth in the last nine seasons, and will send eight swimmers to the state meet at New Trier. The preliminaries are Friday and finals on Saturday. Stevenson scored 274 points, ahead of second-place Fremd, which had 249. Leading the way for the Pats was Cheryl Xiang, who won two events and also swam on two victorious relays. Xiang won the 100 freestyle in a pool-record time of 51.66 seconds, and also claimed the 200 free (1:51.19). Her winning time in the 200 free was the second-fastest among all state qualifiers, while her 100 effort was the fifth-best. Julia Wawer was second in the 100 (51.86), the eighth-fastest mark among those going to state. Xiang and Wawer made up half of the winning 400 relay unit, along with Courtney Kamin and Isabella Tomassetti. Their time of 3:29.79 was third-fastest among state qualifiers. Xiang, Wawer and Kamin also were part of the 200 free relay, which won in a time of 1:37.25. They were joined by Riley Kirby. The 200 medley relay squad of Kirby, Kamin, Leah Bloodgood and Rebecca Hannon was second (1:47.69). Bloodgood was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.09). Hannon posted a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (58.66) and 500 free (5:03.24). Kamin was fourth in the 50 free (24.35), Kirby was fourth in the 100 backstroke (59.08) and Shayna Salzman was fifth in the 500 (5:09.79). – IHSA official results, Daily Herald

Fencing
Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriot girls won top honors in their division, capturing epee and foil and placing third in saber. Sara Antos and Nikita Jhangiani tied for third place in epee, and Sarah Seol tied for third place in saber. On the boys’ side, the Patriots took first place in saber, second in epee and third in foil. Mike Pozin tied for third place in foil.

Boys Ice Hockey
Rockford 4, Stevenson 3: The Patriots lost in a shootout at Twin Rinks. Jared Projansky led SHS with two goals and an assist, and Evan Baker also scored. Ryan Wiley assisted on two goals, while Michael Trapp and Richard Chenn each had one. Goalie Corey Benjoya stopped 33 shots.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Starting today, there are new procedures for Testing Center sign-up. You may now use iPads and smartphones to sign up for a test; Firefox, Safari and Chrome browsers all may be used. If you are taking a test during a study hall period, you will now report directly to the Testing Center at the start of the period. After completing the test, you will be given a pass to return to the study hall. If the test requires the entire period to complete, you will be excused from your study hall by the Testing Center Supervisor. Additional information is available on the Testing Center website. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Miller in the Testing Center.

Travel opportunity to NYC: The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City from June 9-12. If you have taken any of the following courses, you are eligible to go: Intro to Clothing and Design, Clothing, Interior Design, or Fashion Merchandising and Design. There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1414. Flyers are available in Room 1410 for more information. If you have questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Attention all students: Would you like to host an exchange student from Denmark or Colombia in your home next spring? Applications and information are available in Room 2400 or by opening this link.

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Anyone interested in getting in shape for their spring season should come out and join the first Ladies Polar Bear meeting of the season on Wednesday! Come bundled up and ready to run. We meet at 3:40 outside of the Cardio Room. If you have any questions,  see Coach LeVanti.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Chinese Club will have its cooking event Tuesday in the Kitchen Lab (Room 1406). Come, cook and enjoy eating hotpot with us.

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 jkramer@d125.org.

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.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Volleyball League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2206. For more information visit the IM Volleyball page at http://www2.d125.org/im/volleyball.html.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Thinking about a career in healthcare? The Career Exploration Program will be sponsoring its second CareerExcursion! field trip on Wednesday, December 4 to Highland Park Hospital. We will be taking a tour as well as learning about careers in radiology, physician assisting, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and biomedical engineering. Spots are limited to 12 students, so you must email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org if you are interested. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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