Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Scholastic Bowl Team’s Honesty Stands Out at Maine South
Stevenson finished third at the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association Kickoff Tournament at Maine South on Saturday. The team reached the championship round against the Illinois Math and Science Academy, falling by just 10 points, 415-405.

How could the team finish third after reaching the championship round? Only three of Stevenson’s five matches counted in the standings, so they accumulated fewer points than second-place Auburn High School from Rockford. Here’s why: Early in the morning competition, the SHS players realized that some of the questions being asked had been used in their last three conference meets. Rather than taking advantage of the situation, the players called timeout and told head coach Caroline Humes, who informed the tournament organizer. After thanking the Stevenson team for its honesty, tournament officials decided to count the two morning matches as scrimmages.

The tournament roster included seniors Jason Asher, Justin Millman and Jeeho Lee, and juniors Jonathan Mishory and Braden McDowell. Asher placed seventh in the individual standings.

Seven Speech and Drama Team Members Win Awards
The Speech and Drama team finished fifth at the “Giving Thanks” tournament at Antioch High School on Saturday. Seven students won awards, led by seniors Amanda Friedlander and Max Richter, who won first place in Humorous Duet Acting. Sophomore Kayla Guo finished third in Informative Speaking. Senior Aaron Chai was fifth in Oratorical Declamation, while junior Avi Samuels tied for fifth in Prose Reading and tied for sixth in Radio Speaking. Freshman Serena Goldberg placed fifth in Impromptu Speaking, and junior Ashley Chai tied for sixth in Special Occasion Speaking.

Visiting Artist of the Month Coming to SHS Tuesday
Visiting Artist of the Month Mary Porterfield will give a presentation to students during seventh and eighth periods on Tuesday in the Rotunda Gallery of the West Building. Samples of Porterfield’s work have been on display throughout the month.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots finished seventh in the team standings, their first top-10 showing since a third-place finish in 2007. Six swimmers returned to Lincolnshire with medals, led by Cheryl Xiang, who was fourth in the 100 free (51.50) and 200 free (1:51.24) and was a member of two sixth-place relays, the 200 and 400. Julia Wawer also earned four medals, taking sixth in the 100 (52.18), ninth in the 200 (1:52.67), and joining Xiang in the 200 and 400 relays along with Riley Kirby and Courtney Kamin. Rebecca Hannon also earned an individual medal, taking 12th in the 500 free, and was part of the 12th-place 200 medley relay with Kirby, Kamin and Leah Bloodgood. In the preliminaries on Friday, the 200 medley relay (1:46.65) and 400 free relay (3:27.53) units set school records. All of Stevenson’s medal winners are seniors. All of them earned at least two state medals in their careers, with Wawer leading the pack with seven. Xiang had five and Kirby four. – IHSA official results, Daily Herald, @SwimSHS

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 8A Semifinals: The Patriots lost a heartbreaker to Loyola Academy, 15-14, as the Ramblers (12-1) scored a touchdown and added a two-point conversion with about one minute remaining in the game. SHS (10-3), which had a 10-game winning streak snapped, tied the game at 7-7 in the third quarter on Willie Boubon’s 20-yard TD pass to Cameron Green. The Pats took the lead with 5:42 left in the contest. Sam Oriatti intercepted a Loyola pass and returned it to the Rambers’ 9-yard line. On the next play, Conor Okmin ran the ball into the end zone. Bourbon accounted for about 170 yards of total offense. Green finished the game with five receptions for 54 yards while Michigan State-bound Matt Morrissey caught three passes for 32 yards. Stevenson finished with double-digit victories for the second time in head coach Bill McNamara’s four seasons, and reached the state semifinals for the first time since 2002. – Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune, High School Cube News

Stevenson at Catholic Memorial Invitational: In Waukesha, Wisconsin, Daniel Kofman and Sarah Seol captured first place in saber for men and women, respectively. Kristen Rehberger was second in women’s foil and Jina Yu was runner-up in women’s epee. Zimo Zhu placed third in men’s epee. Nicole Strezewski finished seventh in women’s foil. –

Girls Basketball
Stevenson at Schaumburg Tournament: Sophia Way scored 24 point and Taylor Buford added 20, but the Patriots (1-2) fell to highly rated Wheaton-Warrenville South, 76-68. Way hit five three-pointers during the game. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
New Trier Green 3, Stevenson 2: At Twin Rinks, the Patriots received goals from Michael Trapp and Luke Favia. Evan Baker and Sam Spector each had an assist. Goalie Corey Benjoya stopped 33 shots.

Two Patriots Earn All-State Football Honors
Senior Matt Morrissey and junior Cameron Green were selected to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 8A All-State Team last week. Morrissey earned all-state honors for the second straight year while Green was the only junior picked for the 18-man 8A team.

Four Fencers Qualify for U.S. Junior Nationals
SHS fencing team members Nikita Jhangiani, Daniel Kofman, Lisa Rosov and Zimo Zhu on Sunday earned berths in the U.S. Fencing Association’s Junior Olympic Championships that will be held in Portland in February. The four qualified through the Illinois Junior Olympic qualifying tournament staged at Northwestern University. Kofman, a senior, won first place in the Junior U20 men’s saber, while Zhu, a freshman, was second in Cadet U17 men’s epee. Jhangiani was third in Cadet U17 women’s epee and Rosov took fifth in Junior U20 women’s saber. Jhangiani and Rosov also are freshmen.


The Passing the Hat Fashion Show will be held at 8 p.m. tonight in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2 and all proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the Freshman Mentor Program for the 2014-15 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods in the Recital Hall on Tuesday.

All juniors are invited to stop by Room 2104 for free cupcakes between 7 and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The ILCs and the Testing Center will close at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunday is the deadline for orchestra and guitar students to sign up for the Spring Break trip to Spain. Students will perform, learn and see much of the country. Visit the Student Travel Experiences web page for details.


Don’t forget that IM Basketball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


Sophomores are invited to a Lunch and Learn with College Counselor Mr. Miller on Tuesday, December 17 in the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during all lunch periods. Come learn about the resources within Naviance for college and career exploration, and begin the creation of your online resume. Pizza will be served. You must RSVP to Mr. Miller at by December 10 in order to attend. See you in the CCC!


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

The Speech and Drama team meets Tuesday 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.

The Odyssey Student Volunteer Club will begin meeting before and after school on Thursdays in Room 2808 starting December 5. All interested students are welcome 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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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