Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Sophomore Cancer Survivor Appears on “Today” Show
Sierra Josephsen, a sophomore at Stevenson, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show on Monday as part of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s annual “Thanks and Giving” campaign. She was among several young cancer survivors who traveled to Memphis, the home of St. Jude, to be spotlighted on the show.

At age 3, Josephsen was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, also known as nephroblastoma. Doctors removed the tumor and her right kidney, and the Josephsens were told there was a 90 percent chance Sierra would never develop cancer again. However, the cancer returned twice during the next two years, and the family was advised to make funeral arrangements for Sierra. Her mother, Sandy, was persistent and sought other help for her daughter, and found that St. Jude had begun a clinical trial for Wilms tumor patients. The treatments worked, and Sierra has been cancer-free for the past 10 years.

Edufund Raises $2,725 for Two Elementary Schools
Edufund, a co-curricular club whose mission is to uphold the quality of education for students by providing their schools with the necessary funds and materials to succeed, recently completed its Class-2-Class project. The club raised $2,725 and supported 21 classes at Plamondon Elementary School in Chicago and Glenwood Elementary School in Waukegan.

The executive board members of Edufund are Sonia Thosar, Johnson Varghese, Sabina Bokhari, Andrew Doherty, Jacob Rayyan, Daniel Majeed, Hallie Goldenstein, Rahul Kosgi, Jeff Maskalunas, Juanlo Ridao and Akanksha Shah. Doherty is a junior; the rest are seniors.

Senior to Perform on WFMT Saturday
Senior guitarist Shon Stelman is scheduled to appear live on WFMT’s “Introductions” program at 11 a.m. Saturday. The show will be rebroadcast at 10 p.m. Thursday, December 5. WFMT is at 98.7 FM. “Introductions” is a weekly program that presents live performances by young musicians from the Chicago area. Stelman, who was born in Israel and moved to the United States in 2007, developed a passion for classical music at age 10. He took up the guitar, and won his first competition award within three years.

Alum Completes Air Force Basic Training
U.S. Air Force airman Michael Orlando (Class of 2011) recently completed basic training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson at Schaumburg Tournament: Taylor Buford poured in 23 points to lead a trio of double-digit scorers as the Patriots pounded St. Charles East, 71-48, to improve to 2-2 on the season. Janine Fajardo scored 18 points and Sophia Way added 14 for SHS, which burst out to 10-point first quarter lead and extended it to 20 by halftime. – Daily Herald (stats)

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: With Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo on hand, Jalen Brunson scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, had three assists and made three steals as the Patriots held off pesky Elgin, 51-41. Connor Cashaw contributed 13 points for SHS (2-0) and Matthew Johnson had 10 off the bench. After the Maroons (0-2) rallied to within two points in the third quarter, Johnson and Brunson combined to score 12 points and the Pats rebuilt a double-digit lead. SHS only turned the ball over six times while Elgin (0-2) had 18 turnovers. Stevenson continues tournament action tonight at 6 o’clock against Christian Liberty. – High School Cube News, Daily Herald (stats)

Boys Bowling
Lake Zurich 5, Stevenson 4: At Lakeside Lanes, the visiting Bears outscored SHS (3-1) by 12 pins over three games, 2,994-2,982. Richy Zenner continued his hot streak, rolling a 668 series that included games of 265 and 221. Zenner averaged 221 over six games at last weekend’s Plainfield South Invitational. Matt Poetker, who had a 217 average at Plainfield South including a 267 game, contributed three 200-plus games against LZHS as part of a 624 series, Zac Keith had a 618 series with a 224 game, and Ethan Rosuck added a 216 game. – Daily Herald

Wrestlers Open Schedule at Home Tonight
The varsity wrestling team opens its competition schedule tonight by playing host to an invitational with Glenbard North, Prospect, York, Lake Park and Wheaton North. Action begins at 5 p.m. in the Sports Center.

Bourbon Featured on Mike North Website
Willie Bourbon, a junior who just finished his second season as starting quarterback for the SHS football team, was interviewed recently for the North to North website.


Reminder: Classes will end at 2:30 p.m. today.

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

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.

Auditions for Madrigal Singers will be Monday, December 9. All students are welcome to audition. Information packets are available in the Choir Room (2202). Contact Mrs. Snelten at for more information.


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.


This year’s mandatory student/parent membership meeting for anyone interested in joining Ski and Snowboard Club will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). All students and parents should plan on attending this meeting. More information can be found at or you can stop in the PREP Office, Room 3040.

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.


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.


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!

A representative from the United States Marines will be visiting Stevenson on Thursday, December 5 during fifth period (activity period day) in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Sgt. Brown will be talking about careers and also NROTC scholarships. Come to the College/Career Center to obtain a pass, at least two days ahead of the visit, which needs to be signed by your teacher. If you have a free period or lunch, a pass is not needed.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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