Monday, Dec. 2, 2013

Stevenson Earns Bright A+ Award
Stevenson is one of 26 high school districts in Illinois to receive the 2013 Bright A+ Award for outstanding academic achievement from SchoolSearch. Only 60 of Illinois’ 866 school districts received the honor. Stevenson was one of six high school districts in Lake County selected.

The Bright A+ Award honors school districts whose students’ academic performance ranks in the top 5% of all Illinois districts, based on composite ACT score. Any high school district with an ACT score of 23.3 or higher qualified. Stevenson had a school-record ACT score of 26.5 in 2013.

SchoolSearch is an educational research and consulting firm that publishes handbooks of school system rankings. SchoolSearch works with major companies by providing their relocating families with school information.

Alumnus Takes Part in World DJ Finals
Trenton Rosenbaum, a 2004 Stevenson graduate whose stage name is DJ Trentino, took part in the Red Bull Thre3Style World Finals for party DJs last month in Toronto. He was one of six finalists, joining DJs from Japan, Brazil, Germany, Chile and Switzerland. Rosenbaum qualified for the finals by winning the U.S. title last spring.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson hosted SHS Thanksgiving Tournament: The Patriots (20-5-1) captured first place in the three-day tournament by beating Libertyville/Vernon Hills, 5-1, and Waubonsie Valley, 5-3. Against Waubonsie, SHS rallied for four goals in the third period to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Jared Projansky scored three goals and added an assist while goalie Corey Benjoya turned away 43 of 46 shots. Projansky finished the tournament with 13 goals and eight assists in five games, including three hat tricks. Trevor Patten and Evan Baker also scored. Patten, Richard Chen, Daniel Levey, Luke Favia, Michael Trapp and Jake Cimarusti each had an assist. In the game against Libertyville/Vernon Hills, Baker had two goals to lead the Pats. Ryan Wiley and Michael Trapp each scored a goal and had two assists, Projansky had a goal and an assist, and Daniel Dowd had an assist. Benjoya made 29 saves in goal. – Stevenson

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Stevenson hosted 17th Annual SHS Invitational: Stevenson finished first in the six-team “B” bracket at the Brunswick Zone in Vernon Hills. SHS had 3,865 pins, well ahead of second-place Grayslake Central’s 3,563. The Patriots had two bowlers finish in the top 20: Sam Szura, who was 13th overall with a five-game total of 925, and Kaitlyn Rudy, who was 18th (878). Colleen VanDerMuelen rolled an 816. Shu Want (645) and Ann Wana (601) also contributed to the Pats’ final tally. Hoffman Estates won the seven-team “A” bracket with a score of 4,982. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Bison Classic: Tournament Most Valuable Player Jalen Brunson scored 26 points, and all-tournament selection Connor Cashaw added 19 as the Patriots repeated as tournament champion, finishing with a 4-0 record after beating Buffalo Grove 67-44. Brunson (17) and Cashaw (14) combined for 31 of the team’s 38 first-half points, and the Patriots led by 21 at halftime. Buffalo Grove dropped to 2-2. – Daily Herald (stats)

Stevenson at 23rd Annual Moore/Pettyman Invitational: At Barrington, the Patriots finished 13th in the 23-team field and had three wrestlers finish in the top eight. Tyler Harrington was runner-up at 170 pounds. Freshmen Robert Pavolics (152) and Eric Carter (113), wrestling in their first high school tournament, finished sixth and eighth, respectively. – Daily Herald, (results) | High School Cube video

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson hosted SHS Thanksgiving Tournament: The Patriots beat Neuqua Valley, 9-3, in an evening contest after falling to Loyola Maroon, 6-3, in the morning. Michael Trapp scored three goals and assisted on two others against Neuqua. Jared Projansky had two goals and two assists, and Trevor Patten chipped in with two goals and one assist. Evan Baker had a goal and two assists, and Matt Heller added a goal and an assist. Richard Chen and Ryan Rothstein each had an assist. Projansky scored all three goals against Loyola, which scored five times in the third period to rally from a 3-1 deficit. Wiley and Trapp each had an assist. – Stevenson

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson hosted SHS Thanksgiving Tournament: Jared Projansky scored four goals and added three assists to lead the Patriots to a 13-1 win. Jake Cimarusti had two goals, and seven other players had one: Blake Johnson, Sam Spector, Luke Favia, Trevor Patten, Ryan Wiley, Michael Trapp and Justin Pantle. Wiley and Evan Baker also had three assists for SHS, which scored six times in the first period and seven more in the second. Johnson registered two assists, and Favia, Patten, Trapp, Matt Heller, Max Spiro and Ryan Rothstein each had one. Goalie Nathan Newmark made 15 saves. – Stevenson

Girls Basketball
Stevenson at Schaumburg Tournament: Taylor Buford scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Patriots (3-2) past Schaumburg, 62-54, in the last of five games at the tournament. Sophia Way added 13 points. She and Buford were named to the all-tournament team. Jessica Burke and Ashley Richardson each had eight points, and Melanie Despinich registered seven. – Daily Herald (stats)

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: The Patriots walloped Christian Liberty, 70-3o, to improve to 3-0 on the season. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 11, St. Viator 1: Jared Projansky scored three goals and dished out three assists for the Patriots at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. Trevor Patten and Michael Trapp each tallied two goals and two assists. Also scoring for SHS were Ryan Wiley, Matt Heller, Sam Spector and Jake Cimarusti. Wiley had a pair of assists, while Spector, Daniel Dowd, Evan Baker and Luke Favia each had one. Goalie Corey Benjoya stopped 23 shots on goal.


Don’t miss the SHS Burger Challenge at Tom and Eddie’s in Vernon Hills from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Students in the Introduction to Business classes have designed four burgers, and you can help decide the winner with your purchase. Plus, 10% of proceeds will go to the March of Dimes. Any student who shows their Stevenson ID will receive a free drink.

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.

Would you like a chance to win a free month’s membership at Title Boxing Club in Buffalo Grove Lake Zurich? Come to the varsity boys basketball game Tuesday Wednesday night, and you might be picked to be part of a special halftime competition. Two students will be chosen to wear boxing gloves while trying to dribble and shoot a basketball. The first student to make a shot wins!


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 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.

IM Basketball team packets are due this week! Seniors are due today, juniors tomorrow, sophomores on Wednesday, and freshmen on Thursday. If you have any questions, stop by the PREP Office, Room 3040.


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

Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday after school from 3:30 to 4:30 in Room 7036. Come sign up for new December events and learn about second semester happenings. New members are always welcome.

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


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 Tuesday, December 10 in order to attend. See you in the CCC!

A representative from the United States Marines will be visiting Stevenson on Thursday 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.


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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