Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Daily Herald Honors Two Seniors for Leadership
Senior Sam Panitch, president of the Freshman Mentor Program student mentors and a member of the Council of 100, is part of the Daily Herald 2013-14 Lake County Leadership Team announced today. Panitch is a Jefferson Award Student Leader at SHS, and outside of school serves as a youth basketball coach and does multiple projects as part of Temple Chai’s Social Action Committee.

Sonia Thosar, also a senior, was an honorable mention selection for the team. The National Honor Society member has been involved behind the scenes in several school functions, including Spirit Fest, Project Dance and the Sodexo appreciation luncheon. She also is a member of Edufund, which partners donor businesses with schools in need.

Director of Student Activities Ted Goergen served as a judge of DuPage County Leadership Team candidates.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 116, Warren 70: Nick Koto won two events and anchored the victorious 400 free relay for the Patriots in Gurnee. Koto captured the 200 free (1:46.54) and 500 free (4:51.37), and was part of the 400 relay with Dimitriy Pelutis, Allen Feng and Andrew Lefebvre (3:25.43). Feng won the 200 IM (2:03.96). Other individual winners included Blake Ripes in diving (225.90), Nathanael Wingfield in the 100 free (51.98), Robert Cao in the 100 back (58.03) and Weilly Tong in the 100 breast (1:05.81). Feng, Tong, Wingfield and Daniel Ko claimed the 200 medley relay (1:42.83).

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 9, New Trier 0: Matt Poetker had a 672 series and Richy Zenner added a 621 for the Patriots (7-1) at Classic Bowl in Morton Grove. Poetker’s series included games of 266 and 242, while Zenner had a 215 and 214. Ethan Rosuck chipped in with a 211 game, while Josh Singer and Eddie Mendrala contributed games of 197 and 196, respectively. SHS outscored the Trevians, 2,982-2,703. In the JV match, Zach Singer tied the second-highest game in school history by rolling a 288.

Boys Basketball Ranked No. 15 by USA Today
Stevenson is ranked No. 15 in the USA Today national poll of top boys basketball teams in the country. The 7-0 Patriots are the second-highest rated Illinois school in the poll, behind No. 12 Curie.

Girls Basketball Team Receives Tournament Pairing
Pairings were announced Thursday for the 31st annual Charger Classic girls basketball tournament at Dundee Crown High School. Stevenson will face Maine South in the first round of the tournament, which gets underway December 26. The Patriots have four games before then, starting with tonight’s home contest against Lake Zurich that can be seen on the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7 p.m.

Brunson, Cashaw Inspired By Their Fathers
Junior standouts Connor Cashaw and Jalen Brunson have been inspiring on the court so far for the boys basketball team. Who inspires them? Their fathers.

Junior Guard Shows Girls Hoopsters the Way
SHS girls basketball junior guard Sophia Way is a leader on and off the court. In addition to serving as co-captain of the Patriots, she also is a student mentor in the Freshman Mentor Program. “They are two roles I can’t be more thankful for, a chance to make an impact on so many lives,” Way told Pioneer Press. “It’s been an amazing opportunity.”

Junior Wrestler Building Reputation
Tyler Harrington, a junior who moved to District 125 from Omaha late last winter, is listed as one of five area wrestlers to watch by Pioneer Press. The 170-pounder already has had an impact at SHS, winning his weight class at the Barrington Invitational last month.


The SHS DJ Club and Student Council are hosting the first Holiday Dance from 8-10:30 p.m. tonight in the Wood Commons. The theme is “Ugly Sweaters.” Tickets are $5 and will be sold in the Superstore during all lunch periods, and at the door.

Calling all freshmen! Come get your Spirit on and join your classmates for some fun on a Friday night! What’s better than a movie, hot dogs, and girls basketball on a cold December night? Especially when the movie is Ferris Bueller and the basketball is against Lake Zurich! So come to the West Auditorium today at 3:30 and join in the fun! All freshmen are welcome.

Come one, come all to the Acting 3 Workshop Production, At This Moment in Time. This year’s show includes three student-written, student-directed, and student-acted performance pieces: “Party of One,” “The Hour Glass” and “Masterpiece.” The final show is tonight at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. Admission is free!

Attention sophomores: P.E. Leader applications are due Monday, January 13 in the West P.E. Office (2104). Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare website at

For any sophomores interested in a leadership opportunity working with students with special needs and disabilities, all Alternative P.E. Leader applications are due Monday, January 13 in the West P.E. Office (2104). Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare website at

Student Odyssey Course Registration has begun! Students have until next Friday, December 20 to complete selections in Infinite Campus. Links to tutorials are on the Odyssey home page.

Did you know that Wright-Way Rescue was hit by a school bus? Let’s help them rebuild so they can continue to save animals. Animal Welfare Club will be selling T-shirts to raise money, and accepting donations, in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods until Winter Break. They need canned cat and dog food, animal toys, newspapers, cleaning supplies, blankets, cash and more.

Freshmen who are in Band during first semester need to pick up their PE uniform at the Superstore before the start of second semester.

Auditions for the winter play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, won’t take place until January, but the audition packet is available on the Fine Arts/Theatre Department website. Additionally, scripts are available for overnight check out in the ILC. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Lynch in Room 2204.

Seniors who were named Illinois State Scholars can pick up their certificate in Room 2400.

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.


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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