Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Baroque Ensemble Prepares for Prestigious Clinic
The Baroque Ensemble will perform tonight at 7 o’clock in the Recital Hall. The free concert is a warm-up for Friday’s performance at the 67th annual Midwest Clinic at McCormick Place in Chicago. The group will perform at a workshop open to music educators from around the world. More than 17,000 people are expected to attend the Midwest Clinic between today and Saturday.

Stevenson’s Baroque Ensemble is one of the few period-instrument groups found at the high school level in the United States. In addition to violin, viola and cello, the ensemble’s instrument list includes viola da gamba, D violone, harpsichord and theorbo.

Orchestra Director Enrique Vilaseco and his students will be joined by collaborator Dr. Phillip W. Serna of Valparaiso University. Their clinic presentation, “The Making of H.I.P. (Historically-Informed Performance) Performers for the 21st Century,” will demonstrate how performance practice can be taught at the high school level. SHS students will give solo and ensemble performances on Baroque strings and keyboards.

The Baroque Ensemble roster includes David Cao, Matthew Cheng, William Langbo, Francesca Florendo, Heena Kuwayama, Jeeho Lee, Niveda Tennety and Michael Zhang on violin; Jonathan Chang, Peter Hwang, Varun Medhal and Christopher Song on viola; Raymon Cao, Brian Lin and Boris Schwarzenbach on cello; Eric Chang on viola da gamba; Gregory Chonko on D violone; Andrew Arceo, Justin Bodner and Christopher Ladan on theorbo; and Monique Hsu and Daniel Rong on harpsichord.

15 Chosen for North Shore Honor Band
Fifteen band students were selected recently to participate in the 2014 North Shore Honor Band. Stevenson’s contingent will include Clarice Astronimo, Chang Yoon Doh, Eric Hamilton, Hallie Klieman, Reilly Kohn, Alex Konopacki, Jeremy Lan, Justin Lee, Amanda Loutris, Ashley Mathews, Sam Sadkhin, Josh Song, Hebron Taylor, Iris Tong and Jeffrey Wang. The band will have a public concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 11 at Lake Forest High School’s auditorium.

Model UN Members Win Awards
Seven members of the Model United Nations team won awards at two recent conferences. Pawan Sajnani was named Best Delegate representing Japan in a joint crisis committee in 1941 at a conference hosted by St. Ignatius and Lyons Township high schools on December 7. Amanda Loutris earned an Outstanding award for her representation of Latvia in the European Union. Fifteen schools with more than 400 students took part in the conference. Sajnani and Loutris also won awards, along with five other students, at the St. Ignatius conference in November. Click here for details.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 9, Libertyville 0: At Lakeside Lanes, the Patriots improved to 8-1 on the season as three bowlers broke the 600 barrier. Matt Poetker led the way with games of 254, 210 and 200 for a 664 series, and Richy Zenner added games of 226, 209 and 190 for a 625 series. Josh Singer contributed games of 216, 213 and 192 for a 621 series. Eddie Mendrala rolled games of 226 and 200, while Ethan Rosuck chipped in with a 202 game. SHS outscored the Wildcats, 3,092-2,676.

Girls Basketball
Zion-Benton 68, Stevenson 58: The host Zee-Bees built an 11-point lead after one quarter and never looked back. Taylor Buford led the Patriots (6-4, 3-1) with 17 points and Ashley Richardson had 16. Melanie Despinich scored nine points on three 3-pointers. – Daily Herald (stats)

Boys Ice Hockey
New Trier Green 4, Stevenson 2

Glenbard East Shootout Ticket Information
One of the most anticipated boys basketball games of the year in the Chicago area is the January 25 contest between Stevenson and Marian Catholic in the Glenbard East “When Sides Collide” Varsity Shootout. Marian features star guard Tyler Ulis, who has committed to play for Kentucky next year, while the Patriots have a pair of Division I prospects in Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw along with a strong supporting cast. Michael O’Brien of the Chicago Sun-Times thinks SHS has what it takes to win the state championship this season.

Advance ticket sales will be available through the Patriot Superstore from January 6-21 before school and during the lunch periods. Advance tickets are $6. The Superstore accepts cash, credit card, check and Patriot Dollars. Tickets also will be sold at home boys basketball games on January 7, 17 and 21 in the Sports Center lobby. Only cash will be accepted on those nights.


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

The Testing Center and the ILCs will be closing at 3:30 Friday.

Lost and found: Please remember to check the lost and found in both Attendance Offices — 2416 (West) and 5024 (East) — for any articles you may have lost.

Attention sophomores: P.E. Leader applications are due Monday, January 13 in the West P.E. Office (2108). 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 (2108). Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare website at

Student Odyssey Course Registration ends Friday. Please complete your selections in Infinite Campus. Links to tutorials are on the Odyssey home page.

Check out artwork by your fellow students during Winter ArtFest today. Displays are set up in the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building.

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.

PSAT results are available for pick up in the West Attendance/Registrar Office, Room 2416. You must have your student ID with you to pick up results.


Senior Class Board: We will meet today after school in Room 2428. We are working on Winterfest decorations. New members are always welcome. Come have fun and earn community service hours.

The 50th Anniversary Club/Committee will meet at 3:30 today in Room 2430. All students interested in planning events to celebrate Stevenson’s 50th anniversary next year are welcome to come.

The Origami Club is back! Join us for our informational meeting today in Room 6036 from 3:30 to 4:30. Snacks will be provided. See you there!

The Odyssey Student Volunteer Club will meet before and after school on Thursday in Room 2808. All interested students are welcome to attend.

The Speech and Drama team meets today 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.

Interactive Gamers Club meets Thursday after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or e-mail

The Stevenson Styler will have its first planning meeting for the Spring/Summer 2014 edition on Wednesday, January 7 at 3:30 in Room 1424. If you are interested in writing, working on layout, editing or modeling please come! Questions? See Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410!


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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