Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Science Olympiad Wins 42 Medals at UW Competition
Senior Vivian Wan, junior Borchueh Wu and freshman Jason Lu earned first place in three events, and all of their Science Olympiad teammates earned at least one medal, at the University of Wisconsin Invitational on Saturday in Madison. Wan and Lu combined to win their events, while Wu was paired with classmate Sophia Liu and freshmen Derek Chen and Kevin You.

The event featured 15 schools from around the Midwest, including the reigning state champions from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri and Illinois. No team rankings were generated. Professors in the university’s engineering department developed all the exams for the competition. Click here to see the list of award winners.

Senior Earns Fourth Place at Speech Tournament
Senior Amanda Friedlander finished fourth in Prose Reading at the Rolling Meadows speech tournament. Along with her senior partner, Max Richter, they placed eighth in the “next-in” group (second tier) of finalists.

Successful Day of Service
About 180 students took part in the Student Activities Division’s inaugural Day of Service program on Monday. They were bused to a number of area locations for volunteer work, including the Vernon Township Pantry, where the Daily Herald stopped by to talk and take photos.

Winter Guard Weekend Results
Stevenson’s Winter Guard finished third out of eight teams in the Lyrical competition at Sunday’s Team Dance Illinois regional at Lakes Community High School, maintaining their qualification for the TDI Grand Championships in March. The Winter Guard posted a score of 87.1, an improvement since its last contest. The TDI championships will be held in Peoria.

About 500 Turn Out to Support Bozek
Stevenson alum and U.S. Olympian Megan Bozek (Class of 2009) was honored during a fundraiser Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. She signed autographs and posed for hundreds of photos. About 500 people attended the event. SHS boys hockey head coach Jim Wood presented Bozek and her father, Tom, with a Stevenson hockey sweater. Tom Bozek is a longtime hockey official. Athletic Director Trish Betthauser and Assistant Athletic Director Chad Dauphin presented Bozek with a basket of SHS goodies on behalf of the Athletic Department. Dauphin was Bozek’s Health teacher during her sophomore year.

Sun-Times Columnist Mentions Student
Political Action Club member Joel Spiegel gets a brief mention in Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown’s article on the Republican gubernatorial debate held Monday at WTTW’s studios in Chicago. Spiegel was one of six students from PAC to attend the debate. Click here to watch the debate.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson at DeKalb MLK Tournament: The Patriots lost to DeKalb, 47-39, in their first game of the day, snapping a seven-game winning streak. SHS (15-8) later lost to Oswego (no details available). Sophia Way and Taylor Buford were named to the all-tournament team.

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Dance
Stevenson at NSC Championship: At Mundelein, the Patriettes won the North Suburban Conference overall and Lake Division titles. SHS posted a final score of 89.467, ahead of Warren (88.333) and Vernon Hills (87.433).

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Rockford 4: Richard Chen scored a goal and assisted on another as the visiting Patriots won their third straight game and fourth in their last five outings. Chen’s power play goal off an assist from Jake Cimarusti late in the first period gave SHS (27-11-1-3 overall, 12-6 Scholastic Hockey League) a 2-1 lead. Chen later had an assist on Daniel Dowd’s third-period goal that broke a 3-3 tie. Matt Heller, Jared Projansky and Trevor Patten also scored for the Pats. Cimarusti had two assists. Corey Benjoya made 42 saves against the Icemen (13-9 SHL), who outshot Stevenson, 46-27. – Scholastic Hockey League

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at IHSA Lake Zurich Regional: The Patriots posted several record-setting performances and finished third behind Lake Zurich and Lake Park, earning their first-ever sectional berth. SHS will take part in the Rockford Sectional on Saturday. Stevenson broke the program record for highest six-game series, registering a 6,258 (208 average per bowler) to beat the old mark by 138 pins. Barry Lapping’s crew also had the top three-game series score (3,318) in school annals, posting the third-best game in school history (1,142) and the ninth-best (1,114). Eddie Mendrala led the Pats with a six-game series of 1,348 (224 average), the second-highest in the school record book. In his first three games, Mendrala rolled a 725 series, tied for the fifth-highest three-game series at SHS. Matt Poetker was close behind with a 1,321 six-game mark (220 average). Richy Zenner had a 1,247 series, followed by Josh Singer (1,180), Ethan Rosuck (822, four games) and Michael Aranyi (340, two games). – IHSA official results, Daily Herald

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson hosted Lake County Invitational: Alyssa Weisberg, the defending state champion in balance beam, continued her return from injury by winning the event with a 9.7 score. She also was fourth in floor exercise (9.3) and fourth in the all-around (37.15). Elizabeth Shenk finished third in vault (9.375) and fourth in beam (9.3). The Patriots placed third with a score of 135.95, behind Barrington (144.575) and Mundelein (138.225). – Daily Herald (stats)

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at New Trier Relays and Hinsdale Central Diving Invitational: The swimmers tied for fifth at the New Trier Relays, while the divers tied for sixth at Hinsdale Central. Nick Koto won the 500 free (4:47.62) and finished third in the 200 free (1:46.43) at New Trier. Allen Feng was fourth in the 100 backstroke (53.53) and fifth in the 100 butterfly (53.69). The 200 medley relay unit finished fifth (1:41.70). Blake Ripes was fourth in diving (381.3) at Hinsdale. – Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News

Girls Basketball
Stevenson at DeKalb MLK Tournament: The Patriots (15-5) won both of their games, extending their winning streak to seven. SHS held Belvidere North to eight points in the second half en route to a 68-28 win in the morning. Sophia Way led the way with 19 points, followed by Ashley Richardson (13) and Taylor Buford (12). In the evening, the Pats held off Metea Valley, 48-44. Buford led the squad with 18 points, Way had 12 and Janine Fajardo added 10. – Daily Herald (stats)

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at Jacobs Invitational: Kaitlyn Rudy tied for third overall, leading the Patriots to an eighth-place finish in the 18-school field. Rudy rolled a six-game series of 1,201, which included an opening trio of 235, 224 and 226. Sam Szura was 17th at 1,094, and had a pair of 205 games. Colleen VanDerMeulen tied for 22nd (1,071) and had a high game of 212.

Deerfield 44, Stevenson 14 – Chicago Tribune

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 66, Lake Forest 50: Jalen Brunson had 25 points, six assists and five steals, and Connor Cashaw added 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists as the host Patriots (14-1, 4-1) took control early and never led by less than seven points after the first quarter. Matt Morrissey added nine points and Matt Johnson had eight. The Scouts fell to 12-4, 3-2. – High School Cube News, Daily Herald (stats)| SBN video

Boys Bowling
Lake Zurich 7, Stevenson 2: The visiting Patriots closed their regular season with a 12-2 record.


World’s Fair is this weekend in the West Building. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and check out the student-run booths and try cuisine from different countries. Admission is free, except for the cultural performance featuring Miss America at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Buy them at http://tinyurl.com/WorldsFair2014.

Juniors: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period on Thursday. You must attend this meeting even if you have a club. Counselor locations will be posted throughout the school.

Hey seniors! Looking for service hours for 300 Club, Sociology or Political Thought? There will be a seniors-only community service event at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, January 31 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. If you’re interested in this event, please check your school email for an invite. See you there!

Auditions for the winter production, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” will happen Wednesday in the West Auditorium. All audition information can be found on the Theatre Department website under the Auditions page. Questions can be sent to Ms. Lynch in Room 2204 or via email.

The ILC is looking to hire student aides for second semester during periods 2, 4, 5 and 6. This is a paid position! But you must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible. See Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

West Student Services is looking to hire student aides for all periods this semester. This is a paid position! You may work during your study hall or free period. Please see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2414.

Project Dance committee member/head applications are now available. They are due Wednesday, January 29. Pick up an application in Student Activities or download it at http://tinyurl.com/pdance2014.

Textbook return and pick-up for one-semester classes will take place in Room 1416 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today and Wednesday. After Wednesday, students will need to turn in or pick up textbooks in department offices.

The Future Educators of America club is looking for students who are interested in tutoring kids at Ivy Hall Elementary School during second semester. If you would like more information, please contact Ms. King or Ms. Ruiz.


Calling all seniors! Now is the time to request 7th semester (or mid-year) transcripts from Parchment. If you filed the Common Application, you do not need to do anything to have your mid-year transcript sent to your college(s). Your counselor will send a transcript to Common Application on your behalf.

In the fall, if you sent your transcript using Parchment (non-Common Application), you need to now request a mid-year transcript be sent to any college that has requested one. To request your 7th semester transcript, go to www.parchment.com and order a “current transcript.” All requests received will contain 7th semester grades; SHS will begin processing these requests on January 31.

We urge you to request your mid-year transcript as soon as possible in order to meet many schools’ February 1 deadlines. If you have any questions, please see your counselor, a college counselor in the College/Career Center, or Mrs. Micheli in Room 2414.


There are a number of summer career courses and opportunities that are now accepting applications. Please make sure to visit the Career Exploration website for more details.

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.


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 jkramer@d125.org.

Senior Class Board: We will be meeting Wednesday after school in Room 2428 to work on Winterfest decorations. New members are always welcome. Please see Mrs. Rikje in Information Services or Mrs. Smith in Green Student Services if you have questions.

The Speech and Drama team meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, 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.

The Stevenson Styler will be meeting Wednesday in Room 1424 at 3:30 to brainstorm new ideas for the Spring/Summer 2014 edition. New members are welcome!

Attention all Origamists: Our next meeting is Wednesday in Room 6036 from 3:30 to 4:30. All are welcome, no experience necessary. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Attention all members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting in Room 7044 at 3:45 Thursday. Goldie, a golden retriever trained to find illicit substances, will be at the meeting along with her trainer, who will discuss the techniques he uses to train Goldie. All are welcome!

The Interact Club is back! Looking for a sustainable, engaging way to earn volunteer hours while serving those in need in the local, national, and international communities? Looking to become part of a great student organization where you can have fun, serve others, and build friendships with a wide range of students? Then plan on attending the first meeting of the Interact Club at Stevenson High School! Interact Club is the student branch of Rotary International at Stevenson, and we’d love to have you become part of our mission here. We’ll be meeting in Thursday morning from 7:20 until 7:55 in Room 2104. Come to meet others, catch the vision, and enjoy some delicious snacks.


Any girls interested in getting in shape for their spring sport, please come join the Ladies Polar Bear Winter Conditioning Club! We are meeting today and Thursday after school outside of the cardio room. We’re also meeting from 6-7:15 a.m. Friday in the Field House. Come ready to run! Please see the PREP website for times and contact Coach LeVanti with any questions!

Anyone interested in playing sophomore football next fall should come to an informational meeting Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theater (Room 4200). Contact Coach Jacobson at 847-415-4710 or email him at djacobson@d125.org if unable to attend.

Boys gymnastics will hold an informational meeting Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2002. Please leave a message for Coach Liva at 847-415-4293 or email him at eliva@d125.org if unable to attend.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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