Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Alum Qualifies for Miss Illinois Competition
Stevenson alumnus Kristin One hopes to become a high school chemistry teacher one day, but first she has a more immediate goal: Becoming Miss America. The 2010 graduate took one step closer to the goal Saturday, winning the Miss Chain O’Lakes pageant and earning a place in the Miss Illinois competition in June.

One (pronounced oh-nay) defeated 18 other women at the Egyptian Theater in DeKalb, thanks in part to a dance routine choreographed by SHS dance teacher Angela Dauphin. One took several dance classes with Dauphin while at Stevenson, and reached out to her for the pageant. In the interview portion of the contest, One talked about her platform, “The Power of Education: United We Stand,” and related her passion to teach. She talked about helping underprivileged children in Cape Town, South Africa improve their social skills last summer. One also discussed a program she helped start at the University of Iowa, the “Greeks Adopt-a-School” program, in which sororities and fraternities provide tutoring to children at Iowa City schools.

Participating in pageants is a recent development for One. Her first experience was the Miss Vernon Hills contest her senior year, which One says she was “dragged into” and ended up winning. Two years ago, she won the Miss Lake County Fair title and finished second in the state.

Her true passion, though, is teaching. After earning her chemistry degree this spring at Iowa, One will remain in Iowa City to pursue a master’s degree in science education. Then, she hopes to return to Illinois and become a high school chemistry teacher, just like the SHS instructor who inspired her, Tom Kelly. “I was in his class sophomore year. It was my first introduction to chemistry, and he really sparked my interest in the subject,” One said.

One is a triplet. Her brother Justin also attends Iowa and will graduate with an economics degree. Her sister Jennifer will graduate from Yale University this spring, and has been accepted into the PhD biomedical engineering program at the University of Minnesota.

Ensemble Espanol Concert Tonight
Ensemble Espanol, a Spanish dance theater company in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, will perform at 7 p.m. tonight in the West Auditorium. Admission is $10. The concert is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation. Ensemble Espanol also will give presentations to students during the day at Odyssey.

Q&A With Alum Who Co-Produced Movie
SHS alum Michael Swidler (Class of 2005), co-producer of “The Gabby Douglas Story” made-for-TV movie that made its premier last weekend, talked about the film and his career with Pioneer Press recently.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 78, Lake Zurich 55: The visiting Patriots (19-1, 7-1) rolled to their sixth straight victory in preparation for Friday night’s showdown with Zion-Benton for first place in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division. Jalen Brunson led all scorers with 28 points on 12-0f-15 shooting (including a trio of 3-pointers), and also has seven steals, six assists and four rebounds. Connor Cashaw hit 8 of 12 shots en route to 19 points, and Matt Johnson scored 14 points, all in the first half. Parker Nichols added eight points, his season high. The Bears fell to 14-11, 3-6. The two teams meet again next Wednesday in a makeup of a game postponed by bad weather last month. – Daily Herald (stats)

Boys Swimming and Diving
Libertyville 102, Stevenson 84: Blake Ripes won the diving competition (224.45) and Nick Koto captured the 500 free (4:50.34) for the visiting Patriots. – Daily Herald (event winners)

Four Patriots to Sign Letters of Intent
Today is National Letter of Intent Day for thousands of high school athletes around the country, and Stevenson has four students who will sign with college athletic programs. Matt Morrissey and Zach Novoselsky will join the football teams at Michigan State and Western Michigan, respectively. Alexxis Kiven will continue her tennis career at Dartmouth, and Sofia Godoy Calengas will play soccer at the University of Illinois-Springfield. All four athletes will be honored during a recognition ceremony on Thursday; the event was pushed back due to today’s Odyssey fine arts festival.

Catchings Named to All-USA Legends List
Tamika Catchings, who won the Ms. Basketball Illinois award in 1995 after she helped lead Stevenson to the first of two consecutive state championships, was the No. 9 choice in the American Family Insurance All-USA Legends Top 30 list. Catchings moved to Texas after her sophomore year and finished her prep career at Duncanville High School. The list recognized athletes who were named All-USA in high school and continued their athletic careers at the professional or Olympic level.


Odyssey 2014 reminder: At 10:15 a.m., students should report to their regular second period classroom to receive their daily Odyssey Schedule and Admission Ticket. Students with Science periods 1-2a or 2b-3 should go to their science room. Morning Tech Campus students should report to Dr. Custable in the Applied Arts Office (Room 1408). Students who are unscheduled during second period should report to the Wood Commons to pick up their schedule. Click here for more information.

Campus will be closed today. Juniors and seniors will not be able to leave campus for lunch. The cafeterias will be ready to serve all students during Odyssey.

The upper ILC will be open from 7-10 a.m., then closed during Odyssey, and reopened from 3:25-6:30 p.m. The lower ILC is closed.

9th Hour will take place as scheduled today.

The Testing Center will be closed during Odyssey.

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s spring children’s play “Jack and Magic Beans.” Auditions will be held in the Little Theatre Thursday and Friday from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help deal with the Giant and save the village people. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with stage fighting and dramatic movements on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!


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


Girls track and field will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). Contact Coach Degen at 847-415-4267 or email if you unable to attend the meeting.

Girls softball informational meetings will be held next Tuesday from 7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. Both will be held in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). You only need to attend one meeting. If you unable to attend, contact Coach Friedrichs at 847-415-4803 or by email at


Immediate internship opportunity: Local non-profit needs a highly motivated, self-starter to do marketing work with a growing, Chicago-area film festival. You must be excellent at writing, public speaking and social media marketing. Hebrew-speaking skills are a plus, but not necessary. Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment and apply.

Don’t have plans for Spring Break? Why not participate in a Career Shadow and learn about a specific profession as well as get some hands on experience? Current career areas to explore include: culinary arts, physical therapy, advertising, veterinary medicine, business, engineering, health care and more! Contact Ms. Willock at to set up an appointment and find out more.

There will be a new CareerExcursions! trip on the next Field Trip Day, February 12. We will be visiting Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove. If you have an interest in veterinarian medicine and especially want to explore different specialties in vet medicine (such as cardiology or dermatology), please plan on attending. See Mrs. Willock in the CCC to sign up and pick up a permission form.

Are you good at editing and posting video footage? A local business could use your help with a project. You will be paid for your time. Please contact Mrs. Willock at if you are interested.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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