Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

WIT One of Two Magazines in State to Earn NCTE Honor
Stevenson’s 2013 edition of The WIT was one of two high school publications in Illinois to win the Highest Award honor in the National Council of Teachers of English’s Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM). Stevenson was joined by a publication produced by students at DeKalb High School. The editors of last year’s WIT were 2013 graduates Rachael Affenit and Shayna Korol.

PRESLM recognizes students, teachers, and schools for producing excellent literary magazines. The program’s mission is to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines and seek excellence in writing and school-wide participation in production.

Three Speech and Drama Students Notch Sectional Berths
Three members of the speech and drama team earned top-four finishes at the Illinois High School Association regional tournament at Prospect High School on Saturday, earning berths in this Saturday’s sectional tournament at Elk Grove High School.

Seniors Amanda Friedlander and Max Richter took second in Humorous Duet Acting with their performance, “Will You Please Shut Up.” Junior Avi Samuels finished fourth in Prose Reading with “Life Happens Next,” and sophomore Kayla Guo placed fourth in Informative Speaking with her presentation, “Txting.” Freshman Serena Goldberg also reached the regional final round, placing sixth in Impromptu Speaking, but did not qualify for sectional.

College Q&A Night for Junior Parents on Tuesday
The College/Career Center will hold its annual Junior Parent Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. The event is for junior parents only. College counselors Sue Biemeret and Dan Miller will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice.

Bozek, U.S. Win First Two Games at Olympics
Megan Bozek and the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team beat Switzerland, 9-0, earlier this morning in Sochi, Russia, improving to 2-0 in group play and earning a spot in next Monday’s semifinal. The U.S. topped Finland, 3-1, in its opening game on Saturday. Bozek has two assists in the team’s first two games. The Switzerland game will be re-broadcast on NBCSN at 4 p.m. Central Time today. Next up for the United States is a meeting with Canada at 6:30 a.m. Central Time Wednesday.

SHS Wins Math League Contest at Vernon Hills
Stevenson won its North Suburban Mathematics League contest at Vernon Hills last Wednesday, retaining its hold on second place in the 55-school league. SHS has 1,250 points through four meets, 13 behind defending state champion Whitney Young, heading into the NSML meet on March 6. The meet is the final regular-season event prior to the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional competition on February 22. Click here to see grade-level results.

Staffers Compete in Stair Climbing Challenge
Adapted Physical Education teacher Scott Sommers and Locker Room Coordinator Nick Skala participated in the Fight for Air Climb at Oakbrook Terrace Tower on Sunday. During the event, which is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association, participants climb 680 steps covering 31 floors. Sommers finished 11th overall with a time of 4:23, while Skala was 52nd in 5:11. Sommers also took first place in the double climb, during which participants scale the tower twice.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Cheerleading
Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots placed eighth in the Large Team division, their best finish since placing sixth in 2010. This is the sixth top-1o finish for Stevenson since the IHSA cheerleading finals began in 2006. SHS reached the finals by finishing third in the preliminaries on Friday. Three Patriots were selected to the All-North Suburban Conference team: Claire Robinson, Mary Lipari and Tori Ginsburg. – Official results | Daily Herald

Stevenson at IHSA McHenry Regional: Tyler Harrington won the 170-pound championship, leading a trio of Patriots who qualified for this weekend’s Barrington Sectional. Harrington defeated Barrington’s Travis Cysewski in the championship match, 7-4, and improved to 33-5 on the season. Eric Carter (106, 28-13) and Zach Horwitz (182, 22-15) finished third in their weight class divisions. Ben Ponto (132) and Seth Harris (220) placed fourth and did not advance. SHS was seventh in the team standings. – Official results | Daily Herald

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Regional: Kaitlyn Rudy won the individual championship at Arlington Lanes, rolling a six-game series of 1,233 (205.5 average), 15 pins ahead of the runner-up from Dundee-Crown. Rudy and teammate Colleen VanDerMeulen will advance to Saturday’s Zion-Benton Sectional. VanDerMeuelen had a 1,050 series. – Official results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 77, Benet 64: Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 39 points to lead the Patriots (21-1) past the Redwings (14-7) at the Batavia Night of Hoops tournament, their second win over a ranked team in less than 24 hours. Brunson tallied a dozen of his points during an 18-0 SHS run that started the second quarter and led to a 33-13 lead. Connor Cashaw had 16 points and Matt Johnson added 14, including f0ur three-pointers. Stevenson led by as many as 25 points before Benet rallied to cut its deficit to eight with six minutes remaining. –Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News, Chicago Tribune| Johnson-to-Brunson alley oop dunk

Girls Basketball
Zion-Benton 61, Stevenson 54: In a contest that determined the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title, the visiting Zee-Bees scored seven unanswered points in the final minute to prevail. Zion (20-5, 11-1) will face Prairie Division champ Vernon Hills for the NSC championship on Wednesday. SHS (20-8, 10-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped, was led by Ashley Richardson’s 16 points. Taylor Buford and Janine Fajardo scored 14 and 12, respectively. – Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News | SBN broadcast

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 81, Zion-Benton 63: In front of a standing-room only crowd that included Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and the entire coaching staff from the University of Illinois, the host Patriots pulled away from the Zee-Bees in the second half to avenge their only loss of the season. Matt Johnson led SHS (20-1, 8-1) with a career-high 26 points, nailing five three-pointers. Connor Cashaw scored 24 points and Jalen Brunson added 20. Stevenson connected on 11 of 21 three-point attempts. Zion, which beat the Pats 70-69 on December 10, fell to 20-2 and 9-1. – Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News, News-Sun, Chicago Tribune | SBN broadcast

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 57, Lake Forest 50: Taylor Buford scored 18 points and Jessica Burke added a season-high 11 as the visiting Patriots (20-7, 10-1) won their fifth game in a row. SHS reached the 20-victory mark for the fifth time in coach Tom Dineen’s five seasons at the helm. – Daily Herald (stats)


Winterfest Dance ticket sales end at the end of sixth period today. The cost is $20. You can buy them at the Superstore or online through the SHS Web Store. Also, to see the dress-up days schedule, click here.

Don’t miss the PPA bake sale Wednesday from 1:40-3:40 p.m. Baked goods will be sold in the Woods and Glass commons. All items are $1.


Senior Class Board: We are decorating the West Hallways today and East Hallways on Tuesday after school. Please join us. New members are always welcome. Please see Mrs. Rikje in Information Services or Mrs. Smith in Green Student Services for more information.

The Relay for Life kickoff will be held this Friday in the Wood Commons and next Friday (February 21) in the Glass Commons. This is when teams can sign up to participate in Relay for Life. The relay runs from 7 p.m. June 13 to 7 a.m. June 14.


Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at

Other summer opportunities: There are a number of marketing internships available for the summer in various industries. Please see Mrs. Willock in the CCC or contact her at to find out more.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to find out about veterinary medicine as a career. The Exploration Program will be sponsoring a CareerExcursions! field trip on Wednesday to Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove. See Mrs. Willock in the CCC to pick up a field trip form.

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.


Juniors: Are your parents asking you questions about the college search and application process? A parent-only Q&A session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Art Center is the place for them to be! Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller will be on hand to answer any questions.

Seniors: Due to the generosity of local businesses and families, we are able to award numerous scholarships to members of your class. The applications for these local scholarships are now available in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Every scholarship has different criteria! The deadline to return completed applications to the College/Career Center is Thursday, March 13. The local scholarships available are: Stevenson High School Education Teacher Association Scholarship, Nancy Nichols Service Scholarship, Kathy Westerberg-Viravec Scholarship, Suzanne E. Hannon Memorial Scholarship, Sodexo Scholarship, District 96 Foundation-Mr. Marc E. Spivak Service Scholarships and Dr. Thomas W. Many Educational Scholarship, Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 “Universal Values of Integrity” Scholarship and the Jeffrey C. Newman Leadership and Service Scholarship, Dr. Richard Du Four Leadership Scholarship, Geri Getlin Foundation Scholarship, Orchestra Parents Association String Orchestra Scholarship, American Association of University Women Scholarship, Edward A. Dillon Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Timothy Kanold Scholarship, Parker-Hannifin Corporation Scholarship, Cannon Design Scholarship, Stevenson Support Staff Association Scholarship, Tamarak Day Camp & Country Day School Scholarship for Child Development & Education, Rebecca Gayle Berger Memorial Music Fund Scholarship and District 103 Learning Fund Foundation’s “Lincolnshire Rotary Scholarship.” Four newly added scholarships are the Howe Precision Industrial Inc. and CAN Community Center Scholarship, the Mary K. Layco Reach for the Stars Scholarship, the Gordon S. Hirsch Memorial Scholarship, and the Lisa Klitzky Foundation Scholarship.


Girls softball informational meetings will be held 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 are unable to attend, contact Coach Friedrichs at 847-415-4803 or by email at

Varsity boys baseball will have an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 2628. Contact Coach Mazzuca at 847-415-4676 or if you unable to attend.

A sophomore boys baseball information meeting will take place at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Contact Coach Hodge at 847-415-4015 or if you unable to attend.

Freshman boys baseball will hold an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 2113. Contact Coach Block at 847-415-4691 or if you unable to attend.

Freshman girls badminton will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2113. Please leave a message for Coach Fitzgerald at 847-415-4251 or if unable to attend.

Girls badminton for sophomores, juniors and seniors will have an informational meeting at 7:15 a.m. Thursday in Room 2002. Please leave a message for Coach Fitzgerald at 847-415-4251 or if unable to attend.

Boys water polo will have an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer by voicemail at 847-415-4277 or email him at

The start date for boys gymnastics has been changed to Tuesday, February 18.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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