Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Junior Named to National Honors Orchestra
Junior Monet Lee has been selected as a violinist for the 2014 National High School Honors Orchestra, a group of 100 of the country’s top high school musicians. The orchestra will perform March 7 at the American String Teachers Association national conference in Louisville.

Lee is the only musician from Illinois selected to the orchestra. She will receive a $750 scholarship from the Illinois ASTA Board as a representative from the state. In addition to performing in Stevenson’s Patriot Orchestra, Lee is the principal violinist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has earned selection twice to the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Honors Orchestra (2013 and 2014), and served as the group’s concertmistress (first chair of the first violin section) in 2013.

Stevenson’s TEAMS Finishes Third at Regional
Stevenson’s TEAMS (Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Math and Science) team finished third at the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) regional competition at the College of Lake County on February 1, behind Lake Zurich and Libertyville. Sophomore Pat DeMichele took first place in the Physics category and classmate Michael Zhang captured Computer Science. Both qualified for the sectional competition at Vernon Hills High School on March 14.

Taking a Look at My First Pass
The Daily Herald today writes about the My First Pass option available to Stevenson parents who want to track when their students board and exit school buses. The program, which is being offered for free this semester, allows parents to use an app, receive texts or go online to track ridership. A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says the program doesn’t raise privacy concerns. Visit www.d125.org/mfp for more information and to register.

Bozek, U.S. Take on Canada Wednesday Morning
SHS alum Megan Bozek and the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team will take on Canada at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The game can be seen live on NBC Sports Network; a re-broadcast will air at 4 p.m. | U.S. women’s hockey team schedule


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Hockey Team Prepares for SHL Playoffs
The varsity boys ice hockey team begins its best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series against Rockford at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. Game 2 will be played Friday in Rockford and Game 3, if necessary, will be played at 2:10 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rinks. SHS is seeded fourth in the SHL playoffs, and Rockford is fifth. The Patriots head into Wednesday’s playoff opener off an 8-2 win over Fenwick on Saturday that featured a seven-goal outburst in the second period.

Henricksen Hails SHS Hoopsters
Joe Henricksen, who writes the City/Suburban Hoops Report for the Chicago Sun-Times, says Stevenson’s boys basketball team is the most complete squad around, with lack of size its only weakness. Henricksen says SHS, Curie and Whitney Young are the best teams in the Chicago area. He also called Jalen Brunson’s game against Benet on Saturday one of the top three or four performances of the season. The Patriots are No. 2 in the latest Chicago Tribune rankings and No. 3 in the Sun-Times. Sun-Times Top 25 | Tribune Top 20

Cashaw Comes Out of His Shell
Boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose told Connor Cashaw to become more assertive this season, and the junior forward has responded in a big way. Cashaw had one of his best performances of the season during Friday’s win over Zion-Benton, and on Sunday received his highest-profile scholarship offer yet, from Boston College.

Sabatello Gaining Steam for Boilermakers
Purdue University wrestler and Stevenson graduate Danny Sabatello earned an upset victory over the nation’s eighth-ranked 141-pounder on Friday, raising his record to 19-9 on the season. Sabatello, a redshirt sophomore, beat Steven Rodrigues from the University of Illinois, 10-6. Sabatello won back-to-back IHSA championships at 119 and 125 pounds in 2010 and 2011, becoming the first state wrestling champion in school history.


AP exam registration is underway. Click here for details. Make sure you register by March 10 to avoid paying late fees!

Winterfest Dress-Up Schedule: Wednesday is Stripes Day, Thursday is College Day and Friday is Spirit Day.

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.

Students need to pick up artwork they left in Odyssey classrooms by Friday, February 21. Artwork can be picked up in Room 2426.


The Ski and Snowboard Club’s overnight trip the weekend of February 21 has been canceled. The parent meeting that was to be held this Wednesday also has been canceled. Additional information will be sent via email and posted on the website as soon as details are available. This weekend’s trip to Alpine Valley is still a go. Don’t forget to hand your money in by 8 a.m. Wednesday.


Juniors: Are your parents asking you questions about the college search and application process? A parent-only Q&A session at 7 p.m. tonight 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.


Senior Class Board: We are decorating the East Hallways today 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.


Girls softball will have an informational meeting today from 3:30-4 p.m. in the West Faculty Dining Room (1204). If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Friedrichs at 847-415-4803 or by email at lfriedrichs@d125.org.

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 pmazzuca@d125.org 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 mhodge@d125.org 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 pblock@d125.org 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 mfitzgerald@d125.org 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 mfitzgerald@d125.org 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 swimer@d125.org.

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


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 www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

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 dwillock@d125.org 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 dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment and find out more.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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