Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

SHS Alum to Play for Olympic Gold
Stevenson alumnus Megan Bozek scored one goal and assisted on two others as the U.S. women’s hockey team beat Sweden, 6-1, in the semifinals of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia on Monday. The U.S. will take on Canada in the gold-medal game at 11 a.m. Thursday. The two teams have met already this Olympics, with the Canadians prevailing 3-2 last Wednesday. Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on NBC.

Chess Team Seventh in State; Guo Wins Top Board Title
Sophomore Allen Guo won the top board level at the Illinois High School Association state chess tournament on Saturday, leading Stevenson to a seventh-place finish in the team standings.

Guo won all seven of his matches during the two-day tournament, and earned the overall title by amassing the most tiebreaker points over two other players who went 7-0. This is the second straight year Guo has finished first on his board at state; he captured Board 2 in 2013.

Three other Patriots finished in the top 15 on their board: juniors Phillip Engstrom and Liam Holzer, and sophomore Matt Xi. For SHS, the seventh-place showing marks the 11th consecutive year it has finished in the top 10 at the state tournament. Click here for more details and official results.

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Sectional Championship
The varsity Scholastic Bowl team went undefeated as it won the Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl sectional tournament Saturday at Grayslake Central High School. In addition to a $400 cash prize, the team earned the opportunity to compete in the Masonic state tournament March 1 in Springfield. The team members are seniors Justin Millman, Jeeho Lee and Jason Asher, and juniors Zach Pease, Braden McDowell, Jonathan Mishory and Jay Patel.

15 From FCCLA Earn Spots at State Conference
Eleven members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club won top honors in their events at the FCCLA Section 5 competition Friday at Harper College. They, along with four other club members, earned berths in proficiency and competitive events at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference April 10-12 in Springfield.

Stevenson won seven events behind the efforts of these students: Peyton Helgeson-Cuitino and Michelle Krichevskaya (Sports Nutrition), Jamie Blackman (Focus on Children), Rachel Marks and Camryn Hirsch (Advocacy), Jackie Sushan (Chapter Service Project Display), Michelle Pappageorge and Brooke Gregorcy (Hospitality),  Yuka Kuwahara and Arielle Shemesh (Food Innovations), and Jordan Zatz (Nutrition and Wellness). Click here to see the other award winners.

Science Olympiad Team Sweeps Loyola Invite
The Science Olympiad team won the varsity and junior varsity divisions at the 29-team Loyola Invitational on Saturday, the second straight year it has captured both categories at the event. Every student who participated won at least one medal, and most walked away with more than one. David Chen was part of four first-place teams, while Shravya Gogula, Amber Hu, Katherine Liu, David Zhang, Kevin You, David Cao, Becca Nelson and Sophia Liu all earned three firsts. Click here to see all the award winners.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Sectional: Tyler Harrington finished second at 170 pounds, earning a place at the IHSA individual state tournament beginning Thursday at the University of Illinois. Harrington (35-6) lost to Kayne MacCallum (39-1) of Libertyville, 8-4, in the championship match. Harrington is one of 16 state qualifiers at 170. He will face Colton Wegner of Glenbard North (30-15) in the preliminary round. – Official results, state brackets| Daily Herald (Day 1 coverage), High School Cube News

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at IHSA Zion-Benton Sectional: At Sunset Lanes in Waukegan, the Patriots’ season came to a close with no one qualifying for the state tournament. – Official results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 2, Rockford 1 (OT): Matt Heller scored off an acrobatic assist from Michael Trapp in overtime, lifting the host Patriots to a victory in their best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series against the Icemen. SHS advances to the SHL semifinals against regular-season champion Glenbrook North. The first game in their best-of-three series starts at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday at Northbrook Ice Rinks. Ryan Rothstein scored the Patriots’ first goal, assisted by Greg Anast. Goalie Corey Benjoya stopped 36 shots. – Watch the game-winning goal

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: Blake Ripes won the diving competition, and the Patriots received 14 other top-five finishes to place second behind Libertyville, 314-299, at Vernon Hills High School. Ripes won the diving with a 416.55 score, almost 50 points ahead of the runner-up. Allen Feng was second in the 200 IM (1:57.70) and 100 breaststroke (1:00.63). Nick Koto finished second in the 200 free (1:46.09) and third in the 500 free (4:52.67). Andrew Lefebvre finished second in the 500 free (4:46.26) and was fifth in the 200 free (1:48.08). Nathaniel Wingfield placed third in the 100 backstroke (55.94) and fifth in the 50 free (22.64). Dimitriy Pelutis was third in the 100 free (49.49) and fourth in the 200 free (1:47.64). Robert Cao took fourth in the 100 back (55.95) and Daniel Ko was fifth in the 100 butterfly (55.63). Stevenson was second in all three relays. – Official results | Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 94, Mundelein 55: The visiting Patriots clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title in their highest-scoring game of the season. SHS (23-1, 10-1) can win the division outright with a win over Lake Forest on Friday. The Scouts defeated Zion-Benton, 59-51, to give Stevenson the inside track to the NSC championship game. Jalen Brunson scored 20 points, including a one-handed dunk that highlighted the Pats’ 37-point first quarter. Brunson moved within 31 points of tying the school’s all-time scoring record with Chris Coleman (1,617 points). Matt Morrissey scored 18 points and collected eight rebounds. Connor Cashaw had 15 points and six boards, and Matt Johnson scored 10 points. In all, 13 players scored for SHS. The Mustangs fell to 2-25, 0-11. – Daily Herald (stats)

Boys Ice Hockey
Rockford 7, Stevenson 1: The host Icemen forced a Game 3 in the Scholastic Hockey League series. Jared Projansky scored Stevenson’s lone goal with an assist from Trevor Patten. Goalies Corey Benjoya and Nathan Newmark made 27 and 3 saves, respectively.


The Senior Party registration deadline is February 28 — unless it fills up before then. Don’t wait too long! Click here for the reservation form.

Second Day of the Week Schedule on Wednesday. Classes start at 8:35.

The Orchestra Chamber Concert is Wednesday night in the Recital Hall. The first batch of ensembles will perform starting at 6 o’clock, followed by a second wave at 7:30.

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

Did you take a wheel throwing class during Odyssey? Your work will be ready for pick up starting Tuesday in Room 1422. Work left after February 24 will be tossed.

Visiting Artist of the Month Keith Grace will give a presentation to students on Friday during periods 2 and 4 at the Rotunda Gallery in the West Building.


Attention all members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting Wednesday in the link labs after school to prepare for Brain Awareness Week. All are welcome; please meet in the link labs at 3:45.

Come to Chinese Club after school today to play authentic Chinese games, like Mahjong, go, Chinese chess and checkers. Snacks provided. Where? Room 2812.

Come to the Operation Click meeting Wednesday in Room 1428 from 3:30 to 4:30. We will be making a video, so bring your ideas. Earn service hours and meet new friends. Lou Malnati’s pizza will be served! New members are always welcome.

Senior Class Board: We are meeting Wednesday after school in Room 2426 to begin planning for Mr. SHS. Please join us. If you would like more information, please contact Mrs. Rikje in Information Services or Mrs. Smith in Green Student Services.

Join Club Israel on Thursday in Room 1414. A former paratrooper instructor from the Israeli Army will be joining us. Listen to her speak and ask any and all questions! As always, free pizza will be served! Contact Mrs. Argentar with any questions.


The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26 in Room 6012. For more information, visit the IM Dodgeball page.


Boys tennis will hold an informational meeting Wednesday after school in Room 1902. Contact Coach Stanhope at 847-415-4440 or email him at tstanhope@d125.org if you unable to attend.

A girls lacrosse informational meeting is set for 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. Contact Coach Walker at 847-415-4683 or email her at swalker@d125.org if you can’t attend.

An information meeting for boys lacrosse will take place Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Larsen at 848-415-4257 or blarsen@d125.org.


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.

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.


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.

UIC faculty begin two-day strike
Chicago unions call for tax hikes instead of pension cuts
SIU names Dunn new president
McHenry District 156 teachers approve intent-to-strike notice
20 taken to hospitals after pepper spray released at school
New principal selected for Lake Zurich elementary school
Alumni groups invest in their old Chicago schools, despite changes
U.S. Supreme Court’s Scalia urges greater focus on civic education
Springfield superintendent regrets decision to not cancel school
At UI, nontenure-track faculty up, tenure-track faculty declines

Study: High school performance better predictor than ACT, SAT
11 states sued over education funding
Magnet schools find a renewed embrace in cities
Florida State’s president to take over at Penn State
Miami-Dade Schools chief named superintendent of the year

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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