Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Debate Team Excels at Harvard, ICDA State Tourneys
Stevenson’s debate team leaped into the heart of its competition season with award-winning performances at Harvard University and Harper College.

At the 40th annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament held February 15-17, Dhruv Luthra and Peter Hwang were among the top five speakers in their individual chambers and reached the quarterfinal round of the congressional debate competition. The pair also qualified for the national Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky in April. Also competing at Harvard and achieving high preliminary round scores were Pat DeMichele, Jake Glazer and Noella James.

At the Illinois Congressional Debate Association state tournament last Saturday, Tina Moazezi and Noella James earned Best Presiding Officer awards. In the Chamber awards, Luthra, Michelle Hu and Venkat Mannem earned Second Place Speaker Awards. Luthra also finished as the Second Place Quality Speaker, awarded to the student with the second-highest overall speaking average at the competition.

Hwang was in a seven-way tie for two slots on the ICDA All-State Team, which is based on judge nominations. Hwang received nine nominations, but that was not enough to earn a winning slot in the tiebreaker, which was based on overall speech average for the season.

Stevenson will take part in the qualifying round of the National Forensics League tournament at Huntley High School on March 7-8, then will compete in the Illinois High School Association state tournament in Springfield March 20-22.

Art Students Earn Awards at Regional Exhibit
Five Stevenson visual artists competed in the inaugural Illinois High School Regional Art Exhibit at the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago on Sunday, and three came away with awards and monetary prizes.

Senior Alexandra Secrieru won the Silver Award in the drawing category and junior Jennifer Kong also took home the Silver in painting. Each received $200. In addition, Kong won free housing ($2,000 value) if she attends the Early College summer program offered at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Senior Dylan Tuckman, competing in the graphic design category, won a partial scholarship in the digital portfolio competition from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Also competing in the show were senior Monica Wilner in photography and junior Carrianne Ledvina in the three-dimensional category.

Sixty-five of the finest Chicagoland high school art departments, both public and private, were invited to compete in the event. There were 350 works displayed in the categories of photography, graphic design, drawing, three-dimensional and painting. Awards in each category included Best of Show ($500), Gold ($300), Silver ($200), Bronze ($100), and five Honorable Mentions ($50). This is the only competition the SHS Art Department is involved in with monetary awards.

Culver’s Fundraiser for SHS Choral Guild Thursday
Culver’s in Buffalo Grove will donate a portion of its proceeds Thursday late afternoon and evening to the Stevenson Choral Guild. The fundraiser will run from 4 p.m. until closing. No flyer or coupon is needed; customers simply need to mention “Stevenson Choir” when placing their order.


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Boys Basketball Prepares for NSC Title Game
Tonight’s North Suburban Conference championship game between Stevenson and North Chicago will be shown live on High School Cube at 7 p.m. Click here to watch.

Weisberg Takes Risk, Earns Big Reward on Beam
After winning her first state balance beam last year, Alyssa Weisberg didn’t rest on her laurels. Instead, she scrapped her winning routine and went back to the drawing board. Despite the new routine and nagging injuries, Weisberg won her second straight beam championship last weekend.


There will be no laptops or iPads available for checkout in the ILC today until 11 a.m.

Don’t miss the PPA bake sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

The Senior Party registration deadline is Friday. Click here for the reservation form.

Mr. SHS is coming soon. Are you looking for fun, excitement and fame? We’re looking for the next Mr. SHS. Any senior male can apply to be a contestant. Applications are available in the Student Activities Office. The deadline for registration is 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 in Student Activities. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Rikje in the Link Lab or Mrs. Smith in Room 2414.

Odyssey students who took a wheel throwing class have an extended week to pick up their pots in Room 1422. Pots that are not received by Friday will be tossed.

Ticket sales for Showcase 2014 run every day through Friday, March 7 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. All seats are reserved and are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2014 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!


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



Girls soccer tryouts begin Monday. All levels will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center lobby.


SPINS Club: Our next outing is Friday to Whirlyball in Vernon Hills. We’ll be back at SHS by 7 p.m. Get your permission form signed and turned in by Thursday so you can attend.

Have you ever been to Einstein Bagels and wanted your sandwich on Challah, but they were all out? Not to worry, we’re making Challah at Club Israel this week.  Join us Thursday in Room 1406 (Food Lab) after school to make your very own Challah. Bake and eat it there, or be nice and bring home to share; your choice! Any questions, ask Mrs. Argentar.


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.

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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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