Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stevenson BPA Takes Home Multiple State Championships
Stevenson’s Business Professionals of America club won four state championships at the 2014 BPA State Leadership Conference last weekend at the DoubleTree Oak Brook Hotel. In addition, 24 club members qualified for the BPA national competition, which will be held in Indianapolis April 30-May 3.

SHS students capturing state titles were Wen Kang Wei (Fundamental Accounting), Sergey Papushin (Advanced Accounting), Nikita Patel (Basic Office Systems and Procedures), and Patrick Austin and Nicholas Panagakis (Small Business Management Team).

The state champions qualified for the BPA national competition, as did these students: David Chen, Andrew Rogalla, Vivian Wan, Kyle Anderson, Dean Cohen, Thomas Rzepecki, Kevin Dong, Zachary Leonard, Nathan Shlobin, Bryan Pinkley, Becky Cacioppo, Suzie Barczyk, Kenton Steffens, Royce Atkins, Shahreen Chowdhury, Michael Horita, Lee Cohen, Ayano Nakamura and Raymond Lee.

In total, 53 Stevenson students competed in more than 60 business-related events. The competition included nearly 950 students from 39 high schools around the state.

Scholastic Bowl Finishes Third at State Masonic Bowl
The varsity scholastic bowl team of seniors Justin Millman, Jason Asher, and Jeeho Lee and juniors Jonathan Mishory, Zach Pease, Braden McDowell and Jay Patel won third place at the 2014 State Masonic Bowl held Saturday at Springfield High School.

SHS was the only team to go undefeated during the five morning rounds, beating Dunlap, Barrington, Greenville, Latin School and the Illinois Math and Science Academy. The Patriots lost their Round 6 match to Fremd by just one question, knocking them into the consolation round.

The team was awarded a $700 prize for third place; it received $400 for winning the Masonic sectional tournament last month.

Winter Guard Finishes Third at State Meet
The SHS Winter Guard finished third in the Varsity Lyrical Flag category with a score of 94.7 at the Team Dance Illinois Grand Championship on Sunday in Peoria. The team competed to a mix of music and the Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken.”

TEAMS Excels at Regional Competition
Stevenson took home first- and third-place trophies in the varsity and junior varsity levels, respectively, in the multiple-choice portion of the TEAMS regional competition held Friday at the Illinois Institute of Technology.


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Second Season Starts Tonight for Boys Hoops
The boys basketball team will take on McHenry at 6 p.m. tonight in the IHSA Class 4A McHenry Regional. (Class 4A predictions from the Chicago Tribune) The winner of the game will face Deerfield or Warren for the regional championship on Friday. You can watch the Stevenson-McHenry game on High School Cube. The boys ice hockey team’s Blackhawk Cup state tournament game against St. Rita in Bensenville will be shown on High School Cube at 8:35 p.m. tonight. Watch both contests through the Stevenson Broadcast Network web page.


National Honor Society applications are due Wednesday.

300 Club applications are due Friday in Student Activities.

Tickets for this weekend’s Showcase 2014 are available during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons through Friday. 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 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Attention all student artists: The Fine Arts Division is sponsoring a design competition for this spring’s Apples Around Town project in Lincolnshire. Find out more by coming to an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday or 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Both meetings will be held in Room 6008.

Best Buddies is holding a benefit night for the fifth annual “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign at Potbelly’s restaurant, 1520 E. Lake Cook Road, in Wheeling from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. When you order, mention that you’re supporting the Best Buddies chapter at Stevenson. The “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign is trying to stop the use of the R-word to describe people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can pledge to stop using the R-word at www.r-word.org. You can also buy a bracelet during your lunch period on Wednesday.

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 in Student Activities. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Rikje in the Link Lab or Mrs. Smith in Room 2414.

The Speech and Drama team cordially invites all interested faculty, staff, students and friends to the team’s second annual showcase production, this year titled “iSPEECH!” on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in the Studio Theater (Room 2204). The team will present a sampling of the pieces they perform in competition throughout the year. For an entertaining night of comedy, drama, prose, poetry, and specialty speeches, come join us! Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Snowball sign-up ends Wednesday. Some like to go away for the weekend, or like being at camp during the school year, or want to meet new people and play games. The Snowball teen and adult staff would love to give you the chance to leave our weekend with great memories, mementos of new people you’ve met, insights about you as a team member and communicator, and possibly a desire to keep drinking hot chocolate over spring break. We hope you’ll join us March 14-16. You can register through the school store online! You can also email shssnowball@gmail.com for information.


Everyone is invited to join the Animal Welfare Club today after school to watch “We Bought A Zoo.” We will be meeting in Room 7066-7068. Hope to see you there!

The 50th Anniversary Club will meet at 3:30 today in Room 1313 of the Lower ILC. New members are always welcome. Bring your event planning expertise and help us plan some very special activities for Stevenson’s 50th Anniversary next school year.

Guitar Club meets today after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at jkramer@d125.org.


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.

Looking for a summer job? Don’t miss the Jobapalooza Expo at College of Lake County on Thursday from 6-8pm. For more information go to www.clcillinois.edu/cps and click on Jobapalooza Expo.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at dwillock@d125.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.


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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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