Thursday, April 17, 2014

Three Students Qualify for USA Mathematical Olympiads
Senior David Chen and sophomore Junghyun Hwang are among about 270 students in the country who have qualified for the 43rd annual United States of America Mathematical Olympiad, the nation’s top secondary school math contest. This is the third straight year Stevenson has had at least one qualifier; Brandon Axe participated in 2012 and 2013.

Chen and Hwang qualified for the Olympiad based on their scores on two qualifying tests given in February and March: the American Mathematics Competition and the American Invitational Mathematics Examination.

Another math student earning honors is freshman Jason Lu, who has qualified for the fifth annual USA Junior Math Olympiad. He is among about 500 students selected.

The USA Mathematical Olympiad and USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad are six-question, nine-hour exams given over a two-day period. This year’s tests take place April 29-30. The top 12 scorers on each exam will be honored in Washington, D.C. on June 2.

Priority Seating Ends Monday for Herren Talk
Stevenson families have priority registration until Monday for the upcoming appearance by former NBA player Chris Herren, whose rise from the depths of addiction were the subject of the book Basketball Junkie and the ESPN Films documentary “Unguarded.” Herren will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.Herren’s appearance is part of the school’s “Healthy Patriot” initiative. Click here to order tickets.

SHS Junior Eager for Blood Drive to Help Ailing Sister
SHS junior Katy Roach plans to be the first donor during a blood drive and marrow registry at Daniel Wright Junior High School on Saturday, April 26. She has a special reason: Her sister Kyra, an eighth-grader at Daniel Wright, is battling bone cancer. Here is more information for those interested in donating.

2014-15 Drum Majors Selected
The drum majors for the 2014-15 Marching Patriots will be Carl Ausmees, Stefanie Blake, Josh Song and David Zhang. They were selected following auditions on Wednesday.

Junior Art Student Featured in Lincolnshire Review
Junior Jennifer Kong, who was one of the student artists whose work was part of the Advanced Placement Art and Advance Photography Show that concluded Wednesday, is in this week’s Lincolnshire Review Stevenson student spotlight.

No Digest Friday
The Daily Digest will not be published Friday because Stevenson is not in session. The Digest will resume Monday.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. North Chicago, 25-11, 25-18: Keenan Herman had eight kills and Grant Maleski served seven aces to lead the host Patriots (3-6, 1-1). Jeffrey Wang added four aces and Lucas Creevy dished out 10 assists. Justin Leonard had two solo blocks and a pair of kills. – Daily Herald (stats)

Girls Badminton
Stevenson 15, Palatine 0: The visiting Patriots (7-1) had little trouble on the road. Singles wins came from Adrian To (21-16, 22-20), Margaret Chen (21-13, 21-13), Katelyn Schroeder (21-16, 21-8), Neva Lui (21-7, 21-16), Elizabeth Onishchenko (21-17, 21-12), Michelle Ling (21-10, 21-8), Nicole Xia (21-11, 21-17), Sakthi Shanmugasundaram (21-11, 21-12), Michelle Hu (16-21, 21-13, 21-19) and Jay Wang (21-11, 21-8). In the doubles, the victorious tandems were Schroeder/Lui (21-15, 21-13), Shanmugasundaram/Chen (21-11, 21-6), Ling/Xia (21-19, 21-6), To/Hu (21-14, 21-8) and Wang/Onishchenko (21-18, 23-21). – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis
Stevenson 7, Lakes 0: The Patriots won every match in straight sets, losing only one game on the afternoon. In singles, Benjamin Bush was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1, followed by Matthew Harvey (6-1, 6-0) and Brian Weisberg (6-0, 6-0). All four doubles teams posted 6-0, 6-0 shutouts: No. 1 Colin Harvey/Andrew Komarov, No. 2 Adam Maryniuk/Josh Cheng, No. 3 Lukasz Jaworski/Rudy Viswanathan and No. 4 Jerry Pan/John Kny. – Daily Herald

Girls Soccer
Stevenson 2, Fenwick 0: The Patriots (2-4-1) shut out the Friars in a Pepsi Showdown contest played at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. – Chicago Tribune

Warren 10, Stevenson 0 (5 inn.): The visiting Patriots (3-9, 0-2) were held to five hits, including a double from Dana Morgan. SHS has its home opener today against Lake Zurich, and will seek to claim career win No. 500 for head coach Larry Friedrichs. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Six Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent
Six student-athletes signed national letters of intent on Wednesday to continue their playing careers in college. Signing letters were field hockey player Catherine Friedman (McGill University), boys tennis player Andrew Komarov (Case Western University), girls swimmer Courtney Kamin (University of Tampa), boys lacrosse player Michael DiZonno (Baldwin-Wallace University), girls soccer player Katy Karabetsos (San Jose State University) and girls lacrosse player Stephanie Sintetas (Virginia-Wise).

Alum Helps MIT Earn First-Ever NCAA Volleyball Bid
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology men’s volleyball team, which includes 2013 graduate Aaron Zalewski on its roster, has earned its first-ever NCAA Division III Tournament bid. The Engineers will face Endicott on Saturday in the first round.

UI Outfielder Walton to Play for Madison This Summer
University of Illinois outfielder Adam Walton, a 2012 Stevenson graduate, will play for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League this summer. The Northwoods League is the largest summer collegiate development league in the country.


Reminder: No school on Friday.

The Mr. SHS contest is tonight at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Pick up tickets for $5 at the Superstore.

The girls lacrosse team is having a fundraiser at Roti Mediterranean Grill from 6-9 p.m. tonight. The team will get 20% of all food purchased during the three-hour event. Roti is located at 1240 E. Route 45 in Vernon Hills. Look for the fundraiser flyer in the girls lacrosse web page at

Prom tickets are now on sale at the Superstore and online. The cost is $80 per ticket. SHS students bringing someone from another school must turn in a completed Dance Guest Approval Form, along with a photocopy ID of their guest. You can pick up the guest approval form at the Superstore. Click here to order tickets online.

Students and staff are invited to the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium at SHS on Friday. (There is no school on Friday.) Admission is free. Stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to check out exhibits, attend workshops and receive hands-on training. The focus of the symposium is sustainability in the school environment. For more information, go to

Buy breakfast at SHS, and you might win a prize! Students who buy a breakfast item in the East or West cafeteria between now and mid-May are eligible to enter a drawing for free prizes. The grand prize is a mountain bike. There also will be 10 iTunes cards ($10 value each) given away. The contest is sponsored by Sodexo.


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or e-mail


New IM club starting soon! IM Skateboard Club is back and everyone is welcome to join. Come to the informational meeting today at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2506. The club will start meeting April 24. Visit the website and register online at You can also visit the PREP office, Room 3040, for more information.


Senior Athletes: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship from the Sigma Nu fraternity to incoming male freshmen. See Naviance Scholarships for more information. The deadline to submit applications is May 1.

Seniors planning to attend CLC this fall:  The College of Lake County Foundation is offering the CLC Superintendent’s Scholarship, which will cover tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year. This scholarship is awarded to the SHS senior who has earned the most credits. (In the case of a tie, the scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest unweighted GPA.). If you have already submitted your CLC application, you will automatically be considered for this award. If you haven’t yet applied to CLC, you have until Monday to be considered for the scholarship.


If you are interested in marketing, promotions or media relations as a career, there is an available summer internship at a local non-profit. You must have strong writing skills, knowledge of social media platforms and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, as well as reliable transportation. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for an application.

Interested in a culinary career? Want to know what it is like to be a pastry chef?  There is a summer opportunity available to intern at a Chicago restaurant. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more details.

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

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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