Monday, April 28, 2014

Sophomore Wins State Theater Awards Contest
Sophomore Jonah Rawitz won the leading male actor award at the third annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards on Saturday, earning an all-expenses-paid trip to New York for the National High School Musical Theater Awards on Broadway at the end of June.

Rawitz and classmate Kaitlin Feely were among 24 students in the state selected for the Illinois competition. They spent Saturday working with theater professionals, including the Broadway choreographer from “Newsies,” and auditioned in front of a panel of professional judges.

Band Concert to Debut Song Written by Senior
Stevenson’s bands will perform during the Spring Band Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Band directors Dr. Sonny Petway, Debbie Durham and Caitlin McGovern will lead the Freshman Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Advanced Symphonic Band and Honor Band. The Honor Band performance will include the debut of “Stevenson Victory,” a song written by senior Isaiah Walker. Click here to see a video about “Stevenson Victory,” produced by SHS Electronic Communications Specialist Jennifer DiBella.

Dance Concert Features Piece Dedicated to Mary Layco
Last weekend’s Spring Dance Concert featured a special piece choreographed by senior Lexi Schmidt and performed by the Melange Dance Company called “Reaching for the Stars.” The piece was dedicated to Mary Layco, the Stevenson math teacher who died in December. Schmidt’s dedication read: “This piece is dedicated to Mary Layco, a Stevenson math teacher who committed her life to her students and lived every day to its fullest. She impacted many lives with her kind heart and undying passion for everyone to ‘reach for the stars.’ Her spirit will continually live in our hearts.”

Former SHS Dean, Teacher to Lead Oak Brook School
Former Stevenson dean and mathematics teacher Amy Read has been named principal at Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook. She currently is principal at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, and before that was principal of Margaret Mead Junior High in Schaumburg. At Butler, she will be replacing Stephanie Palmer, who is leaving to become principal of Hinsdale South High School.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Badminton
Stevenson at Hinsdale South ABCD Invitational: The Patriots nipped the host school, 54-52, for top honors in the 16-team tournament. No individual results were available. – High School Cube News

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: The Patriots (9-12) won two of three matches on the day, beating Libertyville (28-26, 25-18) and Palatine (25-20, 25-15), and losing to Prospect (14-25, 25-18, 15-13). Eric Chang had 22 kills in the three matches while Grant Maleski had 21. Keenan Herman served four aces and Timothy Park had three to go along with a team-high 22 digs. Nick Perozzi made 38 assists and Lucas Creevy had 22. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots (21-4) beat Rockford, Michigan, 8-2, and lost to Mother McAuley, 8-7, to finish the two-day tournament with a 2-2 record. Against Rockford, Ashley Oliver scored three goals, Melissa Gartenberg had two, and Annika Hotchkiss, Allison Travetto and Autumn Hoang each tallied once. Travetto, who was the tournament’s second-leading scorer with 12 goals, had four more against McAuley, while Gartenberg had two and Hotchkiss added one. – High School Cube News, Illpolo.com

Baseball
Stevenson 10, Rolling Meadows 5: The visiting Patriots scored six runs in the last two innings, improving to 7-7. Willie Bourbon went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs while Mike Banakis and Jack Joseph each had two hits. Winning pitcher Joe Olker struck out five in four innings. SHS drew eight walks and took advantage of seven errors by the Mustangs. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Softball
Stevenson 11-6, Buffalo Grove 5-8: Kat Trotter went 2-for-3 and drove in four runs as the host Patriots (6-12) won the opener, 11-5. Trisha Porzycki was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Taylor Koenigs, Abby O’Connor and Jordan Cortesi all doubled. In the nightcap, O’Connor hit a three-run double in the second inning to give SHS a 5-1 lead, which the Bison overcame by tallying three runs in the third and fourth innings. Cortesi was 2-for-3 and scored a run in the second game. – Daily Herald (linescores)

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics
Stevenson at John Cress Invitational: At Niles North, the Patriots posted a score of 157.85 to top 13 other schools. Zack Gilbert and Jacob Guth finished 1-2 in the all-around, and Gilbert also won five of six individual events. He took first place in pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars and floor exercise, and was third on high bar. Guth was second on pommel horse and floor, fourth on high bar, fifth on parallel bars and ninth on vault. Arie Feltman-Frank was runner-up on still rings and high bar. Elijah Klaber was third on pommel horse, sixth on parallel bars and 10th in vault. Matt Krames was seventh on floor and high bar, and 10th on parallel bars.

Girls Badminton
Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: The Patriots tied the host Bison for the team title, scoring 33 points each to top four other schools. Margaret Chen won the No. 1 singles flight, Michelle Hu claimed No. 3 and Jay Wang captured No. 4. In doubles, four tandems were runners-up: No. 1 Katelyn Schroeder/Neva Lui, No. 2 Sakthi Shanmugasundaram/Ashley Richardson, No. 3 Michelle Ling/Nicole Xia and No. 4 Sophia Liu/Naomi Ecanow.– Daily Herald

Baseball
Stevenson 7, Round Lake 2: Nick Raaum threw a complete-game four-hitter, striking out five for the Patriots (6-7) on the road. Joe Morris drove in two runs, while Mitch Goll, Rory Koenig, Sam Harris and Willie Bourbon each knocked in one. – @SHS_Baseball1 Twitter feed

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots (20-3) opened their two-day tournament by splitting a pair of contests with Michigan schools. SHS beat East Grand Rapids, 12-3, behind three goals apiece from Allison Travetto and Annika Hotchkiss. The Pats fell to top-ranked Okemos, 11-7. Travetto had four goals and Melissa Gartenberg added two. – Illpolo.com

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson at Bob Cohoon Invitational: At Downers Grove South, the Patriots were ninth out of 17 teams. Ki Hwan Kim was second in the long jump (21-7.75), and Tim Vestuto was third in the 100 (11.09) and 200 (22.61). – Daily Herald

Softball
Stevenson 5, Lakes 3: The visiting Patriots (5-10) scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit. Taylor Koenigs singled home Kat Trotter to tie the score at 3-3, then a passed ball and RBI groundout from Abby O’Connor plated two more runs. One of Stevenson’s first runs came from Lexi Yonkovic, who scored from second base on Koenigs’ sacrifice fly to right field. Myra Peterson went the distance in the circle, allowing only one earned run. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: The Patriots (7-11) split a pair of matches to begin the two-day tournament, beating Fremd (25-18, 25-19) and falling to Waubonsie Valley (25-14, 25-18). Eric Chang led SHS with six kills and four aces against Fremd. Grant Maleski added five kills. Timothy Park made 12 digs. Jeffrey Wang had 10 assists and Nick Perozzi added nine. Against Waubonsie, Keenan Herman led with four kills. Park had nine digs. – Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

How would you like to win $500? That’s the grand prize for the winner of a design contest to create a logo for Stevenson’s 50th anniversary. The contest is open to all students. You can pick up an application in Room 2426 or the Student Activities Office, or download one at http://tinyurl.com/shs50logo. Applications are due by May 12, and the winner will be announced at Spring Fling on May 30. If you have any questions, email Kevin Cheng at kcheng5@students.d125.org or the 50th Anniversary Committee sponsor, Mrs. Dreyer, at ddreyer@d125.org.

Today is the last day to buy Prom tickets. Tickets are available for $80 each at the Superstore or online through the SHS Web Store. 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.

Do you like to sing? Auditions for Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers are happening this week. Information and sign-up sheets are outside the Choir Room door (2202). Choir is a class that meets everyday and receives GPA credit. Please contact Mrs. Nuteson for more information (anuteson@d125.org).

The Spring Band Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. All five bands will perform. The Honor Band will feature a song written by SHS senior Isaiah Walker. Admission is free.

The Stevenson Styler is hosting Stevenson’s very first fashion show! The fashion show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the West Auditorium. The show will feature designs from Stevenson students in Clothing & Design, alumni students who attend prestigious fashion design college programs, as well as from local boutiques such as Priceless, Illusions By Jill, Alice B, and All About Me. Tickets will be $5 at the door, and proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. VIP tickets, which guarantee front of the house seating, will be available from the Superstore starting Monday, May 5.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

If you would like to participate in a Summer Career Shadow, applications are due by May 9. Please see the Career Exploration web page for an application or contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org.

Interested in veterinary medicine as a career? The Anti-Cruelty Society Veterinary Mentoring Program could be for you. Applications are being accepted for the 2014-15 school year. Please see Mrs. Willock in the CCC for an application.

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.

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday 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.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
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Ex-downstate teacher faces more child sex assault charges
Some schools thwart boys, girls lacrosse adoption by IHSA
Maine Township District 207 chooses new school board member
Oak Park River Forest High hires new human resources director
Waukegan High college counselor needs kidney transplant

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
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Colleges confront increasing use of heroin by students
Hawaii-Hilo sued for stopping distribution of Constitution
South Carolina State U. running out of money, can’t meet payroll

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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