Monday, May 5, 2014

Ex-NBA Player to Discuss Addiction Battle Wednesday
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, will speak at Stevenson at 7 p.m. Wednesday. His presentation, “Chris Herren Unguarded: It’s Never Too Late to Follow Your Dreams,” will take place in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, but registration is strongly recommended due to limited seating. Click here to register.

A follow-up breakfast meeting for SHS parents featuring Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Cristina Cortesi will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 14 in the District 125 Administration Center, north of the school’s Stadium.

Math Team Finishes Third in State
Stevenson finished third at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state competition on Saturday. SHS scored 1,037 points, behind Whitney Young (1,073) and the Illinois Math and Science Academy (1,054). Naperville North was fourth (988) and New Trier fifth (869).

SHS won state championships in three areas. Junghyun Hwang won the individual Geometry title, and was part of the first-place Geometry team with Pat DeMichele, Emery Liu, Michael Zhang, Allen Cao and Devin Deng. DeMichele was seventh and Liu 10th individually. The Junior-Senior Eight-Person team also won its division. Team members included Hwang, Jaymo Kang, Tim Klem, Brian Zhou, Eric Chang, David Chen, Sam Lim and Akanksha Shah.

Several other teams and individuals won awards. Click here to see the list.

BPA Students Compete at National Finals
Twelve of the 23 Stevenson who competed at the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis last weekend finished in the top 10 of their events. Leading the way was Rebecca Cacioppo, who was third in Insurance Concepts, and also finished in the top 10 in Marketing/Management/Human Resources. Other top 10 performances came from Vivian Wan in four events (Financial Math, Marketing/Management/Human Resources, Payroll Accounting, Project Management Concepts); David Chen in two (Advanced Accounting, Financial Math); Kyle Anderson (Banking and Finance); Suzie Barczyk (Basic Office Systems and Procedures); Wen Kang Wei (Fundamental Accounting); Zach Leonard, Kevin Dong, Thomas Rzepecki and Dean Cohen (Financial Analyst Team); and Patrick Austin and Nicholas Panagakis (Small Business Management Team). Approximately 5,000 students from 26 states competed.

SHS Cleans Up at State Science Fair
Stevenson had its best showing ever in the annual Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair on Saturday. Every SHS student earned at least one Gold Award, the highest that can be earned. More than 1,000 papers and projects were entered in the contest.

Winning Gold Awards in the project session were freshmen Rahul Arun, Akshay Chaubal, Aaron Merlin, Ndallah Njongmeta and Revanth Bellam; sophomore Ajay Varadhan; juniors HanSong Huang, Jeremy Lan, Pranjali Rathi, Russell Ang, Jessie Wang, Anvesh Jalasutram, Kevin Cheng, Caroline Kelmis and Samuel Oh; and seniors Justin Horowitz, Erica Smolinski and Jack Hirsch. Merlin and Njongmeta also won a Silver Award.

Several students won Best in Category honors for their projects:

Varadhan (Health Science), Ang and Wang (Zoology), and Chaubal and Arun (Astronomy). Jalasutram won a special Health Science Award from the Health Science Learning Exchange.

Thirteen students won Gold Awards for their papers: Njongmeta, Merlin, Arun, Chaubal, Rathi, Ang, Wang, Cheng, Kelmis, Oh, Sophia Liu, Jaymo Kang and Fuyan Jiang. Jalasutram received a Silver Award. In addition, Wang and Ang won an award for Best Paper of the fair.

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week
Today marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week, and Tuesday is National Teacher Day. Social media users are encouraged to use the #ThankaTeacher hashtag when showing their support for educators.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots (20-6) split two contests in home water, falling to Loyola 9-8, before beating Naperville Central, 11-9. SHS was one of four teams with a 3-1 record during the two-day tournament, but claimed the team title based on largest goal differential. Mitchell Sokolsky had four goals in the win over Naperville Central, while Alex Divanyan, Andrew Shashin and Alex Kapecki each scored twice. Liam Holzer also scored. Shaurya Gilani made 11 saves. Against Loyola, Shashin had three goals, and Kapecki, Divanyan, Holzer, Sokolsky, and Zach Stephens each scored once. Gilani blocked 15 shots on goal. –

Stevenson 15-6, Prospect 2-4: The visiting Patriots (11-12) swept the nonconference doubleheader, capping a 5-0 week. SHS has won eight of its last nine outings. In Game 2, the Pats surrendered a 4-0 lead but rallied for two runs in the seventh. Lexi Yonkovic scored the go-ahead run on a double by Vera Pflugradt, who was singled home by Taylor Koenigs. Ruby Mankus, who allowed only one earned run as the winning pitcher in the opener, tossed two innings in relief to earn the victory in the second game. Pflugradt scored four runs and also drove in four during the two games. Koenigs had five hits, including a solo home run, scored three runs and drove in three during the twin bill. – Daily Herald (linescores)

Lake Zurich 7, Stevenson 0; Buffalo Grove 5, Stevenson 1: The Patriots (8-9, 2-4) were held to three hits in the morning loss at Lake Zurich (12-8, 4-4), then were limited to two singles in the nonconference contest at Buffalo Grove (6-14) in the afternoon. Justin Happ had a hit in each game. Michael Banakis had the other hit against Buffalo Grove, while Sean Wilson doubled and Joey Morris singled versus the Bears. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis
Stevenson at Tom Pitchford Invitational: Andrew Komarov and Colin Harvey were runners-up in doubles, helping the Patriots to a fourth-place finish among 32 teams at the Hersey tournament, which serves as an early preview of the state tourney. The pair fell in the finals to Lope Adelakun and Chase Hamilton of Hinsdale Central, 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, after beating Deerfield’s Chris Casati and Niko Wasilewicz in the semifinals. Harvey and Komarov went 4-1 in the tournament, raising their record to 11-2. Adam Maryniuk and Matt Harvey defeated Barrington’s Matt Mulligan and Vijay Tripuraneni in straight sets to earn fifth-place honors. – Daily Herald (results) (day 1 coverage)

Boys Lacrosse
Stevenson 12, Fremd 7; Wheaton North 3, Stevenson 2: The Patriots (10-4) extended their winning streak to nine with a morning victory in Palatine, then fell to Wheaton at Libertyville in the afternoon. –

Girls Lacrosse
Lyons 20, Stevenson 11: The visiting Patriots dropped to 5-11. –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson 15, Vernon Hills 2: At Rosemont Stadium, the Patriots (9-12) won under the lights against the Cougars for the second straight year. After Vernon Hills scored two runs in the top of the first, the Pats responded with four in the first, three in the second, six in the third and two more in the fourth. Taylor Koenigs had a pair of triples as part of Stevenson’s 15-hit attack. Vera Pflugradt had a triple and a double, Jordan Cortesi tripled, while Lexi Yonkovic and Dana Morgan both doubled. Myra Peterson was the winning pitcher, surrendering five hits. – Daily Herald | High School Cube Video

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots (19-5) opened their two-day tournament with a pair of wins, besting Brother Rice, 13-5, and Palatine, 14-8. Against Brother Rice, Alex Divanyan and Andrew Shashin both recorded three goals and the trio of Alex Kapecki, Liam Holzer and Mitchell Sokolsky tallied two. Goalkeeper Shaurya Gilani blocked 13 shots. Shashin and Sokolsky each had four goals against Palatine, with Kapecki adding three. Gilani made 13 saves versus the Pirates. –

Boys Volleyball
Mundelein d. Stevenson, 25-21, 25-20: The visiting Patriots fell to 10-14 on a night that served as a fundraiser for the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, and was played in honor of 2013 Mundelein graduate and former volleyball player Ian Turkula, who died in January of a brain tumor. Grant Maleski had six kills. Mundelein improved to 12-13. – High School Cube News, Daily Herald (stats)


AP exams began today. Visit testing schedule, room locations for exams, plus policies regarding calculator use, cell phones and other electronic devices.

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 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 or the 50th Anniversary Committee sponsor, Mrs. Dreyer, at

The Stevenson Styler is hosting Stevenson’s very first fashion show! The fashion show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday 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, are available from the Superstore.

Visual Image Photography (VIP) will visit Stevenson for senior portrait (Class of 2015) sign-up May 19-21 from 10:45-3:30 in the Patriot Lobby. You can sign up by phone at 847-499-9300 or 800-577-9570, or online at  You can also scan the QR code on any sign-up poster featured on bulletin boards throughout the school.

Buy breakfast at SHS, and you might win a prize!Any student who buys a breakfast item in the East or West cafeteria between now and mid-May is 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.


Juniors and seniors: Questions about the Army National Guard? A recruiter will be visiting Stevenson in the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during fourth period Thursday. Students who are interested in meeting with the recruiter need to sign up in the College/Career Center. You will receive a blue pass and the pass needs to be signed by your teacher in order to attend. If you have lunch or are free during fourth period, a pass is not required.

Seniors: UIC bound? The University of Illinois-Chicago is offering students the opportunity to enroll in its premier, tuition-free, college readiness program. See for more information.


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

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.


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

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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