Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Those Who Excel Winner: Erwin Borowsky

Last week, we listed the individuals and teams receiving Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education this fall. Today we take a brief look at SHS parent Erwin Borowsky, who has earned the Recognition award in the Community Volunteer category.

Erwin Borowsky

Erwin Borowsky has spent countless hours volunteering at Stevenson since 2010, when his daughter Alissa (Class of 2013) was a freshman. His son, Jared, is a junior.

Borowsky has done a wide variety of tasks over the past few years. Every year he volunteers to aid in the packaging of information packets for incoming freshmen, and is present on Freshman Orientation Day to greet ninth-graders and hand out class schedules. He has helped the Stevenson Foundation in numerous ways, ranging from assisting at its annual golf outing to stuffing and labeling its annual report. He has provided food for various events at school, including bake sales, teacher appreciation meals and the Co-Curricular Fair dinner for club sponsors.

The majority of his efforts, though, are on behalf of the Athletics Division. He is a volunteer with Sports Boosters, assisting with the concession stands and selling clothing at football games, parent open houses and the Co-Curricular Fair. He assists Athletic Director Trish Betthauser with parent-athlete surveys administered at the Fall, Winter and Spring Sports Awards Nights. Borowsky also is the team representative for the boys cross country and track and field teams. He plans pot luck dinners, pizza parties, snacks for meets, and a pancake breakfast for the team. He also organizes field trips and assists with summer travel arrangements for a running camp in Montana and the New Balance Nationals.

“An outstanding volunteer is one who is willing to help, is dependable and has a true heart for what he is doing, and I believe Erwin is an excellent example of that outstanding volunteer, and very deserving of the Those Who Excel Award for Community Volunteer,” said SHS Volunteer Coordinator Laurie Dickinson.

Approximately 300 Attend Candidates Forum

About 300 people attended a candidates forum Tuesday night in the Performing Arts Center. The forum, sponsored by the Political Action Club, included 10th Congressional District candidates Brad Schneider and Bob Dold, plus Lt. Gov. candidate Paul Vallas. Coverage: Chicago Tribune | Sun-Times Media | Daily Herald

No School, No Digest on Thursday

Stevenson will not have classes on Thursday due to the Rosh Hashanah holiday. The Daily Digest will not be published Thursday, and will return Friday.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lake Zurich, 25-14, 23-25, 25-18: In a battle for bragging rights in their family, SHS assistant coach Vicky Nordhem and her Patriots (12-10) prevailed on the road against the Bears and Nordhem’s daughter, Kylie Dykgraaf. Isabella Milejczyk led Stevenson with 13 kills while Anna Drozdzewicz had 8 blocks. In the deciding third game, Drozdzewicz and Corissa Kurth had critical blocks as the Pats pulled away. Kurth dished out 17 assists. Jori Radtke had 7 kills. Morgan Berland made 16 digs and Dana Pflugradt added 14. Milejczyk, Radtke and Kurth all had 7 digs. SHS served 6 aces. Nordhem led Stevenson from the sidelines in the place of head coach Tim Crow, who was ill. – Daily Herald

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 102, Mundelein 84: Casey Kirby and Ashlin Ruiz each won an event and also swam on the Patriots’ winning 200 medley relay. Kirby captured the 50 freestyle (26.08) while Ruiz won the 500 free (5:24.65). They combined with Irune Andres and Joy Liu to take the 200 medley relay in 1:55.24. Other individual winners for SHS included Shayna Salzman in the 200 free (1:58.99) and Rachel Song in the 100 butterfly (1:02.23). – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson 162, Lake Zurich 193: Alexia Fidman won medalist honors with a 2-over-par 37 at Crane’s Landing, as the Patriots improved to 7-1. Stephanie Namkoong shot a 40, Myra Peterson had a 42 and Surya Vijayasankar added a 43. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: Every Patriot entry posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory as SHS improved to 14-0 on the season. The singles winners were Bronwyn Heidkamp and Rachel Mopper. Doubles victories came from Kaylin Dong/Zoe Taylor, Vinaya Rao/Katherine Harvey, Gwendolyn Heidkamp/Michelle Tulchinskaya, and Caroline Kelmis/Lindsey Waxman. Stevenson won by default at No. 1 singles.

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 0, Round Lake 0: Jeremy Klaber made 5 saves in net for the Patriots (3-4-3) in the North Suburban crossover. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

St. Ignatius 1, Stevenson 0

Monday’s Varsity Results

Field Hockey

Lake Forest 6, Stevenson 0

Special Program for Fall Freshman Athletes

After school today, all freshmen in fall sports (about 400 in all) will participate in an educational program developed through Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi and the Hinsdale-based Robert Crown Center. The 50-minute program will focus on tips and suggestions for athletes to maintain healthy lifestyles, focusing on nutrition, sleep and other topics.


PPA Bake Sale Today

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.

Looking for Freshmen and Sophomores Who Love to Write

Are you a freshman or sophomore who loves to write? Do you want to get acknowledged for the poetry, essays, plays, or stories you write outside of school? The Half- Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine, is now accepting submissions. Send your work to through November 7.


Juniors and seniors: The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson: Rutgers University, Boston College, University of Miami, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of British Columbia, University of Cincinnati, University of Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, Stephens College, College of Wooster, Washington College, Kenyon College, San Diego State University, Sarah Lawrence College, Millikin University, Tulane University, Scripps College, Georgetown University, Bradley University, Illinois State University, Cornell College, University of Detroit-Mercy, Kansas State University, Central Michigan University, Johnson and Wales University, Lake Forest College, University of Oregon, Pomona College, Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Massachusetts, Belmont Abbey College, University of Maine-Farmington, Suffolk University, Montana State University, Iowa State University, University of Pittsburgh, George Mason University, University of Richmond and Southern Illinois University.

A complete list of rep visits can be found on our Naviance site and is updated twice per week; students should get in the habit of checking Naviance and then arranging to secure a pass to visit with these reps. Procedures to sign-up: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Applying to the University of Notre Dame? If so, the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program applications are available in the College/Career Center. Applicants should demonstrate a high degree of leadership, academic accomplishment, exemplary moral character and sincere commitment to service. Stevenson can nominate one student.  New this year: A student applying Early Action to ND may not apply to any other college/university in their binding Early Decision process. Come to the College/Career Center to obtain an application. Our internal deadline is Friday.

Seniors: The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 7.

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the College/Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up the nomination form. The form is due back to the CCC by November 22.


Need some extra cash? There are lots of part-time jobs available for students. View them all on the Career Exploration webpage at

Interested in a healthcare career? Apply for the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program. Applications must be postmarked by October 15. Find out more at or message Mrs. Willock at

Available lab technician internship available at local company. 10-20 hours per week. Please stop into the CCC to see Mrs. Willock if you are interested in this opportunity.

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

Mark your calendars! The biennial Career Fair is coming to Stevenson on November 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Get a chance to talk to professionals representing a variety of different careers in healthcare, engineering, technology, law, business, the arts and more!


Freshman Class Board: We are meeting today after school in Room 2119. We will be building our Stevenson Horror Story entranceway and window designs. Class Board is a terrific way to make new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours. New members are always welcome!

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

This Friday after school in Room 1500, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Sealed Magic tournament. The cost is $5, and each student will get six packs of the brand new Khans of Tarkir set to play with, as well as guaranteed prizes for each student!


Intramural Archery meets today after school on the Sports Courts.

Open Field Baseball meets today on the varsity baseball field from 3:45 to 6. Click here for details.


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