Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Computer Science Club Members Create Hacking Competition

Four members of the Computer Science Club have created a legal online hacking competition for high school and middle school students that will help them better understand programming, cybersecurity and other computer science topics.

EasyCTF, which stands for Easy Capture the Flag, begins Saturday and will run through December 6. The team of students who created the competition is led by Michael Zhang. Other team members include Carter Feldman, Emily Lang and Austin Zhou. Robert Gammelgaard is the Computer Science Club sponsor.

EasyCTF is designed to help students learn many topics in computer science including programming and cybersecurity through non-intimidating problems. These problems will involve the participants using skills that they learn to hack, reverse-engineer, or solve obstacles to obtain a “flag,” or a piece of information hidden behind security.

To learn more, visit the EasyCTF website at

Freshman-Sophomore Play Cast Selected

The cast list for the freshman-sophomore play, “Lend Me a Tenor,” was announced Tuesday night by director Lauren Rawitz. The cast will consist of Johnny Barboza, Dani Lopez, A.J. DePew, Jordan Radis, Angela Kotsonis, Sam Litwin, Mallory Weber and Emma Bloomfield. The student directors will be Sammie Landau and Becca Faber. The stage manager will be Andrew Hirsh. “Lend Me a Tenor” performances will take place Friday and Saturday, February 13-14, in the Little Theatre (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center.

Award Winners Talk With Lincolnshire Review

The Lincolnshire Review recently spoke with two members of the Stevenson community who were selected for Heart of the Community Awards by the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin talked about how his course “ain’t your mommy and daddy’s geography.” Another article featured Amy Morrissey, a longtime SHS supporter who has had three children graduate from the school: Matt (2014), Anna (2009) and Michael (2006). She was honored for her role with the Apples Around Town campaign in Lincolnshire.

Buffalo Grove Named One of 10 Best Places for Families

Real estate blog Movoto has named Buffalo Grove to its 10 best places for families in Illinois today, the third time since 2013 the village has appeared in such a list. The village also has been named to Money Magazine’s Best Small Places to Live and Neighborhood Scout’s Safest Cities lists in the last two years. Movoto uses statistical factors including level of education and GreatSchools score, crimes per 100,000 people, unemployment rate and commute time, among others, to determine its rankings. To view the rankings, visit

No Digest Until Monday

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 67, Wheaton Warrenville South 34: Taylor Buford scored 11 points to lead the Patriots (4-0) into the championship game of the Schaumburg Tournament. SHS will face St. Charles East (4-0) for the tournament championship at 10 a.m. Friday. Buford was one of 10 Pats who scored in the game. Janine Fajardo and Sophia Way each had 9 points for Stevenson, which led 16-2 after the first quarter and 37-6 at halftime. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 71, Lyons 39: Jalen Brunson scored 30 points and dished out five assists as the visiting Patriots (2-0) pulled away after a tight first quarter. SHS led 19-16 after one period, but stretched its advantage to 14 at halftime and 24 after three quarters. Brunson scored 23 points in the first half. Justin Smith had 12 points and five rebounds for the Patriots. – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 2: At the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park, four bowlers broke the 600-series barrier as the Patriots moved to 4-0 on the season. Matt Poetker bowled games of 233 and 258 as part of his 669 series. Eddie Mendrala added games of 233 and 226 and had a 649 series. Richy Zenner rolled a high game of 224 and recorded a 623 series. Josh Singer bowled a 610 series. Zach Singer added a 258 game and Ted Tapas contributed a 216 game.

Football Team Facing Familiar Foe in State Title Game

The football teams from Stevenson and Homewood-Flossmoor will battle for a second time this season, and this time the stakes couldn’t be higher. The two teams will face off for the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday. In the second game of the year, the Patriots (13-0) rallied for a 33-24 win on the road, one of two losses for the Vikings (11-2) this year. This will be the third time in the last four years the two teams have played each other. SHS is looking for its first state title in football; the Patriots made it to Champaign in 2002, but fell to Lockport, 35-14. H-F, meanwhile, has tasted a championship, beating Naperville North, 13-12, for the 6A title in 1994.

Football Team Send-off Saturday Morning

Patriot fans are invited to “Flood the Forum” at 11 a.m. Saturday, as the school gives a send-off celebration to the football team for its trip to Champaign. The Forum is located inside the West Building, off parking lot B, in the area commonly called “The Point” entrance. The team buses will be receiving a police escort to the expressway.

Need a Ticket to the Game? SHS is Out

The school has sold its allotment of 1,000 tickets for Saturday’s game. The best advice for Patriot fans who haven’t purchased tickets is to buy them at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-866-ILLINI1, but there will be a handling charge.

Can’t Make it to the Game? Watch on CSN Chicago

The championship game will be broadcast live by Comcast SportsNet Chicago on Saturday. Click here to find where to find CSN Chicago on cable or satellite.

Green, Vravick Named to All-State Football Team

The postseason honors are starting to roll in for the SHS football team. Seniors Cameron Green and Jason Vravick have been selected to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 8A All-State Team. This is the second straight year Green, a wide receiver, has earned a spot on the team, while for the linebacker Vravick it’s a first. Players are nominated by their coaches, and a selection panel then chooses the honorees. Senior Willie Bourbon received honorable mention.

Salazar Making Stops for Girls Hockey Team

Two Stevenson students are members of the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team: senior forward Theresa Shanley and sophomore goalie Corynn Salazar. Shanley has played in two games for the team, while Salazar has appeared in six. She is 4-1-1 in goal, and has only given up five goals. Salazar has made 78 saves, including 33 in a 1-1 tie with New Trier on Sunday.

Senior Tennis Player Receives TribLocal Honor

Senior tennis player Kendall Kirsch has been named High School Athlete of the Month by TribLocal for the month of November. In recognition of her win, Country Financial, the program’s sponsor, will donate $250 to the school. She will be honored before the varsity boys basketball game against Libertyville on December 10.

Vote Online to Help Weisman Win Walk-On Award

Mark Weisman (Class of 2010) is one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Award, given to the nation’s best college football player who started his career as a walk-on. Weisman began his career at the Air Force Academy, then transferred to the University of Iowa, where he earned a place on the roster as a walk-on. Since then, he has become one of the top running backs in Hawkeye history, scoring the fifth-most rushing touchdowns in school history. The Burlsworth Award winner will be determined in part by online fan voting. You can vote once a day at through December 6.

Alum Earns Cross Country All-America Honors

Kevin Wood, a 2011 Stevenson graduate and senior captain of the Middlebury College men’s cross country team, capped his collegiate career with a personal-best time of 24 minutes, 36 seconds in the 8K NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship in Mason, Ohio. Wood’s time earned him 34th place and All-American honors. Middlebury placed 13th as a team. This was Wood’s fourth appearance in the NCAA final.


Football Pep Bus Information

Pep buses will leave parking lot B at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and return from Champaign after the game concludes. Make sure you bring the paper ticket you received when buying the pep bus ticket package; that’s your boarding pass for the bus. You will receive a game ticket on the bus. Make sure to dress warmly and bring money for food.

Testing Center Closing Early Today

The Testing Center will close at 2:30 today.


Don’t forget that IM Basketball team packets are due next week! If your team has not picked up a packet, please do so ASAP in Room 3040.


Interact Club will be meeting Thursday, December 4, from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. in Room 2115. Come for free bagels, stay to learn how you can earn volunteer hours, and make new friends at the same time! We will also be having a craft day; you can earn volunteer hours by joining us at our meeting! Questions? Email Ms. Smith at


Juniors and seniors: Grand Canyon University, Saint Mary’s University (Minnesota) and the University of South Alabama will be visiting Stevenson the first week in December. 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.


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.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at or in the College/Career Center if interested.


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