Friday, December 19, 2014

Junior, Senior Families Invited to Financial Aid Night

Junior and senior families are invited to the College/Career Center’s annual Financial Aid Evening on Tuesday, January 6. The event runs from 7-9 p.m. in the Performing Art Center. Jerry Cebrzynski of Lake Forest College will be discussing the philosophy, methodology and logistics of the federal financial aid process. Stevenson’s Financial Aid Tips publication also will be available that evening.

Alum Visits SHS to Talk With Health Classes

Danielle Gordon, a 1992 Stevenson alumnus who is a prevention specialist at the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Gurnee, visited Health and Applied Health classes this week to talk with students about stopping toxic relationships and keeping them safe and respectful. Gordon, whose maiden name was McElroy, will return to visit with students January 6 and 8.

No Digest During Winter Break

The Daily Digest will go on hiatus during Winter Break. The next Digest will be published on Monday, January 5.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 106, Vernon Hills 70: Five Patriots won individual races as SHS geared up for Saturday’s Lake County Invitational, which will take place in the Aquatic Center. Daniel Ng won the 200 free (1:52.46), Nick Koto captured the 200 IM (2:06.62), Matthew Krames claimed the diving competition (169.75), Varun Ganesh touched first in the 500 free (5:28.81), and Nathanael Wingfield won the 100 breast (1:06.12). Ng also swam on Stevenson’s two victorious relays: the 200 free relay, with Koto, Wingfield and Alex Kapecki (1:32.79); and the 400 free relay, with Kapecki, Nick Baginski and Daniel Ko (3:24.45). Kapecki also finished second in the 200 free (1:59.95) and 100 free (51.45). SHS also received runner-up finishes from Aaron Becker in the 500 free (5:36.58), Andrew Shashin in the 100 back (1:04.08), and Sam Zaritsky in the 100 breast (1:09.64). SHS improved to 2-0 in dual meets this season.

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 9, Wauconda 0: Kaitlyn Rudy fired a 643 series at Fairhaven Lanes, her sixth straight 600-plus effort in dual matches, to lead the unbeaten Patriots (11-0). Rudy had games of 241, 221 and 181. Shu Wang shot a 210 game as part of a 545 series. Sam Szura had a 200 game and a 532 series. Xanthe Coulson added a 528 series and Sammi Sladek contributed a 510.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, Deerfield 0: The Patriots improved to 11-0 on the season, and were led at the Brunswick Zone Deerfield by Zach Singer, who rolled games of 267, 235 and 223 for a career-best 725 series. His series, which topped his previous best by one pin, tied for the sixth-highest three-game series in school history. Richy Zenner added games of 225, 217 and 202 for a 644 series. Ted Tapas had games of 213 and 193, Eddie Mendrala contributed games of 212 and 193, while Josh Singer added games of 200 and 194. SHS outshot the Warriors, 3,087-2,510.


Stevenson 67, Wauconda 12: The visiting Patriots won 12 of 14 matches, improving to 8-1 in overall dual meets and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference. SHS won seven matches by forfeit. Patriots posted victories on the mat included pins by Gabriel Oriatti at 138 (5:34), Roberts Pavlovics at 160 (2:57) and Michael Kordek at 182 (2:36), plus decisions from Jacob Simon at 126 (3-2) and Juwon Anderson at 170 (13-5). – Daily Herald


Basketball Team Moves Up in National Rankings

Stevenson has moved up to No. 7 in the latest MaxPreps Top 25 national boys basketball rankings. The 10-0 Patriots also are ranked by three other national outlets: PrepNation (No. 4), Grassroots Hoops Fab 50 (No. 6) and USA Today (No. 16). Two teams on Stevenson’s schedule also are highly ranked. Findlay Prep from Henderson, Nevada, is a top-5 choice by all four. The two teams square off January 17 at the Spalding HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts. Chicago’s Simeon, which the Pats play February 21, is ahead of SHS in the USA Today poll (No. 12), and included in the other three. There’s plenty of action before those marquee matchups, however. Stevenson opens play in the Proviso West tournament on Monday. The Patriots are looking to be the tournament’s first repeat champion since St. Joseph won three in a row from 2004-06.

Service Time, Along With Sweat Time, for Hoops Team

The varsity boys basketball team will balance sweat with some service during Winter Break. On December 29, the Patriots will visit the Claremont Rehabilitation and Living Center in Buffalo Grove. They will talk about their experiences of being in the spotlight as the state’s top-ranked team, then will join other youth volunteers in talking one-on-one with Claremont residents. Their experience is part of a program called Lifting the Human Spirit by Visiting the Sick, sponsored by the Team Spirit Institute.

Brunson Has Chance to Be County’s All-Time Scoring Leader

Jalen Brunson is already the school’s all-time leading scorer, and according to Jeff Bonato of the News-Sun, the senior has a chance to finish his career as the top scorer in Lake County history. Brunson has scored 2,039 points, and has a chance to eclipse Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough, who concluded his career last winter with 2,621. Also standing in front of Brunson are Deerfield’s Ryan Hogan (2,407) and North Chicago’s Aaron Simpson (2,140).

Rivalry Set Aside for Larger Concerns

Stevenson has a strong rivalry with Lake Forest on the hardcourt, but when it comes to cancer, the two schools are on the same team. An assistant coach on the Lake Forest boys basketball team has a daughter battling lymphoma, and the school had a fundraising event in her honor last week. Among the items being sold to raise money were special T-shirts with the girl’s name. Upon hearing about the fundraiser, a Stevenson representative called Lake Forest and said the school would purchase any unsold shirts — which proved unnecessary. “It was awesome to see,” said Jack Traynor, co-captain of the Scouts’ varsity boys basketball team. “It shows you can battle somebody on the court but how much respect they have for you off the court. It shows how they rise above [the rivalry] for something like this.”

Extra Muscle Suits Swimmer Koto

This week’s Lincolnshire Review includes an article about swimmer Nick Koto, whose offseason weight program has paid dividends in the water. He posted a personal-best time in the 200 free earlier this fall.


Buy Tickets for the S-Factor

The Kiva Club will hold its annual S-Factor student singing competition at 7 p.m. Friday, January 9 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online for $5 at Tickets will be $7 at the door.

SMARTdesk Advice: Run an iCloud Backup Today

Can your SHS iPad be located via iCloud? Check now before the long break! Take a minute to complete these steps:

• Log into iCloud with your SHS Apple ID on the iPad and turn on “Find My iPad.”

• On your SHS iPad’s home screen, tap Settings, then tap iCloud. If you’re asked to sign in, enter your SHS Apple ID. Example: with as password of Shs########. If Find My iPad is turned off, tap to turn it on.

• When you set up Find My iPad, Activation Lock is turned on automatically. Activation Lock makes it harder for anyone to use or sell your iPad if it’s ever lost or stolen.

The SMARTdesk will be closed during Winter Break. You are strongly recommended to run an iCloud backup before the end of today. If you need help, visit the SMARTdesk. If you are having a problem, email

Freshman Band Students: Pick Up Your PE Uniform

Freshman band students: Pick up your PE uniforms for second semester at the Superstore.

Host an Exchange Student From Denmark or Germany

Learn all about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting an exchange student from Denmark or Germany next spring! Applications and information are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414.

ILC, Testing Center Closing Early Today

The Information and Learning Center, and the Testing Center, will close at 3:25 today.

Become a PE Leader

The application to become a PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due January 9.

Become an Alternative PE Leader

The application to become an Alternative PE Leader for 2015-16 is available online at There also are QR codes you can scan outside of each PE Office to get to the application. All applications are due January 9.


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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.


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