Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Oh Selected to IHSA All-State Academic Team

Senior Sammy Oh was selected to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team on Tuesday. He was one of 26 students in the state chosen for the honor. In addition, Oh became the fourth Stevenson student in the past six years — and the fifth overall — chosen for the IHSA All-State Academic Team. He joins Ali Castriano (2011-12), Zach Blumenfeld (2010-11), Henry Wood (2008-09) and Jared Frost (2001-02) as Patriots earning the honor.

Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student to be a part of the team. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.5 grade point average on 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA-sponsored activities during each of the last two years of high school, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.

Oh has an impressive resume. He is the student body president for 2014-15, and has been part of the SHS Student Council executive board for the past three years. He also leads the Student Congress and Student Senate, plus is the Student Council’s representative for the Student Leadership Advisory Council and the Council of 100.

Oh has an unweighted GPA of 4.0 and an unweighted GPA of 4.7922, and scored a 35 on the ACT.

He is a leader in the Freshman Mentor Program, and also participated in the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) summer program. He is an original member of the Spanish Honor Society, and also is a Gold Award winner for Science Club at the regional and state levels.

Oh is a four-year member of the varsity cross country and track and field teams, and has served as a team captain in both sports for two years. Last fall, he finished sixth at the IHSA boys cross country state meet, running the third-fastest race in school history. He also qualified for the state track meet in his sophomore and junior years.

Two Juniors Win Music Competition at Ravinia

Clarinetist Torin Bakke and pianist Daniel Rong were part of the Calliope Trio that won the strings and piano category in the Midwest Young Artists Division at the eighth annual Discover National Chamber Music Competition Sunday at Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall. Rong and Bakke are juniors.

Winter Guard Earns Pair of Top-6 Finishes at TDI Championships

The Stevenson Winter Guard wrapped up its competitive season last weekend at the Team Dance Illinois Category Championships, held at Northern Illinois University. SHS finished fourth in the Lyrical Flag Division and sixth in the Open Flag Division. The team closes out its performance season at 4:15 p.m. Sunday in the Field House with an exhibition performance for family and friends that is also open to the public. The event is free.

Junior Fourth at IHSA Speech Sectional

Junior Kayla Guo of the speech and drama team finished fourth in Special Occasion Speaking at the Illinois High School Association Freeport Sectional on Saturday. Only the top three finishers advanced to this weekend’s state tournament.

BG Park District Musical Has Strong Stevenson Flavor

Tuesday’s Digest included a link to a Pioneer Press article that mentioned two Stevenson students who are part of the Buffalo Grove Park District’s “Legally Blonde: The Musical” production. In fact, half the cast comes from SHS. These students are all appearing in the musical: seniors Abbie Brenner and Anna Stephens; juniors Miranda Brim, Josie Hannon-Geller, Megan Rivkin, Brandon Sak, Olivia Watkins and Barrett Winston; sophomores Quinn Cunningham, Hailey Kleinstein, Rebecca Koltun, Michael Komarovsky, Noah Silver and Dani Weiner; and freshmen Colette Cooper, Lydia Johnson, Hannah Lichtenstein, Jaclyn Rosenberg and Courtney Shub.



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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 57, Warren 37: Connor Cashaw and Jalen Brunson each scored 16 points and the Patriots (21-2, 11-0) secured a share of the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title. The Pats can win the division outright Friday night when they play host to second-place Lake Forest, which is 10-1 in the Lake. Cashaw’s steal and 3-point play closed the first half as SHS took a 26-13 lead. In the third quarter, Stevenson took complete control, outscoring the host Blue Devils, 20-5. Ryuji Aoki nailed a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Justin Smith had 8. Warren, which had won eight of its last 10 games, fell to 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the division. The win marked Stevenson’s 20th consecutive NSC Lake triumph. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald ($)


No. 1 SHS Faces No. 2 Simeon, No. 3 Lake Forest This Weekend

Stevenson’s top-ranked boys basketball team will face the No. 2 and 3 teams in Illinois in back-to-back games this weekend. On Friday, the Patriots will play host to No. 3 Lake Forest in a game that will be televised by WCIU’s The U Too beginning at 7 p.m. (Click here for the WCIU channel finder.) If SHS wins, it will clinch the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship and earn a spot in the NSC Championship Game on Wednesday, February 25.

On Saturday, SHS takes on No. 2 Simeon in the McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown at Niles West High School in Skokie. The game tips off at 8 p.m., following a contest between Lake Forest and Highland Park. Tickets for the City-Suburban Showdown are $10, and can be purchased today through Friday at the SHS Athletic Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., or at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch periods and 30 minutes before the start of classes.

Friday’s game will not only feature two of the top hoops teams in Illinois, but also will have plenty of off-court hoopla. The game is part of the seventh annual Hoops for Heroes military appreciation night, sponsored Students Helping Soldiers and the boys basketball program. Gordan Stanley, a Korean War veteran, will serve as honorary team captain. In addition, the game is being sponsored by Bridgeview Bank. The first 200 Patriot fans will receive a Bridgeview Bank seat cushion. The bank also will have a photo booth in the Sports Center lobby.

Brunson Adds More Accolades to Lengthy List

Jalen Brunson added to an already impressive list of accolades on Monday when he was featured in USA Today for being on the American Family Insurance All-USA Team watch list. The senior guard was on American Family Insurance All-USA preseason boys basketball team. Also on Monday, Brunson went one-on-one — in an interview — with Ryan Baker of CBS 2 Chicago.

Rudy Raring to Go for State Bowling Tournament

Kaitlyn Rudy heads into this weekend’s IHSA girls bowling state tournament with confidence, and rightly so. The junior won the Rolling Meadows Sectional with a six-game pin total of 1,407, with every game above 200. Only one bowler in the six sectionals around the state had a higher score. Rudy told Pioneer Press that she’s only focusing on her game, and not on her competitors.

Shank Defies Gymnastics Conventional Wisdom

With more and more sports becoming year-round endeavors, SHS girls gymnast Elizabeth Shank is an anomaly, the Chicago Tribune reports. The senior, who will be competing at this weekend’s state tournament, doesn’t practice in the offseason. “Three months a year, she does gymnastics,” head coach Judy Harwood said. “She’s very talented and probably could do it in college.” Shank and teammate Mikaela Webb will represent Stevenson at state.



Reminder: Late Arrival Thursday; Use the ZTA App

Don’t forget that Thursday is a late arrival day. Classes will start at 10:30. Buses will begin their routes around 9:20. It’s going to be cold in the morning, so minimize the time you spend outside waiting for a bus by using the ZTA bus tracker. ZTA shows you where your bus is at and how soon it will arrive at your stop. For details on ZTA, go to

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Today

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser at Potbelly’s in Lincolnshire and Deer Park today. The fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m. Potbelly’s is giving 25% of all sales that night back to the BPO! No flyer is needed. Please spread the word to friends and family!

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Fashion Show Meeting on Thursday

Want to be involved in the Fashion Show on April 10 but couldn’t come to the meeting last week? It’s not too late! Stop by Room 1410 to pick up an information sheet and return the preference sheet to the same place. We will have another meeting on Thursday at 3:30 in Room 1612 for you to find out what role you will have and additional information! If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Erickson at

Lunar New Year Celebration Set for Friday

All students are invited to the first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at Stevenson in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) on Friday. A short program will be performed by members of the Chinese Club, Korean Club, and Taiwan group at 4 p.m. A reception will follow the program. Admission is $3. Come and join us celebrating the Year of the Sheep!

Relay for Life Starting Sign-Ups for June Event

Relay for Life will host its kickoff event today and Tuesday in the Wood Commons. You can join a team, create a team, or find out more information about the Relay for Life overnight event on Friday and Saturday, June 12-13. Students, family and community members are welcome to join.

Pass on the Beat Holding iPod Drive for Charity

Pass on the Beat will be holding an iPod drive to support Music and Memory, an organization that works to help Alzheimer’s patients and people with special needs. Collection will take place in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods next Tuesday through Thursday, February 24-26. All Apple music players in working condition will be accepted. Chargers are not required, but appreciated. Please contact Caitlin McGovern at with questions.

NHS Letters of Invitation in the Mail

Letters of invitation for the National Honor Society have been mailed. Any sophomore or junior with a 3.9000 weighted, cumulative grade point average who has not received a letter should email Mr. Erdmann at or stop by the Student Activities Office.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through March 4. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions.


The Video Game Club is back! We will be meeting on Thursdays after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.

Zumba Club is starting at SHS! We will meet for the first zumba session on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in Room 5044 (behind the Glass Commons). Bring your workout shoes, invite a couple of friends and let’s start the Zumba party!


ACL prevention testing for girls soccer is scheduled for Thursday in Room 2104. Freshmen and sophomores will meet at 5:30 p.m., followed by juniors and seniors at 6:30.


The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at


Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at or in person in the College and Career Center.



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