Thursday, March 26, 2015

Special Event for Incoming Freshmen Parents  

Three representatives from Stevenson will be speaking at the Parent Empowerment Event for eighth-grade parents sponsored by the Stand Strong community coalition on Wednesday, April 15. The event will run from 7-8:30 p.m. at the new Noah’s of Lincolnshire at 200 Barclay Boulevard. Admission is free.

Speaking from SHS will be Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi, Athletic Director Trish Betthauser, and Lincolnshire Police Officer Tom Branick, who is the school’s police liaison. They will be joined by Laurie and Stuart Kessler, the parents of a Stevenson alumnus who is a recovering drug addict; Dr. Susan Sirota, a pediatrician and assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine; and Maura Mooney, a certified alcohol and drug counselor at Northshore University HealthSystem’s Doreen Chapman Center.

The speakers will provide practical strategies and information on communicating clearly with children about alcohol and other drugs; following local laws associated with social hosting; the effect of alcohol and marijuana on a teenager’s developing brain; and the work that Stand Strong is doing in the community to keep teens safe.

Seating is limited, so registration is required. To register, go to For more information about the event or the Stand Strong coalition, contact Jamie Epstein at

SHS Scores Successes at Youth and Government Assembly

Stevenson had a strong showing at the 66th annual Illinois YMCA Youth and Government Assembly in Springfield last weekend. The assembly is the capstone event for the state’s Youth and Government program, which provides high school students experience in two of the three branches of government, legislative and judicial.

In the judicial competition, all five attorney teams from SHS received awards:

  • Karen Whisler received special recognition as defendant in the People v. Weaver case. She dominated the competition by receiving first place awards for written brief, oral argument and combined scores.
  • Nuha Hamid and Cindy Luan received a first place award for written brief and a second place award award for combined scores as defendant in the People v. McNeill case.
  • Matthew Rice and Zuyi Chen received a second place award for oral argument representing the state in McNeill.
  • Allison Silverman and Nikol Safronova received a third place award for their oral argument representing the state in Weaver.
  • Shelby Hayden Liu and Andrew Shida Jin received a third place award for oral argument and a third place for combined scores as defendant in McNeill.

The legislative arm of Stevenson’s Youth and Government club had its best showing ever. All bills offered by students made it through both houses and were signed by the youth governor. In addition, two students won individual awards: Amanda Loutris was named most influential senator in the Gray Division, and Giovanni Rodriguez was selected as most influential lobbyist in the Gray Division.

Nine Students Honored in Mega Math Challenge

Nine students earned rare honors in the annual Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, an open-ended, applied math modeling problem focused on a practical issue. This year’s 14-hour challenge focused on careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Of the 1,128 papers submitted in this year’s challenge, 53 received honorable mention awards. Two of the papers were written by a pair of SHS student teams: Jaymo Kang, Brian Zhou, Timothy Klem, Alex Hong and Emery Liu wrote one of the papers, while Patrick DeMichele, Sergey Papushin, Devin Deng and Michael Zhang wrote the other. Only 5.8% of submitted papers were selected for recognition.

Each team received $1,000 in scholarship prizes to be divided equally among its members. The individual amounts will be paid directly to the colleges or universities at which the students ultimately enroll.

19 Qualify for American Invitational Math Exam

Nineteen students qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, which was given last Thursday. The AIME is a 15-question, three-hour exam that is part of a series of tests that culminate in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most difficult secondary math exam in the world. Stevenson’s qualifiers included Junghyun Hwang, Timothy Klem, Patrick DeMichele, Jason Lu, Jaymo Kang, Alex Hong, David Liang, David Liu, Emery Liu, Tim Ye, Reuben Gutmann, Allen Cao, Kathy Xiang, Haoyang Yu, Derek Chen, Amber Hu, Chris Lee, Zhenhao Li and Deepak Moparthi. They qualified for the AIME based on their scores in the American Mathematics Competitions in February.

Seniors Wins Award for Technical Theatre Achievements

Senior Alexis Handler received the United States Institute of Theatre Technology-Midwest Regional Section’s Founder’s Student Award for Excellence last weekend. The award is given annually to an exceptional high school student who has made outstanding contributions to his or her school’s theatre program, and plans to pursue higher education and a career in the field. Alexis is a member of Stevenson’s StageCrafters club, and last semester was enrolled in the Theatre Design and Stagecraft class. “Alexis is a very bright lighting designer who has a luminous future ahead of her and is more than deserving of this award,” said Stephen Carmody, who is the sponsor for StageCrafters.

Next Daily Digest: April 6

The Daily Digest will not be published Friday, nor during Spring Break. The Digest will return Monday, April 6.


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Ambrose Knows: Defense Wins Championships

There’s a reason why the old adage, “Defense wins championships,” continues to have currency. Just ask boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose, whose team won the state championship Saturday night. In its two games in Peoria last weekend, the Patriots surrendered just 83 points. For the season, SHS held opponents to 51 points per game, and in 18 of 33 games kept them under 50.

Soccer Alum Named MASL Rookie of the Year

Gordy Gurson (Class of 2010) was named Rookie of the Year in the Major Arena Soccer League for the 2014-15 season last week. Gurson, a forward, was second in the league in goals and points. He began the season with the Seattle Impact, and was traded to the St. Louis Ambush in January. Gurson also was voted all-second team MASL. Gurson is currently playing for the U.S. National Arena Soccer Team in the World Mini-Football World Cup. The U.S. team plays Germany in the semifinals Friday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If it wins, the U.S. would play in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates against Canada or Romania. The championship game is at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Sears Centre.


Spring Fling Captains Meetings Today and Friday

Spring Fling is coming soon! Captains’ meetings are today and Friday, and on April 9-10 after Spring Break. Meetings will take place during all half lunch periods in the Student Activities Office.

We Day Application Deadline is Friday

NHS Service Outreach’s We Day applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday. There are at least 75 spots left, so make sure to get your applications in! Click here to apply. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email

Testing Center, ILC Closing Early Friday

The Testing Center will close at 3:25 on Friday. The ILC will close at 3:30.

Don’t Wait to Sign Up for Summer School

Are you thinking about registering for summer school classes? Don’t wait and miss out on the class you want. You can sign up online at

50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window Information Meeting

Would you like to take a field trip to experience the 50th Anniversary Stained Glass Window being created and visit a Frank Lloyd Wright Home in person? Please attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6008. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Mark Your Calendar: Fashion Show April 10

Don’t make any plans for the Friday after Spring Break, because that is the night of the second annual Fashion Show! It will be on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the PAC, admission will be $5 and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success. There will be a red carpet photo op, refreshments and the chance to see all the amazing fashions your friends are making in Clothing and Design. Hope to see you there!

Where Are You Going on Spring Break? Share With Geography Club

What are your plans for Spring Break? Are you staying local, traveling within the United States or visiting abroad? The Stevenson Geography Club wants to know. Show off your school spirit and email your Spring Break photos to or tweet with the hashtag #shsgeoclub. You just may see your photo shared on the morning announcements.

Report Bullying Through the In Case of Crisis App

Have you checked the In Case of Crisis app on your iPad? There’s been a content update to add a link to report bullying. You can provide information anonymously about bullying, harassment or intimidation. If you don’t have the app on your iPad, and would like help downloading it, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link.

Sophomore Class Board Leading Autism Awareness Fundraiser

The Sophomore Class Board is selling T-shirts for a special autism awareness event at the school in April. Autism Speaks/Light It Up Blue shirts are available through the Online Superstore for $10. Anyone purchasing a shirt is asked to wear it and help create a “blue out” at Stevenson’s Allied Soccer League game against Lakes Community High School in the Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Wearing the shirt will gain free admission to a post-game party in the Wood Commons. Click here for details.

Graduation Speaker Application Window Now Open

Two seniors will be selected to speak at the commencement ceremony in June. If you would like to be one of those seniors, complete this application and return it to the Student Activities Office by Tuesday, April 7.

Register by April 6 to Take SAT Exam at Stevenson

Each year, the SAT and SAT subject tests are offered at SHS in May. This year, the tests will be administered on Saturday, May 2. The registration deadline is Monday, April 6. Students and parents can register or learn more about the tests at

Sophomores and Juniors Invited to Apply for Peer Helpers

Attention sophomores and juniors: Do you want to help make SHS a safer place? Are you a good leader, compassionate, open-minded and creative? If so, Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available on the Peer Helpers website or in the Student Activities Office. Apps are due by 3:30 on Tuesday, April 7. For questions or more information, talk to a Peer Helper in the student lounge during lunch or contact Ms. Polisky or Ms. Schiavone.

AP Microeconomics Reviews Start April 11

All first-semester AP Microeconomics students: AP exam reviews start April 11 in Room 6048 at 11 a.m. See Mr. Haan or Mrs. Wright for details.


Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: The deadline to apply is April 3.

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.


Freshman Class Board meets today after school in the College/Career Center. New members are welcome.​

This Friday after school in Room 1500, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic Sealed tournament. The cost is $5, and each student will receive six packs.

The Chinese Club is recruiting e-board members for the 2015-16 school year. The positions are open to all students enrolled for next year, regardless of cultural heritage. If you are interested, please read and fill out the following form:

Do you want to help direct Peer Tutors? The Peer Helpers Executive Board is open to any active Peer Tutor. Online applications for Executive Board are due by Sunday. Find the link on Facebook SHS Peer Tutors! or in your email.

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

Zumba club is meeting after school today in Room 5044, the East multi-purpose room. Bring your workout shoes, ditch the workout and join the party!

Table Tennis meets today in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. today in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 today in Room 7054. #LawClub


Spring IM Archery starts Wednesday, April 15. New and old members are always welcome. For more information, attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 6012. You can also visit the IM Archery website at


PREP will not be running any classes during Spring Break, but we have plenty starting the week of April 6! Check out the calendar at this link and see what we have in store for the month of April!


Chicago Public Schools to adopt Latino Studies curriculum for all in K-10

Parents lobby in Springfield for option to skip standardized testing

Principal of one of Chicago’s top elementary schools leaving, blames “over-testing”


Young girls are much better readers than boys, and have been for a long time

Maryland to consider school district requests to waive days lost to snow

University of Phoenix has lost half its students

Dartmouth fraternity accused of branding members during hazing

New vocational high school in Texas guarantees its graduates a high-paying job


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