Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Students Continue Cybersecurity Competition

A cybersecurity competition for high school and middle school students started last year by a group of Stevenson students just completed its second cycle. Easy CTF 2015, which ran from November 3-11, is a legal online hacking contest that challenges students to deepen their understanding of programming, cybersecurity and other computer science topics. CTF stands for Capture The Flag. Participants have to crack, decompile and decrypt their way through several defenses to find a secret message called the “flag.” Senior Michael Zhang is the project leader for the competition, and he was joined by classmate Emily Leng and 2015 graduate Carter Feldman. They, along with some peers from other parts of the country, created the site, wrote the problems, arranged for prizes from sponsors, and handled troubleshooting on issues that arose during the competition. Even though they are seniors, Leng said she and Zhang are planning to run the event again in 2016.

Alum Co-Founds Group in Response to Princeton Protests

Devon Nafzger (Class of 2012), a senior at Princeton University, is co-founder of the Princeton Open Campus Coalition, a group created in response to recent protests on its campus. Nafzger and the other Princeton students who established the coalition stated their mission as “(p)rotecting diversity of thought and the right of all students to advance their academic and personal convictions in a manner free from intimidation.” Nafzger wrote this opinion piece for the Daily Princetonian, published on Monday.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 84, Lyons 53: Justin Smith scored 19 points, grabbed six rebounds and made three steals for the visiting Patriots in their season-opener. Rodney Herenton added 17 points, six boards and three assists. Ryuji Aoki tallied 13 points, while Kevin Yang had 10 points and nine rebounds. Willie Herenton contributed three steals and three assists. Eric Zalewski also had three assists.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,216, Deerfield 2,354: Josh Singer rolled a three-game series of 781, the highest in school history, leading the Patriots (3-0) at Lakeside Lanes. Singer broke the previous high series of 771 set by Richy Zenner in January. Singer also had the high game of the day for SHS, a 268. His twin brother, Zach Singer, recorded a 651 series with a high game of 244. Zenner added a 620 series (high game, 228), while Ted Tapas chipped in with a 602 (215). Eddie Mendrala shot a 562 (194).


Student-Athletes Meet With Coaches About Anti-Drug Message

Ten student-athletes who are members of the new Catalyst group met with Stevenson coaches at 6:30 a.m. last Thursday, a late arrival day, to offer strategies the coaches can use to help students understand expectations for not using drugs or alcohol. Catalyst is a leadership group dedicated to supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. The student-athletes who spoke with the coaches were Cade Gilbert, Ethan Fobbe, Olivia Sorenson, Cameron Carlson, Matt Norton, Bridget Huston, Patrick Loeffler, Tyler Vincent, Eric Okmin and Robbie McGaha.


Monday’s Digest incorrectly reported that Casey Kirby was a member of the medal-winning 200 medley relay team in 2012. In fact, her older sister, Riley, swam on the relay.


Sign Up for the Operation Snowball Retreat

Registration for Operation Snowball is underway in the Student Activities Office, the school store, and online. The weekend retreat will take place December 4-6. Operation Snowball is a weekend of making new friends, having new experiences, relieving stress, taking healthy risks, understanding yourself and others, communicating with peers and adults, singing, eating, dancing, and having fun. Please email or see Mr. Mazzuca in 7080 or Mr. Hutchins in 6028 for further information.

Testing Center Closing at 2:30 Wednesday

The Testing Center will close when school ends at 2:30 on Wednesday.

Struggling in Class? Stop by an ILC for Academic Help

If you’re struggling academically, the school has a number of services available to help. Click here to learn more about academic assistance available in the Information and Learning Centers, including peer tutoring, Targeted Tutoring and the Homework Center.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Vivian Lastick is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. She will receive a Stevenson sweatshirt. Thank you to all who participated.

Best Buddies Fundraiser at Potbelly

Best Buddies is holding a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Potbelly, 275 Parkway Drive, Suite 317, from 4-9 p.m. Monday. Make a purchase during that timeframe, and 25% of the proceeds will go to Best Buddies.

Missing Something? Here’s Lost and Found Information

If you’re missing a gym bag, swim bag, lunch bag or any other item, stop by the lost and found area in Room 2416 (West) or Room 5024 (East), or the attendance office in the lobby by the Field House. Please consider marking your name on your items so they can be returned promptly if found. You can also look on the Lost and Found web page to see what items have been turned into Room 2400.


Peer Helpers would like you to join us in its mission to re-define beauty. Beauty is more than what you see. Help us increase self-confidence, reduce eating disorders and make SHS a safe and healthy place for all students. Look for clues on the bathrooms mirrors and on signs around the school.  Visit the student lounge for more information. #RedefineBeautiful


The Ski and Snowboard Club informational meeting for students and parents will be held next Tuesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). This meeting is mandatory for parents of any students looking to join the club. For more information on Ski and Snowboard Club, visit www.d125.org/ski or stop by the PREP Office in Room 3040.

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.


Polar Bear Winter Conditioning will be meeting next week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. outside of the Cardio Room. Any athletes interested in joining should show up or contact Coach LeVanti with any questions or concerns.


Juniors and seniors: A representative from the United States Naval Academy is visiting Stevenson this week. Please check Naviance for the date and time, and for instruction on how to sign up for the visit. Remember to print your confirmation page and have it signed two days prior to the college visit and have the page signed by your teacher.

Attention seniors: Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.


Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.


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