Friday, January 29, 2016

Stevenson Daily Digest – Friday, January 29, 2016

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FBLA Captures 89 Top 10 Spots at Conference

Twelve members of Stevenson’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter earned first-place finishes at the Northern Area Conference last Saturday at Warren Township High School. Overall, Stevenson had 89 students finish in the top 10. Students earning first-place honors included:

Seniors: Rohan Balel (Management Decision Making), Jessica Finn (Social Media Campaign), Sarah Lillis (Social Media Campaign), Varun Malhotra (Banking and Financial Systems), Sam Merrick (Social Media Campaign), Jack Novak (Securities and Investments), Parth Patel (Management Decision Making) and Matthew Treiber (Agribusiness).

Juniors: Mike Komarovsky (Impromptu Speaking), Ali Ladha (Banking and Financial Systems) and Kevin You (Accounting 2).

Sophomores: Shirley Cao (Introduction to Business Presentation), Harsh Dasika (3D Animation), Rebecca Lin (E-Business), Aditya Mansharamani (Global Business), Conrad Oberhaus (Global Business), Ananya Pati (Introduction to Business Presentation), Jessica Wang (Introduction to Business Presentation), Satvik Yagnamurthy (Global Business) and Jeremy Yu (E-Business).

Freshmen: Andrew Gan (Introduction to Financial Math) and Thivya Sivarajah (Job Interview).

Click here to see the other top-10 place-winners.

70 Students Compete in First SHS Tech Day

The SHS Technology Education Department held its first Tech Day Competition on Thursday, January 21. Approximately 70 Stevenson students participated in one of the following events: robotics, 3D architecture, media arts, 3D modeling, and a team design challenge. The top three in each event were:

Media Arts: Annie Kochevar, Angelica Levit, and the team of Sanjana Chunduri and Maiko Walrath.

Team Design Challenge: Bernardo Correia and Seth Katz, Chase Duvall and Nik Ebeling, and Denna Baniasad and Shreya Natesh.

3D Modeling: Akshay Chaubai, Michael Krebs and Vlad Berez.

3D Architecture: Zack Taylor, Nathan Pratt and Tony Savino.

Robotics: Team Decision Matrix (Abby Starr, Josh Kim, Alex Kim, Hebron Taylor, Noah Salk, Daniel Rong and Aryn Harmon), and The Bot Kickers (Idan Raiter, Aditya Mansharamani, Shirley Cao, Emily Leng, David Raskin, Anisha Rao, Seth Katz and Allison Chen. (No third-place winner.)

Winter Play Cast Announced

The cast has been selected for the winter play, William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The comedic romp centers on twins who survive a shipwreck in the Adriatic Sea but are separated. They eventually find each other, but not before a multitude of moments marked by mistaken identity. Jordan Radis and Megan Rivkin earned the parts of the twins. The rest of the cast includes Brandon Sak, Kate Liebl, Logan Tobler, Hannah Behm, Laura Thornburg, Andrew Projansky, Kevin Acuna, Barrett Winston, Sammie Landau, Angela Kotsonis, Arad Boxenbaum, Mallory Weber, Josie Hannon-Geller and Izzy Prybylo. The play will be performed March 11-12.

Table Tennis Team Sweeps Triangular

The SHS table tennis team defeated Maine East, 8-1, and Grayslake North, 9-0, in a triangular meet held Thursday at Maine East. Players cited for their performance were Tejas Ambravan, Akshay Chaubal, Jack Greeley, Reuben Gutman, Michael Hu, Tejaswi Reddy Kondammagari, Parth Patel, Nick Pantelis, Trever Pokot, Al-Zahir Rahemtulla, Al-Sadiq Rahemtulla and Prithvi Velpuri.

Senior Earns Eagle Scout Rank

Senior Daniel Phalen has earned the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. For his Eagle Scout project, Phalen spend a day helping the AYSO VIP program recruit youth volunteers to coach soccer, and also assisted on camping activities with special needs children. The VIP program provides soccer opportunities for children with physical and mental disabilities. He has been a volunteer in the program for the past eight years.


Thursday’s Daily Digest omitted a seventh student who will be part of this weekend’s Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. Eric Kang, a bassoon player, was added to the all-state list after the initial group was selected.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted NSC Championships: The Patriots finished third with 134.65 points, behind regular season champion Mundelein (143.1) and Warren (139.25). Mikaela Webb finished second on vault (9.45) and on bars (9.25), and was fourth in the all-around (36.1). SHS will serve as host to an IHSA regional on Monday. – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 137, Mundelein 48: The visiting Patriots (7-0) won 11 of 12 events and broke two pool records en route to their sixth straight conference dual victory. The record-setting efforts came in the 200-yard freestyle relay with John Roh, Topher Stensby, Karl Wadowski and Nick Baginski (1:30.13), and Daniel Ng in the 200 individual medley (2:00.68). Other individual winners for Stevenson included Andrew Lefebvre in the 200 free (1:52.83), Jacob Rosenkranz in the 50 free (23.04), Matthew Han in the 100 fly (56.78), Wadowski in the 100 free (49.66), Ng in the 100 back (55.91), Alan Fang in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.63) and Matthew Krames in diving (223.30). The Pats also captured the 200 medley relay behind Wadowski, Joseph Song, Ng and Alex Kapecki (1:41.66), and the 400 free relay with Wadowski, Ng, Stensby and Baginski (3:18.29). – Daily Herald (+)

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 7, Stevenson 2


Bowlers, Patriettes in State Finals Today

Two Stevenson sports teams will participate in their state tournaments starting today. The Patriettes are in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A competitive dance state tournament in Bloomington, while the boys bowling team is at the IHSA state finals in O’Fallon, near St. Louis. The Patriettes will perform at 3:23 today, and you can watch it live via Results will be available here. The Patriot bowlers were scheduled to start at 9:45 today. Follow their results here.

Softball Team Fundraiser at Four Restaurants Saturday

The softball team is having a fundraiser involving four local restaurants on Saturday. Place an order at Philly G’s, Mambo Italiano, Hitz Pizza or Prairie House Tavern, and 10% will go to the SHS softball program. Hitz Pizza and Prairie House Tavern are offering additional discounts. Click here for the coupon to take with you.

“Team Herenton” Adjusting to Life at Stevenson

The Daily Herald published an article today about the Herenton brothers (+), senior Rodney and junior Willie, who play for the boys basketball team. The pair transferred to Stevenson this year from Whitney Young with younger brother Samuel, a freshman. Rodney played for Whitney Young when it beat SHS in the state semifinals and won the IHSA title in 2014. Rodney and Willie told the paper that they are glad they came to Stevenson, and are enjoying the quieter life of the suburbs. They’re also adjusting to playing for the defending state champions, which has several new faces on the roster this season. Rodney has received an offer from Dartmouth, and also has been asked to be a preferred walk-on at Stanford. Willie, meanwhile, has received interest from multiple schools, including St. Louis, DePaul, Northwestern, Air Force, Wofford, Siena and Memphis.

Sports Boosters Meeting Cancelled

The February Sports Boosters meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 has been cancelled. The next Sports Boosters meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.


World’s Fair Returns This Weekend

The Diversity Council’s annual World’s Fair, a celebration of the countries, cultures, and cuisines of the Stevenson community, will be held Saturday and Sunday. Student-led booths featuring cultural displays and culinary delicacies will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, featuring food and fun activities. There will be special performances each day starting at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. World’s Fair is a fundraiser for Action Against Hunger. Read More

Calling All Showcase Performers

If you are performing in Showcase 2016, please complete your registration online through the Online Superstore. The participation fee increases to $14 on Monday. The sooner you register, the sooner we can determine your act’s performance night.

Winterfest Dance Ticket Sales Start Monday

“Early bird” tickets for the Winterfest Dance will be available at the Patriot Superstore starting Monday. The cost of these tickets is only $20. You must present a ticket coupon when ordering early bird tickets. Ask a member of Student Council for a coupon, or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Early bird ticket sales end Friday, February 5. After February 5, Winterfest Dance tickets will be $25.

Interested in SPARK? Mandatory Meeting on February 5

Sophomores and juniors interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period Friday, February 5 in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Political Action Club to Host 10th District Debate

The Political Action Club will hold a student-moderated debate between 10th Congressional District Democratic candidates Nancy Rotering and Brad Schneider at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The event is free. Voter registrars will be available at the event. Because of 2013 legislation spearheaded by Stevenson students and State Rep. Carol Sente, any student who is a U.S. citizen and will be 18 by November 8 is eligible to vote in the March 15 primary election.

Last Chance to Order Your 2016 Yearbook

Friday, February 12 is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Turn In Senior Party Registration to School Store

Attention seniors: On March 1, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Senior Party spaces are filling up … turn in your registration forms today. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted.


Attention seniors: Some of you may need to send seventh-semester transcripts (also called mid-year reports) to colleges. These transcripts will be ready for disbursement on Monday. If you applied to a college using the Common Application, your mid-year report will be sent automatically by Stevenson High School; there is nothing you have to do. If you applied to a college using Parchment, then you need to order an updated transcript. Log on to and click on “Send Now” and your seventh-semester grades will be included. If you have any questions, please stop by the College Career Center.


Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its next meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 5044.


The boys gymnastics informational meeting is Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Rogalski at

Anyone who would like to go out for the girls water polo team this spring should attend the informational meeting after school on Wednesday at 3:45 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at


Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

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



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