Monday, February 29, 2016

Math Team Wins Regional Championship

Stevenson won the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Division 4AA Regional Contest at SHS on Saturday, earning an automatic berth in the May 7 state finals at the University of Illinois. Stevenson posted a score of 996 in the 10-event regional, the highest score among all 70 schools who competed in 4AA regionals around the state. SHS won every event in its own regional, and had the best score in five of the 10 events statewide. Students who were part of each regional champion (with individual ranking in parenthesis) included:

Algebra 1: Joey Rivkin (first), Tony Tan (third), Andrew Gan (sixth), Angela Zhang (eighth) and Tejas Ambravan (15th).

Geometry: Haoyang Yu (first), Josh Yoon (second), Albert Cao (third), Andrew Hwang (sixth), Max Kopinsky (sixth) and Justin Lee (sixth).

Algebra 2: David Liu (first), Jason Lu (first), Austin Zhou (first), Chris Lee (fourth), Kevin You (eighth) and Amber Hu (ninth).

Precalculus: Emery Liu (first), Junghyun Hwang (first), Patrick DeMichele (third), Allen Cao (fourth), Ekaterina Villevald (11th) and Teresa Mao (11th).

Frosh-Soph 8-Person: Alex Dong, Joey RIvkin, Angela Zhang, Rachel Zhang, Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Andrew Hwang and Hideki Maeda.

Junior-Senior 8-Person: Kevin Li, Kathy Xiang, Jason Lu, Chris Lee, Junghyun Hwang, Shu Zhang, Sarah Hou and Ekaterina Villevald.

Frosh-Soph 2-Person: Josh Yoon and Angela Zhang.

Junior-Senior 2-Person: Junghyun Hwang and Emery Liu.

Calculator: Patrick DeMichele, Allen Cao, Reuben Gutmann, Deepak Moparthi and Tony Tan.

Oral Presentation: Emery LIu and Joey RIvkin.

Five Debaters Earn Honors at Harper College

Five members of the debate team earned recognition at Saturday’s Illinois Congressional Debate Association varsity tournament at Harper College. Senior Pratik Kamat was selected to the ICDA All-State Team based on his performance during the entire season. Nathan Shlobin, also a senior, won first place in his Champion Round. He also earned a Best Speaker Nomination in his chamber, as did junior Alexis Cacioppo and sophomores Abhiram Kakuturu and Elmira Hezarkhani. Kakuturu also won second place in his Invitational Round.


Friday’s Daily Digest misidentified National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Regional Gold Key winner Sharon Kim as a freshman. She is a senior.



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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Two Patriot relays earned medals, helping the team to an 18th-place finish in the final standings. The 200 freestyle relay team of senior Alex Kapecki, sophomore Nick Baginski and freshmen Topher Stensby and Jacob Rosenkranz finished seventh. Their time of 1:25.84 just missed the school record of 1:25.62 set at the February 20 SHS Sectional. The 400 free relay squad of Baginski, Stensby, Kapecki and sophomore Karl Wadowski placed eighth with a personal-best time of 3:09.37, not far from the school record of 3:08.91. In Friday’s preliminaries, Baginski finished 17th in the 100 butterfly (51.41), Stensby was 21st in the 50 free (21.85), sophomore Daniel Ng took 28th in the 200 individual medley (1:57.67), and junior Matt Krames was 42nd in diving (157.55).  – Official Results | Daily Herald coverage: Saturday Finals (+), Friday Prelims (+)

Ice Hockey Playoff Game Tonight

The varsity boys ice hockey team takes on Oak Park-River Forest in the second round of the state playoffs tonight at 6:30 at the Edge West in Bensenville. Stevenson is the No. 8 seed in the Red Varsity Division, while OPRF is No. 24. SHS beat Deerfield in the first round.

Interested Hockey Players Invited to Free Skate Sessions

All hockey players in grades 8-11 who live in Stevenson High School District 125 are invited to get to know the SHS coaches and players during several free skates at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. The dates and times for free skates are: tonight from 7:35-9:05; Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m.; Monday, March 7, 7:35-9:05 p.m.; and Thursday, March 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Full equipment is required.


College Essay Workshop for Juniors This Summer

Juniors can get a head start with their college essays this summer by taking the College Essay Workshop. The workshop will be offered three times during summer school: the first week of the first session, and the first and last week of the second session. You can get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for college applications. The workshop can help you finish your essay before senior year begins. Last year, more than 150 students received help with their essays! This is a non-credit course. Check the summer school catalog for details at

Showcase 2016 This Weekend

Ticket sales for Showcase 2016 are available every school day during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons until Friday. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2016 will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Sign Up for Friday’s Blood Drive

Here’s your chance to be a hero. If you’re 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds, you could save three lives by giving blood on Friday. The school is having a blood drive with LifeSource in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111) during periods 3-8. Not only will you help save lives, but you’ll also help two worthy causes: the Stevenson to College program, and micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Click here to register and download the required forms.

Last Chance to Attend Operation Snowball

If you missed the Operation Snowball retreat in December, here’s the second chance you’ve been looking for. The next Operation Snowball retreat is March 18-20 at YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. 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. More information and a registration links are online at You can also find out more information at the Student Activities Office, or by contacting Mr. Mazzuca at or in Room 7080, Mr. Hutchins at or in Room 6028, or Ms. Czaplewski at The registration deadline is March 16.

Time to Sign Up for Project Dance

It’s time to sign up for the 10th annual Project Dance, which will be held April 9 in the Sports Center. If you’re not familiar with Project Dance, this is the school’s annual fundraiser to help two worthy causes: The Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire, which works with adults who have developmental disabilities, and the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need Fund, which helps families struggling to pay for basics in order to attend school. If you want to get a Project Dance T-shirt, you’ll need to register by Friday. Click here to register, and for more information.

Informational Meeting for Fashion Show March 16

There will be an informational meeting for those interested in volunteering or modeling for the Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 16 in Room 1612 (the Clothing Lab) from 3:30-4:15. Those interested in modeling, working backstage, doing hair and makeup, hospitality and more should attend. The Fashion Show will be held on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. Time responsibilities will vary based on roles. Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at

Chicago International Film Festival Poster Competition

Cinema/Chicago is holding its second international poster design contest to promote the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival this October. You’re invited to submit a poster design for a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize and see your work featured as the festival’s promotional poster. Submissions must follow these guidelines: must convey the theme “Because Everybody Loves Movies,” must include the festival logo and website ( in the design, and must include a $25 entry fee with each entry (if more than one entry is submitted). Full details are available at Entries must be submitted by April 1.


In need of summer work? The Jobapalooza Expo and Job Fair is coming to the College of Lake County Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake Campus. Learn more by visiting

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


The Illinois Regional College Fair will be held Tuesday, March 15 at the College of Lake County from 6-8 p.m. in the Physical Education Center (Building 7) at the Grayslake campus. There will be 150 college and university representatives at the College Fair, which is open to all high school students and their parents. There also will be two financial aid sessions in Room 706. The CLC campus is located at 19351 W. Washington Street in Grayslake. Park in Lots 2 or 3 on the north side of the campus, closest to the Washington Street and Lancer Lane entrance.  See the CLC website for more information:


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

Want to learn how to be a CEO? Future Business Leaders of America invites you to a presentation by Cary McMillan, founder and CEO of True Partners Consulting, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room. He’ll talk about how he hires employees, how he organizes his business, and leadership and management principles.

After a very informative field trip to the Save-A-Pet Adoption Center in Grayslake, the Animal Welfare Club would like to introduce its Adoptable Dog and Cat of the Month! Our February Dog Of The Month is Sammy, a Great Dane/Lab mix, and our Cat Of The Month is Bunny. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at! Again, these animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


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