Tuesday, December 6, 2016

380 Seniors Named Illinois State Scholars

Three hundred and eighty members of Stevenson’s senior class have been named Illinois State Scholars for 2017-18 by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Students were chosen based on state test scores and academic achievement at their school. Click here to see Stevenson’s newest Illinois State Scholars.

Team Wins Rolling Meadows Robotics Competition

A team of Stevenson students won Rolling Meadows High School’s eighth annual “Wildstang” VEX Robotics competition on Saturday. Team CLH (which stands for Chris Lee’s Hat) won all seven of its qualifying rounds and earned the highest ranking over 37 other teams from 12 schools. The Team CLH roster included seniors Opasan Bondad, Aryn Harmon, Chris Lee, Lisa Rosov and Serge Zvenigorodsky, and junior Abby Starr. With its win, Team CLH qualifies for the state championships in March and the CREATE U.S. Open in April.

Three other robots from Stevenson were entered in the competition. The Tater Bots team included seniors Idan Raiter, David Raskin and Seth Katz, and juniors Shirley Cao, Allison Chen, Aditya Mansharamani, Anisha Rao and Ravi Sunder. Commando Mando featured junior Dan Efroni and sophomores Christopher Varghese, Josh Kulick, Aniket Kulkarni, James Lim and Jonathan Distel. Also competing was the reFreshers team of freshmen Piper Starr, Wynne Chen, Husain Badri, Jaap Singh, Varun Aggarwal, Max Kulick, Duncan Paul and Michael Levin. Shark Rado included juniors Elliot Segal and Ryan Mitchell, and sophomores Ethan Gordon, Jacob Shupak, Erik Rademacher, Chase Duvall and Alan Tokarsky. Overall, three of Stevenson’s four robots qualified for the elimination round.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s Wednesday

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser at the Buffalo Grove Culver’s, 450 McHenry Road, from 3-10 p.m. Wednesday. When you order, just mention “Stevenson Choral Guild” and 20% of your sale will be donated to the group.

2001 Alum Getting the Last Laugh

Today’s Daily Herald features an article on Stevenson alumna Steph Barkley (Class of 2001), who ditched a successful career in art direction and set design to pursue her true passion, performing. She has built a large following on social media (more 1.5 million followers) through her comedy videos on YouTube, including a new series, Costi and Sully. She also creates content for a number of companies, including Hulu and VH1, and is a regular in the Los Angeles stand-up scene. You can read more about her at www.stephaniebarkley.com.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 128.15, Lake Forest 120.75: Four different Patriots won individual events for the visiting Patriots, who improved to 2-0. Sophomore Zoe Hinz won the all-around competition (33.20) and captured first place in balance beam (9.05). She also was second on uneven bars (7.55) and in floor exercise (8.40). Freshman Emily Weinstein won the floor exercise (9.0), sophomore Marisa Osowski captured the vault (8.45) and senior Natalie Shulman claimed top honors on uneven bars (7.60). Freshman Riley Polatsek was second in the all-around (32.05). She was runner-up on balance beam (8.25) and placed third in uneven bars (7.40) and floor (8.10). Sophomore Rachel Severyns was third in vault (8.35). – Daily Herald

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at Minooka Invitational: The Patriettes finished first in Lyrical and second in Jazz in the 3A Division, among 28 routines. (Corrected from Monday’s Digest)

Basketball Game on SBN Tonight

Tonight’s varsity boys basketball game against Lake Forest will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Radtke Named Pioneer Press Volleyball POY

Senior Jori Radtke has been selected as 2016 Pioneer Press All-Area Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. (Sophomore Sophie Sorenson was an honorable mention selection.) Radtke led the Patriots to third place in the state this fall, and next year will be joining the Northern Illinois University women’s program, where her older sister Jenna (Class of 2013) was just named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. Jori talked with Pioneer Press about her relationship with her sister and her father, her intense volleyball workout schedule, and her love of fishing and country music.

Postseason Soccer Honors for Nunez, Brandt, Kalis

Two members of the boys soccer team have been chosen to the 2016 Chicagoland Soccer Boys All-State Soccer Team. Honored were junior goalie Ethan Kalis, who recorded eight shutouts, and senior midfielder Ben Brandt, Stevenson’s scoring leader with seven goals and 11 assists. Senior midfielder Jake Nunez received special mention. Brandt and Nunez also earned honorable-mention honors on the 2016 Pioneer Press All-Area Team.


Last Chance to Have Your Yearbook Picture Taken

Any student who has not had his or her yearbook picture taken, but would like to, must have it taken by Wednesday. To have your picture taken, make an appointment with Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio by calling 847-499-9300.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The last PPA Bake Sale of the semester is this Wednesday during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood and Glass Commons. Puppy chow, donuts, cake, pie and home-baked goods will all be on sale for $1.

Sign Up to Become an Alternative PE Leader

If you are interested in becoming an alternative PE leader for the 2017-18 school year,  please fill out this application by Monday, January 9. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Sommers at scsommers@d125.org.

Anthem Singers Needed for Boys Swim Meets

Do you ever dream of singing the national anthem to kick off a sporting event? The boys swimming and diving team has several meets with this opportunity. If you, a pair or a group are interested in auditioning, please contact Mr. Lillydahl in Room 2514 or email dlillydahl@d125.org for information.

Parking Reminders During Exam Week

As we approach semester exams, here are a few parking reminders. Final exam days are part of the third marking period, so students must have a valid parking permit if driving or parking on campus during school hours. The strip and Port Clinton lots are for senior and staff overflow parking, and should be used when necessary. One-day parking passes are for the Port Clinton lot only. The fourth marking period begins after Winter Break. Any senior students beginning to park in January should have their vehicle stickers put on in parking lot D beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4. If you have parking questions, stop by Room 2400.

Testing Center Hours During Final Exams

The Testing Center will have the following hours during final exams: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, December 15, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, December 16. If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled.

Winter Play Audition Packet Online

The audition packet for the Theatre Department’s winter production, The Heidi Chronicles, is now available for students. Click here to download the packet. Auditions will take place after school on Tuesday, January 10, with callbacks after school on Wednesday, January 11. Sign up for an audition slot on the Theatre Call Board, located outside the Studio Theatre (Room 2204).

Senior Men Invited to Sign Up for Mr. SHS

Applications for the annual Mr. SHS contest are now open. Senior guys can look for the application on the Senior Class Board’s social media channels. Applications will be open through Friday, December 16.

Sign Up for the MLK Day of Service

Students are invited to sign up for the fourth annual Day of Service on Monday, January 16, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a school holiday. Students will engage in two hours of work at local charity sites as part of a daylong event focusing on service. All students who take part will receive five service hours. Students may register individually or in teams of up to four people. There is a limit of 375 students for the Day of Service. The registration deadline is Monday, January 9. Click here to register.


Teams are forming now for IM Basketball and IM Coed Volleyball. Don’t forget that team packets are by Wednesday in the Student Activities Office. Contact Mr. Wellington if you have questions.

Registration is now open for the Stevenson Ski and Snowboard Club. If you register by Wednesday, December 14, you get a free sweatshirt. The first trip is to Cascade Mountain on January 7. If you have questions, stop by the Student Activities Office.


Are you interested in learning more about the National Organization of Women and about current issues surrounding women in our nation? Come join the Lean In Feminism club as we host a speaker from NOW after school Wednesday in Room 2702.  All are welcome!

The Cultural Cuisine Club will meet after school Wednesday in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). The meeting will end around 5:30.

What do you say to an angry potato? Nothing, you just butter him up! Come to Club Israel on Thursday and help make latkes and potato pancakes. We meet in the Food Lab right after school.

Junior Class Board will have its next meeting Thursday after school in the College Career Center. The group will be taking its yearbook club photo and then celebrating  terrific first-semester accomplishments with a holiday party! All juniors are welcome.

Spanish Club meets Thursday for its annual Chocolate & Churros Holiday Party in Room 2808. We will be watching the movie Elf in Spanish while munching on freshly made churros! New members at all levels are always welcome.


The University of Dayton offers a Leadership Service Scholarship for students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church or community. Applications can be picked up in the College Career Center and must be returned by Thursday.

Applications are available for Stetson University’s J. Ollie Edmunds Distinguished Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship that pays expenses for four years for students who exhibit exemplary academic and personal leadership. Applicants must have at least a 3.5 weighted GPA, an ACT composite score of at least 30 or a minimum SAT score of 1350 (Critical Reading and Math), and demonstrated outstanding leadership in high school or the community. Applications can be picked up in the CCC and must be returned by Thursday.


The Career Exploration Program is accepting Career Shadow Applications for the 2016-17 school year. Please visit the Career Exploration web page to find out more about the program and to download an application, or stop by the College/Career Center to speak to Mrs. Willock (dwillock@d125.org).


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