Friday, February 24, 2017

All Juniors Taking ACT on Tuesday

As part of its commitment to helping students achieve academic and collegiate success, Stevenson will be offering the ACT exam with writing to all junior students on Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. No registration is necessary nor are there any fees for the exam. Juniors will have the option of leaving school early after completing the exam. Click here for details.

Freshman Organizes Fundraiser for Ailing Classmate

Stevenson freshman Simone Ervin has organized a fundraiser for her friend and classmate, Matthew Abrams, who is battling cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant. Ervin has arranged for a fundraiser at the Culver’s restaurant in Buffalo Grove from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Twenty percent of sales during the fundraiser will go to help the Abrams family. Members of the SHS Jazz Band will perform at the fundraiser.

Junior Wins Youth Concerto Competition

Antony Simonoff, a junior at Stevenson, won first place at the Fox River Valley Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday. He played the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto in C Minor. Simonoff will perform with the Fox Valley Orchestra on Sunday, June 25 at the Paramount Theater in Aurora. Winning music competitions is nothing new for Simonoff. He took top honors in the Junior Piano Competition at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association finals in November 2015.

Student Helping to Start Band Program at Waukegan School

Music has made a major difference in Chris VanOverberghe’s life. Now, the sophomore wants to bring the joy of music to others. For his Eagle Scout project, VanOverberghe is helping to build a band program for Most Blessed Trinity Academy in Waukegan. The K-8 school has no instruments, and the primarily lower-income students it serves can’t afford to buy or rent instruments. VanOverberghe is collecting new and used instruments for the school. He also is raising funds to purchase new instruments, repair used ones, and to build instrument storage. VanOverberghe has created a GoFundMe page for anyone who would like to make a financial donation. If you want to donate an instrument, contact him at

Alum Opens Eye Care Practice in Buffalo Grove

Dr. Nathan Goldberg, a 2004 Stevenson graduate, has opened Focused Eye Care in Buffalo Grove. Goldberg is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and board-certified through the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. After graduating from Stevenson, Goldberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, then received a Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. For more information on his new practice, visit


Thursday’s Daily Digest incorrectly reported that archer Sami Hartman-Stackhouse has won the overall championship in Stevenson’s last two tournaments. In fact, the junior has won the overall title in the team’s last three tournaments.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 7, St. Viator 1: The ninth-seeded Patriots erupted for four goals in the second period and cruised to victory over the 23rd-seeded Lions in their Blackhawk Cup Red Division state tournament play-in game at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. SHS advances to a second-round matchup against Evanston at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at the Edge AHAI Arena in Bensenville. Evanston, the No. 25 seed, upset No. 8 New Trier Blue, 3-2, on Wednesday. Against St. Viator, senior Daniel Wolfe opened the scoring early in the first period with a goal assisted by senior Jason Roseman and junior Jack Wiley. Neither team scored again until Roseman lit the lamp early in the second period, off an assist from sophomore Sam Shellist. Senior Benjamin Stavola and Wiley followed with goals that gave Stevenson a 4-0 lead. After the Lions scored, junior Jackson Leptich tallied three goals in the second and third periods. Roseman led the Pats with two assists, with Shellist, Wiley, senior Kyle Previn, sophomore Zach Wesley and junior Michael Dowd each recording one.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Huntley Invitational: The Patriots opened their season by winning the 12-team indoor meet. SHS outscored the host Red Raiders, 134-106, and won five of 15 events. In the field events, senior Jonathan Powell won the long jump (21 feet, 2.25 inches) and the triple jump (43-8), and junior John Engstrom captured the high jump (5-10). The Pats won two of the three relays. Senior David Goncharov, senior Noah Lukz, junior Borler Wu and junior Ahmad Dinkins claimed the 800-meter relay (1:34.33), while senior Caleb Oh, junior Aaron Portman, junior Ethan Simanek and senior Paul Udoni took first in the 3,200 relay (8:23.71). Lukz finished second in the 60-meter dash (7.14) and was third in the 200-meter dash (23.40). Oh was runner-up in the 800 (2:01.25), Goncharov finished second in the triple jump (43-6.5), and the 1,600 relay team of Portman, Dinkins, Wu and senior Jordan Eng also finished second (3:34.54). Other top-five finishers for Stevenson were Udoni, who took third in the 1,600 (4:31.91), Eng, who placed fifth in the long jump (20-2.25), and sophomore Sam Herenton, who was fifth in the 400 (53.81).

Watch the State Swim Meet Online

The state boys swimming and diving meet will be streamed live by the Illinois High School Association at this link starting at 3:30 today. You also can watch the finals at the same link beginning at noon on Saturday. Click here for the meet schedule and results.

Krames Earns Athlete of the Month Honor

Senior Matthew Krames, who is taking part in the diving competition at the IHSA state meet today, was recently named the Lakeshore High School Athlete of the Month for February by the Chicago Tribune. He was selected voting by the Tribune’s suburban sports team and the public. In recognition of the honor, Country Financial, the program’s sponsor, will be donating $250 to Stevenson. A Country Financial representative will honor Krames and the boys swimming and diving program at the Winter Sports Awards Night on March 13.

Girls Hockey Players in State Quarterfinals

Two Stevenson students are members of the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team that will face Loyola in the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament at 5:20 today at Heartland Arena in Lincolnwood. Senior Corynn Salazar is the team’s top goaltender. She has a 7-1-2 record and is allowing only one goal per game. Junior Katie Wynn is the team’s third-leading scorer, with seven goals and six assists in 17 games. Their team has a 15-5-2 record and has won its last 13 games.


Register for Project Dance Today

Registration is open for the 10th annual Project Dance fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Patriotpalooza” and the goal is to raise $50,000 to help the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation. Click here for all the registration information, forms and details. You can register through today. Use the coupon code HIGHFIVE for $5 off the registration fee. Project Dance will be held Saturday, April 8.

Operation Snowball Registration Open

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a two-day event with tons of indoor and outdoor activities planned by upperclassmen for all Stevenson students. Registration is now open at the Online Superstore. Sign up by Wednesday to reserve your T-shirt. Registration closes Friday, March 10. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski or Mr. Mazzuca if you have any questions.

NHS Blood Drive Sign-Up Underway

If you’re at least 17 years old (by March 10) and weigh at least 110 pounds, you can save three lives by donating blood at the National Honor Society Blood Drive on Friday, March 10 in the Wrestling Room. You must have a full free period between periods 3-8, in which you would be available to donate blood. This period can be an unscheduled period, a full lunch, or a PE/Health class (with teacher approval). By giving blood, you’ll also receive three community service hours. Plus, LifeSource will make a financial donation to the Stevenson Foundation’s Stevenson to College program, which improves access to college for SHS students who would be the first in their family to attend. Click here to sign up and to download forms you’ll need to bring to the Student Activities Office before the event, or bring them to the Wrestling Room on the day of the blood drive. The sign-up deadline is Friday, March 3.

Thinking About Joining the Military?

Are you unsure about what you would like to do after high school? Would you like to further explore your options? Do you have any interest in joining the military? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test on Thursday, March 16. This is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The test also may be used to provide students with more information regarding career options. If you’re interested in taking the test, you must sign up by Wednesday. Click here to sign up and for more details.

College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is Wednesday, March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at


Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit and for more information.


Are you interested in meteorology? Would you like to learn how to forecast the weather? Do you want to earn volunteer hours while helping people who are suffering from natural disasters? Do you want to use Stevenson’s weather station? If so, come to Meteorology Club! Join us on Mondays at 3:35 p.m. in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

The Bass Fishing Club will be having an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2918. Contact Mr. Mural for more information at


Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 16. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: Students should apply by Friday, March 31.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


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