Monday, March 6, 2017

13 HOSA Members Capture State Titles

Thirteen students captured state championships at the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Future Health Professionals State Championships in Decatur last week. Club sponsors Abby Peters and Jill Lipman saw 29 of their students finish in the top three of their event, qualifying for the international HOSA competition in Orlando June 21-24. Overall, 55 Stevenson HOSA members earned state finalist status by finishing in the top 10 of their event.

Five students were part of two first-place winning efforts. Juniors Joyce Chen, Andrew Hwang, Michael Lee, Priya Rao, John Tan and Kelly Zhang teamed to win the MRC Partnership, which involved developing a portfolio and giving a presentation on the chapter’s partnership with the Medical Reserve Corps. Chen, Rao, Zhang were joined by junior Jessica Bae in capturing the Biomedical Debate competition. Tan, meanwhile, also claimed the Physical Therapy division, and sophomore Saaniya Farhan won first place in the Clinical Specialty and Epidemiology competitions. Stevenson’s other state champions were senior Aman Luthra in Extemporaneous Writing and the team of juniors Gurasees Bajaj, Shreya Sriram, Karaj Singh and Sarah Park in Creative Problem Solving.

Stevenson sent 105 students to the state HOSA competition, where they competed from Wednesday through Friday against more than 1,700 peers from around Illinois. Click here to see all of the award winners.

6 From BPA Claim State Titles; 25 Heading to Nationals

Six members of the Business Professionals of America club won state championships at the annual BPA State Leadership Conference last weekend in Oak Brook. The six state champions earned automatic bids to the BPA national competition May 10-14 in Orlando, as did 19 other club members.

Senior Kevin You won his second consecutive state championship, capturing the Advanced Accounting title. He won the Accounting 2 crown in 2016. Joining You as state champions were sophomore Maitreyee Malpekar in Fundamental Accounting, and the Financial Analyst Team of seniors Gary Braznichenko and Kathy Xiang and juniors David Hou and Conrad Oberhaus.

Also qualifying for nationals were seniors Matthew Cabrera, Erik Jersild, Elaine Jiang, Alice Liu, Vivien Liu, Tyler Schultz, Michelle Sun, Annie Wu and Emily Wu; junior Brad Ma; sophomores Claire Huang, Matthew Jalnos, Miranda Liu, Rohit Mandava, Varun Putcha, Hunter Stroming, Raunaq Talwar and Hannah Zhang; and freshman Eshaan Bhattad.

Sixty-five BPA members competed in more than 60 business-related events at the state competition, which featured nearly 1,000 students from more than 40 high schools in Illinois. Jason Ford is Stevenson’s BPA sponsor.

State Champions Recognition Ceremony Tuesday

Stevenson’s latest state champions from HOSA and BPA, along with state swimming champion Topher Stensby, will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104.

Naviance/Sophomore Family Night Wednesday

Would you like to learn more about the updated features within Naviance? Sara English and Dan Miller, the school’s post-secondary counselors, will take a deep dive into the world of Naviance at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Any family is welcome to attend, and students are strongly encouraged to attend, too. Please bring an iPad or computer to explore Naviance with the counselors (make sure to have your student’s login information available). This session will last about 30 minutes.

After the Naviance presentation, the counselors will discuss what sophomore families can expect during the junior year. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their families. Families can attend both or either of these back-to-back sessions. Families can attend both or either of these back-to-back sessions.

For families whose student has an IEP/504, there will be a brief session preceding the main program from 6:30-6:50 in the Recital Hall, which is next to the Performing Arts Center’s main entrance.


Thursday’s Digest misspelled the name of freshman Emily Lu in a report about American Mathematics Competition results.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Waukegan 82, Stevenson 71: Seniors Justin Smith and Willie Herenton scored 28 and 27 points, respectively, but the third-seeded Patriots fell in the IHSA Class 4A Maine West Regional championship game and ended their season with a 22-6 record. The sixth-seeded Bulldogs (20-8) blitzed SHS with hot shooting from the start, building a 42-27 halftime lead. The Pats pulled within nine points entering the fourth quarter, but could draw no closer. Junior Jackson Qualley scored eight points. The loss snapped Stevenson’s streak of four consecutive regional titles. – News-Sun, Daily Herald

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 6, Evanston 1: The Patriots dominated the Wildkits in the second round of the Blackhawk Cup Red Varsity state tournament, setting up a quarterfinal showdown with top-seeded New Trier Green. The game will be played at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. SHS, the tournament’s No. 9 seed, outshot 25th-seeded Evanston 44-17, and scored five unanswered goals after the Wildkits tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period. Junior Jake Camp scored the go-ahead goal, assisted by classmates Michael Dowd and Jackson Leptich. Scores followed from freshman Brett Stokes, senior Jacob Saddler, Dowd and senior Daniel Wolfe. Fellow senior Jason Roseman scored the first goal of the game. Senior Kyle Previn recorded two assists, while Dowd, Leptich, Wolfe, and juniors Jack Wiley and Frank Wiest-Puchala each had one. Junior goalie Nick Almenara made 16 saves.

Smith Named Captain of All-Area Boys Basketball Team

Senior Justin Smith was named captain of the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Boys Basketball Team on Friday, the second straight year he has received the honor. The 6-foot-7 forward, who will play for Indiana University next fall, expanded his game and became a threat to score from anywhere on the court. Known throughout the region for his dunking ability (he had six in one game this season), Smith also has become a consistent threat from three-point range. He averaged 21 points and almost 10 rebounds per game, and shot 55% from the floor. This is the fourth straight year a Patriot has been the Daily Herald’s most valuable player; Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) won the award in consecutive seasons before Smith. Senior Willie Herenton also earned All-Area accolades after averaging 17.2 points per game and hitting 51% of his field goal attempts. Herenton also was outstanding at the free-throw line, sinking 80% of his shots. Senior Eric Zalewski received honorable mention.

Girls Basketball Trio Named All-Area, All-NSC

Three members of the North Suburban Conference girls basketball team earned all-league honors as well as selection to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Team. Senior point guard Ashley Richardson was chosen to the all-NSC team for the fourth time and to the all-area squad for the third straight season. She averaged 14.5 points, 2.6 steals, 3.3 assists and five rebounds per game. Richardson finished her career as the fourth-leading scorer in school history with 1,490 points and was eighth in career assists. Joining her on the all-conference and all-area teams were junior forward Klaire Steffens and senior forward Madison Wicklund. Steffens made the all-area and all-conference teams for a second straight year, averaging 10.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals. She also blocked 30 shots in 28 games, shot 49% from the floor and 74% from the free-throw line. Wicklund made her first appearance on the all-area and all-NSC rosters, averaging 9.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest, shooting 47% from the floor. Junior guard Kiana Cencula received honorable mention all-conference honors.

Eight Not Enough for Steffens at State 3-Point Event

Junior Klaire Steffens sank eight three-pointers in the opening round of the Countywide Financial Three-Point Showdown at the IHSA girls basketball state tournament on Thursday, but did not advance to the next round.


Project Dance Coupon Code Ends Today

Today is the last day to take advantage of the coupon code HIGHFIVE when registering for Project Dance. When you use the coupon code during registration, you’ll save $5. Help Stevenson support the great work of the Riverside Foundation (helping developmentally disabled adults achieve independence) and Stevenson 2 College (helping first generation college students with financial support and mentoring). Project Dance is a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign that requires no selling! All you have to do is join the platform and use the online tools to spread the message in your personal networks and family networks. Click here for all the registration information, forms and details.

Annual Summer Job Fair for Students Thursday

Looking for summer work? Visit the annual Summer Job Fair on Thursday during all lunch periods in Room 2104. Dozens of local companies will be on hand looking to hire, including: Home Depot, Six Flags, JCC Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp, Tamarak Day Camp, Marriott Resort Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills Park District, Panera, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Mariano’s, AKIRA and many more! Make sure to bring your student ID to be eligible for a $25 Jazzman’s gift card. Don’t miss this great chance to score a summer job!

Want to Help Transfer Students New to SHS?

If you’re interested in becoming a buddy to a transfer student, there will be a Transfer Buddies informational meeting during each lunch period Friday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4100). Please bring your iPad to the meeting.

Peer Helpers Applications Now Available

Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences?  Do you want to help staff the Student Lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? If you said yes to those questions, and you’re currently a freshman, sophomore or junior, then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available at this link and in the Student Activities Office. Applications are due no later than Monday, April 10. For more information, visit the Peer Helpers in the Student Lounge, or see Ms. Polisky or Ms DeHoyos.

Operation Snowball Registration Ends Friday

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. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski or Mr. Mazzuca if you have any questions.

Wednesday 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. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at

The SHS Nurses Need Your Help

The nurses want your feedback on how to provide you with health information, and find out what health topics interest you. Please complete this short survey by Friday.


Breakfast with Books will meet at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome!


Hey Patriots, get in on the fun and be part of the newest IM league, Coed Kickball, this spring! There will be an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Activities Office.


Going to Tuesday’s Hockey Game? Follow These Rules

If you’re going to attend the boys ice hockey team’s state tournament quarterfinal game against New Trier Green on Tuesday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, school officials ask you to abide by the following rink rules: No bullhorns, no banging on the glass, no standing in the aisles, and no swearing. Anyone not following these expectations will be asked to leave the premises.


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