Tuesday, April 18, 2017

WYSE Team Finishes Third in State

Stevenson finished third in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering state competition Monday at the University of Illinois. Several students earned awards, including three who placed second in their academic category: junior Joel Slaby was runner-up in Engineering Graphics, while junior Albert Cao and sophomore Tony Tan were second in Physics. Senior Eric Qian and junior Zachary Chin were third in Chemistry, junior Elaine Xiao placed third in Biology, and sophomore Aniket Nuthalapati was third in English. Four students finished fourth. Sophomore Andrew Gan and junior Andrew Luo were fourth in Computer Science, junior David Liang was fourth in Biology, and junior Wilson Zhu placed fourth in Chemistry.

Eleven Nominated for Those Who Excel Awards

Eleven members of the Stevenson community are being nominated for 2017 Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel Awards. The annual awards recognizes and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to education in the state. Stevenson’s nominees this year (and the category in which they will be nominated) are: school psychologist Andrew Schroeder (Student Support Personnel), Special Education Division assistant Stephanie Bush (Educational Service Personnel), mathematics teacher Linda Reusch (Classroom Teacher), science teacher Molly Sponseller (Early Career Educator), former Stevenson Foundation co-president Kay Hoogland (Community Volunteer), and the Advanced Placement American Studies Team of teachers Steve Heller, Elizabeth Kenney, Dawn Forde, Peter Anderson, Marie Bednarz and Seamus Campion (Team). Those Who Excel winners will be announced in the fall.

Why We Offered the ACT to Juniors

Stevenson is one of about 30 suburban school districts paying to offer the ACT exam to  its juniors this school year, in addition to the state-required SAT. As the school communicated to parents and students last fall, Stevenson provided the ACT as part of its commitment to 11th-graders whose first two years included preparation for the exam within the curriculum. The ACT will not be provided by the school after this year.

Annual Fashion Show Takes Stage Friday

The fourth annual Stevenson Styler Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. All proceeds from the event will benefit Dress for Success, which provides apparel and accessories to women who are struggling financially and seeking employment. More than 100 outfits designed by students in Stevenson’s Clothing and Design course will be shown, in addition to clothing from several local boutiques. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-party featuring refreshments and red carpet photo-ops outside the PAC entrance.

Best Buddies Fundraiser on Wednesday

Best Buddies is having a fundraiser at the Original Bagel and Bialy in Buffalo Grove all day Wednesday. Special Best Buddies cookies will be on sale, too. Twenty percent of all sales will go to Best Buddies.

Nurses Offer Exercise Advice for Spring

With the weather getting warmer, the exercise bug is starting to bite students and adults alike. In their latest Nurses’ Nook, the school nurses offer tips to get started and links to helpful resources.

Don’t Let Late-Arrival Day Go to Pot

Thursday is the last late-arrival day of the school year. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. to allow faculty and staff to participate in professional development activities earlier in the morning. Since the day falls on 4/20, the Stand Strong Coalition (of which Stevenson is a member), reminds parents that late-start days can lead to high-risk behavior for some students, such as drinking and smoking marijuana. The coalition suggests parents ask their students these four questions in advance of Thursday: Where will you be? Who will you be with? What will you be doing? and What time will you be leaving home for school? For more tips, visit standstrongcoalition.org.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 90, Warren 55: Senior Juhi Jhaveri won two individual events and ran in two first-place relays for the host Patriots, who improved to 5-0 in outdoor duals. Jhaveri captured the 100-meter dash (12.6) and long jump (15-4), ran the opening leg in the winning 1,600 relay with juniors Meghan Liss and Natalie Sparreo, and senior Sydney Erickson (4:21.3), and closed out the victorious 800 relay after Erickson, sophomore Payton Nierman and junior Haley Tokars (1:50.9). Sparreo also won the 1,600 (5:38.5). Other individual winners included sophomore Natalie Sorenson in the 3,200 (12:21.7), sophomore Miffy Tani in the 100 hurdles (17.0), senior Abby Pucek in the 800 (2:33), junior Kesina Daley in the high jump (5-0), freshman Nicole Waxman in the triple jump (30-7) and senior Sabrina Sullivan in the 300 hurdles (51.0). Stevenson also won the 3,200 relay behind Pucek, junior Gabriela Jagielo, senior Claire Sullivan and sophomore Kendall Roberts (10:21.1).

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 94, Warren 52: Seniors Noah Lukz and Jonathan Powell each won two events for the Patriots (9-0) in Gurnee. Lukz sprinted to top honors in the 100-meter dash (10.8) and the 200 (22.2), while Powell captured the long jump (20-7.75) and triple jump (43-8.5). Other individual winners included sophomore Anand Batbaatar in the shot put (43-5.5), junior Nikita Smyrnov in the 3,200 (9:48.4), senior Paul Udoni in the 800 (2:03.3), senior Jordan Eng in the 300 hurdles (42.9) and junior Brett Lucas in the 1,600 (4:39.5). SHS also claimed all three relays: the 1,600 (3:30.8), the 800 (1:32.7) and the 400 (45.4).


Stevenson 16, Deerfield 2: The Patriots won 11 of 12 singles matches, and five of six doubles contests, en route to improving their overall record to 10-1-2. Senior Ashley Richardson posted a 21-8, 21-5 decision at No. 1 singles. The other winners in singles were Jenny Yang at No. 2 (21-9, 21-9), freshman Kaitlyn Lu at No. 4 (21-8, 21-19), junior Shirley Cao at No. 5 (21-16, 17-21, 21-10), sophomore Thivya Sivarajah at No. 6 (21-14, 21-6), junior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 7 (21-18, 22-20), sophomore Julie Zhu at No. 8 (21-14, 21-19), freshman Megan Wei at No. 9 (21-11, 21-10), sophomore Sanjana Chunduri at No. 10 (21-8, 21-14), sophomore Riya Gyanmote at No. 11 (21-13, 21-19) and sophomore Kitty Zeng at No. 12 (21-10, 21-7). In doubles, the winning teams were Cao and senior May Ling at No. 2 (21-7, 21-11), Zhu and Sivarajah at No. 3 (21-14, 21-12), Zeng and Richardson at No. 4 (21-11, 21-11), Wei and Shanmugasundaram at No. 5 (21-15, 21-12), and Chunduri and Gyanmote at No. 6 (21-13, 21-14).


Stevenson 8, Zion-Benton 4: The host Patriots rallied from an early deficit to break their three-game losing streak. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third, SHS (7-6, 1-4) cut the deficit in half when senior Jack Housinger drew a bases-loaded walk that scored sophomore Ryan McElhinny. Freshman Shane McGaha followed with a two-run single that brought home seniors Henry Marchese and Charlie Ling, who had reached base on bunt singles. Stevenson added five more runs in the fourth inning, capped by Marchese’s three-run home run. Marchese finished the game 3-for-4. Ling was 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Junior Matthew Mittelmark was the winning pitcher. He went six innings, scattering six hits and striking out two. None of his four runs allowed were earned. Zion dropped to 1-8 overall and 0-6 in the NSC. – News-Sun, GameChanger.com

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 13, Schaumburg 10: Sophomore Sophie Sorenson scored five goals and senior Courtney Patten added three as the visiting Patriots (7-4) won their second game in a row and third time in last four contests.

Boys Volleyball

Hersey d. Stevenson, 26-24, 35-33: The Patriots (14-6) dropped a lengthy battle in Arlington Heights, despite a 17-kill effort from senior Grant Maleski. Junior Leo Chen added seven kills. Junior Haddon Kay had 17 assists and sophomore Will Sorenson added 15. Senior Austin Zhou made five digs.


Lake Zurich 9, Stevenson 2: Senior Emma Oriatti had three hits including a home run for the Patriots (3-9, 0-4) on the road. Classmates Mic Faunce and Alyssa Pauly also had three hits apiece. Junior Gwen Heilman doubled for SHS, which had 11 hits. – Daily Herald


Order Your Free Copy of the WIT by Thursday

All students can receive a complimentary copy of this year’s WIT literary magazine by filling out this form and returning it to their English teacher, or to either Communication Arts Office. Students also may email the form to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org. The deadline for returning the form is Thursday. In late May, students who turned in a form will receive an email announcing the WIT’s arrival.

Volunteers Needed for Riverside Foundation Gala

Mr. Goergen and Mr. Erdmann will be honored at the Riverside Foundation’s annual Hearts of Gold Gala on Saturday at the Lincolnshire Marriott, and student volunteers are needed to help. Volunteer shifts are available from 4-9 p.m. or 9 p.m. to midnight. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Elisa Capstick at ejcapstick@aol.com.

Catalyst Sponsoring Logo Design Contest

Catalyst, a student leadership group dedicated to producing community-wide change by supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle, is sponsoring a logo design contest for SHS students. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. Here are contest details:

° Primary Text to Include: “Catalyst”

° Secondary Text (optional): “Courage” and/or “Be The Change”    

° Colors: Try to use a maximum of two colors. Blue, black and white should be the primary color selections.

° Additional Design Components: Visually interesting designs/imagery to capture the themes of change, majority, strength, etc. Do not use images of drugs or alcohol.

° Art/File Size: Should be able to be printed on something as large as a banner and as small as a postcard. Digital submissions should be high resolution at 300 dpi.

Submissions are due by Friday. Drop off or email designs to Dr. Cortesi in Room 2400 or at ccortesi@d125.org.

Support These Art Students After School Monday

Come out and support five of your fellow students at the 10th Congressional District Art Competition reception and awards from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday at the Vernon Area Public Library. Stevenson will have five students represented: Alexandra Kokhan (mixed media), Judy Kupchan (photo), Amy Tian (drawing), Caroline French (photo) and Madeline Meirhaeghe (digital painting).

You’re Invited to Apply for National Service Honors

The organization that runs the ugive.org website has some national award opportunities for all students. There are three levels of recognition based on volunteer hours. All you have to do is share a few details and a photo of your service activity completed between June 1, 2016 and now. To apply, visit apply.InspringService.org. Online applications are due by Friday, May 5.


Juniors and their families are invited to meet with one of the postsecondary counselors for a 30-minute Post-High School Family Planning Meeting. The appointments are available through Thursday, June 15. This is a great opportunity to discuss your journey after Stevenson High School. Please complete the College/Post Secondary Planning Worksheet to begin the process. (You can also get a copy of the worksheet in the College Career Center in Room 1123.) Once you have turned in a completed worksheet to Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for the appointment. Worksheets are due in the CCC by Monday. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McGurn.

Attention juniors and seniors: A United States Marine Corps recruiter will be visiting Stevenson on Monday during third period (10:18 a.m.) in the College Career Center.  Please go into Naviance under the College Visits tab to sign up for the visit. You will need to bring a signed pass from your third-period teacher to attend the visit. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).


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 campcardiac.org and campneuro.org for more information.


If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your last chance is Thursday from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. (Thursday is a late arrival day). Any athlete who has not attended a meeting yet must attend. Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID.

End your week on a really happy note. Get to the Wood Commons or Glass Commons on Friday during sixth and seventh passing periods, or after school, and buy a Wendy’s Frosty for only $2 … and support girls water polo! After all, you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a Frosty, and that’s pretty much the same thing!

The Chicago Sky is holding its annual High School Team of the Year contest, and Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball squad is in the running. Online voting runs through Saturday at http://sky.wnba.com/high-school-team-of-the-week/. The High School Team of the Year will receive a complimentary basketball clinic led by Sky coaches and players, and the opportunity to host the Sky’s 50/50 charity raffle to raise funds for its team and athletic department. The winner will be announced at halftime of Opening Night on Friday, May 19.


Best Buddies is close to reaching its goal of raising $12,000 for the Best Buddies Illinois Friendship Walk on May 6 at Brookfield Zoo. As of Monday, Best Buddies had raised $10,854. If you want to take part in the walk, click here. Anyone who raises $50 will get a Best Buddies T-shirt.

The Lean In Feminism Club will be hosting SHS alum Alana Parekh after school Wednesday in Room 2702 to talk about what it’s like to be a female artist in Chicago. Alana is a dancer and will speak on her projects that have involved exploring hair and skin color of different genders and races. All are welcome to join us!


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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.


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