Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Senior Seeks to Win $10K in Math Contest

Senior Andrew Hwang will be one of 12 students competing for $10,000 in the Who Wants to be a Mathematician Championship on Saturday at the San Diego Convention Center. This is the second straight year Andrew has qualified for the championship, which features top math students from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The winning student will receive $5,000 and his or her school’s math department also will get $5,000. The contest will be shown live from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday at

Senior Publishes Book Based on Science Experiments

Senior Justin Lee has published a book detailing his scientific research experiences. In Real-Time Science: One Student’s Journey in Research, Justin tackles questions from a number of disciplines, ranging from the accuracy of weather forecasting services to how temperature affects the bounce of a tennis ball. His 132-page book is available on Amazon. Justin also has results from many of his experiments on his research blog.

Former SHS Teacher Named to Texas Task Force

Former Social Studies teacher Vanessa Steinkamp was one of five educators appointed to a new Texas task force by Gov. Greg Abbott last week. She was selected to serve on the Task Force on Academic Credit and Industry Recognition, which is charged with identifying opportunities for awarding high school or college credit, or industry-recognized credentials or certificates, to inmates in Texas prisons. Steinkamp, a professor at Tarrant County College in the Fort Worth area, will serve on the task force until Dec. 1, 2021.


  • Wednesday’s Digest said incoming freshman families whose student has a last name ending in the letters I-P are the primary audience for the second orientation night this evening. The entry should have said families whose students have last names beginning with the letters I-P are the intended audience.
  • An article and accompanying headline in Wednesday’s Digest about tonight’s Stand Strong Coalition meeting implied that its purpose is to oppose the legalization of marijuana in Illinois. Stand Strong is funded by the federal government, and thus does not take official stances on legislation. Tonight’s meeting is meant to educate the community about the facts surrounding legalization of marijuana in other states, and the effects of marijuana availability and use by youth.


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Wednesday, Jan. 9 Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 71, Waukegan 34: Three players scored in double figures as the host Patriots (11-7 overall, 5-1 North Suburban Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak. Senior Kiana Cencula led SHS with 15 points, sophomore Avery King had 14 and senior Klaire Steffens added 10. Junior Kristin Hill chipped in with a career-high nine points. Stevenson jumped out to a 23-9 lead after one quarter of play and extended its lead to 25 by halftime. The Patriots sank seven three-pointers in the game and remain tied for first in the NSC with Warren. Waukegan fell to 0-7 in the league. SHS returns to action Saturday against Fenwick. – SBN Replay | Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,082, Grayslake Central 2,697: Four players broke the 600-pin barrier at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn Lanes as SHS improved to 6-4 on the season. Senior Lucas Pinkus rolled a 684 series to pace the Patriots, and also had the team’s highest game, a 245. Senior Marcus Engstrom set personal bests with a 637 series and 227 game. Freshman Benjamin Ries shot a 612 series and had a high game of 244, while classmate Nicholas Sternes added a 606 series and high game of 213. Stevenson also received a 545 series from freshman Joey Gluck, whose best game was 201. After a 40-pin victory in the opening game (978-938), the Patriots eclipsed the 1,000-pin mark in each of the final two games. SHS concludes its regular season with a match this afternoon against Glenbrook North.

Girls Bowling

Libertyville 2,492, Stevenson 2,347 – Daily Herald

Wrestling Team Achieves Top 10 Ranking

The 15-1 Patriot wrestling team has cracked the Illinois Best Weekly Class 3A top 10 rankings for the fourth year in a row. Stevenson moved into 10th place after defeating Lake Zurich on Friday and capturing the Leyden tournament a day later. SHS was No. 11 last week. Three Patriots appear in the latest Class 3A individual rankings: Junior Tommy Frezza is No. 9 at 120 pounds, while senior Muzi Sitshela and junior Anand Batbaatar received honorable mention at 152 and 285, respectively. The Patriots have a showdown with Warren in the Field House on Friday. The varsity match starts at 6:30 p.m., and will be preceded by freshman and junior varsity contests at 5:30.

Patriot Aquatic Club Earns National Honor

The Patriot Aquatic Club, which serves as a feeder program for Stevenson swimming and water polo teams, has been awarded a Bronze medal ranking in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program. This is the first time in PAC history that it has earned the honor from USA Swimming, which recognizes the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger. “I couldn’t be happier with our program receiving this honor. Our athletes have bought into a new culture and we are starting to see the benefits of that from this past season,” said Head Coach Kevin Zakrzewski, who also leads the SHS girls swimming and diving team.

Hockey Team Holding Fan Appreciation, Prospect Nights

The boys ice hockey team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Night during the varsity game against York at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. All students attending will receive a free SHS Hockey T-shirt. There also will be a “Chuck-A-Puck” contest and a 50-50 raffle. In addition, the team is holding a Prospect Night prior to the varsity contest for incoming freshmen interested in playing hockey at Stevenson. The event, which begins at 4 p.m., will feature a meet-and-greet with varsity hockey players, pizza with the coaches and junior varsity players, a free SHS Hockey T-shirt, and a free puck for the Chuck-A-Puck contest during the varsity game. To reserve a spot at Prospect Night or for more information, email


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Special Breakfast for Transfer Students on Tuesday

All transfer students are invited to an informational breakfast sponsored by the Student Services Division at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions in addition to learning general information about Stevenson and its programs, resources and opportunities for students.

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The SHS nurses are looking for ways to improve their communication with students and others, and are seeking feedback. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey.


The girls track and field team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Degen at


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