Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Make-Up Date to be Announced Next Week

School officials will announce early next week when today’s snow day will be made up. There are two days in March that have been designated as make-up days: Monday, March 5, which is Pulaski Day, and Friday, March 23, which was designated as a non-school day.

Madrigal Dinner Ticket Reservations Underway

Reservations for the Madrigal Dinner are now being accepted. The dinner is Sunday, March 11 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which include a three-course meal, are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 14. Ticket reservations with payment must be received by March 1. Click here to download the ticket reservation form.

PPA Bake Sale on Valentine’s Day

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, and the PPA Bake Sale Committee is looking for volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work during the sale. Click here to sign up. The remaining bake sale dates are Feb. 28, March 14, April 11 and 25, and May 9. If you would like to help with any of them, use this volunteer sign-up link. Reminder emails are sent one week before the bake sale date, and will allow volunteers to choose the treats they would like to bring.

Community Service Momentum Continues to Grow

More than 360 students have earned Inspiring Service Awards for community service during the 2017-18 school year. Here are the students who have earned awards since the last Daily Digest update on Dec. 12:

Achieving Merit Award (basic level) status were the following:

Seniors: John Armgardt, Elizabeth Ayers, Cassandra Farber, Justin Lee, Michael Lee, Brigitte Lefebvre, Ashleigh Machado, Hideki Maeda, Erica Mostovoy, Hannah Neubauer, Aaron Portman, Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla, Julia Sinkevich, Kelly Zhang, Wilson Zhu

Juniors: Alexa Boden, Madison Brim, Catherine Cabrera, Rebecca Cramer, Thomas Finn, Camryn Friedman, Aedyn Gorenberg, Michael Gorokhovsky, Sanjana Jain, Matthew Jalnos, Olivia Lamberti, Amelia Lee, Marilyn Li, Ami Lieberman, Risa Ohno, Poojan Palwai, Pallavi Panchpor, Amy Qian, Kyra Roesner, Hannah Safron, Karla Segovia, Natalie Sorenson, Aisha Syed, Vaishakh Vinod-Kumar, Maiko Walrath, Daniel Wang, Felicia Wang, May Wang, Melanie Wang, Daniel Wulf, Sharon Zavlin, Daniel Zhu

Sophomores: Yuyang Bian, Julia Dorr, Jessica Eggers, Alexandra Gergova, Sharen Gonsalves, Shannon Kang, Itai Kleiman, Matthew Li, Jacob Loch, Anto Michael, Nitin Nadella, Ean Norenberg, Prabhjaap Singh, Eva Tyomkin, Patrick Tong, Sowmya Venkatachalam, Caimin Xi, Joie You, Yiting Zhao, Emily Ziabka, Valerie Zlotnikova

Freshmen: Christopher Lermer, Shaarav Rotiwar, Ella van Gerven, Alicia Zeng, Sophia Zhuang

There are two award levels above Merit. The next level is Honor Award. The following students qualified for Honor Awards since Dec. 12:

Seniors: Hayley Daloia, Megan Embree, Ariana Gassel, Maor Gozalzani, Alexander Polyakov, Priya Rao, Rebecca Riekki, Rachael Zhang

Juniors: Rebecca Azevedo, Mary Baldino, Denna Baniasad, Jacob Bayer, Heather Birdsell, Dexter Darmali, Ariella Ensinger, Dora Guo, Laurel Guo, Devanshi Gupta, Seungah “Lisa” Han, Hyoeun Jeon, Sanam Jhaveri, Mary Polupan, Jordyn Rubin, Saiaishwarya Sanchula, Melanie Zhang

Sophomores: Julia Blazejewski, Fanny Borukhova, Grace McGhee, Nikhila Paleati, Irina Stamm, Hunter Tam, Andrew Yoon, Erin Yuan

Freshmen: Rebekah Jin, Lily Ma, Jun Ha Paik, Christopher Xie

The highest level students can reach is the Ambassador Award. The following students have attained Ambassador status since Dec. 12:

Seniors: Allison Chen, Claire Haas

Juniors: Jenny Cao, Jeesu Choi, Allison Kalbhen, HeeEun Oh, Meghan Oh

Sophomores: Kaitlyn Lu, Bridget Zhu

Freshmen: Jennifer Gurtovaya, Arjun Nageswaran, Violet Park

The awards came from the InnerView community service platform, which Stevenson students use to create service portfolios. Students type written reflections about their work and upload photos and videos to create a portfolio. Through their portfolio, students track progress toward the UN Global Goal (or goals) they have set for themselves. The use of InnerView and UN Global Goals is part of the school’s new community service philosophy, unveiled in August.


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Boys Basketball Games Rescheduled

Tonight’s boys basketball games against Libertyville have been rescheduled for Feb. 19 at Stevenson. The varsity game will tip off at 7 p.m., with the freshman A game at 5:30 and the freshman B contest at 6:30. The sophomore game’s fate is uncertain. Libertyville’s team is taking part in the Conant Invitational, which has games scheduled for Feb. 19. However, if Libertyville receives a bye on that day, it will play Stevenson at 5:30.

Eight Athletes Announce College Plans

Eight seniors who have signed letters of intent with colleges to continue their playing careers were honored during a recognition ceremony Thursday afternoon in the Forum. The highlighted students were: Matthew Brickman (soccer, DePaul University), Cassie Farber (soccer, Ohio Wesleyan University), Brianna VanZanten (soccer, Case Western Reserve University), John Maskalunas (football, Washington University), Liam O’Connell (football, Valparaiso University), Sam Marks (football, Cornell University), Alex Capstick (football, University of Pittsburgh walk-on) and Jordan Casselberry (football, Butler University). Wednesday was the national letter of intent signing day for football, soccer and men’s water polo. Due to the Odyssey fine arts festival, Stevenson postponed its ceremony to Thursday.

Wimer Earns Coach of the Year Honor

Girls water polo coach Jeff Wimer was named the Illinois Coach of the Year for his sport by the Illinois High School Association last month. Coaches were selected by IHSA staff based on results from the 2016-17 school year, plus career success, sportsmanship and contributions to the sport. As a state coach of the year, Wimer earned an automatic nomination for the National Federation of High Schools’ coaches of the year honor. In his 17 seasons at Stevenson, Wimer has compiled a record of 428-143-1, and his teams have gone 135-9 in the last four years. Stevenson is the defending state champion in girls water polo, and has won the title two of the last three seasons.


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Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales Extended

Due to the closure of school today, Winterfest Dance early bird ticket sales have been extended to Monday.

Senior Service Recognition Workshop on Feb. 16

All seniors are invited to a Senior Service Recognition Workshop Session during every half-lunch period on Friday, Feb. 16 in the Student Activities Office. The Senior Service Recognition program was conceived to showcase outstanding community service efforts by Stevenson students. The application process is designed to capture service stories and then share them back to the school community to inspire other students. If you’ve been committed to community service throughout your high school career, please consider applying and sharing your most meaningful stories! This session has been scheduled exactly one month prior to the deadline to help you get started on your application, and to answer any questions you may have about the process.


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