Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

43 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Forty-three seniors have been named finalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 15,000 finalists nationwide.

Stevenson’s National Merit finalists are Ryan Abbott, Samuel An, Sanketh Bhaskar, Albert Cao, Shirley Cao, Joyce Chen, Zachary Chin, Degaulle Dai, Timothy Green, Andrew Hwang, Abhiram Kakuturu, Adam Kastler, Maura Kelleher, Tae Hwan Kim, Noah Krakman, Seowon Lee, David Liang, Elias Lu, Andrew Luo, Samarth Madduru, Deepak Moparthi, Bhavana Muppavarapu, Conrad Oberhaus, Charis Pao, Serena Pao, Tanvee Patankar, Saketh Prazad, Ali Rahman, Srikar Rapaka, Divyanshi Sharma, Mengjing Shi, Owen Simon, Julia Sinkevich, Nikita Smyrnov, Carina Su, Daniel Tao, Jessica Wang, Joy Wang, Elaine Xiao, Ruidi Xu, Jonathan Xue, Joshua Yoon and Haoyang Yu.

Finalists will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered this spring. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in April.

CPN Presentation Tackles College Preparation Myths

The Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation, will present a talk by award-winning child psychologist, professor and author Dr. Laura Kastner next month. She will discuss “The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life.” Her talk will take place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in the Vernon Area Public Library Meeting Room (in the main building). The program is free.

Kastner’s talk is based on the book by the same name, which she co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Wyatt. During her presentation, she will tackle myths surrounding college preparation, and the pressures to produce stellar academic profiles that can negatively influence families. Kastner also will focus on the parenting qualities that best predict emotional, social and academic competence in adolescents, as well as some of the developmental dynamics that make parenting during these years particularly challenging. A book signing will follow. The Book Bin will have books for sale before and after the program.

Space is limited. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this link to register and to see more information.

Alum Featured in Forbes

Stevenson alumnus Fritz Colcol (Class of 2009) was one of seven members of the Young Entrepreneur Council who shared advice for other entrepreneurs in a recent Forbes article. He is CEO and owner of Chicago’s Simply Thalia restaurant, co-owner and chief marketing officer of the Iridium Clothing Company, and co-founder of ZeroDay Partners, a cybersecurity search firm.

No School, No Digest on Monday

There is no school Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The Daily Digest will not be published, and will return on Tuesday.


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Thursday, Feb. 15 Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament: Sophomore Tommy Frezza upset his third-ranked opponent at 120 pounds in the opening round. Tommy (37-5) posted a 4-2 overtime victory over Stagg’s Domenic Zaccone (30-2), and will face St. Charles East’s Ben Anderson (41-1) today in the quarterfinals at 1:30. Junior Max Gomez (36-11) lost a 9-6 decision to Yorkville’s Ben Stemmet (35-11). Max will face Evanston’s Van Rutter (44-10) in the wrestlebacks this afternoon. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Highland Park Regional: The sixth-seeded Patriots upset the third-seeded Pirates, 35-32, to capture their first regional championship since 2013. SHS (17-12) will face the winner of tonight’s Lake Forest-Lake Zurich game in the Fremd Sectional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Senior Klaire Steffens led the Pats with 12 points and nine rebounds. She scored half of her points in the fourth quarter as Stevenson overcame a three-point deficit. Senior Isabella Paldrmic added nine points. Sophomore Avery King tallied seven points, including a tough bank shot that gave SHS the lead late. Senior Kiana Cencula also scored seven points to round out the team’s scoring. With the win, Stevenson avenged a 32-28 overtime loss to the Pirates (22-8) on Jan. 27. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 4, Stevenson 3 (OT): The host Trevians scored at the 11:57 mark in overtime and took a 1-0 lead in the Scholastic Hockey League best-of-three semifinal series. SHS (50-16-2) received two goals and an assist from senior Michael Dowd. Classmate Jackson Leptich had the other goal, and added two assists. Seniors Frank Wiest-Puchala and Jake Camp each had an assist. Stevenson will seek to tie the series at 6:25 p.m. Monday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. – Box Score

Weinstein Competing in State Gymnastics Meet

Sophomore Emily Weinstein is competing in the IHSA girls gymnastics state meet at Palatine High School today and Saturday. This is her first state appearance. Emily earned at-large bids in the all-around competition, as well as on uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The all-around finals and individual event preliminaries start at 2:05 p.m. today. The individual events finals begin at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Here is a state meet preview from the IHSA.

Boys Basketball News and Notes, Part 1

The boys basketball games against Libertyville that were postponed by last Friday’s snowstorm will be played Monday. The varsity contest starts at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center, after the sophomore 5:30 game. The freshman A team will play at 6:30 p.m. in the Field House. Monday will be Junior Patriot Night and Meet Nash Night. Members of the Junior Patriots and the Libertyville Junior Wildcats organizations will receive free admission to the game, and the Junior Patriots will be recognized at halftime of the varsity contest. Prior to the varsity tip-off, two Stevenson alumni whose son has a rare, life-threatening disease will be recognized. Bobby and Brittany (Sulentic) Stineman are the parents of Nash, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress, known as SMARD. Stevenson Athletics is promoting a fundraiser to raise money for research into the study of the disease. Bobby is a 2001 graduate who played soccer and basketball for Stevenson. Brittany, who graduated in 2003, competed in volleyball, basketball and soccer. Visit this link for more information or to make a donation.

Boys Basketball News and Notes, Part 2

Both of the varsity boys basketball games this weekend can be viewed through a screen. Tonight’s home game against Waukegan will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at beginning at 7 o’clock. Saturday’s game against Benet Academy, also a home contest tipping off at 7 p.m., has been selected as the CN 100 Game of the Week. The game will air on Comcast Cable Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. The game will be available in high-definition through Comcast’s Video On Demand programming later next week.


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A Chance for Student Filmmakers to Make Their Pitch

Cinema/Chicago’s CineYouth Film Festival invites aspiring filmmakers to apply for the 2018 Film Pitch, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at the Music Box Theatre. Pitch your work-in-progress to a panel of film industry professionals for constructive criticism, ideas and feedback. The winning pitch will receive a cash prize to help with completion of the film. Students ages 16-22 are eligible, and must provide links to previous work when applying. There is no charge to apply. Click here to apply. The application deadline is March 22.


The final Ski and Snowboard Club trip next week is to Wilmot. Register and turn in your money to the Student Activities Office by the end of the day Wednesday.


Student Council has numerous activities planned next week to encourage school spirit during Winterfest. On Tuesday, the first spirit day is Pajama Day and students will be able to relax in their PJs. Wednesday is Jeans Day, and Hawaiian Day follows on Thursday. Friday, Feb. 23 is Spirit Friday, when students are encouraged to show off school spirit by wearing green and gold. During the week, there will be lunchtime activities led by Student Council and Class Board. Finally, on Friday there will be a pep assembly in the Sports Center to cap off this exciting week. The assembly will include a number of exciting activities such as a competitive Mario Kart racing game, performances by your fellow students, and a memorable Mr. SHS performance. The Winterfest Dance, sponsored by Student Council, is Saturday, Feb. 24. This year’s theme is Retro-Cade. Tickets are $25 through Tuesday. Tickets will be available on the night of the dance, but will cost $30. The Winterfest Dance begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.


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