Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Seven Runners-Up at National FBLA Conference

Stevenson’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter had 26 students place in the top 10 at the 2018 FBLA National Leadership Conference this summer in Baltimore. Seven students were national runners-up: Junior Emily Kang (Database Design and Application), sophomores Bella Kim, Maxine Tam and Emily Hu (E-Business), and 2018 graduates Vikram Thanigaivelan (3D Animation), and Anita Fang and Pranathi Posa (Marketing). The competition included more than 10,000 competitors from the United States and abroad. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s top 10 finishers.

Alumnus Ties For Third at National Chess Tournament

2018 graduate Alex Bian tied for third at the U.S. Junior Chess Championships in St. Louis. This was the first appearance at the national championships for Bian, who helped lead Stevenson’s chess team to a third-place finish at the Illinois High School Association tournament in February. Before heading to St. Louis, Bian appeared on CLTV’s “Sports Feed” with SHS alum Josh Frydman (Class of 2007) and Jarrett Payton. Alex is a freshman at the University of California-Berkeley this fall.

A Summer of SHS “Shout Outs”

The Pioneer Press has a regular “Shout Out” feature that follows a short question-and-answer format with noteworthy area residents. Several people with Stevenson connections were part of Shout Outs during the summer. The latest example is senior Olivia Lamberti, featured Thursday for her award-winning piece on racism. Other recent Shout Outs include science teacher Kristen One (Class of 2010), who led 15 students from Stevenson’s Free the Children Club on a community service trip to Ecuador; Andrew Fensterle (Class of 2015), who works at his family’s Dairy Queen in Northbrook and is next in line to be in charge; Madeline Gutierrez (Class of 2018), who was named Miss Vernon Hills during the summer; and Andrew Starykowicz (Class of 2000), a professional triathlete who has overcome being hit by a truck and being detained in Saudi Arabia.


Alumnus Vivian Wang graduated from Stevenson in 2013, not 2012 as reported in Thursday’s Digest.


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Girls Golf Team Has Record-Setting Start

The varsity girls golf team got off to a great start last week, breaking the school record for best 18-hole tournament score (312) during a third-place finish at the Prospect Knights Invitational. With four returning regulars from last year’s team that finished 12th in the state and won the North Suburban Conference championship, head coach Emma Degen’s squad is poised for another promising season. Read the Daily Herald’s Lake County girls golf preview.

Senior Part of PAC Relay at Nationals

Senior Ashley Carollo swam one leg on the Patriot Aquatic Club girls medley relay team that finished 14th at the USA Swimming/Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif., earlier this month. Ashley has earned five state medals in her first three seasons at SHS. Last year, she finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and was part of the 11th-place 400 free relay team.

Watch the Patriots on NFHS Network

Many SHS sporting events will be broadcast live on the NFHS Network during the 2018-19 school year. Visit to see how you can become a subscriber and enjoy Patriots action on your computer or mobile device.


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Dance Company Auditions Next Week

Do you love to dance and make dances? Come out for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies! Auditions are Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:45-6 p.m. each day in Room 2010. Come ready to dance and bring one minute of your own movement. Email Mrs. Rothwell at with any questions.

Freshman Mixer Tonight

All ninth-grade students are invited to the annual Freshman Mixer, which runs from 7-9 p.m. tonight in the Wood Commons. Admission is free, but a Stevenson ID is needed to get in. Remember: This is a lock-in event. Once students arrive, they may not leave until the event ends. The Freshman Mixer is sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association.


Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to creating one-on-one friendships for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities, will hold informational meetings next week. Meetings will be held from 3:30-4 p.m. Tuesday, and from 7:45-8:15 a.m. next Friday. Both meetings will be held in the West Faculty Dining Room. Any interested students must attend one of these sessions. Questions can be directed to the Best Buddies sponsor, Miss Aronson, at

The bass fishing team will have an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2918. Contact the coach, Mr. Mural, at if you have questions.

What is Catalyst? It’s all about using education to lead a healthy life. Watch this 27-second video for more information.


May graduate Rebecca Waples was one of three area high school students to receive Rebecca’s Dream scholarships last spring. The annual scholarships honor students who share in Rebecca’s Dream’s mission to reduce the stigma of mental illness, particularly surrounding depression and bipolar disorder. Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2019. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. For more information, visit the Rebecca’s Dream website.


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