Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

Takeda Closing Will Impact SHS Families

In a move that will impact more than a few Stevenson families, the Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda announced Monday that it will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Deerfield to Boston. About 1,000 jobs will be eliminated, according to media reports. The move is part of Takeda’s $64 billion takeover of Shire, a pharmaceutical company based in Ireland.

15 Win Honors in IATE Prose and Poetry Contest

Fifteen current and former students won awards in the 2018 Illinois Association of Teachers of English Prose and Poetry Contest. Senior Emily Luo was a first-place winner in both categories. Here are the award-winners:

Poetry First Place: Senior Emily Luo (“Quiet“).

Poetry Honorable Mention: 2018 graduate Johnna Geick (“Window Pain”).

Prose First Place: 2018 graduate Charis Pao (“Letter to Stigma”), and current seniors Olivia Lamberti (“All for One, One for All: Reparations Must Acknowledge Racism’s Reach”), Emily Luo (“Blood Pudding”), Ananya Shah (“Sugar and Spice”) and Josey Zhang (“Counting Up”).

Prose Runner-Up: 2018 graduate Abhiram Kakuturu (“Literature is a Grand Master”), and seniors Hannah Chiou (“The Significant Insignificance of Virginity”), Kevin Hu (“The One Fall”), Sanjana Jain (“The Garden of Memory”) and Adele Lee (“Rhinos and Pillows: The Pursuit of Self-Happiness”).

Prose Honorable Mention: Seniors Heather Birdsell (“爸爸”), Aishani Dutta (“Deity Divided”), Julia Ellis (“OCMe”) and Thivya Sivarajah (“Luck of the Draw”).

Their Communication Arts teachers were Jennifer Arias, Denise Foster, Stephen Heller, Martha Keller, Melissa Mack and Kimberly Musolf.

Alum Seizing the Initiative for Chicago Schools

Six schools in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood are benefiting from a nonprofit organization that includes SHS alumnus Jacob DiMuzio (Class of 2008) on its leadership team. DiMuzio is the development director for Turning the Page, which provides resources for public schools and their families. One of its initiatives is Carpe Librum (“seize the book”), a collection of “pop-up” bookstores in Chicago and Washington, D.C. that sell books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records donated by the public. DiMuzio, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, talked with WGN-TV recently about a Carpe Librum bookstore located in Block 37. Visit this link for information on donating books and other materials to Turning the Page.


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Saturday, Sept. 8 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at 40th Annual Lake County Invitational: The Patriots finished second by one stroke to St. Charles East, 312-313, at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan. Freshman Emily Duan finished fourth overall, shooting a 1-over-par 73, including an even-par 36 on the back nine holes. She had four birdies on the round, including back-to-back 3s on the par-4 10th and 11th holes. Sophomore Kelly Dong was even-par after the first nine holes and finished ninth with a 77. Junior Joyce Bai recorded an 81 and sophomore Sophia Zhuang shot an 82 to round out Stevenson’s scoring. Also competing for the Pats were sophomore Faith Wang (88) and junior Julia Yoo (92). Stevenson’s 18-hole score of 313 was one shy of the school record set earlier this season.

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: Senior Mark Noonan sank a 33-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win medalist honors at Twin Orchard Golf Course. Mark shot a 69, leading the Patriots to a fourth-place finish overall with a team score of 306, 16 strokes behind champion Loyola. Sophomore Billy Fishbein recorded a 75, senior Alex Kim and junior Andrew Babbo each carded 81s, and junior Jake Surane checked in with an 86.

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Zion-Benton Invitational: The Patriots finished in 14th place with a team score of 365 at Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course. Sophomores Payton Adkisson and Nick Udoni led SHS with a 90 and 91, respectively. Junior Jake Schabes and sophomore Aiden Truong each shot 92s, and sophomore Bradley Park had a 102.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at Fremd Invitational: The Patriots finished second to the host school by one point, and had two doubles teams go undefeated on the day. Junior Sneha Yellapantula and sophomore Abby Schueneman won all three of their No. 2 doubles matches, defeating pairs from Fremd (4-6, 6-2, 10-3), Glenbrook South (7-5, 6-6 (5)) and St. Ignatius (6-1, 6-0). At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Emily Hu and junior Alexis Lee went 3-0, defeating tandems from Fremd (6-3, 7-5), Crystal Lake South (6-0, 6-0) and Glenbrook South (6-3, 3-6, 10-3). All other Stevenson entries won two of three matches: In doubles, the No. 1 team of senior Alyssa Glaser and junior Ellen Ma, and the No. 4 tandem of senior Jenna Chapman and freshman Ashley Yan, and in singles, the Nos. 1-3 players, freshman Alaina Kolli, junior Maggie Gong and freshman Thea Surya.

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at First to the Finish Invitational: The Patriots finished 22nd out of 47 teams in the AAA Division at Peoria’s Detweiler Park, home of the Illinois High School Association state meet. Senior Alex Beckerman led SHS with a 37th-place finish out of 401 runners, completing the 3-mile course in 15:27.5. Two other Patriots placed in the top third: juniors Anthony Rodriguez (125th, 16:11.8) and Corey Pacernick (132nd, 16:14.7). Also running for Stevenson were senior Alan Sherman (16:25.7), junior Cameron Sprague (16:27.8), senior Daniel Saltz (16:41.7), senior Dawei Ding (17:23.0), junior Stuart Rand (17:43.7) and senior Jacob Rubin (18:01.9). – Official Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at Waukegan Invitational: The Patriots claimed five of the top 10 spots and finished second as a team, one point behind Richmond-Burton, 27-28. Sophomore Wesley Park led SHS with a third-place showing (17:56.60), followed by freshman Tyler Roberts in fourth (18:03.20) and sophomore Jack Lee in fifth (18:09.50). Freshman Aidan Plautz placed seventh (18:31.50) and sophomore Tarun Kalyana Sundaram was ninth (18:40.60) at the Waukegan Sports Complex.

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Waukegan Invitational: Senior Natalie Sorenson finished second overall, pacing the Patriots to a second-place finish behind Huntley at the Waukegan Sports Complex. Natalie ran the 3-mile course in 19:19.10. Junior Caimin Xi was fifth (20:16.60), sophomore Emma Finnegan placed 11th (20:59.80), sophomore Emily Fejes finished 14th (21:45.10) and senior Alyssa Collins was 17th (22:24.20).

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Chicago Young Americans Midget Minor U15 2: Senior Justin Roseman and junior Emmett Baker each had a goal and an assist, and junior goaltender Ben Newmark made 21 saves during the exhibition game at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. The game was a see-saw affair early on, with the two teams tied at 2-2 before Emmett and junior Josh Wright scored goals late in the second period. Senior Daniel Romm also scored. Seniors Sam Frishman, Adam Offenbach and Zachary Wesley all had an assist. – Box Score

Friday, Sept. 7 Varsity Results


Stevenson 28, Libertyville 0: In the North Suburban Conference opener for both teams, the visiting Patriots (3-0) beat the Wildcats (0-3) for the third straight year and ninth time in their last 10 meetings. Stevenson held LHS to less than 150 yards of total offense en route to posting its first shutout of the season, and held the Wildcats scoreless for the first time since a 13-0 victory in 2011. Offensively, the Pats gained more than 280 yards. Senior quarterback Cole Okmin was 12-of-24 passing for 141 yards and two touchdown passes, and also ran for a TD. He connected with classmate Jon Kull from two yards out late in the opening quarter, the first play after a 67-yard punt return by junior Jordan Vincent. In the second quarter, after junior Jahleel Perrin recovered a Libertyville fumble, Cole capitalized by tossing a 13-yard scoring strike to senior Ryan McElhinny right before halftime for a 14-0 lead. Cole scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to cap a 15-play, 85-yard drive to start the third quarter. Jordan finished the scoring with a 30-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, giving him 128 all-purpose yards on the night. Junior JM Etienne ran for 100 yards on 18 carries, including a 43-yard scamper. Junior Brandon Youkhanna joined Jahleel in recovering a fumble. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, MaxPreps | NFHS Video On Demand

Girls Field Hockey

Lake Forest Academy 2, Stevenson 1 (OT): Senior Lauren Iannuzzi scored for the visiting Patriots (2-4), and senior Anna Fossier was solid in goal against the Caxys (3-1).


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Political Action Club Hosting Campaign Fair

The Political Action Club will host a Campaign Fair from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. All students are welcome to attend and talk with candidates and representatives from more than 20 campaigns, ranging from the governor’s race to the Lake County Board election. Voter registration will be available outside the event. Students who want to register to vote must bring two forms of ID.

Summer Travel Information Meetings Wednesday Night

The school is sponsoring four trips next spring and summer to several countries in Europe, including France, Italy, Spain and Iceland. There also will be a service learning trip to a country to be determined. If you’re interested in one of these trips, information meetings for students and their parents will be held Wednesday night. To see the list of meetings and room locations, visit the Student Travel Experiences web page. A trip to New York City’s fashion industry also is scheduled next summer; the parent meeting will take place in October. Details will be included in Thursday’s Digest.


Animal Welfare Club meets after school today in Room 7064. The club will finish making blankets to donate to an animal shelter. All are welcome!

Interested in the Spanish language and culture? Join Spanish Club to learn and help the group prepare for two upcoming events: Holy Guacamole and World’s Fair. The club’s next meeting is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2618. The club also will meet at the same time and location on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 10. The Holy Guacamole event will take place in the foods lab from 3:30-4:30 on Thursday, Oct. 11. Hope to see you there!

This week only, In the Loop will meet after school Wednesday in Room 7064. All are welcome. If you don’t know how to knit, they’ll teach you!

The Stevenson Styler will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. The group will be discussing and watching some of the most popular and extravagant fashion shows from last week’s New York Fashion Week, and talking about trends we’ll see here at SHS. New members are always welcome, bring a friend! Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.


The John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College recognizes and rewards students of demonstrated intellectual and personal achievement and significant leadership ability. Belk Scholars represent the finest attributes of the Davidson student body: Intellectual excellence and curiosity, integrity, global awareness, and leadership ability and potential. Up to eight Belk Scholars are selected in every entering class. For each scholar, the Belk Scholarship provides comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room, and board), plus two special study stipends of $3,000 each. Interested students can pick up an application in the College Career Center (Room 1123). Students need to submit the completed application to the CCC by Friday, Oct. 5.


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