Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

25 Selected to Perform at All-District Music Festivals

Twenty-five student-musicians have been selected to perform in the Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Senior High Music Festival and Jazz Festival next month. They were among more than 1,800 students from schools throughout northeastern Illinois who auditioned for spots in all-district ensembles last week.

Twenty-two students were selected for the Senior High Music Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at New Trier High School. The public concert will feature band, orchestra and choir performances. Tickets are $5 at the door, with children 12 and under getting in for free.

Band students selected include: Allen Beckwith (Bb clarinet), Braeden Foreman (percussion), Reid Harman (bass trombone), Emily Kin (flute,), Jun Ha Park (Bb clarinet), Spencer Smith (trombone) and Andrew Zhuang (bassoon).

Choir students include: Caroline Baldan (soprano), Aleana Bardic (soprano), Nitya Kavuluri (alto), Samhita Madduru (alto), Saumya Malhotra (soprano) and Sarah Strezewski (soprano).

Orchestra students include: Eileen Kang (cello), Bella Kim (viola), Andrew Lee (violin), Andrew Liu (violin), Haoming Song (cello), Delbert Su (cello), Maristella Yim (cello), Katherine Yu (viola) and Erin Yuan (viola).

Four students were chosen for the all-district Jazz Festival, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at Waukegan High School. Concert times have not been announced. Admission will be $5 at the door, but free for those 12 and under.

Jazz Band students chosen for the festival were Chase Duvall (guitar), Reid Harman (bass trombone, also selected for the Senior High Music Festival), Anthony Lin (trombone) and Jonathan Raymond (trumpet).

The top students in each festival are eligible for the ILMEA All-State Festival in January. All-state selections typically are announced in early December.

Korean Photographer Focus of Thursday ARTalk

Korean photographer Seung Jae Kim will share his works, concepts and processes during an hour-long ARTalks presentation, “Existential Issues on Photography: The Art of Seung Jae Kim,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. Admission is free. Read this article for more information about the artist.

Those Who Excel Winner: Ann Marie DiIorio

Ten members of the Stevenson community are receiving Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education this month. Here is a brief article on one of the recipients, Ann Marie DiIorio, who was chosen for the Award of Merit in the Educational Support Personnel category.

Ann Marie DiIorio was chosen last year as the inaugural coordinator of the school’s CARE (Coordinated Academic Re-Entry) program, which helps students who have missed significant amounts of school time due to medical or mental health issues. She works daily with returning students, serving as a liaison to their teachers, and guiding them back into the school environment. “Her willingness to do whatever it takes, along with her expertise and compassion, have rallied our district around the ever-increasing mental health crisis that our students are facing today,” said Director of Student Learning Programs Dr. Marla Susman Israel.

DiIorio is well-suited for her role. Like many who come to see her, she was a first-generation student who grew up in a bilingual home. She also faced other challenges during her younger years. “From these experiences, I am able to say with confidence to the CARE students, ‘This can be done. I know you can face your challenges and succeed,’” DiIorio said.

During the 2017-18 school year, 68 students were placed into the CARE program. Only five were unable to return to their regular class schedule due to persistent physical or emotional concerns.

DiIorio has worked at Stevenson since 1998 in a variety of capacities. She has taught French, served as a technology and French tutor in the Learning Center, and was a Special Education paraprofessional. She also served multiple terms as president of the Stevenson High School Support Staff Association. DiIorio also is a former Stevenson parent. She has two daughters who graduated from SHS: Sheri (Class of 1993) and Dianna (Class of 2000).

Wednesday’s Digest will feature Those Who Excel winner Tommy Wolfe.

Don’t Botch Your Bocce Experience

Anyone planning to attend the Stevenson Foundation’s “Evening of Bocce” event Saturday at the Highwood Bocce Club is asked to register by Wednesday. The official registration deadline is noon Friday, but signing up by Wednesday will help the club determine how much food to buy. The event features an Italian buffet dinner in addition to playing bocce. The cost is $50. Tickets are only available online and cannot be purchased at the club. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


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Monday, Oct. 8 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A Huntley Sectional: The Patriots finished third among 12 teams at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo, earning its fourth trip to the state finals in school history, and its second in a row under head coach Emma Degen. SHS recorded a team score of 314, breaking the previous school record for sectional tournament team score of 328 set in 2017. Barrington won the sectional with a score of 298, followed by St. Charles North at 306. As it has all season, depth proved to be the difference for Stevenson, which saw its top three players place in the top 30. Leading the way was freshman Emily Duan, who finished fourth overall with a 1-over-par 73. Junior Joyce Bai finished 12th with a 6-over-par 78. Sophomore Kelly Dong was 21st with an 80. Also competing for the Patriots was junior Julia Yoo (32nd, 83) and sophomores Sophia Zhuang (32nd, 83) and Faith Wang (38th, 84). Stevenson will compete in the state tournament beginning Friday at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. SHS played in the state tournament in 2006 and 2007. – Official Results

Saturday, Oct. 6 Varsity Results

Girls Swimming

Stevenson at Homestead Invitational: Patriots placed ninth out of 14 teams at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wis. with a score of 131. Top 10 finishes include the seventh-place 200 medley relay consisting of senior Ashley Carollo, junior Madeleine O’Donnell, sophomore Jessica Nyborg and freshman Claudia Rzeznik who swam to a seventh place finish with a time of 1:51.35. Senior Jennifer Xiong placed ninth in the 200 free (2:00.76.) Rzeznik had a tenth-place touch in the 100 fly (1:00.99.) Carollo swam to a fifth-place finish in the 100 back (59.68.) Stevenson claimed sixth-place honors in the 200 free relay with a combined effort from O’Donnell, junior Abigail Li along with Nyborg and Rzeznik. The 400 free relay team of Xiong, Carollo, Li and junior Lucy Stevens came in seventh-place.

Girls Diving

Stevenson at Glenbrook South Diving Invitational: Freshman Shreeya Sinha finished fifth out of 40 divers to lead SHS. She had a six-dive score of 208.00. Classmate Nora Kowalski was ninth (197.15) and senior Sherry Mestan placed 21st (167.70).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at the two-day Discovery Invitational: Patriots claimed sixth-place overall at Glenbrook North. On Saturday they went 1-1 and recorded a win over Rolling Meadows (25-15, 25-22) and a loss against Loyola (21-25,25-23, 19-25.) Senior Sophie Sorenson led the team with 26 kills over two matches followed by sophomore Makayla Uremovich who had 12. Sorenson also recorded five kills. Junior Grace Tully connected 111 on 113 for setting, recorded two aces, had one solo block and two block assists. Junior Abby Keevins led the team in digs (23) followed by senior Callie Grass (17.)

Friday, Oct. 5 Varsity Results


Stevenson 42, Waukegan 0: The host Patriots (6-1, 4-1) scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game en route to clinching their 30th consecutive state playoff appearance, an IHSA record. The game was called in the third quarter due to bad weather. SHS scored all of its points in the first half, and 28 came in the first quarter. Senior Eli Fishbein opened the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run that followed his 33-yard jaunt. On the ensuing kickoff, junior Mikey Youkhanna forced a fumble, and twin brother Brandon Youkhanna recovered the ball in the end zone. JeanMarc Etienne added scoring runs of 4 and 7 yards. The junior finished with 56 yards on six carries. Eli scored his second TD of the night on a 20-yard pass play from senior quarterback Cole Okmin, who completed eight of nine passes for 80 yards. Senior Michael D’Angelo’s 37-yard interception return for a touchdown capped the Patriots’ scoring. Classmate Isaiah Hart also picked off a pass. Senior Jack Baruch kicked all six extra points. The Bulldogs fell to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots finished second to Lake Forest as rain moved the action indoors and shortened the tournament to one day. Stevenson captured the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles titles. Junior Athena Kolli and her sister Alaina Kolli, a freshman, rolled to the No. 1 doubles crown, surrendering only three games in three matches. They defeated duos from Warren (6-0, 6-0) and Libertyville (6-0, 6-0) before posting a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Mundelein’s top tandem. This is the third NSC championship for Athena, who won the No. 2 singles title in 2016 and 2017. Seniors Elizabeth Ferdman and Alyssa Glaser captured the No. 2 doubles bracket. They breezed by teams from Mundelein (6-0, 6-0) and Lake Zurich (6-0, 6-0) before coming out on top in a tough battle with Lake Forest’s No. 2 squad, 7-5, 7-6 (5). Elizabeth claimed her fourth consecutive conference championship, all in doubles. She captured the No. 1 title in 2017 and 2016 after winning No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Alyssa earned her third consecutive NSC title, and her second straight No. 2 doubles crown. She won at No. 4 doubles in 2016. Junior Ellen Ma finished second at No. 1 singles and freshman Thea Surya was runner-up at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Abby Schueneman and junior Sneha Yellapantula were second at No. 3 doubles, while sophomore Emily Hu and junior Alexis Lee were second at No. 4 doubles. Each pair won two of three matches. Junior Maggie Gong also won two of three matches at No. 2 singles.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Discovery Invitational: Pats went 2-1 at Glenbrook North during the first day of the two-day tournament with wins over Evanston (20-25, 25-22, 15-5) and Argo (25-23, 25-10) and a loss against Main South (17-25, 22-25.) Senior Sophie Sorenson led the Pats with 36 kills in three matches including 18 against Evanston. During that match, sophomore Makayla Uremovich had seven kills and junior Lilly Cozzi recorded five. The Pats notched a total of 6 aces during the Argo match from junior Grace Tully (3), sophomore Emerson Kouri (2) and Cozzi. Sophomore Emma Potocki answered back against Evanston with 4 solo blocks. Tully connected on all 67 setting attempts against Main South and junior Abby Keevins set 50 on 53 attempts during the Argo match. Kouri led the team in digs with 20 over the two matches followed by Sorenson with 12.


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Theatre Department Costume Sale This Week

Need an idea for a Halloween costume? Looking for something to add to your wardrobe? Stop by the Theatre Costume Sale, a fundraiser for SHS Thespians, during all lunch periods Thursday and Friday in front of the Performing Arts Center. The sale is open to all students.

Lost and Found

Please check the West Attendance Office (Room 2416) and the East Attendance Office (Room 5024) for athletic bags, backpacks, sweatshirts, lunch bags, water bottles and pencil cases. The collection of lost items is growing.


Today after school, Animal Welfare is working for the birds. The club will be making birdseed ornaments to hang on the trees this winter. The club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 7064. All are welcome.

Spanish Club is hosting “Holy Guacamole” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Culinary Arts Lab. All students are welcome to come and make their own guacamole from scratch!

Calling all knitters! This week only, In the Loop will meet after school Thursday in Room 7064. All are welcome. Don’t know how to knit? They’ll teach you!


The girls gymnastics team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Harwood at jharwood@d125.org.


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