Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Catalyst Scores Another “Tobacco 21” Victory

The Catalyst club scored another victory Monday night in its campaign to convince area municipalities to ban the sale of tobacco to those under age 21.

Members of the Arlington Heights village board, and the mayor, endorsed an ordinance that would bar village retailers from selling any tobacco, electronic smoking devices or vaping products to those under 21. If approved, Arlington Heights would become the fourth village lobbied by Catalyst to make a change. Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills and Buffalo Grove have passed similar ordinances.

Six Catalyst members gave a presentation to the Arlington Heights group: juniors Namie Franco, Audrey Liu and Alyssa Shack, and sophomores Stella Mechkova, Yachi Patel and Erica Zhang. Students from Hersey and Prospect high schools also lobbied the board.

WGN Anchor, 1999 Alumna, Profiled in Tribune

The Chicago Tribune talked with WGN-9 morning anchor Lauren Jiggetts (Class of 1999) about her career, playing sports at Stevenson, and her relationship with her father, Dan, the former Chicago Bear and media personality. Both attended Harvard University. Lauren recently gave birth to her second child. Here is the article link.

Tech Ed Department Hosts Middle Schoolers

The Technology Education Department hosted a “Code Fusion” event on Dec. 3 for more than 150 students from Fremont and West Oak middle schools. Students had the opportunity to learn at six stations during the event, inspired by the “Hour of Code” movement: CS Coding, Coding Graphics, Vex Robotics, Arduino Coding, Web Development and Game Development.  

New Link for Jazz Band Concert Live Stream

The Vimeo link for tonight’s Jazz Band Concert has changed since it was published in Wednesday’s Digest. Here is the new link to watch a live stream of the concert.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Lake Zurich 39, Stevenson 38: Freshman Simone Sawyer led the host Patriots with 16 points in the Sports Center. She scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, as SHS (7-4, 1-4) tried to overcome a six-point deficit. Junior Avery King added 13 points. Lake Zurich (7-6, 3-2) played its fourth game in six days. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 6, Stevenson 0

Sophie Sorenson Named News-Sun Player of the Year

Senior Sophie Sorenson has been named Girls Volleyball Player of the Year by the Waukegan News-Sun. She also was selected to the Pioneer Press All-Area Second Team. The senior outside hitter, who will play lacrosse for the University of Connecticut, led the Patriots to conference and regional championships this year. Although on the smaller side for an outside hitter, coach Tim Crow said the 5-foot-7 left-hander is “pound for pound one of the strongest kids in our school.” Sorenson recorded 386 kills, 264 digs and 60 aces, despite getting off to a slow start this fall because of her focus on lacrosse. Junior setter Grace Tully earned honorable mention All-Area honors.

Jack Sorenson Earns All-MAC Football Honor

Another talented member of the Sorenson family, Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016), earned All-Mid-American Conference Third Team football honors for Miami University. The redshirt sophomore, who moved from quarterback to wide receiver after graduating from Stevenson, caught 53 passes for 742 yards and three touchdowns. He had nine receptions for 156 yards against Western Michigan in September. Sorenson also was named Miami’s Offensive Skill Player of the Year.

Alum Leads Oregon Volleyball to NCAA Elite Eight

Stevenson alumnus Matt Ulmer (Class of 2002) is the head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Oregon, which reached the NCAA Elite Eight in his second season at the helm. The Ducks reached the national quarterfinals by knocking off second-ranked Minnesota in a record-setting match. Oregon finished the year with a 23-10 record and was 13-7 in the Pac-12 Conference, matching the best finish in school history. In 2012, while serving as an assistant at Long Beach State, Ulmer was selected for the American Volleyball Coaches Association “30 Under 30” award honoring up-and-coming coaches under age 30. His impressive pedigree traces back to his mother, Leanne Ulmer, who coached girls and boys volleyball at Stevenson before leaving to lead the women’s program at Carthage College. Leanne won six regional championships in eight seasons as girls coach at SHS, averaging 28 wins per season. She led the boys team for three years, averaging 33 wins each season and finishing second at the IHSA state finals in 2000.


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“DeStress Days” in the CCC Next Week

Student Services will be hosting “DeStress Days” during all finals periods in the College Career Center next week. Activities include life-sized board games, coloring, candy, Wii, zen gardens, and gratitude letters! There also will be stress ball-making and hot chocolate on Wednesday, cookie decorating for the first 500 students on Thursday, and movies and popcorn on Friday! Also, don’t forget to have a parent/guardian complete the comfort dog permission form by Monday, so you can destress with the pups during lunch periods in Room 2104 on Tuesday.

PE Leadership Applications Due By Dec. 20

Applications are now being accepted for Physical Education and Alternative Physical Education leaders. Being a PE leader is a two-year commitment; only sophomores may apply. Applications are due by Thursday, Dec. 20. To apply, and for more information, visit the PE Leadership web page.


District may rethink student fees as families decry hardship

District 211 strike could start Tuesday

FBI’s Chicago office now investigating school threats

“Threatening post” prompts tighter security at Lincoln Park

SIU Carbondale lowering enrollment goals

IHSA thinking about making video games a sport

State regulators investigating prominent ex-UIC shrink

Security guard charged with threatening Dolton students

UI trustees to consider firing tenured professor

15-year-old donates $1K for supplies at former district

Bradley president opposes Peoria’s new pension fee

Palatine District 15 selects next superintendent

Sycamore district superintendent announces retirement

New superintendent chosen for Ridgeview schools

Keepsake pin honors memory of teacher who died in class


Salaries of highest-paid public college chiefs up 28 percent

Bullying alone doesn’t cause child suicides, experts say

Delaware boy named Trump asks school to change his name

Obama-era student discipline guidance may be scrapped

Master’s programs becoming more popular, diverse

The slow death of the “Wisconsin Idea”

Later school start time pays off for Seattle teens

Fraternity president accused of rape banned from campus

High school removes vending machines after rat found inside


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