Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

S-Factor Competition Next Week

The Kiva Club’s annual S-Factor singing competition will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 in the Performing Arts Center. This year’s contestants are: seniors Mary Baldino, Vika Bekker, Clair Carson and Alex Hong; juniors Ryan Chu, Helen Han, Nitya Kavuluri, Leo Mondschain and Nya Thomas; sophomores Astrid Ariana and Caylie Chattin; and freshmen Michelle Cabrera and Elizabeth Insua.

The show runs in two rounds. After the first round of singing, teacher-judges will narrow the list of contestants. After the remaining contestants sing in Round 2, the audience will decide the winner of S-Factor.

Tickets are $10 when purchased online. Click here to order tickets. Tickets will be $12 at the door. All seating is general admission. Proceeds benefit microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the worldwide non-profit organization Kiva.

“Simplifying Stevenson” for District 96 Families

District 96 will hold its 16th annual “Simplifying Stevenson” program for parents of current eighth-graders at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Twin Groves Middle School Learning Center. SHS Principal Troy Gobble and a panel of Stevenson seniors and freshmen who are District 96 alumni will discuss managing the transition to high school, choosing classes and co-curriculars, and balancing workload.

Tickets Available for Freshman-Sophomore Play

Tickets are available online for the freshman-sophomore play, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. Click here to order tickets, which are $6. Online ticket sales end at midnight Wednesday, Jan. 30.

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” which won several Tony Awards in 2012 and was nominated for best play, is an origin story of Peter Pan based on the best-selling children’s novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.

Freshman Wins Ballet Competition

Freshman Delfina Mamone won first place in the Classical Dance-Ballet category for the Junior Age Division at the Youth America Grand Prix regional semifinals in Chicago last weekend. Her judges included the artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre, plus leaders of the Nashville Ballet and the ballet program at Indiana University.

Restaurant Creates “Food Fight” for SHS, LZHS

To promote the opening of its new location in Lake Zurich, McAlister’s Deli has cooked up a “rivalry” fundraiser between Stevenson and Lake Zurich high schools. Starting Monday and ending Sunday, Jan. 27, McAlister’s will donate 20 percent of your purchase to Stevenson if you put your receipt in the box marked for SHS. The school that raises the most money will receive an additional $500. The new McAlister’s Deli is located at 690 S. Rand Rd., in Lake Zurich.

No School or Digest Monday

There is no school on Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Daily Digest will not be published on Monday.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 141.60, Lake Zurich 139.20, Lake Forest Academy 33.00: Strong performances on vault propelled the Patriots past the Bears and Caxys in the Field House on Senior Night. Junior Emily Weinstein won the vault with a 9.6 score, senior Sarina Johnson was second at 9.4, and sophomore Jessica Maher tied for third with 8.9. Freshman Ally Gitler claimed top honors on uneven bars (8.9), with Sarina and sophomore Ainslee Cutler tying for second (8.85). Sarina tied two Lake Zurich gymnasts for first in floor exercise (9.05), with Jessica finishing fourth (8.9). Ally and Emily tied for third on balance beam (8.7). In the all-around standings, Sarina placed second (35.90), Emily was fourth (35.50) and Ally took fifth (34.65). – Official Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 125, Waukegan 25: Junior Jake Kim won two races as the host Patriots (5-0) breezed past the Bulldogs in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Jake captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.16) and 50-yard freestyle (22.32). Other individual winners included seniors Nathan Gates in the 200 individual medley (2:02.74) and Max Ryaguzov in the 500 free (4:57.22), juniors Jack Zhang in the 100 butterfly (54.67) and AJ Carollo in the 100 free (48.97), and sophomore Foster Swanson in the 100 backstroke. (56.70). Stevenson also won the 200 medley relay (1:42.69) behind the quartet of AJ, seniors Richard Lee and Alex Guo, and junior Nic Comini.

Cheerleaders Seek Sixth Straight NSC Title Tonight

The varsity cheerleading team will go for its sixth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship tonight. Stevenson is the host school for the meet, which starts at 7 o’clock. Varsity and junior varsity squads from the league’s eight schools will perform in the Field House and Sports Center.

Boys Bowling Trio Prepares for Sectional

Three members of the boys bowling team will compete at the IHSA Sectional at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford on Saturday. Sophomores Joey Gluck, Benjamin Ries and Nicholas Sternes reached the sectional for the second straight year. In 2018, they were part of the Patriot contingent that finished third at the DeKalb Sectional and reached state for the third time in four seasons. Visit the IHSA website to follow sectional results.

Ambrose Makes Strong Return After Layoff

Junior Matthew Ambrose hasn’t missed a beat for the boys basketball team since a broken finger kept him out of 11 games. The 6-foot-3 guard scored 18 points in his first game back from the injury last Friday, then had 14 points in a win at Warren on Tuesday. “I’m starting to get there,” he told the News-Sun. “I’m still making some mistakes that I don’t need to. That will come in time.”


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Animal Welfare will be baking dog treats next week for its annual fundraiser. The club will meet in the Food Labs after school on Tuesday and Thursday. All the treats baked will be sold to raise money for a local shelter. All are welcome, but if you have never used the Food Lab before, you’ll need to have a parent sign a permission slip. Please see Ms. Kenney for a form.


The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling is offering several $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester, non-renewable). The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 1. Click here for application details.


The girls water polo informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at


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