Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019

Debater Takes Second in North Carolina

Senior Mary Polupan, captain of the SHS debate team, finished second in Congressional Debate at the fifth annual Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy in Durham, N.C. last weekend. Mary was one of nine Patriots (out of 16 who attended) who reached the semifinals. She was joined by seniors Arthur Yolles and Matthew Walsh, juniors Dylan Hu and Anushka Somani, and sophomores Alexander Zhou, Rishika Chikoti, Ojasvi Saxena and Caroline Mazur-Sarocka.

VEX Robotics Competition at Stevenson Saturday

Stevenson will host its fourth annual VEX Robotics Competition from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Wood Commons. A new match begins every five minutes, and admission is free. This year’s game is called Turning Point. The event will feature 36 robots built by Chicago-area high school and middle school students, including five robots from SHS. Saturday’s competition is state-qualifying event. Stevenson has won the last two state championships.

All-State Musicians Prepare for Peoria Concerts

Ten student-musicians and their teachers head to Peoria today to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association’s annual conference and all-state festival, which runs through Saturday. The Stevenson student contingent will include junior Samhita Madduru and senior Sarah Strezewski (All-State Choir), juniors Andrew Lee and Erin Yuan and sophomores Bella Kim and Haoming Song (All-State Orchestra), and seniors Reid Harman and Spencer Smith, junior Andrew Zhuang and sophomore Jun Ha Paik (All-State Band).

Alum Stepping Down as MoveOn Leader

SHS alumnus Ilya Sheyman (Class of 2004), who has been in charge of the political wing of MoveOn for the past six years, is stepping down. He and Anna Galland, the other executive director of the progressive group, said they are resigning so that new leadership will have time to prepare for the 2020 presidential election. Since the pair took the reins of MoveOn in 2013, the organization’s annual budget has quadrupled from $7.5 million to $32 million, according to NBC News. Its SMS subscriber base has grown to nearly 1 million from next to nothing in 2016.

Nearly 80 Educators Visiting SHS Today

Seventy-nine representatives from 13 schools were scheduled to come to campus today as part of the school’s regular Site Visits for Educators program. The visitors are attending a range of sessions that explain Stevenson’s philosophies, policies and practices.

More than 30 of the visitors are from Georgia institutions: Durham Middle School and the Cobb County School District in Acworth, McClure Middle School and Pine Mountain Middle School in Kennesaw, and Dodgen Middle School in Marietta. Other out-of-state guests include the Sheboygan Area School District from Wisconsin, and Taylor High School from Kokomo, Ind. Four Illinois districts also sent representatives to SHS today: Deerfield Public Schools, Cove School in Northbrook, the Canton School District, and Thornton Township High School in Harvey.


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Gleyzer Commits to Eastern Illinois Football

Senior offensive lineman Ivan Gleyzer, who earned all-area and all-conference honors in 2018, announced his commitment Sunday to play football for Eastern Illinois University. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder won’t be the only new Panther in Charleston this fall. He’ll join new head coach Adam Cushing, who was hired in December to lead the program. Ivan also had offers from Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan and Tennessee-Martin, according to 247 Sports.

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games against Lake Forest will be streamed live from the Sports Center through the NFHS Network. The sophomore game tips off at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7. Click here to watch the action.


Tuesday’s Digest listed the wrong goalie in Stevenson’s 2-0 loss to Glenbrook North on Sunday. Junior Jeremy Riback made 27 saves for SHS.


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Stevenson Dance Marathon Meetings on Thursday

An informational meeting about the upcoming Stevenson Dance Marathon will be held during all half-lunch periods Thursday in the Recital Hall. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Riverside Foundation.

Looking for a Job After School?

If you’re looking for a part-time job after school, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.

What’s the Difference Between Cigarettes and Marijuana?

Cigarettes and marijuana are very similar, but there is one big difference between the two. Check out this week’s Catalyst video to see what it is.


Tryout details for girls soccer will be discussed during an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Chavez at


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