Olympian Bozek to be Honored at SHS Next Week
Olympic silver medalist Megan Bozek will return to her high school for a special celebration at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. Bozek was a member of the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team. She will talk about her journey from Stevenson to the Olympic stage, which included winning two national championships and All-America honors at the University of Minnesota.
Sophomore Named to National Youth Orchestra
Torin Bakke has added another honor to his growing collection of accomplishments. The sophomore clarinetist from Buffalo Grove on Monday was named to the 2014 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. He is one of eight students from Illinois picked for the 120-member orchestra, which includes players from 33 states plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Bakke and the rest of the orchestra will travel to New York in early July for two weeks of rehearsal at Purchase College, working with principal players from some of the country’s best professional orchestras. After the training period, the NYO-USA will embark on an eight-city U.S. tour that will include a July 28 performance in Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the Grant Park Music Festival.
In 2013, Bakke won a contest sponsored by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and also was one of two SHS students to earn honors in the National YoungArts Foundation contest. Earlier this year, Bakke won his division in the 18th annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition.
Math Team Finishes Second in Conference
The SHS math team finished second at the North Suburban Math League conference meet on Thursday at Evanston Township High School. Stevenson was runner-up to defending state champion Whitney Young, which led the league from start to finish this season.
All four grade-level groups placed in the top 10 overall, led by the sophomores, which ended the year with the highest cumulative score among all 55 schools in the league. Five sophomores from SHS wrote perfect papers on Thursday: Allen Cao, Kevin Cho, Pat DeMichele, Junghyun Hwang and Emery Liu.
Jaymo Kang had a perfect paper for the juniors, who finished fourth for the year, and Kevin Li wrote a perfect paper for the freshmen, which finished second. The senior group was second in cumulative points as well.
Stevenson will finish its season at the 2014 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state contest on May 3 at the University of Illinois.
SHS in “Classics or Contemporary?” Reading Article
SHS Director of Communication Arts Doug Lillydahl was one of the educators interviewed for a Chicago Tribune article about how Chicago-area English departments seek to find a balance between teaching the “classics” and contemporary novels. Lillydahl told the Trib that Stevenson teachers have flexibility in their text choices, and work with a mix of older and newer titles.
Brickbats for Yik Yak App
Stevenson is mentioned in a Daily Herald article today about Yik Yak, a 3-month-old app that allows users to send texts anonymously. The app has been traced to several cyber-bullying incidents around the country, and SHS on Thursday alerted parents to its existence. Articles on the app also appear today in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
Stevenson Faces Warren for Regional Title Tonight
Stevenson takes on conference rival Warren for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A McHenry Regional championship at 7 p.m. tonight. The Patriots (27-1) won both matchups against the Blue Devils (18-13) this season, but one was a squeaker: SHS nipped Warren, 52-51, in Gurnee on December 20. A rematch in the Sports Center on February 1 saw Stevenson prevail, 66-51. The Pats are on a 15-game winning streak since their lone loss at Zion-Benton on January 10. If you can’t make it to the game tonight, watch it live on High School Cube.
Buford, Cashaw Named to Sun-Times All-Area Team
Juniors Jalen Brunson and Connor Cashaw are two of the 20 players selected to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Boys Basketball Team announced today.
Four Pats Picked to Daily Herald All-Area Boys Team
Junior Jalen Brunson today was named captain of the 2014 Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Boys Basketball Team. The 6-foot-2 point guard, who is averaging nearly 25 points, five assists and five rebounds per game, became the school’s all-time leading scorer last month and currently ranks 12th in Lake County history.
Brunson leads a list of four Patriots on the all-area roster. Classmates Connor Cashaw and Matt Johnson, along with senior Matt Morrissey, also were selected. The 6-4 Cashaw scores about 18 points per game while leading the team in rebounding (6.5 ppg), while Johnson, a 5-11 guard, averages almost 11 points per game and is second on the team in three-pointers. Morrissey, a 6-3 forward who will play football at Michigan State, is Stevenson’s top defender and averages about eight points and six rebounds per contest. Brunson and Cashaw were All-Area choices in 2013, while Morrissey received special mention. Cashaw and Brunson were honorable mention selections as freshmen.
Buford, Way Selected to All-Area Girls Basketball Team
Juniors Taylor Buford and Sophia Way were named to the 2014 Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Basketball Team today. Buford, a 5-10 center-forward, led SHS in scoring (13.7 ppg), rebounding (8 ppg), steals (64) and blocked shots (40). Way, a 5-8 guard, earned her second straight All-Area nod. She led the Patriots in assists (68) and three-pointers (47) while averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. She also shot 76 percent from the free-throw line. Both players will have a chance to break the 1,000-point mark in 2015: Buford has 740 career points and Way has 711.
Emotional Month for SHS Hockey’s Heller
February was an emotional rollercoaster for hockey player Matt Heller. The senior suffered through the death of his beloved grandfather on Feburary 9, then scored the Patriots’ Scholastic Hockey League playoff series-clinching goal against Rockford six days later. “That definitely was the best moment of my life,” Heller told the Daily Herald. “All I could think about … was my grandfather, and I made sure to point up to the sky to thank him for that goal and opportunity, and hopefully he was smiling back at me.”
Boys Swimming and Diving Team Looking to 2015
With a number of state qualifiers returning, the SHS boys swimming and diving team can’t help but look forward to next season. Dmitriy Pelutis, Nick Koto, Allen Feng, Alex Kapecki Viktor Makarskyy and Nathaniel Wingfield all return. The only state qualifier who graduates is Weilly Tong.
Nine Wrestlers Set for Frosh-Soph Sectional
Nine SHS wrestlers will be competing in the 18th annual Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association freshman-sophomore sectional tournament at Lake Zurich High School on Sunday. Patriots on the mat will include sophomores Evan Rodriguez, Nick Grujanac, and freshmen Eric Carter, Ben Ponto, Nikita Nepomnyashchiy, Roberts Pavlovics, Michael Kordek, Alex Iancau and Zach Pritt. Carter, Pavlovics and Grujanac won regional titles last weekend. Nepomnyashchiy, Kordek, Rodriguez and Iancau were third, and Ponto fourth.
The freshman-sophomore state tournament has been a harbinger of IHSA success for some recent Stevenson wrestlers. Two-time state champion Danny Sabatello (2011 and 2012) and third-place finisher Justin Weber (2013) used the underclassmen event as a springboard to Champaign. The action begins at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Thursday’s Digest had the wrong starting time for the Western Michigan-Northern Illinois women’s basketball game on Saturday that will include SHS alum Michelle O’Brien. The game begins at 1 p.m.
Tickets for this weekend’s Showcase 2014 are available during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons through Friday. All seats are reserved and are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2014 will be presented on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment! You can watch Showcase live on the Stevenson Broadcast Network both nights.
The Allied Soccer informational meeting will be held next Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). Interested parents and student-athletes are invited to attend. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Schartner at 847-415-4269 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Coach Kolze at 847-415-4832 or email@example.com.
Plan to attend our sophomore “Planning Your Future” program on Wednesday from 7-8:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. College Counselors Mrs. Biemeret and Mr. Miller will give an introduction to our online career and college program, Naviance, and give insight to the college search and selection process. They will also allow some time for Q&A that should leave you much better prepared for your junior and senior years. Hope to see you there!
Students and parents: The College of Lake County in Grayslake is hosting the Lake County Area College Night (ICE Fair) on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. This is a great way for you to network with many colleges (more than 150 of them), all under one roof. Attending colleges can be obtained at www.clcillinois.edu/collegenight. See you at the fair.
Attention Daniel Wright graduates: The District 103 Oscar T. Bedrosian Memorial Scholarship is now available in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. The completed application should be submitted to District 103 by Friday, April 11.
Juniors and seniors: Questions about the Navy ROTC? A recruiter will be visiting Stevenson in the College/Career Center (Room 1123) during 5th period on Wednesday. Students who are interested in meeting with the recruiter need to sign up in the College/Career Center. You will receive a pink pass and the pass needs to be signed by your teacher in order to attend. If you have lunch or are free during 5th period, a pass is not required.
Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.
If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES
Illinois universities warn of perils if state budget cut
Bill to cut state charter school commissions advances
Schaumburg District 54 disciplines superintendent after DUI plea
Woodstock elementary school music teacher charged with battery
Judge nixes lawsuit involving two New Lenox District 122 trustees
U. of Illinois to create presidential search committee
$11M Buffalo Grove High pool to open in late summer
NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES
Kansas school funding levels declared unconstitutional
White House encourages more students to apply for financial aid
The story behind the SAT overhaul
Four California universities among world’s top 10, survey says
D.C. leads nation in free school breakfasts
The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.