Thursday, May 30, 2013

Junior Selected for Telluride Summer Program
Nam-Joong Hwang, a junior, has been awarded a full scholarship to the 2013 Telluride Association Summer Program at the University of Michigan, “Dark Phrases of Womanhood: Black Feminist Approaches to History and Literature.” The six-week program is a college-level seminar for gifted and highly motivated high school juniors. Admission is selective: This year’s 64 participants were chosen from 1,256 applications received from the United States and abroad.

Musical Theatre Revue Tonight
The Musical Theatre class will present scenes and songs from Oklahoma, Guys & Dolls, and Company during its end-of-semester revue at 7 p.m. tonight in the Little Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. The event is free.

Listen to Biemeret Interview on Newsradio 780
College Counselor Sue Biemeret appeared on WBBM Newsradio 780 last week to offer advice for students and parents involved in the college search-and-selection process. Click here to listen to the interview. Her appearance was part of the radio station’s “Education Week.”

Alum Helped Shepherd “Suffrage at 17” Legislation
Another newspaper, the Daily Herald, has come out in favor of the bill created by SHS teacher Andy Conneen that is sitting on Governor Quinn’s desk. The bill would allow eligible 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections.

SHS alumnus Jennifer Baader (Class of 2005) played a role in getting the legislation into the General Assembly. Baader is assistant counsel to the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael Madigan. She worked with Conneen and his students to introduce the bill by working to resolve substantive and procedural issues, and assisted the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Carol Sente, during debate on the House floor. Baader joined Madigan’s staff after receiving her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law last year. Her sister, Rachel, is a member of Stevenson’s Class of 2013.


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Baseball Team in Sectional Semifinal Today
Stevenson takes on Glenbrook South in the IHSA Class 4A Glenbrook North Sectional semifinals at 4:30 today.

Boys Basketball Team to Compete in R-B Shootout
The SHS boys basketball team will play in the Riverside-Brookfield Shootout this weekend. The event is considered to be the top prep basketball tournament of the summer in Illinois, and will feature many teams considered to be 2014 title contenders, including Stevenson.

Tiller Picked for Sun-Times All-Area Volleyball Team
Brad Tiller has been selected to the first team of the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Boys Volleyball Team. The senior had 267 kills, 140 digs and 67 blocks and block assists this season, and helped the Patriots post a 62-10 record over the past two seasons. He has a 4.68 grade point average, and will study engineering at Cornell University.

Patriot Water Polo Players Earn Postseason Honors, the definitive website for Illinois high school water polo coverage, has announced its final rankings and all-star teams for 2013, and they are chock full of Patriots. The SHS girls are No. 6 in the final team rankings, and so are the boys. Rob O’Brien was selected to the boys’ all-state first team picked by coaches, while Mitchell Sokolsky was chosen for the second team and Remy Dalloul for the fourth team. On the girls’ side, Alex Kanaris was picked to the second team and Becky Callen was named to the third team. Jenna Oliver was placed on the girls’ all-underrated team, while Alex Divanyan and Kurt Holzer made the boys’ all-underrated squad. Holzer also was named a boys’ “future star,” along with Alex Kapecki. Melissa Gartenberg received “future star” designation on the girls’ side.


Click here for finals information and exam schedules.

Click here for parking and bus information for next Wednesday’s Senior Class Party.

Attention students: Stressed? Help prepare for finals by relaxing in the student lounge. Come in today through Friday to make your own stress ball, have some mints and free lemonade (while supplies last), and get some tips on how to de-stress before finals.

All library books and materials are now due. Return all borrowed items and pay any overdue fines.

As you are cleaning out your lockers, please consider donating new or gently used school supplies to the annual Peer Helper School Supply Drive. Drop boxes are located through out the school. This year, supplies are going to Stevenson’s Edufund club, which will disperse the supplies to local schools in need.

All art students should pick up artwork, completed during first semester, from their teacher by Tuesday.

All pre-ordered WIT magazines can be picked up in the West English Office this week.

Are you taking AP Environmental Science next year? If so, you can pick up your textbook and summer packet in the East Science Office (Room 8080) between today and next Wednesday. See Ms. Thoss, Mr. Carmichael or Mr. Carlson if you have any questions.

iPad return will occur next Tuesday through Thursday, June 4-6, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the SMARTdesk in the Link Lab (Room 3014). Letters have gone home to explain the return protocol. Otherwise, head to 3014 with any questions.


Chinese Club will have its end-of-year celebration today at the Chef Ping Restaurant. The bus will leave at 3:40 p.m. and return around 6 p.m. If you are interested, join us!


Attention students interested in humanities and STEM-related careers: The Humanities, Entrepreneurship And Technology (HEAT) Institute in Silicon Valley has an exciting summer conference opportunity for high school students. HEAT is an academic and professional development institute based in Silicon Valley dedicated towards the advancement of the humanities, entrepreneurship, and technology with a curricular focus on Big Data and Data Science applications. Big Data is predicted to create more than 4.4 million jobs globally (1.9 million of which will be in the United States) by 2015.  The HEAT Student Summer Conference will take place on campus at Stanford University over the course of four sessions from August 4 to September 4. Space is limited and applications are competitive. For more information see the program flyer at: To apply online go to: or Email Mrs. Willock in the CCC at for more information.

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UIC student health insurance to cover sex-change surgery
Charge against former private school principal dismissed
NU apologizes for fake database mocking counselors, parents

10 public universities to adopt online classes through Coursera
Nine states having second thoughts on Common Core adoption
IGGY social network hopes to serve “smart” teens
National Spelling Bee can change winners’ lives

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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