Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013

Best-Selling Author Coming to SHS September 26
Meg Cabot, author of the best-selling series “The Princess Diaries,” will share highlights from her latest book during a public appearance at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 26 in the West Auditorium.

The free event is sponsored by the Vernon Area Public Library. Although the event is free, advanced registration is requested. Register online at, by phone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library.

Cabot will share highlights from the latest book in her Heather Wells Mystery series, “The Bride Wore Size 12.” The book focuses on the shenanigans of a former pop idol turned detective, Heather Wells, as she faces a ghastly mystery in the midst of her approaching wedding.

Cabot has written dozens of popular books, but the most famous are those in “The Princess Diaries” series, upon which two Disney movies were based.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event, courtesy of the Lake Forest Book Store.


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Third Annual Night of Champions Friday
Teams and individuals who won sports titles in the 2012-13 school year will be honored during the third annual Night of Champions on Friday prior to the start of the varsity football game against Homewood-Flossmoor. Athletes being honored are asked to check in between 5-6:45 p.m. at the tent located at the northeast entrance of the Stadium. They will be given free admission into the game and a food/drink voucher.

Volleyball Alum Steps Into NIU Starting Lineup
Jenna Radtke, who graduated from Stevenson in June, is making an immediate impact on the Northern Illinois University women’s volleyball team. The 6-foot-2 middle blocker started the Huskies’ first four matches, and was fourth on the team with 32 kills. She also was tied for the team lead with 17 blocks. Radtke had the best match of her early college career in a near-upset of No. 23 Ohio State last Saturday. She had 11 kills and eight blocks.


Class of 2014: VIP is still accepting senior portrait appointments for September! Please contact the VIP Wheeling Studio at 847-499-9300 to set up a time to have your photo taken. In order to appear in the yearbook, you must be photographed before October 11. Photographs submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

Are you interested in learning more about leadership, effective communication, goal setting and relationship building? Sign up for the Student Leadership Academy. Meetings are held Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:30 a.m. An application can be picked up in Student Activities or click here to download one. The application deadline is Wednesday.

Students Helping Soldiers and the football teams are working together to achieve one goal: 100 yards of shoes. Bring in your gently used shoes to The Point or Field House between now and next Thursday, September 12. Proceeds from the shoes will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Have you signed up for the September 22 Color Fun(d) Run yet? This is a 5K run/walk where your time doesn’t matter. All that matters is how messy you can get! The Color Fun(d) Run will raise money for the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund, which provides assistance for school-related expenses for SHS students in financial need, and a free breakfast program for students on free/reduced lunch. You can sign up as an individual or put a team together. The Color Fun(d) Run will take place on campus. Visit for details.


Juniors and seniors, college visits have begun. Many colleges and universities have already scheduled a date to visit with Stevenson students. The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: University of Illinois, Kendall College, Boston University, Indiana University, Baldwin Wallace University, American University, University of St. Thomas, University of Iowa, Michigan State University, St. Olaf College, Emory University, Elon University, University of California-San Diego, Caltech, and Miami University.

New This Year! We no longer will be using the Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors will use your NAVIANCE to sign up for the college you are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up and print a confirmation page. Take this confirmation page to your teacher for his/her signature; and then bring this signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are on the CCC webpage. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or your personal statement? Mrs. Biemeret will be holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on these dates:

• Monday, 2:35 p.m. (eighth hour)

• Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. (second day of the week)

• Thursday, September 12, 9:30 a.m. (late arrival)

• Tuesday, September 17, 2:41 p.m. (eighth hour-second day of the week)

You only need to attend one seminar. This seminar will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.  All seminars will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Seniors working on the Common Application: There will be a workshop during eighth period Tuesday in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Mrs. Biemeret will go through the workings of the Common App with you and answer any questions you have. See you Tuesday!

Attention all prospective college athletes: You are encouraged to attend the North Suburban Conference College Student-Athlete Evening at 4 p.m. Sunday at Lake Forest High School. Speakers representing the college side of athletics discuss recruitment, eligibility and participation. No matter what your grade level, if you have ever considered participating in college athletics, this is a “must-see” program for you!

Interested in Indiana University? SHS is able to nominate two candidates for the Wells Scholars Program, which pays full tuition, academic fees and an annual living expenses stipend. In the past, winners have been in the top 5% of the class with an ACT composite over 30. Applicants must not be applying to any other college restrictive early action or early decision plan. Interested students should pick up an application packet from the College/Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return the completed internal application to the College/Career Center is September 24.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2014. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return forms is Tuesday. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Tuesday, October 1.


Math/Science Peer Tutor meetings will be held during the lunch hours Friday in the lower level of the ILC (Room 1311). You must have taken or currently be enrolled in Pre-Calculus Accelerated or Physics Accelerated to qualify.

Stevenson Student Ambassadors Club: Are you proud of Stevenson High School and want to show off our school? Do you enjoy meeting people from other schools and earning community service hours? Then the Student Ambassadors Club is for you! We are a club that services our school by providing tours to visiting educators, transfer students and incoming freshmen. This is a low-stress commitment that allows you to convey your Patriot Pride while earning service hours! Interested? There will be a mandatory informational meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2113. Questions? See Mr. Wallace or Ms. McCauley in Student Services.

The Guitar Club will have introductory meetings after school Monday and Tuesday in the Orchestra Room. Beginning and advanced players are welcome. Guitars will be provided. Contact Mr. Kramer at if you have any questions.

Attention all animal lovers: SHS finally has a club dedicated to the welfare of animals. If you love animals, this is the club for you. We are meeting after school on Tuesdays (starting this coming Tuesday) in Room 6014. Come alone or bring your friends. Community service opportunities will be provided. See Ms. Kellogg or Ms. Polisky for questions or more information.

The Chess Club and Team will have its first meeting Tuesday in Room 7022 starting at 3:45 p.m. We encourage players of all strengths and interest levels to come out and play. The club and team will meet in Room 7022 on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the school year. We look forward to meeting you!

Interested in joining FCCLA? Future Career and Community Leaders of America will have an informational meeting Wednesday from 7:30-8 a.m. Can’t make it in the morning? No problem, we will have another meeting from 3:30-4 p.m.

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will have its first meeting on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1424. If you are interested in any aspect such as layout, writing, photography or leadership, please stop by! Questions? See Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410!

Do you like to write? Read? Do like poetry? Fiction? Drama? Painting? Drawing? If you like any of those, then come to the first WIT meeting where you can join the club that constructs a nationally recognized literary magazine! The first meeting is Thursday, September 12 at 3:35 p.m. in Room 2516. We then meet every Thursday at the same time and in the same place! Come unleash the poet, fiction writer and editor in you!


Flag Football team packets are due next week! If you haven’t already picked up a packet, they are available in Room 3040. Get your team together today!


Are you interested in a career in medicine or healthcare?  The Medical Explorers Program, run by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, allows students to learn more about careers in medical and healthcare fields through monthly activities.

The application deadline to apply for this program is September 27, so please email Mrs. Willock, Business Liaison, in the CCC at or stop by the CCC for more information.

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


The Patriot Superstore is currently accepting applications from sophomores and juniors for fourth and fifth hour lunch. This is a paid position.

The West ILC is hiring library aides throughout the school day. If you have a study hall or a free period and you would like to apply for the job, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC. This is a paid position.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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