Friday, Nov. 8, 2013

Baroque Ensemble to Perform at Ravinia
Stevenson’s Baroque Ensemble will perform at the annual Midwest Young Artists Early and New Music Concert on Sunday, November 24 at Ravinia Festival’s Bennett Gordon Hall. Admission is free. The Baroque Ensemble, now in its fifth year, features students performing in the style of the baroque and classical periods using instruments similar to those played by musicians in the two eras. Among the instruments is a theorbo, a rare instrument first developed in the 16th Century to provide more bass in opera music. In December, the group will take part in the 67th annual Midwest Clinic at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Senior Qualifies for Sectional Skating Championships
Rachel Cheng, a senior at Stevenson, will compete in the Midwestern Sectional Figure Skating Championships November 19-23 in East Lansing, Michigan. The event is one of three sectionals in the country, featuring the top 36 skaters in their division. The top skaters at each sectional will advance to the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships January 5-12 in Boston. Cheng qualified for the sectional event by finishing fourth in the Junior Ladies Division at the Upper Great Lakes Regional in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Students Talk Playwriting With Northlight Reps
Two people affiliated with Northlight Theatre visited with members of the TBA Playwrights club and other theatre students on Thursday. Kristin Leahey, Northlight’s dramaturg, and Philip Dawkins, a commissioned playwright, talked and answered questions about playwriting.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Conant Sectional: The Patriots lost to Lake Zurich in the sectional championship match, 25-23 25-22, ending their season with a 31-8 record. Khaila Donaldson led SHS with 10 kills, two solo blocks and two assisted blocks. Kara Maleski and Jen Kapov had four kills apiece. Alexa Bykowski dished out 21 assists and Peyton Bykowski made eight digs. Lake Zurich improved to 35-4 and advances to the Huntley Supersectional. – Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News | High School Cube video

SHS Hosts NSC Girls Swimming and Diving Meet
Stevenson serves as host for the North Suburban Conference girls swimming and diving championships on Saturday. Diving action is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., with swimming races at 1 p.m. The Patriots edged Lake Forest for the title last year. Julia Wawer and Leah Bloodgood are the reigning champions in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke, respectively. Wawer also was part of two first-place relays that return several key members. She joined Cheryl Xiang and Riley Kirby to capture the 400 free relay and paired with Xiang and Rebecca Hannon to claim the 200 free relay. Madison Blaydes (Class of 2013) was the fourth swimmer on each of those relays.

Countdown to Kickoff
Among the long list of tired and worn sports clichés, this one saturates the media narrative for Saturday’s 1 p.m. state football playoff game at Glenbard North: “You can’t stop him, you can only hope to contain him.” In this case, “him” is Justin Jackson, the Panthers’ star running back. He has run for 2,888 yards in 10 games this season, and is only 438 yards away from breaking the state’s single-season rushing record. SHS head coach Bill McNamara gives Jackson his due, but also is quick to point out that he has some pretty talented players on his roster. If you’re going to the game, here are some parking suggestions. If you’re not going to the game, it will be streamed live through IHSA.tv. The winner of Saturday’s game will face Barrington or Warren in the Class 8A quarterfinals.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reminder: No school Monday in observance of Veterans Day. Classes will start at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday.

Going to the football game at Glenbard North on Saturday? Remember to wear white!

Attention all students: Would you like to host an exchange student from Denmark or Colombia in your home next spring? Applications and information are available in Room 2400 or by opening this link.

The Diversity Council’s annual Fast-a-Thon is today. Council members are fasting to show respect for those who suffer from hunger every day and for those who fast for religious reasons. You’re invited to join the fasting, too. And come to the upper point after school for the “Breaking-fast feast” featuring food from Kona, Go Roma, Noodles & Co., Wildfire, and more! Tickets and shirts will be sold in the Wood Commons during lunch periods. All proceeds go to Heifer International.

Students Helping Soldiers will be collecting items for care packages to send to troops overseas during the holidays. Travel Kleenex, baby wipes, hand warmers, toothbrushes, and packaged ankle socks and white T-shirts will be collected in bins at the Point and Field House entrances.

Teresa Padod from Oakton Community College will be leading a presentation on art history at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall. This opportunity is open to all students, free of charge.

Have you ever noticed the music playing between classes on Fridays? The Council of 100 invites you to submit song requests to stevensonsoundtrack@gmail.com. If you’ve recorded your own song or mix, send it along. Who knows? That might be your voice echoing in the halls one Friday!

COLLEGE

The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Virginia Commonwealth University, Robert Morris University, Lake Forest College, Saint Mary’s University-Minnesota and University of Detroit Mercy.

We no longer use the Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors use 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.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Basketball League informational meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Basketball page at http://www2.d125.org/im/basketball.html.

All girls interested in participating in Stevenson Strength and Conditioning are encouraged to attend an informational meeting Wednesday from 7:45-8:15 a.m. in Room 7096. For more information, contact Coach Walker at swalker@d125.org.

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Attention all animal lovers: The Animal Welfare Club is pleased to announce that we have a dog trainer from Root Dog training coming to our next meeting. Come join us Tuesday from 3:45-4:30 in Room 7066.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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