Fundraising Effort for Tornado Victims
In the last 48 hours, the SHS football team and Sports Boosters have raised more than $1,600 to help victims of the tornado that hit Washington, Illinois last weekend. The football team has done yeoman’s work, collecting $1,135 while immersed in preparations for Saturday’s state semifinal game.
If you would like to make a donation, contact a member of the football team or send an email to SHSSportsBooster@aol.com. Donations will be accepted until Thanksgiving. The Sports Boosters also will have donation jars at their concessions area at Saturday’s game.
The Buffalo Grove police and fire departments also are taking donations of specific items for first responders who were directly affected by tornadoes last weekend. Gift cards are the preferred donation at this time, but there is a list of items that are being sought. Click here to see the list. Donations will be accepted at the Buffalo Grove Police Department, 46 Raupp Boulevard, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday.
Young Alumni Invited Back to SHS Next Wednesday
The Stevenson High School Alumni Association will continue the long-standing tradition of welcoming young Patriot alumni back to visit on the day before Thanksgiving. The event, known as the Alumni Lounge, will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Activities Office. Dolores Fischer, retired founder of the Freshman Mentor Program, will be on hand to welcome alums throughout the day. Light food and drinks will be served.
To arrange a visit with a teacher on Alumni Lounge day, alumni are asked to email them directly and request to meet with them in the Student Activities Office.
Visiting alums should park in the visitor parking area in lots B or E. They will need a photo ID to check in at the security desk and proceed to Student Activities.
Band Chamber Concert Monday Night
The Fine Arts Division will sponsor the Band Chamber Concert at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall. Admission is free.
Communication Arts Faculty Prominent in Boston
Eighteen members of the Communication Arts faculty are involved in presentations at the annual National Council of Teachers of English convention this weekend in Boston. Click here to see who is participating.
Larsen Looks at JFK’s Legacy
Government teacher Dan Larsen is among the area educators quoted in a Daily Herald article today that examines how schools teach about President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago today. Larsen pointed out that the richness of civics lessons this week have been increased by the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address as well as the anniversary of Kennedy’s death.
“The first marked the hope for a new birth of freedom, the second marked the vulnerability of that hope,” Larsen told the newspaper. “The best way for teachers today to honor Kennedy and his memory is to pass the torch to a new generation.”
Thursday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson 7, Deerfield 2: Richy Zenner rolled games of 263 and 204 en route to a 635 series to lead the unbeaten Patriots (3-0), who outscored the Warriors, 2,891-2,8929. Matt Poetker added games of 221 and 202, Ethan Rosuck had a 224 game, and Zac Keith contributed a 202.
Football Team Looks to Take the Next Step
Stevenson’s football team is one win away from playing for the state championship. A formidable foe stands in the way, however. Loyola Academy is playing in its fifth consecutive Class 8A semifinal. The Ramblers are 11-1 and coming off a 35-0 win over Maine South that was the first shutout suffered by the Hawks in 13 seasons. The Patriots are 10-2, and extended their consecutive win streak to 10 by beating Barrington 14-0 in the quarterfinals. Loyola employs a stingy defense that allows nine points per game. In the last two games, the Ramblers have forced nine turnovers and recorded 12 sacks. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium; gates open at 11:30. Admission is $6.
Football Broadcast Options
There will be online broadcast options for Saturday’s football game. A free audio feed of the game featuring student announcers from WAES-FM will be available through the school’s High School Cube website. Video options will be more complicated. Xfinity subscribers can log in and watch a broadcast featuring adult announcers and SHS student-provided video at IHSA.tv. Non-Xfinity subscribers will have to pay to watch the broadcast, per IHSA policy. Visit the Stevenson Broadcast Network web page at www.d125.org/sbn to catch the audio feed on game day.
There also will be two after-the-fact broadcasts available. The Stevenson-Loyola game is the CN100 Game of the Week, and will be shown on the Comcast Network at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Visit www.cn100.tv to find additional air times. You also can watch it any time with Xfinity On Demand.
The complete WAES broadcast package, audio and video, will be available at www.d125.org/sbn beginning on Tuesday. The IHSA prohibits showing of the video portion until 72 hours after the game.
Food for Thought
After the game Saturday, Stevenson fans are invited to stop by Real Urban BBQ in Vernon Hills. Anyone wearing Stevenson colors will receive 10 percent off their order.
Patriot Swimmers Thinking Top Five at State
The girls swim team has its sights set on a top-five finish at the IHSA state meet, which begins this afternoon at New Trier. If things break in the Patriots’ favor, a top-three finish is plausible, says head coach Karl Milkereit. A top-three finish would be noteworthy, since it’s only happened once before, in 2007. You can track state meet results here.
Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the Freshman Mentor Program for the 2014-15 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B) in the Recital Hall on Tuesday.
The Passing the Hat Fashion Show will be held at 8 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2 and all proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
Advance ticket sales for Saturday’s state semifinal football game between Stevenson and Loyola Academy end after sixth period today. Tickets are available for $6 at the Patriot Superstore before school and during lunch periods. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. The gates open at 11:30.
The upper and lower ILC will close at 2:30 p.m. next Wednesday.
Congratulations to our top three Halloween Photo Contest winners and thanks to all who participated. The winning photos will be published in the 2013-14 yearbook! First place was by Victoria Selezneva (Morticia Addams of the Addams Family). Second place was Cindy Wu (Clark Kent/Superman), and third place was Carly Newman (three versions of singer Katy Perry in “Last Friday Night”).
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.
There are new procedures for Testing Center sign-up. You may now use iPads and smartphones to sign up for a test; Firefox, Safari and Chrome browsers all may be used. If you are taking a test during a study hall period, you will now report directly to the Testing Center at the start of the period. After completing the test, you will be given a pass to return to the study hall. If the test requires the entire period to complete, you will be excused from your study hall by the Testing Center Supervisor. Additional information is available on the Testing Center website. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Miller in the Testing Center.
Juniors and seniors: Representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy will be vising Stevenson. Go to Naviance to sign up to visit with the representatives. Your pass needs to be signed by your teacher at least two days ahead of the visit. If it is your free period or lunch, you are welcome to join us without a pass.
Seniors: The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is now available. Stevenson can only nominate one senior. Stop by the CCC (Room 1123) to pick up our nomination form. The deadline to return the form to the CCC is Monday.
Remember that all scholarships coming to our attention will be listed on Naviance under “Scholarship List.” Scholarships will be posted throughout the school year; so check the site often. If you have any questions, please stop by the College/Career Center in Room 1123.
Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.