Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

24-Hour Theatre Project to Benefit Camp for Kids
Shortly after finishing final exams on Thursday, more than 40 students from the TBA (Theatre Before Actors) Club will take part in the annual 24-Hour Theater Project. The project is a fundraiser in which students create and stage a series of one-act plays in less than 24 hours. Their work begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (with an overnight break beginning at 11 p.m.) and culminates in a public performance at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $5. Proceeds raised from the event will go to the Hands Together, Heart to Art Summer Camp sponsored by the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. The camp is designed for children ages 7-14 who have experienced the death of a parent.

Students scheduled to participate in the 24-Hour Theatre Project include the writing team of Jessica Daly, Alex Sofronas, Becky Yeker, Arielle Cheifetz, Jonah Rawitz, Brandon Sak, Brandon Weisner and Anna Harmon. The student directors will be Rachel Canter, Sydney Canon, Justin Horowitz, Dana Sussman, Julia Czoch, Emma Harmon, Jianna Lubotsky and Noah Chisman. The actor roster includes Monica Marro, Katia Podtynov, Abbie Brenner, Chris Moseley, Abby Conlon, Scott Weinberg, Melanie Kray, Margaret Guetzloff, Ray Weisz, Alexis Cacioppo, Jordan Radis, Angela Kotsonis, Mike Komarovsky, Dani Lopez, Barrett Winston, Megan Rivkin, Matthew Reitman, Michelle Katz, Josie Hannon-Geller, Sonia Balzak, Ryan Weisner, Esha Dharma, Kyle Ringham, Blake Zimmerman and Logan Tobler. The crew will feature John Anton, Andrew Hirsh, Alexis Handler and Matthew Chase. The project is overseen by Lauren Rawitz and Paula Nowak.

Send-Off Party for SHS Olympian Bozek
A fundraiser send-off party for Olympic hockey player and SHS alum Megan Bozek will be held from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Admission is $5. There will be raffles and a silent auction. Autographed Chicago Blackhawks jerseys, and hockey sticks autographed by the 2014 U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team are among the items available.

Regional Board Allows Homeowners to Join District 125
A Stevenson teacher and two SHS alums are among the homeowners whose request to detach from Lake Zurich Unit District 95 and join District 125 and Kildeer Countryside District 96 was granted Monday night by the Lake County Regional Board of School Trustees. The board voted 5-1 to allow three homes in the Long View Estates subdivision to switch districts.

The subdivision is located in unincorporated Lake County, off Old McHenry Road just north of Route 22. One of the homes is owned by SHS physics teacher Mark Linnenburger, and another by alumni Brian and Shelby Anstedt, who met while attending the school. The homeowners argued that they should be allowed to switch districts based on the proximity of nearby schools, and to maintain the social and emotional connections their children have made with peers in their neighborhood who attend District 96 schools. Lake Zurich District 95 argued that the move was one of “personal preference” that would cost the district about $15,000 annually in tax revenue. Lake Zurich also argued that the educational and cocurricular programs offered in its district are comparable to those available in Districts 96 and 125.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at Evanston Invitational: Nick Koto and Allen Feng each had a pair of top-four finishes for the Patriots, who placed fifth in the 18-team field. Koto was runner-up in the 200 free (1:46.43) and fourth in the 500 free (4:50.91), while Feng took third in the 100 backstroke (53.68) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (53.11). They also formed half of the 400 free relay team with Nathaniel Wingfield and Dmitriy Pelutis that took 10th (3:22.91). Feng also was a member of the sixth-place 200 medley relay unit (1:41.61) with Wingfield, Weilly Tong and Andrew Lefebvre. Wingfield recorded a seventh-place finish in the 50 free (22.68) and Tong was ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.98).

JV Patriettes Win Dance Title at Palatine
The junior varsity Patriettes won the Dance category and finished second in Kick in Class 3A at the Palatine Invitational on Saturday. The varsity Patriettes were fifth in Lyrical and sixth in Jazz among 31 teams in Class 3A. The freshmen placed fifth in Dance and 10th in Kick in 3A.

SHS-Lake Forest Highlights on CSN Chicago Friday Night
Comcast SportsNet Chicago will have a crew on hand for the boys basketball team’s home game against Lake Forest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sports Center. Highlights from the game will be shown on the “High School Lites” program on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and csnchicago.com at 11 p.m. Friday. The show will re-air at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Projansky Proves His Doubters Wrong
Three years ago, Jared Projansky heard talk that he wasn’t good enough to play varsity high school hockey. Adopting the doubt as motivation, Projansky drove himself to not only make the varsity, but to excel. And excel he has, becoming the school’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points scored. Now, Projansky has his sights set on winning the state championship.


Click here for the final exam schedule and other important information.

All library materials are due back to the ILC by Thursday. Please return all books and pay any overdue fines today. No materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

Textbook return and pick-up for one-semester classes will take place in Room 1416 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today through Thursday, and next Tuesday and Wednesday, January 21-22. After January 22, students will need to turn in or pick up textbooks in department offices.

During finals, the Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can be taken only during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up. If you have any questions, stop by the Testing Center.

World’s Fair is just around the corner. Tickets for the Saturday cultural performances go on sale today and can be purchased at tinyurl.com/WorldsFair2014. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. They’re also available on a first-come-first served basis, and will likely sell out, so get them while you can. Contact Mr. Monaghan or Mr. Diethrich for more information.

Nine Danish students still need Stevenson homes! Show your Patriot pride by welcoming a visiting student into your family for two school days during the first week of March. The visit will provide a rewarding cultural experience for all involved and may be the beginning of a lifelong friendship! Click here for an application. If you have any questions, contact Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen at sbowen@d125.org.

The Future Educators of America club is looking for students who are interested in tutoring kids at Ivy Hall Elementary School during second semester. If you would like more information, please contact Ms. King or Ms. Ruiz.


There are a number of summer career courses and opportunities that are now accepting applications. Please make sure to visit the Career Exploration website for more details.

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.


Boys gymnastics will hold an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 22 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2002. Please leave a message for Coach Liva at 847-415-4293 or email him at eliva@d125.org if unable to attend.

Anyone interested in playing sophomore football next fall should come to an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 a.m. in the Little Theater (Room 4200). Contact Coach Jacobson at 847-415-4710 or email him at djacobson@d125.org if unable to attend.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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