Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

Conneen, Larsen to Appear on “Chicago Tonight”
Government teachers Dan Larsen and Andy Conneen will be appearing tonight on a segment of WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight.” Host Phil Ponce will ask them about the passage of the “Suffrage at 17” law and efforts across Chicagoland to get young eligible voters to participate in the upcoming primary election. “Chicago Tonight” begins at 7 p.m.

Alum Named Niemen Foundation Visiting Fellow
Taylor Goldenstein, a 2010 Stevenson graduate, is one of five journalists selected as a Nieman Foundation for Journalism Visiting Fellow at Harvard University for the 2014 calendar year. Each fellow will spend a short period of time at Harvard to work on a project designed to enhance journalism in a unique way.

Goldenstein, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois’ journalism program, will work on a website that will provide a forum for college journalists to converse and collaborate; offer advice from professional critics on topics ranging from reporting to app development; and showcase the front pages of participating college newspapers.

She graduated from the University of Illinois in 2013. As a student, she served as a news editor and enterprise reporter for the Daily Illini.

Senior Honored for Academics By U.S. Figure Skating
Senior Rachel Chang of Vernon Hills was named recently to the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Scholastic Honors Team. She was one of 10 skaters chosen from among the more than 1,100 who applied. Chang and the rest of the team were honored Sunday at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston.

To be considered for the award, skaters must be high school juniors or seniors with a grade-point average of at least 3.4. They also must have competed at the novice, junior or senior level during the past two years. Chang has been a member of the Gold Honor Roll at Stevenson every semester, and last month was named a 2014 Illinois State Scholar.

Chang was awarded a $2,500 scholarship and a $1,000 donation to a charity of her choice. She selected the St. Mary of Vernon Sharing Hands Food Pantry in Indian Creek, where she volunteers.

A member of the Skokie Valley Skating Club, Chang competes in singles and has also competed on the Starlights Synchronized Skating Team. In 2012 and 2013, Chang performed in “One Skate at a Time,” a benefit show that raises money to provide outreach camp programs to Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.

French Students Honored for Video
Sophomore Jonathan Lugthart, senior Yana Garmash and junior Braden McDowell received an Honorable Mention for their video, “Je parle,” created for the American Association of Teachers of French’s National French Week Video Contest. This is the second time Garmash has been recognized by the AATF; last year, she received First Prize for the video “Boy Meets Fille.”

Alum Creates Video Tribute to Late Band Director
Bob Horvath, a 1979 Stevenson graduate who played in the band, has put together a tribute video to Dave Habley, the school’s first band director who died last week. The video features lots of historical footage of the Marching Patriots in action.


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Girls Basketball Game Online Tonight
Tonight’s varsity girls basketball game against Libertyville will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7 o’clock. Click here to watch the game.

Brunson Benefits From Point Guard Paucity
Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times says the lack of high-quality point guards in Illinois and nationally means heightened interest among college programs for Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson. The Patriot junior will square off against another top-flight point guard, Tyler Ulis of Marian Catholic, in a “When Sides Collide” game at Glenbard East at 7 p.m. Saturday, January 25. Tickets are available at the Patriot Superstore.


No school Friday and Monday. The second semester starts at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday.

Reminder to seniors: The 4th marking period begins Tuesday. If you need to pick up a new Senior Parking Permit for the 4th marking period or second semester, see Security in the black pickup truck in parking lot D before school on Tuesday.

Come see the 24-Hour Theatre Project at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Students will perform one-act plays they started writing Thursday afternoon. Admission is $5, and all proceeds will go to the Hands Together, Heart to Art Summer Camp for children ages 7-14 who have experienced the death of a parent.

All library materials are due back to the ILC today. Please return all books and pay any overdue fines. 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 until 1:30 p.m. today, and from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday. After January 22, students will need to turn in or pick up textbooks in department offices.

The Testing Center will be open until 3 p.m. today. 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.

The ILC is looking to hire student aides for second semester during periods 2, 4, 5 and 6. This is a paid position! But you must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible. See Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

West Student Services is looking to hire student aides for all periods this semester. This is a paid position! You may work during your study hall or free period. Please see Mrs. Peterson in Room 2414.

Project Dance committee member/head applications are now available. They are due Wednesday, January 29. Pick up an application in Student Activities or download it at

World’s Fair is just around the corner. Tickets for the Saturday, January 25 cultural performances go on sale today and can be purchased at 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.

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.

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


Senior Class Board: We will be meeting next Wednesday after school in Room 2428 to work on Winterfest decorations. New members are always welcome. Please see Mrs. Rikje in Information Services or Mrs. Smith in Green Student Services if you have questions.


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

Boys gymnastics will hold an informational meeting next Wednesday 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 if unable to attend.


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 to set up an appointment.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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