Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

Student Council Cuts Price of Winterfest Dance Tickets
Stevenson’s Student Council surveyed the student body about how to improve school dances, and one theme that emerged was the cost of tickets. As a result, the Student Council is cutting the price of this year’s Winterfest Dance tickets by 20%, dropping the price from $25 to $20. In addition, the Student Council is encouraging students to take advantage of early bird ticket pricing starting Monday. Students who purchase tickets between Monday and February 2 will receive an additional $5 off the ticket price and can buy them for $15. After February 2, the $20 price will be in effect.

Matching Gift Challenge Exceeds Goal
Last fall, a local family whose three children graduated from SHS offered a challenge to the Stevenson High School Foundation: Raise funds up to $10,000, and the family would match those donations. The matching grant challenge, which ran through December 31, raised $34,000 (including the $10,000 matching gift) to support student scholarships, the Kids In Need (KIN) Fund, and Innovation Grants.

Longtime SHS Employee Georgia Mahler Dies
Georgia Mahler, who worked at Stevenson from August 1992 until her retirement in March 2010, died this week of cancer. Mahler, 70, served as a locker room coordinator. Visitation will take place from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Kolssak Funeral Home, 189 S. Milwaukee Ave., in Wheeling. Prayers will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, and a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10 N. Buffalo Grove Rd., in Buffalo Grove. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the American Cancer Society at | Obituary

Student Selected to Sing Anthem at IHSA Finals
Lindsey Richardson, a member of the junior varsity cheerleading team, has been selected to sing the national anthem at the Illinois High School Association state cheerleading finals on Saturday, February 8.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Zion-Benton 7, Stevenson 2: At Sunset Lanes in Waukegan, the Patriots lost a closely contested match. SHS outscored Zion over the three-game series, 2,623-2,609, but the Zee-Bees won two of the three games. Z-B won the first game by eight pins (920-912) and the third by 41 (860-819). The Pats won the second game, 837-824.

Two Boys Bowlers Earn All-Conference Honors
Two members of Stevenson’s Northern Illinois Boys Bowling Conference championship team have been named to the all-conference team. Matt Poetker was selected to the first team, and Richy Zenner was named to the second team. Poetker, Zenner and the rest of the SHS team will compete in the IHSA Rockford Sectional on Saturday.

Patriot Basketball Faces Back-to-Back Challenges
Saturday’s varsity boys basketball game against Marian Catholic at Glenbard East is getting a lot of attention, and for good reason. Marian is ranked second in the latest Associated Press Class 4A state poll, while the Patriots are No. 5, and the game will feature two of the premier point guards in Illinois. However, SHS faces a major challenge at home Friday night, too: An improving Libertyville squad that last week lost by just three points to Zion-Benton, the only team to beat Stevenson this season.

Fans can purchase tickets for Saturday’s game when they come for Friday night’s contest. They also can purchase a three-pack deal for the Patriots’ three upcoming tournament games: Saturday at Glenbard East, February 8 at Batavia, and the February 22 rematch against defending state champion Simeon at Niles West. Tickets for all three tournament games are $20 when purchased at SHS.

Hoops for Heroes Games Tonight and Friday
Students Helping Soldiers will hold its sixth annual Hoops for Heroes fundraiser at the varsity basketball games tonight and Friday. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Camouflage T-shirts are available for $10 in the Glass Commons during lunch periods today and Friday. Click here if you would like to make a donation online. The varsity girls will play Warren tonight, and the varsity boys face Libertyville on Friday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

Harrington Makes Big Impact During Short Time at SHS
Tyler Harrington didn’t take long to make an impression on the SHS wrestling program. Harrington transferred to Stevenson from Omaha in the middle of second semester last year, and by the fall had been named co-captain of the wrestling team. Of course, Harrington isn’t your average transfer. As a sophomore, he placed sixth in the 152-pound weight class at the Nebraska state tournament. His freshman year, he was one match away from qualifying for the Colorado state tournament.


World’s Fair is this weekend in the West Building. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and check out the student-run booths and try cuisine from different countries. Admission is free, except for the cultural performance featuring Miss America starting at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Buy them at

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

Hey seniors! Looking for service hours for 300 Club, Sociology or Political Thought? There will be a seniors-only community service event at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, January 31 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. If you’re interested in this event, please check your school email for an invite. See you there!

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.


Calling all seniors! Now is the time to request 7th semester (or mid-year) transcripts from Parchment. If you filed the Common Application, you do not need to do anything to have your mid-year transcript sent to your college(s). Your counselor will send a transcript to Common Application on your behalf.

In the fall, if you sent your transcript using Parchment (non-Common Application), you need to now request a mid-year transcript be sent to any college that has requested one. To request your 7th semester transcript, go to and order a “current transcript.” All requests received will contain 7th semester grades; SHS will begin processing these requests on January 31.

We urge you to request your mid-year transcript as soon as possible in order to meet many schools’ February 1 deadlines. If you have any questions, please see your counselor, a college counselor in the College/Career Center, or Mrs. Micheli in Room 2414.


Attention all members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting in Room 7044 at 3:45 today. Goldie, a golden retriever trained to find illicit substances, will be at the meeting along with her trainer, who will discuss the techniques he uses to train Goldie. All are welcome!

The Speech and Drama team meets today at 3:45 in the East ILC. New members are always welcome! Come be a part of a friendly team where you can star in your own performance — there are 14 events to choose from — and learn valuable life-long communication skills.

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or e-mail

SPINS Club: Our next outing is Friday to Orbit Skate Center in Palatine. We’ll be back at SHS by 7 p.m. Get your permission form signed and turned in so you can attend.

Chinese Club will host the ping pong tournament at World’s Fair. You are invited to join the tournament! Or just come to watch!


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.


Any girls interested in getting in shape for their spring sport, please come join the Ladies Polar Bear Winter Conditioning Club! We are meeting today after school outside of the cardio room. We’re also meeting from 6-7:15 a.m. Friday in the Field House. Come ready to run! Please see the PREP website for times and contact Coach LeVanti with any questions!

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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