Friday, Jan. 24, 2014

Miss America Headlines World’s Fair
The reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, will headline this weekend’s World’s Fair sponsored by the SHS Diversity Council. The annual celebration of countries, cultures and cuisines will be held Saturday and Sunday in the West Building. The hours both days are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. A number of student-created booths will be available, and there will be a student cultural performance at 3 p.m. each day in the Performing Arts Center.

Davuluri will be on hand Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons area of the West Building, and then will give a presentation to close out the student cultural performance. Davuluri, the first Indian-American winner of the pageant, told the Lincolnshire Review that she will discuss diversity and “cultural competency.”

Admission to the Saturday cultural performance with Davuluri is $5 for students and $10 for adults, with proceeds going to the global women’s education charity Circle of Women. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

SEDOL Withdrawal Hearing Set for Tuesday
District 125 will make its case for withdrawing from the Special Education District of Lake County during a meeting of the Lake County Regional Board of School Trustees at 7 p.m. Tuesday on the College of Lake County campus in Grayslake. After five years of studying the idea, the district has concluded that Stevenson special education students are better off learning at SHS. Director of Special Education Jay Miller explains the rationale for withdrawal in this letter posted on our website.

School Asks Parents to Help With Morning Traffic Tie-Ups
Stevenson officials are asking parents who drive their students to school in the morning to drop them off earlier. The challenging winter weather has led more parents than usual to drive their kids to school, which is causing long traffic delays around the campus. In some cases, students are not arriving to SHS until midway through the first class period. The school is asking parents to drop off students between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

Seniors to Receive More Tickets for Graduation
Stevenson seniors will be allotted more tickets for this year’s commencement ceremony, a result of the school’s enrollment decline over the past few years. Seniors will now receive eight tickets for family and friends, compared to six in recent years. Tickets will be distributed at the graduation rehearsal on June 5.

Charities Invited to Apply for Spirit Fest
Stevenson’s National Honor Society chapter invites charities to apply to become the beneficiary of its annual Spirit Fest in September. Spirit Fest is a community event at SHS that raises money and gives visibility to charities that often are overlooked. The deadline to apply is February 14. Click here for details and to download an application form.

24-Hour Theatre Project Raises $2,500
Last week’s 24-Hour Theatre Project raised $2,500 for the Hands Together, Heart to Art summer camp program sponsored by the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. The camp is for children who have suffered the loss of a parent. The Lauri S. Bauer Foundation for Sudden Loss provided a “very generous” donation, according to the project director, Lauren Rawitz. Bauer was a Stevenson parent who died of heart arrhythmia at the age of 43. Her husband, Scott, started the foundation in her honor. Two of their three sons, Jacob and Brett, attend SHS. The eldest, Alex, graduated in 2012.

Alum Writes About NFL’s Concussion Problems
SHS alum Nicole Martorano Van Cleve (Class of 1995), an assistant professor of criminal justice at Temple University, co-authored an opinion piece on the Talking Points Memo website earlier this week addressing the National Football League’s handling of concussions. She and co-author Jill Weinberg argue that women have been primarily responsible for exposing what they call a “cover-up” by the NFL.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 62, Warren 50: The host Patriots (16-7, 7-1) didn’t score in the first four minutes of the game, but then went on a tear to snap a two-game skid and remain the hunt for the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title. Sophia Way scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the second quarter as SHS outscored the Blue Devils 24-2 in the second quarter. Taylor Buford tallied 11 of her 13 points in the third frame as the Pats maintained a 20-point cushion. Ashley Richardson had nine points and Janine Fajardo added seven. Warren fell to 5-17 overall and 2-7. – High School Cube News, Daily Herald | SBN Video

Girls Bowling
Grant 9, Stevenson 0: Colleen VanDerMeulen led SHS with a 505 series with games of 181, 168 and 156. Sam Szura posted the best game of the day for the Patriots, rolling a 192 as part of her 481 series. Ann Wang added a 440 series and Xanthe Coulson had a 421. The Bulldogs outscored the Pats, 2,356-2,243.

Patriettes, Boys Bowlers Head to Sectionals
Two varsity teams will compete in Illinois High School Association sectionals on Saturday. The Patriettes will take part in the competitive dance sectional at Glenbrook South. Stevenson is scheduled to perform at 4 p.m., the third-to-last entry on the day. SHS is looking to make a return to state, where if finished second in Class 3A in the inaugural IHSA state dance finals. The boys bowling team, meanwhile, will make its first-ever sectional appearance when it steps into Park Lanes in Loves Park outside of Rockford. The Patriots won their first Northern Illinois Boys Bowling Conference title last week.

Wrestling Team Takes on Libertyville for NSC Lake Title
The SHS wrestling team goes on the road tonight to take on Libertyville for the North Suburban Conference Lake Division regular-season championship at 6 p.m. Coach Shane Cook’s squad had an overall record of 13-5 and receiving an honorable mention listing in the latest team rankings at, the state’s premier prep wrestling website. Libertyville is No. 13. Two Patriots are listed in the website’s individual rankings: Tyler Harrington is No. 9 at 170 pounds, and Eric Carter is an honorable mention selection at 106.

Long-Awaited SHS-Marian Catholic Matchup Saturday
Tonight’s varsity boys basketball game against Libertyville in the Sports Center will be shown live online by the Stevenson Broadcast Network starting at 7 p.m. Click here to watch. Twenty-four hours later comes the game everyone has been talking about: Stevenson versus Marian Catholic in the “When Sides Collide” tournament at Glenbard East. The game will feature two players considered to be the state’s top point guards: The Patriots’ Jalen Brunson and the Spartans’ Tyler Ulis. The SHS-Marian Catholic game has been designated the CN100 Game of the Week by Comcast. The game will be shown at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Tuesday.


Students Helping Soldiers’ Hoops For Heroes to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project is tonight at the varsity boys basketball game. The game starts at 7 p.m. Be sure to pick up your camo T-shirt for $10 or make a donation in the Glass Commons during lunch periods.

Tickets for the freshman-sophomore play, The Arkansaw Bear (yes, that’s the correct spelling), are available for $5 at the Patriot Superstore. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1 in the Little Theater (Room 4200).

Project Dance committee member/head applications are now available. They are due 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 next 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 next Friday, 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.


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.


SPINS Club: Our next outing is today 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!

Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7036. Come meet with your friends and sign up for second semester events. New members are always welcome.


There will be a boys volleyball informational meeting next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1508/1510. Please contact Coach Goolish at 847-415-4584 or if you are unable to attend.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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