Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Alum Co-Produces Movie About Olympic Gymnast
Michael Swidler, a 2005 Stevenson alumnus, is co-producer of a film about 2012 Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas that will make its debut at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Lifetime Channel. “The Gabby Douglas Story” follows the international gymnastics phenomenon that overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African-American to win the individual all-around gold medal. She also is the first African-American to win Olympic gold in the individual all-around and team competition.

The film is produced by Braun Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, where Swidler has worked since 2011. Click here to see a preview of the movie.

A Cappella Standouts Chapter 6 Coming to SHS
All-star vocal group Chapter 6 returns to Stevenson for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 8 in the Performing Arts Center. All seats are $15 and can be ordered by calling 847-415-4121.

Chapter 6 is the only vocal group to win both the International Championship of Collegiate A-cappella and the National Harmony Sweepstakes. The group also has appeared on “American Idol” and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Here’s a video that explains what the group is all about.

Freshman Accepted Into Joffrey Summer Dance Program
Freshman Celeste Courtney has been accepted into the Joffrey Academy of Dance’s International Summer Intensive Program, a rigorous five-week program for 100 of the top young ballet dancers around the world. Approximately 2,900 dancers worldwide auditioned in 11 cities for the slots.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Warren 9, Stevenson 0: The Patriots dropped all three games at the Brunswick Zone. The Blue Devils outscored SHS, 2,467-2,352.

Three Hockey Players Named to All-State Team
Senior forwards Jared Projansky and Michael Trapp and junior defenseman Richard Chen have been selected to the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois All-State Boys White Team. They will play in the 25th annual Boys All-Star Game at 8:35 p.m. Monday at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville. Admission is free. This is the third straight year a Patriot hockey player has earned all-state honors, and the 11th time in the last 12 seasons.

Projansky also was named to the All-Scholastic Hockey League first team, while Chen and senior goaltender Corey Benjoya made the second team.

SHS-Warren Boys Basketball Game on ESPN3
Saturday night’s home varsity boys basketball game against Warren will be televised live on ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m., then shown on tape delay at 11 a.m. Sunday on WCIU. The Stevenson Broadcast Network will be streaming live audio from the game on High School Cube and will add video 48 hours after the game ends.

For those coming to the game, they’ll be treated to the national anthem sung by Jonah Rawitz, winner of this year’s S-Factor contest. At halftime, there will be a rib-eating contest sponsored by Real Urban BBQ in Vernon Hills, along with a message from Operation Click representatives.

Fans will be able to buy advance tickets for the games against Benet Academy (February 8) and Simeon (February 22) at the admission table. The cost is $7 and $10, respectively. Tickets for those games also are available at the Patriot Superstore.

The varsity game concludes a day filled with boys basketball games in the Sports Center. The freshman B game starts at 2:30, followed by freshman A at 4 and sophomores at 5:30. During halftime of the sophomore game, the Lincolnshire Sports Association’s Bolts pom team will perform.

Fans coming to the games are encouraged to use parking lots B and E, due to the Great Lakes Conference fencing championships being held in the Field House.


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 and Saturday in the Little Theater (Room 4200).

Order Wintefest Dance tickets today and save $5 off the regular price. The cost is only $15 if you buy a ticket between now and Sunday (you can buy them online at the Web Store and at the Patriot Superstore). Starting Monday, the cost will be $20.

Odyssey 2014 is next Tuesday and Wednesday! Odyssey school days begin at 10:15 a.m. and buses will run on the late arrival schedule. At 10:15 a.m., students should report to their regular second period classroom to receive their daily Odyssey Schedule and Admission Ticket. Students with Science periods 1-2a or 2b-3 should go to their science room. Morning Tech Campus students should report to Dr. Custable in the Applied Arts Office (Room 1408). Students who are unscheduled during second period should report to the Wood Commons to pick up their schedule. Click here for more information.

A big thank you to all the families who volunteered to host our Danish visitors in March! If you submitted an application, you will be be mailed an itinerary and information about your student within the next two weeks.


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

Girls water polo will have an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the pool balcony. Please contact Coach Jeff Wimer at 847-415-4275 or email if you are unable to attend the meeting.


Junior Class Board will meet today after school in Room 6022. New members are always welcome.

The Speech and Drama team meets at 3:45 today 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

The 50th Anniversary Club will meet at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 2430.

Relay for Life will be meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Room 1802.


There will be a new CareerExcursions! trip on the next Field Trip Day, February 12. We will be visiting Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove. If you have an interest in veterinarian medicine and especially want to explore different specialties in vet medicine (such as cardiology or dermatology), please plan on attending. See Mrs. Willock in the CCC to sign up and pick up a permission form.

Don’t have plans for Spring Break? Why not participate in a Career Shadow and learn about a specific profession as well as get some hands on experience? Current career areas to explore include: culinary arts, physical therapy, advertising, veterinary medicine, business, engineering, health care and more! Contact Ms. Willock at to set up an appointment and find out more.

Immediate internship opportunity: Local non-profit needs a highly motivated, self-starter to do marketing work with a growing, Chicago-area film festival. You must be excellent at writing, public speaking and social media marketing. Hebrew-speaking skills are a plus, but not necessary. Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment and apply.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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