Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Senior Earns Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Varun Medhal, a senior from Lake Forest, was named a Distinguished Finalist in the 19th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring students in grades 5-12 for outstanding volunteer service. He is one of 234 students around the country (eight in Illinois) to receive a Distinguished Finalist honor.

Medhal founded “Unseen Cuisine,” a nonprofit organization through which he has delivered more than 5,000 pounds of food to shelters in the Chicago area. He recruited a team of volunteers to help him connect with agencies and restaurants to schedule food pick-ups and drop-offs three times a week from businesses such as Fresh Market, Panera Bread and Sodexo. SHS students who were involved with Unseen Cuisine included Nick Motta, Zack Gilbert, Boris Schwarzenbach, Dylan McDonaugh, Micky Abir and David Fey.

Click here to find out what motivated Medhal to help the hungry.

“Patriot Plungers” Raise Money for Special Olympics
If Jimmy Fallon is looking for guidance on how to take a polar plunge, he can talk with Sociology teacher Chris Salituro and his group of “Patriot Plungers” who participated in the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics at Lakefront Park in Fox Lake last Sunday. The Plungers, made up of students from Sociology and Political Thought classes, were among nearly 500 participants who raised more than $114,000 to help Special Olympics athletes with training, equipment, transportation and lodging needs. The Patriot Plungers roster included Ashley Oliver, Eden Boxenbaum, Sara Ploch, Cody Conway and Ryan Mass.

Also taking a deep-freeze dip on Sunday was Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice, who joined his wife for the Polar Bear Plunge in Evanston, which raised $120,000.

Reminder: School on Monday
Classes will be held on Monday, Pulaksi Day, to compensate for one of the days missed in January due to the extreme cold. Since there will be school on Monday, the school will follow the second-day-of-the-week schedule on Tuesday.


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Boys Swimming and Diving State Meet Starts Today
Eight members of the boys swimming and diving team will compete at the Illinois High School Association state meet beginning today. Allen Feng (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke), Blake Ripes (diving), Nick Koto (200 free, 500 free), Dimitriy Pelutis (200 free, 500 free) and Weilly Tong (100 breaststroke) qualified in individual events. SHS also has two relays entered: the 400 free relay with Feng, Koto, Pelutis and Alex Kapecki, and the 200 medley relay featuring Tong, Feng, Viktor Makarskyy and Nathaniel Wingfield. Click here to follow meet results.


Odyssey students who took a wheel throwing class, this is the last day to pick up your pot in Room 1422. Pots not picked up today will be tossed.

Ticket sales for Showcase 2014 run every day through Friday, March 7 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. All seats are reserved and are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2014 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Snowball: Some like to go away for the weekend, or like being at camp during the school year, or want to meet new people and play games. The Snowball teen and adult staff would love to give you the chance to leave our weekend with great memories, mementos of new people you’ve met, insights about you as a team member and communicator, and possibly a desire to keep drinking hot chocolate over spring break. We hope you’ll join us March 14-16. You can register through the school store online! You can also email for information. The deadline is Wednesday.

Mr. SHS is coming soon. Are you looking for fun, excitement and fame? We’re looking for the next Mr. SHS. Any senior male can apply to be a contestant. Applications are available in the Student Activities Office. The deadline for registration is 3:30 p.m. next Friday in Student Activities. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Rikje in the Link Lab or Mrs. Smith in Room 2414.

Attention all student artists: The Fine Arts Division is sponsoring a design competition for this spring’s Apples Around Town project in Lincolnshire. Find out more by coming to an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday or 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Both meetings will be held in Room 6008.



Girls soccer tryouts begin Monday. All levels will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center lobby.


Anime Club will meet Monday at 3:30 in Study Hall Room 2113. Relax after school and join us for snacks and movies. New members are always welcome!

Everyone is invited to join the Animal Welfare Club on Tuesday after school to watch “We Bought A Zoo.” We will be meeting in Room 7066-7068. Hope to see you there!


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.

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at

Other summer opportunities: There are a number of marketing internships available for the summer in various industries. Please see Mrs. Willock in the CCC or contact her at to find out more.

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Peoria Notre Dame students upset by principal’s sudden departure
Herrin elementary school principal under cloud resigns
Suburban educators converge on technology conference
IHSA reinstates three schools for state basketball tournament

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Nevada board lowers math test minimum passing score
Court: School can ban wearing of U.S. flag T-shirts for safety reasons
California college student teaches school $50K lesson on Constitution
U. of Iowa president reveals she was assaulted as an undergraduate
The Oxford English Dictionary and the “Great War”

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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