Monday, March 3, 2014

SEDOL Board Approves Stevenson Withdrawal
The Special Education District of Lake County governing board last week voted 27-1 to allow Stevenson, District 96 and District 103 to withdraw from the consortium. The withdrawal still must be approved by the school boards of all three districts, the Lake County Regional Board of Education, and the Illinois State Board of Education. If approved, Stevenson and the two consortium districts would leave SEDOL after June 30, 2015.

Historic Voting Law that Started at SHS Pays Dividends
Early voting begins today for the March 18 primaries, and for the first time many 17-year-olds around the state will be able to vote. The change came about through the efforts of Government teacher Andrew Conneen, his colleagues and students. Stevenson’s role in the historic law was highlighted over the weekend by the Chicago Tribune, Fox News Chicago and Pioneer Press. Several SHS students are featured in the Tribune report.

Last summer, Gov. Pat Quinn came to SHS to sign legislation that allows 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the general election the opportunity to vote in the primaries. Since the law took effect on January 1, about 9,000 17-year-olds around the state have registered to vote. More than 400 17- and 18-year-olds at Stevenson have registered during this school year.

Speech and Drama Team Production Thursday Night
The Speech and Drama team will hold its second annual showcase production from 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the Studio Theater (Room 2204). This year’s event is titled “iSPEECH!” and will feature a sampling of pieces the team performed in competition throughout the year. Students will perform comedy, drama, prose, poetry and specialty speeches. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Former Student Describes Battle With Heroin
Former SHS student Steve Lunardi Jr. joined a panel of Lake County officials and physicians last week to discuss heroin use in Lake and other collar counties. Lunardi, 25, started drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana while a student, then became a heroin addict, eventually going into rehab eight times. Lunardi told the crowd he has been sober for the past two years.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Two Patriots captured medals at Evanston Township High School: Allen Feng placed ninth in the 100 backstroke (51.57) and Nick Koto finished 12th in the 200 free (1:46.97). – Official results | News-Sun, Daily Herald

Boys Basketball, Ice Hockey Games on High School Cube
High School Cube will feature a Stevenson sports doubleheader Tuesday night. The Stevenson’s IHSA Class 4A McHenry Regional boys basketball semifinal game will be streamed live on High School Cube. The Patriots will face either Grant or McHenry at 6 p.m. At 8:35 p.m., the boys hockey team’s Blackhawk Cup state tournament playoff game against St. Rita at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville will be aired live on High School Cube at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday. You can watch both events at the Stevenson Broadcast Network web page.


Reminder: We will follow the Second Day of the Week schedule on Tuesday.

300 Club applications are due Friday in Student Activities.

Snowball sign-up ends Wednesday. 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.

Tickets for this weekend’s Showcase 2014 are available during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons through Friday. 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 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

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. 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.


Come and relax after school in Anime Club. New members are always welcome. Join us today at 3:30 in Study Hall Room 2113.

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!

The 50th Anniversary Club will meet at 3:30 Tuesday in Room 1313 of the Lower ILC. New members are always welcome. Bring your event planning expertise and help us plan some very special activities for Stevenson’s 50th Anniversary next school year.

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at


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

Girls softball tryouts start today. Freshmen tryouts are from 3-6 p.m. Meet in the Field House lobby to take the bus to NSSA, 400 Corporate Pkwy., in Vernon Hills. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will have tryouts from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Field House.


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

Looking for a summer job? Don’t miss the Jobapalooza Expo at College of Lake County on Thursday from 6-8pm. For more information go to and click on Jobapalooza Expo.

If you are interested in participating in a summer career shadow, please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more information at Find out about more summer opportunities available in the area on the Career Exploration webpage.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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