Thursday, March 6, 2014

Governor Coming to SHS for “Green Schools” Symposium
Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to visit Stevenson on Friday, April 18 for the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium. The event, sponsored by the United States Green Building Council’s Illinois chapter and the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, will be held in the West Building from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The symposium will offer training sessions and workshops designed to help K-12 schools in Illinois create more sustainable learning environments. Topics covered will include sustainable school facility planning, green facilities management, sustainable renovation and construction, energy efficiency and conservation, environmental education and service learning, water conservation, waste reduction, and sustainable school transportation.

In 2011, Stevenson High School became the first public high school in the country to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-level certification for existing buildings from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is a certification program that is the national benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Stevenson received gold certification by earning enough points in the LEED rating system that measures several areas, including water and energy use and conservation; indoor air quality; management of waste and recyclable materials; the use of environmentally preferred products and practices for cleaning and alterations; and sustainable purchasing policies. Gold certification is the second-highest level in the four-tiered LEED ratings system.

Two SHS Seniors on Ground Floor With Fledgling Webzine
Two members of the Class of 2014 are on the editorial staff of Hooligan Mag, a “Chicago/Milwaukee based webzine run by a team of rad humans from all over the world.” Becky Yeker is the managing editor and Kylee Twarowski is in charge of art direction. Both contributed content to Hooligan Mag’s second issue, released last month.


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Projansky, Trapp Picked for America’s Hockey Showcase
Seniors Jared Projansky and Michael Trapp have been selected to represent Illinois at the America’s Hockey Showcase in Pittsburgh April 10-14. The event will feature 20 teams representing states and regions from around the country. Former Blackhawk Brian Noonan is the coach of Team Illinois, which won the tournament in 2013. Trapp was a member of last year’s team, and will be making his second trip. Projansky, who this year became the first player in SHS history with more than 50 goals and 50 assists in the same season, is participating for the first time.

Basketball Alum Making Appearance at NIU
Michelle O’Brien (Class of 2011) and her Western Michigan University women’s basketball teammates will close out their regular season in DeKalb on Saturday. The Broncos play Northern Illinois at 1 p.m. 2 p.m., then begins Mid-American Conference Tournament play on Monday. Western lost to rival Central Michigan Wednesday night, 84-75, falling to 12-16 on the season. Through their first 27 games, O’Brien was the team’s third-leading rebounder (6.7 rpg) and fourth-leading scorer (7.9 ppg). The biomedical science major has a 3.47 grade point average at WMU.


The Speech and Drama team cordially invites all interested faculty, staff, students and friends to the team’s second annual showcase production, this year titled “iSPEECH!” tonight from 7-9 p.m. in the Studio Theater (Room 2204). The team will present a sampling of the pieces they perform in competition throughout the year. For an entertaining night of comedy, drama, prose, poetry, and specialty speeches, come join us! Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

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!

300 Club applications are due Friday in Student Activities.

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.


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

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

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.


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


Students and parents:  The College of Lake County in Grayslake is hosting the Lake County Area College Night (ICE Fair) on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. This is a great way for you to network with many colleges (more than 150 of them), all under one roof. Attending colleges can be obtained at See you at the fair.

Attention Daniel Wright graduates: The District 103 Oscar T. Bedrosian Memorial Scholarship is now available in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. The completed application should be submitted to District 103 by Friday, April 11.

Seniors: Due to the generosity of local businesses and families, we are able to award numerous scholarships to members of your class. The applications for these local scholarships are now available in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Every scholarship has different criteria! The deadline to return completed applications to the College/Career Center is Thursday, March 13. The local scholarships available are: Stevenson High School Education Teacher Association Scholarship, Nancy Nichols Service Scholarship, Kathy Westerberg-Viravec Scholarship, Suzanne E. Hannon Memorial Scholarship, Sodexo Scholarship, District 96 Foundation-Mr. Marc E. Spivak Service Scholarships and Dr. Thomas W. Many Educational Scholarship, Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 “Universal Values of Integrity” Scholarship and the Jeffrey C. Newman Leadership and Service Scholarship, Dr. Richard Du Four Leadership Scholarship, Geri Getlin Foundation Scholarship, Orchestra Parents Association String Orchestra Scholarship, American Association of University Women Scholarship, Edward A. Dillon Memorial Scholarship, Dr. Timothy Kanold Scholarship, Parker-Hannifin Corporation Scholarship, Cannon Design Scholarship, Stevenson Support Staff Association Scholarship, Tamarak Day Camp & Country Day School Scholarship for Child Development & Education, Rebecca Gayle Berger Memorial Music Fund Scholarship and District 103 Learning Fund Foundation’s “Lincolnshire Rotary Scholarship.” Four newly added scholarships are the Howe Precision Industrial Inc. and CAN Community Center Scholarship, the Mary K. Layco Reach for the Stars Scholarship, the Gordon S. Hirsch Memorial Scholarship, and the Lisa Klitzky Foundation Scholarship.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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