Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Boys Basketball Team Heading to State Semifinals
Stevenson will play Whitney Young in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A boys basketball state semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Peoria. The Patriots qualified for the semifinals by beating Rockford Auburn, 63-49, Tuesday night for the DeKalb Supersectional championship. (Game details in the Sports section below) Tickets are on sale today and Thursday in the Patriot Superstore and the Athletic Office. The school will be providing pep buses to Peoria on Friday and Saturday, since SHS is assured of playing both days. Click here for ticket and pep bus details.

Former School Board Member Dies
A funeral will be held today for former District 125 Board of Education member and 1996 Heritage Award recipient Frank Clayton Jr. He died Saturday near his retirement home in South Carolina at the age of 80. Clayton served on the school board from 1974-80, and was president during the last three years of his tenure. He also served on the District 96 school board. His wife, Verna, is a former state representative and mayor of Buffalo Grove. Their two children, Valerie (Class of 1976) and Barry (1979) are Stevenson graduates. Daily Herald article

Rwandan Genocide Survivor Tells His Story to Students
Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Habimana told SHS students on Tuesday to learn from the horror that afflicted his homeland in 1994. Habimana spoke to students during two of the lunch periods and also after school. Habimana was 9 years old when the Hutu tribe embarked on its slaughter of Habimana’s people, the Tutsi. Nearly 1 million Tutsi — about 80 percent of the tribe’s population — were killed in 100 days.

“Day of Dance” Recital to be Streamed Live
The Dance Department will hold its annual “Day of Dance” all-day recital during every class period Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. All of the school’s dance classes will perform. The recital will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network.

Conneen Discusses 17-Year-Olds and Primary Voting
More than 3,400 Chicagoans who are 17 years old were registered to vote in Tuesday’s primary, according to the Chicago Board of Election. SHS Government teacher Andrew Conneen, who along with colleague Dan Larsen created the new state law allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries, told WTTW the number was a “good start.”


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A DeKalb Supersectional: Jalen Brunson lifted the slow-starting Patriots onto his shoulders, scoring 35 points and leading them to a 63-49 win over Rockford Auburn and their second straight supersectional championship. Stevenson, making its fourth state finals trip in state history (1991, 2007, 2013, 2014), will face Whitney Young in the state semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Peoria’s Carver Arena. (Ticket/pep bus information) Brunson scored all 13 of the team’s second-quarter points and 14 of its 21 fourth-quarter points. The Knights (29-6) frustrated SHS early, taking a 12-9 lead after the first quarter and holding the Pats to 35 percent shooting in the first half. With the game tied 22-22 at halftime, Stevenson asserted itself in the third quarter, taking a nine-point lead. Despite its early shooting woes, the Pats maintained consistent defensive pressure, leading the Knights to commit 19 turnovers on the night. Brunson was the only Patriot in double figures. He also had six assists. Connor Cashaw had nine points and eight rebounds, while Matt Johnson hit a pair of three-pointers en route to eight points. The only other players to score for SHS were starters Matt Morrissey (six points, nine rebounds, four assists) and Parker Nichols (five points and took two charges). – Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald (stats), High School Cube News, Rockford Register-Star

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson 10, Loyola 7: Allison Travetto scored five goals and the host Patriots withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Ramblers to improve to 5-0 on the season. Melissa Gartenberg scored twice for SHS, which also received goals from Ashley Oliver, Sara Ploch and Alexa Kotlyar. The Pats held Loyola to one goal in each of the first three quarters, building a 7-3 lead that held up in the final frame. Goalkeeper Becky Callen made 10 saves. – Daily Herald


Seniors interested in being one of the speakers at graduation must turn in their application to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. Download the application and get more information at

Before Spring Break, please check the East and West attendance offices for any lost items! We have unclaimed winter coats, hats, shoes, gloves, boots, pencil cases, etc. Please stop by the offices on school days until 4 p.m. The East Attendance Office is in 5024 (by the Field House) and the West Attendance Office is in 2416.

Attention sophomores and juniors: Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences? Do you want to help staff the student lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? Then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications are now available online or in the Student Activities Office. They are due no later than April 8. See Ms. Polisky or Ms. Perkins for questions.

Parking for 5th grading period: For those seniors that have purchased less than 5 grading periods of parking, we have opened up a few parking permits for the rest of the 5th grading period. Please come to Room 2426 if you are interested.

PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has many classes starting in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us for some. We are offering community classes for all ages and interests. Registration is also open for all summer camps and programs. Check out our website and register today!


Color Guard clinics and auditions are approaching! Do you like to dance? Perform? Interested in combining it with flags? Come to the Color Guard clinics April 7, 9 and 10 (4-7 p.m. each day) to see if this is for you! Clinics are mandatory. The official audition will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 11. This is a great outlet for performing, making friends and gaining leadership opportunities! This past season, our team placed third at the Grand Championships! Color Guard is co-ed and auditions are open to all students grade 9-12. Next year, the guard will travel with the band to Walt Disney World in February! Click here to sign up for the clinics and for more information. Questions? Contact Ms. Hill in Room 6076 or email


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.


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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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