Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fund Established for Yuki Hirayama’s Sister
A fund has been established to benefit the only survivor of the Spring Break car accident that claimed the lives of SHS student Yuki Hirayama and his parents. Yaskawa America, the company that employed Yuki’s father, Tomohiro, on Tuesday announced that it has set up Rinka’s Fund to provide assistance for Yuki’s 9-year-old sister. Click here to make a donation by credit card. Donations by check can be sent to Rinka’s Fund, c/o Yaskawa America, Inc., 2121 Norman Drive South, Waukegan, IL 60085. (Note: As of 10:15 this morning, the website had the wrong zip code listed for Waukegan.)

Club Israel to Welcome Holocaust Book Author
Club Israel will welcome guest speaker Marty Brounstein, author of the book, Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust, at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in Room 2104. The book details the true story of a Catholic couple in the Netherlands that saved the lives of at least two dozen Jews during World War II.

April Visiting Artist of the Month Information
Digital artist Robin Monique Rios is the SHS Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for April. Samples of her work are on display in the Rotunda Gallery of the West Building until May 2.

Julia Child Impersonator Coming to SHS
The Stevenson High School Foundation and Vernon Area Public Library are sponsoring a dramatic book review of Julia Child: My Life in France at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in Room 2104. Author and storyteller Lynn Rymarz will recount Child’s time in France, when she discovered her passion for French food and culture and started work on her influential book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The one-hour program is free, but seating is limited. Register at or 224-543-1485.


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Brunson Named to MaxPreps All-America Team
All-state basketball player Jalen Brunson has been chosen to the MaxPreps All-America Team. The junior guard, who averaged 26.1 points and 4.7 assists per game while leading the Patriots to a 32-2 record and third place in the state, was a fifth-team selection by MaxPreps.

Trapp, Projansky Lead Team Illinois to Hockey Title
Seniors Michael Trapp and Jared Projansky helped Team Illinois win its second consecutive America’s Hockey Showcase championship last weekend in Pittsburgh. Trapp had two goals, including a game-winning score, and two assists in six games. Projansky had seven points for Team Illinois, which went 6-0.


The Mr. SHS contest is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Pick up tickets for $5 at the Superstore.

The AP Art and Advanced Photography Show concludes today in the East Glass Commons and Room 7096. The show is open during the school day, and there will be a public reception tonight from 7-9 p.m.

The girls lacrosse team is having a fundraiser at Roti Mediterranean Grill from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The team will get 20% of all food purchased during the three-hour event. Roti is located at 1240 E. Route 45 in Vernon Hills. Look for the fundraiser flyer in the girls lacrosse web page at

Prom tickets are now on sale at the Superstore and online. The cost is $80 per ticket. SHS students bringing someone from another school must turn in a completed Dance Guest Approval Form, along with a photocopy ID of their guest. You can pick up the guest approval form at the Superstore. Click here to order tickets online.

Students and staff are invited to the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium at SHS on Friday. (There is no school on Friday.) Admission is free. Stop by between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to check out exhibits, attend workshops and receive hands-on training. The focus of the symposium is sustainability in the school environment. For more information, go to

Buy breakfast at SHS, and you might win a prize! Students who buy a breakfast item in the East or West cafeteria between now and mid-May are eligible to enter a drawing for free prizes. The grand prize is a mountain bike. There also will be 10 iTunes cards ($10 value each) given away. The contest is sponsored by Sodexo.


Interactive Gamers Club meets Thursday 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


Archery Club will practice today after school until 5 p.m. in the Field House.

New IM club starting soon!IM Skateboard Club is back and everyone is welcome to join. Come to the informational meeting Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2506. The club will start meeting April 24. Visit the website and register online at You can also visit the PREP office, Room 3040, for more information.


Senior Athletes: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering the Pursuit of Excellence Scholarship from the Sigma Nu fraternity to incoming male freshmen. See Naviance Scholarships for more information. The deadline to submit applications is May 1.

Seniors planning to attend CLC this fall:  The College of Lake County Foundation is offering the CLC Superintendent’s Scholarship, which will cover tuition and fees for the 2014-15 school year. This scholarship is awarded to the SHS senior who has earned the most credits. (In the case of a tie, the scholarship will be awarded to the student with the highest unweighted GPA.). If you have already submitted your CLC application, you will automatically be considered for this award. If you haven’t yet applied to CLC, you have until Monday to be considered for the scholarship.


If you are interested in marketing, promotions or media relations as a career, there is an available summer internship at a local non-profit. You must have strong writing skills, knowledge of social media platforms and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, as well as reliable transportation. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for an application.

Interested in a culinary career? Want to know what it is like to be a pastry chef?  There is a summer opportunity available to intern at a Chicago restaurant. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC for more details.

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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