Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Former Board Members Earn Heritage Awards
Two former District 125 Board of Education members were honored Monday night with the Heritage Award, given annually to individuals who have made a significant impact on Stevenson High School. Diane Holder, the third-longest serving board member in district history, and Les Raff, who served as board president for seven years, received their awards at the school board’s monthly meeting. Several other Heritage Award recipients were present for the ceremony.

Holder served for 25 years from 1983 to 2008, and was vice president of the board for several years. She was elected to the board in 1983 — receiving the most votes in a five-person race — and was re-elected six times. Only two people have served longer in the school’s 43-year history: Current board members Merv Roberts, who has been on the board since 1981, and Terry Moons, who joined in 1985.

Holder first moved into District 125 in 1975, and her three children all graduated from Stevenson. She spent three years on the District 96 School Board, from 1978-81. She also rose through the teaching ranks to become principal of Aptakisic-Tripp Junior High School, and finished her career as District 102’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction before retiring in 2006.

Raff served on the board from 1995 to 2011, and was president from 2000 to 2007. He had served as vice president prior to succeeding Roberts as president. He was elected in November 1995 to the seat formerly held by William Gehl. Raff had two children graduate from Stevenson.

As president, he successfully faced a number of challenges, including the 2002 tax-rate referendum, the retirements of two superintendents and the hiring of their replacements (including our current superintendent), and dealing with various issues related to the school reaching its peak enrollment in 2005.

Student Improv Troupe Performing Thursday Night
The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improve troupe, will perform its final show of the year at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free and the show will run for less than an hour. Alumni are scheduled to perform with the group.

Despite Falling Short With Foreigner, Choir Hits High Note
Stevenson choir students won’t be performing with Foreigner next month, but Choral Director Alice Nuteson is thrilled that they were among finalists for the honor. “It’s something that we really did pretty quickly, on a whim, so to even make it that far was exciting,” Nuteson told the Lincolnshire Review. Elk Grove High School will take the stage to sing with Foreigner on its top hit, “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson 15, Vernon Hills 7: In the Stadium, the Patriots beat the Cougars in the first round of the Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association state playoffs. The Patriots (9-13) will play host to Glenbard West in the second round at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. – IHSWLA.org

Boys Lacrosse
Stevenson 9, Waubonsie Valley 5: The Patriots (14-6) won their Illinois High School Lacrosse Association Class A state playoff opener in the Stadium. On Thursday, SHS is scheduled to face the winner of the first-round matchup between Evanston and St. Ignatius.

Softball
Stevenson 13, Mundelein 9: Taylor Koenigs, Abby O’Connor and Lexi Yonkovic all homered to lead a 17-hit attack for the Patriots (17-14, 5-5). Koenigs went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs. Yonkovic and Jordan Cortesi had three hits apiece. The game was a see-saw affair, with SHS rallying from an 8-6 deficit to score four runs in the fifth inning to take control. The Pats added three insurance runs in the seventh. – Daily Herald (linescore)

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. Libertyville, 25-23, 22-25, 27-25: Grant Maleski led the Patriots (16-18, 5-5) to their third straight win with 11 kills and Connor Perlin added eight. Timothy Park had 24 digs. Setters Nicholas Perozzi and Jeffrey Wang had 18 and 15 assists, respectively. – Daily Herald (stats)

Baseball
Lake Forest 12, Stevenson 2: The host Scouts scored seven runs in the fifth inning to break open a 5-2 game. The Patriots fell to 11-13. – @SHS_Baseball1

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Graduation cap and gown pick-up is today until 3:30 p.m. by the College/Career Center, in the lower lobby of the West Building. You must show your student ID or a valid driver’s license to receive your cap, gown and tassel.

2014 yearbooks will be distributed today and Wednesday. Juniors and seniors can pick up their yearbook during lunch periods today. Freshmen and sophomores can pick up their yearbook during lunch periods on Wednesday. Get your yearbook at the Patriot Lobby in the West Building or in front of the Performing Arts Center. Please bring your school ID.

Visual Image Photography (VIP) will visit Stevenson for senior portrait (Class of 2015) sign-up today and Wednesday from 10:45-3:30 in the Patriot Lobby. You can sign up by phone at 847-499-9300 or 800-577-9570, or online at studio.il.vipis.com. You can also scan the QR code on any sign-up poster featured on bulletin boards throughout the school.

Summer reading assignments for English classes are availablefor students who will be attending SHS during the 2014-15 school year. Check them out at www.d125.org/summer_reading.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Senior Class Party! The cost is $40 and you must complete the form on the PPA website. Forms may be turned into the Patriot Superstore.

If you have already signed up for the Senior Class Party, please stop by the Patriot Lobby during lunch on Tuesday or Wednesday to sign up for your bus. If you want to sit with your friends, you will need to sign up together. Seat sign-up will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. If you don’t sign up, you will be assigned to a bus. If you need to cancel, please stop by and let the PPA know. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

All PE lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Tuesday, June 3. Locks will be cut off on Wednesday, June 4, and any remaining items left behind will be donated to local charities.

Before leaving for the summer, please check out the Lost and Found boxes for any lost items. Stop by Room 5024 in the East Building (by the Field House) and Room 2416 in the West Building.

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Guitar Club meets today 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 jkramer@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Interested in veterinary medicine as a career? The Anti-Cruelty Society Veterinary Mentoring Program could be for you. Applications are being accepted for the 2014-15 school year. Please see Mrs. Willock in the CCC for an application.

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.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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