Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Career Fair for Students Wednesday Night

Stevenson’s Career Exploration Opportunities (CEO) program holds a career fair for students every two years. The next Career Fair is Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum and West Commons areas of the West Building. More than 65 representatives from fields such as medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, management, advertising, fashion, finance, technology will be on hand. The professionals will talk with students not only about their jobs, but can answer other questions, including which college or courses are best for their field. Students and parents driving to the fair can park in lot B for easiest access to the West Building. Admission is free.

Chess Team Wins Evanston Invitational

The SHS chess team took first place in the Evanston Invitational last weekend, and was the only one out of approximately 40 teams to finish with a perfect score. The four-round tournament was a state-qualifying tournament, and Stevenson’s strong showing placed it in the running for the No. 1 seed in Illinois.

Players winning all four of their matches were freshmen Alex Bian, Conrad Oberhaus and James Wei, and sophomore Sritej Vontikommu. Other members of the team are: senior Phillip Engstrom, junior Allen Guo, and sophomores Rahul Dhiman and Adit Ghosh. Vincent Springer is the head coach, and Scott Oliver is his assistant.

Two Students Earn Honors at Wheeling Speech Tournament

Sophomore Serena Goldberg tied for fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking at Saturday’s Wheeling Speech Tournament. Junior Allison Bell, in her first-ever speech competition, tied for sixth in Prose Reading.

Political Action Club Pushes GOTV Effort

Not only has the Political Action Club been busy preparing for tonight’s online election special on CitizenU.org, but the group also has been active in get-out-the-vote efforts for both candidates in the 10th Congressional District campaign. As part of the Mikva Challenge Day of Action in Lake, Cook and DuPage counties on Saturday, club members made more than 2,800 phone calls and knocked on more than 700 doors for both candidates. In all, Mikva Challenge student activists from the three counties made more than 5,200 personal voter contacts for Republican and Democratic 10th Congressional and gubernatorial candidates on the last weekend of the campaign.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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CSN Chicago to Carry Playoff Game; Advertisers Needed

Stevenson’s football playoff game against Loyola on Saturday will be broadcast live by Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Local businesses interested in advertising during the broadcast need to contact SHS Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at 847-415-4226 or tbetthauser@d125.org by noon Wednesday. The commercial options are: $800 for a 60-second commercial, $400 for 30 seconds and $200 for 15 seconds. There also is a 10-second billboard that will include a company logo for $150. Also, businesses can purchase space in the ticker that runs on the lower-third of the screen during the event for $150. The game will be carried throughout the Chicago area on every cable and satellite provider, plus 23 other Midwest markets.

Football Alum Weisman Adds to Legacy at Iowa

Mark Weisman (Class of 2010) continues to climb the record charts for the University of Iowa football team. The senior running back scored ran for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns during the Hawkeyes’ 48-7 rout of Northwestern on Saturday, his fifth straight game with one or more rushing TDs. Weisman has 29 career rushing touchdowns, the third-most in school history. He moved into eighth place in career rushing yards with 2,311, passing Shonn Greene and Ronnie Harmon. He is one of only eight Hawkeyes with 2,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing TDs.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Political Action Club Plans Live Election Night Special

The Political Action Club will broadcast live election coverage from a student perspective tonight from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Stevenson Broadcast Network (via High School Cube) and at citizenu.org. The program will include student-produced segments on what to expect from today’s midterm elections, as well as live analysis of the results.

Students Invited to Be Part of Stained Glass Committee

As part of Stevenson’s 50th anniversary, numerous parent and student organizations have commissioned an artist to create a large stained glass window above the Sports Center entrance. Any SHS students who are interested in being part of the committee to review the proposals, in being a member of the design/hiring committees, and attending weekend field trips to the stained glass studio, please complete this survey. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

Online Ticket Sales for “Cabaret” Underway

Tickets for the fall musical, “Cabaret,” are available online through the SHS Web Store. Tickets are $10 each. “Cabaret” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14-15, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 16.

Share Your Halloween Photos Today

It’s time for the second annual Ambassador Yearbook Halloween Photo Contest!  Students, upload your scary images today to ReplayIt. The ReplayIt App is also available for your smartphone. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. Photos will be featured in the 50th Anniversary Ambassador Yearbook.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, songs lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to jbarnabee@d125.org along with your name and ID number.

CLUB NEWS

Looking to earn some volunteering hours? Want a free breakfast? Join us! Interact Club will be meeting Thursday morning from 7:20-7:50 in Room 2115-2117 (behind the lecture halls). We will share several exciting volunteering opportunities available in the next few months. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and make new friends! New members are always welcome … and you can have bagels and cream cheese for breakfast! Contact the sponsor, Ms. Smith, via email with questions: nbsmith@d125.org.

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? Do you want an opportunity to earn some service hours? Do you want free food? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then come join the Sustainability Council! Last spring, Green Team and SAVE came together to participate in the green initiative of renewing Stevenson’s LEED Gold certification. Now they have merged to make one club that would include the work days of SAVE and the school/community green initiatives of Green Team. Green Team + SAVE= Sustainability Council! The Sustainability Council meets every Monday from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. Come join us! For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at slafrancis@d125.org.

Help Animal Welfare club and Jamie Daigler (as part of his Eagle Scout project) collect supplies for PAWS, a local animal shelter. Donations may include pet food, blankets, animal toys, towels or gift cards. Boxes are located inside the Point, Sports Center and Field House entrances.

Gay Straight Alliance meets today after school in Room 6012.

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today, Wednesday and Thursday in the East ILC. Come and participate in one or more of 14 different events that span from humorous to dramatic acting, from prose and poetry to original speech writing, from impromptu and political speeches to radio broadcasts. New members, both experienced and inexperienced, are always welcome! Be a part of a friendly team where you’ll have fun and learn life-long, valuable communication skills!

The Ambassador yearbook club meets today after school in Room 2712.

Chess Club meets today in Room 7022 from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

Write Club meets Wednesday after school in Room 7018. The club features creative writing contests, poetry, fiction, college application essay help, and snacks.

ATHLETICS

The boys swimming and diving team will hold an informational meeting today in the pool balcony at 3:45. Please contact Coach Hartman at ghartman@d125.org if you cannot attend.

Attention sophomore boys basketball candidates: There will be a very important meeting at 3:40 today in Room 2900 for all those interested in trying out for the winter season. It is critical that you attend this meeting if you want to try out. If you cannot make the meeting, you must see Coach Hess in the ILC if you plan to try out.

An information meeting for girls bowling will take place at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 2002. Please contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org if you cannot attend.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Wednesday in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at http://www2.d125.org/im/climbing.html.

The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 Wednesday, November 12 in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at http://www2.d125.org/im.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: All scholarships that come to our attention will be listed in Naviance under “Scholarship List.” Scholarships will be posted throughout the school year, so check the site often. If you have any questions, please stop by the College/Career Center in Room 1123.

Juniors and seniors: We are coming to the end of this year’s college and university visits. The remaining colleges visiting Stevenson will be: Lincoln College, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Procedures to sign-up through Naviance: 1) Find the list of upcoming college visits on your Naviance page. 2) Sign-up for the specific college on Naviance. 3) Print the sign-up confirmation page. 4) Put your ID number on the page. 5) Have the page signed by your classroom teacher at least two days prior to the visit and bring it to the College/Career Center on the day of the visit. 6) Bring the signed page to the CCC on the day of the college visit. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Lewis University will be hosting its 10th annual Aviation Career Conference on Saturday, November 22. This is an opportunity for students to talk to professionals who work in the aviation industry. More information and registration can be obtained at www.lewisu.edu.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Half of all Illinois public school students considered low income

Emanuel preschool plan could double cost, boost investor profits

Chicago gas stations fight to sell flavored cigarettes closer to schools

What’s the key to better school food? Lose these seven ingredients

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

29 states have cut per-pupil spending since 2008

College endowments see double-digit returns for second year in a row

Florida eliminates special diploma option for students with disabilities

Marysville students return amid grief, outpouring of support

Should wealthy towns be able to secede from higher-poverty school districts?

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