Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stevenson and Politics On the Air Election Day

Advanced Placement Government teacher Andy Conneen was featured on WBEZ Radio Tuesday morning in a piece about efforts to get students involved in the political process. This year, about 50 SHS students served as election judges at local polling places. Conneen also co-hosted Tuesday night’s Political Action Club “Room 2B” election special with colleague Dan Larsen. The show featured reporting and analysis by several students, and also included an appearance by SHS alum and campaign consultant Brad Goodman (Class of 1999). Last night’s show was broadcast live from the Information and Learning Center. Click here to watch a replay.

Former Art Faculty Featured in Visiting Artist Gallery

This month’s Visiting Artist of the Month display features the works of several people who called Stevenson home for many years. Several former SHS art faculty members have works on display in the Lower Rotunda Gallery through December 16. They are: Julie Bentle, John DePinto, Chris Franken, Donna Stewart Hickman, Gloria Huntoon, Katie Hyken, Robin Faulkner Simunek, Kimm Stastny, Lisa Staton and Barbara Wismer. The art faculty alumni display is part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration.

SHS Parents Invited to Stand Strong Meeting

Stand Strong, the new community coalition dedicated to preventing underage drinking and drug use by youth, invites parents to attend their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. The group plans to brainstorm strategies to combat underage drinking. For more information, contact


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Glenbrook North Sectional: In a rematch of last year’s sectional semifinal, the seventh-seeded Patriots fell to No. 3 Carmel, 25-18, 25-20, ending their season with a 23-14 record. SHS hung close in both games, but the Corsairs (33-5) eventually pulled away. Carmel overcame a 10-8 deficit in the first game, and in the second game fought off the Patriots after they rallied to tie the game at 19-19. Jori Radtke led all attackers with 13 kills, and also had 5 digs and a block. Corissa Kurth passed out 17 assists, made 9 digs and added an ace. Isabella Milejczyk had 3 kills, 4 digs and an ace. Emily Braiser added 2 kills and 2 blocks. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald | High School Cube video

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 6, Stevenson 2: The Trevians prevailed at Twin Rinks. No details were available. – Scholastic Hockey

Rankings for Football, Boys Basketball

Stevenson remains No. 1 in the latest prep football rankings from the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. The Patriots’ 21-17 win over Lyons was the lead item in High School Cube’s “Inside the Huddle” roundup of first-round playoff action. Meanwhile, the SHS boys basketball team is No. 10 in the MaxPreps national preseason top 25.

Soccer Alum Earns Atlantic Sun Honor

Jack Rubin (Class of 2011), who played two years for Stevenson’s boys soccer program before sticking strictly with club, was named Atlantic Sun Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. He earned the honor after making five saves in a 2-0 win over Jacksonville that clinched a spot for his team, the University of South Carolina Upstate, in the upcoming A-Sun tournament. The shutout was Rubin’s second of the season and Upstate’s third. Rubin originally started his career at DePaul then transferred to Upstate.


Career Fair for Students Tonight in the Forum/West Commons

The Career Fair is coming to Stevenson tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Forum/West Commons. Want to know which careers match up best with your interests? Curious as to which college or courses will be best for your career choice? Learn the answer to these questions and more by attending and talking to all types of professionals in all types of careers! More than 65 representatives from medicine, law, engineering, the arts, human resources, pharmacy, management, advertising, business ownership, entrepreneurship, fashion, finance, technology and many more!

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

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.

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 along with your name and ID number.


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


The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school today in Room 6012. For more information, visit the Climbing Club page at

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


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


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 to set up an appointment.


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:

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

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today and Thursday in the East ILC.

Write Club meets today after school in Room 7018.

Sophomore Class Board will meet Thursday after school in Room 1500.

Pass on the Beat meets Thursday after school in the Band Room.

Life is tough. Law Club is the answer. Join us at 3:45 on Thursday in Room 7054. #LawClub

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

Table Tennis meets Thursday in the Lower East Commons from 3:30-6:30.


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