Wednesday, November 12, 2014

SHS Model UN Earns 12 Awards at Brown University

Stevenson’s Model United Nations club traveled to Providence, Rhode Island last weekend for Brown University’s annual high school conference. About 900 students took part in the three-day event, mostly attended by prep and private schools from the Northeast. Stevenson brought 24 students.

The conference included several United Nations committees (on which SHS students represented the Netherlands, Yemen or Kyrgyzstan), and also small committees of historical and local or national interest in which students simulated a specific individual.

Stevenson students came home with 12 awards and recognitions. Aileen Acuna earned Best Delegate honors for her work in the Nigerian People’s Democracy. Three other students received Outstanding Delegate standing: Karen Whisler (Argentine Opposition 1973), Pat DeMichele (Venice Council of 10), and Natalie Wu (Nepal’s Constituent Assembly). Marco Laudati was selected as Commendation Delegate in the Delian League, and Serene Goldberg was honored for her efforts representing Yemen on the UN Disarmament Committee.

Students receiving verbal commendations included Erin Knapton, Nichole Bacher, Andrew Jin, Olivia Nye, Ananditha Raghunath and Max Weiss.


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Football Welcomes New Trier for State Quarterfinals

Stevenson’s football team will compete in the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state quarterfinals for the third time in the last four seasons when it plays host to New Trier at 1 p.m. Saturday. Stevenson enters the game with an 11-0 record, while New Trier is 10-1. The winner of Saturday’s game will face Glenbard West or Barrington in the state semifinals. The gates will open Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Parking will be limited due to the IHSA girls swimming and diving sectional, and the Stevenson Fencing Invitational. Overflow parking will be available at the Quill Corporation headquarters on Schelter Road, just off Route 22/Half Day Road. Buses will transport spectators to and from the Stadium.

Football Alum Earns Division III Academic Honor

Jonathan Way, a 2012 Stevenson graduate who plays defensive back for the Washington University football team, was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District 5 Division III first team. Way, a two-time selection on the All-University Athletic Association Academic Team, has a 3.76 grade point average. He is a double-major in finance, and economics and strategy.

NIU Volleyball Clinches MAC West Title With Alum’s Help

Jenna Radtke (Class of 2013) registered six blocks (one solo, five assisted) as the Northern Illinois University women’s volleyball team beat Western Michigan, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15, last week to clinch the Mid-American Conference West Division title. The division championship is the second in the past four seasons for the Huskies, who are 20-8 overall and 13-1 in the MAC.


Monday’s Digest incorrectly stated that Sammy Oh’s sixth-place finish at the IHSA Class 3A boys cross country state meet was the best showing by a Stevenson runner in 31 years. In fact, it was the highest finish by an SHS harrier in 22 years. Pat Joyce won back-to-back state titles in 1991 and 1992.


Costa Rica Trip Application Deadline Friday

Do you want to go to Costa Rica? The Stevenson Science Division is giving you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Costa Rican wilderness for nine days next June. All application materials can be found on Stevenson’s Student Travel Experiences website.  Hurry! Space is limited and applications are due Friday. Questions? Contact Mr. Carlson in the East Science Office (Room 8080) or Ms. Dean in the West Science Office (Room 1514).

Be Smart, Be Safe at Railroad Crossings

Did you know that it is illegal to cross over, under or around a railroad crossing gate when it is lowered or being raised? Someone found guilty faces a mandatory $250 fine or 25 hours of court-ordered community service for the first offense. A second offense brings a mandatory $500 fine. Many pedestrians are killed or injured each year because they misjudged the speed of an approaching train, or were fixated on a stopped train and failed to notice another coming on the opposite track.

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, and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

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 by Friday along with your name and ID number.

Turn in Senior Party Permission Forms to Superstore

Seniors: Come sail away! Don’t forget to turn in your permission form for the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey. Forms are available for download at The Senior Class Party will be held June 3. Permission forms can be turned in to the Patriot Superstore.


The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 today in Room 2113. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information visit the IM page at


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

The Speech and Drama Team meets at 3:45 today 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!


Seniors: Next fall, the College of Lake County is offering an opportunity to participate in a program called “Engineering Pathways.” More information can be obtained at or The deadline to participate is Friday, February 26.


The Stevenson Center on Democracy is looking for a media specialist intern. This position will be responsible for editing HD digital content and creating short- and full- length programming for the web and for DVDs. The student have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at or in the College/Career Center if interested.

A busy chiropractic clinic is looking for a part-time front desk coordinator as soon as possible. Visit the Student Job Connection web page to find out more and check out all the part-time and seasonal jobs available for students.

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.


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