Friday, November 14, 2014

Feedback Sought on Stained Glass Window Designs

All 11 design proposals for the SHS 50th anniversary commemorative stained glass window are on display in the Information and Learning Center through Friday, November 21. Students, staff and the community are invited to provide feedback on the proposals to help guide the hiring and design committee.

As part of the school’s 50th anniversary celebration, several parent and student organizations are commissioning an artist or studio to help design and create a four-panel stained glass window that will be placed above the Sports Center entrance. The selected studio will be asked to capture the ideas presented by SHS student Sabrina Zhang’s design that was submitted for the 50th anniversary logo contest. Although the window design doesn’t have to be an exact representation, artists are asked to honor the spirit of Zhang’s image, which reflects the school’s mission of “Success For Every Student,” plus its history and diversity.

The stained glass studios submitting proposals were: Art and Glass Studio of Wheaton; Botti Studio of Architectural Arts from Evanston; Colored Smith of Riverside; Conrad Schmitt Studios in New Berlin, Wisconsin; Circle Studio in Chicago; Flying Glass Studio of Grafton, Wisconsin; Gilbertson’s Stained Glass Studio from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Larry Zgoda Studio in Chicago; Radina Glass Studio of Aurora; Solstice Art Source in Chicago; and Suevel Studios in Arlington Heights.

Choral Groups to Sing at Benefit Concert for Foundation, MYA

Stevenson’s Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers will join the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra for a holiday concert extravaganza on Saturday, December 13. There will be two performances, at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, with one ticket covering an entire family. Tickets can be ordered at

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Stevenson High School Foundation and Midwest Young Artists. A wide range of holiday music will be performed, celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. There also will be a performance of “Let it Go” from the animated film Frozen.

The Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra is composed of students from area high schools who have completed a rigorous audition process. The concerts will feature arrangements by MYA choral faculty member Gary Fry, who is the Emmy Award-winning composer behind the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Welcome Yule!” performances.

Fry has worked with Stevenson’s choral program before. Last year, he was commissioned by the Fine Arts Division and Choral Guild to write “The Things That Are To Be,” a song inspired by the words of Adlai E. Stevenson II, the school’s namesake. The song made its debut at last December’s Choral Concert.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 9, New Trier 0: Matt Poetker rolled a 715 series to lead the Patriots in their season-opening match at Classic Bowl in Morton Grove. Poetker recorded games of 265, 258 and 192. Richy Zenner had a trio of games over 200 (227, 212, 203) as part of a 642 series. Eddie Mendrala added a 258 game and a 629 series. The Patriots outscored the Trevians, 3,006-2,371, over three games.

Boys Ice Hockey

Rockford 6, Stevenson 1

Crowded Campus Scene Set for Saturday

Stevenson’s campus will be buzzing Saturday, as three major sporting events will take place. The Patriot football team takes on New Trier at 1 p.m., several hours after the start of two other gatherings. SHS is a host site for an Illinois High School Association girls swimming and diving sectional that includes 12 schools (click here to check results later Saturday), and the fencing program opens its season with the annual Stevenson Fencing Invitational in the Field House.

Stevenson vs. Simeon Hoops Debate

The first basketball game hasn’t been played yet, but the debate is already underway: Should Stevenson or Simeon be No. 1 in the preseason rankings? Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times makes the case for both schools.

Following Coach’s Plan Pays Off for Oh

This week’s Lincolnshire Review includes an article about senior Sammy Oh and the path he took to finish sixth at last weekend’s state cross country meet. Oh trusted that head coach Scott Summers’ plan at the start of the season would pay off, and it did in a big way: Oh posted a personal-best time of 14 minutes, 33.18 seconds in the state final, the third-fastest run in school history. “Some schools try for their best times along the way in the season,” Sommers told the paper. “That’s not how we do it here. We set up a practice routine and I kept telling him if it works in practice, it will work in the races.”

Bright Outlook for Girls Volleyball Team

Four of the top six players from the regional champion girls volleyball team are expected to return in 2015. Leading the way will be Jori Radtke, who as a sophomore racked up 346 kills, the highest single-season total in head coach Tim Crow’s 13 seasons. “I can’t say enough about what a competitor Jori is,” Crow told the Lincolnshire Review. “She was willing as a sophomore to put everything on her shoulders. I really like this group. It was amazing to see the growth from the beginning of the season.”

Volleyball Alum Earns Rookie of the Week Honors Again

For the third time this season, 2014 graduate Khaila Donaldson has been named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. Donaldson, a freshman on the Howard University women’s volleyball team, recorded 23 kills and 22 digs in a pair of victories last weekend against Morgan State and Coppin State, helping the Bison earn a share of the MEAC Northern Division title.


Mandatory Meeting for All Sophomores Monday

Sophomores: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period on Monday. You must attend this meeting even if you have a club. Counselor locations will be posted throughout the school.

FMP Mentor Informational Meetings November 21

Sophomores and juniors interested in being student mentors in the FMP program during the 2015-16 school year are invited to attend an informational meeting during all lunch periods (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B) in the Recital Hall on Friday, November 21.

ILC Celebrating Diwali With Henna Painting Today

The ILC and the Indian Student Association are celebrating Diwali on Friday. The ILC will have henna painting during the lunch periods.

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.


Today after school in Room 1500 the Interactive Gamers Club will host its annual Commander tournament. The cost is $10, and students will receive one pre-constructed deck to play with. New players always welcome!

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

Are you passionate about environmental, social, and economic sustainability? The Green Team and SAVE have merged and become Sustainability Council. Come join us Mondays from 3:40-4:40 p.m. in Room 2430. For more information, contact sponsor Sarah LaFrancis in Gold Student Services or at

Do you like geography and learning about different countries? Geography Club meets Monday after school in Room 7004.

Anime Club meets Monday in Room 2113 at 3:30. For more information, contact Mrs. Praljak at

Meteorology Club meets Monday at 3:45 in Room 2118. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at


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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