Monday, November 24, 2014

State Football Championship Information

For only the second time in school history, Stevenson High School will play for the state football championship. The Patriots will face Homewood-Flossmoor for the Illinois High School Association Class 8A state championship at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Illinois. The game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNetChicago.

Here is information on purchasing tickets and, for students, riding a pep bus:

Tickets: Tickets are on sale in the Patriot Superstore through Wednesday, before school and during the lunch periods. Tickets are $10 and customers can pay by cash, check, credit card, or Patriot Dollars. Tickets also will be sold on a cash-only basis in the SHS Athletic Office from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today through Wednesday.

Pep Buses: Several coach pep buses for students will be available. The cost is $25, which covers a game ticket and transportation. A signed permission form must be turned in when purchasing a pep bus ticket package. Click here to download the form. Pep bus ticket sales will end at the conclusion of the lunch periods on Wednesday. Buses will leave parking lot B at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 29 and return from Champaign after the game concludes. Students should dress warmly and bring money for food.

24-Hour Theatre Project Raises $1,380

Last weekend’s 24-Hour Theatre Project fundraiser collected $1,380 for Gilda’s Club Chicago, which provides free programs for individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by cancer. The money was raised through ticket and T-shirt sales. Two Gilda’s Club Chicago representatives were on hand for Saturday night’s performance, including the organization’s CEO. The project’s sponsors were Paula Nowak and Lauren Rawitz.

Scholastic Bowl Team Qualifies for National Tournaments

Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl teams hosted the IHSSBCA Kick-Off tournament last weekend, featuring 34 teams from 17 schools. Stevenson’s A-team placed fifth in theCompetitive Division, earning a berth for two national championship tournaments in May and June. Stevenson’s B-team took second in the Standard Division. Individually, senior Jonathon Mishory finished ninth in the Competitive Division, while junior Marco Laudati was eighth in the Standard Division.

Five Speech and Drama Team Members Win Awards

Five members of the speech and drama team earned awards at the Antioch High School speech tournament on Saturday. Junior Kayla Guo won first place in Special Occasion Speaking; freshman Bella Greenspan tied for second in Humorous Interpretation; senior Saloni Nahar tied for third in Informative Speaking; senior Avi Samuels was fourth in Oratorical Declamation; and freshman Ambika Singh took sixth in  Oratorical Declamation.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Football

Stevenson at IHSA Class 8A State Semifinal: Jack Joseph scored the game’s only touchdown with 58 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Marchese intercepted a pass in the end zone on the final play to preserve a 7-3 win over host Glenbard West. The undefeated Patriots, who won a 13th game for the first time in school history, advance to the state championship game against Homewood-Flossmoor on Saturday at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium. SHS and H-F squared off in the second game of the season, with the Pats rallying from a 24-7 deficit to claim a 33-24 victory in Flossmoor. Joseph’s TD capped an 89-yard drive that began after the SHS defense stopped the Hilltoppers (12-1) on fourth down at the Patriot 11. Stevenson stopped Glenbard West inside the 20 four times, including twice in the final 3 minutes. Offensively, Jack Sorenson caught 12 passes for 91 yards. Willie Bourbon was 21-for-36 passing for 148 yards, and had a critical 19-yard run during the scoring drive. The Patriots’ only state final appearance came in 2002, when they lost to Lockport, 35-14. – Chicago Tribune (sidebar), Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, CSN Chicago,

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 72, Rockford Boylan 61: Ashley Richardson scored a career-high 22 points, while Taylor Buford and Sophia Way added 15 and 14, respectively, for the Patriots (3-0) at the Schaumburg Thanksgiving Tournament. Richardson went 9-for-11 from the free-throw line, and also hit a 3-pointer. Way had a pair of 3-pointers. SHS led by one, 21-20, after the first quarter, then outscored Boylan 32-22 over the next two periods. – Daily Herald

Fencing

Stevenson at Catholic Memorial Invitational: In Waukesha, Wisconsin, eight Patriots earned honors, led by Jiyun (Jina) Yu, who won the women’s epee. Amelia Baumgartner finished second in the same weapon, while Nikita Jhangiani tied for third. Lisa Rosov placed second in women’s sabre. Marko Koruna and Zimo Zhu tied for third in men’s epee. In women’s foil, Kristen Rehberger took fifth and Nicole Strezewski was seventh. – Official results

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: At Evanston Township High School, none of the Patriots’ entries made the finals. SHS had three top-25 finishes in the preliminaries, led by the 400 free relay team of Ashlin Ruiz, Iza Pelka, Irune Andres and Shayna Salzman (3:36.24), which placed 22nd. Ruiz posted a personal-best time of 57.66 in the 100 butterfly, finished 23rd. She also was 23rd in the 500 freestyle (5:09.41). – Official results

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senior Shirt Pickup Tuesday

Calling all seniors: Go to Room 2104 (by the Patriot) on Tuesday before school for free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, music, and more! If you ordered a senior shirt, this is where you will come pick it up! All seniors must bring their IDs and money if they want to purchase a shirt or pay for one they pre-ordered.

Give Your Feedback on Stained Glass Window Designs

All students are invited to provide feedback on the design proposals for the stained glass window that will be installed over the Sports Center entrance next semester as part of the school’s 50th anniversary. You can stop by the ILC and offer feedback on design proposals through Wednesday. Bring your iPad to complete the online survey, which will offer the Steering Committee valuable feedback as it moves forward with the hiring process.

Testing Center Closing Early Next Wednesday

The Testing Center will close at 2:30 on Wednesday.

CLUB NEWS

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

Heard stories about pit bulls? Think all pit bulls are aggressive? Animal Welfare Club invites you to come hear a presentation from “It’s a Pittie Rescue,” an animal rescue group for pit bulls. Learn more about pit bulls and interact with a pit bull that is a certified therapy dog. We will be meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2115.

Chinese Club invites you to play Mahjong, an authentic and popular game in China. Come enjoy the game and Chinese food with us in Room 2812 on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesday after school in Room 6012.

The Speech and Drama Team meet at 3:45 Tuesday in the East ILC.

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

COLLEGE NEWS

Juniors and seniors: Grand Canyon University, Saint Mary’s University (Minnesota) and the University of South Alabama will be visiting Stevenson the first week in December. Procedures to sign-up: 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.

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.

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.

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 must have access to good HD digital editing equipment. The pay is $10 per hour. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org or in the College/Career Center if interested.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Los Angeles school district to pay $139M to victims abused by teacher

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Nonprofit program expands access to AP courses in Colorado

What it costs to attend private high schools across the country

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