Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Junior Joins Perfect ACT Club

Jeffry Zheng recently became the fourth member of the Class of 2016 to earn a perfect score on the ACT exam. He earned a 36 on the exam, which was given February 7. He is the 23rd current Stevenson student to have recorded a perfect ACT score.

Spring One-Act Plays, Directors Selected

The student directors and playwrights have been selected for the one-act plays that will be performed in May. The playwrights and their works (with directors in parenthesis) are: Allison Phillips, Beat the World (Dana Sussman); Jianna Lubotsky, Bullet Proof (Abbie Brenner), I’m Okay (Claire Katz-Mariani), and Why I Stay (Hannah Behm); Ray Weisz, Roller Coaster (Emma Harmon); Jonah Rawitz, Super Kid (Julia Czoch); Abbie Brenner, Like Mother, Like Daughter (Josie Hannon-Geller). In addition, three students will have monologues: Scott Weinberg, Washington; Jonah Rawitz, Tough (Emi Naidoff); and Megan Rivkin, States of Mind (Maya Cohen). Auditions will be held March 16-17.

Alum Starting Group to Help Those With Eating Disorders

Mallory Silberman, a 2013 Stevenson graduate, is starting a new nonprofit organization, the Eating Disorders Mentoring Association. Silberman, who has recovered from bulimia, is seeking to help people who have eating disorders connect with others who have walked in their shoes and can provide advice. She talked with Pioneer Press about her new initiative.

Summer School Registration Site Will Be Down Briefly

The summer school registration website will be unavailable between noon and 2 p.m. today due to programming work.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Swimming Alum Sets Personal Best for Wisconsin

Madison Blaydes, a 2013 Stevenson graduate and sophomore swimmer for the University of Wisconsin, set a personal-record time of 1:56.90 in the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke at the Big Ten Championships last week. Her time also was the sixth-fastest in school history. She finished 12th in the conference finals.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Project Dance Registration Deadline Sunday

The deadline to register for Project Dance is Sunday. Project Dance is a school-wide fundraiser that helps the Riverside Foundation and the Kids In Need Fund. This year’s goal is $40,000. You can sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team that already exists. If enough students sign up by Sunday, there will be a giant laser tag inflatable battle zone at the dance. Click here to register.

New College Essay Workshop Coming This Summer

Do you want help with your college essays? Would you like to complete most of the work before senior year so you can enjoy the fall? Register for the new college essay workshop offered this summer! The first week of each semester, you can come and get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for your college applications. Get suggestions and feedback. Finish this over the summer before senior year begins! Register for this new summer school workshop. See your counselor and sign up!

Pass on the Beat Holding iPod Drive for Charity

Pass on the Beat is holding an iPod drive to support Music and Memory, an organization that works to help Alzheimer’s patients and people with special needs. Collection will take place in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods today and Thursday. All Apple music players in working condition will be accepted. Chargers are not required, but appreciated. Please contact Caitlin McGovern at cmcgovern@d125.org with questions.

NHS Blood Drive Registration Deadline Friday

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. The drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You must be at least 17 years of age and weigh 110 pounds or more to participate. Online registration is available at www.stevensonblooddrive.wikispaces.com and will close Friday. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. If you are 17 years old, you will need a parent permission form. Sign up at this Facebook event page to spread the love. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type!

Mr. SHS Applications Due By Friday

Senior boys are invited to apply for the annual Mr. SHS contest, which will be held Friday, April 17 in the Performing Arts Center. Applications are due by this Friday. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office. Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. All seniors are invited to audition to emcee the event. Click here to download the Mr. SHS 2015 Emcee Application Packet (PDF), or pick one up at the Student Activities Office.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s on Thursday

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove from 3-10 p.m. Thursday. Culver’s will donate 20% of the group’s sales; just mention Choral Guild when ordering.

300 Club Applications Due by March 6

Seniors with 300 or more service hours accumulated during their high school years are invited to apply for recognition in the 300 Club at graduation. 300 Club members will receive a special tassel to be worn at their graduation ceremony. Applications are due in the Student Activities Office by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6. Click here for application information.

Odyssey 2016 Logo Design Contest for Students

The 2016 Odyssey Committee is holding a logo design contest with a $250 prize for Stevenson High School students. The new Odyssey logo will be used school-wide for all publicity, T-shirts and mailings for our biennial two-day fine arts festival that takes place in February 2016. Deadline for submission of entries to the Fine Arts Division Office is March 6. Entries should be dropped off in person to Room 6076 in a sealed envelope between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Open this document for details. If anyone has questions, please contact Mr. Grice, Fine Arts Director, at jgrice@d125.org.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

Sign up for Operation Snowball weekend registration is now open through Wednesday, March 4. The Snowball weekend will be March 13-15, and sign-up sheets can be picked up in Student Activities, 7080 or 2628. Please see Mr. Mazzuca in 2628 if you have any questions.

Showcase Tickets On Sale Until March 6

Ticket sales for Showcase 2015 run every school day through Friday, March 6 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2015 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)

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 www.clcillinois.edu/programs/egr/options/engineering-pathways or pathways@clcillinois.edu. The deadline to participate is Friday.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. today in Room 2113. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at http://www2.d125.org/im/dodgeball.html.

CLUB NEWS

Students interested in creating artwork for the fine arts events posters can attend the Poster Design Club meeting today at 3:40 p.m. or Thursday at 7:40 a.m. in Room 6008. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Grice at jgrice@d125.org.

The Video Game Club is back! We meet on Thursdays after school in Room 6072 from 3:45-5:45. If you have questions, contact Mr. Schroeder at anschroeder@d125.org.

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

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

The Philosophy Club will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.

Freshman Class Board meets Thursday after school in the College/Career Center. New members welcome!

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

CAREER EXPLORATION

Now accepting 2014-15 career shadow applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment.

 

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