Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Junior to Appear on Episode of “Sirens” Tonight

Junior Jonah Rawitz will be appearing on the USA Network TV show “Sirens” at 9 p.m. tonight. He will be playing the son of former Saturday Night Live cast member Nora Dunn. Here is a brief promo for tonight’s episode. “Sirens,” which is in its second season, focuses on the lives of three Chicago emergency medical technicians. Comedian Denis Leary is one of the show’s creators.

Science Olympiad Cleans Up on Regional Medal Stand

Monday’s Digest highlighted the Science Olympiad team’s regional championship from Saturday. Almost every SHS student participated on one first-place team. Eric Qian, Caroline Fatina and Borchueh Wu each won four first-place medals, while 12 others earned three: Alex Hong, Shravya Gogula, Katherine Liu, Hannah Yan, Teresa Mao, Kevin Cao, Jason Lu, Daniel Tao, Amber Hu, Sophia Liu, Elaine Xiao and Shu Zhang. Here is a link to all of the students who won awards at the regional.

Carpenters Tribute Group Performing at SHS Friday

The music of Karen and Richard Carpenter receives a loving tribute Friday night from Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters in a concert that is part of the Stevenson Center for the Performing Arts Professional Performance Series, sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 847-415-4121 to order tickets or buy them online.

The opening act will feature a performance by the Stevenson co-ed pop/jazz vocal group Jazz Etc. The roster will include Talia Abrams, Johnny Barboza, Kaitlin Feely, Koyomi Funahashi, Anne Grujanac, Paul Halliday, Alex Knezevic, Sam Litwin, Cynthia Liu, Alyson Low, Megan Pinkley, Matt Poetker, Jonah Rawitz, Kelvin Rim, Jamie Sergay, Jacob Shellist, Jake Singer, Nicole Westley and Emily Wynn.

Archery Team Third at Clemente Tournament

Stevenson’s archery team took third place in the Novice Division at Clemente High School’s Wildcat Tournament on Saturday, earning the first team trophy in program history. Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished first overall in the division. SHS travels to Springfield for the state archery tournament on Saturday.


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Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 79, Carmel 26; Stevenson 89, Palatine 13: Jared Borowsky, David Goncharav and Aaron Lund each won two events for the Patriots in the Field House. Borowsky captured the 1,600-meter run (4:48.1) and the 1,000 (2:43.8), and also finished second in the 3,200 (10:16.4). Goncharav won the 300 dash (39.7) and 160 dash (19.4). Lund claimed the 55-meter high hurdles (8.3) and 55-meter intermediate hurdles (8.1). Other winners included Sammy Oh in the 3,200 (9:48), Tim Vestuto in the 55 dash (6.6), and Matt Poetker in the shot put (42-10). SHS also won the 640 relay (1:18.7). Runner-up finishes came from Jake Calamari in the 55 high hurdles (8.9), Jordan Eng in the 300 dash (40.5), Cade Gilbert in shot put (41-2), John Worwa in the high jump (5-2), and Daniel Rong in the 55 intermediate hurdles (8.4)

Boys Basketball Supersectional Tonight

Stevenson takes on Riverside-Brookfield at 7 o’clock tonight in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Boys Basketball Supersectional in the Jones Convocation Center at Chicago State University. Google Map for CSU The game features one team that is accustomed to the spotlight, and one hoping to take center stage. SHS (27-3) is in the supersectional for the third straight year, and fifth time in school history. The Patriots finished third in the state last year after placing second in 2013. The Bulldogs (28-3) are making their first supersectional appearance after winning their first sectional championship on Friday. Patriot fans attending the game are asked to wear green and gold. If you can’t make the game, it will be streamed live by the IHSA through the National Federal of High Schools Network at this link. As with Friday’s Waukegan Sectional final, the broadcast is free for Xfinity subscribers, but requires a fee from all others. You can purchase a 24-hour viewing pass for $9.99; other options also are available. The game will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 100 as the CN100 Game of the Week at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Visit cn100.tv for additional air dates and times. You can also watch the game anytime with Xfinity On Demand. Here are some game previews by Chicago-area media outlets: High School Cube | Chicago Tribune | Daily Herald ($) | Pioneer Press

Brunson Named Sun-Times Player of the Year

Jalen Brunson has been selected as the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season. He is the first Stevenson boys basketball player to earn the honor. Through the first 29 games of the season, Brunson was averaging 23 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. He is four points away from becoming the all-time leading scorer in Lake County boys basketball history. Brunson talked about how freshman-year struggles led him to commit fully to the sport, and intensified his work ethic to a higher level. Growing four inches, from 5-foot-10 to his current 6-2, also helped raise his game. Brunson also told the newspaper that he almost didn’t attend Stevenson. In fact, he was planning to enroll at Loyola Academy, but after playing basketball with teammate Connor Cashaw in eighth grade, decided to come to SHS.

Two Patriots Win State Frosh-Soph Wrestling Titles

Sophomores Ben Ponto and Nikita Nepomnyashchiy won their weight classes at the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Freshman/Sophomore State Wrestling Championships in Springfield. Ponto claimed the 132-pound title while Nepomnyashchiy captured the 160-pound crown. Two other Patriot wrestlers qualified for the event, which was held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Sophomore Robert Pavlovics finished fourth at 152 pounds, and freshman Muzi Sitshela won two of his four matches at 113.


Supersectional Ticket, Pep Bus Information

Tickets for tonight’s supersectional boys basketball game at Chicago State University are available for $8 in the Patriot Superstore. You can get tickets in the Superstore until 1:30. The game starts at 7 o’clock. For $15, students can purchase a combo ticket which includes admission and transportation to and from the game on a pep bus. To ride the pep bus, students must turn in a signed permission form when purchasing tickets. Click HERE to download the permission form. Permission forms also will be available at the Superstore and Athletic Office. The pep buses will load at the Sports Center, parking lot E, at 4 p.m. We strongly encourage students to take the pep bus. The venue is located south of the city and traffic will be heavy during rush hour.

Auditions for Spring One Acts Today

Auditions for the student-written, student-directed, and student-acted Spring One Acts are today at 3:45 p.m. in the West Auditorium. All the information you need to know in order to audition is available in the 2015 One Acts audition packet, which can be downloaded from the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Pull up the packet, read the packet, print the audition form/permission slip, have your parent or guardian sign the permission slip, sign up for auditions on the Theatre Information board outside of the Studio Theatre (Room 2204), then prepare for your audition, and bring your signed permission slip to the audition. If you have any questions contact Ms. Lynch in the Studio Theatre.

Buffalo Grove Candidates to Debate at SHS Thursday

The Political Action Club and the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce are hosting public debates Thursday night featuring the two candidates for Buffalo Grove village president, and the six people running for three Buffalo Grove village board trustee positions. The debate starts at 7 p.m. in Room 2104 of the West Building. A debate between trustee candidates will take place first, followed by a debate between the village president candidates. Students will serve as moderators for both debates.

Juniors Invited to Apply for Summer Health Care Internship

Does your future hold a career in health care? Current juniors are invited to apply for Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program. The program offers students valuable exposure to many medical fields. Applications are available online at: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP. The deadline to apply is April 3.

Want to Change the World? Apply to Attend We Day Illinois

Do you want to change the world? Would you like to spend a day with several thousand students who want to change the world? NHS Service Outreach invites you to apply for a ticket to We Day Illinois, which will be held April 30 at the Allstate Arena. Schools are invited to attend, but are only offered a limited number of tickets for students. We Day tickets cannot be bought, they can only be earned. If you think you deserve to go, tell us why at this link. Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27. If you have questions, visit the Facebook group SHS We Day 2015 or email aeshsserviceoutreach@gmail.com.

Interact Club Collecting Books for Low-Income Children

Did you know that 61% of children in low-income households do not have access to books? And that millions of these children show up to kindergarten already years behind in school, becoming statistically more likely to face, in their futures, academic failure, low-income work, even trouble with the law? Interact Club would like to invite you to become part of the solution! Through Thursday, the club will be collecting children’s books for Bernie’s Book Bank, a non-profit organization that puts entire libraries in the homes of low-income children. Donate new or gently-used books (for babies through sixth-grade level) in the boxes located in English classrooms or the ILC. Email Ms. Smith at nbsmith@d125.org with questions, or to volunteer with us at the Book Bank on Saturday, March 21.

Don’t Miss Out on the Senior Class Party Cruise

Space is running out for seniors who want to attend the Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan June 3, the day before graduation. Click here to download the permission form. Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. Don’t wait too long! Less than 75 spaces are left.

Did You Lose Something? Check 2416 or 5024

Please check Rooms 2416 and 5024 for missing swim and gym bags, as well as coats and sweatshirts.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove

The Band Parents Organization is having a month-long fundraiser at the Culver’s in Buffalo Grove on McHenry Road (Route 83). Whenever you make a dine-in or carryout order, just mention “SHS Band Fundraiser” and a portion of the sale will benefit Stevenson band students.


Don’t forget that IM Dodgeball team packets are due this week! Juniors are due today, sophomores are due tomorrow, and freshman are due on Thursday. If you have any questions, come see us in Room 3040.


Today after school, come to Chinese Club in Room 2812 to learn how to play Mahjong and eat free dumplings.

Attention all animal lovers: The next meeting of Animal Welfare Club is after school today in Room 2500. Come meet and hang out with Monty, the therapy dog.  We will have petitions and information on many animal rights organizations. Also, bring in pet supplies (blankets, towels, pet food, pet toys) for donation to Orphans of the Storm and earn an hour of community service.

David Hilbert, professor of philosophy at UIC, will speak to Philosophy Club after school on Thursday. Hilbert will be presenting a talk on color and philosophy of perception. All faculty and students are welcome! Philosophy Club meets in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at mpatton@d125.org.


Interested in a career in pharmacy? Available over Spring Break? The Career Exploration Program has an opportunity for a student to shadow a pharmacist over break. Please contact Mrs. Willock at dwillock@d125.org for more details.

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.


PREP is excited to team up with The Olive Tap for Cooking with Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegar. This class will be at The Olive Tap in Long Grove from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Join us and learn how to incorporate premium Olive Oils and balsamic vinegar into your kitchen. Students will have an opportunity to taste several dishes where the flavors and textures of premium grade olive oil and balsamic vinegar are used. For more information or to register, click here.

Spring is almost here and that means it’s time to start thinking about gardening. This session PREP is offering a series of three gardening classes to help you in the garden. Join us for the first one on March 25: Simple Garden and Landscape Design for the Homeowner. In this class, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners will get you ready to design, upgrade or add a new garden area to your landscape this spring. Visit https://registration.xenegrade.com/shsprep/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=1490 for more details and to reserve your spot in this class!


Sprague principal among area educators receiving Golden Apple honors (DH – $)

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Hinsdale South student claims harassment from District 86 board member

Ridgewood High students face charges over nude photos

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Mundelein High assistant principal selected to lead Fenton High School (DH – $)

Springfield school board extends superintendent’s contract, questions teacher dress

UIC, University of Chicago celebrate unity in Obama library bids

Elgin Community College banning smoking on campus at end of March (DH – $)

Peoria brothers, 14 and 17, attending Knox College together


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A new idea to attract good teachers to poor, rural schools

Penn State University fraternity suspended over secret Facebook page

Davidson math students lend a hand to basketball team


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