Tuesday, September 8, 2015

NHS Looks to Make a Splash at Spirit Fest

If you think there’s nothing new at Spirit Fest this year, then you’re all wet. The National Honor Society’s annual fundraiser returns Saturday with several new attractions, plus an event that provides a twist on the term “super soaker.” The event runs from 5-9 p.m. in the Stadium.

Backyard Bounce, a company based in Kentucky, will bring a dual-racing mobile zipline that rises 30 feet in the air, a “human wrecking ball,” and a “human foosball” game. After three hours of games, music, food, raffles and the 5K Spirit Walk, everyone in attendance will be invited to take part in a world-record attempt at the most people taking part in a water balloon toss. Spirit Fest will end with a fireworks show.

Eighty percent of this year’s Spirit Fest funds raised will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association, while the other 20% will go to the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund. A minimum donation of $10 is requested, but any donation amount will be accepted.

Click here to register for Spirit Fest, or to make an online donation.

Wednesday Deadline for Color Fun(d) Run Swag

Wednesday is the last day to register for the Color Fun(d) Run and be guaranteed a T-shirt and neon sunglasses. The Color Fun(d) Run will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, September 20 on campus. Registrations will still be accepted after Wednesday, but there will be no guarantee of receiving a T-shirt or sunglasses. Go to www.classy.org/shscolorfundrun to sign up.

“Miss Saigon” Cast Announced

The cast for the 2015-16 musical, “Miss Saigon,” the adaptation of Puccini’s classic opera, “Madame Butterfly,” has been announced. Kaitlin Feely and Jordan Radis earned the lead roles, with other speaking roles going to Mike Komarovsky, Johnny Barboza, Kate Liebl, Koyomi Funanashi, Kristen Cardella, Hannah Behm, Emi Naidoff, Kelvin Rim, A.J. DePew, Noah Silver, Andrew Projansky and Jake Singer. Click here to see the students selected for the ensemble. Jessi Balter, Josie Hanon-Geller, Michelle Katz and Brandon Sak are the student directors. Andrew Hirsch is the stage manager. Lauren Rawitz is the director. “Miss Saigon” will be performed November 13-15 in the Performing Arts Center.

Two Student Plays Selected for Eureka College Event

Plays written by senior Jonah Rawitz and 2015 graduate Jianna Lubotsky have been selected as two of the winners in Eureka College’s third annual Illinois High School Play Festival. Lubotsky was chosen for her play, “This is Not a Date,” while Rawitz was picked for “Take the Money and Run.” Their plays will be performed November 20-21 at Eureka College.

Visiting Artist of the Month Program Resumes

The SHS Visual Arts Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month program resumes this month. The first artist for 2015-16 is Geovanni Gonzalez, whose conte crayon and oil paintings are hanging in the Visiting Artist Gallery. The gallery is located at the intersection of the 1400 and 1600 hallways in the West Building. Gonzaelz will come to Stevenson and lead a presentation for students during periods 6 and 7 on Wednesday, September 30.

Gonzalez is attending the College of Lake County. He won second place from the Lake County Art League at this year’s annual CLC Student Juried Art Competition. In 2014, he received Art League’s scholarship at the CLC competition, and also earned the Award of Excellence in the Skyway Juried Art Competition.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 1, Glenbrook South 0: Kizuki Niimi’s goal in the 67th minute was the only goal the Patriots needed as they topped the Titans for third place at the Glenbrook South Invitational. SHS improved to 4-1 despite missing three starters from its lineup. – Daily Herald

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: Jake Labow led the Patriots with a 2-over-par 74 at Buffalo Grove Golf Course. He was one of four Pats under 80. Jackson Bussell shot a 76, while James Dvorak and Kamaren Sandhu each recorded a 78. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Jacobs Invitational: SHS won two of five matches on the day. The Patriots (10-4) beat Jacobs (25-23, 25-20) and Belvidere North (25-14, 25-17), and fell to Waukesha Memorial (22-25, 25-16, 15-7), Marian Central (25-20, 25-20) and Wheaton North (18-25, 25-13, 25-20). Corissa Kurth had 88 assists, served 14 aces, and made 29 digs and 3 blocks on the day. Jori Radtke recorded 46 kills, had 29 digs and also served 7 aces. Isabella Milejczyk posted 31 kills. Morgan Berland made 81 digs. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Glenbrook North 1: The visiting Patriots moved to 6-0 on the season with straight-set wins in all but one match. Zoe Taylor (6-2, 6-3), Dhwani Kumar (6-0, 6-0) and Rachel Mopper (6-2, 6-2) were victorious at Nos. 1, 2 and 4 singles, respectively. Kate Harvey and Vinaya Rao posted a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 1 doubles. The other winning doubles tandems were No. 2 Alexandra Zourbareva/Elizabeth Ferdman (6-1, 6-4), No. 3 Gwenna Heidkamp/Paige Nierman (6-1, 6-3) and No. 4 Alyssa Glaser/Shelby Liu (6-0, 6-1).

Girls Golf

Stevenson 181, Grant 220: Myra Peterson earned medalist honors at Crane’s Landing with a 42. Alexia Fidman was close behind at 43, followed by Olivia Hancock (47) and Olivia Stomberg (49).

Football

Homewood-Flossmoor 43, Stevenson 29: The host Patriots (1-1) received a sterling performance from quarterback Jack Sorenson, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Vikings (2-0) from snapping their 15-game winning streak. Sorenson was part of Stevenson’s three first-half touchdowns. He threw a 48-yard scoring strike to Henry Marchese to tie the game at 7-7, then ran for a pair of TDs (33 and 7 yards) as the Pats rallied from a 15-point deficit to knot the score at 22-22. Sorenson had 202 yards passing and another 135 yards rushing. Tyler Vincent scored on a 29-yard run in the fourth quarter to close the gap to 36-29. The two teams combined for nearly 1,000 in total offense. – Chicago Tribune (sidebar on Sorenson), Daily Herald, Journal and Topics, Daily Southtown | SBN highlights | CN100 Highlights

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mandatory Meeting for Seniors Thursday

Seniors: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period on Thursday. You must attend even if you are involved in a club meeting during the activity period. Counselor locations will be posted throughout the school:

Grove Studio Theater (2204)
Jones Room 2104
Kellogg Room 7044-7046
Kelly Auditorium (2206)
Kulla Auditorium (2206)
Martin Room 7014
Moran Chorus Room (2202)
Perkins Recital Hall (4100)
Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Scanio Room 8046-8048
Seeger Room 6048-6050
Sullivan Room 7096
Timm Little Theater (4200)
Vazquez Room 2104

Auditions for Fall Children’s Play Wednesday and Thursday

Come audition for the fall children’s play “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Auditions will be held in the Auditorium (Room 2206) on Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help Dorothy defeat the Wicked Witch of the West. If you know ballet, jazz, or modern dance, show a piece of your work and bring your dance shoes. Even if you cannot dance, be sure to wear working clothes and shoes; we will be working with movements for the show on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

Want a Color Fun(d) Run Shirt and Sunglasses? Read This

Wednesday is the last day to register for the Color Fun(d) Run and be guaranteed a T-shirt and neon sunglasses. You can still register for the Color Fun(d) Run after Wednesday, but you may not get a T-shirt or sunglasses. Don’t take any chances, register today! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to www.classy.org/shscolorfundrun to sign up!

Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed, starting with the first test date this Saturday? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

COLLEGE NEWS

Seniors: Need assistance with your Common Application? The College Counselors will be holding one workshop on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. (Second Day of the Week). The workshop will give tips and suggestions of successfully completing your Common App; it will take place in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. See you there!

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding their final “Write Stuff” essay workshop at 9:30 a.m. Friday (a Late Arrival day) in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.

Juniors and seniors: Please check Naviance daily to see an updated list of colleges that have scheduled a visit to Stevenson. Here is a list of colleges that will be visiting soon: University of Illinois at Chicago, Syracuse University, Tulane University, American University, Butler University, DePauw University, Saint Mary’s College, Kenyon College, University of Notre Dame, University of Redlands and University of Rochester. Use Naviance to sign up for the college that you are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up, and print a confirmation page. Put your ID number on this page and have your teacher sign it at least 2 days prior to the visit. Bring the signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are posted on the College/Career Center webpage. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

Considering Indiana University in Bloomington? The Wells Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate awards offered by any American university. The Wells Scholars Program provides special educational opportunities that encourage academic excellence, growth in leadership, and engagement in the larger world. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2016. Interested Seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return the nomination forms is Wednesday, September 16. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete the Wells Scholarship application by Thursday, October 1.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2016. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return the nomination forms is Wednesday, September 16. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Thursday, October 15.

CLUB NEWS

Interested in community service? Join Key Club. Our first general meeting is today from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. Come meet the officers and learn all about Key Club.

Do you want to help change the world? Stevenson’s very own Gay-Straight Alliance meets on Tuesdays. Come on down for support, friends and fun. We meet in Room 6012 right after school.

Chinese Club will have its first meeting after school today in Room 2812. Come and enjoy with us!

Chess Club meets almost every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

Do you enjoy attending school events, have a passion for photography, writing or page layout/graphic design? Then the Ambassador Yearbook is the right club for you! Join us for our next staff meeting today from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 2712. Any questions? Email us at SHS_Yearbook@d125.org.

Are you interested in a future in a medical or health care field? HOSA is a nationally chartered club that allows students to compete in health science related events, including biomedical debate, medical math and health career display. The club is perfect for anyone interested in the medical field, as it offers valuable insight to how a career in medicine works. Club meetings consist of event preparation, presentations, and guest speakers. We meet once every two weeks on Wednesday after school in Room 6048/6050. Our first meeting will be Wednesday; hope to see you there!

Student Ambassadors’ first general meeting will be Wednesday. Please join us at 7:45 a.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) if you are interested in joining the club this year!

Archery Club starts Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. on the Sport Courts. Anyone interested in archery is more than welcome to join. No experience required!

Freshman Class Board will meet Wednesday after school in Room 6022. Homecoming is just around the corner. FCB has a lot to offer friends, fun, leadership opportunities community hours and snacks. All freshmen are welcome to come.

Future Educators of America: Think you might want to become a teacher? Attend our first meeting on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in Room 1516. We will discuss signing up for a weekly tutoring program and other volunteer opportunities.

Guitar Club will be holding its first meeting after school in the Orchestra Room on Thursday, September 17. Guitar Club is primarily a casual, drop-in group in which students practice and jam. You can either bring your own guitars, or use one of the classical acoustic guitars or basses available through the Music Department. Complete beginners and advanced players are welcome, as well as singers and songwriters.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays beginning September 21 in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

A reminder that IM Football packets are due this week! Seniors and juniors are due today, sophomores are due Wednesday and freshman are due on Thursday. If you have any questions, come see us in Room 3040.

All ballplayers are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball on the sophomore baseball field. Open Field Baseball dates are listed on the baseball web page and the Intramurals page.

ATHLETICS

The softball team will have preseason informational meetings at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss fundraising for a Spring Break training trip. Athletes only need to attend one of the meetings. If you have any questions, contact Coach Vikartofsky in the Quiet Learning Center (Room 2115-G) or email her at avikartofsky@d125.org.

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