Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Debate Team Captures 14 Awards at Schaumburg

Stevenson captured a slew of awards at the first Illinois Congressional Debate Tournament of the 2015-16 school year at Schaumburg High School on Saturday. SHS won second place in the Large School Sweepstakes, was honored with the Best Legislation award, and had 12 students earn speaking trophies.

First-place speaker honors went to Patrick DeMichele, Alex Smith, Mary Polupan and Sydney Glickson. Second-place awards were earned by Pratik Kamat, Danny Ganzman and Anita Fang. Third-place status was reached by Miriam Silberman, Alexis Cacioppo, Ali Rahman, Andrew Huang and Nathan Schlobin. Silberman also won Best Presiding Office in her chamber, and received second place for Best Quality Speaker at the junior varsity level.

Stevenson’s debate team coaches are Bill Fritz, Steve Heller and Marie Bednarz.

Clothing Drive for Families of Disabled Veterans

The Students Helping Soldiers club is sponsoring a clothing drive this week to help the families of disabled veterans. The club is accepting all types of clothing — men’s, women’s, children’s and baby. Donation bins are available at the entrances to the Field House, Sports Center and “the Point.”

Fundraising Drive Underway for Alum With Rare Disease

A fundraising drive is underway on behalf of 2011 Stevenson alumnus Brandon Londer, who recently was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a degenerative and incurable brain disorder. The disease affects one out of every million people per year worldwide. Friends and supporters are attempting to raise $15,000 through YouCaring to help his family “focus their energy on Brandon and support him in continuing to do the things he loves and experience new adventures.” For those looking to help in a different way, donations can be made through Meal Train to provide dinners for the Londer family.

Large Turnout for Lerner Memorial Service

An estimated 700 people turned out for the memorial service for 2013 alum Brett Lerner on Monday. Lerner died in a car accident Friday evening north of Champaign. The crowd was so large that the site for the service had to be changed to a bigger venue. Lerner’s volleyball coach, Tim Crow, and one of his teachers, Andrew Conneen, are quoted in this Chicago Tribune article, published today.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Girls Volleyball Team in Regional Semifinals Tonight

Stevenson will take on Zion-Benton in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Regional semifinals at Zion-Benton High School tonight at 6 o’clock. The Patriots are the No. 2 seed in the Libertyville Sectional, while the Zee-Bees are the No. 20 seed. The winner of tonight’s match will face No. 7 Palatine or No. 10 Grant for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Two Wrestlers Earn Preseason All-America Honors

Two members of the Stevenson wrestling program earned Preseason All-America honors at the USA Wrestling Preseason Nationals in Cedar Falls, Iowa, last weekend. Junior Dylan Geick placed third among 78 competitors at 152 pounds. He lost his opening match, then won 10 in a row to earn bronze. Senior Michael Kordek finished eighth among 34 wrestlers in the 182-pound weight class, winning four of seven matches. Eleven other Patriots took part in the tournament: seniors Nathan Treysman and Cristian Leiva; junior Robert Pavlovics; sophomores Dakota Hajduk, Charles Longsworth, Jonathan Ramirez, Jake Simon, Michael Karp, Aaron Riber and Josh Riber; and freshman Tommy Frezza.

Stevenson Hosting Soccer Sectional This Week

The Patriot boys soccer team’s season has ended, but there will still be matches in the Stadium this week. Stevenson is hosting an IHSA Class 3A Sectional, with semifinals tonight and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and the championship at 11 a.m. Saturday. Tonight’s semifinal features Waukegan and Deerfield, while Highland Park and Libertyville will square off Wednesday.

ESPPA Award Nomination Deadline Coming Soon

November 7 is the deadline for submitting nominations for the Athletics Division’s new ESPPA Awards, which will be given at every Sports Awards Night. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and the awards are intended to honor athletes at all levels for great performances. There are even awards for outstanding team managers and fans. You can nominate someone today by going to the ESPPA web page.

Feeder Basketball Tryouts This Weekend

Tryouts begin Sunday for the Junior Patriot basketball program for boys and girls in grades 6-8 who live in District 125. The tryouts will be held in the Field House. Tryouts are free, but online registration is required. Click here for tryout times and more information.

Correction

The cross country teams competed in the IHSA Class 3A regional on Saturday, not Class AA as was reported in Monday’s Digest.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yearbook Re-Take Days Wednesday and Friday

Yearbook re-takes for freshmen, sophomores and juniors (plus SHS faculty and staff) will be held Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Seniors who want to have their yearbook portrait re-taken must contact Visual Image Photography at www.vipis.com or call 800-577-9570.

Want to Visit the Fashion Industry in New York City?

The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City from June 7-10. If you have taken any of the following courses, you are eligible to go: Introduction to Clothing and Design, Clothing and Design, Advanced Clothing and Design, Interior Design, or Fashion Merchandising and Design. There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall. Flyers are available in Room 1410 for more information.  If you have any questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410.

Halloween Costumes: What Not to Wear

Students and staff can wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday. Because we want this to be a fun and safe experience for everyone, we ask that anyone wearing a Halloween costume adhere to a few long-standing school rules. These rules include no face coverings such as masks, disguising makeup, or sunglasses; no double-meaning suggestive phrases on clothing or anywhere on the person; and no inappropriate props such as look-alike weapons. The rules are in effect not only during the school day but also during any after-school activity or event on campus on Halloween.

Yearbook Wants Your Halloween Costume Photos

The yearbook invites students to submit their Halloween costume photos for the 2015-16 Ambassador. Upload photos by Friday, November 6 to Replayit.com or email them to shs_yearbook@d125.org. Please make sure the photo is taken at school.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation on Friday

The Visiting Artist of the Month for October, Dianne Kittle, will be here Friday to give a presentation during periods 6 and 7. She will be speaking at the Visiting Artist Gallery, located in the West Building by the 1400 hallway.

Miss Saigon” Ticket Sales Underway

Tickets for Miss Saigon, the 2015-16 school musical, are available online through the Patriot Superstore. The cost is $10. All seats are reserved. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., November 13-14, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, in the Performing Arts Center.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Sanjana Chunduri is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. He will receive a Sodexo Smoothie gift certificate. Thank you to all who participated.

ATHLETICS

Anyone interested in trying out for boys basketball should plan on attending an informational meeting. The freshman and sophomore teams will have meetings Wednesday. Sophomores will meet from 3:35-4 p.m. in Room 2900. Freshmen will meet in Room 8048 from 3:45-4 p.m. The varsity meeting will be held from 7:30-8 a.m. Monday, November 2 in Room 6070. If you are unable to make the meetings, contact the appropriate coach: Coach Ambrose (varsity) at pambrose@d125.org; Coach Hess (sophomore) at dahess@d125.org; and Coach Gimre (freshman) at kgimre@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for girls basketball Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in the Little Theater (Room 4200).  If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Graham at agraham@d125.org.

There will be an informational meeting for boys swimming and diving after school Wednesday, November 4 in the pool balcony. Come and meet the new head coach, Mr. Lillydahl, as he shares information on signups, tryouts, athletic forms, and team practices for this year.

The girls bowling informational meeting has been moved to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 4 in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Johnson at rjohnson@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

Open Field Softball ends this week. All softball players are welcome to come to the JV softball field today and Thursday from 3:30-5:45.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention juniors and seniors, the following colleges are coming this week to visit Stevenson: Union College, Pitzer College, University College Dublin, College of Lake College, Elmhurst College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Truman State University, Albion College, Carthage College, Rockford University, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, University of South Carolina, Macalester College, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Coe College, University of Colorado, College of the Holy Cross, Trinity College, Kettering University, Simmons College, Oberlin College, IDC Herzliya, Cornell College, Northwestern University, and Ripon College. Check Naviance for the dates and times. Remember to check our website for instructions on how to sign up for a college visit on Naviance. Please remember to print your confirmation page and have it signed two days prior to the college visit and have the page signed by your teacher.

Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College/Career Center. This scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA, who plans to attend college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, you must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Please stop in the CCC today to pick up your application. The deadline to return a completed application is Friday.  

CAREER EXPLORATION

Save the date! There will be a Health Careers Night on Wednesday, November 4 at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held in the Grainger Atrium and Yacktman Children’s Pavilion. Learn about health career choices; talk with people who work in various health-related careers; and obtain information about educational requirements and salary ranges. Advance registration is recommended. For more information and to register, please call HealthAdvisor at 1-855-312-KIDS; mention class code 8P54.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

CLUB NEWS

The Video Game Club meeting today has been canceled.

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.

Are you interested in helping with this year’s Odyssey fine arts festival? The Odyssey Student Volunteer Club meets every Thursday from 7:30-8 a.m. in Room 2616. Starting in November, meetings also will take place in Room 2616 after school on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30. You can choose either time slot to fit your schedule.

The Black Association of Stevenson Students welcomes all students who are interested in good fun, music, food and games Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 1414.

Junior Class Board will meet Thursday at 3:40 p.m. in Room 2004. New members are always welcome!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Chicago Public Schools enrollment continues to slide

Emanuel: CPS likely to borrow against extra $45M property tax increase

For-profit colleges come under fire in Illinois

Illinois Wesleyan to revamp theater after receiving $2.5M gift

FBI began investigating Byrd-Bennett before she worked in Chicago

Police say NIU student’s fatal fall in September was accidental

Hampshire High holding fundraiser to help student hear again (+)

Waukegan hails “miraculous” transformation of military site into preschool

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

More than 80 top colleges to accept Common App alternative

Obama Administration’s school testing proposal comes under fire

No Child Left Behind: What worked, what didn’t

Higher ed ranks among highest for incidences of fraud

South Dakota universities consider alcohol sales at campus events

South Carolina classroom incident prompts calls for FBI investigation

Bullying reports in Kentucky schools increase, partly due to new criteria

School leaders get new professional standards

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

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