Thursday, November 5, 2015

More Than Half of Students Receiving EKG Screening

Stevenson has received considerable attention this week for its decision to have devices available to stop an opioid overdose, but there is even bigger health news on campus: Approximately 2,200 students — more than half the student body — are expected to receive free EKG screening, which ends today. And, if the past is any guide, the testing will uncover potentially serious heart conditions for a handful of students.

The free screening is provided by the Max Schewitz Foundation, named for a 20-year-old Lake Bluff man who died suddenly 10 years ago from sudden cardiac arrhythmia. He had shown no prior signs of heart disorder. Since 2006, the foundation has provided free EKG screening for more than 50,000 Chicago-area teens, and has visited Stevenson several times.

Class of 2016 Among Leaders in Perfect ACT Scores

Perfect ACT scores have become a regular event at Stevenson, and it’s easy to take for granted an achievement that is actually quite rare. Annually, less than one-tenth of 1% of all high school seniors who take the college-entrance exam earn the highest composite score of 36. At Stevenson, recent senior classes have far exceeded the national average, with 1-2% of graduates earning perfect scores. The Class of 2016 will be no exception. So far, 14 members of the senior class have recorded a 36 on the ACT, with half of them doing so on the exam given in March: Kazemi Adachi, Patrick DeMichele, Michelle Fan, David Luo, Teresa Mao, Alec Smith and Shu Zhang. Thus far, the Class of 2016 has the third-most perfect ACT scores in school history, behind the classes of 2014 and 2015, each of which had 19 students score a 36. A list of students with perfect ACT scores since 2000 can be found here.


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Winter Sponsorship Opportunities for Area Businesses

The Stevenson Athletics Division invites businesses to sponsor competitions during the upcoming winter sports season. Sponsorship opportunities are available in these sports: basketball, bowling, fencing, wrestling, girls gymnastics, boys ice hockey, and boys swimming and diving. If your business is interested in increasing its exposure and supporting Patriot student-athletes in the process, visit our sponsorship page for more information. For more information, contact Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at or 847-415-4226.

Softball Team to Play at Bandits Stadium in 2016

Stevenson’s softball team will take part in the Chicago Bandits’ “Friday Night Lights” program during the 2016 season. The Patriots will play Niles North at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15 at The Ballpark at Rosemont.


Wednesday’s Daily Digest had the wrong starting time for tonight’s Libertyville Sectional championship match between the girls volleyball teams from Stevenson and Libertyville. The match begins at 6 o’clock at Libertyville High School.


Second Semester Driver Education Meetings, Permits

The permit process for second-semester Driver Education starts Monday. Click here for more information. If you cannot attend any of the meetings, go to the Driver Education Office (Room 6088) as soon as possible.

FMP Mentor Information Meetings November 20

Sophomores and juniors with an interest in mentoring incoming freshmen are eligible to apply to be in the Freshman Mentor Program, and are encouraged to go to the informational meeting on Friday, November 20. Meetings will occur every half lunch period in the Recital Hall (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B).

State Football Playoff Tickets Available at Superstore

Tickets for Saturday’s second-round state football playoff game between Stevenson and Loyola will be sold at the Patriot Superstore today and Friday during regular store hours. Tickets are $5. There will not be a pep bus. The Superstore is open one-half hour before school begins, and during the lunch periods.

Sign Up for the Operation Snowball Retreat

Registration for Operation Snowball is underway in the Student Activities Office, the school store, and online. The weekend retreat will take place December 4-6. Operation Snowball is a weekend of making new friends, having new experiences, relieving stress, taking healthy risks, understanding yourself and others, communicating with peers and adults, singing, eating, dancing, and having fun. Please email or see Mr. Mazzuca in 7080 or Mr. Hutchins in 6028 for further information.

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.

Student Activities Plans Service-Learning Trip to Alaska

The Student Activities Division is sponsoring a service-learning trip for students to Juneau, Alaska from July 22-31. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a new culture while working with the Tlingit Native American tribe. There also will be daily sightseeing and other activities. Visit for the detailed itinerary. Interested students and their parents must attend an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, November 19 in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). The meeting is mandatory.

What’s On Your Mind? Submit to the Half-Wit

Freshmen and sophomores: Got clever essays, narratives, and brilliant DBQs weighing your backpack down? Get the weight off your shoulders! Get those ideas off your mind! Submit to the Half-Wit! Submit any and all short stories, poems, plays, song lyrics, and essays to the Half-Wit and you could become the next great writer. Send all submissions to Mr. Barnabee at along with your name and ID number by next Wednesday.


Hey juniors! There is a Junior Class Board meeting after school today in Room 2004! New members are always welcome. Snacks will be served. Community service hours will be given. Come be part of the fun!

Peer Tutors will have a meeting after school today in Room 7096. There will be a short training session.

Attention all members of Psychology Club: We will be meeting after school today in Room 2612 to discuss Positive Psychology and to take the VIA strength inventory.  Please bring along your iPad. All are welcome.

Peer Helpers would like you to join us in its mission to re-define beauty. Beauty is more than what you see. Help us increase self-confidence, reduce eating disorders and make SHS a safe and healthy place for all students. Look for clues on the bathrooms mirrors and on signs around the school.  Visit the student lounge for more information. #RedefineBeautiful

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. and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 2616. You can choose either time slot to fit your schedule.

Next Friday after school, the Interactive Gamers Club will host a sealed Commander tournament in Room 7096. You must be able to stay until 5:30 to participate. The cost is $10, and each student will be given a 100-card deck to play with. There is a limited number of card decks, so pre-register by contacting Mr. Fedewa. There also will be prizes raffled off. New members always welcome!


The informational meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Volleyball League will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7096. This is a combined meeting for both leagues. For more information, visit the IM page at

The Stevenson Climbing Club informational meeting will be held after school Tuesday in Room 6014. For more information visit the Climbing Club page at


Girls gymnastics starts Monday. Any girls interested in being part of the team should see Coach Rogalski in Room 2115-G.

Nominations are now being taken for the new ESPPA Awards. ESPPA stands for Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award, and every season the Athletic Department will be honoring 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. The deadline is Saturday.


The Campus Pride College Fair and Prep Day for junior and senior LGBTQ and Ally students, and their families, in partnership with Teach for America, is coming to the Chicago area. The fair will be held Saturday from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., in Chicago. Parking fees may apply. For more information, go to


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


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