Thursday, January 14, 2016

Two Seniors Named to Daily Herald Leadership Team

Seniors Ben Panitch and Olivia Sorenson have been selected to the 2015-16 Daily Herald Leadership Team for Lake County, which was announced today.

Sorenson is president of the Freshman Mentor Program, and helped to develop the advisory curriculum, organize the advisory calendar, plan activities, and teach fellow mentors how to implement them in their own advisory classes. She also is director of outreach for Catalyst, the new drug and alcohol prevention club at Stevenson, and also is a member of the National Honor Society. She also is head of the Patriot Student Section, which develops themes and school-appropriate cheers for the student body to follow at football and basketball games. When not cheering on other teams, she plays for the varsity girls lacrosse team.

Outside of school, Sorenson is deeply involved in her church youth group. She has participated in several overseas mission trips to South Africa to help young girls, and with Student Impact, has helped raise $50,000 for the education of Cambodian teens. Sorenson also has done mission work in the U.S.

“My journey through service centers around what my vision for ‘fairness’ is, and my belief that an unfair world is not a hopeless conclusion, but a chance for improvement,” Sorenson wrote for her nomination packet. “Through volunteerism you begin to find your specific discontent — the one thing you can’t bear, you can’t imagine. The funny thing about this ‘discontent’ is that you can’t search for it, it finds you.”

Panitch is co-president of Best Buddies, a club that enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by pairing them with students without disabilities, and encouraging the development of friendship through 1-on-1 relationships. He also is president of Students Helping Soldiers, which shows support for service members abroad, veterans and their families. The group writes letters and sends care packages to troops, raises money and collects clothing for veterans, and leads the school’s annual 9/11 ceremony each September.

“One of my favorite memories was seeing Ben address veterans and current first responders at this year’s Ceremony of Remembrance on September 11,” FMP Coordinator Zara Dittman said in praise of Panitch, who also is an FMP mentor. “He moved people to tears with his thoughtful words and heartfelt gratitude for the work of our honored guests.” Panitch also serves as a volunteer varsity athletic trainer, and is a deputy chief in the Lincolnshire Police Explorers program.

To read more about Panitch, Sorenson and other Daily Herald Leadership Team members, click here.

Fundraising Efforts to Help Two With SHS Connections

Fundraising efforts are underway to help two people with Stevenson connections whose lives are in upheaval.

2015 graduate Jackie Musick, who is battling Stage 2 chronic kidney disease. She has had 18 surgeries in the past 18 months, and faces another operation this month. Click here for the GoFundMe page created for Musick’s family.

Former SHS employee Kristen Wisniewski Perry and her family lost their home on New Year’s Day due to a fire. Everyone made it out alive, but all of their possessions were lost. Click here for the GoFundMe page.

No Digest Friday or Monday

The Daily Digest will not be published Friday or Monday; there are no classes either day. The Digest will resume on the first day of second semester, which is Tuesday.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Think Pink Night to Help Cancer Research

The varsity girls basketball team will hold its annual Think Pink Night next Wednesday, wearing pink uniforms in its game against Lake Zurich. Pink T-shirts will be on sale for $10 in the Sports Center before and during the varsity game, which starts at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which raises money to fight women’s cancers. More than $2,000 already has been generated by T-shirt sales.

Tuesday’s Boys Hoops Game on SBN

Tuesday night’s varsity boys basketball game against North Chicago is scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at The game tips off at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center.

Sisters Qualify for Fencing Junior Olympics

Two sisters on the SHS girls fencing team, junior Nikita and freshman Geeta Jhangiani, qualified for the Junior and Cadet events in women’s epee at the United States Fencing Association Junior Olympics to be held in Cleveland next month. They earned the trip by placing in the top three at the Illinois Division Qualifiers held at New Trier in October, along with more recent performances.


Celebrate the new Jazzman’s East

The new Jazzman’s in the East Building will celebrate its grand opening starting at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. They’ll have daily specials all week. Stop by and take a look at what Jazzman’s has to offer!

Audition Packets Available for Winter Play

Audition packets for the Winter Production, Twelfth Night, are now available online at Scripts also are available for overnight checkout in the ILC. If you have questions regarding auditions, please contact C. Burrows in the Studio Theatre, Room 2204. Auditions will be held after school Wednesday.

Textbook Return, Pick-Up for One-Semester Classes

Here is the textbook return schedule for those finishing a first-semester class, or for those picking up a textbook for a second-semester course:

Today 7:00-1:30 Room 1416
Tuesday 7:00-3:30 Room 1416
Wednesday 7:00-2:00 Room 1416

Second-Semester Parking Stickers

Seniors who haven’t picked up their second semester stickers yet can do so Tuesday in parking lot D. Look for the security guard in the black truck beginning at 7:15 a.m.

Parking for Students at Prairie View Metra Station

For Stevenson students unable to park at school, Vernon Township is selling parking spaces at the Prairie View Metra train station for second semester. The cost is $145 for the second semester. A $30 monthly option also is available. To download a permit application that includes rates and rules, click here. For more information, contact the Vernon Township Office at 847-634-4600. You can also purchase parking by phone. Call 877-727-5004 or download the mobile app at, and enter parking zone number 831.

Return Overdue Books, Pay Fines to ILC

Please return all overdue library books and pay any overdue fines to the ILC before the end of the semester. Once second semester begins, no library materials may be checked out until books are returned and fines are paid.

Bringing a Guest to Winterfest?

If you’re bringing a guest to next month’s Winterfest Dance who isn’t a Stevenson student, you’ll need to fill out a special form before buying their ticket. You can get the form from the Superstore in the Wood Commons, or download it here. Early bird ticket sales for the Winterfest Dance will start February 1, so fill out your form now so you’ll be ready on the first.


The Stevenson Styler will have its first meeting to begin planning the Spring/Summer edition on Wednesday at 3:30 in Room 1612! We are looking for members interested in all areas of magazine production including writers, models, photographers, editors and more! New members are always welcome!


Attention seniors: Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.


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


Open Baseball begins Wednesday in the Field House, and runs from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Open Baseball will meet every Wednesday through the end of February, with the exception of February 10, which is an Odyssey day.

Open Softball will be held on the following Monday mornings from 6:15-7:15 a.m. in the Field House: January 25, and February 1, 8 and 22.


There will be an informational meeting for the 2016-17 sophomore football team on Wednesday. Meet in Little Theater (Room 4200) at 7:30 a.m. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Jacobson at or 847-415-4710.

The baseball team is raising money by holding its second annual Trivia Night from 7-10 p.m. Friday, January 22 at The Arboretum in Buffalo Grove. The event will feature tests of trivia knowledge, raffle items, plus a live and silent auction, along with a full buffet dinner and dessert. Anyone age 21 or older is welcome to attend the trivia night. Details are on the baseball web page.

Stilettos Boutique in Buffalo Grove is sponsoring a fundraiser for the baseball team on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On any purchase during that time, 20% will be taken off, with 10% going to the team and 10% to you. “Sips and snacks” will be served from 3-5 p.m.

The softball team is holding its first-ever Bowling Night fundraiser on Saturday, January 30 at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. This is a 21-and-older event that runs from 2-5 p.m. In addition to bowling, there will be appetizers, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and awards for best-dressed bowling team. For more details, click here.


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