Friday, February 26, 2016

Junior’s Dance Choreography Earns Trip to NYC

An ensemble dance piece choreographed by junior Calli Taitz has qualified for the finals of the Youth America Grand Prix, billed as the world’s largest dance competition. Taitz’s piece, “Benediction,” earned second place in the YAGP regional competition held earlier this month in Chicago. The YAGP finals will be held April 22-29 in New York City. Taitz, a member of the SHS Concert Dance class who trains at On Your Toes Academy of Dance in Buffalo Grove, also danced to a top 12 finish in the Senior Female Contemporary Division at the regional competition. She also choreographed a solo for another dancer who finished in the top 12 in the Junior Contemporary Division. Taitz also is a finalist for the Inaside Chicago Dance Company Choreographic Sponsorship Event.

Two Students Earn Regional Art Awards

Two art students are among peers from around the country who will vie for the top honor in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Junior Amy Tian and freshman Sharon Kim won Gold Key awards at the regional level, automatically qualifying for consideration at the national contest. Each of them won two regional Gold Key awards. Tian received her awards in the Painting category for works entitled “Spotlight” and “Staple.” Kim won in Digital Art for “The Triumph of Freedom of Speech,” and the other in Drawing and Illustration for “Who Am I? – Europe.” Tian and Kim join nine other students who won regional Gold Key awards in writing. National medalists will be announced March 14.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Boys Basketball Team Plays Regional Game Tuesday

The boys basketball team begins defense of its state championship Tuesday night in the IHSA Class 4A regional semifinals at Maine South. Stevenson will face the winner of Monday night’s contest between Niles West and Highland Park. Tuesday’s game starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by Maine South against Zion-Benton at 7:30. The winner of Tuesday’s semifinals will meet for the regional title at 7 p.m. Friday, March 4. The Maine South Regional is one of four regionals in the Glenbrook South Sectional. SHS is the No. 3 seed in the sectional, behind Evanston and Deerfield.

Aoki’s Love of Hoops Helps Break Down Barriers

Senior Ryuji Aoki, one of the key players on the boys basketball team, is the subject of a feature in today’s Daily Herald. Aoki talked about moving to America from Japan in second grade, and struggling to learn English. One thing the three-point shooting specialist didn’t struggle with learning was basketball, which he started playing before leaving his native country. Aoki told the newspaper that he hopes to leave a legacy at Stevenson that encourages Asian students to play the sport he loves. “There’s this stereotype that Asians aren’t into basketball and that prevents a lot of Asians from trying,” he said. “I know a lot of my Asian friends focus on academics. They think that’s everything. But I think you can do both.”

Follow Stevenson at the State Swim Meet

The IHSA boys swimming and diving state meet gets started today with the preliminary heats at Evanston Township High School. Seven Patriots qualified for state, and you can follow their results today and Saturday here.


Senior Party Registration Cost Goes Up Tuesday

Attention seniors: On Tuesday, the cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up to $45. Turn in your form Monday to save money. Forms are being accepted at the school store during regular store hours. Please make sure the form is signed by both you and one parent or guardian. If you need a registration form, stop by Student Activities or click here to print one. Please note: Only cash or checks to Stevenson PPA will be accepted. The Senior Class Party will be held June 1 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan.

Time to Sign Up for Project Dance

It’s time to sign up for the 10th annual Project Dance, which will be held April 9 in the Sports Center. If you’re not familiar with Project Dance, this is the school’s annual fundraiser to help two worthy causes: The Riverside Foundation in Lincolnshire, which works with adults who have developmental disabilities, and the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need Fund, which helps families struggling to pay for basics in order to attend school. If you sign up by Friday, you’ll save five dollars on the registration fee. When you register, type the word BEACH, in the code box. Click here to register, and for more information.

College Essay Workshop for Juniors This Summer

Juniors can get a head start with their college essays this summer by taking the College Essay Workshop. The workshop will be offered three times during summer school: the first week of the first session, and the first and last week of the second session. You can get help on your personal statement and the various writing prompts for college applications. The workshop can help you finish your essay before senior year begins. Last year, more than 150 students received help with their essays!

Showcase 2016 Ticket Sales Underway

Ticket sales for Showcase 2016 are available every school day during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons until Friday, March 4. The first seven rows will be for students only and are general admission. All remaining seats are reserved. All tickets are $10 each. Limited tickets will also be available at the door on show nights. Tickets may be paid for at the Patriot Superstore with cash, check or student ID. Showcase 2016 will be presented on Friday and Saturday, March 4-5 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is different and unique, so join us both nights for two outstanding evenings of entertainment!

Last Chance to Attend Operation Snowball

If you missed the Operation Snowball retreat in December, here’s the second chance you’ve been looking for. The next Operation Snowball retreat is March 18-20 at YMCA Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. 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. More information and a registration links are online at You can also find out more information at the Student Activities Office, or by contacting Mr. Mazzuca at or in Room 7080, Mr. Hutchins at or in Room 6028, or Ms. Czaplewski at The registration deadline is March 16.

Food Service Survey for Students

Sodexo would like to know what you think about the food and service in the school cafeterias. Please take a minute to fill out an online survey here.

NHS, 300 Club Applications Due Next Week

Two important deadlines are coming up next week for SHS students. National Honor Society applications are due by Wednesday, while graduating seniors must turn in their 300 Club applications by Friday, March 4. Students with questions can stop by the Student Activities Office.

Odyssey Clay Masks Available in Room 1422

Students who participated in either day of the Clay Mask class during Odyssey can pick up their masks in Room 1422.


After a very informative field trip to the Save-A-Pet Adoption Center in Grayslake, the Animal Welfare Club would like to introduce its Adoptable Dog and Cat of the Month! Our February Dog Of The Month is Sammy, a Great Dane/Lab mix, and our Cat Of The Month is Bunny. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at! Again, these animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!

Want to learn how to be a CEO? Future Business Leaders of America invites you to a presentation by Cary McMillan, founder and CEO of True Partners Consulting, at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room. He’ll talk about how he hires employees, how he organizes his business, and leadership and management principles.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to understand it better? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at


In need of summer work? The Jobapalooza Expo and Job Fair is coming to the College of Lake County next Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Grayslake Campus. Learn more by visiting

Applications for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s summer internship for future healthcare professionals are now being accepted until April 6. This is only open to juniors and seniors. For more information, please click here.

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


The Illinois Regional College Fair will be held Tuesday, March 15 at the College of Lake County from 6-8 p.m. in the Physical Education Center (Building 7) at the Grayslake campus. There will be 150 college and university representatives at the College Fair, which is open to all high school students and their parents. There also will be two financial aid sessions in Room 706. The CLC campus is located at 19351 W. Washington Street in Grayslake. Park in Lots 2 or 3 on the north side of the campus, closest to the Washington Street and Lancer Lane entrance.  See the CLC website for more information:

Attention seniors: The Lancer Scholarship Application is available to be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123). This $2,500 scholarship is for Lake County high school seniors pursuing higher education at the College of Lake County this fall.  One student will be selected from Stevenson High School to be a recipient of this scholarship. The application deadline is Friday, March 11. Please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center if you have any questions.



(+) indicates article requiring registration/payment to view

School buses burned in Lake Villa

West Aurora paid at least $1,288 to board superintendent’s dogs

CTU marches against TIF projects as members brace for layoffs

Principal: Written threat of gun violence at Lakes High not credible

Lincoln-Way district may end controversial rent-free day care agreement

St. Charles schools officials to ask voters for money, but when? (+)

College of DuPage moves on plan to turn around probationary status

Parkland College to lay off employees over state budget impasse

Catholic school in Harvard may close at end of year


Obama’s pick for education secretary says teachers saved his life

How easy should it be to fire bad teachers? Vergara case may be landmark

Dallas teachers plan appeal after losing pay-for-performance fight

How high school would be different if students could design it

Two school districts teaching through virtual reality

Who is regulating for-profit colleges? Execs from for-profit colleges

Do mega donations to elite colleges miss the point?

In college endowment returns, Davids beat the Goliaths

University of Missouri board fires controversial journalism professor

High school honors student unmasked as 23-year-old Ukranian national

What does Department of Labor’s overtime rule mean for higher ed?

University of Texas dean leaving school over campus carry law


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

Comments are closed.