Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Class of 2016 Graduates Thursday Night

The Class of 2016 will graduate during the 51st annual commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event takes place at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. This year’s graduation speakers are seniors Madhavi Murali and Keyu Guo. For those unable to attend, the commencement ceremony will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. You can watch at or through SBN’s page on The Cube.

“Suffrage@17” Update Heading to Governor’s Desk

Legislation originating at Stevenson that would expand political participation rights for 17-year-olds throughout the state is on the verge of becoming law. HB6167 (Suffrage@17 — Part 2), which was overwhelmingly approved by the Illinois House in April, cleared the state Senate by a 54-0 vote on Friday. However, because the Senate made some changes to the bill before its vote, the approved version was sent back to the House for one last vote. That vote occurred on Tuesday, with the House approving the final version, 110-7. The bill will now go to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature.

The bill, created by Stevenson’s Political Action Club, would allow 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by the time of the November general election to sign and distribute candidate petitions, as well as serve as deputy voter registrars. The legislation, which would take effect in 2018 if enacted, adds to the “Suffrage@17” law that took effect in 2013. The 2013 law also traces its origin to Stevenson.

Entrepreneurship Classes Raise $1,000 for UNICEF

The school’s two Entrepreneurship classes raised more than $1,000 for UNICEF as part of their end-of-semester business simulation last Wednesday. Each class created a lemonade stand to meet the needs and wants of the Stevenson community. They were led by project managers Elizabeth Spiegel and Anthony Sibo, both seniors.

Long Grove President Praises SHS Foundation

Long Grove Village President Angie Underwood offers words of praise for the Stevenson Foundation in the latest post at her blog, Life in Long Grove. She took part in the Foundation’s annual Local Scholars Reception last week, presenting a scholarship on behalf of the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club to senior Gwendolyn Heidkamp. The president also extolled the new Stevenson to College program, which helps identify and provide mentors to SHS students who might not otherwise attend college.

Your Chance for a Hole in One … Without Swinging a Club

Speaking of the Stevenson Foundation, there is still time to participate in “The Great $10,000 Golf Ball Drop” that is part of the annual golf outing on Monday, June 13 at Hawthorn Woods Country Club. A helicopter will hover over one of the greens at the course and will drop all the golf balls that have been purchased. If a marked ball goes into the hole, the winner will get $10,000. Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 are available for others closest to the hole. The entry fee is $10 for one ball, $20 for three and $50 for eight. All proceeds will benefit Stevenson Foundation programs, including the Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and Stevenson to College. Click here to order golf balls.


Six Named to All-NSC Girls Soccer Team

Six members of the North Suburban Conference championship girls soccer team have been named to all-conference, according to the Daily Herald. Seniors Savannah Kruse (forward), Amanda Konopacki (defender) and Mackenzie Connington (midfielder), juniors Hannah Petrich (goalkeeper) and Jill Steinbrink (midfielder), and sophomore Brianna Van Zanten (midfielder) were selected. Two other players earned honorable mention: senior Emma Jaeger (midfielder) and freshman Hannah Lapeire (midfielder).

Basketball Alum Seeking Shot at National Tourney

Stevenson alumnus Nate Johnson (Class of 2010) is one of several former area high school basketball standouts on an all-star team seeking entry into a 64-team national amateur tournament that pays out $2 million to the winner. Johnson played at the University of West Florida.


Click here for final exam schedules

Senior Class Party Bus Check-In Information

Attention all seniors attending the Senior Class Party: Today, please arrive at school by 12:15 p.m. to check in on the bus you are assigned. The buses will be departing promptly at 12:45 from the Field House (lot D). You may park in any student designated spot in either lot D or lot E, and do not need a sticker/placard for this day. Buses will return to SHS approximately 7 p.m. There will be no bus changes. Please bring your school ID to get on the bus. You must stay with your bus group until you get on the boat, and you will return on the same bus. You are required to take the bus both ways. If you are not able to attend please advise someone in Room 2400 or call 847-415-4002 prior to the Wednesday departure. Remember that you must follow all school rules and regulations throughout the event. Violation of any school rules might result in your ability to participate in graduation.

Textbook, Library Book Return Deadlines

Seniors must return all textbooks and library books by today, while all other students must return their textbooks and library books by Thursday. Textbooks should be returned to the Lower Sports Center Lobby and library books to the West ILC. Any fines due must be paid by Thursday in Room 2426.

Clean Out Your Locker by Thursday

All lockers must be cleaned out by Thursday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Get a New ID Photo Taken for 2016-17

Any current freshman, sophomore or junior students who have not had a new ID photo taken in the past week, please drop in at either attendance office, Room 2416 in the West Building or Room 5024 in the East Building, to have your photo taken during final exams.

Movie, Pizza and Soda … All for $1 Today  

Come watch the movie “Stomp the Yard” and have Lou Malnati’s pizza and soda, all for $1, at the $1 Dollar First Wednesday end-of-year party sponsored by the Black Association of Stevenson Students and DIVCO. The party starts after the last exam today in Room 1414. “Stomp the Yard” features Columbus Short, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo and Meghan Good.

Celebrate the End of Finals With the Balloon Pop Challenge

Don’t miss the second annual end-of-the-year Balloon Pop Challenge in the West Commons after final exams end on Thursday. Challenge a classmate to come and pick the subject you pop this year! The entry is $1, and you’ll have a chance to win a $10 gift card from Lou Malnati’s. Proceeds will benefit the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund and Stevenson to College program. This event is sponsored by DIVCO and the Homework Center.


(+) indicates article requiring registration/payment to view

General Assembly fails to approve school funding bill before end of session

Is your school district keeping its new teacher’s contract secret? (+)

Lincoln-Way North High School set to graduate final class

19 apply for seat on Glen Ellyn District 41 school board (+)

Lake Zurich District 95 instructional coaches report on first year (+)


The revolution on America’s college campuses

Rich school districts get millions in federal money meant for poor kids

Colleges pledge to send more students abroad

Active-shooter drills help schools prepare for the worst

Despite policy successes, teachers unions still haven’t forgiven Rhee

North Carolina student tries to help others escape “corridor of shame”


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

Comments are closed.