Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

Bears Player to Honor Military Veterans at Football Game

Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller will be the special guest at Friday’s fifth annual Touchdowns for Troops military appreciation night, sponsored by Students Helping Soldiers and the SHS football program.

A pre-game ceremony will precede the varsity football game between Stevenson and Lake Zurich, which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Miller is scheduled to present four military veterans with autographed footballs as a token of appreciation for their service to the country. The presentation will take place during a pre-game ceremony. The veterans will serve as honorary team captains. The four who will be honored are:

Sgt. Don Carter, World War II veteran, Army: Carter was drafted in 1944 and assigned to the Fourth Infantry Division, which took part in the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. His division was part of the repatriation of Paris, and also fought alongside Gen. George Patton’s Third Army. Carter received numerous medals, including five Battle Stars and a citation for combat service at the Battle of the Bulge. He remains active with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War, and is chairman of the Memorial Day Committee in Libertyville.

Cpl. Kyle Moser, Afghanistan War veteran, Marine Corps: Moser joined the Marines in 2010 and served in Echo Company. In November 2011, while on foot patrol in Afghanistan, he lost both of his legs and his right hand was injured severely after stepping on an improvised explosive device. Moser currently lives in a home that is not handicap-accessible. However, this year the Homes for Wounded Warriors organization will provide the corporal and his family with a mortgage-free handicap-accessible home to better suit their needs. Homes for Wounded Warriors was founded by former NFL standout Jared Allen, who played with Miller and the Bears in 2014 and 2015.

Sgt. Joseph Passalaqua, World War II veteran, Army: Passalaqua was a combat medic in the Ninth Army’s Second Infantry Division, and took part in the D-Day invasion. His mission was to retrieve injured soldiers from the front line and bring them back to the rear for medical treatment. Passalaqua served in five campaigns: Normandy, Brest Peninsula, Luxembourg, Holland and the bloodiest battle of the war, the Battle of the Bulge. After Normandy, he was assigned to Patton’s tank division, and later was a mechanic working under the commands of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and Gen. Bernard Montgomery. Passalaqua received numerous medals, including the Bronze Star and the Combat Medic Badge.

Cpl. Robert Paullin, Korean War veteran, Army: Paullin served with the Army Security Agency from 1953-56, and was in the Army Reserves from 1956-61. After studying Morse code and telegraphy during his first year in the agency, Paullin was sent to Korea, where he served for two years.

In addition to honoring veterans, the evening is a fundraiser to benefit Operation Wild Horse, which seeks to stem the rising tide of veteran suicide by providing active-duty military veterans and their families with equine therapy through the Heroes Equine Leadership Program.

The Touchdowns for Troops ceremony is one of several events taking place at the varsity football game. Stevenson’s Spirit Revolution, its cheerleading and Patriettes teams, will hold its 30-year reunion. Past and current Spirit Revolution members will be honored on the track starting around 7 p.m. The Marching Patriots will have their Senior Night as well, with seniors in the marching band and color guard honored around 7:10. The military appreciation ceremony will follow.

The pre-game festivities, as well as the game, will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network starting at 7 p.m. Friday. Use this link to watch. The game also will be broadcast by Stevenson’s student radio station, WAES 88.1 FM.

Communication Arts Teacher’s Fiction Honored

Communication Arts teacher Martha Keller reached the semifinals of the American Short Fiction Prize competition for short stories between 2,000 and 6,500 words. The piece she submitted was “The Leaving Kind,” a story about two children in a rural town seeking to solve the murder of a neighborhood cat. American Short Fiction publishes work by “emerging and established” voices three times per year. The publication is based in Austin, Texas.

Directions to Tonight’s ARTalks Presentation

Community members coming to tonight’s ARTalks presentation by nature photographer JD Dennison should park in lot B for easiest access. Enter the West Building at the “point” entrance and once inside, follow the hallway on the left to the Visiting Artist Gallery. The presentation begins at 7 o’clock.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A Palatine Regional: The Patriots qualified for next week’s sectional by finishing third among 11 schools at Palatine Hills Golf Course. SHS posted a team score of 329, behind Barrington (307) and Prospect (321). Kelly Dong led Stevenson with a 5-over-par 77, placing her in a five-way tie for fourth among the field of 63 players. After carding a 40 on the front nine, the freshman improved on the back nine, shooting a 1-over-par 37. She had two birdies in her round. Sophomore Joyce Bai tied for 12th (81), senior Olivia Stomberg tied for 20th (85) and senior Katie Hannahs tied for 23rd (86). Also competing were freshman Sophia Zhuang (tied for 26th, 88) and junior Julia Yoo (tied for 29th, 90). The Patriots will play in the Barrington Sectional on Monday. This will be the first sectional appearance for Stevenson in coach Emma Degen’s four-year tenure, and the program’s first sectional berth since 2011. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Lake Zurich d. Stevenson, 25-20, 25-15: The Bears snapped the Patriots’ three-match win streak. Junior Sophie Sorenson led SHS (13-9, 3-2) with seven kills. Senior Alex Cuc was 43-of-45 setting with 13 assists. Junior Becca Sullivan made eight digs and served two aces, while seniors Chloe Robinson and Lauren Micek added seven digs apiece. Lake Zurich improved to 5-0 in the North Suburban Conference. – Daily Herald

Field Hockey

Lake Forest 6, Stevenson 0

Allied Bowling

Round Lake d. Stevenson: The Panthers came out on top at the Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, posting an average game score of 119.4 compared to 109.6 for Stevenson, which was an improvement over its opening match. Junior Steven Wetle had the highest score for SHS, a 125, with senior Tim Phelps close behind at 120. Carly DelCampo rolled a 105, senior Chris Burg shot a 102 and sophomore Daniel Seo had a 97.


Have You Seen Those Pictures in the West Building?

The latest Visiting Artist of the Month has photos of the outdoors hanging in the West Building’s Visiting Artist Gallery. But these aren’t normal photos; they’re inverted, or reversed. If you’d like to find out how JD Dennison made those pictures, or if you want to hear about his travels, stop by his free ARTalks presentation at 7 p.m. tonight at the gallery. Snacks will be provided.

Testing Center Closed Wednesday

The Testing Center will be closed on Wednesday due to the special schedule in effect for the day.

Theatre Costume Sale Oct. 12-13 During Lunch

Need an idea for a Halloween costume? Looking for something to add to your wardrobe? Stop by the Theatre Costume Sale, a fundraiser for SHS Thespians, during all lunch periods on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12-13 in front of the Performing Arts Center. The sale is open to all students.


Interactive Gamers Club will host a two-headed giant Magic tournament with the brand new Ixalan set after school today in the West Staff Dining Room (1204). Play with vampires, pirates and dinosaurs! The cost is $5, and each student will receive six Magic packs. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you! New members are always welcome.

Peer Tutor Club has a mandatory meeting after school today in Room 7066.

Epic Club meets after school today in Room 2432.

Rotary Youth Club offers service experiences to help the community and the world. From going to Bernie’s Book Bank to holding a trivia night fundraiser to help end polio, many fun experiences and memories will be made. The club meets 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday in Room 1916.


Iowa, Georgia, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, Florida State, Pepperdine and Wisconsin-Whitewater are just some of the colleges coming to visit Stevenson next week. To see the complete list of college rep visits, and to find out how to sign up for one, visit


The girls gymnastics team will have a pre-season meeting after school Friday, Oct. 13 in Room 2002. Anyone interested in joining the team is welcome. No experience is necessary.


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