Friday, Feb. 3, 2023

Spin Cycle: Robotics Club Hosting Spin Up Tournament Tomorrow

Spin Up? Think disc golf (kind of)…with robots.

That’s the gist of VEX Spin Up, the game that will be played TOMORROW at Stevenson when the VEX Robotics Club hosts a tournament that could yield a qualification for the state tournament in March. There will be 24 teams competing in this tournament, which is the second tournament of the year for Stevenson.

Spin Up is played by collecting foam discs that are spread throughout the field and trying to launch them into high-goal baskets, as well as place them into low-goal regions.

Matches will be played starting roughly at 9:45 a.m. in the Wood Commons and will continue through around 3 p.m. There will be seating for spectators and admission is free, so come out to cheer on the Stevenson VEX Robotics teams.

Love Is In The Air: “Romeo And Juliet” Continues Tonight!

February is the month of LOVE, so what better way to celebrate that than to attend a Stevenson play that is all about LOVE: “Romeo And Juliet!”

The production features three shows, with the second running TONIGHT (7 p.m.) and the final show wrapping TOMORROW (7 p.m.) in the Little Theater.

Join the Patriot Theatre Company as it shares the classic tale of the ever famous “star-crossed lovers” through this abridged, one-act, one-hour version of Shakespeare’s original “Romeo And Juliet.”

Conceptualized in a celestial world where the day and the night are indefinitely separated and ushered by popular and favored music of today’s era, this Freshmen/Sophomore production will help the audience reimagine how love can indeed be born from hate.

Tickets are $7 and are available on GoFan.

This is a fundraiser event with snacks and water on sale for $2 apiece or 3 items for $5.

Save The Date: D125 Asian Night Market Is Next Weekend

Want to immerse yourself in Asian culture and cuisine? Check out D125 Asian Night Market next weekend.

Hosted by the Asian American Student Association, Asian Night Market will take place next SATURDAY (Feb. 11) and features food booths (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) in the Glass Commons and performances (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) in the Performing Arts Center. 

Tickets for food will be on sale for $1 (cash only) each, but performances are free.

SAGA Dance Is Back: Masquerade Ball!

It’s been three long years since the last SAGA Dance, so this year’s Masquerade Ball is going to be bigger and better than ever!

The Sexuality And Gender Alliance invites you to join your friends and show your support for Stevenson’s LGBTQ+ community by dancing the night away next FRIDAY (Feb. 10) from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Lower East Glass Commons.

Music will be provided by the Stevenson DJ Club. There will also be free food and fun activities. This is a great opportunity to meet some new people and have fun!!

For more information, please visit SAGA’s special Masquerade Ball website.

Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships! 
Need Money For College? Here’s Your One-Stop Shop!

Apply for these post-secondary scholarships, with deadlines ranging from March 1 to April 1.

The Stephanie Greene Memorial Scholarship through The Town & Country Garden Club of Libertyville will award one or two $1,000 scholarships. This scholarship offers financial aid to students pursuing a course of study in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant Pathology, Forestry, Agronomy and Environmental Concerns (broad category). Applicants must be majoring in one of these fields of study and reside in Libertyville and neighboring communities. The applicant must be enrolled or have a letter of acceptance to a two- or four-year college or university within the above noted courses of study. This includes currently enrolled college students, high school seniors, and adults returning to school. The deadline to apply is March 1.

The Profit Through Knowledge Scholarship through the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority invites all African-American high school seniors (male and female) to apply for four $1,500 scholarships. The awards are in the area of Scholastic Achievement; Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Excellence in Service and Delta Sigma Theta Student Fellowship. Applicants must submit an essay with 500 words or less and a 90-second personal statement video. The deadline to apply is March 4.

The Lambda Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of applications for the 2023 Academic Scholarship. The scholarship is open to high school seniors in Lake County who are matriculating at an accredited college or university for the Fall 2023 academic year. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 10.

The Fueling The Minds Of The Future is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which Graham Enterprise, Inc and Graham C-Stores Company operate. The program provides support to local youths by offering $2,500 scholarships to entering college freshmen. Awards will be based on the information provided on the application, personal statement, academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience, individual goals and demonstrated financial need. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 15. 

Two scholarships are available from The Lake County Retired Teachers Association. These scholarships will be awarded to a Lake County, Illinois high school senior to recognize ability and achievement, contribution to the community, and those who plan to pursue a career in education. Only one application is necessary to be considered for both scholarships. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 24.

Lake County Federation of Teachers offers the annual Joe Hutten Scholarship to any Lake County, Illinois public school graduate who is attending an Illinois Public Higher Education school. The application requires a one-page essay describing your educational and career goals and a resume that includes any extracurricular activities, community service and job experience. The deadline to apply is March 24.

Rotary District 6440 is offering 2023 Career and Technical Education/Vocational Scholarship grants in the amount of $1,500 each for students who are pursuing careers at community colleges, technical training institutions or vocational training programs. These awards may be applied to costs associated with tuition, books, tools, and supplies that are associated with specific CTE programs. Applicants must be sponsored by, and work with, local Rotary Clubs, which will be able to submit up to two applicants each year for consideration. For more information, Buffalo Grove Residents should contact: Martha Weiss, Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove 847-226-9200. For all other residents: Alan Nerad, Rotary Club of Lincolnshire, 224-388-9971. The deadline to apply is March 25.

Won Buddhism Of Chicago awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors from high schools located in Illinois. Applicants are evaluated on various attributes including but not limited to: academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, leadership, community activities, essay and financial need. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31, 2023.

The Palumbo Family Foundation strives to make a difference by providing scholarships to well-deserving students of lower income families. Scholarships awarded are a minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $10,000 per scholarship. The number of scholarships awarded varies but the total amount awarded this year will be a minimum of $150,000. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, an annual adjusted gross family income of $65,000 or less, and residence in Illinois’ Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake or Will counties for at least six months. Applications are open until March 31.

The Hoffman Estates (IL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will award scholarships to qualified African-American high school seniors in the Northwest Suburban areas of Chicago. Scholarships are available for students who will attend a two-year community college or a four-year college or university as a full-time student in the fall of 2023. Students may apply in one or more qualifying categories: Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Big Ten University, The Arts, Community College, or Academic Achievement. All scholarship applications are due March 31.

The VFW Post 981 Wally Luetschwager Memorial Scholarship Grant, in an amount as high as $3,000, is awarded annually in the memory of our comrade Wally Luettschwager. Students who attend (or will attend) college in a degree program or a recognized trade school should apply. The ideal candidate will be an active duty or reserve member of the military, honorably discharged veteran, or a direct descendent of an honorably discharged veteran. All other things being equal, preference will be given to residents of the Northwest Cook County suburbs and adjacent areas in Lake County, with additional consideration to those towns and villages served by Post 981. The deadline to apply is March 31.

Every year, Blind Service Association awards 20 to 30 scholarships, ranging in amounts up to $3,000, to young people planning to attend a professional school, college, or university. Applications are judged according to academic merit, evidence of community service and need. Eligible students must be legally blind, reside in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry or Will Counties, and be enrolled/accepted in an accredited degree program during the fall of 2023. The deadline to apply is April 1.

The Society of Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) will award two $50,000 scholarships to support students of color who will pursue an undergraduate STEM degree after high school, which includes mentorship from a STEM professional throughout their degree. The SLAS-NOBCChE Scholarship is intended for U.S.-based students of color entering an undergraduate STEM program, specifically Black, LatinX and other racially underrepresented students interested in the STEM field (African-American, Hispanic, Native/Indigenous; Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders; Alaskan natives). Students must be sophomores, juniors or seniors. The deadline to apply is April 1.

Biliteracy Exam Is Later This Month; Registration Opens TODAY!

Stevenson offers students the opportunity to qualify for the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy program by demonstrating a high level of proficiency in a language other than English. High proficiency in a language other than English is attained via one of the approved World Language exams.

The February 2023 Biliteracy Exam is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25. The exam is only available to Juniors and Seniors, and seating is limited.

Registration for the exam opens TODAY and the deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 17, at 12 noon. Visit Stevenson’s Biliteracy page and Biliteracy Exam FAQ for languages offered, registration, and payment information.

Interested In Upcoming CLC Workshops? Fill Out Survey

The College Career Center is hosting a series of College Of Lake County Workshops, beginning with a visit from CLC next THURSDAY(Feb. 9). (Please see the “Community College Week” story and the Student Reminders Section below.)

Seniors who are interested in taking part in the upcoming application workshops and/or placement testing should fill out this survey prior to the events.

CCC To Host “Community College Week” Next Week

Six community colleges will visit Stevenson next week during “Community College Week!”

These college visits are similar to the college rep visits that took place during the fall. Interested Juniors and Seniors should register within Naviance and seek teacher permission two school days in advance to attend the scheduled visit.

All visits will take place in the College And Career Center.

✅ Monday (Feb. 6), Fifth Period ~ Oakton College (2 campuses in Des Plaines and Niles)

✅ Tuesday (Feb. 7), Sixth Period ~ Arrupe College of Loyola University (2-year degree program at Loyola)

✅ Tuesday (Feb. 7), Seventh Period ~ Parkland College (can earn dual credits with nearby UIUC)

✅ Wednesday (Feb. 8), Seventh Period ~ Kirkwood Community College (on the campus of University of Iowa)

✅ Thursday (Feb. 9), Fourth, Fifth or Sixth Periods ~  College Of Lake County (in-district community college with guaranteed admission with dozens of four-year colleges)

✅ Friday (Feb. 10), Sixth Period ~ Harper College (students can receive in-district tuition rates by working within campus boundaries)

The Reminders For Students section tightens our Student Announcements section by including information about events/action items that have already been fully promoted in the Digest, but that have yet to happen or are still open-ended with deadlines (submissions/applications/permission slips). These reminders, which will run every day, will include direct links to applicable websites or documents, and/or to previous editions of the “Digest” that feature the full listing about the event. Please check here regularly! 


ONGOING ~ Register Now For Summer School: Online registration for Summer School courses is open NOW until March 23. To get started, please go to Infinite CampusClick here for instruction on how to registerSummer School is open to current Stevenson studentsas well as current eighth graders who will be registered as incoming freshmen in the Class of 2027. *NOTE: Summer School registration is different from the academic school year registration/fees payment process that will begin in mid-May. Contact the summer school office at 847-415-4520 or with questions. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

TODAY: Deadline To Opt Out Of 2023 Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Share your thoughts about education in Illinois in the 5Essentials Survey that addresses five indicators that lead to improved outcomes for students. Students will receive specific e-mail communication about how they can participate in the survey during their Mathematics class. Parents who would like their student to opt-out of this survey can complete this form by TODAY. Parents are also welcome to complete the 5Essentials Survey.

THURSDAY, Feb 9: CLC Visit…And Workshops: The College And Career Center is hosting a series of College Of Lake County workshops throughout the Second Semester, starting next week with a visit on THURSDAY (Feb. 9) from CLC during all lunch periods in the CCC. (Seniors ~ and juniors ~ are welcome to join a session.) This is the first of SIX total events in this CLC workshop series. The second date in the series is an application workshop on THURSDAY, Feb. 23. Full “Daily Digest” listing, including more information and all dates. 



ONGOING: Winterfest 2023: Arcade! Get your tickets for the upcoming Winterfest Dance, which will be held on SATURDAY, Feb. 25 (7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the West Commons and Sportscenter). The price is$25 through Feb. 24. Tickets will be available at the door for $40.NOTE: If you would like to bring a guest (a student from another school) to the Dance, you must fill out a guest form. Guest forms may be submitted NOW through Feb. 17. 

ℹ️ Sports Notes

Balase Named Head Girls Tennis Coach

Isriz Balase has been named Stevenson’s Head Girls Tennis Coach.

Last spring, Balase (pictured right in green) completed his first season with the boys program. He will continue to coach the boys, and also lead the girls program in the fall. 

The boys team finished as the North Suburban Conference champion and the Sectional champion on its way to a seventh-place finish in the IHSA State Finals.

Balase played high school tennis for Schaumburg High School and played collegiately at Lewis University and Judson University.  He is currently a tennis instructor at College Park and has been teaching all ages and levels for nine years. 

Coach Balase plans to hold an information meeting for the girls program in the spring. Stay tuned for more details.

Recruiting 101:
Athletic Department To Hold Recruiting Presentation

Are you interested in the college recruiting process? Do you want to know more about how to get started?

Then please attend the Recruiting Informational Meeting on MONDAY, Feb. 13 in Room 5132 with Athletic Coordinator Kyle Washburn during the Activity Period (from 10:06 a.m. to 10:49 a.m.).

Be sure to RSVP using the QR Code.

Sports Events Ahead

TODAY/TOMORROW ~ Competitive Cheer State Finals: Stevenson will be competing in the IHSA Competitive Cheer State Finals TODAY (prelims, 7:25 p.m.) and TOMORROW at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. General admission tickets are available online and at the door. Admission is $12 at the door and $12 plus online fees. No outside food or beverages may be brought inside the Arena. There is also a clear bag policy to enter the Arena. The competition will be streamed live on the NFHSNetwork/IHSATV.  

TODAY ~ Competitive Cheer PEP BUS: There will be a Pep Bus for Stevenson students who want to cheer on the Competitive Cheer Team at STATE TODAY. The Pep Bus will depart from Circle Drive TODAY at 12 noon and return at approximately 10 p.m. The Pep Bus will cost $15 and students must also purchase a ticket to the event online or at the door. 

TOMORROW ~ Boys Swimming And Diving NSC Open Invite: The Patriots will compete in the North Suburban Conference Open Invite TOMORROW at Lake Forest High School. Action starts at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at GoFan. NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

Sports Reminders

Similar to the new Reminders For Students section, Sports Reminders is a daily sports section that includes sports items that have already been fully promoted in the “Digest,” but that have yet to happen or are still open-ended with deadlines. Please check here regularly! 

ONGOING ~ Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW.Register for Spring Sports HEREAll Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

FRIDAY, Feb. 10 ~Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Nominate a WINTER athlete for an Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) by FRIDAY, Feb. 10. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Feb. 3-28: Black History Month
Feb. 3-4:  2023 Frosh/Soph Play: Romeo and Juliet
Feb. 6-10: CCC Presents ~ College Week
Feb. 6: PPA Meeting
Feb 6:Stevenson Family Engagement Presents: Scheduling – Help Your Teen Find A Healthy Balance
Feb. 8: Girls Water Polo Fundraiser ~ Chipotle
Feb. 8: Sports Boosters Meeting
Feb. 9: CCC Presents ~ CLC Informational Meeting
Feb. 10: SAGA Dance

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