Juniors Win 50th Anniversary Logo Design Contest
Juniors Jennifer Kong and Matthew Rice are the winners of a student design contest to develop a special logo for Stevenson High School’s 50th anniversary, which will be celebrated during the 2014-15 school year. Their logo was chosen from among 30 entries submitted by students in May. Rice and Kong will receive $500 for winning the contest. Click here to see the winning logo.
Sophomores Develop Contest for Junior High Students
Sophomores Patrick DeMichele and Kevin Cao created and coordinated what is believed to be the school’s first student-run science competition last month. The pair led the Stevenson Science Consortium, a contest for area junior high school students held at SHS May 24 that drew 47 students. The event was based on the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering statewide competition model developed by the University of Illinois.
Three More Students Earn Eagle Scout Awards
Three more Stevenson students have earned Eagle Scout awards. Seniors Alex Konopacki and Joseph Pascual and junior Zachary Pease are members of Troop 79, affiliated with Hope Lutheran Church in Long Grove. Konopacki’s project collected more than 16,000 books for Bernie’s Book Bank, Pascual built seven benches out of fallen trees at the Rivershire forest preserve, and Pease redesigned and upgraded Ivy Hall Elementary School’s prairie garden used for teaching about Illinois prairies.
Former SHS Staffer Named Ridgewood High Principal
Former SHS teacher and administrator John Bolger has been named the next principal of Ridgewood High School in Norridge. Bolger most recently served as principal of Grayslake Central High School. Bolger taught in Stevenson’s Social Studies Division for many years, and became its director before leaving for Grayslake Central in 2009.
Retired Teacher Helping Libertyville Schools Go Green
Retired science teacher Dave Wilms, who served as the school’s sustainability coordinator after leaving the classroom, has helped two Libertyville middle schools obtain $1.8 million in grants for installing solar panels on their roofs.
Last Daily Digest Until Next School Year
This is the final edition of the Daily Digest for the 2013-14 school year. The Digest will hibernate during the summer and will return at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Thanks to all of our readers!
Water Polo Players Earn All-State Honors
Several members of the SHS girls and boys water polo teams have earned all-state honors from Illpolo.com. Sophomore Allison Travetto and junior Melissa Gartenberg were named to the girls’ first team, while senior Mitchell Sokolsky was selected to the boys’ first team. Senior Becky Callen and freshman Andrew Shashin were second-team picks for girls and boys, respectively. Third-team honors went to junior Joanie Newland (girls), and senior Alex Divanyan and sophomore Alex Kapecki (boys). Junior Annika Hotchkiss landed on the girls’ fourth team, while teammate Ashley Oliver, a senior, received honorable mention. In Illpolo.com’s final team rankings, Stevenson’s girls were third and the boys were fourth.
The senior boat trip is today. Meet in the lobby by the Field House at 12:30. We will load buses in Lot D and will leave SHS around 1 p.m. Please expect to return to SHS at approximately 7 p.m.
Class of 2014 iPad return will take place today through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the SMART desk in the Link Lab (Room 3014). When returning the iPad, make sure to include the charging block and cable. Failure to return either the charging block or cable will result in a fine of $19 for each. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Hudson at the SMART desk.
Before leaving for the summer, please check out the Lost and Found boxes for any lost items. Stop by Room 5024 in the East Building (by the Field House) and Room 2416 in the West Building.
As you are cleaning out your lockers and backpacks and getting ready for summer, please consider donating new or gently used school supplies to the annual Peer Helper school supply drive. Drop boxes are located throughout the school. This year, supplies are going to Stevenson’s EduFund club, which will disperse the supplies to local schools in need.
Summer reading assignments for English classes are available for students who will be attending SHS during the 2014-15 school year. Check them out at www.d125.org/summer_reading.
During finals, the Testing Center hours will be:
Today — 7-3
Thursday — 7-1
Friday — 7-3
Students must sign up for tests during finals times. A test can only be taken during a free period. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up.
If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or email from the teacher or counselor that the final has been rescheduled.
Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teachers or counselors.
Seniors: The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is offering a $1,000 scholarship award to an eligible senior. Along with the completed application, the essay needs to answer the question regarding the rotary motto “Service About Self.” Applications are available in the College/Career Center. The deadline is noon on Friday, June 13.
Reminder, if you are interested in veterinary medicine as a career: The Anti-Cruelty Society in partnership with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is offering an internship program for the 2014-15 school year and applications are due by June 30. Please stop by or contact Mrs. Willock (email@example.com) in the College/Career Center for an application.
Still need to sign up for summer camp? Don’t worry, it’s not too late! Register online now at www.d125.org/PREP. For more details you can visit the website or stop by the PREP office, Room 3040.
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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.