Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stevenson Leads Country in STEM Recognition Program

For the second straight year, Stevenson High School led the nation in a program designed to increase access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career options.

Ninety-four Stevenson students received AP + PLTW Student Achievement certificates for completing an Advanced Placement and Project Lead The Way pathway during the 2016-17 school year, the most of any high school in the country. The PLTW program features courses in computer science, engineering and biomedical science. To earn the AP + PLTW recognition, students must: take one AP course, one PLTW course, and a third course that is either AP or PLTW; earn a score of three or higher on the corresponding AP exams; and score Proficient or higher on the corresponding PLTW end-of-course assessments.

Stevenson also had the second-highest number of AP + PLTW achievers among all school districts. Only the Montgomery County Public School District based in Rockville, Md., which had 170 students receive certificates, had more. The Maryland district has 26 high schools.

More Than 100 Educators Visiting SHS Thursday

Representatives from nearly 20 schools in seven states, including Illinois, will visit Stevenson on Thursday for the final Site Visit Day for Educators for the 2017-18 school year. Approximately 110 visitors will be on campus. The educational institutions outside of Illinois that will be represented are: Agua Fria Union High School District in Avondale, Ariz., Canyon View High School in Waddell, Ariz., Anderson High School and Nagel Middle School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Catoosa County Schools in Ringgold, Ga., Smitha Middle School in Marietta, Ga., Lander Valley High School in Lander, Wyo., Midland Freshman High School in Midland, Texas, and Northeast Community School District in Goose Lake, Iowa. The Illinois schools coming to SHS include Deerfield District 109, DRW Trading College Prep High School in Chicago, Fenton Community High School in Bensenville, Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, and Lake Forest Schools (Districts 67 and 115).

Senior Honored by U.S. Figure Skating

Senior Jocelyn Kalkman has been honored by U.S. Figure Skating for achieving the top level in its Graduating Seniors Program. Jocelyn earned the Platinum level award in recognition of her achievements on the ice and in the classroom. She is a member of the Starlights Synchronized Skating Club from the Skokie Valley Skating Club. Jocelyn recently committed to join the synchronized skating team at Adrian College, an NCAA Division III school in Michigan.

Alumna Breaks the Mold With Cake in a Jar

Cake in a jar? It’s a thing, so big in fact, that SHS alumna Karen Stolman Firsel (Class of 1993) and her Northbrook restaurant, Jar Bar, were featured recently by Forbes. Firsel, a former producer for The Oprah Winfrey Show, said Jar Bar was born from her desire to offer clean and fast food options. The restaurant will celebrate its first anniversary next month.

Talking Graduation on “Lunch With Jim”

Graduation is the topic of the next “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at 12:30 today. If you have questions about graduation, please share them during the livecast at Stevenson’s Facebook page.


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Tuesday, April 24 Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 21, New Trier 0: The Patriots (17-0) completed an undefeated dual-meet season for the second time in the past three seasons, rolling in their final tuneup before this weekend’s North Suburban Conference championships in the Field House. SHS captured all 14 singles contests in straight sets. The winners were Esther Shi (21-2, 21-2), Shibani Ram (21-5, 21-4), Jyotsna Harikrishna (21-5, 21-6), Emily Hu (21-8, 21-6), Jenny Yang (21-4, 21-9), Benna Li (21-7, 21-4), Kaitlyn Lu (23-21, 21-6), Shirley Cao (21-11, 21-14), Megan Wei (21-10, 21-3), Harini Shanmugasundaram (21-11, 21-9), Julie Zhu (21-7, 21-11), Thivya Sivarajah (21-11, 21-10), Riya Gyanmote (21-16, 21-11) and Amy Nowack (21-14, 21-11). The winning doubles teams were Jenny-Emily (21-3, 21-4), Benna-Jyotsna (21-9, 21-5), Esther-Shibani (21-4, 21-4), Megan-Kaitlyn (21-10, 21-12), Shirley-Thivya (17-21, 21-8, 21-13), Julie-Harini (21-8, 21-12) and Riya-Amy (21-11, 10-21, 21-18).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 8, Fenwick 6: Justin Ginsberg scored five goals on eight attempts as the second-ranked Patriots (20-2) won their 10th straight game by holding off a late rally from the host Friars. Goalie Charlie Day made 11 saves, including a block on a five-meter attempt in the first half as SHS took a 3-1 lead into intermission. Justin scored twice in the third quarter as Stevenson extended its lead to 6-2, then added two more goals in the fourth to counter four from fourth-ranked Fenwick. Collin Kapecki had two goals for SHS and Eric Osuch added one. –,

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 4, Zion-Benton 0: In Zion, the Patriots (6-3-2, 2-0-1) put on a dominating performance, outshooting the Zee-Bees 35-0. Four players found the back of the net for SHS, which scored once in the first half and notched three goals in the second half. Hannah Lapeire had a goal and two assists, while Brianna VanZanten recorded one goal and one assist. Abby Kalou and Isabella Michael also scored. Goalkeepers Zoey Friedman and Caitlyn Machado combined for the shutout, each playing one half.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 0: The Patriots (6-0, 5-0) continued their roll through the North Suburban Conference, dropping only six games on the day at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Zachary Kim, Sam Komis and Thomas Gong all posted 6-0, 6-0 decisions at Nos. 1 through 3 singles, respectively. Sai Merneedi and Eric Perkowski were 6-1, 6-1 winners at No. 1 doubles. They were followed down victory lane by the tandems of Arjun Sheelvanth-Andy Dong (6-0, 6-1) at No. 2, Payton Adkisson-Daniel Tulchinskiy (6-2, 6-0) at No. 3, and Michael Maryniuk-Jeremy Park (6-0, 6-1) at No. 4.


Stevenson 6, Lake Forest 5: The Patriots (4-7, 3-2) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. –


Libertyville 12, Stevenson 9: The host Patriots (10-8-1, 6-5) came all the way back from a 7-0 deficit before falling short against the Wildcats. Pinch-hitter Hayden Brotz hit a bases-loaded double to tie the game at 8-8 in the fifth inning. Michael D’Angelo had an RBI double and scored two runs. Nick Bonk went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run drive in. Isaiah Hart also had two hits. Evan Kiah walked three times, while Jack Housinger walked twice and scored two runs. –

Girls Lacrosse

Barrington 14, Stevenson 7: The two teams entered halftime deadlocked at 4-4, but the Fillies (6-1) outscored the Patriots (10-2) by a 10-3 count in the second half. –

Boys Lacrosse

Barrington 13, Stevenson 9: Ryan Walsh led the host Patriots (2-7) with three goals, and Cole Okmin and Austin Masters added two apiece. Caleb Benoit-DiMaria and Nathan Spina also scored. Cole recorded three assists, and Austin and Duncan Paul each had one. Goalie Jacob Guria made nine saves.

Monday, April 23 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 111, Libertyville 32; Stevenson 132, Waukegan 7: The Patriots dominated the triangular meet in Waukegan, winning 14 of 17 events.


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Seniors: Stay Connected With SHS After Graduation

Members of the Class of 2018 are invited to complete the Alumni Contact Form by Friday, May 4. As a member of the Stevenson alumni community, you’ll have access to a network of more than 30,000 fellow SHS graduates, learn about upcoming events — including Alumni Lounge and Homecoming activities — and receive class reunion information. Click here to complete the form.


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Illinois Senate bill seeks to consolidate school superintendents

With Dreamers’ status uncertain, advocates seek funds for scholarships

Downers Grove district’s technology initiative raises questions, concerns

Evanston/Skokie District 65 board members condemn attacks on principal

Hinsdale board ready to eliminate buffer zone between high schools

SIU plans to recruit alumni for “volunteer” adjunct positions

Judson University to launch mentorship program for foster youth

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Chicago Board of Education to consider charter school changes

Bike-sharing program launched at Northern Illinois University

Student forms University of Illinois’ first beekeeping club


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Trump blamed as U.S. colleges lure fewer foreign students

NCAA basketball reform panel calls for major reforms

Coalition-backed candidates sweep historic board election in Newark

The power game behind the search for a new L.A. schools leader

Fresno State professor won’t be reprimanded for Barbara Bush tweets

One Laptop Per Child was going to change the world, then it all went wrong


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CBS 2 Puts Spotlight on Math Students

CBS 2 Chicago aired a “Positively Chicago” report on five Stevenson students who will defend their national MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge title on Monday in New York. Seniors Joshua Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Albert Cao, Deepak Moparthi and Andrew Hwang are among six finalist groups that will spend 14 hours using high-level mathematics to develop a solution to hunger and food waste problems in the United States. CBS 2 talked with the students and their coach, mathematics teacher Paul Kim. The winning team will receive $20,000.

Seven Students Reach Semifinals of USA Biology Olympiad

Seven students have reached the semifinals of the 16th annual USA Biology Olympiad competition. Seniors Elaine Xiao and David Liang, juniors Andrew Ding and Rachel Potula, sophomores Akash Kumar and Ellen Ma, and freshman Bella Kim are among 646 semifinalists. This is the second straight year that Elaine, David and Andrew have reached the semifinals.

The SHS contingent took the semifinal exam April 9, and will find out in early May if they are among the 20 finalists for the nationals in June at the University of California-San Diego. From that group, four will be chosen to represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad in July in Tehran, Iran. A record number of high schools registered for the Biology Olympiad this year, and more than 7,200 students signed up for the Open Exam used to determine semifinalists. Several members of Stevenson’s Biology Olympiad club will participate in the 24th annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition on Thursday.

Six Students Earn Medals in Chinese Contest

Six students in the Chinese program earned medals in the 10th annual Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance Speech Contest on Saturday. Junior Jeesu Choi earned a Gold Medal in Category III C (Chinese 3x), and also received a scholarship for eight weeks of study in Taiwan. Sophomore Yooji Kim also was a Gold Medalist in Category III B (Chinese 2x).

Three students received Silver Medals: Junior Noah Chiou in Category III C (Chinese 3x), and freshman Grace Zhu and sophomore Jasmine Zhang in Category IH (Heritage students, all levels). Freshman Ray Zhang received a Bronze Medal in Category IH.

Seniors Honored by Illinois Principals Association

Seniors Allison Chen and Hannah Cohen were recognized with Outstanding Student and School Citizen Awards by the Lakes Region of the Illinois Principals Association last week.

Alumni Gathering in Champaign Next Week

The Stevenson High School Alumni Association is sponsoring a get-together next week in Champaign for SHS alumni attending the University of Illinois and Parkland College. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at Papa Del’s Pizza, 1201 S. Neil St. Alumni planning to attend are asked to let the association know through this link.


Monday’s Digest listed the wrong students who finished third in Microbe Mission at the Illinois Science Olympiad on Saturday. Senior Elaine Xiao and junior Andrew Ding placed third.


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Monday, April 23 Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Vernon Hills, 25-18, 25-17: The Patriots (19-4) traveled a few minutes north of campus and won their 10th straight match behind 12 kills from senior Leo Chen and six from sophomore Gavin Meng. Junior Will Sorenson distributed 18 assists on 39-of-39 setting, and classmate Thomas Finn was 6-of-6 with four assists. Sophomore Andrii Yerokihn made eight digs and senior Alex Bian added six.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 103, Libertyville 43; Stevenson 137, Waukegan 5: The Patriots won 15 events and rolled to the double-victory in Libertyville. Freshman Camille Clay and senior Isabelle Sparreo each won two individual events. Camille captured the shot put (40 feet) and discus (120 feet, 8 inches), while Isabelle claimed the 800-meter run (2:24.6) and the 3,200-meter run (11:20.2). Senior Haley Tokars, junior Emily Ossentjuk and freshman Jordan Tollison each won an event and ran in two first-place relays. Haley crossed first in the 200 (26.7), while Emily and Jordan tied for top honors in the 100 (12.9). All three girls were part of the 400 and 800 relays. Their partner in the 400 relay (51.3) was junior Raeden Mays, while their relay mate in the 800 relay (1:51.8) was senior Haleigh Fobbe. SHS also won the 3,200 relay behind seniors Joanne Kim and Natalie Sparreo, sophomore Michelle Yu and junior Natalie Sorenson (10:38.9). Natalie Sorenson also won the 1,600 (5:34). Other individual winners were juniors Miffy Tani in the 100 hurdles (16.9) and Michelle Cai in the long jump (15-1), seniors Meghan Liss in the 400 (1:05.4) and Jessica Wang in the triple jump (32-5), and sophomore Alyssa Smith in the high jump (4-10).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 13, St. Ignatius 6: The second-ranked Patriots held off the seventh-ranked Wolfpack for the second time this season, improving to 19-2 with their ninth consecutive victory. Freshman Dima Kobets led SHS with four goals and two assists, and also recorded seven steals. Senior Eric Osuch had three goals and three assists, and classmates Justin Ginsberg and Collin Kapecki added two goals and one assist apiece. Juniors Sam Shokodko and Beno Maya also scored. Senior goalie Charlie Day made four saves for the win, and freshman Alex Mitchell made three. –

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 23, Mundelein 9: The Patriots improved to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference. – @PatriotsGLax

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 6, Glenbrook North 2: In a matchup of two schools that finished in the top seven at state last year, the Patriots (5-0) prevailed in Northbrook. SHS swept all four singles matches behind an all-freshman lineup. Erik Perkowski was a 6-3, 6-3 winner at No. 1, followed by Sai Merneedi (6-1, 6-0), Thomas Gong (6-1, 6-4) and Daniel Tulchinskiy (6-1, 6-0). In doubles, senior Sam Komis and junior Zachary Kim posted a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2, and sophomore Andy Dong and freshman Payton Adkisson earned a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 3. Glenbrook North tied for fourth in Illinois last year, while Stevenson was seventh.


Warren 12, Stevenson 1: Junior Maggie O’Brien drove in the lone run for the host Patriots (3-7 overall, 2-2 North Suburban Conference). – Daily Herald

Boys Gymnastics

Libertyville 143.8, Stevenson 105.7: Senior Danny Less finished second in the all-around competition (37.20). He was fourth on parallel bars (7.1), fifth on floor exercise (8.1) and pommel horse (4.8), tied for fifth with sophomore Mark Lozovnoy on vault (7.2), and was sixth on still rings (5.4) and horizontal bar (4.6). The Rudloff brothers, juniors Aaron (34.1) and Ben (31.5), were third and fourth, respectively, in the all-around. Aaron placed fifth on parallel bars (6.6) and was sixth on floor exercise (8.0). Ben was sixth on pommel horse (4.4). –


Libertyville 3, Stevenson 0: Senior Caleb Evans and juniors Ryan McElhinny and Jack Jonota accounted for the three hits by the visiting Patriots (10-7-1, 6-4). The Wildcats’ starting pitcher struck out 14 in 6-⅓ innings. Junior Hayden Brotz gave up two earned runs in 5-⅓ innings – Daily Herald,

Steffens Wins Athlete of the Year Award

Senior girls basketball standout Klaire Steffens won the Community Choice Athlete of the Year Award for the Chicago Tribune’s Lake Shore zone last week. The winner was determined by online voting open to the public. Klaire and eight other zone-winning athletes will be honored by the Tribune and Country Financial at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest on June 10 in Chicago.

Versatile Peterson Adds Value to Softball Team

The Lincolnshire Review has a profile of sophomore Hailey Peterson, the leadoff hitter and starting catcher for the Patriot softball team. Hailey grew up in Long Grove, then moved to South Carolina for a couple of years. She moved back last year. First-year head coach Heather Ruchim (Class of 2005) said that Hailey made an impression on her during offseason, early morning workouts. “There are certain people, they have it or they don’t have it,” Ruchim said. “It took me to watch her swing and throw the ball a few times, and I knew she was someone who had it.”

Lacrosse Games Online Tonight

Today’s varsity boys and girls lacrosse games against Barrington in the Stadium will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. The girls game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 o’clock. The action can be seen at Stevenson’s page on the NFHS Network. A subscription is required to watch. For the Patriot boys, it will be their first home game in more than a month.


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PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is Wednesday afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


Plea deals struck in District 128 perjury cases

U-46 trustee who equated American flag with toilet paper resigns

Student charged with making gun threats against Neuqua Valley High

College of Lake County considering $6M library renovation

Norridge District 80 board president: We should consider consolidation

Social media blamed for spike in West Aurora High expulsions

UI Senate to discuss resolution to ban Chief Illiniwek at games


Tough love falls out of fashion in American schools

Wells Fargo loses teacher union AFT over ties to NRA, guns

Pearson embedded “social-psychological” experiment in ed software

How Liberty University built a billion-dollar empire online

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ELL students count on language support in mathematics

How teens view job market can derail academic engagement

Colleges simplify, streamline IT with hyperconverged data centers

One major sports scandal can tank a university’s applications


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Science Olympiad Team Finishes Second in State

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad finished second to New Trier at the state finals Saturday at the University of Illinois, extending its streak of finishing first or second in the state to 10 consecutive years. SHS rallied to earn medals in the final nine events to keep its streak alive.

The team won state championships in eight of the 23 events. Junior Katherine “Kitty” Zeng was part of three state-winning events: Write It Do It with sophomore Erin Yuan, Towers with freshman Emily Liu, and Experimental Design, with senior Elaine Xiao and sophomore Anna Wang. Emily and Anna each won two state titles on the day, as did juniors Josephine “Josey” Zhang and Maitreyee Malpekar, and sophomore Radha Patel. Maitreyee and Emily paired to take Rocks and Minerals, while Radha and Anna combined to capture Mousetrap Vehicle. Radha’s second championship came in Mission Possible with senior Owen Simon. Maitreyee and Josey joined forces to claim the Helicopters category, while Josey joined junior Andrew Ding to take top honors in Anatomy and Physiology.

Sophomores Richard Yin and Shannon Kang were second in Forensics. Four teams took third: Maityree and Emily in Herpetology, Elaine and Andrew in Microbe Mission, Erin and Owen in Optics, and Anna and senior Daniel Tao in Remote Sensing. Owen and senior Zachary Chin finished fourth in Thermodynamics.

In the trial events competition, featuring five events that did not factor into team scoring, freshmen Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel were second in Electric Wright Stuff and fifth in WiFi Lab. Junior Andrew Gan and sophomore Andrew Lee were fifth in Geocaching.

With the second-place finish, Stevenson earned its 10th straight bid to the Science Olympiad National Tournament, which this year will be held May 17-20 at Colorado State University.

Helping Students Maintain a Good Digital Identity

The next Healthy Patriot series for parents will discuss how they can help their children understand the way technology impacts their personal and future professional lives. The session on “Digital Identity” will take place from 7:30-9 a.m. Friday at the District 125 Administration Center, north of the Stadium. For those planning to attend, this article is recommended reading.

Live Stream of Spring Band Concert Available

For those unable to attend the Spring Band Concert tonight or Tuesday, the Stevenson Broadcast Network will have a live video stream available at The concert begins at 7 p.m. each night.


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Saturday, April 21 Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Classic: The Patriots (20-1) beat Okemos, Mich., 16-3, and Evanston, 15-4, for their 17th and 18th consecutive victories, and finished the two-day tournament with a 4-0 record. Against Okemos, junior Lauren Maloney scored all three of her goals in the first quarter, and sophomore Shreya Sreedhar had two of her three scores, as SHS built a 9-0 lead. Senior Claire Haas tallied six goals in the win over Evanston, Lauren added three, and senior Eileen Hoang and junior Kalista Tapas each had two.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: The Patriots won all six flights and rolled to the team championship over Glenbrook North, 48-35, and six other schools. Senior Sam Komis won the No. 1 singles title (6-0, 6-1 in the championship match), junior Zachary Kim claimed No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-1), and freshman Thomas Gong captured No. 3 singles (7-5, 3-6, 6-2). Freshmen Eric Perkowski and Sai Merneedi were victorious at No. 1 doubles (6-4, 7-5), juniors Aswath Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth won at No. 2 (6-3, 6-3), and freshman Daniel Tulchinskiy and sophomore Andy Dong earned top honors at No. 3 (6-0, 6-3). – Daily Herald

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at Hinsdale South ABCD Invitational: The Patriots won the team championship and claimed four brackets. Sophomore Esther Shi won the A singles bracket, with freshman Shibani Ram finishing second. Sophomore Jenny Yang and freshman Emily Hu won the A doubles bracket, with freshmen Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li placing second. Senior Shirley Cao and junior Thivya Sivarajah won first place in the B doubles bracket, and junior Julie Zhu and senior Harini Shanmugasundaram claimed first in the C doubles bracket. Sophomore Kaitlyn Lu reached the semifinals of the A singles bracket.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Niles West Invitational: The defending state champion Patriots (18-2) won all three of their matches in Skokie, defeating York, 11-5, St. Charles East, 17-4, and Niles West, 13-2. Senior Eric Osuch scored five goals against York. –


Stevenson 15-10, Zion-Benton 1-1: The visiting Patriots (10-6-1, 6-3) held the Zee-Bees to seven hits in the doubleheader and completed a sweep of their three-game series. In the second game, winning pitcher and senior Nick Bonk struck out 12 in five innings and allowed just two hits. Senior Jack Housinger went 3-for-6 in the doubleheader, scoring five runs, driving in three and stealing three bases. Sophomore Matt Dutler was 3-for-7 with three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored. Junior Nathan Ralston knocked in two runs in the second game, while sophomore Zach Taylor, junior Nicholas Brueckert and senior Caleb Evans (2-for-3) all had two RBI in the opener. Nicholas also had the save in the second game, striking out four in two innings. – Recaps from Game 1 | Game 2

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson at Friar Classic: At Fenwick, the Patriots (9-1) bounced back from a 14-7 loss to Glenbrook South and defeated St. Joseph’s (Ind.), 15-4, and the host school, 11-4, to finish second. Junior Sophie Sorenson scored eight goals and had four assists, and also recorded 16 draw controls. Junior Erica Spieler had seven goals and an assist, while sophomore Kilian Weber also scored seven times. Other goals came from seniors Stephanie Schultz and Tessa Simon, junior Georgia Maskalunas, and sophomores Michelle Shen, Gabi Siegel and Taze Thompson. Senior goalie Ryan Johnson had 17 saves.


Loyola Academy 11, Stevenson 10: Sophomore Hailey Peterson smacked two home runs and added a double for the visiting Patriots (3-6). Senior Gina Shanley went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Junior Anna Fossier also had three hits, including a double. Freshman Haley Barnes and sophomore Mara Lippman added two hits apiece.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson at St. Viator Invitational: The Patriots (2-6) fell to Glenbrook South in the consolation championship, 10-4. Juniors Nate Spina, Tommy Yore and Cole Okmin, and senior Alex Dove accounted for Stevenson’s scoring. Seniors Ryan Walsh, Caleb Benoit-DiMaria and Austin Masters each had an assist.

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at John Cress Invitational: At Niles North, senior Danny Less and junior Aaron Rudloff placed 12th and 13th, respectively, in the all-around competition. SHS placed 12th out of 14 schools. – Official Results, Daily Herald

Friday, April 20 Varsity Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson at St. Viator Invitational: Seniors Austin Masters and Caleb Benoit-DiMaria and junior Cole Okmin all scored three goals, and senior goalie Chad Winter made 14 saves, as the Patriots (2-4) defeated Hoffman Estates, 10-7, at Celtic Park in Palatine. Junior Tommy Yore also scored and had an assist for SHS. Junior Bryce Wujcik assisted on two goals, while Caleb and senior Alex Dove also had assists.

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Classic: The Patriots (18-1) beat a pair of Michigan schools to extend their winning streak to 16 games. SHS knocked off Grandville, 17-5, and Rockford, 17-11. Senior Claire Haas scored four goals in each game. Senior Eileen Hoang and junior Lauren Maloney had four goals apiece against Grandville, while junior Kalista Tapas had three goals versus Rockford. Senior Amelia Eastman and sophomore Alena Bardic also had two goals in the Rockford contest.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Elk Grove, 25-9, 25-15: Junior Will Sorenson served four aces and senior George Lie added three for the host Patriots (18-4), who won their ninth straight match. Will added 10 assists on 24-for-24 setting and also had seven digs, while George made a team-high 16 digs. Senior Haddon Kay was 13-of-13 setting with nine assists. Senior Leo Chen recorded six kills, while junior Thomas Finn and sophomore Justin Ross each had four. Justin added two solo blocks and two block assists.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Maine South 0: Junior Hannah Lapeire’s second-half goal on a free kick was the only scoring in the nonconference match in the Stadium. Senior keeper Zoey Friedman recorded the shutout, making six saves. Stevenson improved to 5-3-2 overall. – Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Bob Cohoon Invitational: At Downers Grove South, the Patriots finished sixth among 19 teams. Senior Aaron Portman placed second in the 800-meter run (1:59.07) and junior Maema Njongmeta was second in the discus (166 feet, 9 inches). – Daily Herald


Grayslake North 14, Stevenson 13: The Patriots (3-5) erupted for 16 hits and scored six runs in the final two innings to put a scare into the visiting Knights. Sophomore Maggie Trotter went 3-for-4 to lead the hit parade, while five other Pats had two hits. Freshman Haley Barnes went 2-for-4 and slugged her first career home run. Sophomore Hailey Peterson was 2-for-5 with a double, while classmate Mara Lippman was 2-for-3. Senior Gina Shanley and junior Maggie O’Brien also had two hits. Senior Gwen Heilman tripled. – Daily Herald


Lake Forest 4, Stevenson 3: Senior Jack Housinger went 2-for-3 for the Patriots (8-6-1, 4-3), who suffered a walkoff loss on the road. Senior Isaiah Hart’s two-run single tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh. Senior Caleb Evans knocked in Stevenson’s other run with a groundout in the fifth. Senior Evan Kiah had a triple, and senior Nick Bonk and junior Hayden Brotz each doubled. – Daily Herald,


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Want to Become a Transfer Buddy Next Year?

The Student Services Division is looking for students to help transfer students transition smoothly to Stevenson. If you’re interested, come to a mandatory meeting during your lunch period Friday, April 27 in the Recital Hall (4100). If you have questions, contact Mrs. Seeger or Mrs. O’Brien.


Animal Welfare Club will be meeting after school Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Food Prep Lab (Room 1406) to make dog treats for fundraising. Please contact Ms. Kenney at to reserve space for this activity.

The Cultural Cuisine Club meets Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 in the Food Labs (Room 1406). The club will be making Southern food!


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CPS won’t say who can attend school opening in 2019

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Discipline disparity prompts change at Urbana schools

Coalition claims Harvard District 50’s busing service dangerous

U-46 interested in purchasing Elgin property

District 155 veteran named assistant superintendent for HR


Poll: Amid strikes, Americans overwhelmingly back teacher pay raises

University of Wisconsin won’t remove KKK names from buildings

Connecticut university closes as norovirus outbreak sickens 100

Syracuse expels fraternity over offensive videos

Penn State says wilderness too risky for outdoor clubs

Fresno State professor under fire for tweets attacking Barbara Bush


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Nine Advance to Illinois History Day Competition

Nine members of the History Fair Club have qualified for the Illinois History Day competition May 3 in Springfield. In the Exhibits category, juniors Samarth Goel, Alex Dong and Andrew Yoon, and sophomores Govind Prabhakar and Matthew Li, were selected for their presentation on the Pullman Strike, a nationwide railroad strike in 1894 that had a major impact on American labor law. Four others qualified for state in the Websites category. Freshman Rishika Chikoti was selected for her website, “The Fight for Better: The Chicago Freedom Movement,” based on the mid-1960s open housing effort in which Martin Luther King Jr. was a key figure. Freshmen Krishna Patel and Bella Kim were chosen for “The Jungle: Public Outcry Sparks the Beginnings of a Meat Revolution.” Their website addressed the impact of Upton Sinclair’s book, “The Jungle,” which chronicled deplorable conditions in the meat-packing industry at the turn of the 20th Century. Junior Samuel Shen’s website, “The Manhattan Project: How It Changed the World,” was selected for its look at the scientific project that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. The state qualifiers were chosen during the Chicago Metro History Fair held April 12 at the Chicago History Museum.

Three Students Named to Regional Jewish Youth Board

Three students have been elected to the Chicagoland region executive board of United Synagogue Youth, a movement for Conservative Jewish teens across North America. The region includes chapters from Chicago as well as Madison and Milwaukee, and northwest Indiana. Junior Madison Brim was elected regional president, junior Jordyn Neiman was chosen as Membership Kadima vice president, and junior Lauren Appel was selected as communications vice president.

Parents Invited to Help With Next PPA Bake Sale

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up on Wednesday. The PPA is looking for adult volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Use this link to sign up.

Spring Band Concert Monday and Tuesday

The Spring Band Concert will be held Monday and Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. The start time is 7 p.m. each night. Students in the seventh- and eighth-period Freshman Band will perform on Monday, as will the Concert Band. On Tuesday, the Honor Band, Advanced Symphonic Band and Symphonic Band will take the stage.


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Thursday, April 19 Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Mundelein 2: Several captains stepped up to help the host Patriots (4-3-2, 1-0-1) salvage a tie against the Mustangs (5-2-2, 2-0-1) in the Stadium. Junior captain Hannah Lapeire connected on a 30-yard free kick in the 59th minute to tie the game at 2-2. Mundelein took an early 1-0 lead, but senior captain Brianna VanZanten scored in the 14th minute off a pass from classmate and fellow captain Cassandra Farber. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Libertyville 0: At Libertyville, the Patriots improved to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference by sweeping every match in straight sets. In doubles, the No. 1 team of freshmen Sai Merneedi and Eric Perkowski posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over a Wildcat duo that reached state last year. Senior Sam Komis was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles. The other singles triumphs came from junior Zach Kim at No. 2 (6-2, 6-0) and freshman Thomas Gong at No. 3 (6-1, 6-1). The other three doubles victories came from the tandems of juniors Ozzie Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth and at No. 2 (6-2, 6-0), freshman Daniel Tulchinskiy and sophomore Andy Dong at No. 3 (6-2, 6-0), and freshman Payton Adkisson and senior Michael Maryniuk at No. 4 (6-1, 6-3).

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Glenbrook North 0: The undefeated Patriots (16-0) cruised to their third victory in four days, all in the Field House. SHS received one forfeit in singles; otherwise, the squad continued its custom of winning each match in straight sets. In singles, the winners were sophomore Esther Shi at No. 1 (21-3, 21-3), freshman Shibani Ram at No. 2 (21-1, 21-3), freshman Jyotsna Harikrishna at No. 3 (21-14, 21-7), freshman Emily Hu at No. 4 (21-8, 21-6), sophomore Jenny Yang at No. 5 (21-7, 21-3), freshman Benna Li at No. 6 (21-8, 21-4), senior Shirley Cao at No. 7 (21-11, 21-6), sophomore Megan Wei at No. 8 (21-12, 21-10), senior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 9 (21-5, 21-8), junior Thivya Sivarajah at No. 10 (21-10, 21-3) and senior Amy Nowack at No. 12 (21-13, 23-20). The winning doubles duos were Emily and Jenny at No. 1 (21-8, 21-14), Jyotsna and Benna at No. 2 (21-2, 21-4), Shibani and Esther at No. 3 (21-5, 21-7), Thivya and Shirley at No. 4 (21-6, 21-8), Harini and Megan at No. 5 (21-4, 21-8), and junior Riya Gyanmote and Amy at No. 6 (21-10, 21-9).


Mundelein 5, Stevenson 3: The visiting Mustangs scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Junior Michael D’Angelo, who was 2-for-3 in the game, tied the game at 1-1 with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the third that brought home senior Jack Housinger. After MHS took a 5-1 lead in the sixth, the Patriots (8-5-1, 4-2 NSC) mounted a rally. Junior Ryan McElhinny hit an RBI triple to score senior Isaiah Hart, then crossed the plate on an RBI groundout by senior Nick Bonk. Junior Jacob Rosenkranz was the starting pitcher, going three innings and allowing one earned run. –, Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball Matches Online Today

Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball matches against Elk Grove in the Sports Center are scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. The JV match begins at 5 o’clock, followed by the varsity at 6. A subscription is required to watch these matches. Go to our NFHS Network page to sign up and watch.


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Graduation Cap and Gown Pick-Up on Tuesday

Graduation cap and gown pick-up for seniors will take place Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. outside the College Career Center. This will be seniors’ only chance to pick up their cap and gown before graduation practice.

Stevenson Styler Fashion Show Tonight

Tonight is the fifth annual Stevenson Styler Fashion Show! Join us at 6:45 in the Performing Arts Center lobby for refreshments; the show will run from 7-8 p.m. Admission is $5 and all proceeds go to Dress for Success. The Fashion Show will feature looks from local boutiques and fashion created by students in the Clothing and Design and Advanced Clothing and Design courses. The show will also feature collections from the following students: Grace Day, Maya Gold, Athena Kolli, Bonnie Han, Matt Han, Gabi Heinzen, Ella Kalis, Sami Keiffer and Mariam Reichert.


New bill would guarantee Illinois teacher pay starts at $40K per year

Legislation calls for replacing armed school officers with therapists

Daniel Wright team reaches National Science Bowl for fifth straight year

Goddard School in Vernon Hills plans to expand

East Aurora closing high school day care program for teen parents

New principal hired for Huntley High


Arizona teachers vote to walk out on April 26

The myth of “learning styles”

One injured, suspect in custody in central Florida school shooting

Maryland schools may tell children when it’s time to log off

Washington, D.C. high school keeps prom site secret

How smoking pot may hurt the teenage brain


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stevenson Second at State WYSE Competition

Stevenson finished second in the Illinois Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge on Tuesday in Champaign, its third consecutive top-three finish. SHS was second in 2016 and third last year. Stevenson posted a score of 488.5, five points out of first place.

Three students won state championships: senior David Liang in Biology, and sophomore Allen Ding and senior Zach Chin in Chemistry. David also placed third in Chemistry, along with sophomores Richard Yin and Eric Gan.

Stevenson had two runners-up: junior Andrew Ding in Biology, and freshman Jared Machtinger in Physics. Other medalists included seniors Joel Slaby (third in Engineering Graphics), Josh Yoon (third in Mathematics) and Albert Cao (fifth in Physics), and sophomores Dylan Hu (fifth in Mathematics) and Emily Lu (fifth in Physics).

Senior’s Play Chosen for Los Angeles Festival

Two members of the TBA (Theatre Before Actors) Playwrights Club have received honors in the Blank Theatre Company’s 26th annual Young Playwrights Festival. Senior A.J. DePew’s play, Arachno Woman No Cry, was one of 12 chosen to be performed at the festival in Los Angeles in June. Two plays by junior Ananya Shah, You Can Put Lipstick On A Dino and The Little Things, received semifinalist consideration. Arachno and Dino are among the one-act plays that will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the West Auditorium.

Stevenson has a long tradition of sending student playwrights to the festival. In 2002, three alumna had their plays performed: Jenna Ahrens (Class of 2002), Philippa Ainsley (Class of 2003) and Megan Hovany (Class of 2003). In 2010, Marissa Bohrer and Danny Barry (both from the Class of 2010) had plays chosen. Jonah Rawitz (Class of 2016) was a 2015 selection.

Five Students to Compete in Congressional Art Contest

Five student-artists will present their work at the annual Congressional Art Competition from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at the David Adler Center in Libertyville. The winner will have his or her entry displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. The second- and third-place pieces will be displayed in Congressman Brad Schneider’s district and Washington, D.C. offices, respectively. Stevenson’s participants (and their medium) are senior Katy Sloka (Digital Photography), juniors Katherine Zeng (Colored Pencil), Diana Struif (Graphite) and Payton Twarowski (Colored Pencil), and sophomore Kara Lee (Mixed Media). The competition is open to the public.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s on Friday

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s restaurants in Lincolnshire (405 Milwaukee Ave.) and Buffalo Grove (450 McHenry Rd.) from 4-8 p.m. Friday. Mention “Choral Guild” when ordering, and a portion of the sale will go to the choir program.


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Wednesday, April 18 Varsity Results


Stevenson 17, Glenbrook South 1: The Patriots improved to 15-0 with the win in the Field House. SHS won 11 of 12 singles matches and swept all six doubles contests. Sophomore and defending state champion Esther Shi returned to the lineup and posted a 21-3, 21-2 victory at No. 1 singles. Freshman Emily Hu and sophomore Jenny Yang were 21-4, 21-3 winners at No. 1 doubles. Also winning in singles were freshman Shibani Ram at No. 2 (21-7, 21-5), freshman Jyotsna Harikrishna at No. 3 (21-7, 21-6), Emily at No. 4 (21-5, 21-4), Jenny at No. 5 (21-12, 21-5), freshman Benna Li at No. 6 (21-7, 21-12), sophomore Kaitlyn Lu at No. 7 (21-7, 21-12), senior Shirley Cao at No. 8 (21-15, 21-9), sophomore Megan Wei at No. 9 (21-18, 21-16), junior Julie Zhu at No. 11 (21-12, 21-9), and junior Thivya Sivarajah at No. 12 (21-9, 21-4). The other winning doubles tandems were Benna and Jyotsna at No. 2 (21-6, 21-8), Esther and Shibani at No. 3 (21-2, 21-5), Megan and Kaitlyn at No. 4 (21-10, 21-10), Shirley and Thivya at No. 5 (21-10, 21-14), and Julie and senior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 6 (21-7, 21-15).

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-23, 25-17: Senior Leo Chen had eight kills and classmate Alex Bian served four aces as the visiting Patriots (17-4, 3-0) won their eighth straight match. Junior Will Sorenson was 52-of-55 setting with 22 assists, adding two kills and making five digs. Senior George Lie had 15 digs and classmate Matt Cliffer contributed five kills. Sophomore Gavin Meng had four kills, while Alex and junior Thomas Finn recorded four digs each. Sophomore Andrii Yerokihn served two aces for SHS, which will travel to conference co-leader Libertyville on Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 17 Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Schaumburg 7: Junior Sophie Sorenson scored four goals and sophomore Kilian Weber added three as the Patriots (7-0) continued their historic start to the season. Other goals came from sophomores Michelle Shen and Taze Thompson and juniors Erica Spieler and Sasha Zoubareva. Eight Patriots had assists. Senior goalie Ryan Johnson made seven saves.


Stevenson 6, Waukegan 4: Trailing 2-1 after six innings, the Patriots (3-4, 2-1 NSC) rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning, then held off the Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. Sophomore Maggie Trotter rocked a double to right center field that scored junior Maitreyee Malpekar and tied the game at 2-2. A trio of singles by sophomore Hailey Peterson, junior Anna Fossier and senior Gina Shanley gave SHS a 5-2 lead, and junior Maggie O’Brien capped the rally with an RBI triple. In the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs scored three runs without an out and had the tying run at the plate, but the Patriot defense withstood the charge. Gina finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs batted in plus a double. Anna was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Riley Housinger went the distance in the circle. She pitched all seven innings, allowing six hits while striking out three and walking none. The game was played at Stevenson because of poor field conditions at Waukegan. SHS was the visiting team.

Hockey Trio at National Tournament Outside St. Louis

Three seniors from Stevenson’s state runner-up boys ice hockey team are playing for Team Illinois in the 34th annual America’s Showcase tournament through Monday in suburban St. Louis. Forwards Jackson Leptich and Trevor Hilt, and goaltender Elias Sandholm, are part of the 20-player roster for the showcase, which is considered the top high school hockey event in North America. Team Illinois has won the last two America’s Showcase titles, and four of the past five. Jackson talked with hockey writer Ross Forman for this piece running in today’s Daily Herald.

Gymnastics Alum in Running for Sport’s “Heisman”

Stevenson alumnus Austin Hodges (Class of 2014) is one of seven finalists for the Nissen Emery Award, considered to be the “Heisman Award” for men’s college gymnastics. The award is given to a senior gymnast based on achievement, sportsmanship and maintaining high academic standards throughout his career. Hodges, who recently finished fifth on pommel horse at the Big Ten Championships, will compete in the NCAA Championships Friday through Sunday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.


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Allied Soccer Post-Game Party Saturday in the Stadium

Join the Sophomore Class Board after the Allied Soccer game on Saturday for food, games and fun to support the team and Autism Speaks. The game begins at noon in the Stadium. Wear your “Light It Up Blue” T-shirt to the game!


Do you knit or crochet? Would you like to learn? In the Loop, Stevenson’s knitting club, meets after school on Mondays in Room 2708. All are welcome! Contact Ms. Kenney ( with any questions.


Plans for more student walkouts draw mixed responses from districts

Advocates say state probe into CPS special ed doesn’t go far enough

Peoria district working on plan to have security officers carry Tasers

Some Mundelein High employees will get 6 percent raises

Batavia superintendent signs new four-year contract

Barrington district buying app to track school buses

Ex-Vernon Hills High coach pleads not guilty to assault

Crystal Lake Central grads testify at trial of former choir director

UI joins effort to help low-income students get into dream schools

Joliet Junior College settles with student in free speech lawsuit

For gay teachers, coming out remains risky


The South’s push to resegregate its schools

How pension payouts are affecting education funding in Oregon

“Deliberate attack” during state testing creates chaos in Tennessee

Minnesota lawmakers consider bill to regulate school start times

Colorado teachers stage rally at statehouse to lobby for higher pay

The story behind the Oklahoma teacher walkout

State preschool enrollment continues to grow, but quality varies

Broward school violence: Cruz’s massacre far from whole story

California professor under fire for Barbara Bush rant

A Betrayal: Writing assignment leads to jail for teen trying to leave gang

Is your body appropriate to wear to school?


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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Science Olympiad Team Seeks Another State Title

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team competes in the state finals for the 14th consecutive year Saturday at the University of Illinois. SHS has won three of the last five state championships, and has finished first or second for nine consecutive years. Stevenson, currently ranked 10th in the nation, also is seeking its 10th straight bid to the Science Olympiad National Tournament, which will be held May 18-19 at Colorado State University.

Stevenson Styler Fashion Show Friday Night

The Stevenson Styler fashion club’s fifth annual Fashion Show, featuring looks from local boutiques and student-designed collections, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5, and proceeds will benefit Dress for Success.

Board Selects 2017-18 Heritage Award Recipient

The District 125 Board of Education on Monday chose Nancy Nichols, the first executive director of the Stevenson Foundation and a longtime SHS parent volunteer, to receive the annual Heritage Award for the 2017-18 school year. During her years with Stevenson, Nichols guided the Orchestra Parents Association, was co-chair of the Senior Class Party, worked with the Patriot Parent Association, and assisted in the Freshman Mentor Program. In 2008, she received a Those Who Excel Award from the Illinois State Board of Education for her volunteer work. After serving as president of the Stevenson Foundation for two years, she was named its first executive director in 2009. Nichols will be honored at the foundation’s annual Local Scholars Reception on May 2.


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Tuesday, April 17 Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: The Patriots (3-0, 3-0 North Suburban Conference) rolled to an easy victory on the road. All three singles players won by 6-0, 6-0 scores: freshmen Eric Perkowski at No. 1, Sai Merneedi at No. 2, and Thomas Gong at No. 3. In doubles, SHS won by default at No. 1. The other winning tandems were juniors Arjun Sheelvanth and Ozzie Viswanathan at No. 2 (6-1, 6-0), sophomore Andy Dong and freshman Daniel Tulchinskiy at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0), and senior Michael Maryniuk and freshman Payton Adkisson at No. 4 (6-0, 6-0).

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Lake Forest 0: Senior Katie Sakshaug scored off an assist from freshman Tess Koleno in the second half for the game’s only goal. Senior goalkeeper Zoey Friedman made three saves for SHS (4-3-1) in its North Suburban Conference opener.


Stevenson 12, Zion-Benton 0 (5 inn.): The host Patriots (8-4-1, 4-1 NSC) erupted for 11 runs in the first two innings, and junior pitchers Michael D’Angelo and Eli Fishbein combined on a two-hit shutout on just 54 pitches. Michael struck out three in three innings of work to pick up the win, while Eli recorded two Ks in two innings. Senior Caleb Evans and junior Hayden Brotz each went 3-for-3 at the plate, with Caleb driving in three runs and Hayden knocking in two and scoring twice. Junior Ryan McElhinny had three RBI and scored two runs, while junior Jack Jonota drove in a pair of runs. Senior Jack Housinger and junior Isaiah Hart (two doubles) each had two hits for SHS, which racked up 15 hits. –

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Mundelein 9: The Patriots improved to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference. No details were available. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Mundelein 6: Senior Claire Haas scored eight goals as the host Patriots (16-1, 4-0 NSC) won their 14th straight game. She recorded six of her goals in the first half as SHS built an 11-3 lead. Junior Kalista Tapas and senior Eileen Hoang had two goals apiece, and junior Eleanor Michaud, senior Amelia Eastman, and sophomores Maddie O’Donnell and Alena Bardic also scored. Sophomore goalie Val Zlotnikova made eight saves. Mundelein, which had won 11 of its last 12 games, dropped to 15-7 overall and 3-1 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Schaumburg 7: The Patriots continued their historic start to the season, improving to 7-0 with the win in the Stadium.


Stevenson d. Waukegan: The Patriots improved to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the North Suburban Conference. No final score or details were available. The game was moved to SHS.

Boys Gymnastics

Glenbrook North 139.40, Stevenson 103.80: Senior Danny Less finished third on floor exercise (7.8) and sophomore Mark Lozovnoy was fourth (7.5) for the Patriots in Northbrook. Junior Jake Kadzielawski was fourth on vault (7.1) and classmate Aaron Rudloff was fifth on still rings (6.4). Danny won top honors in the all-around (35.0), followed by Aaron (33.60) and Aaron’s brother, junior Ben Rudloff (32.20). –

Boys Lacrosse

St. Viator 22, Stevenson 6: At Forest View Stadium in Arlington Heights, the Patriots fell to 1-4. No details were available.

Boys, Girls Water Polo Fundraisers This Week

The boys water polo team will hold a benefit night at the new Culver’s restaurant in Lincolnshire, 405 N. Milwaukee Ave., from 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Mention “Stevenson boys water polo” when ordering, and a portion of the sale will go to the team. On Friday, the girls water polo team is having a Frosty Friday Fundraiser. Anyone in the building can buy a chocolate or vanilla Frosty for $2 between periods 6-7 and 7-8, and after school, in the Wood and Glass Commons.


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You’re Invited to the Unearth Science Festival

Stevenson’s Green Team and the Chicago Botanic Garden invite SHS students, teachers and staff to the Unearth Science Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The two-day Earth Day celebration includes hands-on science activities, science workshops, opportunities to meet and talk to scientists, and much more! Just say “Stevenson High School” at the front gate for free parking. If you enjoy the experience, donate to the Chicago Botanic Garden Annual Fund to help our environment.

Here’s the 411 on 4/20

Did you know that drivers in the United States are more likely to be involved in fatal traffic accidents on April 20, especially after 4:20 p.m.? Here’s the evidence. With the end of the school year in sight, Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition remind you: Don’t let your life go to pot.


Spring sports ESPPA nominations are now being accepted. Please go to this link to nominate an athlete or team for one or more categories. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hodge at


NIU reaches tentative agreement with union after two-year impasse

Non-tenured faculty at Loyola University reach agreement with school

CPS budget bump offers cash for salary hikes, special education

In Chicago, investment in principals pays off

U46 students planning walkout Friday despite discipline warnings

Longtime Wauconda High teacher, counselor Stevig dies

Appellate court: Ex-president’s suit can continue against COD

Schoolchildren asked to donate pennies to buy Lincoln papers


A look at the Supreme Court sales tax case that could impact schools

Yale, Harvard among colleges working to repeal endowment tax

Kentucky education commissioner resigns; charter advocate appointed

After weeks of turmoil, Texas State student body president impeached

Vocational school’s curriculum includes genocide studies, British lit

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, known for literacy work, dies at 92

Why a Georgia student arrived at her prom in a casket


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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Four Math Students Qualify for USA Math Olympiad Exam

Good news continues to flow out of the SHS Mathematics and Computer Science Division. The latest is that four students have qualified to take the 47th annual United States of America Mathematical Olympiad exam on Wednesday and Thursday: seniors Haoyang Yu and Josh Yoon, junior Joey Rivkin and freshman Ram Potham. They were selected based on their scores on the AMC 10 or AMC 12 (American Mathematics Competitions) tests, and on the American Invitational Math Examination.

The quartet comprises four of the nine high school students from Illinois who will take the exam, which helps to determine our country’s representatives to the International Mathematical Olympiad. The top scorers on this week’s exam will be invited to a summer program from which the United States’ six-member team will be determined.

This is Josh’s third straight year of qualifying for the USA Math Olympiad exam, and the second consecutive year for Haoyang. Multiple qualifiers is becoming the norm for Stevenson: Last year, three earned the opportunity to take the exam, while four did in 2016.

Also, Stevenson has learned that it placed sixth in the annual American Regions Mathematics League’s Power Contest this year. SHS was the highest-scoring Illinois squad among 75 teams in the contest.

Two Seek Spots on U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team

Senior Zachary Chin and sophomore Allen Ding are two of the 19 students in the metropolitan area who earned spots to compete in the Chicago section of the American Chemical Society’s Chemistry Olympiad national competition, which will be held Friday at Loyola University. The top 20-scoring students from the national exam will spend two weeks at a study camp to undergo rigorous training in preparation for the international competition. Based on performance, four students will be chosen to represent the U.S. at the International Chemistry Olympiad. Zachary was one of the summer camp qualifiers in 2017.

Baroque Concert Wednesday Night

The Baroque Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

One-Act Plays Take Stage Thursday, Saturday

“I Didn’t Sign Up for This,” a collection of one-act plays written, directed and performed by SHS students, will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $6. See this article for the list of the plays, and their authors, directors and casts.

Late Arrival on Thursday: What is Your Student Doing?

Stevenson will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Stand Strong Coalition reminds parents that late-start days can provide students with unmonitored time prior to school, and can lead to high-risk behavior for some, such as drinking and smoking marijuana. The coalition recommends that parents ask their students these four questions: Where will you be? Who will you be with? What will you be doing? and What time will you be leaving home? For more tips, visit


An item in Monday’s Digest about four award-winners from the Statesman misreported Adam Rosen’s year in school. He is a junior.


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Monday, April 16 Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Deerfield 0: The Patriots (14-0) continued their undefeated season with a dominant performance in the Field House. SHS recorded straight-set wins in every match. In No. 1 singles, freshman Shibani Ram posted a 21-6, 21-4 victory over Deerfield’s returning state qualifier. Another freshman, Jyotsna Harikrishna, was a 21-4, 21-7 winner at No. 2. In doubles, the No. 1 team of sophomore Jenny Yang and freshman Emily Hu dispatched their opponent by a 21-1, 21-1 score. Emily also recorded a 21-2, 21-2 win at No. 3 singles, while Jenny won her No. 4 singles match, 21-6, 21-4. Jyotsna and fellow freshman Benna Li were 21-6, 21-5 winners at No. 2 doubles, and Benna followed with a 21-3, 21-3 victory at No. 5 singles. Shibani and sophomore Kaitlyn Lu rolled at No. 3 doubles, 21-2, 21-6, and Kaitlyn also won at No. 6 singles, 21-4, 21-8. The remaining singles decisions came from sophomore Megan Wei at No. 7 (21-3, 21-9), senior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 8 (21-10, 21-11), junior Julie Zhu at No. 9 (21-4, 21-4), junior Thivya Sivarajah at No. 10 (21-8, 21-11), junior Riya Gyanmote at No. 11 (21-14, 21-6) and senior Amy Nowack at No. 12 (22-20, 21-13). The other doubles wins came from Megan and Thivya at No. 4 (21-4, 21-16), Julie and Riya at No. 5 (21-10, 21-10), and Amy and Harini at No. 6 (21-5, 21-6).

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Hersey, 25-20, 29-27: In a matchup of two of the Daily Herald’s top 10 teams, the host and ninth-ranked Patriots (16-4) knocked off the second-ranked Huskies (10-2) in the Sports Center for their seventh straight victory. Junior Will Sorenson was 47-of-50 setting with 22 assists, and he also served a team-high four aces and made four digs. Senior Leo Chen led SHS with 10 kills and also served an ace. Sophomores Gavin Meng and Justin Ross recorded five kills apiece, and senior Matt Cliffer added four. Senior George Lie led Stevenson with eight digs. Junior Thomas Finn made five, and senior Alex Bian had four.

Haas Reaching Rare Air in State Water Polo

USC-bound Claire Haas, the state’s reigning player of the year in girls water polo, has reached a playing level rarely seen in Illinois. “There are still things we’re working on with her, but at this stage of the game with high school players, Claire is on a completely different level than all the other girls in the state,” head coach Jeff Wimer told the Pioneer Press. “Matter of fact, in the entire Midwest. She’s like a college woman against high school girls right now.” Claire talked with reporter Rich Mayor about her plans to study biomedical engineering and her passion to work in prosthetics.

Perseverance Pays Off for Senior Shortstop

Shortstop Jack Housinger wasn’t an instant success for the Patriot baseball team, but he’s become a mainstay through hard work. Jack hit .385 during his junior season in 2017, and this year is off to a strong start. After making a strong impression at a travel tournament in Cincinnati last summer, Xavier University offered Jack a scholarship. He talked with Jon Kerr of the Pioneer Press about his path to college baseball.

Varsity Girls Soccer Game Online Today

Today’s varsity girls soccer game at Lake Forest is scheduled to be broadcast on the NFHS Network beginning at 4:20 p.m. A subscription is required to watch. Use this link to subscribe and to watch the game.

Mandatory Meeting for Freshman, Transfer Student-Athletes

Thursday is the last chance for freshman student-athletes and transfer student-athletes to fulfill their requirement of attending one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2017-18 school year. The final meeting will be held from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. (Thursday is a late arrival day.) Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.


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Advanced Choir Class Auditions Next Week

Do you like to sing? Want to develop your vocal skills and have a great time performing and participating in fun events? Placement auditions for Stevenson’s advanced choir classes (Advanced Choir and Patriot Singers) are happening Wednesday through Saturday, April 25-28. Sign-up sheets and audition information are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson at if you have any questions.


Information on nearly 40 summer career camps and internships are now available on the school website. Visit the Career Camps and Internships page for more details.


Bill introduced to separate SIU’s Carbondale, Edwardsville campuses

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