Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Math Students Solving Fall Competitions

Several SHS mathematics students are excelling in national and state competitions this fall.

Stevenson is ranked No. 1 among 187 teams In the AreteLabs/AMC Fall Math Madness national championship tournament. The Patriots are among 16 teams that have advanced to the third round of the Division I tournament, which is conducted online. Senior Joey Rivkin and junior Eric Gan are among the top 10 students after the first two rounds. The tournament concludes in December.

In the 26th annual national Mandelbrot competition, Stevenson is ranked in the top 25 after the first two rounds. The online competition has five rounds, spread throughout the school year. Each round features seven questions that cover a variety of non-calculus topics. Final results will be announced in March.

Closer to home, Stevenson stands atop the North Suburban Math League after the second round of competition Wednesday. Competing at the University of Chicago Lab School, the Patriots compiled 320 out of 350 possible points to win its site meet over four other schools. SHS has 654 points in two meets, 10 ahead of Naperville North. Two meets remain, in December and January, before the conference meet in March.

On Wednesday, Stevenson won the freshman, junior and senior levels, along with the oral presentation, at the Lab School. Joey Rivkin took first place in the oral presentation on inequalities. Freshmen who wrote perfect papers included Spandan Goel, Andrew Liu, Greycen Ren, Lillian You and Fred Yuan. Perfect papers in the junior competition came from Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Philena Liu, Ram Potham, Josh Tsai and Andrew Zhuang. Dylan and Philena also had perfect papers in the senior division, as did Anubhav Agarwal, Andrew Gan, Matthew Jalnos, Haechan (James) Lim, Tony Tan and Angela Zhang.

Communication Arts Trio Leading NCTE Presentation

Three members of the Communication Arts faculty will be giving a presentation at this weekend’s National Council of Teachers of English annual convention in Houston. Elizabeth Kenney, Marie Bednarz and Director of Communication Arts Doug Lillydahl will lead “Raising Voices, Raising Citizens,” a look at discussion skills to promote civic engagement and clearer thinking. Their colleague, James Barnabee (Class of 1987), also will be in attendance, working with a committee focusing on literary magazines.

Peer Helpers Fundraiser at Culver’s Friday

The SHS Peer Helpers are holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s in Lincolnshire from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Mention Peer Helpers when ordering and 25 percent of the cost of the order will be donated to the program. Money raised will help fund various awareness weeks the Peer Helpers hold throughout the school year.


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Senior Patriots Sign NCAA Letters of Intent

Eleven student-athletes announced their college plans during the NCAA signing day ceremony on Wednesday. Patriots who signed letters of intent were: Maggie O’Brien (women’s softball, University of Wisconsin-Stout), Jackson Bussell (men’s golf, Bucknell University), Elizabeth Ferdman (women’s tennis, Marquette University), Ashley Carollo (women’s swimming, Tulane University), Ziv Marco (women’s swimming, Eastern Illinois University), Sophie Sorenson (women’s lacrosse, University of Connecticut), Anna Mossakowski (women’s swimming and water polo, Siena College),Topher Stensby (men’s swimming, University of Notre Dame), Hannah Lapeire (women’s soccer, Purdue University), Jennifer Staten (women’s soccer, Florida Southern College) and Kalyssa Van Zanten (women’s soccer, University of Notre Dame).

Volleyball Alum Earns First Team All-MAC Honor

Northern Illinois University sophomore outside hitter Jori Radtke (Class of 2017) was named to the Mid-American Conference Women’s Volleyball First Team on Wednesday. She posted career highs in kills (383) and digs (334) and finished sixth in the MAC in kills per set. Sixth-seeded NIU will face No. 7 Ohio at 6 p.m. tonight in the first round of the MAC Volleyball Championship. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+. Jori led Stevenson to a third-place finish in the state during her senior year.

Baseball Pasta Dinner to Coincide With Swan Celebration

The Patriot baseball program is holding a pasta dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Dec. 15, prior to the start of the varsity boys basketball game at which Paul Swan will be honored for 50 years of coaching. The dinner will run from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Wood Commons and West Commons. The cost is $10, but only $8 for adults 60 and over or children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased online today through the Online Superstore, or at the door with cash, check or credit card on Dec. 15. The deadline for online ordering is noon Friday, Dec. 14. Anyone who attends the pasta dinner will receive a free ticket to the basketball game.

Boys Ice Hockey Fundraiser Sunday

The boys ice hockey team is holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s in Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. The Lincolnshire location is at 405 Milwaukee Ave., and the Buffalo Grove site is at 450 McHenry Rd.


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Testing Center Closing Early Wednesday

The Testing Center will close when school is dismissed early on Wednesday for Thanksgiving Break.

Freshmen, Sophomores Can Submit to the Half-Wit

The deadline is just a few steps away, but the Half-Wit is still open for submissions! Poetry, prose, art and photography will be accepted. If you haven’t taken the time to do so yet, feel free to submit anything you have. Please submit your piece(s) to Mr. Barnabee at Include your name, ID number, and the genre of the work.


Seniors interested in Villanova University are invited to apply for the Presidential Scholars Program. PSP is a renewable, merit-based award covering full tuition, room, board, general fees, and the cost of textbooks for eight semesters. Representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.  Seniors should pick up applications in the CCC; they are due no later than Wednesday.

Seniors who relocated more than 50 miles, and are currently in good standing, may be eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Corporate Relocation Council of Chicago. Students will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and on their response to an essay addressing the way they handled the challenges associated with relocating to a new area and a new high school. The application deadline is Jan. 1.


Students interested in learning more about a career in the trades industry are invited to an apprenticeship open house taking place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers District Council Training Center, 2140 Corporate Dr., in Addison. There will be presentations about apprenticeship programs in several areas, including bricklaying, tile laying, tuckpointing, plastering and working with terrazzo. Several hands-on activities also will be available. Click this link for more details.


Palatine district mulls hiring armed retired police officers

Geneva teachers won’t strike before Thanksgiving, union says

Chicago charter school teachers plan to go on strike Dec. 4

Indian Prairie, support staff agree on 4-year contract

Park Ridge-Niles district scrapping police in middle schools

Recent attacks prompt more patrols around Northwestern

Swastika discovered in Trinity High bathroom

Dean at CPS school accused of attacking student

Mother of Waukegan student who died defends district

Missing retired Andrew High teacher found dead

Johnsburg district approves sale of defunct school

$7K in SIUC parking tickets paid with peanut butter


Education reformers shift rhetoric, turn against testing

DeVos set to rewrite guidance on college sexual assault cases

1 in 5 private colleges discounted first-year tuition by 60 percent

University of Michigan bans ex-coach after sex with student-athlete

Mobile preschools rolling into Denver metro area

Vermont town may close school to avoid forced merger

Michelle Obama’s college experience familiar to minority students


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Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

Winter Dance Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the Winter Dance Concert are on sale through the Online Superstore. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6, and can be purchased through the Online Superstore. Online ticket sales end at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29. The concert will feature dancing and choreography by students from the Mélange and Repertory dance companies, and the Concert Dance class. Click here to see the list of student choreographers.

State Equity Group Meeting at SHS Today

Students who are part of Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment, or FIRE, will participate today in a panel discussion with members of the Illinois Coalition of Educational Equity Leaders. Stevenson is serving as host for the coalition’s fall meeting, which opened with a greeting from Principal Troy Gobble. The meeting also was scheduled to include a panel discussion with Oak Park and River Forest High School leaders about the recent “America to Me” series that focused on race relations at the school. Three people from SHS are members of the coalition: Director of Student Learning Programs Dr. Marla Susman Israel, Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen, and Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac.

Operation Snowball Fundraiser Thursday

Operation Snowball is holding a fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Portillo’s, 221 E. Townline Rd., in Vernon Hills. Show this flyer and 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit Operation Snowball.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Libertyville 3,196, Stevenson 2,941: Sophomore Nicholas Sternes turned in a season-high 663 series for the Patriots (2-1, 0-1) in their conference opener at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. His high game of the day was a 236. Classmate Ryan Lerman rolled the best individual game for SHS, a 255, en route to a 557 series. Joey Gluck, also a sophomore, had a 606 series that included a high game of 235. The other Pat who broke the 200-pin barrier was sophomore Benjamin Ries, who had a 233 and finished with a 588 series. Senior Kerry Mueller contributed a 527 series, which included a 195 game.

Five Named to All-NSC Football Team

Five Patriots have been named to the North Suburban Conference Football Team. Senior inside linebackers Maema Njongmeta and Michael D’Angelo, senior offensive lineman Ivan Gleyzer, senior quarterback Cole Okmin and junior running back JeanMarc Etienne earned all-conference honors. Outside linebacker Danny Hynes and wide receiver Ryan McElhinny, both seniors, received honorable mention.

VIP Taking Winter Sports Team Photos

Visual Image Photography will be taking winter sports team photos Friday, and next week on Monday and Tuesday. Parents and guardians can see photo ordering options and prepay at Stevenson’s page on the VIP website. Also, Patriettes candids will be taken Saturday. They’ll be posted for viewing and purchase about a week after at this link.


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Interested in Becoming a Freshman Mentor?

Current sophomores and juniors interested in mentoring with the Freshman Mentor Program are invited to an informational meeting during each half lunch period (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B) Monday in the Recital Hall.

Retired SHS Art Teacher to Discuss Painting

Come see the current Visiting Artist of the Month, Joan Ackerman-Zimny, talk about her work and her career during the free ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. Ms. Ackerman-Zimny is a retired Stevenson art teacher whose expressive abstract paintings reflect her interest in art, psychology and philosophy.


Cultural Cuisine Club will be making Thai food from 3:30-5:30 today in Room 1406. All are welcome.


Getting accepted to Chicago’s top colleges harder than ever

Hinsdale District 86 considers cuts after failed referendum

Glenbard East student charged after Snapchat threat

Charter school network CEO investigated for misconduct

Limestone teacher indicted for alleged inappropriate contact

Female students decry schools’ lack of feminine hygiene products

Fireworks erupt in Chicago high school hallway

Round Lake district seeks “Mountaintop” for newborns

University of Chicago to close last satellite dorm

Loyola University cancels annual Colossus event

Wilmette superintendent announces plan to leave

SIUE students make history with rocket launch


Fewer international students enrolling in U.S. universities

Report: How colleges can better respond to racism on campus

UC Berkeley confronts racist legacy behind its famed Boalt Hall

Hazing incidents reported at two Maryland high schools

More colleges using blockchain for student records

Private colleges in Minnesota renew push for transfer students


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Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018

Model UN Students Earn Awards in Rhode Island

Several students earned awards at last weekend’s 22nd annual Brown University Simulation of the United Nations in Providence, R.I. Junior Yael Lenga won a Best Delegate Award, while sophomore Christine Irlbeck was selected for Outstanding Delegate honors. Three other Model United Nations club members earned honorable mention: seniors Ellie Baden and Michael Garcia, and junior Celeste Xu.

Sister, Brother Leading Event to Help the Homeless

Junior Trisha Patel is coordinating the second annual “Warmth for the Homeless” event on Tuesday, Nov. 20. She and her freshman brother, Neel Patel, and other members of the local chapter of International Association of Youth will be handing out sleeping bags and toiletries from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Urban Muslim Minority Alliance, 221 Washington St., in Waukegan. Anyone interested in helping at the event, or who would like to contribute financially, can contact Trisha at this email address.

Lock Up Your Meds

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

Approximately 20 percent of students who have misused prescription drugs obtained them in their own homes or from the home of a neighbor or friend. It is important for parents to dispense medications to their children or teens rather than leaving this responsibility to them. Prescription medications should always be kept in a locked box or cabinet, and disposed of properly when no longer needed. The Lincolnshire, Buffalo Grove and Vernon Hills police departments have disposal boxes on site. For a complete list of take-back sites, click here. If you need a lock box, please email me as Stand Strong provides them free of charge.


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Nine Seniors to be Honored on Signing Day

Nine student-athletes representing eight sports will be honored during an NCAA signing day recognition ceremony on Wednesday. Seniors announcing their college choices will be: Maggie O’Brien (softball), Jackson Bussell (boys golf), Elizabeth Ferdman (girls tennis), Hannah Lapeire (girls soccer), Sophie Sorenson (girls lacrosse), Topher Stensby (boys swimming and diving), and Ashley Carollo, Ziv Marco and Anna Mossakowski (girls swimming and diving/girls water polo). The ceremony will take place during eighth period (2:38-3:25 p.m.) in the Wood Commons.

Alumni Wrestling Night Nov. 21

All alumni who competed on SHS wrestling teams are invited to attend Alumni Wrestling Night on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in the Sports Center. The varsity and JV teams will wrestle Jacobs and Prospect starting at 5 p.m. All wrestling alumni in attendance will be recognized at approximately 6:15 p.m.


Monday’s Digest misspelled the name of boys bowler Ryan Grabiner.


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Anthem Singers, Musicians Sought for Swim Meets

Sing or play the national anthem this winter at a boys swimming and diving meet. Several musicians or singers are needed. If you would like to audition or get more information, contact Coach Lillydahl at or stop by Room 2514 before school.

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.


Girls interested in participating in Stevenson Strength and Conditioning are invited to attend an information meeting on Thursday in Room 7004. Meetings will be held at 8 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. Athletes only need to attend one meeting.


Geneva teachers decide against striking today

OPRF student charged with sharing swastika image

Vernon Hills High additions get OK from village board

Advocates: CPS, ISBE still failing in special ed services

Michelle Obama meets with students at her alma mater

Neely Hall tower to reopen at SIU Carbondale

How Springfield was able to finally pass tax referendum

Fremont first-grader gets big surprise on Veterans Day


How poverty and race affect who goes to college, in 5 charts

Ohio voters approved 69 percent of school tax issues

New governor’s pledge would cost California $2B per year

Georgia’s new approach to turn around failing schools

Wisconsin high schoolers’ Nazi salute photo condemned

Professor stripped of endowed chair sues Yale


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Monday, Nov. 12, 2018

SHS Wins Regional History Bowl, Bee Titles

Stevenson served as host for the Northern Illinois Regional History Bowl and Bee on Saturday, with its A team winning the Varsity History Bowl competition. The team consisted of senior Ethan Hermes, juniors Govind Prabhakar and David Holmquist, and sophomore Arjun Nageswaran. In the Varsity History Bee competition, Govind won top honors, Arjun was second, David placed fifth and junior Meehir Dixit was a finalist.

In the Junior Varsity Division, Stevenson’s C team placed third with sophomores Allen Guo, Asher Mason and Denis Selyuzhitsky. The D team, consisting of sophomores William Bratton and Connor Friedman, and freshman Anish Arora, finished fourth. In the JV History Bee competition, Anish and sophomore Aniket Dixit tied for fourth place.

All of the students listed above qualified for the National History Bowl and Bee tournament, which will be held in April.

Debate Team Third at Grayslake North Tournament

Stevenson finished third in the Large School Sweepstakes category at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament held Saturday at Grayslake North High School. Seniors Anubhav Agarwal and Josh Zhu won First Place Awards in their varsity chambers, while senior Matthew Walsh received a Third Place Award.

In the junior varsity chambers, freshman Vaasu Kakuturu earned a First Place Award, freshman Evelyn Jiang got a Second Place Award, and freshman Anmol Dash garnered a Third Place Award.


Friday’s Digest misspelled the name of all-district musician Eileen Kang.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: SHS qualified seven swimmers for this weekend’s state meet and broke two pool records while finishing second to Barrington in the Patriot Natatorium. Senior Ashley Carollo won the 100-yard backstroke in 55.44 seconds, setting a new pool record that also was the fastest time in the state’s 16 sectionals. Ashley broke the record of 56.26 she set last year. The Tulane commit also was part of Stevenson’s other pool record-breaker, the 200-yard medley relay, which finished second to Barrington in 1:45.06, breaking the old mark of 1:45.43 set by Fremd in 2014. Ashley swam the first leg of the relay, followed by sophomore Jessica Nyborg, freshman Claudia Rzeznik and junior Maddy O’Donnell. Claudia captured the other sectional championship for SHS, winning the 100-yard butterfly (57.67). Jessica finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.05), while sophomore Elizabeth Cao placed fourth in 100 backstroke (57.52). Stevenson’s other relays also are state-bound after finishing second. The 200 free relay (1:37.05) featured Ashley, Maddy, Claudia and junior Abigail Li, while the 400 free relay (3:32.02) had Maddy, Ashley, Abigail and junior Lucy Stevens. SHS finished second to Barrington, 405-357. The next closest team was Hersey (278). – Sectional Results | All State Final Qualifiers | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press


Stevenson hosted SHS Open: The Patriots won championships in three weapons during their annual tournament in the Field House. Freshman Stephen Yi finished first in men’s foil, sophomore Nikita Vasilyev captured men’s saber, and senior Geeta Jhangiani took top honors in women’s epee. A trio of Patriots had second-place finishes: Senior Benjamin Levsky in men’s saber, senior Chloe Myers in women’s saber, and junior Aya Taira in women’s foil. Stevenson also had three third-place efforts, from junior Aaron Kim in men’s foil, senior David Liu in men’s epee, and senior Lisa Han in women’s saber. Other top-seven showings came from junior Gavin Yuan (sixth, men’s foil), senior Jessica Zhang (sixth, women’s foil), senior Annika Rehberger (seventh, women’s foil), senior Jared Ponticelli (seventh, men’s epee) and junior Gillian Welles (seventh, women’s saber). – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 4, Stevenson 1: At Twin Rinks, senior Billy Kopka scored the Patriots’ lone goal, assisted by classmate Justin Roseman. Billy has scored 21 goals in Stevenson’s 22 games this season. Junior goalie Jeremy Riback made 24 saves. – Boxscore

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Lake Park Invitational: The Patriots finished 19th out of 32 teams at the Brunswick Zone in Woodridge. Sophomore Joey Gluck was the highest-placing Pat, finishing 57th out of 208 bowlers with a six-game series score of 1,020. Sophomore Nicholas Sternes recorded two of Stevenson’s 200 games (213 and 204), while classmate Ryan Grabiner had the other (203).

Sorenson Leads Herald All-Area Volleyball Team

Senior Sophie Sorenson was selected as the captain of the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Volleyball Team, announced Friday. The three-time all-area pick had a stellar senior season, leading the Patriots to their first conference championship in 10 years. She recorded 381 kills on the year, with 60 aces and 260 digs. She was joined on the team by junior Lily Cozzi, a fellow outside hitter, and junior setter Grace Tully. Lily had 173 kills and 118 digs, while Grace dished out 721 assists to go along with 182 digs, 73 kills and 50 aces. Five Patriots received honorable mention: seniors Annie Armgardt and Callie Grass, junior Abby Keevins, and sophomores Emerson Kouri and Makayla Uremovich.

Klaber, Mayahara Named to All-Area Soccer Squad

Senior keeper Zach Klaber and senior midfielder Kai Mayahara added to their postseason awards list by earning spots on the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Boys Soccer Team on Friday. The pair has previously received all-sectional and all-North Suburban Conference honors. Zach recorded 10 shutouts for the Patriots, and only allowed eight goals. Kai, whose midfield defense helped keep balls away from Zach, was the Patriots’ “most successful captain in many years,” said coach Mark Schartner.

Homecoming for Brunson Tonight

Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and the Dallas Mavericks visit the United Center tonight for a 7 p.m. contest against the Chicago Bulls. It’s also Stevenson High School Night at the game, with discounted tickets available. The game will be televised by NBC Sports Chicago. Brunson has played in 12 games for the Mavs, averaging 4.4 points and 13.5 minutes. He scored a career-high 11 points against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Brunson talked about his adjustment to pro basketball.


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Audition Sign-Ups for Frosh-Soph Play

Freshmen and sophomores who want to be in the cast or crew of “Peter and the Starcatcher” can find out audition and sign-up information at There will be an audition workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and auditions will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27-28.

This Week’s Mindful Meals Developed by Students

This week’s Mindful meals in the food courts were developed by the Introduction to Business classes. Each meal is $4. Here is the lineup for this week: Pancake sandwich (today), chicken quesadilla (Tuesday), BBQ chicken flatbread (Wednesday), “fajita fiesta” (Thursday) and lo mein (Friday).


The next meeting of FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment) takes place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2600. Yearbook pictures will be taken. All are welcome.

Who said pets need to have fur or feathers? Some pets have scales and fangs! Tuesday after school, Animal Welfare Club will host a presentation on exotic pets. Stevenson’s own Alex Myers will introduce some of his very special pets. The club meets in Room 7064, and all are welcome.


March held after racist, anti-Semitic incidents at OPRF

UI professor taking leave after misconduct allegations

Niles West teacher honored for saving boy in hotel pool

Elmhurst College, Elgin Community College expand pact

District 300 failed to disclose accused abuser’s work history

Lane Tech coach fired for messaging students too much

Interim SIU chancellor should be in place within weeks


Four ways Harvard applicants get an edge, based on trial

Could a divided Congress compromise on higher ed?

Montana using job data to help shape college curricula

Feds prod universities to address website accessibility issues

Wisconsin public colleges eager for post-Walker era

Why do so few want to be University of Minnesota president?

Mold forcing students to move at multiple Kentucky universities

Edtech incubators are fading. Here’s what will replace them


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Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

22 Performing at All-District Music Festival

Twenty-two SHS students will perform at the Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Senior High Music Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Trier High School. They were among more than 1,800 students from schools throughout northeastern Illinois who auditioned for spots in all-district ensembles last month.

The public concert will feature band, choir and orchestra performances. Tickets are $5 at the door, with children 12 and under getting in for free.

Band students selected include: Allen Beckwith (Bb clarinet), Braeden Foreman (percussion), Reid Harman (bass trombone), Emily Kin (flute,), Jun Ha Park (Bb clarinet), Spencer Smith (trombone) and Andrew Zhuang (bassoon).

Choir students include: Caroline Baldan (soprano), Aleana Bardic (soprano), Nitya Kavuluri (alto), Samhita Madduru (alto), Saumya Malhotra (soprano) and Sarah Strezewski (soprano).

Orchestra students include: Eileen Kang (cello), Bella Kim (viola), Andrew Lee (violin), Andrew Liu (violin), Haoming Song (cello), Delbert Su (cello), Maristella Yim (cello), Katherine Yu (viola) and Erin Yuan (viola).

Help Stevenson Build a Better Website

Stevenson will be redesigning its website during the winter months, with a new look coming in early spring. The last website redesign occurred four years ago. The school is asking parents, students, faculty and staff for feedback on the current in order to improve the user experience going forward. Anyone interested is invited to take two minutes to complete a five-question, anonymous online survey. The survey window closes Wednesday. Use one of these links to complete a survey: Parents/Guardians/Community | Faculty/Staff | Student

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. Click here to sign up.


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All-NSC Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer Teams Announced

Three members of Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference champion girls volleyball team have been named to the all-league squad. Senior outside hitter Sophie Sorenson, junior setter Grace Tully and junior outside hitter Lily Cozzi were selected to the All-NSC Team. Senior middle blocker Annie Armgardt received honorable mention. In boys soccer, three Patriots earned All-North Suburban Conference honors: seniors Zach Klaber, Kai Mayahara and Hunter Tam. Senior Ethan Bende and junior Rei Kubota were honorable mention selections.

Swim Sectional at Stevenson Saturday

Stevenson plays host to an Illinois High School Association girls swimming and diving sectional on Saturday in the Patriot Natatorium. The diving competition begins at 9 a.m., and the races start at 1 p.m. Thirteen teams, including SHS, will compete for berths in the state meet, which will be held Nov. 16-17 at Evanston Township High School. The Daily Herald has a preview of the sectional. This is the first sectional at Stevenson since 2016, when the Patriots last captured a sectional crown. Click here to see results on Saturday. Fans coming to watch the sectional are encouraged to park in lot B and walk through the “circle drive” entrance to get to the Natatorium. Parking in lot D will be challenging due to the Stevenson fencing team’s annual invitational, which starts at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Celebrate Swan’s 50 Years of Coaching at SHS

Stevenson will be celebrating Paul Swan’s 50th year as a Patriot coach at the varsity boys basketball game against Prospect on Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Sports Center. Alumni who played for “Swanee” in any basketball, baseball or football are encouraged to attend. Swan has coached basketball at Stevenson for all 50 years, and he coached football and baseball for 30. A reception will be held in the West Staff Dining Room after the game, and anyone who registers for the reception will receive free admission to the game. Click here for more information and to RSVP. Need more incentive to attend? The theme for the evening is ’70s Night.

Baseball Fundraiser on Tuesday

The Patriot baseball team is holding a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Chipotle from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. Bring in this flyer, show it on your phone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting Stevenson baseball, and 33 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the team.


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Looking for a Job After School?

If you’re looking for a part-time job after school, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.


8 issues Pritzker will face as governor

OPRF High students pack hate crimes forum

District 207 hires new principal for Maine West

Round Lake High lines up $7M for athletic facility upgrades

Round Lake Beach school get $20K for bilingual program

Three women attacked in past two weeks at Northwestern

Plainfield superintendent apologizes for Halloween photo

Locker room fire sends Wauconda students home early

Hiring, harassment tops UI chancellor’s list of initiatives

NIU starting research center for technology in education

SIU med school plans major additions to curriculum


One nation, divided by education

Teacher unrest failed to shake up states in midterms

Parkland activists got dose of reality on Election Day

Wisconsin voters approved 77 of 82 school referendums

Tenure appointment amid misconduct allegations

Bowie State suspends marching band for hazing

Alaska school district grows fresh food for lunch program


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Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

Chicago Journalists Association Honors Student

Sophomore Lily Jiang, who has been writing for Long Grove Living magazine since fourth grade, received a special award for her work at the annual Chicago Journalists Association’s annual Dorothy Storck Award Luncheon held Saturday in Chicago. The event honors the best news and feature columns written in the past year.

Lily has written a variety of pieces for Long Grove Living over the past six years, including interviews of local residents, reports on school events and township festivals, and book and movie reviews. Lily also is a staff reporter for the Statesman. She was accompanied at the luncheon by Harvey Stein, publisher of Long Grove Living.

Alumni Brothers Win Elections

Two brothers who are Stevenson alumni won their election races on Tuesday. Daniel Didech (Class of 2005) was elected to represent the 59th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. Younger brother Adam (Class of 2007) was picked by voters for the District 20 seat on the Lake County Board.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 7, Glenbrook South 2: Senior Billy Kopka scored four goals as the Patriots tamed the Titans at Glenview Ice Center. Billy scored once in the first period and twice in the second as SHS built a 6-0 lead. He capped his night with a short-handed goal early in the third period. Seniors Justin Roseman, Jake DeMaio and Adam Offenbach also scored, and Adam added an assist. Classmates Sam Shellist, Max Slavin and Seth Cohen all registered two assists. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made 19 saves for Stevenson, which outshot GBS, 33-21.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,486, Evanston 2,989: Sophomore Joey Gluck rolled a 633 three-game series and had the team’s top individual game (251) as the Patriots (2-0) defeated the Wildkits at Classic Bowl in Morton Grove. Stevenson’s other five bowlers came within 50 pins of each other: Sophomores Ryan Lerman (596, high game 225) and Nicholas Sternes (582, 224), senior Kerry Mueller (576, 215), and sophomores Ram Potham (553, 221) and Benjamin Ries (546, 212). Each school had six bowlers, and factored all of their series into the final team totals. High school matches typically use the top five scores per team. SHS takes part in the Lake Park Invitational Saturday, then opens conference play Tuesday at Libertyville.

Hart Announces College Baseball Choice

Senior outfielder Isaiah Hart announced over the weekend his commitment to play baseball at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kan. Isaiah hit .306 in 28 games last spring, with a .417 on-base percentage. He’ll be joining a Tiger program that went 45-11 last year and almost reached the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I World Series for the third straight season. Four former Tigers were selected in this year’s Major League Baseball draft.

On Wisconsin, No Badgering Needed for Njongmeta

Four years ago, Maema Njongmeta barely knew the game of football. Today, he has a full-ride scholarship to play the game at the University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior linebacker blossomed in his final two years of high school, attracting scholarship offers from around 20 colleges, and it’s easy to see why. He made 134 tackles in 10 games this season, 81 of them solo, including 24 for loss with 11 sacks. Maema talked about his decision to choose Wisconsin with LaMond Pope of the News-Sun and Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.

Fall Sports Awards Monday Night

Stevenson Athletics will hold its annual Fall Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Monday in the Sports Center. All student-athletes who participated in a fall sport, and their parents and guardians, are invited.


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PE Leadership Applications for 2019-20 Now Open

Applications are now being accepted for Physical Education and Alternative Physical Education leaders. Being a PE leader is a two-year commitment; only sophomores may apply. Applications are due by Thursday, Dec. 20. To apply, and for more information, visit the PE Leadership web page.


Stop by the College Career Center next week to hear stories from soldiers, and learn about all branches of the military, during Military Awareness Week. All students are invited to show their support. Click here for more information.


Hundreds of parents protest ouster of Chicago principal

Hawthorn 73 group celebrates despite split referendum vote

The struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks

Voters approve merger of two high schools near DeKalb

UIC scholar honored for work serving the “public good”

Autistic child wanders away from Wheaton school

Custodian finds rusty gun near Evanston school


Gunman kills 12 in California bar filled with college students

Overview of state education ballot measures

Voting results on six key higher ed ballot measures

Educators who won election to office in midterms

How a tax regulation could cripple school vouchers

Montessori schools struggle to expand their reach

Supreme Court justices promote civic education

NYC collecting data on inequities in PTA fundraising


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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

Retired Teacher is Visiting Artist of the Month

Retired Stevenson High School art teacher and painter Joan Ackerman-Zimny is the Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for November and December. Samples of her work are on display in the West Building Visiting Artist Gallery through Dec. 21.

She will return to the school to discuss her art and her career during the next ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The ARTtalk, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the Visiting Artist Gallery. Click here to read more about the artist.

Late Arrival Schedule Thursday

The school will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Bus routes will start picking up students at 9:20.

Facebook Live With Athletic Director Thursday

Athletic Director Trish Betthauser joins Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey for the next Facebook Live edition of “Lunch With Jim” at 12:15 p.m. Thursday. The pair will cover a wide range of topics. Visit Stevenson’s Facebook page to watch live or on demand.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,562, Waukegan 2,115: At Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein, the Patriots (1-0) won their opening dual match against the Bulldogs (0-1), who were competing in their school’s first-ever boys bowling event. Sophomore Joey Gluck led all bowlers with a 578 series, and also had the highest individual game, a 212. Classmate Nicholas Sternes had the second-best series (523), as SHS swept all three games. Sophomore Ryan Lerman (510) was the third Pat to break the 500-pin barrier. Sophomore Benjamin Ries rolled a 494 series and senior Kerry Mueller had a 457.

Meeting for Parents of Varsity Baseball Players

All parents of potential 2019 varsity baseball players are invited to attend a Spring Break trip informational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the West Staff Dining Room near the Sports Center entrance.


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Don’t Mess Up the Art of Brain Development

Can you imagine if some of the greatest works of art had never been finished? In its weekly video, Catalyst says your brain is like a work of art. Like any work of art, your brain takes time to be completed; in fact, it’s still developing until age 25. Using alcohol during the teenage years stops development of your brain, and it will never become the great work of art it was meant to be.


Split decision on two Hawthorn District 73 tax requests

Wheeling District 21 voters: Raise taxes for upgrades

Gavin District 37 voters back funding for school repairs

Maine 207 voters OK tax hike for building improvements

Harper College borrowing plan approved

Elmhurst 205 voters support $168.5M construction plan

$166M Hinsdale 86 referendum headed for failure

Glen Ellyn District 89 voters approve tax increase

Wheaton Warrenville 220 voters approve a new Jefferson

Voters OK McHenry District 156 referendum

Second discovery of racist graffiti at Oak Park River Forest

Chicago charter school network founder stepping down

Bradley University graduate wins Kansas governor’s race


Modernizing the search for substitute teachers

How Trump is dismantling Obama’s education policies

School chief’s plan would divide L.A. district into 32 networks

Liberty University leased student email addresses to candidate

Florida district requires high schoolers to wear ID

Cornell enters new phase of investigation into star professor


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