Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

Math Team Takes Top Spot in League Opener

Stevenson opened its North Suburban Math League season by posting the top score among all 56 schools who competed at 12 testing locations last Thursday. SHS earned 334 out of a possible 350 points, 10 ahead of Whitney Young. Both competed at Glenbrook North.

Eighteen students wrote perfect papers, and four of them reached perfection at two different levels. Junior Dylan Hu wrote a perfect paper at the junior and senior levels, sophomores Gyeongwon (James) Kim and Ram Potham had perfect papers at the sophomore and junior levels, and freshman Lillian You wrote perfect papers at the freshman and sophomore levels. Other perfect papers came from seniors Archit Bajaj, Haechan (James) Lim, Tony Tan and Angela Zhang; juniors Eric Gan, Richard Liu and Josh Tsai; sophomore Prathinav (Sai) Merneedi; and freshmen Sayuj Choudhari, Spandan Goel, Andrew Liu, Sebastian Wyszynski and Fred Yuan. Also earning a perfect score was senior Joseph Rivkin, for his oral presentation on the theory of congruences.

Communication Arts Faculty to Speak at Conference

Seven members of the Communication Arts faculty will be among the presenters at the 2018 Illinois Association of Teachers of English Fall Conference in Hoffman Estates Friday and Saturday. Kim Musolf and Maura Sternberg will discuss “Shaping Spaces: SEL Strategies in the Academic Classroom” on Friday morning. Andy Bouque and Dawn Forde will lead a session on “Developing Student Voices: The Importance of Classroom Discourse” Saturday morning. Nicole Fuller, Christy Koulouris and Lisa Lukens will conclude the Stevenson presentations Saturday afternoon with “SEL: Engaging Students from the Inside Out.”

Foundation Sponsoring Children’s Play Sunday

The Stevenson Foundation is sponsoring its children’s theater presentation, “Rapunzel,” at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday in the West Auditorium. The play, which gives a new twist to an old story, is recommended for children ages 3-8. Tickets are $7, and can be purchased online through Thursday. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

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


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Tuesday, Oct. 16 Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lakes, 27-25, 25-16: The host Patriots won the battle of undefeated conference leaders behind highly efficient setting and attacking. SHS (23-11) made only five errors in 53 attack attempts, and junior Grace Tully was 55-of-55 setting with 20 assists. Senior Sophie Sorenson led Stevenson’s attackers with eight kills and also had a team-high seven digs, while classmate Callie Grass added four kills. A trio of Pats contributed three kills apiece: senior Annie Armgardt, junior Lily Cozzi and sophomore Makayla Uremovich. The Eagles, undefeated in the Northern Lake County Conference, saw their record fall to 22-7. Stevenson, which has already clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference title, can win it outright tonight against Lake Forest in the Sports Center. SHS is 6-0 in the NSC, while second-place Libertyville is 5-1. Tonight’s match will be streamed live by the NFHS Network. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Girls Field Hockey

Stevenson hosted IHSFHCA Sectional: The 14th-seeded Patriots saw their season come to an end with a loss to top-seeded New Trier in the SHS Sectional semifinals. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Soccer Team Faces Z-B in Regional Tonight

Stevenson takes on Zion-Benton at 6:30 tonight in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 3A boys soccer regional at Libertyville. The Patriots are the No. 7 seed in the Barrington Sectional, while the Zee-Bees are the No. 9 seed. SHS and Zion-Benton squared off against each other on Sept. 13, with the Patriots coming away with a 1-0 victory. The winner of tonight’s match will face top-seeded and undefeated Libertyville for the regional championship at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Swimmer Carollo Commits to Tulane

Senior swimmer Ashley Carollo will join former teammate Iza Pelka (Class of 2018) on the Tulane University women’s team next year, according to Swimming World. The standout 100-yard backstroker finished fourth in the state last year after a sixth-place showing as a sophomore. She has earned five state medals during her first three seasons.


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Yearbook Photo Retakes Thursday and Friday

Freshman, sophomores and juniors can have their yearbook photo retaken on Thursday and Friday in the Recital Hall. Photos will then be available for purchase on the Visual Image Photography website. Seniors who haven’t had their yearbook portrait taken can still sign up through VIP. See this page for details.

Of Bottles and Broken Dreams

You’ve worked really hard to get ready for the big game. It’s still a week away, so what’s the harm in going to a party Saturday night? Watch this week’s video from Catalyst, and you might be surprised at the answer.


The “Between the Lines Tour: Real Soldiers, Real Lives, Real People” is coming to Stevenson. Two Israeli soldiers will be speaking about their experiences and answering your questions. Join Club Israel during all lunch periods Monday in Room 2104. Have only a half-period lunch? Don’t worry, bring your lunch to the event. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Argentar at


State ACT scores skyrocket as number of test-takers drops

School funding bill getting praise from educators, legislators

Hinsdale high schools may have cutbacks if referendum fails

Mundelein High student faces felony over joke gone bad

DeKalb High to join DuPage Valley Conference

“Incredible” tractor to be auctioned to benefit Taylorville school


Study shows limited gains for laptops in classrooms

Florida schools scramble to resume classes after hurricane

Judge unblocks Obama rule on student debt relief

University of Texas overhauls masculinity program to avoid stigma

Jury awards professor $1.3M in age bias case

Ohio district spending $500K on ad blitz to boost enrollment

Texas district cuts public comment from board meeting videos

86-year-old Virginia math teacher still going strong


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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

20 Earn Journalism Honors at KEMPA Conference

Stevenson’s student newspaper, the Statesman, earned the highest rating possible for the second straight year at the annual fall journalism conference hosted by the Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Several students past and present also were honored at the event, which was held Friday:

2018 graduate Grace Westphal earned the top rating, Best of Show, in the Cartooning category, and also received a Best in Show honor with junior Christie Lee in Investigative Team Reporting. The two also received Superior ratings: Grace in Cartooning, and Christie in Investigative Team Reporting with alumna Maya Parekh.

Seven students garnered Excellent ratings: alumnae Bella Greenspan and Yogin Patel for Cover Design; senior Adele Lee and alum Ryan Johnson for Investigative Team Reporting; senior Olivia Lamberti for News Reporting; and senior Adam Rosen and 2018 graduate Max Cohn for Sports Feature.

Several students received Honorable Mention: Bella and Yogin (Cover Design); Maya, Max and fellow alum Ariana Gassel (Column); junior Anjini Grover and senior Ashley Mandel (Double-Page Design); junior Dylan Hu (News Reporting); alumna Vicky Kolotov and senior Ani Nuthalapati (News Reporting); Anjini (Investigative Reporting); Olivia and Adam (Investigative Team Reporting); Adam and alum Michael Levitt (Sports Feature); Adele and junior Ben Bowler (Sports Feature); seniors Raj Mullick and Braeden Forman (Sports Feature). The entire Statesman staff also was honored in the Editorial category.

Students Speak at Peer Tutor Leadership Conference

A contingent from Stevenson gave presentations at the Fall 2018 Peer Tutor Leadership Conference held Monday at Wheeling High School. Four students led sessions: seniors Emma Weiner and Poojan Palwai, and juniors Cheryl Chen and Christie Lee. Emily and Poojan discussed “Peer Tutoring in the 21st Century, Innovations in Peer Tutoring.” They talked about a website used by Stevenson’s Peer Tutors to sign up for extra hours and answer questions submitted electronically, as well as a system that allows for after-hours tutoring via live chat. Cheryl and Christie gave a presentation on Peer Tutor involvement in the school’s Guided Study program, and the Stevenson Foundation’s Stevenson to College (S2C) program. Peer Tutors assist students in both programs who need help in math or science, and also provide mentoring. They were accompanied by Peer Tutors sponsor Carol Butcher, and Director of Student Learning Programs Dr. Marla Susman Israel, who gave the keynote presentation.

This is Not the Same Marijuana …

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.

Marijuana today is significantly stronger and more potent than that of previous decades. In the 1960s and ’70s, street-grade marijuana had an average of about 3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Today, concentrates with upwards of 94 percent THC can be purchased. Given the greater amount of THC, psychotic episodes, panic attacks, addiction and other adverse effects have become increasingly more common while using marijuana. Use during the teen years can have long-term and permanent effects on the developing brain. Today’s marijuana is a completely different drug. For more information, check out this website.


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Monday, Oct. 15 Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Palatine, 25-20, 25-18: On Senior Night, the host Patriots reached the 22-win mark for the 15th consecutive season with the nonconference victory in the Sports Center. Junior Grace Tully distributed 15 assists on 43-of-44 setting, and served two aces and made six digs. Classmate Abby Keevins had a team-high 11 digs plus two aces. Senior Sophie Sorenson led SHS (22-12) with seven kills, while fellow senior Annie Armgardt and junior Lily Cozzi had four apiece. Molly Bourbon, also a junior, led the Pats with three aces. Stevenson closes the regular season with home matches at 6 p.m. tonight and Wednesday. SHS faces Lakes today, then will take on Lake Forest Wednesday in a bid to finish its North Suburban Conference schedule undefeated. – NFHS Network Replay

Comeback of the Year

The boys golf team had much to celebrate last weekend. Not only did the Patriots finish second in the state, but longtime head coach John Rueth was able to join them in Bloomington — something that seemed very doubtful two months ago. Rueth, who has led the team since 2001, suffered septic shock in August. He had to be packed in ice to keep his body temperature down, then spent two weeks in the hospital. He lost 50 pounds during the ordeal, and wasn’t able to return to coach until the end of September. Rueth talked with Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald about the long journey back, and the joy of watching his squad at state.

Bulls Extend Stevenson Night Ticket Offer

The Chicago Bulls have extended the ticket ordering deadline for Stevenson High School Night and alumnus Jalen Brunson’s return with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, Nov. 12. Deep discounts are available for tickets in the 100, 200 and 300 levels of the United Center when using the special offer code SHS. To see detailed ticket pricing and to order, visit the boys basketball web page. Tickets are available until Nov. 12.


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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.

Homecoming Photos Available Online

Visual Image Photography has added photo galleries from the Homecoming game and dance to its Stevenson page. Click here to view and order pictures.


Students who have an IEP or 504 plan are invited to attend the Choices 2018 College Fair from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Deerfield High School. The event is free and open to the public. Visit this link for details.


Students curious about engineering and engineering careers are invited (with their parents or guardians) to the College of Lake County’s Engineering Night. The free event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Lower Level A-wing at the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. During the night, students can mix and mingle with professional engineers, hear from CLC engineering professors, and meet with representatives from area engineering schools. For more information and to pre-register, visit


All boys interested in trying out for the sophomore or varsity basketball teams should attend a short, important meeting after school Monday in the weight room. Make sure you are registered to tryout through the Athletic Department as well. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Ambrose at

An informational meeting for girls basketball will be held at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you are unable to attend, contact Coach Graham at

Spirit Revolution will hold tryouts for the winter season from 3:45-6 p.m. Monday in the Field House.


Glen Ellyn District 41 teachers rally behind superintendent

Naperville district opposes push by rural schools to arm teachers

New Trier explores “late start Wednesday” option for 2019-20

Group says more counselors needed to fight state’s “brain drain”

“Vague” threats heighten security at Waukegan High

Buffalo Grove High junior dies from allergic reaction at home

Retired Buffalo Grove, Prospect High drama teacher dies

Former EIU, Loyola Academy coach Spoo dies at 80


What’s at stake in the Harvard admissions lawsuit

529 plans are getting larger, but can they cover college costs?

University of Minnesota out-of-state enrollment drops sharply

New scholarship program aimed at North Carolina middle class

Vacant office parks find new life as schools, colleges

Democratic senators want investigation of virtual charter schools

How stress affects your memory


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Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Junior Families Invited to College Night

All juniors and their parents are invited to the College Career Center’s annual Junior College Night program from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2020. Post Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months. The presentation will be using a web-based program called Pear Deck, so juniors and their families are encouraged to bring their SHS iPads or an electronic device connected to a Gmail address.

A special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in the Recital Hall, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

Three Debaters Reach Semifinals of NYC Tournament

Three members of Stevenson’s debate team reached the semifinals of the 48th annual New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament last weekend. Seniors Anubhav Agarwal, Mary Polupan and Arthur Yolles were semifinalists in the Congressional Debate competition. Also representing Stevenson were junior Megana Adigal and sophomores Christine Irlbeck, Kevin Fei, Michelle Velyunskiy and James Xie. Stevenson will serve as host for the Illinois Congressional Debate Association’s second tournament of the season on Saturday.

Band Parents Benefit Night on Tuesday

The Band Parents Organization Benefit Night takes place from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie House, 2710 Main St., in Buffalo Grove. Twenty percent of all proceeds will benefit the band program. Prairie House is located across the street from the Metra station.


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Saturday, Oct. 13 Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Tournament: SHS followed last year’s third-place effort by capturing second, the highest finish in program history. In a tournament shortened to one day by bad weather, Stevenson posted a score of 298, one stroke behind Hinsdale Central. Leading the way for the Patriots was senior Mark Noonan, who tied for fifth with an even-par 72 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington. Mark shot a 35 on the back nine, earning birdies on two holes and recording pars on six others en route to his first individual state medal. Seniors Alex Kim and Jackson Bussell, the defending state champ, shot 75s and tied 11 others for 18th place. Mark, Alex and Jackson were on Stevenson’s third-place team last fall, and Jackson also was on the roster when SHS qualified in 2015. Sophomore Conor Pan, who also played in the 2017 tournament, recorded a 76, followed by junior Jake Surane (80) and sophomore Billy Fishbein (85). This was Stevenson’s sixth state appearance, all under coach John Rueth, who has led the program since 2001. – Official Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A State Tournament: The Patriots finished fifth at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, the program’s best showing in four state tournament appearances. Freshman Emily Duan finished seventh overall to earn all-state honors. She shot a 78 on Friday, then posted an even-par 72 on Saturday to finish with a two-day score of 150, six strokes over par. Emily is the first state medalist since Stephanie Miller won the second of her two state titles in 2012. They are the only state medalists in program history. Junior Joyce Bai posted a two-day total of 158, and was followed by two sophomores: Sophia Zhuang (159) and Kelly Dong (162). Emily, Joyce and Sophia all had three birdies during their final round. Stevenson’s team score of 629 also included a 173 from junior Julia Yoo and a 177 from sophomore Faith Wang. This was Stevenson’s second straight state tournament appearance; the Pats placed 12th last fall. – Official Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The Patriots won their eighth consecutive sectional championship and had five players qualify for this week’s state tournament, which begins Thursday. Stevenson claimed the top two spots in doubles, with sisters Alaina Kolli, a freshman, and Athena Kolli, a junior, defeating seniors Elizabeth Ferdman and Alyssa Glaser, 6-4, 6-1, in the championship match. Junior Ellen Ma earned a state berth by finishing second in singles. Elizabeth will be making her fourth state appearance, all in doubles. She finished third in the state in 2016 with Gina Kondos, and was fifth last fall with Kate Harvey. Athena heads to state for the third time, but her first two trips were in singles. Alyssa reached state in doubles last fall. Ellen and Alaina will be making their inaugural state tournament appearances. – Official Results

Girls Field Hockey

Stevenson hosted Illinois State Field Hockey Tournament Game: The Patriots defeated Homewood-Flossmoor, 4-0, in a tournament play-in game, advancing to a matchup with top-seeded New Trier at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. Senior Anna Fossier and junior Olivia Holsen combined for the shutout in goal for SHS, the No. 14 seed in the state tournament. Senior Charlotte Russell scored two goals, one assisted by sophomore Rebekah Jin and the other by freshman Naomi Miller. Charlotte’s goals were bookended by scores from senior Emily Hersh and junior Molly McCoy, who was credited with an assist on Emily’s goal. – NFHS Network Replay | 2018 State Tournament Brackets

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Meet: Kendall Roberts finished second overall, leading the Patriots to a fourth-place finish at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The senior covered the 3-mile trek in 18:38.3, 15 seconds ahead of the third-place runner from Mundelein. Senior Natalie Sorenson was 11th (19:22.1), junior Michelle Yu finished 18th (19:41.2) and classmate Caimin Xi took 20th (19:46.2). The Patriots had a final team score of 70 points, placing fourth behind Warren (63), Libertyville and Mundelein (65). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Meet: Junior Anthony Rodriguez finished eighth and senior Alex Beckerman placed ninth for the Patriots at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Anthony, in his first year of cross country, ran the 3-mile course in 15:54.5, while Alex crossed the finish line in 15:59.8. Junior Cameron Coffey was 16th (16:23.5) and senior Alan Sherman placed 26th (16:46.5). The Patriots finished third with 91 points, behind first-time NSC champion Mundelein (39) and Lake Zurich (59). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots broke four meet records on their way to winning the invitational championship. Sophomore Jessica Nyborg won two individual events and was part of three record-breaking performances. She won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.58, breaking the old mark of 1:07.88 set last fall, and also captured the 200 individual medley (2:12.20). Jessica also swam in two record-setting relays: the 200 medley with senior Ashley Carollo, junior Madeleine O’Donnell and freshman Claudia Rzeznik (1:49.55, previous record was 1:50.09, set in 2015); and the 200 free relay with juniors Abigail Li and Lucy Stevens, and senior Jennifer Xiong (1:40.06, previous record 1:40.23, set in 2017). Ashley broke the fourth meet record when she claimed the 100 backstroke in 58.03, topping the previous mark of 58.62 that she set last season. Claudia won the 100 butterfly (58.86), and also was part of the first-place 400 free relay with Madeleine, Ashley and Jennifer (3:41.85). SHS posted a team score of 364, well ahead of runner-up Lincoln-Way East (216) and six other schools.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Glenbrook South 3: Senior Zach Wesley scored with 24 seconds remaining in regulation as the host Patriots improved to 2-1 in the Scholastic Hockey League. Zach found the back of the net on a power play, assisted by sophomore Liam Jones and senior Adam Offenbach. Adam had two assists in the game. Junior Josh Wright scored the game’s opening goal, and senior Billy Kopka followed with a pair of goals as SHS led 3-0 lead after the first period. Senior Seth Cohen assisted on each of Billy’s goals. Classmates Justin Roseman and Daniel Romm also assists during the first-period flurry. Stevenson outshot the Titans, 39-21, with junior goalie Jeremy Riback making 18 saves. – Boxscore

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Plainfield Central Fall Harvest Invitational: The Patriots (21-12) won three of five matches in the two-day tournament, finishing second in the silver bracket. SHS opened with a 25-16, 25-17 win over Marian Central Catholic on Friday, then split four matches on Saturday. Stevenson posted victories over Resurrection (19-25, 25-13, 25-23) and Chicago Christian (25-15, 25-18), in between losses to Waunakee, Wis. (25-16, 25-17) and Wheaton St. Francis (25-18). Senior Sophie Sorenson led the Patriots with 40 kills in five matches, and also made 41 digs and served five aces. Junior Grace Tully was 289-of-292 setting with 91 assists. Junior Lily Cozzi recorded 23 kills, while seniors Callie Grass and Annie Armgardt had 13 and 12, respectively.

Friday, Oct. 12 Varsity Results


Warren 21, Stevenson 0: Junior JeanMarc Etienne ran for 73 yards on eight carries and also had four receptions for 13 yards for the visiting Patriots (6-2, 4-2). Senior Jack Baruch averaged 41.4 yards on seven punts. Senior quarterback Cole Okmin was 7-of-17 passing for 60 yards. The Blue Devils (7-1, 6-0) earned a share of the North Suburban Conference championship for the first time since 2008. – Daily Herald

Tonight on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball matches against Palatine will be streamed live on the NFHS Network. The JV match starts at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6 o’clock. Watch both matches on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Comfort Dogs Coming to SHS Wednesday

Students will have the opportunity to spend time with comfort dogs during the Student Services Division’s next Mental Health Wellness Series event on Wednesday. Comfort dogs will be available during the lunch periods. Students can sign up for a 10-minute session, during which they will interact with a dog while learning about the physiological impact of animals on managing stress and other emotions. In order for their student to participate, a parent or guardian must sign this permission slip to provide consent, and to certify that the student does not have any allergies or other health conditions that preclude them from interacting with a dog. Students must bring the signed permission form to Room 2104 during their lunch or free period (periods 4, 5 or 6) on Wednesday to be admitted. Comfort dog sessions are limited. Spots will be assigned based on the order in which students arrive each period.

Patriettes Selling “Pink Out” Shirts This Week

The varsity Patriettes are selling “Pink Out” shirts for Friday’s football game during the lunch hours Wednesday through Friday in both food courts. Shirts are $10.


The next meeting of FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment) takes place at 7:30 Tuesday in Room 2600. All are welcome.


An information meeting for Allied Spirit Revolution will be held at 7:30 a.m. Friday in Room 2002 for all who are interested. The season starts with the first practice at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in the Field House. Please reach out to one of the coaches, Coach Rubenstein, Coach Peters or Coach Avers, with any questions.


Are schools teaching students enough about sexual consent?

District 300 lodges complaint to halt Sears tax incentives

SIU-Carbondale chancellor Montemagno dies at 62

Chance the Rapper poses as Lyft driver to help CPS


MIT announces $1B plan on computing, artificial intelligence

University of Iowa suspends fraternities after misconduct reports

Chinese companies seek to buy U.S. campuses

Surveillance video shows teacher, nurse dragging boy with autism

New Jersey teacher indicted in alleged $500K health care scam


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Friday, Oct. 12, 2018

Oct. 15 Deadline for Freshman/Transfer Student Health Documents

All freshman and transfer students are required by the state of Illinois to submit the following documents by Monday. Oct. 15:

1)   Evidence of a Current Physical Exam

2)   Complete Immunization History

3)   Health Emergency Form

The documents can be submitted by:

  • Email (
  • Fax: 847-634-2902 or 847-634-2905
  • Drop off in either nurses office (Room 2436 or 6042)

Students failing to comply with the state mandate will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.

Those Who Excel Winner: Tech Ed Department

Several members of the Stevenson community are receiving Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education this month. Here is a brief article on the seven-member Technology Education Department, which was chosen for the Award of Excellence in the Team category.

Stevenson’s Technology Education Department has a long, proud history, thanks to groundbreaking teachers such as Tom Loch, Mary Finlay and Richard Johannsen. However, their retirements, along with diminishing enrollment and staffing, left the department on life support about 10 years ago.

Today, the department is flourishing like never before. Seven full-time teachers lead 16 courses in engineering, architecture and media arts with approximately 900 students a year. How did the Technology Education Department find its way back? Project Lead the Way and Illinois State University.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national K-12 program featuring rigorous STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses. In 2010, Director of Applied Arts Dr. Wendy Custable, current media arts teacher Kelly Smith and former architecture teacher Tim Tomaso brought the PLTW engineering sequence to Stevenson, and the department’s revival began. As the program grew, Custable hired six teachers, all graduates of Illinois State University (as are Custable and Smith): Michael Anderson, Alex Mak, Ryan May, Frank Radostits, Kait Rossi and Matt Schwenk. This summer the six, along with Smith, were chosen for the Award of Excellence, the highest honor in the Those Who Excel program.

The team has built the Project Lead the Way program into a PLTW Distinguished School, and its growth has helped Stevenson receive the AP+PLTW Student Achievement Award the last two years for having the most students in the nation taking and succeeding in rigorous STEM-related courses. The team also has extended its reach into Stevenson’s sender schools, providing engineering design challenges for eighth-graders and, with the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, teaching coding skills through an annual Hour of Code event for middle school students. Other accomplishments include lowering the Technology Education course failure rate to less than 1 percent, and providing co-curricular opportunities in robotics, print media, architecture and engineering. The VEX Robotics team won the state competition in 2017 and 2018, and also competed in the world tournament.

“The Technology Education team loves teaching and it shows every day by their positive energy and incredible work ethic,” Custable said. “They stop at nothing to ensure all students have successful learning experiences inside and outside the classroom that prepares them for college and career.”

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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Thursday, Oct. 11 Varsity Results

Girls Field Hockey

Stevenson at Lakes: The Patriots were defeated by Lakes Community (0,1) in double overtime. Junior Olivia Holsen saved 22 of 23 shots on goal including a penalty stroke.

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 118, Warren 68: The visiting Patriots claimed nine of 12 events. Sophomore Jessica Nyborg captured the 200 IM (2:13:18) and the 100 breast (1:08:46) and senior Jennifer Xiong touched first in the 200 free (2:00:05) and the 500 free (5:28:47.) Senior Ashley Carollo took first by more than 10 seconds in the 100 back (50.70.) The Pats won all three relay races: the 200 medley relay with Corollo, Nyborg, junior Abigail Li and senior Natalie Wess (1:50.01); the 200 free relay with freshman Claudia Rzeznik, Li, Nyborg, and junior Madeleine O’Donnell (1:41.37.) and the 400 free relay with  Rzeznik, sophomore Elizabeth Cao, junior Lucy Stevens and O’Donnell (3:44.62.) Patriot divers were awarded the top-three honors including freshman Shreeya Sinha (209.25) freshman Eleanor Kowalski (187.15) and senior Sherry Mestan (182.05).

Stevenson Hosts Girls Tennis Sectional

Stevenson serves as host to an Illinois High School Association Class 2A girls tennis sectional today and Saturday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The top two finishers in singles and doubles will qualify for the state tournament, which begins Thursday. Check this link for sectional results.

NSC Cross Country Championships at VHAC Saturday

The North Suburban Conference cross country championships for boys and girls will be held Saturday morning at Stevenson’s home course, the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The races get underway at 10 a.m.

Patriettes Fundraiser at Chipotle Tuesday

The varsity Patriettes are holding a fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincolnshire Chipotle, 950 Milwaukee Ave. Tell the cashier you’re supporting the Patriettes, or show the flyer on the Patriettes web page, and 33 percent of the sale will be donated to the team.


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Yearbook Photo Re-Takes Next Week

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to get their yearbook photo taken (or taken again) throughout the day on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18-19 in the Recital Hall. Parents can order in advance here. The senior yearbook portrait deadline has been extended to Dec. 1. Seniors can reserve studio time at Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio at or by calling 847-499-9300. VIP is the only photographer approved by Stevenson’s yearbook.

Seniors who want to be in the yearbook but are not interested in ordering prints have a free option. They can schedule a traditional head-and-shoulders session. There is no fee for the session, during which seven to 10 photos will be taken. Approximately two weeks after the session, parents will receive notification that the images have been posted online. There will then be a two-week window to select a yearbook image. If an image is not selected, one will be chosen by VIP. More information is available on the Senior Yearbook Portraits web page.

Set Sail for the Senior Class Party

The Class of 2019 is invited to “come sail away” with classmates on Lake Michigan aboard The Odyssey during the Senior Class Party on Thursday, May 23. After graduation practice wraps up, hop on a bus and head to Navy Pier for a two-hour cruise that features incredible skyline views, a full lunch buffet, desserts, unlimited soft drinks, DJ entertainment and more. Register now through the Online Superstore.


U of I. journalism class to study ‘Trumpaganda’ — the president’s approach to the news media

Waukegan District 60 deputy superintendent to resign

Mom has to stay at school with kindergartner because CPS hasn’t provided nurse

UI students, staff scrape down white-nationalist stickers plastered across campus

Report: New Illinois K-12 school money went where intended


Nearly all states cut college funding over last decade

New 2-year online college doesn’t include traditional gen-ed courses or homework

Poll shows that only a little of a third of Americans would pass the U.S. citizenship test

Ohio State plans esports program across its five colleges

A school in Colorado changes its violent culture through “restorative justice”


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Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Stevenson, Give-A-Thon Honored in Lake Forest

Stevenson High School and its 34-year-old Give-A-Thon program were honored last week at the 12th annual Building Bridges Recognition Event sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Stevenson received the Agnes Kelliher Corporate Spirit Award, given annually by the Catholic Charities Lake County Board of Advisors to a corporation or organization whose support allows Catholic Charities to help those in need. The award is named after Agnes Kelliher, the first executive director of Catholic Charities in Lake County, serving from 1945-65. Stevenson is the first high school to receive the award, which was first given in 1998.

For the past 20 years, Stevenson has been one of the largest donors to the Catholic Charities Celebration of Giving Christmas Gift Program. Nearly 2,000 people each year are provided gifts that have been donated by SHS families, faculty and staff. About 50 students accompany a full semi-truck and trailer to Catholic Charities’ distribution site to unload bags of gifts as well as bicycles.

Accepting the award on behalf of Stevenson were National Honor Society sponsors Brett Erdmann and Maureen Albert, and Executive Board members Jenny Cao, Michelle Bae and Maddy Kim. The event was held at Trustmark corporate headquarters in Lake Forest.

Those Who Excel Winner: Dan Larsen

Several members of the Stevenson community are receiving Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education this month. Here is a brief article on one of the recipients, Dan Larsen, who was chosen for the Award of Merit in the Classroom Teacher category.

After a quarter century in the classroom, it would have been easy for Advanced Placement Government teacher Dan Larsen to start coasting toward retirement. Students loved him. Colleagues at SHS and around the country respected him. However, these words from Cicero haunted him: “The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”

Larsen decided to reinvent his career. Moving away from the traditional “sage on the stage” lecture model, Larsen embraced the idea of the flipped classroom, in which collaborative learning among students takes place in small groups and the teacher becomes more of a “guide on the side.” The change was radical, but liberating.

“(I)n order for every student to experience success teachers must be willing to allow students to be creative in determining how to learn best,” he said. “This may be the most difficult transition in my career. I have always been a planner. I have always enjoyed being the master of my own curriculum. But there was the problem. It was about me. True learning is about the students.”

Technology has been a key tool in Larsen’s transformation, just as it has been throughout his career. Not long after his arrival in 1989, he became the first teacher at Stevenson to have a modem at home. In 2003, well before Khan Academy started, Larsen and colleague Andy Conneen created, posting civics education videos for students and teachers around the world to access. The videos at CitizenU, along with those of their annual “Cram for the Exam” appearances on C-SPAN, have had more than 1.5 million views. They also contributed daily civics videos as “The 2 Teachers” to CBS2 Chicago for three years.

Larsen’s innovative approach to civics education has been a hit with Stevenson students. Since joining the AP Government program in 1990, enrollment has grown from less than 40 students to more than 600. Some of them take an online version of the course, which Larsen developed. It’s the school’s first online course.

The newest phase of Larsen’s career has yielded great fruit: In the last five years, his students’ class discussions have led them to work with State Rep. Carol Sente on three pieces of legislation that have become law. Illinois 17-year-olds can now vote in primary elections if they turn 18 before the general election. They also can sign and distribute nominating petitions. And the state’s public universities now must grant credit to students for all AP exam scores of 3 or higher.

Several of Larsen’s students have gone into politics or work in civics-focused careers, including Jamie Smith (Class of 1995). Even though Larsen insists that she call him by his first name these days, Smith still refuses. She credits him with turning her from a “relatively disengaged” student into someone who ran to his class every day because she couldn’t wait to learn. Smith said she was afraid to take the AP American History class, because it was “for the really smart kids.” His response? “You can do it.” Smith said those words stuck with her, first at SHS, then at Kenyon College, and ultimately as a special assistant to President Barack Obama.

“Mr. Larsen taught me more than words can possibly express,” she said. “And what he showed me, day in and day out, is the power of a truly awesome teacher whose very belief in a student can significantly impact the direction of their life.”

Our week-long Those Who Excel profile series concludes Friday with the seven-member Technology Education Department, which won the highest honor, the Award of Excellence.

Junior Seeks to Help Low-Income Students

Junior Gabi Siegel is featured in the latest Pioneer Press “Shout Out” Q&A column. The percussionist and some of her classmates are trying to start a program that would provide free music lessons to low-income students at Waukegan schools.

Three S3DA Archery Team Fundraisers Planned

The new S3DA archery team has three fundraisers planned over the next couple of weeks. The team will have a fundraiser at Roti Modern Mediterranean, 1240 E. Route 45, in Vernon Hills from 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, at Jason’s Deli, 545 Lakeview Parkway, in Vernon Hills from 5-10 p.m. Monday, and at McAlister’s Deli, 99 E. Townline Road, in Vernon Hills from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.


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Wednesday, Oct. 10 Varsity Results

Girls Field Hockey

Stevenson 2, Naperville North 1: The Patriots celebrated senior night in the stadium with a victory against Naperville North. Senior Emily Hersh scored both goals, one in each half. Senior Anna Fossier saved nine of 10 shots on goal. – NFHS Network Video

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook South 4, Stevenson 0: In a rematch of last season’s state semifinal, the Titans beat the Patriots in Scholastic Hockey League action.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Warren, 25-21, 28-26: The host Patriots added another W to their undefeated conference record. They are now 18-9 overall and 6-0 in conference. Senior Sophie Sorenson led the team with nine kills followed by sophomore Makayla Uremovich who had six. Both junior Lilly Cozzi and senior Callie Grass contributed five kills a piece with Cozzi hitting .455. Three aces were served from Sorenson, junior Grace Tully and sophomore Emerson Kouri. Tully also connected on 64 of 65 sets with 19 assists. Ten players contributed to a well-balanced defense including junior Abby Keevins with 15 digs, Kouri with eight and Sorenson with seven. | Daily Herald

Allied Bowling

Stevenson d. Round Lake: The Patriots came out on top at the Brunswick Zone Hawthorn in their matchup against Round Lake. Tim Phelps had the highest score for SHS, a 123, with Telus Antus close behind at 122. Mark Brady rolled a 117. Allied bowlers also held their first “Bowling with the Stars” event.  They added another victory competing against some of their favorite staff members including: Dr. Andy Schroeder, Annette Sorkin, Trish Betthauser, Tami Napolitano, Yolanda Pilch, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Nicole Krippinger, Jenna Cataldi, Merle Kline, Genevieve Reznicek, Lauren Albert, Robby Burroughs, Doug Lillydahl, and Sarah Burja.

Golfers Prepare for State Tournament

Stevenson’s girls and boys golf teams will be competing in their Illinois High School Association state tournaments starting Friday. The Class 3A boys state tournament will be held at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington, while the Class 2A girls tournament takes place at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. Jackson Bussell, Alexander Kim, William Fishbein, Mark Noonan, Conan Pan, and Jake Surane will represent the Patriot boys, while Joyce Bai, Kelly Dong, Emily Duan, Faith Wang, Julia Yoo, and Sophia Zhuang will wear the green and gold for the Patriot girls. Follow state tournament results at these links: Girls Results | Boys Results


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Sign Up for the NHS Blood Drive

Students who are age 17 or older, and weigh more than 110 pounds, are encouraged to participate in the National Honor Society blood drive on Friday, Oct. 26. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111) from third through eighth periods. Students who participate can add the experience to their InnerView service resume. To register, and to download the required permission form, visit this link.

Setting the Record Straight on Marijuana Use

Everybody thinks students use marijuana regularly. Catalyst would like you to know that everybody is wrong. Watch this video for the truth.

Mandatory Meetings for All Student-Athletes

All student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2018-19 school year. There are eight possible dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The next meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in the West Auditorium. 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. The other dates this year are Nov. 8 and 29, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 14 and April 25.


Pass On the Beat will be performing in front of the Performing Arts Center at 7:45 a.m. Friday.


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America’s perception of teachers has changed considerably

California moves to curtail expelling children from preschool

Electric scooters are causing safety concerns on college campuses

In eight states, more than 20 percent of students are chronically absent

Water fountains are dry in Detroit Public Schools due to water contamination concerns


Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

Those Who Excel Winner: Tommy Wolfe

Several members of the Stevenson community are receiving Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education this month. Here is a brief article on one of the recipients, Tommy Wolfe, who was chosen for the Award of Merit in the Early Career Educator category.

Go to the end of the school year, and you’ll begin to understand what drives science teacher Tommy Wolfe. That’s when he dedicates an entire day to saying goodbye to his classes, addressing each student. “For everyone in the class, he talks about their greatest qualities,” said one of his former students, “which is one of the many things he does that displays the immense amount of love he has for teaching.”

Now in his fifth year teaching biology and physics, Wolfe has been a whirlwind in and out of the classroom. He’s made a significant impact not only on students, but also on his colleagues. Science Director Dr. Steve Wood said it’s no coincidence that the first two science curricular teams to make the transition from traditional grading to evidence-based reporting (EBR) are the two teams on which Wolfe teaches.

“Tommy’s passion and positivity are contagious, inspiring colleagues to tackle new challenges and innovate in the classroom,” Wood said. “Seldom have I seen a young educator garner the respect of his colleagues and lead in the ways he has.”

Wolfe has served on the Literacy Committee at SHS, is a sponsor of Operation Snowball, and even coordinates Friday morning faculty basketball games. He’s also working on his doctorate through DePaul University.

While a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Wolfe was part of Project NEURON, which developed middle and high school science curriculum materials emphasizing inquiry and active learning.

Wolfe’s teaching philosophy reflects several influences. He adheres to John Dewey’s philosophy of “learning by doing,” but takes it further by following George Curous’ challenge to go beyond engaging students and actually empowering them.

“My most influential high school teacher, Mrs. Bowers, told me when I started teaching, ‘If you show a student you care, they will do the work,’” Wolfe said. “I never disagreed with the statement, but I never fully understood the power of it until I myself became a teacher.”

Thursday’s Digest will feature Those Who Excel winner Dan Larsen.

Seal of Biliteracy Oct. Test is Closed, Registration Still Open for Nov.

A record number of students are seeking to earn a seal of biliteracy on their diploma and have registered to take the AAPL or ALIRA exam on Oct. 18. Registration for the Oct. exam is now closed. Demand for this exam has resulted in addition of a Nov. 8 exam date. Students who would like to take the exam in November must pay and register in person in Room 2434.

What Could Really Happen if my Child Drinks One Night?

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.

Experimental use of drugs and alcohol in the teen years may seem innocent and safe to some, but there are many unintended consequences that can result from even occasional use that can be irreversible and/or devastating. When teens drink, they tend to binge drink–5 or more drinks of alcohol at one time. This can lead to risky decision making, such as unintended sex, use of other drugs, fighting, etc. In addition, teens can drink to the point of alcohol poisoning or can pass out, aspirate and risk death. Is it worth the risk?

Baseball Fundraiser at Portillo’s Today

The SHS baseball team is holding a fundraiser at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. today. Bring in this flyer or show it on your phone when ordering, and 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit the program.


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Tuesday, Oct. 9 Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Palatine Sectional: Led by sophomore Conan Pan, the Patriots placed second (301) behind Lake Forest (296) at the Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee. Pan earned medalist honors with a score of 71. Senior Jackson Bussell, 2017 state champion, carded a 74 and senior Alexander Kim added a 76 to round out Stevenson’s scoring. Also competing for SHS were senior Mark Noonan (80), sophomore William Fishbein (83) and junior Jake Surane (87). Stevenson travels to the Den in Fox Creek in Bloomington for the state tournament, which begins Friday. This will be the Patriots’ second state appearance in a row, and their sixth in school history. SHS has reached state five times under current head coach John Rueth, who has led the program since 2001. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Soccer

Stevenson vs Grayslake Central: Boys soccer won their final home game of the year 2-0. Their record is now 11-3-2 overall and 4-2-1 in conference. The first goal of the game was scored by junior Camron Mahdavian, assisted by sophomore Anthony Skordilis and sophomore Alem Duratovic. Senior Hunter Tam connected with the net for the second goal and classmate Luka Lezhava earned the assist. Congratulations to the seniors on the team who were honored last night. The game was streamed live and is available for on demand replay on the NFHS Network.

Hockey Fundraiser, Fan Appreciation Night Saturday

The boys ice hockey team is holding Fan Appreciation Night and having a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Chipotle on Saturday. The varsity plays Glenbrook South at 5:40 p.m., followed by the junior varsity versus GBS at 7:40. Stevenson plays at the Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion, 1500 Abbott Ct., in Buffalo Grove. Every student who attends will receive a SHS hockey rally towel. There also will be a raffle. Prizes include two skybox tickets (including food and beverages) to a Chicago Blackhawks game, four tickets to Fright Fest at Great America, plus restaurant gift certificates. The fundraiser takes place from 5-9 p.m., which means there will be time before and after the varsity and junior varsity games to buy a meal. When ordering, show this flyer or mention “Stevenson hockey” to the cashier, and 33 percent of the sale will go to the team.

Cozzi Getting Cozy With Role on Volleyball Team

The varsity girls volleyball team has some tough matchups remaining in its regular season schedule, including tonight’s contest at Warren, which will have a major impact on the North Suburban Conference title chase. One of the Patriots’ key players has been Lily Cozzi, who is in her second year on the varsity. The 6-foot junior rarely leaves the floor and is emerging as a team leader. She talked with Pioneer Press about her growth as a player and person.


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Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors Who Have Relocated

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 (CRC).  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, 2019.


Everyone is invited to join the Spanish Club for its “Holy Guacamole” event from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Culinary Arts Lab. If you like guacamole, then you’ll love this!


University of Illinois at Chicago flourishes amid struggles at state’s public universities

Why suburban school districts are discussing arming teachers

Harper College president calls on business community to partner with education

Construction to begin for Zion-Benton Township High School’s new performing arts center

MBA applications down at Chicago, Northwestern as economy booms and international students stay home



The 6 college experiences that determine if you thrive as an adult

Report: Few high schools have persistent graduation challenges

New Jersey district will screen all students for lead exposure

Colleges set to fight for fewer students

Florida schools prepare for Hurricane Michael

One month after Hurricane Florence, this campus is still picking up


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Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

25 Selected to Perform at All-District Music Festivals

Twenty-five student-musicians have been selected to perform in the Illinois Music Education Association District 7 Senior High Music Festival and Jazz Festival next month. They were among more than 1,800 students from schools throughout northeastern Illinois who auditioned for spots in all-district ensembles last week.

Twenty-two students were selected for the Senior High Music Festival at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at New Trier High School. The public concert will feature band, orchestra and choir 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 Kand (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).

Four students were chosen for the all-district Jazz Festival, which will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at Waukegan High School. Concert times have not been announced. Admission will be $5 at the door, but free for those 12 and under.

Jazz Band students chosen for the festival were Chase Duvall (guitar), Reid Harman (bass trombone, also selected for the Senior High Music Festival), Anthony Lin (trombone) and Jonathan Raymond (trumpet).

The top students in each festival are eligible for the ILMEA All-State Festival in January. All-state selections typically are announced in early December.

Korean Photographer Focus of Thursday ARTalk

Korean photographer Seung Jae Kim will share his works, concepts and processes during an hour-long ARTalks presentation, “Existential Issues on Photography: The Art of Seung Jae Kim,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. Admission is free. Read this article for more information about the artist.

Those Who Excel Winner: Ann Marie DiIorio

Ten members of the Stevenson community are receiving Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education this month. Here is a brief article on one of the recipients, Ann Marie DiIorio, who was chosen for the Award of Merit in the Educational Support Personnel category.

Ann Marie DiIorio was chosen last year as the inaugural coordinator of the school’s CARE (Coordinated Academic Re-Entry) program, which helps students who have missed significant amounts of school time due to medical or mental health issues. She works daily with returning students, serving as a liaison to their teachers, and guiding them back into the school environment. “Her willingness to do whatever it takes, along with her expertise and compassion, have rallied our district around the ever-increasing mental health crisis that our students are facing today,” said Director of Student Learning Programs Dr. Marla Susman Israel.

DiIorio is well-suited for her role. Like many who come to see her, she was a first-generation student who grew up in a bilingual home. She also faced other challenges during her younger years. “From these experiences, I am able to say with confidence to the CARE students, ‘This can be done. I know you can face your challenges and succeed,’” DiIorio said.

During the 2017-18 school year, 68 students were placed into the CARE program. Only five were unable to return to their regular class schedule due to persistent physical or emotional concerns.

DiIorio has worked at Stevenson since 1998 in a variety of capacities. She has taught French, served as a technology and French tutor in the Learning Center, and was a Special Education paraprofessional. She also served multiple terms as president of the Stevenson High School Support Staff Association. DiIorio also is a former Stevenson parent. She has two daughters who graduated from SHS: Sheri (Class of 1993) and Dianna (Class of 2000).

Wednesday’s Digest will feature Those Who Excel winner Tommy Wolfe.

Don’t Botch Your Bocce Experience

Anyone planning to attend the Stevenson Foundation’s “Evening of Bocce” event Saturday at the Highwood Bocce Club is asked to register by Wednesday. The official registration deadline is noon Friday, but signing up by Wednesday will help the club determine how much food to buy. The event features an Italian buffet dinner in addition to playing bocce. The cost is $50. Tickets are only available online and cannot be purchased at the club. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


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Monday, Oct. 8 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A Huntley Sectional: The Patriots finished third among 12 teams at Blackstone Golf Club in Marengo, earning its fourth trip to the state finals in school history, and its second in a row under head coach Emma Degen. SHS recorded a team score of 314, breaking the previous school record for sectional tournament team score of 328 set in 2017. Barrington won the sectional with a score of 298, followed by St. Charles North at 306. As it has all season, depth proved to be the difference for Stevenson, which saw its top three players place in the top 30. Leading the way was freshman Emily Duan, who finished fourth overall with a 1-over-par 73. Junior Joyce Bai finished 12th with a 6-over-par 78. Sophomore Kelly Dong was 21st with an 80. Also competing for the Patriots was junior Julia Yoo (32nd, 83) and sophomores Sophia Zhuang (32nd, 83) and Faith Wang (38th, 84). Stevenson will compete in the state tournament beginning Friday at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. SHS played in the state tournament in 2006 and 2007. – Official Results

Saturday, Oct. 6 Varsity Results

Girls Swimming

Stevenson at Homestead Invitational: Patriots placed ninth out of 14 teams at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wis. with a score of 131. Top 10 finishes include the seventh-place 200 medley relay consisting of senior Ashley Carollo, junior Madeleine O’Donnell, sophomore Jessica Nyborg and freshman Claudia Rzeznik who swam to a seventh place finish with a time of 1:51.35. Senior Jennifer Xiong placed ninth in the 200 free (2:00.76.) Rzeznik had a tenth-place touch in the 100 fly (1:00.99.) Carollo swam to a fifth-place finish in the 100 back (59.68.) Stevenson claimed sixth-place honors in the 200 free relay with a combined effort from O’Donnell, junior Abigail Li along with Nyborg and Rzeznik. The 400 free relay team of Xiong, Carollo, Li and junior Lucy Stevens came in seventh-place.

Girls Diving

Stevenson at Glenbrook South Diving Invitational: Freshman Shreeya Sinha finished fifth out of 40 divers to lead SHS. She had a six-dive score of 208.00. Classmate Nora Kowalski was ninth (197.15) and senior Sherry Mestan placed 21st (167.70).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at the two-day Discovery Invitational: Patriots claimed sixth-place overall at Glenbrook North. On Saturday they went 1-1 and recorded a win over Rolling Meadows (25-15, 25-22) and a loss against Loyola (21-25,25-23, 19-25.) Senior Sophie Sorenson led the team with 26 kills over two matches followed by sophomore Makayla Uremovich who had 12. Sorenson also recorded five kills. Junior Grace Tully connected 111 on 113 for setting, recorded two aces, had one solo block and two block assists. Junior Abby Keevins led the team in digs (23) followed by senior Callie Grass (17.)

Friday, Oct. 5 Varsity Results


Stevenson 42, Waukegan 0: The host Patriots (6-1, 4-1) scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes of the game en route to clinching their 30th consecutive state playoff appearance, an IHSA record. The game was called in the third quarter due to bad weather. SHS scored all of its points in the first half, and 28 came in the first quarter. Senior Eli Fishbein opened the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run that followed his 33-yard jaunt. On the ensuing kickoff, junior Mikey Youkhanna forced a fumble, and twin brother Brandon Youkhanna recovered the ball in the end zone. JeanMarc Etienne added scoring runs of 4 and 7 yards. The junior finished with 56 yards on six carries. Eli scored his second TD of the night on a 20-yard pass play from senior quarterback Cole Okmin, who completed eight of nine passes for 80 yards. Senior Michael D’Angelo’s 37-yard interception return for a touchdown capped the Patriots’ scoring. Classmate Isaiah Hart also picked off a pass. Senior Jack Baruch kicked all six extra points. The Bulldogs fell to 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots finished second to Lake Forest as rain moved the action indoors and shortened the tournament to one day. Stevenson captured the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles titles. Junior Athena Kolli and her sister Alaina Kolli, a freshman, rolled to the No. 1 doubles crown, surrendering only three games in three matches. They defeated duos from Warren (6-0, 6-0) and Libertyville (6-0, 6-0) before posting a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Mundelein’s top tandem. This is the third NSC championship for Athena, who won the No. 2 singles title in 2016 and 2017. Seniors Elizabeth Ferdman and Alyssa Glaser captured the No. 2 doubles bracket. They breezed by teams from Mundelein (6-0, 6-0) and Lake Zurich (6-0, 6-0) before coming out on top in a tough battle with Lake Forest’s No. 2 squad, 7-5, 7-6 (5). Elizabeth claimed her fourth consecutive conference championship, all in doubles. She captured the No. 1 title in 2017 and 2016 after winning No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Alyssa earned her third consecutive NSC title, and her second straight No. 2 doubles crown. She won at No. 4 doubles in 2016. Junior Ellen Ma finished second at No. 1 singles and freshman Thea Surya was runner-up at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Abby Schueneman and junior Sneha Yellapantula were second at No. 3 doubles, while sophomore Emily Hu and junior Alexis Lee were second at No. 4 doubles. Each pair won two of three matches. Junior Maggie Gong also won two of three matches at No. 2 singles.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Discovery Invitational: Pats went 2-1 at Glenbrook North during the first day of the two-day tournament with wins over Evanston (20-25, 25-22, 15-5) and Argo (25-23, 25-10) and a loss against Main South (17-25, 22-25.) Senior Sophie Sorenson led the Pats with 36 kills in three matches including 18 against Evanston. During that match, sophomore Makayla Uremovich had seven kills and junior Lilly Cozzi recorded five. The Pats notched a total of 6 aces during the Argo match from junior Grace Tully (3), sophomore Emerson Kouri (2) and Cozzi. Sophomore Emma Potocki answered back against Evanston with 4 solo blocks. Tully connected on all 67 setting attempts against Main South and junior Abby Keevins set 50 on 53 attempts during the Argo match. Kouri led the team in digs with 20 over the two matches followed by Sorenson with 12.


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Theatre Department Costume Sale This Week

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

Lost and Found

Please check the West Attendance Office (Room 2416) and the East Attendance Office (Room 5024) for athletic bags, backpacks, sweatshirts, lunch bags, water bottles and pencil cases. The collection of lost items is growing.


Today after school, Animal Welfare is working for the birds. The club will be making birdseed ornaments to hang on the trees this winter. The club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 7064. All are welcome.

Spanish Club is hosting “Holy Guacamole” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Culinary Arts Lab. All students are welcome to come and make their own guacamole from scratch!

Calling all knitters! This week only, In the Loop will meet after school Thursday in Room 7064. All are welcome. Don’t know how to knit? They’ll teach you!


The girls gymnastics team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Harwood at


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