Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Casts for Winter Play, Madrigal Dinner Announced

Cast lists have been announced for two upcoming Fine Arts Division productions, the winter play and the Madrigal Dinner.

The winter play, Luna Gale, is a powerful tale of love and betrayal by Rebecca Gilman that made its world premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theater in 2014. The play follows a family conflict sparked by a veteran social worker’s decision to place the infant daughter of two teenage drug addicts, Peter and Karlie, in the care of Karlie’s mother. Senior Hannah Lichtenstein has been cast in the role of Caroline, the social worker. Junior Ananya Shah plays Karlie and junior Ethan Murphy portrays Peter. The role of Karlie’s mother, Cindy, will be played by senior Courtney Shub. The cast also includes seniors Chinmayee Sakhare, Sam Litwin and Jeremy Tracz. The play’s director is Cynthia Burrows. The student directors are sophomore Riley Clark and juniors Sydney Saichek and Chris VanOverberghe. Junior Elliott Koriath is the music consultant and sound specialist. Luna Gale will be performed Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 in the West Auditorium.

The Madrigal Dinner, featuring music and mirth in an Elizabethan milieu, takes place Sunday, March 11 at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Providing the entertainment will be the Madrigal Singers, a small singing ensemble specializing in performing classic a cappella choral music. They also will act and dance. The Madrigal Singers roster will feature senior Litzy Flores; juniors Mary Baldino, Nick Filerman, Donna Ilyukh, Caroline Powers, Marissa Schwarz, Ryan Sussman and Allen Wu; sophmores Angelynn Vestidas, Saumya Malhotra and Lexi Koperski; and freshmen Rebecca Arvold, Addison Kaye, Amelia Landau, Becca Muise, Isabella Rondon and Shawn Zhu. The director is Ellen Singer.

Tennis Team Tops Loyola for First Time in 8 Years

Stevenson’s table tennis team hosted a triangular meet with Loyola Academy and a combined team from Maine East and South high schools on Thursday. The Patriots topped Loyola, 5-4, their first win over the Ramblers since 2010. SHS also topped the Maine East-South team, 7-2. Stevenson’s competitors were freshmen Samuel Bezradetsky, Bradley Locker, Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao; sophomores Joseph Choi, Donald G. Gillis, Jason Leong, Andrew Lukz, Paul Park, Sam Wang and Eric Wu; juniors Tejas Ambravan, Ilya Hrynblat, Michael Hu and Nicholas Pantelis; and seniors Sathvik Gurupalli and Trever Pokot.

Stevenson Community Orchestra Concert Saturday

The Stevenson Community Orchestra, sponsored by the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP), will hold its first concert of the school year at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will feature solo performances by senior all-state violinist Justin Lee, and viola da gamba player Dr. Phillip W. Serna, who helps lead the Viol Consort co-curricular group.

Digging Deeper on the College Attendance Report

Post Secondary Counselors Dan Miller and Sara English talked with Pioneer Press this week about their recent Class of 2017 college attendance report. The duo talked not only about the report, but also shared how they use it to counsel families looking at colleges.

An Andy Frain Connection at Stevenson

Anyone who attended events at Soldier Field, Wrigley Field or Comiskey Park during most of the 20th Century would have noticed nattily attired men and women directing people to their seats. They were employed by Andrew T. Frain, Crowd Engineers, and were known by most folks as the “Andy Frain ushers.” Shelley Frain, a member of Stevenson’s security team, is one of Andrew Frain’s daughters-in-law (although he died before she married his son, Peter). She alerted us to this segment that aired Wednesday on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” about the Frain business and how it began.


In Wednesday’s Digest, the name of All-State Orchestra selection Erin Yuan was misspelled.


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Girls Basketball Team in NSC Showdown Tonight

The girls basketball team faces Warren in a North Suburban Conference showdown at 7 o’clock tonight in Gurnee. The winner will take sole possession of first place. Stevenson enters the game with an overall record of 11-8, and a 6-1 mark in league play, while the Blue Devils are 15-5 overall and 7-1 in the NSC. Warren, which has won 10 of its last 11 games, defeated SHS, 33-28, on Dec. 1. The Patriots will look to their go-to player, senior Klaire Steffens, who leads the team in scoring, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks per game.

Cheerleading Teams Vie for Conference Crowns

The varsity and junior varsity cheerleading teams will compete in the North Suburban Conference championships tonight at Mundelein. The Patriot varsity will be seeking its fifth consecutive NSC title.

Baseball Team’s Trivia Night Fundraiser Next Week

The baseball program’s fourth annual Trivia Night Fundraiser will be held from 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire. Tickets are $50 and can be ordered at The night will feature a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and trivia contests. Raffle and auction items include a private Cessna ride to see the Chicago skyline, tickets to a Foo Fighters concert, a 32-inch LED HDTV, signed Cubs and White Sox memorabilia and tickets, wine tasting and more.

Cashaw Having Breakout Season for Rice

Rice University men’s basketball junior Connor Cashaw (Class of 2015) is having a breakout season. Cashaw, who helped lead Stevenson to the state championship his senior year, leads the Owls in scoring (16.2 points per game), rebounding (6.5 per game) and steals (22 overall), and is second in assists (2.9 per game). Last weekend, he scored a career-high 30 points in a loss to North Texas. Cashaw averaged 8 points per game last year after scoring 8.5 per contest as a freshman. He has only missed one game in his career at Rice, and has started every game in which he has played the last two seasons.


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Are You Taking an AP Art Class Next Year?

All students who registered for AP Art: Drawing, 2-D and 3-D Design for next school year must complete an AP Art portfolio review packet. Click here to download the packet. The portfolio review process is a required part of registration in the course. Students who have questions should see their art teacher or contact Mrs. Hyken ( Portfolios are due no later than Friday, Feb. 9 in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).


Juniors are invited to “Study Strategies for the SAT” in the College Career Center (Room 1123) on Friday, Jan. 26. Sessions will be offered during each half-lunch period: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a and 6b. Counselors will assist students with linking their College Board account with their Khan Academy account, and highlighting features of Khan Academy. Cookies and water will be provided. Juniors should bring their iPads and their College Board login.


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


Now that second semester has started, Student Council has many activities planned for students to enjoy. Today, Student Council is setting up an ice rink in the Wood Commons during all lunch periods. In February, Winterfest returns Feb. 20-24. This year’s theme is “Retro-Cade.” Here are the spirit days planned during Winterfest Week: Tuesday, Feb. 20 (Pajama Day), Wednesday, Feb. 21 (Jeans Day) and Thursday, Feb. 22 (Hawaiian Day). The dress-up days conclude Friday, Feb. 23 with Spirit Friday, when students are encouraged to show off their school spirit by wearing green and gold. During Winterfest Week, there will lunchtime activities led by StuCo as well as class boards. Also, on Friday, Feb. 23 there will be a pep assembly in the Sports Center for all students. During the pep assembly, there will be a number of exciting activities such as a competitive Mario Kart racing game, a baton twirling performance by junior Caroline French, a memorable Mr. SHS performance, a Pop-a-Shot arcade game and a giant skee ball game. The week will conclude with the Winterfest Dance sponsored by Student Council and class boards. Early bird dance ticket sales will run from Monday through Friday, Feb. 5-9. Regular dance ticket sales start Saturday, Feb. 10.  


UI trustees approve tuition freeze for fourth consecutive year

Once-troubled Round Lake District 116 garners top financial award

Mundelein High District 120 making second attempt to sell golf course

DeKalb High placed on “soft lockdown” after report of gun on bus

Prairie Ridge High shop students fix cars for charity

Buffalo Grove High orchestra to perform students’ tribute to teachers

Judge: Citizens group can intervene in District 211 transgender lawsuit

Brief power outage affects small section of College of Lake County

Students evacuate Lake in the Hills school after small electrical fire

West Carroll Middle School principal named district’s superintendent

Literacy and wellness find a home in shuttered CPS building


Is school-discipline reform moving too fast?

Nation’s three largest school systems facing leadership churn at the top

Food insecurity, new laws prompt schools to recycle, redistribute meals

NYC adding dual language options in pre-K to attract parents

New MIT-based program seeks to boost number of STEM teachers

Pop-up higher education courses respond to events in real time

Google CEO: Tech education should be more than just coding


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Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Healthy Patriot Parent Discussion Series Returns

SHS parents and guardians are invited to attend the Healthy Patriot discussion series during second semester. The free monthly series kicks off Wednesday with a discussion about “Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom.” The session will run from 7:30-9 a.m. in the District Administration Center, located directly north of the Stadium, and a light breakfast will be available. SEL Coordinator Molly Gosline and Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac will lead Wednesday’s session. For those planning to attend, the presenters recommend reading this article in advance. To see the other topics in the series, visit the Healthy Patriot web page.

Three Debaters Qualify for Tournament of Champions

Fifteen members of the debate team attended the 10th annual Sunvitational National Debate Tournament at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale last weekend. Three debaters, senior Ali Rahman and juniors Thivya Sivarajah and Josh Ezrol, broke to the semifinal rounds, earning each a bid to the 47th annual Tournament of Champions April 28-30 at the University of Kentucky. Also competing were seniors Aaryav Nagpal and Bhavana Muppavarapu; juniors Josh Zhu, Devanshi Gupta, Aishani Dutta, Aarim Khan, Ali Chaudhary, Jacob Minin and Archit Bajaj; sophomore Christie Lee; and freshmen Laya Reddy and Christine Irlbeck. They were accompanied by debate sponsor Alison Pearl.

More Than 100 Volunteers Needed for Odyssey

More than 100 parent and community volunteers are needed for each day of Stevenson’s Odyssey fine arts festival, which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6-7. During Odyssey, all students spend the school day in performances, lectures and hands-on workshops led by more than 100 visual and performing artists. Volunteers have the option of working one or both days, and can work all day or part of the day. Visit this page to see the list of volunteer options and to sign up. Volunteers must have a current background check on file with the school to participate. For those who do not have a background check on file, a form is available at the sign-up link. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Laurie Dickinson at

Two Seniors Receive Leadership Honors

Two seniors received honorable mention distinction on the 2017-18 Daily Herald Lake County Leadership Team announced today. Hanna Kunin and Frank Wiest-Puchala were chosen based on their volunteer efforts as members of the Student Council and National Honor Society. Hanna also was cited for her work with youngsters at a Waukegan elementary school through the Spanish Honor Society, while Frank earned kudos for being part of the Freshman Mentor Program.

Archery Team Nearly Wins Chicago Shootout

The archery team took second place at the Phoenix Firebird Shootout in Chicago last weekend, missing the top spot by one point. Stevenson finished with a total score of 3,257, while Schlarman Academy from Danville had 3,258. Senior Samantha Hartman-Stackhouse captured first place overall among 191 competitors with a score of 295, which included 26 bullseyes. Sophomore Sylvia Zhang achieved a personal best, finishing fifth overall with 280 points and 14 bullseyes. She was third among 96 girls in the High School Division. Another sophomore, Caitlyn Goldberg, took seventh place overall and fifth among high school girls with a score of 277 that featured 14 bullseyes. Senior Nick King achieved his personal best with a sixth-place finish among 95 boys in the High School Division. He scored a 276 with 10 bullseyes. The squad travels to Danville this weekend for the fourth annual ULLR Classic.


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Wednesday, Jan. 17 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 6, New Trier Blue 1: Six Patriots scored goals as SHS outshot the Trevians, 49-19, at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. Junior Adam Offenbach scored a goal and assisted on two others. Other goals came from seniors Jackson Leptich, Michael Dowd, Trevor Hilt and Jake Camp, and sophomore Brett Stokes. Trevor also had two assists for Stevenson, which improved to 46-14-2 overall and 18-5 in the Scholastic Hockey League with three regular season games remaining. Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 18 saves. New Trier Blue fell to 4-17 in the SHL. – Box Score

Girls Bowling

Warren 7, Stevenson 2: On Senior Night at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, the Patriots won the third game, 837-787, bringing an end to the Blue Devils’ undefeated season and snapping their 24-game win streak. Senior Genevieve Dominick led SHS with a 543 series, while classmate Jackie Koepp rolled the team’s highest single game (204) en route to a 487 series. Genevieve’s top game was a 199. Both of the high games occurred in Game 3. Freshman YooJin Lee shot a 434 series, fellow freshman Kelly Radelet had a 393 and senior Lauren Stein added a 389. In the final pin totals, Warren had 2,458 and Stevenson compiled 2,246. – Daily Herald

Patriettes Start State Title Defense at Mundelein

The defending state champion varsity Patriettes will take the first step toward defense of their title at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Mundelein Competitive Dance Sectional on Saturday. SHS will be part of a 30-team field seeking berths in the state finals Jan. 26-27 in Bloomington. In the five years since competitive dance became an official IHSA sport, Stevenson has captured one state championship and was runner-up twice. For those going to the sectional, admission is $5 for the entire day. Also, Mundelein is asking spectators for donations of the following items for its local food pantry: liquid dish soap, canned tuna, peanut butter, ramen noodles, diapers (any size), toilet paper and laundry detergent.


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One-Acts Audition Packet Now Online

Students interested in acting in the spring One Acts production can download the audition packet at Auditions will take place at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the West Auditorium. Sign up for an audition slot on the Fine Arts Callboard.


Come join Spanish Club for a Spanish dance lesson after school Wednesday in Room 1508. All are welcome.


The girls water polo team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at


Monday is the application deadline for the Joe Hutten $1,000 Scholarship sponsored by the Lake County Federation of Teachers. To be eligible, students must intend on attending an Illinois public higher education institution (two- or four-year). Stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up an application.

The Naviance document library has been updated with Early Action admissions stats for each college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The document library can be accessed on the right side of a Naviance account (both students and guests have access to this feature). Keep in mind, both ACT and SAT data scattergrams are included, as many SHS students are now applying with both exam scores.


Illinois education officials want to double state budget for schools

Five Catholic schools in Chicago area to close, including one in Deerfield

Illinois receives C+ in “Quality Counts” education report

Lake Zurich District 95, Gavin District 37 will ask voters to borrow money

West Chicago teachers could hold strike vote in the “near future”

Evanston school board rescinds controversial confidentiality policy

Orland District 135 may change school boundaries

East Aurora plans to name stadium after 1929 alum for $750K donation

Statehouse bill would connect rural schools to high-speed Internet

Cahokia High teacher dies day before his 36th birthday

Burlington Central joining Fox Valley Conference in 2019-20

Southwestern Illinois College board cutting child care on one campus

Belleville teacher’s search for new home featured on HGTV show


Connecticut Supreme Court overturns sweeping education funding ruling

Department of Education publishes list of active civil rights investigations

Democrats ask Trump to invest in fixing school buildings

Bezos announces $33M scholarship fund for “Dreamers”

Education quiz app Kahoot claims it’s used in half of all U.S. classrooms

Kentucky governor tells schools to trim “administrative overhead”

University of Alabama student expelled after online racist rants emerge


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Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

13 Selected for All-State Music Festival

Thirteen students have been selected to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association All-State Music Festival Jan. 24-27 in Peoria. They will perform in all-state concerts on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27.

Senior violinist Justin Lee was selected to the All-State Orchestra for the third consecutive year. Four others will be heading to Peoria for the second time: senior trumpeter Adam Kastler (All-State Jazz Band), senior soprano Elisabeth Schmitt-Wagner (All-State Choir), and senior violinist Haoyang Yu and junior violinist Adele Lee (All-State Orchestra).

First-time all-state selections include senior Marcus Engstrom (alto saxophone) and sophomore Allen Beckwith (clarinet) in the All-State Band; sophomore alto Samhita Madduru in the All-State Choir; and senior violinist Daniel Wu and sophomore violinist Andrew Lee, and sophomore viola players Katherine Yu and Erin Yuan in the All-State Orchestra. Also, senior Zach Greenberg will be making his first trip to the festival. The SHS band member was chosen to participate in the Future Music Educators Seminar.

Junior Parents’ Questions Needed for College Night Seminar

Parents and guardians of current juniors (Class of 2019) are invited to ask questions about the college search-and-selection process to Post Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 in the Performing Arts Center. Their agenda will be your agenda for this parent-only program. Parents are encouraged to submit questions in advance by filling out this survey.

Late Arrival on Thursday

Stevenson will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday to allow for teacher planning time in the morning. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m.


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Tuesday, Jan. 16 Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 124, Libertyville 62: The Patriots (4-0 overall and North Suburban Conference) won nine of 12 events in road water to set up Saturday’s dual-meet showdown with New Trier. Both teams are undefeated in dual meets the last three years. Sophomore AJ Carollo won two events, the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.84) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.98). Junior Nathan Gates claimed the 200 individual medley (2:05.03), senior Danny Less won the 1-meter diving (196.05), senior Collin Kapecki touched first in the 50 free (22.70) and senior Daniel Ng was victorious in the 100 butterfly (53.80). Junior Topher Stensby captured the 100 backstroke (55.64), and swam on two winning relays: the 200 free relay with Collin and juniors John Roh and Maxim Ryaguzov (1:28.03), and the 400 free relay with John, Daniel and sophomore Jake Kim (3:17.00). – Daily Herald

Girls Basketball Team Prepares for Annual “Think Pink” Night

The girls basketball program will hold its annual Think Pink/Kay Yow Night fundraiser for cancer research on Tuesday. Stevenson will face Lake Forest in four games: two at the freshman level, plus junior varsity and varsity. Special pink T-shirts will be sold at the game for $10 each, and also are available from any member of the basketball team. Read this article for more information, including tip-off times and game locations.


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Bringing a Non-SHS Student to the Winterfest Dance?

Winterfest Dance ticket sales don’t start until February, but students who will be going with a non-SHS student can fill out the required Non-SHS Guest Ticket Form now. The signature and business card of the dean at the guest’s school also is required. Download the form.


Are you thinking about taking a “gap year” for 2018-19? Dozens of gap year programs exist throughout the world, and New Trier High School is hosting a Gap Year Fair at noon on Saturday, Jan. 27. Read this for more information and to register.


The Stevenson Styler fashion magazine will have its first meeting of the spring semester from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 in Room 1612. More details to come soon!

Cultural Cuisine Club meets after school today in Room 1406. The club will be making Hawaiian food.


Patriot soccer players interested in participating at the collegiate level are invited to a college coaches roundtable at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Warren Township High School Auditorium. Coaches from several area college teams will be on hand to answer questions about the recruiting process.


UIC breaks ground on $100M academic, residential complex

14 Chicago students taken to hospitals after getting sick from “laced” candy

EMSA chooses Jacksonville administrator at its first principal

One year later, vacant seat on UI Board of Trustees remains unfilled

SIU creating women’s soccer team to comply with gender-equity rules


Are colleges pushing students to do too much in high school?

Study: One-third of top-performing high school students don’t finish college

Three-quarters of U.S. public school spending cuts restored

Johns Hopkins philosophy department receives $75M gift

Helping strangers may boost self-esteem of teens, study suggests

California school bans Uber Eats from delivering food to students

The rise and fall of Baby Einstein


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Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Seven Members of Chess Team Earn State Honor

Seven members of the SHS chess team are among top players in the state invited to join the 2017-18 Illinois Chess Association Warren Junior Scholar and Rising Star programs.

Three Patriots are among 47 scholastic chess players statewide picked for the Warren Junior Scholar program, which recognizes the most accomplished and promising players in Illinois: senior Alex Bian, junior Miranda Liu and freshman Ricky Wang. All three were named Warren Junior Scholars last year.

Four team members were among 89 selected as Rising Stars: juniors Shashank Bala and Kavin Lavari, sophomore Adam Wallach, and his younger brother, freshman David Wallach. The Rising Star program was added in 2015 to recognize the next tier of up-and-coming scholastic players. Shashank, Kavin and Adam were named Rising Stars in the 2016-17 school year.

In addition to providing recognition to the players, the programs’ purpose is to nurture the highest-potential scholastic chess players so they may compete on a national and international stage, and to provide them with an opportunity for rigorous study to give them the skills to become leaders in other fields as adults.

Out of the more than 2,000 scholastic chess players in Illinois who are actively playing in United States Chess Federation-rated chess tournaments, less than 150 are qualified to participate in the Warren Junior Scholars and Rising Star programs.

Final Incoming Freshman Orientation Night is Wednesday

The third and final Incoming Freshman Orientation Night will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Incoming freshmen and their parents or guardians who did not attend one of the first two nights are invited. This article has information on the evening’s agenda, which includes student-led tours of the school.

Consortium Choral, Orchestra Concerts This Week

The next wave of Stevenson student-musicians rolls into the Performing Arts Center this week with two Consortium 125 concerts featuring future Patriots from area junior high schools. The Consortium 125 Choral Concert takes place tonight at 7 o’clock, and the Consortium 125 Orchestra Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free to both concerts. For those unable to attend, the concerts will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

Linda Ronstadt Tribute Concert Saturday Night

Classics such as “Blue Bayou,” “You’re No Good” and “Desperado” are just some of the songs that will be covered by well-known Chicago singer Cathy Glickman during her “It’s So Easy to Fall in Love with Linda Ronstadt” tribute concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $20, and are available for purchase online. To order over the phone, call 847-415-4121. The concert is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation. Glickman is the parent of two Stevenson alumni, Carly (Class of 2010) and Joel (Class of 2013). After the concert, cocoa, cookies and conversation with Glickman will take place in the Patriot Lobby.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chick-fil-A Wednesday

The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser at the Chick-fil-A in Vernon Hills from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday. Click this link for more details.


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Sunday, Jan. 14 Varsity Results


Stevenson at Oak Forest Invitational: The Patriots finished second in a field of more than 20 teams.

Boys Ice Hockey

Carmel 6, Stevenson 4: The visiting Corsairs spoiled Senior Day at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Junior Adam Offenbach scored two goals for SHS (45-14-2), while senior Jackson Leptich and junior Billy Kopka recorded the others. – Box Score

Saturday, Jan. 13 Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at 63rd annual Trevian Relays: The third-ranked Patriots edged the host school, No. 1 New Trier, plus 13 other teams to capture their second straight Trevian Relays title. SHS posted a team score of 205, six points ahead of New Trier and 50 better than Neuqua Valley. Junior Topher Stensby won two events, the 50- and 100-yard freestyles. His time of 20.80 in the 50 free final broke a 10-year-old meet record. His time in the 100 free was 46.69. Topher also swam one leg of the victorious 200 free relay (1:27.12) with senior Collin Kapecki, junior Maxim Ryaguzov and sophomore Niccolo Comini. Senior Daniel Ng finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.35), and was part of the runner-up 400 free relay (3:12.02) with Collin, Topher and sophomore Jack Zhang. Last weekend, the Trevians topped SHS for the Evanston Invitational crown. The two teams square off again in a dual meet at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Patriot Aquatic Center.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Vernon Hills Regional: Senior Lucas Pinkus finished third in the individual standings at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, leading the Patriots to fourth place among 13 teams and a berth in Saturday’s sectional in DeKalb. Lucas rolled a six-game series of 1,291 pins, with a high game of 236. His first five games were all above 200. Two other Pats, both freshmen, placed in the top 20: Benjamin Ries was 15th (1,196 series, 217 high game), and Joey Gluck was 20th (1,167 series, 225 high game). Freshman Nicholas Sternes shot a 1,158 series, with a high game of 233. Junior Ryan Lerman bowled four games, with a series of 692 and a high game of 209. – Official Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson at Maine West: The undefeated Patriot girls won all five of their meets, while the Patriot boys went 4-1 in their last tune-up before the state and Great Lakes Conference championships. The girls shut out Maine West (27-0), Evanston (27-0) and Glenbrook South (27-0), and also defeated New Trier (20-7) and Deerfield-Highland Park (23-4), and improved to 14-0 on the season. The boys beat Maine West (16-11), Evanston (26-1), Deerfield-Highland Park (21-6) and Glenbrook South (14-13), and fell to New Trier (14-13).


Stevenson at Grayslake North Invitational: The Patriots placed second among more than 20 teams.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 7, York 1: Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 24 saves and classmate Jackson Leptich scored two goals for the host Patriots (45-13-2 overall, 17-5 Scholastic Hockey League) at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Seven Pats lit the lamp and 10 had at least one assist. Junior Adam Offenbach had a goal and two assists, while senior Trevor Hilt also registered a pair of assists. Other goals came from seniors Roey Kleiman and Jake Camp, and juniors Carter Devlin and Zach Wesley. – Box Score


Stevenson hosted SHS Quadrangular: The Patriots (17-3), ranked No. 10 in the state, beat Deerfield (13-17) in their opening match, 50-23, then fell to No. 22 Yorkville (12-8) 42-18, and to No. 7 Huntley (19-3), 35-29. – Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Fenwick 47, Stevenson 39: Senior Klaire Steffens scored a game-high 26 points for the visiting Patriots (11-8), with 19 coming in the second half. She hit eight field goals and was 10-of-17 at the free throw line.

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots finished fifth among 11 teams with a score of 136.425 at Lake Forest. Junior Zoe Hinz, continuing to recover from an early-season ankle injury, finished second on balance beam (9.45), with sophomore Riley Polatsek finish third (9.3) and freshman Hannah Brand taking fourth (9.275).  – Daily Herald

Friday, Jan. 12 Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 42, Lake Zurich 41: Sophomore Matthew Ambrose hit a bank shot from the lane at the buzzer as the host Patriots (9-6, 3-2) shocked the Bears (10-5, 2-3) in the Sports Center. Matthew led all scorers with 17 points, including another bank shot from 30 feet to end the third quarter. He also had three rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks. Senior Jackson Qualley scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, with his final score giving Stevenson a 40-39 lead with 28 seconds remaining. Jackson pulled down five rebounds. – Daily Herald


Stevenson 39, Warren 18: The 10th-ranked Patriots (16-1, 5-0) moved a step closer to their fourth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship with a dominating Senior Night performance against the Blue Devils (5-1 NSC) in the Field House. Senior Dan Ganzman earned a 10-2 major decision in the opening match at 182 pounds, and junior Max Gomez followed with a pin in 3:30 at 195 to stake Stevenson to a 10-0 lead that was never threatened. SHS also received pins from juniors Anand Batbaatar at 285 (2:50) and Yoni Leibovitz (1:09) at 113. Sixth-ranked Tommy Frezza posted a 9-0 major decision at 120 pounds and improved to 23-3. Other wins came from seniors Michael Karp at 138 (15-7) and Muzi Sitshela at 152 (12-5), and juniors Matthew Zimring at 132 (6-0) and Ivor Gueorguiev at 170 (11-4). Stevenson closes out its league schedule against Waukegan and Lake Forest next week. – Daily Herald

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championship: The Patriettes finished third in the competition at Waukegan.

Hockey Fundraiser at Culver’s Today

The Patriot boys ice hockey team is holding a fundraiser at Culver’s, 450 McHenry Rd., in Buffalo Grove today from 4-8 p.m. Mention “Stevenson hockey” when ordering, and 25 percent of the sale will go to the hockey program.


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Students Invited to Celebrate Israel Day on Friday

The Hebrew program and Club Israel invite all students to its Israel Day celebration during the lunch periods Friday in Room 2104. The event commemorates Israel’s 70th anniversary, which is April 18. Students are invited to enjoy Israeli food, games, crafts, songs, trivia, souvenirs, giveaways and lots of prizes. Students also will have an opportunity to learn some Hebrew. The first 100 attendees each lunch period will receive a free gift.

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. Puppy Chow, brownies, cookies and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


StageCrafters will have a meeting after school Thursday for anyone interested in working on the crew of the winter play, Luna Gale. The meeting will be held in the Recital Hall. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Evans at

The Diversity Council is holding a Fast-A-Thon from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday in the West Staff Dining Room. Admission is $5. Fast-A-Thon encourages all students to fast during the day, to see how it feels to be like many children around the world whose families can’t afford food. Fasting also is a way for students to show respect to their peers who fast during school due to their religious values.


Illinois judge allows 11-year-old to use medical marijuana at school

10 Illinois high schools piloting competency-based pilot program

Pilot program tests feasibility of online AP classes for rural schools

One hour before city council grilling, CPS announces special ed hires

Emanuel moving to remedy defect in his new graduation requirement

State education board says Rauner veto “caused disruption to agency”

Antioch K-8 district prepares for big capital projects

Former CPS principal launches fundraising effort to challenge Emanuel

Below-zero wind chills cancel school in parts of Illinois


Influx of students from Puerto Rico straining school resources

Oil money enriches University of Texas, but little goes to financial aid

Racial equity in Seattle has a frustrating history, and it’s getting worse

Long-rumored Tucson blacklist revealed; many on it for little reason

New Jersey’s next education commissioner named


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Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

SHS Clubs Planning Community Ethnic Celebrations

Two Stevenson clubs are planning ethnic celebrations open to the community on the last two Fridays of January. The Polish Club will hold its first-ever Polish Community Night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 in the Wood Commons and Room 2104, while the German Club will have its inaugural Kindernacht from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26. Admission is free to both events, and babysitting will be provided. Anyone planning to attend is asked to fill out the form associated with each event: Polish Community Night | German Kindernacht. For more information about either night, contact Paulina Glowacka at

Students’ Abstract Accepted for International Conference

An abstract co-authored by two students has been accepted for formal presentation at the international meeting of the Endocrine Society in March 17-20 in Chicago. Junior Maanasa Devabhaktuni and senior Srikar Rapaka wrote their abstract “Can Hemoglobin A1C Always Be Used To Make The Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus?” as part of their work in Stevenson’s SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) summer program.

The abstract considers whether an alternative method for monitoring glucose levels of diabetic patients, testing the patients’ fructosamine levels, should be used over more popular Hemoglobin A1C testing. Maanasa and Srikar focused primarily on keeping track of patient-centered care using a questionnaire and observing the glucose levels with both the Hemoglobin A1C and fructosamine tests. The pair worked on the topic during their SPARK experiences at James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago with their mentor, Chief of Endocrinology Dr. Janice Gilden.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Portillo’s

The Choral Guild will hold a fundraiser at Portillo’s restaurant, 221 Townline Rd., in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. Monday. Show the image in this article when ordering, and 20 percent of the sale will be donated to Stevenson’s Choral Department.

Advice on Weathering the Cold from the SHS Nurses

With winter in full swing, cold temperatures may be a risk factor for students, children and adults. The latest Nurses’ Nook column offers some tips on preventing frostbite and being prepared in winter conditions.

No School, No Digest on Monday

Stevenson will not hold classes Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Daily Digest will not be published.


In Monday’s Daily Digest, the name of an award-winner was omitted from an article on the debate team’s performance at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association competition at Elk Grove High School in December. Sophomore Dylan Hu won second place in his varsity chamber.


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Thursday, Jan. 10 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Loyola Gold 4, Stevenson 2: In a Scholastic Hockey League showdown at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion, the top-ranked Ramblers (34-5-2 overall, 22-0 SHL) scored two goals in the last five minutes to secure the victory and snap the Patriots’ five-game winning streak. After Loyola took a 2-0 lead, third-ranked SHS (44-13-2, 16-5) tied the game on goals by seniors Jake Camp and Trevor Hilt. Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 33 saves for Stevenson, which is in third place in the SHL.

Boys Bowling

Glenbrook North 3,461, Stevenson 3,099: The visiting Patriots ended their regular season with a 6-5 record in match play, and will take part in the IHSA Vernon Hills Regional on Saturday at the Brunswick Zone Hawthorn Lanes. Against GBN, both schools employed six bowlers instead of five. Senior Lucas Pinkus led Stevenson with the highest series (599) and game (267), while freshman Ryan Lerman was second in both (537, 224).

Sports Boosters OKs Nearly $40K in Donations

The Sports Boosters Executive Board approved nearly $40,000 in donations to benefit Stevenson students on Wednesday. More than $15,000 in equipment will be donated for the Allied Soccer, Allied Spirit, football, lacrosse, basketball, softball, badminton, soccer, water polo, fencing and golf programs. Another $9,000 will be used to purchase and mount two Pixellot cameras in the Stadium and Sports Center, while $7,500 will go toward the replacement of starting blocks in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The board also approved a $7,000 donation to the Stevenson Foundation, with $5,000 going to its Stevenson to College program, and another $2,000 headed to its Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

Cencula Settling In at Point Guard

Senior Kiana Cencula is growing into her new role on the varsity girls basketball team this season. After three years as a shooting guard, Kiana moved to point with the graduation of four-year starter Ashley Richardson, who is now a member of the Drexel University women’s team. Kiana and her coach, Ashley Graham, talked with Pioneer Press about the transition.

Mandatory Meetings for Freshman, Transfer Student-Athletes

All freshman student-athletes and transfer student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2017-18 school year. The next opportunity comes Thursday, which is a late arrival day. The meeting will take place from 9:45-10:15 a.m. 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.


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One-Acts Director Application Available

Students interested in directing a play in this spring’s One Acts production can download the application at Applications are due to Mrs. Rawitz or Mr. Fritz by 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Late applications will not be accepted.


Parents file suit to allow daughter to use medical marijuana at school

Cary-Grove senior sues District 155 board over free speech dispute

Joliet Junior College sued over “free speech zone”

Elk Grove District 59 pulls bond issue off referendum ballot

More bomb threats made against Springfield High School

Chicago Public Schools a rarity for its financial literacy curriculum

College of DuPage legal bill to fight ex-president’s suit $560K and climbing

Inoperable handgun found at Waukegan alternative school

Gas leak forces Nazareth Academy to cancel classes

UI-Springfield to open its first student union


Civil Rights Commission says America’s schools are “profoundly unequal”

Feds say Texas failed to provide adequate education to disabled students

Cold snap exposes cracks in upkeep of timeworn schools

Company with ties to DeVos gets Ed Department debt collection contract

Justice Department investigating admissions association’s ethics code

Denial of request to make Diwali a school holiday questioned

List three good reasons for slavery? Wisconsin school under fire

District of Columbia may lift sunscreen ban in schools


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Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Senior Seeks to Win $10K in Math Contest

Senior Andrew Hwang will be one of 12 students competing for $10,000 in the Who Wants to be a Mathematician Championship on Saturday at the San Diego Convention Center. This is the second straight year Andrew has qualified for the championship, which features top math students from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The winning student will receive $5,000 and his or her school’s math department also will get $5,000. The contest will be shown live from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday at

Senior Publishes Book Based on Science Experiments

Senior Justin Lee has published a book detailing his scientific research experiences. In Real-Time Science: One Student’s Journey in Research, Justin tackles questions from a number of disciplines, ranging from the accuracy of weather forecasting services to how temperature affects the bounce of a tennis ball. His 132-page book is available on Amazon. Justin also has results from many of his experiments on his research blog.

Former SHS Teacher Named to Texas Task Force

Former Social Studies teacher Vanessa Steinkamp was one of five educators appointed to a new Texas task force by Gov. Greg Abbott last week. She was selected to serve on the Task Force on Academic Credit and Industry Recognition, which is charged with identifying opportunities for awarding high school or college credit, or industry-recognized credentials or certificates, to inmates in Texas prisons. Steinkamp, a professor at Tarrant County College in the Fort Worth area, will serve on the task force until Dec. 1, 2021.


  • Wednesday’s Digest said incoming freshman families whose student has a last name ending in the letters I-P are the primary audience for the second orientation night this evening. The entry should have said families whose students have last names beginning with the letters I-P are the intended audience.
  • An article and accompanying headline in Wednesday’s Digest about tonight’s Stand Strong Coalition meeting implied that its purpose is to oppose the legalization of marijuana in Illinois. Stand Strong is funded by the federal government, and thus does not take official stances on legislation. Tonight’s meeting is meant to educate the community about the facts surrounding legalization of marijuana in other states, and the effects of marijuana availability and use by youth.


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Wednesday, Jan. 9 Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 71, Waukegan 34: Three players scored in double figures as the host Patriots (11-7 overall, 5-1 North Suburban Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak. Senior Kiana Cencula led SHS with 15 points, sophomore Avery King had 14 and senior Klaire Steffens added 10. Junior Kristin Hill chipped in with a career-high nine points. Stevenson jumped out to a 23-9 lead after one quarter of play and extended its lead to 25 by halftime. The Patriots sank seven three-pointers in the game and remain tied for first in the NSC with Warren. Waukegan fell to 0-7 in the league. SHS returns to action Saturday against Fenwick. – SBN Replay | Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,082, Grayslake Central 2,697: Four players broke the 600-pin barrier at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn Lanes as SHS improved to 6-4 on the season. Senior Lucas Pinkus rolled a 684 series to pace the Patriots, and also had the team’s highest game, a 245. Senior Marcus Engstrom set personal bests with a 637 series and 227 game. Freshman Benjamin Ries shot a 612 series and had a high game of 244, while classmate Nicholas Sternes added a 606 series and high game of 213. Stevenson also received a 545 series from freshman Joey Gluck, whose best game was 201. After a 40-pin victory in the opening game (978-938), the Patriots eclipsed the 1,000-pin mark in each of the final two games. SHS concludes its regular season with a match this afternoon against Glenbrook North.

Girls Bowling

Libertyville 2,492, Stevenson 2,347 – Daily Herald

Wrestling Team Achieves Top 10 Ranking

The 15-1 Patriot wrestling team has cracked the Illinois Best Weekly Class 3A top 10 rankings for the fourth year in a row. Stevenson moved into 10th place after defeating Lake Zurich on Friday and capturing the Leyden tournament a day later. SHS was No. 11 last week. Three Patriots appear in the latest Class 3A individual rankings: Junior Tommy Frezza is No. 9 at 120 pounds, while senior Muzi Sitshela and junior Anand Batbaatar received honorable mention at 152 and 285, respectively. The Patriots have a showdown with Warren in the Field House on Friday. The varsity match starts at 6:30 p.m., and will be preceded by freshman and junior varsity contests at 5:30.

Patriot Aquatic Club Earns National Honor

The Patriot Aquatic Club, which serves as a feeder program for Stevenson swimming and water polo teams, has been awarded a Bronze medal ranking in the USA Swimming Club Excellence program. This is the first time in PAC history that it has earned the honor from USA Swimming, which recognizes the organization’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger. “I couldn’t be happier with our program receiving this honor. Our athletes have bought into a new culture and we are starting to see the benefits of that from this past season,” said Head Coach Kevin Zakrzewski, who also leads the SHS girls swimming and diving team.

Hockey Team Holding Fan Appreciation, Prospect Nights

The boys ice hockey team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Night during the varsity game against York at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. All students attending will receive a free SHS Hockey T-shirt. There also will be a “Chuck-A-Puck” contest and a 50-50 raffle. In addition, the team is holding a Prospect Night prior to the varsity contest for incoming freshmen interested in playing hockey at Stevenson. The event, which begins at 4 p.m., will feature a meet-and-greet with varsity hockey players, pizza with the coaches and junior varsity players, a free SHS Hockey T-shirt, and a free puck for the Chuck-A-Puck contest during the varsity game. To reserve a spot at Prospect Night or for more information, email


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Special Breakfast for Transfer Students on Tuesday

All transfer students are invited to an informational breakfast sponsored by the Student Services Division at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. Students will have an opportunity to ask questions in addition to learning general information about Stevenson and its programs, resources and opportunities for students.

Our Nurses Need Your Feedback

The SHS nurses are looking for ways to improve their communication with students and others, and are seeking feedback. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey.


The girls track and field team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Degen at


District 128 discussing possible Vernon Hills High expansion

West Chicago High teachers union declares impasse in contract talks

CPS wants school code changed so board member can become COO

Danville-area school district cancels classes after email threat

Freeport police following leads in high school bomb threat

Suspected carjacker arrested outside Oak Park River Forest High School

Elmhurst elementary school to pilot dual language program

Hong Kong-based company starting Chinese school in Streator  

Meeting on proposed high school devolves into shouting match

Sales tax increase helps fund $26M Jacksonville school transformation

CPS “turnaround” operator highlighted as model for success

Central Suburban League will realign to improve competitive balance

Sudden conference break-up stuns Sycamore High officials


More colleges offering in-state tuition to non-residents to expand reach

Louisiana teacher demands apology after being handcuffed at meeting

Studies say teacher collaboration rises when classrooms are closer

Death row inmate campaigns for prison education reform


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Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Senior Wins Downstate Archery Tournament

Senior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won top honors at the Redbird Classic archery tournament in Metamora on Saturday. Sami shot a personal-best score of 296 with 26 bullseyes (each worth 10 points) in 30 attempts. She nailed 22 consecutive 10s before her first 9 score. Sami outshot 291 other competitors, including 99 at the high school level.

Second Incoming Freshman Orientation Night is Thursday

The second of three orientation evenings for incoming freshman families takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The primary audience is families whose student has a last name ending in the letters I-P. However, any incoming freshman family can attend. Read here for more details.

Visiting Artist of the Month Exhibition on Display

Professional photographer John Vlahakis, whose work focuses on natural landscapes and the human condition, is the SHS Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for January. His exhibition, 3 Perspectives: New York City Street / Of Landscape / Own Nature, will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery through Thursday, Feb. 8. The artist will discuss his work and career during the next ARTalks presentation, sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Admission to ARTalks is free and open to the public. Read this article for a description of Vlahakis’ exhibition and to see a sample image.

World Languages Teacher Presents at Conference

World Languages teacher Jennifer Arias gave a presentation on “Rhetorical Analysis and Argumentation (SAT and ACT Writing) for English Learners” at the Illinois Resource Center’s 41st annual Statewide Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students on Dec. 5 in Oak Brook. She modeled lessons and comprehensible materials for argumentation and rhetorical analysis, shared teaching strategies to connect with students, and offered accessible reading and writing tasks that build academic language.

Making The Case Against Marijuana Legalization

The Stand Strong Coalition, which includes Stevenson as a member, will begin a two-part series at its next meeting on Thursday that pushes back against the drive to legalize marijuana in Illinois. Dr. Aaron Weiner, director of addiction services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health in Naperville, will discuss how legalization has impacted Colorado and Washington, and what it could mean to Illinois. He wrote this guest column last month for the Daily Herald making the case against legalization. Thursday’s Stand Strong meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Lincolnshire Village Hall.


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Tuesday, Jan. 9 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, St. Rita 1: Four players scored at Oak Lawn Ice Arena as the third-ranked Patriots (45-12-2) won their fifth straight game. Goals came from seniors Jackson Leptich and Jake Camp, and juniors Sam Shellist and Zach Wesley. Senior Michael Dowd recorded two assists, while Jackson, junior Seth Cohen and senior Jack Wiley had one apiece. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 21 saves. – Box Score

Girls Gymnastics

Lake Zurich 137.300, Stevenson 136.925: Freshman Hannah Brand won the all-around for the host Patriots in the Field House. She also captured first place in vault (9.125), was second on balance beam (8.95), tied for second on uneven bars (8.7) with freshman Ainslee Cutler, and placed fourth in floor exercise (8.75). Ainslee also finished fifth in floor exercise (8.7). Junior Sarina Johnson won the uneven bars (8.85) and tied for fifth in vault (8.5). Freshman Jessica Mahar was third on floor (8.875) and sophomore Riley Polatsek tied for third on balance beam (8.75). Junior Sophie Whiting finished fifth on uneven bars (8.525). – Daily Herald

Start Times Changed for Frosh Basketball Games

The start times have changed for Friday’s freshman A and B boys basketball games against Lake Zurich. The freshman A game will begin at 4 p.m. and the freshman B contest will tip off at 5:15 p.m.

Hilt, Sandholm Making Most of Varsity Hockey Shot

Senior Trevor Hilt could have thrown in the towel when he was kept off the boys ice hockey team’s varsity roster last season. Instead, he used the rejection as motivation. Now, the left winger is one of the points leaders on a Patriots team that has climbed to No. 3 in the state rankings. Trevor was tied for the team lead with 91 points through 58 games, with 54 goals and 37 assists. His teammate and fellow senior, Elias Sandholm, also is making the most of his only varsity season. Elias moved to the United States from Sweden prior to the start of his senior year. In his first 27 games, he posted a 21-5-1 record with four shutouts while giving up only 50 goals.

Alum Receives Football Scholarship at Illinois

University of Illinois linebacker Jimmy Marchese (Class of 2015) received an extraordinary Christmas gift. Illini head coach Lovie Smith informed the junior, a former walk-on, that he has earned a scholarship for the remainder of his time in Champaign.  Marchese played in all 12 games for Illinois last season, including two starts, and recorded 18 tackles.

Trainer Featured in Article on Football Helmet Safety

Athletic trainer Tyler Kollmann is featured in this month’s issue of Chicago Magazine, in an article on the new InSite football helmets produced by local company Riddell. Stevenson has gradually increased its stock of the helmets for the football program, and now has more than 30. SHS was one of the first InSite customers.


Tuesday’s Digest article about the JV Gold boys ice hockey team’s victory in the New Trier Hockey Invitational omitted one of the two players who scored in the championship game shootout: junior Jake DeMaio.


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All Juniors Meet With Their Counselor Thursday

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Thursday. Juniors must attend, even they are part of a club meeting during the activity period. Here are the room locations by counselor:

Dwyer Recital Hall (4100)
Ely Little Theater (4200)
Grove 1508-1510
Jones 1916-1918
Kellogg West Auditorium (2206)
Kelly West Auditorium (2206)
Kogan West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 8036-8040
Perkins 1500-1502
Puglisi West Auditorium (2206)
Roznowski 2500-2502
Scanio Recital Hall (4100)
Seeger Little Theater (4200)
Sullivan 7096
Timm 8046-8048
Vazquez Performing Arts Center
Walton Performing Arts Center

Club Meetings During Thursday’s Activity Period

The following clubs will meet in these locations during the activity period on Thursday:

Business Professionals of America Sports Center
Freshman Class Board Lower Sports Center Lobby
Patriot Pride Student Activities Office
Mega Math Room 7052
Student Congress West Staff Dining Room
Senior Class Board eBoard Room 1123
Students Helping Soldiers Room 5044
1Stevenson Room 2104

How Do You Say “No”?

Most high school students say “no” if offered a drink. How do you say no? Check out the latest video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition.


Attention juniors and seniors: Are you considering attending the College of Lake County? Would you like to take a field trip to learn more about its opportunities? We are offering two dates for field trips to CLC: Friday, Jan. 19 and Friday, Feb. 2. Both field trips will depart at 8:30 a.m. from parking lot B. Students will return to SHS in time for fifth-period lunch. If interested, juniors and seniors should pick up the permission slip at the College Career Center (Room 1123). Each trip will be limited to 45 juniors and seniors.


There will be a boys lacrosse informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Fitzgibbons at


Open Gym Softball will run from 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. on the following Wednesdays in the Field House: Jan. 17, 24 and 31, and Feb. 14. Other dates are to be determined.


Cash-strapped schools continue to wait for state funding

Democrats back Rauner’s scholarship veto, but questions linger

Harper teaming with three universities to offer bachelor’s degrees

Indian Prairie approves relocating 215 students to relieve overcrowding

Elk Grove district reinstates materials fees, leaves start times unchanged

Decatur district seeks to sue subcontractor over substandard field work

Parent banned after incident at Mattoon elementary school

Parents trying to stop closure of Palos Heights Catholic school

McHenry County College settles lawsuit over snow removal


Why are our most important teachers paid the least?

Baltimore school woes point to broader infrastructure problem

One-third of Oklahoma high schools don’t offer world language courses

Louisiana won’t hold back students who fail standardized tests

Data shows more diversity in AP computer science

Plan to increase funding for certain Wisconsin districts gains support

TED talks from inspiring teachers

Two-plus hours on a bus: How a charter taps Philadelphia kids to grow

Teacher handcuffed after criticizing superintendent’s raise at board meeting

North Texas men turn school’s Dads Day fears into cheers


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