Friday, February 24, 2017

All Juniors Taking ACT on Tuesday

As part of its commitment to helping students achieve academic and collegiate success, Stevenson will be offering the ACT exam with writing to all junior students on Tuesday beginning at 8:30 a.m. No registration is necessary nor are there any fees for the exam. Juniors will have the option of leaving school early after completing the exam. Click here for details.

Freshman Organizes Fundraiser for Ailing Classmate

Stevenson freshman Simone Ervin has organized a fundraiser for her friend and classmate, Matthew Abrams, who is battling cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant. Ervin has arranged for a fundraiser at the Culver’s restaurant in Buffalo Grove from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Twenty percent of sales during the fundraiser will go to help the Abrams family. Members of the SHS Jazz Band will perform at the fundraiser.

Junior Wins Youth Concerto Competition

Antony Simonoff, a junior at Stevenson, won first place at the Fox River Valley Youth Concerto Competition on Saturday. He played the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Second Concerto in C Minor. Simonoff will perform with the Fox Valley Orchestra on Sunday, June 25 at the Paramount Theater in Aurora. Winning music competitions is nothing new for Simonoff. He took top honors in the Junior Piano Competition at the Illinois State Music Teachers Association finals in November 2015.

Student Helping to Start Band Program at Waukegan School

Music has made a major difference in Chris VanOverberghe’s life. Now, the sophomore wants to bring the joy of music to others. For his Eagle Scout project, VanOverberghe is helping to build a band program for Most Blessed Trinity Academy in Waukegan. The K-8 school has no instruments, and the primarily lower-income students it serves can’t afford to buy or rent instruments. VanOverberghe is collecting new and used instruments for the school. He also is raising funds to purchase new instruments, repair used ones, and to build instrument storage. VanOverberghe has created a GoFundMe page for anyone who would like to make a financial donation. If you want to donate an instrument, contact him at buildaband.eagleproject@gmail.com.

Alum Opens Eye Care Practice in Buffalo Grove

Dr. Nathan Goldberg, a 2004 Stevenson graduate, has opened Focused Eye Care in Buffalo Grove. Goldberg is a fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and board-certified through the American Board of Certification in Medical Optometry. After graduating from Stevenson, Goldberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University, then received a Doctorate of Optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry. For more information on his new practice, visit www.focusedeyecarebg.com.

Correction

Thursday’s Daily Digest incorrectly reported that archer Sami Hartman-Stackhouse has won the overall championship in Stevenson’s last two tournaments. In fact, the junior has won the overall title in the team’s last three tournaments.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 7, St. Viator 1: The ninth-seeded Patriots erupted for four goals in the second period and cruised to victory over the 23rd-seeded Lions in their Blackhawk Cup Red Division state tournament play-in game at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. SHS advances to a second-round matchup against Evanston at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at the Edge AHAI Arena in Bensenville. Evanston, the No. 25 seed, upset No. 8 New Trier Blue, 3-2, on Wednesday. Against St. Viator, senior Daniel Wolfe opened the scoring early in the first period with a goal assisted by senior Jason Roseman and junior Jack Wiley. Neither team scored again until Roseman lit the lamp early in the second period, off an assist from sophomore Sam Shellist. Senior Benjamin Stavola and Wiley followed with goals that gave Stevenson a 4-0 lead. After the Lions scored, junior Jackson Leptich tallied three goals in the second and third periods. Roseman led the Pats with two assists, with Shellist, Wiley, senior Kyle Previn, sophomore Zach Wesley and junior Michael Dowd each recording one.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Huntley Invitational: The Patriots opened their season by winning the 12-team indoor meet. SHS outscored the host Red Raiders, 134-106, and won five of 15 events. In the field events, senior Jonathan Powell won the long jump (21 feet, 2.25 inches) and the triple jump (43-8), and junior John Engstrom captured the high jump (5-10). The Pats won two of the three relays. Senior David Goncharov, senior Noah Lukz, junior Borler Wu and junior Ahmad Dinkins claimed the 800-meter relay (1:34.33), while senior Caleb Oh, junior Aaron Portman, junior Ethan Simanek and senior Paul Udoni took first in the 3,200 relay (8:23.71). Lukz finished second in the 60-meter dash (7.14) and was third in the 200-meter dash (23.40). Oh was runner-up in the 800 (2:01.25), Goncharov finished second in the triple jump (43-6.5), and the 1,600 relay team of Portman, Dinkins, Wu and senior Jordan Eng also finished second (3:34.54). Other top-five finishers for Stevenson were Udoni, who took third in the 1,600 (4:31.91), Eng, who placed fifth in the long jump (20-2.25), and sophomore Sam Herenton, who was fifth in the 400 (53.81).

Watch the State Swim Meet Online

The state boys swimming and diving meet will be streamed live by the Illinois High School Association at this link starting at 3:30 today. You also can watch the finals at the same link beginning at noon on Saturday. Click here for the meet schedule and results.

Krames Earns Athlete of the Month Honor

Senior Matthew Krames, who is taking part in the diving competition at the IHSA state meet today, was recently named the Lakeshore High School Athlete of the Month for February by the Chicago Tribune. He was selected voting by the Tribune’s suburban sports team and the public. In recognition of the honor, Country Financial, the program’s sponsor, will be donating $250 to Stevenson. A Country Financial representative will honor Krames and the boys swimming and diving program at the Winter Sports Awards Night on March 13.

Girls Hockey Players in State Quarterfinals

Two Stevenson students are members of the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team that will face Loyola in the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament at 5:20 today at Heartland Arena in Lincolnwood. Senior Corynn Salazar is the team’s top goaltender. She has a 7-1-2 record and is allowing only one goal per game. Junior Katie Wynn is the team’s third-leading scorer, with seven goals and six assists in 17 games. Their team has a 15-5-2 record and has won its last 13 games.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Register for Project Dance Today

Registration is open for the 10th annual Project Dance fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Patriotpalooza” and the goal is to raise $50,000 to help the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation. Click here for all the registration information, forms and details. You can register through today. Use the coupon code HIGHFIVE for $5 off the registration fee. Project Dance will be held Saturday, April 8.

Operation Snowball Registration Open

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a two-day event with tons of indoor and outdoor activities planned by upperclassmen for all Stevenson students. Registration is now open at the Online Superstore. Sign up by Wednesday to reserve your T-shirt. Registration closes Friday, March 10. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski or Mr. Mazzuca if you have any questions.

NHS Blood Drive Sign-Up Underway

If you’re at least 17 years old (by March 10) and weigh at least 110 pounds, you can save three lives by donating blood at the National Honor Society Blood Drive on Friday, March 10 in the Wrestling Room. You must have a full free period between periods 3-8, in which you would be available to donate blood. This period can be an unscheduled period, a full lunch, or a PE/Health class (with teacher approval). By giving blood, you’ll also receive three community service hours. Plus, LifeSource will make a financial donation to the Stevenson Foundation’s Stevenson to College program, which improves access to college for SHS students who would be the first in their family to attend. Click here to sign up and to download forms you’ll need to bring to the Student Activities Office before the event, or bring them to the Wrestling Room on the day of the blood drive. The sign-up deadline is Friday, March 3.

Thinking About Joining the Military?

Are you unsure about what you would like to do after high school? Would you like to further explore your options? Do you have any interest in joining the military? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test on Thursday, March 16. This is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The test also may be used to provide students with more information regarding career options. If you’re interested in taking the test, you must sign up by Wednesday. Click here to sign up and for more details.

College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at www.d125.org/summer.

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is Wednesday, March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit campcardiac.org and campneuro.org for more information.

CLUB NEWS

Are you interested in meteorology? Would you like to learn how to forecast the weather? Do you want to earn volunteer hours while helping people who are suffering from natural disasters? Do you want to use Stevenson’s weather station? If so, come to Meteorology Club! Join us on Mondays at 3:35 p.m. in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

The Bass Fishing Club will be having an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2918. Contact Mr. Mural for more information at cmural@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 16. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: https://clcillinois.academicworks.com. Students should apply by Friday, March 31.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: www.liveunitedchicago.org/NNW or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Madigan forms school-funding panel; Rauner doesn’t object

Loyola University suspends fraternity over hazing allegations

St. Charles substitute teacher charged with soliciting teen over chat app

Alcohol-related death of Gurnee student at Miami U. ruled accident

University of Illinois gets $1.8M from CDC to study bug-borne diseases

Fremont students teach Mundelein seniors how to use smart devices

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

College Board to boost SAT security to combat cheating

Higher-education tax breaks disproportionately help the wealthy

Report: Tougher tenure rules resulted in loss of 1,700 teachers in Louisiana

“Rasputin” hacker targeted 25 colleges, universities

What students can learn by writing for Wikipedia

College campus retail stores go mobile

At Youngstown State, adjunct professors mark 25 years without a raise

DeGeneres gives full scholarships to all 41 members of school’s senior class

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Winter Choral Concert Tonight

Stevenson’s curricular and co-curricular choirs will sing tonight during the Winter Choral Concert at 7 o’clock in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be carried live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn.

Six Student Artists to be Featured in State Show

Artwork by six SHS students will be on display in the Illinois High School Art Exhibition on Sunday at the Zhou B. Art Center in Chicago. The general exhibition run from noon to 6 p.m., with the awards ceremony and keynote speaker from 1-3 p.m. The students exhibiting are seniors Melanie Blake (photography), Justin Han (drawing) and Alana Korol (painting), junior Kenneth Lu (design). sophomore Jenny Cao (sculpture) and freshman Jasmine Lin (time arts). Korol also will have a drawing in Sunday’s Senior Scholarship Exhibition at the Bridgeport Art Center, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. The award ceremony and keynote speaker are from 3:30-5 p.m.  

Seven Model UN Members Earn Honors in D.C.

Seven members of Stevenson’s Model United Nations club earned honors at the 54th annual North American International Model UN Conference in Washington, D.C. last weekend. Three students received Honorable awards for their committee work: freshman Celeste Xu, and sophomores Mary Polupan and Hannah Zhang. Four others earned Verbal Commendation: senior Eddie Kosinsky, sophomores Josh Ezrol and Sam Feldman, and freshman Matthew Li.

Junior Wins Second Straight Archery Tournament

Junior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won her second straight archery tournament championship last weekend, capturing the Anteros Tournament title in Peoria. Her score was a 292, with two perfect rounds at 10 meters and 22 bullseyes. Sophomore Rebecca Azevedo and junior Andrew Sliwicki both scored 273 points. The trio led Stevenson’s No. 1 team to a sixth-place finish.

Sophomore Nick Filerman topped the No. 2 team with a personal-best score of 265, including 10 bullseyes, and freshman Kassy Muradian hit her personal best with a score of 263 that also featured 10 bullseyes. For the No. 3 team, junior Bonnie Han led the way with a 258, freshman Carina Spaeth shot nine bullseyes and contributed a 256, and freshman Josh Nimmo shot a 253. The team travels to Danville this weekend for the Schlarman Shootout.

Winterfest Reminder: Parents Who Host, Lose the Most

With the Winterfest Dance coming Saturday night, Stevenson’s Catalyst club and the Stand Strong Coalition remind parents that allowing or encouraging parties with illegal alcohol use in their home can result in criminal charges.

PM Assembly Schedule on Friday

The school will follow its PM Assembly schedule on Friday. Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. as usual, but eighth period will end at 2:37 p.m. A pep assembly in the Sports Center will run from 2:42-3:25 p.m.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 76, Warren 45: Justin Smith scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in his final game on the Sports Center court, and the Patriots (21-5, 12-2) avenged a Jan. 25 loss to the Blue Devils (12-14, 5-9). SHS scored the first 16 points of the game on Senior Night, with Smith accounting for eight. He had 14 points and eight rebounds in the first quarter, and reached the 20-point mark by halftime as Stevenson built a 31-14 lead. Senior Willie Herenton scored 19 points and classmate Aidan O’Connell had five points and four assists. Fellow senior Eric Zalewski recorded five points, four rebounds and three assists for the Patriots, who will face Lake Forest or Mather in the IHSA Class 4A Maine West Regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Patriots are the top seed in the regional and the No. 3 seed in the Waukegan Sectional. – Daily Herald

Boys Swimming and Diving Team Heads to State

Eight members of the varsity boys swimming and diving team will compete in the IHSA state meet at New Trier High School beginning Friday. Stevenson will look to continue its momentum from winning a second straight sectional championship last weekend. The Patriots have entries in 10 events. Sophomore Topher Stensby will swim in five events, including the 50-yard freestyle, in which he posted the fifth-fastest time among all state qualifiers. He also is part of the 400 free relay, which had the sixth-best time among the qualifying field. Joining him in the 400 free relay will be senior Andrew Shashin, junior Daniel Ng and junior Nick Baginski. Stenby also will swim in the 100 freestyle, in the 200 free relay with Shashin, Ng and sophomore Jacob Rosenkranz, and in the 200 medley relay with Ng, Baginski and sophomore Joseph Song. Baginski also will compete in the 100 butterfly and 50 free, while Ng will swim in the 200 medley relay. Senior Matthew Krames qualified in diving, and sophomore Nathan Gates in the 500 free. Stevenson will be looking for its first top-10 finish in the team standings since tying for 10th in 2012.

Girls Track and Field Team Opens Season

The varsity girls track and field team opened its season with a 47-40 loss to Libertyville on Saturday in the Field House. Four Patriots won their event: seniors Juhi Jhaveri (55-meter dash), Mel Keith (shot put) and Abby Pucek (400-meter dash), and junior Gabriella Jagielo (800-meter dash).

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Operation Snowball Registration Open

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a two-day event with tons of indoor and outdoor activities planned by upperclassmen for all Stevenson students. Registration is now open at the Online Superstore. Sign up by Wednesday to reserve your T-shirt. Registration closes March 10. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski or Mr. Mazzuca if you have any questions.

Register This Week for Project Dance

Registration is open for the 10th annual Project Dance fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Patriotpalooza” and the goal is to raise $50,000 to help the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation. Click here for all the registration information, forms and details. You can register through Friday. Use the coupon code HIGHFIVE for $5 off the registration fee. Project Dance will be held Saturday, April 8.

NHS Blood Drive Sign-Up Underway

If you’re at least 17 years old (by March 10) and weigh at least 110 pounds, you can save three lives by donating blood at the National Honor Society Blood Drive on Friday, March 10 in the Wrestling Room. You must have a full free period between periods 3-8, in which you would be available to donate blood. This period can be an unscheduled period, a full lunch, or a PE/Health class (with teacher approval). By giving blood, you’ll also receive three community service hours. Plus, LifeSource will make a financial donation to the Stevenson Foundation’s Stevenson to College program, which improves access to college for SHS students who would be the first in their family to attend. Click here to sign up and to download forms you’ll need to bring to the Student Activities Office before the event, or bring them to the Wrestling Room on the day of the blood drive. The sign-up deadline is Friday, March 3.

Thinking About Joining the Military?

Are you unsure about what you would like to do after high school? Would you like to further explore your options? Do you have any interest in joining the military? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test on Thursday, March 16. This is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The test also may be used to provide students with more information regarding career options. If you’re interested in taking the test, you must sign up by Wednesday. Click here to sign up and for more details.

College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at www.d125.org/summer.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit campcardiac.org and campneuro.org for more information.

CLUB NEWS

The Bass Fishing Club will be having an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2918. Contact Mr. Mural for more information at cmural@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 16. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: https://clcillinois.academicworks.com. Students should apply by March 31.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

What impact will Trump’s rollback of transgender guidelines have in suburbs?

Glenbard High School District 87, teachers OK three-year contract extension

Senate urged to leave state’s physical education requirements alone

Chicago charter school network’s teachers vote to strike

CPS Latino advisory committee members quit in protest over budget cuts

U-46 to issue guidance on immigration policies for schools, parents

Ranking puts UI in top 10 of colleges most reliant on teaching assistants

Barrington District 220 beginning four-week, 12-building master plan tour

University of Chicago president discusses free speech, “trigger warnings”

McHenry County College board candidates discuss online growth, state funding

A packed “Hamilton” matinee, all CPS students and teachers

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Student debt in America has hit a new record

Some districts using charter schools to hide dropouts and game the system

Job market fears pushing college students away from arts, humanities

Teaching English Language Learners: How your state is doing

The Tennessee graduation rate scandal that wasn’t, because of bad data

Aggressive campus anti-rape laws proposed for Texas colleges

Diversity efforts take center stage throughout higher education

Michigan State banning whiteboards from dorm room doors due to bullying

Campus admissions now using social media like never before

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stevenson Wins Ethics Bowl Regional Competition

One of Stevenson’s two Ethics Bowl teams won the second annual Chicago Regional High School Ethics Bowl competition Saturday at the University of Chicago. Seniors Young Lee and Kevin Terwilliger, and juniors Rachel Aranyi and Yogin Patel won their three opening-round matches before defeating the University of Chicago Lab School in the final round. With the victory, the team qualified for the National High School Ethics Bowl April 7-9 at the University of North Carolina. Also competing at the regional Ethics Bowl was the quartet of juniors Grace Westphal and Danielle Wachter, and sophomores Matthew Walsh and Jack Lamberti. They won their first match.

In an ethics bowl, teams of students discuss real-life ethical issues, analyzing cases and responding to questions and comments from the other team and a panel of judges. Students are rewarded for the depth of their thought, their ability to think carefully and analytically about complex issues, and the respect they show to the diverse perspectives of their peers. Clayton Duba is Stevenson’s Ethics Bowl sponsor.

Parent Program to Discuss Prescription Drug Abuse

Parents can learn about prescription drug misuse in the Stevenson community, and ways to prevent it, during “Catalyst Parent Night: A Glimpse Into Rx Drugs” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2 in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Stevenson’s Catalyst club and the Stand Strong Coalition are sponsoring the evening, which will feature a panel discussion with Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, SHS Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi, Officer Eric Kaechele of the Lake County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force, and Stevenson alumnus and Live4Lali Executive Director Chelsea Laliberte. Prescription lock boxes will be provided to those who attend. The program is free but registration is requested at www.rxdrugnight.eventbrite.com.

Foundation Luxury Trip Raffle to Benefit S2C

The Stevenson Foundation is holding its annual Luxury Trip Raffle to benefit the S2C (Stevenson to College) program. Tickets are $50 each or three for $125. Only 400 tickets will be sold. The winner will be announced during intermission at Showcase on Friday, March 17. (The winner need not be present.) The raffle winner will choose between three different vacation packages. Click here to buy tickets and to see the vacation packages.

Junior Cellist Finalist in Chicago Symphony Competition

Junior Haddon Kay is one of four finalists in the 2017 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition. He and the other finalists will perform in a free concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11 at Chicago Symphony Center. They will be accompanied by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training ensemble of the Chicago Symphony. The winner will play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 2017-18 season at an educational event. Kay, a member of the school’s Patriot Orchestra, is a cellist who earned all-state honors this year. Although the final round is free, tickets are required. Click here to order tickets and for more information.

Baroque Ensemble Performance Fundraiser Tonight

The Baroque Ensemble will be holding a fundraiser and performing at Bonta Italian Restaurant tonight from 6-8 p.m. The students are raising funds for their trip to the Berkeley Early Music Festival in Boston this summer. Bonta is located at 430 Milwaukee Avenue in Lincolnshire.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Boys Basketball Plays Last Home Game Tonight

The varsity boys basketball team plays its final home game tonight at 7 o’clock against Warren in the Sports Center. The game also marks Senior Night for captains Aidan O’Connell, Justin Smith and Eric Zalewski, plus classmates Willie Herenton, Mitch Huelsman, Danny Rosen, Tyrek Washington and John Weiler. The game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn. Also, WRLR 98.3 FM is scheduled to broadcast the game, with its pregame show at 6:30. The game also can be heard at www.WRLR.fm and through the WRLR Radio app.

Ice Hockey Team Ready for Blackhawk Cup

The varsity boys ice hockey team will face St. Viator in a Blackhawk Cup state tournament play-in game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. Stevenson is the No. 9 seed in the Red Division, while St. Viator is No. 24. The winner will square off against No. 8 New Trier or No. 25 Evanston on March 2. The Patriot junior varsity, meanwhile, takes on Glenbrook North in the second game of their best-of-three Scholastic Cup semifinal series at 9:10 tonight in Northbrook. The Spartans won the opening game, 1-0, on Monday.

Diving Coach Wins Sectional Award

Diving coach Amy Inselberger was named Sectional Diving Coach of the Year after senior Matthew Krames captured the Vernon Hills Sectional diving championship on Saturday.

Basketball Alum Honored at Lehigh Senior Day

Lehigh University women’s basketball player Kari Moffat (Class of 2013) was honored on Senior Day at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon. She started the game and played briefly as the Mountain Hawks defeated Lafayette, 69-60.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

PPA Bake Sale Today

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale today in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

Operation Snowball Registration Open

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a two-day event with tons of indoor and outdoor activities planned by upperclassmen for all Stevenson students. Registration is now open at the Online Superstore. Sign up by Wednesday, March 1 to reserve your T-shirt. Registration closes March 10. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski or Mr. Mazzuca if you have any questions.

Register This Week for Project Dance

Registration is open for the 10th annual Project Dance fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Patriotpalooza” and the goal is to raise $50,000 to help the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation. Click here for all the registration information, forms and details. You can register through Friday. Use the coupon code HIGHFIVE for $5 off the registration fee. Project Dance will be held Saturday, April 8.

Thinking About Joining the Military?

Are you unsure about what you would like to do after high school? Would you like to further explore your options? Do you have any interest in joining the military? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test on Thursday, March 16. This is a multiple-choice test administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command and used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. The test also may be used to provide students with more information regarding career options. If you’re interested in taking the test, you must sign up by Wednesday, March 1. Click here to sign up and for more details.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 16. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: https://clcillinois.academicworks.com. Students should apply by March 31.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit campcardiac.org and campneuro.org for more information.

CLUB NEWS

The Bass Fishing Club will be having an informational meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2918. Contact Mr. Mural for more information at cmural@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

CPS won’t allow immigration officials in schools without warrant

New Trier employee charged with stealing at least $10K

Charleston-area leaders question impact of school bus seat belts

Pinckneyville teachers union declares intent to strike

Teachers in Chicago charter school network plan strike vote today

59-year-old man charged with making bomb threat to Glenbrook North

Police investigating bomb threats at Gridley, Streator schools

UI faculty seek statement from chancellor on “Unofficial” T-shirts

Urbana superintendent may rethink administrator’s demotion

Francis Parker School to begin $5M library renovation

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

As access to AP exams grows, more students are doing better

Trump administration to change transgender student bathroom rules

Federal inquiry into Los Angeles’ iPad program ends with no charges

Suspensions plummet in NYC school that incentivizes good behavior

Financial insecurity blocks community college students from finishing

Portland, Maine schools rally around refugee community after assault

You’ve been accepted to Columbia. Oops, our error

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

17 FCCLA Members Qualify for State

Seventeen members of the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club qualified for the FCCLA State Leadership Conference based on their performances at the regional competition Friday at Harper College in Schaumburg. Twenty-one schools competed in the sectional.

Eight students won gold medals and most outstanding awards in their category: sophomore Pallavi Panchpor (Nutrition and Wellness), senior Hailey Kleinstein (Fashion Design), junior Alexa Weres (Recycle and Redesign), seniors Robin Cheifetz, Madison Randol and Jordan Zatz (Entrepreneurship), junior Lauren Stein (Interior Design) and junior Elmira Hezarkhani (Advocacy).

Also advancing to state were senior Carly Roseman (Professional Career Image), sophomore Laura Thornburg (Sports Nutrition), junior Nora Berryhill and freshman Mariam Reichert (Apparel Construction), junior Stephanie Martin and senior Jamie Berman (Career Investigation), junior Isabelle Heichman (Nutrition and Wellness), and juniors Ana Koruna and Sophie Sorrentino (Preschool Lesson Plan).

Two other FCCLA members received high ranking in their event: freshmen Roya Lippe and Michele Berdichevsky (Preschool Lesson Plan).

The FCCLA State Leadership Conference will be held April 6-8 in Springfield.

Five Students Win Gold Medal in Croatia

Five SHS students are members of the Skokie Valley Starlights Junior Team that won the gold medal in the Junior Division at the Zagreb Snowflakes International synchronized figure skating competition in Zagreb, Croatia last weekend. The Stevenson quintet includes seniors Laura Malis and Lauren Scott, juniors Jocelyn Kalkman and Mollie Kiven, and sophomore Aliyah Shaikh. Their team is affiliated with the Skokie Valley Skating Club in Buffalo Grove.

Scholastic Bowl Team Earns Another Honor

The varsity Scholastic Bowl A team was named National Academic Quiz Tournaments High School Team of the Week last week after winning the NAQT state tournament at the University of Illinois. The team included seniors Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed, junior Deepak Moparthi and freshman Govind Prabhakar. Their coaches were Ryan Fedewa, Lauren Albert and Matt Laird. The team qualified for the High School National Championship Tournament May 26-28 in Atlanta.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Wrestling

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament: Seniors Dylan Geick and Nikita Nepomnyashchiy finished their high school careers as state medalists. Geick (42-3) finished fourth at 160 pounds, the second straight year he placed fourth in the state. Geick, who will wrestle for Columbia University, was fourth at 152 pounds in 2016. The Michigan-bound Nepomnyashchiy (20-4) earned his first medal, finishing sixth at 170. This was only the second time Stevenson has had two state medalists in one season. Adam Lipitz and R.J. Cohen earned medals at 119 and 152 pounds, respectively, at the 1997 state tournament. Sophomore 113-pounder Tommy Frezza (38-5) lost his quarterfinal match and then was eliminated in the consolation bracket. – Official Results | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA Vernon Hills Sectional: The Patriots cruised to their third consecutive sectional championship, outscoring Libertyville, 308-226, and seven other schools. Stevenson won seven of 12 events, with sophomore Topher Stensby participating in four of them. Stensby won the 50-yard freestyle (21.11) and the 100 freestyle (47.26), and swam a leg on two victorious relays: the 200 free relay with senior Andrew Shashin, junior Daniel Ng and sophomore Jacob Rosenkranz (1:26.22), and the 400 free relay with Shashin, Ng and junior Nick Baginski (3:09.23). Ng won the 200 individual medley (1:56.95) and Baginski captured the 100 butterfly (51.35). Senior Matthew Krames claimed top honors in diving with an 11-dive score of 488.15, breaking the school record of 485.20 he set at last week’s conference meet. Baginski also qualified for this weekend’s state meet with a second-place finish in the 50 free (21.43), and as part of the runner-up 200 medley relay unit with Stensby, Ng and sophomore Joseph Song (1:36.62). Joining them at state will be sophomore Nathan Gates, who was second in the 500 free (4:42.75). Coach Doug Lillydahl received Sectional Coach of the Year honors. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 60, Morgan Park 58 (OT): Senior Willie Herenton scored a game-high 18 points, grabbed six rebounds and made two steals to lead the Patriots (20-5) past the Mustangs in the City-Suburban Showdown at Robert Morris University in Arlington Heights. Morgan Park (19-5), which entered the game ranked No. 4 in the Chicago Tribune rankings, hit a three-point shot at the end of regulation to force overtime. Senior Justin Smith scored 15 points, pulled down 11 boards and made four steals, and classmate Aidan O’Connell added 11 points, 13 rebounds and three assists. Junior Jackson Qualley also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points for SHS, which closes its regular season at home with a Senior Night contest against Warren on Wednesday. Stevenson reached the 20-win mark for the fifth consecutive season and eighth time in coach Pat Ambrose’s 18 seasons. There have only been three other 20-win seasons in program history (1979-80, 1990-91 and 1991-92). – Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Libertyville 35, Stevenson 33: The sixth-seeded Wildcats hit a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining to capture the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional championship in the Sports Center. Libertyville (18-11), which won its first regional title since 2012, avenged two earlier losses to SHS this season. The third-seeded Patriots finished their year with a 23-6 record. Senior Ashley Richardson and juniors Kiana Cencula and Klaire Steffens all scored nine points. – Pioneer Press

Boys Basketball

Waukegan 61, Stevenson 58: Senior Justin Smith scored 27 points as the visiting Patriots (19-5, 11-2) had a four-game winning streak snapped. Senior Tyrek Washington and junior Jackson Qualley each had 10 points, while senior Willie Herenton added nine. The Bulldogs improved to 16-8, 8-4. – News-Sun

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Register This Week for Project Dance

Registration is open for the 10th annual Project Dance fundraiser. This year’s theme is “Patriotpalooza” and the goal is to raise $50,000 to help the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation. Click here for all the registration information, forms and details. You can register through Friday. Use the coupon code HIGHFIVE for $5 off the registration fee. Project Dance will be held Saturday, April 8.

Help Decorate the Hallways for Winterfest

Calling all freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors: We need your help in decorating the school for Winterfest Week! Each class has two special hallways that they call their own, and the class boards will be decorating them in a lively competition. Come help your class board decorate the West hallways today, and the East hallways on Wednesday. Not only will you have a lot of fun, but you earn community service hours, too! For those helping today … free pizza for dinner!

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

CLUB NEWS

The Political Action Club will welcome U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider to its meeting from 4 to 5:30 today in Room 7096. The event is open to any Stevenson student. Rep. Schneider will answer questions pertaining to the relationship between the legislative and executive branches.

The Bass Fishing Club will be having an informational meeting after school Tuesday, February 28 in Room 2918. Contact Mr. Mural for more information at cmural@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: https://clcillinois.academicworks.com. Students should apply by March 31.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit campcardiac.org and campneuro.org for more information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago Urban League settles lawsuit with state over school funding

Hispanic CPS schools’ budgets cut at twice the rate of white ones

Parents pack New Trier board meeting about civil rights-focused day

More than 50K CPS students were absent on “Day Without Immigrants”

Illinois schools adapting to new “asthma emergency” law

Suit alleges student sexually assaulted at Palatine school

CPS, board sued over freshman allegedly beaten by older students

Northwestern fraternity system faces crisis amid sexual assault reports

University of Illinois police issue letter about sexual assaults

In violent Chicago neighborhood, principal seeks to keep students safe

Oakton set to vote on closing preschool

No charges for Huntley High student who handed out racist pamphlet

Arlington Heights trustees like elementary school expansion plan, not traffic

District 300 concerned about tax incentives for Hoffman Estates

New principal announced for Harvard High School

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

More U.S. school pushing back start times

Judge rules Washington state’s charter school law unconstitutional

Federal government to probe Texas districts over special ed practices

Law dean at Florida International U. nominated as labor secretary

Using historical fiction to connect past and present

An autopsy for the failure that was inBloom

Colorado district considering tiny home project to attract teachers

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Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

Riverside Foundation to Honor SHS
Stevenson High School will be honored by the Riverside Foundation at its Hearts of Gold Gala in April. The school will receive the foundation’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award for its support of Riverside over the years. In addition, Director of Student Activities Ted Goergen and Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann will receive special recognition for their roles with the school’s annual Project Dance, which benefits the Riverside Foundation. The gala will be held Saturday, April 22 at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. For more information, visit www.riversidefoundation.net.

Freshman Collecting Toys for Sick Kids

Freshman Matthew Stein is collecting new toys for children at Advocate Children’s Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge as his Eagle Scout project. His older sister Lauren, a junior at SHS, received life-saving open-heart surgery at Lutheran General when she was 15 months old. “I have been wanting to do something to pay them back for saving my sister’s life,” Stein told the Daily Herald. His project, called Helping Kids Heal, is primarily seeking toys such as action figures, as well as new DVDs. If you want to make a donation, email Stein at Helpingkidsheal2017@gmail.com.

Auditions for Incoming Freshman Musicians

Incoming freshman musicians who want to audition for placement into advanced band, orchestra or guitar courses can sign up now. Audition information for band students is here, orchestra details are here, and guitar information is here.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Wrestling

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament:

Senior Dylan Geick (39-1 entering tournament) at 160 pounds won 8-5 in the opening round against Patrick Larkin (37-13) of St. Rita.  Senior Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (18-1) at 170 pounds won by major decision against Kyle Quinn (22-13) of Lincoln-Way West. Sophomore Tommy Frezza (36-3) at 113 pounds faced Lucas Van Poucke (35-5) of Naperville North and won by pin in 2:36.  Senior Eric Carter (38-9) at 145 pounds lost 7-5 to Abe Assad (38-6) of Glenbard.  Frezza, Geick and Nepomnyashchiy advance to the quarterfinals today.

Girls Basketball Team Plays for Regional Title Tonight

The varsity girls basketball team takes on Libertyville for the third time this season in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional championship game at 7 o’clock tonight in the Sports Center. The Patriots (23-5), seeded third in the sectional, have edged the Wildcats (17-11) by two points in each of the first two contests. Stevenson won 45-43 on December 13, and 59-57 in double overtime on February 3. The winner of tonight’s regional championship game advances to the Libertyville Sectional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Stevenson or Libertyville will face the winner of the Barrington Regional, which will be Fremd or Grayslake Central.

Brunson One of 30 Picked for Naismith List

Villanova University sophomore Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) is one of 30 players in the running for the James A. Naismith Trophy, presented annually to the nation’s top men’s college basketball player. Brunson is joined by senior teammate Josh Hart, who is considered one of the favorites to win the award. Brunson is averaging 14.4 points and 4.2 assists per game, and ranks in the top five in four Big East Conference offensive categories. Ten semifinalists will be announced March 1, and four finalists selected on March 19. The winner will be revealed April 2.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Project Dance Information Meetings Today

Information meetings for the 10th annual Project Dance will be held during every half-lunch period today in Room 2104. Bring your own lunch and learn about becoming a Project Dance fundraiser. Project Dance supports the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation.

College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at www.d125.org/summer.

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 16. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: www.liveunitedchicago.org/NNW or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting fieldmuseum.org and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org for any questions regarding career exploration!

CLUB NEWS

The Political Action Club will welcome U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider to its meeting from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7096. The event is open to any Stevenson student. Rep. Schneider will answer questions pertaining to the relationship between the legislative and executive branches.

ATHLETICS

Today is the last day to buy spirit wear to celebrate the Patriettes’ first state dance championship. Click here for ordering information.

If you’re going to the boys basketball games at Waukegan High School tonight, make sure you bring your Stevenson ID. Waukegan requires all students to display their school ID when attending events at its school. If you have brothers or sisters in middle school who want to attend, they’ll have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Winter ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through Monday.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

DePaul University names first lay president in its 119-year history

Eastern Illinois University’s spring enrollment follows fall’s lower numbers

Assistant superintendent chosen to lead Champaign school district

East Moline district, teachers union reach tentative contract agreement

Dixon board narrowly passes $21.5M bond issue for school fixes

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Universal pre-kindergarten is hard to find and harder to fund

More and more teachers holding classes on how to avoid fake news

150 years later, schools are still a battlefield for interpreting Civil War

Student suspended for filming instructor who made anti-Trump remarks

Miami-Dade schools moving toward body cameras for police

Major overhauls ordered at 11 Philadelphia schools

Wisconsin state superintendent candidate: Challenger offered job to quit race

Colorado county funds college scholarship with marijuana money

Businessman who homeschooled children to lead New Hampshire schools

Provocative cartoon links DeVos and Ruby Bridges

Meet the guy who turns out the lights when a college closes

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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

One-Act Playwrights, Directors Selected

The student playwrights and directors have been selected for the Fine Arts Division’s annual spring production of one-act plays. Eight student-written plays were chosen, including two by senior Andrew Projansky. Group Therapy will be directed by junior Hayley Brenner and Midnight will be directed by junior Hannah Lichtenstein. Projansky also will direct One Call Away, written by junior Sam Litwin. Brenner and Lichtenstein also contributed one play apiece. Brenner wrote The Late Great, which will be directed by junior Jaclyn Rosenberg, while Lichtenstein produced Safe Travels, with junior A.J. DePew directing. DePew also penned This Isn’t a Musical, directed by senior Sammie Landau. Senior Andrew Hirsh wrote Registered, which will be directed by junior Pia Russo, and he will direct Four Strangers Walk Into An Elevator by junior Brigitte Lefebvre. The one-act plays will be performed Friday and Saturday, April 28-29.

Two Students Co-Authors of Scientific Journal Article

Two students who participated in the school’s Science Professionals As Resource Knowledge (SPARK) program are listed as co-authors in a new scientific journal article. Senior Revanth Bellam and junior Elmira Hezarkhani were two of the four authors of “The mechanism of tissue welding using a green laser: revisited,” published in Proceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. The pair worked with Dr. Claus-Peter Richter at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

Alum Helps Bring “Hour of Code” to Skokie School

Stevenson alumnus Louis Kotvis (Class of 2007), one of two science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instructional coaches for Skokie School District 69, is featured in this article about Lincoln Junior High School’s recent Hour of Code project with Niles West High School. Kotvis taught at the district’s Edison School before taking on the STEM instructional coach role. His mother Anna is the assistant to SHS Director of Mathematics Darshan Jain.

Indian-American Novelist to Speak at SHS Saturday

Best-selling Indian-American novelist and journalist Thrity Umrigar will discuss her novel The Story Hour at 1 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. The novel, featuring an Indian woman who emigrates to the United States but is trapped in a loveless marriage, highlights the challenges of adapting to a foreign land. The Story Hour is the grand finale of a three-month, three-library initiative, “One Book, One Community,” sponsored by the Cook Memorial, Indian Trails and Vernon Area public libraries. The event is free to attend and open to all. Register at www.1book.org.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 46, Grant 29: The third-seeded Patriots had little trouble in dispatching the 14th-seeded Bulldogs in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional semifinal. SHS (23-5) will face No. 6 Libertyville (17-11) for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sports Center. The Wildcats reached the regional final with a 47-30 win over No. 11 Grayslake North. This will be the third meeting between the two schools. The Pats have won the first two contests, both by two points. Against Grant (12-19), junior Klaire Steffens scored half of her game-high 14 points in the first quarter as Stevenson built a 16-7 lead. She also snared a game-high 10 rebounds. The Patriots extended the lead to 27-15 at halftime and held a 15-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Senior Ashley Richardson scored 11 points and also had five assists and three steals. Senior Madison Wicklund had six points and seven rebounds, and junior Kiana Cencula scored seven points. Stevenson improved to 9-1 at home. – Daily Herald

Three Patriot Wrestlers Earn Top-Four Seeds at State Meet

Three of Stevenson’s four entries in the IHSA Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament have earned top-four seeds in their weight class. Seniors Dylan Geick (39-1) and Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (18-1) are the No. 3 seeds at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively, while sophomore Tommy Frezza (36-3) is the No. 4 seed at 113. The fourth Patriot qualifier is senior Eric Carter (38-9), who is seeded No. 14 at 145. The state tournament begins today at the University of Illinois. The Class 3A preliminary round action starts at 5 o’clock. Geick, Carter and Nepomnyashchiy will be making their second state appearance. Geick was fourth at 152 pounds in 2016. Click here for a state preview by Rob Sherrill of Illinois Matmen. Every match this weekend in Champaign will be streamed live on the NFHS Network via www.IHSA.tv with a subscription, while every state championship match will also be rebroadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago beginning February 28 (click for times/channel info).

“Nepo” Had No Doubts About Return to Mat

The Illinois Matmen website recently posted this touching article about senior wrestler Nikita Nepomnyashchiy and the obstacles he has overcome to make a return trip to the state tournament. Nepomnyashchiy’s mother died of cancer shortly after the end of the 2016 season, and then he hurt his shoulder during a preseason tournament, jeopardizing his senior season. Doctors initially told the 170-pounder that he would probably miss the entire year. Not only did he come back, but Nepomnyashchiy also signed a letter of intent to continue wrestling at the University of Michigan.

Herenton Earns Daily Herald Player of the Week Nod

Senior Willie Herenton has been named the Daily Herald Lake County Boys Basketball Player of the Week. He received the honor after scoring a career-high 34 points in Stevenson’s win over Zion-Benton, and recorded 23 points in a victory at Libertyville.

Boys Basketball Game on WRLR Friday Night

WRLR 98.3 FM is scheduled to broadcast the varsity boys basketball game at Waukegan Friday night. The pregame show will start at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff set for 7 o’clock. The game also can be heard at www.WRLR.fm and through the WRLR Radio app.

ESPPA Award Nomination Deadline Coming Up

Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Fall ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through Monday.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Project Dance Information Meetings Friday

Information meetings for the 10th annual Project Dance will be held during every half-lunch period Friday in Room 2104. Bring your own lunch and learn about becoming a Project Dance fundraiser. Project Dance supports the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation.

College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at www.d125.org/summer.

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org.

CLUB NEWS

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim will be the featured guest at the Law Club meeting after school today in Room 7066. He’ll talk about running the criminal justice system in Lake County, as well as his successful re-election campaign last year.

Senior Class Board will meet today after school in Room 2004 to make snowflakes for Winterfest. New members are welcome.

The Political Action Club will welcome U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider to its meeting from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7096. The event is open to any Stevenson student. Rep. Schneider will answer questions pertaining to the relationship between the legislative and executive branches.

ATHLETICS

If you’re going to the boys basketball games at Waukegan High School on Friday, make sure you bring your Stevenson ID. Waukegan requires all students to display their school ID when attending events at its school. If you have brothers or sisters in middle school who want to attend, they’ll have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You can buy spirit wear to celebrate the Patriettes’ first state dance championship. Apparel orders will be taken until Friday. Click here for ordering information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Rauner opposes some tax increases in “grand bargain”

State could face another school funding lawsuit from Peoria-area districts

UI-opposed admissions bill advances in Illinois House

Federal judges tosses Quinn’s lawsuit over elected Chicago school board

Family takes U46 to court over assault of South Elgin seventh-grader

IHSA All-State Academic Team announced

University of Chicago project aims to dispel myths surrounding college readiness

Lake Bluff district responds to accusations of abuse by former teacher

CPS paying for re-enrolled dropouts, even if they cut class

Metra working with schools to reverse track fatalities

O’Fallon superintendent resigning to lead Crystal Lake-based district

Jenner, Ogden parents talk it out at CPS merger forum

Round Lake teacher’s DIY tennis ball chairs for special needs kids go viral

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

DeVos fires back at protesters in speech to magnet school advocates

New York poised to make it easier to become a teacher

Colleges shifting focus to second-year student retention

Gender pay gap persists for higher education administrators

Iowa schools brace for collective bargaining changes

LA Unified urges students, teachers not to join “Day Without Immigrants”

Canadian school district cancels trips to U.S., citing border policies, safety

Michigan governor proposes $20M to help equip K-12 vocational schools

Can virtual reality “teach” empathy?

The glue helping at-risk students stick with school in D.C.

In admissions hunt, some colleges consult the king of clicks: BuzzFeed

Student spends months making 1,300 Valentines for high school classmates

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Late Arrival on Thursday

The school will operate on a late-arrival schedule Thursday due to staff development work. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Buses will begin their routes at 9:20.

Architecture and Engineering Club Captures 10 Awards

All 10 members of the Architecture and Engineering Club who participated in last week’s Technology Student Association State Conference at Illinois State University earned awards by finishing in the top three in their event.

Four students posted first-place finishes, with freshman Caimin Xi claiming two: the Structural Engineering-Bridge Design competition, and for his prepared presentation on future technologies. Junior Joel Slaby took first in Technical Design, and the team of junior Ethan Tham and sophomore Albert Lua finished first in two of the three problem-solving competitions (Problem Solving Nos. 1 and 3). Xi also placed second in Problem Solving No. 3 with freshman Weiran Zhao, and was third with freshman Rahul Subramanian in the Debating Technological Issues competition.

Freshman E.J. Alexis was second in the prepared presentation on future technologies, and paired with Subramanian to take third in Problem Solving No. 3. Other third-place winners were Zhao in Structural Engineering-Bridge Design, junior Tim Green in Computer-Aided Drafting, sophomore Anjana Ganapathy in reciting the Technology Student Association creed from memory, and Ganapathy and sophomore Lauren Maloney in Problem Solving No. 2.

Students competed in hands-on design challenges and technical skill competitions against other high schools across the state.

Junior Speaks at Anti-Drug Coalitions National Conference

Ananya Pati, a junior at SHS and co-director of the Catalyst youth group dedicated to alcohol and drug prevention, spoke last week to 3,000 people attending the Communities Anti-Drug Coalitions of America annual leadership conference in Washington, D.C. Pati, who also represents Catalyst in the Stand Strong Coalition, spoke about turning her passion for prevention into helping the Village of Lincolnshire place restrictions on electronic cigarettes.

Orchestra Chamber Concert Tonight

Tonight’s Orchestra Chamber Concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 6 o’clock. The concert, which will be held in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, will feature two groups of performances. The first begins at 6 o’clock, with the second at 7:30. Admission is free.

Roosevelt University Honors SHS Alum

Roosevelt University has honored Stevenson alumnus Jessica Santini (Class of 2003) with its Matthew Freeman Social Justice Award. Santini was selected for the honor because of her work with autistic children and for her efforts to raise awareness about substance abuse. Her younger brother Mikey (Class of 2008), died of a heroin overdose in 2015 after becoming addicted to pain pills. “The students always inspire me, but she is someone who just lives the mission of Roosevelt University,” Roosevelt administrative clerk Linn Bourgeau, who nominated Santini, told the Daily Herald. “Not everyone steps outside of themselves as she does.”

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 50, Lake Zurich 40: The host Patriots (19-4, 11-1) outscored the Bears 17-4 in the fourth quarter and, coupled with Zion-Benton’s loss at Lake Forest, captured its fifth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship. Seniors Willie Herenton and Justin Smith scored 19 and 15 points, respectively, and hit 15 consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter as the Pats went on a 13-0 run. Smith and Herenton were a combined 16-of-16 from the line, and SHS went 19-for-22. Lake Zurich (17-9, 4-7) led for the first three quarters. Junior Jackson Qualley scored seven points and senior Aidan O’Connell had six. – Daily Herald

Youthful Core Gives Hope to Girls Gymnastics Team

With all of its sectional qualifiers returning next season, the future looks bright for the varsity girls gymnastics team. Head coach Judy Harwood, who just completed her 25th year at the helm, should have a core featuring current sophomores Zoe Hinz and Johnna Geick, and freshmen Emily Weinstein and Riley Polatsek, all sectional qualifiers. Although none reached the state meet, Harwood said the experience they gained this season was valuable. “Next year, they’ll be much better prepared for what’s to come at the end of the season,” she told Pioneer Press. “It takes going through it once to realize the level of pressure, but also realizing that you’re entirely able to handle it, as long as you keep yourself under control.”

Herenton Nominated for Player of the Week Honor

Senior Willie Herenton is one of five nominees for PrepHoopsIlinois Player of the Week honors. Herenton was nominated after scoring a career-high 34 points in last week’s win over Zion-Benton. Voting ends today; click here to vote.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Get help on your personal statement with Ms. Arias, Mr. Bradshaw, Ms. Cullen, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Lukens or Mrs. Mack. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at www.d125.org/summer.

Project Dance Information Meetings Friday

Information meetings for the 10th annual Project Dance will be held during every half-lunch period Friday in Room 2104. Bring your own lunch and learn about becoming a Project Dance fundraiser. Project Dance supports the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation.

National Honor Society Application Deadline Tonight

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. tonight. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org as soon as possible.

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org.

CLUB NEWS

Spanish Club meets after school today in Room 2808. The club will be meeting until 5 p.m.. Chips and salsa will be served, as well as some belated Valentine’s Day sweets, and it will be a movie day! New members are always welcome, and no prior Spanish experience is necessary.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim will be the featured guest at the Law Club meeting after school Thursday in Room 7066. He’ll talk about running the criminal justice system in Lake County, as well as his successful re-election campaign last year.

Senior Class Board will meet Thursday after school in Room 2004 to make snowflakes for Winterfest. New members are welcome.

ATHLETICS

If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (Thursday is a late arrival day). Any fall or winter athlete who has not attended a meeting yet should be there, as well as any potential spring athlete. Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The last meeting for this school year (also a late arrival day) is March 16, at the same time and location.

Today is the last day to buy tickets in advance for the varsity boys basketball team’s game against Morgan Park in the 22nd Annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown. The game will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Morris University Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $10, which includes the 8 p.m. game between Evanston and Simeon. Tickets are on sale at the Patriot Superstore.

If you’re going to the boys basketball games at Waukegan High School on Friday, make sure you bring your Stevenson ID. Waukegan requires all students to display their school ID when attending events at its school. If you have brothers or sisters in middle school who want to attend, they’ll have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

You can buy spirit wear to celebrate the Patriettes’ first state dance championship. Apparel orders will be taken until Friday. Click here for ordering information.

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Texas school district considering using students as janitors to cut costs

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