Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

43 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Forty-three seniors have been named finalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 15,000 finalists nationwide.

Stevenson’s National Merit finalists are Ryan Abbott, Samuel An, Sanketh Bhaskar, Albert Cao, Shirley Cao, Joyce Chen, Zachary Chin, Degaulle Dai, Timothy Green, Andrew Hwang, Abhiram Kakuturu, Adam Kastler, Maura Kelleher, Tae Hwan Kim, Noah Krakman, Seowon Lee, David Liang, Elias Lu, Andrew Luo, Samarth Madduru, Deepak Moparthi, Bhavana Muppavarapu, Conrad Oberhaus, Charis Pao, Serena Pao, Tanvee Patankar, Saketh Prazad, Ali Rahman, Srikar Rapaka, Divyanshi Sharma, Mengjing Shi, Owen Simon, Julia Sinkevich, Nikita Smyrnov, Carina Su, Daniel Tao, Jessica Wang, Joy Wang, Elaine Xiao, Ruidi Xu, Jonathan Xue, Joshua Yoon and Haoyang Yu.

Finalists will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered this spring. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in April.

CPN Presentation Tackles College Preparation Myths

The Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation, will present a talk by award-winning child psychologist, professor and author Dr. Laura Kastner next month. She will discuss “The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life.” Her talk will take place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 in the Vernon Area Public Library Meeting Room (in the main building). The program is free.

Kastner’s talk is based on the book by the same name, which she co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Wyatt. During her presentation, she will tackle myths surrounding college preparation, and the pressures to produce stellar academic profiles that can negatively influence families. Kastner also will focus on the parenting qualities that best predict emotional, social and academic competence in adolescents, as well as some of the developmental dynamics that make parenting during these years particularly challenging. A book signing will follow. The Book Bin will have books for sale before and after the program.

Space is limited. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this link to register and to see more information.

Alum Featured in Forbes

Stevenson alumnus Fritz Colcol (Class of 2009) was one of seven members of the Young Entrepreneur Council who shared advice for other entrepreneurs in a recent Forbes article. He is CEO and owner of Chicago’s Simply Thalia restaurant, co-owner and chief marketing officer of the Iridium Clothing Company, and co-founder of ZeroDay Partners, a cybersecurity search firm.

No School, No Digest on Monday

There is no school Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The Daily Digest will not be published, and will return on Tuesday.


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Thursday, Feb. 15 Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament: Sophomore Tommy Frezza upset his third-ranked opponent at 120 pounds in the opening round. Tommy (37-5) posted a 4-2 overtime victory over Stagg’s Domenic Zaccone (30-2), and will face St. Charles East’s Ben Anderson (41-1) today in the quarterfinals at 1:30. Junior Max Gomez (36-11) lost a 9-6 decision to Yorkville’s Ben Stemmet (35-11). Max will face Evanston’s Van Rutter (44-10) in the wrestlebacks this afternoon. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Highland Park Regional: The sixth-seeded Patriots upset the third-seeded Pirates, 35-32, to capture their first regional championship since 2013. SHS (17-12) will face the winner of tonight’s Lake Forest-Lake Zurich game in the Fremd Sectional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Senior Klaire Steffens led the Pats with 12 points and nine rebounds. She scored half of her points in the fourth quarter as Stevenson overcame a three-point deficit. Senior Isabella Paldrmic added nine points. Sophomore Avery King tallied seven points, including a tough bank shot that gave SHS the lead late. Senior Kiana Cencula also scored seven points to round out the team’s scoring. With the win, Stevenson avenged a 32-28 overtime loss to the Pirates (22-8) on Jan. 27. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 4, Stevenson 3 (OT): The host Trevians scored at the 11:57 mark in overtime and took a 1-0 lead in the Scholastic Hockey League best-of-three semifinal series. SHS (50-16-2) received two goals and an assist from senior Michael Dowd. Classmate Jackson Leptich had the other goal, and added two assists. Seniors Frank Wiest-Puchala and Jake Camp each had an assist. Stevenson will seek to tie the series at 6:25 p.m. Monday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. – Box Score

Weinstein Competing in State Gymnastics Meet

Sophomore Emily Weinstein is competing in the IHSA girls gymnastics state meet at Palatine High School today and Saturday. This is her first state appearance. Emily earned at-large bids in the all-around competition, as well as on uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor exercise. The all-around finals and individual event preliminaries start at 2:05 p.m. today. The individual events finals begin at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Here is a state meet preview from the IHSA.

Boys Basketball News and Notes, Part 1

The boys basketball games against Libertyville that were postponed by last Friday’s snowstorm will be played Monday. The varsity contest starts at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center, after the sophomore 5:30 game. The freshman A team will play at 6:30 p.m. in the Field House. Monday will be Junior Patriot Night and Meet Nash Night. Members of the Junior Patriots and the Libertyville Junior Wildcats organizations will receive free admission to the game, and the Junior Patriots will be recognized at halftime of the varsity contest. Prior to the varsity tip-off, two Stevenson alumni whose son has a rare, life-threatening disease will be recognized. Bobby and Brittany (Sulentic) Stineman are the parents of Nash, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress, known as SMARD. Stevenson Athletics is promoting a fundraiser to raise money for research into the study of the disease. Bobby is a 2001 graduate who played soccer and basketball for Stevenson. Brittany, who graduated in 2003, competed in volleyball, basketball and soccer. Visit this link for more information or to make a donation.

Boys Basketball News and Notes, Part 2

Both of the varsity boys basketball games this weekend can be viewed through a screen. Tonight’s home game against Waukegan will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at beginning at 7 o’clock. Saturday’s game against Benet Academy, also a home contest tipping off at 7 p.m., has been selected as the CN 100 Game of the Week. The game will air on Comcast Cable Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. The game will be available in high-definition through Comcast’s Video On Demand programming later next week.


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A Chance for Student Filmmakers to Make Their Pitch

Cinema/Chicago’s CineYouth Film Festival invites aspiring filmmakers to apply for the 2018 Film Pitch, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at the Music Box Theatre. Pitch your work-in-progress to a panel of film industry professionals for constructive criticism, ideas and feedback. The winning pitch will receive a cash prize to help with completion of the film. Students ages 16-22 are eligible, and must provide links to previous work when applying. There is no charge to apply. Click here to apply. The application deadline is March 22.


The final Ski and Snowboard Club trip next week is to Wilmot. Register and turn in your money to the Student Activities Office by the end of the day Wednesday.


Student Council has numerous activities planned next week to encourage school spirit during Winterfest. On Tuesday, the first spirit day is Pajama Day and students will be able to relax in their PJs. Wednesday is Jeans Day, and Hawaiian Day follows on Thursday. Friday, Feb. 23 is Spirit Friday, when students are encouraged to show off school spirit by wearing green and gold. During the week, there will be lunchtime activities led by Student Council and Class Board. Finally, on Friday there will be a pep assembly in the Sports Center to cap off this exciting week. The assembly will include a number of exciting activities such as a competitive Mario Kart racing game, performances by your fellow students, and a memorable Mr. SHS performance. The Winterfest Dance, sponsored by Student Council, is Saturday, Feb. 24. This year’s theme is Retro-Cade. Tickets are $25 through Tuesday. Tickets will be available on the night of the dance, but will cost $30. The Winterfest Dance begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.


State may extend college entrance exam testing to grades 9, 10

West Chicago teachers strike averted with tentative contract agreement

School leaders: Pension shift will cause financial burden for districts

District 214’s Schuler named national superintendent of the year

Cop accused of slamming Rich Central student into radiator

Chicago charter school trying multiage classrooms for personalized learning

Richards freshman becomes first girl to win state wrestling match

Elgin Community College seeking to solve cold case


Fewer Americans are majoring in education. Will students pay the price?

Florida shooting: How to help victims and avoid scammers

Last of New Orleans’ traditional schools set to close or become charters

Wyoming House advances bill requiring “In God We Trust” in schools

Indiana high school creates easier “financial Algebra 2” course

Portland Public Schools admits retaliation against teacher who spoke out

Colleges work to shore up network defenses to keep hackers at bay

Free field trips just a Skype call away

Iowans’ enrollment in federal Parent PLUS loan program skyrockets

Who wrote the viral poem, “Cause I Ain’t Got a Pencil”?


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Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

String Parents Raffling Trip for Two to Paris

The String Parents Association is raffling off a four-day, three-night trip to Paris. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit SHS string students’ performance trip to Italy during Spring Break at the end of March. The trip includes round-trip airfare for two, and the winner will travel to Paris during Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 8-12, 2018) or Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (Jan. 17-21, 2019). Raffle tickets are $25 each or $100 for five. The drawing will be held prior to the orchestra’s pre-trip concert on March 16. The winner does not need to be present for the drawing, which will take place in Room 2104. Visit this link for more information and to order raffle tickets.

Illinois Youth Survey Opt-Out Deadline Tuesday

Parents or guardians who do not want their student to participate in the Illinois Youth Survey on Feb. 28 must contact Dr. Cristina Cortesi at by Tuesday. During the survey, students will answer questions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, what their families have communicated about substance use, and other topics related to student well-being. Parents are invited to participate in a parallel survey created by the Stand Strong Coalition that will be accessible until Feb. 28. Click here to take the parent survey. For more information on the Illinois Youth Survey, follow this link.

Mr. SHS Contest to be Streamed Live

Friday’s Mr. SHS contest is scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. The live stream can be seen at


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State Wrestling Tournament Begins Today

Juniors Max Gomez and Tommy Frezza will compete in the IHSA Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament today at the University of Illinois. This will be the second straight state appearance for Tommy, who qualified at 113 pounds last year. Tommy will take a 36-5 record into his first match against Stagg junior Domenic Zaccone, who sports a 30-1 record. Illinois Matmen calls their bout the best first-round contest at 120. Tommy is seeded 11th at his weight, and Domenic is sixth. Max, making his first trip to state, will wrestle Moline senior Hunter Henning in a first-round match at 195. Max enters with a 36-10 record and is the No. 14 seed, and Hunter is 35-7 and the No. 3 seed. The 3A matches are scheduled to begin today around 5 p.m. will carry the action live.

Girls Basketball Team Seeks Regional Title Tonight

Stevenson will take on Palatine at 7 o’clock tonight for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Highland Park Regional championship. The Pirates (22-7) are the No. 3 seed in the sectional, while the Patriots (16-12) are No. 6. The two teams squared off on Jan. 27 in Palatine, with the Pirates claiming a 32-28 win in overtime.

Hockey Team Opens SHL Playoff Semifinals

The boys ice hockey team takes on New Trier Green tonight in the Scholastic Hockey League playoff semifinals. The first game in the best-of-three series starts at 8:05 at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. The two teams are familiar with one another, having played four times. New Trier won three of the four contests, all of which were played before Jan. 1. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the playoffs and New Trier No. 2.

New Junior Patriots Lacrosse League Starting

For many years, Stevenson’s PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) has been offering several Junior Patriots sports programs to children who live in District 125. The latest entry is the Junior Patriots Lacrosse League. The league is open to boys and girls in seventh and eighth grade, and runs from approximately April 1 to June 15. No experience is required. Players will have one or two practices per week, with most games on weekends. Practices and home games will be held at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex and at Stevenson. Uniforms will be provided, but players must have their own equipment. The Junior Patriots Lacrosse League is affiliated with the Illinois Boys Lacrosse Association and the Illinois Girls Lacrosse League. For more information, contact Aaron Wellington at or 847-415-4141. To register, use one of these links: Boys | Girls


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Parking Reminders for the Next Grading Period

The fourth six-week grading period ends Friday, and the fifth grading period begins Tuesday. Students who haven’t picked up their parking sticker for the fifth grading period should do so before school Tuesday morning in parking lot D. Stickers are available from security personnel in the black pickup truck. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces in lots D, E and “the Strip,” with overflow spaces in the Port Clinton lot. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking privileges for the fifth grading period can purchase one-day parking passes for the Port Clinton lot at least a day in advance in Room 2400.

Mandatory Meeting for One-Act Auditions

All students who will audition for this spring’s one-act plays must attend an information meeting at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 (a late arrival day) in the Studio/Black Box Theater. The audition packet is online 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.


The Stevenson Foundation has several locally funded scholarships for seniors. This year, the application process will be completed online. All seniors are invited to an information session during the lunch periods Friday in Room 2104 to hear about completing the application and to learn more about scholarships being offered. Visit this link to see the application and for a description of the scholarships.


Mundelein High expansion proposal $50M, referendum likely

Judge sides with Waukegan charter school in lawsuit filed by district

Shepard High student arrested after posing with AK-47 on Snapchat

Second lawsuit alleging abuse filed against school bus company

Three students, driver injured in Bloomington school bus accident

New principal selected for Woodstock High School

Clinton County high school names new principal

Freshman’s goal: First girl to win state wrestling tournament match


Florida shooting suspect had been expelled, flagged as threat

Football coach “died a hero” while shielding students

Florida lawmakers repeatedly denied pleas for more school-safety money

Michigan prepares to unveil new school ratings system

Clash expected over proposed changes to New York teacher evaluations

Court overturns Alabama town’s plan to secede from school system

Philadelphia elementary school paying kids not to fight

California high school’s student government bans national anthem


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Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Stevenson Finishes 1-2 at Chicago Brain Bee

Stevenson captured the top two spots in the annual Chicago Brain Bee held Saturday at Lake Forest College, and one student earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the national competition.

Junior Stuart Lukz won first place in the competition, which tests teenagers in their neuroscience knowledge, and will represent Chicago at the USA Brain Bee Championship March 16-18 at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. Winners of approximately 50 local Brain Bee events will descend on Baltimore to determine who will represent the United States in the 20th annual Brain Bee World Championships in Berlin, Germany in July. All of his expenses will be paid by the Chicago chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Senior David Liang took second place, and he and Stuart received cash prizes. They were among 14 students from SHS who competed. Also taking part in the Chicago Brain Bee were seniors Anabelle Lee and Srikar Rapaka, juniors Siddartha Adatrao, Khushi Agarwal, Akhil Atluri, Soumya Chennupati, Ellie Gurevich, Tajes Khanna, Mitul Kothapalli, Varun Malladi and Kaushik Perkari, and freshman Nikhith Rao. This was Stevenson’s second year at the Chicago Brain Bee. Last year, four students placed in the top 10.

Senior Performs, Leads at Carnegie Hall

Senior Justin Lee, a violinist in the Patriot Orchestra, performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on Sunday, Feb. 4 with top young musicians from around the world. He was among nearly 700 performers chosen from more than 18,000 who were nominated for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series. Justin performed in the Honors Symphony Orchestra, one of five groups in the series.

Not only did he perform, but Justin was selected as concertmaster of his orchestra. The concertmaster, usually filled by the first-chair violin player, is considered the most skilled musician in his section, and is the second-most important member of the orchestra after the conductor. The concertmaster tunes the orchestra before rehearsals and concerts, plays solo passages, provides bowings for the first violin section, and acts as a liaison between the conductor and the musicians. Justin’s conductor was veteran youth orchestra leader Jeffrey Grogan.

Justin’s next major performance comes in June, when he performs a solo with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall, the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Summer Construction Projects Planned

New roofs for the East Building and Field House, changes in fine arts classrooms, and turn lanes into the Port Clinton Road entrance are among the construction projects planned for this summer at Stevenson. Read this Daily Herald article for details.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at MOD Pizza Thursday

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at MOD Pizza, 701 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Bring in this flyer and MOD Pizza will donate 20 percent of the bill to the Stevenson choir program. The offer is valid for dine-in, takeout or phone orders, but not for online orders.

Senior Selected for Jewish Teen Leadership Honor

Senior Aaron (AJ) Katzenstein has been selected as one of the “18 Under 18“ by Springboard, a division of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago and the Jewish Teen Alliance of Chicago. The honor goes to outstanding Jewish teenagers in the Chicago area who work toward inclusion of Jewish teens of all abilities, prioritize raising money for charity or volunteering, teach their peers, and stand out as leaders and role models. They will be honored April 16 at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Tobacco Legislation Puts Catalyst in Spotlight

Members of the Catalyst student club talked with Pioneer Press about their efforts to advance legislation that would raise the state’s minimum age for tobacco-related purchases to 21. Senior Ashleigh Machado is quoted, as is club co-sponsor Jamie Epstein.


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Tuesday, Feb. 13 Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 39, Libertyville 35: The Patriots survived a late rally to hold off the Wildcats for the third time this season and advance to the IHSA Class 4A Highland Park Regional championship game. SHS (16-12) will play Palatine (22-7) at 7 p.m. Thursday. Against Libertyville (14-14), seniors Klaire Steffens and Kiana Cencula led the Pats with 11 points apiece. Klaire added a career-high 17 rebounds. Her free throw with 4.4 seconds remaining gave Stevenson its final margin of victory and ended Libertyville’s quest to overcome a 12-point deficit in the final quarter. The Patriots’ big lead came in part from a trio of three-pointers Kiana sank during the first three quarters. Sophomore Avery King scored seven of her nine points in the second half. Other key plays down the stretch included a steal by junior Kristin Hill, and a blocked shot by senior Isabella Paldrmic with 7 seconds remaining. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball

Lake Zurich 44, Stevenson 41: The visiting Patriots had their eight-game winning streak snapped and fell back into a first-place tie with Libertyville in the North Suburban Conference with three league contests remaining. SHS (15-7, 8-3) plays host to Waukegan and Libertyville on Friday and Monday, respectively, then closes its NSC and regular-season schedules at Warren next Wednesday. Senior Nick Bonk led Stevenson with 14 points and six rebounds. Fellow senior Jackson Qualley had 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. The Bears (20-6, 7-4) led for most of the game, although their biggest advantage was only six points, which occurred at the end of the third quarter. – Daily Herald

Hockey Trio Contribute to All-Star Game Victory

Stevenson’s three entries in the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Boys All-State Game had a hand in their team’s victory Monday night. Michael Dowd scored a goal and added an assist, and Jackson Leptich also had an assist, as the White Team won 9-2. Elias Sandholm had a scoreless first period in goal. All three are seniors.


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CLC Sponsoring STEM Day for Girls Feb. 24

All female students who want to explore careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) are invited to the College of Lake County’s seventh annual STEM for Girls event on Saturday, Feb. 24. Admission is free. The day will be packed with hands-on workshops from 9:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-registration is required. To register, and for more information, visit this link.

Pot and Your Garage: A Chemical Reaction

What does your garage and marijuana have in common? You might be surprised! Watch the latest video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition to find out.


Come watch the Intramural Basketball championship games Sunday afternoon in the Sports Center. The freshman championship game between the Bombers and Bucks starts at noon, followed by the sophomore championship (Gamblers vs. Thunderbolts) at 1 p.m., the junior championship (Fusion vs. Centurions) at 2 p.m., and the senior championship (Beach Bums vs. Hoosiers) at 3 p.m.


Rauner budget will ask schools to pay more toward teacher pensions

West Chicago High teachers ready to strike Friday if no agreement

Eighth-grade field trip to see “Heathers” at Highland Park High canceled

Small group of protesters disrupt Emanuel speech at UCLA

Round Lake Beach school opens library after July 2017 flood

Glen Ellyn District 89 school board fills vacancy

Huntley High principal promoted to District 158 assistant superintendent

Two principals, one school: A new effort to boost learning at CPS

Monmouth-Roseville High to offer its first AP class in the fall

SIU museum reopens after being forced to close for six months


What is a modern learning environment?

Trump’s proposed education budget expected to be ignored like last year

California high school teacher alleges sexual harassment by students

Teacher who bashed military urged to resign his city council seat

Massachusetts school to use alcohol breath tests on students

As cash runs out, Utah legislature debates home visits by teachers

North Carolina district votes to end Planned Parenthood sex ed program

Florida teacher who married her girlfriend fired by Catholic school

Bill and Melinda Gates spend billions on education, with mixed results

Researchers can predict when a student’s mind is wandering


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Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Snow Makeup Day Will Be March 5, Pulaski Day

Monday, March 5, which is Pulaski Day, will be the makeup date for Friday’s snow day. Pulaski Day was one of two dates chosen before the school year began as a potential make-up date. The other is Friday, March 23, which is before the start of Spring Break on Monday, March 26. Any snow day between now and March 22 would be made up on March 23.

Changes Coming to Stevenson’s Wireless Networks

Stevenson is making changes to its wireless networks to improve the performance of student technology in the classroom. The changes will take place Thursday, Feb. 22.

The biggest change is that only devices issued by SHS will be able to access the district’s WiFi network in the classroom. Students who want to use their mobile phones, laptops or other personal devices must use one of the 15 commons areas in the school, which allow for access through a public WiFi connection.

The reason for the change is analogous to a highway onramp. More vehicles on the ramp slows access to the highway. In each classroom, there is one access point for WiFi access. With 25 or more students in a class, and possibly more than 50 devices in the room (personal and school devices) automatically connecting to WiFi, access to the network is slowed considerably. Eliminating WiFi access to personal devices will optimize the speed at which school-issued devices function during class. Areas that are being hindered now by slower access — wireless presenting, collaboration and security — will improve.

Students may still use their phones and other personal devices, but for WiFi access they will have to be in a commons area and use the d125_public wireless network. Parents and other members of the public will be able to use the d125_public wireless network as well.

The d125_public network will be available in the following areas: Wood Commons, West Commons, Forum, West Auditorium, Sports Center, Information Learning Center (upper and lower), Quiet Learning Center, College Career Center, Glass Commons, East Glass Commons, Performing Arts Center, Little Theater, Recital Hall, East Learning Center and Field House.

Next ARTalk to Feature Chicago Sculptor

Chicago sculptor Taehoon Kim, the SHS Art Department’s current Visiting Artist of the Month, will discuss his exhibition, “The Boy is Still Running,” and his career during the next ARTalks presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday. His talk will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Admission to ARTalks is free and open to the public. ARTalks is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. View this link for more information about Taehoon Kim.


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SHS Battles Libertyville in Girls Basketball Regional

The varsity girls basketball team takes on Libertyville tonight for the third time this season, but the stakes are much higher than before. The two teams will square off at 7:30 p.m. in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A regional semifinals at Highland Park High School. The regional is one of four in the Fremd Sectional. Stevenson is the No. 6 seed in the sectional, while Libertyville is No. 11. The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of the 6 p.m. semifinal between third-seeded Palatine and No. 14 Highland Park for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Patriots defeated Libertyville on Feb. 2 (47-33) and on Dec. 16 (58-33).

Freshman Girls Basketball Team Goes Undefeated

The freshman A girls basketball team finished its season undefeated with a 26-0 record, including 12-0 against North Suburban Conference teams. The Patriots captured tournament titles at Schaumburg and Maine West, and for the season outscored their opponents by an average score of 43-18. Ella Wicklund was the team captain and leading scorer with 302 points (11.6 per game). Lydia Lueck set a freshman girls record for three-point shots made in a season (50). This was the first undefeated season for head coach Mike Fitzgerald in 35 years of coaching girls basketball. His assistant coaches were Mark Peterson and Alex Mak. The remainder of the roster included Haley Barnes, Emily Chowaniec, Emily Freedman, Gabriella Khvalabov, Carly King, Sophie Lichtenstein, Abigail Osuch and Emma Potocki.

JV Boys Swim Team Wins League Title

The junior varsity boys swimming and diving broke four records and won all 12 events en route to capturing the North Suburban Conference championship at Lake Forest on Saturday. Sophomore Cameron Coffey set two new records, in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.66) and the 100-yard butterfly (52.80). Fellow sophomores Jake Kim and Ari Zaritsky also had record-setting performances: Jake in the 200 freestyle (1:48.70) and Ari in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.25). Jake also won the 100 free (49.37). Other individual first-place finishes for Stevenson came from sophomore Mark Lozovnoy in 1-meter diving (252.30), junior Richard Lee in the 50 free (22.43), senior Spencer Guercio in the 500 free (5:05.38) and junior Nikolas Ebeling in the 100 backstroke (57.74). Senior John Tan was part of two winning relays, as were Richard, Cameron and Jake. John swam in the 400 free relay with those three (3:19.86), and in the 200 free relay with Jake, Richard and freshman Dima Kobets (1:30.90). Cameron, Nikolas and Ari were joined by junior Filip Mihajlovic in the 200 medley relay (1:42.63). In the team standings, Stevenson outscored runner-up Warren, 447-235.


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SPARK Information Meetings on Thursday

Informational meetings for the 2018 SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) summer program will be held during each half-lunch period (4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a and 6b) Thursday in the Student Activities Office. Students should bring their own lunch and will be provided with complete application information. All interested students must attend. The purpose of SPARK is to provide an immersive summer internship experience for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) research. Here is a synopsis of the program.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday, Buy a Treat for Your Sweet

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


Guitar Club will meet today and every Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the Orchestra Room (Room 2200). You may use one of the 40 school guitars or bring your own instrument.  No experience is necessary! For more information, contact Mr. Zimmerman at


CPS abruptly changes course, will phase out Englewood schools

West Chicago teachers union holds prayer vigil as strike date looms

CTU members give go-ahead to merger with charter school union

Student sign with racial slur leads to canceled play at Chicago school

Extra $5M from state coming to Round Lake school district

NU faculty sign letter supporting women who accused professor

UI selects 17 projects to share $11M in “investment for growth” funds

Gurnee District 56 tries remote learning to avoid using snow day

Mood meters, phone apps help Hinsdale students manage emotions

More social workers, special ed change proposed for Geneva schools

Black SIU alumni concerned over drop in African-American enrollment

Dilapidated pool at NIU closed for spring semester

Japanese school hopes to remain in Arlington Heights

Catholic high school in Waukegan ready to open in renovated Kmart

Springfield school officers surprise student facing hardships


Ed Department no longer investigating transgender bathroom complaints

National charter school champion fired after harassment allegations

In her words: DeVos assesses a year on the job

Magnet schools’ appeals process leaves gifted minorities behind

Rhode Island high school cracks down on tardiness by locking doors

Court battle between Colorado district, family of autistic student nears end

Law school accreditor proposes easing limits on online education

Ohio State phasing out physical education teacher program

Kansas chemistry teacher arrested by ICE while taking kid to school


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Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Chess Team Finishes Third in State

Stevenson’s chess team finished third at the 44th annual Illinois High School Association state tournament on Saturday in Peoria, its seventh top-three finish in the past 11 years. The Illinois Math and Science Academy won its second straight state title, followed by Whitney Young and SHS.

Stevenson won six of its seven matches during the two-day tournament, losing only to IMSA (51.5-16.5). The Patriots beat three Chicago schools, Kelly (68-0), Lane Tech (63-5) and Northside College Prep (51-17), and also defeated Fenton (58-10), New Trier (48-20) and Sandburg (68-0).

Three Patriots earned individual awards for posting outstanding records during the tournament: Freshman Ricky Wang on Board 2, junior Miranda Liu on Board 3, and junior Jack Zhao on Board 6. All won six of their seven matches.

The remainder of the roster that played at least two games at the state tournament included seniors Alex Bian and Conrad Oberhaus, juniors Shashank Bala, Marcus Engstrom, Kavin Lavari and Alex Presman, sophomore Adam Wallach, and freshmen Tori Richardson and David Wallach. The head coach was Vincent Springer, and his assistant coaches were Robert Krause and Scott Oliver.

Orchestra Chamber Concert Tuesday Night

Orchestra students will perform in small chamber ensembles during the annual Orchestra Chamber Concert on Tuesday. Performance sets begin at 6 and 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert is scheduled to be live streamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

String Parents Association Launches Fundraiser

The String Parents Association today launched a “Happy Lunar New Year” fundraiser at Yu’s Mandarin restaurant in Vernon Hills to raise money for the orchestra and guitar programs. The fundraiser will run through March 31. Just say “I am eating for the SPA” when making a dine-in or carryout order, and a portion of the sale will benefit Stevenson.


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Sunday, Feb. 11 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Carmel, Ind. 1: Senior Jake Camp scored two goals and classmate Nicolas Almenara made 20 saves as the Patriots completed a sweep in their best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series. Seniors Trevor Hilt and Michael Dowd also scored for third-ranked SHS (50-15-2), which advances to the semifinal round against No. 2 New Trier Green. – Box Score

Saturday, Feb. 10 Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA Barrington Sectional: Juniors Tommy Frezza and Max Gomez qualified for this week’s state individual meet at the University of Illinois by finishing in the top four of their weight class. Tommy (37-6) earned his second straight state tournament berth with a third-place finish at 120 pounds. Max (38-12) will make his first trip to state and finishing fourth at 195. The state tournament begins Thursday. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: At Lake Forest, the Patriots breezed to their fourth consecutive conference title. Stevenson won 10 of 12 events, with Pats placing first and second in all seven individual races the team claimed. SHS also swept the three relays, one in conference-record time. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Joseph Song, Topher Stensby and Alex Guo, and senior Daniel Ng set an NSC record with its winning time of 1:27.00, breaking a mark that had stood for 14 years. Topher won two individual events, the 50-yard freestyle (20.84) and 100-yard freestyle (46.50). Stevenson’s other individual champions were senior Daniel in the 200 free (1:45.15), junior Nathan Gates in the 200 IM (2:00.57), junior Maxim Ryaguzov in the 100 butterfly (53.78), junior Ethan Ross in the 500 free (4:49.51), and sophomore Jack Zhang in the 100 backstroke (54.65). The other winning relay units were the 200 medley (1:37.67) with Jack, Topher, Joseph and junior Beno Maya, and the 400 free (3:16.73) with Alex, Jack, Daniel and sophomore Nick Comini. In the team standings, SHS posted 426 points while runner-up Libertyville had 250. Senior Spencer Guercio was selected as Stevenson’s recipient of the NSC Sportsmanship Award. Stevenson also won the junior varsity conference championship; details will be included in Tuesday’s Digest. – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Senior Jackie Koepp finished her high school career with a 24th place finish at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights. She rolled a six-game total of 1,103 pins, including a 595 three-game set in the morning that included a high game of 243. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 6, Carmel, Ind. 3: After falling behind 1-0 early in the second period, the Patriots scored five unanswered goals and captured the first game in the best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Senior Michael Dowd and junior Seth Cohen each scored two goals for SHS (49-15-2). Junior Carter Devlin and senior Trevor Hilt also scored. Senior Jackson Leptich recorded three assists. Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 20 saves. – Box Score

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 46, Deerfield 34: Three Patriots scored in double figures as SHS (15-6) won its eighth straight game. Senior Samvit Ram led all scorers with 14 points and added three rebounds. Senior Jackson Qualley had 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Matthew Ambrose had 10 points, three assists and two steals. The Warriors dropped to 11-14. The non-conference contest was played at Highland Park High School.

Three Patriots in All-State Hockey Game Tonight

Stevenson’s three all-state boys ice hockey players will compete in the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois’ Boys All-State Game tonight at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Seniors Michael Dowd, Jackson Leptich and Elias Sandholm will play for the White Team. The game starts at 8:35 p.m., and can be viewed on The Cube.


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If You’ve Lost Something, Check These Lost-and-Found Areas

If you’ve lost a lunch bag, water bottle, pencil case, backpack, sweatshirt or some other item of importance, check one of the lost-and-found areas to see if it’s been turned in. Lost and found items are placed in Room 2416 in the West Building, and in Room 5024 (in the Field House lobby) in the East Building.


Breakfast with Books will meet from 7:45-8:25 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome. The only requirement to attend is a love of reading.


This week’s Ski and Snowboard Club trip is to Alpine Valley. Register and turn in your money to the Student Activities Office by the end of the day Wednesday.


Music, theater, stadium upgrades planned in District 214

Mount Prospect parents campaign for District 57 property tax hike

Round Lake High’s new approach to class time provides flexibility

Demand high for state private school scholarships

10 years after NIU shooting, families, victims continue to heal

Loyola dining vendor apologizes for “insensitive” Black History Month menu

Longtime Chicago educator, administrator Jackson dies


New Ohio law focuses on computer science, lets students skip Algebra 2

After child-in-handcuffs incident, Miami-Dade reveals new policy

Suit claims religion promoted in Louisiana school district

Elite college consulting firm charged family $1.5M for services

Harvard picks former Tufts president as its new leader

How a Florida district buried sex abuse claims against star teacher

Casting controversy derailed a high school play. Then came the threats.

Kansas scrambles to change rules after six teens enter governor’s race


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Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Make-Up Date to be Announced Next Week

School officials will announce early next week when today’s snow day will be made up. There are two days in March that have been designated as make-up days: Monday, March 5, which is Pulaski Day, and Friday, March 23, which was designated as a non-school day.

Madrigal Dinner Ticket Reservations Underway

Reservations for the Madrigal Dinner are now being accepted. The dinner is Sunday, March 11 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which include a three-course meal, are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 14. Ticket reservations with payment must be received by March 1. Click here to download the ticket reservation form.

PPA Bake Sale on Valentine’s Day

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, and the PPA Bake Sale Committee is looking for volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work during the sale. Click here to sign up. The remaining bake sale dates are Feb. 28, March 14, April 11 and 25, and May 9. If you would like to help with any of them, use this volunteer sign-up link. Reminder emails are sent one week before the bake sale date, and will allow volunteers to choose the treats they would like to bring.

Community Service Momentum Continues to Grow

More than 360 students have earned Inspiring Service Awards for community service during the 2017-18 school year. Here are the students who have earned awards since the last Daily Digest update on Dec. 12:

Achieving Merit Award (basic level) status were the following:

Seniors: John Armgardt, Elizabeth Ayers, Cassandra Farber, Justin Lee, Michael Lee, Brigitte Lefebvre, Ashleigh Machado, Hideki Maeda, Erica Mostovoy, Hannah Neubauer, Aaron Portman, Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla, Julia Sinkevich, Kelly Zhang, Wilson Zhu

Juniors: Alexa Boden, Madison Brim, Catherine Cabrera, Rebecca Cramer, Thomas Finn, Camryn Friedman, Aedyn Gorenberg, Michael Gorokhovsky, Sanjana Jain, Matthew Jalnos, Olivia Lamberti, Amelia Lee, Marilyn Li, Ami Lieberman, Risa Ohno, Poojan Palwai, Pallavi Panchpor, Amy Qian, Kyra Roesner, Hannah Safron, Karla Segovia, Natalie Sorenson, Aisha Syed, Vaishakh Vinod-Kumar, Maiko Walrath, Daniel Wang, Felicia Wang, May Wang, Melanie Wang, Daniel Wulf, Sharon Zavlin, Daniel Zhu

Sophomores: Yuyang Bian, Julia Dorr, Jessica Eggers, Alexandra Gergova, Sharen Gonsalves, Shannon Kang, Itai Kleiman, Matthew Li, Jacob Loch, Anto Michael, Nitin Nadella, Ean Norenberg, Prabhjaap Singh, Eva Tyomkin, Patrick Tong, Sowmya Venkatachalam, Caimin Xi, Joie You, Yiting Zhao, Emily Ziabka, Valerie Zlotnikova

Freshmen: Christopher Lermer, Shaarav Rotiwar, Ella van Gerven, Alicia Zeng, Sophia Zhuang

There are two award levels above Merit. The next level is Honor Award. The following students qualified for Honor Awards since Dec. 12:

Seniors: Hayley Daloia, Megan Embree, Ariana Gassel, Maor Gozalzani, Alexander Polyakov, Priya Rao, Rebecca Riekki, Rachael Zhang

Juniors: Rebecca Azevedo, Mary Baldino, Denna Baniasad, Jacob Bayer, Heather Birdsell, Dexter Darmali, Ariella Ensinger, Dora Guo, Laurel Guo, Devanshi Gupta, Seungah “Lisa” Han, Hyoeun Jeon, Sanam Jhaveri, Mary Polupan, Jordyn Rubin, Saiaishwarya Sanchula, Melanie Zhang

Sophomores: Julia Blazejewski, Fanny Borukhova, Grace McGhee, Nikhila Paleati, Irina Stamm, Hunter Tam, Andrew Yoon, Erin Yuan

Freshmen: Rebekah Jin, Lily Ma, Jun Ha Paik, Christopher Xie

The highest level students can reach is the Ambassador Award. The following students have attained Ambassador status since Dec. 12:

Seniors: Allison Chen, Claire Haas

Juniors: Jenny Cao, Jeesu Choi, Allison Kalbhen, HeeEun Oh, Meghan Oh

Sophomores: Kaitlyn Lu, Bridget Zhu

Freshmen: Jennifer Gurtovaya, Arjun Nageswaran, Violet Park

The awards came from the InnerView community service platform, which Stevenson students use to create service portfolios. Students type written reflections about their work and upload photos and videos to create a portfolio. Through their portfolio, students track progress toward the UN Global Goal (or goals) they have set for themselves. The use of InnerView and UN Global Goals is part of the school’s new community service philosophy, unveiled in August.


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Boys Basketball Games Rescheduled

Tonight’s boys basketball games against Libertyville have been rescheduled for Feb. 19 at Stevenson. The varsity game will tip off at 7 p.m., with the freshman A game at 5:30 and the freshman B contest at 6:30. The sophomore game’s fate is uncertain. Libertyville’s team is taking part in the Conant Invitational, which has games scheduled for Feb. 19. However, if Libertyville receives a bye on that day, it will play Stevenson at 5:30.

Eight Athletes Announce College Plans

Eight seniors who have signed letters of intent with colleges to continue their playing careers were honored during a recognition ceremony Thursday afternoon in the Forum. The highlighted students were: Matthew Brickman (soccer, DePaul University), Cassie Farber (soccer, Ohio Wesleyan University), Brianna VanZanten (soccer, Case Western Reserve University), John Maskalunas (football, Washington University), Liam O’Connell (football, Valparaiso University), Sam Marks (football, Cornell University), Alex Capstick (football, University of Pittsburgh walk-on) and Jordan Casselberry (football, Butler University). Wednesday was the national letter of intent signing day for football, soccer and men’s water polo. Due to the Odyssey fine arts festival, Stevenson postponed its ceremony to Thursday.

Wimer Earns Coach of the Year Honor

Girls water polo coach Jeff Wimer was named the Illinois Coach of the Year for his sport by the Illinois High School Association last month. Coaches were selected by IHSA staff based on results from the 2016-17 school year, plus career success, sportsmanship and contributions to the sport. As a state coach of the year, Wimer earned an automatic nomination for the National Federation of High Schools’ coaches of the year honor. In his 17 seasons at Stevenson, Wimer has compiled a record of 428-143-1, and his teams have gone 135-9 in the last four years. Stevenson is the defending state champion in girls water polo, and has won the title two of the last three seasons.


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Winterfest Dance Early Bird Ticket Sales Extended

Due to the closure of school today, Winterfest Dance early bird ticket sales have been extended to Monday.

Senior Service Recognition Workshop on Feb. 16

All seniors are invited to a Senior Service Recognition Workshop Session during every half-lunch period on Friday, Feb. 16 in the Student Activities Office. The Senior Service Recognition program was conceived to showcase outstanding community service efforts by Stevenson students. The application process is designed to capture service stories and then share them back to the school community to inspire other students. If you’ve been committed to community service throughout your high school career, please consider applying and sharing your most meaningful stories! This session has been scheduled exactly one month prior to the deadline to help you get started on your application, and to answer any questions you may have about the process.


Changes coming for PARCC elementary school tests

Civic Federation: Study closing universities to balance budget

New UI med school built for health-tech future

SIU trustees approve tuition hike for Carbondale campus

Dixon High reviving ag curriculum for first time in three decades

NU professor accused of misconduct takes leave of absence

Bus monitor who repeatedly slapped autistic boy sued by family

Barrington District 220 to pay $1.1M for new headquarters

Quincy University forms search committee to find its next president

New Trier sets world record with 44 sets of twins in one grade


Marijuana sales creating new revenue for schools, but at what cost?

The rise and fade of education’s “opt-out” movement

Congress makes quiet progress on revamping Higher Education Act

South Dakota may ban gender identity instruction in schools

Lawsuit shows why security costs loom larger in campus free-speech rights

Maryland school systems close to running out of snow days

Cornell University fraternity on probation for “pig roast” sex competition

Can college basketball fix its corruption problem?


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Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins League Title

Stevenson hosted and won the North Suburban Conference Scholastic Bowl championship last week, topping Lake Zurich and six other schools. The Scholastic Bowl team roster included seniors Deepak Moparthi, Chris Muth and Conrad Oberhaus; juniors Emily Luo, Vaishakh Vinod-Kumar and Melanie Wang; sophomores David Holmquist, Healey Kogan, Aniket Nuthalapati and Govind Prabhakar; and freshman Arjun Nageswaran.

Foundation Online Art Auction Starts Tonight

More than 40 items donated by artists participating in Odyssey 2018 will be part of an online auction sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. The auction begins at 6 o’clock tonight and bidding closes at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Auction items include original artwork, arts-related class certificates, and tickets to performances. Use this link to view the auction catalog and place a bid. Proceeds will benefit the foundation’s Stevenson to College (S2C) and Kids in Need (KIN) programs. All of the auction artwork will be on display from 6-7 p.m. tonight outside the Performing Arts Center, prior to the C5 Aerial Dance concert.

Chess Team Prepares for State Tournament

Stevenson’s chess team travels to Peoria for the 44th annual Illinois High School Association state tournament on Friday and Saturday. SHS has been one of the state’s perennial powers over the past decade, winning the championship in 2008 and finishing second five times since then. This year, Stevenson enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed behind the defending state champions, the Illinois Math and Science Academy. Head coach Vincent Springer’s team will open play Friday against Bloomington Central Catholic. Visit the IHSA website for updated tournament results.

Alumni Physician Featured on “CBS Evening News”

Stevenson alumnus Dr. David Levine (Class of 2002) was featured on the “CBS Evening News” Wednesday night. He is one of the doctors from Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital participating in a new program that allows patients to be treated in their homes. The program’s goal is to reduce health care costs without sacrificing quality and safety.

String Parents Fundraiser at Panera on Friday

The String Parents Association will hold a fundraiser at Panera Bread, 1575 S. Lake St., in Mundelein from open to close on Friday. Show this flyer when placing an order.

Checking Out Odyssey

The Daily Herald stopped by the school to take in the 12th edition of Stevenson’s Odyssey fine arts festival. Click here for coverage. Odyssey first began in 1996, and has been held every two years since.

We’re Watching the Weather

In light of the Winter Storm Warning that has been issued for Lake County, school officials will be monitoring weather forecasts and road conditions throughout today and into the evening in order to make a determination about Friday’s schedule. Consultation with sender district superintendents and the First Student bus company also plays a role. If a decision is made to delay the start of school or cancel classes, there are several ways in which the school would notify families and the general public. First, all parents and guardians who provided a phone number and email address during the registration process last summer would receive a recorded call and email with the school’s decision. (All faculty and staff also would receive a recorded call and email.) Also, notice would be placed on the school’s website at and on social media, and information would be shared with Chicago-area television and radio stations.


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Wednesday, Feb. 7 Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Lake Zurich 44, Stevenson 43: In a battle for second place in the North Suburban Conference, the Patriots (15-12, 10-4) made a late rally but fell short against the host Bears (16-10, 11-3). Senior Klaire Steffens scored nine of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter as SHS nearly erased a seven-point deficit. Senior Kiana Cencula, returning from a concussion that sidelined her for five games, scored 10 points. This was the regular-season finale for Stevenson, which will take on Libertyville in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Highland Park Regional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Special Guests at Friday’s Boys Basketball Game

The varsity boys basketball team is scheduled to play host to Libertyville in a crucial North Suburban Conference showdown at 7 p.m. Friday night. Stevenson holds a one-game lead over the Wildcats with four games remaining. Friday’s game also will be Junior Patriot Night and Meet Nash Night in the Sports Center. Members of the Junior Patriots and the Libertyville Junior Wildcats organizations will receive free admission to the game, and the Junior Patriots will be recognized at halftime. Prior to the varsity tip-off, two Stevenson alumni whose son has a rare, life-threatening disease will be recognized. Bobby and Brittany (Sulentic) Stineman are the parents of Nash, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress, known as SMARD. Stevenson Athletics is promoting a fundraiser to raise money for research into the study of the disease. Bobby is a 2001 graduate who played soccer and basketball for Stevenson. Brittany, who graduated in 2003, competed in volleyball, basketball and soccer. Visit this link for more information or to make a donation.

Want to be a Licensed IHSA Official?

Stevenson is hosting an open house in March for anyone interested in becoming a referee or official for a high school sporting event. You can learn what it takes to become a licensed official through the Illinois High School Association during the open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 3 in the West Commons. High school students are invited, too. Representatives from the North Suburban Conference and Northern Lake County Conference will be on hand to discuss requirements for different sports and to answer questions. For more information, contact Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at


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Mr. SHS Tickets Go On Sale Friday

Tickets go on sale Friday for the Senior Class Board’s annual Mr. SHS contest, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the Patriot Superstore, and also will be sold at the door on the night of the contest. Fifteen senior boys will compete for this year’s title: Owen Albrecht, Daniel Ali, Degaulie Dai, Harsh Dasika, Nick Duffy, Ivan Franco, Terry Maeda, Basit Malik, Karan Matharu, Lance Laxamana, Antony Simonoff, Daniel Sirota, Maari Thirumurugan, Vishva Tummalapally and Caiyi Xi. They’ll be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. Celebrity judges will determine the finalists, and the audience will vote for Mr. SHS.


The baseball team will have informational meetings in the following locations from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15: freshmen in the Recital Hall (Room 4100), sophomores in Room 2002, and varsity in Room 7046. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Block at


Want to be a part of the 2018 Fashion Show but couldn’t make it to the meeting on Wednesday? It’s not too late! Follow this link to the fashion show information page and complete the form at the end. Someone will be in contact with you soon to follow up with more information! If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Erickson at


Illinois Wesleyan to give hefty scholarships to local high school grads

Secret Service at Waukegan High as part of investigation

West Chicago District 94, teachers resume contract talks as strike looms

UI grad-student union threatens strike over “bombshell” on tuition waivers

10 women accuse Northwestern professor of sexual harassment

Technology director sues Abingdon-Avon school district

Antioch District 34 school bus driver suspended over “grenade” situation

DeKalb district to let students keep Chromebooks over summer

NIU student group voices safety concerns to DeKalb reps

High school athletes help spread word about domestic violence


The impact of parents’ education levels on first-generation college students

NYC high school graduation rate hits record high

171 Colorado superintendents back new funding model for schools

California governor wants districts to show details on state fund spending

Indiana special education students could receive alternate diploma

Minnesota district drops classics from reading lists over racial slurs

Alabama teacher: Law prohibiting sex with students unconstitutional

Shocker: Study finds humanities grads gainfully employed and happy


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