Friday, Jan. 28, 2022

Model UN Team Uses Problem-Solving Skills To Tackle International Issues And Win Awards

To learn more about different countries around the world and the issues they face, members of Stevenson’s Model United Nations team research international politics and then try to formulate meaningful real-life solutions for those countries, all in the spirit of how the actual United Nations would operate.

Occasionally, the team takes its problem-solving skills on the road to various conferences to face other teams in games of international role-playing. Earlier this month, Stevenson won multiple top awards at the Naperville North Model UN Conference while representing the interests of countries in crisis situations and also performing in-depth simulations of current and past United Nations topics.

Here are Stevenson’s award winners by category:

  • Verbal: senior Jesenia Parthasarathy and junior Maddie Wang
  • Best Position Paper: sophomores Vageesh Ramaswamy and Stone Yan
  • Outstanding: junior Nathan James
  • Best Delegate: senior Anthony Makhovik, juniors Lindsey WangMihir PutchaRishabh Wuppalapati and sophomore Ekaterina Asayonak.

Stevenson Debaters Win Congressional Debate; Have Best Showing Ever In Public Forum At A National Tournament

Stevenson’s Debaters flexed their muscles earlier this month at the prestigious Cavalier Invitational Debate Tournament, which was held virtually from Durham Academy in Durham, North Carolina.

Thanks to remarkable teamwork, Stevenson came in first place in the tournament for Congressional Debate. This is a huge achievement and would not have been possible without the outstanding leadership of captains Aditi Ambravan and Mia Korsunsky. Korsunsky (pictured right) came in first place individually in Congressional Debate.

Also in Congressional Debate, senior Landis Varughese and sophomores Ria Agarwal and Manya Singh advanced to the semifinals. Three seniors advanced to the finals: Korsunsky, Udit Mehta, who came in fourth place as Presiding Officer and Prachi Gyanmote, who came in ninth place.

In Public Forum Debate, Stevenson had its best showing ever at a national tournament. Three pairs of freshmen qualified for semifinals at the novice level: Shipra Jha and Amoolya MahabhashyamBrian Hu and Abhi Choudhary, and Arjun Patel and Sanjay Malisetty. In speaker awards, Jha finished third overall, Patel finished fifth and Hu finished sixth.

Patriot Singers Perform At Illinois Music Education Conference In Peoria

On Thursday, students from the Patriot Singers performed at the Illinois Music Education Conference as part of a four-day event at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria.

Since 2010, teachers have attended the Illinois Music Education Conference to learn strategies to better hone their craft, serve students and be inspired to try new ideas that will keep their classes fresh, energetic and current. In-person professional development sessions, discussions with colleagues, networking events, keynote speakers and a variety of performances to watch all provide teachers opportunities for growth.

Student Announcements

$45,000 In Stevenson Foundation Scholarship Money Is Up For Grabs!

Need money for college? Seniors, the Stevenson Foundation is still accepting applications for its scholarship program. More than $45,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Stevenson seniors in recognition of their academic excellence, leadership, community service, and achievements in arts and athletics. All students in the Class of 2022 are encouraged to apply. The deadline to submit your application is Tuesday, Feb. 1. To fill out an application and to view the full list of scholarships offered this year, please visit stevensonfoundation.org.

Juniors: Take a Free SAT Practice Exam…Register Now

Just a reminder that on Saturday, Feb. 5, juniors will have the opportunity to sit for a free, full-length SAT practice test (without the essay or accommodations). This proctored practice SAT exam, which will run from 8 a.m to 12 noon in the Fieldhouse, will help build endurance and give a real-time snapshot of testing performance. Scores are received the same day and will be accessible through the student dashboard. Students must register by Monday, Jan. 31.

Each registered family will also have the chance to arrange an optional virtual meeting with an Academic Advisor at Revolution Prep, who will help you to understand the score report, identify strengths, and target opportunities for improvement. This is NOT a requirement for registering for the practice SAT test.


If you have any questions please contact Ellyn Ross at (847) 415-4556. To schedule your optional, complimentary SAT score report virtual review please contact our liaison Jeanette Brink at Revolution Prep at (708) 300-9276 or email Jeanette.Brink@revolutionprep.com.

Save The Date: D125 Night Market Is Coming Up In February

Get ready for an afternoon full of food, performances, and fun from a variety of Asian countries.

The Asian American Student Association will be presenting their annual D125 Night Market on Saturday, Feb. 12 in the Glass Commons. The event will kick off at 4 p.m. and will feature performances that will start at 6 p.m. It is free to attend Night Market but there is a cost for the pre-packaged food items.

Patriot Sports News

Don’t Forget: Badminton Information Meeting Coming Up Next Week

There will be an informational meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2104 for athletes interested in trying out for the girls badminton team this spring. If you are unable to attend, tryout information can be found on the athletics page of the Stevenson website or in this Google document.

Athletic Results

Boys Swimming and Diving: The Patriots swam against the Zee-Bees of Zion-Benton in a North Suburban Conference matchup and Stevenson got a 104-50 victory, winning 10 of 12 races. Notable finishes included the first-place 200 Medley Relay of Jonny FarberDavid KohanOlin Kusevskis, and Liam Plautz. Likewise, the 200 Free Relay of Maxim KolbunovOlin KusevskisFelix Wang, and Colin Zhang also finished in first place. Next up for the Patriots is Mundelein on Tuesday. The action begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Stevenson Aquatic Center.

Hockey: In the SHL, the Patriots defeated Glenbrook South 2-0 in a physical game. The Patriots scored all of their goals in the first period, holding GBS off for the remainder. The defense was once again solid, killing off 11 penalties while goalie Jonathan Adler saved all 24 shots and earned a shutout win. Rafi Biedron scored a goal at 10:11 in the first with the assist by Andrew Lermer and Alan Wu. Then on the power play, Nolan Jones scored at 10:13 with the assist by Dylan Jette. Next up for Stevenson is Barrington on Saturday, which is also Senior Night. The Senior Night Ceremony will be at 7:45 p.m. then the puck drops for the Varsity game at 8:15 p.m. Please join us to celebrate our eight senior Patriots between games. It is also a special night with Stevenson’s Students Helping Soldiers organization in attendance for Military Appreciation Night. We will be honoring a Veteran prior to puck drop and the students will be accepting dog treats and dog toys for service dog organizations.

Education News

What A New Study On College Essays And Family Income Really Means

People concerned about the fairness of college admissions are seizing on a new study from Stanford’s Center for Education and Policy Analysis to argue that colleges should keep using standardized tests to decide who gets in. During the pandemic, some 60% of U.S. colleges made submission of test scores optional.

This Virginia High Schooler Is Pushing To See More Women Of Color In Their Curriculum

Prasidha Padmanabhan is a high school junior in Fairfax County, Va., who spent most of the pandemic fighting to see herself and other women of color reflected in her school’s history curriculum. In 2020, she founded Women for Education, Advocacy and Rights, otherwise known as WEAR. Her organization is now around 150 members strong with hopes of spreading beyond Fairfax County to the rest of Virginia and the entire country.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 28-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Jan. 28-29: IHSA Dance State Finals

Jan. 31: Consortium Jazz Concert

Feb. 1: Black History Month Begins

Feb. 1: PPA Meeting

Feb. 1: BPO Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022

Frosh/Soph Marvel Magic Set To Debut Tonight At Little Theatre

Rehearsal for the Frosh/Soph play (see pictures) went off without a hitch on Wednesday night, and now all of that Marvel Magic is finally ready to debut tonight in front of an audience.

Approximately 60 freshmen and sophomores from the Patriot Theatre Company will be presenting two plays tonight, Friday and Saturday from the Marvel Spotlight Collection in the Little Theatre. They include: Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play and Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play.

There will be a 7 p.m. show each day and also a 2 p.m. show on Saturday. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased online. There will be 60 percent capacity allowed to accommodate social distancing.

Big picture

While we may hear the phrase “self-care” and automatically think of taking a bubble bath, getting a massage, or even working out, self-care does not always have to be engaging with a tangible item, spending money, or doing an activity. At its core, self-care really is just that, caring for yourself. Ensuring that your needs are being met in a healthy way. Sometimes the best form or self-care we can engage in is shifting our mindset in order to ensure that we, ourselves, are a priority. We need to make it a habit to “check in” with ourselves regularly and see how we are doing. Take a moment while reading this to pause and reflect. How are you doing? How are you feeling? Is there any need of yours right now that is not being met? Whether it is needing a bit of extra sleep, needing to develop a boundary with something or someone you’re currently engaging with; what is it that you might need today to help you take care of yourself? When we get in the habit of self-care being a default mindset, we can be the best versions of ourselves for us and those around us.

Student Announcements

Attention All Dancers: Placement Auditions Today After School

The Stevenson Dance Department will be hosting placement auditions for incoming freshmen and current Stevenson Dance Students today from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Dance Studios 2110 and 2112.

Patriot Sports News

Bus Down To Bloomington To Cheer On The Patriettes At State

The journey downstate begins this afternoon for the Patriettes, who will be taking off from campus at around 4 p.m. so that they arrive with plenty of time to spare ahead of their opening competitions tomorrow in the 3A Division Dance State Finals at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.

Fans who would like to follow the team down to Bloomington and watch the second day of competition on Saturday will be able to ride a chaperoned pep bus that will leave from Lot B at Stevenson at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Students can purchase tickets on GoFan. Tickets are $15 and include the event as well as the cost of the pep bus.

Students need to sign up at the Patriot Book Store and will also need to sign/fill out a waiver.

The Patriettes’ competition time on Saturday won’t be known until results are in on Friday, but the final competition starts at 2 p.m. and the awards presentation is at 4 p.m. The bus back to Stevenson will likely leave Bloomington at around 5 p.m.

Know An Incoming Freshman Who Wants To Try Out For Sports Next Year? Here Is A One-Stop-Shop For Information

To make it easy for incoming freshmen and their families to get more information about trying out for sports for the 2022-23 school year, the Stevenson Athletic Department has put together a comprehensive Google Document called the 2022 Stevenson Athletics Parent Info Sheet that is linked on the Incoming Freshmen page. It’s a one-stop-shop of details about tryouts, practices, registration and required forms for every sport. Please check it out as you plan ahead for next school year!

Athletic Results

Wrestling: The Patriots hit the mats on Tuesday against Lake Zurich and Zion-Benton in a tri-meet, beating both teams convincingly. Jacob Whiting was honored with the Sportsmanship Award before the matches began. Next up for the Patriots is Regionals on Feb. 5 at Fremd. Times are to be determined.

Education News

Student Loan Payments Resume In May. Here Are Seven Ways To Prepare

A little more than three months. That’s how much time is left before about 41 million federal student loan borrowers have to start making loan payments again. The federal government froze student loan payments at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and it has extended that freeze several times since, most recently right before Christmas. The Department of Education has said payments will resume on May 1. What should borrowers be doing to prepare?

To Save Higher Education, Free Thinkers Must Launch An Alt-Academy

A university’s awesome ability to produce innovation and new knowledge relies on the relatively uninhibited freedom to exchange and explore ideas and to follow them wherever they may lead. When that freedom is curtailed—either through administrative action or public pressure campaigns—the university becomes a less dynamic place. It’s less able to address itself to hard problems, less able to imagine new modes of inquiry, and less able to offer students an intellectually transformative experience. Is it time for something new?

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Jan. 28-29: IHSA Dance State Finals

Jan. 31: Consortium Jazz Concert

Feb. 1: PPA Meeting

Feb. 1: BPO Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022

Gangavarapu Brothers Inspired By Stevenson Clubs To Give Back

The holidays took on a different meaning for Stevenson brothers Yashwanth (pictured left) and Nikhil Gangavarapu (pictured right). Rather than make a list of the items that they wanted from friends and family, the Gangavarapu brothers had a different kind of request. And what a gift they ultimately ended up receiving.

The brothers asked that, in lieu of gifts for themselves, their family and friends instead donate to a fundraiser that they knew would help dozens of children in need. A post on Facebook drew the Gangavarapu brothers in. A fourth-grade teacher in Waukegan made a plea for her students. The brothers raised $850, enough to help provide coats and toys and board games for 40 children.

Both brothers are involved in philanthropic-based clubs at Stevenson, from National Honor Society to KIVA. They also volunteer teaching Telugu language at the Buffalo Grove Manabadi Center. To learn more about their fundraising effort, click here.

Statesman Wins Award at Fall 2021 National Conference

The Statesman was awarded fifth place Best In Show at the Fall 2021 National Scholastic Press Association conference, a national conference and competition which thousands of high school newspapers share their work. The conference is usually in person and this conference was supposed to be held in Philadelphia. But this year’s conference was conducted virtually.

Student Announcements

Not Sure What To Do After Graduation? How About A Gap Year?

Seniors: If you’re interested in taking a Gap Year after graduation, check out the free Chicago Gap Year Fair, which will be held virtually on Saturday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. There will be a webinar for the first 45 minutes and then program information sessions and a question-and-answer period during the remaining time. Please register to attend individually. Parents and students should register separately unless you all plan to tune in using the same computer. Please note that the provider information sessions will NOT be recorded, so plan to tune in live and come prepared with questions.

Patriot Sports News

More Spring Sports Meetings Coming Up: Girls Track, Badminton and Boys Water Polo

Girls Track And Field: If you would like to go out for the girls track and field team, a no-cut sport with both varsity and JV levels, there is an information meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Room 2104 starting at 4 p.m. Practice starts Feb. 21 in the Fieldhouse and runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Badminton: There will be an informational meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2104 for athletes interested in trying out and being part of the girls badminton team this spring. If you are unable to attend the meeting, tryout information can be found on the athletics page of the SHS website. In addition, all athletes/families must complete the Athletic Participation Forms prior to being able to try out for the team.

Boys Water Polo: Interested in trying out for boys water polo, a cut sport with varsity and frosh/soph levels? There is an information meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 2 starting at 3:45 p.m. in the Pool Balcony. Tryouts begin on Feb. 28 (3:45-5:30 p.m.) and will be held at the Stevenson Aquatic Center.

Athletic Results

Boys’ Basketball

The Patriots (12-7, 4-3) traveled to NSC opponent Mundelein where they lost, 20-23. Top scorers were Tate Donica with 7 points and Dave Sulnius with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Next up for Stevenson are the Warren Blue Devils on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 p.m.

Education News

The SAT Is Going Digital And Getting Much Shorter. Say Goodbye To No. 2 Pencils On Testing Day.

Overhaul comes amid mounting challenges to the relevance of standardized testing in college admissions.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Will Examine Private Student Lending

The CFPB is updating its exam procedures to look at a category of loans often called institutional student loans. They’re not normally affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program but are offered by colleges themselves.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Jan. 31: Consortium Jazz Concert

Feb. 1: PPA Meeting

Feb. 1: BPO Meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022

The Wit “Roars” To First Place In Scholastic Press Association

The Wit Magazine recently learned that its 2021 edition from last school year was awarded first place by the American Scholastic Press Association. Meanwhile, sophomore Rithika Rajesh also took first place in the Outstanding Art category for her Digital Art, “Lion.”

“The award reflects the hard work and commitment of the entire Wit staff, as well as all the remarkable art and writing that our student body submitted for consideration,” said Robert Zagorski, one of the sponsors of The Wit.

Patriot Singers Practice With A Patriot Pro

The Patriot Singers were treated to some instruction and coaching at their practice during seventh hour on Monday by someone who once used to be in their shoes and is now out performing in the real world.

Tommy Novak, a 2007 Stevenson graduate (blue blazer in photos), was back on campus to help instruct the Patriot Singers and share with them useful vocal preparation techniques. The group would sing segments of songs normally, then with the techniques. The Patriot Singers’ practice consisted of about 50 choir members who were preparing for an upcoming competition. It was led by choir directors Alice Nuteson (orange sweater in photos) and Kirstin Snelten (brown sweater in photos) and a parent volunteer played piano.

Novak was involved in choir and fine arts while he was a student at Stevenson. He is currently an active performer and educator in the fields of music and theatre.

“The students were very receptive to Tommy’s work with them in class and it really brought our performance skills to the next level,” Snelten said.

Student Announcements

Apply To Be A Camp Patriot Role Model!

Love kids? Camp Patriot might be the place for you! PREP’s Camp Patriot is looking for Stevenson alums and students who are current sophomores and older to work as role models for our day camp at Stevenson this summer! Role Models help our Kindergarten through 8th grade campers play gaga, experiment in science, create art and have fun. Please click here to apply or reach out to Isaac Brubaker with questions!

Juniors: Take a Free SAT Practice Exam…Register Now

Just a reminder that on Saturday, Feb. 5, juniors will have the opportunity to sit for a free, full-length SAT practice test (without the essay or accommodations). This proctored practice SAT exam, which will run from 8 a.m to 12 noon in the Fieldhouse, will help build endurance and give a real-time snapshot of testing performance. Scores are received the same day and will be accessible through the student dashboard. Students must register by Monday, Jan. 31.


Each registered family will also have the chance to arrange an optional virtual meeting with an Academic Advisor at Revolution Prep, who will help you to understand the score report, identify strengths, and target opportunities for improvement. This is NOT a requirement for registering for the practice SAT test.

If you have any questions please contact Ellyn Ross at (847) 415-4556. To schedule your optional, complimentary SAT score report virtual review please contact our liaison Jeanette Brink at Revolution Prep, at (708) 300-9276 or email Jeanette.Brink@revolutionprep.com.

Patriot Sports News

Girls Softball Information Meeting Is Friday Via Zoom

Want to try out for the softball team? Please attend Friday’s informational meeting at 4 p.m. via Zoom. Tryouts for the program, which includes a varsity team and two JV teams, begin on Feb. 28 either in the Stevenson Fieldhouse or at the varsity Softball Field depending on weather. Click here for a detailed document listing information for all spring sports meetings and tryouts.

Athletic Results

Girls Basketball: The Patriots traveled to Mundelein and rolled to a 58-17 victory to move to 24-1 overall and 11-0 in the North Suburban Conference. Simone Sawyer and Ava Bardic both put up 12 points apiece, while Emory Klatt chipped in with 10 points. Brianna Welter scored 9 points and Kate Arne added 7 points. The Patriots are back in action against Warren at 7 p.m. on Friday at Warren’s Almond Campus.

Girls Bowling: The Patriots took on North Suburban Conference opponent Zion-Benton last night and won 9-0. Anna Reyes was the top bowler with a high score of 222 for a game and a 654 series. Next up is Mundelein on Wednesday at Lakeside Lanes. The action starts at 4:45 p.m.

Education News

How Has The Pandemic Changed The Way Educators Think About Homework?

Chicago Public Schools high school journalism and English teacher Ray Salazar is part of a growing movement of educators rethinking homework in light of the pandemic. The heightened stress of COVID-19 has led many teachers to think more critically about their impact on students’ mental wellbeing, and districts around the country are turning toward social-emotional learning as a way to nurture and better support students during this time of isolation and increased anxiety. The pandemic has also reignited a debate that teachers and academics have struggled with for decades: What is the most effective strategy for assigning and grading homework?

State Efforts To Close The K-12 Digital Divide May Come Up Short

Students and teachers alike struggle with digital connectivity – but education is just one area in which technology matters.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Jan. 31: Consortium Jazz Concert

Feb. 1: PPA Meeting

Feb. 1: BPO Meeting

Monday, Jan. 24, 2022

And Your S-Factor Winner Is…Ashwini Narayanan!

As energetic audience members swayed together shining flashlights from their phones, Stevenson’s 13 S-Factor contestants knocked it out of the park Friday at the Performing Arts Center.

The big winners of the night (pictured right, from left to right) were: Ashwini Narayanan, who won first place, Heeva Manzouri, who placed second and Michelle Cabrera who finished in third place.

Narayanan dazzled with her renditions of “When We Were Young” by Adele and “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. Manzouri also sang an Adele song, “All I Ask,” as well as “Sway” by Michael Buble. Cabrera sang “She Taught Me To Yodel” by Frank Ifield and “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri.

S-Factor is an annual singing competition hosted by Kiva Club that features some of Stevenson’s best talent. Singers participated in two rounds of performances for members of the audience to watch and vote upon before they ultimately determined the winner. All proceeds from the show will go towards loans for entrepreneurs in economically developing countries.

Time To Register For Summer School!

It’s cold now…but the sunny, warm days of summer will be here before you know it, and so will summer school.

If you are interested in attending summer school at Stevenson, you can now register online. It is recommended that summer school registrations be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 4 to avoid a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Late registrations for summer school will be accepted up until 4 p.m. on June 3, but after March 4, all registrations are on a space-available basis and late fees will be applied.

The tuition fees (and additional lab, book, and/or field trip fees where appropriate) are listed in the course description. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Please contact the summer school office at (847) 415-4520 or via e-mail at summerschoolreg@d125.org with questions.

Student Announcements

Get Those Nagging Aches And Pains Dealt With Using Physical Therapy

Got some physical aches, pains or lingering issues that could use some physical therapy? Stevenson and Rebound Fitness and Rehabilitation may have just the program for you. In conjunction with the athletic department and athletic trainers at Stevenson, Rebound Fitness and Rehabilitation is on campus to provide athletic training and rehabilitation services to students, faculty and staff. Rebound Fitness and Rehabilitation is a physical therapy, sports medicine, and sports performance company headquartered in Northbrook. Physical therapy will be provided in the athletic training room by appointment, requires a prescription from a medical doctor for physical therapy and will be billed through insurance. Schedule appointments through the athletic training staff or contact the Rebound Fitness Office at (847) 714-7400. Rebound Fitness is currently offering a special on its Stretch Book, which helps to restore and improve flexibility.

Illinois State Scholars: Don’t Forget To Pick Up Your Certificates

Before Winter Break, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced its 2022-23 Illinois State Scholars. There are 392 Stevenson students who are Illinois State Scholars, and each of you has a certificate waiting for you at the College Career Center. If you are an Illinois State Scholar and have not picked up your certificate, please do so as soon as possible. Bring your ID to the West Building College Career Center (Room 1123). Students with Illinois Standard Test Scores (ISTS) of 31 or higher are automatically designated as State Scholars. Students with an ISTS lower than 31 but who have a Weighted Selection Score (WSS) greater than or equal to the cutoff score of 47 are also designated as State Scholars.

Have You Heard? HEARD Is Back And Meeting Tomorrow

HEARD (Helpers in Equity and Racial Diversity) aims to give students a safe environment to have open discussions regarding concerns within the school community. These discussions help students promote meaningful solutions as they speak directly to the administration to bring their concerns to light. Join Diversity Council’s next HEARD meeting at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow in Rooms 1912/1914 where student representatives from other cultural affinity clubs will speak about the importance of representation. To continue receiving updates for the monthly HEARD meetings, join the Diversity Council’s Facebook GroupRemind, or follow the Diversity Council’s Instagram.”

Patriot Sports News

Patriettes Headed To State In Bloomington!

At the Deerfield Sectional over the weekend, the Patriettes took second place with a score of 95.60, qualifying them to advance downstate to compete for a state championship. The Patriettes, just .47 points out of first place at the sectional, will next be performing on Friday at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.

Girls Water Polo Information Meeting Is Tomorrow On The Pool Balcony

Want to try out for the girls water polo team? Please attend tomorrow’s informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. on the Pool Balcony. Tryouts for the program, which includes both varsity and JV levels, begin on Feb. 28 at the Stevenson Aquatic Center. Click here for a detailed document listing information for all spring sports meetings and tryouts.

Athletic Results

Boys Swimming and Diving: No. 1 Stevenson (pictured right) hosted No. 8 New Trier on Saturday for Senior Day and the Patriots sent the seniors off in style, winning convincingly, 107-79. Senior diver Jack White led the way with a 296-point outing in diving. Senior Brandon Xiong teamed up with Colin ZhangDiego Rosario and Jack Curtin to win the 200 Medley Relay. The Patriots wound up sweeping all relay events. The winning 200 Free Relay team included Max LaPointe St GeorgesJonny Farber, Zhang and David Kohan while the winning 400 Free Relay team included Kohan, Rosario, Xiong and Farber. That foursome set the provisional top-ranked time in the state. Individual event winners included Farber (200 Free, 100 Free), Zhang (200 IM, 100 Breast), Kohan (50 Free, 100 Fly) and Michael Wywrocki (100 Back). The collective team effort logged victories in 11 of the meet’s 12 races. The seniors include: Brian PovilusJoshua SongSullivan SwansonJack WhiteBrandon XiongEthan BerkovichGriffin BrownJihoon ChaeLuke CuasayJonathan GuoAngelos KoutsogergasOleksander VermanVincent LeeSeth MorrowWalker Olson, and Nathaniel Pak. The Patriots will be back in action at 5 p.m. on Thursday as they host Zion-Benton for a North Suburban Conference matchup.

Wrestling: The Patriots won the Lake Country Invite on Saturday with a score of 196, which was 7 points ahead of North Suburban Conference opponent Libertyville. The following wrestlers placed in their specific weight class: Andrew Chamkin, fourth place at 106; Yash Jagtap, fifth place at 113; Allan Kantor, fourth place at 120; Lorenzo Frezza, first place at 126; Cole Rhemrev, first place at 138; Thomas Schoolman, first place at 145; Carter Rand, third place at 152; Themba Sitshela, third place at 160; Mesh Premanand, fifth place at 182; Jacob Whiting, first place at 195 and Blake Duvall, fifth place at 285. Next up for the wrestling team is a home meet against Lake Zurich tomorrow.

Girls Basketball: The Patriots moved to 23-1 and 10-0 in the North Suburban Conference with a gritty win against Lake Forest on Friday, 41-35. Simone Sawyer surpassed 1,500 career points with 10 points. She now is fourth on Stevenson’s all-time scoring list. Meanwhile, Ava Bardic scored a team-high 12 points, Kate Arne put up 7 points, Emory Klatt contributed 6 points and Kendall Williams rounded out the starters with 4 points. The Patriots are back in action tonight with a road game against North Suburban Conference rival Mundelein.

Boys Basketball: On Friday, the Patriots (12-6, 4-2) defeated Lake Forest in a nail biter, 45-43. Evan Porto had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Jaden Evans had 16 points and 3 rebounds. And rounding out the big scorers was David Sulnius with 9 points and 2 steals. The Patriots also played on Saturday night against Prospect, falling 53-42. Porto led the Patriots again with 13 points. Josh Thomas had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Next up is a North Suburban Conference showdown at Mundelein at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Bowling: At the sectional finals at the Bowlero in Glendale Heights, Stevenson ended its season with an eighth-place finish and a score of 6054. While the team did not advance to the state finals, Ender Starr finished with a potential at-large advance and a score of 1282.

Girls Bowling: Over the weekend, Stevenson competed in the Wauconda Tournament at 3-D Bowl. Despite tough competition, the Patriots took sixth place in their bracket. Next up is Zion-Benton tonight at Sunset Lanes. The action starts at 4:45 p.m.

Gymnastics: Over the weekend, Stevenson took first in the Niles West Invitational with a score of 142.25, scoring in every event. Ashley Schabes took first place on the vault, while Maya Fergus took third. On the uneven bars, Fergus took first place while Ally Gitler tied for fourth and Schabes finished sixth. Once again, the Patriots had four gymnasts score on the balance beam. Gitler tied for second, Schabes placed eighth, Fergus tied for ninth and Emma Fang rounded out the finishers with 11th place. On the floor exercise, Schabes finished second while Gitler placed fifth. In the all-around standings, three Patriots placed in the top 10. Schabes took first overall, while Fergus placed third, and Gitler came in sixth. Next up for the team is the North Suburban Conference Championships at Libertyville on Friday. The action starts at 6:30 p.m.

Education News

To Everyone, Former Stevenson Girls Basketball Scorekeeper Wudtke Was Kind, Selfless, Unique

During coaching great Frank Mattucci‘s run at Stevenson, the Patriots’ girls basketball teams were synonymous with two things. Winning and Willis Wudtke. The wiry and always affable Wudtke, who died just before Christmas at the age of 67, was the longtime official scorer for the Patriots’ girls program, later moving on to Grayslake Central when former Stevenson assistant coach Steve Ikenn took over the Rams — his omnipresence greatly felt in both programs for the last three-plus decades. According to Mattucci, the girls varsity coach from 1991-2006, “We lost one of the biggest girls high school hoops fans the state of Illinois has ever seen.”

Delayed Vote On Pell Grant Increase Could Disrupt College Financial Aid Offers

Proposal to increase the maximum Pell award by $400 is part of ongoing congressional budget talks. Colleges must decide whether to issue award letters with outdated numbers or hold off until federal appropriators are through with their work.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Jan. 31: Consortium Jazz Concert

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

As a freshman, Sohi Shah distinctly remembers the fun and fulfillment she had by joining the Startups in Business and Technology Club. The club provides a space for students to work together to come up with innovative solutions to real-life problems, with the ultimate goal of presenting prototypes to business leaders in the community.

“Our first project focused on wellness, so we developed a device that could help people track their water intake for optimal hydration,” Shah says.

Shah, who is going on her third year as a club member and first year as co-president, says the experience has been valuable and inspiring, but she discovered something that motivated her to get even more involved with the club: There is a lack of female representation in the club, which mirrors a trend in the technology and business world.

To read more about Shah’s story, check out Facebook or Instagram.

Time To Register For Summer School!

It’s cold now…but the sunny, warm days of summer will be here before you know it, and so will summer school.

If you are interested in attending summer school at Stevenson, you can now register online. It is recommended that summer school registrations be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 4 to avoid a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Late registrations for summer school will be accepted up until 4 p.m. on June 3, but after March 4, all registrations are on a space-available basis and late fees will be applied.

The tuition fees (and additional lab, book, and/or field trip fees where appropriate) are listed in the course description. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Please contact the summer school office at (847) 415-4520 or via e-mail at summerschoolreg@d125.org with questions.

Student Announcements

Illinois State Is Offering A Free, Five-Day Residential Camp On Cybersecurity

It’s one of the hottest new careers: Cybersecurity. And now, you can learn all about it! The GenCyber Camp at Illinois State University seeks to ignite and sustain Cybersecurity interest in high schools in central Illinois in order to build a competent, diverse, and adaptable cybersecurity workforce pipeline. High school students who are age 15 and older are eligible to attend this FREE residential summer camp from July 11-15 and learn the fundamentals of Cybersecurity while experiencing campus life at Illinois State! Click here to register and reserve your space. For more information, please contact Dr. Sumesh Philip at (309) 438-7070 or via e-mail at: sjphil3@ilstu.edu

Scholarships, Scholarships And More Scholarships! Seniors: Apply Now!

The College Career Center is sharing three new scholarship opportunities for seniors: The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative, The Links Incorporated and Rotary District 6440. If you are looking for scholarship money for college, please consider applying. Check out this Google Document for specific information and application links for each scholarship.

KIVA Fundraiser At Culver’s Today

Need a sweet treat after S-Factor tonight? Head on over to Culver’s in Lincolnshire for the KIVA Fundraiser. KIVA will receive 25 percent of the profits from all purchases today up until 10 p.m. when customers specifically mention KIVA.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Cheer: Last night the Cheer squad participated in the NSC Championships and took home second place with a score of 92.70, which was .28 behind the leader, Lake Zurich. Next up for cheerleading is the Fremd Invitational on Saturday, starting at 5:35 p.m. and the Huntley Invitational on Sunday, starting at 6:08 p.m. Sectionals will be next Saturday, Jan. 29.

Boys Hockey: The Patriots moved to 29-11 overall and 16-8 in the SHL Conference with a convincing 7-2 win over Oak Park-River Forest last night. Stevenson maintains its No. 2 ranking in the state and is now tied for first place in the SHL with Loyola Gold, with just three games left in the season. In the game against OPRF, the Patriots jumped out to an early lead with goals by Brandon Schultz and Dylan Jette in the first minute of play. Nolan Jones added another goal to give Stevenson a 3-1 lead after the first period. Schultz would get his second of the game in the second period followed by goals from Cam SchneiderDavis Jegers and Mac Fitzpatrick. The Patriots outshot OPRF 36-14 and were aided by a solid goaltending performance from Andrew Smoller. Stevenson will be back in action on Thursday with a home game against Glenbrook South at Twin Rinks. The action starts at 5:50 p.m.

Girls Hockey: Stevenson is part of a team-share with The Scouts Girls Hockey Association and last night they battled against Glenbrook High Schools. The game ended in a 1-1 tie, with Stevenson freshman Maycie Sulkin scoring the Scouts’ only goal. Next up for the SGHA is Sunday against Evanston at the Robert Crown Community Center at 6:10 p.m.

Education News

New Mexico Is Pushing To Be A ‘Model’ For How Race Is Taught In U.S. Schools

A proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s social studies standards has stirred debate over how race should be taught in schools, with thousands of parents and teachers weighing in on changes that would dramatically increase instruction related to racial and social identity beginning in kindergarten. The revisions in the state are ambitious. New Mexico officials say they hope their standards can be a model for the country of social studies teaching that is culturally responsive, as student populations grow increasingly diverse.

NCAA Changes Transgender Athlete Participation Policy Amid Calls For Reevaluation

The NCAA changed its policy regarding transgender athletes, as the emergence of Penn swimmer Lia Thomas put the issue into the spotlight. The new approach to allowing transgender athletes will follow a sport-by-sport model similarly adopted by the U.S. and international Olympic committees, Sports Illustrated reported. The NCAA said if there was no international federation policy then the “previously established IOC policy criteria would be followed.”

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 21: S-Factor

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

Stevenson Singers Set To Shine In S-Factor

America’s Got Talent…and so does Stevenson!

S-Factor is a way to see (well, hear mostly) some of the best talent that Stevenson has to offer. S-Factor, hosted by Kiva Club, is Stevenson’s annual premiere singing competition, where 13 of Stevenson’s best singers will participate in two rounds of singing performances for members of the audience to watch and vote upon before they ultimately determine the winner.

As a reminder, the event will take place In-Person in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Masks and social distancing will be required, and CDC guidelines will be followed to help mitigate the spread.

The 13 S-Factor participants are: Ashwini NarayananAmise’ “Shay” Calliste-DavidTvishi KrishnakumarAbigail FroyshteterAriela CruzHeeva ManzouriAmita NairLondon CabreraLisa ComanSharvaani KulkarniKashvi NagpalMichelle Cabrera and Jo Song. They will be performing songs from popular artists such as AdeleBritney SpearsJustin BieberLady GagaRihannaParamoreColdplayMichael BubleEd Sheeran and many others.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online by 11:59 p.m. today. Please show your confirmation e-mail at the door as proof of purchase. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as well. All proceeds will go towards loans for entrepreneurs in economically developing countries. For more information, please contact Kiva Club at: shskivaclub@gmail.com.

Odyssey (Reimagined) Is Coming…And In-Person Tickets Are Available Now For The Community

Just a reminder: Odyssey will soon be back. Reimagined…but back! Odyssey, typically a two-day event featuring more than 250 guest artists, has been reimagined this year to be Odyssey Fine Arts Week and will be held Feb. 7 through Feb. 11. There is now a special Odyssey page on the Stevenson website that gives an in-depth look at all of the fun activities and events that will take place that week, and also provides ticketing links as well. Please bookmark the page as you make plans for Odyssey Week!

While students will enjoy a taste of Odyssey during the school day throughout Odyssey Week, the Main Events will be staged daily after school and students can attend those for free as well. Students will scan their student IDs for general admission, which is on a first-come basis. A block of 200 spots in the Performing Arts Center will be reserved for parents and members of the community for the Main Events each day. Tickets for parents and members of the community are free and can be reserved by using links on the special Odyssey page.

The in-school activities for students during Odyssey Week will include black-light painting, doodle art, stained glass art, origami and tape art. The Main Events for Odyssey include: magician Scott Green on Monday, Comedy Dance Chicago on Tuesday, a Singer/Songwriter Concert on Wednesday, “Reeling,” LGBTQ+ FilmFest on Thursday, and the Mural Reception on Friday.

For more information on Odyssey, or to reserve Main Events tickets, please visit the special Odyssey page on the Stevenson website. For questions about Odyssey, please contact Odyssey Coordinator Amanda Long at along@d125.org.

Big picture

Your mindset is made up of your attitude and your beliefs. It impacts the way you approach life. In this sense, your mindset is your reality and affects the way you engage with the world around you. It makes great sense then that cultivating self-awareness as it relates to your mindset can be incredibly important in terms of improving and maintaining good self-care. Practice really “tuning into” your thoughts and emotions. What is the “why?” behind your thoughts and the stories you are telling yourself about others, your abilities, or the situations you are in. This is especially important when you’re feeling off-balanced, challenged, or are struggling in some way. When you become conscious of your thoughts and mindset, that turns them from “automatic” to something that is “manual”. This gives you the power of control and choice- do you continue to automatically react to something that might not be helpful OR…do you swap out those thoughts for something that is more constructive?

Student Announcements

Change In Plans: Tomorrow’s “Salsa And Salsa” Event Cancelled

The Spanish Honor Society was scheduled to host its “Salsa and Salsa” event after school tomorrow. Regrettably, that event has been cancelled. We will keep you posted if it is rescheduled.

Last Day To Purchase Odyssey T-Shirt

Show your Odyssey Fine Arts Week spirit with an Odyssey t-shirt! Featuring the Odyssey logo design by Stevenson alum Emily Fujioka, this one-of-a-kind Fine Arts shirt is available to order online for $12 through today.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Bowling: The Patriots celebrated their seniors on Wednesday: Diana Kwizera (a 4-year bowler), Jackie Vasberg (a 2-year bowler), and Vaishnavi Balmuri (a 2-year bowler). Balmuri bowled her personal high of 196 against Waukegan en route to Stevenson’s 7-2 victory with a score of 2199 to 1995. That helped the Patriots rebound from their loss on Tuesday, a 9-0 shutout against Lake Zurich with a score of 2440 to 2047. Stevenson is back in action tonight against Warren and Libertyville in its final North Suburban Conference home match. The action starts at 4:45 p.m. at Fairhaven Lanes.

Girls Gymnastics: The gymnastics team faced Lake Forest in a dual conference meet on Wednesday and walked away with a 145.75 to 137.10 victory. Ally Gitler and Ashley Schabes came in first place and second place respectively in the all-around. On the vault, Schabes placed first with a score of 9.40, while Gitler came in second with a 9.30. Placing first and second again on the balance beam; Schabes took first with 9.45 and Gitler placed second with a 9.35. Once again, Gitler and Schabes ranked first and second on the floor exercise, with a 9.45 and a 9.25. Meanwhile, Maya Fergus finished first on the uneven bars with a 9.45 and third on the balance beam with a 9.10. Next up for the Patriots is the Varsity Invitational on Saturday at Niles West. The action starts at Noon.

Education News

Illinois School Staffing Shortages Could Persist For Years, A New Report Finds

A school staffing crunch in Illinois, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, could stretch into the next few academic years, according to a new report. In a survey of school leaders across the state, 88% of superintendents report a teacher shortage problem and 77% say the shortage is getting worse. Across the state, more than 2,000 positions were either unfilled or filled by someone who was not qualified to teach when the survey was conducted.

New Jersey Requires Schools Teach Asian-American History: ‘Education…Best Antidote For Hate’

“The members of our Asian-American/Pacific Islander community have contributed so much to our state and nation,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “By teaching students about the history and heritage of our AAPI community, we can ensure that the diversity of our state is reflected in our curriculum and create a more tolerant and knowledgeable future for New Jersey.”

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 20: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 21: S-Factor

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022

Incoming Freshmen Virtual Course Selection Starts Tomorrow

For those of you who have younger siblings who will be freshmen at Stevenson next year, please remind them that Course Selection for Incoming Freshmen will take place virtually, starting tomorrow and continuing on Monday, Jan. 24 and Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Students and families will meet with counselors based on their last name. All Zoom links and resources are posted to the Incoming Freshmen webpage. A recording of the Incoming Freshmen Orientation is also posted to this webpage.

Five Stevenson Students Perform In All-State Production Of “Cabaret” At Bolingbrook HS

It was a “Cabaret” kind of day (make that weekend) earlier this month as five Stevenson students were selected to perform in the All State Production of “Cabaret” at Bolingbrook High School.

Students across the state went through a highly competitive audition and interview process last June to be part of the production, which took place Jan. 6-8. All five of the students from Stevenson who participated are heavily involved in Fine Arts classes and were also part of the fall musical “SpongeBob.”

The students (listed with their “SpongeBob” roles and their Fine Arts areas at Stevenson) are: junior cast member Justin Katin (SpongeBob; Theatre & Choir), junior cast member Lily Mace (Electric Skate and Sandy understudy; Theatre, Choir, and Dance), senior assistant director and dramaturg Lora Lewis (Sandy Cheeks; Theatre & Choir), senior pit member Dylan Ivanov (Violin; Orchestra), senior pit member Eileen Kang (Cello; Orchestra). Lewis also helped to create the dramaturgical and educational document for the production.


Stevenson’s five “Cabaret” students are pictured in the above right photo, left to right: Lora Lewis, Lily Mace, Justin Katin, Eileen Kang and Dylan Ivanov. In the production photo above, Katin is in the center, and Mace is at the top right.

Student Announcements

Get Your Salsa On…While Snacking On Salsa!

Get ready to dance (Spanish style!) and snack (Spanish style!) with salsa…and more salsa! The Spanish Honor Society will host its “Salsa and Salsa” event on Friday after school from 3:45 pm to 5 p.m. in Room 6110. It’s a food drive so students will be asked to either bring canned food or give a monetary donation at the door to participate. The food collected will be donated to a local food pantry. Students who attend will be able to take salsa dance lessons and enjoy chips and salsa, just as these students (pictured) did two years ago.

One-Of-A-Kind Odyssey T-Shirt On Sale Until Tomorrow

Show your Odyssey Fine Arts Week spirit with an Odyssey t-shirt! Featuring the Odyssey logo design by Stevenson alum Emily Fujioka, this one-of-a-kind Fine Arts shirt is available to order online for $12 until tomorrow.

Patriot Sports News

Education News

Opinion: “Whatever Changes Come To Education, Schools Shouldn’t Be Run Like Businesses”

Should schools be run like businesses? That’s a question that comes up a lot these days. At least one educator, though, worries that the arrangement is more of a misfit than even proponents of the idea might realize.

Why Not Lottery Admissions For Great High Schools? It’s Not Church Bingo

Judging from heavy participation in the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots, many Americans love lotteries. But when such randomized selection systems have been used lately to decide who gets into popular high schools, they have inspired bitter debates and lawsuits. Among the most controversial proposed lottery admissions systems have been the ones for Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Va., and Lowell High School in San Francisco.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 20: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 21: S-Factor

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022

Stevenson Singers Set To Shine In S-Factor

America’s Got Talent…and so does Stevenson!

S-Factor is a way to see (well, hear mostly) some of the best talent that Stevenson has to offer. S-Factor, hosted by Kiva Club, is Stevenson’s annual premiere singing competition, where 13 of Stevenson’s best singers will participate in two rounds of singing performances for members of the audience to watch and vote upon before they ultimately determine the winner.

The event will take place In-Person in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Friday. Masks and social distancing will be required, and CDC guidelines will be followed to help mitigate the spread.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. Please show your confirmation e-mail at the door as proof of purchase. Tickets can also be purchased at the door as well. All proceeds will go towards loans for entrepreneurs in economically developing countries. For more information, please contact Kiva Club at: shskivaclub@gmail.com.


Correction: In Friday’s Daily Digest, a photo caption of Alan Tello-Lopez was labeled incorrectly. The Daily Digest regrets the error.

Student Announcements

Before Coming To Campus…Take A Quick Pulse Check Of Your Health

Just a reminder, in an effort to help keep all students, faculty, staff and families safe, Stevenson would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant about their own health.

Prior to Coming to Campus…

Thank you for helping us keep our school community safe!

Take A Virtual Field Trip…To The College Of Lake County

Juniors and Seniors: Are you interested in learning more about the College of Lake County? The College Career Center is hosting a virtual field trip for upperclass students to meet with CLC representatives on Friday during Periods 1 through 3. Interested students MUST pick up a permission slip in the CCC and attendees will be required to turn in the signed permission slip by teachers and parents/guardians. Stop by the CCC today to pick up your permission slip or to ask any questions.

Marvel Magic Coming To Stevenson For Frosh/Soph Play

The Frosh/Soph play will be held next week and tickets are available starting today. Approximately 60 freshmen and sophomores from the Patriot Theatre Company will be presenting two plays next Thursday, Jan. 27, Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29 from the Marvel Spotlight Collection in the Little Theatre. They include: Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play and Squirrel Girl Goes to College: A Squirrel Girl Play. There will be a 7 p.m. show each day and also a 2 p.m. show on Saturday. Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased online. There will be 60 percent capacity allowed to accommodate social distancing.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Cheer: The Stevenson varsity (pictured above) placed first at the Lockport Frost Cheerleading Invitational on Saturday. The team scored a record-breaking 97.45, which was a .77 ahead of the second place team, Lincoln-Way East. Next up for the cheer team is the North Suburban Conference Championships at Waukegan at 7:25 p.m. on Thursday.

Girls Gymnastics: Over the weekend, the Patriots (pictured right) competed in the Lake County Invite at Mundelein High School. The Stevenson gymnasts came in second with a score of 145.775, which was .375 points behind first-place Vernon Hills. Ashley Schabes scored a 9.55 on the vault, taking first in that group of competitors. Maya Fergus and Ally Gitler tied for second on the uneven bars with a score of 9.35. Gitler also came in second on the floor exercise and in the all-around competition with a score of 37.6.

Girls Basketball: The Patriots (21-0, 9-0) faced North Suburban Conference Libertyville on Saturday and got a 43-39 victory. There were contributions up and down the roster as Simone Sawyer put up 12 points, Ava Bardic finished with 9 points, Emory Klatt had 8 points and 13 rebounds, Kate Arne had 7 points and 10 rebounds and Kendall Williams had 7 points. On Monday, the Patriots then faced Downers Grove North in their annual Pink Out game. Stevenson squeezed out a 37-28 win. Klatt led the way with 15 points. Bardic contributed 8 points, Arne had 6 points and Williams and Nisha Musunuri each finished with 4 points. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Lake Forest at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Boys Basketball: The Patriots (11-5, 3-2) dropped a heartbreaker to North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville on Friday, 51-50. Christian Uremovich scored a team-high 12 points while David SulniusJoshua Thomas, and Jaden Evans all put up 8 points. Evan Porto and Tate Donica each finished with 7 points. On Monday, Stevenson took on St. Charles North at the Geneva Shootout and rebounded with a 60-54 victory. Porto poured in 19 points. Evans finished with 12 points while Sulnius added 9 points and reserves Andy Wang and Donica had 6 points apiece. Next up for the Patriots is a home game against Lake Forest at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Sportscenter.

Boys Swimming and Diving: The Patriots, fresh off of winning the Evanston Invitational for the first time in program history last week, continued their winning ways this past weekend, with just their third Trevian Relays Crown ever. Top-ranked Stevenson downed the No. 2 and the No. 3 teams in the state, Loyola Academy and Hinsdale Central, respectively. Event winners for the Patriots included: sophomore Colin Zhang in the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke, junior Jonathan Farber in the 200 Freestyle, and the 4×100 freestyle relay of David KohanJosh SongJack Curtin, and Farber. Up next for Stevenson will be a dual meet at home against visiting New Trier. The action starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Boys Bowling: The Patriots finished second in the regional tournament that they hosted. Stevenson was battling for the lead all day and it came down to game 6 to decide the regional championship, which was won by Evanston. The Patriots were led by the individual regional champion Jackson Sher and regional runner up Ender Starr. Sher won the regional with a total of 1401 and a high game of 259. Starr finished second with a total of 1380 and a high game of 244. Jacob Sroka bowled a 1208 to help the Patriots finish second. Braden Kunik and Matthew McGowan both bowled five games and shot 934 and 927, respectively. Eric Vondrak and Jacob Heald both bowled one game and shot 160 and 140. Michael Portiera filled in during a game. Next up for Stevenson is the sectional championship on Saturday at Bowlero in Glendale Heights. The action starts at 9 a.m.

Boys and Girls Fencing: Stevenson’s had a full day of success at the North vs. Central Division Duals held at Maine West. The results were: Stevenson vs. Maine West Girls: 26-1 and Boys: 23-4. Stevenson vs. Evanston Girls: 23-4 and Boys: 21-6. Stevenson vs. New Trier Girls: 12-15 and Boys: 18-9. Stevenson vs. Deerfield/Highland Park Girls: 20-7 and Boys: 19-8. Stevenson vs. Glenbrook Girls: 18-9 and Boys: 24-3. Stephen Yi went undefeated in foil during this tournament, which continued his undefeated streak this season. As the dual season wrapped up, Stevenson’s boys team finished undefeated, beating all 14 teams in the conference, while the girls won 13 out of 14. Next up for the fencers is the Great Lakes High School Fencing Conference Championship on Saturday, Jan. 29 at New Trier.

Wrestling: Last Thursday, Stevenson put together a convincing win against Lake Forest, 61-14. Andrew Chamkin won by fall at weight class 106, Yash Jagtap earned the win by major decision at 113, Allan Cantour secured the win by decision at 120, Lorenzo Frezza won by fall at 126, Cole Rhemrev won by fall at 138, Thomas Schoolman won by fall at 145, Carter Rand won by fall at 152, Themba Sitshela won by fall at 160, and Jacob Whiting helped secure the team victory by winning by fall at 220. The Patriots were back in action again on Saturday at the Stevenson Quad, taking on Deerfield, Huntley, and Wauconda. Stevenson surpassed Deerfield, 33-29. Winning again, the Patriots beat Huntley, 45-24. In the final match-up of the day, the Patriots took home the clean sweep, beating Wauconda 48-15. Next up for the Patriots is the Lake County Invite at Wauconda on Friday. The action begins at 4 p.m.

Education News

Stalking The Elusive Present Participle

Playing with English grammar is fun until you call a word a gerund when it isn’t.

Top-Ranked Colleges Illegally Conspire To Limit Financial Aid Offers, Lawsuit Alleges

A group of former college students is suing 16 top-ranked private nonprofit universities — including Yale University, Georgetown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — alleging they engaged in a price-fixing scheme that favored wealthy applicants and drove up the price of college. Federal law allows colleges to work together on their financial aid formulas but only if they are need-blind institutions, meaning they don’t consider prospective students’ ability to pay when making admissions decisions. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, alleges that at least nine of the schools haven’t been eligible for this exception because they’ve given a leg up to wealthy applicants in admissions decisions and therefore are not truly need-blind.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 20: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 21: S-Factor

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection EveningsRead Previous Editions of the Daily DigestFor submission requests, please email communications@d125.org.
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Friday, Jan. 14, 2022

Stevenson Seniors Tello-Lopez and Biel Earn National Distinction From College Board

Two Stevenson seniors, Alan Tello-Lopez and Carmen Biel, have been named award winners for the College Board National Recognition Program.

Tello-Lopez and Biel earned this distinction because of their academic achievements in school as well as outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and/or the AP Exams.

The specific awards that Tello-Lopez and Biel were eligible for are: the National Hispanic Recognition Award, the National African American Recognition Award, the National Indigenous Recognition Award and the National Rural and Small Town Recognition Award.

For more information about the College Board National Recognition Programs, which are not affiliated with the National Merit Scholarship Program, please visit the College Board’s scholarship website.

Student Announcements

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Is On Monday

Don’t forget: There is no school on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Before Coming To Campus…Take A Quick Pulse Check Of Your Health

In an effort to help keep all students, faculty, staff and families safe, Stevenson would like to remind everyone to stay vigilant about their own health.

Prior to Coming to Campus…

Thank you for helping us keep our school community safe!

Canine Cuteness Is Coming To Stevenson

The Animal Welfare Club will have its next meeting after school on Tuesday and is happy to welcome back Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Firefighter Michael Vitale and his partner K9 Irie, a 4-year-old female German Shepherd. The team is on the Illinois state urban search and rescue team as a nationally certified live find disaster K9 search team. During her time off, Irie enjoys chasing birds and squirrels, swimming in the river, and playing fetch.

Register For Second Semester AP Exams

Advanced Placement Exam Registration is now open for second semester AP Courses. Registration instructions are below and on the Stevenson Advanced Placement webpage. The deadline to order an exam is Mar. 8. No orders will be accepted after the deadline. Registration is a two-step process and both steps must be followed:

  • STEP 1 – Students “join” their AP courses in their College Board account using the unique join code provided by their AP teacher for each AP course. Students should see “Registered for Exam” in their CB accounts.
  • STEP 2 – Pay for exams online in Total Registration. The cost for each exam is $100. A minimum deposit of $40 per exam is required at the time of the initial order with payment in full required by Mar. 8.
Patriot Sports News

No. 100! Boys Swim Coach Doug Lillydahl Celebrates Milestone Victory

It was a big Thursday night for the No. 1-ranked boys swim team. The Patriots earned a rivalry win over North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville and also celebrated a milestone for longtime coach Doug Lillydahl, who logged his 100th career coaching victory.

Lillydahl led the program for eight seasons (1996-97 through 2003-04), then returned to the helm in 2015-16. His overall dual-meet record is 100-17.

Stevenson has won state championships in six events during his tenure. Additionally, Lillydahl has guided the Patriots to seven top-10 finishes at the IHSA state finals, including second-place showings in 2003 and 2004. His teams have captured seven North Suburban Conference championships and seven IHSA regional titles. Stevenson also grabbed the Lake County Invitational crown 11 times, including the last seven consecutive years under Lillydahl.

Athletic Results

Patriettes: With an incredible routine, the Patriettes (right photo) took home first place in the North Suburban Conference Championship with a score of 95.10, which was 2.53 points ahead of second-place Lake Forest. Next up for the Patriettes is the sectional competition on Saturday, Jan. 22, beginning at 2 p.m. at Deerfield.

Boys Swimming: In head coach Doug Lillydahl’s 100th victory on Thursday, the Patriots prevailed 120-48 over Libertyville to advance to 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference and 4-0 overall on the season. They were winners of 11 of the 12 events. Individual Event winners included: Jack Motl (200 Free), Josh Song (200 IM), Colin Zhang (50 Free, 100 Fly), Max Lapointe St Georges (100 Free), Jonny Farber (100 Back), and Lance Bi (100 Breast). The Patriots also swept all three relays, including: the 200 Medley Relay (Michael Wywrocki, Bi, Farber and Lapointe St Georges) and the 200 Free Relay (Felix Wang, Lapointe St Georges, Motl and Zhang). Stevenson is now headed to New Trier for the annual Trevian Relays Invitational on Saturday to take on many of the state’s top-ranked teams. The meet starts at 1 p.m.

Girls Basketball: The Patriots got their 20th win of the season, rolling past Palatine last night 61-44 to move to 20-1 overall. Ava Bardic was the top scorer with a game-high 21 points. Again, Emory Klatt was a force under the basket and put up 16 points. Rounding out the high scorers was Simone Sawyer with 12 points. There were two events happening in conjunction with the game. Junior High Night brought out Junior Patriot players and coaches while Students Helping Soldiers also hosted its annual “Hoops For Heroes” event to honor those who have served America. Next up for the Patriots is North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Stevenson is 8-0 in NSC play.

Boys Basketball: The Patriots will host Libertyville at 7 p.m. tonight in a key North Suburban Conference game that is also a “Hoops For Hereos” event, sponsored by Students Helping Soldiers. Please bring donations to the Sportscenter for our military heroes.

Boys Bowling: The Patriots (13-3 overall, 2nd place in the North Suburban Conference) ended the regular season with a 6-on-6 win against visiting Glenbrook North on Senior Night. Stevenson was led by senior Jacob Sroka, who shot his career-high series of 726 with a high game of 250. Junior Ender Starr followed Sroka with a 615 and a high game of 238. Senior Matthew McGowan shot 593 and a high game of 214, senior Braden Kunik shot 586. Senior Kellen McGowan also added a 436 to the victory. The seniors honored were: Jacob Sroka, Matthew McGowan, Kellen McGowan, Braden Kunik, Eric VondrakNayan MenezesAshton Valeroso as well as early graduating junior Mickey Kishi. Next up is the regional tournament which Stevenson hosts at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Education News

Navient Reaches $1.85 Billion Settlement Over Student Loan Practices

Navient will cancel $1.7 billion in private student loan debt and pay out $95 million to borrowers it is accused of steering into costly repayment plans.

The White House Will Distribute 10 Million More COVID Tests Per Month To Schools

With schools all over the country struggling to deal with a surge of Coronavirus cases from the Omicron variant, the White House on Wednesday announced it is increasing the supply of COVID-19 tests for schools to help keep facilities open for in-person learning. President Biden and others in his administration insist schools should stay open, even with the Omicron wave making it harder than ever to manage. The administration will increase the number of COVID tests available to schools by 10 million per month — 5 million rapid tests and 5 million lab-based PCR tests.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Jan. 14: Junior Course Selection (Through Jan. 28)

Jan. 17: No School ~ Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 20: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 21: S-Factor

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings