Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018

Visual Arts Program Named Best in Illinois

Stevenson’s Visual Arts Department has been named the Best School Art Program in the state for 2018 by the Illinois Art Education Association. The department includes six educators who teach 25 unique classes: Maureen Connolly, Patrick Fairchild, Katie Hyken, Tim Myers, Cristal Sabbagh and Natalya Sturlis. They will be honored at the annual IAEA Conference in Normal on Friday, Nov. 9, and earned an invitation to present at next year’s conference. The award is based on teaching methods, leadership, collaboration with colleagues, art advocacy, and personal qualities. Click here to read more about the Visual Arts team.

“Our team works tirelessly to improve our students’ artistic experience and opportunities,” said Director of Fine Arts Jonathan Grice. “Most recently this has included revising our 20-plus art courses to increase artistic voice and the diversity of artists we study. Our teachers regularly present at state and national conferences and we have greatly improved ‘ARTiculation’ with our Consortium 125 art colleagues. Our Visual Arts faculty, program, school and community are extremely deserving of this recognition. I couldn’t be more proud!”

“Share the Love” Gets Some Love

The Peer Helpers’ “Share the Love” campaign was featured on the front page of the Daily Herald on Wednesday. Reporter Russell Lissau talked with Peer Helpers sponsor Sarah LaFrancis about the campaign, and also interviewed senior Evghenia (Jane) Pijuc and juniors Vrushali Thakkar, Aimee Staemmer and Mariam Reichert. Here is a link to the article.

Retired College Counselor Earns NACAC Honor

Stevenson’s retired director of college counseling, Sue Biemeret, will be honored next week with the highest award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling. She will receive the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award at the association’s annual conference Thursday, Sept. 27 in Salt Lake City. The Wilson Award honors NACAC members for outstanding service to the college counseling profession.

Biemeret has been a college counselor for 47 years, and 27 of them were spent at Stevenson. She came to SHS in 1989 to develop a college counseling program, and retired in 2016 as one of the most recognized counselors in the Midwest. She earned the state’s Those Who Excel Award in 2001, and was a guest contributor for the New York Times’ “The Choice” blog in 2010.

In 1999, Biemeret founded the Academy for College Admission Counseling, and still serves as its executive director. The academy provides summer workshops, seminars and courses for high school counselors to help them improve their ability to provide college counseling to families.

PM Assembly Schedule on Friday

Stevenson will operate under the PM Assembly schedule on Friday due to the Homecoming pep rally. Each class period will be six minutes shorter than normal. The assembly runs from 2:42-3:25 p.m. in the Sports Center.


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Patriot Football Prepares for Lake Zurich

Stevenson moved into the top 10 in the Associated Press Class 8A football rankings this week. The Patriots, who are 4-0, checked in at No. 9 after having been on the poll’s periphery the past two weeks. SHS plays host to Lake Zurich (2-2) for its Homecoming game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. For those unable to attend, the game will be streamed live on the NFHS Network, and will be broadcast by the school’s radio station, WAES 88.1 FM. Stevenson has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools, but the Bears captured last year’s matchup, 28-0. The games between Lake Zurich and SHS have been close in recent history; seven of the last 10 have been decided by seven points or less.

Bauer Honored by Daily Herald

Senior linebacker Zach Bauer was named Lake County Defensive Player of the Week by the Daily Herald. He was honored after intercepting two passes during Stevenson’s 51-14 win at Zion-Benton last week.

Basketball Alum Discusses Hops Hullabaloo

Indiana University sophomore Justin Smith (Class of 2017) has been known for his leaping ability since high school. But breaking IU’s record with a 48-inch vertical jump earlier this summer has sent his stock soaring. Smith talked with Bob Narang of the Pioneer Press about the hullabaloo over his hops.

Today on NFHS Network

Three Patriot sporting events can be viewed live on NFHS Network today: the freshman football game against Lake Zurich at 4:30 p.m., and the freshman and sophomore girls volleyball matches versus Niles North at 5 and 6 p.m., respectively. Catch all the action at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Parking Reminders for Next Grading Period

The first six-week grading period ends Friday. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking can purchase one-day passes for the Port Clinton Road lot at least a day in advance in Room 2400. The second six-week grading period begins Monday. Students who haven’t picked up their parking sticker can do so Monday morning in Lot D before school. Stickers will be available from the pickup truck marked “Security.” Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in Lots D, E, the “Strip,” and in the overflow to Port Clinton.

Taking Driver Education Next Semester?

Students enrolled in Driver Education for second semester can take the first step toward getting their learner’s permit next week, and it will only take about 10 minutes. Visit Room 6086 before school or during lunch to pick up a “Rules of the Road” booklet, fill out a short form, and take an eye exam. Students must bring or wear their contact lenses or glasses. Students should make sure their prescription is up to date. They will need 20/40 vision or better to pass the eye exam. The next step after next week is attending the Parent Information Meeting/Student Permit Application and Test event on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Read this document for all the details.

Don’t Invite Trouble Into Your House

With Homecoming this weekend, Catalyst offers a reminder than when you drink alcohol at home, you’re putting more than yourself at risk. Watch this video to find out more.


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


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. The scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, students must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Please stop in the College Career Center today to pick up an application. The deadline to return a completed application is Tuesday.


Chemistry Club meets every Monday after school from 3:30 to 4:30 in Room 1804 for lessons and fun labs.


District 112 recommends closing two Highland Park schools

Wheaton College settles suit with ex-football player who was hazed

UIC bucks trend of declining local university enrollment

UI exploring reasons for decline in African-American enrollment

New attendance boundaries set for Hinsdale Central, South

Danville school named one of the “healthiest” in America

Naperville District 203 board OKs pay hike for maintenance workers

State gives mixed decision on Evanston District 202 FOIA complaint

Ex-Thornton District 205 consultant indicted

Teen arrested after reportedly making threat at Taylorville High

Vernon Hills High football coach takes leave for heart surgery


What are college students learning? Calls for evidence continues

Incorrect data drives major education policy decisions

Penn will be first Ivy League school to offer online bachelor’s degree

Tennessee’s summer reading camps getting good results

E-cigarette warnings coming to high school bathrooms

Utah may withhold money from high schools for student fee abuse

St. Louis U professors protest $50M donation to university

Professor’s refusal to write recommendation letter raises questions

Trump effect at journalism schools? Colleges see admissions surge


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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

10 Earn Those Who Excel Awards from State

Ten educators from Stevenson have been selected to receive recognition in the Illinois State Board of Education’s 44th annual Those Who Excel Awards program.

The Technology Education Department earned the highest honor, the Award of Excellence in the team category. The seven-teacher team comprises Michael Anderson, Alex Mak, Ryan May, Frank Radostits, Kait Rossi, Matt Schwenk and Kelly Smith. They teach courses in engineering, architecture and media arts.

Three other educators were recognized with the Award of Merit: Government teacher Dan Larsen (Classroom Teacher), science teacher Tommy Wolfe (Early Career Educator), and Ann Marie DiIorio (Student Support Personnel), who is the school’s Coordinated Academic Re-Entry (CARE) tutor, working with students who have missed extended periods of time from school.

The 2018-19 Those Who Excel Awards banquet will be held Oct. 20 in Normal. Stevenson’s Those Who Excel recipients also will be recognized at the November meeting of the District 125 Board of Education.

No School, Digest on Wednesday

There is no school on Wednesday due to Yom Kippur, and there will be no Daily Digest. Both will resume on Thursday.

Parties After Homecoming: What You Need to Know

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

Homecoming is this weekend, and your teen may be asking you if you can host an after party. What are the legal facts you should know before making this decision? In our state, the law looks at whether you were aware or should have been aware that drinking occurred in your home or in any property you “control,” (such as a rental home, limousine, hotel room, etc.). This is called “social host” and is punishable with a Class A misdemeanor and fines ranging from $500-$2,500. If a minor is seriously injured as a result of illegally provided alcohol, the person in “control” of the property can be charged with a Class 4 felony, sentenced to one to three years of imprisonment, and face up to $25,000 in fines. This does not include the judgment the parent faces if sued in civil court. In addition, most villages in our community now have local ordinances raising the fine associated with social host. If you want to host an alcohol- and drug-free party, click here for tips on how to keep everyone safe.  


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Monday, Sept. 17 Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lake Zurich, 25-23, 25-15: The host Patriots improved to 12-5 overall and 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference behind a balanced effort. Juniors Molly Bourbon and Grace Tully dished out 10 and eight assists, respectively, on a combined 43-of-46 setting. Senior Sophie Sorenson had team highs in eight kills and 10 digs. Senior Callie Grass recorded four kills, and classmate Annie Armgardt blocked two shots and assisted on two other blocks. Grace and junior Abby Keevins each made six digs. – NFHS Network On-Demand Replay

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 2, Waukegan 1: After a scoreless first half, the host Patriots (7-2-1 overall, 2-1 NSC) broke through for the victory at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Senior Hunter Tam scored Stevenson’s first goal 10 minutes into the second half, assisted by sophomore Alem Duratovic, who recorded the next goal eight minutes later. Senior keepers Zach Klaber and Josh Dicker made nine and three saves, respectively.

Girls Field Hockey

Stevenson 1, Deerfield 0: Senior Jenna Silverman scored the game’s only goal in the first half, and senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen turned away all 10 of the Warriors’ shots on goal for the shutout in the Stadium. – NFHS Network On-Demand Replay

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 6, Waukegan 0: The host Patriots (9-1 overall, 5-0 NSC) won their sixth consecutive dual, capturing every match by a 6-0, 6-0 score at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Singles victories came from Abby Schueneman at No. 1 and freshman Thea Surya at No. 2. In doubles, the winning duos were seniors Alyssa Glaser and Elizabeth Ferdman at No. 1, freshman Alaina Kolli and her sister, junior Athena Kolli, at No. 2, juniors Sneha Yellapantula and Alexis Lee at No. 3, and senior Jenna Chapman and sophomore Emily Hu at No. 4.


Monday’s account of the varsity football team’s 51-14 win at Zion-Benton contained three errors. Sophomore Jayden McFadden caught a 54-yard touchdown pass, and not senior Maema Njongmeta. Senior Ryan Miller had an 80-yard TD run, not Drew Miller. Senior Zach Bauer intercepted two passes, not sophomore Kaden Soonthornsima.


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Seal of Biliteracy Tests Available in October

Stevenson offers students the opportunity for recognition through the state’s Seal of Biliteracy program by demonstrating a high level of proficiency in English and a second language. Testing in the following languages will be given before school on Thursday, Oct. 18, which is a late arrival day: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. (Tests for proficiency in Hebrew and Polish will take place in November.) The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 5. Read this article for details.

Testing Center Reminder

Students can take a test in the Testing Center before school starting at 7 a.m., after school until 5:30 p.m., and during their lunch, study hall or free period.


Friday is the application deadline for the Northwestern Medical Discovery Program, a two-year program that exposes students to a broad range of health care careers. Click here for the program website.


Animal Welfare Club will not meet today. Those going on the Sept. 25 field trip to Orphans of the Storm should turn in their signed permission slips to Ms. Kenney in Room 6080 by Thursday.

This week only, In the Loop will meet after school Thursday in Room 7064. All are welcome. If you don’t know how to knit, they’ll teach you!

Art from the Heart meets Thursday from 3:30-4:30 in Student Activities. Join the group to have fun and make crafts for local organizations and charities! This week’s project is painting wooden letters for Bright Horizons daycare center.


East Aurora teachers, staff picket school board over contract

Mother of boy sues CPS, alleging he was molested by peer

UI professor earns $250K Heinz Family Foundation grant

Peoria schools dismissing early this week due to heat

Elgin school remains closed as mold removal continues

Neuqua Valley student trades cheerleading for football


Why is college in America so expensive?

Desperate for education, Detroit students pin hopes on lawsuit

University of Central Florida misused $38M in state funds

Wisconsin college bans chancellor’s husband from campus events

Blockchain arrives on college campuses

Purdue blocks streaming services in lecture halls for bandwidth


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Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Junior Chosen for State Advisory Council

Junior Dylan Hu is one of 20 high schoolers selected to serve on the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council for the 2018-19 school year. The council held its first meetings last week.

Established in 1975, the advisory council provides student perspectives to the ISBE on education-related issues, and also oversees the Student Voices web page that focuses on college and career planning.

Dylan was among more than 100 applicants for the council, which is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors attending public high schools in Illinois. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in public service and education policy.


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Sunday, Sept. 16 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Niles Notre Dame 1: Junior William Kopka scored two goals and assisted on two others for the Patriots at Mt. Prospect Ice Arena. His first goal, coming at the 5:13 mark in the first period, broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the game-winner. The goal was assisted by sophomore Liam Jones, who added a score in the second period. Senior Zachary Wesley had the first goal for SHS. Senior Adam Offenbach added two assists, while junior goalie Jeremy Riback made nine saves. – Boxscore

Saturday, Sept. 15 Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at Prospect Invitational: The Patriots won all four doubles flights and captured first place in the eight-team tournament. Seniors Elizabeth Ferdman and Alyssa Glaser won the No. 1 doubles title with wins over teams from Carmel (6-1, 6-2), Naperville North (6-0, 6-4) and Glenbrook North (5-7, 6-4, 10-7). Sisters Athena Kolli and Alaina Kolli posted a trio of 6-0, 6-0 decisions at No. 2, downing tandems from Buffalo Grove, Naperville North and Prospect. Juniors Ellen Ma and Sneha Yellapantula rolled to the No. 3 title, beating pairs from Prospect (6-0, 6-0), Lake Zurich (6-0, 6-2) and Naperville North (6-2, 6-0). Sophomore Emily Hu and junior Alexis Lee claimed the No. 4 flight, topping tandems from Glenbrook North (6-7 (6), 6-1, 10-5), Prospect (7-5, 6-3) and Naperville North (6-2, 6-2). Stevenson received a fifth championship from freshman Thea Surya, who captured No. 3 singles. She beat opponents from Lake Zurich (6-0, 6-1), Prospect (6-1, 6-0) and Naperville North (6-1, 6-4).

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 1, Deerfield 0: Senior Hunter Tam scored the game’s lone goal in the first half, off an assist by junior Camron Mahdavian. Senior keeper Zach Klaber recorded the shutout with three saves for the visiting Patriots (6-2-1), who play host to Waukegan at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex at 4:30 today. – NFHS Network On-Demand Replay

Girls Field Hockey

Stevenson at Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational: The Patriots finished second in the six-team tournament, shutting out the host school (3-0) and Elgin Academy (3-0) before falling to St. Ignatius in the championship game (2-0). Senior Emily Hersh scored a goal in each victory. Senior Adele Lee and freshman Naomi Miller also scored against Homewood-Flossmoor, while junior Molly McCoy and senior Allie Kreda had the other goals against Elgin Academy. Goalkeepers Anna Fossier and Olivia Holsen combined for the shutout against Elgin, and also stood out in the title game. Olivia, a junior, stopped 10 of 11 shots on goal in the first half, including nine penalty corners. Anna, a senior, made four saves on five shots in the second half, including three penalty corners. Junior Audrey Shapiro had an assist in the H-F contest, while junior Sami Simon recorded a key deflection with her stick to thwart a shot late in the same game.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 11, Fenwick 2: Seniors William Kopka and Zachary Wesley each scored three goals for the Patriots on home ice. William scored the only goal of the first period, then added two more as SHS erupted for six scores in the second. Senior Jake DeMaio also scored twice in the second period, with Zach and senior Sam Frishman adding the other tallies. Zach lit the lamp twice in the final period, Sam added his second goal, and junior Josh Wright, who had three assists in the game, also scored. Junior Jeremy Riback played the majority of the game in goal, making 15 saves. – Boxscore

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Celtic Swing Invitational: The Patriots finished second in the Gold Division, and had two golfers finish in the top 10 at Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood. Junior Joyce Bai finished fifth among 119 players with a 76, including a 36 on the front nine, while freshman Emily Duan was eighth at 80. Sophomore Kelly Dong tied for 10th with an 81. Also competing were sophomore Sophia Zhuang (83) and junior Julia Yoo (89). SHS had a team score of 320, six strokes behind fellow 2017 state medalist Lincoln-Way Central. LWC was sixth in the state last fall, while SHS was 12th. Providence Catholic was the tournament host.

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Wheeling Invitational: At the Chevy Chase Country Club, the only thing hotter than the weather was Mark Noonan. The senior blistered the course with a 3-under-par 69, including a 32 on the front nine, and captured medalist honors. Senior Jackson Bussell recorded a 34 on the back nine en route to a 75. Junior Andrew Babbo and sophomore Conan Pan each carded 79s, and sophomore Billy Fishbein had an 83. The Patriots placed third as a team with a score of 302, behind Barrington (286) and St. Viator (301).

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Richard Spring/Peoria Notre Dame Invitational: The Patriots placed 10th out of 64 teams in the Varsity Division at Peoria’s Detweiller Park, home of the state meet. Senior Kendall Roberts led SHS with a 14th-place effort in the field of 420 runners, finishing the course in 17:40.3. Classmate Natalie Sorenson was 29th (18:10.5). Stevenson’s other three point-scorers were juniors Caimin Xi (74th, 18:52.8) and Michelle Yu (103rd, 19:11.9) and sophomore Emma Finnegan (182nd, 19:56.5). Also running for the Patriots were sophomores Helena Ebeling (20:00.2) and Emily Fejes (20:38.1).

Girls Swimming and Diving

Vernon Hills 96, Stevenson 90: Sophomore Jessica Nyborg, a transfer student from Maryland, won two events for the host Patriots. She captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.84) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.33). Jessica also was part of two second-place relays: the 200 medley relay with sophomore Elizabeth Cao, senior Natalie Wess and junior Lucy Stevens (1:51.84), and the 200 free relay with Lucy, freshman Claudia Rzeznik and junior Madeleine O’Donnell (1:40.40).

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Niles West Invitational: The Patriots (11-5) dropped a pair of three-set matches, and finished second at the two-day tournament. SHS fell to Evanston (25-14, 21-25, 17-15) and Niles West (25-21, 17-25, 26-24). Senior Sophie Sorenson had 11 kills and 19 digs against Niles, and added eight kills versus Evanston. Senior Annie Armgardt and junior Lily Cozzi each had 10 kills in the two matches, while senior Callie Grass recorded nine to go along with five solo blocks. Junior setters Molly Bourbon (63-of-67) and Grace Tully (95-of-101) distributed 25 assists apiece. Junior Abby Keevins made 10 digs in each contest.

Friday, Sept. 14 Varsity Results


Stevenson 51, Zion-Benton 14: Senior quarterback Cole Okmin threw four touchdown passes and the defense forced five turnovers as the Patriots (4-0 overall, 2-0 North Suburban Conference) rolled on the road. Cole (12-of-21 for 191 yards) tossed three TD passes in the first half after junior Jordan Vincent staked Stevenson to a 7-0 lead with a 45-yard punt return for a touchdown. Two of Cole’s scoring strikes went to senior Sam Farber. The other two went to classmates Ryan McElhinny and Maema Njongmeta, the latter a 54-yard play. Sophomore Drew Miller added an 80-yard touchdown run. Sophomore Kaden Soonthornsima intercepted two passes, and Jordan also had a pick. Zion-Benton fell to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the NSC. MaxPreps, Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson at Niles West Invitational: The Patriots (11-3) opened the two-day tournament with victories over St. Laurence (25-14, 25-8), Latin (25-18, 25-12) and Buffalo Grove (25-23, 22-25, 15-5).  Senior Sophie Sorenson recorded a team-high 26 kills and 10 aces in the three matches, and also led SHS with 10 digs against Buffalo Grove. Junior Grace Tully was flawless in setting, going 97-of-97 with 37 assists. She also served seven aces. Junior Molly Bourbon was 54-of-60 setting with 24 assists. Sophomore Makayla Uremovich hit 13 kills while junior Lily Cozzi had 10. Junior Abby Keevins made 21 digs on the night and also served three aces against St. Laurence. Sophomore Emerson Kouri served three aces versus Latin.

Girls Golf

Stevenson 146, Glenbrook South 174: The Patriots (6-0) won their 22nd consecutive match dating back to the 2016 season. Sophomore Kelly Dong earned medalist honors with a 1-under-par 34 at Glenview Park Golf Club. She had birdies on back-to-back holes. Junior Joyce Bai shot a 35 that included a birdie 2 on the par-3 sixth hole. Freshman Emily Duan also birdie a par-3 hole, the ninth, and added a second birdie en route to a 37. Sophomore Faith Wang recorded a 40. Also competing were sophomore Sophia Zhuang (42) and junior Julia Yoo (43). Stevenson also matched its program record for lowest team score on a visiting school’s course.

Today on NFHS Network

Three sporting events will be streamed live by the NFHS Network today. The varsity girls field hockey match against Deerfield from the Stadium airs at 6:30. The varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball matches against Lake Zurich in the Sports Center will be shown at 6 o’clock and 5 o’clock, respectively. Watch the action from Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Key Club Collecting School Supplies for Kids

Key Club is holding a school supplies drive today through Wednesday, Sept. 26 to benefit children in Chicago. Students can drop off folders, books, pens, Post-It Notes, art supplies and more in designated boxes at each school entrance. Scissors and other sharp objects will not be accepted. All supplies will be sent to Fill A Heart 4 Kids, which will distribute supplies to children whose families cannot afford them.

Homecoming Dance Ticket Sales End Tuesday

Tuesday is the last day to purchase tickets for Saturday night’s Homecoming Dance in the Field House. The cost is $25 per ticket. Students who wait to buy tickets at the door will pay $40 per person. Students will not be issued paper tickets. Instead, tickets purchased will be transferred to each student’s ID, which will be used at check-in. Students must have their Stevenson ID to be admitted to the dance. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and all participants must arrive by 8 o’clock.


Have you seen the “Hate Has No Home Here” posters around school? That is the work of the FIRE Club, which works with students and faculty to address diversity issues. FIRE stands for Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment. FIRE’s first meeting of the year is at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2600. All students are welcome. If you can’t make it, FIRE meets every other Tuesday morning at 7:30 in 2600.

The Freshman Class Board invites all ninth-graders to help decorate the East Building’s freshman hallway after school today for Homecoming. Volunteers are needed to put up streamers and balloons. No experience is necessary. Anyone interested should come to the College Career Center (Room 1123) after school. Pizza will be provided.

Indian Student Association will hold its first cricket tournament of the year after school on Friday, Sept. 28. Sign your team up at this link. Along with cricket, the club will have henna, music and snacks.


Boys golf practice is canceled today.


CPS report: 150K unfilled seats, mostly whites in top-rated schools

Judge throws out conviction in SIU student’s death

Loaded guns found in Wilmette Junior High student’s bedroom

UIC awarded $7M to develop depression prevention program

Will Chicago’s universal pre-K program live on after Emanuel?

Libertyville High students investigate Butler Lake fish kill


Why education has become a top issue in the midterm elections

Texas cuts Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history curriculum

Amazon founder pledges $2B to fund Montessori-inspired preschools

Education Department reopening Rutgers discrimination case

NAACP’s push for charter school moratorium runs out of steam

13 stories of life on a teacher’s salary


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Friday, Sept. 14, 2018

Peer Helpers Plans “Share the Love” Campaign

Homecoming Week starts Monday, and Stevenson’s Peer Helpers group is launching a weeklong campaign to raise students’ spirits even higher. Through the “SHS Peer Helpers Share the Love” campaign, students will be flooding the school with “cards of positivity” to let others know they are valued. Students will spend the week giving cards with specific messages, such as “Your smile brightens my day,” to peers, teachers and support staff, and those recipients are encouraged to pass the card on to someone else in the school. Students, teachers and support staff also are being encouraged to take their pictures with the cards and posting them on Instagram with the hashtags #SHSPeerHelpers and #SHShareTheLove. Those who post a picture on Instagram will automatically be entered into a raffle for gift cards to Jazzman’s, the school’s coffee shop.

“Shout Out” to Alum Who Met With President

This week’s Lincolnshire Review features a “Shout Out” Q&A column with 2018 graduate Ananya Pati, a founder of the school’s Catalyst club, who met recently with President Donald Trump. She talked with the president about the value of alcohol and drug prevention programs, such as the Stand Strong Coalition, which receive federal grants. Pati is now a freshman at Loyola University, where she is studying international business.

Choral Guild Corn Roast Fundraiser Sunday

The Choral Guild will hold its annual corn roast fundraiser at Sunset Foods in Long Grove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Sunset Foods is located the intersection of Route 83 and Aptakisic Road.


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Thursday, Sept. 13 Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 1, Zion-Benton 0: Junior Camron Mahdavian scored the game’s lone goal in the first half as the Patriots improved to 5-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the North Suburban Conference. Sophomore Anthony Skordilis earned the assist on Camron’s goal. Senior keeper Zach Klaber made five saves.

Girls Golf

Stevenson 146, Lake Forest 166: Another match, another school record for the Patriots. This time, two records fell. Freshman Emily Duan shot a 4-under-par 32 to earn medalist honors at Deerpath Golf Course. Her round broke the mark for lowest 9-hole score on a visiting team’s course. The old record was 33, set first in 2012 by two-time state champion Stephanie Miller and matched in 2013 by Nikki Marquardt. Emily also matched Miller’s school record for lowest 9-hole score. The second record set was lowest team 9-hole score on a road course, breaking by one stroke a record set on Aug. 30. Emily had four birdies and no bogeys during her round. Junior Joyce Bai and sophomore Kelly Dong recorded 37s, and sophomore Faith Wang had a 40 to complete the record-breaking effort. SHS (5-0 overall and in the North Suburban Conference) also won its 21st consecutive dual dating back to the 2016 season.

Boys Golf

Stevenson 148, Lake Forest 158: Senior Alex Kim led the Patriots at The Arboretum Club with a 35. He was followed by classmates Mark Noonan and Jackson Bussell, who shot 37s. Sophomore Billy Fishbein rounded out Stevenson’s scoring with a 39. Junior Andrew Babbo and sophomore Conan Pan each recorded 40s.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Mundelein 0: The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Elizabeth Ferdman and Alyssa Glaser ralled for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory, a nail-biter on an otherwise easy day for the visiting Patriots. Freshman Alaina Kolli and junior Ellen Ma won their singles matches by 6-1, 6-1 scores, while freshman Thea Surya posted a 6-0, 6-0 triumph. Also shutting out their opponents 6-0, 6-0 were the tandems of juniors Athena Kolli and Maggie Gong, and junior Alexis Lee and sophomore Emily Hu. The other doubles victory came from junior Sneha Yellapantula and sophomore Abby Schueneman, 6-0, 6-1.

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 117, Zion-Benton 52: Results will appear in Monday’s Digest.

Girls Field Hockey

St. Ignatius 1, Stevenson 0: Senior Anna Fossier turned away eight of the nine shots on goal she faced in the Stadium.


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Update Your iPad iOS By Sunday

Students need to update their school-issued iPad to iOS 11.4.1 by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. However, they should not update to iOS 12, which launches on Monday.

Homecoming Spirit Week

Homecoming week begins Monday, and Student Council is encouraging students to show their school spirit on the following days in the following ways:

Monday: Pajama Day

Tuesday: Jersey Day

Wednesday (no school)

Thursday: Beach Day

Friday: Green and Gold Day

Order Touchdown for Troops Camo Gear by Wednesday

Touchdown for Troops is coming soon! Order your camouflage gear at the Superstore by Wednesday. T-shirts, bandanas and camo socks will be for sale. Touchdowns for Troops is Friday, Oct. 5.

Get Ready for Improv Team Auditions

The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improv team, will have auditions from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 in the Black Box Theater. To prepare for auditions, students are invited to attend one of two improv workshops. The first will be held Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 2104. The second runs Friday, Sept. 21, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Black Box Theater. Download the audition packet at


All freshmen are invited to join the Freshman Class Board after school today in decorating the West Building’s freshman hallway for Homecoming. Volunteers are needed to put up streamers and balloons. No experience is necessary. Anyone interested should come to the College Career Center (Room 1123) after school. Pizza will be provided.

Are you a fan of “Jeopardy!” or “HQ”? The Scholastic Bowl teams will have their informational meeting and first practice at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 in Rooms 8036 and 8040. Both new and experienced players are welcome to join!

Join the Green Team for sustainable cooking after school Monday in the Foods Lab.

Future Public Health Leaders will have its first meeting of the year from 3:30-4 p.m. Monday in Room 2432. This year, the club has partnered with the American Heart Association for a year-long campaign on heart health awareness! If you are interested in opportunities for leadership and service in healthcare, stop by the meeting. Pins, buttons, flyers and other goodies from the American Heart Association will be given to all who attend.

Stevenson Chemistry Society is meeting after school Monday in Room 1804.


SIU will spend $97K to determine how to divide state money

Chicago inspector general blasts CPS school police program

NIU poised to make interim president its next leader

EIU international enrollment shrinking, but more diverse

In Illinois, a struggle to find care for children with disabilities

More than 20 Illinois schools install active-shooter pull boxes

Elgin ready to lift ban prohibiting sale of alcohol near schools

Chicago mayoral candidate supports “partially elected” school board

U46 spent $57K to send 33 on Nashville trips to study career program

NIU support workers’ contract approved

Chicago teacher surprised with more than $300K in school supplies


Hard words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?

How school reform efforts taught teachers to cheat

Rethinking what gifted education means, and whom it should serve

Study: One in five college students had suicidal thoughts

Some teens think they shouldn’t have to speak in front of class

Utah governor issues plea to former teachers: Come back

Refugee scholars find academic havens at U.S. universities

500th lawsuit filed against Michigan State over Nassar abuse claims

NYC teacher guilty of sex act on student still allowed to teach

Why one Michigan regent returned thousands in donations

A year later, dozens of students still homeless after Hurricane Irma


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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018

StreetFest Raises More Than $10K for Charity

The National Honor Society’s annual StreetFest on Saturday raised more than $10,000 for three area charities and drew a crowd of 2,100, according to Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann. This year’s event benefited three local charities: the Danny Did Foundation, which helps to fund research for child epilepsy, Special Gifts Theatre, which allows for kids with special needs be exposed to theatre, and Equestrian Connection, which helps kids with special needs by providing horse therapy.

Aptakisic Road Closure Will Impact SHS Traffic

Aptakisic Road will be closed from Prairie Road to Milwaukee Avenue for one week starting Friday, Sept. 21, the Lake County Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The closure is due to repairs being made by the Canadian National Railroad at the crossing near Weiland Road and Aptakisic. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 and is scheduled to reopen the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 28. Local traffic will be allowed from Milwaukee Avenue west to Bond Street, and from Prairie Road east to Weiland Road. The railroad crossing will be closed to all traffic.

Chicago Magazine Suburban School Rankings Out

Chicago Magazine’s latest rankings of public schools in the collar counties lists Stevenson as No. 3 in Lake County behind Deerfield and Libertyville. Several sender schools are ranked among the top elementary and middle schools. Daniel Wright Junior High School is No. 2, Half Day School is No. 5, Meridian Middle School is No. 6, Pritchett Elementary School is No. 8, and Country Meadows Elementary School is No. 10. Here is the magazine’s ranking methodology.

SHS Plays Host to Annual Model UN Conference

Approximately 400 students from 12 schools will come to campus Saturday for the annual Stevenson Model United Nations Conference. More than 25 Stevenson Model UN student leaders will be leading nine committees, ranging from the World Health Organization to former President George W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War Cabinet.

SMUNC, which kicks off the Chicago area’s Model UN conference schedule, has two purposes. The conference is a showcase for the largest and most competitive teams in Chicagoland, and it’s also an opportunity for schools with beginning programs to learn how to conduct research and debate in the Model UN style.

Alum Featured on WGN-TV

Here is a link to Wednesday night’s WGN-TV report on Stevenson alumnus Brad Goodman (Class of 1999), who received a life-saving liver transplant last year. He received a liver with hepatitis C, which before last year would have been unthinkable.


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Wednesday, Sept. 12 Varsity Results

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-10, 25-10: Senior Sophie Sorenson smacked seven kills and served six aces as the visiting Patriots improved to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference. Junior setter Grace Tully distributed 13 assists on 35-of-35 setting, and also had three kills and an ace. Senior Annie Armgardt and junior Lily Cozzi also recorded three kills apiece. Lily made a team-high six digs. Senior Vanessa Obrycki served two of Stevenson’s 11 aces. Junior Abby Keevins had four digs.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, CYA U15 3: Senior Adam Offenbach scored two goals in the first two periods as the Patriots built a 4-1 lead and then held on at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Senior Jake DeMaio and junior Brett Stokes also scored in the exhibition game, the second between the teams in the last five days. Senior Seth Cohen recorded two assists, while classmates Zachary Wesley and Justin Roseman, and junior Emmett Baker each had one. Junior goalie Jeremy Riback made 44 saves, including 22 in the second period.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson 161, Warren 180: Junior Ethan Lee led the Patriots with a 39 at Bittersweet Golf Club. Junior Jake Surane and senior Mark Noonan each shot 40, followed by sophomore Conan Pan at 42. Senior Alex Kim and sophomore Billy Fishbein each carded 43s, junior Andrew Babbo posted a 44 and junior Jake Schabes had a 49.


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Join the Fashion Industry Trip to NYC

The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City from May 28-31. There will be an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Room 1414. This trip is open to all SHS students. If you have any questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410, or email her at The information packet and application is available at


Open Field Lacrosse for boys and girls starts Wednesday, Sept. 26, and will run every Wednesday through Oct. 17. Each session runs from 3:45-5:30 p.m. on the JV softball field.


The eSports team is looking for more Rainbow Six players to finish off its roster. Only experienced PC players are needed. Please email if you are interested in competing on a national level in Rainbow Six Siege.


Illinois proposes fixes for teacher shortage

Classes canceled in Wauconda due to electrical problem

Elgin elementary school closed after crews find mold

$140M renovation plan for OPRF High unveiled

UI’s Chief Illiniwek report released

SIU board to consider pay raises for system employees

Gavin District 37 seeks voter approval for $6M in bonds

Authorities search for retired Andrew High School teacher

Palos Heights teacher hopes hoodie “registers” with kids


Hundreds of educators running for public office this year

What does the falling birthrate mean for colleges and universities?

FDA plans crackdown to combat teen e-cigarette “epidemic”

DeVos loses student loan lawsuit brought by 19 states

Tacoma school district may sue teachers union to end strike

One-third of community college students misplaced in remedial courses

Fraternity sued over “Scumbag of the Week” hazing incident


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Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

63 Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Sixty-three members of the Class of 2019 have been named semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide whose names are being announced today.

Stevenson’s National Merit semifinalists are: Anubhav Agarwal, Elyse Baden, Archit Bajaj, Michelle Cai, Sanjana Chunduri, Ishaan Deshmukh, Andrew Ding, Chase Duvall, Adam Elkins, Joshua Ezrol, Saaniya Farhan, Andrew Gan, Anjana Ganapathy, Samarth Goel, Vaibhav Gupta, Andrew Huang, Claire Huang, Jason Huang, Varun Jagannath, Nishant Jain, Sanjana Jain, Shreya Karpoor, Jessica Keane, Aarim Khan, Madeline Kim, Olivia Lamberti, Stephanie Li, Miranda Liu, Emily Luo, Varun Malladi, Rohit Mandava, Rajarshi Mullick, Aniket Nuthalapati, Meghan Oh, Poojan Palwai, Mary Polupan, Varun Putcha, Amy Qian, Rahul Ramkumar, Joseph Rivkin, Spencer Robieson, Joao Victor Rodrigues, Ananya Shah, Miriam Silberman, Thivya Sivarajah, Jay Stegall, Tony Tan, Michael Treiber, Christopher Varghese, Shreya Viswanathan, Alisa Wang, Daniel Wang, Melanie Wang, Winston Wang, Jennifer Xiong, Austin Yang, Katherine Zeng, Angela Zhang, Hannah Zhang, Josephine Zhang, Melanie Zhang, Rachel Zhang and Daniel Zhu.

Semifinalists entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The national pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Semifinalists will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

About 90% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. Finalists will be notified in February. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in April.

Fall Play’s Popularity Leads to Sunday Show Addition

The fall play, “Distracted,” is a big hit, and no one has taken the Black Box Theater stage yet. All three evening performances, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, are sold out.

Due to the extraordinary ticket demand, a fifth performance has been added at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are only available for the 2 p.m. shows on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available for $6 through the Patriot Superstore (open before school and during lunch hours), and at the door. Admission is general seating. Note: The language and themes found within this production may not be suitable for children under the age of 13. Here’s a promotional video for “Distracted” created by the Theatre Department.

Alum to be Featured on WGN-TV Tonight

Stevenson alumnus Brad Goodman (Class of 1999) and his miraculous story of receiving a life-saving liver transplant, is scheduled to be the “cover story” on the WGN-TV news at 9 p.m. tonight. Goodman battled a chronic liver disease for six years before receiving a transplant last year with a liver that had hepatitis C. For years, livers with hepatitis C were rejected as transplant possibilities. But advances in treating the viral disease have changed that. This article from the GI Research Foundation tells Goodman’s story.

What is the Connection Between Stress and Substance Use?

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

The mind/body connection may be stronger than you think. Stress can cause significant chemical and structural changes in the developing teen brain. Among several other negative effects, studies suggest that (1) some teens who experience stress may be more vulnerable to addiction and relapse and (2) those who become addicted to drugs may be hypersensitive to stress (NIDA). To learn more about how stress can impact your teen, attend the upcoming presentation by renowned author Dr. Michael J. Bradley at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The presentation is co-sponsored by Stand Strong and Catalyst. Click here to register.

Late Arrival Schedule on Thursday

Stevenson will operate on a late-arrival schedule Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Buses will begin their routes at 9:20. Thursday will mark the first opportunity for student-athletes to attend a required meeting with the athletic director from 9:45-10:15 in the West Auditorium. The Stand Strong Coalition reminds parents that late-start days can provide students with unmonitored time prior to school, and can lead to high-risk behavior for some, such as drinking and smoking marijuana. The coalition recommends that parents ask their students these four questions: Where will you be? Who will you be with? What will you be doing? and What time will you be leaving home? For more tips, visit

EBR, Grading Topic of Facebook Live

Grading practices at Stevenson will be the topic of the next “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at 12:15 p.m. Thursday on the school’s Facebook page. Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey will talk with Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation Anthony Reibel about evidence-based reporting (EBR), which is used in approximately 80 percent of Stevenson’s academic courses.


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Tuesday, Sept. 11 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 146, Warren 177: The Patriots broke the school record for lowest nine-hole score on their home course, Crane’s Landing at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. The previous record was 155, set earlier this season against Libertyville. SHS (4-0 overall and in the North Suburban Conference) also won its 20th consecutive dual dating back to the 2016 season. Freshman Emily Duan recorded two birdies while shooting an even-par 34 to earn medalist honors by two strokes. Sophomore Kelly Dong also recorded a pair of birdies en route to a 35. Sophomore Sophia Zhuang posted a 38 and junior Joyce Bai had a 39. Also competing for Stevenson were sophomore Faith Wang (44) and junior Julia Yoo (45).

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 0: The Patriots rolled to seven straight-set victories on their home courts at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Winners in singles were senior Elizabeth Ferdman at No. 1 (6-2, 6-3), junior Maggie Gong at No. 2 (6-2, 6-3) and freshman Thea Surya at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0). The Kolli sisters, junior Athena Kolli and freshman Alaina Kolli, were 6-0, 6-0 winners at No. 1 doubles. Other victorious doubles tandems were junior Ellen Ma and senior Alyssa Glaser at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Abby Schueneman and junior Sneha Yellapantula at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0), and junior Alexis Lee and sophomore Emily Hu at No. 4 (6-0, 6-1).

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 21, Lake Zurich 39; Stevenson 22, Warren 33: The Patriots’ depth carried the day in Gurnee. SHS had nine of the top 20 runners, led by seniors Natalie Sorenson (18:17.5) and Kendall Roberts (18:31.1), who finished second and third, respectively, and junior Caimin Xi (19:37.2), who was fourth. Junior Michelle Yu was eighth (20:09.6), followed by three sophomores: Emma Finnegan (11th, 20:45.1), Emily Fejes (14th, 21:10.5) and Helena Ebeling (18th, 21:30.5).

Boys Cross Country

Lake Zurich 25, Stevenson 30; Warren 27, Stevenson 28: Senior Alex Beckerman finished third overall (16:01.7) in Gurnee. Juniors Corey Pacernick (16:28.9) and Anthony Rodriguez (16:29.9) were fifth and sixth, respectively. The Patriots’ other points came from senior Alan Sherman (14th, 16;59.5), freshman Tyler Roberts (15th, 17:02.8), senior Daniel Saltz (21st, 17:27.4) and sophomore Jack Lee (22nd, 17:36.4).

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 1, Lakes 1: Senior Luka Lezhava scored off an assist from classmate Ethan Bende for the visiting Patriots (4-2-1). Seniors Zach Klaber (one save) and Josh Dicker (three saves) split time in goal.

Girls Field Hockey

Highland Park 4, Stevenson 2: The Giants jumped out to an early lead at home. SHS (2-5) received second-half goals from junior Molly McCoy and senior Charlotte Russell, with an assist by Emily Hersh.

Two Football Alums Make Memories

Two Patriot alumni celebrated firsts during their college teams’ games on Saturday. Michael Marchese (Class of 2017) made his first start for the University of Illinois. The sophomore safety intercepted a pass and returned it 42 yards during the Illini’s 34-14 win over Western Illinois. Marchese also made three tackles, broke up a pass, and was credited with a quarterback hurry. Matt Morrissey (Class of 2014), a fifth-year senior at Michigan State, recorded his first interception and had five tackles during the Spartans’ 16-13 loss at Arizona State. He also had this wicked (but legal) hit on star Sun Devil wide receiver N’Keal Harry.


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What Do You Do When a Friend is Struggling?

What do you do when a friend is depressed or has other issues? This week’s Catalyst video offers advice for students who are caring but aren’t sure how to help.


UI’s record-breaking freshman class: Most in-state residents in 10 years

NIU enrollment down 4.8 percent

UI-Springfield enrollment down 7.7 percent

Provision in 2017 state law could force tax-cut referendums

Hyde Park Academy gets $40M boost ahead of Obama Center opening

Chicago school principal ignored warnings in horrific abuse case

Marijuana use up among Deerfield, Highland Park students

Fire district station proposal raises concern in Barrington

North Central trustee accused of driving SUV at construction worker

Tweeting CEO leads Chicago schools onto social media


Poll: Americans support striking teachers, less keen toward unions

More U.S. school kids than ever are wearing uniforms this fall

If “free college” sounds too good to be true, that’s because it often is

How 50 years of Latino studies shaped history education

University of Missouri three years later: Lessons learned

Minnesota bus driver shortage means surplus of late students

College or $70K a year? Aviation industry scrambles for mechanics

Students do yoga to start day at Missouri school


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Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

Takeda Closing Will Impact SHS Families

In a move that will impact more than a few Stevenson families, the Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda announced Monday that it will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Deerfield to Boston. About 1,000 jobs will be eliminated, according to media reports. The move is part of Takeda’s $64 billion takeover of Shire, a pharmaceutical company based in Ireland.

15 Win Honors in IATE Prose and Poetry Contest

Fifteen current and former students won awards in the 2018 Illinois Association of Teachers of English Prose and Poetry Contest. Senior Emily Luo was a first-place winner in both categories. Here are the award-winners:

Poetry First Place: Senior Emily Luo (“Quiet“).

Poetry Honorable Mention: 2018 graduate Johnna Geick (“Window Pain”).

Prose First Place: 2018 graduate Charis Pao (“Letter to Stigma”), and current seniors Olivia Lamberti (“All for One, One for All: Reparations Must Acknowledge Racism’s Reach”), Emily Luo (“Blood Pudding”), Ananya Shah (“Sugar and Spice”) and Josey Zhang (“Counting Up”).

Prose Runner-Up: 2018 graduate Abhiram Kakuturu (“Literature is a Grand Master”), and seniors Hannah Chiou (“The Significant Insignificance of Virginity”), Kevin Hu (“The One Fall”), Sanjana Jain (“The Garden of Memory”) and Adele Lee (“Rhinos and Pillows: The Pursuit of Self-Happiness”).

Prose Honorable Mention: Seniors Heather Birdsell (“爸爸”), Aishani Dutta (“Deity Divided”), Julia Ellis (“OCMe”) and Thivya Sivarajah (“Luck of the Draw”).

Their Communication Arts teachers were Jennifer Arias, Denise Foster, Stephen Heller, Martha Keller, Melissa Mack and Kimberly Musolf.

Alum Seizing the Initiative for Chicago Schools

Six schools in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood are benefiting from a nonprofit organization that includes SHS alumnus Jacob DiMuzio (Class of 2008) on its leadership team. DiMuzio is the development director for Turning the Page, which provides resources for public schools and their families. One of its initiatives is Carpe Librum (“seize the book”), a collection of “pop-up” bookstores in Chicago and Washington, D.C. that sell books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records donated by the public. DiMuzio, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, talked with WGN-TV recently about a Carpe Librum bookstore located in Block 37. Visit this link for information on donating books and other materials to Turning the Page.


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Saturday, Sept. 8 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at 40th Annual Lake County Invitational: The Patriots finished second by one stroke to St. Charles East, 312-313, at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan. Freshman Emily Duan finished fourth overall, shooting a 1-over-par 73, including an even-par 36 on the back nine holes. She had four birdies on the round, including back-to-back 3s on the par-4 10th and 11th holes. Sophomore Kelly Dong was even-par after the first nine holes and finished ninth with a 77. Junior Joyce Bai recorded an 81 and sophomore Sophia Zhuang shot an 82 to round out Stevenson’s scoring. Also competing for the Pats were sophomore Faith Wang (88) and junior Julia Yoo (92). Stevenson’s 18-hole score of 313 was one shy of the school record set earlier this season.

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: Senior Mark Noonan sank a 33-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win medalist honors at Twin Orchard Golf Course. Mark shot a 69, leading the Patriots to a fourth-place finish overall with a team score of 306, 16 strokes behind champion Loyola. Sophomore Billy Fishbein recorded a 75, senior Alex Kim and junior Andrew Babbo each carded 81s, and junior Jake Surane checked in with an 86.

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Zion-Benton Invitational: The Patriots finished in 14th place with a team score of 365 at Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course. Sophomores Payton Adkisson and Nick Udoni led SHS with a 90 and 91, respectively. Junior Jake Schabes and sophomore Aiden Truong each shot 92s, and sophomore Bradley Park had a 102.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at Fremd Invitational: The Patriots finished second to the host school by one point, and had two doubles teams go undefeated on the day. Junior Sneha Yellapantula and sophomore Abby Schueneman won all three of their No. 2 doubles matches, defeating pairs from Fremd (4-6, 6-2, 10-3), Glenbrook South (7-5, 6-6 (5)) and St. Ignatius (6-1, 6-0). At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Emily Hu and junior Alexis Lee went 3-0, defeating tandems from Fremd (6-3, 7-5), Crystal Lake South (6-0, 6-0) and Glenbrook South (6-3, 3-6, 10-3). All other Stevenson entries won two of three matches: In doubles, the No. 1 team of senior Alyssa Glaser and junior Ellen Ma, and the No. 4 tandem of senior Jenna Chapman and freshman Ashley Yan, and in singles, the Nos. 1-3 players, freshman Alaina Kolli, junior Maggie Gong and freshman Thea Surya.

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at First to the Finish Invitational: The Patriots finished 22nd out of 47 teams in the AAA Division at Peoria’s Detweiler Park, home of the Illinois High School Association state meet. Senior Alex Beckerman led SHS with a 37th-place finish out of 401 runners, completing the 3-mile course in 15:27.5. Two other Patriots placed in the top third: juniors Anthony Rodriguez (125th, 16:11.8) and Corey Pacernick (132nd, 16:14.7). Also running for Stevenson were senior Alan Sherman (16:25.7), junior Cameron Sprague (16:27.8), senior Daniel Saltz (16:41.7), senior Dawei Ding (17:23.0), junior Stuart Rand (17:43.7) and senior Jacob Rubin (18:01.9). – Official Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at Waukegan Invitational: The Patriots claimed five of the top 10 spots and finished second as a team, one point behind Richmond-Burton, 27-28. Sophomore Wesley Park led SHS with a third-place showing (17:56.60), followed by freshman Tyler Roberts in fourth (18:03.20) and sophomore Jack Lee in fifth (18:09.50). Freshman Aidan Plautz placed seventh (18:31.50) and sophomore Tarun Kalyana Sundaram was ninth (18:40.60) at the Waukegan Sports Complex.

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Waukegan Invitational: Senior Natalie Sorenson finished second overall, pacing the Patriots to a second-place finish behind Huntley at the Waukegan Sports Complex. Natalie ran the 3-mile course in 19:19.10. Junior Caimin Xi was fifth (20:16.60), sophomore Emma Finnegan placed 11th (20:59.80), sophomore Emily Fejes finished 14th (21:45.10) and senior Alyssa Collins was 17th (22:24.20).

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Chicago Young Americans Midget Minor U15 2: Senior Justin Roseman and junior Emmett Baker each had a goal and an assist, and junior goaltender Ben Newmark made 21 saves during the exhibition game at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. The game was a see-saw affair early on, with the two teams tied at 2-2 before Emmett and junior Josh Wright scored goals late in the second period. Senior Daniel Romm also scored. Seniors Sam Frishman, Adam Offenbach and Zachary Wesley all had an assist. – Box Score

Friday, Sept. 7 Varsity Results


Stevenson 28, Libertyville 0: In the North Suburban Conference opener for both teams, the visiting Patriots (3-0) beat the Wildcats (0-3) for the third straight year and ninth time in their last 10 meetings. Stevenson held LHS to less than 150 yards of total offense en route to posting its first shutout of the season, and held the Wildcats scoreless for the first time since a 13-0 victory in 2011. Offensively, the Pats gained more than 280 yards. Senior quarterback Cole Okmin was 12-of-24 passing for 141 yards and two touchdown passes, and also ran for a TD. He connected with classmate Jon Kull from two yards out late in the opening quarter, the first play after a 67-yard punt return by junior Jordan Vincent. In the second quarter, after junior Jahleel Perrin recovered a Libertyville fumble, Cole capitalized by tossing a 13-yard scoring strike to senior Ryan McElhinny right before halftime for a 14-0 lead. Cole scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to cap a 15-play, 85-yard drive to start the third quarter. Jordan finished the scoring with a 30-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, giving him 128 all-purpose yards on the night. Junior JM Etienne ran for 100 yards on 18 carries, including a 43-yard scamper. Junior Brandon Youkhanna joined Jahleel in recovering a fumble. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, MaxPreps | NFHS Video On Demand

Girls Field Hockey

Lake Forest Academy 2, Stevenson 1 (OT): Senior Lauren Iannuzzi scored for the visiting Patriots (2-4), and senior Anna Fossier was solid in goal against the Caxys (3-1).


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Political Action Club Hosting Campaign Fair

The Political Action Club will host a Campaign Fair from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. All students are welcome to attend and talk with candidates and representatives from more than 20 campaigns, ranging from the governor’s race to the Lake County Board election. Voter registration will be available outside the event. Students who want to register to vote must bring two forms of ID.

Summer Travel Information Meetings Wednesday Night

The school is sponsoring four trips next spring and summer to several countries in Europe, including France, Italy, Spain and Iceland. There also will be a service learning trip to a country to be determined. If you’re interested in one of these trips, information meetings for students and their parents will be held Wednesday night. To see the list of meetings and room locations, visit the Student Travel Experiences web page. A trip to New York City’s fashion industry also is scheduled next summer; the parent meeting will take place in October. Details will be included in Thursday’s Digest.


Animal Welfare Club meets after school today in Room 7064. The club will finish making blankets to donate to an animal shelter. All are welcome!

Interested in the Spanish language and culture? Join Spanish Club to learn and help the group prepare for two upcoming events: Holy Guacamole and World’s Fair. The club’s next meeting is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2618. The club also will meet at the same time and location on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 10. The Holy Guacamole event will take place in the foods lab from 3:30-4:30 on Thursday, Oct. 11. Hope to see you there!

This week only, In the Loop will meet after school Wednesday in Room 7064. All are welcome. If you don’t know how to knit, they’ll teach you!

The Stevenson Styler will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. The group will be discussing and watching some of the most popular and extravagant fashion shows from last week’s New York Fashion Week, and talking about trends we’ll see here at SHS. New members are always welcome, bring a friend! Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at


The John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College recognizes and rewards students of demonstrated intellectual and personal achievement and significant leadership ability. Belk Scholars represent the finest attributes of the Davidson student body: Intellectual excellence and curiosity, integrity, global awareness, and leadership ability and potential. Up to eight Belk Scholars are selected in every entering class. For each scholar, the Belk Scholarship provides comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room, and board), plus two special study stipends of $3,000 each. Interested students can pick up an application in the College Career Center (Room 1123). Students need to submit the completed application to the CCC by Friday, Oct. 5.


Northwestern exceeds fundraising goal, sights now set on $5B

Nurses assigned to CPS still sidelined by background check backlog

New Berlin schools, former teacher sued over 1980s abuse allegations

Danville teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

Harper College unveils renovated rec center, pool, clinic

Selective-enrollment Bronzeville school offers classical model

Marker honors former World War II airfield site at Vernon Hills High


What teachers want others to know about teacher pay

Does teacher diversity matter in student learning?

The U.S. News college rankings are out, but who’s keeping score?

Should elementary schools have opioid overdose reversal drugs?

Newark scraps longer hours for low-performing schools

A medical school tradition comes under fire for racism


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