Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

SHS Wins Math Madness Championship

Despite missing one of its top seniors, Stevenson won the top bracket in the national Math Madness contest on Thursday. SHS defeated University High School from Irvine, Calif., 33-27, for the Division I championship. Freshman Ram Potham starred in the final, answering all eight questions correctly. Senior Haoyang Yu was 7-for-7 and junior Joey Rivkin went 7-for-8. Senior Andrew Hwang answered six of eight correctly, while seniors Hideki Maeda and Wilson Zhu each went 5-for-8.

Students received one point for each question they answered correctly. The team’s score was determined by the sum of its top five individual scorers. Overall, 27 Patriots took part in the 30-minute championship match. Five players answered four questions correctly: sophomores Philena Liu (4/4), Eric Gan (4/8), Emily Lu (4/8) and Josh Tsai (4/8), and junior Angela Zhang (4/8). Stevenson competed without one of its top performers, senior Josh Yoon, who was ill.

Alum to Appear on A&E TV Show This Weekend

Stevenson alumnus Rebecca Loeb (Class of 2008) is scheduled to appear on the A&E program “Live PD” tonight and Saturday. She will make an in-studio appearance as a guest analyst for the show, which is a documentary series that shows the day-to-day activities of police officers. Loeb is a deputy in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Several deputies, including Loeb, have been featured on the show since last summer. In this recent Q&A, Loeb talked about having a law degree, and challenges she faces as a female police officer.

Seven Students Reach eSports Finals

Several students in Stevenson’s first official eSports club have reached the finals in their respective High School eSports League divisions. In the varsity eSports league, a nationally competitive group, Hearthstone players Michael Josephson and Max Kopinsky, both seniors, have advanced to this weekend’s finals. The Rocket League team of seniors Kai Jaeger and Abhiishek Muralidhar, juniors Mikey Howard and Kyle Merrick, and sophomore Gildardo Banuelos advanced to the finals. Sophomore Alyssa Smith qualified for a regional Pokemon tournament sponsored by PlayPokemon. Stevenson’s teams in the Overwatch, League of Legends, and CSGO divisions all played well in their first year, club sponsor Jim Barnabee said.

Polish Club Planning Community Event in January

Stevenson’s Polish Club will hold its first-ever Polish Community Night from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19 in the Wood Commons and Room 2104. The night will be filled with Polish food, music and games, and is open to the public. Babysitting will be offered at the event to encourage families with young children to attend. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this brief form.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 33, Libertyville 25: The visiting 14th-ranked Patriots (9-1, 3-0) won three of the final four matches to remain on top of the North Suburban Conference standings. The clinching win came from sophomore Ean Norenberg, who earned a 7-2 decision at 220 pounds. His win gave SHS an insurmountable 33-20 lead with one bout remaining. Ean’s win came on the heels of triumphs by senior Dan Guzman at 182 (8-1) and junior Max Gomez at 195 (9-4). Their decisions came after the 13th-ranked Wildcats (5-2, 2-1) had closed within 22-20 after falling behind 15-0. Other Patriot winners were sophomore Randy Lu at 106 (pin in 1:20), junior Yoni Leibovitz at 113 (8-2), junior Tommy Frezza at 120) (pin in 1:23), senior Jake Simon at 145 (11-1) and senior Muzi Sitshela at 160 (technical fall in 5:47). – Daily Herald

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 126, Mundelein 58: Sophomores A.J. Carollo and Jack Zhang each had two first-place finishes and swam on a winning relay as the host Patriots captured 10 of 12 events in the Patriot Aquatic Center. A.J. won the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.75) and 100-yard backstroke (55.63), while Jack claimed the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.08) and tied junior Beno Maya for first in the 100-yard butterfly (55.59). Jack and A.J. also formed half of the winning 200 medley relay with juniors Joseph Song and Nathan Gates (1:41.28). The other individual winners for SHS were junior Maxim Ryaguzov in the 200 free (1:50.32), senior Daniel Ng in the 50 free (22.29), senior Collin Kapecki in the 100 free (49.94) and sophomore Cameron Coffey in the 500 free (5:10.52). Stevenson also won the 200 free relay thanks to Collin, sophomore Jake Kim, and juniors Richard Lee and junior Alex Guo (1:30.89).

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,998, Grant 2,401: On Senior Night, a freshman stole the thunder for the Patriots (5-4). Nicholas Sternes bowled a career-high and match-best 731 series, and also shot the top game of the day (254) at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. Senior Lucas Pinkus had a 672 series, with a high game of 236. The team’s other senior, Marcus Engstrom, shot a 498 series that included a 190. Freshmen Joey Gluck (582, 226) and Benjamin Ries (515, 193) also contributed to the victory.

Girls Bowling

Lake Zurich 2,414, Stevenson 2,020: Seniors Jackie Koepp and Genevieve Dominick led the Patriots at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. Jackie rolled a team-best 524 series, and also had the highest game, a 199. Genevieve shot a 521 series and had a high game of 188. Also bowling for SHS were senior Lauren Stein (372), and freshmen Talia Segal (302) and YooJin Lee (301).


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Have You Registered for Odyssey?

Slightly more than half of all SHS students have registered for Odyssey. If you haven’t signed up yet, visit You’ll see a list of classes that will be offered, and instructions on how to register. Don’t want to take the time because you’re studying for finals? You can register after finals are over.

West ILC Hiring Student Aides for Second Semester

The West ILC is hiring student aides to work in the library during all class periods second semester. If you have a free period or a study hall, and would like to work in the ILC instead, please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper ILC for an application. This is a paid position.

Kiva Club Fundraiser at Potbelly Tonight

Before heading to the Kiva Club’s S-Factor singing competition tonight, stop by the Potbelly restaurant at 700 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Vernon Hills. When you make a purchase between 4:30-7:30 p.m. and mention Kiva Club, 25 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the club.

Read the Latest Edition of the Stevenson Styler

The newest edition of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine is now available! You can get a paper copy outside the Clothing Lab classroom (Room 1612), or use this link to view it digitally. Inside this edition, you will find some local shopping spots, the newest trends for winter, and final exam breakfast ideas to get your brain ready. Thanks for reading, and stay warm and stylish Stevenson!


Apple to bring coding education to Chicago Public Schools

SIU faculty, students speak out against restructuring plan

Water fountains in some Geneva schools shut down due to high lead levels

North Shore district’s next leader vows to rebuild community trust

Policy discussions in works after Hitler assignment at Woodland district

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills superintendent appears headed to Mokena

Sandburg College president picked to lead Iowa community college

NIU employee on leave pending criminal investigation since August

Maine East teacher seeks to reacquaint students with cursive writing


Is the public really losing faith in higher education?

NIH survey: High school students vaping, using marijuana more in 2017

Appeals court rejects challenge to Florida education system

What the net neutrality vote could mean for schools, students

Grand jury slams Penn State fraternity oversight

Higher education inflation hits highest level since 2008

Former Florida leader tapped to oversee K-12 policy at Education Department

2017 teachers of the year share insights in new podcast series

Wallet Hub releases list of best, worst college towns in America


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Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Students Helping State Senator on “Tobacco 21” Bill

Three students in the Catalyst club and their sponsors have been working with a state senator who plans to introduce a bill in the General Assembly’s next session raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Junior Devin Smith and seniors Katherine Yao and Borler Wu have been working with state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield to convince municipalities around the state to pass ordinances raising the minimum age. Morrison told the students that a 2008 state law that prohibits smoking in workplaces and indoor public places was preceded by similar ordinances from 45 municipalities throughout Illinois.

As part of the lobbying effort, the Catalyst trio have been working with peers in Kankakee who support the “Tobacco 21” initiative. Borler, Katherine and Devin spent Sunday afternoon educating members of the youth council of the Partnership for Life Coalition about the issue, and helped prepare them for its presentation tonight before the Bourbonnais village board. Using Skype, the Stevenson teens shared their experiences with getting Tobacco 21 ordinances passed in Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove. They also provided helpful hints, including responses to objections likely to be raised by trustees.

SHS Sixth in Math Contest After Fall Session

Stevenson scored 36 out of a possible 40 points in the fall portion of the 23rd annual American Regions Math League (ARML) Power Contest, and is ranked sixth among about 60 participating schools. The contest will conclude with a spring session, and scores from the two seasons will form the final rankings.

The contest is a problem-solving competition in which teams have 45 minutes to complete a set of questions. Students are judged on their ability to discover a pattern, express the pattern in precise mathematical language, and provide a logical proof of its conjectures. This page has links to problems from last year’s contest.

SPA Fundraiser at Yu’s Mandarin Starts Friday

The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser at Yu’s Mandarin restaurant, 4 E. Phillip Rd., in Vernon Hills beginning Friday and running through Monday, Jan. 1. When ordering, say “I am eating for the SPA,” and a portion of the sale will go to the organization. The fundraiser applies to dine-in and carryout orders.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 134.20, Lake Forest 126.75: Sophomore Emily Weinstein won every event and the all-around for the Patriots in the Field House. Emily took top honors in vault (9.15), uneven bars (8.55), balance beam (9.20) and floor exercise (8.65), leading to first place in the all-around (35.55). Seven other Patriots had top-five finishes. Freshman Hannah Brand was second on balance beam (9.00) and fourth in floor exercise (8.40). Three gymnasts were runners-up: Junior Sarina Johnson in vault (8.85), junior Johnna Geick in floor exercise (8.60, tied for second), and freshman Ainslee Cutler in uneven bars (8.40). Sophomore Riley Polatsek finished fourth on balance beam (8.65), junior Zoe Hinz was fourth on uneven bars (7.50), and junior Marisa Osowski placed fifth in floor exercise (8.35).

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 46, Zion-Benton 21: Senior Klaire Steffens tied her season high with 23 points, 17 coming in the first half, as the Patriots (7-3 overall, 3-1 North Suburban Conference) won their fourth straight game. She was the only player to score in double figures. SHS led 25-8 at halftime and 41-11 at the end of three quarters. Senior Julia Osuch scored six points.

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook South 3, Stevenson 1: At the Glenview Ice Center, senior Jake Camp scored the lone goal for the Patriots (34-11-2 overall, 10-4 Scholastic Hockey League). His power play goal was set up by senior Jackson Leptich and junior Adam Offenbach. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 23 saves.


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Parking Reminders for Finals, Start of Second Semester

The third grading period ends Wednesday. Final exams are part of the third grading period. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking can purchase one-day passes for the Port Clinton lot during finals. The fourth grading period begins Monday, Jan. 8. Students who haven’t picked up their sticker should do so that Monday morning in Lot D before school. SHS security in the black pickup truck will have stickers. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in lots D, E, “the Strip” and along Port Clinton Road.

Sled Wars Registration is Friday

Sled Wars registration day is Friday in front of the Student Activities office in the Wood Commons. Team captains need to turn in their teams’ registration fee of $10 per person, and permission slips, during their lunch period.

Holiday Candle Sale Today and Friday

The Bright Lights Candle Company, which is part of Stevenson’s transition program, is selling holiday candles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Friday in front of the Performing Arts Center entrance. Prices range from $4 to $10, and cash, check, credit card or student ID will be accepted. Money from the candle sales will help the program purchase materials and supplies.


All students are invited to join Student Council members in making stress balls during the lunch periods Friday, Ugly Sweater Day, in the Wood and Glass Commons.

Don’t forget to add Winterfest to your calendar. The social dance for all students will be held Saturday, Feb. 24. This year’s theme is “Retrocade” (retro arcade).

Student Council wishes all students good luck on their final exams before a relaxing Winter Break, and wishes students and their families Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.


Task force recommends later start times for Libertyville, Vernon Hills

SIU board mulls restructuring plan, tuition hike

Mount Prospect District 57 reveals cuts if referendum doesn’t pass

Oswego District 308: Cuts to athletics, shorter school day off the table

Evanston board limits members’ communication with public

Kankakee High to eliminate class rank, move to Latin laude system

Student arrested for attacking Steinmetz High basketball coach

Stagg cheerleading coach fired over “profane” text message with student

Gubernatorial candidate: All school districts should be unit districts

DuPage County gives Lisle district OK to build new elementary school

Mechanics, custodians have new contract in Palatine District 15

Increased caseloads prompt Waukegan District 60 to hire social workers

NIU student newspaper funding will come from student fees to stay viable

Loyola University campus safety officer was fired by Chicago Police

Ex-Gavin teacher asks judge to review abuse case

Former Cleveland Museum of Art curator to lead UI museum

For third straight year, Peoria students turn in gym shoes for ice skates


State certification rules make it hard for teachers to move

The community college “segregation machine”: Remedial classes

House Republicans finalize overhaul of Higher Education Act

Apparent relief for graduate students in latest tax bill

House panel calls for greater transparency around higher ed student data

Estranged husband kills wife, self at Penn State satellite campus

The poll that built a university: The story behind Quinnipiac’s growth


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Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

When Can Students See Their PSAT Scores?

Freshman, sophomore and junior families received an email from the school Tuesday with information on viewing results from Preliminary SAT (PSAT) testing that took place in October and November. Scores will be available beginning Monday for sophomores and juniors who took the PSAT exam in October. Meanwhile, freshmen who completed the PSAT 8/9 in November can access their scores now.

To view their PSAT scores, students must have a free account with the College Board. Most students who took the PSAT created College Board accounts earlier this semester. They can use this link to sign in. Students who do not have a College Board account can create one here.

Students who provided an email address when taking the PSAT will receive a notification from the College Board that includes an access code. When logging in, students may need the access code to see their scores. Students who need help in obtaining their PSAT access code can email or go to Room 6000 and see Ms. Lukas.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 3, New Trier Green: Senior Trevor Hilt’s goal with 3:27 remaining in the third period broke a 2-2 tie at Centennial Ice Rink in Wilmette. Senior Jackson Leptich scored a pair of goals in the first period after SHS (34-10-2 overall, 10-3 Scholastic Hockey League) fell behind 1-0. Assists on his goals were credited to junior Carter Devlin and seniors Michael Dowd and Roey Kleiman. Trevor’s game-winning goal was assisted by junior Adam Offenbach. Senior Elias Sandholm made 23 saves for the Patriots, who outshot the Trevians, 47-25.

Boys Basketball

Zion-Benton 58, Stevenson 48: The visiting Patriots (5-3 overall, 1-2 North Suburban Conference) were led by seniors Jackson Qualley and Samvit Ram, who scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. Junior Luke Chieng added nine points, senior Nick Bonk hauled in eight rebounds, and sophomore Matt Ambrose recorded five assists. The Zee-Bees improved to 1-2 in the NSC.

Freshman Girls Basketball Game Canceled

Tonight’s freshman B girls basketball game at Zion-Benton has been canceled because the Zee-Bees do not have enough players to field a team.

Football Alumni Earn All-Big Ten Academic Honors

Three former Patriots who are members of Big Ten football teams have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. Michigan State senior safety Matt Morrissey (Class of 2014) made the team for the third straight season. University of Illinois sophomore linebacker Jimmy Marchese (Class of 2015) earned his second straight appearance, and University of Wisconsin sophomore linebacker Mike Maskalunas (Class of 2016) made it for the first time. All three are finance majors.


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Want a Locker? Here’s How to Request One

Lockers are still available for students who want one. Students must complete this survey to have an assigned locker. Once they complete the survey, students will receive an email notification in their SHS student email with their locker location, number and combination. Once a locker is assigned, no changes can be made for the remainder of the 2017-18 school year. Questions can be emailed to Ms. Clark at

Can Vaping Cause Cancer?

Did you know that several cancer-causing chemicals that are found in paint, gasoline and batteries, are also in vape “juice”? Check out the latest video from the Catalyst club and the Stand Strong Coalition for details. The two groups have also put together this PDF with key facts about e-cigarettes.


A Northwestern University professor will talk about mind-blowing stuff like gravitational waves, NASA and much more at the next Physics Club meeting after school Friday. The club will meet in Room 1630.


College of Lake County selects new president

Downers Grove North band director resigns after misconduct allegations

Thornwood High teacher arrested for alleged misconduct with student

Danville High cancels games in Champaign in wake of shooting

Elmhurst College, adjunct faculty at odds over union vote

Error temporarily cancels health insurance for Waukegan district employees

New sports facilities set for District 228 high schools

Dozens of musical instruments stolen from South Side classroom

NIU College of Law to lower out-of-state tuition

SIU alum donates $1.3M for student scholarships

Water main break closes Waubonsee Community College campus

Elk Grove District 59 may reinstate student fees for classroom materials

McHenry County OKs advisory referendum encouraging school tax levy cuts

CPS lawyer quits days after ethics report that cost Claypool his job

Museum of Science and Industry will no longer host CPS science fair


Amid attacks, teachers weigh their safety against student privacy

Moody’s downgrades higher education’s outlook from “stable” to “negative“

Brown joins list of colleges going “loan free” to keep students out of debt

Detroit city leaders ask charter, district schools to work together for kids

Utah judge rules against partisan elections for state school board

Student, driver killed in Iowa school bus fire

Why Michigan State’s president is facing calls to resign

Proposed University of Arkansas personnel changes raising ruckus

A look at NYC’s controversial charter-school crusader, Eva Moskowitz

Determined Kentucky superintendent looks to transform his hometown school


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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

72 Honored for Community Service Efforts

Seventy-two students have joined the ranks of those earning Inspiring Service Awards for their community service efforts this semester, bringing the total to 139 as of Friday.

The awards came from the InnerView community service platform, which Stevenson students use to create service portfolios. They type written reflections about their work, and upload photos and videos. Through the portfolios, students track their progress toward the UN Global Goal (or goals) they have set for themselves.

The use of InnerView and UN Global Goals is part of the school’s new community service philosophy, unveiled this year.

Students achieving Merit Award (basic level) status included:

Seniors: Charlotte Aguirre, Rachel Aranyi, Kelly Bailey, Mariah Bloomfield, Sara Bufe, Alyssa Chan, Caylee Fournier, Alicia Greenwood, Jack Housinger, Gabriela Jagielo, Amritjeet Johar, Hanna Kunin, Anabelle Lee, Tressa Macaluso, Nicki Nouri-Fayaz, Aaron Riber, Lauren Saban, Elisabeth Schmitt-Wagner, Brooke Slavik, Amanda Weil, Borler Wu.

Juniors: Jessica Altenberg, Jacob Bayer, Alex Beckerman, Clair Carson, Sanjana Chunduri, Gregory DeFalco, Susan DeLay, Joshua Ezrol, Madison Garcia, Dora Guo, Yenna Kim, Rutvik Mehta, Brett Meyers, Vanessa Obrycki, Kyle Riekki, Rachel Roth, Arielle Shlobin, Angela Spilotro, Hunter Tam, Andreea Turcu, Aswath Viswanathan, Skylar Waldron, Hanqi Wu.

Sophomores: Fanny Borukhova, Ashley Brady, Emily Kang, Trisha Patel, Govind Prabhakar, Irina Stamm, Manal Syed, Michelle Yu, Erin Yuan, Caroline Ziabka.

Freshmen: Brian Gertsberg, Mindy Huang, Pooja Jain, Rebekah Jin, Sydney Jin, Edward Kang, Yeeun Koo, Evelyn Lee, Lily Ma, Jun Ha Paik, Jacob Safron, Maxine Tam, Varsha Vinod, Rick Wang, Nicholas Xing, Andrew Zhang.

In addition to the new award winners, several students previously honored have advanced to a higher level within the program. Sophomore Victor Shi reached Ambassador status, the top level. Fourteen students reached Honor Award level: seniors Allison Chen, Sylvia Chen; juniors Megan Bi, Isabel Hardy, Maya Korol, Richard Lee, Kai Mayahara and Alisa Wang; sophomores Vivek Dhande and Kaitlyn Lu; and freshmen Carson Ezell, Arjun Nageswaran, Violet Park and Dorothy Yin.

Orchestra Concert Tonight

Stevenson’s orchestras will be in concert tonight at 7 o’clock in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those who cannot attend, the concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Zion-Benton 2,210, Stevenson 2,051: At Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, seniors Genevieve Dominick and Jackie Koepp led all bowlers. Genevieve rolled a 521 series, while Jackie shot a 519. Jackie posted the best game of the day, a 234 in the second game, which SHS won by 44 pins. Also bowling for the Patriots were senior Lauren Stein (376) and freshmen Talia Segal (358) and Ally Lee (277).

Sunday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots won first place in their own competition.

Randall Named to News-Sun All-Area Boys Soccer Team

Senior defender Matt Randall was named to the News-Sun All-Area Boys Soccer Team last week. Matt, a physical player regularly assigned to the opponent’s top offensive player, also was an all-sectional selection.

Bronstein Picked for Pioneer Press All-Area Football Team

Senior defensive back Travis Bronstein earned Pioneer Press All-Area Football Second Team honors. Six other Patriots received honorable mention: seniors Alex Capstick (wide receiver), Jordan Caselberry (offensive line), Sam Marks (linebacker) and Ryan Walsh (defensive line); junior Maema Njongmeta (linebacker); and sophomore Jean-Marc Etienne (running back). Also, Sam announced in a social media post on Sunday that he will continue his playing career at Cornell University.


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De-Stress Event in the CCC During Finals

Student Services, along with the College Career Center, will be hosting a De-Stress Event during finals week, Monday-Wednesday in the CCC. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by, relax, de-stress and enjoy fun activities!. The first 500 students to visit the CCC will get a free De-Stress Kit! In addition, come in between 7:45-8:15 every morning to start your day off with a yoga and meditation session, and then enjoy board games and Wii games throughout the day! Special activities for the week include: Sugar cookie decorating and hot chocolate station on Monday; positive wall art activity, crafting and coloring on Tuesday; and movie day on Wednesday.


Come to Superhero Club after school Wednesday in Room 1414 for the movie Captain America: Civil War!


Three students out of hospital after shooting outside Champaign school

Budget crisis at Oswego High School has students, parents pleading

Why the average tax bill is set to drop $670 in St. Charles District 303

Norridge District 80 planning to leave special education cooperative

With state budget impasse over, Round Lake district expanding tech push

University of Chicago chief fifth-highest paid private college president

Texas leader taking reins of Morris High School district

UI Senate OKs honorary degrees for BET co-founder, biotech pioneer


New higher education bill rolls back Obama-era safeguards

California fires close 500 K-12 schools, raise state funding concerns

How schools can help students manage and mitigate anxiety

Education Department not granting loan relief to defrauded students

Superintendents seek to lift teaching profession in Colorado

Tennessee district aims to recruit 300 new teachers amid shortage


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Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Math Team to Play for Championship in National Contest

Stevenson will play for the championship of its division this week in the national Math Madness contest sponsored by Arete Labs and the Mathematical Association of America. SHS will face University High School of Irvine, Calif., in the Division I championship match of the competition, which is structured similar to the NCAA basketball tournament. The date for the SHS-University High match is tentatively scheduled for Thursday.

The Patriots, who began the tournament seeded fifth among 64 schools, beat four schools — three from California and one from St. Louis — to reach last week’s semifinals against longtime rival Naperville North. In the semifinals, Stevenson rallied in the final two minutes to defeat the Huskies, 36-35.

Chris Thibaudeau, the head coach of Stevenson’s math team, said several students have provided critical performances throughout the tournament. He cited these 16 for being in the team’s top five for at least one week: seniors Josh Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Andrew Luo, Andrew Hwang, Deepak Moparthi, Wilson Zhu, Albert Cao and Hideki Maeda; juniors Joey Rivkin, Tony Tan and James Lim; sophomores Philena Liu, Eric Gan, Dylan Hu and Josh Tsai; and freshman Ram Potham.

Senior Named Finalist in National YoungArts Contest

Senior David Hou has been named a finalist in the National YoungArts Foundation competition honoring some of the country’s most promising talents in literary, visual, design and performing arts. David was named one of 21 finalists in the classical music category, in which he submitted a piano performance. David earned honorable mention in the same category last year, as did senior Derek Chung. This year, Derek received a merit award in classical music.

David and 170 other YoungArts finalists have been invited to participate in the 38th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami Jan. 7-14. Overall, 757 students from 47 states were named winners in the competition, receiving finalist, honorable mention or merit awards.

Alum Who Saved Her Father’s Company Honored

Stevenson alumnus Nicole Wolter (Class of 2004), was one of 21 local women honored recently by the Daily Herald Business Ledger during its 20th annual Influential Women in Business Awards. Wolter was honored for turning around her father’s manufacturing company after discovering that all of the warehouse employees had conspired to pilfer power transmission parts to operate a shadow company. After firing the culprits, Wolter and her father rebuilt HM Manufacturing and is now doing about $3 million in sales. She was named the company’s chief executive officer and president earlier this year.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Prospect Tournament: The Patriots (33-10-2) closed the tournament with a 3-2 loss to Loyola Gold, ending their unbeaten streak at 15 games. Senior Trevor Hilt and junior Adam Offenbach each scored a goal and assisted on the other one as SHS took a 2-0 lead in the first period. Junior Sam Shellist also was credited with an assist. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 45, Carmel 31: Senior Klaire Steffens scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the host Patriots (6-3) put their opponent away early for the second straight game. SHS scored the first 13 points and built a 24-5 lead in the second quarter. The Corsairs (5-5) chipped away over the next two quarters, pulling within six points in the second half. In the fourth quarter, Carmel missed its first eight shots while Klaire and sophomore Avery King scored eight points as SHS took control. Avery finished with nine points. Senior Izzy Paldrmic added seven points. Senior Julia Osuch had six steals and six rebounds to go along with four points. – Daily Herald | Boxscore

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Lincoln-Way East Invitational: Senior Lucas Pinkus finished second overall, leading the Patriots to a seventh-place finish among 24 teams at Orland Bowl in Orland Park. Lucas rolled a six-game series of 1,373, with a high game of 252. The six-game mark was his best as a Patriot, and his 748 morning series was the second best three-game set of his high school career, placing him atop the leaderboard through the first four games. He shot a 232 in his final game to break a three-way tie for second. Two other Pats, both freshmen, also had strong showings. Benjamin Ries finished in eighth place with a 1,333 series and a high game of 279 that helped him leap from 49th to eighth in the last two games. Nicholas Sternes had the best game of the day for Stevenson, a career-best 289 that was the highest of the tournament and tied for the fifth-highest in program history. He finished in 11th place with a 1,320 series. Freshman Ryan Lerman bowled five games, amassing a 865 series with a high game of 215. Classmate Joey Gluck also rolled five games (802, 172), and junior Kerry Mueller bowled two games (323). SHS posted a six-game score of 6,016, including a 1,129 in the second game. – Official Results

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at Waubonsie Valley Invitational: The Patriettes took first and second place, with the championship team posting the squad’s highest score of the season, a 94.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at Barrington Relays: The Patriots won 10 of 13 events and cruised to the White Division championship over five other teams. SHS won these relays: the 400-yard medley (3:38.79), the 200 freshman-sophomore medley (1:43.48), the 800 free (7:20.50), the 400 IM (3:45.48), the 200 free (1:30.31), the 300 butterfly (2:39.10), the 200 freshman-sophomore free relay (1:32.28), the 300 backstroke (2:42.03), the 300 breast (3:02.56) and the 400 free (3:26.21). – Daily Herald

Girls Fencing

Stevenson at Midwest Open: At the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind., junior Geeta Jhangiani won the epee competition, one of six Patriots to place in the top 10 in that weapon. Senior Shiho Suto was second, classmates Annie Lu and Nisha Sen-Gupta were fifth and sixth, respectively, sophomore Maya Parekh finished eighth and senior Angela Lee was 10th. Sophomore Aya Taira was second in foil. In saber, sophomore Rachel Roh tied for third, classmate Sanya Bawa was fifth, and junior Chloe Myers finished eighth. SHS finished first in epee and saber, and second in foil. – Official Results

Boys Fencing

Stevenson at Midwest Open: Junior David Liu and freshman Nikita Vasilyev each tied for third in their weapon at the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind. David tied for third in epee while Nikita tied for third in saber. Senior Dylan Leonard was sixth in saber and classmate Steven Xia took eighth. Junior Jared Ponticelli was eighth in epee. SHS finished first in saber, second in epee and third in foil. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Prospect Tournament: The Patriots (33-9-2) tied last year’s state runner-up, Providence, 3-3, in the morning, then beat California-based Santa Margarita Catholic, 6-3, to extend their unbeaten streak to 15 games. Against Santa Margarita, senior Michael Dowd scored two goals and assisted on two others, and classmate Jackson Leptich also scored twice. Sophomore Brett Stokes and junior Seth Cohen also scored. Junior Adam Offenbach also had two assists. Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 29 saves. In the Providence game, Jackson’s goal at the 13:04 mark of the third period tied the game at 3-3. Junior Max Slavin and senior Jake Camp also scored. Elias made 18 saves between the pipes. – Boxscores: Santa Margarita | Providence


Stevenson at Sandburg Quadrangular: The Patriots (8-1), ranked No. 14 by the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, beat Wheeling (33-31) and Lemont (53-24) and fell to the 10-0 host school (39-34), which was ranked No. 17. – Daily Southtown

Boys Basketball

Notre Dame Academy 49, Stevenson 36: SHS alum John Taylor (Class of 2007) and his Tritons traveled from Green Bay and claimed the non-conference contest. Senior Samvit Ram led SHS (5-2) with 11 points, hitting three three-pointers, and also grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists. Junior Luke Chieng and senior Jackson Qualley scored seven points apiece. Luke added three assists and a steal. Taylor played and coached for current SHS coach Pat Ambrose. Notre Dame trailed 11-5 after the first quarter, but outscored the Patriots 17-5 in the second to take a 22-16 halftime lead. Stevenson hit seven three-pointers in the contest. – Green Bay Gazette

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 42, Zion-Benton 29: The Patriots improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference with the road victory.

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 51, Mundelein 20: The host Patriots scored the game’s first 17 points and rolled to victory in the Sports Center. SHS (5-3, 2-1 North Suburban Conference) led 17-2 after the first quarter, and 29-9 at halftime. Eight Pats scored, led by senior Kiana Cencula, who scored a game-best 13 points and also made four steals. She had a trio of three-pointers. Senior Klaire Steffens scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman Nicole Ware had a career-high nine points off the bench, while senior Gina Shanley added eight. Senior Julia Osuch contributed three steals and a blocked shot. Mundelein fell to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Prospect Tournament: The Patriots (32-9-1) tied Niles Notre Dame, extending their unbeaten streak to 13 games. Senior Trevor Hilt scored two goals and junior Billy Kopka had the third. Senior Frank Wiest-Puchala distributed two assists. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 24 saves. – Boxscore

Boys Basketball

Mundelein 69, Stevenson 64: Despite a career-high 27 points from sophomore Matt Ambrose, the visiting Mustangs (6-2, 2-0) rallied from a 14-point deficit and snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Patriots (5-1, 1-1). Matt hit 10 of 15 shots from the floor, including five of eight three-point attempts. He also had four assists. Senior Jackson Qualley poured in 20 points and also had four rebounds and three assists. Mundelein already has more wins than it did last season. – Daily Herald


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Freshman Band Students Need to Get PE Uniforms

All first-semester Freshman Band students need to pick up their Physical Education uniform for second semester. Uniforms are available at the Patriot Superstore.

Superstore Hiring for Second Semester

The Patriot Superstore is hiring students for second semester, with an eye toward keeping them on for the 2018-19 school year. The position is open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Any interested students should stop by the Superstore for an application.


Freshmen, sophomores and juniors, looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance’s “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. Sessions vary from one week to the entire summer.


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Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Model UN Team Earns Best Delegation Honor

Stevenson won several awards at the 14th annual Chicago International Model United Nations Conference last weekend, including top honors for one of its delegations. The team of seniors Jessica Shen, Jeremy Yu and Daniel Tao, and junior Abhilash Raghuram, earned Best Delegation honors for its representation of Vietnam on various committees.

Jessica also earned the top award given to delegates serving on committees, Best Delegate, as did senior Brad Ma and sophomore Yael Lenga. Brad and Jessica also brought home additional awards: Brad received a Delegate’s Choice award while Jessica earned Outstanding Delegate in Special Negotiations. Three others were given Outstanding Delegate awards: juniors Mary Polupan and Anubhav Agarwal, and senior Adam Katz.

Jessica’s cohorts in the Vietnam delegation also picked up extra awards. Abhilash received an Honorable Mention award, while Daniel and Jeremy earned Delegate’s Choice awards. Also earning Honorable Mention was sophomore Celeste Xu, while sophomores Matthew Li and Anand Vadlamani were Delegate’s Choice recipients.

Table Tennis Team Topples Niles West

The table tennis team traveled to Niles West on Wednesday and came away with a 10-5 win. Participants in the meet were freshmen Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao, sophomores Jason Leong, Andrew Lukz, Paul Park, Sam Wang and Eric Wu, juniors Tejas Ambravan, Ilya Hrynblat, Michael Hu and Nicholas Pantelis, and seniors Sathvik Gurupalli and Trever Pokot. The Patriots return to action Thursday, Jan. 18, when they will play host to Loyola Academy and the combined team from Maine East and Maine South high schools.

Math, Dance Teachers Lead Conference Presentations

Several SHS mathematics and dance teachers gave presentations at recent conferences. At the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics regional conference in Chicago Nov. 29-Dec. 1, seven members of the mathematics faculty led sessions. Tina Nocella and Heather Abrams discussed “String Me A-Long (Rectangle): An Interactive Introduction to Quadratics in Algebra 1”; Nocella and colleagues from two area high schools covered “Complex Instruction Consortium”; and Jen Parisi, Sue Ellen Vozza and Val Tomkiel led a session on “Using the Mathematical Practices to Help All Students Gain Entry into SAT Style Questions.” In San Antonio, Texas last month, Stevenson dance faculty gave three presentations at the National Dance Education Organization national conference. Janet Rothwell, Melinda Criglar, Angela Dauphin and Tiffany Van Cleaf guided observers through “Integrating Social Emotional Learning into a Dance Curriculum,” “Dance Leadership: Cultivating a Love of Dance for the New Dancer,” and “Dancing Through Assessment.”


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 140, Lake Forest 46: The visiting, fourth-ranked Patriots (1-0) won all 12 events in their first North Suburban Conference meet of the season. Sophomore A.J. Carollo, junior Maxim Ryaguzov and senior Daniel Ng each won two individual events, while A.J. and Daniel also swam in a winning relay. A.J. captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.86) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.65), and was part of the victorious 200 free relay with classmate Jack Zhang and juniors Topher Stensby and Alex Guo (1:31.48). Jack also won the 200 individual medley (2:05.15). Maxim touched first in the 50 free (23.03) and 100 backstroke (56.92), while Daniel claimed the 100 butterfly (53.32) and 100 free (49.17). Daniel also took one leg of the 400 free relay with juniors John Roh, Joseph Song and Nathan Gates (3:20.66). Joseph and John also comprised half of the winning 200 medley relay with fellow juniors Phoom Lertsinsongserm and Beno Maya (1:42.87). Phoom won the 100 breaststroke (1:03.88) and senior Danny Less captured the 1-meter diving competition (188.70).

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 3, Loyola Gold 2: Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 29 saves as the host Patriots (32-9) won their 12th straight game, knocking off the Ramblers at Twin Rinks. Goals by sophomore Emmett Baker and junior Seth Cohen staked SHS to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Senior Jackson Leptich scored midway through the third period as Stevenson regained a two-goal advantage. Loyola’s final goal came with 46 seconds remaining. Jackson recorded an assist, as did fellow seniors Michael Dowd, Jack Wiley, Jake Camp and Trevor Hilt. – Boxscore

Boys Bowling

Libertyville 2,886, Stevenson 2,752: At the Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein, senior Lucas Pinkus led all bowlers with a 692 series and also had the highest individual game (255). Freshman Nicholas Sternes rolled a 597 (212), while classmate Benjamin Ries added a 516 (192). Fellow ninth-graders Ryan Lerman (496, 199) and Joey Gluck (451, 190) also contributed. SHS dropped to 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the North Suburban Conference.

Holiday Shopping Discount at the SHS Sideline Store

If you’re looking for holiday gift ideas, BSN Sports has a deal going on at Stevenson’s Sideline Store. From now through Dec. 23, you can save 15 percent on any order over $75 by using the promo code HOLIDAY17.


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Host Families Needed for Exchange Students

Stevenson families are needed to host English-speaking international students for the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested in an exciting long-term visit, please call Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500.

Madrigal Singers Auditions Set for Jan. 11

The Choral Department will hold auditions for the Madrigal Singers (A Capella choir) at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 in the Choir Room (Room 2202). Here is the audition packet with required music and more information. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Singer at


Come join Spanish Club for a holiday party to watch the classic movie “Elf” while indulging in churros with warm and creamy chocolate. The event will be held after school Wednesday in Room 2808.


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Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

Senior Chosen for International Math Contest Again

For the second straight year, senior Andrew Hwang has been selected as a contestant for the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship. The contest will be held in San Diego on Saturday, Jan. 13. Andrew is one of 12 students who will compete against top math students from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. He finished third last year. Andrew was a member of the Stevenson team that won the 2017 Moody’s Mega Math Modeling Challenge national championship last April.

Tickets Available for S-Factor Singing Competition

Tickets for the Kiva Club’s annual S-Factor student singing competition are available at the Patriot Superstore and also online. The S-Factor, featuring 14 of the school’s finest vocal talents, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Ticket sales at the Superstore and online end Thursday, Dec. 14. Proceeds benefit micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries through the worldwide non-profit organization Kiva.

Acting 3 Class Production Saturday Night

Students in the Acting 3 course will hold their end-of-semester production at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Black Box Theatre (Room 2204). Admission is free. Students will be performing ensemble-devised pieces based on their semester-long work immersed in reading contemporary plays, and writing and performing personal monologues. Visit this link to see the names of students who will perform.

Parents Leading Drive to Reward Traffic Helpers

For the second straight year, a group of SHS parents is leading a drive to spread some holiday cheer and appreciation for the men who keep campus traffic moving every day. Families are invited to pool their generosity into a gift card fund for the Sodexo employees who direct traffic on campus grounds. If you are interested, contributions can be made until Thursday, Dec. 14 to the paypal account or by the Venmo. Contact Melissa Mondschain at with any questions.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 44, Lake Forest 26: The visiting Patriots (4-3, 1-1) held the Scouts to two points in the third quarter, and outscored them 26-9 in the second half. Senior Klaire Steffens scored 12 of her game-high 17 points during the decisive second half. She went to the free throw line more than the entire Lake Forest team, hitting nine of her 12 attempts. The Scouts visited the line 11 times. Senior Kiana Cencula scored 14 points, 12 coming on three-pointers. She hit a trio of treys in the first half as SHS built a 18-17 halftime lead.

Big Weekend for Boys Basketball Team

The varsity boys basketball team opens its home schedule this weekend with a rivalry followed by a reunion. The Patriots face Mundelein Friday in the 10th annual “Hoops for Heroes” military appreciation night. Students Helping Soldiers will be collecting items to create holiday care packages for those serving overseas. See this link for a list of requested items. On Saturday, SHS alum John Taylor (Class of 2007) brings his Notre Dame Academy squad from Green Bay into the Sports Center with a matchup against his former coach and mentor, Pat Ambrose. Taylor was the point guard on Stevenson’s 2006-07 team that went 27-7 and finished fourth in the state. He went on to play at St. Norbert College in Green Bay, reaching the NCAA tournament twice. Taylor returned to SHS as an assistant to Ambrose for three seasons before taking the Notre Dame job in 2016. Both games tip off at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center. Friday night’s game will be preceded by the varsity girls basketball contest, also against Mundelein, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

Former SHS Assistant Coach Promoted

Former SHS assistant football and baseball coach Brian Bucciarelli has been named the head boys golf coach at Elk Grove High School, where he also leads the boys track and field program. He had been serving as Elk Grove’s assistant boys golf coach. Bucciarelli was an assistant in the Patriot football program from 2005-07, and in the baseball program from 2006-07.


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Testing Center Hours During Exams, Winter Break

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, Dec. 18 and 20, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19. The center also will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the teacher institute day, Thursday, Dec. 21. During Winter Break, the Testing Center will be open for test make-ups from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Jan. 3, and from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4. Students must be signed up for the period during which they come to the Testing Center. Click here to sign up to take a test in the Testing Center.


Ski and Snowboard Club registration is now open. Register by Tuesday, Dec. 19 and get a free hoodie. The club’s first trip is Jan. 13 to Cascade.

IM Coed Volleyball registration is now open. Team packets are due in the Student Activities Office by Thursday, Dec. 14.


Juniors are invited to apply for the Stony Brook University Simons Summer Research Program. Applications are available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). Stevenson may nominate up to three students for the program. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must be 16 by June 25 to be eligible. The application has an essay requirement and will need to be completed and turned into the College Career Center by Tuesday, Dec. 19. More information about the program is available at Stony Brook’s website. Please see Mrs. McGurn with any questions.  


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


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