Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

Freshman to Compete in $10K Math Contest
Freshman Benjamin Chen will compete for $10,000 in the annual Who Wants to Be a Mathematician championship in Denver at 11 a.m. Saturday. The championship will be livestreamed by the American Mathematical Society.

He is one of 13 high school contestants from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Ben qualified by being one of the top scorers on an online test with questions on algebra, geometry, trigonometry and probability.

This is the third time in the past four years that a Stevenson student has qualified for the championship. Ben, the youngest contestant in the 2020 contest, joins Andrew Hwang, who reached the championship in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The championship is being held at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest annual gathering of mathematicians worldwide. The top prize in the contest is $5,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the math department of the winner’s school.

Student Trio Featured on “The Jam”
A group of seniors using music to serve the community was featured on the “Real Chicagoans” segment Thursday morning on WCIU-TV’s “The Jam” morning show. Allen BeckwithKiran Mohan and Jon Raymond (shown above, left to right), founders of Crescendo for a Cause, talked about their mission to improve music education in underserved areas, and to use music performance as a vehicle for advocacy and community service. “Real Chicagoans” highlights Chicagoland residents who give back and make an impact in the community. Click here to watch the segment.

Junior Achieves Eagle Scout Rank
Junior Rushil Vora earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America last month, joining a select group. Only 4% of Boy Scouts achieve Eagle Scout rank. For his Eagle Scout project, Rushil and his team made four wooden benches for seniors at the Sikh Religious Society in Palatine. Their work earned honors from a number of community leaders, including U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (shown above to Rushil’s right). Rushil is a member of Troop 100 in Buffalo Grove.

No School Monday
Classes will not be held Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Daily Digest will not be published on Monday.

AP Spanish Team Leading the Way in SEL at SHS
Stevenson‘s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator, Molly Gosline, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Molly and SEL at Stevenson, follow her on Twitter @mollygosline.

Teachers on the AP Spanish Language and Culture team in the World Languages Division shared their progress towards building social and emotional learning opportunities in their course with District 125 Board of Education members on Monday. The team, comprised of teachers Petra Sebastian, Manolo RiderJen ZizzoRaquel Antillera and Pat Grady, discussed how they are connecting their WE course content with students’ values, local and global interests, and social awareness. By including student voice, they created an opportunity for more meaningful engagement in course content, including curriculum and instructional practices. Additionally, the team highlighted how the service learning component of the course has impacted students, including gaining insight, developing empathy, and fostering connections outside of the classroom.

Table Tennis Team Sweeps Pair of Matches in St. Charles
Stevenson’s table tennis team defeated Hinsdale Central (5-4) and host St. Charles East (6-3) in its latest competition Thursday evening. The SHS lineup included senior and captain Jason Leong, classmate and assistant captain Sam Wang, and fellow senior Joseph Choi; juniors Doogyul Lee, Conan Pan and David Wallach; sophomores Jean Andre Bondad, Frank Gao, Jasmine Leong, Rithvik Mandumula and Daniel Wilson; and freshmen Zachary Baden, Lance Locker and AJ Stewart. Next up for the Patriots are home matches on Thursday against Evanston and a combined Maine Township squad.

100+ Educators Visiting Stevenson Tuesday
Nearly 110 representatives from 13 educational institutions in seven states will come to campus Tuesday for the next Site Visit for Educators program. Here is a list of Tuesday’s scheduled visitors:


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson d. Mundelein: The Patriots (3-1) won nine of 12 events in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Leading the way was the 200-yard medley relay team of seniors AJ Carollo and Ari Zaritsky, sophomore Brandon Xiong, and freshman Josh Song, which recorded the fourth-fastest time in the state this season (1:36.47). AJ and Ari also won individual events. AJ captured the 100 backstroke (52.99) and Ari captured the 100 breaststroke (1:01.08). Other individual winners included senior Jack Zhang in the 200 free (1:48.32), sophomore Jack White in 1-meter diving (277.70), freshman Michael Wywrocki in the 100 butterfly (54.93), and freshman Jonny Farber in the 500 free (4:56.44). Stevenson also captured the 200 free relay (1:29.80) and 400 free relay (3:18.16), and Jack Zhang swam in both. The remainder of the 200 free roster included Josh, senior Jake Kim and freshman Jack Curtin, and the 400 free included Jonny, AJ and junior DIma Kobets.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,741, Glenbrook North 3,356: The Patriots finished the regular season with a 14-1 record with the victory at Bowlero in Mt. Prospect, the location for Saturday’s IHSA Glenbrook North Regional. SHS swept all three games and had five bowlers, all juniors, break the 600-pin mark. Ryan Grabiner rolled a 672 series, followed by Nicholas Sternes (664), Ryan Lerman (637), Luke Snider (624) and Joey Gluck (613). Freshman Ender Starr added a 531. Nicholas shot the highest game of the day for the Patriots (246). Check this link for regional results.

Quick Hits
Stevenson’s girls gymnastics team will host the Lake County Invitational at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Field House. The team is joining forces with Students Helping Soldiers to honor members of the current and retired members of the military. The “Tumbling for Troops/Flips for Freedom” ceremony will start at 12:45. … Who will be in the SHS Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2020? Nominations are being accepted until March 15. Visit the Athletics Hall of Fame web page to submit a nomination. … Tonight’s varsity wrestling meet against Mundelein is scheduled to be streamed live from the Sports Center, and can be watched on Stevenson’s NFHS Network channel. The livecast begins at 5:30. Head coach Shane Cook will be honored for achieving his 200th career victory on Dec. 28.


The IM climbing club has excursions to Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills on six upcoming Wednesdays. The climbing dates are Jan. 22 and 29, Feb. 12, 19 and 26, and March 4. The mini-bus will leave parking lot C at 4 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. each time. Students have to register and pay $10 to join. They also need to fill out a waiver to join; the waiver is available in the Student Activities Office. Sign up each week by Wednesday morning and pay $10 for each trip. Contact Mr. Wellington at for more information.

Students hoping to throw shot put or discus during the upcoming track season are invited to participate in the “Throws for Track and Field” open gym on Friday mornings from 6-7 a.m. starting Friday, Jan. 24. The other planned dates are Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 and 14. Contact Mr. Wellington at for more information.


Interested seniors can apply for the 2020 HEAR (Health Education And Relief) Scholarship program. Applicants must have an unweighted GPA at or above 3.0, an ACT score of 22 or higher or SAT at or above 1,110, demonstrated financial need, excellent character, impeccable work ethic, and a commitment to service. Applicants must intend to enroll in a four-year college in 2020 and must be a U.S. citizen. Students can learn more about the scholarship at: The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 31.

The Rotary Club of Lincolnshire has established a scholarship program in partnership with Dan and Nancy Bruzzini. Two scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to seniors who are graduating from Stevenson, demonstrate extraordinary service to community, and who uphold the ideals of Rotary. The primary criteria for selection are demonstrated leadership, academic excellence, school service and community service. Dependents of Lincolnshire Rotarians are not eligible. Applications can be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is April 1.


The union representing Waukegan District 60’s teachers has accused the district of unfair labor practices for failing to bargain over an incentive program that rewards teachers financially for getting their students to meet certain academic benchmarks. Established in 2017, the incentive program rewarded teachers who had 80% of their students reach their growth targets in math or reading the year before.

Illinois taxpayers typically spend at least $25 million per year to place hundreds of troubled students in boarding facilities outside the state. In 2018, Illinois paid for at least 344 special needs students to live in private schools in other states. Most were in facilities certified to provide treatment for a range of issues like autism, traumatic brain injury, intellectual and emotional disabilities. Many special education advocates argue that Illinois’ funding structure leaves public facilities starved for resources while incentivizing placement in private facilities.

Chicago Public Schools has almost 90 more social workers on staff compared to last year at this time. The updated number comes just months after the school district committed in its new teachers contract to employ 680 school social workers by June 2023. Currently, it has 508 positions and 428 of them are filled.

Guerin College Prep, a Catholic high school in River Groveannounced it will close in June after educating students for nearly 60 years. The school’s president cited three major factors that led to the decision: a steady decline in enrollment, increasing need for student financial aid, and lower-than-expected fundraising results.


The average compensation of the 20 highest-paid private college presidents climbed to more than $2.5 million, according to new data from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Sixty-four presidents earned more than $1 million in 2017, and three made more than $5 million.

President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to protect prayer in public schools and took new steps to give religious organizations easier access to federal programs. Speaking at an Oval Office event and joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Trump unveiled the federal government’s first updated guidance on school prayer since 2003. It details scenarios in which school officials must permit prayer and clarifies the consequences if they don’t, but overall it makes few major changes to the guidance it replaces.

Dallas school officials are preparing to ask taxpayers for the largest school district bond in Texas history. The district is considering three plans which range from $2.7 billion to $3.7 billion. About half of the final amount will be dedicated to improvements to the district’s existing campuses, addressing roofs, aging systems, Americans With Disabilities Act compliance and aesthetics.

Morgan State University is seeking to open the first new medical school at a historically black institution in nearly 45 years. Officials at the Baltimore-based school say the for-profit College of Osteopathic Medicine would help remedy the country’s growing shortage of physicians, specifically new black doctors.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

Class of 2019 College Attendance Figures Released
The College Career Center provided college attendance data this week for Stevenson’s most recent graduates. Here is a summary of college plans for 1,053 members of the Class of 2019:

  • 96.5% of the class was college-bound, with 84.2% attending four-year schools and 12.3% attending two-year schools.
  • Of the four-year college attendees, 66% were attending a public institution and 34% were attending a private institution.
  • 44.6% of the college-bound students were planning to begin their college education within the state of Illinois.
  • The Class of 2019 can be found on more than 194 different campuses in six countries.
  • 16 students chose to take a “gap” year, 11 chose to enter the job market, and six planned to join the military.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign remains the top destination for Stevenson graduates, with 152 planning to attend in 2019-20. The number represents 17.1% of the four-year college-bound students. Here are the top 10 college destinations for the Class of 2019:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (152)
  • College of Lake County (101)
  • Indiana University (44)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (41)
  • University of Wisconsin (39)
  • DePaul University (34)
  • University of Iowa (29)
  • Purdue University (27)
  • Illinois State University (22)
  • Michigan State University (22)

Alumna Involved in Rowing Team Accident
Stevenson alumna Shea Kirby (Class of 2018) sustained non-life-threatening injuries during an accident Wednesday morning that killed one member of the College of the Holy Cross women’s rowing team and injured 12 others. Twenty-two rowers, including Kirby, and their coaches were traveling in a two-van convoy in Vero Beach, Fla., when the lead vehicle collided with a pickup truck. The team was on its way to a training camp when the accident occurred. Kirby was not hospitalized.

Frosh-Soph Play Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the freshman-sophomore play, “Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” are available online for $6. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The play follows three youngsters enrolled at a certain magic school that includes a very famous wizard among their peers, and a group of outsiders who are obsessed with badgers.

S-Factor Lineup Announced
The Kiva club will hold its annual S-Factor student singing competition at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. To order tickets online, go to Students competing this year include:

Seniors: Nya Thomas, Maaz Laman, Rachel Fischmar
Juniors: Rebecca Arvold, Caylie Chattin, Mia Grossman, Sara Garrido
Sophomores: Elizabeth Insua, Michelle Cabrera, Stella Tapia Lopez, Abigail Froyshteter, Ashwini Narayanan
Freshmen: Arjun Nair


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots swept all four events in the Field House to capture the team championship with 143.05 points, ahead of Warren (134.05) and three other schools. SHS had its strongest showing in floor exercise (36.25), with sophomore Ally Gitler taking top honors with a score of 9.35. Other winners for Stevenson were freshman Ashley Schabes on vault (9.40), junior Ainslee Cutler on uneven bars (9.20) and senior Emily Weinstein on balance beam (9.15). Emily won the all-around title with a score of 36.60. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Loyola Academy Gold 2: The Patriots overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the Scholastic Hockey League contest at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. The Ramblers took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, but SHS rallied with three goals before the period ended. Senior Brett Stokes put the Pats on the board first at the 8:12 mark, then junior Daniel Kabakov tied the game 36 seconds later. Junior Andrew Chambers scored the eventual game-winner with 2:04 left in the second period, and classmates Reece Polatsek and Liam Jones added goals in the third. Senior Emmett Baker had two assists. Senior Jeremy Riback made 27 saves for Stevenson, which outshot Loyola, 37-29. The Patriots are off until Monday, when they take on Carmel. – Boxscore

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 58, Warren 30: Senior Avery King scored a game-high 23 points to pace the Patriots (16-6 overall, 4-3 North Suburban Conference) in Gurnee. SHS sank seven 3-pointers in the opening half while building a 37-19 lead, and had 10 in the game. Avery and sophomore Ava Bardic (9 points) each hit a trio of treys for Stevenson. Junior Lydia Lueck hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points, while sophomore Simone Sawyer added seven. The Patriots travel to Palatine for their next game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,795, Grayslake Central 3,290: Four Patriots broke the 600-pin barrier in the non-conference match that featured six bowlers for each side at Antioch Lanes. Junior Josh Lerner led SHS (13-1) with a 680 series and high game of 259. Classmates Joey Gluck (668), Ryan Grabiner (665) and Nicholas Sternes (649) were close behind. Joey had a high game of 256. Also competing for Stevenson were junior Ryan Lerman (574) and freshman Ender Starr (559). The Patriots close the regular season today with a match against Glenbrook North, then will compete in the IHSA regional tournament at Bowlero in Mt. Prospect on Saturday.

Girls Bowling
Warren 2,432, Stevenson 2,205: Junior Yumin Kim led the host Patriots with a 483 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. She also had the team’s highest game of the day, a 181. Senior Noa Givati rolled a 466 series and junior Esther Lee added a 441. The other bowlers for SHS were junior Kelly Radelet (411) and senior Reilly Sullivan (404). The Patriots return to action today with a home match against Vernon Hills. – Daily Herald

Quick Hits
Head wrestling coach Shane Cook, who earned his 200th career victory during Winter Break, will be honored for reaching the milestone prior to the Patriots’ home match against Mundelein on Friday in the Sports Center. Cook reached the 200-victory mark when Stevenson defeated Fremd on Dec. 28. Friday also will be Senior Night for the wrestling team. The varsity contest is scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m., following the conclusion of the junior varsity and freshman matches. … The varsity and junior varsity Patriettes will compete in the North Suburban Conference competitive dance championships at Lake Zurich Friday night. The JV is scheduled to compete at 6:37 p.m. and the varsity will perform at 7:26. … Seniors John Ittounas and Avery King were named Daily Herald Lake County Boys and Girls Player of the Week, respectively. John was honored for scoring a season-high 18 points during the Patriots’ win over Mundelein. Avery received the honor for her career-high 26 point effort against Waukegan, plus a 16-point performance versus Carmel.

Volunteers Needed to Help With Odyssey
Student volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming Odyssey fine arts festival. Help is needed during the two weeks prior to Odyssey, and also on Odyssey days in February. Click here to sign up or visit Questions? Contact Mrs. Lima at or visit her in the World Languages office (Room 2434).


Hebrew National Honor Society invites all students to attend its annual Israeli Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. This year’s movie is “The Little Traitor.” Admission is free and open to the public. The movie is primarily in English, and the parts in Hebrew includes English subtitles.


The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling is offering several $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester, non-renewable). The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 31. Applicants must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Click here for application details.


The girls track and field team will have an informational meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the West Auditorium. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Degen at


University of Illinois administrators are recommending a hike in tuition costs for in-state freshmen for the first time in six years, officials announced Wednesday. If approved today, the base tuition for in-state undergraduates would rise to $12,254 a year for enrollees in Urbana-Champaign, to $10,776 a year for enrollees in Chicago, and to $9,502.50 for enrollees in Springfield.

Police assigned to Chicago schools will not be allowed to intervene in school discipline, according to a long-awaited agreement outlining school policing. Details are publicly available for the first time in a new $33 million contract laying out the most sweeping changes to the school police program in more than a decade.

ZIon-Benton Township High School unveiled its new 750-seat performing arts center on Tuesday. The district had previously staged productions in a gym — with concrete bleachers and chairs set up on the floor.


Individuals with bachelor’s degrees will earn $400,000 more in their lifetimes than those with just a high school diploma, according to a new report from the College Board. The study comes as polls show some Americans are skeptical of the value of higher education and whether a traditional degree is worth the investment.

One of the most common ways that school districts attempt to increase teacher quality is through master’s degrees. Some states require teachers get master’s degrees in order to keep teaching, while far more encourage teachers to get them by tying them to pay raises. But are the degrees improving student learning, or just fattening universities’ bottom lines?

The San Francisco Unified School District will develop at least 550 housing units on district-owned property for teachers and paraprofessionals over the next 10 years, under a resolution adopted by the school board Tuesday night. The resolution stems from voter approval of two propositions last year — an affordable housing bond that included $20 million for educator housing and another proposition that allows such housing to be built on public land.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Four Debaters Reach Semifinals of Florida Tournament
Four of Stevenson’s 16 congressional debate competitors reached the semifinal round at the Sunvitational national tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The semifinalists were: senior Aditi Singh, and juniors Christine IrlbeckOjasvi Saxena and Alex Zhou. The rest of the SHS contingent included:

  • Seniors Megana Adigal, Neel Dutta, Sanya Nema and Jasmine Zhang
  • Juniors Rishika Chikoti, Jeanette Han and Arun Sivarajah
  • Sophomores Prachi Gyanmote, Deepa Pulugurtha and Anna Xie
  • Freshmen Nathan James and Lindsey Wang

Consortium Band Festival Thursday Night
Students from six sender schools will join SHS band students for the annual Consortium Band Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Students from Aptakisic and Daniel Wright junior high schools, and Fremont, Twin Groves, West Oak and Woodlawn middle schools, will perform as one group to open the concert. After the youngsters perform, Stevenson’s Freshman Band and Honor Band will play. Admission is free. The concert also will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo channel.

Alumnus Joins Lincolnshire Police Force
The newest Village of Lincolnshire police officer is a Stevenson graduate. Saad Muhammad (Class of 2006) was sworn in at Monday’s village board meeting. Muhammad served in the U.S. Army from August 2006 to January 2010, and in 2008 was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He began his policing career at a community service officer with the College of Lake County in 2011, leaving the school in 2015 for a position as police officer with Oakton Community College. Muhammad worked at Oakton until being hired by Lincolnshire. He also worked as a part-time police officer for the Village of Kildeer the past three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia College in Missouri.

Daily Herald Coverage of Joel Johnson
Daily Herald reporter Russell Lissau wrote about the passing of retired SHS theatre teacher and professional playwright Joel Johnson for today’s editions. The article included comments from Johnson’s longtime colleague, Cynthia Burrows, who retired from Stevenson two years ago, and from state representative Daniel Didech, an SHS alumnus who was one of Johnson’s students.

Late Arrival on Thursday
Stevenson will follow a late arrival schedule on Thursday to allow for teacher planning. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Buses will start their routes at 9:20.

Band Breakfast Fundraiser Before Late Arrival
The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser from 6:30-11 a.m. Thursday at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention “SHS Band” when ordering. The restaurant is donating 20% of sales during the event to the band program.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 59, Libertyville 50: The Patriots (13-3, 5-0) built a big early lead then hung on for the North Suburban Conference road victory. Senior John Ittounas led SHS for the second straight game with 18 points, a season high, and added five rebounds. Classmate RJ Holmes recorded a double-double for the second consecutive contest, with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and also blocked three shots. He grabbed seven boards in the opening quarter as Stevenson built a 19-7 lead. The Wildcats (10-5, 1-2) pulled within four points, 37-33, late in the third quarter but drew no closer. SHS sank eight of eight free-throw attempts in the final minutes, and hit 15 of 19 in the game. Senior Matt Kaznikov added 10 points. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Quick Hits
Two Patriot girls basketball players have broken single-game school records in the past month. Senior Nikki Kolz (pictured above) pulled down 19 rebounds during Saturday’s win at Waukegan, while sophomore Simone Sawyer made 10 steals against St. Charles North on Dec. 26. … Another member of the girls basketball team, senior Avery King, has been named the News-Sun Player of the Week after averaging 18 points in three games last week. She had a career-high 26 against Waukegan on Saturday. … Jason Mals (Class of 1998) has been selected as the rinkside reporter for the East Coast Hockey League All-Star Classic, which will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, Jan. 22 on the NHL Network.

SPARK Information Meetings Coming in February
Students interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during the lunch periods on Friday, Feb. 7 in Room 6110. Meetings will take place during each half-lunch period. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research.


The Palumbo Family Foundation, a local foundation offering scholarships to local high school seniors and college undergraduates, is accepting applications for 2020 until March 31. Last year, a Stevenson student received a $10,000 scholarship from the foundation. Approximately $125,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year. Apply online at

Seniors considering a career in agriculture are encouraged to explore several scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation. The application deadline for all of its scholarships is Feb. 1. Click here for details.


University of Illinois President Tim Killeen is being offered a new contract that would extend his tenure four years and hike his annual compensation by about 40%, officials revealed Tuesday. The contract would extend Killeen’s presidency to 2024. His base pay would increase from $600,000 to $835,000. Officials note that since Killeen became president in 2015, enrollment at the university system’s campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Springfield and Chicago has increased 9.5% to 89,270 last fall.

Barrington Unit District 220 won’t challenge a Cook County circuit court judge’s decision last month to dismiss a lawsuit the school system filed against Hoffman Estates and developers of the stalled Plum Farms proposal at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72. The development’s density and its potential impact on enrollment were at the heart of the school district’s concerns.

Shay Boyle, who has helped to keep enrollment high at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, has been named the school’s new president. Boyle is currently vice president of institutional advancement and enrollment at the all-boys Catholic high school.


Short-range phone sensors and campuswide WiFi networks are empowering colleges across the United States to track hundreds of thousands of students more precisely than ever before. Dozens of schools now use such technology to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health. But some professors and education advocates argue that the systems represent a new low in intrusive technology, breaching students’ privacy on a massive scale.

Two Latina mothers from opposite sides of the country have joined forces to form their own union to disrupt an education agenda they say is pushing out parents like them and, more importantly, leaving behind poor students and students of color. The National Parents Union is set to launch on Thursday during an inaugural summit in New Orleans.

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

Village Likes East Building Modernization Project Plan
The Lincolnshire Village Board on Monday offered primarily positive feedback on the next phase in Stevenson’s East Building modernization project. The plan calls for an extension and redesign of the northwest corner of the East Building, which includes the Field House and East Student Services. If approved by the village and the District 125 Board of Education, preliminary work would begin this summer, and the project would be completed in 2022.

The board received details on the plan from Assistant Superintendent for Business Sean Carney and representatives from the architectural firm Wight and Company during a committee-of-the-whole meeting.

An expected student enrollment spike over the next decade is driving the project. Enrollment projections call for the student body to grow from its current level of 4,287 to 4,914 by 2029. The growth will place a strain on the East Building, which opened in 1994 when the school’s enrollment was 2,848, and was designed to house 1,000 students.

A three-story extension of the East Building, which opened last August, was the first step in the modernization project. The second phase would include the following:

  • Updating and expanding the East Student Services area to create an equal distribution of Student Support Teams (counselors, deans, social workers and psychologists) between the school’s two academic buildings.
  • Create much-needed locker room, training room, and fitness space for Physical Welfare classes, as well as athletic and co-curricular programs. Currently, some students have limited access to cardio and weight training programs due to lack of space and equipment.
  • Add four large multi-use rooms for co-curricular and academic use during the school day, after school and on weekends.
  • Expand the Field House to include two additional courts to the current set of four, for use by Physical Education classes during the school day, and by the athletic, co-curricular and PREP programs in the evening and on weekends. The expansion also would allow for creation of a regulation-sized indoor track.

The first step in the second phase of the East Building modernization project will be utility infrastructure upgrades that are needed before other work can begin. Electrical and gas lines would be moved and updated, but the key piece will be improving the SHS peaker plant, which can generate enough electricity to power the campus in the event of a power blackout or brownout. The plant, which opened in 2005 and is adjacent to the west side of the Field House, has reached its maximum generating capacity, which was designed when the school had a smaller footprint.

Final costs for the project won’t be available until February, but they are expected to be paid for through the use of existing reserves and the sale of bonds. In February, the Board of Education will vote on the utility upgrades. At the village level, the next step will be hearings with the Lincolnshire Zoning Board and the Architectural Review Board.

The Daily Herald reported on Monday night’s meeting. Click here to read its report.

Robotics Squad Wins Design Award, Qualifies for State
All four of Stevenson’s robotics teams took part in their first competition of the school year at the Glenbrook South Tower Takeover last weekend. The 1965Y/Steel Team 7 group won the Design Award, earning automatic qualification for the state competition in March at Illinois State University. Steel Team 7 included sophomores Joshua Neela, Johnny Burrer, Tanmay Panchpor, Neil Thakker, Andrei Nistor, Iyad Hamid and Adam Taylor.

The 1965T/omegaLOL squad made it all the way to the championship round. Its roster included juniors Kendrick Boardman, Ansh Parekh, Krethikram Gowrisankar, Sofia Kolobaev, Rushil Vora, Brandon Lu and Jeremiah Lee. The team will spend the rest of January preparing for its second competition, Feb. 1 at Northeastern Illinois University.

Final Incoming Freshman Orientation Night is Wednesday
The third and final orientation evening for incoming freshmen and their families takes place Wednesday. Families will receive information regarding the online enrollment process, and curriculum directors and students also will share information about course offerings and co-curricular activities. The evening begins with tours and enrollment packet distribution at 6 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Vape Users 4x More Likely to Smoke
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.

Though e-cigarettes were initially marketed as a smoking cessation device, research has shown the opposite for teens and young adults. One example of this research was conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, which noted that “vaping” or using an electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) that mimics a conventional cigarette quadruples the chance of taking up smoking. For more information about this study, click here.


Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Waukegan 2,108, Stevenson 1,823: At Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan, junior Yumin Kim led the Patriots with a 398 series and classmate Esther Lee shot a 383. Senior Noa Givati rolled the highest game of the day for SHS, a 157, and finished with a 367 series. Junior Kelly Radelet had a 364 and senior Reilly Sullivan contributed a 311.

Quick Hits
Stevenson’s swimmers and divers won the 12-team Hinsdale Central Freshman Invitational on Saturday, edging New Trier for the title, 240-228. David Badarch won the 50-yard breaststroke (30.24), and also swam on the Patriots’ two winning relays. He was part of the 200 medley relay (1:48.37) with Max LaPointe St GeorgesDavid Kohan and Jack Curtin, and swam in the 200 free relay (1:35.90) with Jack, Lance Bi and Kunal Rajadhyax. … Today’s varsity and freshman boys basketball games at Libertyville can be seen on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The freshmen start at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7. … The Allied Basketball team will play its first game of the season against Mundelein at 4:45 today in the Field House. Allied Basketball is one of four sports at SHS for students with disabilities.

Free Practice SAT Exam for Juniors Available
All juniors are invited to take a free, full-length SAT practice test at Stevenson in February. Enrollment is limited to the first 500 who register. Use this link to register, and for more information. The practice test is offered through Revolution Prep, a nationwide leader in tutoring and test preparation. The test does not include the essay portion, and accommodations will not be provided.

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


It’s not too late to join Pass on the Beat, a performance club that uses voice and instruments to perform at school and nursing homes. The first meeting of the semester is Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. in the MIDI Lab in the music hallway. Come check us out.


HIAS Immigration and Citizenship, a program of JCFS Chicago, is offering scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year. To see eligibility criteria and to apply, click here. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 1.


The girls water polo team will hold an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the pool balcony. All interested players are invited. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at


After more than a year of contract talks that the teachers’ union says have now reached a stalemate, faculty in the 5,000-student Bremen High School District 228 say they will walk off the job Jan. 27. District 228 operates Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, Bremen High School in Midlothian, Oak Forest High School and Tinley Park High School.

The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Monday it will close five schools at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year due to low enrollment and financial difficulties. Schools that will close June 30 are: St. Colette School in Rolling Meadows, St. Joseph School in Round Lake, St. Jane de Chantal School in Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood, St. Louise de Marillac School in LaGrange Park and St. Maria Goretti School in Schiller Park.

A Chicago pastor accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a food program that helps feed needy children allegedly used $142,000 of that money to buy himself a luxury car, federal prosecutors said. Clarence Smith Jr. fraudulently received more than $900,000 that New Life Community Ministries received from a federally-funded food program through the Illinois State Board of Education, an indictment alleges.

Former Chicago State University chief financial officer GInger Ostro has been named the new executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Ostro also served as the deputy executive director at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and worked in the office of budget planning at Governors State University.


Less than a year after voting to remove the name of a school mascot that some Native Americans found racist, the school board of a small Connecticut town has voted to reinstate it. The Killingly High School Redmen, who became the Redhawks in the fall, will now be known as the Redmen again. The decision follows the election of a majority Republican school board in Killingly, a town of about 17,000 in northeast Connecticut. The board had previously been majority Democrat.

A county school board in Virginia on Monday voted against updating its dress code to ban displays of the Confederate flag. The Franklin County School Board voted 7-1 against a ban, with many members saying it could violate students’ rights to free speech and spur legal challenges.

College seniors and recent graduates looking for jobs that are both principled and high-paying are doing so in a world that has soured on Big Tech. The positive perceptions of Google, Facebook and other large tech firms are crumbling.

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

Retired Theatre Teacher Joel Johnson Dies
Retired SHS theatre teacher and professional playwright Joel Drake Johnson died Saturday at the age of 70, after a lengthy battle with cancer. The Nachusa, Ill., native began teaching at Stevenson in 1985, and was instrumental in the expansion of the school’s theatre curriculum. In his spare time, Johnson wrote plays that were produced at a number of Chicago-area theatres, including Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens. His play “Rasheeda Speaking,” which made its Chicago debut in 2013, eventually played off-Broadway with a cast that included Dianne Wiest and Tonya Pinkins. Johnson also helped budding student-playwrights at Stevenson by developing the TBA Playwrights Club. In 2002, three of his students were winners in a national youth playwriting contest. “I don’t think anything has meant as much as when those three kids won their awards,” he said prior to his retirement from Stevenson in 2005. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Consortium Orchestra Concert Tuesday Night
Students from five sender schools will join SHS strings students for the annual Consortium Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Students from Aptakisic and Daniel Wright junior high schools, and Fremont, Twin Groves and Woodlawn middle schools, will perform as one group to open the concert.

After the youngsters perform, Stevenson’s Concert Orchestra, Advanced Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra and Patriot Orchestra, plus the Guitar Techniques 2 and Patriot Guitar groups, will play.

Admission is free. The concert also will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo channel. The Consortium Band Festival will close out the consortium concert schedule at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center.

Archery Team Takes Second, Fifth at Metamora Tournament
The SHS archery team opened its season at the Metamora High School tournament on Saturday. The varsity finished second with a score of 3,241 points, while the junior varsity was fifth with 2,922. Junior Malachi Park took third in the male division with a score of 285 (including 19 bullseyes) and senior Carina Spaeth was third in the female division with a score of 283 (17 bullseyes). Two others finished in the top 10 in the female division: senior Sylvia Zhang was eighth (276, 12 bullseyes) and senior Caitlin Goldberg tied for 10th (274, 11).

Stevenson Shines on “The Jam”
Stevenson was featured on WCIU-TV’s “The Jam” morning show on Friday, as part of the station’s coverage of the SHS-Mundelein boys basketball game that night. Click here to watch highlights from Friday’s show.

Baseball Team Fundraiser Today
The baseball team is holding a fundraiser at Prairie House Tavern from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today. Mention “SHS baseball,” and 20% of the proceeds will go to the team.


Sunday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: The Patriots finished second among 24 teams, and posted their highest raw score of the season (94.07). Stevenson ended with a final score of 92.07, behind Neuqua Valley’s 93.31.

Boys Ice Hockey
New Trier Green 3, Stevenson 2: Senior Josh Wright and junior Andrew Chambers scored the Patriot goals at North Shore Ice Arena in Northbrook. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 21 saves.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson at Randy Conrad Invitational: The Patriots won the tournament at Leyden for the third consecutive year, getting individual championships from freshman Lorenzo Frezza at 113 pounds, sophomore Cole Rhemrev at 120, and junior Kei Yamato at 132. Their title-winning victories, all over opponents from Conant, allowed SHS to edge the Cougars in the team standings, 224.5-212. Cole improved to 24-4 on the season, Lorenzo moved to 22-4, and Kei advanced to 20-6. The Patriots received a trio of second-place showings, from senior Randy Lu (126) and juniors Alex Swidler (106) and Arad Peregoudov (145). SHS also had three wrestlers finish third: sophomore Joseph Hooge (195) and juniors Michael Crawford (220) and Keegan Houlihan (285). Senior Ethan Klondar was fourth at 138, sophomore Jacob Whiting finished fifth at 170, and junior Arie Guzman took sixth at 160. – Daily Herald | Official Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 66, Waukegan 43: Senior Avery King led all scorers with a career-high 26 points and sophomore Simone Sawyer added 17 for the Patriots (15-6, 3-3) on the road. Avery scored 14 points in the first half as SHS built a 35-25 lead, then scored 12 more in the third quarter as Stevenson pulled away with a 21-10 surge. She sank three of the team’s eight 3–pointers. Simone, meanwhile, went 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Junior Nikki Ware and sophomore Ava Bardic added eight points apiece.

Boys Diving
Stevenson at New Trier Winter Diving Classic Invitational: Sophomore Jack White took top honors in the field of 23 divers, and freshman Danny Silverstein placed third, leading SHS to the team title. Jack posted a season-high score of 443.85, nearly 80 points higher than the runner-up from New Trier, while Danny also recorded a season-high total of 364.95. Their combined score of 808.80 earned the team trophy, ahead of Maine West (694.60).

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Warren Invitational: The Patriots won their second tournament in as many days, this time at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. Junior Nicholas Sternes won the individual championship with a 1,369 six-game series. He opened his march to the title with a 279, rolling 11 consecutive strikes to close Game 1. Junior Ryan Lerman finished sixth with a 1,266 series and high game of 268. Juniors Maxwell Goldstein (1,182, 215), Joey Gluck (1,157, 248) and Ryan Grabiner (1,150, 220), and freshman Ender Starr (1,108, 228) rounded out the Patriot roster. Stevenson recorded a six-game series score of 6,213. Only the top five scorers in each game counted toward the team total, but all bowlers rolled six games. Stevenson concludes its regular season with matches against Grayslake Central and Glenbrook North on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, then takes part in the IHSA Glenbrook North Regional tournament Saturday at Bowlero in Mt. Prospect.

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at Evanston Invitational: Senior Emily Weinstein won the all-around competition and two individual events, leading the Patriots to a third-place finish among 10 schools. Emily captured the floor exercise (9.50) and uneven bars (9.40), and also had an eighth-place effort on balance beam (8.95) en route to an all-around score of 36.90. Freshman Ashley Schabes tied for sixth on uneven bars (9.15) and tied for 10th in the all-around (34.85). Junior Ainslee Cutler was eighth on uneven bars (9.10), while sophomore Ally Gitler had a pair of ninth-place finishes, on vault (9.325) and floor (8.80). The Patriots posted a team score of 140.825, behind Glenbrook South (145.125) and New Trier (144.350). – Official Results

Stevenson at Maine West Duals: The Patriot boys swept their five matches while the girls went 4-1. The SHS boys beat Deerfield-Highland Park (25-2), Evanston (22-5), New Trier (21-6), Maine West (23-4) and Glenbrook South (21-6). The girls defeated Deerfield-Highland Park (16-11), Evanston (19-8), Maine West (19-8) and Glenbrook South (19-8), and lost to New Trier (18-9).

Boys Swimming
Stevenson at Evanston Invitational: The Patriots placed fifth out of 18 teams with 181 points, behind Glenbrook South (318), Loyola Academy (289), St. Charles North (223) and New Trier (215). Freshman Josh Song recorded the best finish for Stevenson, placing second in the 100-yard butterfly (51.22). Senior Ari Zaritsky was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.65). The pair comprised half of the fourth-place 200 medley relay (1:38.38), along with seniors Jack Zhang and Jake Kim. Jake and Jack swam two legs of the fifth-place 400 relay (3:16.88) with senior AJ Carollo and freshman Jonny Farber. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey
New Trier Green 9, Stevenson 0: The Trevians spoiled Senior Night at Twin Rinks. – Boxscore | SHL Video replay

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Tournament: The Patriots won the inaugural NSC conference tournament, held at Bowlero in Deer Park, and the overall championship. SHS topped Libertyville for the overall points title, 155-142, based on dual matches during the season, points in the conference meet and overall pinfall in the tournament. The Patriots had a balanced effort. Junior Ryan Grabiner finished third in the tournament to lead SHS; he had a 1,307 series that included games of 236 and 234. Junior Ryan Lerman was sixth (1,277, 259 high game), freshman Ender Starr (1,269, 268) placed eighth, and junior Joey Gluck (1,262, 289) was ninth, with junior Nicholas Sternes (1,173, 220) also contributing to the title. Stevenson ,which entered the tournament with a nine-point edge, had the highest team tournament score among six schools, 6,288 for six games, edging Libertyville by 157 pins. Stevenson finished the NSC regular season with a 9-1 record, with its only loss to Libertyville. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 67, Mundelein 64: Four seniors scored in double figures as the host Patriots (12-3, 4-0) won the battle for first place in the North Suburban Conference before a large crowd in the Sports Center. John Ittounas led SHS with a season-high 18 points, Matt Kaznikov had 17, and Matthew Ambrose and RJ Holmes contributed 10 apiece. RJ also had 10 rebounds for Stevenson, which has won the last seven NSC titles. The Mustangs (13-2, 4-1) scored the opening basket of the game but never led again. Stevenson led by nine points after the first quarter and by 11 at halftime, 31-20. MHS rallied in the second half, but the Pats put the game away with a 10-3 run in the fourth quarter that extended their lead to 12. Trey Baker, who transferred to Mundelein after attending SHS for two years, led all scorers with 22 points. – Pioneer PressDaily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Stevenson 77, Waukegan 6: The Patriots registered three pins in the five matches that took place on the road: Senior Ethan Klondar (1:11) at 138, junior Arie Guzman (1:01) at 160, and junior Keegan Houlihan (2:50) at 285. Sophomore Jacob Whiting had a 15-0 technical fall (2:30) at 182. SHS also benefitted from nine forfeits. – Official Results

Seniors Can Apply for Community Service Honor
At the 2019 commencement ceremony, 60 students were honored for their extraordinary commitment to community service throughout their four years at Stevenson. Will you join them in May? The Senior Service Recognition application is now open. Click here to apply. Applications are due by March 13.

“Think Pink” Shirts for Sale
T-shirts for the upcoming “Think Pink/Kay Yow Night” girls basketball fundraiser game against Lake Forest will be on sale during the lunch periods today and Tuesday. Shirts are $10. The game will be played Jan. 24.


Student-athletes who are freshmen, transfers or upperclassmen in athletics for the first time are required to attend one 30-minute meeting led by the athletic director during the 2019-20 school year. Meetings will be held on late-arrival days. The next opportunity is at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. The doors close once the meeting starts. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.

The girls badminton team will hold an information meeting for all interested athletes (freshmen through seniors) from 3:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Recital Hall. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Johnson at


Illinois saw a 53% decline in graduates from teacher preparation programs from 2010 to 2016, outpacing other states around the nation. With the state and nation facing a major teacher shortage, downstate districts with limited financial resources are trying to develop a crop of homegrown educators.

Jill Martin has been named principal of Hawthorn School for Young Learners, Hawthorn Elementary District 73 announced Friday. The district’s new kindergarten building is under construction on Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills. Martin, a Buffalo Grove resident, has been principal of District 73’s Elementary South school, a kindergarten through fifth-grade building with 700 students, for the past 15 years.

The College of Lake County has named Dr. Sonya Williams as vice president of education and chief academic officer. Williams, who previously worked at Joliet Junior College, is responsible for long-term planning, budgeting and working with her team to provide leadership and guidance to the academic unit of the college.

Carpentersville-based District 300 recently honored five employees who helped save the life of a Dundee-Crown High School student who collapsed during basketball practice. An athletic trainer and three coaches used CPR and automated external defibrillators to revive the student, who had gone into cardiac arrest, while a maintenance worker notified others for help.


A New York Times analysis of eight commonly used American history textbooks in California and Texas found hundreds of differences — some subtle, others extensive — that reflect the nation’s deepest partisan divides.

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has been placed on paid leave for deliberately failing to report donations from the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The professor also received $60,000 from Epstein in 2005 or 2006, which he deposited into a personal bank account without notifying MIT. The revelations come from a new fact-finding report released on Friday.

A high school student from New York made a remarkable discovery while serving an internship with NASA last summer: a planet orbiting two stars. The discovery by Wolf Cukier, a senior at Scarsdale High School, was announced last week.

Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

Charges Filed in Murder of Teacher’s Mother
A 41-year-old Waukegan man has been charged with the September murder of Marlyn Cook, the mother of Stevenson physical education teacher and head wrestling coach Shane Cook.

Waukegan police and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office said Chad B. Jones broke into Marlyn Cook’s home Sept. 15 and strangled her to death. DNA evidence collected from the scene connected Jones with the murder, police said. Jones was a boyhood friend and neighbor of Shane and his brothers, Patrick and Ryan.

“To learn who had been charged with the murder of our mom was a betrayal and cruel twist to an already overwhelming profound loss,” Cook told the News-Sun. “We’re praying justice will be served.”

Marlyn Cook, 74, was a retired teacher who spent her entire five-decade career in the Waukegan Public Schools, starting in 1968. She served as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and since her retirement, had been a substitute teacher. Two of her sons, Shane and Patrick, followed in her footsteps as teachers. Ryan is a police officer in Las Vegas.

“Her positive influence and lasting impact lives on in generations of Waukegan graduates,” Shane told the newspaper. “She was always so proud of her students and would delight in their success in both the classroom and later in their lives.”

Consortium Choral Concert Monday Night
A week of music concerts featuring students from SHS and local junior high and middle schools starts Monday with the Consortium Choral Concert at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Students from Aptakisic and Daniel Wright junior high schools, and Fremont, Twin Groves, West Oak and Woodlawn middle schools, will open the night with a combined three-song performance. Then, the youngsters will yield the stage to the Stevenson Chorus, Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers. Each group will sing a pair of songs, then will combine with the future Stevenson students for a combined chorus in the finale.

Admission is free. The concert also will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo channel. The Consortium Orchestra Concert will follow at 7 p.m. Tuesday and the Consortium Band Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Student Musicians Bring Sounds of Joy to Senior Citizens
A group of students brought the joy of music to local senior centers during the holidays. Music for Charity, started by freshman Collin Fan, performed at HarborChase of Long Grove and Springs of Vernon Hills in December. The group also played for Feed My Starving Children’s Hope-Filled Holiday event last month at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

Collin talked about Music for Charity with Eileen O. Daday of the Daily Herald recently. He plays piano for the group. Other Stevenson students on the roster include freshmen Enoch Jung (oboe), Shaurya Khati (trumpet), Eric Liu (viola), Aayush Kashyap (saxophone), and Bill Zhu (violin).

Sophomore Featured for Taekwondo Prowess
The Daily Herald today published a feature on sophomore Humza Qazi, who won a gold medal in the 15- to 17-year-old black belt division at the World Taekwondo Championship of the Korean Ambassador’s Cup in South Korea in November. Qazi began practicing the sport at age 4, and within three years won a national championship. Also featured in the article is SHS journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw, who knows Humza from his work with the Statesman student newspaper. “Humza is generally quiet and lets his actions speak for him,” Bradshaw told the paper. “He always comes across as extremely sincere and authentic.”


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,952, Evanston 3,437: The Patriots (12-1) prepared for Saturday’s North Suburban Conference tournament by posting one of its best performances of the season at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. Junior Ryan Lerman led SHS with a 731 series, which included a high game of 247. Junior Nicholas Sternes shot a 696 series with a high game of 259. Classmate Joey Gluck had the high game of the day, a 267, as part of his 674 series. Freshman Ender Starr contributed a 648 series (235), followed by juniors Ryan Grabiner (602, 224) and Luke Snider (601, 237). After winning the first game by 40 pins, Stevenson captured the final two by 200-plus margins. Each team used six bowlers instead of the usual five. The NSC tournament takes place at Bowlero in Deer Park. Coach Cody Mathias’ squad has a nine-point advantage on its nearest rival heading into the tournament.

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 68, Waubonsie Valley 51: The Patriots improved to 14-6 with a balanced scoring attack during the non-conference victory in Aurora. Junior Nikki Ware and sophomore Ava Bardic each scored 16 points to lead SHS. Sophomore Simone Sawyer had 13 points and senior Avery King added 12 for the Patriots, who play Waukegan on Saturday. Eight players scored for Stevenson, which matched his highest scoring output of the season.

Stevenson 66, Zion-Benton 13: Five Patriots had pins in the Field House: Juniors Michael Crawford (220), Keegan Houlihan (285) and Alex Swidler (106), sophomore Cole Rhemrev (120), and freshman Lorenzo Frezza (113).

Boys Ice Hockey
Glenbrook North 3, Stevenson 0: Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 41 saves for the host Patriots at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. SHS will hold its annual Senior Night ceremony on Saturday prior to its game with New Trier Green. The ceremony starts at 5 p.m., followed by the puck drop at 5:30.

Patriots Aim to Keep Pace in NSC Hoops Race
Stevenson has won the last seven North Suburban Conference boys basketball championships. The quest for an eighth faces a major challenge tonight, when the Patriots play host to Mundelein at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center. The game will be televised live on WCIU-TV, and also will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. (The sophomore game at 5:30 also will be streamed live.) The Mustangs enter tonight’s contest with a 13-1 record, the only blemish coming in the championship game of a holiday tournament in Collinsville. Stevenson, meanwhile, is 11-3 after a third-place finish at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. Both teams are unbeaten in the NSC, with MHS 4-0 and SHS 3-0. Mundelein is seeking its first conference title since 1994.

All Juniors Meet With Their Counselor Monday
All juniors will meet with their counselor during the activity period on Monday. Juniors must attend the meeting, even if they are part of a club that meets during the activity period. See the calendar at for counselor meeting locations.

Wear Black to Tonight’s Basketball Game
If you’re coming to watch tonight’s varsity boys basketball game against Mundelein in the Sports Center, make sure you wear black. The Patriots Student Section has declared tonight’s game a “blackout” for SHS students. Tipoff is set for 7:07 p.m.


Animal Welfare Club will be meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7064. In an effort to help with the catastrophic loss of animal life in Australia due to the wildfires, the club will be making dog toys for its upcoming March fundraiser.


Seniors and juniors considering the College of Lake County are invited to take a field trip there on Friday, Jan. 24. The field trip will depart at 8:30 a.m. from parking lot B at SHS, and will return in time for fifth-period lunch. Interested seniors should pick up the required permission slip at the College Career Center (Room 1123). The field trip will be limited to 45 juniors and seniors.

Are you thinking about taking a “gap year” next year? Dozens of gap year programs available throughout the world will be discussed at two upcoming Gap Year Fairs. The fairs will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Oak Park and River Forest High School, and at noon Saturday, Jan. 25 at New Trier High School. For more information and to register, visit these links: OPRF Fair | New Trier Fair


A former Matteson middle school principal hired last year without background and reference checks previously resigned from Chicago Public Schools while under investigation after a teacher accused him of “nonconsensual sex,” according to a CPS inspector general report.

The head coach of a powerhouse Chicago high school basketball program has been suspended over an allegation that a sexual incident happened on the team’s trip to the Motor City Roundball Classic on Detroit in late December. The trip was not a school-sponsored event.

A former Naperville resident pleaded guilty Thursday to being under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he ran a red light last year, and struck and killed a Downers Grove North High School junior and standout volleyball player as she was walking toward the school.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with selling drugs to students at Lake Forest High School from his nearby home. Sage Lawrence was arrested Wednesday after authorities executed a search warrant at his home in the 300 block of Noble Avenue in Lake Forest and found psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana and 31 containers of THC vape cartridges, according to a statement from Lake Forest police.

The next mascot battleground may be at Hononegah High School in Rockton, where groups have filed dueling petitions on Shortly after a group of students filed a petition to change the school’s Indian logo, which features a Native American man in traditional headdress, another group launched a petition drive to keep the mascot.


A judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking a Texas official from dismantling the elected Houston Independent School District board of trustees and replacing it with a state-appointed one. The judge ruled that the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency, who announced plans to replace the board in November, does not have the legal authority to oust board members.

North Carolina high school students will be required to take one less American history course to accommodate the legislature’s new mandated personal finance course. Starting in the 2020-21 school year, high school freshmen will be required to take an economics and personal finance course before they graduate. To accommodate the class, the State Board of Education adopted new graduation requirements Thursday that say high school students will take one U.S. history course, instead of two.

The West Virginia State Board of Education on Wednesday decided it will not require seat belts be added to state school buses. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration allows states to choose whether buses have restraints in place for students. However, the National Transportation Safety Board and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend them.

The U.S. Department of Education’s push for greater transparency in the role of foreign money at American colleges and universities has led to pushback. In response to pressure from Congress, the department is introducing a new reporting regime that would require colleges to submit contracts for foreign gifts or business arrangements as well as the names of individual donors. College groups warn the proposal goes well beyond what current federal law requires, and say that disclosing donor identities could have a “chilling effect” on new contributions despite promises of confidentiality from the department.

A Babson College professor has been fired for a Facebook post that jokingly suggested that Iran’s supreme leader should make a list of American cultural sites worthy of bombing. The private Massachusetts college announced the termination of the adjunct professor on Thursday, drawing criticism from free speech advocates who said the personal social media post was not serious.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

Help Your Teen Live a Balanced Life
Everybody is busy these days, which creates stress for the entire family. How to manage that stress is the topic of the next Parent Engagement Series session. “Building Balanced Teens” will meet from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the District 125 Administration Center. The session will address how to live a balanced life, how to manage stress, and how to help teens reset after a bad day — without fixing their problems.

Incoming Freshman Orientation Tonight
The second of three orientation evenings for incoming freshmen and their families takes place tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Families can pick up enrollment information packets and take tours of the school beginning at 6 p.m., followed by an hour-long presentation in the PAC starting at 7 o’clock. Read more about tonight’s meeting.

PPA Bake Sale Volunteers Needed
The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is Wednesday. Adult volunteers are needed to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.

Senior Seeks to be Convention Delegate
One current student and several alumni are among those Illinois residents seeking to become delegates to this summer’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee. Delegates will be elected during the Illinois primary on March 17.

Senior Victor Shi is on the ballot as a potential 10th Congressional District delegate for former Vice President Joe Biden. Alumni who filed nominating papers in the local congressional districts include:

  • Arun Pookote (Class of 2014), for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (10th District)
  • Daniel Didech (Class of 2005), for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (10th)
  • Ilya Sheyman (Class of 2004), for Warren (9th District)

Also, former District 125 Board of Education member Elliott Hartstein is a delegate candidate in the 10th District for Pete Buttigieg, the ex-mayor of South Bend, Ind.


Senior Gymnast Has Final Goal to Achieve
Senior girls gymnast Emily Weinstein has added more difficult maneuvers to all of her events this season, highlighted by a winning 9.775 vault score at last month’s New Trier Invitational. One factor driving this final season is the fact that, although she has reached the state meet twice, Emily has not yet advanced to the final round. “It’s definitely a goal of mine,” she told Jon Kerr of the Pioneer Press. “I could do it in the vault or floor. It’s all about my training and mentally, what’s in my head.”

Registered for an AP Art Class Next Year?
All students who registered for AP Art: Drawing, 2-D, and 3-D Design, or AP Photography and Digital Design for next school year, please submit your digital portfolio by joining the AP Art 2020/2021 Portfolio Review Google Classroom. The class code is: wfn2yq5. Directions for how to submit your portfolio are posted under the Classwork tab. The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration for these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken ( or Ms. Connolly ( You will be submitting your portfolio digitally through Google Classroom, and it needs to be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 21.


All graduating seniors are invited to apply for scholarships through the Stevenson High School Foundation. More than 40 scholarships are available. Click here for more information. The application deadline is Feb. 4.

The Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship Program will be awarding up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors who have effectively applied the help-seeking technique ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) for the benefit of themselves or a friend. Students can submit information as a narrative or as a work of art. The deadline to apply is March 20. Details and application at


The Breakfast with Books Club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. The club will be collecting books for children from birth to sixth-grade reading level, which will be donated to Bernie’s Book Bank. Please email with any questions. All students are welcome! The only requirement is a love for reading.


Chicago’s declining population has left 145 district-run schools less than half-full. So far, leaders appear reluctant to spell out a plan for this large swath of schools that are severely underenrolled, even if campuses will soon cost the district even more to operate. A new five-year union contract introduces $1.5 billion in new costs, including the addition of a social worker and nurse at every school, and no clear plan for how to pay for them beyond Year One.

Some transgender and undocumented students have become the first to apply for college financial aid in Illinois under a new state law. The law providing a way for those students to apply for Illinois financial aid took effect Jan. 1, but Monday was the first day the program was operational. Previously, undocumented and some transgender students could not apply for state financial aid due to a technicality that prevented them from using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, program.


Louisiana’s education superintendent announced Wednesday that he is stepping down in March. John White, who helped strengthen the role of charter schools, backed a taxpayer-funded tuition voucher program for private schools and oversaw overhauls of the state’s school accountability efforts, is in his eighth year as education chief.

Most U.S. university websites have ended in “.edu” since the dawn of the internet, but in recent years the number of domain name options has exploded. However, while many institutions are buying new domain names with extensions such as “.university,” “.college,” “.degree” and “.education,” few are actively using them. Colleges are purchasing the addresses simply to protect their brands and prevent third parties from snapping them up.