Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Alum Initiative Boosted by Obama Tweet

The Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday shone a spotlight on a non-profit organization founded by a 2003 Stevenson alumnus to prevent suicide and improve mental health education. Jonny Boucher founded the Chicago-based Hope for the Day in 2011 after his boss and mentor committed suicide. Last year, Hope for the Day opened the Sip of Hope Coffee Bar in the city’s Logan Park neighborhood, and has plans to expand to other areas. The Sun-Times article deals primarily with the coffee shop, which received a boost in December with a favorable tweet from former President Barack Obama. Three other members of the Class of 2003 are heavily involved with Hope for the Day: Carl Evans is the organization’s director of programs and operations, while Neil Walther and Ryan Smeele are on the board of directors.

“Simplifying Stevenson” for District 102 Families

Eighth-graders in Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 and their parents or guardians are invited to the annual “Simplifying Stevenson” program at 7 p.m. Thursday at Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove.

Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning Dr. Gwen Zimmermann and a panel of Stevenson students who attended Aptakisic will give insights into the transition from junior high school to SHS and answer questions.

Theatre Teacher, Students Give Presentation at UIUC

Theatre teacher and SHS alumna Abra Chusid (Class of 2003) led a presentation on improvisation at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival on Friday at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She was joined by three of her students at Stevenson, seniors Ethan Murphy and Ananya Shah and junior Maggie Kirkham, and three students from her days at Lakes High School. The six improv captains and their teacher led the audience through activities designed to strengthen teams and performances.

Late Arrival on Thursday: What is Your Student Doing?

Stevenson will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Stand Strong Coalition reminds parents that late-start days can provide students with unmonitored time prior to school, and can lead to high-risk behavior for some, such as drinking and smoking marijuana. The coalition recommends that parents ask their students these four questions: Where will you be? Who will you be with? What will you be doing? and What time will you be leaving home? For more tips, visit


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 50, Lake Forest 37: Freshman Simone Sawyer scored nine of her game-high 15 points during a decisive stretch in the third quarter as the visiting Patriots (15-7, 5-4) won their fifth straight game and stayed in the hunt for the North Suburban Conference title. Leading 22-20 at halftime, SHS went on a 13-1 run to put away the Scouts (16-6, 6-2), who were missing their top player. Freshman Ava Bardic scored 12 points for Stevenson, while junior Avery King had 11 points, six rebounds and six blocked shots. Sophomore Nikki Ware added eight points. The Patriots, who hit 12 of 13 free throw attempts and all six in the fourth quarter, return to action tonight at Wheeling. The tip off is scheduled for 6 o’clock. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Warren 2,572, Stevenson 1,924: At Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, sophomore YooJin Lee led the Patriots with a 454 series and a high game of 173. Sophomore Ally Lee rolled a 394 series and junior Reilly Sullivan added a 392. – Daily Herald

NBC Sports Chicago to Feature Girls Basketball Team

The girls basketball team have been selected as the St. Xavier University/NBC Sports Chicago “Team of the Week” for its efforts to promote and fund research into cancers that primarily affect women through their annual Think Pink/Kay Yow Night games. Stevenson will be featured on “High School Lites” at 11 p.m. Friday on NBC Sports Chicago, with replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The Think Pink/Kay Yow Night games are Tuesday against Libertyville.

More Patriots Make College Commitments

Several student-athletes announced their college choices on social media recently. Junior boys volleyball player Justin Ross, a middle blocker, plans to play for one of the top collegiate programs in the country at Loyola University Chicago. The Ramblers captured the NCAA championship in 2014 and 2015, and have won 20 or more matches five times in the last six seasons. A trio of senior football players also made their college commitments, and two of them are heading to the same school. All-area and all-conference linebacker Michael D’Angelo and honorable mention all-area running back Jon Kull picked the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. The Tommies are one of only three programs to finish in the Division III top 10 rankings in each of the last 10 seasons. Danny Hynes, who earned honorable mention all-area and all-conference awards at linebacker, will play for Butler University in Indianapolis. He’ll be reunited with former SHS teammate Jordan Caselberry (Class of 2018).

Girls Ice Hockey Trio’s Team Rolling

Sophomore Abby Benjamin scored a goal and dished out three assists to help lead the Lake Forest High School girls ice hockey team past Latin Blue, 5-0, Monday night. The victory was the team’s fifth in its last six games, and lifted the squad above .500 (7-6-1) for the first time since capturing its opening game in September. Freshman Alicia Sharun scored two goals in the Scouts’ previous game, a 7-0 win over Evanston, on Dec. 14. Junior Maggie Kirby also plays for the team, which includes players from five area high schools.

Boys Basketball Games on NFHS Network Today

Today’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games at Warren will be livestreamed on the Blue Devils’ NFHS Network page. The sophomore game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7.


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How Does Alcohol Help Performance? It Doesn’t

Getting ready for a big game or performance? Keeping alcohol out of the equation is a good idea. This week’s video from Catalyst shows that using alcohol hurts, not helps, performance.


Hebrew National Honor Society invites all students to its Israeli Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. Come see the Israeli film “The Wedding Plan” (with English subtitles). Admission is free. The doors will open at 6 p.m. For more information, contact or

Indian Student Association is doing henna today! Join ISA after school in Room 7050 if you would like to learn or practice, or want to get it done by someone.


Schaumburg educator chosen to lead Hawthorn District 73

CTU says “rich people” will pay for teacher raises

Three finalists announced for Harper College presidency

Naperville North mourns death of longtime teacher, coach

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills district promoting “Unplugged Week”

Undergrad seminary on Loyola University campus will close

New Trier student’s “Mural of Mistakes” offers life lessons


Why the Los Angeles teachers strike is different

New York ed officials reject federal change on discipline policy

Obama’s college completion “moonshot” way behind schedule

Report: SEL moves U.S. from “nation at risk” to one “of hope”

Groups seek to end ban on Pell Grants for prisoners

Woman in labor crosses stage to get college diploma


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Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019

Junior Parents’ Questions Sought for College Night

Parents and guardians of current juniors are invited to ask questions about the college search-and-selection process to Post Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller (Class of 2001) from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the Performing Arts Center. This parent-only program will be driven by questions from parents. To submit questions in advance, fill out this form.

Final Incoming Freshman Orientation Night Wednesday

The third and final orientation evening for incoming freshmen and their families will be held Wednesday night.

The orientation program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Beginning at 6 p.m. outside the PAC, information packets containing course selection and health forms, a 2019-20 Course Book, summer school catalog, and co-curricular brochure will be available for pick up. In addition, families interested in participating in a school tour can meet at the Forum (Point) entrance beginning at 6 p.m.

During the orientation program, families will learn about course offerings and co-curricular opportunities from Stevenson’s directors, principal and students. SHS staff and students also will be available throughout the evening to answer questions.

Second Resource Officer Added at SHS

Stevenson has added a second school resource officer to expand the police presence on campus. Michael Lill, a Lake County native who spent 22 years with the Lake Villa Police Department, joins fellow Village of Lincolnshire police officer Bethany Brown as Stevenson’s SROs. The addition of Lill means a police officer will be on campus from 8 a.m. to  7 p.m. on school days.

Consortium Band Festival Livestream Tonight

Tonight’s Consortium Band Festival will be streamed live beginning at 7 o’clock. Click here to watch. The concert will feature the SHS Freshman Bands and Honor Band, plus performers from Aptakisic, Daniel Wright, Fremont, Twin Groves, West Oak and Woodlawn. Admission is free for those who attend.

Teen Privacy Has Its Limits

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.

Even when we feel that we are doing our best to monitor our teens, it sometimes seems like they are one step ahead. There are so many creative ways for teens to hide aspects of their life. The desire for some degree of privacy is developmentally appropriate. However, safety is always the first priority. If you suspect that your teen may be hiding substance use, it is important to be well versed in common distraction tools. Consider exploring this DEA Guide or challenge yourself in the Interactive Bedroom display to learn more.


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Big Game for Girls Basketball Tonight

The girls basketball team travels to Lake Forest tonight for a North Suburban Conference showdown. Stevenson enters the game with a 4-4 league mark, while the Scouts are 6-2. LFHS beat SHS, 61-50, in the first meeting between the teams on Nov. 30. The Patriots are riding a four-game winning streak into tonight’s contest, while the Scouts have won nine of their last 10. One of the key players for Stevenson this season has been 5-foot-5 sophomore Nikki Ware, whom Warren head coach John Stanczykiewicz said “might be, pound for pound, one of the best players in the area.” She is the focus of this Pioneer Press report. Tonight’s game will be streamed live on Lake Forest’s NFHS Network page starting at 7 o’clock. The 5:30 junior varsity game also will be livestreamed.


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PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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.


Jan. 25 is the application deadline for more than 20 scholarships through the Stevenson Foundation. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $2,000, and cover a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Click here to view the scholarships, and to apply.

The deadline to apply for a $1,000 Lake County Federation of Teachers scholarship is Jan. 24. To be eligible, students must intend on attending an Illinois public higher education institution (two- or four-year). Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up an application.


Freshman Class Board is meeting after school today and Thursday in the College Career Center to work on Winterfest decorations. All freshman are welcome and new members are needed!


Open Gym Softball begins Wednesday, Jan. 23. There will be six dates, all running from 6-7 a.m. in the Field House. Visit the open gym web page for all the dates.


Naperville college repurchases land it once owned

Bradley-Bourbonnais High expansion under consideration

Students caught in middle of dispute between app, Verizon

Peoria Public Schools extends superintendent’s contract

Applications open today for state tax credit scholarships

Streator High adds nicotine to student drug testing

West Frankfort High principal charged with DUI

Meet the Oak Park teacher behind the R. Kelly protest


Chancellor says monument must go, and so must she

Michigan State interim president under fire for comments

New Mexico legislature proposes teacher pay increases

NYC offers unpleasant truths about school improvement

California fraternity suspended after member dies

A warranty on a superintendent search? Who knew?


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Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Senior Finishes Fourth at Florida Debate Tournament

Senior and team captain Sydney Glickson finished fourth in the Congressional Debate category at The Sunvitational debate tournament at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., last weekend. She was one of 16 finalists who emerged from a field of approximately 200 Congressional Debaters from around the country. This was Sydney’s first appearance in the final round; she was a semifinalist in 2017.

Thirteen other students from SHS were selected to participate in the prestigious invitational: seniors Thivya Sivarajah, Megan Bi, Shreya Viswanathan, Aarim Khan and Victor Sardenberg; juniors Megana Adigal and Neel Dutta; sophomores Sailaja Nallacheruvu, Pooja Jain and Kevin Fei; and freshmen Wyn Thomas, Ryan Harper and Frank Gao.

Free SAT Practice Test Deadline Today

Today is the last day for juniors to register for the free SAT practice test that will be given at Stevenson on Saturday, Feb. 2. Click here for details and to sign up.

Consortium Choral Concert Livestream Tonight

For those unable to attend tonight’s Consortium Choral Concert, the event will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page. Use this link to watch. The concert starts at 7 o’clock.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at Niles West Invitational: The Patriots capped a perfect invitational season by capturing top honors in the 13-school Large Division. SHS, which won all five of its invitationals, defeated Joliet West for first place, 90.47-89.80. Next up for Stevenson is the North Suburban Conference Championships at home on Friday. The Patriots will be seeking their sixth consecutive conference crown.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Warren Regional: Sophomore Joey Gluck finished seventh in the individual standings, qualifying for Saturday’s Rockford Jefferson Sectional at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford. He’ll be joined by classmates Benjamin Ries and Nicholas Sternes, who also qualified and placed in the top 20. Joey rolled a six-game series score of 1,243, with a high game of 221, at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. Benjamin shot a 1,190 series (high game 233) to finish 15th, and Nicholas was close behind in 17th at 1,178 (214). All three reached the sectional last year, when SHS qualified as a team. Sophomore Ryan Lerman added a 1,095 series (225). Senior Kerry Mueller bowled four games and had a 670 score (195), while sophomore Ryan Grabiner participated in two games (313, 175). SHS finished fifth in the team standings with a 5,689 pin total, behind Lake Zurich (5,973), Warren (5,927), Libertyville (5,925) and Vernon Hills (5,923). The top four squads advanced to the sectional. – Official Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson at Maine West Duals: The Patriot girls and boys each swept five teams to complete their Great Lakes Conference dual-meet season with 13-0 records. The SHS girls beat Deerfield-Highland Park (19-8), Evanston (25-2), New Trier (16-11), Maine West (24-3) and Glenbrook South (25-2). They went undefeated in two weapons during the regular season, foil (13-0) and saber (13-0), and finished 11-2 in epee. The boys, meanwhile, beat Deerfield-Highland Park (22-5), Evanston (26-1), New Trier (17-10), Maine West (21-6) and Glenbrook South (21-6). They were unbeaten in saber (13-0) during the regular season, and went 12-1 in foil and epee. Next up for the varsity is the Illinois State Championships Jan. 26 at Marian Catholic in Woodstock.

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots placed third at Mundelein, their best county showing since finished third in 2014. SHS reached the 140-point mark for the first time since its season-opening meet, earning a final score of 141.050, behind Carmel (146.500) and Barrington (141.550). Emily Weinstein returned from an injury that sidelined her for three meets and finished second in the all-around (36.80). The junior was third on uneven bars (9.25), fourth on vault (9.45), tied for sixth in floor exercise (9.15) and placed ninth on balance beam (8.95). Senior Sarina Johnson was 11th in the all-around (35.10), and tied for seventh on vault (9.35). Sophomore Ainslee Cutler finished sixth on uneven bars (9.05) for SHS, which had finished fifth the past four seasons. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Swimming

Stevenson at 64th annual Trevian Relays: The second-ranked Patriots broke three meet records en route to winning their third consecutive title at New Trier. SHS topped No. 5 Neuqua Valley for top honors, 214-198, in a field that featured 14 schools. Team scores were determined by adding points for relay results, along with points determined by the combined times of each school’s top two swimmers in individual events. Topher Stensby broke his own meet record in the 50-yard freestyle, tying senior Will Myhre of St. Charles North for first place with a time of 20.74 seconds. The Notre Dame-bound senior eclipsed the old mark of 20.80 he set last January. Topher also anchored two winning relays, the 200 free (1:25.89) and 400 free (3:14.19), and finished third in the 100 free (47.05). He was joined in the 200 free relay by seniors Richard Lee, Joseph Song and Max Ryaguzov. Richard and Max were also part of the 400 free relay with senior Nathan Gates. The other meet records set by Stevenson were for combined times of varsity and junior varsity (non-senior) squads in two relays. The 200 free relay listed above and the second-place JV 200 free relay with juniors AJ Carollo, Jake Kim and Nic Comini plus sophomore Foster Swanson (1:28.89) set a record for their combined times. Also recording a meet-record combo time were the varsity and JV 200 medley relays. The varsity finished fifth with AJ, Joseph, Richard and senior Beno Maya (1:38.50), and the JV was third behind Jake, fellow juniors Jack Zhang and Ari Zartisky, and freshman Joshua Song (1:40.26). Stevenson won the JV 400 free relay behind Foster, Nic, Jake and Jack (3:15.09).

Boys Diving

Stevenson at Red Devils Diving Invitational: Freshman Jack White won the 32-diver freshman-sophomore level at Hinsdale Central with a score of 387.25 points, and sophomore Jaden Pazol finished 12th with a personal-best 258.80. This was Stevenson’s best performance in this meet at the freshman-sophomore level since 2013.


Stevenson at Grayslake North Invitational: The Patriots rolled to their fourth consecutive invitational championship, posting a winning score nearly five points higher than the runner-up. The judges gave SHS a final score of 92.67, with Huntley taking second at 87.90. In all, 22 teams competed in the Large Division.


Stevenson hosted SHS Quadrangular: The Patriots finished second, defeating Yorkville (57-16) and Deerfield (37-31) before falling to Huntley (44-28), which went unbeaten on the day. Details were only available for the Huntley match. Senior 195-pounder Max Gomez (22-6), fifth in the latest Illinois Matmen rankings, pinned his opponent in 1:06, senior Michael Phelps (10-10) earned a 8-0 major decision at 182, and freshman Cole Rhemrev posted an 11-5 win at 106. – @SHSPatRiot, @HHS_Athletics1, TrackWrestling

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 53, Palatine 31: Junior Avery King scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the host Patriots (14-7) past the Pirates in a nonconference contest in the Sports Center. Freshman Simone Sawyer tallied 11 points, including three of the team’s eight 3-pointers, and pulled down four rebounds. Sophomore Nikki Ware added nine points and freshman Ava Bardic had eight for SHS, which held Palatine (4-15) to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters. Stevenson, winners of four straight, travel to Lake Forest on Tuesday for a critical North Suburban Conference game. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at Jacobs Invitational: The Patriots placed 15th out of 20 teams at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville. Junior Reilly Sullivan was the leading bowler for SHS, finishing No. 55 out of 122 players. She rolled a six-game series of 832, with a high game of 156. Also competing for Stevenson were sophomores Yumin Kim (754) and Kelly Radelet (733), freshman Diana Kwizera (650) and junior Noa Givati (647).

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 1, Stevenson 0: The Patriots appeared to have tied the game in the final 30 seconds of regulation, but the goal was waved off by the officials, who determined the puck had been kicked. The only goal of the “Pucks for PTSD” game came in the opening minutes. Junior goalie Jeremy Riback turned away 28 shots. Head coach Tom Wood (Class of 1998) was honored at the game for earning his 100th career win last month. – Boxscore

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 63, Waukegan 56: Junior Matt Kaznikov nailed two 3-pointers in the final 1:12, including the go-ahead trey with 50 seconds remaining, to lift the host Patriots (13-3, 4-1) in the Sports Center. Matt led SHS with a career-high 19 points, and scored eight of the team’s last 13 points. He also secured six rebounds as Stevenson moved into a first-place tie with the Bulldogs (13-4, 4-1) in the North Suburban Conference. Junior Matt Ambrose, sidelined since late November with a broken finger on his non-shooting hand, scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had two assists in his return. Senior Luke Chieng added 10 points, five assists and two steals for Stevenson, which built a 21-point lead midway through the second quarter and had to rally after Waukegan took the lead with 1:40 remaining. – NFHS Network Replay | News-Sun, Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

York 3, Stevenson 2: The Dukes scored two goals in the final 4:17 to rally past the Patriots in a penalty-filled game at Addison Ice Rink. Senior Sam Frishman tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period, with assists from classmates Max Slavin and Jake DeMaio. Seven minutes later, senior Seth Cohen gave SHS a 2-1 lead. Sam and fellow senior Justin Roseman were credited with assists. The two teams combined for 22 infractions. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made 37 saves. – Boxscore


Friday’s Digest incorrectly reported that Stevenson’s varsity cheerleaders finished second in its division and the junior varsity took first place in its group at the North Suburban Conference Winter Championships on Thursday. They did not. The varsity Patriettes were second and the JV Patriettes first at the conference championships. The NSC cheerleading championships take place at 7 p.m. Friday at SHS.


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Taking AP Art or AP Photo 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 2019/2020 Portfolio Review Google Classroom. The class code is: voykd6u. Directions for how to submit your portfolio are posted on the Classroom stream. 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 done no later than Friday, Feb. 8.


Write Club is hosting an open mic event from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday in the Recital Hall. There will be a spoken word workshop before the stage is opened for walk-in performances. Performances could include slam poetry, stand-up or songs; anything that requires only a stage and a mic. All students are welcome to watch or perform!

Anime Club meets today at 3:30. Grab a snack and join the fun in Room 1414! Everyone is welcome.

Do you know if the food you eat is cruelty free? What can you do if it isn’t? Tuesday after school, Animal Welfare Club will host a speaker from the Humane League, a non-profit organization that works to end abuse of farm animals. Come learn how ordinary people can make a difference in how animals are treated. The club meets in Room 7064, and all are welcome.


Waukegan superintendent, board president sue critic

CPS to expand nutrition initiative to 130 schools

River Grove library officials want to buy shuttered school

Oswego District 308 to hold tax-hike referendum in spring

Robert Morris cutting graduate school tuition 30 percent


Los Angeles teachers on strike for first time in 30 years

Denver teachers offered 10 percent raises as strike looms

Does admissions testing ignore due process?

What the government shutdown means for higher ed


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Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

Three Consortium Concerts at SHS Next Week

The SHS Music Department will hold three concerts next week featuring current SHS students and students from sender schools.

The Consortium Choral Concert on Monday will feature the Stevenson Chorus, Advanced Chorus and Patriot Singers, along with student singers from Aptakisic, Daniel Wright, Fremont, Twin Groves, West Oak and Woodlawn.

The Consortium Band Festival on Tuesday will feature the Freshman Bands and Honor Band, plus performers from Aptakisic, Daniel Wright, Fremont, Twin Groves, West Oak and Woodlawn.

The Consortium Orchestra Concert on Thursday will showcase the Concert Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Patriot Orchestra and Patriot Guitar Ensemble, as well as students from Aptakisic, Daniel Wright, Twin Groves and Woodlawn.

All three concerts start at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Choral Guild Fundraiser Monday

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s in Lincolnshire from noon to 11 p.m. Monday. Buy some food before or after Monday night’s Consortium Choral Concert, and 25 percent of the sale will be donated to the choir program. Mention the Choral Guild when ordering.

Parents Invited to Help With Next PPA Bake Sale

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up on Wednesday. The PPA is looking for adult volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.


The community forum on marijuana legalization on Jan. 30 will be held in the West Auditorium, not the Recital Hall.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Winter Championships: The Patriots finished second to Lake Forest, 91.00-90.23, with Lake Zurich placing third with 87.37. The meet took place at Waukegan High School.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 138, Mundelein 48: The third-ranked Patriots won all 12 events and broke two Mundelein pool records while improving to 4-0 overall in dual meets and 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference. The 200-yard free relay team of seniors Richard Lee, Nathan Gates and Topher Stensby, and junior Jake Kim touched first in 3:15.76, more than seven seconds faster than the Mustangs’ top entry. Topher also was part of the record-setting 400 free relay with fellow senior Ethan Ross and juniors AJ Carollo and Jack Zhang (3:15.76), which won by almost seven seconds. The third winning relay was the 200 medley, which featured AJ, Topher, and seniors Max Ryaguzov and Beno Maya (1:39.72). Nathan won two individual events, the 200 individual medley (2:05.69) and the 100 butterfly (54.49). Jake captured the 50 free (22.36), Max claimed the 100 free (49.30), AJ won the 500 free (5:01.99), and Jack was best in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.57). Sophomore Foster Swanson touched first in the 200 free (1:51.10) and senior Joseph Song was victorious in the 100 backstroke (57.85). Freshman Jack White posted a career-best score of 242.20 to win the 1-meter diving competition. – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Waukegan 2,054, Stevenson 1,872: Sophomores Kelly Radelet and Esther Lee led the Patriots with three-game series scores of 422 and 421, respectively, at Fairhaven Bowling Lanes in Mundelein. Kelly had the team’s high game (157). Also bowling for SHS were sophomore Ally Lee (369), and juniors Noa Givati (337) and Reilly Sullivan (323).

Boys Bowling

Glenbrook North 3,062, Stevenson 2,778: Sophomores Joey Gluck and Nicholas Sternes led the Patriots (8-6) in their regular-season finale with 611 and 603 series, respectively. Each rolled a high game of 225. Sophomore Benjamin Ries shot a 221 en route to a 558 series and classmate Ryan Lerman added a 533 at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. Senior Kerry Mueller, who contributed a 473 series, was honored on Senior Night, as was Michael Mastri. They are the only two seniors on the roster.


Warren 39, Stevenson 16: The visiting Patriots (11-5 overall, 3-2 NSC) received all of their points from seniors. Ivor Gueorguiev (18-12) scored Stevenson’s first points with a 13-2 major decision at 152 pounds. He was followed by a 14-7 win from Max Gomez (21-6) at 195, a pin (3:33) by 120-pounder Tommy Frezza (23-2), and a 7-3 decision from Yoni Leibovitz (13-8) at 126. SHS plays host to a quadrangular with Huntley, Deerfield and Yorkville at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Sports Center. The matches will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. Warren improved to 3-2 in the NSC. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

JV Patriettes Win Conference Title

The junior varsity Patriettes team won the North Suburban Conference JV Winter Dance Championship Thursday night at Waukegan High School. Stevenson defeated Lake Forest, 81.97-80.05, along with four other schools.

Baseball Team Holding Fundraiser Next Week

The SHS baseball team is holding a fundraiser from 4-10 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie House Tavern, 2710 Main St., in Buffalo Grove. Prairie House will donate 25 percent of the evening’s proceeds to the baseball program.

A Shot Clock for Prep Basketball? Ambrose Approves

Should there be a shot clock for high school basketball in Illinois? Stevenson’s boys basketball coach, Pat Ambrose, is in favor, but knows it would be accompanied by growing pains. “A shot clock would fundamentally change the game, but it could make it uglier,” he told Pioneer Press. “The game might become faster, but I’m not sure it would be better. There’s no easy solution.”

Basketball Alum Herenton Featured in Miami Paper

The Miami Herald published this profile last week on SHS alumnus Willie Herenton (Class of 2017), a sophomore walk-on guard for the University of Miami men’s basketball team. Herenton’s parents are Harvard graduates, and his grandfather served five terms as mayor of Memphis (and is running for a sixth term this fall). He was homeschooled through middle school along with his brothers, Samuel, and Rodney (Class of 2016), a walk-on junior guard for Stanford University’s basketball squad.

This Weekend on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games against Waukegan will be streamed live from the Sports Center. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The sophomore game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. Saturday’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games versus Palatine will be streamed live as well. The JV game tips off at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity contest at 5:30. Click here to watch the games.


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All Juniors Meet With Counselors on Monday

All juniors will meet with their counselors during the Activity Period on Monday to discuss course selection for the 2019-20 school year. Juniors must attend these meetings, even if they are members of a club that meets during the Activity Period. Click here to see the list of counselor meeting locations.


The new year is a great time to learn a new skill! The first meeting of In the Loop, Stevenson’s knitting club, is Monday. Don’t know how to knit? No problem — club members will teach you. In the Loop meets every Monday after school in Room 7064. See Ms. Kenney with any questions.

National Chinese Honor Society and Chinese Club are co-hosting a Chinese New Year celebration at SHS. All students are invited to enjoy the food and activities from 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 in Room 2104.

Breakfast with Books will meet from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading!


Students are invited to attend “Focus on Your Future: Access to Certificate and Apprenticeship Opportunities” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at Niles North High School in Skokie. About 60 organizations and institutions will be on hand. You must bring a driver’s license or photo ID to enter the building. Links: Registration | Information


Hawthorn District 73 set to appoint superintendent on Monday

Warren Township High officials: Strike is not inevitable

Why Illinois won’t “ban the box” on college applications

The importance of having teachers of color in schools

Allegations of “inappropriate contact” arise in Evanston

Chicago Teachers Union lays out contract demands

New state law makes changes to School Safety Drill Act

Ex-Marian Central superintendent: Firing was “retaliatory”

University of Chicago grad student helps discover planet

50 years later, an SIUC physicist’s theory is confirmed

Starbucks, other changes coming to NIU student center


Los Angeles teachers postpone strike

The history of American teacher strikes

Why black parents are turning to Afrocentric schools

Lack of internet challenges many families in Buffalo

When you give a teacher a gun


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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Club Sponsoring Community Forum on Marijuana Legalization

Stevenson’s Catalyst club will be holding a community forum on marijuana legalization at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the West Auditorium. The purpose of the forum is to educate community members on the ramifications of marijuana legalization, and to provide them with an opportunity to ask questions. Use this link to submit questions in advance.

Speakers scheduled for the event include Dale Quigley, deputy coordinator for the National Marijuana Initiative of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program; Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana and a former White House drug policy adviser; and former Drug Enforcement Agency Administrator Peter Bensinger, who served under three presidents.

The forum will be run by Catalyst’s Marijuana Legislation Committee, which is focused on preventing commercialization of the drug in Illinois.

Second Incoming Freshman Orientation Session Tonight

The second of three orientation evenings for incoming freshmen and their parents and guardians will take place at 7 o’clock tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Although intended for incoming ninth-graders whose last names begin with the letters I through P, families unable to attend Wednesday’s final session can come tonight.

Alumna’s Book Wins Award

University of Delaware associate professor and Stevenson alumna Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleave (Class of 1995) has been selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association. She is being honored for her book, Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court.

From Petroleum to Principal

Former SHS math teacher and dean Amy Read, who is now the principal of Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook, was the subject of this recent Pioneer Press profile. She talked about leaving the oil industry to become a teacher, working as a flight attendant on weekends and during summers while at Stevenson, and bringing her two therapy dogs to work.


Friday’s mental health wellness event for students will take place in Room 2104, not 2014 as listed in Wednesday’s Digest.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 135.05, Warren 125.40: Freshman Ally Gitler won two events and the all-around to pace the Patriots in the Field House. Ally took top honors in floor exercise (8.80) and uneven bars (8.65), was second on balance beam (8.25), and finished fourth in vault (8.85). She edged senior teammate Sarina Johnson for all-around honors, 34.55-34.45. Sarina captured the balance beam (8.55), placed second on floor (8.65) and uneven bars (8.45), and was fifth in vault (8.80). Sophomore Ainslee Cutler was third in the all-around (33.20). She tied classmate Jessica Maher for second on vault (8.90), tied for third on uneven bars (8.40), and was fifth on balance beam (7.85). Jessica added a third-place showing on floor (8.60). Freshman Maya Fergus finished fifth on uneven bars (7.90). – Official Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,817, Grayslake Central 2,682: Sophomore Joey Gluck rolled a match-best 657 series and had the high game of the day, a 256, as the Patriots (8-5) rallied to win the last two games and the series at at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. After dropping the opening game by 13 pins, SHS improved in each of the last two games, posting scores of 959 and 992. Sophomore Nicholas Sternes rolled a 599 series (high game of 216) and classmate Ryan Lerman shot a 577 (215). Senior Kerry Mueller and sophomore Ryan Grabiner added series scores of 493 and 491, respectively. Stevenson closes its regular season today with a home match against Glenbrook North, then participates in the IHSA Warren Regional on Saturday at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan.

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 64, Warren 43: Four players scored in double figures for the host Patriots (13-7, 4-4) in the Sports Center. Sophomore Nikki Ware led all scorers with 14 points, sinking four of the squad’s 11 3-pointers, and also dished out five assists. Freshmen Simone Sawyer and Ava Bardic tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, and junior Avery King added 11. SHS outscored the Blue Devils (5-14, 2-4) in the second quarter, 25-7, to take a commanding 42-16 lead into halftime. Stevenson returns to action with a home game at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against Palatine. – NFHS Network Replay

Tully Earns Honorable Mention All-State

Junior setter Grace Tully earned honorable mention on the Champaign News-Gazette All-State Girls Volleyball Team. Teammate Sophie Sorenson, a second-team selection, was mentioned in Wednesday’s Digest.

Winter ESPPA Award Nominations Now Open

Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 4. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on Monday, March 11.


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Set Sail for the Senior Class Party

The Class of 2019 is invited to “come sail away” with classmates on Lake Michigan aboard The Odyssey during the Senior Class Party on Thursday, May 23. After graduation practice wraps up, hop on a bus and head to Navy Pier for a two-hour cruise that features incredible skyline views, a full lunch buffet, desserts, unlimited soft drinks, DJ entertainment and more. Register now through the Online Superstore.

Were You Named an Illinois State Scholar?

Seniors who were named Illinois State Scholars can pick up their certificates in Green Student Services, Room 2414.


Mind Your Mind is Stevenson’s new mental health awareness club. Mind Your Mind is dedicated to addressing the state of mental health in the local community and at Stevenson. Through activities and events, members will promote student wellness and raise mental health awareness in an effort to reduce the stigma surrounding the issue. The first meeting will be after school Monday in Room 1630.

Stage Crew has been canceled for today and Friday.


All student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2018-19 school year. There are eight possible dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The next meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 in the West Auditorium. 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 other dates this year are Feb. 14, March 14 and April 25.


Warren Township High teachers take step toward strike

Geneva counselor suspended over text during teacher’s strike

Former charter school coach charged with sexual assault

Mother sues Northwestern sorority over daughter’s suicide

Rauner calls education his most important achievement

Proposal to rename Palatine school for superintendent slammed

Proviso may waive PE requirements for IB, college prep students

Zion teacher wins $15K classroom makeover

Downstate district leaves consolidation talks over legal fees

East Aurora superintendent gets contract extension

Oak Park administrator named superintendent in La Grange

Milwaukee educator will lead Rock Island-Milan district

Morgan Park Catholic school saved from closing

Morris school board candidate kicked off ballot

Geneseo principal picked to take over Eastland district

Moline-Coal Valley announces new superintendent

Riverside-Brookfield High principal promoted

Roanoke school board hires new superintendent


Why it’s getting harder to count poor children in U.S. schools

In learning styles debate, it’s instructors vs. psychologists

Report: Millions of college students going hungry

Education Department simplifies part of federal-aid process

Study: Student bullying increased in areas that voted for Trump

After University of Maryland student’s death, dorm rooms cleaned


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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

Class of 2018 College Attendance Report Released

The College Career Center has released its annual college attendance report for Stevenson’s most recent graduates. Click here to download the report. Here are some highlights from the report, which tracked postsecondary plans for the 1,011-member Class of 2018:

  • 96 percent of the Class of 2018 planned to attend college.
  • 85 percent are attending four-year schools, down from 90.6 percent with the Class of 2017. The percentage attending two-year schools increased from 9.4 percent to 11 percent.
  • Of those attending four-year colleges, 65.5 percent are attending public institutions.
  • 47 percent of the class planned to attend a college in the state of Illinois, a slight rise from the Class of 2017 figure, 45 percent.
  • The Class of 2018 can be found on more than 180 campuses.
  • Almost one in five graduates attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A total of 155 from the Class of 2018 said they were going to UIUC, 18.1 percent of the class.
  • The most popular four-year universities among the Class of 2018 after UIUC were: the University of Illinois at Chicago (44), Indiana University (41), Illinois State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (33), DePaul University and the University of Iowa (24), Purdue University (20), Loyola University Chicago (19) and Marquette University (17).
  • 20 students planned to take a gap year, 10 were seeking employment, and eight intended to join the military.

Host Families Needed for German Students

Learn about another country and culture without leaving home by hosting a student from Germany in March. Stevenson will be welcoming 15 English-speaking high schoolers from Max-Born-Gymnasium in Germering, Germany from March 3-15, and host families are needed.

The students will arrive at the Deerfield train station on Sunday, March 3, where you will pick them up. They will attend classes with your student during their stay and leave the Chicago area directly from SHS during the school day on Friday, March 15.

If you would like to host one or more of the visiting students, please complete this application. Applications will be accepted in the order received. You will be contacted if the school is able to place a student or students with your family. All current Stevenson students and families are eligible to participate. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or

Is Amazon Primed for a Fall? Freshman Shares Thoughts

Amazon and Sears are businesses heading in completely different directions, with the latter on the verge of bankruptcy. However, freshman Victoria Feng says the downfall of the once-popular Sears provides a cautionary tale for Amazon in this opinion piece she wrote for the Los Angeles Times’ “HS Insider” section. She says the online retail giant can learn from Sears’ missteps.


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Piekarski Earns Coach of the Year Honor

Patriettes head coach Kristin Piekarski was chosen recently to receive the 2017-18 National Federation of State High Schools Association’s Illinois “Spirit” Coach of the Year Award. The spirit category covers cheerleading and dance. She was nominated by sports administrators at the Illinois High School Association, based on her leadership of the program. In the past six seasons, Stevenson has finished no lower than fourth place at the IHSA state finals, and won the Class 3A championship in 2017.

Think Pink/Kay Yow Night to Fight Women’s Cancers

The girls basketball program’s annual fundraiser for women’s cancer research, Think Pink/Kay Yow Night, returns Tuesday, Jan. 22 as Stevenson plays host to Libertyville. Commemorative T-shirts are available for $10 (pay with cash or check made out to Stevenson High School), with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. T-shirts will be distributed the week of Jan. 14. Order through a girls basketball player, head coach Ashley Graham or the Athletic Office. Download the order form (PDF).

Girls Basketball on NFHS Network Tonight

Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Warren will be streamed live from the Sports Center and can be seen on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7.

Bernard Steps Up for Boys Basketball Team

Injuries are a fact of life in sports. So, when a broken finger shelved the boys basketball team’s leading scorer, junior Matthew Ambrose, someone needed to step in. That’s exactly what Cameron Bernard has done. The 6-foot-2 junior, who made the varsity roster for the first time this season, has filled in admirably over the past month. Cameron and head coach Pat Ambrose talked with Rich Mayor of the Pioneer Press about the transition.

Sorenson Earns All-State Volleyball Honor

Senior Sophie Sorenson added to her collection of athletic awards during Winter Break when she was named to the Champaign News-Gazette All-State Girls Volleyball Second Team. She was the only player from Lake County on the first or second team.

Hockey Team Holding “Pucks for PTSD”

The boys ice hockey team is holding a Pucks for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) game against Glenbrook North at 5:40 p.m. Saturday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. It’s a “teal out.” Wear teal for PTSD awareness. The team will hold a fundraiser at Menchie’s, 950 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire, from 3-9 p.m. Saturday. Show this flyer and 20 percent of the purchase will be donated to Students Helping Soldiers and the hockey team in the name of PTSD awareness.


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Next Mental Health Wellness Event is Friday

Looking for ways to maintain balance in your life and reduce stress? Stop by Room 2104 during your lunch period on Friday for the Student Services Division’s next Mental Health Wellness Series event. Find out how the fine arts can help you enhance mental wellness and achieve balance. The Dance Department will be offering guided movement exercises, and there also will be sand art stations for the first 60 students each lunch period. There will be origami stations, too, and a few SHS teachers will be providing during the lunch periods as well.


The boys volleyball team will have informational meetings on Friday. Meetings will be held at 8 a.m. in Room 8016 and at 3:30 pm in Room 1920. Attend one meeting, not both. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at or 847-415-4584.

Informational meetings for girls softball will place before and after school on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Anyone interested in playing softball this spring should attend one of the meetings. The meetings will be held at 7:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., both in Room 2002. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Ruchim at


Registration is open for the newest IM sport: Squash. There will be eight Friday trips to Lifetime Fitness between this Friday and April 12. Each trip lasts from 4-5:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25, and there is a $10 fee for each trip. Click here to register. For more information, stop by the Student Activities Office.


Hinsdale District 86 will proceed with $130M referendum

Chicago State will pay $650K in settlement over faculty blog

CPS space utilization data shows more underutilized schools

CPS watchdog report outlines various violations, mistakes

Report: Some CPS employees lied to get kids into top schools

Former AT&T campus development concerns Barrington

New UI initiative will train computer science teachers

Literary murals creating positive stir at Mundelein High

Mayoral candidate proposes merging CPS, City Colleges

Felony conviction keeps Zion board candidate off ballot

Woodland District 50 board candidate kicked off ballot

Former Rockton grade school to be demolished

Benedictine chooses interim president for permanent role

Downers Grove chief leaving to lead Wilmette district


Teacher evaluation laws rarely backed by consistent research

Native American students languish in public schools

Harry Potter has brought magic to classrooms for two decades

Kentucky teacher fired for dragging autistic student through school

Ohio substitute teacher arrested for masturbating in class

Thousands of copyrighted works now freely available for teachers

High demand from retirees to live on campus at Arizona State

South Dakota school brings in local beef for student lunches


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Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

Incoming Freshman Orientation Nights Begin

The next crop of incoming freshmen and their parents and guardians will be visiting Stevenson over the next two weeks for orientation evenings. The first session is tonight, the second is Thursday, and the final one is Wednesday, Jan. 16. Click here for more information.

UI Vocal Group with Four Alumni Coming to SHS

The University of Illinois a cappella group No Comment will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Four Stevenson alumni are in the 15-member group: Jacob Singer and Johnny Barboza from the Class of 2017, and Elizabeth Meyer and Emily Lee from the Class of 2018. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. This video provides a sample of the group’s work.

CPN Sponsoring Program on Guns and Safety

The Community Parent Network is sponsoring an event Wednesday night focusing on education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. “Be SMART: A Conversation About Kids, Guns and Safety” will take place from 7-8 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. Click here to register.

Clothing Drive Benefits Military Veterans

Last month’s clothing drive led by the Students Helping Soldiers club resulted in the donation of 100 adult coats, 55 children’s coats, 48 pairs of gloves, more than 30 hats, and 15 pairs of boots, according to sponsor Dean Moran. All of the items were given to the Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago.

Foundation Event Canceled

Sunday’s Stevenson Foundation event, “A Magical Year Ahead: Finding Your Happy Place,” has been canceled due to low ticket response.

New Year, New Strategies for Parents

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.

Did you know that “when students feel able to meet parent expectations, they are less likely to be worried and stressed about their schoolwork and less likely to suffer from physical symptoms of stress” ( As we begin a new year, consider the following suggestions from Challenge Success at Stanford University:

  1. Define success on your terms
  2. Avoid over-scheduling
  3. Love your children unconditionally
  4. Discipline and set limits
  5. Allow teens to develop on their own and make mistakes
  6. Build responsibility
  7. Unplug
  8. Ease performance pressure
  9. Debunk college myths

For more information on each of these parenting tips, click here.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

St. Viator 5, Stevenson 2: At the Mt. Prospect Ice Arena, seniors Zach Wesley and Sam Shellist scored for the Patriots. Seniors Adam Offenbach and Billy Kopka, and junior Brett Stokes recorded one assist each. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at Randy Conrad Invitational: The Patriots captured the tournament title at East Leyden for the second straight season, defeating Conant, 209-196, and 11 other schools for the team crown. Three Pats won their weight class, led by senior Tommy Frezza (22-2), who claimed the 120-pound championship for the second time. Tommy, who finished sixth in Class 3A last year, defeated fellow 2018 state qualifier Alex Guiliano of Conant (19-2) by a 6-0 score in the championship match. Fellow senior Max Gomez (20-6) finished first at 195 after placing second last year. He pinned Ryan Golnick (21-6) of Jacobs in the title bout. 106-pound freshman Cole Rhemrev (22-6) won his first varsity tournament title, defeating one of the top-ranked wrestlers in Class 2A, Harvard’s Bryce Fiegel (28-3), with a 12-4 major decision. A trio of Pats placed third: senior Yoni Leibovitz (12-8), junior Alex Scott (16-13) at 170, and senior Dan Erdenetsogt (15-8) at 220. Seniors Ivor Gueorguiev (17-12) and Michael Phelps (9-9) finished fourth at 152 and 182, respectively. – Official Results | Illinois Matmen, Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 62, Waukegan 33: Junior Avery King led all scorers with 20 points and sophomore Lydia Lueck added a season-high 15 off the bench for the host Patriots (12-7, 3-4) in the Sports Center. Avery scored 11 of her 20 points in the first quarter as SHS rolled to a 23-4 lead, and Lydia had eight points in the second quarter to help the Pats build a 43-17 halftime advantage. Lydia sank three of the team’s eight 3-pointers. Freshman Simone Sawyer scored 10 of her 12 points in the opening quarter. – NFHS Replay

Boys Swimming

Stevenson at Evanston Invitational: The Patriots placed second behind Neuqua Valley in the 18-team field, 289-273. Senior Joseph Song finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (1:59.28), was third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.69), and swam a leg in the second-place 200 freestyle relay (1:27.92). He was joined in the relay by senior Richard Lee, who also was third in the 50 free (22.08), plus juniors Nic Comini and Jake Kim. SHS competed without all-stater Topher Stensby. – Official Results

Boys Diving

Stevenson at New Trier Winter Dive Classic: Freshman Jack White earned a season-high score of 388.80 and finished sixth out of 25 divers. Sophomore Jaden Pazol also competed (126.95). In the team standings, Stevenson placed sixth out of 10 teams.

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at Chester Jones Invitational: The Patriots finished fifth among 10 teams at Evanston Township High School, posting a score of 132.775. New Trier won the meet with a score of 145.775. Senior Sarina Johnson was the top performer from SHS. She placed 11th in the all-around (34.950) and finished ninth on uneven bars (8.7). Junior Riley Polatsek was eighth on balance beam (8.975). – Official Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Lake Zurich Invitational: The Patriots placed ninth out of 16 teams at the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park. Sophomore Joey Gluck led SHS with a six-game series pin total of 1,146, which was 28th out of 179 bowlers. He had back-to-back games of 225 and 224 during the second half of series. Sophomore Nicholas Sternes rolled the best game of the day for Stevenson (242) and finished with a 1,102 series. Also competing for the Pats were sophomore Ryan Lerman (1,031, 190) and Benjamin Ries (1,030, 198) and senior Kerry Mueller (982, 182). Machesney Park Harlem, which finished fifth in the state last year, won the tournament with a 6,141 score. Stevenson had 5,291.

More Winter Break Varsity Sports Results

To see varsity sports results from varsity events that took place between Dec. 21-29, click here.

New Boys Lacrosse Coach Named

Tom Hake, a former all-state player and coach at Glenbrook North High School, has been named Stevenson’s head boys lacrosse coach. Click here to read more about him. Student-athletes interested in meeting the new coach are invited to an informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 2004.


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Free SAT Practice Test Registration Deadline Monday

All juniors are invited to take a free SAT practice test Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Field House. Registration closes Monday. Space is limited to the first 575 students who sign up. Click here to register. The practice test will help juniors build testing endurance and give them a real-time snapshot of their testing performance. Scores are received the same day and will accessible online. Students who register also will have the opportunity to schedule a virtual meeting to learn more about their score report. Click here for details.

Madrigal Singers Auditions Thursday

Auditions for Madrigal Singers will take place after school Thursday in the Choir Room (Room 2202). All students are welcome to audition. Madrigals is an a cappella choir specializing in Renaissance music. The group will prepare for the Madrigal Dinner to be held on Sunday, March 10 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Audition materials are available in the Choir Room and on the choir web page. Contact Mrs. Singer at for more information.

What’s For Lunch Today?

You can see the lunch menus for the month of January by visiting You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.


Would you like to be a peer tutor second semester? Attend an orientation meeting at 3:45 Thursday in the Recital Hall. Continuing tutors will have a meeting in the West Auditorium at the same time.


Open Gym Volleyball begins Wednesday, and meets every Wednesday from 6-7 a.m. in the Sports Center. Visit the open gym web page for all the dates.


Anyone interested in playing boys lacrosse is invited to an informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 2004 to meet the new coach, Coach Hake.


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, must be high school juniors, and must be 16 by the start of the program to be eligible. The application has an essay requirement and will need to be completed and turned into the College Career Center by Monday. Please see Mrs. Kamman with any questions.


Career Education settlement wipes out $494M in student debt

CPS teacher charged with child sex abuse

How a serial pedophile got second chances in CPS

Where are the state’s worst performing schools?

Twin Groves health teacher, program earn state honor

Winnetka district voters to decide $90M referendum in spring

Granite City district paying $600K to settle discrimination suit

Highland Park High cafeteria may get $7.4M makeover

New state law requires black history courses at public colleges

UIC unveils master plan for future growth

New state law allows schools to seek restraining orders

Zion district hires teachers to add support, reduce class sizes

Woodstock considers delayed starts for cold weather days

Huntley District 158 adds two campus resource officers

CPS says fired principal exposed private student data

CPS moves to fire teacher for conduct 18 years ago

Waukegan school board candidate withdraws from race

Harper College professor drowns in Costa Rica


Los Angeles teachers on brink of first strike since 1989

Parkland shooting panel backs arming teachers

How officials failed to protect Parkland students

Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing kids

“Bulletproof” backpacks OK’d for New Orleans schools

San Diego school district victim of massive data breach

UTexas endowment at $31B passes Yale, with oil’s help

Florida Supreme Court rejects challenge to K-12 schools

Temple will pay $5.5M to settle suits over false rankings data

Cosmetology schools take more than a little off the top

16-year-old Kansan set to graduate high school, Harvard in May

The relentlessness of modern parenting


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