Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

Seniors Earn National History Day Honor
Seniors Matthew LiBridget ZhuErin Yuan and Govind Prabhakar earned Outstanding Entry medals at this summer’s National History Day competition at the University of Maryland for their exhibit, “Reversing the Flow of History: Triumph and Tragedy of the Chicago River.”

Freshman Competes in Russia
Freshman Tatyana Shilshtut represented the United States at the first Junior World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships last month in Moscow. Tatyana and four teammates from Vitrychenko Academy in Niles won the junior group national championship to earn the trip to Russia.

From Buffalo Grove to South Florida
Pat Howard (Class of 2008) is the drummer for the Magic City Hippies, a South Florida indie-funk band whose debut album, “Modern Animal,” is available today. The band played at this year’s Lollapalooza festival, and Howard talked with the Daily Herald about his recent homecoming.


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Fall Sports Parent Meetings

Here are the dates, times and locations for upcoming fall sport parent meetings:

  • Allied Bowling: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m. at Stevenson (location TBD)
  • Boys Cross Country: 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, Glass Commons
  • Girls Cross Country: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Staff Dining Room (West Building)
  • Girls Field Hockey: 5:30 p.m. Monday, Room 2002 (West Building – Health Classroom)
  • Football: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, Stadium (during Green-Gold scrimmage)
  • Boys Golf: 6 p.m. today, Recital Hall (by the Performing Arts Center)
  • Girls Golf: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Room 2002 (West Building)
  • Boys Ice Hockey: 5:45-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Recital Hall
  • Boys Soccer: Parent Meeting: 5:30 p.m. (approx.), Thursday, Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (after Green-Gold scrimmage)
  • Girls Swimming and Diving: 5 p.m. today, pool balcony
  • Spirit Revolution (Cheerleading and Poms): 6:30 p.m. Monday, Recital Hall (Room 4100)
  • Girls Volleyball: 6:45 p.m. (approx.), Friday, Aug. 23 (after Green-Gold scrimmages)

Quick Hits
Athletic team photos will be taken Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of next week by Visual Image Photography. Students can prepay for team and individual packages at the Stevenson page on VIP’s website.


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Seniors (and any other student graduating in 2020) must have their yearbook portrait taken by Visual Image Photography by Sept. 30 if they want it to appear in the Ambassador yearbook. Schedule an appointment online at


In the Loop (Stevenson’s knitting club) meets every Monday after school in Room 2502. The first meeting is Monday. All are welcome!

The Boys Badminton Club will have an informational meeting from 8-8:15 a.m. Tuesday in Room 8012. If you cannot make it and have questions, contact Coach Johnson at

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 5044. The meeting is open to new and returning members.


The University of Chicago’s decision last year to go test-optional was imitated by more than 30 schools around the country. The university declared the change a success, saying it yielded the most diverse freshman class in school history. Education Dive looks at some broader questions related to admissions at test-optional colleges.

Some female students at Glenbard East are complaining that enforcement of the high school’s dress code policy prohibiting sleeveless shirts is being applied unevenly. Several girls said they were forced to wear black or bright orange T-shirts, while boys in tank tops were not. They also said some staff members wore sleeveless shirts at school.

Officials at an Illinois prison suspended an educational program for inmates, launched two internal investigations and removed 200 books from a prison library because many had “racial” content or addressed issues like diversity and inclusion, according to records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.


California’s plan to make ethnic studies a high school graduation requirement is off to a rocky start. The first draft of a proposed curriculum has drawn strong criticism from top state education leaders, as well as some ethnic organizations that say their stories are mischaracterized, underplayed or ignored.

Southwest Airlines is teaming up with four universities to bring aspiring pilots into its ranks, the latest example of colleges and universities tapping into new revenue streams by partnering with companies to offer employee training.

The San Francisco school board has decided to cover, rather than destroy, a controversial mural in one of its city’s high schools. The 13 frescoes, painted in the 1930s, portray George Washington in an unflattering light, but some people have found them offensive.

The NCAA last week quietly dropped a recommended reform that would have given the association more authority to intervene in cases of academic misconduct on college campuses.

A Kentucky district is mocking the state’s new law requiring the national “In God We Trust” motto to be displayed prominently at schools. The Fayette County Public Schools is providing all of its schools with a framed version of an enlarged copy of a $1 dollar bill.

The Trump Administration’s trade disputes with other countries has led to a surplus of free food for school cafeterias around the country. The products are coming from the Department of Agriculture, which is giving away $1.2 billion in items it is buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019

All the World’s a Stage
Stevenson has a long tradition of students excelling in theatre — on stage and behind the scenes. The tradition continues in 2019-20:

Three students have been selected to participate in the production of “Aida” at the 45th annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival in January. Senior Jacob Bauman and junior Adina Shaikhwere chosen for the pit orchestra percussion section, while senior Ella Kalis was selected as a crew member. The students will participate in several weekend rehearsals between August and January, then will spend the week of Jan. 6 at Illinois State University preparing for the show, which runs Jan. 9-11.

A play written by senior Emily Feldman has been selected for MadKap Productions’ Fifth Annual Short Play Festival this weekend in Skokie. “The Live it Up List” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Skokie Theatre. The cast is comprised of senior Tim Graves and juniors Tanya Karwande and Mia Watkins. The play will be directed by senior Abby Sokol. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the door or through this link.

FBLA Trio Takes Top Honors
Seniors Ketna Kolakaluri, Julie Mathews and Rayann Yao placed first in the Marketing competition at the Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference this summer in San Antonio, Texas. The trio won the state contest earlier in the year.

Three FCCLA Members Earn Gold at Nationals
Three students earned gold medals, and three others also received honors, at the 2019 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference held June 30-July 4 in Anaheim, Calif.

Junior First at HOSA International Conference
Seven students earned top-10 finishes at the HOSA-Future Health Professionals International Conference this summer. Junior Bella Kim brought home first place in the Biomedical Laboratory Science category. Club sponsor Jill Lipman was named 2018-19 Outstanding HOSA Advisor.

Drill Day Training Pays Off
On Wednesday, students and staff participated in state-required tornado, fire and lockdown drills. This morning, they put practice into action when a fire alarm went off in the West Building around 8:40. The alarm was triggered accidentally by maintenance work being done on the sprinkler system. The West Building was evacuated without incident, and students and staff returned to class after approximately 10 minutes.


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Quick Hits

Junior Dima Kobets was part of a southern California club team, SOCAL, that won the boys 16-and-under title at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympic Championships this summer. Dima was the leading scorer last spring for Stevenson’s boys water polo team, which won its eighth consecutive IHSA sectional championship.


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The first Student Council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. All are welcome to join the Student Council and make a positive impact on our school.

Interested in trying archery? Come to Open Archery after school Thursday, Aug. 22 in Room 5044. No experience is necessary. New members are always welcome.


A start-up company in the health care industry is looking for one or two motivated students with business and mobile app development experience to work on projects from their home. This is a paid internship opportunity. Resumes are due to Mrs. Willock in the College Career Center by Friday, Aug. 23. Read more about the internship.


There’s been a seismic change in the first day of school across the state over the past 15 years. In 2004, only 16 of the 1,006 school districts statewide — less than 2% — had teachers or students back by Aug. 14, according to records kept by the Illinois State Board of Education. This year, 502 of the state’s 910 districts — more than 55% — saw teachers back or classes getting underway by that date.

College of DuPage faculty members plan to ask school trustees to bring in a federal mediator to reinvigorate contract negotiations. Talks began months ago, but both sides agree progress has been slow.

Illinois State University Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Jan Murphy will retire June 30, after more than 30 years at the school. A search for her successor was announced Wednesday by ISU President Larry Dietz.


Parents can take Family and Medical Leave Act time off to attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings for children with serious health conditions, according to a U.S. Department of Labor opinion letter.

Moody’s Investors Service kept in place its negative outlook for the higher education sector during a midyear evaluation published Monday. The company forecast low revenue growth due to more students being enticed into the labor force instead of classrooms.

Alaska officials have agreed to a three-year, $70 million budget cut for the state’s university system. Gov. Mike Dunleavy originally sought a one-year, $135 million budget cut.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019

East Building Addition Opens on Time
The new East Building addition, two years in the making, opened on time for last week’s Freshman Orientation Day. The addition features 22 learning spaces, plus smaller informal areas for student study and collaboration. The addition also is a “net zero” energy usage facility, which means that lighting and heating costs will be offset by the use of solar panels on the roof, and plant-filled “living walls” between the second and third floors. Assistant Superintendent for Business Sean Carney talks about the addition in this video.

Senior Speaks at Juul Lawsuit Press Conference
Senior Vrushali Thakkar was one of the people who spoke at a press conference Tuesday at which Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim announced plans to sue e-cigarette maker Juul Labs. The suit alleges that Juul illegally markets its products to teenagers. Vrushali appears in the second video.

Alumna to Appear on ABC Show Thursday Night
Two-time state champion golfer Stephanie Miller (Class of 2013) will be one of the contestants on the next episode of the mini-golf competition “Holey Moley” at 7 p.m. Thursday on ABC. She is a professional golfer on the Symetra Tour, which is the official development tour of the LPGA.

Former Social Studies Teacher in LA Times
Former SHS Social Studies teacher Vanessa Steinkamp was featured in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. Steinkamp, who now teaches at a community college in Texas, was the subject of an article on disaffected female voters in the Republican Party.


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Night of Champions Set for Sept. 6
Stevenson Athletics will recognize team and individual division, conference, Lake County, regional, sectional and state champions from the 2018-19 school year at its ninth annual Night of Champions event prior to the home football game against Neuqua Valley on Friday, Sept. 6. A procession featuring honored athletes will take place at 7 p.m., followed by the varsity football game at 7:30.

Quick Hits

The football program will hold its annual corn roast fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sunset Foods in Long Grove. Fresh roasted corn from Didier Farms will be available. … Miami University wide receiver Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016) is one of 93 players under consideration for the Wuerffel Trophy, considered college football’s top award for community service.


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The IM Flag Football League information meeting will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Room 2104. Games are played on Sunday mornings from September until November. For more information and to register, use this link. If you have questions, contact Mr. Wellington at

The IM Golf League information meeting takes place from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Room 6014. Online registration opens the same day. Questions? Contact Mr. Wellington at


Interactive Gamers Club will be meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in Rooms 8046/8048. The club will be forming groups for RPGs, learning how to play Magic: the Gathering and Pokemon, and discussing board games for the year.


Chicago Public Schools plans to spend $619 million to make improvements at more than 300 schools. Pre-K classrooms will be a major focus, along with STEM, International Baccalaureate, and fine arts programs.

A factfinder is recommending a five-year contract for CPS teachers that would give raises of 3% in the first three years and 3.5% in the last two years. The amount is more than what has been offered by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and less than what the Chicago Teachers Union wants.

Illinois colleges are increasing outreach efforts to veterans. More than 21,000 veterans used the GI Bill to attend Illinois schools in 2018. DePaul University has the most enrolled veterans of any Chicago-area college, with 600 attending.


Which is better: Reading on paper or screens? Mounting research evidence in recent years has been leaning toward paper. A 2019 meta-analysis of 33 reading comprehension studies found paper is better. The trend runs counter to textbook publishers’ plans to emphasize digital texts.

Mississippi may eliminate its required U.S. History test for public school students. A state task force recommended eliminating the test, one of four which students must pass to graduate. Students also take exams in English, algebra and biology.

The Ohio State University is attempting to trademark the word “the,” according to an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The university has used “The” in its name since 1878.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019

Distinguished Young Woman Winner, Pt. 1
May graduate Dora Guo was named Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2019. She is the first national winner from Illinois since 1990.

Distinguished Young Woman Winner, Pt. 2
Senior Emily Kang was named Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois in July, the second consecutive Stevenson student to receive the honor.

Retired Teacher “Reeling” in the Years
Retired SHS chemistry teacher Ron Urick’s love of fishing landed a prominent writeup in the Chicago Sun-Times late last month.


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VIP Parking Raffle for Home Football Games
Sports Boosters is holding a raffle for eight VIP parking spots for home football games in 2019. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Click here for tickets. Winners will be chosen at the Green-Gold scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 22. (You do not have to be present to win.) You must be 18 to purchase a ticket.

Quick Hits

The boys volleyball team, which had a 27-9 record last spring under head coach Eric Goolish, also did well in the classroom. The Patriots had one of the top five grade-point averages among the nation’s high school boys teams for the third year in a row, and earned a Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. … Junior Sara Sulejmani, who became Stevenson’s first girls state wrestling champion last winter, earned All-America honors in two divisions at this summer’s USA Wrestling women’s national championships. She finished second at 138 pounds in the 16U Junior Division (watch the 16U final match), and was third in the Cadet Division. … Former SHS student Jack Silich was named to the 2019 USA Hockey U17 Men’s Select Team recently. Jack, who was a sophomore last year, is playing hockey and attending school on the East Coast this year.


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The Upper ILC is hiring student aides to work in the library during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and would like to work in the ILC, please visit the circulation desk or email Mrs. Gorman ( for an application. This is a paid position.

Lunch menus for the month of August are available You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.


Auditions for the Stevenson Network News begin Monday and continue throughout next week. Any interested student must have eighth hour free to be an anchor. Auditions will take place in Room 1309 in the Lower ILC. Fill out this application if you plan to audition. Questions can be directed to the sponsors, Mr. Fairchild ( and Mr. Aronoff (

Interactive Gamers Club will be meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday in Rooms 8046/8048. The club will be forming groups for RPGs, learning how to play Magic: the Gathering and Pokemon, and discussing board games for the year.


To become part of Stevenson’s jazz band program, students must record and submit a video audition to Ms. Vogler at by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Those who submit an audition will automatically be qualified for a large jazz ensemble. They also will be qualified for a jazz combo, if they choose. Click here for audition information and music.


School district consolidation is the next target for a state legislator who successfully led the charge to make it easier to dissolve townships in McHenry County. Rep. David McSweeney, a Republican from Barrington Hills, says smaller districts should consolidate into unit (K-12) configurations.

Illinois has updated its world languages learning standards for the first time in 22 years. The state’s new standards were created by the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, in collaboration with 17 language organizations.

City Colleges of Chicago is overhauling its English as a Second Language programs to try to improve student performance and standardize the classes across the six campuses that offer adult education. WBEZ reports that the decision has been met with resistance.

Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School on Monday unveiled a new $4.3 million athletic complex named after alumna and former First Lady Michelle Obama.


Half of young Americans say their degree is irrelevant to their work, according to a new survey by TD Ameritrade. The survey results suggest Generation Z and young millennials are more willing than older groups to explore alternative routes to college, or not going at all.

Dartmouth College will pay $14 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by nine women who claimed the school ignored years of harassment and assault by their psychology professors.

Defense attorneys in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal plan to use a legal strategy that blurs the distinction between donations and bribery, according to the Associated Press. The strategy emerged from court documents related to a prominent Miami developer who allegedly paid $250,000 to get his daughter into USC as a fake athlete.

Lady Gaga plans to fund more than 160 classroom projects in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Gilroy, Calif., to help provide support to students. The three communities have experienced mass shootings in the past 45 days.

Monday, Aug. 12, 2019

Stevenson Begins 55th Year of Service to the Community

Stevenson High School began its 55th year of service to the District 125 community today.

Among the changes greeting students are an expanded East Building with 22 learning spaces, and an online learning management system called Canvas that combines coursework and grades in one location.

Parents and guardians will have an opportunity to meet their students’ teachers during the annual Open House Nights this month. The nights are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 21 and Thursday, Aug. 29. The school will be mailing home detailed information.

Science Olympiad Sixth in Nation

Stevenson placed sixth at the 35th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament this summer. Eight Patriots earned medals, including national champions Emily W. Liu and Sneha Mohan.

Transfer Parent Night Wednesday

Parents of transfer students in grades 10-12 will have the opportunity to attend an “orientation” of their own from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14 in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center.

Visiting Artists, ARTalks Announced

The Stevenson High School Foundation and the SHS Fine Arts Division have announced their Visiting Artists/ARTalks lineup for the 2019-20 school year. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women Artists.”


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What You Need to Know About Stevenson Athletics

With the beginning of fall sports practices today, Stevenson Athletics offers this list of 10 things every Patriot student-athlete and parent should know. The list includes these points:

Multiple sport participation helps decrease the likelihood of injuries, reduces burnout, exposes kids to a wider variety of teammates, broadens athletic skills, and is very appealing to many college coaches looking to recruit athletes. (However, athletes can participate in only one sport per season.)

Students do better in school when they are playing a sport. In fact, the average semester GPA of an SHS student-athlete is 3.324. When in season, student-athletes tend to be more focused and have better time management skills. Grades also are monitored on a weekly basis.

Talent alone is not enough to succeed. Effort, hard work and discipline are the primary keys to attaining excellence in athletics and academics at SHS.

Quick Hits

2013 state champion Alexxis Kiven (Class of 2014) is Stevenson’s new girls tennis coach. She takes over a program that finished third in Illinois last fall and has finished in the state’s top three in each of the past five seasons. … Four members of the school’s water polo teams earned All-America honorsover the summer, as did seven members of the boys swim team. … Former varsity baseball assistant coach Patrick Conlin has been chosen to lead Dundee-Crown High School’s program.


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Would you like a hallway locker? Check your SHS email on Thursday for the hallway locker survey. You’ll have the chance to request a locker in a hallway that’s convenient for your schedule. The locker survey deadline is Sunday and lockers will start to be assigned on Monday, Aug. 19.


Freshman Class Board will hold its first meeting at 3:35 p.m. Thursday in Room 6018. The board meets on Thursdays throughout the year.


Audition workshops for the fall musicalChicago: High School Edition, will be held Thursday (vocal) and Friday (dance) after school. Anyone who filled out the audition packet before July 15 must fill it out again. Important information was missing, and the form has been updated. Here is a link to the audition packet. You will not be able to audition until the form is complete. Visit for more information.


Fall tryouts for Spirit Revolution (cheerleading and Patriettes) will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the Field House. Athletes eligible for the tryouts include transfer students, and students who were unable to try out in April due to injury. All students must be registered for athletics and have a current physical on file in the Nurses’ Office before they can try out. Click here to register for athletics.


Last school year, almost a third of Chicago’s schools had at least one regular education or special education teacher position open all year long, according to WBEZ. The problem was most acute at schools serving low-income and black students. All schools with majority white student populations had no yearlong vacancies.

The state’s teacher shortage could be eased by a new law signed last week by Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Under the law, teacher candidates no longer have to pass a basic skills test to receive an educator license.

Gov. Pritzker also signed into law last week a bill that requires history classes to include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Illinois and in America. The law goes into effect in July 2020.

Police Blotter: A recently retired counselor and coach from St. Viator High School was charged with sending inappropriate texts to students, the Daily Herald reported. … Also from the Herald, a 64-year-old elementary school substitute teacher was found guilty Friday of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old student. … CBS 2 reports on the case of a former Orland Park junior high school basketball coach accused of molesting students. The case is unresolved five years after charges were filed.


Texas education officials want to oust Houston’s school board after an investigation revealed alleged trustee misconduct. An investigation by the Texas Education Agency found some trustees violated the Texas Open Meetings Act, inappropriately influenced vendor contracts and made false statements to investigators.

Head Start’s long-term effectiveness is being called into question by a new study. Previous studies relied on data from children born in the 1970s and ’80s, while the newest research looks at those born between 1986 and 1996.

Some New Jersey teachers accused of serious misconduct have been able to continue working for years due to a state credential review system. A review of more than 100 recent cases found a typical case takes more than a year to move through the system.

Rhode Island’s state education commissioner announced last week her plan to take control of Providence schools. Authority currently rests in the hands of the city’s mayor, city council, schools superintendent and school board.

Friday, May 24, 2019 – Final for 2018-19

Farewell to the Class of 2019

Stevenson bids a fond farewell to the Class of 2019 today. The commencement ceremony takes place at 5 p.m. at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

Doors open for public seating at 3:30. Graduates must arrive no later than 4 o’clock, and enter through the rear receiving dock doors.

Visit our graduation page for information about commencement photos, directions to the Sears Centre Arena, and more. For those unable to attend the ceremony, a live stream will be available at this link.

Parking Lot B Closed Next Week; Use the Field House

Anyone coming to campus next week to return books, pay fines, visit a counselor or register for summer school should enter SHS at the Field House entrance, which is off parking lot D. Parking lot B will be closed due to filming for Stevenson’s new safety video, which will be unveiled in August.

Odyssey 2020 Logo Design Winner Announced

Junior Alex Lobo is the winner of the Odyssey 2020 Logo Competition. You can see his logo on the Odyssey web page. Alex attended the May 2 design workshop at which Kristin Maskalunas, principal designer and owner of KMGD Design, offered advice to students. Specifically, Alex was influenced by the importance of taking into account the psychology of the colors he planned to use. Here is what he told the judges:

“The colors I decided to use in my design are orange (to represent creativity), blue (to represent the serenity of the event), and red (to represent the energy and passion that surrounds it,” he said. “When researching other art festival logos I noticed that they often put popular landmarks in their logos to show where the event was taking place; for my logo I used “The Point” because it is what sticks out the most when I think about Stevenson. Overall I just wanted the logo to look bright, fun, and welcoming to the people attending Odyssey 2020.”

Odyssey 2020 will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 4-5.

Stevenson Wins State Academic Challenge

Stevenson won the state championship in its division at the annual Academic Challenge last month at Eastern Illinois University. The Academic Challenge is a test-based competition covering seven areas: biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics and physics. The Academic Challenge was formerly known as the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering competition.

SHS captured the Unlimited Division, which includes schools with an enrollment of 1,500 or higher, finishing ahead of runner-up Naperville Central. The team roster included seniors Andrew Gan, Aniket Nuthalapati and Tony Tan; juniors Akash Kumar, Philena Liu, Radha Patel and Josh Tsai; sophomores Justin Chen and Praneet Rathi; and freshmen Andrew Liu and Greycen Ren.

Several members of the Academic Challenge roster also won state-level honors earlier this semester in the annual Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Math and Science (TEAMS) competition in Wheaton.

The one-day event challenges student to work collaboratively in applying their math and science knowledge to solve everyday engineering challenges. Teams had to use designated materials to complete a hands-on design challenge related to the competition theme, “The Engineering Brain,”; solve 80 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes; and submit an in-depth essay written prior to the competition.

Tony, Andrew Gan and Aniket were part of a eight-student squad that tied for first place in the 11/12 Division. They were joined by fellow seniors Andrew Ding, Alex Dong, Michael Hu, Jacob Minin and Joey Rivkin. Stevenson also took first place in the 9/10 Division behind sophomores Doogy Lee, Sean Li, Sophia Li, Lily Ma, Krishna Patel, Aditi Singh, Ricky Wang and James Xie.

Stevenson also finished second, third and fourth in the 9/10 Division. The runner-up roster included Greycen and Andrew Liu, plus freshmen Trisha Gannu, Kelly Mao and Lillian You. The third-place team had sophomores Krushank Bayyapu, Arthur Bereznyakov, Saanvi Juneja, Shreyas Khati, Violet Park and Alicia Zeng. The fourth-place squad featured Justin and fellow sophomores Edward Kang, Stephen Moy, Jun Ha Paik, Daniel Thomas, Daniel Trager, Nicholas Xing and Gordon Xu.

In total, Stevenson took nine teams to the TEAMS state competition, and eight scored high enough to make the cutoff for nationals, which will be held June 28-July 2 in Washington, D.C. The school is limited to two teams at nationals, however. Representing SHS on one team will be Ricky, Sean, Aditi, Lily, James and Sophia from the 9/10 state champions, plus sophomores Richard Bi and Brandon Lu. The second team will include Shreyas, Arthur, Alicia and Saanvi, along with sophomores Isha Rustagi and Arun Sivarajah. The sponsor for Academic Challenge and TEAMS is Andrew Richardson.

Alumnae Playing With The Who

Stevenson alumna Audrey Snyder (Class of 2008) has been hanging around Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend lately. She is a cellist in the backing orchestra on The Who’s “Moving On!” tour, which included a stop Tuesday night at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. The Eastman School of Music graduate is a member of the Chicago-based Zafa Collective, has recorded two EPs, and performs regularly for musical theater productions in the city, including “Hamilton.”

Alumni Discuss Value of World Languages

A panel of Stevenson alumni discussed the value of learning a second language during Monday’s World Language Career Day. Five SHS graduates discussed their educational and career paths, and how they use world languages in their careers. The lunchtime sessions, organized by Spanish teacher Beth Merkin, featured these alumni:

  • Julie Schullian (Class of 1990), a global data analyst with Stryker Medical, who received a bachelor’s degree in foreign service and French from Baylor University.
  • Mia Carris (Class of 2016), a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Spanish education. She plans to teach high school Spanish.
  • Dr. Neha Rao (Class of 2012), who uses Spanish daily in working with patients. She will be starting a residency in emergency medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine in New York City.
  • Anne Grujanac (Class of 2015), a recent graduate of DePauw University, who will be entering the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic as a Spanish literacy promoter in primary education.
  • Ryan Strassburger (Class of 1999), who teaches seventh-grade social studies at a Chicago public school in which 45 percent of students are English language learners. Most of his communication with parents is in Spanish.

The panel also included Stevenson parent Margaret Dolores “Lorrie” Castaneda Rodriguez Hardy, who works as a talent recruiter for IOR Global Services. She has an MBA in international marketing from DePaul University.

Final Fling for Alumnus on UW Ultimate Squad

2014 SHS graduate Jeff Maskalunas and his University of Wisconsin teammates are competing in the USA Division I Men’s Ultimate College National Championship this weekend in Round Rock, Texas, outside of Austin. The UW Hodags are among the top 20 teams in the country (out of 435 overall). Maskalunas has served as team captain the past two years. He is earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and has been conducting solar power research with the U.S. Department of Energy.

Final Daily Digest of the 2018-19 School Year

This is the final Daily Digest of the 2018-19 school year. After a summer respite, the Digest will return on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 12.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots stood in third place after the first day of action, with three of its four entries reaching this morning’s quarterfinals at Hersey. SHS has 21 points, one behind defending champion Hinsdale Central and New Trier. Senior Zach Kim, a 5-8 seed, reached the singles quarterfinals for the second straight year. He won his first two matches in straight sets over opponents from Metea Valley (6-0, 6-1) and Streamwood (6-3, 6-2), then outlasted a 9-16 seed from Glenbrook South (6-4, 2-6, 6-4). Zach, who finished fourth in the state last spring, will face No. 2 seed Jeremy Learner from Highland Park. Sophomore Eric Perkowski also reached the singles quarterfinals. He met little resistance in his first three singles matches, defeating opponents from Hinsdale South (6-1, 6-1), Maine West (6-1, 6-3) and Glenbard West (6-0, 6-1). The 9-16 seed will take on the 3-4 seed from Hinsdale Central. Seniors Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan, a 9-16 seed, won their first two matches in straight sets (6-0, 6-2 over Belleville West and 6-2, 6-1 over Conant), then upset Naperville Central’s 3-4 seed, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. They will face one of New Trier’s two duos today. Sophomores Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy, also a 9-16 seed, won their first-ever state match over Barrington (6-4, 6-3), then got knocked into the consolation bracket by Conant (6-4, 6-4), but rebounded with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lincoln-Way Central. The pair faces a duo from Chicago Latin in a third-round consolation match at Wheeling. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Today’s Lacrosse Sectional Final Time Moved

Due to the weather forecast and to avoid potential lightning delays, tonight’s IHSA girls lacrosse sectional championship game between Stevenson and Deerfield will start at 5 p.m. rather than 7 o’clock. Stevenson is the top seed in the SHS Sectional, while the Warriors are the No. 3 seed. The winner advances to the Lake Zurich Supersectional on Tuesday, and will face the winner of the St. Viator Sectional title contest between Barrington and Glenbrook South. SHS enters tonight’s final with a 13-7 record, and has won five games in a row and 12 of its last 13. Deerfield is 14-7, and is riding a nine-game winning streak into tonight’s matchup. The game is scheduled to be streamed live from the Stadium on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.

Girls Soccer Seeks First Sectional Title

The girls soccer team takes aim at the program’s first-ever sectional championship Saturday morning when it faces Fremd at Buffalo Grove High School. The contest begins at 11 a.m. The winner advances to the IHSA Class 3A Fremd Supersectional at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday against the New Trier Sectional champion, which will be New Trier or Glenbrook South. Stevenson, playing in its first sectional final since 2007, enters Saturday’s contest with a 21-1-2 record, and has won 16 consecutive games. The Patriots have outscored their opponents 74-6 this season, and have recorded 19 shutouts in 24 games. Stevenson has held its last 14 opponents scoreless. Fremd is 14-4-3 and also has been stingy on defense. The Vikings have yielded 10 goals all year, while scoring 45. Fremd has a 11-1-2 record in its last 14 games, and has won three in a row.

Baseball Alumnus Earns All-Big East Honor

Xavier University freshman third baseman Jack Housinger (Class of 2018) earned All-Big East Second Team honors this week. Housinger has started 46 of the Musketeers’ 54 games this season, hitting .276 with a .418 on-base percentage thanks to a team-high 36 walks. Defensively, he has a .978 fielding percentage with only three errors on the year.


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Watch the Sectional Lacrosse Title Game for Free

The first 25 SHS students in attendance at tonight’s girls lacrosse sectional championship game will get in free, courtesy of Stevenson Sports Boosters. Students must show their school ID to receive free admission.


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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Commencement Livestream Available

Friday’s commencement ceremony at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates will be streamed live by SHS-TV via the Stevenson Broadcast Network/NFHS Network. The broadcast will begin at 5 p.m. Here is the link to watch the livestream.

Two Named to Daily Herald Academic Team

Seniors Angela Zhang and Tony Tan have been selected to the 2018-19 Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team. Placement on the 10-student squad is based on academic and co-curricular achievements. The team will be published in the Daily Herald on Thursday, May 30.

Archery Team Earns 9 Medals at S3DA Regional

Stevenson’s archery team secured a slew of medals at the Illinois S3DA Outdoor Target Regional in downstate Havana on Saturday. The Patriots won first place in four categories. Junior Caitlin Goldberg and sophomore David Bayer won top honors in Female Traditional and Male Traditional, respectively. Senior Rachel French finished first in Female Fixed Pin, and classmate Kara Carter won the Female Open division. The top three finishers in each division earned medals.

SHS had three runners-up: sophomores Rebecca Muise (Female Traditional) and Malachi Park (Male Traditional), and junior Madison Higgins (Female Fixed Pin). Sophomore Rayna Finn was third in Female Traditional, and freshman Elisabeth Clavel was fourth. Stevenson finished 3-4-5 in Male Traditional: freshman Jackson Esposito, senior Andrew Szwejbka, and sophomore JP Gordon. Senior Andrew Miller was sixth in Male Fixed Pin, while classmate Brenna Faber was sixth in Female Fixed Pin. Senior Adhya Gowda and junior Amelia Korveziroska were seventh and eighth, respectively, in Female Fixed Pin.

eSports Team Makes National Semifinals

Stevenson’s Counter-Strike:GO team has reached the semifinals of the High School eSports League national Spring Majors Playoffs. SHS beat Blue Valley Southwest High School from Overland Park, Kan., in the quarterfinals, and will take on Francis Howell Central from Cottleville, Mo., this weekend. You can watch the action on Stevenson’s Twitch stream at and at The CS:GO team includes senior captain Brandon Adduci, plus senior Nick Filerman, juniors Shorya Agarwal, Vincent De Guzman and Dean Thomas, and sophomore Stephan Halai.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots beat No. 5 Libertyville in the semifinals, 18-9, advancing to the sectional championship game at 7 p.m. Friday in the Stadium. SHS (13-7) will face third-seeded Deerfield (14-7), an 11-10 winner over No. 2 Lake Forest in the other semifinal. Both teams are on a roll: The Patriots have won 12 of their last 13 games and five in a row, while the Warriors have won nine straight. Stevenson Sports Boosters will pay admission for the first 25 SHS students in attendance (school ID required).


Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 4A Regional: The second-seeded Patriots lost to No. 15 Highland Park in the regional semifinals, 4-2, ending their season with a 23-9 record. Senior Michael D’Angelo doubled home junior Jake Surane in the bottom of the third inning with Stevenson’s first run, then scored on the same play after an outfield error. Ryan McElhinny, also a senior, went 2-for-2 with a double, while Jake and senior Chris Farina both drew two walks. – Daily Herald,


Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 4A Regional: The 11th-seeded Patriots (14-14) ended their season with an 11-1, five-inning loss to No. 5 Carmel (20-14). Senior Maggie O’Brien singled in Stevenson’s run in the fourth inning. – Daily Herald

Spring Sports Awards Winners

The Athletics Division held its annual Spring Sports Awards Night on Monday in the Sports Center. Here is a link to the list of major awards given.

Boys Track and Field Team Prepares for State

Six members of the boys track and field team will travel to Eastern Illinois University for the IHSA Class 3A state meet, which begins Friday and concludes Saturday. Seniors Anand Batbaatar and Maema Njongmeta will compete in field events. Anand is making his second state appearance in shot put, while Maema made the discus field for the second straight year. Also making their second consecutive trip to EIU are sophomore David Smolensky and juniors Shane Johnson and Jahleel Perrin. They will run in the 400- and 800-meter relays with junior Jordan Vincent. David, Shane and Jahleel finished seventh in the 800 relay last spring with Ahmad Dinkins (Class of 2018). Jahleel and David will run in the 100-meter dash, and David also will compete in the 200. Follow state track results at this link.

Boys Tennis Looks for Another Top 10 State Finish

The boys tennis team will look to extend its streak of top-10 finishes at the Illinois High School Association state tournament, which gets underway today. Stevenson has placed in the state’s top 10 every year since 2007, and has six qualifiers this season. Senior Zach Kim, who finished fourth in the state last year, is a 5-8 seed in singles, while sophomore Eric Perkowski is a 9-16 seed. Zach is making his fourth consecutive state appearance, while Eric reached for the second time (but first in singles). Eric finished second in doubles last year with sophomore Prathinav Merneedi. Both of the current Patriot doubles qualifiers are 9-16 seeds. Seniors Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan will be making their third straight trip to state, while sophomores Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy qualified for the first time. Follow state tennis results today through Saturday at this link.

Ean Norenberg Honored by Marine Corps

Junior Ean Norenberg has been named a 2019 Semper Fidelis All-American by the U.S. Marine Corps. The program honors 96 elite high school juniors from across the country.  Nominated students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, be active in community service, play a competitive team sport, hold a student or community leadership position, and submit an essay describing their philosophy for overcoming obstacles in their life. Ean and his chosen mentor, head football coach Brent Becker, will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the four-day Battles Won Academy in Washington, D.C. in July.


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Looking for a Job This Summer?

If you’re looking for a job this summer, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.

Want to Buy a Yearbook?

Yearbooks can be purchased for $55 at the Patriot Superstore. For those who ordered a yearbook but haven’t picked it up yet, the Superstore is also the place to go. Students must have their Stevenson ID to pick up a yearbook. No student may pick up another student’s yearbook unless the student’s parent emails with written permission.


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