Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Going The Extra Mile to Teach Social Studies

Students in Social Studies Teacher Paul Mazzuca’s AP United States History and Collaborative United States History courses were surprised to find Mazzuca on the Freedom Trail in Boston when they logged in for class on Sept. 14.

Last week, he livestreamed four classes a day from important American Revolution sites such as the site of the Boston Massacre, the Old State House, where Bostonians first heard the Declaration of Independence, Old South Meeting House from the very pulpit where Sam Adams and John Hancock organized the Tea Party in 1773, Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were written, and the Liberty Bell.

Mazzuca is certainly bringing new meaning to the term Remote Learning.

Freshman SCoPE Meetings

Stevenson freshman families were sent an email this week with information about Freshman SCoPE Meetings. Families are invited to make an appointment for a one-on-one appointment with their student’s counselor. The timeframe to make an appointment runs from now until Oct. 30. In the email that each family received, a link to the counselor’s Calendly page was provided to schedule these meetings.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blood Drive on Oct. 8
National Honor Society is hosting a blood drive on Oct. 8 from 2-8 p.m. at Stevenson. Registration is required and students are required to bring a signed permission slip. Participants must wear a mask, complete the health screening app and follow COVID-19 safety precautions outlined on the registration form.

Applications Open for Voice of Democracy Scholarship
Seniors can win scholarship prizes through the annual Voice of Democracy audio/essay competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Libertyville Post 8741 awards cash prizes to the first-, second- and third-place local winners. Local winners have the opportunity to earn scholarship prizes at the district, state and national level up to $30,000. This year’s theme is “Is This the Country the Founding Fathers Envisioned?” Interested students must complete the application and send it with a voice file of themselves reading their essay and a Word file of the essay, to Sue Fujiu at SFUJIU@aol.com. Questions can be directed to the same email address. The entry deadline is Oct. 31.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Varsity Results for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Girls Golf
Sophomore Allie Santos and freshman Chelsea She carded a 38 last night, but it wasn’t enough to lead the girls golf team over Barrington at Marriott’s Cranes Landing last night. The Patriots fell to the Fillies 161-151, dropping them to 8-2 on the season (5-1 NSC). They have a chance to get back in the win column tonight as they host Highland Park at 4 p.m. Since this is the last dual meet of the season, Head Coach Emma Degen and Assistant Coach Ryan Hutchins will be recognizing their senior class of Briana FidmanSmrithi Mukund and Priyanka Prasanna.

Boys Golf
A rescheduled match versus Lake Forest is on the schedule for tonight, as the host Patriots look forward to a competitive outing against the Scouts. Both programs have been leaders in the North Suburban Conference in recent years. Stevenson comes into the match with a 3-1 conference record, while Lake Forest sits at 4-0. Seniors Arthur HancockConan PanBradley Park and Nicholas Udoni will be recognized by Head Coach John Rueth and Assistant Coach Dale Bares prior to this evening’s tee-off.
In non-conference action, the Patriots defeated Barrington 148-160 and improved to 7-3 on the season last night. Scores from the Barrington match Jun Park (So) = 36; Bradley Park (Sr) = 37; Tate Donica (Jr) = 37; Arthur Hancock (Sr) = 38; Maadhav Muralidharan (Jr) = 39; Nick Udoni (Sr) = 40.

Girls Tennis
Girls tennis improved to 3-3 overall (2-1 NSC) with a victory over Zion-Benton. The Patriots swept all seven matches with the following scores:

No.1 singles sophomore Kate Herlihy 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 singles junior Ashley Yan 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 singles junior Sabrina Xue 6-0, 6-0

No. 1 doubles sophomores Angela Ran and Ashley Adkisson 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 doubles freshman Molly Hayden and sophomore Ariana Topalian 6-1, 6-1; No. 3 doubles sophomore Pooja Ponneboina and junior Jenna Chen 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 doubles sophomore Simran Agarwal and freshman Santosha Pochiraju 6-1, 6-0.

EDUCATION NEWS
Illinois Schools Receive State Funding to Close Digital DivideOn Monday, Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education announced 471 schools will receive more than $80 million to purchase or be reimbursed for devices and internet connection for students during remote learning.

New Pathways for the School Psychology Profession May Help Curb ShortagesThe National Association of School Psychologists updated its standards for training, credentialing, and practice for school practitioners. These standards include alternate credentialing that may help schools fill vacancies.

Local Teacher Transforms Bedroom Into a Remote Classroom“Bloom where you are planted.” That’s the mantra of a Woodland Elementary East teacher. She transformed a bedroom in her home into a classroom with a lifetime worth of materials and supplies she has collected.

Essential Workers in Michigan Offered Free College EducationMichigan will offer free community college tuition, under the CARES Act, to essential workers which include grocery workers, gas station clerks and sanitation workers who qualify.

Cleveland State University Considering ConsolidationCSU is considering consolidating from 11 campuses to five or six to cut costs and strengthen student support services

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Seal of Biliteracy Exam Fall Deadline is Oct. 2
Stevenson students have the opportunity to be recognized by the State of Illinois for earning proficiency in English and one or more languages through the Seal of Biliteracy program. Students must meet established criteria to establish proficiency and one of them can be obtained by taking biliteracy exams. The exams are offered for 15 languages at Stevenson in the fall and spring and in order to take the fall exams Oct. 19-23, students need to complete an online pre-registration form and pay no later than Friday, Oct. 2.

Sophomore Part of Award-Winning Video
A video about radon gas awareness created by six suburban students, including SHS sophomore Nicole Lee, earned top honors from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the American Lung Association netting the group $1,000 in prize money which they plan to invest in an ALA fall campaign and make a school donation. Their video helps raise awareness about a serious safety issue that can result from undetected radon. Watch the Video created by these students. / Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Virtual College Representative Visits
Juniors and seniors can virtually attend college rep visits by signing up through their Naviance account. Students who will miss a class to attend a scheduled session will also need to request permission from their classroom teacher. The College Rep Visit Schedule can be viewed on the College and Career Center webpage along with a video with instructions on how to sign up for a college rep visit.

End of Six Week Grading Period
Friday, Sept. 25, is the end of the first six-week grading period. See the 2020-21 Academic Calendar for related dates. For more information about the grading system at Stevenson, see the videos posted to this playlist on YouTube.

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS
Varsity Results for Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Boys Golf:
The Patriots played at Stonewall Orchard Golf Club in Grayslake and lost to Grayslake Central 177-182. Tate Donica and AJ Goldberg led the team with scores of 44.

Girls Cross Country
The girls cross country team recorded some impressive times with their victory over Waukegan last night at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, improving their overall record to 4-2 and 3-2 in the North Suburban Conference. Head Coach Lindsay DePaul, in her first year, is leading a group of talented runners, who are improving by the week. The top seven finishers for the Patriots last night were freshman Adeline Gobble (20:43), senior Emily Fejes (22:25), sophomore Shannon Moser (22:43), senior Emma Finnegan (23:21), senior Jenna McCullough (23:04), freshman Isabel Edgcomb (23:06), freshman Hope Plendl (23:06), and freshman Sophia Sun (23:07).

Senior Wrestler Named Top Finalist for Illinois Wrestling Award
Senior wrestler Sara Sulejmani has recently been named a top-five Illinois finalist for the Tricia Saunders Excellence in Wrestling Award. This award is part of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s effort to honor the top female wrestlers in 50 states, and ultimately selecting a Tricia Saunders Excellence in Wrestling National Award winner.

EDUCATION NEWS

The Only Midwest State Not Playing High School Football: Illinois
Following a vote in Minnesota on Monday, Illinois is now the only state in the Midwest that is not playing high school football this fall.

Unexpected Benefits of Remote Learning
Virtual education is not ideal, but a Sustainable Development Impact Summit article reports that there may be unexpected future employment benefits for students participating in virtual classrooms and distance learning.

University Adjunct Professors Face Uncertain Future Due to Pandemic
Smaller course loads, enrollment uncertainties, and lay-offs have resulted in reduced or eliminated employment for some non-tenured part-time adjunct university faculty.

An Underage Party Results in Legal Issues for Parents and a School Delay
An underage student and the youth’s parents were charged under a “social host” law for a house party that involved underage drinking and resulted in a delay in in-person learning.

Schools Vow Changes After Charges of Racism are Posted
A few of Chicago’s selective enrollment public high schools indicate they are trying to create environments that are more inclusive after students of color launched online campaigns.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020

Reminders for Seniors Taking SAT at Stevenson Tomorrow
Stevenson seniors will be taking the SAT with Essay at Stevenson tomorrow and students should remember to:

  • Make sure to bring either an SHS ID card from last year, state ID card, or driver’s license.
  • Bring and wear a mask and follow COVID-19 Safety Precautions.
  • Check student email for information on what room they will test in AND what door to enter the building. Accommodated students were sent a separate communication.
  • Students assigned to the Green Testing group can begin arriving at 7:15 a.m. for their exam which will begin at 8:15 a.m. Students assigned to the Gold Testing group can begin arriving at 9:55 a.m. for their exam which will begin at 10:55 a.m.
  • We prefer students to be dropped off and promptly picked up as parking is extremely limited. Bus routes have been posted for students who need transportation. For students riding the bus, they are required to wear a mask on the bus before entering the bus, will be seated one per seat and every other seat on the bus, will load from back to front and exit from front to back except for PM drop off when they will not be able to load in order.
  • Make sure they can show the green “Thumbs Up” on their phones from a completed Daily Health Check as they enter the building.
  • Email shs_testing@d125.org with any questions

2019-20 Statesman Staff Earn Multiple Accolades
The Statesman, the school newspaper, won a first-place ranking from the American Scholastic Press Association. This is the fifth time in the last six years that the Statesman has earned first-place recognition. The ranking is the highest rating in the ASPA’s annual competition for collegiate and secondary education student publications.

The Statesman also earned the International First Place Award for Quill and Scroll’s 2019-20 News Media Evaluation Contest. The judges commended the Statesman staff, sharing that their articles were “consistently well-sourced, with meaningful quotes and relevant data” and praised their ability to “approach difficult topics with grace and courage.”

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Admissions Overview for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
The 3rd-annual HBCU Night will take place on Thursday, Sep. 24 at 7:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. The event will feature five institutions: Alabama A&M University, Claflin University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, and Howard University. The event is free and open to all high school students and their families and registration is required.
Student Job Connection
Several new employment opportunities for students have been added to the Job Connection webpage.

SEPT. 21, 2000 VARSITY RESULTS

Boys Varsity Golf
Boys Golf defeated Barrington 158-162 at The Arboretum Club, improving their dual meet record to 6-3 (3-1 NSC). Senior Nick Udoni and junior Maadhav Muralidharan shot a 39, while senior Conan Pan and sophomore Jun Park carded a 40. The Patriots posted a score of one stroke below their season 9-hole average.

Girls Varsity Tennis
At Barrington yesterday, the Patriots picked up two victories from No. 1 doubles team sophomore Sonia Mehta and junior Thea Surya (6-3, 6-2) and No. 2 doubles team senior Abby Schueneman and freshman Sarah Wang (6-3, 6-2), but dropped all other matches to finish 2-5 against the Fillies. The Patriots (2-3 overall, 2-1 NSC) travel to Zion-Benton on Wednesday for a North Suburban matchup.

Sports Boosters Online Fundraiser with Driven Coffee

The purchase of any coffee and tea items on the Driven Coffee website will benefit Stevenson Athletics.

  • Sports Boosters will receive a 30% profit for online orders.
  • Items ordered online will have the original Driven logo on bags.
  • Items ordered will be delivered to the address provided.
  • The deadline to order is November 30, 2020.

See the Sports Boosters webpage for more information about this parent organization which donates items each year to benefit student-athletes and Patriot Athletics.

EDUCATION NEWS

Gov. Pritzker Responds to Rallies: Illinois High School Football Unlikely to Start Soon
Multiple weekend rallies by supporters of school sports did not have an impact on Pritzker’s stance to allow high school student-athletes to compete in sports such as football even though college and professional football is competing.

Expansion of College of Lake County’s Waukegan Campus Begins
Work will soon begin on a $48 million expansion and renovation of the CLC Lakeshore Campus in Waukegan

Chirping Noises During Remote Learning Leads to Increased Home Safety
When teachers in one Washington D.C. area school heard a number of chirping smoke detectors during remote learning their principal sought help from the local fire department to address non-working smoke detectors.

Growing Number of Students Taking a Gap Year
At the University of Minnesota, three times as many incoming freshmen have deferred enrollment with some taking a “gap semester” instead of a “gap year.”

IHSA Adjusts Return to Sports Guidelines
The Illinois High School Association board of directors approved several updates to the IHSA Return to Activities guidelines last week including waiving the 2020-21 season limitations for winter, spring, and summer sports and moving the start of the IIHSA summer season two weeks earlier.

Monday, Sept. 21,2020

Spanish Students Excel on National Exams
Several Spanish students from SHS earned national recognition for excellent performance on the 2020 National Spanish Examinations. Senior Michael Zaslavskiy received a gold medal, senior Carson Ezell and recent graduate Irina Stamm each earned a silver medal, and senior Su-Hyun Lee qualified for a bronze medal on the exams. Two other students received honorable mention. More than 81,000 students around the country took the exams this year, which are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Building Resilience During a Pandemic with Dr. Doug Bolton
On Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 7 -8:30 p.m., clinical psychologist Dr. Doug Bolton will address the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic presents for parents and the opportunity parents have to teach and model resilience. The strategies he will share can be used to effectively manage stress now and in the future. Registration is required to attend this free event which is sponsored by the Community Parent Network, a program of the Stevenson Foundation.

The Daily Digest Returns
Stevenson publishes several newsletters including:
The e-Minuteman is sent each Friday to parents and guardians and includes information on major events and activities which shape the student experience at Stevenson. Guest columns and information about events occurring within the next month are also included.
The Daily Digest is sent each school day to subscribers. This publication offers news on student accomplishments, athletic stories and scores, club news, student activities, and information about events occurring within the next week.
See the Publications page for directions to subscribe or obtain these and other publications

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

NHS Fundraising Challenge for the Danny Did Foundation
NHS is sponsoring the 1 in 26 Challenge to raise funds and awareness for epilepsy and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). For this virtual challenge, participants commit to running or walking a total of 26 miles prior to Oct. 11 and to raising $260 to support the Danny Did Foundation. The sign-up link provides additional information and students will need to upload their fitness data throughout the challenge. Questions can be directed to Stevenson Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann

Student Services Destress Event Friday, Sept. 25
Start your Friday with relaxing music and a destress coloring event compliments of Student Services. A link to access student drawings selected for this event will be posted in the Student Services Instagram account and on grade-level Canvas pages. Participants are encouraged to listen to relaxing music on Zoom from 8-8:15 a.m. while coloring before classes begin. Student Services has offered student destress events throughout the year in the past and they will continue to offer ways to reduce stress during Remote Learning+ as part of their Destress Nest.

CAREERS
Applications are now open for the Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program which is a program for sophomores and juniors interested in health care careers. This year’s program will be conducted virtually. The deadline for applications is Oct. 2.

ATHLETICS
A Fall Without Football – Stevenson Senior Tristan Moskovic was featured in the Daily Herald on Aug. 28, along with four other local seniors, sharing their thoughts on a fall without football.

Jenna McCullough, a senior on the Stevenson Girls Cross Country team, won the Premier Buick GMC Dealer’s High School Challenge for the Quad-City Times Virtual Bix 7 race. The 47th annual event was virtual this year but is traditionally held in Davenport, IA. McCullough donated her $1000 winnings to the Stevenson High School Athletic Department and Stevenson girls cross country team.

Junior Floyd Glinsey, a 3-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track was featured in an Aug. 16 Chicago Tribune article on how the pandemic is affecting those athletes who play multiple sports.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Weekend Varsity Results
Girls Golf:
Emily Duan led all golfers with a 74 as Stevenson captured the Patriot Invite Title on Saturday at the Arboretum in Buffalo Grove. Stevenson posted a team total of 314, with Barrington coming in second at 329, Lake Forest (347), followed by Lake Zurich (399). Duan, a junior, has led the Patriots to a 8-1 record this season, 5-1 in the NSC. Other scores for the varsity golfers: Freshman Chelsea She (77), Freshman Megan Lee (79), Sophomore Allie Santos (84), Senior Briana Fidman (85), Freshman Rylie Pryor (93) and Sophomore Jessica Velent (97). The Patriots will host Barrington on their home course, Marriott’s Cranes Landing, on Wednesday.

Girls Swimming and Diving
The Patriots defeated Libertyville 122-64 on Thursday, Sept. 17 to remain undefeated in the North Suburban Conference at 3-0. Stevenson was led by senior Alex Eastmond, who recorded a 2:08.97 on her way to placing first in the 200 yard IM. She was also part of the winning 200 free relay (1:42.91), joined by sophomore Anya Ryaguzova, junior Claudia Rzeznik, and senior Jessica NyborgNyborg also had a big swim in the medley relay, posting a 30.64 in the breaststroke. Freshman Hanah Wienckowski won the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:00.70, while freshman Delany Umbleby swam a season-best 5:33.29 in the 500-yard freestyle. Stevenson also finished 1-2 in the diving competition as junior Nora Kowalski posted a 6-dive score of 223.55 and junior Shreeya Sinha followed with a 201.15. The Patriots host Waukegan on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Stevenson Natatorium. Varsity will swim at 11 a.m. and the meet will be streamed on NFHS Network for no charge.

Friday, March 13, 2020

E-Learning Days Begin Monday
Here is an update on what is happening at Stevenson:

  • E-Learning Days will begin Monday.
  • We will use e-Learning Days March 16-20 and March 30-April 3.
  • Spring Break will still be observed March 23-27.
  • The tentative return date for on-campus classes is Monday, April 6.
  • Starting Saturday, March 14, all co-curricular activities, including athletics, are postponed or cancelled until further notice. Contact your coach or club sponsor for more information.
  • Students may come to the school until 2 p.m. today to collect items they may have left in their lockers. Beginning Saturday, March 14, the school building will be closed.

Visit d125.org/covid19 for more updates.

How Stevenson Will Communicate
Because there will be no student activities or events until at least April 6, the Daily Digest will suspend operations after today. The Digest will resume when in-person classes start again. In the meantime, look for updates from Stevenson at:

The school will continue to use its emergency notification system on an as-needed basis.

“White Fragility” Author Talk Moved to Online Only
Wednesday’s Digest included information on a Family Action Network event at 7 p.m. Monday featuring Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Her talk will now be livestreamed only, with no audience. Click here for details.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson 22, Conant 6: Junior Dima Kobets scored six goals for the host Patriots in their season-opening game. – Illpolo.com

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson 17, Conant 4: Junior Anna Gates scored seven goals and classmate Maggie Bauwens made 12 saves for the three-time defending state champions in their season opener in Hoffman Estates. SHS outscored the Cougars 13-0 over the first three quarters. Seniors Alena BardicShreya Sreedhar and Val Zlotnikova, and junior Maria Mossakowski all scored two goals. Senior Hanna Cloeter and junior Kayla Wadsworth also scored.

Quick Hits
The American Family Insurance Slam Dunk Championship, in which senior RJ Holmes was a finalist, has been canceled. … If you purchased tickets for tonight’s sectional basketball championship game, refunds will be available through the Patriot Superstore until 2 p.m. today or after in-person classes resume. Remember to save your ticket and bring it when seeking a refund.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Help Your Student Manage Stress, Anxiety
Parents and guardians can gain insights into how to help their teens manage stress and anxiety during “Supporting Our Teens’ Mental Health” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Vernon Area Public Library. The event is sponsored by the library and Stevenson High School.

The moderated discussion will include mental health experts such as Promila Kumar of Sanjeevani, a nonprofit providing free advocacy, support, and guidance to people dealing with mental health problems; Mara Heichman, a certified professional coach; Dori Mages, a licensed clinical social worker with North Shore Family Services; a counselor from Stevenson High School; and Vrushali Thakkar, a Stevenson senior and mental health advocate.

This program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Register through this link, or by calling 224-543-1485, or in person at any service desk in the Vernon Area Public Library.

Two Debaters Qualify for National Tournament
Six students represented Stevenson at the National Speech and Debate Association Northern Illinois District qualifying tournament Saturday at Huntley High School. Senior Sunny Gandhi and junior Laya Reddy earned bids to this summer’s national tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. Other SHS competitors Saturday were senior Megana Adigal, junior Maanav Agrawal, and sophomores Phil Edat and Amal Naqvi.

Encouraging Positive Risk-Taking for Teens
Stevenson‘s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator, Molly Gosline, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Molly and SEL at Stevenson, follow her on Twitter @mollygosline.

Over the next few weeks, Stevenson students will have the opportunity to discuss prosocial learning with their teachers by engaging in conversations around positivity, asset-based strategies for learning, and how to use their voice to impact their social and emotional growth in leading up to the first International #SEL Day. While taking risks is a healthy part of adolescent development, how we can support their growth in healthy ways is critical to guide them during their exploration for independence. The Greater Good Center at UCBerkeley identifies meaningful ways in which we can engage with students to best support them.

PATRIOT SPORTS

IHSA to Limit Sectional Game Attendance
The Illinois High School Association announced this morning that it will limit attendance at sectional boys basketball games this weekend to 60 fans per school. What this means for Stevenson’s sectional championship game at Prospect High School on Friday was unclear as of 10 a.m. today. For now, the school has stopped selling tickets for Friday night’s game. Anyone who has purchased tickets for Friday can obtain a refund by showing their ticket at the Patriot Superstore.

Friday’s game will be broadcast by WRLR starting at 6:55 p.m. The game can be heard on WRLR 98.3 FM, WRLR.FM, or by typing in WRLR in the Tune In Radio app.

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson 37, Lake Forest 35, Mundelein 33: The Patriots edged their two North Suburban Conference counterparts in the Field House. Each team won four events. For Stevenson, the individual winners were junior Jade Cadichon in the 160-meter dash (22.5 seconds), sophomore Mia Mikolajczak in the 55-meter intermediate hurdles (9.9 seconds), and junior Camille Clay in the shot put (38 feet). SHS also won the 640-meter relay (1:31.2). Senior Karolina Rutyna was second in the 55 intermediate hurdles (10.0), junior Varsha Vinod was runner-up in the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches), and junior Ellie Warren placed second in the 160 dash (23.5). Stevenson also took second in the 1,600 relay (5:02.7).

Boys Gymnastics
Mundelein 135.2, Libertyville 134.0, Stevenson 105.6: At Libertyville, senior Anthony Lang tied for fourth in floor exercise (8.1) and was fifth in vault (7.4) for the Patriots in their season-opening meet. Junior Beny Verezub tied for fourth on still rings (7.9) and tied for sixth on vault (7.3). Sophomore Tyler Ehlen was sixth on pommel horse (4.5). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Quick Hits
Due to the sectional basketball game on Friday, the baseball team’s fundraiser at The Claim Company in Vernon Hills has been rescheduled to Wednesday. … The Unified State Basketball Championships scheduled for this weekend as part of the Illinois High School Association Class 1A and 2A state finals experience have been canceled. Stevenson’s Allied Basketball team had qualified to play in the event. SHS finished third last year. … Maryville University senior Tyler Harrington (Class of 2016) has reached the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships for the second straight year. The 165-pounder, who earned All-America honors after finishing fourth at that weight last year, carries a 24-11 record into this weekend’s meet in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Graduation Speaker Applications Deadline March 30
Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at the commencement ceremony in May are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 30. Click here for the application.

COLLEGE
Tonight’s regional college fair at the College of Lake County and Saturday’s Suburban Chicago National College Fair has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday that the state is evaluating new federal guidance on limiting large public gatherings as cases of the new coronavirus in the state continued to mount. Pritzker criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday for not offering clear guidance on what constitutes a “large gathering,” but the agency later issued guidelines suggesting organizations in communities with minimal to moderate spread of the virus consider canceling events drawing more than 250 people.

The University of Chicago has become the latest Illinois university to take steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus, announcing Thursday it is moving to remote learning for undergraduate and graduate classes for the entire spring quarter beginning March 30. The announcement came a day after Illinois, Southern Illinois, DePaul, Northwestern and Illinois State universities announced the suspension of in-person classes due to coronavirus concerns.

A labor coalition led by the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday made a number of coronavirus-related demands during a City Hall news conference. The group called for 15 paid sick days a year, instead of the five mandated for Chicago employers, with the protection extended statewide. A citywide meals-on-wheels program, internet access and electronic devices for students forced to stay home were among the other demands.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

One of the few mercies of the spreading coronavirus is that it leaves young children virtually untouched — a mystery virologists say may hold vital clues as to how the virus works. Meanwhile, the new coronavirus has proved especially deadly on the other end of the age spectrum. Previous coronavirus outbreaks have also mysteriously spared the young.

Teachers in St. Paul, Minn. went on strike Tuesday, the first walkout in that district since 1946. The St. Paul Federation of Educators announced at 3 a.m. Tuesday that they couldn’t reach a deal on a new two-year contract despite 45 hours of mediation over the last four days.

For a generation, school bonds have been more or less a slam dunk in California. Locally and statewide, voters consistently have supported borrowing to build and maintain classrooms. Not this election. As the state slowly tallies the returns from Super Tuesday, the numbers are painting a decidedly unfamiliar picture. A $15 billion state bond measure looks like it will be the first rejected by voters in nearly three decades. Meanwhile, at the district level, some 70% of the 100-plus local K-12 school bond measures appeared bound for failure or too close to call.

Three former collegiate All-Americans filed a class-action complaint Wednesday against the NCAA, the NCAA board of governors and their former track and field coach for what they allege were dozens of incidents of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.The women argue the NCAA failed to protect them despite the schools being aware of the coach’s alleged abuse.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins IHSA Regional
Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl team won the Illinois High School Association Class 2A Fremd Regional championship in Palatine on Monday, its 14th consecutive regional title. SHS defeated Conant (790-70) and Rolling Meadows (840-40) before defeating Fremd (670-280) in the championship match.

The team roster included seniors Govind Prabhakar and Akash Kumar, juniors Arjun NageswaranDavid Lee and Daniel Ding, sophomore Spandan Goel, and freshmen Aadit JunejaRishabh WuppalapatiDhruv Pendharkar and Srikar Venkatesan.

The Patriots advance to Saturday’s sectional tournament, which also is being held at Fremd. Stevenson, the top seed, will face Hersey, Palatine and Barrington. The winner of Saturday’s sectional advances to the state finals Friday, March 20 in Peoria.

Pair Excels at Deaf Academic Competition
Two Stevenson students helped Hersey High School take first place at last weekend’s Midwest Regional Deaf Academic Bowl at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault, Minn. Senior Yael Lenga was named Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive year, while sophomore Surabhi Gangadkar was one of six chosen as All-Star Players. Yael, Surabhi and their teammates qualified for the National Deaf Academic Bowl April 16-20 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. This will be Yael’s third straight trip to nationals with Hersey.

Two Win Awards at State Art Exhibition
Two students won awards at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition on Sunday at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. Senior Ari Zaritsky earned a Silver Award in the Senior Scholarship Exhibition for his digital artwork. Junior Emma Potocki received honorable mention in the General Exhibition for her Time Arts animation.

Cause of Alumna‘s Death in Dispute
A legal battle is underway over whether the death of a Stevenson alumna should be ruled as an accidental overdose or as a drug-induced homicideValerie Teper (Class of 2003) was found dead in her Chicago apartment in late 2016. She died of poisoning from fentanyl.

Late Arrival on Thursday
Stevenson will operate on a late arrival schedule Thursday to allow for teacher planning time. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m., and bus routes will begin at 9:20. Click here to see the bell schedule for a late arrival day.

“White Fragility” Author to Speak Monday
Stevenson is one of the newest sponsors of the Family Action Network, which organizes a free speaker series each academic year. The next FAN event will feature Robin DiAngelo, author of the 2018 New York Times best-selling book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Her talk takes place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., in Evanston. Admission is free. A live stream of the talk will be available on YouTube. DiAngelo is an associate professor of education at the University of Washington. She also has written What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy, and is co-author of Is Everybody Really Equal?

PATRIOT SPORTS

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 61, Zion-Benton 52: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the top-seeded Patriots (28-4) past the fifth-seeded Zee-Bees (21-11), and into the sectional championship game against No. 2 seed Mundelein (30-4) at 7 p.m. Friday. Matthew (pictured above) scored 21 points in the first half, including eight during a 14-0 SHS run that erased an early 11-2 deficit. On the night, he hit nine of 12 shots from the floor, including five of six from 3-point range for SHS, which won its 11th game in a row. Senior RJ Holmes had 12 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Matt Kaznikov also scored 12 points. – Pioneer PressDaily Herald

Sectional Championship Game Tickets: Tickets are available at the Patriot Superstore before school and during lunch periods Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $6.

Quick Hits
Four Patriots were named to the All-North Suburban Conference Wrestling Team: Senior Randy Lu, junior Keegan Houlihan, sophomore Cole Rhemrev, and freshman Lorenzo Frezza. Honorable mention went to juniors Arad PeregoudovAlex Swidler and Kei Yamato. … The SHS baseball team is holding a fundraiser from 11:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at The Claim Company, 506 Hawthorn Center, in Vernon Hills. Mention “Stevenson Baseball” when ordering and 15% of the bill will come back to the baseball program.

“Bowling With Buddies” Coming Next Month
Students with disabilities are invited to participate in “Bowling With Buddies,” sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Commission for Residents with Disabilities and Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at Bowlero, 350 McHenry Rd., in Buffalo Grove. Free bowling, pizza, chicken fingers and refreshments will be served. RSVP at this link by April 8. This event is open to the first 100 who sign up. Email questions to markweiner1026@gmail.com.

CAREERS
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Health Care Career Night scheduled for April 1 has been canceled.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Eight schools in west suburban Lombard are closed today as a precaution over COVID-19 while Chicago Public Schools says it has no plans for any widespread closures. Classes at Lombard School District 44 are closed as crews conduct a deep clean. The district also cancelled afterschool activities. School officials said the DuPage County Health Department advised them that an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended a volleyball game at Glenn Westlake Middle School on March 4. The school was informed Tuesday.

A Lake Forest High School faculty member is under a self-quarantine because of coronavirus concerns after attending a meeting that was held in the same room at a Chicago school where a classroom assistant tested positive for the disease.

A Park Ridge teacher is facing hate crime and battery charges for an incident in Niles, police said. The 45-year-old fourth-grade teacher at Franklin School allegedly struck an 87-year-old woman in the face with a purse and called her a Nazi. The victim said the teacher was upset because the victim was exercising in an indoor parking garage where they both live, police said.

Angry parents chastised Sunset Ridge School District 29 in Northfield after learning the district broke the law by not conducting a background check themselves – instead relying on third party vendors — on a school worker who is accused of putting a camera in a middle school bathroom.

Students and faculty at Schaumburg High School grappled Tuesday with the sudden passing of popular science teacher Jason Georgacakis. The 38-year-old and his wife, a teacher at Glenbrook South, had two young daughters. Georgacakis, a Glenbrook North graduate, spent his entire career at Schaumburg, beginning in 2005. He also was the school’s junior varsity girls soccer coach, and was a coach in the boys program for 10 years.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

A growing wave of colleges and universities across the country are launching sweeping safety measures in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak, including the cancellation of in-person classes and several urging students to not return to campus after spring break. As colleges turn to online learning for the remainder of the school year, many have also canceled admission tours and put tight restrictions on campus gatherings and travel.

A federal program overseeing international students in the U.S. said it will be flexible with its oversight requirements as the global coronavirus outbreak causes colleges to make classes remote. The guidance covers international students in academic and vocational programs, a critical part of the college student population in the U.S.

Alabama on Tuesday inched forward with lifting a decades-old ban on yoga in public schools. The House-passed bill says local school systems can decide if they want to teach yoga poses and stretches. However, the moves and exercises taught to students must have exclusively English names. The Alabama Board of Education in 1993 voted to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

SHS Third at State Academic Challenge
Stevenson earned a pair of third-place finishes at the annual Academic Challenge on Friday at Eastern Illinois University. SHS placed third in the 9/10 Division, and the 11/12 Division. The 9/10 roster included sophomore Spandan Goel, and freshmen Collin FanAndrey VlasovAadit JunejaBen Chen and Jack Chen. The 11/12 roster featured juniors Krishna PatelDoogyul LeePhyllis WangRichard BiAditi SinghSean LiLily Ma and Sophia Li. Academic Challenge is a test-based competition hosted by EIU’s physics department and pre-engineering program. Students solve real-world engineering problems using engineering, applied mathematics and science principles.

Conneen Featured in Daily Herald
Advanced Placement Government teacher Andrew Conneen, who has spent 22 of his 26 years in teaching at Stevenson, was featured by the Daily Herald on Monday. Conneen has helped to raise the profile of civics education not only at SHS, but around the country. He and retiring colleague Daniel Larsen helped write the “Suffrage at 17” law that allows 17-year-olds who turn 18 before a November general election to vote in the preceding primary. The pair also have been springtime fixtures on C-SPAN with their “Cram for the Exam” show aimed at students preparing to take the annual AP Government test.

Showcase, PPA-Sponsored Talent Show, Returns Saturday
Showcase, the annual student talent show sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Reserved tickets are available for $10. You can purchase tickets online until noon Saturday through this link, or during all lunch periods via cash, check or student ID until noon Friday in the Wood Commons. Tickets will be $12 (cash only) at the door on Saturday.

Band Fundraisers Today and Thursday
The Band Parents Organization is holding fundraisers today and Thursday at two area restaurants. Today’s fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m. at Panera, 447 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Thursday’s fundraiser takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Strawberry Field and Pancakes, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention “SHS Band” when ordering at either location.

Marijuana’s Impact on the Teen Brain
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.

There have been numerous studies that demonstrate the harmful short- and long-term effects marijuana has on the teen brain. It can:

  • Impair thinking, memory, and learning functions.
  • Affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for learning.

It has also been linked to:

  • Reduction in IQ by an average of eight points.
  • Breathing problems and lung infections.
  • Mental illness including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and schizophrenia.

For more information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse , click here.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Boys Basketball Sectional Semifinal Tonight
Two lengthy winning streaks are on the line when Stevenson takes on Zion-Benton in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Prospect Sectional semifinals at 6 o’clock tonight at Prospect High School. Mundelein (29-4) faces Prospect (14-15) in the second semifinal at 7:30. The winners of tonight’s semifinals will play for the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Friday.

The top-seeded Patriots (27-4) have won 10 straight games, while the fifth-seeded Zee-Bees (21-10) bring a six-game winning streak into the contest. The two schools have met twice already this season, with SHS capturing both games: 57-44 on Dec. 13 in the Sports Center, and 61-51 on Feb. 1 in Zion.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $6 at the Patriot Superstore during lunch periods today. (Admission to the Stevenson game does not cover the second semifinal between Mundelein and Prospect.)

Will RJ Holmes Be Dunking in Atlanta? You Decide
Final-round voting for senior RJ Holmes in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship begins at noon today at www.highschoolslam.com. RJ is matched against Kobe Jones of South Granville High School in Creedmoor, N.C. Voting ends at noon Tuesday, March 17. The winner of the final round will join several other peers in Atlanta, home of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball Final Four, for a live dunking competition next month. RJ talked about his dunking prowess with Pioneer Press correspondent Bob Narang.

Two Named Semper Fidelis Finalists
Two SHS student-athletes are among 13 Illinois finalists in the 2020 Semper Fidelis All-American competition sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. Haley Barnes and Jason Jagielo, both juniors, were among thousands of applicants for the honor, which rewards 11th-grade students who have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), are active in community service and at least one team sport, and who hold a student or community leadership position. Haley is a member of the SHS softball and girls basketball team, while Jason is on the baseball team. Semper Fidelis All-Americans will be named in the coming weeks; those selected will be recognized for their achievements July 9-13 at the Battles Won Academy in Washington, D.C.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

No students or other employees have tested positive so far for the new coronavirus at Chicago’s Vaughn Occupational High School, where a classroom assistant is hospitalized with the illness. However, two of the four new cases reported in Chicago on Monday are relatives of the Vaughn classroom assistant, state officials announced. Those two people — a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 70s — are not employees of Chicago Public Schools.

The chairman of the House Revenue and Finance Committee says that a task force set up last year to provide proposals for reforming the state’s property tax system was unable reach a consensus. State Rep. Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside, made his comment Friday in response to criticism leveled by House Republicans who complained the task force never issued a final report, which was due Jan. 1.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

As more schools across the United States close their doors because of the coronavirus, they are confronted with a dilemma in weighing whether to shut down and move classes online, which could leave behind the many students who don’t have computers, home internet access or parents with flexible work schedules. The deep technological and wealth gap that exists nationwide between poor and affluent students has made the coronavirus outbreak even more challenging for school officials, who are wrestling with not only health and safety decisions but also questions about the ethics of school closures.

One year after the “Varsity Blues” scandal raised questions about fairness in college admissions, six leaders of some of the country’s most selective colleges say they, too, have questions. They take responsibility for some of the public’s mistrust of higher education. But they also say Americans’ obsession with being the best in all avenues of life is partially to blame.

An increasing number of black students in the U.S. say they are being penalized by schools for their hair styles. The problem lies in the policies, experts say, which don’t necessarily take into account an increasingly diverse student body, to the detriment of mostly black and biracial schoolchildren.

Two Kent State students shot and wounded by members of the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, have been selected as commencement speakers at the university this spring. Both students went on to careers in education after the tragedy.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

SHS Third at State Academic Challenge
Stevenson earned a pair of third-place finishes at the annual Academic Challenge on Friday at Eastern Illinois University. SHS placed third in the 9/10 Division, and the 11/12 Division. The 9/10 roster included sophomore Spandan Goel, and freshmen Collin FanAndrey VlasovAadit JunejaBen Chen and Jack Chen. The 11/12 roster featured juniors Krishna PatelDoogyul LeePhyllis WangRichard BiAditi SinghSean LiLily Ma and Sophia Li. Academic Challenge is a test-based competition hosted by EIU’s physics department and pre-engineering program. Students solve real-world engineering problems using engineering, applied mathematics and science principles.

Conneen Featured in Daily Herald
Advanced Placement Government teacher Andrew Conneen, who has spent 22 of his 26 years in teaching at Stevenson, was featured by the Daily Herald on Monday. Conneen has helped to raise the profile of civics education not only at SHS, but around the country. He and retiring colleague Daniel Larsen helped write the “Suffrage at 17” law that allows 17-year-olds who turn 18 before a November general election to vote in the preceding primary. The pair also have been springtime fixtures on C-SPAN with their “Cram for the Exam” show aimed at students preparing to take the annual AP Government test.

Showcase, PPA-Sponsored Talent Show, Returns Saturday
Showcase, the annual student talent show sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Reserved tickets are available for $10. You can purchase tickets online until noon Saturday through this link, or during all lunch periods via cash, check or student ID until noon Friday in the Wood Commons. Tickets will be $12 (cash only) at the door on Saturday.

Band Fundraisers Today and Thursday
The Band Parents Organization is holding fundraisers today and Thursday at two area restaurants. Today’s fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m. at Panera, 447 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Thursday’s fundraiser takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Strawberry Field and Pancakes, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention “SHS Band” when ordering at either location.

Marijuana’s Impact on the Teen Brain
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.

There have been numerous studies that demonstrate the harmful short- and long-term effects marijuana has on the teen brain. It can:

  • Impair thinking, memory, and learning functions.
  • Affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for learning.

It has also been linked to:

  • Reduction in IQ by an average of eight points.
  • Breathing problems and lung infections.
  • Mental illness including anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and schizophrenia.

For more information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse , click here.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Boys Basketball Sectional Semifinal Tonight
Two lengthy winning streaks are on the line when Stevenson takes on Zion-Benton in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Prospect Sectional semifinals at 6 o’clock tonight at Prospect High School. Mundelein (29-4) faces Prospect (14-15) in the second semifinal at 7:30. The winners of tonight’s semifinals will play for the sectional championship at 7 p.m. Friday.

The top-seeded Patriots (27-4) have won 10 straight games, while the fifth-seeded Zee-Bees (21-10) bring a six-game winning streak into the contest. The two schools have met twice already this season, with SHS capturing both games: 57-44 on Dec. 13 in the Sports Center, and 61-51 on Feb. 1 in Zion.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $6 at the Patriot Superstore during lunch periods today. (Admission to the Stevenson game does not cover the second semifinal between Mundelein and Prospect.)

Will RJ Holmes Be Dunking in Atlanta? You Decide
Final-round voting for senior RJ Holmes in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship begins at noon today at www.highschoolslam.com. RJ is matched against Kobe Jones of South Granville High School in Creedmoor, N.C. Voting ends at noon Tuesday, March 17. The winner of the final round will join several other peers in Atlanta, home of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball Final Four, for a live dunking competition next month. RJ talked about his dunking prowess with Pioneer Press correspondent Bob Narang.

Two Named Semper Fidelis Finalists
Two SHS student-athletes are among 13 Illinois finalists in the 2020 Semper Fidelis All-American competition sponsored by the United States Marine Corps. Haley Barnes and Jason Jagielo, both juniors, were among thousands of applicants for the honor, which rewards 11th-grade students who have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale), are active in community service and at least one team sport, and who hold a student or community leadership position. Haley is a member of the SHS girls basketball team, while Jason is on the baseball team. Semper Fidelis All-Americans will be named in the coming weeks; those selected will be recognized for their achievements July 9-13 at the Battles Won Academy in Washington, D.C.

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

No students or other employees have tested positive so far for the new coronavirus at Chicago’s Vaughn Occupational High School, where a classroom assistant is hospitalized with the illness. However, two of the four new cases reported in Chicago on Monday are relatives of the Vaughn classroom assistant, state officials announced. Those two people — a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 70s — are not employees of Chicago Public Schools.

The chairman of the House Revenue and Finance Committee says that a task force set up last year to provide proposals for reforming the state’s property tax system was unable reach a consensus. State Rep. Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside, made his comment Friday in response to criticism leveled by House Republicans who complained the task force never issued a final report, which was due Jan. 1.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

As more schools across the United States close their doors because of the coronavirus, they are confronted with a dilemma in weighing whether to shut down and move classes online, which could leave behind the many students who don’t have computers, home internet access or parents with flexible work schedules. The deep technological and wealth gap that exists nationwide between poor and affluent students has made the coronavirus outbreak even more challenging for school officials, who are wrestling with not only health and safety decisions but also questions about the ethics of school closures.

One year after the “Varsity Blues” scandal raised questions about fairness in college admissions, six leaders of some of the country’s most selective colleges say they, too, have questions. They take responsibility for some of the public’s mistrust of higher education. But they also say Americans’ obsession with being the best in all avenues of life is partially to blame.

An increasing number of black students in the U.S. say they are being penalized by schools for their hair styles. The problem lies in the policies, experts say, which don’t necessarily take into account an increasingly diverse student body, to the detriment of mostly black and biracial schoolchildren.

Two Kent State students shot and wounded by members of the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, have been selected as commencement speakers at the university this spring. Both students went on to careers in education after the tragedy.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Masonic State Title
The varsity Scholastic Bowl team won the Class 3A Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl state championship in Bloomington on Saturday. This is the fourth Masonic Bowl state title for Stevenson, which also won top honors in 2000, 2011 and 2017.

The six-student roster of seniors Akash Kumar and Govind Prabhakar, and juniors Billy BrattonDaniel DingDavid Lee and Arjun Nageswaran went undefeated on the day, defeating the Illinois Math and Science Academy, 300-190, in the championship match. The team’s road to the title also included a 280-220 semifinal win over Barrington, four pool victories over Hinsdale Central (310-240), Rockford Auburn (340-130), Morton (410-120) and Dunlap (forfeit), and a 300-210 crossover triumph against Springfield. The boys received $1,500 for winning the championship.

Next up for Stevenson is the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl regional tournament today at Fremd High School. The Patriots are among eight teams in the regional. The regional winner advances to the sectional tournament, also at Fremd, on Saturday. Stevenson is the No. 1 seed in the Fremd Sectional.

Two 3D Archers Win State Titles; SHS Second as a Team
Stevenson placed second as a team and had two individual champions at the Illinois Scholastic 3D Archery Indoor State Championship at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel. Senior Caitlin Goldberg won the High School Female Barebow title, while junior David Bayer captured the High School Male Barebow crown. Junior Rayna Finn and sophomore Alicia Zheng were second and third, respectively, in Caitlin’s division. Junior JP Gordon was runner-up to David, while sophomore Jackson Esposito was second in High School Male Olympic Recurve. Also, senior Madison Higgins, shooting for the Kenosha Bowmen team, placed third in High School Female Bow Hunter Compound. Students placing first, second and third received scholarship offers.

Science Olympiad Teams Claim Regional Crowns
Stevenson swept the Illinois Science Olympiad regional tournament Saturday at the College of Lake County, winning the varsity and junior varsity divisions. The varsity, defending state champions, breezed past 14 other schools, defeating runner-up Vernon Hills, 33-133. SHS will defend its title at the state competition April 18 at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

The varsity won 18 of 23 events at CLC, while the JV also captured 18 in its division. Here were the winning teams, by event:

  • Anatomy and Physiology: Senior Radha Patel and sophomore Greycen Ren (varsity); junior Hannah Liu and freshman Joshua Song (JV).
  • Boomilever: Juniors Emily Liu and Phyllis Wang (varsity); freshmen Eleana Liu and Iris Li (JV).
  • Chemistry Lab: Freshman Kevin Qian and sophomore Jonny Abraham (JV).
  • Circuit Lab: Junior Richard Bi and senior Joshua Tsai (varsity); freshman Srikar Venkatesan and Kevin Qian (JV).
  • Codebuster: Joshua Tsai, and seniors Eric Gan and Roy Zhou (varsity); junior Chaitanya Vengali, Joshua Song and Srikar Venkatesan (JV).
  • Designer Genes: Hannah Liu (JV).
  • Detector Building: Juniors Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel (varsity); freshman Siddhant Sen and sophomore Felix Lu (JV).
  • Disease Detectives: Radha Patel and Greycen Ren (varsity); Siddant Sen and Hannah Liu (JV).
  • Dynamic Planet: Senior Anna Wang and junior Jared Machtinger (varsity); freshman Alisha Kulkarni and Felix Lu (JV).
  • Experimental Design: Chaitanya Vengali, Eleana Liu and Jonny Abraham (JV).
  • Forensics: Jonny Abraham and sophomore Ben Mun (JV).
  • Fossils: Anna Wang and Emily Liu (varsity).
  • GeoLogic Mapping: Anna Wang and Jared Machtinger (varsity); Felix Lu and Alisha Kulkarni (JV).
  • Gravity Vehicle: Krishna Patel and Radha Patel (varsity).
  • Machines: Richard Bi and Jared Machtinger (varsity); Felix Lu and Kevin Qian (JV).
  • Ornithology: Emily Liu and Sneha Mohan (varsity); freshmen Trisha Mondal and Anthony Kholoshenko (JV).
  • Ping Pong Parachute: Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel (varsity); Jonny Abraham and Srikar Venkatesan (JV).
  • Protein Modeling: Roy Zhou, senior Shannon Kang and Eric Gan (varsity); Siddhant Sen, Hannah Liu and Anthony Kholoshenko (JV).
  • Sounds of Music: Senior Erin Yuan and Joshua Tsai (varsity).
  • Water Quality: Anna Wang and Erin Yuan (varsity); Iris Li and Josh Song (JV).
  • Wright Stuff: Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel (varsity); Siddhant Sen and Eleana Liu (JV).
  • Write It Do It: Erin Yuan and Roy Zhou (varsity).

PATRIOT SPORTS

Boys Basketball Team Wins Regional Championship
The boys basketball team defeated Highland Park, 37-31, on Friday for the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional championship. The title was the second straight for SHS, its sixth in the last eight seasons, and its 13th in program history.

Stevenson (27-4) will face Zion-Benton (21-10) in the Prospect Sectional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Prospect High School. The teams met twice during the North Suburban Conference season, with SHS winning both contests. Pre-sale tickets are available for $6 at the Patriot Superstore during lunch periods today and Tuesday, and before school Tuesday. (Admission to the Stevenson game does not cover the second semifinal between Mundelein and Prospect.)

Friday’s victory was the 10th straight for Stevenson, and the 450th in the career of head coach Pat Ambrose. The Patriots, the top seed in the sectional, bolted out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed. However, the ninth-seeded Giants (19-11) refused to quit, eventually pulling within two points, 27-25, with 6:08 remaining. Stevenson responded with a 5-0 flurry that featured a basket by senior Matt Kaznikov and a 3-pointer from classmate John Ittounas. Matt finished with 10 points, and also had six rebounds and two assists, while John added seven points and four assists. Senior RJ Holmes recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds for Stevenson, which outrebounded Highland Park, 28-10. – NFHS Network replay | Daily HeraldNews-Sun

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson 64, Cary-Grove 31, Vernon Hills 10: Senior Shane Johnson won the 55-meter and 300-meter dashes in the Field House for the Patriots. He posted times of 6.4 seconds in the 55 and 38.9 seconds in the 300. Other individual winners for SHS included freshman Stephen Freihammer in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches), junior Asher Mason in the 55-meter intermediate hurdles (8.2), senior Anthony Rodriguez in the 1,600 (4:42.5) and senior Jahleel Perrin in the 160 dash (18.8). Stevenson also won the 640 relay (1:16.1).

COLLEGE
The law firm of McKinney, Tucker and Lemel is sponsoring a scholarship contest connected to lowering drunk driving rates. The firm will be offering two scholarships for the top two essays or “video essays” responding to this question: “Have you or someone you know been affected by drunk driving? In what ways has it made or would it make you a safer driver?” Submissions are due by Friday, June 5. The winners will be announced on July 3. Click here for more details.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Loyola Academy canceled classes on Monday after officials at the private high school in north suburban Wilmette learned that a student and the student’s family had contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. Classes also have been canceled at Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago, after a special education assistant was hospitalized with the virus.

Northern Illinois University is partnering with Rock Valley College in Rockford on an engineering program aimed at growing the pipeline of trained workers in the state’s engineering and manufacturing industries. The program also is including high-schoolers, some of whom will be eligible to take courses.

Buffalo Grove High School on Friday officially opened its state-of-the-art Saul Ploplys Automation and Technology Lab, named after a now-retired AP Physics teacher at the school and made possible by a $1 million donation by one of his former students.

A Nobel Prize-winning physics professor donated papers from more than 50 years of work to the University of Illinois Archives, the university announced last week. Anthony Leggett was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids. He has been a physics professor at the university since 1983.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

College completion rates are rising in most states, according to data released last week by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Of the 45 states for which recent data were available, 43 showed increasing completion rates. The states with the largest increases in completion rates were Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, New York, California, Utah, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina.

Governors’ annual State of the State addresses are windows into what’s likely to be at the top of state education agendas in the coming year — and what’s not. A Georgetown think tank’s analysis of 41 gubernatorial speeches delivered so far this year found that while every state leader highlighted the importance of education, the governors talked a lot more about expanding educational opportunities than improving the performance of the nation’s schools and colleges.

The Dallas Independent School District has approved plans to install video cameras in all special-education classrooms. The cameras are intended to improve safety for students and help officials investigate incidents if they occur, but some say there are concerns related to privacy. The school board’s move was over the objections of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

A high school graduates only 65% of its students. Does that mean it’s a bad school? Most would assume yes. In fact, federal law requires that high schools with graduation rates below 67% be flagged as low-performing. But what if that high school serves only students who were unlikely to graduate at all? Is that school actually doing a worse job than the school with a 90% graduation rate serving mostly affluent students? In a new report, researchers argue for a different way to judge high schools.