Friday, March 22, 2019

“Making the Transition to SHS” Set for April 4

Incoming freshmen and their parents and guardians are invited to “Making the Transition to SHS” from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. The event is sponsored by the Catalyst club and the Stand Strong Coalition.

During the event, students and parents will be separated into different rooms and receive different presentations. Students will hear from a panel of Catalyst students and have a casual, candid question-and-answer discussion about social life at school and on weekends for Stevenson students.

Parents and guardians will hear from a panel that includes SHS Principal Troy Gobble; Dr. Cristina Cortesi, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at Stevenson; Lincolnshire Police Officer Bethany Brown, one of Stevenson’s school resource officers; and Sarah Comm, a SHS alumnae in recovery from addiction.

For more information on the topics to be discussed, visit this link. Though not required, an RSVP is appreciated. Click here to register.

String Parents “Taco Tuesday” Fundraiser Next Week

The String Parents Association is holding a “Taco Tuesday” fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at On The Border, 535 N. Lakeview Pkwy., in Vernon Hills. Mention Stevenson when ordering.

No Digest Next Week

Today is the last day of classes until Monday, April 1 due to Spring Break next week. The Daily Digest will return when classes resume.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 12, Conant 8: The visiting Patriots (5-3) rallied in the second half to hand the Cougars (8-1) their first loss of the season. SHS trailed 4-3 at halftime, then took control with a 6-1 run. Seniors Filip Mihajlovic and Nik Ebeling, and sophomore Sammy Maya each scored twice during the rally. After Conant tallied three times in 97 seconds to close within 9-8, Nik and sophomores Dima Kobets and Nathan Mossman scored to seal the victory. Nik and Dima had three goals each. Sophomore David Gorin also recorded a goal. Sophomore goalie Alex Mitchell made seven saves. – Daily Herald,

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 16, Evanston 4: The Patriots extended their winning streak to 40 games with the victory in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Senior Lauren Maloney led SHS (8-0) with five goals and classmate Kalista Tapas had four. Senior Eleanor Michaud and sophomore Shreya Sreedhar recorded two scores apiece. –

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Waukegan 0: The Patriots (9-0) won their 32nd consecutive match with another dominating performance, capturing every matchup in straight sets. Sophomore Shibani Ram posted a 21-3, 21-3 victory at No. 1 singles, while junior Jenny Yang and sophomore Emily Hu were 21-2, 21-0 winners at No. 1 doubles. Junior Kaitlyn Lu rolled at No. 2 singles (21-2, 21-6), while the No. 2 doubles tandem of sophomores Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li also sailed to victory (21-4, 21-5). Jyotsna was a 21-1, 21-4 winner at No. 3 singles, followed by Emily at No. 4 (21-0, 21-0), Jenny at No. 5 (21-2, 21-1), Benna at No. 6 (21-4, 21-4), junior Megan Wei at No. 7 (21-6, 21-6), sophomore Giuli Nagai at No. 8 (21-4, 21-6), junior Jasmine Zhang at No. 9 (21-3, 21-2), freshman Veronica Liu at No. 10 (21-4, 21-10), senior Riya Gyanmote at No. 11 (21-6, 21-9) and senior Roshini Merneedi at No. 12 (21-6, 21-3). Kaitlyn and Shibani were 21-5, 21-5 winners at No. 3 doubles, followed by Megan and Jasmine at No. 4 (21-11, 21-4), Giuli and Veronica at No. 5 (21-7, 21-7), and Riya and Roshini at No. 6 (21-8, 21-11).

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Hersey 1: Junior Paige Copeland scored the game-tying goal in the second half for the Patriots (3-0-1) in Arlington Heights. Senior keeper Jenny Staten made seven saves for SHS, which outshot the Huskies, 17-8.

Boys Lacrosse

York 8, Stevenson 5

Girls Lacrosse

York 12, Stevenson 7 – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Basketball Team Sets Two School Records

The varsity boys basketball team broke two school records during its recently completed season. The Patriots set a new mark for fewest points allowed per game (43.6), breaking the record first set in 2006-07 and matched last season. SHS also established a new standard in free throw percentage, hitting 74.5 percent to break the previous record of 73.9 percent set last year.

This Weekend on NFHS Network

Saturday’s varsity girls soccer game against Nazareth Academy will be streamed live from the Stadium by the NFHS Network. The game begins at 9 a.m. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Graduation Speaker Applications Due by April 1

Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at their commencement ceremony are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 1. Click here for the application.

BG Lions Club Seeks Student Performers, Volunteers

Do you perform dance routines or play music that represents a different culture? Looking for a volunteer opportunity before the end of the school year? The Lions Club of BG is having an International Festival from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Twin Groves Middle School to celebrate cultural diversity in the community. The club seeks dancers and musicians who can perform a 3- to 4-minute act that reflects the artistic beauty of a different culture. Volunteers also are need to help on the day of the event. Contact Christine Spaeth at or visit if you are interested in performing or volunteering.


New $40M North Chicago middle school planned

College acceptance via text. Rejection via email

Emanuel expands universal preschool plan

PE teacher at Sugar Grove school dies

Winnetka teacher’s social media post prompts visit


Trump signs executive order on campus free speech

Parkland principal under investigation

More schools bolster security with biometrics

How four schools are improving motivation


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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Catalyst, Stand Strong Receive $11K Donation

The North Suburban Chicago chapter of 100 Women Who Care recently donated more than $11,000 to the Catalyst student club and the Stand Strong Coalition for their substance abuse prevention efforts. The money will be used to increase prevention work the two groups are doing in local middle schools. Catalyst and Stand Strong were nominated by Stevenson security staff member Shar Tiagonce, who belongs to the chapter. Catalyst and Stand Strong also were featured in the Village of Vernon Hills Update for February.

SHS Foundation Gets Financial Shot in the Arm

The Stevenson High School Foundation received a financial boost from two events this month. The Luxury Vacation Raffle, which concluded March 9, raised more than $7,000 for programs such as Stevenson to College (S2C) and Kids in Need (KIN), which support some of the school’s most vulnerable students. Last week’s National Honor Society blood drive netted between $2,000 and $2,500 for the S2C program, thanks to the collection of 99 units. Vitalant Blood Services donated the money based on the number of units collected. According to the American Red Cross, one unit of blood can potentially save up to three lives.

Alumnae Honored by Purdue Ag Department

2018 graduate Samantha Hartman-Stackhouse was named Outstanding Freshman in the Animal Sciences Department at Purdue University. She is in the Dean’s Scholars Program in Purdue’s College of Agriculture.

SHS-TV Broadcasting From Co-Curricular Fair

SHS-TV will be broadcasting live from tonight’s Co-Curricular Fair for incoming freshman families in the Field House. The fair runs from 6:30-8:30, and the SHS-TV live stream starts at 7 o’clock on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson hosted Stevenson Invitational: The Patriots swept the quadrangular meet with Lake Forest, Lake Park and Metea Valley in Field House, extending its winning streak to 31 consecutive matches. SHS (8-0) won each match by an 8-0 score and captured every individual contest in straight sets. The No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Emily Hu and junior Jenny Yang, the defending state champions, had a 21-4, 21-4 victory over Metea Valley, which returned one of its players from last year’s fifth-place doubles team. The other winning duos were the 2018 state runners-up and No. 2 team of sophomores Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li, the No. 3 tandem of seniors Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah, and seniors Riya Gyanmote and Roshini Merneedi at No. 4. Sophomore Shibani Ram, third in the state last season, led the singles players, followed by juniors Kaitlyn Lu, Megan Wei and Jasmine Zhang.

IHSA Honors Fall Sports Teams for Academics

All nine varsity fall sports teams earned the Illinois High School Association Team Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during their season. The teams were boys and girls cross country, football, boys and girls golf, boys soccer, girls swimming and diving, girls tennis and girls volleyball. Stevenson’s golf teams have earned the award every year since its inception in 2004.

Tennis Alumnae Manion, Xavier on a Roll

Xavier University senior Zoe Manion (Class of 2015) and her women’s tennis teammates have been on a roll. The Musketeers have won 12 straight matches heading into Saturday’s home match against Big East rival Marquette. Manion has a 2-0 doubles record this season.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity and junior varsity girls lacrosse games against York will be streamed live from the Stadium by the NFHS Network. The JV game begins at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


Wednesday’s Digest incorrectly reported that Stevenson’s 11-5 victory over Grayslake Central on Tuesday was the first career victory for boys lacrosse coach Tom Hake. His first career victory came Saturday in the Patriots’ season-opening win over Deerfield.


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Update Your InnerView Resume for Award Eligibility

Bored over break? Update your InnerView resumes! The national “Inspiring Service” awards deadline is April 15, and winners come from InnerView information. So far, Stevenson has 509 awardees: 334 have earned Merit (20 hours of service across four activities this school year), 128 reached Honor status (40 hours in eight activities), and 47 hit the Ambassador level (100 hours in 12 activities). Each awardee is listed at this link.

Children’s Book Drive Through April 8

A children’s book drive to benefit Bernie’s Book Bank is taking place in the school through April 8. Bernie’s is looking for new and gently used books for sixth grade and younger. (Workbooks, textbooks and reference books will not be accepted.) Collection boxes are located in the College Career Center, as well as the Forum, Field House and Sports Center lobbies.

Frosty Friday Fundraiser for Girls Water Polo Team

The girls water polo team is holding another “Wendy’s Frosty Friday” fundraiser Friday during the passing periods between periods six and seven, and seven and eight, and after school. Chocolate and vanilla Frostys will be available for $2 in the Wood and Glass Commons.


The Deerfield-Bannockburn-Riverwoods Chamber of Commerce is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school graduate who resides in the 60015 zip code, or who works for a DBR member, or who is the immediate family member of a DBR member. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have an outstanding record of service to others. Financial need is not a factor in determining the recipient. For more information and the application, visit The application deadline is April 5.

The College of Lake County Foundation has added four new scholarships for the 2019-20: The Lancer Scholarship, two Connect to Your Future scholarships, and the “DREAMERS” Scholarship. March 31 is the application deadline. To read more about these scholarships and others, visit


Teacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois

Zion elementary district, teachers agree on contract

Homewood-Flossmoor teacher wins Golden Apple

Fenton High named AP District of the Year

Bill addressing state teacher shortage advances

Fire stations near Barrington schools rejected

Report: UIC missed warning signs on flawed research

West Chicago principal promoted to superintendent

New principal hired for Neuqua Valley High

Bureau Valley superintendent quits

Decatur school teacher killed in car crash

Morton, ex-band director sign separation agreement

Hinsdale students, parents rally to support referendum

District 205 OKs minor boundary changes in Elmhurst

Ball-Chatham board approves teachers contract

NAACP, ISU in talks over University High graffiti incident

NU pre-med student charged with sex assault expelled


Apple launches media literacy initiative

Kentucky teachers fear retribution from schools chief

Trigger warnings for students are useless, study says

Ex-North Carolina president chosen to lead USC

Descendants of slaves sue Harvard over use of photos


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Merv Roberts Chosen to Receive Heritage Award

The District 125 Board of Education on Monday selected Merv Roberts to receive the annual Heritage Award, given to individuals who have made a significant impact on the high school. Roberts served on the school board from 1981 to 2018, including 16 years as president from 1984 to 2000. His 37-year tenure is the longest in the district’s 53-year history. Read this article for a list of Stevenson’s accomplishments during his presidency. He will be honored this spring; details are still being worked out.

Synagogue Picks Alumnus for Leadership Post

SHS alumnus Eric Golberg has been named the new Director of Youth and Young Family Engagement at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook. After graduation from the University of Hartford, he taught third grade and special education at a Connecticut elementary school from 2016-18 before returning to the Chicago area last year. Since his return, Golberg has taught Hebrew and been a United Synagogue Youth advisor at Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove.

Class of 2020 Meningitis Vaccination Requirement

All students in the Class of 2020 are required by state law to have a meningococcal (MCV4) vaccination after age 16. The requirement must be completed and recorded before senior year begins. Parents should check with their doctor for their student’s current immunization status. As soon as the requirement is met, send verification of the immunization to the SHS nurses by fax at 847-634-2905 or 847-634-2902. Questions can be directed to the nurses at 847-415-4019 or 847-415-4025.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 10, Carmel Catholic 6: Maggie Trotter’s grand slam capped a six-run sixth inning that secured the Patriots’ victory at Heritage Park in Wheeling. The junior first baseman went 3-for-4 and drove in six runs for SHS (1-1). Maggie’s RBI single in the third gave Stevenson a 3-2 lead that it didn’t relinquish, then she singled home another run in the fifth to put the Pats up 4-2. Sophomore Haley Barnes went 2-for-3 with a triple and drove in three runs, while freshman Reagan Koenigs had two hits and scored three runs. Senior Anna Fossier was 2-for-3, scored twice, drove in a run and stole a base. Sophomore Emily Freedman also had two hits, while freshman Elle Ruchim had two stolen bases and a hit. Riley Housinger went the distance in the pitcher’s circle to earn the victory. The senior walked only one batter in seven innings. –

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Grayslake Central 5: Freshman Ryan Hynes scored three goals and assisted on three others for the host Patriots (1-1). Sophomore Owen Hancock also scored three times for SHS, while seniors Seth Collins, Cole Okmin and Bryce Wujcik combined for five goals and two assists. Stevenson never trailed in the game, which was close early. SHS led 3-2 at halftime, then took control with four unanswered goals in the third quarter and held an 8-3 advantage heading into the final 12 minutes. – @PatsLax | NFHS Network Replay

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 15, Fenwick 10: Seniors Lauren Maloney, Kalista Tapas and Eleanor Michaud accounted for 12 goals, and classmate Anna Mossakowski made 15 saves, in the matchup between the state’s top-ranked teams in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Lauren scored five times, Kalista had four goals and Eleanor added three for the Patriots (7-0), who have won 39 straight games. Junior Shreya Sreedhar added two goals for SHS. –

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 3, Wauconda 0: Senior Jennifer Staten and junior Arushi Nair turned away all 10 shots they faced for the visiting Patriots (3-0), who have yet to yield a goal in 2019. Jennifer made seven saves and Arushi had three for SHS, which also had 10 shots on goal. Senior Kalyssa VanZanten scored a goal and assisted on the other two. She had the opening goal in the first half, off an assist from sophomore Abby Kalou, then set up Stevenson’s second goal of the half by junior Gracie Wingfield. Senior Jessica Baigorria added an insurance goal in the second half. – Daily Herald

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Warren 0: The Patriots (5-0) won all 17 matches they played and also received a forfeit in their North Suburban Conference opener in Gurnee. The winning singles players were seniors Julie Zhu (21-6, 21-6, No. 11) and Thivya Sivarajah (21-4, 21-3, No. 9); juniors Jasmine Zhang (21-7, 21-13, No. 10), Megan Wei (21-6, 21-0, No. 7), Jenny Yang (21-2, 21-4, No. 5) and Kaitlyn Lu (21-3, 21-4, No. 2); sophomores Giuli Nagai (21-9, 21-2, No. 8), Benna Li (21-1, 21-7, No. 6), Jyotsna Harikrishna (21-2, 21-10, No. 3), and Shibani Ram (21-8, 21-3, No. 1); and freshman Veronica Liu (21-3, 21-5, No. 12). The winning doubles duos were Jenny and Emily at No. 1 (21-1, 21-1), Benna and Jyotsna at No. 2 (21-3, 21-5), Kaitlyn and Shibani at No. 3 (21-2, 21-5), Julie and Thivya at No. 4 (21-5, 21-7), Megan and Jasmine at No. 5 (21-5, 21-7) and Veronica and Giuli at No. 6 (21-3, 21-7). Stevenson now has a 28-match win streak dating back to 2017.

Jorie Walton Named Head Cheerleading Coach

2010 Stevenson graduate Jorie Walton has been named the school’s head cheerleading coach for the 2019-20 school year. Walton has served as co-head coach the past two years with Jessie Murphy (Class of 1998), who is stepping down after nine seasons. Walton has had success at all levels of Stevenson cheerleading. In each of her two seasons as co-head coach, the Patriots finished third in the state, and won sectional and North Suburban Conference championships. Before her elevation to co-head coach, Walton led the junior varsity for three seasons, winning the conference each year. While a student at Stevenson, Walton’s teams reached state in each of her varsity seasons, and she was named the team’s Big Gun Award winner after the 2009-10 campaign. Murphy was head coach in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years, then returned in 2012. During her tenure, the Patriots qualified for the state tournament eight times, won five sectional championships and captured the North Suburban Conference crown eight times.

2019-20 Spirit Revolution Tryouts in April

Spirit Revolution, the school’s pom and cheerleading teams, will hold tryouts for the 2019-20 school year Tuesday through Thursday, April 16-18 in the Wood Commons. Incoming freshmen will have tryouts from 3:30-6:30 p.m. each day, while current freshmen, sophomores and juniors will try out for varsity and junior varsity from 6:30-9 p.m. Tryout registration and details are available on the Spirit Revolution website.


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“Light It Up Blue” Shirts on Sale Through Sunday

T-shirts for the annual “Light It Up Blue” Allied Soccer game to benefit Autism Speaks are on sale for $10 through Sunday at

Pre-ordered T-shirts will be distributed April 10-12 during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons, with additional shirts being sold if available. The Light It Up Blue game against Round Lake will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13 in the SHS Stadium. Anyone wearing the Light It Up Blue T-shirt will be admitted for free to the post-game party featuring food, games, and music by the SHS DJ Club.

Kiva 3-on-3 Basketball Fundraiser Deadline is Friday

Friday is the deadline to sign your team up and pay for the Kiva Club’s “Ballapalooza” 3-on-3 basketball fundraiser on Sunday, April 7 in the Sports Center. The cost is $10 per player. Click here for details.

How Well Do You Know Your Peers?

What percentage of students drink alcohol regularly? You might be surprised by the answer. Check out this week’s video from Catalyst and Stand Strong.


Juniors and seniors and their parents and guardians are invited to attend the Bilingual College Fair from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at Mundelein High School. The fair will feature 30-40 college representatives who are fluent in English and Spanish. Bilingual financial aid sessions also will also be offered, in English and Spanish. Register for the fair at


An information meeting about the new IM cricket program will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Staff Dining Room.


Lawmakers plan to create consolidation task force

Dissecting the soaring grad rate for black boys in Chicago

Lake View High teacher chosen for Golden Apple

32 CPS schools to get $32M for new programming

Preschool teacher accused of making kids stand naked

E-learning plan irks some parents in District 300

King College Prep principal ousted after complaints

Roselle schools chief chosen to lead Glen Ellyn district


Cheating scandal: Final straw for standardized tests?

New poll: Americans say admissions system rigged

A primer on “free college” programs

Akron offers buyout to 47 percent of faculty

Why Generation Z is the loneliest generation

At Wake Forest, apologies not accepted

How a small Wisconsin district became a “rock star”


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Funeral Service for Mayukh Biswas on Wednesday

The funeral service for junior Mayukh Biswas, who died Friday, will be held Wednesday at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home Ltd., 120 West Park Ave., in Libertyville. Visitation will be held from 3-5:30 p.m., followed by a Hindu funeral service from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mayukh’s family requests that anyone attending not wear black clothing. Per Hindu custom, white is the preferred color, and dress may be casual. For more information on Hindu funeral customs and practices, click here.

SHS Wins Division at National Chess Tournament

Stevenson finished first in the U1900 section at the United States Chess Federation’s National High School Championship held last weekend in Schaumburg. The team of freshman Ashley Yan (who finished third individually), junior Adam Wallach, and seniors Jack Xiao and Alex Pressman posted a cumulative score of 84.5, edging Cass Tech (81.5) of Detroit, Mich., and San Benito High (79.5) from San Benito, Texas. The U1900 section is for players with ratings up to 1900 from U.S. Chess. SHS also field a team in the Open section, which finished 13th. The team consisted of senior Miranda Liu, sophomores Ricky Wang and David Wallach, and freshman Fred Yuan. The students who participated in Schaumburg led Stevenson to a third-place finish at the Illinois High School Association state chess tournament in February.

Sunny Gandhi Named to All-State Debate Team

Two students reached the final round and one earned all-state honors at the IHSA state debate tournament last weekend at Illinois State University. Senior Anubhav Agarwal and junior Sunny Gandhi were among 16 students to reach the Super Congress in congressional debate, with Sunny one of 10 selected for all-state recognition. Seven other SHS students made it to the semifinals: seniors Mary Polupan, Arthur Yolles, Shreya Viswanathan, Josh Ezrol, Aarim Khan and Sydney Glickson, and junior Megana Adigal. Also competing was senior Josh Zhu. Approximately 170 students from around the state competed.

Varsity, JV Archers Second in Chicago Tournament

Stevenson’s varsity and junior varsity archery teams took second place in their divisions at the Roberto Clemente Wildcat Advanced Tournament in Chicago on Saturday. The varsity compiled 3,272 points, behind only Champaign Centennial (3,351). Six Patriots were medalists. Sophomore Malachi Park finished third in the High School Male competition with 284 points, which included 18 tens. Junior Carina Spaeth was fourth in the High School Female (280, 13 tens). Saumya Malhotra, also a junior, placed sixth in High School Female (276, 13). Senior Temma Saito (280, 13), sophomore David Bayer (279, 14) and senior Andrew Szwejbka (279, 14) finished 7-8-9 in High School Male. The JV scored 3,000 points, and had three female medalists: freshman Elizabeth Clavel (269) was third, junior Yui Nonoda (268) placed fourth and sophomore Oriana Lago (267) finished sixth.

Weekend Anything But a Drag for Racing Alumnus

Professional drag racer TJ Zizzo (Class of 1993) and his Zizzo Racing team had its best weekend ever, reaching the Top Fuel semifinals at the 50th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Starting from the ninth qualifying position, Zizzo knocked off the fastest qualifier, 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion Brittany Force, to reach the semifinals for the second time in his career. His Rust-Oleum Rocket dragster covered the course in 3.764 seconds at 325.92 mph, edging Force by 0.013 seconds. Zizzo’s next outing will come May 30-June 2 at the NHRA Nationals on his home track at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet. His wife, Jennifer Zizzo (Class of 1993), is a Spanish teacher at Stevenson.

Substance Use and College Success

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.

Studies show that teen use of substances, especially marijuana, contributes to college students skipping more classes, spending less time studying, earning lower grades, dropping out, and being unemployed after college. A University of Maryland study showed that even after controlling for the effects of demographics, high school GPA, and personality variables, heavy users (those who smoked more than 15 times a month) were “twice as likely” to experience discontinuous enrollment. Even infrequent users (those who smoked about twice a month) were 66 percent more likely to be discontinuously enrolled. Our teens are working so hard to get into college. Take the steps necessary to increase the chances of success while they’re still at home by having frequent conversations to educate them about how substance use could impact the future.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lakes, 25-21, 25-9: The Patriots were all aces in their season opener, literally. SHS rocketed 14 aces into the Eagles’ side of the court in the Sports Center. Junior Andrew Keevins led the barrage with five aces, while classmate Gavin Meng served three aces to go along with a team-high nine kills. Senior Will Sorenson dished out 20 assists. Wally Wormser had four kills and Samuel Epstein led the squad with four digs. Both are juniors. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Evanston 0: The host Patriots (4-0) extended their dual-match win streak to 27 by taking all 18 matches in straight sets in the Field House. Sophomore Shibani Ram was a 21-11, 21-9 winner at No. 1 singles, while sophomore Emily Hu and junior Jenny Yang rolled at No. 1 doubles, 21-3, 21-0. Emily and Jenny also won their singles matches at No. 4 (21-3, 21-4) and 5 (21-2, 21-2), respectively. Shibani teamed with junior Kaitlyn Lu at No. 3 doubles (21-3, 21-6). Kaitlyn was a 21-3, 21-7 winner at No. 2 singles, followed by sophomore Jyotsna Harikrishna (21-5, 21-9) at No. 3, sophomore Benna Li at No. 6 (21-7, 21-6), sophomore Giuli Nagai at No. 7 (21-5, 21-8), senior Thivya Sivarajah at No. 8 (21-7, 21-8), senior Julie Zhu at No. 9 (21-7, 21-12), freshman Veronica Liu at No. 10 (21-9, 21-7), senior Riya Gyanmote at No. 11 (21-17, 21-9) and senior Roshini Merneedi at No. 12 (21-16, 21-18). The other doubles wins were from Benna and Jyotsna at No. 2 (21-3, 21-0), Julie and Thivya at No. 4 (21-6, 21-13), Veronica and Giuli at No. 5 (21-16, 21-16), and Roshini and Riya at No. 6 (21-12, 21-11). SHS last lost on April 7, 2017.


Lakes 7, Stevenson 6: The Patriots dropped their season opener at Heritage Park in Wheeling. – Lakes Athletic Department Twitter feed

Avery King Named to All-Area Basketball Team

Junior Avery King has been selected to the Pioneer Press All-Area Girls Basketball Team. The three-year starter at guard for SHS averaged 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists per game, and earned All-North Suburban Conference honors. Freshman guard Simone Sawyer was an honorable mention all-area selection.

Eleanor Michaud Earns Player of the Week Honor

Senior Eleanor Michaud was named the NBC Sports Chicago/Wintrust Player of the Week. Click here to see the video. Eleanor recently became the sixth Patriot student-athlete named to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team, and is one of the key players on Stevenson’s two-time defending state champion girls water polo squad. Head coach Jeff Wimer, who also appears in the video, praised Eleanor for making a successful transition from a small Montessori school to Stevenson.

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity boys lacrosse game against Grayslake Central will be streamed live from the Stadium by the NFHS Network. The action starts at 6:30, and can be seen on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Student Elections During Activity Period Wednesday

Student elections will take place during the Activity Period on Wednesday. Videotaped speeches by Student Council candidates will run in every classroom, and on the monitors in the Wood and Glass commons. Voting will take place online. A link to the ballot, along with voting instructions, will be emailed to every student’s Stevenson email account. The only groups having meetings during the Activity Period are Student Council and class boards. Those groups will meet in the following locations: College Career Center (Freshman Class Board), Recital Hall (Sophomore Class Board), West Staff Dining Room (Junior Class Board), West Auditorium (Student Council).

Interested in Providing Tutoring Online?

Peer Tutors is offering a new opportunity for qualified students to provide tutoring online after school. Tutors must be available at least one hour per week. Click here to apply by Friday.


Seniors interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics are invited to apply for Argonne National Laboratory’s College Bound Research Program. Participating students will work in a laboratory or office environment, performing research and rubbing elbows with scientists and engineers to get a taste of life in a national laboratory. The program runs from June 10-Aug. 2. The application deadline is March 29. Click here for more details and to apply.


Rotary District 6440 is offering $1,500 scholarships to students who are preparing for careers that require less than a four-year degree (associate degree, diploma or certificate). Scholarships are available to students who will be enrolled full-time in a vocational degree or certificate program at an accredited school. Applications are available in the College Career Center.

The Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarships awards several scholarships, ranging in amount from $500 to $15,000, to students in the five-county Chicagoland area. Applicants must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0, and their family’s adjusted gross income must be $60,000 or less. Applications may be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123), and must be emailed to the Palumbo Family Foundation by March 31.


UIC teaching assistants to go on strike

Golden Apple winner I: Mundelein High Spanish teacher

Golden Apple winner II: Maine East science teacher

Golden Apple winner III: Evanston High sociology teacher

Public employee groups say 2019 pension reforms unfair

Hinsdale referendum supporters give $245K to campaign

Champaign teachers prepare to do home visits

Art foundation may move programs out of ISU

Rochester superintendent placed on leave

25 job offers revoked after UI background checks

Illinois drafting new school police training guidelines


White House proposes caps on student loan borrowing

Lawmakers link Ed Department to Dream Center collapse

Fewer black, Hispanic kids get offers at elite NYC schools

The dark side of education research: Widespread bias

Study: Praising perfect attendance may backfire

Schools reopening as chemical plant fire continues

Rural Alaska district buys hotel for student housing

University trumpeters offer Taps for veterans’ funerals


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Monday, March 18, 2019

14 Students Earn HOSA State Titles

Fourteen students earned state championships at the annual Illinois HOSA Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference held last week in Springfield. The state titles were part of an impressive performance by the 125-student contingent Stevenson sent downstate. Fifty-one students placed in the top three of their event, qualifying for the International HOSA competition June 18-22 in Orlando. Ninety-nine students received state finalist accolades by finishing in the top 10 of their event.

Stevenson’s state championships came in eight events, and junior Omkarnath Halleppanawar was involved in two of them. He earned top honors in Nutrition, and also was part of the first-place CERT Skills entry with classmate Vivek Thatte. The duo of sophomore Caroline Mazur-Sarocka and junior Fanny Borukhova won Health Career Display, and the team of seniors Khushi Agarwal, Shanky Bala, Sanjana Chunduri, Maanasa Devabhaktuni, Shreya Satish and Marilyn Li captured Public Health. Sophomore Bella Kim finished first in Dental Terminology, junior Celeste Xi won Dental Science, junior Jasmine Wang took top honors in Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking, and junior Shrusti Jain won Speaking Skills.

Abby Peters and Jill Lipman are the club sponsors. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s HOSA state conference placewinners and finalists.

Scholastic Bowl Finishes Fourth in State

Stevenson finished fourth at the Illinois High School Association Class 2A Scholastic Bowl state tournament on Friday. The 2018 state champion, making its third consecutive trip to the state tournament, fell to the Illinois Math and Science Academy in the third-place match, 430-370. In pool play earlier in the day, SHS beat Oak Park River Forest (420-360) and Carbondale (800-60) before falling to eventual state runner-up Rockford Auburn (480-380).

The Scholastic Bowl state roster was led by captain Govind Prabhakar, a junior, plus senior Olivia Lamberti, junior Akash Kumar, and sophomores David Lee and Arjun Nageswaran. The five played in every round. The rest of the roster included senior Vaishakh Vinod-Kumar, sophomore Daniel Ding and freshman Spandan Goel. The team’s head coach was Ryan Fedewa. Simon Campos served as varsity assistant and Lauren Albert was the junior varsity coach.

Senior Places Fifth in Spoken Word Poetry Contest

Senior Ananya Shah finished fifth in the individual finals of the Louder Than a Bomb spoken word poetry contest in Chicago last weekend. Watch her perform “Daisy Chains” in the final round. She also was part of the Stevenson team that reached the quarterfinals, with seniors Emily Luo, Hannah Severyns, Johnna Geick and Jacob Minin, and junior Anna Wang. This was Stevenson’s first foray into the competition, which featured nearly 100 teams and almost 1,000 individual poets.

Orchestra Concert Tuesday Night

Stevenson’s orchestras will close the door on winter with a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, a live stream of the concert will be available on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


Friday’s Digest misidentified the grade level of junior Victor Shi.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Allied Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Unified Basketball State Championships: The Patriots defeated LaSalle-Peru to finish third in their first-ever state appearance. The roster included seniors Mark Brady, David Ha, Daniel Kahn, Jeremy Millman, Timothy Phelps, Steven Wetle and Tyler Yoo; junior Nikolas Brickman; sophomores Ethan Brandwein, Alex Eisen, Andrew Maher, Sean Pokoski and Shephia Zhou; and freshman Asher Barshefsky. The coaches were Ryan Hutchins and Emma Degen. Athletic Director Trish Betthauser helped coach at the state tournament.

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove K.D. Invitational: The Patriots went undefeated in all eight flights to capture the team championship for the fourth straight year. Junior Jenny Yang and sophomore Emily Hu won the No. 1 doubles title, while sophomores Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li claimed the No. 2 flight. Juniors Megan Wei and Jasmine Zhang ruled No. 3 doubles, and seniors Riya Gyanmote and Roshini Merneedi won No. 4 doubles. The singles champions were sophomore Shibani Ram (No. 1), junior Kaitlyn Lu (No. 2), sophomore Giuli Nagai (No. 3) and freshman Veronica Liu (No. 4). In the team standings, Stevenson amassed 40 points, with runner-up Buffalo Grove at 26.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Huntley Last Chance Invitational: The Patriots won two events in the meet. Junior Jordan Vincent finished first in the 400-meter run with a personal-best time of 51.50 seconds, while freshman Ray Zhao captured the high jump with a personal-best leap of 6 feet, 4 inches. Junior Jahleel Perrin placed second in the 200 (22.90 – personal best) and fifth in the 60 (7.19), and senior Anand Batbaatar took second in shot put (50 feet, 1.5 inches). SHS was third in the 800 relay (1:34.64). Other top 10 efforts came from sophomore David Smolensky in the 200 (sixth, 23.40 – personal best) and 60 (seventh, 7.30), freshman Jimmy Davis in the 400 (ninth, 54.50 – personal best), and senior Dan Erdenetsogt 10th in shot put (42-2). Team scores were not kept. – Official Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 12, Deerfield 9: The host Patriots won their season-opener, which marked the debut of head coach Tom Hake. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson d. Glenbrook North: The Patriots improved to 1-1 with the victory. SHS will play its home opener at 7 p.m. Thursday against York in the Stadium.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: The Patriots (4-3) finished 11th in the three-day tournament, concluding their schedule with a 22-3 win over Homewood-Flossmoor after falling to Lincoln-Way East earlier in the day, 14-11. Sophomore Dima Kobets led the SHS offense in each game, throwing in nine goals against H-F and five versus LWE. Sophomore Drew Wangard added three goals against Lincoln-Way East. Stevenson finished 2-2 in the tournament. –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Allied Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Unified Basketball State Championships: The Patriots lost to Vernon Hills in the Division I semifinals at the Peoria Civic Center.

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at Fremd Quadrangular: The defending state champions opened their season with a trio of triumphs in Palatine, defeating the host school (5-2), Hinsdale Central (7-0) and Naperville North (4-3), which finished second to SHS at the IHSA tournament last spring. The Patriots’ depth in doubles played a key part in the win over Naperville, with all three duos posting victories: Defending state champions junior Jenny Yang and sophomore Emily Hu at No. 1 (21-7, 21-4), 2018 state runners-up sophomores Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li at No. 2 (21-9, 21-5), and seniors Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah at No. 3 (21-7, 21-4). Sophomore Giuli Nagai rallied for the lone singles victory at No. 4 (18-21, 21-17, 21-12). The doubles teams also won their matches against Hinsdale Central and Fremd, as did Giuli. Sophomore Shibani Ram, who finished third in the state last year, won her No. 1 singles matches against Fremd and Hinsdale Central.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: Sophomores Drew Wangard and Dima Kobets scored three goals apiece as the Patriots (3-2) blasted Brother Rice, 20-3. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Oak Park River Forest 5: The host Patriots (6-0) extended their winning streak to 38 games dating back to the start of the 2018 season. –

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Vernon Hills 0: Seniors Kristin Hill and Kalyssa VanZanten scored for the host Patriots (2-0) in the Stadium. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake Michigan Invitational: Senior Kendall Roberts had top-four finishes in two races to pace the Patriots at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. She was third in the 800-meter run (2:24.09) and fourth in the 1,600 (5:18.27). The 800-meter relay team of seniors Emily Ossentjuk and Raeden Mays, and sophomores Jordan Tollison and Jade Cadichon finished sixth (1:52.08), and senior Natalie Sorenson was seventh in the 3,200 (11:28.60).

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Krupicka Invitational: The Patriots placed 10th out of 11 teams at Hinsdale Central. – Daily Herald

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s season-opening varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball matches against Lakes will be streamed live from the Sports Center by the NFHS Network. The varsity starts at 6 p.m., with the JV at 5 o’clock. Catch all the events on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Students Holding Clothing, Shoe Drive

Four students from the Child Development class are holding a clothing drive beginning today through Friday, April 5 to help those in need in Brazil and Ukraine. New and gently used clothing and shoes for children ages 0-18 will be collected in boxes at the Forum (“point”), Sports Center and Field House entrances.

Set Sail for the Senior Class Party

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


Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 5044, the East Multipurpose Room. The club will be performing at the Co-Curricular Fair Thursday night in the Field House. Performance time is 6:55 p.m.

Calling all knitters! In the Loop is meeting today after school in Room 7064. Never knit before? KNOT a problem! Here’s a chance for your first lesson.

Animal Welfare meets Tuesday after school in Room 7064. The club will be working on a letter-writing campaign. All are welcome.


Informational meetings for students interested in being a buddy for the Allied Soccer team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 6050. See Coach Mauro for more information.

Tryouts for the Stevenson ice hockey program’s spring-summer program will be held Tuesday and Thursday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. The program starts the week of April 8. Click here for registration and details.


Carmel Catholic to require random drug testing for all

Students feeling more stress to get into top colleges

Private admissions counseling booming before scandal

$30M in construction planned at Libertyville, Vernon Hills

UI receives $5M federal grant to expand ag, tech project

Ex-Chicago State provost gets $800K in settlement

D-155 sued over “unsafe” Crystal Lake South foyer

Deerfield parents upset over middle school math change

Zion-Benton High pool in “pretty bad shape”

Legendary Deerfield football coach, teacher dies

Arlington High’s last leader dies


Study: No progress in achievement gap in 50 years

How parents are robbing their children of adulthood

Purdue blocking streaming services in classrooms

Sacramento teachers poised to strike

10 months after Texas school shooting, answers missing

Court: Gun maker can be sued over Newtown shooting

Ohio students design board game for special needs kids


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Friday, March 15, 2019

Catalyst Club’s “Tobacco 21” Dream Almost Realized

The Catalyst club’s efforts to raise the state’s legal age for buying and using tobacco and vaping products to 21 are on the verge of success. The Illinois Senate on Thursday passed legislation raising the current age from 18 to 21, two days after the House gave its assent. The “Tobacco 21” bill now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, and leaders in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly believe he will sign it into law. If signed by the governor, Illinois would become the eighth state in the nation and first in the Midwest with an age minimum of 21.

The original Tobacco 21 legislation was filed in early 2018 by state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield, after working with students from Catalyst and club sponsors Dr. Cristina Cortesi and Jamie Epstein. The list of students past and present who have played a significant role in Tobacco 21 efforts includes, but is not limited to, 2018 graduates Borler Wu, Katherine Yao, Ananya Pati, Devin Smith, Melissa Hauptman and Ashleigh Machado; juniors Victor Shi, Vrushali Thakkar, Namie Franco, Audrey Liu and Alyssa Shack; sophomores Alexander Zhou, Stella Mechkova, Yachi Patel, Carson Ezell and Erica Zhang; and freshmen Lexi Gitler and Eden Mondschain, who have been involved since their days at Twin Groves Middle School.

Major Facelift Looms Just West of Campus

The Village of Buffalo Grove is proposing a major facelift for the Prairie View Metra station and surrounding area just west of Stevenson. The proposal calls for the creation of numerous single-family homes and townhouses within the 128-acre area, along with shops and restaurants, plus a central plaza that could host farmers markets and concerts. Click here to see a video describing the proposal, or to review the 96-page plan. The village is seeking feedback on the proposal through April 4. See the plan at The Buffalo Grove Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Village Hall to discuss the proposal.

Showcase 2019 Takes the Stage This Weekend

Online ticket sales for tonight’s Showcase performance end at noon, but in-person purchases for tonight and Saturday can be done at the Patriot Superstore until 1:30. Online sales for Saturday night end at noon Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 (cash only) at the door. Use this link to order tickets online. Showcase 2019 “Dream Big” will be presented at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Each night features a different talent lineup. For those unable to attend, SHS-TV will carry Showcase live through Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.

Alumnae Nominated for Prestigious British Theater Award

Stevenson alumnus Rebekah Stevens (Class of 2002) has been nominated for an Olivier Award honoring the best performances in British theater. Stevens, whose professional name is Athena Stevens, is one of five nominees in the Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre category, nominated for her script and co-starring performance in “Schism.” The play follows the relationship that develops between a failed architect who plans to end his life and a young woman with cerebral palsy who breaks into his house seeking help. Stevens, who was born with the disorder, and the other nominees will be honored during the Olivier Awards ceremony Sunday, April 7 in London.

Since graduating from Stevenson, Stevens has become an acclaimed playwright, as well as an author, director, stand-up comedienne and human rights activist. She made her West End acting debut in 2011, and a year came her first book, Beauty Unsuspected, a series of essays about life in London. Stevens gave a Tedx Talk in Las Vegas in 2014. She serves as the national spokesperson for equality in the media for Britain’s Women’s Equality Party.

Taking a Pie in the Face to Help SHS Alumni

Momentum is building behind a fundraising effort led by two Stevenson alumni whose son is afflicted with a rare disease that affects infants. Nash Stineman, whose parents are Bobby Stineman (Class of 2001) and Brittany Sulentic Stineman (Class of 2003), suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress (SMARD).

There is currently no cure for SMARD, but the Stinemans have been working with researchers in Columbus, Ohio to develop a clinical trial using gene therapy. The couple has created a campaign modeled after the Ice Bucket Challenge in order to attract attention and donations. The #SmashSMARDChallenge involves taking a pie to the face and encouraging others to do the same. Several Chicago media personalities have taken up the challenge, and SHS alumnus Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) has even met the whipped cream face to face. Brittany and Bobby talked about SMARD and their campaign on “Windy City Live” earlier this week.

A “Smash SMARD bootcamp” fundraiser will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at the SPEAR Training Center, 100 Corporate Woods Pkwy., in Vernon Hills. A minimum $25 donation is required to participate. Email to reserve a spot. The doors open at 9:30. For those unable to attend, donations can be made at


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 14, Conant 7: Seniors Kalista Tapas and Lauren Maloney each scored six goals for the visiting Patriots (5-0), who extended their winning streak to 37 games dating back to the start of the 2018 season. Senior Eleanor Michaud and junior Shreya Sreedhar scored the other goals for No. 1 SHS, which led the eighth-ranked Cougars 6-3 at halftime and broke open the contest with six goals in the third quarter. – Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: The Patriots fell to Niles North, 12-11, in the opening day of the three-day tournament. Sophomore Dima Kobets led SHS (2-2) with five goals. –

Girls Lacrosse

St. Charles East 15, Stevenson 8: The Patriots dropped their season opener to the fourth-ranked Saints in St. Charles. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Gymnastics

Barrington 121.3, Stevenson 105.7: In the Sports Center, freshman Jack White paced the Patriots (1-2) with a second-place showing in the all-around competition (38.9 points). He won the horizontal bar (7.6), finished second on vault (8.3) and parallel bars (7.1), placed third in still rings (7.0), and was fourth in floor exercise (7.9). Senior Ben Rudloff took second on pommel horse (3.6) while junior Anthony Lang finished third in floor exercise (8.0). – Daily Herald

Chieng, Ambrose Named to All-Area, All-NSC Teams

Senior Luke Chieng and junior Matthew Ambrose have been selected to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area and All-North Suburban Conference boys basketball teams. Matthew was the Patriots’ leading scorer this season, averaging 14.3 points and nearly four rebounds per game. He scored 20 or more points in five games, and probably would have had more if not for missing 11 games with a broken finger. Matthew shot 45.2 percent from 3-point range and 93.6 percent from the free throw line. Luke, the only senior starter for Stevenson, averaged 9.7 points and 3.2 assists per game heading into Tuesday’s supersectional, and carried a heavier offensive load during Matthew’s absence. He had a career-high 24 points in one contest, and scored 22 in two others during the 11-game stretch. Junior John Ittounas was an honorable mention choice on both teams, while classmate RJ Holmes was honorable mention on the Daily Herald team.

Patriot Trio to Play in Girls Hockey Championship Game

Three Stevenson students are significant contributors to the Lake Forest co-op girls ice hockey team that will play for the Metro Girls League Founders Cup championship against Glenbrook South at 6 p.m. Monday at Lake Forest Academy. Maggie Kirby, Abby Benjamin and Alicia Sharun have helped the team post a 18-7-3 record, including a 10-0-2 mark in their Metro League division. Abby, a sophomore, has six goals and six assists in 19 games. Maggie, a junior, has played in 25 games, with three goals and three assists, and also was the winning goaltender in her one game between the pipes. Alicia, a freshman, has three goals and an assist in 24 games.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity girls soccer games against Vernon Hills will be streamed live by the NFHS Network. The game starts at 5:30 in the Stadium. The Green-Gold boys volleyball varsity and junior varsity matches can be seen as well. The JV starts at 5 o’clock, followed by the varsity at 6. Both matches are in the Sports Center. On Saturday, all three boys lacrosse games against Deerfield will be streamed live from the Stadium. The sophomore game starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by the JV at 10 and the varsity at 11:30. Catch all the events on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Spring Fling Information Meetings Wednesday

Student Council is holding informational meetings for Spring Fling during all half-lunch periods Wednesday in the West Auditorium. The meetings are open to anyone interested.


Warren teachers, district reach contract deal, avoid strike

UI to hire 168 faculty to handle enrollment growth

Records show Waukegan district lied about employee

Fremont District 79, Lake County police launch partnership

Chicago seventh-grader reaches National Spelling Bee

Orland Park superintendent takes “unexpected” leave

UIS students to see 63 percent health insurance increase

Report: St. Charles board president violation unintentional


Admissions scandal harsh reminder in racial disparities

Parents, students sue universities in wake of scandal

Why the admissions scandal hurts those with disabilities

Students in U.S. skipping class in global climate protest

Dismissed president sues Indiana college

From high school dropout to Harvard professor

Louisville teacher selected for “The Bachelorette”


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sophomore Qualifies for International Science Fair

Sophomore Sayalee Patankar has been selected to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition. She is the sixth Stevenson student to receive an ISEF invitation, and the first sophomore. Sayalee joins the list that includes senior Varun Malladi, Justin Lee (Class of 2018), Rebecca Nelson (2016), Blandon Su (2016) and Itamar Allali (2014).

Sayalee was selected based on her poster presentation at Saturday’s Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 6 Science Fair. Her display, “Fighting Zika: A computational drug discovery to inhibit the NS2B-NS3 protease of the Zika virus,” outlined Sayalee’s experiment to determine potential molecular compounds that could be used to fight Zika. She has been researching Zika and its impact since eighth grade. Sayalee will travel to Phoenix in May for the ISEF event, where she will be among approximately 1,800 high school students competing for $4 million in prizes.

Sayalee led an impressive list of Stevenson award-winners at the regional fair, which is split into two sessions, one focusing on poster presentations and the other on research papers. Forty-two of the school’s 50 competitors qualified for the state competition in May, and every student earned a Gold or Silver award.

Six Patriots received special awards, including Varun, who earned the Mu Alpha Theta Award for outstanding mathematics project, and also won Best in Category for his work. Other Best in Category recipients were freshman Rohita Kotyada (Zoology) and senior Poojan Palwai (Cellular and Molecular). Poojan also won the category last year. Junior Allison Liu was honored by the Optical Society of Chicago for creating the best project in optics. Caimin Xi, also a junior, earned the Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Ability and Creativity in In Vitro Biology from the Society for In Vitro Biology. Junior Anto Michael received the Naval Science Award.

Learn About the “Dark Web” Tonight

Parents and guardians interested in learning more about the “Dark Web” and other Internet-based dangers are invited to a presentation tonight by Dean Kharasch, a special investigator in the Cyber Crimes Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. He will address a number of topics, including the ease with which teens can get fake IDs online, how to prevent cyberbullying, and Internet monitoring tools. Kharasch’s presentation is part of tonight’s Stand Strong Coalition meeting at 7 o’clock at the Lincolnshire Village Hall. Stevenson is a member of the Stand Strong Coalition.

Senior Featured in Article on Hebrew Study

Senior Abigail Lapins is featured in this Jewish United Fund article about the seven Chicago-area public high schools, all in the northern suburbs, that offer Hebrew in its curriculum. Abigail’s family moved from Kenosha, Wis., to District 125 for high school, and she began to study the language as a sophomore. “I take pride in taking Hebrew because it’s something really unique,” she said. “A lot of people say they take Spanish, but not a lot of people can say they take Hebrew.”

World Languages Teachers Presenting in Ohio

Five members of the World Languages Division are among the presenters at the 51st annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language today through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Spanish teachers Megan McCullough, Jori Greenhill, Jen Zizzo and Patrick Grady, along with Director of World Languages Justin Fisk, are leading three-hour workshops on evidence-based reporting today. McCullough, Greenhill and Zizzo will present “Us vs. Them: For Whom is the Feedback? Exploring Dialogic Student-Driven Feedback.” The workshop will emphasize how teachers can use the “co-construction,” or collaborative, process to draw students into becoming more active learners. Grady and Fisk will address “Building Language Proficiency with Standards-Based Grading,” showing participants the tools and framework for the grading practices used in Stevenson’s Spanish courses.

On Saturday, Grady and Fisk will lead a session on “A Culture of Literacy: Cross-Curricular Collaboration to Drive Proficiency.” The pair will provide a toolkit of strategies for teachers to promote and develop an interdisciplinary approach to literacy based on revised national standards. Fisk also will take part in a networking session for supervisors of foreign language programs. He is a member of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages advisory board, and that group’s Central States Conference representative.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Buffalo Grove 0: Sophomore Abby Kalou scored the winning goal with 15 seconds remaining as the Patriots opened their season with a victory on the road. Abby’s goal came off an assist from senior Kalyssa VanZanten, who has committed to Notre Dame. – Daily Herald

Allied Basketball Team Competes in State Tourney Friday

The Allied Basketball team competes in the third annual IHSA Unified Basketball State Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center. The Patriots will play Vernon Hills in the second Division 1 semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The winner will advance to the championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday against the winner of the other semifinal between LaSalle-Peru and Edwardsville. The Division 1 championship game will be streamed live on YouTube, courtesy of Homewood Flossmoor High School’s Viking Television program. The losing teams from the semifinals will square off in the third-place game at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, on a different court within the March Madness Experience Hall.

Wrestling Alumnus Finishes Fourth in Nation

Maryville University junior Tyler Harrington (Class of 2016) earned All-America status by finishing fourth at the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships in Cleveland on Sunday. The 165-pounder finished the year with a 35-10 record, and led the St. Louis-based Saints to a 12th-place finish at the national tournament. At Stevenson, Tyler finished fourth in the state at 182 pounds as a junior.

Leading SHS Football “Dream Come True” for Becker

New head football coach Brent Becker isn’t facing a steep learning curve in taking over the Patriot program. He’s been on the SHS coaching staff the past seven seasons, and served as assistant head coach last fall. “I love our kids, I love our staff, I live in the community and I told the team (at a March 4 meeting), ‘It’s really a dream come true for me,’” Becker told News-Sun reporter LaMond Pope. “I’m so grateful and honored to be chosen.” He’s also not new to leading a football program, having been the head coach at Lake Forest College for four seasons. Stevenson faces a stiff challenge to open the 2019 schedule: The Patriots play Lincoln-Way East, a Class 8A state semifinalist last fall and state champion in 2017, in Frankfort on Aug. 30.

Today on NFHS Network

Three Patriot athletic events will be streamed live today. The varsity and junior varsity girls lacrosse games at St. Charles East can be seen online, at 6 o’clock and 4:30, respectively, as can the JV girls soccer game against Buffalo Grove at 4:45 in the SHS Stadium. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Models Needed for Next Month’s Fashion Show

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is looking for models for its April 18 fashion show. If you are interested, click here to sign up. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Erickson in Room 1612 or at


Man at center of scandal donated $150K to DePaul

Teachers: Kids new to U.S. should sit out state tests

NU, Chicago grapple with limits of free speech

District 96 revises plan for Long Grove solar field

Danville High moves closer to metal detectors

Fenwick gets green light for 5-story parking garage

Elgin High celebrating 150th anniversary


College completion rates up, but still lagging

Tuition-free college now reality in nearly 20 states

More states requiring recess for schools

NYC teachers push back against softer discipline

Asian-Americans on both sides of Harvard debate

Maryland online university looks to go national

Q&A with the 2019 Superintendent of the Year

Meet the “smart guy” who aced SATs for rich kids


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