Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Three School Board Members Re-Elected

District 125 Board of Education incumbents Steve Frost, Gary Gorson and Sunit Jain were re-elected to four-year terms on Tuesday. They ran unopposed. Frost received 2,848 votes, Gorson got 2,749 and Jain had 2,720. Gorson joined the board in 1999 and Frost followed a year later. Jain was appointed to the board in 2012. Click here for all Lake County election results.

Seniors Seeking Economics State Title on Friday

Four members of Stevenson’s Economics Club, seniors Reuben Gutmann, David Liu, Alex Shi and Kevin You, will compete in the Illinois Economics Challenge state championship at Northern Illinois University on Friday. They were the highest scoring group out of 165 four-student teams competing in the semifinals around the state.

At the state competition, teams take a set of written tests and compete in a case study presentation to a business professional. The winning team will qualify for the National Economics Challenge semifinals.

Gutmann, Liu and You warmed up for the state finals by finishing first with senior Dmytro Roshchenko at the Northwestern University Economics Tournament on Saturday. The Economics Club sponsor is James Kollar.

Quartet Reaches Math Contest Semifinals Again

Tuesday’s Digest featured an item on a team of juniors who have qualified for the prestigious Moody’s Mega Math Challenge in New York City later this month. Stevenson also had a second team in the competition, featuring seniors Amber Hu, Kevin Li, Jason Lu, Alex Shi and Austin Zhou. They reached the semifinal round, and won $1,500 in scholarship money. Four of the five semifinalists also were semifinalists in 2016: Hu, Li, Lu and Zhou joined 2016 graduate Shu Zhang.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 86, Lake Zurich 60; Stevenson 98, Lake Forest 28: At Lake Zurich, seniors Jonathan Powell, Jordan Eng and Noah Lukz each won two events as the Patriots improved to 8-0. Powell won the long jump (20 feet, 10 inches) and triple jump (43-6.5), Eng captured the 100-meter high hurdles (16.83) and 300 low hurdles (39.75), and Lukz finished first in the 100 (10.81) and 200 (22.21). Other individual event winners for Stevenson were junior Nikita Smyrnov in the 1,600 (4:28.8) and sophomore Anand Batbaatar in the shot put (45-11.5). SHS also won the 3,200 relay (8:20.7) and the 400 relay (43.53).


Stevenson 18, Evanston 0: The host Patriots improved to 5-0-1 with the victory in the Field House. Senior Ashley Richardson was a 21-10, 21-7 winner at No. 1 singles, while freshmen Jenny Yang and Kaitlyn Lu posted a 21-7, 21-6 decision at No. 1 doubles. Yang (21-14, 21-7) and Lu (21-4, 21-7) also won their Nos. 2 and 4 singles matches, respectively. Other singles winners were senior May Ling (21-3, 21-11), junior Shirley Cao (21-9, 21-5), sophomore Thivya Sivarajah (21-11, 21-5), junior Harini Shanmugasundaram (21-8, 21-16), sophomore Julie Zhu (21-13, 21-16), freshman Jasmine Zhang (21-17, 21-19), freshman Megan Wei (21-9, 21-9), sophomore Kitty Zeng (21-14, 21-11) and sophomore Sanjana Chunduri (21-16, 21-11). The other victorious doubles teams were Ling/Cao (21-10, 21-10), Zhu/Sivarajah (21-10, 21-9), Wei/Shanmugasundaram (21-12, 21-8), Chunduri/Richardson (21-1, 21-3) and Zeng/Zhang (21-16, 20-22, 21-17).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 15, Libertyville 7: The visiting Patriots (9-0) scored the last seven goals of the game to hold off the Wildcats (8-2) in their North Suburban Conference opener. Senior Andrew Shashin scored the first of his four goals to give SHS a 2-1 lead in the first quarter, which it would never relinquish. However, after building an 8-3 halftime lead, Libertyville rallied in the second half and closed the gap to 8-7 before the Pats put the game away. Senior Dan Maleski matched Shashin with four goals. Junior Collin Kapecki and senior Rahul Arun each scored two goals, while senior Varun Ganesh and juniors Eric Osuch and Justin Ginsberg had one apiece. Junior Charles Day made 13 saves. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 16, Libertyville 5: Fourteen different players scored for the host Patriots (9-0) in their NSC opener.


Lake Forest 14, Stevenson 0 (5 inn.): The Patriots (5-3) were held to three hits in their conference opener. Senior Charlie Ling had a double, a stolen base and was hit by a pitch. Classmate Henry Marchese and junior Evan Kiah each collected a single. The game, originally scheduled to take place at Lake Forest, was played on Stevenson’s sophomore field. – GameChanger, Daily Herald


Mundelein 8, Stevenson 6 (8 inn.): Junior Gwen Heilman’s one-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning forced extra innings, but the Mustangs (1-6) scored twice in the eighth to claim the NSC opener over the host Patriots (0-6). The game featured a father-son coaching matchup between Stevenson’s Perry Wilhelm and son Brett. Senior Alyssa Pauly went 3-for-5 with an RBI single and classmate Vera Pflugradt was 2-for-3 with a double. Alana Labaschin, also a senior, hit a sacrifice fly that capped a four-run fourth inning that gave SHS a 5-3 lead. – Daily Herald

Boys Gymnastics

Glenbrook South 140.9, Stevenson 126.3: On Senior Night, senior Matt Krames won the floor exercise (9.4), parallel bars (8.9), high bar (8.6) and still rings (8.3). He also was second on vault (8.8) and was runner-up in the all-around (50.4) for the host Patriots (0-3). Senior Kent Lee placed fourth on parallel bars (6.9), junior Danny Less was fifth on floor (8.2) and senior Adi Crook took fifth on parallel bars (6.7). The Titans improved to 5-0. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

New Trier d. Stevenson, 25-23, 25-20: Senior Grant Maleski smacked eight kills and served three aces for the visiting Patriots (5-2). Classmate Yesu Baatarkhuu had five kills and junior Matt Cliffer added four. Sophomore Will Sorenson and junior Haddon Kay dished out 11 and 10 assists, respectively.

Volleyball Roster Presents Tall Order for Opponents

The varsity boys volleyball team is hoping to hit the heights this season. The Patriots certainly have height. Leading the way is 6-9 senior Grant Maleski, who will play at UCLA next year. Coach Eric Goolish also has seniors Yeso Baatarkhuu (6-7), Hudson Havenhill (6-5), Michael Krebs (6-5) and Sudhish Gogula (6-4), plus junior Matt Cliffer (6-5). “If I were on the other side of the net, it would be intimidating,” Gogula told the Pioneer Press.



Permit Testing Next Week for Fall Driver Ed Students

If you’re taking Driver Education at Stevenson this fall, remember to go to the Driver Education Office (Room 6086), or the Applied Arts Office (Room 1410), for permitting test information and to pick up a Rules of the Road booklet. Click here for next week’s permit testing schedule.

Special Opportunity for Polish-Speaking Students

Stevenson will be offering the opportunity for students to earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy for Polish for the first time this year. The exam will have two parts: a written portion and a speaking portion. In addition to this, students must work on a portfolio for additional evidence to provide support for the seal. The exam will take place at 4 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact Mrs. Tuman (Glowacka) at

Peer Helpers Application Deadline is Monday

Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences?  Do you want to help staff the Student Lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? If you said yes to those questions, and you’re currently a freshman, sophomore or junior, then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available at this link and in the Student Activities Office. Applications are due no later than Monday. For more information, visit the Peer Helpers in the Student Lounge, or see Ms. Polisky or Ms. DeHoyos.

AP Pre-Administration Sessions This Week

Students taking Advanced Placement exams are required to attend one pre-administration session this week to complete demographic information. Dates and times for these sessions are listed here. Please allow approximately 15 minutes for each exam you are taking to complete this information.

Juniors, Don’t Put Your Senior Year in Jeopardy

Most of Stevenson’s Class of 2018 has failed to comply with the state’s meningitis immunization mandate, jeopardizing completion of their senior year. The state requires that before October 15, all students in 12th grade will provide evidence of having a meningitis vaccination on or after their 16th birthday, or of receiving two meningitis vaccinations, with the first dose given on or after their 10th birthday and the second dose at least eight weeks after the first dose. Students failing to comply with the state mandate by October 15 will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.


Juniors and their families are invited to meet with one of the postsecondary counselors for a 30-minute Post-High School Family Planning Meeting. The appointments are available through Thursday, June 15. This is a great opportunity to discuss your journey after Stevenson High School. Please complete the College/Post Secondary Planning Worksheet to begin the process. (You can also get a copy of the worksheet in the College Career Center in Room 1123.) Once you have turned in a completed worksheet to Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for the appointment. Worksheets are due in the CCC by Monday, April 24. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McGurn.

The 2017 Options Fair for high school students with disabilities and their families will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the College of Lake County. Fifty agencies and organizations will provide vital information for individuals with disabilities, community and education professionals and families/caregivers. The Options Fair will be held in the Physical Education Center (Building 7) on the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Parking is available in lots 2 and 3 on the north side of campus. Find out more at

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit and for more information.


All football players and their parents and guardians are invited to the Parent/Player Football Night from 5:45-7:15 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Come meet Coach Hjorth and the 2017 staff as they discuss the following: core values of the program, player expectations, summer camp, player safety and college recruitment.

The girls lacrosse team is selling gift certificates to Leider’s Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove to raise money for its annual trips and other activities. Certificates are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, and they do not expire. Click here to download an order form. Order forms must be turned in by April 30. For more information, contact Caren Keane at


Rosa Parks. Marie Curie. Your pediatrician. Your grandmother. What woman has inspired you? In honor of Women’s History Month, the Lean In Feminism club invites you to share in the celebration of influential women. Check out the banner posted outside of the Student Activities Office, grab a marker, and write the names of women who have inspired you!

The Animal Welfare Club’s April Dog of the Month is an energetic, playful 10-month-old girl named Nikki, and its Cat of the Month is an attention lover named Cattitude. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


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District 214 establishment slate extends winning streak

Vice president retains seat in tight Barrington 220 board race

Incumbents, former board member win in District 211

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Voters send mix of old, new to Libertyville District 70 board

Mix of newcomers, incumbents leading in Waukegan District 60

Finger, Stanton win seats on College of Lake County board

Newcomer, incumbent win seats on Harper College board

Wheaton Warrenville district’s $132M request defeated

Glen Ellyn District 41 borrowing request passes by 11 votes

Two incumbents, two newcomers win in Wheaton District 200 board race

Union slate jumps out to lead in Crystal Lake-based District 155

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South Elgin middle school beating suspect allowed outdoors privilege

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