Friday, April 7, 2017

Four Students Reach Semifinals of USA Biology Olympiad

Four students have reached the semifinals of the USA Biology Olympiad competition. Seniors Katherine Liu, juniors David Liang and Elaine Xiao, and sophomore Andrew Ding were among the top 10% of students nationwide who took the initial exam. Semifinalists completed a second exam on Monday, April 3 to determine 20 finalists; results will not be available until April 26. Ultimately, four students will be chosen to represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad in Coventry, England July 23-29.

Order Your Free Copy of the WIT Today

Complimentary copies of this year’s WIT literary magazine are available to any member of the community or student body. The WIT is a student-run, written and produced magazine featuring student-created fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction and art. To order a copy, fill out one of these forms depending on your status: Community Member | Student. Forms are due by Thursday, April 20. The magazine will be available in late May. Questions can be directed to Jim Barnabee at

Sophomore’s Family Raising Money for Cystic Fibrosis

Sophomore Jonathan Distel and his family are inviting the SHS community to participate in the Barrington Great Strides 5K Walk on June 4 to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Distel’s younger brother, Brayden, has CF. To join the Brayden’s Faith and Hope team or make a donation, click here.

Band Director’s Wife Honored

Emily Petway, the wife of SHS Band Director Dr. Sonny Petway, is the recipient of this year’s Milton Brown Volunteer Award from the local chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children. She was nominated her for Highlights Choir, which serves special needs students. “She goes the extra mile to include our students and make them feel special and talented,” said Nicole Cobb, a teacher with the Special Education District of Lake County. Emily is the choir director at Fremont Middle School, and did her student teaching at Stevenson.

Proposed Development South of SHS Draws Opposition

A proposed 214-unit residential development on unincorporated land north of Didier Farms met with opposition from area residents at the Buffalo Grove Planning and Zoning Commission. The project’s developer estimates that the project, first presented to the village last April, would lead to an additional 25 students at Stevenson and an extra 85 in Aptakisic-Tripp District 102.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 18, Warren 0: The Patriots (6-0-1, 4-0) posted their fourth consecutive shutout, and in seven dual matches this season have outscored their opponents 98-5. Freshman Esther Shi sailed at No. 1 singles, 21-4, 21-4, while the No. 1 doubles tandem of freshmen Jenny Yang and Kaitlyn Lu cruised to a 21-5, 21-4 decision. Other singles winners were seniors Ashley Richardson (21-8, 21-3) and May Ling (21-4, 21-8), juniors Shirley Cao (21-8, 21-4) and Harini Shanmugasundaram (21-7, 21-17), sophomores Thivya Sivarajah (21-9, 21-6), Julie Zhu (21-8, 21-4) and Kitty Zeng (21-12, 21-16), and freshmen Yang (21-2, 21-4), Lu (21-6, 21-2), Jasmine Zhang (21-10, 21-12) and Megan Wei (21-3, 21-8). The other winning doubles teams were Cao/Ling (21-4, 21-6), Richardson/Shi (21-1, 21-1), Sivarajah/Zhu (21-2, 21-5), Shanmugasundaram/Wei (21-10, 21-10) and Zhang/Zeng (21-8, 21-9).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 10, Warren 0: Sophomore Beno Maya and senior Dan Maleski each scored two goals for the host Patriots (10-0, 2-0). –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 9, Warren 0: The Patriots (10-0, 2-0) blanked the Blue Devils in Gurnee, scoring six goals in the first quarter to take control of the outcome. Freshman Shreya Sreedhar and sophomore Ashley Carollo each scored two goals. Stevenson’s other goals came from senior Melanie Blake and sophomores Anne Baldino, Kalista Tapas, Natalie Wess and Anna Mossakowski.

Boys Lacrosse

Lake Forest 12, Stevenson 4: Senior Demetre Crews scored three goals for the host Patriots in the Stadium, while junior Caleb Benoit-DiMaria had the other. Goalkeeper Chad Winter, also a junior, made 11 saves. – @PatsLax

New Season, New Rules for Baseball Team

Daily Herald writer Patricia Babcock McGraw talked with head baseball coach Pat Block about some significant changes he and his squad are facing this season. The North Suburban Conference has become a eight-team league, and the conference schedule has changed, too. Rather than facing league foes in a home-and-away, two-game series, the NSC has moved to a three-game series that mimics the college game. The biggest change, though, is the new pitch count rule instituted by the Illinois High School Association. Block said he understands the purpose behind the rule, but questions how effective it will be when travel ball pitch counts remain unregulated. Block also talked with McGraw about his team’s Spring Break trip to Florida, and the hot starts of his top four hitters, seniors Henry Marchese, Michael Marchese, Charlie Bourbon and Charlie Ling.


Thursday’s Daily Digest incorrectly listed Topher Stensby as a senior. He is a sophomore.


Catalyst Sponsoring Logo Design Contest

Catalyst, a student leadership group dedicated to producing community-wide change by supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle, is sponsoring a logo design contest for SHS students. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. Here are contest details:

° Primary Text to Include: “Catalyst”

° Secondary Text (optional): “Courage” and/or “Be The Change”    

° Colors: Try to use a maximum of two colors. Blue, black and white should be the primary color selections.

° Additional Design Components: Visually interesting designs/imagery to capture the themes of change, majority, strength, etc. Do not use images of drugs or alcohol.

° Art/File Size: Should be able to be printed on something as large as a banner and as small as a postcard. Digital submissions should be high resolution at 300 dpi.

Submissions are due by Friday, April 21. Drop off or email designs to Dr. Cristina Cortesi in Room 2400 or at

Students Invited to Day of Dance Next Thursday

The Dance Department invites you to the “Day of Dance – Take It Outside” next Thursday. All dance classes will be performing their latest choreography throughout the school day in the Performing Arts Center. These presentations were created from a myriad of concepts based in nature and the skies, and convey literal or abstract concepts created by the dancers.

Order Your Free Copy of the WIT Today

All students can receive a complimentary copy of this year’s WIT literary magazine by filling out this form and returning it to their English teacher, or to either Communication Arts Office. Students also may email the form to Mr. Barnabee at The deadline for returning the form is Thursday, April 20. In late May, students who turned in a form will receive an email announcing the WIT’s arrival.


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.


Peer Tutors Executive Board 2017-18 applications are available on the Peer Tutor Facebook site. All responses must be submitted on Google Forms by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 16. No late responses will be taken. An interview will be scheduled for the third week in April.

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!


The Chicago Sky is holding its annual High School Team of the Year contest, and Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball squad is in the running. Online voting runs through Saturday, April 22 at The High School Team of the Year will receive a complimentary basketball clinic led by Sky coaches and players, and the opportunity to host the Sky’s 50/50 charity raffle to raise funds for its team and athletic department. The winner will be announced at halftime of Opening Night on Friday, May 19.

Three students are in the running for Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Athlete of the Year. Jori Radtke, Matthew Krames and Topher Stensby are among the six winners of the Tribune’s previous monthly contests. Online voting ends at noon Thursday, April 13. You can vote at at this link.


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 Waukegan alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is awarding two scholarships to African-American males who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application for this scholarship. The application must be submitted by May 15. If you have any questions, see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


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Undocumented parents face imperfect options for kids

Vallas resigns from Chicago State board to pursue leadership post

County clerk: Top vote-getter in Arlington Heights board race is resident

SIU trustees postpone loan from Edwardsville to Carbondale … for now

North Boone teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

Push for diversity leads Loyola U. to change core curriculum requirement

Lincoln-Way District 210 voters have their say following school closure

District 211 finances take hit from tax appeals

Marengo District 165 sells defunct elementary school for $40K

Figure in CPS bribery scandal asks judge for probation

Longtime Elgin Community College drama, English teacher dies

Capitol Hill veteran named as UI’s federal lobbyist


Identity thieves may have hacked files of up to 100K financial aid applicants

Arizona governor signs voucher bill expanding eligibility to all students

Texas House makes it official: Vouchers are a no-go

Governors put pressure on Trump to reinstate student aid data tool

Half of L.A.’s graduating seniors not eligible for California’s public universities

Schools close amid Wisconsin manhunt for gun theft suspect

Report: Coastal Carolina cheerleaders paid to work as strippers, escorts

University of Missouri closing three more dorms due to low freshman enrollment

Harvard changing lyric to 181-year-old school anthem


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