Friday, March 16, 2018

District Earns Top Financial Rating for 12th Straight Year

District 125 has earned the state’s highest rating for its financial management practices for the 12th straight year. Stevenson received Financial Recognition status from the Illinois State Board of Education this week based on five indicators: fund balance-to-revenue ratio; expenditure-to-revenue ratio; days of cash on hand; percentage of short-term borrowing maximum remaining; and percentage of long-term debt margin remaining. SHS received a perfect score from the state for the 10th consecutive school year. Statewide, 640 out of 852 districts earned the Financial Recognition rating, including all six of Stevenson’s sender districts. Click here to see 15-year data for all state school districts, in alphabetical order.

St. Baldrick’s Event Raises $33K

The book is just about closed on Stevenson’s first-ever St. Baldrick’s event, which took place last Saturday in the Wood Commons. The fundraiser for childhood cancer research surpassed expectations, raising more than $33,000. The original goal was $20,000. Here is video from the Stevenson Broadcast Network.

Record Number of EKG Tests Taken by Students

A record number of students participated in last week’s free “Screens for Teens” program sponsored by the Max Schewitz Foundation, and 21 were referred to a cardiologist. Parents of two students were contacted immediately after test results came back. Overall, 2,450 students received EKG tests, the highest number in three Screens for Teens opportunities at Stevenson. Eighty-eight students received limited echocardiograms at no added cost due to their reported family health histories, findings in their EKG report, or because of extra inspection protocol for certain athletes.

SBN Live Streaming Showcase This Weekend

This weekend’s Showcase performances will be live streamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network and aired on the NFHS Network. Showcase takes place tonight and Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening in the Performing Arts Center. You can watch both nights at

Alum Performs at SXSW Music Festival

Jonah Rawitz (Class of 2016), a sophomore at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University, performed at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas on Wednesday. He recently released an original song, “Cleopatra,” under his performing name, “Jonah Shai.” This is the first song he has written and produced. According to his Facebook page, more music is coming soon.

String Parents Fundraiser at Wendy’s on Monday

The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser at Wendy’s, 300 W. Half Day Rd., in Buffalo Grove from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. See this flyer for details.


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Thursday, March 15 Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 21, Lake Forest 0: The defending state champion Patriots opened their season with a dominating performance on the road. SHS won all 21 matches in straight sets, led by 2017 state singles champion sophomore Esther Shi, who beat her opponent, 21-4, 21-6. Sophomore Jenny Yang, who paired with the graduated May Ling to take second in state doubles last spring, partnered with freshman Emily Hu to win at No. 1 doubles, 21-4, 21-2. Freshman Shibani Ram was a 21-4, 21-7 winner at No. 2 singles, while freshmen Benna Li and Jyotsna Harikrishna prevailed at No. 2 doubles, 21-2, 21-8. Jyotsna also won her No. 3 singles match, 21-8, 21-4. Esther and Shibani were 21-2, 21-5 winners at No. 3 doubles. The other winning doubles tandems were senior Shirley Cao and sophomore Kaitlyn Lu (21-8, 21-6), sophomore Megan Wei and senior Harini Shanmugasundaram (21-6, 21-7), juniors Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah (21-1, 21-5), and senior Amy Nowack and junior Riya Gyanmote (21-9, 21-7). The other singles victories came from Emily (21-2, 21-3), Jenny (21-4, 21-3), Kaitlyn (21-7, 21-4), Benna (21-3, 21-3), Shirley (21-9, 21-8), Megan (21-11, 21-4), Harini (21-4, 21-12), Thivya (21-4, 21-10), Julie (21-4, 21-3), Riya (21-8, 21-7) and Amy (21-7, 21-11).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: Senior Justin Ginsberg scored five goals and made four steals, and senior goalie Charlie Day made nine saves as the Patriots (4-0) beat St. Ignatius, 12-5, in a first-round contest in Oak Park. Senior Collin Kapecki and freshman Dima Kobets each tallied two goals for Stevenson, which extended its winning streak to 40 games dating back to last season. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 20, Conant 9: Senior Claire Haas scored seven goals and junior Kalista Tapas added six as the Patriots (4-1) broke open a close match in the second half in Hoffman Estates. SHS led 8-6 at halftime, but outscored the Cougars 9-0 in the third period to take control. Junior Eleanor Michaud scored three goals and classmate Lauren Maloney had two. Also scoring were sophomore Shreya Sreedhar and senior Brigitte Lefebvre. – Daily Herald

JV Hockey Team Wins State Title

The Junior Varsity Gold boys ice hockey team defeated Loyola Academy on Thursday, 5-3, for the Blackhawk Cup JV state championship at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, finished the season with a 42-8-1 record.

Two Named to All-NSC Boys Basketball Team

Seniors Jackson Qualley and Samvit Ram have been selected to the All-North Suburban Conference Boys Basketball Team. Sophomore Matthew Ambrose received honorable mention.

Stensby Follows Steffens as Athlete of the Month

For the second straight month, Stevenson has the Chicago Tribune/Pioneer Press Lake Short Athlete of the Month. State champion swimmer Topher Stensby, a junior, captured the voting for March, following the feat of senior girls basketball player Klaire Steffens, who won in February. Country Financial, the program sponsor, is donating $500 to SHS for each winner.


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Guitar Audition Materials Available Online

The Stevenson guitar program will be holding auditions the week of April 9 for students interested in joining Guitar Techniques 2 and Patriot Guitar Ensemble classes. Audition information is available on this page. An audition is not required to join Guitar Techniques 1. For more information, contact Mr. Zimmerman at


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