Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Senior David Hou was one of 161 students in the country to be selected for the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars on Monday. He is the fifth Stevenson student to earn the honor, joining Kathy Xiang (Class of 2017), Vivian Wang (Class of 2013), Zach Blumenfeld (Class of 2011) and Michele Trickey (Class of 2006).

David was one of four Illinois students chosen for the program, which recognizes 161 high school seniors each year for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical fields. He was chosen for his achievements in music, which include participating in the National YoungArts Foundation classical music competition in Miami earlier this year.

Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2018 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition.

Presidential Scholars will be recognized June 24 in Washington, D.C.

Stevenson Among Nation’s Highest-Ranked Schools Again

Stevenson is ranked No. 7 in Illinois and No. 199 in the country in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings released today. SHS is once again the highest-ranked open-enrollment school in the state, behind six selective-enrollment institutions in Chicago.

Stevenson also is ranked No. 97 nationally in the U.S. News STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) rankings, which is based primarily on participation levels and success on Advanced Placement science and mathematics tests.

Last year, Stevenson was ranked sixth in the state, No. 194 nationally and No. 68 in STEM. This article explains why high schools moved up or down in the 2018 rankings.

U.S. News analyzed federal and state government and private data for more than 20,500 public high schools across the country, ultimately ranking more than 5,900 considered to be exemplary. Schools recognized in the rankings were given gold, silver or bronze medal status. Stevenson is a gold-medal winning school.

Spring Choral Concert on Thursday

The Spring Choral Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the Stevenson Broadcast Network will have a live stream available at

Freshman Completes Half Marathon

While most of his peers were sleeping or eating breakfast Saturday morning, Vidhat Nelavelli was running. The freshman took part in the Wisconsin Half Marathon in Kenosha, which started at 7 a.m. He completed the course in 2:28:19.

Facebook Live Today Will Address iPad Questions

When will incoming freshmen receive their school-issued iPads? What do students who will be returning to Stevenson in 2018-19 do with their devices? Find out answers to those questions during today’s “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at noon. Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey will be joined by SMARTprogram Manager Nancy Hudson. You can watch and ask questions on Stevenson’s Facebook page.


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Tuesday, May 8 Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Hoffman Estates 3: Sophie Sorenson became the school’s career leader in goals, assists and points scored as the ninth-ranked Patriots improved to 14-3 on the season. Sophie, a junior, scored three goals and assisted on two others. She was one of nine players to score for SHS in the Stadium. Kilian Weber also scored three goals and recorded an assist, while Michelle Shen scored twice. Single goals were notched by Aedyn Gorenberg, Olivia Hancock, Georgia Maskalunas, Stephanie Schultz and Erica Spieler. Sophomore Shaina Zilber stepped in for starting goalie Ryan Johnson, who was out with a stomach bug, and made seven saves on 10 shots.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 9, Mundelein 6: Goalie Jacob Guria turned away 18 shots for the visiting Patriots (6-10), who had six players score. Cole Okmin had two goals and two assists, Alexander Dove scored two goals and assisted on another, and Ryan Walsh found the back of the net twice. Austin Masters had a goal and two assists, Caleb Benoit-DiMaria contributed a goal and an assist, and Nathan Spina also scored.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Highland Park 0: The Patriots (9-1) swept all five doubles matches in straight sets and claimed both singles contests in three sets at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Sam Komis outlasted his Giant counterpart at No. 1 singles, Jeremy Learner, in a battle of 2017 state qualifiers, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3. Thomas Gong rallied to win at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. In doubles, Eric Perkowski and Prathinav (Sai) Merneedi rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 1, while 2017 state qualifiers Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan prevailed at No. 2, 6-3, 6-3. Also victorious in doubles were Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy at No. 3 (6-0, 6-2), Andy Dong and Michael Maryniuk at No. 4 (6-1, 6-2), and Jeremy Park and Nicolas Ryding at No. 5 (6-0, 6-2).


Stevenson 6, Waukegan 1: Jacob Rosenkranz, Christopher Farina and Nicholas Brueckert combined to hold the visiting Bulldogs to four hits in seven innings. SHS (15-11-1, 10-7) scored three times in the first inning on run-scoring singles from Nick Bonk (2-for-3) and Evan Kiah, plus an RBI groundout by Ryan Miller. Evan added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Caleb Evans (two runs, two stolen bases) capped the scoring with a two-run single in the sixth. –


Lake Zurich 10, Stevenson 3: Maggie O’Brien was 2-for-3 with two doubles for the visiting Patriots (6-13, 5-6). She had two of the team’s four hits. – Daily Herald

Water Polo Teams in Sectional This Week

The defending state champion boys and girls water polo teams begin their quest for a repeat at this week’s Buffalo Grove Sectional. The Patriot boys face Deerfield at 5 o’clock today, while the girls take on Wheeling at 5 p.m. Thursday. Stevenson is the No. 1 seed in both tournaments. The sectional semifinals are Friday, with the championship games on Saturday. Sectional pairings: Boys | Girls

Soccer Team Looks to Lapeire

Junior Hannah Lapeire is the centerpiece of the varsity girls soccer team’s offense. She’s also one of four team captains called upon by first-year head coach PepeJon Chavez to create a new culture within the program. Hannah talked with Tribune Media about how she and fellow captains Brianna VanZanten, Lauren Micek and Cassandra Farber have accepted Chavez’s challenge.


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Yearbook Distribution Next Week

Students who ordered an Ambassador yearbook can pick it up between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday, May 15-16. There are two convenient pick-up locations to choose from: In front of the Performing Arts Center, or in front of the College Career Center.

Clean Our PE Lockers by May 21

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, May 21. After May 21, locks will be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.


Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate two students from the Class of 2019. Interested juniors who plan to apply to UNC may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return nomination forms is Thursday, May 24 (last day of finals).


Monday is the deadline for spring sports ESPPA nominations. Please go to this link to nominate an athlete or team for one or more categories. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hodge at


Community college students paying more while enrollment drops

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Chicago charter schools uniting for contract fight

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Mattoon district, teachers reach agreement on three-year contract

Hinsdale board delays buffer zone discussion to focus on referendum

Proviso District 209 looks to make changes at its three schools

U46 buying vacant building for $4M to create “family welcome center”

Woodstock district extends superintendent’s contract for five years

Kishwaukee College board approves third contract for president

Student gets two years probation for bringing stun gun to school

Naperville North student earns perfect scores on ACT, SAT, PSAT


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Los Angeles school bus drivers, teacher assistants plan strike

Gates, Zuckerberg partner on new education initiative

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Detroit board votes to change name of “special education”

One Ohio school’s quest to rethink bad behavior


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