Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

20 Percent of 2018 Grads Honored for Language Skills

Approximately one in five graduates last May were honored by the state of Illinois for demonstrating proficiency in two or more languages.

One hundred and seventy-one members of the Class of 2018 earned the Seal of Biliteracy from the Illinois State Board of Education. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those whose proficiency level is equivalent to the “Intermediate High” scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Students earning the Seal of Biliteracy receive an official seal on their diploma.

In addition to demonstrating proficiency in English, 2018 graduates were recognized for proficiency in Spanish, Mandarin (Chinese), Latin, French, Hebrew, Polish, German, Japanese and Russian.

Another 39 members of the Class of 2018 received the Commendation of Biliteracy, which is awarded to students whose proficiency level is rated at “Intermediate Low” or “Intermediate Mid” in a second language.

Stevenson was one of the first schools in Illinois to embrace the Seal of Biliteracy program. Visit our Seal of Biliteracy web page to learn more about the program.

No School Monday

There is no school Monday, which is Rosh Hashanah. The Digest will not be published on Monday.

A Room With a View

Tulane University sophomore Nikita Jhangiani (Class of 2017) was one of eight students spotlighted for their dorm room decor. Jhangiani’s room (No. 6 in the photo spread) features a theme of “Bali Dreams,” touching on her heritage, her university and her major.


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Thursday, Sept. 6 Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 118, Libertyville 68: Sophomore Jessica Nyborg won two events, and the visiting Patriots captured seven of 12 events, in their first dual meet of the season. Jessica won the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.92) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.00). Freshman Claudia Rzeznik won the 50 freestyle (26.02), and also swam on Stevenson’s two first-place relays. She was part of the 200 free relay with juniors Abigail Li and Madeleine O’Donnell, and senior Lauren Maloney (1:44.48), and the 400 free relay with Abigail, Madeleine, senior Jennifer Xiong and junior Lucy Stevens (3:43.69). Jennifer also won the 500 free (5:31.44), and junior Amy Sliwicki captured the 1-meter diving competition (200.55). – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: In Zion, the Patriots won every match by a 6-0, 6-0 score. The winners in singles were junior Maggie Gong and freshmen Alaina Kolli and Thea Surya. The victories doubles teams were senior Alyssa Glaser and junior Ellen Ma, junior Sneha Yellapantula and sophomore Abby Schueneman, sophomore Emily Hu and junior Alexis Lee, and senior Jenna Chapman and freshman Ashley Yan.

Boys Soccer

Libertyville 3, Stevenson 2: Senior Hunter Tam and freshman Connor Riekki scored second-half goals for the visiting Patriots (4-2, 0-1), who nearly overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit in their North Suburban Conference opener. Hunter’s goal came five minutes into the second half, and Connor connected 10 minutes later. Senior keeper Zach Klaber made nine saves for SHS, which had a three-game win streak snapped.

Girls Field Hockey

Antioch 2, Stevenson 1: Senior Charlotte Russell scored for the visiting Patriots, assisted by classmate Jenna Silverman. Senior goalie Anna Fossier turned away 12 of 14 shots on goal.

SHS, Libertyville Renew Gridiron Rivalry

Stevenson and Libertyville renew their football rivalry tonight in the North Suburban Conference opener for both teams. The host Wildcats are 0-2, losing both games to undefeated opponents by a total of 10 points. The Patriots enter with a 2-0 record, and are ranked ninth in the latest NBC Sports Chicago rankings. They also came in 12th in this week’s Associated Press Class 8A rankings. Stevenson has won eight of the last nine meetings with Libertyville, including the last two contests. Tonight’s game will be streamed live by the NFHS Network beginning at 7:15. Click here to watch

Alumnus Selected for County Sports Hall of Fame

One of the top runners in school history is the latest Patriot selected for the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Fame. Mark Deady (Class of 1985) is one of six inductees this year, bringing to 21 the number of Hall of Famers from Stevenson. Deady was one of the greatest distance runners in school history. He won the 1,600-meter state championship as a senior and was runner-up the year before. Deady’s winning time in 1985 set a state meet record that stood for 23 years. He still holds the school record for fastest time in that event. As a senior, Deady ran the final leg in the 1,600-meter relay team that finished eighth at state and set a school record that has not been surpassed. He went on to run at Indiana University, winning two Big Ten championships and three times garnering All-America honors. In 1988, he ran in the Seoul Olympics after capturing the 1,500-meter title at the USA Track and Field National Championships. Click here to read the Daily Herald article on the other inductees.

O’Connell Earns Player of the Week Honor

Wheaton College junior defensive lineman Patrick O’Connell (Class of 2015) was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. O’Connell registered five tackles, including 3.5 for loss, broke up a pass and added two quarterback hurries during the Thunder’s 32-7 win over Monmouth. He was a member of Stevenson’s state championship team in 2014.

Sorenson Scores First College TD

Another member of the 2014 state champions, Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016), caught his first collegiate touchdown pass during Miami University’s season-opening game against Marshall on Saturday. His 19-yard, second-quarter TD grab was the first of three receptions he made for the Redhawks. Sorenson also had catches of 54 yards and 33 yards in the second half.


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Don’t Miss StreetFest Saturday Night

Enjoy food, fun and fireworks while helping local charities during StreetFest Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. in parking lot E (by the Sports Center entrance). There will be games, food trucks, a dunk tank and more, concluding with fireworks in the Stadium around 8:45. There also will be a large stage with music provided by DJ Club, plus emcees from Boom Entertainment. Admission is $10, with a limited number of T-shirts available at the gate for an additional $10. This year’s event will benefit three local charities: the Danny Did Foundation, which helps to fund research for child epilepsy, Special Gifts Theatre, which allows for kids with special needs be exposed to theatre, and finally Equestrian Connection, which helps kids with special needs by providing horse therapy.


Physics Club will have its first call-out meeting after school today in Room 1630. There will be a design challenge and food.


EIU enrollment up 7 percent; freshman enrollment up 24 percent

Des Plaines District 62 approves five-year contract with teachers

New state scholarships save families money, steady private schools

Arlington Heights considering truancy fines for parents

Ex-Gavin teacher who molested students claims his rights were violated

Wauconda village trustees crack down on vaping at schools

Reports of suspicious vehicle leads to extra patrols at Waukegan schools

Two Chicago schools at opposite ends of income divide become one

West Aurora school board votes to switch conferences

New U-46 commissary serves 8,000 breakfasts, 13,000 lunches daily


DeVos punts to Congress on federally funded guns for schools

Los Angeles teachers authorize strike as tensions rise

Study says private schools’ advantages are overhyped

Montana latest state to offer free dual-enrollment courses

National fraternity body calls for hard liquor ban at chapters

Colorado districts taking steps to fight human trafficking

Catholic colleges rescinding honors in wake of abuse scandal


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