Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018

11 Named to All-State Music Ensembles

Eleven students have been selected to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association’s annual conference and all-state festival Jan. 23-26 in Peoria.

Four of the musicians will be making their second straight state appearance. Junior alto Samhita Madduru was chosen for the All-State Choir, while junior violinist Andrew Lee and  junior viola players Katherine Yu and Erin Yuan were picked for the All-State Orchestra.

First-time all-state selections include seniors Reid Harman (bass trombone) and Spencer Smith (trombone), junior Andrew Zhuang (bassoon) and sophomore Jun Ha Paik (clarinet) in the All-State Band; senior soprano Sarah Strezewski in the All-State Choir; and sophomores Bella Kim (viola) and Haoming Song (cello) in the All-State Orchestra.

The all-state groups will perform Saturday, Jan. 26.

Five Students Earn “Physics Brawl” Bragging Rights

Five students participated in a “Physics Brawl” last week, and came out unscathed. In fact, they came away with a prize. The team of senior Tony Tan, juniors Dylan Hu, Emily Lu and Josh Tsai, and sophomore Jared Machtinger won its category in the international, three-hour online competition. The quintet captured the High School Students B group, topping 78 other squads from around the world, and their score tied for fourth-highest among all three high school categories. The five were (or are) students of physics teacher Sheila Edstrom.

Choral Concert Thursday Night

Stevenson’s choral groups will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The concert will be live streamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. Watch the concert using this link.

Math Teacher’s Daughter Pushing for Pride Parade

Math teacher Bob Pinta’s 12-year-old daughter, Molly, is in the news for her efforts to bring an LGBTQ pride parade to Buffalo Grove. Bob and his wife Carolyn, a Spanish teacher at Twin Groves Middle School, and their daughter talked with Pioneer Press about the Pinta Pride Project.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 3,104, Warren 3,041: Four Patriots, all sophomores, reached the 600-series barrier at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. Nicholas Sternes led SHS (4-4, 1-4) with a 708 series, and a high game of 258. He was followed by Ryan Lerman (634, 237), Joey Gluck (601, 201) and Benjamin Ries (600, 211). Senior Kerry Mueller bowled a two-game series of 372, with a high game of 193, and sophomore Ryan Grabiner rolled a 192 game. Warren won the first two games by a total of 32 pins, but Stevenson claimed the third by 95 pins to capture the match.

Boys Basketball

Libertyville 49, Stevenson 42: The visiting Patriots (5-2, 0-1) dropped their North Suburban Conference opener and had a five-game winning streak snapped. Senior Luke Chieng led SHS with 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Junior Matt Kaznikov added 11 points and six rebounds, and junior R.J. Holmes had nine rebounds. The Wildcats (3-4, 1-0) won their third straight game. – Daily Herald

Senior Patriettes Perform at Disney World

Seniors Sara Zarkowsky and Wakaba Sato, co-captains of the junior varsity Patriettes, represented Stevenson at the fourth annual Varsity Spirit Spectacular at Walt Disney World last week. They were among more than 800 high school cheerleaders and dancers from 41 states who took part in a pre-parade performance down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. Sara and Wakaba were invited to perform in the parade after their participation in last summer’s Varsity Spirit camp.

Expand Your Audience: Advertise in the Sports Center

Stevenson Athletics has created sponsorship opportunities for the new electronic scoreboards in the Sports Center. Three different sponsorship packages are available. To see them, and other sponsorship opportunities, visit this page.


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Friday Fundraiser No Trivial Matter for Two Clubs

The Geography and Rotary clubs are holding their biannual Trivia Night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday in Room 2104. Stop by for a Kahoot competition in categories such as pop culture, sports and geography. Winners will receive gift cards. The cost to get in is $5, which includes pizza and dessert. All of the money will be donated to Charity Water, a nonprofit organization that provides drinking water to people in developing nations.

NYC Fashion Industry Trip Paperwork Due Friday

The deadline is approaching quickly for next spring’s New York Fashion Industry Travel Experience. The trip runs only every other year, so if you are a sophomore or junior, this is your last chance. Paperwork should be turned in by Friday to Room 2400. If you are interested in learning more about the trip, download the paperwork at or see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1612.


Spanish Club is holding a “Chocolate and Churros” event, which will include watching the movie “Elf” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Rooms 1912-1914.


Senior girls who plan to get a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are invited to apply for the full-tuition Science Ambassador Scholarship. The deadline is Thursday, Dec. 11. Submit a 3-minute video of yourself explaining a STEM topic that you’re passionate about. Click here for application information.


Urbana board places superintendent, assistant on leave

Reed-Custer teacher charged with child porn possession

Dolton high school security guard held gun to kid’s chest

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Geneva strike enters second day, no new talks planned

Hinsdale District 86 leans toward referendum in April

Whitney Young tightens security after second threat found

Mumps cases reported at several Chicago-area colleges

Parent group rips $26M CPS plan to address nurse shortage

Ex-school board member alleges Open Meetings Act violation

DePaul, Harold Washington College create affordable BA path

SIU unveils new recruitment materials to draw students


Corporate tax breaks cost schools billions of dollars: report

Anti-Semitism surges on college campuses  

Indianapolis superintendent chosen to lead D.C. schools

Democratic senators ask U.S. News to tweak rankings

Ohio wrestling coaches save life of athlete who collapsed

New Hampshire students sang KKK-themed Christmas song

Substitute teacher fired for telling kids Santa Claus isn’t real

Connecticut district bans parents from lunchrooms


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