Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

Alum Initiative Boosted by Obama Tweet

The Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday shone a spotlight on a non-profit organization founded by a 2003 Stevenson alumnus to prevent suicide and improve mental health education. Jonny Boucher founded the Chicago-based Hope for the Day in 2011 after his boss and mentor committed suicide. Last year, Hope for the Day opened the Sip of Hope Coffee Bar in the city’s Logan Park neighborhood, and has plans to expand to other areas. The Sun-Times article deals primarily with the coffee shop, which received a boost in December with a favorable tweet from former President Barack Obama. Three other members of the Class of 2003 are heavily involved with Hope for the Day: Carl Evans is the organization’s director of programs and operations, while Neil Walther and Ryan Smeele are on the board of directors.

“Simplifying Stevenson” for District 102 Families

Eighth-graders in Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 and their parents or guardians are invited to the annual “Simplifying Stevenson” program at 7 p.m. Thursday at Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove.

Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning Dr. Gwen Zimmermann and a panel of Stevenson students who attended Aptakisic will give insights into the transition from junior high school to SHS and answer questions.

Theatre Teacher, Students Give Presentation at UIUC

Theatre teacher and SHS alumna Abra Chusid (Class of 2003) led a presentation on improvisation at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival on Friday at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She was joined by three of her students at Stevenson, seniors Ethan Murphy and Ananya Shah and junior Maggie Kirkham, and three students from her days at Lakes High School. The six improv captains and their teacher led the audience through activities designed to strengthen teams and performances.

Late Arrival on Thursday: What is Your Student Doing?

Stevenson will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Stand Strong Coalition reminds parents that late-start days can provide students with unmonitored time prior to school, and can lead to high-risk behavior for some, such as drinking and smoking marijuana. The coalition recommends that parents ask their students these four questions: Where will you be? Who will you be with? What will you be doing? and What time will you be leaving home? For more tips, visit


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 50, Lake Forest 37: Freshman Simone Sawyer scored nine of her game-high 15 points during a decisive stretch in the third quarter as the visiting Patriots (15-7, 5-4) won their fifth straight game and stayed in the hunt for the North Suburban Conference title. Leading 22-20 at halftime, SHS went on a 13-1 run to put away the Scouts (16-6, 6-2), who were missing their top player. Freshman Ava Bardic scored 12 points for Stevenson, while junior Avery King had 11 points, six rebounds and six blocked shots. Sophomore Nikki Ware added eight points. The Patriots, who hit 12 of 13 free throw attempts and all six in the fourth quarter, return to action tonight at Wheeling. The tip off is scheduled for 6 o’clock. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Warren 2,572, Stevenson 1,924: At Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, sophomore YooJin Lee led the Patriots with a 454 series and a high game of 173. Sophomore Ally Lee rolled a 394 series and junior Reilly Sullivan added a 392. – Daily Herald

NBC Sports Chicago to Feature Girls Basketball Team

The girls basketball team have been selected as the St. Xavier University/NBC Sports Chicago “Team of the Week” for its efforts to promote and fund research into cancers that primarily affect women through their annual Think Pink/Kay Yow Night games. Stevenson will be featured on “High School Lites” at 11 p.m. Friday on NBC Sports Chicago, with replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The Think Pink/Kay Yow Night games are Tuesday against Libertyville.

More Patriots Make College Commitments

Several student-athletes announced their college choices on social media recently. Junior boys volleyball player Justin Ross, a middle blocker, plans to play for one of the top collegiate programs in the country at Loyola University Chicago. The Ramblers captured the NCAA championship in 2014 and 2015, and have won 20 or more matches five times in the last six seasons. A trio of senior football players also made their college commitments, and two of them are heading to the same school. All-area and all-conference linebacker Michael D’Angelo and honorable mention all-area running back Jon Kull picked the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. The Tommies are one of only three programs to finish in the Division III top 10 rankings in each of the last 10 seasons. Danny Hynes, who earned honorable mention all-area and all-conference awards at linebacker, will play for Butler University in Indianapolis. He’ll be reunited with former SHS teammate Jordan Caselberry (Class of 2018).

Girls Ice Hockey Trio’s Team Rolling

Sophomore Abby Benjamin scored a goal and dished out three assists to help lead the Lake Forest High School girls ice hockey team past Latin Blue, 5-0, Monday night. The victory was the team’s fifth in its last six games, and lifted the squad above .500 (7-6-1) for the first time since capturing its opening game in September. Freshman Alicia Sharun scored two goals in the Scouts’ previous game, a 7-0 win over Evanston, on Dec. 14. Junior Maggie Kirby also plays for the team, which includes players from five area high schools.

Boys Basketball Games on NFHS Network Today

Today’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games at Warren will be livestreamed on the Blue Devils’ NFHS Network page. The sophomore game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7.


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How Does Alcohol Help Performance? It Doesn’t

Getting ready for a big game or performance? Keeping alcohol out of the equation is a good idea. This week’s video from Catalyst shows that using alcohol hurts, not helps, performance.


Hebrew National Honor Society invites all students to its Israeli Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. Come see the Israeli film “The Wedding Plan” (with English subtitles). Admission is free. The doors will open at 6 p.m. For more information, contact or

Indian Student Association is doing henna today! Join ISA after school in Room 7050 if you would like to learn or practice, or want to get it done by someone.


Schaumburg educator chosen to lead Hawthorn District 73

CTU says “rich people” will pay for teacher raises

Three finalists announced for Harper College presidency

Naperville North mourns death of longtime teacher, coach

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills district promoting “Unplugged Week”

Undergrad seminary on Loyola University campus will close

New Trier student’s “Mural of Mistakes” offers life lessons


Why the Los Angeles teachers strike is different

New York ed officials reject federal change on discipline policy

Obama’s college completion “moonshot” way behind schedule

Report: SEL moves U.S. from “nation at risk” to one “of hope”

Groups seek to end ban on Pell Grants for prisoners

Woman in labor crosses stage to get college diploma


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