Thursday, March 7, 2019

Trio to Talk About Stevenson’s SEL Work at Harvard

Three members of Stevenson’s administrative leadership team will be giving presentations on social and emotional learning at the annual Massachusetts SEL Conference in two weeks. SEL Coordinator Molly Gosline, Assistant Director of Operations Ken Latka, and Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen are three of the four speakers for the conference, which will be held March 21 at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Gosline will give the keynote address, “Building an SEL Culture: A School in Motion,” detailing Stevenson’s efforts to integrate SEL into the classroom. Latka will discuss how the school frames its discipline practices from an SEL perspective, and Bowen will talk about SHS counselors serve as a critical bridge to provide SEL-related support to students and their families.

Senior Named to Daily Herald Leadership Team

Senior Amelia Lee has been selected to the 2018-19 Daily Herald Leadership Team for Lake County. She helped update the school’s “Transfer Buddies” program for transfer students, is an advisory leader in the Freshman Mentor Program, and serves on the Student Council Executive Board and was involved in planning Give-A-Thon. Amelia also is a member of the National Honor Society, and has made service trips to Indonesia and Malaysia through the Classroom Without Walls program. Senior Maema Njongmeta earned honorable mention. He is active in the school’s Freshman Mentor Program and the Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment (FIRE) club, was an all-state linebacker for the Patriot football team, and also has achieved Eagle Scout status in the Boy Scouts of America.

Math Team Finishes Second in League, State is Next

The SHS math team ended its North Suburban Math League season in second place, and now looks ahead to the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state contest on May 4. Stevenson scored a total of 1,517 out of 1,700 possible points during the league season, behind defending state champion Naperville North, which had 1,567. The NSML season concluded with the conference meet on Wednesday. Stevenson finished third, behind Naperville North and Whitney Young. SHS tied for high score in the Sophomore Division, as Gyeongwon (James) Kim, Brandon Lu, Prathinav (Sai) Merneedi, Ram Potham and Praneet Rathi all answered their five questions correctly.

Catalyst Members Join Anti-Pot Rally in Springfield

More than 50 members of the Catalyst student club were among area high school students who traveled to Springfield Wednesday to join law enforcement officials and some lawmakers in a rally against marijuana legalization. Catalyst co-sponsor Jamie Epstein said the Stevenson contingent was among about 90 students from SHS, and Mundelein and Kankakee high schools that took part in the rally. Sophomore Carson Ezell is quoted in this Chicago Tribune article about the rally.

Madrigal Dinner Sunday; Tickets Still Available

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s Madrigal Dinner, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. The annual event mixes the Renaissance and modern eras in a mash-up of music and mirth. This year’s script was written by seniors Mary Baldino, Nick Filerman, Donna Ilyukh and Caroline Powers. They also will perform, along with fellow senior Marissa Schwarz, juniors Dana Feldstein, Alexa Koperski and Saumya Malhotra, sophomores Rebecca Arvold, Amelia Landau, Rebecca Muise, Isabella Rondon and Shawn Zhu, and freshmen Mahitha Chaturvedula, Megan Eisenstein and Abby Froyshteter. Tickets are $32. To order, email Madrigal Dinner director Ellen Singer at

Last Day to Buy Luxury Vacation Raffle Tickets

Today is the last day to buy raffle tickets for the Stevenson High School Foundation’s Luxury Vacation Raffle. This year’s winner will choose a vacation package for one of four destinations. Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $125. No more than 400 tickets will be sold. Click here to order tickets. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday during the New Shanghai Circus performance at Stevenson. The winner need not be present.

Choral Guild Fundraiser Friday at Jason’s Deli

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Friday at Jason’s Deli, 545 Lakeview Pkwy., in Vernon Hills. Proceeds benefit the SHS choir program.


Wednesday’s Digest reported that senior Maxine Kalika and junior Andrew Scott were finalists in the 18 Under 18 competition sponsored by Springboard, the Jewish Teen Alliance of Chicago, and the Jewish United Fund. In fact, they were among 18 winners selected out of more than 70 nominees. They will be honored April 10.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Libertyville 149.80, Stevenson 99.20, Mundelein 56.80: Freshman Jack White finished third in the all-around for the Patriots in their season-opening meet in the Sports Center. He also tied for third in floor exercise (8.1). – Daily Herald

Will Third Time Be a Charm for Boys Basketball Team?

Waukegan defeated Fremd, 52-50, in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Sectional semifinals Wednesday night, setting up yet another meeting between the Bulldogs and Stevenson in Friday’s sectional title game. This will be the third contest between the two schools this season. The top-seeded Patriots won the first two meetings between the schools. Stevenson earned a 63-56 victory Jan. 11 in the Sports Center, and held on for a 49-45 win Feb. 12 at Waukegan. Friday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. in Waukegan’s historic gymnasium. Click here for ticket and pep bus information, which now includes an online purchasing option.

Football Alumnus Getting Noticed at Purdue

Purdue University head football coach Brian Brohm had good things to say last week about quarterback Aidan O’Connell (Class of 2017), a redshirt sophomore walk-on. The Boilermakers are set at starter, but O’Connell is vying for a shot as one of the top backups. Brohm told the Louisville Courier and Journal: “ “I would not sleep on Aidan. He’s got some tools and he’s smart and he works his butt off. He’s got good clean mechanics, he’s accurate and he has a good quick release.” Purdue’s spring game will be televised live by the Big Ten Network at 11 a.m. Central Time on Saturday, April 6. Aidan, who set Stevenson school records for passing yards, completion percentage and touchdowns his senior season, earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last fall.


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Frosty Sale Friday to Benefit Girls Water Polo

The girls water polo team is holding a “Wendy’s Frosty Friday” fundraiser on Friday. Chocolate and vanilla Frostys will be available for $2 during the passing periods between sixth and seventh, and seventh and eighth, and after school in the Wood and Glass Commons.


Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is offering $2,000 scholarships for students who have been accepted into a Bachelor Degree program. Applications can be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123). Completed applications and supporting papers must be emailed to by June 1.

Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois offers academic scholarships to deserving students whose parents have been killed or seriously injured in a work-related accident. The application deadline is April 30. For more information on the scholarships, and to apply, visit this link.


All student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2018-19 school year. There are two remaining dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The next meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 14 in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs. The final date this year is April 25.

Friday is the last day to join girls track and field. If you are interested, contact Coach Degen at The last day to join boys track and field is Monday.  Contact Coach Farrissey at before Monday if you are interested.


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