Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Funeral Service for Mayukh Biswas on Wednesday

The funeral service for junior Mayukh Biswas, who died Friday, will be held Wednesday at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home Ltd., 120 West Park Ave., in Libertyville. Visitation will be held from 3-5:30 p.m., followed by a Hindu funeral service from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mayukh’s family requests that anyone attending not wear black clothing. Per Hindu custom, white is the preferred color, and dress may be casual. For more information on Hindu funeral customs and practices, click here.

SHS Wins Division at National Chess Tournament

Stevenson finished first in the U1900 section at the United States Chess Federation’s National High School Championship held last weekend in Schaumburg. The team of freshman Ashley Yan (who finished third individually), junior Adam Wallach, and seniors Jack Xiao and Alex Pressman posted a cumulative score of 84.5, edging Cass Tech (81.5) of Detroit, Mich., and San Benito High (79.5) from San Benito, Texas. The U1900 section is for players with ratings up to 1900 from U.S. Chess. SHS also field a team in the Open section, which finished 13th. The team consisted of senior Miranda Liu, sophomores Ricky Wang and David Wallach, and freshman Fred Yuan. The students who participated in Schaumburg led Stevenson to a third-place finish at the Illinois High School Association state chess tournament in February.

Sunny Gandhi Named to All-State Debate Team

Two students reached the final round and one earned all-state honors at the IHSA state debate tournament last weekend at Illinois State University. Senior Anubhav Agarwal and junior Sunny Gandhi were among 16 students to reach the Super Congress in congressional debate, with Sunny one of 10 selected for all-state recognition. Seven other SHS students made it to the semifinals: seniors Mary Polupan, Arthur Yolles, Shreya Viswanathan, Josh Ezrol, Aarim Khan and Sydney Glickson, and junior Megana Adigal. Also competing was senior Josh Zhu. Approximately 170 students from around the state competed.

Varsity, JV Archers Second in Chicago Tournament

Stevenson’s varsity and junior varsity archery teams took second place in their divisions at the Roberto Clemente Wildcat Advanced Tournament in Chicago on Saturday. The varsity compiled 3,272 points, behind only Champaign Centennial (3,351). Six Patriots were medalists. Sophomore Malachi Park finished third in the High School Male competition with 284 points, which included 18 tens. Junior Carina Spaeth was fourth in the High School Female (280, 13 tens). Saumya Malhotra, also a junior, placed sixth in High School Female (276, 13). Senior Temma Saito (280, 13), sophomore David Bayer (279, 14) and senior Andrew Szwejbka (279, 14) finished 7-8-9 in High School Male. The JV scored 3,000 points, and had three female medalists: freshman Elizabeth Clavel (269) was third, junior Yui Nonoda (268) placed fourth and sophomore Oriana Lago (267) finished sixth.

Weekend Anything But a Drag for Racing Alumnus

Professional drag racer TJ Zizzo (Class of 1993) and his Zizzo Racing team had its best weekend ever, reaching the Top Fuel semifinals at the 50th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Starting from the ninth qualifying position, Zizzo knocked off the fastest qualifier, 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion Brittany Force, to reach the semifinals for the second time in his career. His Rust-Oleum Rocket dragster covered the course in 3.764 seconds at 325.92 mph, edging Force by 0.013 seconds. Zizzo’s next outing will come May 30-June 2 at the NHRA Nationals on his home track at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet. His wife, Jennifer Zizzo (Class of 1993), is a Spanish teacher at Stevenson.

Substance Use and College Success

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

Studies show that teen use of substances, especially marijuana, contributes to college students skipping more classes, spending less time studying, earning lower grades, dropping out, and being unemployed after college. A University of Maryland study showed that even after controlling for the effects of demographics, high school GPA, and personality variables, heavy users (those who smoked more than 15 times a month) were “twice as likely” to experience discontinuous enrollment. Even infrequent users (those who smoked about twice a month) were 66 percent more likely to be discontinuously enrolled. Our teens are working so hard to get into college. Take the steps necessary to increase the chances of success while they’re still at home by having frequent conversations to educate them about how substance use could impact the future.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Lakes, 25-21, 25-9: The Patriots were all aces in their season opener, literally. SHS rocketed 14 aces into the Eagles’ side of the court in the Sports Center. Junior Andrew Keevins led the barrage with five aces, while classmate Gavin Meng served three aces to go along with a team-high nine kills. Senior Will Sorenson dished out 20 assists. Wally Wormser had four kills and Samuel Epstein led the squad with four digs. Both are juniors. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Evanston 0: The host Patriots (4-0) extended their dual-match win streak to 27 by taking all 18 matches in straight sets in the Field House. Sophomore Shibani Ram was a 21-11, 21-9 winner at No. 1 singles, while sophomore Emily Hu and junior Jenny Yang rolled at No. 1 doubles, 21-3, 21-0. Emily and Jenny also won their singles matches at No. 4 (21-3, 21-4) and 5 (21-2, 21-2), respectively. Shibani teamed with junior Kaitlyn Lu at No. 3 doubles (21-3, 21-6). Kaitlyn was a 21-3, 21-7 winner at No. 2 singles, followed by sophomore Jyotsna Harikrishna (21-5, 21-9) at No. 3, sophomore Benna Li at No. 6 (21-7, 21-6), sophomore Giuli Nagai at No. 7 (21-5, 21-8), senior Thivya Sivarajah at No. 8 (21-7, 21-8), senior Julie Zhu at No. 9 (21-7, 21-12), freshman Veronica Liu at No. 10 (21-9, 21-7), senior Riya Gyanmote at No. 11 (21-17, 21-9) and senior Roshini Merneedi at No. 12 (21-16, 21-18). The other doubles wins were from Benna and Jyotsna at No. 2 (21-3, 21-0), Julie and Thivya at No. 4 (21-6, 21-13), Veronica and Giuli at No. 5 (21-16, 21-16), and Roshini and Riya at No. 6 (21-12, 21-11). SHS last lost on April 7, 2017.


Lakes 7, Stevenson 6: The Patriots dropped their season opener at Heritage Park in Wheeling. – Lakes Athletic Department Twitter feed

Avery King Named to All-Area Basketball Team

Junior Avery King has been selected to the Pioneer Press All-Area Girls Basketball Team. The three-year starter at guard for SHS averaged 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists per game, and earned All-North Suburban Conference honors. Freshman guard Simone Sawyer was an honorable mention all-area selection.

Eleanor Michaud Earns Player of the Week Honor

Senior Eleanor Michaud was named the NBC Sports Chicago/Wintrust Player of the Week. Click here to see the video. Eleanor recently became the sixth Patriot student-athlete named to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team, and is one of the key players on Stevenson’s two-time defending state champion girls water polo squad. Head coach Jeff Wimer, who also appears in the video, praised Eleanor for making a successful transition from a small Montessori school to Stevenson.

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity boys lacrosse game against Grayslake Central will be streamed live from the Stadium by the NFHS Network. The action starts at 6:30, and can be seen on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Student Elections During Activity Period Wednesday

Student elections will take place during the Activity Period on Wednesday. Videotaped speeches by Student Council candidates will run in every classroom, and on the monitors in the Wood and Glass commons. Voting will take place online. A link to the ballot, along with voting instructions, will be emailed to every student’s Stevenson email account. The only groups having meetings during the Activity Period are Student Council and class boards. Those groups will meet in the following locations: College Career Center (Freshman Class Board), Recital Hall (Sophomore Class Board), West Staff Dining Room (Junior Class Board), West Auditorium (Student Council).

Interested in Providing Tutoring Online?

Peer Tutors is offering a new opportunity for qualified students to provide tutoring online after school. Tutors must be available at least one hour per week. Click here to apply by Friday.


Seniors interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics are invited to apply for Argonne National Laboratory’s College Bound Research Program. Participating students will work in a laboratory or office environment, performing research and rubbing elbows with scientists and engineers to get a taste of life in a national laboratory. The program runs from June 10-Aug. 2. The application deadline is March 29. Click here for more details and to apply.


Rotary District 6440 is offering $1,500 scholarships to students who are preparing for careers that require less than a four-year degree (associate degree, diploma or certificate). Scholarships are available to students who will be enrolled full-time in a vocational degree or certificate program at an accredited school. Applications are available in the College Career Center.

The Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarships awards several scholarships, ranging in amount from $500 to $15,000, to students in the five-county Chicagoland area. Applicants must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0, and their family’s adjusted gross income must be $60,000 or less. Applications may be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123), and must be emailed to the Palumbo Family Foundation by March 31.


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Golden Apple winner III: Evanston High sociology teacher

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Art foundation may move programs out of ISU

Rochester superintendent placed on leave

25 job offers revoked after UI background checks

Illinois drafting new school police training guidelines


White House proposes caps on student loan borrowing

Lawmakers link Ed Department to Dream Center collapse

Fewer black, Hispanic kids get offers at elite NYC schools

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Study: Praising perfect attendance may backfire

Schools reopening as chemical plant fire continues

Rural Alaska district buys hotel for student housing

University trumpeters offer Taps for veterans’ funerals


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