Homecoming Dance Tickets On Sale
Homecoming Dance ticket sales begin today. The dance will take place from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 in the Field House. Early bird ticket pricing is in effect today and Tuesday, with prices at $20. After Tuesday, tickets will be sold for $25 until 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Tickets at the door ($40) will be available to SHS students only. Read more about ordering tickets.
Touchdowns for Troops/Military Appreciation Night Friday
Active and retired military personnel will be honored during the annual Touchdowns for Troops/Military Appreciation Night on Friday in the Stadium. Bins will be set up outside each entrance to collect items for Halloween care packages that can be sent to troops stationed abroad. There also will be a Students Helping Soldiers table for anyone who would like to make donations to Operation Wild Horse, which seeks to prevent suicide by providing active-duty military veterans and their families with equine therapy.
A pre-game ceremony at 7:15 p.m. will honor military members on hand, followed by the varsity football game between Stevenson and Libertyville. Touchdown for Troops/Military Appreciation Night is sponsored by the Students Helping Soldiers club and Nothing Bundt Cakes in Vernon Hills.
The club is selling coupons for Nothing Bundt Cakes “bundtinis” until Friday. Part of the proceeds will go to Operation Wild Horse.
Touchdowns for Troops caps a busy week for Students Helping Soldiers. The club also is holding its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Garden of Peace, Hope and Remembrance. The event is open to the public, but parking will be limited.
Fall Play Performances Almost Sold Out
Almost all of the tickets have been sold for this week’s fall play, “The Transition of Doodle Pequeno.” Of the four performances, tickets remain only for one: 4:15 p.m Friday. Fifteen tickets (out of 85) were still available as of 8 a.m. today. The 7 p.m. shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are sold out. To purchase tickets for the 4:15 Friday performance, click here.
Student’s Family Asking for Help
The family of a Stevenson student battling a rare form of cancer is asking for help to pay for some of its expenses and basic needs. Sophomore Charnice Fisher was diagnosed earlier this year with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. After some hopeful signs earlier in the summer, including a heartwarming family reunion, Charnice had a serious setback last week. If you would like to help the Fisher family, visit their GoFundMe page.
Sunday’s Varsity Results
Boys Ice Hockey
Carmel 5, Stevenson 4: The Patriots (2-2) fell to eventual champion Carmel in the semifinals of the Pre-Season Invitational at Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Senior Itai Kleiman had a goal and an assist. Other goals came from senior Brett Stokes, sophomore Rafael Biedron and freshman Dylan Jette. Senior goaltender Jeremy Riback made 33 saves. – Boxscore
Saturday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson at Waukegan Invitational: The Patriots won top honors with a record performance in a 19-school field featuring the top eight teams in last year’s state tournament. SHS posted a team score of 306 at Bonnie Brook Golf Course, tying the school record for lowest 18-hole tournament score set at last fall’s IHSA state tournament, where Stevenson finished fifth. Sophomore Emily Duan and freshman Allie Santos each shot a 4-over-par 76 to lead the Patriots. Emily was 2-over on the front nine and back nine, while Allie shot even-par on holes 10-18. Juniors Kelly Dong and Sophia Zhuang were one stroke behind at 77. Sophia had the lowest nine-hole score (35), which included an eagle-2 on the par-4 11th hole. SHS also received a 78 from senior Joyce Bai and an 84 from junior Faith Wang.
Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at Lake Forest Relays: The Patriots finished second behind champion Evanston, 418-410, in the 11-school, relays-focused meet. SHS won four relays and one individual event. Freshman Milena Busma swam in three winning relays. She was part of the freshman-sophomore 200 medley relay with classmate Isabelle Gattone and sophomores Elizabeth White and Katherine Makarska (1:52.15). Milena and Isabelle were half of the winning freshman-sophomore 400 freestyle relay with freshman Abigail Collins and sophomore Claudia Rzeznik (3:43.63). Milena also was part of the 200 butterfly relay with Claudia, junior Jessica Nyborg and senior Maddy O’Donnell (1:47.00). Stevenson also won the 200 breaststroke relay with Jessica and Katherine, plus senior Lucy Stevens and freshman Anna Ryaguzova (2:08.66). Alexandra Eastmond won the 50 freestyle for juniors (25.12). – Daily Herald
Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson at Pre-Season Invitational: The Patriots (2-1) picked up a pair of victories at Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. SHS beat Providence Catholic in the morning, 3-2, then knocked off Glenbrook South in the evening, 4-3, in overtime. In the nightcap, senior Brett Stokes scored the game-winning shootout goal in the extra period. Stevenson trailed 3-0 heading into the third period. After junior Giorgi Gagua put the Pats on the board, Brett and fellow senior Andrew Slivka scored in the final minute of regulation to force OT. Brett had an assist on the other two goals, while freshman Dylan Jette had the helper on Brett’s tying goal. Senior goaltender Jeremy Riback turned away 27 of the 30 shots he faced during regulation. In the win over Providence, freshman Davis Jegers and senior Josh Wright each had a goal and an assist. Josh’s goal broke a 2-2 tie with 12:09 remaining in regulation. Sophomore Rafael Biedron had Stevenson’s opening goal. Jeremy made 19 saves in the morning contest. – Providence boxscore | Glenbrook South boxscore
Wheeling 4, Stevenson 2: The Patriots (2-3-1) concluded play in the 34th annual Jim Wolter Titan Invitational at Glenbrook South. – Chicagoland Soccer
Friday’s Varsity Results
Neuqua Valley 28, Stevenson 21: The visiting Wildcats (2-0) snapped a 21-21 tie with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and hung on for the non-conference win. Senior quarterback Justin Hiller completed 15 of 28 passes for 231 yards and one touchdown for the Patriots (0-2), and also ran for a score from 4 yards out. His top targets were senior Jordan Vincent, who had six catches for 147 yards and a 15-yard TD, and junior Jayden McFadden, who made five receptions for 69 yards before leaving with an ankle injury. Stevenson’s other TD came on a 9-yard run from senior Jean-Marc Etienne (13 carries, 46 yards). Junior Jaden Mojica had an interception. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press | Highlights from NCTV17 | SHS-TV Replay via NFHS Network (subscription required)
Boys Ice Hockey
Neuqua Valley 4, Stevenson 3 (OT): Junior Liam Jones scored two goals for the Patriots in their season-opening game in the Pre-Season Invitational at Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Alexander Fieri, also a junior, scored the other goal for SHS. – Boxscore
The varsity Patriettes are holding a fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday at Chipotle, 950 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention Patriettes when ordering, and one-third of the proceeds will be donated to the team.
Interested in Speaking at Mental Health Forum?
Peer Helpers is planning to run a mental health and suicide awareness forum from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center, and is seeking students interested in being part of two panel discussions at the event. Through the forum, the group hopes to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health issues, and to brainstorm strategies to create a safer space for students. Interested students can contact senior Vrushali Thakkar at email@example.com for more information.
Students interested in joining the Student Ambassador Club are invited to an information meeting and practice tour at 7 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting will take place in the Recital Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wallace or Ms. McCauley.
Animal Welfare Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7064. This is the club meeting for the semester to make blankets that will be donated to local animal shelters. Contact Ms. Sassan with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRE Club meets Tuesday morning from 7:30-8:25 a.m. in Room 2600. FIRE promotes equality and respect among Stevenson students and staff.
Students Helping Soldiers is looking for student volunteers to help set up for Friday night’s Touchdowns for Troops football game. Volunteers also are needed during the game. Find out more during the club’s meeting at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday in Room 5044. If you can help, come to Room 5044 at 3:35 p.m. Friday.
2019 graduate Morish Shah was one of three area high school students to receive Rebecca’s Dream scholarships last spring. The annual scholarships honor students who share in Rebecca’s Dream’s mission to reduce the stigma of mental illness, particularly surrounding depression and bipolar disorder. Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2020. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1. For more information, visit www.rebeccasdream.org.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
Maine Township High School District 207 requires each student at its three high schools — Maine West in Des Plaines and Maine East and Maine South in Park Ridge — to participate in counseling that helps them find their ideal paths after graduation. The Return on Investment Career Services program is billed by the district as the first of its kind in the nation.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., reintroduced legislation Friday that would require three-point safety belts on every school bus seat, and would require new buses to include stability control and automatic braking systems. The bill also would create a grant program to help school districts pay for the improvements.
Libertyville High School’s yearbook will no longer include senior quotes. Principal Tom Koulentes said the decision was made in the wake of offensive quotes in Highland Park High’s 2019 yearbook, plus the amount of time needed to vet quotes.
The University of Illinois is spending $900,000 on four buses to shuttle employees and others between its Urbana/Champaign and Chicago campuses. The service is for faculty members, students and staff members traveling on university business. The service will offer three round trips daily between the two campuses.
A push by the president of Waukegan District 60 school board to start recording meetings has again stalled. Four members remain unconvinced, citing concerns about the potential for grandstanding or misinformation arising during public comments.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
The Trump administration’s immigration policies are beginning to be felt acutely by universities, as international students struggle to get the visas they need to study in the United States. After steadily climbing for more than a decade, the number of new international students enrolled at U.S. colleges has declined in recent years.
The vast majority of applications for a student loan forgiveness program are still being rejected, even after Congress set aside $700 million to temporarily expand it, according to a federal report. The Government Accountability Office said last week that the Education Department has created a “confusing and inefficient” process that could cause borrowers to miss out on the program.
A new report from a government watchdog says an expanded effort by Congress to forgive the student loans of public servants is remarkably unforgiving. Ninety-nine percent of loan-forgiveness requests under the new Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness were rejected during the program’s first year, from May 2018 to May 2019.
Cheating in college is nothing new, but the internet now makes it possible on a global, industrial scale. Sleek websites — with names like Ace-MyHomework and EssayShark — have sprung up that allow people in developing countries to bid on and complete American homework assignments. Academized charges about $15 a page for a college freshman’s essay due in two weeks and $42 a page for an essay due in three hours.
Actress Felicity Huffman says her decision to pay a college admissions consultant $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score was a moment of panic. In a letter to the judge who will sentence her this week, Huffman said she believed her daughter’s low math scores on the SAT would hamstring her dreams of becoming an actress.
A young University of Tennessee fan who was bullied last week for a homemade shirt he wore to his school’s collegiate day was shown an outpouring of support that has since inspired the university to make his design into an official piece of apparel. A portion of the proceeds will go to an anti-bullying foundation.