Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

52 Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Fifty-two Stevenson High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who will compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million next spring. See who earned National Merit Semifinalist status.

Late Arrival on Thursday

Stevenson will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m., and buses will begin their routes at 9:20.

Band Fundraisers Thursday, Friday

The Band Parents Organization is holding fundraisers Thursday and Friday. The Thursday event is from 6:30-11 a.m. at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe in Lincolnshire. On Friday, the BPO has a fundraiser at Culver’s locations in Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove from 4-10 p.m. Mention “SHS Band” when ordering at either fundraiser.

Edstrom Honored By Yale

Yale University recently honored AP Physics teacher Sheila Edstrom with a 2019 Yale Educator Award. She was among approximately 50 teachers chosen for the recognition. More than 300 teachers were nominated from 40 states and 23 countries. Read more about the award.

Alumnus “Egg-cels” on Penn and Teller Show

Lawyer-turned-magician Scott Green (Class of 2002) appeared on the CW show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” on Monday. Green performed his “Abstract EGGSpressionism” routine with host Alyson Hannigan. Green, who will be one of the presenters at Odyssey 2020 in February, performed his first magic show at the age of 14. After Stevenson, he graduated from law school in 2009. While in college, Green was named one of the 100 best young writers in America for his humor column, which was syndicated to outlets including the Washington Post. After earning his degree and passing the bar exam, Green decided to become a full-time magician. He and his wife live in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood with their two young children. See more videos on Green’s YouTube page.

Sculptor to Give ARTalk Next Week

Visiting Artist of the Month Jill King will give a public presentation about her work and career during the first ARTalk of the year at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Admission is free. The Visiting Artist Gallery is located in the West Building. King is a mixed-media sculptor from Evanston. Read more about her.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 5, Libertyville 2: The Patriots (5-1) swept all four doubles matches at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The winning duos were senior Athena Kolli and sophomore Alaina Kolli at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0), seniors Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma at No. 2 (6-2, 6-0), senior Alexis Lee and freshman Angela Ran at No. 3 (4-6, 7-5, 6-4), and senior Sneha Yellapantula and junior Abby Schueneman at No. 4 (6-3, 6-3). SHS also received a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles from sophomore Thea Surya. In two other matches not tied to team scores, junior Emily Hu was a 6-2, 6-2 winner at No. 4 singles, and seniors Priya Rao and Kelly Herlihy posted a 6-3, 6-4 decision at No. 5 doubles.

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson 19, Libertyville 42; Mundelein 26, Stevenson 29: Senior Anthony Rodriguez placed third at Libertyville’s Adler Park with a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds. Classmate Corey Pacernick was fourth (17:02), sophomore Tyler Roberts took seventh (17:33), senior Cameron Sprague finished eighth (17:42) and junior Tarun Kalyana Sundaram was 11th (17:54).

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 22, Mundelein 35; Libertyville 21, Stevenson 36: Junior Emily Fejes finished fifth in 21 minutes and 27 seconds at Adler Park in Libertyville. Junior Emma Finnegan was sixth (21:37) and senior Caimin Xi placed seventh (21:37). Senior Michelle Yu was 11th (22:51) and sophomore Alivia Alton finished 14th (23:28).

Boys Golf

Stevenson 156, Mundelein 156: The Patriots (2-2) won on the fifth-score tiebreaker at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. A 42 by senior Cal Buckland gave SHS the victory. Senior Ethan Lee and junior Nick Udoni led SHS with 38s, followed by junior Conan Pan (39) and senior Andrew Babbo (41). Senior Jake Surane posted a 43.

Girls Golf

Stevenson 161, Mundelein 190: Sophomore Emily Duan earned medalist honors for the Patriots (6-0) by shooting a 2-over-par 37 on the back nine at Countryside Golf Club in Mundelein. Senior Joyce Bai recorded a 39, freshman Jessica Velent had a 41, and junior Briana Fidman added a 44. Junior Smrithi Mukund shot a 51. Emily had two birdies and Joyce made one.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, Buffalo Grove-Hersey-Wheeling 1: Senior Josh Wright scored three goals and assisted on two others, and senior goalie Ben Newmark made 22 saves, as the Patriots (3-2) prevailed at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Josh’s first goal late in the second period broke a 1-1 tie. Junior Andrew Chambers had the game-tying goal, and also registered an assist. Junior Liam Jones also scored. Senior Andrew Slivka recorded two assists for SHS, which outshot its opponent, 37-23.

Boys Soccer

Round Lake 4, Stevenson 3: Junior Alem Duratovic scored two goals for the host Patriots (2-4-1) at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, and classmate Segi Odongo had the other. Sophomore Adam Hamad recorded two assists and junior Anthony Skordilis added one. Senior keeper Itay Gozalzani made 13 saves.

Girls Field Hockey

Glenbard West 5, Stevenson 0


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Camo T-Shirts for Sale Thursday and Friday

Camouflage T-shirts for Friday night’s football game will be sold during lunch periods on Thursday and Friday.

Looking for a Job?

If you’re looking for a job, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.


More than 400 colleges and universities will have representatives on hand during this year’s National College Fair, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place (Lakeside Center). In addition to connecting with college reps, students and parents also can attend educational workshops to learn more about the college search process. Pre-registration is available.


Are you interested in science or math? Are you interested in taking your knowledge to the next level? Then come to Science Bowl! Meetings are held from 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 1311.


The number of Chicago Public Schools students taking classes through City Colleges at their high school has tripled since 2014. Data released last week shows almost 15% of 2019 graduates had earned at least one college credit through a class at their high school, up from about 5% in 2014.

Two former students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a professor at another college filed a lawsuit Tuesday against a former UIUC professor, claiming he assaulted, bullied and raped multiple students.

A Matteson middle school principal resigned after the district learned he had been investigated for sexual misconduct at his previous job and recommended for placement on a “Do Not Hire” list, the district’s superintendent said Wednesday.

Lightning has caused the cancellation of classes at several area schools this week. Classes at the three Fremont Elementary District 79 school buildings near Mundelein were canceled Tuesday, while Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock was closed Tuesday and today after being struck by lightning.


The director of a research center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has resigned in the wake of a New Yorker article about its connections to Jeffrey Epstein. Joi Ito resigned from the M.I.T. Media Lab after the magazine showed that he was aware of Epstein’s status as a convicted sex offender, and that Epstein directed contributions to the lab far exceeding the amounts M.I.T. has publicly admitted.

The Atlanta school board will not renew Superintendent Meria Carstarphen’s contract, ending weeks of speculation. The board delivered the news Monday after more than three hours in a closed session. The board chairman declined to say which and how many board members opposed a contract renewal.

The mayor of Boston announced Monday that every kindergartener in the city’s public school system will receive a savings account, complete with a starting $50 balance this fall. The Boston Saves program aims to increase college and career access by supporting low-income families in saving and planning for their children’s future.

New Jersey has become the first state in the nation to provide access to arts education in every public school, its governor announced Monday. Although all schools in the state now offer arts education as part of the school day, not all students participate. About 81 percent of students study one of four arts disciplines, which is an all-time high in the state.

Students at the University of Southern California got a crash course in investigative journalism this summer by reporting on a powerful, scandal-ridden institution: their own school. The undergraduates were part of an unusual program that paid them to become campus watchdogs.

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