Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

Remembering 9/11

A crowd of between 150-200 faculty, staff and students gathered for Student Helping Soldiers’ annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony before school Wednesday. They were joined by approximately 35 first responders and military personnel.

After senior Samhita Madduru opened the ceremony by singing the national anthem, Students Helping Soldiers co-sponsor Dino Moran, who served four years in the Marine Corps, gave a brief reflection. The ceremony closed with the playing of “Taps” by seniors Vivek Dhande and Jon Raymond.

Two local media organizations, the Daily Herald and Pioneer Press, had reporters and photographers on hand for the event. See coverage and photos at these links: Daily Herald | Pioneer Press. Several Students Helping Soldiers student leaders were interviewed, including club president and senior Mark Lozovnoy, classmate Gabi Siegel, and junior Cameron Hirschhaut.

Fans coming to Friday night’s Touchdowns for Troops/Military Appreciation Night are asked to donate the following items for Halloween care packages that will be sent to troops serving abroad: Personal hygiene items, jerky, tuna, gum and other treats. Donation bins will be available at both entrances to the Stadium.

Mind Your Mind Students Give Presentation at UIC

The executive board of the Mind Your Mind mental health awareness club gave a presentation at last weekend’s Conversations Summit at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Seniors Sarah Zhou, Michelle Yu, Lucas Botten and Kelly Herlily, and junior Jennifer Gurtovaya, led a session entitled “ Stress, Pressure, and Anxiety: The Realities Faced by High Achieving Students.” Club co-sponsors Kristy Wrona and Paige Lehman, both members of the SHS science faculty, facilitated a follow-up session at which participants discussed solutions to help students deal with the challenges raised by the Mind Your Mind group.

Choral Guild Corn Roast Sunday

The Choral Guild is holding a corn roast fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Sunset Foods, 4190 Rt. 83, in Long Grove.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 157, Waukegan 234: In a match shortened to eight holes by bad weather, the Patriots (7-0) rolled at Crane’s Landing Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Junior Briana Fidman led all golfers with a 34, followed by senior Jackie Lee (37), sophomore Amrita Johar (42) and freshman Jessica Velent (44).

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Fremd 0: The Patriots (6-1) won all their matches in straight sets in Arlington Heights. Freshman Sonia Mehta was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles, followed by classmate Ainika Hou at No. 2 (6-0, 6-1) and sophomore Thea Surya at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0). In doubles, sophomore Alaina Kolli and senior Athena Kolli rolled at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0). Other doubles victories came from seniors Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma at No. 2 (6-2, 6-2), freshman Angela Ran and senior Alexis Lee at No. 3 (6-2, 6-4), and junior Abby Schueneman and senior Sneha Yellapantula at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1).

Quick Hits

Wednesday’s varsity girls volleyball match against Libertyville was suspended when a tornado warning forced the evacuation of the Sports Center. Stevenson won the first set, 25-22, prior to the evacuation. A date for the match’s completion has not been announced. … Northern Illinois University women’s soccer coach Julie Colhoff (Class of 2006) is in her second season at the helm in DeKalb. She talked recently with the NIU student newspaper about her playing and coaching career. Colhoff said the person who most influenced her decision to become a coach was her basketball coach at Stevenson, Frank Mattucci.


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SHS Has Lots of Support Groups for Students

Student Services offers a variety of support and affinity groups as a way to provide students with ongoing confidential support. Group sessions are held during the school day, and rotate different periods. The groups allow students to meet other students who may also be facing the same struggles and help each other find healthy ways to cope. Students often tell SHS that their participation in group has been instrumental to their success in high school. Here is the list of groups available for the 2019-20 school year.

Costa Rica Summer Trip Meeting Tonight

Interested in a science-themed trip to Costa Rica this summer? There will be an informational meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in Room 2104 for all interested students and their parents. Questions? Email Mr. Carlson at

Nothing Bundt Cake Sale Friday Afternoon

If you want a sweet treat Friday afternoon, Nothing Bundt Cakes will be selling mini-bundt cakes during eighth period and after school for $5. Only cash will be accepted. Mini-cakes also will be sold at the Touchdowns for Troops game Friday night.


SHS students are invited to a college fair at Lake Forest Academy from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Specific information about where to park, and student registration with StriveScan, can be found at


Across Illinois and other states, debates over whether students should be allowed to bring smartphones to school — and whether they should be able to use them during the day — have heated up recently as more and younger kids have phones. Studies show that more than half of fifth- and sixth-graders, more than two-thirds of middle schoolers, and more than 80 percent of high schoolers now have phones.

Waukegan District 60 will spend $700,000 to purchase a downtown Waukegan office building to house its administrative offices. The purchase of the former First Midwest Bank building was approved by a 4-3 vote Tuesday night, the same night the proposal was publicly discussed for the first time.

Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has begun discussions about potentially changing its four junior high schools into middle schools for grades six through eight, as well as moving to all-day kindergarten.

An Urbana elementary school principal has been placed on leave while an issue of “student safety” at her school is being investigated by the Department of Children and Family Services and Urbana police. The principal of Thomas Paine Elementary School has been there since 2017.

A suburban Chicago elementary school teacher has been found guilty of failing to report suspected child abuse. The 43-year-old, who was fired from Bardwell Elementary School in Aurora this month, faces up to 364 days in jail when sentenced Nov. 13.


The number of children attending U.S. public schools with students of other races has nearly doubled over the past quarter century, a little-noticed surge that reflects the nation’s shifting demographics. At the same time, children in most big cities and many suburbs remain locked in deeply segregated districts, with black students more likely to be enrolled in segregated districts than Hispanics or whites.

California lawmakers have approved legislation that overhauls the way the state approves charter schools. The measure would no longer let the state authorize charter schools, leaving that responsibility to school districts and county governments. The legislation also would require that all charter school teachers be credentialed, while giving existing teachers five years to meet that requirement.

An Alaska high school swimmer’s controversial disqualification last week has been overturned. The swimmer was disqualified after a meet official decided too much skin showed from her school-issued, one-piece suit.

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