Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

Stevenson Hosts 17th Model United Nations Conference

Stevenson’s Model United Nations club held its 17th student-led conference on Saturday. More than 350 students from Stevenson and seven other Chicago-area high schools participated in 10 simulated committees. Committees included the UN General Assembly, the UN Security Council, President Richard Nixon’s cabinet during Watergate, Pakistan Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet during the Kashmir crisis, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s cabinet for Operation Unthinkable. SMUNC 2019 was organized and led by seniors Matt LiCeleste XuNitin Nadella and Govind Probhakar.

Campus Closed Briefly on Tuesday

A report of shots fired near Route 45 and Butterfield Road in Vernon Hills Tuesday morning prompted police to request that Stevenson close its campus to inbound and outbound traffic, and keep students indoors, for about 45 minutes. Classes continued as scheduled. Lincolnshire Police notified school officials of the incident around 9:05 a.m., and the closed campus order was issued a few minutes later. The order was lifted around 9:55, after police indicated that the alleged assailant had been apprehended.

Alumnus Named Deputy Police Chief in Brookfield

Lt. Michael Kuruvilla, a 2001 Stevenson graduate, has been promoted to deputy police chief of the Brookfield Police Department. Kuruvilla, a 13-year veteran of the department, was chosen following a four-month process that included each candidate running the police department for a week while the chief was away at training or on vacation.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf
Stevenson 151, Warren 167: Senior Jake Surane shot a 36 to claim medalist honors at The Arboretum. Juniors Nick Udoni and Conan Pan followed with 38s and classmate Bradley Park added a 39 to round out the team score. Also competing for SHS were seniors Ethan Lee (41), Andrew Babbo and Jake Schabes (42), and McCrae Anderson (43). Stevenson improved to 5-1 overall and in the North Suburban Conference.

Girls Golf
Stevenson 160, Warren 191: Senior Joyce Bai and sophomore Emily Duan tied for medalist honors at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, shooting 39s. Junior Faith Wang carded a 40 and freshman Alex Santos had a 42.

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Lakes, 25-15, 25-17: The visiting Patriots (8-6) gave head coach Tim Crow career victory No. 498 behind contributions from several players. Senior setter Grace Tully was 53-for-53 with 21 assists, and also served a team-high four aces, made five digs and had two kills. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led SHS with 11 kills and also made seven digs. Senior Lily Cozzi notched seven kills and added six digs, and classmate Aimee Staemmer had two solo blocks and two block assists. Junior Emerson Kouri led the squad with 12 digs. The Eagles fell to 9-7.

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 9, Lake Zurich 0: The Patriots improved to 8-1 in dual play this fall, winning every set on Lake Zurich’s home courts. Freshman Sonia Mehta was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles, while sophomore Alaina Kolli and senior Athena Kolli rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 doubles. Other singles triumphs came from freshman Ainika Hou (6-0, 6-0) and sophomore Thea Surya (6-0, 6-0). The other winning doubles tandems were seniors Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma (6-1, 6-0), senior Alexis Lee and freshman Angela Ran (6-0, 6-1), junior Abby Schueneman and senior Sneha Yellapantula (6-1, 6-0), and seniors Priya Rao and Kelly Herlihy (8-1 and 8-0 versus two different duos).

Boys Cross Country
Lake Zurich 24, Stevenson 35; Warren 27, Stevenson 29: Senior Anthony Rodriguez took second place for the Patriots at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. He covered the 3-mile course in 15:50.13. Senior Corey Pacernick was sixth (16:28.64) and sophomore Tyler Roberts finished eighth (16:31.32). Other runners in the top 30 included senior Cameron Sprague (17:26.45), junior Matthew Brueckert (17:50.15), sophomore Aidan Plautz (17:52.16) and junior Stephen Moy (18:13.29).

Girls Cross Country
Lake Zurich 21, Stevenson 35; Warren 18, Stevenson 39: Senior Caimin Xi paced the Patriots at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, finishing eighth with a time of 20:28.28. Juniors Emily Fejes (20:39.03) and Emma Finnegan (20:52.24) were ninth and 10th, respectively. Other runners in the top 30 included freshmen Alivia Alton (21:29.60), Lia Novak (21:40.83) and Alexa Collins (22:11.44) and junior Jenna McCullough (22:14.59).

Boys Soccer
Zion-Benton 3, Stevenson 1: Junior Segi Odongo scored for the Patriots (2-5-1, 0-1) in their North Suburban Conference opener at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Senior Nick Brickman recorded an assist on the goal. The game was scoreless at halftime.

Girls Field Hockey
St. Ignatius Prep 2, Stevenson 1: Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made 14 saves for the Patriots in Chicago. SHS earned nine corners and 12 shots on goal. Senior Molly McCoy scored Stevenson’s goal off an assist from junior Rebekah Jin.

Quick Hits

Three sporting events will be streamed live today at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The varsity girls volleyball match against Zion-Benton in the Sports Center will be shown beginning at 6 p.m., and follows the sophomore match that starts at 5 o’clock. Also, the junior varsity boys soccer game against Lake Zurich will be streamed live from the Stadium starting at 4:45.


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The Special Education District of Lake County is freezing enrollment as it grapples with a staffing shortage. As of Sept. 10, the district had 108 job openings, prompting teachers to file grievances against the administration through their union. Superintendent Valerie Donnan said the openings were due to retirements in recent years.

A Northwestern University trustee and his wife are giving the Evanston institution a large donation for the specific purpose of student financial aid. Jeff and Laurie Ubben bequeathed $50 million to Northwestern to fund scholarships that will be available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The College of DuPage Faculty Association voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike Tuesday, the same day the union bargaining team met in federal mediation with college administration. The strike vote was the union’s first in nearly 25 years.

The Rich Township District 227 school board faced a contentious crowd Tuesday night as it discussed the possibility of closing one or more of its three high schools. The board said earlier this year that due to funding, declining enrollment and aging facilities, school closures are possible.

A 40-year-old Chicago Public Schools theater teacher is charged with sexually assaulting a student, beginning when she was 15 years old. Joel Ewing allegedly assaulted the now 21-year-old woman at Senn High School, where he taught, and at a hotel while they were on an overnight school trip. He was removed from his teaching position in July.

Enrollment at Elgin Community College has increased for the first time since 2010. ECC’s headcount was 9,918 students, up from 9,598 students last fall. The more than 3% jump followed nine consecutive years of declines.


State officials say 82% of Georgia seniors graduated on time from high school in 2018-2019, the highest share on record. Georgia’s graduation rate has historically lagged both national and regional graduation rates. State officials say Georgia’s graduation rate has risen from 70% in 2012.

A 2018 Blue Ribbon-winning high school in New York City has been accused of rampant academic dishonesty by four of its teachers. Maspeth High School in Queens has an unwritten “Maspeth Minimum,” meaning everyone gets at least the minimum grade or score needed to pass or graduate, no matter what, according to the whistleblowers.

Sandy Hook Promise, the nonprofit formed after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has released a “Back to School Essentials” public service announcement that is a chilling battle cry against school shootings. Warning: Video may be disturbing.

An Arizona high school football coach has resigned after it was revealed that he provided game plan details to the team’s opponents over the past three years. Justin Hager, an assistant coach at Mountain Pointe High School, sent “hundreds” of emails to opposing coaches, including during the Pride’s 2018 run to the 6A state final.

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