Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

Homecoming Dance Draws Record Crowd

Saturday’s Homecoming Dance had a record attendance. 2,595 students attended the dance, compared to the previous record of 2,373 last year. In addition to dancing in the Field House, the Student Activities Division also had performances by the DJ Club in the Glass Commons, and opened a lounge space in the lower East Commons.

First Orchestra Concert of the Year Thursday Night

The first orchestra concert of the 2019-20 school year will be held Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The Concert and Symphonic Orchestras will perform at 6 p.m., followed by the Advanced Concert and Patriot Orchestras at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The orchestras will be directed by Enrique Vilaseco and Anthony Krempa. Among the highlights will be Patriot Orchestra performances of Mozart’s Concerto in Bb for Bassoon K. 191, featuring senior soloist Andrew Zhuang, and of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48See the concert repertoire. The concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 7, Waukegan 0: The Patriots (12-1) extended their winning streak to 10 straight matches with the victory at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS won every match by a 6-0, 6-0 score. The winning doubles teams were seniors Ellen Ma and Maggie Gong at No. 1, freshman Angela Ran and senior Alexis Lee at No. 2, senior Sneha Yellapantula and junior Abby Schueneman at No. 3, and seniors Kelly Herlihy and Priya Rao at No. 4. In singles, the winners were freshman Ainika Hou at No. 1, sophomore Thea Surya at No. 2, and junior Emily Hu at No. 3.

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Deerfield 5: Senior Andrew Slivka scored two goals, including the game-tying score with 8:14 remaining in regulation, at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Freshman Davis Jegers gave the Patriots (4-2-1) a 1-0 lead with his first-period goal, the only time SHS led in the contest. Junior Andrew Chambers and freshman Dylan Jette also scored. Seniors Brett Stokes and Josh Wright each had two assists, while Andrew and Davis each recorded one. – Boxscore

Girls Field Hockey
Lakes 2, Stevenson 1: Junior Rebekah Jin scored off an assist from senior Ella Kalis in the Stadium. Senior Olivia Holsen made 9 saves. – NFHS Network Replay (subscription required)

Boys Soccer
Mundelein 6, Stevenson 2: Senior Evan Paldrmic and junior Alem Duratovic scored for the Patriots (4-6-1, 1-2) at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Senior Camron Mahdavian and sophomore Daniel Saltzman each recorded an assist. Three players shared time as keepers: senior Itay Gozalzani (7 saves), Alem (3 saves) and sophomore Max Sprague (3 saves.)

Alumnus Named to U.S. Arena Soccer Team

Professional soccer player Gordy Gurson (Class of 2010) has been selected to the 14-member U.S. National Men’s Arena Soccer team that will play in the World Minifootball Federation World Cup in Perth, Australia. The international indoor tournament runs from Oct. 1-11. He will be the only American to appear in all three WMF World Cups, and was a member of the WMF-winning U.S. team in 2015. Gurson is a midfielder for the Florida Tropics of the Major Arena Soccer League. He signed as a free agent with the Tropics this summer after finishing as the fourth-leading scorer in the MASL last season.

Quick Hits

Senior AJ Weine recently announced his commitment to play baseball at Rollins College in Florida. The second baseman had a .395 on-base percentage last spring in limited action. He joins a Tars program that went 25-25 last spring and had four players drafted in the MLB Draft. … Today’s varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball matches at Lake Zurich are scheduled to be streamed live by the NFHS Network. The JV match starts at 5 o’clock, followed by the varsity at 6. Watch the livestream at Stevenson’s NFHS page (subscription required). … BSN Sports is taking 15% off purchases of $75 or more on Stevenson apparel between now and the end of the month. Visit Stevenson’s Sideline Store and take advantage of the savings.


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Students Invited to Enter Anti-Bullying Poster Contest

Students who enjoy flexing their creative muscles are invited to participate in the “Rise Above Bullying” poster contest sponsored by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and its Young Ambassadors Board. Posters should show how people can rise above bullying through acts of kindness. (See previous winners.) Artwork must be submitted on an 11-inch by 17-inch poster, with your name and contact information listed on the back. Entries are due by Friday, Oct. 11. Winners will be identified at the end of October in honor of National Bullying Awareness Month. Send submissions to: Carrie Wings, LCCAC, 123 O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031. If you have questions, contact her at 847-377-7824 or Melissa Burke at 847-377-3000.


East Leyden High School in Franklin Park went on lockdown for about two hours Tuesday morning after one student stabbed another. The suspect was arrested on school grounds and the victim was taken to a hospital, officials said. Students were dismissed early for the remainder of the day and after school activities were canceled.

Rockford Public Schools is in its third week without internet service due to a ransomware attack, but email service has been restored. Officials expect internet and Wi-Fi access to be available this week. The district and its 40-plus schools serving roughly 29,000 students have remained open throughout the outage, which has cut off teachers, staff members and students from district emails, computers and any IT-based educational tools since Sept. 6.

Charter school teachers at Chicago’s Passages Elementary School, a one-site charter that serves primarily immigrant and refugee students, voted unanimously to authorize a strike, setting the stage for the fourth charter teacher walkout in Chicago in less than a year.

Loyola University’s newest residence hall will not only house several hundred first-year and sophomore students but also Loyola’s first faculty in residence, university officials said. Francis Hall, set to open in August 2020, will house a professor in an apartment on the first floor of the building.

Student workers at Northwestern University and other private universities would lose employee status and unionization rights under a proposed regulation by the National Labor Relations Board. The proposal, announced last week, would strip all graduate students working as teaching and research assistants of federally backed rights to unionize and collectively bargain.

Northern Illinois University plans to sell a home formerly used by its past presidents and their families, to boost revenue for maintenance and emergency repairs. The 6,000-square-foot house was built in 1955 and has three bedrooms, sitting on a 1.3-acre lot about a mile and a half away from the main campus.


Last year’s college graduates with a bachelor’s degree averaged about $29,200 in student loan debt – a record for the United States. The debt figure is about a 2% increase from the Class of 2017.

An executive who paid $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California falsely as a water polo player was sentenced to four months in prison as part of the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scam, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation unveiled the winners of this year’s MacArthur fellowships — often better known as the “genius” grants — recognizing 26 scholars and artists for their creativity and potential.

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