SHS Selected for Fifth Blue Ribbon Award
Stevenson High School has been selected to receive its fifth National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education, making it only the sixth school in the country to receive the honor. 2019 Blue Ribbon recipients were announced Thursday.
Stevenson is one of 362 schools — 312 public and 50 private — recognized as Blue Ribbon winners for 2019. Two schools in Stevenson’s sender districts also earned Blue Ribbon status: Ivy Hall Elementary School in District 96 and Hawthorn Elementary School South in District 73.
Stevenson also earned Blue Ribbon awards in 1987, 1991, 1998 and 2002. This is the 37th year of the Blue Ribbon Schools program. Read more about Stevenson’s latest honor.
Non-Attendance Day Monday
Monday is a non-attendance day at Stevenson. Classes will not be in session. School will resume Tuesday. However, the Daily Digest will be published on Monday.
Peer Helpers Holding Fundraiser Today
Peer Helpers is holding a fundraiser from 3-9 p.m. today at the Lincolnshire Culver’s. Mention “Peer Helpers” or “SHS” when ordering, and a portion of the sale will be donated to the group.
Thursday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson 7, Warren 0: The Patriots (13-1, 6-0 NSC) extended their winning streak to 11 straight matches with the victory at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Freshman Sonia Mehta earned a 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 1 singles, followed by sophomore Thea Surya (6-1, 6-1) and junior Abby Schueneman (6-1, 6-1). Senior Athena Kolli and sophomore Alaina Kolli rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 1 doubles. The other winning doubles duos were seniors Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma (6-0, 6-1), seniors Alexis Lee and Sneha Yellapantula (6-0, 6-1), and seniors Kelly Herlihy and Priya Rao (6-3, 6-1).
Stevenson d. Niles North, 25-17, 25-20: The host Patriots (12-6) won their fifth consecutive match behind senior Lily Cozzi and sophomore Amanda Holsen. Lily recorded 13 kills while Amanda had 12, and both served a pair of aces. Lily made a team-high 12 digs and Amanda was second with 10. Senior Grace Tully was 52-of-53 setting with 28 assists. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required)
Stevenson 4, Waukegan 4: The visiting Patriots (4-6-2, 1-2-1) rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn a tie. Junior Alem Duratovic scored two goals, both assisted by classmate Anthony Skordilis, who also scored. Senior Nicky Brickman had the other goal. Senior Ben Dixon recorded two assists. Senior goalkeeper Itay Gozalani made 7 saves.
Girls Field Hockey
Glenbrook South 3, Stevenson 0: Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made 22 saves for the visiting Patriots.
Football Start Times Changed
The ominous weather forecast has prompted changes in the start times for Stevenson’s football games against Lake Zurich today and Saturday. The varsity game at LZHS will kick off at 5 o’clock today. (The game is still scheduled to be streamed live by the NFHS Network.) The junior varsity game has been moved to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lake Zurich. The Freshman A and B games will be played at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, respectively, at Stevenson.
Germany Trip Opened to All Students
Next summer’s school-sponsored trip to Germany has been opened to all students. For more information, see the Student Travel Experiences tab on the Students web page or contact Mrs. Glowacka at email@example.com.
The FIRE club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2600. FIRE promotes equality and respect among Stevenson students and staff.
Animal Welfare Club is collecting donations for local shelters through Wednesday, Oct. 9. Donation boxes are located by the entrances to the Field House, the Sports Center, and the Principal’s Office. The items needed are: newspapers, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used blankets.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
The Chicago Teachers Union voted in overwhelming numbers to authorize a strike late Thursday night. CTU leaders said 94% of members had voted in favor of a strike, surpassing the 75% threshold required by law. The union is planning to set a strike date on Wednesday, likely to be in mid-October.
The College of DuPage and its full-time faculty members late Thursday reached a tentative deal on a new contract, ending seven months of difficult negotiations. Details about the tentative agreement weren’t released.
Representatives from the Springfield Education Association and District 186 will meet with a federal mediator on Oct. 16. Both sides agreed to bring in a third party after being at the bargaining table all summer and no new contract being hammered out.
Police investigated three separate threats against Rockford-area schools Wednesday, but authorities said students were never in danger. A 15-year-old male student at Oregon High School was arrested for allegedly making a threat on social media. It was the third arrest in the past month of a Rockford-area student for posting threats online.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
A Los Angeles business executive was sentenced Thursday to four months in federal prison for paying $400,000 to have his son admitted into Georgetown University as a fake tennis recruit. Stephen Semprevivo, the third parent to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal, made the largest payment to the scheme’s mastermind, Rick Singer, of all 35 parents charged with crimes.
College admissions counselors will have a significant vote at their annual national convention Saturday. They will vote on whether to remove several sections from the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices. Those sections restrict colleges from offering incentives for early-decision applicants, prevent them from recruiting first-year undergraduates who have committed to another college and limit how they recruit transfer students. NACAC members who don’t comply with the code can face penalties including loss of membership or being unable to participate in college fairs.
A 13-year-old California boy whose head struck a concrete pillar after he was punched by another boy at their middle school has died from his injuries. On Wednesday night, a vigil was held at the school, but grief turned to anger when the superintendent arrived. She and the school were accused of failing to address bullying.