Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

91 Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Ninety-one seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Stevenson’s Commended Students are: Varun Aggarwal, Michael Arshinov, Seungmin Baek, Joyce Bai, Caroline Baldan, Gildardo Banuelos, Allen Beckwith, Jules Bergman, Yuyang Bian, Julia Blazejewski, Fanny Borukhova, Ashley Brady, Raymond Cao, Ryan Chu, Sreeram Danda, Sudhamshu Dandu, Grant Davis, Vincent De Guzman, Meehir Dixit, Benjamin Dixon, Andy Dong, Neel Dutta, Jessica Eggers, Yazhe Fan, William Fitzgerald, Eric Gan, Anthony Garcia, Alexandra Gergova and Margaret Gong.

Also: Omkarnath Halleppanawar, Helen Han, Andrew Harris, Abigail Keevins, Aaron Kim, Jaesup Kim, Justin Kuncheria, Andrew Lee, Jackie Lee, Advait Mallela, Julie Mathews, Hannah McDougall, Gavin Meng, Meg Messinger, Kassandra-Caroline Muradian, Caili Murphy, Ava Nadjari, Akhil Nallachervu, Allison Noronha, Madeleine O’Donnell, Jason Obrycki, Alexandra Osmond, Jane Pak, Nikhila Paleati, Trisha Patel, Duncan Paul, Jonah Perlin, Ethan Pestine, Govind Prabhakar, Pranav Putta, Priya Rao, Rachel Roh, Truman Rudloff and Jason Rutman.

Also: Rohan Sahasrabudhe, Aishani Sahoo, Jhanvi Sangha, Daniel Schechter, Shreevarsha Shreekumar, Gabrielle Siegel, Alyssa Smith, Cameron Sprague, Ashwin Srinivasan, Delbert Su, Rahul Subramanian, Christopher Switzer, Sashank Varanasi, Reuben Varghese, Thendral Veerasekar, Chetna Verma, Yingxiang Wang, Megan Wei, Caimin Xi, Anthony Yan, Jizhi Yan, Kenneth Yang, Gavin Yuan, Jack Zhang, Jasmine Zhang, Weiran Zhao, Jasmine Zheng and Roy Zhou.

SHS Foundation Sponsoring Children’s Play

Families with children ages three and up are invited to watch the 60-minute play “Corduroy” on Sunday, Oct. 27 in the West Auditorium. Members of the Patriot Theatre Company will give performances of the play at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person can be purchased online through the Stevenson High School Foundation, which is sponsoring the play. “Corduroy,” based on the books by Don Freeman, follows a bear on his delightfully destructive chase through a department store in search of his missing button.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Field Hockey
Stevenson 1, Naperville North 0: Senior Molly McCoy scored the game’s only goal, and classmate and goalkeeper Olivia Holsen earned her third shutout of the season as the Patriots prevailed on Senior Night in the Stadium. SHS had seven shots on goal and earned three corners. – NFHS Network Replay (subscription required)

Volleyball Team Resumes Pursuit of NSC Title

The girls volleyball team continues its pursuit of the North Suburban Conference title tonight with a 6 p.m. home match against Warren. The Patriots are 4-0 in the league (17-9 overall) with three matches remaining. The team’s seniors will be honored tonight, although it won’t be their final home contest: SHS will complete its suspended match against Libertyville on Oct. 24. The Patriots won the opening set in their match against the Wildcats on Sept. 11 before play was suspended by a tornado warning that forced evacuation of the Sports Center. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Warren Sectional, behind Cary-Grove and Libertyville. Tonight’s match will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required). The junior varsity match, which begins at 5 o’clock, also will be available online.

Patriot Football Preps for Warren Showdown

The SHS football team has battled back from an 0-2 start to win four of its last five games, and remains in the hunt for its 31st consecutive state playoff bid. A formidable task awaits the Patriots on Friday, when undefeated Warren comes to the Stadium. The Blue Devils are 7-0, ranked third in Class 8A, and have yielded a mere 21 points on the season.

Friday’s contest will serve as the de facto North Suburban Conference championship game. Warren is 5-0 in the league while Stevenson is 4-1. The Blue Devils last week defeated Lake Zurich, which also is 4-1 and owns a win over SHS. After Friday, Coach Brent Becker’s team closes the regular season at Lake Forest on Oct. 25. Warren faces Mundelein in its regular-season finale.

The game has been chosen as the Comcast Game of the Week, and will air live at 7:20 p.m. on Comcast CN100 (channel 100). The game will re-air on CN100 at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The CN100 Sports website ( also has details about how to watch the game anytime with Xfinity On Demand. In addition to the Comcast option, Friday’s game will be streamed live online thanks to the efforts of SHSTV and the Stevenson Sports Broadcasting Club. The livestream will be available on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required).

Friday night marks Senior Night for the football team, and for members of Spirit Revolution, the cheerleading and pom squads. Seniors from both groups will be honored following the junior varsity game. In addition, the inaugural members of the Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame will be recognized during a varsity pregame ceremony.


Interested in Speaking at Mental Health Forum?

Peer Helpers is planning to run a mental health and suicide awareness forum from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center, and is seeking students interested in being part of two panel discussions at the event. Through the forum, the group hopes to reduce stigmas surrounding mental health issues, and to brainstorm strategies to create a safer space for students.

Any students interested in being part of a panel must fill out this Google Form by 11:59:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Students will be contacted through email if they are chosen to move into the interview portion of the application. Questions about the forum can be directed to Vrushali Thakkar at or Mollie Duffy at

Make a Stress Ball Before School Thursday

Student Services invites all students to make stress balls before school Thursday. Stress ball-making stations will be located in front of the College Career Center and the Performing Arts Center from 7:45-8:30 a.m.

Rotary Youth Club Sponsoring Charity Dodgeball Tournament

The Rotary Youth Club is holding a dodgeball tournament from 2-5 p.m. Saturday in the Field House. The entry fee is $5, and all proceeds will go to End Polio Now and the Thirst Project. Form a team of 5-6 with your friends; prizes will be awarded to the top team. Fill out the form on the club’s Instagram site: @stevenson.ryc.

Seal of Biliteracy Exam Registration Closed

All available spaces have been filled for next week’s Seal of Biliteracy exams.


The Chicago Teachers Union bargaining team said Tuesday evening that a strike Thursday is “overwhelmingly certain” after continuous negotiations have failed to reach an agreement.

Chicago Public Schools and CTU officials have met more than 50 times throughout the course of contract negotiations thus far and now, the union is asking teachers to walk off the job starting Thursday.

Barrington District 220 has joined the growing list of school districts, including Stevenson, to reserve the option of using electronic learning on days when school is closed due to extreme cold, major snowstorms or other emergencies. School board members Tuesday night voted 7-0 to approve the policy.

For the first time in its 34-year history, Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Practical Architectural Construction program has remodeled and flipped a single-family home. Over the course of the last two years, students from all six District 214 high schools spent almost two hours every school day at the Arlington Heights home to complete the remodel. The 4-bedroom, 3½-bath house, built in 1953, is on the market for $579,900.


Fewer states are using student test scores to evaluate teachers, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Council on Teacher Quality. As of this year, 34 states require scores to be used in teacher evaluations, down from a high of 43 in 2015. The decline illustrates the continued retreat of an idea that took education policy by storm during the first half of the decade, but proved divisive and difficult to implement.

Two years after the #MeToo movement exploded from a social media phenomenon to a national reckoning over harassment and gender discrimination, toppling powerful figures in nearly every industry, many continue to grapple with how to treat the work of men accused of sexual abuse. The issue is especially thorny in high school and college classrooms, where young people can form deep attachments to the writers and artists whose works help shape their worldviews.


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