Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

Official 2019-20 Enrollment is 4,310
Stevenson’s enrollment has dropped slightly this year, but school officials believe it is a brief respite during a prolonged growth spurt. The official 2019-20 enrollment is 4,310 students, down 27 from last year. This marks the enrollment decline in six years at SHS. The latest demographic projections provided to the school show the student body pushing upward toward 4,800 by the 2025-26 school year. Here is the current enrollment breakdown by grade:
  • Seniors: 1,047
  • Juniors: 1,072
  • Sophomores: 1,099
  • Freshmen: 1,092

AP Exam Registration Deadline Monday
Students currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement course who plan to take the AP exam next spring must register by Monday. Families with students in AP courses received information earlier this semester about registration. See our AP web page for details.

HOSA Raises Nearly $5,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research
Students in Stevenson’s HOSA chapter collected $4,972.97 for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation during their recent “Heroes for Hope” fundraiser. The team captains were freshmen Vaishnavi Sankar, Brian Yoon, Riddhi Bhagwat and Harshita Varanasi, and sophomore Nitya JaniHOSA is the school’s club for future health professionals.

Senior Honored for Selection to U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Team
Senior Allen Ding was recently recognized by the Chicago chapter of the American Chemical Society at its fall meeting held at Loyola University. Allen was one of five high school students, out of a pool of 16,000, who were selected to represent the U.S. National team at the International Chemistry Olympiad competition this summer in Paris, France.

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Soccer
Stevenson 5, Ridgewood 0: Junior Alem Duratovic scored three goals and assisted on another for the visiting Patriots (6-8-4) in Norridge. Anthony Skordilis, also a junior, added a goal and an assist, while senior Ben Dixon scored the team’s final goal. Senior Nick Brickman had two assists and junior Jacob Stoga recorded one. Senior keeper Itay Gozalzani made three saves en route to the shutout.

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 119, Warren 67: The host Patriots (6-0) won 11 of 12 events and improved to 5-0 in the North Suburban Conference, while the Blue Devils suffered their first league loss in five meets. Sophomore Claudia Rzeznik and junior Alex Eastmond each won two individual events. Claudia captured the 200-yard freestyle (2:02.23) and the 100-yard butterfly (59.85), while Alex claimed the 200 individual medley (2:09.90) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.73). Alex also swam in the victorious 200 medley relay (1:53.79) with juniors Elizabeth Cao and Jessica Nyborg, and sophomore Elizabeth White. The elder Elizabeth added a first place in the 100 free (55.55). Other individual winners included senior Maddy O’Donnell in the 50 free (25.63), junior Brianna Liu in the 500 free (5:38.61), and sophomore Shreeya Sinha in 1-meter diving (220.45). The foursome of Maddy and fellow seniors Lucy StevensAbigail Li and Hanna Cloeter won two relays: the 200 free (1:43.76) and 400 free (3:47.01). – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Carmel 0: Senior goalie Jeremy Riback turned away all eight shots he faced for the host Patriots (6-5-1 overall, 3-1 Scholastic Hockey League). Freshman Davis Jaegers scored two goals, while senior Brett Stokes and junior Giorgi Gagua each had a goal and an assist. Senior Itay Kleiman also scored for SHS, which outshot the Corsairs, 38-8. Junior Liam Jones recorded two assists, and juniors Daniel Kabakov and Alexander Fieri each had one. – Boxscore

Girls Field Hockey
New Trier 9, Stevenson 0: The Patriots closed out their regular season against the No. 1 seed in the upcoming state playoffs. Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made 18 saves.

Golf Teams Tee Off in IHSA State Tournaments
Stevenson tees off this morning in the IHSA girls and boys state golf tournaments. SHS qualified as a team for the Class 2A girls state finals, which are being held at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur. Coach Emma Degen will watch the following golfers tee off between 9:24 and 10:09: senior Joyce Bai, juniors Faith WangKelly Dong and Sophia Zhuang, sophomore Emily Duan, and freshman Allie Santos. The Patriots will be looking to improve upon last year’s fifth-place showing, the best in program history. All but Allie were members of the 2018 squad, and Emily finished seventh overall. Joyce, Kelly and Sophia also were on the 2017 roster that placed 12th in the state. SHS had the lowest sectional score in the state, and Degen has been well aware of the expectations surrounding her team all year. “We had our team meeting at the beginning of the year, and we said that those expectations don’t matter,” she said. “We’re going to worry about right now. I tried to downplay a lot of that stuff. I knew people were talking.”

At the Class 3A boys state tournament at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington, Stevenson has two golfers competing. Senior Jake Surane and junior Conan Pan tee off between 10-10:30 a.m. Conan is making his third state appearance, while Jake qualified for the second time. Both were members of Stevenson’s state runner-up team in 2018. Conan also was on the Patriots’ third-place state squad as a freshman.

You can see state tournament results today and Saturday at these links: Girls | Boys

Making the Right Call Isn’t Always Easy
Head boys golf coach John Rueth earned kudos today from Daily Herald Lake County Sports Editor Joe Aguilar for making the tough, but right, decision at Monday’s Class 3A sectional tournament which cost his Patriots a third straight trip downstate. Rueth discovered that one of his players had made an error on his completed scorecard, which had been signed and turned in to tournament officials. Rueth pointed out the error, which resulted in the automatic disqualification of the score, which was low enough to give Stevenson third place and a state berth. Instead, throwing out the score resulted in a two-stroke swing that left SHS one stroke out of qualifying. “All Rueth had to do was ignore his gut, or say nothing, and his team would have been teeing it up at state (today),” Aguilar wrote. “But like that was going to happen? Rueth couldn’t live with himself, and this is a man who maybe more than ever has an appreciation for the fragility of life.” Rueth, a lifelong diabetic who has endured significant health challenges the past two years, has led the Patriot program since 2001.

Quick Hits

The varsity girls tennis team plays host to an IHSA Class 2A sectional tournament beginning today at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Sisters and doubles partners Athena and Alaina Kolli, who finished second at state last fall, will be looking for another opportunity. Their coach, Alexxis Kiven, knows a little bit about playing doubles. She won the state doubles title in 2013 with Kaylin Dong, the first in program history. The sectional concludes Saturday. You can follow results at this link. … The varsity and junior varsity girls and boys cross country teams will compete in the North Suburban Conference championships on Saturday at Lake Forest High School’s West Campus. The varsity girls field hockey team, meanwhile, has a play-in game at St. Ignatius in Chicago as part of the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association state playoffs. SHS is the No. 18 seed in the state tournament and St. Ignatius is No. 15. The winner of Saturday’s game will take on No. 2 seed Lake Forest on Wednesday. … The announcing crew is set for tonight’s SHSTV/Stevenson Sports Broadcasting Club broadcast of the Stevenson-Warren varsity football game in the Stadium. Senior Justin Levey will handle play-by-play and junior Bradley Locker will be offering commentary. You can watch the game live or on demand at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required). The ballgame also is the CN100 Game of the Week and is being shown live on Comcast CN100 (channel 100) beginning at 7:20. The game will re-air on CN100 at noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Daily Herald has a preview of tonight’s game. … The girls volleyball state finals will continue to be played at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena until at least 2024. The IHSA board of directors on Wednesday approved a five-year contract extension with ISU through the 2024 season. The finals have been played at ISU since 1990.


Freshmen, Sophomores Can Submit to the Half Wit
With the semester more than halfway over, it’s the perfect time for freshmen and sophomores to submit to the Half Wit! Poetry, prose, art and photography will be accepted. Feel free to submit anything you have! Please submit your piece(s) to Mr. Barnabee at Include your name, ID, and the genre of the work.


The next Breakfast with Books Club meeting takes place at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!


Allied Spirit will hold an informational meeting from 8-8:20 a.m. Wednesday in Room 6062. The meeting is open to all interested students. Details about the upcoming season will be covered, along with the commitment level for “buddies.” If you are interested and not able to attend the meeting, contact Mrs. Rubenstein at or Ms. Krippinger at


Groups including the League of Women Voters and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America are urging suburban school leaders to oppose a proposal before the Illinois Association of School Boards that would support legislation allowing districts to arm teachers and staff members. The measure is expected to be up for a discussion and vote when the association holds its annual convention next month in Chicago.

Mendota elementary school teachers went on strike Wednesday after stalled contract negotiations between the teachers union and school district. Teachers in Mendota School District 289 have been working without a deal since the last contract expired in August.

Southern Illinois is facing an acute shortage of qualified teachers for early childhood classrooms. In 2019, John A. Logan, Rend Lake, Shawnee Community, Southeastern Illinois and Kaskaskia colleges graduated a total of 28 students combined from their early childhood education programs. On Aug. 1, Southern Illinois had openings for 79 teacher and assistant teacher positions.

A University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign committee released on Tuesday its recommended changes to how the university handles claims of sexual misconduct against faculty. The much-anticipated recommendations include broadening the campus’s definition of sexual harassment and overhauling discipline procedures.

The Champaign school district and its chief financial officer have agreed to go their separate ways. Members of the Champaign school board voted 7-0 Tuesday to approve a settlement and release agreement with CFO Tom Lockman. He was put on a paid leave by the district on June 17.


Facing historic enrollment decline and financial challenges, some colleges and universities are looking at radical solutions to remain open. Enrollment is down by more than 2.9 million since the last peak, in the fall of 2011. More than 400 colleges and universities still had seats available for freshmen and transfer students after the traditional May 1 deadline to enroll for this fall.

After last year’s Parkland shooting, Florida lawmakers required armed security at every school. Districts in three counties have chosen to create their own police departments to cover more than 100 campuses.

The schools in Shaker Heights, Ohio were once considered a bastion of integration and racial harmony. Today yields a different picture. A persistent and yawning achievement gap has led the district to grapple with hard questions of implicit bias, family responsibility and the wisdom of tracking students by ability level.


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