Girls Tennis Team Wins 9th Straight Sectional Crown
Stevenson captured its ninth consecutive IHSA Class 2A girls tennis sectional championship Saturday, and qualified six players for this weekend’s state tournament. Senior Athena Kolli and sophomore sister Alaina Kolli won their second straight doubles sectional title, topping senior teammates Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma in the championship match, 6-1, 6-4. Also making state were freshmen singles players Sonia Mehta and Ainika Hou, who placed second and third, respectively. Stevenson, under first-year head coach and alumna Alexxis Kiven (Class of 2014), defeated Libertyville for the second straight year, 33-26, at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.
The state tournament begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. Matches will take place on tennis courts at several District 211 and 214 schools, and at Barrington District 220. (Pairings had not been announced as of this morning.) Athena will be making her fourth state appearance. She and Alaina were second in doubles last fall, and Athena also qualified in singles as a sophomore. Ellen also made state last year in singles.
Other Weekend Varsity Results
Yearbook Photo Make-Up Days for Grades 9-11 Thursday, Friday
Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who did not have their yearbook photo taken in August will have a final opportunity Thursday and Friday. Visual Image Photography will be in the Recital Hall from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days.
Animal Welfare Club will meet after school Tuesday in the Foods Lab (Room 1406) to do prep work for dog treat sales. Contact Ms. Sassan with any questions.
The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Illinois is hosting its annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day for high school girls from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the UIUC campus. The day will include speakers, activities, and an interactive design challenge. Use this link to register.
ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS
Amid continued progress in contract talks over the weekend, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is urging the Chicago Teachers Union to end its strike, saying Chicago Public Schools students “cannot afford to be out of school for any longer.” The mayor wants the Chicago Teachers Union to bring teachers back to work while negotiations continue.
A former District 300 teacher has been sentenced to 112 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child he knew. Carlos Bedoya, 64, was a former teacher’s aide and substitute teacher in District 300, as well as a youth soccer coach for the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township.
NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS
Elite colleges aren’t the only pathway to elite careers. Yet many parents will stop at nothing to gain their children admission to these highly selective institutions. Why are Americans fixated on Ivy League colleges, and who really suffers from the hysteria of the college-admissions process?
The SAT will become New Mexico’s official statewide standardized test for high school juniors this spring, a state official said Friday. Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart said the exam is aligned with the state’s academic standards, and all New Mexico colleges and universities accept it.
The Seattle school district is planning to infuse all K-12 math classes with ethnic-studies questions that encourage students to explore how math has been “appropriated” by Western culture and used in systems of power and oppression, a controversial move that puts the district at the forefront of a movement to “rehumanize” math.
A high school football and track coach in Portland, Oregon, was celebrated as a hero earlier this year after he disarmed a student with a shotgun. The student walked into a classroom at Parkrose High School in May, intending to use the firearm to take his own life. At the time, reports said the coach, Keanon Lowe, tackled the student. But according to emotional surveillance footage released by the district attorney’s office Friday, Lowe did nothing of the sort. Instead, he embraced the student.