Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

20 Perfect ACT Scores in the Past 5 Months

Twenty students have earned perfect ACT scores over the past five months. Here are the students whose parents or guardians granted permission to share the information publicly: seniors Roy Zhou, Emily Kang, Pranav Putta, Justin Kuncheria, Anna Wang and Romir Singla; juniors Richard Bi, Abhinav Murthy, Wesley Park, Billy Bratton, Krishna Patel, William Rademacher, Praneet Rathi, Yumin Kim, David Lee, Sophia Li, Brandon Lu and Sneha Mohan; and sophomore Aarush Arora.

The latest plethora of perfect scorers brings to 47 the number of current students who have earned a 36 on the ACT. In this century, 240 Stevenson students have achieved the top score on the ACT, including 110 in the last four years.

Scholastic Bowl Team Second at ACF Fall Tournament
Stevenson’s varsity Scholastic Bowl squad finished second among 20 teams at the Academic Competition Federation Fall Tournament held Saturday at University of Chicago. The team included seniors Govind Prabhakar and David Holmquist, juniors Daniel DingDavid Lee and Arjun Nageswaran, and sophomore Anish Arora. Arjun and Govind finished among the top 10 players with the most points-per-game at the tournament.

Vote For Your Favorite Design
Stevenson’s Interior Design students recently completed the “Design Star Challenge,” in which they were asked to create a bedroom for twins. Student designs had to fit within a space measuring 11 inches by 17 inches. Using classroom materials, paint, and their creativity, each group designed their room. Vote for your favorite here.

Band, Baseball Fundraisers at Portillo’s
Portillo’s restaurant will be the site for Stevenson fundraisers over the next two days. The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. tonight (show this flyer when ordering), and the baseball team is having a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday (show this flyer when ordering). Portillo’s is located at 221 E. Townline Rd. in Vernon Hills.

PPA Bake Sale Items Needed
A few more homemade and store-bought goodies are still needed for Wednesday’s Patriot Parent Association bake sale. Use this SignUpGenius link to contribute.


Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Hoffman Estates Sectional: Seniors Anthony Rodriguez and Corey Pacernick finished fourth and fifth, respectively, earning berths in Saturday’s state meet in Peoria. Anthony covered the 3-mile course at Busse Woods in 15:34.8 while Corey came in at 15:38.4. Both will be making their first state appearance. As a team, Stevenson finished 13th. Also running for the Patriots were juniors Wesley Park (17:13.2) and Tarun Kalyana Sundaram (17:23.6), sophomore Tyler Roberts (17:31.9), junior Jack Lee (17:52.8) and senior Cameron Sprague (18:17.4). – Official Results

Girls Cross Country
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Hoffman Estates Sectional: The Patriots’ season came to an end with a 17th-place finish. Sophomore Alivia Alton led SHS with a time of 20:27.4, finishing 69th out of 140 runners. Also competing for Stevenson were senior Michelle Yu (20:29.7), junior Emma Finnegan (20:33.2), senior Caimin Xi (20:44.0), junior Emily Fejes (21:00.9), sophomore Natalie Dugaesescu (22:21.4) and freshman Alexa Collins (22:21.9). – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson at Mad City Veterans Cup: In Madison, Wis., the Patriots split a pair of games, beating Maine Township 4-0 and losing to Warren, 2-1. SHS held Maine to 10 shots on goal, all of which were turned away by senior Jeremy Riback, who earned his second shutout of the season. Senior Andrew Slivka had a goal and an assist for the Patriots. The other goals were scored by senior Emmett Baker, junior Andrew Chambers and sophomore Nolan Jones. In the Warren contest, Nolan scored the team’s goal.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson at Mad City Veterans Cup: The Patriots opened the two-day tournament in Madison, Wis., with a pair of 3-1 losses. SHS started the day with a loss to Scholastic Hockey League rival St. Viator. Senior Brett Stokes scored the SHS goal off an assist from freshman Dylan Jette. In the afternoon, Stevenson fell to Lincoln-Way. Sophomore Rafael Biedron scored the team’s goal, assisted by Brett and Dylan.

Quick Hits
The varsity girls volleyball team takes on Cary-Grove in the IHSA Class 4A Warren Sectional semifinals at 6:30 tonight. The Patriots are the No. 3 seed in the sectional, while the Trojans are No. 2. The winner of tonight’s match will face Libertyville or Lake Forest for the sectional championship on Wednesday.


If You’ve Lost Something, Check These Lost-and-Found Areas
If you’ve lost a coat or sweatshirt, lunch bag, water bottle, backpack, or some other item of importance, check one of the lost-and-found areas to see if it’s been turned in. Lost-and-found items are placed in Room 2416 in the West Building, and in Room 5024 (in the Field House lobby) in the East Building.


After some of the highest performing suburban schools failed to earn top ratings on Illinois’ recently released annual school report cards, some educators say the state’s increased emphasis on student growth has led to inadvertently unfair designations. Some applauded the Illinois State Board of Education for delivering a shorter test and offering a comprehensive yet easy to navigate website, while at the same time lamenting the impact of ratings, which they say do not always accurately reflect a school’s overall achievement.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is considering signing a bill that would let high school students leave school to vote. The bill would give eligible high school students a two-hour window on Election Day or 15 days prior to leave school to vote in an election. The bill was passed last week by the Illinois House of Representatives; it was approved by the Senate last spring.

Why did the Chicago teachers strike last so long and become so bitter? It took a perfect storm of strong personalities, unrealistic expectations, rookie mistakes and cracks in the armor on both sides.


Despite aggressive campaigns from anti-testing activists to eliminate the SAT and ACT as factors in college admissions, a significant number of institutions still consider the standardized assessments to be an important metric in judging prospective students’ academic potential, according to a report released last week.

When two college students have opposing accounts in a sexual misconduct investigation on campus, should they be able to cross-examine each other? It’s a question coming up increasingly as accused students – some 500 of them since 2011 – take universities to court, claiming Title IX disciplinary processes are unfair to them. The push for cross-examination comes from some people’s conviction that it is the best way to get at the truth. But to others it raises concerns about witness badgering and causing a chilling effect on the reporting of sexual violence.

Forgiving student loan debt would provide a modest bump to the economy but could risk “moral hazard” and eventually make the problem worse, according to Moody’s Investors Service. Some Democratic presidential candidates have proposed wiping out a debt load that has exploded from $363 billion in 2005 to nearly $1.5 trillion. Moody’s cautioned that the measures being discussed now could end up being counterproductive.

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