Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Forum on Wednesday

Stevenson’s Peer Helpers club is hosting its first mental health and suicide prevention awareness forum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. The forum will be comprised of a “Jubilee” style activity and an open panel of teachers, students, Student Support Team members, and administrators. Additionally, Sanjaveeni (a mental health organization in the community) will lead a discussion on how to effectively overcome mental health barriers, especially in communities of color.

The forum seeks to facilitate discussions between various members of the SHS community to highlight the resources already being provided by the school, and to brainstorm new strategies that can be implemented to address mental health issues.

Refreshments and booths representing Peer Helpers, Mind Your Mind, FIRE, Sanjaveeni, and Stevenson’s Student Support Teams will be available after the event. Faculty, staff, students, parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

“Chicago” Takes the Stage This Weekend
The fall musical “Chicago: High School Edition,” takes the stage this weekend. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online for $12 through Eventbrite. Click here to order tickets.

SHS Wins Third Straight History Bowl Regional Title
Stevenson swept the top spots in the Northern Illinois History Bowl/Bee regional tournament at SHS on Saturday. In the History Bowl, a team event, Stevenson’s varsity teams finished took the top three places. The championship-winning trio was seniors Grant DavisMeehir Dixit and Govind Prabhakar. The runner-up team members were senior David Holmquist and juniors Arjun NageswaranEthan Soifer and William Rademacher. The third-place team was made up of juniors Aniket DixitAllen Guo and Denis Selyuzhitsky. This is the third consecutive year Stevenson has won the varsity History Bowl regional title.

In the junior varsity History Bowl, Stevenson finished first and second. The championship team comprised sophomores Anish Arora and Max Kogan, and freshmen Rishabh Wuppalapati and Dhruv Pendharkar. The runner-up team included sophomore Rohan Pillai and freshmen Christian EpureAadit Juneja and Eric Liu.

In the History Bee, which is an individual event, Stevenson swept the top four spots in the varsity competition. Govind was first, Arjun second, Aniket third, and Allen fourth. In the JV History Bee, Stevenson claimed four of the top five places. Rishabh finished first, Aadit was second, Dhruv took fourth, and Anish and Christian tied for fifth.

The regional was a qualifying tournament for the National History Bee and Bowl, which will be held in April.

Next ARTalk Thursday Night
Multimedia artist Bert Leveille will talk about her work and her career during the Stevenson Foundation’s next ARTalks presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday. The talk will take place in front of the Visiting Artist Gallery. Admission is free and the public is invited. Read more

Student TEDx Talks After School Tuesday
All students and parents are invited to attend Stevenson’s second annual TEDx event from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday. SHS students will be speaking on a wide range of topics and sharing their personal experiences. The event will take place in the West Auditorium.

Patriettes Fundraiser Tonight at Portillo’s
The Patriettes are holding a fundraiser tonight from 5-8 p.m. at Portillo’s, 221 E. Townline Rd., in Vernon Hills. Show this flyer and 20% of the sale will go to the Patriettes.


Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, Oak Park River Forest 1: Junior Daniel Kabakov scored two goals as the visiting Patriots completed a two-game weekend sweep of the Huskies at Ridgeland Common Ice Arena in Oak Park. Senior Josh Wright and sophomore Rafael Biedron also scored for SHS, which improved to 6-1 in the Scholastic Hockey League. Senior goalie Ben Newmark made 19 saves for Stevenson. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Meet: Corey Pacernick finished his high school career as an all-stater, finishing 18th out of 213 runners in Peoria. The senior, making his first state appearance, covered the 3-mile course at Detweiller Park in 14:42.56. Also making his first appearance was senior Anthony Rodriguez, who recorded a time of 15:24.34. The pair received this nice writeup from Pioneer Press (second item) prior to the meet. – Official Results

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots cruised to their fourth consecutive conference crown, outscoring Lake Forest, 327.5-206.5, and four other schools. SHS won eight of 12 events, led by junior Alex Eastmond, who captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.47) and 100-yard backstroke (57.79). She also swam the final leg of the first-place 200 medley relay (1:47.47) with juniors Elizabeth Cao and Jessica Nyborg, and freshman Milena Busma. Jessica claimed the 100 free (52.90), while Milena touched first in the 100 butterfly (57.14). Elizabeth swam in the victorious 200 free relay (1:37.93) with freshman Isabelle Gattone, senior Maddy O’Donnell, and sophomore Claudia Rzeznik. Jessica and Claudia also comprised half of the winning 400 free relay (3:34.94) with freshman Camila Maya and senior Lucy Stevens, who was Stevenson’s other individual champion. She tied for first in the 50 free (24.94). Senior Abigail Li was named the school’s recipient of the NSC Sportsmanship Award. The junior varsity also won the conference title; those results will appear in Tuesday’s Digest. The varsity will return to the Patriot Aquatic Center for Saturday’s IHSA sectional. – Daily Herald

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Spartan Eliminator: The Patriots opened their season in the Glenbrook North invitational by finishing eighth in the Gold Division and 10th overall with a six-game pin count of 5,491 at the Brunswick Zone in Mount Prospect. Four juniors led the way for SHS. Ryan Grabiner had a 1,183 series, with a high game of 221, and Ryan Lerman was right behind with a 1,172 series and 223 high game. Joey Gluck shot a 1,131 series (210 high game) and Nicholas Sternes added a 1,050 (199). The fifth team spot was split between three bowlers: Junior Josh Lerner had a two-game total of 342, which included a 200 game. Freshman Ender Starr shot a 323, with a high game of 172, and junior Maxwell Goldstein contributed a 290 over two games. The Patriots will have their first conference match of the year Tuesday against Libertyville.

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Oak Park-River Forest 1: Senior Josh Wright scored a pair of goals as the host Patriots downed the Huskies at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Juniors Andrew Chambers and Giorgi Gagua, and freshman Davis Jegers also scored. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 11 saves. – Boxscore


Animal Welfare Club will meet after school Tuesday to have its club yearbook picture taken. If you purchased an AWC T-shirt, please wear it. If not, feel free to wear anything SHS-related. Tuesday’s meeting will end at 4 p.m.

Do you have poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or any form of creative writing that you’re planning to submit to the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards? Looking to dabble in a bit of spoken word? Either way, stop by the Write Club’s first Scholastic and spoken word workshop after school Wednesday in Room 2702.


Chicago Public Schools’ official enrollment is down again, this year by more than 6,000 students to a low of 355,156. Over the past three years the school district has lost about 10,000 students a year, making this year’s decrease an improvement over years past. But it is part of a downward trend that began in 2002 when enrollment was nearly 439,000.

Officials at the University of Illinois have named a new vice chancellor for research and innovation. Susan Martinis has been serving in the role on an interim basis since September 2017. Since then, she oversaw several initiatives, including university-wide research centers. She’s also credited with strengthening the business infrastructure around university research.

A crossing guard who hasn’t missed a shift in 43 years was honored last week by students and staff at Carman-Buckner Elementary School on Waukegan’s south side. Richard Baldwin, 60, was described in a statement released by Waukegan District 60 officials as a constant and reassuring presence in the Carman-Buckner community.


More than a dozen fraternities at San Diego State University have been suspended after a freshman was hospitalized following an event last week. The student allegedly attended a fraternity event Wednesday night that required him to receive medical attention the next morning, according to a statement from the university.

A substitute teacher in Texas was fired and arrested Friday after a video showing her allegedly assaulting a high school sophomore was posted online, officials said. It wasn’t clear what prompted the alleged assault, but a disturbing video posted by the mother of a student appeared to show the 32-year-old substitute repeatedly punching the sophomore, then throwing her on the ground and stomping on her head.

There’s new evidence that girls start out with the same math abilities as boys. A new study of children ages 3-10 found similar patterns of brain activity in boys and girls as they engaged in basic math tasks, researchers reported Friday in the journal Science of Learning. The finding challenges the idea that more boys than girls end up in STEM fields because they are inherently better at the sort of thinking those fields require.

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