Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

Sophomore Wins Gold Medal in South Korea

Sophomore Humza Qazi won a gold medal in the 15- to 17-year-old black belt division at the 2019 World Taekwondo Championship of the Korean Ambassador’s Cup in South Korea last week. He beat out competitors from China and Brunei for the title. More than 44 countries were represented at the tournament.

Senior Named Finalist in Project Soap Box
Seniors Yael Lenga and Luke McCue participated in the Mikva Challenge’s Project Soap Box student voice event on Saturday at Jones College Prep High School in Chicago. This was the first time suburban students have participated in the city-wide event, in which more than 150 high school and middle school students present 3- to 4-minute speeches about issues that affect them and their communities.

Yael was one of 10 finalists chosen to speak during the afternoon session. She spoke and signed in American Sign Language about the importance of access and other issues faced by deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Yael is co-founder of the Stevenson American Sign Language Club, along with sophomore Allison Frank. The club meets after school on Wednesdays in Room 2616.

Alumnus Talks Knee Health With North Carolina TV Station
Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Bryan Saltzman (Class of 2006) appeared recently on the “Good Day Charlotte” morning show to answers viewers’ knee health questions. Watch the video here. He is the assistant professor of orthopedic surgery for OrthoCarolina, based in Charlotte, N.C. After graduating from Stevenson, Saltzman earned his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He went on to receive his medical degree from Rush University in Chicago. See his full bio.

String Parents Fundraiser at Wendy’s on Friday
The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Wendy’s, 300 W. Half Day Rd., in Buffalo Grove. Show this flyer when ordering, and 30% of the sale will be donated to the SPA.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 2, Loyola Gold 1: Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 24 saves as the Patriots prevailed in a defensive struggle at Heartland Ice Arena in Lincolnwood. Jeremy made eight stops in each period, holding the Ramblers scoreless for the final 36 minutes. Junior Andrew Chambers scored the game-winning goal with 7:38 remaining in regulation, assisted by sophomore Rafael Biedron and junior Liam Jones. Rafael’s goal late in the second period knotted the contest at 1-1. His goal came off an assist from freshman Will Harlow.

11 Patriots Prepare for State Swimming and Diving Meet
Eleven members of the sectional champion girls swimming and diving team will compete in the Illinois High School Association state meet beginning Friday at New Trier High School. Most of the SHS contingent swam in last year’s meet, and three will be making their third appearance at the IHSA state competition. Seniors Lucy Stevens and Maddy O’Donnell also qualified in their sophomore and junior seasons, while junior Alex Eastmond reached state during her freshman and sophomore years at Libertyville. Junior Jessica Nyborg is making her second straight Illinois state meet appearance after reaching the Maryland state meet as a freshman. Here is the list of events in which Stevenson has qualified:

  • 200 medley relay: Juniors Alex Eastmond, Jessica Nyborg and Elizabeth Cao, and freshman Milena Busma
  • 200 freestyle: Maddy O’Donnell
  • 100 freestyle: Alex Eastmond, Maddy O’Donnell
  • 50 freestyle: Sophomores Claudia Rzeznik and Katie Makarska
  • 100 backstroke: Alex Eastmond, Elizabeth Cao
  • 200 individual medley: Elizabeth Cao
  • 100 butterfly: Claudia Rzeznik, Jessica Nyborg
  • 1-meter diving: Sophomore Shreeya Sinha
  • 100 breaststroke: Jessica Nyborg
  • 400 free relay: Maddy O’Donnell, Lucy Stevens, Alex Eastmond and freshman Abby Collins
  • 200 free relay: Claudia Rzeznik, Maddy O’Donnell, Jessica Nyborg and freshman Isabelle Gattone

Maddy, Jessica and Claudia earned state medals last year as part of the 11th-place 200 medley relay team. The diving preliminaries begin at 9 a.m. Friday, while the swimming prelims start at 3:30. The IHSA will have a livestream available on its NFHS Network page.


Ever Wanted to Write a Play? Here’s Your Chance
All students are invited to submit a script for next spring’s one-act plays. No experience in theater, or with script writing, is necessary. Script submissions are due by Friday, Dec. 13. Visit this link for more information, including guidelines and the process for submitting scripts. If you have questions, contact Ms. Chusid or Mr. Fritz.


The Illinois State Board of Education announced Wednesday that it will take emergency action to end the seclusion of children alone behind locked doors at schools, saying the practice has been “misused and overused to a shocking extent.” The action comes on the heels of an investigative report published a day earlier.

A former vice chancellor at City Colleges of Chicago and seven others have been indicted on federal charges alleging they ran a $350,000 kickback scheme that awarded college contracts to a series of companies with ties to the chancellor’s relatives and associates.

A Naperville Central High School student has been charged with a hate crime for a Craigslist post listing an African American student as a “slave for sale.” The boy is charged with two felony counts of hate crime for taking a photo of the victim at school on Nov. 14 and using the photo in an ad posted to Craigslist, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney’s office.

Libertyville High School’s gymnasium is closed after tests found peeling paint containing potentially hazardous lead. The paint was discovered Friday during a scheduled inspection of the gym. On Wednesday, the District 128 Board of Education voted during an emergency meeting to replace exposed ducts on which the paint was found and repaint the area. The gym is not expected to reopen until the first week of December.


In the midst of what some are calling a “reading crisis,” state education chiefs, experts and others will assemble in January to discuss the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress results. NAEP numbers released last month showed a decline in reading achievement at fourth grade in 17 states and at eighth grade in 31 states.

E-sports scholarships are still rare, but the idea is quickly becoming normalized in American higher education. Major universities have started devoting a corner of their scholastic budget to competitive gaming, as a way to both juice scholastic recruitment and future-proof their sports programs for a world where more people are watching Twitch than CNN or MSNBC. Today, the average salary for a League of Legends professional is about $300,000, and professionals in Counter-Strike play for $1 million prize pools several times a year.

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