Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019

21 Earn Places in Annual Tech Day

The Technology Education Department held its fifth annual SHS Tech Day on Nov. 14. Students took part in five competitions covering technology, engineering, architecture, and media arts. Twenty-one students earned places.

The team of seniors Duncan PaulHusain Badri, Max Kulick, Michael Levin, Wynne Chen, Pranav Putta and Divyansh Ojha won the VEX Robotics event, which required student-built robots to complete an obstacle course in the shortest amount of time.

Sophomore Sidd Gurumurthi won the Media Arts competition, in which students had to create a persuasive public service announcement on environmental issues using digital media. Classmate Andrew Wang was second.

The 3D Architecture contest required students to use Revit software to create a complete home within 90 minutes. Senior Harris Cheifetz took top honors, followed by sophomore Ritika Adhikari and junior Nandita Varma.

In the 3D Modeling event, students raced to accurately create the most 3D models using Autodesk Inventor. Senior Weiran Zhao was the winner, freshman Anish Nadella was second, and sophomore Shreeya Ryali was third.

In the Team Design Challenge, groups of two to three students competed in creating a rollercoaster for a ping pong ball. The design that kept the ping pong ball moving for the longest time while ultimately transporting it safely to the finish line won. The winning duo featured seniors Clare O’Brien and Lily Cozzi. Freshmen Nathan Spohnholtz and Jimmy Konieczny finished second, and junior Aden Krakman and freshman Evan Lin were third.

Junior Attains Eagle Scout Rank
Junior Krethikram Gowrisankar earned the rank of Eagle Scout recently. As a part of his Eagle Project earlier this summer, Krethikram planned, built and delivered three outdoor picnic tables for Chinmaya Mission Yamunotri in Chicago. The purpose of the project was to enhance the experience of children and parents who attend the community center. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 100.

Senior Earns National YoungArts Honor
Senior Anna Wang has been selected to receive an award of merit in the annual National YoungArts Foundation competition, which recognizes some of the country’s most promising talents in literary, visual, design and performing arts. Anna was honored for her poetry submissions. Overall, 686 students from 40 states and six countries were named winners in the competition, receiving finalist, honorable mention or merit awards. A complete list of the 2020 winners, all 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12, is available online at

Blood Drive Honors Former Student
The family of a Stevenson student who died in 2017 is holding a memorial blood drive in his honor on Saturday. Matthew Abrams passed away in July 2017, due to complications from a stem cell transplant to treat his leukemia. He had just finished his freshman year. The blood drive is being held through Vitalant (formally LifeSource), and people can donate at any of its 17 area locations. The primary location for donations is at 25 W. Rand Rd. in Arlington Heights. Anyone who donates blood is asked to mention Matthew’s name or Group Code 813A.

Improv Group Performing Friday Night
The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improv troupe, will perform its free end-of-semester show at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium.

Senior Yearbook Ad Deadline Tomorrow
Parents, family and friends of graduating seniors are invited to commemorate the student’s achievements and milestones at Stevenson through a recognition ad in the Ambassador yearbook. A one-eighth page ad costs $50 (the only size available). Ad orders must be placed by Friday. Create an ad online at, or use the free ReplayIt app available from Google Play and the App Store. Read Stevenson’s yearbook ad guidelines before creating an ad.For assistance in creating an ad, call Jostens at 800-358-0800.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Waukegan 2,367, Stevenson 1,905: Junior Esther Lee led the Patriots with a 436 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. She rolled the team’s highest game of the day, a 183, during the second set. Junior Kelly Radelet shot a 383 series and senior Noa Givati added a 380. A trio of Patriots bowled two games: junior Yumin Kim (271), and seniors Reilly Sullivan (219) and Jodi Katti (216).

Quick Hits
Five members of Stevenson’s football team were named to the All-North Suburban Conference Team: seniors Jordan Vincent (defensive back/wide receiver), JM Etienne (running back), Ean Norenberg (offensive line) and Mike Youkhanna (linebacker), and junior Jayden McFadden (wide receiver). Two defensive backs earned honorable mention: senior Jahleel Perrin and Jaden Mojica. … Tonight’s varsity girls basketball game at Lake Forest will be streamed live online and can be seen through Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 o’clock. … Three of Stevenson’s varsity boys basketball games are listed in this Chicago Sun-Times list of the top 35 contests to watch during the 2019-20 season. The highlighted SHS games are Saturday’s matchup at Westinghouse College Prep on Chicago’s west side, a Dec. 14 tilt versus Oak Park River Forest in the Team Rose Classic at Mt. Carmel, and a Feb. 14 showdown at Mundelein. … Senior RJ Holmes was named the Lake County Boys Basketball Player of the Week by the Daily Herald for his MVP-winning performance at Palatine High School’s Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic. RJ scored a career-high 25 points in Stevenson’s opening victory over Elk Grove, and averaged 12.5 points as the Patriots won the four-game tournament.


Visiting Artist to Talk With Students Dec. 12
The current Visiting Artist of the Month, multimedia artist Bert Leveille, will give a presentation for students during periods 6 and 7 on Thursday, Dec. 12. Her presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building.


The Breakfast with Books Club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. The meeting will feature the club’s annual Jolabokaflod celebration. Please email with questions. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!


Many English learners in the Chicago Public Schools not only catch up with their non-EL peers by eighth grade, but some academically pass them, according to new research from the University of Chicago’s Consortium on School Research. The study also shows that CPS eighth-graders who started their education with the district had higher attendance, math scores and core course grades than their peers. They also had similar reading scores and freshmen “on-track” rates.​

Early plans for a new downtown Springfield university campus to be shared by the University of Illinois Springfield and Southern Illinois University have emerged, with a local economic development group suggesting a location on the business district’s eastern edge. The Springfield-Sangamon Growth Alliance is expected to unveil its ideas at public meetings in January.

Vanderbilt University has named University of Chicago Provost Daniel Diermeier as its new chancellor. The renowned scholar will assume the post in July. In addition to serving as U. of C.’s provost — the school’s chief academic officer — Diermeier is a David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor at its Harris School of Public Policy. He previously was dean of the Harris School and helped transform it into the third-ranked public policy school in the nation.


The Trump administration proposed Tuesday to break off the nearly $1.5 trillion federal student loan portfolio from the Education Department and have it instead be managed by a new independent federal agency. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pitched the proposal for federal student loans to be operated by “a stand-alone government corporation, run by a professional, expert and apolitical board of governors,” instead of by the department’s Office of Federal Student Aid.

Among families of students with disabilities, those with lower incomes and who have children of color are less likely than their affluent and white counterparts to access their legal rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office. Challenges parents face while leveraging IDEA’s dispute resolution options include a lack of adequate legal representation, the inability of parents to take time off from work, fear of retaliation by school districts against parents, language barriers and inconsistent access to information about students’ rights.

Instructure, which makes the Canvas learning management system, announced Wednesday it would be acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo. The deal will take private the publicly traded company, which is valued at $2 billion in equity. Canvas recently surpassed competitor Blackboard (which went private nearly a decade ago) in the number of campuses and students in North America it serves. Stevenson signed on with Canvas this year.

College bookstores have joined the growing list of opponents to the planned merger of two major academic publishers: Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. The National Association of College Stores on Tuesday declared its opposition to the merger. The group believes the merger will limit the ability of bookstores to offer competitive prices to students.

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