Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

Give-A-Thon Celebrates 35th Year of Helping Those in Need

Stevenson’s 35th annual Give-A-Thon, which concluded last week, will benefit many people during the holiday season and beyond. Watch the Give-A-Thon wrap-up video. Here are the latest numbers for the school-wide charity drive:

  • 285 families will receive holiday gifts. That amounts to approximately 1,500 individuals, close to 15% of Catholic Charities of Lake County’s client population of 11,000.
  • Enough non-perishable food was collected to serve the Vernon Township Pantry for six months.
  • Nine months’ worth of baby items were donated for the PADS Emergency Shelter at St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church in Indian Creek.
  • 90 bicycles were donated.
  • More than 700 students were chosen as classroom leaders for Give-A-Thon.
  • 25 students led Collection Day efforts last Tuesday.
  • 93 students helped load trucks on Delivery Day last Wednesday.

In addition, Federal Express donated two semi-trailer trucks for use on Delivery Day.

Junior Selected for Prominent Patriot Award
Junior Michael Zaslavskiy was named the recipient of the Prominent Patriot Award for first semester on Friday. More than 100 students were nominated for the honor, which recognizes students whose actions reflect those of someone with good character, and demonstrates what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community.

Michael received multiple nominations, including five from members of the SHS faculty. A common thread throughout the nominations was his extraordinary social skills, combined with a positive attitude and passion to help others that is infectious. One nomination related how Michael displayed great empathy for a teacher who endured some personal trials. Michael is secretary of the National Spanish Honor Society, and is organizing a second-semester collection drive for a local food pantry.

Other finalists for the award were seniors Celeste Xu, Kiran Mohan, Vrushali Thakkar and Yaniv Elran; juniors Esteban Gallegos, Ishita Kataki and Jaden Pazol; sophomores Amelia Acker, Mia Korsunsky and Sophia Ismail; and freshman Anish Nadella.

Nominees are determined by student leaders through an anonymous evaluation process to ensure bias-free evaluation of the candidates’ actions.

16 Earn Honors at Chicago Model UN Conference
Stevenson won several awards at last weekend’s 16th Chicago International Model United Nations at the Hilton Chicago. The event is one of the largest Model UN conferences in the nation.

Leading the way in honors were seniors Matthew Li and Govind Prabhakar, who captured the Best Overall Delegate award in the United Nations General Assembly with their representation of Canada. Stevenson’s Canada group also won the Honorable Delegation award for the entire conference. Senior Nitin Nadella, one of four SHS students to earn Best Delegate honors, was part of the Canada contingent. Other members included Delegate’s Choice winners Jeanette Han and Alex Zhou, and Outstanding Delegate recipients Aditi Singh and Ojasvi Saxena. All four are juniors. Senior Chris Yang, an Honorable Mention choice, also was part of the Canada group.

Also earning Best Delegate designation were seniors Anand Vadlamani (Attorney General in the Cabinet of the United States) and Janice Lee (Breitbart reporter covering the conference), and junior Carson Ezell (director of the Ukrainian National Information Agency). Junior Jared Elkins received an Outstanding Delegate award for his portrayal of the chief commander of the law enforcement force of Iran. Four others were Honorable Mention selections: senior Krish Shah and junior Praneet Rathi, for their work as the Republic of Korea, and junior Mollie Duffy and sophomore Samarth Arul, for their representation of Latvia.


Sunday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Cheerleading
Stevenson at Crystal Lake Central Invitational: The Patriots captured first place in the Large Varsity Division in their season-opening competition. SHS, which has finished third in the state the past two years, posted a score of 92.81, ahead of Cary-Grove (87.27), Rockford Harlem (86.17) and eight other schools.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 53, Westinghouse Prep 43: Seniors RJ Holmes and John Ittounas led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points each in the non-conference contest in Chicago. Classmates Matt Ambrose and Matt Kaznikov scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. John hit a trio of 3-pointers in the game. Stevenson, which led 27-15 at halftime, improved to 5-0 with the win. – Daily Herald@SHSPatRiotNFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 64, Elk Grove 40: Sophomore Simone Sawyer scored a game-high 23 points and senior Avery King added 17 for the host Patriots (7-2) in the Sports Center. Sophomore Ava Bardic also reached double figures with 11 points in the non-conference game. Ava scored seven points in the first quarter as SHS took an 18-12 lead, which grew to 36-21 by halftime. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson hosted Patriot Relays: The Patriots won the Gold Division championship for the fourth straight year with 274 points, ahead of runner-up Lyons Township (200) and six other schools. SHS won six relays: the 100-yard free, 350 backstroke, 400 free, 400 individual medley, 500 free and 600 free. – Daily Herald

Stevenson at Brookfield East Invitational: The Patriot girls and boys both swept their four opponents in Brookfield, Wis., each improving to 8-1 on the season. The boys beat Brookfield Academy (23-4), Libertyville (23-4), Catholic Memorial (25-2) and Marian Central Catholic (26-1). The girls beat Brookfield Academy (18-9), Libertyville (18-9), Catholic Memorial (22-5) and Marian Central Catholic (26-1).

Competitive Dance
Stevenson at Minooka Invitational: The Patriots’ two squads finished fourth and fifth out of 32 teams in the 3A Division. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Vernon Hills Invitational: The Patriots finished seventh out of 24 teams at the Bowlero in Vernon Hills. Junior Ryan Lerman led SHS with a six-game series score of 1,238, which included a high game of 243. Junior Ryan Grabiner posted the highest game of the day for Stevenson, a 254, en route to a 1,206 series. Also competing for SHS were junior Joey Gluck (1,159), freshman Ender Starr (1,146) and junior Nicholas Sternes (1,099). – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at Fremd Valhalla Invitational: The Patriots placed 14th out of 20 teams at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights. Juniors Kelly Radelet and Esther Lee led SHS with six-game series scores of 880 and 860, respectively. Junior Yumin Kim added a 770 five-game series. Also competing for Stevenson were seniors Jodi Katti (578, five games), Reilly Sullivan (574, four games) and Noa Givati (478, four games). Kelly rolled the highest individual game for the Patriots, a 177, while Reilly had a 176. Yumin posted a pair of 171s.

Stevenson at Grant Quadrangular: The Patriots (3-2) split a pair of matches, defeating the host Bulldogs, 50-21, and falling to No. 10 Barrington, 48-17. Sophomore Cole Rhemrev won both of his matches at 120 pounds, improving to 8-1 on the season. He had a 9-1 decision in the Grant match. Junior Arad Peregoudov also won both of his matches. Other winners against the Bulldogs included junior Alex Swidler at 106 (11-2), freshman Lorenzo Frezza at 113 (pin 2:57), senior Randy Lu at 126 (pin 3:09), senior Ethan Klondar at 138 (forfeit), senior Brett Max at 145 (pin 1:16), sophomore Joseph Hooge at 195 (pin 5:06), junior Michael Crawford at 220 (pin 1:17) and senior Nicholas Santonelli at 285 (pin, 5:47). Individual results against Barrington were unavailable. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Barrington 2, Stevenson 1: Senior Max Kulick scored the lone goal for SHS at the Crystal Lake Ice House. He was assisted by junior Jake Weinstein. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 24 saves.

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at Rolling Meadows Invitational: No results available.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Libertyville 49, Stevenson 23: The host Patriots received pins from 126-pound senior Randy Liu (3:11) and 113-pound freshman Lorenzo Frezza (1:04) in the Field House. Sophomore 120-pounder Cole Rhemrev (14-2) and 132-pound junior Kei Yamato (8-0) posted major decisions, and junior Arad Peregoudov added a 7-4 victory at 145. – @SHSPatWrestlingDaily Herald


Animal Welfare Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6110 of the new East Building addition. K-9 Reading Buddies founder Carole Yuster will give a presentation with her therapy dog team, the same ones that visit Stevenson during finals for stress relief clinics.


A suburban Catholic school teacher who was killed in a hit-and-run accident last week was struck by her parish’s former pastor, police said. Margaret “Rone” Leja, 61, died after she was hit by a car driven by 73-year-old Fr. Paul Burak, who retired last year. The two had been attending a Christmas party at an Irish pub in Orland Park. Another teacher was injured in the accident.

Five Southern Illinois University students were killed 27 years ago during a fire in their Carbondale apartment complex. Investigators believed the fire was the result of arson, but a suspect was never identified.

A Riverside Brookfield High School student has been charged with sending several empty bomb and shooting threats to school staff over the internet. The 18-year old, who was arrested last week at school, allegedly told police he sent the threats because he was “bored,” Riverside police said.

A water line break on O’Plaine Road led to the cancellation of classes at Warren Township High School’s O’Plaine Road campus on Friday, according to Gurnee officials. The break led the village to issue a boil order Thursday evening for the school and about a dozen homes across O’Plaine east of the campus.

James Dennis, the president of McKendree University in Lebanon for more than 25 years, is retiring and heading back to his native California at the end of the month. The 75-year-old Dennis will be remembered for increasing enrollment, diversity and the number of academic programs and athletic teams at McKendree.


An analysis of Harvard University admission data by three economists argues that the school sells false promises to African-American students who effectively have no chance of getting in. Their working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research questions “recruit-to-deny” strategies that have been an open secret at elite colleges for years. Lower acceptance rates can help push up schools’ reputations and rankings by making them look more selective.

Enrollment at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned colleges has fallen by 20% since 2010. Enrollment at 17 of Penn State’s 21 campuses also fell, with a dozen plummeting at least 30%. The two networks lost a total of 28,000 students — a 14% decline. It would have been worse if Penn State hadn’t enrolled thousands more out-of-state students.

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