Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019

Hockey Team, Skatriettes Set Feed My Starving Children Record

Three Stevenson athletic teams came together Wednesday night to volunteer at Libertyville’s Feed My Starving Children facility. What started as a team bonding event ended up breaking a record, as the three groups packed the most meals ever in one session at the facility. Forty-nine students from the junior varsity and varsity boys ice hockey teams, and the Skatriettes figure skating club, along with several Stevenson parents, helped assemble 47,972 meals that will feed 125 children in Uganda for an entire year.

Chess Team Members Make Move Into Community Service
The King’s Knights chess club, a nonprofit group for youngsters started and operated by members of the SHS chess team, finished its fourth annual fall session last Sunday.

The club, founded in early 2016 by Stevenson alumnus Alex Bian (Class of 2018), runs spring, summer and fall sessions. Each session consists of eight to 10 Sunday night meetings, culminating in an awards ceremony, pizza party, and challenge matches against the coaches. The club has attracted hundreds of members ranging from 5-year-olds to junior high schoolers, and welcomes players of any level. The group meets at the Wheeling Park District Community Recreation Center.

Current club coaches include seniors Adam Wallach and Gil Banuelos, juniors Ricky WangDavid WallachRyan Yao and Jack Chen, sophomore Ashley Yan, and freshman Ben Chen.

Alumnus Elected in Michigan
Stevenson alumnus Neil Sroka (Class of 2002) was elected to the city council of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., last month. The 35-year-old Sroka, who is the communications director for Democracy for America, is the youngest member of the council. Prior to his current job, Sroka worked on congressional and presidential campaigns, and served as director of new media at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Table Tennis Team Opens 2-1
The Patriot table tennis team kicked off its 2019-20 season with a victory over Loyola and a split between two Naperville North squads. Coach Todd Sikora highlighted the play of seniors Jason LeongPaul Park and Eric Wu, juniors Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao, and freshman Srihas Rao. SHS returns to action Jan. 16 against St. Charles East and Hinsdale Central.

Watch eSports Playoffs on Twitch
The varsity and junior varsity Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams compete today in the quarterfinals of the High School Esports League Fall Majors playoffs. The JV “Impact” team faces Cherry Creek High School from Greenwood Village, Colo., at 6:30, and the varsity “Legacy” squad takes on Rocky RIver (Ohio) High School at 8 o’clock. The varsity match will be streamed live at

Fundraising Flood Continues Into Next Week
Looking for an excuse to eat out? Seven more fundraisers for teams, clubs and other groups are scheduled between Saturday and Wednesday. Here is the list:


  • Boys swimming and diving team, 4-8 p.m., Chipotle-Lincolnshire. Mention boys swimming when ordering.
  • Archery team, noon until closing, Culver’s-Lincolnshire. Mention archery when ordering.


  • Best Buddies club, 3:30-9 p.m., Culver’s-Lincolnshire. Mention Best Buddies when ordering.
  • Band program, 3-8:30 p.m., Menchie’s-Linconshire, and 4-10 p.m., Naf Naf Grill-Lincolnshire. Show this flyer at Menchie’s. Show this flyer at Naf Naf.


  • Choral Guild, 5-9 p.m., Chipotle-Lincolnshire. Show this flyer when paying.


  • String Parents Association, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Bonta-Lincolnshire. Show this flyer when ordering.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Wrestling
Stevenson at Batavia Triangular: In the first-ever all-girls dual matches in school history, the Patriots went 11-4 in Batavia in two matches. Defending state champion Sara Sulejmani, a junior, won both of her matches. Also going 2-0 on the night were junior Heather Campos, sophomore Izabella Moszkowicz and freshman Sammie Goldstein. Sophomore Monika Ladavicius went 2-3 and junior Corianna Jensen was 1-1.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,818, New Trier 3,564: Five Patriots broke the 600-series mark as SHS improved to 8-1 with the victory at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. Each team used six bowlers in all three games, rather than the usual five. Juniors Ryan Grabiner and Nicholas Sternes led the way with 662 and 659 series, respectively. Ryan rolled the highest game for the Pats, a 279, while Nicholas had a top effort of 248. Junior Joey Gluck shot a 650 (255), freshman Ender Starr had a 641 (235) and junior Josh Lerner added a 638 (225).

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson 140.0 Lake Forest 135.4: Senior Emily Weinstein won the all-around competition and two individual events for the visiting Patriots. Emily captured the vault (9.3) and uneven bars (9.2) en route to posting an all-around score of 36.20. She also was runner-up on floor exercise (9.1) and tied for third on balance beam (8.6). Freshman Ashley Schabes was second in the all-around (34.95), and also placed second on balance beam (8.8) and uneven bars (8.75). Junior Jessica Maher was third in vault (9.0) and classmate Ainslee Cutler placed third on uneven bars (8.65). – Official Results

Girls Bowling
Lake Zurich 2,437, Stevenson 2,102: Junior Esther Lee led the Patriots with a 482 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. She had a high game of 179. Junior Kelly Radelet rolled the best game of the day for Stevenson, a 205, en route to a 451 series. Senior Noa Givati added a 431 series that included a high game of 176.

Girls Basketball
Libertyville 57, Stevenson 54: The visiting Wildcats (5-4, 2-1) erased a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to upend the Patriots (7-3, 1-2) in the Sports Center. Senior Avery King and sophomore Simone Sawyer led SHS with 21 and 18 points, respectively. – Daily HeraldNFHS Network replay (subscription required)


Students Can Update iPads to iOS 13.3
Students can update their SHS iPad to iOS 13.3 to take advantage of the latest Apple security updates released Monday. Click here to learn more about the updates. If you have questions, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link Lab.

Celebrate Lost and Found Day on Friday
Did you know that Friday, Dec. 13 is Lost and Found Day? What better way to celebrate than stopping by one of the lost-and-found areas to look for your lost lunch bag, sweatshirt or some other item of importance! 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.


Interested seniors can apply for the 2020 HEAR (Health Education And Relief) Scholarship program. Applicants must have an unweighted GPA at or above 3.0, an ACT score of 22 or higher or SAT at or above 1,110, demonstrated financial need, excellent character, impeccable work ethic, and a commitment to service. Applicants must intend to enroll in a four-year college in 2020 and must be a U.S. citizen. Students can learn more about the scholarship at: The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 31.


Since mid-May, DCFS has opened a total of 21 abuse investigations involving students at Gages Lake School, which serves young children in suburban Lake County with behavioral and emotional disabilities. Citing evidence from surveillance video, agency reports describe workers grabbing children by the wrists, shoving them into walls and throwing them to the ground in a cluster of seclusion spaces — some with lockable doors, others open — that the school calls “the office.”

As a candidate, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised to revisit school funding and to consult the public about how to do that. Now she appears ready to fulfill her promise. According to her office, by the 2021-22 school year, Chicago could shift how it hands out funds to schools.


When the Every Student Succeeds Act became law four years ago, it was hailed as a bipartisan example of reasoned policymaking, successfully threading the needle between protecting students’ civil rights and giving states a greater hand in overseeing schools. Though the bipartisan sheen has long since worn off, an important, and deceptively simple question remains: Is ESSA working? As with so many large-scale federal policies, the answer, well, depends.

A Georgia Southern freshman promoted white supremacist ideology in a class presentation, on the heels of a book-burning protest by some white students weeks earlier. The university says the presentation falls within his free speech rights. Now students of color say they feel unsafe because of his protected speech.

A consulting service for international students seeking to attend elite American universities, Crimson Education, is touted by its co-founder as a booming success. The company says it has grown in value to $260 million and employs thousands of tutors to help its international clientele and U.S. students as well. But as Crimson Education’s fortunes have grown, critics have questioned the quality of tutoring it provides.

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