Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

Freshman Qualifies for Math Championship

Freshman Benjamin Chen is one of 13 contestants who has qualified to compete for $10,000 in the 2020 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician championship featuring top math students from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. This is the third time in the past four years that a Stevenson student has qualified for the championship. Ben, the youngest contestant in the 2020 contest, joins Andrew Hwang, who reached the championship in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Ben qualified by being one of the top scorers on an online test with questions on algebra, geometry, trigonometry and probability. The championship contest will be held Jan. 18 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings—the largest annual gathering of mathematicians worldwide—in Denver. The top prize in the contest is $5,000 for the winner and $5,000 for the math department of the winner’s school.

Winter Orchestra Concert Monday Night
The Winter Orchestra Concert takes place at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those attending the 6 p.m. concert, parking lot C will be unavailable. The lot will be available for the 7:30 concert. The concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Social Studies Teachers Talk in Texas
Eight members of the Social Studies Division faculty were presenters at the National Council for the Social Studies’ annual conference last month in Austin, Texas. Seamus Campion (Class of 1996) and Chris Salituro were involved in two presentations each. Campion led a session on improving grading practices in Advanced Placement history courses, and joined SHS alumna Jenessa Gerber (’02) in leading a similar discussion. Salituro led a session on transformative and engaging sociology classroom lessons, and paired with Greg Sherwin to talk about “The Power of Names from People to Places.” Other presenters included Kolleen Madeck and Sarah Gutierrez (globalization in economics), Andy Conneen (workshop on AP U.S. and Comparative Government), and Nancy Fenton (formative assessment development and analysis).

eSports Teams’ Playoff Run Ends
The varsity and junior varsity Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams were eliminated from the High School eSports League playoffs Thursday night. The varsity lost to Rocky River, Ohio, 2-1, while both teams in the JV game were disqualified due to technicalities.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,364, Mundelein 2,672: The Patriots (9-1, 7-1) rolled the fourth-highest three-game series in program history en route to the victory at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. The series was the best since Stevenson’s scores when it won the state championship in 2016. SHS also recorded the fifth-best single game, a 1,193, which was sandwiched between an 1,109 opening game and a 1,062 in the finale. Junior Joey Gluck led all bowlers with a 701 series, which included a high game of 246. Freshman Ender Starr had the best game of the day, a 277, as part of his 675 series, and junior Ryan Grabiner rolled a 670 series and 241 high game. Three other juniors bowled two games apiece: Luke Snider (235 and 219), Nicholas Sternes (222 and 214) and Ryan Lerman (226 and 202).

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 108, Libertyville 74: The host Patriots won 10 of 12 events in their first dual meet of the season, which also served as the North Suburban Conference opener. Freshman Michael Wywrocki won two events, the 100-yard freestyle (52.03) and 100-yard backstroke (55.85), and also swam in the victorious 400-yard freestyle relay (3:22.35) with seniors Jack Zhang and Jake Kim, and sophomore Brandon Xiong. Jack and Jake also won individuals events. Jack captured the 100 butterfly (53.64), while Jake claimed the 200 individual medley (2:05.48). The pair also comprised half of the winning 200 medley relay (1:44.49), along with sophomore Dennis Zakabluk and junior Dima Kobets. Jack also swam in the 200 free relay (1:31.94) with freshmen Jonny Farber and Denis Curtin, and senior Ari Zaritsky. Jonny, Dima and sophomore Jack White were the other individual event winners. Jonny touched first in the 200 free (1:52.97), Dima took top honors in the 50 free (23.60), and Jack won diving (249.95). Stevenson is 30-1 in dual meets since Doug Lillydahl returned as head coach in 2015. He also led the team from 1996-2004. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Loyola Academy 2: Five players scored for the Patriots (18-13-1) at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. Senior Brett Stokes had a goal and an assist, while seniors Emmett Baker and Itai Kleiman, sophomore Rafael Biedron and freshman Dylan Jette also scored. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 20 saves. – Boxscore

Girls Bowling
Libertyville 2,347, Stevenson 1,819: Junior Esther Lee led the Patriots with a 428 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. She also had the team’s two highest individual games, 158 and 154. Other Patriot bowlers were juniors Yumin Kim (381) and Kelly Radelet (348), and senior Reilly Sullivan and sophomore Diana Kwizera (330 each).

Chavez Named Boys Soccer Coach
Stevenson head girls soccer coach PepeJon Chavez, who guided the Patriots to the IHSA Class 4A supersectional last spring, has been chosen to lead the boys program as well. He has served as an assistant coach in the boys program since 2010. Chavez replaces Mark Schartner, who retired in November after 34 seasons.

Stevenson had its best girls soccer season last spring, its third under Chavez, finishing with a 22-2-2 record and winning its first sectional championship. The 22 wins were the most victories in school history. The Patriots also captured their second straight regional title as well as the North Suburban Conference crown. Stevenson did not give up a goal in its seven conference games.

There will be a meeting for all perspective boys soccer student-athletes to meet Coach Chavez at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 in Room 2002. Click here for more Chavez information.

Kiven Steps Down as Girls Tennis Coach
SHS alumna Alexxis Kiven, who guided the girls tennis team to fifth place in the state this year, is stepping down after one season as head coach. The Class of 2014 graduate is leaving to pursue a career opportunity in California. In her one season at the helm, Kiven’s squad won the program’s ninth consecutive sectional championship and tied Lake Forest for the North Suburban Conference title. As a student at Stevenson, Kiven won the 2013 state doubles championship with Kendall Kirsch, and also placed third as a sophomore. She played collegiately for Dartmouth University.

Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity girls and boys basketball games against Zion-Benton will be streamed live from the Sports Center and can be seen on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The girls game starts at 5:30, followed by the boys at 7 o’clock. … Saturday’s junior varsity boys basketball game versus Libertyville will be streamed live at 9 a.m. … Head boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose talked with the Daily Herald’s Patricia Babcock McGraw about being selected for the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ambrose also talked at length about how a rival coach, Warren’s now-retired Chuck Ramsey, provided a model for what he wanted Stevenson’s program to become.


Have You Signed Up for Odyssey Yet?
Students who want to have some control over the Odyssey classes they attend in February, must register by Dec. 27. After that, classes will be chosen for them. Visit to take a look at the types of classes being offered, then register through Infinite Campus. Read this registration guide if you need help.

Odyssey Volunteers Needed
Speaking of Odyssey, student volunteers are needed during the two weeks prior to Odyssey, and also on Odyssey days in February. Click here to sign up or visit Questions? Contact Mrs. Lima at or visit her in the World Languages office (Room 2434).

Pick Up Your Winter Stevenson Styler
The winter edition of the Stevenson Styler is available for pick-up in the ILC and outside Room 1612. Inside this edition, you will find cool weather fashion, learn about the evolving fashion of hip hop, how to take care of your skin in winter, and so much more! You can also view the digital edition: Part 1 | Part 2


Attention Class of 2021: The Coolidge Scholarship is a one-of-a-kind, full-ride merit scholarship for juniors, covering tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study that can be used at any accredited American university. Scholars are selected based on academic excellence, with an interest in public policy and an appreciation and understanding of the values President Calvin Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Any junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2021, and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident, is eligible to apply. All applications must be completed online and submitted by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Interested juniors can find more information at


Fall enrollment at Northern Illinois University is at its lowest in 50 years, and as a result, 20% of residential spaces on campus are vacant, records show. According to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, 18% fewer students are living in the six NIU residential halls being used as of the 2019 fall semester. School officials are looking at ways to better assess space, capacity, use and future purposes of academic and residential halls on campus.

The school board treasurer for a Montessori school in Arlington Heights is accused of embezzling more than $600,000 as part of what court documents call “one big Ponzi scheme” that has affected more than 20 organizations and individuals.

A 37-year-old woman has been charged with stealing as much as $100,000 from the Rockton School District PTO between October 2016 and September of this year.

Five teenagers were taken to the hospital Thursday after ingesting a drug at a grade school on Chicago’s south side. Paramedics said the children, between the ages of 13 and 14, may have ingested Xanax.


An executive order signed Wednesday that extends civil rights protection to Jews is likely to strengthen the hand of President Trump’s Education Department, where the department’s civil rights chief has been investigating some of the nation’s most elite universities for anti-Jewish bias. The president essentially defined Judaism as a race or national origin, not just a religion, under the Civil Rights Act. His order also expanded the definition of anti-Semitism to include some anti-Israel sentiments.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos endured a withering barrage of questions on Thursday about her handling of a program meant to provide debt relief to federal student loan borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit colleges. DeVos testified before the House education committee one day after National Public Radio published internal memos showing that the secretary overruled her own department’s findings that borrowers deserved full relief from their loans, because their college credits are essentially worthless.

Schools across the U.S. continue to face a shortage of licensed nurses. In 2018, more than 60% of schools didn’t employ a full- or part-time nurse, according to the National Association of School Nurses. Although tighter school budgets have resulted in a shortage of school nurses, research shows that having them on staff actually saves money in the long run. Rather than trying to staff their own health services, some districts have turned to outside providers.

College athletes can lose their NCAA eligibility in numerous ways, but sexual assault is not one of them. Even when facing or convicted of criminal charges, even when suspended or expelled from school, NCAA rules allow them to transfer elsewhere and keep playing. An investigation by the USA Today Network identified at least 28 current and former athletes since 2014 who transferred to NCAA schools despite being administratively disciplined for a sexual offense at another college. It found an additional five who continued playing after being convicted or disciplined for such offenses through the courts.

Military veterans seeking to get college degrees are fighting a new battle: Getting their GI Bill money to pay for pay for tuition. Some for-profit colleges and universities are rejecting GI benefits, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has done little to provide counsel. That has begun to result in angry members of Congress from both parties proposing more protections for veterans seeking further education.

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