Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

Final Daily Digest of 2019

Today’s edition of the Daily Digest will be the last published in 2019. The Digest will return on Monday, Jan. 6, the day before second semester begins.

More Than 200 Attend “Code Fusion” at SHS
More than 200 students from three area schools attended the annual “Code Fusion” event sponsored by the SHS Mathematics/Computer Science and Applied Arts Divisions on Dec. 3. The event featured two sessions, morning and afternoon. In the morning, 96 students from St. Mary Catholic School and Fremont Middle School attended; 120 eighth-graders from West Oak Middle School came in the afternoon. Students had the opportunity to participate at several learning stations during the event, inspired by the “Hour of Code” movement.

10 Students Perform Well in “Physics Brawl”
A team of five upperclassmen finished third in the annual Online Physics Brawl, an international competition held Nov. 27. Seniors Emily Lu and Josh Tsai, and juniors Jared Machtinger, Brandon Lu and Cade Gordon placed third in the 108-team High School Students A Division, and also had the third-highest score among 327 teams in three divisions.

Emily, Josh and Jared were part of a quintet that finished first in the High School Students B Division, and fourth overall, last year. Five other students competed in the High School Students C Division this year, taking first place among 110 teams and placing 18th overall: junior Richard Bi, sophomores Greycen RenLillian You and Andrew Liu, and freshman Jack Chen.

The Online Physics Brawl is a three-hour, online competition in which high school teams of up to five students answer 60 or more short physics problems.

League of Legends Team Improves to 14-0, Earns No. 1 Seed
The League of Legends team improved to 14-0 and earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming High School eSports League playoffs with a 2-0 win over Washington Technology Magnet School from St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday. Starting players included midlaner and co-captain Ethan Shaw, support and co-captain Alex Griswold, top laner Christopher Yang, ADC Lucas Botten, Jungler Akul Singh and substitutes Charles Burger and Michael Luo. All are seniors except for Michael, a junior, and Akul, a sophomore. The playoffs will take place after Winter Break.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,358, Warren 2,858: The Patriots (11-1, 9-1) wrapped up the North Suburban Conference regular-season championship with the fifth-highest three-game series in program history. Junior Joey Gluck led SHS with a 706 series at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. He had a high game of 238. Freshman Ender Starr and junior Ryan Grabiner rolled 642 and 640 series, respectively. Ryan posted a high game of 229 and Ender’s best was a 226. Juniors Ryan Lerman and Max Goldstein shot the highest games of the day for Stevenson. Ryan recorded a 247 and a 245 in his two games, and Max added a 244 to go along with a 215 in his other game. Junior Nicholas Sternes rolled a 224 and 195.

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 61, Lake Zurich 36: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 14 points and classmate RJ Holmes added 10 as the visiting Patriots improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference. The Bears fell to 3-5, 1-2. – Daily Herald NFHS Network replay (subscription required) | Pioneer Press articles: RJ Holmes takes academic approach to basketball / Evan Ambrose-led Stevenson looks to “keep ’em under 40” on defense

Historic Win for Wrestling Program
Stevenson’s 42-22 win over fourth-ranked Sandburg at the Lemont wrestling quadrangular on Saturday was its first win over the school, and marked the highest-ranked opponent the Patriots have ever defeated. Five Patriots recorded pins in the match — Arie Guzman, Jacob Whiting, Keegan Houlihan, Damien Potoczak and Ethan Klondar — and also received upset wins from Kei Yamato and Arad Peregoudov. SHS went 2-1 on Saturday, falling to Lemont (ranked second in Class 2A) 36-22, and defeating Machesney Park Harlem, 49-15.

Quick Hits
The Sporting News has chosen Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) for its College Basketball Athlete of the Decade award. After leading Stevenson to the state championship in 2015 (plus state trophies in 2013 and 2014), Brunson was the floor general for Villanova University’s two NCAA championship teams in his three years in the program. His junior year was the best season of any point guard in the past 15 years, with an offensive rating of 128.5. Brunson graduated from Villanova in three years and is now in his second season with the Dallas Mavericks. … Senior outside linebacker Brandon Youkhanna has been invited to play in the 46th annual Illinois High School Shrine Football Game, sponsored by the Illinois Coaches Association, on June 20 at Illinois Wesleyan University. … Stevenson’s boys basketball team will play Loyola Academy in the new E-Town Showdown basketball triple-header at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets are available through the end of December at the early bird rate of $8 at Ticket prices will increase to $10 on Jan. 1 and will be $12 on the day of the game. … Stevenson will open the 37th annual Dundee-Crown Komaromy Classic girls basketball tournament against St. Charles North at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26. The tournament features 16 teams. … Two-time state wrestling champion Danny Sabatello (Class of 2011) has a new focus: Mixed martial arts. Sabatello will fight for the Titan FC bantamweight championship Friday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Sabatello, who has a 6-0 record, will take on reigning champion Irwin Rivera in a five-round bout. The fight will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Friday. Sabatello talked about his upcoming bout with MMA News (warning: rough language in text and video).


Order Your Odyssey Apparel
Shirts and hoodies for Odyssey 2020, Stevenson’s biannual fine arts festival, can be ordered online until 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Hoodies are $20, long-sleeve T-shirts are $15, and short-sleeve T-shirts are $10. Order through this link. Orders will be available for pickup Jan. 27 in the Wood Commons.

Students Invited to Enter Essay Contest
Students are invited to participate in an essay contest sponsored by Lake County Rising 2020. The title of the essay will be “Our Voices: Why Rising on Behalf of Abused Women is Everyone’s Responsibility.” Essays should be 500 words or less, double-spaced, and address one of the following questions:

  • What is the impact on the community when a woman experiences violence?
  • How can we break the chain of abuse?
  • What can communities do to empower women who have left abusive relationships?

Essays should be emailed to Sandra Bankston at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office at by Friday, Dec. 27. Click here for more information.


IHSA member schools have rejected a plan to change high school football schedules to a district format. Members voted 374-241 to rescind the district plan, keeping the current system for regular-season scheduling and playoffs in place. The district proposal, announced a year ago and slated to go into effect in 2021, had been approved by a 324-307 margin.

An agreement between Decatur teaching assistants and the school district was not reached during a three-hour negotiating session Monday. The meeting was the latest in months of talks between the Decatur School District and Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants as they struggled to reach a contract agreement. The main sticking point remains health insurance costs. Union leaders have said members can’t afford the district’s proposed health insurance costs. District officials have said the plans are reasonable.


Across Florida, the number of children involuntarily transported each year to a mental health center has doubled in the last 15 years. The state’s Baker Act directs police officers and some mental health professionals to hospitalize the mentally ill, but it was never intended to be used on children with autism or children who act out in class. The 48-year-old law even says those with developmental disabilities should not be committed unless they’re also mentally ill and a danger to themselves or others. But more and more kids who do not meet the criteria are being taken from schools to crisis centers for up to 72 hours and more.

When U.S. health officials talk about the youth vaping epidemic, they’re mostly talking about the millions of teenagers who use products like Juul e-cigarettes to vape nicotine. But new federal data show that marijuana vaping is also on the rise among the nation’s teenagers. Almost 21% of U.S. high school seniors said they had vaped marijuana in 2019, while 14% had done so in the past month.

New York state education officials last week gave the green light to a school district’s use of facial recognition systems to prevent intruders from gaining access to school facilities. Some parents and civil liberties groups objected, asking for greater clarity on how the images may be used. The systems are part of the latest wave of technology tools being used in some districts. Vaping detectors, which send text messages to school administrators, are another option gaining in popularity.

The University of North Carolina System agreed to pay the N.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans $74,999 not to display flags and banners on university campuses for five years. That’s on top of the $2.5 million that UNC is giving the Confederate group for taking the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue that once was on the Chapel Hill campus. The Silent Sam deal has drawn a number of critics.

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