Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

SHS Among State’s Career, Technical Education Leaders
Stevenson was featured during Winter Break in this Daily Herald article about the growth of career and technical education enrollment in Illinois high schools. Even though the overall number of high school students in the state has declined since 2016, the number enrolled in CTE courses has increased, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Stevenson is among suburban CTE enrollment leaders with 1,962 students, based on the most recent state report card data. Director of Applied Arts Dr. Wendy Custable talked with reporter Bob Susnjara about Stevenson’s success. Senior Gavin Meng also was quoted in the article. To see the variety of career and technical education courses available at SHS, check out the Applied Arts Division section of the 2020-21 Coursebook.

Former “Jersey Boys” Star Coming to Stevenson
Love a musical but not the drive downtown? Married musical stars Michael and Angela Ingersoll will share the spotlight singing oldies but goodies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 in the Performing Arts Center. The concert is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation.

Michael starred in the Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco productions of “Jersey Boys,” and with the retro-rock vocal group Under the Streetlamp, a PBS favorite. Angela is the Emmy-nominated star of “End of the Rainbow” and “Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland” on PBS. Together, the couple and their band offer spousal shenanigans and signature songs including, “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 42, Carmel 40: Sophomore Ava Bardic sank a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to win the game for the host Patriots (13-6). Ava finished the night with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. Her winning trey came after the Corsairs (12-3) had taken the lead, 40-39, with 1:58 to go in the fourth quarter. Senior Avery King led SHS with 16 points, and added seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Junior Nikki Ware contributed seven points, all in the second half. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Quick Hits
Senior Zach Fell, a member of the SHS baseball team, announced Monday that he will continue his playing career at the University of Indianapolis. Zach, who was a member of the junior varsity in 2019, hit .327 with a .479 on-base percentage, driving in 15 runs. Indianapolis, an NCAA Division II school, finished with a 30-20 record last spring. The Greyhounds are members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.


Get up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and become a teacher in Illinois! Apply for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program today: The application deadline is April 3.


The boys tennis team will have an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at


A task force formed to study ways to reduce the property tax burden on Illinois residents is calling for consolidation of school districts and other local units of government and a boost in the state’s share of funding for K-12 education. Those and other recommendations are part of a draft report circulated among the 88-member Property Tax Relief Task Force that state lawmakers formed during the 2019 session. A final report is expected to be released before the 2020 legislative session begins Jan. 28.

A new law requires four state universities to accept first-time freshmen who have a grade point average in the top 10% of their high school class, provided they meet other admission criteria. The schools are: Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Western Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University.

Legislators and advocates began discussions Tuesday of what action the state can take to counteract the overuse of physical restraint and forced isolation of students in Illinois schools, particularly those serving students with special needs.

An unresolved item from the Chicago teachers contract deal is generating new conflict between the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district. The dispute is over how $25 million for veteran teachers agreed to in the contract settled in October will be paid out. The union says the school district is reneging on a promise to pay the money out via a raise, while a CPS source says there was no agreement.


Concerns over reinstatement of a draft and the role that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could play into potential future military service led to a shutdown of the Selective Service System’s website on Tuesday. Students who are eligible for the draft but not yet registered and generally unable to get federal financial aid for higher education. FAFSA offers applicants a way to register for the draft in the aid application.

Jazz great Jack Sheldon, who lent his voice to “Schoolhouse Rock!” episodes in the 1970s, including “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill,” died Dec. 27 at the age of 88. Sheldon was a charismatic trumpeter, singer and actor with a career that spanned several decades.

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