Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Four Debaters Reach Semifinals of Florida Tournament
Four of Stevenson’s 16 congressional debate competitors reached the semifinal round at the Sunvitational national tournament in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The semifinalists were: senior Aditi Singh, and juniors Christine IrlbeckOjasvi Saxena and Alex Zhou. The rest of the SHS contingent included:

  • Seniors Megana Adigal, Neel Dutta, Sanya Nema and Jasmine Zhang
  • Juniors Rishika Chikoti, Jeanette Han and Arun Sivarajah
  • Sophomores Prachi Gyanmote, Deepa Pulugurtha and Anna Xie
  • Freshmen Nathan James and Lindsey Wang

Consortium Band Festival Thursday Night
Students from six sender schools will join SHS band students for the annual Consortium Band Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Students from Aptakisic and Daniel Wright junior high schools, and Fremont, Twin Groves, West Oak and Woodlawn middle schools, will perform as one group to open the concert. After the youngsters perform, Stevenson’s Freshman Band and Honor Band will play. Admission is free. The concert also will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo channel.

Alumnus Joins Lincolnshire Police Force
The newest Village of Lincolnshire police officer is a Stevenson graduate. Saad Muhammad (Class of 2006) was sworn in at Monday’s village board meeting. Muhammad served in the U.S. Army from August 2006 to January 2010, and in 2008 was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He began his policing career at a community service officer with the College of Lake County in 2011, leaving the school in 2015 for a position as police officer with Oakton Community College. Muhammad worked at Oakton until being hired by Lincolnshire. He also worked as a part-time police officer for the Village of Kildeer the past three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Columbia College in Missouri.

Daily Herald Coverage of Joel Johnson
Daily Herald reporter Russell Lissau wrote about the passing of retired SHS theatre teacher and professional playwright Joel Johnson for today’s editions. The article included comments from Johnson’s longtime colleague, Cynthia Burrows, who retired from Stevenson two years ago, and from state representative Daniel Didech, an SHS alumnus who was one of Johnson’s students.

Late Arrival on Thursday
Stevenson will follow a late arrival schedule on Thursday to allow for teacher planning. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. Buses will start their routes at 9:20.

Band Breakfast Fundraiser Before Late Arrival
The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser from 6:30-11 a.m. Thursday at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. Mention “SHS Band” when ordering. The restaurant is donating 20% of sales during the event to the band program.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 59, Libertyville 50: The Patriots (13-3, 5-0) built a big early lead then hung on for the North Suburban Conference road victory. Senior John Ittounas led SHS for the second straight game with 18 points, a season high, and added five rebounds. Classmate RJ Holmes recorded a double-double for the second consecutive contest, with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and also blocked three shots. He grabbed seven boards in the opening quarter as Stevenson built a 19-7 lead. The Wildcats (10-5, 1-2) pulled within four points, 37-33, late in the third quarter but drew no closer. SHS sank eight of eight free-throw attempts in the final minutes, and hit 15 of 19 in the game. Senior Matt Kaznikov added 10 points. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Quick Hits
Two Patriot girls basketball players have broken single-game school records in the past month. Senior Nikki Kolz (pictured above) pulled down 19 rebounds during Saturday’s win at Waukegan, while sophomore Simone Sawyer made 10 steals against St. Charles North on Dec. 26. … Another member of the girls basketball team, senior Avery King, has been named the News-Sun Player of the Week after averaging 18 points in three games last week. She had a career-high 26 against Waukegan on Saturday. … Jason Mals (Class of 1998) has been selected as the rinkside reporter for the East Coast Hockey League All-Star Classic, which will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, Jan. 22 on the NHL Network.

SPARK Information Meetings Coming in February
Students interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during the lunch periods on Friday, Feb. 7 in Room 6110. Meetings will take place during each half-lunch period. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research.


The Palumbo Family Foundation, a local foundation offering scholarships to local high school seniors and college undergraduates, is accepting applications for 2020 until March 31. Last year, a Stevenson student received a $10,000 scholarship from the foundation. Approximately $125,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year. Apply online at

Seniors considering a career in agriculture are encouraged to explore several scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation. The application deadline for all of its scholarships is Feb. 1. Click here for details.


University of Illinois President Tim Killeen is being offered a new contract that would extend his tenure four years and hike his annual compensation by about 40%, officials revealed Tuesday. The contract would extend Killeen’s presidency to 2024. His base pay would increase from $600,000 to $835,000. Officials note that since Killeen became president in 2015, enrollment at the university system’s campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Springfield and Chicago has increased 9.5% to 89,270 last fall.

Barrington Unit District 220 won’t challenge a Cook County circuit court judge’s decision last month to dismiss a lawsuit the school system filed against Hoffman Estates and developers of the stalled Plum Farms proposal at the northwest corner of routes 59 and 72. The development’s density and its potential impact on enrollment were at the heart of the school district’s concerns.

Shay Boyle, who has helped to keep enrollment high at Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, has been named the school’s new president. Boyle is currently vice president of institutional advancement and enrollment at the all-boys Catholic high school.


Short-range phone sensors and campuswide WiFi networks are empowering colleges across the United States to track hundreds of thousands of students more precisely than ever before. Dozens of schools now use such technology to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health. But some professors and education advocates argue that the systems represent a new low in intrusive technology, breaching students’ privacy on a massive scale.

Two Latina mothers from opposite sides of the country have joined forces to form their own union to disrupt an education agenda they say is pushing out parents like them and, more importantly, leaving behind poor students and students of color. The National Parents Union is set to launch on Thursday during an inaugural summit in New Orleans.

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