Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

Class of 2019 College Attendance Figures Released
The College Career Center provided college attendance data this week for Stevenson’s most recent graduates. Here is a summary of college plans for 1,053 members of the Class of 2019:

  • 96.5% of the class was college-bound, with 84.2% attending four-year schools and 12.3% attending two-year schools.
  • Of the four-year college attendees, 66% were attending a public institution and 34% were attending a private institution.
  • 44.6% of the college-bound students were planning to begin their college education within the state of Illinois.
  • The Class of 2019 can be found on more than 194 different campuses in six countries.
  • 16 students chose to take a “gap” year, 11 chose to enter the job market, and six planned to join the military.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign remains the top destination for Stevenson graduates, with 152 planning to attend in 2019-20. The number represents 17.1% of the four-year college-bound students. Here are the top 10 college destinations for the Class of 2019:

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (152)
  • College of Lake County (101)
  • Indiana University (44)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (41)
  • University of Wisconsin (39)
  • DePaul University (34)
  • University of Iowa (29)
  • Purdue University (27)
  • Illinois State University (22)
  • Michigan State University (22)

Alumna Involved in Rowing Team Accident
Stevenson alumna Shea Kirby (Class of 2018) sustained non-life-threatening injuries during an accident Wednesday morning that killed one member of the College of the Holy Cross women’s rowing team and injured 12 others. Twenty-two rowers, including Kirby, and their coaches were traveling in a two-van convoy in Vero Beach, Fla., when the lead vehicle collided with a pickup truck. The team was on its way to a training camp when the accident occurred. Kirby was not hospitalized.

Frosh-Soph Play Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the freshman-sophomore play, “Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” are available online for $6. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The play follows three youngsters enrolled at a certain magic school that includes a very famous wizard among their peers, and a group of outsiders who are obsessed with badgers.

S-Factor Lineup Announced
The Kiva club will hold its annual S-Factor student singing competition at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door. To order tickets online, go to Students competing this year include:

Seniors: Nya Thomas, Maaz Laman, Rachel Fischmar
Juniors: Rebecca Arvold, Caylie Chattin, Mia Grossman, Sara Garrido
Sophomores: Elizabeth Insua, Michelle Cabrera, Stella Tapia Lopez, Abigail Froyshteter, Ashwini Narayanan
Freshmen: Arjun Nair


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots swept all four events in the Field House to capture the team championship with 143.05 points, ahead of Warren (134.05) and three other schools. SHS had its strongest showing in floor exercise (36.25), with sophomore Ally Gitler taking top honors with a score of 9.35. Other winners for Stevenson were freshman Ashley Schabes on vault (9.40), junior Ainslee Cutler on uneven bars (9.20) and senior Emily Weinstein on balance beam (9.15). Emily won the all-around title with a score of 36.60. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Loyola Academy Gold 2: The Patriots overcame a two-goal deficit to capture the Scholastic Hockey League contest at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. The Ramblers took a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, but SHS rallied with three goals before the period ended. Senior Brett Stokes put the Pats on the board first at the 8:12 mark, then junior Daniel Kabakov tied the game 36 seconds later. Junior Andrew Chambers scored the eventual game-winner with 2:04 left in the second period, and classmates Reece Polatsek and Liam Jones added goals in the third. Senior Emmett Baker had two assists. Senior Jeremy Riback made 27 saves for Stevenson, which outshot Loyola, 37-29. The Patriots are off until Monday, when they take on Carmel. – Boxscore

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 58, Warren 30: Senior Avery King scored a game-high 23 points to pace the Patriots (16-6 overall, 4-3 North Suburban Conference) in Gurnee. SHS sank seven 3-pointers in the opening half while building a 37-19 lead, and had 10 in the game. Avery and sophomore Ava Bardic (9 points) each hit a trio of treys for Stevenson. Junior Lydia Lueck hit two 3-pointers and scored eight points, while sophomore Simone Sawyer added seven. The Patriots travel to Palatine for their next game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,795, Grayslake Central 3,290: Four Patriots broke the 600-pin barrier in the non-conference match that featured six bowlers for each side at Antioch Lanes. Junior Josh Lerner led SHS (13-1) with a 680 series and high game of 259. Classmates Joey Gluck (668), Ryan Grabiner (665) and Nicholas Sternes (649) were close behind. Joey had a high game of 256. Also competing for Stevenson were junior Ryan Lerman (574) and freshman Ender Starr (559). The Patriots close the regular season today with a match against Glenbrook North, then will compete in the IHSA regional tournament at Bowlero in Mt. Prospect on Saturday.

Girls Bowling
Warren 2,432, Stevenson 2,205: Junior Yumin Kim led the host Patriots with a 483 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. She also had the team’s highest game of the day, a 181. Senior Noa Givati rolled a 466 series and junior Esther Lee added a 441. The other bowlers for SHS were junior Kelly Radelet (411) and senior Reilly Sullivan (404). The Patriots return to action today with a home match against Vernon Hills. – Daily Herald

Quick Hits
Head wrestling coach Shane Cook, who earned his 200th career victory during Winter Break, will be honored for reaching the milestone prior to the Patriots’ home match against Mundelein on Friday in the Sports Center. Cook reached the 200-victory mark when Stevenson defeated Fremd on Dec. 28. Friday also will be Senior Night for the wrestling team. The varsity contest is scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m., following the conclusion of the junior varsity and freshman matches. … The varsity and junior varsity Patriettes will compete in the North Suburban Conference competitive dance championships at Lake Zurich Friday night. The JV is scheduled to compete at 6:37 p.m. and the varsity will perform at 7:26. … Seniors John Ittounas and Avery King were named Daily Herald Lake County Boys and Girls Player of the Week, respectively. John was honored for scoring a season-high 18 points during the Patriots’ win over Mundelein. Avery received the honor for her career-high 26 point effort against Waukegan, plus a 16-point performance versus Carmel.

Volunteers Needed to Help With Odyssey
Student volunteers are needed to help with the upcoming Odyssey fine arts festival. Help is 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).


Hebrew National Honor Society invites all students to attend its annual Israeli Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium. This year’s movie is “The Little Traitor.” Admission is free and open to the public. The movie is primarily in English, and the parts in Hebrew includes English subtitles.


The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling is offering several $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester, non-renewable). The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 31. Applicants must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Click here for application details.


The girls track and field team will have an informational meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the West Auditorium. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Degen at


University of Illinois administrators are recommending a hike in tuition costs for in-state freshmen for the first time in six years, officials announced Wednesday. If approved today, the base tuition for in-state undergraduates would rise to $12,254 a year for enrollees in Urbana-Champaign, to $10,776 a year for enrollees in Chicago, and to $9,502.50 for enrollees in Springfield.

Police assigned to Chicago schools will not be allowed to intervene in school discipline, according to a long-awaited agreement outlining school policing. Details are publicly available for the first time in a new $33 million contract laying out the most sweeping changes to the school police program in more than a decade.

ZIon-Benton Township High School unveiled its new 750-seat performing arts center on Tuesday. The district had previously staged productions in a gym — with concrete bleachers and chairs set up on the floor.


Individuals with bachelor’s degrees will earn $400,000 more in their lifetimes than those with just a high school diploma, according to a new report from the College Board. The study comes as polls show some Americans are skeptical of the value of higher education and whether a traditional degree is worth the investment.

One of the most common ways that school districts attempt to increase teacher quality is through master’s degrees. Some states require teachers get master’s degrees in order to keep teaching, while far more encourage teachers to get them by tying them to pay raises. But are the degrees improving student learning, or just fattening universities’ bottom lines?

The San Francisco Unified School District will develop at least 550 housing units on district-owned property for teachers and paraprofessionals over the next 10 years, under a resolution adopted by the school board Tuesday night. The resolution stems from voter approval of two propositions last year — an affordable housing bond that included $20 million for educator housing and another proposition that allows such housing to be built on public land.

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