Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

Course Selection Evenings for Incoming Freshmen
Eighth-graders and their families can meet with a school counselor for a brief conversation about freshman course choices during the annual Course Selection Evenings this week and next. The first evening is scheduled for Thursday (for students whose last names begin with the letters A-L), and the second for Tuesday (for last names M-Z). Both evenings run from 4-7 p.m. in the Forum (also known as “the point”) entrance to the West Building. Families should park in lot B for easiest access. Those unable to attend on their scheduled date may attend the alternate date; they do not need to contact the school if they are changing dates.

Local Charities Invited to Apply for Streetfest
Streetfest, the National Honor Society-led fall charity fundraiser and kickoff to Homecoming Week, is accepting applications from local charities that would like to be chosen as beneficiaries in 2020. Last year’s event raised more than $10,000, which was split among three charities. This year’s Streetfest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.12. Interested charities can use this link to apply. Applications are due by Tuesday, March 3.

Alumnus Involved with Academy Awards
SHS alumnus Adam Cohen (Class of 1998) was the production manager for Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards show in Los Angeles. What does a production manager do? “I have my hands in every department,” Cohen told Daily Herald film columnist Dann Gire. The Bradley University graduate also will be the international production manager for next month’s Academy Awards show. In that role, he will be responsible for making the show’s feed available to countries that had paid for the broadcast.

Students Help Make Korean Ballots Available in Cook County
In March, Cook County primary election ballots will be available in Korean for the first time. Several SHS students, past and present, played a role in the historic change through their work with KAVOICE, which stands for Korean American Voter Organizing Initiative and Community Empowerment.

Nine Patriots have been part of KAVOICE Youth, with two serving as its top leaders: Seniors Sydney (Seungmin) Baek and Joseph Choi are the president and vice president, respectively. Other current students connected to the group are senior Christie Lee and juniors Katie LeeEunsol Moon and Sajoon Hong. 2019 graduate Jeesu Choi is the group’s past president, and classmates Andrew Yoon and Alex Hong also were involved. This year, Katie and Eunsol are serving on the KAVOICE executive board.

The ballot change was approved by the Chicago City Council in October, capping a five-year lobbying effort by KAVOICE. Ballots also will be available in Tagalog in March. Within the next two years, 12 languages will be offered to Cook County voters.

Student Collision Featured on “AFV”
A video clip of two students running into each other with yoga balls was included in the opening montage of Sunday’s episode of “America’s Funniest Videos.” The collision between juniors Yachi Patel and Maggie Bauwens takes place in the first 15 seconds.

Band Parents Fundraiser Today
The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. today at Noodles and Company, 900 Milwaukee Ave, in Lincolnshire. Mention or show this flyer when ordering.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 59, Mundelein 28: The host Patriots (18-6 overall, 5-3 North Suburban Conference) won their sixth straight game behind 12 points from senior Avery King and 10 apiece from sophomores Simone Sawyer and Ava Bardic. SHS jumped out to a 23-11 lead in the first quarter and held the Mustangs (4-17, 1-7) to 17 points the rest of the way. Stevenson hit eight 3-pointers, with three from Avery, two each from Ava and Simone, and one from junior Nikki Ware. Juniors Haley Barnes and Ella Wicklund each added six points for the Patriots in the Sports Center. Stevenson has held its last three opponents to 80 total points. – NFHS Network replay

Girls Bowling
Lake Zurich 2,739, Stevenson 2,028: Junior Yumin Kim led the Patriots with a 443 series and a high game of 156 at the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park. Junior Kelly Radelet rolled a 433 series, and senior Noa Givati added a 416. Senior Jodi Katti shot a 381 and junior Esther Lee contributed a 355.

Wrestlers Seek to Continue State Qualifying Streak
Stevenson has had at least one wrestler qualify for the state tournament every year since 2007, and the Patriots are looking to continue the trend next month. Sophomore Cole Rhemrev, who reached Champaign last year, has moved up two weight classes to 120 pounds, and is eager for a return trip downstate. He is currently ranked 10th in Illinois in Rob Sherrill’s Class 3A rankings for the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association. Freshman Lorenzo Frezza has had an impressive debut at 113. He is ranked fifth by Sherrill and by Illinois Matmen. Lorenzo’s older brother, Tommy Frezza (Class of 2019) was a state medalist at 120 pounds two years ago, and made it to state three times. Cole and Lorenzo are not the only ranked wrestlers. Two Patriots are part of Sherrill’s first-ever girls rankings released last week. Defending state champion Sara Sulejmani is No. 2 at 138 pounds, while sophomore Izabella Moszkowicz is eighth at 170.

Five Patriots Part of Girls Hockey Team
Senior Maggie Kirby, junior Abby Benjamin, sophomore Alicia Sharun, and freshmen Alexis Assi and Rachel Wilson are members of the Lake Forest girls ice hockey team. The squad includes players from Stevenson, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Highland Park, Deerfield and Woodlands Academy high schools. The Scouts are 7-9-1 heading into tonight’s game at Maine Township. Maggie will be among four seniors honored when Lake Forest holds its Senior Night at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Lake Forest College’s ice arena.

Youkhanna Heading to North Park
Senior linebacker Brandon Youkhanna announced over the weekend that he will continue his football career at North Park University in Chicago. The Vikings play in the All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Brandon has been invited to play in the 46th annual Illinois High School Shrine Football Game this summer.

Odyssey Student Volunteer Positions Filled
The Odyssey organizing committee has closed the registration window for more student volunteers, since enough have signed up.


The Paramount Tall Club of Chicago is offering a $750 scholarship for Chicago-area graduating seniors who plan to attend a two-year or four-year college in the fall and meet the minimum height requirement of 5 feet, 10 inches for females and 6 feet, 2 inches for males. Applicants also must display strong academic achievement, involvement in school activities, volunteer work, and personal achievement. The recipient also will be considered for a $1,000 scholarship at an international level. The application is due by Feb. 10. Visit this link for more information.


A class action lawsuit claiming Chicago Public Schools discriminated against black educators when it announced layoffs in 2011 has been dismissed. The 2012 lawsuit by the Chicago Teachers Union was filed on behalf of 630 black educators who were among 1,470 CPS employees who were laid off. School officials said their determination on who would be laid off based on enrollment at the schools where the teachers worked.

Northwestern University Provost Jonathan Holloway on Tuesday was announced as the next president of Rutgers University. Holloway, 52, will be the first black president in the school’s history. A historian specializing in African American studies, Holloway received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, where he played football with New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.

Bradley University will receive $1 million in annual donations in perpetuity for scholarships in the sciences. The ongoing gift from a trust set up by an alumnus and his wife will be available to underclassmen, and will be used to not only enhance existing research work, but to increase the number of students studying in the field, the university said.

A University of Illinois music professor has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Musicology professor Christina Bashford was awarded one of 188 humanities grants across the nation receiving $30.9 million. She will use the grant on a book project about the impact of the violin on Great Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


The father of a student slain in Florida’s 2018 high school massacre is being appointed to the state Board of Education. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that he has appointed Ryan Petty to the board that oversees education policy in the state. Petty’s 14-year-old daughter Alaina was one of 17 people killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Universities often speak of their success in turning research into products that make life better, with the added bonus of contributing to the economy. Yet, U.S. colleges and universities are producing a surprisingly small proportion of the nation’s patents and start-ups and making so little money from licensing inventions that, at many schools, it doesn’t even cover the cost of managing them.

Over the years, a myth has taken hold that you can’t get student debt reduced or wiped out through bankruptcy. But many bankruptcy judges and legal scholars say that’s wrong. And bankruptcy can be a way to get help.

Even as actress Lori Loughlin and her husband were conspiring, prosecutors say, to bribe their daughter’s way into the University of Southern California, the school itself was courting them for donations and offering special treatment of the daughter’s application, new emails disclosed in the college admissions case show.

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