Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

Two From SHS Winners in Congressional App Challenge
Two SHS students have named winners in the annual Congressional App Challenge sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives. The competition is a coding contest for middle school and high school students in congressional districts around the country, and is meant to encourage them to pursue careers in computer science.

Junior Krishna Patel won the 10th Congressional District contest, while freshman Maanas Kausthub Mallela and his younger sister Riddhi Mallela, an eighth-grader at Twin Groves Middle School, were selected for top honors in the Sixth Congressional District.

Krishna developed LogIt, an app that allows students with learner’s permits to log their state-required 50 practice driving hours electronically. The Mallela siblings created Take Me Places, an app that helps senior citizens find transportation to events. Here are links to the demonstration videos they submitted for the contest: LogIt | Take Me Places

This year, more than 10,000 students registered for the Congressional App Challenge, and submitted 2,177 functioning apps.

Foundation Sponsoring “Happy Together” Saturday Night
The Stevenson High School Foundation is sponsoring “Happy Together,” a concert by the married musical duo of Michael and Angela Ingersoll, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the West Auditorium (new location). Michael starred in the Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco productions of “Jersey Boys,” and also performed with Under the Streetlamp. Angela, meanwhile, is the Emmy-nominated star of “End of the Rainbow” and “Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland.” Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets and get a taste of the tandem in action, visit

Long Grove Imposing Higher Fines for Passing Stopped Buses
The Long Grove Village Board on Tuesday passed an ordinance imposing higher fines on drivers who illegally pass a standing school bus when its stop arm is extended, the Daily Herald reports. The action comes after residents complained about speeding drivers passing stopped buses to avoid Lake-Cook Road and Arlington Heights Road on the southern part of District 125’s border. Fines will jump from $150 to $300 for a first offense, and will increase from $500 to $1,000 for more than one offense. The board‘s action follows a similar state law that went into effect Jan. 1.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Lake Zurich 144.80, Stevenson 143.80: Emily Weinstein won the all-around competition in her final regular-season home meet on Senior Night in the Field House. She posted an overall score of 36.90, which included capturing two events: uneven bars (9.7) and vault (9.4). Emily also tied for second in floor exercise (9.5). Junior Ainslee Cutler was third in the all-around (36.15), tying for second place on uneven bars (9.5). Freshman Ashley Schabes finished second in vault (9.25), tied for fourth on floor (9.3), and was fourth in the all-around (35.75). The meet also included Lake Forest Academy and Wauconda. – Official Results

Girls Bowling
Round Lake 2,210, Stevenson 2,044

Winter ESPPA Nominations Now Open
Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out this form. The nomination deadline is March 11. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on March 16.

Quick Hits
Southeast Missouri State University’s athletic program has named former SHS all-state football player Mark Weisman (Class of 2010) as its director of strength and conditioning. Weisman previously worked as assistant strength coach in the football program at the University of Iowa, where he was a standout running back from 2012-14. Southeast Missouri’s football team won the Ohio Valley Conference championship in 2019 and reached the NCAA Football Championship Series playoffs.


The Sommer Foundation is awarding scholarships ranging from $3,000-$5,000 for college-bound seniors who have experienced the death of a parent. Applicants must be able to display strong academic promise, positive co-curricular or work experience, contributions through community or school service, and financial need. Applications are due by March 6. For more information, visit


Open gym baseball is open to all students from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Sundays through March 1 in the Field House. Contact Coach Skala at for more information.


The Counter Strike: Global Offensive varsity esports team will play its first game of the new season at 6 o’clock tonight. The game can be seen on Stevenson’s Twitch page at


After more than two decades of asking, Southern Illinois University’s Communications Building is finally getting state support for an upgrade. On Tuesday, Gov. JB Pritzker visited the Carbondale campus to announce the release of $8.3 million to begin an $83 million renovation and expansion.

The Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case of a suburban teacher who claims her school district denied her full use of paid sick leave because she had a baby before summer break.

Antioch Elementary District 34 has hired its next superintendent, and the choice was close to home. Bradford Hubbard, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Antioch Community High School District 117, was hired Tuesday. He replaces Jay Marino, who was placed on leave Nov. 1 for an undisclosed reason.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced plans to further relax heightened school meal nutrition standards created by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which was championed by former first lady Michelle Obama. The proposed changes won praise from some school nutrition workers, who said they would give them more flexibility to manage tight budgets and the logistics of feeding students. But children’s health advocacy groups said the new rules may serve to erode progress in tackling issues like childhood obesity.

A year after some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers walked out of their classrooms for a six-day strike, most parents and teachers would be hard-pressed to see defining differences in classrooms and schools. Most classes are one student smaller, and the district has been unable to hire the nurses promised for every campus.

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