Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

Summer School Registration Opens
Registration has begun for Stevenson’s summer school program. Use this link for online registration. Walk-in registration also is available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days in Room 2414 of the West Building.

The first session of summer school begins June 2. Families should complete registration by March 6 to avoid having a class canceled by low enrollment. Visit our summer school web page for more information, and to read the 2020 summer school brochure.

14 Named Presidential Scholars Candidates
Fourteen seniors are among approximately 4,000 students invited to be candidates in the United States Presidential Scholars Program sponsored by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education.

Stevenson’s candidates are: Advait Deoskar, Dylan Hu, Shrusti Jain, Emily Kang, Jaesup Kim, Matthew Li, Emily Lu, Radha Patel, Pranav Putta, Gabriel Ran, Samuel Roytburd, Shreevarsha Shreekumar, Joshua Tsai and Anna WangClick here to see all U.S. candidates.

Students have three paths to become a Presidential Scholar. The majority are selected based on broad academic achievement. Approximately 20 will be chosen based on their scholarship and talent in the arts. Another 20 will be picked based on their ability and accomplishments in career and technical fields.

Approximately 600 students nationwide will be named semifinalists in April, and the 161-member Presidential Scholar class will be announced in May. The winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June for recognition ceremonies, including a White House-sponsored ceremony.

Since the program’s founding in 1964, five Stevenson students have been named Presidential Scholars: David Hou (Class of 2018), Kathy Xiang (Class of 2017), Vivian Wang (Class of 2013), Zach Blumenfeld (Class of 2011) and Michele Trickey (Class of 2006).

DePaul Anthology Features Alumni Poems
Poems by two alumni are featured in DePaul’s Blue Book: Best of Illinois High School Writing 2018-19, an anthology of literary pieces by students from around the state. Class of 2019 graduates Winston Wang and Cassie Wang (no relation) wrote “Grub” and “The Pattern of Sound,” respectively. Cassie’s poem appears on page 85 and Winston’s piece is on page 86. Their poems originally appeared in Stevenson’s literary arts journal, the WIT, which is led by Communication Arts teacher Jim Barnabee (Class of 1987). A launch reading is scheduled at DePaul University’s Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., from 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

SHS-TV to Livestream S-Factor Tonight
SHS-TV will broadcast tonight’s Kiva Club S-Factor student singing competition live from the Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7 p.m. The broadcast can be viewed at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. For those attending the competition, tickets are $10 at the door. Online ticket sales have ended.

Table Tennis Team Sweeps Pair
Stevenson’s varsity table tennis team beat Maine Township, 9-0, and Evanston, 8-1, during a meet at SHS Thursday evening. The junior varsity also defeated Maine Township, 5-4. Competitors included:

  • Seniors: Joseph Choi, Jason Leong, Jason Segal, Sam Wang and Eric Wu
  • Juniors: Doogyul Lee, Bradley Locker, Conan Pan, Nikhith Rao and David Wallach
  • Sophomores: Jean Andrei Bondad, Jasmine Leong and Rithvik Mandumula
  • Freshmen: Evan Clayson, Lance Locker and AJ Stewart

Next up for the Patriots are matches against Hinsdale Central and St. Charles East at Maine Township on Friday, Jan. 31.

Human Resources Assistant Earns State Award
The Illinois Association of School Personnel Administrators has selected Kathleen Burns to receive its Human Resources Support Staff Award for the 2019-20 school year. She is the administrative assistant to District 125 Director of Human Resources Dr. Kimberly Chambers. Burns, who has worked at Stevenson since May 1, 2014, received the honor Thursday at the IASPA annual conference in Lisle.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 3, Barrington 1: Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 30 saves for the Patriots (24-18-2 overall, 12-9 Scholastic Hockey League) at Twin Rinks. SHS fell behind 1-0 after the first period, but goals from senior Emmett Baker and junior Daniel Kabakov in the second turned the deficit into a 2-1 advantage. Senior Josh Wright added an empty net goal in the closing minute for the final score. Freshman Dylan Jette assisted on Stevenson’s first two goals, and classmate Davis Jegers also was credited with an assist on Emmett’s goal. Barrington fell to 14-8 in the SHL. – Video | Boxscore

Fencing Fundraiser at MOD Pizza Sunday
Stevenson’s fencing team will be having a fundraiser at MOD Pizza, 1555 Deerfield Pkwy., in Buffalo Grove from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Mention “Stevenson Fencing” when ordering.

Quick Hits
Tonight’s Think Pink/Kay Yow Night varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games will be streamed live from the Sports Center and can be seen on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30 and the varsity tips off at 7 o’clock. … Two sports teams, boys bowling and competitive dance (Patriettes) will compete in IHSA sectionals on Saturday. The bowlers will take part in the Elmhurst/Immaculate Conception Sectional, while the Patriettes will compete in the Mundelein Sectional. You can see results Saturday night at these links: Boys Bowling | Dance … Justin Smith (Class of 2017) is averaging 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for Indiana University’s men’s basketball team, which improved to 15-4 on the season with a 67-63 win over ninth-ranked Michigan State Thursday night. The 6-foot-7 junior forward has started all 19 games for the Hoosiers, after starting 32 of 35 contests last year.

Graduation Speaker Applications Now Open
Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at the commencement ceremony in May are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 30. Click here for the application.


The Indian Student Association is hosting India Night on Friday, Feb. 7 from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 6110 of the East Building addition. Admission is $4 and the evening will include food, performances and games.

Winter season teams for eSports have been formed, but the following teams are always looking for substitutes and students willing to improve their skills: League of Legends, Overwatch, Rocket League, CS:GO, and Rainbow6:Siege. Contact Mr. Barnabee at if interested. Also, casual players are always welcome to come to the West Learning Center (Room 7026) after school on Wednesdays from 3:45-6 p.m. to play a variety of games, including Roblox, Minecraft, R6, CSGO, Rocket League, League of Legends, and more.


Thirty Illinois educators have been named finalists for this year’s Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. They were chosen from a record-setting 732 nominations received from 64 counties. The finalists include teachers from schools in Northbrook and Bannockburn.

A Waukegan High School student was “cut or stabbed” with a pair of scissors during a fight Wednesday afternoon at the school’s Brookside campus. Two students began to fight when a third got involved. Two of them were taken to the hospital.

A 12-year-old boy has been suspended from Sauk Elementary School in south suburban Richton Park for 10 days, after he was caught bringing a gun to school. Some students who were on a school bus with the boy saw him with the gun, and told the principal.

A former St.Viator counselor and coach was indicted Thursday on a felony charge of sexually abusing a minor. Joseph Majkowski had previously been charged with sending inappropriate text messages to four 15-year-old students. Those misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges are still pending.

The athletic director of Peoria Heights High School has resigned his position after what school district leaders termed “inappropriate” communications with recent female graduates. Matt King was the high school’s baseball coach before he retired from that post in 2018. He coached the Patriots for 10 years, guiding the team to a state title in 2017.

Illinois students don’t have to play hookie or worry about rushing to the polls after school anymore thanks to a new law that allows students to be excused from class to cast their ballots. Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation this week giving Illinois students two hours away from school to vote in a primary, general, special or any other public election. The law takes effect June 1.


Indiana University will no longer use the SAT or ACT as a general admissions requirement. Six other campuses in the IU system have opted to go test-optional as well. Students who would enroll in fall 2021 no longer need to submit their test scores on their applications.

George Soros on Thursday announced the creation of a $1 billion global network that seeks to “transform” higher education. The Open Society University Network will seek to integrate teaching and research across higher education institutions worldwide, with a focus on neglected populations.

A Ball State University professor called police on a student who declined the teacher’s request that he move desks during the middle of a marketing class. The university president called the professor’s call to police “a gross error of judgment.”

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