Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

Free Practice SAT Exam Deadline is Monday
All juniors are invited to take a free, full-length SAT practice test at Stevenson on Saturday, Feb. 8. The registration deadline is Monday. Use this link to register, and for more information. The practice test is offered through Revolution Prep, a nationwide leader in tutoring and test preparation. The test does not include the essay portion, and accommodations will not be provided.

Alumni Brothers in the News
There is good news and sad news with two brothers who graduated from Stevenson and have been involved in public service. First, the sad news. Lake County Board member Adam Didech (Class of 2007) announced his resignation this week, citing declining health. Didech was elected to the board in 2018. He also is stepping down from the Lake County Forest Preserves Board. On a more positive note, older brother and State Rep. Daniel Didech (Class of 2005) recently honored his alma mater on earning its fifth National Blue Ribbon School award. Daniel presented the District 125 Board of Education with a formal resolution of congratulations from the Illinois House of Representatives at its Jan. 13 meeting. He presented the resolution to the school board and to Superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell, who was Daniel’s World Religions teacher at SHS.

Frosh-Soph Play Sold Out
All tickets have been sold for tonight’s and Saturday night’s freshman-sophomore play performances.


Kasemets Named Head Girls Swim Coach
Stevenson has hired Ayrton Kasemets as its new girls swimming and diving coach. He replaces SHS alumnus Kevin Zakrzewski (Class of 2000), who stepped down from the position in December after five seasons. Kasemets currently serves as an assistant coach on the Patriot boys swimming and diving staff, leading the JV2 squad. Kasemets was an all-state and All-American swimmer at Mundelein High School, earning three state medals. Returning members of the girls swimming and diving program are invited to meet with Coach Kasemets at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in the Little Theater portion (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. Read more about the new girls swim coach.

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots placed third with 143.2 points, behind first-time champion Lake Zurich (145.7) and Lake Forest (145.3), and ended up second in the overall league standings after tying for first in NSC dual meets. Senior Emily Weinstein finished third in the all-around with 37.35 points. She was second on balance beam (9.4), third on vault (9.45), tied for third on uneven bars (9.35), and tied for fifth in floor exercise (9.15). Sophomore Ally Gitler was ninth in the all-around (35.50) and placed seventh in floor exercise (9.1). Freshman Ashley Schabes tied for fifth on vault (9.35), was eighth on floor (9.0), and tied for 10th in the all-around (35.45). Junior Ainslee Cutler tied for ninth on bars (9.0). Next up for Stevenson is the IHSA Libertyville Regional on Wednesday. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, Glenbrook South 2: The Patriots closed the regular season with a win at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Senior Brett Stokes scored a goal and assisted on another for SHS (26-20-2 overall, 14-11 Scholastic Hockey League), which never trailed. Junior Georgi Gagua opened the scoring midway through the first period, assisted by Brett and fellow senior Itai Kleiman, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of Stevenson until the third. Brett, classmate Josh Wright and junior Andrew Chambers scored for the Pats in the final period. Goalie Jeremy Riback, a senior, made 20 saves for SHS, which outshot the Titans, 28-22. Stevenson will now prepare for the Scholastic Hockey League playoffs and the Blackhawk Cup state tournament. – Boxscore

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 122, Warren 62: The Patriots improved to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference with the victory over the Blue Devils (4-1 NSC) in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Senior Jack Zhang won two events and also swam on a victorious relay. He captured the 50-yard freestyle (22.72) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.56), and was part of the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.42) with freshmen Jonny FarberMichael Wywrocki and Jack Curtin. Michael won the 500 free (5:12.51), while Jonny swam a leg in the first-place 200 free relay (1:30.92) with senior AJ Carollo and juniors Elik Gurovich and Dima Kobets. Elik also claimed top honors in the 200 individual medley (2:05.02). Other winners for Stevenson were senior Jake Kim in the 100 backstroke (58.69), junior Foster Swanson in the 200 free (1:52.03), and freshman Danny Silverstein in 1-meter diving (234.55). This was the last home appearance for SHS until it hosts the IHSA regional meet on Feb. 22. – Daily Herald

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson 47, Warren 25: In the Field House on Military and Teacher Appreciation Night, the Patriots received pins from freshman Lorenzo Frezza (113 pounds), juniors Keegan Houlihan (285) and Michael Crawford (220), and senior Randy Lu (126). Senior Ethan Klondar won by injury default in the opening match at 138 pounds. Other wins came from sophomores Jacob Whiting (170) and Cole Rhemrev (120), junior Alex Swidler (106), and senior Matthew Millman (195), who avenged a loss to his Blue Devil opponent from last weekend’s Lake County Invitational. The Patriots close out their regular-season schedule tonight at Lake Forest, then will play host to an IHSA regional on Saturday, Feb. 8. Click here to watch video from Wednesday’s match.

Quick Hits
The varsity cheerleading team will compete in the IHSA Niles West Sectional at 5:58 p.m. Saturday. Stevenson is seeking its fifth consecutive trip to the state finals, and 15th in the last 16 years. Use this link to see sectional results Saturday night.

Mind Your Mind Crewnecks for Sale
Mind Your Mind, Stevenson’s mental health awareness club, is selling crewnecks for $18. The design is hand-drawn by one of the club’s members, junior Layla Wang. The deadline to order is Friday, Feb. 14. Use this link to order.

Special Resource for Students Taking AP Exams
Students taking AP exams this spring are encouraged to look at the AP Bulletin, which is now available from The College Board. The bulletin includes information on how the College Board uses AP exam scores and students’ personal information, how AP exams are scored, and more. Visit the AP web page for details.

Need Career Ideas? Visit the Trades Expo on Feb. 6
Students are invited to learn about careers in a variety of trades at the Trades Expo during all lunch periods on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 2104. Representatives from more than 20 trades will be on hand to discuss careers in areas ranging from electrical and automotive work, to being a pharmacy technician or veterinarian’s assistant. Many trades offer on-the-job training and paid education.


The girls soccer team will have an information meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Chavez at


Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that he is releasing the remaining $52.3 million for Illinois State University’s long-awaited fine arts complex project, which is projected to cost $61.9 million. The project has been on the university’s capital request list for about 20 years and money has been earmarked for the project before, only to be held up by the state’s budget troubles.

Bradley University’s top academic official is proposing to eliminate several programs and put more emphasis on others. If approved, gone would be majors in physics, theater, and three of the six majors in the family and consumer science program — retail merchandising, family and consumer science and the teaching degree in family and consumer science.


It’s well known that America’s teachers don’t look much like the country’s students. It turns out that the voters who elect America’s school boards don’t, either. A new study appears to be the first of its kind to quantify the demographic mismatch, and it’s sizable.

Atlanta-based utility giant Southern Co. has committed $50 million to historically black colleges and universities in Georgia and five other southern states. Southern Co., which owns and operates Georgia Power, said the money will go to scholarships, internships, leadership development, and access to technology.

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