Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Science Olympiad Team Second in Ohio
Stevenson finished second at the largest Science Olympiad competition in the nation last weekend. The Green team was runner-up in the 72-team Division C at the Solon High School Invitational in Solon, Ohio. The Patriots finished with 224 points, 23 behind champion Mason High School from Mason, Ohio, and two points ahead of New Trier’s A team. The Patriot Gold team placed 12th.

SHS took top honors in two events. Junior Hannah Liu and sophomore Greycen Ren combined to capture Anatomy and Physiology, while junior Jared Machtinger and senior Roy Zhou placed first in Astronomy. Freshman Joshua Song and senior Radha Patel were second in Anatomy and Physiology, while junior Richard Bi and senior Andrew Lee were second in Circuit Lab.

Stevenson also had a quartet of third-place showings, with senior Josh Tsai involved in two of them. He paired with Radha in Designer Genes, and with junior Phyllis Wang in Machines. The other third-place efforts came from Hannah and Greycen in Disease Detectives, and Jared and senior Anna Wang in Dynamic Planet. Other award-winners included:

Fourth Place: senior Shannon Kang and sophomore Jonny Abraham (Forensics); Richard and Jared (Machines), and Phyllis and Josh Tsai (Sounds of Music).

Fifth Place: Hannah and junior Emily Liu (Boomilever); Joshua Song, junior Chaitanya Vengali and freshman Iris Li (Experimental Design); and Anna and Jared (GeoLogic Mapping).

Sixth Place: Phyllis and freshman Siddhant Sen (Astronomy); Andrew, Roy and senior Eric Gan (Codebuster); Roy, Shannon and Eric (Protein Modeling); and Anna and Greycen (Water Quality).

Seventh Place: Radha and Siddhant (Disease Detectives).

Eighth Place: juniors Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel (Detector Building); Sneha, Emily and freshman Trisha Mondal (Experimental Design); Anna and Emily (Fossils); and Trisha and freshman Kevin Qian (Ornithology).

Model UN Team Earns Top Delegation Honor
Stevenson won the Outstanding Large Delegation award at Saturday’s Francis W. Parker High School Model United Nations Conference in Chicago. Several students earned individual honors, led by juniors Carson Ezell and Jeanette Han, who received Best Delegate awards. Three capture Outstanding Delegate honors: Senior Anand Vadlamani and juniors Alex Zhou and Isabel Perlin. Junior Elizabeth Matlin garnered an Honorable Mention.

Where to Dispose Prescription Medications
Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

A common misperception is that prescription drugs are safer or less harmful since they are prescribed by doctors. There are actually many short- and long-term health consequences for misuse of prescription drugs. Stimulants can cause paranoia, dangerously high body temperatures, and an irregular heartbeat. Opioids can cause slowed breathing, nausea and drowsiness. Depressants can cause slurred speech, shallow breathing, and seizures. These side effects are particularly harmful to the developing brain and body of adolescents. Prescription drug misuse or abuse can affect judgement and inhibition, increasing risks for misusing other kinds of drugs and engaging in risky behaviors.

Two-thirds of teens who misused prescription pain medication said that they got them from family and friends, including from their home’s medicine cabinets. Safe storage and disposal of medications decreases opportunities for access to prescription medications. For a list of safe disposal locations, click here.


Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Lake Zurich will be streamed live from the Sports Center on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game tips off at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … The varsity boys ice hockey team will play Barrington in the first round of the Scholastic Hockey League playoffs at 7:20 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake. The Broncos are the No. 4 seed and the Patriots No. 5. Stevenson’s JV, the No. 2 seed in the JV SHL playoffs, will take on Barrington’s JV at 7:30 tonight at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion on Buffalo Grove.

SPARK Information Meetings on Friday
Students interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during the lunch periods on Friday in Room 6110. Meetings will take place during each half-lunch period. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research.

Student Pep Bus to Watch Cheerleaders at State
Stevenson Athletics is sponsoring a pep bus for students who want to watch the varsity cheerleaders perform at the Illinois High School Association state finals Friday in Bloomington. Visit the cheerleading web page for details.


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.

Pass on the Beat will not meet on Wednesday.


The boys baseball team will have an information meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Skala at nskala@d125.org.


Open gym opportunities for badminton will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Field House. Each sport will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mr. Wellington at awellington@d125.org.


The allegations that led to the ouster of top administrators at Lincoln Park High School and the cancelation of the boys basketball season last week included multiple instances of sexual misconduct, retaliation against witnesses, lying to families and financial mismanagement of the athletics program, Chicago Public Schools officials said at a meeting at the school Monday night. CPS Chief Schools Officer Bogdana Chkoumbova told a packed school auditorium that the decision to remove the school leadership is “irreversible.”

A former special education student in Barrington Area Unit School District 220 is suing the district, seeking $25 million in damages over allegations a teacher sexually abused him on more than 30 occasions in the early 2000s. The teacher no longer works for the district, and did not face criminal charges in connection with the accusations.

Elk Grove High School Principal Paul Kelly — named Illinois High School Principal of the Year two years ago — is one of six finalists for a prestigious Golden Apple award, officials announced Monday. The winner of the Excellence in Leadership and Excellence in Teaching will be notified this spring during a surprise school visit by Golden Apple officials.

The head of North Chicago Community High School’s social studies department will be among the Lake County residents attending tonight’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. David Brothman, who has worked at North Chicago since 1999, was invited by U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider.

Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 opened its new headquarters Monday. The new location, at 111 Barclay Blvd. in Lincolnshire, will be the working place for 19 employees. The district staff previously worked at Daniel Wright Junior High School on Riverwoods Road.


Four states will be exempted from certain federal statutes or regulations under an Every Student Succeeds Act program that allows such flexibility, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday. Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont have been approved for the Education Flexibility Program.

Low-income students at the University of Texas at Austin will receive scholarships, laptops and mentoring services as a result of a $100 million donation the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is making in hopes of raising their graduation rates.

The law school at the University of California, Berkeley has stripped itself of a 19th century namesake who espoused racist views that led to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. John Boalt’s name was removed from a school building Thursday after a three-year process.

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