Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

More Than 30 Honored for Writing, Art
More than 30 students earned regional awards in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition at the University of Iowa. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. Approximately 350,000 works of art and writing are submitted annually, covering 29 categories.

Seventeen SHS students earned Gold Key awards, given to the top 5-7% of all entries. Gold Key winners receive automatic consideration for national medals, which will be announced in March. Junior Seohyun (Bella) Kim earned four Gold Key awards for the second straight year, while senior Patrick Tong also received four Gold Keys. Bella received two Gold Keys in sculpture, one in painting, and one in the personal essay and memoir category. Her sculpture, “Still Life,” also received an American Visions nomination, which is given to one piece in the regional considered to be “best of show.”

Sophomore Katie Lee received three Gold Key awards, two for poetry and one for personal essay and memoir. Junior Laya Reddy earned two Gold Keys in poetry, and one of her pieces, “Aubade of the Landless,” was an American Voices (or “best of show”) nominee. Senior Xinting Guo and junior Madeline Mitchell also received two Gold Key awards.

Award winners will be invited to a ceremony at the University of Iowa on Saturday, March 7. Click here for all of Stevenson’s award winners.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 45, Lake Zurich 23: The host Patriots (22-7, 8-4) shut out the Bears (14-10, 7-4) in the first and third quarters en route to their 10th victory in the last 11 games. Sophomore Ava Bardic nearly outscored the opponents, nailing four 3-pointers and finishing with 21 points, all in the first three quarters. Senior Avery King scored eights and sophomore Simone Sawyer added seven. – NFHS Network replay

Quick Hits
The state champion Patriettes competitive dance team will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday in Room 2104 of the West Building. … The girls gymnastics team competes in the four-team IHSA Libertyville Regional tonight at 6:30. SHS, the host school, Highland Park and Mundelein are the schools involved. … Tuesday’s Digest reported the wrong day for the varsity boys ice hockey team’s Scholastic Hockey League playoff opener. The Patriots will play Barrington at 7:20 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake.

Visiting Artist Presentation on Friday
The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Nadine “Yadi” Royster, will give a presentation for students during fifth and seventh periods on Friday at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. She also will give a Stevenson Foundation-sponsored ARTalk for the community at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

Mural Unveiling in East Building Today
All students, faculty and staff are invited for the unveiling of an installation by Odyssey Artist-in-Residence Brandin Hurley at 3:45 today on the third floor of the East Building addition. Working in the Upper Forum for the two days of Odyssey, Hurley will create an installation for the new Art Wall in the East Building addition. Her work will feature sculpted and embroidered insects native to Illinois.


The inspector general of Chicago Public Schools is stepping down after the school board hired a law firm to investigate complaints that he berated employees and created a toxic workplace, city officials said Monday. Nicholas Schuler, who has held the position since 2014, has two years remaining on his current four-year term.

Faculty members at Loyola University Chicago criticized the university for abruptly firing all of its English as a second language instructors, full- and part-time, last spring. The terminated professors at the time understood that they were being let go because the language program was ending. Yet the university has since insisted that the program never closed and, citing fluctuations in international student enrollment, says that it’s now operating on a scalable staffing model.

The 13-year-old Chicago Virtual Charter School, believed to be Illinois’ first and only primarily online public school for kindergarten through 12th grade, may be on the verge of shutting down. The Chicago Board of Education decided in December to rescind the school’s charter, citing low academic performance. The school has filed an appeal with the Illinois State Board of Education, seeking to have it come under state control.


A University of California System panel has refused to endorse removing the SAT and ACT as a requirement for admissions. The decision comes as UC is being sued by advocates who argue the tests disadvantage low-income and minority students. The panel’s decision is only one factor that system President Janet Napolitano will take into consideration before making a final judgment.

More than 1.5 million U.S. public school students experienced homelessness during the 2017-2018 school year, according to a National Center for Homeless Education report. The number is the highest recorded in more than 10 years and represents a 15% increase between 2015 and 2018, the three most recent school years covered in the report.

Some districts are souring on an app intended to let Florida students anonymously alert schools and law enforcement to potential trouble before it happens. The Fortify Florida app, which went live 18 months ago, has generated more than 6,000 tips statewide. However, many of the tips turned out to be erroneous and time-consuming.

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