Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

Robotics Team Wins NEIU Championship
Stevenson’s four robotics teams all qualified for the elimination round at Saturday’s Tower Takeover VEX Event at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. One of them, “Steel Team 7,” won the tournament title. In addition, the team won its second Design Award of the season. Steel Team 7 will represent Stevenson at next month’s state finals at Illinois State University. The Steel Team 7 roster featured an all-sophomore lineup: Joshua Neela, Johnny Burrer, Tanmay Panchpor, Neil Thakker, Andrei Nistor, Iyad Hamid and Adam Taylor.

Senior to Sing Anthem at State Tournament
Three-time all-state vocalist Samhita Madduru has been selected to sing the national anthem at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A and 2A boys basketball state tournament on Friday, March 13. The senior will perform before the start of the first semifinal games in Class 1A and Class 2A. Samhita, an alto, recently sang at the Illinois Music Education Association all-state music festival in Peoria. She earned all-state honors in each of her final three years at Stevenson. Earlier this school year, Samhita sang the national anthem before the start of the Students Helping Soldiers club’s annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony.

WIT Earns Honor From NCTE
The 2019 edition of The WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts journal, earned a superior rating in the National Council of Teachers of English’s annual Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) program. Click here to see all Illinois schools honored.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Barrington 2, Stevenson 0: The Broncos claimed the first game in the best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series. Senior Jeremy Riback made 27 saves for the Patriots. The two teams will square off again at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine.

Eight Student-Athletes Announce College Choices
Eight senior student-athletes announced their college choices during a National Letter of Intent Day ceremony Thursday afternoon in the Wood Commons. The honored athletes were:

Quick Hits
The cheerleading team competes in the Illinois High School Association state tournament preliminary round in Bloomington at 4:10 p.m. today. Stevenson is one of 25 schools in the Large Team Division. The Patriots, who have placed third the last two years, are making their fifth consecutive trip to state. The top 10 teams will advance to Saturday’s finals. Click here for results. The IHSA will stream the preliminaries and finals live (for a fee) at its NFHS Network page. … The wrestling and girls bowling teams will compete in IHSA regionals on Saturday. The wrestlers serve as host to an individual regional in the Sports Center starting at 9 a.m., while the bowlers will travel to Hoffman Estates for the Schaumburg Regional. … The girls basketball team has received the No. 4 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Palatine Sectional. Hersey is No. 1, followed by Libertyville and Fremd. Pairings are scheduled to be posted later today at the IHSA website.

SHSHacks Coding Marathon Next Weekend
SHSHacks, a 24-hour collaborative coding marathon, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16 in the Quiet Learning Center. The event is sponsored by Girls in STEAM and the Computer Science Club. Students will form teams, brainstorm ideas, and program a working project in one fast-paced 24-hour period. Any high school student, from SHS or elsewhere, can participate. There is no charge to attend. Check-in starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and the event concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Visit for all the details, and to register.

Seniors Can Apply for Community Service Honor
At the 2019 commencement ceremony, 60 students were honored for their extraordinary commitment to community service throughout their four years at Stevenson. Will you join them in May? The Senior Service Recognition application is now open. Click here to apply. Applications are due by March 13.


The Breakfast with Books Club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!


The IM climbing club has excursions to Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills on the next four Wednesdays. The climbing dates are Feb. 12, 19 and 26, and March 4. The mini-bus will leave parking lot C at 4 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. each time. Students have to register and pay $10 to join. They also need to fill out a waiver to join; the waiver is available in the Student Activities Office. Sign up each week by Wednesday morning and pay $10 for each trip. Contact Mr. Wellington at for more information.


The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees is expected to approve a freeze on student tuition and fees for the 2020 school year at both SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville, according to the university. SIU Carbondale freshman applications are up about 27% over this time last year, and the number of admitted students is up 21%. SIUE is reporting similar numbers.

About 200 Lincoln Park High School students staged a sit-in Thursday morning, followed by a walkout and rally where they demanded the reinstatement of their fired principal and assistant principal. In a letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, Lincoln Park’s Local School Council defended the ousted administrators and said CPS overreacted in deciding to remove them.

A spacecraft named after a Bradley University alumnus who was the first African American chosen as an astronaut is set to launch for the International Space Station on Sunday afternoon. The S.S. Robert H. Lawrence Jr. honors the memory of the 1956 BU chemistry graduate who was killed during a 1967 jet flight in which he was training another pilot.


The number of U.S. students taking an Advanced Placement course increased 57% over the past decade, and the number scoring high enough on at least one AP exam to earn college credit has increased 60% over that time, College Board officials announced Thursday. The change in exam registration from spring to fall, which took effect this school year, has seen an increase in the percentage of black and Hispanic students signing up.

As concerns about China’s coronavirus outbreak spread, universities are scrambling to assess the risks to their programs, and some are canceling study-abroad opportunities and prohibiting travel affecting hundreds of thousands of students. After U.S. officials recommended against nonessential trips to China, many universities limited travel there. Two of the 12 confirmed U.S. cases are linked to college campuses.

A state commission in Maryland is proposing an overhaul of high schools that could change the “college for all” mindset. The Kirwan Commission calls for redesigning high school to create two paths for advanced students: one a high-level academic track full of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes; and the other through career and technology programs. Despite pushing Maryland students toward college, just 39% of those who completed high school in 2010 finished a degree by age 25.

The Food and Drug Administration is banning most flavored e-cigarettes, but teenagers are exploiting a policy loophole to keep vaping. A footnote on page 9 of the new policy permits all flavors to continue to be sold in devices that cannot be refilled and are designed to be disposed of after the flavored nicotine has run dry. Many teens are switching from Juul to those devices.

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