Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

West Building, Stadium Upgrades Approved
The District 125 Board of Education on Monday approved spending approximately $7.8 million this summer to address several structural and equipment shortcomings in the West Building and Stadium.

Leading the way is replacement and rerouting of the original main sewer line installed for the school’s opening in 1965. Four original bathrooms also will be replaced. The work will require the West Building to be shut down for the entire summer since water will be unavailable. Other work planned for the West Building includes:

  • Replacing the roof over the Wood Commons and the Quiet Learning Center
  • Tuckpointing and exterior wall repairs in two of the courtyards
  • Replacing and relocating the building’s emergency generator
  • Renovating the journalism and yearbook classroom
  • Replacing carpet throughout the south half of the West Building.

In the Stadium, the synthetic field turf, track and scoreboard will be replaced, along with chain-link fencing along the track perimeter. The bathrooms under the west bleachers also will be renovated.

Archers On Target in Chicago Tournament
The varsity archery team captured first place at the Phoenix Academy tournament Saturday in Chicago. The junior varsity finished fourth. The varsity Patriots tallied a team score of 3,138 with 117 bullseyes, while the JV had a score of 2,801 and 52 bullseyes. Senior Sylvia Zhang finished second among all female archers, posting a score of 278 with 15 bullseyes. Junior Hayden Gantt placed third among all males with a score of 276 and 14 bullseyes. Other top 10 finishers in the female division included sophomore Elisabeth Clavel, who was fourth (274, 14 bullseyes), senior Caitlin Goldberg (fifth, 272, 13) and senior Erin Fitzgerald (seventh, 270, 10). On the boys’ side, junior Chris Chong was eighth (267, 8). Sophomore novice archer Rinnell Borges added a 246 score and seven bullseyes.

Chess Team Earns No. 1 Seed in State Tournament
Stevenson has earned the No. 1 seed among 127 schools participating in this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state chess tournament in Peoria. SHS will be making its 17th consecutive trip to the state tournament. The Patriots have a long tradition of excelling at state, finishing in the top seven every year since 2004. Included in the 16-year run is a state championship in 2008, five second-place finishes, and two third-place efforts, in 2018 and 2019. Coach Vincent Springer and his squad open play at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday; the tournament concludes Saturday.

Five Freshmen Qualify for Robotics State Tournament
A featuring five SHS freshman and a peer from Fremd High School have qualified for next week’s Illinois FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge state championship. Purav DattaSiddharth PaleatiAlex PollockMax Jin and Nathan Bekin and their Fremd partner won all 10 of their matches at Sunday’s North East Suburban League competition at Highland Park High School, earning a bid to the state finals Feb. 21-22 at Elgin Community College. Team Electro also won first place in the Design Award category, and placed third in the Collins Aerospace Innovation Award category. The team qualified for the FIRST World Championship last year.

Table Tennis Team Gearing Up for State
Stevenson’s two table tennis teams have winning records. SHS Gold is 6-1 after recent wins over Hinsdale Central, 6-3, and Niles West, 9-0. SHS Green is 3-2 after dropping matches to Niles West, 6-3, and Loyola Academy, 7-2. The Patriots have finished second in the state the past two years, and several members of those squads have been mainstays for coach Todd Sikora this season. Seniors Eric Wu and Jason Leong are captain and assistant captain, respectively. Other returning players from 2018 and 2019 state runners-up include seniors Paul Park and Sam Wang, and juniors Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao. Returning players from last year’s second-place team also include senior Joseph Choi and sophomore Jasmine Leong. Also contributing this year have been senior Jason Segal, juniors David Wallach, Brad Locker, Conan Pan and Doogyul Lee; sophomores Jean Andrei BondadFrank Gao and Rithvik Mandumula; and freshmen Srihas RaoLance Locker, Abhinav Meraga and Zack Baden. The Interscholastic Table Tennis Illinois state meet is set for Feb. 29.

Winter Choral Concert Tonight
The school’s choirs will perform during the Winter Choral Concert at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 48, Lake Zurich 24: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, and classmate RJ Holmes added 13 points and nine rebounds, as the host Patriots (19-4, 9-1) set up a showdown at Mundelein (22-3, 9-1) on Friday for sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Conference. Against Lake Zurich, Stevenson continued its strong defensive play, holding the Bears (7-16, 2-8) to 13 points over the first three quarters. The Patriots have allowed the fewest points in league play (409), with Tuesday’s 24-point effort their best of the season. In its last seven games, SHS has held opponents to an average of 33.1 points per contest. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily HeraldMaxPreps

Mundelein Game Information: Advance tickets will not be available for Friday’s game, which tips off at 7 p.m. Doors to the MHS gymnasium will open at 4:45. Seating is limited. Students will need their Stevenson ID if they want admission for the $2 student price. Otherwise, they will have to pay the adult admission price of $5.

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 107, Waukegan 33: The Patriots (6-2, 5-0) wrapped up a perfect North Suburban Conference regular season with a convincing win on the road. Senior AJ Carollo won two individual events, the 100-yard freestyle (49.72) and the 100 back (56.31). Sophomore Brandon Xiong captured the 100 breaststroke (1:06.91), and swam in two winning relays. He was part of the 200 medley relay (1:47.04) with seniors Ari Zaritsky and Jack Zhang, and freshman Michael Wywrocki, and swam the final leg of the 400 free relay (3:27.32) that included Jack, Ari and junior Alan Luo. Alan won the 200 free (1:54.96), while senior Jake Kim captured the 50 free (22.27) and finished the 200 free relay (1:35.89) after freshmen Jack Curtin and Jonny Farber, and sophomore Walker Olson. Next up for Stevenson is the North Suburban Conference Championships meet Friday and Saturday. The Patriots are seeking their sixth consecutive league title.

Spring Sports Registration Reminder
With three spring sports starting next week – girls and boys track and field, and boys gymnastics — parents are reminded to make sure their students are registered in advance. Students will not be allowed to participate until they have registered with Stevenson Athletics. Click here for athletic registration.

Quick Hits
Three members of Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference champion varsity cheerleading team have been earned all-conference and three others received honorable mention. The all-NSC selections are seniors Nina LozovnoyGrace Liebl and Jamie Fisher, while the honorable mention picks are seniors Sydney Ring and Kayla Ghazvini and junior Rachel Max. … Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Waukegan will be streamed live from the Sports Center and shown on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … The junior varsity boys ice hockey team plays host to Glenbrook North on Thursday in Game 1 of the Scholastic Hockey League JV playoff semifinals. The puck drops at 5:50 p.m. at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. Stevenson enters the game with a 37-10-1 record.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon
The next Patriot Parent Association bake sale is this afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


Illinoisans do not have a high regard for public schools outside their own communities, according to a new report from the Illinois Education Association. The group’s State of Education survey of 1,000 Illinois residents yielded an overall grade of “C-” to public schools, although respondents gave their local public schools an “A” or “B” grade. Full report

A University of Illinois-led innovation center is included in the 78 megadevelopment along the Chicago River in the city’s South Loop, part of a $7 billion riverfront project announced today. Construction will start next year on the 62-acre project, which will include apartments, student housing and retail space and eventually stretch from the South Loop to Chinatown.

The art of growing cannabis will become a minor subject at Western Illinois University in the fall, school officials announced Monday. The minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours with additional coursework offered by the school’s department of biological sciences.


A surprising new problem is thwarting the success of some college students today: too many choices. Due to “helicopter” parents, or perhaps because they are the first in their family to attend college, some take courses they don’t need, pick majors they will later change, and don’t know what to do when the resulting problems leave them on the brink of flunking out. Now some institutions that once let students sink or swim are trying to confront this problem by taking critical choices away from them.

About 95% of American public schools conduct some form of regular active shooter safety drill, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But concerns are growing that these drills have not been proven effective in preventing violence and that they may even traumatize some students. Now, the nation‘s largest education unions are joining with the advocacy group Everytown For Gun Safety in calling for schools to reassess the use of lockdown drills.

The Trump administration on Monday released its $66.6 billion budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Education, which would cut the agency’s funding by about 8%. Among its provisions, the budget plan would eliminate subsidized federal student loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Higher ed experts say the cuts are largely familiar from previous budget cycles and have little chance of passing Congress.

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