Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Conference Title
Stevenson’s varsity Scholastic Bowl team won its conference championship on Wednesday, defeating Waukegan, Mundelein and Lake Forest to finish its regular season with a 14-0 record. The junior varsity, which also went 14-0, had three players place in the top 20 at Saturday’s Auburn Knights Challenge in Rockford. Freshman Arunabh Ganguli finished second, sophomore Johnny Abraham placed 10th, and sophomore Spandan Goel was 14th.

Odyssey Recap in the Tribune
The Chicago Tribune spent time at last week’s Odyssey fine arts festival, observing a handful of events and classes on its first day. Here is its report, which includes juniors Tess Koleno and John Prince among those interviewed. This video offers an Odyssey overview.

Two eSports Club Squads Remain Unbeaten
The eSports Club Winter Open 2020 season continued with matches the past two weeks. The varsity Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams both went 2-0 to remain unbeaten. The Overwatch squad beat teams from Indiana and Texas by 3-0 scores, while CS:GO prevailed over schools from Wisconsin and Illinois. In Super Smash Brothers Ultimate play, sophomore Isaac Borkhovik and freshmen Selman Celep and Santiago Morales won their individual matches each week.

Live Stream Available for Mr. SHS Contest
SHS-TV will provide a free live stream of tonight’s Mr. SHS contest, sponsored by the Senior Class Board, starting tonight at 7 o’clock from the Performing Arts Center. Use this link to watch. For those coming to the PAC, admission is $5.

No School, No Digest on Monday
Classes will not be in session Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The Daily Digest also will take a holiday, and will return on Tuesday. For the latest updates, visit Stevenson’s social media sites on FacebookInstragram and Twitter.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at IHSA Mundelein Sectional: Senior Emily Weinstein qualified for next week’s state meet in the uneven bars by placing fourth (9.3). As a team, the Patriots placed sixth with a score of 140.45. Any at-large individual state qualifiers will be announced by 10 a.m. Monday, according to the IHSA. – Official Results

Stevenson-Mundelein Basketball Rematch Tonight
The Stevenson and Mundelein boys basketball teams will square off again tonight at MHS, with the winner likely turning out to be the North Suburban Conference champion. Both squads enter with 9-1 league records, and will have only three games remaining after tonight. Stevenson is No. 14 in the latest Chicago Sun-Times rankings, while the Mustangs are No. 20. The Patriots beat Mundelein, 67-64, on Jan. 10 in the Sports Center.

Tickets for tonight’s game will be sold at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch periods today. Tickets are $2 for students (with a Stevenson ID) and $5 for adults. Ticket sales will end at 1:41 p.m. All seats are general admission. No seats are reserved. The doors open at 4:45 p.m., with the varsity game tipping off at 7 o’clock.

Quick Hits
Eight SHS wrestlers will compete in the IHSA Class 3A Individual Sectional at Barrington beginning today. Wrestling for Stevenson will be seniors Matt Millman at 195 pounds and Ethan Klondar at 138, juniors Kei Yamato (132), Keegan Houlihan (285) and Alex Swidler (106), sophomores Cole Rhemrev (120) and Jacob Whiting (170), and freshman Lorenzo Frezza (113). Use this link to follow sectional results today and Saturday. … The varsity boys ice hockey team opens its Scholastic Hockey League semifinal series against St. Viator at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Stevenson is the No. 5 seed in the SHL playoffs and the Lions are No. 3. The JV Gold team, meanwhile, will take on Glenbrook North in Game 2 of their SHL JV semifinal series at 5:40 p.m. Saturday in Northbrook. … Gannon University guard Matt Johnson (Class of 2015) earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Athlete of the Week honors earlier this month after averaging 23 points and five rebounds in a three-game stretch. He scored a career-high 26 points against Pitt-Johnstown on Feb. 1. Matt, a starter on Stevenson’s 2015 Class 4A state championship team, talked with Pioneer Press about flourishing in his final college season.

Graduation Speaker Applications Now Open
Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at the commencement ceremony in May are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 30. Click here for the application.


The College of Lake County has $100,000 in scholarships available for students studying in career programs through Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. More than 60 CLC students received full-tuition scholarships in eight programs last year. Click here for more information.


Chicago Public Schools officials told representatives of Lincoln Park High School at a meeting earlier this week that school administrators minimized sexual misconduct allegations, didn’t protect whistleblowers or alleged victims from bullying and retaliation, withheld key evidence from investigators and lied to families about the status of investigations, sources with knowledge of the meeting told the Chicago Sun-Times. The new, more extensive details for the first time shed light on the allegations that directly led to the firings of a former interim principal and assistant principal, the reassigning of a dean, the removal of the boys basketball coach and the suspension of the team’s season, likely for its remainder.

In the first state review of isolated timeout in Illinois schools, investigators found six of the eight districts they examined violated state law by placing children in seclusion for improper reasons, for too long or without properly notifying their parents. The Special Education District of Lake County was one of the six districts in violation.

A movement has begun in Illinois and elsewhere to overhaul developmental education, which for decades was known as remedial education. Many states and education advocates are pushing to get rid of it all together.

Illinois police officers wrongfully arrested, detained and threatened to shoot a black former member of the Eastern Illinois University men’s swim team while pointing a gun to his forehead at a rest stop as he traveled with the school’s swim team, according to a federal lawsuit filed last month.


Colleges have created a “merit-aid arms race” by significantly increasing the amount of non-need-based aid they offer students, according to a new report from New America, a left-leaning think tank. Since 2014, spending on non-need-based aid has outpaced need-based aid. The report attributes the change in part to tactics used to grow enrollment and raise institutions’ profiles.

A special investigation by state auditors found that officials from two Indiana virtual charter schools misspent more than $85 million in state funding by inflating enrollment and funneling millions to a tangled web of related companies. The two schools shut down last summer after allegations of enrollment fraud first emerged.

Since 2011, when federal lawmakers stopped handing out earmarks to their favorite projects, much has changed in how higher education lobbies. The number of higher education institutions and groups hiring lobbyists to influence Congress has dropped by about a fourth between 2010 and 2019, from 683 to 396, according to an Inside Higher Ed analysis of federal lobbying disclosure data.

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