Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Senior Picked for All-State Academic Team
Senior Madeleine O’Donnell was named to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team on Tuesday. She is one of 26 students honored for excelling in the classroom and in IHSA-sponsored activities.

Madeleine was a member of Stevenson’s girls water polo state championship teams in 2018 and 2019, and also was a two-time state medalist for the Patriot girls swimming and diving program.

She is the seventh Stevenson student-athlete selected to the IHSA All-State Academic Team, joining Eleanor Michaud (2019), Samuel Oh (2015), Ali Castriano (2012), Zach Blumenfeld (2011), Henry Wood (2009) and Jared Frost (2002).

Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student for the team. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA-sponsored activities during each of the last two years of high school, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.

Senior to Receive Congressional Honor
Senior Justin Kuncheria has been selected to receive The Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress bestows on young people. Justin and other Gold Medal recipients are honored for showing initiative, service and achievement in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. The Congressional Award program, started in 1979, honors young people for setting personally challenging goals and meeting needs in their community. He and other Gold Medal recipients will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Late Arrival Schedule on Thursday
Stevenson will operate on a late-arrival schedule Thursday, with staff development work taking place before school. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m., and buses will start their routes at 9:20.

Dylan Murphy Named Mr. SHS
Senior Dylan Murphy won the annual Mr. SHS contest Friday night in the Performing Arts Center. He was among 16 senior boys vying for the honor. Other award winners during the contest included Ben Bowler, who was named Mr. Congeniality, and Ryan Klein, named Mr. Generosity.

Drop-Off, Pick-Up Reminder for Parents
School officials are reminding parents who drop off and pick up their students that they must use designated parking lots on campus rather than adjacent neighborhoods. Parents and guardians who disobey traffic control signs in those neighborhoods, may face fines or traffic citations.

Also, students who park at nearby businesses without authorization may be ticketed or have their vehicle towed. Questions can be directed to Lincolnshire Police Officer Bethany Brown, one of the school’s resource officers, at 847-415-4023.

Band Fundraiser on Thursday
The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. The restaurant will donate 20% of funds raised during the event to the SHS band program. Mention “SHS Band” when ordering.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 64, Waukegan 32: Senior RJ Holmes led all scorers with 12 points, and also had four rebounds and two blocks as the host Patriots (22-4, 11-1) won their sixth straight game. Senior John Ittounas had 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists for SHS, which has won 11 of its last 12 games. Classmate Matthew Ambrose added 11 points, along with three assists and two steals. The Patriots led the Bulldogs (1-27, 0-12) by a 17-8 score after the first quarter, extended their lead to 14 after three, and then sealed the decision with a 21-3 fourth quarter. Stevenson holds a one-game lead over Mundelein in the North Suburban Conference, with two games remaining. The Pats play at Warren on Friday, then finish league play against Lake Forest (which handed SHS its only loss) on Wednesday, Feb. 26. – NFHS Network replay

RJ Holmes Reaches Second Round of Dunk Contest
The road to Atlanta continues for RJ Holmes. Patriot fans lifted the senior to an easy first-round victory in the online American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship. Voting in the second round begins at noon today at, and runs until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Fans are allowed one vote per device, per day. There are eight players remaining in the competition. RJ will take on a player from South Dakota in the second round.

JV Boys Swim Team Cruises to NSC Title
The junior varsity boys swimming and diving team won the North Suburban Conference championship Saturday at Lake Forest. The Patriots rolled to the title, outscoring runner-up Mundelein, 354-192, and winning all 12 events. Junior Avi Roytman captured two individual events and also swam in two winning relays. He touched first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.03) and 100-yard freestyle (48.45). Freshman Kunal Rajadhyax also won two events: the 200 free (1:49.20) and 100 butterfly (56.26). Avi and Kunal made up half of the 200 free relay (1:30.65) with juniors Christopher Oei and Evan Engel, and Avi also swam in the 400 free relay (3:20.10) with Evan, freshman David Kohan and sophomore Brian Povilus. David and Brian each claimed an individual event, with David winning the 200 individual medley (2:04.80) and Brian claiming the 500 free (5:02.43). David also took a leg in the 200 medley relay (1:42.17) with Christopher, junior Sammy Maya and sophomore Sully Swanson. Sammy won the 100 backstroke (56.95), freshman Santiago Gonzalez reigned in 1-meter diving (358.60), and freshman David Badarch captured the 100 breaststroke (1:04.08).

Quick Hits
The girls basketball team opens postseason play tonight with a 6 p.m. game against Grant in the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional. The Patriots (24-7) are the No. 4 seed in the Palatine Sectional, while the Bulldogs (16-14) are No. 13. The winner of tonight’s game will face fifth-seeded Lake Forest or No. 12 Palatine for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. … One of the top players on the girls basketball team, sophomore guard Simone Sawyerhas already received two Division I scholarship offers. … The Daily Herald on Saturday highlighted Stevenson’s Allied Basketball program, which is one of four sports at the school providing athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. Co-Head Coach Ryan Hutchins, who teaches in the Special Education Division, calls his time with the Allied players and their partners “one of the highlights of my workweek.” … Tonight’s Scholastic Hockey League semifinal playoff game between Stevenson and St. Viator will be streamed live on the SHL’s YouTube page. The puck drops at 7 o’clock at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Patriot fans attending the game are encouraged to wear black. St. Viator leads the best-of-three series 1-0.

Did You Take One of These Odyssey Classes?
If you took one of the following Odyssey classes, please pick up your artwork in Room 1422-1426 by Thursday, Feb. 27: Clay Sgraffito Tiles, Wheel Throwing, and Mosaic. Any artwork not picked up by the deadline will be thrown out.


Senior girls are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic Association by Friday, March 6. There is one scholarship for students who have had a passion for service within their community, and one scholarship for academic achievement. Click here for details and to apply.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is offering scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic, co-curricular and character qualifications. Students must attend a college or university in Illinois to qualify. Click here for the application. The application deadline is March 15.


Team LeBron’s victory in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at the United Center resulted in a $400,000 donation to Chicago Scholars, a nonprofit organization that provides resources, information and programming to help Chicago students get into, through and out of college. Earlier this month, LeBron James announced that Chicago Scholars was the charity his team would be playing for during the All-Star Game.

A former Chicago Public School teacher was charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly having sex with a student enrolled in an Albany Park elementary school. The 33-year-old woman allegedly invited the 14-year-old boy to her home, seducing him with marijuana-laced tea and cannabis gummy bears.

Illinois State University’s president has created a new position focused on diversity and inclusion on campus. President Larry Dietz appointed Doris Houston, interim director of the university’s School of Social Work, as ISU’s first assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion.

The former home of several Northern Illinois University presidents is up for sale. The 6,000 square-foot house, built in 1952 and only five minutes from NIU’s campus, is currently listed at $295,000.


Lagging student performance and newly relevant research have prompted some educators to reconsider the ABCs of reading instruction. They are phonics-focused proponents of what they call the “science of reading,” which stands in contrast to the “balanced literacy” theory that many teachers are exposed to in schools of education. That theory holds that students can learn to read through exposure to a wide range of books that appeal to them, without too much emphasis on technically complex texts or sounding out words.

A New Jersey school district has cleared a teacher of wrongdoing for having students pretend to be slaves as part of a history lesson. The eighth-grade social studies teacher, who also is in his third term as mayor of a small town, said he was merely demonstrating a “degrading and despicable” institution in American history when he told students to pretend to be slaves.

The Kansas Department of Labor on Friday ordered the Shawnee Mission School District to stop enforcing its labor contract with teachers after finding the district wrongly imposed a three-year contract that wasn’t negotiated. The department’s ruling said the three-year contract was not a good-faith negotiation and was done to interfere with the teachers’ rights.

An accrediting agency stripped of its powers in 2016, but reauthorized in 2018, apparently gave its approval to a school in South Dakota that doesn’t exist. A USA Today investigation found that Reagan National University appears to be a fraudulent institution.

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