Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mock Trial Team Finishes Fourth in County
The Stevenson Mock Trial team placed fourth out of 20 teams at the 16th annual Lake County High School Mock Trial Invitational on Saturday at the Lake County Courthouse. The team included seniors Manal SyedHaley RubinJenny HellwigLisa SilversteinLauren Malenfant and Annabel Panayotov, and juniors Noah SevcikCarson EzellErin Hamann and Stella Mechkova. Stevenson will compete in the Illinois State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitational March 14-15 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign.

Spanish, Polish Celebrations Set for Friday
The Spanish Honor Society is holding Salsa y Salsa Night from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Friday in Multi-Purpose Room 5044 (near the circle drive entrance). Anyone attending is asked to bring non-perishable foods, toiletries or money for donating to Santa Maria del Popolo Catholic Church in Mundelein. The event will include food (especially salsa and guacamole), and salsa dance lessons from Michael Zaslavskiy and his dance partner.

The Polish Club is sponsoring Polish Community Night from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday in Room 2104 in the West Building. Polish food, music, games and culture will be featured, along with DJ Daniel Djdannyg Gancarczyk. The evening also will include a pierogi eating competition. Admission is $5.

Eight Capture Super Smash Bros. Matches
Eight eSports team members won their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate matches during the fifth week of Winter Open action. The winning players were senior Andrew Furman, sophomores Isaac Borkhovik, Tony Valtchev and Juan Gonzalez, and freshmen Selman Celep, Santiago Morales, Christoper Reyes and Majid Abdelkareem. The varsity Counter Strike: Global Offensive team had a 16-16 draw with the Charter School of Wilmington, Del., while Stevenson’s five other eSports teams all won by forfeit.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 33, Lake Zurich 21: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 12 points — all 3-pointers — grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists as the host Patriots (26-4) held off the Bears (9-21) in their IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional semifinal in the Sports Center. The victory was the 10th straight for SHS, which will face Highland Park, a 33-32 winner over Lake Forest, for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. Stevenson held Lake Zurich scoreless until the 7:07 mark of the second quarter. Senior RJ Holmes scored six straight points in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 21-11 lead. He finished with seven points and nine rebounds. SHS secured the win by hitting a trio of 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter. Senior Matt Kaznikov contributed six points, and classmate John Ittounas had five points and six rebounds. – News-Sun | NFHS Network replay

Junior Qualifies for Canadian Olympic Swim Trials
Junior Alex Eastmond finished second in the female 15-and-under 200-meter backstroke at the GTA Skins Invitational in Ontario, Canada last month, qualifying for the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials on April 4. Alex, who made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech earlier this semester, had a personal-best time of 2:22.66 in the 200 back. She also swam in two other events at the GTA Invitational, setting personal bests in each: the 100-meter freestyle (59.81) and the 100-meter back (1:06.83). In November, the Canadian native qualified for the Illinois High School Association state meet in four events, winning medals in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard medley relay. In addition to swimming for Stevenson, Alex is a member of the Patriot Aquatic Club.

Junior Named to Blackhawks All-Star Team
Junior Abby Benjamin was been named to the 2019-20 Chicago Blackhawks Alumni High School Girls All-Star Team. She and other the other all-stars will be honored at the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association’s annual Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon on Monday. Abby plays for the Lake Forest High School co-op team, which is in the midst of two postseason tourrnaments. The Scouts will play Maine Township for the Metro Metro Girls League Founders Cup championship at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Lake Forest College. On Sunday, Abby and her teammates will take on Loyola Academy in the quarterfinals of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Blackhawk Cup state tournament.

Peer Helpers Applications for 2020-21 Now Open
Applications to be a part of Peer Helpers for the 2020-2021 school year are now open. Peer Helpers undergo extensive training that consists of leadership and communication skills, team building activities, and a variety of topics affecting SHS students. The program offers support for all students by providing peer counseling and school-wide campaigns. In addition, Peer Helpers are responsible for staffing the Student Lounge, which is a safe place where all students can go if they want to talk, relax, or just eat their lunch. Peer Helper applicants should be individuals who demonstrate good character, maturity, responsibility, leadership, empathy, a healthy lifestyle, and show a commitment to peers, school and community. The application deadline is midnight Friday, April 3. Click here to apply.


The Jean Paul Ohadi Foundation is offering scholarships to seniors with evidence of academic achievement and involvement in the LGBTQ community. The application can be found at The application and supporting materials must be postmarked by April 1.


Several Illinois universities are ending study-abroad programs and bringing students home amid the coronavirus outbreak. Programs in Italy and South Korea are among those affected, as the U.S. State Department now is advising people to reconsider traveling to those countries. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Loyola University and Northwestern University have told their students studying in Italy to leave, as the country faces a growing outbreak of coronavirus.

The parents of Special Education District Lake County student they say was sexually abused by a teacher’s aide filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging that the district created the circumstances that allowed the abuse to occur. The lawsuit alleges that the aide — who was charged in December with multiple counts of felony sexual assault and has since pleaded not guilty — abused the student “many, many times” over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

A state task force is recommending that schools eliminate kings and queens for homecomings and proms, drop reliance on traditional male-female gender descriptions, and train teachers to use more inclusive language when addressing groups of students. The Illinois State Board of Education, which convened the task force, will issue guidance to schools this month for creating policies based on the task force’s recommendations.

A new bill would require Illinois schools that want to keep using Native American mascots and logos receive approval from local tribes if they want to participate in playoffs, among other requirements. There are 52 high schools in Illinois that would be would be affected. A hearing on the legislation is set for today in Springfield.

One of the top administrators for Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has abruptly resigned after nearly two decades in the district. Kurt Laakso, associate superintendent for human resources since 2012, handed in his resignation last Thursday.

Huntley School District 158 issued a statement Monday in light of a petition calling for the reinstatement of a popular Huntley High School security guard and assistant football coach. The individual resigned last week after a physical altercation with a student that was witnessed by multiple staff members and filmed by security cameras.


So far, the coronavirus response from schools and health officials has varied depending on whether a locality has confirmed cases – and experts’ views on how much action is appropriate is rapidly evolving. But the uncertainty of how far the virus will spread has put school leaders in a difficult spot of projecting a sense of calm while also acting with an abundance of caution for student safety.

Although most college graduates say their degree was worth the money, nearly two-thirds (61%) of them would change their major if they could do it again, according to a new survey. Also, 27% of millennials, who this survey considers as those between ages 24 and 39, say their undergraduate experience didn’t teach them skills they regularly use in their current jobs.

Stanford University said it will use a $55 million commitment from a California real-estate developer to ensure some of its medical students graduate without debt. The gift will be matched through other donations and school support to create $90 million in new scholarship funding over the next decade. Students will qualify based on need.

Two neighboring school districts in western Michigan illustrate how American education remains highly segregated by race and class. Instead of bringing Americans together, public schools—and the district lines that sort kids into them—increasingly accelerate the process of pushing them apart.

California’s physical fitness test, a fixture in schools for 25 years, is set to be eliminated because it measures students’ body fat, too often inciting shame and anxiety among students, under a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom. But some cautioned that eliminating the test altogether might lead to less accountability and lower expectations for physical education.

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