Friday, March 6, 2020

Math Team Finishes Second in League
Stevenson concluded its North Suburban Math League season on Thursday, finishing second out of 53 schools. The Patriots were runner-up to Naperville North after the five-meet season, with a final team score of 1,537-1,491. Stevenson captured the freshman division, was third in the senior and sophomore categories, and placed sixth in juniors and 11th in orals.

Seven Patriots had perfect papers at the final meet on Thursday: seniors Philena LiuRichard Liu and Josh Tsai, junior Ram Potham, sophomore Andrew Liu, and freshmen Ben Chen and Jack Chen. Philena also won the John Benson Award, named in honor of one of the league’s founders and its president from 1977-2008. The award is given to the student in each division who “best exemplifies (his) love of mathematics and his passion to share his enthusiasm and knowledge with others.” She had the fourth-highest point total among all seniors this season. Collin Fan was fourth among all freshmen, Lillian You placed seventh in the sophomore division, junior Gyeongwon (James) Kim was eighth in orals, and Ram finished 10th among juniors.

The SHS math faculty members serving as freshman coaches are Eric AndersonAnna RenkenMegan TrantTerie daPonte and Mary Smaga.

St. Baldrick’s “Brave the Shave” Fundraiser March 14
The National Honor Society will hold its biannual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14 in the Wood Commons. St. Baldrick’s seeks to increase awareness for various forms of childhood cancer and raise funds for related research efforts. Two years ago, 26 people at SHS raised more than $30,000 by having their heads shaved (or dyed). If you would like to make a donation, click here.

Alumna’s Group Expands Prevention Efforts
Stevenson alumna Chelsea Laliberte Barnes (Class of 2003), co-founder and executive director of the substance abuse prevention group Live4Lali, unveiled its new mobile outreach program recently. The group’s first vehicle, the Stigma Crusher, will provide support and harm reduction services in high-needs areas within the northern and western collar counties. The vehicle will carry supplies such as the overdose reversal drug naloxone, clean needles, Benadryl and other basic medicines, plus clothing and food. Live4Lali is named for her brother, Alex Laliberte (Class of 2007), who died from a heroin overdose in 2008.

Junior Writes Fashionable Look at “E-Girls”
“Why are teens suddenly walking around with black hearts under their eyes and dressed like modern-day Jane Lanes?” That’s the provocative lead sentence in a piece sophomore Victoria Feng wrote recently for New York magazine, which has gained additional traction after being shared by Apple News. Victoria talked to several online influencers to find out their latest fashion favorites.


Boys Basketball Team Seeks Regional Title Tonight
The varsity boys basketball team takes on Highland Park for the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Stevenson Regional championship at 7 p.m. tonight in the Sports Center. The winner of tonight’s game advances to the Prospect Sectional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The Patriots are the No. 1 seed in the sectional, and carry a 26-4 record into tonight’s contest. SHS is seeking its second straight regional title and sixth in the last eight seasons. A victory tonight would mark the 10th straight for the Patriots, and the 450th of head coach Pat Ambrose’s career.

The ninth-seeded Giants are 19-10, winners of four in a row, and going for their first regional crown since 2014. The two teams have not met this season. Last year, Stevenson defeated Highland Park, 49-37, in the Lake Forest Regional semifinals during its run to the Class 4A supersectional. A livestream of tonight’s game can be seen at Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.

Quick Hits
Three girls basketball players were named to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Team today: Senior Avery King and sophomores Ava Bardic and Simone Sawyer. Junior Nikki Ware received honorable mention. Avery and Simone earned the honor for the second time. … Senior RJ Holmes is poised to reach the final round of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship, but his quest for the title will be delayed. Contest organizers announced that the website went down for around 90 minutes on Thursday, the final day of voting in the third round. The voting window will re-open for the third round from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday at Voting for the fourth and final round will start at noon Tuesday, and conclude at noon Tuesday, March 17.

One Acts Audition, Crew Information Online
Anyone interested in being part of the Patriot Theatre Company’s annual One Acts this spring can find all the information they need in this document for cast and crew. Crew sign-ups are open until Wednesday, March 18, and auditions will take place on Monday, March 16.

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!

Hundreds of college representatives will be in attendance at a pair of college fairs next week. The Illinois Regional College Fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake campus. On Saturday, March 14, the Spring Suburban Chicago National College Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Register for free at

Students are invited to attend the annual Summer Job Fair during all lunch periods Friday, March 13 in Room 2104. Many area employers will have representatives on hand, including Chick-fil-A, Code Ninjas, several day camps, local park districts, North Suburban YMCA and more. For questions, contact Mrs. Willock at


Italian American civic groups on Wednesday said the Chicago Board of Education broke the law by dropping Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day because there was no prior notice of the change. However, the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans stopped short of threatening a lawsuit.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s fourth Day of Giving on Wednesday raised more than $1.6 million, officials said. The total reflects more than 2,441 individual gifts from 43 states and 10 countries.

Student journalists say proposed updates to Naperville District 203’s policy on student publications goes against the law passed by Illinois a few years ago to protect students’ free speech rights. Administrators and the district’s attorney are taking another look at the policy’s language after students from the district’s two high schools appealed to the school board at a recent meeting.

District 105, which serves south La Grange, Countryside and Hodgkins, has selected Brian Ganan as its new superintendent. He comes from District 94 in North Riverside, where he has served as superintendent since 2015.


After decades of declining enrollment, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are seeing an uptick in new applicants, especially among Latino and international students.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is emphasizing mediation as a way to quickly resolve Title IX complaints from victims of sexual violence as well as those accused of it, according to Education Dive. The impetus behind the department’s actions is unclear.

Although cheerleading is second only to football in injuries sustained by high school and college athletes, it is not officially recognized as a sport by the NCAA or federal Title IX guidelines. Title IX, the section of the Education Amendments of 1972 requiring that men and women be treated equally academically, prohibits gender-based discrimination in sports.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday announced that same-sex romantic behavior is still “not compatible” with recent changes to the honor code at Brigham Young University.

Purdue University and its president, Mitch Daniels, are objects of curiosity and even wonderment in the world of higher education. Since his arrival in 2013, tuition and fees have remained the same, and the price of food service and textbooks has declined.

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