Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins IHSA Regional
Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl team won the Illinois High School Association Class 2A Fremd Regional championship in Palatine on Monday, its 14th consecutive regional title. SHS defeated Conant (790-70) and Rolling Meadows (840-40) before defeating Fremd (670-280) in the championship match.

The team roster included seniors Govind Prabhakar and Akash Kumar, juniors Arjun NageswaranDavid Lee and Daniel Ding, sophomore Spandan Goel, and freshmen Aadit JunejaRishabh WuppalapatiDhruv Pendharkar and Srikar Venkatesan.

The Patriots advance to Saturday’s sectional tournament, which also is being held at Fremd. Stevenson, the top seed, will face Hersey, Palatine and Barrington. The winner of Saturday’s sectional advances to the state finals Friday, March 20 in Peoria.

Pair Excels at Deaf Academic Competition
Two Stevenson students helped Hersey High School take first place at last weekend’s Midwest Regional Deaf Academic Bowl at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault, Minn. Senior Yael Lenga was named Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive year, while sophomore Surabhi Gangadkar was one of six chosen as All-Star Players. Yael, Surabhi and their teammates qualified for the National Deaf Academic Bowl April 16-20 at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. This will be Yael’s third straight trip to nationals with Hersey.

Two Win Awards at State Art Exhibition
Two students won awards at the Illinois High School Art Exhibition on Sunday at Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. Senior Ari Zaritsky earned a Silver Award in the Senior Scholarship Exhibition for his digital artwork. Junior Emma Potocki received honorable mention in the General Exhibition for her Time Arts animation.

Cause of Alumna‘s Death in Dispute
A legal battle is underway over whether the death of a Stevenson alumna should be ruled as an accidental overdose or as a drug-induced homicideValerie Teper (Class of 2003) was found dead in her Chicago apartment in late 2016. She died of poisoning from fentanyl.

Late Arrival on Thursday
Stevenson will operate on a late arrival schedule Thursday to allow for teacher planning time. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m., and bus routes will begin at 9:20. Click here to see the bell schedule for a late arrival day.

“White Fragility” Author to Speak Monday
Stevenson is one of the newest sponsors of the Family Action Network, which organizes a free speaker series each academic year. The next FAN event will feature Robin DiAngelo, author of the 2018 New York Times best-selling book White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Her talk takes place at 7 p.m. Monday in the Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., in Evanston. Admission is free. A live stream of the talk will be available on YouTube. DiAngelo is an associate professor of education at the University of Washington. She also has written What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy, and is co-author of Is Everybody Really Equal?


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 61, Zion-Benton 52: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the top-seeded Patriots (28-4) past the fifth-seeded Zee-Bees (21-11), and into the sectional championship game against No. 2 seed Mundelein (30-4) at 7 p.m. Friday. Matthew (pictured above) scored 21 points in the first half, including eight during a 14-0 SHS run that erased an early 11-2 deficit. On the night, he hit nine of 12 shots from the floor, including five of six from 3-point range for SHS, which won its 11th game in a row. Senior RJ Holmes had 12 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Matt Kaznikov also scored 12 points. – Pioneer PressDaily Herald

Sectional Championship Game Tickets: Tickets are available at the Patriot Superstore before school and during lunch periods Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $6.

Quick Hits
Four Patriots were named to the All-North Suburban Conference Wrestling Team: Senior Randy Lu, junior Keegan Houlihan, sophomore Cole Rhemrev, and freshman Lorenzo Frezza. Honorable mention went to juniors Arad PeregoudovAlex Swidler and Kei Yamato. … The SHS baseball team is holding a fundraiser from 11:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at The Claim Company, 506 Hawthorn Center, in Vernon Hills. Mention “Stevenson Baseball” when ordering and 15% of the bill will come back to the baseball program.

“Bowling With Buddies” Coming Next Month
Students with disabilities are invited to participate in “Bowling With Buddies,” sponsored by the Buffalo Grove Commission for Residents with Disabilities and Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at Bowlero, 350 McHenry Rd., in Buffalo Grove. Free bowling, pizza, chicken fingers and refreshments will be served. RSVP at this link by April 8. This event is open to the first 100 who sign up. Email questions to

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Health Care Career Night scheduled for April 1 has been canceled.

Student-athletes who are freshmen, transfers or upperclassmen in athletics for the first time are required to attend one 30-minute meeting led by the athletic director during the 2019-20 school year. Meetings will be held on late-arrival days. The next opportunity is at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. The doors close once the meeting starts. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.


Eight schools in west suburban Lombard are closed today as a precaution over COVID-19 while Chicago Public Schools says it has no plans for any widespread closures. Classes at Lombard School District 44 are closed as crews conduct a deep clean. The district also cancelled afterschool activities. School officials said the DuPage County Health Department advised them that an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 attended a volleyball game at Glenn Westlake Middle School on March 4. The school was informed Tuesday.

A Lake Forest High School faculty member is under a self-quarantine because of coronavirus concerns after attending a meeting that was held in the same room at a Chicago school where a classroom assistant tested positive for the disease.

A Park Ridge teacher is facing hate crime and battery charges for an incident in Niles, police said. The 45-year-old fourth-grade teacher at Franklin School allegedly struck an 87-year-old woman in the face with a purse and called her a Nazi. The victim said the teacher was upset because the victim was exercising in an indoor parking garage where they both live, police said.

Angry parents chastised Sunset Ridge School District 29 in Northfield after learning the district broke the law by not conducting a background check themselves – instead relying on third party vendors — on a school worker who is accused of putting a camera in a middle school bathroom.

Students and faculty at Schaumburg High School grappled Tuesday with the sudden passing of popular science teacher Jason Georgacakis. The 38-year-old and his wife, a teacher at Glenbrook South, had two young daughters. Georgacakis, a Glenbrook North graduate, spent his entire career at Schaumburg, beginning in 2005. He also was the school’s junior varsity girls soccer coach, and was a coach in the boys program for 10 years.


A growing wave of colleges and universities across the country are launching sweeping safety measures in response to the growing coronavirus outbreak, including the cancellation of in-person classes and several urging students to not return to campus after spring break. As colleges turn to online learning for the remainder of the school year, many have also canceled admission tours and put tight restrictions on campus gatherings and travel.

A federal program overseeing international students in the U.S. said it will be flexible with its oversight requirements as the global coronavirus outbreak causes colleges to make classes remote. The guidance covers international students in academic and vocational programs, a critical part of the college student population in the U.S.

Alabama on Tuesday inched forward with lifting a decades-old ban on yoga in public schools. The House-passed bill says local school systems can decide if they want to teach yoga poses and stretches. However, the moves and exercises taught to students must have exclusively English names. The Alabama Board of Education in 1993 voted to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms.

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