Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

Stevenson Senior Named Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois 2020
Senior Katie Wu was selected as the 2021 Distinguished Young Woman of Illinois last month. Katie is the third consecutive Patriot to receive this title following Dora Guo and Emily Kang.

The Distinguished Young Woman Program, formally known as America’s Junior Miss, has recognized outstanding high school students for more than 60 years. Participants compete in five categories, including Interview (25%), Scholastics (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%). Each state hosts a local program in which the chosen representative advances to the national program. Katie’s first-place finishes in the Self-expression and Fitness categories helped her win the title and claim $2,000 in college scholarships. She will represent Illinois and compete in the national competition in June 2021.

Academic Tutoring Hours
Thursday, Oct. 8 is a Late Arrival Day with classes beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tutors from the Information Learning Center will be available virtually on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 9 is a Remote Learning Planning Day and classes will not be in session. ILC tutors will be available online from 7-8 a.m. and from 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please see the ILC/ELC Academic Tutoring Support Programs webpage for more information on how to schedule a tutoring session.

Sports Analytics Club and Sports Broadcasting Club Guest Speakers
On Thursday, Oct. 8 former Patriot and current host of “Good Morning Football” Kyle Brandt will participate in the Sports Analytics club meeting at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Then on Oct. 13, Chicago Bulls play-by-play announcer Adam Amin will be joining the Sports Broadcasting Club at 3:30 p.m. during a Zoom meeting. These meetings are open to all students.

Varsity Results for Tuesday, Oct. 6

Girls Cross Country
The Patriot traveled to Libertyville on Tuesday night for the final conference dual meet of the season. Though the Wildcats came away with the victory, 16-47, it was a good learning experience for the squad as they prepare for the NSC Championship on Oct. 17 at Warren Township High School – O’Plaine Campus.

Boys Golf
The boys team has saved some of their best golf for the end of the season as they posted a team score 311, placing second to Lake Forest in the IHSA 3A Regional at Deerfield. Madhav Muralidharan (Jr.) and Nick Udoni (Sr.) paced the Patriots with a 77. Conan Pan and Tate Donica also scored for the team with a 78 and 79, respectively. The strong regional finish qualifies the team for the IHSA 3A Sectional on Aldeen Golf Course in Rockford on Monday, Oct. 12. Complete scores at

Girls Tennis
It was a great night on the courts for the visiting Patriots as they swept Lake Zurich 7-0 on the road. The win improves the team to 3-3 in conference and 5-4 overall. Scores for last night’s matches: No.1 singles sophomore Anna Trush (6-0, 6-4), #2 singles Anika Sheth (6-3, 6-1), No. 3 singles Ashley Adkisson (6-2, 6-1); No. 1 doubles Sonia Mehta and Thea Surya (6-0, 6-0) and No. 2 doubles Abby Schueneman and Katie Herlihy (6-0, 6-0) No. 3 doubles Angela Ran and Ashley Yan (6-1, 6-0), No. 4 doubles Sophia Lagen and Sabrina Xue (6-0, 6-0). Stevenson completes their dual meet season at Deerfield tonight before they focus their attention on the NSC Championship on Friday and Saturday.

Girls Swimming and Diving
A strong performance by the divers propelled the Stevenson Girls Swimming and Diving program to a 101-85 victory over the visiting Barrington Fillies. Barrington’s Lucy Ordway posted a 5-dive score of 233.65, followed by Stevenson’s junior Nora Kowalski at 212.85, junior Shreeya Sinha at 206.10 and senior Paige Harris at 204.70. Other top finishes on the night included Alex Eastmond’s 2:07.13 in the 200 Yard IM (2nd), Katie Makarska’s 24.93 in the 50 Yard Freestyle (2nd), Claudia Rzeznik’s time of 58.03 in the 100 Yard Butterfly (1st), Jessica Nyborg’s time of 1:07.28 in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (1st), Amy Andres’ 1:10.59 in the 100 Yard Breaststroke (2nd), Jennifer Chen’s 58:34 in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1st) and Elizabeth White’s 1:00.58 in the 100 Yard Backstroke (2nd). Next up for the Patriots is a trip to Mundelein for the final dual meet of the season before they host the NSC Championship on October 17.

Expanded Free Tuition Offer by Southern Illinois University
SIU has extended the coverage of the Saluki Commitment pledge to cover all tuition and fees of some transfer students. This program was introduced by the university last month which then included a similar offer to some first-time students in 2021.

Home Confinement and Fine for Parent Charged with Admissions Fraud
A parent who admitted paying $300,000 to get his son into Georgetown University was recently sentenced in a more lenient manner than other parents charged.

Program Cuts at Illinois Wesleyan University
Although introductory courses in topics such as French, Italian, Anthropology and American cultural studies will continue after this year at IWU, students won’t be able to major or minor in these subjects as well as several others which are slated to close in the 2021-22 school year.

Gates Foundation Award to Solve Algebra Problem
In a move to make Algebra I a gateway instead of a gatekeeper to a student’s academic success, the “Balance the Equation” competition established by the Gates Foundation hopes to make the subject more engaging and relevant for some student populations.

Unexpected Conditions for School Administrators
In addition to managing change in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, some school administrators are also managing changing needs due to hurricanes and wildfires as well as other natural disasters.


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