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Thursday, May 25, 2017 – Final for 2016-17

Class of 2017 Graduates Friday Night

Stevenson High School will hold its 52nd annual commencement at 5 p.m. Friday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. As of this morning, 928 seniors are scheduled to graduate. This year’s student speakers will be Matthew Cabrera and Sarah Berkowitz. Today, nearly the entire senior class will take part in the annual Senior Class Party aboard the Odyssey cruise ship off Navy Pier. Seniors who are going need to check in at 12:15 p.m. at the Field House.

Final Digest Until August

This is the final Daily Digest for the 2016-17 school year. The Digest will take a break during the summer and return on the first day of school, Monday, August 14. For updated Stevenson news after today, visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and at our website, d125.org. The e-Minuteman email newsletter will continue to be sent on Fridays during the summer. Click here to sign up for the e-Minuteman.

Trio Sweeps Stevenson Center Essay Contest

Three students took the top three places in the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy’s annual student essay contest. Senior Andy Christensen won first place, junior Rachel Aranyi was second, and senior Cindy Yao placed third. Students were invited to write opinion pieces of 1,000 words or less, or create multimedia presentations of less than 3 minutes, on topics impacting public policy. Each student will receive $250, and Christensen’s essay will be published on the center’s website.

Bass Fishing Team Finishes 1-2 at Last Tournament

The bass fishing team closed its regular season by taking first and second place at the Prospect Tournament on Tuesday. Seniors Will Reichert and Go Ogata took top honors by catching five fish weighing a total of 10.72 pounds. Reichert was second in the Big Bass competition with a 2.19-pound catch. The team of freshman Jason Qualich, junior John Mistica and sophomore Alex Myers took second with 8.94 pounds on four fish. Qualich was third in the Big Bass race with a 2.05-pounder. Coach Chris Mural’s team is waiting to hear if it will receive an at-large bid to the Illinois High School Association state finals.

Longtime Math Teacher, Support Staff Retiring

Stevenson bids farewell to three individuals who are retiring this week. Today is the final day for mathematics teacher Neal Roys, who has taught at SHS for the past 29 years. Friday is the last day for Special Education paraprofessional Nancy Nortell and Special Education office assistant Linda Bussdieker. Four support staff members retired earlier in the 2016-17 school year: Student Activities office assistant Vicki Collins, Teaching and Learning paraprofessional Eileen Gaughan, Information and Learning Center mathematics paraprofessional Susan Marcus, and security staff member Barry Reiner.

Here Comes the Sun (Eventually)

Even though it doesn’t seem likely amid this week’s gloomy weather, summer is coming. And Stevenson’s nurses want everyone to be ready. To that end, their final Nurses’ Nook for 2016-17 focuses on skin protection. Click here to read.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Fremd Regional: The fifth-seeded Patriots beat No. 13 Palatine, 25-21, 25-19, for their first regional championship since 2012. SHS (25-12) advances to the Palatine Sectional semifinals against top-seeded Libertyville (35-2) at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The two teams waged a tense battle on April 26, with the Wildcats coming away with a 25-20, 23-25, 25-22 win. Against Palatine, serving played a major role for Stevenson. Senior Austin Zhou served two consecutive aces and sophomore Will Sorenson followed with another to pull SHS out of a two-point deficit in the first game. In the second game, senior Grant Maleski served six of his team-high seven aces. Maleski also led the team with 15 kills and seven digs. Junior Haddon Kay dished out 24 assists on 53-of-53 setting. Leo Chen, also a junior, added six kills. Classmate Matt Cliffer had three kills and senior Hudson Havenhill added a pair. The regional victory brought a measure of revenge for Stevenson, which lost to the Pirates in three games last Thursday. – Daily Herald

Stevenson Wins 13th Straight NSC All-Sport Title

Stevenson won the North Suburban Conference All-Sport Championship for the 13th consecutive year, and the 17th time in the last 20 years. The all-sport championship is based on accumulated point totals based on each league school’s final standing in fall, winter and spring sports. SHS was followed by Libertyville, Warren, Lake Forest and Lake Zurich.

Boys Tennis State Tournament Opens Today

The boys tennis begins its quest for state medals today at the IHSA Class AA tournament. Stevenson qualified the maximum six players for state, two in singles and two doubles teams. In singles, junior Sam Komis and sophomore Zach Kim are 9-16 seeds, while seniors Brian Weisberg and Matt Harvey are 9-16 seeds in doubles. Also competing is the doubles team of sophomores Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath Viswanathan. Play is scheduled to begin this morning at various District 214 schools. Komis will have his first match at Buffalo Grove, while Kim plays at Fremd. Harvey and Weisberg open play at Conant, with Viswanathan and Sheelvanth at Schaumburg. You can follow their results today, Friday and Saturday at this link. Stevenson has finished in the top 10 at the last 10 state tournaments. Previews: IHSA, Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field Team Prepares for State Meet

Five members of the boys track and field team will compete in the IHSA Class 3A state meet at Eastern Illinois University beginning Friday. Seniors Jordan Eng (long jump), Noah Lukz (100-meter dash) and Johnathan Powell (triple jump), junior Nikita Smyrnov (3,200) and sophomore Anand Batbaatar (shot put) will attempt to add to the 27 state medals the program has earned since 1981. Click here to follow state track results. IHSA preview

Leave Your Mark, Buy a Stadium Brick

Stevenson families, area business and others are invited to leave their mark at the school by buying a brick paver for placement in the southwest entrance to the Stadium. There are two options available: a traditional-sized brick (4″ x 8″) for $150 and a “super brick” (8″ x 8″) for $275. The deadline to place a brick order is next Wednesday. Click here to order your brick today.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Return Your Textbooks

Textbook returns will be located in the Lower Sports Center from 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. today, and from 7 a.m. to noon Friday. After Friday, all textbooks must be returned to the School Business Office (Room 2426). Teachers should not accept any textbook returns, as this may cause a delay in processing and result in the students being fined for their books. Seniors must have all their textbooks returned, and any textbook fines paid, before they receive their diplomas.  

Juniors, Don’t Put Your Senior Year in Jeopardy

Most of Stevenson’s Class of 2018 has failed to comply with the state’s meningitis immunization mandate, jeopardizing completion of their senior year. The state requires that before October 15, all students in 12th grade will provide evidence of having a meningitis vaccination on or after their 16th birthday, or of receiving two meningitis vaccinations, with the first dose given on or after their 10th birthday and the second dose at least eight weeks after the first dose. Students failing to comply with the state mandate by October 15 will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available now, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at studio.il.vipis.com or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, studio.il.vipis.com. Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

Have You Ever Wanted to Give a TED Talk?

Have you ever wanted to give a TED talk? Speaker applications are now being accepted for the Vernon Area Public Library’s third annual TEDx event, which will be held October 15. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 30. Speaker applications and details can be found at http://tedx.vapld.info.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Fremont District 79 names new superintendent

Parents sue Naperville North, police over son’s suicide

Chicago charter school strike averted

Chicago in epicenter of charter school teacher contract disputes

Waukegan District 60 cuts support staff despite union concerns

Some Elgin Larkin teachers concerned as pranksters return to school

District U46 board split on charter school contract

New high school may be created in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood

Nashville teachers, school board disagree over district leadership

Normal school district eyes budget issues from lax state payments

Parent company of DeVry University changes its name

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

NLRB issues second decision allowing unionization of undergraduates

Former allies on school choice now divided by Trump budget

Top Education Department official resigns after clash with DeVos

Court reinstates background checks for school construction workers

FAFSA hacker targeted Trump tax information

Virginia high school student’s service dog gets own yearbook photo

105-year-old Pennsylvania woman finally earns high school diploma

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Junior Named to National Archery All-Star Team

Junior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse has been named to the 2017 National Archery in the Schools Program USA All-Star Team. She was one of 19 archers selected from a group of 14,492 who competed at the recent NASP national tournament. Hartman-Stackhouse finished fourth out of 2,150 competitors in the female division at nationals, posting a score of 295 with 25 bullseyes. She also won $15,000 in a scholarship shootout at the tournament. Last week, the junior earned a place on the NASP All-American Academic Team.

State Championship Apparel Available

Special apparel is available for Stevenson’s latest three state championship teams: badminton, and boys and girls water polo. Orders will be taken online until Friday. Click here to order.

AP Physics 1 Classes Hold Annual Cardboard Regatta

The Advanced Placement Physics 1 classes held their annual cardboard boat races in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Monday. The races allowed students to have fun after AP exams while applying the concepts of buoyancy and pressure they learned in the classroom. Click here to watch a Daily Herald video from the third-hour classes, which included a brief interviews with sophomore Anne Baldino and teacher Lauren Albert. In each of the 12 classes, students split into groups of four to design and make their boats, and one student was picked to be the pilot. The goal was to create a boat that could sustain the weight of its pilot as he or she paddled through the water, attempting to cross the short side of the pool (approximately 15-20 yards).

Correction

Tuesday’s Digest misspelled the name of senior David Liu, who earned honorable mention selection to the Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Fremd Regional: UCLA-bound senior Grant Maleski recorded 20 kills on 28-of-33 hitting to lead the fifth-seeded Patriots past No. 21 St. Viator, 25-19, 27-25, in the regional semifinals. SHS (24-12) will face No. 13 Palatine, which upset No. 4 Lake Zurich, for the regional championship tonight at 6 o’clock. The two teams squared off last Thursday, with the Pirates prevailing in three games on Senior Night. Against St. Viator (17-20), Maleski’s final two kills broke a 25-25 tie in the second game. Junior Leo Chen added five kills and also had team highs with five digs and three aces. Junior Matt Cliffer and senior Sudhish Gogula contributed three kills apiece, and Cliffer had a team-best three block assists. Junior setter Haddon Kay was 56-of-56 with 31 assists. – Daily Herald

Today’s Regional Softball Games Postponed

Today’s IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional softball games have been postponed to Thursday due to unplayable field conditions. Stevenson will play Mundelein at 2 p.m., followed by Libertyville and Lake Forest at 4:30. The winner of Thursday’s games will play for the regional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday.

SHS Dominates Illinois Water Polo Awards

The state champion girls and boys water polo teams are well-represented in the end-of-season awards from Illinois Water Polo. Junior Claire Haas was named Girls Player of the Year and her coach, Jeff Wimer, was selected as Girls Coach of the Year. Wimer’s son, Sean Wimer, is the Boys Coach of the Year. Haas led the 10-member Girls All-State first team, which included junior Eileen Hoang. Sophomore Eleanor Michaud was picked for the second team and senior Fiona Gaffney was a third-team selection. On the boys’ side, seniors Dan Maleski and Andrew Shashin were named to the first team. Sophomore Collin Kapecki was a second-team selection and junior Justin Ginsberg was named to the third team.

Boys Swimming and Diving Honored for Academics

The varsity boys swimming and diving team has earned a gold-level Scholar Team Award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America for earning a 3.752 grade-point average during the 2016-17 season. Gold is the highest level possible.

Baseball Team at Mundelein Regional Thursday

Stevenson’s baseball team will take on Fremd in the semifinals of the IHSA Mundelein Regional at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The Patriots are the No. 6 seed in the Glenbrook South Sectional, while the Vikings are No. 11. The winner of Thursday’s semifinal will play for the regional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday. Mundelein and Glenbrook South will square off in the first semifinal today.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Information on Textbook Returns During Finals

Textbook returns will be located in the Lower Sports Center from 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. today and Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to noon Friday. After Friday, all textbooks must be returned to the School Business Office (Room 2426). Teachers should not accept any textbook returns, as this may cause a delay in processing and result in the students being fined for their books. Seniors must have all their textbooks returned, and any textbook fines paid, before they receive their diplomas.  

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available now, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at studio.il.vipis.com or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, studio.il.vipis.com. Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

Have You Ever Wanted to Give a TED Talk?

Have you ever wanted to give a TED talk? Speaker applications are now being accepted for the Vernon Area Public Library’s third annual TEDx event, which will be held October 15. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 30. Speaker applications and details can be found at http://tedx.vapld.info.

Juniors, Don’t Put Your Senior Year in Jeopardy

Most of Stevenson’s Class of 2018 has failed to comply with the state’s meningitis immunization mandate, jeopardizing completion of their senior year. The state requires that before October 15, all students in 12th grade will provide evidence of having a meningitis vaccination on or after their 16th birthday, or of receiving two meningitis vaccinations, with the first dose given on or after their 10th birthday and the second dose at least eight weeks after the first dose. Students failing to comply with the state mandate by October 15 will be excluded from classes until the requirement is met. Questions about the requirement can be directed to the West Nurse’s Office at  847-415-4025 or 4028.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois Senate approves budget plan with $5.4B tax increase

University of Chicago medical school receives $100M gift, its largest ever

Science, financial literacy emphasized in new CPS grad requirements

Student who sued over hacking expulsion returned to Glenbrook North

Baxter to pay $175K for CLC fabrication lab renovation

Third mumps case confirmed at Jacobs High School

Incorrect signature forces reprint of Oswego East diplomas

Crystal Lake middle school principal takes job at McHenry East

New Grass Lake board parts ways with longtime superintendent

DePaul names music building for outgoing president

Students designing decals for Springfield public works trucks

New frat house to be established for NIU’s fall semester

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Federal data single out colleges where low-income students fare worst

Lawsuit: Mississippi fails to educate black children equally

A first in Maryland’s public schools: Students learn Korean

University of Arizona plans to establish international “microcampuses”

Colleges find a new way to make money: Testing centers

Vermont college punishes 67 students for protesting speaker

California State University to stop using placement tests

It’s shockingly easy to cheat San Diego Unified’s online courses

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Science Olympiad Team 10th in Nation

Stevenson finished 10th in Division C at the 33rd annual National Science Olympiad Tournament held Friday and Saturday at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Student teams finished in the top five in seven events. Four groups placed third: Experimental Design (seniors Caroline Fatina and Eric Qian and sophomore Kitty Zeng), Towers (Fatina and senior Katherine Liu), Remote Sensing (junior Daniel Tao and freshman Anna Wang), and Robot Arm (junior Owen Simon and freshman Radha Patel).

Two teams finished fourth: Forensics (Fatina and Qian) and Microbe Mission (Tao and junior Elaine Xiao). The Wind Power tandem (Simon and sophomore Tony Tan) was fifth.

In the trial (non-scoring) events, sophomores Shreya Karpoor and Rachel Zhang won first place in Wright Stuff Capacitor.

Senior Named to Daily Herald Academic Team

Senior Amber Hu has been selected to the annual Daily Herald Lake County Academic Team announced today. Classmate Jason Liu earned honorable mention. Click here to read about Hu and the other Lake County team members. Click here for information on Liu and others who received honorable mention.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson at IHSWLA Metea Valley Sectional: Fifth-seeded Lyons Township defeated the 12th-seeded Patriots, 19-6, for the sectional championship. SHS ended its season with a 16-6 record, the best in program history, and reached the sectional final for the first time. Against Lyons, senior Courtney Patten concluded her career as the school’s all-time leader in goals (156) and points (208), and tied for the career mark in assists (52). She also set a single-season record this year with 33 assists. Sophomore Sophie Sorenson also scored and finished with single-season records in points (94) and interceptions (20). Sophomore Erica Spieler and freshman Killian Weber also scored, while Spieler, Sorenson and senior Morghan Murphy caused turnovers. Next year, girls and boys lacrosse becomes an official Illinois High School Association sport. – IHSWLA.org

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson at IHSLA State Playoffs: The Patriots lost to Warren in overtime, 8-7, in a first-round matchup in Gurnee. Junior Colin Bowler scored a goal with four seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. His goal was set up with assist from senior Mike Simon. Junior Caleb DiMaria led SHS (10-9) with three goals. Bowler scored twice while senior Hunter Gleason and junior Austin Masters each had a goal. Sophomore Cole Okmin added an assist. Junior goaltender Chad Winter made eight saves. – @PatsLax

New Girls Soccer Coach Named

Former Bethel University head soccer coach PepeJon Chavez is the new girls soccer coach at Stevenson. Chavez replaces Kevin Heffernan, who stepped down from his position after two seasons. Chavez has been a varsity assistant coach in Stevenson’s girls soccer program for the past three years, and has served as an assistant in the girls and boys programs at SHS since 2010. He joined the Patriot coaching staff after leading the women’s and men’s soccer programs at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, for three seasons. Click here to read more on the new girls soccer coach. Click here to read more about Heffernan’s farewell to his team.

Three Named to All-NSC Baseball Team

Senior outfielders Henry Marchese and Charlie Ling, and junior shortstop Jack Housinger have been selected to the 20-member All-North Suburban Conference Baseball Team. Junior pitcher Matt Mittelmark received honorable mention all-conference honors.

Softball Team Hosts Regional This Week

The varsity softball team will play host to Mundelein in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Patriots are the No. 9 seed in the New Trier Sectional, while Mundelein is No. 8. The winner of Wednesday’s game will face the winner of today’s game between No. 1 Libertyville and No. 16 Lake Forest for the regional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday. Class 4A pairings

Correction

The summary of Saturday’s girls water polo state championship game in Monday’s Digest listed the wrong player who scored to give Stevenson a two-goal advantage in the second three-minute overtime. Eleanor Michaud scored the goal.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Information on Textbook Returns During Finals

Textbook returns will be located in the Lower Sports Center from 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to noon Friday. After Friday, all textbooks must be returned to the School Business Office (Room 2426). Teachers should not accept any textbook returns, as this may cause a delay in processing and result in the students being fined for their books. Seniors must have all their textbooks returned, and any textbook fines paid, before they receive their diplomas.  

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available now, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at studio.il.vipis.com or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, studio.il.vipis.com. Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

Did You Forget to Pick Up Your Yearbook?

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, it will be available at the Patriot Superstore. The store is open 30 minutes before school begins and during all three lunch periods. You must present your student ID when picking up your yearbook. The cost is $50. The store accepts cash, check (made payable to Stevenson High School), your student ID card (if your parents or guardians have a Patriot Dollars account), Visa or MasterCard. There also are a number of students who did not pick up last year’s yearbook. They will be available until Friday.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago school board to consider up to $500M more in long-term borrowing

Mother blames son’s suicide on Naperville police, school

Students have become “collateral damage” in state budget battle

Settlement possible in lawsuit over new Hinsdale Middle School

North Chicago approves top leadership ahead of new superintendent’s start

Everyone evacuated before fire engulfs school bus in Aurora

Dismissal of Champaign schools’ facilities director draws protest

Police: Inattention cost Wheaton College hammer throw victim his life

Meet the Kellogg MBA students whose RompHim broke the Internet

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Trump’s proposed education budget calls for 13.5% cut in funding

DeVos: School choice should expand, but not from Washington, D.C.

What if everything you knew about disciplining kids was wrong?

Measuring the impact of lead exposure on learning and cognition

As schools adopt social-emotional learning programs, new guide offers help

Years of abuse uncovered at elite New England prep school

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Boys, Girls Water Polo Teams Win State Titles

Stevenson won the Illinois High School Association state championships in boys and girls water polo Saturday night, both in dramatic fashion. The boys captured their first state title with a 10-9 double-overtime win over New Trier, while the girls won their second IHSA crown in the last three years by beating Naperville Central, 14-13, in overtime. Details in the Sports section below.

Two Students Qualify for National History Day Contest

Sophomore Ananya Shah and junior Samarth Madduru have qualified for the National History Day Competition, which will be held June 11-15 at the University of Maryland. Shah qualified for nationals in the live performance category for her project depicting the work of Chicago attorney Clarence Darrow at the Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925. Madduru qualified in the website category. His website showcases the significance of the 1968 Democratic National Convention that took place in Chicago.

Sophomore Wins First Place at Harper College Fashion Show

Sophomore Isabella Stock won first place in the Best Construction category at the annual Harper College Fashion Show Friday night in Palatine. She was honored for the construction of her dress, which was based on a pattern provided to all 40 competitors by the college. Students had the option to make design changes to the pattern, and then use the fabric of their choice. The submitted projects were assessed by a panel of college professors. Stock was one of three students from the Advanced Clothing and Design class to take part in the competition. She was joined by junior Grace Day and sophomore Ziv Marco. This is the first time Stevenson has entered the Harper competition.

Final Exams Begin Tuesday

Today is the end of the sixth and final grading period of the 2016-17 school year. Final exams begin Tuesday. Click here for the final exam schedule.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Tournament: Justin Ginsberg’s goal with 1:30 left in sudden death lifted the top-ranked Patriots past No. 2 New Trier, 10-9, for their first state championship after finishing second the last two seasons. The junior’s goal was his fourth of the game for SHS, which finished the year with a 36-0 record, its first perfect season. Stevenson rallied from a 5-2 halftime deficit, only the fourth time it had trailed this year, and senior Andrew Shashin scored to tie the game at 6-6 with 2:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. Junior goalie Charlie Day made one of his 11 saves to stop the Trevians’ last advance, forcing overtime. Seniors Dan Maleski and Rahul Arun each scored two goals, while junior Collin Kapecki had one to go along with a team-high four assists. SHS advanced to the championship game with a 13-7 over defending state champion Naperville Central in the semifinals. Shashin led the Patriots with five goals, including back-to-back scores in the second quarter that broke a 3-3 tie. Stevenson never trailed after his goals. Maleski, Ginsberg and Eric Osuch each had two goals against the Redhawks, while Ben Lauter and Kapecki contributed one apiece. Ginsberg had four assists. – Championship Boxscore | Semifinal Boxscore | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, Illpolo.com

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots beat Naperville Central, 14-13, in overtime for their second state championship in the last three years. SHS (34-2) won its first crown in 2015 and finished third last spring. Senior Julia Nicholson scored the eventual game-winning goal with 2:21 remaining in the first three-minute overtime period, and sophomore Lauren Maloney added a goal in the second three-minute OT to give Stevenson a three-goal advantage before the Redhawks (33-2) scored twice for the final margin. Central beat SHS in overtime near the end of the regular season. Junior Claire Haas led the Patriots with five goals and also had a team-high three assists. Fiona Gaffney tallied three goals, while Maloney and Eileen Hoang had two apiece. Sophomore goalie Anna Mossakowski made 10 saves. In the morning semifinal, Stevenson beat Mother McAuley, 13-7, for head coach Jeff Wimer’s 600th career victory. The Mighty Macs scored the first goal, but Hoang and Eleanor Michaud responded with tallies and the Pats never trailed again. Haas led SHS with five goals. Michaud scored three times and Nicholson twice. Gaffney also scored. Mossakowski made 10 saves. – Championship Boxscore | Semifinal Boxscore | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald, News and Topics, Illpolo.com

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A Cary-Grove Sectional: The Patriots won their 11th consecutive sectional championship and qualified all six of their players for this week’s state tournament. SHS edged Highland Park, 29-24, in the team standings. Sophomore Zach Kim finished second in singles and the doubles team of seniors Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg also took second. Also qualifying for state was junior Sam Komis, who was third in singles, and sophomores Ozzie Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth, who were fourth in doubles. All matches in the two-day sectional were played indoors due to the weather. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Tournament: Andrew Shashin scored seven goals to lead the Patriots (34-0) past Lincoln-Way East, 18-9, in the quarterfinals. Dan Maleski scored four times, with Eric Osuch, Collin Kapecki and Rahul Arun each tallying two. SHS bolted to a 5-0 lead after the first period and led 10-2 at halftime. Goalie Charlie Day made nine saves. – Quarterfinal Boxscore | Daily Herald

Girls Soccer

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A SHS Regional: The 12th-seeded Patriots lost to No. 2 Warren, 3-0, in the regional final, ending their season with a 5-10-2 record. The Blue Devils, who improved to 20-1-2, advance to the Warren Sectional semifinals against Libertyville on Tuesday. Friday’s regional marked Kevin Heffernan’s final game as head coach. He is stepping down after four years at the helm. He will serve as an assistant on the boys’ team this fall before retiring from coaching after 30 years. – Daily Herald

Girls, Boys Lacrosse Teams in State Playoffs Today

The varsity girls and boys lacrosse teams have state playoff games today. The girls will travel to Aurora for the Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association Metea Valley Sectional championship game against Lyons Township at 7:30 p.m. The boys head to Gurnee to face Warren in the first round of the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association playoffs at 7 p.m.

Boys Volleyball in Regional Semifinal Tuesday

Stevenson’s boys volleyball team will play in the IHSA Fremd Regional semifinals at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The Patriots, seeded fifth in the Palatine Sectional, will take on the winner of today’s match between No. 11 Fremd and No. 21 St. Viator.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Information on Textbook Returns During Finals

Textbook returns will be located in the Lower Sports Center from 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. After Thursday, all textbooks must be returned to the School Business Office (Room 2426). Teachers should not accept any textbook returns, as this may cause a delay in processing and result in the students being fined for their books. Seniors must have all their textbooks returned, and any textbook fines paid, before they receive their diplomas.

Final Exam Update From the Testing Center

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

Did You Forget to Pick Up Your Yearbook?

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, it will be available at the Patriot Superstore. The store is open 30 minutes before school begins and during all three lunch periods. You must present your student ID when picking up your yearbook. The cost is $50. The store accepts cash, check (made payable to Stevenson High School), your student ID card (if your parents or guardians have a Patriot Dollars account), Visa or MasterCard. There also are a number of students who did not pick up last year’s yearbook. They will be available until Friday, May 26.

New Parking Guidelines for Seniors Next Year

Stevenson’s student population is increasing next year, and more students means more staff, which unfortunately means less student parking on campus. Seniors are encouraged to start talking with friends and classmates to arrange carpools and rideshares if they need to park on campus for the duration of the year. The Class of 2018 will have an opportunity to purchase up to four of six marking periods of parking. Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking permits can only be purchased during online registration. All Stevenson families will receive a mailing regarding online registration in mid-June. This mailing will include when the online registration window opens for all students. Seniors also will be able to purchase daily Port Clinton parking spots in Room 2400 with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. A maximum of 10 spots per calendar month can be purchased at $3 per day.

Clean Out Your PE Locker Today

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day today. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

INTRAMURALS

The last open gym basketball session is from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Field House. All you need to participate is your current school ID.

COLLEGE NEWS

The Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at application.horatioalger.org. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).  

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Teachers at Chicago charter school threaten to strike on Friday

State Farm Insurance gives $3M to Illinois State cybersecurity program

Springfield school district to provide meals over the summer

Gay teacher wasn’t fired over sexuality, Catholic school says

Transgender student’s graduation won’t end District 211 lawsuit

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

The ethos of the overinvolved college parent

Why it’s so hard to know whether school choice is working

Los Angeles teachers union faces tough questions in wake of election

Dozens stage walkout at Pence’s Notre Dame commencement speech

One Ohio teacher. Many investigations. No charges

How one New Hampshire school is retooling education

It was hard to keep politics out of high school yearbooks this year

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Chess Team Captures Trophies at Nationals

Stevenson’s chess team took part in the largest chess tournament in history last week, and returned to Lincolnshire having made history of its own. Junior Marcus Engstrom, sophomores Jack Xiao, Shashank Bala and Kavin Lavari, and freshman Adam Wallach finished third in the K-12 U1900 section at the United States Chess Federation SuperNationals VI Games held May 12-14 in Nashville, Tennessee. Wallach finished 14th individually.

Junior Alex Bian, competing in the highest division, the K-12 Open section, placed 19th in the nation. He also was third individually in the Blitz K-12 section, in which he, Xiao, Lavari and Bala placed fourth as a team. Junior Gurasees Bajaj competed in the K-12 U1600 section.

More than 5,500 students took part in the tournament. Stevenson’s chess team coaches are Vincent Springer and Scott Oliver.

2017-18 Theater Productions Announced

The Theater Department revealed its 2017-18 productions at the annual end-of-year celebration held after school on Wednesday. The school’s biggest show of the year is the fall musical, and this year’s choice is “Fiddler on the Roof.” The show about a poor Russian milkman named Tevye, and his attempts to protect his family and its Jewish and cultural traditions from corruption, has delighted millions since its debut in 1964. “Fiddler on the Roof” will hit the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center November 17-19.

A more recent creation, “Too Much, Too Much, Too Many,” will be the fall play, staged September 7-9 in the Studio Theater. Meghan Kennedy’s play about a grieving widow who locks herself in her bedroom first opened in 2013. The Thornton Wilder classic, “Our Town,” is the freshman-sophomore production, which will be performed February 2-3 in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. “Luna Gale,” which made its world premiere at Chicago’s Goodman Theater three years ago, is the winter play. Rebecca Gilman’s drama is about a social worker whose decision to place the baby of two teenage drug addicts with one of their mothers sparks a conflict linked to a dark family secret. “Luna Gale” comes to the West Auditorium March 9-10.

Townhouse Plan Near Didier Farms Raises Concerns

A planned townhouse development on 50 acres north of Didier Farms in Buffalo Grove has prompted concerns from residents who live in the area of Meridian Middle School near Stevenson. The developer met with about 35 residents on Thursday to hear their concerns about density and traffic.

Newest Presidential Scholar Discusses Selection

Senior Kathy Xiang, who recently was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar, talked with Pioneer Press reporter Ronnie Wachter about the honor. The Harvard-bound Vernon Hills resident also spoke about the huge influence of her Advanced Placement Themes in World Literature class and her teacher, Dean Bradshaw. “Because it’s not my particular skill, that made the impact of the class ever bigger,” Xiang said. “It broadened my perspective in many ways, seeing how to empathize with people and humanity.”

Alum Helps Create New Children’s Book

SHS alumnus Sonia Doshi (Class of 2012) is one of three people behind a new children’s book that was created while completing graduate work at Stanford University. Goodnight News is described as as an “interactive family newscast” that turns parents and their children into reporters. The book is meant to help parents share their day with their child, while helping children learn to express themselves through conversation.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted IHSA State Quarterfinals: Eileen Hoang and Claire Haas each scored five goals as the second-seeded Patriots (32-2) beat St. Ignatius, 20-9, and advanced to Saturday morning’s semifinal against Mother McAuley. The semifinal match will be played at 10:15 a.m. Saturday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. St. Ignatius scored 10 seconds into the quarterfinal, but goals by Lauren Maloney and Hoang gave the Patriots a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish. Maloney scored two goals and Amelia Eastman also contributed a pair. The other SHS goals came from Eleanor Michaud, Fiona Gaffney, Julia Nicholson, Bella Greenspan, Kalista Tapas and Maanasa Devabhaktuni. Starting goalie Anna Mossakowski made seven saves before Brigitte Lefebvre relieved her in the fourth period and stopped three shots. – Illpolo.com, Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Fremd Sectional: Five Patriots qualified in five events — four with personal-best performances — for next week’s state meet at Eastern Illinois University. Senior Noah Lukz punched his ticket for state with a second-place, personal-best performance in the 100-meter dash (10.95). Fellow senior Johnathan Powell was second in triple jump (44-10). Stevenson’s three other state qualifiers all posted personal bests: Junior Nikita Smyrnov was third in the 3,200 (9:22.01), senior Jordan Eng placed fourth in long jump (22-2) and sophomore Anand Batbaatar was fifth in shot put (52-8). Lukz added a non-qualifying third-place finish in the 200 (22.38), and Powell was fifth in the long jump (21-10.5). Other individual point-earners for SHS were: junior Seth Johnson, who was fourth in the 100 (11.28); sophomore Sam Herenton, fourth in the 400 (51.73), senior Caleb Oh, fifth in the 800 (2:01.47); senior David Goncharov, sixth in the triple jump (42-3.25); and sophomore Maema Njongmeta, sixth in discus (137-7). The 1,600 relay team of Herenton, Oh, and juniors Ahmad Dinkins and Aaron Portman was sixth (3:32.63). The Patriots finished fifth among 15 teams. – Official Results, Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Palatine d. Stevenson, 25-23, 14-25, 25-16: On Senior Night, Grant Maleski notched 14 kills in his final home match for the Patriots (23-12) in their regular-season finale. Fellow senior Sudhish Gogula had six kills and classmates Hudson Havenhill and Yeso Baatarkhuu added five apiece. Gogula also recorded four block assists while Baatarkhuu had three. Haddon Kay, a junior, was 42-of-43 setting with 18 assists. Sophomore Will Sorenson was 31-of-31 setting with 11 assists and also served two aces. Maleski and classmate Danny Orlov each made four digs. Stevenson will play in the IHSA Fremd Regional semifinals at 5 p.m. The Pats, seeded fifth in the Palatine Sectional, will play the winner of Monday’s match between No. 11 Fremd and No. 21 St. Viator.

SHS Named Best Public School for Athletes

Stevenson has been named the best public high school in America for student-athletes, according to a report on USA Today’s website. Niche.com, the website that declared SHS the best public high school in the country last fall, listed the school’s athletic program as No. 1 based on student and parent reviews, participation levels, number of sports offered, and expenses per school. Four of the top rated schools are in Illinois. After Stevenson, Glenbrook South and Glenbrook North were Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, and Homewood-Flossmoor was sixth. Other Illinois schools in the top 50 included Libertyville (11), Hinsdale Central (12), Lincoln-Way West (18), Lake Forest (21), Glenbard West (26) and Cary-Grove (36).

Girls Soccer Regional Title Game Moved

Due to an ominous weather forecast for Saturday, the IHSA Class 3A Stevenson Regional girls soccer championship game has been moved to 4:30 today in the Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Lacrosse Alum Named College Conference MVP

Girls lacrosse alumnus Lindsay Schwartz (Class of 2015), a sophomore at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, had a record-breaking season for the Blues this spring. She earned most valuable player honors from the Northwest Conference after setting new Whitman single-season standards in goals, points, game-winning goals, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers. Schwartz scored at least one goal in all 15 games, and had four or more in eight games. Last Friday, she earned first-team NCAA Division III West Region honors, and is eligible for All-America recognition from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association, which will be announced June 3. Schwartz has earned first-team all-conference honors in each of her first two seasons.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

15th Annual SNN Film Fest Tonight

All students are invited to enjoy an evening of student-made short films at the 15th annual SNN Film Fest at 7 p.m. tonight in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2. Note: Some films may contain mature themes and/or language.

Last Chance for Senior Class Party Bus Sign-Up is Monday

If you’re going to the Senior Class Party, there will be one last bus sign-up before school on Monday, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Field House. If you do not sign up, the PPA will randomly assign you to a bus.

Girls Lacrosse Team Selling Jamba Juice This Afternoon

The girls lacrosse team is holding a Jamba Juice sale in the Wood Commons this afternoon during seventh and eighth periods and during the assembly, and after school by the athletic fields before Spring Fling. You can buy a 10-ounce Jamba Juice for $3. Two flavors will be available: Strawberry Whirl and Mega Mango. You can pay in cash or with your student ID.

First 50 SHS Students Get in Free to State Water Polo

The Sports Boosters will continue its tradition of paying for the first 50 Stevenson students to attend the IHSA Water Polo State Tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center tonight. The boys play at 7 o’clock. Students should present their ID at the admission window.

Did You Forget to Pick Up Your Yearbook?

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, it will be available at the Patriot Superstore. The store is open 30 minutes before school begins and during all three lunch periods. You must present your student ID when picking up your yearbook. The cost is $50. The store accepts cash, check (made payable to Stevenson High School), your student ID card (if your parents or guardians have a Patriot Dollars account), Visa or MasterCard. There also are a number of students who did not pick up last year’s yearbook. They will be available until Friday, May 26.

Information on Textbook Returns During Finals

Textbook returns will be located in the Lower Sports Center from 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. After next Thursday, all textbooks must be returned to the School Business Office (Room 2426). Teachers should not accept any textbook returns, as this may cause a delay in processing and result in the students being fined for their books. Seniors must have all their textbooks returned, and any textbook fines paid, before they receive their diplomas.

Final Exam Update From the Testing Center

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

New Parking Guidelines for Seniors Next Year

Stevenson’s student population is increasing next year, and more students means more staff, which unfortunately means less student parking on campus. Seniors are encouraged to start talking with friends and classmates to arrange carpools and ride-shares if they need to park on campus for the duration of the year. The Class of 2018 will have an opportunity to purchase up to four of six marking periods of parking. Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking permits can only be purchased during online registration. All Stevenson families will receive a mailing regarding online registration in mid-June. This mailing will include when the online registration window opens for all students. Seniors also will be able to purchase daily Port Clinton parking spots in Room 2400 with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. A maximum of 10 spots per calendar month can be purchased at $3 per day.

Clean Out Your PE Locker by Monday

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

INTRAMURALS

The last open gym basketball session is from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Field House. All you need to participate is your current school ID.

COLLEGE NEWS

The Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at application.horatioalger.org. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).  

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Tribune analysis: College-prep courses not preparing kids for college

CPS to borrow against late state block grants to pay for end of year

Lombard District 44 paying two administrators $424K to leave

Round Lake, once in financial peril, makes U.S. News best schools list

New Trier to release high school readiness test results by district

University of Chicago frat’s Cinco de Mayo party sparks racial tensions

DePaul rescinds permission for conservative pundit to speak on campus

Ex-Wheaton College professor back behind bars on child porn charges

Morthland College to eliminate athletic program

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Only 16 teacher-prep programs rated as “top tier” in new NCTQ report

400K were promised student loan forgiveness. Now they’re panicking

Why so many students hate history, and what to do about it

Research says sunshine improves test scores

The quiet wave of school district secessions

Some Ohio districts tail parents to check where family actually lives

The nation’s oldest voucher program: Beacon of hope, or failed experiment?

Yale dean placed on leave over “white trash” Yelp reviews

Seattle parent pays off $21K school lunch debt with GoFundMe campaign

Research says high school valedictorians do OK, but don’t run the world

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Student Writers Honored by State Association

Prose works by five students have been selected for publication in the next Illinois English Bulletin, which is produced by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. The students chosen (with titles of their pieces in parenthesis) are senior Manikandan Swaminathan (“Grow in the Dark”) and juniors Sarah Bell (“When My Grandmother Laughs”), Hannah Lichtenstein (“The R Word”), Pranathi Posa (“Big and Dark”) and Daniel Wu (“The Sun Behind the Clouds”).

Three students received runner-up honors: juniors Eva Holsen (“Three-Hundred”), Christopher Muth (“To Repair Versus to Redress”) and Mengjing Shi (“The Seasons Come and Go”). Five others were selected for honorable mention: seniors Karan Rami (“Engulfed in Words”) and Ali Saeed (“On Experience: the Power of Story”), and juniors Gurasees Bajaj (“From Dusk to Dawn”), Noah Cooper (“Trickle-Down Benefits”) and Daniel Lee (“It’s My Heaven”).

The honored students’ Communication Arts teachers are Jennifer Arias, Denise Foster, Stephen Heller and Melissa Mack.

Class of 2018 Breaks New ACT Ground

Eleven members of the Class of 2018 earned perfect scores on the ACT exam that was provided to all juniors at Stevenson in February. Julia Qian earned a 36 for the second time, while Alexander Bian, Justin Lee, Michael Lee, Aditya Mansharamani, Aaryav Nagpal, Saketh Prazad, Jessica Shen, Ruidi Xu, Jonathan Xue and Wilson Zhu reached the scoring pinnacle for the first time. With these latest results, the Class of 2018 now has 28 members that have achieved a perfect ACT score, the largest of any class dating back to 2000 and likely in all of school history.

Four Seniors Accepted Into UI Honors Program

Out of more than 7,000 graduating high school seniors admitted into the University of Illinois each year, only 125 students are accepted into its Campus Honors Program. Four members of Stevenson’s Class of 2017 will be among this elite group: Kevin Acuna, Gary Braznichenko, Ethan Krawitz and Annie Wu.

Correction

Matt Adams was omitted from the list of students who won the 29th annual Geography Bowl at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Monday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson hosted IHSWLA Metea Valley Sectional: The Patriots (16-5) held off the Downers Grove co-op, 12-11, for the sectional semifinal victory and a berth in the sectional championship game against Lyons Township. The sectional title contest will be played at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Metea Valley. Stevenson is the No. 12 seed in the state playoffs and Lyons is No. 5. This is the deepest advancement ever in the state playoffs for the Pats, who have won five straight games and 11 of their last 12. – IHSWLA.org, @PatsGLax

Softball

Grant 3, Stevenson 2 (9 inn.): The host Bulldogs hit a walkoff home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth, handing the Patriots (13-18) a tough loss in their regular-season finale. Emma Oriatti’s two-run home run gave SHS a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. Grant tied the game with an unearned run in the bottom of the frame. Starting pitcher Ilyssa Muise pitched out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings to send the game into extra innings. The Pats will play host to Mundelein in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Stevenson is the No. 9 seed in the New Trier Sectional and the Mustangs are the No. 8 seed. – Daily Herald

Baseball

Warren 11, Stevenson 2 (5 inn.): The visiting Patriots (18-13, 11-9) were held to three hits by the Blue Devils (25-9, 14-6)  in their North Suburban Conference finale. Michael D’Angelo and Benjamin Chestler hit doubles for SHS, while Hayden Shape had a single. Stevenson’s runs came on a groundout by Henry Marchese and a sacrifice fly from D’Angelo. – GameChanger.com, Daily Herald

Sectional Time for Boys Track, Boys Tennis

The next Patriot squads competing in IHSA sectional competitions are the boys track and boys tennis teams. The track and field team will compete in the 16-team Class 3A Fremd Sectional today. Click here to look for results tonight. The boys tennis team will compete in the Class 2A Cary-Grove Sectional beginning Friday and concluding on Saturday. You can follow sectional tennis results here.

Water Polo Championship Games Online

Saturday’s IHSA state water polo tournament championship games in the Patriot Aquatic Center will be shown live online for a fee at this link. You can watch both games for $9.95. Click here for details.

Krames Shoulders the Load at State Gymnastics Meet

There’s no “Toughest Competitor” category among the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards, but if there was, Matt Krames would have to be a contender. The University of Iowa-bound gymnast separated his right shoulder around sectional time, but was able to advance to the state tournament in four events and the all-around competition. He won two state medals, including a second-place finish in floor exercise. “Honestly, 90 percent of the gymnasts I’ve coached would’ve just dropped out given the distress he was under,” Patriots coach Joe Rogalski told the Pioneer Press. “Just to power through like that? It was so impressive.”

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

First 50 SHS Students Get in Free to State Water Polo

The Sports Boosters will continue its tradition of paying for the first 50 Stevenson students to attend the IHSA Water Polo State Tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center tonight and Friday night. The girls will play at 7 o’clock tonight and the boys at 7 p.m. Friday. Students should present their ID at the admission window.

Did You Forget to Pick Up Your Yearbook?

If you forgot to pick up your yearbook earlier this week, it will be available at the Patriot Superstore. The store is open 30 minutes before school begins and during all three lunch periods. You must present your student ID when picking up your yearbook. The cost is $50. The store accepts cash, check (made payable to Stevenson High School), your student ID card (if your parents or guardians have a Patriot Dollars account), Visa or MasterCard. There also are a number of students who did not pick up last year’s yearbook. They will be available until Friday, May 26.

Last Chance for Senior Class Party Bus Sign-Up is Monday

If you’re going to the Senior Class Party, there will be one last bus sign-up before school on Monday, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Field House. If you do not sign up, the PPA will randomly assign you to a bus.

Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony Tonight

The Spanish Honor Society induction ceremony will take place at 6:30 tonight in the West Auditorium. Rehearsal for the students being inducted is at 5 o’clock.

Free the Children Club Portillo’s Fundraiser Today

The Free the Children club is holding a fundraiser 5-8 p.m. today at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the club, which seeks to educate, engage and empower social change on a global scale. Present this flyer or show it on your smartphone when placing your order.

Information on Textbook Returns During Finals

Textbook returns will be located in the Lower Sports Center from 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 23-25. After May 25, all textbooks must be returned to the School Business Office (Room 2426). Teachers should not accept any textbook returns, as this may cause a delay in processing and result in the students being fined for their books. Seniors must have all their textbooks returned, and any textbook fines paid, before they receive their diplomas.

Final Exam Update From the Testing Center

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

15th Annual SNN Film Fest Friday Night

All students are invited to enjoy an evening of student-made short films at the 15th annual SNN Film Fest at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2. Note: Some films may contain mature themes and/or language.

New Parking Guidelines for Seniors Next Year

Stevenson’s student population is increasing next year, and more students means more staff, which unfortunately means less student parking on campus. Seniors are encouraged to start talking with friends and classmates to arrange carpools and rideshares if they need to park on campus for the duration of the year. The Class of 2018 will have an opportunity to purchase up to four of six marking periods of parking. Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking permits can only be purchased during online registration. All Stevenson families will receive a mailing regarding online registration in mid-June. This mailing will include when the online registration window opens for all students. Seniors also will be able to purchase daily Port Clinton parking spots in Room 2400 with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. A maximum of 10 spots per calendar month can be purchased at $3 per day.

Clean Out Your PE Locker by Monday

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

CLUB NEWS

The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 today in Room 2516. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.

ATHLETICS

The Sports Boosters will continue its tradition of paying for the first 50 Stevenson students to attend the IHSA Water Polo State Tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Thursday and Friday nights. The girls will play at 7 o’clock tonight and the boys at 7 p.m. Friday. Students should present their ID at the admission window.

The girls basketball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 today in Room 2002. Don’t forget to register for summer camp/leagues!

There will be an informational meeting for girls cross country at 3:30 today in the Little Theater (Room 4200). If you cannot make the meeting, contact Coach LeVanti at mlevanti@d125.org.

The girls lacrosse team is holding a Jamba Juice sale Friday in the Wood Commons during seventh and eighth periods and during the assembly, and after school by the athletic fields before Spring Fling. You can buy a 10-ounce Jamba Juice for $3. Two flavors will be available: Strawberry Whirl and Mega Mango. You can pay in cash or with your student ID.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

“Grand bargain” vote fizzles again in Illinois Senate

State lawmakers’ school funding plan likely to meet Rauner’s veto pen

Chicago-area high schools listed on website trading nude photos

Hybrid schedule elicits mixed opinions among Maine Township 207 parents

Interim U46 superintendent Arndt to leave this month

Chicago Catholic school teacher says he was fired after students outed him

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

How colleges know what you can afford (and the limits of that tactic)

Reformers sweep Los Angeles school board elections

A look at the Trump administration’s first full education budget

Secret report shows “special” treatment for officials in D.C. school lottery

Teachers speak: What professional development actually works?

Texas eighth-grader wins National Geographic Bee Championship

Universities beware: There’s a new DDoS attack method

Cooking from scratch returning to some lunchrooms in western Washington

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Retired Superintendent Receives Heritage Award

Retired Stevenson Superintendent Dr. Timothy D. Kanold received the 2016-17 Heritage Award from the District 125 Board of Education at its monthly meeting on Monday. The Heritage Award is given annually to individuals who have made a significant impact on Stevenson High School. Since its inception in 1985, Heritage Award recipients have included former faculty and staff, community members, and alumni. Click here to read more about this year’s Heritage Award winner.

SHS Wins UW-Parkside Geography Bowl Again

The Junior Geography team won the 29th annual Geography Bowl at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Monday. This is the second straight year Stevenson has won the Parkside title, with three of the four members part of each squad. Conrad Oberhaus, Andrew Ossentjuk, Steve O’Reilly and Sarav Sundaram breezed to the championship by winning all 16 rounds. Last year, Oberhaus, Ossentjuk and Sundaram went 19-0 as sophomores en route to the title, along with Matt Adams. Stevenson’s sophomore team of Michael Giannos, Rebecca Azevedo, Johnna Geick and Charles Moore also competed.

Three Earn Honors on U.S. Physics Exam

Three students took the United States of America Physics Olympiad exam on April 6 and earned semifinalist status. Senior Zhenhao Li, who will attend Yale University in the fall, received Silver Medal recognition. Albert Cao, a junior, received Bronze Medal recognition, and classmate Wilson Zhu received Honorable Mention.

Seven Hebrew Students Earn Seal of Biliteracy

For the first time, Stevenson students this year were offered an opportunity to earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy in Hebrew. Seven students earned the seal, which will be included on their diploma: Senior Shir “Melody” Givati and her freshman sisters, Shanny Givati and Noa Givati, junior Roey Kleiman and his freshman brother, Itai Kleiman, and juniors Yishai Elran and Dan Efroni. Students interested in taking the exam next fall should contact the World Languages office.

Free the Children Club Fundraiser at Portillo’s Thursday

The Free the Children club is holding a fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Portillo’s in Vernon Hills. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the club, which seeks to educate, engage, and empower social change on a global scale. Click here for the flyer to present when placing an order.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A Regional: Jill Steinbrink scored two goals as the 12th-seeded Patriots (5-9-2) upset No. 7 Carmel, 4-2, advancing to Saturday’s regional championship match against No. 2 Warren. Steinbrink scored the game’s first goal in the eighth minute, and Kristin Hill made it 2-0 in the 46th minute. After the Corsairs (9-7-3) cut the lead in half, Steinbrink scored her second goal off an assist from Kirsten Kendler in the 55th minute. Carmel pulled within 3-2 in the 76th minute, but Hannah Lapeire scored on a penalty kick two minutes later. Goalie Hannah Petrich made four saves for SHS, which tied Carmel 3-3 on April 24. Saturday’s regional title tilt will take place at 11 a.m. in the Stadium. Warren and Stevenson faced off on May 8, with the Blue Devils prevailing 3-1. – Daily Herald

Baseball

Stevenson 10, Warren 3: Big days at the plate by Hayden Shape and Henry Marchese, and a combined three-hitter from four pitchers, led the host Patriots (18-12, 11-8) past the Blue Devils (24-9, 13-6) in the second game of their three-game series. Shape went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs, including a three-run home run. Marchese was 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, a triple, two stolen bases, and three runs scored. Stevenson scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second, and five in the fourth. Jacob Rosenkranz, Hayden Brotz, Justin Rayyan and Daniel Lubelfeld combined on a three-hitter. Rosenkranz was the winning pitcher and Lubelfeld picked up a save. – GameChanger.com

Softball

Warren 12, Stevenson 1 (5 inn.): Emma Oriatti went 3-for-3 with a double and a run batted in for the host Patriots (13-17, 4-10) in their final North Suburban Conference game of the year. The Blue Devils clinched the league title with the victory.

Water Polo Teams Prepare for State Tournament

Stevenson’s water polo teams are in familiar territory this week, in more ways than one. The Patriot girls and boys earned berths in the Illinois High School Association state tournament, which has been held in the Patriot Aquatic Center every year since water polo became a sport in the 2001-02 school year. The boys are making their sixth consecutive state appearance, and have finished second in three of the last four seasons. Sean Wimer’s crew enters the tournament with a 33-0 record and has been the top-ranked team in the state all season. Stevenson has never won the boys title, and the Patriots will take their first step toward making history at 7 p.m. Friday, when they face Lincoln-Way East in the state quarterfinals. The Patriot girls, who are coached by Sean’s father, Jeff Wimer, are two years removed from winning the first state championship in program history, and finished third last year. Stevenson, which has made state in each of the last four seasons, will bring a 31-2 record into its state quarterfinal game against St. Ignatius at 7 p.m. Thursday. Click here to see the state tournament schedule.

“Down to Earth” Shi Reaches the Pinnacle

Freshman Esther Shi couldn’t have asked for a better start to her high school badminton career. She finished the season with a 39-1 record, won the state singles championship, and helped her team capture the IHSA title. Head coach Grant Johnson told the Pioneer Press he wasn’t surprised by Shi’s season. “She loves to practice and has an ability to understand the flow of the game,” he said. “The precision of her shots (is) outstanding. She knows what her opponents are going to do and is always in control of a point.” Senior Ashley Richardson, who reached the state tournament in each of her final three seasons, raved about Shi as a player and as a person. “My favorite thing about Esther is how down to earth she is,” Richardson said. “She is so good but doesn’t go around flaunting it.”

Football Team’s Collection Drive Shatters Expectations

The football program held its fifth annual donation drive for the Lake County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) organization Monday morning, shattering its collection record set last year. Patriot football players brought in 18,502 items, nearly three times the amount donated last year, when the squad collected 6,444 items. The collection drive is part of the team’s leadership training program. “Huddle group” leaders were trained by the team coaches on setting and meeting goals, then provided guidance for their teammates to beat last year’s record.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Clean Out Your PE Locker by Monday

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

First 50 SHS Students Get in Free to State Water Polo

The Sports Boosters will continue its tradition of paying for the first 50 Stevenson students to attend the IHSA Water Polo State Tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Thursday and Friday nights. The girls will play at 7 p.m. Thursday and the boys at 7 p.m. Friday. Students should present their ID at the admission window.

Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony Thursday

The Spanish Honor Society induction ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. Rehearsal for the students being inducted is at 5 p.m.

Final Exam Update From the Testing Center

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

15th Annual SNN Film Fest Friday Night

All students are invited to enjoy an evening of student-made short films at the 15th annual SNN Film Fest at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2. Note: Some films may contain mature themes and/or language.

CLUB NEWS

The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 2516. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.

ATHLETICS

There will be an informational meeting for girls cross country at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater (Room 4200). If you cannot make the meeting, contact Coach LeVanti at mlevanti@d125.org.

The girls basketball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2002. Don’t forget to register for summer camp/leagues!

The girls lacrosse team is holding a Jamba Juice sale in the Wood Commons during seventh and eighth periods and during the assembly, and after school by the athletic fields before Spring Fling. You can buy a 10-ounce Jamba Juice for $3. Two flavors will be available: Strawberry Whirl and Mega Mango. You can pay in cash or with your student ID.

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