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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

10 Seniors Named National Merit Scholars

Ten seniors are among 2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners for 2019. They were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 60 from Stevenson’s Class of 2019.

Stevenson’s latest National Merit Scholars are Anubhav Agarwal, Ishaan Deshmukh, Andrew Ding, Chase Duvall, Saaniya Farhan, Emily Luo, Poojan Palwai, Thivya Sivarajah, Angela Zhang and Hannah Zhang. Last year, Stevenson had three National Merit Scholars.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. The committee looked at several factors, including the student’s academic record; the difficulty level of subjects studies and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; a personal essay; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2017 when approximately 1.6 million juniors took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists. There were about 16,000 semifinalists.

Senior Earns Full Ride to Wake Forest

Class of 2019 member Sydney Glickson is one of 10 high school seniors in the country to earn the prestigious Stamps Scholarship from Wake Forest University. The four-year scholarship is one of the most selective in the nation. Each winner receives an annual stipend covering the costs of tuition, room, board and personal expenses, plus grant opportunities for summer research, travel and international study. Stamps Scholars are chosen based on their academic record and civic leadership potential.

Ex-Administrator Chosen to Lead Downers Grove School

Former Stevenson dean and mathematics teacher Amy Read has been named principal of Herrick Middle School in Downers Grove Elementary District 58. This will be the fourth principalship for Read, who has served as principal of Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook-based District 53 since 2014.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A Regional: The top-seeded Patriots (19-1-2) defeated No. 16 Grant, 8-0, in the regional semifinal for their 12th consecutive shutout and 17th overall. SHS advances to the regional championship game at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of today’s semifinal between No. 9 Highland Park and No. 8 Buffalo Grove. Stevenson took control of the semifinal game quickly: Gracie Wingfield scored the first of her four goals 4.8 second into the contest. She scored two more times in the first half as the Patriots built a 6-0 halftime lead. Kalyssa VanZanten scored two goals and added an assist. Gabi Nyc and Madison Kim also scored. Abby Kalou recorded three assists, Kristin Hill had two, and Tess Koleno and Nicole Schmidt each had an assist. Keeper Jenny Staten recorded her 12th consecutive shutout. – NFHS Network Replay


Stevenson 2, Lake Forest 1: JT Tumpowsky’s bases-loaded single in the top of the seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie and the visiting Patriots (21-9, 10-4) held on for their second straight one-run decision over the Scouts. Jacob Rosenkranz threw a scoreless seventh to earn the save, striking out the last two batters after Lake Forest put the tying run on second base. Jacob preserved the win for starting pitcher Frank Carris, who allowed two singles and one unearned run in six innings and improved to 8-0 on the year. The Scouts led 1-0 until the fifth inning, when Ryan Miller doubled home Josh Snider with two outs. Benjamin Ries had two of the five hits in Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference finale, which marked its fourth straight win. The Patriots play at Carmel today; the first pitch is scheduled for 4:45. –, Daily Herald


Stevenson 26, Lake Forest 0: No details available.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: The host Patriots concluded their regular season with a 14-1 record after winning their 13th straight match. Eric Perkowski was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles in a matchup of 2018 state qualifiers, while Daniel Tulchinskiy and Payton Adkisson earned a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 decision at No. 1 doubles. Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan, who reached state last spring, rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Thomas Gong and Andy Dong were 6-4, 6-4 winners at No. 3 doubles, and Kevin Fei and Gabriel Visotsky posted a 6-1, 7-5 decision at No. 4 doubles. The contest featured seven 2018 state qualifiers, three from SHS and four from Barrington. Stevenson plays host to a nine-team IHSA sectional Friday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Free Girls Soccer Regional Final Admission Offer

The first 100 students who attend Friday night’s girls soccer regional championship game in the Stadium will be admitted for free, thanks to the Patriot Parent Association. Students must show their Stevenson ID at the gate.

Baseball Alumnus Playing With Ex-Cub Zambrano

Former SHS baseball standout Scott Firth (Class of 2009) is on the pitching staff of the Chicago Dogs in the Independent League American Association. One of his teammates is former Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, and his manager is Butch Hobson, who played for and managed the Boston Red Sox. The Dogs open their season Friday against the Gary SouthShore RailCats at Impact Field in Rosemont. Firth pitched at Clemson University, then spent three seasons in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball games against Lake Forest will be streamed live from the Sports Center on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game begins at 5 o’clock, and the varsity starts at 6. The varsity will be attempting to complete an unbeaten North Suburban Conference season.


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Pep Assembly Friday in the Sports Center

Don’t miss the pep assembly Friday in the Sports Center! The fun will include balloon splatter painting, human bowling, a spirit tunnel, and a volleyball match between teachers and students. The school will be on the PM Assembly schedule Friday, so eighth period will end at 2:37 p.m. The pep assembly runs from 2:42-3:25.

How to Make Finals Less Stressful

Finals can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. This week’s Catalyst video has some ideas to make finals a less-stressful experience.


The I Am Abel Foundation’s third annual Health and Medical Careers Conference takes place Saturday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The full-day conference is aimed at Chicago-area students interested in nursing, pharmacy or other careers in medicine. For more information or to register, click here.


Educators call for schools to be part of capital bill

Sexual misconduct allegations rock Chicago school

Potential District 155 science changes spark concern

Evanston/Skokie district re-evaluating police in schools

Naperville North adopts national cycling program

Elgin teacher wins national contest, $5K, trip to Berlin

Crystal Lake South teacher-coach placed on leave

Rockford Public Schools buys new operations building

Gurnee school board member quits after one meeting


Ex-USC coach pleads guilty in admissions scam

Assistant principal charged with raping student

Colleges scramble to report financial risks

Mississippi’s education funding quid pro quo

NCAA may let student-athletes profit from names

Radioactive contamination found at middle school

The school photo industry: A master class in drama


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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Junior in the Mix for International Chemistry Olympiad

Junior Allen Ding has qualified for the second consecutive year to attend the International Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp. Allen was one of 20 of the nation’s top high school chemistry students who emerged from a series of national exams that involved more than 16,000 students across the United States. He will participate in a two-week study camp at the University of Maryland from June 2-13. At the conclusion of the camp, the top four students will be named to represent the United States at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad July 21-30 in Paris.

Four Make USA Physics Olympiad Medal Rankings

Four Stevenson students are in the final medal rankings for the 2019 USA Physics Olympiad Exam, which was given in April. In addition to gold medalist Emily Lu, who earned a place on the 20-member United States Physics Team, junior Josh Tsai earned silver medal status while sophomore Jared Machtinger was a bronze medalist. Junior Dylan Hu received honorable mention.

Senior Reaches Goal, Publishes Book

Senior Jeremy Frank set a goal of publishing his first book before graduating from Stevenson, and he made it. “Hidden Ball Trick: The Baseball Stats You Never Thought to Look For From 1876-1919 (Vol. 1)” made its Amazon debut last week. The book, co-authored by Jim Passon, offers a year-by-look at Major League Baseball’s first half-century, concluding with the end of the Dead Ball Era and the emergence of Babe Ruth. Since starting his MLB Random Stats account on Twitter as a freshman, Jeremy has accumulated 32,000 followers and his information has been highlighted by Fox Sports and ESPN, among others. He will be studying data science at Purdue University.

Teens Report Higher Stress Levels Than Adults

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

In a 2013 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, teens reported that their stress levels during the school year far exceeded what they believe to be healthy, and topped adults’ average reported stress levels. Even during the summer, teens reported their stress was at levels higher than what they believe is healthy. About 30% of teens also reported feeling overwhelmed, depressed or sad, and tired as a result of stress. In addition, 23% reported skipping a meal due to stress. With AP exams in full swing and final exams around the corner, consider reviewing this additional information on how to help your teen manage stress.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Grant, 25-13, 27-25: Thomas Finn recorded nine kills and Andrew Keevins served six aces to lead the visiting Patriots (26-6) to their seventh straight victory and 12th in the last 13 contests. Andrew also dished out 15 assists on 35-of-36 setting. Will Sorenson had four assists to go along with a team-high 10 digs and three aces. Justin Ross contributed six kills and four block assists for SHS, which closes its regular season with back-to-back home matches Wednesday against Lake Forest and Palatine, respectively.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 18, Palatine 5: The Patriots (11-7) dominated on Senior Night in the Stadium, spending only five minutes on defense against the Pirates. Goal scorers were seniors Aedyn Gorenberg, Anastasia Loskutov, Georgia Maskalunas, Sophie Sorenson, Erica Spieler, Emily Varshavsky and Skylar Zelinske, plus juniors Jamie Fisher, Nicole Park, Michelle Shen and Kilian Weber. This was the final game of the regular season for SHS, which has won 10 of its last 11 contests. Stevenson is hosting one of eight IHSA sectional tournaments, and is the top seed. However, the Patriots will play their opening game on the road, at 5 p.m. Monday at Warren. SHS will face the winner of Friday’s game between eighth-seeded Warren and ninth-seeded Highland Park. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 9, Palatine 6: The Patriots scored four times early in the fourth quarter to take control and spoil the host Pirates’ Senior Night. SHS, which never trailed in the its regular season finale, led 5-4 at the end of the third quarter. Stevenson then scored unanswered four goals in less than four minutes to extend its lead. Seth Collins scored twice during the outburst, and Ryan Hynes and Bryce Wujcik also scored. Seth, Ryan, Bryce and Cole Okmin all scored two goals. Owen Hancock also scored for SHS, which will play host to Palatine in the IHSA Lake Forest Sectional at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. This is the first year for boys lacrosse as an IHSA-sanctioned sport. Stevenson is the No. 8 seed in the sectional, while Palatine is No. 9. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 5, Highland Park 2: The visiting Patriots won their 12th consecutive match and matched the most dual-meet victories in a season since 2001. SHS (13-1) claimed four of the five doubles matches, and also received a 6-2, 6-2 win from Nicholas Stec at No. 2 singles. The winning doubles tandems were Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth at No. 2 (6-0, 3-6, 6-3), Andy Dong and Thomas Gong at No. 3 (6-3, 6-0), Gabriel Visotsky and Kevin Fei at No. 4 (6-1, 6-4), and Kiran Mohan and Michael Kim at No. 5 (6-2, 4-6, 6-4). The Patriots close their regular season today with a home match against Barrington at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, then play host to the IHSA Stevenson Sectional on Friday.


Stevenson 7, Lake Forest 6: Ryan McElhinny capped a three-RBI day by hitting a sacrifice fly to score Zach Taylor with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the host Patriots (20-9, 9-4). Ryan’s sac fly came one inning after SHS scored three runs to erase a 6-3 deficit. Chris Farina went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Jake Surane and Isaiah Hart each went 2-for-3. Ryan and Benjamin Ries each scored twice. Jacob Rosenkranz shut down the Scouts in the top of the seventh to earn the victory. The two teams square off again today in Lake Forest. –


Warren 10, Stevenson 8: The host Patriots had their five-game winning streak snapped on Senior Night. Maggie Trotter hit a two-run home run in the first inning to stake SHS to a 2-0 lead. Riley Housinger, Lexi Gitler and Mara Lippman all went 2-for-4. Haley Barnes knocked in two runs. Emily Freedman and Maggie O’Brien both scored twice. Warren improved to 20-4 overall and 10-3 in the North Suburban Conference. –, Daily Herald

Girls Soccer Regional Semifinal Tonight

The varsity girls soccer team looks to continue its record-setting ways when it faces Grant at 6 o’clock tonight in the IHSA Class 3A Stevenson Regional semifinals in the Stadium. The Patriots are the top seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, while the Bulldogs are No. 16. SHS has won a school record 18 games this year, with only one loss and two ties, and has shut out its last 11 opponents. Tonight’s game will be live streamed on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The winner of tonight’s contest will play for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Highland Park and Buffalo Grove.

JV Boys Tennis Team Wins League Tournament

The junior varsity boys tennis team capped a successful season by winning the North Suburban Conference tournament last weekend. Stevenson won five of seven titles. Sophomore Yoav Malka and freshman Sammy Cohan posted 6-0, 6-0 victories in the championship matches at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. In doubles, sophomores James Kim and Ben Luo rallied to win the No. 1 bracket, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5. Sophomore Raj Sachar and junior Anthony Yan earned a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 2, and sophomore Nick Xing and Jun Ha Paik captured the No. 4 flight, 7-5, 6-1. Freshman Daniel Jaworski finished second at No. 1 singles, as did the No. 3 doubles team of sophomores Nikita Loos and Colin Jette. The Patriots finished the year with a 15-1 record, winning all of its NSC matches in addition to tournaments at Barrington and New Trier.

SHS Hosting Water Polo Clinic for Kids, All-Star Games

Stevenson is hosting the Illinois Water Polo All-Star Games and Age-Group Clinic on Sunday, June 2 in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The age-group clinic, open to girls and boys in eighth grade and under (ages 6-14), will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $25. Click here to register and pay online. The high school girls all-star game starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys all-star game at 1:45. Any kids attending the clinic receive free admission to the all-star games. See this flyer for more information.


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Watch State Water Polo Games for Free

The first 50 SHS students who show their school ID at the IHSA State Water Polo Finals Thursday and Friday will be admitted for free, thanks to the Sports Boosters. The girls play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and the boys play at 7 p.m. Friday. All state finals games are played in the Patriot Aquatic Center.

Testing Center Hours, Guidelines During Finals

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during finals. 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 rescheduled 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.

Students Can Update iPads to iOS 12.3

Students can update their SHS iPad to iOS 12.3. However, anyone who has an iOS less than 11.4.1 must stop at the SMARTdesk before updating. Visit the SMARTdesk web page for details.


Addison student charged with threatening school

Urbana High student arrested after alleged threat

Pepper spray exposure on bus sends 11 to hospital

Rally urges elected school board in Chicago

Pritzker fills vacancies on ISU board of trustees

COD interim president candidate for post again

UI to name lab after LED pioneer

On-campus retail jobs help students with disabilities

Longtime SIU student bookstore closing down


The high stakes of deepening school segregation

Trump targets Pell Grant money for NASA budget boost

Rhode Island district rolls back “lunch shaming” policy

Colleges try to accommodate Muslims during Ramadan

Teacher allegedly stored student’s gun in classroom


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Monday, May 13, 2019

Online Registration for Summer School Closes May 24

Online summer school registration closes Friday, May 24. Only walk-in registrations will be accepted beginning May 24. To see the summer school course catalog and to register, visit

Archery Team Qualifies for World Championships

The archery team placed 91st out of 263 teams at last weekend’s NASP National Archery Tournament in Louisville, Ky. Senior Temma Saito lead the team with 282 points and 17 bullseyes, sophomore David Bayer scored 280 points and 15 bullseyes, and sophomore Malachi Park also scored 280 points with 14 bullseyes. With its team score of 3,297, Stevenson qualified for the NASP World Championships at the end of July in Nashville, Tenn.

Spring Guitar Concert Tuesday Night

The Spring Guitar Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. The concert also will be livestreamed on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


An item in Thursday’s Digest on SHS students involved with the Science for Future program misspelled the names of two students and omitted two others. The misspelled student names were Paul Mejer and Jonny Abraham. Juniors Prabhjaap Singh and Vivek Thatte were omitted.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: Sophomore Emily Hu and junior Jenny Yang won their second straight state doubles championship, finishing the season with a 42-0 record. In a rematch of last year’s final, Jenny and Emily defeated teammates Benna Li and Jyotsna Harikrishna for the title, 21-14, 21-9. Benna and Jyotsna, both sophomores, finished the year with a 41-2 record. Their only losses came to Emily and Jenny. The Patriots’ bid for a third consecutive state championship fell short by a half-point to Fremd, 20-19.5, at Eastern Illinois University. Sophomore Shibani Ram placed fourth in singles. She won her first four matches before a knee injury sidelined her in the semifinals and the third-place match. Shibani closed the year with a 39-4 record. Stevenson’s other state qualifier, junior Kaitlyn Lu, won three of her five singles matches. – Official Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: Freshman Jack White competed in the preliminaries of floor exercise (8.85), vault (8.6) and high bar (7.7), but did not advance to the finals. – Official Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The two-time defending state champion Patriots (33-0) mauled Mundelein, 19-4, for their sixth straight sectional title and extended their winning streak to 66 consecutive games. SHS will face St. Ignatius in the IHSA state quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The Mustangs scored the first goal of the game 28 seconds into the first quarter, then watched as Stevenson reeled off 12 straight goals. The Patriots employed a stifling defense, holding the Mustangs to eight shots on goal and recording 45 steals. Nine of the steals were made by Lauren Maloney, who scored six times. Kalista Tapas and Shreya Sreedhar each had four goals. Elizabeth Matlin scored twice, and Eleanor Michaud, Anna Gates and Elizabeth White all had one goal. Eleanor also had nine steals and five assists. Shreya made five steals and Maddy O’Donnell had four. Goalkeepers Anna Mossakowski and Maggie Bauwens split duties. Anna had six saves to go along with three assists and three steals in the first half, while Maggie made five saves in the second half.Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The Patriots defeated Mundelein, 12-8, for their eighth consecutive sectional championship and a berth in this week’s IHSA state finals. SHS (23-10) will take on defending state champion Naperville Central (31-1) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Stevenson led the entire game against Mundelein (22-8), holding a 2-0 advantage after the first quarter thanks to goals by Mark Holzer and Dima Kobets. The pair scored again to make it 4-0 early in the second. The Mustangs cut the lead in half before Dima scored his third goal as SHS took a 5-2 halftime lead. After MHS scored two goals early in the third quarter, Dima responded with a pair of scores and the Patriots regained control. Drew Wangard scored all three of his goals in the fourth quarter as SHS extended the lead to 10-6. Beno Maya and Grant Huey also scored in the final frame. Keeper Alex Mitchell made five saves. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots won their third consecutive league championship, defeating Lake Forest, 38-32, and five other schools at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS won five of the seven brackets, all with victories over Scouts. Eric Perkowski won the No. 1 singles championship (6-4, 6-4) and Nicholas Stec captured the No. 3 singles title (6-1, 7-5). In doubles, Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy won at No. 2 (6-2, 6-1), Thomas Gong and Andy Dong took the No. 3 bracket (6-4, 6-1), and Kevin Fei and Gabriel Visotsky prevailed at No. 4 (6-3, 3-6, 6-1). Arjun Sheelvanth and Ozzie Viswanathan were second at No. 2 doubles, and Zach Kim was runner-up at No. 2 singles. – Daily Herald


Stevenson 14-17, Wauconda 9-12: Maggie O’Brien hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Patriots extended their winning streak to five games with the sweep at home. Emily Freedman also homered twice for SHS, one in each game, and added a double and triple in the nightcap. Maggie Trotter also had a home run in the second game, while Anna Fossier and Riley Housinger doubled. Haley Barnes was the winning pitcher in Game 2 for the Patriots, who broke open a 4-4 game with 13 runs in their final three at-bats. Stevenson closes its home schedule today with a Senior Night contest against Warren. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. – Daily Herald, @SHS_PatSoftball


Stevenson 12, Grayslake Central 0 (6 inn.): Frank Carris, Jacob Rosenkranz and Nick Brueckert combined on a one-hitter for the visiting Patriots (19-9). The trio struck out eight and walked one. Zach Taylor gave SHS all the runs it needed by hitting a two-run home run in the first inning. He finished 2-for-2 with three runs batted in. Ryan Miller drove in four runs and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. He hit a two-run triple. Justin Tumpowsky was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Ryan McElhinny and Jake Surane also had two hits for Stevenson, which had 15 hits overall. – Daily Herald,

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Sammy Maya and Dima Kobets each scored five goals, and Drew Wangard added three, as the top-seeded Patriots (22-10) beat fifth-seeded McHenry, 18-8, in the sectional semifinals. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Lauren Maloney scored four goals, and Eleanor Michaud and Kalista Tapas had three apiece as the top-ranked Patriots (32-0) beat Libertyville, 18-3, in the sectional semifinals. Anna Mossakowski made eight saves in the first half and Maggie Bauwens had five in the second.


Stevenson 7, Evanston 3: No details available.


Stevenson 4, Dundee-Crown 2: Joey Little singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Sean Kiah added an RBI single in the sixth for the host Patriots (18-9). Both hits came in their only plate appearance. Joey’s single knocked in Chris Farina and snapped a 2-2 tie in place since the first inning. Chris finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored. He stole home in the first inning. Ryan McElhinny also went 2-for-3, scoring on Sean’s hit. Starting pitcher Jacob Freed went five innings, giving up no earned runs and four hits. He struck out three. Brandon Ward threw the final two innings, surrendering one hit and striking out two. Isaiah Hart drove in Jake Surane with a sacrifice fly for the other SHS run. –

Boys Lacrosse

Glenbrook South 8, Stevenson 7: Ryan Hynes scored three goals and Cole Okmin had two for the host Patriots on Senior Night in the Stadium. Seth Collins and Ben Roers also scored. – SHS-TV Replay on NFHS Network | @PatsLax

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity girls lacrosse Senior Night game against Palatine will be streamed live from the Stadium on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page beginning at 5:30.


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Clean Out School Lockers By May 24

All school lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last day of school, Friday, May 24. Any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Fall Play Audition Information Meeting Tuesday

Forme parte de la obra de teatro de otoño! Join the fall play! Interested in auditioning or joining crew for the fall play, but don’t know how? Come to the information meeting from 3:30-4 p.m. Tuesday in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome, no experience required!  Please contact Ms. Chusid with any questions.

Language Honor Society Inductions Wednesday Night

Stevenson’s Language Honor Societies (Hebrew, Spanish, German and Chinese) will hold their induction ceremony at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday. The evening will begin in the Wood Commons, with individual ceremonies taking place in these rooms: 2104 (Chinese), 2500 (German), Black Box Theatre (Hebrew) and West Auditorium (Spanish).

Spring ESPPA Award Nominations Due by Wednesday

Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this spring? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. The nomination deadline is Wednesday. Winners will be recognized at the Spring Sports Awards Night on Monday.


The next meeting of FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment) will take place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2115. Please note the room change. All are welcome to attend.


Teacher at Chicago school removed over conduct

Buffalo Grove cracking down on bus rule violators  

A look at Rahm Emanuel’s schools legacy

U-46 aims to lift students out of homelessness

Matteson board reinstates superintendent

Students protest ban on graduation cap decorations

Students push to end daylight saving time in Illinois


School spending marks “full recovery” from recession

Actress to plead guilty in college admissions scam

Ivy League coaching endowments questioned

University of Oklahoma president resigns

Portland State president, under fire, quits

Small, award-winning Arkansas school to close

Teacher creates Generation Z “slang dictionary”


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Friday, May 10, 2019

Two Earn Perfect Scores on National Latin Exam

Two students, sophomores Daichi Kobayashi and David Lee, earned perfect scores on this year’s National Latin Exam. Of the nearly 130,000 test takers around the world, only 698 earned perfect scores. The exam is a 40-question, multiple-choice test with a 45-minute time limit, and is offered to students on seven levels. David earned his perfect score in Latin I, while David took the Latin II test.

Another major achievement was earned by senior Emily Luo, who earned a Gold Summa Cum Laude award for four consecutive years. This year, she took the Prose IV test. She received an Oxford Classical Dictionary for her accomplishment.

Emily, Daichi and David were among 23 Stevenson students who earned Gold Summa Cum Laude awards, the top level, on this year’s exam. They were joined by:

Latin I: Freshmen Reese Suren, Monika Ladavicius, Natalie Sinjaradze, Lucy Bullock, Nitya Nair, Brady Rivkin, Johnny Burrer, Gabriel Visotsky and Ashley Madeyski.

Latin II: Sophomores Hayden Gantt, Aniket Dixit, Jonathan (Jack) Lee, Wesley Park, William Rademacher and Allen Guo, and junior Adam Dziaba.

Latin III: Juniors Joyce Bai, Ketna Kolakaluri, Cameron Coffey and Sean Li.

Eighteen students earned Silver Maxima Cum Laude honors: Seniors Daniel Zhu, Meghan Oh and Josiah Matthews, and juniors Advait Deoskar and Trisha Patel (Prose IV); juniors Janice Lee and Ayako Taira (Latin III); sophomores Katherine Linsdau, Eric Liu, Prachothan Gyajangi, Daniel Turchin and Jack Fulton (Latin II); and junior Ilona Sergeeva, sophomore Kyle Oh, and freshmen Sankirtana Ravichandran, Kayle Sacksteder, Iyad Hamid and Reba Shenkman.

SHS Has Golden Apple Scholar Again

For the second straight year, Stevenson has a Golden Apple Scholar. Senior Sarah McCool has been chosen for the award, which is a teacher preparation and scholarship program for high school seniors, and first- and second-year Illinois college students, who are willing to work in Illinois schools-of-need. Sarah, who will be attending Illinois State University, follows Weston Acampora (Class of 2018), who attends the University of Illinois. Both of them gained teaching experience through the Teaching Young Children course at Stevenson.

Memorial Service for Will Steber on Saturday

A memorial service for junior Will Steber, who died Nov. 2, will be held from 2-6 p.m. Saturday in the Sycamore Room at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Commemoration will take place at 5 p.m. The memorial is open to the public. Click here for the obituary. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Will Steber Memorial Fund at the Ronald McDonald House of Michiana.

Beware of Scholarship Scams

Some Stevenson students have received an invitation to join a for-profit scholastic honor society called the National Society of High School Scholars. The invitation states that students were selected for membership based on their achievements at SHS.

Stevenson is not affiliated with the organization, has not released student names to the group, and does not recommend students pay for a chance to receive college scholarships.

Students should weigh several factors before accepting an invitation to an honor society, including the age of the organization and whether the organization is not-for-profit. Evaluating the merits of an honor society is not just for high school students. The Association of College Honor Societies offers this checklist for students to use when judging the credibility of an honor society.

Sophomore to be Part of Legalization Panel Discussion

Sophomore Carson Ezell, a member of Catalyst, will be featured in a town hall panel discussion on the commercialization of marijuana Monday in Lake Forest. The event will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. at the headquarters of LEAD (Linking Efforts Against Drugs), 270 E. Westminster Ave. He will join Dr. Susan Sirota, an SHS parent and pediatrician; Dr. Nick Salamie, a pharmacist who works at the PDI Medical cannabis dispensary in Buffalo Grove; Andy Duran, CEO of LEAD; and Omari Prince, Illinois state director of Smart Approaches to Marijuana.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Dima Kobets scored five goals to lead the top-seeded Patriots past eighth-seeded Highland Park, 18-2, in the quarterfinals. Jeffrey Mao and Sammy Maya tallied three goals apiece for SHS, which will face fifth-seeded McHenry in the sectional semifinals at 7 o’clock tonight. The Warriors defeated fourth-seeded Libertyville, 9-8, in three overtimes on Thursday. The sectional championship game takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday. –

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Lake Zurich Sectional: Camille Clay won the shot put and discus, and Natalie Sorenson captured the 3,200-meter run, earning automatic berths in next week’s state meet at Eastern Illinois University. Joining Camille and Natalie at EIU will be the 400-meter relay team of senior Raeden Mays, junior Hailey Peterson, and sophomores Jade Cadichon and Jordan Tollison, who finished second in 49.66 seconds. Camille, a sophomore, had winning throws of 39 feet, 2.5 inches in the shot put, and 124 feet, 6 inches in the discus, and will be making her second straight trip downstate. Her winning discus toss went nearly 8 feet farther than the runner-up from Palatine, while she had a 2-foot advantage in the shot put. Last year, Camille finished ninth in shot put and became the program’s first state medalist since 2014. Natalie, a senior who will continue her running career at Washington University in St. Louis, will be making her first trip to state. Her winning time of 10:59.79 was a personal best, and nearly seven seconds faster than the next closest competitor. The 400 relay members, all first-time qualifiers, are the first SHS relay team to qualify for state since 2000, and the first 400 relay team to make state since 1999. The foursome also finished third in the 800 relay (1:46.89), but did not qualify for state. Also placing third was freshman Ella O’Neal in the shot put (36-2.5). In the team standings, Stevenson placed fifth out of 15 teams. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: Jahleel Perrin won two individual races and ran in two victorious relays to lead the Patriots to their second consecutive conference title. The junior won the 100-meter (11.26) and 200-meter (22.94) dashes, and ran in the 800 relay (1:33.51) and 400 relay (43.49). SHS outscored Warren, 142-131, for the team title at Zion-Benton. Sophomore David Smolensky was second in the 100 (11.33) and 200 (22.95), ran in both relays, and also placed third in the 400 (52.31). They were joined in the 400 relay by junior Jordan Vincent, who was second in the 400 (51.43), along with classmate Shane Johnson. Sophomore Chris Xie and freshman Jimmy Davis ran in the 800 relay. Shane, David and Jahleel were part of the winning 400 and 800 relays at last year’s NSC meet. Stevenson also captured two field events: Senior Maema Njongmeta won the discus (152 feet, 8 inches) and classmate Anand Batbaatar claimed the shot put (51-11). Senior Dan Erdenetsogt was second in both events (147-8 and 48-7). Also contributing to the Patriots’ point total were junior Anthony Rodriguez, who was third in the 3,200 (9:49.12), and sophomore Asher Mason, who finished sixth in the 300 intermediate hurdles (44.50). Next up for Stevenson is the IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional on Thursday. – Official Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 5, Carmel 0: The host Patriots (18-1-2) ended their regular season in emphatic fashion, posting their 11th consecutive shutout en route to setting a new school record for wins in a season. Stevenson broke the old mark of 17 wins set by the 2007 squad. Goalkeeper Jenny Staten made three saves for her 16th shutout of the season, and SHS scored three goals in the first half to take control. Gabi Nyc scored the first goal off a corner kick from Kalyssa VanZanten, who had two goals on the night. Emma Ramagnano also scored two goals. Gabi had an assist, as did Myah Schoolman, Madison Kim and Nicole Schmidt. The Patriots, who are unbeaten at home since May 7, 2018, will play host to Zion-Benton or Grant in the Class 3A Stevenson Regional at 6 p.m. Tuesday. – NFHS Network Replay


Fremd 5, Stevenson 4: The host Patriots dropped the nonconference contest against the Vikings, falling to 17-9 on the season. After Fremd opened with two runs in the top of the first inning, Chris Farina (2-for-4, two runs) doubled and scored on a groundout by Jake Surane (2-for-4) in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead in half. Zach Taylor tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run double in the third, scoring Chris and Jake. Stevenson’s final run came in the fourth, when Ryan McElhinny walked, stole second and third, and came home on a single from Ryan Miller (2-for-3). Isaiah Hart drew three walks for the Pats, who play host to Dundee-Crown at 4:30 today. –

JV Boys Track and Field Team Wins League Title

The junior varsity boys track and field team joined the varsity in winning North Suburban Conference championships Thursday night at Zion-Benton. Stevenson edged Lake Zurich, 110-106, for the title. Sophomore Matt Spilotro won the 100 (11.92) and 200 (24.57), and ran in the first-place 400 relay (43.49) with sophomore Ronell James and freshmen Trevor Abbott and Jacob Kurek. The other individual winner was freshman Floyd Glinsey, who took the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches. Four Pats placed second: Trevor in the 200 (24.97), sophomore Wesley Park in the 1,600 (4:49.20), and freshmen Tyler Roberts in the 3,200 (10:26.36) and Braden Burns in the long jump (16-9). SHS had several other placewinners. Click here for official results.

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity boys lacrosse Senior Night game against Glenbrook South will be streamed live from the Stadium on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page beginning at 6:30.


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Yearbook Distribution Next Week

Yearbook distribution will take place during all lunch periods Monday and Tuesday outside the Performing Arts Center and in front of the College Career Center. Seniors and juniors may pick up their books on Monday; sophomores and freshmen may pick up their books on Tuesday. After Tuesday, yearbooks can picked up at the school store. Students must have their Stevenson ID to pick up a yearbook. No student may pick up another student’s yearbook unless the student’s parent emails with written permission. Students who did not order a yearbook, but would like to purchase one, can do so for $50 at the school store starting Wednesday.


Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is offering $2,000 scholarships for students who have been accepted into a bachelor degree program. Applications can be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123) or by clicking here. Completed applications and supporting papers must be emailed to by June 1.


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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Students Honored for Science Work in Waukegan

Trisha Patel grew up loving science, and her passion has turned into a purpose. The junior is the president of Science for Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing science education to elementary schools in low-income areas. She and several other SHS students involved with the group were honored last week by the mayor of Waukegan for starting an after-school science program at one of that city’s schools.

Trisha introduced the Science for Future curriculum at Clark Elementary School, and the program has expanded to four other area schools: Fairhaven in Mundelein, Gavin Central in Ingleside, Village in Round Lake, and St. Anastasia in Waukegan. Three California schools also have adopted the program.

Several Stevenson students have helped Trisha expand the program. Her classmates, Lauren Malenfant and Julia Dorr, were the first volunteers and now serve as vice presidents of Science for the Future’s Illinois chapter. Freshman Neel Patel, Trisha’s brother, is chapter secretary. Seven students are volunteer instructors: juniors Manal Syed and Caroline Ziabka, and freshmen Johnny Abraham, Jacques Malenfant, Pau Mejer, Ben Mun and Komal Talloo.

Improv Club Performing Friday Night

The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improvisational troupe, will give its final performance of the school year at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, a live stream of the show will be available on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Alumnus Betting on Job Change

Stevenson alumnus Eli Hershkovich (Class of 2012), a producer at The Score (WSCR 670-AM), is joining as a producer and sports gambling analyst, according to Daily Herald media reporter Robert Feder.

Honor Your Student With a Lasting Gift

Parents and guardians with graduating seniors are invited to honor their student with a special brick paver to be placed in the southwest entrance to the Stadium. Two sizes of bricks are available. Click here for details and to order through the online Stevenson Superstore. Orders must be placed by May 31. Non-senior students also can be honored.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots scored 11 goals in the first quarter during a 17-2 rout of Warren, advancing to the sectional semifinals against fifth-seeded Libertyville at 5 p.m. Friday. SHS (31-0), owner of a 64-game winning streak, received four goals from four goals from Kalista Tapas, and three from Anna Gates and Elizabeth Matlin. Elizabeth White scored twice, while Lauren Maloney, Eleanor Michaud, Maddy O’Donnell and Val Zlotnikova all had a goal. Anna Mossakowski and Maggie Bauwens split time as goalkeeper, with Anna making five saves during her first-half stint and Maggie stopping five shots in the second half. Stevenson outshot the Blue Devils, 22-12.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Warren, 25-22, 25-18: Gavin Meng had eight kills and Thomas Finn added six as the host Patriots (25-6, 6-0) won their sixth straight match and moved closer to capturing the North Suburban Conference championship. SHS can wrap up the league title when it plays host to second-place Lake Forest on Wednesday. Andrews Keevins was 42-of-42 setting with 13 assists, while Will Sorenson dished out four assists on 15-of-15 attempts. Thomas made a team-high six digs, and Gavin and Andrew had five. Justin Ross had a solo block and three block assists. Stevenson, which reached the 25-victory mark for the third straight season, has won 11 of its last 12 matches. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 19, Lake Zurich 13: The Patriots (10-7, 5-0) clinched their second straight North Suburban Conference title with the road victory. Sophie Sorenson scored six goals and added four assists, extending her program record for career points to 350. Michelle Shen scored five times, while Kilian Weber had four goals and an assist. Erica Spieler added two goals, Georgia Maskalunas had a goal and an assist, and Aedyn Gorenberg also scored. Defensively, the Patriots caused 10 turnovers, with Emily Varshavsky forcing two. After starting the season 1-6, Stevenson has won nine of its last 10 games. The Patriots close the regular season with a Senior Night game against Palatine at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Stadium. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Lacrosse

Lake Zurich 4, Stevenson 2: Bryce Wujcik and Ryan Hynes scored for the host Patriots in the Stadium. – NFHS Network Replay | @PatsLax

Tuesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 14, Waukegan 0

Girls Track at Sectional, Boys Track at NSC Today

The varsity girls track team will compete in the IHSA Class 3A sectional meet at Lake Zurich today, while the boys have the North Suburban Conference meet at Zion-Benton. Use this link to see girls sectional results tonight. The boys will take part in the Class 3A Buffalo Grove sectional on Thursday, May 16.

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity girls soccer regular-season finale against Carmel will be streamed live from the Stadium on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page beginning at 6:30. The Patriots will be seeking their school-record 18th victory of the season.


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Textbook Return Information for All Students

Seniors may return their textbooks on Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21, in the Lower Sports Center Lobby from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All other students may return textbooks Wednesday through Friday, May 22-24, in the Lower Sports Center Lobby from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bill Created by Student Advancing in Legislature

Junior Victor Shi and a student from Aurora, Adam Pauley, are the driving forces behind a bill in the General Assembly that would give young people in Illinois a greater say in state policymaking.

House Bill 0837 would create the Illinois Legislative Youth Advisory Council, which would be a state-sanctioned group of young people ages 16-22. The council would be able to request the drafting of legislation from the Legislative Reference Bureau, testify before House and Senate committees, and vote on any issue before the General Assembly, sharing its opinion with the legislature.

The bill passed the House recently by a vote of 84-26, and is now in front of the State Government Committee in the Senate. Anyone who wants to weigh in on the proposal, can fill out a witness slip at this link. When completing the witness slip, type “Illinois Youth Advisory Council” in the title field of Section 1; put “self” in the field for Section II on representation; and select “record of appearance” in Section IV.

90 Students Attending WE Day Illinois

Approximately 90 Stevenson students are participating in the annual WE Day Illinois today at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Most of the students are part of the Free the Children club, led by science teacher and SHS alumna Kristen One (Class of 2010). They will be among a crowd of more than 15,000 students and teachers who gather to celebrate work they’ve done through the WE Schools program to address global and local causes, such as education, clean water and sanitation, health care, hunger and homelessness. Senior Kenzie Novoselsky, president of the Free the Children club, will be “taking over” Stevenson’s Instagram page today and posting photos from Allstate Arena. A live WE Day feed is available at this link.

The event will feature talks and performances from a number of speakers and performers. One of the scheduled speakers is senior Mari Young, who will talk about her work with the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Junior Board. She has served as board president the last two years, guiding a group of about 50 youngsters ages 6-18 in activities to raise money for gastrointestinal cancer research. During her tenure, the Junior Board has raised more than $100,000. She also will speak about her “personal passion project,” raising money to buy tablets for local underprivileged schools. The project emerged from her time on the Illinois WE Youth Council.

Stevenson’s contingent earned invitations through its volunteer work this school year. Free the Children led local campaigns to collect canned goods for local food banks; developing handwritten cards with positive messages; and creating care packages for the homeless. The club also sold more than $5,000 in bracelets as part of the WE Are Rafikis global campaign, and with donations going to Ecuador, Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Last summer, 15 students joined One in a service trip to Ecuador, where they helped create a school kitchen and cafeteria in the Amazon Basin.

Spring Choral Concert Thursday Night

The Spring Choral Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be live streamed on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

More Honors for Journalism Program

Journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw will be speaking at the Rotary Club of Lincolnshire’s meeting Thursday morning. His talk will be entitled “The Student Newspaper: Nerve-wracking and Necessary.” Bradshaw will address the challenges that can arise when students cover a sensitive topic for the Statesman.

Less nerve-wracking were the results of the 10th annual Youth Journalism International newspaper contest. Several members of the Statesman staff earned awards, with eight receiving First Place honors.

Seniors Olivia Lamberti and Bella Schneider, and juniors Cheryl Chen and Nellie Maloney earned a First Place in Feature Writing with their “American Identity” series. Cheryl and senior Chloe Myers earned First Place in Photo Illustration for “The Buzz” cover. Junior Caimin Xi earned First Place in Sports Feature for her “Gold Mettle” profile of SHS swimmers with Olympic aspirations. Junior Emily Lu and sophomore Ojasvi Saxena earned first place in Sports Feature Team for their work on hate speech in sports, “No Place for Hate.”

Senior Ellie Baden earned Second Place in Columns for her “Standing up to Anti-Semitism” column. Three Statesman staffers received Honorable Mention: Junior Trisha Patel in Cartoon for her underage drinking illustration; sophomore Olivia Han in Photo Essay for her “Shell We Dance?” Homecoming photos; and junior Ben Bowler in Tech Journalism for his story, “iPads with Purpose.” Also, the Statesman staff editorial on “Decision to Cheat” earned Honorable Mention.

Bass Fishing Team Competes in Sectional

Stevenson’s two bass fishing boats finished sixth and 10th, respectively, at the Illinois High School Association Chain O’Lakes (North) Sectional. The No. 2 boat with Jason Qualich and Will Votapka was sixth out of 15 entries with a total catch of 6 pounds, 4 ounces. The No. 1 boat with Cameron Grisamore and Jack Grisamore hauled in 4 pounds, 3 ounces. Both teams found fish early, but the arrival of rain and cold made fish increasingly harder to catch. Will and Jason had a late flurry that resulted in one last keeper and a couple of decent-sized fish that were lost at the boat. The team’s season continues May 19 with an Illinois BASS Nation competition on the Des Plaines River. Stevenson will look to move up in the IBN rankings and qualify for next month’s state finals.

Three Students Complete Wisconsin Half Marathon

Sophomore Vidhat Nelavelli, his freshman brother Yash Nelavelli, and freshman Shreyas Mishra competed in the Wisconsin Half Marathon Saturday in Kenosha. They were among 927 runners in the race, and completed the course.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results


Warren 5, Stevenson 4 (10 inn.): The visiting Blue Devils (24-2; 11-0) clinched their first-ever North Suburban Conference championship with their 21st consecutive victory. Brandon Ward doubled, walked three times, stole two bases and scored a run for the Patriots (17-8, 8-4). Zach Taylor went 2-for-5, while Chris Farina and Isaiah Hart each knocked in two runs. – Daily Herald

Badminton Team Looks to Make State History

Stevenson’s girls badminton team will attempt to win its third consecutive state championship Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. If the Patriots are successful, they would become only the third team in state history to win at least three straight state titles. The now-closed Arlington High School in Arlington Heights won the first five IHSA championships from 1977-81, and Andrew High in Tinley Park won three in a row from 2000-02. Coach Grant Johnson has six players who will take the court at EIU: Defending state doubles champions Emily Hu and Jenny Yang and runners-up Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li, the top two seeds in this year’s tournament, plus No. 1 singles seed Shibani Ram, who placed third at EIU last spring. They will be joined by singles player Kaitlyn Lu, who was a state doubles qualifier as a freshman. Jenny and Emily have a 36-0 record, while Benna and Jyotsna are 36-1, with the only loss to their teammates in the sectional final. Shibani carries a 35-2 record into Friday’s first round.

JV Boys Tennis Team Makes KIN Fund Donation

The junior varsity boys tennis team recently sold more than $200 in tennis hats, and is donating the money to the Stevenson High School Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

Football Alum Becomes Pivotal Player at Miami

Miami University wide receiver Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016) is expected to be a key player for the RedHawks football team this fall. Sorenson had a breakout redshirt sophomore season last year, catching 53 passes for 742 yards and two touchdowns, and landing a spot on the third-team All-Mid-American Conference squad. In the upcoming season, he faces the challenge of catching passes from a quarterback with no collegiate experience. Overcoming challenges is not new to Sorenson, who bounced back from a knee injury suffered during his sophomore season with Miami. He talked about recovering from the injury, and much more, in this report.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity girls and boys lacrosse games against Lake Zurich, as well as the varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball matches versus Warren, will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The Patriot girls plays at Lake Zurich beginning at 4:30, while the boys play host to the Bears at 6:30 in the Stadium. The JV volleyball match starts at 5 o’clock in Gurnee, followed by the varsity contest at 6.


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Clean Out PE Lockers By May 21

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Tuesday, May 21. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.


Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate two students from the Class of 2020. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return nomination forms is Thursday, May 23. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Oct. 1.


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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

SHS Earns Top Honor at State Science Fair

Stevenson was named the top high school in the poster session at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair last weekend at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. The honor was based on having the highest percentage of participants earn gold awards in the session. Click here for all state science fair results.

All 31 SHS students whose posters qualified for the state fair earned gold awards, and nine had papers that received the honor. Students who were gold award winners in both categories included freshmen Rohita Kotyada and Prachi Gyanmote, juniors Patrick Tong and Megan Wei, and senior Alisa Wang. The other gold-winning papers came from seniors Anubhav Agarwal and Seoyeon Won, and juniors Kaitlyn Lu and Rayann Yao. Kaitlyn and Rayann earned the Jay and Jeremy Hoffman Memorial Award and $100 for their paper, and Prachi received a Top 10 honor and $50 for her paper.

Other gold-winning posters were created by seniors Riya Gyanmote, Varun Malladi and Aishu Sanchula; juniors Shreya Kurup, Anto Michael, Jasmine Wang, Caimin Xi and Celeste Xu; sophomores David Bayer, Arthur Bereznyakov, Aashish Chaubal, Vednignesh Gorjala, Ashira Johara, Sayalee Patankar, Nikhith Rao, Esha Raut and Arun Sivarajah; and freshmen Srusti Donapati, Surabhi Gangadkar, Trisha Gannu, Janhavi Joshi, Delisha Nair, Diya Shah, Avisha Thota and Shansa Viswanathan.

In the poster competition, eight students won special awards. Aishu and Sayalee tied for the Best-in-Category honor in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Other Best-in-Category winners were Megan (Consumer Science), Riya (Material Science) and Varun (Mathematics). Sayalee and Caimin each received an Apple Dental Award for Excellence, Shansa earned the Overall Excellence Award from the SIU College of Science, and Alisa received the Ethel M. and Lyell J. Thomas Scholarship.

History Fair Projects Chosen for National Contest

Three projects created by History Fair Club students have been chosen to advance to next month’s National History Day in Maryland. The projects earned their ticket at Thursday’s Illinois History Fair competition.

In the exhibit category, juniors Matthew Li, Govind Prabhakar, Erin Yuan and Bridget Zhu were selected for their work, “Reversing the Flow of History: Triumph and Tragedy of the Chicago River.” Joining them will be two students whose websites were selected: “The Tylenol Murders: A Triumph in Drug Safety,” by sophomore Rishika Chikoti, and “Chicago Pile-1: A Scientific Triumph Transforms into Tragedy,” by sophomore Krishna Patel. The History Fair Club sponsors are Pat Ambrose and Dan Larsen.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Forest 0: The Patriots (12-1, 6-0) won their 11th consecutive match and finished off a perfect North Suburban Conference regular-season slate at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Eric Perkowski (6-3, 6-1), Zach Kim (6-4, 6-3) and Nicholas Stec (6-2, 6-1) were the winners at Nos. 1-3 singles, respectively. In doubles, Payton Adkisson and Ozzie Viswanathan posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1, followed by Daniel Tulchinskiy and Arjun Sheelvanth at No. 2 (6-2, 6-2), Thomas Gong and Andy Dong at No. 3 (6-2, 4-6, 14-12), and Kevin Fei and Gabriel Visotsky at No. 4 (6-1, 6-0). Stevenson, which has posted its highest dual-meet victory total since winning 12 matches in 2002, will play in the conference tournament Friday and Saturday.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Lake Forest 0: The third-ranked Patriots (17-1-2, 7-0) matched the school record for wins in a season, captured their 12th straight game, and completed a perfect conference schedule in which they didn’t give up a goal. SHS matched the victory total set in 2007, when the Patriots won 14 games in the regular season and three more in the postseason to finish 17-2. Goalkeeper Jenny Staten earned her 15th shutout of the season as Stevenson held its 10th consecutive opponent scoreless. Abby Kalou scored the game’s first goal in the 24th minute of the opening half, then set up Kalyssa VanZanten for the second score 54 minutes later. The victory against the Scouts (8-6-2, 3-2-1) came on Senior Night in the Stadium. SHS can break the school record for victories during its regular season finale against Carmel on Thursday at home. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald


Stevenson 5, Mundelein 4 (9 inn.): Elle Ruchim’s walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Patriots (8-11) past the Mustangs at home. The dramatic finish was made by possible by a three-run rally with two outs in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game at 4-4. Anna Fossier doubled home Maggie O’Brien, then Emily Freedman followed with a double that scored Anna and Allison Wade. In the first inning, Haley Barnes doubled and scored one batter later when Maggie Trotter’s infield grounder was misplayed by the Mustangs. Haley was the winning pitcher, throwing all nine innings. – @SHS_PatSoftball,

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Fremd, 25-18, 25-23: Thomas Finn and Justin Ross recorded six kills apiece for the host Patriots (24-6), who have won five in a row and 10 of their last 11. Gavin Meng added five kills for SHS in the Sports Center. Andrew Keevins had 12 assists on 36-of-37 setting, while Will Sorenson was 11-for-11 with five assists. Justin, Will and Daniel Prindiville each had two block assists. Gavin, Thomas and Samuel Epstein each had six digs and Will added five. Fremd dropped to 13-9 on the year. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald


Warren 10, Stevenson 2: The Patriots had their four-game winning streak snapped in Gurnee by the league-leading Blue Devils (23-2, 10-0). Jake Surane and Michael D’Angelo each went 2-for-4 with a run batted in for SHS (17-7, 8-3). Jacob Freed pitched the final three innings, giving up one run and three hits while striking out four.  –, Daily Herald

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots won the team championship in a tournament that featured five of last year’s top 10 squads in the state. SHS, which was second in Illinois last spring, had 60 points, ahead of runner-up and 2018 third-place finisher New Trier (48), and defending state champion Hinsdale Central (47). Fourth-seeded Eric Perkowski won the No. 1-2 singles championship. After rolling through his first two matches, Eric rallied to defeat the No. 2 seed from Glenbrook South, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, in the semifinals. He then knocked off GBS’ No. 3 seed, 6-1, 6-3, for the title. Andy Dong and Thomas Gong, also a No. 4 seed, won the No. 3-4 doubles crown. They knocked off the No. 1 seed from Hinsdale Central, 7-5, 6-2, in the semifinals, then rallied to beat Hinsdale’s No. 3 seed in the championship match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Zach Kim was third at No. 1-2 singles, and Ozzie Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth were fourth at No. 1-2 doubles.

Baseball Players Organize Suicide Prevention Event

Five members of the baseball program organized a fundraiser that raised more than $1,000 Sunday for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Zach Fell, Aiden Asllani, Sean Kiah, Jake Surane and Chris Switzer worked with the Culver’s restaurant in Lincolnshire to host the event. The boys were helped by about 20 volunteers, many from the SHS baseball program. Zach talked with Pioneer Press about the fundraiser, and the man for whom it was dedicated.

Water Polo Teams Begin State Tournament Push

The varsity girls water polo team begins its push for a third consecutive state championship on Wednesday. The undefeated Patriots, the No. 1 seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, will take on the winner of Monday night’s Highland Park/Warren game at 5 p.m. in the sectional quarterfinals. The semifinals are Friday and the sectional championship game is Saturday morning. The boys water polo team also is the top seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, and opens play at 5 p.m. Thursday against the winner of today’s Vernon Hills-Highland Park game. The Patriot boys are seeking their eighth straight trip to the state tournament.


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Final PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The final Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale of the school year is Wednesday afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


The girls cross country team will have an informational meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 in the Recital Hall.


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