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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

No School Friday or Monday
Classes will not be in session Friday or Monday. Friday is an Institute Day for Stevenson faculty, while Monday is Pulaski Day, a state holiday. Classes will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Daily Digest will not be published Friday or Monday.

“Teen Stress Today” Presentation Tuesday
The next program in the SHS Parent Engagement Series, “Teen Stress Today,” will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the District 125 Administration Center. Understanding and managing stress is a critical component of parenting. When parents are stressed, so are their children. This session will offer tips on keeping stress in check for the whole family. For more information, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at mgrujanac@d125.org.

D125 Night Market Celebrates Asian Culture
Stevenson’s Chinese, Japanese and Korean clubs are sponsoring the D125 Night Market on Saturday in the Glass Commons, located outside the Performing Arts Center entrance. The market, featuring 13 street food carts with cuisine from east and southeast Asia, will be open from 4-7 p.m., followed by performances from 7-8 p.m. Food offerings include Korean spicy rice cakes, Taiwanese bubble tea, and Chinese bao. Food tickets will be available for 50 cents each. Proceeds from the D125 Night Market will go to the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association.

PAC Hosting Campaign Fair, Issues Forum
The SHS Political Action Club is hosting its Campaign Fair from 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Patriot Lobby outside Room 2104. The fair is intended for first-time voters to meet with candidates and campaigns prior to the March 17 primary election.

After the Campaign Fair, the public is invited to attend the club’s Issues Forum from 7-8 p.m. in Room 2104. Students will moderate a forum featuring two experts — former state Sen. Dan Biss and Ted Dabrowski, president of Wirepoints — speaking for and against the November referendum seeking to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow a graduated tax.

Streetfest Charity Deadline Tuesday
Streetfest, the National Honor Society-led fall charity fundraiser and kickoff to Homecoming Week, is accepting applications from local charities that would like to be chosen as beneficiaries in 2020. Last year’s event raised more than $10,000, which was split among three charities. This year’s Streetfest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.12. Interested charities can use this link to apply. Applications are due by Tuesday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 46, Lake Forest 31: John Ittounas scored a career-high 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and added two steals as the host Patriots (25-4, 13-1) won their eighth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship. John hit eight of 12 shots from the floor and four of five from the free throw line in recording his first-ever double-double. His driving layup and 3-pointer late in the third quarter sparked a 14-3 run for SHS, which led 20-17 at halftime. Senior Matthew Ambrose added 10 points for Stevenson, which avenged its only conference loss. Lake Forest fell to 18-10 overall and 8-6 in the league. Coach Pat Ambrose reached the 25-victory mark for the second straight year and sixth time in the last eight season. The Patriots will face Lake Zurich or Waukegan in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday. –Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

RJ Holmes Holds On in Slam Dunk Contest
Senior RJ Holmes reached the final four of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship after surviving a see-saw battle in the second round. RJ edged Zech Clemens of South Dakota, 50.11% – 49.89%, in online voting that ended Tuesday. His semifinal opponent will be Jacques Williams from Bowman Academy in Gary, Ind. Voting begins at noon today and ends at noon Thursday, March 5. Vote at www.highschoolslam.com.

Looking for a Job?
If you’re looking for a job, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.

COLLEGE

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. Recipients will receive a waiver of tuition and mandatory fees if they attend their local Illinois community college or one of the state’s nine public universities. The application deadline is March 31. Visit the DCFS website and look for CFS 438 in the DCFS Features column.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Seven girls from Wheaton North High School are facing mob action charges following a premeditated brawl Tuesday at the school, authorities said. Three of the girls also are charged with unlawful use of a weapon and one is charged with aggravated battery of a teacher. One of the girls had a pocketknife, another had a sock filled with batteries and a third had a sock containing a can of green beans.

More than 100 students from Oak Park and River Forest High School walked out of class Wednesday morning and marched about a mile south to Oak Park Village Hall for a rally and sit-in. The protest occurred “in commemoration of the young black victims who are killed by police violence,” organizers said in a news release. Wednesday was the eighth anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, a black teen fatally shot while visiting Florida.

Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson said Wednesday that the parents protesting the firing of top administrators at Lincoln Park High School are painting those adults as victims while overlooking the impact on students. Jackson’s pointed and heated comments at Wednesday’s school board meeting were her first on the Lincoln Park scandal, and came just minutes before two dozen parents lined up to defend the two administrators and called their firing a “decapitation” of the school.

A 37-year-old Waukegan man has been suspended from Grayslake Area Elementary District 46 and is “no longer employed” by Antioch-Lake Villa High School District 117 after he was arrested in a Lake County prostitution sting, officials said.

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted to observe the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day rather than as Columbus Day. Until now, Chicago Public Schools had celebrated both holidays. The change marks a significant change in a city that celebrates Christopher Columbus in a variety of ways.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Officials from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights are launching a Title IX compliance review in schools across the country – a response to an alarming increase in reports of sexual assault in elementary, middle and high schools and what Secretary Betsy DeVos is calling “the tragic rise of sexual misconduct complaints in our nation’s K-12 campuses.” The Office for Civil Rights will examine how sexual assault cases are handled – including sexual incidents involving teachers and school staff – and work with school districts to identify and correct compliance concerns.

New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google last week over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit claims Google is using its education services package that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families. Google dismissed the claim as “factually wrong.”

American university programs in Italy — the second-most-popular destination for study abroad programs — are variously suspending operations and evacuating students, moving classes online, or warning students not to travel domestically as the global spread of the new coronavirus begins to affect international programs in countries outside China.

An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters’ way into school as part of a nationwide college admissions scam. Michelle Janavs admitted to paying $100,000 to have a proctor correct her two daughters’ ACT exam answers. She also agreed to pay $200,000 to have one of her daughters labeled as a fake beach volleyball recruit at the University of Southern California.

Binghamton University in New York is building a $60 million baseball stadium complex fully funded by an anonymous donor family. The donation is the largest in Binghamton’s 74-year history, and is the second-largest to a State University of New York campus. Binghamton’s baseball team is the most successful of the university’s various Division I athletics programs.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

Sophomore Families Invited to College and Career Night
The College Career Center will hold its annual “Planning Your Future” night for sophomore families at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the Performing Arts Center. Postsecondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller, and Career Exploration Program Manager Diane Willock, will discuss:

  • What families can expect during their junior year as they embark on the college and career exploration process.
  • Naviance, an online tool to assist Stevenson students with college planning.
  • Career planning options, including internships, job shadowing, and more.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians. Families are asked to bring their student’s school-issued iPad and network login for an interactive experience. The counselors also request that students log in to Naviance before the meeting to update their password.

A special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in Room 6110, which is located in the new East Building addition.

Architecture and Engineering Club Qualifies Four for State
Seven members of the Architecture and Engineering club earned medals, and four qualified for state, at the Illinois Drafting Educators Association regional competition Friday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. First- and second-place winners qualified for the 43rd annual IDEA state competition, which will be held April 18 at Illinois State University.

Junior Rohan Durai earned first place in 3D Assembly Modeling for the second straight year, and will be making his third trip to the state competition. Sophomore Emma Doiron was a first-time regional champion and state qualifier, taking first in 3D Modeling. Also making a return to state will be senior Weiran Zhao, who paired with junior Kendrick Boardman to finish second in 3D Modeling. Weiran finished second in the state in the same category last year, and also qualified in 2018. Kendrick will be making his first state appearance.

Stevenson had a pair of third-place finishes. Senior Rahul Subramanian was third in 3D Architecture, while junior Hana Lee and sophomore Siddharth Gurumurthi were third in 3D Modeling. Overall, 25 club members competed in the regional.

Three Archers Win Top Honors in Kenosha
Five members of the Scholastic 3D Archery team were place-winners at last weekend’s Kenosha Bowmen tournament in Kenosha, Wis. Stevenson had three champions: sophomore Jackson Esposito won the High School Olympic Recurve Male division, freshman Keith Carter claimed High School Open Male, and junior Rayna Finn captured High School Barebow Female. SHS also had the second- and third-place finishers in the latter category, thanks to junior Emma Mural and sophomore Alicia Zheng.

Chamber Guitar Concert Thursday Night
The Fine Arts Division will present the Chamber Guitar Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Vimeo page.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Boys Basketball Team Seeks Eighth Straight NSC Title
The varsity boys basketball team can capture its eighth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship with a win over Lake Forest tonight in the Sports Center. The Patriots are 12-1 in the NSC, one game ahead of Mundelein, and tonight’s contest ends the regular season. Stevenson’s only loss in the conference was to Lake Forest, 38-33, on the Scouts’ home court Jan. 29. Since then, the Patriots have won eight straight games and enter tonight’s game with a 24-4 record. Lake Forest is 18-11 overall and 8-5 in the NSC. The game will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page beginning at 7 o’clock. (A livestream of the sophomore game starts at 5:30.)

After tonight, SHS sets its sights on the postseason. Coach Pat Ambrose’s squad has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the 18-team IHSA Class 4A Prospect Sectional, and will play host to an IHSA regional next week. The Patriots will face the winner of Monday’s play-in game between Lake Zurich and Waukegan in the first regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The second semifinal, at 7:30, will feature Lake Forest versus Highland Park.

Lillydahl, Inselberger Earn Sectional Coach of the Year Honors
Doug Lillydahl, head of the boys swimming and diving program, and diving coach Amy Inselberger were named sectional coach and diving coach of the year, respectively, after Stevenson won its IHSA sectional on Saturday. Lillydahl earned his sixth consecutive sectional crown, and his eighth in 13 seasons at Stevenson. Inselberger, meanwhile, won for the third time in the last four years after seeing two divers qualify for state for the first time since 2013: sophomore Jack White and freshman Danny Silverstein. Here are brief clips of each diver from Saturday’s sectional: Jack | Danny

Make a Winter ESPPA Award Nomination
Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? 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 March 11. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on March 16.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon
The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is this 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.

COLLEGE

HACEMOS has established a scholarship program to assist children of Hispanic origin and children of active HACEMOS members who plan to continue their education in college. The application deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, March 2. Click here to apply.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Two Lincoln Park High School administrators fired last month jointly filed suit Tuesday in federal court against Chicago Public Schools, its CEO Janice Jackson and other district officials, claiming deprivation of due process, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

The privacy protections Americans have come to expect when it comes to their medical information may not always apply in school settings, a new report suggests. When a school nurse is involved in a student’s medical care, information on that care may end up in the child’s educational record – which is accessible without consent to school officials and parents, according to the report in Pediatrics.

Many counselors receive little or no training in college counseling. Although most counselors are required to hold a master’s degree, many graduate programs in counseling don’t offer any classes on college admissions. Instead, training focuses on helping students cope with social and emotional problems. The imbalance is having an impact on first-generation students and those from low-income families.

A state task force newly assigned to narrowing California’s achievement gap got further proof of the challenges ahead with this month’s first-ever release of the California Science Test scores, showing that less than one in five low-income black and Latino students met or exceeded the standards.

A growing number of states are requiring students to study money matters in high school. Students in 21 states must now take a personal finance course in order to graduate, according to the Council for Economic Education, a net gain of four states since its last study two years ago. Five states — Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and South Carolina — added the prerequisite. One state, Florida, dropped its requirement.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Math Team Wins Ninth Straight Regional
Stevenson won its ninth straight Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics 4AA Regional on Saturday. Serving as host school for the Region 12 competition, Stevenson edged Glenbrook North, 934-910, for the title. Stevenson’s score was the second-highest in the state, topped only by four-time defending state champion Naperville North (985).

By winning the regional, the Patriots earned an automatic bid to the ICTM state finals May 2 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. SHS has finished second for four consecutive years after winning the state title in 2015, and has not placed lower than fourth at state in more than 25 years.

Stevenson earned first place in three of the four individual grade-level competitions. Philena Liu posted the top score in Pre-Calculus for seniors, Lillian You led all test-takers in Geometry (sophomores), and Ben Chen and Collin Fan tied three other students for first in Algebra 1 (freshmen). As a team, SHS was first in Algebra 1 and Geometry, and second in Pre-Calculus. The Patriots also won the freshman-sophomore eight-person, freshman-sophomore two-person, and calculator events. Stevenson’s Algebra 1 score of 148 was the highest in the state, while the Geometry score of 102 tied for first. The freshman-sophomore eight-person score (95) also led all regional participants.

Other individual medal winners included sophomores Spandan Goel (second in Geometry), Andrew Liu (third in Geometry), and Joy Qu and Sayuj Choudhari (tied for fourth in Geometry); junior Ram Potham (third place, Algebra 2), and senior Andrew Zhuang (fifth place, Pre-Calculus).

Stevenson’s next competition is the North Suburban Math League conference meet on March 5.

Science Olympiad Team Third at Penn Invite
Stevenson finished third Saturday at the fourth annual University of Pennsylvania Science Olympiad Invitational in Philadelphia. The event featured 57 of the country’s top teams, many of which, like Stevenson, competed in the National Science Olympiad last spring. Boca Raton (Fla.) High School won the team championship, with the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy from Austin, Texas, placing second.

SHS won two events, and junior Jared Machtinger was involved in both. He paired with senior Roy Zhou in Astronomy, and junior Richard Bi in Machines. Richard added a second-place finish in Circuit Lab with senior Andrew Lee. Also placing second were senior Radha Patel and sophomore Greycen Ren in Disease Detectives. Stevenson received a trio of third-place efforts, with junior Emily Liu part of two. She joined senior Anna Wang in Fossils, and junior Sneha Mohan in Wright Stuff. The other third-place entry was freshman Kevin Qian and senior Josh Tsai in Machines.

Emily added a fourth-place performance in Boomilever with junior Phyllis Wang, while Greycen and Radha were fourth in Anatomy and Physiology. Radha and junior Krishna Patel were fifth in Gravity Vehicle, while Roy, Andrew and senior Eric Gan placed fifth in Codebusters. Rounding out the Patriots’ place-winners were sixth-place showings from Emily, Phyllis and Sneha in Experimental Design, Jared and Anna in GeoLogic Mapping, and Roy and senior Erin Yuan in Write It Do It.

Stevenson, the defending state champion, will begin defense of its title March 7 at the College of Lake County regional competition. The state finals are in April.

Marijuana Laws Change, But Science Doesn’t
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.

Research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that teen use of marijuana can negatively impact learning ability, attention, memory, coordination, balance, judgment and decision-making. Since the teenage brain is not fully mature, it is more vulnerable to the effects of drug exposure. (Click here for more information.)

With the new laws on marijuana use in Illinois, it is important to be informed. Did you know that possession of marijuana is illegal under 21? It is also important to know that despite the changes to the state law, individual towns will be implementing ordinances with fines. The Lincolnshire ordinance includes a $500 fine for possession or consumption of marijuana. For further questions on the Lincolnshire ordinance, contact Officer Bethany Brown at 847-415-4023.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Quick Hits
Voting ends at noon Wednesday in the second round of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship. Senior RJ Holmes is in a tight contest with his opponent from South Dakota, Zech Clemens. Vote at www.highschoolslam.com. … The varsity boys ice hockey team will take on Loyola Academy in the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson is the No. 7 seed in the tourney, while the Ramblers are No. 10. The two teams faced each other three times during the regular season, with the Patriots winning all three.

Who Would Get Your Vote for President?
The Statesman is looking to get students’ perspective about the November election. If the presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote? Click here to make a selection. Polling ends Wednesday, March 4.

CLUBS

The Horticulture Club is holding its first-eve Plant Sale during all periods in Room 8080 this week and next. Flowering bulbs for crocuses, tulips and daffodils will be available while supplies last. All proceeds will go toward purchasing a tree for the school.

COLLEGE

Tzu Chi USA Scholars, a scholarship program funded by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, is offering a number of $1,000 scholarships. To apply online, visit www.tzuchi.us/scholarships/. The application deadline is March 6.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Illinois school districts are rethinking next school year’s budget, after Gov. J.B. Pritzker surprised them in announcing last week that the state will increase education spending but hold back some of the funds they expected pending the outcome of a November tax vote.

Federal prosecutors asked a judge last week to reduce the prison sentence of a key player in the scandal that brought down former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, citing his “substantial assistance” to an investigation in Maryland.

The University of Illinois announced Monday it will break new ground on a $6 million indoor softball practice facility. The facility, made possible by a $3 million donation, is expected to be finished in December 2021.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Former University of Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for accepting $100,000 in bribes to falsely tag an applicant as a recruit to get the student admitted. He’s the first college coach to receive time behind bars in the nation’s college admissions scandal after a former Stanford sailing coach avoided prison last summer.

Closing a chapter in the state’s testing wars, Colorado lawmakers are quietly preparing to do away with the statewide high school social studies exam. It won’t be missed much by students or teachers — because it hasn’t been given since 2014.

Ohio high school students won’t have to be “proficient” in either math or English to graduate, under minimum required test scores proposed by the state superintendent. New high school graduation requirements passed last summer require most students to show “competency” in math and English through scores on Ohio’s Algebra I and English II tests to qualify for a diploma.

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Patriettes Win National Dance Championship
Less than a month after winning the Illinois High School Association state championship, the varsity Patriettes captured the Dance Team Union national championship in Orlando, Fla., last weekend. Stevenson captured the Large Varsity Jazz competition, topping 13 other schools. In addition to the team championship, Patriettes senior captain Jorie Knysz won top honors in the solo competition among juniors and seniors. Fellow captain and classmate Maya Newmark was seventh among 70 senior soloists.

23 FCCLA Members Heading to State
Twenty-three members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club qualified for April’s state competition based on their results at the Illinois Section 5 regional on Friday at Harper College in Palatine. Eight students won gold medals and most outstanding awards, the highest honors in their category:

  • Junior Esha Raut (Professional Presentation)
  • Senior Roya Lippe (Say YES to FCS Education)
  • Senior Mariam Reichert (STAR Fashion Construction)
  • Sophomores Alice Lua and Angela Zhou (Interior Design)
  • Junior Natali Freihammer (STAR Leadership)
  • Senior Emily Feldman and junior Taylor Irvin (Focus on Children)

Also advancing to state with gold medals were the team of sophomores Grace Harrington and Heloise Jacobs (Child Literacy). They will be joined by 13 club members who earned silver medals: juniors Jessie Mazursky (STAR Fashion Design), Danielle Schwartz (Nutrition and Wellness), Emery Etzel (Interior Design) and Karolina Tuska (Child Literacy); junior Kendall Goldenson and sophomore Livy Alton (Focus on Children); sophomores Abby Kogan (Frosted Cakes), Rinnell Borges and Madeline Lewis (Interior Design), sophomores Kylie Faber and Gabriella Barshak (Public Policy Advocate), and Ashley Madeyski (Personal Childcare Provider); and freshman Anjini Thomas (Apparel Construction). Sophomore Hailey Mulvihill earned a bronze medal (Public Policy Advocate).

The sponsors of Stevenson FCCLA are Michelle Backes and Jamie Rieman. The state competition takes place April 2-3 in Springfield.

Stevenson Foundation Online Raffle and Auction Ends Tuesday
The Stevenson High School Foundation’s 2020 Online Raffle and Auction closes at 3 p.m. Tuesday. This year’s virtual event, sponsored by Laura George Consulting, features exclusive packages including luxury vacations, junior and senior parking spots for the entire year, and sports experiences. Click here to view the complete raffle and auction catalog, purchase raffle tickets, and place bids. Proceeds from the raffle and auction will benefit such foundation programs as Stevenson to College (S2C) and Kids in Need (KIN). Raffle packages and auction items include:

  • Vacation packages to Cabo San Lucas, Las Vegas, Pebble Beach, and Whistler, plus a package for up to 16 people to Antigua.
  • VIP parking spaces on campus in the 2020-21 school year for one member of the Class of 2021 and one from the Class of 2022.
  • VIP parking and seating for four families at this spring’s commencement ceremony.
  • Tickets for one Cubs-White Sox Crosstown Classic game, and for an upcoming Chicago Blackhawks contest.
  • A turn-key pre-Prom gathering for 30.

Two Debaters Named to All-State Team
Stevenson’s debate team took part in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association state tournament Saturday at Harper College in Palatine. Two SHS students made the 10-member ICDA all-state team: senior Sunny Gandhi and junior Aditi Singh. In the invitational chambers, two students were place-winners. Sophomores Uma (Deepa) Pulugurtha and Jesenia Parthasarathy earned second and third place, respectively.

Three Restaurant Fundraisers Scheduled for Tuesday
Three SHS organizations are holding fundraisers at area restaurants on Tuesday:

  • Band Parents Organization, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., at MOD Pizza, 701 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Mention “Stevenson band” when ordering.
  • The boys lacrosse team, 4-8 p.m., at Chipotle, 375 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Mention “Stevenson lacrosse” when ordering or show this flyer.
  • String Parents Association, 5-9 p.m., at Cafe Zupas, 887 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Mention Stevenson when ordering or show this flyer. The flyer also has instructions for placing orders online.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Senior Earns Two State Gymnastics Medals
Senior Emily Weinstein capped her high school gymnastics career by winning two medals at last weekend’s Illinois High School Association state meet at Palatine High School. Emily, making her third consecutive appearance at state, finished fourth in the all-around competition on Friday with a score of 37.55. On Saturday, in the individual event finals, she placed third in vault with a 9.7. (Click here to watch Emily’s vault performance.) Emily is the first Patriot state medalist since Alyssa Weisberg won the balance beam in 2014. She also is the first SHS gymnast to earn a medal in all-around and vault since 2012, when Ali Castriano finished fourth in both. “It was a great way to end (my senior year),” Emily told the Daily Herald. “I worked hard to get this far and wanted to keep on improving. So, I’m very happy.”

Boys Swimming and Diving Wins Sixth Straight Sectional
The boys swimming and diving team won its sixth straight sectional championship on Saturday, breaking five school and pool records and qualifying 10 Patriots for this weekend’s state meet at Evanston Township High School. Stevenson, the host school, won six of the 12 events, outscoring Barrington, 299-210, and 10 other teams. See the official sectional results. In four of its six victories, SHS set a school or pool record:

  • Sophomore Jack White won the 1-meter diving competition with an 11-dive score of 504.20, breaking the previous mark of 488.15 set by Matthew Krames in 2017.
  • The 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Josh Song and seniors AJ CarolloJack Zhang and Jake Kim set a school and pool record with its winning time of 1:31.78. The old school and pool record of 1:34.04 was set in 2018; AJ was one of the swimmers in that quartet. Watch the 200 medley relay race.
  • Josh established a new school record en route to winning the 100 butterfly in 49.50 seconds. The old record of 50.05 was set by Tommy Gregory in 2003.
  • Senior Ari Zaritsky set a school record in the 100 breaststroke with his time of 57.65, eclipsing the previous best of 58.82 by Joseph Song in 2018.

The Patriots’ other winning entries were Jack Zhang in the 200 individual medley (1:54.96), and the 200 free relay squad with Jake, Josh, Jack Zhang and freshman Jack Curtin (1:26.15). All of Stevenson’s winners qualified for state.

AJ also qualified in three other events. He was second in the 200 free (1:44.10) and third in the 100 backstroke (52.08), and was part of the runner-up 400 free relay (3:09.86) with Jake, Jack Zhang and freshman Jonny Farber. Jake and sophomore Brandon Xiong punched their ticket in the 50 free with second- and third-place efforts in 21.67 and 21.71, respectively. Jonny qualified with a fourth-place performance in the 100 backstroke (52.60), and classmate Danny Silverstein also earned his first state trip by placing second in diving (456.40). See the list of all state meet qualifiers and their times.

“I think this group has shown what youth can do,” head coach Doug Lillydahl told the Daily Herald. “Our young kids believe. They put in the work. I’m just really proud of them.”

Basketball Team Clinches Share of NSC Title
The varsity boys basketball team won both of its games last weekend, improving to 24-4 on the season and extending its winning streak to eight games. The Patriots clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference championship on Friday with a 52-33 win over Warren in Gurnee. (Watch the NFHS Network replay.) Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds for SHS, which improved to 12-1 in the NSC. Stevenson can win the league title outright by beating Lake Forest in the Sports Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. If the Patriots win on Wednesday, it would be their eighth consecutive NSC championship. On Saturday, Stevenson beat Benet Academy, 51-35, in a non-conference contest in the Sports Center. (NFHS Network replay) Senior Matt Kaznikov  led all scorers with 13 points, while Matthew added 11. Fellow senior John Ittounas had 10 points and six rebounds, while classmate RJ Holmes pulled down nine rebounds to go along with five points. After the game, Matt talked with Comcast Network Sports about his performance, and that of his team. Read the Daily Herald’s account of the game.

Other Weekend Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Lake Forest 51, Stevenson 46: The Scouts (25-8) beat the Patriots (25-8) on Friday to capture the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional championship, their third in the last four years. Sophomore Ava Bardic scored 16 points to lead SHS, which closed its season by winning 13 of its last 15 games. Sophomore Simone Sawyer added 15 points and nine rebounds. The two teams split their regular-season games. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Wrestling
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament: The Patriots’ quartet of qualifiers were eliminated with their second loss during consolation round action on Friday. Senior Matt Millman, making his first state appearance, pinned his opponent from Maine South at 195 pounds before getting knocked out by fall in the second round of wrestlebacks. He finished the year with a 13-7 record. Stevenson’s other three entries fell in their first consolation match: junior Keegan Houlihan (30-11) at 285, sophomore Cole Rhemrev (36-7) at 120, and freshman Lorenzo Frezza (36-7) at 113. – Official Results

Students Invited to Submit to the WIT
Do you want to see your published work in a magazine? The WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts journal, is accepting submissions in the following genres: poetry, prose, art, photography and music. Submit your pieces by March 16 to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org. Include your name, ID, and the genre of the work. The WIT is open to all students.

CLUBS

Animal Welfare Club will meet after school Tuesday in Room 2104. Dr. Stephanie Locke from Skycrest Animal Clinic in Long Grove, who has been a Skycrest vet for more than 15 years, will be the guest presenter. She will talk about rescuing pregnant mamas. In addition to the meeting, T-shirts are available online for $10 through the Stevenson Superstore for the upcoming Australia Strong fundraiser.

The Print Media Club is selling custom-printed Popsockets (phone grips). Go to the Stevenson Superstore to order yours today. All proceeds will be used to support female education in the Gambia.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Chicago Public Schools officials have agreed to overhaul testing procedures after the CPS inspector general pointed out “unusual patterns” and “irregularities” in some standardized test results, including unusually long test times and high numbers of pauses in the computerized exams.

Hinsdale police closed their investigation into a claim that a candidate in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate had a gun with her when she came to Hinsdale Central High School last week for an after-school debate. Police decided to end the investigation after Peggy Hubbard, a Navy veteran and former police officer, made “inconsistent and contradictory” statements.

The University of Illinois is spending more than $360,000 a year for its marketing campaign at Chicago’s airports, which includes a 7-by-6-foot Block I that was unveiled Jan. 29 at the center of O’Hare’s Terminal 3.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Seventy-five California elementary schools where students have the lowest average reading scores will share $50 million in state grants to improve reading and writing instruction, according to a legal settlement announced last week. The settlement ends a much-watched lawsuit filed on behalf of students who struggled with reading at three elementary schools. The lawsuit, Ella T. vs. the State of California, alleged that the state violated the students’ civil rights by denying them a quality education.

Purdue University may soon require that all undergraduates take and pass a civics test to obtain their degrees. A number of other institutions have some kind of civics requirement. Purdue’s proposed “Test+” model is unique, however, in that it would mandate that all students pass a test and demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. history, laws and institutions in some other way.

Katherine Johnson, the venerated NASA mathematician who was depicted in the film “Hidden Figures,” died today at the age of 101. Johnson worked on the first NASA mission in 1961 to carry an American into space, and in 1962, she verified computer calculations that plotted John Glenn’s orbits around earth. Before she began her stint at NASA, she taught at black public schools in Virginia.

Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

SHS Hosts Middle School Geography Bowl
Stevenson’s Geography Club held its inaugural Middle School Geography Bowl at the school Monday night. Students from Woodlawn Middle School competed on teams with Stevenson students in six rounds of competition.

The Geography Bowl was the brainchild of junior Ishaan Khullar and sophomore Sahan Yalarthi. The goal: To share their love of geography trivia with middle school students and open the doors of SHS to future Patriots. The pair hope to expand the competition to include all of Stevenson’s sender schools. Woodlawn students who competed were eighth-grader Sarah Kogan, seventh-graders Ryan Barua and Diana Tang, and sixth-graders Noah Hanif and Jingyi Wu. Their sponsor was Woodlawn social studies teacher Gloria Ufheil.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Wrestling
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament: All four Patriot entries dropped their first-round matches at the State Farm Center on the campus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and will seek to stave off elimination today in the consolation brackets. Freshman Lorenzo Frezza (36-6) lost to Noah Tapia (39-6) of Moline, 10-6, at 113 pounds. Sophomore 120-pounder Cole Rhemrev (36-6) fell to Jalen May (47-6) of Collinsville, 4-0. Senior Matt Millman (12-6) lost to the No. 1 seed at 195, Nick Stemmet (43-0) of Yorkville, 12-1. Junior Keegan Houlihan (30-10) was pinned by Sandburg’s Mike Bosco (41-0) in a matchup at 285. Wrestlebacks began this morning at 8:30. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey
St. Viator 5, Stevenson 2: At Twin Rinks, the Lions won the deciding game in the best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League semifinal playoff series. Stevenson will open Blackhawk Cup state tournament play against Loyola Academy on Saturday, Feb. 29.

Quick Hits
Tonight’s IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional championship girls basketball game between Stevenson and Lake Forest is scheduled to be streamed live and shown on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The game tips off at 7 p.m. … Another streaming option tonight will be the varsity and sophomore boys basketball games at Warren. The sophomore game begins at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. Saturday’s varsity, sophomore and freshman A1 games against Benet Academy will be steamed live from the Sports Center. The varsity plays at 5:30, the sophomores at 4 o’clock, and the freshmen at 2:30. … A meeting for parents and guardians of boys lacrosse players will be held from 6-7 p.m. Monday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center.

Do You Play Rocket League or Call of Duty?
The spring season for eSports is around the corner, ready for rosters. Rocket League is looking for players. Email Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org if you are a Rocket League player and want Stevenson to pay for you to play in a Rocket League tournament! Also, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been added to the High School eSports League for the spring season. COD competition is based on the new “gunfight” mode. Two teams of two players face off until one wins six rounds. If you are interested in COD competition and playing in a formal eSports program, contact Mr. Barnabee.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Education funding is once again top of mind at the Capitol, with a key cog of Gov. JB Pritzker’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposal addressing the matter already facing pushback. At issue is the state’s three-year-old K-12 education funding system, known as the evidence-based model. For the fourth straight budget year, lawmakers are discussing how many hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding that formula will receive as compared to a year ago.

North Chicago Community High School closed its doors Thursday and students stayed at home after a Snapchat threat of a school shooting prompted officials to take action. District 187 Superintendent John Price said in a statement late Thursday that police had followed up every lead they were provided about the threat and found “nothing of concern.”

The Chicago Public Schools has filed a lawsuit against a son-in-law of former Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, claiming that he failed to pay “no less than” $366,000 under deals that allowed his company to park cars at 10 elementary schools, mostly for baseball fans going to Cubs games last year.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

What will the future of college education look like? A small number of institutions are testing new ideas that will have students subscribe to rather than enroll in college, learn languages in virtual reality foreign streetscapes with avatars for conversation partners, have their questions answered day or night by artificial intelligence teaching assistants, and control their own digital transcripts that record every life achievement.

Foreign gifts to U.S. universities are getting new scrutiny as the government says it’s worried about foreign meddling, with the U.S. Department of Education cracking down on universities it says have failed to report receiving money from abroad. But the U.S. also gives money to universities abroad. Federal budget documents show that 3,259 grants worth $284.4 million in taxpayer money has gone to foreign universities since the 2017 budget year.

The University of California Los Angeles has dropped plans to use facial recognition for the surveillance of the campus. UCLA’s idea was to use facial recognition as a way to gain access to buildings, to prove authenticity and to deny entry to people with restricted access to the campus, matching their faces against a database. But the administration backed down in the face of complaints from students and privacy rights groups.

A slowly emerging trend in paying for college, known as income share agreements, involves students agreeing to pay a percentage of future earnings to investors who help pay for their tuition. More than five dozen U.S. universities and coding schools, including Purdue University, use ISAs. Proponents tout the safety net they offer, while critics argue that ISAs are just a new spin on debt.

The chancellor of Syracuse University has ordered suspensions to be revoked for more than 30 students who occupied a campus building earlier this week. Kent Syverud announced the revocation of the suspensions at a monthly meeting of the University Senate, a body of faculty, administrators, staff and students.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Two Debaters Reach Harvard Semifinals
Stevenson’s debate team traveled to Cambridge, Mass., last weekend for the 46th annual Harvard University National Forensics Tournament. Junior Aditi Singh and senior Sunny Gandhi broke to the semifinal rounds, representing the top 60 debaters in the Congressional Debate division. They earned bids to the national Tournament of Champions meet this spring, as did seniors Christie Lee and Dylan Hu, junior Alex Zhou, and sophomore Samarth Arul. The quartet broke to the quarterfinals round and were among the top 120 debaters. Dylan also won the Leadership Award in his preliminary chamber, signifying “peer-earned respect.”

Also reaching the quarterfinals were senior Megana Adigal and juniors Michelle VelyunskiyPooja Jain and Sailaja Nallacheruvu. They were joined on the trip by seniors Budka Galbadrakh and Anushka Somani; juniors James XieChristine Irlbeck and Caroline Mazur-Sarocka; sophomores Mia KorsunskyAditi Ambravan and Udit Mehta; and freshmen Maddie Wang and Pranav Atluri.

CS:GO Team Leads eSports Sweep
The varsity Counter-Strike: Global Offensive eSports team improved to 4-0 in its winter season with a 16-13 win this week over Lambert High School of Suwanee, Ga. Four other Stevenson teams that competed this week all recorded victories. The varsity Rainbow Six Siege squad beat Bloomington High School North from Bloomington, Ind., 2-0, and the varsity Rocket League team won by forfeit over Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colo. The junior varsity Rainbow Six Siege group beat a team from Baker High School in Baker City, Ore., 2-0, while the JV CS:GO unit won by forfeit over Baker. In Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, the winning Patriots were sophomore Ihsan Celep and freshmen Majid AbdelkareemSelman CelepSantiago Morales and Christoper Reyes.

Table Tennis Team Wraps Up Regular Season
Stevenson’s table tennis teams closed their regular seasons Wednesday at Evanston with matches against the host school and Whitney Young. The Patriot Green team topped Evanston, 6-3, and lost to Whitney Young, 7-2. The Patriot Gold team lost to Whitney Young, 6-3, with two of the losses decided in five games. The Green team will compete in the Interscholastic Table Tennis of Illinois Founder’s Cup tournament on Friday, Feb. 28, while the Gold team will take part in the ITTI Team Championship on Saturday, Feb. 29.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 3, St. Viator 2: Senior Andrew Slivka scored with 44 seconds remaining to break a 2-2 tie and force a deciding Game 3 in the Scholastic Hockey League semifinal series at 7 p.m. tonight at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. Andrew’s goal, his second of the game, came about nine minutes after he knotted the contest at 2-2. The Lions recorded the game’s only goal through the first two periods, but senior Brett Stokes evened the score during a power play early in the third period. Brett also had the assist on Andrew’s winning goal, while sophomore Rafael Biedron assisted on his first. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 25 saves, with 23 of them coming during the first two periods. The winner of tonight’s game will face New Trier Green in the SHL championship series. – SHL Network video

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 70, Grant 51: Sophomore Simone Sawyer scored a game-high 22 points and senior Avery King added 17 as the Patriots (25-7) beat the Bulldogs (16-15) in the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional semifinals. SHS hit five of its nine 3-pointers in the first half while building a 41-21 lead. Sophomore Ava Bardic chipped in with 11 points for Stevenson, which will face conference rival Lake Forest for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. The Scouts defeated Palatine, 51-41, in the other semifinal. The Patriots are the No. 4 seed in the Palatine Sectional, while Lake Forest is No. 5. Stevenson has won five straight games and 13 of its last 14. The two teams split their season series. The Scouts won at home, 50-42, on Dec. 5, and the Patriots prevailed in the Sports Center, 48-25, on Jan. 24. – NFHS Network replay

Wrestlers Begin State Tournament Today
Four Patriots take the mat at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A individual state tournament this afternoon. First-round action begins at 4:30 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s State Farm Center. Stevenson’s state qualifiers (with season record in parenthesis) are senior Matt Millman (12-5) at 195, junior Keegan Houlihan (30-9) at 285, sophomore Cole Rhemrev (36-5) at 120, and freshman Lorenzo Frezza (36-5) at 113. Brackets and results will be available today, Friday and Saturday at this link. Cole (pictured above) is making his second straight state appearance, while Matt, Keegan and Lorenzo qualified for the first time. Matt, who has battled injuries throughout his career, made his senior season debut in mid-January.

Gymnast Emily Weinstein Prepares for IHSA Meet
Senior Emily Weinstein caps her high school career at the IHSA girls gymnastics state meet this weekend at Palatine High School. This will be the third state appearance for Emily, who finished 19th in the all-around competition as a sophomore. This year, she also will compete in the all-around, as well as two individual events: vault and uneven parallel bars. The preliminaries and all-around competition begins at 2 p.m. Friday. Individual event finals are Saturday. Meanwhile, as the state meet approaches there are concerns about the future of high school gymnastics in Illinois. Stevenson’s girls gymnastics coach, Judy Harwood, is the president of the Illinois High School Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association. She told the Daily Herald that the IHSA is sending mixed signals about the sport’s long-range outlook.

Winterfest Ticket Sales End Friday
Online ticket sales for Stevenson.Space Winterfest end at 3:25 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Use this link to order tickets. Remember to use your Stevenson email address as the access code. Tickets will be $40 at the door on Saturday. To make song requests to be played by the DJ, click here.

Graduation Speaker Applications Now Open
Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at the commencement ceremony in May are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 30. Click here for the application.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is accepting applications for its Future Healthcare Professionals Program, which takes place in June. The unpaid observation experience is open to students who will have completed their junior year of high school, and who reside in the primary and secondary service area of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. The application deadline is March 31. Click here for details.

ATHLETICS

All girls interested in trying out for the girls lacrosse team should attend the preseason meeting with their parents or guardians from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Saying he had to make hard choices in a hard budget year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday disappointed education leaders and advocates by proposing the state hold back part of an expected bump in education spending beginning in July — potentially upending a milestone agreement to reform Illinois school finance. The governor would deliver the reserved funds later — but only if Illinois voters approve restructuring the state income tax in November.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt permanent rules that ban the use of locked seclusion rooms and prohibit schools from using prone restraint, a move that restricts the state’s rules more than ever. The new rules approved specify instances in which seclusion is prohibited, contrary to the previous rules which allowed seclusion only for “safety” reasons. The board also banned locks on rooms, and prohibited employees from holding the doors shut to keep children inside.

Under newly introduced state legislation, parents in Illinois would no longer be able to claim religion as a reason to refuse vaccinations for their children. The bill introduced last week would also limit the reasons allowed for a medical exemption for the immunizations required to enter all Illinois schools, and would allow students as young as 14 to obtain a vaccine without the consent of their parents.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Syracuse University suspended more than 30 students Tuesday for occupying a campus building to protest administrators’ response to a series of racial and anti-Semitic events that roiled the institution three months ago and made national headlines. The suspensions came after students began a sit-in at the administration building on Monday and refused to leave.

The University of Michigan is investigating possible sexual misconduct by the man who served as doctor for the school’s football team for 35 years. Detectives identified several individuals who described sexual misconduct by the doctor, including unnecessary medical exams. Most of those exams took place in the 1970s.

Students at a Colorado high school are working to restore and preserve the site of an internment camp where people of Japanese descent and Japanese Americans were held during World War II. Thanks in large part to their work, the site is under consideration for national park status.

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020

Senior Picked for All-State Academic Team
Senior Madeleine O’Donnell was named to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team on Tuesday. She is one of 26 students honored for excelling in the classroom and in IHSA-sponsored activities.

Madeleine was a member of Stevenson’s girls water polo state championship teams in 2018 and 2019, and also was a two-time state medalist for the Patriot girls swimming and diving program.

She is the seventh Stevenson student-athlete selected to the IHSA All-State Academic Team, joining Eleanor Michaud (2019), Samuel Oh (2015), Ali Castriano (2012), Zach Blumenfeld (2011), Henry Wood (2009) and Jared Frost (2002).

Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student for the team. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA-sponsored activities during each of the last two years of high school, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship.

Senior to Receive Congressional Honor
Senior Justin Kuncheria has been selected to receive The Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress bestows on young people. Justin and other Gold Medal recipients are honored for showing initiative, service and achievement in four areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition/exploration. The Congressional Award program, started in 1979, honors young people for setting personally challenging goals and meeting needs in their community. He and other Gold Medal recipients will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Late Arrival Schedule on Thursday
Stevenson will operate on a late-arrival schedule Thursday, with staff development work taking place before school. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m., and buses will start their routes at 9:20.

Dylan Murphy Named Mr. SHS
Senior Dylan Murphy won the annual Mr. SHS contest Friday night in the Performing Arts Center. He was among 16 senior boys vying for the honor. Other award winners during the contest included Ben Bowler, who was named Mr. Congeniality, and Ryan Klein, named Mr. Generosity.

Drop-Off, Pick-Up Reminder for Parents
School officials are reminding parents who drop off and pick up their students that they must use designated parking lots on campus rather than adjacent neighborhoods. Parents and guardians who disobey traffic control signs in those neighborhoods, may face fines or traffic citations.

Also, students who park at nearby businesses without authorization may be ticketed or have their vehicle towed. Questions can be directed to Lincolnshire Police Officer Bethany Brown, one of the school’s resource officers, at 847-415-4023.

Band Fundraiser on Thursday
The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Strawberry Field Pancakes and Cafe, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire. The restaurant will donate 20% of funds raised during the event to the SHS band program. Mention “SHS Band” when ordering.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 64, Waukegan 32: Senior RJ Holmes led all scorers with 12 points, and also had four rebounds and two blocks as the host Patriots (22-4, 11-1) won their sixth straight game. Senior John Ittounas had 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists for SHS, which has won 11 of its last 12 games. Classmate Matthew Ambrose added 11 points, along with three assists and two steals. The Patriots led the Bulldogs (1-27, 0-12) by a 17-8 score after the first quarter, extended their lead to 14 after three, and then sealed the decision with a 21-3 fourth quarter. Stevenson holds a one-game lead over Mundelein in the North Suburban Conference, with two games remaining. The Pats play at Warren on Friday, then finish league play against Lake Forest (which handed SHS its only loss) on Wednesday, Feb. 26. – NFHS Network replay

RJ Holmes Reaches Second Round of Dunk Contest
The road to Atlanta continues for RJ Holmes. Patriot fans lifted the senior to an easy first-round victory in the online American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship. Voting in the second round begins at noon today at www.highschoolslam.com, and runs until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Fans are allowed one vote per device, per day. There are eight players remaining in the competition. RJ will take on a player from South Dakota in the second round.

JV Boys Swim Team Cruises to NSC Title
The junior varsity boys swimming and diving team won the North Suburban Conference championship Saturday at Lake Forest. The Patriots rolled to the title, outscoring runner-up Mundelein, 354-192, and winning all 12 events. Junior Avi Roytman captured two individual events and also swam in two winning relays. He touched first in the 50-yard freestyle (22.03) and 100-yard freestyle (48.45). Freshman Kunal Rajadhyax also won two events: the 200 free (1:49.20) and 100 butterfly (56.26). Avi and Kunal made up half of the 200 free relay (1:30.65) with juniors Christopher Oei and Evan Engel, and Avi also swam in the 400 free relay (3:20.10) with Evan, freshman David Kohan and sophomore Brian Povilus. David and Brian each claimed an individual event, with David winning the 200 individual medley (2:04.80) and Brian claiming the 500 free (5:02.43). David also took a leg in the 200 medley relay (1:42.17) with Christopher, junior Sammy Maya and sophomore Sully Swanson. Sammy won the 100 backstroke (56.95), freshman Santiago Gonzalez reigned in 1-meter diving (358.60), and freshman David Badarch captured the 100 breaststroke (1:04.08).

Quick Hits
The girls basketball team opens postseason play tonight with a 6 p.m. game against Grant in the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional. The Patriots (24-7) are the No. 4 seed in the Palatine Sectional, while the Bulldogs (16-14) are No. 13. The winner of tonight’s game will face fifth-seeded Lake Forest or No. 12 Palatine for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. … One of the top players on the girls basketball team, sophomore guard Simone Sawyerhas already received two Division I scholarship offers. … The Daily Herald on Saturday highlighted Stevenson’s Allied Basketball program, which is one of four sports at the school providing athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. Co-Head Coach Ryan Hutchins, who teaches in the Special Education Division, calls his time with the Allied players and their partners “one of the highlights of my workweek.” … Tonight’s Scholastic Hockey League semifinal playoff game between Stevenson and St. Viator will be streamed live on the SHL’s YouTube page. The puck drops at 7 o’clock at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Patriot fans attending the game are encouraged to wear black. St. Viator leads the best-of-three series 1-0.

Did You Take One of These Odyssey Classes?
If you took one of the following Odyssey classes, please pick up your artwork in Room 1422-1426 by Thursday, Feb. 27: Clay Sgraffito Tiles, Wheel Throwing, and Mosaic. Any artwork not picked up by the deadline will be thrown out.

COLLEGE

Senior girls are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic Association by Friday, March 6. There is one scholarship for students who have had a passion for service within their community, and one scholarship for academic achievement. Click here for details and to apply.

The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is offering scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 to students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic, co-curricular and character qualifications. Students must attend a college or university in Illinois to qualify. Click here for the application. The application deadline is March 15.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Team LeBron’s victory in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at the United Center resulted in a $400,000 donation to Chicago Scholars, a nonprofit organization that provides resources, information and programming to help Chicago students get into, through and out of college. Earlier this month, LeBron James announced that Chicago Scholars was the charity his team would be playing for during the All-Star Game.

A former Chicago Public School teacher was charged with criminal sexual assault after allegedly having sex with a student enrolled in an Albany Park elementary school. The 33-year-old woman allegedly invited the 14-year-old boy to her home, seducing him with marijuana-laced tea and cannabis gummy bears.

Illinois State University’s president has created a new position focused on diversity and inclusion on campus. President Larry Dietz appointed Doris Houston, interim director of the university’s School of Social Work, as ISU’s first assistant to the president for diversity and inclusion.

The former home of several Northern Illinois University presidents is up for sale. The 6,000 square-foot house, built in 1952 and only five minutes from NIU’s campus, is currently listed at $295,000.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Lagging student performance and newly relevant research have prompted some educators to reconsider the ABCs of reading instruction. They are phonics-focused proponents of what they call the “science of reading,” which stands in contrast to the “balanced literacy” theory that many teachers are exposed to in schools of education. That theory holds that students can learn to read through exposure to a wide range of books that appeal to them, without too much emphasis on technically complex texts or sounding out words.

A New Jersey school district has cleared a teacher of wrongdoing for having students pretend to be slaves as part of a history lesson. The eighth-grade social studies teacher, who also is in his third term as mayor of a small town, said he was merely demonstrating a “degrading and despicable” institution in American history when he told students to pretend to be slaves.

The Kansas Department of Labor on Friday ordered the Shawnee Mission School District to stop enforcing its labor contract with teachers after finding the district wrongly imposed a three-year contract that wasn’t negotiated. The department’s ruling said the three-year contract was not a good-faith negotiation and was done to interfere with the teachers’ rights.

An accrediting agency stripped of its powers in 2016, but reauthorized in 2018, apparently gave its approval to a school in South Dakota that doesn’t exist. A USA Today investigation found that Reagan National University appears to be a fraudulent institution.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

Chess Team Wins Second State Championship
The SHS chess team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Saturday, the second state title in program history. Stevenson won all seven rounds in the two-day tournament to capture the crown, joining the 2008 squad as the best in Illinois.

The top-seeded Patriots defeated Wheaton North, Prospect, Barrington, Evanston, Naperville Central and second-place New Trier before dispatching Hinsdale Central at the Peoria Civic Center. In 56 games, Stevenson won 40, had 13 draws, and lost only three. Click here for official results.

Junior David Wallach and sophomore Ashley Yan each won six games. David went 6-0 while Ashley was 6-0-1, with her draw securing the win against New Trier. They were part of a 21-1-4 effort on Boards 4-7. David’s older brother, senior Adam Wallach, had four wins and two draws, while freshman Srihas Rao was 5-1-1.

Sophomore Fred Yuan played all seven rounds and didn’t lose a game on Board 3, finishing 5-0-2. He won three games on Saturday, and his victory in the Hinsdale Central match clinched the state championship. Freshman Rohit Guha had three wins and three draws on Board 2, while junior Ryan Yao went 4-0. Freshman Jack Chen had three wins and a draw in four games. Stevenson also received a win and three draws from junior Ricky Wang on Board 1, while senior Gil Banuelos, junior Vishnu Sadhu and freshman Stella Pashyan all won their only games.

Head coach Vincent Springer celebrated his first state title as head coach. He was an assistant on the 2008 title-winning team, which was led by Scott Oliver – who is an assistant with the current squad. Ken Wallach, father of Adam and David, also served as assistant.

Science Olympiad Team Captures Loyola Invite Title
Stevenson won the Loyola Academy Science Olympiad Invitational on Saturday in Wilmette. SHS Green won nine of 23 events and finished with the lowest score, 71 points, followed by New Trier (97) and West High School from Madison, Wis. (146). Overall, Stevenson’s two teams earned first place in 14 events.

Senior Josh Tsai was involved in four winning events, and six students were part of three: senior Andrew Lee, juniors Krishna PatelSneha Mohan, Emily Liu and Phyllis Wang, and freshman Kevin Qian. Two-time winners included seniors Anna Wang and Erin Yuan, junior Richard Bi and sophomore Jonny Abraham. Also part of winning event teams were seniors Eric Gan and Roy Zhou, junior Hannah Liu, sophomores Kelly MaoBen Mun and Greycen Ren, and freshman Anthony Kholoshenko.

The Patriots will compete at the University of Pennsylvania invitational on Saturday, then will begin defense of their state championship on March 7 at the College of Lake County regional tournament.

Scholastic Bowl Claims Sectional
The Scholastic Bowl team hosted and won the Class 3A Masonic Academic Bowl sectional tournament on Saturday, qualifying for the state championship meet in Bloomington on March 7. The sectional championship roster included juniors Arjun NageswaranDaniel Ding and Billy Bratton, and seniors David HolmquistAkash Kumar and Healey Kogan.

Choral Guild Fundraiser Today
The Choral Guild is holding fundraisers at three Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria locations today: Buffalo Grove (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), Libertyville (4-10 p.m.) and Lake Zurich (4-10 p.m.). Show this flyer or mention “Stevenson choir” when ordering.

Archer Sets Personal Record
Junior Malachi Park took fourth place overall among all male archers with a personal-best score of 289 at last weekend’s Cupid Classic in Armstrong, Ill. He recorded 19 bullseyes during his record round.

Eight Earn Honors at Model UN Event in D.C.
Eight SHS students won awards at the 57th annual North American Invitational Model United Nations conference in Washington, D.C. last week. Senior Matthew Li earned an Outstanding Delegate award. Senior Elizabeth Mattes and junior Ishaan Khullar each received a Book Award. Five students were selected for Verbal Awards: senior Govind Prabhakar, juniors Azima Aidarov and Clare Hu, and sophomores Deepa Pulugurtha and Sia Shetkar. More than 3,200 students participated in the four-day event, which is considered one of the most intensive Model UN conferences in the United States. Students spent almost 20 hours in committee debating the most prevalent issues facing the world today.

Around 100 Educators Visiting SHS Today
Nearly 100 people from 15 educational institutions around the country have come to Stevenson today for the monthly Site Visit for Educators program. They are representing the following schools and districts:

PATRIOT SPORTS

Four Wrestlers Qualify for State Finals
Four Patriot wrestlers finished in the top four at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A individual sectional tournament at Barrington High School on Saturday, qualifying for this weekend’s state meet at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Leading the way was sophomore Cole Rhemrev, who won the 120-pound championship to earn his second straight trip downstate. Cole improved to 36-5 on the season with a 10-2 major decision over Belvidere senior Presley Beasley for the sectional title. Cole, who also won the regional championship on Feb. 8, qualified at 106 pounds last season. Freshman Lorenzo Frezza placed third at 113, becoming only the second SHS ninth-grader to make the state tournament (Cole was the first). Lorenzo, whose older brother Tommy was a three-time state qualifier, recorded a technical fall over Rockford East senior Eh Ta Sor for third place. Also making their first state appearances will be senior Matt Millman (12-5) and junior Keegan Houlihan (30-9), who placed fourth at 195 and 285, respectively. Matt pinned Grant’s sixth-ranked wrestler to guarantee his trip to UI.

Pep Bus for Students: The Athletics Division is sponsoring a pep bus for students to attend Saturday’s wrestling finals. The bus will leave parking lot E at 5 a.m. Saturday and return around 11:30 p.m. that night. Students must sign up by 3:30 p.m. Friday. The cost is $25, which includes transportation and admission, but not food. Students must ride the bus to and from the event. Use this link to sign up and complete the required parent permission form.

Boys Swimmers Win Sixth Straight NSC Title
The varsity Patriot boys swimming and diving team won its sixth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship Saturday by winning the league meet at Lake Forest. SHS, which also went 6-0 in NSC dual meets, cruised past Mundelein, 337-231, and five other schools. (The junior varsity also won the conference championship; results will be posted in Wednesday’s Digest.)

Stevenson won eight of 12 events, with sophomore Josh Song having a hand in four of them. He won the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.56) and the 100-yard butterfly (51.35), both state-cut times. Josh also swam legs in two winning relays. He led off the 200 free relay (1:28.32) that included junior Dima Kobets, sophomore Brandon Xiong, and senior Jake Kim. Josh also was part of the 200 medley relay (1:37.27) with Jake, senior Jack Zhang and freshman Michael Wywrocki. Jack won the 100 backstroke (53.21) and also had the anchor leg in the 400 free relay (3:16.37) with Dima, junior Foster Swanson and freshman Jonny Farber. Jack also was named the school’s recipient of the NSC Sportsmanship Award. Stevenson’s other conference champions included senior Ari Zaritsky in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.48), and sophomore Jack White in 1-meter diving (455.10). Stevenson plays host to an Illinois High School Association sectional meet on Saturday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. – Daily Herald

Saturday’s Other Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 60, Prospect 40: The Patriots had no letdown after their big win Friday night at Mundelein, easily dispatching the Knights at the Camp Horseshoe Shootout at Lake Park High School in Roselle. Senior John Ittounas scored 10 of his team-high 14 points in the first quarter as SHS (21-4) built a 19-9 lead. He also had five rebounds and two assists in the game. After Prospect (12-14) pulled within eight points at 37-29, a dunk by senior RJ Holmes (11 points) and layup by John sparked a 13-2 run that sealed the victory. Fellow senior Matthew Ambrose had 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, and classmate Matt Kaznikov added nine. Stevenson returns to action tonight against Waukegan; tip-off is at 7 p.m. in the Sports Center. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
St. Viator 5, Stevenson 1: The Lions captured the opening game in the best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League semifinal playoff series at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Junior Liam Jones scored the lone Patriot goal, assisted by junior Andrew Chambers and freshman Davis Jegers. Stevenson will seek to stave off elimination when it plays host to Game 2 at 7 p.m. Wednesday. However, the game will not be played at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Instead, the contest will be played at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. All Stevenson fans in attendance are encouraged to wear black.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 50, Mundelein 49: Junior Evan Ambrose sank two free throws with 1.7 seconds to lift the visiting Patriots (20-4, 10-1) past the Mustangs (22-4, 9-2) in the showdown for first place in the North Suburban Conference. The win was Stevenson’s fourth straight and ninth in 10 games. Evan’s older brother, senior Matthew Ambrose, scored a team-high 19 points for SHS, which defeated MHS at home, 67-64, on Jan. 10. Matthew nailed four of his five 3-point attempts. The Patriots were in control for most of the game, building a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter before a furious Mustang rally. Senior RJ Holmes scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds, while classmate John Ittounas also had eight points. Senior Matt Kaznikov contributed seven points and Evan had six. – Daily HeraldPioneer Press

Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games against Waukegan will be streamed live from the Sports Center onto Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The sophomore game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock.

Thinking About Joining the Military?
Sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a multiple-choice test used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces, on Thursday, March 12 (a late arrival day). The test will be given at 10:30 a.m. in Room 6110 of the East Building addition; please arrive by 10 a.m. At the conclusion of the test, students will be provided pizza and then will return to class. Test results will be available Friday, March 13 at the start of each lunch period in the College Career Center. Pizza will be provided. Students must turn in this permission slip to East Student Services (Room 6064) by Friday, March 6 to participate. An email with more details is scheduled to be sent today to all eligible students, and their parents and guardians.

COLLEGE

The Rotary Club of Lincolnshire has established a scholarship program in partnership with Dan and Nancy Bruzzini. Two scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to seniors who are graduating from Stevenson, demonstrate extraordinary service to the community, and who uphold the ideals of Rotary. The primary criteria for selection are demonstrated leadership, academic excellence, school service and community service. Dependents of Lincolnshire Rotarians are not eligible. Applications can be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is April 1.

CLUBS

Animal Welfare Club will meet today from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7064.

INTRAMURALS

Open gym badminton will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Field House. For more information, contact Mr. Wellington at awellington@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

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

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

A Crystal Lake Central High School was released last week from a southern Illinois immigrant detention center with supporters planning to continue a fight against her deportation to Honduras. The 18-year-old, who said she fled the country after being sexually assaulted, was freed after her high school counselor posted the $2,000 bond.

After more than four years of high-profile battles over transgender student locker room access, Palatine-based Township High School District 211 has approved a settlement in its last remaining lawsuit involving gender identity. The district last week agreed to pay $150,000 to a former student to settle a 2017 discrimination lawsuit.

The leader of Deerfield Public Schools District 109 is leaving at the end of the school year to become the superintendent at a school district in the western suburbs. Anthony McConnell, who worked as District 109′s superintendent for the past two years, is planning to leave the K-8 district to become the next superintendent of Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A in Lemont.

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will provide health care at two state prisons in a test that could expand statewide and which could provide answers for a troubled, $180 million-a-year medical program for 40,000 inmates. SIU aims to have medical teams by summer at prisons in Lincoln and Pinckneyville.

A persistent group of fourth-graders at Big Hollow Elementary District 38 in Ingleside are being credited with the decision to install solar panels on campus. The panels will produce enough energy to cover about 85% of the district’s power needs and save about $90,000 a year.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

High-stakes testing, contrary to what some might think, does not cause teachers to leave education or switch schools or districts, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arkansas and Georgia State University. In fact, the researchers found early-career teachers were more likely to leave the profession when testing was reduced.

The upcoming Los Angeles school board election is likely to be the costliest in the city’s history. With less than two weeks until Election Day, outside political groups have spent more than $3.7 million attempting to sway the three competitive LAUSD board races.

Welcome to the next frontier in cheating: A growing number of companies now let students outsource their homework to a bot—or, more specifically, an algorithm that writes term papers for them based on chosen keywords. The services are also boasting that their results won’t be flagged by plagiarism-detection services.

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Conference Title
Stevenson’s varsity Scholastic Bowl team won its conference championship on Wednesday, defeating Waukegan, Mundelein and Lake Forest to finish its regular season with a 14-0 record. The junior varsity, which also went 14-0, had three players place in the top 20 at Saturday’s Auburn Knights Challenge in Rockford. Freshman Arunabh Ganguli finished second, sophomore Johnny Abraham placed 10th, and sophomore Spandan Goel was 14th.

Odyssey Recap in the Tribune
The Chicago Tribune spent time at last week’s Odyssey fine arts festival, observing a handful of events and classes on its first day. Here is its report, which includes juniors Tess Koleno and John Prince among those interviewed. This video offers an Odyssey overview.

Two eSports Club Squads Remain Unbeaten
The eSports Club Winter Open 2020 season continued with matches the past two weeks. The varsity Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams both went 2-0 to remain unbeaten. The Overwatch squad beat teams from Indiana and Texas by 3-0 scores, while CS:GO prevailed over schools from Wisconsin and Illinois. In Super Smash Brothers Ultimate play, sophomore Isaac Borkhovik and freshmen Selman Celep and Santiago Morales won their individual matches each week.

Live Stream Available for Mr. SHS Contest
SHS-TV will provide a free live stream of tonight’s Mr. SHS contest, sponsored by the Senior Class Board, starting tonight at 7 o’clock from the Performing Arts Center. Use this link to watch. For those coming to the PAC, admission is $5.

No School, No Digest on Monday
Classes will not be in session Monday in observance of Presidents Day. The Daily Digest also will take a holiday, and will return on Tuesday. For the latest updates, visit Stevenson’s social media sites on FacebookInstragram and Twitter.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at IHSA Mundelein Sectional: Senior Emily Weinstein qualified for next week’s state meet in the uneven bars by placing fourth (9.3). As a team, the Patriots placed sixth with a score of 140.45. Any at-large individual state qualifiers will be announced by 10 a.m. Monday, according to the IHSA. – Official Results

Stevenson-Mundelein Basketball Rematch Tonight
The Stevenson and Mundelein boys basketball teams will square off again tonight at MHS, with the winner likely turning out to be the North Suburban Conference champion. Both squads enter with 9-1 league records, and will have only three games remaining after tonight. Stevenson is No. 14 in the latest Chicago Sun-Times rankings, while the Mustangs are No. 20. The Patriots beat Mundelein, 67-64, on Jan. 10 in the Sports Center.

Tickets for tonight’s game will be sold at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch periods today. Tickets are $2 for students (with a Stevenson ID) and $5 for adults. Ticket sales will end at 1:41 p.m. All seats are general admission. No seats are reserved. The doors open at 4:45 p.m., with the varsity game tipping off at 7 o’clock.

Quick Hits
Eight SHS wrestlers will compete in the IHSA Class 3A Individual Sectional at Barrington beginning today. Wrestling for Stevenson will be seniors Matt Millman at 195 pounds and Ethan Klondar at 138, juniors Kei Yamato (132), Keegan Houlihan (285) and Alex Swidler (106), sophomores Cole Rhemrev (120) and Jacob Whiting (170), and freshman Lorenzo Frezza (113). Use this link to follow sectional results today and Saturday. … The varsity boys ice hockey team opens its Scholastic Hockey League semifinal series against St. Viator at 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Stevenson is the No. 5 seed in the SHL playoffs and the Lions are No. 3. The JV Gold team, meanwhile, will take on Glenbrook North in Game 2 of their SHL JV semifinal series at 5:40 p.m. Saturday in Northbrook. … Gannon University guard Matt Johnson (Class of 2015) earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Athlete of the Week honors earlier this month after averaging 23 points and five rebounds in a three-game stretch. He scored a career-high 26 points against Pitt-Johnstown on Feb. 1. Matt, a starter on Stevenson’s 2015 Class 4A state championship team, talked with Pioneer Press about flourishing in his final college season.

Graduation Speaker Applications Now Open
Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at the commencement ceremony in May are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 30. Click here for the application.

COLLEGE

The College of Lake County has $100,000 in scholarships available for students studying in career programs through Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation. More than 60 CLC students received full-tuition scholarships in eight programs last year. Click here for more information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Chicago Public Schools officials told representatives of Lincoln Park High School at a meeting earlier this week that school administrators minimized sexual misconduct allegations, didn’t protect whistleblowers or alleged victims from bullying and retaliation, withheld key evidence from investigators and lied to families about the status of investigations, sources with knowledge of the meeting told the Chicago Sun-Times. The new, more extensive details for the first time shed light on the allegations that directly led to the firings of a former interim principal and assistant principal, the reassigning of a dean, the removal of the boys basketball coach and the suspension of the team’s season, likely for its remainder.

In the first state review of isolated timeout in Illinois schools, investigators found six of the eight districts they examined violated state law by placing children in seclusion for improper reasons, for too long or without properly notifying their parents. The Special Education District of Lake County was one of the six districts in violation.

A movement has begun in Illinois and elsewhere to overhaul developmental education, which for decades was known as remedial education. Many states and education advocates are pushing to get rid of it all together.

Illinois police officers wrongfully arrested, detained and threatened to shoot a black former member of the Eastern Illinois University men’s swim team while pointing a gun to his forehead at a rest stop as he traveled with the school’s swim team, according to a federal lawsuit filed last month.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

Colleges have created a “merit-aid arms race” by significantly increasing the amount of non-need-based aid they offer students, according to a new report from New America, a left-leaning think tank. Since 2014, spending on non-need-based aid has outpaced need-based aid. The report attributes the change in part to tactics used to grow enrollment and raise institutions’ profiles.

A special investigation by state auditors found that officials from two Indiana virtual charter schools misspent more than $85 million in state funding by inflating enrollment and funneling millions to a tangled web of related companies. The two schools shut down last summer after allegations of enrollment fraud first emerged.

Since 2011, when federal lawmakers stopped handing out earmarks to their favorite projects, much has changed in how higher education lobbies. The number of higher education institutions and groups hiring lobbyists to influence Congress has dropped by about a fourth between 2010 and 2019, from 683 to 396, according to an Inside Higher Ed analysis of federal lobbying disclosure data.

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

52 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists
All 52 seniors named semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program have been selected as finalists. They are among approximately 15,000 finalists nationwide who will compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million this spring. Click here to see Stevenson’s National Merit finalists.

Foundation Online Raffle and Auction Opens Today
If today‘s weather makes you wish for warmer climes, the Stevenson Foundation can fulfill your desire. The foundation’s annual Online Raffle and Auction opens today, featuring 23 high-end packages including luxury getaways, designer jewelry, turn-key parties, and exclusive Stevenson experiences. The raffle includes a vacation package to the winner’s choice of one of four destinations:

  • Cabo San Lucas in Mexico
  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia
  • Pebble Beach golf course in Monterey, Calif.
  • Las Vegas

There also are raffles for reserved parking at SHS for one senior and one junior during the entire 2020-21 school year, and a special 2020 graduation package with reserved parking and special family seating. Auction items include a vacation getaway for 16 to Antigua, tickets to the Cubs-White Sox Crosstown Classic, and more.

Click here to view the complete raffle and auction catalog, purchase raffle tickets, and start bidding. The event ends at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Proceeds benefit Foundation programs such as Stevenson to College (S2C) and Kids in Need (KIN). Questions? Contact Ashley Bunzol at 847-415-4472 or abunzol@d125.org.

Winter Play Tickets On Sale
Ticket sales begin today for the winter play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 5-7, in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6. Click here to order online.

What They Saw at the Iowa Caucus
Several members of the Political Action Club traveled to Iowa recently to observe Democratic presidential campaign rallies and the caucus process. Two seniors, Jennifer Hellwig and Victor Shi, wrote about their experiences for the PBS News Hour website. Jennifer reflected on the challenges working people face when seeking to participate in the Iowa caucus, and recommended a better system that could be used nationwide. Victor, meanwhile, wrote about how being part of a campaign (he is a volunteer for former Vice President Joe Biden) gave him a sense of community.

Senior Earns AATSP Scholarship Honor
Senior Celeste Xu is one of 40 recipients of a Joseph Adams Senior Scholarship granted by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Celeste is a member of Stevenson’s National Spanish Honor Society, holding the liaison position on its e-board. In the role, she serves as a crucial communicator between the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society. “Her diligence, willingness to help her community and passion for the Spanish language and culture made her a remarkable candidate and the recipient of this scholarship,” said Raquel Antillera, society sponsor and a Spanish teacher at SHS. This document shows the scholarship criteria.

Students Teach Youngsters at Palatine School
Twenty-five seniors enrolled in the Teaching Young Children 2 course traveled Wednesday to Winston Campus Elementary School in Palatine, to teach kids in fourth-grade and fifth-grade classrooms. Their field trip, sponsored by Family and Consumer Science teachers Jamie Rieman and Courtney Croak, was the culmination of several weeks spent developing language arts lessons for the younger students. Winston, which serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade, is part of District 15, the second-largest elementary district in Illinois with more than 12,000 students.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 63, Waukegan 34: Senior Avery King led all scorers with 19 points as she and classmate Nikki Kolz were honored on Senior Night. Avery tallied eight points in the opening quarter for the host Patriots (24-7 overall, 10-4 North Suburban Conference), who led 41-16 at halftime. Sophomores Ava Bardic and Simone Sawyer added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for SHS, which closed its regular season by winning 12 of its last 13 contests. Stevenson will face Grant in the first round of the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional at 6 p.m. Wednesday. – NFHS Network replay

In Search of Excellence: The Patriettes Way
After posting the highest score of any school during the preliminaries of the IHSA Competitive Dance state tournament on Jan. 31, Stevenson head coach Kristin Piekarski-Cook could have told her squad to relax and get ready for the next day’s final round. Instead, the Patriettes continued to tweak their routine, choreographed to the song “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi. “The small things make a lot of difference,” Piekarski told the Pioneer Press. “We talked through everything, practiced and improved our product.” The result? Stevenson was nearly perfect in the final round, achieving a score of 99.24 out of 100 after posting a 97.36 the night before. The student-athletes who developed the state championship dance routine were seniors Maya Shub, Maya Newmark, Jorie Knysz, Alyssa Halazonitis, Ari Reinstein and Chloe Lucido, and juniors Breanna Buan and Josie Ronson.

St. Baldrick’s Information Meeting Friday
Students interested in participating in next month’s St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser are invited to attend an information meeting during their lunch period Friday in the Student Activities Office. There will be an information meeting every half period.

CAREER EXPLORATION

GF Machining Solutions in Lincolnshire is holding its annual open house for prospective apprentices from 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. The open house will take place at its headquarters at 560 Bond Street. Students will have the opportunity to talk with GF employees, see the company’s technology, and learn about the company and its apprenticeship program. Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP to Anthony “Tony” Rubino at 224-343-8293 or anthony.rubino@georgfischer.com.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION NEWS

Students at Chicago’s Senn High School held a sit-in Wednesday in protest after a teacher allegedly told a student last month to “go back to your country” when she declined to stand for the U.S. national anthem during an assembly. Four Senn seniors said they heard a teacher tell the Latina student, who is a U.S. citizen, to leave the country if she didn’t want to stand for the anthem during a Hispanic heritage assembly Jan. 30 at the school.

A $10 million gift from the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and his wife is among $454 million raised by universities involved with the Illinois Innovation Network that will help move it forward. The $454 million total raised by the members of the network was enough to convince Gov. J.B. Pritzker to confirm another $500 million in state funds pledged years ago.

Though the Southern Illinois University System has publicly announced it won’t raise tuition or fees at either of its campuses next year, a proposed change to the fee structure at SIU Carbondale could create significant new costs for on-campus students who take online courses. Online course fees would jump from $72.60 per credit hour to $117 under a proposal before the SIU Board of Trustees today.

NATIONAL EDUCATION NEWS

The U.S. Education Department is investigating foreign gifts made to Harvard and Yale as part of a broader review of international money flowing to American universities, officials said. The department is reviewing whether the Ivy League schools potentially failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts and donations from countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran and China. The department previously opened investigations at Georgetown University and Texas A&M.

Three female high school athletes filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging Connecticut’s prep sports rules that allow biological males to compete against girls, arguing that the policy robs them of competition and scholarship opportunities. The lawsuit also argues that the policy violates the federal Title IX law.

For the first time, the law reviews at the top 16 law schools in the U.S. all have a female editor-in-chief. This year, women are leading the flagship law journals at Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Duke, Northwestern, Cal-Berkeley, Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA and Texas.