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Winter Break Varsity Sports Results Dec. 21-29, 2018

Saturday, Dec. 29

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 60, Hinsdale Central 37: The Patriots cruised to victory in the consolation bracket championship game at the fourth annual Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. SHS (12-3) never trailed against the Red Devils (4-8), building a 15-5 lead after the first quarter that eventually grew to a 26-point margin in the second half. Junior John Ittounas led all scorers with 14 points and also had five assists. Junior Matt Kaznikov added 10 points while sophomore Evan Ambrose had eight. Senior Luke Chieng distributed eight assists and had five points, while junior R.J. Holmes scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. The Patriots shot 61.1 percent (22-of-36) from the floor, and had assists on 22 of their 27 field goals. SHS, which went 3-1 in the tournament, returns to action Jan. 11 against Waukegan. – Boxscore | Recap| Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 56, Trinity 42: Freshman Simone Sawyer and junior Avery King each scored 14 points to lead the Patriots (11-7) to victory in their finale at the 36th annual Charger-Komaromy Classic at Dundee-Crown. SHS, which went 2-2 in the tournament and finished in seventh place, trailed 19-15 after the first quarter but outscored the Blazers 31-11 to take control. Avery pulled down nine rebounds and had two steals, while Simone grabbed seven boards. Sophomore Nikki Ware and freshman Ava Bardic scored nine points apiece. Ava added four assists. Senior Kristin Hill had six points and four rebounds for SHS, which plays host to Waukegan at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Avery and Kristin were named to the all-tournament team.


Stevenson at Homewood-Flossmoor Girls Invitational: Sophomore Sara Sulejmani won her weight class, recording two falls after earning a 6-3 decision in the opening round.

Friday, Dec. 28


Stevenson at Conant Quadrangular: The Patriots (11-4) won top honors by defeating No. 17 Conant (44-28) in between victories over Hersey (72-3) and Neuqua Valley (42-34). In the Neuqua Valley match, SHS rallied from a 25-12 deficit. Pins from seniors Jason Bickers (145 pounds) and Ivor Gueorguiev (160), plus a forfeit at 152, set up senior Michael Phelps, who delivered a pin at 182 for the lead, just as he did against Conant. Senior Yoni Leibovitz also had a pin at 120 against NV. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 59, Richards 48: Senior Luke Chieng scored a game-high 22 points and junior R.J. Holmes pulled down 15 rebounds and had four assists as the Patriots (11-3) won their consolation bracket semifinal game at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. The Bulldogs (8-4) jumped out to an early seven-point lead, but Luke scored nine points in the second quarter as SHS rallied to tie the game at halftime, 27-27. Stevenson pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Richards, 17-6. Juniors John Ittounas and Matt Kaznikov scored 14 and 10 points, respectively. Matt and fellow junior Cameron Bernard each grabbed five rebounds. – Boxscore | Recap | Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Buffalo Grove 37, Stevenson 26: Junior Avery King led the Patriots (10-7) with 10 points and 11 rebounds at the Charger-Komaromy Classic at Dundee-Crown. She also had three blocked shots. Freshman Simone Sawyer scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds. The two teams played Dec. 17, with the Bison winning by a 47-31 score.

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 3, Stevenson 0: The Patriots dropped the quarterfinal game to their Scholastic Hockey League rival at the 26th annual Blackhawk Holiday Hockey Tournament at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.

Thursday, Dec. 27

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 7, New Trier Blue 2: Seniors Seth Cohen and Sam Frishman each scored two goals for the Patriots at the 26th annual Blackhawk Holiday Hockey Tournament at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. The game was tied 1-1 in the first period when senior Billy Kopka scored the first of six unanswered goals by SHS. Junior Brett Stokes and senior Sam Shellist also scored for Stevenson, which won for the ninth time in its last 11 games. Seniors Zach Wesley and Jake DeMaio each recorded two assists. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made eight saves for the Patriots, who outshot the Trevians, 34-10.

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 60, Urban Prep Englewood 30: The Patriots held the Lions to two points in the opening quarter and breezed to victory in the consolation bracket at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. Junior Matt Kaznikov scored a game-high 14 points for SHS (10-3), while classmate R.J. Holmes had 11 points and a team-best seven rebounds.  Senior Kyree Lewis added nine points and four rebounds. Stevenson scored the first nine points of the game, and led 14-2 after the first quarter and 30-11 at halftime. Urban Prep fell to 0-8. – Boxscore | Recap

Girls Basketball

Fenwick 49, Stevenson 46: Junior Avery King led SHS (10-6) with 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots at the 36th annual Charger-Komaromy Classic at Dundee-Crown. Freshmen Ava Bardic and Simone Sawyer contributed 11 and nine points, respectively. Simone had a team-high three assists and four steals, while Avery made three steals.

Wednesday, Dec. 26

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 51, Hampshire 40: The Patriots (10-5) overcame an early deficit in their first-round game at the 36th annual Charger-Komaromy Classic at Dundee-Crown. SHS trailed 18-11 in the second quarter before clamping down defensively on the Whips (9-3). Sophomore Nikki Ware sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Stevenson a 21-20 halftime lead. She finished the game with 10 points. Junior Avery King led all scorers with 16 points, and she also had team highs with six rebounds and three steals. Freshmen Ava Bardic and Simone Sawyer scored eight and seven points, respectively. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Blackhawk Holiday Hockey Tournament: The Patriots defeated Warren, 6-0, in the morning and Maine Township, 2-1, in the evening at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. In the nightcap, senior Sam Frishman scored the winning goal with 2:25 remaining, off an assist from junior Josh Wright. Senior Max Slavin opened the scoring with a first-period goal assisted by sophomore Liam Jones. Junior goalie Jeremy Riback made 14 saves for SHS, which outshot its opponent, 29-15. In the opener, Stevenson outshot the Blue Devils, 41-8. Senior Billy Kopka scored two goals and added an assist. Liam and Max also scored, as did seniors Zach Wesley and Justin Roseman. Senior Brett Stokes had two assists. Junior goalie Ben Newmark earned the shutout. – Boxscores: Warren | Maine

Boys Basketball

St. Charles East 51, Stevenson 48: At the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic, the Saints (8-5) hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds to play to capture the opening round game and snap the Patriots’ four-game winning streak. SHS (9-3) rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 48-48 on a jumper by junior R.J. Holmes with less than a minute to play. Junior Matt Kaznikov led the Pats with 13 points (11 in the second half) and eight rebounds, while R.J. and sophomore Evan Ambrose each scored 10 points. R.J. also grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots, while senior Luke Chieng recorded five assists. – Boxscore | Recap | Daily Herald

Saturday, Dec. 22


Stevenson 42, Grayslake Central 22

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at New Trier Holiday Invitational: Missing their top gymnast due to illness, junior Emily Weinstein, the Patriots placed fifth out of eight teams with a score of 135.2. Senior Sarina Johnson was sixth on vault (9.3), sophomore Hannah Brand was seventh on balance beam (8.95), and freshman Ally Gitler was 11th in the all-around (34.675). – Official Results|Daily Herald

Friday, Dec. 21

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 50, Mundelein 45: Senior Luke Chieng scored a career-high 24 points as the visiting Patriots (9-2, 3-1) won their fourth game in a row. Luke went 9-of-12 from the floor, including five of six from 3-point range, and recorded a career high in points for the second straight game. He scored 22 against Prospect on Dec. 15. SHS held the Mustangs (6-5, 1-3) to 13-of-45 shooting, and limited them to two points in the second quarter. Stevenson led by six at halftime and extended the lead to 10 after three quarters. Mundelein closed to within 48-45 late, but sophomore Evan Ambrose sank a pair of free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining to ensure victory. Evan scored seven points and had three rebounds off the bench in his second varsity game. Junior Matt Kaznikov added seven points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal. – News-SunDaily Herald

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 49, Carmel 45: With the game tied after three quarters at 40-40, the visiting Patriots (9-5) held the Corsairs (5-6) to five points the rest of the way. Freshman Simone Sawyer led all scorers with 21 points, and hit three 3-pointers. SHS sank seven of nine free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter, and was 12 of 18 in the game. Junior Avery King connected on a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 10 points. Freshman Ava Bardic added seven points.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 103, Glenbrook South 83: In a battle of two state trophy contenders, the Patriots prevailed in Glenview. SHS (4-0) won six of the 12 events and broke two GBS pool records, with Notre Dame-bound senior Topher Stensby having a hand in both. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.76 seconds, breaking the pool record of 20.77 set in 2010. In the 200 freestyle relay, Topher swam the anchor leg as Stevenson won with a time of 1:25.06, breaking the pool record of 1:25.60 set in 2013. His relay mates were fellow seniors Richard Lee, Joseph Song and Max Ryaguzov. The 200 free relay time was the fastest in the state this season. Stevenson also recorded a state-best time in the 400 free relay (3:10.62) behind Topher, senior Nathan Gates and juniors Jake Kim and Jack Zhang. Topher also won the 100 free (46.37), while Jack captured the 100 backstroke (53.82). Freshman Jack White won the 1-meter diving (226.95). The Titans won the 200 free in a state-best time (1:42.15).

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018

Four Teachers Earn National Board Certification

Four teachers have joined the list of Stevenson faculty and staff earning National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Mathematics teachers Stephanie Ross and Tina Nocella, and science teachers Kellie Dean and Andy Fitz received certification after demonstrating advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Other people at Stevenson who have received and maintained the prestigious recognition include:

Communication Arts: Laura Brown, Dr. Stephen Heller, Elizabeth Kenney, Carly Lacombe, Melissa Mack

Fine Arts: Enrique Vilaseco

Mathematics: Heather Abrams, Michelle Gammelgaard, Darshan Jain, Paul Kim, Holly Swansen

Physical Welfare: Shane Cook, Scott Sommers

Psychologists: Patricia Ebel, Dr. Colleen Fischer, Angela O’Brien

Special Education: Megan Sugrue

Contested School Board Election in April

Five residents will be running for four seats on the District 125 Board of Education in April. Four of the candidates are incumbents: Heena Agrawal, Terry Moons, Amy Neault and David Weisberg. The fifth candidate is Manish (Bobby) Tuli of Vernon Hills.

Three other local school board races have strong Stevenson connections. SHS support staff member Ellyn Ross, president of the Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 Board of Education, is running for re-election. Recently retired SHS science teacher Don Carmichael will be unopposed for a two-year seat on the District 128 Board of Education, while onetime District 125 Director of Human Resources Victoria Helander-Heiser is doing the same in Hawthorn District 73. Former District 125 Board of Education member Joel Finfer is seeking a four-year term on the Hawthorn board. Here is the list of all Lake County school board candidates.

SHS Connections in BG Village Board Race

Two alumni are running for the Buffalo Grove village board. Rachel Hausman Masse (Class of 2004) and Larry Steingold (Class of 1992) are among six candidates in the race. The other four also have Stevenson connections. Incumbents David Weidenfeld and Eric Smith are the fathers of Stevenson graduates, as is challenger Tim Kobler. The sixth candidate, Carolyn Pinta, is the wife of SHS mathematics teacher Bob Pinta. This article has more information on the village board race.

Winter Play Cast Announced

The cast is set for the winter play, “She Kills Monsters,” which will be performed March 8-9 in the West Auditorium. Senior Laura Thornburg earned the role of Agnes Evans in the dramatic comedy immersed in the world of fantasy role-playing games in the 1990s. Junior Isabella Franke-Gordon was selected for the role of Agnes’ deceased younger sister, Tilly, whose “Dungeons and Dragons” notebook conjures up a fantastic firmament filled with odd characters. The rest of the cast includes seniors Naomi Shechter, Elijah Bennett, Isabel Koleno, Hailey Keenan and Sydney Saichek, juniors Max Rubinstein, Tessa Kim, Maggie Kirkham, Riley Clark, Becca Malkin, Abby Sokol, Sydney Anders, Jessa Goldzweig and Josh Weiner, sophomores Natalie Dolenga and Vera Greenspan, and freshmen Dwija Ramesh, Carmel Biel and Nicholas Rodriguez. To see the production staff, click here.

Make the Holidays a Learning Opportunity

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.

The holidays are a busy time of year that often include a variety of celebrations. It can also be an opportune time to reinforce your non-use expectations with your teen. Here are a few suggestions to consider:

  1. As an adult, you may choose to drink, but remember that your teen is watching. Be conscious of how much you consume, and the messages you send about responsible use, including the ability to have fun while sober and choosing to drive sober.
  2. You may have visitors, extended family and older students returning from college to stay in your home. Be sure that you make your non-use expectations for your teen known by them as well.
  3. If you have a celebration in your home, be sure you have restricted access to alcohol for minors. Social host laws laws hold you accountable for knowing if teens are drinking in your home. Make sure to protect yourself and your teen.
  4. If you will be celebrating the New Year outside the home, communicate with your teen and contact the person who will be responsible for their safety and supervision to communicate your non-use expectations. Be sure your teen is aware that, due to social host laws, gatherings at your home when you are not present are not permitted.

We wish all Stevenson families a safe, happy and healthy break filled with memorable moments, and a bright start to 2019.  

Next Daily Digest: Jan. 8

This is the last Daily Digest for first semester. The Digest will resume publication on the first day of second semester, Tuesday, Jan. 8.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Buffalo Grove 47, Stevenson 31: Junior Avery King led the visiting Patriots (8-5) with 11 points. Freshman Simone Sawyer scored nine points and senior Kristin Hill added eight for SHS, which plays Carmel on Friday. – Daily Herald

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 11, New Trier Blue 2: Eight Patriots scored during the blowout at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Seniors Sam Frishman, Zach Wesley and Justin Roseman each scored two goals, while Justin had two assists and Sam and Zach each recorded one. Senior Billy Kopka scored a goal and assisted on three others, while classmate Max Slavin had a goal and two assists. Junior Brett Stokes and seniors Adam Offenbach and Jake DeMaio each recorded a goal and an assist. Junior Josh Wright had two assists. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made 13 saves for SHS, which outshot the Trevians, 40-15.

Boys Swim Team Fundraiser Saturday

The boys swimming and diving team is holding fundraisers at the Chipotle and Menchie’s in Lincolnshire on Saturday. The two restaurants are next to each other at 950 Milwaukee Ave. The Chipotle fundraiser runs from 5-9 p.m., and Menchie’s from 3:30-10:30 p.m. Mention “Stevenson swimming” when ordering.

Fourth Academic All-Big Ten Honor for Morrissey

Michigan State fifth-year senior Matt Morrissey (Class of 2014) earned his fourth Academic All-Big Ten selection on Dec. 5. Morrissey, a finance major with a 3.45 grade-point average, is among 29 players to accomplish the feat in program history. Michigan State had a record number of players earn academic all-conference honors for the third straight year. Morrissey will close out his career Dec. 31 when MSU takes on Oregon in the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif.


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Parking Reminders for Finals, Start of Next Semester

Parking for the third marking period ends Friday. Final exams are part of the marking period, so Semester 1 and Third Marking Period parking stickers are current. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking can purchase one-day parking passes for the Port Clinton Road lot at least a day in advance in Room 2400 for one final exam day. The fourth marking period begins Tuesday, Jan. 8. Students who haven’t picked up their sticker should do so that morning before school from the security pickup truck in lot D. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in lots D, E, “the Strip” and overflow to Port Clinton.


The Stevenson Foundation is making more than 20 scholarships available to seniors, thanks to several generous donors. The scholarships range in value from $500 to $2,000, and cover a wide range of backgrounds and interests. The application window opens Jan. 1 and will close on Jan. 25. Click here to view the scholarships.

Seniors who have been members (or their parent or guardian has been a member) of Consumers Cooperative Credit Union for at least one year are encouraged to apply for a Consumers Cooperative Association Scholarship. The scholarship is worth $2,000, and the application deadline is Dec. 31. Click here for details and to apply.


District 211 strike averted after agreement reached

UI delegation’s trip to India leads to new partnerships

Montessori school scores legal victory over River Forest

Chicago schools have no plan for teens who struggle to read

NIU preschool program for at-risk kids gets $1.6M grant

Ottawa High staff charged with assaulting student

Kankakee junior high student arrested over threatening post

16 candidates for four seats on Rock Valley College board

West Aurora High marks 150th anniversary


Northeastern receives $50M gift to further AI studies

Spelman College gets $30M from couple

Chaotic scene in Kentucky over pension changes

Teacher strike looms in Denver

Anchorage teachers, board settle on new contract

UW-Madison provost named Rochester president

Chancellor resigns amid investigation of husband

British education comes to the suburbs of Charlotte

LA school mural draws backlash from Korean community

University of Wyoming returns donation from sex offender

Georgia teacher stole student’s violin to pay traffic ticket


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Monday, Dec. 17, 2018

Senior Second at Debate Tournament in Minnesota

Senior Sydney Glickson earned second place in the 14-student final round of the John Edie Holiday Debate Tournament hosted by the Blake School in Minneapolis last weekend. Also representing SHS at the tournament were sophomores Shreyas Khati, Ethan Holub, Jeanette Han and Sailaja Nallacheruvu, and freshman Charlie Carr.

CPN Sponsoring Program on Guns and Safety

The Community Parent Network is sponsoring an event next month focusing on education and awareness about child gun deaths and responsible gun storage. “Be SMART: A Conversation About Kids, Guns and Safety” will take place from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 in the West Auditorium. Admission is free.

Daily Digest Note

Tuesday will be the last day of the Daily Digest for first semester. The Digest will resume publication on the first day of second semester, Tuesday, Jan. 8.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 11, New Trier Blue 2: No details available from the win at Twin Rinks. SHS will be back in action Wednesday at the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation’s 25th annual High School Hockey Classic at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted Lake County Invitational: The Patriots captured their fourth consecutive county title and seventh in the last nine seasons. SHS bested Barrington, 505-333, and eight other schools. Stevenson won five of 12 events, and Topher Stensby had a hand in four of them. The Notre Dame-bound senior claimed the 50-yard freestyle (20.77) and 100-yard freestyle (46.59), and swam the anchor leg on the victorious 200 medley relay (1:36.14) and 400 free relay (3:12.39). Topher is the two-time defending state champion in the 50 free and also won the state 100 free title last year. Junior Jack Zhang joined Topher in both relays. The other half of the 200 medley relay included senior Joseph Song and his freshman brother, Joshua Song, while the rest of the 400 free relay consisted of junior Jake Kim and senior Richard Lee. Senior Max Ryaguzov won the 200 individual medley (1:59.40) and freshman Jack White captured 1-meter diving (336.20). Stevenson finished second in six events. Senior Nathan Gates was runner-up in the 200 free (1:48.54) and 500 free (4:55.93), and sophomore Foster Swanson was second in the 200 IM (2:02.08). Richard placed second in the 50 free (21.66), and also swam in the 200 free relay (1:28.34) with Joseph, Jake and senior Alex Guo. Joseph added a second-place showing in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.64). Stevenson caps the 2018 calendar year with a dual meet at Glenbrook South on Friday. – Daily Herald


Stevenson at Rolling Meadows Invitational: The Patriots remained undefeated this season by winning their third invite in as many weeks. Stevenson posted a final score of 92.53, well ahead of Bartlett (87.10), Fremd (86.77) and 18 other schools. SHS returns to action Jan. 12 at the Grayslake North Invitational.

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 53, Prospect 45: Senior Luke Chieng scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter as the host Patriots (8-2) pulled away from the Knights (5-5) in the second half. Luke sank half of his four 3-pointers in the third quarter as SHS pushed a four-point halftime lead to 10 by the final frame. Junior Matt Kaznikov added 11 points for Stevenson, which honored assistant coach Paul Swan for his 50 years of coaching at the school during pregame, halftime and post-game festivities. The Patriots travel to Mundelein Friday night. – Daily Herald

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 62, Mundelein 41: Freshman Simone Sawyer scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Patriots (8-4, 2-4) to the road victory. She scored 11 points in the opening quarter as SHS took a 16-11 lead. The five-point margin remained through three quarters, then Stevenson outscored the Mustangs by 16 as Simone scored nine points and junior Avery King tallied eight of her 17 points. The Patriots travel to Buffalo Grove tonight for a matchup against coach Ashley Graham’s alma mater. Graham was a three-time all-state player at BGHS.


Stevenson at Rex Whitlach Invitational: Senior Tommy Frezza (17-2) finished second at 120 pounds to lead the Patriots to a seventh-place finish in the 24-team standings at Hinsdale Central. Tommy, ranked fifth in the state by Illinois Matmen, won his first three bouts before falling to sixth-ranked Nico Bolivar of Oak Park River Forest, 9-4, in the championship match. Four Pats placed fourth in their weight class: Freshman Cole Rhemrev (106, 15-5), junior Alex Scott (170, 12-8) and senior Max Gomez (195, 14-5). Seniors Noah Spiro (10-6) and Jason Bickers (11-10) finished seventh at 126 and 145, respectively. Stevenson has two dual meets this week: Friday night at Mundelein, and Saturday morning in the Field House against Grayslake Central. – Official Results


Stevenson at University High Dual Meets: The Patriot girls and boys swept four opponents at the University of Chicago Lab School. The girls defeated Marian Catholic (19-8), Culver Military Academy (22-5), University of Chicago Lab School (25-2) and Homewood-Flossmoor (22-5). The boys beat Marian Catholic (22-5), Culver (16-11), Lab School (23-4) and H-F (21-6). Stevenson continues its season Jan. 12 at Maine West.

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Warren Invitational: In a tournament that featured several of their regional opponents, the Patriots finished fourth out of 10 teams at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. Stevenson’s top four bowlers were sophomores: Nicholas Sternes had the highest six-game series (1,195) and individual game (248), followed by Benjamin Ries (1,155, 211), Ryan Lerman (1,147, 211) and Joey Gluck (1,066, 225). Senior Kerry Mueller was next (977, 172) for SHS, which returns to the lanes Jan. 5 at the Lake Zurich Invitational.

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at Vernon Hills Snowman Tap Tournament: The Patriots finished 14th out of 18 teams at the Brunswick Zone in Vernon Hills. Junior Reilly Sullivan placed 40th in the 104-bowler field with a 940 six-game series, and tied for the team’s top individual game (185). Sophomore Kelly Radelet was 50th with a 894 series and 176 top game. Sophomore YooJin Lee rolled five games, posting scores of 180 and 185 en route to a 802 series. Junior Noa Givati also tied for top-game honors with a 185 and had a 760 series. Sophomore Ally Lee added a 742 series. Next up for Stevenson is the Grant Invitational on Jan. 5.


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Semester Exams Begin Wednesday

First-semester exams will take place Wednesday through Friday. Visit the final exams web page for the testing schedule, plus information on bus service, learning center and Testing Center hours, cafeteria service and more.

Math Team Leading Finals Review Day

All students are welcome to receive math help on any final review packet problems Tuesday. Come to Room 1311 near the lower ILC to receive useful tips and tricks, clarifications on questions, and anything specific that pertains to the questions in the packet. The review help is being offered by the SHS math team.


The Stevenson String Parents Association is sponsoring two $500 scholarships, one for a graduating senior from the guitar program, and the other for a graduating senior in the orchestra program. Applications will be open from Jan. 1-25. Apply at this link.


The fall/winter edition of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine is going digital! Due to printing issues, in order to view the newest edition you will have to visit Check it out to find the best places to shop for holiday gifts, how to pull off leopard print, and so much more! Want to be a part of the Stevenson Styler Club? The next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 16 in Room 1612. Come and learn how to make a sugar lip scrub!

Reminder: Video Game Club will not meet Tuesday. The club’s next meeting is Tuesday, Jan 8.


Tenured UI professor fired for falsifying research

OPRF may start student-led racial equity course

District 128 reviews use of reserves for $54M in projects

Indian Prairie fighting Route 59 TIF districts

Metallica foundation awards $100K to CLC

SIU plans honorary degree for actress Melissa McCarthy

North Shore District 112 poised to lease park land

Waukegan student takes keys, steals teacher’s vehicle

Former White House economist appointed to Chicago board

Glen Ellyn school remembers cafeteria manager


Most teen drug use down, but officials fret vaping boom

NYC plan to diversify elite high schools challenged in court

More states including kids in education policy decision-making

West Virginia school funding formula changes recommended

Pentagon complaint: 1,100 high schools bar military recruiters

UNC board rejects plan for confederate statue

Puerto Rico’s education secretary works to fix broken system


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Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

Math Team Wins NSML Site Contest

Stevenson rolled to victory in its third North Suburban Mathematics League of Illinois contest of the season Thursday evening at Deerfield High School. SHS posted the top score in each grade-level category and the oral competition to amass 304 points, ahead of Vernon Hills (177), Deerfield (155), Loyola Academy (118) and Wheeling (78). After three rounds, Stevenson stands in second place overall in the 57-school NSML.

Fourteen perfect papers were written by Stevenson students, with 10 of them coming from five Patriots. Freshman Lillian You scored 25s on her papers for the freshman and sophomore contests, while 10th-graders Gyeongwon (James) Kim, Brandon Lu, Ram Potham and Praneet Rathi wrote perfect papers in the sophomore and junior competitions. Other perfect papers were written by sophomores Prathinav (Sai) Merneedi and Emily Hu, and juniors Eric Gan and Dylan Hu.

Foundation Program to Help Make 2019 Magical

The Stevenson Foundation is offering a program next month to help you make 2019 magical. Psychologist and certified life coach Dr. Lisa Kaplin will lead “A Magical Year Ahead: Finding Your Happy Place” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 in Room 2104.

Kaplin will help listeners to become confident in their personal and professional relationships, and show how to find joy even when times are tough. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased online until noon Friday, Jan. 11 at this link. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets are general admission.

Table Tennis Team Splits Two Matches

The table tennis team welcomed Naperville North and Niles West for a match Thursday night. SHS beat Niles, 6-0, and lost to Naperville, 7-2. Competing players were senior Michael Hu, juniors Joseph Choi, Jason Leong, Andrew Lukz, Paul Park, Sam Wang and Eric Wu, sophomores Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao, and freshmen Tim Liu, Jasmine Leong and Daniel Wilson. Stevenson travels to Evanston Township High School on Jan. 10 to take on ETHS and Hinsdale Central.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 49, Zion-Benton 25: Wins were posted by seniors Dan Erdenetsogt (285), Tommy Frezza (126), Max Gomez (220), Yoni Leibovitz (120) and Noah Spiro (132), juniors Ryan Allen (138), Randy Lu (113) and Alex Scott (182), and freshman Cole Rhemrev (106).

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,905, Grant 2,856: Sophomore Ryan Lerman rolled a team-high 646 series as the Patriots (7-5) rallied to win the final two games and the series at Raymond’s Bowl in Johnsburg. Ryan also had the top game of the day for SHS, a 216. Stevenson’s other four bowlers, all sophomores, were all within 18 pins of each other. Joey Gluck shot a 575 series (201 high game), followed by Ryan Grabiner (568, 210), Benjamin Ries (559, 199) and Nicholas Sternes (557, 193). The Patriots outscored the Bulldogs by 80 pins over the last two games after dropping the opener by 31.

Girls Bowling

Zion-Benton d. Stevenson: Results were not available. Details in Monday’s Digest.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton: The Patriots won eight of 12 events, but no other details were available. A complete wrapup will be included in Monday’s Digest.

Fantastic Start for Freshman Hoopster

Girls basketball coach Ashley Graham has been coaching for awhile now, and few ninth-graders have impressed her like Simone Sawyer has. “I am really proud of her, she is such a great kid,” Graham told the Buffalo Grove Journal. “She has a really good head on her shoulders and is very stoic. I am really proud of her maturity. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had such an impactful freshman.” Simone was averaging 14.6 points per game during the Patriots’ first 10 contests, along with 3.8 rebounds, 2 steals and 2.7 assists. Simone comes from an athletic family; her older sister, Aleeya, plays soccer at Howard University and her father, Steven, played baseball at Creighton University.

Celebrating Half a Century in Coaching

Among the notables attending Paul Swan’s 50-year coaching celebration on Saturday will be his younger brother, Nick, who is coming from their hometown in Nebraska. Nick jokingly told the Gothenburg Times that Paul picked on him “a lot” when they were younger, then went on to speak of his pride and admiration for his older brother. Closer to SHS, boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose, Athletic Director Trish Betthauser and the school’s first football coach, Tom Baumann, talked with the News-Sun about Swan’s impact on the athletic program. Swan will be feted at the Baseball Pasta Dinner, which runs from 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Wood Commons. He’ll also be honored at halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Prospect, which tips off at 7 p.m. Saturday. Paul was the guest on the latest edition of the Lake County Sports Talk podcast with Jon Kerr of Tribune Media and Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald.


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Free Donut Holes During Lunch Today

The PPA wants to keep students properly fueled as finals kick off. Students can get free donut holes from Dunkin’ during all lunch periods today in the Wood and Glass Commons.

Lose Something? Check The Lost-and-Found Areas

If you’ve lost a coat, lunch bag, water bottle, backpack, sweatshirt or some other item of importance, check one of the lost-and-found areas to see if it’s been turned in. Lost-and-found items are placed in Room 2416 in the West Building, and in Room 5024 (in the Field House lobby) in the East Building.


Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois offers academic scholarships to deserving students whose parents have been killed or seriously injured in a work-related accident. The application deadline is April 30. For more information on the scholarships, and to apply, visit this link.


Palatine district postpones plan to hire retired, armed cops

Hundreds pack District 211 meeting as strike looms

SIU board advances controversial academic restructuring

Lockport High student seriously injured in attack at school

Ousted Morton band director will stay on as teacher

Ex-District 300 student owed $1.95M in injury settlement

Wheaton middle schooler charged with false school threat

UI officials seek to strengthen sexual harassment policies

U46 tightening travel policies after $57K bill for Nashville trip

Petition to uninvite visiting professor to NU over views

Vernon Hills program for deaf, hard-of-hearing may relocate

Chicago native who was student body president in Missouri killed

Peoria Public Schools could change start times

UIC to honor first female engineering graduate


Department of Education to cancel $150M in student loan debt

How Sandy Hook changed the response to mass shootings

Kentucky court nixes pension law that prompted protests

Montana high court strikes down tax credit for scholarships  

Miami teachers will receive surprise bonus in January

Indiana officials call for crackdown on virtual schools


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Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018

Catalyst Scores Another “Tobacco 21” Victory

The Catalyst club scored another victory Monday night in its campaign to convince area municipalities to ban the sale of tobacco to those under age 21.

Members of the Arlington Heights village board, and the mayor, endorsed an ordinance that would bar village retailers from selling any tobacco, electronic smoking devices or vaping products to those under 21. If approved, Arlington Heights would become the fourth village lobbied by Catalyst to make a change. Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills and Buffalo Grove have passed similar ordinances.

Six Catalyst members gave a presentation to the Arlington Heights group: juniors Namie Franco, Audrey Liu and Alyssa Shack, and sophomores Stella Mechkova, Yachi Patel and Erica Zhang. Students from Hersey and Prospect high schools also lobbied the board.

WGN Anchor, 1999 Alumna, Profiled in Tribune

The Chicago Tribune talked with WGN-9 morning anchor Lauren Jiggetts (Class of 1999) about her career, playing sports at Stevenson, and her relationship with her father, Dan, the former Chicago Bear and media personality. Both attended Harvard University. Lauren recently gave birth to her second child. Here is the article link.

Tech Ed Department Hosts Middle Schoolers

The Technology Education Department hosted a “Code Fusion” event on Dec. 3 for more than 150 students from Fremont and West Oak middle schools. Students had the opportunity to learn at six stations during the event, inspired by the “Hour of Code” movement: CS Coding, Coding Graphics, Vex Robotics, Arduino Coding, Web Development and Game Development.  

New Link for Jazz Band Concert Live Stream

The Vimeo link for tonight’s Jazz Band Concert has changed since it was published in Wednesday’s Digest. Here is the new link to watch a live stream of the concert.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Lake Zurich 39, Stevenson 38: Freshman Simone Sawyer led the host Patriots with 16 points in the Sports Center. She scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, as SHS (7-4, 1-4) tried to overcome a six-point deficit. Junior Avery King added 13 points. Lake Zurich (7-6, 3-2) played its fourth game in six days. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

New Trier Green 6, Stevenson 0

Sophie Sorenson Named News-Sun Player of the Year

Senior Sophie Sorenson has been named Girls Volleyball Player of the Year by the Waukegan News-Sun. She also was selected to the Pioneer Press All-Area Second Team. The senior outside hitter, who will play lacrosse for the University of Connecticut, led the Patriots to conference and regional championships this year. Although on the smaller side for an outside hitter, coach Tim Crow said the 5-foot-7 left-hander is “pound for pound one of the strongest kids in our school.” Sorenson recorded 386 kills, 264 digs and 60 aces, despite getting off to a slow start this fall because of her focus on lacrosse. Junior setter Grace Tully earned honorable mention All-Area honors.

Jack Sorenson Earns All-MAC Football Honor

Another talented member of the Sorenson family, Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016), earned All-Mid-American Conference Third Team football honors for Miami University. The redshirt sophomore, who moved from quarterback to wide receiver after graduating from Stevenson, caught 53 passes for 742 yards and three touchdowns. He had nine receptions for 156 yards against Western Michigan in September. Sorenson also was named Miami’s Offensive Skill Player of the Year.

Alum Leads Oregon Volleyball to NCAA Elite Eight

Stevenson alumnus Matt Ulmer (Class of 2002) is the head women’s volleyball coach at the University of Oregon, which reached the NCAA Elite Eight in his second season at the helm. The Ducks reached the national quarterfinals by knocking off second-ranked Minnesota in a record-setting match. Oregon finished the year with a 23-10 record and was 13-7 in the Pac-12 Conference, matching the best finish in school history. In 2012, while serving as an assistant at Long Beach State, Ulmer was selected for the American Volleyball Coaches Association “30 Under 30” award honoring up-and-coming coaches under age 30. His impressive pedigree traces back to his mother, Leanne Ulmer, who coached girls and boys volleyball at Stevenson before leaving to lead the women’s program at Carthage College. Leanne won six regional championships in eight seasons as girls coach at SHS, averaging 28 wins per season. She led the boys team for three years, averaging 33 wins each season and finishing second at the IHSA state finals in 2000.


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“DeStress Days” in the CCC Next Week

Student Services will be hosting “DeStress Days” during all finals periods in the College Career Center next week. Activities include life-sized board games, coloring, candy, Wii, zen gardens, and gratitude letters! There also will be stress ball-making and hot chocolate on Wednesday, cookie decorating for the first 500 students on Thursday, and movies and popcorn on Friday! Also, don’t forget to have a parent/guardian complete the comfort dog permission form by Monday, so you can destress with the pups during lunch periods in Room 2104 on Tuesday.

PE Leadership Applications Due By Dec. 20

Applications are now being accepted for Physical Education and Alternative Physical Education leaders. Being a PE leader is a two-year commitment; only sophomores may apply. Applications are due by Thursday, Dec. 20. To apply, and for more information, visit the PE Leadership web page.


District may rethink student fees as families decry hardship

District 211 strike could start Tuesday

FBI’s Chicago office now investigating school threats

“Threatening post” prompts tighter security at Lincoln Park

SIU Carbondale lowering enrollment goals

IHSA thinking about making video games a sport

State regulators investigating prominent ex-UIC shrink

Security guard charged with threatening Dolton students

UI trustees to consider firing tenured professor

15-year-old donates $1K for supplies at former district

Bradley president opposes Peoria’s new pension fee

Palatine District 15 selects next superintendent

Sycamore district superintendent announces retirement

New superintendent chosen for Ridgeview schools

Keepsake pin honors memory of teacher who died in class


Salaries of highest-paid public college chiefs up 28 percent

Bullying alone doesn’t cause child suicides, experts say

Delaware boy named Trump asks school to change his name

Obama-era student discipline guidance may be scrapped

Master’s programs becoming more popular, diverse

The slow death of the “Wisconsin Idea”

Later school start time pays off for Seattle teens

Fraternity president accused of rape banned from campus

High school removes vending machines after rat found inside


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Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

23 Perfect ACT Scores Since June 1

Since the end of the 2017-18 school year, 23 Stevenson students have earned the top possible score on the ACT college-entrance exam. The following students received a 36 during testing conducted between June and October, according to reports submitted to Stevenson by ACT:

Seniors: Devanshi Gupta, Jessica Keane, Emily Luo, Meghan Oh, Saiaishwarya Sanchula, Hannah Zhang and Rachel Zhang. They join 23 other members of the Class of 2019 in earning a 36 on the ACT.

Juniors: Advait Deoskar, Ishaan Deshmukh, Dylan Hu, Kaitlyn Lu, Ellen Ma, Sathwik Palwai, Samuel Roytburd, Sohan Sarabu, Joshua Tsai, Jasmine Wang, Richard Yin and Erin Yuan. A total of 13 juniors have joined the 36 club.

Sophomores: Michael Kim, Emily Lu and Arjun Nageswaran are the first members of the Class of 2021 to hit the ACT summit.

Freshmen: Lillian You is the first from the Class of 2022.

Based on ACT reports, 47 current Stevenson students have scored a 36.

World Languages/ELL Faculty Give Presentations

Three members of the World Languages/English Language Learning faculty gave presentations to peers from around the state recently. Latin teacher Chris Mural led a wide-ranging session at the Latin Pedagogy Workshop Nov. 30 at National Louis University’s North Shore campus in Skokie. He covered how to develop a Latin curriculum that uses evidence-based reporting and focuses on encouraging a growth mindset. English Language Learning teachers Nicole Demarakis and Kelley O’Reilly discussed “A Growth Mindset: Co-Constructive Feedback with English Learners” at the 42nd annual Illinois Conference for Teachers Serving Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students last Tuesday in Oak Brook. They focused on creating learning targets around the four domains of language and three modes of communication, and how to make them understandable for students.

Jazz Band Concert Thursday Night

Stevenson’s jazz bands will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. The concert will be live streamed on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page. Here is the direct link to the concert broadcast.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 61, Lake Zurich 27: Junior R.J. Holmes recorded another double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 rebounds as the host Patriots (7-2, 2-1) sent the Bears (2-6, 0-3) to their fifth straight loss. Juniors Johnny Ittounas and Matt Kaznikov scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,844, Mundelein 2,503: The Patriots (6-5) won all three games by comfortable margins at Lakeside Lanes in Mundelein. Three of Stevenson’s bowlers competed in all three games. Ryan Lerman rolled a 594 series, with a high game of 223. Joey Gluck shot a 579 (226) and Nicholas Sternes had a 561 (191). All are sophomores. Three other Patriots bowled two games apiece: Sophomores Ryan Grabiner (383, 193) and Benjamin Ries (374, 192), and senior Kerry Muller (353, 184).

Alumna Named to Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame

Former Patriot All-American girls basketball player Jenni Dant (Class of 2001) has been elected to the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame. Dant earned all-state and Parade All-America honors in 2001 after leading Stevenson to a 31-5 record and a berth in the Illinois High School Association Class AA state finals. She spoke about her time at Stevenson in this 2015 Statesman article. After her prep career, Dant played for DePaul University, helping the Blue Demons to three consecutive 20-win seasons and three straight NCAA tournament appearances. Dant finished her DePaul career as the school’s fifth-leading scorer all time with 1,633 points in 122 games, and is still ranked No. 9 in program history. She also is fourth in career steals (269) and 11th in assists (343). Dant was drafted by the Houston Comets in the third round of the 2005 WNBA draft, the 28th pick overall, before playing professionally in Europe. She most recently was director of operations for the Wright State University women’s basketball program. Dant and the other inductees will be honored during the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s 47th annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on May 4 at Illinois State University.

Baseball Dinner Raffle Items Announced

Several items will be raffled at Saturday’s Baseball Pasta Dinner, including tickets to see the Chicago Blackhawks (with parking pass), Bulls, and Wolves (for 10 people in a private box). Other raffle items include four tickets to see country singer Morgan Wallen at Joe’s Live in Rosemont, a $100 Dave and Busters gift card, and assorted items from Trader Joe’s. Tickets are six for $5, or $20 for the length of your arm. Tickets must be purchased at the Pasta Dinner. Raffle winners will be drawn between 6:15-6:30 p.m. Click here to order tickets to the dinner.

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity and sophomore girls basketball games against Lake Zurich will be streamed live from the Sports Center and shown on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The sophomore game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock.

Flash Sale Mania at SHS

It’s flash sale mania at Stevenson. In addition to the Sports Boosters flash sale at the school on Friday, Stevenson’s BSN Sideline Store is having a flash sale until Dec. 31. Get 20 percent when ordering items at this link by using promo code Season18.


Tuesday’s Digest misspelled the name of junior diver Mark Lozovnoy.


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Madrigal Singers Audition Information Available

Auditions for Madrigal Singers will take place after school Thursday, Jan. 10 in the Choir Room (Room 2202). All students are welcome to audition. Madrigals is an a cappella choir specializing in Renaissance music. The group will prepare for the Madrigal Dinner to be held on Sunday, March 10 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Audition materials are available in the Choir Room and on the choir web page. Contact Mrs. Singer at for more information.

How to Make Finals Less Stressful

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


The Lake County Federation of Teachers is offering a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible, students must intend on attending an Illinois public higher education institution (two- or four-year). Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up an application. The application deadline is Jan. 24. See Mrs. Kamman in the CCC with any questions.


Registration is open for the newest IM sport: Squash. There will be eight Friday trips to Lifetime Fitness between Jan. 11 and April 12. Each trip lasts from 4-5:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25, and there is a $10 fee for each trip. Click here to register. For more information, stop by the Student Activities Office.


Hinsdale District 86 to cut positions, freeze salaries

Rockford Public Schools to start after Labor Day

Ex-Palatine teacher not guilty of hitting student with laptop

SIU board nears decision on interim chancellor

Naperville boy charged with posting threat against school

NIU professor convicted of DUI for third time

Illinois State plans to add 80 acres to farm near Lexington

Morton board votes to put sales tax question back on ballot

Longtime St. Charles AD, coach, teacher dies at 91

16 and struggling to read in Chicago Public Schools


New ESSA rules may target 3 in 10 schools for improvement

Protesters shut down Los Angeles school board meeting

Houston spent millions on incentives, failed to get better

Switching majors adds time, tuition to high cost of college

Stanford drops home equity from financial aid calculations

Temple won’t punish professor for anti-Semitic remarks

Columbia investigating sophomore after racist rant

The big jobs of small-town principals


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Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018

SHS Creating Athletic Hall of Fame

Stevenson High School will soon be honoring some of the men and women who made its athletic program one of the most successful in Illinois.

The Stevenson Athletic Hall of Fame, which will make its debut in 2019, is designed to honor those individuals who, through their commitment, sacrifice and dedication to the athletic program, have brought pride and distinction to the Stevenson community as either an athlete, coach, staff member or supporter.

Nominations are now being taken for the inaugural class, which will be inducted next fall. The nomination deadline is March 15. There is no limit on the number of nominations one person can make. Click here for details.

Stevenson Third at Elk Grove Debate Tournament

Stevenson took third place in the Large School Sweepstakes, and several students won individual awards, at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association 4 Tournament at Elk Grove High School on Saturday.

In the varsity division, first-place chamber awards went to seniors Josh Zhu, Anubhav Agarwal, Josh Ezrol, Shreya Viswanathan and Sydney Glickson, and sophomore Michelle Velyunskiy. Second-place honors were earned by juniors Sunny Gandhi and Dylan Hu, and sophomore Rishika Chikoti. Third-place awards were garnered by seniors Mary Polupan and Miranda Liu, and sophomore Aditi Singh. Anubhav, Sunny and sophomore Caroline Mazur-Sarocka received Best Presiding Officer honors. Sydney received second-place Quality Speaker and Josh got third-place Quality Speaker.

In the junior varsity division, four students earned first place in their chambers: freshmen Nandhini Nair and Jasmine Sun, and sophomores Krishna Sorna and Evelyn Jiang. Second-place awards went to freshmen Rohita Kotyada and Samarth Arul, and third-place honors were received by freshmen Anmol Dash and Abigail Charak.

Latin Team Competes at Loyola Academy

The Latin Club’s Certamen team competed in its second competition last Tuesday at Loyola Academy. The Novice Team took second overall, defeating the champions from Northside Prep in two of three rounds, but falling short of them in total points. The Lower Team took third place, and the Upper Team finished fifth.

The Novice Team consisted of sophomore Daichi Kobayashi and freshmen Kayle Sacksteder and Jonathan Burrer. The Lower Team roster included sophomores Will Rademacher, Shail Patel, Allen Guo and Katie An. The Upper Team featured seniors Michael Lok, Daniel Zhu, Emily Wang and Josiah Matthews, and sophomore Jeremiah Lee. The teams have one final competition in early February and a statewide competition at the Illinois Junior Classical League Convention, also in February.

Athletes and Alcohol

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.

Almost half of the student body at Stevenson High School participates in organized athletics. Student-athletes work hard day in and day out to perfect their skills in an effort to become indispensable members of their teams. However, if they are “partying” on the weekend, they may be making those goals impossible to reach. Consider discussing these facts with your athlete this week:

  • Drinking to intoxication can negate the previous 14 days of training.
  • Athletes that drink are twice as likely to be injured in practice or competition and less likely to recover (American Athletic Institute).

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A Song With Special Meaning

Cancer’s reach has touched many families, including those in the Stevenson community. The band program has been especially impacted this year. One student is currently battling the disease, while two others lost their mother to cancer earlier in the school year. That background offers the backdrop for last week’s Honor Band performance of “One Life Beautiful” by former Hollywood composer and breast cancer survivor Julie Giroux. You can hear the Honor Band’s performance, with introductory remarks from Director of Bands Dr. Sonny Petway, at this YouTube link.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 2,041, Lake Zurich 1,995: Sophomore YooJin Lee led the Patriots with a 438 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. She had a high game of 169. Fellow sophomores Ally Lee and Kelly Radelet each shot 417 series, with Ally posting the team’s top individual game of the day (179). Junior Reilly Sullivan was close behind with a 414 series, and classmate Noa Givati contributed a 355. The Bears won two of the three games, but Stevenson captured the opening game by a 79-pin margin to claim the match.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at Waubonsie Valley Invitational: The Patriettes captured first and second place out of 45 teams in the 3A Division.

Boys Diving

Stevenson at Prospect Invitational: Freshman Jack White finished fifth among 30 divers with a score of 339.60. Junior Mark Lozovnoy was ninth (271.85). Sophomore Jaden Pazol also competed.

Swimmer Helps Break PAC Relay Record

Senior Ashley Carollo competed with other members of the Patriot Aquatic Club at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West in Austin, Texas last weekend. She was part of the 400-yard medley relay team that finished 12th. The quartet’s time of 3:43.72 broke the club record by 2.5 seconds.

Senior Baseball Player Catches On With Lincoln Trail

Senior Jack “JT” Jonota has committed to play catcher for the Lincoln Trail College baseball team. Jack has been Stevenson’s backstop the past two seasons, and is considered to be one of the best defensive catchers in Lake County. He threw out five would-be base stealers in each of the last two years, and picked a runner off base as a junior. He recorded a fielding percentage of .984 in 2018, and also raised his batting average 128 points.

Sports Boosters “Flash Sale” Friday

Sports Boosters will have a “Flash Sale” from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Field House lobby. Loads of Patriot wear will be available. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted.

Today on NFHS Network

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


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Testing Center Final Exam Information

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days next week. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or Physical Education. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the Testing Center needs an email from the teacher or counselor stating that it has been rescheduled. The Testing Center will be open during Winter Break on the following dates: Thursday, Jan. 3  from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Jan. 4 from noon to 4 p.m., and Monday, Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon. Click here for the Testing Center web page.

Holiday Candle Sale at the PAC Wednesday, Thursday

The Bright Lights Candle Company is having its Holiday Candle Sale Wednesday and Thursday in front of the Performing Arts Center. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.


Animal Welfare will not meet today. The next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 15. See you in the new year!


Open Gym Volleyball begins Wednesday, Jan. 9, and meets every Wednesday from 6-7 a.m. in the Sports Center. Visit the open gym web page for all the dates.


Stevenson will be starting an Allied Basketball team next month for students with disabilities. Any students interested in joining the team, as well as those who would like to serve as “student partners,” are encouraged to attend an information meeting at one of these times: 5 p.m. Monday or 8 a.m. Tuesday. Both meetings will take place in Room 6070, but you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Hutchins at More information is available on the Allied Basketball web page.


Next up on strike watch: Palatine-Schaumburg District 211

Geneva teachers ratify five-year contract

Northwestern University grapples with student suicides

UIC art history professor bequeaths school $1M

Waukegan superintendent accuses activist of harassment

Oakton, ETHS partnering to increase enrollment

Glenbrook officials decry Snapchat video shared by trio

IU scientists pitch $40M Springfield carbon capture project


Ed Department to erase debts of teachers, fix grant program

Los Angeles preparing for first teacher strike in 30 years

UNC teaching assistants strike over “Silent Sam” statue

48 arrested at Yale investment office sit-in

Study: Scientists leaving academic work at unprecedented rate

MIT report says no “compelling case” to cut Saudi ties

Florida school pulls quiz asking if Parkland shooter should die


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