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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Sophomore Qualifies for International Science Fair

Sophomore Sayalee Patankar has been selected to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition. She is the sixth Stevenson student to receive an ISEF invitation, and the first sophomore. Sayalee joins the list that includes senior Varun Malladi, Justin Lee (Class of 2018), Rebecca Nelson (2016), Blandon Su (2016) and Itamar Allali (2014).

Sayalee was selected based on her poster presentation at Saturday’s Illinois Junior Academy of Science Region 6 Science Fair. Her display, “Fighting Zika: A computational drug discovery to inhibit the NS2B-NS3 protease of the Zika virus,” outlined Sayalee’s experiment to determine potential molecular compounds that could be used to fight Zika. She has been researching Zika and its impact since eighth grade. Sayalee will travel to Phoenix in May for the ISEF event, where she will be among approximately 1,800 high school students competing for $4 million in prizes.

Sayalee led an impressive list of Stevenson award-winners at the regional fair, which is split into two sessions, one focusing on poster presentations and the other on research papers. Forty-two of the school’s 50 competitors qualified for the state competition in May, and every student earned a Gold or Silver award.

Six Patriots received special awards, including Varun, who earned the Mu Alpha Theta Award for outstanding mathematics project, and also won Best in Category for his work. Other Best in Category recipients were freshman Rohita Kotyada (Zoology) and senior Poojan Palwai (Cellular and Molecular). Poojan also won the category last year. Junior Allison Liu was honored by the Optical Society of Chicago for creating the best project in optics. Caimin Xi, also a junior, earned the Certificate of Outstanding Achievement for Ability and Creativity in In Vitro Biology from the Society for In Vitro Biology. Junior Anto Michael received the Naval Science Award.

Learn About the “Dark Web” Tonight

Parents and guardians interested in learning more about the “Dark Web” and other Internet-based dangers are invited to a presentation tonight by Dean Kharasch, a special investigator in the Cyber Crimes Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. He will address a number of topics, including the ease with which teens can get fake IDs online, how to prevent cyberbullying, and Internet monitoring tools. Kharasch’s presentation is part of tonight’s Stand Strong Coalition meeting at 7 o’clock at the Lincolnshire Village Hall. Stevenson is a member of the Stand Strong Coalition.

Senior Featured in Article on Hebrew Study

Senior Abigail Lapins is featured in this Jewish United Fund article about the seven Chicago-area public high schools, all in the northern suburbs, that offer Hebrew in its curriculum. Abigail’s family moved from Kenosha, Wis., to District 125 for high school, and she began to study the language as a sophomore. “I take pride in taking Hebrew because it’s something really unique,” she said. “A lot of people say they take Spanish, but not a lot of people can say they take Hebrew.”

World Languages Teachers Presenting in Ohio

Five members of the World Languages Division are among the presenters at the 51st annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Language today through Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.

Spanish teachers Megan McCullough, Jori Greenhill, Jen Zizzo and Patrick Grady, along with Director of World Languages Justin Fisk, are leading three-hour workshops on evidence-based reporting today. McCullough, Greenhill and Zizzo will present “Us vs. Them: For Whom is the Feedback? Exploring Dialogic Student-Driven Feedback.” The workshop will emphasize how teachers can use the “co-construction,” or collaborative, process to draw students into becoming more active learners. Grady and Fisk will address “Building Language Proficiency with Standards-Based Grading,” showing participants the tools and framework for the grading practices used in Stevenson’s Spanish courses.

On Saturday, Grady and Fisk will lead a session on “A Culture of Literacy: Cross-Curricular Collaboration to Drive Proficiency.” The pair will provide a toolkit of strategies for teachers to promote and develop an interdisciplinary approach to literacy based on revised national standards. Fisk also will take part in a networking session for supervisors of foreign language programs. He is a member of the National Association of District Supervisors of Foreign Languages advisory board, and that group’s Central States Conference representative.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Buffalo Grove 0: Sophomore Abby Kalou scored the winning goal with 15 seconds remaining as the Patriots opened their season with a victory on the road. Abby’s goal came off an assist from senior Kalyssa VanZanten, who has committed to Notre Dame. – Daily Herald

Allied Basketball Team Competes in State Tourney Friday

The Allied Basketball team competes in the third annual IHSA Unified Basketball State Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center. The Patriots will play Vernon Hills in the second Division 1 semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The winner will advance to the championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday against the winner of the other semifinal between LaSalle-Peru and Edwardsville. The Division 1 championship game will be streamed live on YouTube, courtesy of Homewood Flossmoor High School’s Viking Television program. The losing teams from the semifinals will square off in the third-place game at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, on a different court within the March Madness Experience Hall.

Wrestling Alumnus Finishes Fourth in Nation

Maryville University junior Tyler Harrington (Class of 2016) earned All-America status by finishing fourth at the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships in Cleveland on Sunday. The 165-pounder finished the year with a 35-10 record, and led the St. Louis-based Saints to a 12th-place finish at the national tournament. At Stevenson, Tyler finished fourth in the state at 182 pounds as a junior.

Leading SHS Football “Dream Come True” for Becker

New head football coach Brent Becker isn’t facing a steep learning curve in taking over the Patriot program. He’s been on the SHS coaching staff the past seven seasons, and served as assistant head coach last fall. “I love our kids, I love our staff, I live in the community and I told the team (at a March 4 meeting), ‘It’s really a dream come true for me,’” Becker told News-Sun reporter LaMond Pope. “I’m so grateful and honored to be chosen.” He’s also not new to leading a football program, having been the head coach at Lake Forest College for four seasons. Stevenson faces a stiff challenge to open the 2019 schedule: The Patriots play Lincoln-Way East, a Class 8A state semifinalist last fall and state champion in 2017, in Frankfort on Aug. 30.

Today on NFHS Network

Three Patriot athletic events will be streamed live today. The varsity and junior varsity girls lacrosse games at St. Charles East can be seen online, at 6 o’clock and 4:30, respectively, as can the JV girls soccer game against Buffalo Grove at 4:45 in the SHS Stadium. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Models Needed for Next Month’s Fashion Show

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is looking for models for its April 18 fashion show. If you are interested, click here to sign up. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Erickson in Room 1612 or at


Man at center of scandal donated $150K to DePaul

Teachers: Kids new to U.S. should sit out state tests

NU, Chicago grapple with limits of free speech

District 96 revises plan for Long Grove solar field

Danville High moves closer to metal detectors

Fenwick gets green light for 5-story parking garage

Elgin High celebrating 150th anniversary


College completion rates up, but still lagging

Tuition-free college now reality in nearly 20 states

More states requiring recess for schools

NYC teachers push back against softer discipline

Asian-Americans on both sides of Harvard debate

Maryland online university looks to go national

Q&A with the 2019 Superintendent of the Year

Meet the “smart guy” who aced SATs for rich kids


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Alumnus, Students Push for New State Flag

State Rep. Daniel Didech (Class of 2005) has introduced a bill that would eliminate the current Illinois state flag and hold a contest to design a new one. House Bill 3799 was prompted after meeting with two Stevenson students, Didech told the Illinois News Network. The contest would be open to residents 21 and younger and students attending a public university in the state. The first state flag was unveiled in 1915, and updated in 1970.

Co-Curricular Fair for Incoming Freshmen Next Week

Incoming freshman families are invited to learn about all the after-school opportunities Stevenson has to offer at the annual Co-Curricular Fair from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Field House. The free event is sponsored by Stevenson’s Student Activities Division.

The evening will include performances by the Winter Guard, Improv Club, Melange dance company, Zumba, Congressional Debate, Pass on the Beat and Choreography Club. Also, the Auto Club will unveil its reconditioned Jeep. Stevenson-themed clothing also will be available from the Sports Boosters.

Senior Honored for Downhill Skiing Prowess

SHS senior Charlotte Russell earned the third-place Seasons Trophy in the U20 Girls category in the Wisconsin Illinois Iowa Junior Alpine Racing Association this season. Charlotte competed in giant slalom and slalom races in four meets at tri-state ski areas during January and February: Chestnut in Illinois, Sundown in Iowa, and Cascade and Tyrol Basin in Wisconsin. Charlotte has been a member of the Wilmot Mountain Junior Race Team since age 6. In 2018, she was awarded the Shelly Glover Scholarship, named for a former member of the U.S. Ski Team. The scholarship is given annually to an exceptional Midwest student ski-racing athlete who demonstrates exceptional academic, team and volunteer work in the community.

Visual Arts Teachers to Discuss EBR in Boston

Visual Arts teachers Maureen Connolly and Katie Hyken, and Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice, will give a presentation on using evidence-based reporting (EBR) in the art classroom at the National Art Education Association convention Friday in Boston.

Alumni Featured in Daily Herald Article on Loss

Two Stevenson alumni who met as freshman and later married were featured in the Daily Herald last weekend. Bob Lindell and Lisa (Ballatini) Lindell graduated from the school in 1996 and married in 2005. Less than a year later, Bob was diagnosed with brain cancer. Over the next nine years, they had two children and two more battles with brain cancer. After Bob died in 2015, Lisa turned to a nonprofit agency named Willow House to help her and her children work through their grief. She talked with the Herald about the impact of the Bannockburn-based agency’s various programs, which range from support groups to arts activities.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Hoffman Estates Supersectional: The Patriots fell to Evanston in overtime, 57-45, finishing their season with a 27-6 record, the fourth-highest win total in program history. Evanston, which finished third in the state last year, improved to 31-4 and will be making back-to-back state appearances for the first time in its history. The Wildkits rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to take a 34-30 lead into the fourth quarter. SHS battled back and pulled ahead, 36-34, with five minutes remaining. The two teams were tied at 42-42 when junior Matthew Ambrose’s jumper rimmed out at the end of regulation. ETHS put the game away by scoring the first 10 points of overtime. Senior Luke Chieng led the Patriots with 12 points, while Matthew had 11. Junior RJ Holmes scored nine points and grabbed 14 rebounds. – Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald | NFHS Network Replay

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Loyola Academy 3: Senior Lauren Maloney scored four goals to lead the top-ranked Patriots (4-0) to their 36th straight win dating back to the start of the 2018 season. Senior Eleanor Michaud and junior Shreya Sreedhar each scored three times, while seniors Anna Mossakowski and Kalista Tapas tallied two goals apiece. –

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 84.5, Elgin Larkin 33: The Patriots (6-0) captured the quadrangular in the Field House, which also included Carmel Catholic and St. Viator. Juniors Jordan Vincent and Jahleel Perrin each won two events. They tied for top honors in the 55-meter dash (6.7 seconds), while Jordan captured the 300 (37.9) and Jahleel claimed the 160 (18.8). Other individual winners for SHS included freshman Ray Zhao in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches), senior Anand Batbaatar in the shot put (48-6), sophomore Asher Mason in the 55-meter intermediate hurdles (8.8), and junior Anthony Rodriguez in the 1,600 (5:01.0). Stevenson also won the 640 relay (1:15.7).

Winter Sports Award Winners Announced

The Athletics Division held its annual Winter Sports Awards Night on Monday. Click here to see the major awards that were given.

Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Due By Friday

Friday is the deadline to nominate a former Patriot for the inaugural class in the Stevenson High School Athletic Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame is designed to honor those individuals who, through their commitment, sacrifice and dedication to the Stevenson athletic program, have brought pride and distinction to the school community as either an athlete, coach, staff member or supporter. Click here to make a nomination.

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s freshman A girls soccer game against Buffalo Grove in the SHS Stadium will be streamed live by the NFHS Network. The game begins at 6:15. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Senior Service Recognition Applications Due by Friday

Last year, 89 graduating seniors were honored for their community service efforts undertaken during four years at Stevenson. Who will be honored at graduation this year? Senior Service Recognition applications are due by Friday. Don’t wait to start working on the application, because it requires some forethought and organization. Click here to apply.

Sign Up for the Next SHS Blood Drive

The next SHS blood drive will be held Friday. Students who are 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds are eligible. The blood drive will be held during periods 3-8 in the Weight Room (Room 2111). Click here for details and to sign up.


Juniors and seniors and their parents and guardians are invited to attend the Bilingual College Fair from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at Mundelein High School. The fair will feature 30-40 college representatives who are fluent in English and Spanish. Bilingual financial aid sessions also will also be offered, in English and Spanish. Register for the fair at

Juniors who haven’t turned in their Post-Secondary SCoPE meeting worksheets are asked to drop them off in the College Career Center (Room 1123). If you need a new worksheet, download it from this page, or stop by the CCC and grab another copy.


Stagecrafters will not meet until after Spring Break, when work for the One-Acts will begin. Anyone interested in working crew for One-Acts should contact Ms. Evans via email at


Illinois exodus to out-of-state colleges growing worse

Hawthorn District 73 cutting office staff, teacher assistants

Argosy University closing leaves students in limbo

University of Chicago business school ranked No. 3 in U.S.

Report: CPS failed to collect $2M in pre-K tuition

Indian Prairie district seeks to grow its own teachers

West Chicago District 33 picks interim superintendent


TV stars, coaches charged in college admissions scandal

11-state measles outbreak leaves schools scrambling

Trump’s 2020 budget cuts federal ed spending 10 percent

DeVos moves to ease church-state rules in education

Kentucky governor blasts teacher sickouts


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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Senior Reaches Finals of Spoken Word Poetry Contest

Senior Ananya Shah will compete in the individual finals of the Louder Than a Bomb spoken word poetry competition from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, in Chicago. She will compete against 12 other poets. Ananya reached the finals based on her performance of “Live at Five” in Sunday’s semifinals. Stevenson also competed in the team semifinals, falling just short of the finals. SHS had 141 points, falling to Hinsdale Central (142) and Kenwood (143). Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students on Friday. Click here to order online.

Binge Drinking Declines Among SHS Seniors

The percentage of Stevenson seniors engaging in binge drinking has dropped significantly since 2014, according to Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi.

In 2014, about one-fourth of seniors who took the Illinois Youth Survey said they had been binge drinking within the previous two weeks. A school-led campaign aimed at parents had reduced the rate to 15 percent by 2016, she said. The Centers for Disease Control defines binge drinking as having five or more drinks within a two-hour period (for males), or four or more drinks (for females). The national average among high school seniors is 14 percent.

Cortesi made her remarks to the Pioneer Press for this article focusing on New Trier’s efforts to address binge drinking. She reiterated the importance of parents and guardians in influencing the decisions of their students toward alcohol use.

Late Arrival on Thursday

Stevenson will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday due to scheduled curricular team planning time. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m.

Vote for Senior’s Artwork in Greeting Card Competition

Senior Bekka Goldstein has a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship if enough people vote for her artwork in the 12th annual Create-a-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest sponsored by The Gallery Collection. Vote for her at this link; you must have a Facebook or Twitter account to participate. You can vote once a day until March 21. The top vote-getters will advance to the finalist round.

Alumna In Heart of CSO Strike Negotiations

SHS alumna Gina DiBello (Class of 2000) has emerged as one of the leaders in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which went on strike Sunday after failing to reach agreement on a new contract. She was one of six musicians who signed this letter sent to CSO donors and trustees in advance of the strike. DiBello also appeared at pre-strike news conferences on Sunday and Feb. 14.

String Parents Fundraiser Thursday Morning

The String Parents Association will hold a breakfast fundraiser at Strawberry Fields, 410 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, which is a late arrival day. Mention Stevenson when ordering, and a portion of the sale will go to the strings program at SHS.

Madrigal Dinner Spoofs “The Bachelor”

Last weekend’s Madrigal Dinner didn’t jump the shark, it jumped the fence. Anyone who caught that reference would have been giving roses for this year’s Renaissance romp, a spoof of “The Bachelor.” This Pioneer Press article goes behind the scenes, talking with director Ellen Singer and several members of the cast.

More Than 100 Educators Coming to SHS Wednesday

More than 100 educators from schools in eight states and Germany will come to campus Wednesday for the next Site Visit Day for Educators. Of the 17 schools and districts that will be represented, six are in Georgia: Campbell High School in Smyrna, Creekside High School in Fairburn, and Daniell Middle School, East Cobb Middle School, Smitha Middle School and Fair Oaks Elementary School from Marietta. Twenty-four people are coming from the Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, Calif., while two have made the trek from longtime Stevenson exchange school Max-Born Gymnasium in Germering, Germany. Other out-of-state visitors are coming from Emporia High School in Emporia, Kan.; Ladue Schools in St. Louis; Northeast Community School District in Goose Lake, Iowa; Portage High School in Portage, Ind. and Taylor Community Schools in Kokomo, Ind.; and Horlick High School and the Racine Unified School District in Racine, Wis. A pair of Illinois institutions also will be coming: Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, and the Canton School District in Canton.


The last name of archer Hayden Gantt was spelled incorrectly in Monday’s Digest.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Huntley Invitational: Senior Kendall Roberts won the 1,600-meter run with a personal-record time of 5:10.66, 15 seconds faster than her previous best. Sophomore Camille Clay placed second in shot put (37 feet, 9 inches) while junior Michelle Yu finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run (12:32.81). Freshman Livy Alton was fifth in the 800 (2:38.56). The 1,600 relay team of Kendall, senior Raeden Mays, sophomore Maxine Tam and freshman Olivia Barreca was fifth (4:32.92), while the 800 relay unit of Raeden, senior Emily Ossentjuk, and sophomores Jade Cadichon and Jordan Tollison was sixth (1:53.65).

SHS Wears Underdog Label Into Supersectional

Stevenson faces a formidable opponent when it goes up against Evanston at 7 o’clock tonight in the IHSA Class 4A Hoffman Estates Supersectional at the Sears Centre Arena. The Wildkits (30-4) are No. 4 in the latest Chicago Sun-Times rankings (and No. 2 in the Chicago Tribune) while the Patriots are No. 10. Here’s a preview from the Daily Herald. The winner of tonight’s game will play the DeKalb Supersectional champion, either Geneva or Rockford East, in the state semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Friday. For those unable to attend tonight’s game, ETHS has set up a live stream feed on its NFHS Network page.

Evanston, which finished third in the state last year, is making its third consecutive supersectional appearance. ETHS beat Loyola Academy for the Niles North Sectional title, 56-42, even though its top two scorers combined for five points. The Wildkits are led by senior guard Lance Jones, an all-state candidate and Southern Illinois University signee averaging 16.1 points per game. Evanston, playing in its 15th supersectional, is seeking back-to-back trips downstate for the first time.

Stevenson is making its sixth supersectional appearance in school history, and its first since winning the IHSA championship in 2015. The junior-dominated Patriots (27-5) are wearing the underdog label for tonight’s game, which isn’t the first time a Pat Ambrose-coached team has gone this far without marquee players. As Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun-Times points out, the 2006-07 team that finished fourth in the state only had one player with a scoring average in double figures. Stevenson has a 5-0 record in supersectional games, winning in 1992, 2007, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Sophomore Wins Girls State Wrestling Title

Sophomore Sara Sulejmani won the 145-pound title in the Girls Division at last weekend’s Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Freshman-Sophomore and Girls State Tournament in Springfield. She became the first girls wrestling state champion in school history with a 9-4 victory over Sydney Manos of Stillman Valley. Sara stormed to the championship bout, pinning her first two opponents before recording a 17-2 technical fall in the semifinals. Sophomore Heather Campos finished fourth at 180 pounds to earn all-state honors. Three other SHS wrestlers competed in the freshman-sophomore brackets: freshmen Jordan Rosenfeldt (113 pounds) and Aidan Rutnarak (126) and sophomore Keegan Houlihan (285).

JV Hockey Team Falls in State Semifinals

The junior varsity boys ice hockey team lost to St. Viator, 5-4 in overtime, in the Blackhawk Cup JV state tournament semifinals Monday in Bensenville.


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Student Seating for Tonight’s Supersectional Game

Students going to tonight’s supersectional basketball game are asked to sit in Sections 118 and 119 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Stevenson’s sections are shown in green on this map.

One-Act Auditions Monday, Pre-Audition Meeting Thursday

Auditions for the spring One-Act Plays will be held after school Monday. Anyone thinking of auditioning should attend a 15-minute meeting at 9:45 a.m. Thursday in the Black Box Theater. Thursday is a late-arrival day. The directors of the plays will be there to tell you about their shows, and offer tips and tricks about what to expect on audition day. Students must sign up for an audition time slot. The sign-up sheet is outside the Black Box Theater. Auditions will run in half-hour slots from 3:40 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. Click here for all the audition information.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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


The College Career Center is offering two New Student Orientation field trips for students who will be attending the College of Lake County in the fall. The field trips will be held during the school day on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, April 24. During the NSO, students will meet with an academic counselor and register for classes. Visit the CCC to reserve a spot.


Illinois teacher shortage worsens, report says

Elmhurst College professor sues school over series

Peoria board approves return to Manual High School

Strike talk stirs at Chicago High School for the Arts

South Elgin High stadium to get lights, new track

Illinois Wesleyan’s “iconic” English House to close

Longtime Wheaton special education teacher dies


Congress may soon overhaul Higher Education Act

Studies cast doubt on link between “grit,” achievement

ACLU: Schools need more mental health professionals

Why Florida is struggling to fill 2,000 teaching positions

NYC schools to adopt “Meatless Mondays” in fall

How UPenn cut counseling wait times without hiring

Why do people love to hate Steven Pinker?


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Monday, March 11, 2019

SHS Heading to Basketball Supersectional Again

For the fourth time in the last seven years, Stevenson’s boys basketball team has reached the state’s Elite Eight. The Patriots won the Waukegan Sectional championship Friday night, earning a place in the IHSA Class 4A Hoffman Estates Supersectional against Evanston at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sears Centre Arena.

General admission tickets are $12. Tickets are available online, at the Patriot Superstore (before school and during lunch periods today and Tuesday), and at the arena starting one hour before tipoff. The school is sponsoring pep buses, and waiving the transportation fee to encourage more students to ride. The pep bus cost is $12, which includes a game ticket and transportation to and from the game. Click here for pep bus details, a seating chart for Stevenson fans, and directions to the Sears Centre. Details on the sectional championship can be seen in the Patriot Sports section below.

Science Olympiad Teams Roll to Regional Titles

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team dominated the competition at the College of Lake County Regional Competition on Saturday, taking first place in the varsity and junior varsity divisions. SHS qualified for the Illinois Science Olympiad state finals at the University of Illinois April 12-14.

The varsity won 17 of 23 events and easily defeated runner-up Grayslake North by 78 points, while the JV captured 21 of 23 events and had an 82-point cushion over New Trier’s junior varsity.

Junior Radha Patel was part of five first-place events at the varsity level, while junior Anna Wang and sophomore Jared Machtinger were involved in four. Seniors Tony Tan and Kitty Zeng and sophomore Sneha Mohan were triple winners. Two-time champions included seniors Andrew Ding and Josey Zhang, juniors Andrew Lee and Erin Yuan, sophomore Emily Liu and freshman Greycen Ren.

All of Stevenson’s JV participants were part of at least two winning events. Junior Roy Zhou and sophomore Michael Kim earned five first-place medals, while juniors Eric Gan and Josh Tsai and freshman Kelly Mao won four. A quartet of Patriots captured three firsts: senior Andrew Gan, sophomores Krishna Patel and Phyllis Wang, and freshman Andrew Liu. Double-winners included senior Maitreyee Malpekar, sophomore Hannah Liu, and freshmen Vincent Lee, Felix Lu and Ben Mun. Click here to see overall team and individual results.

Showcase Tickets On Sale

Ticket sales started today for this weekend’s Showcase, the Patriot Parent Association’s annual student variety show. Showcase will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Each night features a different talent lineup. Reserved seats are $10, and can be purchased online or from the PPA during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons. Cash, check or student ID can be used to purchase tickets in the Wood Commons until noon on Friday. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $12; only cash will be accepted for payment.

S3DA Archery Team Third at State Indoor Meet

Stevenson’s Scholastic 3-D archery team placed third overall in the High School Division at the Illinois S3DA Indoor State Championships at Edwards County High School in Albion.

The Patriots excelled in the traditional class brackets. Sophomore Malachi Park placed first in the Male Traditional Class, while senior Andrew Szwejbka, freshman Jackson Esposito and sophomore Justin Gordon placed 3-4-5, respectively. Sophomore Rayna Finn was second in Female Traditional Class, with sophomores Emma Mural and Becca Muise placing third and fourth, respectively. In Female Open Class, senior Kara Carter placed ninth and junior Saumya Malhotra was 11th. Junior Madison Higgins finished sixth in Female Fixed Pin Class, followed by seniors Adhya Gowda (10th), Rachel French (11th) and Brenna Faber (14th), and junior Amelia Korveziroska (15th). In Male Fixed Pin Class, senior Nick Filerman placed 10th and classmate Andrew Miller was 12th.

The SHS archery team also competed at the NASP Charger Classic at Centennial High School in Champaign. Senior Rebecca Azevedo shot a 50 (perfect round) as did freshman Alicia Zheng. Sophomore Hayden Gantt tied for 11th in the Male High School Division with a score of 283 out of 300.

Chinese Club Holding East Asian Festival Saturday

The Chinese Club will hold its annual fundraising event, the East Asian Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Glass Commons, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center entrance. Admission is free. Cuisine will be available for purchase from a variety of countries, including China, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia/Singapore and Vietnam. There also will be cultural activities and games. At 2 p.m., each represented culture will hold its own performance, showcasing the talents of numerous students. Proceeds from the event will be donated to help fund the Overseas China Education Foundation’s efforts to buy library books for an impoverished community in Shandong, China. Any questions can be sent to

Middle School Students Invited to STEM Fair on Tuesday

Area middle school students are invited to attend the STEM Fair at Stevenson from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2104 of the West Building. The event was organized by Stevenson’s Physics Club, along with other STEM-oriented clubs. SHS students will be hosting activities, demonstrations and design competitions at the event, which has free admission.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Quadrangular: The two-time defending state champions opened their season by winning all three of their games and extended their winning streak to 35 dating back to last year. SHS started the day with a 12-6 win over fifth-ranked Lyons Township, which handed the Patriots their only loss last season. (That contest was the first of the 2018 season, and Stevenson was missing All-American Claire Haas.) The Pats also defeated 2018 state quarterfinalist Lincoln-Way East (18-2) and Palatine (17-2). Senior Lauren Maloney scored six goals in the win over Lyons, while junior Shreya Sreedhar added three and senior Kalista Tapas had two. Senior keeper Anna Mossakowski made five saves in the win over the Lions. She also had seven saves and three assists in the victory against Palatine, which featured a three-goal performance from sophomore Anna Gates, and had 12 stops versus Lincoln-Way East. In the Lincoln-Way East game, Shreya and Anna’s younger sister, Maria Mossakowski, each scored three goals. – Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Quadrangular: The Patriots, listed at No. 4 in the state preseason rankings by, won two of three games in their season-opening quad, defeating Hersey (11-7) and Fremd (12-5), and falling to No. 3 Lyons Township (7-4). In the Hersey contest, sophomore Dima Kobets scored five goals and classmate Drew Wangard added four. –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional: The Patriots defeated Waukegan, 56-41, to capture the sixth sectional championship in program history. Stevenson also won sectional titles in 1992, 2007, 2013, 2014 and 2015. SHS (27-5) advances to the Hoffman Estates Supersectional, and will face Evanston (30-4) at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. Stevenson, the top seed in the sectional, never trailed against Waukegan (28-6), which it beat for the third time this season. The Patriots led 16-9 after the first quarter and 31-21 at halftime. SHS hit 7-of-14 3-pointers in the opening half. Junior John Ittounas scored 13 of his team-high 15 points in the first half, sinking three of five shots from beyond the arc. Classmate Matt Kaznikov scored 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the game, and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. He also drew two charges. Matthew Ambrose, also a junior, had 13 points, including a trio of treys, while younger brother Evan, a sophomore, had eight points off the bench. – Daily Herald, News-Sun

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson d. Palatine and Wauconda: The Patriots won all 12 events in the Field House and improved to 3-0 on the year. Sophomores David Smolensky and Asher Mason each won two events. David, a state meet qualifier last year, finished first in the 160-meter dash (19.3 seconds) and the 300-meter dash (37.9). Asher captured both hurdles events, the 55-meter high (9.1) and 55-meter intermediate (8.9). Junior Jahleel Perrin, who joined David in the same state-qualifying relay last spring, captured the 55-meter dash (6.5). Other individual winners included senior Danny Erdenetsogt in the shot put (45 feet, 9 inches), juniors Cameron Coffey in the 800 (2:12.9) and Anthony Rodriguez in the 1,600 (4:56.9), and freshman Ray Zhao in the high jump (6-0). SHS also claimed all three relays: the 800 (1:38.5), 1,600 (3:54.1) and 3,200 (9:59.3)

Winter Sports Awards Night Tonight

All winter sports athletes and their parents and guardians are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 o’clock tonight in the Sports Center.

JV Hockey Team in State Semifinals Tonight

The junior varsity boys ice hockey team will play St. Viator at 6:30 tonight in the Blackhawk Cup JV state tournament semifinals at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. The Patriots rolled past York, 6-2, in the quarterfinals Saturday morning. The winner of tonight’s game advances to the JV state championship against Loyola or Glenbrook North, which square off in the second semifinal at 8:25.


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Summer Job Fair Set for March 19

Are you looking for a summer job? Would you like to have a chance to practice your interview skills? Stevenson will be hosting its annual Summer Job Fair for students during all lunch periods Tuesday, March 19 in Room 2104. Employers from the community will be in the building conducting on-site interviews and handing out information on available positions for the summer. Please contact Mrs. Willock at if you have any questions.


Juniors and seniors and their parents or guardians can learn about nearly 175 colleges and universities, and also get financial aid questions answered, at the Illinois Regional College Fair on Thursday. The fair will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the College of Lake County’s Physical Education Center on its Grayslake campus. For more information and a list of colleges that will be represented, visit


The next meeting of FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment) will take place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2600. All are welcome to attend.


Illinois schools hungry for capital-program funding

What is your school’s measles vaccination rate?

Brawl leads to double forfeit in IHSA basketball sectional

Naperville teaching mindfulness to “stressed-out students”

Round Lake High program brings more science to teachers

Plan OK’d for $750K outdoor classroom by Barrington High

UIC offering degree to help students become art teachers


Anger grows over changes in AP registration deadlines

Another ruling chips away at NCAA student-athlete limits

Online learning goes Hollywood

Utah teacher forces student to remove Lenten ashes

What are the most popular musicals for high schools?


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Friday, March 8, 2019

State Board of Ed Selects SHS Student for Diversity Group

Junior Dylan Hu is one of two high school students in the state chosen by the Illinois State Board of Education to provide recommendations on increasing teacher diversity and promoting culturally responsive teaching. Dylan will be part of the 22-member Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher Network, which includes students and representatives from higher education, K-12 classrooms and administration, and policy and advocacy groups. Only 15 percent of teachers in Illinois’ public schools are teachers of color, compared to 52 percent of students.

Dylan is the news editor and a reporter for the Statesman, the school newspaper; director of Stevenson’s debate outreach program at several middle schools; an advisory leader in the Freshman Mentor Program; and a STEM competitor on the math and physics teams. Outside of school, he volunteers with local debate programs and at the Special Recreation Association for Central Lake County, which promotes community-based recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Dylan also is a member of the ISBE’s Student Advisory Council with a focus on mental health and social and emotional learning.

Spoken Word Poetry Team Reaches LTAB Semifinals

Stevenson has reached the semifinals of the Louder Than a Bomb spoken word poetry competition. The team will compete between 10 a.m. and noon Sunday at Chicago’s iconic Metro theater at 3730 N. Clark St. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Click here to order tickets online. If Stevenson wins its semifinal, it will advance to the final round Sunday night.

Stevenson reached the semifinals by defeating two of the three schools it faced in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. SHS defeated Lindblom Math and Science Academy and Munchin College Prep before falling to Kenwood High School. By finishing second in its quarterfinal bracket, Stevenson advanced to the semifinals. The team presented a group poem and four individual poems by seniors Emily Luo, Hannah Severyns, Ananya Shah and Emily Wang.

Latin Club Wraps Up First Certamen Season

The Latin Club’s Certamen teams competed in their final Latin Quiz Bowl/Certamen competition on Wednesday. The Novice team of Justin Burrer, Rohan Pillai, Daichi Kobayashi, Maristella Yim and Kylie Sacksteder took second place. The Lower team of Allen Guo, Aniket Dixit and William Rademacher was third. The Upper Team of Michael Lok, Amelia LaSpisa, Jeremiah Lee, Advait Deoskar and Josiah Matthews placed fourth. In the school’s first season competing in the North Region of Certamen, the Novices also finished second, the Lower third, and the Upper fourth. The Latin Club sponsor is Christopher Mural.

Parents Invited to Help With Next PPA Bake Sale

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up on Wednesday. The PPA is looking for adult volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.

Building an SEL Culture in Applied Arts

Social Emotional Learning Coordinator Molly Gosline and Director of Applied Arts Dr. Wendy Custable gave a presentation on “Building an SEL Culture” at the annual Connections Conference on Wednesday at the Tinley Park Convention Center. In a packed room filled with teachers and other education leaders, the pair focused on Stevenson’s Family and Consumer Sciences Department’s integration of SEL into its curriculum. The conference, which focuses on career and technical education, is sponsored by Illinois State University.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 62, Libertyville 29: The Patriots (3-0) won eight of 11 events in the Field House. Two of the victories came through the feet of senior Miffy Tani, who won the 55-meter high hurdles (10.1 seconds) and the 55-meter intermediate hurdles (10.0). Seniors Raeden Mays and Kendall Roberts captured the 55-meter dash (7.87) and 800-meter run (2:27.66), respectively. The other three individual winners were sophomores: Camille Clay in the shot put (36 feet, 6 inches), Lindsey Hendler in the 400 (1:10.8) and Maxine Tam in the 160 (23.6). SHS also won the 640 relay (1:35.3).

Allied Basketball Team Heading to State

While the varsity boys basketball team is making its push for the state tournament, another SHS basketball team has already punched its ticket to Peoria. The allied basketball team, one of four sports at Stevenson for students with disabilities, will play in next week’s Illinois High School Association/Special Olympics of Illinois state tournament in the March Madness Experience Hall at the Peoria Civic Center.

The Patriots will play Vernon Hills in the second semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 15. The winner will advance to the championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 against the winner of the other semifinal between LaSalle-Peru and Edwardsville. The losing semifinal teams will square off in the third-place game at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, March 16.

March Madness Sale at BSN Sideline Store

Stevenson’s BSN Sideline Store is holding a sale through the month of March. Get 20 percent off all orders of $100 by using promo code HOOPS19. Click here to browse and buy. The sale ends March 30.


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Going to the Game Tonight?

If you’re going to the sectional basketball championship game tonight at Waukegan, it’s a “white out.” However, tank tops are not allowed. And remember: No hats of any kind.


The time for today’s German Club and German Honor Society showing of “The Karate Kid” has changed. The movie will be shown from 5-7 p.m. in Room 2104. In addition to the movie, you’re invited to meet the exchange students from Germany who are visiting Stevenson. Pizza and water will be served. Admission is free.


State higher ed officials defend Pritzker’s proposed budget

Argosy University in Chicago shutting down today

City Colleges of Chicago puts tuition increase on hold

Second ex-student sues UI over handling of abuse case

Western Illinois University tops in physics master’s degrees

Families fight to keep state scholarships for private school

PE on your own? U46 pilot puts students in charge

Lake Forest High assistant AD charged with theft resigns

In one day, alumni show record-breaking love for SIU


George Mason law school receives $50M donation

The stigma of choosing trade school over college

College recruiters seldom visit rural schools

What’s at stake in possible accreditation overhaul

“Year 13” option gaining traction in Boston schools

Admissions files at Grinnell, Oberlin, Hamilton hacked

$3M Chinese poster art donated to school was fake

High school shooting teams getting wildly popular


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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Trio to Talk About Stevenson’s SEL Work at Harvard

Three members of Stevenson’s administrative leadership team will be giving presentations on social and emotional learning at the annual Massachusetts SEL Conference in two weeks. SEL Coordinator Molly Gosline, Assistant Director of Operations Ken Latka, and Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen are three of the four speakers for the conference, which will be held March 21 at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Gosline will give the keynote address, “Building an SEL Culture: A School in Motion,” detailing Stevenson’s efforts to integrate SEL into the classroom. Latka will discuss how the school frames its discipline practices from an SEL perspective, and Bowen will talk about SHS counselors serve as a critical bridge to provide SEL-related support to students and their families.

Senior Named to Daily Herald Leadership Team

Senior Amelia Lee has been selected to the 2018-19 Daily Herald Leadership Team for Lake County. She helped update the school’s “Transfer Buddies” program for transfer students, is an advisory leader in the Freshman Mentor Program, and serves on the Student Council Executive Board and was involved in planning Give-A-Thon. Amelia also is a member of the National Honor Society, and has made service trips to Indonesia and Malaysia through the Classroom Without Walls program. Senior Maema Njongmeta earned honorable mention. He is active in the school’s Freshman Mentor Program and the Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment (FIRE) club, was an all-state linebacker for the Patriot football team, and also has achieved Eagle Scout status in the Boy Scouts of America.

Math Team Finishes Second in League, State is Next

The SHS math team ended its North Suburban Math League season in second place, and now looks ahead to the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state contest on May 4. Stevenson scored a total of 1,517 out of 1,700 possible points during the league season, behind defending state champion Naperville North, which had 1,567. The NSML season concluded with the conference meet on Wednesday. Stevenson finished third, behind Naperville North and Whitney Young. SHS tied for high score in the Sophomore Division, as Gyeongwon (James) Kim, Brandon Lu, Prathinav (Sai) Merneedi, Ram Potham and Praneet Rathi all answered their five questions correctly.

Catalyst Members Join Anti-Pot Rally in Springfield

More than 50 members of the Catalyst student club were among area high school students who traveled to Springfield Wednesday to join law enforcement officials and some lawmakers in a rally against marijuana legalization. Catalyst co-sponsor Jamie Epstein said the Stevenson contingent was among about 90 students from SHS, and Mundelein and Kankakee high schools that took part in the rally. Sophomore Carson Ezell is quoted in this Chicago Tribune article about the rally.

Madrigal Dinner Sunday; Tickets Still Available

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s Madrigal Dinner, which takes place at 6:30 p.m. at The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. The annual event mixes the Renaissance and modern eras in a mash-up of music and mirth. This year’s script was written by seniors Mary Baldino, Nick Filerman, Donna Ilyukh and Caroline Powers. They also will perform, along with fellow senior Marissa Schwarz, juniors Dana Feldstein, Alexa Koperski and Saumya Malhotra, sophomores Rebecca Arvold, Amelia Landau, Rebecca Muise, Isabella Rondon and Shawn Zhu, and freshmen Mahitha Chaturvedula, Megan Eisenstein and Abby Froyshteter. Tickets are $32. To order, email Madrigal Dinner director Ellen Singer at

Last Day to Buy Luxury Vacation Raffle Tickets

Today is the last day to buy raffle tickets for the Stevenson High School Foundation’s Luxury Vacation Raffle. This year’s winner will choose a vacation package for one of four destinations. Raffle tickets are $50 each or three for $125. No more than 400 tickets will be sold. Click here to order tickets. The winning ticket will be drawn Saturday during the New Shanghai Circus performance at Stevenson. The winner need not be present.

Choral Guild Fundraiser Friday at Jason’s Deli

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Friday at Jason’s Deli, 545 Lakeview Pkwy., in Vernon Hills. Proceeds benefit the SHS choir program.


Wednesday’s Digest reported that senior Maxine Kalika and junior Andrew Scott were finalists in the 18 Under 18 competition sponsored by Springboard, the Jewish Teen Alliance of Chicago, and the Jewish United Fund. In fact, they were among 18 winners selected out of more than 70 nominees. They will be honored April 10.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Libertyville 149.80, Stevenson 99.20, Mundelein 56.80: Freshman Jack White finished third in the all-around for the Patriots in their season-opening meet in the Sports Center. He also tied for third in floor exercise (8.1). – Daily Herald

Will Third Time Be a Charm for Boys Basketball Team?

Waukegan defeated Fremd, 52-50, in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Sectional semifinals Wednesday night, setting up yet another meeting between the Bulldogs and Stevenson in Friday’s sectional title game. This will be the third contest between the two schools this season. The top-seeded Patriots won the first two meetings between the schools. Stevenson earned a 63-56 victory Jan. 11 in the Sports Center, and held on for a 49-45 win Feb. 12 at Waukegan. Friday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. in Waukegan’s historic gymnasium. Click here for ticket and pep bus information, which now includes an online purchasing option.

Football Alumnus Getting Noticed at Purdue

Purdue University head football coach Brian Brohm had good things to say last week about quarterback Aidan O’Connell (Class of 2017), a redshirt sophomore walk-on. The Boilermakers are set at starter, but O’Connell is vying for a shot as one of the top backups. Brohm told the Louisville Courier and Journal: “ “I would not sleep on Aidan. He’s got some tools and he’s smart and he works his butt off. He’s got good clean mechanics, he’s accurate and he has a good quick release.” Purdue’s spring game will be televised live by the Big Ten Network at 11 a.m. Central Time on Saturday, April 6. Aidan, who set Stevenson school records for passing yards, completion percentage and touchdowns his senior season, earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last fall.


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Frosty Sale Friday to Benefit Girls Water Polo

The girls water polo team is holding a “Wendy’s Frosty Friday” fundraiser on Friday. Chocolate and vanilla Frostys will be available for $2 during the passing periods between sixth and seventh, and seventh and eighth, and after school in the Wood and Glass Commons.


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

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.


All student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2018-19 school year. There are two remaining dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The next meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, March 14 in the West Auditorium. 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. The final date this year is April 25.

Friday is the last day to join girls track and field. If you are interested, contact Coach Degen at The last day to join boys track and field is Monday.  Contact Coach Farrissey at before Monday if you are interested.


Illinois Wesleyan University making $1.1M in cuts

Waukegan middle school evacuated after bomb threat

Tenured NIU professor sentenced to jail for third DUI

Hinsdale district’s new leader to get $250K per year

Whitney Young naming new facility for Michelle Obama

OPRF-centered series focus of new class at Stanford

New turf fields heading to Carbondale High

Alma Otter: New face of the University of Illinois?


Teacher protests had little impact on state ed funding

Education philanthropy moving away from academics

Divisions rise to surface in Indy superintendent search

Some NYC schools embracing mastery-based learning

Charter schools could shadow 2020 presidential hopefuls

University dean resigns over school’s Chick-fil-A decision

Principal wears onesies, reads bedtime stories online


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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

SHS Reaches Sectional Championship Game

Stevenson’s boys basketball team won its Illinois High School Association Class 4A Waukegan Sectional semifinal game against Deerfield Tuesday night, earning a place in the championship contest at 7 p.m. Friday. The Patriots will play the winner of tonight’s semifinal between Fremd and Waukegan.

Tickets for Friday night’s game are available at the Patriot Superstore and the Athletic Office through the final lunch period on Friday. Tickets are $5. Check, cash and credit card will be accepted. Due to the likelihood of a large crowd, the school recommends tickets be purchased in advance. Note: There is a no-hat policy at Waukegan High School. Details on Tuesday night’s victory are in the Patriot Sports section below.

Seal of Biliteracy Exam Registration Closed

Registration has closed for Seal of Biliteracy exams on Thursday, March 14 because the attendance capacity has been reached. The next round of exams will be held Thursday, April 25. Click here for registration information.

Winter Play This Weekend

The winter play, “She Kills Monsters,” will be performed Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Friday and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $6. Online ticket sales end at noon Thursday. Click here to order. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on the performance dates. Note: The production contains mature content, and may not be suitable for all ages. Click here to see the list of cast and crew.

Sophomore Earns Silver at National Taekwondo Tourney

Sophomore John (Jack) Arne won the silver medal in the Junior Light Middleweight Division at the U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships Thursday in Las Vegas. The national medal capped an stellar month-long stretch during which Jack also captured the gold medal at the Michigan and Iowa state championships.

This was the fourth national medal for Jack, who first took up the sport at age 4 and earned his black belt in 2013. Jack earned a first-round bye in the 26-competitor field based on his No. 1 ranking in USA Taekwondo points among boys ages 15-17 who weigh 64-68 kilograms (141-149 pounds). He breezed to a second-round victory then scored a last-second kick to defeat his Bulgarian opponent in the quarterfinals. Jack edged a member of the Costa Rican national team in the semifinals before falling to fellow American Michael Rodriguez of the AAU National Team in the gold medal match.

The U.S. Open is the largest taekwondo tournament in the Americas, with nearly 4,000 athletes from more than 80 countries competing. Jack trains at College Park Athletic Club in Deerfield, where one of his coaches is a 1992 Olympian.

Two Students Among Finalists for Jewish Group Honor  

Two students are among the finalists in the 18 Under 18 program honoring outstanding Jewish teenagers in the Chicago area. Senior Maxine Kalika and junior Andrew Scott are among the 18 under consideration for the award, which will be announced on Wednesday, April 10.

Maxine is student president of the Midwest Regional chapter of NCSY, an Orthodox Jewish youth group, and also serves as an intern with the Midwest regional office of StandWithUs. Andrew is president of the B’nai Tikvah chapter of USY, an organization for Conservative Jewish youth. He also is involved with USY at the regional and national levels.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Waukegan Sectional: The Patriots defeated Deerfield, 35-29, advancing to the sectional championship game at 7 p.m. Friday. SHS (26-5), the No. 1 seed in the sectional, will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal between No. 2 Fremd and No. 3 Waukegan. Stevenson prevailed against a fifth-seeded Warriors team that had one 6-foot-10 player and another standing 6-9. Junior RJ Holmes stood tall against the Deerfield frontline, scoring a team-high 12 points, grabbing five rebounds, blocking three shots, and slamming two powerful dunks. Matthew Ambrose, one of four juniors in the starting lineup, had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Matthew sparked the key phase of the game at the start of the second half, hitting a pair of 3-pointers as part of a 9-0 run to which junior John Ittounas (5 points) also contributed a trey. The run gave Stevenson a 24-14 lead early in the third quarter. Deerfield (21-11) would not come closer than three points the rest of the way, pulling within 29-26 with 2:49 remaining. RJ hit a short jumper with a minute to go that stretched the Patriot lead to 31-26, then John and fellow junior Matt Kaznikov (7 points) hit four free throws in the final minute to seal the win. – Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 51, Cary Grove 45: Junior Jahleel Perrin won two events to lead the Patriots (1-0) past the Trojans in the Field House. Jahleel captured the 55-meter (6.5 seconds) and 160-meter (18.9) dashes. Other individual winners included junior Jordan Vincent in the 300-meter dash (37.9) and freshman Ray Zhao in the high jump (5-11). SHS also won the 640-meter relay (1:15.5) and 1,600-meter relay (3:48.8). The Patriots play host to Palatine and Wauconda at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the Field House.


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Want to Get Involved in Volunteer Work?

Students interested in volunteer opportunities with local organizations are invited to attend the Community Volunteer Fair, which will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Vernon Area Public Library Annex, 4 Indian Creek Dr., in Lincolnshire. Twenty organizations will be represented at the free expo, which also is open to adults. Click here to see the list and for more information. The library annex is located behind the main library building. For closest parking, enter from Indian Creek Road.

Wrong About Cigarettes, Wrong About Vaping

Years ago, advertisers told us that smoking cigarettes was safe. Today, we’re getting the same message about vaping. As this week’s Catalyst video points out, then and now, these ads are just blowing smoke.


Juniors interested in health-related careers are invited to apply for the Future Healthcare Professionals Program at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. The program meets eight hours a day Monday through Friday throughout the month of June. No vacation or personal days are permitted. Applications will be accepted from March 11-29. Click here to apply and for more information.


Breakfast with Books will be joined by local YA author Steven Hamburg at its next meeting Tuesday morning. He’ll stop by the upper ILC from 7:45-8:20 a.m. to talk about his new book, “Introspection.” All students are welcome to attend. Everyone in attendance will be entered into a raffle for autographed copies of his book!


Black college enrollment down sharply in Illinois

Naperville ranked No. 1 city in U.S. for public schools

Hinsdale high school district cutting 16 teaching positions

New ISBE superintendent supports plan for additional funding

School bus driver charged with battery after Evanston incident

Wauconda Middle School attendance boundaries may change

Police: Crystal Lake teacher told victim he flirts with students

Bill Gates lauds academic gains at Chicago high school

Waukegan board members criticize handling of abuse case

UChicago president: Trump “free speech” plan may backfire

Fire damages auditorium at Chicago elementary school

Boy sets girl’s hair on fire with teacher’s back turned

Percussion teacher keeps the beat with Bulls, Blue Man Group


Parkland superintendent survives effort to oust him

AFT launches national education-funding campaign

“Free college” increasingly popular, complicated for states

Denver cutting central office staff to pay for teacher raises

How colleges are using gamification to engage students

Is facial recognition in schools reassuring or invasive?

How Trump’s prep school hid his transcript


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