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Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

Economics Education Leaders Speak to SHS Students

Economics students heard from leaders in the economics education field during special presentations last week. “A Day in Economics” featured visits from Paul Solman of PBS’ “Making Sen$e” (via Skype, shown above); nationally recognized economics teacher and author of “Never Bore,” Martha Rush; and AP economics teachers Sally Meek and Julie Meek from Plano East High School in Plano, Texas. SHS economics teacher Sandra Wright also gave a presentation.

Parents are Invited to a Discussion on “How to Talk to Teens

The second event in the 2019-20 Parent Engagement Series will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 7:30-8:30 a.m in the District 125 Administration Center. Parents and guardians are invited to attend to have a casual discussion on ways parents can connect more with their teens. The Administration Center is located in the building just north of the Stevenson Stadium. See the Parent Engagement Series article on the Stevenson website for additional information about this discussion and future events.

Scholastic Bowl Finished Second at Early Bird Tournament

The Stevenson A team finished second among twenty-four teams at the Early Bird Tournament held in Urbana on Saturday, Sept. 28. This team included senior Govind Prabhakar, juniors Daniel DingDavid Lee and Arjun Nageswaran, and sophomore Anmol Dash. Arjun and Govind both finished among the top 10 highest-scoring players at the tournament.

A second scholastic team, Stevenson B, finished 10th in the tournament and included sophomore Anish Arora, and freshmen Rishabh Wuppalapati, Aadit Juneja and Dhruv Pendharkar.

Procedure for Parents to Report an Absence

With the onset of cold and flu season and additional cases of pertussis being reported, parents and guardians are reminded that student absences should be reported by calling 847-415-4000, pressing 2 and providing your student’s ID number, name and reason for the absence. Messages can be left 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Parents are also reminded that pertussis is a highly contagious bacteria spread easily by coughing and sneezing. Students with a persistent cough should be seen by a medical provider. Please keep students suspected of having pertussis at home for the first five days of the correct antibiotic treatment for pertussis, or until nasopharyngeal test results are known.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf

The girls golf team won their third consecutive North Suburban Conference Championship at Glen Flora Country Club in Waukegan. The rainy conditions resulted in a delay in the start of the tournament which was also shortened from 18 to 9 holes because of the weather. The Patriot’s first-place finish (161) was well ahead of runner-up Lake Forest (187), Lake Zurich (188), Warren (195) and Libertyville (197). Sophomore Emily Duan defended her individual conference championship title by shooting 39. Freshman Allie Santos claimed third place (40) and fourth-place was awarded to junior Sophia Zhuang (40). Faith Wang (42), Joyce Bai (43), Kelly Dong (46) and Julie Yoo (46) all placed in the top 11 for a Patriot win. Stevenson also won the JV tournament with freshman Jessica Velent shooting a 46 on the back nine.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson lost (2-3) in overtime at the Scholastic Hockey League game against Barrington which was played at the Crystal Lake Ice House.  Senior Itai Kleiman and freshman Davis Jegers both scored during regulation play. With the score tied at 2-2, Barrington scored in an overtime shootout.

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson traveled to Lake Forest Academy and came home with a second-place finish (39). Chicago Latin was awarded first (17) in a field that also included Willow Academy (39), Regina Dominican (107), Lake Forest Academy (134), Resurrection (163) and Winnetka-North Shore Country Day (200). The top 15 finishers included senior Caimin Xi (7th 21:16.7), junior Emily Fejes (8th 21:25.3), senior Michelle Yu (9th 21:30.9), junior Emma Finnegan (11th 22:01.1 and freshman Lia Novak (22:50.7)

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson girls volleyball is now 13-6 for the season with their two-set win over Mundelein (25-9, 25-9). Amanda Holsen recorded 8 kills with a .571 hitting percentage and Lily Cozzi contributed 5 kills. Emerson Kouri served 6 aces and recorded 9 digs. Emma Potocki added to the scoreboard with 2 kills and a solo block. Grace Tully was 39-39 setting with 11 assists.

Quick Hits

Junior Jessica Nyborg changed her approach to training, and it has made a major difference, she told the Pioneer Press recently. “I come to practice ready to work hard, and that’s something that has definitely changed, and my mindset has improved a lot,” she said. “Coming into this season I was motivated. I had goals that I wanted to achieve by the end of the season.” Jessica was a key contributor to Stevenson’s second-place finish at last weekend’s Lake County Invitational.



Fencing Information Meeting.
A meeting for Stevenson boys and girls interested in fencing will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8 in Room 2104. A parent information meeting for fencing will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in the West Faculty Dining Room (Room 1204.)

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Education will Continue on Snow Days. Barrington School District 220 is expected to join other area schools that use electronic learning days instead of “snow days.” This was prompted by the enactment of a state law that allows schools to use remote education plans during emergencies. The Stevenson District 125 Board of Education approved the use of up to five e-learning days for the 2019-20 school year.

Chicago Teachers Set to Strike. A strike by Chicago Teachers Union, school support staff and Chicago Park District Workers is expected on Oct. 17 if a contract cannot be reached.


Detroit School Bringing in Bottled Water Next Week. Water fountains in 106 district campuses will be turned off next week after tests showed higher than expected levels of copper or lead in their tap water.

SAT Scores Dropped for Class of 2019 as Participation Rose. The average SAT score for this year’s high school graduates was lower than in previous years. However, there was a significant increase in the number of students taking the exam.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

World’s Fair Returns This Weekend

The Diversity Council’s annual World’s Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday in the West Building. A number of booths representing countries from Ecuador to Brunei will be selling food and offering information, followed by performances in the Performing Arts Center to close each day. Booths will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Food tickets are 50 cents each, with proceeds donated to Thirst Project, a nonprofit organization that builds fresh water wells in developing communities to provide safe, clean drinking water. Performances each day will take place from 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Debate Team Finishes Second at First ICDA Event for 2019-20

Stevenson opened its Illinois Congressional Debate Association schedule Saturday at Rolling Meadows High School on Saturday. About 650 students from schools around the state participated, including 90 from SHS.

The debate team won second place in the Congressional Debate team sweepstakes, only one point behind Fremd. Several students also earned awards. In the varsity chambers, seniors Christie Lee and Sunny Gandhi won first place, with Sunny also winning Best Presiding Officer honors. Sophomore Samarth Arul also won first place. Jjunior Alex Zhou earned a second place, and juniors Christine IrlbeckLaya ReddyPooja Jain and Krushank Bayyapu garnered third place. Senior Budka Galbadrakh won Best Presiding Officer in his varsity chamber, and sophomore Anna Xie won Best Presiding Officer for the novice chamber.

Student’s Play Selected for Playwriting Competition

An original play written by senior Emily Feldman has been selected for Northeastern Illinois University’s 3rd Annual playwriting competition. “The Live it Up List” was originally written for Stevenson’s One Acts in April 2019, and recently took second place in the Nuevas Voces contest. The Nuevas Voces Contest and Festival was founded to create a platform for new playwrights at NEIU and the greater Chicago community. Performances take place beginning tomorrow and the show runs through Saturday, Oct. 5, at Northeastern Illinois University. Tickets can be purchased online on the NEIU website.

View Homecoming Photos Online

Photos from this year’s Homecoming dance and festivities are available for viewing and purchase on the Visual Image Photography website.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Golf
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championship: The Patriots placed third out of a field of eight teams at Willow Glen Golf Course at the Great Lakes Naval Station. Conan Pan led the team posting 74 on the day while Jake Schabes recorded a 77. Nick Udoni and Bradley Park each posted 78. Last year, the Patriots finished second to Lake Forest on the same course. Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country
Stevenson traveled to Lake Forest for a meet with Zion-Benton. The Patriots outpaced Zion-Benton 21-25. Caimin Xi placed second with a time of 20:00.95 with Alivia Alton in third (20:09.75), Emma Finnegan in fourth (20:16.52) Emily Fejes in fifth-place with a time of 20:17.51, Michelle Yu in seventh (20:29.17), Lia Novak (10th 21:12.17) and Varsha Shreekumar (12th 22:24.13). Lake Forest sped to a 5-point victory over the Pats (Lake Forest 30, Stevenson 25) with Caimin (4th 20:00.95), Alivia (5th 20:09.75) Emma (6th 20:16.52) Emily (7th 20:17.51) Michelle (8th 20:29.17) Lia (12th 21:12.17) and Varsha (14th 22:24.13) placing for Stevenson.

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson prevailed over host-team Lake Forest (27-28) and Zion-Benton (23-34.) Against Lake Forest: Tyler Robers (3rd 16:26.92) Cameron Sprague (4th 16:33.72) Tarun Kalyanasundarum (5th 16:39.07) Wesley Park (7th 17:08.00) Cameron Coffey (8th 17:14.29) Matthew Brueckert (13th 17:32.89) and Stephen Moy (17:36.30.)

Girls Field Hockey
Host Highland Park outscored the Pats 2-0. Olivia Holsen had 13 saves as goalkeeper and Emma Sturgeon had a baseline save.

Girls Golf Team Seeks Third Straight NSC Title Today

The varsity girls golf team takes aim at its third consecutive North Suburban Conference championship today. The Patriots will compete against their league counterparts at Glen Flora Country Club in Waukegan. SHS has also had the last two NSC tournament medalists, in sophomore Emily Duan (2018) and senior Joyce Bai (2017). The tee-off time has changed for this tournament. Please see the Stevenson athletic schedule page to view this and other changes due to weather today.


Boys Bowling Information Meeting.A meeting will be held tomorrow at 8 a.m. in Room 7038 for students interested in participating on the boys bowling team. Students who can’t make the meeting should contact Coach Mathias.

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Several Chicago-area schools are ending Halloween celebrations. Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has sent a message to parents that they are moving away from Halloween traditions because it is not a holiday celebrated by everyone.

With a potential Chicago Public School teachers strike looming, the City of Chicago has launched a website to win the hearts and minds of the public and school teachers.

Roosevelt University plans to acquire Robert Morris University. Under a proposal that requires a number of state and federal approvals, Roosevelt’s enrollment would increase from approximately 42,000 students to at least 6,000 students.


A federal judge has ruled in favor of Harvard University’s admissions decisions. A plaintiff charged that Harvard discriminated against Asian Americans.

The deadline nears for lawmakers to extend funding for historically black colleges. A potential loss of $85 million in annual funding for STEM education is at stake. This is part of more than $250 million in funding for HBC institutions set to expire.

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019

College Financial Aid Night on Tuesday

The College Career Center will hold its annual Financial Aid Night at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The presentation is meant primarily for families who have current juniors or seniors. Details about applying for college financing assistance through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be discussed, along with the types of financial aid available, and how eligibility for aid is determined. Families typically complete their FAFSA forms in October. In addition to the Oct. 3 event, the College Career Center has information on the FAFSA and other financial aid-related links on its web page.

Dance Connection Fundraiser Begins Today

Stevenson Dance Connection is selling Baker’s Square pie gift cards during the month of October. All profits benefit Stevenson’s dance companies. Gift cards are good for any whole pie at any Baker’s Square location. Cards are $14 for one card or $25 for two cards. See a Stevenson dance company dancer or teacher to buy a card.

Getting the Upper Hand on Anxiety

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.

Anxiety disorders affect one in five U.S. children, but often go unrecognized, says the New England Journal of Medicine. According to literature from Johns Hopkins University, “prevention, rather than treatment, of childhood anxiety is critical. … Delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to depression, substance abuse and poor academic performance throughout childhood and well into adulthood.” Here is more information on anxiety from the American Academy of Pediatrics.


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Boys Golf Team Competes for NSC Championship

The SHS boys golf team travels to the Willow Glen Golf Course at the Great Lakes Naval Station today for the North Suburban Conference championship. Last year, the Patriots finished second to Lake Forest on the same course. After today, Stevenson will compete in the New Trier Invitational on Saturday, then moves into the postseason at the IHSA Zion-Benton Regional tournament on Monday, Oct. 7.

Quick Hits

The sophomore girls volleyball team won the Homewood-Flossmoor Invitational on Saturday. With the title, Coach Eric Goolish’s squad improved its record to 9-3 on the season. … Danny Richmond (Class of 2002) has retired from professional hockey after a 15-year career. He was the 31st overall pick of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, but spent most of his five-year career with the Chicago Blackhawks. The defenseman played 39 games with the Blackhawks from 2005-08, after appearing in 10 contests for Carolina. Richmond, who did not play hockey for Stevenson, also played in the American Hockey League and in Europe. His father, Steve, spent five seasons in the NHL during the 1980s. … Tonight’s varsity girls field hockey game against Highland Park will be streamed live on NFHS Network, beginning at 7:15. Click here to watch (subscription required). … Boys lacrosse coach Tom Hake is holding a meeting for parents and guardians of players 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Team equipment and Spring Break information will be addressed, plus other important details in preparation for the spring 2020 season.


Seniors, Juniors Have Activity Period Meetings Wednesday

All seniors will receive graduation information and sit for the Class of 2020 photo during the activity period on Wednesday. All seniors, including those graduating early, should report to the Sports Center. All juniors will meet with their counselors. Juniors must attend the meeting, even if they belong to a club meeting during the activity period. See the Activity Period item on the website calendar for meeting locations by counselor.


Friday is the application deadline for significant scholarships at two prestigious institutions: the Jefferson Scholars award at the University of Virginia, and the John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College. See the Student Announcements web page for more details. Applications are available in the College Career Center.

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Eastern Illinois University’s enrollment has gone up, even though its on-campus population is decreasing. The difference? The university has begun to include high schoolers enrolled in dual credit courses and dual enrollment programs in its total enrollment count.

Peoria’s public schools are getting a $2.5 million federal grant for programs aimed at helping the poorest families in the city. The Full Service Community Schools grant from the U.S. Department of Education is being awarded to the Harrison Community Learning Center and Roosevelt Magnet School. The money will be spent on a host of counseling, tutoring, mentoring and physical fitness programs.


As part-time enrollment continues to outpace full-time enrollment, colleges are making adjustments. More institutions are scheduling courses at the times when part-time students need them, rather than when it’s convenient for faculty. But on many college campuses, part-time students remain an afterthought, even though part-timers now make up more than a quarter of students at four-year colleges, and close to two-thirds at community colleges.

Defying the NCAA, California’s governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.

A public K-8 charter school in Cleveland will be the first in the country equipped with 5G wireless technology. Breakthrough Schools is part of the Verizon Innovation Learning program, which provides technology and professional development to Title I districts across the country.

Monday, Sept. 30, 2019

Math Team Opens NSML Schedule With Strong Showing

Stevenson opened its North Suburban Math League season with a strong showing Thursday at Naperville North. Five of the top seven first-round team scores were posted by the Naperville North competitors. Whitney Young led the way with a 299, ahead of defending state champion Naperville North (295), Stevenson (294), Neuqua Valley (294) and Glenbrook North (276). SHS sits in a third-place tie overall heading into the second round on Oct. 30. Stevenson finished second in the state last spring.

The Patriots had perfect papers from 10 students: Freshmen Collin FanAinika HouAayush KashyapSiddhant SenBrian Shen and Andrey Vlasov; sophomore Fred Yuan; junior Praneet Rathi; and seniors Eric Gan and Philena Liu.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: At Libertyville, the Patriots finished second in the 10-team field. SHS trailed only Barrington in the team standings, 332-296. Vernon Hills was third at 209. Junior Alex Eastmond won the 100-yard freestyle (53.64), was third in the 200-yard IM (2:12.34), and swam on a pair of second-place relays. Alex was part of the 200 medley relay (1:48.87, only .08 from first) with juniors Elizabeth Cao and Jessica Nyborg, and freshman Milena Busma. She also had a leg in the 400 free relay (3:38.91) with seniors Maddy O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens, and sophomore Claudia Rzeznik. Jessica was runner-up in the 50 free (24.80) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.55), and took part in the second-place 200 free relay (1:40.71) with Maddy, Claudia and sophomore Katie Makarska. Elizabeth placed second in the 200 IM (2:12.13) and third in the 100 backstroke (59.33). Claudia was third in the 50 free (25.11) and senior Ellen Maloney finished third in 1-meter diving (357.60). – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, York 2: Junior Andrew Chambers scored a pair of goals, and senior Brett Stokes had a goal and three assists for the Patriots at Twin Rinks. Seniors Emmett Baker and Josh Wright also scored for SHS (5-2-1), which extended its unbeaten streak to four games. Emmett’s score broke a 2-2 tie. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 20 saves for Stevenson, which outshot the Dukes, 29-22. – Boxscore

Boys Soccer
Stevenson 1, Libertyville 1: The Patriots (4-6-3, 1-2-2) locked in a defensive struggle with the Wildcats, who are ranked seventh nationally. Senior Camron Mahdavian scored in the first half off an assist from junior Anthony Skordilis. Senior keeper Itay Gozalzani made 10 saves in the Stadium. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Girls Cross Country
Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: The Patriots placed 25th among 29 teams at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve. Senior Caimin Xi (20:20) led SHS, followed by junior Emma Finnegan (20:26), sophomore Alivia Alton (20:29), junior Emily Fejes (20:30), freshman Lia Novak (20:58), senior Michelle Yu (20:59) and freshman Alexa Collins (21:50). – Official Results

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson at Palatine Invitational: Seniors Corey Pacernick (15:46) and Anthony Rodriguez (15:53) finished 11th and 22nd, respectively, for the Patriots at the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve. Also running for Stevenson were sophomore Tyler Roberts (16:40), junior Tarun Kalyana Sundaram (17:25), seniors Cameron Coffey (17:32) and Cameron Sprague (17:50), and junior Stephen Moy (18:19). SHS finished 17th out of 30 teams. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Lake Zurich 28, Stevenson 20: A late rally by the Patriots (2-3, 2-1) fell just short in Lake Zurich. The Bears (3-2, 3-0) led 28-7 with 1:44 remaining in the third quarter, but SHS came back with a 43-yard touchdown pass from junior Liam Crawley to classmate Jayden McFadden. Then followed a 75-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 30-yard TD run from senior Jean-Marc Etienne, who had a 5-yard run for Stevenson’s opening score. Jean-Marc had 19 carries for 166 yards, including a 64-yard burst that set up the Pats’ first TD. Senior Jordan Vincent had three receptions for 44 yards. The game’s kickoff time was moved up from 7:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. due to threatening weather. – NFHS Network Replay (subscription required) | Daily HeraldPioneer Press

Quick Hits

The boys lacrosse coaches will hold a parent meeting from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Team equipment and Spring Break information will be addressed, as well as other important details in preparation for the spring 2020 season.


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California STEM Tour During Spring Break

Stevenson is sponsoring a STEM tour to California during Spring Break. The six-day trip will hit Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and include visits to Google headquarters and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Read this flyer for details. An information meeting about the trip will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. If you have questions, contact Ms. Smith at


Ever wonder what it takes to become an engineer? Curious as to what the profession entails? Come to Engineering Night at the College of Lake County on Thursday to learn about careers in engineering and computer science, and meet with representatives from area engineering schools. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. outside the Willow Cafe on the CLC Grayslake Campus, 19351 W. Washington St. The event is free and open to high school students and their parents. Click here to pre-register.


The idea that it’s harder to get admitted to a selective enrollment high school in Chicago than to get into a good college is an urban legend. That’s the conclusion of research conducted by economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

A 20-year-old man accused of opening fire last year at Dixon High School has been deemed fit to stand trial. Matthew A. Milby Jr. had been found unfit for trial in March, but underwent months of mental health treatment afterward.

Evanston elementary schools are ending Halloween parties in order to be inclusive of all students within the community, particularly those who do not celebrate the holiday. Some parents are upset by the decision.


The California Institute of Technology received a $750 million pledge from the owners of The Wonderful Company, a food and beverage firm. The money will be used to support climate research. The gift is one of the largest private donations to a U.S. academic institution in history, second only to former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $1.8 billion pledge last year to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater.

Researchers at Marquette University will work to promote computer science education among Wisconsin public school teachers after receiving a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the university announced last week.

An Arizona district recently banned chocolate milk while a New York school system may enact its own flavored milk ban in hopes of improving student nutrition. The moves follow other schools that have already stopped serving these beverages, fueling the ongoing chocolate milk debate.

83% of mortuary college graduates in 2018 had no family in the industry, according to the American Board of Funeral Service Education. They represent a major change in an industry that for decades was dominated by family businesses passed down through generations.

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

SHS Selected for Fifth Blue Ribbon Award

Stevenson High School has been selected to receive its fifth National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education, making it only the sixth school in the country to receive the honor. 2019 Blue Ribbon recipients were announced Thursday.

Stevenson is one of 362 schools — 312 public and 50 private — recognized as Blue Ribbon winners for 2019. Two schools in Stevenson’s sender districts also earned Blue Ribbon status: Ivy Hall Elementary School in District 96 and Hawthorn Elementary School South in District 73.

Stevenson also earned Blue Ribbon awards in 1987, 1991, 1998 and 2002. This is the 37th year of the Blue Ribbon Schools program. Read more about Stevenson’s latest honor.

Non-Attendance Day Monday

Monday is a non-attendance day at Stevenson. Classes will not be in session. School will resume Tuesday. However, the Daily Digest will be published on Monday.

Peer Helpers Holding Fundraiser Today

Peer Helpers is holding a fundraiser from 3-9 p.m. today at the Lincolnshire Culver’s. Mention “Peer Helpers” or “SHS” when ordering, and a portion of the sale will be donated to the group.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 7, Warren 0: The Patriots (13-1, 6-0 NSC) extended their winning streak to 11 straight matches with the victory at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Freshman Sonia Mehta earned a 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 1 singles, followed by sophomore Thea Surya (6-1, 6-1) and junior Abby Schueneman (6-1, 6-1). Senior Athena Kolli and sophomore Alaina Kolli rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 1 doubles. The other winning doubles duos were seniors Maggie Gong and Ellen Ma (6-0, 6-1), seniors Alexis Lee and Sneha Yellapantula (6-0, 6-1), and seniors Kelly Herlihy and Priya Rao (6-3, 6-1).

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Niles North, 25-17, 25-20: The host Patriots (12-6) won their fifth consecutive match behind senior Lily Cozzi and sophomore Amanda Holsen. Lily recorded 13 kills while Amanda had 12, and both served a pair of aces. Lily made a team-high 12 digs and Amanda was second with 10. Senior Grace Tully was 52-of-53 setting with 28 assists. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Boys Soccer
Stevenson 4, Waukegan 4: The visiting Patriots (4-6-2, 1-2-1) rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn a tie. Junior Alem Duratovic scored two goals, both assisted by classmate Anthony Skordilis, who also scored. Senior Nicky Brickman had the other goal. Senior Ben Dixon recorded two assists. Senior goalkeeper Itay Gozalani made 7 saves.

Girls Field Hockey
Glenbrook South 3, Stevenson 0: Senior goalkeeper Olivia Holsen made 22 saves for the visiting Patriots.

Football Start Times Changed

The ominous weather forecast has prompted changes in the start times for Stevenson’s football games against Lake Zurich today and Saturday. The varsity game at LZHS will kick off at 5 o’clock today. (The game is still scheduled to be streamed live by the NFHS Network.) The junior varsity game has been moved to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lake Zurich. The Freshman A and B games will be played at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, respectively, at Stevenson.


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Germany Trip Opened to All Students

Next summer’s school-sponsored trip to Germany has been opened to all students. For more information, see the Student Travel Experiences tab on the Students web page or contact Mrs. Glowacka at


The FIRE club meets at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2600. FIRE promotes equality and respect among Stevenson students and staff.

Animal Welfare Club is collecting donations for local shelters through Wednesday, Oct. 9. Donation boxes are located by the entrances to the Field House, the Sports Center, and the Principal’s Office. The items needed are: newspapers, new or gently used towels, and new or gently used blankets.


The Chicago Teachers Union voted in overwhelming numbers to authorize a strike late Thursday night. CTU leaders said 94% of members had voted in favor of a strike, surpassing the 75% threshold required by law. The union is planning to set a strike date on Wednesday, likely to be in mid-October.

The College of DuPage and its full-time faculty members late Thursday reached a tentative deal on a new contract, ending seven months of difficult negotiations. Details about the tentative agreement weren’t released.

Representatives from the Springfield Education Association and District 186 will meet with a federal mediator on Oct. 16. Both sides agreed to bring in a third party after being at the bargaining table all summer and no new contract being hammered out.

Police investigated three separate threats against Rockford-area schools Wednesday, but authorities said students were never in danger. A 15-year-old male student at Oregon High School was arrested for allegedly making a threat on social media. It was the third arrest in the past month of a Rockford-area student for posting threats online.


A Los Angeles business executive was sentenced Thursday to four months in federal prison for paying $400,000 to have his son admitted into Georgetown University as a fake tennis recruit. Stephen Semprevivo, the third parent to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal, made the largest payment to the scheme’s mastermind, Rick Singer, of all 35 parents charged with crimes.

College admissions counselors will have a significant vote at their annual national convention Saturday. They will vote on whether to remove several sections from the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices. Those sections restrict colleges from offering incentives for early-decision applicants, prevent them from recruiting first-year undergraduates who have committed to another college and limit how they recruit transfer students. NACAC members who don’t comply with the code can face penalties including loss of membership or being unable to participate in college fairs.

A 13-year-old California boy whose head struck a concrete pillar after he was punched by another boy at their middle school has died from his injuries. On Wednesday night, a vigil was held at the school, but grief turned to anger when the superintendent arrived. She and the school were accused of failing to address bullying.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

Third Pertussis Report Raises Concerns

A third Stevenson student has been diagnosed with pertussis, according to the Lake County Health Department. The latest case involves a student who attended the Homecoming Dance last Saturday.

The SHS nursing staff says that students who have had a persistent cough recently should be taken to their medical provider for evaluation. Parents and guardians should tell the doctor that pertussis has been reported at Stevenson, and to report a possible pertussis infection to the school’s nurses. The nurses also encouraged everyone to read this letter from Lake County health officials addressing the situation.

Senior Elected Co-Chair of ISBE Student Advisory Council

Senior Dylan Hu has begun his second year as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Council. This year, he was elected co-chairman of the 21-member group, which provides student perspectives on the state’s education policies. He and other council members from the area were highlighted in this Pioneer Press article.

The council held its first set of meetings in Springfield last week, and will return for further discussions in January and March.

For the 2019-20 school year, Dylan will lead a focus group on student success that looks as topics such as culturally responsive teaching, special education, and teacher shortages. Last year, the council looked at ways to improve mental health, and social and emotional learning policies.

“It’s inspiring to get to work alongside policymakers at ISBE and other students who are similarly motivated to conduct research and enact change, with our common goal of improving all public schools in Illinois,” Dylan said.

He also is one of two high school students in the state chosen to be part of the ISBE’s 22-member Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher Network, which provides recommendations on increasing teacher diversity and promoting culturally responsive teaching.

In addition to his responsibilities with the council, Dylan is active at Stevenson. He is the editor-in-chief of the Statesman school newspaper, captains the debate team, and is one of the student leaders of the Freshman Mentor Program. The National Merit Scholarship semifinalist also competes on the SHS math and physics teams.

String Parents Fundraiser Saturday in Deer Park

The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the California Pizza Kitchen restaurant at Deer Park Town Center, 20502 N. Rand Rd., in Deer Park. Show this flyer, and 20% of the sale will be donated to the strings program.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Golf
Stevenson 163, Barrington 166: The Patriots (10-0) edged the Fillies in a tight match at Makray Memorial Golf Club, winning their 35th straight dual dating back to the 2016 season. Sophomore Emily Duan, freshman Allie Santos and junior Faith Wang all shot 5-over-par 40, and senior Joyce Bai and junior Sophia Zhuang added 43s. Senior Julia Yoo carded a 48.

Girls Volleyball
Stevenson d. Lake Zurich, 25-17, 25-11: The visiting Patriots improved to 11-6 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference with their fourth straight win. SHS had an effective night striking the ball, connecting on 52 of 60 attacks and 50 of 51 serves. Sophomore Amanda Holsen led all attackers with 14 kills and senior Lily Cozzi added eight. Senior Grace Tully was 59-of-59 setting with 25 assists. Junior Emerson Kouri posted team highs with four service aces and 13 digs; Lily added three aces and eight digs. Senior Abby Keevins contributed 11 digs. – NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Going to Lake Zurich for Football Friday?

Patriot football fans heading to Lake Zurich on Friday for the varsity and junior varsity games are encouraged to carpool due to limited parking conditions at the high school. LZHS is located at 300 Church St. In addition to parking spaces in the north and west lots by the field, additional parking will be available at St. Peters Church and May Whitney Elementary, both on Church Street. Stevenson fans should sit in the east bleachers of the Bears’ stadium. Admission is $5 for adults under 65, $4 for students who show their school ID, and $3 for all military (active or retired) and seniors (65 years old and over). Only cash can be used at the gate.

Quick Hits

Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball matches against Niles North in the Sports Center will be streamed live through the NFHS Network (subscription required). The JV match is at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity at 6 o’clock.


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Operation Snowball Registration Open

Operation Snowball registration is open until Nov. 12. Register by Nov. 5 to guarantee a T-shirt. Register for a great time bonding with other students and taking healthy risks. For more information and to register, visit the Operation Snowball web page.


East Leyden High School in Franklin Park and West Leyden High School in Northlake will use an e-learning day today, as police investigate threats of a shooting found on social media. East Leyden was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning, and students were later sent home early, after a boy was stabbed in the neck during a fight with a schoolmate.

Chicago Public Schools funnels extra money to magnet and test-in schools, and continues an expensive busing program for them, even as the schools do less to accomplish their goal of creating pockets of integration in an otherwise segregated school system, according to a WBEZ analysis.

A former science teacher at Reed-Custer High School in the south suburbs was arrested by FBI agents Wednesday morning. Dayna Chidester, 51, is accused of multiple sexual encounters with a 14-year-old boy last year.

Naperville Park District and Naperville Unit District 203 have come to terms about who will use a new synthetic turf field in Knoch Park and who’s going to pay for it. The multisport field is set to be under construction beginning early next year so it will be ready for play next fall at the park just south of Naperville Central High School.

A proposal to move all Lake Villa District 41 sixth-graders to Palombi Middle School will wait at least a year, the school board decided this week. Overcrowding at Hooper Elementary School prompted the conversation about moving the sixth-graders.


A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the University of Michigan could be dampening free speech on campus by allowing a group that helps students who have experienced potentially prejudicial acts to operate at the institution. The court agreed with civil liberties watchdog Speech First that the university’s Bias Response Team could potentially deter students from making statements or engaging in protests protected under the First Amendment.

An inquiry by the U.S. Department of Education into the curricular programming of a Middle East studies center supported by federal funds has raised alarm bells in academe. The Consortium for Middle East Studies, run jointly by Duke University and the University of North Carolina, was singled out for having various programs with “little or no relevance to Title VI,” a federal grant program that funds international studies and foreign language programs at U.S. universities.

The United States Mint will memorialize the first teacher who launched toward space with a commemorative $1 silver coin that will help continue her mission of science and technology education. Christa McAuliffe died alongside her six crewmates on board the space shuttle Challenger in 1986.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

Homecoming Dance Draws Record Crowd

Saturday’s Homecoming Dance had a record attendance. 2,595 students attended the dance, compared to the previous record of 2,373 last year. In addition to dancing in the Field House, the Student Activities Division also had performances by the DJ Club in the Glass Commons, and opened a lounge space in the lower East Commons.

First Orchestra Concert of the Year Thursday Night

The first orchestra concert of the 2019-20 school year will be held Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. The Concert and Symphonic Orchestras will perform at 6 p.m., followed by the Advanced Concert and Patriot Orchestras at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The orchestras will be directed by Enrique Vilaseco and Anthony Krempa. Among the highlights will be Patriot Orchestra performances of Mozart’s Concerto in Bb for Bassoon K. 191, featuring senior soloist Andrew Zhuang, and of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48See the concert repertoire. The concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 7, Waukegan 0: The Patriots (12-1) extended their winning streak to 10 straight matches with the victory at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS won every match by a 6-0, 6-0 score. The winning doubles teams were seniors Ellen Ma and Maggie Gong at No. 1, freshman Angela Ran and senior Alexis Lee at No. 2, senior Sneha Yellapantula and junior Abby Schueneman at No. 3, and seniors Kelly Herlihy and Priya Rao at No. 4. In singles, the winners were freshman Ainika Hou at No. 1, sophomore Thea Surya at No. 2, and junior Emily Hu at No. 3.

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Deerfield 5: Senior Andrew Slivka scored two goals, including the game-tying score with 8:14 remaining in regulation, at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Freshman Davis Jegers gave the Patriots (4-2-1) a 1-0 lead with his first-period goal, the only time SHS led in the contest. Junior Andrew Chambers and freshman Dylan Jette also scored. Seniors Brett Stokes and Josh Wright each had two assists, while Andrew and Davis each recorded one. – Boxscore

Girls Field Hockey
Lakes 2, Stevenson 1: Junior Rebekah Jin scored off an assist from senior Ella Kalis in the Stadium. Senior Olivia Holsen made 9 saves. – NFHS Network Replay (subscription required)

Boys Soccer
Mundelein 6, Stevenson 2: Senior Evan Paldrmic and junior Alem Duratovic scored for the Patriots (4-6-1, 1-2) at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Senior Camron Mahdavian and sophomore Daniel Saltzman each recorded an assist. Three players shared time as keepers: senior Itay Gozalzani (7 saves), Alem (3 saves) and sophomore Max Sprague (3 saves.)

Alumnus Named to U.S. Arena Soccer Team

Professional soccer player Gordy Gurson (Class of 2010) has been selected to the 14-member U.S. National Men’s Arena Soccer team that will play in the World Minifootball Federation World Cup in Perth, Australia. The international indoor tournament runs from Oct. 1-11. He will be the only American to appear in all three WMF World Cups, and was a member of the WMF-winning U.S. team in 2015. Gurson is a midfielder for the Florida Tropics of the Major Arena Soccer League. He signed as a free agent with the Tropics this summer after finishing as the fourth-leading scorer in the MASL last season.

Quick Hits

Senior AJ Weine recently announced his commitment to play baseball at Rollins College in Florida. The second baseman had a .395 on-base percentage last spring in limited action. He joins a Tars program that went 25-25 last spring and had four players drafted in the MLB Draft. … Today’s varsity and junior varsity girls volleyball matches at Lake Zurich are scheduled to be streamed live by the NFHS Network. The JV match starts at 5 o’clock, followed by the varsity at 6. Watch the livestream at Stevenson’s NFHS page (subscription required). … BSN Sports is taking 15% off purchases of $75 or more on Stevenson apparel between now and the end of the month. Visit Stevenson’s Sideline Store and take advantage of the savings.


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Students Invited to Enter Anti-Bullying Poster Contest

Students who enjoy flexing their creative muscles are invited to participate in the “Rise Above Bullying” poster contest sponsored by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and its Young Ambassadors Board. Posters should show how people can rise above bullying through acts of kindness. (See previous winners.) Artwork must be submitted on an 11-inch by 17-inch poster, with your name and contact information listed on the back. Entries are due by Friday, Oct. 11. Winners will be identified at the end of October in honor of National Bullying Awareness Month. Send submissions to: Carrie Wings, LCCAC, 123 O’Plaine Road, Gurnee, IL 60031. If you have questions, contact her at 847-377-7824 or Melissa Burke at 847-377-3000.


East Leyden High School in Franklin Park went on lockdown for about two hours Tuesday morning after one student stabbed another. The suspect was arrested on school grounds and the victim was taken to a hospital, officials said. Students were dismissed early for the remainder of the day and after school activities were canceled.

Rockford Public Schools is in its third week without internet service due to a ransomware attack, but email service has been restored. Officials expect internet and Wi-Fi access to be available this week. The district and its 40-plus schools serving roughly 29,000 students have remained open throughout the outage, which has cut off teachers, staff members and students from district emails, computers and any IT-based educational tools since Sept. 6.

Charter school teachers at Chicago’s Passages Elementary School, a one-site charter that serves primarily immigrant and refugee students, voted unanimously to authorize a strike, setting the stage for the fourth charter teacher walkout in Chicago in less than a year.

Loyola University’s newest residence hall will not only house several hundred first-year and sophomore students but also Loyola’s first faculty in residence, university officials said. Francis Hall, set to open in August 2020, will house a professor in an apartment on the first floor of the building.

Student workers at Northwestern University and other private universities would lose employee status and unionization rights under a proposed regulation by the National Labor Relations Board. The proposal, announced last week, would strip all graduate students working as teaching and research assistants of federally backed rights to unionize and collectively bargain.

Northern Illinois University plans to sell a home formerly used by its past presidents and their families, to boost revenue for maintenance and emergency repairs. The 6,000-square-foot house was built in 1955 and has three bedrooms, sitting on a 1.3-acre lot about a mile and a half away from the main campus.


Last year’s college graduates with a bachelor’s degree averaged about $29,200 in student loan debt – a record for the United States. The debt figure is about a 2% increase from the Class of 2017.

An executive who paid $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California falsely as a water polo player was sentenced to four months in prison as part of the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scam, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation unveiled the winners of this year’s MacArthur fellowships — often better known as the “genius” grants — recognizing 26 scholars and artists for their creativity and potential.