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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“Big Fish” Yields Nominations for State Awards

The school’s annual musical, “Big Fish,” has landed nominations for its lead actor, senior Jordan Radis, and its director, theatre teacher Cynthia Burrows, in the sixth annual Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards on June 5.

Radis, who earned his second nomination, is one of 12 student actors nominated. His first nomination came for his role in last year’s school musical, “Miss Saigon.” Radis will seek to become the second Stevenson student to earn Best Actor honors and represent Illinois at the national “Jimmy Awards” in New York City. Jonah Rawitz (Class of 2016) won the Jimmy Award in 2014.

Burrows, who has spent her entire teaching and directing career at Stevenson since graduating from Illinois State University, received her first Best Directing nomination after her final time directing the school musical. She will retire at the conclusion of the 2017-18 school year.

Radis and the other acting nominees will participate in workshops, crafted by Broadway in Chicago, culminating with a performance on stage at the Broadway Playhouse. The day of workshops will feature Adam Jacobs, who plays Aladdin in the national tour of “Aladdin” currently traveling the country. All of the nominees will receive tickets to see the show when it comes to Chicago in September.

Three Alumni Appearing in Newest Metropolis Show

Three alumni have lead roles in the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre’s upcoming production of the musical “HAIR.” The show will feature Alex Levy (Class of 2013), Abby Vombrack (2009) and Leah Davis (2012). The production’s director is Lauren Rawitz, who regularly directs plays at Stevenson. “HAIR” opens Thursday and runs through July 1. Click here for ticket information. The Metropolis is located in Arlington Heights.

Six Students Earn Polish Seal of Biliteracy

Stevenson offered students an opportunity to earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy for Polish for the first time this year. Six students earned the seal, which will be included on their diploma: Julia Blazejewski, Adam Jurkiewicz, Zuzanna Kubiszewski, Anna Leus, Kamila Wawer and Nicholas Zdrzalka. Students interested in taking the state exam can contact Paulina Tuman (Glowacka) at pglowacka@d125.org.

Community Orchestra Concert on Sunday

The Stevenson Community Orchestra will hold its final concert of the 2016-17 school year at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The orchestra is part of the Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP).

Alum Co-Hosting New Show on Travel Channel

Jason Kessler (Class of 2000) is the co-host of the Travel Channel’s new show, “Trip Testers,” which seeks to show viewers whether activities at the world’s most popular vacation destinations live up to their billing. The co-hosting gig is a departure for Kessler, who has spent most of his career behind the camera. He started as an entry-level production assistant on “The Office,” and later wrote for several shows on cable. Kessler talked about his career, and his relatively limited history of traveling until now, with the Daily Herald.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 19, Highland Park 2: The Patriots rolled in their Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association playoff opener at Carmel. SHS (15-5), which has won four straight games and 10 of its last 11, will play host to the Downers Grove co-op (9-7-1) in the Metea Valley Sectional semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stadium. Stevenson is the No. 12 seed in the 56-team state tournament. – @PatriotsGLax, IHSWLA.org

Boys Lacrosse

Evanston 11, Stevenson 9: The host Wildkits (6-9) cooled off the streaking Patriots (10-8) in the final regular season game for both teams. Demetre Crews scored three goals to lead SHS, which had won nine of its last 11 games entering the contest. Mike Simon, Austin Masters, Cole Okmin, Hunter Gleason, Caleb DiMaria and Colin Bowler each recorded one goal. Crews, DiMaria, Bowler and Simon had one assist apiece. Chad Winter made nine saves. – @PatsLax

Softball

Stevenson 14, Waukegan 3 (6 inn.): Ilyssa Muise held the hosts to six hits and struck out eight while issuing one walk for the Patriots (13-16, 4-9). Mic Faunce had three hits, drove in three runs and scored four times. Vera Pflugradt also scored four runs, and Alana Labaschin knocked in three.

Baseball

Warren 2, Stevenson 0: The visiting Patriots (16-12, 10-8) were held to two hits by the Blue Devils (24-8, 13-5). – Daily Herald

SHS Wins Frosh-Soph Conference Boys Track Meet

Stevenson won last week’s North Suburban Conference Boys Track and Field Freshman-Sophomore Meet at Warren Township High School. The Patriots posted 136 points, well ahead of the host school, which had 95.5, and six other schools. Sam Farber and Jahleel Perrin each won a pair of events. Farber finished first in the 110-meter high hurdles (17.77) and in the 300 hurdles (44.16), while Perrin captured the 100 (11.63) and the 200 (23.53). Jordan Vincent won the 400 (54.71) and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay with Tajes Khanna, Hunter Tam and Zac Nelson (3:45.40). He also was fifth in the 100 (12.05). Tam was runner-up in the high jump (5-7) and the 3,200 relay squad of David Balaban, Corey Pacernick, Cameron Coffey and Alex Beckerman also finished second (8:51.80). Balaban also finished third in the 800 (2:12.39), fifth in the long jump (17-9) and sixth in the triple jump (36-2). Perrin was part of two third-place relays: the 400 with Vincent, Khanna and Matt Green (46.47), and the 800 with Green, Khanna and Matt Pflug (1:38.02). SHS also received third-place finishes from Ean Norenberg in the high jump (5-5), Alex Scott in the discus (95-7) and Nick Stefanov in the shot put (38-5). Pacernick was fourth in the 800 (2:16.12), Jackson Adorjan took fourth in the 110 hurdles (18.85), and Tam placed fourth in the 400 (55.73). Fifth-place efforts came from Jake Schabes in the 3,200 (10:56.85), Beckerman in the 1,600 (4:56.39), and Nick Machado in the shot put (36-8.5). Green was sixth in the 200 (24.97).

Allied Soccer Team Wraps Up Fourth Season

The Allied Soccer team has concluded its fourth season. This year, the squad included 22 students. Pioneer Press writer Jon Kerr wrote this piece about the program, which includes interviews with two “buddies,” junior Madison Cheslock and sophomore Kai Mayahara. He also spoke with the team coaches, Mark Schartner and Shannon Mauro.

SHS Hosting All-Star Water Polo Games, Youth Clinic

Stevenson will serve as host for the annual Illinois Water Polo high school all-star games and age-group youth clinic on Sunday, June 4. The clinic will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the boys all-star game at 12:30 p.m. and the girls all-star contest at 2 p.m. Click here for details.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Parking Guidelines for Seniors Next Year

Stevenson’s student population is increasing next year, and more students means more staff, which unfortunately means less student parking on campus. Students are encouraged to start talking with friends and classmates to arrange carpools and rideshares if they need to park on campus for the duration of the year. The Class of 2018 will have an opportunity to purchase up to four of six marking periods of parking. Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking permits can only be purchased during online registration. All Stevenson families will receive a mailing regarding online registration in mid-June. This mailing will include when the online registration window opens for all students. Seniors also will be able to purchase daily Port Clinton parking spots in Room 2400 with a minimum of 24 hours in advance. A maximum of 15 spots per calendar month can be purchased at $3 per day.

Library Books Must Be Returned by Wednesday

Please return all library books and pay any overdue fines to the West ILC by Wednesday. After Wednesday, no library materials may be checked out if you have overdue books or fines.

Dance Company Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Auditions for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-7 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. They will be given a warm-up exercise and learn phrase work. Students should come prepared to perform a 1-minute solo of their own unique choreography, in the modern contemporary style. For more details and to sign up for the audition, click here.

Juniors and Seniors Pick Up Yearbooks Today

Juniors and seniors may pick up their yearbook during all lunch periods today. Freshmen and sophomores may pick up their yearbook during all lunch periods Wednesday. Pick up locations are the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104 and the Performing Arts Center lobby. You must have your student ID to pick up your yearbook.

Spanish Honor Society Induction Ceremony Thursday

The Spanish Honor Society induction ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the West Auditorium. Rehearsal for the students being inducted is at 5 p.m.

First 50 SHS Students Get in Free to State Water Polo

The Sports Boosters will continue its tradition of paying for the first 50 Stevenson students to attend the IHSA Water Polo State Tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Thursday and Friday nights. The girls will play at 7 p.m. Thursday and the boys at 7 p.m. Friday. Students should present their ID at the admission window.

Clean Out Your PE Locker by Next Monday

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, May 22. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Final Exam Update From the Testing Center

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

15th Annual SNN Film Fest Friday Night

All students are invited to enjoy an evening of student-made short films at the 15th annual SNN Film Fest at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. Admission is $2. Note: Some films may contain mature themes and/or language.

CLUB NEWS

The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 2516. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.

ATHLETICS

There will be an informational meeting for girls cross country at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater (Room 4200). If you cannot make the meeting, contact Coach LeVanti at mlevanti@d125.org.

The girls basketball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2002. Don’t forget to register for summer camp/leagues!

The girls lacrosse team is holding a Jamba Juice sale in the Wood Commons during seventh and eighth periods and during the assembly, and after school by the athletic fields before Spring Fling. You can buy a 10-ounce Jamba Juice for $3. Two flavors will be available: Strawberry Whirl and Mega Mango. You can pay in cash or with your student ID.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Former Lake Bluff teacher surrenders on indecency charge

Merger of two Gold Coast CPS schools gets go-ahead

Emanuel considering taxes on rich, downtown businesses to fund CPS

Former NIU official only received oral report for $468K investigation

Hospitals cutting athletic trainer services to Springfield-area high schools

UI partners with United Arab Emirates school on engineering degrees

Woodlands Academy removes “interim” tag from principal

In tribute, Bremen students elect dead classmates prom king and queen

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

How Google took over the classroom

AP test-takers’ tweets may not give away answers, but raise questions

University of Missouri cutting about 400 amid expected 7% enrollment drop

Private colleges offering discounts at historic levels

Poll: Most Americans feel fine about school choice

Key findings on political spending by school-choice backers

Federal lawmakers begin new push for college student-outcomes data

Some parents dropping medication in favor of diet for kids with ADHD

Abuse, pay driving referees away in public high schools

Freed from federal regulations, California unveils its ESSA plan

Yik Yak, social media irritant for schools, colleges, shuts down

Silicon Valley startup aims to replace Texas Instruments’ iconic calculator

The idea was to keep kids safe after school. Now they’re chess champions

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Badminton Team Wins State Title

Stevenson’s badminton team won the Illinois High School Association state championship on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. This is the second state badminton title for SHS, which won its first in 2012. Leading the way for the Patriots was freshman Esther Shi, who won the school’s first state singles championship since 1999. Stevenson also received a second-place finish in doubles from senior May Ling and Jenny Yang. Those three, along with senior singles player Ashley Richardson and the doubles team of junior Shirley Cao and freshman Kaitlyn Lu, will be honored during a ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in Room 2104. Also honored will be the badminton team coaches: head coach Grant Johnson and assistant coaches Mike Fitzgerald, Derek Howell, Matt Edstrom and Bob Smith.

The badminton state title capped an exceptional weekend for the SHS athletic program.  Senior gymnast Matt Krames earn two state medals, the boys and girls water polo teams won sectional championships, and the boys tennis squad captured the North Suburban Conference crown. Details are available in the Sports section below.

Four Place in Top 10 at National BPA Conference

Two members of the Business Professionals of America club finished second, and two others placed in the top 10, at the 2017 BPA National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida last weekend. Sophomore Claire Huang was runner-up in Administrative Support Concepts, and junior Conrad Oberhaus was second in Accounting Math Concepts. Also finishing in the top 10 in their events were sophomores Maitreyee Malpekar (Fundamental Accounting) and Miranda Liu (Fundamental Word Processing). Fifteen members of Stevenson’s BPA club participated at the national conference.

Archery Team Qualifies for World Tournament

Junior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished fourth out of 2,150 competitors in the Female Division at the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday, May 12. The junior shot a score of 295 that included 25 bullseyes, and she also won $15,000 in a scholarship shootout at the tournament.

Hartman-Stackhouse’s performance led Stevenson to a school-record score of 3,327 with an SHS record 182 bullseyes. The squad finished 64th out of 248 teams, and qualified for the NASP World Tournament in Orlando, Florida July 21-22. Several other team members posted personal-best scores in Louisville, and sophomore Rachel French pulled off what head coach Jane Klewin called “an almost impossible feat.” Click here to see their results.

Five Students Help Start eSports Team

Five students who are part of the school’s inaugural Patriot Gaming eSports League of Legends team are competing in tournaments now and this summer. Seniors Jesse Brodacz, Chip Ogar, Joshua Wu, Karen Karapetyan and Ryan Johnson are taking part in this spring’s High School League of Legends tournament with 12 other Chicagoland high schools. This summer, the five will participate in the nationwide eSports League of Legends tournament sponsored by Riot games. Students interested in joining Stevenson’s eSports team are invited to an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 2516.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Badminton

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The Patriots won their second state championship as freshman Esther Shi captured the singles title and senior May Ling and freshman Jenny Yang finished second in doubles. Stevenson edged Neuqua Valley, 18.5-17.0, in the team standings for its first outright state crown. SHS tied Naperville North for the 2012 championship. Shi, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, defeated top-seeded Emma Lin of Naperville North, 21-13, 21-11, to become the second state singles champion from Stevenson. Shi joins Miwa Kuniwake, who won the state title in 1999. Shi won all six of her state tournament matches in straight sets, three each day. She defeated Vaishali Manoharan of Waubonsie Valley in the quarterfinals (21-7, 21-8) and toppled Fremd’s Kellie Liu in the semifinals (21-14, 21-11). In doubles, Yang and Ling reached the championship match before falling to top-seeded Joyce Chen and Shrinithi Venkatesan of Neuqua Valley, 21-17, 21-13. Ling and Yang, a 5-8 seed, upset second-seeded Hannah Chen and Sharon Wu of Fremd in the quarterfinals, 21-16, 17-21, 21-13, then knocked off 3-4 seed Nitya Nagarajan and Allison Yu of Metea Valley in the semifinals, 21-14, 17-21, 21-14. SHS also received points from senior Ashley Richardson, who reached the consolation singles semifinals. She won five of seven matches during her fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament. – Official Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: At Hinsdale Central, senior Matt Krames finished his career by earning two more medals, despite performing with a separated shoulder and tendinitis. He tied for second in the floor exercise with a score of 9.55, and was fourth in vault with a score of 9.25. Krames also tied for ninth in the all-around competition on Friday night. Krames finished his career with five individual state medals. He won the state floor exercise title and was third on parallel bars in 2016, and was sixth in the all-around in 2015. He was a member of Stevenson’s state champion team in 2015 and was on the roster when the Patriots were runners-up in 2014. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: Claire Haas scored seven goals to lead the top-seeded Patriots (31-2) past second-seeded Mundelein, 16-2, for their fourth consecutive sectional championship and a berth in the state tournament in home water. SHS will face St. Ignatius in the state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Against Mundelein, Stevenson took a 3-1 lead after the first quarter, then blew things open with a 5-0 second quarter. Eileen Hoang, Lauren Maloney and Kalista Tapas scored two goals each, while Julia Nicholson, Amelia Eastman and Ashley Carollo each had one. Goalie Anna Mossakowski made 11 saves. Mundelein, which won 10 games last season, finished 22-12. – Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: The unbeaten and top-seeded Patriots improved to 33-0 by beating second-seeded Mundelein, 19-5, for their sixth straight sectional title. Andrew Shashin scored five goals and Collin Kapecki and Dan Maleski each had four for SHS, which will face Lincoln-Way East in the state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Rahul Arun, Justin Ginsberg and Eric Osuch each added two goals. Charlie Day made five saves. Stevenson scored the first four goals of the game, and after the Mustangs (17-14) rallied to make the score 5-2, the Patriots poured in six unanswered goals to take command. – Illpolo.com, Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots won all three singles titles and two of four doubles crowns as they dethroned host Lake Forest for their first conference championship since 2013. Each title match featured an SHS-LFHS matchup. In singles, Zach Kim posted a 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 1, Sam Komis rolled at No. 2, 6-3, 6-1, and Brian Weisberg breezed at No. 3, 6-2, 6-1. Jeremy Park and Michael Maryniuk prevailed at No. 3 doubles, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4, and Gary Braznichenko and Nick Ryding were 6-4, 6-4 winners at No. 4 doubles. The teams of Aswath Viswanathan/Arjun Sheelvanth and Andy Dong/Matt Harvey were second at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, respectively. – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Badminton

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: Freshman Esther Shi and the doubles team of senior May Ling and freshman Jenny Yang won their first three matches in the two-day tournament, while the Patriots’ two other entries won two of three. Shi, the No. 2 seed in singles, rolled past opponents from Glenbrook South (21-4, 21-3), Elgin (21-6, 21-8) and Naperville North (21-9, 21-11) to advance to the quarterfinals. Ling and Yang, a 5-8 seed, also reached the quarterfinals, albeit by a different path. They beat duos from Lake Park (21-8, 21-16) and Lyons (21-10, 21-10), then won their third-round match over Naperville North when the opponent suffered an injury default with a 17-10 lead in the first set. Senior Ashley Richardson, a 9-12 seed, beat foes from Conant (21-9, 21-6) and Glenbrook North (21-13, 21-16) before losing a tough three-set match to a 5-8 seed from Fremd (21-19, 12-21, 22-20). Junior Shirley Cao and freshman Kaitlyn Lu beat tandems from Hoffman Estates (21-8, 21-16) and Naperville Central (21-12, 21-9) before falling to the top seeds from Neuqua Valley (21-13, 21-7). They then were eliminated with a three-set loss to Lake Park (10-21, 21-15, 21-15). – Official Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: Andrew Shashin scored seven goals and Dan Maleski added six as the top-seeded Patriots (32-0) rolled over fifth-seeded McHenry, 21-2, in the semifinals. Collin Kapecki scored three times. Charlie Day and Nik Ebeling combined to make 13 saves. – Illpolo.com

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: Claire Haas scored six goals and Fiona Gaffney added three as the top-seeded Patriots (30-2) bowled over fifth-seeded Buffalo Grove, 21-3, in the semifinals. SHS took an 8-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Bella Greenspan, Kalista Tapas, Eileen Hoang and Lauren Maloney had two goals each, while Ashley Carollo, Julia Nicholson, Amelia Eastman and Maanasa Devabhaktuni also scored. Starting goalie Anna Mossakowski made three saves and Brigitte Lefebvre followed with four.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Lake Zurich 5: Austin Masters and Demetre Crews each scored three goals as the visiting Patriots (10-7, 5-3 North Suburban Conference) continued their winning ways. Masters added an assist for SHS, which has won nine of its last 11 games. Chad Winter made 12 saves. Colin Bowler scored two goals. Hunter Gleason scored a goal and had two assists, while Bryan Spruce scored once and added an assist. Shane Sokolsky and Caleb DiMaria also registered one assist apiece. Nick Del Barto and Matt Henry had four ground balls each. Lake Zurich fell to 6-9, 1-6. – @PatsLax, IHSLA.org

Softball

Evanston 12, Stevenson 9: The visiting Patriots (12-16) made seven errors that led to all 12 Wildkit runs being unearned, spoiling a nice pitching effort by Riley Housinger. Alana Labaschin had three hits and drove in two runs. Emma Oriatti hit a three-run home run. Vera Pflugradt, Gwen Heilman and Anna Fossier each had two hits.

Spring Sports Awards Night Tuesday

All spring sports athletes and their parents or guardians are invited to the Spring Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Sports Center.

Girls Soccer Hosting IHSA Regional Tuesday

The varsity girls soccer team will take on Carmel in the IHSA Class 3A Stevenson Regional semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. Admission is $4. The Patriots are the No. 12 seed in the Warren Sectional, while the Corsairs are the No. 7 seed. The winner of Tuesday’s semifinal will face the winner of No. 2 Warren-No. 15 Waukegan at 11 a.m. Saturday for the regional title.

First 50 SHS Students Get in Free to State Water Polo

The Sports Boosters will continue its tradition of paying for the first 50 Stevenson students to attend the IHSA Water Polo State Tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center on Thursday and Friday nights. The girls will play at 7 p.m. Thursday and the boys at 7 p.m. Friday. Students should present their ID at the admission window.

Hjorth Talks With “Edgy Tim” on Patriot Football

Longtime Illinois football writer Tim “Edgy Tim” O’Halloran of Rivals interviewed new head football coach Josh Hjorth on Thursday. They talked about Hjorth’s loyalty to SHS despite opportunities at other schools, how he juggles his coaching duties with his job as a special education teacher, and the stability of the program he is taking over. Click here to listen to the interview.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pick Up Your Yearbooks This Week

Juniors and seniors may pick up their yearbook during all lunch periods on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores may pick up their yearbook during all lunch periods Wednesday. Pick up locations are the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104 and the Performing Arts Center lobby. You must have your student ID to pick up your yearbook.

Mandatory Meeting for 2017-18 AP Art Students

There will be a mandatory meeting for all AP 2D Design (Media) and AP Drawing students today from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1426. All AP 3D Design students will have a mandatory meeting on Tuesday from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1422. The purposes of the meetings are to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Work from the summer assignments will be a significant factor in the first six-week grading period. Attendance at this meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken (khyken@d125.org) and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday in Room 1426.

Library Books Must Be Returned by Wednesday

Please return all library books and pay any overdue fines to the West ILC by Wednesday. After Wednesday, no library materials may be checked out if you have overdue books or fines.

Dance Company Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Auditions for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-7 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. They will be given a warm-up exercise and learn phrase work. Students should come prepared to perform a 1-minute solo of their own unique choreography, in the modern contemporary style. For more details and to sign up for the audition, click here.

Clean Out Your PE Locker by Next Monday

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, May 22. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Final Exam Update From the Testing Center

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on final exam days. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a re-scheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

CLUB NEWS

Breakfast with Books will have its last meeting of the year at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the ILC. Local author Mitch Granger will be here to talk about his new book and raffle off some signed copies. All students are welcome!

COLLEGE NEWS

The Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at application.horatioalger.org. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).  

ATHLETICS

The girls basketball team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2002. Don’t forget to register for summer camp/leagues!

There will be an informational meeting for girls cross country at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater (Room 4200). If you cannot make the meeting, contact Coach LeVanti at mlevanti@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

The Intramural Department will have open gym basketball for any interested student from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Field House. All you need to participate is your current school ID.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Aptakisic Junior High team wins national quiz bowl tournament

Chicago teachers to take no-confidence vote for CPS CEO this week

Hampshire High student killed in crash, second to die this month

Illinois State trustees vote to freeze tuition, extend president’s contract

Five decades later, veteran graduates from Mundelein High

Downers Grove-based DeVry University plans to change its name

Esports gain traction at high school level

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

New Arizona law allows schools to hire teachers with no training

Growing number of colleges allowing students to skip straight to finals

Schools brace for impact if Congress cuts from Medicaid

Campus police forces start to adopt body cameras

New college grads could be looking at highest starting salaries ever

More states allow sunscreen at schools without doctor’s note

Fortune partners with U. of North Carolina on executive ed program

Social media remains thorny issue for academics, colleges

14-year-old graduates from Texas Christian University

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Friday, May 12, 2017

“Mindful” Menu Brings Healthy Returns to Cafeteria

The school’s move to healthier food options in the West Building cafeteria this year have paid off in two major ways. The obvious benefit has been a move by students toward more mindful eating. Sales of hamburgers are down by 5,200 units compared to this time last year, while salad sales have more than doubled. French fry sales are about one-third of what they were 16 months ago. “Not one kid has asked me, ‘Hey, where are the french fries?’ And they know what a dragon roll is,” said Habib Osman, general manager of Sodexo’s cafeteria services at Stevenson. The other benefit, admittedly harder to quantify, is that the expanded lunch menu has kept some students from leaving campus, a safer situation. This summer, the East Building cafeteria will be receiving a makeover so the “Mindful” menu can expand to the other side of the school.

Spring Guitar Concert Monday Night

The Spring Guitar Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn and on The Cube.

Leave Your Mark, Buy a Stadium Brick

Stevenson families, area business and others are invited to leave their mark at the school by buying a brick paver for placement in the southwest entrance to the Stadium. There are two options available: a traditional-sized brick (4 inches x 8 inches) for $150 and a “super brick” (8 x 8) for $275. The deadline to place a brick order is May 31. Click here to order your brick today.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (31-0) crushed eighth-seeded Highland Park, 20-2, advancing to tonight’s semifinal against No. 5 McHenry. The game begins at 7 p.m. No details were available from the game. – IHSA.org

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Grayslake North Sectional: The Patriots finished 13th out of 16 teams and had no state qualifiers. The 3,200-meter relay team of Gabriela Jagielo, Lauren Appell, Claire Sullivan and Abby Pucek placed third (10:00.77), while the 1,600 relay unit with Sydney Erickson, Meghan Liss, Haley Tokars and Juhi Jhaveri finished fourth (4:11.41). Michelle Cai was fifth in the long jump (16-2), and the 800 relay squad with Erickson, Tokars, Jhaveri and Bridget Holzer also took fifth (1:47.09). SHS had three sixth-place efforts: Jhaveri in the 100 (13.00), Sabrina Sullivan in the 300 hurdles (49.74), and the 400 relay team of Erickson, Tokars, Emily Ossentjuk and Nicole Youkhanna (51.95). – Official Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: Jonathan Powell won the long jump (22-5.5) and the triple jump (45-5) as the Patriots finished second in the team standings to Lake Zurich, 117-101. Jordan Eng placed second in the 300 hurdles (41.55) and in the long jump (21-3). Noah Lukz was second in the 100 (11.07) and third in the 200 (22.63). The 1,600 relay team of Ahmad Dinkins, Borler Wu, Sam Herenton and Aaron Portman finished second (3:30.34). Maema Njongmeta took third in discus (137-8), and there were two relays that placed third: the 400 with Powell, Dinkins, Lukz and David Goncharov (43.18), and the 3,200 with Portman, Caleb Oh, Matt Klonowski and Paul Udoni (8:10.85). SHS had five fourth-place showings: Herenton in the 400 (51.61), Goncharov in the triple jump (42-9), Nikita Smyrnov in the 3,200 (9:37.90), Anand Batbaatar in shot put (47-3.5), and the 800 relay group of Goncharov, Dinkins, Powell and Lukz (1:31.13). Oh was fifth in the 800 (2:01.21), Stephen Rice finished sixth in the 110 hurdles (16.55), and Dan Erdenetsogt placed sixth in shot put (43-5). – Official Results

Baseball

Stevenson 13, Waukegan 2 (5 inn.): Jacob Rosenkranz, Ari Gordon and Hayden Brotz combined on a one-hitter with six strikeouts for the host Patriots (16-11, 10-7), who broke open a scoreless game with seven runs in the second inning. Charlie Ling went 3-for-4, drove in three runs and scored two. Benjamin Chestler was 2-for-3 and scored three times. Charlie Bourbon and Henry Marchese also collected two hits apiece, with Bourbon smacking an RBI triple during a five-run outburst in the fourth. Ryan McElhinny lead off the second inning and scored, and later in the frame delivered a two-run single. – GameChanger.com

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 13, Glenbrook South 9: Chad Winter made a career-high 18 saves for the host Patriots (9-7), who won for the eighth time in their last 10 outings. Caleb DiMaria was the offensive leader with five goals, and he also had three assists. Demetre Crews scored three times, Colin Bowler had two goals, and Ryan Walsh, Bryan Spruce and Austin Masters chipped in with one goal each. Mike Simon had two assists for SHS, which played its last regular-season home game. – @PatsLax

Badminton, Boys Gymnastics State Meets Start Today

Stevenson will have entries in the IHSA badminton and boys gymnastics state meets that begin today. Freshman Esther Shi and senior Ashley Richardson will compete in the singles bracket of the badminton tournament at Eastern Illinois University. Two doubles tandems will join them in Charleston: senior May Ling and freshman Jenny Yang, and junior Shirley Cao and freshman Kaitlyn Lu. SHS is considered one of the favorites for the team title. You can follow their progress here. Senior Matt Krames will compete in the boys gymnastics state meet at Hinsdale Central. He will participate in the all-around competition tonight, and in four individual events on Saturday: floor exercise (which he won in 2016), vault, parallel bars and high bar. Follow his results here.

Baseball Alum Returns to Schaumburg Boomers

The Schaumburg Boomers open their season tonight, and SHS alum Kyle Ruchim (Class of 2010) is expected to be one of their starting outfielders. He played for the Boomers in 2015 before signing a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox last year.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

All Juniors Meet With Counselors on Monday

All juniors will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Monday. Juniors must attend the meeting even if they are involved in a club that meets during the activity period. Counselor meetings will take place in these rooms:

Grove 1508/1510
Jones 1916/1918
Kellogg 7066/7068
Kelly West Auditorium (2206)
Kulla West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 7014
Moran Chorus Room (2202)
Perkins 1500/1502
Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Scanio 8046-8048
Seeger 8036-8040
Sullivan Recital Hall (4100)
Timm Little Theater (4200)
Vazquez West Auditorium (2206)


Pick Up Your Yearbooks Next Week

Juniors and seniors may pick up their yearbook during all lunch periods on Tuesday. Freshmen and sophomores may pick up their yearbook during all lunch periods Wednesday. Pick up locations are the Patriot Lobby by Room 2104 and the Performing Arts Center lobby. You must have your student ID to pick up your yearbook.

Library Books Must Be Returned by Wednesday

Please return all library books and pay any overdue fines to the West ILC by Wednesday. After Wednesday, no library materials may be checked out if you have overdue books or fines.

Dance Company Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Auditions for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-7 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. They will be given a warm-up exercise and learn phrase work. Students should come prepared to perform a 1-minute solo of their own unique choreography, in the modern contemporary style. For more details and to sign up for the audition, click here.

Information on Textbook Returns During Finals

Textbook returns will be located in the Lower Sports Center from 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 23-25. After May 25, all textbooks must be returned to the School Business Office (Room 2426). Teachers should not accept any textbook returns, as this may cause a delay in processing and result in the students being fined for their books. Seniors must have all their textbooks returned, and any textbook fines paid, before they receive their diplomas.

Visiting Artist of the Month at SHS Today

Visiting Artist of the Month Alexander Charles Listello is visiting the school today during third and fifth periods to talk with students. His talks will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery, located on the first floor of the West Building. Listello’s work will be on display through May 23.

CLUB NEWS

Breakfast with Books will have its last meeting of the year at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the ILC. Local author Mitch Granger will be here to talk about his new book and raffle off some signed copies. All students are welcome!

The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 2516. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Senate committee approves bill to move school elections to the fall

Thornton District 205 under federal investigation for possible kickbacks

University of Chicago unveils plans for hotel near Obama library

Illinois football players charged, say alleged dorm burglary was a prank

District 155 board member hangs it up after serving for 32 years

Despite suggestions of intimidation, high school retains basketball coach

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Ohio Supreme Court: Backpack searches fair game on school property

Interest rates on federal student loans set to rise

“Historic” Colorado charter school funding measure passes legislature

The promise and peril of school vouchers

Missouri poised to fully fund its school formula

The politics of Los Angeles’ high school graduation rate

8-year-old Cincinnati student’s suicide raising questions

Assistant principal resigns after argument with teen abortion protesters

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

25 Earn Top Level on National Latin Exam

Almost two-thirds of the 96 students who took the National Latin Exam last month won awards, with 25 reaching the highest level of achievement, gold summa cum laude. Senior Brandon Yang, who had a perfect score on the exam two years ago, earned his fourth gold. Other gold summa cum laude winners included seniors Stephanie Diao, Justin Han and Hudson Havenhill; juniors Callie Coffey, Isabelle Fox, Sathvik Gurupalli, Hope Havenhill, Sam Litwin, Ali Rahman, Antony Simonoff and Kamil Waszynski; sophomores Anne Baldino, Emily Luo, Sam Mateles, Josiah Matthews, Jacob Minin, Meghan Oh and Daniel Zhu; and freshmen Joyce Bai, Advait Deoskar, Helen Han, Ketna Kolakaluri, Trisha N. Patel and Ayako Taira. Yang, Diao, Justin Han and Hudson Havenhill were invited to apply for scholarships as a result of their senior year scores. Click here to see the rest of the award winners.

Archery Team Heads to National Tournament

Twenty-five members of the archery team will head to Louisville, Kentucky Friday morning for the National Archery in the Schools national tournament. Patriots participating in the tournament will be seniors Lawford Liu, Go Ogata, Vishwas Rao, Jeehyung Sung, Victor Wang, David Xu and Brandon Yang; juniors Desmond Ding, Melissa Elsner, Rachel French, Samantha Hartman-Stackhouse, Lauren Pinto, Brandon Raef, Andrew Sliwicki and Sara Ulziibayar; sophomores Rebecca Azevedo, Kara Carter, Dean Crawford, Brenna Faber, Nick Filerman and Temma Saito; and freshmen Caitlin Goldberg, Amelia Korveziroska, Saumya Malhotra and Josh Nimmo.

SHS Employee’s Nephew on “Jeopardy!” Today

The nephew of a Stevenson employee will compete in the quarterfinals of the “Jeopardy!” teacher tournament today. Michael Camp, a Spanish teacher at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, is the nephew of Ellyn Ross, who is the assistant to Director of Student Learning Programs Marla Israel. Ross also is president of the Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 Board of Education. Jeopardy! airs at 3:30 on ABC7 Chicago.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: Claire Haas scored five goals and Eileen Hoang added four as the top-seeded Patriots walloped eighth-seeded Wheeling, 18-2, advancing to the semifinals against No. 5 Buffalo Grove at 5 p.m. Friday. SHS (29-2) also received two goals from Shreya Sreedhar, and one from Vicky Kolotov, Bella Greenspan, Kalista Tapas, Vicki Kim, Fiona Gaffney, Lauren Maloney and Melanie Blake. Stevenson outscored the Wildcats, 8-1, in the first quarter to end any suspense. Goalies Anna Mossakowski and Brigitte Lefebvre made six saves. Wheeling ended its season with a 5-19 record.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Waukegan, 25-15, 19-25, 25-17: Grant Maleski slammed 17 kills and served six aces to lead the host Patriots (23-11, 5-2) in their final North Suburban Conference match of the year. Matt Cliffer had eight kills, Leo Chen added six and Hudson Havenhill five. Haddon Kay distributed 35 assists for SHS, which closes its regular season at home against Palatine on Thursday, May 18.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Visiting Artist of the Month Coming to SHS Friday

Visiting Artist of the Month Alexander Charles Listello will visit the school on Friday to talk with students during third and fifth periods. His talks will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery, located on the first floor of the West Building. Listello’s work will be on display through May 23.

Library Books Must Be Returned by Wednesday

Please return all library books and pay any overdue fines to the West ILC by Wednesday. After Wednesday, no library materials may be checked out if you have overdue books or fines.

All Juniors Meet With Counselors on Monday

All juniors will have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Monday. Juniors must attend the meeting even if they are involved in a club that meets during the activity period. Counselor meetings will take place in these rooms:

Grove 1508/1510
Jones 1916/1918
Kellogg 7066/7068
Kelly West Auditorium (2206)
Kulla West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 7014
Moran Chorus Room (2202)
Perkins 1500/1502
Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Scanio 8046-8048
Seeger 8036-8040
Sullivan Recital Hall (4100)
Timm Little Theater (4200)
Vazquez West Auditorium (2206)


Information on Textbook Returns During Finals

Textbook returns will be located in the Lower Sports Center from 7:30 a.m-1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, May 23-25. After May 25, all textbooks must be returned to the School Business Office (Room 2426). Teachers should not accept any textbook returns, as this may cause a delay in processing and result in the students being fined for their books. Seniors must have all their textbooks returned, and any textbook fines paid, before they receive their diplomas.

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available as early as May 22, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at studio.il.vipis.com or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, studio.il.vipis.com. Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

Have You Ever Wanted to Give a TED Talk?

Have you ever wanted to give a TED talk? Speaker applications are now being accepted for the Vernon Area Public Library’s third annual TEDx event, which will be held October 15. Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 30. Speaker applications and details can be found at http://tedx.vapld.info.

CLUB NEWS

Breakfast with Books will have its last meeting of the year at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the ILC. Local author Mitch Granger will be here to talk about his new book and raffle off some signed copies. All students are welcome!

The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 18 in Room 2516. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

State owes Chicago schools $467M in grants, CPS financial crisis widens

Student who tried to hack Glenbrook North grading system sues district

Providence sued over dismissal of student over alleged racial incident

Emanuel says he’s ready to do “very difficult things” to save CPS

Elgin charter school awarded $950K federal grant

Police: Threat of shooting at Elgin high school deemed a “prank”

Roosevelt University looks to cash in on Michigan Avenue real estate

Elmhurst parents tell board third-grade classes will be too big

SIU board tables Carbondale chancellor decision

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

School bullying is down. Why don’t students believe it?

Boos drown out DeVos speech at Bethune-Cookman

New survey shows mixed views on the value of higher education

A plan to kill high school transcripts … and transform college admissions

School lunch shaming: Inside America’s hidden debt crisis

High absenteeism plagues Detroit schools on closure bubble

Vanderbilt University may be next frontier for faculty unions

Report of racist note on St. Olaf black student’s windshield was fabricated

6 traits of life-changing teachers

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Two Seniors Named National Merit Scholars

SHS seniors David Liu and Kathy Xiang are among 2,500 winners in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program announced today. The pair were among more than 15,000 finalists in the running for the $2,500 college scholarships offered by the Evanston-based National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Merit Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. The committee looked at several factors, including the student’s academic record, including the difficulty level of subjects studies and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; a personal essay; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2015 when more than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than 1% of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2017 program, about 7,500 finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of more than $32 million in college scholarships.

Bass Fishers Keeping Fingers Crossed for State

The bass fishing team took part in the Illinois High School Association Chain O’Lakes South Sectional tournament on Tuesday. Senior Will Reichert earned the Big Bass Award for catching the largest bass, which weighed 3.74 pounds. He and freshman Jason Qualich finished fourth among 15 boats in the competition, and are currently an alternate for the state tournament. Qualich and Reichert had a combined catch of 5.35 pounds. Stevenson’s second boat, with sophomore Daniel Salas and junior John Mistica, finished eighth at 2.25 pounds.

Choral Concert Thursday Night

The Stevenson choirs will conclude their concert schedule with a free performance at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on The Cube.

Students Say Thanks to SHS Teachers in Video

Stevenson is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this week. Here’s a video in which some SHS students offer their thanks to teachers who have inspired them.

Alum’s Op-Ed Piece Featured in Springfield Newspaper

SHS alumnus Dr. Kevin Rubenstein (Class of 1995) has a guest column in today’s Springfield State Journal-Register supporting an evidence-based school funding proposal put before the state legislature. Rubenstein, the president-elect of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, argues that the evidence-based model is the best solution to meet the needs of all students in Illinois, and not just the nearly 300,000 with disabilities. He is the director of student services, technology and assessment for Lake Bluff Elementary District 65.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Warren, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21: Leo Chen and Grant Maleski each racked up 13 kills as the Patriots (22-11, 4-2) rallied past the Blue Devils (15-13, 3-3) in Gurnee. Chen recorded five kills in the third game. Haddon Kay was 61-of-62 setting with 29 assists and also served a pair of service aces. Danny Orlov made 10 digs, and also contributed two assists and an ace. Matt Cliffer had five kills and Hudson Havenhill chipped in with three. Stevenson closes its league schedule at 6 o’clock tonight with a home match against Waukegan in the Sports Center. – Daily Herald

Baseball

Stevenson 12, Waukegan 0 (6 inn.): Michael Thon, Michael Sobel and Michael D’Angelo combined to throw a four-hit shutout on the road for the Patriots (15-11, 9-7). Thon started and pitched the first three innings, giving up three hits and striking out three. Sobel followed with two innings of hitless relief, and D’Angelo tossed the final frame. Offensively, Scotty Max and Shane McGaha each had two hits and drove in two runs. Jack Housinger walked four times, stole four bases and scored four runs. Henry Marchese also had two hits and scored a pair of runs. SHS scored seven runs in the last two innings to bring an early end to the game. – GameChanger.com

Softball

Lake Zurich 9, Stevenson 6: Alana Labaschin hit a three-run home run and Emma Oriatti added a two-run shot for the host Patriots (12-15, 3-9). The Bears (14-11, 8-4) scored four runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the victory. Vera Pflugradt, Mic Faunce and Gwen Heilman all doubled for SHS. – Daily Herald

Girls Track Team Prepares for Sectional

The varsity girls track and field team takes part in an IHSA sectional at Grayslake North on Thursday, and coach Emma Degen is looking for her Patriots to build off the momentum from last week’s fourth-place finish at the conference meet. Two of the leaders for SHS are seniors Juhi Jhaveri and Sydney Erickson. Jhaveri, one of the team captains, is in her fourth year on the varsity, while Erickson is running track for the first time in high school. She is a veteran of the Patriot cross country team, though, and also played for Stevenson’s girls volleyball team, which placed third at state last fall. The two seniors are featured in this Pioneer Press article.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come to the SHS Math Carnival Tonight

The Stevenson Math Department and Freshmen Math Team invite all third- to fifth-grade students in the community, along with their parents, teachers and SHS faculty, to a Math Carnival tonight. Students are invited to play math-themed carnival games and win prizes from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forum (“Point”) entrance of the West Building. Come play all 40 games, or stop by to play just for a little while! For more information, contact bhabel@d125.org or pkim@d125.org.

Last PPA Bake Sale of the Year Today

Don’t miss the last PPA Bake Sale of the year today in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Today

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Mention the fundraiser when ordering (dine-in, delivery or carryout), and show this flyer when paying. (The flyer also appears at www.d125.org/choir.) The Choral Guild will receive 20% of total sales during the fundraiser.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Warren Township High teachers protest alleged insurance overcharges

CPS says it may fall short on upcoming pension payment

14 U-46 administrators, including 8 principals, retiring

New Chicago State leadership lays out plan for struggling school

Illinois struggles to expand charter schools despite giant pot of federal money

Elgin Larkin principal taking post at high school in his native California

Elk Grove District 59 opens preschool to more children

UI fraternities aim to prevent sexual assault

New Lenox police say school bus aide allegedly struck special ed student

Sycamore High considering staggered start times for students

New superintendent presents vision for Decatur schools

IHSA bass fishing finals postponed because of high water levels

“Hamilton” star surprises his former Cairo band teacher with video tribute

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Education Secretary DeVos says choice needed in “antiquated” system

Can multi-age classrooms improve learning outcomes?

Suspended for racist images, boys sue their California school

Free online math tool plots new course for old graphing calculators

How a Trump pinata brought chaos to a Colorado high school

A New Jersey teen showed up to her prom in a coffin. Here’s why

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Senior Kathy Xiang is one of 161 American high school students who have been selected as a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar. She is the fourth Stevenson student to be named a Presidential Scholar since the program was created in 1964, joining Vivian Wang (2013), Zach Blumenfeld (2011) and Michele Trickey (2006).

The Vernon Hills resident is one of eight students from Illinois to earn the honor this year, and the only one from Lake County. She and classmate Katherine Liu were among 723 semifinalists nationwide.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals. Of the 3.5 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,100 candidates qualified for the 2017 awards determined by outstanding performance on the SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition.

The 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

Since 1983, each U.S. Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. The teacher chosen for recognition by Xiang was SHS journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington D.C., from June 18-20.

Students Win Honors at State Science Fair

Several members of the Science REACH Club earned awards at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair last weekend at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

At the paper session on Friday, junior Justin Lee, sophomore Alisa Wang, and freshmen Swarna Jammalamadaka and Celeste Xu were among the top 10 in the Senior Division (grades 9-12). Lee wrote in the Astronomy category on ‘Asteroid Ring Formation Through Inelastic Collisions,” while Wang tackled the topic of “The Effect of Aperture Size of Steel Mesh as Barrier on Wi-Fi Strength” in Material Science. Xu and Jammalamadaka submitted a Consumer Science paper on the “Effect of Brand of Contact Lens Solution on the Removal of S. epidermidis.” Each received $50 and a Gold Award.

Also earning Gold Awards were sophomores Anubhav Agarwal, Riya Gyanmote, Carina Su, Shreya Viswanathan, Abhilash Raghuram and Abishek Kannan. Junior Sanketh Bhaskar received a Silver Award, and junior Jonathan Xue won a Bronze Award. Raghuram and Kannan won the Jay Hoffmann Memorial Award and $100 for their Behavioral Science topic, “The Effect of Different Teaching Methods on Test Results.”

At the poster session on Saturday, freshman Shreya Kurup and junior Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla won “Best in Category” honors in the Senior Division. Kurup was honored for her Electronics poster, “Does Water Affect the Efficience of Photovoltaic Panels?” Sarvadhavabhatla was cited for her Zoology effort on the “Effect of Herbal Teas on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna.” They were Gold Award winners, as were Viswanathan, Raghuram, Kannan, Agarwal, Wang, senior Revanth Bellam, junior Ryan Abbott, sophomores Zuhair Ali-Khan, Tajes Khanna, Varun Malladi, Pujan Rawal, Devanshi Gupta and Aishu Sanchula, and freshmen Caimin Xi, Megan Wei and Maitri Shah.

Silver Awards went to senior Sritej Vontikommu, junior Allen Kuncheria, and sophomores Ivana Hinova and Julia Reiter.

Wang won two special awards in the poster contest. She received the American Society for Gypsum Award, and shared the Apple Dental/Veritas Award with Viswanathan.

Orchestra Awards Concert Tonight

The annual Orchestra Awards Concert will take place at 7 o’clock tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network via The Cube.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 12, Grayslake Central 10: Caleb DiMaria scored six goals and also assisted on another score for the host Patriots (7-7, 4-3), who also received four goals from Demetre Crews. Marty Mann and Bryan Spruce also scored for SHS, which has won seven of its last nine games. Aaron Kaufmann, Cole Okmin and Ryan Walsh each registered an assist. Grayslake Central dropped to 2-9, 1-5. – @PatsLax, IHSLA.org

Girls Soccer

Warren 3, Stevenson 1: In Gurnee, Brianna Van Zanten scored off a corner kick from Jill Steinbrink for the Patriots (4-8-2, 2-5). The conference champion Blue Devils finished their league slate 6-0-1 and are 17-1-1 overall. – Daily Herald

Softball

Libertyville 12, Stevenson 7: Mic Faunce continued her hot hitting for the visiting Patriots (12-14, 3-8), collecting three hits including a two-run home run that tied the game at 3-3 in the third inning. She has hit five homers in the team’s last five games.  Alyssa Pauly, Anna Fossier and Vera Pflugradt each had two hits. Libertyville improved to 23-4 overall and 10-1 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Water Polo Teams Ready for Sectionals

The undefeated boys water polo team is the top seed in the Illinois High School Association sectional tournament at Deerfield High School, which begins today. The Patriots, who are 30-0, open play Thursday with a 5 p.m. contest against the winner of today’s play-in game between eighth-seeded Highland Park and ninth-seeded Wheeling. If SHS wins, it will play in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday. The sectional championship takes place at noon Saturday. The Patriot girls also have their sectional at Deerfield and, like the boys, are the No. 1 seed. Stevenson (28-2) plays at 5 p.m. Wednesday against eighth-seeded Wheeling, which beat No. 9 seed Vernon Hills on Monday. If the Patriots win, they would play in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday. The championship game is at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Krames Receives Two At-Large Bids to State

Matt Krames will be able to defend his state floor exercise title after all. The senior on Monday received an at-large bid to participate in the event at this weekend’s state meet. He also earned an at-large bid for the all-around competition. He already had qualified automatically in vault, parallel bars and high bar based on his performances at Saturday’s Palatine Sectional.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last PPA Bake Sale of the Year on Wednesday

Don’t miss the last PPA Bake Sale of the year on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.

Come to the SHS Math Carnival Wednesday Night

The Stevenson Math Department and Freshmen Math Team invite all third- to fifth-grade students in the community, along with their parents, teachers and SHS faculty, to a Math Carnival on Wednesday. Students are invited to play math-themed carnival games and win prizes from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forum (“Point”) entrance of the West Building. Come play all 40 games, or stop by to play just for a little while! For more information, contact bhabel@d125.org or pkim@d125.org.

Mandatory Meeting for 2017-18 AP Art Students

There will be a mandatory meeting for all AP 2D Design (Media) and AP Drawing students on Monday, May 15 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1426. All AP 3D Design students will have a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, May 16 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1422. The purposes of the meetings are to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Work from the summer assignments will be a significant factor in the first six-week grading period. Attendance at this meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken (khyken@d125.org) and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday, May 19 in Room 1426.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Wednesday

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Mention the fundraiser when ordering (dine-in, delivery or carryout), and show this flyer when paying. (The flyer also appears at www.d125.org/choir.) The Choral Guild will receive 20% of total sales during the fundraiser.

Clean Out Your PE Locker by May 22

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, May 22. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

CLUB NEWS

The official Stevenson High School Patriot eSports team will have its first informational meeting in preparation for its 2017-18 season at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, May 18 in the Link Lab. CSgo, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Overwatch, VainGlory and WarThunder are among the games that will be played. If you are interested in playing eSports either casually or for serious competition, then stop by the information meeting.

COLLEGE NEWS

The Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at application.horatioalger.org. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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“Amicable” end coming to superintendent’s two years in Lombard district

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Outside spending tops $10M in Los Angeles school board race

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Black students at Harvard to hold their own commencement ceremony

Free Khan Academy SAT tutorials boost scores, study finds

Jury awards $1.43M to former University of Iowa athletics official in bias lawsuit

Cuts put spotlight on student race questions on school forms

Penn State clings hard to Joe Paterno legacy with new trustee, his son

9 unexpected factors that impact whether your kid succeeds in school

Breathe deeply: Mindfulness coming to a school near you

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Math Team Finishes Second in Illinois

Stevenson finished second in the Class 4AA Division at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state contest on Saturday at the University of Illinois. SHS won a program-best six of the 12 events en route to finishing behind defending champion Naperville North, 1,084-1,045. Whitney Young was third at 1,042. Naperville’s score was the highest in ICTM history.

The runner-up finish for Stevenson was its second straight and continued a long history of success at the state competition. In the past eight years, Stevenson has won one state championship (2015), finished second three times (2017, 2016 and 2013), and placed third four times (2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010).

Several students captured multiple state titles. Josh Yoon won individual honors in Algebra 2 and also was part of two first-place teams. The junior led the Algebra 2 squad that included classmates Andrew Hwang and Haoyang Yu, who tied for fifth individually, plus juniors Terry Maeda (eighth), Justin Lee and Albert Cao. Yoon also was part of the Junior-Senior Eight-Person unit that won state for the second straight year. Three students who were part of the 2016 group, seniors Chris Lee, Jason Lu and Austin Zhou, were joined by classmate Kathy Xiang and Cao, Yu and Wilson Zhu. Justin Lee, Lu and Zhu picked up another state title when they and senior Reuben Gutmann claimed the Junior-Senior Relay.

Stevenson won the Algebra 1 crown for the second time in the last three years behind freshmen Eric Gan and Andrew Zhuang, who tied for first individually. They were joined by fellow frosh Philena Liu, Emily Lu, Josh Tsai and Dylan Hu. Gan, Hu, Liu and Lu added another first-place showing to their resume when they won the Freshman-Sophomore Eight-Person event with sophomores Angela Zhang, James Lim, Andrew Gan and Matthew Jalnos.

The other championship for SHS was in the Oral Presentation event, with senior Amber Hu and sophomore Joey Rivkin taking top honors. Rivkin also finished second individually in the Geometry competition, and was part of the fourth-place team roster with Zhang, Jalnos, Lim and sophomores Tony Tan and Alex Dong. Rivkin also was third in the Freshman-Sophomore Two-Person contest with Zhang.

Jason Lu placed eighth individually in Precalculus, as his group finished second in the team race. His teammates were fellow seniors Kevin Li, Derek Chen, Gutmann, Chris Lee and Amber Hu.

The Calculator unit of Tan, Gutmann, Tsai, senior David Liu and junior Andrew Luo placed third. Yoon and Hwang were fifth in the Junior-Senior Two-Person event. The school’s second entry in the Junior-Senior Relay competition was eighth. The roster included Cao, Luo, Yu and Chris Lee.

Stevenson Climbs Washington Post Rankings

Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews has released his annual ranking of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” and Stevenson is the highest-rated open-enrollment high school in Illinois once again. SHS is listed at No. 165 in the country, up from No. 234 last year, and No. 3 in Illinois. Click here for more.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Wednesday

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Mention the fundraiser when ordering (dine-in, delivery or carryout), and show this flyer when paying. (The flyer also appears at www.d125.org/choir.) The Choral Guild will receive 20% of total sales during the fundraiser.

Kids Invited to SHS Math Carnival Wednesday Night

The Stevenson Math Department and Freshmen Math Team are inviting all third- to fifth-grade students in the community, along with their parents and teachers, to its Math Carnival on Wednesday. Students are invited to play math-themed carnival games and win prizes from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forum (“Point”) entrance of the West Building. Students can come and play all 40 game or stop by for a little while. For more information, contact bhabel@d125.org or pkim@d125.org.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA Palatine Sectional: Senior Matt Krames earned his fourth consecutive trip to the state meet by finishing fourth in vault (8.9), parallel bars (8.7) and high bar (8.6). He also is expected to earn an at-large bid in the all-around, in which he placed sixth (49.85). Krames already has one individual state championship under his belt, winning the floor exercise title last year. He also was part of the Patriots’ state championship team in 2015. He will be looking to add to his state medal collection, having finished third in parallel bars in 2016 and sixth in the all-around in 2015, in addition to his state title medals. In the team standings, SHS finished eighth out of nine teams. – Official Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 3, St. Ignatius 0: Hannah Lapeire scored a first-half goal, and Krissy Hill and Katherine Sakshaug added second-half tallies for the Patriots (4-7-2) in Chicago. Camryn Cadiz and Lauren Micek each had an assist. Hannah Petrich made four saves en route to the shutout. – Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: Collin Kapecki threw in the go-ahead goal with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Patriots rallied to beat defending state champion Naperville Central, 8-7. Kapecki’s goal broke a 6-6 tie, and Eric Osuch made the score 8-6 with 32 seconds remaining. Kapecki scored four times in the game and Osuch and Andrew Shashin had two each for the Patriots, who rallied from a 5-3 deficit. The win over the Redhawks was sandwiched by a 17-5 rout of Lincoln Way Central in the morning and a 16-8 romp over Neuqua Valley in the late afternoon. Shashin led Stevenson in both games, scoring six times against Neuqua Valley and five times versus Lincoln Way Central. Kapecki added two goals in each game. With the wins, Stevenson improved to 30-0, reaching the 30-win mark for the second time in school history. The 2017 edition joined the 2000 squad, which finished 30-5 and included current head coach Sean Wimer on its roster. – Illpolo.com

Softball

Stevenson 12, Prospect 2 (5 inn.): Emma Oriatti went 3-for-3 with two home runs and a triple, driving in seven runs for the host Patriots (12-13), who won their second game in a row. She hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the fifth. Alana Labaschin’s two-run blast in the bottom of the fifth capped a five-run inning that ended the game. Illyssa Muise was the winning pitcher, scattering three hits.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots finished second to defending state champion New Trier, 60-52 and ahead of 2016 state runner-up Hinsdale Central and Highland Park, which had 38 points each. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots (28-2) won two of three matches in the Patriot Aquatic Center. SHS beat Lincoln Way Central, 16-9, and Neuqua Valley, 12-3, and lost in sudden death overtime to Naperville Central, 11-10. Claire Haas led Stevenson in two of the three games, collecting seven goals against LWC and five versus Naperville Central. Fiona Gaffney scored twice against Naperville, both goals coming in the fourth quarter as SHS overcame a 9-6 deficit. She tied the game at 9-9 with about four minutes remaining, then tied the score again at 10-10 with 30 seconds left in regulation. Julia Nicholson scored three times against Naperville Central. Bella Greenspan led all scorers with three goals versus Neuqua Valley, while Amelia Eastman and Shreya Sreedhar added two goals apiece.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: At Glenbrook North, senior Kenny Miller served six aces as the Patriots (21-11) beat Lake Forest, 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, before falling to Buffalo Grove, 25-21, 17-25, 25-19. Matt Cliffer registered a team-high 11 kills against Lake Forest and added eight versus BG. Hudson Havenhill posted nine and seven kills, respectively, in the two matches. Leo Chen led SHS with 10 kills against Buffalo Grove and also had seven against LF. Sudhish Gogula chipped in with eight kills against Lake Forest, while Danny Orlov made seven digs. Will Sorenson dished out 60 assists in the two matches, 34 against Lake Forest. He was 71-for-71 setting against Buffalo Grove and finished 135-of-140 on the day.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Softball

Stevenson 10, Cary Grove 0 (5 inn.): In what coach Perry Wilhelm called their best-played game of the season, the host Patriots’ pitching, defense, baserunning and hitting all came together. Riley Housinger was the winning pitcher, allowing just three hits while striking out four and walking none. SHS (11-13) collected 12 hits, coming from eight players. Emma Oriatti had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run double that scored Carly Perkins in the fifth to end the game. Alyssa Pauly had two hits and two RBI. Gina Shanley drove in a pair of runs and Vera Pflugradt had two hits. The Trojans fell to 4-15.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 13, Lakes/Antioch 6: Senior Seth Soltz scored four goals to lead the host Patriots (6-7) to the Senior Night victory in the first meeting between the two teams. Graduates-to-be accounted for nine of the team’s 13 goals, with Demetre Crews striking twice, and Hunter Gleason, Mike Simon and Bryan Spruce all collecting one goal. Ryan Walsh scored two goals and Austin Masters and Caleb DiMaria had one apiece. All three are juniors. Senior Shane Sokolsky recorded a team-high three assists, while Gleason and Walsh each had two. Senior Aaron Kaufman had an assist, as did Masters, Crews and DiMaria. Chad Winter made nine saves. – @PatsLax

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: The Patriots (20-10) won their first match in pool play against Niles West, 27-26, 25-16, before falling to host Glenbrook North, 25-22, 25-16, and Barrington, 26-24, 25-21. Leo Chen recorded a team-high seven kills against Barrington and Glenbrook North, and also had seven kills versus Niles West. Grant Maleski led SHS in the opener with 11 kills. Haddon Kay issued 42 assists in the three matches, including 22 in the Barrington contest. Danny Orlov made a team-best 10 digs against Barrington. Alex Bian served a team-high three aces versus Niles West.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Post-Prom Permission Slips Due Before Tuesday

If you’re planning on going to the post-Prom event at Great America, your permission slip needs to be turned in before Tuesday. Click here to register and to download the permission form.

Mandatory Meeting for 2017-18 AP Art Students

There will be a mandatory meeting for all AP 2D Design (Media) and AP Drawing students on Monday, May 15 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1426. All AP 3D Design students will have a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, May 16 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1422. The purposes of the meetings are to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Work from the summer assignments will be a significant factor in the first six-week grading period. Attendance at this meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken (khyken@d125.org) and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday, May 19 in Room 1426.

Last PPA Bake Sale of the Year on Wednesday

Don’t miss the last PPA Bake Sale of the year on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.

INTRAMURALS

The Intramural Department will have open gym basketball for any interested student from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Field House. All you need to participate is your current school ID. There also will be open gym basketball on Monday, May 15 and 22, from 6-8 p.m. in the Field House.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Rauner pitches Thompson Center sale as “home run” that helps CPS

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NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Butler University offers anti-Trump course, with “strategies for resistance”

In Congress, even lawmakers’ degrees are a partisan issue

Noncitizens will soon be able to vote in San Francisco board election

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