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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Four Students Place in Top 10 at Brain Bee

Four students placed in the top 10 at the Chicago Brain Bee competition on Saturday hosted by Lake Forest College and sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience’s Chicago chapter. Seniors Fiona Gaffney and Kathryn Novkov finished fifth and sixth, respectively, while junior David Liang was seventh and senior Ryan Millman placed ninth.

The Brain Bee tests students’ knowledge in neuroscience including topics such as cells of the nervous system and how they communicate with one another, neuroanatomy, brain-behavior relationships (e.g., the neural basis of learning and memory, emotion, stress, sleep) and neurological diseases. More than 50 local Brain Bees are held annually throughout the United States, with winners of the local events invited to participate in the U.S. National Brain Bee competition. The winner of the national event will compete in the International Brain Bee.

Junior Wins Archery Tournament

Junior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won the individual title at the Cupid Classic archery tournament in Armstrong, Illinois last weekend. Hartman-Stackhouse shot a personal-best score of 293, with three perfect rounds at 10 meters and 24 bullseyes. Sophomore Rebecca Azevedo also had a perfect round at 10 meters and was the second-leading scorer for the team with 273 points and 16 bullseyes. Senior captain Go Ogato and junior Desmond Ding each recorded a score of 270, a personal-best for the latter archer. Also achieving career-high scores were senior Jeehyun Sung (263) and freshman Caitlin Goldberg (260).

“Lock Up Your Liquor” Campaign Underway

SHS Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi and the Stand Strong Coalition, of which Stevenson is a partner, are working with a group of approximately 25 sender school students on a “Lock Up Your Liquor” campaign. The postcard campaign will encourage parents to keep containers of alcohol stored safely away from their teenage children. Survey data indicates that parents are the main source of alcohol for their children, Cortesi says, with or without their permission. Late-arrival days can be particularly challenging due to the unmonitored time students have. With a late-arrival day scheduled for Thursday, the Stand Strong Coalition encourages parents to ask their students these four questions: Where will you be? Who will you be with? What will you be doing? and What time will you be leaving home? For more tips, visit standstrongcoalition.org.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Girls Basketball Prepares for Regional Semifinal

Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball team will face Grant in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A regional semifinals in the Sports Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The 14th-seeded Bulldogs beat No.19 Deerfield, 50-26, in a first-round regional matchup Monday night. The third-seeded Patriots will carry a 22-5 record into the game, marking their eighth straight 20-win season. Senior Ashley Richardson, a four-year starter, has built an impressive resume, but one piece has been missing: a regional title. Motivation won’t be a problem. Two of the unsung heroes of this year’s squad are juniors Isabella “Izzy” Paldrmic and Julia Osuch. The 5-foot-11 Paldrmic is a multifaceted player for head coach Ashley Graham, while Osuch is a defensive specialist who is usually the first off the bench. Pioneer Press talked with both of them after last week’s win over Lake Zurich.

Boys Basketball Seeks Next Step in NSC Title Quest

The varsity boys basketball team will attempt to move closer to its fifth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship when it plays host to Lake Zurich tonight at 7 o‘clock. The Patriots (10-1 in the NSC and 18-4 overall) hold a two-game lead over Waukegan with three league games remaining. Tonight’s game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn.

JV Boys Swim Team Wins NSC, Rewrites Record Book

The varsity boys swimming and diving team won the NSC championship in dominating fashion on Saturday, and the JV Patriots followed suit. Stevenson breezed to the league crown, topping runner-up Lake Forest, 446-227. The junior varsity claimed the top three places in 11 of 12 events and broke seven JV records, including two that were nearly 30 years old. Junior Collin Kapecki was involved in four records, winning the 50-yard freestyle (21.92) and 100 free (48.32), and swimming the anchor leg on the 200 free relay (1:29.88) and 400 free relay (3:17.71). His teammates on the 200 free relay were senior Varun Ganesh, freshman Nick Comini and junior Michael Lee, while he was joined in the 400 free relay by Ganesh and freshmen Ethan Batko and Jack Zhang. Batko won the 200 free (1:48.90), while the 200 medley relay unit of Zhang, Lee, Comini and sophomore Beno Maya posted a time of 1:39.29 that was more than two seconds faster than the old record set last season. Zhang and Maya caused the oldest records to fall, both from 1988, with Zhang claiming the 200 individual medley (2:02.50) and Maya winning the 100 butterfly (53.19). Both records were held by Darren Heydanek (Class of 1991). Zhang also won the 100 backstroke. Stevenson’s other JV conference champions on Saturday were freshman A.J. Carollo in the 500 free and freshman Ari Zaritsky in the 100 breaststroke.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Project Dance Information Meetings Friday

Information meetings for the 10th annual Project Dance will be held during every half-lunch period Friday in Room 2104. Bring your own lunch and learn about becoming a Project Dance fundraiser. Project Dance supports the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation.

National Honor Society Application Deadline Wednesday

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org as soon as possible.

College Essay Writing Workshop This Summer

Juniors can get a head start on their college essays (also called personal statements) by taking part in the College Essay Workshop this summer. The workshop will be offered three times, and will focus on the Common Application essay and various supplemental essays. Get help on your personal statement with Ms. Arias, Mr. Bradshaw, Ms. Cullen, Mr. Johnson, Ms. Lukens or Mrs. Mack. Last year about 200 students enrolled. Sign up for the workshop at www.d125.org/summer.

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org.

Valentine’s Day Candle Sale Ends Today

Stevenson’s Bright Lights Candle Company will have a Valentine’s Day candle sale in front of the Performing Arts Center during all lunch periods today. A votive candle is $4, a small candle is $8, and a three-wick candle is $10.

CLUB NEWS

Spanish Club meets Wednesday after school in Room 2808. The club will be meeting until 5 p.m.. Chips and salsa will be served, as well as some belated Valentine’s Day sweets, and it will be a movie day! New members are always welcome, and no prior Spanish experience is necessary.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim will be the featured guest at the Law Club meeting after school Thursday in Room 7066. He’ll talk about running the criminal justice system in Lake County, as well as his successful re-election campaign last year.

ATHLETICS

You can buy spirit wear to celebrate the Patriettes’ first state dance championship. Apparel orders will be taken until Friday. Click here for ordering information.

Wednesday is the last day to buy tickets in advance for the varsity boys basketball team’s game against Morgan Park in the 22nd Annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown. The game will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Morris University Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $10, which includes the 8 p.m. game between Evanston and Simeon. Tickets are on sale at the Patriot Superstore.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 today in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

All baseball players are invited to take part in open gym in the Field House Wednesday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Hitting, defense and throwing will be the focus.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org for varsity, Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org for sophomore, and Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org for freshman.

If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (Thursday is a late arrival day). Any fall or winter athlete who has not attended a meeting yet should be there, as well as any potential spring athlete. Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The last meeting for this school year (also a late arrival day) is March 16, at the same time and location.

If you’re going to the boys basketball games at Waukegan High School on Friday, make sure you bring your Stevenson ID. Waukegan requires all students to display their school ID when attending events at its school. If you have brothers or sisters in middle school who want to attend, they’ll have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Golden Apple teacher, leadership finalists announced

Chicago parents blame Rauner for CPS budget cuts

Embattled Northwestern fraternity suspended in wake of reported sex assaults

Champaign Centennial High’s $87M renovation could start in a year

Geneva school district to start own preschool

Woodland District 50 gets pushback to proposed cuts

Waukegan District 60 to hold information session on immigrant rights

New DePaul University president to be announced Thursday

Chatham police still seeking information on false school threats

Tornado funds will be used to repair Peoria-area high school parking lot

Illinois State circus performers preparing for Vegas show

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Trump drops defense of Obama guidelines on transgender students

Lawmakers want federal special education website restored

Ohio task force recommends schools educate all grades on substance abuse

California renews push to promote “environmental literacy” in schools

Rural public schools worry they’ll be left out with school choice

Outside money pouring into LA school board race at potentially record clip

San Diego school board yanks DeVos invite amid teacher protests

The coolest college architecture in the United States

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins NAQT State Title

The Scholastic Bowl A team won the National Academic Quiz Tournaments State Championship on Saturday at the University of Illinois. Seniors Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed, junior Deepak Moparthi and freshman Govind Prabhakar won 12 of their 13 matches on the day, including two out of three against runner-up Barrington. Stevenson also beat 10 other schools by an average score of 511-178. Barrington was the only team to come within 100 points of the A team. Saeed was the leading scorer for the team with 1,215 points and finished third overall at 93.46 points per game. Prabhakar was 18th overall at 44.23 points per game (575 altogether).

Junior Chris Muth led the B team to three wins in its 10 games, placing 22nd overall with a 37.5-points-per-game average (227 points). The rest of the B roster included junior Shamsheer Rana, sophomore Aniket Nuthalapati and freshman Healey Kogan.

Stevenson has two more state championships on its radar. The team will play host to an Illinois Masonic Bowl Class 3A sectional tournament on Saturday, seeking to qualify for the Masonic State Finals in Bloomington on March 4. SHS will begin its quest to reach the Illinois High School Association state tournament with regional competition the week of March 6.

Chess Team Places Fifth in State

Stevenson finished fifth at the 43rd annual Illinois High School Association state chess tournament on Saturday, its third consecutive year in the top five and fifth time in the last six years. The tournament featured 149 schools and about 1,550 competitors.

SHS won six of its seven matches, falling only to Naperville North. Head coach Vincent Springer’s team beat Prospect, Palatine, St. Ignatius, Dunlap, Sandburg and Barrington.

Junior Alex Bian was one of four players to win all seven matches on Board 1, earning state medalist honors on the board for the third straight year. Sophomore Marcus Engstrom captured his first state medal by winning all seven matches on Board 8. Stevenson’s other state medalists were junior Conrad Oberhaus (six wins and one draw on Board 3),  sophomore Jack Xiao (five wins, two draws on Board 6) and freshman Anthony Yan (six wins, one loss on Board 7). Also competing for Stevenson were sophomore Miranda Liu (5-1-1 on Board 2), freshman Adam Wallach (4-0-3 on Board 4) and senior Rahul Dhiman (5-1-1 on Board 5).

Math Teacher Reusch Featured in the Daily Herald

Mathematics teacher Linda Reusch, who has spent her entire 31-year teaching career at Stevenson, is the Daily Herald’s featured educator of the month for Lake County. She shared how she became a teacher, how technology has impacted her work in the classroom, and how she reaches students who don’t like math. “I feel like I have a very good rapport with my students,” she told the paper. “I know each student for who they are and try to show them that I am interested in their lives, regardless of their feelings toward math. I ask them about their extracurricular sports, clubs and jobs. I bring in newspaper articles with their names or pictures included. In a few of my classes we even have Friday story time, where either I will share an adventure or something about my upcoming weekend or a student will share a story. It’s just a fun way to make the class feel connected to each other.”

Aquino Wins Mr. SHS Title

Senior Leo Aquino won the Mr. SHS contest Friday night, with classmate Karan Rami receiving the Mr. Congeniality award. Other senior boys in the contest were Johnny Barboza, Alexsandr Butovetskiy, Matthew Cabrera, Sam Khodadad, Michael Komarovsky, Jake Lapeire, Isaac Lippe, Martin Mann, Jeremy Raemer, Eric Ren, Noah Silver, David Sladkevych, Nikolas Vukotic, Jared Woodard and Zimo Zhu. Click here to watch the Stevenson Broadcast Network replay.

Winter Guard Wins Hersey Competition

The Stevenson Winter Guard took top honors in its class at the Hersey High School competition on Saturday, its second show of the season. The roster included seniors Hannah Speers and Sabrina Sullivan; sophomores Maddy Casaletto, Jasmin Ealom, Caroline French, Amanda Jimenez, Arielle Pazol and Kennedy Schooley; and freshmen Lexi Becker, Kennedy Davis, Rebecca Katsnelson and Danielle Shvartsman.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Sunday’s Varsity Result

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 5, Stevenson 1: The Spartans swept the best-of-three Scholastic Cup series at Northbrook Ice Arena. Junior Jake Camp’s first-period goal tied the game at 1-1, but GBN scored twice in each of the next two periods. The Patriots now move on to the Blackhawk Cup state tournament, and will play host to St. Viator in a play-in game on Thursday, February 23.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Wrestling

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Individual Sectional: Three Patriots won sectional championships, led by senior Nikita Nepomnyashchiy, who beat previously undefeated Jaden Glauser of McHenry for the 170-pound title. Nepomnyashchiy (18-1), who suffered a shoulder tear last year that caused him to miss the first half of the season, rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit and topped Glauser (40-1) by a 6-4 score in overtime. Also winning sectional championships were senior Dylan Geick (39-1), who captured the 160-pound crown, and sophomore Tommy Frezza (36-3), who prevailed at 113. Geick, ranked third in the state, held a 9-3 lead in the championship bout when his Barrington opponent defaulted after suffering an injury. Frezza beat Jacobs’ Jake Harrier (36-7) by a 8-3 score at 113 pounds, avenging a 5-4 loss from last month. Stevenson’s three titlists all qualified for the state tournament at the University of Illinois, as did senior Eric Carter (38-9), who finished third at 145 pounds. Geick, Carter and Nepomnyashchiy will be making their second state appearance. Geick was fourth at 152 pounds in 2016. – Official Results | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Belvidere Sectional: Junior Genevieve Dominick finished 64th with a six-game series of 1,047 pins, an average of 174.5 per game. She had a high game of 225, and averaged 188.75 in her last four games. – Official Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots captured their third conference championship with a dominating performance, winning 10 of 12 events in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Stevenson has won eight of the last 10 NSC championships. On Saturday, SHS compiled 420 points, well ahead of runner-up Libertyville (273) and five other schools. Sophomore Topher Stensby captured two individual events and also swam on two winning relays. He claimed the 50-yard freestyle with the second-fastest time in school history (21.09), then won the 100 free with the fourth-best time in Patriot annals (46.73). Stensby also swam the anchor leg on the 200 free relay with sophomores John Roh and Jacob Rosenkranz, and senior Andrew Shashin (1:27.20), and the 400 free relay with Shashin and juniors Nick Baginski and Daniel Ng (3:11.47). Senior Matt Krames started the day by winning the diving competition, breaking his own 11-dive school record with a score of 485.20. He set the old mark of 483.60 en route to winning the sectional championship last season. Krames also owns the six-dive school record (307.10), set last month. The 200-yard medley relay team of Ng, Baginski, Rosenkranz and sophomore Joseph Song won with a time of 1:36.26, the second-fastest in program history. Other winners for Stevenson were Baginski in the 100 butterfly (52.12), Ng in the 200 individual medley (1:57.12), sophomore Ethan Ross in the 200 free (1:44.94), and sophomore Nathan Gates in the 500 free (4:49.65). – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Result

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 58, Libertyville 47: Seniors Justin Smith and Willie Herenton scored a combined 49 points as the visiting Patriots (18-4, 10-1) moved closer to the North Suburban Conference title. Smith poured in 26 points, hitting 8-of-14 shots from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. He grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists and threw down a pair of dunks. Herenton tallied 23 points, hitting 11 of 15 from the floor, including a three-pointers, and made four steals. The Patriot defense limited the Wildcats’ top scorer to 11 points. Libertyville dropped to 10-14, 5-6. Senior Aidan O’Connell pulled down seven rebounds, while classmate Eric Zalewski took a charge and made a pair of steals. Junior Jackson Qualley had two blocked shots and four rebounds. SHS holds a two-game lead over Waukegan in the NSC with three league games remaining: at home against Lake Zurich on Tuesday, at Waukegan on Friday, and at home versus Warren on Wednesday, February 22. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

State Dance Championship Apparel Available

The school is offering the opportunity to buy spirit wear to celebrate the Patriettes’ first state dance championship. Apparel orders will be taken until Friday. Click here for ordering information.

City-Suburban Showdown Ticket Sales End Wednesday

Wednesday is the last day to buy tickets in advance for the varsity boys basketball team’s game against Morgan Park in the 22nd Annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown. The game will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Morris University Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $10, which includes the 8 p.m. game between Evanston and Simeon. Tickets are on sale at the Patriot Superstore.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Valentine’s Day Candle Sale Today and Tuesday

Stevenson’s Bright Lights Candle Company will have a Valentine’s Day candle sale in front of the Performing Arts Center during all lunch periods today and Tuesday. A votive candle is $4, a small candle is $8, and a three-wick candle is $10.

Project Dance Information Meetings Friday

Information meetings for the 10th annual Project Dance will be held during every half-lunch period Friday in Room 2104. Bring your own lunch and learn about becoming a Project Dance fundraiser. Project Dance supports the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation.

National Honor Society Application Deadline Wednesday

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org as soon as possible.

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: www.liveunitedchicago.org/NNW or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.  

CAREER EXPLORATION

Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting fieldmuseum.org and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org for any questions regarding career exploration!

ATHLETICS

The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 tonight in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

All baseball players are invited to take part in open gym in the Field House Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Hitting, defense and throwing will be the focus.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org for varsity, Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org for sophomore, and Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org for freshman.

If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (Thursday is a late arrival day). Any fall or winter athlete who has not attended a meeting yet should be there, as well as any potential spring athlete. Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The last meeting for this school year (also a late arrival day) is March 16, at the same time and location.

CLUB NEWS

The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its meeting after school today. The therapist will inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting will be held in Room 7068.

Are you interested in meteorology? Would you like to learn how to forecast the weather? Do you want to earn volunteer hours while helping people who are suffering from natural disasters? Do you want to use Stevenson’s weather station? If so, come to Meteorology Club! The meeting will be held after school today in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

Spanish Club meets Wednesday after school in Room 2808. The club will be meeting until 5 p.m.. Chips and salsa will be served, as well as some belated Valentine’s Day sweets, and it will be a movie day! New members are always welcome, and no prior Spanish experience is necessary.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim will be the featured guest at the Law Club meeting after school Thursday in Room 7066. He’ll talk about running the criminal justice system in Lake County, as well as his successful re-election campaign last year.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Four of eight Lake County referendums in April will be school-related

Push for elected Chicago School Board begins again

Madison County regional schools superintendent running for governor

Niles Township High soccer coach, special ed para charged with student assault

Teens charged in pot-laced gummy bear incident at Naperville North

Elgin Community College, Elgin-based U-46 mull partnership

McHenry High launches program to provide weekend food for students

West Leyden High teacher also serving as state senator

Library dean named interim provost at University of Illinois

Waverly voters to choose method of electing school board members

All-boys St. Laurence on Chicago’s south side considers going coed

Oakton Community College challenges men to “walk a mile in her shoes”

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

One-third of Tennessee high school graduates didn’t meet requirements

AFT president condemns protests blocking DeVos from visiting school

How Google’s stripped-down Chromebooks laptop conquered U.S. schools

Yale renaming residential college over namesake’s ties to slavery, supremacy

In age of “alternative facts, Newtown school massacre dismissed by “hoaxers”

Education Department flunks spelling test on Twitter

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Friday, February 10, 2017

14 Earn Regional Writing Awards

Fourteen students earned honors in the Midwest Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, and eight are under consideration for national accolades. One of the students, senior Katherine Liu, reached the national level for the third straight year.

Liu and fellow senior Dylan Geick, juniors Seowon Lee, David Hou, Katherine Chiasson and Elaine Xiao, sophomore Alisa Wang and freshman Anna Wang earned Gold Key awards, the top honor in the regional contest. Gold Key winners receive automatic consideration for national medals, which will be announced in March.

In addition to receiving Gold Key awards, Liu and Xiao were nominated for American Visions and Voices medals, which are “Best in Show” honors for Gold Key winners. Liu received her nomination in Poetry, while Xiao was nominated in Personal Essay/Memoir.

Liu earned a Gold Key in Poetry for the third straight year, and also garnered one in Writing Portfolio. She earned Gold Keys in Poetry, Personal Essay/Memoir and Flash Fiction in 2016 and 2015.

Lee also received Gold Keys in two categories, Poetry and Flash Fiction. Also earning Gold Keys in Poetry were Chiasson and Anna Wang. Geick and Hou were honored in the Personal Essay/Memoir category, and Alisa Wang was selected in Short Story.

Click here to see all of Stevenson’s regional award winners.

Mr. SHS Contest Tonight

The annual Mr. SHS contest will be held tonight at 7 o’clock in the Performing Arts Center. Click here to see the list of senior boys competing for the title. Admission is $5. If you can’t attend, the Stevenson Broadcast Network will carry the contest live at www.d125.org/sbn.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Seven Wrestlers Prepare for Sectional

Stevenson has seven wrestlers in the IHSA Class 3A Barrington Individual Sectional that begins today at Barrington High School. Four Patriots will be seeking their second trip to the state tournament, led by senior Dylan Geick, who finished fourth in the state at 152 pounds in 2016. This year, Geick has moved up to 160, and is ranked third in the state with a 37-1 record. Also seeking a second state appearance are seniors Eric Carter, Nikita Nepomnyashchiy and Robert Pavlovich. Carter, who is 35-7 at 145, went to Champaign at 120 two years ago, while Nepomnyashchiy and Pavlovich qualified last season at 170 and 160, respectively. Nepomnyashchiy has overcome an early season injury to post a 15-1 record at 170, while Pavlovich is 31-8 at 182. Also heading to the sectional are three sophomores: 113-pound regional champion Tommy Frezza (33-3), plus Anand Batbaatar (285, 22-19) and Matthew Zimring (120, 18-20).

Steffens Earns Daily Herald Basketball Honor

Junior forward Klaire Steffens earned the Daily Herald’s latest Lake County Girls Basketball Most Valuable Player award for her performance in the Patriots’ two wins last weekend. She hit the game- and conference championship-winning shot in a double-overtime win at Libertyville on Friday, then scored 15 points in a win over Palatine on Saturday.

Alumnus Stempel Shining in Senior Year at IWU

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Andy Stempel (Class of 2013) tied a season-high with 21 points in leading the men’s basketball team to a 87-60 win over Elmhurst College on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 senior guard is having a strong final season for the 15-6 Titans, starting all 21 games and averaging 11.6 points per game, third on the team. He also leads IWU in assists. “He’s a 6-4 wing who can shoot it with a high IQ and he comes from a winning program,” Titans head coach Ron Rose told the Bloomington Pantagraph. “He’s a team-first guy, a guy who got the big picture. There were a lot of attractive things about Andy (that led to his recruitment).”

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

National Honor Society Application Deadline Next Week

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org as soon as possible.

CLUB NEWS

The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its next meeting to inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting is after school Monday in Room 7068.

Are you interested in meteorology? Would you like to learn how to forecast the weather? Do you want to earn volunteer hours while helping people who are suffering from natural disasters? Do you want to use Stevenson’s weather station? If so, come to Meteorology Club! Join us on Mondays at 3:35 p.m. in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at seriksen@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: www.liveunitedchicago.org/NNW or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.  

CAREER EXPLORATION

Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting fieldmuseum.org and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org for any questions regarding career exploration!

ATHLETICS

The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

All baseball players are invited to take part in open gym in the Field House Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Hitting, defense and throwing will be the focus.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org for varsity, Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org for sophomore, and Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org for freshman.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Northeastern Illinois struggling to keep doors open amid state budget stalemate

Rauner, lawmakers can’t agree who writes school funding plan

Mundelein High putting cops in the classroom as teachers

Loyola University graduate students vote to unionize

NU student government calls for fraternity suspensions after sex assaults

SIU approves 3.9% tuition increase, proposal for new housing

Palatine, Mundelein principals taking jobs in Prospect Heights District 23

Incumbent: Republicans making Palatine District 15 board race political

Water main break cancels classes at Oakton Community College

Danville district maintenance workers’ contract ratified

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Small colleges fight to survive, amid warnings of shaky finances

Bipartisan education politics a thing of the past?

Which states have the most school-related arrests?

Endowment sweepstakes: How tiny Houghton College beat Harvard

The role of parents is critical in college persistence and completion

Total tobacco ban in Kentucky public schools advances in legislature

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Former SHS Principal, Superintendent DuFour Dies

Dr. Richard DuFour, who led Stevenson High School into national prominence and later became one of the country’s most respected voices for education reform, died Wednesday at his home in Virginia after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.

DuFour spent 19 years at Stevenson, joining the school as its principal in 1983 and later serving as superintendent from 1991 until his retirement in 2002. During his Stevenson career, the school earned a reputation as one of America’s best high schools, and was named “the most recognized and celebrated high school in the United States in the 1990s” by the U.S. Department of Education.

“While we have many amazing current and former colleagues that have helped to build Stevenson High School into a model of school reform and a nationally recognized school of excellence, Rick was instrumental in helping to shape our culture and sustain our mission of ‘Success for Every Student,’” said District 125 Superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell, who worked closely with DuFour as the school’s director of social studies in his early days at SHS.

Click here to read more.

Madrigal Dinner Reservations Available

Reservations for the 2017 Madrigal Dinner are now being accepted. The dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove. Tickets, which include a three-course meal, are $30 for adults and $20 for children under 14. Reservations are due by March 1. Click here to download the Madrigal Dinner reservation form.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 34, Lake Zurich 29: Seniors Madison Wicklund and Ashley Richardson scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, as the visiting Patriots finished the regular season with a 22-5 record. The North Suburban Conference champions also concluded their league schedule with a 13-1 mark. SHS held the Bears to 10 first-half points and led by seven at halftime. After Lake Zurich (11-16, 7-7) closed to within five to start the fourth quarter, Richardson and Wicklund scored all 10 of Stevenson’s points in the final frame to secure the victory. The Patriots will face the winner of the Grayslake North-Waukegan game in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 5, Stevenson 2: The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Scholastic Cup quarterfinal series at Northbrook Ice Arena. The second game is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Northbrook.

Cheerleaders Earn All-Conference Honors

Six members of Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference champion varsity cheerleading team have been selected for all-league honors. Seniors Makayla Schneider and Lexi Brand and junior George Hashemi were named to the All-NSC Team, while senior Casey Cushing, junior Alexis Ohm and sophomore Lauren Mass received honorable mention.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Come Pick the Next Mr. SHS Friday Night

Which senior boy should be Mr. SHS? You can help decide during the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Call it a “man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it, you have to call it fun! Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore, online or at the door.

National Honor Society Application Deadline Next Week

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org as soon as possible.

Did You Know There’s a 5:30 Activity Bus?

The school has added another activity bus after school. There is now a 5:30 bus every afternoon, to go along with the 6:30 bus every evening and the 4:30 bus on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All activity buses load at the Forum (or “Point”) entrance. Make sure you have your ID card when getting on the bus.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting fieldmuseum.org and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org for any questions regarding career exploration!

ATHLETICS

The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

All baseball players are invited to take part in open gym in the Field House on Friday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Hitting, defense and throwing will be the focus.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org for varsity, Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org for sophomore, and Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org for freshman.

CLUB NEWS

Junior Class Board will be meeting today after school in the College/Career Center to work on Winterfest decorations. All juniors are invited to help.

Tu B’Shvat is this weekend. Celebrate the birthday of the trees by making chocolate bark-and-fruit smoothies. Join Club Israel today in the Food Lab (Room 1406) right after school.

The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its next meeting to inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting is after school Monday in Room 7068.

The Animal Welfare Club’s February Dog of the Month is a small dog with a big attitude named Faye, and its Cat of the Month is a playful “talker” named Knolan. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at http://shsanimalwelfare.weebly.com/pets-of-the-month!  These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at http://www.saveapetil.org/, all waiting for love!

COLLEGE NEWS

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago GOP files ethics complaint over Claypool letter to CPS parents

Family outraged by video of CPS student choked in class

Round Lake District 116 board OKs 4-year contract for teachers, staff

DeKalb school board approves separation agreement with superintendent

Hazel Crest school board president removed from ballot over past felony

Central Illinois teachers learn to see trauma behind students’ actions

CLC completing Grayslake renovations, moving forward on Waukegan work

White nationalist posters found at U. of Chicago 10 times in two weeks

Northwestern frat, sorority social events canceled amid investigation

Woodstock survey respondents prioritize programming over consolidation

Hinckley-Big Rock schools mourn loss of longtime teacher

In tough South Side neighborhood, Bowen builds unlikely wrestling dynasty

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

The myth of immigrants’ educational attainment

First Amendment support climbing among high school students

Education Secretary DeVos gets first assignment: Mend fences with foes

When it comes to school, study says harsh parenting can backfire

Des Moines creates “sanctuary schools” for undocumented students

West Virginia public schools sued over Bible classes

Study suggests university incubators can hurt innovation, patent revenue

Swastika incident, teacher suspension roils Massachusetts school

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Chess Team Seeded Fourth in State Tournament

The SHS chess team will compete in the Illinois High School Association state tournament beginning Friday at the Peoria Civic Center. Stevenson has earned the No. 4 seed in the 149-school competition, and will face Prospect in the first round. SHS has finished second in the state the last two years, and four of the last five.

The students representing Stevenson this weekend will be senior Rahul Dhiman, juniors Alex Bian, Conrad Oberhaus and Marcus Engstrom, sophomores Miranda Liu, Jack Xiao, Shashank Bala and Kavin Lavari, and freshmen Adam Wallach and Anthony Yan.

Bian is the Patriots’ top player, having earned state medals on Board 1 in 2015 and 2016. He was one of three players to finish with a perfect score at last year’s tournament. Dhiman, who will be making his fourth state appearance, also has a state medal, on Board 6 in 2015. Oberhaus heads to state for the third time, while Liu, Bala and Xiao are on the state roster for the second time.

Junior Finishes Third at National Math Contest

Junior Andrew Hwang finished third in the “Who Wants to be a Mathematician?” national championship in Atlanta last month. He was one of 10 finalists, and brought home $1,000 for himself and $1,000 for the SHS Math Division. Hwang is a member of the school’s math team.

As this Daily Herald article points out, however, math is just one area in which Hwang excels. He’s also involved in several clubs, including the debate team, Model United Nations, Health Occupations Students of America, and Youth in Government. He also is a member of the boys gymnastics team.

Also impressive are Hwang’s parents, Eunjoon and Sae Hwang, who have sacrificed much for Andrew and older brother Peter (Class of 2014), a junior at Yale University. The Hwangs, both college-educated in South Korea, came to the U.S. and overcame racism and a language barrier while working at grocery stores in Texas and raising the boys. The family moved to Lincolnshire when Andrew was in third grade. “They gave up a lot for me to pursue my education,” Andrew told the Daily Herald. “They made sacrifices. I think that, in and of itself, inspires me to work hard and do that best I can.”

National Honor Society Application Deadline Next Week

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, February 15. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org as soon as possible.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 85, Zion-Benton 74: Senior Willie Herenton scored a career-high 34 points as the Patriots (17-4, 9-1) prevailed in a matchup between the North Suburban Conference’s top two teams in Zion. Herenton scored 13 points in the final quarter, including a three-pointer around the four-minute mark that stopped a rally by the Zee-Bees (17-8, 7-3) and allowed SHS to regain control. He hit 10 of 13 shots from the floor and 12 of 15 from the free throw line, and also dished out four assists and grabbed four rebounds. Junior Jackson Qualley also had a career night with 18 points, including a trio of three-pointers in the first half. Senior Justin Smith added 16 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists. Seniors Eric Zalewski and Aidan O’Connell each scored eight points. Stevenson extended its league lead over Zion-Benton to two games with four to play. SHS travels to Libertyville Friday night. – News-Sun, Daily Herald

 

Marchese to Join Illinois Football Program

Senior Michael Marchese has accepted an offer from the University of Illinois football team to be a preferred walk-on this fall. Marchese, whose twin brother Henry signed a letter of intent to play football at the University of Iowa last week, will be joining older brother Jim, who is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Illini. Marchese made 94 tackles for the Patriots last fall, and also had seven tackles for loss and three interceptions. He broke up another four passes, forced two fumbles and also recovered a fumble.

Varsity, JV Hockey Players Earn League Honors

The varsity boys ice hockey team takes on Glenbrook North tonight in the opening game of its best-of-three, first-round Scholastic Cup playoff series. Faceoff is scheduled for 8:40 at Northbrook Ice Arena. Several Patriots have earned Scholastic Hockey League honors in advance of the playoffs. Junior Michael Dowd was named to the SHL All-League Second Team, and 11 players were selected to the SHL Varsity All-Academic Team: seniors Jacob Saddler, Benjamin Stavola and Daniel Wolfe; juniors Nicolas Almenara, Jake Camp, Roey Kleiman, Jackson Leptich, Frank Wiest-Puchala and Jack Wiley; sophomore Max Slavin; and freshman Jonathan Leptich. Eleven members of the junior varsity earned JV All-Academic Team recognition: junior Jonathan Goldberg; sophomores Akhil Atluri, Sam Frishman, Billy Kopka, Adam Offenbach, Daniel Romm, Justin Roseman and Alan Tokarsky; and freshmen McCrea Anderson, Itai Kleiman and Max Kulick. The JV Patriots also are involved in SHL playoffs, and lead Glenbrook South 1-0 in their best-of-three series that continues Thursday.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Improv Club to Perform Tonight

The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improvisational troupe, will give a free performance at 7 o’clock tonight in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center.

Visiting Artist Presentation Today

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Charles Yost, will give a presentation during periods 5 and 6 today at the Visiting Artist Gallery. All students are invited.

Registration Meeting for Strings 2018 Trip to Italy Tonight

There will be a mandatory registration meeting for all strings students and their parents participating in the 2018 performance trip to Italy at 6 o‘clock tonight in the Orchestra Room (Room 2200). The trip itinerary includes stops in Rome, Palermo and Taormina between March 23-28, 2018. For questions, contact Mr. Vilaseco at evilaseco@d125.org.

Come Pick the Next Mr. SHS Friday Night

Which senior boy should be Mr. SHS? You can help decide during the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Call it a “man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it, you have to call it fun! Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore, online or at the door.

Taking an AP Art Class Next Year? Read This

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option), and AP 3D for next school year, please click here to download the AP Art Portfolio Review packet, or pick one up at the East Fine Arts Office (6080) or from your current art teacher. The Portfolio Review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken (khyken@d125.org). Portfolios are due no later than Friday in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).

COLLEGE NEWS

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting fieldmuseum.org and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org for any questions regarding career exploration!

ATHLETICS

The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 15. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org for varsity, Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org for sophomore, and Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org for freshman.

CLUB NEWS

Tu B’Shvat is this weekend. Celebrate the birthday of the trees by making chocolate bark-and-fruit smoothies. Join Club Israel Thursday in the Food Lab (Room 1406) right after school.

The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its next meeting to inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting is after school Monday in Room 7068.

The Animal Welfare Club’s February Dog of the Month is a small dog with a big attitude named Faye, and its Cat of the Month is a playful “talker” named Knolan. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at http://shsanimalwelfare.weebly.com/pets-of-the-month!  These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at http://www.saveapetil.org/, all waiting for love!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

All CPS students sent home with letter accusing Rauner of “cheating” kids

Rauner’s schools chief tells parents CPS created its own mess

“Nerves are raw” on NU campus after drugging, sex-assault reports

Man attacks students on recess at Gold Coast school playground

New Trier alumnus among judges hearing Trump travel ban appeal

Chicago Teachers Union calls DeVos a “nightmare” following confirmation

Zion police: Excessive speed led to crash that killed Waukegan student

Normal-based district hikes substitute teacher pay on Fridays

Proposed demotion for Urbana school administrator draws ire

Huntley High juniors bond over shared cancer fight

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

DeVos confirmed as education secretary; Pence casts deciding vote

Ohio lawmakers submit bill to start school year after Labor Day

Wisconsin governor’s budget would shift education funding approach

Connecticut governor calls for revamped education funding formula

America’s biggest donors give unusually large share of gifts to colleges

Colleges develop new resources to support veteran success on campus

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Science Bowl Team Second at Regional

The Science Bowl A team earned second place at the Illinois Regional Science Bowl competition at Fremd High School on Saturday. The team dominated in the early rounds and lost a close contest to Naperville North in the finals. The A team consisted of junior Zach Chin, the team captain, along with sophomore Andrew Ding, freshman Christie Lee, junior David Liang and senior Jason Lu. The B team finished with a 2-2 record at the regional. Its roster comprised sophomore and captain Tejus Ambravan, sophomore Niharika Chintalapati, freshmen Grant Davis, Healey Kogan and Emily Lu, and senior Teja Vontikommu.

Science Olympiad Takes Second, Third at Huntley

Stevenson’s Green and Gold Science Olympiad teams finished second and third, respectively, at the 44-team Huntley Invitational on Saturday. New Trier, which regularly battles SHS for the state championship, took top honors. Stevenson has beaten the Trevians for the state title the past two years and three of the last four.

Stevenson won five of the 23 events, and junior Elaine Xiao played a role in two. Xiao and freshman Radha Patel captured the Disease Detectives competition, then teamed with freshmen Akash Kumar and Ketna Kolakaluri to claim the Experimental Design category. Also earning first-place honors were sophomore Rachel Zhang and freshman Irina Stamm (Electric Vehicle), senior Caroline Fatina and freshman Shannon Kang (Forensics), and junior Owen Simon and sophomore Shreya Karpoor (Hovercraft).

Second-place finishers were Fatina and Patel (Electric Vehicle), Fatina and sophomores Kitty Zeng and Josey Zhang (Experimental Design), Kolakaluri and freshman Anna Wang (Dynamic Planet), freshman Erin Yuan and sophomore Dhruva Shroff (Invasive Species), Patel and Shroff (Robot Arm), sophomore Tony Tan and junior Daniel Tao (Astronomy), Tan and senior Katherine Liu (Materials Science), and sophomore Maitreyee Malpekar and Josey Zhang (Rocks and Minerals).

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: None of the Patriots who qualified for the sectional finished in the top five. – Official Results

O’Connell to Play Football at Wheaton

Senior all-state quarterback Aidan O’Connell announced Friday his commitment to play football at Wheaton College, where his older brother, Patrick (Class of 2015), is a defensive lineman. Aidan threw for 2,741 yards and 26 touchdowns during his one season as the Patriots’ starting signal-caller. He completed 62% of his passes. O’Connell said he had preferred walk-on offers from some Big Ten schools, but had a “gut feeling” Wheaton was the right place for him.

Will Girls Basketball Face Libertyville a Third Time?

The girls basketball team has played two nail-biters with Libertyville this season, and a third one might be around the corner. The Patriots have edged the Wildcats by two points in each of their meetings, with the most recent a 59-57 double overtime contest on Friday that secured SHS the conference championship. Both schools are assigned to next week’s IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional, and are the top highest seeds. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the Libertyville Sectional while LHS is No. 6. The Pats and Cats will play in separate regional semifinal games on Wednesday, February 15 and if they win, would meet for the regional title on Friday, February 17.

Correction

Monday’s Digest incorrectly reported that the varsity cheerleaders, who finished fifth in the state on Saturday, were making their first IHSA state finals appearance since 2014. In fact, the Patriots qualified last year, finishing eighth.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Did You Miss the Fashion Show Volunteer Meeting?

Want to volunteer for the Fashion Show but couldn’t make the meeting on Thursday? Stop by Room 1410 (Applied Arts Office) to get the information packet or print one here.  The information sheet is due back by Wednesday to Room 1410. There will be a mandatory meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1916 to receive additional information and meet the team! Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Visiting Artist Presentation on Wednesday

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Charles Yost, will give a presentation during periods 5 and 6 Wednesday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. All students are invited.

Registration Meeting for Strings 2018 Trip to Italy

There will be a mandatory registration meeting for all strings students and their parents participating in the 2018 performance trip to Italy at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Orchestra Room (Room 2200). The trip itinerary includes stops in Rome, Palermo and Taormina between March 23-28, 2018. For questions, contact Mr. Vilaseco at evilaseco@d125.org.

Showcase Needs Student Help With Videos and More

Showcase has always included amazing videos created by SHS students, and more are needed in 2017. If you have ideas for videos, would like to perform in videos, or can help produce videos, Showcase can make it happen. Showcase also is also looking for backstage help such as props masters, stage running crew and photographers. Check out the Showcase Facebook page (Showcase-Stevenson High School) for more information. Please email edie0609@aol.com if you would like to help backstage during Showcase, or if you have ideas or would like to help with videos.

Improv Club to Perform Wednesday Night

The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improvisational troupe, will give a free performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center.

Come Pick the Next Mr. SHS Friday Night

Which senior boy should be Mr. SHS? You can help decide during the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Call it a “man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it, you have to call it fun! Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore, online or at the door.

Taking an AP Art Class Next Year? Read This

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option), and AP 3D for next school year, please click here to download the AP Art Portfolio Review packet, or pick one up at the East Fine Arts Office (6080) or from your current art teacher. The Portfolio Review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken (khyken@d125.org). Portfolios are due no later than Friday in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).

Host Families Needed for German Students

Students from Germany will be visiting Stevenson from March 5-17, and we need your help! Please consider hosting one or more students for an unforgettable family experience. Information is available by emailing Suzanne Paloian at spaloian@d125.org or by calling 847-415-4500. If you are interested, complete this Student/Family Information Form and email it to spaloian@d125.org or return it to Room 2414 at your earliest convenience. Forms will be accepted in the order received.

AP Exam Registration Has Begun

Registration for Advanced Placement exams started today. The cost is $93 per exam until March 6, when a $25 late fee per exam kicks in. AP exams will be given during the weeks of May 1-5 and May 8-12. To register and for more information, visit www.d125.org/ap.

CLUB NEWS

The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its next meeting to inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting is after school Monday in Room 7068.

COLLEGE NEWS

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting fieldmuseum.org and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at dwillock@d125.org for any questions regarding career exploration!

ATHLETICS

There will be a girls softball informational meeting at 3:30 today in Rooms 2004-2006. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wilhelm at pwilhelm@d125.org.

The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 15. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at pblock@d125.org for varsity, Coach Sorkin at bsorkin@d125.org for sophomore, and Coach Smith at rysmith@d125.org for freshman.

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 14 in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Illinois lawmakers to weigh changes to school funding formula during debate

Northwestern investigating reports of sex assault, drugging at frat houses

CPS announces $45M spending freeze on non-personnel items

Stalled $45M Olive-Harvey College construction project called “a travesty”

Lake Zurich High hazing lawyer tab nearly $51K for one month

Lincoln-Way student claims swimsuit discrimination

U-46 officials underscore safety in wake of attack on student

Springfield school board approves one-year contract with teachers

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

More colleges using predictive analysis to help students succeed

Supreme Court scheduled to hear transgender bathroom case in March

Why so many Texas teachers accused of improprieties are never charged

Spokane schools eliminating valedictorian system, class ranking

Kentucky’s education secretary wants open enrollment for school districts

New Hampshire parents may get more control over assessment tests, sex ed

Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana shutting down temporarily

Study says New Orleans charters spend more on administration than instruction

Goodbye phys ed, hello boxing at two San Jose schools

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.

Monday, February 6, 2017

History Bowl Teams Third in State; Frosh Wins Title

The varsity and junior varsity History Bowl teams finished third in their respective divisions at the Illinois State Championship at Loyola Academy on Saturday, while freshman Govind Prabhakar was the JV state champion in the History Bee individual competition.

The varsity History Bowl roster included Prabhakar, seniors Ali Saeed and Nathan Cha, and junior Conrad Oberhaus. The JV squad featured sophomores Abhilash Raghuram and Alex Stencel, and freshman David Holmquist.

In the History Bee, junior Chris Muth took third place at the varsity level, while Saeed was a finalist. Holmquist, sophomore Elliott Koriath and freshman Meehir Dixit were finalists in the JV competition.

Stevenson will compete in the National History Bowl and Bee championship April 21-23 in Arlington, Virginia. Muth, Oberhaus, Cha and Saeed will be making their third consecutive appearance at the national tournament. The quartet tied for ninth in the JV competition in 2015, and last year, Oberhaus and Math were part of the JV team that finished fourth. Saeed and Cha, meanwhile, were ninth in varsity.

Archery Team Wins Schurz Tournament

The SHS archery team won the Bulldog Shootout at Schurz High School in Chicago over the weekend. Junior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse was the overall champion with a score of 292, which included two perfect rounds (one at 10 meters, one at 15 meters) and 23 bullseyes. Senior Go Ogata finished second overall and won the Male Division with a score of 278 that featured 13 bullseyes. Two other archers finished in the top five overall with personal-best performances. Junior Sara Ulziibayar was fourth overall and second in the Female Division (274, 10 bullseyes) while senior Fred Li finished fifth overall and third place in the Male Division (273, 11 bullseyes). He had a perfect round at 10 meters, as did sophomores Rebecca Azevedo and Mae Pazzol.

Improv Club to Perform Wednesday Night

The Failed Presidential Candidates, Stevenson’s improvisational troupe, will give a free performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center.

PATRIOT SPORTS

Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Cheerleading

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots finished fifth in the Coed Division, their second top-five finish in program history. The Patriots placed third in 2006. Stevenson earned a score of 87.51, behind champion Belvidere North (93.29), Conant (89.63), Buffalo Grove (88.63) and University High in Normal (87.64). SHS made its ninth IHSA state finals appearance, its first in the Coed Division, and its first since 2014. The varsity roster this season included seniors Jenna Aasen, Alexa Brand, Jennifer Cronin, Casey Cushing and Makayla Schneider; juniors Gwenyth Arcara, Skyler Aubel, George Hashemi, Allie Johnson, Noelle Kang, Julia Los, Alexis Ohm, Mallory Pomerantz, Virginia Powell, Brooke Rosenthal, Kalista Schneider, Ashley Shapiro, Kelly Sienko and Eden Wright; sophomores Sarah Grinde, Eliana Kaufmann, Lauren Mass, Payton Nierman, Aaron Rudloff and Benjamin Rudloff; and freshmen Sophia Canseco and Nina Lozovnoy. – Official Results

Wrestling

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Libertyville Regional: The Patriots finished second to Deerfield and crowned three champions: Seniors Nikita Nepomnyashchiy at 170 pounds and Dylan Geick at 160, and sophomore Tommy Frezza at 113. They automatically qualified for this weekend’s sectional at Barrington, and will be joined by four other Patriots: seniors Eric Carter (145) and Robert Pavlovich (182), and sophomores Anand Batbaatar (285) and Matthew Zimring (120). Geick (37-1), ranked third in the state and heading to Columbia University, pinned his opponent from Lake Forest in 1:23. Nepomnyashchiy (15-1), who will wrestle for the University of Michigan next fall, earned a 17-8 major decision over his foe from Mundelein. Frezza (33-3) won by injury default over his opponent from Waukegan in the 113-pound title match. Three Pats placed second in their weight class: the Duke-bound Carter, Pavlovich and Batbaatar. Zimring finished third. Finishing fourth were senior Brandon Zisman (138) and junior Michael Karp (132). In the team standings, Deerfield defeated SHS, 194-156.6, for its third straight regional championship. – Official Results | Daily Herald, News-Sun

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Dundee-Crown Regional: Junior Genevieve Dominick qualified for Saturday’s Belvidere Sectional at Forest Hills Lanes in Loves Park, her first sectional appearance. Dominick rolled a six-game series of 1,044 (a 174 average) and finished 20th overall. SHS was 11th out of 13 teams at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville. – Official Results

Fencing

Stevenson at Great Lakes Varsity Championships: In Culver, Indiana, the Patriots won the overall championships in the men’s and women’s competitions, and also had two individual champions. SHS captured the women’s overall title for the second straight year, and the individual champs also won their weapon, epee, in 2016: Junior Rachel Aranyi won the women’s side, while senior Zimo Zhu captured the men’s title. SHS won first place in women’s epee, was second in women’s foil and men’s epee, and took third in women’s sabre, men’s foil and men’s sabre. Senior Andrew Kim placed second in men’s sabre. Sophomore Geeta Jhangiani finished third in women’s epee, and freshman Aya Taira was third in women’s foil. Also earning all-conference honors by placing in the top eight of their event were senior Jo Kubota (fifth, men’s epee), senior Julia Son (sixth, women’s foil), senior Robin Cheifetz (eighth, women’s epee) and freshman Rachel Roh (eighth, women’s sabre). Other top-10 finishes came from senior Nikita Jhangiani (ninth, women’s epee), senior Jeeho Lee (ninth, men’s foil) and sophomore Chloe Myers (10th, women’s sabre). – Official Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 50, Palatine 34: On Senior Night in the Sports Center, senior Ashley Richardson led all scorers with 17 points as the Patriots improved to 21-5. Richardson and classmates Madison Wicklund, Ashley Campos and Sam Friedman were honored, and were in the starting lineup. Junior Klaire Steffens scored 15 points and fellow junior Kiana Cencula added nine. Wicklund scored seven points for SHS, which outscored the Pirates 16-3 in the second quarter to take a 25-8 halftime lead. Palatine fell to 12-13. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 56, Lake Forest 34: Senior Willie Herenton scored a game-high 21 points and the Patriot defense held the host Scouts to 10 first-half points. Senior Justin Smith scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds for SHS (16-4, 8-1), while classmate Eric Zalewski had 11 points. Lake Forest (7-13, 3-6) came as close as seven points late in the third quarter, but the Pats put the game away with an 18-4 run. Stevenson forced eight turnovers in the fourth quarter. Junior Jackson Qually pulled down five rebounds. The Patriots travel to Zion-Benton for a key North Suburban Conference game on Tuesday. There are five league games to play. – News-Sun, Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 59, Libertyville 57 (2 OT): Junior Klaire Steffens hit a layup with 1.9 seconds remaining in the second overtime to give the visiting Patriots (20-5, 12-1) their second consecutive North Suburban Conference championship and 13th in program history. The win also marked Stevenson’s eighth straight 20-win season. Steffens also sank a short jump shot with 13 seconds left in regulation to cap a seven-point fourth-quarter rally and send the game into overtime. Steffens scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half and also grabbed six rebounds. Senior Ashley Richardson scored 15 points, 13 after halftime, and also had five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Senior Madison Wicklund added 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior Kiana Cencula had 11 points, including five in the second overtime. Libertyville fell to 15-11 overall and 7-6 in the NSC. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Registration Meeting for Strings 2018 Trip to Italy

There will be a mandatory registration meeting for all strings students and their parents participating in the 2018 performance trip to Italy at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Orchestra Room (Room 2200). The trip itinerary includes stops in Rome, Palermo and Taormina between March 23-28, 2018. For questions, contact Mr. Vilaseco at evilaseco@d125.org.

Showcase Needs Student Help With Videos and More

Showcase has always included amazing videos created by SHS students, and more are needed in 2017. If you have ideas for videos, would like to perform in videos, or can help produce videos, Showcase can make it happen. Showcase also is also looking for backstage help such as props masters, stage running crew and photographers. Check out the Showcase Facebook page (Showcase-Stevenson High School) for more information. Please email edie0609@aol.com if you would like to help backstage during Showcase, or if you have ideas or would like to help with videos.

Come Pick the Next Mr. SHS Friday Night

Which senior boy should be Mr. SHS? You can help decide during the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. Call it a “man-geant” (male pageant), call it a male talent show, call it a personality contest …. but whatever you call it, you have to call it fun! Contestants will be judged in talent, swim wear, formal wear, and their ability to speak publicly. The winner will be decided based on originality, personality, and presentation in each category. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore, online or at the door.

Taking an AP Art Class Next Year? Read This

All students who registered for AP Drawing, AP 2D (non-photo option), and AP 3D for next school year, please click here to download the AP Art Portfolio Review packet, or pick one up at the East Fine Arts Office (6080) or from your current art teacher. The Portfolio Review process is a required part of your registration in these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken (khyken@d125.org). Portfolios are due no later than Friday in the East Fine Arts Office (6080).

Did You Miss the Fashion Show Volunteer Meeting?

Want to volunteer for the Fashion Show but couldn’t make the meeting on Thursday? Stop by Room 1410 (Applied Arts Office) to get the information packet or print one here.  The information sheet is due back by Wednesday to Room 1410. There will be a mandatory meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1916 to receive additional information and meet the team! Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.

Visiting Artist Presentation Next Wednesday

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Charles Yost, will give a presentation during periods 5 and 6 Wednesday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. All students are invited.

AP Exam Registration Has Begun

Registration for Advanced Placement exams started today. The cost is $93 per exam until March 6, when a $25 late fee per exam kicks in. AP exams will be given during the weeks of May 1-5 and May 8-12. To register and for more information, visit www.d125.org/ap.

CLUB NEWS

Breakfast With Books will meet Tuesday from 7:45-8:20 a.m. in the Upper ILC. All students are welcome!

ATHLETICS

There will be an informational meeting for girls badminton at 3:30 today in Room 7096. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Johnson at grjohnson@d125.org.

The boys water polo preseason meeting will be held at 3:45 today in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Wimer at swimer@d125.org.

There will be a girls softball informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Rooms 2004-2006. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wilhelm at pwilhelm@d125.org.

The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 13 in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

INTRAMURALS

Morning Strength Training and Conditioning is open to all students from 6:15-7:15 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday in the Cardio Room 5042. No one is too busy, it’s a matter of priorities!

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Chicago State seeks second $60M campus despite layoffs, budget crisis

New yardstick driving better grades for Chicago schools, not high scores

Chicago teachers use furlough day to protest at Emanuel’s office

New Trier parents debate planned civil rights seminar

Huntley High student faces discipline after racist pamphlet brought to school

Community rallies around South Elgin boy beaten at school

Despite myriad challenges, Catholic school administrators remain hopeful

High school students in downstate Illinois build house from the ground up

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Study: One-fourth of college graduates are overqualified for their jobs

How high schools are demolishing the classroom

Pence plans to use tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos for education post

New wave of anti-evolution bills hits states

Trying to solve a bigger math problem

Study finds online algebra credit recovery outcomes lacking

Chinese parents paying top dollar to send students to U.S high schools

New York study: Motorists illegally passed school buses 40K times in one day

LA school board campaign mailer associates president with “Making a Murderer”

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey. To subscribe or unsubscribe, contact him at jconrey@d125.org.