Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

395 Named Illinois State Scholars

Three hundred and ninety-five members of Stevenson’s Class of 2018 have been named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Students were chosen based on state test scores and academic achievement at their school. Stevenson’s latest Illinois State Scholars can be found at this link.

Holiday Choral Concert Thursday Night

The Choral Department’s annual holiday concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 45, Lake Forest 35: Senior Jackson Qualley scored 14 of his game-high 15 points in the first half as the visiting Patriots (5-0, 1-0) took control early in their North Suburban Conference opener. SHS hit six of eight 3-point shots in the first half as it built a 31-17 halftime lead. The Scouts (3-3, 0-1) trimmed the deficit to single digits once in the second half, but the Pats responded by expanding their lead to 15 late in the fourth quarter. Senior Samvit Ram added 12 points and two steals, while classmate Nick Bonk scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Trey Baker added six points, while junior Luke Chieng had five rebounds and three assists. Stevenson held Lake Forest to 4-of-21 shooting from 3-point territory. – Pioneer Press

Boys Bowling

Lake Zurich 3,096, Stevenson 2,750: Despite a 679 series from senior Lucas Pinkus at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein, the Patriots (4-3, 2-3) had their three-match win streak snapped. Lucas also had the high game of the day for SHS, a 236. Freshman Benjamin Ries rolled a 567 series, with a high game of 203. He was followed by classmate Nicholas Sternes (519, 189), junior Kerry Mueller (518, 212) and freshman Ryan Lerman (467, 201). The Bears won all three games, surpassing the 1,000-pin barrier each time.

Sports Boosters “Flash Sale” Friday

Stevenson Sports Boosters is having a “Flash Apparel Sale” from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday in the Field House lobby. Cash, check and Visa/Mastercard will be accepted.

Alum Takes Top Honors in Shot Put

Villanova University junior Henry Sise (Class of 2015) won the shot put at the Wildcats’ season-opening indoor meet in Philadelphia for the second straight year. The chemistry major had a winning throw of 15.68 meters, just short of his career-best 15.93 meters set during last year’s indoor season.


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Improv Show Friday Night

Stevenson’s improv troupe, the Failed Presidential Candidates, will perform a free show at 7 p.m. Friday in the West Auditorium. The troupe is led by three captains, seniors Sam Litwin and Pia Russo, and junior Ananya Shah. The other members of the Failed Presidential Candidates include seniors Emily Adler, Hayley Brenner, Matt Cliffer, Jack Housinger, Grayson Kubow, Hannah Lichtenstein, Brigitte Lefebvre, Jaclyn Rosenberg, Kelvin Rim, Chinmayee Sakhare and Jeremy Tracz; juniors Arad Boxenbaum, Josh Ezrol, Amira Hady, Nikolette Olson, Ethan Murphy and Angela Spilotro; sophomores Maggie Kirkham, Brett Richardson and Meg Russo; and freshman Aubrey Tomochek.


Peer Tutor Club meets Thursday in Room 7066. The club will meet before school at 7:45 a.m. and after school at 3:45 p.m. Choose one meeting to attend.

I throw my Latkes in the air sometimes singin’ A-O, spin the dreidel. Join Club Israel on Thursday and make latkes (potato pancakes) to celebrate Chanukah! The club meets in Food Lab 1406 after school.


IM Basketball registration is now open. Team packets are due in the Student Activities Office by Thursday, Dec. 14.


West Chicago High teacher contract talks stalled

Chicago high school reinvents itself with skills-based learning

CPS plan to shutter four Englewood schools sparks protests

Evanston bar manager says Northwestern students looted his pub

Buffalo Grove High students mourn teachers’ deaths through music

Deaf drama club re-emerges at Hinsdale South

Park Ridge-Niles superintendent reviews special ed staffing after outcry


America’s high school graduation rate reaches an all-time high again

Reading comprehension among fourth-graders has flatlined since 2001

Lawsuit says California isn’t doing enough to teach kids how to read

Student loan debt is now as big as the U.S. junk bond market

Should educators be armed?

Harvard upholds rule against single-sex social clubs

Five students have died this semester at Temple University


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Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Nearly 20 Teachers Lead Talks at National Events

Nearly 20 teachers from the Social Studies and World Languages divisions gave presentations at their national conferences last month.

Eleven members of the Social Studies faculty led sessions at the 97th National Council of Social Studies Annual Conference in San Francisco Nov. 17-19. Chris Salituro was part of a panel discussion on “Teaching with the (American Sociological Association) National Standards: Concepts, Resources, and Pedagogy.” Andrew Conneen gave two presentations: “Project CivicsWorks: Building Student Solutions to Institutional Problems,” and “A Flawed Democracy? Comparative Data in the U.S. Before 2016.” Jenna Breuer, Laurie Feinzimer and Stephanie Levenbrook led “Evidence-Based Growth Through Remediation.” Paul Mazzuca discussed “Teaching Historical Writing Skills in a Co-Taught Social Studies Classroom,” while Caroline Shupe and Nancy Fenton presented “Positive Psychology: Helping Students Unlock the Power of Their Strengths.” Seamus Campion, joined by Communication Arts teacher Steve Heller, covered “Lies My English Teacher Told Me,” and Michelle Stone and Christina Wood led “Solve the Outbreak … Evaluating the Federal Response to Emerging Epidemics.”

Eight members of the World Languages faculty gave presentations at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ annual convention in Nashville Nov. 17-19. Jianhong Wang discussed “Effective Self/Peer Reflection Using (Integrated Performance Assessment) Rubrics in Chinese Classrooms.” Christina-Marie Mueller,

Amanda Cummings, Samuel Figueroa and Elfie Repel led a session called “Get Students Involved! A Co-Constructive Approach to Feedback in Your Class.” Director of World Languages Justin Fisk, along with Patrick Grady and Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation Anthony Reibel, shared “A Standards-Based Grading Starter Kit for World Languages.” Paulina Glowacka was joined by Fisk in discussing “For Students, By Students: Portfolio in the Foreign Language Classroom.”

Tonight’s Band Concert to be Livestreamed

Tonight’s band concert featuring the Honor and Freshman bands will be livestreamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7 o’clock. Use this link to watch. The selections scheduled to be played are available in this document.

Art Fest Set for Wednesday, Thursday

Artistic works by a multitude of students will be on display during the Fine Arts Division’s  Art Fest on Wednesday and Thursday in Room 2104 and the Upper Forum of the West Building. The show will be open during school hours both days, and there will be a public reception for the artists at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is free.

Alum Exits Governor’s Race

Stevenson alumnus Alex Paterakis (Class of 2006) dropped out of the governor’s race Monday, citing a lack of funds, the Daily Herald reported. Paterakis announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in February.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Libertyville 2,028, Stevenson 1,998: At Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, the Patriots won the first two games by a total of four pins, but the Wildcats claimed the third by 34 pins to capture the match by a 5-4 score. Senior Genevieve Dominick rolled the best series of all 10 bowlers, a 487, and her 190 in the third game was the highest individual game. Classmate Jackie Koepp had the second-highest series of the match (462) and the second-best game (179). Senior Lauren Stein shot a 396, followed by freshmen YooJin Lee (345) and Talia Segal (308).

Three Named to News-Sun All-Area Football Team

Three members of the varsity football squad have been selected to the News-Sun All-Area Football Team. Senior offensive lineman Jordan Caselberry was chosen for the first-team offense, while senior defensive back Travis Bronstein and junior linebacker Maema Njongmeta were picked for the first-team defense. Sophomore running back Jean-Marc Etienne was an honorable mention selection.

Underclassman Spirit Revolution Teams Win Titles

The varsity Spirit Revolution teams weren’t the only ones that brought home honors from invitationals last weekend. The freshman cheerleading team won its division at Crystal Lake Central, while the junior varsity placed second. The JV Patriettes split into two squads at Minooka, taking first place and seventh place out of 22 teams. The freshman Patriettes were sixth and seventh at Lake Zurich.

Examining the Growth in Illinois Girls Ice Hockey

The number of Illinois high school girls playing ice hockey has skyrocketed in the last 10 years, thanks in part to the U.S. national women’s team. The squad, which includes Stevenson alumnus Megan Bozek (Class of 2009), won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Daily Herald reporter Russell Lissau spoke with Bozek about the growth of girls hockey in Illinois. He also talked with SHS boys ice hockey head coach Tom Wood (Class of 2008), who said Bozek would have been one of the best players on his teams.


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Illinois State Scholar Certificates Available

Attention all Illinois State Scholars: Certificates are available for pick up in Room 2414 (Green Student Services). Please have your ID ready when picking up your certificate.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the next PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Stop by and get apple pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, doughnuts, puppy chow and more. All items are $1.


The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting an Unstable draft after school Friday in the West Staff Dining Room. The tournament is free to attend, and each player will receive three packs. Join club members if you’d like to see armies of squirrels, high-five contests, and adorable kitten-sharks!


Winter sport ESPPA nominations are now open and are due by Feb. 23. Please go to this link to nominate an athlete or team for one or more categories. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hodge at


Attorney General opens civil rights investigation into bus company

Ownership of DeVry, Keller transferred to California-based college

U46 teachers union chief running for state House

Naperville district’s suicide intervention talk draws record crowd

Woman accused of stealing $10K from downstate elementary school PTO

As enrollment drops, some CPS schools struggle to keep football alive

Harwood Heights school playground named after longtime board member


Principal removed at D.C. high school where “everyone” graduated

Why do Americans have such trouble with fractions — and what can be done?

Four ways the GOP tax plan could affect teachers, students and schools

Study looks at how social studies teachers address economic inequality

Colorado district votes to end voucher program

Missouri schools chief ousted after last-minute appointment to state ed board

Florida soccer coach found with missing teen in upstate New York charged

In schools, a growing push to recognize Muslim and Jewish holidays

Spanish language video game aims to teach students about civil rights


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Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Eight Seniors in Running for Merit Special Scholarships

Eight seniors have been selected as candidates for National Merit Special Scholarships, which are sponsored by corporations and business organizations, and awarded to about 1,200 outstanding students nationwide who are not National Merit finalists. The students and their corporate sponsors are: Jessica Bae (Siemens Foundation), Alexander Bian (The Travelers Employees’ Club), Jordan Caselberry, Amritjeet Johar and Vikram Thanigaivelan (W.W. Grainger, Inc.), Katherine Hannahs (Fifth Third Foundation), Kevin Kerper (Tredegar Corporation), and Steven Xia (State Farm Companies Foundation). Winners will be announced in the spring.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Chipotle Wednesday

The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Chipotle from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday. Show this flyer or tell the cashier you’re supporting the Band Parents Organization when ordering, and 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the BPO.

Livestreaming of Tonight’s Band Concert

Tonight’s band concert featuring the Concert, Symphonic and Advanced Symphonic bands will be livestreamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 7 o’clock. Use this link to watch. The selections scheduled to be played are available in this document. The second night of the two-night band concert also is scheduled for livestreaming on Tuesday.

PPA Meeting Tuesday Night

The Patriot Parent Association will hold its next general meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Principal’s Conference Room. All PPA members are invited to attend.

Herald Features Alum Who Teaches Dialects

Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable featured SHS alumnus Sammi Grant in his latest piece on Sunday. The 2008 graduate is a dialect coach, and she’s become a behind-the-scenes star in the acting world. This video of Grant using 12 different accents has garnered more than 1.3 million views on YouTube. Grant has worked with numerous Chicago-area actors, including the cast of “Billy Elliot the Musical,” playing at Chicago’s Porchlight Music Theatre through the end of the month. Although legally blind since age 10, Grant performed in several productions at Stevenson and in college. At Illinois Wesleyan, she starred in “The Syringa Tree,” a one-woman South African play that required her to play 21 different characters.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at Crystal Lake Central Invitational: In their first tournament of the indoor season, the Patriots won first place in the 12-team Large Varsity Division.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: Senior Trevor Hilt scored three goals as the host Patriots (31-9) claimed their 11th consecutive win. Trevor’s first two goals broke a 1-1 tie and gave SHS a 3-1 lead after two periods at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. He capped the scoring with an empty netter late in the third. Seniors Jake Camp and Jackson Leptich also scored for the Pats, who improved to 10-3 in the Scholastic Hockey League. Juniors Adam Offenbach and Seth Cohen each had two assists. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 20 saves for Stevenson, which outshot the Broncos, 30-22. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted Patriot Relays: In their season-opening competition, the host Patriots topped Lyons Township and Metea Valley for top honors in the eight-team Gold Division. SHS also was second behind Warren in the eight-team Green Division. Overall, SHS captured 15 events in its annual all-relay invitational. The following swimmers were part of winning relays: sophomores AJ Carollo, Ari Zaritsky, Jack Zhang, Jake Kim, Cam Coffey, Niccolo Comini and Georgi Vladimirov; juniors Beno Maya, Phoom Lertsinsongeserm, Joseph Song, Nathan Gates, Topher Stensby, Nick Ebeling, Richard Lee, Ethan Ross and Maxim Ryaguzov; seniors Daniel Ng, Collin Kapecki and Michael Lee; and freshman Avi Roytman. They won these events: in the Gold Division, the sophomore 200 medley relay, the 500 crescendo relay, the 400 individual medley relay, the sophomore, junior and senior individual 50 freestyle relays, the 100, 200 and 600 free relays, the 350 breast relay, and the 400 sophomore and varsity free relays. In the Green Division, SHS won the 100 free relay, the 400 free freshman relay, and the 400 individual medley relay.

Competitive Dance

Stevenson at Class 3A Minooka Showdown: The Patriettes fielded two varsity units in the 33-team competition, finishing second with a 92.47 and eighth.


Stevenson at Grant quadrangular: The Patriots beat Barrington, 35-30, and the host Bulldogs, 36-34, improving to 5-0 on the season. SHS built big early leads in each match, then held off late rallies by their opponents. Three wrestlers won both of their matches: juniors Tommy Frezza (120 pounds), Max Gomez (220) and Anand Batbaatar (285), and sophomore Randy Lu (106), who posted a pair of pins. Anand had a pin in his only competed match; his other contest was forfeited. Tommy also recorded one pin. In the Barrington match, senior Michael Karp’s technical fall at 138 proved to be the decisive victory. Sophomore Matt Millman’s pin at 170 pounds in the Grant match clinched that win. – Daily Herald article | Results


Stevenson at Brookfield Academy Invitational: In Brookfield, Wis., the boys and girls teams won all of their matches against the host school, plus Catholic Memorial, Libertyville and Marian Central. The boys A and B teams beat Brookfield (22-5, 27-0), Catholic Memorial (20-7, 20-7), Libertyville (19-8, 17-10) and Marian Central (27-0, 23-4). The girls A and B teams topped Brookfield (24-3, 22-5), Catholic Memorial (27-0, 26-1), Libertyville (23-4, 16-11) and Marian Central (20-7, 23-4). The boys A team went 26-10 in foil, 29-7 in epee and 33-3 in saber, while the girls A squad was 33-3 in foil, 35-1 in epee and 32-4 in saber. The boys B unit went 29-7 in all three weapons, while the girls B team was 27-9 in foil, 31-5 in epee and 29-7 in saber. Overall, the boys were 175-41 and the girls went 187-29.

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at Al Galatte Holiday Invitational: At Rolling Meadows, sophomore Emily Weinstein won the floor exercise (9.30), leading SHS to an eighth-place finish among 19 teams. – Daily Herald article | Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Vernon Hills Cougar Invitational: In a tournament that has produced the last two state champions and runners-up, the Patriots finished ninth out of 24 teams at the Brunswick Zone at Hawthorn Mall. Senior Lucas Pinkus tied for third place overall, rolling a six-game series of 1,357, his highest ever. He shot a three-game set of 704 in the morning (232-236-236), then rolled his best game of the day, a 242, to open his afternoon trio (653). Freshman Nicholas Sternes finished in ninth place with the best performance of his young career. He shot a 1,310 series with a career-best game of 236. He also rolled games of 233 and 234. Two other freshman bowled six games: Benjamin Ries had a 1,008 series (high game of 186) and Joey Gluck shot a 996 while tying Lucas for best game of the day (242). Freshman Ryan Lerman bowled four games (676 series, 192 high game) and senior Marcus Engstrom bowled two (272, 144). SHS cracked the 900-pin barrier in five of its six games, including a 999 in its fourth game. – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at Fremd Invitational: The Patriots finished 20th at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights.

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 10, York 0: Senior Trevor Hilt scored five goals, including three in the first period, as the host Patriots (30-9 overall, 9-3 Scholastic Hockey League) rolled to their 10th straight victory. Senior goalie Nicolas Almenara earned the shutout by turning away all 20 shots he faced. Senior Jackson Leptich scored two goals, and classmate Michael Dowd had a goal and two assists. Juniors Sam Shellist and Adam Offenbach also scored. Senior Frank Wiest-Puchala recorded three assists, and fellow senior Jake Camp had a pair. SHS posted four goals in the first period and six in the second at Twin Rinks Ice Arena. The Dukes dropped to 3-14 in the SHL. – Boxscore

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 1,843, Vernon Hills 1,836: The Patriots won their first game and match of the season, edging the Cougars by seven pins at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. SHS captured a 7-2 final score by winning the second and third games after dropping the first by 57 pins, 615-558. Stevenson outscored VHHS 597-563 in the second game, and 661-658 in the third.


Stevenson 57, Mundelein 16: The three-time defending North Suburban Conference champion Patriots (3-0) scored 35 unanswered points to pull away from the Mustangs in their home and league opener in the Field House. MHS pulled within 22-16 halfway through the meet before SHS captured the final seven bouts. Stevenson received pins from juniors Tommy Frezza at 120 pounds (2:57) and Ivor Gueorguiev at 160 (52 seconds), sophomore Matt Millman at 170 (3:11) and freshman Ben Swidler at 106 (3:45). Seniors Michael Karp and Jake Simon earned technical falls at 138 (4:17) and 145 (3:57), respectively. Senior Dan Ganzman was a 5-4 winner at 182, and junior Max Gomez cruised to a 19-7 win at 220. Senior Muzi Sitshela (152) and junior Anand Batbaatar (285) won by forfeit. – Daily Herald article | Results

Girls Basketball

Warren 33, Stevenson 28: The host Patriots (3-3) battled back from a 15-point deficit in the second half, but fell short to the Blue Devils (5-2) in their home and North Suburban Conference opener. Senior Izzy Paldrmic led all scorers with 12 points, all coming on three-pointers. She had a trio of treys in the fourth quarter as SHS came within two points, 27-25, before Warren hit several free throws late to put the game away. Sophomore Avery King scored six points, while seniors Klaire Steffens and Kiana Cencula each had five. Senior Julia Osuch grabbed seven rebounds. – SBN Replay | Daily Herald article | Boxscore


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Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation on Friday

The latest SHS Visiting Artist of the Month, oil painter and mixed media specialist Voytek Glinkowski, will give presentations at the Visiting Artist Gallery during first and third periods on Friday. For more information on the artist, read this document.


The Lake County Federation of Teachers is offering the Joe Hutten $1,000 Scholarship. To be eligible, students must intend on attending an Illinois public higher education institution (two- or four-year). Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up an application. The application deadline is Jan. 22. See Mrs. McGurn in the CCC with any questions.


CPS announces plan to close, consolidate schools

CPS to open two new “classical model” schools, add three new magnets

Federal grants fail to boost academic picture at troubled Chicago schools

Report details how Claypool tried to block ethics probe

After numerous delays, CLC science building set to open in January

Private bus service blasted by UI leaders for “bigoted” email

Burlington district to open state’s first veterinary science program

North Chicago schools chief, parents at odds over teacher’s behavior

Ex-McHenry teacher’s aide gets 180 days in jail on sex assault charges

Richards football coaching legend Korhonen dies


Why getting help for kids with dyslexia is difficult

Charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation

National Board certification now less expensive, easier to attain

Schools cut ties with honorees accused of sexual misconduct

Eastern Michigan faculty, administration clash over online curriculum

Charges dropped against Virginia mom trying to record daughter’s bullies

Teaching anthropology in a red state


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Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

17 Honored for Community Service Efforts

Seventeen more students have earned Inspiring Service Awards for their community service efforts this semester, joining 47 honored last month.

The awards came from the InnerView community service platform, which Stevenson students use to create service portfolios. They type written reflections about their work, and upload photos and videos. Through the portfolios, students track their progress toward the UN Global Goal (or goals) they have set for themselves.

The use of InnerView and UN Global Goals is part of the school’s new community service philosophy, unveiled this year.

Students achieving Merit Award status included: Seniors Jack Aiello, Sonya Ayar, Megan Embree, Elmira Hezarkhani, David Hou, Abhiram Kakuturu and Mallory Pomerantz; juniors Megan Bi, Isabel Hardy, Prthivi Nese, Meghan Oh and Kendall Roberts; sophomores Alexa Cohen, Healey Kogan and Emily Lu; and freshmen Noah Sevcik and Christopher Xie.

In addition to the new award winners, three students honored last month advanced to Honor Award status: Juniors Jeesu Choi, Rachel French and Allison Kalbhen.

Band Concerts Monday and Tuesday

Get into the spirit of the holidays with seasonal music presented by the Stevenson bands next week. The Concert, Symphonic and Advanced Symphonic bands will perform Monday, while the Honor Band and seventh-and-eighth period Freshman Band will play Tuesday. Both concerts have free admission, and will start at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Donations Needed for Next PPA Bake Sale

The next PPA Bake Sale is Wednesday, and parent donations are needed. Adults can volunteer to donate items through this SignUpGenius link.

String Parents Fundraiser Monday at Malnati’s

The String Parents Association will hold its next fundraiser Monday at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove. Mention the SPA when ordering between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., and 20 percent of the pre-tax sale will go to help the school’s strings program. Here is a flyer to share with others. The SPA also will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 1414.

Choral Guild Party, Meeting Monday Night

The Choral Guild will have its annual holiday celebration on Monday. Guild members are invited for treats and socializing in the Choir Room at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 o’clock.

Link for Creative Writing Award Winners

Thursday’s Digest included an item referencing winners in the recent creative writing festival at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. You can read Stevenson’s winning entries at this link.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,655, New Trier 2,478: The Patriots (4-2) won their fourth straight match behind senior Lucas Pinkus, whose 675 series was the highest of the day at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. He also had the team’s best individual game, a 232. Freshmen Benjamin Ries (537, 190) and Nicholas Sternes (534, 179) were next, followed by junior Kerry Mueller (496, 172) and sophomore James Ruiz (413, 170). The two teams split the first two games, and were separated by only nine pins. SHS saved its best for the last game, winning by 168 pins.

Four Named to Daily Herald All-Area Football Team

Four members of the Patriot football squad have been selected to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Team: Seniors Travis Bronstein and Alex Capstick, junior Maema Njongmeta and sophomore Jean-Marc Etienne. Travis, a defensive back, made 102 tackles, including five for loss, and recorded two interceptions. Alex was the Pats’ primary receiver, catching 29 passes for 556 yards and seven touchdowns. Maema, a linebacker, had 12 sacks and 13 tackles for loss along with 86 tackles. Jean-Marc was the leading rusher for SHS, gaining 912 yards on 161 carries and scoring 12 TDs. Three seniors earned honorable mention: offensive lineman Jordan Caselberry, linebacker Sam Marks and defensive lineman Ryan Walsh.

Winter Sports Previews Online

The Daily Herald has season previews for these Lake County winter sports: wrestling, girls gymnastics, boys swimming and diving, girls bowling, boys bowling, girls basketball and boys basketball.

Soccer Alum Makes NCAA Tournament

SHS soccer alum Jill Steinbrink (Class of 2017) and her Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis teammates knocked off previously unbeaten Wisconsin-Milwaukee to win the Horizon League championship and earn the school’s first NCAA tournament berth since 2009. The Jaguars, picked in the preseason to finish seventh in the Horizon League, finished the year with a 14-6-3 record after losing to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAAs. Steinbrink battled injuries early in the season, but ended up playing in 21 games for IUPUI.


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Auditions for The Velveteen Rabbit Dec. 11-12

Auditions for the Stevenson Foundation’s winter children’s play, The Velveteen Rabbit, will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 11-12 in the West Auditorium. Actors and dancers are needed. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell why you feel the velveteen rabbit should become real; make these responses clever and creative. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!

ILC/QLC/ELC Hours During Final Exams

Students may use the Information and Learning Center (ILC), the Quiet Learning Center (QLC) and the East Learning Center (ELC) for independent, quiet study during unscheduled time during final exams. Here are the hours for each room:

  • Monday, Dec. 18: ILC/QLC 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and ELC: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19: ILC/QLC 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and ELC: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 20: ILC/QLC 7 a.m – 1:30 p.m. and ELC 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

What’s For Lunch Today?

You can see the lunch menus for the month of December by visiting You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.


Teaching time in math on the rise, while English declines statewide

Mundelein High considers converting church into special ed annex

UI expands guaranteed admission program with City Colleges of Chicago

Second transgender student sues District 211 over locker room use

Ex-substitute teacher pleads guilty to trying to lure teen for sex

Park Ridge parents upset over District 64 special ed fifth-grade plan

Scuffle at Bronzeville school as it fails rodent inspection again

Proposed all-day kindergarten fee stirs debate in North Shore District 112

Evanston Township High parents make appeal to keep Hebrew classes

Springfield school district receives ninth, 10th bomb threats

Mattoon teacher says “mama bear instinct” allowed her to stop shooter


Research: Quest for perfection discourages creativity, academic risk-taking

Colleges double down on “cool classes” that tackle current events

Education Department’s new FAFSA mobile app earns high marks

How one college is seeking to fix “culture of blatant sexual harassment”

Schools add another “S” to STEM — for sports

South Carolina allowing private college to supervise five charter schools

Judge: Suspensions OK for students who “liked” racist posts

Majority of Anchorage teachers union votes against proposed contract

Indiana wants Gary superintendent to pay back $30K bonus


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Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Another Successful Year for Give-A-Thon

The Lincolnshire Review has an article about the school’s 33rd annual Give-A-Thon, which wrapped up earlier this week. Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann estimated that the charity effort will help about 1,400 people in Lake County over the next year. Give-A-Thon collected gifts for more than 300 families, non-perishable items for the Vernon Township food pantry, and diapers, baby formula, and young motherhood items for the county homeless shelter. The article also includes comments from seniors Matilde Correia, Alicia Greenwood and Kaily Chou.

Freshman-Sophomore Play Cast List Announced

The cast list has been selected for this year’s freshman-sophomore play, Our Town, which will take the stage in February. The cast will include sophomores Cristian Alfaro, Dziyana Balaki, Caroline Baldan, Omer Israel, Tommy Jozwiak, Becca Malkin, Jack Marks, Suma Pasupulati, Max Rubinstein, Brett Richardson, Abby Sokol and June Yang; and freshmen Heather Acuna, Holly Aiello, Natalie Dolenga, Sophia Fine, Natali Freihammer, Monique Furman, Jordan McFadden and Kaden Soonthornsima. Sophomore Josh Weiner is the stage manager, and the student directors are freshman Alexa Rubin and sophomore Meg Russo.

Five Win Awards at UW-Whitewater Writing Festival

Five students won awards at the 33rd annual High School Creative Writing Festival Nov. 15 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Senior Eileen Hoang won first place in the short fiction category for her piece, “Ophelia Landing.” Junior Michelle Cai was third with “Satellite.” Senior Seowon Lee was second in poetry (“Gyul”), while junior Emily Luo (“About the Artist, oil on canvas”) and senior Kaylee Thomas (“Wreck”) tied for third. Read the award-winning writing at this link. Approximately 750 high school students from Illinois and Wisconsin participated in the festival, which featured workshops with professional writers and college writing professors.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson 136.1, Libertyville 127.3: Sophomore Emily Weinstein won three events and the all-around as the Patriots opened their season with a victory in the Field House. Emily won the floor exercise with a career-best score of 9.55, claimed the vault (9.2) and also captured the uneven bars (9.0). She was second on balance beam (8.5), giving her an all-around score of 36.25 that was nearly five points ahead of the runner-up from LHS. Freshman Hannah Brand won the balance beam (8.8) and finished third on vault (8.7). Three juniors had runner-up efforts: Johnna Geick on floor (8.85), Sarina Johnson on vault (8.8) and Sophie Whiting on bars (8.35). Junior Kaylee Brady placed third on bars (8.3). Junior Zoe Hinz, a sectional qualifier last season, missed the meet with a sprained ankle. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 2, Glenbrook South 1: Senior Jackson Leptich scored with 9:35 remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 tie at Twin Rinks Ice Arena, lifting the host Patriots (29-9 overall, 8-3 Scholastic Hockey League) to their ninth straight victory. Jackson’s goal was set up by an assist from classmate Trevor Hilt. Senior goaltender Elias Sandholm made 22 saves for SHS, which outshot the Titans (15-8, 7-7), 34-23. Junior Seth Cohen’s unassisted goal late in the second period tied the game. – Boxscore

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,783, Warren 2,735: Senior Lucas Pinkus rolled a 708 series at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan to lead the Patriots (3-2, 2-2) to their third consecutive win. Lucas posted the highest series among all 10 bowlers, and also had Stevenson’s best individual game, a 247. Freshman Nicholas Sternes shot a 596 (high game of 202) for SHS, which outscored the Blue Devils in the final two games to overcome a 48-pin deficit. Freshman Benjamin Ries (498, 178) was the other Stevenson bowler to compete in all three games. Three others shot two games apiece: freshmen Ryan Lerman (340, 189) and Joey Gluck (330, 166), and senior Marcus Engstrom (311, 157). This was the second time in two days that the Pats rallied for a match victory. On Tuesday, the Pats climbed out of a first-game hole to edge Libertyville by 18 pins.

Two Named to News-Sun All-Area Volleyball Squad

Seniors Alex Cuc and Hope Havenhill have been chosen for the News-Sun All-Area Girls Volleyball Second Team. Alex, a two-year starter at setter, had 536 assists and 32 aces this season. Hope recorded 176 kills and 121 blocks from her outside hitter position. Senior libero Chloe Robinson and junior outside hitter Sophie Sorenson received honorable mention.

Brunson Named Big East Player of the Week

Villanova University junior guard Jalen Brunson (Class of 2014) was named Big East Player of the Week on Monday after earning most valuable player honors in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Brunson averaged 19.7 points and four assists in three games as the Wildcats claimed the tournament title.


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Class Ring Delivery on Friday

Students who ordered class rings from Jostens can pick them up Friday during the lunch hours in the Wood Commons. A Jostens representative will be stationed by the Student Activities Office.

Dance Company Auditions Wednesday and Thursday

Do you love to dance and make dances? Come audition for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies from 3:45-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 6-7 in Room 2010. Dancers will participate in the Spring Dance Concert May 4-5. Students rehearse Tuesday through Thursday between 3:45-6:30 p.m. Please come to the audition ready to dance! Any questions, please see Mrs. Rothwell or contact her at


Student Council is excited to announce several events it has planned during the final weeks of first semester:

  • The first is Faculty Babysitting Night on Friday, Dec. 8, when Student Council members provide free supervision to the children of Stevenson faculty and staff. This allows the staff to enjoy a night to themselves, as a token of appreciation for their dedication to students. The kids will partake in a series of “Frozen”-themed activities, including watching a movie and face painting.
  • Student Council also is planning many stress-relieving activities for students the week before finals. Some of these include decorating cookies and making stress balls during all lunch periods in the Wood and Glass commons.
  • Another opportunity to promote school spirit will occur during the week before finals, when Student Council members decorate the common areas to spread holiday cheer.

Although these activities are subject to change, they are being finalized and hopefully will be accomplished soon.


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Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

21 Selected for North Shore Honor Bands

Twenty-one students have been selected to join top performers from 10 area schools in the 2017-18 North Shore Honor Bands. There are two ensembles, one for freshmen and sophomores, and the other for juniors and seniors.

Twelve Patriots were picked for the 9-10 Honor Band: sophomore Abigail Li (flute); sophomore Kiran Mohan (oboe); sophomore Andrew Zhuang (bassoon); sophomores Allen Beckwith and Healey Kogan, and freshman Charlene Yu (clarinet); sophomore Rachel Salzstein (bass clarinet); sophomore Jonathan Raymond (trumpet); sophomore Michael Bian (french horn); freshman Grace Zhu (trombone); sophomore Shea Flanagan (tuba); and sophomore Jeremy Shorris (percussion).

The 11-12 Honor Band will include: senior Julia Nagel (flute); junior Yenna Kim (oboe); juniors Madeleine Kim and Matthew Jalnos (clarinet); junior Dexter Darmali (baritone saxophone); senior Sarah Bell (trumpet); senior Zach Greenberg (french horn); junior Reid Harman (trombone); and junior Braeden Forman (percussion).

The North Shore Honor Bands will perform in a public concert Saturday, Jan. 13 at Lake Forest High School.

Winter Dance Concert This Weekend

Members of the Mélange and Repertory dance companies and the Concert Dance class will perform during the Winter Dance Concert at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6, and can be purchased online at this link until noon Friday.

The concert will feature new works from guest artist Madeleine Reber and Repertory Director Katie Williams, as well as choreography by the following students: seniors

Joyce Chen, Sophia Connolly, Luisa Dahlstedt, Emily Feng, Ely London, Kaylee Thomas, Belle Tseitlin and Hannah Wessberg; juniors Jenny Fairman, Dora Guo, Amelia Lee, Alison Page and Bella Stock; sophomore Kiley Lacher; and freshman Kathryn Petkie.

Late Arrival on Thursday: What is Your Student Doing?

Stevenson will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Catalyst club and Stand Strong Coalition remind parents that late-start days can provide students with unmonitored time prior to school, and can lead to high-risk behavior for some, such as drinking and smoking marijuana. The two groups recommend that parents ask their students these four questions: Where will you be? With whom will you be? What will you be doing? and What time will you be leaving home? For more tips, visit


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,576, Libertyville 2,558: The Patriots (2-2 overall, 1-2 conference) rallied from an 85-pin deficit in the third and final game to capture the match at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein. After falling behind by 119 pins after the first game, SHS won the second game by 34 pins, then claimed the third by 103 to cap the comeback. Senior Lucas Pinkus led all bowlers with a 661 series and a high game of 255. Freshman Nicholas Sternes rolled a 561 series that included a 224 game. Fellow ninth-graders Benjamin Ries (476, 172) and Joey Gluck (455, 183), and junior Kerry Mueller (423, 171) rounded out the scoring for Stevenson.

Six Named to All-Conference Football Team

Six varsity football players have earned All-North Suburban Conference honors. Seniors Travis Bronstein (defensive back), Alex Capstick (wide receiver), Jordan Caselberry (offensive line) and Sam Marks (linebacker), junior Maema Njongmeta (linebacker) and sophomore Jean-Marc Etienne (running back) were named to the all-conference team. Sam earned his second All-NSC selection, while everyone else was a first-time choice. Three seniors received honorable mention: John Maskalunas (offensive line), Tyler Porzycki (wide receiver) and Ryan Walsh (defensive line). Last week, John announced via Twitter that he will continue his playing career at Washington University in St. Louis.

Borowsky Leads North Central to NCAA Title

Former state champion distance runner Jared Borowsky (Class of 2016) led North Central College to the NCAA Division III national championship on Nov. 18, the Cardinals’ 18th national title. Borowsky, who transferred to North Central after one year at the University of Colorado, finished second at the national meet, earning All-America honors. He also was third at the NCAA Midwest Regional after capturing first place in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin meet. North Central won the CCIW team title for the 44th consecutive season. Borowsky won the state 3,200-meter championship for Stevenson as a senior.


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Hot Chocolate Social for Seniors Thursday Morning

All seniors are invited to the Hot Chocolate Social before school on Thursday. Please stop by the Glass Commons with your friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for a cozy cup of hot chocolate and a yummy cookie. The social is sponsored by Senior Class Board in honor of how hard seniors have been working this year.

“Sled Wars” Captains Meeting After School Today

If you’re going to be part of the “Sled Wars” competition in January, one person from your team needs to attend the mandatory captain’s meeting at 3:30 today in Room 3006 of the Link Lab. Questions? Stop by the Student Activities Office.


The IACAC Scholarship Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to 10 students who plan on pursuing a college or university education. This scholarship will be awarded to deserving students of member high schools who exhibit a commitment to learning and have demonstrated involvement in their schools, the community or service to others, with a motivation to achieve personal goals. Students can apply online at: The application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31.  Please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123) with any questions.


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Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Seven Debaters Qualify for Tournament of Champions

Stevenson’s Congressional Debate team had an extraordinary performance at the national debate tournament hosted by Glenbrook North and South Nov. 18-19. Seven Patriots reached the semifinal round, which means they automatically qualified for the 47th Tournament of Champions competition at the University of Kentucky April 27-28.

SHS had more students reach the semifinals than any other school. The Tournament of Champions qualifiers were: seniors Saketh Prazad, Ali Rahman and Jeremy Yu, and juniors Mary Polupan, Shreya Viswanathan, Thivya Sivarajah and Sydney Glickson.

Also competing were seniors Bhavana Muppavarapu, Abhiram Kakuturu and Aaryav Nagpal; juniors Anubhav Agarwal, Megan Bi, Ali Chaudhary, Aishani Dutta, Jacob Men, Aniket Nuthalapati, Joao Rodrigues, Arthur Yolles and Joshua Zhu; and sophomore Dylan Hu. The team coaches are Steve Heller, Alison Pearl and Bill Fritz.

Alum Receives State Laureate Honor

Northern Illinois University senior Rachel Jacob (Class of 2014) was among the state’s top college students honored by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois at its 43rd annual Student Laureate Convocation Nov. 11 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. The ceremony recognizes excellence in curricular and co-curricular activities by seniors from each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and one student from the community colleges in Illinois. Student Laureates are selected by their individual schools. Gov. Bruce Rauner and First Lady Diana Rauner presented each student with a certificate of merit, a Lincoln medallion, and a $1,000 check from The Lincoln Academy. See the list of all 56 Student Laureates.

Caroling Choir at Tree Lighting Ceremonies

The SHS Caroling Choir will have three public performances this weekend. The group will begin by singing at the Village of Hawthorn Woods’ tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, followed by the Village of Lincolnshire’s tree lighting event at 5:45 p.m. Saturday in the Village Green Shopping Center. The choir concludes its schedule with a performance at the Hawthorn Mall near Carson’s at 2 p.m. Sunday.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling

Lake Zurich 2,464, Stevenson 2,013: Senior Genevieve Dominick led the Patriots with a 508 series and a high game of 179 in their season-opening match at the Brunswick Zone in Deer Park. Senior Jackie Koepp rolled a 456 series (high game 169) and classmate Lauren Stein recorded a 454 (156). Also contributing were junior Jillian Searcy (337) and freshman Talia Segal (258). – Daily Herald

Mandatory Meetings for Freshman, Transfer Student-Athletes

All freshman student-athletes and transfer student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2017-18 school year. The next meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday (a late arrival day) in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs.

“Cyber Week” Sale at BSN Sideline Store

Stevenson’s BSN Sideline Store is offering 15 percent off on all orders over $60 through Saturday. Visit the store and use the promo code CYBER17 to take advantage.


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Winter Play Audition Packet Available

The audition packet for the winter play, Luna Gale, is available on the Auditions and Rehearsals web page. Auditions will take place at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 in the West Auditorium, with callbacks at the same time and place on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Sign up for an audition slot on the call board outside the Black Box/Studio Theater (Room 2204).


There will be a captains meeting for IM Basketball League and IM Coed Volleyball League at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7096. Team packets will be handed out at the meeting.


The Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting an Iconic Masters Draft after school on Thursday in Room 1204. The cost is $10, and each student will receive three packs from which to make a deck. Come and join the group for some of the best cards ever printed in Magic! Players must stay until 5:30 to participate.


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