Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020

SHS Among State’s Career, Technical Education Leaders
Stevenson was featured during Winter Break in this Daily Herald article about the growth of career and technical education enrollment in Illinois high schools. Even though the overall number of high school students in the state has declined since 2016, the number enrolled in CTE courses has increased, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Stevenson is among suburban CTE enrollment leaders with 1,962 students, based on the most recent state report card data. Director of Applied Arts Dr. Wendy Custable talked with reporter Bob Susnjara about Stevenson’s success. Senior Gavin Meng also was quoted in the article. To see the variety of career and technical education courses available at SHS, check out the Applied Arts Division section of the 2020-21 Coursebook.

Former “Jersey Boys” Star Coming to Stevenson
Love a musical but not the drive downtown? Married musical stars Michael and Angela Ingersoll will share the spotlight singing oldies but goodies at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 in the Performing Arts Center. The concert is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation.

Michael starred in the Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco productions of “Jersey Boys,” and with the retro-rock vocal group Under the Streetlamp, a PBS favorite. Angela is the Emmy-nominated star of “End of the Rainbow” and “Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland” on PBS. Together, the couple and their band offer spousal shenanigans and signature songs including, “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Over the Rainbow,” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 42, Carmel 40: Sophomore Ava Bardic sank a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to win the game for the host Patriots (13-6). Ava finished the night with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals. Her winning trey came after the Corsairs (12-3) had taken the lead, 40-39, with 1:58 to go in the fourth quarter. Senior Avery King led SHS with 16 points, and added seven rebounds and six blocked shots. Junior Nikki Ware contributed seven points, all in the second half. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Quick Hits
Senior Zach Fell, a member of the SHS baseball team, announced Monday that he will continue his playing career at the University of Indianapolis. Zach, who was a member of the junior varsity in 2019, hit .327 with a .479 on-base percentage, driving in 15 runs. Indianapolis, an NCAA Division II school, finished with a 30-20 record last spring. The Greyhounds are members of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.


Get up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and become a teacher in Illinois! Apply for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program today: The application deadline is April 3.


The boys tennis team will have an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at


A task force formed to study ways to reduce the property tax burden on Illinois residents is calling for consolidation of school districts and other local units of government and a boost in the state’s share of funding for K-12 education. Those and other recommendations are part of a draft report circulated among the 88-member Property Tax Relief Task Force that state lawmakers formed during the 2019 session. A final report is expected to be released before the 2020 legislative session begins Jan. 28.

A new law requires four state universities to accept first-time freshmen who have a grade point average in the top 10% of their high school class, provided they meet other admission criteria. The schools are: Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Western Illinois University and Eastern Illinois University.

Legislators and advocates began discussions Tuesday of what action the state can take to counteract the overuse of physical restraint and forced isolation of students in Illinois schools, particularly those serving students with special needs.

An unresolved item from the Chicago teachers contract deal is generating new conflict between the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district. The dispute is over how $25 million for veteran teachers agreed to in the contract settled in October will be paid out. The union says the school district is reneging on a promise to pay the money out via a raise, while a CPS source says there was no agreement.


Concerns over reinstatement of a draft and the role that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could play into potential future military service led to a shutdown of the Selective Service System’s website on Tuesday. Students who are eligible for the draft but not yet registered and generally unable to get federal financial aid for higher education. FAFSA offers applicants a way to register for the draft in the aid application.

Jazz great Jack Sheldon, who lent his voice to “Schoolhouse Rock!” episodes in the 1970s, including “Conjunction Junction” and “I’m Just a Bill,” died Dec. 27 at the age of 88. Sheldon was a charismatic trumpeter, singer and actor with a career that spanned several decades.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

Five Students in All-State Theatre Festival
Five SHS students will be participating in the all-state production of “Aida” at the 45th annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival this weekend at Illinois State University. Four Patriots are part of the pit orchestra: Seniors Jacob Bauman (drums) and Juan Gonzalez (guitar), junior Adina Shaikh (percussion), and sophomore Eileen Kang (cello). Meanwhile, senior Ella Kalis will be involved with makeup and wigs. Weekend rehearsals for the musical began in August.

Alumna Designs New Lincolnshire Logo
The Village of Lincolnshire debuted a new logo on Jan. 1. The logo was designed by village native and SHS alumna Erin Rice (Class of 2012). The Lincolnshire native was a student at the University of Notre Dame in 2016 when, as part of a class project, she developed logo design options for the village. She eventually pitched the designs to village officials and was hired. Rice now works as an artist for Walt Disney Imagineering in Florida. She talked with the Daily Herald about the project, which had great meaning for her.

All Rise: Getting the Day Off to a Good Start
Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

As we get back to school in this new year, encourage your teen to have a consistent morning routine that can increase their energy, productivity and positivity — leading to improved mental health. Have your student begin each morning at the same time with a nutritious breakfast, natural light, some gentle stretching or exercise, and a proactive attitude to get things off to a balanced start. For specific suggestions on easing into the day, click here.


Boys Basketball Game on WCIU Friday Night
The varsity boys basketball team plays host to Mundelein in a North Suburban Conference showdown Friday night at 7 p.m. that will be televised live from the Sports Center by WCIU-TV. Both teams have unblemished league records thus far, and the Mustangs are unbeaten on the season. See “The U” channel finder.

The game also will serve as a fundraiser for SmashSMARD, a local charity created by SHS alumni Bobby Stineman (Class of 2001) and Brittany Sulentic Stineman (Class of 2003), whose son Nash suffers from a rare disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress (SMARD).

During the game, there will be a 50-50 raffle. Half of the proceeds will go to SmashSMARD and half will go to the winner. Tickets will be sold before and during the game. Donation jars and T-shirts also will also be available. All proceeds will go to SmashSMARD. In addition, 100% of concession sales will go to SmashSMARD.

Stevenson also will be featured on WCIU’s morning show, “The Jam,” between 6-8 a.m. Friday. All students and staff are encouraged to come to the Sports Center any time between 7-8 a.m. to see the show in action, but especially at 7:30 to show their Patriot spirit to Chicagoland viewers. Students and staff should wear green and gold spirit apparel or a purple SmashSMART shirt on Friday.

Here is the tentative schedule for appearances by Stevenson student groups during “The Jam” broadcast Friday morning. All groups will be in the Sports Center unless listed otherwise:

  • 6:00-6:15 – State champion girls golf team
  • 6:15-6:30 – Aviation/Aerospace Club
  • 6:30-6:45 – Cricket Club
  • 6:45-7:00 – SNN News (from the East Building “living wall”)
  • 7:00-7:15 – VEX Robotics Club
  • 7:15-7:30 – Wrestling team
  • 7:30-8:00 – Pep rally with Pep Band, Patriot mascot, “bucket brigade,” boys basketball team, cheerleaders and Patriettes

Quick Hits
Patriot football alumnus Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016) caught a career-high and Miami bowl-record 10 passes for 107 yards during Miami University’s 27-17 loss to Louisiana in the LendingTree Bowl on Monday. … Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Carmel will be streamed live from the Sports Center through Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game tips off at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … Two varsity girls basketball players received nice write-ups recently from Pioneer Press. Senior Avery Kingwho just joined the 1,000-point scorers’ club, is a late bloomer whose late grandfather was a North Shore coaching legend. Junior Nikki Ware, meanwhile, has turned out to be the “unsung hero” of this year’s team. … Another consummate team player is senior Jacob Tenner, who is the first person off the bench for the varsity boys basketball team. He talked with Pioneer Press about overcoming setbacks in junior high to become a better player.

Tryouts for eSports Teams Coming Up
Experienced players are invited to try out for the winter season of the following eSports teams at Stevenson: League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, and Rocket League. The teams compete at the national level as part of the High School eSports League. If you are interested, contact Mr. Barnabee at or come to the eSports Club meeting after school on Wednesday in the East Learning Center (Room 7026).

Student Aides Needed in Upper ILC
The Upper ILC is hiring student aides to work in the library during all class periods. If you have a free period or a study hall and you would like to work in the ILC, please visit the circulation desk or email Mrs. Gorman ( for an application. This is a paid position.


Attention Class of 2021: The Coolidge Scholarship is a one-of-a-kind, full-ride merit scholarship for juniors, covering tuition, room, board and expenses for four years of undergraduate study that can be used at any accredited American university. Scholars are selected based on academic excellence, with an interest in public policy and an appreciation and understanding of the values President Calvin Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Any junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2021, and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident, is eligible to apply. All applications must be completed online and submitted by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Interested juniors can find more information at


Open gym volleyball runs from 6-7 a.m. Wednesday in the Sports Center. Other scheduled dates are Jan. 15, 22 and 29, and Feb. 12 and 19 (with possible session on Feb. 26). Contact Mr. Wellington at for more information.


The eSports Club is open to any casual players of these games: League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, Rocket League, Fortnite, Minecraft, SuperSmash Brothers, and OSU. The club meets every Wednesday from 3:45-6 p.m. in the East Learning Center (Room 7026).


The boys volleyball team will have information meetings on Friday in Room 1912. Meeting times are 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and athletes only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at

There will be a softball information meeting for all prospective athletes from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Ruchim at


An administrator in one of the country’s largest school districts will be the next superintendent in Indian Prairie School District 204. Adrian Talley, from Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools, will succeed Karen Sullivan, who is retiring in June.

Buffalo Grove High School’s orchestra director is one of 10 finalists for a national Grammy Music Educator Award. Elizabeth Bennett, who has taught at BGHS since 2008, was among more than 3,300 music teachers initially nominated for the seventh annual award.

A former counselor and basketball coach at St. Viator High School who previously was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to students now has been charged with groping another student in his office at the Arlington Heights school.


From 2000 to 2015, the percentage of Latino students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools swelled from 16% to 26%. How to educate those with limited English skills remains a debated subject. Complicating matters are factors such as a critical shortage nationwide of teachers who can speak and teach in Spanish and English, and resistance in some districts to the use of Spanish as a teaching tool.

One of the largest school districts in the country is trying something new: Starting next month, students in Fairfax County, Va., can take one day off per school year to engage in political activism. Students between seventh and 12th grades will get one excused absence per year for a “civic engagement activity.” The policy is believed to be the first in the nation.

Portraits on university campuses usually portray school founders, presidents and donors. But at Princeton University, portraits of blue-collar campus workers are now taking center stage. A new set of paintings are offering a fresh perspective on the working class, racial struggle and empowerment at the Ivy league school.

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Orientation Evenings for Incoming Freshman Families
Orientation evenings for incoming freshmen and their families begin this week in the Performing Arts Center. The dates are:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 7 (student last names A-H)
  • Thursday, Jan. 9 (student last names I-P)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 15 (student last names Q-Z)

Families will receive information about the online enrollment process, which must be completed for all soon-to-be freshman students by Jan. 31. Curriculum directors and students also will share information about course offerings and co-curricular activities.

Here is the schedule for the orientation evenings:

6 p.m. – Information packet pick-up near the Performing Arts Center. Packets will include a password for online enrollment, 2020-21 Coursebook, 2020 summer school catalog, 2020-21 Co-Curricular Guide, and health forms.

6 p.m. – School tours will be available, starting at the Forum (“Point”) entrance off parking lot B

7 p.m. – Presentation in the Performing Arts Center

Families unable to attend an orientation evening on their scheduled date may attend one of the other scheduled days. Families do not need to inform the school if they are attending on a different date.


Saturday’s Varsity Sports Results

Girls Basketball
Hersey 57, Stevenson 45: Senior Avery King broke the 1,000-career point mark for the Patriots (12-6) during the game in the inaugural Grow the Game Classic and Shootout at Glenbard West High School. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater commit led SHS with 17 points, and now has 1,006 in her career. Junior Nikki Ware added 11 points. The game was part of a three-day event featuring 13 girls basketball programs, all led by female head coaches. The majority of games were officiated by female referees as well. Stevenson returns to action Tuesday with a home game against Carmel. – Daily Herald

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Lake Zurich Invitational: Junior Ryan Grabiner finished third overall at Bowlero in Deer Park, leading the Patriots to fourth place out of 13 teams. Ryan rolled a six-game series of 1,334 (a 222.3 per-game average), 62 pins behind the winner from St. Charles East. He opened with a 710 in his first three games, including a high of 239 in the opener. Fellow junior Ryan Lerman was 15th with a 1,258 series, including a high game of 235. Classmate Nicholas Sternes was close behind at 1,225 (244 high game). Joey Gluck had the Patriots’ top individual game, a 261, en route to a 1,192 series. Freshman Ender Starr contributed a 1,116 series. Stevenson posted a 6,125 team score, behind St. Charles East (6,537), Vernon Hills (6,370) and Freeport (6,221).

Friday’s Varsity Sports Results

Stevenson at Conant Invitational: The Patriots swept all three of their matches to finish 5-1 during Winter Break duals. SHS defeated Hersey (44-26), Conant (39-31) and Glenbrook South (35-30).

Click here for varsity sports results from Dec. 20-31

Student Parking Reminder
The fourth grading period begins Tuesday. Seniors who haven’t picked up their parking sticker should do so in the morning before school from the security pickup truck in lot D. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in lots D and E, or the Port Clinton Road lot.


While online physical education classes have been around for well over a decade, often as part of virtual or online schools, the technology has made possible a new level of accountability, its users say. Joliet Township schools use fitness trackers as part of a blended learning conditioning program that has students who sign up for it work out two to three times a week in the gym with an instructor and the other days on their own. However, some educators are concerned that students exercising on their own may miss out on important social concepts such as teamwork.

Chicago Public Schools employees are required to live within Chicago city limits unless they’re granted a waiver. But the new annual report by the school district’s watchdog revealed the office received 140 complaints of possible residency violations during the year ending July 1. Complaints of residency fraud ranged from lunchroom attendants to central office staff who have maintained Chicago addresses after moving to the suburbs or never even lived in the city to begin with.

The longtime principal at Chicago’s Whitney Young High School was suspended and the school’s former swimming coach was criminally charged over alleged off-the-books rentals of the school’s pool facilities to outside clubs, according to a new report from the Chicago Public Schools inspector general. The coach pocketed nearly $30,000 from the rentals, according to the report, released today.


America‘s K-12 schools are more diverse than ever, but their teachers are still mostly white. A Washington Post analysis of data from 46 states and the District of Columbia found that the percentage of Latino, black and Asian teachers rarely equals or exceeds the percentage of students with the same ethnicity. Meanwhile, 99.7 percent of white students attended a district where the faculty was as white as the student body.

Winter Break Varsity Sports Results Dec. 20-31, 2019

Tuesday, Dec. 31

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson at HOHO Tournament: The Patriots beat PREP, a combined team from 
Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Elk Grove, 4-1, before falling to Glenbrook North in a shootout, 4-3, to finish the tournament with a 3-1-1 record at Fifth Third Arena in Chicago. Junior Liam Jones had a goal and four assists on the day, and six other Patriots scored in the two games. Senior Jeremy Riback tended goal in both contests, making 14 saves against PREP and 28 versus Glenbrook North. – Boxscores: PREP | GBN

Monday, Dec. 30

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 60, Lake Park 52: The Patriots (12-5) captured third place at the Dundee-Crown Komaromy Classic with the victory, finishing the tournament with a 3-1 record. Junior Nikki Ware scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a couple of crucial 3-pointers, as SHS outscored the Lancers (10-4) by a 23-16 margin in the final frame. Sophomores Simone Sawyer and Eva Bardic also scored 13 points, and junior Lydia Lueck added 10. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson at HOHO Tournament: At Fifth Third Arena in Chicago, the Patriots tied St. John Vianney from St. Louis, 1-1, in the afternoon, then beat Fenwick, 5-0, in the evening. Senior goalie Ben Newmark turned away all 10 shots he faced against the Friars to earn the shutout. Seniors Itai Kleiman and Josh Wright, juniors Liam Jones and Daniel Kabakov, and freshman Davis Jegers scored Stevenson’s goals. In the earlier contest, Josh scored the lone Patriot goal off an assist from Davis early in the third period. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 14 saves. – Boxscores: Vianney | Fenwick

Saturday, Dec. 28

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, Maine 1: The Patriots scored all of their goals in the final 10:32 to rally for the win in their opening game in the HOHO Tournament at Fifth Third Arena in Chicago. Sophomore Rafael Biedron tied the game at 1-1, and the score remained knotted until senior Emmett Baker scored with 4:52 remaining. Junior Giorgi Gagua lit the lamp 12 seconds later, and senior Josh Wright added an insurance goal in the final minute. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 12 saves. – Boxscore

Stevenson at Fremd Invitational: Head coach Shane Cook earned his 200th career dual-meet victory, all at Stevenson, with a win over the host school. SHS tied Fremd, 38-38, but earned the victory based on having fewer forfeits during the match. Stevenson also defeated Hampshire, 66-8, before falling to Marian Central, the No. 2 team in Class 2A. Cook is in his 14th season as Stevenson’s head coach.

Boys Basketball
Marian Catholic 53, Stevenson 48: John Ittounas and RJ Holmes scored 11 points apiece, and Matthew Ambrose added 10 for the Patriots (11-3) in the third-place game at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. All three are seniors. RJ also grabbed 13 rebounds for SHS. – Boxscore

Girls Basketball
Maine West 61, Stevenson 48: Senior Avery King led the Patriots (11-5) with 20 points against the three-time defending tournament champion Warriors (14-1) in the semifinals of the Komaromy Classic at Dundee-Crown. Sophomore Simone Sawyer added 10 points. SHS will face Lake Park in the third-place game at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30. – Daily Herald

Friday, Dec. 27

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 52, New Trier 22: The Patriots (11-4) outscored the Trevians 30-9 in the second half to advance to the semifinals of the 37th annual Komaromy Classic at Dundee-Crown. Sophomore Ava Bardic led SHS with 16 points and added three assists. Simone Sawyer, also a sophomore, had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists, while senior Avery King added 10 points and a pair of steals for Stevenson, which won its fourth straight. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Homewood-Flossmoor 48, Stevenson 38: Senior Matthew Ambrose led the Patriots (11-2) with 11 points and five rebounds against the eventual tournament champion Vikings (10-1) in the semifinals of the Hinsdale Holiday Classic. – Boxscore | Daily Herald

Thursday, Dec. 26

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 54, St. Charles North 46: The Patriots (10-4) went on a 16-5 run to open the fourth quarter, breaking a 31-31 tie in their opening game at the 37th annual Komaromy Classic at Dundee-Crown. After the North Stars (5-3) built a 12-point lead late in the first half, sophomore Ava Bardic hit a 3-pointer to ignite a 9-1 Patriot run. Ava led all scorers with 17 point, and sank four 3-pointers. She also had four assists and three steals. Sophomore Simone Sawyer scored 14 points and recorded eight steals.  Senior Avery King had 11 points and junior Nikki Ware added 10. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 51, Oswego East 42: The Patriots (11-1) outscored the Wolves (8-4) 17-9 in the third quarter to break an 18-18 halftime tie at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. Senior RJ Holmes scored eight of his game-high 14 points in the third quarter. Classmate Matt Kaznikov added 11 points for SHS. – Boxscore | Daily Herald

Monday, Dec. 23
Boys Basketball
Stevenson 51, Glenbrook North 31: The Patriots (10-1) held the Spartans scoreless in the second quarter in their first game at the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. SHS trailed 16-10 at the end of the first quarter before outscoring GBN 12-0 in the second. Senior Matt Kaznikov led SHS with 16 points and classmate John Ittounas added 11. Senior Matthew Ambrose collected nine points and seven rebounds, and fellow senior RJ Holmes also had seven boards. – Boxscore| Daily Herald

Saturday, Dec. 21
Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: At Highland Park High School, the Patriots won their fifth consecutive county title and eighth in the last 10 seasons. SHS amassed 457 points, ahead of runner-up Barrington (363) and seven other schools. Sophomore Jack White won the 1-meter diving championship with 427.05 points. Other individual medalists included senior AJ Carollo, who was second in the 100 backstroke (53.36) and second in the 200 freestyle (1:46.49); senior Jake Kim, second in the 50-yard freestyle (21.99) and third in the 100 freestyle (48.68); senior Jack Zhang, second in the 200 individual medley (1:59.45) and third in the 100 back (53.96); sophomore Josh Song, second in the 100 butterfly (50.85); and freshman Danny Silverstein, fourth in diving (354.45). SHS had two second-place relays: the 200 medley with Jack, Josh, Jake and senior Ari Zaritsky (1:37.49), and the 400 free with Jack, AJ, junior Dima Kobets and freshman Jonny Farber (3:17.76). – Daily Herald

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 59, Buffalo Grove 38: The host Patriots recorded 15 steals, with eight coming from sophomore Simone Sawyer, improving to 9-4 on the season. Senior Avery King led SHS with 18 points and Simone added 17. Two other Pats reached double figures: Sophomore Ava Bardic had 11 points and three steals, while junior Nikki Ware added 10 points. Senior Nikki Kolz also recorded three steals. Stevenson raced out to a 7-0 lead and was never threatened. SHS built a 34-21 halftime lead, and the Bison never came closer than 12 points in the second half. – Daily HeraldNFHS Network replay

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, St. Viator 2: Freshman Davis Jegers scored two goals and senior goalie Jeremy Riback turned away 20 of 22 shots at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. Davis scored the Patriots’ first two goals, one in each of the first two periods. The game was knotted at 2-2 until the final five minutes of regulation. Junior Andrew Chambers broke the tie when he scored with 4:52 remaining off an assist from classmate Liam Jones, and senior Josh Wright added an insurance goal about one minute later. Jeremy made 10 saves in the final period. Josh had the assist on Davis’ first goal, and senior Brett Stokes assisted on the second. – Boxscore

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at New Trier Invitational: The Patriots placed third out of 10 schools with their highest team score of the season (141.35), behind Carmel (146.175) and the host Trevians (145.15). Senior Emily Weinstein earned a career-high score while finishing second in the all-around (37.925). She won the vault (9.775), finished second in floor exercise (9.6), and was fourth on balance beam (9.325) and uneven bars (9.225). Freshman Ashley Schabes tied for seventh on balance beam (9.1), and was ninth in the all-around (35.55). Official Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Stevenson at 54th annual Rex Whitlach Invitational: At Hinsdale Central, freshman Lorenzo Frezza (13-4) was second at 113 pounds, including a 4-3 win over the previously undefeated top seed from Sandburg in the semifinals. Sophomore Cole Rhemrev finished fourth at 120, junior Arad Peregoudov was fifth at 145, and junior Kei Yamato took seventh at 132. The Patriots finished 10th overall out of 25 teams. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Stevenson at Rolling Meadows Invitational: No results available.

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at Vernon Hills Invitational: No results available.

Friday, Dec. 20
Boys Basketball
Stevenson 74, Yorkville Christian 38: Senior Matt Kaznikov scored a team-high 18 points and classmate Matthew Ambrose added 16 for the host Patriots (9-1), who never trailed in the non-conference contest against the Mustangs (8-2). Both hit four 3-pointers. Seniors John Ittounas and RJ Holmes added 11 and 10 points, respectively. RJ added eight rebounds. SHS led 25-9 at the end of the first quarter and 42-17 at halftime. Junior Evan Ambrose scored all eight of his points in the first half, and also added three steals and three rebounds. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 118, Zion-Benton 43: Seniors Jake Kim and Jack Zhang each won two events for SHS (2-1 overall, 2-0 North Suburban Conference) in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Jake captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.03) and 100-yard butterfly (54.80), while Jack claimed the 50 free (22.91) and 100 free (49.34). Other individual winners for the Patriots included senior AJ Carollo in the 500 free (4:57.38), and three sophomores: Josh Song in the 200 individual medley (2:08.06), Brandon Xiong in the 100 backstroke (59.94) and Sully Swanson in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.72). Stevenson also won all three relays — the 200 medley (1:46.23), 200 free (1:34.69) and 400 free (3:33.51) — to complete a sweep of all 12 events.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

Final Daily Digest of 2019

Today’s edition of the Daily Digest will be the last published in 2019. The Digest will return on Monday, Jan. 6, the day before second semester begins.

More Than 200 Attend “Code Fusion” at SHS
More than 200 students from three area schools attended the annual “Code Fusion” event sponsored by the SHS Mathematics/Computer Science and Applied Arts Divisions on Dec. 3. The event featured two sessions, morning and afternoon. In the morning, 96 students from St. Mary Catholic School and Fremont Middle School attended; 120 eighth-graders from West Oak Middle School came in the afternoon. Students had the opportunity to participate at several learning stations during the event, inspired by the “Hour of Code” movement.

10 Students Perform Well in “Physics Brawl”
A team of five upperclassmen finished third in the annual Online Physics Brawl, an international competition held Nov. 27. Seniors Emily Lu and Josh Tsai, and juniors Jared Machtinger, Brandon Lu and Cade Gordon placed third in the 108-team High School Students A Division, and also had the third-highest score among 327 teams in three divisions.

Emily, Josh and Jared were part of a quintet that finished first in the High School Students B Division, and fourth overall, last year. Five other students competed in the High School Students C Division this year, taking first place among 110 teams and placing 18th overall: junior Richard Bi, sophomores Greycen RenLillian You and Andrew Liu, and freshman Jack Chen.

The Online Physics Brawl is a three-hour, online competition in which high school teams of up to five students answer 60 or more short physics problems.

League of Legends Team Improves to 14-0, Earns No. 1 Seed
The League of Legends team improved to 14-0 and earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming High School eSports League playoffs with a 2-0 win over Washington Technology Magnet School from St. Paul, Minn. on Tuesday. Starting players included midlaner and co-captain Ethan Shaw, support and co-captain Alex Griswold, top laner Christopher Yang, ADC Lucas Botten, Jungler Akul Singh and substitutes Charles Burger and Michael Luo. All are seniors except for Michael, a junior, and Akul, a sophomore. The playoffs will take place after Winter Break.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,358, Warren 2,858: The Patriots (11-1, 9-1) wrapped up the North Suburban Conference regular-season championship with the fifth-highest three-game series in program history. Junior Joey Gluck led SHS with a 706 series at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. He had a high game of 238. Freshman Ender Starr and junior Ryan Grabiner rolled 642 and 640 series, respectively. Ryan posted a high game of 229 and Ender’s best was a 226. Juniors Ryan Lerman and Max Goldstein shot the highest games of the day for Stevenson. Ryan recorded a 247 and a 245 in his two games, and Max added a 244 to go along with a 215 in his other game. Junior Nicholas Sternes rolled a 224 and 195.

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 61, Lake Zurich 36: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 14 points and classmate RJ Holmes added 10 as the visiting Patriots improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the North Suburban Conference. The Bears fell to 3-5, 1-2. – Daily Herald NFHS Network replay (subscription required) | Pioneer Press articles: RJ Holmes takes academic approach to basketball / Evan Ambrose-led Stevenson looks to “keep ’em under 40” on defense

Historic Win for Wrestling Program
Stevenson’s 42-22 win over fourth-ranked Sandburg at the Lemont wrestling quadrangular on Saturday was its first win over the school, and marked the highest-ranked opponent the Patriots have ever defeated. Five Patriots recorded pins in the match — Arie Guzman, Jacob Whiting, Keegan Houlihan, Damien Potoczak and Ethan Klondar — and also received upset wins from Kei Yamato and Arad Peregoudov. SHS went 2-1 on Saturday, falling to Lemont (ranked second in Class 2A) 36-22, and defeating Machesney Park Harlem, 49-15.

Quick Hits
The Sporting News has chosen Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) for its College Basketball Athlete of the Decade award. After leading Stevenson to the state championship in 2015 (plus state trophies in 2013 and 2014), Brunson was the floor general for Villanova University’s two NCAA championship teams in his three years in the program. His junior year was the best season of any point guard in the past 15 years, with an offensive rating of 128.5. Brunson graduated from Villanova in three years and is now in his second season with the Dallas Mavericks. … Senior outside linebacker Brandon Youkhanna has been invited to play in the 46th annual Illinois High School Shrine Football Game, sponsored by the Illinois Coaches Association, on June 20 at Illinois Wesleyan University. … Stevenson’s boys basketball team will play Loyola Academy in the new E-Town Showdown basketball triple-header at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets are available through the end of December at the early bird rate of $8 at Ticket prices will increase to $10 on Jan. 1 and will be $12 on the day of the game. … Stevenson will open the 37th annual Dundee-Crown Komaromy Classic girls basketball tournament against St. Charles North at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26. The tournament features 16 teams. … Two-time state wrestling champion Danny Sabatello (Class of 2011) has a new focus: Mixed martial arts. Sabatello will fight for the Titan FC bantamweight championship Friday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Sabatello, who has a 6-0 record, will take on reigning champion Irwin Rivera in a five-round bout. The fight will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. Friday. Sabatello talked about his upcoming bout with MMA News (warning: rough language in text and video).


Order Your Odyssey Apparel
Shirts and hoodies for Odyssey 2020, Stevenson’s biannual fine arts festival, can be ordered online until 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Hoodies are $20, long-sleeve T-shirts are $15, and short-sleeve T-shirts are $10. Order through this link. Orders will be available for pickup Jan. 27 in the Wood Commons.

Students Invited to Enter Essay Contest
Students are invited to participate in an essay contest sponsored by Lake County Rising 2020. The title of the essay will be “Our Voices: Why Rising on Behalf of Abused Women is Everyone’s Responsibility.” Essays should be 500 words or less, double-spaced, and address one of the following questions:

  • What is the impact on the community when a woman experiences violence?
  • How can we break the chain of abuse?
  • What can communities do to empower women who have left abusive relationships?

Essays should be emailed to Sandra Bankston at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office at by Friday, Dec. 27. Click here for more information.


IHSA member schools have rejected a plan to change high school football schedules to a district format. Members voted 374-241 to rescind the district plan, keeping the current system for regular-season scheduling and playoffs in place. The district proposal, announced a year ago and slated to go into effect in 2021, had been approved by a 324-307 margin.

An agreement between Decatur teaching assistants and the school district was not reached during a three-hour negotiating session Monday. The meeting was the latest in months of talks between the Decatur School District and Decatur Federation of Teaching Assistants as they struggled to reach a contract agreement. The main sticking point remains health insurance costs. Union leaders have said members can’t afford the district’s proposed health insurance costs. District officials have said the plans are reasonable.


Across Florida, the number of children involuntarily transported each year to a mental health center has doubled in the last 15 years. The state’s Baker Act directs police officers and some mental health professionals to hospitalize the mentally ill, but it was never intended to be used on children with autism or children who act out in class. The 48-year-old law even says those with developmental disabilities should not be committed unless they’re also mentally ill and a danger to themselves or others. But more and more kids who do not meet the criteria are being taken from schools to crisis centers for up to 72 hours and more.

When U.S. health officials talk about the youth vaping epidemic, they’re mostly talking about the millions of teenagers who use products like Juul e-cigarettes to vape nicotine. But new federal data show that marijuana vaping is also on the rise among the nation’s teenagers. Almost 21% of U.S. high school seniors said they had vaped marijuana in 2019, while 14% had done so in the past month.

New York state education officials last week gave the green light to a school district’s use of facial recognition systems to prevent intruders from gaining access to school facilities. Some parents and civil liberties groups objected, asking for greater clarity on how the images may be used. The systems are part of the latest wave of technology tools being used in some districts. Vaping detectors, which send text messages to school administrators, are another option gaining in popularity.

The University of North Carolina System agreed to pay the N.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans $74,999 not to display flags and banners on university campuses for five years. That’s on top of the $2.5 million that UNC is giving the Confederate group for taking the “Silent Sam” Confederate statue that once was on the Chapel Hill campus. The Silent Sam deal has drawn a number of critics.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

School to Ask State for Driver Ed Waiver

School officials are seeking a waiver from the state of Illinois to alter its driver education program. For many years, students have used simulators as part of the curriculum to supplement the state-required six hours of behind-the-wheel time. The waiver would allow SHS to replace two of those hours with eight hours of simulator driving beginning with the 2020-21 school year.

The waiver would allow teachers to put students through more than 200 situations that can’t effectively be mimicked behind the wheel, including:

  • Driving in adverse conditions
  • Consequences of driving and texting
  • Driving different types of vehicles
  • Various risk scenarios involving wildlife, pedestrians, bicyclists, etc.

The proposed waiver modification also would allow the school to make more efficient use of time for students enrolled in Driver Education. Currently, on days where all three teachers are driving with students — 33 days per semester — up to 16 students have free periods because there is nothing for them to do.

The District 125 Board of Education on Monday held a public hearing regarding the proposed waiver, the first step toward its approval by the state.

Sherwin Co-Authors New AP Textbook
Advanced Placement Human Geography teacher Greg Sherwin is co-author of a new textbook designed to help students succeed in the course and on the end-of-year exam. Human Geography for the AP Course, which will be available from Wiley Publishing in March, seeks to empower students to think critically about issues at the global, regional, national and local levels. Among Sherwin’s contributions to the book are test-preparation resources integrated throughout, including end-of-chapter questions and a full-length practice AP exam. This is the third textbook that Sherwin has written during his 20 years at Stevenson. He has served on the College Board’s Test Development Committee, spends his summers training AP teachers, and has served in many other leadership positions in the College Board. Sherwin also is a co-founder of the iScore5 app, which offers test-preparation in five AP subjects. The app launched in 2015.

Math Team Reaches Final Four of National Contest
Stevenson’s math team reached the final four round of the national Math Madness tournament. SHS defeated teams from five states in head-to-head contests before being eliminated last week by Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md. More than 250 high schools across the country competed in the event, which began in October. Students who participated in the tournament included:

Seniors: Andrew Zhuang, Akash Kumar, Emily Lu, Eric Gan, Josh Tsai, Richard Liu, Philena Liu

Juniors: Billy Bratton, Brandon Lu, Jared Machtinger, James Kim, James Xie, Praneet Rathi, Ram Potham, Sai Merneedi

Sophomores: Andrew Liu, Greycen Ren, Lillian You, Spandan Goel

Freshmen: Aadit Juneja, Ben Chen, Benjamin Prins, Brian Shen, Collin Fan, Jack Chen, Katherine Li, Matthew Zhu, Nathan Ma

Student Works Selected in Poster Contest
Six students are among the winning entries in the “Rise Above Bullying” poster contest sponsored by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office and its Young Ambassadors Board. One poster \was designed by the team of senior Zander Rich, sophomores Jake FersteinMatthew Garcia and Camille Sainte-Rose, and freshman Diego Biel. The other poster was done by freshman Sam Garmash.

The students received a certificate and a prize basket for their efforts. Their artwork will be turned into posters, bookmarks, safety cards and journals used to raise awareness throughout the community.

How Students Can Find Stress Relief
Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

A study by the American Psychological Association found that teens experience significant levels of chronic stress. Common sources of student stress include school, homework, co-curricular activities, social changes, and transitions. With finals this week, encourage your teen to try these stress relievers: sleep, visualization, exercise, breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, music, healthy eating, positive thinking and affirmations. Click here for a description of each.


Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 58, Lake Zurich 42: The Patriots (8-4, 2-3) held the host Bears (6-3, 3-1) to 12 points in the first half. Sophomore Simone Sawyer lead all scorers with 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. She and junior Nikki Ware (13 points) each scored eight points in the first half as SHS built a 23-12 halftime lead. Nikki also sank three from long range. Sophomore Ava Bardic and senior Avery King added 11 points apiece for Stevenson, which went 10-for-10 from the free throw line, all in the fourth quarter. The Patriots play Buffalo Grove on Saturday before heading to Carpentersville for the 37th annual Dundee-Crown Komaromy Classic on Dec. 26.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson 3,169, Waukegan 2,991: Junior Nicholas Sternes led the Patriots (10-1, 8-1) with a 714 series and high game of 256 at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. Three bowlers broke the 600 barrier: junior Ryan Grabiner (645, high game 235), freshman Ender Starr (612, 235) and junior Joey Gluck (606, 219). Luke Snider and Ryan Lerman, both juniors, split the other three games. Ryan rolled a 214 in his only game, while Luke had a 196 and 182. Stevenson caps its regular-season match schedule today against Warren at Bertrand Lanes.

More All-Area Honors for Football Players
Senior Jordan Vincent was named to the Pioneer Press All-Area Football Defensive Second Team last week. The defensive back, who has committed to Eastern Illinois University, made 84 tackles, forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles, and had three pack break-ups and an interception in his final season. Classmate Jean-Marc Etienne earned honorable mention on the Pioneer Press All-Area Offense. Jordan and fellow senior Ean Norenberg will sign national letters of intent during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wood Commons. Ean, an offensive lineman, will play for Harvard University.

Quick Hits
The junior varsity cheerleading team won the Stevenson Invitational over the weekend, matching the varsity in finishing first. SHS edged Grant, 77.84-76.30, for top honors among 11 schools. … The JV boys bowling team finished second at the Warren Invitational on Saturday, with junior Maxwell Goldstein finishing fourth overall. He had a six-game pin total of 1,062. Sophomore Jake Sroka had the highest game in the JV tournament with a 233. … Tonight’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games at Lake Zurich will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The sophomores play at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock.


Seniors Can Apply for Community Service Honor
At the 2019 commencement ceremony, 60 students were honored for their extraordinary commitment to community service throughout their four years at Stevenson. Will you join them? The Senior Service Recognition application is now open. Click here to apply.

PSAT Results Available for Juniors
Juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT exam in October can now see their scores. The College Board will send an email to students with an access code to be used with their College Board account to view score information. Students with accommodations or testing irregularities may see delayed results. For more information, see the email that was sent by Stevenson to your SHS email address on Dec. 9.


All prospective boys soccer players are invited to a meeting with the new head coach, Coach Chavez, at 3:30 today in Room 2002.

The boys volleyball team will have information meetings on Friday, Jan. 10 in Room 1912. Meeting times are 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and athletes only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Goolish at


Governor J.B. Pritzker on Monday announced plans for greater state investment in child care programs across Illinois beginning Jan. 1. He also announced the creation of a new, 29-member commission of experts to chart a new course for early childhood funding.

The Chicago Teachers Union’s complaints about tax-increment financing during its recent strike is a signal that educators are moving beyond bread-and-butter issues like salaries and pensions to protest what they perceive as systemic injustices in the way schools are funded. Chicago teachers criticized $2.4 billion in subsidies the city plans to give to developers of “The 78” and Lincoln Yards projects.


This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday. And this year isn’t the first time this has happened. Over the past eight years, college enrollment nationwide has fallen about 11%. Every sector — public state schools, community colleges, for-profits and private liberal arts schools — has felt the decline, though it has been especially painful for small private colleges, where, in some cases, institutions have been forced to close.

The University of Iowa has entered into a 50-year agreement with two French companies to operate and maintain its utility systems. Under the plan, the university will receive an upfront payment of $1.165 billion from the partners and pay them an annual fee starting at $35 million that increases 1.5% each year after the first five years. It is expected to generate $15 million a year, and is similar to a utility management arrangement struck by Ohio State University in 2017.

The mother of a New Jersey student with Down syndrome who was forced to the leave the senior prom early last spring has filed suit against the school district, claiming her daughter was the victim of discrimination because of her disability. Eleven students, nine of whom had special needs, were forced to leave early.

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

Semester Exams Start Wednesday

First-semester exams will take place Wednesday through Friday. Visit for the exam schedule and other finals information. Winter Break begins Monday, Dec. 23 and ends Monday, Jan. 6. Classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins First New Trier Title
Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl team won the New Trier varsity quiz bowl tournament for the first time in school history on Saturday. Facing some of the top teams in the country, the A team of senior Govind Prabhakar and juniors Daniel DingDavid Lee and Arjun Nageswaran won all 10 of its matches to claim the title.

The A team, ranked eighth in the country coming into the tournament, knocked off No. 1 Miami Valley A (Ohio) twice, and No. 3 University Lab A (Illinois) and No. 11 Chattahoochee A (Georgia) during its 10-0 run. The quartet also beat Barrington, Fremd, Sandburg and the Stevenson B team, plus Northmont A (Ohio) and Chattahoochee B.

Stevenson A and B played in the Über Division, which featured college-level questions. Govind was the second-highest scorer in the division, while Arjun finished fourth. Freshman Rishabh Wuppalapati, a member of the B team, was eighth.

The SHS C team competed in the Standard Division, with freshmen Aadit Juneja and Arunabh Ganguli placing eighth and 14th, respectively, out of 158 participants. Stevenson tied for fifth in the division out of 38 teams.

Junior’s Artwork Selected for National Virtual Art Gallery
A colored pencil drawing by junior Navya Meka has been chosen to be part of a virtual exhibit that opens next month. Her artwork, titled “An Ocean of Blue,” was one of 73 works selected for the National Art Education Association’s Virtual Gallery. More than 1,000 pieces of art were submitted; only active members of the National Art Honor Society were eligible. The Virtual Gallery will be available for viewing beginning Jan. 27 at this link.

Math Team Remains Atop NSML Standings
Stevenson remained in sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Math League after the third round of competition ended last week. SHS has a total of 955 points, ahead of Whitney Young (938) and Naperville North (937), with two meets remaining in February and March.

The Patriots posted perfect scores in three of the four grade-level categories: senior, sophomore and freshman. Fifteen members of the team wrote perfect papers:

Freshmen: Ben Chen, Collin Fan and Aadit Juneja

Sophomores: Jonathan Abraham, Sayuj Choudhari, Spandan Goel, Yash Nelavelli, Lillian You and Fred Yuan

Juniors: Doogie Lee and Ram Potham

Seniors: Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Philena Liu and Josh Tsai

League of Legends Team Seeks Regular-Season Title Tuesday
Stevenson’s undefeated, first-place League of Legends team will play its last regular-season game at 4 p.m. Tuesday against second-place Washington Technology Magnet School from St. Paul, Minn. The game will be the last before the High School eSports League playoffs. You can watch Tuesday’s game at Stevenson’s Twitch channel:


Sunday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots won the Large Varsity Division with a score of 92.67, comfortably ahead of Yorkville (86.67) and 13 other schools.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Diving
Stevenson at Prospect Diving Invitational: Sophomore Jack White won the 24-diver event with an 11-dive score of 408.60. Freshman Danny Silverstein, in his first 11-dive meet, placed second with 345.65 points. Also competing for SHS was junior Jaden Pazol. Divers from 13 schools participated.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Warren Invitational: The Patriots won the nine-team tournament at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan, and freshman Ender Starr took top individual honors for the first time in his career. Ender rolled a six-game series of 1,393, with a high game of 257 that was the second-best game of the day. Junior Joey Gluck finished fifth overall with a 1,251 series, and had a high game of 237. Junior Nicholas Sternes rolled a 256 game en route to a 1,228 series. Also competing for SHS were juniors Ryan Lerman (1,150, 218) and Ryan Grabiner (1,132, 223). As a team, the Patriots posted a six-game pin total of 6,154, with a high game of 1,131. Stevenson closes out regular-season North Suburban Conference play this week with matches at Waukegan and Warren today and Tuesday, respectively.

Stevenson at Culver Midwest High School Open: Two sophomore Patriot boys captured first place in their event at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind.: Greycen Ren won the E and Under men’s epee, and Suhas Palwai took first in men’s E and Under foil. Freshman Nicole Kim placed second in women’s E and under saber, and classmate Daron Sun was second in men’s E and under saber. Five fencers had third-place finishes: juniors Illia Svirinovskyi (men’s epee) and Simran Batra (women’s saber), sophomores Stephen Yi (men’s foil) and Colette Kim (women’s E and under foil), and freshman Johnathon Franke Gordon (men’s E and under foil). A trio of Patriot girls earned fifth place: senior Aya Taira (women’s foil) and sophomores Shreya Sharma (women’s E and under foil) and Yaci Li (women’s E and under saber). Three others finished seventh: junior William Rademacher (men’s E and under saber), sophomore Albert Cheng (men’s saber), and freshman Rachel Lawn (women’s E and under saber). – Official Results

Stevenson 55, Machesney Park Harlem 15: At the Lemont quadrangular, the Patriots captured 11 of the 14 matches. Senior Ethan Klondar opened the match with a pin in 1:11 at 138 pounds, and SHS never looked back. Classmate Randy Lu had the other pin, ending his bout in 30 seconds at 126. Other winners included juniors Kai Yamato at 132 (3-2), Arie Guzman (20-5) at 160, and Alex Swidler at 106 (9-2), sophomore Cole Rhemrev at 120 (17-2), and freshman Lorenzo Frezza at 113 (1-0). Stevenson also received four wins by forfeit. – Boxscore

Boys Basketball
Oak Park River Forest 55, Stevenson 48: At the 12th annual Team Rose Classic at Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, the Patriots (7-1) suffered their first defeat of the season. SHS opened the game with a 10-0 run, but the Huskies (4-3) overcame the deficit by the end of the first half and took a 30-24 lead. The Pats scored the first eight points of the third quarter to take a 32-30 lead, but OPRF reclaimed control, which it would not relinquish. Senior Matt Ambrose led SHS with 16 points, and classmate John Ittounas added 14. Junior Evan Ambrose added eight points. – Daily Herald

Competitive Dance
Stevenson at Waubonsie Valley Invitational: The two Patriettes squads finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with scores of 92.13 and 91.87 in the 39-team 3A Division.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson 65, Lake Zurich 7: The visiting Patriots scored 55 unanswered points to close out the meet, including five pins. Junior Arie Guzman opened the match with an 11-3 major decision at 160 pounds, and SHS never trailed. Pin came from sophomore Jacob Whiting at 170 (3:21), junior Keegan Houlihan at 285 (1:14), junior Alex Swidler at 106 (2:44), senior Ethan Klondar at 138, (3:00), senior Brett Max at 145 (1:17), and junior Arad Peregoudov at 152 (1:33). Other on-the-mat winners for Stevenson included sophomore Cole Rhemrev at 120 (13-3), senior Randy Lu at 126 (13-5), and junior Kei Yamato at 132 (technical fall, 4:00). The Patriots also won two matches by forfeit. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 57, Zion-Benton 44: Four players scored in double figures as the host Patriots (7-0, 2-0) led from start to finish in the Sports Center. Senior RJ Holmes had 14 points and seven rebounds, while junior Evan Ambrose also scored 14 points. Seniors Matt Kaznikov and Matthew Ambrose tallied 11 points apiece. Matt added six rebounds. SHS led 28-14 at halftime. The Zee-Bees (4-3, 1-1) closed within 44-38 at the end of the third quarter, but never drew closer. SHS hit 18 of 21 free throw attempts, while Zion only went to the line eight times. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Girls Basketball
Zion-Benton 52, Stevenson 46: Sophomore Simone Sawyer led the host Patriots (7-4, 1-3) with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Senior Avery King scored nine points, while sophomore Ava Bardic added eight. Senior Nikki Kolz grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with six points. Junior Nikki Ware had eight rebounds and five points. Zion improved to 5-3, 2-1. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Boys Swimming and Diving
Glenbrook South 113, Stevenson 73: Senior Jack Zhang won two events and swam on a winning relay for the 14th-ranked Patriots (1-1) against the top-ranked Titans in Glenview. Jack touched first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.71) and 100-yard backstroke (54.74), and swam a leg in the 400-yard free relay (3:18.14) with freshman Jonny Farber, junior Dima Kobets and senior AJ Carollo. Stevenson’s other win came from sophomore Jack White, who captured the 1-meter diving competition (221.20).

Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games at Lake Zurich will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock.


De-Stress Activities Planned for This Week

The Student Services Division is sponsoring several “de-stress” activities this week in the College Career Center. Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday: Comfort dogs during all lunch periods
  • Wednesday: Stress ball-making and hot chocolate
  • Thursday: Cookie decorating
  • Friday: Movies and popcorn

There also will be games, Wii, candy, coloring pages and music in the CCC during all finals periods.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale will no longer require students to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted to the university. Interim Chancellor John M. Dunn said research has shown the most important predictor of college success is a student’s high school grade point average, and added that standardized tests can be a barrier to higher education for many students.

An Evanston middle school teacher was robbed “at knife and gunpoint” outside of the school as the person left for the day on Thursday, according to a Evanston/Skokie District 65 officials. The crime took place around 4 p.m. as the teacher was leaving Nichols Middle School.

Nearly four years after geography bee cheating allegations rocked an Oak Brook school district, the long and costly litigation that followed is set to culminate with a federal trial scheduled to begin today in Chicago. Dr. Rahul Julka, a DuPage County surgeon, and his wife Komal Julka are seeking millions of dollars from Butler School District 53, alleging that the district destroyed their reputations with unfounded accusations of cheating in the geography bee in which their sons, then 9 and 11, were set to compete in January 2016.

St. Charles Unit District 303 is adding 40 minutes to the elementary school day next fall in order to give students more time to explore and engage in learning opportunities outside their core subjects. The move is modeled on one that happened eight years ago at Richmond Intermediate School in St. Charles.

Nearly 1,000 students were miscategorized in the Chicago Public Schools’ “tier” system, which helps determine who gets admitted into which selective enrollment and magnet schools. The error was caught last week, and CPS officials said the information had been corrected.


As the cost of a college education continues to soar, a new breed of apprenticeship for white-collar careers is cropping up across the country, promising an affordable path to careers that once needed a bachelor’s degree or higher. Experts estimate that roughly a million people are participating in some type of apprenticeship program in the United States this year, compared with about 20 million who are enrolled in colleges and universities.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled last week that Michigan State University and one of its senior administrators cannot be held liable for student victims’ emotional distress after seeing their alleged perpetrators on campus because the interactions did not lead to further sexual harassment or assault.

A Connecticut high school is without a mascot after a heated school board meeting that took place days before its football team played for the state football championship. The board for Killingly High School on Wednesday voted to rescind the new mascot, “Red Hawks,” but declined to reinstate the old mascot, “Redmen.” The search for a compromise is underway.