Thursday, March 5, 2020

Summer School “Deadline” is Friday
Friday is a “deadline” of sorts for families thinking of enrolling their students in summer school. After Friday, course sections will be determined and staff hired based on enrollment figures. Students registered for a summer school course by Friday are much less likely to face a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment than those who enroll after Friday. All registrations will be handled on a space-available basis after Friday. See our summer school web page for the 2020 course catalog and to register.

Winter Play Opens Tonight
Oscar Wilde’s classic play, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” is the Patriot Theatre Company’s winter production for the 2019-20 school year. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6, and can be purchased online or at the door. Here is a PDF of the playbill, which includes a listing of cast and crew.

Former SHS Teacher is Artist of the Month
Professional artist, graphic designer and former Stevenson art teacher Donna Stewart Hickman is the SHS Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Months of March and April. An exhibition of her paintings will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery through April 24, and she will discuss her work and her career during an ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12. Her website is She worked at Stevenson from 1998 to 2010.

Juniors Taking Illinois Science Assessment Next Week
All juniors will be taking the Illinois Science Assessment on Monday or Tuesday. Some students will be tested Monday and the others on Tuesday; some will take the exam in the morning and some in the afternoon. Students should check their SHS email for details. Juniors will use their Stevenson iPad for the exam, and need to do the following:

  • Update the iPad operating system (OS) to 13.3.1.
  • Remove the ISA 2019 app.
  • Install the ISA 2020 app from the Self Service app, which is already installed on the iPad.

Juniors also will need to bring these for the exam, in addition to their iPad:

  • Wired headphones that plug into the iPad if they want to use text-to-speech
  • Their school ID
  • Non-science reading materials in case they finish early
  • Calculator (following SAT guidelines)

Juniors should make sure their iPad has 100% power prior to taking the exam. Anyone needing help can visit the SMARTdesk (Room 3014 in the Link) before 4 p.m. Friday.

Capturing the Festive Atmosphere at Night Market
Pioneer Press reporter-photographer stopped by Saturday’s D125 Night Market, an event featuring foods from more than a dozen East and South Asian countries. Several students were interviewed, including seniors Sarah Zhou and Dylan Chae, who helped organize the event. Others featured in the piece include one of the school’s Chinese language teachers, Janet Wang, plus juniors Yu Min KimErica Zhang and Diane Bi, and sophomores Alice Lua and Raine McClory.


Winter ESPPA Award Nominations Due by Wednesday
Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, March 11. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on Monday, March 16.

Quick Hits
Senior Avery King and sophomore Simone Sawyer were named to the all-North Suburban Conference girls basketball team, while sophomore Ava Bardic earned honorable mention. … One year ago, Aidan O’Connell was buried on the Purdue football depth chart. Now, the 2016 graduate is in the running to be the Boilermakers’ starting quarterback.

Community Service Honor Deadline Next Week
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 in May? The Senior Service Recognition application is now open. Click here to apply. Applications are due by Friday, March 13.

Want Your Doodle Featured on Google?
Would you like to see your artwork featured at Students are invited to enter the annual Doodle for Google contest. This year’s contest theme is what kindness means to you. Click here for details. The contest closes Friday, March 13.


Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois is accepting applications from students with a parent or guardian who was seriously injured or killed on the job. The application deadline is June 30. Click here for application details, and to apply.


Two people at Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 voluntarily have quarantined themselves since they each live with a Northwest Community Hospital employee who came into contact with the patient who recently tested positive for coronavirus. The two individuals have connections to May Whitney Elementary School and Lake Zurich Middle School North.

Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 employees and students who stayed home from school earlier this week due to a possible coronavirus exposure have been cleared to return, the district’s superintendent said Wednesday.

The president and vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union announced Wednesday that they were personally endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination. The show of support is the latest in a flurry of personal endorsements from top teachers union leaders, even as the unions they run have hesitated to get behind a single candidate. A few weeks ago, a large body of Chicago teachers union members voted not to endorse Sanders and to remain neutral in the primaries.

A top administrator in the University of Illinois System on Wednesday was named the 28th president of the University of Wyoming. Edward Seidel, currently vice president for economic development and innovation, is expected to sign a three-year contract with a base annual salary of $365,000.


A nationwide debate over dyslexia is underway—what it is, what it means for children, and how schools should address it. The public struggle is between those who decry the use of the word “dyslexia” and the heavy focus on phonics instruction, and the parents and disability advocates who argue that schools and teacher preparation programs are not doing enough to help children learn to read.

The University of California at Santa Cruz has fired 54 graduate teaching assistants after they refused to submit fall-quarter grades amid a strike for increased pay. The teaching assistants, fired on Friday, had been given until Feb. 21 to submit the grades amid a months-long strike over a requested cost-of-living wage adjustment that led to some protesters’ arrests last month.

The principal of New Jersey elementary school uses her life story of being a homeless teenage mother to inspire and encourage her students. She shares with them the obstacles she had to overcome and says her mantra is “Shake it off, pat it down, and rise a little higher.”

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mock Trial Team Finishes Fourth in County
The Stevenson Mock Trial team placed fourth out of 20 teams at the 16th annual Lake County High School Mock Trial Invitational on Saturday at the Lake County Courthouse. The team included seniors Manal SyedHaley RubinJenny HellwigLisa SilversteinLauren Malenfant and Annabel Panayotov, and juniors Noah SevcikCarson EzellErin Hamann and Stella Mechkova. Stevenson will compete in the Illinois State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitational March 14-15 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign.

Spanish, Polish Celebrations Set for Friday
The Spanish Honor Society is holding Salsa y Salsa Night from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Friday in Multi-Purpose Room 5044 (near the circle drive entrance). Anyone attending is asked to bring non-perishable foods, toiletries or money for donating to Santa Maria del Popolo Catholic Church in Mundelein. The event will include food (especially salsa and guacamole), and salsa dance lessons from Michael Zaslavskiy and his dance partner.

The Polish Club is sponsoring Polish Community Night from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday in Room 2104 in the West Building. Polish food, music, games and culture will be featured, along with DJ Daniel Djdannyg Gancarczyk. The evening also will include a pierogi eating competition. Admission is $5.

Eight Capture Super Smash Bros. Matches
Eight eSports team members won their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate matches during the fifth week of Winter Open action. The winning players were senior Andrew Furman, sophomores Isaac Borkhovik, Tony Valtchev and Juan Gonzalez, and freshmen Selman Celep, Santiago Morales, Christoper Reyes and Majid Abdelkareem. The varsity Counter Strike: Global Offensive team had a 16-16 draw with the Charter School of Wilmington, Del., while Stevenson’s five other eSports teams all won by forfeit.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 33, Lake Zurich 21: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 12 points — all 3-pointers — grabbed five rebounds and dished out three assists as the host Patriots (26-4) held off the Bears (9-21) in their IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional semifinal in the Sports Center. The victory was the 10th straight for SHS, which will face Highland Park, a 33-32 winner over Lake Forest, for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. Stevenson held Lake Zurich scoreless until the 7:07 mark of the second quarter. Senior RJ Holmes scored six straight points in the third quarter to give the Patriots a 21-11 lead. He finished with seven points and nine rebounds. SHS secured the win by hitting a trio of 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter. Senior Matt Kaznikov contributed six points, and classmate John Ittounas had five points and six rebounds. – News-Sun | NFHS Network replay

Junior Qualifies for Canadian Olympic Swim Trials
Junior Alex Eastmond finished second in the female 15-and-under 200-meter backstroke at the GTA Skins Invitational in Ontario, Canada last month, qualifying for the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials on April 4. Alex, who made a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech earlier this semester, had a personal-best time of 2:22.66 in the 200 back. She also swam in two other events at the GTA Invitational, setting personal bests in each: the 100-meter freestyle (59.81) and the 100-meter back (1:06.83). In November, the Canadian native qualified for the Illinois High School Association state meet in four events, winning medals in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard medley relay. In addition to swimming for Stevenson, Alex is a member of the Patriot Aquatic Club.

Junior Named to Blackhawks All-Star Team
Junior Abby Benjamin was been named to the 2019-20 Chicago Blackhawks Alumni High School Girls All-Star Team. She and other the other all-stars will be honored at the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association’s annual Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon on Monday. Abby plays for the Lake Forest High School co-op team, which is in the midst of two postseason tourrnaments. The Scouts will play Maine Township for the Metro Metro Girls League Founders Cup championship at 7:45 p.m. Friday at Lake Forest College. On Sunday, Abby and her teammates will take on Loyola Academy in the quarterfinals of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Blackhawk Cup state tournament.

Peer Helpers Applications for 2020-21 Now Open
Applications to be a part of Peer Helpers for the 2020-2021 school year are now open. Peer Helpers undergo extensive training that consists of leadership and communication skills, team building activities, and a variety of topics affecting SHS students. The program offers support for all students by providing peer counseling and school-wide campaigns. In addition, Peer Helpers are responsible for staffing the Student Lounge, which is a safe place where all students can go if they want to talk, relax, or just eat their lunch. Peer Helper applicants should be individuals who demonstrate good character, maturity, responsibility, leadership, empathy, a healthy lifestyle, and show a commitment to peers, school and community. The application deadline is midnight Friday, April 3. Click here to apply.


The Jean Paul Ohadi Foundation is offering scholarships to seniors with evidence of academic achievement and involvement in the LGBTQ community. The application can be found at The application and supporting materials must be postmarked by April 1.


Several Illinois universities are ending study-abroad programs and bringing students home amid the coronavirus outbreak. Programs in Italy and South Korea are among those affected, as the U.S. State Department now is advising people to reconsider traveling to those countries. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Loyola University and Northwestern University have told their students studying in Italy to leave, as the country faces a growing outbreak of coronavirus.

The parents of Special Education District Lake County student they say was sexually abused by a teacher’s aide filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging that the district created the circumstances that allowed the abuse to occur. The lawsuit alleges that the aide — who was charged in December with multiple counts of felony sexual assault and has since pleaded not guilty — abused the student “many, many times” over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.

A state task force is recommending that schools eliminate kings and queens for homecomings and proms, drop reliance on traditional male-female gender descriptions, and train teachers to use more inclusive language when addressing groups of students. The Illinois State Board of Education, which convened the task force, will issue guidance to schools this month for creating policies based on the task force’s recommendations.

A new bill would require Illinois schools that want to keep using Native American mascots and logos receive approval from local tribes if they want to participate in playoffs, among other requirements. There are 52 high schools in Illinois that would be would be affected. A hearing on the legislation is set for today in Springfield.

One of the top administrators for Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has abruptly resigned after nearly two decades in the district. Kurt Laakso, associate superintendent for human resources since 2012, handed in his resignation last Thursday.

Huntley School District 158 issued a statement Monday in light of a petition calling for the reinstatement of a popular Huntley High School security guard and assistant football coach. The individual resigned last week after a physical altercation with a student that was witnessed by multiple staff members and filmed by security cameras.


So far, the coronavirus response from schools and health officials has varied depending on whether a locality has confirmed cases – and experts’ views on how much action is appropriate is rapidly evolving. But the uncertainty of how far the virus will spread has put school leaders in a difficult spot of projecting a sense of calm while also acting with an abundance of caution for student safety.

Although most college graduates say their degree was worth the money, nearly two-thirds (61%) of them would change their major if they could do it again, according to a new survey. Also, 27% of millennials, who this survey considers as those between ages 24 and 39, say their undergraduate experience didn’t teach them skills they regularly use in their current jobs.

Stanford University said it will use a $55 million commitment from a California real-estate developer to ensure some of its medical students graduate without debt. The gift will be matched through other donations and school support to create $90 million in new scholarship funding over the next decade. Students will qualify based on need.

Two neighboring school districts in western Michigan illustrate how American education remains highly segregated by race and class. Instead of bringing Americans together, public schools—and the district lines that sort kids into them—increasingly accelerate the process of pushing them apart.

California’s physical fitness test, a fixture in schools for 25 years, is set to be eliminated because it measures students’ body fat, too often inciting shame and anxiety among students, under a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom. But some cautioned that eliminating the test altogether might lead to less accountability and lower expectations for physical education.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Two BPA Members Win State Titles
Two students won championships and 21 others qualified for nationals at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Oak Brook last week. Senior Joie You captured her second state title in the last three years, winning the Advanced Accounting division. She claimed the Fundamental Accounting crown as a sophomore. Stevenson’s other state champion was sophomore Brandon Li, who won Fundamentals of Web Design.

The state champions automatically qualified for the BPA National Leadership Conference May 6-10 in Washington, D.C.. They will be joined by 21 other SHS students who qualified:

Senior: Jordan Pine
Juniors: Alex Bai, Jennifer Cheng, Brianna Cheung, Lindsey Hendler, Tarun Kalyana Sundaram, Sabrina Kozarovitsky, Sean Li, Bhavya Sharma, Arnav Srinivasan, Ian Zhang and Grace Zhu.
Sophomores: Chinmay Avsarkar, Adi Dalal, Yash Gangavarapu, Mehul Gautam, Shreyas Mishra, Keyur Panchal, Cole Rand, Daniel Saltzman, Clement Wang and Lillian You.

Joie will be making her third trip to nationals, while Alex and Bhavya qualified for the second time. The State Leadership Conference was held at the DoubleTree Hilton Oak Brook Hotel on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Eighty-nine Stevenson students competed in more than 60 business-related events. The competition included more than 40 high schools from around the state, with nearly 900 students competing.

Scholastic Bowl Team Second at NAQT State Tournament
The Scholastic Bowl A team finished second at the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association/NAQT State Championship last weekend at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Stevenson won 12 of 15 matches to place behind University Lab School of Urbana, which went 14-1.

Senior Govind Prabhakar, who was named to the all-state team, led SHS with a fourth-place individual finish. Junior Arjun Nageswaran was 16th. They were joined by juniors David Lee and Daniel Ding, and freshman Aadit Juneja. The B team won the consolation bracket and finished with an 8-2 record. Its roster included senior Akash Kumar, sophomore Anish Arora, and freshmen Rishabh WuppalapatiArunabh Ganguli and Dhruv Pendharkar.

Seven Chosen for State Art Exhibition
Works by seven students have been chosen for display in the state’s largest high school student art exhibition, which opens today in Chicago. The seventh annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition, featuring works by 1,000 student artists from 105 high schools, runs through Friday, April 3 at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Artists submitted pieces in eight categories: drawing, painting, mixed media, design, photography, pottery, sculpture, and “time arts” (digital media such as animation).

Seniors Piper StarrXinting Guo and Ari Zaritsky, and juniors Emma PotockiBenna Li and Hannah Stewart, were selected for the General Exhibition, a “best of the best” show featuring more than 800 works of art from public and private high school students around Illinois. Ari and classmate Jasmine Lin will be part of the Senior Scholarship Exhibition, in which top student artists compete for more than $88 million in college scholarships. This is the second consecutive year Piper and Jasmine have participated in the show. Here is a link to view Emma’s short animated feature.

Pair Wins Top Honors at Mock Trial Competition
Four students won awards at the annual Illinois YMCA Youth and Government state mock trial competition in Springfield last weekend. Senior Victor Shi and junior Arjun Nageswaran won first place overall for their work as defense attorneys in the case of People v. McNeill, in which the defendant claimed he was wrongly accused of murdering a woman at a grocery store in Worth. Victor and Arjun finished second in the bench memo and oral argument categories, and their combined scores lifted them to first place overall.

Senior Advait Deoskar and sophomore Aditi Ambravan won third place for their bench memo written for the defense in the case of People v. Jones, in which the defendant claimed she had to kill her husband to defend herself and her two children. Also serving as defense attorneys from SHS in People v. Jones were seniors Janice Lee and Joanna Lee. Their sponsor was retired Social Studies teacher Richard Pierce. Oral arguments took place in the chambers of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Table Tennis Team Third at State Tournament
The varsity table tennis team finished third at the Interscholastic Table Tennis of Illinois state tournament on Saturday at Maine East High School in Park Ridge. SHS bounced back from a second-round loss to eventual runner-up Whitney Young to defeat Loyola Academy, 8-1, for third place. Naperville North won the title for the fourth straight year. Stevenson’s lineup included seniors Jason LeongPaul ParkSam Wang and Eric Wu, juniors Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao, and freshman Srihas Rao.

The junior varsity placed second Friday at the ITTI Founder’s Cup, the consolation bracket of the state tournament, at Maine East. Stevenson tied Naperville North, which was awarded first place based on a tie breaker. The Patriot roster featured juniors Doogyul LeeBrad Locker and David Wallach, sophomores Jean Andre BondadFrank GaoJasmine Leong and Rithvik Mandumula, and freshmen Zack BadenLance Locker and AJ Stewart.

Winter Band Concert Tonight, Wednesday
The Winter Band Concert takes place at 7 p.m. tonight and Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Tonight’s concert will feature the Advanced Symphonic Band and Freshman Band. Wednesday’s lineup includes Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Honor Band. The concerts will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
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.

Research shows that young people’s brains keep developing well into their 20s. Alcohol can alter this development, potentially affecting both brain structure and function. Underage drinking may cause cognitive or learning problems, or make the brain more prone to alcohol dependence. This is especially a risk when people start drinking young and drink heavily. For more information from the National Institutes of Health, click here.


SHS Earns Three Medals at State Swim Meet
The boys swimming and diving team earned three medals at the Illinois High School Association state meet Saturday at Evanston Township High School. The 200-yard medley relay team of seniors AJ Carollo, Jack Zhang and Jake Kim, and sophomoreJosh Songplaced fifth with a time of 1:33.38. Sophomore Jack White finished sixth in 1-meter diving with a score of 457.90, and Josh added an eighth-place showing in the 100-yard butterfly (49.96).

Jack finished his career with four state medals. In addition to one this year, he was part of medal-winning 400 free relays in 2018 and 2019, and in the 200 medley relay last year. AJ earned his second state medal after swimming in the 400 free relay in 2019. All of Stevenson‘s other medalists this year were first-timers. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball Regional Semifinal Tonight in Sports Center
The boys basketball team’s second season starts tonight. The Patriots, seeded No. 1 in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Prospect Sectional, will open postseason play on their home court. SHS takes on Lake Zurich in the Stevenson Regional semifinals at 6 o’clock in the Sports Center, followed by the second semifinal between Lake Forest and Highland Park. Lake Zurich defeated Waukegan, 53-48, in overtime Monday night. The Patriots carry a 25-4 record and nine-game winning streak into tonight’s contest. Stevenson faced Lake Zurich twice during the regular season, winning both games: 62-36 on Dec. 17, and 48-24 on Feb. 11. Tonight’s game will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson at Wheeling Wildcat Indoor Invitational: Junior Camille Clay won the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 3 inches, and the Patriots also received a first place in the four-lap relay from juniors Jade Cadichon and Jessica Qualich, sophomore Mia Mikolajczak, and freshman Ava Mecir (1:25.0). Sophomore Ella O’Neal was second in shot put (41-1) while junior Emma Finnegan was third in the 3,200-meter run (13:52.7). Other top-six finishes came from senior Karolina Rutyna, who was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (11.0); Jade, fifth in the 200-meter dash (29.0); sophomore Livy Alton, fifth in the 800-meter run (2:38.4); Ava, sixth in the 200 (29.44); and freshman Katelyn Robinson, sixth in the 55 dash (8.22). Stevenson placed fifth out of 10 teams. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Loyola Academy 5, Stevenson 3: The Ramblers ended the Patriots’ season in the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson finished the season with a 29-24-2 record.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson at Huntley Indoor Invitational: Senior Jahleel Perrin won two events and ran in a first-place relay for the Patriots, who finished third out of 13 schools. Jahleel captured the 60-meter dash (7.11) and the 200-meter dash (23.35), and was part of the winning 800-meter relay with classmates Jordan Vincent and Shane Johnson, and junior David Smolensky (1:33.47). Jordan recorded Stevenson’s other individual victory, topping the field in the 400 (51.73). David (7.15) and Shane (7.29) were second and fourth, respectively, in the 60, then comprised half of the second-place 1,600 relay (3:33.43) with Jordan and sophomore Jimmy Davis. Other top-six finishers included freshman Stephen Freihammer, who was fourth in the high jump (1.73 meters), and seniors Anthony Rodriguez and Corey Pacernick, who placed fifth (9:45.91) and sixth (9:56.87), respectively, in the 3,200 meters. – Official Results

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson 68, Libertyville 30, Waukegan 25: Sophomore Mia Mikolajczak won two events for the host Patriots in their season-opening meet in the Field House. She captured the 55-meter intermediate hurdles (9.9 seconds) and the 55-meter high hurdles (10.0). Junior Varsha Vinod captured the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 6 inches (one scratch), and sophomore Ella O’Neal won the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 1.5 inches. Stevenson also won the 1,600-meter relay (4:59.6). In addition to winning five of the 12 events, the Patriots placed second in nine. Senior Karolina Rutyna was runner-up in the 55-meter high hurdles (10.43) and 55-meter intermediate hurdles (10.27). Junior Camille Clay was second in shot put (39-10.5) while classmate Jade Cadichon was runner-up in the 160-meter dash (22.46). Senior Alyssa Smith was second in high jump (4-6, two scratches) and freshman Katelyn Robinson was runner-up in the 55-meter dash (7.93). SHS also was second in the 3,200 relay (12:03), the 640 relay (1:38.8), and the 1,600 relay (5:02.51).

Best Buddies “Spread the Word for Inclusion” This Week
Best Buddies and Best Buddies Transition are holding their annual Spread the Word for Inclusion event this week. A booth will be set up in the East Glass Commons during lunch periods all week, and students are invited to sign the pledge for inclusion, buy Best Buddies merchandise, and more. All proceeds will go directly to Best Buddies International, which creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Next Blood Drive Set for March 13
The next Stevenson Blood Drive will take place Friday, March 13 during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Any student 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds, and with a parent permission slip, may participate. Click here to sign up, to get the permission slip, and for more information. Stop by the Student Activities Office if you have questions.

Military Test Deadline is Friday
Sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a multiple-choice test used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces, on Thursday, March 12 (a late arrival day). The test will be given at 10:30 a.m. in Room 6110 of the East Building addition; please arrive by 10 a.m. At the conclusion of the test, students will be provided pizza and then will return to class. Test results will be available Friday, March 13 at the start of each lunch period in the College Career Center. Pizza will be provided. Students must turn in this permission slip to East Student Services (Room 6064) by Friday to participate. An email with more details is scheduled to be sent today to all eligible students, and their parents and guardians.


The Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship Program will be awarding up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors who have effectively applied the help-seeking technique ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) for the benefit of themselves or a friend. Students can submit information as a narrative or as a work of art. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 20. Click here for details and application.


Getting a report card with letter grades A-to-F is such an ingrained part of American schooling it’s hard for many people to imagine school without it. But at the same time, schools are increasingly looking for ways to focus school more on learning — and not on simply getting an A. Enter the grade-less report card. An idea long associated with progressive schools, the movement is growing in traditional public schools, education experts say.

Chicago school officials bristled and responded critically last week to the city’s outgoing inspector general, whose latest report documented irregularities in the high-stakes annual tests administered to students. Board members and administrators maintained that test scores reflect higher achievement and disputed Inspector General Nicholas Schuler’s analysis that the report indicated some cheating and gaming of the system.

The Chicago Board of Education’s new policy for acquiring, maintaining and potentially removing art from schools has raised the hopes of those who want certain murals from the 1930s and ’40s removed. They say the art is racist. Some preservationists have argued that such art should be retained for its historic and aesthetic value, and as useful lessons in how attitudes and depictions have changed, with explanations of why the work is now viewed differently.


The latest results of a respected international exam given to teenagers ranked the U.S. ninth in reading, but 31st in math literacy out of 79 countries and economies. America has a smaller-than-average share of top-performing math students, and scores have essentially been flat for two decades. One likely reason: U.S. high schools teach math completely differently than other countries.

A growing number of schools are turning to mindfulness to help students struggling with anxiety and other stressors. Its boosters claim all kinds of benefits, and there is research to back them up. But mindfulness in schools can mean many different things, and the explosion of interest has some researchers and proponents advising caution.

Virginia lawmakers last week passed an amended bill that will allow K-12 students excused absences for mental health issues and create uniformity for how Virginia school districts address emotional and mental health needs within its schools.

Oregon’s largest private university, Concordia University, will close its doors in April. The 115-year-old school’s leadership cited mounting debt and declining enrollment for its decision. A class action lawsuit alleges students were misled by Concordia officials about the school’s financial condition.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

No School Friday or Monday
Classes will not be in session Friday or Monday. Friday is an Institute Day for Stevenson faculty, while Monday is Pulaski Day, a state holiday. Classes will resume at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Daily Digest will not be published Friday or Monday.

“Teen Stress Today” Presentation Tuesday
The next program in the SHS Parent Engagement Series, “Teen Stress Today,” will be held from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the District 125 Administration Center. Understanding and managing stress is a critical component of parenting. When parents are stressed, so are their children. This session will offer tips on keeping stress in check for the whole family. For more information, contact Parent Engagement Coordinator Mara Grujanac at

D125 Night Market Celebrates Asian Culture
Stevenson’s Chinese, Japanese and Korean clubs are sponsoring the D125 Night Market on Saturday in the Glass Commons, located outside the Performing Arts Center entrance. The market, featuring 13 street food carts with cuisine from east and southeast Asia, will be open from 4-7 p.m., followed by performances from 7-8 p.m. Food offerings include Korean spicy rice cakes, Taiwanese bubble tea, and Chinese bao. Food tickets will be available for 50 cents each. Proceeds from the D125 Night Market will go to the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association.

PAC Hosting Campaign Fair, Issues Forum
The SHS Political Action Club is hosting its Campaign Fair from 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Patriot Lobby outside Room 2104. The fair is intended for first-time voters to meet with candidates and campaigns prior to the March 17 primary election.

After the Campaign Fair, the public is invited to attend the club’s Issues Forum from 7-8 p.m. in Room 2104. Students will moderate a forum featuring two experts — former state Sen. Dan Biss and Ted Dabrowski, president of Wirepoints — speaking for and against the November referendum seeking to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow a graduated tax.

Streetfest Charity Deadline Tuesday
Streetfest, the National Honor Society-led fall charity fundraiser and kickoff to Homecoming Week, is accepting applications from local charities that would like to be chosen as beneficiaries in 2020. Last year’s event raised more than $10,000, which was split among three charities. This year’s Streetfest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept.12. Interested charities can use this link to apply. Applications are due by Tuesday.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 46, Lake Forest 31: John Ittounas scored a career-high 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and added two steals as the host Patriots (25-4, 13-1) won their eighth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship. John hit eight of 12 shots from the floor and four of five from the free throw line in recording his first-ever double-double. His driving layup and 3-pointer late in the third quarter sparked a 14-3 run for SHS, which led 20-17 at halftime. Senior Matthew Ambrose added 10 points for Stevenson, which avenged its only conference loss. Lake Forest fell to 18-10 overall and 8-6 in the league. Coach Pat Ambrose reached the 25-victory mark for the second straight year and sixth time in the last eight season. The Patriots will face Lake Zurich or Waukegan in the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday. –Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

RJ Holmes Holds On in Slam Dunk Contest
Senior RJ Holmes reached the final four of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship after surviving a see-saw battle in the second round. RJ edged Zech Clemens of South Dakota, 50.11% – 49.89%, in online voting that ended Tuesday. His semifinal opponent will be Jacques Williams from Bowman Academy in Gary, Ind. Voting begins at noon today and ends at noon Thursday, March 5. Vote at

Looking for a Job?
If you’re looking for a job, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.


The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. Recipients will receive a waiver of tuition and mandatory fees if they attend their local Illinois community college or one of the state’s nine public universities. The application deadline is March 31. Visit the DCFS website and look for CFS 438 in the DCFS Features column.


Seven girls from Wheaton North High School are facing mob action charges following a premeditated brawl Tuesday at the school, authorities said. Three of the girls also are charged with unlawful use of a weapon and one is charged with aggravated battery of a teacher. One of the girls had a pocketknife, another had a sock filled with batteries and a third had a sock containing a can of green beans.

More than 100 students from Oak Park and River Forest High School walked out of class Wednesday morning and marched about a mile south to Oak Park Village Hall for a rally and sit-in. The protest occurred “in commemoration of the young black victims who are killed by police violence,” organizers said in a news release. Wednesday was the eighth anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, a black teen fatally shot while visiting Florida.

Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson said Wednesday that the parents protesting the firing of top administrators at Lincoln Park High School are painting those adults as victims while overlooking the impact on students. Jackson’s pointed and heated comments at Wednesday’s school board meeting were her first on the Lincoln Park scandal, and came just minutes before two dozen parents lined up to defend the two administrators and called their firing a “decapitation” of the school.

A 37-year-old Waukegan man has been suspended from Grayslake Area Elementary District 46 and is “no longer employed” by Antioch-Lake Villa High School District 117 after he was arrested in a Lake County prostitution sting, officials said.

The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday voted to observe the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day rather than as Columbus Day. Until now, Chicago Public Schools had celebrated both holidays. The change marks a significant change in a city that celebrates Christopher Columbus in a variety of ways.


Officials from the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights are launching a Title IX compliance review in schools across the country – a response to an alarming increase in reports of sexual assault in elementary, middle and high schools and what Secretary Betsy DeVos is calling “the tragic rise of sexual misconduct complaints in our nation’s K-12 campuses.” The Office for Civil Rights will examine how sexual assault cases are handled – including sexual incidents involving teachers and school staff – and work with school districts to identify and correct compliance concerns.

New Mexico’s attorney general sued Google last week over allegations the tech company is illegally collecting personal data generated by children in violation of federal and state laws. The lawsuit claims Google is using its education services package that is marketed to school districts, teachers and parents as a way to spy on children and their families. Google dismissed the claim as “factually wrong.”

American university programs in Italy — the second-most-popular destination for study abroad programs — are variously suspending operations and evacuating students, moving classes online, or warning students not to travel domestically as the global spread of the new coronavirus begins to affect international programs in countries outside China.

An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters’ way into school as part of a nationwide college admissions scam. Michelle Janavs admitted to paying $100,000 to have a proctor correct her two daughters’ ACT exam answers. She also agreed to pay $200,000 to have one of her daughters labeled as a fake beach volleyball recruit at the University of Southern California.

Binghamton University in New York is building a $60 million baseball stadium complex fully funded by an anonymous donor family. The donation is the largest in Binghamton’s 74-year history, and is the second-largest to a State University of New York campus. Binghamton’s baseball team is the most successful of the university’s various Division I athletics programs.

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

Sophomore Families Invited to College and Career Night
The College Career Center will hold its annual “Planning Your Future” night for sophomore families at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the Performing Arts Center. Postsecondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller, and Career Exploration Program Manager Diane Willock, will discuss:

  • What families can expect during their junior year as they embark on the college and career exploration process.
  • Naviance, an online tool to assist Stevenson students with college planning.
  • Career planning options, including internships, job shadowing, and more.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians. Families are asked to bring their student’s school-issued iPad and network login for an interactive experience. The counselors also request that students log in to Naviance before the meeting to update their password.

A special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in Room 6110, which is located in the new East Building addition.

Architecture and Engineering Club Qualifies Four for State
Seven members of the Architecture and Engineering club earned medals, and four qualified for state, at the Illinois Drafting Educators Association regional competition Friday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. First- and second-place winners qualified for the 43rd annual IDEA state competition, which will be held April 18 at Illinois State University.

Junior Rohan Durai earned first place in 3D Assembly Modeling for the second straight year, and will be making his third trip to the state competition. Sophomore Emma Doiron was a first-time regional champion and state qualifier, taking first in 3D Modeling. Also making a return to state will be senior Weiran Zhao, who paired with junior Kendrick Boardman to finish second in 3D Modeling. Weiran finished second in the state in the same category last year, and also qualified in 2018. Kendrick will be making his first state appearance.

Stevenson had a pair of third-place finishes. Senior Rahul Subramanian was third in 3D Architecture, while junior Hana Lee and sophomore Siddharth Gurumurthi were third in 3D Modeling. Overall, 25 club members competed in the regional.

Three Archers Win Top Honors in Kenosha
Five members of the Scholastic 3D Archery team were place-winners at last weekend’s Kenosha Bowmen tournament in Kenosha, Wis. Stevenson had three champions: sophomore Jackson Esposito won the High School Olympic Recurve Male division, freshman Keith Carter claimed High School Open Male, and junior Rayna Finn captured High School Barebow Female. SHS also had the second- and third-place finishers in the latter category, thanks to junior Emma Mural and sophomore Alicia Zheng.

Chamber Guitar Concert Thursday Night
The Fine Arts Division will present the Chamber Guitar Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Vimeo page.


Boys Basketball Team Seeks Eighth Straight NSC Title
The varsity boys basketball team can capture its eighth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship with a win over Lake Forest tonight in the Sports Center. The Patriots are 12-1 in the NSC, one game ahead of Mundelein, and tonight’s contest ends the regular season. Stevenson’s only loss in the conference was to Lake Forest, 38-33, on the Scouts’ home court Jan. 29. Since then, the Patriots have won eight straight games and enter tonight’s game with a 24-4 record. Lake Forest is 18-11 overall and 8-5 in the NSC. The game will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page beginning at 7 o’clock. (A livestream of the sophomore game starts at 5:30.)

After tonight, SHS sets its sights on the postseason. Coach Pat Ambrose’s squad has been selected as the No. 1 seed in the 18-team IHSA Class 4A Prospect Sectional, and will play host to an IHSA regional next week. The Patriots will face the winner of Monday’s play-in game between Lake Zurich and Waukegan in the first regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The second semifinal, at 7:30, will feature Lake Forest versus Highland Park.

Lillydahl, Inselberger Earn Sectional Coach of the Year Honors
Doug Lillydahl, head of the boys swimming and diving program, and diving coach Amy Inselberger were named sectional coach and diving coach of the year, respectively, after Stevenson won its IHSA sectional on Saturday. Lillydahl earned his sixth consecutive sectional crown, and his eighth in 13 seasons at Stevenson. Inselberger, meanwhile, won for the third time in the last four years after seeing two divers qualify for state for the first time since 2013: sophomore Jack White and freshman Danny Silverstein. Here are brief clips of each diver from Saturday’s sectional: Jack | Danny

Make a Winter ESPPA Award Nomination
Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. The nomination deadline is March 11. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on March 16.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon
The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is this afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


HACEMOS has established a scholarship program to assist children of Hispanic origin and children of active HACEMOS members who plan to continue their education in college. The application deadline is 3 p.m. Monday, March 2. Click here to apply.


Two Lincoln Park High School administrators fired last month jointly filed suit Tuesday in federal court against Chicago Public Schools, its CEO Janice Jackson and other district officials, claiming deprivation of due process, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.


The privacy protections Americans have come to expect when it comes to their medical information may not always apply in school settings, a new report suggests. When a school nurse is involved in a student’s medical care, information on that care may end up in the child’s educational record – which is accessible without consent to school officials and parents, according to the report in Pediatrics.

Many counselors receive little or no training in college counseling. Although most counselors are required to hold a master’s degree, many graduate programs in counseling don’t offer any classes on college admissions. Instead, training focuses on helping students cope with social and emotional problems. The imbalance is having an impact on first-generation students and those from low-income families.

A state task force newly assigned to narrowing California’s achievement gap got further proof of the challenges ahead with this month’s first-ever release of the California Science Test scores, showing that less than one in five low-income black and Latino students met or exceeded the standards.

A growing number of states are requiring students to study money matters in high school. Students in 21 states must now take a personal finance course in order to graduate, according to the Council for Economic Education, a net gain of four states since its last study two years ago. Five states — Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and South Carolina — added the prerequisite. One state, Florida, dropped its requirement.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Math Team Wins Ninth Straight Regional
Stevenson won its ninth straight Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics 4AA Regional on Saturday. Serving as host school for the Region 12 competition, Stevenson edged Glenbrook North, 934-910, for the title. Stevenson’s score was the second-highest in the state, topped only by four-time defending state champion Naperville North (985).

By winning the regional, the Patriots earned an automatic bid to the ICTM state finals May 2 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. SHS has finished second for four consecutive years after winning the state title in 2015, and has not placed lower than fourth at state in more than 25 years.

Stevenson earned first place in three of the four individual grade-level competitions. Philena Liu posted the top score in Pre-Calculus for seniors, Lillian You led all test-takers in Geometry (sophomores), and Ben Chen and Collin Fan tied three other students for first in Algebra 1 (freshmen). As a team, SHS was first in Algebra 1 and Geometry, and second in Pre-Calculus. The Patriots also won the freshman-sophomore eight-person, freshman-sophomore two-person, and calculator events. Stevenson’s Algebra 1 score of 148 was the highest in the state, while the Geometry score of 102 tied for first. The freshman-sophomore eight-person score (95) also led all regional participants.

Other individual medal winners included sophomores Spandan Goel (second in Geometry), Andrew Liu (third in Geometry), and Joy Qu and Sayuj Choudhari (tied for fourth in Geometry); junior Ram Potham (third place, Algebra 2), and senior Andrew Zhuang (fifth place, Pre-Calculus).

Stevenson’s next competition is the North Suburban Math League conference meet on March 5.

Science Olympiad Team Third at Penn Invite
Stevenson finished third Saturday at the fourth annual University of Pennsylvania Science Olympiad Invitational in Philadelphia. The event featured 57 of the country’s top teams, many of which, like Stevenson, competed in the National Science Olympiad last spring. Boca Raton (Fla.) High School won the team championship, with the Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy from Austin, Texas, placing second.

SHS won two events, and junior Jared Machtinger was involved in both. He paired with senior Roy Zhou in Astronomy, and junior Richard Bi in Machines. Richard added a second-place finish in Circuit Lab with senior Andrew Lee. Also placing second were senior Radha Patel and sophomore Greycen Ren in Disease Detectives. Stevenson received a trio of third-place efforts, with junior Emily Liu part of two. She joined senior Anna Wang in Fossils, and junior Sneha Mohan in Wright Stuff. The other third-place entry was freshman Kevin Qian and senior Josh Tsai in Machines.

Emily added a fourth-place performance in Boomilever with junior Phyllis Wang, while Greycen and Radha were fourth in Anatomy and Physiology. Radha and junior Krishna Patel were fifth in Gravity Vehicle, while Roy, Andrew and senior Eric Gan placed fifth in Codebusters. Rounding out the Patriots’ place-winners were sixth-place showings from Emily, Phyllis and Sneha in Experimental Design, Jared and Anna in GeoLogic Mapping, and Roy and senior Erin Yuan in Write It Do It.

Stevenson, the defending state champion, will begin defense of its title March 7 at the College of Lake County regional competition. The state finals are in April.

Marijuana Laws Change, But Science Doesn’t
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.

Research by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that teen use of marijuana can negatively impact learning ability, attention, memory, coordination, balance, judgment and decision-making. Since the teenage brain is not fully mature, it is more vulnerable to the effects of drug exposure. (Click here for more information.)

With the new laws on marijuana use in Illinois, it is important to be informed. Did you know that possession of marijuana is illegal under 21? It is also important to know that despite the changes to the state law, individual towns will be implementing ordinances with fines. The Lincolnshire ordinance includes a $500 fine for possession or consumption of marijuana. For further questions on the Lincolnshire ordinance, contact Officer Bethany Brown at 847-415-4023.


Quick Hits
Voting ends at noon Wednesday in the second round of the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship. Senior RJ Holmes is in a tight contest with his opponent from South Dakota, Zech Clemens. Vote at … The varsity boys ice hockey team will take on Loyola Academy in the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson is the No. 7 seed in the tourney, while the Ramblers are No. 10. The two teams faced each other three times during the regular season, with the Patriots winning all three.

Who Would Get Your Vote for President?
The Statesman is looking to get students’ perspective about the November election. If the presidential election were held today, for whom would you vote? Click here to make a selection. Polling ends Wednesday, March 4.


The Horticulture Club is holding its first-eve Plant Sale during all periods in Room 8080 this week and next. Flowering bulbs for crocuses, tulips and daffodils will be available while supplies last. All proceeds will go toward purchasing a tree for the school.


Tzu Chi USA Scholars, a scholarship program funded by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, is offering a number of $1,000 scholarships. To apply online, visit The application deadline is March 6.


Illinois school districts are rethinking next school year’s budget, after Gov. J.B. Pritzker surprised them in announcing last week that the state will increase education spending but hold back some of the funds they expected pending the outcome of a November tax vote.

Federal prosecutors asked a judge last week to reduce the prison sentence of a key player in the scandal that brought down former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, citing his “substantial assistance” to an investigation in Maryland.

The University of Illinois announced Monday it will break new ground on a $6 million indoor softball practice facility. The facility, made possible by a $3 million donation, is expected to be finished in December 2021.


Former University of Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for accepting $100,000 in bribes to falsely tag an applicant as a recruit to get the student admitted. He’s the first college coach to receive time behind bars in the nation’s college admissions scandal after a former Stanford sailing coach avoided prison last summer.

Closing a chapter in the state’s testing wars, Colorado lawmakers are quietly preparing to do away with the statewide high school social studies exam. It won’t be missed much by students or teachers — because it hasn’t been given since 2014.

Ohio high school students won’t have to be “proficient” in either math or English to graduate, under minimum required test scores proposed by the state superintendent. New high school graduation requirements passed last summer require most students to show “competency” in math and English through scores on Ohio’s Algebra I and English II tests to qualify for a diploma.

Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Patriettes Win National Dance Championship
Less than a month after winning the Illinois High School Association state championship, the varsity Patriettes captured the Dance Team Union national championship in Orlando, Fla., last weekend. Stevenson captured the Large Varsity Jazz competition, topping 13 other schools. In addition to the team championship, Patriettes senior captain Jorie Knysz won top honors in the solo competition among juniors and seniors. Fellow captain and classmate Maya Newmark was seventh among 70 senior soloists.

23 FCCLA Members Heading to State
Twenty-three members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club qualified for April’s state competition based on their results at the Illinois Section 5 regional on Friday at Harper College in Palatine. Eight students won gold medals and most outstanding awards, the highest honors in their category:

  • Junior Esha Raut (Professional Presentation)
  • Senior Roya Lippe (Say YES to FCS Education)
  • Senior Mariam Reichert (STAR Fashion Construction)
  • Sophomores Alice Lua and Angela Zhou (Interior Design)
  • Junior Natali Freihammer (STAR Leadership)
  • Senior Emily Feldman and junior Taylor Irvin (Focus on Children)

Also advancing to state with gold medals were the team of sophomores Grace Harrington and Heloise Jacobs (Child Literacy). They will be joined by 13 club members who earned silver medals: juniors Jessie Mazursky (STAR Fashion Design), Danielle Schwartz (Nutrition and Wellness), Emery Etzel (Interior Design) and Karolina Tuska (Child Literacy); junior Kendall Goldenson and sophomore Livy Alton (Focus on Children); sophomores Abby Kogan (Frosted Cakes), Rinnell Borges and Madeline Lewis (Interior Design), sophomores Kylie Faber and Gabriella Barshak (Public Policy Advocate), and Ashley Madeyski (Personal Childcare Provider); and freshman Anjini Thomas (Apparel Construction). Sophomore Hailey Mulvihill earned a bronze medal (Public Policy Advocate).

The sponsors of Stevenson FCCLA are Michelle Backes and Jamie Rieman. The state competition takes place April 2-3 in Springfield.

Stevenson Foundation Online Raffle and Auction Ends Tuesday
The Stevenson High School Foundation’s 2020 Online Raffle and Auction closes at 3 p.m. Tuesday. This year’s virtual event, sponsored by Laura George Consulting, features exclusive packages including luxury vacations, junior and senior parking spots for the entire year, and sports experiences. Click here to view the complete raffle and auction catalog, purchase raffle tickets, and place bids. Proceeds from the raffle and auction will benefit such foundation programs as Stevenson to College (S2C) and Kids in Need (KIN). Raffle packages and auction items include:

  • Vacation packages to Cabo San Lucas, Las Vegas, Pebble Beach, and Whistler, plus a package for up to 16 people to Antigua.
  • VIP parking spaces on campus in the 2020-21 school year for one member of the Class of 2021 and one from the Class of 2022.
  • VIP parking and seating for four families at this spring’s commencement ceremony.
  • Tickets for one Cubs-White Sox Crosstown Classic game, and for an upcoming Chicago Blackhawks contest.
  • A turn-key pre-Prom gathering for 30.

Two Debaters Named to All-State Team
Stevenson’s debate team took part in the Illinois Congressional Debate Association state tournament Saturday at Harper College in Palatine. Two SHS students made the 10-member ICDA all-state team: senior Sunny Gandhi and junior Aditi Singh. In the invitational chambers, two students were place-winners. Sophomores Uma (Deepa) Pulugurtha and Jesenia Parthasarathy earned second and third place, respectively.

Three Restaurant Fundraisers Scheduled for Tuesday
Three SHS organizations are holding fundraisers at area restaurants on Tuesday:

  • Band Parents Organization, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., at MOD Pizza, 701 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Mention “Stevenson band” when ordering.
  • The boys lacrosse team, 4-8 p.m., at Chipotle, 375 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Mention “Stevenson lacrosse” when ordering or show this flyer.
  • String Parents Association, 5-9 p.m., at Cafe Zupas, 887 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills. Mention Stevenson when ordering or show this flyer. The flyer also has instructions for placing orders online.


Senior Earns Two State Gymnastics Medals
Senior Emily Weinstein capped her high school gymnastics career by winning two medals at last weekend’s Illinois High School Association state meet at Palatine High School. Emily, making her third consecutive appearance at state, finished fourth in the all-around competition on Friday with a score of 37.55. On Saturday, in the individual event finals, she placed third in vault with a 9.7. (Click here to watch Emily’s vault performance.) Emily is the first Patriot state medalist since Alyssa Weisberg won the balance beam in 2014. She also is the first SHS gymnast to earn a medal in all-around and vault since 2012, when Ali Castriano finished fourth in both. “It was a great way to end (my senior year),” Emily told the Daily Herald. “I worked hard to get this far and wanted to keep on improving. So, I’m very happy.”

Boys Swimming and Diving Wins Sixth Straight Sectional
The boys swimming and diving team won its sixth straight sectional championship on Saturday, breaking five school and pool records and qualifying 10 Patriots for this weekend’s state meet at Evanston Township High School. Stevenson, the host school, won six of the 12 events, outscoring Barrington, 299-210, and 10 other teams. See the official sectional results. In four of its six victories, SHS set a school or pool record:

  • Sophomore Jack White won the 1-meter diving competition with an 11-dive score of 504.20, breaking the previous mark of 488.15 set by Matthew Krames in 2017.
  • The 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Josh Song and seniors AJ CarolloJack Zhang and Jake Kim set a school and pool record with its winning time of 1:31.78. The old school and pool record of 1:34.04 was set in 2018; AJ was one of the swimmers in that quartet. Watch the 200 medley relay race.
  • Josh established a new school record en route to winning the 100 butterfly in 49.50 seconds. The old record of 50.05 was set by Tommy Gregory in 2003.
  • Senior Ari Zaritsky set a school record in the 100 breaststroke with his time of 57.65, eclipsing the previous best of 58.82 by Joseph Song in 2018.

The Patriots’ other winning entries were Jack Zhang in the 200 individual medley (1:54.96), and the 200 free relay squad with Jake, Josh, Jack Zhang and freshman Jack Curtin (1:26.15). All of Stevenson’s winners qualified for state.

AJ also qualified in three other events. He was second in the 200 free (1:44.10) and third in the 100 backstroke (52.08), and was part of the runner-up 400 free relay (3:09.86) with Jake, Jack Zhang and freshman Jonny Farber. Jake and sophomore Brandon Xiong punched their ticket in the 50 free with second- and third-place efforts in 21.67 and 21.71, respectively. Jonny qualified with a fourth-place performance in the 100 backstroke (52.60), and classmate Danny Silverstein also earned his first state trip by placing second in diving (456.40). See the list of all state meet qualifiers and their times.

“I think this group has shown what youth can do,” head coach Doug Lillydahl told the Daily Herald. “Our young kids believe. They put in the work. I’m just really proud of them.”

Basketball Team Clinches Share of NSC Title
The varsity boys basketball team won both of its games last weekend, improving to 24-4 on the season and extending its winning streak to eight games. The Patriots clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference championship on Friday with a 52-33 win over Warren in Gurnee. (Watch the NFHS Network replay.) Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds for SHS, which improved to 12-1 in the NSC. Stevenson can win the league title outright by beating Lake Forest in the Sports Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday. If the Patriots win on Wednesday, it would be their eighth consecutive NSC championship. On Saturday, Stevenson beat Benet Academy, 51-35, in a non-conference contest in the Sports Center. (NFHS Network replay) Senior Matt Kaznikov  led all scorers with 13 points, while Matthew added 11. Fellow senior John Ittounas had 10 points and six rebounds, while classmate RJ Holmes pulled down nine rebounds to go along with five points. After the game, Matt talked with Comcast Network Sports about his performance, and that of his team. Read the Daily Herald’s account of the game.

Other Weekend Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Lake Forest 51, Stevenson 46: The Scouts (25-8) beat the Patriots (25-8) on Friday to capture the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional championship, their third in the last four years. Sophomore Ava Bardic scored 16 points to lead SHS, which closed its season by winning 13 of its last 15 games. Sophomore Simone Sawyer added 15 points and nine rebounds. The two teams split their regular-season games. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Individual State Tournament: The Patriots’ quartet of qualifiers were eliminated with their second loss during consolation round action on Friday. Senior Matt Millman, making his first state appearance, pinned his opponent from Maine South at 195 pounds before getting knocked out by fall in the second round of wrestlebacks. He finished the year with a 13-7 record. Stevenson’s other three entries fell in their first consolation match: junior Keegan Houlihan (30-11) at 285, sophomore Cole Rhemrev (36-7) at 120, and freshman Lorenzo Frezza (36-7) at 113. – Official Results

Students Invited to Submit to the WIT
Do you want to see your published work in a magazine? The WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts journal, is accepting submissions in the following genres: poetry, prose, art, photography and music. Submit your pieces by March 16 to Mr. Barnabee at Include your name, ID, and the genre of the work. The WIT is open to all students.


Animal Welfare Club will meet after school Tuesday in Room 2104. Dr. Stephanie Locke from Skycrest Animal Clinic in Long Grove, who has been a Skycrest vet for more than 15 years, will be the guest presenter. She will talk about rescuing pregnant mamas. In addition to the meeting, T-shirts are available online for $10 through the Stevenson Superstore for the upcoming Australia Strong fundraiser.

The Print Media Club is selling custom-printed Popsockets (phone grips). Go to the Stevenson Superstore to order yours today. All proceeds will be used to support female education in the Gambia.


Chicago Public Schools officials have agreed to overhaul testing procedures after the CPS inspector general pointed out “unusual patterns” and “irregularities” in some standardized test results, including unusually long test times and high numbers of pauses in the computerized exams.

Hinsdale police closed their investigation into a claim that a candidate in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate had a gun with her when she came to Hinsdale Central High School last week for an after-school debate. Police decided to end the investigation after Peggy Hubbard, a Navy veteran and former police officer, made “inconsistent and contradictory” statements.

The University of Illinois is spending more than $360,000 a year for its marketing campaign at Chicago’s airports, which includes a 7-by-6-foot Block I that was unveiled Jan. 29 at the center of O’Hare’s Terminal 3.


Seventy-five California elementary schools where students have the lowest average reading scores will share $50 million in state grants to improve reading and writing instruction, according to a legal settlement announced last week. The settlement ends a much-watched lawsuit filed on behalf of students who struggled with reading at three elementary schools. The lawsuit, Ella T. vs. the State of California, alleged that the state violated the students’ civil rights by denying them a quality education.

Purdue University may soon require that all undergraduates take and pass a civics test to obtain their degrees. A number of other institutions have some kind of civics requirement. Purdue’s proposed “Test+” model is unique, however, in that it would mandate that all students pass a test and demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. history, laws and institutions in some other way.

Katherine Johnson, the venerated NASA mathematician who was depicted in the film “Hidden Figures,” died today at the age of 101. Johnson worked on the first NASA mission in 1961 to carry an American into space, and in 1962, she verified computer calculations that plotted John Glenn’s orbits around earth. Before she began her stint at NASA, she taught at black public schools in Virginia.