Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

52 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists
All 52 seniors named semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program have been selected as finalists. They are among approximately 15,000 finalists nationwide who will compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million this spring. Click here to see Stevenson’s National Merit finalists.

Foundation Online Raffle and Auction Opens Today
If today‘s weather makes you wish for warmer climes, the Stevenson Foundation can fulfill your desire. The foundation’s annual Online Raffle and Auction opens today, featuring 23 high-end packages including luxury getaways, designer jewelry, turn-key parties, and exclusive Stevenson experiences. The raffle includes a vacation package to the winner’s choice of one of four destinations:

  • Cabo San Lucas in Mexico
  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia
  • Pebble Beach golf course in Monterey, Calif.
  • Las Vegas

There also are raffles for reserved parking at SHS for one senior and one junior during the entire 2020-21 school year, and a special 2020 graduation package with reserved parking and special family seating. Auction items include a vacation getaway for 16 to Antigua, tickets to the Cubs-White Sox Crosstown Classic, and more.

Click here to view the complete raffle and auction catalog, purchase raffle tickets, and start bidding. The event ends at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Proceeds benefit Foundation programs such as Stevenson to College (S2C) and Kids in Need (KIN). Questions? Contact Ashley Bunzol at 847-415-4472 or

Winter Play Tickets On Sale
Ticket sales begin today for the winter play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 5-7, in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6. Click here to order online.

What They Saw at the Iowa Caucus
Several members of the Political Action Club traveled to Iowa recently to observe Democratic presidential campaign rallies and the caucus process. Two seniors, Jennifer Hellwig and Victor Shi, wrote about their experiences for the PBS News Hour website. Jennifer reflected on the challenges working people face when seeking to participate in the Iowa caucus, and recommended a better system that could be used nationwide. Victor, meanwhile, wrote about how being part of a campaign (he is a volunteer for former Vice President Joe Biden) gave him a sense of community.

Senior Earns AATSP Scholarship Honor
Senior Celeste Xu is one of 40 recipients of a Joseph Adams Senior Scholarship granted by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Celeste is a member of Stevenson’s National Spanish Honor Society, holding the liaison position on its e-board. In the role, she serves as a crucial communicator between the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society. “Her diligence, willingness to help her community and passion for the Spanish language and culture made her a remarkable candidate and the recipient of this scholarship,” said Raquel Antillera, society sponsor and a Spanish teacher at SHS. This document shows the scholarship criteria.

Students Teach Youngsters at Palatine School
Twenty-five seniors enrolled in the Teaching Young Children 2 course traveled Wednesday to Winston Campus Elementary School in Palatine, to teach kids in fourth-grade and fifth-grade classrooms. Their field trip, sponsored by Family and Consumer Science teachers Jamie Rieman and Courtney Croak, was the culmination of several weeks spent developing language arts lessons for the younger students. Winston, which serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade, is part of District 15, the second-largest elementary district in Illinois with more than 12,000 students.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 63, Waukegan 34: Senior Avery King led all scorers with 19 points as she and classmate Nikki Kolz were honored on Senior Night. Avery tallied eight points in the opening quarter for the host Patriots (24-7 overall, 10-4 North Suburban Conference), who led 41-16 at halftime. Sophomores Ava Bardic and Simone Sawyer added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for SHS, which closed its regular season by winning 12 of its last 13 contests. Stevenson will face Grant in the first round of the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional at 6 p.m. Wednesday. – NFHS Network replay

In Search of Excellence: The Patriettes Way
After posting the highest score of any school during the preliminaries of the IHSA Competitive Dance state tournament on Jan. 31, Stevenson head coach Kristin Piekarski-Cook could have told her squad to relax and get ready for the next day’s final round. Instead, the Patriettes continued to tweak their routine, choreographed to the song “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi. “The small things make a lot of difference,” Piekarski told the Pioneer Press. “We talked through everything, practiced and improved our product.” The result? Stevenson was nearly perfect in the final round, achieving a score of 99.24 out of 100 after posting a 97.36 the night before. The student-athletes who developed the state championship dance routine were seniors Maya Shub, Maya Newmark, Jorie Knysz, Alyssa Halazonitis, Ari Reinstein and Chloe Lucido, and juniors Breanna Buan and Josie Ronson.

St. Baldrick’s Information Meeting Friday
Students interested in participating in next month’s St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser are invited to attend an information meeting during their lunch period Friday in the Student Activities Office. There will be an information meeting every half period.


GF Machining Solutions in Lincolnshire is holding its annual open house for prospective apprentices from 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. The open house will take place at its headquarters at 560 Bond Street. Students will have the opportunity to talk with GF employees, see the company’s technology, and learn about the company and its apprenticeship program. Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP to Anthony “Tony” Rubino at 224-343-8293 or


Students at Chicago’s Senn High School held a sit-in Wednesday in protest after a teacher allegedly told a student last month to “go back to your country” when she declined to stand for the U.S. national anthem during an assembly. Four Senn seniors said they heard a teacher tell the Latina student, who is a U.S. citizen, to leave the country if she didn’t want to stand for the anthem during a Hispanic heritage assembly Jan. 30 at the school.

A $10 million gift from the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and his wife is among $454 million raised by universities involved with the Illinois Innovation Network that will help move it forward. The $454 million total raised by the members of the network was enough to convince Gov. J.B. Pritzker to confirm another $500 million in state funds pledged years ago.

Though the Southern Illinois University System has publicly announced it won’t raise tuition or fees at either of its campuses next year, a proposed change to the fee structure at SIU Carbondale could create significant new costs for on-campus students who take online courses. Online course fees would jump from $72.60 per credit hour to $117 under a proposal before the SIU Board of Trustees today.


The U.S. Education Department is investigating foreign gifts made to Harvard and Yale as part of a broader review of international money flowing to American universities, officials said. The department is reviewing whether the Ivy League schools potentially failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts and donations from countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran and China. The department previously opened investigations at Georgetown University and Texas A&M.

Three female high school athletes filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging Connecticut’s prep sports rules that allow biological males to compete against girls, arguing that the policy robs them of competition and scholarship opportunities. The lawsuit also argues that the policy violates the federal Title IX law.

For the first time, the law reviews at the top 16 law schools in the U.S. all have a female editor-in-chief. This year, women are leading the flagship law journals at Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Duke, Northwestern, Cal-Berkeley, Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA and Texas.

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

West Building, Stadium Upgrades Approved
The District 125 Board of Education on Monday approved spending approximately $7.8 million this summer to address several structural and equipment shortcomings in the West Building and Stadium.

Leading the way is replacement and rerouting of the original main sewer line installed for the school’s opening in 1965. Four original bathrooms also will be replaced. The work will require the West Building to be shut down for the entire summer since water will be unavailable. Other work planned for the West Building includes:

  • Replacing the roof over the Wood Commons and the Quiet Learning Center
  • Tuckpointing and exterior wall repairs in two of the courtyards
  • Replacing and relocating the building’s emergency generator
  • Renovating the journalism and yearbook classroom
  • Replacing carpet throughout the south half of the West Building.

In the Stadium, the synthetic field turf, track and scoreboard will be replaced, along with chain-link fencing along the track perimeter. The bathrooms under the west bleachers also will be renovated.

Archers On Target in Chicago Tournament
The varsity archery team captured first place at the Phoenix Academy tournament Saturday in Chicago. The junior varsity finished fourth. The varsity Patriots tallied a team score of 3,138 with 117 bullseyes, while the JV had a score of 2,801 and 52 bullseyes. Senior Sylvia Zhang finished second among all female archers, posting a score of 278 with 15 bullseyes. Junior Hayden Gantt placed third among all males with a score of 276 and 14 bullseyes. Other top 10 finishers in the female division included sophomore Elisabeth Clavel, who was fourth (274, 14 bullseyes), senior Caitlin Goldberg (fifth, 272, 13) and senior Erin Fitzgerald (seventh, 270, 10). On the boys’ side, junior Chris Chong was eighth (267, 8). Sophomore novice archer Rinnell Borges added a 246 score and seven bullseyes.

Chess Team Earns No. 1 Seed in State Tournament
Stevenson has earned the No. 1 seed among 127 schools participating in this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state chess tournament in Peoria. SHS will be making its 17th consecutive trip to the state tournament. The Patriots have a long tradition of excelling at state, finishing in the top seven every year since 2004. Included in the 16-year run is a state championship in 2008, five second-place finishes, and two third-place efforts, in 2018 and 2019. Coach Vincent Springer and his squad open play at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday; the tournament concludes Saturday.

Five Freshmen Qualify for Robotics State Tournament
A featuring five SHS freshman and a peer from Fremd High School have qualified for next week’s Illinois FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge state championship. Purav DattaSiddharth PaleatiAlex PollockMax Jin and Nathan Bekin and their Fremd partner won all 10 of their matches at Sunday’s North East Suburban League competition at Highland Park High School, earning a bid to the state finals Feb. 21-22 at Elgin Community College. Team Electro also won first place in the Design Award category, and placed third in the Collins Aerospace Innovation Award category. The team qualified for the FIRST World Championship last year.

Table Tennis Team Gearing Up for State
Stevenson’s two table tennis teams have winning records. SHS Gold is 6-1 after recent wins over Hinsdale Central, 6-3, and Niles West, 9-0. SHS Green is 3-2 after dropping matches to Niles West, 6-3, and Loyola Academy, 7-2. The Patriots have finished second in the state the past two years, and several members of those squads have been mainstays for coach Todd Sikora this season. Seniors Eric Wu and Jason Leong are captain and assistant captain, respectively. Other returning players from 2018 and 2019 state runners-up include seniors Paul Park and Sam Wang, and juniors Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao. Returning players from last year’s second-place team also include senior Joseph Choi and sophomore Jasmine Leong. Also contributing this year have been senior Jason Segal, juniors David Wallach, Brad Locker, Conan Pan and Doogyul Lee; sophomores Jean Andrei BondadFrank Gao and Rithvik Mandumula; and freshmen Srihas RaoLance Locker, Abhinav Meraga and Zack Baden. The Interscholastic Table Tennis Illinois state meet is set for Feb. 29.

Winter Choral Concert Tonight
The school’s choirs will perform during the Winter Choral Concert at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 48, Lake Zurich 24: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, and classmate RJ Holmes added 13 points and nine rebounds, as the host Patriots (19-4, 9-1) set up a showdown at Mundelein (22-3, 9-1) on Friday for sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Conference. Against Lake Zurich, Stevenson continued its strong defensive play, holding the Bears (7-16, 2-8) to 13 points over the first three quarters. The Patriots have allowed the fewest points in league play (409), with Tuesday’s 24-point effort their best of the season. In its last seven games, SHS has held opponents to an average of 33.1 points per contest. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily HeraldMaxPreps

Mundelein Game Information: Advance tickets will not be available for Friday’s game, which tips off at 7 p.m. Doors to the MHS gymnasium will open at 4:45. Seating is limited. Students will need their Stevenson ID if they want admission for the $2 student price. Otherwise, they will have to pay the adult admission price of $5.

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 107, Waukegan 33: The Patriots (6-2, 5-0) wrapped up a perfect North Suburban Conference regular season with a convincing win on the road. Senior AJ Carollo won two individual events, the 100-yard freestyle (49.72) and the 100 back (56.31). Sophomore Brandon Xiong captured the 100 breaststroke (1:06.91), and swam in two winning relays. He was part of the 200 medley relay (1:47.04) with seniors Ari Zaritsky and Jack Zhang, and freshman Michael Wywrocki, and swam the final leg of the 400 free relay (3:27.32) that included Jack, Ari and junior Alan Luo. Alan won the 200 free (1:54.96), while senior Jake Kim captured the 50 free (22.27) and finished the 200 free relay (1:35.89) after freshmen Jack Curtin and Jonny Farber, and sophomore Walker Olson. Next up for Stevenson is the North Suburban Conference Championships meet Friday and Saturday. The Patriots are seeking their sixth consecutive league title.

Spring Sports Registration Reminder
With three spring sports starting next week – girls and boys track and field, and boys gymnastics — parents are reminded to make sure their students are registered in advance. Students will not be allowed to participate until they have registered with Stevenson Athletics. Click here for athletic registration.

Quick Hits
Three members of Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference champion varsity cheerleading team have been earned all-conference and three others received honorable mention. The all-NSC selections are seniors Nina LozovnoyGrace Liebl and Jamie Fisher, while the honorable mention picks are seniors Sydney Ring and Kayla Ghazvini and junior Rachel Max. … Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Waukegan will be streamed live from the Sports Center and shown on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … The junior varsity boys ice hockey team plays host to Glenbrook North on Thursday in Game 1 of the Scholastic Hockey League JV playoff semifinals. The puck drops at 5:50 p.m. at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. Stevenson enters the game with a 37-10-1 record.

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.


Illinoisans do not have a high regard for public schools outside their own communities, according to a new report from the Illinois Education Association. The group’s State of Education survey of 1,000 Illinois residents yielded an overall grade of “C-” to public schools, although respondents gave their local public schools an “A” or “B” grade. Full report

A University of Illinois-led innovation center is included in the 78 megadevelopment along the Chicago River in the city’s South Loop, part of a $7 billion riverfront project announced today. Construction will start next year on the 62-acre project, which will include apartments, student housing and retail space and eventually stretch from the South Loop to Chinatown.

The art of growing cannabis will become a minor subject at Western Illinois University in the fall, school officials announced Monday. The minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours with additional coursework offered by the school’s department of biological sciences.


A surprising new problem is thwarting the success of some college students today: too many choices. Due to “helicopter” parents, or perhaps because they are the first in their family to attend college, some take courses they don’t need, pick majors they will later change, and don’t know what to do when the resulting problems leave them on the brink of flunking out. Now some institutions that once let students sink or swim are trying to confront this problem by taking critical choices away from them.

About 95% of American public schools conduct some form of regular active shooter safety drill, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But concerns are growing that these drills have not been proven effective in preventing violence and that they may even traumatize some students. Now, the nation‘s largest education unions are joining with the advocacy group Everytown For Gun Safety in calling for schools to reassess the use of lockdown drills.

The Trump administration on Monday released its $66.6 billion budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Education, which would cut the agency’s funding by about 8%. Among its provisions, the budget plan would eliminate subsidized federal student loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Higher ed experts say the cuts are largely familiar from previous budget cycles and have little chance of passing Congress.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

Spoken Word Team Wins Regional Contest
Stevenson’s spoken word team won the Patricia Smith Regional Slam Poetry bout Friday night at Collins Academy in Chicago. The competition is part of the slam poetry contest Louder than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry festival in the world. Stevenson’s team, led by senior Anna Wang, also includes juniors Laya ReddyKatie LeeMaddie MitchellTanisha GunashakarAmber Atkinson and Shayaan Shaik, and sophomore Tia Vasudeva. Louder Than A Bomb, sponsored by Young Chicago Authors, brings together more than 500 youth poets from schools and community groups throughout the Chicago area, for five weeks of Olympic-style poetry bouts, workshops, and special events.

Archers On Target in Chicago Tournament
The varsity archery team captured first place at the Phoenix Academy tournament Saturday in Chicago. The junior varsity finished fourth. The varsity Patriots tallied a team score of 3,138 with 117 bullseyes, while the JV had a score of 2,801 and 52 bullseyes. Senior Sylvia Zhang finished second among all female archers, posting a score of 278 with 15 bullseyes. Junior Hayden Gantt placed third among all males with a score of 276 and 14 bullseyes. Other top 10 finishers in the female division included sophomore Elisabeth Clavel, who was fourth (274, 14 bullseyes), senior Caitlin Goldberg (fifth, 272, 13) and senior Erin Fitzgerald (seventh, 270, 10). On the boys’ side, junior Chris Chong was eighth (267, 8). Sophomore novice archer Rinnell Borges added a 246 score and seven bullseyes.

Orchestra Chamber Concert Tonight
The Orchestra Chamber Concert takes place tonight in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Performances will take place in two sets; the first starts at 6 o’clock, followed by the second at 7:30. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live through the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Dating and Teenage Development
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 in the Journal of School Health sought to determine if dating was considered normal and essential for a teen’s individual development and well-being. It found that adolescents who were not in romantic relationships during middle and high school had better social and leadership skills, and were less likely to be sad, hopeless or depressed than peers who dated. Students who decide not to date are simply following a different and healthy developmental trajectory than their dating peers. As Valentine’s Day approaches, encourage your student to focus less on finding a significant other and more on celebrating the amazing relationships they have with friends and family.


Girls Gymnastics Team Qualifies for Sectional
The SHS girls gymnastics team has earned an at-large bid to Thursday’s Illinois High School Association sectional tournament at Mundelein High School. The Patriots posted a regional score of 142.20 at last week’s Libertyville Regional, securing one of the two at-large sectional berths, along with Lake Forest. Five Patriots also will compete in the individual sectional competition, earning bids by finishing at the top five at regional or via at-large qualification. They are (top-five regional finish in italics):

  • Senior Emily Weinstein: All-around, balance beam, floor exercise, uneven parallel barsvault
  • Junior Ainslee Cutler: All-around, balance beam
  • Sophomore Ally Gitler: All-around, floor exercise, uneven parallel bars
  • Freshman Emma Fang: All-around, balance beam, uneven parallel bars
  • Freshman Ashley Schabes: All-around, balance beam, floor exercise, uneven parallel bars, vault

Vote for RJ Holmes in National Dunk Contest
Senior RJ Holmes is one of 16 basketball players in the country competing for a spot in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship, a fan-driven, online bracket-style contest that will be held over the next four weeks. First-round voting starts at noon today at, and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 18. Fans are allowed one vote per device, per day. Athletes earning the most votes in their head-to-head first-round matchups advance to the second round, which starts next week. The slam dunk championship will be held Tuesday, April 7 in Atlanta, the day after the NCAA Division I men’s basketball title game.

Cheerleading Video and Correction
Monday’s Digest entry on the cheerleaders’ second-place finish at the IHSA state finals, the highest in program history, erred in saying that the school received a trophy for its fifth-place finish in 2017. Trophies are not given for fifth place. Here is a video of this year’s state performance.

Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games against Lake Zurich will be streamed live from the Sports Center on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required). The sophomore game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … The boys baseball team is holding a fundraiser from 3-11 p.m. Wednesday at Woodfire Tavern, 4868 Illinois Route 83 (corner of Route 83 and Gilmer Road) in Long Grove. Mention “Stevenson Baseball” and 20% of the sale will be donated to the team.

Valentine’s Day Candle and Soap Sale
The Bright Lights Candle Company is having a Valentine’s Day candle and soap sale Thursday and Friday during all lunch periods in front of the Performing Arts Center. Stop by to get a candle or soap for your Valentine.


The College of Lake County’s 10th annual STEM Day for Girls will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 29. The free event is for girls in grades 7-12 who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. More than a dozen hands-on workshops are planned. Click here to register and for more information.


The Spanish Club will present its Tortilla Española event after school Thursday in the foods lab. Everyone attending will learn how to cook a traditional dish from Spain, la Tortilla Española. All are welcome!


The boys baseball team will have an information meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Skala at


Golden Apple Illinois is giving 50 people who want to switch careers, but lack the resources, a full ride to earn a teaching certificate through its new Accelerators Program. The one-year program, which starts this summer, aims to tackle the state’s teacher shortage. It is targeted at college seniors not enrolled in a teacher preparation program or people with bachelor’s degrees who are not certified to teach.

Millikin University in Decatur on Monday named James M. Reynolds to become its 16th president. Reynolds has been president of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, since 2012. Wilmington, with an enrollment of about 1,230, has its main campus southwest of Columbus and a secondary one in Cincinnati.

The Quincy School Board approved a conditional two-year contract extension Monday morning with teachers and educational support personnel. Board members voted 5-0 on a resolution extending the current contract through June 30, 2023 if voters approve the March 17 referendum for a 53-cent increase in the school district’s education fund.

Two professors at Illinois State University have received a $1.23 million federal grant to help students who’ll work with infants and toddlers who are blind or deaf, university officials announced. The money will go toward a training program integrating special education and speech language pathology.


Powerful university leaders, student athlete advocates and the NCAA are intensifying pressure on Congress to quickly settle how college players should be paid. Some 30 states are weighing competing proposals on student athlete compensation. Those pushing Congress to move say such a mishmash of state laws would create an uneven landscape for recruiting athletes.

The vast majority of parents strongly favor schools that are racially and economically integrated. But when it comes time to enroll their children, white, affluent parents who actually have a choice often choose schools based on the number of white, affluent students enrolled.

The U.S. Department of Education wants to see if the blockchain technology transforming the finance and logistics industries could play a role in making education records more portable and transparent. The federal agency has provided $2 million to the American Council on Education to organize a new initiative on blockchain effectiveness.

One East Carolina University trustee resigned and another was censured Friday after they were recorded offering to help finance a student body president campaign on the Greenville campus. The student government president is a member of the ECU Board of Trustees.

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

SHS Claims Regional History Bowl, Bee
Stevenson swept all four titles at Saturday’s Greater Chicago History Bowl and Bee Regional Tournament at Loyola Academy in Wilmette. SHS won the varsity and junior varsity History Bowl team competitions, and also captured the individual History Bee events at both levels.

Senior Govind Prabhakar was part of the varsity A History Bowl championship roster, and also captured the varsity History Bee competition. He was joined in the History Bowl by classmates Meehir Dixit and David Holmquist, and junior Arjun Nageswaran. After dropping an opening-round match to Barrington — which snapped a three-year, 54-match win streak in regional competition — the quartet bounced back to beat the Broncos in the finals. The varsity B team of senior Grant Davis, juniors Allen GuoDenis Selyuzhitsky and Ethan Soifer, and sophomore Anish Arora, finished third.

In the Junior Varsity Bowl, the JV A team with freshmen Christian EpureAadit JunejaDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapati took top honors by besting the JV B team of sophomores Max KoganPhillip Lavrenyuk and Rohan Pillai in the final.

In the varsity History Bee competition, David was second to Govind, Arjun placed third, and Allen finished fifth. In the JV Bee, Rishabh was first, with Aadit, Dhruv, Anish and Christian finishing second through fifth, respectively.

The team’s next competition is the Chicagoland Regional Championships on April 4, followed by the National History Bowl and Bee Tournament April 23-26.

Senior Wins Lake County Rising Essay Award
Senior Budnyam “Budka” Galbadrakh has been chosen as the winner of the Lake County Rising high school essay contest. Lake County Rising is a community event which seeks to bring attention to violence against women. The theme for this year’s essay contest was “Our Voices: Why Rising on Behalf of Abuse Women is Everyone’s Responsibility.” In a maximum of 500 words, students were asked to address topics such as the impact of violence against women on the community, how the chain of abuse can be broken, and what communities can do to empower women who have left abusive relationships. Budka will read his essay at this year’s event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Next ARTalk Set for Thursday
Evanston-based mixed media artist and art-focused software developer Nadine “Yadi” Royster, the current SHS Art Department Visiting Artist of the Month, will discuss her work and her career during the next ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday. Her presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building, near the Forum (“Point”) entrance. Admission is free to the talk, which is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation.

16 Vying for Mr. SHS Title Friday Night
Sixteen senior boys are scheduled to compete in the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. The contestants are: Adam Dziaba, Benjamin Bowler, Dylan Chae, Dylan Murphy, Harsh Thakkar, Kenneth Yang, Krish Shah, Leon Kosciak, Nathaniel Lippe, Omer Israel, Ryan Klein, Spencer Sang, Steve Yoo, Tyler Sanchez, Tyler Jordan Valeroso and Varun Mallampati. Admission is $5.


Cheerleaders Finish Second in State
Stevenson’s varsity cheerleaders finished second in the Large Team division at the Illinois High School Association state finals Saturday in Bloomington. This is the highest finish in program history. The Patriots posted a team score of 92.63, behind only Lincoln-Way East (94.96). Click here to watch a video of the team’s second-place performance. SHS, making its fifth consecutive state finals appearance, brought home a trophy for third straight year. The Patriots placed third in 2018 and 2019. Head coach Jorie Walton (Class of 2010) has been part of all three trophy winning efforts. She was co-head coach in 2019 and 2018.

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 29 saves at Crystal Lake Ice House as the fifth-seeded Patriots won the penultimate game in their best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series against the fourth-seeded Broncos. SHS moves into the league semifinal round; dates and times of those games have not been announced. Against Barrington, junior Daniel Kabakov broke a scoreless tie by scoring at the 7:11 mark of the second period. Senior Itai Kleiman followed with a goal less than two minutes later to give SHS a 2-0 lead. After the Broncos cut the lead in half, SHS got third-period goals from senior Emmett Baker and junior Alexander Fieri to make the score 4-1. Senior Josh Wright, who had a pair of assists, added an empty net goal near the end. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A Individual Regional: Five Patriots won weight class championships in the Sports Center, and three others finished in the top three, to qualify for the Barrington Sectional beginning on Friday. Freshman Lorenzo Frezza, ranked sixth in the state, captured the 113-pound title and improved to 33-4 on the season. Eighth-ranked sophomore Cole Rhemrev (33-5) claimed the 120-pound championship. Other champions included junior Kei Yamato (30-11) at 132, senior Matt Millman (10-3) at 195 (upsetting the top seed in the semifinals), and junior Keegan Houlihan (28-7) at 285. All five were first-time champions. Senior Ethan Klondar (17-16) finished second at 138. Junior Alex Swidler (22-16) was third at 106 and sophomore Jacob Whiting (23-19) placed third at 170. Stevenson finished second to Barrington in the team standings, 208.5-201. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 35, Loyola Academy 31: Senior RJ Holmes scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn game MVP honors for the Patriots (18-4) in their E-Town Showdown with the Ramblers (23-3) at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena. Junior Evan Ambrose and senior Matt Kaznikov each added eight points, and senior Matthew Ambrose had seven.

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: The Patriots erupted for four goals in the first 20 minutes at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine, evening their Scholastic Hockey League best-of-three playoff series with the Broncos at 1-1. Freshman Davis Jegers had a goal and an assist in Stevenson’s opening salvo. Junior Andrew Chambers opened the scoring, followed by Davis and seniors Andrew Slivka and Max Kulick also scored during the first two periods. Senior Josh Wright added an insurance goal early in the third period. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback turned away 30 shots on goal. – Boxscore

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at IHSA Schaumburg Regional: The Patriots ended their season with a 12th-place finish at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates. Junior Yumin Kim led SHS with a six-game series score of 897, which included a 195 in her opening game. Junior Esther Lee, the only other Patriot to complete in all six games, rolled an 854. Sophomore Diana Kwizera bowled five games with a 780 pinfall that included a high game of 184. Senior Noa Givati shot a 190 game as part of a five-game 700 series. – Official Results

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 56, Mundelein 33: Avery King scored a game-high 24 points and moved into seventh place on the school’s all-time scoring list as the Patriots (23-7, 9-4 NSC) won for the 11th time in their last 12 outings. Avery finished the game with 1,179 career points. She also moved into third place all time with 183 blocks, behind SHS Hall of Famer Tauja Catchings. Sophomore Ava Bardic added 14 points for SHS, which saw eight players score. The Patriots took a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Stevenson returns to action Wednesday at home for its Senior Night game against Waukegan. – Pioneer Press

Quick Hits
Patriettes state championship apparel is on sale through BSN Sports until Monday, Feb. 17. A variety of options are available. Click here to view and order.

Want to Help With the Stevenson Styler Fashion Show?
The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is getting ready to start planning its seventh annual fashion show, which will be held Friday, April 17. Anyone interested in being part of the show is invited to a meeting on Wednesday. You can attend a meeting from 7:45-8:15 a.m. or from 3:30-4 p.m., both in Room 1612. Students are needed to work backstage, do hair and makeup, hospitality and, of course, model! All students are welcome to attend one of the meetings; bring a friend. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Erickson, the faculty sponsor, at


The girls soccer team will have an information meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Chavez at

The boys water polo team will have an information meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at


As the University of Illinois waits for new federal regulations for investigating sexual misconduct, its biennial Campus Climate Report indicates nearly 20 percent of women attending the UI have been raped since joining the university. Getting students to report misconduct has been an issue for the UI, according to its survey. Only 12 percent of women and 1.6 percent of men reported their experiences of sexual misconduct to the university.

University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch announced Friday that she will retire on June 30, leaving the post she was appointed to in 2011. She also served as vice president of the University of Illinois system. Koch previously was an administrator at Northern Michigan University and the University of Northern Iowa, where she began her career as a professor of community and public health.

Construction of a solar farm on a former landfill site could start as early as this fall, more than two years after the Waukegan District 60 hired a renewable energy development company to pursue the project. Designated a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in 1989, the former Yeoman Creek landfill on the city’s northwest side has been a drain on the school district and other local entities for years, but the hope has been that a solar farm, one of the few uses allowed, could offset some of the costs.


High school students experience mostly negative emotions toward school, with feeling tired among their biggest complaints, according to a new nationwide study by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence and Child Study Center. Stress and boredom were also among the top reasons students felt negative toward school, according to the survey of 21,678 U.S. students. But high school students also commonly experience positive feelings of happiness and excitement, though those were reported in much smaller percentages, and the researchers said neither of those feelings are linked to learning or achievement.

A survey of more than 150 college enrollment leaders found that nearly one-quarter of them will consider going after students who have already committed to another institution after a key admissions counseling group loosened its guidelines for recruiting students. In September, the National Association for College Admission Counseling changed its recruiting guidelines under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

Robotics Team Wins NEIU Championship
Stevenson’s four robotics teams all qualified for the elimination round at Saturday’s Tower Takeover VEX Event at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. One of them, “Steel Team 7,” won the tournament title. In addition, the team won its second Design Award of the season. Steel Team 7 will represent Stevenson at next month’s state finals at Illinois State University. The Steel Team 7 roster featured an all-sophomore lineup: Joshua Neela, Johnny Burrer, Tanmay Panchpor, Neil Thakker, Andrei Nistor, Iyad Hamid and Adam Taylor.

Senior to Sing Anthem at State Tournament
Three-time all-state vocalist Samhita Madduru has been selected to sing the national anthem at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A and 2A boys basketball state tournament on Friday, March 13. The senior will perform before the start of the first semifinal games in Class 1A and Class 2A. Samhita, an alto, recently sang at the Illinois Music Education Association all-state music festival in Peoria. She earned all-state honors in each of her final three years at Stevenson. Earlier this school year, Samhita sang the national anthem before the start of the Students Helping Soldiers club’s annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony.

WIT Earns Honor From NCTE
The 2019 edition of The WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts journal, earned a superior rating in the National Council of Teachers of English’s annual Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) program. Click here to see all Illinois schools honored.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Barrington 2, Stevenson 0: The Broncos claimed the first game in the best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series. Senior Jeremy Riback made 27 saves for the Patriots. The two teams will square off again at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine.

Eight Student-Athletes Announce College Choices
Eight senior student-athletes announced their college choices during a National Letter of Intent Day ceremony Thursday afternoon in the Wood Commons. The honored athletes were:

Quick Hits
The cheerleading team competes in the Illinois High School Association state tournament preliminary round in Bloomington at 4:10 p.m. today. Stevenson is one of 25 schools in the Large Team Division. The Patriots, who have placed third the last two years, are making their fifth consecutive trip to state. The top 10 teams will advance to Saturday’s finals. Click here for results. The IHSA will stream the preliminaries and finals live (for a fee) at its NFHS Network page. … The wrestling and girls bowling teams will compete in IHSA regionals on Saturday. The wrestlers serve as host to an individual regional in the Sports Center starting at 9 a.m., while the bowlers will travel to Hoffman Estates for the Schaumburg Regional. … The girls basketball team has received the No. 4 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Palatine Sectional. Hersey is No. 1, followed by Libertyville and Fremd. Pairings are scheduled to be posted later today at the IHSA website.

SHSHacks Coding Marathon Next Weekend
SHSHacks, a 24-hour collaborative coding marathon, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16 in the Quiet Learning Center. The event is sponsored by Girls in STEAM and the Computer Science Club. Students will form teams, brainstorm ideas, and program a working project in one fast-paced 24-hour period. Any high school student, from SHS or elsewhere, can participate. There is no charge to attend. Check-in starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and the event concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Visit for all the details, and to register.

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 in May? The Senior Service Recognition application is now open. Click here to apply. Applications are due by March 13.


The Breakfast with Books Club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!


The IM climbing club has excursions to Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills on the next four Wednesdays. The climbing dates are Feb. 12, 19 and 26, and March 4. The mini-bus will leave parking lot C at 4 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. each time. Students have to register and pay $10 to join. They also need to fill out a waiver to join; the waiver is available in the Student Activities Office. Sign up each week by Wednesday morning and pay $10 for each trip. Contact Mr. Wellington at for more information.


The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees is expected to approve a freeze on student tuition and fees for the 2020 school year at both SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville, according to the university. SIU Carbondale freshman applications are up about 27% over this time last year, and the number of admitted students is up 21%. SIUE is reporting similar numbers.

About 200 Lincoln Park High School students staged a sit-in Thursday morning, followed by a walkout and rally where they demanded the reinstatement of their fired principal and assistant principal. In a letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, Lincoln Park’s Local School Council defended the ousted administrators and said CPS overreacted in deciding to remove them.

A spacecraft named after a Bradley University alumnus who was the first African American chosen as an astronaut is set to launch for the International Space Station on Sunday afternoon. The S.S. Robert H. Lawrence Jr. honors the memory of the 1956 BU chemistry graduate who was killed during a 1967 jet flight in which he was training another pilot.


The number of U.S. students taking an Advanced Placement course increased 57% over the past decade, and the number scoring high enough on at least one AP exam to earn college credit has increased 60% over that time, College Board officials announced Thursday. The change in exam registration from spring to fall, which took effect this school year, has seen an increase in the percentage of black and Hispanic students signing up.

As concerns about China’s coronavirus outbreak spread, universities are scrambling to assess the risks to their programs, and some are canceling study-abroad opportunities and prohibiting travel affecting hundreds of thousands of students. After U.S. officials recommended against nonessential trips to China, many universities limited travel there. Two of the 12 confirmed U.S. cases are linked to college campuses.

A state commission in Maryland is proposing an overhaul of high schools that could change the “college for all” mindset. The Kirwan Commission calls for redesigning high school to create two paths for advanced students: one a high-level academic track full of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes; and the other through career and technology programs. Despite pushing Maryland students toward college, just 39% of those who completed high school in 2010 finished a degree by age 25.

The Food and Drug Administration is banning most flavored e-cigarettes, but teenagers are exploiting a policy loophole to keep vaping. A footnote on page 9 of the new policy permits all flavors to continue to be sold in devices that cannot be refilled and are designed to be disposed of after the flavored nicotine has run dry. Many teens are switching from Juul to those devices.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

13th Odyssey Fine Arts Festival Concludes
Stevenson’s 13th Odyssey fine arts festival wrapped up Wednesday. The two-day immersion into the visual and performing arts, which began in 1996, is held every two years. This year’s Odyssey featured 560 classes. Here are some other numbers from the festival:

  • 250 visiting artists (including nine SHS alumni)
  • 51 artists from SHS faculty/staff
  • 52 performances
  • 60 student performers
  • 50 community volunteers
  • 130 student volunteers

Among the alumni artists was Kristoffer Neumann, who was a senior during the first Odyssey in 1996. Neumann taught classes on special effects makeup. He is featured in this Daily Herald article, as are Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice and freshman Caitlyn Altenberg.

“Dare Your Teen to Dream” Tuesday
Parents and guardians want to support their teens’ hopes and dreams, even if they seem to change every day. Come to the next Parent Engagement Series to learn strategies to support self-discovery and navigate the perils of passion. “Dare Your Teen to Dream” will run from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the District 125 Administration Center.

Saturday’s Free SAT for Juniors: What Parents Need to Know
Around 500 members of the junior class will be taking a free practice SAT exam in the Field House Saturday morning. Students need to arrive at 7:30 a.m.; the exam will start at 8 o’clock. What to bring (and what not to bring), and other important information can be seen on our SAT web page.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Stevenson 2,309, North Chicago 1,639: The host Patriots closed the regular season by winning their first match of the year. Junior Kelly Radelet led SHS with a 508 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, including games of 181 and 179. Classmate Esther Lee rolled the highest game of the match, a personal-best 195, en route to a 487 series. Senior Noa Givati also shot a 487 series that included games of 171 and 172. Juniors Yumin Kim and Reilly Sullivan added a 446 and 381, respectively for Stevenson, which competes in the IHSA Schaumburg Regional on Saturday.

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at IHSA Libertyville Regional: Four Patriots automatically qualified for next week’s Mundelein Sectional by finishing in the top five of their individual events. Senior Emily Weinstein advanced in two events, placing second on uneven parallel bars (9.2) and fifth on vault (9.3). Freshman Ashley Schabes was third on bars (9.35) and sophomore Ally Gitler was third in floor exercise (9.225). Freshman Emma Fang placed fifth on bars (8.925). At-large sectional qualifiers will be announced by 10 a.m. Monday. The Patriots posted a team score of 142.20, behind champion Mundelein, which set a school record with 145.8 and earned an automatic sectional bid. The final four regional meets will be held tonight, and scores from those regionals will determine if Stevenson advances as a team to the sectional. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 115, Lake Forest 77: The Patriots improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference with the road victory. Senior Jake Kim won two individual events and also swam on a first-place relay. He captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.77) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.89), and swam a leg in the 400-yard free relay (3:21.57) with freshman Jonny Farber, and juniors Elik Gurovich and Andrew Thalos. Jonny touched first in the 100 backstroke (56.83), and was part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:44.19) with classmate David Kohan, junior Foster Swanson and senior Ari Zaritsky. David and Ari were the other individual event winners. David won the 100 butterfly (57.33) and Ari claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:03.86).

Three Selected for All-State Hockey Games
Three Stevenson ice hockey players have been selected to play in Monday’s Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois High School All-State Games at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Junior Abby Benjamin, who plays defense for the Lake Forest girls co-op team, was chosen, while two defensemen from the SHS boys team, senior Brett Stokes and junior Liam Jones, also were picked. Abby will play in the girls game at 6:40 p.m., while Liam and Brett take the ice at 8:35 p.m. for the boys game Admission is free to both games. For those unable to attend, the games will be steamed live on the Scholastic Hockey League’s YouTube page.

Brett and Liam also have been invited to tryout for the Team Illinois roster that will compete in USA Hockey’s America’s Showcase St. Louis from April 16-20. The showcase is designed to give players an opportunity to showcase their talents to scouts from every major hockey institution in the country.

Brunson Returning to Chicago; Special Ticket Deal for SHS
SHS alumnus Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and the Dallas Mavericks will make their only visit of the 2019-20 season to the United Center on Monday, March 2 for a 7 p.m. game against the Chicago Bulls. Discounted ticket deals are available for the Stevenson community, with prices for some seats slashed by nearly 50%. Use this link to see what’s available.

Registered for an AP Art Class Next Year?
All students who registered for AP Art: Drawing, 2-D, and 3-D Design, or AP Photography and Digital Design for next school year, please submit your digital portfolio by joining the AP Art 2020/2021 Portfolio Review Google Classroom. The class code is: wfn2yq5. Directions for how to submit your portfolio are posted under the Classwork tab. The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration for these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken ( or Ms. Connolly ( You will be submitting your portfolio digitally through Google Classroom, and it needs to be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 21.


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.


All girls interested in trying out for the girls lacrosse team should attend the preseason meeting with their parents or guardians from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Room 2104. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at


The turmoil at Chicago’s Lincoln Park High School continues. Just days after she replaced a fired principal and assistant principal, a new interim administrator abruptly left after an allegation she had “improper contact” with a student when she grabbed his face in a school hallway — which was caught on video.

The head coach of the state’s top-ranked boys basketball team was ousted from Curie Metropolitan High School following an allegation that he got into a “physical altercation” with a student, according to a Chicago Public Schools official. Mike Oliver, a Curie graduate and security officer at the school, denies the allegation.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for students for three years due to concerns over bullying and the test discriminating against disabled students. The move also comes after annual test results show a growing percentage of students scoring not healthy.

Indiana lawmakers may soon stop requiring students’ test scores in teacher evaluations, a major shift in policy. In 2011, lawmakers mandated that test scores account for a “significant” portion of teacher evaluations, amid other sweeping education policy changes.

Schools may be required to test water for lead if changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule are approved. While the proposed changes would require testing, states or schools would not be required to remove lead if it was found.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

More Than 30 Honored for Writing, Art
More than 30 students earned regional awards in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition at the University of Iowa. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. Approximately 350,000 works of art and writing are submitted annually, covering 29 categories.

Seventeen SHS students earned Gold Key awards, given to the top 5-7% of all entries. Gold Key winners receive automatic consideration for national medals, which will be announced in March. Junior Seohyun (Bella) Kim earned four Gold Key awards for the second straight year, while senior Patrick Tong also received four Gold Keys. Bella received two Gold Keys in sculpture, one in painting, and one in the personal essay and memoir category. Her sculpture, “Still Life,” also received an American Visions nomination, which is given to one piece in the regional considered to be “best of show.”

Sophomore Katie Lee received three Gold Key awards, two for poetry and one for personal essay and memoir. Junior Laya Reddy earned two Gold Keys in poetry, and one of her pieces, “Aubade of the Landless,” was an American Voices (or “best of show”) nominee. Senior Xinting Guo and junior Madeline Mitchell also received two Gold Key awards.

Award winners will be invited to a ceremony at the University of Iowa on Saturday, March 7. Click here for all of Stevenson’s award winners.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 45, Lake Zurich 23: The host Patriots (22-7, 8-4) shut out the Bears (14-10, 7-4) in the first and third quarters en route to their 10th victory in the last 11 games. Sophomore Ava Bardic nearly outscored the opponents, nailing four 3-pointers and finishing with 21 points, all in the first three quarters. Senior Avery King scored eights and sophomore Simone Sawyer added seven. – NFHS Network replay

Quick Hits
The state champion Patriettes competitive dance team will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday in Room 2104 of the West Building. … The girls gymnastics team competes in the four-team IHSA Libertyville Regional tonight at 6:30. SHS, the host school, Highland Park and Mundelein are the schools involved. … Tuesday’s Digest reported the wrong day for the varsity boys ice hockey team’s Scholastic Hockey League playoff opener. The Patriots will play Barrington at 7:20 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake.

Visiting Artist Presentation on Friday
The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Nadine “Yadi” Royster, will give a presentation for students during fifth and seventh periods on Friday at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. She also will give a Stevenson Foundation-sponsored ARTalk for the community at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

Mural Unveiling in East Building Today
All students, faculty and staff are invited for the unveiling of an installation by Odyssey Artist-in-Residence Brandin Hurley at 3:45 today on the third floor of the East Building addition. Working in the Upper Forum for the two days of Odyssey, Hurley will create an installation for the new Art Wall in the East Building addition. Her work will feature sculpted and embroidered insects native to Illinois.


The inspector general of Chicago Public Schools is stepping down after the school board hired a law firm to investigate complaints that he berated employees and created a toxic workplace, city officials said Monday. Nicholas Schuler, who has held the position since 2014, has two years remaining on his current four-year term.

Faculty members at Loyola University Chicago criticized the university for abruptly firing all of its English as a second language instructors, full- and part-time, last spring. The terminated professors at the time understood that they were being let go because the language program was ending. Yet the university has since insisted that the program never closed and, citing fluctuations in international student enrollment, says that it’s now operating on a scalable staffing model.

The 13-year-old Chicago Virtual Charter School, believed to be Illinois’ first and only primarily online public school for kindergarten through 12th grade, may be on the verge of shutting down. The Chicago Board of Education decided in December to rescind the school’s charter, citing low academic performance. The school has filed an appeal with the Illinois State Board of Education, seeking to have it come under state control.


A University of California System panel has refused to endorse removing the SAT and ACT as a requirement for admissions. The decision comes as UC is being sued by advocates who argue the tests disadvantage low-income and minority students. The panel’s decision is only one factor that system President Janet Napolitano will take into consideration before making a final judgment.

More than 1.5 million U.S. public school students experienced homelessness during the 2017-2018 school year, according to a National Center for Homeless Education report. The number is the highest recorded in more than 10 years and represents a 15% increase between 2015 and 2018, the three most recent school years covered in the report.

Some districts are souring on an app intended to let Florida students anonymously alert schools and law enforcement to potential trouble before it happens. The Fortify Florida app, which went live 18 months ago, has generated more than 6,000 tips statewide. However, many of the tips turned out to be erroneous and time-consuming.