Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bill Created by Student Advancing in Legislature

Junior Victor Shi and a student from Aurora, Adam Pauley, are the driving forces behind a bill in the General Assembly that would give young people in Illinois a greater say in state policymaking.

House Bill 0837 would create the Illinois Legislative Youth Advisory Council, which would be a state-sanctioned group of young people ages 16-22. The council would be able to request the drafting of legislation from the Legislative Reference Bureau, testify before House and Senate committees, and vote on any issue before the General Assembly, sharing its opinion with the legislature.

The bill passed the House recently by a vote of 84-26, and is now in front of the State Government Committee in the Senate. Anyone who wants to weigh in on the proposal, can fill out a witness slip at this link. When completing the witness slip, type “Illinois Youth Advisory Council” in the title field of Section 1; put “self” in the field for Section II on representation; and select “record of appearance” in Section IV.

90 Students Attending WE Day Illinois

Approximately 90 Stevenson students are participating in the annual WE Day Illinois today at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Most of the students are part of the Free the Children club, led by science teacher and SHS alumna Kristen One (Class of 2010). They will be among a crowd of more than 15,000 students and teachers who gather to celebrate work they’ve done through the WE Schools program to address global and local causes, such as education, clean water and sanitation, health care, hunger and homelessness. Senior Kenzie Novoselsky, president of the Free the Children club, will be “taking over” Stevenson’s Instagram page today and posting photos from Allstate Arena. A live WE Day feed is available at this link.

The event will feature talks and performances from a number of speakers and performers. One of the scheduled speakers is senior Mari Young, who will talk about her work with the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Junior Board. She has served as board president the last two years, guiding a group of about 50 youngsters ages 6-18 in activities to raise money for gastrointestinal cancer research. During her tenure, the Junior Board has raised more than $100,000. She also will speak about her “personal passion project,” raising money to buy tablets for local underprivileged schools. The project emerged from her time on the Illinois WE Youth Council.

Stevenson’s contingent earned invitations through its volunteer work this school year. Free the Children led local campaigns to collect canned goods for local food banks; developing handwritten cards with positive messages; and creating care packages for the homeless. The club also sold more than $5,000 in bracelets as part of the WE Are Rafikis global campaign, and with donations going to Ecuador, Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Last summer, 15 students joined One in a service trip to Ecuador, where they helped create a school kitchen and cafeteria in the Amazon Basin.

Spring Choral Concert Thursday Night

The Spring Choral Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be live streamed on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

More Honors for Journalism Program

Journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw will be speaking at the Rotary Club of Lincolnshire’s meeting Thursday morning. His talk will be entitled “The Student Newspaper: Nerve-wracking and Necessary.” Bradshaw will address the challenges that can arise when students cover a sensitive topic for the Statesman.

Less nerve-wracking were the results of the 10th annual Youth Journalism International newspaper contest. Several members of the Statesman staff earned awards, with eight receiving First Place honors.

Seniors Olivia Lamberti and Bella Schneider, and juniors Cheryl Chen and Nellie Maloney earned a First Place in Feature Writing with their “American Identity” series. Cheryl and senior Chloe Myers earned First Place in Photo Illustration for “The Buzz” cover. Junior Caimin Xi earned First Place in Sports Feature for her “Gold Mettle” profile of SHS swimmers with Olympic aspirations. Junior Emily Lu and sophomore Ojasvi Saxena earned first place in Sports Feature Team for their work on hate speech in sports, “No Place for Hate.”

Senior Ellie Baden earned Second Place in Columns for her “Standing up to Anti-Semitism” column. Three Statesman staffers received Honorable Mention: Junior Trisha Patel in Cartoon for her underage drinking illustration; sophomore Olivia Han in Photo Essay for her “Shell We Dance?” Homecoming photos; and junior Ben Bowler in Tech Journalism for his story, “iPads with Purpose.” Also, the Statesman staff editorial on “Decision to Cheat” earned Honorable Mention.

Bass Fishing Team Competes in Sectional

Stevenson’s two bass fishing boats finished sixth and 10th, respectively, at the Illinois High School Association Chain O’Lakes (North) Sectional. The No. 2 boat with Jason Qualich and Will Votapka was sixth out of 15 entries with a total catch of 6 pounds, 4 ounces. The No. 1 boat with Cameron Grisamore and Jack Grisamore hauled in 4 pounds, 3 ounces. Both teams found fish early, but the arrival of rain and cold made fish increasingly harder to catch. Will and Jason had a late flurry that resulted in one last keeper and a couple of decent-sized fish that were lost at the boat. The team’s season continues May 19 with an Illinois BASS Nation competition on the Des Plaines River. Stevenson will look to move up in the IBN rankings and qualify for next month’s state finals.

Three Students Complete Wisconsin Half Marathon

Sophomore Vidhat Nelavelli, his freshman brother Yash Nelavelli, and freshman Shreyas Mishra competed in the Wisconsin Half Marathon Saturday in Kenosha. They were among 927 runners in the race, and completed the course.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results


Warren 5, Stevenson 4 (10 inn.): The visiting Blue Devils (24-2; 11-0) clinched their first-ever North Suburban Conference championship with their 21st consecutive victory. Brandon Ward doubled, walked three times, stole two bases and scored a run for the Patriots (17-8, 8-4). Zach Taylor went 2-for-5, while Chris Farina and Isaiah Hart each knocked in two runs. – Daily Herald

Badminton Team Looks to Make State History

Stevenson’s girls badminton team will attempt to win its third consecutive state championship Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. If the Patriots are successful, they would become only the third team in state history to win at least three straight state titles. The now-closed Arlington High School in Arlington Heights won the first five IHSA championships from 1977-81, and Andrew High in Tinley Park won three in a row from 2000-02. Coach Grant Johnson has six players who will take the court at EIU: Defending state doubles champions Emily Hu and Jenny Yang and runners-up Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li, the top two seeds in this year’s tournament, plus No. 1 singles seed Shibani Ram, who placed third at EIU last spring. They will be joined by singles player Kaitlyn Lu, who was a state doubles qualifier as a freshman. Jenny and Emily have a 36-0 record, while Benna and Jyotsna are 36-1, with the only loss to their teammates in the sectional final. Shibani carries a 35-2 record into Friday’s first round.

JV Boys Tennis Team Makes KIN Fund Donation

The junior varsity boys tennis team recently sold more than $200 in tennis hats, and is donating the money to the Stevenson High School Foundation’s Kids In Need (KIN) Fund.

Football Alum Becomes Pivotal Player at Miami

Miami University wide receiver Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016) is expected to be a key player for the RedHawks football team this fall. Sorenson had a breakout redshirt sophomore season last year, catching 53 passes for 742 yards and two touchdowns, and landing a spot on the third-team All-Mid-American Conference squad. In the upcoming season, he faces the challenge of catching passes from a quarterback with no collegiate experience. Overcoming challenges is not new to Sorenson, who bounced back from a knee injury suffered during his sophomore season with Miami. He talked about recovering from the injury, and much more, in this report.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity girls and boys lacrosse games against Lake Zurich, as well as the varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball matches versus Warren, will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The Patriot girls plays at Lake Zurich beginning at 4:30, while the boys play host to the Bears at 6:30 in the Stadium. The JV volleyball match starts at 5 o’clock in Gurnee, followed by the varsity contest at 6.


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Clean Out PE Lockers By May 21

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Tuesday, May 21. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.


Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate two students from the Class of 2020. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return nomination forms is Thursday, May 23. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Oct. 1.


Pritzker drops plan to lower pension payments

ISU recommending tuition freeze, small fee hike

Fenton, York adjust to influx of migrant students

Cost of UI sports complex jumps 50 percent

Ex-school worker charged with hitting student

Maine South student arrested after posting threat

UI prof’s accuser, roommate charged in attack

School has 6 pepper spray incidents in 2 weeks


1 dead, 8 wounded in Colorado school shooting

Police arrests end Johns Hopkins sit-in

“Restorative justice” falters under rigorous research

Struggling to serve gifted students with disabilities

New state superintendent selected in Michigan

Porn-making student profile sparks tensions at school


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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

SHS Earns Top Honor at State Science Fair

Stevenson was named the top high school in the poster session at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair last weekend at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. The honor was based on having the highest percentage of participants earn gold awards in the session. Click here for all state science fair results.

All 31 SHS students whose posters qualified for the state fair earned gold awards, and nine had papers that received the honor. Students who were gold award winners in both categories included freshmen Rohita Kotyada and Prachi Gyanmote, juniors Patrick Tong and Megan Wei, and senior Alisa Wang. The other gold-winning papers came from seniors Anubhav Agarwal and Seoyeon Won, and juniors Kaitlyn Lu and Rayann Yao. Kaitlyn and Rayann earned the Jay and Jeremy Hoffman Memorial Award and $100 for their paper, and Prachi received a Top 10 honor and $50 for her paper.

Other gold-winning posters were created by seniors Riya Gyanmote, Varun Malladi and Aishu Sanchula; juniors Shreya Kurup, Anto Michael, Jasmine Wang, Caimin Xi and Celeste Xu; sophomores David Bayer, Arthur Bereznyakov, Aashish Chaubal, Vednignesh Gorjala, Ashira Johara, Sayalee Patankar, Nikhith Rao, Esha Raut and Arun Sivarajah; and freshmen Srusti Donapati, Surabhi Gangadkar, Trisha Gannu, Janhavi Joshi, Delisha Nair, Diya Shah, Avisha Thota and Shansa Viswanathan.

In the poster competition, eight students won special awards. Aishu and Sayalee tied for the Best-in-Category honor in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Other Best-in-Category winners were Megan (Consumer Science), Riya (Material Science) and Varun (Mathematics). Sayalee and Caimin each received an Apple Dental Award for Excellence, Shansa earned the Overall Excellence Award from the SIU College of Science, and Alisa received the Ethel M. and Lyell J. Thomas Scholarship.

History Fair Projects Chosen for National Contest

Three projects created by History Fair Club students have been chosen to advance to next month’s National History Day in Maryland. The projects earned their ticket at Thursday’s Illinois History Fair competition.

In the exhibit category, juniors Matthew Li, Govind Prabhakar, Erin Yuan and Bridget Zhu were selected for their work, “Reversing the Flow of History: Triumph and Tragedy of the Chicago River.” Joining them will be two students whose websites were selected: “The Tylenol Murders: A Triumph in Drug Safety,” by sophomore Rishika Chikoti, and “Chicago Pile-1: A Scientific Triumph Transforms into Tragedy,” by sophomore Krishna Patel. The History Fair Club sponsors are Pat Ambrose and Dan Larsen.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Forest 0: The Patriots (12-1, 6-0) won their 11th consecutive match and finished off a perfect North Suburban Conference regular-season slate at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Eric Perkowski (6-3, 6-1), Zach Kim (6-4, 6-3) and Nicholas Stec (6-2, 6-1) were the winners at Nos. 1-3 singles, respectively. In doubles, Payton Adkisson and Ozzie Viswanathan posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1, followed by Daniel Tulchinskiy and Arjun Sheelvanth at No. 2 (6-2, 6-2), Thomas Gong and Andy Dong at No. 3 (6-2, 4-6, 14-12), and Kevin Fei and Gabriel Visotsky at No. 4 (6-1, 6-0). Stevenson, which has posted its highest dual-meet victory total since winning 12 matches in 2002, will play in the conference tournament Friday and Saturday.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Lake Forest 0: The third-ranked Patriots (17-1-2, 7-0) matched the school record for wins in a season, captured their 12th straight game, and completed a perfect conference schedule in which they didn’t give up a goal. SHS matched the victory total set in 2007, when the Patriots won 14 games in the regular season and three more in the postseason to finish 17-2. Goalkeeper Jenny Staten earned her 15th shutout of the season as Stevenson held its 10th consecutive opponent scoreless. Abby Kalou scored the game’s first goal in the 24th minute of the opening half, then set up Kalyssa VanZanten for the second score 54 minutes later. The victory against the Scouts (8-6-2, 3-2-1) came on Senior Night in the Stadium. SHS can break the school record for victories during its regular season finale against Carmel on Thursday at home. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald


Stevenson 5, Mundelein 4 (9 inn.): Elle Ruchim’s walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Patriots (8-11) past the Mustangs at home. The dramatic finish was made by possible by a three-run rally with two outs in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game at 4-4. Anna Fossier doubled home Maggie O’Brien, then Emily Freedman followed with a double that scored Anna and Allison Wade. In the first inning, Haley Barnes doubled and scored one batter later when Maggie Trotter’s infield grounder was misplayed by the Mustangs. Haley was the winning pitcher, throwing all nine innings. – @SHS_PatSoftball,

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Fremd, 25-18, 25-23: Thomas Finn and Justin Ross recorded six kills apiece for the host Patriots (24-6), who have won five in a row and 10 of their last 11. Gavin Meng added five kills for SHS in the Sports Center. Andrew Keevins had 12 assists on 36-of-37 setting, while Will Sorenson was 11-for-11 with five assists. Justin, Will and Daniel Prindiville each had two block assists. Gavin, Thomas and Samuel Epstein each had six digs and Will added five. Fremd dropped to 13-9 on the year. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald


Warren 10, Stevenson 2: The Patriots had their four-game winning streak snapped in Gurnee by the league-leading Blue Devils (23-2, 10-0). Jake Surane and Michael D’Angelo each went 2-for-4 with a run batted in for SHS (17-7, 8-3). Jacob Freed pitched the final three innings, giving up one run and three hits while striking out four.  –, Daily Herald

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots won the team championship in a tournament that featured five of last year’s top 10 squads in the state. SHS, which was second in Illinois last spring, had 60 points, ahead of runner-up and 2018 third-place finisher New Trier (48), and defending state champion Hinsdale Central (47). Fourth-seeded Eric Perkowski won the No. 1-2 singles championship. After rolling through his first two matches, Eric rallied to defeat the No. 2 seed from Glenbrook South, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, in the semifinals. He then knocked off GBS’ No. 3 seed, 6-1, 6-3, for the title. Andy Dong and Thomas Gong, also a No. 4 seed, won the No. 3-4 doubles crown. They knocked off the No. 1 seed from Hinsdale Central, 7-5, 6-2, in the semifinals, then rallied to beat Hinsdale’s No. 3 seed in the championship match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Zach Kim was third at No. 1-2 singles, and Ozzie Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth were fourth at No. 1-2 doubles.

Baseball Players Organize Suicide Prevention Event

Five members of the baseball program organized a fundraiser that raised more than $1,000 Sunday for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Zach Fell, Aiden Asllani, Sean Kiah, Jake Surane and Chris Switzer worked with the Culver’s restaurant in Lincolnshire to host the event. The boys were helped by about 20 volunteers, many from the SHS baseball program. Zach talked with Pioneer Press about the fundraiser, and the man for whom it was dedicated.

Water Polo Teams Begin State Tournament Push

The varsity girls water polo team begins its push for a third consecutive state championship on Wednesday. The undefeated Patriots, the No. 1 seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, will take on the winner of Monday night’s Highland Park/Warren game at 5 p.m. in the sectional quarterfinals. The semifinals are Friday and the sectional championship game is Saturday morning. The boys water polo team also is the top seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, and opens play at 5 p.m. Thursday against the winner of today’s Vernon Hills-Highland Park game. The Patriot boys are seeking their eighth straight trip to the state tournament.


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Final PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The final Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale of the school year is Wednesday 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.


The girls cross country team will have an informational meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, May 13 in the Recital Hall.


Charter school strike comes to end in Chicago

More blackface allegations arise in south suburbs

Facebook-backed curriculum on hold at Peoria school

EPA awards Vienna schools $100K to replace buses

LGBT book bill faces opposition in Effingham

OPRF won’t promote BYU due to honor code

Northwestern, UI launch twins research project

Stormwater plan goes down drain in Elmhurst


What teachers in 5 states are fighting for a year later

About 1K teachers in Nashville continue “sickout”

Oregon teachers plan walkout to push for funding

DeVos: Teachers should protest on “adult time”

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

Private equity’s role in for-profit colleges’ rise, fall

Some teachers leaving U.S. for international schools


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Monday, May 6, 2019

Two Students Win BPA National Championships

Two members of Stevenson’s Business Professionals of America club won championships Saturday at the 2019 BPA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Junior Joie You won first place in the Advanced Accounting competition, one year after earning second place in Fundamental Accounting. Sophomore Sabrina Kozarovitsky took top honors in Payroll Accounting in her first trip to nationals. Stevenson also had a national runner-up with the Economic Research Team of seniors Miranda Liu, Maitreyee Malpekar and Hannah Zhang. Miranda and Maitreyee earned top 10 individual honors in 2017.

Five other SHS students finished in the top 10 in their event: The Financial Analyst Team of seniors Jacob Bayer, Ariella Ensinger and Kai Mayahara, and junior Sowmya Venkatachalam and sophomore Grace Zhu in Management, Marketing, and Human Resources. Stevenson’s BPA sponsors are Jason Ford, Nick Valenziano and Beth Brilowski. Click here to read more.

Math Team Finishes Second in State

Stevenson continued its string of superb showings at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state competition Saturday at the University of Illinois. SHS finished second to Naperville North for the fourth consecutive year. The school has not finished lower than third this decade, and hasn’t placed lower than fourth in more than 25 years.

SHS returned to Lincolnshire with a slew of group and individual awards. The freshman Algebra 1 and sophomore Geometry teams won first place, and Stevenson also captured the Junior-Senior Eight-Person competition and the All-Level Relay. Individually, senior Joey Rivkin won first place in the Precalculus competition and sophomore Brandon Lu took top honors in Geometry.

Brandon also was part of the Geometry team roster, along with classmates Gyeongwon (James) Kim, Prathinav (Sai) Merneedi, Ram Potham, Praneet Rathi and James Xie. The Algebra 1 team featured Jonathan Abraham, Spandan Goel, Andrew Liu, Joy Qu, Greycen Ren, Lillian You and Fred Yuan. The Junior-Senior Eight-Person squad had juniors Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Philena Liu, Richard Liu, Emily Lu and Andrew Zhuang, and seniors Matthew Jalnos and Angela Zhang. The All-Level Relay included Andrew, Eric, Philena and sophomore Emily Hu. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s top 10 placewinners.

The math team coaches this year were Paul Kim, Eric Anderson, Teresa daPonte, Robert Gammelgaard, Brad Habel, Sydney Hendricks, Grant Johnson, Andrew Richardson and Chris Thibaudeau.

Orchestra Awards Concert Tuesday Night

The Orchestra Awards Concert takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be live streamed through this link on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Last Day for Bids in SPA Online Auction

Today is the last day to place bids in the String Parents Association online auction. Special deals at several area businesses are available for bid. Click here to see details and auction items. Winners will be announced at the Orchestra Awards Concert on Tuesday. Winners unable to attend the concert will be notified by email.

Math Carnival for Grades 3-5 Thursday Night

Stevenson is hosting its annual Math Carnival for third-, fourth- and fifth-grade children in District 125 from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the Forum, inside the West Building entrance off parking lot B. Admission is free. SHS students will have more than 40 carnival-style booths featuring games with a math twist. Participants can win “math bucks” at each booth and cash them in at a prize table.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots (30-0) capped a perfect regular season by winning all three games and extending their state-record victory steak to 63 straight contests. Stevenson defeated Neuqua Valley (17-5), Naperville Central (14-4) and Waubonsie Valley (22-6). Shreya Sreedhar led the Pats with 12 goals on the day, and paced the team in scoring in two of the three games. Kalista Tapas and Lauren Maloney scored six times. Maggie Bauwens and Anna Mossakowski split time in goal, with Maggie making 14 saves and Anna stopping 19 shots on goal.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: The Patriots won both of their matches and captured their pool at Glenbrook North, improving to 23-6 on the season. SHS beat Lake Forest (25-9, 25-17) and Lake Zurich (25-17, 19-25, 25-15). Gavin Meng led Stevenson with 12 kills, including eight against Lake Zurich. Thomas Finn and Justin Ross added nine kills apiece. Thomas, Andrew Keevins and Will Sorenson all served four aces. Andrew dished out 30 assists on 67-of-69 serving. Samuel Epstein made 15 digs, Andrew had 11 and Will and Thomas added 10 each.


Stevenson 5, New Trier 2: The host Patriots (17-6) won their fourth straight game behind a combined three-hitter from Hayden Brotz, Nick Wang, Jacob Rosenkranz and Nick Brueckert. Hayden started and threw two hitless innings, striking out two. Nick followed and picked up the win with one-and-a-third innings of scoreless relief. SHS led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, then scored four times. Michael D’Angelo hit a two-run single, Ryan McElhinny had an RBI bunt single, and Isaiah Hart drove in Michael with a sacrifice fly. Chris Farina went 3-for-3 and Nick was 2-for-2. –

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots beat Andrew (12-2) after falling to Neuqua Valley (9-7) and Naperville Central (8-6). Dima Kobets scored seven goals in the win over Andrew, and had 11 on the day. Filip Mihajlovic led SHS with three goals versus Naperville Central and also had two against Neuqua Valley. Mark Holzer also scored twice against Neuqua, and Drew Wangard had two goals in the Andrew contest.

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 13, Waukegan 1 (5 inn.): Frank Carris, Jacob Rosenkranz and Jacob Freed combined on a two-hitter with no earned runs for the visiting Patriots (16-6, 8-2). Drew Ruchim collected two of Stevenson’s five hits, including a run-scoring single in the third inning that proved to be the winning run. SHS put the game away with nine runs in the fourth that included a two-run double by Sean Kiah (1-for-3) and a two-run single from Justin Tumpowsky (1-for-2). Justin, Drew, Ryan Miller, Jack Jonota and Josh Snider all scored two runs. –

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic Invitational: At Glenbrook North, the Patriots (21-6) won two of their three matches on the first day of the tournament. SHS defeated Niles West (15-25, 25-18, 15-11) and Vernon Hills (25-20, 25-17) after falling to Barrington (24-26, 25-12, 15-13). Justin Ross had 17 kills on the night, including a team-high eight kills and five block assists against Barrington. Thomas Finn also had 17 kills, and led Stevenson with eight kills against Niles West, while Justin added six. Thomas also led the Patriot attackers versus Vernon Hills, with five kills. Andrew Keevins had 29 assists in the three matches, while Will Sorenson had 28 assists and 21 digs. Samuel Epstein led SHS with 24 digs.


Lake Zurich 18, Stevenson 16: The Patriots (7-11) scored nine runs in the last two innings and nearly pulled off the comeback at The Ballpark in Rosemont. The Bears (11-9, 5-3) led 7-1 after two innings, but SHS pulled within 8-7 and 12-11. Anna Fossier and Haley Barnes had three hits apiece, and both tripled. Riley Housinger knocked in four runs and had two hits, while Emily Freedman had two hits, including an RBI triple. Maggie O’Brien also had two hits for Stevenson, which had 13 in the game. – Daily Herald,

Girls Soccer Team One Win From Tying Record

The varsity girls soccer team can tie the school record for wins in a season with a victory against Lake Forest at 6:30 p.m. today in the Stadium. Stevenson enters the Senior Night contest with a record of 16-1-2, one shy of the record set in 2007, when the Patriots went 17-2. Coach PepeJon Chavez’s squad also has an opportunity to go undefeated in North Suburban Conference play. SHS is 6-0 heading into tonight’s NSC finale. Stevenson wraps up its regular season at home against Carmel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Jack White Qualifies for State Gymnastics Meet

Freshman Jack White will compete at this weekend’s Illinois High School Association boys gymnastics state meet at Hoffman Estates High School. He earned at-large berths in floor exercise, vault and high bar. The individual event preliminaries take place at noon Saturday, with the finals at 5:45.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball matches, and the varsity girls soccer game, will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The varsity volleyball match against Fremd starts at 6 o’clock in the Sports Center, preceded by the JV at 5. The Senior Night soccer game against Lake Forest begins at 6:30 in the Stadium.


Friday’s Digest contained three errors. The Digest incorrectly reported that Kaitlyn Lu will be making her first trip to the badminton state tournament. This will be her second appearance. She qualified in doubles in 2017. The Digest also wrongly reported the number of shutouts for varsity girls soccer goalkeeper Jenny Staten. The correct number is 14. Also, one of the runners in Stevenson’s first-place 400-meter relay team was misidentified. Shane Johnson ran in the relay, rather than Jimmy Davis.


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Visiting Artist Presentation on Friday

The final Visiting Artist of the Year presentation will take place during periods 2-3 on Friday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. Chicago painter Nicole Gordon will be on hand to talk about her work and her career. The presentation is open to all students.


Lawmakers to consider new teacher testing methods

Mixed results so far for teacher pension buyouts

Teachers return at one charter; strike still on at others

Cellphone videos of fights a distraction for schools

Students protest NIU’s handling of sexual assault

H-F principal defends handling of blackface incident

No degree? Fed study says Chicago tough place to work

Bed bugs found at Chicago’s Lake View High

IHSA implementing background checks for officials

OPRF senior who designed yearbook cover dies


Washington state repeals ban on admissions preferences

Florida teachers can arm themselves under new gun bill

DeVos: Polarizing but enduring Trump Cabinet member

Student secretly records months of teacher’s verbal abuse

Teacher Appreciation Week free food, discounts

Bowling Green to remove actress’ name from school theater

Graduation gowns at Utah college made of recycled plastic

83-year-old student is college’s commencement speaker


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Friday, May 3, 2019

AP Government Teachers on Sirius XM Today

Advanced Placement Government teachers Andrew Conneen and Dan Larsen will appear on “The Oliver Knox Show” at 5:40 today on Sirius XM 124, the POTUS (Politics of the United States) channel. They’ll be discussing their 11th annual “Cram for the Exam” review session on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” set for 8 a.m. Saturday. AP Government students who want to call in Saturday morning should use this number: 202-748-8000.

Parents Invited to Help With Final PPA Bake Sale

The final Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale of the school year is Wednesday. The PPA is looking for adult volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.

Social Media Specialist Teaches Oklahoma Group

Stevenson’s social media specialist, Crystal Maleski, led a pair of virtual presentations for the Oklahoma School Public Relations Association recently. She was invited to share and demonstrate desktop and mobile apps for easy graphic and video production. In keeping with the topic, a mobile conferencing app was used so travel was not required.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: The two-time defending state champion Patriots won their ninth consecutive sectional championship, qualifying all of their singles and doubles entries for next week’s state tournament at Eastern Illinois University. In a rematch of last year’s state doubles championship contest, Emily Hu and Jenny Yang beat Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li, 21-5, 21-5. Shibani Ram, who finished third in state singles last year, captured the singles crown, defeating Kaitlyn Lu, 21-14, 21-12, in the title match. Jenny will be making her third trip to state. She finished second in state doubles as a freshman before reaching the summit last spring. Kaitlyn will be heading to state for the first time. Everyone else will be making their second appearance. In the team standings, Stevenson had 18 points, with runner-up Oak Park-River Forest at 10.5. – Official Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Warren 0: The third-ranked Patriots shut out their ninth consecutive opponent and, combined with Libertyville’s defeat of Lake Forest, clinched their first North Suburban Conference championship since 2016. SHS (16-1-2, 6-0) won its 11th consecutive game, and is one victory away from tying the school record set in 2007. Stevenson’s defense was stifling, limiting the Blue Devils (9-7-2, 2-2-1) to four shots on goal, all of which were stopped by goalie Jenny Staten, who recorded her 14th shutout of the season. The game was scoreless until Gracie Wingfield’s second-half goal broke the ice. Kalyssa VanZanten added an insurance goal, her team-leading 19th of the season, off an assist from Gabi Nyc. Stevenson, which has yet to yield a goal in conference play, will conclude its NSC schedule against Lake Forest Monday night in the Stadium. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: David Smolensky and Jahleel Perrin earned three first-place medals apiece at Grayslake Central. Jahleel won the 100-meter dash (11.16) and David captured the 200 (22.52), and both ran in a pair of winning relays. They joined Jordan Vincent and Jimmy Davis in winning the 800 relay (1:31.46), and won the 400 relay (43.43) with Jordan and Shane Johnson. David added a second-place showing in the 100 (11.24) while Jahleel was runner-up in the 200 (22.57). Anand Batbaatar finished fourth in the shot put (53 feet, 7 inches) and Maema Njongmeta was fifth in discus (158-7). Stevenson placed fourth in the team standings with 67 points, behind first-time county champion Antioch (124), Barrington (81), Grayslake Central (71). – Official Results, Daily Herald

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The 800-meter relay team of Jade Cadichon, Hailey Peterson, Raeden Mays and Jordan Tollison won the league title with a time of 1:48.72 at Lake Zurich. Their victory marked Stevenson’s second NSC 800 relay championship in the last three seasons. The quartet also placed second in the 400 relay (50.73) to help SHS finish fourth in the team standings with 77 points, behind Lake Zurich (149), Warren (128) and Libertyville (80). Camille Clay was runner-up in shot put (38 feet, 7 inches) and second in discus (111-1), and Natalie Sorenson took second in the 3,200 (11:09.98). Mia Mikolajczak was fourth in the 300 hurdles (50.97) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (17.57). She was one of seven Pats to place fourth in their event. The others were Jordan in the 200 (27.21), Kendall Roberts in the 1,600 (5:26.83), Miffy Tani in the 100 hurdles (17.48), Ella O’Neal in the shot put (35-0), Natali Freihammer in the discus (103-7), and Maddie Kadens in the long jump (15-3.5). Emma Potocki finished fifth in the high jump (4-7), Jade was sixth in the 200 (27.55) and Jessica Zhang took sixth in the long jump (14-3.75). Also placing sixth were two relays: the 1,600 with Kendall, Lindsey Hendler, Alivia Alton and Emily Ossentjuk (4:44.56), and the 3,200 with Abby Jiang, Ashley Anderson, Varsha Shreekumar and Emily Fejes (11:17.05). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse

Lyons Township 10, Stevenson 1 – NFHS Network Replay

JV Girls Track Team Wins Conference Meet

Stevenson won the North Suburban Conference junior varsity girls track and field championship Thursday at Lake Zurich. The Patriots amassed 149 points to top Warren (120) and five other schools. SHS won six events, four individual and two relays. Julia Stakhiv won the 100-meter dash (13.65), Olga Piatkowska captured the 200 (28.02), Olivia Barreca took the 400 (1:06.95) and Inna Chong claimed the high jump (4 feet, 7 inches). Stevenson won two relays: the 800 with Olga, Natalie Sinjaradze, Aubrey Tomochek and Janice Quainoo (1:55.52), and the 1,600 with Olivia, Aubrey, Julia and Nicole Palella (4:34.64). Stevenson had several other placewinners. Click here to see the meet results.

Tommy Frezza Commits to Binghamton

Senior Tommy Frezza, one of 10 state medalists in Stevenson wrestling history, will continue his athletic career at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y. Tommy was a three-time IHSA state finals qualifier, and finished sixth at 120 pounds in 2018. He reached the 120-pound quarterfinals this year before ending the year with a 37-6 record. Tommy posted a 142-33 record as a four-year member of the SHS varsity. The Bearcats had a 10-3 record this season, and had four wrestlers reach the NCAA Championships.

Softball Team Playing Tonight in Rosemont

The varsity softball team is scheduled to play Lake Zurich at 7 o’clock tonight at The Ballpark at the Parkway Bank Sports Complex in Rosemont. The Patriots will play in the 2,000-seat home of the Chicago Bandits professional women’s softball team.

Alumna Leads Bowling Team to Top of Leaderboard

Wichita State University junior Kaitlyn Rudy (Class of 2016) is part of a team that currently stands atop the leaderboard in the highest division of the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships. Rudy and her three teammates in the ICT Pride No. 1 team rolled a three-game series of 2,565 in the Diamond Division at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., the home of this year’s championships, which end June 29. Rudy, who finished third in Illinois as an SHS junior and 12th as a senior, led her team with a 672 series. She is a member of Wichita State’s women’s bowling team, which was one of 16 schools to qualify for the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships last month in Dayton, Ohio.

This Weekend on NFHS Network

Saturday’s Allied Soccer game against Antioch in the Stadium will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The game begins at 1 p.m.


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Set Sail for the Senior Class Party

The Class of 2019 is invited to “come sail away” with classmates on Lake Michigan aboard The Odyssey during the Senior Class Party on Thursday, May 23. After graduation practice wraps up, hop on a bus and head to Navy Pier for a two-hour cruise that features incredible skyline views, a full lunch buffet, desserts, unlimited soft drinks, DJ entertainment and more. Register now through the Online Superstore.

Looking for a Job This Summer or After School?

If you’re looking for a part-time job this summer or after school, visit the Student Job Connection page on Stevenson’s website. Several positions are available, and the list changes regularly.


A look at the plan to freeze school property taxes

U46 teachers ratify new four-year contract

More murals to be removed from Oak Park schools

Hawthorn District 73 board picks new president

City Colleges of Chicago staff return to work

Parents sue Kaneland schools over son’s treatment

CLC unveils new veterans lounge

Science teacher at Glenview school killed in crash

IU Greek houses added to “most endangered” list


Boston hires Minnesota educator to lead schools

$25M defamation lawsuit in college rankings dispute

Debating sex education in the United States

Teens arrested over plan to bomb high school

Ex-congressman named Colorado president

George Washington murals face axe at S.F. school

Maryland districts rarely lose due process hearings


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pair Wins First Place in National Journalism Contest

The good news keeps rolling into journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw’s classroom. In the past two weeks, the sponsor of Stevenson’s Statesman student newspaper has received word of several major awards earned by his staff.

Leading the list are sophomore Ojasvi Saxena and junior Emily Lu. The pair won a First Place award in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest for their sports story, “No Place for Hate.” The article covered hate speech rules adopted by the Illinois High School Association and the North Suburban Conference. The judge who saw the piece said it was “the most topical, impactful, and important story that I’ve seen thus far in this year’s contest.”

Sophomore Bradley Locker received an Honorable Mention award in the same contest for his column on athletes personalizing their uniforms as avenues of protest and support for various causes.

The Statesman, meanwhile, earned a Second Place Award in the American Scholastic Press Association Newspaper Review and Contest, and garnered a Silver Certificate at the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association conference at the College of DuPage on April 12. The Statesman also received a Bronze Certificate for its website.

At the NISPA conference, senior Kendall Roberts earned a Blue Ribbon Award for her infographic on recent changes to the Illinois High School Association. Stevenson also came away with four Honorable Mentions: For its staff editorial on academic dishonesty; senior Braeden Forman’s column on the Freshman Mentor Program; senior Ellie Baden and junior Janice Lee’s team in-depth reporting on academic dishonesty; and sophomore Lily Jiang’s photography at World’s Fair.

Who Wrote the One-Act Plays?

Wednesday’s Digest listed the names of the student directors for this weekend’s one-act plays. However, you can’t have a play without a playwright. Here are the students who wrote this weekend’s one-acts: Tim Graves, Angela Spilotro, Ethan Murphy, Quinn Chowaniec, Ananya Shah, Emily Feldman and Matthew Zimring. The playwrights and directors will also be acting in the productions.

Cancer-Stricken Student’s Family Seeks Help

The family of a Stevenson student battling a rare form of cancer has created a GoFundMe page to raise money that will help pay for some of their expenses and basic needs. Sophomore Charnice Fisher was diagnosed earlier this semester with osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that occurs in bones. Her mother has been unable to work since undergoing major surgery around the same time as the cancer diagnosis. The cancer was discovered when Charnice, a member of the SHS dance program, was experiencing significant leg pain. She received an initial diagnosis of a strained groin, but a subsequent MRI led to the cancer discovery.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA Libertyville Sectional: Freshman Jack White finished sixth in vault (9.0), tied for eighth in floor exercise (8.75), was 11th on high bar (8.0) and tied for 12th on parallel bars (7.9). SHS placed seventh out of eight teams with a final point total of 110.9. The top five individuals in each event advanced automatically to next week’s state meet. The IHSA will announce at-large qualifiers by 10 a.m. Monday. – Official Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson 5, Zion-Benton 0: Haley Barnes threw a one-hitter, striking out eight, and went 2-for-3 at the plate for the host Patriots (7-10). Haley tossed the team’s first shutout of 2019, surrendering only a single to open the fourth inning. SHS scored all the runs it would need in the opening inning, when Maggie O’Brien hit a triple to score Haley, then came home on a Maggie Trotter groundout. Riley Housinger knocked in Emily Freedman (two runs) with a sacrifice fly in the second, then singled home Reagan Koenigs in the sixth. –


Stevenson 5, Waukegan 1: Nick Wang, Eli Fishbein, Ethan Kallish and Michael D’Angelo combined for a four-hitter on Senior Day as the Patriots improved to 15-6 overall and 7-2 in the North Suburban Conference. The quartet struck out five, with Nick recording three in his two innings of work as the starter. Jack Jonota (2-for-2, two runs) doubled home classmate Chris Farina, then scored on a single from Michael (2-for-3) as SHS took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. After the Bulldogs scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth, Brandon Ward hit an RBI single to score Jack in the bottom of the inning. Isaiah Hart knocked in Josh Snider with a triple in the fifth, then came home on an error to close the scoring. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 15, Naperville North 9: Lauren Maloney scored six goals to lead the top-ranked Patriots (27-0) over the fourth-ranked Huskies (26-3) on Senior Night in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The victory also extended Stevenson’s state-record winning streak to 60 games. Naperville North led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter, but Lauren scored four times as SHS outscored the Huskies, 6-1, in the second to take control. Anna Mossakowski made 10 saves for the Patriots, who close out the regular season Saturday by hosting a quadrangular tournament with No. 6 Naperville Central, Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley. Eleanor Michaud scored three goals, Kalista Tapas and Shreya Sreedhar had two apiece, and Maddy O’Donnell and Maddie Meirhaeghe also scored. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Waukegan, 26-24, 25-17: Gavin Meng recorded 10 kills and Justin Ross had eight kills to go along with a solo block and four assists for the host Patriots (19-5, 5-0) in the Sports Center. SHS won its fifth straight match, and concludes its North Suburban Conference schedule next week with contests against its two closest rivals, Warren and Lake Forest. John Angelos added five kills and three block assists. Will Sorenson was 60-of-62 setting with 25 assists, while Samuel Epstein made 17 digs. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Lake Forest 10: Anastasia Crews made 13 saves and the Patriots defense caused 13 turnovers in the road victory. Shaina Zilber and Payton Jagiello each forced two turnovers for SHS (9-7, 3-0 NSC), which led 7-2 at halftime and extended the margin to 14-5 before the Scouts rallied in the final five minutes to close the gap. Offensively, Kilian Weber led Stevenson with five goals and also made three assists. Sophie Sorenson scored three goals and assisted on seven others, while Georgia Maskalunas also had a trio of scores with an assist. Erica Spieler scored twice and added an assist, and Michelle Shen also scored. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Water Polo

Naperville North 13, Stevenson 11: The 10th-ranked Huskies (20-8) upended the fourth-ranked Patriots (19-8) in the Patriot Aquatic Center, spoiling Senior Night. Dima Kobets led SHS with six goals. Mark Holzer scored twice, while Drew Wangard, Sammy Maya and Filip Mihajlovic also scored. Alex Mitchell made six saves. – Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse

Lake Forest 12, Stevenson 4 – NFHS Network Replay

Badminton Team Begins Quest for Three-Peat

The two-time defending state champion girls badminton team begins its quest for a three-peat today by playing host to an Illinois High School Association sectional tournament in the Field House. The Patriots will be one of seven teams in the sectional, along with Evanston, Leyden, Oak Park-River Forest, Maine East, and two Chicago schools, Northside College Prep and Taft. Stevenson, which has won eight consecutive sectional titles, posted a perfect regular season record for the second straight year and third time in coach Grant Johnson’s four-year tenure. SHS was 20-0 in dual matches this year after going 17-0 in 2018. The Patriots were 22-0 in Johnson’s first year. In his four years at the helm, Stevenson has a 72-1-2 record. Use this link to see sectional results later today.

SHS Connections With Whitewater Softball

Two players with Stevenson connections are part of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater softball team, which this weekend is seeking its seventh straight trip to the NCAA Division III tournament. Outfielder Vera Pflugradt (Class of 2017) and pitcher-outfielder Dani Biesiada, the daughter of SHS Social Studies teacher Mark Biesiada, helped the Warhawks compile a 26-10 regular-season record. Both are sophomores. Pflugradt is hitting .342 in 29 games with a .937 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, while Biesiada has a 1.05 earned-run average in 20 games with five saves. Whitewater won its third straight Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title and is the top seed in this weekend’s league tournament. The winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Make a Spring ESPPA Award Nomination

Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this spring? 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 May 15. Winners will be recognized at the Spring Sports Awards Night on May 20.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity and junior varsity girls soccer matches at Warren, and the varsity boys lacrosse game in the Stadium against Lyons Township, will be streamed live today on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The boys lacrosse game starts at 6 o’clock, the JV girls soccer contest begins at 4:30, and the varsity match-up commences at 6:15.


Wednesday’s Digest spelled the last name of varsity girls soccer player Nikki Kolz incorrectly.


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College Essay Workshop for Juniors

Juniors are invited to register for a four-day workshop this summer to improve their college application essays and reduce stress at the start of senior year. The SHS Communication Arts Division is offering its College Essay Workshop four times during summer school: June 4-7 and 17-20, and July 8-11. Visit this link for more information. To enroll, go to the summer school web page.

Final Girls Water Polo Frosty Friday This Week

The girls water polo team is holding its final Wendy’s Frosty Friday fundraiser on Friday. Chocolate and vanilla Frostys will be available for $2 in the Wood and Glass Commons during the passing periods between sixth and seventh, seventh and eighth, and after school.


Teachers at Chicago charter schools go on strike

IEA president responds to death threat

Zion school board has three vacancies

Kaneland students can wear hats to school next year

Lane Tech debate team sets national record

Woodland District 50 appoints new leader

Math chairman promoted to superintendent in Morris

California educator named LaSalle-Peru High principal


Thousands of North, South Carolina teachers protest

Family in China paid $6.5M to fixer for Stanford admit

Police praise student who died trying to stop attacker

Michigan governor OKs delay in teacher evaluation change

Cengage, McGraw-Hill merge, become No. 2 publisher

Colorado State cracks down on annual “Undie Run”

Sixth-grader, sick of coloring, skips ahead to college


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Weiran Zhao Second in State Design Contest

Junior Weiran Zhao placed second in the 3D Computer-Aided Design Modeling category at the 42nd annual Illinois Drafting Educators Association State Drafting Competition last week at Illinois State University.

Weiran was one of three Architecture and Engineering Club students who competed at ISU. He was joined by sophomores Carson Ezell and Rohan Durai.

Carson also took part in the 3D CAD competition, in which students had two hours to create 20 different parts using Autodesk Inventor, a 3D modeling software program. Rohan competed in the 3D CAD Assembly division. He had two hours to create parts using Inventor, and assemble them to perform a specific function.

Math Teacher to Receive ISU Alumni Award

Mathematics teacher Tina Nocella will receive the 2019 Mathematics Alumni Education Award from Illinois State University on Thursday. The award recognizes ISU mathematics alumni for their accomplishments and contributions to mathematics education. Nocella is the fourth current or former SHS mathematics staff member to receive the award, joining Dr. John Carter (2012), Dr. Gwen Zimmermann (2014) and Jeremy Babel (2017).

Nocella is a founding member of the Complex Instruction Consortium, a network of math educators dedicated to improving math education. She has led numerous presentations on a number of topics, including race and equity issues, and standards-based grading. At Stevenson, she is a member of the Equity, Race and Diversity Cadre, a group of teachers working to develop heightened awareness to inclusivity through professional development training for peers. She also has served as a mentor and workshop speaker for ISU pre-service mathematics teachers.

“Her work in developing mathematical tasks has been instrumental in our division’s shift towards supporting student engagement and elevating purpose in doing mathematics,” said Director of Mathematics and Computer Science Darshan Jain. “Tina is a promising teacher leader and lives our Patriot vision and has an unwavering focus on success for all students.”

In 2015, Nocella received the Promising New Teacher of Mathematics Award from the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Last fall, she earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Dance Teacher Nominated for National Award

SHS dance instructor Tiffany Van Cleaf is a nominee for the 2019 National Outstanding Dance Educator Award. The award, given by the National Dance Education Organization, honors teachers who inspire and motivate students through a collaborative environment anchored by standards-based assessment. Promotion of dance within the community and incorporating life skills within the classroom are some of the other award criteria. The award winner will be honored at the NDEO annual conference in October.

Spring Dance Concert This Weekend

Students in the Mélange and Repertory dance companies and the Concert Dance Class will perform at this weekend’s Spring Dance Concert. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Works by guest choreographers Adam Houston and Chris Xayarath also will be featured. Tickets are $6, and can be purchased online or at the door.

Spring One-Acts Take Stage Friday, Saturday

The Theatre Department’s annual tradition of a spring production featured one-act plays written, directed and performed by students continues this weekend. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. This year’s student directors are Abby Sokol, Ananya Shah, Elijah Bennett, Ethan Murphy, Isabel Koleno and Nikolette Olsen. Tickets are $6, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch periods today, or at the door on Friday and Saturday.

Science REACH Members Present Research Projects

Nine members of the Science REACH club presented their original research projects Friday at Illinois State University’s Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology High School Symposium. Sophie Won earned the Judges Choice award in the Behavior Science category. Other students who presented were Delisha Nair, Rohit Pemassani, Rohan Pemassani, Trisha Gannu, Surabhi Gangadkar, Ashira Johara, Akash Varadhan and Rohita Kotyada. Science REACH members will participate in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair on Friday and Saturday at Southern Illinois University.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 9, Waukegan 0: Abby Kalou scored four goals and assisted on three others as the host Patriots (15-1-2 overall, 5-0 North Suburban Conference) won their 10th consecutive game and posted their eighth straight shutout. Goalkeeper Jenny Staten recorded her 12th shutout in 18 appearances this season, and has allowed only five goals. Emma Ramagnano scored two of Stevenson’s five first-half goals. Abby, Nicole Schmidt and Kristin Hill also had goals in the first half. Abby scored three more times in the second half, and Gabi Nyc also scored. Gabi had an assist in the first half. Other assists were registered by Jess Baigorria, Nikki Kolz, Myah Schoolman, Gracie Wingfield and Alyssa Bende. The Patriots have two more league games remaining: at Warren on Thursday, and at home against Lake Forest on Monday. – NFHS Network Replay

Max Gomez Joining Oregon State Wrestling

Two-time state wrestling tournament qualifier Max Gomez has committed to Oregon State University’s program. The senior posted a 39-10 record at 195 pounds this year and was 75-22 during his final two seasons at Stevenson. Max will be joining a Beaver program that finished third at the Pac-12 Championships and qualified six wrestlers for the NCAA tournament.

Today on NFHS Network

Four athletic events are scheduled to be streamed live today on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball matches against Waukegan in the Sports Center will be shown at 6 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively. The varsity boys lacrosse game versus Lake Forest in the Stadium starts at 6:30, and the varsity girls lacrosse game at Lake Forest begins at 6:45.


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Audition, Crew Information for Fall Play

Forme parte de la obra de teatro de otoño! The Theatre Department is looking for a committed team of actors, designers and technicians to bring next year’s fall play to life at school and on the road. Auditions for “The Transition of Doodle Pequeno” will take place Thursday, May 16, while interviews for crew members and designers will be held Monday, May 13. Audition packets, crew packets, and links to sign up for auditions and crew/designer interviews are available at Incoming freshmen are welcome to participate. If you have an AP exam the day after interviews or auditions, and would like to set up an alternate time, contact Ms. Chusid. Also, if you would like to borrow a perusal script, stop by the Black Box Theatre.

Odyssey 2020 Logo Design Workshop Thursday

Need help with your 2020 Odyssey logo design? Stop by the Logo Design Workshop at 3:45 Thursday in Room 2432. A professional graphic designer will answer your questions about the logo design contest specifications, and offer feedback on designs in progress.

What’s For Lunch Today?

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


An ice cream social for Peer Tutors will be held after school Thursday in Room 2104. The event will start by 4 p.m.


Strike expected tonight at 3 Chicago public schools

Hundreds of H-F students walk out to protest incident

New 5-year contract for Warren Township teachers, staff

East Aurora teacher punished for social media post

La Grange parents concerned by “grade centers” plan

Employee sues district, union over dues

Urbana district announces 3 superintendent finalists

New school board president in DeKalb


2 killed, 4 wounded in shooting at UNC-Charlotte

Judge: DeVos illegally delayed rules for online colleges

International interest in U.S. MBA programs declining

Washington state tax hike on tech giants for higher ed

San Francisco school desegregation plan backfires

Dartmouth, UVA leaving Common App competitor

Swarthmore frats disband after leaked docs, sit-in


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Stevenson Rises in U.S. News Rankings

Stevenson is ranked No. 6 in Illinois and No. 155 in the country in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings released today. SHS is once again the highest-ranked open-enrollment school in the state, behind five selective-enrollment institutions in Chicago: Payton College Prep, Northside College Prep, Lane Tech, Whitney Young and Jones College Prep. U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools this year.

Stevenson also is ranked No. 71 nationally in the U.S. News STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) rankings, which is based primarily on participation levels and success on Advanced Placement science and mathematics exams.

Last year, Stevenson was ranked seventh in the state, No. 199 nationally, and No. 97 in STEM. This link outlines the U.S. News rankings methodology.

Math Students Earn $5K at National Math Contest

Stevenson competed in the 14th annual MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge national finals Monday in New York City. Matthew Jalnos, Joey Rivkin, Tony Tan, Josh Tsai and Angela Zhang earned $5,000 as one of the five team finalists. Mathematics teacher Paul Kim is the team’s coach. The winner of the $20,000 grand prize was High Technology High School from Lincroft, N.J.

This was the third consecutive year Stevenson has reached the finals of the M3 Challenge, a national competition in which students employ their math skills to address real-world problems. This year’s challenge called on teams to develop two mathematical models addressing substance use and abuse. The first model had to predict the spread of nicotine use due to vaping over the next 10 years and compare vaping to cigarette use. The second model had to simulate the likelihood that a given individual will use a given substance, taking into account social influence and characteristic traits as well as characteristics of the drug itself, and predict how many high school seniors will use the substances. Click here to see Stevenson’s submission. To see the winning entry, click here.

Senior Reaches TOC Semifinals Again

Senior Sydney Glickson reached the Congressional Debate semifinals for the second straight year at the annual Tournament of Champions last weekend at the University of Kentucky. The TOC is the nation’s top high school competition. Sydney qualified for the tournament in each of her final three years of high school. Also competing in Kentucky was junior Dylan Hu.

Final ARTalk Set for Thursday Night

Chicago artist Nicole Gordon will talk about her work and her career during the last ARTalk of the year at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Her presentation, sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation, is open to the public. Click here to read more about the artist.

Postsecondary Counselors to Speak at Conference

Postsecondary counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will join a colleague from Libertyville High School in leading a discussion about college application essay writing Wednesday at the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling annual conference at Illinois State University. The pair will be joined by Amy Belstra to talk about the various types of essays students may encounter, and how to help them through the brainstorming and editing process. On Thursday, Miller will join April Ponte of Oswego High School and Roberto Suarez of Homewood-Flossmoor High School for a session on “Insta-Anxiety.” They will explore the link between cell phone usage and teenage anxiety among high school students.

Exams and Stress

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.

With AP and final exams just around the corner, it is an opportune time to have a conversation with your teen about managing stress. While it is important for them to reach their academic goals, it is critically important that they learn strategies to prevent and cope with stress as well. Parents should consider encouraging their teens to eat well, get adequate sleep and exercise, plan ahead to set study time limits in order to take breaks to do things that make them happy, set realistic goals, and maintain open communication about how they are feeling. These strategies will benefit them on their upcoming exams and throughout their life. For more information on teen stress from Johns Hopkins, click here.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Evanston 15, Stevenson 9: In the Stadium, the Wildkits cooled off the host Patriots (8-7), who had won seven of their last eight games entering the contest. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Water Polo Team Eyes Eighth Straight State Trip

The SHS boys water polo team is seeking its eighth straight trip to the Illinois High School Association state tournament. One of the key players for the Patriots is goalkeeper Alex Mitchell, one of nine sophomores on the 17-man varsity roster. Jon Kerr wrote about Alex for Pioneer Press. Stevenson has a home game Wednesday against Naperville North, then closes out the regular season with a quadrangular meet on Saturday. The Patriots are the top seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, and will play in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

Baseball Team Selling Lou Malnati’s Coupons

The baseball team is selling Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria coupons for $13 each, good for purchasing a frozen 9-inch pizza at area Malnati’s locations. Click here for details and to order.

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity girls soccer game against Waukegan will be streamed live from the Stadium on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The game begins at 6:30.


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Juniors Meeting With Counselors on Wednesday

All juniors will meet with their counselor during the activity period on Wednesday. Juniors must attend the meeting, even if they are part of a club that is meeting during the activity period. Click here for counselor meeting locations.

AP Government Students, “Cram for the Exam” Saturday

Taking the AP Government exam? The “2 Teachers,” Mr. Larsen and Mr. Conneen, will be leading their 11th annual “Cram for the Exam” at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 4 on C-SPAN. The AP Government exam is new this year, so this year’s “Cram for the Exam” might be the most important one yet.

Advanced Choir, Patriot Singers Auditions This Week

Do you like to sing? Want to develop your vocal skills and have a great time performing and participating in fun events? Placement auditions for Stevenson’s advanced choir classes, Advanced Choir and Patriot Singers, are happening Wednesday through Saturday. Sign-up sheets and audition information are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson ( if you have any questions. No advanced preparation is necessary!

Patriot Superstore Closed Friday, Monday

The Patriot Superstore will be closed on Friday and Monday, and will reopen Tuesday morning. Because of the closing, in-person ticket sales for the Spring Dance Concert and the Spring One-Act Plays will end on Thursday.


Spanish Club is hosting its last event of the year with Taste of México after school Wednesday in Room 2618. All students are invited to try small portions of authentic, Mexican foods and enjoy Spanish guitar music.


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