Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sophomore Picked for U.S. Chemistry Olympiad Camp

Sophomore Allen Ding is one of 20 students in the country chosen to participate in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad program’s study camp next month in Colorado. The camp will determine the four students who will represent the United States in this summer’s 50th International Chemistry Olympiad, an annual competition among the world’s most talented chemistry students.

He is the only student from Illinois among the 20 camp invitees, who emerged from a series of exams that involved more than 16,000 students across the country.

Allen will travel to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from June 10-25 for the study camp. During the camp, Allen and his peers will receive college-level training, with an emphasis on organic chemistry, through a series of lectures, problem-solving exercises, lab work and testing. At the conclusion of the camp, the top four students will be selected to represent the United States at the international event in Slovakia and the Czech Republic from July 19-29.

This is the third straight year a Stevenson student has qualified for the National Chemistry Olympiad study camp. He joins junior Zachary Chin (2017) and Eric Qian (2016).

Allen and Zachary are two of the student leaders of Stevenson’s Chemistry Club, along with juniors Angela Zhang and Josephine Zhang.


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Tuesday, May 15 Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A Regional: The second-seeded Patriots (10-6-3) shutout No. 16 Zion-Benton, 9-0, advancing to the regional championship against seventh-seeded Fremd (7-9-4) at 10 a.m. Saturday. Zoey Friedman and Kaitlyn Machado split time in goal en route to the shutout, which was Stevenson’s ninth of the season. Gracie Wingfield led SHS with three goals, all of them coming in the first half as the Pats scored six times. She also assisted on one of Kelly Bailey’s two first-half goals. Brianna VanZanten, Hannah Lapeire, Emma Murphy and Abby Kalou also scored. Abby, Emma, Kelly, Gracie and Alyssa Bende all had an assist. Zion-Benton closed its season with a 2-14-1 record. – Daily Herald | SBN Replay ($)


Stevenson 4-2, Warren 2-0: In Gurnee, dominant pitching propelled the Patriots (20-11-1, 13-7) to their sixth and seventh consecutive victories. SHS began with a 4-2 victory in the conclusion of a game suspended by rain in the bottom of the second inning on Monday. Matthew Mittelmark threw five innings of one-hit ball with no earned runs to earn the save for starter Jacob Rosenkranz, who tossed two hitless innings on Monday. In the regularly scheduled game, three pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout. Matthew started and threw two innings without a hit. Nick Bonk retired the only batter he faced, and then Michael Thon earned the win by throwing four and two-thirds innings. The only scoring in the nightcap came when Warren’s center fielder misplayed Michael D’Angelo’s line drive, allowing Caleb Evans and Evan Kiah to score. In the first game, Stevenson scored three runs in the first on a run-scoring single from Evan and a two-run double by Hayden Brotz. In the second inning, Christopher Farina stole home for the other Patriot run. SHS, which has won nine of its last 10 games, reached the 20-victory mark for the second time in head coach Pat Block’s three-year tenure. –

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Fremd 0: The Patriots (10-1), fresh off winning the North Suburban Conference championship, closed out their regular season by blanking the Vikings at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Zach Kim (6-3, 6-1) and Sam Komis (6-0, 6-2) were winners at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. All five doubles teams won without losing a set. No. 1 Eric Perkowski-Prathinav (Sai) Merneedi won by injury default leading 3-0 in the first set. The other victorious tandems were No. 2 Arjun Sheelvanth-Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan (6-0, 6-3), No. 3 Payton Adkisson-Daniel Tulchinskiy (6-3, 6-1), No. 4 Andy Dong-Thomas Gong (6-1, 6-4), and No. 5 Jeremy Park-Michael Maryniuk (6-1, 6-3). SHS hosts an IHSA sectional starting Friday at VHAC.


Warren 13, Stevenson 2 (5 inn.): Haley Barnes hit a triple and Mara Lippman added a double for the visiting Patriots (7-16, 5-8). – Daily Herald

State Badminton Championship Gear Available

Commemorative apparel saluting the badminton team’s second straight state championship is available from the Sports Boosters through this website. The ordering deadline is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

Today’s Live Stream Lineup

Four of today’s Patriot sporting events are scheduled to be live streamed through the NFHS Network: junior varsity boys volleyball against Warren at 4 p.m., varsity girls lacrosse against Warren at 5 o’clock, varsity boys volleyball versus Warren at 6, and varsity boys lacrosse against Evanston at 6:30. Here are links to watch (paid subscription required): JV boys volleyball | Varsity girls lacrosse | Varsity boys volleyball | Varsity boys lacrosse


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Thursday is Last Day to Sign Up for Senior Party Buses

Seniors, your last day to sign up for Senior Party buses is Thursday! Stop by the bus sign-up table in the Patriot Lobby during all lunch hours. All seniors attending the end-of-year party must sign up for a bus or they will be placed on buses at random.


Public criticism of Deerfield-Highland Park superintendent continues

NIU history professor wins Guggenheim fellowship

CPS is building a $70M school as residents ask, “For who?”

House committee weighs measure allowing graduate student unions

Naperville student arrests reinforce “see something, say something”

Emanuel, Jackson offer reluctant embrace of CPS special ed monitor

Community supports Glenbard East students hurt in fire pit explosion

Evanston officials push back against plan to end ETHS bus route

Illinois College reviews options after award in athlete’s death

Barrington District 220 moving administrative office near high school

More child sex abuse charges filed against ex-substitute teacher

Rasmussen College’s downtown center seeks to build bridge

Days after losing his leg, Montini lacrosse coach returns to sidelines


Teachers group seeks to stop Oklahoma anti-tax question

In Kentucky, an early test of teachers’ new political power

Colleges focus on obvious fix: Helping students graduate on time

New Jersey lacrosse team’s season canceled after use of racial slur

Why students cheat and what to do about it

More than 5,000 students in Indiana district lose notes in iPad glitch

Endicott College president dies days before commencement

Parents of slain Parkland teens running for school board

NFL coach gets his college degree, 26 years later


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Monday, May 14, 2018

Badminton Team Wins State to Cap Banner Weekend

Stevenson’s athletic program had a banner weekend. The girls badminton team won its second straight Illinois High School Association state championship, taking first and third place in singles, and first and second in doubles. The boys and girls water polo teams won sectional championships, qualifying for this week’s state tournament at Stevenson. The boys track and field team won its first North Suburban Conference championship since 1985, and the boys tennis also brought home its second straight NSC title.

The badminton team will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 7:45 a.m. Monday, May 21 in Room 5044, which is next to the East Fitness Center and near the Glass Commons.

Details on all of the athletics accomplishments are listed below.

BPA Has One National Champ, Four Runners-Up

Nine members of the Business Professionals of America club finished in the top 10 of their events at the 2018 BPA National Leadership Conference in Dallas last weekend. Leading the way was junior Ishaan Deshmukh, who took top honors in Information Technology Concepts. He also finished in the top 10 in Administrative Support Concepts.

Four students were national runner-ups: sophomores Joie You (Fundamental Accounting) and Yuyang Bian (Financial Math), and juniors Sam Shen (Information Technology Concepts) and Hunter Stroming (ICD Coding). Sam also finished in the top 10 in Administrative Support Concepts and in Parliamentary Procedures.

Junior Rohit Mandava finished third in Information Technology Concepts, and also placed in the top 10 in Personal Financial Management and in Administrative Support Concepts. Other top 10 efforts came from juniors Claire Huang (Administrative Support Concepts), Ethan Ross (Parliamentary Procedures) and Chris Varghese (Parliamentary Procedures).

Applied Arts Teacher Featured in Daily Herald

Today’s Daily Herald includes a question-and-answer feature with Applied Arts teacher Michael Anderson, who has spent his entire seven-year career at Stevenson. Anderson talked about the courses he teaches, and how students are learning to apply lessons from his classroom to solve problems.


Friday’s Digest report on recent journalism awards contained two errors. Junior Ellie Baden wrote the editorial on kneeling during the national anthem which won the state level in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest. Also, junior Ashley Mandel was sophomore Anjini Grover’s partner in producing the double-page layout, “Where Art They Now?” which also was a state-level winner in the same competition.


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Saturday, May 12 Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots rolled to their second straight state championship, winning the singles and doubles titles, and also finishing second in doubles and third in singles. SHS posted a team score of 25.5 points, tying for the second-highest in state tournament history, tying New Trier’s 2010 state champions. The highest score all time is 26, set by New Trier in 1984. Sophomore Esther Shi won her second consecutive singles title, defeating Naperville North’s Bhaavya Manikonda, 21-14, 21-10. Esther became the first Patriot to win two singles championships, and the ninth in state history. She compiled a 37-0 record this season after going 39-1 in 2017. Sophomore Jenny Yang also earned her second state medal by winning the doubles championship with freshman Emily Hu and finishing the year with a 35-0 record. They defeated freshman teammates Benna Li and Jyotsna Harikrishna in the title match, 21-7, 21-19. Jenny finished second in state doubles last year with May Ling (Class of 2017). Jyotsna and Benna were 41-3 this season, with all three losses coming to Jenny and Emily. Freshman Shibani Ram finished third in singles. She had a 41-3 record, with two losses against Esther. Overall, Stevenson’s badminton players compiled a 594-18 record this season. Esther and Shibani will be competing in the Junior Pan Am games this summer, and Esther will participate in the World Junior Championships in November. – Official Results | Pioneer Press, Journal & Topics

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded and defending state champion Patriots won their seventh consecutive sectional championship, defeating second-seeded Buffalo Grove, 15-5. SHS (29-4) advances to the state tournament, which will be held in the Patriot Aquatic Center, and will face Naperville Central in the quarterfinals at 8:15 p.m. Thursday. The Pats led 9-0 after the first quarter, and scored three times in the first two minutes, thanks to pressure defense and a pair of steals by Sam Shokodko, which led to two goals for Justin Ginsberg and one for Eric Osuch. SHS led 13-1 at halftime. Justin finished with five goals, and Collin Kapecki and Dima Kobets had three apiece. Eric tallied two goals, and AJ Carollo and Filip Mihajlovic each had one. Goalie Charlie Day stopped seven shots in three quarters of action before Alex Mitchell took over in the fourth and made two saves. Buffalo Grove finished its season with a 25-6 record. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The defending state champion Patriots won their fifth straight sectional title, defeating Mundelein, 21-12, and extending their winning streak to 30 games. SHS (32-1), ranked No. 1 in the state, will face second-ranked Mother McAuley in the state quarterfinals at 5:45 p.m. Friday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Against the second-seeded Mustangs, top-seeded Stevenson rolled to a 10-3 lead after the first quarter and led 17-3 at halftime. Lauren Maloney led SHS with six goals and also had two assists. USC-bound Claire Haas had four goals, five steals and two assists, and Eleanor Michaud added three goals and three assists. Kalista Tapas and Shreya Sreedhar each scored twice, and Bella Greenspan, Eileen Hoang, Vicky Kim and Maddie Meirhaeghe had one goal apiece. Anna Mossakowski tended goal in the first half, making five saves and assisting on four goals. Val Zlotnikova made four saves in the second half. With the victory, Stevenson’s record over the past five seasons improved to 167-10. – Daily Herald

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: At Waukegan, the Patriots won their first conference championship since 1985. The quartet of senior Ahmad Dinkins, sophomores Jahleel Perrin and Shane Johnson, and freshman David Smolensky captured two relays, the 800 (1:30.70) and the 400 (43.62), and senior Nikita Smyrnov won the 3,200-meter run (9:21.41). Ahmad and Shane also ran in the second-place 1,600 relay (3:33.39) with senior Aaron Portman and sophomore Jordan Vincent. Jordan also was second in the 400 (52.18), while junior Sam Farber was runner-up in both hurdles events, the 110 (16.29) and 300 (42.52). Junior Dan Erdenetsogt also posted a pair of second-place efforts, in the shot put (46-2) and discus (137-2). Stevenson had 12 other top-six finishes en route to amassing 116 points, ahead of defending champion and runner-up Lake Zurich. Jahleel was third in the 200 (23.31), David took third in the 100 (11.56) and fourth in the 200 (23.36), Nikita was fourth in the 1,600 (4:32.30), junior Maema Njongmenta placed fourth in shot put (44-9.5), and senior Seth Johnson was fourth in the long jump (19-9.25) and sixth in the triple jump (38-11). The 3,200 relay team of Aaron, seniors Ethan Simanek and Tim Green, and sophomore Cameron Coffey placed fourth (8:34.33). Aaron added a fifth-place run in the 800 (2:02.57). Seniors Brett Lucas and Borler Wu finished fifth in the 1,600 (4:32.89) and 400 (53.66), respectively. Senior David Engstrom was sixth in the high jump (5-8) for SHS, which competes in the IHSA Class 3A Grayslake North Sectional on Thursday. – Official Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson 24, Wauconda 9 (5 inn.): The host Patriots (7-15) pounded 17 hits, seven for extra bases, and stole 12 bases during the nonconference win. Six players had multiple hits, led by Gina Shanley, who went 4-for-5 with a double, four runs scored, three runs batted in, and three stolen bases. Maggie O’Brien knocked in five runs during a 3-for-5 performance that included two doubles and three runs scored. Haley Barnes reached base in all five of her plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and was hit by a pitch. She stole four bases, scored three runs and had an RBI. Hailey Peterson tripled and singled, scored twice, and drove in two RBI. Riley Housinger and Carly Perkins each had two hits and scored three runs. Winning pitcher Ilyssa Muise struck out six in five innings. She also went 1-for 2, scored three runs, drove in two, and walked twice. Stevenson scored 12 runs in the first two innings, then scored 12 times in the fourth to put the game away. –


Stevenson 7, Palatine 2: Ryan McElhinny went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and stole three bases for the visiting Patriots (18-11-1), who won their fifth straight game and have claimed seven of their last eight. Ryan had half of Stevenson’s hits, and his two-run single in the top of the first gave SHS a lead it would never relinquish. Caleb Evans, who went 2-for-4, had a two-run single during Stevenson’s four-run second inning. Hayden Brotz started on the mound and earned the victory with four innings of two-hit work, and Matthew Mittelmark, Nick Bonk and Nicholas Brueckert each followed with a scoreless inning. Matthew struck out all three batters he faced. Palatine fell to 18-12. –, Daily Herald

Friday, May 11 Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots won their second consecutive league championship, winning all four doubles titles and two of three singles crowns. SHS outscored Lake Forest at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, 40-30, defeating the Scouts in six of seven championship matches. Junior Zach Kim won his third consecutive NSC championship at No. 1 singles, earning a 6-0, 6-4 decision in the title match. Senior Sam Komis claimed his second straight No. 2 crown by a 6-4, 6-2 count, for his third league championship in three years. Sam and Ben Bush (Class of 2016) combined to win No. 2 doubles in 2016. In doubles, freshmen Sai Merneedi and Eric Perkowski won the No. 1 doubles title, 6-3, 6-3. Juniors Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath Viswanathan held on to win at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. Freshmen Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy captured No. 3 doubles, 6-0, 6-3, and sophomore Andy Dong and senior Michael Maryniuk prevailed at No. 4 doubles, 6-0, 7-5. Michael won the No. 3 doubles title last year with senior Jeremy Park. Freshman Thomas Gong finished second at No. 3 singles. The Patriots will play host to a IHSA Class 2A sectional tournament Friday and Saturday at VHAC.

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (31-1) shut out fifth-seeded Libertyville in the semifinals, 16-0, for their 29th straight win. Claire Haas, Eleanor Michaud and Amelia Eastman scored three goals each, Lauren Maloney and Alena Bardic had two goals apiece, and Maddy O’Donnell and Shreya Sreedhar also scored. Goalies Anna Mossakowski and Val Zlotnikova split the game en route to the shutout.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: Collin Kapecki scored six goals to lead the top-seeded Patriots (28-4) past fourth-seeded Libertyville, 17-5, in the semifinals. SHS led 9-3 at halftime, then scored eight times in the third quarter while shutting out the Wildcats. Dima Kobets scored three goals and Justin Ginsberg had two. Sam Shokodko, AJ Carollo, Filip Mihajlovic, and Drew Wangard also scored. Charlie Day made six saves and Alex Mitchell had one. –


Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: All six of Stevenson’s entries went undefeated on the day as the Patriots finished the first day tied with Naperville North for first place. Defending state singles champion Esther Shi and Shibani Ram won all three of their singles matches, while the doubles tandems of Emily Hu-Jenny Yang and Jyotsna Harikrishna-Benna Li also went 3-0. All six advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals. – Official Results

Girls Soccer

Loyola Academy 1, Stevenson 0: The Patriots fell to 9-6-3 on the season with the nonconference loss in Wilmette. –

SHS Hosts Girls Soccer Regional Starting Tuesday

The varsity girls soccer team will take on Zion-Benton in the semifinals of the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Stevenson Regional at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Stadium. SHS is the No. 2 seed in the Libertyville Sectional, while Zion is No. 15. The winner of Tuesday’s match will play seventh-seeded Fremd or ninth-seeded Buffalo Grove for the regional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday. The game will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at (A subscription is required to watch.)


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SNN Film Festival Friday Night

The 16th annual SNN Film Festival takes place Friday, the evening of Spring Fling. Come to the West Auditorium and enjoy a night of student-made short films. The festival starts at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door for $2. (Note: Some films may contain mature themes and/or language.)


Animal Welfare Club will have its end-of-year celebration after school Tuesday in Room 2500. The club will be talking about plans for next year, so please come and share your ideas. Contact Ms. Kenney if you have questions. All are welcome.


State: CPS violated special ed law, needs intensive monitoring

Health officials say food at Shedd Aquarium didn’t make students sick

Bus driver choked boy who spilled food on bus, prosecutors say

Letters from ex-students delays sentencing of former teacher

Glenbard East volunteer arrested for alleged relationship with student

Lincoln Land Community College professor retiring after 48 years


Abuse, neglect claims investigated at 460 Tennessee schools

Parkland district criticized for misleading, stonewalling parents, public

Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days

Second Georgia district joins movement to arm teachers

How an Indianapolis principal kept teachers from quitting his school

Utah regents to make university president interviews public

Cornell student’s “strip speech” raises questions about proper attire


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Journalism Program Receives Multiple Awards

Rarely a week has gone by this spring without Stevenson’s journalism program being recognized in state and national publications contests.

The Statesman, the school newspaper, won a first-place ranking from the American Scholastic Press Association for the fourth straight year. The ranking is the highest rating in the ASPA’s annual competition for collegiate and secondary education student publications.

Fresh on the heels of its first-place ranking from the ASPA, the Statesman was named Best Print Publication in the 2017-18 Illinois Journalism Educators Association contest. Several students were recognized as well:

  • Sophomore Cheryl Chen placed first in the Infographic category. Her graphic accompanied a story about the Stevenson Athletic Division’s reaction to the scandal involving a former team doctor for USA Gymnastics.
  • Senior Bella Greenspan received first place in Advertising for her advertisement for Purple Sprout.
  • Cheryl and senior Lawrence Kreymer received second place in Sports Feature for covering the kneeling during the anthem and Stevenson athlete’s reactions.  
  • Sophomore Anjini Grover received third place in Feature Story for her article about sexual assault survivors at Stevenson.
  • Junior Raj Mullick received third in Personality Profile for his article “Becoming an Ikon” about a student DJ.
  • Senior Vicky Kolotov and junior Ani Nuthalapati received an honorable mention in In-Depth News for their piece about Stevenson’s change in WiFi.  
  • Junior Adele Lee and senior Ryan Johnson received an honorable mention in Feature Photo.  

Adele was one of five students to win state-level awards in the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest, qualifying for the organization’s national competition. Adele earned first place in two categories: in Feature Story, for her article on “Closing the Gap” about females in STEM, and in Sports Story, with sophomore Ben Bowler for “Handling Hazing,” about Stevenson’s work to prevent hazing. Also qualifying for the national contest were junior Ellie Baden, for her editorial on kneeling during the national anthem, and junior Ashley Mandel and sophomore Anjini Grover, for their double-page layout “Where Art They Now?” about the student art in Stevenson’s hallways.

Several other students won awards in the NFPW contest, as well as the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association competition. Read this article for all the results.

“Fiddler,” DePew Earn IHSMTA Nominations

For the third consecutive year, Stevenson’s annual musical has earned nominations in the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards competition. “Fiddler on the Roof” is one of five shows nominated for Best Production, and senior A.J. DePew received one of 12 Best Actor nominations for his portrayal of Tevye. Nominations were announced Thursday on the IHSMTA Facebook page.

Last year, “Big Fish” landed nominations for its lead actor, Jordan Radis (Class of 2017), and its director, Cynthia Burrows. In 2016, “Miss Saigon” was nominated for Best Production, Radis received his first Best Actor bid, and Kaitlin Feely (Class of 2016) was nominated for Best Actress. Lauren Rawitz directed “Fiddler” and “Miss Saigon.”

The IHSMTA awards ceremony will take place Monday, June 4 at Broadway Playhouse at Chicago’s Water Tower Place. The Best Actor and Best Actress winners will advance to the Jimmy Awards, sponsored by the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, June 25 in New York City.

Spring Guitar Concert Monday Night

The Spring Guitar Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at


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Thursday, May 10 Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Palatine Sectional: Senior Isabelle Sparreo finished third in the 1,600-meter run and freshman Camille Clay placed second in shot put to qualify for next weekend’s state finals at Eastern Illinois University. Isabelle ran the 1,600 in 5:03.05, and will be making her third state appearance. She qualified in the 800 and 1,600 as a freshman in 2015, and in the 3,200 as a sophomore. Isabelle was injured last season. Camille had a top throw of 39 feet, 3.5 inches to become the first Patriot to qualify in shot put since Shannon Legge in 2013. Stevenson received four top-five finishes beyond the state qualifiers, and senior Haley Tokars was involved in three. She placed fifth in the 200 (26.78), was part of the third-place 800 relay with freshmen Jade Cadichon and Jordan Tollison and junior Olga Piatkowska (1:47.70), and finished fourth with Jade, Jordan and senior Haleigh Fobbe in the 400 relay (50.11). Camille added a fifth-place effort in discus (115-6) for SHS, which finished ninth among 15 teams. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots beat eighth-seeded Wheeling in the quarterfinals, 19-1, extending their winning streak to 28 games and advancing to today’s semifinal. SHS (30-1), which reached the 30-victory mark for the fifth straight season, will face fifth-seeded Libertyville at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the championship game at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Against Wheeling, 12 Patriots scored goals, led by Lauren Maloney, who had three. Eileen Hoang, Eleanor Michaud, Amelia Eastman, Kelly Kempf and Claire Haas all scored twice. Bella Greenspan, Anne Baldino, Maddy O’Donnell, Maanasa Devabhaktuni, Brigitte Lefebvre and Alena Bardic also scored for Stevenson, which held the Wildcats scoreless until 5:42 remained in the contest.


Stevenson 7, Fremd 6: The host Patriots (17-11-1) employed “small ball” to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, breaking a 2-2 tie in the nonconference game. After Hayden Brotz and Michael D’Angelo singled, Jack Jonota dropped down a bunt that was mishandled by the Vikings’ pitcher and allowed Hayden to score. Nicholas Brueckert immediately followed with a bunt single down the third-base line that scored Michael and Ryan Miller. Jack Housinger hit a sacrifice fly and Caleb Evans singled home Isaiah Hart to cap the outburst. Caleb had a sacrifice fly and Ryan McElhinny stole home during a two-run fourth inning. Starting pitcher Michael Thon had a strong outing, tossing four innings in which he allowed four hits and one run. Stevenson won its fourth straight game and has captured six of its last seven contests. –


Mundelein 8, Stevenson 4: The host Patriots (6-15, 5-7) fell in the conclusion of a game halted by rain on Thursday, May 3. –

Softball Alum Earns Player of the Year Honor

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman outfielder Vera Pflugradt (Class of 2017) was named the Position Player of the Year for the All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Team. She ranked sixth in the WIAC with a .392 batting average and was 10th with a .557 slugging percentage. Pflugradt helped lead the Warhawks to their sixth straight conference championship and sixth straight bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Whitewater hosts a four-team regional today through Sunday.


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Senior Party Ticket Deadline Monday

Monday is the last day to buy tickets to the Senior Party, which will be held on the last day of school, Thursday, May 24. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased online through the Superstore.

Relax: DeStress Days Returning for Exam Week

The Student Services Division is hosting its second annual DeStress Days in the College Career Center during semester exams. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of finals week, come to the CCC any time to enjoy relaxing music, Wii, arts/coloring materials, popcorn, lemonade, board games, free Hawaiian leis, Play-Doh and zen gardens. Additionally, there will be photo booths and frame decorating on Tuesday, comfort dogs on Wednesday, and a movie day on Thursday! Students must have a signed permission slip to engage with the comfort dogs. (Click here to download the permission slip or pick up a hard copy in the CCC.) Once you complete the permission slip, bring it to Room 2412 and you will be emailed a link to sign up for a 15-minute time slot with a comfort dog. Space is limited, so sign up before spots are gone!

Summer Reading Assignments for English, Social Studies

Summer reading assignments for all levels of Communication Arts classes, as well as Advanced Placement European History and U.S. History, are available at Assignments for other courses will be listed as they become available.


NIU OKs collective bargaining agreement, ending two-year impasse

Illinois bill would add school bus service to high crime neighborhoods

Neuqua Valley student charged with felony after knives found in locker

Prominent Chicago-area band conductor breaks back during rehearsal

What should a school psychologist’s role be in student life?


College students develop text message courses for the disconnected

Educators adopt growth mindset to boost intelligence

Teachers plan to picket Providence, R.I., mayor’s education summit

Is location key to teacher collaboration?

Parkland shooter was assigned to controversial discipline program

Can kindness be taught? Los Angeles using SEL to find out

Will holograms be the next big thing in K-12 classrooms?

Widely quoted “student loans expert” exposed as fictitious creation

Ohio State professor bans laptops, sees grades rise

Kimmel gets people to apologize to teachers for classroom crimes


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Senior First From SHS at National Symposium

Last week, senior Justin Lee became the first Stevenson student to ever participate in the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. He gave an oral presentation on his astrophysics research during the 56th edition of the symposium, held in Hunt Valley, Md., north of Baltimore.

Justin was among 230 high school students chosen for the national event based on their research papers submitted at 47 regional symposiums around the country. He placed second at the University of Illinois-Chicago regional in March, qualifying for nationals and earning a $1,500 scholarship.

The symposium is a competition sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, which promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level.

On Sunday, Justin and junior Varun Malladi will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. They will be among approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries showcasing their independent research and competing for $4 million in prizes.

Varun’s project is entitled “The Effect of the Number of Crossing on Prime Knots on the Complexity of Their Stereographic and Inverse Stereographic Projections.” Justin’s research focused on “Asteroid Ring Formation Through 3-Dimensional Inelastic Collisions.”

22 Faculty, Staff to Receive Honors

Twenty-two members of Stevenson’s faculty and staff will be honored Friday at the annual Silver Anniversary and Tenure Celebration at the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home in Mettawa.

Six people will be honored for 25 years of service: Maureen Albert and Victoria Kieft (Mathematics teachers), James Barnabee and Kirsten Voelker (Communication Arts teachers), Petra Sebastian (World Languages teacher), and Student Services support staff member Janet Gotrik.

Sixteen faculty members will be honored for their appointments to tenure: Jacqueline King (Applied Arts); Christina Anker, Dean Bradshaw and Nicole Fuller (Communication Arts); Stephanie Ross (Mathematics); Joshua Bozeday, Andrew Fitz and Thomas Wolfe (Science); Tova Bernstein, Joanne Hochstetter and Curtis Weber (Special Education); Christina Foss and Sarah LaFrancis (Student Services); and Patrick Grady, Christina Mueller and Mary Svihra (World Languages).


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Wednesday, May 9 Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (25-4) demolished the upset dreams of eighth-seeded Deerfield, 21-5, and advanced to the semifinals against No. 4 seed Libertyville. The semifinal game begins at 5 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the sectional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 17, Lake Zurich 8: Ryan Johnson made 18 saves and Sophie Sorenson scored six goals and assisted on three others for the visiting and ninth-ranked Patriots (15-3, 4-0). Kilian Weber tallied three goals and two assists, while Erica Spieler scored three goals and also had an assist. Michelle Shen and Taze Thompson recorded two goals apiece, and Aedyn Gorenberg also scored. – Watch Replay ($)


Stevenson 12, Waukegan 0 (5 inn.): Nick Bonk and Ari Gordon combined on a one-hitter, and Caleb Evans went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs as the visiting Patriots (16-11-1, 11-7) swept the three-game series. Nick threw the first four innings, giving up one hit, striking out five and walking none. Ari struck out the side in the fifth. Caleb hit a two-run single during Stevenson’s six-run first inning, hit a solo home run to lead off the second, and added a two-run single in the third. Nicholas Brueckert went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI for SHS, which had 14 hits. –

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Waukegan, 25-19, 25-12: Leo Chen had nine kills and Matt Cliffer added seven, and each had three block assists, for 15th-ranked SHS (25-8, 5-1) on the road. Gavin Meng recorded four kills, and Thomas Finn and Justin Ross each had three. Thomas and Andrii Yerokhin each served two aces, and Justin added three block assists. Will Sorenson dished out 17 assists, and Thomas and Haddon Kay each had three.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Carmel 1: Kristin Hill volleyed home a deflected shot by Brianna VanZanten, the only goal of the second half, as the visiting Patriots (9-5-3, 4-2-1) settled for a tie in the nonconference contest. Hannah Lapeire also earned credit for an assist by setting up Brianna’s blast. Zoey Friedman made eight saves, and Lauren Micek and Gabi Nyc provided stiff defense against the Corsair attack.

Boys Lacrosse

Lake Zurich 11, Stevenson 7: Austin Masters led the host Patriots (6-11, 2-3) with three goals, and Caleb Benoit-DiMaria had a goal and two assists. Ryan Walsh, Alexander Hurrell and Cole Okmin also scored, and Alexander Dove had an assist. Jacob Guria made eight saves. – Watch Replay ($)


Vernon Hills 13, Stevenson 1 (6 inn.): At The Ballpark at Rosemont, Maggie Trotter went 2-for-3 for the Patriots (6-14) in the nonconference game. The Cougars improved to 11-13. – Daily Herald

Badminton Team Seeks Second Straight State Title

The Patriot badminton team begins defense of its Illinois High School Association state championship beginning Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Defending state champion Esther Shi, a sophomore, is the No. 1 seed in singles, while freshman Emily Hu and sophomore Jenny Yang are the top seed in doubles. Freshmen Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li are the No. 2 seed in doubles, while classmate Shibani Ram is a 3-4 seed in singles. The action gets underway around 9:45 a.m. Friday. Follow Stevenson’s results at this link.

Special Night for Future Patriot Athletes May 21

Current seventh- and eighth-graders interested in playing sports at Stevenson are invited to the Future Patriots Athletic Night on Monday, May 21 in the Sports Center. The one-night camp is sponsored by Stevenson Athletics and PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program). During the evening, youngsters will learn about the different sports available at SHS, meet their future coaches, and get training in dynamic warm-ups, agility exercises, functional fitness movements and proper nutrition. The cost is $15, which includes a souvenir T-shirt and pizza. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the camp running from 6-8 p.m. A parent meeting will be held from 8-8:30 p.m. Register at this link


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All Library Books Must Be Returned by Tuesday

All library books are due back to the ILC by Tuesday. Please pay any overdue fines you still owe as well.

Testing Center Final Exam Information

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day during final exams. If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the Testing Center needs an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the Testing Center during their class time, with written notification from their teacher or counselor.


Calling all knitters! Don’t leave for summer without yarn and needles for your next project. In the Loop, Stevenson’s knitting club, will meet after school Monday in Room 2708. Don’t know how to knit? No problem! They’ll teach you. Contact Ms. Kenney if you have questions. All are welcome.


Former federal prosecutor named Chicago State University president

Teachers union, U46 reach tentative contract agreement

Round Lake district taking calculated approach to facilities renovation

University of Illinois graduating first class of online MBAs

Carl Sandburg College names its next leader

Principal resigns from Lake in the Hills middle school

No charges for former Evanston teacher accused of sexual abuse

Glenbrook North senior dies after “brief and unexpected” illness

Autopsy: NU student’s death caused by alcohol, prescription drugs

East Peoria high school officer rescues choking student


South Carolina teacher, state workers to protest at capital next week

Education Department to relax rules on federal aid for faith-based schools

Report: Average superintendent tenure about six years

Tennessee school evacuated, 17 hurt after science experiment goes awry

Texas school district using billboards in Oklahoma to recruit teachers

A vice president, the N-word, a coffee shop and culture


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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Senior David Hou was one of 161 students in the country to be selected for the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars on Monday. He is the fifth Stevenson student to earn the honor, joining Kathy Xiang (Class of 2017), Vivian Wang (Class of 2013), Zach Blumenfeld (Class of 2011) and Michele Trickey (Class of 2006).

David was one of four Illinois students chosen for the program, which recognizes 161 high school seniors each year for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical fields. He was chosen for his achievements in music, which include participating in the National YoungArts Foundation classical music competition in Miami earlier this year.

Of the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for the 2018 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts competition.

Presidential Scholars will be recognized June 24 in Washington, D.C.

Stevenson Among Nation’s Highest-Ranked Schools Again

Stevenson is ranked No. 7 in Illinois and No. 199 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 six selective-enrollment institutions in Chicago.

Stevenson also is ranked No. 97 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 tests.

Last year, Stevenson was ranked sixth in the state, No. 194 nationally and No. 68 in STEM. This article explains why high schools moved up or down in the 2018 rankings.

U.S. News analyzed federal and state government and private data for more than 20,500 public high schools across the country, ultimately ranking more than 5,900 considered to be exemplary. Schools recognized in the rankings were given gold, silver or bronze medal status. Stevenson is a gold-medal winning school.

Spring Choral Concert on Thursday

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 Stevenson Broadcast Network will have a live stream available at

Freshman Completes Half Marathon

While most of his peers were sleeping or eating breakfast Saturday morning, Vidhat Nelavelli was running. The freshman took part in the Wisconsin Half Marathon in Kenosha, which started at 7 a.m. He completed the course in 2:28:19.

Facebook Live Today Will Address iPad Questions

When will incoming freshmen receive their school-issued iPads? What do students who will be returning to Stevenson in 2018-19 do with their devices? Find out answers to those questions during today’s “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at noon. Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey will be joined by SMARTprogram Manager Nancy Hudson. You can watch and ask questions on Stevenson’s Facebook page.


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Tuesday, May 8 Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Hoffman Estates 3: Sophie Sorenson became the school’s career leader in goals, assists and points scored as the ninth-ranked Patriots improved to 14-3 on the season. Sophie, a junior, scored three goals and assisted on two others. She was one of nine players to score for SHS in the Stadium. Kilian Weber also scored three goals and recorded an assist, while Michelle Shen scored twice. Single goals were notched by Aedyn Gorenberg, Olivia Hancock, Georgia Maskalunas, Stephanie Schultz and Erica Spieler. Sophomore Shaina Zilber stepped in for starting goalie Ryan Johnson, who was out with a stomach bug, and made seven saves on 10 shots.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 9, Mundelein 6: Goalie Jacob Guria turned away 18 shots for the visiting Patriots (6-10), who had six players score. Cole Okmin had two goals and two assists, Alexander Dove scored two goals and assisted on another, and Ryan Walsh found the back of the net twice. Austin Masters had a goal and two assists, Caleb Benoit-DiMaria contributed a goal and an assist, and Nathan Spina also scored.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Highland Park 0: The Patriots (9-1) swept all five doubles matches in straight sets and claimed both singles contests in three sets at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Sam Komis outlasted his Giant counterpart at No. 1 singles, Jeremy Learner, in a battle of 2017 state qualifiers, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3. Thomas Gong rallied to win at No. 2 singles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. In doubles, Eric Perkowski and Prathinav (Sai) Merneedi rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 1, while 2017 state qualifiers Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan prevailed at No. 2, 6-3, 6-3. Also victorious in doubles were Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy at No. 3 (6-0, 6-2), Andy Dong and Michael Maryniuk at No. 4 (6-1, 6-2), and Jeremy Park and Nicolas Ryding at No. 5 (6-0, 6-2).


Stevenson 6, Waukegan 1: Jacob Rosenkranz, Christopher Farina and Nicholas Brueckert combined to hold the visiting Bulldogs to four hits in seven innings. SHS (15-11-1, 10-7) scored three times in the first inning on run-scoring singles from Nick Bonk (2-for-3) and Evan Kiah, plus an RBI groundout by Ryan Miller. Evan added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Caleb Evans (two runs, two stolen bases) capped the scoring with a two-run single in the sixth. –


Lake Zurich 10, Stevenson 3: Maggie O’Brien was 2-for-3 with two doubles for the visiting Patriots (6-13, 5-6). She had two of the team’s four hits. – Daily Herald

Water Polo Teams in Sectional This Week

The defending state champion boys and girls water polo teams begin their quest for a repeat at this week’s Buffalo Grove Sectional. The Patriot boys face Deerfield at 5 o’clock today, while the girls take on Wheeling at 5 p.m. Thursday. Stevenson is the No. 1 seed in both tournaments. The sectional semifinals are Friday, with the championship games on Saturday. Sectional pairings: Boys | Girls

Soccer Team Looks to Lapeire

Junior Hannah Lapeire is the centerpiece of the varsity girls soccer team’s offense. She’s also one of four team captains called upon by first-year head coach PepeJon Chavez to create a new culture within the program. Hannah talked with Tribune Media about how she and fellow captains Brianna VanZanten, Lauren Micek and Cassandra Farber have accepted Chavez’s challenge.


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Yearbook Distribution Next Week

Students who ordered an Ambassador yearbook can pick it up between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday, May 15-16. There are two convenient pick-up locations to choose from: In front of the Performing Arts Center, or in front of the College Career Center.

Clean Our PE Lockers by May 21

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day on Monday, May 21. After May 21, locks will 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. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina, 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 2019. Interested juniors who plan to apply to UNC may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return nomination forms is Thursday, May 24 (last day of finals).


Monday is the deadline for spring sports ESPPA nominations. Please go to this link to nominate an athlete or team for one or more categories. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Hodge at


Community college students paying more while enrollment drops

Partnership will allow students to attend Oakton, Elmhurst concurrently

Indian Prairie District 204 will cut custodian staff to pay higher wages

Chicago charter schools uniting for contract fight

Teacher charged with attempted murder has been sub at Cicero school

Mattoon district, teachers reach agreement on three-year contract

Hinsdale board delays buffer zone discussion to focus on referendum

Proviso District 209 looks to make changes at its three schools

U46 buying vacant building for $4M to create “family welcome center”

Woodstock district extends superintendent’s contract for five years

Kishwaukee College board approves third contract for president

Student gets two years probation for bringing stun gun to school

Naperville North student earns perfect scores on ACT, SAT, PSAT


North Carolina districts cancel classes in advance of teacher protest

Los Angeles school bus drivers, teacher assistants plan strike

Gates, Zuckerberg partner on new education initiative

Why are NYC’s schools segregated? It’s not as simple as housing

Detroit board votes to change name of “special education”

One Ohio school’s quest to rethink bad behavior


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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Bass Fishing Team Qualifies for State

The SHS bass fishing team finished third and fourth at the Illinois High School Association sectional tournament Monday in the northern part of the Chain O’Lakes, qualifying for the state finals.

Cameron Grisamore and Michael Crawford took third and automatically qualified for state with a total catch of 13.47 pounds, the highest amount recorded by a Stevenson team at sectionals. Daniel Salas and Jason Qualich finished fourth with 12.58 pounds and qualified as the alternate team. Jakub Koluc and Alex Meyers were alternates at the sectional. Coach Chris Mural’s team had the highest combined weight among the eight schools in the sectional, and its two boats caught more than all 15 boats at the Chain O’Lakes South Sectional.

The IHSA state finals will be held May 17-18 on Carlyle Lake near St. Louis. This is the fourth time Stevenson has qualified for state, joining the 2010, 2011 and 2016 teams.

Archery Team Prepares for Nationals

Stevenson’s archery team warmed up for its trip to nationals with a home match against Oak Park River Forest on Saturday. State champion Sami Hartman-Stackhouse was the overall winner with a score of 291. Patriots earned the next four places: Saumya Malhotra was second (283), followed by Kassie Muradian (280, her personal best), Desmond Ding (278) and Camryn Klein (277). The team leaves Thursday for the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament in Louisville.

Sophomore Duo Competing at National Event

Sophomores Tyler Selvaggi and Michael Kogan will compete at the Men’s Junior Olympic National Gymnastics Championships beginning Wednesday in Oklahoma City. They train at the Buffalo Grove Gymnastic Center, but are not part of the Stevenson boys gymnastics program.

Animal Welfare Club Rises From Hibernation

Members of the Animal Welfare Club are helping a local animal shelter by preparing and selling homemade dog treats, and donating the proceeds. Club sponsor Elizabeth Kenney talked with Tribune Media about the effort, as did students Stephanie Levitt and Michelle Bae.

Leave Your Mark at SHS, Buy a Brick

Stevenson families, area business and others are invited to leave their mark at the school by buying a brick paver for placement in the southwest entrance to the Stadium. There are two options available: a traditional-sized brick (4 inches by 8 inches) for $150 and a “super brick” (8 inches by 8 inches) for $275. The deadline to place a brick order is May 31. Click here to order your brick online.


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Monday, May 7 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 81, Warren 52: Maema Njongmeta broke his own school record in the discus, and the host Patriots (11-0) completed a perfect dual-meet season by winning 10 of 17 events. The junior unleashed a winning throw of 175 feet, 11 inches, surpassing the record of 168 feet, 11 inches he set last week. Nikita Smyrnov won the 800-meter run (1:59.5) and the 1,600-meter run (4:32.2). Other individual winners for SHS were Dan Erdenetsogt in shot put (46-10), David Smolensky in the 100 (11.2), Jordan Vincent in the 400 (52.3) and Jack Worwa in the 200 (24.3). Stevenson also won three relays: the 3,200 (9:03.0), the 800 (1:31.4) and the 400 (44.0).


Stevenson 10, Waukegan 2: Ryan McElhinny drove in three runs and crossed the plate three times for the visiting Patriots (14-11-1, 9-7), who erupted for seven runs in the first three innings. Ryan went 2-for-4 at the plate. Evan Kiah was 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Zachary Taylor was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI doubles. Matthew Mittelmark was the winning pitcher, throwing three scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits while striking out five and walking none. Eli Fishbein and Nicholas Wang each threw two innings in relief, with no earned runs scored. –


Libertyville 11, Stevenson 1: Hailey Peterson had two of the host Patriots’ four hits. Haley Barnes hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh for SHS (6-12, 5-5). –

Boys Lacrosse

Grayslake Central 12, Stevenson 10: Austin Masters scored five goals and assisted on four others for the visiting Patriots (5-10). Ryan Walsh scored three times, Alexander Hurrell had two goals, and Caleb Benoit-DiMaria added one goal and an assist. Cole Okmin and Alexander Dove each had two assists. Chad Winter made 10 saves.

Girls Soccer

Warren 6, Stevenson 3: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots’ goals came from Lauren Micek, Brianna VanZanten and Kristin Hill. Gracie Wingfield, Katie Sakshaug and Izzy Michael each had an assist for SHS (9-5-2, 4-2-1).

Boys Tennis

New Trier 5, Stevenson 2: In Winnetka, the Patriots (8-1) received wins at No. 1 singles from Zachary Kim (6-0, 6-4) and at No. 5 doubles from Nicolas Ryding and Jeremy Park (4-6, 6-4, 6-3).

Is Your Student Interested in Swimming in College?

Is your son or daughter thinking about swimming in college, but you don’t know where to begin? Stevenson swim parents will be meeting informally at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 in Room 2104 to share their experiences, and to ask questions of people who have been through or are currently going through the swimming recruiting process. Anyone is welcome to attend. Questions about the event can be directed to Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at


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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.


SIU system faces potential split as campuses argue over funds

Illinois Senate OKs plan to require 150 minutes a week of PE

Lawmakers to consider allowing IMSA to admit out-of-state students

Evanston student newspaper confiscation leads to policy change

Fenwick High to demolish residential buildings for temporary parking

Ex-Lockport teacher pleads guilty to “revenge porn”

Wheaton police chief stepping down to lead COD training academy


Court rules on duty of colleges, professors to prevent suicide

How school home visits are changing relationships in Detroit

The new path to college presidency: Be a chief diversity officer

South Carolina districts buy houses, expand recruiting to attract teachers

How many judgment calls does a teacher make in 90 seconds?

George Washington students take aim at “offensive” Colonial mascot

The best Teacher Appreciation Day gift ideas, according to teachers

Why many teenagers no longer even look for a summer job

The mystery man who gave math tutoring on the subway

Meet the principal who defended desegregation against angry parents


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Monday, May 7, 2018

Math Team Finishes Second in State

Stevenson finished second at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Class 4AA state finals Saturday at the University of Illinois, its third consecutive runner-up finish after winning the championship in 2015. SHS posted a team score of 1,032, behind Naperville North’s record-setting 1,138, and ahead of Whitney Young’s 1,010. (Click here for all team and individual results.) Stevenson has not placed lower than fourth at state in more than 25 years.

SHS won three events to cap one of its most successful seasons ever. The Geometry team of Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Emily Lu, Richard Liu, Philena Liu and Emily Kang took top honors, with Eric and Dylan tying for first place individually. Emily Lu was ninth. Josh Yoon and Andy Hwang finished first in the Junior-Senior Two-Person event, and Joey Rivkin and Albert Cao paired to captured the Oral Presentation category.

SHS placed second in three events: Algebra 1, Precalculus and Junior-Senior Eight-Person. The Algebra 1 team included Ram Potham, who finished first among all individuals, Praneet Rathi (sixth overall), James Kim, Doogie Lee, Sai Merneedi and James Xie. The Precalculus team included Josh and Andy, who were fourth and fifth overall, respectively, plus Albert, Haoyang Yu, Andrew Luo and Hideki Maeda. The Junior-Senior Eight-Person roster featured Joey, Haoyang, Josh, Albert, Angela Zhang, Devanshi Gupta, James Lim and Wilson Zhu.

The Calculator team of Andy, Andrew, James Kim, Josh Tsai and Tony Tan was third. The Frosh-Soph Eight-Person squad finished fifth behind Andrew Zhuang, Ram, Sai, Eric, Dylan, Emily Hu, Emily Lu and James Xie. The Junior-Senior Relay team of Matthew Jalnos, Tony, Haoyang and Andrew Luo was sixth. Two groups placed seventh: the Algebra 2 team of Joey (first overall), Matthew, Alex Dong, Rachel Zhang, Tejas Ambravan and James Lim, and the Frosh-Soph Relay unit of Richard, Brandon Lu, Radha Patel and Emily Hu.

Stevenson recorded a slew of accomplishments during the 2017-18 season, in addition to placing second at state. SHS won the Math Madness national championship in December, claimed its fifth North Suburban Math League title in March, and earned a top-six finish at the M3 Math Challenge for the second straight year. Stevenson will have a dozen students competing with the Chicago all-star teams during the 43rd annual American Regions Mathematics League competition on June 2.

The math team’s seniors closed out their careers with one state title (in 2015), three consecutive runner-up finishes (2016, 2017 and 2018), two conference titles, two top-six finishes at the M3 Challenge that resulted in $25,000 in scholarships, and the national Math Madness title.

The math team coaches included Joe Bettina, who is retiring at the end of the school year, plus Sydney Hendricks, Teresa Da Ponte, Brad Habel, Eric Anderson, Chris Arends, Chris Thibaudeau, Grant Johnson, Andrew Richardson and Paul Kim.

Lubin Resigns From School Board

Bruce Lubin, who has served on the District 125 Board of Education since 2002 and was president from 2007-17, announced his resignation today to pursue a new position as chairman of the board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. His resignation as District 125 president is effective immediately. The Board of Education is seeking qualified District 125 residents who are interested in filling the vacancy created by Lubin’s departure. Read this article for more details.

Orchestra Awards Concert Tuesday Night

The Orchestra Awards Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be live streamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at


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Saturday, May 5 Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The 3,200-meter relay team of Natalie Sparreo, Gabriela Jagielo, Kendall Roberts and Isabelle Sparreo won the conference title in 9:48.21, leading the Patriots to a third-place finish at Zion-Benton. Isabelle and Natalie Sorenson added second-place finishes in the 1,600 (5:13.86) and 3,200 (11:45.03), respectively. Camille Clay was runner-up in shot put (37 feet, 10 inches) and discus (107 feet). Haley Tokars took third in the 100 (13.10) and 200 (26.97). Three other Patriots were third: Alyssa Smith in the 100 hurdles (18.05), Kesina Daley in the high jump (4-10) and Angelica Lopez in the discus (95-0). Four individuals finished fourth: Gabriela in the 800 (2:25.65), Michelle Yu in the 3,200 (12:37.92), Miffy Tani in the 100 hurdles (18.06), and Marie Pascual in the triple jump (33-8.5). Also finishing fourth were the 400 relay with Haley, Emily Ossentjuk, Jordan Tollison and Raeden Mays (51.36), and the 1,600 relay with Kendall, Gabriela, Denisa Voshtina and Meghan Liss (4:17.56). The 800 relay of Emily, Haley, Jordan and Michelle Cai was fifth in the 800 relay (1:53.13) and Maddie Kadens finished fifth in the long jump (15-9.75). Stevenson also had four sixth-place finishes: Emily in the 100 (13.28), Denisa in the 400 (1:03.08), Natalie Sparreo in the 1,600 (5:34.44) and Jessica Wang in the triple jump (33-3.5). SHS had 104 points in the team standings, behind Lake Zurich (120) and Warren (112). The Patriot junior varsity won its conference championship and broke seven JV school records in the process. Details are available below. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: Zachary Kim and Sam Komis combined to win the No. 1 doubles title, defeating Hinsdale Central’s top duo, 7-5, 6-4. In the team standings, Stevenson was third with 51 points, behind Hinsdale Central (60) and New Trier (56). – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Coed Classic: The top-ranked Patriots (29-1) continued their torrid play, rolling to three victories and extending their winning streak to 27 games. SHS beat Neuqua Valley (15-3), No. 5 Naperville Central (17-8) and No. 15 Lincoln-Way Central (14-7). Nine players scored against Neuqua Valley, led by Lauren Maloney, who had four goals. Claire Haas scored six goals in the win over Naperville Central, including four in the first half as the Pats built a 9-4 halftime lead. Kalista Tapas scored five times in the win over LWC, as the Patriots broke a 5-5 tie with nine unanswered goals during the second and third quarters.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Coed Classic: The third-ranked Patriots (25-4) recorded wins against No. 10 Neuqua Valley (11-9) and Lincoln-Way Central (11-7) around a last-minute loss to second-ranked Naperville Central (7-6). Against Neuqua Valley, Collin Kapecki scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the fourth quarter. Collin, Eric Osuch and Dima Kobets each had three goals against Lincoln-Way Central, as SHS built a 9-2 lead and held off a late Knight rally. Collin scored two of his three goals in the frenetic fourth quarter against Naperville Central, in which the Redhawks scored with 20 seconds remaining for the win.

Boys Lacrosse

Warren 16, Stevenson 11: In the completion of a game suspended by lightning Wednesday, the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (10-1) rallied for the win. The Patriots (5-9) led 7-6 three-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter when play was suspended. Ryan Walsh led SHS with five goals, while Austin Masters had three goals and three assists. Alexander Dove had a goal and an assist, while Alexander Hurrell and Benjamin Niesman also scored. Chad Winter made 14 saves.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: The Patriots (24-8) finished seventh in the two-day tournament. SHS beat Lake Forest, 25-13, 25-12, after falling to Oak Park River Forest, 25-19, 27-25. Gavin Meng led the Pats with 15 kills in the two matches. Leo Chen had 11 kills against OPRF, the only match he played. Will Sorenson was 53-of-58 setting with 27 assists against Oak Park, and Haddon Kay was 41-of-42 with 18 assists versus Lake Forest. Justin Ross had one solo block and six block assists against Lake Forest.

Friday, May 4 Varsity Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Maine South 7: Ryan Walsh scored four goals and assisted on another, and Alexander Dove contributed three goals and two assists for the host Patriots (5-8). Austin Masters scored twice and had three assists, while Caden Colvig and Cole Okmin each had a goal and two assists. Goalie Chad Winter made 10 saves. Alexander Hurrell, Bryce Wujcik and Nathan Spina also scored.

Girls Lacrosse

Evanston 18, Stevenson 6

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: At Glenbrook North, the Patriots (23-7) won two of their three pool play matches on the tournament’s opening day. SHS beat Niles West, 25-12, 25-21, and Buffalo Grove, 25-13, 21-25, 15-13, after losing to Glenbard West, 25-10, 25-14. Will Sorenson was 145-of-146 setting with 52 assists. He also had 16 digs in the three matches, and served five aces against Niles West. Leo Chen led Stevenson with 22 kills on the night, including 13 versus Buffalo Grove. Gavin Meng added 14 kills and Justin Ross had 12. George Lie made 25 digs.


Lakes 11, Stevenson 1: Maggie Trotter scored the lone run for the visiting Patriots (6-11) on Mara Lippman’s single to right field in the top of the second inning. –


Lake Zurich 5, Stevenson 3: Caleb Evans went 3-for-4 with a run batted in and two stolen bases for the host Patriots (13-11-1, 8-7) in the completion of a game suspended after one inning on Thursday. Hayden Brotz and Ryan Miller also RBIs. Isaiah Hart walked twice and scored a run. –

JV Girls Track Team Wins NSC Meet, Sets 7 Records

The junior varsity girls track and field team closed its season by winning the North Suburban Conference JV championship Saturday at Lake Forest. The Patriots won eight NSC titles and set seven JV school records during the meet. Jade Cadichon was part of four record-breaking efforts. She won the 100-meter dash (13.14) and 200-meter dash (27.41), and was part of two winning relays with Haleigh Fobbe, Olga Piatkowska and Payton Nierman: the 400 (51.81) and the 800 (1:52.01). Emma Self also won an NSC title and established a new JV record in the 400 (1:02.44). Other conference champions were Emma Potocki in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches), Jessica Zhang in the triple jump (30-11) and Natali Freihammer in the shot put (97-9). Jessica set a new JV school record in the long jump (14-10.5) while finishing second, and Tess Clorfene established a new record while finishing sixth in the pole vault (7-6).

Six entries finished second: Lindsay Hendler in the 400 (1:05.07), Alyssa Collins in the 800 (2:46.03), Varsha Shreekumar in the 100 hurdles (19.66), Olivia Holsen in the shot put (28-0), the 1,600 relay team of Lindsay, Emma Self, Ashley Anderson and Hallie Feldman (4:32.10), and the 3,200 relay team of Alyssa, Dorothy Yin, Emily Fejes and Sam Burger (11:06.83). Stevenson also had six third-place individual finishes: Haleigh in the 100 (13.49), Olga in the 200 (28.65), Joanne Kim in the 800 (2:47.06), Hallie in the 1,600 (6:01.08), Emma Finnegan in the 3,200 (13:44.52) and Varsha in the 300 hurdles (57.12). Natali was fourth in shot put (26-4), Rachel Calso was sixth in 100 hurdles (19.91) and Olivia was sixth in discus (69-3).


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The final Visiting Artist of the Month presentation for the 2017-18 school year will take place Friday during second and third periods. Chicago artist Rine Boyer will discuss her work, which focuses on using acrylic paint and ink to create two- and three-dimensional painted drawings. The presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building.


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