Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Graduation Speakers Announced

Graduating seniors Sanam Jhaveri and Ananya Shah will deliver the two student addresses at the school’s 54th annual commencement on Friday. Sanam will give the Scriptor speech, which is a reflective look at the senior class’ lives from kindergarten through high school. Ananya will follow with the Gubernator speech, a forward-looking address focusing on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the Class of 2019. The pair was chosen through an application process open to any senior, which included providing a written and video version of the proposed speech. Friday’s commencement begins at 5 p.m. Friday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

Catalyst Members Present at BG Village Board Meeting

Several students from the Catalyst club attended the Buffalo Grove Village Board meeting Monday night, urging trustees to approve a resolution opposing the statewide legalization of recreational marijuana. Junior Victor Shi, sophomore Rebekah Jin and 2018 alumna Ananya Pati gave a presentation in support of the resolution, which calls on state lawmakers to slow down the legalization process to allow for further study of the issue. They were joined by other SHS and Aptakisic Junior High School students who are part of Catalyst, a youth group affiliated with the Stand Strong Coalition. The board narrowly approved the resolution, 4-3, with Village President Beverly Sussman casting the deciding vote.

Scholastic Bowl Teams Heading to National Contest

Stevenson’s two Scholastic Bowl teams will compete at the 2019 High School National Championship Tournament this weekend in Atlanta. A total of 336 teams are registered for the event, which is the top prep quiz bowl event in the country.

Trio Honored for Chemistry Aptitude

Three students were honored by the American Chemical Society after they qualified for the organization’s national exam. Leading the way was junior Allen Ding, who was among the top 20 scorers out of 16,000 who took the exam in late April. He qualified for the second straight year to attend next month’s International Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp. The two-week camp determines the four-member United States team that will compete at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad July 21-30 in Paris. He received High Honors on the national exam, as did junior Richard Yin. Also honored was sophomore Rick Wang, who received Honors designation. Richard and Allen are half of the leadership team of the SHS Chemistry Club, along with seniors Angela Zhang and Josephine Zhang. The club sponsors this year were Christina Higgins and Kevin Crowe.

Students Present Exhibit at Chicago History Museum

The National History Day-bound team of juniors Matthew Li, Govind Prabhakar, Erin Yuan and Bridget Zhu presented their exhibit, Reversing the Flow of History: Triumph and Tragedy of the Chicago River, to the attendees of the Spark Awards Tuesday night at the Chicago History Museum. The Spark Awards is a fundraiser that recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Chicago history, the Chicago Metro History Fair, and education. The National History Day competition is June 9-13 at the University of Maryland.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Buffalo Grove Sectional: Keeper Jenny Staten made five saves, including two key stops in the first half, as the top-seeded Patriots edged No. 4 Lake Zurich, 1-0, advancing to the sectional championship. SHS (21-1-2) will face third-seeded Fremd in the title game at 11 a.m. Saturday. This will be the first sectional final appearance for Stevenson since 2007. Tuesday’s lone goal came in the second half off the foot of Emma Ramagnano, who scored off an assist from Kalyssa VanZanten. The Patriots, who posted their 14th consecutive shutout and 19th of the season, have allowed only six goals in 2019. Stevenson also shut out Lake Zurich (12-10-1) by the same score in its regular-season meeting on April 23. Fremd and SHS have not met this season. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Libertyville Regional: The Patriots lost to Lake Zurich in the regional semifinals, 25-18, 25-23, ending their season with a 27-9 record. Thomas Finn led fourth-seeded SHS with five kills, while Will Sorenson, Gavin Meng and Andrew Keevins all had three. Will led the team with 10 digs and two aces. Andrew was 38-of-38 setting with 13 assists. Samuel Epstein added eight digs. Stevenson reached the 27-win mark for the second straight season. Lake Zurich (24-13), the No. 5 seed, will face top-seeded Deerfield for the regional championship. – Daily Herald


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Senior Party Bus Boarding Information

Seniors going to the Senior Class Party will board buses outside the Field House (parking lot D) at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. The cruise runs from 3-5 p.m., with students returning to SHS at approximately 7 p.m.

Volunteers Needed for Great Lakes Games

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association is looking for volunteers to help at the 2019 Great Lakes Games, which take place June 13-16 at Lake Forest and Niles West high schools. Athletes will compete in a variety of adaptive sports, including archery, boccia, powerlifting, swimming, and track and field. All volunteers will receiving training on site and no previous experience is needed. Volunteers must be 14 years or older. To see volunteer opportunities available, and to sign up, click here.


Argo postpones graduation after shooting threats

Popular Minooka principal’s resignation causes stir

OPRF will pay $53K to reprint yearbooks

Woodstock student attacks classmate with box cutter

Whitney Young teacher carjacked in school lot

Hinsdale cutting several clubs, merging others

Northbrook school bus hit by stray bullets


The push to have schools screen for dyslexia

Teacher arrested for bringing gun, knives to school

Teacher charged with threatening to “shoot up” school

ABA approves tougher sanctions for law schools

Life in a higher education desert

LA charter founder who misspent $3.2M gets prison


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Residency Verification Starts Today

Today is the first day that families can submit documentation as evidence that they live within District 125 attendance boundaries. Documentation must be submitted in person between now and June 17. Click here for drop-off dates and times. Once residency documents have been submitted and verified, families will be able to complete the online registration and fee payment process, which opens June 19.

Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, each SHS family will be required to share such documentation on an annual basis. The change, which puts Stevenson in line with most area high schools, is meant to ensure that taxpayer resources are used as effectively as possible for the education of students who live within the school district.

Summer School Update

Students who are enrolled in summer school will receive letters with teacher and room assignments during the last week of May. Incoming freshmen and transfer students will receive their iPads in the classroom on their first day of summer school. Summer school bus routes will be posted on the Stevenson website at once they are available.

For those who have not signed up for summer school, registration continues online until Friday. After that, registration will be on a walk-in basis only. Cancellations may be made by emailing

SHS Wins UW-Parkside Geography Bowl

Stevenson captured the championship at the 31st annual Geography Bowl at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Monday. SHS has won the title in each of its three appearances in the competition, which included sophomore and upper-class teams. Stevenson’s roster featured all sophomores: Team captain Ishaan Khullar, plus Avinash Kalanadhabhatta, Praneet Rathi, Saketh Nama, Rohan Pemmasani and Rohit Pemmasani.

Tandem Qualifies for State Bass Fishing Tournament

Two members of the school’s bass fishing team have qualified for the upcoming Illinois Bass Nation state tournament. Junior Jason Qualich and sophomore Charles Zheng finished second in Sunday’s IBN tournament on the Des Plaines River, earning a berth in the state meet June 2 on Clinton Lake near Champaign. The pair caught five fish weighing a total of 8.88 pounds. Senior brothers Cameron Grisamore and Jack Grisamore will compete June 1 on Clinton Lake in an IBN state-qualifier event.


Friday’s Daily Digest entry on perfect ACT and SAT scorers noted junior Radha Patel’s perfect ACT, but failed to mention her perfect SAT.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at IHSA Libertyville Regional: The fourth-seeded Patriots (27-8) beat No. 11 Libertyville (6-30) in the quarterfinals, 25-22, 25-21, advancing to tonight’s 6:30 semifinal against No. 5 Lake Zurich, a two-set winner over No. 10 Mundelein. Junior Gavin Meng had eight kills and senior Thomas Finn added seven for SHS, which defeated Lake Zurich, 25-20, 25-21, on April 17. In the regional quarterfinal, junior Andrew Keevins was 42-of-45 setting with 20 assists. Senior Will Sorenson was 10-of-11 with three assists, and also had two aces and eight digs. Junior Samuel Epstein made 10 digs and classmate Justin Ross added four kills.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson in IHSA Stevenson Sectional: Senior Erica Spieler and junior Kilian Weber each scored four goals as the top-seeded Patriots hammered Highland Park, 17-4, in the sectional quarterfinal game at Warren Township High School. SHS (12-7), which has won 11 of its last 12 games, will face the winner of No. 4 Vernon Hills versus No. 5 Libertyville in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stadium. Kilian added two assists and Erica had one. Senior Sophie Sorenson had three goals and three assists, while classmate Georgia Maskalunas recorded two goals and an assist. Junior Jamie Fisher scored twice, and senior Aedyn Gorenberg and junior Maggie Kirby also scored. The Patriot defense, led by senior Payton Jagiello and junior Shaina Zilber, caused 11 turnovers. Junior goalies Lara Koutah and Anastasia Crews each played a half. Lara made seven saves on nine shots in the first half, while Anastasia had five saves on seven shots in the second half.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson at IHSA Lake Forest Sectional: The Patriots’ season came to an end with a 16-5 loss to top-seeded Lake Forest in the quarterfinals. Senior Seth Collins led SHS with three goals, while freshman Ryan Hynes and senior John Greenbury also scored. John’s goal was the first of his career, according to the coaching staff. – @PatsLax

Girls Soccer Sectional Semifinal at Buffalo Grove

Stevenson’s girls soccer team will attempt to make more history this week. The third-ranked Patriots have won a school-record 20 games, including a record 18 by shutout, and have only given up six goals all season. The next major milestone is the IHSA sectional championship. Stevenson has never won a sectional title since the IHSA added the sport in 1983. Coach PepeJon Chavez’s team can take the first step toward a sectional crown when it faces Lake Zurich at 5 o’clock today at Buffalo Grove High School. Stevenson beat the Bears 1-0 on April 23, en route to a perfect North Suburban Conference record that included no goals allowed in six games. SHS (20-1-2) is the top seed in the sectional, while Lake Zurich (12-9-1) is No. 4.

SHS Softball Regional Starts Today

The IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Softball Regional begins today, but the hosts don’t play until Wednesday. Hersey plays Waukegan at 4:30 today in the first semifinal, while SHS takes on Carmel in the second semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The semifinal winners meet for the regional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday. Stevenson and Carmel squared off in the second game of the season on March 19, with Maggie Trotter’s grand slam lifting the Patriots to a 10-6 victory.

Baseball Regional Matchup Set

The Patriot baseball team, the No. 2 seed in the IHSA Class 4A St. Viator Sectional, will face No. 15 Highland Park in the Stevenson Regional semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. SHS (23-9) lost to the Giants in the opening game of the season. The Patriots are No. 12 in the latest Daily Herald rankings.

PPA Offers Free Admission Deals on Wednesday

The Patriot Parent Association is paying for free admission for the first 25 SHS students who attend Wednesday’s girls lacrosse sectional, and softball or baseball regional games at Stevenson. Students must show their school ID to receive free admission.

Future Patriot Athletic Night for Grades 7-8

Local seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls can learn what it take to play sports at Stevenson during the PREP program’s “Future Patriot Athletic Night” Wednesday night in the Sports Center. Coaches from various SHS sports will train students in dynamic warm-ups, agility exercises, functional fitness movements, athletic nutrition, and the expectations of being a student-athlete. The evening runs from 6-8:30 p.m., with a parent meeting from 8-8:30. The cost is $15. Click here to sign up.


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Last Day to Clean Out PE Lockers

All Physical Education lockers must be cleaned out by the end of classes today. Locks will then be cut off and any belongings left behind will be donated to local charities.

Textbook Return Information for All Students

Seniors may return their textbooks on Monday and Tuesday, May 20-21, in the Lower Sports Center Lobby from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All other students may return textbooks Wednesday through Friday, May 22-24, in the Lower Sports Center Lobby from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lose Something? Check These Lost-and-Found Areas

If you’ve lost a lunch bag, water bottle, pencil case, backpack, sweatshirt or some other item of importance, check one of the lost-and-found areas to see if it’s been turned in. Lost-and-found items are placed in Room 2416 in the West Building, and in Room 5024 (in the Field House lobby) in the East Building.


Illinois charter school battles coming to a head

Ex-Harvey teacher-coach charged with assault

Committee to find next president of SIU

Urbana district chooses new superintendent

Wheeling district moves toward full-day kindergarten

Uptown mansion owners suing public school

Bradley University president announces retirement

Sterling schools strike 5-year stadium agreement

Morehouse grads’ benefactor has Chicago ties


ACT comes out against SAT “adversity index”

Secession movement in Baton Rouge

Fast-growing Texas city fights enrollment decline

Which colleges’ anti-drinking rules actually work?

Investigation: DeVos used personal email for work

Several Ohio schools scrap valedictorian title

Ex-Temple chief named Wyoming’s interim president

Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

Autistic student gives commencement address


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Monday, May 20, 2019

Final Exams for Seniors Start Tuesday

Final exams for seniors begin Tuesday and end Thursday. Finals for all other grades start Wednesday, and conclude Friday. Senior exams on Tuesday will take place in the Field House. Visit our final exams web page for the entire schedule.

State Water Polo Champions to be Honored Tuesday

The girls water polo team won its third consecutive Illinois High School Association state championship on Saturday, defeating Naperville North, 11-5. The team will be honored, along with state badminton doubles champions Jenny Yang and Emily Hu, during a recognition ceremony before school on Tuesday in Room 2104. The water polo team will be honored at 7:45 a.m., followed by the doubles champions at 8 o’clock. Details on the water polo victory are in the Patriot Sports section.

Milwaukee Avenue Lane Closures Coming Soon

Traffic on Milwaukee Avenue near Corporate Woods Parkway in Vernon Hills will be reduced to one lane in both directions beginning as early as today, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The lane closures are due to a culvert replacement and other drainage improvements at the intersection. Delays are expected near the work zone. The work is expected to last until the end of September. Drivers who use Milwaukee Avenue as part of their drive to or from Stevenson may want to consider alternate routes, such as Fairway Drive, instead.


Friday’s report on perfect ACT and SAT scorers misspelled the name of junior Matthew Li. Also, due to an error by the ACT, junior Fanny Borukhova was omitted from the list of perfect ACT scorers during the 2018-19 school year.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots won their third consecutive state championship and fourth in the last five years, defeating Naperville North, 11-5, in the title game after beating Mother McAuley, 13-7, in the semifinals. SHS finished the year with a 36-0 record, and extended its winning streak to 69 games. Coach Jeff Wimer’s team outscored its opponents, 535-141. This was the second perfect season in school history, matching the 36-0 mark put up by the 2015 state champions. In the championship game, the Patriots removed any doubts about the outcome by halftime, taking a 7-2 lead. Naperville closed the gap to 8-5 after three quarters, but SHS shutout the Huskies, 3-0, in the final frame. Senior Lauren Maloney scored seven goals in the title tilt, and classmate Kalista Tapas added two. Fellow senior Anne Baldino and junior Shreya Sreedhar also scored. Senior goalie Anna Mossakowski made nine saves. Kalista led the way in the semifinals, scoring seven times against the third-seeded Mighty Macs. Lauren had four goals, and Shreya and senior Eleanor Michaud also scored. The semifinal also had little mystery, as SHS led 5-1 after one quarter and 9-2 at halftime. Anna made eight saves. Stevenson has now won four state championships in program history, second only to Fenwick, which has nine. The Patriots are the second team to win three straight state championships, matching the Friars. SHS also has tied Fenwick with four titles in a five-year span.NFHS Replay (championship game) | Championship Game Boxscore | Semifinal Box | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Meet: Senior Natalie Sorenson placed 11th in the 3,200-meter run and sophomore Camille Clay finished 12th in shot put and discus at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Natalie, making her first state appearance, posted a time of 11:00.48, about one second shy of earning a medal. Camille, who was ninth in the shot put last year, had a top effort of 40 feet, 6.25 inches, then followed with a toss of 122 feet, 6 inches in the discus. In Friday’s preliminaries, the 400-meter relay team of senior Raeden Mays, junior Hailey Peterson, and sophomores Jade Cadichon and Jordan Tollison finished sixth in its heat with a time of 49.77 seconds, but did not reach the finals. – Official Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 2A Sectional: The Patriots won their 13th consecutive sectional championship, finishing 1-2 in singles and doubles at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, and will send six players to this week’s state tournament. Sophomore Eric Perkowski defeated senior Zach Kim for the singles title, 6-1, 6-0, for his second straight sectional crown and state berth. He was half of Stevenson’s sectional doubles champion and state runner-up last year. Zach, meanwhile, will be making his fourth state appearance, and finished fourth in state last spring. Seniors Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan beat sophomores Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy, 6-2, 6-1, for their first sectional doubles championship. Arjun and Ozzie upset the top-seeded tandem from Lake Forest in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-7 (7), 6-2. The Lake Forest duo had beaten them in three previous encounters this season, including last week’s North Suburban Conference final. Ozzie and Arjun will be making their third straight trip to state, while Daniel and Payton qualified for the first time. Stevenson outscored Lake Forest, 36-26, for the team title. The Patriots have placed in the state’s top 10 every year since 2007, and tied for second in 2018. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson at IHSA Lake Forest Sectional: Freshman Ryan Hynes scored his sixth goal of the game with 10 seconds remaining as the Patriots edged Palatine, 13-12, in the sectional play-in game in the Stadium. SHS advances to the sectional semifinals today at 5:30 against the top-seeded hosts. The two teams met May 1, with the Scouts coming away with a 12-4 decision. University of Missouri commit Seth Collins had two goals against Palatine, as did sophomore Owen Hancock. Seniors Cole Okmin and Tommy Yore, and junior Mitchell Benyukhis also scored. Stevenson never trailed in the contest, although it was tied twice, at 1-1 in the first quarter and 12-12 in the fourth. – NFHS Network Replay | @PatsLax


Stevenson 3, Lincoln-Way Central 0: Five pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the host Patriots (23-9) closed the regular season with their sixth consecutive victory. Starting pitcher Nick Wang went the first three innings, followed by one-inning stints from Eli Fishbein, Nick Brueckert, Hayden Brotz and Jacob Rosenkranz. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when JT Tumpowsky drove in Ryan Miller with a sacrifice fly. SHS added two more runs in the sixth on RBIs from Ryan McElhinny and Benjamin Ries. Stevenson did not allow a hit in the final four innings, and Hayden struck out the side in the sixth. Nick Brueckert picked up the win and Jacob earned the save. Stevenson plays host to an IHSA regional, and will face the winner of today’s Rolling Meadows-Highland Park game at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. SHS is the No. 2 seed in the St. Viator Sectional. Meadows is No. 18 and Highland Park No. 15. –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson hosted IHSA Regional: Kristin Hill scored two goals and Alyssa Bende added the third as the Patriots beat Buffalo Grove, 3-0, in the Stadium to capture their second consecutive regional championship and fourth in the last eight seasons. Top-seeded SHS (20-1-2) will face No. 4 Lake Zurich (12-9-1) in the Buffalo Grove Sectional semifinals at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Friday’s victory marked Stevenson’s 18th shutout of the season, and 13th straight whitewash. The Patriots have allowed six goals all year. Kristin, a senior and one of the team’s three captains, scored off an assist from classmate Kalyssa VanZanten in the first half, and the pair repeated the feat in the second half. Alyssa, a sophomore, closed out the scoring with an assist from senior Emma Ramagnano. The win capped an unbeaten home season for SHS, which has not lost a home game since May 7, 2018. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA State Quarterfinals: Defending state champion Naperville Central scored with three seconds remaining to edge the Patriots, 6-5, ending Stevenson’s season with a 23-11 record. The Redhawks (34-1) went on to win the state title on Saturday. After Naperville took a 2-0 lead, goals by Drew Wangard and Dima Kobets tied the game. Central took a 3-2 halftime lead, then neither squad scored in the third quarter. Beno Maya tied the game, then the Redhawks scored two unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead. Dima scored, then fed Mark Holzer, whose goal tied the game with 1:13 remaining. Goalkeeper Alex Mitchell made 14 saves against a Redhawk team that entered the state finals averaging 11 goals per game. – Official Boxscore | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Girls Lacrosse Opens Sectional Play

The girls lacrosse team, the top seed in the Stevenson Sectional, will take on Highland Park in the semifinals at 5 o’clock today at Warren Township High School in Gurnee. Highland Park reached the semifinals by winning its play-in game against Warren on Friday. The winner of tonight’s game will play No. 4 Vernon Hills or No. 5 Libertyville at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stadium. Stevenson carries an 11-7 record into today’s contest, and has won 10 of its last 11 games.

Boys Volleyball at Libertyville Regional

The Patriot boys volleyball takes the court at Libertyville tonight at 6:30 for an IHSA regional matchup against the host Wildcats. Stevenson (26-8)  is the No. 4 seed in the Machesney Park Harlem Sectional, while Libertyville (6-29) is No. 11. The two teams tussled on April 3, with SHS winning in two sets. The winner of tonight’s match faces No. 5 Lake Zurich or No. 10 Mundelein in the regional semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


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Graduating Seniors Needed for New SHS Safety Video

Stevenson is filming and producing its own “active aggressor” safety video. Mr. Latka is in need of 50 graduating seniors to serve next week as extras in the production. He is looking for students who are coachable, dependable and eager to keep students safe on campus. Students will be paid and fed. This is a professional video production. Here is the Northwestern University video produced last summer by the same production company that will be making Stevenson’s video. Extras are needed on the following days. Please go to Room 2400 to sign up.

Wednesday, May 29, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.: 40 students are needed. This will be a long day, but it is a very important day in which the Class of 2019 will be teaching future classes how to get safe at SHS. The pay is $40 plus food.

Thursday, May 30, 1-4 p.m.: 10 students are needed. The pay is $20 plus food.

The video is intended for internal use. However, it may be shared with other schools as a learning tool. All student extras will need to turn in a release form. Students who are 18 years old may sign for themselves. Students who are 17 will need parent permission. This is the release form SHS will need in order for students to participate.

Do You Have Any Unpaid Fines?

Graduating seniors who have unpaid fines (or are unsure if they have unpaid fines) can stop by the School Business Office (Room 2426) in the West Building. A list of unpaid fines (by student ID number) will be posted at Friday morning’s mandatory graduation rehearsal as well. Unpaid fine information for all other students will not be available until next week.


Bill suspending teacher basic skills test goes to Pritzker

Should Illinois nix its algebra requirement?

Waukegan hires outside law firm to investigate allegations

CTU president re-elected, issues warning to Lightfoot

OPRF will not distribute yearbooks over image concerns

District may consolidate after failed referendum

Antioch school to be renamed after former principal

Electrical fire closes Park Ridge school

La Grange district says grade-level centers off the table


Billionaire will pay off $40M in debt for Morehouse grads

Ex-Oregon football star stops armed student at school

“Lunch shaming” facing scrutiny around the country

Cities convincing voters to pay higher taxes for preschool

Teen graduates from high school, Harvard in same month


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Friday, May 17, 2019

62 Students Post Perfect ACT, SAT Scores

Thirty-two members of the Class of 2019 earned perfect ACT or SAT scores during their high school careers, according to reports from the organizations that oversee each exam. In addition, 30 other students in grades 9-11 earned perfect scores on the ACT exam during the 2018-19 school year.

The federal Family Educational and Privacy Rights Act requires the school to receive consent from a parent or guardian before releasing student names publicly. Here are the names of students with perfect scores whose parents or guardians gave consent to publicize them. (Four families did not respond, and one student requested to be left out.) The following had perfect ACT scores unless shown otherwise:

Seniors: Ishaan Deshmukh, Chase Duvall, Adam Elkins (SAT), Andrew Gan, Samarth Goel, Devanshi Gupta, Andrew Huang, Jason Huang, Jessica Keane, Miranda Liu, Emily Luo, Rohit Mandava, Aniket Nuthalapati, Meghan Oh, Poojan Palwai, Varun Putcha, Rahul Ramkumar, Joseph Rivkin, Saiaishwarya Sanchula, Shreya Viswanathan, Daniel Wang, Melanie Wang, Jennifer Xiong, Andrew Yoon, Hannah Zhang, Rachel Zhang and Joshua Zhu.

Juniors: Fanny Borukhova, Advait Deoskar (ACT and SAT), Eric Gan, Andrew Harris, Dylan Hu, Shrusti Jain (SAT), Akash Kumar, Matthew Li (SAT), Philena Liu, Emily Lu, Kaitlyn Lu, Ellen Ma, Kiran Mohan, Sathwik Palwai, Radha Patel (ACT and SAT), Govind Prabhakar, Priya Rao, Samuel Roytburd (ACT and SAT), Sohan Sarabu, Paul Shin, Shreevarsha Shreekumar, Joshua Tsai (ACT and SAT), Jasmine Wang, Celeste Xu, Richard Yin, Erin Yuan and Andrew Zhuang.

Sophomores: Michael Kim, Emily Lu and Arjun Nageswaran.

Freshmen: Anmol Dash and Lillian You.

2019-20 Theatrical Productions Announced

The Theater Department has announced its performance schedule for the 2019-20 school year.

The fall play will be “The Transition of Doodle Pequeño,” and will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 12-14 in the Black Box Theatre. Gabriel Jason Dean’s play follows two boys who become friends in spite of their differences.

One of the most celebrated musicals in Broadway history will take the Main Stage of the Performing Arts Center Friday through Sunday, Nov. 15-17. “Chicago: High School Edition” is a toned-down version of the satirical take on corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age of the 1920s. Based on a script by Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, John Kander and Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Its film adaptation won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2002.  

The freshman-sophomore play features the Harry Potter parody, “Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” by Matt Cox. “For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story,” reads the play’s website. “This is the story of the Puffs … who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.” The show will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center.

The comedic tone continues with the winter play, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” set for Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7 in the West Auditorium. Wilde’s most popular play takes a farcical look at two bachelors trying to escape their humdrum lives in late Victorian Era-London.

The theatrical schedule concludes with the annual “Spring One Acts,” a series of one-act plays written, directed and performed by students. The plays will be performed Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, in the West Auditorium.

Two From SHS to Speak at SEL Conference

SEL Coordinator Molly Gosline and Director of Assessment Tony Reibel are leading a presentation at next week’s Social Emotional Learning Conference in Baltimore, sponsored by the Center for the Promotion of Social Emotional Learning. Their presentation, “Building an SEL Culture through Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction,” is featured on the first day and will highlight the SEL integration process in which Stevenson teachers are currently engaged. The three-day conference will include more than 700 educators from 25 states.


Saturday’s Choral Guild fundraiser at Jason’s Deli in Vernon Hills runs from 5 p.m. until the restaurant closes at 10 p.m.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA State Quarterfinals: Lauren Maloney scored five goals and Kalista Tapas and Eleanor Michaud each added four as the No. 1 Patriots cruised past Whitney Young, 21-2. SHS (34-0) will take a 67-game winning streak into its semifinal matchup against No. 3 Mother McAuley at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Mighty Macs beat No. 2 Fenwick, 9-8. Kelly Kempf and Shreya Sreedhar scored two goals apiece, and Hanna Cloeter and Elizabeth Matlin also scored for Stevenson, which led 8-0 after the first quarter and 15-0 at halftime. Anna Mossakowski and Maggie Bauwens split time in goal, with Anna making 12 saves and Maggie securing eight. Saturday’s semifinal will mark the fourth straight year SHS and Mother McAuley have met in the state tournament. The Patriots beat the Mighty Macs in the 2018 quarterfinals and 2017 semifinals, and also defeated them in the 2016 third-place game. The winner of Saturday’s semifinal will play for the state championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. – Official Boxscore | News-Sun

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Buffalo Grove Sectional: The Patriots won six events, an unofficial school record, and tied Fremd for second among 17 schools. Sophomore David Smolensky won the 200-meter dash (22.54 seconds), finished second to junior Jahleel Perrin in the 100, and joined him and juniors Shane Johnson and Jordan Vincent in capturing two relays: the 400 (42.86) and 800 (1:29.02), both season-best times. Jahleel and David posted the same time in the 100 (11.18), with the elder sprinter getting the nod. The 400 relay team nearly broke the school-time of 42.84 set in 2011. Also qualifying for state were two field event winners. Senior Maema Njongmeta won the discus with a throw of 168 feet, 3 inches, and will head to state in that event for the second straight year. Senior Anand Batbaatar also will be making his second trip to state after winning the shot put with a top effort of 55 feet. He made state in shot put as a sophomore. Shane, David and Jahleel will be making their second straight trip to state in the 800 relay. Other non-state-qualifying point-scorers for Stevenson were: Jahleel, third in the 200 (22.67); junior Anthony Rodriguez, fifth in the 3,200 (9:50.80); and senior Dan Erdenetsogt, fifth in the shot put (51-7) and sixth in the discus (141-7). Official Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson 9, Vernon Hills 6 (8 inn.): The Patriots scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie. Maggie O’Brien was 2-for-5 with a triple and three runs batted in. Anna Fossier drove in two runs and had two hits. Haley Barnes and Maggie Trotter each had an RBI and two hits, with Maggie smacking a double. Lexi Gitler also doubled during her two-hit day, while Elle Ruchim had a triple among her two hits. Emily Freedman also joined the two-hit brigade. Haley and Taylor Edelheit pitched for the Patriots. – Daily Herald, @SHS_PatSoftball

Boys Volleyball

Palatine d. Stevenson, 25-14, 25-21: The visiting Pirates spoiled Senior Night in the Sports Center. Thomas Finn led the Patriots (26-8) with five kills. Will Sorenson was 31-of-31 setting with 11 assists, and had a team-best five digs. Derek Peterson was 7-of-9 setting with two assists. Gavin Meng had three kills, and Daniel Doczi, John Angelos and Michael Gorokhovsky recorded two kills apiece. SHS plays in the Libertyville Regional against the host school at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Stevenson is the No. 4 seed in the Machesney Park Harlem Sectional, while Libertyville is No. 11. – NFHS Network Replay

Sectional Tennis, Lacrosse This Weekend

Two Patriot sports teams with vastly different IHSA resumes will take part in sectional action this weekend. The boys lacrosse team will be playing in its second-ever IHSA sectional game Saturday, facing Palatine at 5 p.m. in the Stadium. (The girls are playing host to a sectional as well, with their first game on Monday.) This is the second year boys (and girls) lacrosse have been officially sanctioned by the IHSA, after years of operating under different organizations. The boys tennis team, meanwhile, has a long and impressive IHSA history. The Patriots will be seeking their 13th consecutive sectional championship, and have placed in the state’s top 10 every year since 2007. Stevenson also is host to a Class 2A tennis sectional, with action scheduled to begin at noon today. Due to the weather, singles matches have been moved to College Park Athletic Club East in Bannockburn, while doubles will played at College Park Athletic Club West in Lincolnshire. The sectional tournament wraps up Saturday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex if weather permits. Click here to see sectional tennis results.

Sports Boosters’ Final “Flash Sale” Monday

If you’re looking for graduation gift ideas, Sports Boosters is holding its final apparel “flash sale” of the school year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the Field House lobby.  Cash, credit card and checks will be accepted.

Baseball Alumnus Reaches NCAA Division III Tourney

Coe College’s baseball team, which includes SHS alumnus Matthew Mittelmark (Class of 2018), earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III baseball tournament. The Kohawks will carry a 34-5 record into the double-elimination regional in St. Louis, which begins today. Mittelmark has pitched in 10 games for Coe, starting four.

This Weekend on NFHS Network

Tonight’s girls soccer regional championship game between Stevenson and Buffalo Grove will be streamed live from the Stadium on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page, beginning at 6 o’clock. On Saturday, two events are scheduled to be shown from the Stadium: the Allied Soccer invitational, which starts at noon, and the varsity boys lacrosse team’s IHSA sectional game at 5 p.m. Stevenson plays Palatine.


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De-Stress Days Planned Next Week

The Student Services Division will be holding De-Stress Days during final exams week. Here is the schedule of events:

Monday: Comfort dogs will be back in the College Career Center during all three lunch periods. If your parent or guardian has already completed a permission slip, you do not need another one. If not, please bring this signed permission slip during your lunch period on Monday.

Wednesday: Beaver’s Donut Truck will be here from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., during second period and fourth period finals. The first 200 students who come to the Wood Commons will receive tickets for free mini-donuts, thanks in part to the Patriot Parent Association.

Thursday: Fla-Var-Ice and mini-cupcake decorating will take place in the CCC.

Friday: Movies and popcorn in the CCC.

Also, there will be Wii, board games, candy, sand art and crafts all three days of finals in the CCC.

Pick Up Your WIT Starting Monday

All students can pick up their free copy of the WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine,  starting Monday in either Communication Arts Office. Magazines will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, only until the end of the school year.


Lawmakers close in on school consolidation plan

Huntley student’s bomb threat was just blather

Threats reported at 2 central Illinois schools

Evanston opening day school for special ed kids

SIU arena gets new name

UI set to install new geothermal system

Stateville prison holds first graduation in years


Study: It’s better to be born rich than smart

Sex abuse scandal revealed at Ohio State

Maine bans Native American mascots in schools

Alabama may abolish state school board

Indiana district closing 3 schools, cutting 100 jobs

George Washington lawsuit challenges Title IX

Controversial Ole Miss professor gets tenure


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Thursday, May 16, 2019

CPN Announces 2019-20 Program Lineup

Gaining control of technology and social media, developing empathy, and learning to slow down are the main focuses of the 2019-20 Community Parent Network programming schedule. Three events are scheduled, all starting at 7 p.m. at Stevenson High School:

LIKE Movie and Discussion (Wednesday, Sept. 18): LIKE is a documentary exploring the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The film’s goal is to help people, especially students, take control of their social media use, create balance in their lives, and become more caring toward one another.

An Evening With “Unselfie” Author Michele Borba (Thursday, Oct. 17): Parents are grappling with technology- and digitally-driven challenges that no previous generation has faced. Borba will offer proven strategies to help parents raise successful, happy, compassionate and socially responsible children in a hyper-competitive, plugged-in world.

Mindfulness for Parents (Thursday, Feb. 6): Mindfulness, or being present in the moment, is necessary in parenting. Join Ramaa Krishnan to learn how to slow down, and give space for some “being” instead of always “doing.”

Choir Fundraiser Saturday at Jason’s Deli

The choral program will hold its final “Dining for Dollars” fundraiser of the school year on Saturday at Jason’s Deli, 545 Lakeview Pkwy., in Vernon Hills. The event runs from 5-6:30 p.m. Mention “SHS Choir,” and the Choral Guild will receive a portion of the proceeds.

eSports Teams in National Playoffs This Weekend

Several members of Stevenson’s varsity eSports team will compete this weekend in the High School eSports League’s national Spring Majors Playoffs. Stevenson’s “ePatriots” will play against other Central Division schools in the opening phase of the single-elimination tournament. The Central Division features schools in the Central time zone.

Three teams and two individuals qualified for the playoffs. Junior Ethan Shack will compete in the Fortnite individual tournament. He is currently ranked eighth among more than 200 players in the Central Division. Sophomore Josh Nevin, meanwhile, will play in the Smash Brothers Ultimate individual tournament. He stands in 29th place among 258 players in the division.

The three teams in the playoffs are: the Overwatch squad (third out of 71 teams in the division), the Rainbow 6: Siege unit (third out of 49 teams), and the CS:GO team (sixth out of 60 teams). The Overwatch team is captained by freshman Josh Dzekhtser, and includes sophomore Advik Paharia and freshmen Henry Chamberlain, Logan Hayden, Ethan Renda, Ethan Zeidman and Alex Zalewski. Freshmen Ian Jacobazzi and Ethan Price are the Rainbow 6: Siege team captains. The team roster is filled out by sophomore Nolan Simonds and freshmen Daniel George and Brayden Distel. The CS:GO team includes senior captain Brandon Adduci, plus senior Nick Filerman, juniors Shorya Agarwal, Vincent De Guzman and Dean Thomas, and sophomore Stephan Halai.

This weekend’s action can be seen on Stevenson’s Twitch stream at All playoff matches will be streamed at

Four other teams finished in the top half of their games, although they did not qualify for this weekend’s finals. The League of Legends team was 18th out of 95 teams. Junior Ethan Shaw was captain, and his roster also included seniors Nathan Pratt and Ed Salgado, juniors Charles Burger and Chris Yang, and freshmen Greycen Ren and Fred Yuan. The Rocket League team, led by senior captain Matthew Walsh, was 19th of 59 teams. He was joined by classmates Nick Pantelis, Shirowid Sharma and Hans VandenHeuvel. Senior captain Connor Salm ushered the Overwatch Empire team to a 25th-place finish among 71 teams. His teammates were seniors Elizabeth Arnold and Gavin Udani, junior Alan Hentrich, and freshmen Eric Chow and Kevin You. The League of Legends junior varsity team, led by junior captains Alex Griswold and Lucas Botten, ended 36th out of 95 teams. The roster included freshmen Jenna Ali, Armanya Maheshwari, Akul Singh, Joseph Song and Eric Zhou.

eSports sponsor Jim Barnabee also reports that Kai Jaeger (Class of 2018), who took first place in the national Hearthstone tournament last summer, earned Stevenson’s first-ever scholarship for playing eSports. Jaeger received a $2,500 scholarship from the University of Illinois.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 5, Carmel 4: The visiting Patriots (22-9) pounded out 15 hits and posted their fifth straight win. SHS broke a 0-0 game by scoring all five of its runs in the top of the third inning. Benjamin Ries (1-for-3) opened the scoring with a two-run single, followed by RBI singles from Ryan McElhinny (2-for-3, two stolen bases) and JT Tumpowsky (2-for-4). JT capped the scoring by stealing home. Jake Surane went 4-for-4 and scored a run, while Ryan Miller was 3-for-4. Starting pitcher Jacob Freed went three innings and earned the win, giving up four hits and two earned runs. He gave way to a trio of relievers who allowed only one run, unearned, and two hits over the final four innings: Eli Fishbein (one inning, one hit, one unearned run), Nick Brueckert (two innings, one hit) and Jacob Rosenkranz (one inning, no hits, save). The Patriots close their regular season at home Saturday with a double-header against Lincoln-Way Central, then will play host to the SHS Regional next week. Stevenson is the No. 2 seed in the St. Viator Sectional, and will take the field Wednesday against the winner of Monday’s Rolling Meadows-Highland Park play-in game. –

Boys Volleyball

Lake Forest d. Stevenson, 23-25, 25-23, 25-22: Gavin Meng and Thomas Finn had 10 kills apiece for the host Patriots (26-7, 6-1), who had their seven-match winning streak snapped in the North Suburban Conference finale against the Scouts (23-11, 6-1). Setters Andrew Keevins (53-of-55) and Will Sorenson (18-of-18) dished out 20 and six assists, respectively. Andrew added 10 digs and three kills, Will had nine digs, and Samuel Epstein had a team-high 12 digs. Daniel Prindiville had a solo block and four block assists, and Justin Ross added six block assists to go along with three kills. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Spring Sports Awards Night on Monday

The Spring Sports Awards Night will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Sports Center.

Water Polo Teams in State Quarterfinals

The top-ranked girls water polo team faces Whitney Young in the IHSA state quarterfinals at 4:30 today in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Stevenson, which has won the last two state titles, enters today’s game with a record of 33-0. The Patriots are riding a 66-game winning streak that extends back to the third game of the 2018 season. Whitney Young is making its second state appearance, and its first since 2002. If SHS wins today, it will compete in the state semifinals against second-ranked Fenwick or third-ranked Mother McAuley at 9 a.m. Saturday. The boys water polo team also reached state, and will face top-ranked Naperville Central, the defending champion, in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday, also in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Stevenson, which is making its eighth straight state appearance, has a 23-10 record and is ranked fourth in Illinois. The winner of Friday night’s game will play in the semifinals at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. The first 50 SHS students to attend either quarterfinal will be admitted for free if they display their school ID. The perk is courtesy of the Stevenson Sports Boosters.

Track Teams Ready for State, Sectional

The girls track and field team competes in the IHSA Class 3A state meet Friday at Eastern Illinois University. Six Patriots are heading to Charleston. Sophomore Camille Clay qualified in shot put and discus. She was ninth in shot put last year. Senior Natalie Sorenson, making her first trip downstate, will take part in the 3,200-meter run. Also making their first state sojourn will be the 400-meter relay team of senior Raeden Mays, junior Hailey Peterson, and sophomores Jade Cadichon and Jordan Tollison. They are the first 400 relay squad to reach state in 20 years. The boys track and field team competes in the Buffalo Grove Sectional today. Stevenson won its second consecutive North Suburban Conference title last week, and has several athletes looking for a return trip to the state meet. Senior Maema Njongmeta (discus) qualified in 2018, as did juniors Jahleel Perrin and Shane Johnson, and freshman David Smolensky, who were part of the 800-meter relay.

Soccer Team Prepares for Regional Final

The girls soccer team will face Buffalo Grove for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Friday in the Stadium. (The first 100 SHS students in attendance will get free admission by showing their school ID, thanks to the Patriot Parent Association.) The Bison, seeded ninth in the B.G. Sectional, defeated eighth-seeded Highland Park, 5-2, on Wednesday. Stevenson, the top seed in the sectional, is on a roll. The Patriots have a 19-1-2 record, and have won their last 14 contests, including 12 straight shutouts. Second-year head coach PepeJon Chavez was interviewed last Saturday on WRLR’s “The Sports Corner” about the team’s success, the push for a state championship, and his coaching style. Click here to hear the interview.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball games against Palatine will be streamed live from the Sports Center on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV match starts at 5 o’clock, followed by the varsity Senior Night contest at 6.


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Language Career Day Talks During Lunch on Monday

What value does learning a language have in “the real world”? A panel of former SHS students and community members discuss the benefits of lifelong language learning, and how it has helped them in their careers, during the lunch periods Monday in the West Auditorium. All students are invited.

State Badminton Champions to be Honored Tuesday

All students are invited to a state championship recognition ceremony for Jenny Yang and Emily Hu, who won their second straight girls badminton doubles title last weekend The ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2104.

Congressman Offering Leadership Program

Students who will be sophomores or juniors next year are invited to apply for Congressman Brad Schneider’s year-long leadership development program for high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Only two applicants from Stevenson will be chosen. Click here for more information and to apply.


Calling all knitters, past, present and future! The final meeting of In the Loop will take place after school Monday in Room 7064. There will be donated yarn for students to take home for summer projects. Questions? Contact Ms. Kenney.


The boys cross country team will have an informational meeting from 8-8:15 a.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. Anyone interested in being part of the team this fall should attend the meeting. If you cannot make the meeting, but would like to receive information, email Coach Sommers at or Coach Jolcover at


Fledgling UI innovation network expands

Ex-Loyola Academy coach sues school over firing

O’Fallon teacher under investigation resigns

College board chairman under fire for Facebook post

Robert Morris closing Springfield campus

Kishwaukee College, Iowa school reach partnership

First contested CTU election in 6 years Friday

Niles administrator’s contract deal raises eyebrows

Alumnus donates money for new ETHS fitness center

Bradley students assist NASA with spacewalk software


Hundreds of Detroit teachers rally for higher wages

Georgia governor vetoes bill requiring recess

College Board to debut “adversity score” on SAT

Minnesota schools can’t withhold diplomas over debt

Georgetown student sue school over punishment

UMaryland waited 18 days to tell students of virus

Everyone wants a say in measuring value of college

Montana school faces IB-versus-athletics dilemma

A dead professor, a hot tub and a suicide baffle police


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

10 Seniors Named National Merit Scholars

Ten seniors are among 2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners for 2019. They were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 60 from Stevenson’s Class of 2019.

Stevenson’s latest National Merit Scholars are Anubhav Agarwal, Ishaan Deshmukh, Andrew Ding, Chase Duvall, Saaniya Farhan, Emily Luo, Poojan Palwai, Thivya Sivarajah, Angela Zhang and Hannah Zhang. Last year, Stevenson had three National Merit Scholars.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. The committee looked at several factors, including the student’s academic record; the difficulty level of subjects studies and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; a personal essay; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2017 when approximately 1.6 million juniors took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists. There were about 16,000 semifinalists.

Senior Earns Full Ride to Wake Forest

Class of 2019 member Sydney Glickson is one of 10 high school seniors in the country to earn the prestigious Stamps Scholarship from Wake Forest University. The four-year scholarship is one of the most selective in the nation. Each winner receives an annual stipend covering the costs of tuition, room, board and personal expenses, plus grant opportunities for summer research, travel and international study. Stamps Scholars are chosen based on their academic record and civic leadership potential.

Ex-Administrator Chosen to Lead Downers Grove School

Former Stevenson dean and mathematics teacher Amy Read has been named principal of Herrick Middle School in Downers Grove Elementary District 58. This will be the fourth principalship for Read, who has served as principal of Butler Junior High School in Oak Brook-based District 53 since 2014.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A Regional: The top-seeded Patriots (19-1-2) defeated No. 16 Grant, 8-0, in the regional semifinal for their 12th consecutive shutout and 17th overall. SHS advances to the regional championship game at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of today’s semifinal between No. 9 Highland Park and No. 8 Buffalo Grove. Stevenson took control of the semifinal game quickly: Gracie Wingfield scored the first of her four goals 4.8 second into the contest. She scored two more times in the first half as the Patriots built a 6-0 halftime lead. Kalyssa VanZanten scored two goals and added an assist. Gabi Nyc and Madison Kim also scored. Abby Kalou recorded three assists, Kristin Hill had two, and Tess Koleno and Nicole Schmidt each had an assist. Keeper Jenny Staten recorded her 12th consecutive shutout. – NFHS Network Replay


Stevenson 2, Lake Forest 1: JT Tumpowsky’s bases-loaded single in the top of the seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie and the visiting Patriots (21-9, 10-4) held on for their second straight one-run decision over the Scouts. Jacob Rosenkranz threw a scoreless seventh to earn the save, striking out the last two batters after Lake Forest put the tying run on second base. Jacob preserved the win for starting pitcher Frank Carris, who allowed two singles and one unearned run in six innings and improved to 8-0 on the year. The Scouts led 1-0 until the fifth inning, when Ryan Miller doubled home Josh Snider with two outs. Benjamin Ries had two of the five hits in Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference finale, which marked its fourth straight win. The Patriots play at Carmel today; the first pitch is scheduled for 4:45. –, Daily Herald


Stevenson 26, Lake Forest 0: No details available.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: The host Patriots concluded their regular season with a 14-1 record after winning their 13th straight match. Eric Perkowski was a 6-1, 6-2 winner at No. 1 singles in a matchup of 2018 state qualifiers, while Daniel Tulchinskiy and Payton Adkisson earned a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 decision at No. 1 doubles. Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan, who reached state last spring, rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles. Thomas Gong and Andy Dong were 6-4, 6-4 winners at No. 3 doubles, and Kevin Fei and Gabriel Visotsky posted a 6-1, 7-5 decision at No. 4 doubles. The contest featured seven 2018 state qualifiers, three from SHS and four from Barrington. Stevenson plays host to a nine-team IHSA sectional Friday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Free Girls Soccer Regional Final Admission Offer

The first 100 students who attend Friday night’s girls soccer regional championship game in the Stadium will be admitted for free, thanks to the Patriot Parent Association. Students must show their Stevenson ID at the gate.

Baseball Alumnus Playing With Ex-Cub Zambrano

Former SHS baseball standout Scott Firth (Class of 2009) is on the pitching staff of the Chicago Dogs in the Independent League American Association. One of his teammates is former Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, and his manager is Butch Hobson, who played for and managed the Boston Red Sox. The Dogs open their season Friday against the Gary SouthShore RailCats at Impact Field in Rosemont. Firth pitched at Clemson University, then spent three seasons in the Colorado Rockies’ farm system.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball games against Lake Forest will be streamed live from the Sports Center on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game begins at 5 o’clock, and the varsity starts at 6. The varsity will be attempting to complete an unbeaten North Suburban Conference season.


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Pep Assembly Friday in the Sports Center

Don’t miss the pep assembly Friday in the Sports Center! The fun will include balloon splatter painting, human bowling, a spirit tunnel, and a volleyball match between teachers and students. The school will be on the PM Assembly schedule Friday, so eighth period will end at 2:37 p.m. The pep assembly runs from 2:42-3:25.

How to Make Finals Less Stressful

Finals can be stressful, but they don’t have to be. This week’s Catalyst video has some ideas to make finals a less-stressful experience.


The I Am Abel Foundation’s third annual Health and Medical Careers Conference takes place Saturday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The full-day conference is aimed at Chicago-area students interested in nursing, pharmacy or other careers in medicine. For more information or to register, click here.


Educators call for schools to be part of capital bill

Sexual misconduct allegations rock Chicago school

Potential District 155 science changes spark concern

Evanston/Skokie district re-evaluating police in schools

Naperville North adopts national cycling program

Elgin teacher wins national contest, $5K, trip to Berlin

Crystal Lake South teacher-coach placed on leave

Rockford Public Schools buys new operations building

Gurnee school board member quits after one meeting


Ex-USC coach pleads guilty in admissions scam

Assistant principal charged with raping student

Colleges scramble to report financial risks

Mississippi’s education funding quid pro quo

NCAA may let student-athletes profit from names

Radioactive contamination found at middle school

The school photo industry: A master class in drama


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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Junior in the Mix for International Chemistry Olympiad

Junior Allen Ding has qualified for the second consecutive year to attend the International Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp. Allen was one of 20 of the nation’s top high school chemistry students who emerged from a series of national exams that involved more than 16,000 students across the United States. He will participate in a two-week study camp at the University of Maryland from June 2-13. At the conclusion of the camp, the top four students will be named to represent the United States at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad July 21-30 in Paris.

Four Make USA Physics Olympiad Medal Rankings

Four Stevenson students are in the final medal rankings for the 2019 USA Physics Olympiad Exam, which was given in April. In addition to gold medalist Emily Lu, who earned a place on the 20-member United States Physics Team, junior Josh Tsai earned silver medal status while sophomore Jared Machtinger was a bronze medalist. Junior Dylan Hu received honorable mention.

Senior Reaches Goal, Publishes Book

Senior Jeremy Frank set a goal of publishing his first book before graduating from Stevenson, and he made it. “Hidden Ball Trick: The Baseball Stats You Never Thought to Look For From 1876-1919 (Vol. 1)” made its Amazon debut last week. The book, co-authored by Jim Passon, offers a year-by-look at Major League Baseball’s first half-century, concluding with the end of the Dead Ball Era and the emergence of Babe Ruth. Since starting his MLB Random Stats account on Twitter as a freshman, Jeremy has accumulated 32,000 followers and his information has been highlighted by Fox Sports and ESPN, among others. He will be studying data science at Purdue University.

Teens Report Higher Stress Levels Than Adults

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.

In a 2013 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, teens reported that their stress levels during the school year far exceeded what they believe to be healthy, and topped adults’ average reported stress levels. Even during the summer, teens reported their stress was at levels higher than what they believe is healthy. About 30% of teens also reported feeling overwhelmed, depressed or sad, and tired as a result of stress. In addition, 23% reported skipping a meal due to stress. With AP exams in full swing and final exams around the corner, consider reviewing this additional information on how to help your teen manage stress.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Grant, 25-13, 27-25: Thomas Finn recorded nine kills and Andrew Keevins served six aces to lead the visiting Patriots (26-6) to their seventh straight victory and 12th in the last 13 contests. Andrew also dished out 15 assists on 35-of-36 setting. Will Sorenson had four assists to go along with a team-high 10 digs and three aces. Justin Ross contributed six kills and four block assists for SHS, which closes its regular season with back-to-back home matches Wednesday against Lake Forest and Palatine, respectively.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 18, Palatine 5: The Patriots (11-7) dominated on Senior Night in the Stadium, spending only five minutes on defense against the Pirates. Goal scorers were seniors Aedyn Gorenberg, Anastasia Loskutov, Georgia Maskalunas, Sophie Sorenson, Erica Spieler, Emily Varshavsky and Skylar Zelinske, plus juniors Jamie Fisher, Nicole Park, Michelle Shen and Kilian Weber. This was the final game of the regular season for SHS, which has won 10 of its last 11 contests. Stevenson is hosting one of eight IHSA sectional tournaments, and is the top seed. However, the Patriots will play their opening game on the road, at 5 p.m. Monday at Warren. SHS will face the winner of Friday’s game between eighth-seeded Warren and ninth-seeded Highland Park. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 9, Palatine 6: The Patriots scored four times early in the fourth quarter to take control and spoil the host Pirates’ Senior Night. SHS, which never trailed in the its regular season finale, led 5-4 at the end of the third quarter. Stevenson then scored unanswered four goals in less than four minutes to extend its lead. Seth Collins scored twice during the outburst, and Ryan Hynes and Bryce Wujcik also scored. Seth, Ryan, Bryce and Cole Okmin all scored two goals. Owen Hancock also scored for SHS, which will play host to Palatine in the IHSA Lake Forest Sectional at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Stadium. This is the first year for boys lacrosse as an IHSA-sanctioned sport. Stevenson is the No. 8 seed in the sectional, while Palatine is No. 9. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 5, Highland Park 2: The visiting Patriots won their 12th consecutive match and matched the most dual-meet victories in a season since 2001. SHS (13-1) claimed four of the five doubles matches, and also received a 6-2, 6-2 win from Nicholas Stec at No. 2 singles. The winning doubles tandems were Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth at No. 2 (6-0, 3-6, 6-3), Andy Dong and Thomas Gong at No. 3 (6-3, 6-0), Gabriel Visotsky and Kevin Fei at No. 4 (6-1, 6-4), and Kiran Mohan and Michael Kim at No. 5 (6-2, 4-6, 6-4). The Patriots close their regular season today with a home match against Barrington at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, then play host to the IHSA Stevenson Sectional on Friday.


Stevenson 7, Lake Forest 6: Ryan McElhinny capped a three-RBI day by hitting a sacrifice fly to score Zach Taylor with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the host Patriots (20-9, 9-4). Ryan’s sac fly came one inning after SHS scored three runs to erase a 6-3 deficit. Chris Farina went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Jake Surane and Isaiah Hart each went 2-for-3. Ryan and Benjamin Ries each scored twice. Jacob Rosenkranz shut down the Scouts in the top of the seventh to earn the victory. The two teams square off again today in Lake Forest. –


Warren 10, Stevenson 8: The host Patriots had their five-game winning streak snapped on Senior Night. Maggie Trotter hit a two-run home run in the first inning to stake SHS to a 2-0 lead. Riley Housinger, Lexi Gitler and Mara Lippman all went 2-for-4. Haley Barnes knocked in two runs. Emily Freedman and Maggie O’Brien both scored twice. Warren improved to 20-4 overall and 10-3 in the North Suburban Conference. –, Daily Herald

Girls Soccer Regional Semifinal Tonight

The varsity girls soccer team looks to continue its record-setting ways when it faces Grant at 6 o’clock tonight in the IHSA Class 3A Stevenson Regional semifinals in the Stadium. The Patriots are the top seed in the Buffalo Grove Sectional, while the Bulldogs are No. 16. SHS has won a school record 18 games this year, with only one loss and two ties, and has shut out its last 11 opponents. Tonight’s game will be live streamed on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The winner of tonight’s contest will play for the regional championship at 6 p.m. Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between Highland Park and Buffalo Grove.

JV Boys Tennis Team Wins League Tournament

The junior varsity boys tennis team capped a successful season by winning the North Suburban Conference tournament last weekend. Stevenson won five of seven titles. Sophomore Yoav Malka and freshman Sammy Cohan posted 6-0, 6-0 victories in the championship matches at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. In doubles, sophomores James Kim and Ben Luo rallied to win the No. 1 bracket, 4-6, 6-3, 10-5. Sophomore Raj Sachar and junior Anthony Yan earned a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 2, and sophomore Nick Xing and Jun Ha Paik captured the No. 4 flight, 7-5, 6-1. Freshman Daniel Jaworski finished second at No. 1 singles, as did the No. 3 doubles team of sophomores Nikita Loos and Colin Jette. The Patriots finished the year with a 15-1 record, winning all of its NSC matches in addition to tournaments at Barrington and New Trier.

SHS Hosting Water Polo Clinic for Kids, All-Star Games

Stevenson is hosting the Illinois Water Polo All-Star Games and Age-Group Clinic on Sunday, June 2 in the Patriot Aquatic Center. The age-group clinic, open to girls and boys in eighth grade and under (ages 6-14), will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $25. Click here to register and pay online. The high school girls all-star game starts at 12:30 p.m., followed by the boys all-star game at 1:45. Any kids attending the clinic receive free admission to the all-star games. See this flyer for more information.


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Watch State Water Polo Games for Free

The first 50 SHS students who show their school ID at the IHSA State Water Polo Finals Thursday and Friday will be admitted for free, thanks to the Sports Boosters. The girls play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, and the boys play at 7 p.m. Friday. All state finals games are played in the Patriot Aquatic Center.

Testing Center Hours, Guidelines During Finals

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during finals. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can only be taken during a free period, study hall or PE. Before- and after-final times don’t require signing up. If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the Testing Center needs a note or an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from a final may take a test in the Testing Center during that class time, with written notification from their teacher or counselor.

Students Can Update iPads to iOS 12.3

Students can update their SHS iPad to iOS 12.3. However, anyone who has an iOS less than 11.4.1 must stop at the SMARTdesk before updating. Visit the SMARTdesk web page for details.


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