Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

Takeda Closing Will Impact SHS Families

In a move that will impact more than a few Stevenson families, the Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda announced Monday that it will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Deerfield to Boston. About 1,000 jobs will be eliminated, according to media reports. The move is part of Takeda’s $64 billion takeover of Shire, a pharmaceutical company based in Ireland.

15 Win Honors in IATE Prose and Poetry Contest

Fifteen current and former students won awards in the 2018 Illinois Association of Teachers of English Prose and Poetry Contest. Senior Emily Luo was a first-place winner in both categories. Here are the award-winners:

Poetry First Place: Senior Emily Luo (“Quiet“).

Poetry Honorable Mention: 2018 graduate Johnna Geick (“Window Pain”).

Prose First Place: 2018 graduate Charis Pao (“Letter to Stigma”), and current seniors Olivia Lamberti (“All for One, One for All: Reparations Must Acknowledge Racism’s Reach”), Emily Luo (“Blood Pudding”), Ananya Shah (“Sugar and Spice”) and Josey Zhang (“Counting Up”).

Prose Runner-Up: 2018 graduate Abhiram Kakuturu (“Literature is a Grand Master”), and seniors Hannah Chiou (“The Significant Insignificance of Virginity”), Kevin Hu (“The One Fall”), Sanjana Jain (“The Garden of Memory”) and Adele Lee (“Rhinos and Pillows: The Pursuit of Self-Happiness”).

Prose Honorable Mention: Seniors Heather Birdsell (“爸爸”), Aishani Dutta (“Deity Divided”), Julia Ellis (“OCMe”) and Thivya Sivarajah (“Luck of the Draw”).

Their Communication Arts teachers were Jennifer Arias, Denise Foster, Stephen Heller, Martha Keller, Melissa Mack and Kimberly Musolf.

Alum Seizing the Initiative for Chicago Schools

Six schools in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood are benefiting from a nonprofit organization that includes SHS alumnus Jacob DiMuzio (Class of 2008) on its leadership team. DiMuzio is the development director for Turning the Page, which provides resources for public schools and their families. One of its initiatives is Carpe Librum (“seize the book”), a collection of “pop-up” bookstores in Chicago and Washington, D.C. that sell books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl records donated by the public. DiMuzio, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, talked with WGN-TV recently about a Carpe Librum bookstore located in Block 37. Visit this link for information on donating books and other materials to Turning the Page.


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Saturday, Sept. 8 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson at 40th Annual Lake County Invitational: The Patriots finished second by one stroke to St. Charles East, 312-313, at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan. Freshman Emily Duan finished fourth overall, shooting a 1-over-par 73, including an even-par 36 on the back nine holes. She had four birdies on the round, including back-to-back 3s on the par-4 10th and 11th holes. Sophomore Kelly Dong was even-par after the first nine holes and finished ninth with a 77. Junior Joyce Bai recorded an 81 and sophomore Sophia Zhuang shot an 82 to round out Stevenson’s scoring. Also competing for the Pats were sophomore Faith Wang (88) and junior Julia Yoo (92). Stevenson’s 18-hole score of 313 was one shy of the school record set earlier this season.

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: Senior Mark Noonan sank a 33-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win medalist honors at Twin Orchard Golf Course. Mark shot a 69, leading the Patriots to a fourth-place finish overall with a team score of 306, 16 strokes behind champion Loyola. Sophomore Billy Fishbein recorded a 75, senior Alex Kim and junior Andrew Babbo each carded 81s, and junior Jake Surane checked in with an 86.

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Zion-Benton Invitational: The Patriots finished in 14th place with a team score of 365 at Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course. Sophomores Payton Adkisson and Nick Udoni led SHS with a 90 and 91, respectively. Junior Jake Schabes and sophomore Aiden Truong each shot 92s, and sophomore Bradley Park had a 102.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at Fremd Invitational: The Patriots finished second to the host school by one point, and had two doubles teams go undefeated on the day. Junior Sneha Yellapantula and sophomore Abby Schueneman won all three of their No. 2 doubles matches, defeating pairs from Fremd (4-6, 6-2, 10-3), Glenbrook South (7-5, 6-6 (5)) and St. Ignatius (6-1, 6-0). At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Emily Hu and junior Alexis Lee went 3-0, defeating tandems from Fremd (6-3, 7-5), Crystal Lake South (6-0, 6-0) and Glenbrook South (6-3, 3-6, 10-3). All other Stevenson entries won two of three matches: In doubles, the No. 1 team of senior Alyssa Glaser and junior Ellen Ma, and the No. 4 tandem of senior Jenna Chapman and freshman Ashley Yan, and in singles, the Nos. 1-3 players, freshman Alaina Kolli, junior Maggie Gong and freshman Thea Surya.

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at First to the Finish Invitational: The Patriots finished 22nd out of 47 teams in the AAA Division at Peoria’s Detweiler Park, home of the Illinois High School Association state meet. Senior Alex Beckerman led SHS with a 37th-place finish out of 401 runners, completing the 3-mile course in 15:27.5. Two other Patriots placed in the top third: juniors Anthony Rodriguez (125th, 16:11.8) and Corey Pacernick (132nd, 16:14.7). Also running for Stevenson were senior Alan Sherman (16:25.7), junior Cameron Sprague (16:27.8), senior Daniel Saltz (16:41.7), senior Dawei Ding (17:23.0), junior Stuart Rand (17:43.7) and senior Jacob Rubin (18:01.9). – Official Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at Waukegan Invitational: The Patriots claimed five of the top 10 spots and finished second as a team, one point behind Richmond-Burton, 27-28. Sophomore Wesley Park led SHS with a third-place showing (17:56.60), followed by freshman Tyler Roberts in fourth (18:03.20) and sophomore Jack Lee in fifth (18:09.50). Freshman Aidan Plautz placed seventh (18:31.50) and sophomore Tarun Kalyana Sundaram was ninth (18:40.60) at the Waukegan Sports Complex.

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Waukegan Invitational: Senior Natalie Sorenson finished second overall, pacing the Patriots to a second-place finish behind Huntley at the Waukegan Sports Complex. Natalie ran the 3-mile course in 19:19.10. Junior Caimin Xi was fifth (20:16.60), sophomore Emma Finnegan placed 11th (20:59.80), sophomore Emily Fejes finished 14th (21:45.10) and senior Alyssa Collins was 17th (22:24.20).

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Chicago Young Americans Midget Minor U15 2: Senior Justin Roseman and junior Emmett Baker each had a goal and an assist, and junior goaltender Ben Newmark made 21 saves during the exhibition game at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. The game was a see-saw affair early on, with the two teams tied at 2-2 before Emmett and junior Josh Wright scored goals late in the second period. Senior Daniel Romm also scored. Seniors Sam Frishman, Adam Offenbach and Zachary Wesley all had an assist. – Box Score

Friday, Sept. 7 Varsity Results


Stevenson 28, Libertyville 0: In the North Suburban Conference opener for both teams, the visiting Patriots (3-0) beat the Wildcats (0-3) for the third straight year and ninth time in their last 10 meetings. Stevenson held LHS to less than 150 yards of total offense en route to posting its first shutout of the season, and held the Wildcats scoreless for the first time since a 13-0 victory in 2011. Offensively, the Pats gained more than 280 yards. Senior quarterback Cole Okmin was 12-of-24 passing for 141 yards and two touchdown passes, and also ran for a TD. He connected with classmate Jon Kull from two yards out late in the opening quarter, the first play after a 67-yard punt return by junior Jordan Vincent. In the second quarter, after junior Jahleel Perrin recovered a Libertyville fumble, Cole capitalized by tossing a 13-yard scoring strike to senior Ryan McElhinny right before halftime for a 14-0 lead. Cole scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to cap a 15-play, 85-yard drive to start the third quarter. Jordan finished the scoring with a 30-yard TD run in the fourth quarter, giving him 128 all-purpose yards on the night. Junior JM Etienne ran for 100 yards on 18 carries, including a 43-yard scamper. Junior Brandon Youkhanna joined Jahleel in recovering a fumble. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press, MaxPreps | NFHS Video On Demand

Girls Field Hockey

Lake Forest Academy 2, Stevenson 1 (OT): Senior Lauren Iannuzzi scored for the visiting Patriots (2-4), and senior Anna Fossier was solid in goal against the Caxys (3-1).


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Political Action Club Hosting Campaign Fair

The Political Action Club will host a Campaign Fair from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104. All students are welcome to attend and talk with candidates and representatives from more than 20 campaigns, ranging from the governor’s race to the Lake County Board election. Voter registration will be available outside the event. Students who want to register to vote must bring two forms of ID.

Summer Travel Information Meetings Wednesday Night

The school is sponsoring four trips next spring and summer to several countries in Europe, including France, Italy, Spain and Iceland. There also will be a service learning trip to a country to be determined. If you’re interested in one of these trips, information meetings for students and their parents will be held Wednesday night. To see the list of meetings and room locations, visit the Student Travel Experiences web page. A trip to New York City’s fashion industry also is scheduled next summer; the parent meeting will take place in October. Details will be included in Thursday’s Digest.


Animal Welfare Club meets after school today in Room 7064. The club will finish making blankets to donate to an animal shelter. All are welcome!

Interested in the Spanish language and culture? Join Spanish Club to learn and help the group prepare for two upcoming events: Holy Guacamole and World’s Fair. The club’s next meeting is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2618. The club also will meet at the same time and location on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 10. The Holy Guacamole event will take place in the foods lab from 3:30-4:30 on Thursday, Oct. 11. Hope to see you there!

This week only, In the Loop will meet after school Wednesday in Room 7064. All are welcome. If you don’t know how to knit, they’ll teach you!

The Stevenson Styler will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. The group will be discussing and watching some of the most popular and extravagant fashion shows from last week’s New York Fashion Week, and talking about trends we’ll see here at SHS. New members are always welcome, bring a friend! Questions? Contact Mrs. Erickson at cerickson@d125.org.


The John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College recognizes and rewards students of demonstrated intellectual and personal achievement and significant leadership ability. Belk Scholars represent the finest attributes of the Davidson student body: Intellectual excellence and curiosity, integrity, global awareness, and leadership ability and potential. Up to eight Belk Scholars are selected in every entering class. For each scholar, the Belk Scholarship provides comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room, and board), plus two special study stipends of $3,000 each. Interested students can pick up an application in the College Career Center (Room 1123). Students need to submit the completed application to the CCC by Friday, Oct. 5.


Northwestern exceeds fundraising goal, sights now set on $5B

Nurses assigned to CPS still sidelined by background check backlog

New Berlin schools, former teacher sued over 1980s abuse allegations

Danville teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

Harper College unveils renovated rec center, pool, clinic

Selective-enrollment Bronzeville school offers classical model

Marker honors former World War II airfield site at Vernon Hills High


What teachers want others to know about teacher pay

Does teacher diversity matter in student learning?

The U.S. News college rankings are out, but who’s keeping score?

Should elementary schools have opioid overdose reversal drugs?

Newark scraps longer hours for low-performing schools

A medical school tradition comes under fire for racism


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Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

20 Percent of 2018 Grads Honored for Language Skills

Approximately one in five graduates last May were honored by the state of Illinois for demonstrating proficiency in two or more languages.

One hundred and seventy-one members of the Class of 2018 earned the Seal of Biliteracy from the Illinois State Board of Education. The Seal of Biliteracy is awarded to those whose proficiency level is equivalent to the “Intermediate High” scale set by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Students earning the Seal of Biliteracy receive an official seal on their diploma.

In addition to demonstrating proficiency in English, 2018 graduates were recognized for proficiency in Spanish, Mandarin (Chinese), Latin, French, Hebrew, Polish, German, Japanese and Russian.

Another 39 members of the Class of 2018 received the Commendation of Biliteracy, which is awarded to students whose proficiency level is rated at “Intermediate Low” or “Intermediate Mid” in a second language.

Stevenson was one of the first schools in Illinois to embrace the Seal of Biliteracy program. Visit our Seal of Biliteracy web page to learn more about the program.

No School Monday

There is no school Monday, which is Rosh Hashanah. The Digest will not be published on Monday.

A Room With a View

Tulane University sophomore Nikita Jhangiani (Class of 2017) was one of eight students spotlighted for their dorm room decor. Jhangiani’s room (No. 6 in the photo spread) features a theme of “Bali Dreams,” touching on her heritage, her university and her major.


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Thursday, Sept. 6 Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 118, Libertyville 68: Sophomore Jessica Nyborg won two events, and the visiting Patriots captured seven of 12 events, in their first dual meet of the season. Jessica won the 200-yard individual medley (2:14.92) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.00). Freshman Claudia Rzeznik won the 50 freestyle (26.02), and also swam on Stevenson’s two first-place relays. She was part of the 200 free relay with juniors Abigail Li and Madeleine O’Donnell, and senior Lauren Maloney (1:44.48), and the 400 free relay with Abigail, Madeleine, senior Jennifer Xiong and junior Lucy Stevens (3:43.69). Jennifer also won the 500 free (5:31.44), and junior Amy Sliwicki captured the 1-meter diving competition (200.55). – Daily Herald

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: In Zion, the Patriots won every match by a 6-0, 6-0 score. The winners in singles were junior Maggie Gong and freshmen Alaina Kolli and Thea Surya. The victories doubles teams were senior Alyssa Glaser and junior Ellen Ma, junior Sneha Yellapantula and sophomore Abby Schueneman, sophomore Emily Hu and junior Alexis Lee, and senior Jenna Chapman and freshman Ashley Yan.

Boys Soccer

Libertyville 3, Stevenson 2: Senior Hunter Tam and freshman Connor Riekki scored second-half goals for the visiting Patriots (4-2, 0-1), who nearly overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit in their North Suburban Conference opener. Hunter’s goal came five minutes into the second half, and Connor connected 10 minutes later. Senior keeper Zach Klaber made nine saves for SHS, which had a three-game win streak snapped.

Girls Field Hockey

Antioch 2, Stevenson 1: Senior Charlotte Russell scored for the visiting Patriots, assisted by classmate Jenna Silverman. Senior goalie Anna Fossier turned away 12 of 14 shots on goal.

SHS, Libertyville Renew Gridiron Rivalry

Stevenson and Libertyville renew their football rivalry tonight in the North Suburban Conference opener for both teams. The host Wildcats are 0-2, losing both games to undefeated opponents by a total of 10 points. The Patriots enter with a 2-0 record, and are ranked ninth in the latest NBC Sports Chicago rankings. They also came in 12th in this week’s Associated Press Class 8A rankings. Stevenson has won eight of the last nine meetings with Libertyville, including the last two contests. Tonight’s game will be streamed live by the NFHS Network beginning at 7:15. Click here to watch

Alumnus Selected for County Sports Hall of Fame

One of the top runners in school history is the latest Patriot selected for the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Fame. Mark Deady (Class of 1985) is one of six inductees this year, bringing to 21 the number of Hall of Famers from Stevenson. Deady was one of the greatest distance runners in school history. He won the 1,600-meter state championship as a senior and was runner-up the year before. Deady’s winning time in 1985 set a state meet record that stood for 23 years. He still holds the school record for fastest time in that event. As a senior, Deady ran the final leg in the 1,600-meter relay team that finished eighth at state and set a school record that has not been surpassed. He went on to run at Indiana University, winning two Big Ten championships and three times garnering All-America honors. In 1988, he ran in the Seoul Olympics after capturing the 1,500-meter title at the USA Track and Field National Championships. Click here to read the Daily Herald article on the other inductees.

O’Connell Earns Player of the Week Honor

Wheaton College junior defensive lineman Patrick O’Connell (Class of 2015) was named College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. O’Connell registered five tackles, including 3.5 for loss, broke up a pass and added two quarterback hurries during the Thunder’s 32-7 win over Monmouth. He was a member of Stevenson’s state championship team in 2014.

Sorenson Scores First College TD

Another member of the 2014 state champions, Jack Sorenson (Class of 2016), caught his first collegiate touchdown pass during Miami University’s season-opening game against Marshall on Saturday. His 19-yard, second-quarter TD grab was the first of three receptions he made for the Redhawks. Sorenson also had catches of 54 yards and 33 yards in the second half.


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Don’t Miss StreetFest Saturday Night

Enjoy food, fun and fireworks while helping local charities during StreetFest Saturday night from 6-9 p.m. in parking lot E (by the Sports Center entrance). There will be games, food trucks, a dunk tank and more, concluding with fireworks in the Stadium around 8:45. There also will be a large stage with music provided by DJ Club, plus emcees from Boom Entertainment. Admission is $10, with a limited number of T-shirts available at the gate for an additional $10. This year’s event will benefit three local charities: the Danny Did Foundation, which helps to fund research for child epilepsy, Special Gifts Theatre, which allows for kids with special needs be exposed to theatre, and finally Equestrian Connection, which helps kids with special needs by providing horse therapy.


Physics Club will have its first call-out meeting after school today in Room 1630. There will be a design challenge and food.


EIU enrollment up 7 percent; freshman enrollment up 24 percent

Des Plaines District 62 approves five-year contract with teachers

New state scholarships save families money, steady private schools

Arlington Heights considering truancy fines for parents

Ex-Gavin teacher who molested students claims his rights were violated

Wauconda village trustees crack down on vaping at schools

Reports of suspicious vehicle leads to extra patrols at Waukegan schools

Two Chicago schools at opposite ends of income divide become one

West Aurora school board votes to switch conferences

New U-46 commissary serves 8,000 breakfasts, 13,000 lunches daily


DeVos punts to Congress on federally funded guns for schools

Los Angeles teachers authorize strike as tensions rise

Study says private schools’ advantages are overhyped

Montana latest state to offer free dual-enrollment courses

National fraternity body calls for hard liquor ban at chapters

Colorado districts taking steps to fight human trafficking

Catholic colleges rescinding honors in wake of abuse scandal


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Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

Model United Nations Program Honored

Stevenson’s Model United Nations team was named one of the nation’s top 25 high school squads for the 2017-18 school year. SHS earned the honor from Best Delegate, a leading advocate for the Model United Nations program. Stevenson was one of 27 schools listed in the 12-state Midwest Region, which featured 13 teams from Illinois.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Malnati’s Next Week

The Band Parents Organization is holding a fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, 85 S. Buffalo Grove Rd., in Buffalo Grove. Mention the fundraiser when placing a dine-in, carryout or delivery order (online orders do not qualify), and 20 percent of the pre-tax purchase will go to the band program. See this flyer for more information.


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Wednesday, Sept. 5 Varsity Results

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 1, Round Lake 0: Sophomore Anthony Skordilis nailed a 20-yard free kick in the 61st minute, his second of the season, as the host Patriots improved to 4-1. Senior keeper Zach Klaber made seven saves for SHS, which has only allowed four goals in five games while shutting out two opponents. Sophomore Alem Duratovic was credited with an assist on Anthony’s goal. The Panthers fell to 3-4. – Daily Herald

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Libertyville, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17: Senior Sophie Sorenson had 14 kills, 11 digs and two aces as the Patriots (7-3, 1-0) rallied on the road in their North Suburban Conference opener. Junior setter Grace Tully recorded 25 assists on 95-of-97 setting. She also served two aces, had three kills, made seven digs, blocked two shots and had two block assists. Senior Annie Armgardt made two solo blocks and assisted on three others. Junior Lily Cozzi added seven kills, while sophomore Makayla Uremovich contributed four kills, a block and two block assists. Sophomore Emerson Kouri led the team with 12 digs. Junior Abby Keevins had 11 digs and also dished out four assists on 7-of-7 setting. The Wildcats dropped to 4-6. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Buffalo Grove/Hersey/Wheeling 3: Senior Samuel Shellist scored two goals in 15 seconds, and classmate Zachary Wesley recorded three assists as the Patriots opened their season with a win at West Meadows Ice Arena. Samuel’s goals came late in the first period as SHS built a 2-0 lead. Junior Emmett Baker extended the lead to 3-0 with a goal early in the second period. The BG-H-W coop team answered with a pair of goals to cut the lead to 3-2 before senior Carter Devlin provided an insurance score early in the third period. Senior Adam Offenbach had two assists for Stevenson, which finished second in the state last season. Seniors William Kopka and Seth Cohen also had assists. Junior goalie Jeremy Riback made 14 saves.

Tuesday, Sept. 4 Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson 25, Libertyville 32; Mundelein 20, Stevenson 43: Senior Alex Beckerman paced the Patriots at Diamond Lake Recreational Center in Mundelein. He finished the 3-mile trek in 17:28.49. Junior Anthony Rodriguez was 10th (17:33.24), junior Corey Pacernick took 12th (17:49.42) and sophomore Wesley Park finished 13th (17:59.73). Other points-earners for SHS were senior Daniel Saltz (16th, 18:24.86), sophomore Jack Lee (17th, 18:26.71) and junior Cameron Sprague (18th, 18:36.52).


In the Patriot football team’s win over Neuqua Valley on Friday, senior John Greenbury kicked the 35-yard field goal that gave SHS the lead for good. Tuesday’s Digest reported senior Jack Baruch as the kicker.


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Freshmen, Sophomores Can Submit to the Half-Wit

Do you want to see your published work in a magazine? Luckily, the Half-Wit is now open for submissions! We accept poetry, prose, art and photography. The Half-Wit is exclusive to freshmen and sophomores. Feel free to submit anything you have, even a creative essay from English class that you feel particularly proud of. We accept multiple pieces per person. Please submit your piece(s) to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org. Include your name, ID number, and the genre of the work.


Today’s Stagecrafters meeting has been canceled.

Zumba Club meets every Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the Aerobics Room (Room 2110). If you have questions, contact Ms. Antillera at rantillera@d125.org.

Club Israel is baking on Friday! Join the club after school in the food lab (Room 1406).  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Argentar at bargentar@d125.org.

Model United Nations, voted one of the top 25 programs in the nation for last school year, will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7044.


College representatives are coming to the College Career Center this fall to meet with interested students. To see the list of all colleges coming to visit, and to sign up to meet with a representative, visit the College Rep Visits web page.

Seniors interested in the University of Virginia: The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards full scholarships to UVA to students who have demonstrated uncommon academic ability, exceptional leadership and a commitment to the community at large.  Stevenson may nominate one student for this prestigious scholarship. If you are interested, please pick up an application from the College Career Center (Room 1123). Applications are due to the CCC by Friday, Oct. 5.


Not in a fall sport? Allied Bowling is getting ready to begin. If you are interested in being an Allied Student Partner who helps encourage and develop the SEL skills of our allied bowlers, come to an informational meeting at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14 in Room 1618. Bowling occurs on Tuesday and Wednesdays from Sept. 25 through Oct. 17, ending with a tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20. You don’t need to know how to bowl to be a part of the fun! Questions? Contact Ms. Warkins at dwarkins@d125.org.

All student-athletes are required to attend one meeting led by the athletic director during the 2018-19 school year. There are eight possible dates; each occurs on a late-arrival day. The next meeting opportunity is from 9:45-10:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in the West Auditorium. Topics to be covered include: expectations of and leadership opportunities for student-athletes; the Co-Curricular Code of Conduct; sportsmanship; sports health and nutrition; and Stevenson Athletics’ awards program. Attendance will be taken by scanning student IDs. The other dates this year are Oct. 18, Nov. 8 and 29, Jan. 17, Feb. 14, March 14 and April 25.


For first time, SIUE has more students than SIUC

Chicago Teachers Union gets new leadership

State releases more than $6.6M for boiler repairs at NIU

Longtime District 214 theater teacher dies

Glenbard West to unveil restored victory bell at Homecoming

Libertyville students get creative for new carpool program


Majority of parents don’t want their kids to become teachers

Texas makes it tougher for students to leave struggling schools

A tech wiz is conquering college admissions

Metro Atlanta schools using new strategies to retain teachers

Why does the school day end two hours before the workday?

Former Education Secretary Duncan: “Education runs on lies”

A teacher made a Hitler joke in class. It tore the school apart


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Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018

2018-19 Official Enrollment Announced

The official enrollment at Stevenson High School this year is 4,337, an increase of 89 students from 2017-18 and the fifth consecutive year of student body growth. Enrollment is at its highest level since the 2009-10 school year, when 4,345 students attended. Stevenson’s peak enrollment was 4,573 in 2005-06. The latest enrollment projections from DecisionInsite suggest SHS will push past the peak in the next three to four years.

Meetings to Discuss Summer 2019 Travel Options

Informational meetings about several school-sponsored 2019 summer travel opportunities for students will be held Wednesday, Sept. 12. The meetings, open to interested students and their parents or guardians, will be held in various locations near the Performing Arts Center and in the East Building. To see the list of start times and room locations, visit the Student Travel Experiences web page. Parents should park in lots B or D for easiest access to the meetings.


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Tuesday, Sept. 4 Varsity Results

Girls Field Hockey

Stevenson 3, Homewood-Flossmoor 0: Seniors Emily Hersh, Adele Lee and Charlotte Russell scored for the Patriots during their shutout in the south suburbs.

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 6, Libertyville 1: The visiting Patriots won their six matches in straight sets. Seniors Elizabeth Ferdman and Alyssa Glaser rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 doubles, and freshman Alaina Kolli was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles. Alaina’s older sister, junior Athena Kolli, combined with fellow junior Maggie Gong to post a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Abby Schueneman and junior Sneha Yellapantula prevailed, 6-1, 6-2, while freshman Thea Surya recorded a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles. Junior Alexis Lee and sophomore Emily Hu posted a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 4 doubles.

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 23, Libertyville 32; Stevenson 17, Mundelein 39: Senior Natalie Sorenson took top honors at Diamond Lake Recreational Center in Mundelein, running the 3-mile course in 19:14. Classmate Kendall Roberts was third (19:53), junior Caimin Xi placed fourth (20:26) and junior Michelle Yu finished fifth (20:47). Sophomore Emma Finnegan was 12th (22:19).

Boys Golf

Stevenson 147, Mundelein 161: Senior Mark Noonan shot a 2-under-par 34 to earn medalist honors for the Patriots (3-0 in the North Suburban Conference). Mark birdied three holes on the front nine at Steeple Chase Golf Club in Mundelein. Senior Alex Kim was runner-up with a 35, while senior Jackson Bussell and sophomore Billy Fishbein recorded 39s. Sophomore Conan Pan posted a 40 and junior Andrew Babbo had a 42. Stevenson continued its strong play in the absence of longtime head coach John Rueth, who has been sidelined by illness since the start of the season. Assistant coach Dale Bares (Class of 2009) has been running the team in Rueth’s absence. – Daily Herald

Girls Golf

Stevenson 157, Mundelein 251: Junior Joyce Bai shot a 1-under-par 35 at The Arboretum Golf Club in Buffalo Grove to earn medalist honors and lead the Patriots (3-0 overall and in the NSC) to their 19th consecutive dual victory dating back to the 2016 season. Joyce recorded a birdie on the par-4 fourth hole, and made par on the other eight holes. She has won or shared medalist honors in all three of Stevenson’s duals this season. Sophomore Sophia Zhuang posted a 40, followed by 41s from sophomore Kelly Dong and freshman Emily Duan. Also competing for SHS were juniors Julia Yoo (44) and Jackie Lee (61). Emily and Julia also recorded birdies.


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Homecoming Dance Ticket Sales Start Friday

Early bird ticket sales for the Homecoming Dance start Friday through the Patriot Superstore. The dance takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 in the Field House. Tickets are $20 from Friday through 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, then go up to $25 until sales end on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Anyone who waits to buy tickets at the door will pay $40. Students will not be issued paper tickets. Instead, tickets purchased will be transferred to each student’s ID, which will be used at check-in. Students must have their Stevenson ID to be admitted to the dance. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, and all participants must arrive by 8 o’clock.

Second Chance to See the Artist of the Month

Students who couldn’t make it to Tuesday’s presentations by the Visiting Artist of the Month have a second chance on Thursday. Beverly Kedzior will be giving her ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Visiting Artist Gallery. Admission is free. Click here to read more about the artist.

The Truth About Vape Juice Labels

Can you trust the information on vape juice labels? No, according to this week’s video from Catalyst. Labels often contain inaccurate data on how much nicotine is contained in the products. (Hint: It’s not less.)


History Bowl/Bee will hold its first meeting of the year at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 2500. History Bowl/Bee is for students who love history and who want to compete both individually and as part of team. Please contact Mr. Anderson in the Social Studies Division if you have any questions.

The new Sports Analytics Club will hold its first meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 1912-1914. The club is designed to teach students what sports analytics is, and its relevance in sports. Have any questions? Contact Mr. Grady at pgrady@d125.org.

Students Helping Soldiers will honor first responders and their families with a ceremony at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Garden of Peace, Hope and Remembrance. All are welcome. We must never forget.

Peer Tutors will have a meeting and a presentation on Open Mindset after school on Thursday in the West Auditorium. This is a required meeting. Tutoring begins on Tuesday.

Interactive Gamers Club will be handing out access codes for a game on the iPad, and will play board games, Magic and Pokemon during its next gathering, from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday in Room 1204.


Southern Illinois University sees continued enrollment drop

528 Springfield students sent home for no physicals, shots

Chicago Teachers Union takes credit for Emanuel’s decision

944 students selected to hear former President Obama’s UI speech

New Islamic high school opens in Morton Grove

Quad Cities colleges partner to market value of a degree

Indian Prairie Unit District 204 school board member resigns

Memory of Elk Grove High teacher at heart of music festival

Illinois judges take police, court lessons to schools


Michigan’s strict new literacy law has Detroit on edge

National chronic absenteeism rates up, better reporting cited

“Invest in Ed” initiative knocked off Arizona ballot

Ohio district apologizes for diversity exercise that backfired

Florida State’s novel approach for teaching students resilience

Bucking boastful trend, Stanford will no longer brag on its admit rate

Parents of Penn State hazing victim settle with fraternity

Two new price-matching programs rolled out at private colleges

Battle over North Carolina’s controversial “Silent Sam” takes turn


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Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

WIT Honored by National Scholastic Press Association

The 2017-18 edition of the WIT, Stevenson’s student literary magazine, has been honored with the “First Class” award from the National Scholastic Press Association. The magazine received a score above 90 percent in every category, including content, writing, photography and art, design, and concept construction.

The editor-in-chief was 2018 graduate Seowon (Angela) Lee. The assistant editors were current seniors Michelle Cai, Ulysses Figueroa, John Koskela, Emily Lou and Winston Wang, juniors Joyce Bai, Cheryl Chen, Eric Gan and Helen Han, and sophomore Maddie Mitchell. The WIT staff included 2018 graduates Dan Kim and Sasha Kokhan, plus seniors Alex Dong and Anjali Kotamarthi, and sophomores Jennifer Cheng and Sophia Li. The faculty sponsors were Jim Barnabee and Robert Zagorski.

Alumni Invited to Homecoming Activities

All SHS alumni are invited to attend the Homecoming football game against Lake Zurich on Friday, Sept. 21. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Alumni will receive free admission (click here to RSVP), and enjoy reserved, endzone seating. Alums can gather in the Alumni Hospitality Tent, sponsored by Prairie House Tavern, before and during the game to enjoy complimentary tater tots and refreshments, and to catch up with fellow Patriots.

Busting the Myth of Student Alcohol, Drug Use

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.

According to the Illinois Youth Survey, the vast majority of students at SHS do not use alcohol or drugs. Encourage your child to be in the majority and be alcohol- and drug-free. The reason most kids (three out of four) give for not using alcohol or drugs is their parents. The next time your teen goes out, help them make great choices by using the the 4 “W”s: (1) Where are you going? (2) Who will you be with? (3) What time will you be home? and (4) Wait up and talk to your teen when they arrive. Click here for more information.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Saturday, Sept. 1 Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove Invitational: Senior Jackson Bussell shot a 69 at Buffalo Grove Golf Course, tying for second place overall, while classmate Mark Noonan posted a 71. Stevenson finished with a team score of 291, five strokes behind Lake Forest. – Daily Herald

Friday, Aug. 31 Varsity Results


Stevenson 23, Neuqua Valley 15: In Naperville, the Patriots improved to 2-0 behind the arm of senior quarterback Cole Okmin and the legs of junior JM Etienne. Cole was 13-of-22 passing for 173 yards and two touchdowns for SHS, which scored all of its points in the second and third quarters. Cole connected with senior Ryan McElhinny on a 31-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter. Senior Jack Baruch put the Pats ahead for good with a 35-yard field goal, then Cole and Ryan combined on a 34-yard pass play that set up a 1-yard scoring run from senior Jon Kull for a 17-7 halftime lead. Cole completed passes to seven different receivers on the night, with junior Jordan Vincent catching five for 38 yards. Ryan had three receptions for 79 yards. Senior Charlie Knezevic caught a 35-yard TD from Cole in the third quarter to complete Stevenson’s scoring. With a 16-point lead in hand to start the fourth quarter, JM took over. He carried the ball 11 times for 114 yards as the Patriots controlled the clock, finishing the game with 197 yards on 28 carries. The game, the first between the two schools, included a 73-yard lightning delay. SHS opens North Suburban Conference play at Libertyville Friday night. – Daily Herald, Naperville Sun, MaxPreps

Thursday, Aug. 30 Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson 151, Lake Zurich 190: Sophomore Conan Pan shot a 36 to lead the host Patriots at the Arboretum Golf Club in Buffalo Grove. Seniors Jackson Bussell and Alex Kim each carded a 38, junior Billy Fishbein had a 39 and senior Mark Noonan recorded a 40.

Three Soccer Players Earn All-Tournament Honor

Three members of the Patriot boys soccer team made the all-tournament squad at last week’s 33rd annual Jim Wolter Titan Invitational at Glenbrook South. Senior midfielder Kai Mayahara, senior forward Hunter Tam and junior defenseman Rei Kubota earned the honor at SHS (3-1 overall) won two of its three games in the tournament. The Patriots’ game against Wheeling was canceled Saturday due to the wet weather.

Girls Golf Matches Moved to Arboretum

Today’s varsity and junior varsity girls golf matches against Mundelein will be played at The Arboretum Golf Club in Buffalo Grove rather than at Crane’s Landing at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort.


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All Seniors Meet With Their Counselors Wednesday

All seniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the Activity Period on Wednesday. Seniors must attend this meeting, even if a club to which they belong has a meeting. Click this link to see counselor locations for Wednesday’s meetings.

Club Meetings During Wednesday’s Activity Period

The following clubs will meet during the Activity Period on Wednesday: Sophomore Class Board (lower Sports Center lobby), Free the Children (Room 2104), TYMP-Junior MegaMath Team (Room 8070), Student Congress (West Staff Dining Room), AP Computer Science A “WE Service” information meeting (Testing Center). Only freshmen, sophomores and juniors may attend these meetings. Seniors are meeting with their counselors during the Activity Period.


The Chess Club will hold its first meeting of the year from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in Room 2818. If you have questions about the club, contact Mr. Springer at vspringer@d125.org.

Animal Welfare Club meets after school today in Room 7064. The club will be making blankets to donate to an animal shelter. All are welcome!

This week only, In the Loop will meet after school Wednesday in Room 7064. All are welcome. If you don’t know how to knit, the club will teach you!


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship applications are available for seniors in the College Career Center. The scholarship is for a full-time high school senior with a minimum 2.8 GPA who plans to attend college, university, vocational or technical school in the U.S. In addition, students must be committed to community service and have demonstrated leadership abilities. Please stop in the College Career Center today to pick up an application. The deadline to return a completed application is Tuesday, Sept. 25.


Nearly 60 CPS teachers barred over background checks  

CPS graduation rate reaches new record

Joliet junior high teacher accused of beating wife to death

UIC eliminating gymnastics program at end of season

Chicago’s first private, tuition-free school opens this week

Northwestern doctoral student caught in crossfire dies


Poll: 7 in 10 parents are satisfied with their child’s education

Today’s college students aren’t who you think they are

Is education a fundamental right?

Ohio teacher’s “end of the world” assignment draws controversy


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Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Suicide Awareness Program for SHS Parents

Suicide has emerged as a major public health threat in this country. The national suicide rate increased 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and is now the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States. Last August, the CDC reported that suicide rates for adolescent girls doubled to a 40-year high, and that rates for boys had increased 30 percent since 2007.

Stevenson students have not been immune to this wave. When the Illinois Youth Survey was administered to SHS students in 2014 and 2016, in each year 15 percent of them said they had seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months.

Stevenson has been working to stem the rising tide. Last year, all freshmen participated in Signs of Suicide (SOS), a depression- and suicide-awareness program created by Elyssa’s Mission that teaches students to recognize risk factors for suicide and encourages them to get help from adults. SOS also includes a risk assessment that will be taken by each student to identify any who may be at risk. This year, Stevenson will expand SOS to include all juniors. Also, SHS faculty and staff will be learning more about the SOS program and how they can help students during special meetings next week.

But what about parents? What can they do?

The Community Parent Network invites parents and guardians to a special program addressing suicide next month. “Recognizing When A Teen Needs Help: ACT to Prevent Suicide in Our Community” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Click here to register.

Jodi Segal, education director for Elyssa’s Mission, will talk about the risk factors and warning signs of suicide. Also, counselors from Stevenson, as well as Woodlawn, Aptakisic and Twin Groves junior high schools, will be on hand to discuss the SOS program. Districts 125, 102 and 96, plus the Stevenson Foundation, are partners with the Community Parent Network in the evening presentation.

PREP Registration Opens Saturday

Excursions to see “Hamilton” and a Chicago Blackhawks game are among the fall offerings from PREP, the Patriot Recreation Education Program. Dozens of classes are available for adults and children this fall, ranging from cooking and art to parenting and sports. Registration opens Saturday, and will be powered by a new software system making it easier to navigate class options and interests. Visit d125.org/PREP to register, or to look at the fall catalog. Parents also can register their kids for next summer’s Camp Patriot day camp at Stevenson. PREP is led by SHS alumnus Isaac Brubaker (Class of 2002).

First ARTalk Set for Next Thursday

Professional painter Beverly Kedzior, the SHS Art Department’s current Visiting Artist of the Month, will discuss her work and career during the first ARTalks presentation of the 2018-19 school year at 7 p.m. Thursday. Her ARTalk will take place in the Visiting Artist Gallery, located on the first floor of the West Building. Kedzior works with acrylic and oil on paper or canvas. Samples of her work can be seen at her website, beverlykedzior.com. Admission to ARTalks is free and open to the public. ARTalks are sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation.

Senior’s Photo Work Honored

Senior Natalie Wess is among a select group of student artists in Illinois whose work was chosen for an exhibit traveling around the state. A montage of her photographs, selected for the Illinois High School Art Exhibition in February, will make its next stop in Springfield later this fall. The traveling exhibit will be part of Art Advocacy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Illinois Capitol Building.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Thursday, Aug. 30 Varsity Results

Girls Golf

Stevenson 147, Lake Zurich 180: At Village Green Golf Course in Mundelein, the Patriots posted a record-setting performance for the second consecutive match. This time, SHS set a new program mark for lowest 9-hole score on an away course. The previous record was 154, set first in 2007 and matched in 2011, both at Countryside Golf Club, also in Mundelein. In Thursday’s match, freshman Emily Duan and junior Joyce Bai tied for medalist honors by shooting a 1-over-par 36. Emily recorded three birdies, including a pair of 2s, while Joyce had a pair of birdies. Sophomore Sophia Zhuang followed with a 37 that included a birdie 2 on the last hole, and classmate Kelly Dong recorded a 38 with one birdie to complete the team scoring. Junior Julia Yoo shot a 39 with one birdie and fellow junior Jackie Lee had a 51. Last week, coach Emma Degen’s squad set a new standard for lowest 9-hole score on its home course.

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at Glenbrook South Invitational: Senior Hunter Tam scored two goals, and sophomore Alem Duratovic added a goal and an assist as the Patriots beat Rolling Meadows, 3-1. SHS (3-1) improved to 2-1 in the tournament, and will face Wheeling in the third-place game at 9 a.m. Saturday. Alem’s goal, assisted by senior Jaemin Seo, staked Stevenson to a 1-0 halftime lead. Hunter’s two second-half tallies were assisted by Alem and junior Cam Mahdavian. Senior goalkeeper Zach Klaber made five saves.

First-Ever Football Meeting Between SHS, Neuqua Valley

Stevenson travels to Naperville tonight for its first-ever football game against Neuqua Valley. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. Both teams are 1-0 after convincing victories last week. The Patriots pummeled Palatine, 35-7, while the Wildcats whipped Glenbard North, 27-6. Stevenson is No. 12 in the latest Edgy Tim rankings for NBC Sports Chicago, while Neuqua Valley is No. 21. The Wildcats are No. 10 in this week’s Daily Herald rankings, while the Patriots are No. 11. This link has a brief game preview from the Daily Herald. For a more expansive take on tonight’s game, Deep Dish Football has commentary on both teams: Stevenson | Neuqua Valley.

Scoreboard Advertising Opportunity

Stevenson Athletics has created sponsorship opportunities for the new electronic scoreboards in the Sports Center. Three different sponsorship packages are available. To see them, and other sponsorship opportunities, visit this page.


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Visiting Artist Presentations on Tuesday

Visiting Artist of the Month Beverly Kedzior will give a presentation to students during third and fifth periods Tuesday. Her talks will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Students who can’t make her Tuesday presentations are invited to Ms. Kedzior’s ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday. Her ARTalk, sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation, is free and will be held at the Visiting Artist Gallery.

No School Monday

There will be no classes on Monday, as Stevenson is closed in observance of Labor Day.


Seniors are invited to participate in Common Application Workshops at the College Career Center next week. The first workshop will be held during eighth period on Tuesday, and the second will take place at 7:45 a.m. Thursday.


The eSports Club will hold its second and final informational meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Wednesday in the East Learning Center (Room 7026). Play an esport like League of Legends, Fortnite, CSGO, Rainbow Six:Siege, Hearthstone or Heroes of the Storm? Want a shot at a scholarship to college to play video games? Then come by and sign up!


More than half of Illinois schools don’t have a nurse

CPS elementary school test scores flat after rising for years

Ex-Marian Central superintendent alleges wrongful termination

Lawsuit says O’Fallon Catholic school covered up abuse

Amid enrollment decline, Oakton College seeks solutions

Winnebago school district, teachers reach potential deal

Hawthorn District 73 school board member resigns

Springfield high school evacuated after threatening note found

College of Lake County finds $112K in forgotten bank account

Part-time Niles West librarian overpaid $66K due to oversight

Schaumburg school in spotlight for work with SEL author

UI’s “unofficial dean” of black students to receive honor

Two decades after opening, first night football game at Bartlett

NIU giving away $100 to 10 students every home football game

Circus comes to town to support Sangamon Valley schools


DeVos proposes new rules on campus sexual misconduct

School delayed as Washington teachers strike over salaries

Minnesota rolls out new accountability system for schools

Maryland board wants to combat STDs with free condoms

University of Arizona accepted $458K from eugenics group

What a New Mexico district learned from moving to 4-day week

Emory University law professor suspended for using N-word

Ohio State trustee resigns, wanted stronger punishment for coach

Alabama school’s hilarious “opt out” fundraising letter goes viral


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Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018

2018 Graduate Speaks at White House Event

2018 graduate Ananya Pati attended a White House event Wednesday at which President Trump announced the awarding of $90.9 million in grants to 731 drug-prevention coalitions around the country. Ananya was one of several youth representatives chosen for their anti-drug work to attend the event, which also marked the 20th anniversary of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Drug-Free Community Grant program.

Sitting next to the president, Ananya spoke during a roundtable discussion (watch this C-SPAN video) that included ONDCP Deputy Director James W. Carroll. She expressed gratitude for federal funding that enabled the creation of the local organizations such as the Stand Strong Coalition, the anti-drug group serving the District 125 community. She was one of its earliest members, and in the four years of her involvement, Ananya said that alcohol, marijuana and tobacco use has decreased in the community. Official transcript from the event | White House news release on grant awards

Anaya was a leader in the Catalyst anti-drug student group at Stevenson, and has been active in drug education efforts throughout the country and beyond. Earlier this year, she traveled to Vienna, Austria, as the United States youth delegate for the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

Tickets for Fall Play Available

Tickets for the fall play, Distracted, are available for $6 through the Online School Store. Use this link to order. Admission is general seating. Distracted will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-15, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Sept. 15. The show will take place in the Black Box Theater, just upstairs from the Sports Center entrance.

Reminder: Late Arrival on Friday

Due to tonight’s Parent Open House Night, the school will operate on a late-arrival schedule Friday. Classes will begin at 10:30 a.m., and all bus routes will start at 9:20.


Dr. Michael Bradley’s morning presentation Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Vernon Area Public Library Annex will begin at 10:30 a.m., rather than 9:30.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 29 Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 5, Highland Park 2: In a matchup of two of the state’s top teams from 2017, the defending state champion Patriots prevailed at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS won two of three singles matches, and three of four doubles contests, against the Giants, who finished fourth in Illinois last year. Junior Maggie Gong outlasted her opponent at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 10-4, and sophomore Abby Schueneman was a 6-2, 6-4 winner at No. 3. The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Elizabeth Ferdman and Alyssa Glaser, both state qualifiers last fall, rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 decision. Another 2017 state qualifier, junior Athena Kolli, paired with classmate Ellen Ma to post a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. Junior Sneha Yellapantula and sophomore Emily Hu won at No. 4 doubles, 6-3, 6-3.

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at Art Campbell Lake County Invitational: The Patriots finished third among 15 teams at the Waukegan Sports Complex. Senior Alex Beckerman led SHS with an eighth-place showing, covering the course in 16:17.8. Junior Anthony Rodriguez placed 18th (16:46.5) and junior Cameron Coffey was 24th (16:59.3). Other top-50 finishes came from senior Alan Sherman (32nd, 17:14.8), sophomore Wesley Park (46th, 17:38.0), junior Corey Pacernick (47th, 17:39.4) and junior Cameron Sprague (49th, 17:43.7). – Official Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: The Patriots placed fifth out of 14 schools at the Waukegan Sports Complex. Senior Natalie Sorenson finished fifth overall among 115 runners (19:11.6) and classmate Kendall Roberts was 11th (19:44.4). Junior Michelle Yu placed 26th (20:23.6), junior Caimin Xi was 29th (20:32.2) and sophomore Emma Finnegan was 45th (21:10.6) to round out Stevenson’s scoring. Sophomore Emily Fejes was 52nd (21:38.6). – Official Results

Girls Volleyball

Hersey d. Stevenson, 25-22, 25-23: In Arlington Heights, junior Grace Tully was 67-of-67 setting with 18 assists. The main beneficiaries of her passing prowess were senior Sophie Sorenson, who had nine kills, and junior Lily Cozzi, who had five. Junior Abby Keevins led the team with 11 digs and Lily made 10. The Patriots fell to 6-3.

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at Glenbrook South Invitational: The Patriots tasted defeat for the first time this season, falling to Glenbrook South, 2-0. SHS (2-1) outshot the Titans, 4-3. Senior goalie Zach Klaber made two saves and classmate Josh Dicker recorded one.

D’Angelo Honored by Daily Herald

Senior linebacker Michael D’Angelo earned Daily Herald Lake County Most Valuable Defensive Player honors for his performance in Friday’s 35-7 win over Palatine. Michael returned an interception 53 yards for a touchdown and also had eight tackles.

Patriettes Raising Money for Trip to Nationals

The varsity Patriettes are holding a fundraiser to pay for their first-ever trip to the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship Feb. 1-3 in Orlando, Fla. All money raised will go toward the dancers’ flights, hotel, competition fees, and transportation for the event. The team has established a GoFundMe page to raise money that will be used to pay for transportation and hotel costs, plus competition fees. The fundraising goal is $5,000.


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Volunteers Sought for GLASA 5K Event

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association is looking for student volunteers age 14 and older to assist at its 11th annual Twilight 5K Run/Walk/Stroll on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Lake Forest. More than 100 volunteers are need to help with setup, cleanup, food and drink service, race registration and check-in, race results, and to serve as course safety marshals. No previous experience is needed; all training takes place on site. Use this link to sign up, and to see the volunteer positions available.


Want help with your college application essay? Visit the College Career Center during eighth period today, or at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday for an Essay Writing Workshop.

Every Tuesday, starting next week, students can drop by the College Career Center (Room 1123) before school or during eighth period with college or career questions. No appointment needed!


Archery will be opening a new branch of the sport, Scholastic 3D Archery (S3DA). The informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in Room 7004. The first practice will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in Room 5044. Archery experience is required to participate. Questions can be directed to Coach O’Hara at bohara@d125.org.


Rauner signs bill spurred by ex-superintendent’s severance deal

Foundation donates $20M to University of Illinois athletics

Oswego District 308 reviews policies after replica weapon incident

Snapchat threat leads to extra security at Joliet Central

Bartlett High School cancels classes in wake of storm


Detroit schools cutting off drinking water because of lead, copper

Justice Department sides with Asian-Americans suing Harvard

Billions in federal financial aid going to students who aren’t graduating

Dual enrollment gaining steam, but questions remain

Record number of females, minorities took AP Computer Science

Stanford lawsuit sheds light on conundrum over mental health services

New Hampshire governor wants school to start after Labor Day

Colleges use texting to tackle summer melt

Mother of Parkland victim wins seat on school board

What educators need to know about eSports


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