Monday, May 6, 2019

Two Students Win BPA National Championships

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

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

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

Math Team Finishes Second in State

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

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

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

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

Orchestra Awards Concert Tuesday Night

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

Last Day for Bids in SPA Online Auction

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

Math Carnival for Grades 3-5 Thursday Night

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


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo

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

Boys Volleyball

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


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

Boys Water Polo

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

Friday’s Varsity Results


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

Boys Volleyball

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


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

Girls Soccer Team One Win From Tying Record

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

Jack White Qualifies for State Gymnastics Meet

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

Today on NFHS Network

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


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


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Visiting Artist Presentation on Friday

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


Lawmakers to consider new teacher testing methods

Mixed results so far for teacher pension buyouts

Teachers return at one charter; strike still on at others

Cellphone videos of fights a distraction for schools

Students protest NIU’s handling of sexual assault

H-F principal defends handling of blackface incident

No degree? Fed study says Chicago tough place to work

Bed bugs found at Chicago’s Lake View High

IHSA implementing background checks for officials

OPRF senior who designed yearbook cover dies


Washington state repeals ban on admissions preferences

Florida teachers can arm themselves under new gun bill

DeVos: Polarizing but enduring Trump Cabinet member

Student secretly records months of teacher’s verbal abuse

Teacher Appreciation Week free food, discounts

Bowling Green to remove actress’ name from school theater

Graduation gowns at Utah college made of recycled plastic

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


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Friday, May 3, 2019

AP Government Teachers on Sirius XM Today

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

Parents Invited to Help With Final PPA Bake Sale

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

Social Media Specialist Teaches Oklahoma Group

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


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

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

Girls Soccer

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

Boys Track and Field

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

Girls Track and Field

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

Boys Lacrosse

Lyons Township 10, Stevenson 1 – NFHS Network Replay

JV Girls Track Team Wins Conference Meet

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

Tommy Frezza Commits to Binghamton

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

Softball Team Playing Tonight in Rosemont

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

Alumna Leads Bowling Team to Top of Leaderboard

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

This Weekend on NFHS Network

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


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Set Sail for the Senior Class Party

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

Looking for a Job This Summer or After School?

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


A look at the plan to freeze school property taxes

U46 teachers ratify new four-year contract

More murals to be removed from Oak Park schools

Hawthorn District 73 board picks new president

City Colleges of Chicago staff return to work

Parents sue Kaneland schools over son’s treatment

CLC unveils new veterans lounge

Science teacher at Glenview school killed in crash

IU Greek houses added to “most endangered” list


Boston hires Minnesota educator to lead schools

$25M defamation lawsuit in college rankings dispute

Debating sex education in the United States

Teens arrested over plan to bomb high school

Ex-congressman named Colorado president

George Washington murals face axe at S.F. school

Maryland districts rarely lose due process hearings


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Pair Wins First Place in National Journalism Contest

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

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

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

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

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

Who Wrote the One-Act Plays?

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

Cancer-Stricken Student’s Family Seeks Help

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


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

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


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


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

Girls Water Polo

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

Boys Volleyball

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

Girls Lacrosse

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

Boys Water Polo

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

Boys Lacrosse

Lake Forest 12, Stevenson 4 – NFHS Network Replay

Badminton Team Begins Quest for Three-Peat

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

SHS Connections With Whitewater Softball

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

Make a Spring ESPPA Award Nomination

Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this spring? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. The nomination deadline is May 15. Winners will be recognized at the Spring Sports Awards Night on May 20.

Today on NFHS Network

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


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


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College Essay Workshop for Juniors

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

Final Girls Water Polo Frosty Friday This Week

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


Teachers at Chicago charter schools go on strike

IEA president responds to death threat

Zion school board has three vacancies

Kaneland students can wear hats to school next year

Lane Tech debate team sets national record

Woodland District 50 appoints new leader

Math chairman promoted to superintendent in Morris

California educator named LaSalle-Peru High principal


Thousands of North, South Carolina teachers protest

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

Police praise student who died trying to stop attacker

Michigan governor OKs delay in teacher evaluation change

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

Colorado State cracks down on annual “Undie Run”

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


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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Weiran Zhao Second in State Design Contest

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

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

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

Math Teacher to Receive ISU Alumni Award

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

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

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

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

Dance Teacher Nominated for National Award

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

Spring Dance Concert This Weekend

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

Spring One-Acts Take Stage Friday, Saturday

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

Science REACH Members Present Research Projects

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


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

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

Max Gomez Joining Oregon State Wrestling

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

Today on NFHS Network

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


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Audition, Crew Information for Fall Play

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

Odyssey 2020 Logo Design Workshop Thursday

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

What’s For Lunch Today?

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


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


Strike expected tonight at 3 Chicago public schools

Hundreds of H-F students walk out to protest incident

New 5-year contract for Warren Township teachers, staff

East Aurora teacher punished for social media post

La Grange parents concerned by “grade centers” plan

Employee sues district, union over dues

Urbana district announces 3 superintendent finalists

New school board president in DeKalb


2 killed, 4 wounded in shooting at UNC-Charlotte

Judge: DeVos illegally delayed rules for online colleges

International interest in U.S. MBA programs declining

Washington state tax hike on tech giants for higher ed

San Francisco school desegregation plan backfires

Dartmouth, UVA leaving Common App competitor

Swarthmore frats disband after leaked docs, sit-in


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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Stevenson Rises in U.S. News Rankings

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

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

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

Math Students Earn $5K at National Math Contest

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

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

Senior Reaches TOC Semifinals Again

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

Final ARTalk Set for Thursday Night

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

Postsecondary Counselors to Speak at Conference

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

Exams and Stress

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

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


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

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

Boys Water Polo Team Eyes Eighth Straight State Trip

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

Baseball Team Selling Lou Malnati’s Coupons

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

Today on NFHS Network

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


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Juniors Meeting With Counselors on Wednesday

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

AP Government Students, “Cram for the Exam” Saturday

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

Advanced Choir, Patriot Singers Auditions This Week

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

Patriot Superstore Closed Friday, Monday

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


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


H-F students plan walkout over blackface images

Waukegan employee accused of abuse had history

Wheeling District 21 expanding laptop program

Illinois schools receiving 5K trees from IDOT


NEA: Teacher salaries fail to keep pace with inflation

Study: Teen suicide spiked after “13 Reasons Why”

Boston-area teachers go to school on racial bias

Print textbooks remain resilient in an electronic age

Detroit teachers fight plan that adds days without raise

Georgia district offers flexible scheduling for students

Virginia students bring historical highway markers to life

Student born without hands wins penmanship contest

Dr. Phil apologizes for slamming Slippery Rock


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Monday, April 29, 2019

SHS Excels at National History Bowl, Bee

Stevenson walked away with several awards at the ninth annual national championships for the National History Bowl and Bee, and United States History Bee, in Arlington, Va., over the weekend.

The U.S. History Bee tests individual knowledge of American history, while the National History Bowl and Bee covers historical events throughout the world.

The varsity History Bowl team of juniors Meehir Dixit, David Holmquist and Govind Prabhakar and sophomore Arjun Nageswaran finished fifth in the nation on Saturday. In the junior varsity competition, Stevenson’s team of sophomores Aniket Dixit, Allen Guo, Denis Selyuzhitsky and freshman Anish Arora placed eighth. The National History Bowl is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for teams.

In the individual events on Friday, Govind earned fifth in the varsity U.S. History Bee while Arjun was runner-up in the JV U.S. History Bee. Govind also finished seventh in the International Geography Bee, which tests geography skills. Govind was a semifinalist in the varsity National History Bee while David was a quarterfinalist. Aniket, Arjun and Denis were quarterfinalists in the JV National History Bee.

This was the fifth consecutive year Stevenson has qualified for the National History Bowl and Bee. Last year, Govind, David, Meehir, Arjun and Grant Davis won the JV National History Bowl championship, and Govind also captured the JV National History Bee and JV U.S. History Bee titles.

Junior Selected for U.S. Physics Team

Junior Emily Lu has earned a place on the 20-member United States Physics Team for 2019. She qualified for the honor based on her score on the USA Physics Olympiad Exam given earlier this month. Emily will have the opportunity to compete at the U.S. Physics Team training camp May 28-June 8 at the University of Maryland. Five students will be selected at the camp to represent the United States at the 50th International Physics Olympiad July 7-15 in Israel.

Emily was one of seven Stevenson students who qualified for the USA Physics Olympiad Exam, which was open to the top 400 physics students in the country. The other qualifiers were seniors Joey Rivkin and George Wang, juniors Advait Deoskar, Dylan Hu and Joshua Tsai, and sophomore Jared Machtinger. Joey and Dylan also qualified for the exam in 2018.

Two students have made the U.S. Physics Team in the past five years: Jason Lu (Class of 2017) was a member of the team in 2015 and 2016, and Richard Zhu (Class of 2014) was chosen in 2014.

Kendall Roberts Fourth at State Journalism Contest

Senior Kendall Roberts finished fourth in the Editorial Writing category at the Illinois High School Association State Journalism Competition on Friday at Heartland Community College in Normal. Senior Aniket Nuthalapati competed in both Copy Editing and Headline Writing. Sophomore Grace (Joo Eun) Kwon competed in Yearbook Copy Writing.

40th Annual Consortium Art Fest on Tuesday

The 40th Annual Consortium 125 Art Fest will be held Tuesday in the Field House. The annual show is an exhibition of K-12 student artwork from SHS and its sender schools. A public reception will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Student-made ice cream bowls will be available for purchase at the public reception.

Students Helping Soldiers Plans Spring Clothing Drive

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its spring clothing drive beginning Wednesday and running through Wednesday, May 15. All donations will be delivered to The Veterans Closet in North Chicago for veterans and active duty military families. Collection bins will be available at the Point, Sports Center, and Field House entrances.

Funeral Arrangements for 2004 Alumnus

Funeral arrangements have been announced for SHS alumnus Paul Miller (Class of 2004), who died last week from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Friday at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St., in Des Plaines (at the corner of Northwest Highway and Rand Road). The funeral service will be held at noon Saturday at 12pm at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. Click here for the obituary.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots rolled to the league championship, winning all 12 singles flights and all six doubles flights over two days at Warren. SHS won every match it played, going 12-0 in doubles and 24-0 in singles. Stevenson posted a team score of 54, ahead of runner-up Libertyville (32.5) and four other schools.

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at Hudsonville (Mich.) Invitational: The Patriots (26-0) completed a sweep of their four-game, two-day road trip, extending the team’s winning streak to 59 consecutive games. SHS defeated Michigan’s ninth-ranked school, Zeeland, 15-4, and another Michigan squad, Forest Hills, 13-3. Goalies Anna Mossakowski and Maggie Bauwens played one half in each game, with Anna making five saves in each contest and Maggie stopping 11 shots overall. Lauren Maloney scored four goals in each game, while Eleanor Michaud had seven in the two games. Anna Gates and Kalista Tapas tallied four goals overall. Anne Baldino and Shreya Sreedhar each had two goals, while Maddy O’Donnell also scored.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The fourth-ranked Patriots concluded the two-day tournament with wins over Lincoln Way East, 15-11, and No. 7 Loyola, 14-8. Dima Kobets led SHS with six goals in each contest. David Gorin had two goals in the Loyola game, while Drew Wangard, Sammy Maya, Mark Holzer and Jacob Whiting also scored. Alex Mitchell made nine saves. – Daily Herald,

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 3, Lakes 0: Gracie Wingfield, Emma Ramagnano and Lily Mahdavian scored goals as the host Patriots (14-1-2) won their ninth straight game and posted their seventh straight shutout. Alyssa Bende, Kristin Hill and Kalyssa VanZanten each recorded an assist. Jenny Staten and Arushi Nair split time in goal, and each made three saves.

Boys Lacrosse

Grayslake North 16, Stevenson 10 – NFHS Network Replay

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 7, St. Viator 2: Isaiah Hart hit a solo home run leading off the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, and the Patriots (14-6) went on to score four more times under the lights at Benedictine University. Isaiah finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Zach Taylor hit a two-run double in the inning and Ryan McElhinny (2-for-3) had an RBI single. Michael D’Angelo was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Starting pitcher Hayden Brotz went four innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs while striking out four. Jacob Rosenkranz threw three innings of one-hit, four-strikeout relief and picked up the win. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at Hudsonville (Mich.) Invitational: The Patriots improved to 24-0 and stretched their consecutive-game winning streak to 57 with victories over two Michigan schools. SHS beat second-ranked Hudsonville, 13-8, and seventh-ranked Jenison, 14-7. In the victory over Hudsonville, the game was tied 1-1 after one quarter, and Stevenson held an 8-6 lead after three periods. Lauren Maloney scored four goals, while Eleanor Michaud, Kalista Tapas and Shreya Sreedhar each had three. Anna Mossakowski made 10 saves. The Patriots took a 8-0 halftime lead against Jenison. After the Wildcats rallied in the third quarter to make it 9-4, SHS removed any doubt with five goals in the final period. Maggie Bauwens made seven saves and Lauren had three goals. Hanna Cloeter, Maddie Meirhaege and Val Zlotnikova had two goals apiece.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots beat Palatine, 17-11, before falling to Fenwick, 11-9, on the first day of the tournament. Dima Kobets led SHS with five goals against Palatine and two versus the Friars. –

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at 54th Spartan Relays: At Glenbrook North, the Patriots won four relays and Maema Njongmeta captured the discus competition, leading SHS to a fourth-place finish overall. Stevenson amassed 71 points, behind Deerfield (104), Glenbrook South (87) and Lake Zurich (83.5). Maema had a winning toss of 171 feet, 7 inches in the discus. The Patriots won three traditional relays, the 1,600 (3:33.12), 800 (1:32.34) and 400 (44.18), and also claimed the Sprint MR (1:38.34). Stevenson also was third in the Throwers 400 relay (50.99). In field events, Dan Erdenetsogt finished fourth in discus (148-9), Anand Batbaatar was fourth in shot put (51-10), and Mark Helwig tied for ninth in pole vault (9-6). – Official Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Pitchford 32 Invitational: The annual state tournament preview was cut short by Saturday’s bad weather. Zach Kim and Eric Perkowski won their first three singles matches at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, to reach the semifinals. – Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse

Lakes 8, Stevenson 6 – NFHS Network Replay

Today on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity girls lacrosse game against Evanston will be streamed live from the Stadium on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The game begins at 6:15.


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Mental Health Month Kickoff Week

Mind Your Mind, Stevenson’s mental health awareness club, is hosting a kickoff week starting today for Mental Health Awareness Month, which is May. MYM will be selling T-shirts to raise money for Hope For The Day, a nonprofit organization dedicated to suicide prevention founded by a Stevenson alumnus. Shirts are $10. If you would like to order a shirt, turn in this order form with cash or check by Friday to Ms. Wrona or Ms. Lehman. Each day this week, the club will have a different theme with related activities. Here is the lineup:

Today: Gratitude – Stop by Mind Your Mind’s booth during lunch periods to fill out a gratitude list to be entered into a raffle to win gift card prizes! You can also write a letter to a friend, and we will deliver it to him or her within the week.

Tuesday: Exercise – Join Zumba Club after school in Room 5044. Exercise promotes neural growth, reduces inflammation, and new activity patterns lead to feelings of calm and well being.

Wednesday: Music – Enjoy Mind Your Mind’s playlist during passing periods! Music elevates your mood and motivation and increases the efficiency of your brain processing.

Thursday: Relaxation and Meditation – Mind Your Mind will be hosting a relaxation and meditation session before school at 7:45 a.m. by the pond. If it rains, the session will be moved to Room 5044.

Friday: General Awareness – The club will be handing out free fruit snacks before school with stickers containing facts about mental health.


Pass On The Beat will be performing at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the Patriot Lobby. Come hear these talented students!

The next meeting of FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment) will take place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2600. All are welcome to attend.

The Write Club’s open mic event wraps up Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Little Theater. This open mic will focus on spoken word poetry, and all students are welcome to watch. Be prepared to write your own spoken word poem. No experience necessary!

Diversity Council will be holding its Turkish Cultural Event after school until 5 p.m. on Tuesday in Room 1912. Presentations, food, music and more are planned.

In the Loop is meeting today after school in Room 7064. Don’t know how to knit? Knot a problem! Club members will give you your first lesson.

Animal Welfare is having its end-of-year celebration Tuesday after school in Room 7064. The club will put the finishing touches on its guinea pig habitats and start making plans for next year. This will be the last meeting of the year, so don’t miss it!


UI professor to resign over misconduct allegations

OPRF High board approves racial equity policy

Pritzker’s pension plans face uphill battle, TRS board told

90-year-old to become NEIU’s oldest graduate


More states requiring cameras in special ed classrooms

Amid protests, South Carolina reopens president search

Tech glitch stops 18K Utah students from finishing tests

Maine’s disastrous rollout of proficiency-based learning

Mizzou students push for opioid OD antidote in dorms


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Friday, April 26, 2019

Students Head to NYC for M3 Challenge Finals

Five students are heading to New York City this weekend to prepare for Monday’s finals of the 14th annual MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge. Junior Josh Tsai and seniors Angela Zhang, Matthew Jalnos, Joey Rivkin and Tony Tan are one of five student teams that will compete for the $20,000 grand prize. The Stevenson quintet is guaranteed to walk away with at least $5,000. SHS won the M3 Challenge in 2017.

Stevenson’s team earned its third consecutive trip to the M3 Challenge finals based on a mathematically based solution to two specific questions related to substance use and abuse. They and nearly 880 other entrants had to devise the solution in 14 hours during the first weekend of March.

Angela and the team’s coach, mathematics teacher Paul Kim, appeared on WCGO Radio’s “The Hard Question with Blanquita Cullum” to talk about the M3 Challenge. Click here to listen.

North Suburban Art Winners Announced

Eleven students received awards at Thursday’s North Suburban Conference Art Show at Zion-Benton High School: Natalie Wess (digital photo), Kitty Zeng (ink), Bekka Goldstein (digital drawing), Christina Wade (digital photography), Jasmin Lin (mixed media), Diana Struif (metals and jewelry), Sophia Li (mixed media), Jenna Moy (oil paint), Joycelyn Guo (oil paint), Piper Starr (mixed media). The Artist’s Choice award went to Kirsten Thomas (graphite).

String Parents Holding Online Auction

The String Parents Association is holding an online auction through Monday, May 6. Special deals at several area businesses are available for bid. Click here to see details and auction items. Winners will be announced at the Orchestra Awards Concert on Tuesday, May 7.

Choral Guild Fundraiser Monday

The Choral Guild will hold a fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Corner Bakery, 445 E. Townline Rd., in Vernon Hills.


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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 8, Warren 0: The Patriots (11-1) moved a step closer to finishing their North Suburban Conference schedule unbeaten with the victory at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS is 5-0 in conference action, and finishes its league slate Tuesday at home against Lake Forest. Stevenson won every contest against the Blue Devils in straight sets to extend its victory streak to 10 matches. The Pats received singles decisions from Eric Perkowski at No. 1 (6-3, 6-0), Zach Kim at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0) and Nicholas Stec at No. 3 (6-0, 6-3). In doubles, Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy posted a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 1, followed by Arjun Sheelvanth and Ozzie Viswanathan (6-1, 6-0), Thomas Gong and Andy Dong (6-1, 6-3), Gabriel Visotsky and Kevin Fei (6-0, 6-1) and Christopher Yang and Kiran Mohan (6-1, 6-0).

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Mundelein 0: Gracie Wingfield scored off a 70-yard counter attack by Kalyssa VanZanten in the second half for the game’s only goal as the visiting Patriots (13-1-2, 4-0) won their eighth straight game. Jenny Staten made nine saves and earned her 11th shutout of the season. The win was accompanied by news that Stevenson earned the No. 1 seed in the 17-team Buffalo Grove Sectional. SHS is the top seed, followed by Libertyville and Fremd.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: Two relay teams featuring Jade Cadichon, Hailey Peterson, Raeden Mays and Jordan Tollison led the Patriots in Lake Zurich. The four finished second in the 800-meter relay (1:48.17) and third in the 400-meter relay (49.91). Natalie Sorenson placed fourth in the 3,200 (11:05.68), while Camille Clay was fourth in shot put (36-8) and fifth in discus (109-5.5). Ella O’Neal took fifth in shot put (34-8). Jade and Raeden finished seventh (13.16) and eighth (13.17), respectively, in the 100. Mia Mikolajczak was seventh in the 300 hurdles (50.27) and eighth in the 100 hurdles (17.20). Miffy Tani placed ninth in the 100 hurdles (17.38) and Emma Potocki tied for ninth in high jump (4-9). Lindsey Hendler was 10th in the 400 (1:04.83) and Kendall Roberts finished 10th in the 1,600 (5:23.92). Stevenson tied Warren for sixth in the team standings. – Official Results, Daily Herald


Stevenson 17, Waukegan 2 (4 inn.): Haley Barnes went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run, driving in five runs for the host Patriots (6-10). Her three-run homer ended the game in the bottom of the fourth. Haley scored four times, as did Elle Ruchim, who also went 3-for-3. She tripled and also stole three bases. Other perfect days at the plate came from Maggie Trotter, who was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three RBI and three runs scored, and Emily Freedman, who was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs. Maggie O’Brien hit a triple and had two RBI, Lexi Gitler doubled home a run, and Reagan Koenigs also knocked in a run. Haley was the winning pitcher, giving up one hit and striking out nine in four innings. –, Daily Herald


Buffalo Grove 4, Stevenson 3: The Patriots (13-6) scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh, and had the winning run on second base, but saw their four-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the visiting Bison (13-6). Michael D’Angelo and Zach Taylor each knocked in a run with a single, and Brandon Ward had an RBI groundout in the final inning. Jake Surane was 3-for-4 on the day with a run scored and a stolen base. Starting pitcher Eli Fishbein gave up only one earned run and four hits in four-and-a-third innings, striking out four. –, Daily Herald

Ambrose Earns Coach of the Year Honor

Stevenson boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose has been selected for a Class 4A District 6 Boys High School Coach of the Year Award from the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. Ambrose guided the Patriots to a 27-6 record, the fourth-highest win total in program history. SHS won its seventh consecutive North Suburban Conference championship, plus regional and sectional titles. This is the fourth time Ambrose has been honored by the ICBA.

Wimer Taking Water Polo Streak in Stride

No one has won more games in Illinois girls water polo history than Jeff Wimer, so he’s taking the Patriots’ 55-game winning streak in stride. “I don’t look at how many wins we have in a row,” he told Journal and Topics reporter Dion Martorano recently. “I look at how we are playing. Seriously, 50 straight wins is great, but my concern is how they are playing and how they are progressing through the season.” Stevenson has been dominant this year, outscoring its opponents 318-88. Wimer has 658 wins in his 26-year career, with 485 coming during 19 years at Stevenson. His teams have won three of the last four state championships, including two in a row.

This Weekend on NFHS Network

Tonight’s varsity boys lacrosse game against Lakes will be streamed live from the Stadium on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The game begins at 6:30. On Saturday, the junior varsity boys volleyball invitational games will be shown live from the Sports Center beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the Allied Soccer game against Antioch at 1 p.m. will be streamed live from the Stadium (weather permitting).


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Bright Lights Candle Sales Next Week

The Bright Lights Candle Company is having spring candle sales during all lunch periods Monday in front of the Performing Arts Center, and from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House during the Consortium Art Festival. Come stock up on candles for the spring and summer!


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