Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

West Building, Stadium Upgrades Approved
The District 125 Board of Education on Monday approved spending approximately $7.8 million this summer to address several structural and equipment shortcomings in the West Building and Stadium.

Leading the way is replacement and rerouting of the original main sewer line installed for the school’s opening in 1965. Four original bathrooms also will be replaced. The work will require the West Building to be shut down for the entire summer since water will be unavailable. Other work planned for the West Building includes:

  • Replacing the roof over the Wood Commons and the Quiet Learning Center
  • Tuckpointing and exterior wall repairs in two of the courtyards
  • Replacing and relocating the building’s emergency generator
  • Renovating the journalism and yearbook classroom
  • Replacing carpet throughout the south half of the West Building.

In the Stadium, the synthetic field turf, track and scoreboard will be replaced, along with chain-link fencing along the track perimeter. The bathrooms under the west bleachers also will be renovated.

Archers On Target in Chicago Tournament
The varsity archery team captured first place at the Phoenix Academy tournament Saturday in Chicago. The junior varsity finished fourth. The varsity Patriots tallied a team score of 3,138 with 117 bullseyes, while the JV had a score of 2,801 and 52 bullseyes. Senior Sylvia Zhang finished second among all female archers, posting a score of 278 with 15 bullseyes. Junior Hayden Gantt placed third among all males with a score of 276 and 14 bullseyes. Other top 10 finishers in the female division included sophomore Elisabeth Clavel, who was fourth (274, 14 bullseyes), senior Caitlin Goldberg (fifth, 272, 13) and senior Erin Fitzgerald (seventh, 270, 10). On the boys’ side, junior Chris Chong was eighth (267, 8). Sophomore novice archer Rinnell Borges added a 246 score and seven bullseyes.

Chess Team Earns No. 1 Seed in State Tournament
Stevenson has earned the No. 1 seed among 127 schools participating in this weekend’s Illinois High School Association state chess tournament in Peoria. SHS will be making its 17th consecutive trip to the state tournament. The Patriots have a long tradition of excelling at state, finishing in the top seven every year since 2004. Included in the 16-year run is a state championship in 2008, five second-place finishes, and two third-place efforts, in 2018 and 2019. Coach Vincent Springer and his squad open play at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday; the tournament concludes Saturday.

Five Freshmen Qualify for Robotics State Tournament
A featuring five SHS freshman and a peer from Fremd High School have qualified for next week’s Illinois FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge state championship. Purav DattaSiddharth PaleatiAlex PollockMax Jin and Nathan Bekin and their Fremd partner won all 10 of their matches at Sunday’s North East Suburban League competition at Highland Park High School, earning a bid to the state finals Feb. 21-22 at Elgin Community College. Team Electro also won first place in the Design Award category, and placed third in the Collins Aerospace Innovation Award category. The team qualified for the FIRST World Championship last year.

Table Tennis Team Gearing Up for State
Stevenson’s two table tennis teams have winning records. SHS Gold is 6-1 after recent wins over Hinsdale Central, 6-3, and Niles West, 9-0. SHS Green is 3-2 after dropping matches to Niles West, 6-3, and Loyola Academy, 7-2. The Patriots have finished second in the state the past two years, and several members of those squads have been mainstays for coach Todd Sikora this season. Seniors Eric Wu and Jason Leong are captain and assistant captain, respectively. Other returning players from 2018 and 2019 state runners-up include seniors Paul Park and Sam Wang, and juniors Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao. Returning players from last year’s second-place team also include senior Joseph Choi and sophomore Jasmine Leong. Also contributing this year have been senior Jason Segal, juniors David Wallach, Brad Locker, Conan Pan and Doogyul Lee; sophomores Jean Andrei BondadFrank Gao and Rithvik Mandumula; and freshmen Srihas RaoLance Locker, Abhinav Meraga and Zack Baden. The Interscholastic Table Tennis Illinois state meet is set for Feb. 29.

Winter Choral Concert Tonight
The school’s choirs will perform during the Winter Choral Concert at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 48, Lake Zurich 24: Senior Matthew Ambrose scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, and classmate RJ Holmes added 13 points and nine rebounds, as the host Patriots (19-4, 9-1) set up a showdown at Mundelein (22-3, 9-1) on Friday for sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Conference. Against Lake Zurich, Stevenson continued its strong defensive play, holding the Bears (7-16, 2-8) to 13 points over the first three quarters. The Patriots have allowed the fewest points in league play (409), with Tuesday’s 24-point effort their best of the season. In its last seven games, SHS has held opponents to an average of 33.1 points per contest. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily HeraldMaxPreps

Mundelein Game Information: Advance tickets will not be available for Friday’s game, which tips off at 7 p.m. Doors to the MHS gymnasium will open at 4:45. Seating is limited. Students will need their Stevenson ID if they want admission for the $2 student price. Otherwise, they will have to pay the adult admission price of $5.

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 107, Waukegan 33: The Patriots (6-2, 5-0) wrapped up a perfect North Suburban Conference regular season with a convincing win on the road. Senior AJ Carollo won two individual events, the 100-yard freestyle (49.72) and the 100 back (56.31). Sophomore Brandon Xiong captured the 100 breaststroke (1:06.91), and swam in two winning relays. He was part of the 200 medley relay (1:47.04) with seniors Ari Zaritsky and Jack Zhang, and freshman Michael Wywrocki, and swam the final leg of the 400 free relay (3:27.32) that included Jack, Ari and junior Alan Luo. Alan won the 200 free (1:54.96), while senior Jake Kim captured the 50 free (22.27) and finished the 200 free relay (1:35.89) after freshmen Jack Curtin and Jonny Farber, and sophomore Walker Olson. Next up for Stevenson is the North Suburban Conference Championships meet Friday and Saturday. The Patriots are seeking their sixth consecutive league title.

Spring Sports Registration Reminder
With three spring sports starting next week – girls and boys track and field, and boys gymnastics — parents are reminded to make sure their students are registered in advance. Students will not be allowed to participate until they have registered with Stevenson Athletics. Click here for athletic registration.

Quick Hits
Three members of Stevenson’s North Suburban Conference champion varsity cheerleading team have been earned all-conference and three others received honorable mention. The all-NSC selections are seniors Nina LozovnoyGrace Liebl and Jamie Fisher, while the honorable mention picks are seniors Sydney Ring and Kayla Ghazvini and junior Rachel Max. … Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Waukegan will be streamed live from the Sports Center and shown on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … The junior varsity boys ice hockey team plays host to Glenbrook North on Thursday in Game 1 of the Scholastic Hockey League JV playoff semifinals. The puck drops at 5:50 p.m. at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. Stevenson enters the game with a 37-10-1 record.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon
The next Patriot Parent Association bake sale is this afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


Illinoisans do not have a high regard for public schools outside their own communities, according to a new report from the Illinois Education Association. The group’s State of Education survey of 1,000 Illinois residents yielded an overall grade of “C-” to public schools, although respondents gave their local public schools an “A” or “B” grade. Full report

A University of Illinois-led innovation center is included in the 78 megadevelopment along the Chicago River in the city’s South Loop, part of a $7 billion riverfront project announced today. Construction will start next year on the 62-acre project, which will include apartments, student housing and retail space and eventually stretch from the South Loop to Chinatown.

The art of growing cannabis will become a minor subject at Western Illinois University in the fall, school officials announced Monday. The minor in cannabis production will require 18 to 19 credit hours with additional coursework offered by the school’s department of biological sciences.


A surprising new problem is thwarting the success of some college students today: too many choices. Due to “helicopter” parents, or perhaps because they are the first in their family to attend college, some take courses they don’t need, pick majors they will later change, and don’t know what to do when the resulting problems leave them on the brink of flunking out. Now some institutions that once let students sink or swim are trying to confront this problem by taking critical choices away from them.

About 95% of American public schools conduct some form of regular active shooter safety drill, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. But concerns are growing that these drills have not been proven effective in preventing violence and that they may even traumatize some students. Now, the nation‘s largest education unions are joining with the advocacy group Everytown For Gun Safety in calling for schools to reassess the use of lockdown drills.

The Trump administration on Monday released its $66.6 billion budget proposal for the U.S. Department of Education, which would cut the agency’s funding by about 8%. Among its provisions, the budget plan would eliminate subsidized federal student loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Higher ed experts say the cuts are largely familiar from previous budget cycles and have little chance of passing Congress.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020

Spoken Word Team Wins Regional Contest
Stevenson’s spoken word team won the Patricia Smith Regional Slam Poetry bout Friday night at Collins Academy in Chicago. The competition is part of the slam poetry contest Louder than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry festival in the world. Stevenson’s team, led by senior Anna Wang, also includes juniors Laya ReddyKatie LeeMaddie MitchellTanisha GunashakarAmber Atkinson and Shayaan Shaik, and sophomore Tia Vasudeva. Louder Than A Bomb, sponsored by Young Chicago Authors, brings together more than 500 youth poets from schools and community groups throughout the Chicago area, for five weeks of Olympic-style poetry bouts, workshops, and special events.

Archers On Target in Chicago Tournament
The varsity archery team captured first place at the Phoenix Academy tournament Saturday in Chicago. The junior varsity finished fourth. The varsity Patriots tallied a team score of 3,138 with 117 bullseyes, while the JV had a score of 2,801 and 52 bullseyes. Senior Sylvia Zhang finished second among all female archers, posting a score of 278 with 15 bullseyes. Junior Hayden Gantt placed third among all males with a score of 276 and 14 bullseyes. Other top 10 finishers in the female division included sophomore Elisabeth Clavel, who was fourth (274, 14 bullseyes), senior Caitlin Goldberg (fifth, 272, 13) and senior Erin Fitzgerald (seventh, 270, 10). On the boys’ side, junior Chris Chong was eighth (267, 8). Sophomore novice archer Rinnell Borges added a 246 score and seven bullseyes.

Orchestra Chamber Concert Tonight
The Orchestra Chamber Concert takes place tonight in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Performances will take place in two sets; the first starts at 6 o’clock, followed by the second at 7:30. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live through the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Dating and Teenage Development
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.

A study in the Journal of School Health sought to determine if dating was considered normal and essential for a teen’s individual development and well-being. It found that adolescents who were not in romantic relationships during middle and high school had better social and leadership skills, and were less likely to be sad, hopeless or depressed than peers who dated. Students who decide not to date are simply following a different and healthy developmental trajectory than their dating peers. As Valentine’s Day approaches, encourage your student to focus less on finding a significant other and more on celebrating the amazing relationships they have with friends and family.


Girls Gymnastics Team Qualifies for Sectional
The SHS girls gymnastics team has earned an at-large bid to Thursday’s Illinois High School Association sectional tournament at Mundelein High School. The Patriots posted a regional score of 142.20 at last week’s Libertyville Regional, securing one of the two at-large sectional berths, along with Lake Forest. Five Patriots also will compete in the individual sectional competition, earning bids by finishing at the top five at regional or via at-large qualification. They are (top-five regional finish in italics):

  • Senior Emily Weinstein: All-around, balance beam, floor exercise, uneven parallel barsvault
  • Junior Ainslee Cutler: All-around, balance beam
  • Sophomore Ally Gitler: All-around, floor exercise, uneven parallel bars
  • Freshman Emma Fang: All-around, balance beam, uneven parallel bars
  • Freshman Ashley Schabes: All-around, balance beam, floor exercise, uneven parallel bars, vault

Vote for RJ Holmes in National Dunk Contest
Senior RJ Holmes is one of 16 basketball players in the country competing for a spot in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Championship, a fan-driven, online bracket-style contest that will be held over the next four weeks. First-round voting starts at noon today at, and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 18. Fans are allowed one vote per device, per day. Athletes earning the most votes in their head-to-head first-round matchups advance to the second round, which starts next week. The slam dunk championship will be held Tuesday, April 7 in Atlanta, the day after the NCAA Division I men’s basketball title game.

Cheerleading Video and Correction
Monday’s Digest entry on the cheerleaders’ second-place finish at the IHSA state finals, the highest in program history, erred in saying that the school received a trophy for its fifth-place finish in 2017. Trophies are not given for fifth place. Here is a video of this year’s state performance.

Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity and sophomore boys basketball games against Lake Zurich will be streamed live from the Sports Center on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page (subscription required). The sophomore game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … The boys baseball team is holding a fundraiser from 3-11 p.m. Wednesday at Woodfire Tavern, 4868 Illinois Route 83 (corner of Route 83 and Gilmer Road) in Long Grove. Mention “Stevenson Baseball” and 20% of the sale will be donated to the team.

Valentine’s Day Candle and Soap Sale
The Bright Lights Candle Company is having a Valentine’s Day candle and soap sale Thursday and Friday during all lunch periods in front of the Performing Arts Center. Stop by to get a candle or soap for your Valentine.


The College of Lake County’s 10th annual STEM Day for Girls will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 29. The free event is for girls in grades 7-12 who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. More than a dozen hands-on workshops are planned. Click here to register and for more information.


The Spanish Club will present its Tortilla Española event after school Thursday in the foods lab. Everyone attending will learn how to cook a traditional dish from Spain, la Tortilla Española. All are welcome!


The boys baseball team will have an information meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Skala at


Golden Apple Illinois is giving 50 people who want to switch careers, but lack the resources, a full ride to earn a teaching certificate through its new Accelerators Program. The one-year program, which starts this summer, aims to tackle the state’s teacher shortage. It is targeted at college seniors not enrolled in a teacher preparation program or people with bachelor’s degrees who are not certified to teach.

Millikin University in Decatur on Monday named James M. Reynolds to become its 16th president. Reynolds has been president of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio, since 2012. Wilmington, with an enrollment of about 1,230, has its main campus southwest of Columbus and a secondary one in Cincinnati.

The Quincy School Board approved a conditional two-year contract extension Monday morning with teachers and educational support personnel. Board members voted 5-0 on a resolution extending the current contract through June 30, 2023 if voters approve the March 17 referendum for a 53-cent increase in the school district’s education fund.

Two professors at Illinois State University have received a $1.23 million federal grant to help students who’ll work with infants and toddlers who are blind or deaf, university officials announced. The money will go toward a training program integrating special education and speech language pathology.


Powerful university leaders, student athlete advocates and the NCAA are intensifying pressure on Congress to quickly settle how college players should be paid. Some 30 states are weighing competing proposals on student athlete compensation. Those pushing Congress to move say such a mishmash of state laws would create an uneven landscape for recruiting athletes.

The vast majority of parents strongly favor schools that are racially and economically integrated. But when it comes time to enroll their children, white, affluent parents who actually have a choice often choose schools based on the number of white, affluent students enrolled.

The U.S. Department of Education wants to see if the blockchain technology transforming the finance and logistics industries could play a role in making education records more portable and transparent. The federal agency has provided $2 million to the American Council on Education to organize a new initiative on blockchain effectiveness.

One East Carolina University trustee resigned and another was censured Friday after they were recorded offering to help finance a student body president campaign on the Greenville campus. The student government president is a member of the ECU Board of Trustees.

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

SHS Claims Regional History Bowl, Bee
Stevenson swept all four titles at Saturday’s Greater Chicago History Bowl and Bee Regional Tournament at Loyola Academy in Wilmette. SHS won the varsity and junior varsity History Bowl team competitions, and also captured the individual History Bee events at both levels.

Senior Govind Prabhakar was part of the varsity A History Bowl championship roster, and also captured the varsity History Bee competition. He was joined in the History Bowl by classmates Meehir Dixit and David Holmquist, and junior Arjun Nageswaran. After dropping an opening-round match to Barrington — which snapped a three-year, 54-match win streak in regional competition — the quartet bounced back to beat the Broncos in the finals. The varsity B team of senior Grant Davis, juniors Allen GuoDenis Selyuzhitsky and Ethan Soifer, and sophomore Anish Arora, finished third.

In the Junior Varsity Bowl, the JV A team with freshmen Christian EpureAadit JunejaDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapati took top honors by besting the JV B team of sophomores Max KoganPhillip Lavrenyuk and Rohan Pillai in the final.

In the varsity History Bee competition, David was second to Govind, Arjun placed third, and Allen finished fifth. In the JV Bee, Rishabh was first, with Aadit, Dhruv, Anish and Christian finishing second through fifth, respectively.

The team’s next competition is the Chicagoland Regional Championships on April 4, followed by the National History Bowl and Bee Tournament April 23-26.

Senior Wins Lake County Rising Essay Award
Senior Budnyam “Budka” Galbadrakh has been chosen as the winner of the Lake County Rising high school essay contest. Lake County Rising is a community event which seeks to bring attention to violence against women. The theme for this year’s essay contest was “Our Voices: Why Rising on Behalf of Abuse Women is Everyone’s Responsibility.” In a maximum of 500 words, students were asked to address topics such as the impact of violence against women on the community, how the chain of abuse can be broken, and what communities can do to empower women who have left abusive relationships. Budka will read his essay at this year’s event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Next ARTalk Set for Thursday
Evanston-based mixed media artist and art-focused software developer Nadine “Yadi” Royster, the current SHS Art Department Visiting Artist of the Month, will discuss her work and her career during the next ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday. Her presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building, near the Forum (“Point”) entrance. Admission is free to the talk, which is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation.

16 Vying for Mr. SHS Title Friday Night
Sixteen senior boys are scheduled to compete in the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. The contestants are: Adam Dziaba, Benjamin Bowler, Dylan Chae, Dylan Murphy, Harsh Thakkar, Kenneth Yang, Krish Shah, Leon Kosciak, Nathaniel Lippe, Omer Israel, Ryan Klein, Spencer Sang, Steve Yoo, Tyler Sanchez, Tyler Jordan Valeroso and Varun Mallampati. Admission is $5.


Cheerleaders Finish Second in State
Stevenson’s varsity cheerleaders finished second in the Large Team division at the Illinois High School Association state finals Saturday in Bloomington. This is the highest finish in program history. The Patriots posted a team score of 92.63, behind only Lincoln-Way East (94.96). Click here to watch a video of the team’s second-place performance. SHS, making its fifth consecutive state finals appearance, brought home a trophy for third straight year. The Patriots placed third in 2018 and 2019. Head coach Jorie Walton (Class of 2010) has been part of all three trophy winning efforts. She was co-head coach in 2019 and 2018.

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 29 saves at Crystal Lake Ice House as the fifth-seeded Patriots won the penultimate game in their best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series against the fourth-seeded Broncos. SHS moves into the league semifinal round; dates and times of those games have not been announced. Against Barrington, junior Daniel Kabakov broke a scoreless tie by scoring at the 7:11 mark of the second period. Senior Itai Kleiman followed with a goal less than two minutes later to give SHS a 2-0 lead. After the Broncos cut the lead in half, SHS got third-period goals from senior Emmett Baker and junior Alexander Fieri to make the score 4-1. Senior Josh Wright, who had a pair of assists, added an empty net goal near the end. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A Individual Regional: Five Patriots won weight class championships in the Sports Center, and three others finished in the top three, to qualify for the Barrington Sectional beginning on Friday. Freshman Lorenzo Frezza, ranked sixth in the state, captured the 113-pound title and improved to 33-4 on the season. Eighth-ranked sophomore Cole Rhemrev (33-5) claimed the 120-pound championship. Other champions included junior Kei Yamato (30-11) at 132, senior Matt Millman (10-3) at 195 (upsetting the top seed in the semifinals), and junior Keegan Houlihan (28-7) at 285. All five were first-time champions. Senior Ethan Klondar (17-16) finished second at 138. Junior Alex Swidler (22-16) was third at 106 and sophomore Jacob Whiting (23-19) placed third at 170. Stevenson finished second to Barrington in the team standings, 208.5-201. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 35, Loyola Academy 31: Senior RJ Holmes scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn game MVP honors for the Patriots (18-4) in their E-Town Showdown with the Ramblers (23-3) at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena. Junior Evan Ambrose and senior Matt Kaznikov each added eight points, and senior Matthew Ambrose had seven.

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: The Patriots erupted for four goals in the first 20 minutes at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine, evening their Scholastic Hockey League best-of-three playoff series with the Broncos at 1-1. Freshman Davis Jegers had a goal and an assist in Stevenson’s opening salvo. Junior Andrew Chambers opened the scoring, followed by Davis and seniors Andrew Slivka and Max Kulick also scored during the first two periods. Senior Josh Wright added an insurance goal early in the third period. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback turned away 30 shots on goal. – Boxscore

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at IHSA Schaumburg Regional: The Patriots ended their season with a 12th-place finish at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates. Junior Yumin Kim led SHS with a six-game series score of 897, which included a 195 in her opening game. Junior Esther Lee, the only other Patriot to complete in all six games, rolled an 854. Sophomore Diana Kwizera bowled five games with a 780 pinfall that included a high game of 184. Senior Noa Givati shot a 190 game as part of a five-game 700 series. – Official Results

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 56, Mundelein 33: Avery King scored a game-high 24 points and moved into seventh place on the school’s all-time scoring list as the Patriots (23-7, 9-4 NSC) won for the 11th time in their last 12 outings. Avery finished the game with 1,179 career points. She also moved into third place all time with 183 blocks, behind SHS Hall of Famer Tauja Catchings. Sophomore Ava Bardic added 14 points for SHS, which saw eight players score. The Patriots took a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Stevenson returns to action Wednesday at home for its Senior Night game against Waukegan. – Pioneer Press

Quick Hits
Patriettes state championship apparel is on sale through BSN Sports until Monday, Feb. 17. A variety of options are available. Click here to view and order.

Want to Help With the Stevenson Styler Fashion Show?
The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is getting ready to start planning its seventh annual fashion show, which will be held Friday, April 17. Anyone interested in being part of the show is invited to a meeting on Wednesday. You can attend a meeting from 7:45-8:15 a.m. or from 3:30-4 p.m., both in Room 1612. Students are needed to work backstage, do hair and makeup, hospitality and, of course, model! All students are welcome to attend one of the meetings; bring a friend. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Erickson, the faculty sponsor, at


The girls soccer team will have an information meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Chavez at

The boys water polo team will have an information meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at


As the University of Illinois waits for new federal regulations for investigating sexual misconduct, its biennial Campus Climate Report indicates nearly 20 percent of women attending the UI have been raped since joining the university. Getting students to report misconduct has been an issue for the UI, according to its survey. Only 12 percent of women and 1.6 percent of men reported their experiences of sexual misconduct to the university.

University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch announced Friday that she will retire on June 30, leaving the post she was appointed to in 2011. She also served as vice president of the University of Illinois system. Koch previously was an administrator at Northern Michigan University and the University of Northern Iowa, where she began her career as a professor of community and public health.

Construction of a solar farm on a former landfill site could start as early as this fall, more than two years after the Waukegan District 60 hired a renewable energy development company to pursue the project. Designated a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in 1989, the former Yeoman Creek landfill on the city’s northwest side has been a drain on the school district and other local entities for years, but the hope has been that a solar farm, one of the few uses allowed, could offset some of the costs.


High school students experience mostly negative emotions toward school, with feeling tired among their biggest complaints, according to a new nationwide study by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence and Child Study Center. Stress and boredom were also among the top reasons students felt negative toward school, according to the survey of 21,678 U.S. students. But high school students also commonly experience positive feelings of happiness and excitement, though those were reported in much smaller percentages, and the researchers said neither of those feelings are linked to learning or achievement.

A survey of more than 150 college enrollment leaders found that nearly one-quarter of them will consider going after students who have already committed to another institution after a key admissions counseling group loosened its guidelines for recruiting students. In September, the National Association for College Admission Counseling changed its recruiting guidelines under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

Robotics Team Wins NEIU Championship
Stevenson’s four robotics teams all qualified for the elimination round at Saturday’s Tower Takeover VEX Event at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. One of them, “Steel Team 7,” won the tournament title. In addition, the team won its second Design Award of the season. Steel Team 7 will represent Stevenson at next month’s state finals at Illinois State University. The Steel Team 7 roster featured an all-sophomore lineup: Joshua Neela, Johnny Burrer, Tanmay Panchpor, Neil Thakker, Andrei Nistor, Iyad Hamid and Adam Taylor.

Senior to Sing Anthem at State Tournament
Three-time all-state vocalist Samhita Madduru has been selected to sing the national anthem at the Illinois High School Association Class 1A and 2A boys basketball state tournament on Friday, March 13. The senior will perform before the start of the first semifinal games in Class 1A and Class 2A. Samhita, an alto, recently sang at the Illinois Music Education Association all-state music festival in Peoria. She earned all-state honors in each of her final three years at Stevenson. Earlier this school year, Samhita sang the national anthem before the start of the Students Helping Soldiers club’s annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony.

WIT Earns Honor From NCTE
The 2019 edition of The WIT, Stevenson’s literary arts journal, earned a superior rating in the National Council of Teachers of English’s annual Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines (REALM) program. Click here to see all Illinois schools honored.


Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Barrington 2, Stevenson 0: The Broncos claimed the first game in the best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series. Senior Jeremy Riback made 27 saves for the Patriots. The two teams will square off again at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine.

Eight Student-Athletes Announce College Choices
Eight senior student-athletes announced their college choices during a National Letter of Intent Day ceremony Thursday afternoon in the Wood Commons. The honored athletes were:

Quick Hits
The cheerleading team competes in the Illinois High School Association state tournament preliminary round in Bloomington at 4:10 p.m. today. Stevenson is one of 25 schools in the Large Team Division. The Patriots, who have placed third the last two years, are making their fifth consecutive trip to state. The top 10 teams will advance to Saturday’s finals. Click here for results. The IHSA will stream the preliminaries and finals live (for a fee) at its NFHS Network page. … The wrestling and girls bowling teams will compete in IHSA regionals on Saturday. The wrestlers serve as host to an individual regional in the Sports Center starting at 9 a.m., while the bowlers will travel to Hoffman Estates for the Schaumburg Regional. … The girls basketball team has received the No. 4 seed in the IHSA Class 4A Palatine Sectional. Hersey is No. 1, followed by Libertyville and Fremd. Pairings are scheduled to be posted later today at the IHSA website.

SHSHacks Coding Marathon Next Weekend
SHSHacks, a 24-hour collaborative coding marathon, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16 in the Quiet Learning Center. The event is sponsored by Girls in STEAM and the Computer Science Club. Students will form teams, brainstorm ideas, and program a working project in one fast-paced 24-hour period. Any high school student, from SHS or elsewhere, can participate. There is no charge to attend. Check-in starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, and the event concludes at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16. Visit for all the details, and to register.

Seniors Can Apply for Community Service Honor
At the 2019 commencement ceremony, 60 students were honored for their extraordinary commitment to community service throughout their four years at Stevenson. Will you join them in May? The Senior Service Recognition application is now open. Click here to apply. Applications are due by March 13.


The Breakfast with Books Club is meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!


The IM climbing club has excursions to Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills on the next four Wednesdays. The climbing dates are Feb. 12, 19 and 26, and March 4. The mini-bus will leave parking lot C at 4 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. each time. Students have to register and pay $10 to join. They also need to fill out a waiver to join; the waiver is available in the Student Activities Office. Sign up each week by Wednesday morning and pay $10 for each trip. Contact Mr. Wellington at for more information.


The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees is expected to approve a freeze on student tuition and fees for the 2020 school year at both SIU Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville, according to the university. SIU Carbondale freshman applications are up about 27% over this time last year, and the number of admitted students is up 21%. SIUE is reporting similar numbers.

About 200 Lincoln Park High School students staged a sit-in Thursday morning, followed by a walkout and rally where they demanded the reinstatement of their fired principal and assistant principal. In a letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, Lincoln Park’s Local School Council defended the ousted administrators and said CPS overreacted in deciding to remove them.

A spacecraft named after a Bradley University alumnus who was the first African American chosen as an astronaut is set to launch for the International Space Station on Sunday afternoon. The S.S. Robert H. Lawrence Jr. honors the memory of the 1956 BU chemistry graduate who was killed during a 1967 jet flight in which he was training another pilot.


The number of U.S. students taking an Advanced Placement course increased 57% over the past decade, and the number scoring high enough on at least one AP exam to earn college credit has increased 60% over that time, College Board officials announced Thursday. The change in exam registration from spring to fall, which took effect this school year, has seen an increase in the percentage of black and Hispanic students signing up.

As concerns about China’s coronavirus outbreak spread, universities are scrambling to assess the risks to their programs, and some are canceling study-abroad opportunities and prohibiting travel affecting hundreds of thousands of students. After U.S. officials recommended against nonessential trips to China, many universities limited travel there. Two of the 12 confirmed U.S. cases are linked to college campuses.

A state commission in Maryland is proposing an overhaul of high schools that could change the “college for all” mindset. The Kirwan Commission calls for redesigning high school to create two paths for advanced students: one a high-level academic track full of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes; and the other through career and technology programs. Despite pushing Maryland students toward college, just 39% of those who completed high school in 2010 finished a degree by age 25.

The Food and Drug Administration is banning most flavored e-cigarettes, but teenagers are exploiting a policy loophole to keep vaping. A footnote on page 9 of the new policy permits all flavors to continue to be sold in devices that cannot be refilled and are designed to be disposed of after the flavored nicotine has run dry. Many teens are switching from Juul to those devices.

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020

13th Odyssey Fine Arts Festival Concludes
Stevenson’s 13th Odyssey fine arts festival wrapped up Wednesday. The two-day immersion into the visual and performing arts, which began in 1996, is held every two years. This year’s Odyssey featured 560 classes. Here are some other numbers from the festival:

  • 250 visiting artists (including nine SHS alumni)
  • 51 artists from SHS faculty/staff
  • 52 performances
  • 60 student performers
  • 50 community volunteers
  • 130 student volunteers

Among the alumni artists was Kristoffer Neumann, who was a senior during the first Odyssey in 1996. Neumann taught classes on special effects makeup. He is featured in this Daily Herald article, as are Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice and freshman Caitlyn Altenberg.

“Dare Your Teen to Dream” Tuesday
Parents and guardians want to support their teens’ hopes and dreams, even if they seem to change every day. Come to the next Parent Engagement Series to learn strategies to support self-discovery and navigate the perils of passion. “Dare Your Teen to Dream” will run from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the District 125 Administration Center.

Saturday’s Free SAT for Juniors: What Parents Need to Know
Around 500 members of the junior class will be taking a free practice SAT exam in the Field House Saturday morning. Students need to arrive at 7:30 a.m.; the exam will start at 8 o’clock. What to bring (and what not to bring), and other important information can be seen on our SAT web page.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Bowling
Stevenson 2,309, North Chicago 1,639: The host Patriots closed the regular season by winning their first match of the year. Junior Kelly Radelet led SHS with a 508 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein, including games of 181 and 179. Classmate Esther Lee rolled the highest game of the match, a personal-best 195, en route to a 487 series. Senior Noa Givati also shot a 487 series that included games of 171 and 172. Juniors Yumin Kim and Reilly Sullivan added a 446 and 381, respectively for Stevenson, which competes in the IHSA Schaumburg Regional on Saturday.

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at IHSA Libertyville Regional: Four Patriots automatically qualified for next week’s Mundelein Sectional by finishing in the top five of their individual events. Senior Emily Weinstein advanced in two events, placing second on uneven parallel bars (9.2) and fifth on vault (9.3). Freshman Ashley Schabes was third on bars (9.35) and sophomore Ally Gitler was third in floor exercise (9.225). Freshman Emma Fang placed fifth on bars (8.925). At-large sectional qualifiers will be announced by 10 a.m. Monday. The Patriots posted a team score of 142.20, behind champion Mundelein, which set a school record with 145.8 and earned an automatic sectional bid. The final four regional meets will be held tonight, and scores from those regionals will determine if Stevenson advances as a team to the sectional. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 115, Lake Forest 77: The Patriots improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference with the road victory. Senior Jake Kim won two individual events and also swam on a first-place relay. He captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.77) and the 100-yard freestyle (48.89), and swam a leg in the 400-yard free relay (3:21.57) with freshman Jonny Farber, and juniors Elik Gurovich and Andrew Thalos. Jonny touched first in the 100 backstroke (56.83), and was part of the winning 200 medley relay (1:44.19) with classmate David Kohan, junior Foster Swanson and senior Ari Zaritsky. David and Ari were the other individual event winners. David won the 100 butterfly (57.33) and Ari claimed the 100 breaststroke (1:03.86).

Three Selected for All-State Hockey Games
Three Stevenson ice hockey players have been selected to play in Monday’s Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois High School All-State Games at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Junior Abby Benjamin, who plays defense for the Lake Forest girls co-op team, was chosen, while two defensemen from the SHS boys team, senior Brett Stokes and junior Liam Jones, also were picked. Abby will play in the girls game at 6:40 p.m., while Liam and Brett take the ice at 8:35 p.m. for the boys game Admission is free to both games. For those unable to attend, the games will be steamed live on the Scholastic Hockey League’s YouTube page.

Brett and Liam also have been invited to tryout for the Team Illinois roster that will compete in USA Hockey’s America’s Showcase St. Louis from April 16-20. The showcase is designed to give players an opportunity to showcase their talents to scouts from every major hockey institution in the country.

Brunson Returning to Chicago; Special Ticket Deal for SHS
SHS alumnus Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) and the Dallas Mavericks will make their only visit of the 2019-20 season to the United Center on Monday, March 2 for a 7 p.m. game against the Chicago Bulls. Discounted ticket deals are available for the Stevenson community, with prices for some seats slashed by nearly 50%. Use this link to see what’s available.

Registered for an AP Art Class Next Year?
All students who registered for AP Art: Drawing, 2-D, and 3-D Design, or AP Photography and Digital Design for next school year, please submit your digital portfolio by joining the AP Art 2020/2021 Portfolio Review Google Classroom. The class code is: wfn2yq5. Directions for how to submit your portfolio are posted under the Classwork tab. The portfolio review process is a required part of your registration for these courses. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken ( or Ms. Connolly ( You will be submitting your portfolio digitally through Google Classroom, and it needs to be submitted no later than Friday, Feb. 21.


Get up to $23,000 in tuition assistance and become a teacher in Illinois. Apply for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program today: The application deadline is April 3.


All girls interested in trying out for the girls lacrosse team should attend the preseason meeting with their parents or guardians from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Room 2104. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at


The turmoil at Chicago’s Lincoln Park High School continues. Just days after she replaced a fired principal and assistant principal, a new interim administrator abruptly left after an allegation she had “improper contact” with a student when she grabbed his face in a school hallway — which was caught on video.

The head coach of the state’s top-ranked boys basketball team was ousted from Curie Metropolitan High School following an allegation that he got into a “physical altercation” with a student, according to a Chicago Public Schools official. Mike Oliver, a Curie graduate and security officer at the school, denies the allegation.


California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to pause physical education tests for students for three years due to concerns over bullying and the test discriminating against disabled students. The move also comes after annual test results show a growing percentage of students scoring not healthy.

Indiana lawmakers may soon stop requiring students’ test scores in teacher evaluations, a major shift in policy. In 2011, lawmakers mandated that test scores account for a “significant” portion of teacher evaluations, amid other sweeping education policy changes.

Schools may be required to test water for lead if changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule are approved. While the proposed changes would require testing, states or schools would not be required to remove lead if it was found.

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

More Than 30 Honored for Writing, Art
More than 30 students earned regional awards in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition at the University of Iowa. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the country’s longest-running recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. Approximately 350,000 works of art and writing are submitted annually, covering 29 categories.

Seventeen SHS students earned Gold Key awards, given to the top 5-7% of all entries. Gold Key winners receive automatic consideration for national medals, which will be announced in March. Junior Seohyun (Bella) Kim earned four Gold Key awards for the second straight year, while senior Patrick Tong also received four Gold Keys. Bella received two Gold Keys in sculpture, one in painting, and one in the personal essay and memoir category. Her sculpture, “Still Life,” also received an American Visions nomination, which is given to one piece in the regional considered to be “best of show.”

Sophomore Katie Lee received three Gold Key awards, two for poetry and one for personal essay and memoir. Junior Laya Reddy earned two Gold Keys in poetry, and one of her pieces, “Aubade of the Landless,” was an American Voices (or “best of show”) nominee. Senior Xinting Guo and junior Madeline Mitchell also received two Gold Key awards.

Award winners will be invited to a ceremony at the University of Iowa on Saturday, March 7. Click here for all of Stevenson’s award winners.


Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 45, Lake Zurich 23: The host Patriots (22-7, 8-4) shut out the Bears (14-10, 7-4) in the first and third quarters en route to their 10th victory in the last 11 games. Sophomore Ava Bardic nearly outscored the opponents, nailing four 3-pointers and finishing with 21 points, all in the first three quarters. Senior Avery King scored eights and sophomore Simone Sawyer added seven. – NFHS Network replay

Quick Hits
The state champion Patriettes competitive dance team will be honored during a recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. Friday in Room 2104 of the West Building. … The girls gymnastics team competes in the four-team IHSA Libertyville Regional tonight at 6:30. SHS, the host school, Highland Park and Mundelein are the schools involved. … Tuesday’s Digest reported the wrong day for the varsity boys ice hockey team’s Scholastic Hockey League playoff opener. The Patriots will play Barrington at 7:20 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake.

Visiting Artist Presentation on Friday
The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Nadine “Yadi” Royster, will give a presentation for students during fifth and seventh periods on Friday at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. She also will give a Stevenson Foundation-sponsored ARTalk for the community at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13.

Mural Unveiling in East Building Today
All students, faculty and staff are invited for the unveiling of an installation by Odyssey Artist-in-Residence Brandin Hurley at 3:45 today on the third floor of the East Building addition. Working in the Upper Forum for the two days of Odyssey, Hurley will create an installation for the new Art Wall in the East Building addition. Her work will feature sculpted and embroidered insects native to Illinois.


The inspector general of Chicago Public Schools is stepping down after the school board hired a law firm to investigate complaints that he berated employees and created a toxic workplace, city officials said Monday. Nicholas Schuler, who has held the position since 2014, has two years remaining on his current four-year term.

Faculty members at Loyola University Chicago criticized the university for abruptly firing all of its English as a second language instructors, full- and part-time, last spring. The terminated professors at the time understood that they were being let go because the language program was ending. Yet the university has since insisted that the program never closed and, citing fluctuations in international student enrollment, says that it’s now operating on a scalable staffing model.

The 13-year-old Chicago Virtual Charter School, believed to be Illinois’ first and only primarily online public school for kindergarten through 12th grade, may be on the verge of shutting down. The Chicago Board of Education decided in December to rescind the school’s charter, citing low academic performance. The school has filed an appeal with the Illinois State Board of Education, seeking to have it come under state control.


A University of California System panel has refused to endorse removing the SAT and ACT as a requirement for admissions. The decision comes as UC is being sued by advocates who argue the tests disadvantage low-income and minority students. The panel’s decision is only one factor that system President Janet Napolitano will take into consideration before making a final judgment.

More than 1.5 million U.S. public school students experienced homelessness during the 2017-2018 school year, according to a National Center for Homeless Education report. The number is the highest recorded in more than 10 years and represents a 15% increase between 2015 and 2018, the three most recent school years covered in the report.

Some districts are souring on an app intended to let Florida students anonymously alert schools and law enforcement to potential trouble before it happens. The Fortify Florida app, which went live 18 months ago, has generated more than 6,000 tips statewide. However, many of the tips turned out to be erroneous and time-consuming.

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020

Science Olympiad Team Second in Ohio
Stevenson finished second at the largest Science Olympiad competition in the nation last weekend. The Green team was runner-up in the 72-team Division C at the Solon High School Invitational in Solon, Ohio. The Patriots finished with 224 points, 23 behind champion Mason High School from Mason, Ohio, and two points ahead of New Trier’s A team. The Patriot Gold team placed 12th.

SHS took top honors in two events. Junior Hannah Liu and sophomore Greycen Ren combined to capture Anatomy and Physiology, while junior Jared Machtinger and senior Roy Zhou placed first in Astronomy. Freshman Joshua Song and senior Radha Patel were second in Anatomy and Physiology, while junior Richard Bi and senior Andrew Lee were second in Circuit Lab.

Stevenson also had a quartet of third-place showings, with senior Josh Tsai involved in two of them. He paired with Radha in Designer Genes, and with junior Phyllis Wang in Machines. The other third-place efforts came from Hannah and Greycen in Disease Detectives, and Jared and senior Anna Wang in Dynamic Planet. Other award-winners included:

Fourth Place: senior Shannon Kang and sophomore Jonny Abraham (Forensics); Richard and Jared (Machines), and Phyllis and Josh Tsai (Sounds of Music).

Fifth Place: Hannah and junior Emily Liu (Boomilever); Joshua Song, junior Chaitanya Vengali and freshman Iris Li (Experimental Design); and Anna and Jared (GeoLogic Mapping).

Sixth Place: Phyllis and freshman Siddhant Sen (Astronomy); Andrew, Roy and senior Eric Gan (Codebuster); Roy, Shannon and Eric (Protein Modeling); and Anna and Greycen (Water Quality).

Seventh Place: Radha and Siddhant (Disease Detectives).

Eighth Place: juniors Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel (Detector Building); Sneha, Emily and freshman Trisha Mondal (Experimental Design); Anna and Emily (Fossils); and Trisha and freshman Kevin Qian (Ornithology).

Model UN Team Earns Top Delegation Honor
Stevenson won the Outstanding Large Delegation award at Saturday’s Francis W. Parker High School Model United Nations Conference in Chicago. Several students earned individual honors, led by juniors Carson Ezell and Jeanette Han, who received Best Delegate awards. Three capture Outstanding Delegate honors: Senior Anand Vadlamani and juniors Alex Zhou and Isabel Perlin. Junior Elizabeth Matlin garnered an Honorable Mention.

Where to Dispose Prescription Medications
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.

A common misperception is that prescription drugs are safer or less harmful since they are prescribed by doctors. There are actually many short- and long-term health consequences for misuse of prescription drugs. Stimulants can cause paranoia, dangerously high body temperatures, and an irregular heartbeat. Opioids can cause slowed breathing, nausea and drowsiness. Depressants can cause slurred speech, shallow breathing, and seizures. These side effects are particularly harmful to the developing brain and body of adolescents. Prescription drug misuse or abuse can affect judgement and inhibition, increasing risks for misusing other kinds of drugs and engaging in risky behaviors.

Two-thirds of teens who misused prescription pain medication said that they got them from family and friends, including from their home’s medicine cabinets. Safe storage and disposal of medications decreases opportunities for access to prescription medications. For a list of safe disposal locations, click here.


Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games against Lake Zurich will be streamed live from the Sports Center on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game tips off at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. … The varsity boys ice hockey team will play Barrington in the first round of the Scholastic Hockey League playoffs at 7:20 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Ice House in Crystal Lake. The Broncos are the No. 4 seed and the Patriots No. 5. Stevenson’s JV, the No. 2 seed in the JV SHL playoffs, will take on Barrington’s JV at 7:30 tonight at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion on Buffalo Grove.

SPARK Information Meetings on Friday
Students interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during the lunch periods on Friday in Room 6110. Meetings will take place during each half-lunch period. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research.

Student Pep Bus to Watch Cheerleaders at State
Stevenson Athletics is sponsoring a pep bus for students who want to watch the varsity cheerleaders perform at the Illinois High School Association state finals Friday in Bloomington. Visit the cheerleading web page for details.


Mind Your Mind, Stevenson’s mental health awareness club, is selling crewnecks for $18. The design is hand-drawn by one of the club’s members, junior Layla Wang. The deadline to order is Friday, Feb. 14. Use this link to order.

Pass on the Beat will not meet on Wednesday.


The boys baseball team will have an information meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 in the Little Theater portion of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Skala at


Open gym opportunities for badminton will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Field House. Each sport will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mr. Wellington at


The allegations that led to the ouster of top administrators at Lincoln Park High School and the cancelation of the boys basketball season last week included multiple instances of sexual misconduct, retaliation against witnesses, lying to families and financial mismanagement of the athletics program, Chicago Public Schools officials said at a meeting at the school Monday night. CPS Chief Schools Officer Bogdana Chkoumbova told a packed school auditorium that the decision to remove the school leadership is “irreversible.”

A former special education student in Barrington Area Unit School District 220 is suing the district, seeking $25 million in damages over allegations a teacher sexually abused him on more than 30 occasions in the early 2000s. The teacher no longer works for the district, and did not face criminal charges in connection with the accusations.

Elk Grove High School Principal Paul Kelly — named Illinois High School Principal of the Year two years ago — is one of six finalists for a prestigious Golden Apple award, officials announced Monday. The winner of the Excellence in Leadership and Excellence in Teaching will be notified this spring during a surprise school visit by Golden Apple officials.

The head of North Chicago Community High School’s social studies department will be among the Lake County residents attending tonight’s State of the Union address in Washington, D.C. David Brothman, who has worked at North Chicago since 1999, was invited by U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider.

Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 opened its new headquarters Monday. The new location, at 111 Barclay Blvd. in Lincolnshire, will be the working place for 19 employees. The district staff previously worked at Daniel Wright Junior High School on Riverwoods Road.


Four states will be exempted from certain federal statutes or regulations under an Every Student Succeeds Act program that allows such flexibility, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday. Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas and Vermont have been approved for the Education Flexibility Program.

Low-income students at the University of Texas at Austin will receive scholarships, laptops and mentoring services as a result of a $100 million donation the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is making in hopes of raising their graduation rates.

The law school at the University of California, Berkeley has stripped itself of a 19th century namesake who espoused racist views that led to the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. John Boalt’s name was removed from a school building Thursday after a three-year process.

Monday, Feb. 3, 2020

Patriettes Win State Dance Championship
Stevenson won its second Illinois High School Association Class 3A competitive dance state championship in the past four years with a near-perfect performance on Saturday in Bloomington. The Patriettes posted a final-round score of 99.24, the highest in state finals history. The previous best was 98.36, set by Maine South in 2013 — when Stevenson finished second. Head coach Kristin Piekarski-Cook’s squad also earned the highest score in Friday’s preliminaries, 97.36, to advance to the final round.

“It feels amazing to be a state champion,” senior Jorie Knysz told the Daily Herald. “We started the season really rough, and this is just the most amazing thing I can think of.” The Patriettes fielded two squads during their first three competitions, finishing second and third at Andrew, fourth and fifth at Minooka, and fifth and sixth at Waubonsie Valley. As a combined team, however, SHS won its three biggest events: conference, sectionals and state.

You can watch Stevenson‘s record-setting performance in this NFHS Network video, starting at the 1:07.26 mark, with the announcement of winners occurring shortly thereafter. The Patriettes have won a state trophy in each of the eight years that competitive dance has been an official IHSA sport, all under Piekarski-Cook. Stevenson also won the state title in 2017, was second in 2019, 2016 and 2013, placed third in 2018 and 2014, and finished fourth in 2015. Here is the roster for this year’s state champion:

  • Seniors: Hallee Bykoff, Alexa Cohen, Ashley Gordon, Alyssa Halazonitis, Jorie Knysz, Amanda Lee, Chloe Lucido, Grace McElhinny, Maya Newmark, Allison Noronha, Elizabeth Noronha, Arielle Reinstein, Maya Shub
  • Juniors: Breanna Buan, Elli Freeman, Nicole Graff, Marina Halama, Madison McCarty, Josephina Ronson, Joceyln Silk, Audree Spewak
  • Sophomores: Samantha Habib, Jennifer Immell, Madden Larrea, Isabel McCool, Casey Pak, Evelyn Shen

Piekarski-Cook’s assistant coach was Laura Moschel. Her junior varsity coach was Jennifer Harris and freshman coach was Kayla Fleming.

The state champion Patriettes will perform at halftime of the varsity boys basketball home game against Lake Zurich on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Chess Team Captures Sectional Title, Heading to State Again
Stevenson won its second Illinois High School Association chess sectional championship in the past three years on Saturday, capturing the 21-team Highland Park competition and earning a return trip to the state finals. SHS, a state qualifier for 17 consecutive seasons, will travel to Peoria for the state tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15.

Despite missing their top player due to illness, the Patriots rolled through Antioch, Glenbrook South and New Trier (avenging a North Suburban Chess League loss earlier in the season), before topping Evanston for the title. Junior David Wallach went 4-0 on the day, while older brother and senior Adam Wallach, and freshmen Rohit Guha and Srihas Rao all won three matches. Sophomore Ashley Yan and freshman Jack Chen claimed a pair of victories. Head coach Vincent Springer also received wins from senior Gil Banuelos, juniors Vishnu Sadhu and Ryan Yao, sophomore Fred Yuan, and freshman Stella Pashyan.


Cheerleaders Capture Sectional Title, State Berth
The varsity cheerleaders won the Illinois High School Association Niles West Sectional championship on Saturday, their third consecutive sectional crown. With the victory, Stevenson will make its fifth straight trip to the IHSA competitive cheerleading state finals this weekend in Bloomington. The Patriots posted a score of 92.36 to capture their Large Team division, ahead of Marist (90.20). Stevenson has placed third at state the last two years.

A pep bus will be available for students who want to watch the Patriots perform in the state preliminaries on Friday. Tickets will be sold online through the Stevenson Superstore beginning Tuesday and ending at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Students must turn in this permission form signed by a parent or guardian.

Other pep bus details:

  • The bus will pick up students in lot B at 1 p.m.
  • The bus will return to lot B at approximately 10:45 p.m.
  • Students must ride to and from the competition on the bus.
  • A minimum of 10 students must sign up for the pep bus to run.
  • The Athletic Office will excuse pep bus-bound students from periods 6-8 Friday.
  • The cost is $20, which covers ticket and transportation but not food.
  • Students should bring money to buy food.
  • The IHSA has a “clear bag” policy for all spectators.
  • No backpacks are allowed.

Bowler Rolls Perfect Game at State Finals
Junior Ryan Grabiner rolled a perfect game during the first day of the Illinois High School Association state finals on Friday. He is only the second Patriot to record a 300, following 2016 state champion (and current volunteer coach) Zach Singer (Class of 2017),who achieved the feat three times. Ryan’s 300 came during the second game of the morning, and was part of a 741 series. He finished 32nd overall in the two-day tournament, with a total 12-game pinfall of 2,529 (a 210.8 per-game average). More information on the team’s performance can be read below.

Patriot Boys Take Top Honors in Great Lakes Fencing
Stevenson earned a slew of awards at Saturday’s Great Lakes High School Championships in the Field House. The Patriot boys finished first in their division, while the SHS girls were second in theirs. The boys won epee, and placed second in foil and saber, while the girls captured saber, and were third in foil and epee. Stevenson had two individual champions: sophomore Stephen Yi won men’s foil and junior Simran Batra won women’s saber. Senior Steve Yoo was second in men’s saber, while classmate Aya Taira was third in women’s foil. Other Patriot place-winners included senior Saicharan Mandadi (fifth, men’s epee), junior Samantha Seelig (sixth, women’s saber), senior Jacob Chan (sixth, men’s saber), freshman Nicole Kim (seventh, women’s saber), and junior Illia Svirinovskyi (seventh, men’s epee). – Official Results

Other Weekend Varsity Results


Girls Basketball
Stevenson 55, Zion-Benton 49: Sophomore Ava Bardic scored nine of her team-high 16 points in the third quarter as the Patriots (21-7, 7-4) rallied for the road win. SHS trailed 27-19 at halftime, but outscored the Zee-Bees 21-11 in the third quarter to take the lead. Simone Sawyer, also a sophomore, had nine of her 15 points in the second half. Junior Nikki Ware sank four 3-pointers for 12 points and senior Avery King added 10 for Stevenson, which won for the ninth time in its last 10 games. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 61, Zion-Benton 51: The visiting Patriots (17-4, 8-1) overcame a 16-point second-half deficit to keep pace with Mundelein atop the North Suburban Conference standings. Senior Matt Kaznikiov scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the second half. He also grabbed six rebounds. Junior Evan Ambrose and senior brother Matt Ambrose each added 13 points, with the elder Ambrose scoring all of his points in the fourth quarter. Evan hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at 48-48, then put the Pats ahead for good with a field goal with 2:45 remaining. He sank eight of 10 free throw attempts in the final quarter. Senior RJ Holmes grabbed 15 rebounds and added six points. The Zee-Bees fell to 14-9, 4-4. – Daily Herald


Boys Bowling
Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: In addition to junior Ryan Grabiner’s 300 game (details above), classmate Ryan Lerman added a career-best 290 game in the morning session. The Patriots finished 17th out of 24 teams on Day 1; the top 12 teams advanced to Day 2. Ryan Grabiner led SHS in its six games with a 1,289 series. Juniors Nicholas Sternes and Joey Gluck followed with 1,183 and 1,152, respectively, and Ryan Lerman had 1,069. Junior Josh Lerner was in the afternoon lineup, rolling a 624 three-game set, while freshman Ender Starr recorded a 582 in the morning. – Official Results

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots placed seventh among seven schools at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan. Lake Zurich won the league title for the second straight season. – Daily Herald

Stevenson 32, Lake Forest 30: Junior Kei Yamato’s 6-5 victory at 132 pounds in the final match of the night capped a dramatic comeback by the visiting Patriots. Stevenson won the last five bouts to rally from a 30-10 deficit. The run began with technical falls from junior Alex Swidler and freshman Lorenzo Frezza at 106 and 113, respectively. Sophomore Cole Rhemrev pinned his man at 120 and senior Randy Lu posted a 12-5 win at 126 to set the stage for Kei. SHS also received a pin from sophomore Jacob Whiting at 170, and a major decision from junior Arie Guzman at 160. – Official Results

E-Town Showdown Discounted Tickets Available
A limited number of $8 tickets remain for the varsity boys basketball team’s E-Town Showdown game against Loyola Academy at 5 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena. Tickets at the gate will be $10. To order $8 tickets, go to and enter the school’s promo code, Stevenson333. Only the first 75 who order online will be able to use the promo code.

Odyssey 2020 Arts Celebration Tuesday and Wednesday
Stevenson’s Odyssey 2020, the all-school fine arts festival, will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hundreds of visiting artists, community volunteers and distinguished guests will descend upon the school to teach, perform and support the fine arts festival, which first began in 1996 and is held every two years.

Odyssey school days begin at 10:15 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m., and buses will start their routes at 9:05. The campus is closed and students may not leave for lunch. Students should prepare to buy lunch or bring their own food to school. Students are recommended to wear comfortable clothes that may get dirty, since there is a likelihood that they will be in classes requiring physical activity or working with art supplies. All students should bring their iPADs to all classes. The ILC, ELC and QLC will be open only after school.

Make Space in Your Calendar for Winterfest
The Stevenson.Space Winterfest is coming to a galaxy near you on Saturday, Feb. 22. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the dance ends at 10:30. Winterfest is an amazing festival where students can hang out, dance, eat, and play outer space-themed games! Ticket sales start Thursday, and all purchases must be made online. Early bird tickets are $20, and will be available from Thursday through Saturday. Regular tickets are $25 and will be available from Sunday, Feb. 9 until 3:25 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21. Tickets will be $40 at the door. To make song requests to be played by the DJ, use this link.


Anime Club will meet today after school in Room 1414. Come and join the fun! Everyone is welcome.

The Indian Student Association is hosting India Night on Friday from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 6110 of the East Building addition. Admission is $4 and the evening will include food, performances and games.

Animal Welfare Club will not be meeting this week. The next meeting is after school Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Room 7064.


The boys water polo team will have an information meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at


Students and parents at Chicago’s Lincoln Park High School are demanding answers after the school’s principal and assistant principal were removed over allegations of misconduct involving the basketball team. Not only were the school’s administrators removed, but the boy’s basketball season has also been suspended until further notice.

Some suburban homeowners could see their property tax bills temporarily cut by as much as several hundred dollars through a deal in which school boards agree to reduce tax collections in exchange for state grants. But residents of only five suburban school districts will get the tax break, and officials at some schools left out say the grants aren’t going where they’re needed the most.

Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials are poised to hire the next principal for Lake Zurich High School on Wednesday. Erin DeLuga, the principal of York High School in Elmhurst since 2016, is expected to be approved by the District 95 school board. She led the English and fine arts division at Prospect High School for several years, and also was an assistant principal at Wheeling High.

The principal at Clinton Elementary School in South Elgin is on paid administrative, but U-46 officials have not disclosed the reason. A retired U-46 administrator will serve as interim principal.

Kane County authorities have issued an arrest warrant for a former East Aurora District 131 bilingual teacher facing sex abuse charges after he was a no-show for a court date late last week.


For the second year in a row, teachers — including in the country’s three largest school districts, in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago — will wear “Black Lives Matter” shirts to school as they teach lessons on black history and race issues this week. The organizers are also calling for Black History and Ethnic Studies to be a graduation requirement in K-12 schools.

Lehigh University is putting a pause on its campus Greek life amidst a spring recruitment and pledging period marked by excessive drinking, drug use and hazing. The Pennsylvania university has sought to rein in its fraternities and sororities in recent years.

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

Free Practice SAT Exam Deadline is Monday
All juniors are invited to take a free, full-length SAT practice test at Stevenson on Saturday, Feb. 8. The registration deadline is Monday. Use this link to register, and for more information. The practice test is offered through Revolution Prep, a nationwide leader in tutoring and test preparation. The test does not include the essay portion, and accommodations will not be provided.

Alumni Brothers in the News
There is good news and sad news with two brothers who graduated from Stevenson and have been involved in public service. First, the sad news. Lake County Board member Adam Didech (Class of 2007) announced his resignation this week, citing declining health. Didech was elected to the board in 2018. He also is stepping down from the Lake County Forest Preserves Board. On a more positive note, older brother and State Rep. Daniel Didech (Class of 2005) recently honored his alma mater on earning its fifth National Blue Ribbon School award. Daniel presented the District 125 Board of Education with a formal resolution of congratulations from the Illinois House of Representatives at its Jan. 13 meeting. He presented the resolution to the school board and to Superintendent Dr. Eric Twadell, who was Daniel’s World Religions teacher at SHS.

Frosh-Soph Play Sold Out
All tickets have been sold for tonight’s and Saturday night’s freshman-sophomore play performances.


Kasemets Named Head Girls Swim Coach
Stevenson has hired Ayrton Kasemets as its new girls swimming and diving coach. He replaces SHS alumnus Kevin Zakrzewski (Class of 2000), who stepped down from the position in December after five seasons. Kasemets currently serves as an assistant coach on the Patriot boys swimming and diving staff, leading the JV2 squad. Kasemets was an all-state and All-American swimmer at Mundelein High School, earning three state medals. Returning members of the girls swimming and diving program are invited to meet with Coach Kasemets at 8 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7 in the Little Theater portion (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. Read more about the new girls swim coach.

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots placed third with 143.2 points, behind first-time champion Lake Zurich (145.7) and Lake Forest (145.3), and ended up second in the overall league standings after tying for first in NSC dual meets. Senior Emily Weinstein finished third in the all-around with 37.35 points. She was second on balance beam (9.4), third on vault (9.45), tied for third on uneven bars (9.35), and tied for fifth in floor exercise (9.15). Sophomore Ally Gitler was ninth in the all-around (35.50) and placed seventh in floor exercise (9.1). Freshman Ashley Schabes tied for fifth on vault (9.35), was eighth on floor (9.0), and tied for 10th in the all-around (35.45). Junior Ainslee Cutler tied for ninth on bars (9.0). Next up for Stevenson is the IHSA Libertyville Regional on Wednesday. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 4, Glenbrook South 2: The Patriots closed the regular season with a win at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion. Senior Brett Stokes scored a goal and assisted on another for SHS (26-20-2 overall, 14-11 Scholastic Hockey League), which never trailed. Junior Georgi Gagua opened the scoring midway through the first period, assisted by Brett and fellow senior Itai Kleiman, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of Stevenson until the third. Brett, classmate Josh Wright and junior Andrew Chambers scored for the Pats in the final period. Goalie Jeremy Riback, a senior, made 20 saves for SHS, which outshot the Titans, 28-22. Stevenson will now prepare for the Scholastic Hockey League playoffs and the Blackhawk Cup state tournament. – Boxscore

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson 122, Warren 62: The Patriots improved to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference with the victory over the Blue Devils (4-1 NSC) in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Senior Jack Zhang won two events and also swam on a victorious relay. He captured the 50-yard freestyle (22.72) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.56), and was part of the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.42) with freshmen Jonny FarberMichael Wywrocki and Jack Curtin. Michael won the 500 free (5:12.51), while Jonny swam a leg in the first-place 200 free relay (1:30.92) with senior AJ Carollo and juniors Elik Gurovich and Dima Kobets. Elik also claimed top honors in the 200 individual medley (2:05.02). Other winners for Stevenson were senior Jake Kim in the 100 backstroke (58.69), junior Foster Swanson in the 200 free (1:52.03), and freshman Danny Silverstein in 1-meter diving (234.55). This was the last home appearance for SHS until it hosts the IHSA regional meet on Feb. 22. – Daily Herald

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson 47, Warren 25: In the Field House on Military and Teacher Appreciation Night, the Patriots received pins from freshman Lorenzo Frezza (113 pounds), juniors Keegan Houlihan (285) and Michael Crawford (220), and senior Randy Lu (126). Senior Ethan Klondar won by injury default in the opening match at 138 pounds. Other wins came from sophomores Jacob Whiting (170) and Cole Rhemrev (120), junior Alex Swidler (106), and senior Matthew Millman (195), who avenged a loss to his Blue Devil opponent from last weekend’s Lake County Invitational. The Patriots close out their regular-season schedule tonight at Lake Forest, then will play host to an IHSA regional on Saturday, Feb. 8. Click here to watch video from Wednesday’s match.

Quick Hits
The varsity cheerleading team will compete in the IHSA Niles West Sectional at 5:58 p.m. Saturday. Stevenson is seeking its fifth consecutive trip to the state finals, and 15th in the last 16 years. Use this link to see sectional results Saturday night.

Mind Your Mind Crewnecks for Sale
Mind Your Mind, Stevenson’s mental health awareness club, is selling crewnecks for $18. The design is hand-drawn by one of the club’s members, junior Layla Wang. The deadline to order is Friday, Feb. 14. Use this link to order.

Special Resource for Students Taking AP Exams
Students taking AP exams this spring are encouraged to look at the AP Bulletin, which is now available from The College Board. The bulletin includes information on how the College Board uses AP exam scores and students’ personal information, how AP exams are scored, and more. Visit the AP web page for details.

Need Career Ideas? Visit the Trades Expo on Feb. 6
Students are invited to learn about careers in a variety of trades at the Trades Expo during all lunch periods on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 2104. Representatives from more than 20 trades will be on hand to discuss careers in areas ranging from electrical and automotive work, to being a pharmacy technician or veterinarian’s assistant. Many trades offer on-the-job training and paid education.


The girls soccer team will have an information meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Chavez at


Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday that he is releasing the remaining $52.3 million for Illinois State University’s long-awaited fine arts complex project, which is projected to cost $61.9 million. The project has been on the university’s capital request list for about 20 years and money has been earmarked for the project before, only to be held up by the state’s budget troubles.

Bradley University’s top academic official is proposing to eliminate several programs and put more emphasis on others. If approved, gone would be majors in physics, theater, and three of the six majors in the family and consumer science program — retail merchandising, family and consumer science and the teaching degree in family and consumer science.


It’s well known that America’s teachers don’t look much like the country’s students. It turns out that the voters who elect America’s school boards don’t, either. A new study appears to be the first of its kind to quantify the demographic mismatch, and it’s sizable.

Atlanta-based utility giant Southern Co. has committed $50 million to historically black colleges and universities in Georgia and five other southern states. Southern Co., which owns and operates Georgia Power, said the money will go to scholarships, internships, leadership development, and access to technology.

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020

Mindfulness Talk for Parents Next Week
Ramaa Krishnan, executive director of Grow Through Mindfulness, will discuss how parents and guardians can bring a sense of calm into their lives during the next Community Parent Network event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 2104 of the West Building. Topics addressed will include:

  • How mindfulness can help reduce stress despite the demands of a busy world full of distractions.
  • Creating a sense of inner calm and carrying it through all parts of life.
  • What is means to parent mindfully.
  • How mindfulness can help parents navigate their children’s moods and be truly present in their lives.
  • Fostering positive behavior in children by modeling mindfulness.

The event is free, but registration is requested. Use this link to register.

It’s Magic: Freshman-Sophomore Play Opens Tonight
The cast and crew for the freshman-sophomore play conducted a dress rehearsal Wednesday evening to prepare for their three-day run that starts tonight. “Puffs, Or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in the Little Theatre portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $6. Tickets are available online.

eSports Teams Open Winter Season 4-3
The eSports club played its first week of matches in the Winter Open 2020, winning four of seven contests. The varsity Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad beat Ridgewood High School from Ridgewood, N.J., 16-1, and the varsity Overwatch team beat Hobart High School from Hobart, Ind., 3-0. The varsity and junior varsity Rainbow Six Siege units won by forfeit. The JV CS:G0, JV Overwatch and varsity Rocket League lost their matches.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Lake Forest 38, Stevenson 33: Seniors RJ Holmes and Matt Kaznikov each scored 10 points for the visiting Patriots (16-4, 7-1), who dropped into a first-place tie with Mundelein for first place in the North Suburban Conference. Lake Forest improved to 13-9 overall and 4-3 in the NSC. – Daily Herald

Girls Bowling
Mundelein 2,444, Stevenson 2,079: Junior Kelly Radelet led the Patriots with a 481 series at Fairhaven Lanes in Mundelein. Her three games — 153, 168 and 160 — were the three highest of the day for SHS. Two other Pats participated in all three games: Senior Noa Givati rolled a 433 series and junior Yumin Kim contributed a 395. Three others shot a pair of games: freshman Anna Reyes (261), junior Reilly Sullivan (259) and junior Esther Lee (250).

Boys Ice Hockey
Glenbrook North 3, Stevenson 1: Sophomore Rafael Biedron scored the Patriot goal at the Northbrook Sports Center, assisted by senior Josh Wright. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 25 saves for Stevenson, which closes out the regular-season Scholastic Hockey League schedule at home tonight against Glenbrook South.

Quick Hits
The varsity Patriettes will be making their eighth consecutive IHSA Class 3A state finals appearance on Friday in Bloomington. Stevenson has qualified for state in each of the eight years competitive dance has been an IHSA-sanctioned sport. SHS has finished no lower than fourth in Class 3A, placing second last year, third in 2018 and winning the championship in 2017. This year, the Patriettes head downstate having earned the second-highest sectional score (96.65) of all state qualifiers, behind only Minooka (97.67). Stevenson performs in the preliminary round at 5:37 p.m. Friday. The top 12 teams in Class 3A advance to the finals on Saturday. Visit the Patriettes web page for pep bus and ticket information. … Also heading to the IHSA state finals is the varsity boys bowling team, which has qualified for the fourth time in the last six seasons. Stevenson is one of 24 teams that will compete in O’Fallon, near St. Louis, and is the only squad without a senior on its roster. The Patriots’ sectional pinfall count of 6,184 was 12th among all state qualifiers. The first round begins at 9 a.m. Friday, with the top 12 teams advancing to Saturday’s finals. … Stevenson will host the North Suburban Conference girls gymnastics championships tonight in the Field House. The action starts at 6:30. … The varsity and junior varsity girls bowling teams will compete in the North Suburban Conference tournament Friday at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan.

Seal of Biliteracy Exam Registration Deadline Feb. 13
Stevenson offers students the opportunity for recognition through the state’s Seal of Biliteracy program by demonstrating a high level of proficiency in English and a second language. Testing in various languages will take place from 8-10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, which is a late arrival day, in Room 6110. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The deadline to register is Thursday, Feb. 13. Students testing in Polish or Hebrew must register online via this link. All other languages must register in the World Languages Office, Room 2434. The cost of the AAPPL exam is $20, payable by cash or check to Stevenson High School.

Students Can Update Their iPads
Apple released an update on Tuesday for iPads. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors should update to 13.3.1, while seniors should update to 12.4.5. If you have questions, stop by the SMARTdesk in the Link Lab.


The girls track and field team will have an informational meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Monday in the West Auditorium. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Degen at

The boys tennis team will have an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at


Northern Illinois University announced Wednesday it will eliminate the use of standardized tests in undergraduate admissions and merit scholarship decisions next year. Any high school graduate who applies to NIU with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above will be guaranteed admission to the university in DeKalb.

Thirty Catholic schools in Chicago are set to receive $92.4 million under a 10-year agreement that will ensure the schools’ survival, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Wednesday. The money — coming both from the charitable organization Big Shoulders Fund and the archdiocese — will be be shared among the 30 schools, which have about 5,600 students, the archdiocese said.

Students’ high school grade point averages are five times stronger than ACT scores at predicting college graduation, according to a new study by University of Chicago researchers. The study examined 55,083 students who graduated from the Chicago Public Schools between 2006 and 2009 and immediately enrolled in a four-year college.

Highland Park-Deerfield High School District 113 officials have abruptly halted a policy that allowed students to fulfill its health education requirement during the summer rather than taking it during the school year. Officials halted the popular exemption after recently discovering the district’s policy was at odds with state law, which requires that students participate in a physical education course a minimum of three days per five-day school week.

With three schools closing over the next two years, Galesburg District 205 leaders are trying to determine how many administrators are needed. Superintendent John Asplund said the decision is complicated because of the teacher evaluation load administrators carry, and the district has no plans to reduce the size of its teaching staff.

The superintendent of a downstate school district died last weekend, according to a statement from the district. Midland Community Unit School District 7 Superintendent Bill Wrenn had been the superintendent for four years. The cause of death was not released.


A Maine native is donating $100 million to Northeastern University to establish a graduate school and research center in Portland in hopes of transforming the city into a technology hub and sparking economic growth, officials said Monday. The Roux Institute, opening in the spring, will be narrowly focused on artificial intelligence for life sciences and digital industries.

California’s experiment of allowing community colleges to grant bachelor’s degrees shows promise of benefiting students but partnering with universities may be a better alternative. That’s the conclusion of a state agency report that says there may be other more effective options to meeting students’ needs and improving California’s workforce than the colleges awarding bachelor’s degrees.

The University of Missouri is expanding a program to track students, including athletes, using their phones to monitor when students are in class and when they are not. The ACLU says the Spotter app is invasive. Mizzou is among dozens of schools across the nation using similar technology to monitor students’ academic performance along with their comings and goings.

The principal of a school in Arlington, Texas donated one of her kidneys to the ailing father of three students. The man’s wife mentioned the diagnosis to the kids’ teachers and casually told Sarah Schecter about it in case any of the three seemed distracted in class. For months, the man’s condition tugged at Schecter’s heart. She approached the family about becoming a donor, and the transplant took place earlier this month.