Tuesday, March 5, 2019

SHS Earns National Project Lead the Way Honor

Stevenson is one of only eight high schools in the state, and among 426 in the country, to receive a 2018-19 Distinguished School Award from the national Project Lead the Way program.

This is the second straight year SHS has earned the honor, which is based on the number of PLTW curricular offerings available to students, the number of students engaged in PLTW, and student success in their PLTW course work, all from the 2017-18 school year.

The other Illinois high schools honored for 2018-19 were Barrington, Evanston Township, Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Neuqua Valley, St. Charles East and Waubonsie Valley. Stevenson is one of only three Illinois high schools to receive the honor in each of the last two school years, along with Fremd and Neuqua Valley.

Alumna to Lead Next CPN Event on March 13

The Community Parent Network will present “Learning and The Teenage Brain: How Brain Function Impacts Learning,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 in the West Auditorium. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To register, visit this link.

Stevenson alumna Dr. Mandi Croft-Petoskey (Class of 2004), founder and lead psychologist at Neuro Educational Specialists, will lead a discussion on adolescent brain development. Participants will hear about mental health in the schools and the impact of social media on brain development. Croft-Petoskey will present what anxiety, depression, ADHD and autism look like in the brain and what can parents do with this knowledge. In addition to graduating from Stevenson, she served as a school psychologist at SHS from 2012-16.

Senior Qualifies for National Debate Tournament

Senior Sydney Glickson earned a qualifying bid to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament at the NSDA qualifying tournament Saturday at Glenbrook North High School. Seniors Mary Polupan, Josh Ezrol and Arthur Yolles were selected as alternates to the national tournament, which will be held June 16-21 in Dallas. All four competed in the Congressional Debate competition.

Club Selling Backpacks to Benefit African Students

The SHS Print Media Club is holding its first-ever fundraiser, a backpack campaign to benefit high school students at a high school in the West African country of The Gambia. The club is selling backpacks for $8. There are five styles of backpacks available for Stevenson students, two of which can be personalized. Click here to see the selection and to order. For every backpack purchased, the club will buy, print and deliver a backpack to a student at Brikama Ba School in The Gambia. The Africa-bound backpacks will have the Brikama Ba School logo printed on them. The club’s goal is to donate 100 backpacks and raise an additional $200, which can be used to support two years of a high school education for one female student. For more information, contact club sponsor Kelly Smith at ksmith@d125.org. Orders will be taken until Spring Break, which begins March 25.

Two Seniors to Serve as BG Debate Moderators

Seniors Josh Ezrol and Elyse Baden have been selected as two of the moderators for tonight’s debate between 11 candidates running for the Buffalo Grove Village Board, along with the two people running for village president. Junior Jenny Hellwig will act as the timer. The debates take place from 6-9 p.m. at the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd. The debate is co-sponsored by the Journal and Topics newspaper and the League of Women Voters.

Know the Facts About Vaping

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

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “e-cigarette use poses a significant – and avoidable – health risk to young people in the United States. Besides increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health, e-cigarette use is associated with the use of other tobacco products that can do even more damage to the body. Even breathing e-cigarette aerosol that someone else has exhaled poses potential health risks.” Want more information? Click here for the Surgeon General’s guide.


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Becker Promoted to Head Football Coach

Stevenson has named Brent Becker as its new head football coach. Becker has served on the Patriots’ coaching staff since 2012. Becker has 21 years of high school and college coaching experience, including four as head coach at Lake Forest College. Click here to read more about Becker. He replaces Mike Morrissey, who resigned last week, citing personal and family reasons. Morrissey was hired Feb. 11.

Boys Basketball Sectional Semifinal Tonight
The Patriot boys basketball team takes on Deerfield in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Waukegan Sectional semifinals tonight at 7 o’clock. SHS is the No. 1 seed in the sectional, and carries a 25-5 record into the game at Waukegan’s historic gymnasium. The Warriors, 21-10 overall, are the No. 5 seed. The winner of tonight’s game advances to the sectional championship game at 7 p.m. Friday. The second semifinal between Fremd and Waukegan is set for Wednesday night.

Alumnus’ Career Night Leads Indiana to Upset Win

Class of 2017 graduate Justin Smith scored a career-high 24 points Saturday to lead Indiana’s men’s basketball team past No. 6 Michigan State, 63-62, in Bloomington, Ind. The sophomore scored 13 of IU’s first 14 points as the Hoosiers swept the season series from the Spartans for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign. Indiana also kept alive its hope for an NCAA tournament bid. During the game, Smith became part of the faulty shoe storyline that has emerged in college basketball.


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Graduation Speaker Applications Now Open

Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at their commencement ceremony on May 24 are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, April 1. Click here for the application.


Best Buddies is leading the Spread the Word for Inclusion national movement during all lunch periods on Wednesday and Thursday in the West and East Commons. Stop by and pledge to Spread the Word for Inclusion, as well as purchase items to support Best Buddies. Visit www.spreadtheword.global to make the pledge online and help SHS be inclusive for everyone!

Peer Tutors will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall.

German Club and German Honor Society are sponsoring a viewing of “The Karate Kid” at 7 p.m. Friday in Room 2104. Set-up starts at 6 p.m. In addition to the movie, you’re invited to meet the exchange students from Germany who are visiting Stevenson. Pizza and water will be served. Admission is free.


Pritzker: State won’t force pension responsibilities onto schools

Illinois colleges grapple with 10-year enrollment decline

Western Illinois University lays off 132 faculty and staff

OPRF students stage sit-in over staff suspensions

Zion teachers make show of force as negotiations drag on

U-46 board approves new 5-year contract for CEO

Police to use body cameras at Evanston Township High

Deerfield High digital scoreboard plan advances

Catholic school in Skokie will be run independently


Colleges embracing “in loco parentis” again

Survey: Congress should put more focus on education

University of California boycotts publishing giant

Debate intensifies over transgender athletes in schools

UMass plans online college for adult learners

What you need to know about “The Momo Challenge”

Texas school district offering course on drones


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Monday, March 4, 2019

BPA Captures Two State Championships

Four students won state championships and more than 25 qualified for nationals at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference held Thursday through Saturday in Oak Brook.

Sophomore Sabrina Kozarovitsky won top honors in Payroll Accounting, while the Economic Research Team of seniors Miranda Liu, Maitreyee Malpekar and Hannah Zhang also captured first place.

The state champions automatically qualified for the BPA National Leadership Conference May 1-5 in Anaheim, Calif. They will be joined by 23 other SHS students who qualified: seniors Mike Dayal, Ariella Ensinger, Sarina Johnson, Kai Mayahara, Prithvi Nese and Rhea Pillai; juniors Braden Bock, Grace Fan, Adam Jachera, Sohum Khaladkar, Kaitlyn Lu, Dylan Murphy, Anthony Rodriguez, Cameron Sprague, Patrick Tong, Sowmya Venkatachalam and Joie You; and sophomores Anay Aggarwal, Alex Bai, Dylan Haffner, Bhavya Sharma, Akaash Tanjore and Charlene Yu.

Stevenson sent 72 students to the state leadership conference, where they competed in more than 60 business-related events. The competition included more than 40 high schools and nearly 1,100 students from around the state.

Spoken Word Poets Advance to LTAB Quarterfinals

Stevenson has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Louder Than a Bomb spoken word poetry competition, which will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Conaway Hall on the campus of Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave., in Chicago. The team of Emily Luo, Hannah Severyns, Ananya Shah, Johnna Geick and Jacob Minin, and junior Anna Wang defeated peers from Plainfield East, Marshall, Northside College Prep, Homewood Flossmoor, Hinsdale Central and Pedro Albizu Campos high schools during bouts on Thursday and Saturday to reach the quarterfinals. Watch their performance. The quarterfinals, featuring the top 32 poetry teams and top 24 individual poets, is open to the public. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Click here to order tickets for Stevenson’s quarterfinal.

SHS Wins Regional Academic Challenge Title

Stevenson captured its division and had a surplus of placewinners at the regional Academic Challenge competition held Feb. 8 at the College of Lake County. More than 140 students from seven Lake County high schools took part in the event, in which they were tested in seven academic areas including English, mathematics and science.

SHS won the Unlimited Division, featuring schools with enrollments of 1,500 or more. With the victory, Stevenson advances to the North Chicago Sectional on Friday at Vernon Hills High School. The first- and second-place finishers in each category also advanced.

Stevenson won four of the seven academic areas. Junior Akash Kumar and freshman Greycen Ren tied for first in Biology; junior Allen Ding tied for top honors in Chemistry; juniors Eric Gan and Dylan Hu tied for first in Mathematics; and junior Josh Tsai won Physics.

Eight Patriots placed second. Senior Andrew Ding and junior Radha Patel tied for second in Biology; junior Richard Yin and sophomore Daniel Thomas tied for second in Chemistry; senior Andrew Gan was runner-up in Computer Science; junior Philena Liu took second in English; senior Joey Rivkin placed second in Mathematics; and sophomore Jared Machtinger was second in Physics. Eric tied for third in Chemistry; Akash tied for third in Engineering Graphics; Radha tied for third in English; Philena tied for third in Mathematics; and senior Tony Tan was third in Physics. Andrew Richardson served as the team’s coach.

The Academic Challenge is sponsored by Eastern Illinois University. The state competition for the Unlimited Division will be held April 25.

Chamber Guitar Concert Tuesday Night

The Fine Arts Division is sponsoring the Chamber Guitar Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live through this link.

Winter Guard Teams Compete in Schaumburg

Stevenson’s Winter Guard teams participated in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit competition at Schaumburg High School on Sunday The varsity finished second in the Scholastic A Division, while the junior varsity won first place in Scholastic Regional A.

Archers Finish Fourth in Georgetown

Stevenson’s varsity archery team finished fourth out of nine schools at the GRF Buffalo Stampede in Georgetown, Ill. on Saturday. SHS posted a score of 3,260. Junior Saumya Malhotra finished fourth among all females with a score of 285, which included 20 bullseyes (or 10s). Sophomore Malachi Park took seventh place among male archers, hitting 15 bullseyes and compiling a score of 281. SHS will compete at the Centennial High School tournament on Saturday in Champaign.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson at Blackhawk Cup State Tournament: The Patriots’ season ended with a 4-2 defeat in the Sweet 16 at the hands of St. Rita. Seniors Sam Shellist and Billy Kopka scored Stevenson’s goals at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Billy also registered an assist, as did seniors Seth Cohen and Daniel Romm.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional: Junior John Ittounas scored a game-high 16 points as the Patriots defeated Hersey, 56-44, to capture their fifth regional championship in the last seven seasons. SHS (25-5) advances to the Waukegan Sectional semifinals against Deerfield at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Warriors (21-10) beat Mundelein, 54-44, for the Wheeling Regional title on Friday. Stevenson is the No. 1 seed in the sectional, while Deerfield is No. 5. Friday’s victory avenged a 64-58 opening-season loss in overtime to the ninth-seeded Huskies (15-16) on Nov. 20. The Patriots took control early, holding the Huskies (15-16) to one field goal en route to a 12-3 lead after the first quarter. John and junior RJ Holmes (11 points, 10 rebounds, two assists) each scored four points in the opening quarter. SHS led 23-16 at halftime, then opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer from senior Luke Chieng (seven points) that extended the lead to 10. John also had four assists and three rebounds on the night. Junior Matt Ambrose had 10 points, six rebounds and two assists, while classmate Matt Kaznikov had nine points, five rebounds, and was credited by head coach Pat Ambrose with disrupting the Hersey offense. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press


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Peer Helpers Accepting New Member Applications

Peer Helpers is accepting new member applications for the 2019-20 school year. The group is seeking students who demonstrate good character, maturity, responsibility, leadership, empathy, a healthy lifestyle, and show a commitment to peers, school and community. Click here to apply. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 5.

Celebrate Topher’s State Championship on Tuesday

Stevenson Athletics will hold a recognition ceremony for state champion swimmer Topher Stensby at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Room 5044. The senior won the 50-yard freestyle title for the third consecutive year.


Animal Welfare is meeting after school Tuesday in Room 7064. The group will be making dog toys to donate to Orphans of the Storm. All are welcome!

In the Loop meets after school today in Room 7064. Come cast on your first project! Beginners are welcome.


Suburban officials welcome state’s shorter standardized test

Universities detail billions in construction needs

Lake Zurich superintendent leaving to lead Wilmette district

Waukegan district office worker charged with sexual abuse

District 73 proposes $1.52M in cuts to address deficit

Chicago State receives $100K endowment gift from sorority

Records reveal D-155 teacher returned to work under cloud

Woodland District 50 moving to later start times next year

OPRF High creates position to address racial equity

Elgin Community College police officer placed on leave

New summer program pays students to improve STEM skills

Lutheran high school in Crystal Lake moving to Union

Funeral home sues Joliet teacher accused of murder


Oakland teachers ratify new contract, ending 7-day strike

DeVos proposes federal tax credits to advance school choice

Trump vows executive order requiring “free speech” at colleges

California bill would ban all K-12 suspensions

As enrollment wavers, law schools look to expand online

How the University of Texas’ bold reinvention plan failed

Ohio students push to rename theater honoring actress

New Mexico bill promoting “circus arts” education advances


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Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

No School on Friday, Classes in Session Monday

There are no classes on Friday due to the annual Institute Day for faculty from Stevenson and Consortium 125 schools. School will be in session on Monday, to make up for the snow day of Nov. 26. The Daily Digest will not be published Friday.

Sophomore Families Invited to College and Career Night

All sophomore families are invited to the College Career Center’s annual “Planning Your Future” program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians, and should bring their school-issued iPad and network login for an interactive experience. Postsecondary counselors Sara English and Dan Miller, along with Career Exploration Program Manager Diane Willock, will discuss what families can expect during the junior year as they embark on the college and career exploration process. The trio will discuss the Naviance online tool and the Career Exploration program, among other topics.

A special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. in the Recital Hall, which is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center.

School Board Candidates Interviewed

Five people are running for four seats on the District 125 Board of Education in April. Incumbents Heena Agrawal, Terry Moons, Amy Neault and David Weisberg are joined on the ballot by Manish (Bobby) Tuli. The candidates answered questions recently from two media organizations: the Daily Herald and Journal and Topics Media Group.

Students to Help Moderate Buffalo Grove Election Debate

Students from the Political Action Club will be joining peers from Buffalo Grove High School as moderators at next week’s debate among candidates for Buffalo Grove village president and village board. The debate takes place from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Rd., in Buffalo Grove. Village board candidates will answer questions from 6-7:45 p.m., followed by the two village president candidates. The debate is sponsored by Journal and Topics Media Group, which mentions Political Action Club members Ethan Melman, Alex Stencel and John Fine in this preview article.

Science Olympiad Team Wins Loyola Competition

Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team closed the invitational portion of its season by winning the Loyola Academy tournament last Saturday. The SHS Green and Gold teams had the lowest combined score of 22 schools from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Patriots defeated perennial rival New Trier for the title.

SHS placed first in 18 of 23 events, and in six instances, the Gold and Green teams shared top honors. Four students were part of four first-place events: Juniors Eric Gan, Radha Patel and Roy Zhou, and freshman Andrew Liu. Junior Richard Yin was involved in three winning groups, while 11 Patriots claimed a pair of firsts: seniors Andrew Ding, Maitreyee Malpekar and Josey Zhang; juniors Shannon Kang and Josh Tsai; sophomores Richard Bi, Michael Kim, Hannah Liu, Jared Machtinger and Sneha Mohan; and freshman Greycen Ren. Click here to see the team results.

Stevenson will compete at the Illinois Science Olympiad regional competition at the College of Lake County in two weeks. The top teams from the regional advance to the state finals April 13 at the University of Illinois.

Donate to the Stevenson Dance Marathon

The Stevenson Dance Marathon benefitting the Riverside Foundation is coming up on Saturday, March 9. This year’s fundraising goal is $30,000. The Riverside Foundation, based in Lincolnshire, provides residential support and developmental training services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Community members can support the fundraiser by making a donation online through this link.

Stevenson’s event is modeled after dance marathons at Northwestern University and Indiana University, but on a smaller scale. Student teams will participate in three hours of nonstop dancing. At least four team members must be on the dance floor at all times. Students who raise a minimum of $75 gain free admission to the event.

Junior Debater Earns Honor at Harper College

Junior Neel Dutta earned Best Presiding Officer honors in his varsity debate chamber at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament Saturday at Harper College in Palatine.

AP Exam, Madrigal Dinner Registration Deadlines

The last day to register for Advanced Placement exams without paying a late fee is Monday. Visit our AP web page for details. Today is the last day to reserve a space for the March 10 Madrigal Dinner. Click here for more information.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 7, Libertyville-Vernon Hills 5: Senior Daniel Romm scored three goals for the Patriots in their Blackhawk Cup state tournament tuneup at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. Daniel scored three of the team’s first four goals, and his final one broke a 3-3 tie late in the second period, giving SHS the lead for good. Senior Billy Kopka scored twice, including an insurance goal with 24 seconds remaining after the IceCats had closed to within 6-5 at the 1:55 mark. Adam Offenbach, also a senior, had a goal and two assists for Stevenson, which takes on St. Rita Saturday morning at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. The Patriots are the No. 7 seed in the tournament, while St. Rita is No. 10. Senior Max Slavin had the seventh goal for SHS. Juniors Ben Newmark and Jeremy Riback split time in goal. Ben made 10 saves, while Jeremy had 14, including 13 in the third period.

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson 59.5, Vernon Hills 48, Buffalo Grove 28.5: The Patriots won six events to capture the triangular indoor meet at Buffalo Grove. Seniors Emily Ossentjuk and Raeden Mays each won an individual race and were half of the victorious four-lap relay with sophomores Jade Cadichon and Jordan Tollison (1:16.2). Emily won the 55-meter dash (7.6) while Raeden captured the 210-yard dash (29.4). Senior Kendall Roberts won the 880-yard run (2:30), sophomore Camille Clay claimed the shot put (36 feet, 3 inches), and freshman Mia Mikolajczak finished first in the 55-meter hurdles (9.93). Kendall was part of two runner-up relays: the 3,200 with senior Alyssa Collins, sophomores Emma Finnegan and Maxine Tam (11:02), and the 1,600 with junior Caimin Xi, sophomores Lindsey Hendler and Kaitlyn Chan (4:47). Five Patriots placed second: Jade in the 55 dash (7.7), junior Denisa Voshtina in the 440 (1:09), freshman Ella O’Neall in the shot put (32-8), sophomore Emma Potocki in the high jump (4-6) and senior Madeleine Kadens in the long jump (14-10).

Make a Winter ESPPA Award Nomination

Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? 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 Monday. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on Monday, March 11.

Nine Wrestlers Qualify for Frosh-Soph Sectional
Nine wrestlers will compete in the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Freshman-Sophomore Sectional at Lake Zurich High School on Sunday. Leading the way will be freshman Aidan Rutnarak and sophomore Alex Swidler, who won their weight class at last weekend’s Lakes Regional. Sophomores Tristan Scott and Keegan Houlihan finished second, while sophomore Kei Yamato was third. The other sectional qualifiers are sophomores Jonathan Sanchez and Sara Sulejmani, and freshmen Allan Kantor and Jordan Rosenfeldt. They finished fourth in their weight bracket.


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The Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarships awards several scholarships, ranging in amount from $500 to $15,000, to students in the five-county Chicagoland area. You must have a grade-point average of at least 3.0, and your family’s adjusted gross income must be $60,000 or less. Applications may be picked up in the College Career Center (Room 1123), and must be emailed to the Palumbo Family Foundation by March 31.


CPS grad rates improved four times faster than nation

Orland district rescinds program, staff cuts after outcry

CPS hires firm to investigate 1K old sex abuse cases

Illinois one of few states putting arts in ESSA plans

Flu outbreak hits Arlington Heights school

Washington district picks Glen Ellyn superintendent

Palatine district bus driver suspended after near miss

Oak Park school nurse saves staff member’s life

Boundary changes outlined for Elmhurst schools


Trump threatened colleges over any leaks of his grades

Group decries high failure rates on teacher licensing exams

Government class project leads to new civil rights law

The ethically questionable math game in U.S. schools

College affordability unites 2020 Democratic candidates

Police: Arizona teacher had sex in classroom with student

How colleges are using AI to save time on operations

Some companies helping workers pay down student loans


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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019

Four Students Win Awards at State Art Exhibition

Four students won awards in the General Exhibition at the sixth annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition on Sunday at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago. The General Exhibition was a “best of the best” show featuring more than 800 works of art from public and private high school students around Illinois.

Senior Bekka Goldstein won the Grand Prize in the Youth Art Month flag contest and was recognized at the start of the General Exhibition ceremony. Senior Natalie Wess won the Breaking Criminal Traditions Award, and was invited to display her photograph in the BCT’s (The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions) exhibition this fall in the Laura A. Sprague Art Gallery at Joliet Junior College. She also earned a silver medal in the photography competition. Jasmine (Jaz) Lin, a junior, won an Early College Program at Flashpoint Chicago for this summer, and also received a bronze medal in the design category. Junior Piper Starr won the silver medal in the pottery category. Senior Dora Guo (mixed media) also had a piece chosen for the General Exhibition.

During the Senior Scholarship Exhibition, Bekka, Natalie and classmates Miffy Tani, Alyssa Zhang, Helen Yu and Anu Ulziibaatar were recognized for earning more than $1 million on scholarships collectively.

Works in the IHSAE will be on display at the Bridgeport Art Center and the Zhou B Art Center, both in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, through Friday, March 8.

Three Qualify for State Drafting and Design Contest

Three members of the Architecture and Engineering Club have qualified for the 42nd annual Illinois Drafting Educators Association state drafting and design competition on April 27 at Illinois State University. The trio earned state bids based on their performance at the IDEA regional competition on Friday.

Junior Weiran Zhao placed first and sophomore Carson Ezell finished second in the 3D Computer-Aided Design modeling competition. Sophomore Rohan Durai earned first place in Assembly Modeling. Also competing in the regional were senior Lauren Maloney, sophomores Brian Gertsberg, Sarah Pollard, Shaarav Rotiwar and Michael Zaslavskiy, and freshmen Vidya Bharadwaj, Phil Edat and Mark Younan.

Eight Latin Club Placewinners at State Convention

Fifteen members of the Latin Club participated in the 56th annual Illinois Junior Classical League Convention on Friday in Itasca. More than 400 students from 22 schools competed in a number of state competitions. Eight members of the Stevenson contingent were placewinners, with three earning first-place honors.

Sophomores William Rademacher and Daichi Kobayashi received first place in Reading Comprehension, while freshman Brady Rivkin earned first place in the Decathlon. William also received fifth place in Private Life, while Daichi garnered second place in Vocabulary and fourth place in Certamen. Brady collected five places:  second in Reading Comprehension, third in Vocabulary and Greek Derivatives, fourth in Certamen, and fifth in Private Life.

Junior Advait Deoskar received second place in Reading Comprehension, third in Decathlon, and fifth in Mythology. Freshman Johnny Burrer earned second in Private Life and fourth in Certamen. Senior Daniel Zhu placed third in Reading Comprehension, sophomore Aniket Dixit received fourth place in Private Life, and sophomore Jeremiah Lee took fifth in Reading Comprehension.

Senior Party Ticket Prices Increase After Thursday

Thursday is the last day to buy Senior Class Party tickets at their current price of $45. After Thursday, the cost goes up to $50. Click here to order. The Senior Class Party will be held the afternoon of Thursday, May 23, after the conclusion of final exams for seniors.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball
Stevenson at IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional: Senior Luke Chieng and junior Matthew Ambrose each scored 15 points as the top-seeded Patriots held off Highland Park, 49-37, in the regional semifinals. SHS (24-5) will face the winner of tonight’s semifinal between No. 8 Libertyville and No. 9 Hersey for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. Luke hit three of his five 3-pointers in the second quarter, with the final one sparking a 12-0 run that turned a one-point deficit to the 17th-seeded Giants (13-17) into a 30-21 halftime advantage. Stevenson stretched the lead to 47-28 by the end of the third quarter. Matthew nailed four 3-pointers for the Patriots, who had 12 treys on the night. He also had four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Trey Baker sank a pair of 3-pointers to finish with six points. Junior Matt Kaznikov had six points, eight rebounds and four assists. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Alumnus Retires From Football
Northwestern University junior Cameron Green (Class of 2015) announced Monday that he is retiring from football due to concerns about his long-term health. He cited “concussion and head injuries” within his family in making his decision on the eve of Northwestern’s spring practice. His father Mark played four seasons with the Chicago Bears before leaving the sport. Green had 57 receptions for 483 yards and four touchdowns last fall as the Wildcats’ starting superback. In three seasons, he caught 81 passes for 684 yards and six TDs in 38 games.

Senior Gymnast Chosen for National Showcase

Senior Sarina Johnson has been selected to compete for Team Illinois at the National High School Gymnastics Association Senior Showcase Invitational May 16-18 in Ft. Myers, Fla. She is one of nine senior gymnasts selected by the Illinois High School Gymnastics Coaches Association.


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One Way Waiting Leads to Success

If you resist the temptation to drink alcohol until age 21, your chances for success increase, according to this week’s video from Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition.


First woman named state schools superintendent

One-third of suburban educators paid more than $90K

AbbVie pledges $40M to help build North Chicago school

CPS struggles with high special ed teacher vacancies

Teachers reflect on country’s poor civics knowledge

SIU president approves Carbondale nursing program

Ball-Chatham board, teachers reach tentative agreement

Decatur schools move forward with building consolidation

Retired Hersey teacher, football coach Glover dies


Most in U.S. don’t think state funding for higher ed is down

Millennials face $1T in debt as student loans pile up

Out-of-state students may become majority at UColorado

Facing flat enrollment, strained budgets, DePauw lays off 57

Chief privacy officers: The unicorns of K-12 education


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Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

Math Team Captures 8th Straight Regional Title

The SHS math team won its eighth consecutive Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics 4AA regional championship on Saturday. Stevenson, serving as host school for the Region 12 competition, posted a winning score of 953, topping Glenbrook South (762), Buffalo Grove (563) and Highland Park (259). Stevenson’s score was the second-highest in the state, bested only by three-time defending state champion Naperville North, which had 1,028.

By winning the regional, the Patriots earned an automatic bid to the ICTM state finals on Saturday, May 4 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Stevenson has finished second for three consecutive years after winning the state title in 2015, and has not placed lower than fourth at state in more than 25 years.

On Saturday, SHS took first place in every individual and team category except one. Individual champions were senior Joey Rivkin (Precalculus), junior Dylan Hu (Algebra 2), sophomore Ram Potham (Geometry) and freshman Lillian You (Algebra 1). Joey and sophomore Gyeongwon (James) Kim won the oral team event. James also was part of the first-place calculator team, along with seniors Tony Tan and Haechan (James) Lim, junior Andrew Zhuang, and freshman Gabriel Visotsky. Lillian and sophomore Praneet Rathi claimed the Freshman-Sophomore 2-Person category. Lillian and Ram also were part of the Freshman-Sophomore 8-Person event that took first place. They were joined by freshmen Spandan Goel, Joy Qu and Brady Rivkin, and sophomores Justin Chen, Emily Hu and Doogyul Lee. The Junior-Senior 8-Person squad also was victorious, behind Dylan, Tony, Andrew, seniors Matthew Jalnos, Angela Zhang and Devanshi Gupta, and juniors Philena Liu and Emily Lu. Stevenson also won the Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and Precalculus team titles. Click here to see all the regional award-winners.

FCCLA Wins Regional, Sends 21 to State

Stevenson won first place, and all 21 student competitors qualified for state, at the Illinois Section 5 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America regional competition at Harper College in Palatine on Friday.

Six students captured gold medals in the Senior Division (open to grades 10-12) of their Family and Consumer Sciences event: Seniors Lexi Bennett (Focus on Children), Pallavi Panchpor (Food Innovation) and Jordyn Rubin (Interior Design), junior Mariam Reichert (Recycle and Redesign), and sophomores Jessie Mazursky (Apparel Construction) and Esha Raut (Illustrated Talk).

Fifteen FCCLA members earned silver medals in Senior Division events: Seniors Olivia Coutre (Fashion Design), Elizabeth Dungan (Early Childhood-Occupational), Isabella Przybylo (Food Production-Salad), and Laura Thornburg (Nutrition and Wellness-Occupational); juniors Ashley Gordon, Roya Lippe, Maya Newmark and Sydney Ring (Preschool Lesson Plan), Nicole Ittounas (Interior Design Presentation) and Madison McElhinny (Advocacy); and sophomores Natali Freihammer (Frosted Cakes), Kendall Goldenson and Christine Kim (Children’s Literature), and Taylor Irvin and Litzy Cruz (Advocacy). The FCCLA sponsors are Michelle Backes and Jamie Rieman.

Twenty-one schools and more than 400 students competed in a variety of Family and Consumer Sciences events. The Illinois FCCLA State Leadership Conference and Competitions will be held April 4-6 in Springfield.

Table Tennis Team Finishes Second in State

The SHS table tennis team finished second at the Interscholastic Table Tennis Illinois Association Saturday at Loyola Academy. The Patriots beat Loyola, 11-4, in the semifinals before falling to three-time state champion Naperville North, 9-3. Coach Todd Sikora’s squad posted a 8-2 record this season, with the only losses at the hands of the undefeated Huskies, who beat Stevenson for the title last year. The state tournament roster featured seniors Michael Hu and Nick Pantelis; juniors Joseph Choi, Jason Leong, Andrew Lukz, Sam Wang and Eric Wu; sophomores Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao; and freshman Jasmine Leong.

Winter Guard Competes at Naperville Competition

Stevenson traveled to Naperville North High School on Saturday for its first Winter Guard International regional competition of the season. The varsity placed fourth out of 22 teams in the Scholastic A Division. The junior varsity finished third out of six teams in Scholastic Regional A.

Marijuana in 2019: More Potent Than Ever

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.

Marijuana today is significantly stronger and more potent than it was in the 1970s and ’80s. It is now available in dried plant form as well as a variety of concentrated products. Historically, THC levels in the dried plant were below 4 percent. Today, concentrates can have THC levels well above 80-90 percent. Due to this increase in THC, there has been a rise in the number of psychotic reactions and emergency room admissions nationwide. Higher potency is also associated with a greater risk of addiction, especially for adolescents. For more information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, click here.


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Boys Basketball at Lake Forest Regional Tonight
The boys basketball team will face Highland Park in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Lake Forest regional semifinals at 7 o’clock tonight. The Giants (13-16), ranked No. 17 in the Waukegan Sectional, upended the 15th-seeded host school, 56-43, Monday night. The Patriots (23-5), the sectional’s top seed, beat Highland Park, 47-17, at the Fremd Horseshoe Shootout on Feb. 9. The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between No. 8 Libertyville and No. 9 Hersey for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. Tonight’s game is scheduled to be streamed live by the NFHS Network.

SHS Names New Field Hockey Coach
Stevenson has named Isabella Licciardello as its new girls field hockey coach. She has served as the school’s junior varsity A team coach for the past two seasons. Licciardello replaces Laura (Camastro) Husko, a 2001 Stevenson graduate who resigned after seven seasons at the helm. Coach Licciardello will meet with all field hockey players at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the Aerobics Room (Room 2110). Click here to read more about the new head field hockey coach.

Girls Water Polo Fundraiser Thursday

The girls water polo team is holding a fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Thursday at Jason’s Deli, 545 Lakeview Pkwy., in Vernon Hills. The fundraiser is valid for dine-in or carryout orders. Mention “Stevenson Water Polo” when placing your order.


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PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

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


Students who will be enrolled in career training programs at the College of Lake County are invited to apply for the Metallica Scholars Award. Click here for details.


Urbana’s top 3 administrators face reassignment

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Security concerns drive Barrington $185M referendum

U-46 board OKs contract for magnet school certification

St. Charles officials want to repurpose school building

Fremd student charged with selling fake parking permits


Most in U.S. oppose race-based college admissions

White students get more K-12 funding than students of color

Immigrant children study more math, science than natives

The end of the remedial course

When kids realize their whole life is already online

10 black scientists that science teachers should know


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Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Stensby, Robotics Team Win Third Straight State Titles

Stevenson added two state championships to its lengthy list of trophies over the weekend.

Senior Topher Stensby won the 50-yard freestyle championship for the third straight year at the Illinois High School Association boys swimming and diving meet Saturday at New Trier High School. Topher is one of only three boys swimmers in state history to win the 50 freestyle three times. He also won two other state medals to finish his prep career with 13, second in program history. More details can be found in the Patriot Sports section.

Stevenson won its third straight Illinois VEX Robotics state championship Saturday at Niles West High School in Skokie, and also qualified for the VEX Worlds Competition April 24-27 in Louisville, Ky.

The 1965A “Duck Duck Goose” team won state for the second straight time. Three students on the roster were part of last year’s state-winning s quad: Seniors Ethan Gordon and Erik Rademacher, and junior Rahul Subramanian. They were joined by senior Riya Gyanmote and juniors Divyansh Ojha. The team finished fourth in the qualifying matches with a 6-1 record, then went unbeaten through the elimination rounds to capture the title and a berth in the world tournament.

Joining Duck Duck Goose in Louisville will be 1965T “Firewall,” which won its second consecutive Design Award and reached the state semifinals. The roster was the same this year as last, except all the students are sophomores: Kendrick Boardman, Krethikram Gowrisankar, Sofia Kolobaev, Jeremiah Lee, Brandon Lu, Ansh Parekh, William Rademacher and Rushil Vora. They were selected based on demonstrating an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management, and team organization.

Two other teams qualified for state, giving Stevenson four in the expanded field of 56 robots. The 1965P “Warm Refrigerators” team featured all seven of its members who competed at state last year, plus junior Pranav Putta, who was a member of the state champion 1965A squad in 2018. He joined fellow juniors Husain Badri, Wynne Chen, Max Kulick, Michael Levin, Duncan Paul, Jaap Singh and Piper Starr. The other state qualifier was 1965R “Chimera,” which also participated in the 2018 field. Seniors Jonathan Distel, Joshua Kulick, Haechan (James) Lim, Jacob Shupak and Alan Tokarsky were on last year’s Chimera roster, and were joined by classmate Beulah Lee, who was on the 1965A titlists in 2018. The robotics team sponsors are Mike Anderson and Frank Radostits.

Freshman Wins CSO Young Artists Competition

Freshman Rosie Wang won the 2019 Crain-Maling Foundation Chicago Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition on Saturday. She was one of four finalists who performed at Symphony Center, backed by the Chicago Civic Orchestra. The flutist performed Fantaisie by French composer Georges Hüe. Click here to watch Rosie’s performance. With her achievement, Rosie earned the opportunity to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during its 2019-20 concert season. The date and repertoire have not been determined. Rosie is the second Stevenson student in the last three years to reach the Young Artists Competition finals. Haddon Kay (Class of 2018) was a finalist in 2017.

New Shanghai Circus Returning to SHS March 9

The New Shanghai Circus makes its third visit to the Performing Arts Center for an animal-free show at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9. The event is sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation. Acrobats, jugglers and contortionists are among the acts that will perform, enhanced by extraordinary choreography, lighting, scenery and music. Tickets are $20, and can be purchased online through Thursday, March 7. Any available tickets will be sold at the door. Click here to buy tickets. The show will last approximately two hours with intermission, and is recommended for ages 6 and older.

Winter Band Concert Tuesday and Wednesday

The Winter Band Concert will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Each night begins at 7 p.m. The Advanced Symphonic Band will perform Tuesday, as will the Freshman Band. The Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Honor Band will play on Wednesday. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Topher Stensby won the 50-yard freestyle championship for the third straight year, becoming the first Patriot swimmer to capture four state individual titles in his career. He claimed four medals overall and led SHS to an eighth-place finish in the team standings. The Notre Dame-bound senior, who battled shoulder pain throughout the season, swam the course at New Trier in 20.04 seconds, and entered IHSA annals as one of only three swimmers in state history to win the 50 free three times. The other two were Brian Kurza of Hinsdale South (1986-88) and Brian Alden of Neuqua Valley (2006-08). Topher’s three titles in the 50, along with the 100-yard free championship in 2018, gave him four during his Stevenson career. He is the first Patriot athlete to win four individual state titles in one sport, and only the second from SHS to claim four individual state titles overall. Former Patriot running great Pat Joyce (Class of 1993) won the state cross country title and the 3,200-meter crown in his junior and senior seasons. Topher left his final state meet with three other state medals. He finished second in the 100 free (44.71), anchored the third-place 200 free relay with classmates Richard Lee, Max Ryaguzov and Joseph Song (1:23.48), and closed out the seventh-place 400 free relay with juniors Nic Comini, AJ Carollo and Jack Zhang (3:04.82). Topher finished his career with 14 state medals, second in program history to 2004 graduate Tommy Gregory, who had 16. Other Patriot medalists included a trio of 11th-place finishes: Max in the 200 individual medley (1:55.92), Joseph in the 100 breaststroke (58.05) and the 200 medley relay team of Joseph, Jack, Richard and senior Beno Maya (1:34.78). Head coach Doug Lillydahl has now seen Stevenson capture six state championships and 60 state medals during his 12 seasons at the helm. – Official Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Wildcat Indoor Invitational: At Wheeling, the Patriots opened their season by finishing fourth out of 10 teams. Senior Kendall Roberts finished second in the 1,600-meter run (5:25.6) while sophomore Camille Clay was runner-up in the shot put (37 feet, 1 inch). Sophomore Lindsey Hendler was third in the 400 (1:09.4). SHS had a trio of fourth-place entries. Kendall and Lindsey were part of the 1,600 relay with seniors Raeden Mays and Olga Piatkowska (4:36.6); Raeden ran in the 600 relay with senior Emily Ossentjuk and sophomores Jade Cadichon and Jordan Tollison (1:26.5); and sophomore Kendall Goldenson was fourth in the 3,200 (15:37.4). The 3,200 relay unit of senior Alyssa Collins, junior Caimin Xi, and sophomores Emily Fejes and Emma Finnegan placed fifth (11:29.6). Four Pats placed sixth: Jordan in the 200 (30.0), Caimin in the 800 (2:44.6), junior Hailey Peterson in the 400 (1:11.2), and freshman Mia Mikolajczak in the 55-meter hurdles (9.90).

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Huntley Indoor Invitational: The Patriots finished seventh among 15 teams in their season-opening meet. Junior Jahleel Perrin placed second in the 60-meter dash (7.10 seconds) and was fourth in the 200 (23.25). Freshman Ray Zhao was runner-up in the high jump (6 feet, 1 inch), while senior Anand Batbaatar was third in shot put (50 feet, 7 inches). Junior Shane Johnson tied for fourth in the 60 (7.27) and was fifth in the 200 (23.27). Senior Dan Erdenetsogt was fifth in shot put (47-9) and freshman Jimmy Davis was sixth in the 400 (54.98). The 3,200 relay team also finished sixth (8:48.20).


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Write Club is hosting an open mic event from 7:10-8:10 a.m. Tuesday in the Little Theater. The stage will be open for walk-in performances before the Stevenson spoken word team performs its group and individual poems in preparation for the Louder Than A Bomb festival in Chicago. All students are welcome to watch or perform!

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

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.

In the Loop is meeting after school today in Room 7064. Never knit before? It’s “knot” a problem! The club will teach you. All are welcome.

Animal Welfare is meeting after school Tuesday in Room 7064. The group will be making dog toys to donate to Orphans of the Storm. All are welcome!


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College of DuPage board member resigns

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NYU opens 3-year medical school, offers free tuition

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Wyoming district will open 1-student school this fall


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Friday, Feb. 22, 2019

Charities Invited to Apply for Street Fest

Stevenson High School’s National Honor Society chapter invites charities to apply for the opportunity to benefit financially from its annual Street Fest in September. Street Fest is a community event at SHS that raises money and gives visibility to charities that often are overlooked. To be eligible, charities must meet four criteria:

  1. The charity must be a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
  2. The charity must demonstrate a local connection.
  3. The charity must demonstrate a connection to Stevenson High School.
  4. There must be an educational component to the charity’s mission.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 3. Three charities will be selected as beneficiaries. Click here to download an application. For more information, contact Brett Erdmann at 847-415-4418 or berdmann@d125.org.

Junior Wins Congressional App Challenge

Junior Pranav Putta is the winner of this year’s Congressional App Challenge for Illinois’ 10th Congressional District. He developed the “Waste Less” app, which seeks to make recycling easier. The app allows users to identify recycling options for items viewed through their mobile device’s camera of their mobile device, or by scanning barcodes. Pranav offers a demonstration of his Waste Less app in this video. He and other congressional district winners have been invited to participate in the #HouseofCode event May 9 on Capitol Hill, where they will demonstrate their apps for members of Congress and their staffs.

How to Order Winterfest Dance Photos

Visual Image Photography will be taking photographs at Saturday night’s Winterfest Dance. Families interested in purchasing photos can view them within a week at Stevenson’s VIP page.

Want to Host an Exchange Student for 2019-20?

Do you have an interest in learning about another culture? Would you like to share in the opportunity of hosting an exchange student for the 2019-20 school year? If you are interested in this exciting long-term visit, please call Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500.

Parents Invited to Help With Next PPA Bake Sale

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up on 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.


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Ambrose: Bring Back the Two-Division NSC

When the IHSA implements its statewide district plan for football in 2020, boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose has an idea: Bring back two divisions for the North Suburban Conference in his sport. “Let’s be honest: Why did the conference break up? Because of football,” Ambrose told reporters before Jalen Brunson Night festivities on Feb. 15. “A lot of conferences break up because of football. So if you don’t have the football conference anymore, bring back the other side and bring back the championship game.” The NSC eliminated the Lake and Prairie divisions after the 2015-16 school year following the exodus of six Prairie Division schools. Antioch, Lakes, Grant, North Chicago and Wauconda left to form the Northern Lake County Conference, while Vernon Hills went to the Central Suburban Conference after Waukegan joined the NSC. Ambrose said he would lean toward adding Grayslake Central and Grayslake North.

Wrestling Alumnus Earns All-Conference Honor

Maryville University junior Tyler Harrington (Class of 2016) was named to the 2019 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Wrestling Team earlier this month. The 165-pounder, who began his career at North Dakota State before transferring to St. Louis-based Maryville, is ranked fifth in Division II with a 22-4 record. He and his Saints teammates will compete in the NCAA Super Regional in St. Charles, Mo. on Saturday.

Swimming Alumna Earns All-League Academic Honor

Sophomore Danielle Fang (Class of 2017) was one of a record 19 women’s swimmers and divers from MIT to earn a place on the 2019 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference team. Her school is doing well in the water, too: The Engineers were ranked No. 7 in NCAA Division III heading into this weekend’s conference meet.

Brunson Discusses Life in the NBA

Prior to having his number retired, Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) spoke with reporters about his life as an NBA player. After years of being a starter, the rookie is adjusting to being a bench player. He has played in 49 of the Dallas Mavericks’ 57 games, averaging about 18 minutes per contest. “When it comes to the NBA, you never know when your number’s going to be called,” he said. “You could play no minutes one night and the next play 30.” Brunson said he still stays in touch with many people he knew while at Stevenson, including his longtime girlfriend, who is now a graduate student at Northwestern.


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April ACT Exam Registration Filling Up Quickly

Thinking of taking the ACT exam at Stevenson on April 13? Spots are filling quickly, so register soon. Students can register at the ACT website. When registering, type in 143550 for Stevenson’s test center code.

Can I Buy Winterfest Dance Tickets at the Door?

Students who did not purchase Winterfest Dance tickets in advance can buy them at the door on Saturday. The cost will be $40. Only Stevenson students may purchase tickets at the door, and they may not be used for non-SHS student guests.

Meet Local Political Candidates at SHS Tuesday

The SHS Political Action Club will be hosting a Campaign Fair for local and municipal races from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. All students are invited to meet local and municipal candidates on the ballot for the April 2 election. The League of Women Voters will have representatives on hand to register citizens who will be 18 years old by April 2. Anyone registering to vote should bring two forms of ID.

If You’ve Lost Something, Check These Lost-and-Found Areas

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

Looking for a Job After School or on Weekends?

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

Be Smart, Be Safe at Railroad Crossings

Did you know that it is illegal to cross over, under or around a railroad crossing gate when it is lowered or being raised? Someone found guilty faces a mandatory $250 fine or 25 hours of court-ordered community service for the first offense. A second offense brings a mandatory $500 fine. Many pedestrians are killed or injured each year because they misjudged the speed of an approaching train, or were fixated on a stopped train and failed to notice another coming on the opposite track.


Students Helping Soldiers will be holding a cookie bake next Thursday that is open to all students. If you want to participate, bring your own store-bought cookie dough and drop it off at one of the PE offices with Coach Moran.


Girls soccer tryouts will be held Monday through Wednesday. All returning varsity and JV1 players, plus invitees, will practice at 6 a.m. each day at the HP Bubble. The bus will leave at 5:35 a.m. from the Sports Center and return at 7:50 a.m. Tryouts for freshmen and other JV players will be held after school and in the evening. Visit the girls soccer web page for the schedule. If you have questions, contact Coach Chavez at pchavez@d125.org.

The boys volleyball team will hold tryouts beginning Monday, March 4. See the tryout schedule for details on times and locations. If you have questions, contact Coach Goolish at egoolish@d125.org.


10-year-old arrested after threat at Lombard school

CPS student tased by cop files lawsuit

Both sides report progress in Warren Township talks

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Chicago’s mayoral race and the future of CPS

EIU leaders concerned by new minimum wage increase


Colleges grapple with student mental health struggles

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Review of 900 college yearbooks finds blatant racism

Virginia school apologizes for “runaway slave” PE lesson

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School ends cheerleading awards that objectified body parts


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