Monday, May 6, 2013

Math Team Finishes Second in State
In what appears to be the closest Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state championships ever, Stevenson finished second by one point to Whitney Young, 1,002-1,001, on Saturday at the University of Illinois. The Illinois Math and Science Academy was third with 980 points, followed by Naperville North with 976.

Stevenson won two divisional state championships, in Algebra 1 and Geometry. The Algebra 1 roster featured Emery Liu, Michael Zhang, Allen Cao, Teresa Mao, Kevin Cho and Junghyun Hwang, who finished second individually. The members of the Geometry squad were Tim Klem, Jaymo Kang, Alex Hong, Brian Zhou, Barton Huang and Phillip Kwon. Klem placed fifth individually, while Kang was seventh and Hong ninth.

Four groups finished second. The Algebra 2 team included Vivian Wan, David Chen, Raymon Cao, Cheryl Xiang, Sam Lim and Richard Zhu. Wan was sixth individually, and Chen seventh. The Junior/Senior 8-Person team featured David Chen, Eric Chang, Akanksha Shah, Sam Lim, Mark Zhang, Brandon Axe, David Wang and Aaron Zalewski. One of two Freshman/Sophomore Relay entries was second, and included Emery Liu, Kevin Cho, Tim Klem and Brian Zhou. In the Frosh/Soph 2-Person category, Junghyun Hwang and Jaymo Kang combined for second.

This was Stevenson’s best state finish since runner-up efforts in 2005 and 2006. SHS was third five of the last six years, including the past three.

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Member of Original SHS Faculty Dies
Allen Botimer, one of the original faculty members of Stevenson High School, died Thursday in Park Ridge. He had celebrated his 81st birthday five days earlier.

Botimer joined the Ela-Vernon school district in 1964, and was among the teachers who moved to Stevenson when it opened a year later. He taught social studies and also served as a dean of students until retiring in 1989. Botimer taught at Robert Morris College after retiring from SHS.

Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Burnett-Dale Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Avenue, in Libertyville. The funeral home is on Route 176, one block west of Milwaukee Avenue. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 32475 Alleghany Road, in Grayslake. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Obituary for Allen Botimer

SHS Burger Challenge Results
Last week’s SHS Burger Challenge was the best-attended of the four held so far and raised $220.50 for the March of Dimes. The most popular burger, with 69 units sold, was the Krunch Burger created by the 8th hour Marketing class. The winning burger beat out the 2nd period’s Wakey Wakey Burger entry, of which 61 were sold. All four Marketing classes developed burgers, with a total of 212 sold in four hours on Thursday. Tom and Eddie’s restaurant reports that the 6-7 p.m. hour was the third-busiest ever at the Vernon Hills location.

The Krunch Burger will remain on the menu at Tom and Eddie’s through the end of the month. If 250 Krunch Burgers are sold, Tom and Eddie’s will donate another 10 percent of its proceeds to the March of Dimes.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Lacrosse
Stevenson 6, Lyons 4: The host Patriots improved to 9-3 on the season with their third consecutive victory, and fifth in the last six outings. –

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson hosted SHS Co-Ed Tournament: Melissa Gartenberg’s goal in sudden-death overtime gave the Patriots a 10-9 win over Lincoln-Way Central, the highlight of a 3-0 day. SHS (23-7) also beat Naperville Central (8-2) and Neuqua Valley (8-3). Alex Kanaris scored 13 goals in the three victories. –

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson hosted SHS Co-Ed Tournament: The Patriots (18-9-1) won two of their three games, beating Lincoln-Way Central (12-3) and Neuqua Valley (12-10), and falling to Naperville Central (7-2). –

Boys Tennis
Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots finished third in the eight-team tournament, receiving runner-up finishes from Jeremy Bush in singles and the team of Josh Lieberman and Pawel Jaworski in doubles. Both lost to Lake Forest entries in their championship matches. – Daily Herald | results

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson at Glenbrook North Invitational: The Patriots (26-4) went 3-2 during the two-day tournament. SHS beat Buffalo Grove (25-20, 25-17), Evanston (25-17, 25-16) and Hersey (25-22, 25-18), and fell to the host school (25-22, 25-20) and Barrington (25-21, 25-16). – Pioneer Press

Clemente 8, Stevenson 6: The Wildcats snapped the host Patriots’ nine-game winning streak. Zach Novoselsky staked SHS (13-7) to a 3-1 lead with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first inning, and Eric Naegele singled him home for a 4-1 lead. Clemente responded with a five-run second that included a two-run home run.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Badminton
Stevenson at IHSA Lake Forest Sectional: The defending state champion Patriots edged Prospect for their third consecutive sectional championship, and qualified all four entries for this weekend’s state meet at Eastern Illinois University. Emily Cai and Yein Lee won their second straight sectional doubles championship with a 21-16, 21-14 decision. Claire Zhang was second in singles. Lea Nowack and the tandem of Monica Chen and Margaret Chen took third in singles and doubles, respectively. Cai will be making her third straight state appearance. She finished sixth in doubles with Taylor Seplowin in 2011. Lee is heading downstate for the second straight year, while Zhang and both Chens will be making their first state appearance. – Pioneer Press |Daily Herald | official results

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: Alan Velev and Ki Hwan Kim won individual events to help lead the Patriots to a third-place finish behind Barrington and Lakes at Lake Zurich. Velev won the 300 hurdles with a personal-best time of 40.39 seconds, while Kim captured the long jump with a leap of 21-3. Michael Dolan placed second in the discus (157-9). Six other Patriots had top-10 individual finishes, including Steve Johnson, who was sixth in the 110 high hurdles (15.72) and seventh in the triple jump (39-7). Danny Gardiner placed fifth in the 800 (1:59.09), Aaron Lund was sixth in the 300 hurdles (42.28), Tim Vestuto finished eighth in the 100 (11.43), Jared Borowsky took eighth in the 1,600 (4:31.83) and Jordan Fobbe was eighth in the shot put (47-7). All four of Stevenson’s relays finished in the top four, with the 400 (44.14) and 3,200 (8:15.09) placing third, and the 800 (1:32.92) and 1,600 (3:30.43) taking fourth. – Daily Herald | Pioneer Press | Chicago Sun-Times | results (PDF)

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson 14, Palatine 7: Jenni Schultz scored five goals and Lindsay Schwartz added three as the Patriots extended their winning streak to four games. SHS (10-4) controlled the game from the beginning and held off a few attempted rallies by the Palatine attack. After dropping three of its first five games this season, Stevenson has gone 8-1, scoring an average of 14 goals per contest.

Stevenson 9, Antioch 5: Jimmy Marchese and Mitchell Goll each drove in a pair of runs as the Patriots (13-6) won their ninth consecutive game. Marchese and Tony Heiser each went 2-for-4. Heiser had an RBI and scored a run. Jordy Sheinkop earned the win in relief, throwing three innings of one-hit ball with five strikeouts. Each team posted a five-spot in the third inning, then the Patriots pulled away with three runs in the fourth and another in the seventh. Antioch dropped to 12-8. – Daily Herald | linescore

Zion-Benton 16, Stevenson 5: Morgan Manka was 2-for-2 and scored a run for the Patriots (11-10), and Jordan Cortesi had a two-run single. – Daily Herald | linescore


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All overdue library materials must be returned and fine paid by Friday. Materials will not be loaned until accounts are clear.


Club Israel: Don’t forget to bring your signed permission form for Thursday’s field trip to Mizrahi Grill. Contact Mrs. Argentar if you have any questions.

Stevenson T-shirts written in Hebrew are still available for only $5. See Mrs. Argentar if you would like to purchase one.


Want to learn more about specific careers? Plan on attending the upcoming Career Days in May. There will be a Science Career Day on Tuesday, May 21, a Computer and Technology Career Day on Thursday, May 23, and an Engineering Career Day on Friday, May 24.  A variety of professionals will be presenting every class period in the Recital Hall. You must sign up in the College and Career Center if you plan on attending. Contact Mrs. Willock if you need more information at

Attention students interested in veterinary medicine: The Anti-Cruelty Society, along with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine office, has a program aimed at high school students that will run from September 2013 through April 2014. Students must apply for this program by June 30. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for more information and an application. Serious inquiries only, please.

Attention students interested in government, community service and business: The office of State Representative Carol Sente is seeking students for summer help in many different areas. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for information regarding this program.

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