Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Math Team Wins Regional Title, Earns State Bid
Stevenson won the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Region 12 competition held at SHS on Saturday, earning an automatic bid to the state finals in May. Stevenson took first place in the Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculator, Freshman-Sophomore 8-Person, Freshman-Sophomore 2-Person, Junior-Senior 8-Person, and Junior-Senior 2-Person competitions. SHS also was third in the oral presentation competition.

Scholastic Bowl Second at NAQT State Championship
The varsity Scholastic Bowl team finished second to the Illinois Math and Science Academy at the 2014 NAQT Illinois State Championship held Saturday at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With its finish, Stevenson automatically qualified for the NAQT National High School Championship Tournament May 30-June 1 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Jason Asher finished seventh overall among 217 participants. Jeeho Lee was 24th and Jonathan Mishory was 27th. They were joined by Justin Millman and Braden McDowell.

SHS Places Second at State Table Tennis Meet
Stevenson finished second to Evanston at the Interscholastic Table Tennis Illinois state meet on Saturday. The club roster included Akshay Chaubal, Miles Cushing, Michael Dickens, Adit Ghosh, Saneil Harchekar, Wataru Hoshimoto, David Manion, Daniel New, Chan Park, Tarun Rao, Jordan Roseman, Scott James, Chris Song, Andrew Ting and Prithvi Velpuri. Their sponsor was Todd Sikora.

Depleted Science Olympiad Still Soars in Huntley
Despite missing several of its members to the regional math competition, Stevenson’s Science Olympiad team still finished second at the 41-team Huntley Invitational on Saturday. Click here to see the list of medal winners.

Alum Gets On-Air Slot at New Radio Station
SHS alum Ben Finfer (Class of 1998) has been hired as an on-air personality at Chicago’s newest sports talk radio station, The Game 87.7 FM. He spent the last 12 years at The Score, mainly as a producer and weekend host. Finfer co-hosts weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. with David Kaplan, and from 1 to 3 p.m. with Howard Griffith and Alex Quigley. He is the son of former District 125 Board of Education member Joel Finfer.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Glenbrook North 2, Stevenson 1: At Twin Rinks, the Spartans finished a 2-0 sweep of the best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League semifinal series.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Gymnastics
Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: Alyssa Weisberg won her second straight balance beam state title, becoming the first Patriot girls gymnast to capture top honors in the event twice. Weisberg, who battled through injury this season, posted a winning score of 9.65, improving on her 9.525 score in 2013. She is the third Stevenson gymnast to win the balance beam, along with Ali Castriano (2010) and Michelle McGrady (2004). Weisberg entered Saturday’s final round tied for eighth after the preliminaries, where she posted a score of 9.35. – Official results | Daily Herald, Chicago Tribune

Boys Swimming and Diving
Stevenson hosted IHSA Sectional: Allen Feng won two individual events, swam the opening leg on the victorious 400 free relay, and also was part of another state-qualifying relay team. Feng won the 100 butterfly (51.15) and the 100 backstroke (51.37), and opened for the first-place 400 free relay (3:13.59). He also swam the first leg for the 200 medley relay, which finished second (1:35.87). Blake Ripes took top honors in the diving competition (456.25). Nick Koto qualified for state with third-place finishes in the 200 free (1:44.57) and 500 free (4:45.41), and closed out the 400 free relay. Dimitriy Pelutis also punched a ticket for state in two individual events, finishing fourth behind Koto in the 200 (1:44.74) and 500 (4:46.58). Pelutis also was part of the 400 free relay, with Alex Kapecki. Weilly Tong earned a state berth by finishing fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a lifetime-best effort (1:00.28), and joined Feng, Viktor Makarskyy and Nathaniel Wingfield in the 200 medley relay. SHS finished second in the team standings to Barrington, 260-243. – Official results, all state qualifiers| Daily Herald, High School Cube News

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 65, Simeon 56: At the City-Suburban Showdown at Niles West, Connor Cashaw scored 21 points and Jalen Brunson added 20 as the Patriots (25-1) won the rematch of last year’s Class 4A state title game over the four-time defending state champion Wolverines (18-6). Cashaw, who also had seven rebounds, scored six points during an 11-2 run in the second half as SHS took the lead and built a 42-36 lead. Matt Johnson scored 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, and Matt Morrissey had nine points. – Chicago Tribune, High School Cube News, Daily Herald (stats)

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Lake Forest 1: In the first round of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Varsity Red Division state tournament, the host Patriots received 41 saves from goalie Nathan Newmark. Jake Cimarusti scored two goals and assisted on another. Jared Projansky had a goal and an assist, while Sam Spector and Trevor Patten added the other goals. Assists also went to Richard Chen, Luke Favia, Greg Anast and Ryan Wiley. SHS (32-15-1-3) will face the winner of Thursday’s game between St. Rita and Hinsdale Central in the round of 16 on Tuesday, March 4 at The Edge in Bensenville. – AHAI bracket | boxscore

Friday’s Varsity Results

Wrestling
Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Tournament: Tyler Harrington lost in the 170-pound quarterfinals to Bryce Gorman of Lincoln-Way Central, 12-2, then was eliminated with a 9-4 loss to Nick Bonomo of Downers Grove North. Harrington, a junior, finished his season with a 36-8 record. – Official results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 95, Lake Forest 93 (2 OT): Jalen Brunson scored a career-high and school-record 56 points and became Stevenson’s all-time scoring leader as the visiting Patriots (24-1, 11-1) won the North Suburban Conference Lake Division title outright. Brunson’s final points came on a driving layup with 6.8 seconds remaining in the second overtime, giving him 1,642 career points. He broke the record of 1,617 formerly held by Chris Coleman (Class of 1992). Coleman also had the previous single-game point record of 43. Connor Cashaw added 26 points and was the only other Patriot in double figures. – Daily Herald (stats), Chicago Tribune, High School Cube News | High School Cube Video

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mr. SHS is coming soon. Are you looking for fun, excitement and fame? We’re looking for the next Mr. SHS. Any senior male can apply to be a contestant. Applications are available in the Student Activities Office. The deadline for registration is 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 7 in Student Activities. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Rikje in the Link Lab or Mrs. Smith in Room 2414.

Odyssey students who took a wheel throwing class have an extended week to pick up their pots in Room 1422. Pots that are not received by Friday will be tossed.

The Senior Party registration deadline is Friday — unless it fills up before then. Don’t wait too long! Click here for the reservation form.

Don’t miss the PPA bake sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more. All items are $1.

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Operation Click will meet at 3:30 today in Room 1428. We are making our video and need your creative driving ideas! Feel free to bring a friend and earn service hours. Lou Malnati’s pizza will be served.

The 50th Anniversary Club has moved its Tuesday meetings to Room 1313 in the West ILC. All meetings begin at 3:30. New members are always welcome. Bring your event planning expertise and help us plan some very special activities for Stevenson’s 50th anniversary next school year 2014-15.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 6012. For more information, visit the IM Dodgeball page.

CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Don’t have plans for Spring Break? Why not participate in a Career Shadow and learn about a specific profession as well as get some hands on experience? Current career areas to explore include: culinary arts, physical therapy, advertising, veterinary medicine, business, engineering, health care and more! Contact Ms. Willock at dwillock@d125.org to set up an appointment and find out more.

Does your future hold a career in health care? Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital will be accepting applications soon for the Future Healthcare Professionals Internship Program for high school juniors, which will take place in June. Applications are online at www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep/FHCP.

Other summer opportunities: There are a number of marketing internships available for the summer in various industries. Please see Mrs. Willock in the CCC or contact her at dwillock@d125.org to find out more.

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