Monday, February 2, 2015

Chess Team Wins Conference Championship

Stevenson’s chess team won the 16-team North Suburban Chess League championship on Saturday. SHS was the only team finish 4-0, winning its matches against Highland Park (51-17), Glenbrook South (47-21), New Trier (45-23) and Evanston (46-22).

Three students went undefeated on the day: Freshmen Conrad Oberhaus and James Wei, and sophomore Rahul Dhiman. Other participants included: seniors Philip Engstrom and Liam Holzer, junior Allen Guo, sophomore Adit Ghosh, and freshmen Alex Bian and Sritej Vontikommu.

The NSCL is considered the most competitive prep chess league in the state. Stevenson, New Trier and Evanston are expected to be seeded in the top 10 for the Illinois High School Association state tournament in Peoria the weekend of February 14. The IHSA state tournament is the nation’s largest high school chess tournament.

Second Day of the Week Schedule on Tuesday

Even though school was canceled today, SHS will follow the second-day-of-the-week schedule on Tuesday as planned.



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Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Finals: The Patriettes finished fourth, and have earned a medal in each of the three years in which competitive dance has been an IHSA sport. SHS was second in 2013 and third in 2014. SHS scored 92.58 in the preliminaries on Friday, the fifth-best score and easily one of the top 10 to qualify for the final round. In the finals, the Patriettes posted a score of 92.60. This year’s varsity roster included seniors Morgan Bykoff, Nicole Chen, Brooke Gigot, Courtney Gray, Carly Happ, Marissa Happ, Ana Hugener, Grace Mitchell, Anna Pucek and Shauna Weiss; juniors Kirsten Bosman, Sarah Brown, Katherine Bussell, Mia Carris, Molly Granoff, Jessica Herst, Elyse Hudson, Kayla King, Cassidy Lancaster, Carly Pine, Madeline Sibley and Elizabeth Spiegel; and sophomores Abigail Asher, Analese DeMaio, Abigail Pucek and Mollie Rice. The head coach was Kristin Piekarski and her assistant was Kayla Fleming. – Official results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: In its first-ever state finals appearance, the Patriots placed eighth. SHS was third after Friday’s first round, in which it posted a six-game total of 6,354 pins, the second-highest in school history. Overall, SHS posted a two-day score of 12,248, a 204.1 average per bowler each game. Richy Zenner placed 14th overall, with a 12-game total of 2,606, a 217.2 average. He rolled a 729 series in the first three-game set on Friday, and had high games of 258 and 257 on the weekend. Matt Poetker posted the best game for the Patriots, a 289 on the second day, and also had a 248 on Friday. Zach Singer rolled a 258 game, Rafael Ridao had a 255, and Josh Singer had games of 247 and 246. Michael Aranyi tied for the most 200 games, breaking the barrier seven times in eight tries. He had high games of 234 and 231. The rest of the state roster included Eddie Mendrala and Ted Tapas. The head coach was Barry Lapping, assisted by Zach Cole. – Official results


Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots’ season of firsts continued with the program’s first conference title. SHS edged Grant, 225.5-225, with the deciding match a 3-2 win by Nick Grujanac in the third-place match at 285 pounds, the final weight class of the day. Stevenson won the team championship on the strength of its depth, which included first-place finishes by Tyler Harrington (30-2) at 195 and Juwon Anderson (28-7) at 170, plus two runner-up and six third-place efforts. Harrington, ranked fifth in the state at 182, beat Zion-Benton’s ninth-ranked entry, 6-4, in his title match. Anderson, meanwhile, was a 7-3 winner in his title bout. The league championships were the first for Harrington and Anderson, both seniors. Their efforts helped SHS rally past Grant in the second half of the final round. Brandon Zisman and Evan Rodriguez finished second at 113 and 138, respectively. Michael Kordek (182), Zach Horwitz (220), Alex Nolan (106), Nathan Reinsdorf (132) and Nikita Nepomnyashchly (160) placed third. Eric Carter (120) was fourth, Ben Ponto (126) fifth and Corey Weil (145) sixth. – Official SHS results | Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald ($) | High School Cube Video


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Rolling Meadows Sectional: After winning sectional titles the last two years, the Patriots this year finished 11th and did not advance to state. – Official results | High School Cube Video

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 66, Round Lake 30: Kiana Cencula scored a career-high 21 points and Skylar Blackstock added 18, also a career best, as the Patriots (23-3) rolled in the NSC crossover game. Taylor Buford added 10 points. Round Lake fell to 5-20. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Fencing

Stevenson at Great Lakes Fencing Conference Championships: The Patriots finished second place overall, taking second in foil and third in epee and sabre. Several fencers earned medals. Lisa Rosov won the sabre title, while Nikita Jhangiani was second in epee. Three Pats placed fifth in their weapon: Jiyun Yu (epee), Nicole Strezewski (foil) and Sophia Siegel (sabre). Julia Son was seventh in foil. Kristen Rehberger received the Karen Kenyon Sportsmanship Award.

Boys Fencing

Stevenson at Great Lakes Fencing Conference Championships: The Patriots placed third overall, taking second in epee, third in foil and fourth in sabre. Zimo Zhu was second in epee, while Grant Connor was runner-up in foil. Andew Stencel finished seventh in epee, and also received the Peter Morrison Sportsmanship Award.


Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 61, Mundelein 42: Sophia Way scored 18 points and led a second-half surge that allowed the host Patriots to pull away and clinch the North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship. SHS (22-3, 10-0) will play Prairie Division champ Antioch (24-2, 10-0) for the conference championship on Wednesday, February 11. The game will be played in the Sports Center. Kiana Cencula scored 11 points, while Ashley Richardson and Janine Fajardo each had 9. Stevenson led 18-16 at halftime, then outscored the Mustangs 20-12 in the third quarter to build a cushion. Mundelein (9-16, 2-8) made a fourth-quarter push, but Fajardo scored 6 of her 9 points in the frame and SHS secured the win at the free-throw line. – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Tournament: At Sunset Lanes in Waukegan, the Patriots finished third, behind first-time champ Lake Zurich and Warren. Colleen VanDerMeulen placed fourth overall, with a six-game score of 1,182, 37 pins behind the winner from Warren. Kaitlyn Rudy was ninth (1,138), Xanthe Coulson 17th (1,090) and Sam Szura 19th (1,088). – Daily Herald ($)

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: The Patriots (133.05) finished third behind Mundelein (143.1) and Warren (142.1). Elizabeth Shank was fourth in the all-around (36.7) and Mikaela Webb was fifth (36.55). Shank was third on vault (9.5), third on floor (9.5) and fourth on beam (9.25). Webb was third on bars (9.1) and fifth on beam (9.0). – Daily Herald ($)



Mandatory SPARK Meeting for Students

Students interested in being part of the SPARK (STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge) program this summer must attend an informational meeting during their lunch period on Friday in Room 2104. SPARK provides summer internships for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) research. Click here for details.

Families Needed to Host Visiting German Students

If you’re interested in hosting a student visiting from Germany from April 12-24, applications are still being accepted. Applications are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or

Yearbook Seeks Senior Selfies

Are you a senior running out of time to leave your mark on this school, but you’re already too busy with homework, clubs, sports, family, free time, etc.? Then say no more! Ambassador Yearbook is looking for seniors to submit their selfies for the 50th anniversary edition of the yearbook. Submit your silliest, prettiest and most photogenic selfie, and leave your mark as a Stevenson student. Submit your selfie to


Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


Key Club’s next general meeting is Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 in Room 7032. Come hear about Key Club events and summer volunteering opportunities. New members are always welcome.

The new Philosophy Club will hold an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Room 7060. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Patton at


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for Saturday’s Sunburst trip is due by 8 a.m. Wednesday. Questions? Visit the Ski Club website at or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.


The boys lacrosse information meeting (for all levels) will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vignocchi at



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