Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Chess Team Finishes Second in the State

The chess team placed second at the Illinois High School Association state finals on Saturday in Peoria, its second consecutive runner-up finish and fifth in the past seven years. Chicago’s Whitney Young won the state crown, followed by Stevenson and the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

Sophomore Alex Bian was one of three players to finish with perfect scores on Board 1 by winning all seven of their games during the two-day tournament. Senior Allen Guo won five of seven matches on Board 2. Three others had five wins and a draw in seven matches on their board: freshman Miranda Liu (Board 3), sophomore Conrad Oberhaus (Board 4) and Shashank Bala (Board 7). Junior Rahul Dhiman won five matches on Board 5, and freshman Jack Xiao had four wins and a draw on Board 6. On Board 8, two players split time: Junior Adit Ghosh won two matches and had a draw, while junior Sritej Vontikommu won two of his four matches.

Stevenson defeated Wheaton North (64.5-3.5), Dunlap (63-5), Neuqua Valley (53-15), Chicago Northside (54-14), Lincoln Park (55.5-12.5) and IMSA (47.5-20.5) before falling to Whitney Young (42-26) in the final match.

With a total of 1,334 players, the IHSA state finals is the largest chess event in the state, and is believed to be the second-largest board-based team event in the country.

Senior Places Sixth at Speech Sectional

Senior Kayla Guo of the speech team advanced to the finals and finished sixth in Special Occasion Speaking at the IHSA Individual Events Sectional at Downers Grove South on Saturday.

Three Earn Honors at Model U.N. Conference in D.C.

The Model United Nations team traveled to Washington, D.C. last weekend for the North American Invitational Model U.N. Conference, and came away with three awards. Senior Marco Laudati won Best Delegate, while junior Eddie Kosinsky and sophomore Andy Hwang earned a Verbal Commendation.

Archer Places Ninth at Tournament

Sophomore Sami Hartman-Stackhouse finished ninth in the girls division at Saturday’s archery tournament held at Armstrong Community High School in Armstrong, Illinois. She shot 13 bullseyes and had a final score of 278.

Winterfest Dance Ticket Deadline is Today

Today is the deadline to order Winterfest Dance tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the Patriot Superstore during the lunch periods, or through the Online Superstore.

Orchestra Chamber Concert Wednesday Night

Orchestra students will perform in small chamber ensembles during the Orchestra Chamber Concert Wednesday evening in the Recital Hall (Room 4100) of the Performing Arts Center. The concert will be broken into two sessions, with the first beginning at 6 p.m. and the second at 7:30. Admission is free. The concert is scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn starting at 6 p.m.

Band Parents Fundraiser on Wednesday

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization will hold a fundraiser at Naf Naf Grill, 950 Milwaukee Ave., in Lincolnshire, from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday. Mention Stevenson when ordering, and a portion of the order will go to the BPO.

 

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Wrestling

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Individual Sectional: Michael Kordek won the 182-pound championship, heading a list of four Patriots who qualified for the IHSA individual state tournament at the University of Illinois beginning Thursday. Joining Kordek will be Dylan Geick and Nikita Nepomnyashchiy, who finished third at 152 and 170, respectively, and Robert Pavlovics, who placed fourth at 160. All four will be making their first trip to the state tournament. Kordek captured the 182-pound championship match with a 6-4 decision over Jordan Shahrikian of Rockton Hononegah, improving to 38-4 on the season. Geick (39-4) beat Barrington’s Jake Meyer, 16-5, for third place at 152, and Nepomnyashchiy (36-6) won by injury default to take third at 170. Pavlovics  (33-13) fell to Dean Lane of Jacobs, 1-0, in the third-place match at 160. Kordek will be the No. 4 seed in his weight class at the state tournament, while Nepomnyashchiy is 11th, Geick 12th and Pavlovics 15th.  – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Round Lake Sectional: Kaitlyn Rudy finished second, earning her second consecutive trip to the state finals. She finished third in the state last season. On Saturday, Rudy rolled a six-game series of 1,301 pins at Lakes Bowl in Round Lake, 24 behind the sectional champion from Machesney Park Harlem. Five of her six games were above 200, and she saved her highest scores for the last two games, throwing a 243 and a 233. She also recorded a 227 and a pair of 212 games. Xanthe Coulson had a 1,080 series, with a high game of 224 in her final high school event. – Official Results | Daily Herald (+)

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Meet: At Vernon Hills, the Patriots won five of 12 events and breezed to the conference title with 377 points, well ahead of Libertyville (230) and Lake Forest (218). Daniel Ng won the 200-yard individual medley with a personal-best time of 1:57.86, and also picked up first-place medals as part of two relays: leading off the 200 medley relay with Alan Fang, Nick Baginski and Alex Kapecki (1:40.15), and as anchor of the 400 free relay with Baginski, Topher Stensby and John Roh (3:15.27). Also winning for Stevenson was Baginski in the 100 butterfly (52.82) and William Jiang in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.33). The Patriots posted six second-place finishes: Roh in the 200 free (1:49.29), Baginski in the 50 free (22.00), Stensby in the 100 free (49.58), Maxim Ryaguzov in the 100 butterfly (54.34), Ethan Ross in the 500 free (4:57.21), and Joseph Song in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.52). The times for Ross and Song were personal bests. Also posting a personal best was diver Matthew Krames, who finished third with a score of 398.45. Other third-place finishes were recorded by Kapecki in the 100 free (49.64), Fang in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.71) and Matthew Han in the 100 butterfly (54.53). Fang also received the NSC Sportsmanship Award. – Daily Herald (+)

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 64, Zion-Benton 57: Justin Smith scored a game-high 24 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists as the visiting Patriots (19-6, 9-2) won their fourth consecutive North Suburban Conference Lake Division championship. SHS will travel to face Prairie Division winner North Chicago in the conference championship game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 24. Smith’s final of three dunks started a 7-0 rally that broke a 50-50 deadlock with about six minutes to play, and he hit two free throws to expand the margin to four. Ryuji Aoki capped the rally with a three-pointer, one of three he hit in the game, and finished with 12 points. Rodney Herenton added 10 points for the Patriots. Jordan Newman tallied eight points, including a pair of three-pointers, and Kevin Yang had six points and two blocks. The Zee-Bees fell to 16-11 overall and finished 5-6 in the division. – Daily Herald (+), News-Sun (+)

Girls Basketball at Wheeling for Regional

The girls basketball team will face Palatine in the IHSA Class 4A Regional semifinals at Wheeling High School tonight at 6 o’clock. The winner will face Zion-Benton or Wheeling for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Thursday.

 

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Voter Registration Deadline is Today

Today is the voter registration deadline for students who want to cast a ballot in the general election this fall. Eligible voters are anyone who is a U.S. citizen and who will turn 18 by November 8. Voter registration is available at the School Store, in the ILC, or with the following teachers: Peter Anderson, Andrew Conneen, Justin Fisk, Dan Larsen, Michelle Stone, Sandra Wright, Dave Hess and Sara Gutierrez. Newly registered voters can check their status at the Lake County Clerk’s website.

Does Your GPA Qualify for National Honor Society?

Sophomores and juniors who are not currently in National Honor Society: If you have a cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.9 or higher and have not received an invitation via U.S. mail to apply, please email Mr. Erdmann (berdmann@d125.org). Invitations were mailed about one week ago and the deadline to apply for NHS is March 2.

Director Application for One Acts Available Online

If you’re interested in being a director for The One Acts — the one-act plays written, directed and acted by students this spring — the application is available at www.d125.org/audition. Applications are due to Ms. Nowak or Ms. Rawitz no later than 8 a.m. Thursday, February 25. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 15 in the West Auditorium.

Sign Up for the March 4 Blood Drive

Here’s your chance to be a hero. If you’re 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds, you could save three lives by giving blood on Friday, March 4. The school is having a blood drive with LifeSource in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111) during periods 3-8. Not only will you help save lives, but you’ll also help two worthy causes: the Stevenson to College program, and micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Click here to register and download the required forms.

CLUB NEWS

Anime Club will meet today in Room 1414 at 3:30. Join us to relax, watch movies and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

Did you want to take the Miniature Figure Painting class during Odyssey, and missed out? No problem! Come to the Interactive Gamers Club Thursday after school in 1204 to learn how to paint a miniature! If you’re thinking of coming to IGC for the first time, please email Mr. Fedewa at rfedewa@d125.org so we can have enough paint and supplies on hand!

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is Friday, February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at dwillock@d125.org.

ATHLETICS

The informational meeting for boys track and field will be today at 3:30 p.m. in the Field House. Practice will begin immediately after the meeting, so come prepared to practice. All paperwork must be turned in to the Athletic Office before the meeting.

The girls softball team will have an informational meeting from 3:30-4 p.m. today in the Recital Hall. This meeting is for those who did not attend this morning’s meeting. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Vikartofsky at avikartofsky@d125.org.

The informational meeting for boys tennis is Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1628. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact Coach Stanhope at tstanhope@d125.org.

There will be a girls lacrosse informational meeting on Monday, February 22 in Room 7096 from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and 3:30-4:00 p.m. (athletes only need to attend one session). If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Gutierrez at sgutierrez@d125.org.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 separate local scholarships available this year.  Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 10. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

“Think HBCU,” a college expo featuring historically black colleges and universities as well as many schools from Illinois, will be held at the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore campus in Waukegan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 20. The expo will include campus tours as well as workshops with topics on scholarships and application assistance. The expo is hosted by CLC and TRIO Educational Talent Search. Click here for more information.

The College of Lake County Engineering Transfer Department will be holding several information sessions for prospective students and their parents interested in attending CLC for the first two years of a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by Q&A. The presentations will include information about the Engineering Transfer curriculum, the UIUC Engineering Pathways program (guaranteed admission to UIUC Engineering), the NSF Scholarship program, Engineering Club, and more. The dates and times are: Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m. on the Grayslake campus, Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. at the Waukegan campus, and Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. on the Southlake campus in Vernon Hills.

INTRAMURALS

The Stevenson Intramural Dodgeball League informational meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, February 25 in Room 7096. For more information visit the IM Dodgeball page at http://www.d125.org/students/shs-intramurals/dodgeball.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

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Durbin, coalition warn of crisis in Illinois higher education

Financial aid receivers feel pinch of no Illinois budget

How Elgin U-46 cut out-of-school suspensions by 74% (+)

Illinois Institute of Technology plans to turn main building into housing

New College of DuPage trustee named, breaking deadlock (+)

Lake Zurich High students helping with design of building upgrade (+)

Wheaton College “resolution” just a beginning, for some

Former Grayslake District 127 board member appointed to fill vacancy (+)

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Broken system lets teachers flee troubled pasts

Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability

How Scalia’s death may save teachers union, for now

Study suggests one-third of science teachers wrong about climate change

Low ACT essay scores causing uproar among college-bound students

MIT students turn their brainpower toward suicide prevention

The website that offered 47 million pirated academic papers is back

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