Monday, February 13, 2017

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins NAQT State Title

The Scholastic Bowl A team won the National Academic Quiz Tournaments State Championship on Saturday at the University of Illinois. Seniors Nathan Cha and Ali Saeed, junior Deepak Moparthi and freshman Govind Prabhakar won 12 of their 13 matches on the day, including two out of three against runner-up Barrington. Stevenson also beat 10 other schools by an average score of 511-178. Barrington was the only team to come within 100 points of the A team. Saeed was the leading scorer for the team with 1,215 points and finished third overall at 93.46 points per game. Prabhakar was 18th overall at 44.23 points per game (575 altogether).

Junior Chris Muth led the B team to three wins in its 10 games, placing 22nd overall with a 37.5-points-per-game average (227 points). The rest of the B roster included junior Shamsheer Rana, sophomore Aniket Nuthalapati and freshman Healey Kogan.

Stevenson has two more state championships on its radar. The team will play host to an Illinois Masonic Bowl Class 3A sectional tournament on Saturday, seeking to qualify for the Masonic State Finals in Bloomington on March 4. SHS will begin its quest to reach the Illinois High School Association state tournament with regional competition the week of March 6.

Chess Team Places Fifth in State

Stevenson finished fifth at the 43rd annual Illinois High School Association state chess tournament on Saturday, its third consecutive year in the top five and fifth time in the last six years. The tournament featured 149 schools and about 1,550 competitors.

SHS won six of its seven matches, falling only to Naperville North. Head coach Vincent Springer’s team beat Prospect, Palatine, St. Ignatius, Dunlap, Sandburg and Barrington.

Junior Alex Bian was one of four players to win all seven matches on Board 1, earning state medalist honors on the board for the third straight year. Sophomore Marcus Engstrom captured his first state medal by winning all seven matches on Board 8. Stevenson’s other state medalists were junior Conrad Oberhaus (six wins and one draw on Board 3),  sophomore Jack Xiao (five wins, two draws on Board 6) and freshman Anthony Yan (six wins, one loss on Board 7). Also competing for Stevenson were sophomore Miranda Liu (5-1-1 on Board 2), freshman Adam Wallach (4-0-3 on Board 4) and senior Rahul Dhiman (5-1-1 on Board 5).

Math Teacher Reusch Featured in the Daily Herald

Mathematics teacher Linda Reusch, who has spent her entire 31-year teaching career at Stevenson, is the Daily Herald’s featured educator of the month for Lake County. She shared how she became a teacher, how technology has impacted her work in the classroom, and how she reaches students who don’t like math. “I feel like I have a very good rapport with my students,” she told the paper. “I know each student for who they are and try to show them that I am interested in their lives, regardless of their feelings toward math. I ask them about their extracurricular sports, clubs and jobs. I bring in newspaper articles with their names or pictures included. In a few of my classes we even have Friday story time, where either I will share an adventure or something about my upcoming weekend or a student will share a story. It’s just a fun way to make the class feel connected to each other.”

Aquino Wins Mr. SHS Title

Senior Leo Aquino won the Mr. SHS contest Friday night, with classmate Karan Rami receiving the Mr. Congeniality award. Other senior boys in the contest were Johnny Barboza, Alexsandr Butovetskiy, Matthew Cabrera, Sam Khodadad, Michael Komarovsky, Jake Lapeire, Isaac Lippe, Martin Mann, Jeremy Raemer, Eric Ren, Noah Silver, David Sladkevych, Nikolas Vukotic, Jared Woodard and Zimo Zhu. Click here to watch the Stevenson Broadcast Network replay.

Winter Guard Wins Hersey Competition

The Stevenson Winter Guard took top honors in its class at the Hersey High School competition on Saturday, its second show of the season. The roster included seniors Hannah Speers and Sabrina Sullivan; sophomores Maddy Casaletto, Jasmin Ealom, Caroline French, Amanda Jimenez, Arielle Pazol and Kennedy Schooley; and freshmen Lexi Becker, Kennedy Davis, Rebecca Katsnelson and Danielle Shvartsman.


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Sunday’s Varsity Result

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 5, Stevenson 1: The Spartans swept the best-of-three Scholastic Cup series at Northbrook Ice Arena. Junior Jake Camp’s first-period goal tied the game at 1-1, but GBN scored twice in each of the next two periods. The Patriots now move on to the Blackhawk Cup state tournament, and will play host to St. Viator in a play-in game on Thursday, February 23.

Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Barrington Individual Sectional: Three Patriots won sectional championships, led by senior Nikita Nepomnyashchiy, who beat previously undefeated Jaden Glauser of McHenry for the 170-pound title. Nepomnyashchiy (18-1), who suffered a shoulder tear last year that caused him to miss the first half of the season, rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit and topped Glauser (40-1) by a 6-4 score in overtime. Also winning sectional championships were senior Dylan Geick (39-1), who captured the 160-pound crown, and sophomore Tommy Frezza (36-3), who prevailed at 113. Geick, ranked third in the state, held a 9-3 lead in the championship bout when his Barrington opponent defaulted after suffering an injury. Frezza beat Jacobs’ Jake Harrier (36-7) by a 8-3 score at 113 pounds, avenging a 5-4 loss from last month. Stevenson’s three titlists all qualified for the state tournament at the University of Illinois, as did senior Eric Carter (38-9), who finished third at 145 pounds. Geick, Carter and Nepomnyashchiy will be making their second state appearance. Geick was fourth at 152 pounds in 2016. – Official Results | Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Belvidere Sectional: Junior Genevieve Dominick finished 64th with a six-game series of 1,047 pins, an average of 174.5 per game. She had a high game of 225, and averaged 188.75 in her last four games. – Official Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The Patriots captured their third conference championship with a dominating performance, winning 10 of 12 events in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Stevenson has won eight of the last 10 NSC championships. On Saturday, SHS compiled 420 points, well ahead of runner-up Libertyville (273) and five other schools. Sophomore Topher Stensby captured two individual events and also swam on two winning relays. He claimed the 50-yard freestyle with the second-fastest time in school history (21.09), then won the 100 free with the fourth-best time in Patriot annals (46.73). Stensby also swam the anchor leg on the 200 free relay with sophomores John Roh and Jacob Rosenkranz, and senior Andrew Shashin (1:27.20), and the 400 free relay with Shashin and juniors Nick Baginski and Daniel Ng (3:11.47). Senior Matt Krames started the day by winning the diving competition, breaking his own 11-dive school record with a score of 485.20. He set the old mark of 483.60 en route to winning the sectional championship last season. Krames also owns the six-dive school record (307.10), set last month. The 200-yard medley relay team of Ng, Baginski, Rosenkranz and sophomore Joseph Song won with a time of 1:36.26, the second-fastest in program history. Other winners for Stevenson were Baginski in the 100 butterfly (52.12), Ng in the 200 individual medley (1:57.12), sophomore Ethan Ross in the 200 free (1:44.94), and sophomore Nathan Gates in the 500 free (4:49.65). – Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Result

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 58, Libertyville 47: Seniors Justin Smith and Willie Herenton scored a combined 49 points as the visiting Patriots (18-4, 10-1) moved closer to the North Suburban Conference title. Smith poured in 26 points, hitting 8-of-14 shots from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. He grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists and threw down a pair of dunks. Herenton tallied 23 points, hitting 11 of 15 from the floor, including a three-pointers, and made four steals. The Patriot defense limited the Wildcats’ top scorer to 11 points. Libertyville dropped to 10-14, 5-6. Senior Aidan O’Connell pulled down seven rebounds, while classmate Eric Zalewski took a charge and made a pair of steals. Junior Jackson Qualley had two blocked shots and four rebounds. SHS holds a two-game lead over Waukegan in the NSC with three league games remaining: at home against Lake Zurich on Tuesday, at Waukegan on Friday, and at home versus Warren on Wednesday, February 22. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

State Dance Championship Apparel Available

The school is offering the opportunity to buy spirit wear to celebrate the Patriettes’ first state dance championship. Apparel orders will be taken until Friday. Click here for ordering information.

City-Suburban Showdown Ticket Sales End Wednesday

Wednesday is the last day to buy tickets in advance for the varsity boys basketball team’s game against Morgan Park in the 22nd Annual McDonald’s City-Suburban Showdown. The game will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Robert Morris University Convocation Center in Arlington Heights. Tickets are $10, which includes the 8 p.m. game between Evanston and Simeon. Tickets are on sale at the Patriot Superstore.


Valentine’s Day Candle Sale Today and Tuesday

Stevenson’s Bright Lights Candle Company will have a Valentine’s Day candle sale in front of the Performing Arts Center during all lunch periods today and Tuesday. A votive candle is $4, a small candle is $8, and a three-wick candle is $10.

Project Dance Information Meetings Friday

Information meetings for the 10th annual Project Dance will be held during every half-lunch period Friday in Room 2104. Bring your own lunch and learn about becoming a Project Dance fundraiser. Project Dance supports the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation.

National Honor Society Application Deadline Wednesday

National Honor Society application letters were mailed January 19 to all eligible sophomore and junior students with a minimum 3.9 cumulative, weighted grade-point average. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Any student who believes he or she meets the GPA criteria, and did not receive a letter, should email Mr. Erdmann at as soon as possible.

March 8 Submission Deadline for The Wit

Have you written some a short story, fiction, essay, poetry or a play and would like others to read it? Submit your work to The Wit, Stevenson’s literary magazine. The deadline is March 8. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at


Freshmen, sophomores and juniors looking for unique summer enrichment opportunities? Check Naviance “Enrichment Programs” for details on summer opportunities at college campuses across the globe. These vary from week-long sessions to full-summer sessions.

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago is once again offering the George Gattas Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of George Gattas, a longtime volunteer in the Mt. Prospect community. Three scholarships will be presented this year: one $5,000 and two $1,000 non-renewable scholarships. Applications are available online at: or in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The application deadline is Friday, April 14. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.  


Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until March 17. Find out more by visiting and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Career shadow applications are now being accepted for Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or go the Career Exploration web page to download one and turn in to the CCC. Please contact Mrs. Willock in the CCC at for any questions regarding career exploration!


The girls lacrosse team will hold an informational meeting for interested players and their parents at 6:30 tonight in the Little Theater (Room 4200) of the Performing Arts Center. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at

An informational meeting for anyone interested in joining the boys tennis team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at

All baseball players are invited to take part in open gym in the Field House Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:15-7:15 a.m. Hitting, defense and throwing will be the focus.

Anyone interested in trying out for baseball this spring should come to an information meeting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The varsity will meet in Room 7046, sophomores in Room 1204 and freshmen in Room 2206. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Block at for varsity, Coach Sorkin at for sophomore, and Coach Smith at for freshman.

If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. (Thursday is a late arrival day). Any fall or winter athlete who has not attended a meeting yet should be there, as well as any potential spring athlete. Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The last meeting for this school year (also a late arrival day) is March 16, at the same time and location.


The Muslim Culture Club will have a therapist from The Khali Center at its meeting after school today. The therapist will inform members about mental health and to discuss the stigma of mental health within Islam and the Muslim community. The meeting will be held in Room 7068.

Are you interested in meteorology? Would you like to learn how to forecast the weather? Do you want to earn volunteer hours while helping people who are suffering from natural disasters? Do you want to use Stevenson’s weather station? If so, come to Meteorology Club! The meeting will be held after school today in Room 6036. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

Spanish Club meets Wednesday after school in Room 2808. The club will be meeting until 5 p.m.. Chips and salsa will be served, as well as some belated Valentine’s Day sweets, and it will be a movie day! New members are always welcome, and no prior Spanish experience is necessary.

Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim will be the featured guest at the Law Club meeting after school Thursday in Room 7066. He’ll talk about running the criminal justice system in Lake County, as well as his successful re-election campaign last year.


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