Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SHS Wins IHSA Regional, Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl

The varsity Scholastic Bowl team took top honors in the Class 3A Division at the annual Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl state tournament Saturday in Bloomington. Stevenson began the competition by winning all four of its pool matches, defeating Dunlap (380-110), Glenwood (350-190), Rockford Auburn (320-23) and the Illinois Math and Science Academy (360-240), before knocking off Mahomet-Seymour (310-200) to advance to the playoffs. In the playoffs, SHS upended defending state champion Hinsdale Central (310-230) before edging Barrington in sudden death (270-260). The two schools were tied after 32 questions, requiring an extra session. On the first clue, senior Young Fenimore Lee responded first with the right answer, lifting Stevenson to the team title. The school received $1,500 for winning the championship, which will be used to fund the squad’s trip to the national tournament. The rest of the roster included seniors Ali Saeed and Nathan Cha, juniors Deepak Moparthi, Shamsheer Rana and Conrad Oberhaus, sophomore Aniket Nuthalapati and freshman Govind Prabhakar.

On Monday, the Scholastic Bowl team hosted an Illinois High School Association Class 2A Regional, and rolled to 11th consecutive regional championship. Stevenson opened with a forfeit victory over North Chicago, then beat Deerfield (480-180) and St. Viator (590-130) for the regional championship. SHS advances to the Fremd Sectional on Saturday, where it will face three other regional champions, Barrington, Carmel and Lake Forest, in round-robin competition. Stevenson is the No. 1 seed in the sectional.

31 Science REACH Members Qualify for State

Several members of the Science REACH club earned gold ratings at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Regional Fair paper and poster sessions last week. Eight students earned gold ratings in both, and qualified for the state competition May 5-6 at Northern Illinois University: Junior Justin Lee; sophomores Alisa Wang, Shreya Viswanathan, Abhilash Raghuram, Abishek Kannan and Anubhav Agarwal; and freshmen Swarna Jammalamadaka and Celeste Xu.

In all, 31 students qualified for the state competition by earning gold ratings. The other paper session qualifiers were senior Hope Schneider, juniors Sanketh Bhaskar, Carina Su and Jonathan Xue, and sophomore Riya Gyanmote. The other poster session qualifiers were seniors Revanth Bellam and Sritej Vontikommu; juniors Allen Kuncheria, Ryan Abbott, Saketh Prazad and Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla; sophomores Aishu Sanchula, Devanshi Gupta, Ivana Hinova, Julia Reiter, Pujan Rawal, Tajes Khanna, Varun Malladi and Zuhair Ali-Khan; and freshmen Caimin Xi, Maitri Shah, Megan Wei and Shreya Kurup.

Six students earned Best in Category or other special awards. Justin Lee was selected for top paper and received Best in Category for Astronomy. He also was chosen for the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award for Most Outstanding Exhibit in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla earned Best in Category for Zoology. Tajes Khanna and Varun Malladi received Best in Category for Aerospace and the Air Force Award for Excellence. Zuhair Ali-Khan was chosen for Best in Category for Physics. Shreya Viswanathan earned the Sigma Pi National Honor Society Award for Excellence on a Science Fair Project and for Achievement in Research in Psychological Science from the American Psychological Association.

Debate Team Earns Honors at Glenbrook North

Seven members of the debate team participated at Saturday’s National Speech and Debate Association qualifying tournament at Glenbrook North. Stevenson earned second place in the Overall Sweepstakes competition, and two students received individual honors: seniors Alexis Cacioppo and Serena Goldberg placed third in the House and Senate, respectively. The tournament field featured 61 students.

Archers Pile Up Personal-Best Scores

The archery team posted four individual top-10 finishes and 12 personal-best efforts at the Bob Emory Memorial Tournament in Canton last weekend. Junior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won her fourth consecutive tournament championship. She recorded a score of 292, which included 22 bullseyes and a perfect round at 10 meters. Sophomore Rebecca Acevedo finished fifth in the Female High School Division with a score of 281, shooting 14 bullseyes. Juniors Andrew Sliwicki and Brandon Raef were ninth and 10th, respectively, in the Male High School Division with 11 bullseyes apiece. Sliwicki posted a score of 278, while Raef shot a personal-best 277. Stevenson’s four top-10 archers were part of Team 1, which finished fourth in the tournament with a school-record score of 3,217 points.

Team 2 was led by freshman Amelia Korveziroska, who shot a personal-best score of 266 points, had a perfect round at 10 meters, and 10 bullseyes. Sophomore Rachel French (259) and junior Melissa Elsner (258) also posted personal bests. Senior David Xu led Team 3 with 247 points and one bullseye, while classmate Dan Kim added a 237 with four bullseyes.

Other personal bests were achieved by junior Desmond Ding (272), senior Victor Wang (271), sophomore Dean Crawford (265), sophomore Josh Chambers (250), freshman Richard Li (249), freshman Saumya Malhotra (243), freshman Natsuki Toda (203) and freshman Zachary Driscoll (173).

The team will close its regular season this weekend at the Clemente High School tournament in Chicago, the final event before the state competition March 24-25.

Winter Guard Places Third in Division

The SHS Winter Guard finished third in the Scholastic A division at Schaumburg High School on Sunday, their fourth competition of the season.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Hockey Team Takes on Top Seed Tonight

The Patriot boys ice hockey team faces top-seeded New Trier Green in the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup Red Varsity state tournament at 8:45 tonight at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson reached the quarterfinals with wins over St. Viator and Evanston, while the Trevians beat Lake Forest after having an opening-round bye. The two schools have squared off three times this season, with New Trier winning all three. The winner of tonight’s game will face Benet Academy or Glenbrook North in the semifinals on Monday. Anyone going to tonight’s game is asked to follow these rink rules: No bullhorns, no banging on the glass, no standing in the aisles, and no swearing. Anyone not following these expectations will be asked to leave the premises.

Richardson Earns IBCA All-State Honor

Senior Ashley Richardson added to her long list of accolades over the weekend when she was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A/4A All-State fourth team.

O’Connell to Play Football at Purdue

Senior Aidan O’Connell has accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on in the Purdue University football program. He had previously announced his intention to attend Wheaton College. While football is now his passion, O’Connell grew up dreaming of playing college basketball. He talked with Pioneer Press about his Patriot basketball career, which concluded last week.

Former SHS Coach Resigns at Libertyville

Former SHS boys basketball assistant coach Brent Mork has stepped down as head varsity coach at Libertyville High School, citing a desire to spend more time with his young family. Mork just finished his second season with the Wildcats. At Stevenson, he served as a varsity assistant to Pat Ambrose for three years.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Project Dance Fundraiser at Menchie’s Today

A fundraiser for Project Dance will be held at Menchie’s frozen yogurt in Lincolnshire from 4-8 p.m. today. Mention Project Dance when ordering and a portion of the sale will be donated to the cause, which raises money for the Riverside Foundation and the Stevenson Foundation.

Annual Summer Job Fair for Students Thursday

Looking for summer work? Visit the annual Summer Job Fair on Thursday during all lunch periods in Room 2104. Dozens of local companies will be on hand looking to hire, including: Home Depot, Six Flags, JCC Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp, Tamarak Day Camp, Marriott Resort Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills Park District, Panera, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Mariano’s, AKIRA and many more! Make sure to bring your student ID to be eligible for a $25 Jazzman’s gift card. Don’t miss this great chance to score a summer job!

Want to Help Transfer Students New to SHS?

If you’re interested in becoming a buddy to a transfer student, there will be a Transfer Buddies informational meeting during each lunch period Friday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4100). Please bring your iPad to the meeting.

Peer Helpers Applications Now Available

Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences?  Do you want to help staff the Student Lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? If you said yes to those questions, and you’re currently a freshman, sophomore or junior, then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available at this link and in the Student Activities Office. Applications are due no later than Monday, April 10. For more information, visit the Peer Helpers in the Student Lounge, or see Ms. Polisky or Ms DeHoyos.

Operation Snowball Registration Ends Friday

All students are invited to attend the three-day Operation Snowball retreat Thursday-Saturday, March 16-18, at Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin. Operation Snowball is a two-day event with tons of indoor and outdoor activities planned by upperclassmen for all Stevenson students. Registration ends Friday; sign up at the Online Superstore. Contact Mrs. Czaplewski or Mr. Mazzuca if you have any questions.

Wednesday 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 Wednesday. Submit your work to Mr. Barnabee at jbarnabee@d125.org.

The SHS Nurses Need Your Help

The nurses want your feedback on how to provide you with health information, and find out what health topics interest you. Please complete this short survey by Friday.

INTRAMURALS

Hey Patriots, get in on the fun and be part of the newest IM league, Coed Kickball, this spring! There will be an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Activities Office.

CLUB NEWS

It’s that time of year again. Purim is on Saturday night, which means Club Israel will be making hamantaschen on Thursday after school in the Food Lab. Any questions, ask Mrs. Argentar.

COLLEGE NEWS

Attention seniors: The Local Scholarship Packet is now available in the College Career Center (Room 1123). There are 23 local scholarships available this year. Please stop in to pick your copy up today. The deadline to return the scholarship applications is Thursday, March 16. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.

The College of Lake County is pleased to announce the new CLC Foundation Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year. These scholarships are now available on the CLC Foundation page: https://clcillinois.academicworks.com. Students should apply by March 31.

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: www.liveunitedchicago.org/NNW 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.  

CAREER EXPLORATION

Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

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 fieldmuseum.org and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit campcardiac.org and campneuro.org for more information.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Governors State University cutting 22 programs, increasing tuition 15%

Rapper donates $1M to Chicago Public Schools, criticizes Rauner

All clear after bomb threat clears Jewish school on Chicago’s north side

ASPIRA union sets March 17 strike date; would be first at U.S. charter

U-46 approves one-year extension of teachers’ contract

UI student health insurance to rise 24% in fall

Study reveals frustration with special education in Glen Ellyn District 41

Chicago school’s roof blown off in overnight storms

East Leyden student charged after posting threat on Snapchat

Woodland District 50 superintendent to retire in 2020

Woman seeks right to trial in Trump University case

New Trier freshman starring on Chicago Shakespeare stage

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

“Day Without a Woman” strike closing schools along East Coast

Supreme Court passes on transgender bathroom case, leaving schools in lurch

A scuffle and a professor’s injury make Middlebury a free-speech flashpoint

13 states, DOJ reach settlement in suit over transgender student rights

Kentucky legislators may re-segregate public schools

Confronting academia’s ties to slavery

Parents, teachers struggle to comfort children of color fearful of raids

Report says more than half of Boston’s schools have poor air quality

Private school vouchers hit record high in Indiana, but growth slows

38 Michigan schools can avoid closure under new “partnership” model

To attract teachers, pricey California districts becoming their landlords

New college entrance exam targets liberal arts students

Los Angeles school board election spending under investigation

UT-San Antonio president resigns over allegations of inappropriate contact

School district will no longer take part in U.S. Navy funeral processions

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