Thursday, April 13, 2017

Scholastic Bowl Team Stands Tall in Texas

Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl team, ranked third in the country, took on several of the nation’s top schools at the Texas Invitational VIII in Houston last weekend. On Saturday, SHS finished second to Detroit Catholic Central, the nation’s top-ranked team. The quartet of seniors Ali Saeed and Nathan Cha, junior Deepak Moparthi and freshman Govind Prabhakar won 11 of its 13 matches, falling only to the Detroit school and the Liberal Arts and Science Academy from Austin, Texas. Stevenson beat fourth-ranked Barrington, among other schools. Saeed posted the fifth-highest score among all competitors, while Prabhakar was 15th. On Sunday, the four finished seventh with a 9-2 record. Saeed was seventh overall on Sunday and Prabhakar 18th.

Two More Juniors Earn Perfect ACT Scores

Two more juniors have earned perfect scores on the ACT college-entrance exam. Justin Lee and Julia Qian posted a 36 on the ACT given on February 28. They are the 18th and 19th members of the Class of 2018 to achieve perfection on the ACT.

Alum Saves Choking Boy at Grocery Store

Learning life-saving techniques in his Health Education class at Stevenson paid off recently for Daniel Finkel. The 2007 SHS graduate used the Heimlich maneuver to save a 5-year-old boy who was choking on popcorn at the Mariano’s grocery store in Lake Zurich last Friday. Finkel was stocking shelves in the store’s produce department when he heard the boy’s mother begin to scream nearby. He was able to dislodge the popcorn after about three thrusts, Finkel told the Daily Herald. “I was in shock, too,” he said. “It was scary. The kid could have definitely died.”

Bass Fishing Team Second in Opening Tournament

The bass fishing team had its first tournament of the spring on Tuesday. SHS placed second in the Grant High School competition, thanks to a 2.05-pound bass caught by freshman Jason Qualich. He also nabbed the Big Bass Award for the day.

No School, No Digest on Friday

There is no school on Friday, and there will be no Daily Digest, either. The Digest will return on Monday.


Click here for today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Carmel 5: Sophomore Sophie Sorenson scored six goals and senior Courtney Patten tallied four for the Patriots (5-3) in Mundelein. Seven players netted ground-ball control statistics and caused turnovers.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Lake Forest 0: The host Patriots (2-1, 1-0) rolled in their North Suburban Conference opener over the defending league champions at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Sophomore Zach Kim, who won the NSC No. 1 singles crown last year, defeated the same opponent that he beat in the 2016 title match, 6-0, 6-2. Junior Sam Komis, who won the conference championship with now-graduated Ben Bush at No. 2 doubles last year, posted a 6-0, 6-2 decision at No. 2 singles. Senior Gary Braznichenko was a 6-0, 6-3 winner at No. 3 singles. SHS won all four doubles matches, with a trio extended to three sets. The No. 1 team of seniors Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg prevailed 7-6(2), 6-7(3), 6-0, while the No. 2 tandem of sophomore Aswath Viswanathan and freshman Andy Dong earned a 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2 win. Sophomore Arjun Sheelvanth and Nicholas Ryding cruised, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 3, and the No. 4 duo of juniors Jeremy Park and Michael Maryniuk rallied for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 128, Lake Zurich 29; Stevenson 80, Lake Forest 71: The Patriots won nine events in the Stadium as they improved their outdoor record to 4-0. Six of the wins came in field events. Sophomore Johnna Geick won the pole vault (9 feet, 0 inches), senior Mel Keith captured the shot put (31-2.25), junior Kesina Daley claimed the high jump (5-1), senior Abbie Sise placed first in discus (80-4), junior Marie Pascual prevailed in the triple jump (30-4.5), and senior Juhi Jhaveri took top honors in the long jump (14-10.5). Junior Natalie Sparreo won the 400-meter dash (1:04.8) and also joined with junior Gabriela Jagielo, senior Claire Sullivan and senior Abby Pucek to win the 3,200 relay (9:59.7). Junior Isabelle Sparreo, Natalie’s sister, won the 1,600 (5:18.9). Lake Forest finished third at the conference meet last year, while Stevenson placed sixth.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Mundelein, 25-22, 16-25, 25-14: Juniors Leo Chen and Matt Cliffer recorded eight kills each as the Patriots (10-4, 2-0) picked up the NSC road victory. The duo made only seven attack errors in 42 attempts. Junior Haddon Kay was 49-of-50 setting with 16 assists, while sophomore Will Sorenson was 39-of-39 with 15 assists. Sorenson and senior Austin Zhou each made a team-high three digs. Kay, Sorenson and senior Danny Orlov served a pair of aces apiece. Senior Sudhish Gogula had seven kills, while seniors Yeso Baatarkhuu and Hudson Haverhill each tallied five. Baatarkhuu also made two block assists.


Stevenson 18, Thornton Fractional South 0: In the Field House, the Patriots (8-1-2) won 17 of 18 matches in straight sets. In the only three-set match, sophomores Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah rallied for a 15-21, 21-12, 21-16 victory at No. 4 doubles. The other winning doubles teams were sophomores Sanjana Chunduri and Riya Gyanmote at No. 6 (21-4, 21-10), freshman Megan Wei and junior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 5 (21-8, 21-5), freshman Esther Shi and senior Ashley Richardson at No. 3 (21-2, 21-0), senior May Ling and junior Shirley Cao at No. 2 (21-8, 21-9), and freshman Jenny Yang and Kaitlyn Lu at No. 1 (21-7, 21-9). In singles, wins were posted by Gyanmote at No. 12 (21-10, 21-8), Chunduri at No. 11 (21-6, 21-17), Wei at No. 10 (21-5, 21-5), Zhu at No. 9 (21-2, 21-11), Shanmugasundaram at No. 8 (21-12, 21-9), Sivarajah at No. 7 (21-8, 21-7), Cao at No. 6 (21-7, 21-5), Lu at No. 5 (21-7, 21-12), Ling at No. 4 (21-11, 21-8), Yang at No. 3 (21-9, 21-13), Richardson at No. 2 (21-6, 21-5) and Shi at No. 1 (21-16, 21-5).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 20, Lake Forest 2: Senior Andrew Shashin scored six goals and junior Collin Kapecki added four for the visiting Patriots (16-0, 3-0). Seniors Rahul Arun and Zach Hede tallied three goals apiece, while senior Dan Maleski and junior Justin Ginsburg each scored twice. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Lake Forest 7: Junior Amelia Eastman scored five goals on the road for the Patriots (15-0, 3-0), who erupted for nine goals in the first quarter and held an 11-2 halftime lead. Junior Claire Haas and sophomore Kalista Tapas each scored three times and junior Bella Greenspan added two. Also scoring were seniors Fiona Gaffney, Julia Nicholson and Melanie Blake, and sophomore Ashley Carollo. Sophomore Anna Mossakowski (six saves) and junior Brigitte Lefebvre (four saves) tended goal.


Mundelein 5, Stevenson 2: In Mundelein, senior Henry Marchese figured in both runs for the Patriots (6-4, 0-2). In the fourth inning, he reached on an error, stole second and third base, then scored on a sacrifice fly by classmate Charlie Ling. In the seventh, Marchese singled home fellow senior Charlie Bourbon. Marchese also tripled and was 2-for-4 at the plate. Junior Matthew Mittelmark gave up six hits and two earned runs in six innings on the mound. Mundelein improved to 12-0 overall and 4-0 in the NSC. –, Daily Herald


Zion-Benton 15, Stevenson 12: The host Patriots (2-8, 0-3) continued their hot hitting in the loss. Senior Alana Labaschin went 3-for-5, drove in three runs and scored three runs. Classmate Alyssa Pauly was 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, and fellow senior Mic Faunce went 3-for-5 and crossed the plate three times. Junior Gina Shanley was 2-for-5 with four RBI, and sophomore Anna Fossier went 3-for-4.

Girls Soccer

New Trier 3, Stevenson 0: Senior Hannah Petrich made nine saves for the Patriots (1-1-1) at the New Trier Invitational. – Daily Herald

16 Announce College Athletic Plans

Sixteen Patriot student-athletes announced where they will continue their athletic careers in college during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the Wood Commons. Click here to see where they are going.

Allied Soccer Game Postponed

Today’s Allied Soccer game against Lakes has been postponed to April 25.


Volunteers Needed for Riverside Foundation Gala

Mr. Goergen and Mr. Erdmann will be honored at the Riverside Foundation’s annual Hearts of Gold Gala on Saturday, April 22 at the Lincolnshire Marriott, and student volunteers are needed to help. Volunteer shifts are available from 4-9 p.m. or 9 p.m. to midnight. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Elisa Capstick at

Teachers vs. Students Basketball Game on Monday

March Madness may be over, but the most exciting game is yet to come! On Monday, come to the Sports Center to watch teachers versus students in a head-to-head basketball game from 3:30-4:45 p.m. We have varsity basketball stars Danny Rosen, Aidan O’Connell and Eric Zalewski going against some of your favorite teachers, including Mr. Irsay and Mr. Wolfe. Do you want to see Jake Lubotsky dunk over Mr. Wiersema? Sure you do! Alec Klinsky, Robbie Weiland, Mrs. Muresan, Mr. Burja, Mr. Grady and more will be on hand. Come support your friends (or maybe watch them get crushed by your teachers).

Diabetes Awareness T-Shirts Deadline is Friday

The boys volleyball team is selling T-shirts for its upcoming Diabetes Awareness Night to benefit JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1-diabetes research. Shirts are $10 for small through extra-large, $12 for XXL and $13 for XXXL. Shirts can be ordered at this link through Friday.

Get Your “Light It Up Blue” Shirt for Autism Awareness

“Light It Up Blue” T-shirts are on sale for $15 during the lunch periods today. Light It Up Blue is the annual fundraiser for the Autism Speaks Foundation and autism awareness, sponsored by the Sophomore Class Board and Best Buddies. Everyone who buys a shirt is invited to wear it to the Allied Soccer game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in the Stadium. After the game, everyone will be invited onto the field for games and activities. There will be free food and games. If you wear your T-shirt, admission to the post-game festivities is free. Otherwise, the cost will be $10.

Get Ready for the 4th Annual Fashion Show April 21

The fourth annual Stevenson Styler Fashion Show is coming to the Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 21! The pre-party will start at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments and red carpet photo ops. The fashion show will begin at 7 p.m., and admission will be $5, with all proceeds benefitting Dress for Success. Dress your best and come check out the latest looks from Bella Donna, Olivia’s, Illusions by Jill, Stilleto’s and Francesca’s. The guys haven’t been forgotten: there are great summer trends from Gap and Old Navy. More than 100 amazing student-designed looks made by students in the Clothing and Design classes will be shown!

Taking a Non-SHS Student to Prom?

If you‘re taking a non-Stevenson student to the Prom, you must purchase their ticket at the Patriot Superstore. Non-student tickets cannot be purchased online or at the door. You will need to fill out this form and provide a copy of your guest’s photo ID to purchase their ticket. Prom tickets are $90 each, and will go on sale Monday.

Order Your Free Copy of the WIT

All students can receive a complimentary copy of this year’s WIT literary magazine by filling out this form and returning it to their English teacher, or to either Communication Arts Office. Students also may email the form to Mr. Barnabee at The deadline for returning the form is Thursday, April 20. In late May, students who turned in a form will receive an email announcing the WIT’s arrival.

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available as early as May 22, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

Best Buddies Fundraiser on Wednesday

Best Buddies is having a fundraiser at the Original Bagel and Bialy in Buffalo Grove all day Wednesday. Twenty percent of all sales will go to Best Buddies.

Catalyst Sponsoring Logo Design Contest

Catalyst, a student leadership group dedicated to producing community-wide change by supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle, is sponsoring a logo design contest for SHS students. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate. Here are contest details:

° Primary Text to Include: “Catalyst”

° Secondary Text (optional): “Courage” and/or “Be The Change”    

° Colors: Try to use a maximum of two colors. Blue, black and white should be the primary color selections.

° Additional Design Components: Visually interesting designs/imagery to capture the themes of change, majority, strength, etc. Do not use images of drugs or alcohol.

° Art/File Size: Should be able to be printed on something as large as a banner and as small as a postcard. Digital submissions should be high resolution at 300 dpi.

Submissions are due by Friday, April 21. Drop off or email designs to Dr. Cristina Cortesi in Room 2400 or at


Senior Class Board will meet after school today in Room 2004 to work on commitment day celebration breakfast plans. New members are welcome!


Juniors and their families are invited to meet with one of the postsecondary counselors for a 30-minute Post-High School Family Planning Meeting. The appointments are available through Thursday, June 15. This is a great opportunity to discuss your journey after Stevenson High School. Please complete the College/Post Secondary Planning Worksheet to begin the process. (You can also get a copy of the worksheet in the College Career Center in Room 1123.) Once you have turned in a completed worksheet to Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center, you will receive an email with a link to sign up for the appointment. Worksheets are due in the CCC by Monday, April 24. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. McGurn.

The Waukegan alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is awarding two scholarships to African-American males who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application for this scholarship. The application must be submitted by May 15. If you have any questions, see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


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 and for more information.


Online voting ends at noon today for three students in the running for Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Athlete of the Year. Jori Radtke, Matthew Krames and Topher Stensby are among the six winners of the Tribune’s previous monthly contests. You can vote at at this link.

If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your last chance is Thursday, April 20 from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. (Thursday is a late arrival day). Any athlete who has not attended a meeting yet must attend. Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID.

Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Spring ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through May 2.


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