Monday, May 1, 2017

Science Olympiad Team Finishes Second in State

Stevenson finished second to perennial rival New Trier in Division C at the Illinois Science Olympiad state tournament held Saturday at the University of Illinois, ending its quest for three consecutive state titles. SHS, currently ranked sixth in the nation, earned its ninth consecutive bid to the National Science Olympiad May 19-20 at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Students won first place in five events. Senior Caroline Fatina and freshman Radha Patel each were part of two championships. The two combined to capture the Electric Vehicle competition, then joined other partners for a second title. Fatina and senior Katherine Liu captured the Towers category, while Patel and junior Owen Simon claimed top honors in Robot Arm. Stevenson’s other titlists were junior Daniel Tao and freshman Anna Wang in Remote Sensing, and freshmen Andrew Lee and Erin Yuan in Optics. The latter champions were paired only three weeks before the state tournament, while the others have been working together since last fall.

Five duos finished second: junior Elaine Xiao and sophomore Josey Zhang (Anatomy and Physiology), Tao and sophomore Tony Tan (Astronomy), Tan and Liu (Materials Science), Zhang and sophomore Maitreyee Malpekar (Rocks and Minerals), and Simon and Tan (Wind Power). Five teams placed third: Xiao and Patel (Disease Detectives), Wang and Tan (Dynamic Planet), Fatina and senior Eric Qian (Forensics), Simon and sophomore Andrew Gan (Hovercraft), and Malpekar and Zhang (Invasive Species). Finishing fourth were Liu and Malpekar (Helicopters), Malpekar and Lee (Hydrogeology), and Tao and Xiao (Microbe Mission). In the trial events area, freshman Shannon Kang and sophomore Rachel Zhang were fourth in Herpetology, and freshman Richard Yin and sophomore Shreya Karpoor were fifth in Thermodynamics.

Four Debaters Compete at National Tournament

Senior Serena Goldberg, juniors Saketh Prazad and Ali Rahman, and sophomore Sydney Glickson competed in the Tournament of Champions Congressional Debate tournament at the University of Kentucky last weekend. The invitation-only tournament featured the top 125 debaters from around the country. Invitations to the Tournament of Champions are based upon nominations and bids earned for excellent performance throughout the entire debate season, which began in September.

Two Earn Awards at State Journalism Contest

Four members of the Statesman student newspaper participated in the Illinois High School Association state journalism finals at Eastern Illinois University last weekend, and two returned with awards. Senior Cindy Yao finished third in News Writing after winning the state title last year. Classmate Aman Grover placed fourth in Editorial Writing. Seniors Sami Sparber (Sports Writing) and Nikol Safronova (Newspaper Design) also competed. Sparber won the state championship in her division last year, while Safronova was state runner-up in 2016.

ISU Puts Spotlight on Tech Ed Teacher

Technology education teacher Kelly Smith is featured in this fun feature published Friday by her college alma mater, Illinois State University. Smith talked about her love of graphic arts and teaching, her most inspiring professor at ISU, and the creative entrance ritual she developed for visitors to her off-campus apartment.

“Cram for the Exam” Link on C-SPAN

If you missed their annual “Cram for the Exam” on C-SPAN Sunday morning, here is the link to watch Advanced Placement Government teachers Andrew Conneen and Dan Larsen in action.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The host Patriots won all 10 singles and all five doubles titles in the first-ever NSC conference meet, held in the Field House. SHS also claimed the overall conference championship, thanks to its 5-0 league dual-meet record. Stevenson’s singles champions were freshman Esther Shi at No. 1, followed by senior Ashley Richardson (No. 2), freshman Jenny Yang (No. 3), senior May Ling (No. 4), freshman Kaitlyn Lu (No. 5), junior Shirley Cao (No. 6), sophomore Thivya Sivarajah (No. 7), junior Harini Shanmugasundaram (No. 8), sophomore Julie Zhu (No. 9) and freshman Megan Wei (No. 10). Yang and Ling won the No. 1 doubles title, followed by Cao/Lu (No. 2), Shi/Richardson (No. 3), Sivarajah/Zhu (No. 4) and Shanmugasundaram/Wei (No. 5). Stevenson will serve as host to an IHSA sectional tournament on Thursday.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots improved to 26-0 by winning all four of their games during the two-day invitational. SHS, ranked No. 1 by, beat No. 2 New Trier (10-8) to cap the tournament on Saturday, after topping No. 11 Loyola (15-4) earlier in the day. On Friday, Stevenson thumped Palatine (25-2) and toppled No. 3 Lyons (11-3). Senior Dan Maleski scored six goals in the win over Palatine, while classmate Andrew Shashin poured in six against Loyola. Shashin also led the scoring with four goals versus Lyons, with junior goalie Charlie Day making 12 saves. Against New Trier, juniors Eric Osuch and Justin Ginsberg scored three goals apiece. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at Hudsonville (Michigan) Invitational: The Patriots (25-1) won three of four games during the two-day tournament. SHS rolled past Zeeland, 16-3, and Forest Hills, 17-1, on Saturday, and beat Grand Haven, 18-0, after suffering its first loss of the season, 12-6, to Hudsonville. Junior Claire Haas led the Pats with 14 goals overall. She led the team with four goals against Zeeland and three against Hudsonville, and her four goals against Forest Hills tied for top scoring honors with junior Vicky Kolotov. Junior Amelia Eastman’s four goals were tops against Grand Haven. Sophomore Lauren Maloney registered eight goals in four contests. Sophomore goalie Anna Mossakowski made 16 saves in four games, while junior Brigitte Lefebvre had eight stops in three games.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Pitchford Invitational: The Patriots finished fourth in Hersey’s 32-team, two-day tournament, which was hampered by rain. SHS posted 48 points, behind Glenbrook North (54) and Naperville Central and Hinsdale Central (52). The only final that was completed was at No. 2 singles, where junior Sam Komis was runner-up. He beat the No. 2 seed from Highland Park to reach the final. The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Matt Harvey and Brian Weisberg reached the fifth-place match before rain ended their day. Sophomores Ozzie Sheelvanth and Arjun Viswanathan qualified for the third-place match at No. 2 doubles, but had to take an injury default before play began. – Daily Herald (Day 1 coverage)


Stevenson 19, Wauconda 4 (5 inn.): The host Patriots (10-11) scored 14 runs in the first inning and sophomore Riley Housinger gave up only four hits during the nonconference victory. Senior Vera Pflugradt collected four of Stevenson’s 18 hits, three coming in the first inning. Seniors Mic Faunce and Alana Labaschin and junior Gina Shanley each had three hits. Shanley hit a home run, drove in three runs and scored three runs. Labaschin knocked in four runs and Faunce crossed the plate three times.


Buffalo Grove 18, Stevenson 7: Despite home runs from junior Evan Kiah and seniors Henry Marchese and Jack Housinger, the host Patriots dropped to 11-10 on the year. Kiah hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, while Housinger and Marchese each hit two-run shots in the fourth. Buffalo Grove (17-1-1) won its 10th straight game. –, Daily Herald

Girls Lacrosse

Lyons Township 10, Stevenson 7: The Lions (13-3) snapped a six-game winning streak held by the host Patriots (11-5). –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at 55th Annual Spartan Relays: The Patriots won the team meet championship for the first time, topping 10 other schools at Glenbrook North. SHS posted a team score of 108, well ahead of runner-up Deerfield, which had 76. The title testified to the team’s depth, as more than two dozen Patriots helped compile points. Senior Jordan Eng won the long jump (20-7.5), leading Stevenson to the long jump relay crown. Classmates Jonathan Powell (20-7) and David Goncharov (19-2) were second and sixth, respectively. Eng also ran the opening leg on the first-place low hurdle shuffle (1:00.80) with senior Stephen Rice and juniors Tae-Hwan Kim and David Engstrom. Powell won the individual triple jump title (44-3.75), and SHS was second in the triple jump relay with Goncharov placing fifth (41-6) and junior Seth Johnson taking ninth (39-9.25). The Patriots were runners-up in six other relays. Seniors Caleb Oh and Paul Udoni, and juniors Aaron Portman and Nikita Smyrnov were second in the 3,200 relay (8:07.51). Oh, Portman and juniors Ahmad Dinkins and Borler Wu were second in the 1,600 relay (3:29.70). Udoni, Smyrnov, senior Matt Klonowski and junior Brett Lucas were runners-up in the 6,400 relay (18:36.88). Goncharov, Dinkins, Powell and senior Noah Lukz took second in the 800 relay (1:30.44). The 800 sprint medley relay unit of Lukz, Wu, Johnson and freshman Shane Johnson was second (1:38.12), as was the 1,600 middle distance medley relay team of Oh, sophomore Hunter Tam, and freshmen Jahleel Perrin and Jordan Vincent (3:43.99). Sophomore Anand Batbaatar finished second in the shot put (48-10), leading SHS to third in the shot put relay. The quartet of Eng, Engstrom, Kim and Rice was third in the high hurdle shuffle (1:12.09), and Stevenson also was third in the throwers’ 400 relay behind juniors Max Blatt and Jake Ferrigan, and sophomores Maema Njongmeta and Scott Schwerdlin (51.43). Rice, Lucas, senior Eric Lee and junior Raven Jo were fourth in the 4,000 distance medley relay (11:12.58), and Goncharov, Lukz, Wu and Powell placed fourth in the 400 relay (43.60). Njongmeta was eighth in the discus (119-0) while Blatt took ninth (113-0). Engstrom tied for 10th in the high jump (5-6).


Driver Education Information Meeting for Parents

The Driver Education Department is having an informational meeting for parents and guardians of students taking Driver Education this summer or during the fall semester at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8 in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Other interested SHS parents can attend the meeting, which is scheduled to last an hour. The meeting will cover permitting, course information, tips for new drivers, and state driving laws. There also will be an opportunity for parents to ask questions of a State Farm Insurance agent and a Lincolnshire police officer.

Mandatory Meeting for 2017-18 AP Art Students

There will be a mandatory meeting for all AP 2D Design (Media) and AP Drawing students on Monday, May 15 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1426. All AP 3D Design students will have a mandatory meeting on Tuesday, May 16 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. in Room 1422. The purposes of the meetings are to explain the three summer assignments, distribute supplies, view examples, and review AP portfolio requirements. Work from the summer assignments will be a significant factor in the first six-week grading period. Attendance at this meeting is expected. If you have a conflict, please contact Mrs. Hyken ( and arrange a time to pick up your materials before the end of the day on Friday, May 19 in Room 1426.

You’re Invited to Apply for National Service Honors

The organization that runs the website has some national award opportunities for all students. There are three levels of recognition based on volunteer hours. All you have to do is share a few details and a photo of your service activity completed between June 1, 2016 and now. To apply, visit Online applications are due by Friday.

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.


The Intramural Department will have open gym basketball for any interested student from 6-8 p.m. tonight in the Field House. All you need to participate is your current school ID. There also will be open gym basketball on Monday, May 8, 15 and 22, from 6-8 p.m. in the Field House.


The boys volleyball team will be selling T-shirts at its matches against Fremd today in the Sports Center to raise money for diabetes awareness. T-shirts are $10 for small through extra-large, $12 for XXL and $13 for XXXL.

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 Tuesday.


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