Monday, May 8, 2017

Math Team Finishes Second in Illinois

Stevenson finished second in the Class 4AA Division at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state contest on Saturday at the University of Illinois. SHS won a program-best six of the 12 events en route to finishing behind defending champion Naperville North, 1,084-1,045. Whitney Young was third at 1,042. Naperville’s score was the highest in ICTM history.

The runner-up finish for Stevenson was its second straight and continued a long history of success at the state competition. In the past eight years, Stevenson has won one state championship (2015), finished second three times (2017, 2016 and 2013), and placed third four times (2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010).

Several students captured multiple state titles. Josh Yoon won individual honors in Algebra 2 and also was part of two first-place teams. The junior led the Algebra 2 squad that included classmates Andrew Hwang and Haoyang Yu, who tied for fifth individually, plus juniors Terry Maeda (eighth), Justin Lee and Albert Cao. Yoon also was part of the Junior-Senior Eight-Person unit that won state for the second straight year. Three students who were part of the 2016 group, seniors Chris Lee, Jason Lu and Austin Zhou, were joined by classmate Kathy Xiang and Cao, Yu and Wilson Zhu. Justin Lee, Lu and Zhu picked up another state title when they and senior Reuben Gutmann claimed the Junior-Senior Relay.

Stevenson won the Algebra 1 crown for the second time in the last three years behind freshmen Eric Gan and Andrew Zhuang, who tied for first individually. They were joined by fellow frosh Philena Liu, Emily Lu, Josh Tsai and Dylan Hu. Gan, Hu, Liu and Lu added another first-place showing to their resume when they won the Freshman-Sophomore Eight-Person event with sophomores Angela Zhang, James Lim, Andrew Gan and Matthew Jalnos.

The other championship for SHS was in the Oral Presentation event, with senior Amber Hu and sophomore Joey Rivkin taking top honors. Rivkin also finished second individually in the Geometry competition, and was part of the fourth-place team roster with Zhang, Jalnos, Lim and sophomores Tony Tan and Alex Dong. Rivkin also was third in the Freshman-Sophomore Two-Person contest with Zhang.

Jason Lu placed eighth individually in Precalculus, as his group finished second in the team race. His teammates were fellow seniors Kevin Li, Derek Chen, Gutmann, Chris Lee and Amber Hu.

The Calculator unit of Tan, Gutmann, Tsai, senior David Liu and junior Andrew Luo placed third. Yoon and Hwang were fifth in the Junior-Senior Two-Person event. The school’s second entry in the Junior-Senior Relay competition was eighth. The roster included Cao, Luo, Yu and Chris Lee.

Stevenson Climbs Washington Post Rankings

Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews has released his annual ranking of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” and Stevenson is the highest-rated open-enrollment high school in Illinois once again. SHS is listed at No. 165 in the country, up from No. 234 last year, and No. 3 in Illinois. Click here for more.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Wednesday

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Mention the fundraiser when ordering (dine-in, delivery or carryout), and show this flyer when paying. (The flyer also appears at The Choral Guild will receive 20% of total sales during the fundraiser.

Kids Invited to SHS Math Carnival Wednesday Night

The Stevenson Math Department and Freshmen Math Team are inviting all third- to fifth-grade students in the community, along with their parents and teachers, to its Math Carnival on Wednesday. Students are invited to play math-themed carnival games and win prizes from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forum (“Point”) entrance of the West Building. Students can come and play all 40 game or stop by for a little while. For more information, contact or


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA Palatine Sectional: Senior Matt Krames earned his fourth consecutive trip to the state meet by finishing fourth in vault (8.9), parallel bars (8.7) and high bar (8.6). He also is expected to earn an at-large bid in the all-around, in which he placed sixth (49.85). Krames already has one individual state championship under his belt, winning the floor exercise title last year. He also was part of the Patriots’ state championship team in 2015. He will be looking to add to his state medal collection, having finished third in parallel bars in 2016 and sixth in the all-around in 2015, in addition to his state title medals. In the team standings, SHS finished eighth out of nine teams. – Official Results | Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 3, St. Ignatius 0: Hannah Lapeire scored a first-half goal, and Krissy Hill and Katherine Sakshaug added second-half tallies for the Patriots (4-7-2) in Chicago. Camryn Cadiz and Lauren Micek each had an assist. Hannah Petrich made four saves en route to the shutout. – Daily Herald

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: Collin Kapecki threw in the go-ahead goal with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Patriots rallied to beat defending state champion Naperville Central, 8-7. Kapecki’s goal broke a 6-6 tie, and Eric Osuch made the score 8-6 with 32 seconds remaining. Kapecki scored four times in the game and Osuch and Andrew Shashin had two each for the Patriots, who rallied from a 5-3 deficit. The win over the Redhawks was sandwiched by a 17-5 rout of Lincoln Way Central in the morning and a 16-8 romp over Neuqua Valley in the late afternoon. Shashin led Stevenson in both games, scoring six times against Neuqua Valley and five times versus Lincoln Way Central. Kapecki added two goals in each game. With the wins, Stevenson improved to 30-0, reaching the 30-win mark for the second time in school history. The 2017 edition joined the 2000 squad, which finished 30-5 and included current head coach Sean Wimer on its roster. –


Stevenson 12, Prospect 2 (5 inn.): Emma Oriatti went 3-for-3 with two home runs and a triple, driving in seven runs for the host Patriots (12-13), who won their second game in a row. She hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the fifth. Alana Labaschin’s two-run blast in the bottom of the fifth capped a five-run inning that ended the game. Illyssa Muise was the winning pitcher, scattering three hits.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots finished second to defending state champion New Trier, 60-52 and ahead of 2016 state runner-up Hinsdale Central and Highland Park, which had 38 points each. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots (28-2) won two of three matches in the Patriot Aquatic Center. SHS beat Lincoln Way Central, 16-9, and Neuqua Valley, 12-3, and lost in sudden death overtime to Naperville Central, 11-10. Claire Haas led Stevenson in two of the three games, collecting seven goals against LWC and five versus Naperville Central. Fiona Gaffney scored twice against Naperville, both goals coming in the fourth quarter as SHS overcame a 9-6 deficit. She tied the game at 9-9 with about four minutes remaining, then tied the score again at 10-10 with 30 seconds left in regulation. Julia Nicholson scored three times against Naperville Central. Bella Greenspan led all scorers with three goals versus Neuqua Valley, while Amelia Eastman and Shreya Sreedhar added two goals apiece.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: At Glenbrook North, senior Kenny Miller served six aces as the Patriots (21-11) beat Lake Forest, 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, before falling to Buffalo Grove, 25-21, 17-25, 25-19. Matt Cliffer registered a team-high 11 kills against Lake Forest and added eight versus BG. Hudson Havenhill posted nine and seven kills, respectively, in the two matches. Leo Chen led SHS with 10 kills against Buffalo Grove and also had seven against LF. Sudhish Gogula chipped in with eight kills against Lake Forest, while Danny Orlov made seven digs. Will Sorenson dished out 60 assists in the two matches, 34 against Lake Forest. He was 71-for-71 setting against Buffalo Grove and finished 135-of-140 on the day.

Friday’s Varsity Results


Stevenson 10, Cary Grove 0 (5 inn.): In what coach Perry Wilhelm called their best-played game of the season, the host Patriots’ pitching, defense, baserunning and hitting all came together. Riley Housinger was the winning pitcher, allowing just three hits while striking out four and walking none. SHS (11-13) collected 12 hits, coming from eight players. Emma Oriatti had three hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run double that scored Carly Perkins in the fifth to end the game. Alyssa Pauly had two hits and two RBI. Gina Shanley drove in a pair of runs and Vera Pflugradt had two hits. The Trojans fell to 4-15.

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 13, Lakes/Antioch 6: Senior Seth Soltz scored four goals to lead the host Patriots (6-7) to the Senior Night victory in the first meeting between the two teams. Graduates-to-be accounted for nine of the team’s 13 goals, with Demetre Crews striking twice, and Hunter Gleason, Mike Simon and Bryan Spruce all collecting one goal. Ryan Walsh scored two goals and Austin Masters and Caleb DiMaria had one apiece. All three are juniors. Senior Shane Sokolsky recorded a team-high three assists, while Gleason and Walsh each had two. Senior Aaron Kaufman had an assist, as did Masters, Crews and DiMaria. Chad Winter made nine saves. – @PatsLax

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: The Patriots (20-10) won their first match in pool play against Niles West, 27-26, 25-16, before falling to host Glenbrook North, 25-22, 25-16, and Barrington, 26-24, 25-21. Leo Chen recorded a team-high seven kills against Barrington and Glenbrook North, and also had seven kills versus Niles West. Grant Maleski led SHS in the opener with 11 kills. Haddon Kay issued 42 assists in the three matches, including 22 in the Barrington contest. Danny Orlov made a team-best 10 digs against Barrington. Alex Bian served a team-high three aces versus Niles West.


Post-Prom Permission Slips Due Before Tuesday

If you’re planning on going to the post-Prom event at Great America, your permission slip needs to be turned in before Tuesday. Click here to register and to download the permission form.

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.

Last PPA Bake Sale of the Year on Wednesday

Don’t miss the last PPA Bake Sale of the year on Wednesday in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.


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 15 and 22, from 6-8 p.m. in the Field House.


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