Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Girls Tennis Team Wins State Title

Stevenson claimed a share of the Illinois High School Association Class 2A girls tennis state championship on Saturday, the first in program history. SHS tied Whitney Young in the final team standings, 21-21, after three consecutive seasons as state runner-up. The team championship is the school’s 22nd IHSA state title, with 13 of them coming in the last 10 years. More details are available in the Patriot Sports section below.

Debate Team Wins Top Honors at Jacobs Invitational

Stevenson’s debate team won the overall sweepstakes award at the second Illinois Congressional Debate Association varsity tournament of the year Saturday at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.

SHS captured a slew of awards. Junior Sydney Glickson won First Place Overall Quality Speaker, and juniors Anubhav Agarwal and Josh Ezrol claimed Best Legislation honors. The pair proposed resuming storage of high-level waste and spent nuclear fuel at the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada. Junior Thivya Sivarajah earned Second Place Overall Quality Speaker, and senior Bhavana Muppavarapu received Third Place Overall Quality Speaker. Thivya, Sydney, Josh and Anubhav all earned first place in their chamber.

Four students received second place in their chamber: seniors Ali Rahman and Saketh Prazad, junior Mary Polupan and sophomore Dylan Hu. Juniors Josh Zhu and Ani Nuthalapati won third place in their chamber. Saketh also earned a Best Presiding Officer award. In the junior varsity level, freshman Bradley Locker won first place in his chamber.

Former Board Member Running for State House

Former District 125 Board of Education member Elliott Hartstein announced Friday that he is running for the Illinois House of Representatives. Hartstein, who served as mayor of Buffalo Grove from 1999-2011, will seek the seat being vacated by Carol Sente, who is not running for re-election. Hartstein served on the school board from 1991-99.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A State Tournament: The Patriots tied Whitney Young for first place, with the clinching victory coming from senior Kate Harvey and junior Elizabeth Ferdman in the fifth-place doubles match. Elizabeth and Kate won six of their seven matches in the three-day tournament, and each added to their state medal collection. Kate captured her third state doubles medal, after winning the state crown in 2014 with Vinaya Rao, and finishing second with her in 2015. Elizabeth earned her second state doubles medal. She and Gina Kondos finished third in 2016. Also scoring points for Stevenson were senior Zoe Taylor in singles, and the doubles team of senior Bronwyn Heidkamp and junior Alyssa Glaser. Zoe reached the singles quarterfinals and won four of her six matches in the tournament. Alyssa and Bronwyn won three of their five matches. Also competing at state was sophomore Athena Kolli in singles. The state championship is the first for coach Tom Stanhope, who completed his eighth season at the helm. Stanhope has guided Stevenson to a top-three state finish in five of his eight years. His assistant coaches this season were Aaron Rogers and Jerry Franklin. The rest of the varsity roster included seniors Samantha Burger, Carly Lefar and Ambika Singh, and sophomores Maggie Gong, Ellen Ma, Kaya Rand and Sneha Yellapantula.- Official Results | SHS Results | Pioneer Press | Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Lake Forest Regional: The Patriots won their second consecutive regional championship, edging Libertyville by two points for the title. Stevenson had three of the top eight runners at Lake Forest’s West Campus. Junior Natalie Sorenson was fourth (18:09.5), senior Natalie Sparreo placed fifth (18:20.7) and junior Kendall Roberts finished eighth (18:34.7). Also contributing to the Pats’ final team tally were senior Gabriela Jagielo (13th, 18:51.0) and sophomore Caimin Xi (15th, 19:01.1). Senior Lauren Appell also had a top-20 showing (19th, 19:16.2), while sophomore Michelle Yu was in the top 30 (28th, 19:44.4). Stevenson will compete in the Hoffman Estates Sectional at Busse Woods on Saturday. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Lake Forest Regional: The Patriots finished second, qualifying for Saturday’s Hoffman Estates Sectional, and had two of the top 10 runners. Senior Nikita Smyrnov was second (14:57.2) while classmate Brett Lucas placed 10th (15:36.1). SHS finished with 73 points, only five behind Mundelein. Stevenson’s other point scorers were junior Alex Beckerman (17th, 16:06.7), senior Tim Green (22nd, 16:24.3) and senior Raven Jo (26th, 16:30.2). Sophomore Corey Pacernick was close behind (29th, 16:39.7), followed by senior Ethan Simanek (44th, 17:05.8). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Bauer Motown Classic: The Patriots (16-5) posted a 5-1 win over a team from Windsor, Ontario, in between losses to Hill Academy from Ontario, Canada (5-0) and a team from Rochester, N.Y. (3-2). In the win, junior Adam Offenbach scored two goals and assisted on two others, while senior Trevor Hilt recorded two goals and an assist. Trevor also scored one of the goals against Rochester, and senior Jackson Leptich had the other. Junior Seth Cohen was the other goal-scorer against Windsor. Junior Carter Devlin posted three assists on the day. – Hill Academy Box | Windsor Box

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A State Tournament: SHS was tied for fourth place after the second day of action. Two Patriot entries reached the quarterfinals before falling. Senior Zoe Taylor rallied to defeat Madeline Fidel of Wheaton North, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-2, then dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision in the singles quarterfinals to the eventual state runner-up, Anastasia Goncharova of Evanston Township. Junior Elizabeth Ferdman and senior Kate Harvey defeated a duo from Loyola Academy, 6-1, 6-1, before falling in the doubles quarterfinals to the eventual runners-up from Whitney Young, Camryn Salter and Darinka Stepan, 6-3, 6-1. Junior Alyssa Glaser and senior Bronwyn Heidkamp lost their first match to Hinsdale Central, 6-4, 6-2, before rebounding with a 6-3, 6-3 decision over a duo from O’Fallon. They were knocked out by Whitney Young’s other doubles team in the fifth round of the consolation bracket. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Bauer Motown Classic: In Detroit, the Patriots (15-3) opened the two-day tournament with a 3-1 win over U18 Elite Brigade Green/Pink from eastern Michigan. Senior Michael Dowd scored two goals, while classmate Jake Camp had a goal and an assist for SHS, which never trailed. Juniors Sam Shellist, Billy Kopka and Adam Offenbach recorded one assist apiece. SHS then fell to the Pittsburgh Vengeance, 4-3. Michael scored a goal and had an assist. The other goals came from Adam and senior Trevor Hilt, assisted by classmate Jackson Leptich. – Elite Brigade Box | Pittsburgh Box


Warren 21, Stevenson 14: Senior Alex Capstick scored both touchdowns for the host Patriots (6-3, 5-2) in their regular-season finale. Alex caught a pass from junior Cole Okmin, then split two defenders and scampered 75 yards for Stevenson’s first score. Then, with time winding down in the first half, Cole threw a 24-yard pass to senior Tyler Porzycki, who then handed it off to Alex, who ran 25 yards to the end zone. The hook-and-ladder play, and its resulting extra point, tied the game at 14-14. Cole threw for 226 yards on the night, completing 14 of 30 passes. The Blue Devils (6-3, 4-3) scored the only points of the second half. – Daily Herald

Football Team Heads to Hinsdale for Playoff Opener

Stevenson will travel to Hinsdale Central for the first round of the IHSA Class 8A football playoffs on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tickets at the gate will cost $5. SHS (6-3) is the No. 22 seed in the 32-team field, while the Red Devils (7-2) are No. 11. This will be Stevenson’s 29th consecutive state playoff appearance and its 30th in program history. The two schools have never squared off in the state playoffs. Class 8A pairings


National Honor Society Blood Drive on Friday

Students who are age 17 or older, and weigh more than 110 pounds, are encouraged to participate in the National Honor Society blood drive on Friday. The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111) from third through eighth periods. You can earn community service credit by participating in the blood drive. To register, and to download the required permission form, visit this link.

Catalyst Sponsoring Trip to Fright Fest at Great America

The Catalyst club is hosting an all-school trip to Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America on Saturday. A bus will leave SHS at 4 p.m. that day and will return to campus after midnight. The cost is $37 per person. For an additional $35, student can add unlimited access to the Six Flags haunted houses that are opened during Fright Fest. Tickets are available at the Patriot Superstore and through the Online Store. Permission slips, which are required, also are available at the store. If a student has a Six Flags season pass that includes Fright Fest, he or she must still sign up with a permission slip, but will not be charged to attend. The registration deadline is Thursday. If you have questions, contact Mrs. Epstein at

Senior Yearbook Portrait Deadline Extended

The deadline for seniors to have their yearbook portraits taken has been extended to Dec. 8. To make an appointment with Visual Image Photography, visit this link.

Operation Snowball Retreat Registration Underway

Registration is open for the next Operation Snowball retreat, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 30-Saturday, Dec. 2 at Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, Wis. All grade levels are invited. However, a limited number of openings are available. Students will be added to the retreat roster in the order in which they register and turn in the required permission and medical form packets. Register and download the necessary forms at the Online School Store. For more information on the retreat, visit the Operation Snowball web page.


The University of Illinois-Springfield, the University of Dayton, Gettysburg College, and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising are among the colleges coming to visit Stevenson next week. To see the complete list of college rep visits, and to find out how to sign up for one, visit

Seniors who have demonstrated intellectual and personal achievement, along with significant leadership ability, are invited to apply for the John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson College. Up to eight Belk Scholars are selected in every entering class. For each scholar, the Belk Scholarship provides comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, room and board), plus two special study stipends of $3,000 each. Interested students can pick up an application in the College Career Center (Room 1123). Students need to submitted their completed application to the CCC by Friday.


ESPPA award nominations for the fall season are now being accepted through Monday, Oct. 30. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. All are welcome to vote, including parents, fans and students. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Hodge at

Tryouts for the cheerleading and Patriettes winter season will be held today from 3:30-6 p.m. Cheerleading tryouts will take place in the Wood Commons, and Patriettes tryouts will be in the Field House. New student-athletes must register for the sport and have a current physical on file. To register, visit

Fencing tryouts will be held from 3:45-5:45 p.m. today in the Field House. Please be sure you are registered and a current physical is on file with the Athletics Office.

The girls basketball informational meeting is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you are unable to attend the meeting, contact Coach Graham at

Allied Spirit Revolution will have a parent/student informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2700. If you cannot attend, please contact one of the following coaches: Ms. Avers (, Ms. Peters (, or Mrs. Rubenstein (

The sophomore boys basketball team will have an informational meeting at 3:35 p.m. Thursday in Room 2900. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Hess at

ESPPA award nominations for the fall season are now being accepted through Oct. 30. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. All are welcome to vote, including parents, fans and students. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Hodge at


Breakfast with Books will meet from 7:45-8:25 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading. The club will take its yearbook photo during this meeting.

Science Bowl will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 8066. New and returning members are welcome. Yearbook pictures also will be taken.

FCCLA will be meeting Wednesday morning at 7:45 in the Foods Lab (Room 1406). Hope to see you there!

Stevenson’s newest club, Auto Club, will have an informational meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Activities Office (Room 1102). If anyone is interested in working on 1947 Jeep Willys and wants to learn how to work on cars, come to the meeting to find out more! Contact Mr. Phelps at with any questions.


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