Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

SHS Senior Grateful to be Alive

Gratitude abounded at Thanksgiving, and few celebrated the day more than senior Bhavanasri Achi, who was nearly killed in a head-on car crash in July 2016. She endured a long recovery, but today is back to school and has an eye on entering the medical profession. The Buffalo Grove resident penned a piece for the Daily Herald last week that offered thanks to the passers-by, first responders and the medical staff at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville who helped with her recovery.

Guitar Concert Wednesday Night

Students in the Patriot Guitar Ensemble and students enrolled in the Guitar 1 and 2 courses will be performing in a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the West Auditorium. The public is invited. Parking in Lot B is recommended for easiest access.

Almost 100 Visitors Coming to School Tuesday

Nearly 100 representatives from schools and districts in 10 states will be visiting Stevenson on Tuesday for the next Site Visit Day for Educators. Visitors will be coming from the following institutions:

Site visit registration fees paid by visitors are donated to the Stevenson High School Foundation and used for programs such as the Kids In Need (KIN) Fund, the Stevenson to College (S2C) program, and the annual Local Scholars Reception.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson hosted SHS Thanksgiving Tournament: The Patriots (28-9) downed Glenbard Red, 4-1, to capture the tournament championship with a 5-0 record. SHS also extended its winning streak to eight games. After Glenbard opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, it was all Stevenson. Senior Jackson Leptich tied the score at 1-1, and junior Seth Cohen put the Pats ahead for good with the first of his two goals near the end of the second period. Senior Trevor Hilt had three assists. Senior goalie Nicolas Almenara made 17 saves. SHS reached the championship by defeating Edwardsville earlier in the day, 5-3. With the game tied 2-2 after two periods, the Pats outscored the Tigers, 3-1, in the third. Trevor, Jackson and junior Carter Devlin found the back of the net during the decisive third frame. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 12 saves against Edwardsville, and senior Michael Dowd had two assists. – Boxscores: Glenbard | Edwardsville

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic: At Palatine High School, the Patriots (4-0) hit nine of 10 free throws in the final three minutes to hold off York, 63-52, for the tournament championship. Sophomore Matthew Ambrose, son of head coach Pat Ambrose, led SHS with 16 points and eight rebounds, and also dished out four assists. Senior Jackson Qualley, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, had 11 points and six assists. Senior Samvit Ram contributed 13 points and six rebounds, while junior Luke Chieng, an all-tournament selection, scored 12 points on four three-pointers. Senior Nick Bonk had seven points and six boards for Stevenson, which was making its first appearance in the tournament. – Daily Herald


Stevenson at Moore/Prettyman Invitational: Junior Tommy Frezza finished second at 120 pounds and classmate Anand Batbaatar was fifth at 285 for the Patriots, who placed 10th out of 28 teams in the two-day event at Barrington High School. Senior Muzi Sitshela (152) and junior Max Gomez (195) were sixth in their weight classes. Four Pats finished eighth: Juniors Yoni Leibovitz (113) and Matt Zimring (126), and seniors Jake Simon (145) and Matt Meyer (285). Junior Igor Gueorguiev was ninth (160). – Official Results | Daily Herald, Illinois Matmen

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson hosted SHS Thanksgiving Tournament: The Patriots rolled past Neuqua Valley, 9-1, and Lake Central (Ind.), 12-1, to extend their winning streak to six games and earn a spot in the tournament’s Division A semifinals. SHS (26-9) scored all nine of its goals against Waubonsie before the Warriors lit the lamp with eight seconds remaining. Senior Trevor Hilt scored two goals and had two assists, while classmate Jackson Leptich had two goals and an assist. Sophomore Brett Stokes had a game-high three assists. In the Lake Central game, Jackson and fellow senior Michael Dowd each had two goals and three assists. Classmate Jake Camp also scored twice. – Boxscores: Neuqua Valley | Lake Central

Friday, Nov. 24 Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson at Schaumburg Thanksgiving Classic: Senior Klaire Steffens scored a career-high 23 points to lift the Patriots (3-2) past St. Charles East, 43-29, in their final game of the tournament. Klaire went 11 of 12 at the free-throw line, and sank all six of her attempts in the fourth quarter, as SHS snapped a two-game skid. She tallied 13 of her 23 points in the second half. Sophomore Avery King scored eight points and senior Kiana Cencula added seven. Stevenson held the Saints to single digits in three of the four quarters, including just three points in the opening frame. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic: Senior Jackson Qualley scored six of his 15 points to spark a 14-0 third-quarter run that lifted the Patriots (3-0) past Palatine, 56-47, in the semifinals of the tournament at Palatine High School. Jackson hit a three-pointer to give SHS a 28-26 lead. Junior Ethan Kolesky followed with two free throws, and junior Luke Chieng (12 points) and sophomore Matt Ambrose (game-high 17 points) capped the run with treys for a 36-26 advantage over the Pirates (2-1). Jackson also led the team with seven rebounds and passed out four assists. Senior Samvit Ram registered five assists. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson hosted Stevenson Thanksgiving Tournament: Senior Trevor Hilt scored three goals, including two in the first period, as the Patriots (24-9) opened the tournament with a 6-2 win over the Fox Valley Hawks. Trevor also had an assist. Junior Zach Wesley scored two goals and classmate Seth Cohen had the other. Seth and senior Michael Dowd each registered two assists. Senior goalie Nicolas Almenara made 23 saves for SHS, which outshot the Hawks, 58-25. – Boxscore

Wednesday, Nov. 22 Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic: Senior Jackson Qualley scored a game-high 21 points as the Patriots (2-0) defeated Waubonsie Valley, 47-37, in the second round of the tournament at Palatine High School. Jackson hit eight of his 11 field goal attempts and also grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Luke Chieng added nine points, while sophomore Matt Ambrose had six points, three rebounds and three assists. – Daily Herald

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, St. Viator 1: Senior goalie Elias Sandholm made 31 saves, including 13 in the final period, as the Patriots (23-9) prevailed at Mt. Prospect Ice Arena. Junior Seth Cohen and senior Jake Camp each scored within a 73-second span in the first period, staking SHS to a 2-0 lead. Senior Michael Dowd scored once in the second and third periods, and also assisted on junior Adam Offenbach’s goal in the second. Senior Jackson Leptich recorded two assists. – Boxscore

Tuesday, Nov. 21 Varsity Results

Boys Bowling

Stevenson 2,781, Grayslake North 2,533: Senior Lucas Pinkus posted the high series (667) and high game (257) among all 10 bowlers at Lakeside Recreation Center in Mundelein as the host Patriots (1-2) won their first dual match of the season. Freshman Joey Gluck had the third-highest series (557). Fellow ninth-graders Nicholas Sternes (538, including a 214 game) and Benjamin Ries (535) were close behind. Senior Marcus Engstrom added a 484. SHS broke the 900-pin barrier in all three games, including a 969 in the second.

Boys Basketball

Stevenson at Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic: Senior Samvit Ram scored a career-high 23 points as the Patriots toppled Tilden, 70-52, in their season opener. Classmate Jackson Qualley added 18 points.

Girls Basketball

Stevenson at Schaumburg Thanksgiving Classic: The Patriots (2-2) lost a defensive struggle to Wheaton Warrenville South, 23-18. Senior Kiana Cencula and sophomore Avery King scored six points apiece.

Sunday, Nov. 19 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 6, New Trier Blue 2: The host Patriots (22-9 overall, 7-3 Scholastic Hockey League) erupted for five unanswered goals at Twin Rinks Ice Arena, with two coming from junior Adam Offenbach. Seniors Frank Wiest-Puchala and Jackson Leptich had bookend goals around a score from junior Sam Shellist as part of the offensive outburst. Junior Billy Kopka concluded Stevenson’s scoring with a third-period goal. Senior Nicolas Almenara made 20 saves between the pipes. – Boxscore

Saturday, Nov. 18 Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: Tulane-bound senior Iza Pelka earned three medals in her fourth and final state appearance, as the Patriots placed 15th overall. Iza finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.52), was ninth in the 100 butterfly (56.04) and was part of the 11th-place 400 free relay with junior Ashley Carollo and sophomores Maddy O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens (3:31.95). Iza finished her career with seven state medals. Ashley was Stevenson’s other individual medalist, placing fourth in the 100 backstroke (55.84) to give her five state medals in three seasons. The top three finishers in the breaststroke were seniors. – Official Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson at Catholic Memorial Invitational: In Waukesha, Wis., the Patriot girls captured first place in three weapons (epee, foil, saber), while the boys were first in saber and second in epee and foil. Three Pats earned top honors in their division: Junior Geeta Jhangiani (women’s epee), sophomore Rachel Roh (women’s saber) and freshman Nikita Vasilyev (men’s saber). Senior Shiho Suto was second in women’s epee, while senior Steven Xia placed third in men’s saber. A trio of Patriot girls were fifth: senior Rachel Aranyi (epee) and sophomores Sanya Bawa (saber) and Aya Taira (foil). Three fencers were seventh: senior Annie Lu (women’s epee) and juniors Annika Rehberger (women’s foil) and Benjamin Levsky (men’s saber).

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, Niles Notre Dame 3: Junior Seth Cohen recorded a hat trick at Mt. Prospect Ice Arena for the visiting Patriots (21-9), who snapped a two-game losing streak. He scored one goal in each period, and senior Trevor Hilt had an assist on each one. Senior Michael Dowd also scored a pair of goals. – Boxscore

Boys Bowling

Stevenson at Rockford Guilford Survivor Invitational: At Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, senior Lucas Pinkus finished second overall, missing the individual title by three pins. He rolled a five-game series of 1,225, just 50 pins shy of the school record set by Zach Singer in winning the same tournament last year. Lucas had a high game of 276, the second-highest of his career. Freshman Nicholas Sternes rolled a 914 series, with a high game of 213. Classmates Benjamin Ries (869) and Joey Gluck (835, high game of 202) also competed in all five games. Sophomore James Ruiz bowled a three-game 533 series, while freshman Ryan Lerman had a 311 in his two games. SHS won the consolation round with its highest game of the year (1,042), beating its runner-up by more than 100 pins. Overall, Stevenson placed 13th among 22 teams.

Girls Basketball

Stevenson at Schaumburg Thanksgiving Classic: Evanston handed the Patriots (2-1) their first defeat of the season, 45-34. Senior Klaire Steffens led SHS with a game-high 15 points, with eight coming in the first quarter.


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Meeting For Seniors Applying for Service Recognition

Seniors interested in applying for Senior Service Recognition at graduation should attend an informational meeting during any half-lunch period on Friday in Room 2104. Mr. Erdmann will explain the process and provide information needed to begin your application. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Erdmann at


There are a number of great job shadows available for students over Winter Break. For a complete list of available opportunities, please visit the Career Exploration website. If you are interested in one of the opportunities, you must email Mrs. Willock in the CCC at as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Please do not email unless you are certain you are available on the specified date, able to provide your own transportation, and fully committed to participate! Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


Are you interested in learning chemistry beyond the classroom? Chemistry Club will be meeting from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1802. At the club, students participate in problem-solving activities and labs weekly.


The Ski and Snowboard Club parent meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall. Please be sure to attend. If you have any questions contact Mr. Wellington in the Student Activities Office.


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