Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

Stevenson Wins Illinois History Bowl, Bee State Titles

Stevenson won the varsity team title and swept the varsity and junior varsity individual awards at Saturday’s Illinois History Bowl/Bee state championships at Loyola Academy in Wilmette.

In the History Bowl competition, the team of seniors Chris Muth and Conrad Oberhaus, sophomore David Holmquist and freshman Arjun Nageswaran won the school’s first-ever varsity championship. In the History Bee individual competition, Chris won the varsity title and Arjun captured the junior varsity crown.

Sophomores Grant Davis and Meehir Dixit were the state runners-up at the JV team level. Sophomore David Holmquist was state runner-up in the JV History Bee. Peter Anderson is the team sponsor.

Happy Birthday to Adlai Stevenson

Today marks the 118th birthday of Adlai E. Stevenson II, the school’s namesake. Since 2010, this day has been known as Adlai Stevenson Day throughout Illinois in honor of the former governor and ambassador to the United Nations. The Student Services Division will be celebrating Stevenson’s birthday during the lunch periods today by distributing cake to all students.

Bus Service on Odyssey Days

Buses will begin picking up students 15 minutes earlier on the two days of Odyssey, Tuesday and Wednesday. Bus pick-up will start at 9:05 a.m., since classes begin at 10:15 a.m. both days. The after-school bus schedule will remain the same.

Students Playing Major Role in “Tobacco 21” Push

Several members of the Catalyst club have played significant roles in the movement to raise the state’s legal minimum age for tobacco sales to 21. Senior Borler Wu spoke at a press conference last week at which “Tobacco 21” legislation was unveiled. He was accompanied by fellow Catalyst members and seniors Katherine Yao, Melissa Hauptman and Ashleigh Machado. They and other Catalyst members successfully lobbied four local communities — Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Mundelein and Vernon Hills — to raise the minimum age, and worked with State Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield to introduce legislation into the General Assembly. If passed, the Tobacco 21 legislation would prohibit the sale and possession of tobacco and e-cigarettes to anyone under 21.

On Tuesday, Ashleigh is scheduled to testify on the bill before the House and Senate Public Health Committees, which will be voting on the proposal later in the day. According to Stevenson Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Cristina Cortesi, anyone interested in showing support for the Tobacco 21 legislation can submit “witness slips” by noon Tuesday. Here are the witness slips links for each committee: House | Senate. When completing the form, type “Self” in the Firm/Business or Agency field, and in the Representation field. If you support raising the minimum age to 21, select “Proponent” in the Position section. Finally, in the Testimony area, select “Record of Appearance Only.” After checking the ILGA Terms of Agreement box, click on the “Create (Slip)” button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.


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Saturday, Feb. 3 Varsity Results


Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots finished third in the Large School Division, their first top-three finish since 2006, when they also placed third. Stevenson posted a score of 89.43 at Grossinger Arena in Bloomington, behind Joliet West (94.44) and Marist (90.13). SHS advanced to the finals after earning the seventh-highest score (85.51) in the preliminaries on Friday. The team roster included seniors Gwenyth Arcara, Skyler Aubel, Hayley Daloia, Allie Johnson, Noelle Kang, Julia Los, Alexis Ohm, Brooke Rosenthal, Kalista Schneider and Eden Wright; juniors Sarah Grinde, Anna Harlow, Eliana Kaufmann, Lauren Mass, Payton Nierman, Benjamin Rudloff and Maddie Taborek; sophomores Sophia Canseco, Kayla Ghazvini, Nina Lozovnoy and Maddie Simon; and freshmen Abby Ruksakiati and Brianna Wisnewski. The co-head coaches were SHS alumnae Jessica Murphy (1998) and Jorie Walton (2010). – Final Results | Preliminaries Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Glenbrook South Regional: Three Patriots won regional championships and nine qualified for this weekend’s Barrington Sectional. Junior Tommy Frezza (33-4) won his second straight regional championship, capturing the 120-pound crown with a pin over a Hersey wrestler in the final. Tommy was regional champion at 113 last year. Senior Danny Ganzman and junior Max Gomez won their first regional titles. Max (34-8) claimed the 195-pound bracket in dramatic fashion, getting a takedown with 14.4 seconds remaining in overtime to beat his opponent from Prospect, 3-1. Danny (26-17), in his first year as a varsity regular, won the 182-pound division by pinning his counterpart from Rolling Meadows. Senior Muzi Sitshela (30-11) upset Rolling Meadows’ fifth-ranked wrestler in the 152-pound semifinals, and finished second. Also placing second were junior Matthew Zimring at 126, senior Jake Simon (30-15) at 160 and junior Anand Batbaatar (29-9) at 285. Also earning sectional berths were juniors Yoni Leibovitz and Ivor Guerorguiev (20-16), who finished third at 113 and 170, respectively. Sophomore Randy Lu placed fourth at 106. In the team standings, Stevenson finished second to Prospect, 237-203. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Warren Regional: Senior Jackie Koepp finished 10th overall, advancing to Saturday’s Buffalo Grove Sectional at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights. She rolled a six-game series of 1,038 at Waukegan’s Bertrand Lanes en route to qualifying for sectionals for the first time. SHS placed 12th as a team. – Official Results


Stevenson at Great Lakes Conference Championships: The Patriots won the overall title in the women’s division for the third straight year, and placed second in the men’s division during the season-ending meet at the University of Chicago Lab School. SHS captured first place in women’s foil and women’s epee, and was second in women’s saber. On the men’s side, the Patriots were second in epee and saber. Two fencers won individual championships. Senior Rachel Aranyi captured the women’s epee title for the third consecutive season, while sophomore Aya Taira won women’s foil. She was third as a freshman. Freshman Nikita Vasilyev finished second in men’s saber, while senior Benjamin Singson and junior David Liu tied for third in men’s epee. Sophomore Rachel Roh tied for third in women’s saber. Other Patriots who earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top eight of their weapon included seniors Annie Lu (fifth, women’s epee), Steven Xia (fifth, men’s saber), Angelia Lopez (eighth, women’s foil) and Jerry Zhou (eighth, men’s saber); juniors Geeta Jhangiani (sixth, women’s epee), Sarah Strezewski (sixth, women’s foil) and Sam Niyazov (eighth, men’s epee); and sophomore Sanya Bawa (fifth, women’s saber). – Official Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 39, Lake Forest 34: The host Patriots (13-6, 7-2 North Suburban Conference) scored the first 19 points of the game, then held off a second-half rally by the Scouts (8-13, 3-6) to capture their sixth win in a row. SHS remains tied with Libertyville for first place in the NSC. Junior Luke Chieng led Stevenson with 15 points, including a pair of free throws with 28 seconds remaining to seal the victory. He sank three of the team’s eight three-pointers. Also connecting on a trio of three-pointers was senior Jackson Qualley, all of them coming in the first quarter. He finished the game with 10 points and five assists. His final assist set up a three-pointer by senior Samvit Ram with 1:59 remaining that gave SHS a 36-30 lead. Samvit scored 10 points and added five rebounds. Senior Nick Bonk pulled down seven boards. – Daily Herald

Friday, Feb. 2 Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 47, Libertyville 33: Senior Isabella “Izzy” Paldrmic made her final game in the Sports Center a memorable one, scoring a career-high 20 points as the Patriots (15-11, 10-3) remained one game out of first place in the North Suburban Conference. SHS, which finishes league play at Lake Zurich on Wednesday, can capture a share of the NSC crown if Warren falters against Waukegan the same day. The Patriots and Lake Zurich are tied for second in the conference. Against Libertyville (13-13, 6-7), defense ruled the first half on Senior Night. Stevenson held the Wildcats scoreless in the first quarter and led 14-2 at halftime. In the third quarter, Izzy erupted for 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. She had a trio of treys for the game. Sophomore Avery King scored 12 points and senior Klaire Steffens added 11 for SHS. The two teams will face each other again in the IHSA Class 4A Highland Park Regional on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Stevenson is the No. 6 seed in the Fremd Sectional, and Libertyville is No. 11. – SBN Replay


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Guitar Audition Materials Available Online

The Stevenson guitar program will be holding auditions the week of April 9 for students interested in joining Guitar Techniques 2 and Patriot Guitar Ensemble classes. Audition information is available on this page. An audition is not required to join Guitar Techniques 1. For more information, contact Mr. Zimmerman at

GLASA Seeks Student Volunteers

The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports, clinics, camps and special events for youth, adults and injured military with a primary physical or visual impairment, is looking for student volunteers. Opportunities range from sport-specific weekly programs to office assistance to fundraising events. Students can participate in ongoing or one-time events with varying times and responsibilities. Most events occur on weeknights or weekends. For more information or to sign up, contact 2011 Stevenson graduate Micaela Fedyniak, GLASA’s program director and volunteer coordinator, at or text her at 847-989-7743.

What’s For Lunch Today?

You can see the lunch menus for the month of February by visiting You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.


The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is getting ready to start planning its fifth annual fashion show, which will be held on Friday, April 20! There will be a meeting from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612 for all students interested in being part of the show. The club is looking for students to work backstage, do hair and makeup, hospitality and, of course, model! All students are welcome, bring a friend. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Erickson, the faculty sponsor, at Hope to see you there!


The boys water polo team will have an informational meeting after school Thursday in the pool balcony.


This week’s Ski and Snowboard Club trip is to Lil Switzerland. Register and turn in your money to the Student Activities Office by the end of the day Wednesday.


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