Monday, March 5, 2018

Nine HOSA Students Win State Championships

Nine members of Stevenson’s HOSA-Future Health Professionals chapter won championships at the HOSA State Leadership Conference held Wednesday through Friday in Decatur.

The nine state champions (and their event category) included freshman Bella Kim (Dental Technology); sophomore Shrusti Jain (Speaking Skills); juniors Poojan Palwai (Human Growth and Development), Melanie Zhang (Medical Law and Ethics), Morish Shah (Clinical Specialty) and Saaniya Farhan (Epidemiology); and the senior team of Sarah Park, Rachael Zhang and Sannidhi Sarvadhavabhatla (Creative Problem Solving). Shrusti also finished third in Medical Reading, while Sannidi teamed with fellow senior Karaj Singh to place third in CPR/First Aid. Karaj earned another third-place finish with classmates Gurasees Bajaj, Shalini Patel and Trisha Patel in Creative Problem Solving. Saaniya received an additional honor when she was elected to be the Northern Vice President of Illinois HOSA for the 2018-19 school year.

Stevenson’s state champions qualified for the International HOSA Competition in Dallas June 27-30, leading a group of 35 who placed in the top three in their event.

Second-place honors went to: the team of seniors Bhavana Muppavarapu and Saketh Prazad and junior Ali Rahman (Biomedical Debate), juniors Sanjana Chunduri (Medical Law and Ethics) and Vaibhav Gupta (Medical Math), sophomore Celeste Xu (Dental Science), and the sophomore team of Omkarnath Halleppanawar and Vivek Thatte (CERT Skills).

Students finishing third included: seniors Laurel Guo (Behavioral Health), Jessica Bae (Extemporaneous Health Poster) and Satvik Yagnamurthy (Job Seeking Skills), the team of juniors Jay Hatkar, Tejas Khanna, Sri Medakkar and Rutvik Mehta (Public Health), juniors Elizabeth Turchin (Nutrition) and Mitul Kothapalli (Transcultural Health Care), sophomore Advaid Deoskar (Medical Law and Ethics), and the team of sophomores Nikhila Paleati, Sathvik Perkari, Krish Shah and Pritika Vemulapalli (Medical Innovation – Original).

Overall, 110 students from the school’s HOSA group competed in more than 50 health science-related events against more than 1,700 competitors at the Decatur Convention Center from Wednesday through Friday. Click here to see all others who finished in the top 10.  Abby Peters and Jill Lipman are the club sponsors.

BPA Brings Home Three State Titles

Three students in the Business Professionals of America club won state championships at the annual BPA State Leadership Conference last week in Oak Brook. Sophomore Joie You (Fundamental Accounting), and juniors Miranda Liu (Intermediate Word Processing) and Hunter Stroming (ICD-10CM Diagnostic Coding) captured top honors in their events, which were among more than 60 at the conference.

Stevenson’s three state champions qualified automatically for the BPA National Competition in Dallas May 9-13. They will be joined by 16 other qualifiers from SHS: seniors Akanksha Chaudhari, Michael Josephson, Brad Ma, Siddharth Nair and Daniel Powers; juniors Claire Huang, Sanjana Jain, Akshay Kuduva, Rohit Mandava, Varun Putcha, Ethan Ross, Sam Shen, Chris Varghese and Hannah Zhang; and sophomores Yuyang Bian and Delbert Su.

Overall, 70 BPA club members took part in the three-day competition, which included nearly 1,000 students from more than 40 high schools. The BPA sponsors are Jason Ford, Brett Stuart and Nick Valenziano.

Sophomore Families Invited to “Planning Your Future”

Sophomore families are encouraged to attend “Planning Your Future,” a college and counseling program, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Postsecondary counselors Sara English and Daniel Miller (Class of 2001), and Career Exploration Program Manager Diane Willock will discuss Naviance, career options, and what families can expect during junior year as they embark on the college-and-career exploration process. Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians. PearDeck will be used, so families can join in and view the presentation from electronic devices. A Gmail account is needed to login. For questions, contact College Career Center Administrative Assistant Chris McGurn at 847-415-4517.

JV Winter Guard Captures First Place

Stevenson’s Winter Guard teams traveled to Stagg High School for the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Contest on Saturday. The varsity placed fourth in the Scholastic A Division, while the junior varsity took first place in Scholastic Regional A. Next up for the varsity is the Winter Guard International Regional Competition March 17 at Francis Howell High School in St. Louis.


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Saturday, March 3 Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 62, Libertyville 43, Waukegan 0: Junior Emily Ossentjuk won two events, and senior Kesina Daley captured an event and was part of a winning relay for the Patriots in the Field House. Emily won the 55-meter dash in 7.8 seconds, and crossed first in the one-lap dash in 22.2 seconds. Kesina, meanwhile, leapt to top honors in the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), and ran in the first-place four-lap relay with junior Raeden Mays and seniors Haleigh Fobbe and Nicole Youkhanna (1:33.3). Other individual winners for SHS (4-0) were sophomore Denisa Voshtina in the 400-meter dash (1:06.4) and freshman Camille Clay in the shot put (33 feet, one-fourth inches)

Friday, March 2 Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Fremd 55, Stevenson 41: The 10th-seeded Vikings (18-12) captured the IHSA Class 4A Buffalo Grove Regional championship, its fourth in the last five seasons. Senior Jackson Qualley scored a game-high 23 points in his final game for third-seeded SHS (18-10), and also pulled down four rebounds. Sophomore Matthew Ambrose had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Fremd, which led 22-16 at halftime, hit 16 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. – Daily Herald


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Summer Job Fair Set for March 20

Are you looking for a summer job? Would you like to have a chance to practice your interview skills? Stevenson will be hosting its annual Summer Job Fair for students from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in Room 2104. Employers from the community will be in the building conducting on-site interviews and handing out information on available positions for the summer. Please contact Mrs. Willock at if you have any questions.


Anime Club will meet today after school in Room 1414. Everyone is welcome!

The Animal Welfare Club is meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2500 to make blankets to donate to area animal shelters. All are welcome. Snacks will be provided!


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