Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Two Students Chosen for International Science Competition

Two members of the Science REACH club have been selected to participate in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science competition, in May. Senior Justin Lee and Varun Malladi will be among 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries selected to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes. They were chosen at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science North Suburban Regional research poster competition on Saturday.

This is the first time two Stevenson students have been selected in one year. Varun and Justin will join three SHS alumni as ISEF participants: Itamar Allali (chosen in 2014), Blandon Su (2015) and Rebecca Nelson (2016).

Justin’s project, in the Astronomy category, is entitled “Asteroid Ring Formation through 3-Dimensional Inelastic Collisions.” Varun’s project, in the Mathematics category, is called “Comparing Knot Equivalence.” The ISEF will be held in Pittsburgh in May.

Justin also was selected to present on his astronomy project at the 56th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, which will be held May 2-5 in Maryland. This is the first time a Stevenson students has been chosen for the symposium. He was selected Saturday at the JSHS regional competition at Loyola University Chicago. Also participating in the regional event was junior and fellow Science REACH member Poojan Palwai. To be selected for the regional competition, projects are judged in advance by Ph.D. scientists.

The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium program, sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level.

32 Science REACH Members Selected for State Fair

Several members of the Science REACH club earned awards and qualified for next month’s Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Fair in Peoria based on their research papers and posters presented at North Suburban Regional competitions last week.

At the regional paper session held Wednesday at Stevenson, junior Shreya Viswanathan earned the award for top paper. She and 16 other club members will be moving on to the State Science Fair: Sophomores Anna Wang, Megan Wei and Caimin Xi; juniors Alisa Wang, Anubhav Agarwal, Abhilash Raghram, Abishek Kannan, Aishu Sanchula, Aarim Khan, Joao Victor Rodrigues and Poojan Palwai; and seniors Noah Hirsch, Carina Su, Jonathan Xue and Justin Lee.

At the regional poster session Saturday at Niles North High School, four students earned best-in-category awards and 22 students were selected to compete in the State Science Fair. Capturing best-in-category honors were seniors Sanketh Bhaskar (Consumer Science), Justin Lee (Astronomy) and Carina Su (Mathematics), and junior Poojan Palwai (Cellular and Molecular Biology). Those four qualified for the state poster competition, as did freshmen Aarush Thakore, Jyotsna Harikrishna, Saanvi Juneja, Nikhith Rao and Sayalee Patankar; sophomore Celeste Xu; juniors Devanshi Gupta, Varun Malladi, Seoyeon Won, Venkata Pulugurtha, Anubav Agarwal, Aarim Khan, Joao Victor Rodrigues, Vaibhav Gupta, Zuhair Ali-Khan, Riya Gyanmote and Pujan Rawal; and senior Jonathan Xue. Overall, 39 Science REACH students competed in the research poster competition. Five students also won special awards: Varun (U.S. Metric Society), Anubhav (Naval Science Award), Justin (The Nuclear Society Award), Carina (Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society Award), and junior Shreya Viswanathan (The Society for In Vitro Biology).

Six Qualify for State Design Competition

Six members of the Architecture and Engineering Club qualified for the Illinois Design Educators Association state drafting and design competition with first- and second-place finishes at Friday’s regional contest held at SHS.

Freshman Judith Zhu placed first and sophomore Weiran Zhao was second in the 3D Computer-Assisted-Design Modeling competition. Senior Joel Slaby and freshman Rohan Durai were first and second, respectively, in the Assembly Modeling competition. In the Architecture Modeling competition, senior Ryan Mitchell finished first and sophomore Rahul Subramanian took second. The state competition will be held April 14 at Illinois State University.

Host Families Needed for Exchange Students

Stevenson families are needed to host English-speaking international students for the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested in an exciting long-term visit, please call Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500.

Educators From Seven States Visiting SHS Today

Nearly 130 educators from 14 schools and school districts in seven states are on campus today as part of Stevenson’s Site Visits for Educators program. Registration fees paid by site visit participants go to the Stevenson Foundation.

Visitors from the following schools came to SHS: Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va.; Avon Grove High School in West Grove, Pa., and State Area College Schools in State College, Pa.; Farmington Public Schools in Farmington, Mich.; Pine Mountain Middle School in Kennesaw, Ga.; Sunnyside Region School District in Fresno, Calif.; and the Pulaski Community School District in Pulaski, Wis. Six Illinois high schools also are represented: Canton High School, George Washington Prep in Chicago, Glenbard South and Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn, Hononegah Community High School in Rockton, and Morton High School in Cicero.

“Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live on Wednesday

Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey will talk about Wednesday’s student walkout during the next “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Stevenson’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/stevensonhs/.


The IHSA Scholastic Bowl state tournament will be held Friday, not Saturday, as reported in Monday’s Digest.


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Monday, March 10 Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 4, Glenbrook South 2: The Patriots advanced to the state championship game for the first time in program history. SHS (55-17-2), the No. 3 seed in the Blackhawk Cup Red Division state tournament, will face No. 1 Loyola Academy Gold for the state title at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the United Center. Senior Trevor Hilt scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally late in the second period, and senior goaltender Elias Sandholm made 18 saves for Stevenson, which outshot the Titans, 29-20. Trevor scored the contest’s first goal, assisted by junior Seth Cohen, at the 12:34 mark of the first period. GBS tied the game at 1-1 about eight minutes later, than took a 2-1 lead after a power play goal with 2:51 left in the first. Junior Carter Devlin evened the score early in the second period on a power play goal assisted by Trevor and junior Adam Offenbach. Trevor’s tally with 3:02 remaining in the second period gave the Patriots a 3-2 lead. His goal was assisted by Seth and Adam. Stevenson’s final goal came on an empty-netter by senior Jackson Leptich with 21 seconds remaining in the third period. – Box Score | Daily Herald

JV Hockey Team Reaches State Championship Game

The junior varsity boys ice hockey team will be playing for a state championship, too. The JV Gold beat Providence Catholic, 3-2, in two overtimes in Monday night’s Blackhawk Cup JV Division semifinals. SHS will take on Loyola Academy for the state title at 8:35 p.m. Thursday at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.


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Senior Service Recognition Deadline is Friday

Friday is the deadline for seniors to turn in their applications for community service recognition at graduation. Click here for the application portal, which includes helpful hints from seniors who have already filled out their applications. For an overview of the school’s community service philosophy, visit www.d125.org/service. For more information, contact Mr. Erdmann at berdmann@d125.org.

In a World Languages Class? Speak a Second Language?

Students in World Languages classes and students who already speak a language other than English have the option to take an exam that can help them be recognized by the State of Illinois in its Seal of Biliteracy program. The Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) exam will be offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi (new), Italian (new), Korean (new), Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Students interested in Latin can take the Latin Interpretive Reading Assessment (ALIRA) test. The cost is $20 for the AAPPL and $10 for the ALIRA. The registration deadline is April 13. An additional assessment for Hebrew, the STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) exam, will be administered separately. Students need to sign up by Tuesday, April 4. The tests will be administered after school on Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19. For more information about any of these exams and to register, please stop by Room 2434 and ask for Ms. Munch.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is Wednesday afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, Muffins, Cake, Pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.


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