Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Senior Archer Wins Second State Title

Senior Sami Hartman-Stackhouse won her second state archery championship on Saturday in Springfield, leading Stevenson’s top team to a seventh-place finish. The second team finished 11th, and both squads qualified for the National Archery in the Schools Program Eastern National Tournament May 10-12 in Louisville, Ky.

Sami set a state tournament record with her score of 296, which was four points shy of perfection. She scored 10s on 26 of 30 attempts, and had 9s in the other four. Sami had bullseyes on her first 18 shots. Her score beat the boys champion from Canton by four points, and was higher than all 506 high school competitors.

Sami’s score was 10 points higher than when she won the state title for the first time as a sophomore in 2016. Sami is scheduled to be honored by the Buffalo Grove Village Board at its meeting on Monday. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the village hall.

Junior Simon Honeyville finished eighth in the High School Boys Division with a score of 285 that included 17 10s. Senior Desmond Ding (281) was 15th in the same division. Senior Melissa Elsner (280) placed 23rd in the High School Girls Division.

Math Students to Defend National Title in NYC

The five students who won the national MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge last year have earned the opportunity to defend their title April 30 in New York City.

Seniors Albert Cao, Andrew Hwang, Deepak Moparthi, Joshua Yoon and Haoyang Yu won $20,000 in college scholarships by capturing last year’s challenge. They will compete against five other finalist teams at Jane Street, a quantitative trading firm.

In addition to Stevenson, the five other finalist teams hail from high schools in Middlebury, Vt., Los Altos, Calif., Osprey, Fla., Lincroft, N.J., and Waxhaw, N.C.  

The Stevenson contingent was selected for the finals over more than 900 teams from around the U.S. The SHS quintet was chosen for its paper detailing recommended solutions to food insecurity in the United States. Specifically, the group used mathematical modeling to develop strategies to quantify, reduce and repurpose leftover food from households, cafeterias, restaurants and grocery stores for the least cost. They had 14 hours to come up with their solutions.

Stevenson had a second team reach the semifinals of this year’s contest. Juniors Andrew Gan, Matthew Jalnos, Joseph Rivkin, Tony Tan and Angela Zhang will receive $1,500 in scholarship money.

Next ARTalk to Feature Chicago Painter

Chicago painter Rine Boyer will discuss her work and her career during the final ARTalks presentation of the school year at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Visiting Artist Gallery of the West Building. Her talk is free and open to the public. ARTalks is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation. Click here to read more about the artist.

Been There, Covered That

The Chicago Tribune ran this article on the state’s “brain drain” — an increasing number of students attending college outside Illinois — on the front page of its Sunday edition. SHS journalism teacher Dean Bradshaw offers a reminder that the Statesman, Stevenson’s school newspaper, covered this topic in March 2017.

Talking Prom on Facebook Live Wednesday

Prom is the topic of the next “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session. Share your Prom questions and memories starting at noon Wednesday on Stevenson’s Facebook page.


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Monday, April 9 Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 12, Conant 11 (3 OT): Junior Sophie Sorenson scored the game-winning goal as the visiting Patriots improved to 5-0, the best start in program history. Sophie had four goals in the game, along with two assists and seven draw controls. Sophomore Kilian Weber led SHS with five goals and also had an assist. Classmate Michelle Shen scored two goals, and junior Georgia Maskalunas had a goal and an assist. Junior Erica Spieler assisted on three goals. Senior goalie Ryan Johnson made 10 saves for Stevenson, which opens conference play at home Wednesday against Lake Forest. The game begins at 6 p.m. in the Stadium.

Brunson Wins Wooden Award

Days after winning a second national championship with Villanova University, Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015) capped his collegiate career with the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s top player for the 2017-18 season.

Five From SHS to Participate in Lake County Shootout

Four Patriot basketball players and one head coach will participate in the ninth annual Lake County Senior Shootout on Friday at Waukegan High School. Jackson Qualley and Samvit Ram will play for the East boys team, while Klaire Steffens and Kiana Cencula are on the roster for the West girls team, which will be coached by Stevenson’s Ashley Graham. The girls game starts at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 8 p.m. There also will be a coed three-point shooting contest, and a slam dunk competition. Admission is $5.

Boys Water Polo Fundraiser at Mac n’ Cheez Wednesday

The boys water polo team is holding a benefit night at Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez! in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Mention “Stevenson boys water polo” when ordering, and a portion of the sale will go to the program.


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Activity Period on Wednesday

There will be an activity period Wednesday. Several groups will have meetings, including Free the Children and Student Congress. Click here to see which groups are meeting, and where.

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.


Color Guard is open to all female and male students interested in performing precision routines in which the team interprets music through dance and flag work. Pre-audition clinics begin Saturday, April 21, and the first team practice will be held Thursday, April 26. See the Color Guard web page for details. If you have questions, contact Coach Houston at ahouston@d125.org.


The 2018 Options Fair for high school and college students with disabilities and their families will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the College of Lake County. Fifty agencies and organizations will provide vital information for individuals with disabilities, community and education professionals and families/caregivers. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/y8rd8umb.


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Arizona Supreme Court strikes down in-state tuition for DACA recipients

Justice Department investigating some colleges’ sharing of early-admit lists

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Utah State pledges reforms on heels of sexual misconduct investigation

Free Google Wi-Fi transforms rural school buses into rolling classrooms


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