Friday, April 13, 2018

Stevenson to Compete for WYSE State Title Tuesday

Nineteen SHS students will compete in the Illinois Worldwide Youth Science and Engineering Academic Challenge on Tuesday in Champaign. Stevenson reached the test-based competition by winning regional and sectional championships earlier this semester. SHS finished third in Illinois last year and was second in 2016.

WYSE features multiple-choice tests in seven subject areas: mathematics, computer science, English, physics, chemistry, biology and engineering graphics. The tests range in length from 30 to 80 questions; all must be completed in 40 minutes. Faculty members at colleges and universities around the country produced the tests.

The school’s contingent will include seniors Albert Cao, Zachary Chin, David Liang, Andrew Luo, Joel Slaby, Elaine Xiao and Joshua Yoon; juniors Andrew Ding, Andrew Gan, Aniket Nuthalapati, Varun Putcha and Tony Tan; sophomores Allen Ding, Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Philena Liu, Emily Lu and Richard Yin; and freshman Jared Machtinger. Junior Joey Rivkin qualified for state but is unable to attend.

Several members of the team have had success at previous WYSE state competitions. Last year, three Patriots finished second in their academic category: Joel in engineering graphics, and Albert and Tony in physics. Three others were third: Zachary in chemistry, Elaine in biology, and Aniket in English. Three placed fourth: Andrew Gan and Andrew Luo in computer science, and David in biology. Also, Joshua tied for second in math as a freshman, and tied for eighth in physics and ninth in math in 2016. Andrew Gan tied for 15th in computer science in 2016.

Senior Awarded Prestigious Evans Scholarship

Senior Jeremy Quinteros is getting a full-ride scholarship covering four years of tuition and housing at the University of Illinois, courtesy of the Evans Scholars Foundation. Jeremy earned the Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies, which is based on a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. The Evans Scholarship was established in 1930 by the Western Golf Association and celebrated amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr. Jeremy plans to study electrical engineering at UI.

Percussion Ensemble Concert Monday Night

Stevenson’s Fine Arts Division will hold its third annual Percussion Ensemble Concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The Stevenson Broadcast Network will have a livestream of the concert at

Heritage Award Winner, Holocaust Survivor, Dies

Holocaust survivor Aaron Elster, a District 125 resident who made many visits to Stevenson to discuss his experience, died Wednesday, according to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Elster received the Heritage Award in 2012, in recognition of his regular appearances at the school to talk with students in the junior class. He was scheduled to speak to students in March, but was unable due to illness. This Buffalo Grove Patch article chronicled the outpouring of appreciation at his Heritage Award ceremony. Here is a video in which Elster recounts his experiences. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Shalom Memorial Arlington Heights. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Aaron Elster Education Fund at Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, IL 60077.

Nine From Club Help Habitat for Humanity

Nine students from the Architecture and Engineering Club volunteered their time Saturday to help Habitat for Humanity of Lake County, an organization that provides affordable homes to low-income families. The students who attended the volunteer day were seniors Tim Green, Julia Qian, Ethan Tham and Borler Wu, juniors Anjana Ganapathy and Lisa Han, and sophomores Clare O’Brien and Bridget Zhu. They helped install siding on a home and garage, and set up formwork for sidewalks in front of the home. Their club sponsor is Kaitlin Rossi.

Alumni Open Restaurant in Chicago

Stevenson alumni and brothers Alex (Class of 2012) and Jeremy Bauer (Class of 2006) are two-thirds of the leadership team at Firenze Italian Street Food, one of four new vendors in the Chicago French Market. Firenze specializes in sandwiches and salads inspired by the street food in Florence, Italy.

Best Buddies Fundraiser at Culver’s Monday

The Best Buddies club is holding a fundraiser night from 3:30-8 p.m. Monday at the new Culver’s in Lincolnshire, 405 Milwaukee Ave. A portion of all sales during the fundraiser will go to the club, which enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing one-to-one friendships. Students with disabilities (buddies) are paired up with students without disabilities (peer buddies) and friendships develop.


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Thursday, April 12 Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson 18, Zion-Benton 0: The Patriots (13-0, 5-0) rolled to straight-set victories in each match. In doubles, the winners were sophomore Jenny Yang and freshman Emily Hu (21-0, 21-3), freshmen Benna Li and Jyotsna Harikrishna (21-5, 21-2), sophomore Esther Shi and freshman Shibani Ram (21-0, 21-0), sophomore Megan Wei and junior Thivya Sivarajah (21-12, 21-5), juniors Julie Zhu and Riya Gyanmote (21-1, 21-4), and seniors Amy Nowack and Harini Shanmugasundaram (21-13, 21-5). The winners in singles were Esther (21-0, 21-1), Shibani (21-1, 21-4), Jyotsna (21-0, 21-1), Emily (21-1, 21-3), Jenny (21-3, 21-3), Benna (21-5, 21-2), Megan (21-9, 21-4), Harini (21-8, 21-4), Thivya (21-10, 21-6), Julie (21-5, 21-7), Riya (21-3, 21-8) and Amy (21-10, 21-4).

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson hosted 47th annual Patriot Relays: The Patriots racked up 88 points, tying for second with Huntley. Barrington won the meet with 127 points. Seniors Nikita Smyrnov (4:29.01) and Tim Green (4:36.15) were second and third, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run. Nikita and Tim also were part of the second-place 3,200 relay squad with seniors Aaron Portman and Ethan Simanek (8:15.90). The 800 relay finished third with seniors Borler Wu, Seth Johnson and Ahmad Dinkins, and junior Dan Hynes (1:33.25). Those four also finished fifth in the 400 relay (45.76), and Seth was fourth in the triple jump (38-1) and sixth in the long jump (18-9). The 440 shuttle relay team of junior Sam Farber, seniors David Engstrom and Tae Hwan Kim and sophomore Jackson Adorjan was fourth (1:12.48). Also placing fourth were senior Jack Worwa in the high jump (5-2) and junior Maema Njongmeta in the discus (141-4). The 1,600 relay unit of Aaron, Ahmad, Borler and juniors Tajes Khanna placed fifth (3:38.50). – Official Results


Stevenson 8, Lake Forest 1: Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter for the host Patriots (7-4-1, 3-1). Senior Michael Thon started and went four scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out three. Juniors Christopher Farina, Eli Fishbein and Nicholas Brueckert followed with one-inning stints. SHS scored three runs in the second and added five in the fourth. Senior Caleb Evans was 2-for-2 with two runs batted in, and classmate Jack Housinger went 2-for-3. Junior Ryan McElhinny hit a triple, while junior Hayden Brotz and senior Evan Kiah had doubles. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 17, New Trier 3: Senior Claire Haas scored seven goals to lead the host Patriots (15-1) to their 13th straight win. Seniors Eileen Hoang and Bella Greenspan added three goals apiece. Junior Lauren Maloney scored twice, while senior Amelia Eastman and junior Kelly Kempf each had one goal. Junior goalie Anna Mossakowski made 10 saves.


Stevenson 11, Lake Forest 4: The Patriots improved to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the North Suburban Conference. No details were available.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Mundelein 0: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots won every match in straight sets, improving to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference. The winning singles players were junior Zachary Kim at No. 1 (6-2, 6-0), senior Sam Komis at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0) and freshman Daniel Tulchinskiy at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0). In doubles junior Ozzie Viswanathan and freshman Sai Merneedi rolled at No. 1 (6-1, 6-1), followed by junior Arjun Sheelvanth and freshman Eric Perkowski at No. 2 (6-0, 6-1), freshman Payton Adkisson and sophomore Andy Dong at No. 3 (6-0, 6-0), and freshman Thomas Gong and senior Michael Maryniuk at No. 4 (6-1, 6-0).

Frosh-Soph Runners Set Track Records

Sophomores Jahleel Perrin, Shane Johnson, Jordan Vincent and freshman David Smolensky set meet and school records in two events during the 47th annual Patriot Relays in the Stadium Thursday evening. They won the 400-meter relay in a time of 43.90 seconds, and combined to win the 800 relay in 1:31.25.

Height of Arrogance: Alum Deemed Too Tall to Play

SHS alumnus David Simon (Class of 2000), who has been playing professional basketball overseas for more than a decade, has been kicked out of the Korean Basketball League because he is too tall. The 6-foot-8 Simon said South Korean basketball officials have imposed a height restriction on foreign players due to declining game attendance. Officials say fans are rebelling against an overabundance of tall players. Simon was the league’s leading scorer in this season, averaging 25.7 points per game.


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Reminder: AP Pre-Administration Sessions Next Week

Advanced Placement exam pre-administration sessions will be held next week. Students taking an AP exam in May are required to attend one pre-administration session to complete demographic information. Students should allow approximately 15 minutes for each exam they are taking to complete the information. See the AP web page for details.

Celebrate Earth Week With the Green Team Next Week

The Green Team is celebrating Earth Week next week. Each day, there will be a theme and special activity during all lunch periods. The week starts with a guest speaker from the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) in the Recital Hall on Monday. The rest of the week’s activities will take place in the Wood Commons. Take the Carbon Footprint Quiz on Tuesday, and participate in a “plant-a-seed” activity on Wednesday. There will be sustainable food samplers on Thursday, and Kahoot on Friday.

Special Presentation on Organ Donation Today

All students are invited to hear a presentation on organ donation by Don Rowley during all lunch periods today in the Recital Hall. Mr. Rowley is a retired teacher and coach who received cornea transplants in both eyes. His appearance is part of National Donate Life Month.


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