Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stevenson Second at State WYSE Competition

Stevenson finished second in the Illinois Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Academic Challenge on Tuesday in Champaign, its third consecutive top-three finish. SHS was second in 2016 and third last year. Stevenson posted a score of 488.5, five points out of first place.

Three students won state championships: senior David Liang in Biology, and sophomore Allen Ding and senior Zach Chin in Chemistry. David also placed third in Chemistry, along with sophomores Richard Yin and Eric Gan.

Stevenson had two runners-up: junior Andrew Ding in Biology, and freshman Jared Machtinger in Physics. Other medalists included seniors Joel Slaby (third in Engineering Graphics), Josh Yoon (third in Mathematics) and Albert Cao (fifth in Physics), and sophomores Dylan Hu (fifth in Mathematics) and Emily Lu (fifth in Physics).

Senior’s Play Chosen for Los Angeles Festival

Two members of the TBA (Theatre Before Actors) Playwrights Club have received honors in the Blank Theatre Company’s 26th annual Young Playwrights Festival. Senior A.J. DePew’s play, Arachno Woman No Cry, was one of 12 chosen to be performed at the festival in Los Angeles in June. Two plays by junior Ananya Shah, You Can Put Lipstick On A Dino and The Little Things, received semifinalist consideration. Arachno and Dino are among the one-act plays that will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the West Auditorium.

Stevenson has a long tradition of sending student playwrights to the festival. In 2002, three alumna had their plays performed: Jenna Ahrens (Class of 2002), Philippa Ainsley (Class of 2003) and Megan Hovany (Class of 2003). In 2010, Marissa Bohrer and Danny Barry (both from the Class of 2010) had plays chosen. Jonah Rawitz (Class of 2016) was a 2015 selection.

Five Students to Compete in Congressional Art Contest

Five student-artists will present their work at the annual Congressional Art Competition from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at the David Adler Center in Libertyville. The winner will have his or her entry displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. The second- and third-place pieces will be displayed in Congressman Brad Schneider’s district and Washington, D.C. offices, respectively. Stevenson’s participants (and their medium) are senior Katy Sloka (Digital Photography), juniors Katherine Zeng (Colored Pencil), Diana Struif (Graphite) and Payton Twarowski (Colored Pencil), and sophomore Kara Lee (Mixed Media). The competition is open to the public.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Culver’s on Friday

The Choral Guild is holding a fundraiser at the Culver’s restaurants in Lincolnshire (405 Milwaukee Ave.) and Buffalo Grove (450 McHenry Rd.) from 4-8 p.m. Friday. Mention “Choral Guild” when ordering, and a portion of the sale will go to the choir program.


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Wednesday, April 18 Varsity Results


Stevenson 17, Glenbrook South 1: The Patriots improved to 15-0 with the win in the Field House. SHS won 11 of 12 singles matches and swept all six doubles contests. Sophomore and defending state champion Esther Shi returned to the lineup and posted a 21-3, 21-2 victory at No. 1 singles. Freshman Emily Hu and sophomore Jenny Yang were 21-4, 21-3 winners at No. 1 doubles. Also winning in singles were freshman Shibani Ram at No. 2 (21-7, 21-5), freshman Jyotsna Harikrishna at No. 3 (21-7, 21-6), Emily at No. 4 (21-5, 21-4), Jenny at No. 5 (21-12, 21-5), freshman Benna Li at No. 6 (21-7, 21-12), sophomore Kaitlyn Lu at No. 7 (21-7, 21-12), senior Shirley Cao at No. 8 (21-15, 21-9), sophomore Megan Wei at No. 9 (21-18, 21-16), junior Julie Zhu at No. 11 (21-12, 21-9), and junior Thivya Sivarajah at No. 12 (21-9, 21-4). The other winning doubles tandems were Benna and Jyotsna at No. 2 (21-6, 21-8), Esther and Shibani at No. 3 (21-2, 21-5), Megan and Kaitlyn at No. 4 (21-10, 21-10), Shirley and Thivya at No. 5 (21-10, 21-14), and Julie and senior Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 6 (21-7, 21-15).

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Zion-Benton, 25-23, 25-17: Senior Leo Chen had eight kills and classmate Alex Bian served four aces as the visiting Patriots (17-4, 3-0) won their eighth straight match. Junior Will Sorenson was 52-of-55 setting with 22 assists, adding two kills and making five digs. Senior George Lie had 15 digs and classmate Matt Cliffer contributed five kills. Sophomore Gavin Meng had four kills, while Alex and junior Thomas Finn recorded four digs each. Sophomore Andrii Yerokihn served two aces for SHS, which will travel to conference co-leader Libertyville on Wednesday.

Tuesday, April 17 Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Schaumburg 7: Junior Sophie Sorenson scored four goals and sophomore Kilian Weber added three as the Patriots (7-0) continued their historic start to the season. Other goals came from sophomores Michelle Shen and Taze Thompson and juniors Erica Spieler and Sasha Zoubareva. Eight Patriots had assists. Senior goalie Ryan Johnson made seven saves.


Stevenson 6, Waukegan 4: Trailing 2-1 after six innings, the Patriots (3-4, 2-1 NSC) rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning, then held off the Bulldogs in the bottom of the inning to secure the win. Sophomore Maggie Trotter rocked a double to right center field that scored junior Maitreyee Malpekar and tied the game at 2-2. A trio of singles by sophomore Hailey Peterson, junior Anna Fossier and senior Gina Shanley gave SHS a 5-2 lead, and junior Maggie O’Brien capped the rally with an RBI triple. In the bottom of the seventh, the Bulldogs scored three runs without an out and had the tying run at the plate, but the Patriot defense withstood the charge. Gina finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs batted in plus a double. Anna was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Riley Housinger went the distance in the circle. She pitched all seven innings, allowing six hits while striking out three and walking none. The game was played at Stevenson because of poor field conditions at Waukegan. SHS was the visiting team.

Hockey Trio at National Tournament Outside St. Louis

Three seniors from Stevenson’s state runner-up boys ice hockey team are playing for Team Illinois in the 34th annual America’s Showcase tournament through Monday in suburban St. Louis. Forwards Jackson Leptich and Trevor Hilt, and goaltender Elias Sandholm, are part of the 20-player roster for the showcase, which is considered the top high school hockey event in North America. Team Illinois has won the last two America’s Showcase titles, and four of the past five. Jackson talked with hockey writer Ross Forman for this piece running in today’s Daily Herald.

Gymnastics Alum in Running for Sport’s “Heisman”

Stevenson alumnus Austin Hodges (Class of 2014) is one of seven finalists for the Nissen Emery Award, considered to be the “Heisman Award” for men’s college gymnastics. The award is given to a senior gymnast based on achievement, sportsmanship and maintaining high academic standards throughout his career. Hodges, who recently finished fifth on pommel horse at the Big Ten Championships, will compete in the NCAA Championships Friday through Sunday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.


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Allied Soccer Post-Game Party Saturday in the Stadium

Join the Sophomore Class Board after the Allied Soccer game on Saturday for food, games and fun to support the team and Autism Speaks. The game begins at noon in the Stadium. Wear your “Light It Up Blue” T-shirt to the game!


Do you knit or crochet? Would you like to learn? In the Loop, Stevenson’s knitting club, meets after school on Mondays in Room 2708. All are welcome! Contact Ms. Kenney ( with any questions.


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