Tuesday, April 24, 2018

CBS 2 Puts Spotlight on Math Students

CBS 2 Chicago aired a “Positively Chicago” report on five Stevenson students who will defend their national MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge title on Monday in New York. Seniors Joshua Yoon, Haoyang Yu, Albert Cao, Deepak Moparthi and Andrew Hwang are among six finalist groups that will spend 14 hours using high-level mathematics to develop a solution to hunger and food waste problems in the United States. CBS 2 talked with the students and their coach, mathematics teacher Paul Kim. The winning team will receive $20,000.

Seven Students Reach Semifinals of USA Biology Olympiad

Seven students have reached the semifinals of the 16th annual USA Biology Olympiad competition. Seniors Elaine Xiao and David Liang, juniors Andrew Ding and Rachel Potula, sophomores Akash Kumar and Ellen Ma, and freshman Bella Kim are among 646 semifinalists. This is the second straight year that Elaine, David and Andrew have reached the semifinals.

The SHS contingent took the semifinal exam April 9, and will find out in early May if they are among the 20 finalists for the nationals in June at the University of California-San Diego. From that group, four will be chosen to represent the United States at the International Biology Olympiad in July in Tehran, Iran. A record number of high schools registered for the Biology Olympiad this year, and more than 7,200 students signed up for the Open Exam used to determine semifinalists. Several members of Stevenson’s Biology Olympiad club will participate in the 24th annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition on Thursday.

Six Students Earn Medals in Chinese Contest

Six students in the Chinese program earned medals in the 10th annual Midwest Chinese Teachers Alliance Speech Contest on Saturday. Junior Jeesu Choi earned a Gold Medal in Category III C (Chinese 3x), and also received a scholarship for eight weeks of study in Taiwan. Sophomore Yooji Kim also was a Gold Medalist in Category III B (Chinese 2x).

Three students received Silver Medals: Junior Noah Chiou in Category III C (Chinese 3x), and freshman Grace Zhu and sophomore Jasmine Zhang in Category IH (Heritage students, all levels). Freshman Ray Zhang received a Bronze Medal in Category IH.

Seniors Honored by Illinois Principals Association

Seniors Allison Chen and Hannah Cohen were recognized with Outstanding Student and School Citizen Awards by the Lakes Region of the Illinois Principals Association last week.

Alumni Gathering in Champaign Next Week

The Stevenson High School Alumni Association is sponsoring a get-together next week in Champaign for SHS alumni attending the University of Illinois and Parkland College. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 at Papa Del’s Pizza, 1201 S. Neil St. Alumni planning to attend are asked to let the association know through this link.


Monday’s Digest listed the wrong students who finished third in Microbe Mission at the Illinois Science Olympiad on Saturday. Senior Elaine Xiao and junior Andrew Ding placed third.


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Monday, April 23 Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Vernon Hills, 25-18, 25-17: The Patriots (19-4) traveled a few minutes north of campus and won their 10th straight match behind 12 kills from senior Leo Chen and six from sophomore Gavin Meng. Junior Will Sorenson distributed 18 assists on 39-of-39 setting, and classmate Thomas Finn was 6-of-6 with four assists. Sophomore Andrii Yerokihn made eight digs and senior Alex Bian added six.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson 103, Libertyville 43; Stevenson 137, Waukegan 5: The Patriots won 15 events and rolled to the double-victory in Libertyville. Freshman Camille Clay and senior Isabelle Sparreo each won two individual events. Camille captured the shot put (40 feet) and discus (120 feet, 8 inches), while Isabelle claimed the 800-meter run (2:24.6) and the 3,200-meter run (11:20.2). Senior Haley Tokars, junior Emily Ossentjuk and freshman Jordan Tollison each won an event and ran in two first-place relays. Haley crossed first in the 200 (26.7), while Emily and Jordan tied for top honors in the 100 (12.9). All three girls were part of the 400 and 800 relays. Their partner in the 400 relay (51.3) was junior Raeden Mays, while their relay mate in the 800 relay (1:51.8) was senior Haleigh Fobbe. SHS also won the 3,200 relay behind seniors Joanne Kim and Natalie Sparreo, sophomore Michelle Yu and junior Natalie Sorenson (10:38.9). Natalie Sorenson also won the 1,600 (5:34). Other individual winners were juniors Miffy Tani in the 100 hurdles (16.9) and Michelle Cai in the long jump (15-1), seniors Meghan Liss in the 400 (1:05.4) and Jessica Wang in the triple jump (32-5), and sophomore Alyssa Smith in the high jump (4-10).

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 13, St. Ignatius 6: The second-ranked Patriots held off the seventh-ranked Wolfpack for the second time this season, improving to 19-2 with their ninth consecutive victory. Freshman Dima Kobets led SHS with four goals and two assists, and also recorded seven steals. Senior Eric Osuch had three goals and three assists, and classmates Justin Ginsberg and Collin Kapecki added two goals and one assist apiece. Juniors Sam Shokodko and Beno Maya also scored. Senior goalie Charlie Day made four saves for the win, and freshman Alex Mitchell made three. – MaxPreps.com

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 23, Mundelein 9: The Patriots improved to 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the North Suburban Conference. – @PatriotsGLax

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 6, Glenbrook North 2: In a matchup of two schools that finished in the top seven at state last year, the Patriots (5-0) prevailed in Northbrook. SHS swept all four singles matches behind an all-freshman lineup. Erik Perkowski was a 6-3, 6-3 winner at No. 1, followed by Sai Merneedi (6-1, 6-0), Thomas Gong (6-1, 6-4) and Daniel Tulchinskiy (6-1, 6-0). In doubles, senior Sam Komis and junior Zachary Kim posted a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2, and sophomore Andy Dong and freshman Payton Adkisson earned a 6-0, 6-3 decision at No. 3. Glenbrook North tied for fourth in Illinois last year, while Stevenson was seventh.


Warren 12, Stevenson 1: Junior Maggie O’Brien drove in the lone run for the host Patriots (3-7 overall, 2-2 North Suburban Conference). – Daily Herald

Boys Gymnastics

Libertyville 143.8, Stevenson 105.7: Senior Danny Less finished second in the all-around competition (37.20). He was fourth on parallel bars (7.1), fifth on floor exercise (8.1) and pommel horse (4.8), tied for fifth with sophomore Mark Lozovnoy on vault (7.2), and was sixth on still rings (5.4) and horizontal bar (4.6). The Rudloff brothers, juniors Aaron (34.1) and Ben (31.5), were third and fourth, respectively, in the all-around. Aaron placed fifth on parallel bars (6.6) and was sixth on floor exercise (8.0). Ben was sixth on pommel horse (4.4). – MeetScorer.com


Libertyville 3, Stevenson 0: Senior Caleb Evans and juniors Ryan McElhinny and Jack Jonota accounted for the three hits by the visiting Patriots (10-7-1, 6-4). The Wildcats’ starting pitcher struck out 14 in 6-⅓ innings. Junior Hayden Brotz gave up two earned runs in 5-⅓ innings – Daily Herald, GameChanger.com

Steffens Wins Athlete of the Year Award

Senior girls basketball standout Klaire Steffens won the Community Choice Athlete of the Year Award for the Chicago Tribune’s Lake Shore zone last week. The winner was determined by online voting open to the public. Klaire and eight other zone-winning athletes will be honored by the Tribune and Country Financial at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest on June 10 in Chicago.

Versatile Peterson Adds Value to Softball Team

The Lincolnshire Review has a profile of sophomore Hailey Peterson, the leadoff hitter and starting catcher for the Patriot softball team. Hailey grew up in Long Grove, then moved to South Carolina for a couple of years. She moved back last year. First-year head coach Heather Ruchim (Class of 2005) said that Hailey made an impression on her during offseason, early morning workouts. “There are certain people, they have it or they don’t have it,” Ruchim said. “It took me to watch her swing and throw the ball a few times, and I knew she was someone who had it.”

Lacrosse Games Online Tonight

Today’s varsity boys and girls lacrosse games against Barrington in the Stadium will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network. The girls game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 o’clock. The action can be seen at Stevenson’s page on the NFHS Network. A subscription is required to watch. For the Patriot boys, it will be their first home game in more than a month.


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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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