Friday, April 27, 2018

Senior Named One of Country’s Top STEM Students

Senior Ali Rahman has been selected as one of the top 100 STEM students in the United States. Ali received the honor from STEM Premier, which describes itself as “an online ecosystem connecting emerging talent with higher education and industry.” Ali was selected from more than 225,000 students in 32 states. Rankings were based on an algorithm of more than 30 metrics including test scores, achievements, experiences and more.

Three Seniors Attain Eagle Scout Rank

Three seniors are the latest students to earn Eagle Scout honors through Boy Scout Troop 140 in Buffalo Grove. Allen Kuncheria, Joel Slaby and William Kritzmire of will be recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor on May 12, along with four other troop members. Less than 4 percent of all boys in scouting achieve the rank of Eagle.

All three boys engaged in community improvements for their Eagle Scout projects. Allen designed and constructed a fenced-in, raised garden bed and two picnic tables for the Vernon Area Public Library. Joel raised money for the supplies, and with the help of fellow scouts, built 11 breeding boxes with predator guards for flying ducks at the Almond Marsh Preserve. William and other scouts installed permanent flagpoles in the St. Mary Catholic Church parish cemetery for use on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and other services and school celebrations.

Senior Earns Prestigious Indiana Scholarship

Senior Rachel Aranyi has received the Wells Scholarship from Indiana University, which calls it “among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university.” The scholarship, named for former IU chancellor Herman B. Wells, covers the full cost of four years of undergraduate study at Indiana’s main campus in Bloomington.

Catalyst Members Participate in Press Conference

Several members of Stevenson’s Catalyst club went to Chicago last Friday for a press conference sponsored by a coalition opposing marijuana legalization in Illinois. Sophomores Victor Shi and Vrushali Thakkar, along with club co-sponsor Dr. Cristina Cortesi, the school’s substance abuse prevention coordinator, spoke during the press conference.

“We want to see the teens around us live a better, healthier, and substance free life,” Victor said. “We know that our brains are going through a critical developmental stage. If Illinois legalizes marijuana, it will negatively affect my generation.”

Vrushali had this to say: “One of the issues important to us as teens, is social justice. Proponents of marijuana legalization constantly state social justice as a reason to legalize. People are not going to jail for marijuana possession … and marijuana legalization repeatedly harms minority communities. Clearly, marijuana legalization has not helped minority communities and has indeed worked the opposite.”

The event was set up by Healthy and Productive Illinois, a project of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action. The group released a report estimating that legalization would cost the state $670.5 million a year, more than the projected amount of tax revenues, approximately $566 million annually. Catalyst members were accompanied by Cortesi and co-sponsor Jamie Epstein. Here is a link to video of the entire press conference. Victor begins speaking at the 4:40 mark, followed by Vrushali and Cortesi.

Junior Applauded for Leadership, Fundraising

Junior Mari Young received kudos in this article for her work as president of the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Junior Board. The foundation’s focus is on gastrointestinal cancer research and education. The Junior Board, comprising children ages 8-18, helps to raise money through community events. The board has raised more than $75,000 this year, including $50,000 at its April 15 “Curenival” in Highland Park.


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Thursday, April 26 Varsity Results


Stevenson 18, Lake Zurich 7 (6 inn.): Anna Fossier drove in five runs, Hailey Peterson had four hits, and Maggie Trotter and Haley Barnes each hit home runs as the host Patriots (5-8, 4-3) erupted for 20 hits and scored in every inning. Anna went 3-for-5, with each hit a double. Hailey was 4-for-5, scored five runs, hit two doubles, stole two bases and drove in a run. Maggie was 3-for-3 with four RBI, including a two-run homer, and crossed the plate twice. Haley went 2-for-3 with three RBI, scored two runs, and ended the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Gina Shanley and Maitreyee Malpekar each had two hits, and Maggie O’Brien had a two-run double. Stevenson never trailed in the contest. –


Stevenson 6, Carmel 5: Nicholas Brueckert singled in two runs, then stole home moments later with the game-winner as the Patriots (11-9-1) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Nicholas also was the winning pitcher, setting down the Corsairs in order in the top of the seventh on eight pitches, with two strikeouts. SHS trailed 5-2 and had two outs when Ryan McElhinny drove in Matt Dutler, setting up Nicholas’ heroics. Ryan was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while Hayden Brotz went 3-for-4 with a double and scored once. Evan Kiah was 2-for-3 and also doubled. –

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 11, Glenbrook North 9: Sophie Sorenson scored four goals and Michelle Shen added three for the host Patriots (12-2) in the Stadium. Sophie also had two assists and 11 draw controls. Goalie Ryan Johnson made 11 saves. Also scoring for SHS were Georgia Maskalunas, Tessa Simon, Taze Thompson and Kilian Weber.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Libertyville 0: Keeper Zoey Friedman made seven saves as the visiting Patriots (7-3-2, 3-0-1) earned their third straight victory and fourth in the last five contests. All of Stevenson’s wins have been by shutout this season, and Zoey has been in goal for all of them, although she shared time with Kaitlyn Machado in two contests. Kristin Hill played a role in both of the team’s goals. In the first half, she broke through the back line and was taken down for a penalty that was converted into a goal by Hannah Lapeire. In the second half, Kristin scored off an assist by senior captain Cassandra Farber. The Wildcats fell to 7-4, 2-2.

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake County Invitational: Senior Isabelle Sparreo won the 1,600-meter championship for the second time in the last three seasons, adding to the crown she captured in 2016. Isabelle ran the race at Grayslake Central in 5:07.18, joining Shenna Hill (Class of 2000) as the only Patriot to win two individual county titles during her prep career. Camille Clay, a freshman, brought home two field medals, placing second in the shot put (41 feet, 6 inches) and third in the discus (117-2.5). Natalie Sorenson finished fourth in the 3,200 (11:56.39). Other top-10 finishes came from the seventh-place 400 relay team of Emily Ossentjuk, Jordan Tollison, Haleigh Fobbe and Haley Tokars (51.60), Gabriela Jagielo in the 800 (seventh, 2:25.14), Haley in the 100 (eighth, 13.15), Michelle Cai in the long jump (eighth, 15-8) and Jessica Wang in the triple jump (31-9.5). Stevenson finished 10th out of 16 schools. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse, Girls Soccer Games Online

Tonight’s varsity boys lacrosse game against Glenbard West, and Saturday’s varsity girls soccer contest versus Lakes will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through the NFHS Network. The boys lacrosse game starts at 6 o’clock tonight, while the girls soccer match is at 9 a.m. Saturday. Both events will be played in the Stadium. A subscription is required to watch Patriot sporting events on the NFHS Network. Here are links to each game’s stream: Boys Lacrosse | Girls Soccer

Athletic Director Talks Patriot Athletics on Podcast

Athletic Director Trish Betthauser was the guest on the latest Lake County Sports Talk podcast with Jon Kerr of Tribune Media and Joe Aguilar of the Daily Herald. They talked about a wide range of topics, ranging from the challenges created by this spring’s lousy weather, to the benefits of participating in multiple sports instead of focusing on one alone. Plus, the hosts offered a nice shoutout to SHS coaches and teachers Tom Kelly and Bill McNamara. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Girls Lacrosse Fundraiser Ends Monday

The girls lacrosse program is selling gift certificates to Leider Greenhouses in Lincolnshire through Monday. See the girls lacrosse web page for details.


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All Seniors Invited to Class Breakfast Tuesday

The Senior Class Board is holding a breakfast for all seniors at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Sports Center.


Breakfast with Books will hold its last meeting of the year from 7:45-8:25 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading.

Would you like to learn to knit? There’s still time to learn before heading into summer. Join In the Loop, Stevenson’s knitting club, after school on Mondays in Room 2078 to cast on. All are welcome. See Ms. Kenney for more information.


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