Monday, April 30, 2018

JV History Bowl Team Wins National Championship

Stevenson won the junior varsity division national championship at last weekend’s eighth annual National History Bowl and Bee in Arlington, Va., and sophomore Govind Prabhakar captured national titles in two events.

In the JV National History Bowl, a buzzed-based history quiz competition open only to freshmen and sophomores, Govind and fellow sophomores Meehir Dixit, Grant Davis and David Holmquist, along with freshman Arjun Nageswaran, defeated four schools to claim the title and finish the year with a 15-0 record. They defeated Montgomery Blair (Md.), 420-160, Saratoga (Calif.), 460-130, and George Washington (W. Va.), 370-250, to claim the winner’s bracket. The Patriot five then beat another California squad, Team Pi-oneers, 250-200, before stopping the West Virginia school again, 270-180, to secure the championship.

This was the best performance by any Stevenson team, varsity or JV, at the National History Bowl. SHS finished sixth in the varsity division last year, and was fourth in the JV competition two years ago. This is the fourth year Stevenson has competed at nationals. Due to the Prom on Saturday, varsity qualifiers were unable to attend.

On Friday, Govind captured two individual JV events: the National History Bee and the U.S. History Bee. Arjun placed fifth in both events. Both competitions have a similar format, but are run by different organizations. By winning the U.S. History Bee, Govind earned free admission to the International History Olympiad July 14-22 in Berlin, Germany. Govind also placed fifth in the varsity level of the U.S. national championships of the International Geography Bee. Peter Anderson was the coach of the History Bowl team.

Junior Wins Title at State Journalism Contest

Junior Olivia Lamberti won the state championship in the News Writing category at the Illinois High School Association journalism finals Saturday at Eastern Illinois University. Her winning piece about the #MeToo movement helped Stevenson to a seventh-place tie in the team standings, its second top-seven finish in the last three years. SHS was second in 2016.

Two other members of the Statesman student newspaper staff won state medals. Junior Ashley Mandel placed third in Review Writing with her piece on a collegiate jazz band, and senior Max Cohn was fourth in Sports Writing for coverage of an SHS girls basketball game. Sophomore Trisha Patel also competed in the Advertising category.

Olivia also won the Palatine Sectional championship in News Writing on April 21, while Max earned the sectional crown in Sports Writing and Trisha was tops in Advertising. Ashley was third in Review Writing. Junior Kendall Roberts was fifth in Editorial Writing. Senior Yogin Patel placed fifth in Newspaper Design. Senior Vicky Kolotov was sixth in Photo Story Telling.

Prominent Patriot Award Winners Announced

Senior Alex Bennett and junior Lily Michaud were named the recipients of second-semester Prominent Patriot Awards on Friday. They were among 77 students nominated for the award, which is given at the end of each semester to a student who demonstrates outstanding character and displaying what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community.

Lily, who transferred to Stevenson last year, was chosen for her involvement with Operation Snowball and Catalyst, for her efforts as manager of the girls water polo and boys swim teams, and as a member of the girls swim squad. “Lily is a person who is constantly observing the environment around her and looking for ways to make everyone around her a better person,” her nomination read. “She is incredibly humble and one of the kindest people we have ever known and are so impressed with her ability to continuously exceed all expectations.”

Alex, known for his charismatic personality, was chosen for his work with Peer Helpers, the school radio station, Operation Snowball, and as a Senior Physical Education Leader. “He has the ability to make everyone around him feel included and valued by taking a genuine interest in they are as a person beyond what is seen every day in school,” his nomination stated. “Alex loves to be challenged and never takes the easy way out, instead he looks for innovative ways to embrace difficult tasks and put his own spin on the final product.”

Consortium Art Festival Tuesday Evening

The 39th Annual Consortium 125 Art Festival evening reception will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. The annual show is an exhibition of K-12 student artwork from Aptakisic, Country Meadows, Daniel Wright, Diamond Lake, Fairhaven, Fremont, Half Day, Ivy Hall, Kildeer, Meridian, Prairie, Pritchett, Sprague, St. Mary, Stevenson, Tripp, Twin Groves, West Oak and Woodlawn School. This event is open to the community.

Sports Boosters Selling Apparel With New Logos

Families interested in purchasing Stevenson apparel with the new school logos can do so from the Stevenson Sports Boosters at two events this week in the Field House lobby. “Vintage” items with the expiring logos also will be available for a reduced price. Apparel will be sold during the Consortium Art Festival, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. On Friday, the Sports Boosters will have a “flash sale” during all lunch periods (approximately 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Visitors can check in at the East Attendance Office by the Field House entrance, and shop in the Field House lobby.

String Parents Fundraiser Begins Tuesday

The String Parents Association is holding a fundraiser throughout the month of May at Yu’s Mandarin, 4 E. Phillip Rd., in Vernon Hills. The fundraiser begins Tuesday and ends May 31. Mention the SPA when ordering, and a portion of the sale will go to the strings program at Stevenson. See this flyer for details.


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Saturday, April 28 Varsity Results

Girls Badminton

Stevenson hosted North Suburban Conference Championships: The host Patriots won the second annual conference championship for the second straight year. SHS outscored runner-up Lake Forest, 54-34, and topped four other schools. As it did in 2017, Stevenson swept every singles and doubles flight, even though there were more of each. Defending state champion Esther Shi won the No. 1 singles title again, followed by Shibani Ram at No. 2, Emily Hu at No. 3, Jenny Yang at No. 4, Kaitlyn Lu at No. 5, Benna Li at No. 6, Shirley Cao at No. 7, Megan Wei at No. 8, Harini Shanmugasundaram at No. 9, Julie Zhu at No. 10, Thivya Sivarajah at No. 11 and Amy Nowack at No. 12. Jenny, Kaitlyn, Shirley, Thivya, Harini, Julie and Megan were repeat singles champions. The winning doubles combinations were Emily and Jenny at No. 1, Benna and Jyotsna Harikrishna at No. 2, Esther and Shibani at No. 3, Kaitlyn and Julie at No. 4, Shirley and Thivya at No. 5, and Amy and Harini at No. 6. Four freshmen, Emily, Jyotsna, Benna and Shibani, and one senior, Amy, won their first conference championships. Last year, there were 10 flights in singles and five in doubles. Stevenson will begin defense of its state championship at the IHSA New Trier Sectional starting on Thursday.

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Pitchford 32 Invitational: At Hersey, the Patriots finished second to Hinsdale Central, which finished third in the state last year, and ahead of reigning state champion Naperville Central. Zachary Kim won the No. 2 singles championship, defeating his opponent from New Trier, 6-1, 6-0 in the finals. Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath Viswanathan finished fourth at No. 2 doubles. Sam Komis was fifth in No. 1 singles, while Sai Merneedi and Erik Perkowski were fifth at No. 1 doubles. – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at Zeeland/Hudsonville (Mich.) Tournament: The Patriots’ consecutive win streak reached 23 games after they finished the two-day tournament with a 4-0 record. SHS (25-1) polished off Jenison, 9-0, and third-ranked Zeeland, 16-1. Goalie Anna Mossakowski made 11 saves in the shutout win, then turned away nine shots in the second game. Claire Haas scored six goals in the win over Zeeland, and Lauren Maloney had four. Six Patriots scored in the win over Jenison.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The Patriots won both of their games to close out the two-day tournament. SHS defeated Loyola, 9-4, and Lincoln-Way East, 9-7, improving its season record to 23-3. Justin Ginsberg scored four goals against Loyola, and goalie Charlie Day made seven saves as SHS allowed just 11 shots on goal. In the Lincoln-Way East game, Filip Mihajlovic, AJ Carollo and Dima Kobets each scored twice. – Daily Herald,

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Lakes 1: The Patriots (8-3-2) scored in the second half to break a 1-1 tie for their fourth consecutive victory. Lakes fell to 3-8. –


Buffalo Grove 6, Stevenson 4: Isaiah Hart and Jack Housinger each had two hits for SHS (11-10-1), and all of their hits were doubles. Hayden Brotz drove in a pair of runs. Six Patriot pitchers held Buffalo Grove (17-3) to four hits in six innings. The host Bison rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to claim their 13th consecutive win. –, Daily Herald

Friday, April 27 Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Spartan Relays: At Glenbrook North, Jahleel Perrin and Shane Johnson ran in two winning relays for the Patriots, who finished two points behind champion Deerfield in the team standings, 84-82. Jahleel and Shane formed half of the 400-meter and 1,600-meter sprint medley relays. They were joined in the 400 relay by Ahmad Dinkins and David Smolensky, finishing with a time of 43.79 seconds. In the sprint medley relay, which had two legs of 200 meters, one of 400 and the final at 800, Shane and Jahleel were followed by Jordan Vincent and Aaron Portman (3:47.27). Stevenson also received a first-place effort from Maema Njongmeta in the discus (163-8). Aaron ran in two second-place relays. He was in the 1,600 relay with Ahmad, Jordan and Borler Wu (3:37.26), and in the 3,200 relay with Brett Lucas, Ethan Simanek and Nikita Smyrnov (8:18.09). SHS had two other runner-up relays: the 6,400 with Nikita, Brett, Tim Green and Raven Jo (18:50.76), and the 480-yard shuttle hurdle with Sam Farber, Tae Hwan Kim, Josh Chu and Asher Mason (1:01.64). The 4,000-meter distance medley relay team of Tim, Alex Beckerman, Tajes Khanna and Cameron Coffey placed third (11:13.58). Maema ran in the fourth-place 400 throwers relay with Anand Batbaatar, Dan Erdenetsogt and Nick Machado (53.39). The 440 shuttle hurdle relay unit of Tae Hwan, Sam, Jackson Adorjan and David Engstrom finished fifth (1:12.57). – Official Results

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson at Zeeland/Hudsonville (Mich.) Tournament: The Patriots (23-1) extended their winning streak to 21 straight games with victories over two of Michigan’s top four ranked teams in the opening day of the tournament. SHS downed top-ranked Hudsonville, 13-2, and No. 4 Grandville, 12-1. Claire Haas scored four goals and Amelia Eastman added three in the win over Hudsonville. Against Grandville, Eleanor Michaud and Eileen Hoang led the Pats with three goals apiece. Goalie Anna Mossakowski made eight saves in each game.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Varsity Classic: The third-ranked Patriots (21-3) defeated New Trier in the opening game, 12-4, for their 11th straight victory, then saw the streak snapped during a 8-6 loss to No. 1 Lyons Township. Justin Ginsberg scored six goals and Collin Kapecki added three against New Trier. Eric Osuch led SHS with three goals versus Lyons. –


Grant 14, Stevenson 1 (5 inn.): Maggie O’Brien homered in the fourth inning as part of her two-hit day. Hailey Peterson was 1-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base. Maitreyee Malpekar had the other hit for SHS (5-9). Grant improved to 13-5. –, News-Sun

Boys Lacrosse

Glenbard West 15, Stevenson 6: Caleb Benoit-DiMaria scored four goals and added an assist for the Patriots (3-8) against the third-ranked Hilltoppers in the Stadium. Austin Masters and Cole Okmin accounted for the other goals. Cole also had an assist. Goalie Chad Winter made 21 saves.

Boys Track Meet Live Stream Available Today

Today’s boys track and field meet against Lake Zurich and Lake Forest is scheduled to be live streamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network beginning at 4:30. You can watch the meet at (subscription required).


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Freshmen Invited to Star Wars Trivia Breakfast

The Freshman Class Board invites all freshmen to its “May The 4th Be With You” Star Wars trivia breakfast from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Friday in Room 2104. There will be a trivia contest with questions about Star Wars and about Stevenson High School, and a light breakfast will be provided.

Who Created the Best Space? You Decide

Students in the Interior Design classes have taken the White Room Challenge! They were given foam core board and basic supplies, and they had to design and create a living room space. Do you want to have a say in who wins? Follow this link to vote for your favorite!


Animal Welfare Club is meeting after school Tuesday in Room 2500 to organize its dog treat fundraiser. All are welcome! See Ms. Kenney for more information.


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