Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Debater Finishes 11th in Nation

For the first time in program history, the debate team had two students reach the semifinal round at the Tournament of Champions tournament at the University of Kentucky last weekend. Juniors Sydney Glickson and Mary Polupan earned berths in the semifinals of the tournament, which features 125 of the top congressional debaters in the country. Sydney advanced to the final round of 12, finishing 11th in the nation.

26 Students Win Gold at State Science Fair

Twenty-six members of the Science REACH Club won Gold Awards for their papers and posters at the annual Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair last weekend at Bradley University in Peoria.

Eighteen students earned Gold Awards at the poster session on Saturday, with five receiving Best in Category Awards: Carina Su (Mathematics), Anubhav Agarwal (Computer Science), Venkata Pulugurtha (Microbiology), Justin Lee (Astronomy) and Sayalee Patankar (Cellular and Molecular Biology). Others receiving Gold Awards were: Aarim Khan, Joao Victor Rodrigues, Jonathan Xue, Poojan Palwai, Devanshi Gupta, Aarush Thakore, Celeste Xu, Pujan Rawal, Riya Gyanmote, Nikhith Rao, Seoyeon Won, Varun Malladi, and Vaibav Gupta. Anubhav also won a special award for Excellence in STEM Education and Carina earned the Schroeder Wetzle Scholarship.

On Friday, 15 students won Gold Awards for papers describing their research experiments: Carina, Aarim, Joao, Anubhav, Jonathan, Justin, Poojan, Alisa Wang, Megan Wei, Anna Wang, Caimin Xi, Aishu Sanchula, Shreya Viswanathan, Abhilash Raghuram and Abishek Kannan. Megan and Anna won the Apple Dental Special Award and $100 for their paper. Click here to see the list of papers and awards.

AP Government Teachers on C-SPAN Saturday

Advanced Placement Government teachers Andy Conneen and Dan Larsen will lead their 10th annual “Cram for the Exam” on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program at 8 a.m. Saturday. The one-hour review session will help students around the country prepare for the AP Government exam, which is Thursday, May 10.

The two teachers will discuss the exam, preview sample questions, and make suggestions as to what students should be studying. They also will respond to student questions posed through phone calls and social media. Students in the Central Time Zone can call 202-748-8000, or they can tweet questions to @cspanwj or use the hashtag #CSPANCram4Exam.

To see previous “Cram for the Exam” sessions, visit the two teachers’ website, CitizenU.org.

Spring Dance Concert This Weekend

The SHS Fine Arts Division will present the 2018 Spring Dance Concert Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Performances begin at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased through the Online Store or reserved by calling 847-415-4126. Tickets also will be sold at the door. The concert will feature dancing and choreography by students from the Concert Dance class and the Mélange and Repertory dance companies. This article lists the students scheduled to perform.

Students Organize Fundraisers to Honor Senior

A group of students has organized two fundraisers in honor of a senior who has a rare genetic disease. Since birth, Jack Greeley has had cystinosis, which affects an estimated 2,000 people worldwide. The disease attacks various organs in the body through the accumulation of an amino acid called cystine. Without specific treatment, children with cystinosis develop end stage kidney failure at approximately age nine.

Five sophomores have taken the initiative to raise money for the Cystinosis Research Network in Jack’s honor. They have set up a youth baseball tournament this summer and on Sunday will hold a daylong fundraiser at the new Culver’s of Lincolnshire, at 405 Milwaukee Ave. Zach Fell is chairman of the tournament committee, and Aiden Asllani, Sean Kiah, Jake Surane and Chris Switzer are committee members. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from Sunday’s fundraiser will be donated to the Summer Slam Baseball Tournament, which will take place June 20-24. Money raised from the tournament will be donated to CRN. Jack talked about the fundraisers, and about cystinosis, with Todd Shields of Tribune Media.

Special Ed Aide’s Dog Therapy Program Holding Expo

Special Education aide Lisa Goldberg is a founding member of K9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore, a therapy dog program motivating children to read. The program will celebrate its 10th year of operation Saturday with a K-9 Pup Strut and Expo. The event will take place from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Rd., in Highland Park. There will be a one-mile walk (with or without dog) and a free expo. Presenters at the expo will include WGN Radio host and pet blogger Steve Dale, children’s author Nancy Gee, dog behaviorist and trainer Dennis Hill, and Robin’s Dog Stars. Visit this link for details and to register for the walk.

SHS Parent Named to Lincolnshire Village Board

SHS parent Julie Harms Muth was appointed recently to fill a vacancy on the Lincolnshire Village Board. She replaces another Stevenson parent, Karen Feldman, who resigned her seat to focus on her election campaign for the 59th Illinois House District. Feldman is running against a Stevenson alumnus, Daniel Didech (Class of 2005).


The junior varsity History Bowl team went 15-0 at the National History Bowl and Bee championships last weekend. Monday’s Digest reported the team’s season record was 15-0.


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Monday, April 30 Varsity Results


Stevenson 7, Lake Zurich 0: Matthew Mittelmark threw a two-hit shutout with seven strikeouts for the host Patriots (12-10-1 overall, 7-6 North Suburban Conference) in the first game of the three-game series. Matthew threw 85 pitches to beat the Bears, and only allowed one runner to reach third base. SHS scored at least one run in five of its six innings, and put the game away with a three-run fifth inning. Evan Kiah hit a two-run triple in the fifth. Jack Housinger went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Caleb Evans was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs batted in. Ryan McElhinny also went 2-for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. – GameChanger.com

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 109, Lake Zurich 36; Stevenson 104, Lake Forest 44: Maema Njongmeta set a new school record in the discus, and Sam Farber and Nikita Smyrnov each won two individual events to pace the host Patriots (8-0). Maema unleashed a winning throw of 168 feet, 11 inches, edging the record of 168-9 set by Derek Chmelewski at the 2009 IHSA state finals. Nikita captured the 3,200-meter run (9:50.6) and the 800 (2:01), while Sam won two individual events: the 110-meter high hurdles (16.8) and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (43.1). Other individual winners included Seth Johnson in the triple jump (39 feet, 3 inches), Dan Erdenetsogt in the shot put (49-4.25), Ahmad Dinkins in the 100 (11.4), Aaron Portman in the 400 (51.4) and Borler Wu in the 200 (23.7). Stevenson also won three relays: the 1,600 (3:41.4), the 800 (1:30.4) and the 400 (44.1).

Boys Volleyball

Fremd d. Stevenson, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22: The Vikings (23-3), ranked second in the latest Daily Herald poll, held on against the seventh-ranked Patriots (19-6) in Palatine. Leo Chen led SHS with 10 kills and Matt Cliffer added eight with four block assists. Justin Ross recorded seven kills, while Thomas Finn had six kills, served two aces, assisted on three blocks, and made nine digs. Will Sorenson distributed 34 assists on 75-of-81 setting. George Lie made a team-high 14 digs.


Mundelein 10, Stevenson 0 (5 inn.): Maggie Trotter, Mara Lippman and Maitreyee Malpekar accounted for the Patriots’ three hits in the game. SHS fell to 5-10 overall and 4-4 in the North Suburban Conference. – GameChanger.com

Junior Qualifies for National Fencing Tournament

Junior Geeta Jhangiani won the gold medal in Division 2 Women’s Epee at the United States Fencing Association Illinois Division’s summer nationals qualifying tournament Saturday at New Trier. Geeta will compete at the USFA Summer Nationals in St. Louis on July 5.


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All Juniors Meet With Counselors Wednesday

All juniors have a mandatory meeting with their counselor during the activity period on Wednesday. Counselors will be located in the following rooms:

Dwyer Recital Hall (4100)
Ely Little Theater (4200)
Grove 1508-1510
Jones 1916-1918
Kellogg West Auditorium (2206)
Kelly West Auditorium (2206)
Kogan West Auditorium (2206)
Martin 8036-8040
Perkins 1500-1502
Puglisi West Auditorium (2206)
Roznowski 2500-2502
Scanio Recital Hall (4100)
Seeger Little Theater (4200)
Sullivan 7066-7068
Timm 8046-8048
Vazquez 2104
Walton 2104

Dance Company Auditions May 16-17

Auditions for the 2018-19 Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17 from 3:45-7 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. They will be given a warmup and learn phrase work. Students should come prepared to perform a one-minute solo of their own unique choreography, in the modern contemporary style. Use this link to sign up for an audition, and for additional information about the companies.

Buy Lemonade, Help Wounded Warriors Wednesday

The Entrepreneurship classes will hold their annual Lemon-Aid lemonade sales for charity on Wednesday in the Wood Commons. Glasses of lemonade will be 50 cents, and cookies also will be available for 50 cents. Proceeds will support the Wounded Warrior Project.


Baxter Credit Union in Vernon Hills is offering 20 $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors, plus a $2,500 and a $5,000 scholarship. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, May 17. Visit this link to apply and for more information.


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How a tiny protest at the University of Nebraska turned into a proxy war


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