Monday, May 7, 2018

Math Team Finishes Second in State

Stevenson finished second at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Class 4AA state finals Saturday at the University of Illinois, its third consecutive runner-up finish after winning the championship in 2015. SHS posted a team score of 1,032, behind Naperville North’s record-setting 1,138, and ahead of Whitney Young’s 1,010. (Click here for all team and individual results.) Stevenson has not placed lower than fourth at state in more than 25 years.

SHS won three events to cap one of its most successful seasons ever. The Geometry team of Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Emily Lu, Richard Liu, Philena Liu and Emily Kang took top honors, with Eric and Dylan tying for first place individually. Emily Lu was ninth. Josh Yoon and Andy Hwang finished first in the Junior-Senior Two-Person event, and Joey Rivkin and Albert Cao paired to captured the Oral Presentation category.

SHS placed second in three events: Algebra 1, Precalculus and Junior-Senior Eight-Person. The Algebra 1 team included Ram Potham, who finished first among all individuals, Praneet Rathi (sixth overall), James Kim, Doogie Lee, Sai Merneedi and James Xie. The Precalculus team included Josh and Andy, who were fourth and fifth overall, respectively, plus Albert, Haoyang Yu, Andrew Luo and Hideki Maeda. The Junior-Senior Eight-Person roster featured Joey, Haoyang, Josh, Albert, Angela Zhang, Devanshi Gupta, James Lim and Wilson Zhu.

The Calculator team of Andy, Andrew, James Kim, Josh Tsai and Tony Tan was third. The Frosh-Soph Eight-Person squad finished fifth behind Andrew Zhuang, Ram, Sai, Eric, Dylan, Emily Hu, Emily Lu and James Xie. The Junior-Senior Relay team of Matthew Jalnos, Tony, Haoyang and Andrew Luo was sixth. Two groups placed seventh: the Algebra 2 team of Joey (first overall), Matthew, Alex Dong, Rachel Zhang, Tejas Ambravan and James Lim, and the Frosh-Soph Relay unit of Richard, Brandon Lu, Radha Patel and Emily Hu.

Stevenson recorded a slew of accomplishments during the 2017-18 season, in addition to placing second at state. SHS won the Math Madness national championship in December, claimed its fifth North Suburban Math League title in March, and earned a top-six finish at the M3 Math Challenge for the second straight year. Stevenson will have a dozen students competing with the Chicago all-star teams during the 43rd annual American Regions Mathematics League competition on June 2.

The math team’s seniors closed out their careers with one state title (in 2015), three consecutive runner-up finishes (2016, 2017 and 2018), two conference titles, two top-six finishes at the M3 Challenge that resulted in $25,000 in scholarships, and the national Math Madness title.

The math team coaches included Joe Bettina, who is retiring at the end of the school year, plus Sydney Hendricks, Teresa Da Ponte, Brad Habel, Eric Anderson, Chris Arends, Chris Thibaudeau, Grant Johnson, Andrew Richardson and Paul Kim.

Lubin Resigns From School Board

Bruce Lubin, who has served on the District 125 Board of Education since 2002 and was president from 2007-17, announced his resignation today to pursue a new position as chairman of the board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. His resignation as District 125 president is effective immediately. The Board of Education is seeking qualified District 125 residents who are interested in filling the vacancy created by Lubin’s departure. Read this article for more details.

Orchestra Awards Concert Tuesday Night

The Orchestra Awards Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, the concert will be live streamed by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at


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Saturday, May 5 Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at North Suburban Conference Championships: The 3,200-meter relay team of Natalie Sparreo, Gabriela Jagielo, Kendall Roberts and Isabelle Sparreo won the conference title in 9:48.21, leading the Patriots to a third-place finish at Zion-Benton. Isabelle and Natalie Sorenson added second-place finishes in the 1,600 (5:13.86) and 3,200 (11:45.03), respectively. Camille Clay was runner-up in shot put (37 feet, 10 inches) and discus (107 feet). Haley Tokars took third in the 100 (13.10) and 200 (26.97). Three other Patriots were third: Alyssa Smith in the 100 hurdles (18.05), Kesina Daley in the high jump (4-10) and Angelica Lopez in the discus (95-0). Four individuals finished fourth: Gabriela in the 800 (2:25.65), Michelle Yu in the 3,200 (12:37.92), Miffy Tani in the 100 hurdles (18.06), and Marie Pascual in the triple jump (33-8.5). Also finishing fourth were the 400 relay with Haley, Emily Ossentjuk, Jordan Tollison and Raeden Mays (51.36), and the 1,600 relay with Kendall, Gabriela, Denisa Voshtina and Meghan Liss (4:17.56). The 800 relay of Emily, Haley, Jordan and Michelle Cai was fifth in the 800 relay (1:53.13) and Maddie Kadens finished fifth in the long jump (15-9.75). Stevenson also had four sixth-place finishes: Emily in the 100 (13.28), Denisa in the 400 (1:03.08), Natalie Sparreo in the 1,600 (5:34.44) and Jessica Wang in the triple jump (33-3.5). SHS had 104 points in the team standings, behind Lake Zurich (120) and Warren (112). The Patriot junior varsity won its conference championship and broke seven JV school records in the process. Details are available below. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: Zachary Kim and Sam Komis combined to win the No. 1 doubles title, defeating Hinsdale Central’s top duo, 7-5, 6-4. In the team standings, Stevenson was third with 51 points, behind Hinsdale Central (60) and New Trier (56). – Daily Herald

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Coed Classic: The top-ranked Patriots (29-1) continued their torrid play, rolling to three victories and extending their winning streak to 27 games. SHS beat Neuqua Valley (15-3), No. 5 Naperville Central (17-8) and No. 15 Lincoln-Way Central (14-7). Nine players scored against Neuqua Valley, led by Lauren Maloney, who had four goals. Claire Haas scored six goals in the win over Naperville Central, including four in the first half as the Pats built a 9-4 halftime lead. Kalista Tapas scored five times in the win over LWC, as the Patriots broke a 5-5 tie with nine unanswered goals during the second and third quarters.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted Coed Classic: The third-ranked Patriots (25-4) recorded wins against No. 10 Neuqua Valley (11-9) and Lincoln-Way Central (11-7) around a last-minute loss to second-ranked Naperville Central (7-6). Against Neuqua Valley, Collin Kapecki scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the fourth quarter. Collin, Eric Osuch and Dima Kobets each had three goals against Lincoln-Way Central, as SHS built a 9-2 lead and held off a late Knight rally. Collin scored two of his three goals in the frenetic fourth quarter against Naperville Central, in which the Redhawks scored with 20 seconds remaining for the win.

Boys Lacrosse

Warren 16, Stevenson 11: In the completion of a game suspended by lightning Wednesday, the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (10-1) rallied for the win. The Patriots (5-9) led 7-6 three-and-a-half minutes into the third quarter when play was suspended. Ryan Walsh led SHS with five goals, while Austin Masters had three goals and three assists. Alexander Dove had a goal and an assist, while Alexander Hurrell and Benjamin Niesman also scored. Chad Winter made 14 saves.

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: The Patriots (24-8) finished seventh in the two-day tournament. SHS beat Lake Forest, 25-13, 25-12, after falling to Oak Park River Forest, 25-19, 27-25. Gavin Meng led the Pats with 15 kills in the two matches. Leo Chen had 11 kills against OPRF, the only match he played. Will Sorenson was 53-of-58 setting with 27 assists against Oak Park, and Haddon Kay was 41-of-42 with 18 assists versus Lake Forest. Justin Ross had one solo block and six block assists against Lake Forest.

Friday, May 4 Varsity Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 14, Maine South 7: Ryan Walsh scored four goals and assisted on another, and Alexander Dove contributed three goals and two assists for the host Patriots (5-8). Austin Masters scored twice and had three assists, while Caden Colvig and Cole Okmin each had a goal and two assists. Goalie Chad Winter made 10 saves. Alexander Hurrell, Bryce Wujcik and Nathan Spina also scored.

Girls Lacrosse

Evanston 18, Stevenson 6

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson at Northside Classic: At Glenbrook North, the Patriots (23-7) won two of their three pool play matches on the tournament’s opening day. SHS beat Niles West, 25-12, 25-21, and Buffalo Grove, 25-13, 21-25, 15-13, after losing to Glenbard West, 25-10, 25-14. Will Sorenson was 145-of-146 setting with 52 assists. He also had 16 digs in the three matches, and served five aces against Niles West. Leo Chen led Stevenson with 22 kills on the night, including 13 versus Buffalo Grove. Gavin Meng added 14 kills and Justin Ross had 12. George Lie made 25 digs.


Lakes 11, Stevenson 1: Maggie Trotter scored the lone run for the visiting Patriots (6-11) on Mara Lippman’s single to right field in the top of the second inning. –


Lake Zurich 5, Stevenson 3: Caleb Evans went 3-for-4 with a run batted in and two stolen bases for the host Patriots (13-11-1, 8-7) in the completion of a game suspended after one inning on Thursday. Hayden Brotz and Ryan Miller also RBIs. Isaiah Hart walked twice and scored a run. –

JV Girls Track Team Wins NSC Meet, Sets 7 Records

The junior varsity girls track and field team closed its season by winning the North Suburban Conference JV championship Saturday at Lake Forest. The Patriots won eight NSC titles and set seven JV school records during the meet. Jade Cadichon was part of four record-breaking efforts. She won the 100-meter dash (13.14) and 200-meter dash (27.41), and was part of two winning relays with Haleigh Fobbe, Olga Piatkowska and Payton Nierman: the 400 (51.81) and the 800 (1:52.01). Emma Self also won an NSC title and established a new JV record in the 400 (1:02.44). Other conference champions were Emma Potocki in the high jump (4 feet, 8 inches), Jessica Zhang in the triple jump (30-11) and Natali Freihammer in the shot put (97-9). Jessica set a new JV school record in the long jump (14-10.5) while finishing second, and Tess Clorfene established a new record while finishing sixth in the pole vault (7-6).

Six entries finished second: Lindsay Hendler in the 400 (1:05.07), Alyssa Collins in the 800 (2:46.03), Varsha Shreekumar in the 100 hurdles (19.66), Olivia Holsen in the shot put (28-0), the 1,600 relay team of Lindsay, Emma Self, Ashley Anderson and Hallie Feldman (4:32.10), and the 3,200 relay team of Alyssa, Dorothy Yin, Emily Fejes and Sam Burger (11:06.83). Stevenson also had six third-place individual finishes: Haleigh in the 100 (13.49), Olga in the 200 (28.65), Joanne Kim in the 800 (2:47.06), Hallie in the 1,600 (6:01.08), Emma Finnegan in the 3,200 (13:44.52) and Varsha in the 300 hurdles (57.12). Natali was fourth in shot put (26-4), Rachel Calso was sixth in 100 hurdles (19.91) and Olivia was sixth in discus (69-3).


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Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation Friday

The final Visiting Artist of the Month presentation for the 2017-18 school year will take place Friday during second and third periods. Chicago artist Rine Boyer will discuss her work, which focuses on using acrylic paint and ink to create two- and three-dimensional painted drawings. The presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building.


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