Thursday, May 10, 2018

Senior First From SHS at National Symposium

Last week, senior Justin Lee became the first Stevenson student to ever participate in the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. He gave an oral presentation on his astrophysics research during the 56th edition of the symposium, held in Hunt Valley, Md., north of Baltimore.

Justin was among 230 high school students chosen for the national event based on their research papers submitted at 47 regional symposiums around the country. He placed second at the University of Illinois-Chicago regional in March, qualifying for nationals and earning a $1,500 scholarship.

The symposium is a competition sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, which promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level.

On Sunday, Justin and junior Varun Malladi will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh. They will be among approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries showcasing their independent research and competing for $4 million in prizes.

Varun’s project is entitled “The Effect of the Number of Crossing on Prime Knots on the Complexity of Their Stereographic and Inverse Stereographic Projections.” Justin’s research focused on “Asteroid Ring Formation Through 3-Dimensional Inelastic Collisions.”

22 Faculty, Staff to Receive Honors

Twenty-two members of Stevenson’s faculty and staff will be honored Friday at the annual Silver Anniversary and Tenure Celebration at the Adlai E. Stevenson Historic Home in Mettawa.

Six people will be honored for 25 years of service: Maureen Albert and Victoria Kieft (Mathematics teachers), James Barnabee and Kirsten Voelker (Communication Arts teachers), Petra Sebastian (World Languages teacher), and Student Services support staff member Janet Gotrik.

Sixteen faculty members will be honored for their appointments to tenure: Jacqueline King (Applied Arts); Christina Anker, Dean Bradshaw and Nicole Fuller (Communication Arts); Stephanie Ross (Mathematics); Joshua Bozeday, Andrew Fitz and Thomas Wolfe (Science); Tova Bernstein, Joanne Hochstetter and Curtis Weber (Special Education); Christina Foss and Sarah LaFrancis (Student Services); and Patrick Grady, Christina Mueller and Mary Svihra (World Languages).


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Wednesday, May 9 Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at IHSA Buffalo Grove Sectional: The top-seeded Patriots (25-4) demolished the upset dreams of eighth-seeded Deerfield, 21-5, and advanced to the semifinals against No. 4 seed Libertyville. The semifinal game begins at 5 p.m. Friday, with the winner advancing to the sectional championship at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 17, Lake Zurich 8: Ryan Johnson made 18 saves and Sophie Sorenson scored six goals and assisted on three others for the visiting and ninth-ranked Patriots (15-3, 4-0). Kilian Weber tallied three goals and two assists, while Erica Spieler scored three goals and also had an assist. Michelle Shen and Taze Thompson recorded two goals apiece, and Aedyn Gorenberg also scored. – Watch Replay ($)


Stevenson 12, Waukegan 0 (5 inn.): Nick Bonk and Ari Gordon combined on a one-hitter, and Caleb Evans went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs as the visiting Patriots (16-11-1, 11-7) swept the three-game series. Nick threw the first four innings, giving up one hit, striking out five and walking none. Ari struck out the side in the fifth. Caleb hit a two-run single during Stevenson’s six-run first inning, hit a solo home run to lead off the second, and added a two-run single in the third. Nicholas Brueckert went 4-for-4 with a double and three RBI for SHS, which had 14 hits. –

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Waukegan, 25-19, 25-12: Leo Chen had nine kills and Matt Cliffer added seven, and each had three block assists, for 15th-ranked SHS (25-8, 5-1) on the road. Gavin Meng recorded four kills, and Thomas Finn and Justin Ross each had three. Thomas and Andrii Yerokhin each served two aces, and Justin added three block assists. Will Sorenson dished out 17 assists, and Thomas and Haddon Kay each had three.

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 1, Carmel 1: Kristin Hill volleyed home a deflected shot by Brianna VanZanten, the only goal of the second half, as the visiting Patriots (9-5-3, 4-2-1) settled for a tie in the nonconference contest. Hannah Lapeire also earned credit for an assist by setting up Brianna’s blast. Zoey Friedman made eight saves, and Lauren Micek and Gabi Nyc provided stiff defense against the Corsair attack.

Boys Lacrosse

Lake Zurich 11, Stevenson 7: Austin Masters led the host Patriots (6-11, 2-3) with three goals, and Caleb Benoit-DiMaria had a goal and two assists. Ryan Walsh, Alexander Hurrell and Cole Okmin also scored, and Alexander Dove had an assist. Jacob Guria made eight saves. – Watch Replay ($)


Vernon Hills 13, Stevenson 1 (6 inn.): At The Ballpark at Rosemont, Maggie Trotter went 2-for-3 for the Patriots (6-14) in the nonconference game. The Cougars improved to 11-13. – Daily Herald

Badminton Team Seeks Second Straight State Title

The Patriot badminton team begins defense of its Illinois High School Association state championship beginning Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Defending state champion Esther Shi, a sophomore, is the No. 1 seed in singles, while freshman Emily Hu and sophomore Jenny Yang are the top seed in doubles. Freshmen Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li are the No. 2 seed in doubles, while classmate Shibani Ram is a 3-4 seed in singles. The action gets underway around 9:45 a.m. Friday. Follow Stevenson’s results at this link.

Special Night for Future Patriot Athletes May 21

Current seventh- and eighth-graders interested in playing sports at Stevenson are invited to the Future Patriots Athletic Night on Monday, May 21 in the Sports Center. The one-night camp is sponsored by Stevenson Athletics and PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program). During the evening, youngsters will learn about the different sports available at SHS, meet their future coaches, and get training in dynamic warm-ups, agility exercises, functional fitness movements and proper nutrition. The cost is $15, which includes a souvenir T-shirt and pizza. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with the camp running from 6-8 p.m. A parent meeting will be held from 8-8:30 p.m. Register at this link


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All Library Books Must Be Returned by Tuesday

All library books are due back to the ILC by Tuesday. Please pay any overdue fines you still owe as well.

Testing Center Final Exam Information

The Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day during final exams. If a student is signed up during a rescheduled final, the Testing Center needs an email from the teacher or counselor stating that the final has been rescheduled. Seniors who are exempt from finals may take tests in the Testing Center during their class time, with written notification from their teacher or counselor.


Calling all knitters! Don’t leave for summer without yarn and needles for your next project. In the Loop, Stevenson’s knitting club, will meet after school Monday in Room 2708. Don’t know how to knit? No problem! They’ll teach you. Contact Ms. Kenney if you have questions. All are welcome.


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