Junior Wins Toronto Biology Contest, SHS Seventh
Stevenson finished seventh as a team, and junior Andrew Ding placed first individually, in the 24th annual University of Toronto National Biology Competition. Testing took place in April, and results were announced Tuesday. The school’s honors came in the international division. Joining Andrew in the competition were seniors Elaine Xiao and David Liang, and sophomores Shannon Kang, Akash Kumar, Ellen Ma, Radha Patel and Anna Wang.
Junior Takes First Prize in Drake University Physics Contest
Junior Tony Tan won first prize in Drake University’s annual Physics Prize competition, earning a full, four-year tuition scholarship to the school’s physics and astronomy department. He also received a personal trophy, and his name was placed on the Drake Physics Trophy, a traveling trophy that will be held by Stevenson until next spring. Tony had the highest score of all students in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota who took the test in February.
Six Teachers Retiring This Week
The end of the school year brings with it a variety of emotions, including the mixture of gratitude and sadness that accompanies the retirement of faculty and staff. This year, six teachers are retiring: Joe Bettina in Mathematics; Cindy Burrows in Fine Arts; Don Carmichael in Science; Patti Duncan and Jim Kollar in Social Studies; and Denise Foster in Communication Arts. They were honored by colleagues, family and friends last week during a special retirement celebration, along with former PREP (Patriot Recreation Education Program) Administrative Assistant Cheryl Morrill, who retired in October.
Deerfield School’s Walk to Honor 1999 Alum
A 1999 Stevenson alumna and educator who died of breast cancer last year will be honored with a fundraising walk on Sunday, June 3. The parent-teacher organization at Kipling Elementary School in Deerfield will honor Meghan Trauten Bolon with the “Miles for Meghan” walk from 9:30-11 a.m. Sunday, June 3 at the school, 700 Kipling Place, in Deerfield. Bolon taught at the school until her death in December at the age of 36.
The goal of “Miles for Meghan” is to create the Meghan Bolon Outdoor Learning Center, a multi-purpose, multi-sensory space where students and teachers can learn and connect in a calm, serene, and natural setting. The center will be created in an unused outdoor courtyard at the school. In addition, the school hallway leading to the courtyard will be renamed Bolon Boulevard.
Walk organizers hope to raise $75,000. The suggested donation for participating in the walk is $10 per person or $25 per family. Visit this website to make a donation.
Tuesday, May 22 Varsity Results
Stevenson at IHSA Lakes Regional: Senior Leo Chen racked up a match-best 11 kills as the third-seeded Patriots defeated No. 19 seed Grayslake North in the regional semifinals, 25-11, 25-10. SHS (27-9) advances to the regional championship match against sixth-seeded Carmel at 6 o’clock. Junior Will Sorenson was 40-of-42 setting with 23 assists, and also served a team-high three aces. Sophomore Justin Ross had five kills, while senior Matt Cliffer and junior Thomas Finn added four apiece. Senior George Lie led the team in digs with seven. – Daily Herald
Stevenson at IHSA Class 2A Libertyville Sectional: The host and third-seeded Wildcats defeated the second-seeded Patriots, 3-2, in a semifinal game that went into two overtimes. Libertyville (13-6) scored the game-winning goal with four minutes remaining in the second overtime. After a scoreless first half, SHS (11-7-3) took a 1-0 lead on junior Kristin Hill’s goal. LHS responded with a score in the 73rd minute, and the game went into overtime. The Wildcats struck first in the first minute of the 10-minute OT, but sophomore Gracie Wingfield tied the game at 2-2 with a goal in the eighth minute. Junior Hannah Lapeire assisted on the goal. Senior keeper Zoey Friedman made 10 saves. – Daily Herald
Stevenson in IHSA Class 4A Glenbrook South Regional: The host and 13th-seeded Patriots nearly pulled off a seventh-inning rally before falling short against No. 19 Glenbrook South, 15-14, in the regional play-in game. SHS (7-17) trailed 15-9 heading into the bottom of the seventh, then scored five runs and had the tying run on second base when the game ended. Four Patriots hit home runs: freshmen Emily Freedman (2-for-4, three runs batted in) and Haley Barnes (4-for-4, three runs scored, two RBI), sophomore Maggie Trotter (2-for-3, three RBI) and junior Maggie O’Brien (two RBI). Sophomore Hailey Peterson (2-for-4, two RBI, two stolen bases), junior Anna Fossier (2-for-3, RBI) and senior Gina Shanley (2-for-5) all had two hits for Stevenson, which had 17 hits in the game. – GameChanger.com, Daily Herald
Boys Tennis Looks to Extend State Streak
The boys tennis team enters the IHSA state tournament Thursday with an impressive streak. Stevenson has finished in the top eight at state for 11 consecutive years. Six Patriots will look to extend the streak: Senior Sam Komis and junior Zachary Kim in singles, and the doubles teams of freshmen Prathinav Merneedi and Eric Perkowski, and juniors Aswath Viswanathan and Arjun Sheelvanth.
Boys Track and Field Team Prepares for State
Eight members of the boys track and field team will compete in the IHSA Class 3A state meet, which begins Friday at Eastern Illinois University. Four of the qualifiers are the 800-meter relay team of sophomores Jahleel Perrin and Shane Johnson, senior Ahmad Dinkins and freshman David Smolensky, which set a school record during last week’s sectional. Their time of 1:27.88 was the third-fastest among all state qualifiers. The Patriot quartet will seek to become the first SHS relay to earn a medal at state in 33 years. The 1,600 relay unit was eighth in 1985, and is the only relay medalist in program history. Also competing will be seniors Nikita Smyrnov and Brett Lucas in the 3,200, senior Aaron Portman in the 800, and junior Maema Njongmeta in the discus.
Baseball Team Plays in Regional Thursday
The baseball team begins its postseason quest on Thursday with an IHSA Class 4A regional semifinal game against Fremd at Libertyville. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Patriots, seeded seventh in the St. Viator Sectional, enter the contest with a 20-13-1 record and have won eight of their last nine outings. Fremd, the No. 11 seed, is 15-11. Stevenson beat the Vikings, 7-6, on May 10. Each team is coached by a Stevenson alumnus: Pat Block (Class of 2001) leads SHS, while Fremd is coached by Chris Piggott (Class of 1992). The winner of Thursday’s game heads to the regional final against the winner of today’s Libertyville-Lake Zurich contest. The regional championship will be played at 11 a.m. Saturday.
State Championship Water Polo Gear Available
State championship water polo apparel can be ordered online through Monday at this link. T-shirts, sweatshirts and quarter-zip pullovers are available.
Going to the Senior Party on Thursday?
Seniors who signed up for the Senior Party on Thursday will need their school ID in order to board the buses heading to Navy Pier.
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