Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

Niche National Rankings List SHS at No. 9

For those who might have missed this earlier in the month, Stevenson is ranked No. 9 in Niche’s fifth annual rankings of the top public high schools in America. SHS is the fourth-highest Illinois school in the rankings, behind only three selective-enrollment institutions: the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Walter Payton College Prep and Northside College Prep. Read this article for details.

Scholastic Bowl Team Sixth at National Tournament

One of Stevenson’s two Scholastic Bowl teams finished sixth at the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence’s annual National Scholastic Championship held June 2-3 in Reston, Va.

Stevenson’s “A” team with May graduates Deepak Moparthi and Chris Muth, senior Olivia Lamberti and junior Govind Prabhakar won 14 of its 20 games during the tournament, and was the only Illinois squad to finish in the top 30. The quartet won all seven of its preliminary games, and went 4-1 in the first playoff round to reach the super playoffs before finishing sixth.

The “B” team of seniors Emily Luo and Melanie Wang, and sophomores Daniel Ding, Healey Kogan, David Lee and Arjun Nageswaran also competed.

Stevenson finished second at the National Scholastic Championship in 2016 and was 10th last year.

Two New School Board Members Appointed

The new school year brings with it two new members of the District 125 Board of Education. Heena Agrawal and Amy Neault, who were appointed in June, are parents of current SHS students. Read this article to learn more about them. Agrawal and Neault replaced Merv Roberts and Bruce Lubin. Roberts resigned in June, citing his declining eyesight for the decision to step down after serving for 37 years. Lubin resigned in May after accepting chairmanship of the board of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Senior’s Play to be Performed in Skokie

A play written by senior Elliott Koriath has been selected to be staged at the Skokie Theatre’s fourth annual Short Play Festival this weekend. “Murphy’s Law,” which made its debut at the school’s One Acts last spring, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. The Skokie Theater is located at 7924 Lincoln Ave. in Skokie, near the Skokie Public Library and just south of Oakton Street.


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Friday, Aug. 10 Varsity Results

Boys Golf

Stevenson at Illinois Junior Golf Association Prep Tour High School Showcase: At Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club in LaSalle, the Patriots posted the second-best round in the “North vs. South” tournament. SHS, which finished third in Class 3A last year, had a score of 296, five strokes behind defending 3A champion Hinsdale Central. The two teams led an eight-school “North” team to a 15-stroke victory over eight schools from the southern part of the state. Defending 3A state champion Jackson Bussell, now a senior, led Stevenson with an even-par 72, good for 10th place overall and only three strokes away from first. Classmates Mark Noonan and Alex Kim were close behind with 73s. Sophomores Conan Pan and Bill Fishbein each shot a 78 and junior Andrew Babbo had a 79. – Hillsboro Journal-News | Mattoon Journal Gazette and Times Courier

Girls Golf

Stevenson at Prospect Knights Invitational: The Patriots opened their season with a third-place finish at Mt. Prospect Golf Course. SHS finished with a team score of 312, behind St. Charles North (300) and New Trier (307). Sophomores Kelly Dong and Sophia Zhuang were part of a three-way tie for fourth place overall. Each recorded a 4-over-par 74. Junior Joyce Bai carded an 80, and freshman Emily Duan shot an 82. Other Patriot competitors included junior Julia Yoo (85) and sophomore Faith Wang (93).

Stensby Breaks State Records at National Swim Meet

State champion swimmer Topher Stensby finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle with a record-breaking effort at the USA Swimming/Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif., this month. The senior, representing the Patriot Aquatic Club, broke two 30-year-old Illinois Swimming records in the 50 free. His time of 22.99 seconds broke the 18-and-under and 17-18 record times of 23.11 set in 1988. Topher also finished eighth in the 100-meter freestyle. Topher won his second straight Illinois High School Association state championship in the 50-yard freestyle in February, and also captured the 100 freestyle title.


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Request a Hallway Locker Starting Thursday

Would you like a hallway locker? Check your SHS email on Thursday for the hallway locker survey. You’ll have the chance to request a locker in a hallway that’s convenient for your schedule. The locker survey deadline is Sunday, and lockers will start to be assigned on Monday.


The Boys Badminton Club will hold its informational meeting from 3:30-3:45 p.m.  Thursday in Room 8026 or 8030. At the meeting, club information and meeting dates/times will be distributed. Feel free to email Mr. Johnson with any questions at

The Interactive Gamers Club will hold its first meeting of the year from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday in Room 1204. There will be a free giveaway of Magic: the Gathering cards (plus a tutorial on how to play the game), and RPG groups will be formed. Contact Mr. Fedewa with questions at


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