Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

Family Discussion Night Wednesday; No Homework Night

Stevenson will hold its annual Family Discussion Night on Wednesday. No homework assignments will be given that night so students and their parents or guardians can focus on the future. The school is encouraging families to have discussions about their students’ interests, passions and goals for the future, and to select SHS courses which will allow him or her to grow in those areas. To help with the discussion, the Student Services Division has developed a fun game called “Would You Rather…???” that asks some thought-provoking questions. Students who play the game can earn prizes by turning in the “Family Discussion Night Reflection Worksheet” during their lunch period on Thursday. Everything you need to play the game and have discussions can be found at

Debate Team Captures Awards at Own Tournament

Stevenson’s debate team played host to the second Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament of the season on Saturday, and walked away with a slew of awards.

SHS earned second place in the Large School Sweepstakes, and seniors Sydney Glickson and Thivya Sivarajah tied for first place in the Overall Best Speaker category. Sydney and Thivya won first-place honors in their varsity chamber, as did classmates Josh Ezrol and Shreya Viswanathan.

Four team members received second place in their varsity chamber: juniors Megana Adigal and Dylan Hu, and seniors Anubhav Agarwal and Aarim Khan. Two others finished in third place: senior Megan Bi and sophomore Rishika Chikoti.

Dylan was among a trio of Patriots who earned Best Presiding Officer honors in their varsity chamber. He was joined by junior Sunny Gandhi and sophomore James Xie.

In the junior varsity competition, sophomore Rhea Abraham earned second place in her chamber.

Yearbook Earns Honor at KEMPA Conference

The 2017-18 edition of Stevenson’s Ambassador yearbook earned the Second Place Award at the annual fall journalism conference hosted by the Kettle Moraine Press Association (KEMPA) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This is the first time the Ambassador has achieved Second Place status (missing First Place by only four points) since switching to a club from a class five years ago. The yearbook’s student editors-in-chief were 2018 graduates Irene Alexakos and Ryan Mitchell.

First-Time Voters to be Celebrated Wednesday

First-time voters and their supporters will be part of an early voting event with Stevenson’s Political Action Club after school Wednesday. Stevenson will be one of several Mikva Challenge Action Civics schools in Chicagoland encouraging student groups to celebrate first-time voters with organized walks to early voting locations near school campuses. The Political Action Club will be strolling to the early voting location at William E. Peterson Park in Buffalo Grove. The event starts at 3:40 p.m. in parking lot E and is expected to end at the voting location by 4:30. The Political Action Club adapted the idea from Chicago-based Phillips Academy’s 2014 Parade to the Polls as part of the Action Civics program.

S3DA Archery Team Fundraiser Tuesday

The new S3DA archery team is holding a fundraiser from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at McAlister’s Deli, 99 E. Townline Road, in Vernon Hills.


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Saturday, Oct. 20 Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: Junior Athena Kolli and her sister, freshman Alaina Kolli, finished second in the doubles competition at Buffalo Grove High School, leading the Patriots to a third-place finish in the team standings. Stevenson finished with 19 points, behind champion Hinsdale Central (23) and Lake Forest (22). Athena and Alaina reached the championship match against Samantha Choi and Emily Orlove of Wheaton Warrenville South before falling, 6-1, 6-0, to end their year with a 24-3 record. The Kolli sisters earned their first state medals, and extended Stevenson’s medalist streak in doubles to eight consecutive years. Stevenson’s other doubles team, 5-8 seed Alyssa Glaser and Elizabeth Ferdman, won their fourth- and fifth-round consolation bracket matches before play was suspended. They defeated duos from Glenbrook South, 9-7, and Mundelein, 8-5, and finished the year with a 23-4 record. This is the fifth straight season SHS has placed in the top three at state. Stevenson finished second in 2014-16 before winning the state championship last fall. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Libertyville Regional: Seniors Natalie Sorenson and Kendall Roberts finished first and second, respectively, leading the Patriots to a second-place finish and automatic berth in the Hoffman Estates Sectional on Saturday. Natalie covered the 3-mile course at Libertyville’s Adler Park in 18 minutes, 29 seconds, and Kendall crossed the finish line in 18:55 for SHS, which had 65 points to Warren’s 56. Three other Patriots placed in the top 25: junior Caimin Xi was 18th (20:11), classmate Michelle Yu took 20th (20:16) and sophomore Helena Ebeling placed 24th (20:24). Sophomore Emma Finnegan was close behind in 27th place (20:40) and classmate Emily Fejes finished 44th (21:42) in the 65-runner field. Stevenson will be seeking to qualify for its third consecutive state meet. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Libertyville Regional: The Patriots finished fifth among 10 teams, qualifying for this week’s Hoffman Estates Sectional. Junior Anthony Rodriguez led SHS with a sixth-place finish out of 70 runners at Libertyville’s Adler Park. He ran the 3-mile course in 16 minutes and 22 seconds. Senior Alex Beckerman finished ninth (16:31). Junior Cameron Coffey placed 23rd (16:57) and classmate Cameron Sprague was 30th (17:08).  Stevenson’s other three entrants all placed in the top 50: freshman Aidan Plautz (44th, 17:37), senior Daniel Saltz (45th, 17:38) and sophomore Jack Lee (46th, 17:40). – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Soccer

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Libertyville Regional: The Patriots lost the regional championship match to undefeated Libertyville, 7-0, and finished the season with a 12-4-2 record. Libertyville, which improved to 18-0, advanced to the Barrington Sectional semifinals. – Daily Herald

Girls Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at Deerfield Invitational: The Patriots finished second to three-time defending state champion Rosary, 318-217. Senior Ashley Carollo finished second in the 100-yard backstroke (57.40), and also swam in all three runner-up relays. She was part of the 200 medley relay (1:49.99) with sophomore Jessica Nyborg, freshman Claudia Rzeznik and junior Madeleine O’Donnell; the 200 free relay (1:39.83) with Madeleine, Claudia and junior Abigail Li; and the 400 free relay (3:38.07) with Madeleine, Abigail and junior Lucy Stevens. Senior Jennifer Xiong placed second in the 200 free (1:57.87). Jessica was third in the 200 IM (2:14.06) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.90), and Claudia finished third in the 100 fly (59.64).

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Motown Classic: Junior goalie Jeremy Riback stopped all 21 shots he faced as the Patriots defeated the Indy Junior Fuel U18 team, 3-0, at Kensington Valley Ice House in Brighton, Mich. Senior Billy Kopka scored Stevenson’s first and last goals, while classmate Sam Frishman recorded the other one. Seniors Seth Cohen, Adam Offenbach and Sam Shellist each had an assist, as did junior Josh Wright. In the final contest of the two-day tournament, Stevenson fell to Shady Side Academy AAA of Pittsburgh, 4-1. Seth scored the Patriots’ lone goal. Boxscores: Indy Junior Fuel | Shady Side Academy

Friday, Oct. 19 Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson at IHSA State Tournament: The doubles team of Alaina and Athena Kolli won its quarterfinal and semifinal matches, qualifying for Saturday’s state championship contest. Alaina, a freshman, and Athena, a junior, a 3-4 seed, defeated 5-8 seed Anna Louriero and Jayme Gross of Sandburg, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals, then rallied to upset second-seeded Monique Brual and Samara Michael of Highland Park, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinals. Head coach Angela Muresan said the semifinal match, played indoors because of the weather conditions, was the most exciting she has ever seen. The win over the Highland Park pair avenged a straight-set loss suffered at their hands on Sept. 22. Stevenson finished the day in third place with 17 points, behind Hinsdale Central (22) and conference rival Lake Forest (18). – Official Results


Lake Forest 26, Stevenson 23: The host Patriots lost their regular-season finale, and may have lost their starting quarterback for their first-round playoff game against Marist. Senior Cole Okmin was 13-of-16 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns before being knocked out of the game on a roughing-the-passer penalty in the third quarter. SHS (6-3, 4-3) held a 16-13 lead before the play. Cole threw TD passes of 5 and 59 yards to classmate Ryan McElhinny, and senior John Greenbury added a 28-yard field goal, to give the Pats a 16-6 halftime lead. After the Scouts (5-4, 5-2) took a 20-16 lead, junior backup quarterback Justin Hiller kept the ball on an option play and ran 16 yards for a TD as Stevenson regained the lead, 23-20, early in the fourth quarter. His score was set up by a 54-yard run from junior JeanMarc Etienne, who finished the game with 131 yards on 15 carries. Lake Forest recovered a SHS fumble and scored with 5:25 to play. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson at Motown Classic: In the Detroit area, the Patriots bounced back from an opening 7-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Predators to beat the Kenosha Komets, 6-1. Senior Billy Kopka scored to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period against Kenosha, then lit the lamp again early in the third period as SHS reeled off five unanswered goals. Senior Daniel Romm scored two of the goals, and senior Max Slavin and junior Josh Wright also scored. Senior Sam Shellist recorded three assists in the Kenosha game, while Billy and junior Brett Stokes each had two. Junior goalie Ben Newmark made 19 saves against the Komets. Boxscores: Pittsburgh | Kenosha

SHS Taking on Marist in Football Playoffs

Stevenson will travel into Chicago to open the Illinois High School Association Class 8A football playoffs. The 6-3 Patriots, seeded 28th out of 32 teams, will take on No. 5 seed Marist, which is 8-1, at 7 p.m. Saturday. This will be Stevenson’s 30th consecutive playoff appearance, a state record. Students will be able to ride a pep bus to the game. Details are in the Student Announcements section below.


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Pep Bus Available for Saturday’s Football Game

Students who want to attend Stevenson’s first-round state playoff game at Marist on Saturday can ride a pep bus sponsored by the school. A combined game and bus ticket can be purchased for $10 at the Patriot Superstore or online. Students who want to ride the bus must complete and turn in this permission slip. The bus will leave Stevenson at 5:30 p.m. and return at approximately 11 p.m. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Visiting Artist of the Month Presentation on Friday

Korean photographer Seung Jae Kim, the SHS Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for October, will discuss his work and career during presentations for students during fifth and seventh periods on Friday. His talks will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Click here for information about the artist.


Write Club is hosting a workshop after school Wednesday in Room 6014 for writers interested in submitting their work to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Come to provide feedback, or get feedback on your own work. All writing and all writers are welcome! The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards present regional and national honors and scholarships for students across 29 categories. Learn more at  


Intramural squash is coming to Stevenson! Get in on the start of this new sport by attending an information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Activities Office. No experience is necessary.


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