Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019

Freshman-Sophomore Play Schedule Changes

The weather has wreaked havoc on many scheduled events this week, with the freshman-sophomore play, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” being hit especially hard. To allow for technical dress rehearsal time, tonight’s performance has been canceled, and Friday’s show has been postponed to Monday. Saturday’s performance will be held as scheduled. “Peter and the Starcatcher” will be staged in the Little Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Curtain time is 7 p.m. both nights. Admission is $6. Anyone who purchased tickets for tonight’s or Friday night’s performance has been notified and given the option of using them for admission on Saturday or Monday, or receiving a refund. The Thursday performance is not being rescheduled.

Science Olympiad Team Dominates in Crystal Lake

The Science Olympiad team dominated the Crystal Lake Central Invitational on Saturday, winning 13 of 23 events. Stevenson entered two squads, Green and Gold, with the Gold team winning 10 events and Green capturing three.

Sophomore Jared Machtinger was part of four winning entries, while junior Radha Patel was in three. Jared teamed with senior Tony Tan (Astronomy), juniors Josh Tsai (Circuit Lab) and Eric Gan (Geo Mapping), and freshman Andrew Liu (Dynamic Planet). Radha paired with junior Shannon Kang (Designer Genes), sophomore Michael Kim (Disease Detectives) and freshman Benjamin Mun (Mousetrap Car). Tony earned a second win with sophomore Richard Bi (Thermodynamics), while Shannon claimed a second event with senior Andrew Ding and junior Roy Zhou (Protein Modeling). The other double-winner was junior Richard Yin, who teamed with senior Josey Zhang (Chem Lab) and freshman Kelly Mao (Forensics). Stevenson’s other winning duos were sophomores Emily Liu and Hannah Liu (Boomilever) and sophomores Krishna Patel and Sneha Mohan (Mission Possible). Click here to see all the team results.

On Saturday, the team travels to Ohio for the Solon High School Invitational, the nation’s largest Science Olympiad tournament with 72 teams from 45 schools in seven states. All of the competitors are nationally ranked or ranked in the top 10 in their state.

Debate Team Second at Hersey Tournament

Stevenson finished second in the Large School Sweepstakes competition at the fifth Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament of the season held Saturday at Hersey High School. Forty-five students from SHS took part in the event, joining nearly 250 others from the surrounding suburbs (and one school from Nebraska).

This also was a qualifying tournament for the national Tournament of Champions that will be held at the University of Kentucky in late April. Senior Mary Polupan, who finished sixth overall, earned a TOC bid for the second straight year. Classmate Shreya Viswanathan was a TOC finalist. Mary and Shreya were also TOC chamber qualifiers, along with senior Thivya Sivarajah, junior Dylan Hu and sophomore Michele Velyunskiy.

Several other Patriots earned honors in the varsity chambers. Sophomore Alex Zhou earned a Best Presiding Officer award. He was one of three from Stevenson to earn first place in their chamber, joining senior Josh Zhu and sophomore Laya Reddy.

Five students finished second in their chamber: seniors Victor Rodrigues and Rahul Ramkumar, junior Megana Adigal, and sophomores Ethan Holub and Mahum Sheikh. Five others were third: senior Jacob Men, sophomore Christine Irlbeck, and freshmen Prachi Gyanmote, Srusti Donapati and Vidya Bharadwaj.

Also last weekend, a contingent of 10 students traveled to Emory University in Atlanta to compete at the Barkley Forum for High Schools national tournament. Senior Sydney Glickson reached the finals and finished 12th. Seniors Anubhav Agarwal and Aarim Khan progressed to the semifinal round. Also competing in Atlanta were senior Josh Ezrol, sophomores Jeanette Han, Pooja Jain and Aditi Singh, and freshmen Evelyn Jiang, Amal Naqvi and Samarth Arul.

The debate team’s next competitions are the ICDA state tournament Feb. 23 at Harper College and the Illinois High School Association state tournament March 14-16 at the University of Illinois-Springfield.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Lake Zurich 46, Stevenson 45: Freshman Ava Bardic scored a season-high 15 points to lead the visiting Patriots (18-9, 7-5), who lost for only the second time in their last 10 games. Sophomore Nikki Ware had 10 points, all in the fourth quarter. Freshman Simone Sawyer scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds, while junior Avery King had seven points and seven boards. The Bears (13-13, 7-4), who won for the fifth time in their last six games, were led by Maddie Piggott, the daughter of SHS great Chris Piggott (Class of 1992). She had a season-high 16 points as Lake Zurich beat Stevenson by one point for the second time this season. The Patriots play host to Mundelein at 7 p.m. Friday. –  NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

All Athletic Events Scrapped Today

All athletic competitions scheduled for today have been canceled or postponed. The varsity boys ice hockey game against Barrington has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Monday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion.

Alumnus Starts Football-Focused Business

Stevenson alumnus Zach Novoselsky (Class of 2014) is taking what he learned on the football field and in the classroom and using it to help others. He is a co-founder of Athletes Beyond Campus, a program designed to give younger football players mental and physical advantages as they work toward the college level. Novoselsky and some of his former teammates at Western Michigan University announced the new business last week. Novoselsky, who earned a degree in business management, was a two-year starter for the Broncos and capped his career last fall.


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Want to Perform at the Winterfest Assembly?

Do you have a special talent or act that people should see? Consider performing at the Winterfest assembly on Friday, Feb. 22. If you’re interested, fill out this form.

New Date for Current Student Dance Placements

Are you interested in a dance class for the 2019-20 school year but not sure what level to take? Come to the Current Student Dance Placements, which have been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7. There are two times available: 7:30-8 a.m. or 3:30-4:15 p.m. Both placements will be held in the Dance Studio (Room 2112) by the Athletic Office. Come dressed to dance! Questions? Email Mrs. Rothwell at


The College of Lake County is sponsoring its seventh annual STEM for Girls Day on Saturday, Feb. 23. Girls in grades 7-12 are invited to explore careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) by participating in this free hands-on career exploration day. Click here for details and to register.


The girls soccer information meeting has been rescheduled for 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Chavez at

The boys tennis team will hold an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1634. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Stanhope at


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