Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

SHS Sweeps State History Bowl, Bee Championships

Stevenson swept the Illinois History Bowl and Bee State Championships held Saturday at Loyola Academy in Wilmette. SHS won the varsity and junior varsity History Bowl team competitions, and also captured the individual History Bee events at both levels.

The varsity History Bowl team won its second consecutive state title behind senior Abhilash Raghuram, juniors Meehir Dixit and Govind Prabhakar, and sophomore Arjun Nageswaran, who was on the varsity state champs last season. Govind won the Varsity History Bee, while Arjun captured the JV History Bee for the second straight year.

The JV History Bowl team won its level with a roster that featured sophomores Aniket Dixit, Allen Guo and Denis Selyuzhitsky, and freshman Anish Arora. Denis and Aniket were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the JV History Bee.

Both teams qualified for the National History Bowl and Bee Championships, which will be held April 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Last year, Govind, Meehir and Arjun won the JV national championship.

The Illinois Middle School championship was won by future SHS student Aadit Juneja, an eighth-grader at Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove.

Model UN Team Earns Delegation Award in Chicago

Stevenson won the Outstanding Large Delegation Award at the third Francis W. Parker School Model United Nations competition Saturday in Chicago. In addition to the team award, several individuals won honors. Senior Josh Ezrol and sophomore Alex Zhou were named Best Delegate. Junior Nitin Nadella and sophomores Kiera King, Mahum Sheikh and Stella Mechkova were selected as Outstanding Delegates. Freshman Varsha Mullangi received Honorable Mention.

Color Guard Wins Division at Hersey

Stevenson competed in the Midwest Color Guard Circuit Competition on Saturday at Hersey High School. The varsity won first place in the Scholastic A division, while the junior varsity was second in Scholastic Regional A. This was the team’s first competition of the season.

Consortium Jazz Band Concert Tuesday Night

Stevenson’s jazz bands and area junior high school jazz bands will perform during the annual Consortium Jazz Band Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Next ARTalk Set for Thursday Night

The current Visiting Artist of the Month, Ricardo Mondragon, will talk about his work and career during the next ARTalks presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Rotunda Gallery of the West Building. Admission is free to the program, which is sponsored by the Fine Arts Division and the Stevenson Foundation. Mondragon, who was born and raised in Mexico City, graduated from Columbia College and still lives in Chicago. He works in a number of mediums, including prints, silkscreen paintings and sculpture. His work infuses the concepts of harmony, waves and geometry. Learn more about the artist at his website.

Chinese Students Earn Essay Contest Honors

Four students won honors in the 15th National Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools (CLASS) Essay Contest. Sophomore Yesuijin Dovchinsuren won the Gold Award in the Regular Beginner level, for those who are non-native speakers of Chinese and did not start studying the language until high school. Sophomore Ally Jeongin Lee earned a Silver Award in the same level. In the Regular Intermediate level for non-native speakers who started learning Chinese in elementary or middle school, junior Yooji Kim received Honorable Mention. Sophomore Ray Zhang won the Gold Award in the Heritage Advanced level, for students who are heritage speakers and have been studying the language since elementary school.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Competitive Cheerleading

Stevenson at IHSA State Finals: The Patriots finished third in the Large Team Division for the second straight year at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington. Stevenson earned a score of 90.42 in the finals, behind Lincoln-Way East (91.56) and Marist (90.57). SHS improved on its fifth-place showing (87.49) in the preliminaries on Friday. This is the fourth consecutive top-eight effort at state for Stevenson. In addition to third-place finishes this season and last, the Patriots were fifth in the Co-Ed Division in 2017 and eighth in Large Team in 2016. – Final Round Results | Prelim Scores | NFHS Network Replay


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Dundee-Crown Individual Regional: Senior Tommy Frezza won his third consecutive regional championship, leading a pack of eight Patriots who qualified for this weekend’s individual sectional at Barrington. Top-seeded Tommy improved to 33-3 on the season by capturing the 120-pound title with a 14-4 major decision in the championship match over the No. 2 seed from Jacobs. He had pins in his first two matches. This is his second straight 120-pound regional crown after winning at 113 as a sophomore. SHS had a trio of runners-up: Seniors Max Gomez (32-7) and Ivor Gueorguiev (24-17) at 195 and 152, respectively, and freshman Cole Rhemrev (30-9) at 106. Four Patriots came away with third-place medals: Junior Randy Lu (23-15) at 113, senior Jason Bickers (25-18) at 145, senior Michael Phelps (17-14) at 182, and senior Dan Erdenetsogt (23-13) at 220. In the team standings, Stevenson finished second with 171.5 points, behind Barrington (209.5), which advances to the IHSA Dual Team Sectional in McHenry. – Pioneer Press, Daily Herald

Girls Bowling

Stevenson at IHSA Resurrection Regional: The Patriots closed their season with an 11th-place finish out of 12 teams at Habetler Bowl in Chicago. No individuals from Stevenson advanced to the sectional. Sophomore Ally Lee led SHS with a six-game series score of 912 (152 average). Classmate YooJin Lee was close behind at 879. Also competing were juniors Reilly Sullivan (715 – five games) and Noa Givati (603 – five), and sophomores Esther Lee (354 – three), Kelly Radelet (309 – three) and Yumin Kim (268 – two). – Official Results


Stevenson at Great Lakes High School Conference Championships: The Patriot girls capped their season by winning a fourth consecutive conference championship, while the boys finished second by one point at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wis. Stevenson swept the saber competition, and had the individual champion in each. Senior Chloe Myers captured women’s saber while sophomore Nikita Vasilyev won men’s saber. The third individual champion for SHS was senior Geeta Jhangiani, who took top honors in women’s epee. Stevenson finished second in women’s foil and third in women’s epee, and second in men’s foil and second in men’s epee. Junior Aya Taira finished second in women’s foil, senior David Liu was third in men’s epee, and senior Ben Levsky placed fourth in men’s saber. The other top-10 placewinners were: junior Rachel Roh (fifth, women’s saber), junior Sanya Bawa (sixth, women’s saber), senior Catherine Cabrera (sixth, women’s epee), freshman Stephen Yi (seventh, men’s foil), senior Annika Rehberger (seventh, women’s foil), junior Aaron Kim (eighth, men’s foil) and junior Jacob Chan (eighth, men’s saber). – Official Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 72, Highland Park 43: Junior Avery King scored a game-high 22 points and freshmen Simone Sawyer and Ava Bardic added 15 apiece as the visiting Patriots (20-9) posted their highest-scoring game of the season. Avery tallied 15 points and Ava had 10 as SHS built a 36-22 halftime lead. Stevenson, which reached the 20-victory mark for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons, closes out the regular season at Waukegan on Wednesday.

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 46, Libertyville 42: The host Patriots (18-3, 8-1) overcame a cold start with a torrid finish, overcoming an 11-point deficit to knock off the Wildcats (10-11, 3-6) in the Sports Center. SHS scored four points in the first quarter and had only 12 points at halftime. The tables turned in the second half, however. Junior John Ittounas scored 12 of his game-high 18 points and classmate RJ Holmes scored all 10 of his points, and Libertyville didn’t hit a field goal for 10 minutes, as Stevenson rallied from a 35-24 third-quarter deficit. John scored seven straight points to make it 35-31, and back-to-back 3-pointers from senior Luke Chieng and junior Matthew Ambrose gave SHS its first lead of the game at 37-35, which it did not relinquish. Matthew scored eight points while RJ also grabbed eight rebounds for the Pats, who travel to Lake Zurich Tuesday night. – NFHS Network Replay | Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 45, Mundelein 34: Ava Bardic scored a season-high 20 points and the host Patriots (19-9, 8-5) held the Mustangs (8-19, 3-10) to single digits in three of the four quarters on Senior Night in the Sports Center. The freshman hit four 3-pointers, one in each quarter. Stevenson led 7-5 after the first quarter, then pushed its advantage to 24-14 at halftime. Mundelein cut the lead in half by the start of the fourth quarter, but freshman Simone Sawyer had six of her 12 points in the final frame to secure the victory. Junior Avery King added eight points. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Gymnastics Team Qualifies for Sectional

The Patriot girls gymnastics team has earned an at-large IHSA sectional tournament bid for the second straight year. This time, SHS will be at home, competing in the Stevenson Sectional at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Sports Center. The Patriots posted a score of 142.4 while finishing second at the Glenbrook South Regional last Monday, the highest score among the four runners-up in the regionals that lead to the SHS Sectional. Stevenson will compete against regional champions New Trier (148.575), Carmel (148.65), Glenbrook South (147.325) and Mundelein (141.225), plus at-large qualifier Lake Forest (138.65). Stevenson’s score was higher than eight of the 15 regional champions around the state. In the individual events, several Patriots earned at-large selections. Freshman Ally Gitler will join senior Sarina Johnson and junior Emily Weinstein in the all-around competition. Sarina, Ally and sophomore Ainslee Cutler were added to the vault roster, which already included Emily. Ally also earned a spot in uneven parallel bars with Ainslee, Emily and Sarina, and on balance beam with Sarina, sophomore Hannah Brand and junior Riley Polatsek. Sarina received an at-large berth in floor exercise, joining Ainslee.


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AP Art Portfolio Deadline Extended

Due to the weather and days off last week, the AP Art Portfolio Review deadline has been extended to Friday, Feb. 15. If you have registered for AP Art: Drawing, 2D Design & 3D Design or AP Photography & Digital Design, please be sure to join the AP Art 2019/2020 Portfolio Review Google Classroom (code: voykd6u). You will find all the information about the portfolio review process and will be submitting your portfolio through the Classroom page. If you have any questions, please see your art art teacher, or contact Mrs. Hyken ( or Ms. Connolly (


The Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic Association is offering several $1,000 scholarships to qualified graduating high school women who reside in the North Shore area. Successful applicants will be well-rounded, demonstrating outstanding school and community involvement and academic excellence. The scholarship focuses on a woman’’s individual achievement. The selected candidates must be committed to attend a four-year college or university that recognizes National Panhellenic Conference organizations (sororities) on its campus. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 8. Students will be notified prior to May 31. Applications must be filled out online at


The Political Action Club will be watching President Trump’s State of the Union address starting at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Quiet Learning Center. All students are invited.

Spanish Club will be making Tortilla Españolas starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Foods Lab. All are welcome to attend.

In the Loop meets after school today in Room 7064.


The boys track and field team will hold an informational meeting and practice at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in the Field House. You must have all the necessary paperwork on file in the Athletic Office before beginning practice. If you have any questions or cannot attend, please contact Coach Farrissey at


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