Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

SHS Debaters Win Sweepstakes Award at Harvard

Stevenson’s debate team won the sweepstakes award and senior Sydney Glickson finished fifth individually in Congressional Debate at last weekend’s 45th annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament in Cambridge, Mass.

Sydney also won a leadership award for her work in the preliminary rounds of debate. Before reaching the final round, she was one of three Patriots who broke to the semifinal round. Seniors Anubhav Agarwal and Thivya Sivarajah joined her in the semifinals. Four others reached the quarterfinals: seniors Arthur Yolles, Josh Ezrol and Mary Polupan, and sophomore Alex Zhou. The team’s sweepstakes award was determined largely by points earned by students in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds.

In total, 15 Congressional Debaters from SHS joined a field of nearly 500 students from around the country and the world. The rest of Stevenson’s contingent included seniors Shreya Viswanathan and Victor Sardenberg, junior Christie Lee, sophomores Christine Irlbeck, Michelle Velyunskiy and Laya Reddy, and freshmen Youssef Mansour and Prachi Gyanmote.

12 Earn Awards at Model UN Conference in DC

Stevenson won several awards at the 56th annual North American Invitational Model United Nations conference in Washington, D.C. last weekend.

Best Delegate honors went to senior Claire Huang and junior Govind Prabhakar, while senior Ellie Baden and junior Celeste Xu were named Outstanding Delegates. Juniors Matthew Li and Krish Shah received the conference’s new Book Award, given to one delegation per committee who are “exceptionally well researched and who truly bring to life the purpose of their committee.” Six students earned Verbal Commendation: juniors Ruby Zhao and Janice Lee, and sophomores Mollie Duffy, Kat Linsdau, Ojasvi Saxena and Clare Hu.

The conference hosted more than 3,200 students and is considered one of the most intensive Model UN conferences in the United States. Students spent almost 20 hours in committee debating the most prevalent issues facing the world today.

Peer Helpers’ Suicide Prevention Activity Recognized

The Peer Helpers’ Project Semicolon pin project on Friday earned the attention of the Daily Herald, which published this article on the effort Saturday. Reporter Russell Lissau interviewed two members of Peer Helpers, senior Marissa Schwarz and junior Justin Wang, along with club sponsor Sarah LaFrancis. Club members distributed about 450 pins featuring a semicolon, part of a national suicide prevention program. The semicolon represents a life that has overcome the temptation of suicide.

When Kids Drink, Adults Pay

Stevenson‘s Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.

Illinois social host law holds adults accountable for underage drinking that occurs on property whether the adult is aware of the drinking or not. This includes instances where the parent is not home when the drinking occurs. Depending on the circumstances, social host violations can have criminal as well as significant civil consequences. While people are becoming increasingly aware of this law, the aspect that they may not know is that parents will not be guilty of violating the law if they request help from the police to help remove the underage drinkers and stop the gathering. This only applies if the parent initiates the call before the police have been notified by other sources. For more information about social host liabilities visit the Illinois Liquor Control Commission website.


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson in Scholastic Hockey League Playoffs: In Northbrook, Glenbrook North beat the Patriots, 5-1, to capture the deciding game in their best-of-three series. Senior Sam Frishman scored the lone goal for SHS, assisted by classmate Adam Offenbach. Junior goalie Jeremy Riback made 33 saves. Stevenson will play Libertyville/Vernon Hills on Feb. 27 as a warmup for its Blackhawk Cup state tournament opener against St. Rita on March 2. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson at IHSA Barrington Sectional: The Patriots won their fifth straight sectional title and qualified for this weekend’s state meet in 10 events. SHS captured six of the 12 events, including one in record-breaking time, to beat Barrington, 294-243, and 10 other schools for the team trophy. The 200-yard free relay squad of seniors Joseph Song, Max Ryaguzov and Topher Stensby, and junior Jake Kim broke the BHS pool record with a winning time of 1:25.31. Topher, the defending state champion in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, captured both events. The Notre Dame commit won the 50 in 20.90 and the 100 in 46.64. Two freshmen claimed sectional titles and state berths: Josh Song touched first in the 100 butterfly (46.64) and Jack White captured 1-meter diving (443.95). Josh’s older brother, senior Joseph Song, won the 200 individual medley (1:54.90). He also was second in the 100 breaststroke (58.09), and swam in the second-place 200 medley relay (1:35.98) with seniors Beno Maya and Richard Lee and junior Jack Zhang. The runner-up 400 free relay (3:12.42) also is heading to New Trier this weekend, thanks to Jake, Topher, senior Nathan Gates and junior Nic Comini. Nathan was second in the 500 free (4:42.03), Richard was second in the 50 free (21.38), and senior Max Ryaguzov was second in the 200 individual medley (1:55.23). Other state qualifiers included Jake in the 100 free (third, 47.46), Jack in the 100 backstroke (fourth, 52.28), junior AJ Carollo in the 200 free (fourth, 1:44.14) and 100 backstroke (fifth, 52.36), and senior Ethan Ross in the 500 free (fourth, 4:43.79). – Official Results | Daily Herald


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Individual Finals: Senior Max Gomez lost in the 195-pound consolation bracket quarterfinals to Cody Goodman of Deerfield, 5-1, and ended his final campaign with a 39-10 record. He had a 75-22 record during his final two seasons. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball

Benet Academy 63, Stevenson 59: In a game between two of the highest seeds in the upcoming IHSA sectional tournaments, the host Redwings (21-7) rallied in the final four minutes to capture the nonconference contest and snap the Patriots’ 14-game winning streak. The Patriots (23-4) are the No. 1 seed in the Waukegan Sectional, while Benet is No. 2 in the Bartlett Sectional. Junior Matthew Ambrose led SHS with 20 points, while senior Luke Chieng had 18 points, four steals and three assists. Junior RJ Holmes had eight points and four rebounds for Stevenson, which trailed by 11 points at the end of the first quarter but rallied to take a 41-40 lead entering the fourth. This was the Patriots’ first loss since Dec. 26. – Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 59, Warren 48: Junior Matthew Ambrose scored a game-high 21 points as the host Patriots (23-3, 12-1) clinched a share of their seventh consecutive North Suburban Conference championship. The Patriots can win the title outright with a victory at Lake Forest in their regular-season finale on Wednesday. Matthew was 7-of-11 from the floor, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range, as SHS won its 14th consecutive game. The night didn’t start out well, with the Blue Devils (13-15, 5-8) taking a 15-9 lead after the first quarter. Stevenson outscored Warren 20-10 in the second half to take a 29-25 halftime lead, then took control with an 8-2 run to start the  third quarter. The Patriots led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter. Junior John Ittounas had 14 points. Before the game, the school honored 2015 alumnus Jalen Brunson, unveiling a special banner in the Sports Center and retiring his No. 15 jersey. – Daily Herald, News-Sun


Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A State Individual Finals: Senior Max Gomez stayed alive while senior Tommy Frezza and freshman Cole Rhemrev saw their seasons end on the second day of action at the University of Illinois. Max (39-9), making his second straight state appearance, lost his quarterfinal match at 195 pounds to Ben Stemmet of Yorkville, 7-4, then rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Elgin Larkin’s Diego Facio, 7-5, in the consolation bracket and stay alive. Tommy lost in the 120-pound quarterfinals to Danny Curran of DeKalb, 10-7, then was eliminated with a 6-3 loss to Nico Bolivar of Oak Park River Forest, finishing the season with a 37-6 record. Tommy had a 142-33 record in his four-year career, reaching state in each of his final three seasons, including a sixth-place finish at 120 in 2018. Cole beat Edwardsville’s Grant Matarelli in his first consolation match, then was pinned and eliminated by DeKalb’s Ben Aranda and ended his first season with a 35-13 record. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Flash Sale at Sideline Store Starts Today

Stevenson’s BSN Sideline Store is having a four-day flash sale today through Saturday. Get 20 percent when ordering items at this link by using promo code FLASH18.


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Senior Service Recognition Applications Due by March 15

Last year, 89 graduating seniors were honored for their community service efforts undertaken during four years at Stevenson. Who will be honored at graduation this year? Senior Service Recognition applications are due by March 15. Don’t wait to start working on the application, because it requires some forethought and organization. Click here to apply.

Want to Be Involved With the Fashion Show?

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is getting ready to start planning for its sixth annual Fashion Show, which will be held Thursday, April 18. All students interested in being a part of the show are encouraged to attend a meeting from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. The club is looking for students to work backstage, do hair and make-up, hospitality and, of course, model! All students are welcome; bring a friend. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Erickson, the faculty sponsor, at cerickson@d125.org.

Reminder: Jersey Day on Wednesday

Don’t forget to wear your favorite team jersey to school on Wednesday as part of Winterfest.


The College Career Center is offering two New Student Orientation field trips for students who will be attending the College of Lake County in the fall. The field trips will be held during the school day on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, April 24. During the NSO, students will meet with an academic counselor and register for classes. Visit the CCC to reserve a spot.


The bass fishing team will have an information meeting for the spring season at 3:45 today in Room 2918.

Animal Welfare will meet today to organize dog treat delivery for its fundraiser. The meeting is after school in Room 7064.


The boys lacrosse team will have a pre-tryout player meeting immediately after school on Thursday in Room 2004-2006. During the meeting, Coach Hake will go over the tryout procedures and schedule, and make sure players are registered and their physicals are up to date.


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