Math Team Captures 8th Straight Regional Title
The SHS math team won its eighth consecutive Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics 4AA regional championship on Saturday. Stevenson, serving as host school for the Region 12 competition, posted a winning score of 953, topping Glenbrook South (762), Buffalo Grove (563) and Highland Park (259). Stevenson’s score was the second-highest in the state, bested only by three-time defending state champion Naperville North, which had 1,028.
By winning the regional, the Patriots earned an automatic bid to the ICTM state finals on Saturday, May 4 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Stevenson has finished second for three consecutive years after winning the state title in 2015, and has not placed lower than fourth at state in more than 25 years.
On Saturday, SHS took first place in every individual and team category except one. Individual champions were senior Joey Rivkin (Precalculus), junior Dylan Hu (Algebra 2), sophomore Ram Potham (Geometry) and freshman Lillian You (Algebra 1). Joey and sophomore Gyeongwon (James) Kim won the oral team event. James also was part of the first-place calculator team, along with seniors Tony Tan and Haechan (James) Lim, junior Andrew Zhuang, and freshman Gabriel Visotsky. Lillian and sophomore Praneet Rathi claimed the Freshman-Sophomore 2-Person category. Lillian and Ram also were part of the Freshman-Sophomore 8-Person event that took first place. They were joined by freshmen Spandan Goel, Joy Qu and Brady Rivkin, and sophomores Justin Chen, Emily Hu and Doogyul Lee. The Junior-Senior 8-Person squad also was victorious, behind Dylan, Tony, Andrew, seniors Matthew Jalnos, Angela Zhang and Devanshi Gupta, and juniors Philena Liu and Emily Lu. Stevenson also won the Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and Precalculus team titles. Click here to see all the regional award-winners.
FCCLA Wins Regional, Sends 21 to State
Stevenson won first place, and all 21 student competitors qualified for state, at the Illinois Section 5 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America regional competition at Harper College in Palatine on Friday.
Six students captured gold medals in the Senior Division (open to grades 10-12) of their Family and Consumer Sciences event: Seniors Lexi Bennett (Focus on Children), Pallavi Panchpor (Food Innovation) and Jordyn Rubin (Interior Design), junior Mariam Reichert (Recycle and Redesign), and sophomores Jessie Mazursky (Apparel Construction) and Esha Raut (Illustrated Talk).
Fifteen FCCLA members earned silver medals in Senior Division events: Seniors Olivia Coutre (Fashion Design), Elizabeth Dungan (Early Childhood-Occupational), Isabella Przybylo (Food Production-Salad), and Laura Thornburg (Nutrition and Wellness-Occupational); juniors Ashley Gordon, Roya Lippe, Maya Newmark and Sydney Ring (Preschool Lesson Plan), Nicole Ittounas (Interior Design Presentation) and Madison McElhinny (Advocacy); and sophomores Natali Freihammer (Frosted Cakes), Kendall Goldenson and Christine Kim (Children’s Literature), and Taylor Irvin and Litzy Cruz (Advocacy). The FCCLA sponsors are Michelle Backes and Jamie Rieman.
Twenty-one schools and more than 400 students competed in a variety of Family and Consumer Sciences events. The Illinois FCCLA State Leadership Conference and Competitions will be held April 4-6 in Springfield.
Table Tennis Team Finishes Second in State
The SHS table tennis team finished second at the Interscholastic Table Tennis Illinois Association Saturday at Loyola Academy. The Patriots beat Loyola, 11-4, in the semifinals before falling to three-time state champion Naperville North, 9-3. Coach Todd Sikora’s squad posted a 8-2 record this season, with the only losses at the hands of the undefeated Huskies, who beat Stevenson for the title last year. The state tournament roster featured seniors Michael Hu and Nick Pantelis; juniors Joseph Choi, Jason Leong, Andrew Lukz, Sam Wang and Eric Wu; sophomores Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao; and freshman Jasmine Leong.
Winter Guard Competes at Naperville Competition
Stevenson traveled to Naperville North High School on Saturday for its first Winter Guard International regional competition of the season. The varsity placed fourth out of 22 teams in the Scholastic A Division. The junior varsity finished third out of six teams in Scholastic Regional A.
Marijuana in 2019: More Potent Than Ever
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.
Marijuana today is significantly stronger and more potent than it was in the 1970s and ’80s. It is now available in dried plant form as well as a variety of concentrated products. Historically, THC levels in the dried plant were below 4 percent. Today, concentrates can have THC levels well above 80-90 percent. Due to this increase in THC, there has been a rise in the number of psychotic reactions and emergency room admissions nationwide. Higher potency is also associated with a greater risk of addiction, especially for adolescents. For more information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, click here.
Boys Basketball at Lake Forest Regional Tonight
The boys basketball team will face Highland Park in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Lake Forest regional semifinals at 7 o’clock tonight. The Giants (13-16), ranked No. 17 in the Waukegan Sectional, upended the 15th-seeded host school, 56-43, Monday night. The Patriots (23-5), the sectional’s top seed, beat Highland Park, 47-17, at the Fremd Horseshoe Shootout on Feb. 9. The winner of tonight’s game will face the winner of Wednesday’s semifinal between No. 8 Libertyville and No. 9 Hersey for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. Tonight’s game is scheduled to be streamed live by the NFHS Network.
SHS Names New Field Hockey Coach
Stevenson has named Isabella Licciardello as its new girls field hockey coach. She has served as the school’s junior varsity A team coach for the past two seasons. Licciardello replaces Laura (Camastro) Husko, a 2001 Stevenson graduate who resigned after seven seasons at the helm. Coach Licciardello will meet with all field hockey players at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the Aerobics Room (Room 2110). Click here to read more about the new head field hockey coach.
Girls Water Polo Fundraiser Thursday
The girls water polo team is holding a fundraiser from 5-10 p.m. Thursday at Jason’s Deli, 545 Lakeview Pkwy., in Vernon Hills. The fundraiser is valid for dine-in or carryout orders. Mention “Stevenson Water Polo” when placing your order.
PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon
The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is Wednesday afternoon during seventh and eighth periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. Doughnuts, muffins, cake, pies, Puppy Chow and more will be available for $1. Proceeds benefit all students and staff through PPA.
Students who will be enrolled in career training programs at the College of Lake County are invited to apply for the Metallica Scholars Award. Click here for details.
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