Monday, March 18, 2019

14 Students Earn HOSA State Titles

Fourteen students earned state championships at the annual Illinois HOSA Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference held last week in Springfield. The state titles were part of an impressive performance by the 125-student contingent Stevenson sent downstate. Fifty-one students placed in the top three of their event, qualifying for the International HOSA competition June 18-22 in Orlando. Ninety-nine students received state finalist accolades by finishing in the top 10 of their event.

Stevenson’s state championships came in eight events, and junior Omkarnath Halleppanawar was involved in two of them. He earned top honors in Nutrition, and also was part of the first-place CERT Skills entry with classmate Vivek Thatte. The duo of sophomore Caroline Mazur-Sarocka and junior Fanny Borukhova won Health Career Display, and the team of seniors Khushi Agarwal, Shanky Bala, Sanjana Chunduri, Maanasa Devabhaktuni, Shreya Satish and Marilyn Li captured Public Health. Sophomore Bella Kim finished first in Dental Terminology, junior Celeste Xi won Dental Science, junior Jasmine Wang took top honors in Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking, and junior Shrusti Jain won Speaking Skills.

Abby Peters and Jill Lipman are the club sponsors. Click here to see all of Stevenson’s HOSA state conference placewinners and finalists.

Scholastic Bowl Finishes Fourth in State

Stevenson finished fourth at the Illinois High School Association Class 2A Scholastic Bowl state tournament on Friday. The 2018 state champion, making its third consecutive trip to the state tournament, fell to the Illinois Math and Science Academy in the third-place match, 430-370. In pool play earlier in the day, SHS beat Oak Park River Forest (420-360) and Carbondale (800-60) before falling to eventual state runner-up Rockford Auburn (480-380).

The Scholastic Bowl state roster was led by captain Govind Prabhakar, a junior, plus senior Olivia Lamberti, junior Akash Kumar, and sophomores David Lee and Arjun Nageswaran. The five played in every round. The rest of the roster included senior Vaishakh Vinod-Kumar, sophomore Daniel Ding and freshman Spandan Goel. The team’s head coach was Ryan Fedewa. Simon Campos served as varsity assistant and Lauren Albert was the junior varsity coach.

Senior Places Fifth in Spoken Word Poetry Contest

Senior Ananya Shah finished fifth in the individual finals of the Louder Than a Bomb spoken word poetry contest in Chicago last weekend. Watch her perform “Daisy Chains” in the final round. She also was part of the Stevenson team that reached the quarterfinals, with seniors Emily Luo, Hannah Severyns, Johnna Geick and Jacob Minin, and junior Anna Wang. This was Stevenson’s first foray into the competition, which featured nearly 100 teams and almost 1,000 individual poets.

Orchestra Concert Tuesday Night

Stevenson’s orchestras will close the door on winter with a concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. For those unable to attend, a live stream of the concert will be available on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.


Friday’s Digest misidentified the grade level of junior Victor Shi.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Allied Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Unified Basketball State Championships: The Patriots defeated LaSalle-Peru to finish third in their first-ever state appearance. The roster included seniors Mark Brady, David Ha, Daniel Kahn, Jeremy Millman, Timothy Phelps, Steven Wetle and Tyler Yoo; junior Nikolas Brickman; sophomores Ethan Brandwein, Alex Eisen, Andrew Maher, Sean Pokoski and Shephia Zhou; and freshman Asher Barshefsky. The coaches were Ryan Hutchins and Emma Degen. Athletic Director Trish Betthauser helped coach at the state tournament.

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at Buffalo Grove K.D. Invitational: The Patriots went undefeated in all eight flights to capture the team championship for the fourth straight year. Junior Jenny Yang and sophomore Emily Hu won the No. 1 doubles title, while sophomores Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li claimed the No. 2 flight. Juniors Megan Wei and Jasmine Zhang ruled No. 3 doubles, and seniors Riya Gyanmote and Roshini Merneedi won No. 4 doubles. The singles champions were sophomore Shibani Ram (No. 1), junior Kaitlyn Lu (No. 2), sophomore Giuli Nagai (No. 3) and freshman Veronica Liu (No. 4). In the team standings, Stevenson amassed 40 points, with runner-up Buffalo Grove at 26.

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson at Huntley Last Chance Invitational: The Patriots won two events in the meet. Junior Jordan Vincent finished first in the 400-meter run with a personal-best time of 51.50 seconds, while freshman Ray Zhao captured the high jump with a personal-best leap of 6 feet, 4 inches. Junior Jahleel Perrin placed second in the 200 (22.90 – personal best) and fifth in the 60 (7.19), and senior Anand Batbaatar took second in shot put (50 feet, 1.5 inches). SHS was third in the 800 relay (1:34.64). Other top 10 efforts came from sophomore David Smolensky in the 200 (sixth, 23.40 – personal best) and 60 (seventh, 7.30), freshman Jimmy Davis in the 400 (ninth, 54.50 – personal best), and senior Dan Erdenetsogt 10th in shot put (42-2). Team scores were not kept. – Official Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 12, Deerfield 9: The host Patriots won their season-opener, which marked the debut of head coach Tom Hake. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson d. Glenbrook North: The Patriots improved to 1-1 with the victory. SHS will play its home opener at 7 p.m. Thursday against York in the Stadium.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: The Patriots (4-3) finished 11th in the three-day tournament, concluding their schedule with a 22-3 win over Homewood-Flossmoor after falling to Lincoln-Way East earlier in the day, 14-11. Sophomore Dima Kobets led the SHS offense in each game, throwing in nine goals against H-F and five versus LWE. Sophomore Drew Wangard added three goals against Lincoln-Way East. Stevenson finished 2-2 in the tournament. –

Friday’s Varsity Results

Allied Basketball

Stevenson at IHSA Unified Basketball State Championships: The Patriots lost to Vernon Hills in the Division I semifinals at the Peoria Civic Center.

Girls Badminton

Stevenson at Fremd Quadrangular: The defending state champions opened their season with a trio of triumphs in Palatine, defeating the host school (5-2), Hinsdale Central (7-0) and Naperville North (4-3), which finished second to SHS at the IHSA tournament last spring. The Patriots’ depth in doubles played a key part in the win over Naperville, with all three duos posting victories: Defending state champions junior Jenny Yang and sophomore Emily Hu at No. 1 (21-7, 21-4), 2018 state runners-up sophomores Jyotsna Harikrishna and Benna Li at No. 2 (21-9, 21-5), and seniors Julie Zhu and Thivya Sivarajah at No. 3 (21-7, 21-4). Sophomore Giuli Nagai rallied for the lone singles victory at No. 4 (18-21, 21-17, 21-12). The doubles teams also won their matches against Hinsdale Central and Fremd, as did Giuli. Sophomore Shibani Ram, who finished third in the state last year, won her No. 1 singles matches against Fremd and Hinsdale Central.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson at Fenwick Invitational: Sophomores Drew Wangard and Dima Kobets scored three goals apiece as the Patriots (3-2) blasted Brother Rice, 20-3. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 17, Oak Park River Forest 5: The host Patriots (6-0) extended their winning streak to 38 games dating back to the start of the 2018 season. –

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 2, Vernon Hills 0: Seniors Kristin Hill and Kalyssa VanZanten scored for the host Patriots (2-0) in the Stadium. – NFHS Network Replay

Girls Track and Field

Stevenson at Lake Michigan Invitational: Senior Kendall Roberts had top-four finishes in two races to pace the Patriots at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. She was third in the 800-meter run (2:24.09) and fourth in the 1,600 (5:18.27). The 800-meter relay team of seniors Emily Ossentjuk and Raeden Mays, and sophomores Jordan Tollison and Jade Cadichon finished sixth (1:52.08), and senior Natalie Sorenson was seventh in the 3,200 (11:28.60).

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Krupicka Invitational: The Patriots placed 10th out of 11 teams at Hinsdale Central. – Daily Herald

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s season-opening varsity and junior varsity boys volleyball matches against Lakes will be streamed live from the Sports Center by the NFHS Network. The varsity starts at 6 p.m., with the JV at 5 o’clock. Catch all the events on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Students Holding Clothing, Shoe Drive

Four students from the Child Development class are holding a clothing drive beginning today through Friday, April 5 to help those in need in Brazil and Ukraine. New and gently used clothing and shoes for children ages 0-18 will be collected in boxes at the Forum (“point”), Sports Center and Field House entrances.

Set Sail for the Senior Class Party

The Class of 2019 is invited to “come sail away” with classmates on Lake Michigan aboard The Odyssey during the Senior Class Party on Thursday, May 23. After graduation practice wraps up, hop on a bus and head to Navy Pier for a two-hour cruise that features incredible skyline views, a full lunch buffet, desserts, unlimited soft drinks, DJ entertainment and more. Register now through the Online Superstore.


Ditch the workout and join the party! Zumba club meets every Tuesday after school in Room 5044, the East Multipurpose Room. The club will be performing at the Co-Curricular Fair Thursday night in the Field House. Performance time is 6:55 p.m.

Calling all knitters! In the Loop is meeting today after school in Room 7064. Never knit before? KNOT a problem! Here’s a chance for your first lesson.

Animal Welfare meets Tuesday after school in Room 7064. The club will be working on a letter-writing campaign. All are welcome.


Informational meetings for students interested in being a buddy for the Allied Soccer team will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 6050. See Coach Mauro for more information.

Tryouts for the Stevenson ice hockey program’s spring-summer program will be held Tuesday and Thursday at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. The program starts the week of April 8. Click here for registration and details.


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