Thursday, April 4, 2019

Better Student Performance Through Nutrition

The connection between nutrition and student performance will be the topic of the final Community Parent Network event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 in the West Auditorium. The event is free.

Alex Stoller, founder of Complete Integrative Health and a 2010 Stevenson graduate, believes that nutrition is the most important factor in determining the condition of students’ overall health, physical and mental performance, and body composition. He’ll show how diets high in refined sugars impair brain function, and how poor nutrition in general compounds the symptoms of mood disorders such as depression. Parents and guardians also will learn how their students can make healthy food choices at school.

Student Election Results Announced

Elections for 2019-20 student government positions were held Wednesday, March 20, and results were announced Tuesday. Here are the winners:

Student Council: Michelle Yu (president), Amanda Lee and Liana McGhee (vice president), Allison Pokoski (secretary), Rithika Bhattaram (treasurer).

Class of 2020: Anjini Grover (president), Caili Murphy and Steve Yoo (vice president), Alyssa Shack (secretary), Jacob Chan (PR officer).

Class of 2021: Michael Kim (president), Jonathan Chan and Evelyn Jiang (vice president), Diane Bi (secretary), Kailyn Choi (PR officer).

Class of 2022: Jaden Varghese (president), Tvishi Krishnakumar and Abby Tenner (vice president), Kelly Cheung (secretary), Andrew Wang (PR officer).

17 Seniors Serve as Election Judges

Seventeen seniors worked as Lake County election judges on Tuesday, bringing to more than 600 the number of Stevenson students who have served as election judges over the last 20 years. This year’s judges were Elyse Baden, Arad Boxenbaum, Daniel Brot, Adam Elkins, Ashley Mandel, Denna Baniasad, Jonah Benthusen, Samantha Galati, Waleed Kambal, Nick Madeyski, Kira McCoy, Maria Nasantogtokh, Camille Ogar, Marisa Osowski, Karla Segovia, Ananya Shah and Sharon Zavlin. Any junior or senior who is a U.S. citizen and attends a training session at Stevenson lead by the Lake County Clerk’s office is eligible to work as an election judge.

JV Winter Guard Ends Season With Championship

The varsity Winter Guard placed third in the Scholastic A Division at last weekend’s Midwest Color Guard Circuit Championships in LaPorte, Ind. The junior varsity took first place in Scholastic Regional A in its season-ending performance.

SHS Scores Highly in Math Competition

Stevenson finished 18th out of 73 teams in the 26th annual Mandelbrot national online mathematics competition, and four students ended on the individual leaderboard: senior Joey Rivkin, juniors Dylan Hu and Richard Liu, and sophomore Ram Potham. SHS also placed eighth among 36 teams in its 12-state region. The regional leaderboard included junior Weiran Zhao, sophomores James Kim, Brandon Lu, Praneet Rathi, Phyllis Wang, Greycen Ren and Doogy Lee, and freshmen Lillian You, Gabriel Visotsky and Spandan Goel. The Mandelbrot competition has five rounds, spread throughout the school year. Each round features seven questions that cover a variety of non-calculus topics.

Alumnus Grabs Hold of Life With Gusto

The power of positive thinking pervades this piece on SHS alumnus Tanner Salinas (Class of 2013), who hasn’t let cerebral palsy hold him back in life. “When I was a kid, people told me that I couldn’t walk or talk very well, that I wouldn’t be able to drive, and that I would not go to college. From day one people told me I wouldn’t be able to do anything,” he said. Fortunately, Salinas didn’t listen to his doubters. Today, he lives on his own, has a driver’s license, holds a two-year certificate from the University of Iowa’s two-year REACH (Realizing Education and Career Hopes) program, and is working at his dream job with the Chicago Cubs.

Former Fine Arts Director Finalist for Superintendent Post

Former SHS Director of Fine Arts Stephen Plank is one of three finalists for the superintendent position in Burlington Area School District, northwest of Kenosha, Wis. Plank currently serves as principal of Middleton High School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, also in Wisconsin. He previously was principal of Lakes Community High School in Antioch, and of Bradford High School in Kenosha.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 7, Rockton Hononegah 0: The host Patriots erupted for six goals in the second half, improving to 5-0-1 on the season. Senior Kalyssa VanZanten scored the only goal of the first half, and began the barrage in the second. Junior Gracie Wingfield also scored two goals, and had the assist on Kalyssa’s first goal. Sophomore Gabi Nyc had a goal and two assists, freshman Madison Kim scored a goal and assisted on another, and sophomore Alyssa Bende also scored. Sophomore Abby Kalou recorded two assists, and junior Jessica Inman had one. Senior Jenny Staten made five saves before yielding to junior Arushi Nair, who had a save in the final 20 minutes. – NFHS Network Replay

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 7, Glenbrook North 1: In a matchup of two of the state’s top teams from last spring, the Patriots opened their season with a convincing win at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS, which was second in Illinois, received straight-set victories at Nos. 1 and 2 singles from senior Zachary Kim (6-3, 6-3) and sophomore Eric Perkowski (6-1, 6-0), respectively. Zachary, a three-time state qualifier who will attend Northwestern, finished fourth in singles last year, while Eric paired with classmate Prathinav Merneedi to finish second in doubles. Prathinav chose to play in the United States Tennis Association junior circuit this spring. The remainder of the matches were in doubles, and Stevenson won five of the six contests over the Spartans, who tied for ninth in Illinois last year. Seniors Arjun Sheelvanth and Aswath (Ozzie) Viswanathan, who won three of their five state doubles matches last spring, earned a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 victory at No. 1 doubles over GBN’s top pair that reached state in the 2018 campaign. The other doubles winners were sophomore Daniel Tulchinskiy and junior Andy Dong at No. 2 (6-2, 6-0), sophomores Payton Adkisson and Thomas Gong at No. 3 (6-3, 6-4), sophomore Kevin Fei and freshman Gabriel Visotsky at No. 4 (7-6 (8), 6-4), and freshman Nicholas Stec and junior Christopher Yang at No. 6 (6-7 (2), 6-3, 10-8). – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Libertyville, 25-17, 32-30: Junior Gavin Meng had 12 kills and two aces to lead the visiting Patriots (6-1, 1-0) in their North Suburban Conference opener. Harvard-bound senior setter Will Sorenson was 52-of-52 with 21 assists, recorded two kills, served an ace, made a solo block and had a block assist, and also tied junior Andrew Keevins for the team lead with five digs. Classmate Justin Ross had five kills and four block assists. Senior Thomas Finn recorded four kills, and fellow graduate-to-be John Angelos added three kills, a solo block and a block assist. – Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 13, Grant 6: Senior Seth Collins scored four goals, and freshman Ryan Hynes had three goals and two assists for the Patriots (2-2) on the road. Ryan had the first three goals for SHS, which broke away quickly from the Bulldogs after the game was tied 1-1. Senior Cole Okmin had two goals and two assists, while senior Bryce Wujcik and sophomore Owen Hancock each had a goal and two assists. Senior Tommy Yore scored a goal and recorded an assist, and sophomore Tony Spina also scored.

Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 97.5, Libertyville 48.5; Mundelein 79, Stevenson 66: Junior Jahleel Perrin won two races to pace the Patriots (7-1) in Mundelein. Jahleel crossed the finish line first in the 100 meters (11.14) and 200 meters (23.6). He was one of four individual winners for SHS. Senior Dan Erdenetsogt won the discus (139 feet) and classmate Anand Batbaatar claimed the shot put (47 feet, 3.5 inches), and junior Jordan Vincent captured the 400 (53.3). Stevenson also won the 400 relay (44.03) and 800 relay (1:36.1).


Due to an error by Chick-fil-A, Wednesday’s Digest reported the wrong price for chicken sandwiches being sold today by the boys water polo team. The cost is $4, rather than $3.50.


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Parking Stickers for the Final Grading Period

The final grading period begins Monday. Students who haven’t picked up their parking sticker should do so Monday morning before school in lot D from the Security pickup truck. Seniors should park in the student parking spaces only in lots D, E, the Strip and overflow to Port Clinton. Juniors are not allowed to park anywhere on campus except in the Port Clinton lot with a purchased parking pass. Juniors and seniors who do not have parking can purchase one-day passes for Port Clinton at least a day in advance in Room 2400.


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