Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Debate Team Takes Top Honor at Lyons

Stevenson won first place in the Large School Sweepstakes competition at the third Illinois Congressional Debate Association tournament of the year held Saturday at Lyons Township High School.

Several students left with awards and recognitions. Junior Alex Zhou received a First Place Quality Speaker award, and also earned first place in his varsity chamber. Five others also took top honors in their varsity chamber: juniors Aditi SinghJames XieRishika Chikoti and Michelle Velyunskiy, and sophomore Anna Xie. Anna also earned a Third Place Quality Speaker award, and James and senior Sunny Gandhi received Best Presiding Officer nominations.

Junior Jeanette Han was second in her varsity chamber, while Sunny and sophomores Aditi Ambravan and Udit Mehta were third in their chambers. In the junior varsity competition, three freshmen were awarded first place in their chamber: Michael KirylauLarry Han and Aditya Ramesh.

Chess Team Wins West Chicago Invitational
The SHS chess team cruised to the West Chicago Invitational championship on Saturday. The Patriots won their four matches handily, defeating Hinsdale Central (45.5-22.5), Naperville North (68-0), Neuqua Valley (42-26) and Naperville Central (51-17). Stevenson’s players were seniors Adam Wallach and Gil Banuelos; juniors Ricky WangDavid WallachJack Chen and Ryan Yao; sophomore Fred Yuan; and freshmen Rohit GuhaSrihas RaoStella Pashyan and Vishnu Sadhu.

Scholastic Bowl Players Finish 1-3 at New Trier
Senior Govind Prabhakar finished first and junior Arjun Nageswaran tied for third among 128 competitors from 30 schools at Scobol Solo 2019, a Scholastic Bowl tournament held Saturday at New Trier High School.

Govind was the outright winner of the Religion and Mythology category, and tied for first in three other events: U.S. History, European History, and Current Events. Arjun also tied for first in European History and in British Literature. Senior David Holmquist tied his teammates for first in European History, and also tied for top honors in World History and Military History. Also tying for first place were sophomore Anish Arora in U.S. Literature, and freshman Arunabh Ganguli in European and World Literature.

Aadit Juneja was the top freshman and Anmol Dash tied for highest sophomore finisher. Junior Allen Guo also competed for Stevenson.

Junior Honored by Chicago Journalists Association
Junior Lily Jiang received honorable mention in the sports writing category at the 80th annual Chicago Journalists Association awards dinner on Friday at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Lily was a finalist in the 2019 Sarah Brown Boyden Awards, which honored journalistic work over the past year in 18 categories.

Lily was chosen as a nominee for two pieces she wrote for Long Grove Living magazine. “Catching National Titles and Pokémon” covered the game-playing success of the sister-brother duo of senior Alyssa Smith and sophomore Evan Smith. “Stevenson’s Varsity Patriettes Team A National Success,” meanwhile, provided a summary of the squad’s award-filled 2018-19 season, which included a sectional championship, second-place finish at state, and eighth-place effort at nationals.

Lily is the in-depth editor for the Statesman, Stevenson’s student newspaper, and has been a junior writer for Long Grove Living since fifth grade. She was accompanied at the awards luncheon by Harvey Stein, the magazine’s publisher.


Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson at IHSA Deerfield Sectional: SHS won its eighth sectional championship in program history, winning 10 of 12 events and qualifying 11 Patriots for this weekend’s state meet at New Trier High School. Stevenson posted a team score of 316, far ahead of runner-up Buffalo Grove, which had 199, and 10 other schools. Junior Alex Eastmond and sophomore Claudia Rzeznik each won two events and were part of first-place relays. Alex captured the 100-yard freestyle (51.85) and 100-yard backstroke (56.33), while Claudia claimed the 50-yard freestyle (23.79) and 100-yard butterfly (55.55). Alex swam in two victorious relays: the 200-medley (1:44.93) with juniors Elizabeth Cao and Jessica Nyborg, and freshman Milena Busma, and the 400 free relay (3:31.34) with seniors Maddy O’Donnell and Lucy Stevens, and freshman Abby Collins. Claudia swam in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.13) with Maddy, Jessica and freshman Isabelle Gattone. Stevenson’s other individual sectional champions were Elizabeth in the 200 individual medley (2:07.20), Jessica in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.24), and sophomore Shreeya Sinha in 1-meter diving (451.00). Maddy also qualified for state in two events with her second-place showings in the 200 free (1:53.27) and in 100 free (52.42). Elizabeth heads to state after a runner-up finish in the 100 back (57.74), and Jessica finished third in the 100 fly (56.83) to qualify in that event. Also qualifying for state was sophomore Katie Makarska, who placed fourth in the 50 free (24.04). – Official Results | State Qualifiers

Competitive Dance
Stevenson at Andrew Invitational: In Tinley Park, the varsity finished second and third in the 3A division, which numbered 21 teams.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Lake Park Invitational: At Stardust Bowl in Addison, junior Nicholas Sternes finished fifth out of 250 bowlers with a six-game series score of 1,335 that included the Patriots’ top game of the day, a 266. Classmate Ryan Lerman was the only other SHS bowler to roll six games, finishing with a 1,106 series and a high game of 243. Junior Ryan Grabiner had a five-game series of 913 (high game of 225) while fellow junior Joey Gluck added an 890 (200) in five games. Freshman Ender Starr had the second-highest game of the day for Stevenson, a 254, en route to a four-game series score of 845. Junior Luke Snider shot a 502 in three games, while junior Josh Lerner added a 166 game. In the team standings, Stevenson finished 13th out of 43 teams with a pin total of 5,757.

Stevenson at Homewood-Flossmoor Tournament: The Patriot girls and boys squads each won four of five matches in their season opener. The girls defeated University Lab School (27-0), Homewood-Flossmoor (18-9), Marian Catholic (24-3) and Gwendolyn Brooks (24-3), and lost to Culver Military Academy (17-10). The boys defeated University Lab School (25-2), Homewood-Flossmoor (23-4), Marian Catholic (23-4) and Gwendolyn Brooks (23-4), and fell to Culver (15-12).

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
York 4, Stevenson 1: Junior Liam Jones scored the Patriot goal at Addison Ice Rink. Senior goalie Ben Newmark had 19 saves.



Animal Welfare Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6110, the multipurpose room in the new East Building addition. Stevenson’s Social Studies director’s assistant, Jacqueline Gray, will bring her in-training therapy dog, Kayla. She will talk about the process of becoming a therapy dog and Kayla’s experiences.

The next Breakfast with Books Club meeting is at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. The club will have its yearbook photo taken during the meeting. All students are welcome; the only requirement is a love for reading!


The Ski and Snowboard Club information meeting will be held during the activity period on Wednesday. The parent information meeting will take place from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in the Recital Hall. Contact Mr. Wellington at or Mr. Johanssen at for more information.


The Sommer Foundation is awarding scholarships ranging from $3,000-$5,000 for college-bound seniors who have experienced the death of a parent. Applicants must be able to display strong academic promise, positive co-curricular or work experience, contributions through community or school service, and financial need. Applications are due by March 6. For more information, visit


The city and Chicago Public Schools have enough cash to pay for the first year of a new contract with teachers, which was ratified late Friday by the union. But for the next four years of the deal, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the school district are counting on money that’s not guaranteed to be there.

A Cook County judge on Sunday denied bail for a Morton College student accused of having a large cache of assault-style weapons, handguns and ammunition inside his vehicle parked at the suburban college on the same day last week that a teenager went on a deadly shooting spree at his high school in California.

The Illinois State Board of Education has greatly expanded its Illinois Virtual Course Program. The program now offers 840 virtual courses that are available to middle and high school students, and includes core, elective, Advanced Placement, and credit recovery options. The new course catalog expands Illinois’ virtual course offerings by 775 classes. School districts can begin accessing courses now, with instruction available to begin as early as Jan. 1.

A fire that started in a classroom at May Whitney Elementary School in Lake Zurich early this morning has been extinguished, but caused school officials to close the school for the day. Lake Zurich Fire Chief John Malcolm said no injuries were reported in the blaze that is being blamed on an electrical malfunction in a second-floor classroom.


The number of foreign students coming to U.S. colleges and universities continued to fall last year, according to a new report. An annual report from the Institute of International Education found that the number of newly enrolled international students dipped by 1% in fall 2018 compared to the year before. It follows decreases of 7% and 3% in the previous two years, which were the first downturns in more than a decade.

Half of Indiana’s public school students will be out of classrooms Tuesday while thousands of teachers from across the state rally at the Statehouse to demand better pay. It’s an unprecedented move from Indiana’s teachers, who have spent the last several years watching their counterparts in other states and cities striking, walking out and marching their way toward higher salaries and better working and learning conditions.

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