Monday, Nov. 25, 2019

Scholastic Bowl Teams Sweep Rockford Tournament

Stevenson’s varsity and junior varsity Scholastic Bowl teams took the top two spots in their divisions in the David Riley Kickoff Tournament at Rockford Auburn High School over the weekend.

In the varsity Challenge Division, the A team of senior Govind Prabhakar and juniors Arjun Nageswaran and David Lee won all 10 of its matches, and was the only undefeated squad. Govind and Arjun finished 1-2 among all 38 competitors, while David was 10th. The B team posted a 7-3 record, with a roster that included seniors David Holmquist and Akash Kumar, juniors Billy Bratton and Daniel Ding, and sophomore Anish Arora. David ranked fourth overall and Akash 11th.

In the JV Standard Division, the team of sophomore Spandan Goel and freshmen Rishab WuppalapatiDhruv Pendharkar and Arunabh Ganguli went 9-0 to take top honors. The contingent of sophomore Anmol Dash, and freshmen Andrey Vlasov and Aadit Juneja was second with an 8-1 mark. Individually, Aadit ranked third among 116 players, Rishab was fourth and Anmol fifth. Photo courtesy of Goma Srinivasa.

Three Debaters Reach Semifinals at Glenbrooks Tournament
Three members of the debate team reached the semifinals in Congressional Debate at the 39th annual Glenbrooks National Speech and Debate Tournament, held last weekend at Glenbrook South and North high schools.

Seniors Sunny Gandhi and Dylan Hu broke to the semifinals for the second straight year, while classmate Megana Adigal reached for the first time. To making the semifinals, the trio earned bids to next spring’s national Tournament of Champions competition at the University of Kentucky.

Approximately 250 congressional debaters from around the country took part in the Glenbrooks tournament. Sixteen SHS students joined the three listed above: juniors Ojasvi Saxena, Kevin Fei, Laya Reddy, Srikrishna Sorna and Andy Zhang; sophomores Sneha Rao, Srusti Donapati, Anuha Jalasutram, Evelyn Jiang, Nandhini Nair, Vishnu Nair, Amal Naqvi, Murad Shahzadah and Tia Vasudeva; and freshmen Siddharth Muppavarappu and Sarah Zhang.

Science Olympiad Teams Take 2 of Top 3 Spots at Palatine
Stevenson’s Science Olympiad teams finished first and third in the top division at the season-opening Palatine High School Invitational on Saturday. SHS Green captured five events and earned top honors with a final score of 93 points, ahead of Naperville North (106) and SHS Gold (127). Green and Gold were in the 15-team AAA Division, for schools typically ranked at the state or national level.

The Green and Gold teams combined to win 11 of the invitational’s 23 events. Junior Hannah Liu was part of three event-winning tandems, while junior Sneha Mohan, sophomore Greycen Ren and freshman Joshua Song were involved with two apiece. Hannah and Sneha joined forces to capture the Wright Stuff event. Hannah also paired with junior Emily Liu (no relation) to win the Boomilever competition, and joined Greycen in winning Disease Detectives. Sneha and classmate Krishna Patel claimed the Detector Building, and Greycen and Joshua took top honors in Anatomy and Physiology. Joshua also earned a first place with fellow freshman Srikar Venkatesan in Ping Pong Parachute.

Stevenson’s other event winners were: senior Eric Gan and freshman Kevin Qian (Chemistry Lab); senior Anna Wang and sophomore Kelly Mao (Water Quality); senior Shannon Kang and junior Chaitanya Vengali (Forensics); juniors Richard Bi and Jared Machtinger (Machines); and senior Joshua Tsai and junior Phyllis Wang (Sounds of Music).

Help Put an End to “Blackout Wednesday”
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.

Did you know that most teens don’t drink alcohol? However, some that do report obtaining it from an older sibling. In fact, “Blackout Wednesday” is a term used to describe the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, when college students come home and are more likely to binge drink. This behavior can expose both your college student and their younger siblings to risky behaviors and set an undesirable expectation for the college experience.

Stand Strong Coalition is trying to change the culture regarding drinking in our community and we want your voice. The coalition will be hosting parent focus groups soon and we need your input. The group is limited to 24 parents who will be selected based on responses to a brief survey, and all participants will receive a $20 Starbucks gift card. Click here to volunteer.

Last Digest Until Next Week
The Daily Digest will not be published the rest of this week, and will return Monday, Dec. 2.


Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming
Stevenson at IHSA State Meet: The Patriots earned three medals at New Trier High School, with juniors Alexandra Eastmond and Jessica Nyborg earning two apiece. Jessica finished eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.88) and Alexandra was 10th in the 100-yard backstroke (57.38), and both swam in the 10th-place 200 medley relay (1:45.89). Their relay mates were junior Elizabeth Cao and freshman Milena Busma. Stevenson finished 21st in the final team standings. Of the 11 Patriots who qualified for state, nine will return next season. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Rockford Guilford Survivor Invitational: The Patriots placed third among 19 teams at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford. SHS posted a six-game pin total of 6,142, saving its highest game for last (1,118). Junior Nicholas Sternes led Stevenson with a six-game series score of 1,341, which included a high game of 247. Classmate Ryan Grabiner rolled a 1,310 series with a high game of 234, while freshman Ender Starr contributed a 1,296 series and 247 high game. Juniors Ryan Lerman and Joey Gluck added 1,148 and 1,047 series, respectively. Joey had a high game of 244 and Ryan recorded a 221. All teams bowled four qualifying games, with individual awards based on the four-game total. Ryan Grabiner was in fourth place after four games with an 890 score and Nicholas was in seventh at 870. After the first four games, the top 12 teams bowled a fifth game, and then the top six competed in the final game.

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 61, East Aurora 30: The Patriots (3-1) used a 22-5 blitz in the first quarter to tame the Tomcats in the Lady Warrior Thanksgiving Invitational at Willowbrook High School. SHS hit five 3-pointers in the opening quarter (and 10 in the game). Sophomore Ava Bardic sank a pair of treys in the first quarter en route to a game-high 16 points. She had four triples on the night. Senior Avery King scored 14 points and sophomore Simone Sawyer added 12. Each hit a pair of 3-pointers. Stevenson put the game away by outscoring East Aurora, 18-7 in the third quarter to take a 52-24 lead. The Patriots wrap up the invitational with a game against the host school tonight.

Stevenson at Catholic Memorial Invitational: In Waukesha, Wis., two Patriots earned second-place finishes. Senior Saicharan Mandadi was second in men’s epee and classmate Aya Taira was runner-up in women’s foil. The rest of Stevenson’s top-eight showings all came on the boys’ side. Sophomore Stephen Yi finished sixth in men’s foil and senior Jacob Chan was sixth in men’s saber. Senior Steve Yoo and sophomore Albert Cheng placed seventh and eighth, respectively, in men’s saber. Senior Ajay Singh was eighth in men’s epee. – Official Results

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 52, Lockport 48: Senior Avery King scored 18 points and sophomore Simone Sawyer added 16 as the Patriots improved to 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Lady Warrior Thanksgiving Invitational at Willowbrook High School. Simone scored eight of her points in the fourth quarter, sinking six free throws to help secure the victory. Avery tallied 11 points in the first half as SHS took a 27-23 lead into halftime. Junior Nikki Ware scored 10 points and sophomore Ava Bardic chipped in with eight. Avery and Ava each hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Quick Hits
The boys basketball team is ranked No. 5 in NBC Sports Chicago’s preseason power rankings, and also is No. 5 in the Chicago Sun-Times’ preseason top 25. Senior Matthew Ambrose is listed by the Sun-Times as one of the top 50 players in the Chicago area, and also is ranked as one of its top shooters. The Pioneer Press, meanwhile, says Stevenson is the team to beat in the North Suburban Conference, with Mundelein expected to be its top competition. … Tonight’s junior varsity girls basketball game against Plainfield Central will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page beginning at 7:30. A subscription is required to watch NFHS events; click here for details.


Odyssey Registration Information Coming to Your Email
Students will receive an email on Wednesday about registration for the upcoming all-school Odyssey fine arts festival. The email will include an Odyssey Registration Guide and a list of available courses. On Monday, Dec. 2, there will be an activity period devoted to Odyssey registration. More information can be found on the Odyssey web page.


Architecture and Engineering Club is holding its annual Sled Wars competition to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. Create teams of two to four students, design a sled out of cardboard, and race it down a slope! If you’re interested, pick up an information packet in rooms 6104, 1420 or 3006, or contact Mr. May ( before Friday, Dec. 13.

Animal Welfare Club will meet from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 6110 for its own version of Give-A-Thon. This session involves putting together small packages that include dog blankets made by AWC, and donated items which will be distributed at a local animal shelter.


The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling is offering several $1,000 scholarships ($500 per semester, non-renewable). The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 31. Applicants must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Click here for application details.


Two days after Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered Illinois schools to immediately stop secluding children alone in timeout rooms, educators and parents tried to grasp the implications of the new prohibition on a practice that had been embedded in schools for decades. School districts sent letters to parents saying they would no longer put children in locked rooms, while the head of the Illinois State Board of Education apologized to families and said the law that had been in effect “did not sufficiently regulate” isolated timeout, causing “lasting trauma.”

The Illinois Association of School Boards has again rejected a resolution supporting teachers and other school employees carrying guns in schools. The group voted against the measure Saturday during its annual convention in Chicago. This is the second straight year the group has rejected such a proposal.

Authorities say a person of interest was taken into custody after a 19-year-old University of Illinois-Chicago student was found dead in a campus parking garage on Saturday. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that Ruth George, of Berwyn, died as a result of strangulation, and ruled her death a homicide.


Top leaders at the University of California say they support dropping the SAT and ACT exams from admission requirement. UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ, along with the UC system’s chief academic officer, Provost Michael Brown, said Friday that research has convinced them that performance on the tests is so strongly influenced by family income, parents’ education and race, that using them for college admissions decision is unfair.

More college students are turning to their schools for help with anxiety, depression and other mental health problems, and many must wait weeks for treatment or find help elsewhere as campus clinics struggle to meet demand. On some campuses, the number of students seeking treatment has nearly doubled over the last five years while overall enrollment has remained relatively flat.

Kansas universities are reducing general education requirements to ensure more students can graduate on time and create more room for classes in their majors. Schools are hoping students can learn skills such as ethical reasoning from an engineering course by scrapping philosophy and history requirements in favor of specific goals. Some liberal arts professors warn the change will remove an essential aspect of what a university education offers — a widespread knowledge of the world that extends beyond what’s taught in their major.

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