Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

Semester Exams Start Wednesday

First-semester exams will take place Wednesday through Friday. Visit for the exam schedule and other finals information. Winter Break begins Monday, Dec. 23 and ends Monday, Jan. 6. Classes resume Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins First New Trier Title
Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl team won the New Trier varsity quiz bowl tournament for the first time in school history on Saturday. Facing some of the top teams in the country, the A team of senior Govind Prabhakar and juniors Daniel DingDavid Lee and Arjun Nageswaran won all 10 of its matches to claim the title.

The A team, ranked eighth in the country coming into the tournament, knocked off No. 1 Miami Valley A (Ohio) twice, and No. 3 University Lab A (Illinois) and No. 11 Chattahoochee A (Georgia) during its 10-0 run. The quartet also beat Barrington, Fremd, Sandburg and the Stevenson B team, plus Northmont A (Ohio) and Chattahoochee B.

Stevenson A and B played in the Über Division, which featured college-level questions. Govind was the second-highest scorer in the division, while Arjun finished fourth. Freshman Rishabh Wuppalapati, a member of the B team, was eighth.

The SHS C team competed in the Standard Division, with freshmen Aadit Juneja and Arunabh Ganguli placing eighth and 14th, respectively, out of 158 participants. Stevenson tied for fifth in the division out of 38 teams.

Junior’s Artwork Selected for National Virtual Art Gallery
A colored pencil drawing by junior Navya Meka has been chosen to be part of a virtual exhibit that opens next month. Her artwork, titled “An Ocean of Blue,” was one of 73 works selected for the National Art Education Association’s Virtual Gallery. More than 1,000 pieces of art were submitted; only active members of the National Art Honor Society were eligible. The Virtual Gallery will be available for viewing beginning Jan. 27 at this link.

Math Team Remains Atop NSML Standings
Stevenson remained in sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Math League after the third round of competition ended last week. SHS has a total of 955 points, ahead of Whitney Young (938) and Naperville North (937), with two meets remaining in February and March.

The Patriots posted perfect scores in three of the four grade-level categories: senior, sophomore and freshman. Fifteen members of the team wrote perfect papers:

Freshmen: Ben Chen, Collin Fan and Aadit Juneja

Sophomores: Jonathan Abraham, Sayuj Choudhari, Spandan Goel, Yash Nelavelli, Lillian You and Fred Yuan

Juniors: Doogie Lee and Ram Potham

Seniors: Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Philena Liu and Josh Tsai

League of Legends Team Seeks Regular-Season Title Tuesday
Stevenson’s undefeated, first-place League of Legends team will play its last regular-season game at 4 p.m. Tuesday against second-place Washington Technology Magnet School from St. Paul, Minn. The game will be the last before the High School eSports League playoffs. You can watch Tuesday’s game at Stevenson’s Twitch channel:


Sunday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson hosted SHS Invitational: The Patriots won the Large Varsity Division with a score of 92.67, comfortably ahead of Yorkville (86.67) and 13 other schools.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Diving
Stevenson at Prospect Diving Invitational: Sophomore Jack White won the 24-diver event with an 11-dive score of 408.60. Freshman Danny Silverstein, in his first 11-dive meet, placed second with 345.65 points. Also competing for SHS was junior Jaden Pazol. Divers from 13 schools participated.

Boys Bowling
Stevenson at Warren Invitational: The Patriots won the nine-team tournament at Bertrand Lanes in Waukegan, and freshman Ender Starr took top individual honors for the first time in his career. Ender rolled a six-game series of 1,393, with a high game of 257 that was the second-best game of the day. Junior Joey Gluck finished fifth overall with a 1,251 series, and had a high game of 237. Junior Nicholas Sternes rolled a 256 game en route to a 1,228 series. Also competing for SHS were juniors Ryan Lerman (1,150, 218) and Ryan Grabiner (1,132, 223). As a team, the Patriots posted a six-game pin total of 6,154, with a high game of 1,131. Stevenson closes out regular-season North Suburban Conference play this week with matches at Waukegan and Warren today and Tuesday, respectively.

Stevenson at Culver Midwest High School Open: Two sophomore Patriot boys captured first place in their event at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind.: Greycen Ren won the E and Under men’s epee, and Suhas Palwai took first in men’s E and Under foil. Freshman Nicole Kim placed second in women’s E and under saber, and classmate Daron Sun was second in men’s E and under saber. Five fencers had third-place finishes: juniors Illia Svirinovskyi (men’s epee) and Simran Batra (women’s saber), sophomores Stephen Yi (men’s foil) and Colette Kim (women’s E and under foil), and freshman Johnathon Franke Gordon (men’s E and under foil). A trio of Patriot girls earned fifth place: senior Aya Taira (women’s foil) and sophomores Shreya Sharma (women’s E and under foil) and Yaci Li (women’s E and under saber). Three others finished seventh: junior William Rademacher (men’s E and under saber), sophomore Albert Cheng (men’s saber), and freshman Rachel Lawn (women’s E and under saber). – Official Results

Stevenson 55, Machesney Park Harlem 15: At the Lemont quadrangular, the Patriots captured 11 of the 14 matches. Senior Ethan Klondar opened the match with a pin in 1:11 at 138 pounds, and SHS never looked back. Classmate Randy Lu had the other pin, ending his bout in 30 seconds at 126. Other winners included juniors Kai Yamato at 132 (3-2), Arie Guzman (20-5) at 160, and Alex Swidler at 106 (9-2), sophomore Cole Rhemrev at 120 (17-2), and freshman Lorenzo Frezza at 113 (1-0). Stevenson also received four wins by forfeit. – Boxscore

Boys Basketball
Oak Park River Forest 55, Stevenson 48: At the 12th annual Team Rose Classic at Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago, the Patriots (7-1) suffered their first defeat of the season. SHS opened the game with a 10-0 run, but the Huskies (4-3) overcame the deficit by the end of the first half and took a 30-24 lead. The Pats scored the first eight points of the third quarter to take a 32-30 lead, but OPRF reclaimed control, which it would not relinquish. Senior Matt Ambrose led SHS with 16 points, and classmate John Ittounas added 14. Junior Evan Ambrose added eight points. – Daily Herald

Competitive Dance
Stevenson at Waubonsie Valley Invitational: The two Patriettes squads finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with scores of 92.13 and 91.87 in the 39-team 3A Division.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson 65, Lake Zurich 7: The visiting Patriots scored 55 unanswered points to close out the meet, including five pins. Junior Arie Guzman opened the match with an 11-3 major decision at 160 pounds, and SHS never trailed. Pin came from sophomore Jacob Whiting at 170 (3:21), junior Keegan Houlihan at 285 (1:14), junior Alex Swidler at 106 (2:44), senior Ethan Klondar at 138, (3:00), senior Brett Max at 145 (1:17), and junior Arad Peregoudov at 152 (1:33). Other on-the-mat winners for Stevenson included sophomore Cole Rhemrev at 120 (13-3), senior Randy Lu at 126 (13-5), and junior Kei Yamato at 132 (technical fall, 4:00). The Patriots also won two matches by forfeit. – Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 57, Zion-Benton 44: Four players scored in double figures as the host Patriots (7-0, 2-0) led from start to finish in the Sports Center. Senior RJ Holmes had 14 points and seven rebounds, while junior Evan Ambrose also scored 14 points. Seniors Matt Kaznikov and Matthew Ambrose tallied 11 points apiece. Matt added six rebounds. SHS led 28-14 at halftime. The Zee-Bees (4-3, 1-1) closed within 44-38 at the end of the third quarter, but never drew closer. SHS hit 18 of 21 free throw attempts, while Zion only went to the line eight times. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Girls Basketball
Zion-Benton 52, Stevenson 46: Sophomore Simone Sawyer led the host Patriots (7-4, 1-3) with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Senior Avery King scored nine points, while sophomore Ava Bardic added eight. Senior Nikki Kolz grabbed 11 rebounds to go along with six points. Junior Nikki Ware had eight rebounds and five points. Zion improved to 5-3, 2-1. – Daily Herald | NFHS Network replay (subscription required)

Boys Swimming and Diving
Glenbrook South 113, Stevenson 73: Senior Jack Zhang won two events and swam on a winning relay for the 14th-ranked Patriots (1-1) against the top-ranked Titans in Glenview. Jack touched first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.71) and 100-yard backstroke (54.74), and swam a leg in the 400-yard free relay (3:18.14) with freshman Jonny Farber, junior Dima Kobets and senior AJ Carollo. Stevenson’s other win came from sophomore Jack White, who captured the 1-meter diving competition (221.20).

Quick Hits
Tonight’s varsity and junior varsity girls basketball games at Lake Zurich will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page. The JV game starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock.


De-Stress Activities Planned for This Week

The Student Services Division is sponsoring several “de-stress” activities this week in the College Career Center. Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday: Comfort dogs during all lunch periods
  • Wednesday: Stress ball-making and hot chocolate
  • Thursday: Cookie decorating
  • Friday: Movies and popcorn

There also will be games, Wii, candy, coloring pages and music in the CCC during all finals periods.


Southern Illinois University Carbondale will no longer require students to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted to the university. Interim Chancellor John M. Dunn said research has shown the most important predictor of college success is a student’s high school grade point average, and added that standardized tests can be a barrier to higher education for many students.

An Evanston middle school teacher was robbed “at knife and gunpoint” outside of the school as the person left for the day on Thursday, according to a Evanston/Skokie District 65 officials. The crime took place around 4 p.m. as the teacher was leaving Nichols Middle School.

Nearly four years after geography bee cheating allegations rocked an Oak Brook school district, the long and costly litigation that followed is set to culminate with a federal trial scheduled to begin today in Chicago. Dr. Rahul Julka, a DuPage County surgeon, and his wife Komal Julka are seeking millions of dollars from Butler School District 53, alleging that the district destroyed their reputations with unfounded accusations of cheating in the geography bee in which their sons, then 9 and 11, were set to compete in January 2016.

St. Charles Unit District 303 is adding 40 minutes to the elementary school day next fall in order to give students more time to explore and engage in learning opportunities outside their core subjects. The move is modeled on one that happened eight years ago at Richmond Intermediate School in St. Charles.

Nearly 1,000 students were miscategorized in the Chicago Public Schools’ “tier” system, which helps determine who gets admitted into which selective enrollment and magnet schools. The error was caught last week, and CPS officials said the information had been corrected.


As the cost of a college education continues to soar, a new breed of apprenticeship for white-collar careers is cropping up across the country, promising an affordable path to careers that once needed a bachelor’s degree or higher. Experts estimate that roughly a million people are participating in some type of apprenticeship program in the United States this year, compared with about 20 million who are enrolled in colleges and universities.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled last week that Michigan State University and one of its senior administrators cannot be held liable for student victims’ emotional distress after seeing their alleged perpetrators on campus because the interactions did not lead to further sexual harassment or assault.

A Connecticut high school is without a mascot after a heated school board meeting that took place days before its football team played for the state football championship. The board for Killingly High School on Wednesday voted to rescind the new mascot, “Red Hawks,” but declined to reinstate the old mascot, “Redmen.” The search for a compromise is underway.

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