Monday, Feb. 10, 2020

SHS Claims Regional History Bowl, Bee
Stevenson swept all four titles at Saturday’s Greater Chicago History Bowl and Bee Regional Tournament at Loyola Academy in Wilmette. SHS won the varsity and junior varsity History Bowl team competitions, and also captured the individual History Bee events at both levels.

Senior Govind Prabhakar was part of the varsity A History Bowl championship roster, and also captured the varsity History Bee competition. He was joined in the History Bowl by classmates Meehir Dixit and David Holmquist, and junior Arjun Nageswaran. After dropping an opening-round match to Barrington — which snapped a three-year, 54-match win streak in regional competition — the quartet bounced back to beat the Broncos in the finals. The varsity B team of senior Grant Davis, juniors Allen GuoDenis Selyuzhitsky and Ethan Soifer, and sophomore Anish Arora, finished third.

In the Junior Varsity Bowl, the JV A team with freshmen Christian EpureAadit JunejaDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapati took top honors by besting the JV B team of sophomores Max KoganPhillip Lavrenyuk and Rohan Pillai in the final.

In the varsity History Bee competition, David was second to Govind, Arjun placed third, and Allen finished fifth. In the JV Bee, Rishabh was first, with Aadit, Dhruv, Anish and Christian finishing second through fifth, respectively.

The team’s next competition is the Chicagoland Regional Championships on April 4, followed by the National History Bowl and Bee Tournament April 23-26.

Senior Wins Lake County Rising Essay Award
Senior Budnyam “Budka” Galbadrakh has been chosen as the winner of the Lake County Rising high school essay contest. Lake County Rising is a community event which seeks to bring attention to violence against women. The theme for this year’s essay contest was “Our Voices: Why Rising on Behalf of Abuse Women is Everyone’s Responsibility.” In a maximum of 500 words, students were asked to address topics such as the impact of violence against women on the community, how the chain of abuse can be broken, and what communities can do to empower women who have left abusive relationships. Budka will read his essay at this year’s event, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Next ARTalk Set for Thursday
Evanston-based mixed media artist and art-focused software developer Nadine “Yadi” Royster, the current SHS Art Department Visiting Artist of the Month, will discuss her work and her career during the next ARTalk at 7 p.m. Thursday. Her presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building, near the Forum (“Point”) entrance. Admission is free to the talk, which is sponsored by the Stevenson Foundation.

16 Vying for Mr. SHS Title Friday Night
Sixteen senior boys are scheduled to compete in the annual Mr. SHS contest at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. The contestants are: Adam Dziaba, Benjamin Bowler, Dylan Chae, Dylan Murphy, Harsh Thakkar, Kenneth Yang, Krish Shah, Leon Kosciak, Nathaniel Lippe, Omer Israel, Ryan Klein, Spencer Sang, Steve Yoo, Tyler Sanchez, Tyler Jordan Valeroso and Varun Mallampati. Admission is $5.


Cheerleaders Finish Second in State
Stevenson’s varsity cheerleaders finished second in the Large Team division at the Illinois High School Association state finals Saturday in Bloomington. This is the highest finish in program history. The Patriots posted a team score of 92.63, behind only Lincoln-Way East (94.96). Click here to watch a video of the team’s second-place performance. SHS, making its fifth consecutive state finals appearance, brought home a trophy for third straight year. The Patriots placed third in 2018 and 2019. Head coach Jorie Walton (Class of 2010) has been part of all three trophy winning efforts. She was co-head coach in 2019 and 2018.

Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 29 saves at Crystal Lake Ice House as the fifth-seeded Patriots won the penultimate game in their best-of-three Scholastic Hockey League playoff series against the fourth-seeded Broncos. SHS moves into the league semifinal round; dates and times of those games have not been announced. Against Barrington, junior Daniel Kabakov broke a scoreless tie by scoring at the 7:11 mark of the second period. Senior Itai Kleiman followed with a goal less than two minutes later to give SHS a 2-0 lead. After the Broncos cut the lead in half, SHS got third-period goals from senior Emmett Baker and junior Alexander Fieri to make the score 4-1. Senior Josh Wright, who had a pair of assists, added an empty net goal near the end. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Stevenson hosted IHSA Class 3A Individual Regional: Five Patriots won weight class championships in the Sports Center, and three others finished in the top three, to qualify for the Barrington Sectional beginning on Friday. Freshman Lorenzo Frezza, ranked sixth in the state, captured the 113-pound title and improved to 33-4 on the season. Eighth-ranked sophomore Cole Rhemrev (33-5) claimed the 120-pound championship. Other champions included junior Kei Yamato (30-11) at 132, senior Matt Millman (10-3) at 195 (upsetting the top seed in the semifinals), and junior Keegan Houlihan (28-7) at 285. All five were first-time champions. Senior Ethan Klondar (17-16) finished second at 138. Junior Alex Swidler (22-16) was third at 106 and sophomore Jacob Whiting (23-19) placed third at 170. Stevenson finished second to Barrington in the team standings, 208.5-201. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball
Stevenson 35, Loyola Academy 31: Senior RJ Holmes scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds to earn game MVP honors for the Patriots (18-4) in their E-Town Showdown with the Ramblers (23-3) at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena. Junior Evan Ambrose and senior Matt Kaznikov each added eight points, and senior Matthew Ambrose had seven.

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 5, Barrington 2: The Patriots erupted for four goals in the first 20 minutes at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine, evening their Scholastic Hockey League best-of-three playoff series with the Broncos at 1-1. Freshman Davis Jegers had a goal and an assist in Stevenson’s opening salvo. Junior Andrew Chambers opened the scoring, followed by Davis and seniors Andrew Slivka and Max Kulick also scored during the first two periods. Senior Josh Wright added an insurance goal early in the third period. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback turned away 30 shots on goal. – Boxscore

Girls Bowling
Stevenson at IHSA Schaumburg Regional: The Patriots ended their season with a 12th-place finish at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates. Junior Yumin Kim led SHS with a six-game series score of 897, which included a 195 in her opening game. Junior Esther Lee, the only other Patriot to complete in all six games, rolled an 854. Sophomore Diana Kwizera bowled five games with a 780 pinfall that included a high game of 184. Senior Noa Givati shot a 190 game as part of a five-game 700 series. – Official Results

Friday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 56, Mundelein 33: Avery King scored a game-high 24 points and moved into seventh place on the school’s all-time scoring list as the Patriots (23-7, 9-4 NSC) won for the 11th time in their last 12 outings. Avery finished the game with 1,179 career points. She also moved into third place all time with 183 blocks, behind SHS Hall of Famer Tauja Catchings. Sophomore Ava Bardic added 14 points for SHS, which saw eight players score. The Patriots took a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Stevenson returns to action Wednesday at home for its Senior Night game against Waukegan. – Pioneer Press

Quick Hits
Patriettes state championship apparel is on sale through BSN Sports until Monday, Feb. 17. A variety of options are available. Click here to view and order.

Want to Help With the Stevenson Styler Fashion Show?
The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is getting ready to start planning its seventh annual fashion show, which will be held Friday, April 17. Anyone interested in being part of the show is invited to a meeting on Wednesday. You can attend a meeting from 7:45-8:15 a.m. or from 3:30-4 p.m., both in Room 1612. Students are needed to work backstage, do hair and makeup, hospitality and, of course, model! All students are welcome to attend one of the meetings; bring a friend. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Erickson, the faculty sponsor, at


The girls soccer team will have an information meeting from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2004. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Chavez at

The boys water polo team will have an information meeting at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the pool balcony. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Wimer at


As the University of Illinois waits for new federal regulations for investigating sexual misconduct, its biennial Campus Climate Report indicates nearly 20 percent of women attending the UI have been raped since joining the university. Getting students to report misconduct has been an issue for the UI, according to its survey. Only 12 percent of women and 1.6 percent of men reported their experiences of sexual misconduct to the university.

University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch announced Friday that she will retire on June 30, leaving the post she was appointed to in 2011. She also served as vice president of the University of Illinois system. Koch previously was an administrator at Northern Michigan University and the University of Northern Iowa, where she began her career as a professor of community and public health.

Construction of a solar farm on a former landfill site could start as early as this fall, more than two years after the Waukegan District 60 hired a renewable energy development company to pursue the project. Designated a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in 1989, the former Yeoman Creek landfill on the city’s northwest side has been a drain on the school district and other local entities for years, but the hope has been that a solar farm, one of the few uses allowed, could offset some of the costs.


High school students experience mostly negative emotions toward school, with feeling tired among their biggest complaints, according to a new nationwide study by Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence and Child Study Center. Stress and boredom were also among the top reasons students felt negative toward school, according to the survey of 21,678 U.S. students. But high school students also commonly experience positive feelings of happiness and excitement, though those were reported in much smaller percentages, and the researchers said neither of those feelings are linked to learning or achievement.

A survey of more than 150 college enrollment leaders found that nearly one-quarter of them will consider going after students who have already committed to another institution after a key admissions counseling group loosened its guidelines for recruiting students. In September, the National Association for College Admission Counseling changed its recruiting guidelines under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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