Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Two Debaters Reach Harvard Semifinals
Stevenson’s debate team traveled to Cambridge, Mass., last weekend for the 46th annual Harvard University National Forensics Tournament. Junior Aditi Singh and senior Sunny Gandhi broke to the semifinal rounds, representing the top 60 debaters in the Congressional Debate division. They earned bids to the national Tournament of Champions meet this spring, as did seniors Christie Lee and Dylan Hu, junior Alex Zhou, and sophomore Samarth Arul. The quartet broke to the quarterfinals round and were among the top 120 debaters. Dylan also won the Leadership Award in his preliminary chamber, signifying “peer-earned respect.”

Also reaching the quarterfinals were senior Megana Adigal and juniors Michelle VelyunskiyPooja Jain and Sailaja Nallacheruvu. They were joined on the trip by seniors Budka Galbadrakh and Anushka Somani; juniors James XieChristine Irlbeck and Caroline Mazur-Sarocka; sophomores Mia KorsunskyAditi Ambravan and Udit Mehta; and freshmen Maddie Wang and Pranav Atluri.

CS:GO Team Leads eSports Sweep
The varsity Counter-Strike: Global Offensive eSports team improved to 4-0 in its winter season with a 16-13 win this week over Lambert High School of Suwanee, Ga. Four other Stevenson teams that competed this week all recorded victories. The varsity Rainbow Six Siege squad beat Bloomington High School North from Bloomington, Ind., 2-0, and the varsity Rocket League team won by forfeit over Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Colo. The junior varsity Rainbow Six Siege group beat a team from Baker High School in Baker City, Ore., 2-0, while the JV CS:GO unit won by forfeit over Baker. In Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, the winning Patriots were sophomore Ihsan Celep and freshmen Majid AbdelkareemSelman CelepSantiago Morales and Christoper Reyes.

Table Tennis Team Wraps Up Regular Season
Stevenson’s table tennis teams closed their regular seasons Wednesday at Evanston with matches against the host school and Whitney Young. The Patriot Green team topped Evanston, 6-3, and lost to Whitney Young, 7-2. The Patriot Gold team lost to Whitney Young, 6-3, with two of the losses decided in five games. The Green team will compete in the Interscholastic Table Tennis of Illinois Founder’s Cup tournament on Friday, Feb. 28, while the Gold team will take part in the ITTI Team Championship on Saturday, Feb. 29.


Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Stevenson 3, St. Viator 2: Senior Andrew Slivka scored with 44 seconds remaining to break a 2-2 tie and force a deciding Game 3 in the Scholastic Hockey League semifinal series at 7 p.m. tonight at Twin Rinks Ice Pavilion in Buffalo Grove. Andrew’s goal, his second of the game, came about nine minutes after he knotted the contest at 2-2. The Lions recorded the game’s only goal through the first two periods, but senior Brett Stokes evened the score during a power play early in the third period. Brett also had the assist on Andrew’s winning goal, while sophomore Rafael Biedron assisted on his first. Senior goalie Jeremy Riback made 25 saves, with 23 of them coming during the first two periods. The winner of tonight’s game will face New Trier Green in the SHL championship series. – SHL Network video

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 70, Grant 51: Sophomore Simone Sawyer scored a game-high 22 points and senior Avery King added 17 as the Patriots (25-7) beat the Bulldogs (16-15) in the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional semifinals. SHS hit five of its nine 3-pointers in the first half while building a 41-21 lead. Sophomore Ava Bardic chipped in with 11 points for Stevenson, which will face conference rival Lake Forest for the regional championship at 7 p.m. Friday. The Scouts defeated Palatine, 51-41, in the other semifinal. The Patriots are the No. 4 seed in the Palatine Sectional, while Lake Forest is No. 5. Stevenson has won five straight games and 13 of its last 14. The two teams split their season series. The Scouts won at home, 50-42, on Dec. 5, and the Patriots prevailed in the Sports Center, 48-25, on Jan. 24. – NFHS Network replay

Wrestlers Begin State Tournament Today
Four Patriots take the mat at the Illinois High School Association Class 3A individual state tournament this afternoon. First-round action begins at 4:30 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s State Farm Center. Stevenson’s state qualifiers (with season record in parenthesis) are senior Matt Millman (12-5) at 195, junior Keegan Houlihan (30-9) at 285, sophomore Cole Rhemrev (36-5) at 120, and freshman Lorenzo Frezza (36-5) at 113. Brackets and results will be available today, Friday and Saturday at this link. Cole (pictured above) is making his second straight state appearance, while Matt, Keegan and Lorenzo qualified for the first time. Matt, who has battled injuries throughout his career, made his senior season debut in mid-January.

Gymnast Emily Weinstein Prepares for IHSA Meet
Senior Emily Weinstein caps her high school career at the IHSA girls gymnastics state meet this weekend at Palatine High School. This will be the third state appearance for Emily, who finished 19th in the all-around competition as a sophomore. This year, she also will compete in the all-around, as well as two individual events: vault and uneven parallel bars. The preliminaries and all-around competition begins at 2 p.m. Friday. Individual event finals are Saturday. Meanwhile, as the state meet approaches there are concerns about the future of high school gymnastics in Illinois. Stevenson’s girls gymnastics coach, Judy Harwood, is the president of the Illinois High School Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association. She told the Daily Herald that the IHSA is sending mixed signals about the sport’s long-range outlook.

Winterfest Ticket Sales End Friday
Online ticket sales for Stevenson.Space Winterfest end at 3:25 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25. Use this link to order tickets. Remember to use your Stevenson email address as the access code. Tickets will be $40 at the door on Saturday. To make song requests to be played by the DJ, click here.

Graduation Speaker Applications Now Open
Seniors interested in being one of the two speakers at the commencement ceremony in May are invited to apply. All application materials must be returned to the Student Activities Office by 3:45 p.m. Monday, March 30. Click here for the application.


Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is accepting applications for its Future Healthcare Professionals Program, which takes place in June. The unpaid observation experience is open to students who will have completed their junior year of high school, and who reside in the primary and secondary service area of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. The application deadline is March 31. Click here for details.


All girls interested in trying out for the girls lacrosse team should attend the preseason meeting with their parents or guardians from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2104. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Gutierrez at


Saying he had to make hard choices in a hard budget year, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday disappointed education leaders and advocates by proposing the state hold back part of an expected bump in education spending beginning in July — potentially upending a milestone agreement to reform Illinois school finance. The governor would deliver the reserved funds later — but only if Illinois voters approve restructuring the state income tax in November.

The Illinois State Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to adopt permanent rules that ban the use of locked seclusion rooms and prohibit schools from using prone restraint, a move that restricts the state’s rules more than ever. The new rules approved specify instances in which seclusion is prohibited, contrary to the previous rules which allowed seclusion only for “safety” reasons. The board also banned locks on rooms, and prohibited employees from holding the doors shut to keep children inside.

Under newly introduced state legislation, parents in Illinois would no longer be able to claim religion as a reason to refuse vaccinations for their children. The bill introduced last week would also limit the reasons allowed for a medical exemption for the immunizations required to enter all Illinois schools, and would allow students as young as 14 to obtain a vaccine without the consent of their parents.


Syracuse University suspended more than 30 students Tuesday for occupying a campus building to protest administrators’ response to a series of racial and anti-Semitic events that roiled the institution three months ago and made national headlines. The suspensions came after students began a sit-in at the administration building on Monday and refused to leave.

The University of Michigan is investigating possible sexual misconduct by the man who served as doctor for the school’s football team for 35 years. Detectives identified several individuals who described sexual misconduct by the doctor, including unnecessary medical exams. Most of those exams took place in the 1970s.

Students at a Colorado high school are working to restore and preserve the site of an internment camp where people of Japanese descent and Japanese Americans were held during World War II. Thanks in large part to their work, the site is under consideration for national park status.

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