Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Two BPA Members Win State Titles
Two students won championships and 21 others qualified for nationals at the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Oak Brook last week. Senior Joie You captured her second state title in the last three years, winning the Advanced Accounting division. She claimed the Fundamental Accounting crown as a sophomore. Stevenson’s other state champion was sophomore Brandon Li, who won Fundamentals of Web Design.

The state champions automatically qualified for the BPA National Leadership Conference May 6-10 in Washington, D.C.. They will be joined by 21 other SHS students who qualified:

Senior: Jordan Pine
Juniors: Alex Bai, Jennifer Cheng, Brianna Cheung, Lindsey Hendler, Tarun Kalyana Sundaram, Sabrina Kozarovitsky, Sean Li, Bhavya Sharma, Arnav Srinivasan, Ian Zhang and Grace Zhu.
Sophomores: Chinmay Avsarkar, Adi Dalal, Yash Gangavarapu, Mehul Gautam, Shreyas Mishra, Keyur Panchal, Cole Rand, Daniel Saltzman, Clement Wang and Lillian You.

Joie will be making her third trip to nationals, while Alex and Bhavya qualified for the second time. The State Leadership Conference was held at the DoubleTree Hilton Oak Brook Hotel on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Eighty-nine Stevenson students competed in more than 60 business-related events. The competition included more than 40 high schools from around the state, with nearly 900 students competing.

Scholastic Bowl Team Second at NAQT State Tournament
The Scholastic Bowl A team finished second at the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association/NAQT State Championship last weekend at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Stevenson won 12 of 15 matches to place behind University Lab School of Urbana, which went 14-1.

Senior Govind Prabhakar, who was named to the all-state team, led SHS with a fourth-place individual finish. Junior Arjun Nageswaran was 16th. They were joined by juniors David Lee and Daniel Ding, and freshman Aadit Juneja. The B team won the consolation bracket and finished with an 8-2 record. Its roster included senior Akash Kumar, sophomore Anish Arora, and freshmen Rishabh WuppalapatiArunabh Ganguli and Dhruv Pendharkar.

Seven Chosen for State Art Exhibition
Works by seven students have been chosen for display in the state’s largest high school student art exhibition, which opens today in Chicago. The seventh annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition, featuring works by 1,000 student artists from 105 high schools, runs through Friday, April 3 at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. Artists submitted pieces in eight categories: drawing, painting, mixed media, design, photography, pottery, sculpture, and “time arts” (digital media such as animation).

Seniors Piper StarrXinting Guo and Ari Zaritsky, and juniors Emma PotockiBenna Li and Hannah Stewart, were selected for the General Exhibition, a “best of the best” show featuring more than 800 works of art from public and private high school students around Illinois. Ari and classmate Jasmine Lin will be part of the Senior Scholarship Exhibition, in which top student artists compete for more than $88 million in college scholarships. This is the second consecutive year Piper and Jasmine have participated in the show. Here is a link to view Emma’s short animated feature.

Pair Wins Top Honors at Mock Trial Competition
Four students won awards at the annual Illinois YMCA Youth and Government state mock trial competition in Springfield last weekend. Senior Victor Shi and junior Arjun Nageswaran won first place overall for their work as defense attorneys in the case of People v. McNeill, in which the defendant claimed he was wrongly accused of murdering a woman at a grocery store in Worth. Victor and Arjun finished second in the bench memo and oral argument categories, and their combined scores lifted them to first place overall.

Senior Advait Deoskar and sophomore Aditi Ambravan won third place for their bench memo written for the defense in the case of People v. Jones, in which the defendant claimed she had to kill her husband to defend herself and her two children. Also serving as defense attorneys from SHS in People v. Jones were seniors Janice Lee and Joanna Lee. Their sponsor was retired Social Studies teacher Richard Pierce. Oral arguments took place in the chambers of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Table Tennis Team Third at State Tournament
The varsity table tennis team finished third at the Interscholastic Table Tennis of Illinois state tournament on Saturday at Maine East High School in Park Ridge. SHS bounced back from a second-round loss to eventual runner-up Whitney Young to defeat Loyola Academy, 8-1, for third place. Naperville North won the title for the fourth straight year. Stevenson’s lineup included seniors Jason LeongPaul ParkSam Wang and Eric Wu, juniors Yoav Malka and Nikhith Rao, and freshman Srihas Rao.

The junior varsity placed second Friday at the ITTI Founder’s Cup, the consolation bracket of the state tournament, at Maine East. Stevenson tied Naperville North, which was awarded first place based on a tie breaker. The Patriot roster featured juniors Doogyul LeeBrad Locker and David Wallach, sophomores Jean Andre BondadFrank GaoJasmine Leong and Rithvik Mandumula, and freshmen Zack BadenLance Locker and AJ Stewart.

Winter Band Concert Tonight, Wednesday
The Winter Band Concert takes place at 7 p.m. tonight and Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Tonight’s concert will feature the Advanced Symphonic Band and Freshman Band. Wednesday’s lineup includes Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Honor Band. The concerts will be streamed live on the Fine Arts Division’s Vimeo page.

Alcohol and the Teenage Brain
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.

Research shows that young people’s brains keep developing well into their 20s. Alcohol can alter this development, potentially affecting both brain structure and function. Underage drinking may cause cognitive or learning problems, or make the brain more prone to alcohol dependence. This is especially a risk when people start drinking young and drink heavily. For more information from the National Institutes of Health, click here.


SHS Earns Three Medals at State Swim Meet
The boys swimming and diving team earned three medals at the Illinois High School Association state meet Saturday at Evanston Township High School. The 200-yard medley relay team of seniors AJ Carollo, Jack Zhang and Jake Kim, and sophomoreJosh Songplaced fifth with a time of 1:33.38. Sophomore Jack White finished sixth in 1-meter diving with a score of 457.90, and Josh added an eighth-place showing in the 100-yard butterfly (49.96).

Jack finished his career with four state medals. In addition to one this year, he was part of medal-winning 400 free relays in 2018 and 2019, and in the 200 medley relay last year. AJ earned his second state medal after swimming in the 400 free relay in 2019. All of Stevenson‘s other medalists this year were first-timers. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Basketball Regional Semifinal Tonight in Sports Center
The boys basketball team’s second season starts tonight. The Patriots, seeded No. 1 in the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Prospect Sectional, will open postseason play on their home court. SHS takes on Lake Zurich in the Stevenson Regional semifinals at 6 o’clock in the Sports Center, followed by the second semifinal between Lake Forest and Highland Park. Lake Zurich defeated Waukegan, 53-48, in overtime Monday night. The Patriots carry a 25-4 record and nine-game winning streak into tonight’s contest. Stevenson faced Lake Zurich twice during the regular season, winning both games: 62-36 on Dec. 17, and 48-24 on Feb. 11. Tonight’s game will be streamed live on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson at Wheeling Wildcat Indoor Invitational: Junior Camille Clay won the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 3 inches, and the Patriots also received a first place in the four-lap relay from juniors Jade Cadichon and Jessica Qualich, sophomore Mia Mikolajczak, and freshman Ava Mecir (1:25.0). Sophomore Ella O’Neal was second in shot put (41-1) while junior Emma Finnegan was third in the 3,200-meter run (13:52.7). Other top-six finishes came from senior Karolina Rutyna, who was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (11.0); Jade, fifth in the 200-meter dash (29.0); sophomore Livy Alton, fifth in the 800-meter run (2:38.4); Ava, sixth in the 200 (29.44); and freshman Katelyn Robinson, sixth in the 55 dash (8.22). Stevenson placed fifth out of 10 teams. – Official Results

Boys Ice Hockey
Loyola Academy 5, Stevenson 3: The Ramblers ended the Patriots’ season in the quarterfinals of the Blackhawk Cup state tournament at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson finished the season with a 29-24-2 record.

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson at Huntley Indoor Invitational: Senior Jahleel Perrin won two events and ran in a first-place relay for the Patriots, who finished third out of 13 schools. Jahleel captured the 60-meter dash (7.11) and the 200-meter dash (23.35), and was part of the winning 800-meter relay with classmates Jordan Vincent and Shane Johnson, and junior David Smolensky (1:33.47). Jordan recorded Stevenson’s other individual victory, topping the field in the 400 (51.73). David (7.15) and Shane (7.29) were second and fourth, respectively, in the 60, then comprised half of the second-place 1,600 relay (3:33.43) with Jordan and sophomore Jimmy Davis. Other top-six finishers included freshman Stephen Freihammer, who was fourth in the high jump (1.73 meters), and seniors Anthony Rodriguez and Corey Pacernick, who placed fifth (9:45.91) and sixth (9:56.87), respectively, in the 3,200 meters. – Official Results

Thursday’s Varsity Results

Girls Track and Field
Stevenson 68, Libertyville 30, Waukegan 25: Sophomore Mia Mikolajczak won two events for the host Patriots in their season-opening meet in the Field House. She captured the 55-meter intermediate hurdles (9.9 seconds) and the 55-meter high hurdles (10.0). Junior Varsha Vinod captured the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 6 inches (one scratch), and sophomore Ella O’Neal won the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 1.5 inches. Stevenson also won the 1,600-meter relay (4:59.6). In addition to winning five of the 12 events, the Patriots placed second in nine. Senior Karolina Rutyna was runner-up in the 55-meter high hurdles (10.43) and 55-meter intermediate hurdles (10.27). Junior Camille Clay was second in shot put (39-10.5) while classmate Jade Cadichon was runner-up in the 160-meter dash (22.46). Senior Alyssa Smith was second in high jump (4-6, two scratches) and freshman Katelyn Robinson was runner-up in the 55-meter dash (7.93). SHS also was second in the 3,200 relay (12:03), the 640 relay (1:38.8), and the 1,600 relay (5:02.51).

Best Buddies “Spread the Word for Inclusion” This Week
Best Buddies and Best Buddies Transition are holding their annual Spread the Word for Inclusion event this week. A booth will be set up in the East Glass Commons during lunch periods all week, and students are invited to sign the pledge for inclusion, buy Best Buddies merchandise, and more. All proceeds will go directly to Best Buddies International, which creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Next Blood Drive Set for March 13
The next Stevenson Blood Drive will take place Friday, March 13 during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Any student 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds, and with a parent permission slip, may participate. Click here to sign up, to get the permission slip, and for more information. Stop by the Student Activities Office if you have questions.

Military Test Deadline is Friday
Sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a multiple-choice test used to determine qualifications for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces, on Thursday, March 12 (a late arrival day). The test will be given at 10:30 a.m. in Room 6110 of the East Building addition; please arrive by 10 a.m. At the conclusion of the test, students will be provided pizza and then will return to class. Test results will be available Friday, March 13 at the start of each lunch period in the College Career Center. Pizza will be provided. Students must turn in this permission slip to East Student Services (Room 6064) by Friday to participate. An email with more details is scheduled to be sent today to all eligible students, and their parents and guardians.


The Elyssa’s Mission Scholarship Program will be awarding up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors who have effectively applied the help-seeking technique ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) for the benefit of themselves or a friend. Students can submit information as a narrative or as a work of art. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 20. Click here for details and application.


Getting a report card with letter grades A-to-F is such an ingrained part of American schooling it’s hard for many people to imagine school without it. But at the same time, schools are increasingly looking for ways to focus school more on learning — and not on simply getting an A. Enter the grade-less report card. An idea long associated with progressive schools, the movement is growing in traditional public schools, education experts say.

Chicago school officials bristled and responded critically last week to the city’s outgoing inspector general, whose latest report documented irregularities in the high-stakes annual tests administered to students. Board members and administrators maintained that test scores reflect higher achievement and disputed Inspector General Nicholas Schuler’s analysis that the report indicated some cheating and gaming of the system.

The Chicago Board of Education’s new policy for acquiring, maintaining and potentially removing art from schools has raised the hopes of those who want certain murals from the 1930s and ’40s removed. They say the art is racist. Some preservationists have argued that such art should be retained for its historic and aesthetic value, and as useful lessons in how attitudes and depictions have changed, with explanations of why the work is now viewed differently.


The latest results of a respected international exam given to teenagers ranked the U.S. ninth in reading, but 31st in math literacy out of 79 countries and economies. America has a smaller-than-average share of top-performing math students, and scores have essentially been flat for two decades. One likely reason: U.S. high schools teach math completely differently than other countries.

A growing number of schools are turning to mindfulness to help students struggling with anxiety and other stressors. Its boosters claim all kinds of benefits, and there is research to back them up. But mindfulness in schools can mean many different things, and the explosion of interest has some researchers and proponents advising caution.

Virginia lawmakers last week passed an amended bill that will allow K-12 students excused absences for mental health issues and create uniformity for how Virginia school districts address emotional and mental health needs within its schools.

Oregon’s largest private university, Concordia University, will close its doors in April. The 115-year-old school’s leadership cited mounting debt and declining enrollment for its decision. A class action lawsuit alleges students were misled by Concordia officials about the school’s financial condition.

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