Monday, March 9, 2020

Scholastic Bowl Team Wins Masonic State Title
The varsity Scholastic Bowl team won the Class 3A Illinois Masonic Academic Bowl state championship in Bloomington on Saturday. This is the fourth Masonic Bowl state title for Stevenson, which also won top honors in 2000, 2011 and 2017.

The six-student roster of seniors Akash Kumar and Govind Prabhakar, and juniors Billy BrattonDaniel DingDavid Lee and Arjun Nageswaran went undefeated on the day, defeating the Illinois Math and Science Academy, 300-190, in the championship match. The team’s road to the title also included a 280-220 semifinal win over Barrington, four pool victories over Hinsdale Central (310-240), Rockford Auburn (340-130), Morton (410-120) and Dunlap (forfeit), and a 300-210 crossover triumph against Springfield. The boys received $1,500 for winning the championship.

Next up for Stevenson is the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl regional tournament today at Fremd High School. The Patriots are among eight teams in the regional. The regional winner advances to the sectional tournament, also at Fremd, on Saturday. Stevenson is the No. 1 seed in the Fremd Sectional.

Two 3D Archers Win State Titles; SHS Second as a Team
Stevenson placed second as a team and had two individual champions at the Illinois Scholastic 3D Archery Indoor State Championship at Wabash Valley College in Mount Carmel. Senior Caitlin Goldberg won the High School Female Barebow title, while junior David Bayer captured the High School Male Barebow crown. Junior Rayna Finn and sophomore Alicia Zheng were second and third, respectively, in Caitlin’s division. Junior JP Gordon was runner-up to David, while sophomore Jackson Esposito was second in High School Male Olympic Recurve. Also, senior Madison Higgins, shooting for the Kenosha Bowmen team, placed third in High School Female Bow Hunter Compound. Students placing first, second and third received scholarship offers.

Science Olympiad Teams Claim Regional Crowns
Stevenson swept the Illinois Science Olympiad regional tournament Saturday at the College of Lake County, winning the varsity and junior varsity divisions. The varsity, defending state champions, breezed past 14 other schools, defeating runner-up Vernon Hills, 33-133. SHS will defend its title at the state competition April 18 at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

The varsity won 18 of 23 events at CLC, while the JV also captured 18 in its division. Here were the winning teams, by event:

  • Anatomy and Physiology: Senior Radha Patel and sophomore Greycen Ren (varsity); junior Hannah Liu and freshman Joshua Song (JV).
  • Boomilever: Juniors Emily Liu and Phyllis Wang (varsity); freshmen Eleana Liu and Iris Li (JV).
  • Chemistry Lab: Freshman Kevin Qian and sophomore Jonny Abraham (JV).
  • Circuit Lab: Junior Richard Bi and senior Joshua Tsai (varsity); freshman Srikar Venkatesan and Kevin Qian (JV).
  • Codebuster: Joshua Tsai, and seniors Eric Gan and Roy Zhou (varsity); junior Chaitanya Vengali, Joshua Song and Srikar Venkatesan (JV).
  • Designer Genes: Hannah Liu (JV).
  • Detector Building: Juniors Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel (varsity); freshman Siddhant Sen and sophomore Felix Lu (JV).
  • Disease Detectives: Radha Patel and Greycen Ren (varsity); Siddant Sen and Hannah Liu (JV).
  • Dynamic Planet: Senior Anna Wang and junior Jared Machtinger (varsity); freshman Alisha Kulkarni and Felix Lu (JV).
  • Experimental Design: Chaitanya Vengali, Eleana Liu and Jonny Abraham (JV).
  • Forensics: Jonny Abraham and sophomore Ben Mun (JV).
  • Fossils: Anna Wang and Emily Liu (varsity).
  • GeoLogic Mapping: Anna Wang and Jared Machtinger (varsity); Felix Lu and Alisha Kulkarni (JV).
  • Gravity Vehicle: Krishna Patel and Radha Patel (varsity).
  • Machines: Richard Bi and Jared Machtinger (varsity); Felix Lu and Kevin Qian (JV).
  • Ornithology: Emily Liu and Sneha Mohan (varsity); freshmen Trisha Mondal and Anthony Kholoshenko (JV).
  • Ping Pong Parachute: Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel (varsity); Jonny Abraham and Srikar Venkatesan (JV).
  • Protein Modeling: Roy Zhou, senior Shannon Kang and Eric Gan (varsity); Siddhant Sen, Hannah Liu and Anthony Kholoshenko (JV).
  • Sounds of Music: Senior Erin Yuan and Joshua Tsai (varsity).
  • Water Quality: Anna Wang and Erin Yuan (varsity); Iris Li and Josh Song (JV).
  • Wright Stuff: Sneha Mohan and Krishna Patel (varsity); Siddhant Sen and Eleana Liu (JV).
  • Write It Do It: Erin Yuan and Roy Zhou (varsity).


Boys Basketball Team Wins Regional Championship
The boys basketball team defeated Highland Park, 37-31, on Friday for the IHSA Class 4A Stevenson Regional championship. The title was the second straight for SHS, its sixth in the last eight seasons, and its 13th in program history.

Stevenson (27-4) will face Zion-Benton (21-10) in the Prospect Sectional semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Prospect High School. The teams met twice during the North Suburban Conference season, with SHS winning both contests. Pre-sale tickets are available for $6 at the Patriot Superstore during lunch periods today and Tuesday, and before school Tuesday. (Admission to the Stevenson game does not cover the second semifinal between Mundelein and Prospect.)

Friday’s victory was the 10th straight for Stevenson, and the 450th in the career of head coach Pat Ambrose. The Patriots, the top seed in the sectional, bolted out to an 11-0 lead and never trailed. However, the ninth-seeded Giants (19-11) refused to quit, eventually pulling within two points, 27-25, with 6:08 remaining. Stevenson responded with a 5-0 flurry that featured a basket by senior Matt Kaznikov and a 3-pointer from classmate John Ittounas. Matt finished with 10 points, and also had six rebounds and two assists, while John added seven points and four assists. Senior RJ Holmes recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds for Stevenson, which outrebounded Highland Park, 28-10. – NFHS Network replay | Daily HeraldNews-Sun

Friday’s Varsity Results

Boys Track and Field
Stevenson 64, Cary-Grove 31, Vernon Hills 10: Senior Shane Johnson won the 55-meter and 300-meter dashes in the Field House for the Patriots. He posted times of 6.4 seconds in the 55 and 38.9 seconds in the 300. Other individual winners for SHS included freshman Stephen Freihammer in the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches), junior Asher Mason in the 55-meter intermediate hurdles (8.2), senior Anthony Rodriguez in the 1,600 (4:42.5) and senior Jahleel Perrin in the 160 dash (18.8). Stevenson also won the 640 relay (1:16.1).

The law firm of McKinney, Tucker and Lemel is sponsoring a scholarship contest connected to lowering drunk driving rates. The firm will be offering two scholarships for the top two essays or “video essays” responding to this question: “Have you or someone you know been affected by drunk driving? In what ways has it made or would it make you a safer driver?” Submissions are due by Friday, June 5. The winners will be announced on July 3. Click here for more details.


Loyola Academy canceled classes on Monday after officials at the private high school in north suburban Wilmette learned that a student and the student’s family had contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. Classes also have been canceled at Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago, after a special education assistant was hospitalized with the virus.

Northern Illinois University is partnering with Rock Valley College in Rockford on an engineering program aimed at growing the pipeline of trained workers in the state’s engineering and manufacturing industries. The program also is including high-schoolers, some of whom will be eligible to take courses.

Buffalo Grove High School on Friday officially opened its state-of-the-art Saul Ploplys Automation and Technology Lab, named after a now-retired AP Physics teacher at the school and made possible by a $1 million donation by one of his former students.

A Nobel Prize-winning physics professor donated papers from more than 50 years of work to the University of Illinois Archives, the university announced last week. Anthony Leggett was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids. He has been a physics professor at the university since 1983.


College completion rates are rising in most states, according to data released last week by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Of the 45 states for which recent data were available, 43 showed increasing completion rates. The states with the largest increases in completion rates were Ohio, Georgia, Michigan, New York, California, Utah, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina.

Governors’ annual State of the State addresses are windows into what’s likely to be at the top of state education agendas in the coming year — and what’s not. A Georgetown think tank’s analysis of 41 gubernatorial speeches delivered so far this year found that while every state leader highlighted the importance of education, the governors talked a lot more about expanding educational opportunities than improving the performance of the nation’s schools and colleges.

The Dallas Independent School District has approved plans to install video cameras in all special-education classrooms. The cameras are intended to improve safety for students and help officials investigate incidents if they occur, but some say there are concerns related to privacy. The school board’s move was over the objections of Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

A high school graduates only 65% of its students. Does that mean it’s a bad school? Most would assume yes. In fact, federal law requires that high schools with graduation rates below 67% be flagged as low-performing. But what if that high school serves only students who were unlikely to graduate at all? Is that school actually doing a worse job than the school with a 90% graduation rate serving mostly affluent students? In a new report, researchers argue for a different way to judge high schools.

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