Monday, March 15, 2021

IHSA Congressional Debate State Championship Medalists
At the IHSA Congressional Debate State Tournament held on March 12-13, seniors Laya Reddy and Ojasvi Saxena reached the finals round. Reddy earned sixth place in the state tournament and Ojasvi earned fifth place.
In addition, Reddy was named to the IHSA Congressional Debate All-State team. Congratulations Patriots!

Virtual Co-Curricular Fair
Incoming freshmen and transfer students are invited to attend a virtual co-curricular fair tomorrow through Thursday from 4 – 8:30 p.m. This video provides a preview of the many sports teams, co-curricular clubs and intramural programs students can learn about by attending.
This year’s attendees will be able to view a short webinar describing the opportunities available to them and a variety of groups will host introductory meetings where students will hear from and be able to ask questions to advisors, coaches and student leaders in the groups. A link to the program has been posted on the Student Activities Club webpage with Zoom links to participate. The schedule can also be viewed here.
We look forward to introducing incoming Patriots to the many ways to get involved at Stevenson!

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guitar Chamber Concert Tonight
The program for tonight’s Guitar Chamber Concert has been posted and includes the names of the student-musicians performing in this evening’s virtual event.
Please see the Fine Arts Events webpage for additional information including the Vimeo link for the concert which will begin at 7 p.m.

Peer Helpers Body Positivity Week
Stevenson Peer Helpers are running a virtual Body Positivity Awareness week beginning today.
Please follow their Instagram account for daily challenges which will be posted throughout the week!

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Athletic Results for March 12-13
Girls Badminton
The Patriots swept all four singles flights and four doubles flights on Saturday in straight sets to claim their fourth consecutive NSC conference championship. seniors Benna Li/Emily Hu, sophomore Lindsay Wang/freshman Meghan Dixit, senior Lily Ma/junior Veronica Liu, and juniors Nancy Zhang/Parmi Chanduri represented the team in the doubles competition, while seniors Shibani Ram and Jyotsna Harikrishna, and juniors Ema Akutsu and Meha Krishnareddigari competed in the singles competition. The team will compete in the IHSA Sectional on March 25, 26 or 27.

Boys Basketball
The final game of the 2020-21 season was held on Friday and ended in a loss to Libertyville 53 – 43. senior Jaison Williams led the Patriots(12-4, 4-3) with nine points and two steals. sophomore Josh Thomas and junior Jaden Evans added seven and six points, respectively and senior Jacob Morris garnered nine rebounds.

Girls Basketball
On Saturday, the Patriots lost their final game of the 2020-21 campaign to Libertyville 45-52 to finish 16-2 overall on the year. Junior Ava Bardic led the team with 16 points while classmate Simone Sawyer contributed 11, senior Nikki Ware had 10 and senior Lydia Lueck had nine.

Boys Bowling
At the NSC championship match on Friday, Stevenson’s team score of 6812 was almost 100 pins over second-place Warren as the reigning North Suburban champions made it two years in a row for the top honor. The Patriots were led by senior Joey Gluck and classmate Nicholas Sternes who rolled a 728 and 727 three-game series, finishing first and second in the tournament. Other varsity scores included seniors Ryan Grabiner at 693, Ryan Lerman at 657, and Josh Lerner at 603.
On Saturday, the bowlers competed in the Grant virtual tournament, which they won by over 400 pins. Grabiner took home first place honors with a 1449 6-game series. Sternes (1376) and Gluck (1368) finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Girls Bowling
The girls bowling team posted some of the best scores of the season on Saturday, on their way to a fourth-place finish in the North Suburban Championship. High scores from junior Diana Kwizera (496), senior Yumin Kim (490), junior Jackie Vaysburg (466), senior Kelly Radelet (466), and sophomore Anna Reyes (409) combined for a team score of 4654. The program concluded the season with a virtual statewide tournament, hosted by New Trier, benefitting the Women’s Sports Foundation & the Sky Cares Foundation. The Patriot’s score of 4694 landed them a ninth-place finish in the Conant sectional.

Competitive Cheerleading
The competitive cheerleading team earned one of its highest team finishes in school history as they earned fifth place at the 2021 IHSA Large Division State Finals, hosted by Buffalo Grove High School. In the last decade, the program has six top-ten finishes with a state runner-up in 2020, third-place finishes in 2018 and 2019, a fifth-place finish in 2017, and an eighth-place finish in 2016. Five Patriot dancers were named to the 2021 NSC Competitive Dance All-Conference and Honorable Mention teams. All-conference honorees include seniors Josephina Ronson, Breanna Buan, and Elli Freeman and honorable mention honors were awarded to seniors Audree Spewak, Jocelyn Spewak, Marina Halama.

Fencing
At the Great Lakes Conference Championship on Saturday, five Patriots earned top-five finishes including sophomore Molly Hayden-third place in women’s epee, senior Emily Laureano– third place in women’s saber, senior William Rademacher– fifth place in men’s saber, senior Illia Svirinovskyi– third place in men’s epee and junior Stephen Yi-first place in men’s foil. Four fencers also earned national ratings, including Hayden, junior Philip Villano, sophomore Brian Yoon and Svirinovskyi.

Girls Gymnastics
Saturday marked the end of the winter IHSA season when the girls gymnastics team traveled to Lake Forest for the NSC championship. Junior Ally Gitler’s third place and senior Ainslee Cutler’s fifth place in the all-around elevated the Patriots to a second-place finish in the conference. Sophomore Ashley Schabes finished third in vault with a 9.40, junior Maya Fergus finished second (9.45), junior Lauren Jackson finished fourth (9.20), and Cutler finished fifth (9.15) in the uneven bars. Gitler also placed fourth in vault (9.35), third in balance beam (9.35), and third in floor exercise (9.25).

Boys Soccer
The Patriots had many opportunities to score on Saturday versus Timothy Christian in the first half and finally did at the 25-minute mark with a goal by senior Alem Duratovic, assisted by Chris Xie. The Timothy Christian Trojans answered back early in the second to tie it up until freshman Alex Xie found the back of the net. The assist was made by senior Anthony Skordilis. The team moves to 2-0 overall on the 2-1 victory.

Boys’ Swimming & Diving
On Saturday, the Patriots hosted and won their seventh consecutive NSC Championship, dating back to 2015, and this one was in record-breaking fashion! Their team score was bolstered by conference record and first-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay (junior Brandon Xiong, freshman Colin Zhang, junior Josh Song, sophomore David Kohan), and 400-yard freestyle relay (Xiong, sophomore Jonny Farber, Song, and Kohan). Individual championships — which also broke conference records — included junior Jack White in diving, Zhang in the 200-yard IM, Song in the 100-yard Butterfly and Zhang in 100-yard Breaststroke. Song’s :48.37 time in the 100-yard Butterfly was a new pool record– and his winning effort in the 100 backstroke proved to be a new team record! Quite a day for the Aquapats! The team now awaits the results of the ISDA virtual State Meet this upcoming weekend.

Apparel to Celebrate State Champion Patriettes
The State Champion Patriettes will be competing in the 2021 Dance Union Nationals later this month. To order state championship apparel, visit https://stevensondance21.itemorder.com and order by March 29.

EDUCATION NEWS

Stevenson Student Wins National Animated Film Contest
Junior Andrew Wang tied for first place in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest for animation for his two-minute film about climate change titled “The Homo Sapien Virus.” Wang received a cash prize and matching charitable gift which he will be donating to Clean Air Task Force. His film was also screened as part of the One Earth Film Festival.

Social Distancing Requirement Changed to 3 feet for Illinois Schools
Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health officials reduced the 6-foot social distancing requirement in schools to 3 feet as long as educators are vaccinated. This announcement was made last week and is considered critical for helping school districts reopen sooner and with higher student capacity.

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