Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Science Olympiad Team Named State Champs… Again!
The state championships keep rolling in, Patriots! We are excited to announced that the Science Olympiad Varsity Team competed in the state competition and placed first with 53 points in 18 events — the most points the team has ever achieved! The team’s efforts were aided by first place finishes in the following events:

  • Astronomy: Senior Jared Machtinger and Sophomore Trisha Mondal
  • Disease Detectives: Junior Greycen Ren and Sophomore Siddhant Sen
  • Fossils: Senior Emily Liu and Senior Jared Machtinger
  • Ornithology: Senior Emily Liu and Sophomore Kevin Qian
  • Water Quality: Freshman Angela Wang and Sophomore Joshua Song
  • Boomilever: Senior Emily Liu

This win represents the fourth time in the last six years that Stevenson has brought home the state championship title and the 13th consecutive year that the team has earned a bid to the National Competition, which will be held in May. To date, the team has finished five times in the top 10 nationally and currently is ranked 6th in the nation. Despite the challenges of competing as a team during the pandemic, Seniors Sneha Mohan, Krishna Patel, Jared Machtinger and Emily Liu had this to say about their culminating experience with the team:

“Our team did a great job of overcoming these circumstances through a combination of Zoom game-days, many late-night calls, and special surprises dropped off at home. As seniors, we’re thrilled and grateful for how this past season has gone, and we couldn’t have asked for a better team and State outcome—especially since the State tournament was canceled last year. We’re beyond proud of our team and immensely thankful for our supportive coaches.”

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join the Slam!
Come watch amazing poetry at this virtual showcase of Stevenson’s first spoken word poetry competition! Awards will be given out following the showcase.
This event will take place on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Scan the QR code to the right to access the Zoom link for the event.

A Night with Catalyst Students and Dr. Susan Sirota
Join our Stevenson High School Catalyst students and pediatric specialist Dr. Susan Sirota for an evening on Facebook Live as we discuss how parents can best support their students in this season.
We’ll chat about mental and emotional health, the current substance use landscape, and the correlation between the two. Sharing peer-to-peer perspectives, students will give you an inside look into what it’s really like to be a student today, along with expert advice and insights from Dr. Sirota who has over 30 years in the medical field.
Please register here if you are interested in attending!

PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS

Athletic Results for April 20
Softball
Stevenson (3-0, 2-0) defeated Mundelein 8-6 in thrilling fashion behind five team home runs. In the 2nd inning, Lexi Gitler started the scoring with a solo HR to take a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd, Allie Stevens and Elle Ruchim started the inning with back to back home runs. After 2 singles, Megan Orgler hit the 3rd home run of the inning to take a 6-2 lead. Stevenson added one more run in the 5th and finished their scoring in the 6th with a lead off home run by Reagan Koenigs. Michaela Duffy was 3 for 4 with 2 singles and a double. Haley Barnes pitched a complete game adding up 8 strikeouts through 7 innings. Next up, Stevenson plays Warren at home on Monday, April 26.

Baseball
The Patriots (3-0, 2-0) defeated Lake Forest 9-1, thanks to a timely five runs in a big third inning. Joey Little, Colin Schmitke, and JR Nelson each had RBIs in the frame. In the first inning, Lake Forest got their offense started. Ryan Cassidy singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run. Stevenson Patriots tallied five runs in the third inning. Stevenson responded to the big inning with Little, Schmitke, and Nelson, all driving in runs. Daniel Cabrales earned the victory on the mound for Stevenson. Cabrales went five innings, allowing one run on eight hits, striking out five, and walking zero. Ethan Ge threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Schmitke went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the visitors in hits. The team travels to St. Viator today for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson defeated Libertyville 16-5 behind Alex Mitchell’s 16 saves. Dimitriy Kobets lead the visitors with 4 goals. Sammy Maya added 3 and Drew Wangard, Jeffrey Mao, and Olin Kusevskis all had 2. They now hold a 14-0 record with a 4-0 record in conference play. Their next games are this Saturday at the Lyons Township Tri-Tournament.

Girls Soccer
The Patriots had a 3-1 victory over Glenbrook South High School Tuesday night, scoring two goals in the first half to open it up. The first goal, scored by Abby Kalou, was assisted by Gabi Nyc and the second goal scored by Lauren Kim, was assisted by Bella Chavez. The third goal came late in the second half by Elli Pease, assisted by Abby Kalou. The Patriots (2-0, 0-0) will make their home debut at SHS Stadium this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. vs. Buffalo Grove High School.

EDUCATION NEWS

Stevenson Teacher Uses Woodworking Skills to Help Give Back
Vernon Hills community member Sue Gandhi has operated a food pantry program out of her home. Our very own Bob Pinta, a computer science teacher at Stevenson High School, recently lent his woodworking skills to aid Sue’s philanthropic efforts.

Meeting the Needs of Students of Color in a Time of Collective Trauma
As schools predict an increased need for mental health supports for all students, they should incorporate a cultural lens into their responses, said Janine Jones, a professor of school psychology at the University of Washington.

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