Stevenson’s Latino Culture Club
finished Second at the varsity level at the Latino College Bowl Competition held at Highland Park High School. In addition to the team accomplishment, one of the club members, Alondra Hernandez Lepe, received a $250 college scholarship at the event as a result of her high score on the scholarship test taken by students prior to the competition. She was a member of the varsity team along with Paola Guerrero-Toledo, Jeff Marek and Melissa Banuelos. Also attending the competition were club members Jacob Goodman, Emely DeLeon, Jeison DeLeon, Adriana Aguirre, Ana Karen Rodriguez, Nicole Montoya, Aribelle Marban and Barbara Celis.
Stevenson’s Business Professionals of America
had its most successful venture at the National Leadership Conference in the program’s eight-year history in Orlando, Florida. Ten students had top-10 finishes, competing against 5,000 students from 20 states. Vivian Wan had three top-10 showings; Second in Payroll Accounting, Fourth in Financial Math and Analysis, and Ninth in Advanced Accounting. Last year, she placed second in Fundamental Accounting and fourth in Financial Math and Analysis. Senior Brian Dubinsky, the 2012 national champion in Fundamental Accounting, earned two more medals in his final BPA event. He was Second in Administrative Support Concepts, and joined with Lisa Boris, Kevin Doherty and Akshay Ramachandran to claim Third place in the Financial Analyst Team competition. Doherty, a senior who was the national champion in Fundamental Accounting in 2011, also placed Third in Financial Math and Analysis. Boris was the other multi-place winner, finishing Ninth in Management, Marketing and Human Resources. She finishes her high school career with four national BPA medals, having placed Third in Fundamental Accounting in 2011 and eighth in Payroll Accounting last year. Another Third-place finish came from sophomore Sergey Papushin in Fundamental Accounting, his first national BPA award. The remaining top-10 finishers included senior Lev Tyomkin, who was Sixth in Project Management; junior David Chen, Eighth in Payroll Accounting; sophomore Lee Cohen, Eighth in Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications; and Senior Dhruv Patel, 10th in Business Meeting Management. Chen was Sixth in Financial Math and Analysis last year.
members captured two Best in Category project awards, plus top honors for best high school division paper, at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair held at the University of Illinois. The Best in Category winners were senior Shivani Thakker in Zoology and sophomore Kevin Cheng in Botany. More than 1,000 projects were entered in 14 categories. In the high school paper competition, sophomore Anvesh Jalasutram was selected as best from nearly 200 entries. In total, 10 Science Club members qualified for the state fair based on their results in regional competition. Eight students earned Gold awards at the project session: Thakker, Cheng and Jalasutram, plus junior Jack Hirsch, sophomores Han Song Huang, Larissa Kennerly and Monica Muthaiya, and freshman Ajay Varahdan. Junior Alex Knapton and senior Carolyn Fan earned Silver awards. Jalasutram, Cheng, Huang and Fan all presented at the paper session and earned Gold awards.
Stevenson Math Team
finished Second in State
at the ICTM State Math Contest. The multiple winners include: Algebra 1-Junghyun Hwang (2nd individually). Algebra 1 team 1st (Team members: Junghyun Hwang, Emery Liu, Michael Zhang, Allen Cao, Teresa Mao, Kevin Cho), Geometry-Tim Klem (5th), Jaymo Kang (7th), Alex Hong (9th). Geometry Team 1st (Team Members: Tim Klem, Jaymo Kang, Alex Hong, Brian Zhou, Barton Huang, Phillip Kwon), Algebra 2-Vivian Wan (6th), David Chen (7th) Algebra 2 team 2nd (Team Members: Vivian Wan, David Chen, Raymon Cao, Cheryl Xiang, Sam Lim, Richard Zhu), Pre-Calculus-Brandon Axe (5th) Pre-Calculus Team 4th (Team Members: Brandon Axe, Matt Yang, Aaron Zalewski, Vishesh Verma, Adele Padgett, Justin Doong), Frosh/Soph 8 person 4th (Team Members: Emery Liu, Junghyun Hwang, Sarah Hou, Shu Zhang, Tim Klem, Sergey Papushin, Brian Zhou, Cindy Luan), Junior/Senior 8 Person 2nd (Team Members: David Chen, Eric Chang, Akanksha Shah, Sam Lim, Mark Zhang, Brandon Axe, David Wang, Aaron Zalewski), Calculator 4th (Team Members: Justin Doong, Raymon Cao, Chris Rho, Alex Hong, Jennifer Zhang), FroshSoph 2 Person 2nd (Team Members: Junghyun Hwang, Jaymo Kang), Junior/Senior 2 Person 6th (Team Members: Brandon Axe, Matt Yang), Frosh/Soph Relay Team 1 2nd Team Members: Emery Liu, Kevin Cho, Tim Klem, Brian Zhou), Team 2 8th (Team Members: Michael Zhang, Allen Cao, Sergey Papushin, Barton Huang), Junior Senior Relay Team 1 9th (Team Members: Sam Lim, Akanksha Shah, Cheryl Xiang, Vishesh Verma), Oral Presentation: 9th (Team Members: Richard Zhu, Vivian Wan).
Science Club members Alex Knapton, Ajay Varadhan, Monica Muthaiya, Bhooma Shivakumar, Shivani Thakker, Amara Jammalammadaka, Carolyn Fan and Larissa Kennerly presented their science research projects at the Center for Math, Science and Technology High School Research Symposium at Illinois State University. Thakker won an award for best project in the Animal Science category.
Stevenson won three STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS in the state TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) competition. Stevenson fielded three varsity teams among the 44-team field, and two of them, varsity A and B, tied for first place. The varsity C squad placed ninth. In the junior varsity division, Stevenson’s A team won top honors and the B team was second among 12 teams. TEAMS is an annual competition that gives students an opportunity to discover engineering and how knowledge in engineering can help make a difference in the world. Students work collaboratively to solve real-world engineering challenges, applying their math and science skills in practical, creative ways. This year’s competition focused on cyber security. The roster for the varsity A team included Mark Zhang, Justin Doong, David Chen, David Whistler, Rohan Dasika, Austin Hua, Vivian Wan and Richard Zhu. The roster for the varsity B team featured Sai Nimmagadda, Christine Zhao, Ellen Zhao, David Wang, Tony Chung, Paul Sone, Allen Wang and Sunny Yun. The varsity C team included Chris Rho, Rahul Pillai, Mikhail Iouchkov, Miles Cushing, Joyce Chung, Matt Zhang, Tony Massat and Nisa Chuchawat. The JV A team roster had Brian Zhou, Jaymo Kang, (Sree) Bharadwaj Kalanadhabhatta, Tim Klem, Barton Huang, Alex Hong and Sergey Papushin. The JV B team included Ajay Varadhan, Patt DeMichele, Hebron Taylor, Andy Xu, Kevin Cho, Allen Cao, Phillip Kwon and Powan Sajnani.
SHS's FCCLA came out on top in the areas of Hospitality and Life Event Planning. The State Champions in Hospitality include Anissa Serlin and Melissa Mendoza with their Yummm bakery business plan and website development. Kari Antman, Michelle Pappageorge and Brooke Gregorcy earned the title of State Champions with their Life Event Planning competition. With these projects, the students have qualified as Illinois National Delegates to compete at the National FCCLA competition in Nashville, TN this summer.
The Stevenson Science Olympiad Team competed at the State Competition at the University of Illinois, Urbana and finished FIRST IN THE STATE of Illinois. Once again, every individual on the team medalled in at least one event and several individuals medalled in numerous events. Overall, the students took first place in six events and second in another eight. As a result, the team has earned its fifth straight bid to the National Competition that will take place at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. First Place winners: Chemistry Lab: David Whisler & Justin Doong, Circuit Lab: Michael Fatina & Richard Zhu, Dynamic Planet: David Chen & Becca Nelson, Forensics: Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua, Forestry: Becca Nelson & Borchueh Wu, Remote Sensing: David Chen & Austin Hua, Bottle Rocket: Emma Buckardt & Shu Zhang, Geocaching: Shu Zhang & Teresa Mao. Second Place winners: Designer Genes: David Whisler & Justin Doong, Materials Science: David Whisler & Justin Doong, Rocks and Minerals: Becca Nelson & Borchueh Wu, Water Quality: Jessie Wang & Becca Nelson, Boomilever: Jessie Wang & David Zhang, Elastic Launch Glider: David Chen & Edward Wu, Magnetic Levitation Vehicle: Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua, Robot Arm: Michael Fatina & Kathryn Fatina. Third Place winners: Anatomy & Physiology: Akila Khan & Ayana Dambaeva, Astronomy: David Chen & Austin Hua, Thermodynamics: Edward Wu & Richard Zhu, Gravity Vehicle: Michael Fatina & Edward Wu, Wright Stuff, Capacitor: Kevin Cao & Teresa Mao. Fourth Place winners: Fermi Questions: Vivian Wan & Richard Zhu. Fifth Place winners: Disease Detectives: Vivian Wan & David Zhang, Geologic Mapping: Emma Buckardt & Shravya Gogula.
Eight members of the Economics Club finished among the top 40 students in the state at the annual Illinois Economics Challenge state finals at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago. The event is an academic competition for students at the Advanced Placement level for economics, with students competing in teams of four. Nearly 500 students from around Illinois sought the opportunity to be among the 10 teams chosen for the finals. The two teams from Stevenson that qualified for the state finals were: the Primary Dealers team of Sam Adler, Michelle Kelrikh, Ryan Puszka and David Ribot, and the Pan Express squad of Jerry Pan, Vivian Wang, Lily Zhang and Richard Zhu.
Stevenson’s Future Business Leaders of America won four championships and had 34 top-10 finishes at the Illinois FBLA state conference held in Springfield. In addition, 12 students qualified for the national FBLA competition that will be held June 27-30 in Anaheim, California. Andrew Doherty (Computer Applications), Dhruv Patel (Accounting 2), Nathan Shlobin (Business Procedures) and Allen Wang (Introduction to Business) finished first in their events and qualified for the national conference. Eight students placed second and qualified for nationals: Rachel Baader (Job Interview), Jack Buttacavoli and Sean Lamberti (Business Ethics), Becky Cacioppo (Accounting 1), Yamini Chandra (Economics), and Kevin Dong, Daniel Oh and Akshay Ramachandran (Banking and Financial Systems). Patel, Cacioppo and Ramachandran will be making their second straight appearance at the national conference.
A One-Act Play written by senior Amanda Ehrmann is one of the finalists in the high school division of the 2013 LaBute New Theater Festival, sponsored by the St. Louis Actors’ Studio. Her play, "Wordless," will be featured in a reading during the premiere of the festival the weekend of July 5 at Gaslight Theatre in St. Louis. Aidan Murphy, a junior, was also selected for his play, "The Summit of the Gods." Two of the five high school division finalists are from Stevenson.
Stevenson's Chess Team
finished sixth in the K-12 Under 1,600 division at the United States Chess Foundation SuperNationals V in Nashville, Tennessee. Sophomore Philip Engstrom was fifth individually in the same division. He was undefeated in seven rounds, with five wins and two draws. Engstrom was joined by senior Adele Padgett, junior Eric Monatelli and sophomore Liam Holzer. A fifth SHS chess player, senior Matt Yang, played in the K-12 Championship (all ratings) division.
had a very successful conference at the University of IL Champaign. Approximately 400 students attended the three-day conference. SHS students garnered the following awards: Best or Outstanding recognition for Joint Crisis committees - Rome and Sparta went to Alex Nye and Stuart Polen, National Governors Association went to Sam Cohen in the role of Governor Cuomo, Middle East Crisis in the role of Egyptian President Morsi went to Juliana Snarski, U.N. Security Council representing Morocco went to Nuha Hamid and Peter Hwang. Outstanding in the International Press Delegation went to Helen Hwang. Aileen Acuna was awarded an Honorable Mention in International Criminal Court.
Members of the Economics Club qualified to participate in the annual Illinois Economics Challenge State Finals, a program of Econ Illinois. 479 high school students across the state competed in teams to qualify for the State Championship event. ILEC is a comprehensive academic competition for students at the Advanced Placement level for economics, with students competing in teams of four. Econ Challenge is competitive and fun, and offers an atmosphere where economic knowledge is tested and recognized through four levels of competition that ultimately leads to a National Economics Challenge. Qualifying team members include: Primary Dealers - Sam Adler, Michelle Kelrikh, Ryan Puszka, David Ribot, and Pan Express - Jerry Pan, Vivian Wang, Lily Zhang, Richard Zhu.
Stevenson fielded a Figure Skating Team this year for the first time, and it did well at the second annual Illinois High School Figure Skating Team Competition held at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. The A Team of senior Lili Malone, juniors Alexis Kaplan and Rachel Chang, and freshman Rudi Baruch finished third in the advanced/experienced division, while the B team of junior Sami Mizock and freshman Angie Yao won the beginning/less experienced division. Eleven schools participated.
Way To Go Debate! The IHSA Congressional Debate had one of its' largest and most competitive years with the 2013 Debate Tournament held at Illinois Wesleyan University. 147 students competed in the two-day competition. Stevenson Senior Eric Ramoutar was the runner-up in the final session and persevered after the random speaking list placed him last in speaking order. Eric is not one for excuses, so he looked for creative solutions and utilized his knowledge of public welfare issues to end the 2013 IHSA tournament as the last speaker. Even though Eric is a senior, this is his first time attending IHSA. Eric has always been a strong team player who considers what is best for the team. In addition to being runner up for the championship Super Congress, Eric is a member of the IHSA All -State team, ranking just below the Captain of the All- State team. Michelle Kelrikh also advanced to the final round. Kelrikh was tied with Eric for second place on the judge's list and a tie-breaker had to be utilized. According to the tabulation committee, it was a very close competition for Runner- up with a 3 way tie between Ramoutar, Kelrikh, and a student from Highland Park High School. Eric and Michelle's debate season will continue on the national level at the highly selective Tournament of Champions Debate at the University of Kentucky and at the week long Nationals held in Birmingham.
Math Team clinched its first North Suburban Math League championship since 1996-97 school. SHS posted the highest overall score among the league’s 55 schools. The league had a five-meet schedule that extended from October through March and had the highest score among all schools in four of the five meets. In addition to winning the overall team championship, Stevenson captured top honors in three of the five competition divisions: Seniors (Pre-calculus), sophomores (Geometry) and freshmen (Algebra 1). The juniors (Algebra 2) were third, and SHS tied for third in Oral Presentation. Senior Brandon Axe and junior David Chen tied for top-scoring honors in their divisions, each writing perfect papers in all five contests. Emery Liu was the top-scoring freshman in the league. At Wednesday’s conference meet, Stevenson also had the highest score of all schools. The sophomores won their division, led by perfect papers from Tim Klem, Jaymo Kang and Alex Hong. The freshmen tied for first, as Liu, Junghyun Hwang, Teresa Mao and Michael Zhang all had perfect papers. The juniors, with Chen’s perfect score, finished third, and the seniors tied for fourth, with perfect papers from Axe and Justin Doong. Other students who competed at Wednesday’s meet were seniors Aaron Zalewski, Matt Yang and Vishesh Verma; juniors Raymon Cao, Sam Lim, Vivian Wan and Akanksha Shah; sophomores Sergey Papushin and Brian Zhou; and freshman Shu Zhang. Stevenson will conclude its 2012-13 season at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics state competition May 4 at the University of Illinois. SHS qualified for state by winning the ICTM regional title in February.
Eleven members of the Science Club won awards for their independent research and experiments at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair held at Niles North High School. More than 110 high school-level projects were presented. Ten students won Gold Awards and qualified for the state science fair, which will be held May 4-5 at the University of Illinois: seniors Carolyn Fan and Shivani Thakker; junior Alex Knapton and Jack Hirsch; sophomores Anvesh Jalasutram, Kevin Cheng, HanSong Huang, Monica Muthaiya and Larissa Kennerly; and freshman Ajay Varadhan. Junior Bhooma Shivakumar earned a silver award. Several students also won "best of" honors. Jalasutram’s paper on "The Effect of VO(acac)2 on Viability of L. tarentolae Cell Cultures" was named the top high school paper. He also won Best in Category for Microbiology. Cheng won Best in Category for Botany. He studied "The Effect of Invasive Rhamnus cathartica on Seeds of Illinois Native Species." Fan won a special award from the American Statistical Association, for Outstanding Award for the Best Use of Statistics in a Science Project. She examined the "Effect of Family History of T2 Diabetes on Sleep Quality of T2 Diabetics." Thakker won a special award from the Army for her project, "The Effect of Nematode Presence on Eosinophil Counts in Turtles." The other presentations from Stevenson students were: Larissa Kennerly, "The Seasonal Impact of a Green Roof on Air Temperature", Bhooma Shivakumar, "Expression and Solubility Trials of Thermophilic Mitochondrial Carriers", HanSong Huang, "The Effect of Number of Propeller Blades on Average Speed", Alex Knapton, "The Effect of Vermicompost Ingredients on Plant Height", Monica Muthaiya, "The Effect of Coffee Grounds and Egg Shells on Bean Biomass and Growth", Ajay Varadhan, "The Effect of Environmental Antibiotics on Crop Growth and Uptake", Jack Hirsch, "The Effect of Retro-nasal Smell on Satiety".
The Science Olympiad
team dominated the regional competition at the College of Lake County. SHS won the Class AA Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions, and every individual on the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams earned at least one medal. In addition, the Varsity earned an automatic berth in the Illinois Science Olympiad state finals with its regional title. The state finals will be held April 20 at the University of Illinois. The top two teams at state will qualify for the national finals at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio on May 18. The Varsity earned medals in all but one event, recording 15 first-place finishes, six seconds and one third. Within the engineering events, SHS had one win, two runner-up showings, one third and one sixth. The JV team turned in its best performance of the year, crushing the competition by taking first place in 19 events and second place in the remaining four events.
The Scholastic Bowl
team finished second at the Illinois High School Association Class AA North Chicago Sectional on Saturday. Stevenson beat Lake Zurich (530-200) and Buffalo Grove (650-110) before falling to sectional champion Fremd (360-300), which advances to the state finals this weekend.
Three members of the Stevenson Debate
team will represent the Northern Illinois district at the NFL Nationals held in Birmingham, AL, June 16-22. At the NFL Qualifier, Senior Michelle Kelrikh was ranked first in her Congressional Debate House chamber. In addition, Kelrikh had the best ranking of all competitors during the entire competition. Peter Hwang (junior) finished 2nd in the Senate chamber, qualifying him to advance to Nationals. Eric Ramoutar auto-qualified to attend Nationals based on his performance at Nationals last year. Due to amount of debate activity in the Northern District, they have been able to qualify five students to the National tournament. Students that are auto-quals do not count towards the five slots. Stevenson was able to send 10 students to compete at the qualifier, held at Niles North HS. All of the students performed well and achieved the best cumulative ranking for any school in attendance. Senior Jimmy Chang is the 1st alternate in the Senate chamber and would attend if Hwang or the 1st ranked student was unable to compete. The other members of the squad are: Dhruv Luthra, Jenny Zhang, Jacob Glaser, Valerie Gutmann, Tyler Kim, Tyler Katz, and Pat Demichele. Stevenson was awarded the District Sweepstakes Award for Congressional Debate.
Business Professionals of America
attended the Illinois State Competition held in Oak Brook and had several State Champions. Overall, 60 students competed. 20 qualified for the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida. Members winning STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
include: Vivan Wan - 1st Place - Advanced, Lisa Boris, Kevin Doherty, Brian Dubinsky, Akshay Ramchandran - 1st Place - Financial Analyst Team, Bryan Pinkley - 1st Place - Business Meeting Management, and Sergey Papushin - 1st Place - C++ Programming. Other awards winners include: Sergey Papushin - 5th Place - Fundamental Accounting, David Chen - 3rd Place - Advanced Accounting, Brian Dubinsky - 5th Place - Advanced Accounting, Nicholas Sotos - 7th Place - Computerized Accounting, Lisa Boris - 2nd Place - Payroll Accounting, David Chen - 5th Place - Payroll Accounting, Vivian Wan - 8th Place - Payroll Accounting, Lee Cohen - 2nd Place - Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications, Evan Baker - 2nd Place - Banking and Finance, Jared Arbus - 5th Place - Banking and Finance, Vivian Wan - 3rd Place - Financial Math, David Chen - 4th Place - Financial Math, John Rath - 6th Place - Financial Math, Ryan Villanueva - 8th Place - Financial Math, Riannon Brenner - 8th Place - Keyboarding Production, Harrison Nichols - 6th Place - Basic Office Systems and Procedures, Treavor Cronin - 4th Place - PC Servicing & Troubleshooting, Treavor Cronin - 6th Place - Computer Security, Sergey Papushin - 3rd Place - Computer Programming Concepts, David Doner - 3rd Place - Interview Skills, David Doner - 9th Place - Extemporaneous Speech, Shahreen Chowdhury - 5th Place - Prepared Speech, Joseph Ha - 4th Place - Presentation Management, Jaime Spruce - 4th Place – Marketing, Lisa Boris - 6th Place – Marketing, Michael Horita - 7th Place – Marketing, Scottie Feldman - 9th Place – Marketing, Evan Baker - 10th Place – Marketing, Michael Horita - 5th Place - Project Management, Lev Tyompkin - 8th Place - Project Management.
Stevenson won the Illinois High School Association Scholastic Bowl regional championship held at Stevenson High School, qualifying for the sectional competition. Stevenson won all three of its matches, defeating Deerfield (460-140), Highland Park (530-110) and Carmel (500-150), and was the only unbeaten school. Stevenson will face Lake Zurich, Buffalo Grove and Fremd in the sectional. The regional championship is the seventh straight for Stevenson, and ninth in the last 10 years.
The Model U.N. Team
attended the Francis W. Parker conference in Chicago. Aileen Acuna received Honorable Mention representing the United Arab Emirates in the World Health Organization.
Two members of the Physics Club
are among 400 students in the nation chosen as semifinalists in the 2013 U.S. Physics Olympiad. Juniors Austin Hua and Licheng Zhu will compete for a spot on the five-member U.S. Physics Team, which will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark for the International Physics Olympiad in July. Zhu and Hua are two of 10 students from Illinois who have qualified as semifinalists. The only other semifinalist in Lake County attends Libertyville High School. John Wilkie is the Physics Club sponsor. The U.S. Physics Olympiad is sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institute of Physics.
The Table Tennis
team took Second Place at the Interscholastic Table Tennis Illinois Championship. Team A roster included: Wataru Hashimoto, Minori Ishii, Vishesh Verma, Jordan Roseman, Michael Dickens and Miles Cushing. Team B roster included: Niveda Tennety, Dhruv Patel, David Manion, Parth Patel, Alex Smith, Avery Richardson and Samantha Drizner. Their sponsor was Todd Sikora.
Stevenson Math Team
breezed to top honors at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics Class regional tournament and captured the Class 4AA title with the highest regional score in the state, automatically qualifying for the ICTM state finals at the University of Illinois. Stevenson earned 928 points and won eight of the ten events posting state-best scores in Geometry (sophomores), Algebra 2 (juniors) and Calculator. Stevenson also won Algebra 1 (freshmen) and Pre-Calculus (seniors), plus the Junior-Senior Eight-Person and Two-Person categories, and the Freshman-Sophomore Eight-Person event. Alex Hong, Tim Klem and Jaymo Kang tied for first place in Geometry with a perfect 40 points each. Their teammates included Brian Zhou, Alvin Sheng and Phillip Kwon. Cheryl Xiang won the Algebra 2 competition with 34 points. Vivian Wan tied for second (32), while David Chen and Richard Zhu tied for fourth (30). Also on the team were Chris Rho and Raymon Cao. Jenn Zhang, Alex Hong, Chris Rho, Raymon Cao and Justin Doong combined to win the Calculator title. Brandon Axe finished first in Pre-Calculus (36). Matt Yang (34) tied for second, Justin Doong was fourth (32) and Aaron Zalewski was fifth (30). Christine Zhao and Adele Padgett also were part of the team. The Algebra 1 team had Emery Liu, Junghyun Hwang and Michael Zhang tie for first with 38 points. They were joined by Allen Cao, Joshua Brot and Teresa Mao. Brandon Axe and Matt Yang paired up to win the Junior-Senior Two-Person event. Axe also was part of the winning Junior-Senior Eight-Person contingent with Eric Chang, David Chen, Sam Lim, Akanksha Shah, David Wang, Aaron Zalewski and Mark Zhang. Winning the Freshman-Sophomore Eight-Person title were Junghyun Hwang, Emery Liu, Sarah Hou, Shu Zhang, Tim Klem, Cindy Luan, Sergey Papushin and Brian Zhou. Junghyun Hwang and Jaymo Kang combined to finish second in the Freshman-Sophomore Two-Person competition. In the Orals category, Richard Zhu and assistant Vivian Wan finished third. Chris Thibaudeau and Darshan Jain are the co-head coaches of the team. Their assistant coaches are Joseph Bettina, Kathie Rauch-Morse, Paul Kim, Brad Habel and Colleen Mullaney.
The Stevenson Congressional Debate Team
brought home the 2nd place cup in the Championship Division of the Illinois Congressional Debate Association State Competition. This win caps the regular season filled with 2nd place trophies. Members of the Championship team are Eric Ramoutar, Michelle Kelrikh, Nikhita Luthra, and Jimmy Chang. The ICDA All-State Team was also announced at the awards ceremony. Ramoutar, Kelrikh, and Luthra earned three slots of the 10 member team. Ramoutar was highest point finalist for the All-State Team. Additional awards were presented to Ramoutar and Kelrikh for 1st Place Speaker, and Peter Hwang was presented with a Critic's Choice award. The ICDA tournament was held in a new venue this year. Harper Community College graciously opened its doors to the ICDA when the previous location could not be used.
The Table Tennis beat Loyola Academy 9-0 at the pre-state competition held at Loyola Academy. The following students competed in a best-of-five match: Wataru Hashimoto (9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9), Vishesh Verma (11-2, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5), Jordan Roseman (11-3, 11-8, 11-5), Michael Dickens (8-11, 15-13, 12-10, 11-9), Miles Cushing (9-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-7) and David Manion (11-9, 11-6, 11-1). The State tournament will be held at Evanston Township High School.
Two members of the Stevenson Debate Team earned honors in the Congressional Debate division at the 39th annual Harvard University National Forensics Tournament. Senior Michelle Kelrikh reached the semifinals, while sophomore Michelle Hu was a quarterfinalist. Both students earned a bid to attend the national Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky. Also competing for Stevenson were Jimmy Chang, Connie Du, Jacob Glaser, Valerie Gutmann, Sahil Jain, Noella James, Timothy Klem, Dhruv Luthra, Nikhita Luthra, Alex Smith, Shivani Thakker and Jenny Zhang. The Harvard tournament featured 428 contestants from 109 schools in 26 states. All students competed in nine hours of debate during the preliminary sessions.
The Varsity Scholastic Bowl
team won the North Suburban Conference championship at Warren High School, defeating Mundelein, Grant, Warren and Lake Zurich. Representing Stevenson were Niranjan Jayanth, Sam Levin, Chandru Rasendran, Jason Asher and Jeeho Lee. The team will compete in the National Academic Quiz Tournament Illinois State Championship in Bloomington.
The Varsity Scholastic Bowl
team took second place in the Masonic Regional competition held at Loyola Academy, winning $300 for its efforts. The team members were Jason Asher, Niranjan Jayanth, Matt Yang, Sam Levin, Jeeho Lee, Chandru Rasendran and Justin Millman.
Twenty-four SHS students attended the 50th anniversary North American International Model United Nations
at Georgetown University. The event welcomed about 3,000 student delegates from more than 100 high schools around the world. The Stevenson contingent participated in Model UN conference committee sessions during their four-day stay. They also visited Capitol Hill — where the group was able to witness the cloture vote in the U.S. Senate over former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense — as well as the Supreme Court. The group also witnessed the Keystone pipeline protest at the National Mall. Half of the students earned awards for their work in Model UN conference committees, the highest percentage of any SHS delegation that has attended the competitive event. The award recipients were: Peter Hwang and Alex Nye received Best Delegate honor. Hwang was chosen for simulating former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the European Commission, while Nye was selected for his portrayal of Zakaria Mohieddin, as interior minister in the Egyptian cabinet during the Suez Canal crisis of 1956. Juliana Snarski earned an Outstanding rating as director of the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) in the Pakistan Security Council. Justin Doong received an Honorable Mention award for his work in the African Union. Eight students received Verbal Commendations: Karen Whisler and Renee Jhu (UN Social and Humanitarian committee); Hannah Kim and Pulkit Kashyap (UN Special Political/Decolonization Committee); Elan Modilevsky and Pat DeMichele (UN Legal Committee); and Yamini Chandra and Annie Lee (Islamic Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).
The Debate Team
competed in the Harvard Congressional Debate tournament. 427 contestants from 111 schools over 26 states participated in the competition. All students competed in 9 hours of debate during the preliminary sessions. Stevenson Sophomore Michelle Hu moved on to Quarterfinals. Senior Michelle Kelrikh advanced to Semifinals. Both students earned a bid to attend the Tournament of Champions in Kentucky.
Stevenson’s Model UN
attended a conference hosted by St. Ignatius and Lyons Township high schools. Seven students won awards. Yamini Chandra received an Outstanding award for her representation of Togo on the Security Council. Six others received Honorable Mention honors: Sriya Potham and Shu Zhang (representing Slovenia in the General Assembly); Sam Cohen (representing Lithuania in NATO); Stuart Polen (serving as Supreme NATO Commander during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979); and Alex Nye and Annie Lee (representing the Scottish Parliament).
Niranjan Jayanth, Jason Asher and Jeeho Lee have been named to the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association All-Sectional Team. Jayanth and Asher also have been nominated for the IHSSBC All-State Team.
The Science Olympiad Team competed at the Loyola Academy Invitational. Once again, every individual in the 28 member squad medalled in at least one of their respective events; leaving only one event out of the 23 total in which they did not finish in the top four positions. Within the engineering events, the varsity team finished first or second in four of the five events and earned a fourth place finish in the remaining event. Overall, Stevenson’s two teams combined to take first place 19 out of the 23 possible times. The Loyola Academy meet was the last invitational before the Regional competition next month at the College of Lake County. This was another large competition with 39 teams competing from across the northern suburbs and NW Indiana. At the Loyola Academy Invitational the squad was broken into Varsity and JV designations and both teams took first place, overall, in their respective divisions. Medalists include: Fourth Place - Boomilever – Kevin Cao & Jessie Wang. Third Place - Anatomy and Physiology – David Zhang & Shravya Gogula, Designer Genes – Akila Khan & Ayana Dambaeva, Disease Detectives – Andy Xu & David Zhang, Experimental Design – Vivian Wan, Jessie Wang & Kevin Cao, Remote Sensing – Austin Hua & David Chen, Rocks and Minerals – Emma Buckardt & Carl Padgett, Technical Problem Solving – Brian Zhou & William Chang, Thermodynamics – Edward Wu & Vivian Wan, Water Quality – Jessie Wang & Borcheuh; Teresa Mao & Emma Buckardt, Boomilever – David Zhang & Shu Zhang. Second Place - Chemistry Lab – Alex Hong & Jaymo Kang, Dynamic Planet – David Chen & Becca Nelson; Emma Buckardt & Andy Xu, Experimental Design – Teresa Mao, Shu Zhang, Sophia Liu, Thermodynamics – Brian Zhou & William Chang, Write It Do It – Kathryn Fatina & Michael Fatina, Robot Arm – Michael Fatina & Kathryn Fatina, Magnetic Levitation Vehicle – Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua; Jessie Wan & Carl Padgett. And First Place - Anatomy and Physiology – Akila Khan & Ayana Dambaeva, Astronomy – David Chen & Austin Hua; Matthew Zhang & Andy Xu, Circuit Lab – Michael Fatina & Richard Zhu; Matthew Zhang & Alex Hong, Disease Detectives – Vivian Wan & Kevin Cao, Forensics – Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua; Shrvya Gogula & Jaymo Kang, Forestry – Becca Nelson & Borchueh Wu; Emma Buckardt & Sophia Liu, Materials Science – David Whisler & Justin Doong; Shravya Gogula & Jaymo Kang, Technical Problem Solving – Vivian Wan & Richand Zhu, Write It Do It – Teresa Mao & Shu Zhang, Elastic Launch Glider – David Chen & Ayana Dambaeva; Edward Wu & Sophia Liu, Gravity Vehicle – Michael Fatina & Jessie Wang; Edward Wu & Sophia Liu, Robot Arm – Matthew Zhang & Carl Padgett.
Stevenson Chess Team placed second out of 135 teams at the Illinois High School Association state chess finals on Saturday in Peoria, its second straight runner-up finish and third in the last four years. This also was the 10th consecutive top-six finish at state for SHS. Stevenson’s only loss in the two-day tournament was to Whitney Young, which won its second title in the last three years. Five of the top seven teams in 2013 came from the North Suburban Chess League, in which SHS competes. Freshman Allen Guo won the Board 2 competition, capturing all seven of his matches during the two-day competition. He is the fourth Patriot to earn top honors on a board in the last four seasons, joining alums Josh Dubin (2011, Board 2) and Peter Karalis (2010, Board 6), and current teammate Matt Yang (2010, Board 3). Yang, a senior, finished 10th on Board 1 with a 6-1 record, capping a career that saw him place in the top 10 all four years. He also was second on Board 3 last year, and fourth in Board 3 as a sophomore. Sophomore Phillip Engstrom went 5-1-1 on Board 4 to finish 12th, and classmate Liam Holzer (5-1) was 19th on Board 7. The remainder of the roster included seniors Adele Padgett, Vishesh Verma and Max Ye, junior Eric Monatelli and freshman Kevin Noonan. Scott Oliver was the head coach, and his assistants were Vincent Springer and Rob Krause (Class of 1992).
The WIT, Stevenson’s student literary magazine, has two more awards to add to an already crowded collection of honors. The 2012 edition of the magazine received a "superior" ranking from the National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. A total of 417 schools entered the 2012 program, and only 56 received a superior ranking. Stevenson was one of seven high schools in Illinois to earn a superior ranking and nomination for the highest award, which went to Lyons Township. The NCTE honor follows another award received before Winter Break. The National Scholastic Press Association gave the 2012 WIT a "First Class" rating with two marks of distinction. The marks of distinction came in the areas of content, and writing and editing. The 2012’s editor-in-chief was Luke Stroth, and his senior assistant editor was Ariel Blackman. Other editors included Alex Loutris, Corissa Goodrich, Jessica Koh, Shayna Korol, Rachael Affenit, Joanne Jun, Anna Kong and Jennifer Kong.
Speech and Drama team member Avi Samuels took second place at the Illinois High School Association regional speech tournament at Warren High School, and advanced to the sectional. The sophomore was runner-up in the Oratorical Declamation competition with his presentation, "Living With ALS." Five other students reached the regional finals, with four earning fifth place honors. The team of Marni Levin and Amanda Friedlander finished fifth in Dramatic Duet Acting, and Levin also was fifth in Radio Speaking. Kayla Guo took fifth in Informational Speaking, and Kyle Rockoff placed seventh in Extemporaneous Speaking.
finished up the regular ICDA season with top-ranked debaters. Michelle Kelrikh earned the top spot in the Tournament of Champions qualifying competition held at the ICDA 5 / TOC qualifier held at Highland Park HS. This is the second bid that Kelrikh has earned to enter the Tournament of Champions Debate held at the University of Kentucky in April. Eric Ramoutar placed 4th in the TOC qualifier. This was also his second bid. Ramoutar was auto- qualified due to his placement in the Finals at TOC last year as well as at The Nationals, held in Indianapolis last summer.
earned another 2nd Place in the Invitational Sweepstakes at ICDA 5, thanks to a strong effort by the entire team. Seven students qualified to compete in the TOC qualifying rounds: Seniors - Eric Ramoutar, Michelle Kelrikh, Nikhita Luthra, and Jimmy Chang. Juniors – Peter Hwang, and Valerie Gutmann. Sophomore – Jenny Zhang. Peter Hwang advanced to the final TOC qualifying round. Individual awards: Critic’s Choice – Dhruv Luthra, 1st Place Speaker – Jimmy Chang, Vivian Wang, Jake Glaser, 2nd Place Speaker – Noella James, Tina Moazezi, Shivani Thakker, Best Presiding Officer – Tina Moazezi, Shivani Thakker.
The SHS Table Tennis
team traveled to Maine East and came home with an impressive 14-1 win. The following students were fundamental in the win: senior Vishesh Verma; juniors Miles Cushing, Jordan Roseman and Wataru Hashimoto; and freshmen Minori Ishii and Michael Dickens.
The Junior Varsity Scholastic Bowl
team took second place at the Wheaton North Frosh/Soph competition. The team went undefeated until playing in the championship round against Rockford Auburn. The roster consisted of Zachary Pease, Jonathan Mishory, Joseph Moskowitz, Marco Laudati and Josh Brot.
Stevenson Science Olympiad Team
competed at the Crystal Lake Central High School Invitational. Once again, every individual in the 27 member squad medalled in at least one of their respective events; leaving only one event out of the 23 total in which they did not finish in the top four positions. Within the engineering events, the varsity team finished first in three of the five events and earned a second and a third place finish in the remaining two. Overall, Stevenson’s two teams combined to take first place 15 out of the 23 possible times. Individual places were: First Place – in Circuit Lab – Alex Hong & Michael Fatina, Disease Detectives – Vivian Wan & Kevin Cao, Dynamic Planet – David Chen & Becca Nelson, Forensics – Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua, Forestry – Becca Nelson & Sophia Liu, Materials Science – David Whisler & Richard Zhu, Remote Sensing – Austin Hua & David Chen, Rocks and Minerals – Becca Nelson & Borchueh Wu, Technical Problem Solving – Brian Zhou & Matthew Zhang, Thermodynamics – Edward Wu & Matthew Zhang, Water Quality – Jessie Wang & Teresa Mao, Write It Do It – Kathryn Fatina & Michael Fatina, Boomilever – Kevin Cao & Allen Guo, Elastic Launch Glider – David Chen & Sophia Liu, Robot Arm – Michael Fatina & Kathryn Fatina. Second Place - Anatomy and Physiology – Akila Khan & Ayana Dambaeva, Astronomy – David Chen & Austin Hua, Designer Genes – Ayana Dambaeva & Akila Khan, Disease Detectives – Akila Khan & David Zhang, Experimental Design – Jessie Wang, David Zhang & Shu Zhang, Forestry – Emma Buckardt (solo), Technical Problem Solving – Vivian Wan & Richard Zhu, Thermodynamics – Richard Zhu & Vivian Wan, Gravity Vehicle – Michael Fatina & Sophia Liu. Third Place - Anatomy and Physiology – Kevin Cao & Vivian Wan, Astronomy – Austin Hua & Andy Xu, Dynamic Planet – Andy Xu & Emma Buckardt, Experimental Design – Vivian Wan, Borchueh Wu & Allen Guo, Rocks and Minerals – Emma Buckardt & Carl Padgett, Gravity Vehicle – Jessie Wang & Edward Wu, Magnetic Levitation Vehicle – Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua. Fourth Place - Designer Genes – David Whisler (solo), Fermi Questions – Richard Zhu & Allen Guo, Materials Science – Shravya Gogula & Jaymo Kang, Remote Sensing – Brian Zhou & Alex Hong, Designer Genes – David Whisler (solo)
Fermi Questions – Richard Zhu & Allen Guo, Materials Science – Shravya Gogula & Jaymo Kang, Remote Sensing – Brian Zhou & Alex Hong.
Avi Samuels earned a second-place tie in Oratorical Declamation and Marni Levin tied for third in Radio Speaking for the SHS Speech and Drama Team
at the Lake Forest Festival.
Debate placed second at the Prospect High School tournament of the Illinois Congressional Debate Association. Bills that were addressed were very timely in nature, ranging from economic recovery to gun control. Nikhita Luthra earned the 1st Place Best Quality Speaker award with an average of 5.83 out of 6. In addition, Jenny Zhang earned a 3rd Place Quality Speaker award with a 5.5 average.
Stevenson Math Team moved into first place in the North Suburban Math League after competing in the Buffalo Grove High School Competition. SHS won all six categories against the host school and four other teams, and posted the highest overall score (344 out of a possible 350 points) from 11 different sites. Stevenson posted perfect scores in all four written events — the Senior, Junior, Sophomore and Freshman divisions — and had the fourth-best score in the orals category, thanks to Richard Zhu. The following students wrote perfect papers: Joshua Brot, Emery Liu, Teresa Mao and Shu Zhang (freshmen); Alex Hong, Jaymo Kang, Timothy Klem and Sergey Papushin (sophomore); Raymon Cao, David Chen, Vivian Wan, Cheryl Xiang, Itamar Allali and Sam Lim (juniors); and Brandon Axe, Justin Doong, Adele Padgett, Matthew Yang, Christine Zhao and Raymon Cao (seniors). After three rounds, Stevenson not only has the highest overall score, but also is first in four of five divisions. SHS stands alone atop the Sophomore and Orals divisions, and is tied for first in the Senior and Junior divisions. The team is third in the Freshman Division.
Scholastic Bowl fielded two teams teams at the Loyburn Tournament at Loyola Academy. The A team of Matt Yang, Jason Asher, Jeeho Lee and Niranjan Jayanth earned a fourth-place finish, which qualified them for the PACT NSC national tournament in June. The B team of Chandru Rasandran, Sam Levin, Justin Millman, Eric Chang and Torin Bakke won its division.
The Science Olympiad Team
competed at the Madison West High School Invitational. Athough no team standings were generated from this particular competition, every individual in the 25 member squad medalled in at least one of their respective events; leaving only one event out of the 23 total in which they did not finish in the top five positions. First Place: Anatomy and Physiology – Kevin Cao & Shravya Gogula, Astronomy – Austin Hua & Andy Xu, Circuit Lab – Alex Hong & Michael Fatina, Designer Genes – David Whisler & Ayana Dambaeva, Dynamic Planet – David Chen & Andy Xu, Experimental Design – Jessie Wang, Shu Zhang & Alex Hong, Forensics – Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua, Forestry – Becca Nelson & Jessie Wang, Materials Science – Justin Doong & David Whisler, Technical Problem Solving – David Whisler & Brian Zhou, Thermodynamics – Richard Zhu & William Chang, Water Quality – Jessie Wang & Becca Nelson, Boomilever – Shu Zhang & Jaymo Kang, Elastic Launch Glider – David Chen & Sophia Liu, Gravity Vehicle – Michael Fatina & Sophia Liu, Magnet Levitation Vehicle – Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua, Robot Arm – Michael Fatina & Kathryn Fatina. Second Place: Anatomy and Physiology – Akila Khan & Ayana Dambaeva, Designer Genes – Justin Doong (solo), Disease Detectives – Akila Khan & Shravya Gogula, Dynamic Planet – William Chang & Kevin Cao, Fermi Questions – Richard Zhu & William Chang, Forestry – Emma Buckardt & Sophia Liu, Remote Sensing – Alex Hong & David Chen, Rocks and Minerals – Emma Buckardt (solo), Technical Problem Solving – Justin Doong & Ayana Dambaeva, Thermodynamics – Edward Wu & Matthew Zhang, Water Quality – Borchueh Wu & Austin Hua, Write It Do It – Shu Zhang & Borchueh Wu, Boomilever – Kevin Cao & David Zhang, Elastic Launch Glider – Edward Wu & Ayana Dambaeva, Gravity Vehicle – Edward Wu & Jessie Wang, Magnet Levitation Vehicle – Jessie Wang & Edward Wu. Third Place: Circuit Lab – Richard Zhu & Matthew Zhang, Disease Detectives – David Zhang & Kevin Cao, Forensics – Shravya Gogula & Jaymo Kang, Materials Science - Shravya Gogula & Jaymo Kang, Rocks and Minerals – Becca Nelson & Borchueh Wu. Fourth Place: Astronomy – Brian Zhou & Matthew Zhang. Fifth Place: Geocaching – Emma Buckardt & Sophia Liu, Robot Arm – Matthew Zhang (solo).
The Relay for Life Club
from Stevenson and Buffalo Grove High Schools recently received the American Cancer Society’s Relay All Star Award for achieving significant fundraising and participation levels. This year’s Relay for Life, held at Stevenson, raised more than $86,000, with 502 people taking part.
The Science Olympiad Team
competed at the Hinsdale South High School Invitational. Many of the squad members medalled in their respective events leaving only five events in which they did not finish in the top three positions. Third Place finishers were: Magnetic Levitation Vehicle – Kathryn Fatina & Jessie Wang, and Robot Arm – Kathryn Fatina & Michael Fatina. Second Place finishers were: Boomilever – Kevin Cao & Allen Guo, Astronomy – David Chen & Austin Hua, Circuit Lab – Michael Fatina & Alex Hong, Designer Genes – Akila Khan & David Whisler, Elastic Launch Glider – Edward Wu & Jessie Wang, and Technical Problem Solving – David Whisler & Vivian Wan. First Place finishers: Anatomy & Physiology – Akila Khan & Kevin Cao, Disease Detectives – Akila Khan & Vivian Wan, Dynamic Planet – Andy Xu & Emma Buckardt, Experimental Design – Vivian Wan, Allen Guo & Jessie Wang, Forensics – Kathryn Fatina & Austin Hua, Forestry – Becca Nelson & Emma Buckardt, Gravity Vehicle – Edward Wu & Jessie Wang, Remote Sensing – David Chen & Austin Hua, Rocks & Minerals – Emma Buckardt & Becca Nelson, and Write It Do It – Michael Fatina & Kathryn Fatina.
Two members of the Speech and Drama
team earned awards at the Bradley University Speech Tournament, an event featuring a multi-state field with teams from as far away as California. Kayla Guo finished second in Informative Speaking and Josie Hannon-Geller was seventh in Prose Reading.
The 2011-12 edition of the WIT
, Stevenson’s student literary arts magazine, has won its second award of the year: a First Class honor with two marks of distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association. The marks of distinction denote areas of exceptional quality. The WIT
won marks in content, the thematic and diverse progression of the magazine; and in writing and editing, as well as recognition of the quality of writing throughout the magazine’s pages. The contest judge who reviewed the WIT
wrote: "First off, let me say that you have stellar content. I mean, 110 pages of really good stuff ... and you don’t just have an excellent variety of content. It’s also quality content." The judge also said the quality of student poetry in the WIT
"is far above that of other high school (literary magazine) publications." Last year’s editor-in-chief was Luke Stroth, and his senior assistant editor was Ariel Blackman. Other editors included Alex Loutris, Corissa Goodrich, Jessica Koh, Shayna Korol, Rahael Affenit, Joanne Jun, Anna Kong and Jennifer Kong. Jim Barnabee and Chris Heckel-Oliver are the WIT
The Math Team
stands in third place in the North Suburban Math League following the second round of competition held at Naperville Central. SHS had a team score of 323, the fifth-highest overall among 55 schools in the league. The seniors and sophomores won their matches, while the freshmen were second and juniors third. Richard Zhu was runner-up in the orals competition. The following students had perfect scores: seniors Brandon Axe, Justin Doong, Matthew Yang, Christine Zhao, Adele Padgett and Vishesh Verma; juniors David Chen, Akanksha Shah, Sunny Yun and Lily Zhang; and sophomores Alex Hong, Jaymo Kang, Timothy Klem, Sergey Papushin, Brian Zhou, Diana Kowalski and Alvin Sheng.