New Trier Club Competition Corner

A number of clubs succeeded in their winter competitions

National Chinese Essay Contest:

New Trier students participated in the National Chinese Essay contest on Feb. 7. Senior James McColl and junior Rachel Truong both earned Gold Awards. Also, senior Monica Yoo and sophomore Abbey Konosky earned silver awards, while honorable mentions went to sophomore Aimee Hong, junior Mimi Newcomb, sophomore Andrew Gill, and junior Mia Sedgwick.


DECA competed at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on Feb. 1. Twenty-two students earned individual 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place medals.

Chess Team:

On Feb. 15, Chess team placed 2nd out of more than 100 schools in state. Chess team members who competed at state include: senior David Peng, sophomore Roger Li, junior Adrian Calinescu, senior Sawyer Harris, Freshman Sarah Lin, senior Zach Marshall, junior Max Malecki, senior Mason Werner, junior Justin Weinzweig, and sophomore Jeffrey Huang.

Academic Challenge:

ACES placed 2nd in the regional competition on Feb. 7, qualifying
the team for sectionals in March. Senior Maggie Lin placed 1st in English, and junior Eric Liu placed 1st in Chemistry. Additionally, senior Jason Yuan placed 1st in Physics and 2nd in Math, while senior Jesse Yang placed 1st in Math and 2nd in Physics.

German Club:

On Feb. 28, students in German Club competed at the University of Illinois’s High School German Day. Seniors Anna Shah and Sabrina Tossing won first place in their respective competitions.

Japanese Club:

On Feb. 22., Japanese Club students competed at the Illinois Japan Bowl. The senior team of Cate Chan, Donovan Greene, and Jonna Izenstark won 2nd place in Level 4, the top division of the competition. Juniors Jefferson Lin, Aidan Moore, and Justine Xie won 2nd place in the Level 3 division.

Model UN:

New Trier Model United Nations attended the North American Invitational Model UN Conference on Feb. 13 – Feb. 17 in Washington D.C. Juniors Lucy Gale and Max Liebov, and senior Lindsay Falk won Outstanding Delegates in their committees.


On Feb. 22, the New Trier congressional debate team performed well at the Illinois Congressional Debate State Championship. Notably, senior Max Rosen earned a 1st place speaker award.

Science Olympiad:

Science Olympiad placed 9th at the MIT invitational on Jan. 25. Freshman Annabel Ma and senior Pranav Doradla took 1st place in Designer Genes, while senior Jonathan Yuan and sophomore Elizabeth Feoktistov placed 1st in Boomilever. Also, junior Luke von Kapff and senior Jason Yuan placed 2nd in Circuit Lab. Finally, seniors Irene Xu and Anna Arthur placed 5th in Disease Detectives, while juniors Emilia McDougal and Von Kapff took 5th place in Write it Do it.