Thursday, December 10, 2015

Student Team Wins Robotics Competition

Two teams of students won major awards at the seventh annual Wildstang VEX Robotics Competition at Rolling Meadows High School last Saturday. The team led by Michael Usachenko, Lisa Rosov, Daniel Phalen, Jack Moskowitz, Alex Pieprzycki, Serge Zvenigorodsky and Opasan Bondad were the tournament champions. Their robot bested 31 other robots from 11 schools. By winning the title, the team automatically qualified for state and national robotics competitions: the U.S. Open Robotics Championship April 7-9 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the Illinois VEX High School State Robotics Championship March 5 in Batavia.

Another award-winning team from SHS was the squad led by Noah Salk, Hebron Taylor, Abby Starr, Daniel Rong, Rahul Kirshan, Joshua Kim, Alex Kim and Aryn Harmon. They took home the Design Award for best engineering process and documentation.

Stevenson entered four robots in the competition, in which the machines square off in a 12-foot by 12-foot square for two minutes. Each robot reached the alliance round, where they were grouped with two other robots to compete in the elimination bracket.

“Band of Brothers” Member to be Honored Saturday

A 94-year-old World War II veteran who was a member of the “Band of Brothers” will be honored at the annual Hoops for Heroes military appreciation night on Saturday. Al Mampre served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division with “Easy Company,” fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and also at Berchtesgaden, where Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” was located. He was awarded a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, the Combat Medic award, and received numerous honors from other nations. Mampre will be honored at the varsity boys basketball game against Mundelein, which begins at 7 p.m. The game will be preceded by the varsity girls contest between SHS and Lake Forest, starting at 5:30. Admission is free for all military veterans, who are encouraged to wear something displaying their branch of service (cap, shirt, etc.). Both games will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at

Mental Health Support Available Through Text-A-Tip

While most students look forward to Winter Break, for some the time away from school and the security of routine can be a challenge. For that reason, SHS Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi and the Stand Strong Coalition are reminding families about the free Text-A-Tip program in Lake County.

The Text-A-Tip program, which is open to anyone, allows individuals to anonymous text a mental health concern for themselves or a friend by texting the phrase “LAKECO” to 274637. They will receive a response from a licensed clinician from Barrington Behavioral Health and Wellness. (In the case of a life-threatening condition or criminal activity, emergency responders will be notified.) Text-A-Tip is available around the clock. All messages are sent through a cloaking server that keeps the communication completely anonymous.

Students should only use Text-A-Tip outside of school hours. During the day, SHS counselors should be considered their first point of contact. In fact, if the tip line receives a text that requires an immediate response during the school day.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 52, Warren 44: Willie Herenton scored a team-high points for the Patriots (4-1) in their North Suburban Conference Lake Division opener in Gurnee. Justin Smith had 14 points and Ryuji Aoki added 11. The Blue Devils fell to 2-6 overall.

Girls Bowling

Stevenson 2,341, North Chicago 1,575: Sammi Schmidt led all bowlers with a 538 series at Fairhaven Lanes. She rolled games of 195, 191 and 152. Xanthe Coulson had the high game of the day, a 211, en route to a 514 series. Kaitlyn Rudy contributed a 504 series that included games of 183 and 174. Nina Wright had a 402 series and Neeraja Kadiyala added a 373. The Patriots won each game by at least 170 pins.


Acting 3 Ensemble Production Tonight

Please join the Acting 3 Ensemble tonight at 7 p.m. for our class production:  “Nonfiction.” The show features three student- written, directed and performed pieces:  “The Usual,” “Friendship’s a Two Person Show,” and “Onomatopoeia.” We hope you will be able to join us for an evening of both thoughtful and entertaining theatre. Admission is free!

Hoops for Heroes T-Shirts on Sale Today and Friday

Hoops for Heroes T-shirts will be on sale during the lunch periods today and Friday. Don’t forget to wear your shirt to the varsity basketball games on Saturday. The girls will play Lake Forest at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys against Mundelein at 7 p.m. Hoops for Heroes is sponsored by Students Helping Soldiers and the SHS basketball teams.

Melange, Repertory Dance Company Auditions Next Week

Auditions for the Mélange and Repertory dance companies will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:45-6 p.m. in the Dance Studio (Room 2010). Students should come dressed to dance and learn movement. Students must also come prepared to perform 90 seconds of their own original choreography. Students must be able to commit to all rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45-6:30 p.m. during second semester. They also must be free every day after school during the week of the Spring Dance Concert (May 2-8).

FMP Applications Due on Friday

Sophomores and juniors with an interest in mentoring incoming freshmen must turn in their FMP applications on Friday. Click here for application details.

Improv Club Tickets on Sale Monday and Tuesday

The Improv Club will be performing Tuesday night in the West Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5, and you can buy them at the Patriot Superstore during all lunch periods Monday and Tuesday. Tickets also will be sold at the door Tuesday night.

Visit Winter ArtFest Tuesday and Wednesday

You are cordially invited to attend Winter ArtFest 2015, the art show featuring the work of all of Stevenson’s first-semester art classes. The show will be open Tuesday, periods 1 through 8, and Wednesday, periods 1 through 7, in the Upper Forum and Room 2104 in the West Building. The public reception will be held Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.

P.E. Leadership Applications Due Before Finals

P.E. Leadership Applications and Alternative P.E. Leadership Applications must be turned in before finals. To download an application or for more information, click here.

Homework Center Word of the Day Winner

Danielle Fang is this week’s Homework Center Word of the Day winner. She will receive a Stevenson sweatshirt. Thank you to all who participated.

NYC Fashion Trip Now Open to All in Grades 9-11

Do you want to go to New York and experience all that the fashion industry has to offer?  The deadline for the New York Travel Experience has been extended to Thursday, December 17, and has been opened to all SHS freshman, sophomores and juniors. If you would like more information and paperwork, visit or contact the trip coordinator, Mrs. Erickson, at

Audition Packets Available for Winter Play

Audition packets for the Winter Production, Twelfth Night, are now available online at Scripts also are available for overnight checkout in the ILC. If you have questions regarding auditions, please contact C. Burrows in the Studio Theatre, Room 2204.

Illinois State Scholars: Pick Up Your Certificate

Congratulations to all of the students who were named Illinois State Scholars. Your certificates are available for pick up in Room 2414.


Junior Class Board is meeting today at 3:40 in Room 2004-2006. The yearbook picture will be taken and we will be sharing some holiday cheer at our holiday party!

Sophomore Class Board invites all sophomores to watch the movie “Home Alone” and decorate cookies after school Friday. Cookies and hot chocolate will be available in the Glass Commons, and the movie will be shown in the Recital Hall. This event is free for all sophomores; just show your ID to get in. If you’re coming, please consider bringing a book to donate to Bernie’s Book Bank. For every book donated, you’ll get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize. Friday’s sophomore movie night and cake decorating event will run until 6 p.m.

Peer Helpers would like you to join us in its mission to re-define beauty. Beauty is more than what you see. Help us increase self-confidence, reduce eating disorders and make SHS a safe and healthy place for all students. Look for clues on the bathrooms mirrors and on signs around the school.  Visit the student lounge for more information. #RedefineBeautiful


The baseball team is raising money for travel next spring by holding a couple of fundraisers. On Thursday, the team is having an all-day benefit at Illusions By Jill in Lincolnshire. Shoppers who mention “Stevenson Baseball” when making a purchase will have 10% of the sale directed to the team. The squad is also holding its second annual Trivia Night on Friday, January 22 at The Arboretum in Buffalo Grove. The event will feature tests of trivia knowledge, raffle items, plus a live and silent auction, along with a full buffet dinner and dessert. Anyone age 21 or older is welcome to attend the trivia night. Details are on the baseball web page.


Attention seniors: Please check Naviance each week for new scholarships. If you have any questions, please stop in the College Career Center for help.


If you are interested in doing a Career Shadow, please note that at this time, we will not be accepting any new career shadow applications. We will begin accepting applications again after the new year. Please visit the Career Exploration web page or follow us on Facebook (SHSCollegeCareerCenter) for any announcements. If you have a specific inquiry, you may also stop by the CCC and ask for Mrs. Willock or send an email directly to


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