Monday, March 13, 2017

Stevenson Wins VEX Robotics State Title

Stevenson won the Illinois VEX Robotics High School State Championship on Saturday in Batavia, the first in program history. The team also made history by qualifying for the  VEX Robotics World Championship next month in Louisville.

Stevenson’s champion, known as 1965A – Chris Lee’s Hat, was its only entry in the competition. The roster included seniors Opasan Bondad, Aryn Harmon, Chris Lee, Lisa Rosov and Serge Zvenigorodsky, and junior Abby Starr. They didn’t have an easy path to the title. The team finished its qualifying rounds in sixth place with a 5-2 record, then went undefeated with its alliance throughout the elimination bracket to capture the championship.

Stevenson also won the competition’s “Energy Award,” given to the team showing extraordinary enthusiasm. Head coach Mike Anderson said many members of the VEX Robotics club were on hand to cheer for the team.

Scholastic Bowl Wins Sectional, Heading to State

The varsity Scholastic Bowl team is returning to the Illinois High School Association state tournament for the first time in three years after capturing the Fremd Sectional championship on Saturday. Stevenson beat Carmel (520-270), Lake Forest (440-220) and Barrington (420-360) to win its first sectional title in three years. The team roster included seniors Ali Saeed, Nathan Cha and Young Lee, juniors Deepak Moparthi, Shamsheer Rana and Conrad Oberhaus, sophomore Aniket Nuthalapati and freshman Govind Prabhakar.

Science Olympiad Captures Regional Crown

The two-time defending state champion Science Olympiad team won the College of Lake County Division AA Regional competition on Saturday, qualifying for the state tournament April 29 at the University of Illinois. Stevenson has won three of the last four state championships, and has finished first or second in Illinois for eight consecutive years.

Stevenson won the varsity and junior varsity divisions at the CLC Regional. The varsity won 15 of 23 events while the JV captured 16 of 23. In the varsity competition, four students were part of four first-place winning entries: seniors Caroline Fatina and Eric Qian, junior Elaine Xiao and sophomore Josey Zhang. Two students were four-time winners in the junior varsity competition: sophomore Lisa Han and freshman Radha Patel. Click here to see all the award winners.


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Saturday’s Varsity Results

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Tournament: The Patriots (3-0) opened their season by breezing to the title of their own tournament in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Stevenson defeated Niles West (17-6), Wheeling (24-2) and Fremd (24-3). Senior Dan Maleski recorded eight goals and junior Justin Ginsberg had seven in the win over Fremd. Ginsberg and fellow junior Collin Kapecki each scored four goals against Niles West. Sophomores Jonah Benthusen and Filip Mihajlovic scored three goals apiece against Wheeling. –

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson hosted SHS Tournament: The Patriots (4-0) swept all three of their games in home water. SHS beat Palatine (19-1), Wheeling (13-0) and Lyons Township (6-5). In the win over Lyons, Stevenson overcame a 2-1 halftime deficit. Sophomore Kalista Tapas’ goal tied the game at 2-2 in the third period off an assist from Fiona Gaffney, and the senior followed shortly thereafter with the go-ahead score. Junior Brigitte Lefebvre and sophomore Anna Mossakowski split time in goal, each making six saves against the Lions. Junior Bella Greenspan scored three times in the win over Palatine, while senior Julia Nicholson recorded a hat trick versus Wheeling. – Daily Herald,


Spring One-Act Plays Auditions Tuesday

Auditions for the spring one-act plays will be held Tuesday starting at 3:40 p.m. in the West Auditorium. You can sign up for an audition slot on the Fine Arts Callboard. Click here for the audition packet.

Showcase Tickets on Sale

Tickets are on sale for the Patriot Parent Association’s annual student spectacular, “Showcase 2017: The PAC Where It Happens.” Showcase takes place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10, with a different performance lineup each night. Tickets can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore before school or during lunch periods with cash, check or student ID, and can be purchased online anytime at this link. General admission tickets are available for students. Tickets can be picked up during lunch in the Wood Commons or at Will Call on show nights.

Graduation Speaker Applications Due Friday

Seniors interested in being considered for one of the two speaking slots at the commencement ceremony in May must turn in their application by 3:45 p.m. Friday. Click here for details and to download the application.

PPA Bake Sale Wednesday Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Pies, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.


The Animal Welfare Club’s March Dog of the Month, Pensacola, has a big heart and volunteers at local nursing homes on Saturdays. Its Cat of the Month is an attention lover named Brewer. If you or anyone you know may be interested in welcoming a new four-legged member to your family, please check them out on the Animal Welfare Club website at! These animals are available at Save-A-Pet, which can be contacted at 847-740-7788. Don’t forget to check out some of their friends at, all waiting for love!


Applications are still being accepted for career shadows during Spring Break. Please pick up an application in the College Career Center or print one off from the Career Exploration web page and turn it in at the CCC.

Students interested in science and technology can apply for the Digital Learning Internship at The Field Museum in Chicago. The six-week paid summer internship will give students hands-on scientific research experience. Applications are available until Friday. Find out more by visiting and search Digital Learning Internship. For a list of more summer camps and internships, please see the Career Exploration webpage.

Applications are now open for Camp Cardiac and Camp Neuro. These camps are for any high school student interested in a career in medicine and are run by local medical students. Please visit and for more information.


Juniors and sophomores: Consider attending the Illinois Regional College Fair at CLC on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. There will be more than 150 colleges across the nation attending. To register, and to see the list of colleges in attendance, check out this link:

Attention seniors: Thursday is the Local Scholarship Packet deadline. Turn in your packet to the College Career Center (Room 1123). If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn.


If you’re on a Patriot sports team and haven’t attended a required 30-minute Student-Athlete Meeting yet, your next chance is Thursday from 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center. (Thursday is a late-arrival day). Any athlete who has not attended a meeting yet should be there. Attendance will be taken, so make sure you bring your student ID. The last student-athlete meeting will be held Thursday, April 20.

The Chicago Sky is holding its annual High School Team of the Year contest, and Stevenson’s varsity girls basketball squad is in the running. Online voting runs through Saturday, April 22 at The High School Team of the Year will receive a complimentary basketball clinic led by Sky coaches and players, and the opportunity to host the Sky’s 50/50 charity raffle to raise funds for its team and athletic department. The winner will be announced at halftime of Opening Night on Friday, May 19.

Could the boys swimming and diving team have the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore area Athlete of the Month for a second straight month? You will decide. Sophomore Topher Stensby has been nominated for the Tribune’s Athlete of the Month award for March. His teammate, senior Matthew Krames, won the honor for February. You can vote here from multiple devices. Voting ends this week.


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