Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Juniors Win National Math Contest, $20K Grand Prize

Juniors Albert Cao, Andrew Hwang, Deepak Moparthi, Joshua Yoon and Haoyang Yu won the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge on Monday, taking home the top prize of $20,000 in college scholarships. They were among five teams of finalists who traveled to Moody’s Corporation headquarters in New York City to present solutions to this challenge: Use mathematical modeling to show how the National Park Service can flourish in spite of global change factors expected to affect resources and visits at its 417 national sites. The Stevenson students were joined by their coach, math teacher Paul Kim. Click here to read the Stevenson solution.

“All of us were pretty new to math modeling, so we’re really excited to get this opportunity to work together and collaborate for 14 hours,” Yoon said. “It was just great working with this group of friends. We had so much fun and we are very honored and thankful for this.”

Prior to Monday’s final round, more than 1,100 student-team submissions were assessed by 228 judges from across the country, who then narrowed down the entries to six finalists, six semifinalists and 78 honorable mentions. In total, about eight percent of entrants were distinguished with scholarship prizes.

U.S. News Ranks Stevenson Among Best Again

Stevenson is ranked No. 6 in Illinois and No. 194 in the country in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings released today. Stevenson also is ranked No. 68 nationally in the U.S. News STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) rankings, which is based primarily on participation levels and success on Advanced Placement science and mathematics tests.

Stevenson is once again the highest-ranked open-enrollment school in the state, behind five selective-enrollment institutions in Chicago: Northside College Prep, Payton College Prep, Jones College Prep, Whitney Young and Lane Tech. After Stevenson, the top 10 is rounded out by Hinsdale Central, Lincoln Park, Prospect and Brooks College Prep. Stevenson is the second-ranked STEM school in Illinois, behind No. 59 Libertyville.

Last year, Stevenson was ranked fifth in Illinois, No. 166 nationally and No. 76 in STEM. In 2015, Stevenson was No. 5 in Illinois, No. 191 in the country and No. 46 in STEM.

The top five schools in the national rankings are also selective-enrollment schools. Four of them are charter schools in Arizona run by the BASIS company: No. 1 BASIS Scottsdale, No. 2 BASIS Tucson North, No. 3 BASIS Oro Valley and No. 5 BASIS Peoria. The School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, is No. 4.

U.S. News analyzed federal and state government and private data from the 2014-15 school year for more than 20,487 public high schools across the country, ultimately ranking about 6,000 schools considered to be exemplary. Schools recognized in the rankings were given gold, silver or bronze medal status. Stevenson is a gold-medal winning school. Here is how U.S. News determines its rankings.

History Bowl Team Sixth in Nation

Stevenson students walked away with several awards at the eighth annual National History Bowl and Bee championships held last weekend in Arlington, Virginia.

The varsity History Bowl team of senior Ali Saeed, juniors Chris Muth and Conrad Oberhaus, and freshman Govind Prabhakar placed sixth in the National History Bowl.

In the National History Bee competition, which is an individual competition, Saeed finished 17th in the Varsity Division. In the Junior Varsity Division, Prabhakar placed ninth while fellow freshman David Holmquist was a quarterfinalist.

Prabhakar was second in the Junior Varsity Division of the U.S. History Bee, which focuses on American history, and placed third in the Junior Varsity Division of the International Geography Bee.

Muth finished fourth in the Varsity Division of the National Sports and Entertainment Bee while sophomore Elliott Koriath was fourth in the Junior Varsity Division.

Junior Takes First at State Drafting Competition

Junior Ryan Mitchell won first-place honors in the 3-D Architectural Computer-Aided Design competition at the 40th annual Illinois Drafting Educators Association state drafting competition at Illinois State University on Saturday. Senior Samantha Friedman also took part in the competition, in which students were given specific guidelines to construct a 3-D computer model of a home within two hours.

Senior Third in Congressional Art Contest

Senior Amy Tian finished third in the Drawing category of the 10th Congressional Art Competition held Monday at the Vernon Public Area Library. Her drawing will hang in the office of U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider for the next year.


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Monday’s Varsity Results

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Barrington 9: The visiting Patriots (10-4) won their fifth game in a row. – IHSWLA.org

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Vernon Hills, 22-25, 25-18, 26-24: The Patriots improved to 17-6 on the season behind a team-high 12 kills and two service aces from senior Grant Maleski. Junior Matt Cliffer and senior Hudson Havenhill added six and five kills, respectively. Cliffer added two solo blocks and a block assist. Junior Haddon Kay registered 12 assists and sophomore Will Sorenson had 10. Seniors Danny Orlov and Austin Zhou made five digs apiece.

Boys Water Polo

Stevenson 13, St. Ignatius 6: Senior Andrew Shashin scored five goals and junior Collin Kapecki added three for SHS (21-0) in the Patriot Aquatic Center. – Illpolo.com

Boys Track and Field

Stevenson 99, Mundelein 46; Zion-Benton 72.5, Stevenson 64.5: Senior Noah Lukz won the 100-meter (11.0) and 200-meter (22.6) dashes for the host Patriots (10-1). Senior Jordan Eng won the 300 hurdles (42.0) and classmate Paul Udoni captured the 1,600 (4:33.9).

Girls Soccer

Stevenson 3, Carmel 3: Junior Brianna Van Zanten scored two goals, both assisted by sophomore Hannah Lapeire, who had an unassisted score of her own for the host Patriots (2-5-2). Neither team scored in the first half. – Daily Herald

Boys Lacrosse

Barrington 7, Stevenson 6: Junior Ryan Walsh scored two goals to lead the Patriots (3-6) on the road. Sophomore Cole Okmin and juniors Caleb DiMaria and Austin Masters had one goal and one assist apiece. Seniors Mike Simon and Demetre Crews also scored. Junior Chad Winter recorded 18 saves. Stevenson saw its three-game win streak ended. – @patslax


Warren 14, Stevenson 4: Senior Mic Faunce hit a three-run double for the visiting Patriots (7-11, 2-6), who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Junior Gina Shanley collected two hits.


Libertyville 7, Stevenson 4: Senior Charlie Ling went 2-for-3, stole two bases and scored a run for the host Patriots (10-8, 4-6). Senior Jack Housinger rapped a two-run single, classmate Michael Marchese had an RBI double and sophomore Hayden Brotz hit a sacrifice fly. Junior Matthew Mittelmark (four innings) and sophomore Michael D’Angelo (three innings) gave up only two earned runs. D’Angelo struck out four batters. – GameChanger.com


#SHSConfidenceisBeautiful Starts Wednesday

Peer Helpers is rolling out its annual “body image” campaign starting Wednesday. Keep your eyes open for messages about positive body image, and that what is on the inside is what matters most of all! Peer Helpers has been doing this campaign for the last few years, spreading positive body image awareness to students via bathroom messages. This year, the Peer Helpers is including staff members in the campaign, letting all of them know that inner beauty matters most and confidence is beautiful. Please spread your messages or pictures of positivity with #SHSConfidenceIsBeautiful.

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.

Prom, Post-Prom Ticket Sales End Next Monday

Tickets for the Prom and the post-Prom event at Six Flags Great America are on sale through the Superstore. Tickets for the Prom are $90, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore during sixth hour or online at this link. Prom ticket sales end Monday. Click here to see the 2017 Prom booklet. Tickets for the post-Prom event are $55. The post-Prom event runs from 11:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The school will provide bus transportation from the Prom to Great America, and then back to the school. For details and the required permission slip, click here.

Get Your Tickets Now for the One-Act Plays

The Theatre Department continues its tradition of one-act plays and monologues as its spring production. This year’s one-act shows will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium (Room 2206). Admission is $6. Click here to purchase tickets in advance. Concessions sold at the show will go to the family of Sodexo employee Ana Marinez, whose 13-year-old son was struck and killed by a car on March 31. Donations also will be accepted.

Class of 2018: Schedule Your Senior Portraits

VIP Photography is ready to book your senior portrait session! Times are available as early as May 22, but they fill up fast. Please make an appointment online at studio.il.vipis.com or over the phone at 847-499-9300. Information about photo packages and pricing is available on the VIP website, studio.il.vipis.com. Please see the parent letter and senior portrait brochure for more information regarding available photo times and session information.

Are You a Fan of TED Talks? Watch Them Live Thursday

You can watch a live simulcast of the official TED Conference taking place in Vancouver from the comfort of the Vernon Area Public Library meeting room on Thursday. There are sessions at 4:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. (plus 1 p.m.). Join other TED enthusiasts to experience 18-minute talks from inspiring speakers from around the world. For details on the speaker lineup, visit tedx.vapld.info. The program is free and open to all. Registration is required. Register online, by telephone at 224-543-1485, or in person at any public service desk in the library.

Auditions for Advanced Choir Classes This Week

Do you like to sing? Want to develop your vocal skills and have a great time performing and participating in fun events? Placement auditions for Stevenson’s advanced choir classes (Advanced Choir and Patriot Singers) are happening Wednesday through Saturday. Sign-up sheets and audition information are posted outside the Choir Room (2202). Please contact Mrs. Nuteson (anuteson@d125.org) if you have any questions.

You’re Invited to Apply for National Service Honors

The organization that runs the ugive.org website has some national award opportunities for all students. There are three levels of recognition based on volunteer hours. All you have to do is share a few details and a photo of your service activity completed between June 1, 2016 and now. To apply, visit apply.InspringService.org. Online applications are due by Friday, May 5.


The Horatio Alger Association is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue post-secondary education at a community college or technical school this fall. Eligibility criteria include: Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit, post-secondary institution, show financial need, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, involvement in community service activities, and is a United States citizen. Applications can be found at application.horatioalger.org. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center (Room 1123).

The Waukegan alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. is awarding two scholarships to African-American males who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university. Please stop in the College Career Center (Room 1123) to pick up your application for this scholarship. The application must be submitted by May 15. If you have any questions, see Mrs. McGurn in the College Career Center.


The girls lacrosse team is selling gift certificates to Leider’s Greenhouses in Buffalo Grove to raise money for its annual trips and other activities. Certificates are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, and they do not expire. Click here to download an order form. Order forms must be turned in by Sunday. For more information, contact Caren Keane at carenkeane11@icloud.com.

Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Spring ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through Tuesday, May 2.


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