Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Two Robotics Teams Qualify for State

Two of Stevenson’s four teams that competed at the Niles Township District 219 VEX Robotics Competition on Sunday came home with awards and berths in February’s state competition.

The “PID PID Moose” team of senior Abby Starr, juniors Ethan Gordon, Erik Rademacher and Beulah Lee, and sophomores Rahul Subramanian and Pranav Putta were part of the winning alliance. They also came home with the Design Award, presented to the team that demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management, and team organization. There were 42 teams in the competition.

The other state-qualifying team, “Chimera,” earned a Tournament Finalist Award after being part of the seventh-seeded alliance that made it all the way to the championship round. Chimera’s roster included seniors Elliot Segal and Ryan Mitchell, and juniors Alan Tokarsky, Jacob Shupak, Joshua Kulick and Jonathan Distel.

Political Action Club Plans “Petition Palooza” Wednesday

Students and other community members who want to get more involved with the political process are invited to the Political Action Club’s “Petition Palooza” from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2104 of the West Building.

The event will provide those who attend with an opportunity to meet campaign representatives and candidates from both parties running for a variety of offices, and a chance to sign their nominating petitions. The club has invited a wide range of potential candidates and campaigns to attend, ranging from the governor’s race to congressional, state-level and county board races.

In addition, voter registration will be available for students who are eligible to vote in the March 20 primary election. To be eligible, students must turn 18 by Nov. 6, 2018 and be a U.S. citizen.

Petition Palooza builds on the club’s previous work with State Rep. Carol Sente that led to a law allowing any registered voter (including 17-year-olds eligible to vote in the March primary) to sign and distribute nominating petitions in Illinois.

For more information, contact Political Action Club sponsor Andrew Conneen at


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Sunday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 5, St. Viator 2: The Patriots (17-7) responded with three unanswered goals after the Lions struck first at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. Senior Trevor Hilt had two goals as SHS snapped a three-game losing streak. The first tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period, and he added the eventual game-winner later in the frame. In between, senior Jackson Leptich scored an unassisted goal to give Stevenson a 2-1 advantage. The Pats’ final goals came late in the third period from junior Zach Wesley and senior Michael Dowd. All the assists came from juniors. Adam Offenbach had two, while Zach, Seth Cohen and Carter Devlin each had one. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti made 19 saves for SHS, which outshot St. Viator, 34-21. – Boxscore

Saturday’s Varsity Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Hoffman Estates Sectional: The Patriots finished third at Busse Woods, earning their third consecutive trip to the state meet. SHS will run in the state finals on Saturday at Detweiller Park in Peoria.  In the sectional, Stevenson captured a state berth with room to spare. Coach Maureen LeVanti’s team was third with 132 points, 12 points ahead of Cary-Grove, which also made state. Junior Natalie Sorenson led SHS with a 16th-place finish, covering the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 14.8 seconds. Senior Natalie Sparreo was eight seconds behind in 19th place (18:22.0) and her twin sister, Isabelle, placed 29th (18:38.6). The sectional marked Isabelle’s first action in more than a month. She had been sidelined by injury. Senior Gabriela Jagielo was 34th (18:40.7) and junior Kendall Roberts finished 49th (18:58.1). Also running for Stevenson were sophomore Caimin Xi (64th, 19:14.7) and senior Lauren Appell (72nd, 19:23.7). All seven of Stevenson’s runners participated in last year’s state meet, and all but Caimin and Natalie Sorenson ran at state in 2015. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Boys Cross Country

Stevenson at IHSA Class 3A Hoffman Estates Sectional: Senior Nikita Smyrnov qualified for Saturday’s state meet in Peoria, using a late kick to place ninth among 141 runners. He ran the 3-mile course at Busse Woods in 15:15.5 en route to earning his second consecutive trip to state. Senior Brett Lucas narrowly missed making his first state meet. He placed 16th (15:26.7), five seconds behind the last individual qualifier. Also running for Stevenson were seniors Jacob Sparreo (37th, 15:45.1) and Tim Green (70th, 16:09.8), junior Alex Beckerman (74th, 16:19.3), and seniors Raven Jo (102nd, 16:39.4) and Ethan Simanek (132nd, 17:16.8). – Official Results | Daily Herald


Hinsdale Central 33, Stevenson 21: In Hinsdale, the Patriots (6-4) mounted a second-half rally but were unable to overcome a 26-point deficit in the first round of the IHSA Class 8A playoffs. The Red Devils (8-2), the No. 11 seed in Class 8A, built a 26-0 lead before junior quarterback Cole Okmin connected with senior Alex Capstick on a 50-yard pass play for a touchdown in the third quarter. Sophomore Jean-Marc Etienne added a 2-yard TD run shortly thereafter to close the gap to 26-14. Cole’s 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter concluded the scoring for No. 22 seed SHS, which made its 29th consecutive playoff appearance, the longest active streak in the state. Alex caught four passes for 75 yards in his final game, while classmate Tyler Porzycki had four receptions for 66 yards. Jean-Marc ran for 92 yards on 21 carries. – Daily Herald, Pioneer Press

Boys Ice Hockey

Chicago Bruins Central State 3, Stevenson 1: Junior Seth Cohen scored the game’s opening goal on an assist from classmate Adam Offenbach, but that was the only scoring the Patriots (16-7) could muster at the Addison Ice Arena.


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Showcase Audition Sign-Ups Begin Wednesday

Audition sign-ups for Showcase 2018, the Patriot Parent Association’s annual student variety/talent show, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, and again on Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 8-10. Showcase is looking for singers, dancers, bands, actors, musicians, magicians, emcees, comedians and more. All acts are welcome! Check out the Showcase Facebook page for audition sign-up information and forms. Showcase will be presented Friday and Saturday, March 16-17.


Service Outreach meets every weekday after school in the Lower Glass Commons except for Wednesdays. Every day provides a unique community service opportunity, and is a great way to reach out to local organizations and gain experience. Mondays are Cherished Children, Tuesdays are Bernie’s Book Banks, Thursdays are tutoring at Holmes Middle School, Fridays are Home of the Sparrow, and once a month we have A Just Harvest on Fridays as well. More details about these organizations and how to sign up can be found at


Northern Illinois, Oregon, Louisville and Central Michigan are among the colleges and universities sending representatives to visit Stevenson next week. To see the complete list of college rep visits, and to find out how to sign up for one, visit


The girls bowling team will have an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 2002. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Coach Johnson at


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