Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

“PID PID Moose” Tracks Way to VEX Robotics Title

A team of SHS students won top honors at the annual Stevenson VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday. The team called “PID PID Moose” not only won the tournament championship, but also captured the robot skills competition and the Excellence Award for best robot.

The PID PID Moose roster included senior Abby Starr, juniors Ethan Gordon, Erik Rademacher and Beulah Lee, and sophomores Rahul Subramanian and Pranav Putta. The group automatically qualified for the Illinois VEX Robotics State Championship at Niles North on Feb. 24, and the CREATE U.S. Open in Council Bluffs, Iowa from April 5-7. Their skills competition score, which combines programming and driving acumen, was the fourth-best in the state this school year.

A second group of SHS students also won an award. “Fresher than Subway,” an all-freshman team comprising Kendrick Boardman, Krethikram Gowrisankar, Sofia Kolobaev, Brandon Lu, Ansh Parekh, William Rademacher and Rushil Vora, won the Judges Award. The award is given for team displays of special attributes, and exemplary effort and perseverance.

Photographer Featured in ARTalks Thursday Night

Professional photographer John Vlahakis, whose work focuses on natural landscapes and the human condition, will discuss his work and career during the next ARTalks presentation, sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation, at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event takes place at the Visiting Artist Gallery in the West Building. Admission to ARTalks is free and open to the public. His exhibition, 3 Perspectives: New York City Street / Of Landscape / Own Nature, will be on display in the Visiting Artist Gallery through Thursday, Feb. 8. Read this article for a description of Vlahakis’ exhibition and to see a sample image.


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Tuesday, Jan. 30 Varsity Results

Girls Basketball

Stevenson 40, Zion-Benton 30: Sophomore Avery King scored all 13 of her points in the first three quarters, including a trio of three-pointers, as the host Patriots (14-11, 9-3 North Suburban Conference) prevailed in the Sports Center. Avery registered eight points in the first half as SHS built a 22-13 lead, then added five more in the third quarter as the Pats extended their lead to 35-18. Senior Klaire Steffens led Stevenson with 14 points. The other players to score for SHS were junior Kristin Hill (seven points) and senior Izzy Paldrmic (six). Zion-Benton is 1-11 in the NSC.

Boys Swimming and Diving

Stevenson 131, Warren 54: Seniors Daniel Ng and Collin Kapecki each won two events as the visiting Patriots (6-1) won 11 of 12 events. Daniel captured the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.06) and 500-yard freestyle (4:52.92), while Collin claimed the 50 free (22.59) and 100 free (49.41). Sophomore Jake Kim and juniors Joseph Song and Phoom Lertsinsongserm each won an event and swam on a winning relay. Jake touched first in the 200 individual medley (2:05.94), and swam a leg of the 200 free relay (1:28.08) with sophomores Nick Comini and AJ Carollo, and junior Topher Stensby. Joseph won the 100 butterfly (53.02), and was part of the 400 free relay (3:15.32) with Nick, Topher and Daniel. Phoom was victorious in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.41), and swam in the 200 medley relay (1:41.23) with Topher and juniors Maxim Ryaguzov and Jacob Minin.

Schartner Heading to County Hall of Fame

Longtime Stevenson soccer coach Mark Schartner will be inducted into the Lake County High Schools Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday. Schartner is the winningest soccer coach in school history, for the boys and girls programs. He has led the Patriot boys for 31 seasons, with a record of 409-195-6, finishing fourth in the state in 2012. Since taking the reins in 1987, Schartner’s squads have captured three sectional championships and 10 regional titles. He also led the girls program for 19 seasons, from 1995 to 2013. During his tenure, the Patriot girls were 225-108-54 with five regional championships. Schartner will be the 21st person associated with Stevenson to make the county hall. Thursday’s induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the College of Lake County men’s basketball game, which tips off at 7:15 p.m. Schartner will not be present for the ceremony. In October, he became the first person from Stevenson inducted into the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


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Odyssey Fine Arts Festival Next Week

Stevenson High School’s Odyssey 2018 will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 6-7. During Odyssey days, hundreds of visiting artists, community volunteers, and distinguished guests descend into the building to teach, perform and help support these exceptional experiences for students.

Odyssey school days begin at 10:15 a.m. and buses will run on the late arrival schedule. At 10:15 a.m., students will report to their regular second-period classroom to receive their daily Odyssey schedule and admission tickets. Students with science classes during periods 1-2a or 2b-3 should go to their science classroom. Morning Tech Campus students should report to the Applied Arts Office (Room 1410). Students who are unscheduled during second period should report to the Wood Commons to pick up their schedules.  

The campus is closed and students may not leave for lunch. Students should prepare to buy lunch or bring their own food to school. Students should wear comfortable clothes that may get dirty, since there is a likelihood they will be in classes in which they are physically active or working with art supplies. All students have the opportunity to see additional Odyssey performances in the Sports Center after they eat. In addition, Chicago artist Natalie Dimitropoulos will be creating sugar spray paint art in the Forum and math teacher David Irsay will be performing on piano throughout the building.  Students with eighth hour free, or any other scheduled reason to leave school early, may exit at their regular time only through the Sports Center or Field House exits.

During Odyssey, students are invited to show the visiting artists and volunteers that they appreciate their participation. Students are encouraged to have fun, participate, and be a respectful audience member. Listen attentively and respond enthusiastically with applause and cheers to show appreciation! Students are asked to turn off their mobile devices and enjoy the live performances and engaging workshops. Let’s give all our presenters and community volunteers a warm Stevenson welcome!

Student Schedule for Both Days of Odyssey

10:15-10:25 a.m. Odyssey Homeroom (second-semester, second period class)
10:35-11:25 a.m. Period 1
11:35 a.m. -12:25 p.m. Period 2 (first lunch period)
12:35-1:25 p.m. Period 3 (second lunch period)
1:35-2:25 p.m. Period 4 (third lunch period)
2:35-3:25 p.m. Period 5


Cultural Cuisine Club is meeting today after school in Room 1406. The club will be making Belgian food.


Attention juniors and seniors: Are you considering attending the College of Lake County? The College Career Center is offering a field trip to CLC on Friday. The field trip will depart at 8:30 a.m. from parking lot B. Students will return to SHS in time for fifth-period lunch. If interested, juniors and seniors should pick up the permission slip at the College Career Center (Room 1123). The trip is limited to 45 juniors and seniors.


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