Monday, April 1, 2019

Stevenson Reaches M3 Challenge Finals Again

For the third year in a row, Stevenson has reached the finals of the 14th annual MathWorks Modeling Challenge in New York City and will compete for the $20,000 top prize. The team of Angela Zhang, Matthew Jalnos, Joey Rivkin, Tony Tan and Josh Tsai will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan to compete against five other teams chosen from among nearly 880 entrants. They will be joined by their coach, mathematics teacher Paul Kim. Josh is a junior and the rest are seniors.

The M3 Challenge is an Internet-based competition in which teams of high school juniors and seniors use their math skills to tackle a real-life problem. The problem remains unknown until participants download it during the 14-hour Challenge weekend, which was March 1-4. The Stevenson contingent reached the finals based on the solution it devised to this year’s problem: Create mathematics models that predict the spread of substance abuse, and how substance use affects some individuals more than others. All teams tackled the problem during a 14-hour period in the first weekend of March.

Stevenson’s finalists will present their solution to a panel of professional applied mathematicians in the final phase of judging on Monday, April 29. No matter what happens at the finals, the quintet will walk away with a minimum of $5,000 in scholarship money. Stevenson won the M3 Challenge and $20,000 grand prize in 2017.

Another group of SHS students competed in the M3 Challenge, and reached the second round of judging. Juniors Eric Gan, Dylan Hu, Richard Liu, Radha Patel and Andrew Zhuang were among 178 teams – about 20 percent – that advanced beyond the opening round.

School Board Election Tuesday

Tuesday is Election Day, with municipal contests throughout Illinois. The District 125 Board of Education features a race among five people for four seats. Incumbents Heena Agrawal, Terry Moons, Amy Neault and David Weisberg are seeking re-election, while Manish (Bobby) Tuli is vying for his first elected post. Election results for all Lake County races will be available at the Lake County Clerk’s website.

SHS Captures Two Color Guard Titles

Stevenson won the varsity and junior varsity divisions at the Midwest Color Guard Circuit competition at Minooka High School on Saturday, March 23. The varsity concludes its season this week at the Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. SHS will compete against 143 schools from the U.S. and abroad.


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Spring Break Varsity Sports Results

The varsity baseball team won the Final Flight Baseball Classic in Tennessee during Spring Break, capping a busy week in which several Patriot sports had contests. Click here for a complete Spring Break varsity sports wrap-up.

Spring Sports Photo Day is Thursday

Visual Image Photography will be taking photos of spring sports teams on Thursday. Parents and guardians can prepay online at Stevenson’s VIP page.

Girls Lacrosse Fundraiser at Chipotle Tuesday

The varsity girls lacrosse team is holding a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Chipotle from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. Bring in this flyer, show it on your phone, or mention Stevenson lacrosse when ordering, and 33 percent of the proceeds will go to the varsity lacrosse team.

Today on NFHS Network

Today’s varsity and junior varsity girls lacrosse games against St. Viator will be streamed live from the Stadium. The JV plays at 5:30, followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.


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Peer Helpers Applications Due by Friday

Peer Helpers is accepting new member applications for the 2019-20 school year. The group is seeking students who demonstrate good character, maturity, responsibility, leadership, empathy, a healthy lifestyle, and show a commitment to peers, school and community. Click here to apply. Applications must be submitted by Friday.

College Essay Workshop for Juniors

Juniors are invited to register for a four-day workshop this summer to improve their college application essays and reduce stress at the start of senior year. The SHS Communication Arts Division is offering its College Essay Workshop four times during summer school: June 4-7 and 17-20, and July 8-11. Visit this link for more information. To enroll, go to the summer school web page.

Order Fashion Show T-Shirts Today

Interested in buying a fashion show T-shirt to support Dress for Success? Today is the last day to order! Use this link to order. The sixth annual fashion show, titled “Life is a Festival,” will be held Thursday, April 18 in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will benefit Dress for Success, a Chicago-based not-for-profit dedicated to helping women gain interview and employment skills. Over the past six years, the fashion show has raised more than $6,000 for the organization. Want to donate more? Contact the faculty coordinator, Christina Erickson, at

What’s For Lunch Today?

You can see the lunch menus for the month of April by visiting You’ll also see the prices of items in both food courts.


The next meeting of FIRE (Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment) will take place at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 2600. All are welcome to attend.


Collabera, an IT and professional staffing services company, is offering two $2,500 scholarships to students planning to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The application deadline is Friday. Click here for details.


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