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Monday, March 23, 2015
Brain Team In Kings Park, NY

On Saturday, the 21st, eight members of the IHS Brain Team journeyed to Kings Park on Long Island for their fifth annual Academic Quizbowl Tournament (KPAQT). Senior Owen Zhang and sophomores Aidan Peck, Andrey Shakhzadyan, and Casey Wetherbee played as Ithaca A, and sophomores James Yoon and Luc Wetherbee and freshmen Jenny Yoon and Eli Zhang played as Ithaca B.

In the morning, Ithaca A maintained an impressive 4-1 record, entering the playoff rounds as a high-ranking seed. Ithaca B had a tougher time, finishing with a 1-4 record, but two of their games were extremely close, down-to-the-last question losses, and a third were against the eventual tournament 2nd place team, so this is nothing to be ashamed about! In the afternoon consolation rounds, Ithaca B continued to play strongly against some competitive teams, finishing the day with a 2-6 record and gaining some valuable experience for some first time competitors! Ithaca A also played strongly, winning three of their five playoff matches and, with a final loss against a team from New York City, a final ranking of 4th place out of 26 teams!

Special congratulations should go to the Wetherbee brothers for both ranking in the top 20% of overall scorers, Luc as number 12 and Casey as number 9.

The team will return to the downstate area next weekend to compete for the second time in Hunter College High School's Prison Bowl, their last big tournament before nationals in May and June!


Thursday, March 12, 2015
Brain Team Wins Again!

     Quarterfinals Team

Five members of the Brain Team went to TC3 on Monday and Thursday to compete in the 38th annual High School Challenge. Sophomores Casey Wetherbee, Daniel Xu, Andrey Shakhzadyan, and James Park, and senior Owen Zhang played against teams from across New York and Pennsylvania to defend the championship earned by last year's HSC Hall of Fame team.

The finals were close, but Ithaca managed to emerge victorious with a 255-235 win against their downstate PA rivals from Delaware Valley - the same team they defeated to win the championship last year! The win earns the team $2000 to use towards travel, registration, and accommodations at the national tournaments in Chicago and Washington, DC for which they have qualified.

The Brain Team will be sending their A and B teams to Kings Park on Long Island on the 21st, and their A team to Manhattan on the 28th for two more competitive tournaments. Check out our Twitter feed (@IHSBrainTeam) to follow our progress and to check out the #QuizBowlClueOfTheDay!

    Finals Team


Tuesday, March 10, 2015
IHS Musical

ticket information

  • General Admission
  • Available online at http://ihsdrama.ticketleap.com/.
  • Tickets can be purchased in person on Tuesday thru Friday, March 17-20, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. in B-3 in Activities Building.
  • Tickets can also be purchased during IHS lunches (periods 3,4,5,6) in the cafeteria on Tuesday thru Friday, March 17-20.

Monday, March 09, 2015
Code Red Robotics Ready for March Regionals

Ithaca High School’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Team 639 Code Red Robotics concluded their six-week build season at midnight on February 17. Since January 3, the 75 Code Red Robotics high school students have worked from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays with approximately 20 local technological experts who act as mentors to build a 120-lb robot to play a game that FIRST provides them with each year. On the first Saturday of January, FIRST released a video animation describing a game that each of the 3,000 FIRST robotics teams will build a robot to play during the following build season. This year’s game, "Recycle Rush", involves stacking recycling totes and bins, and placing pool noodles (representing “litter”) on top.

At midnight, the robot was placed in a bag and sealed up until the team travels to regional competitions, which will be occurring in late March. The team will be attending the Tech Valley Regional Competition in Troy, NY, and the Buckeye Regional Competition in Cleveland, OH (March 20-22 and March 27-29, respectively). If Code Red is on the winning alliance at one of these competitions, they will be eligible to travel to the 2015 FIRST Championships event in St. Louis, MO from April 22 - 25, a feat they have accomplished for the past three years.

To read more about the competition and to see the list of supporters and sponsors, please click here.

For more information about FIRST and Code Red Robotics, please email Ian Krywe or go to www.usfirst.org.