Friday, May 13, 2022

Get Your Spirit On, Stevenson! “Spring Fling Spirit Week” (With Theme Days!) Starts Next Week

The school year is winding down, but not without plenty of fun activities that will put on just the right kind of exclamation point!

“Spring Fling Spirit Week” kicks off next week, with Theme Days, and a jam-packed Friday that includes a PPA Treat Day with free cupcakes, a Pep Assembly in the Stadium and, the topper, Spring Fling, an end-of-the-school-year celebration where students can socialize and build teams to go head-to-head in kickball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and cricket!

SPIRIT DAYS

Monday: Groutfit (Grey Outfit) Day

Tuesday: Celebrity Merch Day

Wednesday: Jersey Day

Thursday: Beach Day

Friday: Spring Fling Jersey Day Or Stevenson Spirit Wear Day

Senior Raquel Hirsch Won Grand Prize In An Essay Contest About Teacher Bill Fritz

In conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Week last week, State Senator Dan McConchie of the 26th District challenged students in his district, of which many towns in the Stevenson District are included, to write an essay about their most appreciated teacher.

More than 100 essays were submitted and on Wednesday night, the winners were unveiled.

Stevenson senior Raquel Hirsch (pictured right, top) was the grand prize winner in the high school division for her essay on English teacher Bill Fritz (pictured right, bottom). She received a $500 Amazon gift card that can be used for educational supplies.

There were also winners in each grade, from sixth to 12th grade and Stevenson senior Tony Smyrnov won for his essay on Science teacher Sheila Edstrom. An essay about Chinese teacher Li Ye was also the subject of a submitted essay by Stevenson senior Madailein O’Brien.

“It was an honor to celebrate and recognize the students of this year’s essay contest and congratulate them on their winning work,” Sen. McConchie said. “It’s encouraging to see so much enthusiasm and eagerness to recognize the amazing teachers that we have in our schools. Teachers inspire our students and make a positive difference in their lives, and this was just a small and fun way that we could acknowledge all that they do.”

Back-To-Back, Baby! Math Team Wins Second Straight State Title!

The wins piled up all season long for Stevenson’s Math Team. Now, the state championships are starting to do the same.

At the Illinois Council Of Teachers Of Mathematics (ICTM) State Math Contest last week, Stevenson successfully defended its title from last year to record BACK-TO-BACK state championships! The Patriots also finished in first place in the Modeling the Future competition.

Stevenson defeated second-place Whitney Young, 908-885 as two Stevenson grade levels finished in first place for their class. The Freshmen finished as the top mathematicians in the state, led by Jaden Chen, who won first-place honors individually. The sophomores also finished first in state with Angela Guo and Vedant Rathi tied for first place individually. The Juniors finished second in state with Katherine Li winning first-place honors individually. And the Seniors finished in third place as a class, with top-scoring Andrew Liu finishing in seventh place in the state. Among other state champions was the 8-person team comprised of Greycen RenLillian YouAndrew LiuJoy QuKatherine LiBen ChenNathan Ma, and Aayush Kashyap.

Stevenson Math Modeling teams also ended their seasons on a high note. Both teams captured $5,000 in scholarships in the M3Challenge.

The Senior team of Andrew LiuGreycen RenJoy QuGabriel Visotsky and captain Spandan Goel totaled winnings over two years of $10,000 in scholarship money.

The Junior team of Aadit JunejaAayush KashyapNathan MaJack Chen, and captain Collin Fan came away with the top prize in the Modeling the Future Challenge for their paper analyzing homicide rates in Chicago. Together with their M3Challenge winnings, this group has won $30,000 in scholarship money for their work this year.

Stevenson Takes Multiple National Awards At BPA National Leadership Conference

At the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Dallas last week, 19 students competed for Stevenson, which was very well represented on the podium Saturday night at the closing ceremony.

Senior Brandon Li took home the big prize, as the national champion for “Fundamentals of Web Design.” Meanwhile, senior Chinmay Avsarkar was the national runner-up for “Digital Marketing Concepts.”

Stevenson also had five students come away with Top 10 Finishes: Avsarkar for “Digital Communication & Design Concepts,” Aditi BobbaAngela Qian and Saanvi Sharma for “Website Design Team” and Logan Kim for “Digital Communication & Design Concepts.”


The other Stevenson students who competed were: Erum AhmedTristen ArunMaxwell BenjaminBlake DuvallJulia LevenshteynRonit LoddShreyas MishraAditya MehortaAdvaith RamananRenee TiwariSachet VermaAlexander Wang and Fred Yuan.

Student Announcements

Tuesday Morning Drop-Off Change: Parents, Use LOT B ONLY

IMPORTANT: All parents who drive their students to school, please note that on the morning of Tuesday, May 17, ONLY, please drop your student off in Lot B by the Point/Main Entrance. You may access this drop-off area from Route 22. For this one morning only, please do not drop your student off in Lot E as we will be directing all school buses to this lot. We will return to our normal pattern for pick-up areas on Tuesday afternoon.

Zoom Meeting Scheduled For Driver Ed Students On Tuesday

Driver Education Students: For those who are taking Driver Ed during the first semester of next school year (2022-23), please check your e-mail for information about a Zoom Meeting that will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Sophomores Must Attend Meeting With Their Counselors During Monday’s Activity Period

Attention Sophomores: During Monday’s Activity Period, sophomores are required to meet with their counselors, even if they are in a club. Counselor locations are listed here.

Be A Part Of The ISBE Student Advisory Council; Apply Now

Are you interested in education, public policy or public service? Do you also enjoy public speaking, developing presentations, working in a team environment and sharing your student voice? The Student Advisory Council (SAC) of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) might be just the right fit for you.

The ISBE is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Student Advisory Council, which is a year-long, intensive program designed to provide high school students with an opportunity to share their unique perspectives, advocate on behalf of students, and work closely with lawmakers and education professionals to develop innovative solutions that impact Illinois students. Students must be entering the fall semester as a sophomore, junior, or senior to be eligible to serve on the SAC.

Applications are due June 3. For more information, please contact Dr. Leslie Ward at (312) 814-8988 or lward@isbe.net.

Computer Science Club Elections Are Monday After School

Members of the Computer Science Club will be participating in their elections at 3:45 p.m. on Monday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100).

Tweak In Yearbook Pick-Up Schedule For Next Week!

It’s coming…the 2021-22 Yearbook! Yearbooks will be available for pick-up starting on Monday and running through Wednesday during the three lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the College Career Center Lobby.

To make yearbook distribution easier and more orderly, here is the pick-up schedule for next week:

  • Monday: Seniors and Juniors
  • Tuesday: Sophomores and Freshmen
  • Wednesday: Anyone Who Still Needs To Pick Up

Students must have their ID with them to receive their yearbook if they purchased one. If they did not purchase a yearbook, they will be able to at a later date (TBD) at the Patriot School Store.

Patriot Sports News

“We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do!” Try Out For Next Year’s Stevenson Cheer!

Want to cheer for the Stevenson Patriots? Tryout dates for the 2022-23 cheerleading teams are:

May 16: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores through seniors)

May 17: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen)

May 17: 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Rising sophomores through seniors)

May 18: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores through seniors)

May 19: 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Team Announcements)

** All tryouts are in the Wood Commons.

** To register for tryouts, please click here.

NOTE: Please wear black shorts, a black shirt, and athletic shoes. If you wear your hair back in a bow, it should be a black or white bow.

Athletic Results

Girls Track and Field: The Patriots traveled to Buffalo Grove for the Sectional round of the state series on a hot and humid evening. Stevenson came in fifth place as a team with 37 points. Ella O’Neall continued her successes at the sectional, becoming the champion in both the shot put and discus with distances of 13.83 and 37.90, respectively. That qualified her for the IHSA Class 3A State Meet next weekend at Eastern Illinois University. The 4×100 meter relay team of Alex WuEve TraficantiAva Mecir, and Ava Wilson came in third place with a time of 50.50 in their final race of the season.

Girls Water Polo: Stevenson (29-1-1, 4-0) traveled to Buffalo Grove to take on Highland Park in the sectional quarterfinals and won, 16-2. Next up for the Patriots is the sectional semifinals at 7:30 p.m. tonight against Buffalo Grove.

Allied Soccer: Stevenson defeated Lake Zurich, 6-4. David HaMark BradyTrey Miller, and John Falcon each scored 1 goal. Sam Garmash and Gile Pomponi contributed to the team with their tenacious defense and goalies Shephia Zhou and Leo Reinoso both dominated in the goal. Next up for the Patriots is the four-team “Allies For Allied” tournament hosted by Stevenson at the Stadium next Saturday, May 21. Games start at 9 a.m.

Boys Track and Field: Stevenson visited Libertyville to compete in the North Suburban Conference Championships. The Patriots finished in fourth place overall with Jimmy Davis taking first place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.5. Marcus Caselberry also took first in his event. The 4×100 meter relay team of Zach GoldmanMarcus CaselberryKeegan Latulippe and Davis took first place with a time of 43.42. Mark Hellwig dominated once again in the high jump with a height of 6-foot-4.75. Next up for the Patriots is the sectional at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Grayslake Central High School.

Girls Soccer: The Patriots dropped their final contest to Carmel, 3-0, but ended the 2022 regular season as conference champions with a final record of 14-2-1, 6-0-1 in the NSC. The playoffs start on Tuesday as Stevenson hosts a regional match at 5 p.m. against Buffalo Grove.

Education News

A Nonspeaking Valedictorian With Autism Gives Her College’s Commencement Speech

She didn’t say a word — and that only made her message resonate more powerfully. Valedictorian Elizabeth Bonker recently delivered the commencement speech at Rollins College in Florida, urging her classmates to serve others and embrace the power of sharing.

Students Need Summer Learning That Doesn’t Feel Like School

For many, last summer focused on lost learning; this summer should focus on making sure kids are ready and well when next year starts.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 13: AP Exams

May 13-14: Badminton State Finals

May 13-14: Boys Gymnastics State Finals

May 13: Improv Performance

May 16-20: Spring Fling Spirit Week

May 16: Activity Period: Counselor Visits

May 16: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

May 17: Consortium Art Festival And Reception

May 20: Pep Assembly

May 20: Spring Fling

May 20: SNN Film Festival

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Party Time, Seniors! Last Day To Get Early-Bird Senior Carnival Tickets Is Tomorrow

The Senior Class Carnival, a private party for seniors with rides, games and food, is right around the corner, and tickets are on sale.

This three-hour carnival will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 behind Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills at Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue (JC Penney parking area). The Early-Bird Price of $50 is good until tomorrow. Tickets will be $55 after tomorrow. Tickets include 15 food tickets, 15 game tickets and unlimited rides.
Just scan the QR code to the right or use this link to purchase tickets.

Stevenson’s Only Comedy Troupe Will Make You LOL!

Get ready for a night of big laughs as Stevenson’s only comedy troupe, the “Failed Presidential Candidates” Improv Comedy Show, is set to crack up the audience with a free live event at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night in the Little Theatre.

The troupe includes 30 of Stevenson’s funniest students, who will give an original performance that can never be duplicated or seen again! The show is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

“Failed Presidential Candidates” performs completely improvised shows multiple times a year, including at school and at community events. Each semester ends with a high-paced, action-packed comedy showcase, guaranteed to leave audiences and performers laughing. At weekly rehearsals, the team develops improv skills, including taking risks, saying “yes and,” developing characters and scene work. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to try new things, play hard and collaborate with the team.

For those who cannot attend in person, the event can be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo page.

Arul, Sun In The Running For One Of Top Awards For High School Students In The Nation

From the approximately 3.7 million graduating high school seniors in America, approximately 5,000 were identified as candidates for one of the most prestigious national awards designated on an annual basis by the U.S. Department Of Education: The Presidential Scholars Award.

That list eventually gets cut down to about 600 national semifinalists. Stevenson seniors Samarth Arul and Jasmine Sun are two of those semifinalists.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars is now reviewing the applications of all of the semifinalists and will select up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. U.S. Presidential Scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program in June. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

For a list of the 2022 Semifinalists, please click here and then click on “2022 Semifinalists.”

Student Announcements

Seniors: Make Sure Your Calendar Includes These Events!

Seniors, you’ve got some important dates coming up! We’ll run this reminder list regularly for you between now and Graduation!

May 18

Cap-And-Gown Pick-up ~ Final Day

All Three Lunch Periods; Outside Student Activities Office

May 26

Senior Party/Carnival

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Behind Hawthorne Mall, Vernon Hills

May 27

Graduation Rehearsal

8 a.m., Fieldhouse

May 27

Class Of 2022 Commencement

5 p.m., NOW Arena, Hoffman Estates

For more details: Please visit the Seniors: Class Of 2022 Page at d125.org

Tuesday Morning Drop-Off Change: Parents, Use LOT B ONLY

IMPORTANT: All parents who drive their students to school, note that on the morning of Tuesday, May 17, ONLY, please drop your student off in Lot B by the Point/Main Entrance. You may access this drop-off area from Route 22. For this one morning only, please do not drop your student off in Lot E as we will be directing all school buses to this lot. We will return to our normal pattern for pick-up areas on Tuesday afternoon.

Spring Band Concert Continues Tonight

It’s a two-day band extravaganza, which is fitting for the final band performance of the school year. At the Spring Band Concert, held in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. both last night and tonight, band classes are performing some of the most advanced compositions they’ve performed this year.

Tonight, members of the Honor, Advanced Symphonic, and Symphonic Bands will be in the spotlight. For those unable to attend the concert, it may be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

Juniors: University Of North Carolina Offers A Scholarship That Includes Four Years Of Tuition And Expenses; Apply Now!

Juniors: Interested in being a Tar Heel? The University of North Carolina offers a merit-based award called “The Morehead-Cain Award,” the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country. It recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. The award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience.

Stevenson is allowed to nominate two students from the Class of 2023. Interested rising seniors may utilize the nomination materials (applicants can make a copy of this document to fill it out electronically). The deadline to return nomination forms is Thursday, May 26. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Oct. 1.

Pick Up Your Yearbook Next Week!

It’s coming…the 2021-22 Yearbook! Yearbooks will be available for pick-up starting on Monday and running through Wednesday during the three lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the College Career Center Lobby. Students must have their ID with them to receive their yearbook if they purchased one. If they did not purchase a yearbook, they will be able to at a later date (date to be determined) at the Patriot School Store.

Patriot Sports News

“We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do!” Try Out For Next Year’s Stevenson Cheer!

Want to cheer for the Stevenson Patriots? Tryout dates for the 2022-23 cheerleading teams are:

May 16: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores through seniors)

May 17: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen)

May 17: 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Rising sophomores through seniors)

May 18: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores through seniors)

May 19: 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Team Announcements)

** All tryouts are in the Wood Commons.

** To register for tryouts, please click here.

NOTE: Please wear black shorts, a black shirt, and athletic shoes. If you wear your hair back in a bow, it should be a black or white bow.

Deadline For Spring Sports ESPPA Nominations Is Tomorrow

The Athletic Department is asking that you please take the time to nominate a Stevenson team or individual for the “Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award” (ESPPA’s) for spring sports. Spring Sports Awards will be at 7 p.m. on May 23. Nominations are needed to decide the winners. Check out the nomination form and recommend your favorite event/individual for each award. The deadline to nominate is tomorrow.

Athletic Results

Boys Water Polo: Stevenson (17-7, 4-0) started the IHSA playoffs this week at sectionals against Lake Forest and won convincingly, 22-4. Goalies Armaan Gill and Mark Younan had 9 and 4 saves, respectively. Attacker Max Lapointe-St. Georges led the team with 4 goals followed by Andrew MossmanKunal Rajadhyax (3 assists) and Filip Wal, who each had 3 goals. Olin Kusevskis and Jacob Whiting each had 2 goals. And Angelos Koutsogeorgas (3 steals), Jack Curtin (3 Assists), Liam O’DonnellTamer Dalloul and Sully Swanson each contributed 1 goal. Next up for Stevenson is the sectional semifinals against Deerfield tomorrow at Buffalo Grove beginning at 5 p.m.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (14-3, 6-0) hosted Mundelein on Senior Night and won big, 6-1. Caden Zhao in the No. 2 singles spot rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. No. 3 singles player Thomas Guterson also got a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Stevenson’s doubles teams all won convincingly, going 4-0. The No. 1 team of Gabe Visotsky and Daniel Jaworski overpowered their opponents, 6-1, 6-0. The No. 2 team of Rithvik Mandumula and Owen Hayden breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 win. The No. 3 team of Alex Shpakov and Sam Cohan got a 6-1, 6-0 upset win. Next up for the Patriots is the NSC Championship at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Vernon Hills High School and Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Girls Softball: The Patriots (8-10, 5-5) suffered a loss last night against Grant, 12-4. Olivia Ringham was on the mound to start. She went 1⅓ innings, allowing 6 runs on 4 hits. Aubrey Jepson threw 5⅔ innings in relief out of the bullpen. Sophia Becker and Hailey Langer each managed 2 hits to lead Stevenson. Next up for the Patriots is a home game against Warren at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (29-4, 6-0) hosted Lake Zurich and won convincingly, 25-19, 25-6. Libero Murad Shahzadah led the team in digs with 11, while Karl Lutz had a team-high of 3 aces. Outside hitter Eric Hartman had 4 kills, 3 block assists, and two digs while Christian Headley had 3 kills, 3 block assists, and 2 digs. Setter Daniel Nuudel had 15 assists accompanied by 2 digs. Chris Ehler, who was presented with the NSC Sportsmanship Award, had 3 kills and 1 solo block. Next up for Stevenson is a nonconference match against Grant at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots (12-3, 4-1) hosted conference opponent Warren on Senior Night and won, 14-10. Junior Lili Sorenson led the team with 7 goals and 2 assists, while Teagan Hendricks scored 3 goals and Ria Sharma contributed 2 goals. Goalie Megan Randol owned the net with 12 saves. Next up for Stevenson is a home matchup against Lincoln-Way Central at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Stadium.

Boys Lacrosse: Stevenson (12-4, 3-2) traveled to Gurnee to take on conference opponent Warren and lost to a Top 5 team, 20-3. Colin Livesay scored 2 goals while Ryan Hynes scored 1 goal. Justin Lucas went 15-for-21 (71 percent) from the Faceoff X. Next up for the Patriots is a home match against Hersey at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Education News

Chicago Public Schools Partners With Lady Gaga Foundation To Tackle Depression, Mental Health Issues Among Students

Please Stay is focused on promoting dialogue around mental health support for seventh to 12th grade students. The suicide prevention program, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness month, was created by pop singer Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation and mental health grassroots organization Find Your Anchor. The campaign offers schools materials to tackle mental health issues and promote self-care among students.

How False Reports Of Homework Overload In America Have Spread So Far

Confusing debate suggests homework is too much when it’s often too little.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 12-13: AP Exams

May 12: Spring Band Concert

May 12-14: Badminton State Finals

May 13-14: Boys Gymnastics State Finals

May 13: Improv Performance

May 16: Activity Period: Counselor Visits

May 16: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

May 17: Consortium Art Festival And Reception

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Operation Snowball, a national drug and alcohol prevention program designed by students in 1977, is a favorite among students at Stevenson. While Stevenson’s version of the event is aligned with the goal of promoting healthy risk-taking among teens, Operation Snowball is so much more than that.

“It’s important for Stevenson to give students a chance to take healthy risks. This is our mantra for Operation Snowball. But also, in a school this big, I think it’s equally important that you meet and make friends with people you don’t normally hang out with,” says Lily Upadhyay, a senior and student-leader of Operation Snowball.

Historically, Operation Snowball has been a two-night getaway retreat where students could participate in group activities throughout the day and bond with one another. Upadhyay first got involved with Operation Snowball as a freshman looking to branch out and experience something new with people she didn’t know. Little did she know how much of an impact that would have on her high school journey.

For more about Upadhyay, please check out “Stories Of Stevenson” on Facebook and Instagram.

Robotics Club Proves To Be A Top Innovator…In The World!!

There were more than 800 teams. In 10 divisions. And they came from all over the world.

And when the dust cleared at the recent, two-day VEX Robotics Worlds Competition in Dallas, the Stevenson Robotics Club was standing tall!

Team 1965Y, X-Drive, made up of senior members Andrei NistorJosh NeelaNeil ThakkerIyad HamidAdam Taylor, and Tanmay Panchporreceived the Innovation Award for their robot. The award recognizes a team that has demonstrated a strong combination of ingenuity and innovation in designing their VEX robot. Additionally, it recognizes a specific, unique piece of engineering that exemplifies thinking outside of the box and innovative engineering design.

Journalism Students Place Well At International Competition

A large group of journalism students represented Stevenson well in the recent Youth Journalism International writing, editing, design and photography contest, which drew hundreds of entries from around the world.

The nonprofit Youth Journalism International has been educating the next generation of news professionals since 1994. It is a 501(c)(3) educational public charity.

Here are results from Stevenson’s top finishers, complete with comments from the judges:

Feature Writing, Team Reporting

  • First PlaceSenior Bayarmaa Bat-Erdene, junior Helen Oriatti-Bruns, junior Surya Sethi and junior Advay Voleti for “Saluting Service.”

“Well written and poignant. We learned about a certain type of student who believes strongly that service to their country is a primary part of their education. We were struck by the dedication and the practicality of these young people – paying it forward – and paying it back.”

  • Honorable Mention: Junior Nick Corso, senior Victoria Feng, senior Alison Wade and sophomore Dayna Roberts for “Stepping into Stress.”

In-Depth Reporting By A Team

  • Second Place: Senior Vaasu Kakuturu, junior Kelly Liu, junior Surya Sethi and junior Ava Winber for “Making Ends Meet.”

“An excellent topic that incorporated statistics well. The interviews helped bring to light an issue for a minority at the school. Well-written with a great arc that starts with the personal and then moves on to larger facts.”

Editorials

  • Honorable Mention: Statesman, for “Connections, not Consequences.”

“This takes a no-nonsense approach to tackling the issue of discipline and inequity. Interesting topic, nice writing.”

Sports Feature Story, Team Reporting

  • First PlaceSophomore Jennifer Huang, senior Jasmine Sun and sophomore Elizabeth Yuan for “Coaching Potential.”

“These reporters clearly took the time to merge the text with some visuals and the story and the reader benefits. Really excellent opening graph which sets up the story well. Nice work weaving in the different quotes from the director of athletics, the coach and player. We would have liked to know more about the team. How did it perform? What impact did he have on its success on and off the court?”

  • Second Place: Junior Kelly Liu, junior Shannon Moser and senior Sophia Ismail for “Leveling the Playing Field.”

“We liked how Kelly used graphics to emphasize key takeaways for the reader. Good job including supporting facts to back up what some of your interview subjects said. Powerful quotes. Consider interviewing additional people such as male athletes and other coaches to provide context and balance on your story’s important topic.”

Sports News Story by a Team

  • First Place: Senior Natalie King and junior Shannon Moser for “Fish Out of Water.”

“A concise and clear reflection on the consequences of the pandemic on swim teams. Very well written.”

Illustrations

  • Honorable Mention: Senior Sophia Ismail for “Pursuit of Profit.”

“Sharp, clean style. The graphic nature of the illustration shows a developing mastery of digital illustration software and editorial concepts.”

Student Announcements

Tick-Tock: Deadline To Register For Summer School Is Quickly Approaching!

If you are interested in attending summer school at Stevenson, you can still register online. However, the regular registration window has ended. Late registrations for summer school will be accepted up until 4 p.m. on June 3, on a space-available basis. Late fees will be applied.

The tuition fees (and additional lab, book, and/or field trip fees where appropriate) are listed in the course description. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Please contact the summer school office at (847) 415-4520 or via e-mail at summerschoolreg@d125.org with questions.

Spring Band Concert Is A Two-Day Affair; Features Advanced Compositions

It’s a two-day band extravaganza, which is fitting for the final band performance of the school year. At the Spring Band Concert, held in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow, band classes will perform some of the most advanced compositions they’ve performed this year.

Tonight, members of the Concert Band and Freshman Band will explore “programmatic music.” Tomorrow, members of the Honor, Advanced Symphonic, and Symphonic Bands will tackle some of the most challenging band repertoire available. Plus a few surprises are on tap!


For those unable to attend the concerts in person, they may be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

Yum! Bake Sale Is Today!

Don’t miss out today! It’s the last Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale of the year! Everything is $1 and cash or Patriot Dollars are accepted, but you can make it through the line quickest with cash! The Bake Sale starts immediately after sixth period in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons.

IGC To Take On The Streets Of New Capenna Tomorrow After School

Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic: The Gathering Sealed Event for the Streets of New Capenna Magic set tomorrow after school in Room 7116. To join, the cost is $5 (you may use your Student ID to pay), and students will receive six packs to create a deck and play against their friends. Students must be able to stay until 5:30 p.m. to participate. Please e-mail RFedewa@d125.org with any questions! New members are always welcome!

Patriot Sports News

Seeking Perfection! Undefeated Badminton Team Looks For Fourth State Championship!

It’s been a season with a lot of “perfects.”

The badminton team currently sits at a perfect 16-0…after winning its sectional championship earlier this month to qualify for state, with a perfect score of 18.

Now, the Patriots, who have a total of 21 sectional titles in program history, are looking for the ultimate perfect ending to their season. They will be at Hinsdale South High School in Darien starting tomorrow and running through Saturday to compete at the IHSA State Badminton Finals.

Anvi Harish and Meha Krishnareddigari are representing Stevenson in the singles bracket while the teams of Ellie Ouyang and Nancy Zhang and Ema Akutsu and Katherine Li are representing Stevenson in the doubles bracket.

Stevenson is vying for its fourth state championship in school history. The Patriots first won in 2012 and also won state titles in 2017 and 2018 under current coach Grant Johnson. Stevenson has also finished as the state runner-up twice. In fact, the Patriots have done that in both of the most recent two state finals: 2019 and 2021.

Three Boys Gymnasts Qualify For State Meet This Weekend!

The season continues for three Stevenson gymnasts, who qualified for this weekend’s IHSA State Meet at Hoffman Estates High School!

Santi Gonzalez (still rings), Finlay Oyston (still rings, vault, and high bar) and Thor Mace (all-around, floor, pommel horse, high bar, vault, still rings, and parallel bars) are Stevenson’s qualifiers.

Individual Prelims and the All-Around Championship will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday while Team and Individual Finals will begin at Noon on Saturday. The meet will be streamed by the NFHS Network.

Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at GoFan: Friday ticketsSaturday tickets.

Get Some Stevenson Gear Today!

The Sports Boosters will be holding their annual end-of-the-year “Flash Sale” today from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Garden near the southwest entrance to the Stadium. Stop by on your way to watch boys volleyball against conference opponent Lake Zurich in the Sportscenter at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., or girls lacrosse in the Stadium against Warren at 6:30 p.m. Cash, check, and credit are accepted.

“We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do!” Try Out For Next Year’s Stevenson Cheer!

Want to cheer for the Stevenson Patriots? Tryout dates for the 2022-23 cheerleading teams are:

May 16: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores through seniors)

May 17: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen)

May 17: 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Rising sophomores through seniors)

May 18: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores through seniors)

May 19: 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Team Announcements)

** All tryouts are in the Wood Commons.

** To register for tryouts, please click here.

NOTE: Please wear black shorts, a black shirt, and athletic shoes. If you wear your hair back in a bow, it should be a black or white bow.

Nominate A Stevenson All-Time Great To The Athletic Hall Of Fame

The Athletic Department recently honored its Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2020 and 2021, but is already thinking about inductees for the Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2022. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday. Please click here to nominate.

Athletic Results

Baseball: Stevenson (22-6, 8-3) traveled to Lake Zurich and won in the final inning, 5-4. Daniel Cabrales started the game for the Patriots, allowing 2 hits and 1 run over 3⅓ innings, striking out 1 batter and walking none. Jonas Salgado threw 2⅔ innings in relief and Michael Belbot earned the win, surrendering no runs on no hits over one inning. He also finished with 2 strikeouts and no walks. Owen Housinger and Luca Morelli each collected 2 hits to lead Stevenson in the matchup. Next up for the Patriots is a doubleheader on Saturday at St. Viator, starting at 10 a.m.

Softball: The Patriots (8-9, 5-5) hosted Waukegan and won, 7-2. Aubrey Jepson pitched seven innings and surrendered 2 runs on 6 hits over seven innings, striking out 13. Abbie LewisMichaela Duffy, and Megan Orgler combined to drive in 5 runs. Leading the Patriots in hitting was Reagan Koenigs with 2 hits in 4 at-bats. Next up for Stevenson is a home game against Grant at 4:45 p.m. tonight.

Education News

Forget Unpaid Internships. Instead, Colleges Should Offer Work-Based Courses.

What if students could earn work experience, wages and university credits at the same time? Sounds too good to be true? Not really. Colleges have already come up with a model for this by offering work-based courses, which pair students with businesses and other organizations to solve real-world problems.

Some Rural Schools Are Dipping Into Savings To Keep Up With Inflation

The rising cost of fuel, energy and food are straining rural school districts’ already tight budgets. Many districts fear what continued inflation could mean for programming, upkeep and even staffing.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 11-13: AP Exams

May 11-12: Spring Band Concert

May 11: PPA Bake Sale

May 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

May 13: Improv Performance

May 16: Activity Period: Counselor Visits

May 16: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

May 17: Consortium Art Festival And Reception

Monday, May 9, 2022

Stevenson Foundation Awards Nearly $67,000 In Scholarships At Scholars Reception!

Thanks to generous families and organizations in the Stevenson community, 34 graduating seniors last month were awarded $66,500 in scholarships at the Stevenson Foundation’s 15th Annual Scholars Reception.

Student recipients and their families celebrated with scholarship donors and representatives in the Glass Commons. To view a complete list of this year’s scholarships and recipients, visit: StevensonFoundation.org/scholarshipwinners.

Student Announcements

Interested In Color Guard For Fall Of 2022? Clinics Coming Up; Sign Up Now!

Like the pomp and circumstance of Friday Night Football Games? Want to be a part of the action, without having to lace up cleats, wear a helmet or lay a tackle on someone? Then consider joining Stevenson’s Color Guard for the upcoming Fall 2022 Season. The Color Guard focuses on performing alongside the Marching Patriots and is open to anyone. Color Guard performs at halftime of home football games, home basketball games and in parades. Color Guard will be conducting two clinics later this month for students interested in joining for next year: Tuesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Wood Commons (enter from Lot B). Wear athletic clothing, gym shoes and bring a water bottle. No prior experience is necessary but please fill out this form if you are interested. Filling out the form is not a commitment, it simply helps the staff gauge interest. Color Guard typically practices two evenings a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer, varies when school starts) from June through October.

Get Your Allied Soccer Swag And Join The Celebration!

Show your support for the Allied Soccer Team with its newest swag!! Orders are due by midnight on Wednesday. Then…wear your swag on May 21 to the “Allies for Allied Celebration” in the Stadium with games starting at 9 a.m. and festivities to start in the early afternoon, after the games end.

Registration Deadline To Audition For Next Year’s Dance Companies Is Tomorrow

Just a reminder, open auditions for the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies for current students and incoming freshmen will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 2010. Interested students should register by tomorrow. They will then be sent (via e-mail) a video phrase to learn. At the auditions, students will review and perform the video phrase. They should also come prepared to perform a 45- to 60-second solo of their own choreography.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Baseball: The Patriots (20-6, 6-3) played a doubleheader against Antioch and took both wins. In game one, with the score tied 4-4, Bryan Park’s sacrifice fly scored 1 run, creating a 5-4 walk-off victory for Stevenson. Brett Gaynor started on the mound for the Patriots, allowing 3 hits and 1 run over five innings while striking out 7 batters. Daniel Cabrales earned the win, allowing 1 hit and no runs over 2/3 of an inning. He struck out 1 batter and walked one. Jordan Skolmar and Joe Richardson had 2 hits each to lead the Patriots. In game two, Stevenson blanked Antioch 12-0 with Chris Iannunzzi throwing a gem by allowing no runs. Owen Housinger, Park, Iannunzzi and Richardson all managed multiple hits for the Patriots with Housinger going 3-for-3 at the plate. Next up for the Patriots is Lake Zurich at home on the Varsity Baseball Field at 4:45 p.m. today.

Softball: The Patriots (7-8, 4-4) fell to Elk Grove, 8-0 on Saturday. Elle Ruchim singled in the first inning and Lexi Gitler went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Stevenson in hits. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Zion-Benton at 4:45 p.m. today.

Volleyball: The Patriots (28-4, 5-0) traveled to Glenbrook North for their annual Invite, going 3-2 on the weekend. Libero Murad Shahzadah combined for 34 digs over the tournament. Karl Lutz had a total of 24 kills, 11 digs, 2 block assists and one solo block. Sam Nuudel combined for 34 kills.

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots (12-3, 3-1) defeated Fremd, 14-9. Ryan Hynes had 6 goals and 2 assists, while Colin Livesay contributed 4 goals and 3 assists and Caleb Lee added 3 goals and 1 assist. Rounding out the scorers for Stevenson was Ethan O’Gradney with 1 goal. Justin Lucas boosted the Patriots with 2 assists and was 80 percent at the Faceoff X. Monty Hashemi and Andrew Kim both added 1 assist each. Finally, Jonathan Adler got his third start in goal, playing his second full game in the net, and picked up his second win. Next up for the Patriots is Warren at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Girls Soccer: On Friday night, the Patriots (13-1-1, 5-0-1) honored their 6 seniors ~ Ella HongKaitlyn HongJohanna JakobsonLily MahdahvianBrynn Stein and Elli Pease for their hard work and dedication to the Stevenson soccer program. In addition to the senior festivities, the team defeated NSC opponent Lake Zurich, 4-1. Ellie Egeland led off the scoring in the fourth minute, assisted by Mimi Van Zanten. During the second half, Bella Chavez found the back of the net, assisted by Stein. Then, Van Zanten scored, assisted by Hailey Livesay. Ella Hong closed the match with a goal, assisted by her sister, Kaitlyn Hong. The Patriots play for the North Suburban Conference title against Libertyville at 6:30 p.m. today in the Stadium.

Girls Water Polo: The Patriots won their home Quad Tournament Saturday, finishing the regular season 28-1-1. Stevenson defeated Hersey,14-5. Becca Stone (3 steals) and Elizabeth White (4 assists) both had 3 goals apiece. Sophia Berger had 3 steals. Goalie Katie Delaney had 9 blocked shots. Stevenson went on to defeat Whitney Young, 13-6. Again, White was dominant at the wing with 3 goals. Caroline Rutcosky had 3 steals and Delaney had 2 blocked shots. In the final match on the day, Stevenson defeated Naperville Central, 15-7. White had 4 goals. Belle Cloeter had 4 assists and 5 forced errors. Delaney had control over the goal all day with a total of 20 blocked shots. The Patriots enter the state playoffs on Thursday at Buffalo Grove High School at 5 p.m. They will play the winner of Highland Park and Warren in the Sectional Quarterfinal.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots propelled themselves to a third-place finish in the Deerfield Invite against some of the top teams in the State. Stevenson’s No. 1 and No. 2 singles were in the same draw as were the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and No. 3 and No. 4 doubles in a combined draw. In No. 1/2 Singles, Nick Stec placed 11th/12th. Dustin Zhao placed 9th/10th. At No. 1/2 doubles, Gabe Visotsky and Gautham Kappaganthula placed fourth and Ervin Perkowski and Daniel Jaworski placed 9th/10th. In No. 3/4 doubles Sammy Cohan and Alex Jang came in third place, while Rithvik Mandumula and Owen Hayden received fourth place. Next up for the tennis team is Glenbrook North at 4:45 p.m. today at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Education News

Inside Elite Transfer Admissions: From Community College To University Of Virginia

More prestigious schools, including the University of Virginia, are seeing transfers as an engine of diversity.

15 Of The Wildest, Wackiest College Classes Taught In America Today

Courses on Harry Potter, ice cream and serial killer Ted Bundy are among the ‘unique’ offerings

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 9-13: AP Exams

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

May 11-12: Spring Band Concert

May 11: PPA Bake Sale

May 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

May 13: Improv Performance

May 13: Patriot Theatre Company Awards

May 16: Activity Period: Counselor Visits

May 16: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Friday, May 6, 2022

What A Catch! Bass Fishing Dominates Sectional ~ Headed To State!

Taking first and second place, Stevenson’s Bass Fishing Team dominated Thursday’s Chain O’ Lakes South Sectional and will now be moving on to the IHSA State Finals later this month — the third state finals appearance in program history. This was also the first time that Stevenson has earned both first and second place at the sectional.

Stevenson was the only school to weigh in a five-fish limit at the event and both teams did so. Liam Plautz and Matthew Qualich finished in first with 9.6 pounds, a full five pounds over the third-place team. Meanwhile, teammates Charlie Grisamore and John Wall finished in second place at 6.7 pounds.

Now, Stevenson is headed to downstate Carlyle, which is near St. Louis, for the IHSA State Finals on May 18. The program has also previously qualified two boats for the ICASSTT State Tournament and one boat for the IBN State Tournament.

Chicago Bears Honor Transitions Teacher Bre Quaritsch For “Going Above And Beyond”

As a grade schooler in her hometown of Palatine, Bre Quaritsch (right) was drawn to the peer programs that paired students in her classroom with students who had special needs.

“I did an after-school care program and there were some students with disabilities in that program and they were my best friends,” Quaritsch said. “I didn’t see anything different about them, and I think I kind of naturally gravitated to that (in terms of a career interest) as I got older.”

Quaritsch participated in similar programs, such as Best Buddies, as she got older and moved on to Palatine High School. She then majored in special education at Illinois State, and three years ago was hired to help lead Stevenson’s Transitions Program, which provides older students with activities and opportunities to promote a well-planned, meaningful, and achievable post-high school transition.

On Friday morning, Quaritsch walked into the Transitions House on the north side of campus and got the surprise of her young career. Her family, including her parents who quietly flew in from Florida, was on hand, as were her colleagues and students and representatives of the Chicago Bears, along with Bears Mascot Staley, to honor her with the Chicago Bears’ “Classroom Legends,” Powered By CDW award for teachers who “go above and beyond each and every day.”

The Chicago Bears, who select two award-winners each month and got more than 50 nominations for this month, presented Quaritsch with her own customized Bears jersey, a customized keepsake Bears football, tickets to an upcoming Bears event and a $1,000 check in her name that will be for the Transitions Program, which current includes 21 students.

To read the full story on Quaritsch and her award from the Chicago Bears, please click here.

Football Team Helps Cancer Wellness Center Stage Run/Walk Event

The Varsity Football Team woke up bright and early last Sunday to volunteer at the Cancer Wellness Center “Stepping Up to Wellness Run/Walk Event,” which took place at Independence Grove in Libertyville.

The Players helped the Center run a very successful event that has raised more than $245,000 and counting! Through supportive care and education, the Cancer Wellness Center seeks to improve the emotional and physical well-being of those affected by cancer. All programs are offered free of charge.

The WIT Wins Another Major Award

Add another award to the list for The WIT.

The nationally-recognized WIT won runner-up for its 2021 edition in the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker contest. The Pacemaker awards recognize the best literary magazines in the country!

There are three national contests that the WIT typically competes in: ASPA, NSPA, and NCTE. Being a Pacemaker is the highest award a magazine can win at NSPA.

Stevenson’s Model UN Team Cleans Up At Prestigious Competition Last Month at Northwestern

In one of America’s top Model United Nations competitions, held at Northwestern last month, Stevenson’s Model UN team shined. The Patriots rolled up a dozen individual awards, including five Stevenson delegates who won Best Delegate Awards as the first place prize for their various Model UN committees. Overall, Stevenson also won as a team the distinction as “Best Large Delegation,” which is the highest overall team award at the conference.

Student Announcements

Saturday Is “Homers For Heroes” At Stevenson’s Baseball And Softball Games For Military Appreciation Day!

Students Helping Soldiers has been partnering with the Athletic Department all year to bring Military Appreciation Day events to sports contests. There has been “Touchdowns For Troops,” “Hoops For Heroes,” and now there is “Homers For Heroes,” a partnership with the baseball and softball programs.

Just a reminder, “Homers For Heroes” will be tomorrow on campus in conjunction with the baseball team’s game against Antioch and the softball team’s game against Elk Grove. There will be free hotdogs and apple pie for all veterans in military apparel and there will be grilled burgers and other food items available for purchase.

An opening ceremony begins at 11:45 a.m., with the games to follow. In addition to the games, there will be bouncy houses, military vehicles and other fun activities for the entire family to enjoy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come out and support our Stevenson Patriots…and our American Patriots!

Get Your Gear! Patriot School Store “End-Of-Year Sale” Ends Today!

Don’t miss your chance to save some green…and stock up on all of your favorite green and gold Stevenson gear before the school year comes to a close! The Patriot School Store has been holding its “End-of-Year Sale” this entire week and the sale ends today! All merchandise is 20 PERCENT OFF storewide and clearance items are an additional 50 PERCENT OFF! This is an in-person only sale. The sale does not apply to online items. Please contact the Patriot School Store with questions at (847) 415-4126 or via e-mail at: mshahinian@d125.org or aheredia@d125.org.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Badminton: The Patriots are STATE-BOUND! Stevenson qualified for the State Finals next weekend, May 12-14. The Patriots (16-0, 6-0) earned first place in their sectional with a perfect team score of 18 points! Anvi Harish took first place in singles, while Meha Krishnareddigari got 2nd place in singles. Stevenson’s doubles team of Ema Akutsu and Katherine Li took first place, while teammates and the No. 2 doubles team of Nancy Zhang and Ellie Ouyang finished in second place. Next up for the team is the State Finals at Hinsdale South High School starting on Thursday, May 12.

Baseball: The Patriots (18-6, 6-3) hosted Notre Dame and got a 4-3 win. Starting on the mound was Brady Rosenkranz who went four innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 3 batters and issuing just 1 walk. Daniel Cabrales was the winning pitcher for the Patriots surrendering 1 run on 4 hits over three innings, striking out 2 batters. Colin Schmitke and Owen Housinger collected multiple hits with Schmitke leading the Patriots with 3 hits in 3 at-bats. Next up for the Patriots is a double-header on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. on the Varsity Baseball Field as part of Stevenson’s “Homers For Heroes” event.

Boys Track and Field: The Patriots traveled to Lake Zurich to participate in the Lake County Invite, placing ninth out of 20 teams. Notable finishes included: Jimmy Davis in the 400 meters with a first place and a time of 50.49. In the 110 meter hurdles, Marcus Caselberry placed third with a time of 15.99. Finally, Caselberry struck again, placing second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.68. Next up for Stevenson is the North Suburban Conference Championships, which will be held at Libertyville on Thursday, May 12, at 4:45 p.m.

Education News

Want Students To Become Better Problem Solvers? Then Teach Them To Fly Planes and Drones

A free, relatively new curriculum that teaches students about the concepts of flying planes and drones is growing quickly nationwide.

Afghans Unite In Demanding That The Taliban Let Girls Attend Secondary School

Afghans are protesting the Taliban’s ban on girls attending secondary school, including a surprising cohort: pro-Taliban clerics.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 6-13: AP Exams

May 6: Polish Fest 2022

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

May 11-12: Spring Band Concert

May 11: PPA Bake Sale

May 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

May 13: Improv Performance

May 13: Patriot Theatre Company Awards

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Saturday Is “Homers For Heroes” For Military Appreciation Day At Stevenson’s Baseball And Softball Games!

Students Helping Soldiers has been partnering with the Athletic Department all year to bring Military Appreciation Day events to sports contest. There has been “Touchdowns For Troops,” “Hoops For Heroes,” and now there is “Homers For Heroes,” a partnership with the baseball and softball programs.

“Homers For Heroes” will be Saturday on campus in conjunction with the baseball team’s game against Antioch (10 a.m. start) and the softball team’s game against Elk Grove (12 noon start). There will be free hotdogs and apple pie for all veterans in military apparel and there will be grilled burgers and other food items available for purchase.

An opening ceremony begins at 11:45 a.m., with the softball game to follow. In addition to the games, there will be bouncy houses, military vehicles and other fun activities for the entire family to enjoy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come out and support our Stevenson Patriots…and our American Patriots!

Stevenson eSports Players Place At First-Ever IHSA State Finals!

At the first-ever Illinois High School Association’s eSports State Finals, Stevenson’s eSports team put together a strong showing. Angelo Abano finished fourth in Super Smash Brothers Singles. Santiago Morales and Majid Abdelkareem finished seventh in Super Smash Brothers Duos.

Student Announcements

Party Time, Seniors! Get Your Early-Bird Senior Carnival Tickets Now!

The Senior Class Carnival, a private party for seniors with rides, games and food, is right around the corner, and ticket sales have begun.

This three-hour carnival will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 behind Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills at Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue (JC Penney parking area). The Early-Bird Price of $50 is good until May 13. Tickets will be $55 after May 13. Tickets include 15 food tickets, 15 game tickets and unlimited rides.
Just scan the QR code to the right or use this link to purchase tickets.

Polish Fest 2022 On Tap For Friday Night On The Pool Patio!

Stay after school tomorrow for Polish Fest 2022! Join Stevenson’s Polish Club for food, fun, friends, music and Polish culture. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. on the Pool Patio by the football field, weather permitting. Meet in Room 6110 (East Building) in the event of rain. The entry fee is just $5 per person. The event is sponsored by the Polish National AllianceWPNA 103.1 FM, Dziennik Zwiazkowy, Valure Spa & Laser, and Dj DannyG ~ Daniel Gancarczyk!

Get Your Gear! Patriot School Store “End-Of-Year Sale” Ends Tomorrow!

Don’t miss your chance to save some green…and stock up on all of your favorite green and gold Stevenson gear before the school year comes to a close! The Patriot School Store has been holding its “End-of-Year Sale” this entire week and the sale ends tomorrow! All merchandise is 20 PERCENT OFF storewide and clearance items are an additional 50 PERCENT OFF! This is an in-person only sale. The sale does not apply to online items. Please contact the Patriot School Store with questions at (847) 415-4126 or via e-mail at: mshahinian@d125.org or aheredia@d125.org.

Registration Deadline To Audition For Next Year’s Dance Companies Is May 10

Open auditions for the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies for current students and incoming freshmen will be held on Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12, from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 2010. Interested students should register by May 10. They will then be sent (via e-mail) a video phrase to learn. At the auditions, students will review and perform the video phrase. They should also come prepared to perform a 45- to 60-second solo of their own choreography.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Department Needs Your ESPPA Nominations For Spring Sports

The Athletic Department is asking that you please take the time to nominate a Stevenson team or individual for the “Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award” (ESPPA’s) for spring sports. Spring sports awards will be at 7 p.m. on May 23. Nominations are needed to decide the winners. Check out the nomination form and recommend your favorite event/individual for each award. The deadline to nominate is May 13.

Athletic Results

Girls Track and Field: Stevenson hosted the North Suburban Conference Girls Track Championships on Wednesday and placed second overall as a team with 87 points. The 4×100 meter relay team of Hadley ThomasEve TraficantiAva Mecir, and Ava Wilson became conference champions with a time of 50.57. Also winning a conference title was Ella O’Neall in the shot put with a distance of 12.42 meters. Other notable finishes for the Patriots included the 4×200 meter relay team of Alex Wu, Mecir, Thomas, and Wilson, who earned a time of 1:50.04 to put them in second place. O’Neall finished second in the discus with a distance of 37.38 meters. Wilson came in second place in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.97 and third in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.09. Wu placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 10.21. Next up for the Patriots is the sectional on Thursday, May 12.

Baseball: The Patriots (17-6, 6-3) hosted conference opponent Waukegan and walked away victorious, 7-2. Daniel Cabrales started out on the mound, surrendering no runs on 1 hit over two innings while striking out 5 batters and walking none. Carson Kaye took over in the third inning, going three innings and allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out four batters. Jonas Salgado threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Bryan Park led the Patriots with 2 hits in three at-bats. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Notre Dame in Niles at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Boys Tennis: Stevenson (12-3, 5-0) competed against conference opponent Lake Forest and won the match, 6-1. Singles player Caden Zhao won his match 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 as did Dustin Zhao6-0, 6-1. The No. 1 doubles team of Gabe Visotsky and Gautham Kappaganthula got a 6-3, 6-4 win. The No. 2 doubles team of Daniel Jaworski and Nicholas Stec won their thrilling match 7-6, 7-5. The No. 3 doubles team of Rithvik Mandumula and Owen Hayden got a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory. Finishing up the night strong was the No. 4 doubles team of Sam Cohan and Tejas Sheth, who breezed to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Next up for the Patriots is an Invite at Deerfield at 4 p.m. tomorrow and at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (25-2, 5-0) traveled to Waukegan and rolled to a 25-13, 25-14 sweep. Libero Murad Shahzadah had a team-high 15 digs, followed by Sam Nuudel with 5 kills. Karl Lutz added 3 kills, 2 block assists, and 2 digs. Christian Headley contributed 5 kills, 1 block assist, and 2 digs. Rounding out the Patriot scorers was setter Daniel Nuudel with 3 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 21 assists, and 3 digs.

Boys Water Polo: Stevenson (16-7, 4-0) lost a tight match to Naperville North, 10-9. Angelos Koutsogeorgas led the team with 4 goals, followed by Max Lapointe-St. Georges with 3 goals. Andrew Mossman and Jack Curtin each contributed 1 goal in the loss. Next up, the Patriots begin the post season at Sectionals as the No. 1 seed and play the winner of Lake Forest-Vernon Hills at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at Buffalo Grove High School.

Girls Water Polo: The Patriots (25-1-1, 4-0) lost to a tough opponent in Naperville North, 7-5. The Patriots showed tremendous drive and resilience in fighting back from a 5-1 deficit at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, Stevenson came back to tie the game, 5-5. Unfortunately the Patriots couldn’t push through to victory. Belle Cloeter led the scoring with 2 goals. Faith Ma had 6 steals and Katie Delaney had 11 blocked shots. Next up for Stevenson is a Quad Invite in the Pool at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots (11-2, 3-1) won a nail-biter against conference rival Libertyville, 11-10. Lili Sorenson was the leading scorer with 4 goals. Lizzy DubilierJordyn Ackerman, and Teagan Hendricks (1 assist) each contributed 2 goals, while Emma Sturgeon had 1 goal and 2 assists. Angela Ran, made a strong run down the field and boosted the Stevenson lead with 1 assist. Goalie Megan Randol had 12 saves on the night. Next up for the Patriots is a home game in the Stadium at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow against Crystal Lake Central.

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots (11-3, 3-1) hosted conference rival Libertyville and won, 16-9. Ryan Hynes was on fire again in the crease with 5 goals and 3 assists. Justin Lucas contributed 4 goals and was dominant at Faceoff X with an 83 percent success rate. Caleb Lee added 3 goals and 5 assists, while Colin Livesay scored 2 goals (1 assist), Monty Hashemi scored 1 goal (2 assists) and Michael Kaminsky also scored 1 goal. The defense was led by Ian McKelvey with 9 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers. Next up for the Patriots is Fremd at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (12-1-1, 4-0-1) defeated Waukegan, 4-0. The first goal was scored by Brynn Stein in the second minute off a nice cross from Ellie Egeland, who later scored the second goal in the 14th minute. The Patriots scored two more goals in the second half, off of Ella Hong in the 47th minute, assisted by Bella Chavez, who later sank the only penalty kick of the game to finalize the final score. The Patriots play their next game, on Senior Night at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow against Lake Zurich in the Stadium.

Education News

Ransomware Hits Two Colleges At Semester’s End. What Can Others Do?

Ransomware attacks have disrupted the final days of the spring semester for at least two colleges over the past week, Kellogg Community College in Michigan and Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Austin Peay reported a ransomware attack last week, which forced the institution to cancel final exams scheduled for a Friday before resuming scheduled finals on the following Monday. Kellogg Community College, meanwhile, notified students and staff that a ransomware attack had been causing technology issues. It closed all five campuses and canceled classes as it investigated the incident, and the college initiated a forced password reset for students and employees.

Illinois Students Face Costly Tickets At School From Police For Misbehavior

Illinois schools aren’t allowed to fine students as a form of discipline, but police on campus have no such restrictions. Tickets can be in the hundreds of dollars, becoming an incredible burden for some families.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 5-13: AP Exams

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

May 11-12: Spring Band Concert

May 11: PPA Bake Sale

May 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

End-Of-Year Strings Awards Concert Has A Surprise Ending!

It’s the end-of-the-year Strings Awards Concert, and aptly, there will be an ending that fits: a surprise encore to the show!

This annual awards concert, held at 6 p.m. tomorrow night in the Performing Arts Center, celebrates and honors the Strings seniors as well as all of the outstanding Strings students from both Orchestra and Guitar. The students in these featured classes and groups, including the Stevenson Orchestra, the Concert Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra, the Patriot Orchestra, Guitar 1, Guitar 2 and the Patriot Guitar Ensemble, are excited to perform great music featuring “Coco,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “One Direction,” “Encanto,” and “Toy Story.”

Senior Linda Wang will also be performing the Paganini violin concerto no.1. And of course, there’s the surprise encore!


For those unable to attend the concert in person, it can be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

It’s Official! Tiny Home Design Contest Winners Announced For Both Interior And Exterior Designs!

The results are finally in! After two weeks of voting via links in the Daily Digest and on Social Media, the Tiny Home Design Contest has been settled.

Senior Alex Buyandelger (pictured right, top) and junior Alex Varshavsky (pictured right, middle) tied for first place in the interior design portion of the contest while junior Mimi Ciezak (pictured right, bottom) won first place for exterior design. Both Buyandelger and Varshavsky each received about 39 percent of the interior votes while Ciezak earned 52 percent of the exterior votes.

In the interior competition, Belle Cloeter got second place and Lauren Guttman got third place. In the exterior competition, Brandon Mushailov got second place and Patrick Rzeznik got third place.

For full results of the contest, including pictures and a breakdown of the voting, please click here.

The contest involved students in Advanced Architectural Design Class. They recently designed mobile, stationary and floating tiny homes of just 400 square feet or less. They interviewed a client from their class to develop the client’s dream home in 5 to 10 years. Students used Sketchup to create their designs and then rendered their final design using a new software called Enscape.

For questions about this course or project, please contact instructor Kaitlin Rossi at krossi@d125.org.

Student Announcements

Scholastic 3D Archery Team On Point In Stringers Tournament

Stevenson’s Scholastic 3D Archery Team recently competed in its first Select Stringers Regional Tournament near downstate Normal. Freshman Joseph Jung got first place in the Male Barebow competition while sophomore Dianna Baasantseren took first place in the Female Barebow. Also in Male Barebow, sophomore Aaron Gan got second place and senior Connor Stolman took third place. Meanwhile, freshman Nextanali Godoy got second place in Female Barebow.

Science Students Make Teacher Proud!

If science teacher Sheila Edstrom (pictured left, top) is beaming lately, there’s good reason. She’s been hit with a double dose of really good news.

One of her students, junior Collin Fan (pictured left, middle), alerted her that he has qualified for the 2022 U.S. Physics Team, which is a training program for U.S. citizens who will participate in the International Physics Olympiad. Fan wrote to her in an e-mail earlier this week, “Thank you so much for being an inspiration for me.”

Meanwhile, Edstrom clearly inspired another of her students, senior Anthony Smyrnov (pictured left, bottom). He wrote an essay about Edstrom for the 2022 “My Inspirational Teacher” Essay Contest, sponsored by Senator Dan McConchie of Lake Zurich. Smyrnov’s essay was the winner for his grade, chosen from 95 essays written by students in the 26th Senate District. As a winner, Smyrnov has been invited with Edstrom to an awards ceremony today at McConchie’s district office in Lake Zurich. Smyrnov’s essay will be displayed on senatormcconchie.com and excerpts from the winning essays will be on display at a future date in the Illinois State Capitol.

Edstrom says that while she doesn’t need any of this attention, Smyrnov certainly does, and that she will proudly accompany him to the awards ceremony tonight along with her own children.

Patriot Sports News

Get Some Stevenson Gear Next Week!

The Sports Boosters will be holding their annual end-of-the-year “Flash Sale” on Wednesday, May 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Garden near the southwest entrance to the Stadium. Stop by on your way to watch boys volleyball against conference opponent Lake Zurich in the Sportscenter at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., or girls lacrosse in the Stadium against Warren at 6:30 p.m. Cash, check, and credit are accepted.

Nominate A Stevenson All-Time Great To The Athletic Hall Of Fame

The Athletic Department recently honored its Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2020 and 2021, but is already thinking about inductees for the Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2022. Nominations will be accepted until May 15. Please click here to nominate.

Athletic Results

Boys Gymnastics: The Patriots traveled to Lake Park to compete in the sectional round of the state tournament. The team came away with a score of 137.55, which was good for third place overall. Thor Mace earned an 8.05 on the still rings, an 8.70 on the parallel bars, and an 8.85 on the high bar, which qualifies him for the state competition starting on Friday, May 13 at Hoffman Estates High School.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (24-2, 4-0) cruised to a 25-11, 25-16 win over Palatine. Setter Daniel Nuudel contributed 1 ace, 3 kills, 19 assists and 6 digs, while Karl Lutz added another ace, 6 kills and 1 block assist. Sam Nuudel and Christian Headley combined for 8 kills, 3 aces, and 1 dig. And libero Murad Shahzadah contributed 6 digs on the defensive end for the Patriots. Next up for Stevenson is Waukegan at 6 p.m. tonight on Waukegan’s Washington Campus.

Education News

Stevenson Senior Wyn Thomas Is Featured In A Chicago Tribune Story About How Young Playwrights Across The Nation Are Using Their Plays To Tackle The Issue Of Gun Violence

In Thomas’s play, “Writing Their Wrongs,” four students discuss writing something powerful enough that it will persuade lawmakers to change gun laws to help prevent more school shootings. The four students in the piece recently experienced a school shooting of their own and their discussion gets contentious as they process what happened to them. Thomas (pictured right, kneeling center) grew up in Florida before moving to Buffalo Grove and had a childhood friend injured in the Parkland school shooting.

Teens Fight For The Right To Read With ‘Banned-Book Clubs’

In Missouri, two students filed a lawsuit against their school district for yanking eight books from school libraries. In New York, a group of students from the Brooklyn Public Library’s Intellectual Freedom Teen Council are meeting weekly on Zoom to coordinate national resistance to school book censorship. And in Pennsylvania, students held daily protests outside their high school this fall until administrators reversed their decision to ban more than 300 books, films and articles, the majority by Black and Latino authors.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 4-13: AP Exams

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

May 11-12: Spring Band Concert

May 11: PPA Bake Sale

May 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Music Production Showcase Tomorrow In The West Auditorium Highlights A Semester’s Worth Of Work!

It’s been an entire semester in the making!

The Music Production Showcase, on tap for a 7 p.m. show tomorrow in the West Auditorium, Patriot Lobby, Room 2104 and the MIDI Lab (Room 2201), will be packaged through performances and artist talks and includes the second-semester work from students in Music Production 1 and Music Production 2 Classes.

This event, which is associated with the Activists Playlist, is open to family, friends, classmates, faculty, staff and the community.

For those who are unable to attend in person, the Music Production Showcase may be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

Stevenson Marketing Class Students Get Backstage Pass To Wrigley Field!

Wrigley Field provided just the right backdrop for Marketing Class students from Stevenson who went on a field trip last week to the historic landmark to learn about working in the sports industry.

Students and staff from the Business Department learned about the history of the Chicago Cubs, toured the ballpark and were given access to exclusive spaces, including the newly renovated visitor’s clubhouse, the dugout, the press box (pictured right) and the field itself.

This experience is a part of the sports marketing unit, in which students create sales and marketing promotions for a professional sports team. Marketing students enjoy an interactive curriculum that includes hands-on course work and sensational field trips each semester.

For more information on business courses at Stevenson please reach out to Jason Ford at jford@d125.org.

Student Announcements

Sign Up Now To Audition For Next Year’s Dance Companies

Open auditions for the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies for current students and incoming freshmen will be held on Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12, from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 2010. Interested students should register as soon as possible. They will then be sent (via e-mail by May 6) a video phrase to learn. At the auditions, students will review and perform the video phrase. They should also come prepared to perform a 45- to 60-second solo of their own choreography.

Support The Girls Water Polo Team On Friday At The Wendy’s In Buffalo Grove

Stop into Wendy’s in Buffalo Grove (300 W. Half Day Rd) anytime during the day on Friday and 30 percent of qualifying sales will be donated to the Stevenson girls water polo team. Please present the flyer to the left when the order is placed. Wendy’s gift cards and other retail purchases are excluded from the event. Drive-thru, carry-out and dine-in orders qualify when available.

Patriot Sports News

Get Some Stevenson Gear Next Week!

The Sports Boosters will be holding their annual end-of-the-year “Flash Sale” on Thursday, May 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Garden near the southwest entrance to the Stadium. Stop by on your way to watch boys volleyball against conference opponent Lake Zurich in the Sportscenter at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., or girls lacrosse in the Stadium against Warren at 6:30 p.m. Cash, check, and credit are accepted.

Starting To Plan Your Summer? Check Out Stevenson’s Summer Sports Camps

The Athletic Department is proud to offer a variety of sports camps for 9th through 12th graders. The programming exists to help student-athletes reach their athletic goals through affordable, high-quality sports programs for high school students during the summer season.

Click here for Stevenson’s “SHS Summer Sports Camps Guide,” which includes information about each program, schedules, locations, fees and registration. Registration can be completed up to the day before camp starts.

Athletic Results

Boys Water Polo: The Patriots (16-6, 4-0) hosted a 10-team tournament last weekend and went 2-2 against highly competitive teams. Stevenson took on Loyola Academy, Lyons Township, and Naperville Central twice each. The Patriots lost to No. 5 Naperville Central 6-4 in the first meeting. Armaan Gill had 7 saves while Max Lapointe-St. GeorgesKunal RajadhyaxAngelos Koutsogeorgas and Jack Curtin all scored 1 goal apiece. Stevenson then went on to defeat Loyola Academy, 14-5. Goalie Mark Younan had 10 saves while Max Lapointe-St. Georges (4 assists) led with 4 goals. Angelos Koutsogeorgas scored 3 goals and Kunal Rajadhyax had 2 goals. Josh MoreynoAndrew MossmanTamer DalloulOlin Kusevskis and Daniel Li (5 steals) all added 1 goal apiece. In its third match, Stevenson lost to No. 1 Lyons Township, 7-4. Armaan Gill had 4 saves while Max Lapointe-St. GeorgesAndrew MossmanAngelos Koutsogeorgas and Filip Wal all had 1 goal each in the loss. Finally, Stevenson defeated Naperville Central 6-3 in the second meeting between the two teams. Armaan Gill had 7 saves and 2 steals while Kunal Rajadhyax led with 3 goals. Angelos KoutsogeorgasOlin KusevskisMax Lapointe-St. Georges each had 1 goal and Jack Curtin led the team in steals with 3. Next up for the Patriots is their Senior Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Pool.

Boys Lacrosse: Over the weekend, the Patriots (10-3, 2-1) hosted Vernon Hills in the Stadium and won 12-7 on a rainy day. Attacker Ryan Hynes had 5 goals (1 Assist) while Colin Livesay and Monty Hashemi each contributed 2 goals. Justin Lucas had 1 goal (1 Assist) and was 82 percent at the Faceoff X. Rounding out the scorers were Caleb Lee and Cody Collins with 1 goal apiece. Last night at Glenbrook South, the Patriots fought hard and played an exciting game but fell, 11-10. Stevenson was down 6-3 at the half, 8-5 going into the 4th quarter, and 11-6 with 6:07 left in the game. The Patriots never gave up. They battled back to make it a 1-goal game, 11-10. With about a minute left, the Patriots had a 10-yard shot that was stopped by Glenbrook South’s tough goalkeeper. Hynes had 4 goals and 2 assists on the night, while Lucas, Hashemi and Lee all had 2 goals apiece. Next up for the Patriots is conference rival Libertyville at the Stadium at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Baseball: The Patriots (16-6, 5-3) traveled to Waukegan to take on the Bulldogs in a North Suburban Conference matchup and walked away with a 13-0 shutout victory. Pitcher Robert Seltzer allowed 2 hits over five innings, striking out 7 batters. Michael BelbotJR NelsonMatthew Bressler and Luca Morelli each collected 2 hits apiece to lead the team. Next up for the Patriots (weather permitting) is a home game at 4:30 p.m. today against Waukegan on the Varsity Baseball Field.

Softball: Stevenson (7-7, 4-4) took a 12-5 loss on the road at Mundelein. The Patriots struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively, giving up 12 runs. Stevenson scored when Lexi Gitler drew a walk. Michaela Duffy socked 1 home run on the day in the fifth inning, leading the Patriots with 2 hits in 3 at-bats. Aubrey Jepson led things off on the mound going 1⅓ innings, allowing 6 runs on 3 hits while striking out 2 batters. Olivia Ringham threw four innings in relief out of the bullpen. Next up for the Patriots (weather permitting) will be Warren at 4:45 p.m. today on the Varsity Softball Field.

Education News
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Former Stevenson Football Players Are NFL-Bound!

Former Stevenson football players Jack Sorenson and Jeremy Webb are headed to the NFL! In the wake of the recent NFL Draft, Sorenson, a 2016 graduate and wide receiver for Miami University (Ohio), has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Webb, a 2015 graduate and cornerback from Kansas, got the call to attend a New York Jets tryout.

Despite The Student Debt Crisis, High School Seniors Favor High-Cost, High-Amenity Colleges

According to a new survey, most teens worry about costs—but not enough, it seems, to tilt their choices. Parents weren’t surveyed.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 3-13: AP Exams

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

Monday, May 2, 2022

Thank Your Teachers Today…And All Week Long! It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

Today is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs from May 2 through May 6 in schools across America!

Stevenson would like to deeply and genuinely thank each and every one of its 332 teachers, who are honored in the above video, as well as on message boards staged in each division office, in which Stevenson students share their thanks and gratitude!

The photo pictured to the right is the message board for teachers at the Math/Science Division Office in the West Building.

Final Choir Concert Of The Year Is Tomorrow!

It’s the last hurrah…for 2021-22!

All curricular choir classes and all co-curricular vocal groups will be involved in performing the final choir concert of the year, the Spring Choir Concert, at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Performing Arts Center.


The curricular choir classes include: the Stevenson Choir, the Advanced Choir, and the Patriot Singers while the co-curricular vocal groups include: Low~Frequency, Polyphonics, and Nothing But Treble.

The Choral Guild, which is a parent organization, is also facilitating this event with not only general program support but help with senior recognitions as this is a very special Senior Night concert. All senior choir students will be recognized and celebrated!


There will be a short awards ceremony preceding the concert that is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.

For those unable to attend in person, the Concert is accessible via the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

Student Announcements

Patriot School Store “End-Of-Year Sale” Runs All This Week!

Don’t miss your chance to save some green…and stock up on all of your favorite green and gold Stevenson gear before the school year comes to a close! The Patriot School Store is having its “End-of-Year Sale” this entire week! All merchandise will be 20 PERCENT OFF storewide and clearance items will be an additional 50 PERCENT OFF! This is an in-person only sale. The sale does not apply to online items. Please contact the Patriot School Store with questions at (847) 415-4126 or via e-mail at: mshahinian@d125.org or aheredia@d125.org.

Juniors: Sign Up For Summer Workshop That Helps With Writing College Essays

Juniors: As you make plans for your summer, consider registering online for the College Essay Workshop! This is a four-day workshop that offers ideas on writing various college essays, including the personal statement. This is offered through summer school and taught by expert instructors. The workshop is offered during three different weeks of Summer School. Early registration helps with sectioning and avoiding waitlists.

Here’s a testimonial from a former student: “The best feature was getting all of the information/prompts of the essays and getting feedback from a teacher that has an extensive knowledge in reading college essays.”

Spring Fling Deadline Extended: Register Now Through Sunday!

The deadline for Spring Fling registration has been extended to Sunday (May 8) at 11:59 p.m. What is Spring Fling? It’s an end-of-school-year celebration where students can socialize and build teams to go head-to-head in kickball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and cricket! This year, Spring Fling will be held after school on Friday, May 20. Again, Captain’s Forms need to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. Anyone can form a team with 10 to 14 total players. Teams must be co-ed. Students who are interested should visit @stucostevenson on Instagram for more information or scan the QR code shown in the graphic to the right.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Badminton: The undefeated Patriots (15-0, 6-0) traveled to Warren for the North Suburban Conference championship and rolled to the title, sweeping the entire tournament! It was a clean sweep on the singles side. No. 1 singles player Anvi Harish, took first place. No. 2 singles player Meha Krishnareddigari placed first as did No. 3 singles player Reshma Rajesh and No. 4 singles player Riddhi Mallela. It was more of the same on the doubles side. The No. 1 doubles team of Ema Akutsu and Katherine Li came in first place as did the No. 2 team of Ellie Ouyang and Nancy Zhang, the No. 3 team of Ruhi Sachar and Meghana Dixit and the No. 4 team of Sanjitha Vaidyanathan and Sruja Konada. Next up for the Patriots is the state playoffs which begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fieldhouse.

Boys Baseball: The Patriots were in action on Friday against Vernon Hills and Saturday against Buffalo Grove. Vernon Hills edged Stevenson, 8-6. Despite the loss, Stevenson collected 5 hits. Owen Housinger’s sacrifice fly in the third inning scored 1 run for the Patriots. Then the team put up 3 runs in the fourth inning and the bats were led by Colin SchmitkeLuca Morelli, and Bryan ParkJonas Salgado took the loss for Stevenson, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs over five innings, striking out 4 batters and walking none. The Patriots rallied on Saturday morning to take on Buffalo Grove and got a 3-0 shutout as pitchers Michael BelbotPayton Diaz and Max Rosenkranz combined to keep the scoreboard clean. In the second inning Morelli drove in 1 run when he singled. Rosenkranz was credited with the victory for the Patriots, allowing 2 hits and no runs over four innings while striking out 2 batters. Morelli, Chris Iannuzzi and Housinger all had 1 hit each to seal the win. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Waukegan at 4:45 p.m. tonight.

Girls Lacrosse: Stevenson (10-2, 2-1) won its game on Friday against Huntley, 13-6. Lili Sorenson was the leading goal-scorer with 4 goals and 1 assist. Teagan Hendricks (1 assist), Jordyn Ackerman, and Michelle Cabrera each had 3 goals. Alicia Sharun and Kasey Woods also tallied 1 assist apiece. Next up for the Patriots is conference opponent Libertyville on the road at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Softball: The Patriots (7-6, 4-3) didn’t allow a single run on Friday night with Aubrey Jepson on the mound in a big 14-0 win against Rolling Meadows. Abbie Lewis led the Patriots by driving in 6 runs. Lewis was 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Annie GrisamoreReagan Koenigs and Sophia Becker kept the pressure on by putting up singles. Jepson surrendered no runs on 1 hit over five innings, striking out 4 batters. Continuing to rack up the runs, Koenigs, Lexi Gitler and Hailey Langer all went deep, socking 3 home runs. Next up for Stevenson is a road game at Mundelein at 4:45 p.m. tonight.

Boys Track and Field: Coming in third place at the Glenbrook North Invite, the Patriots scored high in several events. In the 4×100 meter relay, Zach GoldmanMarcus CaselberryTrevor Abbott and Jimmy Davis came in second place with a time of 44.29. The dynamic team of Goldman, Abbott, Caselberry, and Davis put up second place again in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:35.31. In the 4×400 meter relay, Davis, Abbott, Jeffery Danison, and Caselberry came in second place with a time of 3:36.38. In the sprint medley relay – 100 (Goldman), 100 (Abbott), 200 (Caselberry), and 400 (Davis) came in first with a time of 1:36.34. Rounding out the scorers for the Invite were Larry Han in the discus with a distance of 129-06.0, earning him a third place, and Mark Hellwig Jr who came in first in the high jump with a height of 6-04. Next up for the Patriots is the Lake County Invite which will take place at Lake Zurich at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

GirlsTrack and Field: The Patriots traveled to Grayslake Central for the Lake County Invite and senior Ella O’Neall walked away as the Lake County Champion in the shot put with a score of 13.42 meters. Other notable finishes came from the 4×100 meter relay team of Alex WuEve TraficantiAva Mecir, and Ava Wilson, who earned third place with a time of 50.61. Wu, Mecir, Hadley Thomas and Wilson placed third in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:48.31. Finally, O’Neall placed third in the discus with a distance of 34.17 meters. Next up for the Patriots is the NSC Championship at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Stadium.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots participated in the Hersey Pitchford Invite this weekend and had a strong showing, finishing third before play was stopped due to rain. Ashy Madhushankar defeated both New Trier and Lake Forest, 6-0, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-3, respectively. Nick Stec followed up by prevailing over his opponents from St. Charles and Oak Park River Forest, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-0, 6-1. Adding to the Patriot winnings, was the No. 1 doubles team of Gabe Visotsky and Gautham Kappaganthula who defeated all three of their opponents, going 6-2, 6-0 against Metea Valley, 4-6, 6-1 (Fremd ret.) against Fremd and 6-4, 6-3 versus New Trier. Rounding out the big scorers on the weekend was the doubles team of Ervin Perkowski and Daniel Jaworski. The pair defeated Moline 6-0, 6-1, Lyons 6-2, 6-3, and Fremd, 6-1, 6-1. Next up for the Patriots is a match against Mundelein at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (11-1-1, 3-0-1) defeated Honenagah, 7-1. The final score was composed of two hat tricks and an unassisted goal. Mimi Van Zanten took care of the first hat trick with assists by Gabi Poretto and Ellie Egeland. Brynn Stein got the second hat trick, which was also assisted by Poretto Ellie Egeland. Along with her two assists, Egeland scored an unassisted goal of her own. Stevenson plays its next game at Waukegan at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Education News

Nebraska Teen Accepted To All Five Military Academies Sets Out To Serve America

High school senior Noble Rasmussen intends to serve his country well — and all five U.S. military academies seem to agree. The Nebraska teen was accepted to all five academies. He has decided that he will be attending the United States Air Force Academy in June.

Can The Metaverse Improve Learning? New Research Finds Some Promise

The metaverse is the latest tech frontier, with Facebook (now called Meta) and other tech giants rushing to build a parallel social and professional universe in virtual and augmented reality. And plenty of schools and colleges are wondering: Will this new realm work for education?

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 2: String Parents Association Meeting

May 2-13: AP Exams

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

Friday, April 29, 2022

Seniors Got Up Early This Morning To Celebrate Each Other At “Senior Sunrise!”

Seniors descended on the Stadium this morning to celebrate each other and the final weeks of their time together at SENIOR SUNRISE!

There was food, hot chocolate, and music, and some seniors wore gear from the college they will be attending. There was also a map that seniors used to indicate exactly where in the country they will be next year, and each senior got a Class of 2022 puppy (complete with its own adorable graduation cap…pictured right) that could be used to gather signatures and messages from friends. Caps and gowns for graduation were also available for seniors to pick up.

Despite a chill in the air, today’s Senior Sunrise was a great time for seniors to hang out with their friends and remember good times from high school at Stevenson!


At the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair. The following special awards were earned by Stevenson students:


Bradley University Center for STEM Education Excellence Award: Matthew Zhu for “Mimicking Human Gameplay in Tetris Versus with a Neural Network AI;” Oberweis Assets Innovation Award: Aditya Tiwari and Gaurish Lakhanpal for “A Novel Method For Tuberculosis Drug Identification Using Machine Learning;” Naval Science Award for STEM Excellence: Alexander Wang for “Possibility of Excess Stock Returns from Using Technical Indicator Based Strategies;” Excellence in Software Engineering: Yashwanth Ravipati for “Illegal Fishing Detection with Image Analysis and Edge AI Systems;”

Best in Category for Aerospace: Yousef Alkhayyat for “The Effect of Non-planar Wing Systems on the Performance of a Wing;” Best in Category for Behavioral Science: Sneha GuhaAnish Deshpande and Rohit Guha for “The Effect of Cheating on Average Centipawn Loss and Average Time Usage in Chess;” Best in Category for Computer Science: Aditya Gupta and Shrihan Tummala for “Detection of Fake News With Machine Learning;” Best in Category for Materials Science: Angela Guo for “Development of Luminscent Materials Nanoceramics by Cold Sintering Process;” Best in Category for Mathematics: Matthew Zhu for “Mimicking Human Gameplay in Tetris Versus with a Neural Network AI”

Jay and Jeremy Hoffman Memorial Award for Papers that Make a Difference: Delisha Nair for “Effect of Natural Essential Oils on Staphylococcus epidermidis;” Jay and Jeremy Hoffman Memorial Award for Papers that Make a Difference: Avisha Thota for “Addressing and Finding Effective Treatments for Cisplatin Induced Hearing Loss Through Honokiol”

Top 10 Paper: Yashwanth Ravipati for “Illegal Fishing Detection with Image Analysis and Edge AI Systems;” Essay Finalist: Gabriella Thalos; Artistic Design Finalist: Uma Pulugurtha, Lyell J and Ethyl M; Thomas Scholarship: Rohita Kotyada

In addition, the following students earned Gold awards at the Paper Competition: Yashwanth RavipatiAngela Guo, Matthew ZhuDylan IvanovRohita KotyadaDelisha NairNikhil GangavarapuAvisha ThotaAditya GuptaShrihan TummalaAlexander WangSurabhi Gangadkar and Trisha Gannu.

The following students earned Gold Awards at the Poster Competition: Yousif AlkhayyatSneha GuhaAnish DeshpandeRohit GuhaMatthew ZhuYashwanth RavipatiAditya GuptaShrihan TummalaAditya TiwariGaurish LakhanpalDeepti HegdeRitanya SubramanianAngela Guo and Alexander Wang.

Science Olympiad Team Wins Second Straight State Title and Sixth In Last 10 Years!

Back-to-Back! Stevenson’s Science Olympiad Team successfully defended its State Championship title last weekend during a virtual competition of 51 high schools from across the state of Illinois. The Patriots have been the reigning state champions since 2019 and have held the title six times in the past 10 years! Saturday’s victory also earned the Patriots their thirteenth consecutive trip to the national competition, which will be held virtually in May. The Patriots currently rank tenth in the nation!

Stevenson Students Could Have Art Displayed In U.S. Capitol

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

Three Stevenson students are competing in the contest representing Congressman Brad Schneider’s district. They are: Nijaa NashanthJenna Balaban, and Milo Jablonski. Winners will be announced May 5 and there will be a reception from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 7 at the College of Lake County Esper Peterson Reading Room, 19351 W Washington St, Grayslake.


The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov’s Congressional Art Competition page.

Stevenson Art Students Clean Up At North Suburban Conference Art Show

A total of 60 Stevenson art students participated in the North Suburban Conference Art Show (pictured right) hosted by Lake Forest High School last week.

There were 10 students who received “Best Of Show” awards: Isabel Bridgeman (pastel), Melisa Demir (mixed media photo), Alina Qian (gouche), Lada Volkov (paint), Ari Aristodemo (mixed meda photo), Aliah Levnison (metals), Deevena Damera (sculpture), Shaan Majumdar (digital painting), Mahnoor Khawaja (ceramics), and Milo Jablonski (digital photo).

A special congratulations to Bridgeman who also won the “Artist Choice” award selected by visiting artist Jay Ryan, who presented to the students who helped set up the art show.

Student Announcements

Seniors: Last Chance For Cap And Gown Pick-Up Is May 18

Seniors: The last Day to pick up your Graduation Cap and Gowns is on Wednesday, May 18 during all three lunch periods outside of the Student Activities Office.

Stevenson’s Residency Verification Process Is Going Digital!

Each spring, Stevenson verifies that families reside within the District 125 attendance boundaries for the following school year. To streamline this process for families, the District is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information by comparing parent/guardian names and addresses with electronic databases.

If residency is electronically verified, families will receive a confirmation email to this effect during the week of May 9 and no additional documentation will be needed. Please do not provide documents if you receive this email.

Families whose residency is unable to be verified through this process will also receive an email the week of May 9 sharing more information regarding the documents required and the steps for submitting them.

Once the residency verification process has been finalized, families will be able to complete the online registration and fee payment process which will open in mid-June. More information regarding registration and fee payment will be shared in the beginning of June.

For more information about the residency verification process, please refer to the e-mail sent Thursday by Sarah Bowen and Regina Anderson in Student Services.

Stevenson Debaters Took On Top Debaters In the Nation At Tournament Of Champions

Last weekend, 10 Congressional Debaters from Stevenson competed in the virtual University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions against the nation’s top debaters.

Maddie Wang advanced all the way to the semifinals.

The students who qualified were: Natalie GarayevaWenjing HanKashyep RajeshSarah ZhangVivian ZhuLindsay WangPranav AtlruiEshaam Bhattad, Maddie Wang, and Vageesh Ramaswamy. Five students broke through to the quarterfinals: Lindsay Wang, Atlrui, Bhattad, Maddie Wang, and Ramaswamy.

Senior Andrew Liu To Compete In International Astronomy Competition

It was out of this world! In March, seven Stevenson students competed in the National Astronomy Competition hosted by the USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Organization (USAAAO). This is a competition that selects the best astronomy students in the country to represent the United States at an international competition in the country of Georgia in August. Senior Andrew Liu achieved a spot in the Top 10 at the national competition, which allows him to continue on to the international competition this summer.

History Bowl/Bee Competed In National Tournament Held In Virginia

The History Bowl/Bee team traveled to Arlington, Virginia last weekend for the national tournament run by International Academic Competitions. The Varsity A team of juniors Christian EpureAadit JunejaDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapati placed 13th in the nation in the History Bowl competition. In the History Bee competition, Wuppalapati earned 11th while Epure, Juneja and Pendharkar were all quarterfinalists.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (10-1-1, 3-0-1) defeated Zion-Benton 6-0, with all 6 goals coming in the second half. The first goal was scored by Bella Chavez on a penalty kick. The second, third and fourth goals were scored by Mimi Van Zanten for a hat trick! Van Zanten’s goals were assisted by Chavez (3) and Gabi Poretto. This was followed up by a goal from Madi Kennedy, assisted by Arria Chavez. Ella Hong then scored an unassisted goal to close the game. The Patriots are back in action at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow against Hononegah at the Stadium.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (23-2, 4-0) beat conference rival Mundelein 25-14, 27-25 to take the lead in the North Suburban Conference standings. Libero Murad Shahzadah had 7 digs and 2 assists. Outside hitter Sam Nuudel had a team-high, 8 kills, 1 block assist, 1 assist and 1 dig. Setter Daniel Nuudel racked up 22 assists and contributed 3 kills, 2 block assists, and 2 digs. Finally, Chris Ehler had 3 kills, 1 solo block, 3 block assists and 1 dig. Next up for the Patriots is a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday at Palatine.

Girls Water Polo: Stevenson (25-0-1, 4-0) defeated York, 16-10. Becca Stone led the scoring with 5 goals. Sophia Berger and Elizabeth White both had 4 goals apiece. Stone also led in steals with 11. Faith Ma followed with 7 steals. Katie Delaney had 7 blocked shots. Next up for the Patriots is Naperville North on Senior Night, at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Pool.

Education News

Innovative Chicagoland Buildings Striving For Sustainability

Stevenson’s East Building addition, the first building in Illinois certified as zero energy by NBI, is one of the buildings featured.

Tips On Managing Students’ Screen Time

Education Week asked teachers and remote-learning experts for advice on ways to balance on-screen and off-screen time for students.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Apr. 29: Senior Sunrise

Apr. 29-30: One Act Plays

Apr. 29-30: Spring Dance Concert

May 2: String Parents Association Meeting

May 2-6: AP Exams Week

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert