Thursday, April 22, 2021

Reporting To State Finals!
Stevenson journalism students placed second as a team at the April 10 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) journalism sectional, missing the top spot by just one point!
The Patriot team of 17 students competed in 18 different events, placing in the top six in several events. Senior Ojasvi Saxena placed 5th in Infographics, Senior Katie Lee placed 5th in Editorial Writing and Junior Dwija Ramesh placed 5th in Editorial Cartooning.
Based on these results, the team qualified for the state finals in 12 events! They will be competing on Saturday, April 24, virtually against the other top performers across the state.
The state qualifiers (placing in the top three) are:

  1. Juniors Humza Qazi, Matt McGowan and Myles Woodman – 3rd in Video News
  2. Senior Katie Lee – 3rd in Copy Editing
  3. Junior Raghav Khosla – 2nd in Broadcast News
  4. Junior Dwija Ramesh – 2nd in Advertising
  5. Senior Melissa Liu – 2nd in Newspaper Design
  6. Senior Sailaja Nallacheruvu – 2nd in Yearbook Copy Writing


  1. Senior Elyssa Gavenda won the sectional for Photo StoryTelling
  2. Juniors Thea Surya and Malini Pillai won for Yearbook Theme Development
  3. Junior Victoria Feng won for News Writing
  4. Junior Natalie King won for Yearbook Caption Writing
  5. Senior Melissa Liu won for Yearbook Layout
  6. Senior Bradley Locker won for Sports Writing

Debate Team Competes in Tournament of Champions
Over this past weekend, several students from the Congressional Debate team competed in the Tournament of Champions, which was held virtually, to represent Stevenson High School on a national platform. The participants included Sophomores Natalie Garayeva and Maddie Wang; Juniors Udit Mehta, Jesenia Parasarathy, and Aditi Ambravan; and Seniors Ojasvi Saxena and Laya Reddy. Among these students, Maddie and Laya progressed to the quarterfinal round. Great job, Patriots!


Get Ready for the AP Exams
Parents and their AP students are invited to attend a special webinar tonight, April 22, at 7 p.m. ET. A panel of experts will share important information about AP Exams and how to prepare for them. Register here:
Additionally, AP Daily: Live Review is holding a series of live-streamed sessions on YouTube, hosted by AP teachers from across the country, to help students prepare for the 2021 exams. Sessions will be held Monday-Thursday, April 19-29. See the schedule to find the time for your course and download the review syllabus. Recordings of each session will be available on YouTube and on AP Classroom for students to watch on demand if they can’t join live.

Show Off Your Talents! Audition for the SHS Dance Companies
Student-dancers interested in auditioning for either the Mélange or Repertory Dance Companies for first semester of the 2021-22 school year should join the audition Google Classroom using the class code: me6hafd.
After joining, students must learn a dance phrase which will be posted as an assignment, record themselves performing the phrase and submit it to the Google Classroom. See the Dance web page for more information.


Athletic Results for April 21
The Patriots suffered their first loss of the season in a road game at Saint Viator. Ryan Tumpowsky and Jordan Skolmar led the team with one hit each. The 4-2 final moves Stevenson to 3-1 on the season. They travel to Hersey on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.

Boys Gymnastics
Stevenson boys gymnastics took a well-deserved second place at their last meet of the year before Conference finals, defeating Conference rival Naperville Central by a few points. Stevenson scored 122.35, achieving the season goal of breaking 120. The team was led by all-arounder Finlay Oyston, bolstered by strong showings by co-captains Daksh Guard and Jaden Pazol, and up and coming all-arounder Santi Gonzalez. The Conference Tournament is Friday, April 30 at Lake Park High School.

Girls Lacrosse
SHS Girls Lacrosse had a comeback win against Crystal Lake Central with a score of 9-8. Lili Sorenson led the Patriots with five goals, including the game winner with an assist from Teagan Hendricks. Elizabeth Dublier, Tessie Primack, Jordyn Ackerman and Emma Sturgeon also scored for the Patriots. Sturgeon’s goal tied the game at 8-8 following a game-changing forced turnover. Their next competition is Saturday, April 24 vs. Vernon Hills at 11 a.m. in the Stevenson Stadium.


Increasing Accessibility For Blind Students Studying Geology
After realizing there were few resources to support blind students studying geoscience, one professor at the University of Kentucky created a library of tactile graphics to make thier classes more accessible.

The Future Format of Internships As Companies Re-Open
Last year, many employers were forced to reconfigure, delay or even cancel their internship programs due to the pandemic. How companies will re-start these offerings for students and early-career individuals will vary depending on their re-opening plan.

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