Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Enjoy Live Music on the Front Lawn Tonight!
Join us tonight, May 11,  at 6 p.m. for a “Ravinia-style” outdoor concert on the front lawn of Stevenson featuring all of our Guitar and Orchestra classes! Families are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to come watch and support their students! Attendees will be expected to follow social distance guidelines and wear masks at all times. For those who can’t join in person, the concert will also be streamed via Vimeo. Participating classes will include: Guitar I, Guitar II, Patriot Guitar Ensemble, Stevenson Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Patriot Orchestra. There will also be an awards concert for all the Orchestra and Guitar students during the event. Learn more from the concert program.

Science REACH Club Continues to Excel
Members of the Science REACH Club recently had the opportunity to present their original research projects at the Illinois State University Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology High School Symposium to researchers and professors, receiving valuable feedback. Six students won the “Judges Award,” given to the very top projects. The Judges Awards winners are:

  • Yash Gangavarapu, Mathematics: “Constructing an Equal-Weighted Stock Portfolio Based on Systematic Risk”
  • Meha Krishnareddigari and Riya Khandelwal, Animal Sciences: “The Effects of Microplastics on Tisbe Biminiensis Copepods”
  • Delisha Nair, Microbiology: “The Effect of Tea Tree Essential Oil on Human Bacteria”
  • Surabhi Gangadkar and Trisha Gannu, Animal Sciences: “How Does Alternative Medicine Affect the Regeneration of Platyhelminthes?”
  • Gabriella Thalos, Environmental Science: “Air Quality in Retail Stores”
  • Srusti Donapati, Environmental Science: “Biodegradability of Various Cloth Face Mask Materials”

Several students also won Superior or Excellent awards: Rohita Kotyada, Avisha Thota, Anjay Krishnan, Bhavesh Anchala, Arya Gupta, Evelyn Jiang, Vikram Jaiswal, Sricharan Sevilimedu Veeravalli, Uma Pulugurtha, Akhil Ramidi, Pranav Atluri, Subham Mitra, Komal Talloo and Margaret Chen.
Bhavesh Anchala also will be attending the virtual Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Competition later this month. In Monday’s edition of the Daily Digest, we inadvertently omitted Anchala from the IJAS list.

SHS Students Make “Historical” Effort in Competition
Kudos are in order for several students from the Stevenson History Fair Club who were named finalists in the Illinois History Day competition!
Illinois History Day consists of yearly competitions across the state, seeking to cultivate the growth and development of young historians, while also inspiring a love of history. Participants choose a topic related to a theme and present their findings in one of five categories: Research Paper, Exhibit, Documentary, Performance or Website. From Stevenson, three projects were named as finalists:

  • In the Individual Website Category, Ainika Hou was a finalist for her project “Communication in War: Navajo Code Talkers.”
  • Abhay Agarwal and Simran Agarwal’s project, “The Unsung Warriors: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers,” was named as a finalist for the Group Documentary Category.
  • For the Group Website Category, Aditi Bobba and Kavya Akkina were named as finalists for “‘Fake News’ of the 1950s: How McCarthyism was Defeated.”

Bobba and Akkina’s project was also named a National History Day Qualifier, where they will compete against students from 57 other affiliate states or regions.
Congratulations Patriots!


Attention Sophomores: Start Your Career Exploration Today!
Student Services wants to remind sophomore students that it’s not too early to start your career exploration process! Information was posted to Canvas on May 7 regarding career resources and how to navigate Naviance. However, if you missed the announcement, you can also access this information from this Google Doc.

Remote Learning Reminder
Patriots – we wanted to remind you that tomorrow, May 12, will be a remote learning day while AP testing occurs on campus. To see more details about the current weekly schedule, check out the COVID-19 Updates web page.


Athletic Results for May 10
Girls Track and Field

The Stevenson’s Girls Track and Field faced off against Libertyville and Waukegan for their last home meet of the season. The Patriots commanded the throwing events with senior Camille Clay winning both the discus (37.66 meters) and shot put (12.62 meters). Other first place finishers for Stevenson were sophomore Alex Wu in the triple jump (31’5”) and Jade Cadichon in the 100 meter dash (12.8). Cadichon also led the 4×100 meter relay team of Eve Traficanti, Lindsay Hendler and Ava Mecir (51.69), as well as the 4×200 meter relay team of Shannon Moser, Ava Mecir and Katelyn Robinson (1:54.2), to victory. With an exciting finish to the night, the 4×400 meter relay team of Lindsay Hendler, Katelyn Robinson, Eve Traficanti and Ashley Anderson reigned victorious (4:30.75). Head Coach Emma Degen recognized the class of 2021 Seniors: Ashley Anderson, Jade Cadichon, Kaitlyn Chan, Gyungin Chong, Camille Clay, Ava Corso, Gabrielle Dacuycuy, Natali Freihammer, Kendall Goldenson, Lindsey Hendler, Lily Ma, Emma Potocki, Isabella Rondon, Akiki Uchida, Varsha Vinod and Ellie Warren (pictured above). The Patriots gear up for their last dual meet at Lake Zurich next Monday, May 17.

Girls Soccer
Stevenson (7-2-1, 1-0) defeated Grayslake Central 8-0. During the first half, five Patriots scored goals: Abby Kalou, Bella Chavez, Brynn Stein, Ellie Egeland and Ella Hong. During the second half, the Patriots were able to score an additional three goals from Gabi Nyc, Brynn Stein and Ellie Egeland. Overall, the Patriots recorded 41 shots. Stevenson continues conference play at Libertyville this Thursday, May 13 at 6:45 p.m.

Stevenson traveled to Libertyville Monday and captured a conference win, 5-2. Stevenson scored one in the first on a walk by Elle Ruchim, single by Michaela Duffy and a sacrifice fly by Haley Barnes. Tied 1-1 going into the 4th, the Patriots scored two runs on a solo home run by Haley Barnes and Reagan Koenigs scored on a Libertyville error. In the 5th, Michaela Duffy had a double and Haley Barnes hit her 2nd home run pushing the lead to 5-2. For an encore, Haley Barnes hit her 3rd home run with Michaela Duffy on first after a walk. Haley Barnes was 3-3 with three home runs and six RBI’s. She also pitched a complete game getting the win with 10 strikeouts and only three walks. The Patriots travel to Lake Forest today for first pitch at 4:45 p.m.

The Patriots sailed to an easy victory over Zion-Benton, 12-2, on Monday. The Patriots fired up the offense in the first inning starting with a Benji Ries single. Max Rosenkranz earned the win. Rosenkranz allowed four hits and two runs over four innings, striking out six. Matthew Bressler threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Stevenson racked up 16 hits in the game. Ries, JR Nelson, Michael Belbot, Joey Little, Jordan Skolmar and Ryan Tumpowsky all had multiple hits. Ries went four-for-five at the plate.

Boys Volleyball
The boys varsity volleyball team earned a two-set victory over the Hersey Huskies Monday night, 25-19, 25-17. Leading the offensive charge were Samuel Nuudel (seven kills and three ace serves), Ethan Holub (seven kills), and Ryan Myers (five kills and one ace serve). Akaash Tanjore’s consecutive three ace serves in the second set helped solidify the win. Daniel Nuudel contributed 19 assists and went nine-for-nine from the service line. Murad Shahzadah’s six digs bolstered the defensive effort. The Patriots advance to a 9-2 overall record and welcome the Zion-Benton Zeebees to the Shire Wednesday night for their third NSC match.

Boys Track and Field
The Patriots improved to 5-0 yesterday afternoon after defeating Libertyville and Waukegan High Schools on the track at Libertyville High School. David Smolensky led the Patriots with three individual victories in the 100, 200 and 400 meter sprint races with times of 11.2, 23.0 and 52.2 respectively. Stevenson was victorious in the 4×100 meter relay with a team of Zach Goldman, Keegan Latulippe, Jacob Kurek and Trevor Abbott with a time of 45.5. The 4×200 meter relay team led by Goldman and Lattulipe and were joined by Ssuuna McKitty and Marcus Casselberry to take top honors with a time of 1:36.2. Shreyas Khati was the other double event winner for Stevenson winning the 110 High Hurdle and 300 Intermediate Hurdle Races with times of 16.8 and 44.8 seconds. In the field events, the Stevenson boys team won three of the six events with Mark Helwig winning the High Jump at 6’0″ and the Pole Vault at 10’10”. Shrijan Muralidharan set a personal best and was victorious in the triple jump, jumping 39’8″. The Patriots finish the dual meet season next week running against Lake Zurich and Mundelein. Next up is our annual Home Invitational, “PATRIOT RELAYS,” this Thursday evening in the Stadium.


FDA Expands Emergency Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccine in Children Aged 12 to 15
The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 12 to 15, meaning access for millions more adolescents. The Pfizer vaccine is so far still the only one approved for use in 16-to-18 year olds.

Helping Students Heal After Pandemic Uncertainty
Educators across the country say their top priority right now isn’t math or reading – it’s helping students manage pandemic-driven stress. To help kids cope with the trauma of the past year, mental health experts recommend educators build in time every day for students to share feelings and practice identifying and managing their emotions.

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