Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022

State Robotics Team 1965Y Heading To State This Weekend!

Part of the Stevenson Vex Robotics Club is headed to the State Finals after competing last weekend in a tournament at Von Steuben High School that included 32 teams in a challenge called “Tipping Point.” The objective was to balance goals and robots on a teeter-totter platform.

During the elimination bracket, Stevenson’s Team 1965Y, made up of members Neil ThakkerIyad HamidJoshua NeelaAndrei NistorTanmay Panchpor, and Adam Taylor reached the quarterfinals, while Stevenson’s Team 1965W, made of up of members Tyler LiSubham MitraMelissa PassmanSachet VermamadeShaurya AgarwalKrish ShahRayhan Sarabu, and Nittin Dhekshinamoorthy, reached the semifinals.

Ultimately, Team 1965Y won the Design Award and will be heading to the State Competition this Saturday.

It’s Winterfest, Day 3!

Winterfest is here and the overall theme for the week is “Into The Woods.” Think fairy tales and flowers in an enchanted forest. There will be daily “Spirit Themes” and activities as well. The activities, unless otherwise noted, will be held in both the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons and will take place during all lunch hours. Here’s the rundown for today and tomorrow:


  • Spirit Theme: Country Versus Country Club (Dress as one or the other.)
  • Activities: Senior Class Board is sponsoring “Into the Woods Wordle” where students can guess a Wordle (like the new online game) related to the Winterfest event.


  • Spirit Theme: Class Colors Day (Freshmen Red, Sophomores Blue, Juniors Gold, Seniors Green)

There will be a live Winterfest Pep Rally during the PM Assembly so you can show off your class and school pride. The Pep Assembly will be in the Sportscenter and is optional. Students can choose to view the Assembly in the Wood and Glass Commons as well. Busses will still run at 3:25 p.m.

  • Activities: Freshman Class Board is sponsoring “Origami” and the Patriot Parent Association is also hosting “Treat Day.”

IMPORTANT NOTE: To purchase Winterfest dance tickets, which are $25 each, please click here.

History Bowl/Bee Wins Regional Championship

The History Bowl/Bee Team made a little history of its own earlier this month at the Greater Chicago History Bowl/Bee Regional Tournament at Loyola Academy.

Stevenson added another championship to its resume as the Varsity took first place. The team includes senior Anish Arora and juniors Christian EpureAadit JunejaDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapti. The Junior Varsity Bowl team of sophomores Maurya BonuBill GuoVedant Rathi and Stone Yan earned second place.

In the Varsity History Bee competition, Wuppalapti was the runner-up and Pendharkar earned third place. In the Junior Varsity Bee competition, freshman Hari Veginati also earned third place.

The National History Bee and Bowl rewards students who can make connections across eras, places, and themes in history while enhancing their understanding of history through preparation and competition.

Pictured above are (from left to right): Juneja, Epure, Wuppalapati, Pendharkar and Arora.

Student Announcements

Check Out The Live Operation Black History Month Performances Today In The Wood Commons

Just a reminder that in addition to today’s Operation Black History Month event that includes a showcase, exhibit and food and will run from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in Room 2104, there will also be performances at 5 p.m. in the Wood Commons. The vibe will be similar to that of a talent show where performers will entertain with dances, the spoken word and more!

It’s TREAT DAY Tomorrow!

Cookies, cookies, cookies! The Patriot Parent Association will be hosting “Treat Day” tomorrow during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons, giving away FREE COOKIES!

Catalyst Wants To Know Your “Why” For Making Good Choices During Winterfest

There may be temptations and tough decisions for students to make around various Winterfest activities, particularly Saturday’s Winterfest Dance. Catalyst, a leadership group dedicated to supporting and encouraging a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle for the youth in our community, will be providing a large poster today in both the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons where students can write their why for not using substances during Winterfest. Participants will receive a prize!

Statesman Adds To Latest Issue With New Online Content

The Statesman has added some bonus online content to its February issue. Just in time for Winterfest, a Statesman staffer created a list of rom-coms with her take for weekend movie binging. And students reflect on relationships at Stevenson in a video story created by the Statesman. Meanwhile, a guest columnist takes a look at some of the issues surrounding Stevenson traffic, and the Statesman adds to its coverage of the events of Feb. 11. Please visit Statesman’s website for those stories and much more.

Archery Team Hits The Target With Multiple First-Place Finishes

Earlier this month, the archery team hosted the S3DA Tournament and was very much on target with four first-place winners. Senior Jackson Esposito won the Male Olympic Recurve while freshman Sahana Bala won the Female Pins. Sophomore Aaron Gan took first place in Male Barebow while senior Alicia Zheng placed first in Female Barebow. Also placing were: Freshman Leo Magnifico (second place, Male Barebow), senior Connor Stolman (third place, Male Barebow), senior Sanaa Sulton (second place, Female Barebow) and senior Paulina Ornatsky (third place, Female Barebow).

Patriot Sports News

Girls Basketball Plays For Sectional Championship Tonight!

Stevenson continues its march in the IHSA state tournament, taking on another North Suburban Conference foe in the Warren Sectional. This time, the top-seeded Patriots, who are 32-2 on the season, will face No. 6-seed Lake Zurich in the sectional championship game. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at Warren’s Almond Campus. Stevenson defeated NSC rival Libertyville in its sectional semifinal, 42-30. Lake Zurich advanced by knocking off Fremd, 42-33. The winner at Warren will advance to Monday’s Hersey Supersectional (7 p.m.) and will take on the winner of tonight’s Glenbrook South sectional championship game between top-seeded Loyola and No. 2-seed Maine South.

Know An Exceptional Patriot? Submit Your Nomination For Winter Sports Now

Attention all coaches, students, and parents! Don’t FORGET – You still have time to nominate a team or individual for the “Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award” (ESPPA’s) for winter sports. Winter sports awards are coming up at 7 p.m. on March 8. We need your nominations to decide the winners. Please take a look at the nomination form and recommend your favorite event/individual for each award. The deadline to nominate is tomorrow.

Athletic Results

Boys Basketball: The Patriots got off to a good start in the IHSA state tournament, winning their regional semifinal against Grant, 49-36. Evan Porto scored a team-high 21 points and also had 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocked shots. Jaden Evans added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists and Josh Thomas contributed 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The Patriots, now 19-8 overall, move to Friday’s regional championship and will take on Prospect, which beat Mundelein 50-46 in the other semifinal. Tip-off on Friday is at 7 p.m. at Mundelein High School.

Education News

School Districts Across Illinois Are Going Mask Optional

The Illinois Association of School Administrators last week said about 700 districts it has reached so far have a mask optional policy or will transition to one soon. Illinois has about 850 districts. The IASA says some districts in Cook County, including Chicago Public Schools, appear to be among the minority still requiring masks.

College Scholarships Will Be Awarded To All Students At Five Chicago Public High Schools

During an assembly Tuesday morning at Chicago’s Benito Juarez Community Academy High School, Hope Chicago announced that it will provide full scholarships for college or vocational programs to all of the school’s 1,671 students. For each student, scholarships will also be provided to one of their parents. The organization, started with $20 million from philanthropists Pete Kadens and Ted Koenig, is working on raising $1 billion over 10 years so that eventually some 24,000 students and 6,000 parents can get scholarships.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Feb. 24-28: Black History Month

Feb. 24-26: Winterfest

Feb. 24: Late Arrival

Feb. 25: PPA Treat Day

Feb. 25: PM Assembly

Feb. 25: Mr. SHS

Feb. 25-26: IHSA Girls Wrestling State Finals

Feb. 26: Winterfest Dance

Feb. 28: Activity Period

Feb. 28-Mar. 1: Winter Band Concert

Mar. 1: BPO Meeting

Mar. 2: Sophomore Family College And Career Night (Zoom)

Mar. 3: Baroque Concert

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