Monday, March 28, 2022

Freshmen: The CCC Can Help You Plan Ahead With Its Upcoming “Freshmen Family Night”

A big jump in high school occurs between freshman and sophomore year, when students go from trying hard to navigate new hallways to thinking hard about how to navigate life outside of Stevenson’s walls.

The College Career Center has just the program for freshmen students and their parents or guardians. Stevenson’s annual Freshmen Family Night helps outline what can be expected during the next three years as the high school journey moves closer towards post-high school opportunities. This year, Freshmen Family Night is slated for 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. The presentation will be offered in-person, in the Performing Arts Center, as well as via Zoom.

The program will be interpreted in Spanish. Families needing other language interpreter assistance can reach out to Donna Wallach, at before Thursday.

In addition, there will be a short pre-session for families of students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan from 6:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center or via Zoom.

Families that are unable to attend will be able to access the recordings and slides on the CCC page of the Stevenson website (under Freshmen/Sophomore Focus) within one week of the event.

Student Announcements

Play Some Dodge Ball For A Good Cause On Sunday Afternoon

Love Dodge Ball? Want to play for a good cause? The Rotary Youth Club Eboard is hosting a Dodge Ball tournament, cleverly named “Dodge Polio,” to raise awareness of the disease Polio.

Polio still remains in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but Rotary International has made significant strides in eradicating Polio in many other countries such as India and Nigeria.

This tournament is one of the Rotary Youth Club’s biggest events of the year and will be held on Sunday at the Sportscenter. Doors open at 12 noon and games begin at 12:30 p.m. Please form teams of 5 to 8 people and fill out the registration form. The cost is $5 per team member. Entry fees can be paid at the door or online. Five people will play at a time and teams can have as many as three people on the bench to sub in.

The tournament can accommodate a maximum of 30 teams and entry is first come, first serve. Teams will compete for prizes.

Seniors: Be A Speaker At Commencement! Apply Now!

Ever think about what it would be like to be a speaker at your graduation?

Well, you no longer have to just think it, you can do it!

Traditionally, there have been two, 3- to 5-minute student speeches at Stevenson’s commencement ceremony. If you would like to be considered for either of the speeches, please complete this application no later than Friday, April 8. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Here are the two speeches:

  • The “Scriptor” Speech: The purpose of this speech is to give the graduating seniors the opportunity to look back at their years of education up to their graduation. Reflections on the experiences of students from kindergarten through high school, common experiences, and life lessons are typically mentioned in this speech.
  • The “Gubernator” Speech: The purpose of this speech is to give graduating seniors the opportunity to look ahead. This forward-looking speech focuses on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Infinite Campus Can Now Be Used To Report An Absence

Going to be absent? Parents and Guardians can now use Infinite Campus to submit an absence for their students. Log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal using your credentials. Then:

  1. Click on MORE in the menu, then “Absence Request.”
  2. Pick an excuse code from the list.
  3. Indicate whether the student will be absent for the whole day.
  4. If the student will arrive late or leave early, please enter the anticipated arrival or departure time. Students are required to stop in the attendance office upon their departure/arrival.
  5. Verify the dates of the absence.
  6. Enter any comments including the student ID.
  7. CLICK SUBMIT when finished.

NOTE: You can also still call (847) 415-4000 and press 2 to report an absence.

Just A Reminder: Look For Your Lost Items!

Lost and Found locations are in 6120 (East) and 2416 (West) and are open during the school day. Please check for your lost items in a timely manner as all items will be donated two weeks from their lost date.

Patriot Sports News

Olympic Medalist And Stevenson Grad Megan Bozek On Campus Tomorrow

Fresh off of her Silver Medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics, U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team star and 2009 Stevenson graduate Megan Bozek will be on campus tomorrow to sign autographs and show off her Olympic hardware.

Bozek, who is a defender for the U.S. team and was also an Olympic silver medalist in 2014, will be set up during periods 5 and 6 in the Wood Commons.

Bozek played four years at the University of Minnesota, where she won two national championships. She has played seven seasons of professional hockey and was inducted into the Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame with the inaugural class in 2019.

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.

First Practice For Allied Soccer Is Tomorrow

The Allied Soccer team begins its season tomorrow with its first practice. The team will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Stadium from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact coaches Mark Schartner ( and Shannon Mauro (

Athletic Results

Badminton: The Patriots traveled to Buffalo Grove for an invitational on March 19 and took first place with an overall score of 39-1. Notable finishes in singles included: Anvi Harish (second place, 4-1, No. 1 singles), Meha Krishnareddigari (first place, 5-0, No. 2 singles), Reshma Rajesh (first place, 5-0, No. 3 singles) and Riddhi Malella (first place, 5-0, No. 4 singles). Notable finishes in doubles included: Ema Akutsun and Katherine Li (first place, 5-0, No. 1 doubles), Nancy Zhang and Ellie Ouyang (first place, 5-0, No. 2 doubles), Ruhi Sachar and Meghana Dixit (first place, 5-0, No. 3 doubles), Veronica Liu and Sanjitha Vaidyanathan (first place 5-0, No. 4 doubles). Next up for the Patriots is a North Suburban Conference matchup against Waukegan at 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the Fieldhouse.

Girls Water Polo: The Patriots defeated Fenwick on March 17, 11-6. Katie Delaney had 17 blocked shots. Belle Cloeter and Faith Ma both had 4 steals. Ma also led in scoring with 3 goals. Next up for the Patriots is a dual match against Lake Forest at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Aquatic Center.

Boys Gymnastics: On March 17, the Patriots took on Barrington in their first home meet and suffered a close loss, 133.10 to 132.60. Thor Mace and Finlay Oyston tied for second on the floor exercise with a score of 8.40. Mace earned second on the pommel horse with a score of 8.20. Mace struck again on the still rings with a score of 9.00, putting him in first place. He also earned third on the vault with a score of 8.20. Next up for the Patriots is a meet at Mundelein at 6 p.m. on April 4.

Girls Track: As Spring Break was getting underway, the Patriots hosted their own invitational where they placed first with a score of 158. There were several notable finishes throughout the meet. Ava Wilson placed second with a time of 8.33 in the 60 meter dash. Alex Wu also finished second in the 200 meter dash with a time of 28.29. In the 1600 meter run, Casie Bjork finished second with a time of 6:08.23. The Patriots dominated in the 3200 meter run with Stella Plenal and Nanoko Seki finishing first and second respectively. In the 50 meter and 60 meter hurdles, Allie Wasserman finished first in both with a time of 10.61 and 11.01. The relay team of Ava Mecir, Wilson, Wu, and Eve Traficanti finished first in the 200 meter relay with a time of 1:51.9. In the 400 meter relay, Olivia Barreca, Wilson, Shannon Moser, and Nanolo Seki, finished second with a time of 4:31.50. Also finishing second was the relay team of Moser, Angelique CheDylan Kennedy, and Bjork in the 800 meter with a time of 11:12.77. In the field events, Ella O’Neall placed first in the shot put with a distance of 13.12 meters. Martina Platero finished second in the long jump with a distance of 4.34 meters and Wu finished second in the triple jump with a distance of 9.78 meters. Next up for the Patriots is a meet against North Suburban Conference foe Warren at 5 p.m. on April 5 at Stevenson.

Boys Water Polo: Stevenson headed to York over the weekend to take on several teams in York’s Spring Invite. The Patriots beat Loyola Academy, 17-8. Angelos Koutsogeorgas scored 7 goals. Olin Kusevskis had 4 goals and Sully Swanson had 2 goals. Kunal Rajadhyax added 3 assists. The Patriots went on to prevail over York, 7-5. Goalie Armaan Gill had 6 saves. Kusevskis scored 3 goals. Koutsogeorgas added 2 goals. Tamer Dallouland and Rajadhyax each had 1 goal and Swanson had 2 assists. As the day progressed, Stevenson lost in overtime against St. Louis University High School, 11-10Mark Younan had 4 saves. Rajadhyax led with 5 goals and Kusevskis and Filip Wal both contributed with 2 goals. Andrew Mossman led with 2 assists. The final game of the day was against New Trier where the Patriots lost 10-2. Gill led with 5 saves and Wal scored both goals. Stevenson will be on the road to take on conference rival Lake Forest at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots traveled to Joliet West to participate in the Joliet West Invite on Friday and Saturday. The team finished up the weekend with a record of 4-1, losing in the championship game against Joliet West 21-25, 28-26, 23-25. Notable performances included: Karl Lutz and Sam Nuudel, both with 13 kills and Christian Headley with 7 kills. Earlier in the tournament, the Patriots beat Oak Park-River Forest, 25-9, 25-6. Daniel Nuudel had 3 aces, while Ramsey Engel had 2 aces. Key kills came from Lutz with 5 and Chris Ehler with 4. The Patriots then took on Plainfield South and won 25-12, 25-15. With consistent play from the entire team, notable players included: Lutz with 3 aces and 6 kills and Sam Nuudel with 2 aces and 5 kills, Dan Nuudel with 3 kills, Eric Hartman with 4 kills and Headley with 7 kills. Stevenson went on to beat both St. Charles North (25-18, 25-20) and Wheaton North (25-20, 21-25, 25-15). In both of those matches combined, Daniel Nuudel had 2 aces and 6 kills. Headley had 2 aces and 16 kills. Sam Nuudel had 18 kills and Lutz rounded out the heavy hitting with 10 kills. Next up for the Patriots is a home match against Lakes at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Baseball: The Patriots were in action throughout the Spring Break week, both playing at home and on the road. The Patriots took their first game on Opening Day against Deerfield, 2-1. Owen Housinger went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles. Michael Belbot went 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI, and Daniel Cabrales pitched 3.2 innings and had 4 strikeouts. On March 21, Stevenson shut out Springfield, 11-0. Cabrales and Brett Gaynor combined to strike out 11 and walk just 2 batters. Jordan Skolmar went 1-for-2 with 2 RBI, Housinger had 3 RBI, Belbot went 2-for-3, Joe Richardson went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and J.R. Nelson went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. Stevenson continued to have an amazing week, finishing out with a 3-1 record. The Patriots lost to South Gibson 5-3 in their first game, but came back to beat them in the championship, 5-4. Stevenson also beat Lake County Tennessee, 21-2 and Crockett County 13-0. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Prairie Ridge at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Boys Lacrosse: Stevenson had its first home game against Palatine on March 17 and got a 12-4 victory. Over Spring Break, the Patriots did some traveling and faced O’Fallon High School on Friday. The Patriots took home the win, with a score of 17-4. O’Fallon tried to make a comeback by getting close at halftime with a score of 6-4. However, the Patriots prevailed with an 11-goal run. Stevenson was led offensively by Ryan Hynes and Colin Livesay. Cody Collins led the team on the defensive end and Eugene Bae stepped up in the goal in his stellar debut. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Barrington at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Education News

Surprising College Research From Multiple-Intelligences Theory Creator

The mental health of young Americans has become a top concern for schools two years into the coronavirus pandemic, but a new study on higher education finds that college students had identified it as their chief worry before covid-19. And the primary cause was academic pressure — not political issues or money concerns, the study found.

University Announces First-Ever masters degree in “Happiness Studies”

A New Jersey university is launching what it called the world’s first “Master of Arts in Happiness Studies.” Centenary University’s program will “explore the implications of happiness for individuals, the workplace, and our broader society,” according to the college’s announcement. It’s set to launch virtually in the fall and will cost students $17,700.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Mar. 28: School Resumes

Mar. 31: ELC Butterfly Boutique Spring Candle Sale Deadline

Apr. 1: Evening Of Jazz

April 4-8: Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week

Apr. 4: String Parents Association Meeting

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