Monday, April 25, 2022

Heads Up: Tomorrow Is A Different Kind Of Day At Stevenson

Tomorrow is Testing Day for Sophomores, who will be taking the PSAT on campus.

Juniors and Seniors will be off tomorrow. No School!

Meanwhile, all Freshmen tomorrow will participate in a Freshman Wellness Day on campus rather than attending their regularly-scheduled classes.

Through a keynote speaker, followed by two breakout sessions, freshmen will explore the theme “Living Portraits” in which they will focus on the three components of the SHS Portrait of a Graduate – commitment to self, commitment to others and commitment to learning. For more details about Freshman Wellness Day, please refer to the letter sent to parents and guardians by Sarah Bowen, Director of Student Services.

Statesman Places In Various Categories Over The Weekend At State

At the IHSA State Journalism Finals at Heartland Community College in Normal over the weekend, the Statesman placed seventh overall as a team while also picking up multiple individual Top Six finishes.

Senior Raghav Khosla (pictured right) was the state runner-up in Broadcast News. Junior Collin Fan placed fourth in Newspaper Design, senior Bayarmaa Bat-erdene finished fifth in Review Writing, junior Aayushi Wadhawan placed fifth in Editorial Writing, senior Vaasu Kakuturu was sixth in Infographics, junior Surya Sethi was sixth in Yearbook Copy Writing, and senior Sophia Ismailed was sixth in Yearbook Double-Page Design. Only the Top Six in each event were recognized.

Student Announcements

Seniors: Get Up With The Sun On Friday For The “Senior Sunrise” Celebration!

Seniors: Celebrate new beginnings on Friday at the Senior Sunrise! The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. in the Stadium. Wear gear from the college you will be attending. There will be food, hot chocolate, and music and you can pick up your cap and gown for graduation! There will also be the opportunity for you to get your own autograph toy and have all of your friends sign it! Ultimately, it will be a great time to hang out with your friends and remember good times from high school at Stevenson!

Patriot Sports News

Girls Water Polo Takes On Top Out-Of-State Competition Over The Weekend; Stays Perfect On The Season

The girls water polo team hit the road to take on the top teams in the state of Michigan. And the Patriots more than held their own. Stevenson moved to 20-0 on the season with four decisive wins, as the starters held Hudsonville, Hot/El, Rockford and Forest Hills to a combined 6 goals in four games.

Against Hudsonville in the first game, Stevenson got a 9-1 victory. Elizabeth White had 6 goals. Katie Delaney had 6 blocked shots and 3 assists. Becca Stone had 6 steals. Stevenson then shut out Hot/El, 13-0. White had 3 goals followed by Emily Headley with 2 goals. Delaney had 6 blocked shots and 5 steals. The Patriots continued their winning ways by defeating Rockford 7-3. White had 4 goals. Faith Ma had 4 steals and Delaney had 10 blocked shots. Finally, Stevenson upended Forest Hills 11-2. Belle Cloeter had 3 goals followed by Ma and Sophia Berger with 2 goals apiece. Camila Maya had 7 steals and Delaney had 3 blocked shots.

The Patriots’ stinginess on defense, on display throughout the entire weekend, was led by the starters and seniors, including Delaney, Cloeter, Mary FouaniBecca StoneDelilah Ciezak, Ma, Shruthi Rajkumar, White and Calla Lermer. Stevenson’s next match is against York at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Stevenson.

Three Hockey Players Participated In National Showcase

Jonathan Adler, Nolan Jones and Cam Schneider were selected to attend The USA Hockey America’s Showcase, a five-day program in St. Louis that ended today and was designed to allow high school hockey players from around the country the opportunity to compete against the best of the best with nearly every major hockey institution in North America in attendance to observe.

Athletic Results

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (pictured right) won the Buffalo Grove Invite over the weekend, powered by four first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. Stevenson (10-3) relied on the experience of its upperclassmen throughout the day. No. 1 singles player Ashy Madushankar and No. 2 singles player Caden Zhao took second while No. 3 singles player Dustin Zhao earned first place. The No. 1 doubles team of Gabe Visotsky and Gautham Kappaganthula won first place, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Ervin Perkowski and Daniel Jaworski and Ervin Jang and Alex Jang and the No. 3 doubles team of Tejas Sheth and Jonathan Wang. Next up for the Patriots is a road match at Zion-Benton at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Girls Track: The Patriots traveled to Northbrook on Friday to attend the Titan Invite. There were several other local teams competing, including: Fremd, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South, Loyola, Maine West, Maine South. The Patriots placed second overall with a score of 82 points. Notable finishes included: Ava Wilson (first place, 100 meter dash, 13.22), Alex Wu (first place, 200 meter dash, 28.14), Wu, Eve TraficantiAva Mecir, and Wilson (second place, 4×100 meter relay, 51.43), Traficanti (second place, 400 meter dash, 1:03.58), Allie Wasserman (second place, 100 meter hurdles, 18.43) and Adeline Gobble (second place, 800 meter run, 2:29.86). Next up are conference opponents Lake Zurich and Mundelein at Mundelein High School at 5 p.m. tonight.

Boys Track: At the competitive Bob Cohoon Invite, Stevenson finished eighth out of 14 teams. Notable finishes included: Jimmy Davis (second place, 400 meter run, 50.43), Zach GoldmanMarcus CaselberryKeegan Latuilppe, and Davis (fourth place, 4×100 meter relay, 44.13) and Mark Hellwig Jr. (first place, high jump, 1.95 meters). Next up for the Patriots is a home meet against conference opponents Lake Zurich and Mundelein at the Stadium at 5 p.m. tonight.

Badminton: The Patriots stayed undefeated on the season (13-0) after a busy weekend, starting with an 18-0 shutout of Evanston. Then, Stevenson headed to Oswego High School for an Invite there and finished in first place as a team. No. 1 singles player Anvi Harish (6-1 record) came in second place and No. 2 singles player Meha Krishnareddigari (6-1) also came in second place. No. 3 singles player Reshma Rajesh (7-0) rolled to a first-place finish as did No. 4 singles player Riddhi Mallela (7-0). The No. 1 doubles team of Ema Akutsu and Kathrine Li (7-0), the No. 2 doubles team of Nancy Zhang and Ellie Ouyang (7-0) and the No. 3 doubles team of Ruhi Sachar and Meghana Dixit (7-0) all came in first place. Next up for Stevenson is New Trier at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday in the Fieldhouse.

Boys Volleyball: Stevenson (21-2, 2-0) hosted a triangular with Notre Dame and Harlem and swept both matches, defeating Notre Dame 25-15, 25-12 and Harlem, 25-10, 25-9. Against Notre Dame, Chris Ehler had 2 kills, 1 solo block and 2 block assists. Christian Headley had 2 kills and 1 block assist with 3 digs. Setter Daniel Nuudel had 14 assists and 3 digs. Against Harlem, the Patriots made some great plays and maintained a positive hitting percentage, starting with Headley, who had 7 kills and Karl Lutz, who had 6 kills. Contributing to the attacking for the Patriots were Shiva Nallapati with 5 kills, Daniel Nuudel with 4 kills, and Ehler with 3 kills. Daniel Nuudel had 24 assists and 1 dig and libero Murad Shahzdah had a team-high of 6 digs. Next up for Stevenson is visiting Zion-Benton in the Sportscenter at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Boys Water Polo: The Patriots (15-4) went 3-0 over the weekend, starting with a 7-6 win over Curie on Friday. Goalie Armaan Gill had 10 saves, while Kunal Rajadhyax (5 steals) scored 3 goals. Andrew MossmanAngelos KoutsogeorgasSully Swanson, and Jack Curtin all scored 1 goal apiece. Stevenson went on to defeat Fenwick, 9-7 on Saturday morning. Again, Gill dominated with 11 saves. Max Lapointe-St. Georges had 4 goals. Mossman and Koutsogeorgas had 2 goals each and Tamer Dalloul added 1 goal. The Patriots then edged St. Rita, 8-5 and goalie Mark Younan had 8 saves. Rajadhyax scored 3 goals. Lapointe-St. Georges had 2 goals. Koutsogeorgas, Swanson, and Dalloul each added 1 goal. Stevenson is now ranked No. 3 in the state and will host a 10-team tournament that will feature 5 of the top 6 teams in the state starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Allied Soccer: Stevenson opened its season with an 8-5 win over Mundelein on Saturday. Mark Brady and David Ha had 2 goals apiece. Meanwhile, Rachel EngJohn FalconJeremy Millman, and Gile Pomponi all scored 1 goal each. Next up for the Patriots is Lake Zurich at 12 Noon on Saturday in the Stadium.

Sports Notes

Sports Boosters Offers: The Sports Boosters are offering two ways for families to honor their Class of 2022 Graduates. Bricks that will be placed in the Hall of Fame Garden in Summer of 2022 are available for $150. Bricks can be purchased through the Patriot Superstore.

Lawn Signs can also be purchased. These signs can be customized for graduates and delivered to your home. Lawn Signs can be purchased by clicking this link.

Frosty Friday Sales: The girls and boys water polo teams will be selling Chocolate and Vanilla Frosty Desserts on Friday. Sales will begin after sixth period and run through the end of day in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. The desserts are $3/each or 2 for $5. Cash and Patriot Dollars will be accepted.

Education News

Why MIT Is An Outlier In Reinstating SAT/ACT Scores For Admissions

During the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of colleges and universities suspended or dropped SAT or ACT test scores as a requirement for admissions. Last month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) made news by reinstating it — which runs counter to the path taken by other leading institutions of higher education.

Expensive Textbooks Are Still A Problem. Will Higher Quality Open Educational Resources Help?

High textbook costs continue to be a barrier to college for some students, with some studies showing that many students skip textbook purchases even if they worry it’ll harm their grades because of the price tag.

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. 25: Making A Healthy Transition To Stevenson

Apr. 26: PSAT 10 ~ Sophomores

Apr. 27: Baroque Concert

Apr. 28: Free The Children Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Local Scholarship Reception

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

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