Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Best Buddies Walked For Friendship; Raised More Than $5,600!

Stevenson’s two Best Buddies chapters (Best Buddies High School and Best Buddies Transition) collectively raised $5,630.64 for the Friendship Walk held at Soldier Field in Chicago over the weekend.

The funds will go towards Best Buddies’ mission of empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through one-to-one friendships, job programs, and housing.

Stevenson ranked as the second-highest school-affiliated team and the fifth-highest group overall by amount raised for the walk. Representing Stevenson at the walk were: (pictured from left to right above): Marlee Golden, Sophie GoldenDarius Anta, Jared Schor, and Shelby Schor. Anta was on the Chicago Planning Committee for the Friendship Walk.

Stevenson’s Aspiring Entrepreneurs Make Their Pitches To Potential Investors

For aspiring entrepreneurs, Stevenson’s Startups in Business and Technology club is the perfect outlet because it encourages students to turn ideas for business into realities. And the competitive Symposiums attended by the club, led by EBoard members Lance LockerSohi ShahAnish NadellaSubham MitraKashyap RajeshSachet VermaAyaan Siddiqui, and Pranav Pullabhotla (all pictured right, except Pullabhotla), provides those entrepreneurs real-life “pitching” experience in front of potential investors.

At the SBT Business Pitch Symposium earlier this month, club members presented the startups that they created this school year to a panel of business founders and professionals who scored and critiqued the pitches. Six total teams competed against each other in this in-house competition, each having seven minutes to present, followed by five minutes of questioning.

Tsunami, a plant health monitoring device created by juniors Aditya RameshShreekar EarantiSudhi Chavadam and Akhil Ramidi (pictured top left), took first place. Second place was awarded to Blitz Breachers, a gamified exercise app for teens created by sophomores Sajan Patel and Alan Livingston and freshman Arjun Patel (pictured top center). Third place was earned by SafeSpot, a communicative mental health app for students created by freshmen Shaivi WankhedeShreya GuptaAamuktha YalamanchiliAkshaya Sahasra Ganji and Alekhya Dharna. Droplet, a sensor created by juniors Zayd KhanHamza Khan and Maaz Haider that measures household water usage, received an Honorable Mention.

Junior Ameya Mahajan competed with the company Evergreen that distributes sustainable furniture and sophomores Samrudh PrasannaSujith AllaAnsh SoniRakshit BezawadaVikram Jaiswal and Shoubhit Pusuluri competed with their company S.I.R.E., which educates young adults on how to enter the real estate industry.

eSports Qualifies Three Players For First-Ever IHSA State Finals

It was a first last weekend for high schools in Illinois…an IHSA-sanctioned eSports state competition. And Stevenson placed three teams at the sectional, held at Rockford Guilford High School. A total of three Stevenson students are now headed to the State Finals.

Angelo Abano came in first place in the Super Smash Brothers single competition to qualify for the state competition on Saturday at Bloomington High School. The Super Smash Brothers Duo-Team of Santiago Morales and Majid Abdelkareem also are headed to state after taking second place.

The Rocket League team made up of Marc GeigerTony Hwang, and Caden Pingel took fourth place at the sectional.

Stevenson’s Top Math Students Shine Brightly On National Stage

Throughout the school year, some of Stevenson’s best math students competed in various national competitions with the hope of ultimately qualifying for July’s International Math Olympiad in Oslo, Norway.

There was November’s American Mathematics Competition, a 75-minute, 25-question exam in which the top 2.5 percent of students qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam in February. Then, the top student scorers qualified for the USA Math Olympiad (USAMO) in March. There is also the USA Junior Math Olympiad in March.

Senior Lillian You, junior Benjamin Chen and sophomore Ethan Zhang qualified for the final round of the American Mathematics Competition. You and Chen then qualified for the USA Math Olympiad, giving them the opportunity to be considered for the United States’ International Olympiad. Zhang qualified for the USA Junior Math Olympiad. Chen was awarded a bronze award for a score in the top 18 percent of students’ scores.

Meanwhile, four female Stevenson math students were recently honored with annual awards from the Mathematical Association of America. The “Certificate for Young Women in Mathematics” acknowledges students who produce one of the top five student scores in the state of Illinois. Audrey Hong and Angela Guo were both honored with the Maryam Mirzakhani Certificate of Excellence for AMC 10A. Guo also was honored with the Two Sigma Certificate of Excellence for the AMC 10B. Lillian You was honored with the Jane Street Capital Certificate of Excellence for the AMC 12A. Katherine Li was honored with the Akamai Technologies Certificate of Excellence for the AMC 12B.

Student Announcements

Last Day To Vote For Your Tiny Home Favorites Is Tomorrow

Students in Advanced Architecture Design recently created designs of tiny homes, and voting for the best designs began nearly two weeks ago. The last day to vote is TOMORROW. Check out the students’ designs and cast your vote for your favorite interior and exterior tiny home designs. There are four interior designs (pictured above left) and five exterior designs (pictured above right) to choose from on each ballot. Please kindly limit yourself to just one vote per person.

Absences Can Now Be Reported Using Infinite Campus

A reminder to Parents and Guardians: You can now use Infinite Campus to submit an absence for your student. Please log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal using your credentials. Click on MORE in the menu and then “Absence Request.”

Please then pick an excuse code from the list. Indicate whether the student will be absent for the whole day. 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. Verify the dates of the absence and enter any comments including the student ID. CLICK SUBMIT when finished.

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

Free The Children Fundraiser At Noodles & Co. Is Tomorrow

Free the Children is a service club at Stevenson that aims to organize campaigns to globally support the five pillars of food, water, education, opportunity, and health. Tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Free the Children is hosting a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Noodles & Co. to support future campaigns. The flyer to the left should be shown to the location after making an order so that a percentage of the sale will go to support Free the Children.

Patriot Sports News

Nominate A Stevenson All-Time Great To The Athletic Hall Of Fame

The Athletic Department recently honored its Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2020 and 2021, but is already thinking about inductees for the Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2022. Nominations will be accepted until May 15. Please click here to nominate.

Quick Hits

Take Advantage Of Two Sports Boosters Offers: The Sports Boosters are offering two ways for families to honor their Class of 2022 Graduates. Families can Buy a Brick for $150 and it will be placed in the Hall of Fame Garden in the Summer of 2022. Bricks can be purchased through the Patriot Superstore. Lawn Signs can also be purchased. These can be customized for your graduate 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 both the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. Desserts are $3 each or two for $5. Cash and Patriot Dollars will be accepted.

Athletic Results

Softball: The Patriots (6-6, 4-3) took on visiting Lake Forest and got a 21-3 North Suburban Conference victory. Aubrey Jepson was clutch at the plate with runners on base, driving in 4 runs on 2 hits. Jepson drove in runs on a single in the first and second innings. Megan Orgler drove in 1 run when she singled in the second inning. Stevenson continued to rack up the runs, driven in by Annie GrisamoreKatelyn Dianis, Jepson, Lexi Gitler, and Allie StevensOlivia Ringham started in the circle for the Patriots, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs over three innings, striking out 2 batters. As a team, the Patriots stole 9 bases and didn’t commit a single error in the game. Next up for Stevenson is a tournament at Rolling Meadows beginning on Friday.

Baseball: Stevenson (14-5, 4-3) traveled to Zion-Benton and rolled to an 11-0 shutout. Brady Rosenkranz pitched the shutout, allowing 2 hits over six innings while the offense tallied 5 runs in the fifth inning, with Colin SchmitkeJR NelsonJordan Skolmar, and Bryan Park contributing to the scoring. Rosenkranz also struck out 9 batters and walked just one. Next up for the Patriots is New Trier at 4:45 p.m. today at the Varsity Baseball Field.

Boys Tennis: The tennis team (11-3, 4-0) visited Zion-Benton and recorded a 7-0 shutout victory. The Patriots ended up playing 1 singles match and 3 doubles matches. Stevenson won all of its matches by a score of 6-0, 6-0. Next up for the Patriots is Glenbrook South at 4:45 p.m. today at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (9-1-1, 2-0-1) battled Warren to a scoreless tie in their latest North Suburban Conference match. After a hard-fought battle, the match remained scoreless after 80 minutes of play. Goalkeeper Mandy Meliker had 6 saves and the shutout. The Patriots are back in action at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow against Zion-Benton at the Stadium.

Education News

Fear And Dislocation: Ukrainian Students In U.S. Warily Watch The War

Ukrainian college students are grappling with a terrifying new reality and fast-changing circumstances. And many are starting relief efforts from their campuses in the United States.

In An Effort To Make Schools Greener, The White House Is Offering Billions Of Dollars

“In most school districts, the second-largest yearly expense after salaries is the energy bill,”

said Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking earlier this month at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. She was announcing a new, multibillion-dollar federal push to renovate public schools in ways that are healthier both for children and the planet – and often, that save money too.

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. 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

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

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