Friday, April 29, 2022

Seniors Got Up Early This Morning To Celebrate Each Other At “Senior Sunrise!”

Seniors descended on the Stadium this morning to celebrate each other and the final weeks of their time together at SENIOR SUNRISE!

There was food, hot chocolate, and music, and some seniors wore gear from the college they will be attending. There was also a map that seniors used to indicate exactly where in the country they will be next year, and each senior got a Class of 2022 puppy (complete with its own adorable graduation cap…pictured right) that could be used to gather signatures and messages from friends. Caps and gowns for graduation were also available for seniors to pick up.

Despite a chill in the air, today’s Senior Sunrise was a great time for seniors to hang out with their friends and remember good times from high school at Stevenson!

At the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair. The following special awards were earned by Stevenson students:

Bradley University Center for STEM Education Excellence Award: Matthew Zhu for “Mimicking Human Gameplay in Tetris Versus with a Neural Network AI;” Oberweis Assets Innovation Award: Aditya Tiwari and Gaurish Lakhanpal for “A Novel Method For Tuberculosis Drug Identification Using Machine Learning;” Naval Science Award for STEM Excellence: Alexander Wang for “Possibility of Excess Stock Returns from Using Technical Indicator Based Strategies;” Excellence in Software Engineering: Yashwanth Ravipati for “Illegal Fishing Detection with Image Analysis and Edge AI Systems;”

Best in Category for Aerospace: Yousef Alkhayyat for “The Effect of Non-planar Wing Systems on the Performance of a Wing;” Best in Category for Behavioral Science: Sneha GuhaAnish Deshpande and Rohit Guha for “The Effect of Cheating on Average Centipawn Loss and Average Time Usage in Chess;” Best in Category for Computer Science: Aditya Gupta and Shrihan Tummala for “Detection of Fake News With Machine Learning;” Best in Category for Materials Science: Angela Guo for “Development of Luminscent Materials Nanoceramics by Cold Sintering Process;” Best in Category for Mathematics: Matthew Zhu for “Mimicking Human Gameplay in Tetris Versus with a Neural Network AI”

Jay and Jeremy Hoffman Memorial Award for Papers that Make a Difference: Delisha Nair for “Effect of Natural Essential Oils on Staphylococcus epidermidis;” Jay and Jeremy Hoffman Memorial Award for Papers that Make a Difference: Avisha Thota for “Addressing and Finding Effective Treatments for Cisplatin Induced Hearing Loss Through Honokiol”

Top 10 Paper: Yashwanth Ravipati for “Illegal Fishing Detection with Image Analysis and Edge AI Systems;” Essay Finalist: Gabriella Thalos; Artistic Design Finalist: Uma Pulugurtha, Lyell J and Ethyl M; Thomas Scholarship: Rohita Kotyada

In addition, the following students earned Gold awards at the Paper Competition: Yashwanth RavipatiAngela Guo, Matthew ZhuDylan IvanovRohita KotyadaDelisha NairNikhil GangavarapuAvisha ThotaAditya GuptaShrihan TummalaAlexander WangSurabhi Gangadkar and Trisha Gannu.

The following students earned Gold Awards at the Poster Competition: Yousif AlkhayyatSneha GuhaAnish DeshpandeRohit GuhaMatthew ZhuYashwanth RavipatiAditya GuptaShrihan TummalaAditya TiwariGaurish LakhanpalDeepti HegdeRitanya SubramanianAngela Guo and Alexander Wang.

Science Olympiad Team Wins Second Straight State Title and Sixth In Last 10 Years!

Back-to-Back! Stevenson’s Science Olympiad Team successfully defended its State Championship title last weekend during a virtual competition of 51 high schools from across the state of Illinois. The Patriots have been the reigning state champions since 2019 and have held the title six times in the past 10 years! Saturday’s victory also earned the Patriots their thirteenth consecutive trip to the national competition, which will be held virtually in May. The Patriots currently rank tenth in the nation!

Stevenson Students Could Have Art Displayed In U.S. Capitol

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

Three Stevenson students are competing in the contest representing Congressman Brad Schneider’s district. They are: Nijaa NashanthJenna Balaban, and Milo Jablonski. Winners will be announced May 5 and there will be a reception from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 7 at the College of Lake County Esper Peterson Reading Room, 19351 W Washington St, Grayslake.

The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on’s Congressional Art Competition page.

Stevenson Art Students Clean Up At North Suburban Conference Art Show

A total of 60 Stevenson art students participated in the North Suburban Conference Art Show (pictured right) hosted by Lake Forest High School last week.

There were 10 students who received “Best Of Show” awards: Isabel Bridgeman (pastel), Melisa Demir (mixed media photo), Alina Qian (gouche), Lada Volkov (paint), Ari Aristodemo (mixed meda photo), Aliah Levnison (metals), Deevena Damera (sculpture), Shaan Majumdar (digital painting), Mahnoor Khawaja (ceramics), and Milo Jablonski (digital photo).

A special congratulations to Bridgeman who also won the “Artist Choice” award selected by visiting artist Jay Ryan, who presented to the students who helped set up the art show.

Student Announcements

Seniors: Last Chance For Cap And Gown Pick-Up Is May 18

Seniors: The last Day to pick up your Graduation Cap and Gowns is on Wednesday, May 18 during all three lunch periods outside of the Student Activities Office.

Stevenson’s Residency Verification Process Is Going Digital!

Each spring, Stevenson verifies that families reside within the District 125 attendance boundaries for the following school year. To streamline this process for families, the District is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information by comparing parent/guardian names and addresses with electronic databases.

If residency is electronically verified, families will receive a confirmation email to this effect during the week of May 9 and no additional documentation will be needed. Please do not provide documents if you receive this email.

Families whose residency is unable to be verified through this process will also receive an email the week of May 9 sharing more information regarding the documents required and the steps for submitting them.

Once the residency verification process has been finalized, families will be able to complete the online registration and fee payment process which will open in mid-June. More information regarding registration and fee payment will be shared in the beginning of June.

For more information about the residency verification process, please refer to the e-mail sent Thursday by Sarah Bowen and Regina Anderson in Student Services.

Stevenson Debaters Took On Top Debaters In the Nation At Tournament Of Champions

Last weekend, 10 Congressional Debaters from Stevenson competed in the virtual University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions against the nation’s top debaters.

Maddie Wang advanced all the way to the semifinals.

The students who qualified were: Natalie GarayevaWenjing HanKashyep RajeshSarah ZhangVivian ZhuLindsay WangPranav AtlruiEshaam Bhattad, Maddie Wang, and Vageesh Ramaswamy. Five students broke through to the quarterfinals: Lindsay Wang, Atlrui, Bhattad, Maddie Wang, and Ramaswamy.

Senior Andrew Liu To Compete In International Astronomy Competition

It was out of this world! In March, seven Stevenson students competed in the National Astronomy Competition hosted by the USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Organization (USAAAO). This is a competition that selects the best astronomy students in the country to represent the United States at an international competition in the country of Georgia in August. Senior Andrew Liu achieved a spot in the Top 10 at the national competition, which allows him to continue on to the international competition this summer.

History Bowl/Bee Competed In National Tournament Held In Virginia

The History Bowl/Bee team traveled to Arlington, Virginia last weekend for the national tournament run by International Academic Competitions. The Varsity A team of juniors Christian EpureAadit JunejaDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapati placed 13th in the nation in the History Bowl competition. In the History Bee competition, Wuppalapati earned 11th while Epure, Juneja and Pendharkar were all quarterfinalists.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (10-1-1, 3-0-1) defeated Zion-Benton 6-0, with all 6 goals coming in the second half. The first goal was scored by Bella Chavez on a penalty kick. The second, third and fourth goals were scored by Mimi Van Zanten for a hat trick! Van Zanten’s goals were assisted by Chavez (3) and Gabi Poretto. This was followed up by a goal from Madi Kennedy, assisted by Arria Chavez. Ella Hong then scored an unassisted goal to close the game. The Patriots are back in action at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow against Hononegah at the Stadium.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (23-2, 4-0) beat conference rival Mundelein 25-14, 27-25 to take the lead in the North Suburban Conference standings. Libero Murad Shahzadah had 7 digs and 2 assists. Outside hitter Sam Nuudel had a team-high, 8 kills, 1 block assist, 1 assist and 1 dig. Setter Daniel Nuudel racked up 22 assists and contributed 3 kills, 2 block assists, and 2 digs. Finally, Chris Ehler had 3 kills, 1 solo block, 3 block assists and 1 dig. Next up for the Patriots is a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday at Palatine.

Girls Water Polo: Stevenson (25-0-1, 4-0) defeated York, 16-10. Becca Stone led the scoring with 5 goals. Sophia Berger and Elizabeth White both had 4 goals apiece. Stone also led in steals with 11. Faith Ma followed with 7 steals. Katie Delaney had 7 blocked shots. Next up for the Patriots is Naperville North on Senior Night, at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Pool.

Education News

Innovative Chicagoland Buildings Striving For Sustainability

Stevenson’s East Building addition, the first building in Illinois certified as zero energy by NBI, is one of the buildings featured.

Tips On Managing Students’ Screen Time

Education Week asked teachers and remote-learning experts for advice on ways to balance on-screen and off-screen time for students.

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. 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

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

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