Friday, May 6, 2022

What A Catch! Bass Fishing Dominates Sectional ~ Headed To State!

Taking first and second place, Stevenson’s Bass Fishing Team dominated Thursday’s Chain O’ Lakes South Sectional and will now be moving on to the IHSA State Finals later this month — the third state finals appearance in program history. This was also the first time that Stevenson has earned both first and second place at the sectional.

Stevenson was the only school to weigh in a five-fish limit at the event and both teams did so. Liam Plautz and Matthew Qualich finished in first with 9.6 pounds, a full five pounds over the third-place team. Meanwhile, teammates Charlie Grisamore and John Wall finished in second place at 6.7 pounds.

Now, Stevenson is headed to downstate Carlyle, which is near St. Louis, for the IHSA State Finals on May 18. The program has also previously qualified two boats for the ICASSTT State Tournament and one boat for the IBN State Tournament.

Chicago Bears Honor Transitions Teacher Bre Quaritsch For “Going Above And Beyond”

As a grade schooler in her hometown of Palatine, Bre Quaritsch (right) was drawn to the peer programs that paired students in her classroom with students who had special needs.

“I did an after-school care program and there were some students with disabilities in that program and they were my best friends,” Quaritsch said. “I didn’t see anything different about them, and I think I kind of naturally gravitated to that (in terms of a career interest) as I got older.”

Quaritsch participated in similar programs, such as Best Buddies, as she got older and moved on to Palatine High School. She then majored in special education at Illinois State, and three years ago was hired to help lead Stevenson’s Transitions Program, which provides older students with activities and opportunities to promote a well-planned, meaningful, and achievable post-high school transition.

On Friday morning, Quaritsch walked into the Transitions House on the north side of campus and got the surprise of her young career. Her family, including her parents who quietly flew in from Florida, was on hand, as were her colleagues and students and representatives of the Chicago Bears, along with Bears Mascot Staley, to honor her with the Chicago Bears’ “Classroom Legends,” Powered By CDW award for teachers who “go above and beyond each and every day.”

The Chicago Bears, who select two award-winners each month and got more than 50 nominations for this month, presented Quaritsch with her own customized Bears jersey, a customized keepsake Bears football, tickets to an upcoming Bears event and a $1,000 check in her name that will be for the Transitions Program, which current includes 21 students.

To read the full story on Quaritsch and her award from the Chicago Bears, please click here.

Football Team Helps Cancer Wellness Center Stage Run/Walk Event

The Varsity Football Team woke up bright and early last Sunday to volunteer at the Cancer Wellness Center “Stepping Up to Wellness Run/Walk Event,” which took place at Independence Grove in Libertyville.

The Players helped the Center run a very successful event that has raised more than $245,000 and counting! Through supportive care and education, the Cancer Wellness Center seeks to improve the emotional and physical well-being of those affected by cancer. All programs are offered free of charge.

The WIT Wins Another Major Award

Add another award to the list for The WIT.

The nationally-recognized WIT won runner-up for its 2021 edition in the National Scholastic Press Association Pacemaker contest. The Pacemaker awards recognize the best literary magazines in the country!

There are three national contests that the WIT typically competes in: ASPA, NSPA, and NCTE. Being a Pacemaker is the highest award a magazine can win at NSPA.

Stevenson’s Model UN Team Cleans Up At Prestigious Competition Last Month at Northwestern

In one of America’s top Model United Nations competitions, held at Northwestern last month, Stevenson’s Model UN team shined. The Patriots rolled up a dozen individual awards, including five Stevenson delegates who won Best Delegate Awards as the first place prize for their various Model UN committees. Overall, Stevenson also won as a team the distinction as “Best Large Delegation,” which is the highest overall team award at the conference.

Student Announcements

Saturday Is “Homers For Heroes” At Stevenson’s Baseball And Softball Games For Military Appreciation Day!

Students Helping Soldiers has been partnering with the Athletic Department all year to bring Military Appreciation Day events to sports contests. There has been “Touchdowns For Troops,” “Hoops For Heroes,” and now there is “Homers For Heroes,” a partnership with the baseball and softball programs.

Just a reminder, “Homers For Heroes” will be tomorrow on campus in conjunction with the baseball team’s game against Antioch and the softball team’s game against Elk Grove. There will be free hotdogs and apple pie for all veterans in military apparel and there will be grilled burgers and other food items available for purchase.

An opening ceremony begins at 11:45 a.m., with the games to follow. In addition to the games, there will be bouncy houses, military vehicles and other fun activities for the entire family to enjoy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come out and support our Stevenson Patriots…and our American Patriots!

Get Your Gear! Patriot School Store “End-Of-Year Sale” Ends Today!

Don’t miss your chance to save some green…and stock up on all of your favorite green and gold Stevenson gear before the school year comes to a close! The Patriot School Store has been holding its “End-of-Year Sale” this entire week and the sale ends today! All merchandise is 20 PERCENT OFF storewide and clearance items are an additional 50 PERCENT OFF! This is an in-person only sale. The sale does not apply to online items. Please contact the Patriot School Store with questions at (847) 415-4126 or via e-mail at: or

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Badminton: The Patriots are STATE-BOUND! Stevenson qualified for the State Finals next weekend, May 12-14. The Patriots (16-0, 6-0) earned first place in their sectional with a perfect team score of 18 points! Anvi Harish took first place in singles, while Meha Krishnareddigari got 2nd place in singles. Stevenson’s doubles team of Ema Akutsu and Katherine Li took first place, while teammates and the No. 2 doubles team of Nancy Zhang and Ellie Ouyang finished in second place. Next up for the team is the State Finals at Hinsdale South High School starting on Thursday, May 12.

Baseball: The Patriots (18-6, 6-3) hosted Notre Dame and got a 4-3 win. Starting on the mound was Brady Rosenkranz who went four innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 3 batters and issuing just 1 walk. Daniel Cabrales was the winning pitcher for the Patriots surrendering 1 run on 4 hits over three innings, striking out 2 batters. Colin Schmitke and Owen Housinger collected multiple hits with Schmitke leading the Patriots with 3 hits in 3 at-bats. Next up for the Patriots is a double-header on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. on the Varsity Baseball Field as part of Stevenson’s “Homers For Heroes” event.

Boys Track and Field: The Patriots traveled to Lake Zurich to participate in the Lake County Invite, placing ninth out of 20 teams. Notable finishes included: Jimmy Davis in the 400 meters with a first place and a time of 50.49. In the 110 meter hurdles, Marcus Caselberry placed third with a time of 15.99. Finally, Caselberry struck again, placing second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 40.68. Next up for Stevenson is the North Suburban Conference Championships, which will be held at Libertyville on Thursday, May 12, at 4:45 p.m.

Education News

Want Students To Become Better Problem Solvers? Then Teach Them To Fly Planes and Drones

A free, relatively new curriculum that teaches students about the concepts of flying planes and drones is growing quickly nationwide.

Afghans Unite In Demanding That The Taliban Let Girls Attend Secondary School

Afghans are protesting the Taliban’s ban on girls attending secondary school, including a surprising cohort: pro-Taliban clerics.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

May 6-13: AP Exams

May 6: Polish Fest 2022

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

May 11-12: Spring Band Concert

May 11: PPA Bake Sale

May 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

May 13: Improv Performance

May 13: Patriot Theatre Company Awards

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