Thursday, May 12, 2022

Party Time, Seniors! Last Day To Get Early-Bird Senior Carnival Tickets Is Tomorrow

The Senior Class Carnival, a private party for seniors with rides, games and food, is right around the corner, and tickets are on sale.

This three-hour carnival will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 behind Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills at Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue (JC Penney parking area). The Early-Bird Price of $50 is good until tomorrow. Tickets will be $55 after tomorrow. Tickets include 15 food tickets, 15 game tickets and unlimited rides.
Just scan the QR code to the right or use this link to purchase tickets.

Stevenson’s Only Comedy Troupe Will Make You LOL!

Get ready for a night of big laughs as Stevenson’s only comedy troupe, the “Failed Presidential Candidates” Improv Comedy Show, is set to crack up the audience with a free live event at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night in the Little Theatre.

The troupe includes 30 of Stevenson’s funniest students, who will give an original performance that can never be duplicated or seen again! The show is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

“Failed Presidential Candidates” performs completely improvised shows multiple times a year, including at school and at community events. Each semester ends with a high-paced, action-packed comedy showcase, guaranteed to leave audiences and performers laughing. At weekly rehearsals, the team develops improv skills, including taking risks, saying “yes and,” developing characters and scene work. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to try new things, play hard and collaborate with the team.

For those who cannot attend in person, the event can be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo page.

Arul, Sun In The Running For One Of Top Awards For High School Students In The Nation

From the approximately 3.7 million graduating high school seniors in America, approximately 5,000 were identified as candidates for one of the most prestigious national awards designated on an annual basis by the U.S. Department Of Education: The Presidential Scholars Award.

That list eventually gets cut down to about 600 national semifinalists. Stevenson seniors Samarth Arul and Jasmine Sun are two of those semifinalists.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars is now reviewing the applications of all of the semifinalists and will select up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars. U.S. Presidential Scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program in June. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars Medallion.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

For a list of the 2022 Semifinalists, please click here and then click on “2022 Semifinalists.”

Student Announcements

Seniors: Make Sure Your Calendar Includes These Events!

Seniors, you’ve got some important dates coming up! We’ll run this reminder list regularly for you between now and Graduation!

May 18

Cap-And-Gown Pick-up ~ Final Day

All Three Lunch Periods; Outside Student Activities Office

May 26

Senior Party/Carnival

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Behind Hawthorne Mall, Vernon Hills

May 27

Graduation Rehearsal

8 a.m., Fieldhouse

May 27

Class Of 2022 Commencement

5 p.m., NOW Arena, Hoffman Estates

For more details: Please visit the Seniors: Class Of 2022 Page at

Tuesday Morning Drop-Off Change: Parents, Use LOT B ONLY

IMPORTANT: All parents who drive their students to school, note that on the morning of Tuesday, May 17, ONLY, please drop your student off in Lot B by the Point/Main Entrance. You may access this drop-off area from Route 22. For this one morning only, please do not drop your student off in Lot E as we will be directing all school buses to this lot. We will return to our normal pattern for pick-up areas on Tuesday afternoon.

Spring Band Concert Continues Tonight

It’s a two-day band extravaganza, which is fitting for the final band performance of the school year. At the Spring Band Concert, held in the Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. both last night and tonight, band classes are performing some of the most advanced compositions they’ve performed this year.

Tonight, members of the Honor, Advanced Symphonic, and Symphonic Bands will be in the spotlight. For those unable to attend the concert, it may be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

Juniors: University Of North Carolina Offers A Scholarship That Includes Four Years Of Tuition And Expenses; Apply Now!

Juniors: Interested in being a Tar Heel? The University of North Carolina offers a merit-based award called “The Morehead-Cain Award,” the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country. It recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. The award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience.

Stevenson is allowed to nominate two students from the Class of 2023. Interested rising seniors may utilize the nomination materials (applicants can make a copy of this document to fill it out electronically). The deadline to return nomination forms is Thursday, May 26. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Oct. 1.

Pick Up Your Yearbook Next Week!

It’s coming…the 2021-22 Yearbook! Yearbooks will be available for pick-up starting on Monday and running through Wednesday during the three lunch periods in the Glass Commons and the College Career Center Lobby. Students must have their ID with them to receive their yearbook if they purchased one. If they did not purchase a yearbook, they will be able to at a later date (date to be determined) at the Patriot School Store.

Patriot Sports News

“We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do!” Try Out For Next Year’s Stevenson Cheer!

Want to cheer for the Stevenson Patriots? Tryout dates for the 2022-23 cheerleading teams are:

May 16: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores through seniors)

May 17: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen)

May 17: 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Rising sophomores through seniors)

May 18: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores through seniors)

May 19: 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Team Announcements)

** All tryouts are in the Wood Commons.

** To register for tryouts, please click here.

NOTE: Please wear black shorts, a black shirt, and athletic shoes. If you wear your hair back in a bow, it should be a black or white bow.

Deadline For Spring Sports ESPPA Nominations Is Tomorrow

The Athletic Department is asking that you please take the time to nominate a Stevenson team or individual for the “Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award” (ESPPA’s) for spring sports. Spring Sports Awards will be at 7 p.m. on May 23. Nominations are needed to decide the winners. Check out the nomination form and recommend your favorite event/individual for each award. The deadline to nominate is tomorrow.

Athletic Results

Boys Water Polo: Stevenson (17-7, 4-0) started the IHSA playoffs this week at sectionals against Lake Forest and won convincingly, 22-4. Goalies Armaan Gill and Mark Younan had 9 and 4 saves, respectively. Attacker Max Lapointe-St. Georges led the team with 4 goals followed by Andrew MossmanKunal Rajadhyax (3 assists) and Filip Wal, who each had 3 goals. Olin Kusevskis and Jacob Whiting each had 2 goals. And Angelos Koutsogeorgas (3 steals), Jack Curtin (3 Assists), Liam O’DonnellTamer Dalloul and Sully Swanson each contributed 1 goal. Next up for Stevenson is the sectional semifinals against Deerfield tomorrow at Buffalo Grove beginning at 5 p.m.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (14-3, 6-0) hosted Mundelein on Senior Night and won big, 6-1. Caden Zhao in the No. 2 singles spot rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. No. 3 singles player Thomas Guterson also got a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Stevenson’s doubles teams all won convincingly, going 4-0. The No. 1 team of Gabe Visotsky and Daniel Jaworski overpowered their opponents, 6-1, 6-0. The No. 2 team of Rithvik Mandumula and Owen Hayden breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 win. The No. 3 team of Alex Shpakov and Sam Cohan got a 6-1, 6-0 upset win. Next up for the Patriots is the NSC Championship at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Vernon Hills High School and Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Girls Softball: The Patriots (8-10, 5-5) suffered a loss last night against Grant, 12-4. Olivia Ringham was on the mound to start. She went 1⅓ innings, allowing 6 runs on 4 hits. Aubrey Jepson threw 5⅔ innings in relief out of the bullpen. Sophia Becker and Hailey Langer each managed 2 hits to lead Stevenson. Next up for the Patriots is a home game against Warren at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (29-4, 6-0) hosted Lake Zurich and won convincingly, 25-19, 25-6. Libero Murad Shahzadah led the team in digs with 11, while Karl Lutz had a team-high of 3 aces. Outside hitter Eric Hartman had 4 kills, 3 block assists, and two digs while Christian Headley had 3 kills, 3 block assists, and 2 digs. Setter Daniel Nuudel had 15 assists accompanied by 2 digs. Chris Ehler, who was presented with the NSC Sportsmanship Award, had 3 kills and 1 solo block. Next up for Stevenson is a nonconference match against Grant at 6 p.m. on Monday.

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots (12-3, 4-1) hosted conference opponent Warren on Senior Night and won, 14-10. Junior Lili Sorenson led the team with 7 goals and 2 assists, while Teagan Hendricks scored 3 goals and Ria Sharma contributed 2 goals. Goalie Megan Randol owned the net with 12 saves. Next up for Stevenson is a home matchup against Lincoln-Way Central at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Stadium.

Boys Lacrosse: Stevenson (12-4, 3-2) traveled to Gurnee to take on conference opponent Warren and lost to a Top 5 team, 20-3. Colin Livesay scored 2 goals while Ryan Hynes scored 1 goal. Justin Lucas went 15-for-21 (71 percent) from the Faceoff X. Next up for the Patriots is a home match against Hersey at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

Education News

Chicago Public Schools Partners With Lady Gaga Foundation To Tackle Depression, Mental Health Issues Among Students

Please Stay is focused on promoting dialogue around mental health support for seventh to 12th grade students. The suicide prevention program, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness month, was created by pop singer Lady Gaga’s Born this Way Foundation and mental health grassroots organization Find Your Anchor. The campaign offers schools materials to tackle mental health issues and promote self-care among students.

How False Reports Of Homework Overload In America Have Spread So Far

Confusing debate suggests homework is too much when it’s often too little.

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 12-13: AP Exams

May 12: Spring Band Concert

May 12-14: Badminton State Finals

May 13-14: Boys Gymnastics State Finals

May 13: Improv Performance

May 16: Activity Period: Counselor Visits

May 16: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

May 17: Consortium Art Festival And Reception

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