Monday, May 23, 2022

Spring Fling And Pep Assembly A Big Hit!

The rain held off and “Spring Fling Spirit Week” capped on Friday with a bang, starting with a Pep Assembly in the Stadium that included obstacle course races, a hula hoop contest, human pyramid building, a relay race between the track teams and musical chairs.

The fun then moved to the outdoor fields for Spring Fling, Stevenson’s end-of-the-school-year celebration where students played fun games (like the “Mechanical Shark”) and went head-to-head in classic games such as kickball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and cricket!

“Basically, our strategy is just to have fun, and play hard,” said senior Neel Patel, one of the members of “Burger, Not Burger,” as he and his teammates marched into the Stadium for the Pep Assembly. “But we’re lucky. We have some really good players. We’ve got some good height. I feel confident that our team will have success.”

There were many teams like “Burger, Not Burger” that were friend groups. Others, such as “Takbo,” which means “Run” in Filipino, are friends who also represented a club, in this case, the Filipino American Student Association. There were 14 people on that team, and they were all confident in their chances at volleyball.

“We’re family and we’re wearing our club shirts,” junior Ariela Cruz said. “Hopefully we get far today in volleyball.”

Get Ready! Final Experience Starts Tomorrow!

Get pumped, Patriots! You truly are in the home stretch!

Stevenson’s Final Experience officially begins tomorrow and runs through Thursday. Here is a handy guide to get you through these three busy days, complete with schedules, reminders about course material returns, open gyms, food service, transportation and tutoring hours.

Good luck studying, and good luck on your exams!

Come Chill Out And De-Stress In Room 6110 This Week!

Stressing About the Final Experience, which starts tomorrow?

No worries! Student Services welcomes all students and staff to take advantage of our Finals Destress Days, running tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. in Room 6110. Students are encouraged to stop by during their lunch/free periods and should not miss any scheduled part of their Final Experience.

Here’s the Destress Schedule:

Tuesday: Comfort Dogs 🐾
Wednesday: Sunglasses and Freeze Pops Giveaway 😎
Thursday: Color and Calm 🎨

Seniors: Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know About Graduation!

Class Of 2022 Commencement Ceremony

NOW Arena, Hoffman Estates

5333 Prairie Stone Parkway

5 p.m., Friday


On the morning of the ceremony, we will hold a mandatory rehearsal ceremony for students only here on campus. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with your counselor in the Fieldhouse. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. After rehearsal, you will report back to your counselor to receive and sign out your graduation tickets.


Each graduate will receive eight tickets, which graduates must pick up following graduation rehearsal on Friday. Do not lose your tickets as they cannot be reprinted.


NOW Arena is allowing families to arrive in two cars maximum. Doors will open to the public at 3:30 p.m. Graduates should report no later than 4 p.m. Guests will enter the arena through the main entrance. All graduates will enter the arena through Door 11 when they arrive.


NOW Arena has implemented a “clear bag policy,” which limits the size of bags entering the arena and requires the majority of bags to be clear to streamline the security screening process and avoid unnecessary wait times to enter the venue. Exceptions will be made for medical, family, or childcare bags or small clutches no larger than 4.5” x 6.5.” No outside food or beverages are allowed with the exception of water and snacks for young children and babies.


The ceremony will be live-streamed and can be accessed on Stevenson’s YouTube Channel.

For further details about the Class Of 2022 Commencement Ceremony, please click here.

Student Announcements

Bass Fishing Finishes Third At IHSA State Finals!

The Stevenson Bass Fishing Team finished in third place over the weekend at the IHSA State Finals. Matthew Qualich and Liam Plautz caught four fish for a total of 7 pounds, 13 ounces, putting them in third place on day, just a pound out of first. Qualich also weighed in the big bass of the event, a behemoth weighing in at 3 pounds, 5 ounces that dwarfed the other fish brought to the scales. Unfortunately, the second day of fishing was canceled due to inclement weather. Charlie Grisamore and Liam Plautz finished the event in 38th place. The team continues its unprecedented run for THREE state titles on June 4 at the ICASSTT Clash on Lake Springfield and on June 11 at the IBN State Finals.

Almost Party Time, Seniors! Senior Carnival Is Thursday

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

This three-hour carnival will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday behind Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills at Route 60 and Milwaukee Avenue (JC Penney parking area). Tickets are $55 and 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.

Get A Clue! Auditions For Fall Play “Clue” Are Today!

Was it Miss Scarlet with the wrench in the Study? Or Mr. Green with the lead pipe in the Dining Room? Search for clues today by auditioning for the Fall Play, “Clue,” a hilarious, farce-meets-murder mystery!

Auditions will take place in the West Auditorium from 3:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. with callbacks on Thursday. Sign up for an audition slot online. More information about the show and rehearsal process can be found in the information packet.

Patriot Superstore Closed During Final Experience Week; Then Summer Hours

Please note: The Patriot Superstore will be CLOSED during the Final Experience, but is open today.

Following Memorial Day Weekend, summer hours at the Patriot Superstore will go into effect.

Summer hours are as follows:
Monday Through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 12 Noon
Friday: CLOSED

Get Yearbooks At The Patriot Superstore

Yearbooks are available for pickup in the Patriot Superstore (located in the Wood Commons).

These are yearbooks that have already been paid for (pre-orders) or yearbooks that are new purchases. First come, first serve on new purchases.

Patriot Sports News

O’Neall Wins State Championship In Shot Put At IHSA State Meet!

Over the weekend at the IHSA Class 3A State Final Track Meet, Ella O’Neall became a State Champion in the shot put with a throw of 13.68 meters. In addition, with a throw of 39.59 meters, she placed fourth in the discus, making her the second Patriot to place in both at state behind Tammy Renda who did so in 1994.

Last year, O’Neall, who will be competing at Iowa State next year, took third place in shot put at the IHSA State Final Meet.

There will be a Celebration Breakfast for O’Neall from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday in Room 1204. Stop by and help the athletic department honor our State Champion!

Girls Water Polo Finishes Season As State Runner-Up!

At the IHSA State Girls Water Polo Finals held at Stevenson over the weekend, the girls water polo team capped off a tremendous season earning state runner-up honors with a final record of 33-2-1.

The team took on several talented teams to make it into the championship match against Naperville North. In game one, Stevenson defeated Fenwick, 9-5. Delilah Ciezak led the scoring with 3 goals, followed by Faith Ma with 2 goals and Bell CloeterBecca StoneCamila Maya and Elizabeth White each with 1 goal apiece. Mary Fouani had 4 steals and 3 drawn exclusions. Ma had 3 assists and Katie Delaney had 21 blocked shots.

In the second game, Stevenson prevailed over New Trier, 9-6. Cloeter, Maya and White each had 3 goals. Cloeter had 3 steals. Ma and White both had 3 assists. Delaney had 12 blocked shots.

In the championship game, Stevenson was defeated by Naperville North, 9-5. Cloeter had 2 goals followed by Fouani, Stone and White each with 1 goal apiece. Ma and White both had 4 steals and White also had 2 assists. Delaney had 12 blocked shots again.

With the strong showing at state, seniors Fouani, Delilah CiezakShruthi Rajkumar, White, Calla Lermer and Ma helped to continue a winning foundation for the program that will be a legacy for many years to come. Stevenson has won four state championships over the last seven year and this is the Patriots’ second-straight state runner-up finish.

Boys Water Polo Caps Season With Fourth-Place Finish At State!

The Patriots finished in fourth place at the IHSA State Boys Water Polo Finals, held over the weekend at Stevenson.

Stevenson had two tough matches in the semifinals against Whitney Young and in the third place match, going the distance against Lyons Township. On Saturday morning, the Patriots lost to Whitney Young, 7-4 with Jacob WhitingKunal RajadhyxAngelos Koutsogeorgas, and Max LaPoint-St. Georges all scoring 1 goal apiece. Goalie Armaan Gill had 6 saves. In the third-place match on Saturday afternoon, the Patriots went into three overtimes against powerhouse Lyons Township, ultimately losing the match, 12-11. Koutsogeorgas had 4 goals, while Whiting, Olin Kusevskis, and Rajadhyx each had 2 goals apiece. Sully Swanson added 1 goal, while goalies Mark Younan had 7 saves and Gill had 4 saves.

Boys Tennis Wins Sectional; Headed To State!

In a tough field, the boys tennis team won the Warren Sectional Championship over the weekend. Six total Patriots qualified qualified for the upcoming IHSA State Finals, running Thursday through Saturday at Hersey High School and various other area facilities.

Singles player Ashy Madhushankar placed second, while Nick Stec came in fourth place. On the doubles side, Gabe Visotsky and Gautham Kappaganthula placed third while Ervin Perkowski and Daniel Jaworski placed fourth, earning all of them a place in the state finals.

Plan Your Summer Sports Training Now!

Don’t forget that Stevenson offers Sports Functional Training on campus over the summer in conjunction with Rebound Fitness. The programming is twice a week in groups of 10 or less and students are grouped according to sport and skill level. There is no charge for group training but there is a charge for students seeking individual training. Please call Stephanie at (847) 714.7400 for more information or to get enrolled.

Spring Sports Awards Slated For Tonight In The PAC

Spring Athletes: Don’t forget, the Athletic Department is hosting Spring Sports Awards for all spring athletes at 7 p.m. tonight in the Performing Arts Center.

Athletic Results

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (pictured right) shut out Hersey 3-0 to win their fourth consecutive regional championship. Stevenson is now 16-2-1 on the season. The scoring began in the third minute when Ella Hong scored off a throw-in from Ellie Egeland. Then, Mimi Van Zanten blasted one by Hersey’s goalkeeper, also assisted by Egeland (2). The third goal was scored when Bri Welter headed the ball to Brynn Stein and Stein flicked the ball in for the finish. The Patriots will play in the sectional semifinal game at 7 p.m. tomorrow against Libertyville at Warren Township High School.

Baseball: The Patriots (25-9, 8-5) traveled to Evanston for a non-conference matchup, winning 13-6. Stevenson had 10 hits in the game, thanks to multiple hits from Bryan ParkOwen Housinger and Joe Richardson. Park went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Stevenson in hits. Max Rosenkranz started the game on the mound for the Patriots, surrendering 1 run on 1 hit over three innings and striking out 1 batter. Jonas Salgado got the win for Stevenson, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits over two innings while recording 2 strikeouts. Carson Kaye threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Sayuj Choudhari and Luca Morelli all contributed in the big fifth inning with RBIs. Next up is a game against Elk Grove at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at Elk Grove.

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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 23: Spring Sports Awards

May 24-26: Final Experience

May 26: Senior Class Party/Carnival

May 26-28: IHSA Boys Track State Final Meet

May 26-28: IHSA Boys Tennis State Finals

May 27: Class Of 2022 Commencement

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