Wednesday, May 25, 2022

All They Do Is Win, Win, Win! Statesman Staffers Honored With Another Major Award!

The list of honors keeps getting longer and longer. The Statesman, Stevenson’s student news site, recently won another major award, receiving the highest ranking from the American Scholastic Press Association for 2021: First Place with Special Merit.

This is the sixth straight year that the Statesman, led by advisor Dean Bradshaw, has earned a first-place ranking but the first time it has received the Special Merit distinction. The Statesman was judged against hundreds of collegiate and high school publications across the country.

The Special Merit was earned in Outstanding Investigative Reporting for November’s “Making Ends Meet.” Senior Vaasu Kakuturu, juniors Kelly Liu and Surya Sethi, and sophomore Ava Winber were recognized for their feature story that examined social-economic student issues at Stevenson.

Keep Plugging Away! Final Experience Continues Today!

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

Stevenson’s Final Experience continues today and runs through tomorrow. Here is a handy guide to get you through these 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 continues today?

No worries! Student Services welcomes all students and staff to take advantage of our Finals Destress Days, running today and tomorrow 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:

Today: Sunglasses and Freeze Pops Giveaway 😎
Tomorrow: 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.

Rivkin And Hou Rock The National Latin Exam!

Carpe diem! Indeed, when it was time to take the National Latin Exam this year, Brady Rivkin and Ainika Hou certainly “seized the day.” Rivkin, a senior, and Hou, a junior, were recently recognized for their amazing achievements.

Rivkin received his fourth gold medal on the annual exam, a distinction few achieve. His achievement was marked with a special award and scholarship opportunity.

Meanwhile, Hou became one of just 27 students nationally to achieve a third perfect score in a row. Annually only a small percentage of students receive a perfect score and Hou is now 3-for-3 in high school, marking the first time a Stevenson student has ever achieved three perfect scores.

Student Announcements

Almost Party Time, Seniors! Senior Class Carnival Is Tomorrow!

Tickets are still on sale for the Senior Class Carnival, a private party for seniors with rides, games and food.

This three-hour carnival will run from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow 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 left or use this link to purchase tickets.

Seniors: If You Haven’t Gotten Your Graduation Cap and Gown Yet…

…don’t worry! Graduating seniors will be able to pick up their cap and gown on Friday morning at the Commencement Rehearsal. The rehearsal is in the Fieldhouse. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with your counselor. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Before You Leave For The Summer: Check Out The Lost And Found!

ALL lost-and-found items will be donated or disposed of tomorrow. NO items are kept into the Summer.

The East Lost-And-Found location is Room 6120. The West Lost-And-Found location is Room 2416.

Patriot Sports News

Boys Tennis Begins Run At State Finals Tomorrow Across The Suburbs

The boys tennis team begins first round action at the IHSA State Finals tomorrow at various sites around the suburbs. The first matches of the day begin at 8 a.m.

Stevenson has six individuals ~ two singles players and two doubles teams ~ competing tomorrow. Here are their first-round matchups:

At Stevenson (Vernon Hills Athletic Complex)
Senior Nick Stec vs. Shashwat Srivatsa of Fremd

At Buffalo Grove High School

Junior Ashvath Madhushankar vs. Luka Cepronas of Stagg

At Prospect High School

Junior Ervin Perkowski and senior Daniel Javorski vs. Chris Ackerman and Caden Liu of New Trier

At Conant High School

Senior Gabriel Visotsky and junior Gautham Kappaganthula vs. Hank McClure and Liam Cheaney of Batavia

The Boys Tennis State Finals wraps on Saturday with third place and championship medal matches at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. Check the IHSA’s website for schedules and bracket information.

Both Lacrosse Teams Playing In Sectional Semifinals Tonight!

Get out tonight and cheer on Stevenson’s lacrosse teams, both of which are vying for spots in their respective Sectional Championship games.

The boys, the No. 2 seed in the St. Viator Sectional, are taking on No. 3 Fremd at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 South Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights. The winner will play the winner of tonight’s other semifinal between top-seeded St. Viator and No. 4 Lake Zurich for the Sectional Championship at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, also at Forest View.

Meanwhile, the girls, the No. 2 seed in the Lake Forest Sectional, are taking on No. 3 Libertyville at 5 p.m. tonight at Lake Forest’s West Campus, 300 South Waukegan Road in Lake Forest. The winner will play the winner of tonight’s other semifinal between top-seeded Lake Forest and No. 5 Warren for the Sectional Championship at 5 p.m. Friday, also at Lake Forest’s West Campus.

Athletic Results

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (32-4) swept past Highland Park 25-22, 25-14 in the Regional Semifinal, played last night in the Sportscenter. Libero Murad Shahzadah had a team-high 9 digs followed by setter Daniel Nuudel with 8 digs. Karl Lutz had 8 kills while Nuudel added 4 kills and 20 assists. Next up for Stevenson is the Regional Championship against North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Sportscenter.

Girls Soccer: The Patriots fell to Libertyville 4-1 in the Sectional Semifinal. The lone goal was scored in the ninth minute by Mimi Van Zanten, assisted by Ella Hong. Stevenson finished the season with a 16-3-1 record. The team wants to thank all of its fans for the support this season.

Baseball: Stevenson (25-10) traveled to Elk Grove to take on the Grenadiers in a nonconference matchup and lost in a walk-off, 4-3. Robert Seltzer started the game for the Patriots, surrendering 1 run on 2 hits over one inning, striking out one and walking none. Reliever Michael Belbot took the loss for Stevenson. Colin Schmitke was 3-for-3 at the plate, leading the Patriots in hits. Next up for the Patriots is the beginning of the state series with a Regional Semifinal game against Wheeling at 4:30 p.m. today at Warren’s Almond Campus.

Education News

Four Stevenson Seniors From Girl Scout Troop 40666 Earned Gold Awards

Riley HeydenburgSophie IsmailKavya Puranam and Thea Surya, all Ambassador-level Girl Scouts from Troop 40666, will receive their Gold Awards at a ceremony in June. The Gold Awards, Girl Scouting’s highest honor, can be earned by performing significant leadership and service projects in a variety of fields.

Unlike Boomers, Millennials Didn’t Find Good Jobs Until Their 30s. Here’s What It Means For Colleges And Employers.

New reports describe how education-work pipelines fail many young adults, especially those of low socioeconomic status. What can prompt changes?

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 25-26: Final Experience

May 26: Senior Class Party/Carnival

May 26-28: IHSA Boys Tennis State Finals

May 27-28: IHSA Boys Track State Final Meet

May 27: Class Of 2022 Commencement

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