Friday, May 27, 2022

Happy Graduation Day, Class Of 2022!

Seniors…you made it! Today is a day that many of you have excitedly looked forward to for four years, maybe more.

Today, you put a big, bright (Stevenson Green) bow on your high school career, and move forward to the next exciting stage of your young life!

But before you do that, consider a few impressive statistics about the Class of 2022:

  • There are 1,097 students in the Senior Class.
  • There are 512 students graduating with Highest Honors.
  • There are 143 students graduating with High Honors.
  • There are 143 students graduating with Honors.
  • There are 355 students from the Senior Class in National Honor Society.
  • Led by the Senior Class, Stevenson won State Championships in a total of 12 athletic or club activities during the 2021-22 school year.

It has been a pleasure for all of the faculty and staff at Stevenson to get to know you over the years and we wish you the best of luck in your promising futures! Congratulations and enjoy The Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony tonight at NOW Arena!

Last Hurrah! Seniors Party At Senior Class Carnival!

The weather held just long enough Thursday night for the Seniors to let down their hair and hang out together at the Senior Class Carnival, a private party with rides, games and food.

The three-hour event, held behind Hawthorn Mall, featured carnival rides, carnival games such as “Pop-A-Shot,” plenty of carnival food favorites like popcorn, funnel cakes, cotton candy and nachos, and of course special appearances by everyone’s favorite, Pat Riot.

Hope you made plenty of great memories, Seniors!!

Science Olympiad Team Gets Another Top 10 National Finish

The Science Olympiad Team yet again flexed its muscle on the national stage.

Earlier this month, for the third time in the last seven years, Stevenson earned sixth place at the National Science Olympiad Tournament, held virtually this year by the California Institute of Technology. It was the thirteenth consecutive appearance by the Patriots at the National Tournament.

This year’s score was the team’s best score at the national competition, finishing only 2 points out of fifth place and 56 points ahead of perennial rival New Trier, which took home eighth place.

Stevenson’s overall team performance was strengthened by a fourth-place finish in “Write It Do It” by junior Trisha Mondal and sophomore Angela Wang, a third-place finish in “Chemistry Lab” by senior Jonathan Abraham and junior Kevin Qian, three second-place finishes in “Dynamic Planet” by senior Felix Lu and freshmen Tej Kosaraju, “Bridges” by sophomore Angela Guo and junior Jack Chen, and “Anatomy & Physiology” by Greycen Ren and junior Joshua Song, and two National Champion Finishes in “Cell Biology” by Ren and Song and “Disease Detectives” by Ren and junior Siddhant Sen.

Over the last 13 years, Stevenson has finished in the Top 10 a total of seven times.

Neurodiversity Program With Focus On Autism Opening To All Grade Levels

Stevenson speech-language pathologists in the Special Education program recently worked with a group of self-identified neurodivergent students to educate Freshmen Advisories on the topic of neurodiversity, with a focus on autism.

This information was originally presented to Freshmen Advisory, and is now being opened up for all grade levels to view. The goal is educate students on the neurodiversity civil rights movement, define autism as a neurological difference due to natural human variation, explain the sensory and communication strengths and differences often associated with autism, identify challenges that may arise for autistic individuals due to certain environmental factors and to promote empathy and alliance.

The four-part program is in line with Stevenson’s Portrait of Patriot and our school’s vision for all students to celebrate, honor, and respect diverse people and perspectives, and to develop a sense of empathy for those around them.

Here are links to each of the four parts:

Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4.

Stevenson Spanish Students Score Well On National Exams

Several Spanish students from Stevenson earned national recognition for excellent performances on the 2022 National Spanish Examinations.

Deepa Pulugurtha and Caroline Hail each won a Silver Medal. Lucy Bullock and Advika Shetty each won a Bronze Medal.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Lisa Greenman, National Director of the Exams. “The exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 73,000 students participating in 2022.”

Students from Stevenson have a long history of high achievement on these exams and this school year were taught by Spanish teachers Raquel Antillera and Stacy Frazer.

The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in Grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Student Announcements

Seniors: How And When To Get To Graduation Tonight

Seniors, please remember these two important points regarding arrival tonight for The Class Of 2022 Commencement:

1. PARKING: Graduation will be held at NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates. NOW Arena is allowing families to arrive in two cars maximum.

2. ARRIVAL TIME: Doors will open to the public at 3:30 p.m. Graduates should report no later than 4:00 p.m. Guests will enter the arena through the main entrance. All graduates will enter the arena through Door 11.

For more details about The Class Of 2022 Commencement, please click here.

Don’t Worry: We’ll Still Be Here For You! Daily Digest To Publish Over The Summer!

We’ll be back…on Tuesday!

The Daily Digest will now be a newsletter published all year round for students and families.

During the regular school year, the Digest features a mixture of stories about students, club announcements and achievements, information about events on campus and varsity sports results.

During summer months only, the Digest will transform into a weekly digest, publishing on Tuesdays, with information related to summer enrichment and the upcoming school year.

At the beginning of the school year, the Daily Digest will resume as a daily publication.

Don’t forget to continue to follow us on Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — @stevensonhs is our handle

Stevenson Gets 34 National Merit Finalists!

Stevenson is proud to announce that it has 34 National Merit Scholarship Program Corporation Finalists.

In addition to being among 16,000 of the highest scorers nationally in the PSAT/NMSQT competition, Finalists were required to submit detailed scholarship applications that focused on an outstanding academic record, high SAT Reasoning Tests scores and participation in activities. Stevenson’s 34 Finalists are:

Trevor Abbott, Jonathan Abraham, Maanav Agrawal, Aarush Arora, Anish Arora, Samarth Arul, Margaret Chen, Albert Cheng, Robert Cuc, Aayush Dixit, Phil Edat, Alexander Eilert, Victoria Feng, Yashwanth Gangavarapu, Michelle Li, Andrew Liu, Armanya Maheshwari, Joshua Neela, Pranav Pullabhotia, David Qin, Joy Qu, Greycen Ren, Brady Rivkin, Allen Rubin, Jasmine Sun, Wyn Thomas, Gabriel Visotsky, Sabrina Xue, Eric Yang, Robert Yao, Lillian You, Jason Zhao, Ray Zhao, and Eric Zhow.

Patriot Superstore Closed Monday; Starts Summer Hours On Tuesday

Please note: The Patriot Superstore will be CLOSED on Memorial Day but opens again starting on Tuesday, when summer hours will go into effect.

Summer hours are as follows:

Monday Through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 12 Noon
Friday: CLOSED

Don’t Forget: Summer School Starts Soon!

The Summer School Sessions at Stevenson are right around the corner. Mark your calendars:

  • June 7-30: Summer School Session 1
  • July 5-28: Summer School Session 2

Seniors: Want To Major In Accounting? Apply For A Scholarship!

The Illinois CPA Society encourages Seniors to apply for an academic scholarship of up to $2,000. The scholarship is for incoming college freshmen thinking about majoring in accounting. To be eligible, you must be a high school senior entering college in Illinois, be a racial/ethnic minority and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2022.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots (14-4) won their Sectional Semifinal against Fremd 17-9 to advance to the Sectional Championship game tonight. No. 2-seeded Stevenson will take on No. 1 St. Viator at 7:30 p.m. at Forestview Educational Center.

Baseball: After a postponement on Wednesday, Stevenson took the field for the Warren Regional Semifinals on Thursday, defeating Wheeling, 3-0. Chris Iannuzzi was brilliant on the mound for the Patriots (26-10), who move into the Regional Championship game at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Warren’s Almond Campus. Stevenson will play the winner of today’s Semifinal between No. 5 Warren and No. 12 Conant. Iannunzzi allowed no hits and no runs over seven innings, striking out eight batters. Jordan Skolmar was the leading hitter, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Boys Volleyball: In a hard-fought battle, the Patriots (32-5) fell to Libertyville in the Regional Championship game played at Stevenson, 19-25, 22-25. Karl Lutz led the team with 6 kills, while outside hitter Sam Nuudel had 3 kills in the match. Setter Daniel Nuudel had 2 aces, with 20 assists. Eric Hartman and Lutz finished up the match with 2 block assists each. Congratulations to the team on a 30-win season!

Softball: Stevenson (10-15) took to the field for the Regional Semifinals at Stevenson, after a postponement due to inclement weather. The Patriots fell to Libertyville, 11-9. After being down 8-3 going into the fourth inning, Stevenson tied it up 8-8 in the top of the fifth. Libertyville went up again in the bottom of the fifth 9-8 and the Patriots came right back to tie it up again in the top of the sixth. But Libertyville then pulled away.

Today’s IHSA Tournament Events

  • Girls Lacrosse ~ Sectional Championship: No. 2 Stevenson vs. No. 1 Lake Forest, 5 p.m., Lake Forest West Campus, 300 South Waukegan Road, Lake Forest
  • Boys Lacrosse ~ Sectional Championship: No. 2 Stevenson vs. No. 1 St. Viator, 7:30 p.m., Forestview Educational Center, 2121 South Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights.
  • Boys Tennis ~ State Finals Singles: Ashvath Madhushankar vs. Mujtaba Ali-Khan of Hinsdale Central, Buffalo Grove High School; State Finals Doubles: Gabriel Visotsky and Gautham Kappaganthula vs. Michael Karibian and Jade Dynamic of Edwardsville, Conant High School.
  • Boys Track ~ Class 3A State Finals Preliminaries: Jimmy Davis (400 meter), Marcus Caselberry (110 meter hurdles), Zach Goldman, Caselberry, Keegan Latulippe, and Davis (4×100 meter relay), Ethan Aghakhan (discus) and Mark Hellwig Jr. (high jump), Eastern Illinois University.

Education News

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The startup Whittle School has few students in D.C. It asked parents to help pay teachers.

Teen Sleep, Brain Science And The Debate Over School Start Times

Advocates for later starts say that the issue is about more than whether teens have enough sleep to learn—there are serious implications for mental health as well.

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 27: Class Of 2022 Commencement

May 27-28: IHSA Boys Tennis State Finals

May 27-28: IHSA Boys Track State Final Meet

June 4: SAT Test Day At Stevenson

June 6: String Parents Association Meeting

June 7-30: Summer School Session 1

June 21: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

July 5-28: Summer School Session 2

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