Tuesday, July 12, 2022

modeling the future team wins $25,000 grand prize for research on chicago crime and homicide rate

Almost every day, someone from Aayush Kashyap’s family travels into Chicago for work.

And he worries.

The rising crime and homicide numbers in the city have not been lost on Kashyap, a member of the Class of 2022 who graduated from Stevenson in May.

Kashyap and his teammates from Stevenson’s Modeling the Future team decided to use their skills in math to find ways to lower those numbers. And recently, the team, which also includes fellow Class of 2022 classmates Collin Fan, Aadit Juneja, Nathan Ma and Jack Chen, learned that it took first place and a $25,000 prize for its project in the Modeling the Future Challenge, sponsored in May by the Actuarial Foundation.

“My heart was in this project the whole way through,” Kashyap said. “Given that almost all of my family works in Chicago, I wanted to do whatever I could to ensure their safety. I was aware of the high crime rate in Chicago, but I was definitely taken aback when I conducted research on the actual homicide count.

“The data inspired me to do the best research possible to model Chicago homicides and get to the root causes so that we could provide the most effective recommendations to lower the homicide count.”

The final paper from the team’s project will be published in the Society of Actuaries’ Actuarial Research Clearing House (ARCH). It was also passed on to WGN-TV with the hopes of getting widespread publicity.

Meanwhile, the team is hoping its research can be used to influence real change.

“The Modeling the Future Challenge gave us the opportunity to show that, contrary to popular belief, math is not just a series of numbers and symbols, but a powerful tool to understand social issues and bring about necessary changes,” Fan said. “We first found data for key factors associated with homicides along with homicide trends themselves over the past few decades, and processed it with a symbolic regression program.

“This led us to an equation that related all the factors together and allowed us to shape our future predictions and recommendations.”

To read more about the Modeling the Future team’s project, please click here.

stevenson gets a world champion at hosa international conference

Rising senior Anish Nadella (pictured right) took on the world last month, and Nadella won, earning an international championship in HOSA’s International Leadership Conference in Nashville.

Nadella won the National Geographic Academic Testing Center Exam in Leadership.

A total of 68 students from Stevenson’s Future Health Professionals team were among the nearly 11,000 competitors from around the world who competed in 77 health science events. In addition to Nadella, six other Stevenson students placed third while 11 others finished in the Top 10.

The HOSA International Leadership Conference, for Future Health Professionals, provides an opportunity for students to meet people from across the globe with similar career goals and to attend seminars and workshops presented by professional partners that provide information about current health care issues. The conference also includes competitive events focused on leadership as well as professional and technical skills.

Third-place finishers included (with graduating year): Sarah Narula (2024) in National Geographic Academic Testing Center Exam: Microbiology, Jennifer Huang (2024) in Extemporaneous Writing, Rohita Kotyada (2022) in Job Seeking Skills, Faizaan Siddique (2025) in Medical Math and Anvi Harish and Shruti Govindarajan (2025) in MRC Partnership.

Top 10 finishers included (with graduating year): Srihas Rao (2023) in National Geographic Academic Testing Center Exam: Human Heredity, Naurisha Kapoor (2023) in National Geographic Academic Testing Center Exam: Microbiology, Alex Le Blanc (2023), Abby Froyshteter (2022) and Christina Mo (2023) in Health Education, Helen Qian (2024) in Pathophysiology, Meera Khare (2023) in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences, Sowmika Mannava (2025) in Clinical Specialty, Surabhi Gangadkar (2022) in Family Medicine Physician and Nitika Goswami and Nikhita Sathiyan (2023) in Emergency Medical Technician.

Four Stevenson students received the Barbara James Service Award. They are (with graduating year): Shruti Govindarajan (2025), Gold Level (253.5 hours), Ann Thomas (2023), Silver Level (246 hours), Srihas Rao (2023), Silver Level (209 hours), Trisha Haria (2023), Bronze Level (110.5 hours).

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registration for 2022-23 is now open online!

It’s sun, fun and beach time now…but soon, the start of the new school year will be here.

Every year, families are required to register their students (and pay fees) in order for them to attend classes in the fall. Stevenson utilizes online registration, which may be accessed by clicking here.

The registration deadline for Stevenson is Aug. 2. We encourage you to register online as soon as possible so that we are able to begin the school year with accurate student enrollment information. If you require assistance with online registration, please call (847) 415-4090, e-mail registration@d125.org or visit Room 2426 anytime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.


Orientation Day For Freshmen ~ Wednesday, Aug. 10.

More information, including busing details, will be announced in early August. During Orientation Day, Freshman Mentor Program mentors will be on campus to greet freshmen and answer questions. In addition to schedules, books and school IDs, freshmen will get a tour of the school, participate in a welcome assembly and run through class schedules.

Orientation Day For Transfer Students ~ Tuesday, Aug. 9, Anytime between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Recital Hall (Room 4100)

Orientation Day For Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores

  • Senior Orientation Day ~ Thursday, Aug. 4, Anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or Noon to 3 p.m., Patriot Lobby
  • Junior Orientation Day ~ Friday, Aug. 5, Anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or Noon and 3 p.m., Patriot Lobby
  • Sophomore Orientation Day ~ Tuesday, Aug. 9, Anytime between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. or Noon and 3 p.m., Patriot Lobby

NOTE: Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores who cannot attend their designated orientation day may attend one of the other two orientation days.

For more information about registration, including the annual residency verification process or help with financial assistance, please visit the Parents Page on the Stevenson website and click on the letter dated June 15.

patriot superstore closed for maintenance starting friday

The Patriot Superstore will be closed starting on Friday, running through Sunday, July 31, for scheduled maintenance.

Online orders can still be placed and pick-up can be scheduled. Please contact Alex Heredia at aheredia@d125.org with questions or to schedule a pick-up.

Before Friday, and again starting on Monday, Aug. 1, the Patriot Superstore will be running on summer hours, which are as follows:

Monday Through Thursday: 8 a.m. to Noon

Friday: CLOSED

stevenson is hiring! apply today!

Know someone who would love to join the Stevenson family?

Encourage that person to visit the Employment Page on the Stevenson website. Included there, under Job Openings, are listing for positions ranging from athletic coaches to support staff to technology specialists, security personnel and substitute teachers.

Come join the team! Stevenson is a great place to work!

want to cheer for stevenson? registration deadline and additional tryout are quickly approaching!

“Give Me A B…” for Back-To-School!

It’s getting closer to that time, which means that tryouts for fall sports and activities are nearing and that includes Fall Cheer Tryouts. Tryouts were held in May, but the program will hold an additional fall tryout next month. The one-day tryout will be on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse on Court 6.

Those interested in trying out for fall cheerleading must register by Aug. 4.

For questions, please contact Coach Elizabeth Lamb at elamb@d125.org.

registration deadline for all fall sports is aug. 4

In addition to cheerleading, other fall sports at Stevenson, such as Allied Bowling, Football, Girls and Boys Cross Country, Girls Tennis, Boys Soccer, Girls and Boys Golf, Girls Volleyball, Girls Swimming and Diving, Girls Field Hockey and Poms, will soon be gearing up as well.

There are information meetings, tryouts and practices scheduled for early next month, some for as soon as Aug. 5. Most tryouts begin on Aug. 8.

For more detailed information about the registration and tryout process by sport, please read this Google document from the Athletic Department.

Registration for all fall sports ENDS on Aug. 4.

**Need help navigating the registration portal? Here’s a cheat sheet to take you through the process step-by-step.

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Former Stevenson Basketball Star Jalen Brunson Celebrates Big Knicks Contract ‘In Paradise’ With High School Sweetheart

Brunson, a 2015 Stevenson graduate and NBA free agent who recently signed a four-year, $104 million contract with the New York Knicks, was in Jamaica celebrating with longtime girlfriend Ali Marks, a 2014 Stevenson graduate. Brunson, pictured right with Marks, formerly played with the Dallas Mavericks.

College Application Essay Tip: Make Fun Of Yourself. Seriously.

Do you want admissions officers to remember you fondly? Try some self-deprecation.

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the weeks ahead

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

July 12-28: Summer School Session 2

Aug. 2: Registration Deadline

Aug. 4: Orientation Day For Seniors

Aug. 5: Orientation Day For Juniors

Aug. 9: Orientation Day For Sophomores

Aug. 9: Orientation Day For Transfer Students

Aug. 10: Orientation Day For Freshmen

Aug. 11: First Day Of 2022-23 School Year

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