Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022

Happy Holidays…And Happy Homecoming Week!

Happy Homecoming Week, Patriots! The fun continues with today’s theme: Holiday Day. Hopefully, you’re all dressed up in your favorite holiday outfit!

Here is the Spirit Week Theme for Tomorrow: Color/Spirit Wars Day ~ Each class dresses up in their designated class color in an attempt to out-do the other classes. Seniors wear GREEN, Juniors wear GOLD, Sophomores wear BLUE and Freshmen wear RED.Other Fun Homecoming Activities Tomorrow And Saturday: 

  • Friday ~ TREAT DAY! During all lunch periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons. As a way to celebrate Homecoming, the PPA will have free ice cream treats for everyone: bomb pops and ice cream sandwiches!
  • Friday ~ Homecoming Pep Assembly, Assembly Period starting at 2:42 p.m., Stadium

Bands Entertain With Fall Band Concert Last Night

Students from Honor, Advanced Symphonic, and Symphonic Bands tackled some challenging repertoire last night during the Fall Band Concert at the Performing Arts Center.

For a full gallery of photos from the show, courtesy of photographer Joel Lernerplease click here.

More Than 60 Stevenson Students Have Been Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

There are 66 students from Stevenson who have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Program.

The Stevenson contingent includes: Yousif Alkhayyat,Jennifer An, Riddhi Bhagwat, Angie Chang, Benjamin Chen, Ojas Dahalkar, Blake Duvall, Jacob Edley, Collin Fan, Arunabh Ganguli, Rohan Gopalam, Sneha Guha, Lawrence Han, Wenjing Han, Phillip Ivanov, Aadit Juneja, Naurisha Kapoor, Gautham Kappaganthula, Meera Khare, Anika Krishnaswamy, Gaurish Lakhanpal, Judah Lee, Sojung Lee, Iris Li, Katherine Li, Evan Lin, Eleana Liu, Kelly Liu, Ryan Liu, Lance Locker, Nathan Ma, Pranav Meraga, Abigail Minin, Subham Mitra, Trisha Mondal, Shannon Moser, Dhruv Pendharkar, Alex Pollock, Benjamin Prins, Mihir Putcha, Angela Qian, Kevin Qian , Karthik Ramanathan, Aditya Ramesh, Michael Reed, Deepak Salian, Vaishnavi Sankar, Eesha Santosh, Brian Shen, Joshua Song, Daron Sun, James Tan, Ann Thomas, Annie Thomas, Aditya Tiwari, Hiroki Uemura, Srikar Venkatesan, Soumil Verma, Rithvik Vijay, Tash Vijay, Andrey Vlasov, Carolyn Wei, Rishabh Wuppalatpati, Estella Yan, Brian Yoon, and Sarah Zhang.

More than 16,000 students have achieved the distinction of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the United States.

The semifinalists will now move on to compete for the 7,250 National Merit Scholarships, which are offered next spring and worth nearly $28 million.

Students Helping Soldiers Gives An Assist To Bikers Who Rode 500 Miles To Honor America’s Fallen Heroes

At the end of a grueling 500-plus-mile bike ride, students from Stevenson’s Students Helping Soldiers club were ready to lend a hand.

Last weekend marked the final leg of the sixth annual Gold Star 500 Bike Race sponsored by the Gold Star Mission, which honors the legacy and memory of America’s fallen heroes, particularly the 300 service men and women from Illinois who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Riders made a 5-day, 520-mile trek through Illinois that included pass-throughs of towns such as Springfield, Rushville, Quincy, Macomb, Galesburg, Rock Island, Rock Falls, Rockford, Woodstock and Fort Sheridan.

The ride ended at Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago, where Students Helping Soldiers members assisted with off-loading trailers with water, chairs and the riders’ luggage. The students also assisted with parking the bicycles, seating guests for the ceremony and handing out water and snacks.

Stevenson Debaters Show Well At Grayslake Central Tournament

At the ICDA 1 Debate Tournament at Grayslake Central High School last weekend, Stevenson debaters were part of approximately 500 students competing in Congressional Debate.

Stevenson took third place in the Large-School Sweepstakes, with Sarah Zhang leading the way, earning first place in the Quality Speaker category.

In Varsity Chambers, Zhang got a first place while Ajay RautMia Langer and Kashyap Rajesh each got second place. Third place when to Milind Kumar and Natalie Garayeva. The Best Presiding Officer was Sheryl Lawrence.

In Novice Chambers, Grace Ryoo and Shaunak Sahasrabudhe got first place, followed by Joshua WangShreya AnantharamanSahana Harini RajaHelen Deng and Rucha Rajadhyax in second place. Rachel VargheseAndy He and Navya Saxena took third place and the Best Presiding Officer was Natalie Garayeva.

National Honor Society Blood Drive To Honor Stevenson Junior Jake Kingan; Proceeds To Stevenson To College

During a recent surgery that lasted more than 24 hours, Stevenson junior Jake Kingan needed more than 28 units of blood to get him through. 

With many Blood Banks low on blood, the Kingan family is hoping Stevenson students will consider donating blood to help replenish the supply so that Jake and others like him will have the blood they need during surgeries and procedures.

On Friday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the National Honor Society will be hosting its Fall Blood Drive in the Wrestling Room in honor of Kingan. Proceeds from the Blood Drive will support Stevenson To College (S2C), a Stevenson Foundation program that empowers at-risk Stevenson students to attend college. Donors must be at least 17 years old and 110 pounds. Interested students can find more information and sign up here!

Heads Up!! Juniors Meet With Their Counselors During Monday’s Activity Period; Seniors Go To Sportscenter For Group Photo

There is an Activity Period on Monday and ALL Juniors will meet with their counselors, even if they have a club meeting. Counselor Room locations can be found HERE. Meanwhile, ALL Seniors will report to the Sportscenter for the Senior Class Group Photo, even if they have a club meeting. Seniors will also learn about Caps and Gowns for Graduation. 

The only clubs meeting during the Activity Period are:

  • Sophomore Class Board ~ Wrestling Room
  • Patriot Pride ~ Student Activities Office
  • Student Congress ~ West Faculty Dining Room

All other students will remain in their second-period classes for the Activity Period, which starts right after second period and runs from 10:06 a.m. to 10:49 a.m.

✅ Freshman To-Do List: Schedule Your SCoPE Meeting Now!

Every year, freshmen at Stevenson get an opportunity to meet with their counselor for a Student Counselor Parent Engagement (SCoPE) meeting to have a meaningful discussion about the high school experience.

From now to Oct. 21, freshmen may schedule these SCoPE meetings. To schedule a meeting, students should click the scheduling link in the e-mail they received from their counselor. If assistance is needed with translations, click here or e-mail your counselor.

Need A Pizza Pick-Me-Up? Every Tuesday And Thursday

Love Pizza? Hungry After School? You’re in luck!

Stevenson Debate is selling pizza during Eighth Period and immediately after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons. This will be an ongoing, regular sale.

Only cash will be accepted and the new lowered prices are $2.75 for cheese and $3 for pepperoni.

College Fairs With Hundreds Of Reps On Tap For Chicago And Milwaukee This Weekend

Ready to get serious about the college hunt?

Then head to either Chicago or Milwaukee this weekend to attend NACAC, a National College Fair where you can meet face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of colleges.

On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., NACAC will be at McCormick Place ~ North Hall in Chicago. On Sunday from 12 Noon to 3 p.m., NACAC will be at Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.

Students will learn about programs and find their best college fit as they get their questions answered about majors, degree programs, campus visits, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and much more.

For information about Saturday’s event in Chicago, click here. For information about Sunday’s event in Milwaukee, click here.

And Suddenly…Snider Is A Star!

Stevenson senior Ben Snider is a bit of a late bloomer. Before going out for the football team this summer at the (strong) urging of his friends, Snider had never played tackle football before. Sure, he had helped his intramural flag football team win a championship his freshman year, but being on the school’s varsity football team really wasn’t on his radar.

His teammates are glad it is now. And suddenly, Snider is on every opponent’s radar, too. In a Week 2 win over New Trier, Snider, a wide receiver, set a single-game Stevenson record for receiving yards with 236, and he continues to be a big target for the Patriots and a major offensive threat. 

The Chicago Sun-Times made the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Snider the subject of an interesting feature story on his background and his overnight success on the football field.

What To Wear To Upcoming Homecoming Sports Events: Neon!

It’ll be bright, so put on your shades. It’s a “Neon-Out” for the Homecoming soccer and football games. For both the Homecoming soccer and football games on Friday night, fans should come decked out in their NEON. The soccer game against Waukegan is first, beginning at 4:45 p.m. in the Stadium. The football game against Lake Forest will start at 7 p.m. Fans can purchase their tickets from GoFAN.  

Freshmen will receive free admission when they show their IDs at the gate.

“Big Cheerleaders” Hosting A Clinic For “Little Cheerleaders!”

Know a budding cheerleader who might want to be a Stevenson cheerleader someday? Spread the word that the Stevenson Cheerleading Program will be hosting a youth clinic for children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

The clinic will run from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. Participants will then perform at the soccer game on Friday, Oct. 14. Individuals must sign up by Wednesday, Oct. 5 in order to guarantee a T-shirt.

Contact Elizabeth Lamb at with questions.

Save The Date: Fall Sports Awards is November 14; Nominate Athletes And Teams For An ESPPA!

The staff of the Athletic Department is already preparing for its Fall Sports Awards Night, held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Sportscenter for all fall athletes and their parents, and they could use your help.

Nominate a Fall Athlete or Team for an ESPPA, the Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Oct. 31 and incomplete nominations will not be considered. Nominations can be submitted by students, parents, and faculty/staff/coaches.

Take A Seat! Sports Boosters Selling Comfy Stadium Chairs

Purchase your Stevenson High School Athletic Stadium Chairs and customize them to the sport you want. Sports Boosters is selling sport-specific stadium chairs for $65. 

Proceeds go to the sports teams.

The deadline to order is Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Get Geared Up With Stevenson Gear (For All Seasons!)

The autumn winds will start to blow soon and the Sideline Store has the gear you need to stay warm and looking fresh.

Fleece, jackets, sweaters, and all of your fall favorites are available now. Choose from one of our exclusive designs to create your own signature look. Our premium quality materials and fabrics will ensure that you’re ready for game time.

Visit your Patriots Sideline Store today and start shopping.

Athletic Results

Boys Golf: The Patriots headed to Hilldale Golf Club for the first round of the IHSA state playoffs. Even though Stevenson didn’t advance as a team, the Patriots had three golfers continue on to the next round. Juniors Bobby Yun (78), Andrew Ryan (82) and Richard Wang (82) will play in the IHSA Sectional on Monday at 10 a.m. at Randall Oaks Golf Club in West Dundee.

Girls Tennis: Stevenson (8-0) traveled to Zion-Benton and won, 6-1. In the No. 1 singles spot, Veronica Jia dominated her match, 6-0, 6-0. No. 2 singles player Anna Spivak won her match easily, 6-1, 6-0. The No. 1 doubles team of Mariia Berezovchuk and Carolyn Ryan controlled their match with a 6-0, 6-1 win. The remaining doubles teams of Alex Inman and Joanne GaastraSantosha Pochiraju and Sasha Baer and Shaila Pochiraju and Penelope Lagen prevailed with ease, winning all three matches 6-0, 6-0. Next up for the Patriots is a road match at Hinsdale Central at 4:30 p.m. tonight.

Girls Volleyball: The Patriots (17-7) hosted Lake Forest in a conference matchup and got a 25-17, 25-20 sweep. Stevenson had a well-rounded attacking game coming from their pin hitters. Outside hitters Mija Jegers and Brynn Smith both had 7 kills on the night while Allison Katibnikov added 4 kills and Ava Wysocki had 9. Libero Teagon Ohlwein had 4 digs on the night, along with Abby Minin and Brynn SmithMija Jegers finished with a team-high in digs with 5. Next up for the Patriots is another home match against non-conference opponent Crystal Lake Central which will take place in the Sportscenter at 6 p.m. on Monday.

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

Sept. 29-30:Homecoming Week
Sept. 29:CCC Financial Aid Night
Sept. 29:FAN: The Sleep-Deprived Teen ~ Why Our Teenagers Are So Tired, And How Parents And Schools Can Help Them Thrive
Sept. 30:PPA Treat Day
Sept. 30:PM Homecoming Pep Assembly
Sept. 30:Homecoming Soccer Game
Sept. 30:Homecoming Football Game
Oct. 1:Homecoming Dance
Oct. 3: Activity Period ~ Junior Guidance
Oct. 5: Non-Attendance Day
Oct. 6:CCC First-Generation Night

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