Monday, Oct. 3, 2022

Disco Days: Remembering Stevenson Homecoming 2022!

From the Pep Assembly on Friday afternoon to a Disco Homecoming Dance on Saturday night, Homecoming Week at Stevenson finished last week with plenty of fun and fanfare.

To kick off the festivities in the Stadium on Friday night, the Boys Soccer Team got a 4-1 win over Waukegan to improve to 13-0-2 on the season. The Patriots are ranked No. 1 in the state of Illinois.

Then, the football team, in front of a packed home stands drenched in NEON, put together a 14-0 shutout victory against Lake Forest to pull to 3-3 on the season.

To view the full gallery of photos from the weekend, including the Pep Assembly, Homecoming Extras from the Football Game and the Dance in the Fieldhouse, please click here.

** Please note that separate Football and Soccer Homecoming team galleries can be found below in Athletic Results. 

** And a special thank you to senior Brianna Shack, who did a great job in her take-over of the main Stevenson Instagram account to document all of the fun on Friday and Saturday through many colorful videos!

Stevenson Students To Delight Children With Their Take On “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland”

As part of its fall tradition, the Patriot Theatre Company will again stage a children’s play, this year performing “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland,” based on the 1865 English novel by Lewis Carroll. The play is geared for children but is sure to delight people of all ages!

Tickets for purchase went live today for four shows in the Black Box Theatre:

  • Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

You remember the story of Alice, right?

When Alice falls down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in Wonderland, where the curious and confounding residents are all a bit mad. To return home, Alice ventures through Wonderland, visiting the Mad HatterHumpty DumptyCheshire CatTweedleDee and TweedleDum, the White Rabbit, the court of the Queen of Hearts, and many more.

Alice is in a race with no winners, a tea party with no manners, and ~ her final challenge ~ a trial with no justice. In Wonderland, nonsense makes quite good sense!

✅ Freshman ~ 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.

✅ Thursday ~ First Generation Admission Night: On Thursday, Stevenson will host its annual college night for students (and their families) who are the first in their family to navigate the undergraduate admissions process in the United States. The First Generation to United States Undergraduate Admission Night will be held virtually starting at 6:30 p.m., and the links to the sessions will be posted to the First-Generation Families Page of the Stevenson website on Thursday. Families from all backgrounds and grade levels are welcome. The night is tailored for students who are the first in their family to attend a four-year college, or students whose parents have not been educated at the undergraduate level in the United States.

✅ Oct. 12 ~ Seniors Early Decision Mandatory Session: Seniors who are considering an Early Decision Admission Plan (remember not all schools offer this plan) and who did not attend the other CCC session in September must attend an informational session at the College Career Center on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The session, which will ensure that seniors understand the terms of the plan, should be about 20 minutes and will be held before school at 7:45 a.m. and during eighth period.

✅ Oct. 12 ~ Juniors PSAT/NMSQT Testing: Just a reminder that Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT test  on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Testing starts promptly at 8:45 a.m. and will conclude for most students by 12:30 p.m. Upon arrival, all students must report to their assigned testing room which will be emailed to students on Friday and will also be posted in the Forum, Sportscenter, and Fieldhouse entrances. Students should be prepared to bring an ID, pencils (NO MECHANICAL PENCILS ALLOWED), calculator and snack (for during the scheduled break). On the day of the test, Freshmen, Sophomores and Seniors will have a normal school day.

✅ Oct. 13 ~ Deadline For FAFSA Night Interpreter: Save the date for the CCC FAFSA Completion Night on Thursday, Oct. 20. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the East Learning Center (ELC). If families need an interpreter, please request so by Thursday, Oct. 13 by e-mailing or calling Donna Wallach at (847) 415-4517. During this evening, senior families who have specific questions and/or need help completing their FAFSA can meet individually with trained staff to complete their applications. Families are encouraged to have their FSA IDs and to have started the FAFSA prior to attending. This will not be a general presentation, but rather an opportunity to ask the individual questions that you have about completing the FAFSA. For more information on the FSA ID, click here.

✅ Oct. 19 ~ Let’s Talk About Your Future: Save the date on Oct. 19 for Stevenson’s annual “Let’s Talk About Your Future” event which allow families to engage in meaningful conversations about their student’s interests and goals, including how course choices challenge students to grow as learners and help prepare them for post-secondary goals, as well as what new skills students would like to develop during high school and how to ensure a balance between classes, co-curricular activities and other areas of their lives. This will be a “no homework” evening to allow time for these conversations. More information will be sent out to families on Oct. 17.

Calling World’s Fair Leaders: Deadline To Register Is TOMORROW!

It’s already time to start thinking about one of Stevenson’s signature events: WORLD’S FAIR! 

The two-day extravaganza with international flair will be held Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 in the Wood Commons and the deadline to register to become a booth leader or a performance leader is: TOMORROWby 11:59 p.m.! No late responses will be accepted.

Booth leaders are responsible for communicating with booth volunteers and Diversity Council to organize a booth at World’s Fair. Performance leaders are responsible for coordinating their performance and will be the person of contact for Diversity Council.

Make sure to join the World’s Fair Facebook group and follow @shsdivco on Instagram for important updates like mandatory meeting dates as well as submission deadlines!

Learn How To Write Fancy: Join Calligraphy Club!

Want to learn or practice calligraphy? Calligraphy Club meets on Mondays, including today, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 1624. All are welcome and no experience is required. There are also no attendance requirements. Just come whenever you can and destress!

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.

Comfortable With A Mic? Emcee The Fall Sports Awards!

The Athletic Department is looking for a student emcee for the Fall Sports Awards on Monday, Nov. 14. The emcee will introduce presenters and award recipients.

If you are interested in auditioning for this role, please contact Athletic Director, Trish Betthauser ( by Oct. 12. Auditions will take place during the week of Oct. 17.

It’s Not Too Early To Start Thinking About Winter Sports

Brrrrrr! There’s a chill in the air and that means that Winter Sports will be here before you know it.

If you’re interested in trying out for a winter sport, please see the tryout dates and times linked here.

You may also go to the Athletics Page on the Stevenson website to see further information regarding each winter sport. 

Athletic Results

Football: The Patriots capped a big Homecoming Friday Night with a 14-0 shutout of North Suburban Conference foe Lake Forest. The victory pulls Stevenson to 3-3 on the season and keeps its playoff hopes alive. In a strange first half, Stevenson tallied two quick safeties, putting them up 4-0. Luca Morelli then pounced on a fumbled Lake Forest ball in the third quarter, however the Patriots could not convert that into a touchdown and settled for a field goal by Caden An. Rounding out the scoring, Michael Maloney caught a short pass from Matt Projansky and took it the rest of the way for a 49-yard touchdown. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Zion-Benton at 7 p.m. on Friday. To view a full photo gallery from the Homecoming Football Game, please click here.

Boys Soccer: In the first half of the Homecoming doubleheader at the Stadium on Friday night, Stevenson, the No. 1-ranked boys soccer team in the state of Illinois, got a 4-1 victory over Waukegan. That moves the Patriots to 13-0-2 on the season. Stevenson started the game strong and had multiple chances to go ahead, however Waukegan scored the first goal from a corner kick in the seventh minute. Stevenson increased the intensity and within a minute tied the game when Rohan Gopalam scored from outside the box. Filip Janda scored the second goal to help Stevenson take the lead for good in the 24th minute. Finally in the second half, Chris Konieczny scored twice, once in the 56th minute and a second time in the 61st minute. Both of Konieczny’s goals were assisted by Gopalam. Stevenson will take on Lake Forest at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Stadium. To view a full photo gallery from the Homecoming Soccer Game, please click here.

Girls Swimming and Diving: Stevenson (5-0) participated in the six-team Conant Invite and finished in second place with a score of 78 points, 36 behind the winner Hersey. In the 500 yard free, Katherine Borgerding placed second with a time of 5:48.22, decreasing her posted time by 3.67 seconds. In the 200 yard free relay, Stevenson finished third with a time of 1:49.75. In the 100 yard breaststroke, Heidi Swerkun came in first with a time of 1:13.86 and decreased her time by 1.82 seconds. In the final event on the day, the 400 yard free relay, Stevenson placed third with a time of 3:58.78, dropping 6.22 seconds off of its posted time. Next up for the Patriots is a dual meet at Lake Forest at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Boys Cross Country: The Patriots, 2-2 on the season, traveled to Lockport to attend the Locktoberfest Invite and came in 12th out of 21 teams in a highly competitive race. Dylan Zimmerman came in 32nd with a time of 17:32.50. Andrew Brandt came in 51st with a time of 18:08.90. Meanwhile, Richard Klein finished with a 18:13.8, Siddarth Paleati with a 18:49.80, Matthew Chan with a 19:02.5, Alexander Chang with a 19:22.40 and Ty Henderson with a 19:37.80. Next up for the Patriots is a triangular with Mundelein and Lake Forest at Lake Forest’s West Campus at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow. 

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

Oct. 3: Activity Period ~ Junior Guidance
Oct. 5: Non-Attendance Day
Oct. 6: CCC First-Generation Night
Oct. 6: Band Fundraiser ~ Culver’s
Oct. 7: NHS Fall Blood Drive
Oct. 10: Non-Attendance Day

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