Friday, Mar. 17, 2023

More Science REACH News!
State Qualifiers And Distinguished Winners Announced

As reported in the Daily Digest on Thursday, Stevenson’s Science REACH Club rolled up 23 state qualifiers ~ more than any other high school ~ at last weekend’s Illinois Junior Academy of Science Poster Region 6 Session at Niles North High School.

We want to give a shout out to all of those state qualifiers as well as to the students who won Special Awards in 11 categories.

State Qualifiers:
Jennifer Huang, Shaurya Agrawal, Aarushi Tiwari, Aditya Gupta, Nikhil Gangavarapu, Deepti Hedge, Smriti Kumar, Ranya Prasad, Meghana Mandava, Sahana Narayan, Irene Jung, Angela Guo, Yashwanth Ravipati, Naomi George, Jaden Chen, Yash Vijay, Nittin Dhekshinamoorthy, Richelle Shi, Shrihan Tummala, Anvi Harish, Shruti Govindarajan, Anish Deshpande and Sreram Muthukannan.

Special Award Winners:
Best in Category Biochemistry ~ Rishi Jagannath and Jaden Chen
Best in Category Product&Consumer Science ~ Ritanya Subramanian and Deepti Hedge
Best in Category Cellular and Molecular Biology ~ Richelle Shi
Best in Category Mathematics ~ Nikhil Gangavarapu
Best in Category Computer Science ~ Shaurya Agrawal
Best in Category Physics ~ Aarushi Tiwari
American Psychological Association Award ~ Anvi Harish
Optical Society Award ~ Angela Guo
Regeneron Biomedical Science Award ~ Yashwanth Ravipati
Yale Science and Engineering Association ~ Shaurya Agrawal
Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair Qualifier ~ Aarushi Tiwari

Science REACH is led by faculty members Christina Palffy and Dr. Susie Brontman.

Rolling To A Regional Title: Scholastic Bowl Team Eyeing Nationals

Taking down rivals Mundelein, Libertyville and Vernon Hills along the way, Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl Team cruised to an IHSA regional championship recently at Vernon Hills High School.

The Patriots were led by 2023 All-Sectional Team Member Rishabh Wuppalapati. The team now turns its attention to national competitions at the end of the school year.

Pictured above are team members: Srikar VenkatesanRishabh WuppalapatiDhruv PendharkarKevin Yang and Agastya Choudhary.

Stevenson Runs Away With Long List Of Awards At Journalism Contest

Budding journalists from Stevenson rolled up 18 awards spanning categories from writing to cartooning and page design in the IWPA 2023 High School Communications Contest.

Entries that earned First Place designations are forwarded to the National Federation of Press Women’s nationwide contest and will be entered into its national competition.

First Place
Junior Vivian Zhu ~ Challenging the Court of Law 
Sports Story
Seniors Kelly Liu, Shannon Moser ~ Embodying Perfection 
Sophomore Kashvi Nagpal, Junior Camden Wright ~ Spooky Specials
Junior Jennifer Huang ~ Man Down 
Single-Page Layout
Junior Jennifer Huang, Senior Kelly Liu ~ Pencils Down 
Double-Truck Layout
Sophomore Timothy Bui, Seniors Katya Dubinin and Collin Fan ~ Coaching Off-Court 

Second Place
News Story
Seniors Gaurish Lakhanpal and Aayushi Wadhawan, Junior Vivian Zhu ~ Unmasking the Protest 
Feature Story
Junior Fiona Jin, Sophomore Aaroh Tak, Seniors Anika Krishnaswamy, Kelly Liu, and Shannon Moser ~ Engineering Change
Junior Elizabeth Yuan ~ Challenging the Court of Law 
Single-Page Layout
Alumni Matt McGowan, Junior Vivian Zhu ~ Learning to Lead 
Double-Truck Layout
Sophomores Saanvi Adusumalli and Adi Jaiswal, Juniors Jennifer Huang and Ava Winber ~ Community News: The Forum
Seniors Collin Fan, Lance Locker ~ Breaking Down Food Waste

Third Place
Senior Lance Locker, Junior Elizabeth Yuan ~ Paying the Price

Honoarable Mention
Feature Story
Juniors Rachel Bui and Angela Guo, Seniors Collin Fan and Shannon Moser ~ The Full Spectrum
News or Feature Photo
Sophomore Ansh Aggarwal ~ Debate Tournament Comes Home 
Junior Nicole Yao ~ In Affirmation
Double-Truck Layout
Sophomore Eshaam Bhattad, Seniors Gaurish Lakhanpal and Shannon Moser ~ Striding Forward 
Radio or Podcast Prepared Report
Sophomore Ansh Aggarwal ~ Community Features: Drumline 

Key Club Takes A First Place At Springfield Leadership Conference

At Key Club’s District Leadership Convention last weekend in Springfield, club members had the chance to meet with other Key Clubbers from all over Illinois and Eastern Iowa. They learned about many different opportunities for service and leadership.

Sophomores Sahil VelagapudiDustin Zhao and Eshaam Bhattad won first place in the Oratorical Competition after sharing the impact of Key Club as people from immigrant backgrounds.

SUPER MONDAY: Student Government Elections During Activity Period

Get out and vote MONDAY during the Activity Period!

Student government elections will take place during this time, but because elections are hosted over several days, clubs are able to meet during this time. No other group guidance will occur during this Activity Period.

Each student will be emailed a ballot Monday morning to cast their votes. They can proceed to their clubs if applicable. The candidates will be shown on the monitors during Activity Period.

Voting will take place from Monday through Wednesday at Midnight.

SPRING BREAK STOCK-UP: Sale At School Store Next Week

Need some Stevenson gear…and want a good deal?

Stock up at the Patriot School Store before you leave for Spring Break with a 15 percent off EVERYTHING sale (excluding letterman jackets, Jalen Brunson gear and school supplies).

The sale runs all next week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All sales are in-person only, and while supplies last.

For questions, please contact Megan Shahinian at or 847.415.4126.

Attention Seniors: Grad Announcements Are HERE…On TUESDAY!

Order Graduation announcements? Time to pick them up.

Jostens will be on campus on TUESDAY (March 21) to hand out Graduation Announcements to anyone who ordered them.

The distribution, which will take place from fourth-period lunch through 4 p.m. in the Wood Commons near the Patriot School Store, includes any extra items that students/families ordered, such as announcements, merchandise, frames, etc.

Stevenson’s Got Sole: Donate Your Used Shoes Today!

Don’t throw away those old shoes!

The Green Team and SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) have partnered to keep unwanted footwear out of landfills, where almost 85 percent of shoes end up.

Instead, those shoes can be reused or recycled. The Green Team will take shoes in ANY condition, whether they are for athletics, formalwear, etc.

Collection continues NOW through the END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR in the donation box at the Point, across from the Security Desk.

Please e-mail the Green Team sponsor ( with any questions.

Two EPIC Events Coming Up, First One TODAY After School

EPIC (Everlasting Promise in Christ) is hosting two events at Stevenson, starting with TODAY’s event presented by Mike Phillips, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100).

There is also another EPIC event by Noah Hoech, coming up next week on Thursday (Mar. 23) from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). For questions about these events, please reach out to Matt Hodge.

NOTE: EPIC is not a Stevenson-sponsored club; and these are not Stevenson-sponsored events.  

NOW THROUGH APRIL 28: Apply for these post-secondary scholarships with deadlines ranging from now through April 28.

MARCH 22 ~ Applications Due For Senior Service Recognition: Senior Service Recognition was conceived to showcase outstanding community service efforts by Stevenson students. Online applications are due for seniors on March. 22Visit this link for the online application. For more information on senior service recognition, contact Ms. Zabrin at 847-415-4184 or

MAY 15 ~ Odyssey App/Rec Forms Due: The Fine Arts Division is accepting applications and recommendations for Odyssey 2024 artists and workshop ideas. Students, faculty and staff may use the Odyssey Form to suggest artists and submit workshop ideas for Odyssey, which will run Feb. 13-14, 2024.

NOW THROUGH APRIL ~ Project Cutlery: Green Team is concerned about plastic utensil use at Stevenson. The club has organized a raffle running now through April for students who submit a photo of the reusable utensil they use at Stevenson through this form. Those submissions are entered for a chance to WIN a solar-powered portable charger! There will be THREE randomly selected winners who will be notified in April. Submitted photos MUST show use AT STEVENSON in order to be considered.

MARCH 22 ~ Submissions For Wit Due: The WIT Staff is calling for submissions to this year’s magazine! The deadline for submissions is March 22. Please e-mail Mr. Zagorski at with any questions.

MARCH 25 ~ Peer Helper Applications Due: Apply to be a Peer Helper for the 2023-24 school year and help fellow Stevenson students better enjoy their high school experience. Applications are due MARCH 25. If you are interested in becoming a part of a very exciting and challenging program, please complete an online application.

MONDAY ~ One Act Plays Auditions: Auditions for the One Act Plays will be held after school on Monday (March 20). To audition, prepare a 30-second monologue, as well as 30 seconds of a song if you are auditioning for a musical. Learn more and sign up here. Any questions? Talk to Ms. ChusidMr. FritzMr. FitzpatrickMs. Kvitek or any of the student directors.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 ~ Deadline For Spirit T-Shirt Contest Submissions: The Patriot School Store needs help designing a new Stevenson Spirit Wear T-shirt! One entry per student, black or white t-shirt only, front design only. Designs are subject to modifications by the vendor. Please submit your design in PDF format to by Sunday, March 26.

APRIL 3 ~ Prom Ticket Deadline: PROM tickets are officially on salePlease use this link to purchase your tickets, which are $95 apiece and will be on sale until APRIL 3. Prom will be held on APRIL 15 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel. 
 Just a friendly reminder to get ahead of the curve and get your PROM Guest Forms turned in. If you want to attend Prom with a guest who does not go to Stevenson, you MUST fill out the guest form by MARCH 28.

Seniors: Get out your calendars…you’re probably going to want to “save these dates” as these are the top “Senior Send-Off” events at Stevenson…and you won’t want to miss them! Also included are deadlines for permission slips, early-bird ticketing, etc. We will provide more detailed information here as it becomes available. Stay tuned! Note: The “Seniors: Class Of 2023” page on the Stevenson website will also be updated with all of this information as it becomes available. 


** Please note that Prom is for Seniors AND Juniors!
APRIL 28 ~ Senior Sunrise
MAY 25 ~ Senior Class Party
MAY 26 ~ Graduation


MARCH 28 ~ Prom Guest Form Deadline: If you want to attend Prom on April 15 with a guest who does not go to Stevenson, you MUST fill out the guest form by MARCH 28.

MARCH 31 ~ Party Time, Seniors…Early-Bird Ticket Deadline: Tickets for the “The Senior Class Party,” which is a two-hour boat cruise on Lake Michigan May 25, are available. The early-bird price for tickets ($40 apiece) is good until MARCH 31, and after that tickets will increase to $45 apiece. To complete the transaction, put your Student ID in the Promo Code. For more information, please check out the Feb. 7 Daily Digest.

APRIL 3 ~ Prom Tickets On Sale: PROM tickets are officially on salePlease use this link to purchase your tickets, which are $95 apiece and will be on sale until APRIL 3.

Upcoming Sports Events

SATURDAY ~ Boys Basketball: David Sulnius and Brandon Sorokin will be participating in the Lake County All-Star Game at the College of Lake County at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Come out and cheer on your Patriots!

Sports Results

Badminton: Stevenson (1-0) traveled to Lake Forest for its first conference matchup, winning all 18 matches in both doubles and singles.

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots won their first game of the season, 9-4. Goalie Megan Randol had a first-half shutout.

Girls Water Polo: The Patriots (4-0) jumped out to an 11-0 lead, ultimately defeating Fenwick, 13-4. Katie Delaney had 4 blocked shots and Em Barron had 2 blocked shots in goal. Becca Stone had 4 steals with 2 assists. Olivia Spieth and Camila Maya had 2 assists apiece, with Maya adding 5 goals. Emily Headley and Olivia Baczek contributed 2 goals. Next up is Loyola at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots lost their opening matchup of the season to a tough New Trier team, 16-3. The game was tight early (3-2) with a goal from Josh Lee, on an assist from Zaine Clemons, and a second goal from Aarav Patel. But New Trier then pulled away. Andrew Kaplan added the third goal for the Patriots. Chase Anders helped set the tone on defense with his physicality and Sanshray Ravinutala kept the score close with 11 saves in net. The Patriots will hit the road and take on Fremd at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow.

Sports Reminders

ONGOING: Register for Summer Sports Camp: For freshmen through seniors. Summer Sports Camp brochure, which is also located on the athletics webpage. Register here for Summer Sports Camp. Register early to make sure you are cleared to participate on the first day of camp.

ONGOING ~Sports Boosters Signs: The Sports Boosters are running their annual lawn sign sale.  Customize your sign for graduation, school activities and special events. Check out all the fun options!

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

Mar. 17: ISA Testing Makeup
Mar. 20:Activity Period: Student Government
Mar. 20:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Mar. 21: Spring Orchestra Concert
Mar. 21:FAN ~ “Psych: The Story of the Human Mind”
Mar. 22:Co-Curricular Fair
Mar. 23: CCC Presents: New Student Orientation At Stevenson
Mar. 23: CCC Presents Via Zoom: Sophomore Family College and Career Night

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