Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023

It’s A Day Of Dance! Check It Out TOMORROW!

It’s a Stevenson tradition, a “Day Of Dance!”

TOMORROW, during all periods of the day, all Dance Classes will present student choreography based on this year’s theme “Inside Out: State Of Mind”.

This free performance features students in Dance 1, 2, 3, 4, Jazz Fusion and Concert Dance. Dance leaders and other students will also be performing solos.

All students and faculty and staff are welcome to stop by the Performing Arts Center at any time throughout the entire day. Teachers are also welcome to bring their classes.

Model Students: It All Adds Up For Math Modeling Teams

In a competition that included more than 500 students from 22 states, Stevenson’s Math Modeling teams gave a strong showing at the recent Modeling The Future Challenge sponsored by the Actuarial Foundation. Stevenson earned three semifinal qualifications, with one team moving on to the finals.

Team 11990, comprised of Tyler Li, Alex Lin, Kevin Shen and Alexander Wang and coached by Yi Yang qualified as finalists and will present their work in the 2023 symposium where $60,000 in scholarship money is up for grabs.

The semifinalists were from Team Modeling Megaminds (Angela Guo, Aaron Gan, Vidushi Gupta, Jeffrey Lu, Ethan Zhang) and SHS MAVGK (GK Kim, Krish Chatterjee, Michael Ling, Vedant Rathi, Andrey Vlasov).

Meanwhile, in the Mathworks Math Modeling Challenge (M3), more than 1,000 students from the United State and the United Kingdom worked for a continuous 14-hour timeframe to answer a multi-step math modeling prompt.

Stevenson’s junior team of Angela GuoAaron GanVidushi GuptaJeffrey Lu and Ethan Zhang successfully survived the triage stage.

The senior team of Collin FanJack ChenAadit JunejaAayush Kashyap and Nathan Ma have qualified as one of the six finalists and will fly to New York to present their work before a panel of mathematicians where a total of $60,000 in scholarship prizes are awarded.

The M3Challenge is unique because there is no answer key. Participants are tasked with producing it themselves. With so many branches leading to a solution, the fun of the challenge is in finding a path that is interesting and creative.

This year, the Stevenson team found this path by using a logistic regression, probability techniques and a simulation. 

The M3 teams are part of the Stevenson Math Team and are coached by Paul Kim. Check out the Math’s Team’s custom website!

Get Jazzy, Stevenson! Jazz Concert TOMORROW!

Students in the co-curricular vocal groups and jazz ensembles will perform a variety of music TOMORROW night in the Evening Of Jazz Concert, which is slated for a 7 p.m. start in the West Auditorium.

The show features Jazz Ensemble, Concert Jazz Band and Jazz Lab Band as well as A Cappella groups Low~FrequencyPolyphonics and Nothing But Treble. For the official program, please click here.

The show can also be viewed via Vimeo.

WORD! Spoken Word Team, Jablonski Shine At Youth Poetry Festival

It was four weeks of workshops and special events.

And the competition was fierce. More than 500 youth poets from high schools and middle schools throughout the Chicago area performed original solo and group poems for more than 7,000 audience members

The Rooted & Radical Youth Poetry Festival, sponsored by Young Chicago Authors (YCA), is an annual event that features some of the best young writers in the area.

Stevenson’s Spoken Word Team competed in the event, which ran from March 15 and closes this week, and was held at various locations throughout the city.

Milo Jablonski received the 2023 O.G. Award, a recognition for returning poets, “who showed up and showed out again, proving it ain’t nuthin’ but a g thang.” Jablonski’s award-winning poem “Swingset” is a poignant reflection of those parts of ourselves that we leave behind in childhood.

Other competing poets from Stevenson included: Jay Ballad, Sarayu Chichili, Grace Sun, Fiona Jin, Shreya Anantharaman, Camila Monjaraz, Shreya Gupta and Lynde Mogensen.

“Week Of Healthy Living”
TODAY: Tips On De-Stressing!

Be sure to stop by the Patriot Pride tables in the Wood Commons this week during the Patriot Pride “Week Of Healthy Living.” Get advice and learn more about healthy sleeping habits, healthy eating habits, ways to destress and positive self-talk while also supporting LGBTQIA+ during TOMORROW’s Day of Silence

Tables in the Wood Commons will feature information flyers and related activities and will be hosted by athletes from different sports teams.

Here are the remaining theme days:

TODAY ~ De-Stress: Flyers available with tips for how to relax and de-stress. Students can participate in a de-stress coloring activity.

TOMORROW ~ Dress Up Spirit Day/Positive Self Talk/ Day Of Silence: Some athletes will be wearing rainbow shoelaces to support the Day Of Silence. Students can create name tags/labels for themselves in which they write down a word or positive phrase they have used to help them overcome mistakes and move on to the next play. 

NOTE: Patriot Pride represents the leadership body of student-athletes on campus. The mission of Patriot Pride is to teach student-athletes how to become leaders both on and off their fields of play while creating a safe place where athletes can congregate and discover new ways to make an impact in their communities and school.

Show Your Support: “Day Of Silence” Is TOMORROW

Want to get more involved in the “Day Of Silence” TOMORROW? Stevenson’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) members are asking their fellow students to join them in taking a vow of silence to recognize the LGBTQIA+ students who are often left unheard and in the shadows as they feel forced to stay silent about their true identities. 

Sign Up: Students who wish to participate are asked to register for this event by stopping by SAGA’s lunch period tables TODAY in front of the Performing Arts Center or by filling out this form.

Break The Silence: At the end of the school day TOMORROW, students are invited to “Break the Silence” in the Little Theater from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This event will have food, games and guest speaker State Representative and ally Dan Didech to celebrate acceptance and individual identity while sharing information about what positive changes are going on in Springfield for the LGBTQIA+ community.

College Of Lake County Hosting Open Houses
On All Campuses SATURDAY

Juniors and Seniors are invited to visit the College of Lake County Campuses at their OPEN HOUSES on SATURDAY anytime from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All FOUR campuses (Grayslake, Southlake-Vernon Hills, Waukegan-Lakeshore and the new Gurnee Advanced Technology Center) will be available to visit.

Visitors can see all the upgrades CLC has made to meet the evolving worlds of work and learning.
Experience interactive labs and live demonstrations
Meet CLC’s expert faculty
Learn about CLC’s 170-plus degree programs
Discover what student life is about
Learn about financial aid
Stop by Maker Faire at the Grayslake gym (Building F). 

Register HERE with this link.

Yum! Treat Day Is TOMORROW!

Spring is in the air, and so is Prom!

To celebrate, the Patriot Parent Association is hosting TREAT DAY during lunch TOMORROW!

Pick up a chocolate covered pretzel 🥨 in the Glass Commons or the Wood Commons during fourth, fifth and sixth periods!


NOW THROUGH APRIL 28: Apply for these post-secondary scholarships with deadlines ranging from now through May 1.
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.

NOW THROUGH END OF SCHOOL YEAR ~ Shoe Donations: The Green Team and SWALCO (Solid Waste Agency of Lake County) have partnered to keep unwanted footwear out of landfills. 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.

NOW ~ Tickets Available NOW For TEDx: Mark your calendars, and buy your tickets…the power of TED is coming to Stevenson next month in the form of a student-led and student-run grassroots event called TEDxStevensonHighSchool. 
TEDxStevensonHighSchool will follow the theme “Passions and Perspectives” in the
upcoming event, slated for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on APRIL 25 in the West Auditorium. There are a total of 100 spots available. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

APRIL 19 ~ T-Shirt Design Contest Voting Deadline: There are two finalists remaining in the 2023 T-Shirt Contest. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite by NEXT WEEK at 8 a.m. on WEDNESDAY (April 19)! The winning T-Shirt will be sold at the Patriot School Store!

ONGOING ~ Apply To Work At Camp Patriot: Camp Patriot is looking for staff for the summer! Camp Patriot is open to kids who are entering kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall. Daily activities are led by Role Models and professional staff. These may include art, cooking, dance, drama, music, sports, STEM and so much more! If you are a current sophomore and older, please stop by Student Activities or visit the PREP Page for more information.

ONGOING ~ Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Stevenson has a vast array of job postings that is continuously updated with new listings. From job shadows to internships and summer jobs, there is plenty to explore. Check out the Student Career Connection page on the Stevenson website to learn more.

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


NOW THROUGH MAY 24 ~ Party Time, Seniors…Buy Cruise Tickets: Tickets for “The Senior Class Party,” which is a two-hour boat cruise on Lake Michigan May 25, are available. Tickets are now $45 apiece. To complete the transaction, put your Student ID in the Promo Code. More information: check out the Feb. 7 Daily Digest.

Sports Results

Baseball: The Patriots (10-5, 1-2) cruised to a 15-5 win over Highland Park behind timely hitting by JR Nelson, who drove in 5 runs on 2 hits. In the third inning, Brandon Schultz scored 1 run, Nelson singled, scoring a run, Colin Schmitke drew a walk, scoring a run, and Joe Richardson singled, scoring 2 runs. Big bats came from Takuma Sakamoto, Nelson, Chris Iannuzzi and Michael Belbot in the fourth inning as several runs were driven in. Carson Kaye was the winning pitcher for Stevenson with Nick Rayyan starting on the mound. Next up for the Patriots is a nonconference doubleheader at South Elgin on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

Girls Soccer:
 The Patriots (5-3) defeated Grayslake Central 3-0 in their third game of the Lou Malnati’s Classic. The first goal was scored by Sami An, assisted by Emma Pop, making the score 1-0 at halftime. During the second half, Amira Chavez found the back of the net, assisted by Sammie MelikerMadi Kennedy scored the final goal of the game, assisted by Lila Brandwein. Stevenson will advance as the wildcard to the semifinals against Evanston at 5 p.m. today at New Trier. 

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots (8-1, 1-0) rolled to a 15-4 victory over Lake Zurich, with nine different Patriots scoring ~ Margie Finnegan (4 goals), Lili Sorenson (3 goals), Keira Ferrigan (2 goals) and one each from Jessica YoukahannaTeagan HendricksRachel KeerVanessa MagsinoAlex Varshavsky and Maria Lukz. The Patriots dominated ball control throughout the game and had the lead from the first goal to the final buzzer. Next up for Stevenson is Oak Park River Forest at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the Stadium.

Boys Volleyball: Stevenson (9-5, 2-0) hosted conference opponent Warren and rolled to a 25-19, 25-12 sweep. Libero Onon Bayashakh had 7 digs on the match. Setters David Wang (12 attempts, 6 assists) and Logan Kim (18 attempts, 4 assists) led the floor for Ramsey Engel who had a team-high 7 kills along with 7 digs. Sam Nuudel added 3 kills. Next up for Stevenson is the Lake County Invite at Grant High School starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Boys Tennis: Stevenson (2-1, 1-0) suffered a tough loss against New Trier, 2-7. Ashy Madhushankar won in the No. 2 singles spot in a three-set battle, 4-6, 6-2, 10-4 and Jaden Dai won in the No. 3 singles spot with ease, 6-0, 6-1. Next up for the Patriots is a home match against Highland Park at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, starting at 4:45 p.m. 

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots (0-7, 0-1) took a tough loss last night against conference opponent Lake Zurich, 15-5. Next up for Stevenson is a game against Deerfield at home at 9 a.m. on Saturday on Field 14.

Sports Reminders

NEXT THURSDAY (Apr. 20) ~ Student-Athlete Meeting: DON’T FORGET ~ If you have not attended the mandatory student-athlete meeting, the LAST one of the year is coming up next THURSDAY (Apr. 20) from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. 

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!

NEW! ~ Sports Boosters Bricks: Purchase a commemorative brick for the Hall of Fame Garden. Price is $150 for a 4” x 8” brick.

ONGOING THROUGH APRIL 26 ~ Important Cheer Dates: Want to be a cheerleader next school year? The cheerleading program has a series of important dates coming up.
April 17 ~ Parent/Athlete Meeting: 5:30 p.m., Room 5132. April 19 ~ Tryout Clinic: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wood Commons. Register HERE. April 24, 25, 26 ~ Tryouts: 4 p.m., each day. Wood Commons.

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

Apr. 13-14: Patriot Pride “Healthy Living Week”
Apr. 13:FAN ~ Weathering: The Extraordinary Stress Of Ordinary Life In An Unjust Society
Apr. 14: SAGA/Patriot Pride: “Day Of Silence”
Apr. 14:Day Of Dance
Apr. 14:PPA Treat Day 
Apr. 14:Evening Of Jazz Concert
Apr. 15: PROM 2023 
Apr. 17-21:EARTH WEEK 
Apr. 17: Family Engagement: Helping Your Teen Develop Self Management Skills
Apr. 17:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Apr. 17:FAN ~ It. Goes. So. Fast.: The Year of No Do-Overs
Apr. 18:Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Apr. 19:PPA Bake Sale
Apr. 19: 2023 Senior Awards
Apr. 19:FAN ~ The Power of Connection: Building Joy and Life Satisfaction
Apr. 20: Late Arrival
Apr. 20:FAN ~ I’m Still Here: Loving Myself In A World Not Made For Me

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