Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2023

Raffles, Prizes, Panels, Presentations: Stop By Mental Health Forum!

The Peer Helpers will be conducting its annual Mental Health Forum from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. TOMORROW in the Patriot Lobby and Room 2104.

The forum will feature tables manned by student groups and local mental health agencies that guests can stop by from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. to gather information and enter to win raffle prizes.

Student presentations, a student-led panel on various mental health topics and a presentation from a guest speaker will take place from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Instagram Takeover!
Get A Behind-The-Scenes Look At TOMORROW’s Mental Health Forum

Thanks to sponsor Peer Helpers, there will be all kinds of fun and interesting activities taking place at the Mental Health Forum TOMORROW night in the Patriot Lobby and Room 2104.

To get the backstage 411, follow the main Stevenson Instagram account from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as junior Vageesh Ramaswamy, pictured right, takes the controls for an “Instagram Takeover!”

Ramaswamy, who helped to oversee logistics for the planning of the event, is currently the secretary of Peer Helpers and has just been elected the president of the club for next school year, which will be his third year overall in the club.

“I’m really excited for everything the Mental Health Forum has to offer,” Ramaswamy said. “But one aspect I’m really looking forward to is our special guest speaker.

Guest speaker Sunny Vaccher is a producer, actor, writer and director and is known for “The Great Artist” (2020), “Beyond Driven” (2020) and “One Under the Sun” (2017). “The Great Artist” is a film that was created to drive and bring transformative and empowering change for those suffering with mental health illnesses. The film had the honor of being accepted into and screened at more than 200 film festivals around the world. It earned more than 100 accolades as a globally award-winning film, and was also welcomed and honored by the United Nations for its contribution in driving positive change and growing impact for mental health.

“Having an Oscar nominee and TED Producer show us a private screening of his film regarding the stigma and struggles of mental health is an opportunity we are so grateful to have,” Ramaswamy said. “Peer Helpers is thrilled to promote wellness for mental health. We’re also going to have food and a chance to win gifts and a raffle. It will be a fun night!

Stevenson Looks To Top North Suburban Conference At Art Festival

This is the conference championship of art!

The North Suburban Conference Art Festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. TOMORROW at Lake Zurich High School and 60 Stevenson artists have had their artwork selected for the show, which is open to the public!

Schools in the NSC (Stevenson, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Mundelein, Warren, Waukegan and Zion-Benton) will be vying for 10 awards, as well as a Best In Show award!

Go Patriots!!

“Earth Week,” Day 3: WASTE WEDNESDAY

Spring seems to be the perfect time to focus on nature, the weather and the environment, and Stevenson is celebrating all things Mother Earth this week with “Earth Week 2023!”

Throughout the week, there will be daily lunchtime activities in the Wood Commons as well as various service and educational opportunities that align with the Earth Day 2023 organization’s sustainability campaigns.

Events will be hosted by the Green Team as well as Horticulture ClubChemistry Club, the Fashion Program, National Honor SocietyKey Club, local conservation organizations and more. Use the hashtags “#shsearthweek” or “#investinourplanet” or tag “@shs.greenteam” to show how you are taking action this Earth Week!

Lunch (All lunch periods, Wood Commons): Try your hand at Green Team’s Interactive Guessing Game. If you can sort correctly, you can win a metal reusable straw!
After School (3:30 p.m., Wood Commons): Habitat Restoration Project @ Westfork Savanna. Only those with permission slips are permitted to attend, and the permission slip was due yesterday. 


CLOTHING SWAP, Hosted by Green Team and Fashion Program ~ Bring In Old Clothes 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., West Staff Dining Room or in front of the Student Activities Office during Lunch

Did you know that 34 BILLION POUNDS of TEXTILES are wasted in the United States each year? Reduce your clothing waste by going thrifty! Green Team is hosting a CLOTHING SWAP on Thursday after school from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the West Staff Dining Room. Each item will cost only 1 ticket!

 Drop off clothing in the West Staff Dining Room (9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.) or in front of the Student Activities Office (during lunch)…OR complete the fast Fashion Survey at the activity table in front of the Student Activities Office during any Lunch Period to receive 1 ticket. 

WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR TICKETS: For each ticket, you can thrift 1 piece of clothing when the doors open to the CLOTHING SWAP at 3:45 p.m. on THURSDAY in the West Staff Dining Room! You MUST have a ticket to participate in the thrifting. Alternatively, you can simply bring in clothes you want to donate for some fresh Spring Cleaning.

SWAP EXPECTATIONS: ALL donated clothing must be washed and free of holes or tears. School apparel encouraged. NO swimsuits, undergarments or socks. All leftover or unacceptable clothing will be donated or recycled. Tickets will not be offered for unacceptable clothing.

MORE FUN: Check out this flyer for a full schedule of “Earth Week” activities.

QUESTIONS? Please e-mail Mrs. P. Sunny Suntharanund (

Stevenson Was Jazzed Up For Evening Of Jazz!

Students in the co-curricular vocal groups and jazz ensembles performed a variety of music last Friday in the Evening Of Jazz Concert.

The show featured 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.

Please enjoy this full gallery of photos from the Evening Of Jazz!

Photos: Joel Lerner

Stressed About End Of School Year? Try Grounding Techniques

Congratulations! You are only 38 days away from Summer Break!

Nearing the end of the school year is super exciting, but it can also be stressful.

Being 38 days away from summer means being 34 days away from The Final Experience. No worries though! You’ve got this!

If you find yourself feeling stressed during class, here are some tips for how to cope in the classroom. 

Try Box Breathing: Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4, breathe out for 4 seconds.
Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation: Squeeze your fist tight, and slowly release it.
Tap Into Your Five Senses: Write down…

  • 5 things you can see
  • 4 things you can hear
  • 3 things you can touch
  • 2 things you can smell
  • 1 thing you can taste

These are just a few of the many grounding techniques you can use when you find yourself feeling stressed or overwhelmed. And don’t forget, you can always reach out to your teachers or Student Services Team Members if you need additional support. 

Visit The Dominican Republic In 2024…Find Out How TOMORROW!

Interested in international travel? How about the Dominican Republic?

Check out TOMORROW’s informational night for students and families hosted by the Multilingual Learning Division, which will be coordinating a trip to the Dominican Republic in 2024.

This webinar is slated for a 6 p.m. start tomorrow and will include details about this incredible adventure of a lifetime!

If you’re interested, please RSVP for the webinar by using this link.

LONDON CALLING ~ WATCH THIS REEL! To get a feel for international travel with Stevenson, check out this reel documenting a trip to London by the Patriot Theatre Company.

This Is It! Final Bake Sale Of The School Year: TODAY

Satisfy that sweet tooth one last time with the Patriot Parent Association’s final bake sale of the school year TODAY starting immediately after sixth period in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons!

Everything is $1 and only cash is accepted. Students can make it through the line quickest with exact change! 

Adjust Your Alarms: Late Arrival TOMORROW

Hey Patriots! Don’t forget that TOMORROW is a Late Arrival Day!

First Period will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The ILC/ELC will be closed until 10:30 a.m. Tutoring, both in-person and by Zoom will be available from 10:30 a.m. until the end of the day. 

You can sign-up for a Mandatory Targeted Tutoring time by visiting the tutors’ Canvas pages.

“India Night” Will Showcase Indian Culture On FRIDAY!

“India Night”…it’s the final event of the year for the Indian Student Association, and your chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Indian subcontinent through music, traditional games, lively performances, trivia and an array of mouth-watering food!

Stop by the Pool Patio from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on FRIDAY. Don’t miss the chance to participate in a competition for a chance at a gift card to the place of your choice. The competition will consist of performances where all registered teams will be judged by how well they represent the Indian Culture through the quality of their performances.

The event is $5 per student. Register and pay HERE!

PROMO VIDEO: Get in the spirit for India Night by watching this promo video from the Indian Student Association!

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

MAY 15 ~ Odyssey App/Rec Forms Due:  Applications and recommendations for Odyssey 2024. Students, faculty and staff may use the Odyssey Form to suggest artists and submit workshop ideas for Odyssey.


FRIDAY ~ Deadline To Purchase Mind Your Mind Sweatshirt: Help spread the message that “IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY” and buy Mind Your Mind’s 2023 sweatshirt. It’s a navy crewneck with white print. The sweatshirts are $17.85 each and orders are due at the Patriot School Store by FRIDAY.

NOW THROUGH APRIL ~ Project Cutlery: Submit a photo of the reusable utensil you use at Stevenson through this form and be entered for a chance to WIN a solar-powered portable charger! 

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. A donation box is at the Point.

NOW ~ Tickets Available NOW For TEDx:  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.

ONGOING ~ Apply To Work At Camp Patriot: Camp Patriot is looking for staff for the summer! 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. 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. 


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.

Sports Notes

Tee It Up With The Baseball Team!

Mark your calendars for a fun summer outing, and help support Stevenson Athletics at the same time.

The Stevenson Baseball Team is hosting a Golf Outing on Monday, July 17 at the Buffalo Grove Golf Course, starting at 9 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased HERE to play in a foursome or to sponsor a hole. All proceeds will go to the Stevenson Baseball Program. 


Boys Gymnastics Conference Championship: The Patriots will be competing in the INDEPENDENT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS on FRIDAY at Glenbard East High School. General admission is $5 and $1 for Senior Citizens. Please purchase your tickets at this link: GoFan Digital Tickets. Doors Open at 5:15 p.m. for spectators.

Sports Results

Boys Water Polo Is The Top-Ranked Team In Illinois!

Boys Water Polo: Stevenson (20-0, 4-0) stayed undefeated, blowing past Warren, 19-4, and is the No. 1-ranked team in the state of Illinois! Olin Kusevskis led the way in scoring for the Patriots putting 6 goals in the back of the net. Max LaPointeFilip WalTeddy Chui and Jack Curtin all scored 2 goals each, followed by Josh MoreynoJason ZhaoJacob DeneshaKenny Weisner and Sam Voronenko who all scored 1 goal each. The Patriots next play No. 2-ranked York at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow night in the Stevenson Pool. 

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (8-1, 2-0) traveled to Lake Zurich and rolled to a 7-0 shutout victory. No. 1 singles player Jaden Dai won, 6-1, 6-0 followed by Ian Williams with a 6-0, 6-0 victory and Aarav Purwar with a 6-1, 7-6 victory. On the doubles side, Stevenson dominated its matches with the No. 1 doubles team of Alex Jang/Caden Zhao winning 6-0, 6-1, followed by Tejas Sheth/Richard Xu winning 6-2, 6-0, Vrishan Kanuri/Akshay Maram winning 6-1, 6-3 and Aaron Chen/Kabir Rajkhowa winning 6-0, 6-0. Next up for the Patriots is a road match at Glenbrook South today, starting at 4:45 p.m.

NOTE: We were at a boys tennis match last week and got some great photos! Check out this full gallery of boys tennis photos! Photos: Joel Lerner.

 The Patriots (12-5, 2-2) hosted conference opponent Mundelein and won big, 9-2. Stevenson pulled away with 4 runs in the third inning with Joe Richardson doubling on a 1-1 count, scoring 1 run. Luca Morelli then singled on an 0-1 count scoring 1 run and then Brandon Schultz drew a walk, scoring 1 run. The Patriots then notched 4 runs in the fourth driven by a walk from JR Nelson, and singles by Joe Dolenga and Chris Iannuzzi. Iannuzzi was the winning pitcher for the Patriots, lasting seven innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out six. Stevenson racked up 11 hits with Schultz, Matthew Bressler, Richardson and Morelli each managing 2 hits each. Next up for the Patriots is a road game against Mundelein at 4:45 p.m. today.

Girls Water Polo: The Patriots (20-1, 4-0) traveled to Gurnee to take on conference opponent Warren and rolled to a 17-0 shutout win. Katie Delaney had 1 blocked shot and 3 assists. Olivia Spieth had 5 steals followed by Emily Headley with 4 steals. Elise Regalado had 3 assists and Spieth had 2 assists. Victoria Duncan had 4 goals followed by Camila Maya with 3 goals and Becca StoneBelle Cloeter and Caroline Rutcosky with 2 goals each. Stevenson will be traveling to Michigan to take on the best-of-the-best at Hudsonville High School on Friday and Saturday. 

The Patriots (6-3, 3-2) rolled to an 11-1 victory over Waukegan as the entire pitching staff contributed. Aubrey Jepson pitched two innings striking out two batters. Ava Potempa took over in the third inning, striking out three batters. Samantha Gotschewski finished the game pitching two innings, while striking out five batters. The Stevenson pitching staff totaled 10 strikeouts on the day over five innings. Sophia Becker led the Patriots at the plate going 3-for-3 with 3 singles. Sarah Saiki and Leia Kaufmann each had 2 hits. Kaufmann hit 1 double and 1 triple. Saiki hit two singles, going 2-for-3. Next up for the Patriots is Libertyville on Monday in a home game, starting at 4:45 p.m. 

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (5-4-1, 0-0-1) tied Lake Zurich 1-1 in their opening NSC match. The game was balanced in the first half, remaining 0-0 at halftime. During the second half Ellie Egeland blasted one by the Lake Zurich keeper, assisted by Sami An, putting the Patriots on top. Lake Zurich was able to tie the game before time was called. The Patriots continue conference play at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow against Warren in the Stadium.

Sports Reminders

TOMORROW ~ 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 TOMORROW 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 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.
TODAY ~ 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. 19-21: EARTH WEEK 
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: Peer Helpers Mental Health Forum
Apr. 20: North Suburban Conference Art And Design Festival
Apr. 20:  FAN ~ I’m Still Here: Loving Myself In A World Not Made For Me
Apr. 21: Baroque Concert
Apr. 24-28: Asian Pacific Islander & Desi-American Week
Apr. 24:  FAN ~ Quitting: A Life Strategy
Apr. 24: Stevenson Family Engagement: What To Expect When Your Teen Turns 18
Apr. 25: PSAT 10 Testing Day
Apr. 25: Freshmen Wellness Day
Apr. 25: TEDx: “Passions And Perspectives”
Apr. 26: First Generation Virtual College Fair
Apr. 26: National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

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