Thursday, Apr. 20, 2023

Senior Awards!
More Than 300 Seniors Honored Last Night
For Accomplishments

More than 300 seniors were recognized last night in the Performing Arts Center at the Adlai E. Stevenson Senior Awards Program, which honors outstanding academic accomplishments and performances at Stevenson.

Prior to the event, Fine Arts students provided music. Then there were speeches by teachers, administrators, students and guest speaker Dr. Stephen Heller, pictured above right, as well as a slide show that showed every honoree.

Congratulations Senior Award Winners!

Check out this full gallery of photos from the Senior Awards Program. Photos: Joel Lerner.

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. TONIGHT 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. 

IG TAKEOVER: Don’t forget to follow junior and Peer Helpers secretary Vageesh Ramaswamy as he takes over the main Stevenson Instagram account to give a behind-the-scenes look at the Mental Health Forum.

Stevenson Looks To Top North Suburban Conference At Art Festival

This is the conference championship of art…the battle for top dog in the North Suburban Conference!

The North Suburban Conference Art Festival will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. TONIGHT 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!!

Baroque To Feature Music Of The Legendary Bach!

It’s a tribute to an all-time great!

The Baroque Ensemble and Viol ConsortTOMORROW will feature the music of Johan Sebastian Bach performed on period instruments. The show is slated for a 7 p.m. start in the Recital Hall.

Pieces to be highlighted include: the double violin concerto in d minor BWV 1043, the harpsichord concerto in f minor BWV 1056 and the Brandenburg Concerto no.3 BWV 1048.

The show is free and is also available to be viewed on Vimeo.

GOOD LUCK: Statesman To Compete At STATE TOMORROW!

In the wake of its dominating performance at the IHSA Journalism Sectional last month, Stevenson’s “Statesman”, which logged the best score in the state among seven different sectional sites, is now ready for state competiton.

Multiple members of the “Statesman” will be competing at Heartland Community College in Normal TOMORROW in the IHSA State Finals.

Best of luck, Patriots!!

Bass Fishing Team Pulls Away In Race For Team Of The Year

The Bass Fishing Team had another successful showing last weekend, stretching its lead for Team Of The Year and earning key all-state points.

Meanwhile, John Wall and Liam Plautz are well positioned to qualify for the ICASSTT Clash, the ICASSTT state finals. They took fourth place on East Fork Lake out of 60 teams and took 31st out of 92 teams on Newton Lake. Charlie Grisamore and Matthew Qualich took seventh on East Fork and 28th on Newton. Both teams weighed in limits at both events, and both teams have also qualified for the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation state finals already.The Clash is on Lake Springfield on June 3 and June 4 while the IBN State Finals are on the Des Plaines River on June 10. IHSA Sectionals are May 4 on the Chain of Lakes.

“Earth Week,” Day 4: Thrifty Thursday!

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 this week, there have been 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 have been 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): Fast Fashion Survey, Hosted by the Green Team ~ Learn about fast fashion. Complete the survey to receive one “Clothing Swap” ticket – to be redeemed after school.
After School (3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m., West Staff Dining Room):
Hosted by Green Team/Fashion Program ~ Thrift With TICKETS!
 During lunch, when you drop off clothing in front of the Student Activities Office…OR when you complete the fast Fashion Survey at the activity table in front of the Student Activities Office, you will 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. TODAY 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.

Tomorrow is Earth Day! The Green Team will be offering a Greenhouse Tour starting in Room 8104 at 8 a.m. Come take a look around Stevenson’s own greenhouse at the top of the East Building. Every participant will receive FREE wildflower seeds!

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

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

Takeover Time: Join Senior Harley Schwarz For A Greenhouse Tour

Did you know that Stevenson has a Rooftop Greenhouse and Garden?

Senior Harley Schwarz is going to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour TOMORROW MORNING when he takes over Stevenson’s main Instagram account for an “Earth Week” Instagram Takeover!

The Green Team is offering tours of the area for all interested students at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, starting in Room 8104, as part of its “Earth Week” activities!

Schwarz, pictured left, is on the Executive Board of the Green Team, and has been in that role since last year. He’s a four-year member of the club. His Takeover Video will also include highlights from the rest of “Earth Week.”

“Last year on E-Board, I had a goal of expanding Green Team’s mission past our weekly club meetings,” Schwarz said. “When I joined Green Team, the club was still newly formed. In previous years, we celebrated ‘Earth Day’ as a single day, but kept the festivities to our club meeting. I wanted to create something where we can involve the entire student body, and so I, along with the rest of the Executive Board last year, came up with ideas for expanding ‘Earth Day’ into ‘Earth Week!'”

The Green Team worked with Student Council to decorate the school during “Earth Week” similariy to how the school is decorated for big events such as Homecoming and Winterfest.

“We decorated the Sportscenter and the Point with an explosion of earth-themed blue, green, and white streamers,” Schwarz said. “We were very ambitious and dove in head first. This year, along with our passionate club sponsor P. Sunny Suntharanund, we were able to build on the strengths and weaknesses of last year’s event to make this year’s ‘Earth Week’ even better.”

Schwarz’s passion for the environment is leading him to study Environmental Science next year at the University of Illinois

“I hope to work with similarly passionate people who want to work to change the world just like I do,” said Schwarz, who helped with an initiative last year to improve composting at Stevenson. “I hope ‘Earth Week’ at Stevenson inspires staff and students to incorporate more sustainable practices into their daily lives!”

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

Interested in international travel? How about the Dominican Republic?

Check out TONIGHT’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 tonight 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.

“India Night” Will Showcase Indian Culture TOMORROW!

“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. TOMORROW. 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!

Check It Out: New Batch Of Scholarships!

Looking for money for college? Check out these new scholarships, with deadlines ranging from April 24 to June 30. Apply NOW!
Here are the newest scholarships available, with applications deadlines.
Click on this link for all of the information.
OAR Scholarship ~ $3,000; Deadline: April 24
Boomer Esiason Scholarship ~ $10,000; Deadline: April 28
Eleven Scholarship ~ $5,000; Deadline: May 1
Culinary Institute Of America Scholarship ~ $10,000; Deadline: May 1
CodeWizards HQ Scholarship ~ $2,500; Deadline: May 1
Odenza Vacations Scholarship ~ $500; Deadline: May 1
Carrington-Philbert Scholarship ~ $2,500; Deadline: May 1
Nurse Corps Scholarship ~ $10,000; Deadline: May 4
Curt Greene Scholarship ~ $2,500; Deadline: June 1
Future Nurse Scholarship ~ $1,000; Deadline: June 1
PixelPlex STEM Scholarship ~ $2,000; Deadline: June 5
Burress Injury Law Scholarship ~ $5,000; Deadline: June 6
Feeding Tomorrow First Year Scholarship ~ $1,500; Deadline: June 15
Barbeques Galore Culinary Scholarship ~ $1,000; Deadline: June 30

For a full list of all (including previously listed) scholarships currently available to Stevenson students, please click here.

Deadline To Place Order For The Wit Is Next Week

What: The Wit 2023
When: Deadline To Order Is Friday, April 28
How: Use This Link!

NOW THROUGH JUNE 30: Apply for these post-secondary scholarships with deadlines ranging from now through June 30.

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.


TOMORROW ~ 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 TOMORROW.

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

Girls Lacrosse: We were out at a recent girls lacrosse game. Check out this full gallery of photos! Photos: Joel Lerner.

Badminton: The Patriots (16-0, 5-0) got a 14-1 victory over Naperville North that included several tightly contested matches. The No. 4 doubles team of Meghana Dixit and Riddhi Mallela won their match 21-1, 21-4. The freshmen duo of Katie Moy and Michelle Zhang won in the No. 5 spot, 21-6, 21-5. Next up for Stevenson is a match at New Trier next Wednesday, starting at 4:45 p.m.

Baseball: The Patriots (13-5, 3-2) grabbed the lead in the seventh inning to get a 6-5 victory over Mundelein. The game was tied at 5-5 when Chris Iannuzzi grounded out, scoring 1 run. Joe Richardson fired up the offense in the first inning driving in 1 run on a double. Brett Gaynor led things off on the pitcher’s mound, surrendering 5 runs on 3 hits over 5⅓ innings and striking out four batters. Iannuzzi had the only homer on the day, putting one over the fence in the third. Overall, the Patriots tallied 11 hits, with Iannuzzi, Richardson, Colin Schmitke and Luca Morelli managing two each. Next up for the Patriots is Lake Zurich tonight at home, starting at 4:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (9-1, 2-0) took on Glenbrook South in Glenview and won a tight match, 5-3. No. 2 singles player Dustin Zhao won his match 6-1 , 6-4 along with No. 3 singles player Jaden Dai, who dominated his match 6-0 , 6-0. On the doubles side, the No. 2 doubles team of Ervin Perkowski and Jonathan Wang won 6-0, 6-3, as did their teammates in the No. 3 doubles spot, Richard Xu and Nathan Ma. The No. 4 doubles team of Ian Williams and Tejas Sheth controlled their match, winning 6-0, 6-0. Next up for the Patriots is Warren at 4:45 p.m. on Friday at Warren’s Almond Campus.

Boys Track and Field: Stevenson (5-2, 2-1) traveled to Zion-Benton to take on the host Zee-Bees along with Warren in a conference triangular, losing to Warren, 60.67 to 44.33 and defeating Zion, 84 to 20. Marcus Caselberry started things off for the Patriots in the 100 meter, taking first place with 11.0 seconds. In the 400 meter, Jeffery Danison placed third with a time of 55.8. Ty Henderson placed second in the 800 meter and the Patriots dominated the 3200 meter, placing first through fourth. Thomas Simmons placed third in the 110 meter hurdles with a 16.3, marking his personal best. In the 4×100 relay, Alex WilsonJeffery DanisonAlex Moser and Alex Xie took second with a 45.3. In addition, the Patriots also placed second in the 4×200 (1:40.6) and first in the 4×800 (9:05.8). In the shot put, Ethan Aghakhan placed third with 12.60 meters and second in the discus with 45.86 meters. In the high jump, Stephen Freihammer led the way for the Patriots with a measurement of 1.64 meters. Xie and Moser also placed second and third in the triple jump. Next up is an Invite at Thornwood High School on Friday, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Track and Field: After a reschedule from Monday night, the Patriots (4-1) hosted a variety of teams, prevailing over Warren, 84-35, Libertyville, 66-58, Mundelein 84-39, Waukegan 109-9, and Zion 93-30. In the 100 meter dash, Ava Wilson finished first with a 12.81. In the 400 meter dash, Adeline Gobble finished second with a 1:05.16. In the 1600 meter run, Olivia Ruiz and Allison Castro tied for third with a 6:05.79. Allie Wassermann finished third in the 100 meter hurdles with an 18.11. In the 300 meter hurdles, Alex Inman finished first with a 53.70 and Wassermann finished second with a 54.86. In the 4×200 relay, the Patriots finished second with a 1:52.08. In the 4×800, Stevenson placed third with a 10:55.20. Placing second in the high jump, both Eileen Li and Karolina Yevstratenko jumped 4-feet-6. In the long jump, Vera Jagasia finished second at 4.93 meters. Next up for the Patriots is the Titan Invite at Glenbrook South tomorrow, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (16-5, 3-0) outlasted host Mundelein, 25-12, 22-25, 25-17. Sam Nuudel led the way for the Patriots with 9 kills and 2 block assists. Jason DeZutter had 7 kills and 1 block assist. Ramsey EngelRyan Dong and Vince Concialdi all had 4 kills each. Setters David Wang and Logan Kim were solid once again combining for 66 attempts with 35 assists. Stevenson is next hosting a Triangular on Friday with Harlem and Niles Notre Dame, beginning at 5 p.m.

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.

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

Apr. 20-21:EARTH WEEK
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
Apr. 27: FAN ~ Soul Shift: The Weary Human’s Guide To Getting Unstuck And Reclaiming Your Path To Joy

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