Monday, Apr. 24, 2023

“Statesman” Nabs First State Championship In History!

After runner-up finishes in 2007, 2016 and 2021, the “Statesman,” Stevenson’s student news source, nabbed its first state title in school history over the weekend at the IHSA State Journalism Finals at Heartland Community College in downstate Normal.

The Statesman rolled up a total of 37 points at the state meet, the highest team total in recorded IHSA Journalism State Finals history. This followed the Statesman’s dominating performance at the sectional in which it qualified competitors for the state meet in 16 out of 18 categories.

The State-Qualifying Team Includes:
Seniors ~ Collin Fan (Newspaper Design), Surya Sethi (Copy Editing), Sarah Zhang (Features Writing), Anika Krishnaswamy (Review Writing), Aayushi Wadhawan (Editorial Writing) and Lance Locker (Sports Writing)
Juniors ~Vivian Zhu (Yearbook Theme Development), Nicole Yao (Yearbook Theme Development), Angelo Guo (News Writing), Elizabeth Yuan (Advertising and Yearbook Double-Page Layout), Ava Winber (Yearbook Caption Writing), Jennifer Huang (Infographics), and Sriya Mamidanna (Yearbook Copy Writing)  
Sophomores ~Tej Kesoraju (Radio News), Timothy Bui (Editorial Cartoon) and Ansh Aggarwal (Photo Story-Telling)

Individual Award Winners Include:
State Champions
Jennifer Huang (Infographics)
Anika Krishnaswamy (Review Writing)
Nicole Yao (Yearbook Theme Development)
Elizabeth Yuan (Advertising)
Vivian Zhu (Yearbook Theme Development)
Other Recognition
Ava Winber, Second Place, Yearbook Caption Writing
Sarah Zhang, Third Place, Feature Writing
Collin Fan, Fourth Place, Newspaper Design.
Lance Locker, Sixth Place, ports Writing.

Meanwhile, Statesman sponsor Dean Bradshaw was also recognized at the IHSA Journalism State Finals as the 2023 Journalism Educator of the Year in Illinois, receiving the IJEAJames A. Tidwell Award for Excellence in Scholastic Media Education.

Bradshaw will deliver a speech and receive a plaque at the IJEA Fall Journalism Conference at Illinois State University.

Congrats, Patriots!

Check out past and current Statesman material on its custom website!

Math Team Wins State Championship For Third Straight Year!

Again, again and again.

It’s definitely not becoming old hat for Stevenson’s Math Team, but it is a habit that no one is anxious to break. The Math Team is the Illinois State Champion for the third consecutive year.

At the Illinois Council Of Teachers Of Mathematics (ICTM) State Math Contest over the weekend, Stevenson successfully defended its title yet again for the THREE-PEAT!

Stevenson defeated second-place Whitney Young, 947 to 929.

The Senior Team finished in first place, led by Ben Chen who finished in first place and Collin Fan who finished in eighth place.

Junior Vedant Rathi submitted a perfect paper to win first-place individual honors.

Jaden Chen won first place in the sophomore division.

Freshmen Angela Ho and Richard Xu tied for first-place honors individually, both submitting perfect papers.

The Stevenson Calculator team comprised of Ben ChenAndrey VlasovLillian WangRichard Xu and Andrew Zhang also claimed the top ranking in their division.

For a complete list of team and individual accomplishments at the state contest, please see the custom Stevenson Math Team website.

Celebrate Asian Culture: APIDA Week Kicks Off TODAY!

It’s a big week for the Asian Pacific Islander & Desi American Student Council.

APIDA will be hosting Asian Pacific Islander & Desi-American Week with after-school activities all week with the goal of helping the Stevenson community better understand and appreciate Asian cultures through education and fun celebrations.

TODAYS APIDA Activity: APIDA Council is hosting a dalgona candy competition after school in Room 5120 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Teams of up to six students will be competing to see who can get the most intact candy shapes. There will be a prize at the end for the winners.

TOMORROW: Freshmen Wellness Day/Sophomore Testing

All Freshmen will report to school TOMORROW for special “Wellness Day” programming running from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

Bus service to and from school will be provided. For more information about “Wellness Day,” please check out this letter that was sent to all Freshmen Families.

Freshmen: Please remember to bring your iPads to school TOMORROW for Wellness Art Activities!

Also tomorrow, Sophomores will be at school taking the PSAT. Sophomore families received an e-mail last week that includes details on tomorrow’s Testing Day, including testing location. 

NO SCHOOL NOTE: Juniors and Seniors will not have school on this day.
TUTORING NOTE: There will be no tutoring in the ILC/ELC or on Zoom TOMORROW due to PSAT testing for Sophomores.
PWC SPECIAL HOURS NOTE: The second and third floors of the Patriot Wellness Center will close at 5:30 p.m. TOMORROW.

Seniors: Celebrate At Senior Sunrise FRIDAY!

SENIORS: Celebrate new beginnings on FRIDAY at the Senior Sunrise! 

The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. in the Stadium to celebrate the next phase of your lives: college, career or whatever adventures you have in mind!

There will be hot chocolate, orange juice, fruit, donuts, bagels and cream cheese, and music! If you’d like to wear gear from the college you will be attending, feel free!

There will also be the opportunity for you to get your own autograph toy and have all of your friends sign it!

This is a great chance for you to hang out with your friends and remember good times during your careers at Stevenson High School!

CAP AND GOWN NOTE: You can also pick up your cap and gown for graduation during Senior Sunrise! Bring your ID to be able to pick up your cap and gown.

NOW ~ PPA Staff Appreciation Lunch Donations:
 To thank Stevenson faculty and staff members for all they do all year, the Patriot Parent Association will be providing lunch for all Stevenson faculty and staff on May 2. The PPA is asking for food donations from families: desserts, chips or other yummy items. Families may also make any size monetary donation. Every donation is appreciated! Thank you, Stevenson Families!

WEDNESDAY ~ Extension Of “Freshmen Wellness Day:” This is a follow-up webinar for Families of Freshmen to talk about “Freshmen Wellness Day.” The webinar starts at 6 p.m. We will talk about activities for students as well as ways families can follow up on these concepts with their teens. Join via Zoom.

WEDNESDAY ~ First-Generation Virtual College Fair: GoToCollegeFairs will be hosting a first-generation college fair on WEDNESDAY as an extension of its missional goal to help students and colleges find a fit. There are two times on Wednesday for the Fair: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This college fair focuses on post-secondary opportunities for first-generation students. It will provide attendees with information that can assist them in the planning and transition to a college education. Learn more about what to expect in college and find some colleges that fit your needs. Get access to virtual college booths loaded with resources, virtual educational sessions, and live representatives. This entire experience will be ADA & WCAG compliant. Check out the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s First Generation Scholars Network for more resources.

THURSDAY ~ FAN / Soul Shift: The Weary Human’s Guide To Getting Unstuck And Reclaiming Your Path To Joy: Stevenson is a sponsor of this virtual Family Action Network event, which starts at 7 p.m., via Zoom.

eSports Grand Finals TONIGHT: Watch Via Twitch!

The Stevenson eSports CSGO team is in the Grand Finals and will play a Best-Of-Three at 7 p.m. TONIGHT for First and Second Place. Stream via Twitch:

The players include: Dalton Wren, Owen Potempa, Nik Waz, Neil Rayu and Miles Kline.
Good Luck, Patriots!

TEDx TUESDAY: Tickets Still Available For TEDx Talks
Check Out The TEDx Reel On Instagram (Linked Below)

Seven Stevenson students are set to share their thoughts on “Passions and Perspectives” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. TOMORROW as part of TEDxStevensonHighSchool.

The event, in which the students deliver seven- to eight-minute speeches without notes, will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the West Auditorium.

There are a handful of spots available. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

Check out our fun TEDx reel on Instagram, featuring Edward HanRitu Anand and Richelle Shi.

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.

FRIDAY ~ Deadline To Order The Wit 2023: To order: Use This Link!

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 For TEDx:  TEDxStevensonHighSchool will follow the theme “Passions and Perspectives” in the upcoming event, slated for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on TUESDAY 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. 


FRIDAY ~ 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 Results

Baseball: Th Patriots (13-6, 3-2) feel behind early and suffered an 11-1 loss to New Trier. Pitcher Brady Rosenkranz took the loss for Stevenson lasting 2⅓ innings, allowing 8 hits and 5 runs while striking out four and walking none. Luca Morelli and Joe Richardson each managed one hit to lead the Patriots. Next up for Stevenson is Lake Forest at 4:45 p.m. today.

NOTE: We were out at a baseball game last week. Please enjoy this full gallery of baseball photos. Photos: Joel Lerner.

Boys Gymnastics: Stevenson (4-4) competed in the Independent Conference Championships and finished second with a score of 150. Santi Gonzalez tied for first in the floor exercise with a 9.50 followed by Eli Haskell who tied for third with a 9.40. Elliot Haskell placed tenth overall for the Patriots and twin brother Eli finished 12th and Gonzalez was 14th. Next up for the Patriots is sectionals at 6:30 p.m. on May 2 at Stevenson.

Boys Water Polo: Stevenson (23-1, 4-0) hosted a Quadrangular and shut out Andrew 17-0, defeated Jones and Payton Co-Op 14-5, and sealed the win against St. Rita 13-2. Goalie Garrett Timmons led the way in blocked shots for the Patriots with 22. Max LaPointe-St. Georges had 10 goals on the day with 2 assists. Andrew Mossman had 5 goals in three games, Josh Moreyno had 6 goals and 3 steals, Olin Kusevskis had 5 goals, Kenny Weisner had 2 goals and 4 assists, Armeet Gill had 2 goals and 3 assists, Filip Wal had 2 goals and 3 assists and Kunal Rajadhyax had 5 assists. Next up for the Patriots is Metea Valley at 6:30 p.m. today in the Stevenson Pool.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (19-5, 3-0) hosted a Triangular against Harlem and Niles Notre Dame, winning both contests, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-18, 25-14 respectively. Libero Onon Bayasakh had 10 digs and 1 ace. Setters David Wang and Logan Kim combined for 63 attempts and 33 assists. Outside Ramsey Engel had 5 kills, 1 block assist and 5 digs. Sam Nuudel led the way for Stevenson totaling 15 kills, 1 block assist and 13 digs. Tony HwangYugank Arora and Jason DeZutter all contributed 5 kills each in both matches. Next up for the Patriots is a home match against Lake Forest at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Boys Track And Field: The Patriots traveled to Thornwood High School to take on several non-conference schools, finishing second with a score of 84. Marcus Caselberry placed fourth in the 100 meter dash with an 11.32, first in the 110 meter hurdles with a 15.60 and first in the 300 meter hurdles with a 41.66. Ty Henderson earned fourth place in the 800 meter run with a 2:06.41. Dylan Zimmerman dominated the long distance runs, placing first in the 1600 meter run with a 4:40.57 and first in the 3200 meter run with a 10:03.03 followed by Richard Klein who placed fourth with a 10:28.00. In the 4×800 relay, the Patriots finished fourth with an 8:58.45. Ethan Aghakhan placed third in the shot put with a distance of 12.76 meters and second in the discus with a distance of 45.29. Remy Herrejon had his personal best in the discus, finishing third with a 40.50. Next up for the Patriots is a meeter at 4:45 p.m. today at Lake Forest in a conference matchup.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (10-1, 3-0) won convincingly over conference opponent Warren, 7-0. While all teams performed exceptionally well, No. 3 singles player Nathan Ma won his match, 6-0, 6-1. The No. 1 doubles team of Alex Jang and Dustin Zhao won, 6-0, 6-2. The No. 2 doubles team of Jaden Dai and Ervin Perkowski dominated their match, winning 6-0, 6-0. Tejas Sheth and Jonathan Wang, the No. 3 doubles team won their match in solid fashion, 6-1, 6-0. The final doubles team of Ian Williams and Richard Xu won their match 6-1, 6-4. Next up for Stevenson is a road match at Zion-Benton at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow. 

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (6-4-1, 1-0-1) defeated NSC rival Warren, 2-0. In the first half, Ellie Egeland scored, assisted by Leah Stodola, making the score 1-0 at halftime. In the second half, Egeland blasted one past the Warren keeper for her second goal, assisted by Madi Kennedy. Goalkeeper Mandy Meliker had 6 saves and the shutout. The Patriots continue conference play at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Mundelein.

Girls Water Polo: Stevenson (24-1, 4-0) traveled to Michigan to take on several high-ranked teams, avenging an overtime loss the week before to Hudsonville, the Patriots got an 8-7 victory on Saturday. Stevenson then went on to defeat Rockford 9-5, East Kentwood 12-1, and Forest Hills 11-1. Katie Delaney had 27 blocked shots throughout the weekend, followed by Em Barron with three. Olivia Spieth had 23 steals, 4 assists, and 4 goals. Camila Maya ended the weekend with 8 steals, 2 assists and 4 goals. Sophia Berger contributed 9 steals, 2 assists and 7 goals. Belle Cloeter finished up with 5 assists and 2 goals. Becca Stone added 3 steals and 5 goals. Jillian Carlson had 2 goals. The starting group held these top Michigan teams to a combined 14 goals in 4 games. That defensive intensity was led by the starting group and seniors, including Delaney, Cloeter, Stone, Barron, Elise Regalado, Spieth, Olivia Baczek, Maya, Berger, and Caitlyn Liu. Next up for the Patriots is a 6:30 p.m. game on Thursday against York in the Stevenson Pool.

Girls Track And Field: 
Stevenson participated in a couple different invites this weekend, at both Glenbrook South (seventh place) and Palatine Distance. Ava Wilson placed second in the 100 meter dash, fourth in the 200 meter dash and third in the 400 meter dash. Isabel Edgcomb finished fourth in the 3200 meter run with a 13:12.21. In the shot put Nenge Fon-Ndikum placed fourth with a distance of 10.16 meter. At the Palatine Distance meet, Adeline Gobble finished sixth in the 800 meter run with a 2:22.07. Next up for the Patriots is a conference meet at 4:45 p.m. today at Mundelein.

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots (8-3, 2-0) lost a physical match to St. Viator on Friday, 15-5. JV goalie Lilly Morrow stepped in and logged 10 saves in an impressive performance. Freshman Vanessa Magnsino had a strong day with 6 draw controls, 4 ground balls, 1 goal and 1 assist. Lili Sorenson also tallied 4 goals and 1 assist. The Patriots were bogged down in foul trouble from the start of the second half but put up a strong fight throughout the game. Next up for Stevenson is against a road game at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday against Lake Forest at its West Campus.

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots (1-9, 0-1) lost a close one to Fremd, 9-6. Next up for Stevenson is a home match at 6:30 p.m. today against Grayslake North in the Stadium.

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.

JULY 17 ~ Baseball Golf Outing: 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.

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

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
Apr. 28: Girls Water Polo Fundraiser ~ Frosty Friday
Apr. 28: Senior Sunrise
Apr. 28-29: One Act Plays
Apr. 28-29: Spring Dance Concert
May 1-5: AP Exams

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