Friday, May 5, 2023

Music Production Showcase Features Student Work Of All Kinds

Music Production students from Music Production 1, Music Production 2 and Advanced Music Production will showcase their work from this semester in a variety of ways, including performances, artist talks, and casual sharing in TONIGHT’s Music Production Showcase.

The showcase is slated for a 7 p.m. start in the West Auditorium, Room 2104, the Patriot Lobby, the Music Lobby and the MIDI Lab (Room 2201).

Here is the program for the event, which is not ticketed and is also available to be viewed
via Vimeo.

There is an interesting fundraiser associated with this event.

The Music Production 2 students engaged in an activist songwriting project centered around topics that are important to them. The hope is that the music they wrote can raise donations for three organizations: Brave Space AllianceGood Kids Mad City and Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook.

The musicians featured are: Vee Allen, Maja Bacic, B Baker, Rei Betz, Luis Tadeo Figueroa Calleros, Ariela Cruz, Anand Dastidar, Meghana Dixit, Soheni Dutta, Leo Fontane, Silvana Gonzales, Tommy Garden, Kolby Gordon, Roh Habib, Alison Kim, James Kim, Suji Kim, Tyler Martini, Nishitha Nirmal, Kian Odongo, Tobi Ogundimu, Vik Paliwal, Jamie Ryan, Daniel Vazquez, Joseph Wang and Lylian Zhu.

The artists featured are: Luis Tadeo Figueroa Calleros, Ariela Cruz, Sonika Jalem, Alison Kim and Jamie Ryan. 

Fundraising opens TODAY and will run through May 19. Here is a link to the playlist (contains explicit language) and here is a link to donate.

Check Out Polish Fest TONIGHT!

Wednesday was Polish Constitution Day, and to celebrate, Stevenson’s Polish Club will be hosting Polish Community Night, also known as Polish FestTONIGHT!

The event is slated for a 6 p.m. start in Room 5120 of the Patriot Wellness Center and it is open to all Stevenson students, faculty, staff and members of the community. There is a $5 entry fee for the event!

Polish Constitution Day marks the day Poland became the second country in the world after the United States to make a constitution. At this event, everyone of all backgrounds is welcome to dance to authentic Disco Polo music, delight in varieties of Polish foods and desserts, and enjoy fun activities such as face painting, Polish trivia, musical chairs, and more!

Follow @shspolishclub on Instagram for more information.

Two Stevenson Students Earn Distinction In Regional Art Exhibition

The artwork of two Stevenson students was chosen as winners in their categories in the Northern Regional Exhibition, which was part of the Illinois High School Art Exhibition last month at the Bridgeport Art Center.

Elizabeth Yuan and Samuel Minin had their work on display for a month at the Art Center, along with the work of four other Stevenson students: Milo JablonskiSherry WangSingyee Liu and Ellen Niu.

Yuan, a junior whose work is pictured above left, won Best In Show in the Painting category, winning a Best In Show Plaque, a $250 gift card to Dick Blick, a $250 check and an oil paint set.

Minin, a senior whose work is pictured above right, won third place in the Sculpture category, winning a Bronze medal, a $50 gift card to Dick Blick and a $50 check.

History Bowl/Bee Seniors Log Strong Finish To Career At Nationals

In their four years of competing together for Stevenson’s History Bowl/Bee team at Nationals, seniors Christian EpureDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapati have always finished in the Top 20 in the country, and closed out their run last month with a seventh place finish at the International Academic Competition National Tournament in Arlington, Va.

Previously, the threesome had logged a seventh place, a fifth place and 13th place.

In the Junior Varsity Bowl, the Stevenson team of sophomores Ryan Barua and Hari Veginati and freshmen Ronak Balchandani and William Hoffman earned 12th place 

In the Varsity History Bee (individual) competition, Wuppalapati was a semifinalist.

Pictured at right, from left to right: Barua, Balchandani, Hoffman and Veginati.

Investment Management Class Visits Chicago Board Of Trade

What a field trip! Students in Stevenson’s Investment Management class recently visited the Chicago Board Of Trade!

While there, they heard from multiple options traders and received a tour of the trading pits as well as a trip to the vault in the basement of the CBOT to get a little bit of history in the same experience.

If you have questions or are interested in learning about Stevenson’s Investment Management class, please reach out to

Extra, Extra: More Images From Senior Sunrise!

A week ago today, Seniors had a great time at Senior Sunrise, hanging out with friends, while talking about their careers at Stevenson, and their futures.

Here’s a full gallery of photos from the event. And check out our Instagram page and watch videos from the 360 Machine that Student Activities provided at Senior Sunrise!

Bass Fishing Team Rolls Through Sectional On Way To State!

In dominating fashion and for the second year in a row, the Stevenson Bass Fishing team swept its IHSA Sectional yesterday on the Chain Of Lakes.

Liam Plautz and John Wall took first place with 13.22 pounds on five fish anchored by a 4.25-pound bass that was also the big bass for the event. Matthew Qualich and Charlie Grisamore took second with 12.13 pounds on five fish. 

Qualich, Grisamore, Plautz and Wall have earned spots in the IHSA State Finals on Carlyle Lake May 19 through May 20, adding to the ICASSTT and Illinois Bass Nation State Finals, of which all four have already earned qualification.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week At Stevenson!

Today, an SNN video montage produced by STUCO included students thanking teachers for everything they do! WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

Hope you had a great week, teachers! We appreciate you!

Today Is Friday…FROSTY Friday!

Support the Girls Water Polo team and buy a Wendy’s Chocolate or Vanilla Frosty TODAY from the beginning of eighth period until 4 p.m. in the Glass Commons.

Frostys are $3 each.

Checklist For Juniors: Things To Do For College Prep
(And Check Out A Full Scholarship Opportunity From UNC-Chapel Hill!)

Juniors: Just a reminder that your counselors recently sent you a e-mail that includes a checklist of things to do starting now and through the summer as the idea of college and applications becomes more of a reality.

Also, there’s a great scholarship opportunity for juniors that includes four years of tuition and expenses to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Check it out below!!

To-Do List:
1) LETTERS: Work on securing letters of recommendation from teachers and counselors. Check out this short video on tips for letters of recommendation:
2) VISITS: Learn about colleges by visiting schools.
3) LISTS: Create “the list.” By the time you get back to school in August, have a defined, reasonable number of schools you are targeting that range in selectivity and affordability.
4) ESSAYS: Start working on college essays, but wait to send transcripts until after Labor Day. Take a look at registering for the summer College Essay Workshop course. Registration is available by contacting the Stevenson Summer School Office by calling 847.415.4520 or via e-mail:

UNC-Chapel Hill Scholarship:
Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain Award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond.

The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience.

Stevenson is allowed to nominate two students from the Class of 2024. Interested rising seniors may utilize the nomination materials (applicants can make a copy of this document to fill it out electronically).

NOTE: The deadline to return nomination forms is Thursday, May 25. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Oct. 1.


TODAY THROUGH MAY 12 ~ AP Exams: Advanced Placement Exams have run all week, and then continue next week through May 12. For more Advanced Placement information, click here. For the 2023 Advanced Placement Exam Schedule, click here.

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.

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


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.

MAY 10 AND MAY 11 ~ General Dance Auditions: Mélange and Repertory Dance Company general auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11 from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 2112. To sign up for the auditions, please click here. General auditions assure placement within the companies as a whole. This is an AUDITION for current company members and any new students interested in joining the companies. In the beginning of the new school year, there will be placement auditions with these students to place them specifically into Mélange or Repertory. These placements will be Tuesday, Aug. 22 and Wednesday, Aug. 23For more details, please click here.


NOW THROUGH MAY 12 ~ Patriot School Store Sale: To close out the school year, the Patriot School Store is having a 25 percent off sale, running through May 12. The Patriot School Store is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sale prices apply in-store only and exclude letterman jackets, Jalen Brunson gear, 2023 contest T-shirts and school supplies.
Questions: Megan Shahinian at 847.415.4126 or

MAY 13 ~ Allies For Allied Celebration (Sign Up To Donate Food): The Sophomore Class Board will be hosting its “Allies For Allied Celebration” next Saturday (May 13) in the Stadium with an after-party in the Sportscenter following the team’s tournament that begins at 9 a.m. There will be free food, music, games, and LOTS OF FUN!!!! To donate food items for the celebration, please click here. For questions, contact Jane Caballero at


TODAY ~ Deadline To Order 2022-23 Yearbook: Click here to place your order.

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. 

MAY 25 ~ Senior Class Party
MAY 26 ~ Graduation

Upcoming Sports Events

MAY 11 ~ Future Patriot Athletic Night: Mark your calendars, Future Patriots Athletic Night is rapidly approaching and the Athletic Department is encouraging all current sixth, seventh and eighth graders to participate. The event is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on MAY 11. Register now via the Prep Catalog.

MAY 22 ~ Spring Sports Awards: Mark your calendars, Spring Sports Awards Night will be here before you know it! Dress to impress for the event, which is at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 22 in the Sportscenter.

Goin’ For The Repeat!
Badminton Heads Back To State To Defend Title!

The pedal has been stuck to the metal for nearly 12 months now.

The Stevenson badminton team hasn’t missed a beat since winning the 2022 IHSA State Championship last spring. All the Patriots have done since is go 18-0 this season while completely dismantling pretty much every opponent along the way. 

The express train kept speeding along last night as Stevenson won its own sectional to qualify for a return trip to the IHSA State Finals starting May 12 at DeKalb High School where the Patriots will look to win back-to-back state championships and the program’s fifth state championship overall. Stevenson has won badminton state titles in 2022, 2018, 2017 and 2012. The Patriots have been state runners-up in 2019 and 2021.

At the Sectional, Stevenson players ended up playing each other in both the singles and doubles championship matches and saw some outstanding, competitive play.

The team includes Katherine Li, Anvi Harish, Ruhi Sachar, Nivedya Nair, Lindsey Wang, and Veronica Ornatsky.

More information to come regarding the exact timing of the State Finals and ticketing.

Sports Results

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (11-4-1, 5-0-1) defeated Waukegan 7-0 on Senior Night. Before kickoff, the team honored its seven seniors: Mandy Meliker, Sarah Sagerman, Lila Brandwein, Haylie Popkey, Bri Welter, Molly Finnegan and Hailey Livesay and celebrated their hard work and dedication to the program.  During the first half, Popkey led the scoring, assisted by Anabelle Egeland. Next, Brandwein scored, assisted by Leah Stodola. Then, Madi Kennedy scored, assisted by Welter, making the score 3-0 at halftime. In the second half, Sami An scored, assisted by Nicole Tchorz and Ellie Egeland followed with a goal, also assisted by Tchorz. Next was Amira Chavez, who scored on an assist by Kennedy. To close out the game Finnegan scored, assisted by Chavez. Goalkeeper Mandy Meliker had the shutout. The Patriots play NSC rival Libertyville at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Stadium.

NOTE: We were at a girls soccer game recently and got some great photos. For a full gallery of girls soccer photos, please click here. Photos: Joel Lerner.

Girls Track And Field:
 The Patriots (5-3) competed in the NSC Championships at Warren and finished in fifth place with a team score of 58. Ava Wilson finished fourth in the 100 meter dash (13.24), third in the 200 meter dash (26.58 – PR) and fourth in the 400 meter dash (59.92 – PR). Adeline Gobble finished third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:22.08. In the 110 meter hurdles, Allie Wassermann finished fifth with a time of 18.21 and Alex Inman completed her race with a time of 50.63, which was a PR for her and second place. In the 4×100 meter relay, Hadley Thomas, Meg Arne, Shannon Lam and Ava Wilson placed fourth with a time of 51.34. The Patriots also placed fourth in the 4×200 meter relay with Thomas, Wassermann, Lam and Arne finishing with a 1:51.49. In the shot put and discus, Nenge Fon-Ndikum finished fifth and third respectively achieving her PR with 33.27 meter in the discus. Vera Jagasia placed third in the long jump with a PR at 4.97 meters. Next up for Stevenson is Sectionals at Palatine on Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. 

Boys Track And Field:
 Stevenson (4-0, 4-1) competed in the Lake County Meet at Grayslake Central and finished in sixth place with a score of 52.5. While many Patriots received a personal record at this meet, there were a few notable finishes. Dylan Zimmerman finished third in the 3200 meter run with a time of 9:34.46. Marcus Caselberry finished first in the 110 meter hurdles at 15.49 and second in the 300 meter hurdles with a 40.18. Ethan Aghakhan received a PR in the shot with a distance of 13.96 meters and finished second in the discus with a distance of 46.09. Larry Han also placed in the Top 5 in the discus with his personal record 42.88. In the high jump, Randy Clay took second with a height of 1.90 meters and Stephen Freihammer had a PR with a height of 1.75 meters. In the long jump, Alex Moser also finished with a distance of 6.13 meters and a PR. Next up is the NSC Championships Thursday at Mundelein starting at 4:30 p.m.

 Stevenson (21-6, 8-2) defeated McHenry 10-3 as Joe Richardson was strong at the plate. Richardson could not be denied picking up 4 hits and leading the Patriots to a win, hitting a double in the first and singles in the third, fourth, and sixth innings. Stevenson put up 4 runs in the third inning on singles which came from Michael BelbotBrandon Schultz and Chris Iannuzzi. Brett Gaynor earned the win on the mound, lasting seven innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, and striking out six and walking zero. Richardson and Luca Morelli each collected multiple hits for the Patriots. Next up is a doubleheader at Antioch on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

Sports Reminders

MAY 10 ~ Sports Boosters FLASH SALE: The Sports Boosters is hosting a Flash Sale on WEDNESDAY, May 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the Hall of Fame Garden. Grab your Stevenson Gear! 

MAY 12 ~ Deadline For ESPPA Award Nominations: Spring Sports Awards Season is almost here, and the Athletic Department needs your nominations for the ESPPAs. Click HERE to enter your nominations for each ESPPA category. DEADLINE is FRIDAY, MAY 12!

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.

May 5: AP Exams
May 5: Music Production Showcase
May 5: Girls Water Polo Fundraiser ~ Frosty Friday
May 5: Polish Fest
May 8-12: AP Exams
May 9: Choir Concert
May 10-11: Band Concert
May 10: Sports Boosters Meeting
May 10:  Stevenson Family Engagement ~ I Can’t Believe I Have A SENIOR!

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