Monday, May 15, 2023

Badminton Team Wins Second Straight STATE TITLE!

For the second year in a row, the Stevenson Badminton Team rolled to the IHSA State Badminton Championship, securing the rare REPEAT at host DeKalb High School!

This time, with a total of 16.5 points, the Patriots took down Neuqua Valley and Fremd, which tied for second place and tallied 15.5 points apiece.

In addition, the doubles team of Anvi Harish and Katherine Li won the doubles state championship, outlasting Fremd in a tight match, 21-16, 11-21, 21-15. Singles player Lindsey Wang finished in eighth place overall and competed against teammate Veronica Ornatsky in the consolation quarterfinals. 

The Patriots have won five state titles since 1983, and previously won state championships in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2022, along with state runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2021. 

Congratulations, Patriots!

For a full gallery of photos from the Badminton State Finals, please click here.

Photos: Joel Lerner

Plenty Of Fun And SMILES At Allies For Allied Celebration!

The Sophomore Class Board hosted its “Allies For Allied Celebration” Saturday with an after-party in the Sportscenter that followed the Allied Soccer Tournament in the Stadium.

There was free food, music, games, and LOTS OF FUN!!!!

For a full gallery from the event, please click here.

Photos: Courtesy student photographer Ansh Aggarwal.

See Stevenson’s Artists Of The Future!
Consortium ArtFest TOMORROW

It’s a tradition four-plus decades strong: the 43rd Annual Consortium ArtFest.

This art show, held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. TOMORROW in the Fieldhouse, is for Stevenson’s second-semester art students as well as selected students from Stevenson’s Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Consortium Schools. This collaborative event is a favorite among Stevenson students, district schools, teachers, and the larger community.

Stevenson teachers are encouraged to bring their students to view the show, which will re-open again TOMORROW EVENING from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a reception.

The participating Consortium Schools include: Laura B. Sprague Elementary School, Half Day School, Daniel Wright Junior High, Tripp Elementary School, Pritchett Elementary School, Aptakisic Junior High School, Meridian School, Fremont Middle School, Fremont Intermediate School, Fremont Elementary School, Twin Groves Middle School, Woodlawn Middle School, West Oak Intermediate School, Diamond Lake School, West Oak Middle School, Country Meadows Elementary School, Prairie Elementary School, Ivy Hall Elementary School and Kildeer Countryside Elementary School.

There is also a fundraising arm to this event: The Empty Bowls Project. 

Students from Ceramics classes this school year have donated wheel-thrown or hand-built ceramic bowls that will be sold for $5 each during the Reception. All proceeds will go to the Vernon Township Food Pantry.

Fashion Focus: SPIRIT!!
Plan Your Wardrobe For “Spring Fling Spirit Week!”

The final regular week of the 2022-23 school year is this week, but there will be nothing “regular” about it.

It’s “Spring Fling Spirit Week,” with fun themes each day capped by a Friday Fun Day that includes a “Treat Day,” an afternoon assembly and the after-school, annual “Spring Fling” event featuring outdoor games and fun!

Here are the theme days for the week. 

USA Day: Wear Red, White And Blue

Beach vs. Biker Day

Adam Sandler (pictured left) Day

Western Day

Team Jerseys Or Stevenson Spirit Day

COUNTDOWN…To Final Experience

You are in the home stretch, Patriots! NEXT WEEK is Final Experience!

Here’s what you need to know:

Due to the number of non-attendance days this school year, Final Experience will be a little different this spring to accommodate this year’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 26.


Wednesday, May 24

If you are submitting any more evidence for this semester’s Period 5, 1, 7 and 8 classes, you should go to the Fieldhouse on Wednesday, May 24 (see schedule above). Please speak with your teachers to see if you need to submit more evidence. Once all Final Experiences are completed, seniors will be released to go home. 
Thursday, May 25
Seniors who are submitting any more evidence for this semester’s Period 6, 2, 3 and 4 classes will be expected to report to their normal classrooms according to the Final Experience schedule on Thursday, May 25.

Thursday, May 25

Report to your Period 6, 2, 3 and 4 classrooms on Thursday, May 25.
Friday, May 26
Report to your Periods 5, 1, 7 and 8 classrooms on Friday, May 26.
COURSE MATERIAL RETURNAll course material (textbooks, art supplies, cameras, apple pencils, etc.) must be returned before you leave for the summer! You may have to pay a fee for any materials that are returned late, so don’t forget about this, Patriots! Students may drop off their materials in the Lower Sports Center Lobby during these dates/times:

May 22-24
~ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
~ Periods 4 – 6
~ 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

May 25-26
~ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
For more information about Tutoring, Food Service, Open Gym and the PWC during the Final Experience, please click here.

TODAY ~ Check Your E-mail For Communications Survey: Students and Families received an e-mail today from the Stevenson Communications Team that includes a survey about the communications that comes out of our office. Please click here to read that letter and to be directed to a link to the survey. We encourage you to provide your feedback.
Thank you so much, Stevenson!!

THIS WEEK ~ Check Your Growth: This is the final REGULAR week of the school year, ahead of the FINAL EXPERIENCE, which starts next week. Now would be a great time to check in on your growth in all of your classes. Touch base with your teachers or click here to access the Interactive Report Card. 

THIS WEEK ~ Check Your E-Mail For Registration Residency Guidelines: All returning families will get an e-mail this week from a third-party vendor about Registration Residency Verification for the 2023-24 school year. In the e-mail, you will receive either a confirmation that your residency has been verified (and no further action is needed) or instruction on how to provide additional documentation in order to verify your place of residency. As a kind reminder, residency must be verified in order to move on to the second part of the annual registration process. We will provide detailed information in early June on how to complete this final part of registration.

Seniors: Party And Graduation Are Coming…
411 On Senior Party Transportation And Ceremony Details

FRIDAY ~ Deadline To Sign Up For Senior Party Bus:
The Senior Party is May 25. For those who have a Senior Party Boat Ticket, it is now time to sign up for a bus! The deadline to sign up for a bus is FRIDAY. All Senior Party ticket holders who are not signed up for a bus by May 19 will be randomly assigned to a bus.

  • When you sign up for a bus, you must enter your Student ID Number so that it can be verified that you have a boat ticket. You must have already purchased your ticket for the Senior Party on GoFan. Please use the exact same name on the Bus Sign-Up that you used to purchase your GoFan ticket.
  • If you sign up for a bus without a GoFan Senior Party Ticket, you will be removed from the Bus Sign-Up. If you sign up for a bus without entering a Student ID Number, you will be removed from the Bus Sign-Up. 

MAY 26 ~ MANDATORY REHEARSAL: Check-In begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse.
MAY 26 ~ COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AT NOW ARENA, Hoffman Estates: Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Graduates report no later than 4 p.m. The Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. 
For more information about Graduation, please refer to the letter that was sent to all senior families on May 5 or check out the Senior Page on the Stevenson website.

SAY CHEESE! ID Photo Shoots For Next Year Start TOMORROW

Freshmen, Sophomore and Juniors will be getting their 2023-24 ID Photos for next year taken this week.

Students will be asked to make their way to the Sportscenter or Fieldhouse during their designated times. *Only photos will be taken during this time. 2023-24 ID cards will be distributed at a later date.*

FRESHMEN will be brought through during their Advisory Period. Please contact your advisories to confirm the dates and times you will be attending.

SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS will be brought through at the beginning of their PE class. Please, contact your PE teacher to confirm the day and time they have scheduled for your class.

Should students miss the designated times with their Advisory or PE class, they are able to come through the Sportscenter of Fieldhouse during any of the other following times as long as it does not conflict with their academic schedule.

TUESDAY: 4th through 6th Hours ~  11:10 a.m. to 1:41 p.m.
THURSDAY: 4th through 6th Hours ~ 11:10 a.m. to 1:41 p.m.
MONDAY, May 22:  All Day,  Including Early Bird PE ~ 7 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
TUESDAY, May 23:  4th through 6th Hours ~ 11:10 a.m. to 1:41 p.m.
MONDAY, May 24: All Day, Including Early Bird PE ~ 7 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

TOMORROW: End-Of-Year Tournament For Video Game Club

The Video Game Club has a big end-of-the-year Super Smash Brothers Ultimate tournament coming up TOMORROW called the “Cosmic Brownie Cup.”

This is a free-entry tournament open to all students at Stevenson, regardless of prior skill level, and everyone who enters will be awarded with at least one Cosmic Brownie.

The tournament starts at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1204.

Interested? There is a required Google Registration Form for those who intend to participate.

Bring In Clothing Donations: Help Cradles To Crayons!

Stevenson’s National Honor Society is teaming with Cradles To Crayons to help low-income families in the area with basic clothing and footwear needs.

There will be a Clothing Drive in support of the Cradles mission running all THIS WEEK on campus!

The NHS is asking students to bring in clothing donations (sizes 0T-Adult Medium) and drop them in the donation boxes that will be located at school entrances.

As an added bonus, when you donate, you will be able to scan a QR code that will enter you into a raffle. The winner(s) will receive a basket worth $50!

Cradles To Crayons is an organization committed to helping families in low-income and poverty situations through donations of clothing and shoes, as well as other basic needs items, to children from birth through age 12. By providing these items, Cradles to Crayons enables children to participate more fully in school and life activities while also relieving their parents’ stress.

Get Involved In TEDx Next Year!

Want to be involved in TEDx next year as a member of the TEDx Board?

If you are passionate about event planning, organizing and inspiring others, you are encouraged to apply. Join a team of like-minded individuals who are dedicated to making TEDxStevensonHighSchool a success.

As a member of the TEDx board, you will work closely with other students to organize and execute a successful TEDx event that showcases the unique voices of our community. You will have the opportunity to develop valuable skills in project management, event planning and public speaking, while also making a positive impact on our school and beyond.We are looking for motivated and dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of spreading ideas and inspiring change.

If this sounds like you, apply for a position on the TEDx Board!

TODAY ~ 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.

ONGOING ~ Juniors To-Do’s: Counselors recently sent Juniors an 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.

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.


THROUGH FRIDAY ~ Music Production Showcase Fundraiser: 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 (through FRIDAY) for three organizations: Brave Space AllianceGood Kids Mad City and Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook. Here is a link to the playlist (contains explicit language) and here is a link to donate.

JUNE 1 ~ Deadline For Early Bird Rate To Travel The World With Stevenson: Don’t forget that the DEADLINE for the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for Stevenson’s International Travel Opportunities is JUNE 1. Don’t miss out on the amazing 2024 tours (Dominican Republic, France/Italy, Iceland, Japan) that are planned. If you missed the Travel Night Zoom Call and want to know more, click here. For general questions about Stevenson Travel (travel partners, dates, payments, insurance, etc.), contact Mandy Johnson at 

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.

Boys Gymnastics Team Places Fifth At State!

For the first time in eight years, the Boys Gymnastics Team qualified for the IHSA State Finals, and over the weekend at Hoffman Estates High School, the Patriots pulled out a fifth-place finish in that appearance with a total team score of 150.80.

Santi Gonzalez got things started for the Patriots, placing sixth on Floor Exercise with a 9.20. Thor Mace (pictured right) finished in the Top 15 in several events including 13th on the pommel horse (7.80) and 11th on the parallel bars (9.20) while medaling with a fifth on the high bar (8.95).

Rounding out the scorers for the Patriots were Elliott Haskell, who is pictured left and medaled with a fourth on the vault (9.20), followed by his brother Eli Haskell who placed 11th with an 8.8.

Congratulations, Patriots!

For a full gallery of photos from the Boys Gymnastics State Finals, please click here.

Photos: Brian O’Mahoney

Upcoming Sports Events
STEVENSON STUDENTS: Stevenson is hosting both the Girls and the Boys IHSA Water Polo State Finals!! Free tickets are available to the State Water Polo Quarterfinals for the FIRST 50 Stevenson students who present their ID at the gate of the Stevenson Pool. Thank you to the Sports Boosters for this contribution. 

THURSDAY ~ GIRLS STATE WATER POLO: Stevenson will take on Sandburg in the state quarterfinals at Stevenson at 7:00 p.m. on THURSDAY. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan

FRIDAY ~ BOYS STATE WATER POLO: Stevenson will take on Naperville North in the state quarterfinals at Stevenson at 8:15 p.m. on FRIDAY. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan

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.

Sports Results

Boys Water Polo: 
The Patriots (32-1, 4-0) won the Sectional Championship to qualify for the IHSA State Finals. Stevenson defeated Deerfield 19-10 on Friday and turned around to roll past Libertyville for the sectional win, 22-5. Against Libertyville, the Patriots were up 12-0 after the first quarter showing both their great defense and offense. Over two games, Max LaPointe-St. Georges had 12 goals and 8 steals. Olin Kusevskis had 13 goals. Andrew Mossman had 5 goals. Kunal Rajadhyax had 1 goal and added 9 assists. Filip WalJack Osmond and Dylan Kreimer each added 2 goals. Jack CurtinArmeet GillJayden Tsai and Jacob Denesha all added 1 goal apiece. Stevenson will take on Naperville North in the state quarterfinals at 8:15 p.m. on Friday at Stevenson. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan.

Girls Water Polo:
 Stevenson (32-1, 4-0) won the Sectional, rolling past conference rivals Mundelein (20-2) and, in the championship game, Libertyville (15-6) along the way. Goalies Elsa Kusevskis and Katie Delaney combined for 12 blocked shots, 3 steals and 2 assists. Becca Stone had 10 steals, 3 assists and 10 goals followed by Camilla Maya with 3 steals, 2 assists and 6 goals. Sophia Brown and Natalie Hooper each had 5 steals apiece. Belle Cloeter finished the weekend with 5 assists and 2 goals. Elise Regalado had 2 steals, 3 assists and 1 goal. Olivia Spieth had 2 steals, 5 assists and 3 goals. Sophia Berger added 3 steals, 2 assists and 1 goal, followed by Caroline Rutcosky and Liza Kolbunova who both had 2 goals apiece and Jillian Carlson and Emily Headley with 3 steals each. The Patriots will take on Sandburg in the state quarterfinals at Stevenson at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan

Boys Tennis: 
The Patriots (15-1, 6-0) won the NSC Championships with a total of 47 points, 13 points ahead of the second-place finisher. Ashy Madhushankar finished second, losing to Lake Forest in a tough match. Caden Zhao won his match, 6-2, 6-1 against Lake Forest, followed by Nathan Ma, who won 6-1, 6-3. Ervin Perkowski and Gautham Kappaganthulla defeated Libertyville, 6-2, 6-2. Alex Jang and Dustin Zhao defeated Warren, 6-1, 6-1, while Tejas Sheth and Jonathan Wang defeated Lake Forest in a tough three-set match, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 and Ian Williams and Richard Xu defeated Lake Forest, 6-1, 6-2. Next up for Stevenson is the Sectionals on Friday, starting at 11 a.m. at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. 

Baseball: The Patriots (24-7, 10-2) claimed the lead in the fifth inning to defeat Grayslake Central, 7-3. The game was tied at 3-3 with Stevenson up to bat in the top of the fifth when an error scored 1 run. Joe Dolenga was credited with the victory for the Patriots and went deep into the fifth inning, allowing no hits and no runs over two innings, striking out 2 batters and walking none. Carson Kaye threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen recording the last three outs to earn the save. Ben Fawcett, who started the game for Stevenson, surrendered 3 runs on 3 hits over two innings, striking out 3 batters. Kay went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Patriots in hits. Next up for Stevenson is conference rival Libertyville at 4:45 p.m. today on the Varsity Baseball Field. 

Girls Softball: Stevenson (11-9-1, 7-5) hosted Wauconda in a double-header on Saturday, dropping both games, 13-0 and 14-5. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Waukegan at 4:45 p.m. today. 

Girls Lacrosse: Stevenson (13-7, 4-1) traveled to New Lenox to take on Lincoln-Way Central and lost, 16-4. Lili Sorenson scored 2 goals and added 2 caused turnovers, followed by Teagan Hendricks and Jessica Youkhanna who each had 1 goal apiece. Megan Randol had 24 saves on goal and the Patriot defense totaled 13 caused turnovers. Next up for Stevenson is the beginning of the Sectional Playoffs on Monday, May 22, starting at 5 p.m. 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.

ONGOING ~ Register For Girls Flag Football: Stevenson will be offering Girls Flag Football in the Fall of 2023. This is a COMPETITIVE program! Practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Games will take place on Saturdays. To register for Flag Football, please click here. Tryouts will take place in August. Stay tuned for more updates!

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 15-19: Spring Fling Spirit Week
May 15: Activity Period ~ Sophomore Guidance
May 15: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
May 16: Consortium Art Festival And Reception
May 16: PPA Meeting
May 17: Band Fundraiser ~ MOD Pizza
May 17: String Awards Concert
May 19: PPA Treat Day
May 19: SNN Film Festival
May 19: PM Assembly
May 19: Spring Fling 2023
May 19-20: Bass Fishing State Finals
May 22: Spring Sports Awards

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