Thursday, May 11, 2023

Envirothon Team Takes State Championship!

Water. Earth. Fire. Air. Championship. Big-picture environmental topics were covered at the 2023 Illinois Envirothon Competition last weekend at the 4-H Memorial Camp in downstate Monticello, and Stevenson hit the mark for a BIG win…a STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!

Six Stevenson students, in a collaboration of the Green Team and the Earth Science Club, competed against Land Use Councils from all over the state and were tested on their knowledge not only on the big-picture environmental topics, but also more specific categories such as forestry, aquatics, wildlife, soils, and “adapting to climate change.”

Teams were also required to prepare and present a thorough solution to a complex environmental issue on-site. Stevenson’s presentation titled “Project Van-Cooler” was awarded the Top Presentation Overall. In addition, Stevenson earned the highest score in every testing category with the exception of Aquatics, paving the way to the Envirothon State Championship!

Stevenson will now represent Illinois in New Brunswick, Canada this summer to compete against schools from all over North America and China.

The Envirothon Team consists of juniors Angela GuoSylvie KangAlex Powers and Angela Wang and sophomores Ishaan Bhonagiri and Shourya Mehta.

The Envirothon is an environmental and natural resource conservation, problem-solving, team-building and leadership experience and competition for high school students across the United States, Canada, and China. Incorporating STEM principles, experiential learning and hands-on outdoor field experiences, the Envirothon fosters student learning and is managed and directed by National Conservation Foundation and its NCF-Envirothon Operating Committee.

Yeeeeee Hawwwwww! Check Out This Improv, Y’all!

So…those “so-called” Failed Presidential Candidates are fixin’ to impress you gentlefolk at Stevenson with a night of Improv Comedy!

They will be telling knee-slappers, tall tales, and singing tunes that would make your cattle cry. So why don’t y’all mosey on over to the West Auditorium at just past sundown (7:30 p.m.) TOMORROW. It won’t cost you a dime, partner!

Concert Bands Continue With Second Show TONIGHT!

In the final curricular performance by the Stevenson Concert Bands this year, several of the bands will be performing world premiere arrangements of songs that they selected and created throughout the entire second semester.

The Spring Band Concert, featuring the Honor Band, Advanced Symphonic Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band and Freshman Band, is a two-day event that opened with a show last night and continues with the final show at 7 p.m. TONIGHT in the Performing Arts Center.

Students will also be honored with awards throughout the event, which can also be viewed via Vimeo. View the program for the concert here.

Allies For Allied Celebration Is SATURDAY!

The Sophomore Class Board will be hosting its “Allies For Allied Celebration” on SATURDAY in the Stadium with an after-party in the Sportscenter.

There will be free food, music, games, and LOTS OF FUN!!!!

Everyone is invited to come and cheer on the Allied Soccer Team as it hosts its tournament with three other Allied teams beginning at 9 a.m. in the Stadium!! When the event is over, all four teams and everyone supporting in the stands are invited to the Sportscenter to celebrate these amazing athletes! 

For questions, contact Jane Caballero at

COUNTDOWN…To Final Experience

You are in the home stretch, Patriots! TWO MORE WEEKS until 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.✅ FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS
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 the ILC/QLC/ELC, Food Service, Open Gym and the PWC during the Final Experience, please click here.

Seniors: Graduation Is Coming…
411 On Caps/Gowns And Day-Of-Ceremony Details

TODAY ~ Cap And Gown Pick-Up: Seniors can pick up their caps and gowns from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. TODAY in the Wood Commons outside of Student Activities. This is one of the LAST opportunities to pick up your cap and gown.
REHEARSAL/TICKETS ~ There will be a mandatory rehearsal ceremony on the morning of Friday, May 26. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with your counselor in the Fieldhouse. After rehearsal, you will report back to your counselor to receive and sign out your graduation tickets. Each graduate will receive eight tickets.
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AT THE NOW ARENA ~ Doors at NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates will open to the public at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Graduates should report no later than 4 p.m. The actual graduation ceremony will begin promptly at 5 p.m. The ceremony will be live-streamed and can be accessed here:
GRADUATION PHOTOS ~ Photos of this year’s graduation ceremony will be taken by Visual Image Photography (VIP). All images will be posted online for view and order about a week after graduation. You will receive an email when they are ready to view and order, or you can visit Type in your school name and click on the graduation tile. Enter the student’s full name and an e-mail address. This will bring up your student’s graduation day photos and link you to other event photos from this past school year. All print orders are sent directly to the address entered at checkout. Contact VIP at with questions.

For more information about Graduation, including directions to the ceremony and parking, appropriate dress and diplomas, 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.
MAY 25 ~ Senior Class Party
MAY 26 ~ Graduation

Heads Up: Upcoming Changes To PWC Hours

As the school year winds downs, there will be a few days in which hours at the Patriot Wellness Center will be adjusted.

The PWC will close at 6 p.m.

SUNDAY (Mother’s Day)
The PWC will be closed.

The PWC will be closed after school.

FRIDAY, May 26
The PWC will be closed after school.

THROUGH TOMORROW: Advanced Placement Exams will run all week, through TOMORROW. 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.

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 TOMORROW ~ Patriot School Store Sale: To close out the school year, the Patriot School Store is having a 25 percent off sale, running through TOMORROW. 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

THROUGH MAY 19 ~ 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 May 19) 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.

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.

ONGOING ~ Travel The World With Stevenson: Don’t forget to check out Stevenson’s International Travel Opportunities because travel is for EVERYONE at Stevenson! 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

Boys Gymnastics/Badminton Teams Start Run At State TOMORROW!

It’s a big weekend for the Stevenson Boys Gymnastics and Badminton teams ~ both will be vying for IHSA STATE TITLES!

The Boys Gymnastics teams returns to the State Finals, held at Hoffman Estates High School TOMORROW and SATURDAY, for the first time in eight years. 

The Patriots, however, are no stranger to the bright lights of state. They boast a rich history that includes FIVE state championships since 2002 (2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2015), a runner-up designation in 2014 and three third-place finishes (1999, 2001 and 2013).

Stevenson won its own sectional last week with a score of 152.45, the second-highest team score from the five sectionals across the state.

Junior Thor Mace was an automatic all-around qualifier while freshmen twins Elliott Haskell and Eli Haskell and senior Santi Gonzalez were at-large all-around qualifiers. Junior Finlay Oyston qualified for the floor, vault and high bar competitions.

Meanwhile, the Badminton team is going for the REPEAT!

The Patriots won the IHSA State Championship last year and are looking for the program’s fifth state title since 1983, TOMORROW and SATURDAY in the State Finals at DeKalb High School. Stevenson has previously won state championships in 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2022, along with state runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2021. 

Stevenson won its 22nd sectional championship at home last week as Lindsey Wang captured the singles title and partners Anvi Harish and Katherine Li rolled to the doubles title.


Sports Notes

Coming Fall Of 2023: Girls Flag Football 

Girls…Want to play Flag Football…for real, for a season?

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. Athletes are EXPECTED to attend all activities. You CANNOT join Girls Flag Football if you are on another fall sports team.

This is a pilot program for 2023, therefore, there is no P.E. waiver given for Girls Flag Football.

To register for Flag Football, please click here. Tryouts will take place in August.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Upcoming Sports Events

TODAY ~ 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. TODAY. Register now via the Prep Catalog.

TODAY ~ Girls Track And Field Sectional: Stevenson is starting its run in the state playoffs! The IHSA Girls Track And Field Sectional starts TODAY at Palatine High School. ALL tickets are $7 via GoFan: or $8 CASH at the gate.

TOMORROW ~ Girls Badminton At State: Stevenson is heading to STATE! The IHSA Badminton State Finals starts at 9:45 a.m. TOMORROW at DeKalb High School. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan:

TOMORROW ~ Boys Gymnastics At State: Stevenson is heading to STATE! The IHSA Boys Gymnastics State Finals starts at 4:30 p.m. TOMORROW at Hoffman Estates High School. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan:

TOMORROW ~ Girls Water Polo Sectional: Stevenson will play Mundelein in the semifinals of the Buffalo Grove sectional starting at 5 p.m. TOMORROW at Buffalo Grove High School. Tickets can be purchased via GoFan:

TOMORROW ~ Boys Water Polo Sectional: Stevenson has advanced to the sectional semifinals and will take on Deerfield at 7:30 p.m. TOMORROW at Buffalo Grove High School. Tickets can be purchased through Go Fan:

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: In the sectional, the Patriots (30-1, 4-0) defeated Highland Park, 23-0. They completed the shutout with goalie Garrett Timmons earning 8 blocked shots, 2 assists and 1 steal. Max LaPointe-St. Georges and Olin Krusevskis combined for 10 goals, 2 assists, and 4 steals. Liam O’Donnell, Filip Wal, Dylan Kreimer and Kenny Weisner all contributed 2 goals apiece and combined for 3 assists and 7 steals. Jack Curtain led the way for the Patriots in steals with 4. Stevenson will take on Deerfield in the sectional semifinal at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Buffalo Grove High School.

 On Senior Night, Stevenson (23-7, 10-2) defeated Waukegan 11-0 and it all started with 3 runs in the fifth inning. Matthew Bressler and Joe Richardson each delivered RBI in the inning creating scoring opportunities for Stevenson. Pitcher Brett Gaynor took the win for the Patriots, surrendering no runs and no hits over four innings, striking out 7 batters and walking none. Ben Wegrzyn threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Bressler and Takuma Sakamoto collected 2 hits apiece for the Patriots. Next up is a matchup with Grayslake Central at Rocky Miller Park at Northwestern at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Stevenson (11-7-1, 7-5) traveled to Lake Forest and won 15-0. Aubrey Jepson started at pitcher and threw a complete shutout. Jepson struck out 10 batters and gave up only 2 hits. Offensively, the Patriots had a total of 13 hits on the day. Amanda Turofsky led Stevenson at the plate going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 1 single. Sarah SaikiMegan Orgler and Samantha Gotschedwski each tallied 2 hits for the day. Alyssa Shimanski put down an amazing squeeze bunt. Next up is a doubleheader against Wauconda at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Boys Tennis: Stevenson (15-1, 6-0) had a great team win against Glenbrook North, 3-2. The doubles teams took charge on the court with Ervin Perkowski and Gautham Kappaganthula winning, 6-3, 6-2. Alex Jang and Jonathan Wang won their match 3-6, 6-1, 10-7 and Ian Williams and Nathan Ma won their match 6-1, 6-3. Next up is the NSC Championships which take place at 2 p.m. tomorrow and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Boys Volleyball:
 Stevenson (24-9, 6-0) hosted conference opponent Waukegan and won, 25-14, 25-18. Libero Onon Bayasakh contributed 6 digs, followed by Ramsey Engel with 5 digs and 7 kills. Sam Nuudel and Jason DeZutter both talllied 4 kills apiece, with Ethan Lin and Kian Odongo adding 2 kills each. Tony Hwang rounded out the hitting adding 3 kills and 1 block assist. Setters Logan Kim and Ryan Dong combined for 46 attempts and 25 assists on the night. Next up for the Patriots is Grant at 6 p.m. on Monday in the Sportscenter.

Girls Lacrosse: Stevenson (12-6, 4-1) hosted Warren and won, 12-5. Lili Sorenson led the way in goals with 5 and added 1 assist. Jessica Youkahanna added 4 goals. Teagan HendricksBella Wisniewski and Elena DiBella each contributed 1 goal apiece. Megan Randol had 7 saves in goal. Hendricks and Sorenson both added 4 caused turnovers and Julia Martin and Alex Varshavsky tallied 2 each. Next up is a road game at Lincoln-Way Central at Noon on Saturday. 

Boys Lacrosse: Stevenson (4-14, 1-4) lost on the road to Warren, 12-0. Stevenson is back in action at 4:30 p.m. today at home against Prospect in the Stadium.

Sports Reminders

TOMORROW ~ 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 TOMORROW!

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 11-12:AP Exams
May 11:Band Concert
May 12: A Western Improv Spectacular
May 13: Allies For Allied Soccer Celebration
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 18:Advanced Acting Performance

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