Monday, May 22, 2023

Girls Water Polo Wins Program’s Fifth State Title!

A spectacular season for the girls water polo team was capped on Saturday with the ultimate prize: an IHSA State Championship!

The Patriots, who hosted the State Finals, celebrated their 11-5 victory over Mother McAuley in the title game with the customary hoisting of the trophy from inside the pool, where the entire team, including head coach Jeff Wimer, splashed and screamed in delight.

Stevenson out-scored Mother McAuley 4-0 in the final period to take firm control.

Goalie Katie Delaney provided another stellar defense in goal, rolling up 11 saves. Offensively, the Patriots got 4 goals apiece out of Becca Stone and Camila Maya, 2 goals from Elise Regalado and 1 goal from Olivia Spieth.

This is the fifth state title for the program, and all of them have been earned since 2015. Beginning with that 2015 championship, the Patriots won four state championships in five years, including three straight (2017, 2018, 2019). 

Stevenson also put the wraps on an amazing 35-1 campaign that included an undefeated run through the state of Illinois. The only loss for the Patriots this year came to a team from Michigan when Stevenson hosted the Illinois Vs. Michigan Invite in April. Stevenson lost to Hudsonville by just 1 goal, 6-5.

This state championship for Stevenson comes after two runner-up finishes for the Patriots in 2021 and 2022. 

Along with a couple of third-place finishes (2014 and 2016), Stevenson has placed third or better in the IHSA State Finals in each of the last nine years.

Over Wimer’s 16-year tenure, the Patriots have placed in the top three at state 11 times. 

Speaking of Wimer (pictured left), this was an extra special season for him, too. In April, he notched the 750th win of his storied career.

Stevenson advanced to the state championship game this time with a 13-4 win over Sandburg in the first round and a dramatic 11-9 victory over York in the semifinals.

For a full gallery of photos from the Girls Water Polo State Finals, please click here.

Photos: Joel Lerner

Science Olympiad Team Brings Illinois First National Championship!

It was an historic achievement not only for Stevenson, but the entire state of Illinois.

Over the weekend at Wichita State University, Stevenson’s Science Olympiad Team won the 39th Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament. It was the first time Stevenson won the national title. On top of that, it was the first time ever that a high school from the state of Illinois won the Science Olympiad national tournament.

There were 60 teams from across the nation that battled for the top trophy, and now Stevenson joins an elite group that includes just 13 high schools from across America that have claimed a national title in 39 years.  

Stevenson, coached by Ryan KorahKim Lubecke and Dr. Ann Maineearned medals in 9 events and had 19 Top 10 finishes in the 25 events. Dr. Amerigo Carnazzola began the team and coached it for 20 years before stepping down prior to this year.

Trisha Mondal and Angela Wang teamed up to become the national champion in the
“Write It, Do It” event.

Top 10 national finalists from Stevenson include:

First Place
Write It, Do It: Trisha Mondal and Angela Wang
Second Place

Bridge: Angela Guo and Aaroh Tak
Chemistry Lab: Srikar Venkatesan and Aaroh Tak
Fermi Questions: Jack Chen and Siddhant Sen
Fourth Place

Detector Building: Srikar Venkatesan and Jonathan Tao
It’s About Time: Caleb Song and Aaroh Tak
Fifth Place
Agricultural Science: Twisha Hedge and Grace Murray
Sixth Place
Anatomy And Physiology: Joshua Song and Helen Qian
Code Busters: Eleana LiuSrikar Venkatesan and Angela Wang
Rocks and Minerals: Angela Guo and Noah Kang
Seventh Place
Environmental Chemistry: Srikar Venkatesan and Angela Wang
Forensics: Eleana Liu and Mark Yang
Ninth Place
Cell Biology: Joshua Song and Helen Qian
Dynamic Planet: Noah Kang and Tej Kosaraju
Scrambler: Trisha Mondal and Jonathan Tao
Tenth Place
Disease Detectives: Siddhant Sen and Mark Yang
Forestry: Tej Kosaraju and Helen Qian
Wifi Lab: Jack Chen and Angela Guo
Write It CAD It: Twisha Hedge and Grace Murray

Winners Of Prominent Patriot Awards Announced Today!

For senior Ameya Mahajan, it’s simple, really.

“I was just a kid with an idea, I guess,” Mahajan said with a smile.

A very good idea.

And it’s good ideas, and kindness and heart and passion and helpfulness that go a long way at Stevenson, and are a few of the many reasons that students at Stevenson can earn the Prominent Patriot Award.

But one thing is certain, every reason for a Prominent Patriot Award results in the Stevenson community being made better in some tangible way.

On Monday morning in the West Auditorium, principal Troy Gobble announced the winners of the Second Semester Prominent Patriot Awards in front of students, parents, faculty and staff.

The Prominent Patriot Award was created in order to recognize students whose actions reflect those of someone with good character and demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson Community.

There is an individual winner, and a group winner.

Mahajan won the individual award while members of the Executive Board of the National Honor Society ~ Subham Mitra, Daniel Li, Sammy Entin, Joyce Hu and Alex LeBlanc won the group award.

To view the program from the event, which includes all nominees and winners, please click here.

Mahajan (pictured right) planned and organized Stevenson’s very successful TEDxStevensonHighSchool event last month. The event sold out and featured a handful of passionate and inspiring speeches by Stevenson students.

“I noticed that Stevenson has a lot of passionate voices, a lot of people who have a lot to say,” Mahajan said. “But oftentimes, we find we don’t have a stage to deliver that message. I wanted to create an opportunity for Stevenson people to create excitement about sharing ideas and messages with each other. Getting approved by TED was a big milestone and having the name TED allows people to understand how big of a message I wanted this to be. To get attention at a big place like Stevenson, things have got to be big, so why not go big, or go home!” 

Mahajan has also been involved in helping to create a TEDx Executive Board for next year, so that more TED events can take place at Stevenson.

Meanwhile, the National Honor Society has partnered with The Angaza Center in Kenya to help increase financial literacy to high school students by providing used and factory reset electronic devices that have been donated by Stevenson students.

But the NHS Executive Board students took it a step further and started a pilot program to also train the students in Kenya on how to use the devices. The Stevenson students met with the students in Kenya every day before school.

“We created a curriculum, and some of it was simple lessons on how to even use a computer,” said LeBlanc, pictured left. “We created the presentations together on Sunday mornings and then took turns giving the presentations the following week. All the classes started for us bright and early, at 7 a.m. (4 p.m. in Kenya).

“It shows the room for improvement in the world and what we can do to help. It’s always great to give back. This was a unique experience to be able to teach high school students from another country.”

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

Final Experience…THIS WEEK



If you are submitting any more evidence for this semester’s Period 5, 1, 7 and 8 classes, you should go to the PWC Main Entrance on Wednesday (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. 
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.


Report to your Period 6, 2, 3 and 4 classrooms on Thursday.
Report to your Periods 5, 1, 7 and 8 classrooms on Friday.
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:

~ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
~ Periods 4 – 6
~ 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

~ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

All Physical Welfare lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day, WEDNESDAY.  Any items left in lockers will be donated to local charities.

For more information about Tutoring, Food Service, Open Gym and the PWC during the Final Experience, please click here.

NOW ~ Sign Up For ACT/SAT Bootcamps: Do you want to sharpen your skills for the upcoming ACT and/or SAT exams? You’re in luck. Spaces are still available for this summer’s “ACT Testing Bootcamp” and the “SAT Testing Bootcamp” that are taught by our own Stevenson faculty and staff. 
** ACT Bootcamp: June 12 through June 16; 7:45 to 12:50 p.m., daily
** SAT Bootcamp: July 5 through July 14; 7:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., daily.

This summer experience includes a focus on: test-taking strategies, pacing guidelines, reinforcement of subject matter skills, testing on a digital platform and a simulation practice test on the last day of class where you will receive your immediate score report and feedback. 

NOW ~ Stay Connected, Soon-To-Be-Alums And Families: Just because Seniors are graduating on Friday doesn’t mean that their connection (nor their families’ connection) to Stevenson needs to stop. “Once A Patriot, Always A Patriot.”Stay connected with Stevenson as a new alum with the Stevenson Foundation’s Alumni Page on Instagram by filling out this form. Additionally, if you would receive the Foundation’s monthly alumni newsletter, you can contact the Foundation here.We also encourage you to stay connected to the daily happenings at Stevenson by continuing your subscription to the Daily Digest (or Minuteman). We send the Daily Digest to alums and parents of alums, too! Simply re-enter your e-mail address (and for new alums, enter a personal e-mail address) HERE!

Seniors: It’s On! Party And Graduation THIS WEEK!


FRIDAY ~ MANDATORY REHEARSAL: Check-In begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse.
FRIDAY ~ 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.

Seniors: Want To Donate Your Stevenson iPad To A Great Cause?

SENIORS: If you do not plan to use your iPad after graduation, please consider donating it to the Angaza Center.

The Angaza Center helps to promote technology literacy in rural Kenyan schools and it relies on donated devices. The goal is to aid in attaining economic and social prosperity with technology skills.

The National Honor Society has organized collection boxes at all entrances THIS WEEK and there will also be a box at graduation practice on FRIDAY. Please attach the charger to the device.

Have other old devices at home that are not in use? Please bring them to donate! Any devices (laptops, phones, iPads) in working condition and preferably with the charger are acceptable. 

Update On Upcoming PWC Hours

 Closed After School
FRIDAY: Closed After School
TUESDAY, May 30: OPEN!The Patriot Wellness Center Starts Summer Hours, which run through Aug. 12.

Monday Through Thursday: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday: Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED


THROUGH WEDNESDAY ~ Student ID Photos For 2023-24
MAKE-UP DATES (as long as there is no conflict with your classes)
Sportscenter and Fieldhouse

MONDAY:  All Day,  Including Early Bird PE ~ 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
TUESDAY:  4th through 6th Hours ~ 11:10 a.m. to 1:41 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: All Day, Including Early Bird PE ~ 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

ONGOING ~ TEDx Board Applications: Want to be involved in TEDx next year as a member of the TEDx Board? If you are motivated and dedicated and would be committed to the TEDx mission of spreading ideas and inspiring change, consider applying to be on the TEDx Board next year. Apply here!


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.

Upcoming Sports Events

TONIGHT ~ 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. TONIGHT in the Sportscenter.

TONIGHT ~ Girls Lacrosse Sectional: The Patriots will be in action TONIGHT taking on Deerfield in the IHSA Sectional Quarterfinals starting at 5 p.m. in the Stadium.

TONIGHT ~ Boys Lacrosse Sectional: The Patriots will take on Fremd at Hoffman Estates High School in the IHSA Sectional Quarterfinals at 5 p.m. TONIGHT.

TUESDAY ~ Boys Volleyball Regional: Stevenson will head to Grayslake Central on TUESDAY to take on the winner of the Grayslake North/Waukegan play-in game in the IHSA Regional Semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan. 

TUESDAY ~ Girls Soccer Sectional: Stevenson will be in action in the IHSA Sectional Semifinal at 4 p.m. TUESDAY against Fremd at Glenbrook North High School. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.

WEDNESDAY ~ Softball Regional: The Patriots will be in action at 4:45 p.m. on WEDNESDAY taking on Glenbrook South in the Glenbrook South Regional Semifinal. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.

THURSDAY ~ Boys Tennis State Finals: Stevenson won a sectional championship over the weekend to qualify for the IHSA State Finals, which begins THURSDAY at Palatine High School.

Sports Results

Boys Water Polo Finishes Special Season As State Runners-Up

For the third year in a row, the Boys Water Polo team claimed hardware at the IHSA State Finals.

The Patriots (34-2, 4-0), who hosted the State Finals, took second place, falling to New Trier in the championship game, 10-6. Last year, Stevenson placed fourth, and in 2021 won the state title.

In the 32-year history of the boys water polo program, this is the 11th time the Patriots have placed at State.

Against New Trier, Kunal Rajadhyax led the way with 3 goals while goalie Armaan Gill recorded 10 saves.

To get to the title game, the Patriots defeated Naperville North in the first round, 16-9 and then defeated York 12-8 in the semifinals, taking charge in the second half, scoring 5 of their 12 goals in the third quarter.

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

Photos: Joel Lerner

Girls Track And Field:
 With the support of their fellow Patriots, Adeline Gobble (800 meter run) and Nenge Fon-Ndikum (discus) competed in the IHSA State Finals at Eastern Illinois over the weekend. In the preliminary round on Friday, Gobble finished the 800 meter run with a time of 2:20.16 in a competitive field. Fon-Ndikum finished the discus competition with a distance of 28.48 meters. 

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (15-1, 6-0) hosted the Class 2A Sectionals and won the championship, placing first and second in both the singles and the doubles brackets. The Patriots literally played each other for the sectional titles. Ashy Madhushankar won his matches convincingly, only to go head-to-head with teammate Caden Zhao, who also defeated his opponents in equally dominating fashion,in the finals. Stevenson’s doubles team of Ervin Perkowski and Gautham Kappaganthula won its matches convincingly, as did Dustin Zhao and Yunseong Jang, only to match up against each other in the finals. Next up for the Patriots is the IHSA State Finals starting on Thursday at Palatine High School.

Boys Lacrosse: Stevenson (7-14, 1-4) hosted Buffalo Grove in the early rounds of the IHSA Sectional and won 15-1. Caleb Lee led the way for the Patriots, scoring a team-high 7 goals, along with 4 assists. Brother Josh Lee added 3 goals of his own with 1 assist. Cam Crew also added 3 goals followed by 1 goal apiece by Zaine Clemons and Kaden Hendricks (his first on the season). Andrew KaplanAarav PatelNick Corso and Ian McKelvey all finished with 1 assist each. Next up for the Patriots is Fremd at Hoffman Estates High School in the IHSA Sectional Quarterfinals at 5 p.m. tonight.

Girls Soccer: In dramatic fashion, the Patriots (14-5-1, 5-1-1) slid by Glenbrook North 5-4 in the IHSA Regional Final game to become Regional Champs. The game remained scoreless at the end of regulation and two overtime periods which sent the game into penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Mandy Meliker had a game-winning save. The Patriots continue their playoff run in the IHSA Sectional Semifinal at 4 p.m. tomorrow against Fremd at Glenbrook North High School. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan.

Baseball: The Patriots (26-9, 11-3) hosted Evanston in their final home game of the regular season and lost 5-2. Evanston took the lead early in the first inning and went up 4-0 right away. Stevenson pitcher Joe Richardson lasted 3⅔ innings, allowing 4 hits and 4 runs while striking out 5 batters. Frank CostabileJoe DolengaMichael BelbotJoey Frankel and Brandon Schultz each collected a hit for the Patriots. Next up is the IHSA Regional at 4:30 p.m. on  Wednesday at the Varsity Baseball Field against the winner of the Zion-Benton/Waukegan Regional Quarterfinal.

Sports Reminders

NOW ~ NEW…RETURN OF ATHLETIC UNIFORMS/GEAR: If you were provided a uniform or equipment through Stevenson Athletics for your Spring Sport, this gear MUST be returned to the Equipment Room (Room 1000), from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the day following the conclusion of your season. Failure to do so will result in a fine and a hold on your registration for the following school year or your ability to receive your diploma.

NOW THROUGH WEDNESDAY ~ NEW…PE LOCKERS: All Physical Welfare lockers must be cleaned out by the end of the last regular school day, WEDNESDAY.  Any items left in lockers will be donated to local charities.

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 22: Spring Sports Awards
May 24-26: Final Experience
May 25-27: Boys Tennis State Finals
May 25-27: Boys Track State Finals
May 26: Graduation
June 6: Start Of Summer School, Session I

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