Thursday, May 25, 2023

Seniors: It’s On!
Party TODAY; Graduation TOMORROW!


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

Junior Kashyap Rajesh Continues To Advocate For Mental Health ~
In D.C., And Live On The Radio!

Although he missed Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms, which usually dazzle with their pale pinks from late March to early April, junior Kashyap Rajesh had plenty of other things to focus on over the weekend in the nation’s capital.

He returned just days ago after earning a unique opportunity for civic engagement through the MIKVA Challenge Youth Summit, which brought together 100 young people from across the United States, along with educators, policymakers, researchers and youth development leaders. 

It was an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. to talk to and lobby legislators and politicians.

“I think I want to have some community involvement work in my future…like politics,” said Rajesh, who has developed that itch in part due to his membership in Stevenson’s Political Action Club. “That trip was such an enriching and fulfilling experience.”

Rajesh used the opportunity to talk about interests of his that have become genuine passions as a member of Stevenson’s Catalyst Club: youth mental health and substance abuse.

Actually, he’s been talking about those topics a lot lately. Back in December, he was named the youth advisor (pictured right, far left) of Vernon Township’s 708 Board for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Issues.

And about a week ago, he conducted a 30-minute live interview on Chicago’s NPR station (WBEZ, 91.5 FM) about Mental Health, as part of Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

“I got an e-mall from organizers in the MIKVA organization telling me that they wanted me to speak with the WBEZ community as a representative of the AAPI community about mental health in youth,” Rajesh said. “I’ve had interviews before, but never one that was live and unfiltered. I was in the studio with the headphones on and everything. 

“It was definitely nerve-racking, but it was also an awesome experience.”

Rajesh, who will be the director of policy and legislation for Catalyst next year, spoke about his mental health advocacy and the 708 Board. Interviewer Sasha-Ann Simons also asked him about youth voices and how Asian American students are able to use their voices to explore their identities.

“I talked about how teenagers were able to cope with anxieties and mental health concerns during the pandemic,” Rajesh said. “I talked a lot about how kids turned to social media platforms as an outlet…but that we soon realized those aren’t always the best outlets because of misinformation and the hateful rhetoric that was sometimes seen towards the Asian community during the pandemic. I talked about how social media can be an echo chamber and how the algorithms aren’t always working in favor of promoting the most accurate and respectful content.”

Rajesh told Simons that Stevenson has provided him “an awesome experience connecting with my Asian culture,” and that comfort has given him the confidence to explore all of his interests, particularly that of mental health.

“I’ve realized that we are the next generation of changemakers and leaders and thinkers, and activists and regulators and it’s on our generation to stand up because we are the ones who are going to be grappling with these issues in the future,” Rajesh said. “I’ve taken some time to reflect and identify the most pressing concerns that I’ve seen for our age, and in our community, and become very passionate about wanting to do something about it. 

“If we, as young people, don’t start now to have a seat at the table, then we are going to continue to struggle with it.”

History Standouts Look To Make Strong Showing At Nationals

The school year might be ending, but a few history buffs from Stevenson will still be in academic mode next month.

They competed in the state History Fair last month at the University of Illinois Springfield and qualified for the National History Day National Contest next month at the University of Maryland.

The National Contest is the culmination of the annual competition cycle and a celebration of student scholarship. After spending months on project research and preparation, and successfully competing at local and affiliate contests, student scholars are invited to share their work at the National Contest.

Each year nearly 3,000 students with their families and teachers gather at the University of Maryland for the week-long National Contest. They come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Department of Defense Schools in the Atlantic, and international schools in China, Korea, and elsewhere (NHD International). 

Stevenson’s National Qualifiers are:
Hubble Telescope
Abhay Agarwal, Lolla Tokmovtsev, Samuel Fayn, Mark Gingiss and Farid Sofiyev
Votes For Women
Sharayu Dharrao and Amogha Ravishankar
One Cent Sensation
Elizabeth Yuan (pictured)
Gay Is Good
Anika Hou (pictured)

Bass Fishing Team Clinches Team Of Year; Strong At State
Also: Four Individual All-State Honors 

As a recognization for strong team performances that endured from the start of the season to the finish, Stevenson’s Bass Fishing Team clinched Team Of The Year in the ICASSTT Series last weekend with a sixth place- and 11th place-finish on Heidecke Lake.

The team also had a strong showing at the IHSA State Finals on Carlyle Lake, finishing seventh as a team with a two-day, total team weight of 11 pounds, 2 ounces.

Despite an extremely stingy bite, Matthew Qualich and Charlie Grisamore boated six fish and ended in seventh place. John Wall and Liam Plautz managed to secure five fish for 12th place. The entire field struggled with no team landing a limit on both days and only three limits overall with 75 teams competing.

“The finishes for the two teams in such challenging conditions are a testimony to the quality of the anglers that John, Liam, Matthew and Charlie are,” Bass Fishing coach Chris Mural said. 

Wall, Plautz, Qualich and Grisamore also secured all-state honors, scoring in the Top 10 of all contenders in the state.

Final Experience…Wraps TOMORROW!


Report to your Periods 5, 1, 7 and 8 classrooms TOMORROW.
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 – 12:00 pm
For more information about Tutoring, Food Service, Open Gym and the PWC during the Final Experience, please click here.

Deadline To Register For Summer School: TOMORROW
Health Forms Due NOW!

If you want to go to Summer School, the deadline to register is TOMORROW!

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

If you are attending Summer School, health forms were due by May 1. If you have not already done so, please send your health forms as soon as possible. Forms need to be submitted prior to the first day of Summer School.

HEALTH FORMS FOR INCOMING FRESHMEN (not attending Summer School)
All incoming Freshmen (not attending summer school) will need to submit their health forms prior to the start of the school year.

Senior students will need to provide proof of their second meningococcal vaccination (MCV4) that is to be given on or after their 16th Birthday. A list of required health forms can be found on the Health Services webpage: Questions? Please contact the Stevenson Nurses at

Stevenson Students Earn Seal/Commendation Toward Biliteracy

Here is the list of students at Stevenson who earned the Illinois Seal/Commendation Toward Biliteracy.

The Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and in one or more other foreign, or world languages.

This recognition is designated on a student’s transcript and high school diploma with a receipt of the State Seal of Biliteracy, provided that all conditions and requirements for the program have been met.

2023 WIT Now Available

The digital version of the 2023 WIT is now available.

The WIT is a collection of wonderful student writing, artwork and photography.

Click here to get your copy!

Update On Upcoming PWC Hours

Please note the PWC Hours this week for current students, and PWC Summer Hours for returning students:

 Closed After School
FRIDAY: Closed After School
beginning at 11 a.m. 

SUMMER HOURS (for returning students) ~ The Patriot Wellness Center will run its Summer Hours 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

World Travel With Stevenson: Focus On ICELAND!

Don’t forget that the DEADLINE for the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for Stevenson’s International Travel Opportunities is JUNE 1.

Trips are planned in 2024 to the Dominican Republic, France/Italy, Iceland
and Japan.

Here’s a closer look at ICELAND:

Join the Social Studies and Science Divisions as they explore volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, thermal pools, and other geological wonders within the magical landscapes of Iceland. Some highlights: Bridge between continents
Hellisheidi Power Station
Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss, Gullfoss, Hraunfossar, and Barnafossar Waterfalls
Hike Sólheimajökull and Langjokull Glacier Hikes
Lava Center in Hvolsvöllur
Geysir Geothermal Area
Deildartunguhver Hot Springs
Blue Lagoon
For more information about Iceland, please visit the trip website or reach out to Mrs. Madeck, Mr. Dzialo, Mrs. LaSota or Mrs. Sponseller.

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

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 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.

THIS WEEK ~ Donate Your Stevenson iPad: SENIORS…If you do not plan to use your iPad after graduation, please consider donating it to the Angaza Center in Kenya. 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. 

NOW THROUGH FRIDAY ~ 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.


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.

Sports Notes

Badminton Championship Gear On Sale NOW!

Show your pride in the STATE CHAMPION badminton team and get your championship apparel online HERE! 

The deadline to order is FRIDAY!

Upcoming Sports Events

TODAY ~ Boys Volleyball Regional: The Patriots will be vying for a regional championship against host Grayslake Central at 6 p.m. TODAY. 

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

TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY ~ Boys Track And Field State Finals: Members of the Stevenson Boys Track And Field team will be competing in the IHSA State Finals, which begins TODAY at Eastern Illinois University.

FRIDAY ~ Girls Lacrosse Sectional: Stevenson will compete for the Sectional Championship at 7 p.m. FRIDAY at Lake Forest High School’s West Campus. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan and gates will open at 6:30 p.m. (no cash will be accepted). 

SATURDAY ~ Baseball Regional: The Patriots will take on the winner of the Fremd/Buffalo Grove matchup in the Regional Championship at 11 a.m. SATURDAY on the Stevenson Varsity Baseball Field. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan for $5 (there will be no cash sales). 

Sports Results

Two Stevenson (27-9) pitchers combined to shut out Waukegan 16-0 in the IHSA Regional Semifinal. The Patriots had 11 runs in the third inning, led by Frank Costabile, Matthew Bressler, Joe Dolenga, Brandon Schultz, Joe Richardson, and JR Nelson, who all drove in runs in the frame. Brady Rozenkranz was the winning pitcher, surrendering no runs on 2 hits over three innings, striking out 8 batters, and walking one. Carson Kaye threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Nick Rayyan had a four-bagger in the fourth with Michael Belbot adding to the Patriot total of 11 hits. The Patriots will take on the winner of the Fremd/Buffalo Grove matchup in the Regional Championship on Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Stevenson Varsity Baseball Field. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan for $5 (there will be no cash sales).

Stevenson (14-10-1) traveled to Glenview to take on the Titans and won 12-2 in the first round of Regionals. Samantha Gotschewski started at pitcher and went 4 innings for the Patriots. The freshman struck out 7 batters during her first playoff appearance. Aubrey Jepson closed the game, pitching the fifth inning. The pitching staff did not walk a single batter the entire game and the defense finished the game with only 1 error on the day. The Patriots were undeniable at the plate scoring 12 runs and finishing the game in run-rule fashion. Jepson, Michaela Duffy, and Hailey Langer had a 100 percent on-base percentage. Langer went 3-for-3 with 3 singles, scoring multiple runs. Sophia Becker came up big in the bottom of the second hitting with the Patriots’ first grand slam of the season! The next round of Regional play is to be determined and information will be provided as soon as it is available.

Girls Lacrosse:
 The Patriots (15-7, 4-1) competed against Warren in the Sectional Semifinals and won convincingly, 19-9. Goalie Megan Randol had 9 saves. Jessica Youkhanna led the way for the Patriots with 5 goals and 2 assists, followed by Lili Sorenson with 4 goals, and Keira Ferrigan with 3. Additional scoring came from Teagan Hendricks (1 assist) and Vanessa Magsino with 2 goals apiece and Natalie Martin and Alex Varshavsky (1 assist) with 1 goal each. Assists also came from Maria Lukz and Bella Wisniewski. On the defensive end, Elena DiBella, Julia Martin, Sorenson, Hendricks and Jenny Rodriguez created havoc with several caused turnovers. Next up for Stevenson is the Sectional Championship at 7 p.m. on Friday at Lake Forest High School’s West Campus. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan and gates will open at 6:30 p.m. (no cash will be accepted). 

Sports Reminders

NOW ~ 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.

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 25-26: 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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