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Friday, May 7, 2021

Helping the World Through STEM
TEAMS/ACES (Academic Challenge) is an exam-based cooperative competition on high-level STEM content that tests students’ approach to real-world problems utilizing STEM principles. Both our TEAMS and ACES student competed and did an excellent job at the state level:
TEAMS state competition:

  • 9/10 Division: Joseph Zhu, Vedant Rathi, Aaron Gan, and Angela Guo placed second in this division.
  • 11/12 Division: Trisha Gannu and Linda Wang placed first in this division.
  • 11/12 Division: Anmol Dash, Richie Zachariah, and Andrey Vlasov placed seventh in this division.

ACES state competition:

  • The varsity team — comprised of students Edward Kang, Justin Chen, Sophia Li, Praneet Rathi, Vedant Rathi, Anmol Dash, Brandon Lu, Andrey Vlasov, Linda Wang, Daniel Thomas, Trisha Gannu, Jared Machtinger, Andrew Liu and Nicholas Xing — won state!

See individual winners by subject.

Kudos to Our Amazing Stevenson Teachers
Our amazing teachers go above and beyond for our students every day, but this week, we want to celebrate a few teachers who are being recognized by our community for their dedication and passion for student learning.
First, we are proud to announce that Ms. Sydney Hendricks is this year’s recipient of the 2021 Promising New Mathematics Teacher Award! This prestigious award recognizes teachers who have “started his or her teaching career with tremendous success.” The division’s leadership and faculty attest to Ms. Hendricks’ remarkable teaching ability, and students and families have weighed in too:
“As a parent of a freshman student, I was very anxious and nervous about his transition from middle school to high school, especially during this pandemic, when kids are learning remotely. But everything went very smoothly because of teachers like Ms. Hendricks,” wrote one parent. “She impressed me with her enthusiasm and her genuine desire to determine the best way to meet every child’s unique learning needs in her classroom. She consistently displays the burning desire to successfully inspire each of her students to learn the subject. I feel blessed to have Ms. Hendricks as my son’s Mathematics teacher.”
Separately, four Stevenson teachers — Ms. Raquel Antillera, Ms. Christy Koulouris, Ms. Jill Lipman and Ms. Maria Yung — were recognized by the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) in Buffalo Grove. As part of their tradition of honoring teachers, HSS celebrates Guru Vandana or Teacher’s Appreciation Day as a way for students to honor their teachers. Students seek blessings from their teachers and honor them in a true Indian tradition. Each student honored their respective teachers, followed by cultural performances and fun activities.
Kudos are in order for these teachers! Thank you for everything you do for our students!


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Business
Under the guidance of Dr. LeViis Haney, our director of equity, diversity & inclusion, the Future Business Leaders of America club is hosting a discussion panel with a Q&A session this Tuesday, May 11 from 6-7 p.m.
The guest speakers are a group of diverse business professionals who will share their experiences regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in the business world. All students are welcome to sign up to attend this event, which will count as a service experience! We hope to see you all there!


Athletic Results for May 6
Girls Soccer
The team (6-1-1, 1-0) won their NSC debut 1-0 over Lake Zurich yesterday night. The lone goal came in the first half by senior Abby Kalou. Seven Patriots had shots on goal with Bella Chavez leading the way in that category with 5. Mandy Meliker also racked up four saves in the goal. Their next match is against New Trier, tomorrow, at 2:30 p.m. at the SHS Stadium.

Girls Water Polo
Our athletes (16-1, 6-0) defeated Lake Forest 15 – 6 behind the scoring of Anna Gates and Elizabeth White, who each had three goals apiece. Maggie Bauwens had three blocked shots and four assists from the goal while Catherine Delaney had seven blocked shots. The next game will be tonight against New Trier at 7 p.m. in the Aquatic Center.

Boys Water Polo
Stevenson defeated Lake Forest 22-1. Dimitriy Kobets and Jacob Whiting both notched 4 goals and 1 assists to lead the team. Jeffrey Mao had 3 goals and Olin Kusevskis also added 3 goals and 2 assists, while Sully Swanson contributed 2 goals and an assist. Sammy Maya had 3 assists and 2 steals. The team now improves to 23-0 on the season. Their last regular season game will be against Libertyville at home on Tuesday, May 11.


What Proms and Graduations Might Look Like This Year with COVID-19 Still Looming
After prom and graduation were canceled or held virtually last year during COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, the high school rites of passage will likely look different this spring — if they happen at all. Here at Stevenson, both prom and graduation will be in-person events.

Rural Schools Have a Teacher Shortage. Why Don’t People Who Live There, Teach There?
Rural – and especially tribal – schools have long had trouble finding and keeping qualified teachers. Principals in small towns across the West regularly hire teachers from afar, even from abroad. Elementary, fine arts and special education teachers are especially hard to find, according to an analysis of state education data.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Step Back in Time With the Baroque Ensemble
Join us tomorrow, May 7 at 6 p.m. for a virtual Vimeo concert from the Baroque Ensemble featuring works by Corelli, Bach and Vivaldi. Learn more from the performance program and check out a preview of the event!

Attention Students! End of the Year Details
Patriots, we made it! With the end of the semester in sight, here is some important information you’ll need to know as we finish out the 2020-21 school year:
Materials Return
Remote students will return their materials during the week of May 24. More specific details to follow.
Athletic and Activity Buses
There will be a 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. bus available everyday through May.
Hours for Tutoring During Finals
All tutoring for the week of May 24 will be offered both in-person and through Zoom. The hours for ILC/ELC tutoring for the last week of school are:

  • Monday May 24 – Open 7:00-8:00 a.m. / Closed 8:00-9:00 a.m. / Open 9:00 a.m-5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday May 25 – Open 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. / Closed 12:00-1:00 p.m. / Open 1:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday May 26 – 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday May 27 – 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Check the ILC/ELC Tutoring Canvas pages for the exact availability of specific tutors.
Finals Week Workout Opportunities
The Cardio Fitness Center, Sports Center and Weight Room will be open during all finals periods. Students who attend school in person are to report to Cardio Fitness Center, Sports Center or Weight Room during their scheduled PE class.
Additionally, teacher-led workouts will be available for students each period via Zoom during finals. Make-up opportunities will be available both in-person and via Zoom.
Food Services
There will be a limited lunch menu available in the West Cafeteria on Monday and Tuesday, May 24 and 25. On Wednesday and Thursday, May 26 and 27, breakfast will be available in the West Cafeteria until 12:00 p.m. Jazzman’s will be open in the west building until 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and until 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Jazzman’s will be open in the east building until 12:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Final Call for Prom(ish) Tickets!
Seniors! Tomorrow, May 7, is the final day to purchase tickets for Prom(ish). Come walk the red carpet, dine at a plated sit-down dinner at tables of four, and have fun photo experiences, including the traditional photo from VIP. There will be several rotations throughout the evening, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. Tickets cost $40/person and will be available through the Stevenson Store.
Learn more about the Prom(ish) theme, Secret Garden: Lock in Memories, as well as details on ticketing and time slots from the Senior Prom Booklet.


Student Services Offering Support
Considering the current highly negative state of the pandemic in India, Student Services would like to offer support to those who may be impacted by this crisis. On Friday, May 7, room 6105 will be available during all lunch periods for anyone who wants to come by and talk to a member of Student Services or other students about their experiences. Please reach out to a member of your SST with any questions.


Stevenson Honors Spring Student Athletes
Stevenson Athletics would like to congratulate the Spring Awards recipients!
Scholar Athlete
David Gorin (Boys Water Polo), Varsha Vinod (Field Hockey), Christopher Xie (Boys Soccer), Nicole Kieffer (Field Hockey), Ella Wicklund (Girls Volleyball)
Big Gun
Segi Odongo (Boys Soccer), Emerson Kouri (Girls Volleyball), Daniel Orgler (Football), Rebekah Jin (Field Hockey), Jeremy Millman (Allied Rec Sports)
NSC Sportsmanship
Emerson Kouri (Girls Volleyball), Tristan Moskovic (Football), Adam Hamad (Boys Soccer), Lili Sorenson (Field Hockey)
Outstanding Student Athletic Trainer
Aleksandra Ilic

Athletic Results for May 5
Boys Tennis
It was a good night on the courts as the Patriots (10-0, 2-0) defeated Lake Zurich, 7-0 in NSC Tennis action. They travel to Buffalo Grove High School on Saturday for an invite.

  • No. 1 – Thomas Gong def. Ohri Ajay, 6-1 , 6-0
  • No. 2 – Nicholas Stec def. Lucas McMahon, 6-0 , 6-0
  • No. 3 – Sam Cohan def. Adam Kransberger, 6-0 , 6-1


  • No. 1 – Daniel Tulchinskiy/Payton Adkisson def. Alex Gorney/Trevor Tognetti, 6-0 , 6-0
  • No. 2 – Ervin Perkowski/Gabe Visotsky def. Ethan Charo/Justin Charo, 6-0 , 6-0
  • No. 3 – Daniel Jaworski/Kevin Fei def. Rohan Vuppala/Sopan Vuppala, 6-0 , 6-0
  • No. 4 – Michael Kim/James Kim def. Kellen Valancius/Elvis Chin, 6-0 , 6-0

Boys Gymnastics
Stevenson finished seventh in the I.H.S.A. Sectional, hosted by Palatine High School, with a score of 115.60. No Patriot gymnasts finished in the top five in an event to automatically qualify for next weekend’s I.H.S.A. State Finals, but at-large advancers will be announced on the IHSA Website no later than 10 a.m. on Monday, May 10.

Girls Lacrosse
Girls Lacrosse lost on the road at Lake Forest, 15-7. The team had a great push in the second half, controlling the ball for most of the half and going on a 6-0 run in the last 15 minutes. Teagan Hendricks tallied one goal, one assist, five controls off the draw and caused three turnovers. Lili Sorenson had two goals (assisted by Teagan Hendricks and Mackenzie Laughlin), three assists and six draw controls. Michelle Cabrera also scored four goals. The Patriots host Conant in a non-conference game on Saturday in the Stevenson Stadium at 12 p.m.

Boys Volleyball
Boys volleyball team fell in three sets to Warren High School in their NSC opener, 10-25, 25-21, 25-23. Samuel Nuudel led Stevenson with eight kills and five total blocks. Daniel Nuudel provided 19 assists and seven digs. The 5-1 Patriots welcome Lake Forest to the Shire Friday night for their second NSC match and will challenge Vernon Hills, Niles West and Palatine High Schools this weekend in a quad tournament hosted by Vernon Hills.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots lost their NSC home opener against Lake Forest. Junior Ryan Hynes scored, unassisted, and Senior Owen Hancock scored on an assist from Junior Colin Livesay. Next up, the Patriots will take on top-ranked Loyola Academy in the stadium on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.


While Online Learning Isn’t For Everyone, For Some Students It Provides Needed Support
Online learning works best when students, families and school communities have chosen it to meet their needs. More specifically, e-learning can help fill the gaps in education, such as virtual tutoring groups that meet despite the student’s location.

Some Universities to Freeze Tuition to Attract Student Enrollment
Over the past two weeks, several universities have announced they will freeze tuition for the upcoming academic year, at least for their undergraduate students. They join dozens of other institutions – both public and private – that have already decided not to increase their tuition and fee charges, as they bid to attract new and returning students to enroll in the fall.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Stevenson’s Standing on Sustainability
Exciting news about our sustainability efforts, Patriots! Our East Building Addition is the first building in Illinois to receive Zero Energy certification from the International Living Future Institute. In fact, the East Building Addition produces more energy than it consumes!
In addition to offering innovative learning and lab environments, the East Building Addition has a large active green wall system, rooftop greenhouse and exterior gardens to support innovative instruction in biology and botany. Thank you, Patriots, for your shared commitment to sustainability!

Announcing Our Flag Football Champs
The intramural flag football season concluded this Sunday with four exciting championship games. Kudos to all our athletes for a fun season, and we’ll see you next fall! Check out the champions by class below and click the photo to see their photos:

  • Seniors: The Legends defeated the Fighting Camels 6-0
  • Juniors: The Predators defeated the Ducks 7-6
  • Sophomores: The Flames defeated the Wheat Kings 31-6
  • Freshmen: The Banana Slugs defeated Bussingtown


Important May 7 Deadlines
Don’t forget May 7 is an important deadline, Patriots!

  • Yearbooks: The cost of ordering a yearbook is $50 and can be done through Josten’s website. We will be distributing the yearbooks May 25-27!
  • Prom tickets: Tickets are still on sale for Prom(ish), and there are seats available for the 6:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. events. Tickets cost $40/person and are available at the Stevenson Store.

Treat Yourself to Some Self-Love
Don’t forget to check out the East and West cafeteria areas during all lunch periods on Fridays for some well-deserved mental health breaks. Last week, we invited Patriots to create a galaxy jar, which are designed to help us pause and self-regulate our breathing by watching the glitter moving inside the jar. This week, it’s all about mindful eating to nourish not just our bodies, but our minds as well. Check out the other themes throughout the month of May. We hope to see you all there!

  • May 7: Mindful Eating
  • May 14: Gratitude and Positivity
  • May 21: Stay Cool with Summer Resources

Need more help with self-care? Don’t forget that your SST is here to support you.


Safety Reminder for Spectators
As a reminder to all of our Stevenson athletics supporters, all spectators are expected to wear a mask and maintain social distance at all Stevenson home events, indoor and outdoor.
For more information on the expectations for attending events at opposing schools, please reference the document on the Athletics Homepage and Summer Sports Spectator Policies for Opposing Schools. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe!

Athletic Results for May 4
Boys Tennis
In a close 5-4 match at VHAC, Stevenson Boys Tennis prevailed over New Trier. No. 1 Ashy Madhushankar (6-4 , 3-6 , 7-5), No. 2 Thomas Gong (6-3 , 6-3) and No. 3 Nicholas Stec (6-1 , 6-1) all recorded victories in Singles. The No. 1 Doubles team of Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy won by a score of 6-4 , 6-2, while the No. 6 Doubles team of Michael Kim and James Kim notched a victory by the score of 6-3, 6-4.

Stevenson had a big bounce back conference win beating Lake Zurich 9-8. Down 2-0 after the first inning, Lexi Gitler singled, Reagan Koenigs walked and Hailey Langer hit a 2 RBI double. Allie Stevens singled to bring in Langer and give the Pats the lead. After a back and forth affair, the game remained tied 8-8 after 6. After three outs in the top of the 7th. Koenigs led off with a double, advanced to 3rd on a dropped 3rd strikeout and scored on a past ball with 2 outs. Haley Barnes got the complete game victory shutting the Bears down in the final two innings giving the Patriots a chance to finish with the win. Next up, Evanston at Stevenson on Friday, May 7, with a 4:45 p.m. start.

Girls Soccer
The Girls Varsity Soccer (5-1-1, 0-0) tied Wauconda Tuesday night. Gabi Nyc led the team with 6 shots and goal keeper Mandy Meliker recorded 5 saves. The Patriots begin conference play on Thursday, May 6, at Lake Zurich High School at 6:45 p.m.

Girls Water Polo
Becca Stone and Elizabeth White both had three goals a piece to lead the Patriots in scoring and Stevenson (15-1, 5-0) came away with the 16-4 win. Becca also led the team with six steals. Maggie Bauwens had four blocks in the goal. The next game is against Lake Forest this Thursday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the Stevenson Aquatic Center.

Boys Water Polo
The Boys water polo team hosted a conference matchup against #5 Mundelein, but prevailed 17-6. Alex Mitchel had 7 saves in the goal. Jeffrey Mao had 4 goals, Dimitriy Kobets had 3 goals and 4 assists. Nathan Mossman, Jacob Whiting, Olin Kusevskis, and Drew Wangard all contributed to the scoring affair with 2 goals apiece. Stevenson continues to stay at ranked #1 going into the last part of the season. The wrap up the conference season with a trip to Lake Forest on Thursday, May 6.


Pfizer to Seek FDA Approval for its Vaccine to be Used in Children Aged 2 to 11
Pfizer expects to apply to the Food and Drug Administration in September for emergency authorization to administer its coronavirus vaccine to children between the ages of 2 and 11. The FDA is expected to issue an emergency use authorization early next week allowing the vaccine to be used in children 12 to 15 years old.

With COVID Vaccines for Teens and Kids, Timing Matters
With the news Monday that the Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize use of the Pfizer vaccine in children 12 to 15 years old by early next week, parents will need to plan with their pediatricians how to coordinate those along with catching up on their other shots.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Get Ready For a Fun Evening For a Good Cause!
Stevenson Live has teamed up with Pass on the Beat, SHS-TV and Stevenson Choir to bring you SHSFest! A ninety-minute virtual production that will be streamed on Vimeo this Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m. The event will feature video of various types of talent acts, interwoven with emcee comedy skits, and will also be supporting the Stevenson: One Family initiative. We hope to see you there!

Just a Few Friendly Reminders…
Patriots, we wanted to remind you that tomorrow, May 5, will be a remote learning day while AP testing occurs on campus. To see more details about the current weekly schedule check out the COVID-19 Updates web page.
Additionally, you may have noticed some extra traffic in the morning on Port Clinton Road. To help clear the congestion, we’d like to remind families that students should arrive from Half Day Road/Route 22 for drop off in Lot B by the Point. Please do not drop students off in Lot E by the Sports Center.

Extending Teacher Appreciations!
As Teacher Appreciation Week continues, the String Parents Association (SPA) would like to say “THANK YOU” to all the SHS faculty. Their hard work and dedication is beyond awesome!
We would also like to thank one of SPA’s restaurant partners, Cafe Zupas in Vernon Hills, for giving free combo meal coupons to the faculty in honor of the week. Coupons were dropped off last week at the Security Desk by the Forum.
“Said so often and yet so true – Thank you so much for all you do!”


Considering the University of North Carolina? Scholarship Opportunity Available!
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, 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 2022. Interested rising seniors may use the nomination materials (applicants can make a copy of this document to fill it out electronically). The deadline to return nomination forms is Thursday, May 20. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Oct. 1.


Thank You, Sports Boosters!
A special thanks to the Sports Boosters for their generous donation of the Trophy Case Background Artwork, displayed in the photographs. Every athletic program offered by Stevenson High School is highlighted in the mural. To learn more about the great work of the Stevenson Sports Boosters or to find out ways to be involved, please visit their web page.

Celebrate Our Spring Athletes
Tune in at 7 p.m. tonight on the Stevenson Patriot Athletics YouTube page to help celebrate our spring athletes from Girls Field Hockey, Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Football. Do a team watch party or just gather a few family members to support our athletes! We will have season summaries for each program, as well as announce the winners for the NSC Sportsmanship, Scholar Athlete and Big Gun Award Winners.
Note: This video stream will remain private until 7 p.m.

Athletic Results for May 3
Stevenson lost to the Warren Blue Devils in a nail-biter on Monday 5-4. The Patriots out hit the Warren Blue Devils seven to six. They scored three runs in the fourth inning behind the offensive spark by Larry Han and Ryan Tumpowsky, all driving in runs in the inning. Daniel Cabrales started the game for the Patriots and surrendered five runs on six hits over five and a third innings, striking out three and walking one. Joey Woods took the loss for the Patriots. The right-hander lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out one and walking one. Gabe Flynn and Jordan Skolmar each collected two hits to lead the home team.

Stevenson (5-2) lost on the road at Waukegan, 6-5. Waukegan jumped out to a 6-1 lead early and the Patriots could not recover. Allie Stevens and Haley Barnes had two hits each. Elle Ruchim had a solo HR in the 6th. Olivia Ringham pitched the distance, closing Waukegan down the last five innings. Lake Zurich comes to Stevenson tonight for a 4:45 p.m. first pitch.

Boys Volleyball
The boys varsity volleyball team (5-0) claimed their 4th victory in three days as they defeated Lakes Community High School, 26-24, 25-16. Murad Shahzadah’s 14 digs and Ethan Holub’s four total blocks led the Patriots defensive effort. Senior Akaash Tanjoe contributed two pivotal aces to secure a two-set victory. The Patriots are excited to begin conference play this Wednesday as they welcome the Warren Blue Devils to the Stevenson Sportscenter for a 6 p.m. start.

Girls Track & Field
In a NSC Triangular, Stevenson defeated Zion-Benton 66-30, but lost a close one to Lake Forest 73-66. First place finishers for the Patriots were seniors Kiki Uchida in the long jump with a jump of 14’7.5” and Camille Clay in both the shot put and discus with throws of 12.08 meters and 13.9 meters respectively. Also finishing first was the 4×200 meter relay team of Jade Cadichon, Eve Traficanti, Katelyn Robinson and Ava Mecir with a time of 1:52.8.

Boys Track & Field
The Stevenson Boys Track & Field Team beat Lake Forest by a score of 80.5 – 65.5 and Zion-Benton, 91 – 51 to notch two important NSC victories. The 4×100 meter relay team with members Zach Goldman, David Smolenksy, Marcus Casselberry and Jimmy Davis took first with a time of 43.5. The team of Smolensky, Casselberry, Davis and Keegan Latulip also were victorious in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:33.0. Smolensky rounded out his afternoon victorious in the 100 and 200 with respective times of 11.20 and 23.1. Tyler Roberts won the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:26. Stevenson won both hurdle events with Braeden Burns winning the 110 High Hurdles and Marcus Casselberry winning the 300 Intermediate Hurdles with respective winning times of 15.8 and 44.1. The lone Field event winner was Mark Helwig winning the High Jump at 6’0″ and a default win in the Pole Vault.


Asian American Students’ Hopes and Fears — Here Is How They Are Feeling
Due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have endured a challenging year of increased racism — from violent attacks and verbal harassment to civil rights violations and online bullying. Here are some students of Asian descent and their allies thoughts about these trying times.

Using Drones In the Future of Education
Children may be digital natives, but they aren’t born with innate knowledge of programming or building tech. These are skills that need to be taught, which is where drones could assist in student’s exposure to working with technology, setting them up for success in the future.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Thank you, Teachers!
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we would like to thank each and every one of our amazing teachers for their dedication to ensuring success for every student! We are so grateful for everything they do to make Stevenson such a special place.
Check out the video and the banners around the school with “Thank You” quotes from parents and students, and make sure to thank your teachers for all the great things they do each and every day for us!

Breaking News! Statesman Competitors Earn Second in State
Statesman’s state qualifiers placed second as a team at the IHSA journalism state finals on April 24, falling short by only five points to Huntley.
Several SHS competitors also won individual awards:

  • Junior Victoria Feng is state champion for News Writing
  • Senior Bradley Locker is state champion for Sports Writing
  • Juniors Thea Surya and Malini Pillai are state champions for Yearbook Theme Development
  • Senior Melissa Liu placed 2nd in Newspaper Design
  • Junior Raghav Khosla placed 2nd in Broadcast News
  • Senior Katie Lee placed 4th in Copy Editing

The Statesman’s other state competitors were:

  • Juniors Humza Qazi, Matt McGowan, and Myles Woodman in Video News
  • Junior Dwija Ramesh in Advertising
  • Senior Sailaja Nallacheruvu in Yearbook Copy Writing
  • Senior Elyssa Gavenda in Photo StoryTelling
  • Junior Natalie King in Yearbook Caption Writing
  • Senior Melissa Liu in Yearbook Layout

Congratulations to our Statesman students!

The Masked Singer Is Revealed!
The Choir Board’s Masked Singer Contest was a huge success! Thank you to all who participated in the final round voting, which took place over this past weekend.
Congratulations to all of our contestants and watch the full final round to reveal the winner!


Last Call for Cap and Gown Pickup!
Seniors! The final cap and gown pick-up time will be on Wednesday, May 12 from 3-5 p.m. Stop by Parking Lot E for Curbside pick-up. An ID or Driver’s license will be required. If you did not order your cap and gown, orders must be placed no later than Friday, May 9 on

Advanced Placement Examinations Begin
As a reminder to all Stevenson students, AP exams begin tomorrow, May 4. If you are registered to take either a digital exam at home or an in-person paper exam at school, you should have received an email on April 27 with detailed instructions to ensure you are prepared. Good luck on your exams, Patriots!


Athletic Results April 30 – May 2

April 30
The Stevenson wrestling program suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Libertyville, 46-30. Five Patriots won by fall; 106 pound Freshman Yash Jagtap, 126 pound Sophomore Lorenzo Frezza, 132 pound Senior Kei Yamato, 138 pound Junior Cole Rhemrev, and 145 pound Senior Arad Peregoudov.

Girls Lacrosse
The Patriots suffered a loss at the hands of the York Dukes. Lili Sorenson scored a goal and controlled the ball five times off the draw, while Teagan Hendricks caused three turnovers. They travel to Lake Forest on Wednesday for a 6:30 p.m. start.

The Patriots coasted to an easy victory over Highland Park, 14-4, on Friday. Benji Ries opened up scoring in the first inning with a solo home run and the team put up six runs in the fifth inning. Joey Woods earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound. The right-hander allowed one hit and zero runs over three innings, striking out six. Max Rosenkranz and Joey Little entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Stevenson racked up 12 hits. Han, Rosenkranz, Nelson and Ryan Tumpowsky each managed multiple hits. Han went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Patriots in hits.

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson (12-1, 4-0) defeated Hersey, 7- 5, behind Maggie Bauwens’ six blocked shots. Anna Gates and Elizabeth White both led scoring with two a piece. Belle Cloeter added four steals.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots fell to the Golden Knights of Grayslake North, 12-3, on Friday night in their season opener. Junior Ryan Hynes scored twice, both unassisted, while Senior Owen Hancock scored once on an assist from Senior Darius Clemons.

Boys Tennis
The Patriots defeated Deerfield 9-0. Ashy Madhushankar won 6-0, 7-5 at #1 singles; Thomas Gong won 6-2, 6-3 at #2 singles, and Nicholas Stec won 6-1, 6-2 at #3 singles. The following doubles teams all garnered wins for the Patriots:

  • #1 Doubles: Payton Adkisson/Daniel Tulchinskiy 4-6, 6-1, 10-5
  • #2 Doubles: Ervin Perkowski/Gabe Visotsky 6-1, 6-0
  • #3 Doubles: Kevin Fei/Gautham Kappaganthula 6-0, 6-2
  • #4 Doubles: Sam Cohan/Daniel Jaworski 6-3, 6-2
  • #5 Doubles: Ben Luo/James Kim 6-4, 6-3
  • #6 Doubles: Raj Sachar/Michael Kim 6-2, 6-1

May 1
Girls Water Polo
Stevenson defeated Lyons 13-12 with strong play from Elizabeth Matlin, Anna Gates and Elizabeth White, who each had three goals a piece. Maria Mossakowski led the assist category with four and Maggie Bauwens had 12 blocked shots in the goal. Later in the day, Stevenson notched another win against Lincoln Way East 14-7. Maggie Bauwens had nine blocked shots while Catherine Delaney had eight blocked shots. Elizabeth White had five goals and Belle Cloeter contributed four. Elizabeth White also led steals with seven. The Patriots are now 14-1 overall and 4-0 in the NSC. Their next game is Tuesday at Mundelein at 6:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis
Stevenson (7-0, 1-0) remained undefeated with a win over Fremd, 4-3. Nicholas Stec, at #3 singles, won his match 6-0, 6-0 and the Doubles teams of Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy defeated Fremd’s #1 Doubles team 6-3, 6-4. The #3 Doubles team of Gautham Kappaganthula and Kevin Fei won 6-0, 6-4, while #4 Doubles partners Daniel Jaworski and Raj Sachar garnered a win in two sets, 6-2, 6-4. Later in the afternoon, the Patriots defeated Lake Forest 7-2, behind victories from Stec (6-2, 6-2), Jaworski (6-1, 6-2), and Michael Kim (6-2, 6-4). Doubles victories were from Adkisson/Tulchinskiy (6-2, 6-3), Fei/Visotsky (6-1, 6-4), Sachar and Sam Cohan (4-6, 6-2, 10-5), and Ben Luo/James Kim (6-2, 6-3). Their next action is on Tuesday when they host New Trier at 4:45 p.m. at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (VHAC) tennis courts.

The Patriots (7-3-1, 2-2) took their game in dramatic fashion, thanks to a walk-off single at the end of the game to topple Dundee-Crown. The game was tied at 11 with the Patriots batting in the bottom of the seventh when Benji Ries singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run. Ryan Tumpowsky was credited with the victory. Tumpowsky allowed zero hits and zero runs over one and one-third innings, striking out three and walking zero. Michael Belbot and Joey Splansky entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Daniel Cabrales started the game for the Patriots. The lefty allowed one hit and one run over one and one-third innings, striking out two and walking zero.

Girls Soccer
Girls soccer (5-1, 0-0) defeated Maine South High School on a windy Saturday afternoon. Against the wind during the first half, the Patriots defended well and denied Maine South of any scoring opportunities, making it 0-0 at half time. The Patriots scored three goals in the second half. First, Bella Chavez found the back of the net off a free kick. Second, Ellie Egeland scored, assisted by Gabi Nyc. Lastly, Elli Pease scored off a throw in by Hailey Livesay. The Patriots next game is vs. Wauconda on Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the SHS Stadium.

Boys Gymnastics
Boys gymnastics competed in their Independent Conference meet Saturday at Lake Park. Even with some key gymnasts inactive, Stevenson still managed to score 115.85, beating Conference rival Andrew by 1.8 points. Stevenson boys gymnastics has their Sectional meet this Wednesday at Palatine High School, hoping to be back to full strength to reach a score of 125.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots bounced back on a Saturday morning game versus Vernon Hills winning the high scoring game 15-12. Senior Owen Hancock led the way with five goals. Junior Ryan Hynes scored four times, while Junior Colin Livesay had three goals and four assists. Patriot Defensemen got in on the scoring action with Junior Michael Kaminsky scoring a goal and Junior Cody Collins adding an assist. The Patriots are back in action Wednesday, when they host NSC opponent, Lake Forest, at 6:30 p.m. in the Stadium.

Boys Volleyball
Boys volleyball team went undefeated as they claimed victories over Loyola Academy, St. Viator and Libertyville High Schools. The successful weekend brings their overall record to 4-0. Senior Middle Ethan Holub had 11 kills with four total blocks, while Junior Setter Daniel Nuudel contributed 51 total assists. Junior Outside Hitter Christian Headley contributed 14 digs and 15 kills. Junior Libero Murad Shahzadah notched 10 kills and two ace serves (30 for 30 serving) and Sophomore Rightside Hitter Samuel Nuudel garnered 11 kills. They travel to Lakes Community High School tonight for a 6 p.m. start.

Boys Water Polo
The Boys Water Polo Team hosted a quad with another pair of top 10 teams this weekend. #1 Stevenson hosted #3 Lyons Township, #4 Naperville Center, and St. Rita. The team went 3-0 improving their undefeated record entering the last month of the season and playoffs sectionals only a few weeks away. Below are results and stats leaders:

  • SHS 17, Naperville Central 9: Drew Wangard led the team with seven goals, which is the highest by a player this season. Olin Kusevskis, Dimitry Kobets and Jeffrey Mao all had two goals and Sammy Maya, Grant Huey, Evan Engel and Bhavin Patel each added one.
  • SHS 14, St. Rita 4: Goalie Alex Mitchell had 14 saves. Dimitriy Kobets led the team with four goals. Olin Kusevskis, Jeffrey Mao and Drew Wangard added two goals each, while Sammy Maya, Evan Engel, Nate Pedigo and David Gorin each had one.
  • SHS 11, Lyons Township 9: Goalie Alex Mitchell again had 11 Saves in the victory. Goals were scored by Dimitriy Kobets (3), Sammy Maya (2), Nathan Mossman (1), Jacob Whiting (1), Evan Engel (1), Angelos Koutsogeorgas (1), Drew Wangard (1), and David Gorin(1)

The team is now 21-0 and still ranked #1 entering the last month. They return to NSC matchups against Mundelein and Lake Forest this week.

The grapplers hit the road for a Triangular at New Trier and beat Loyola, but lost a close one to New Trier, 39-37. Lorenzo Frezza, Cole Rhemrev, Kei Yamato and Arad Peregoudov all went 2-0 on the day.


Suburban High School Districts Start Efforts to Vaccinate Students
As the school year winds down, several suburban school districts, including Stevenson High School District 125, are ramping up efforts to get older students vaccinated against COVID-19 before summer break.

Schools Make Adjustments for an Unconventional Prom Season
For many area high schools, prom will move outdoors this year alongside other adjustments to account for pandemic restrictions/recommendations. At Stevenson, seniors will be treated to a red carpet experience, dinner, photo ops and music, but there will not be dancing.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Patriots Shine on National Latin Exam
Veni, vidi, vici! For the 20th year in a row, the Latin students at Stevenson excelled on the National Latin Exam (NLE), a test given annually to measure students’ knowledge of Latin grammar, comprehension, Roman culture and mythology, and much more. Depending on how students score, they may earn recognition in the form of certificates, medals and scholarships.
We are excited to announce that seven students from all levels of Latin received perfect scores on their exams: Freshman Bill Guo; Sophomores Gautham Kappaganthula, Vaishnavi Sankar, Ainika Hou, Anika Krishnaswamy; and Seniors Daichi Kobayashi and David Lee! This was Daichi’s second perfect score — an unbelievable accomplishment. For the Beginning Latin Exam alone, nine more students missed perfect scores by just one question.
In addition, Seniors Aniket Dixit, Allen Guo, and David Lee are being honored for earning gold medals for all four years of their high school career. The three are also eligible for the prestigious NLE scholarships honoring top Latin students throughout the country. Congratulations to all of our Latin students!

Stevenson’s Bass Fishing Team Reels in Big Wins
Earlier this week, Stevenson’s Bass Fishing team won its third straight Monday night tournament! The series, hosted by Grant High School and Musky Tales bait shop and boat launch, pits local teams against each other on the Chain of Lakes.
Freshman Matthew Qualich and Sophomore Charlie Grisamore took first place this past week with 12.5 lbs on five bass and the Big Bass for the night, a 3.7-lb hog. Matthew and Charlie have a combined 33 lbs over the course of the three tournaments. Freshman John Wall and Liam Plautz took second place with 8.76 lbs. The pair are also in the running for All-State honors through the Illinois Bass Fishing Coaches Association, currently leading the Northeast Region with 19 points. The team competes in two tournaments this weekend on Bangs Lake and the Chain of Lakes. Good luck, Patriots!

Students Excel in Regional History Competition
Stevenson’s history buffs recently competed in the National History Bee & Bowl Spring Regional Tournament, and their performances made all of us proud.
In the Varsity Division, Senior Arjun Nageswaran placed second in BOTH the US History and World History Bees. Seniors Aniket Dixit and Ethan Soifer as well as Junior Max Kogan were semi-finalists in the US History Bee.
In the Junior Varsity Division, Sophomore Rishabh Wuppalapati earned fourth place in the US History Bowl while fellow Sophomore Christian Epure was a finalist and freshman Maurya Bonu was a semi-finalist. In the World History Bee, sophomore Dhruv Penhharkar was a semi-finalist. Kudos, Patriots, for this outstanding performance!


Donate While You Dine!
Support the Stevenson Girls Water Polo Team when you drive thru or carry out from Culver’s of Buffalo Grove or Lincolnshire on Monday, May 3! Please mention this all day fundraiser when placing your order, and Culver’s will donate 25% of group sales back to our athletes. Thank you for your support, Patriots!


Athletic Results for April 29
Girls Water Polo

Stevenson defeated Warren 16-1 behind three goals from Yachi Patel. Yachi and Elizabeth Matlin also led the team with four steals a piece. Maggie Bauwens had three blocked shots and scored a goal from the goal. They are back in action today vs. Hersey at Prospect High School.
Head Coach Jeff Wimer also recognized his seven seniors in the program: Margaret Bauwens, Anna Gates, Elizabeth Matlin, Eunsol Moon, Maria Mossakowski, Yachi Patel, and Kayla Wadsworth. Kudos to these athletes for their contribution to the sport!

The Stevenson Patriots and Glenbrook South played to a 5-5 tie on Thursday afternoon. Glenbrook South tied the game on a single in the fifth inning and the score remained the same until the game was called by the umpire after the seventh inning. The Patriots fired up the offense in the first inning. Benji Ries doubled on a 3-2 count, scoring one run. Stevenson racked up six hits. Michael Belbot and Trent Henderson all had multiple hits on the night. The Patriots travel to Highland Park tomorrow to take on the Giants. First pitch is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

The girls softball team beat Taft 17-5, bringing their overall season record to 5-1. The Patriots scored 3 runs in the first on a triple from Allie Stevens, double by Michaela Duffy, single by Lexi Gitler and a single by Megan Orgler. In the game, Stevenson had 17 hits along with 6 walks, and Haley Barnes pitched 6 1/3 innings, and Reagan Koenigs closed out the game pitching the final 2/3. Next up, the team will take on Waukegan Monday, May 3.

Girls Soccer
The Patriots (4-1, 0-0) defeated Lakes High School 2-1. In the first half, Dakota Leonard found the back of the net off an assist from Kaitlyn Hong. During the second half, Ellie Egeland scored an additional goal assisted by Nicole Schmidt. The Patriots next game is Saturday, May 1, at Maine South High School.

Boys Volleyball
After a two-year hiatus, the varsity boys volleyball team returned to action Thursday night against Grayslake North. Led by Samuel Nuudel’s 10 kills and Murad Shahzadah’s 16 digs, the Patriots earned a thrilling two-set victory, 25-19, 25-23. Daniel Nuudel led the offense with 23 assists on 56 attempts. The Patriots travel Libertyville on Saturday for a Triangular, starting at 1:30 p.m.


4 Ways Biden’s American Families Plan Would Matter for Schools and Children
The $1.8 trillion proposal includes at least two dozen new programs or policy shifts. And while the most ambitious elements aren’t directly connected to K-12 education, if it becomes law, the proposal has the potential to substantially alter American students’ educational journey, starting at a very young age and continuing through post-secondary education.

Too Much Focus on “Learning Loss” Will be a Historic Mistake
“Learning loss is real and needs to be addressed, but how we go about it should be commensurate with the size of the moment,” this author writes.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Rise and Shine, Seniors!
We are excited to kick off our Senior Fest activities tomorrow, April 30, from 7-8 a.m. at Senior Sunrise in the SHS Stadium! Join us to promote class unity and share your future endeavors! Enjoy the photo station, sign a banner of Senior photos and leave with a Jazzman’s cookie or bagel. Please note that Jostens will be at this event for cap and gown pickup just outside the Stadium. Even if you are not attending Senior Sunrise, we ask that you pick up your cap and gown tomorrow morning between 7-8 a.m. For additional information please see the Senior Fest details on the website.
Additionally, tickets are now on sale for Prom(ish), a formal dinner event for SHS seniors to be held on May 15. Students will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet, dine at a plated sit-down dinner at tables of four, and have fun photo experiences, including the traditional photo from VIP. There will be several student rotations throughout the evening, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. Find out more in the Senior Prom Booklet. This year’s Prom(ish) theme is Secret Garden: Lock in Memories. Tickets cost $40/person and are available through May 7 at the Stevenson Store.
We hope to see you there!

Growing, Nourishing and Sustaining. Together.
Students enrolled in Gourmet Foods, Food Preparation and Food & Nutrition celebrated World Food Day this year with an impressive lineup of speakers all surrounding the theme of, “Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.” Learn more from their World Food Day presentation.
During this exciting event, students also won cookbooks, culinary books and growing kits featuring: Momofuku; Food Rules; Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul; The Forest Feast; Antoni in the Kitchen; Organic Microgreens Growing Kits; Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen; My New Roots; Green City Market Cookbook; My Street Food Kitchen; Naturally Nourished; One Size Fits None; Notes from a Young Black Chef; and Half Baked Harvest.

World Food Day Speakers:

  • Steph Antonopoulos – Registered Dietician
  • Jack Joseph – Former Student and Kom Kom Kombucha Entrepreneur
  • Lindsey Shifley – Mind Body Chef
  • Morgan & Anthony Foster – Entrepreneurs of HōM-GRōN
  • Caitlin Arens – Chef Demonstration on Food Waste from Pilot Light
  • Joe Weber – Entrepreneur with Four Star Mushrooms
  • Chef Robert Collins with Youthage Culinary

REMINDER: Learn About 2022 Travel Opportunities Tonight!
Join your fellow Patriots tonight from 5-7 p.m. as we celebrate the measures that are allowing our world to slowly open back up and invite us to explore it! Come hear about domestic and international travel opportunities for you in 2022, and learn about the logistics behind adventures in Germany, Spain, Austria, Orlando and more! Visit the Student Travel Experience section on the website for more information.


Get Ready For Summer!
Patriots! Still looking for summer opportunities? Check out the Student Job Connection page on the website for the latest listings!
Additionally, the new summer reading requirements for 9th-12th grade English classes are now posted on the Summer Reading web page. Check it out!


Postseason Honors Come in for Spring Sports
Stevenson Athletics is proud to share the following postseason honors for boys soccer, girls volleyball and football.

Boys Soccer

  • All Conference – Alem Duratovic, Anthony Skordilis, Segi Odongo, Jacob Stoga, Daniel Saltzman
  • All Conference Honorable Mention – Adam Hamad, Nazar Mormul
  • All Sectional – Anthony Skordilis
  • All Sectional Honorable Mention – Segi Odongo
  • All State – Alem Duratovic

Girls Volleyball

  • All Conference – Amanda Holsen, Emerson Kouri, Brooke Micek
  • All Conference Honorable Mention – Ella Wicklund


  • All Conference – Jayden McFadden, Tristan Moskovic, Daniel Orgler
  • All Conference Honorable Mention – Jason Hicks, Jacob Whiting

Tune in to celebrate all our spring athletes from Girls Field Hockey, Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Football on Tuesday, May 4 at 7 p.m. on the Stevenson Patriot Athletics YouTube Page. We will have season summaries for each program, as well as announce the winners for the NSC Sportsmanship, Scholar Athlete and Big Gun Award Winners.

Put Your Name On It!
If you’re looking for a way to honor a 2021 SHS graduate, purchase a 4” x 8” brick paver and support the Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame. Each $150.00 brick includes space for three lines of 12 characters and will be installed during summer 2021. Deadline to purchase is May 31, 2021. Purchase a brick.

Athletic Results for April 28

Boys Water Polo
In a much-anticipated matchup between the #1 ranked Stevenson Patriots and #2 ranked York Dukes, the Patriots prevailed over York by a score of 9-7. Sammy Maya scored two goals including the go ahead/game winner midway through the fourth quarter. Dimitriy Kobets, Drew Wangard and Angelos Koutsogeorgas each added two goals in the victory. Stevenson improves its record to 17-0 and travels to Warren tonight for a NSC contest.

Coach Sean Wimer was recognized after the game by the Stevenson Athletic Department for his 2020-21 induction into the Lake County Hall of Fame.

Boys Tennis
The Patriots continued their winning streak, beating Libertyville 8-0, to bring their overall season record to 5-0. Number 1 singles, Ashy Madhushankar, won 6-2, 6-3 while Number 2 singles, Nicholas Stec, won 1-6, 7-6, 6-4. Number 2 doubles team of Ervin Perkowski and Gabe Visotsky did not drop a single game, winning their match 6-0, 6-0.


Is Taking Notes By Hand Really Better Than By Laptop? Maybe Not.
In 2014, a study often cited in academic and op-ed pieces found that students who took notes by hand did better on conceptual recall questions than those who typed their notes on a laptop. However, as other scholars have repeated the same experiment, they haven’t gotten the same results.

NYC Will Screen Students, Add Hundreds of Social Workers To Address Mental Health
New York City teachers will screen their students for mental health needs this coming school year. The city also plans to hire about 500 new social workers to help schools address possible trauma and isolation during a year of disrupted learning.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Spring into Summer with Self Care!
We can smell the end of the year in the air, please join us in focusing on self-care!
Here at Stevenson, we believe that mental wellness is a crucial ingredient to every student’s success. As part of our support of our students, we want to ensure you have the opportunities at school to achieve balance.
Starting this week, every Friday, check out the East and West cafeteria areas during all lunch periods. From creating a galaxy jar, to mindfully eating a tasty treat, we will be providing lots of fun ways for you to take care of yourself.

  • April 30: Create your own Galaxy Jar
  • May 7: Mindful Eating
  • May 14: Gratitude and Positivity
  • May 21: Stay Cool with Summer Resources

We hope to see you all there!

SHS Spanish Honors Society Student Wins Gold on National Exam
Congratulations to Senior Michael Zaslavskiy for achieving national recognition for excellent performance on the 2020 National Spanish Examinations.
Michael, who is National Spanish Honor Society president, earned a gold medal, with a 99% percentile, for the second year in a row. The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6-12 and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
Students from Stevenson High School have a long history of high achievement on these exams and are so successful thanks to their hard work. Congratulations to Michael, and a huge thank you to our Spanish teachers for their support of our students!

Math Team Gets Glorious Finish at M3 Challenge
Our math team’s exceptional season came to a glorious conclusion. Two of our math teams competed in the MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge and recently placed in the top six teams internationally. Yesterday, they crossed the finish line and presented their papers for final placement in this international competition.
Congratulations to the senior team of Praneet Rathi, Emily Hu, James Kim, Brandon Lu, and Sai Merneedi along with the junior team of Spandan Goel, Andrew Lu, Joy Qu, Greycen Ren, and Gabe Visotsky. Both teams successfully defended their work before professors and professional mathematicians. And though they did not walk away with the top prize, the two teams take home a combined $13,500 in scholarship money along with an incredibly unique experience.
We also want to acknowledge a third team, which includes Daniel Brin, Sravani Bhamidipaty, Brady Rivkin, and Lillian You. They competed unofficially and served as a pilot study for the M3C group. This third team also competed in the MCM math modeling competition this year.
Kudos to our entire math team for a stellar year! Check out the most recent media coverage via WGN Radio, WBEZ and FOX-32.


Introducing This Year’s Senior Service Recognition Awardees!
In its work to create both lifelong learners and lifelong citizens, Stevenson High School has created an honor for those students dedicated to serving their community: the Senior Service Recognition Awards. These students show a sustained commitment to community service over the course of their high school career and will be recognized during the commencement ceremony with a white tassel for the graduation cap!
Congratulations to all the seniors listed above for this well-deserved recognition! We look forward to seeing you with your white tassels on graduation!


Athletic Results for April 27
Stevenson Patriots fall to Mundelein 10-0. Joey Splansky took the loss for the home team. The Patriots (5-3, 2-2) take on Glenbrook South on Thursday at 4:45 p.m.

Boys Tennis
The boys tennis team continues their winning streak, bringing their overall record to 4-0 with an 8-1 win over Glenbrook North. Number 1 singles, Konrad Kwiatkowski, won 7-5, 4-6, 10-5 while Number 2 singles, Nicholas Stec, defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-1. In doubles, all six teams won. Number 1 doubles team of Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinsky won 6-4, 6-2 while Number 2 doubles team of Ervin Perkowski and Gabe Visotsky only dropped one game, winning 6-0, 6-1.

The Patriots (4-1, 3-1) rebounded from a loss on Monday to defeat Zion-Benton on the road, 20-11. A home run by Haley Barnes in the first inning scored two runs. They added 2 more runs in the second with singles by Megan Orgler, Haley Langer and Abby Day. The Pats added 3 in the 3rd with a double by Michaela Duffy and a triple by Haley Barnes. In the 4th, Stevenson added 2 more runs on a double by Allie Stevens and a single by Haley Barnes. Stevenson was able to close out the game by scoring 11 runs in the 6th, helped by a grand slam from Haley Barnes who was 5 for 6 on the day, with 2 home runs. Regan Koenigs pitched 5 solid innings and Haley Barnes closed out the game with 2 scoreless innings. Next up for the Patriots is Taft High School on Thursday at the Ballpark in Rosemont at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer
The Patriots faced Carmel Tuesday night in the SHS Stadium. The first goal was scored by Abby Kalou, assisted by Lauren Kim, making it 1-0 at half time. In the second half, Abby Kalou scored her second goal, which was assisted by Kaitlyn Hong. The final score was 2-1, in favor of the host team. The Patriots next game is Thursday, April 29, at Lakes Community High School.


As 100-Day Mark Approaches, Has Biden Met His School, Reopening Goals? And What Comes Next?
As President Joe Biden reaches 100 days in office, he also confronts the self-imposed deadline for one of his key priorities in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic: having a majority of K-8 schools open for in-person learning.

U.S. News Announces 2021 Best High Schools Rankings
U.S. News & World Report unveiled the 2021 Best High Schools rankings yesterday. The new edition ranks more than 17,800 public high schools throughout the country, measuring how well schools serve students from various social and economic backgrounds.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Stevenson Ranked Among the Top High Schools in the Nation!
Exciting news, Patriots! Adlai E. Stevenson High School was recognized as one of the top high schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s 2021 Best High Schools Rankings! Tens of thousands of high schools nationwide were evaluated by U.S. News and their report published school-specific information on enrollment, graduation rates, student body demographics, location, school type and results of state assessments as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.
While we are thrilled to rank in the top 40% of high schools in the nation, what makes us most proud is that Stevenson is the top ranked open enrollment public high school in our state. You can check out our entire U.S. News profile here.
This would not have been possible without our amazing students, teachers and staff, with whom we share this very special recognition. We are so grateful for everything you do to make Stevenson such a special place.

Don’t Miss Our One Act Plays!
Join us via Zoom as we celebrate our annual Patriot Theatre Company One Act Plays, produced virtually for the second year in a row! These plays are entirely student written, directed, acted, designed and produced. View the event program for more information.
The “Reading Series” will take place on April 29 at 7 p.m. and will include plays produced as staged readings.
The “One Act Plays” will be performed April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. as fully produced virtual productions, some pre-recorded and some live!

Travel Opportunities Return for 2022
PARENTS, GUARDIANS (and students)… you won’t want to miss this! Join your fellow Patriots on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7 p.m. via Zoom as we celebrate the measures that are allowing our world to slowly open back up and inviting us to explore it! The World Languages, Science and Fine Arts Divisions at Stevenson encourage you to come learn about both domestic and international travel opportunities for you or your Patriot in 2022! Please RSVP here. Come hear information about itineraries, safety, price and eligibility. Learn more on the Student Life web page.

Parents, Guardians and Family Members: Honor Your Seniors in the Statesman
As the year comes to a close, the Statesman, Stevenson’s student newspaper, has started to put together a special issue devoted to seniors: what they have done, where they are going and who they hope to become. Part of our efforts to honor the Class of 2021 include the parents of this accomplished class. For $20, the Statesman is offering parents and family members of current Stevenson seniors the opportunity to write a special message for their student to be published in the final issue of the newspaper. More details can be found in the email sent on April 12. Please send messages to the Statesman adviser, Dean Bradshaw, via email at by Friday, April 30 at midnight.


Reveal the Masked Singer!
The Choir Board’s Masked Signer Contest Final Round will take place Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m.! This competition consists of Stevenson staff as contest finalists who are disguised and singing various songs. Our judges will consist of Stevenson staff who will be providing feedback to the singers and trying to guess who each contestant is. Judges and audience members will be able to vote for a winner at the end of the competition. Anyone can join in viewing and participate in voting! We are so excited for this event and appreciate the support from the Stevenson community!

Final Call for NHS All-Community Blood Drive
Patriots, you still have time to participate in Stevenson NHS‘s blood drive! Community members can schedule an appointment online through the end of April using group code PV01 to donate at any of the 17 Vitalant Illinois Donation Centers. Donors will receive coupons for free Papa John’s pizza!
Help NHS reach their annual goal for donors, and Vitalant will donate $2,500-$3,000 to Stevenson to College (S2C) to help fund scholarships and mentorships for Stevenson students. This is the last week to participate in the blood drive. Schedule an appointment online today!


Athletic Results for April 26
Girls Water Polo
Stevenson defeated Conant, 12-5, behind six goals from Isabelle Cloeter. Elizabeth Matlin and Faith Ma contributed two goals each. Maggie Bauwens had nine blocked shots, while Catherine Delaney had six blocked shots. Their next game is against Warren on Thursday, April 29 at 6 p.m. in the Aquatic Center.

Boys Tennis
The boys tennis team defeated Warren Township, 8-0, bringing their overall season record to 4-0. Number 1 singles, Eric Perkwoski, Number 2 singles, Ashy Madhushankar, Number 3 singles, Nicholas Stec, and Number 4 singles, Thomas Gong, all defeated their opponents without dropping a game, all winning 6-0, 6-0. Number 2 doubles, Ervin Perkowksi and Gabe Visotsky, Number 3 doubles, Gautham Kappaganthula and Kevin Fei, and Number 4 doubles, Sam Cohan and Daniel Jaworski, also all defeated their opponents 6-0, 6-0.

Girls Lacrosse
The girls lacrosse team lost to Lyons Township 5-7. Lili Sorenson led the Patriots with three goals. Emma Sturgeon and Alicia Sharun each contributed one goal. Megan Randol made 15 saves in the game. Next up, the team will take on York, on Friday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Stevenson Stadium.

The Baseball team lost to Mundelein 7-12. The Patriots out hit Mundelein 8-7 with five runs in the second inning. Michael Belbot and Ethan Ge both had two hits to lead the Patriot hitters.

Stevenson (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season to Warren yesterday. Michaela Duffy was 2-2 with two singles. Next up, the Patriots travel to Zion today at 4:45 p.m.

Girls Track & Field
The Girls Track & Field program defeated Warren by a score of 67-61 in their opening meet of the 2020-21 season. Freshman Eileen Li and Senior Emma Potocki finished second and third in the High Jump, both with jumps of 4’8”. Sophomore Allison Wu placed third in the Long Jump at 14’9.5” and second in the triple jump at 30’5.5”. Also placing in the triple jump were Seniors Varsha Vinod (first) at 30’8” and Kaitlyn Chan (third) at 28’10.5”. Stevenson dominated the throws events with strong finishes from Seniors Camille Clay and Natali Freihammer and Junior Ella O’Neall. O’Neall was first in the shot put with a throw of 41’6” and second in the discus with 124’9”. Clay was first in the discus with 134’9” and second in the shot put with 38’10”. Freihammer was third in both events with 29’4” in the shotput and 107’9” in the discus. Freshman Adeline Gobble placed second in the 3200 meters with a time of 12:58.6, followed closely by Samantha Greaney in third with a time of 13:39. Senior Jade Cadichon won the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.70 and Sophomore Ava Mecir placed second in the 200 at 27.1. Juniors Eve Traficant and Olivia Berreca went 2-3 in the 400 meter dash at 1:07.1 and 1:11.3 respectively. Freshman Esther Choi placed second in the 100 hurdles with a time of 20.0, followed closely by Vinod at 20.6 for a third place finish. Li also placed third in the 800 meter run at 2:47.1. Three of the relays for the Patriots also took first place honors: 4×100, 4×200, and 4×800.

Boys Track & Field
Stevenson defeated Warren 80-67 behind strong performances from Senior Srijan Muralidharan, who finished second in the long jump at 18’4” and the first in the triple jump with a distance of 39’11.5”. Junior Mishra Shreyas finished second in the shot put and discus with throws of 33’3” and 93’7”, respectively. Junior Mark Hellwig finished first in the pole vault with a height of 10’. Stevenson went 1-2 in the 300 hurdles with finishes from Senior Shreyas Khati (first – 45.31) and Junior Braden Burns (second – 49.26). Junior Jimmy Davis finished first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.08, followed closely by Junior Jacob Kurek at 25.26. Shreyas and Burns also scored points for the Patriots in the 100 meter hurdles, placing first and second with times of 17.6 and 18.6. Davis and David Smolensky placed second and third in the 100 meter dash – Smolensky at 11.28 and Davis at 11.38. Stevenson also took top honors in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.


Finding Students in Need
States are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars from the latest federal stimulus package to help homeless students, but schools are facing the challenge of finding those students, which has been difficult during remote learning.

Students – It’s Not Too Late to Apply to College
While many believe that May 1 is the cut off for deciding on a college, most schools accept applications far beyond that date. In fact, this year, many schools have extended their timelines even further based on pandemic-related disruptions.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Awarding Outstanding Work in the Stevenson Community
We are so excited to announce the nominees and winners of this year’s Prominent Patriot Award!! The Prominent Patriot Award recognizes students whose actions reflect someone with good character and who demonstrates what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community. This semester, 40 students were nominated, and a ceremony was held last Friday in the West Auditorium to announce the four winners: Freshman Nawar Masood; Sophomore, Aminah Syed; Junior, Stella Tapia Lopez; and Senior, Emily Seburn for their outstanding work on Stevenson’s first Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week. Click here for a recap of the event!

Stevenson Celebrates Culture at 2021 World’s Fair
We truly appreciate all the students, staff and community members who joined this year’s World’s Fair celebration of cultures through the booths and performances! Unfortunately, there were some technical issues in which the last performance and conclusion cut off. To see all of the performances and presentations, check out the YouTube video.


Grab a Gourmet Dinner for a Great Cause!
The Stevenson String Parent’s Association (SPA) is partnering with Café Zupas, located at 887 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills IL, to host a fundraiser supporting Stevenson’s orchestra and guitar programs. Stop by tomorrow, April 27, from 4-9 p.m. for dine-in or take-out and let the cashier know you are with the fundraiser, or check out via the Café Zupas mobile app or online orders and enter FUNDRAISER25 at checkout.
Up to 25 percent of the proceeds will benefit SPA!

Attention AP Testers: Updated Technology Information
We know many of you have completed the technology survey we previously sent. Thank you! However, the College Board has updated their tech specifications to include Windows 10 Home being supported and some additional hard drive requirements since we last surveyed you. Please refer to the email sent for outlined specifications. If you want to change your survey response based on these updates, you may do so before Wednesday, April 28. If this does not change your response, you do not need to edit or resubmit your survey.


Senior Athletes Sign For College Commitments
Stevenson Athletics recognized the following seniors on their annual Signing Day event, held last week in the Sportscenter. Congratulations to all of the Patriot Athletes! Check out our recap video.
Baseball: Casey Kedzierski (College of Lake County), Benji Ries (Le Moyne College), John Wagner (Trinity International University)
Girls Basketball: Lydia Lueck (Lawrence University), Nikki Ware (Grinnell College)
Patriettes: Jocelyn Silk (Alma College)
Football: Liam Crawley (Augustana College), AJ Loch (Saint Johns University), Jayden McFadden (Roosevelt University), Danny Orgler (Butler University)
Girls Soccer: Erin Day (Northern State University), Dakota Leonard (Saint Mary’s University), Jenna McCullough (Fisher College), Abby Kalou (Lesley University)
Girls Water Polo: Elizabeth Matlin (Macalester College), Maria Mossakowski (Siena College)
Softball: Haley Barnes (Seton Hill)
Boys Tennis: Payton Adkisson (UW Whitewater), Eric Perkowski (Dayton University), Daniel Tulchinskiy (Lake Forest College)
Girls Track & Field: Camille Clay (Columbia University)
Boys Volleyball: Ryan Myers (Illinois Wesleyan University)
Wrestling: Sara Sulejmani (North Central College)
Girls Swimming: Elizabeth Cao (Case Western University), Alex Eastmond (Virginia Tech University), Jessica Nyborg (Brigham Young University)

Athletic Results for April 23-25
April 23

The Patriots defeated Hersey 6-2 after taking the lead late in the game. The game was tied at two with the Patriots batting in the top of the fifth when an error scored one run for the Patriots. Lawrence Han earned the win. The right-hander surrendered zero runs on one hit over two innings, striking out three. Michael Belbot and Joey Woods entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Han led Stevenson Patriots Varsity with two hits in three at-bats.

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson defeated Libertyville 11-6. Elizabeth White led the scoring with three goals. Mary Fouani, Maggie Bauwens and Anna Gates all had three steals apiece and Maggie Bauwens had six blocked shots.

April 24
The Patriots (5-1, 2-0) defeated Buffalo Grove 10-0 on Saturday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Joey Woods induced a fly-out to finish off the game. In the first inning, the Patriots got their offense started when Michael Belbot’s sacrifice fly scored the first run. They went on to put up three runs in the fifth inning behind the offensive firepower of Joey Little and Ethan Ge, all driving in runs in the inning. Joey Splansky took the win for the Patriots. He allowed two hits and zero runs over two and two-thirds innings, walking one. Woods threw three and a third innings in relief out of the bullpen. Two Patriots also had two home runs on the day from Benji Ries and Joey Little. They travel to Mundelein on Monday today for a pivotal NSC matchup.

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson hosted a quadrangular at the Aquatic Center.

  • Game 1: Stevenson 2, Evanston 9: Liz Matlin and Elizabeth White had a goal a piece. Becca Stone led in steals with five. Maggie Bauwens had six blocked shots.
  • Game 2: Stevenson 15, Fenwick 7: Elizabeth White had five goals. Faith Ma led the field of players with steals with three while Maggie Bauwens had six steals from the cage. Maggie also had four blocks.
  • Game 3: Stevenson 9, Naperville Central 8: Belle Cloeter had three goals including the game winner with eight seconds left in the game. Maggie Bauwens had 12 blocked shots and four steals from goal. Becca Stone, Anna Gates and Elizabeth While all had three steals in the field.

The Patriots (9-1, 3-0) travel to Conant tonight at 6:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis
The boys tennis team defeated Barrington 12-6 on Saturday, bringing their overall season record to 3-0. In singles, the Patriots took seven of the matches and in doubles, the team clinched five matches. Number one singles, Eric Perkowski beat Pranav Gadriaju 6-3, 6-2 and Number five singles, Ervin Perkowski defeated Gabe Mills 6-4, 7-5. Number three doubles team of Eric Perkowski and Ashy Madhushankar won their match without dropping a single game, 6-0, 6-0. Number eight doubles team of Thomas Gong and Michael Kim also won 6-0, 6-0. The team will take on Warren tonight at 4:45 p.m. at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex (VHAC).

Girls Lacrosse
The girls lacrosse team beat Vernon Hills on Saturday, 18-11, bringing their overall season record to 2-1. Lili Sorenson led all scorers with five goals and four assists. Jordyn Ackerman scored three goals and one assists. Emma Sturgeon, Alex Varshavky and Michelle Cabrera each scored two goals. Teagan Hendricks, Keria Ferrigan, Mackenie Laughlin and Lizzy Dublier each contributed one goal a piece. The goaltender, Megan Randol, made 13 saves and had one assist. Next up, the Patriots will take on Lyons, today, at 4:45 p.m. on Game Field 14 turf.

Boys Water Polo
The varsity boys water polo team played in the Lyons Township tri-tournament this past weekend with Lyons and Whitney Young. Stevenson won boys games and the stats leaders and scores are below. Both teams are ranked in the top ten (Lyons at #3 and Whitney Young at #8) while Stevenson continues to be ranked at #1.

  • Stevenson defeated #8 Whitney Young by a score of 12-6. Goalie Alex Mitchel had 12 saves
    Dimitriy Kobets led the team with three goals and Jeffrey Mao and Nate Pedigo each had two goals in the victory.
  • Stevenson defeated #3 Lyons Township by a score of 8-5. Nathan Mossman led the team with three goals, while Sammy Maya had two goals in the win.

The Patriots continue their undefeated season and stay ranked #1. They will be playing in a matchup between the top two ranked teams in the state on Wednesday when they take on #2 York Community High School at 7 p.m. at the Stevenson Aquatic Center.


Stevenson Student Published in New York Times
Our very own student journalist, junior Victoria Feng, was published in the Sunday print edition of the New York Times. Feng’s article featured her experience with pandemic racism. Check out her Tweet with an image of the article. Feng also recently won the Illinois Woman’s Press Association’s High School Communications Contest. Great job, Victoria!

Leveraging New Habits of the Pandemic
The pandemic has forced educators to think differently and utilize technology in ways never before seen in the classroom. As schools return to normal, teachers may want to embrace some of these new habits to enrich the classroom experience and make it more versatile.