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Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

Welcome Back, Patriots!
We are so excited to have everyone back on campus and looking forward to another year of learning and making memories. Be sure to check out the Daily Digest every day for news you can use, including important school deadlines, tips from our Student Services and Student Learning divisions, Student Activities announcements, Athletics updates and more!
To get us started, re-live all the memories from our 2021-22 class orientations and the first day of school in the videos below!


Hook a Spot on the Bass Fishing Team
The Bass Fishing Team will have an informational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 3:45 p.m. in room 2626 for the Fall 2021 Season. All who are interested in fishing on the team are required to attend. Contact Coach Chris Mural at with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Join Badminton Club on the Court!
If staying in shape, meeting new friends and having a great time are things you like to do, then consider joining the Boys Badminton Club! There will be an informational meeting about the club via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug.18 at 4 p.m. Join Coach Johnson to learn more about this fun fall club season!


Last Call for Fall Sports!
The LAST DAY to join boys/girls cross country or girls swimming if you were cut from another fall sport is Tuesday, Aug. 17. (Note: proficiency in all swim strokes is an expectation for participation in the swimming program.) Athletes participating in a fall sport, including swimming and cross country, are expected to attend all scheduled practices, meetings, and competitions. For more information on these and all other fall sports, visit

Stevenson Aquatics Athletes Named All-Americans
Congratulations to the Stevenson aquatic athletes whole were named to the 2020-21 All-American Teams:

  • Boys Water Polo – Dimitiy Kobets (1st Team), Drew Wangard (3rd Team), Alex Mitchell (4th Team)
  • Girls Water Polo – Elizabeth Matlin (4th Team), Maggie Bauwens (Honorable Mention)
  • Diving – Jack White (boys 1 meter), Danny Silverstein (boys 1 meter), Shreeya Sinha (girls 1 meter)
  • Boys Swimming – Joshua Song (200 Medley relay, 400 Free relay, 100 Butterfly), Colin Zhang (200 Medley relay, 100 Breaststroke), Brandon Xiong (200 Medley relay, 200 Free relay, 400 Free relay), David Kohan (200 Medley relay, 200 Free relay, 400 Free relay), Jonny Farber, (200 Free relay, 400 Free relay), Jack Curtin (200 Free relay)
  • Girls Swimming – Alex Eastmond (200 Free relay), Milena Busma (200 Medley relay), Jennifer Chen (200 Medley relay), Katie Makarska (200 Medley relay, 200 Free relay), Jessica Nyborg (200 Medley relay, 200 Free relay), Claudia Rzeznik (200 Free relay).

Check out the full All-American results.

Athletics Results
Girls Golf
The girls golf team competed in the premier event in Illinois to begin the 2021-22 campaign. After posting a score of 304, the Patriots went away with the 3rd place trophy and several individual honors. Freshman Allyson Duan posted a 73 and finished sixth, sophomore Chelsea She was right behind her in seventh place with a 74. Junior Allie Santos carded a 76 (13th place) and Sophomore Megan Lee’s 81 was good enough for 34th place. For complete results, visit this link.

For more articles on the girls golf team, click on the links below:

The Patriots are back in action on Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Highland Woods Golf Course in a triangular against Fremd and Vernon Hills.

Monday, June 21, 2021

It’s a Wrap for Stevenson Athletics!
As we wrap up athletics for the year, we want to thank all of our readers for following along with Stevenson Athletics this summer! Today will be the last Special Edition of the Daily Digest until we return for the upcoming school year. Until then, stay safe and enjoy summer, Patriots!


Recent Athletics Results
Boys Track & Field
The 4×100 & 4×200 meter relays teams and high jumper Mark Hellwig competed at the IHSA State Track & Field meet. In the high jump, Hellwig matched his personal best jump of 6’0.75” and placed 22nd in the state. Heading into the state meet, the relay team of Zach Goldman, David Smolensky, Marcus Casselberry, and Jimmy Davis were seeded 20th and 21st in the 4×100 & 4×200 events, respectively. In the 4×100, the team tied their season best time, finishing with a time of 43.34 seconds and placing 14th in the state. The same team ran a season best time of 1:30.56 in the 4 x 200 meter relay and finished 10th overall.

Eight wrestlers qualified for the IWCOA State Meet in Springfield on Friday and Saturday as Stevenson won the Sectional title. The team total of 161.5 topped the field of twenty-seven teams. Senior Arad Peregoudov (138 lbs), Junior Cole Rhemrev (132 lbs) and Sophomore Lorenzo Frezzo (120 lbs) all captured sectional titles. Senior Kei Yamato placed second at 126 lbs, Senior Keegan Houlihan and Junior Jacob Whiting both placed 3rd at 285 lbs and 195 lbs, respectively, while Senior Jair Diaz and Sophomore Thomas Schoolman placed 4th at 182 and 145 lbs, respectively. The Girls State Finals are slated for today, and senior Sara Sulejimani will be competing for the Patriots. The Frosh/Soph state finals will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Announcing Stevenson’s Daily Digest: Special Editions
While the Daily Digest usually goes on hiatus over the breaks, this summer, we will be distributing special editions of the Daily Digest for athletics! Given that we still have nine more sports teams competing until mid-June, we want to be sure that our entire Stevenson community stays up-to-date on our amazing athletes. Check out the latest athletic results and news below!


Recent Athletics Results
Wrestling Super Regionals
Stevenson Wrestling won the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Super Regional on June 14, hosted by Pure Elite Fitness High School. Other schools in the Super Regional were Barrington, Glenbrook South, Prospect, Fremd, Hersey, Lake Zurich, Evanston, New Trier, Dundee-Crown, Glenbrook North, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Highland Park, Niles North, Loyola Academy and Rolling Meadows. They will be competing in the Sectional tomorrow at Joliet Junior College. The Girls State Tournament is Monday, June 21, followed by the Frosh/Soph State Finals on June 22-23 at the Bank of Springfield Center, while the 3A Varsity State Championship is slated for June 26.

Boys Track & Field
Five Stevenson athletes will be competing at the IHSA 3A Boys Track & Field State Finals tomorrow. The relay team of Zach Goldman, David Smolensky, Marcus Casselberry and Jimmy Davis will compete in the 4×200 meter relay and the 4×100 meter relay, while teammate Mark Hellwig earned a spot in the high jump. To follow along with the results, click here.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Announcing Stevenson’s Daily Digest: Special Editions
While the Daily Digest usually goes on hiatus over the breaks, this summer, we will be distributing special editions of the Daily Digest for athletics! Given that we still have nine more sports teams competing until mid-June, we want to be sure that our entire Stevenson community stays up-to-date on our amazing athletes. Check out the latest athletic results and news below!


Boys Tennis Takes Third in State!
For the third time in the last three IHSA Boys Tennis seasons, the Stevenson Patriots came away with a trophy and a top three finish. In 2018, the program earned Runner-Up honors, followed by a third place finish in 2019, and a third place finish this past weekend. Senior Eric Perkowski took third place in Singles, after Ansh Shah from Hinsdale Central defaulted in the final match. Sophomore Ashvath Madhushankar played into the fifth round before falling to Casey Hishinuma from Palatine. The doubles team of Junio Gabriel Visotsky and Sophomore Ervin Perkowski advanced to the consolation quarterfinals, but came up short to Glenbard West. Seniors Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy also advanced to the consolation quarterfinals before losing a close match to the doubles team from Barrington. Along with the third place finish in state, the program closes out the 2021 season with a 15-1 record, a NSC Championship, and a Sectional title.

Morales Hired as Next Head Girls Tennis Coach
Jose Morales has been hired to replace Lexxi Kiven as the next head girls tennis coach at Stevenson. Kiven resigned from the position this spring to pursue a career opportunity in California. Morales is currently a tennis program manager for Midtown Athletic Clubs. He attended high school at Unidad Educativa Tomas Moro in Quito, Ecuador and later competed for Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN where he was the team captain for two years and earned a B.A. in Business Administration. Girls tennis tryouts will start on Aug. 9, 2021 and more information on tryouts can be found on the Girls tennis webpage.

All-Conference Honors Rolling in for Stevenson Summer Sports

  • All-Conference: Junior Jordan Skolmar, Senior Benji Ries,
  • Honorable Mention: Sophomore Michael Belbot, Senior Ethan Ge, Junior Joey Little

Boys Volleyball

  • All-Conference: Senior Ethan Holub, Junior Daniel Nuudel, Senior Ryan Myers
  • Honorable Mention: Junior Murad Shahzadah

Boys Lacrosse

  • All-Conference: Junior Ryan Hynes
  • Honorable Mention: Senior Darius Clemons

Girls Lacrosse

  • All-Conference: Sophomore Lili Sorenson, Sophomore Megan Randol, Sophomore Teagan Hendricks, Sophomore Alex Varshavsky, Sophomore Angela Ran
  • Honorable Mention: Junior Abby Kogan

Girls Soccer

  • All-Conference: Senior Abby Kalou, Senior Gabi Nyc, Senior Nicole Schmidt, Senior Kayla Constabileo, Sophomore Bella Chavez
  • Honorable Mention: Senior Dakota Leonard, Sophomore Mandy Meliker


  • All-Conference: Senior Haley Barnes, Junior Elle Ruchim
  • Honorable Mention: Junior Lexi Gitler, Junior Allie Stevens


  • All-Conference: Yet to be named
  • Honorable Mention: Yet to be named

Recent Athletics Results
Boys Bowling
Stevenson bowlers combined for a team score of 6362 and a first place finish in the ISBPA High School Bowling Championships. Ryan Lerman won the individual title with a six-game pinfall of 1394 and Nicholas Sternes came in eighth place with a score of 1306. See the complete results.

Girls Soccer
The varsity girls soccer team lost a hard fought battle to Libertyville in the class 3A sectional final. Both teams evenly matched, Libertyville scored their goal late in the second half, making the final score 1-0. This is the third year in a row the Patriots have advanced to the sectional finals. Stevenson ends their season with a 15-4-1 overall record, and 6-1 in conference. See full media coverage from the Daily Herald.

Girls Lacrosse
The Patriots lost the sectional final against Lake Forest to close out the season with a 13-5 record. Lili Sorenson led the Patriots with three goals and 10 draw controls. Teagan Hendricks, Lizzy Dublier and Adeline Brady also scored goals and Angela Ran and Maria Lukz had a combined total of 12 controlled ground balls to secure possession for the team. Alex Varshavsky caused three turnovers, while Megan Randol made 14 saves.

Girls Track & Field
Ella O’Neall came in third at state in the shot put with a throw of 13.10 meters. O’Neall becomes just the fourth female thrower in SHS history to place in the top 10 in the event at the IHSA State Finals. Tammy Renda won the event in 1995, Rachel Redmond placed seventh in 2010 and Camille Clay placed ninth in 2018.

Stevenson defeated Lake Forest 44-30 in a pivotal NSC dual match, to close out the 2021 season with a 17-5 record, securing second place in the conference. Kei Yamato and Jacob Whiting won by pin and Lorenzo Frezza and Allan Kantor won by major decision.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Announcing Stevenson’s Daily Digest: Special Editions
While the Daily Digest usually goes on hiatus over the breaks, this summer, we will be distributing special editions of the Daily Digest for athletics! Given that we still have nine more sports teams competing until mid-June, we want to be sure that our entire Stevenson community stays up-to-date on our amazing athletes. Check out the latest athletic results and news below!


Boys Bowling Qualifies for ISBPA State Tournament
Members of the Boys Varsity Bowling team qualified for the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association State Tournament. Since the IHSA was unable to host the State Finals this year, the ISBPA organized an event for some of the best programs in the state to compete. The Boy’s Division will bowl on Saturday, June 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Stardust Bowl, in Addison, IL. Ryan Lerman, Ryan Grabiner, Joey Gluck, Josh Lerner, Nicholas Sternes and Ender Starr will be representing Stevenson in the event.

SHS Junior to Compete at Girls Track & Field State Finals
Junior Ella O’Neall will be competing in the IHSA State Finals on Saturday on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. O’Neall qualified in both the shot put and discus, after finishing second in both events at the IHSA Sectional with throws of 12.82 meters in the shot put and 41.86 meters in the discus. Her shot put throw of 13.54 meters earlier this season, is a new Stevenson record. Both events begin at 12:00 p.m. Event results will be available on the IHSA website or through immediately after they are verified by meet officials.

Recent Athletics Results
Boys Volleyball
The varsity boys volleyball team fell in three hardfought sets to the Maine West Warriors (19-25, 25-17, 25-27) in the Regional Semifinals of the IHSA State Series this past Tuesday night. Offensive leaders included Ryan Myers (13 kills with one ace serve), Ethan Holub (13 kills), Akaash Tanjore (five kills), Karl Lutz (six kills with one ace serve), Samuel Nuudel (three kills) and Eric Hartman (three kills). Daniel Nuudel contributed five kills, two ace serves and dished out 38 assists. Defensively, Murad Shahzadah contributed 10 digs and also had an ace serve. The Patriots end their summer campaign with a 18-5 overall record, with a 6-1 conference record.

The Patriots picked up two wins against Jacobs and McHenry on Tuesday night in the Stevenson Stadium. Lorenzo Frezza and Thomas Schoolman won by pin in the 44-31 victory over Jacobs. In the McHenry match, Frezza, Allen Kantor, Arad Peregoudov, Jair Diaz and Will Toscano all won by pin. Their final dual meet of the IHSA season is at Lake Forest today at 4:00 p.m. There are no visiting fans allowed at Lake Forest today.

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson (11-3) won a close matchup, 10-9, against Libertyville in Wednesday night’s Sectional semifinal game. Lili Sorenson and Teagan Hendricks each scored three goals, while Jordyn Ackerman (two goals), Aliyah Omran (one goal) and Michelle Cabrera (one goal) contributed, as well. Megan Randol made nine saves, including several within the final minutes of the competition to seal the victory. They head to Lake Forest High School (West campus) for the final on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. West campus is located at 300 S. Waukegan Rd. in Lake Forest, IL and admission is free.

Girls Soccer
Stevenson (15-3-1, 6-1) eliminated Warren Township High School in the sectional semifinals of the state playoffs, 4-0. Bella Chevez scored first to put the Patriots on top in the first half. That was followed by a goal from Abby Kalou, assisted by Tess Koleno. During the second half, freshman Eli Egeland found the back of the net twice and was assisted by Abby Kalou and Nicole Schmidt. The Patriots will play in the state playoff sectional final tonight at Libertyville High School at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free, but if you’re unable to attend, the match can be viewed at:

Boys Tennis
Eric Perkowski remained unbeaten after Day 1 in the IHSA Class 2A State Finals and will meet up with Hinsdale Central’s Noah Hernandez at Hersey High School this morning. The doubles team of Daniel Tulchinskiy/Payton Adkisson won their first two matches on Thursday, but lost 6-2, 6-3 to Hersey. They will face Dominik Kaminski and Mark Ter-Saakyants from Glenbrook South at Fremd High School in the back draw. Also in the backdraw are singles player Ashvath Madhushankar, who will face Casey Hishinuma (Fremd H.S.) at Wheeling High School and the doubles team of Gabriel Visotsky and Ervin Perkowski. Visotsky and Perkowski also won two matches on Thursday, but fell short against New Trier. They will take on Nikunj Tyagi and Akshay Baid from Matea Valley, also at Fremd High School. All Friday morning matches begin at 8 a.m. View the IHSA Tennis Brackets.

Boys Track & Field Sectional
The Boys Track and Field team placed 5th at the 16 team Grayslake Central Sectional and qualified athletes for state competition in three different events, the High Jump, the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays. The team of Zach Goldman, David Smolensky, Marcus Casselberry and Jimmy Davis were Sectional Champions in the 4×200 meter relay and were Sectional runner ups in the 4×100 meter relay running season Best times of 1:31.48 and 43.33 respectively. Mark Hellwig was the runner up in the high jump with fellow teammate Stephen Friehammer placing sixth in the event. Shrijan Muralidharan was the only other Patriot to place in a field event, doing so by taking sixth in the triple jump. David Smolensky finished his night by running a personal best time of 22.64 and placing third in the 200 meters. Marcus Casselberry placed fourth and just missed qualifying in the 300 intermediate hurdles running a personal best and new Frosh/Soph School Record time of 41.25. In the distance events, Tyler Roberts placed third in the 3200 with a personal best time of 9:59.94. Check out all the results.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Announcing Stevenson’s Daily Digest: Special Editions
While the Daily Digest usually goes on hiatus over the breaks, this summer, we will be distributing special editions of the Daily Digest for athletics! Given that we still have nine more sports teams competing until mid-June, we want to be sure that our entire Stevenson community stays up-to-date on our amazing athletes. Check out the latest athletic results and news below!


All-State Honors for Water Polo, Girls Volleyball
Congratulations to the following Patriot athletes, who received All-State recognition this week for the spring season!

Picture Day Photos Now Available for Online Ordering
Individual portraits from your picture day are now available to view and order online. Please use the link and instructions below to access your photos:

  1. Go to the VIP website.
  2. Select “View now” on the green Sports Team & Individual tile.
  3. Select your school year and team name (individual images will appear in the gallery under your team name).
  4. Follow the instructions to select your package or products and enter your information.
  5. You will receive a confirmation email.

VIP is currently working on uploading team photos. If your team has not yet been posted, you can still order your package, and we will print and deliver it as soon as your team is ready. With the volume of teams we photographed this spring, there may be a delay in your order. Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please contact VIP at

A Look Ahead at IHSA Postseason Competition
Stevenson hosts its final wrestling match of the 2020-21 season tonight as Jacobs and McHenry visit the Stevenson Stadium for a 5 p.m. start, weather permitting. If the match is moved inside to the Sportscenter, it will start at 6 p.m.
Boys volleyball begins postseason play tonight at 5:30 p.m. at Glenbrook South. Spectators are welcome, and the price for admission is $5.00 at the gate.

Recent Athletics Results
Boys Tennis
With a team score of 26, Stevenson defeated the field to win the IHSA Sectional and advance two doubles and two singles entries to the IHSA State Finals this week. Eric Perkowski defeated Barrington’s Pranav Gadiraju-Barr, 6-3, 6-3 to capture the Singles Title. Ashvath Madhushankar defeated Deven Carse from Barrington, 7-5, 7-6 to take third place. In the Doubles bracket, Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy defeated Paik/Wazir from Barrington, 6-4, 6-3 for the Sectional Championship and Gabriel Visotsky/Ervin Perkowski took third in a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Mills/Shroff from Barrington. Seeds for the IHSA State Finals come out this evening, and play begins on Thursday at 8 a.m. Stevenson’s VHAC courts are being used in this year’s tournament for Thursday matches only. All other matches will be played at District 214 courts. Friday’s matches will be played at Hersey, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Wheeling, Rolling Meadows, and Fremd, with Hersey and Buffalo Grove the hosts for Saturday play. You can follow the tournament at

Both teams were strong on the mound, but Prospect was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a 3-2 victory over the Patriots on Monday in the Regional Final game. Daniel Cabrales started the game for the Patriots and recorded 12 outs. Cabrales started the game for Stevenson. The southpaw went four innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out five. Ethan Ge took the loss for the Patriots. The pitcher lasted two innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out two and walking one. The Patriots launched one home run on the day when Benji Ries went yard in the fifth inning. The Patriots end their season with a 15-13-1 overall record and 8-6 in the North Suburban Conference.

Girls Lacrosse
In Sectional Quarterfinal action, the Girls Lacrosse (11-3) team defeated Warren Township 16-3 to advance to the Semifinal matchup. They will go up against the Wildcats from Libertyville on Wednesday, June 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Stevenson Stadium. Advance tickets can be purchased here for $5 or at the gate. The game can also be viewed on the NFHS Network.

Boys Lacrosse
A 12-10 loss to Palatine ended the season for the Boys Lacrosse team. After spotting the host Pirates six goals in the first half, the Patriots fought back but couldn’t overcome the early deficit. The program finished the season with an overall record of 7-8.

Girls Soccer
Stevenson (14-3-1, 6-1) defeated Mount Prospect High School 4-1 in the regional championship. Senior Abby Kalou scored 3 goals during the match. Kalou’s first goal came early in the first half and was assisted by Gabi Nyc. Brynn Stein added a goal, assisted by Alyssa Bende. Kalou scored the Patriots third goal of the first half, assisted by Ella Hong. Kalou added another goal in the second half, assisted by Elli Pease. This is the third year in a row the Patriots have taken the regional title. Stevenson will continue their playoff run at Warren Township High School tonight at 6 p.m.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Announcing Stevenson’s Daily Digest: Special Editions
While the Daily Digest usually goes on hiatus over the breaks, this summer, we will be distributing special editions of the Daily Digest for athletics! Given that we still have nine more sports teams competing until mid-June, we want to be sure that our entire Stevenson community stays up-to-date on our amazing athletes. Check out the latest athletic results and news below!


Patriots Share Feedback on the Student-Athlete Voice Survey
Spring and summer sports have been at full speed since late March, and our student athletes were ready to get back on the field, in the pool, on the track and on the court! With additional safety measures in place, players and coaches alike rose to the challenge. Student-athletes shared out some of their experiences as they returned to the competitive arena. Highlights below:

  • “Field hockey is sort of like a support system for me. I know that I can go to my teammates or coaches if I need to. I feel as though this sport has given me a healthy outlet to relieve stress and has also taught me how to effectively accept and work through challenges.”
  • “Coach did a great job making the environment safe and happy. He also did a really nice job teaching the players how to improve from mistakes.”
  • “It’s so nice to be on a team where we are all there for each other and have such a fun time together. I love getting to see my teammates everyday.”
  • “It helps an emotional balance because you can create bonds with individuals and friendships that will last a long time.”

With so many students having great spring and summer athletic experiences, we can’t wait to have them back in the fall!

Celebrate the 2021 Boys Water Polo State Championship
Support our boys water polo state champions and order some championship apparel! Deadline to order is Monday, June 7, at midnight. Click here and follow the instructions.

Registration Open for Summer Athletic Camp
Summer athletic camp registration is open through Patriot Recreation Education Program (PREP). Check out the options for both youth and high school sports camps on the PREP web page, and sign up today!

A Look Ahead at IHSA Postseason Competition
IHSA Baseball Action Today at SHS

The #6 Patriots take on #11 Wheeling today at the Varsity Baseball Field in Regional Semifinal Play. First pitch is 1:00 p.m. If they win, they will advance to the regional finals against the winner of the #3 Prospect/#14 Rolling Meadows game, being played today at 4:30 p.m. at Mt. Prospect. The regional finals is scheduled for Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the location of the higher seed. You can view the entire IHSA Bracket here.
Lacrosse Programs to Host Postseason Action
Both the Boys and Girls Lacrosse programs will be hosting IHSA sectional competitions in the next few days. Tonight, the boys program plays host to Buffalo Grove High School at 6:30 p.m. in the Stevenson Stadium. Since it is an IHSA game, the cost of admission is $5.00, but parents of the senior athletes receive free admission. Coach Tom Hake will recognize his senior class, consisting of Darius Clemons, AJ Fieri, Owen Hancock, Alexandre LaPointe-St. George, Andrew Maher, Tom Odjav, Jake Plueger, Joseph Silberman, and Anthony Spina.
On Monday, June 7, the Girls Lacrosse program welcomes the Warren Township Blue Devils to the Stevenson Stadi[um for an IHSA sectional semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00. Advance tickets for both the boys and girls games are available here, and both contests will also be streamed on NFHS Network.

Stevenson Hosting the IHSA Tennis Sectional Today
If you can’t make it out to the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex tennis courts today for live tennis action, starting at 10 a.m., you can follow the brackets here. Stevenson is going after its 15th straight IHSA Sectional Championship (no tournament in 2020). The first four (4) places in both doubles and singles shall advance from each sectional tournament to the IHSA State Finals next week.

Recent Athletics Results
Girls Track & Field
The Stevenson Girls’ Track & Field team competed at the IHSA 3A Sectionals Wednesday night at Grayslake North High School, taking 7th place out of 13 schools. Junior Ella O’Neall took second place in two events, with a throw of 12.82 meters in shot put and a throw of 41.86 meters in discus. Ella qualified for the IHSA state meet in both shot put and discus and will be competing next weekend, Saturday June 12, at Eastern Illinois University. The 4×100 meter relay team of Jade Cadichon, Eve Traficanti, Ava Mecir, and Katelyn Robinson took third place with a season best time of 49.75 seconds, while the 4×200 meter relay team of Cadichon, Carmen Biel, Mecir, and Robinson placed fourth also with a season best of 1:49.70. Senior Jade Cadichon finished her Stevenson career with a personal best in the 100 meter finishing in fifth with a time of 12.82. Finishing in sixth for the Patriots were junior Eve Traficanti in the 400 meter dash (1:02.38) and sophomore Ava Mecir in the 200 meter dash (27.22). Cadichon also placed seventh in the 200 meter dash 27.37 and sophomore Alex Wu was seventh in triple jump (9.76 meters). Eighth place finishers of the night were senior Natali Freihammer in discus (34.78 meters), freshman Adeline Gobble in the 800 meter run (2:23.76), senior Emma Potocki in high jump (1.40 meters), and the 4×400 meter relay team of Shannon Moser, Eve Traficanti, Ashley Anderson, and Katelyn Robinson (4:22.85). Congratulations to everyone on an amazing season and good luck to Ella next week at State Finals.

Girls Soccer
Stevenson (13-3-1, 6-1) defeated Palatine High School 5-0 in the opening round of the regional semifinal playoffs. During the first half, Gabbi Nyc scored the first goal off a corner kick by Bella Chavez. Following were goals by Brynn Stein, assisted by Bella Chavez, Bri Welter, assisted by Eli Egeland and Abby Kalou, assisted by Arri Chavez. During the second half, Brynn Stein scored her second goal of the game, assisted by Ella Hong. The Patriots will play in the regional final game vs Prospect High School on Saturday, June 5 at 10:00am at the SHS Stadium.Admission is $5. Advance tickets can be purchased here. The game will also be streamed on NFHS Network.

The Patriots clinched a chance to play for a regional title with a victory over Zion-Benton on Wednesday, June 3. As the #6 seed, they traveled on Thursday to Mt. Prospect to play the Knights from Prospect High School, the #3 seed in the tournament. Stevenson fell behind early, trailing 4-1 in the 4th and couldn’t recover in the 8-2 loss. Haley Barnes pitched 4 innings giving up 6 runs on 10 hits, no walks and 7 strikeouts. Olivia Ringham pitched 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Elle Ruchim had a solo homerun in the 5th, and Barnes and Gitler contributed with a double, and RBI single, respectively. Overall, the team finished 12-8 on the season and third in the NSC with a 8-6 record.

Boys Volleyball
The boys varsity volleyball team (18-4, 6-1) fell in 2 sets to the Lake Park Lancers last night, 19-25, 20-25, to close out the regular season. Ryan Myers (7 kills), Ethan Holub (4 kills), and Akaash Tanjore (3 kills and 1 solo block) led the offensive charge for Stevenson. Daniel Nuudel dished out 12 assists and went 7-7 with 1 ace from the service line. Murad Shahzadah went 6-6 with 1 ace serve and recorded 5 digs. The Patriots now turn their focus to the postseason as they prepare to return to action Tuesday night (5:30 pm at Glenbrook South High School) to play the winner of Monday’s Regional match between Maine West and Rochelle Zell. The full IHSA State Series schedule can be found here.

Girls Lacrosse
Jordyn Ackerman and Lili Sorenson each scored 4 goals and had two assists a piece to lead the Patriots in a 16-6 win over Warren Township. Tessie Primack (+2 assists), Abby Kogan, Michelle Cabrera, Lizzy Dublier, Lauren Alcazar, Emma Sturgeon, Adeline Brady (+1 assist), and Alex Varshavsky all also contributed with one goal each. They travel to Deerfield today for a 1:45 pm start.

Boys Track & Field
The Patriot Boys Track team came up victorious in winning its third consecutive North Suburban Conference Championship last evening. The only individual champion was Mark Hellwig in the High Jump with a jump of 6′ 0.75″. Hellwig also took 2nd in the pole vault after a tie and a jump off. Other Field Event placers included Stephen Friehammer in the High Jump taking 2nd place and a Personal best jump of 5’9″, Robert Martin in the Discus taking 5th place, and Shrijan Muralidharan placing 6th with a personal best of 19’9″ in the Long jump. On the track, David Smolensky placed 2nd in the 200 and 3rd in the 100 meters. Zach Goldman also placed 6th in both the 100 and 200 meters. Smolensky and Goldman teamed up with Marcus Casselberry and Jacob Kurek to place 3rd in both the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays running a season best time in the 4×200 meter relay of 1:31.95. Trevor Abbott had a huge personal best, dropping over 2 seconds in the 400 meters and running a time of 53.74 and placing 4th. Shreyas Khati had a huge night placing 2nd in both the 110 High Hurdles and the 300 Intermediate Hurdles with personal bests of 16.42 and 42.61. Braden Burns also placed 5th in the 110 High Hurdles with a PR of 17.82 and Casselberry placed 3rd in the 300 Intermediate Hurdles with a PR of 42.74. In the Distance events, Tyler Roberts placed 5th with a new best time of 10:14.9 in the 3200 and the 4 x 800 meter relay team of Tarun Kalyana-Sundarum, Tyler Goetting, Sharan Satish, and Stephen Moy took 5th. The 4×400 relay team of Abbott, Casselberry, Khati, & Muralidharan ran a season best of 3:35.88 and placed third which sealed the Conference Championship as they needed to finish at least 2 places in front of the Lake Zurich Bears. Next up is the sectional next Thursday at Grayslake Central.

Stevenson defeated Deerfield 43-24. Jacob Whiting and Kei Yamato won by fall. Cole Rhemrev and Lorenzo Frezza won by technical fall. In the second match of the triangular, the Patriots defeated Huntley 45-24. Arad Peregoudov, Shawn Tokmovtsev, Aerie Guzman, Jair Diaz, and Jacob Whiting won by fall and Cole Rhemrev won by technical fall. They are back in action tomorrow at Evanston at 9:00 a.m.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Announcing Stevenson’s Daily Digest: Special Editions
While the Daily Digest usually goes on hiatus over the breaks, this summer, we will be distributing special editions of the Daily Digest for athletics! Given that we still have nine more sports teams competing until mid-June, we want to be sure that our entire Stevenson community stays up-to-date on our amazing athletes. Check out the latest athletic results and news below!


Recent Athletics Results
Girls Water Polo

For the sixth time in the last six seasons, the girls water polo team stood on the podium to receive a state trophy. This year’s IHSA runner up finish was the pinnacle to a 28-3 season and one in which the team claimed a conference championship and an IHSA Sectional championship. Maria Mossakowski and Belle Cloeter had two goals apiece to lead the Patriots in the 15-6 loss to Naperville North, while Faith Ma, Yachi Patel and Elizabeth White all contributed one. Goalie Maggie Bauwens had six blocked shots and three steals. Check out complete coverage by the Daily Herald here.

Boys Water Polo
Capping off a perfect 30-0 season, the boys water polo team earned its second IHSA State Championship, defeating Lyons Township 15-8. Drew Wangard and Dimitriy Kobets led the attack with 4 goals each. Several other Patriots contributed in the scoring column: Sammy Maya (2), Jacob Whiting (2), Nathan Mossman (1), Hemsith Seneviratna (1), Angelos Koutsogeorgas (1). Alex Mitchell was solid in the goal, posting 12 saves in the victory. The boys water polo program under Coach Sean Wimer has made nine straight appearances in the IHSA State Finals, winning a State Runner-Up trophy in 2015 and 2016 and a State Championship in 2017 and 2021. Check out complete coverage by the Daily Herald here.

The boys tennis team captured their 20th North Suburban Conference title on Friday, behind strong play from the entire lineup. The doubles teams of Payten Adkisson/Daniel Tulchinskiy (#1), Ervin Perkowski/Gabriel Visotsky (#2), Kevin Fei/Gautham Kappagunthula (#3), and Raj Sachar/Daniel Jowarski (#4) all captured NSC Championships. Nicholas Stec placed second at #1 Singles, while Ashvath Madhushankar and Thomas Gong secured NSC Titles at #2 and #3 singles, respectively. Check out complete coverage by the Daily Herald here. Stevenson will host the IHSA Sectional on Friday, June 4, at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex courts.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Congratulations, Grads!
Seniors, you made it! We are so proud of all of you and hope that your senior year, especially these last few weeks of Senior Fest, provided a lifetime of memories as you embark on your new adventure. Whether it be college, trade school, a gap year or military service, we hope you continue to espouse our Stevenson values: commitment to self, others and learning. Before you leave, don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for photos throughout Senior Fest!
One last thing, seniors: If you would like for a chance to take a photo with your name on our marquee (digital sign next to our Route 22 entrance), check out our schedule below! Please note that the names for the day begin a new rotation every 10 minutes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, May 29, and Saturday, June 5: Aamer – Connolly
  • Sunday, May 30 and Sunday, June 6: Constabileo – Grabiner
  • Monday, May 31 and Monday, June 7: Grace – Kobets
  • Tuesday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 8: Kobler – Mikulec
  • Wednesday, June 2 and Wednesday, June 9: Miller – Rainis
  • Thursday, June 3 and Thursday, June 10: Ram – Strusiner
  • Friday, June 4 and Friday, June 11: Sturgeon – Zizzo

To the rest of our Patriots, have a wonderful summer break, and we look forward to seeing our summer school students in a couple weeks!

Enjoy Your New Shades, Pats!
Thanks to all of our students for stopping by our last “Spring into Summer with Self-Care” event last Friday to pick up some new shades! Don’t forget to “stay cool” this summer by continuing with well-balanced self-care. For more information about self-care, mental health and wellness, remember that you can always visit Student Activities’ Destress 125 hub!


Stevenson Library Goes Virtual for the Summer
School may be out for the summer, but our library is still here for you!
The SHS Library will be available digitally to all students all summer long. Students can check out ebooks and audiobooks, access digital newspapers and magazines, and reach out to the librarians for help!


A Big Thank You to Our Athletes and Parents
In a year with so many unknowns and unique challenges, the Stevenson coaches and athletic staff would like to extend a huge thank you to the over 1,900 student-athletes who participated in our 43 programs. A special thank you to the parents for staying abreast with constant communication from our office, organizing transportation to and from practices and competitions, and patience with the sport guidance and spectator policies. Congratulations to all of our Stevenson Patriots!

IHSA Postseason Play Tickets on Sale Now!
For the upcoming IHSA Regional Girls Soccer Games and IHSA Sectional Boys and Girls Lacrosse Games, the Illinois High School Association has set a $5 admission fee. You may create an account here and purchase tickets in advance. Tickets can be presented at the gate via mobile device or hard copy.

Athletic Results for May 27
Boys Water Polo
Drew Wangard’s five goals propelled the Patriots past the Conant Cougars, 17-7, sending the squad into tonight’s IHSA Boys Water Polo State semifinal match at 7 p.m. vs. Neuqua Valley. Several others contributed two goals, including Dimitriy Kobets, Jacob Whiting, Evan Engel.
The girls water polo team will be playing in their own semifinal match vs. Hersey at 5:30 p.m. Both games can be seen on the NFHS Network.

The Patriots watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 7-1 loss to Warren Township. The Blue Devils took the lead on a single in the second inning and never looked back. Gabe Flynn, Chris Iannuzzi, Jonas Salgado, and Michael Belbot each collected one hit. The Patriots travel to Palatine this Saturday, first pitch slated for 10 a.m.

Girls Soccer
Stevenson defeated Zion-Benton 6-1. In the first half, Stevenson scored three goals in this order: (1) Abby Kalou, assisted by Bella Chavez; (2) Brynn Stein, assisted by Bella Chavez; and (3) Kaitlyn Hong, assisted by Hailey Popkey. Stevenson gave up a penalty kick which led to Zion-Benton scoring. In the second half, Stevenson scored three more goals in this order: (4) Alyssa Bende, assisted by Gabi Nyc; (5) Lauren Kim, assisted by Madison Kim and (6) Gabi Nyc, assisted by Kayla Constabileo. Stevenson returns to action for their senior night on June 1 against Waukegan High School in the SHS Stadium.

Stevenson defeated Lake Zurich 54-21. Arad Peregoudov, Shawn Tokmovtsev, and Will Toscano won by pin. The Patriots are hosting an all-level triangular tomorrow against Barrington and Grant at 9:00 a.m. in the Stevenson Sportscenter.


Program links high school students with careers in hospitality
A national program offers tours, as well as in-class and on-the-job training to high school students interested in a career in hospitality.

Detroit public schools offer bonuses for special education teachers
The one-time signing bonuses for incoming special education teachers enabled the school district to decrease vacancies from 400 to just about 40.


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Science Olympiad Places Top 10 in Nation!
The Patriot Science Olympiad Team excelled in the 37th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament this past weekend, finishing 10th in the nation! This is the twelfth consecutive year that SHS has earned a bid to the national competition and the sixth time that the Stevenson team has finished in the top 10. Highlights from the competition include:
First-place, National Championships:

  • Krishna Patel (senior) and Greycen Ren (junior) in Designer Genes
  • Emily Liu (senior) competing by herself in Boomilever

Third-place finishes:

  • Greycen Ren (junior) and Joshua Song (sophomore) in Anatomy & Physiology
  • Seniors Phyllis Wang and Richard Bi in Sounds of Music

Fourth-place finishes:

  • Jared Machtinger (senior) and Felix Lu (junior) in Dynamic Planet
  • Seniors Jared Machtinger and Richard Bi in Machines

Fifth-place finish:

  • Juniors Greycen Ren and Jonathan Abraham in Forensics

Patel, Ren and Liu all received $1,000.00 scholarships to the school of their choice as part of their award for being National Champions in their events. Additionally, senior Sneha Mohan was awarded one of five $10,000 college scholarships for seniors in Science Olympiad across the nation. This award was presented to select competitors who embody the passion and values that the founders of Science Olympiad intended to foster by creating the organization. Great job, Patriots!

Student-Reporters Earn Honors in International Journalism Contest
Congratulations are in order for all the Statesman students honored at the 2021 Youth in Journalism International journalism contest! The annual competition showcases some of the best teen journalism in the world, and is a great opportunity to compete with students across the globe in a wide variety of categories, from news to cartoons.

  • Junior Victoria Feng was named one of just two finalists for the 2021 Student Journalist of the Year.
  • Juniors Vaasu Kakuturu and Humza Qazi were awarded second place in Team Feature Reporting for their piece, “Same Room, Different Zoom.”
  • Senior Serena Mehta and junior Dwija Ramesh received second place in Team Profile Reporting with their profile of Dr. LeViis Haney “(E)liminating (D)isparities in (I)nclusivity.”
  • Junior Bayarmaa Bat-erdene and senior Madeline Schmitke won first place in Team Sports News Reporting with their article about sports seasons ending “Putting the Season Away.”
  • Senior Bradley Locker and sophomore Advay Voleti received second place in the same category for their article “(Stay at) Home Run” about changes to high school sports due to covid.

Additionally, many more student-reporters received honorable mentions for articles ranging from the impact of COVID on athletics, advice to seniors, Stevenson’s reopening, Illinois’s legal battle about sports and Stevenson’s student support teams:

  • Junior Bayarmaa Bat-erdene, Sophomore Shannon Moser, Senior Sailaja Nallacheruvu, Junior Ally Flynn, Senior Bradley Locker, Senior Melissa Liu, Junior Myles Woodman, Junior Natalie King, Junior Sophia Ismail, Sophomore Anika Krishnaswamy, Sophomore Lance Locker and Junior Thea Surya.

The Statesman staff also received an honorable mention for their Editorial on the social justice protests this summer, “Long Road Ahead.” As the judges noted, “the team brought the national Black Lives Matter issue home to the school with a plea to keep it in mind.”


Don’t Forget to Send In Your AP Score Report!
As a reminder to all students who took an AP exam – especially graduating seniors – June 20 is the deadline to set the recipient of your free score report through My AP.
Students may indicate one college, university or scholarship program to receive a free copy of their AP score report. Students can also request a report be sent to additional recipients for a fee. Details about sending additional score reports are in the Scores section on the AP Students website.

What You Need to Know For Summer School
Each summer, Stevenson offers a two-semester academic program as an extension of the school’s regular academic program. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to gain academic credit, receive enrichment or remediation, and explore new interests.
This year, summer school’s first semester will run from June 8-July 1 and second semester from July 6-29.
During these times, students can enter the building starting at 7:10 a.m.
Stevenson will also offer Zoom tutoring in CommArts, Math, Science, Social Studies and ELL each day of summer school. More information about the exact times, Zoom links, and accessing these resources will be posted on the tutoring programs web page. To find out more about summer school safety protocols, daily schedule, supplies and technology, and grade reporting, please see the email from Summer School Principal Anthony Reibel.

Senior Edition of the Statesman Now Available!
The Senior Edition of Statesman, “Through the Final Lens,” is now available digitally on the Statesman website and at school exits. The publication will also be distributed tonight at Senior Sunset!
Check out a recap of the past four years, see notes from parents/guardians to our graduating students, read advice from teachers and so much more!


Milestone Night for Two Patriot Coaches
Girls Water Polo Coach, Jeff Wimer, reached the 700 career win pinnacle last night, as his team defeated Lincoln-Way East in the IHSA Girls Water Polo State Quarterfinal match. Wimer’s record of 700-167-1 ranks as No. 1 in Career Wins in the state of Illinois. Girls Lacrosse Coach, Sarah Gutierrez (Walker) reached the 100-win plateau when her team defeated Libertyville. After nine years at the helm, her teams have amassed a record of 100-63-0.

Athletic Results for May 26
Girls Water Polo

In IHSA State Quarterfinal action, the defending state champion girls water polo team defeated Lincoln-Way East, behind a balanced attack. Belle Cloeter led the Patriots with three goals, followed by Elizabeth White with two. Several others pitched in a goal, including Becca Stone, Liz Matlin and Faith Ma. Maggie Bauwens had 10 saves in the goal. Stevenson moves on to the Semifinal game against Hersey on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at Fenwick High School.

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson Girls Lacrosse won in exciting fashion against Libertyville, 11-9. Lili Sorenson and Jordyn Ackerman led the Patriots with three goals each, while Naomi Miller added two goals. Adeline Brady, Teagan Hendricks, and Tessie Primack rounded out the scoring with one goal each. Head Coach Sarah Gutierrez recognized the Class of 2021 Seniors Lauren Alcazar, Adeline Brady, Helena Ebeleing, Janna Krvavac, Mackenzie Laughlin and Teressa Primack (team pictured with coach on the top-right of the Sports section). Stevenson will host the IHSA Sectional Quarterfinal game on Thursday, June 3 against Warren at 4:30 p.m. in the Stevenson Stadium.

Boys Volleyball
The boys varsity volleyball team (13-3, 4-1) earned a two-set victory over conference foe, Lake Zurich, 25-11, 25-17. Seniors Ryan Myers (11 kills with a .846 hitting percentage), Ethan Holub (nine kills), and Akaash Tanjore (seven kills) lead the offensive charge. Daniel Nuudel dished out 28 setting assists and went 22 for 22 from the service line with one ace serve. Murad Shahzadah’s four digs and Ethan Holub’s six block assists contributed to the defensive effort. The Patriots head to Maine South on Friday night for two matches against Grant and Maine South High Schools.

Girls Track & Field NSC
The Stevenson Girls Track & Field team competed at the North Suburban Conference Championship Wednesday night at Mundelein High School, taking 5th place out of eight schools. Junior Ella O’Neall impressed once again by winning both the shot put (12.28 meters) and discus (38.00 meters). The 4×100 meter relay team of Jade Cadichon, Eve Traficanti, Ava Mecir and Katelyn Robinson were also conference champions with a time of 50.20 seconds. Earning silver for the Patriots were 4×200 meter relay team of Cadichon, Carmen Biel, Mecir and Robinson (1:50.08) and sophomore Alex Wu in the triple jump (9.90 meters). In fourth place was senior Natali Freihammer in both the shot put (9.52 meters) and discus (28.89 meters) and the 4×800 meter relay team of Eileen Li, Isabel Edgcomb, Ida Diab and Shannon Mosser (11:03.22). Taking fifth place was senior Jade Cadichon in the 100 meter dash (13.07), junior Eve Traficanti in the 400 meter dash (1:02.79), and senior Emma Potocki in the high jump (4’7”). Rounding out the varsity scorers, Ava Mecir took sixth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.13 seconds. See full media coverage in the Daily Herald.


Strategies for Schools To Help Students Bounce Back From a Disrupted Year
As students return to in-person learning after more than a year of pandemic related disruptions, educators will need to provide more than academic interventions. They also will need to help students reconnect and get back into the schooling mindset.

Increasing Tech Accessibility in the Classroom
With the return to in-person learning on the horizon, school districts should work to ensure continuing tech availability to help bridge the gap between technology and accessibility to meet student needs.