Wednesday, May 4, 2022

End-Of-Year Strings Awards Concert Has A Surprise Ending!

It’s the end-of-the-year Strings Awards Concert, and aptly, there will be an ending that fits: a surprise encore to the show!

This annual awards concert, held at 6 p.m. tomorrow night in the Performing Arts Center, celebrates and honors the Strings seniors as well as all of the outstanding Strings students from both Orchestra and Guitar. The students in these featured classes and groups, including the Stevenson Orchestra, the Concert Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra, the Patriot Orchestra, Guitar 1, Guitar 2 and the Patriot Guitar Ensemble, are excited to perform great music featuring “Coco,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “One Direction,” “Encanto,” and “Toy Story.”

Senior Linda Wang will also be performing the Paganini violin concerto no.1. And of course, there’s the surprise encore!


For those unable to attend the concert in person, it can be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

It’s Official! Tiny Home Design Contest Winners Announced For Both Interior And Exterior Designs!

The results are finally in! After two weeks of voting via links in the Daily Digest and on Social Media, the Tiny Home Design Contest has been settled.

Senior Alex Buyandelger (pictured right, top) and junior Alex Varshavsky (pictured right, middle) tied for first place in the interior design portion of the contest while junior Mimi Ciezak (pictured right, bottom) won first place for exterior design. Both Buyandelger and Varshavsky each received about 39 percent of the interior votes while Ciezak earned 52 percent of the exterior votes.

In the interior competition, Belle Cloeter got second place and Lauren Guttman got third place. In the exterior competition, Brandon Mushailov got second place and Patrick Rzeznik got third place.

For full results of the contest, including pictures and a breakdown of the voting, please click here.

The contest involved students in Advanced Architectural Design Class. They recently designed mobile, stationary and floating tiny homes of just 400 square feet or less. They interviewed a client from their class to develop the client’s dream home in 5 to 10 years. Students used Sketchup to create their designs and then rendered their final design using a new software called Enscape.

For questions about this course or project, please contact instructor Kaitlin Rossi at krossi@d125.org.

Student Announcements

Scholastic 3D Archery Team On Point In Stringers Tournament

Stevenson’s Scholastic 3D Archery Team recently competed in its first Select Stringers Regional Tournament near downstate Normal. Freshman Joseph Jung got first place in the Male Barebow competition while sophomore Dianna Baasantseren took first place in the Female Barebow. Also in Male Barebow, sophomore Aaron Gan got second place and senior Connor Stolman took third place. Meanwhile, freshman Nextanali Godoy got second place in Female Barebow.

Science Students Make Teacher Proud!

If science teacher Sheila Edstrom (pictured left, top) is beaming lately, there’s good reason. She’s been hit with a double dose of really good news.

One of her students, junior Collin Fan (pictured left, middle), alerted her that he has qualified for the 2022 U.S. Physics Team, which is a training program for U.S. citizens who will participate in the International Physics Olympiad. Fan wrote to her in an e-mail earlier this week, “Thank you so much for being an inspiration for me.”

Meanwhile, Edstrom clearly inspired another of her students, senior Anthony Smyrnov (pictured left, bottom). He wrote an essay about Edstrom for the 2022 “My Inspirational Teacher” Essay Contest, sponsored by Senator Dan McConchie of Lake Zurich. Smyrnov’s essay was the winner for his grade, chosen from 95 essays written by students in the 26th Senate District. As a winner, Smyrnov has been invited with Edstrom to an awards ceremony today at McConchie’s district office in Lake Zurich. Smyrnov’s essay will be displayed on senatormcconchie.com and excerpts from the winning essays will be on display at a future date in the Illinois State Capitol.

Edstrom says that while she doesn’t need any of this attention, Smyrnov certainly does, and that she will proudly accompany him to the awards ceremony tonight along with her own children.

Patriot Sports News

Get Some Stevenson Gear Next Week!

The Sports Boosters will be holding their annual end-of-the-year “Flash Sale” on Wednesday, May 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Garden near the southwest entrance to the Stadium. Stop by on your way to watch boys volleyball against conference opponent Lake Zurich in the Sportscenter at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., or girls lacrosse in the Stadium against Warren at 6:30 p.m. Cash, check, and credit are accepted.

Nominate A Stevenson All-Time Great To The Athletic Hall Of Fame

The Athletic Department recently honored its Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2020 and 2021, but is already thinking about inductees for the Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2022. Nominations will be accepted until May 15. Please click here to nominate.

Athletic Results

Boys Gymnastics: The Patriots traveled to Lake Park to compete in the sectional round of the state tournament. The team came away with a score of 137.55, which was good for third place overall. Thor Mace earned an 8.05 on the still rings, an 8.70 on the parallel bars, and an 8.85 on the high bar, which qualifies him for the state competition starting on Friday, May 13 at Hoffman Estates High School.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (24-2, 4-0) cruised to a 25-11, 25-16 win over Palatine. Setter Daniel Nuudel contributed 1 ace, 3 kills, 19 assists and 6 digs, while Karl Lutz added another ace, 6 kills and 1 block assist. Sam Nuudel and Christian Headley combined for 8 kills, 3 aces, and 1 dig. And libero Murad Shahzadah contributed 6 digs on the defensive end for the Patriots. Next up for Stevenson is Waukegan at 6 p.m. tonight on Waukegan’s Washington Campus.

Education News

Stevenson Senior Wyn Thomas Is Featured In A Chicago Tribune Story About How Young Playwrights Across The Nation Are Using Their Plays To Tackle The Issue Of Gun Violence

In Thomas’s play, “Writing Their Wrongs,” four students discuss writing something powerful enough that it will persuade lawmakers to change gun laws to help prevent more school shootings. The four students in the piece recently experienced a school shooting of their own and their discussion gets contentious as they process what happened to them. Thomas (pictured right, kneeling center) grew up in Florida before moving to Buffalo Grove and had a childhood friend injured in the Parkland school shooting.

Teens Fight For The Right To Read With ‘Banned-Book Clubs’

In Missouri, two students filed a lawsuit against their school district for yanking eight books from school libraries. In New York, a group of students from the Brooklyn Public Library’s Intellectual Freedom Teen Council are meeting weekly on Zoom to coordinate national resistance to school book censorship. And in Pennsylvania, students held daily protests outside their high school this fall until administrators reversed their decision to ban more than 300 books, films and articles, the majority by Black and Latino authors.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 4-13: AP Exams

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

May 11-12: Spring Band Concert

May 11: PPA Bake Sale

May 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Music Production Showcase Tomorrow In The West Auditorium Highlights A Semester’s Worth Of Work!

It’s been an entire semester in the making!

The Music Production Showcase, on tap for a 7 p.m. show tomorrow in the West Auditorium, Patriot Lobby, Room 2104 and the MIDI Lab (Room 2201), will be packaged through performances and artist talks and includes the second-semester work from students in Music Production 1 and Music Production 2 Classes.

This event, which is associated with the Activists Playlist, is open to family, friends, classmates, faculty, staff and the community.

For those who are unable to attend in person, the Music Production Showcase may be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

Stevenson Marketing Class Students Get Backstage Pass To Wrigley Field!

Wrigley Field provided just the right backdrop for Marketing Class students from Stevenson who went on a field trip last week to the historic landmark to learn about working in the sports industry.

Students and staff from the Business Department learned about the history of the Chicago Cubs, toured the ballpark and were given access to exclusive spaces, including the newly renovated visitor’s clubhouse, the dugout, the press box (pictured right) and the field itself.

This experience is a part of the sports marketing unit, in which students create sales and marketing promotions for a professional sports team. Marketing students enjoy an interactive curriculum that includes hands-on course work and sensational field trips each semester.

For more information on business courses at Stevenson please reach out to Jason Ford at jford@d125.org.

Student Announcements

Sign Up Now To Audition For Next Year’s Dance Companies

Open auditions for the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies for current students and incoming freshmen will be held on Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12, from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 2010. Interested students should register as soon as possible. They will then be sent (via e-mail by May 6) a video phrase to learn. At the auditions, students will review and perform the video phrase. They should also come prepared to perform a 45- to 60-second solo of their own choreography.

Support The Girls Water Polo Team On Friday At The Wendy’s In Buffalo Grove

Stop into Wendy’s in Buffalo Grove (300 W. Half Day Rd) anytime during the day on Friday and 30 percent of qualifying sales will be donated to the Stevenson girls water polo team. Please present the flyer to the left when the order is placed. Wendy’s gift cards and other retail purchases are excluded from the event. Drive-thru, carry-out and dine-in orders qualify when available.

Patriot Sports News

Get Some Stevenson Gear Next Week!

The Sports Boosters will be holding their annual end-of-the-year “Flash Sale” on Thursday, May 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Garden near the southwest entrance to the Stadium. Stop by on your way to watch boys volleyball against conference opponent Lake Zurich in the Sportscenter at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., or girls lacrosse in the Stadium against Warren at 6:30 p.m. Cash, check, and credit are accepted.

Starting To Plan Your Summer? Check Out Stevenson’s Summer Sports Camps

The Athletic Department is proud to offer a variety of sports camps for 9th through 12th graders. The programming exists to help student-athletes reach their athletic goals through affordable, high-quality sports programs for high school students during the summer season.

Click here for Stevenson’s “SHS Summer Sports Camps Guide,” which includes information about each program, schedules, locations, fees and registration. Registration can be completed up to the day before camp starts.

Athletic Results

Boys Water Polo: The Patriots (16-6, 4-0) hosted a 10-team tournament last weekend and went 2-2 against highly competitive teams. Stevenson took on Loyola Academy, Lyons Township, and Naperville Central twice each. The Patriots lost to No. 5 Naperville Central 6-4 in the first meeting. Armaan Gill had 7 saves while Max Lapointe-St. GeorgesKunal RajadhyaxAngelos Koutsogeorgas and Jack Curtin all scored 1 goal apiece. Stevenson then went on to defeat Loyola Academy, 14-5. Goalie Mark Younan had 10 saves while Max Lapointe-St. Georges (4 assists) led with 4 goals. Angelos Koutsogeorgas scored 3 goals and Kunal Rajadhyax had 2 goals. Josh MoreynoAndrew MossmanTamer DalloulOlin Kusevskis and Daniel Li (5 steals) all added 1 goal apiece. In its third match, Stevenson lost to No. 1 Lyons Township, 7-4. Armaan Gill had 4 saves while Max Lapointe-St. GeorgesAndrew MossmanAngelos Koutsogeorgas and Filip Wal all had 1 goal each in the loss. Finally, Stevenson defeated Naperville Central 6-3 in the second meeting between the two teams. Armaan Gill had 7 saves and 2 steals while Kunal Rajadhyax led with 3 goals. Angelos KoutsogeorgasOlin KusevskisMax Lapointe-St. Georges each had 1 goal and Jack Curtin led the team in steals with 3. Next up for the Patriots is their Senior Night at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Pool.

Boys Lacrosse: Over the weekend, the Patriots (10-3, 2-1) hosted Vernon Hills in the Stadium and won 12-7 on a rainy day. Attacker Ryan Hynes had 5 goals (1 Assist) while Colin Livesay and Monty Hashemi each contributed 2 goals. Justin Lucas had 1 goal (1 Assist) and was 82 percent at the Faceoff X. Rounding out the scorers were Caleb Lee and Cody Collins with 1 goal apiece. Last night at Glenbrook South, the Patriots fought hard and played an exciting game but fell, 11-10. Stevenson was down 6-3 at the half, 8-5 going into the 4th quarter, and 11-6 with 6:07 left in the game. The Patriots never gave up. They battled back to make it a 1-goal game, 11-10. With about a minute left, the Patriots had a 10-yard shot that was stopped by Glenbrook South’s tough goalkeeper. Hynes had 4 goals and 2 assists on the night, while Lucas, Hashemi and Lee all had 2 goals apiece. Next up for the Patriots is conference rival Libertyville at the Stadium at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Baseball: The Patriots (16-6, 5-3) traveled to Waukegan to take on the Bulldogs in a North Suburban Conference matchup and walked away with a 13-0 shutout victory. Pitcher Robert Seltzer allowed 2 hits over five innings, striking out 7 batters. Michael BelbotJR NelsonMatthew Bressler and Luca Morelli each collected 2 hits apiece to lead the team. Next up for the Patriots (weather permitting) is a home game at 4:30 p.m. today against Waukegan on the Varsity Baseball Field.

Softball: Stevenson (7-7, 4-4) took a 12-5 loss on the road at Mundelein. The Patriots struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively, giving up 12 runs. Stevenson scored when Lexi Gitler drew a walk. Michaela Duffy socked 1 home run on the day in the fifth inning, leading the Patriots with 2 hits in 3 at-bats. Aubrey Jepson led things off on the mound going 1⅓ innings, allowing 6 runs on 3 hits while striking out 2 batters. Olivia Ringham threw four innings in relief out of the bullpen. Next up for the Patriots (weather permitting) will be Warren at 4:45 p.m. today on the Varsity Softball Field.

Education News
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Former Stevenson Football Players Are NFL-Bound!

Former Stevenson football players Jack Sorenson and Jeremy Webb are headed to the NFL! In the wake of the recent NFL Draft, Sorenson, a 2016 graduate and wide receiver for Miami University (Ohio), has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Webb, a 2015 graduate and cornerback from Kansas, got the call to attend a New York Jets tryout.

Despite The Student Debt Crisis, High School Seniors Favor High-Cost, High-Amenity Colleges

According to a new survey, most teens worry about costs—but not enough, it seems, to tilt their choices. Parents weren’t surveyed.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 3-13: AP Exams

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

Monday, May 2, 2022

Thank Your Teachers Today…And All Week Long! It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

Today is the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs from May 2 through May 6 in schools across America!

Stevenson would like to deeply and genuinely thank each and every one of its 332 teachers, who are honored in the above video, as well as on message boards staged in each division office, in which Stevenson students share their thanks and gratitude!

The photo pictured to the right is the message board for teachers at the Math/Science Division Office in the West Building.

Final Choir Concert Of The Year Is Tomorrow!

It’s the last hurrah…for 2021-22!

All curricular choir classes and all co-curricular vocal groups will be involved in performing the final choir concert of the year, the Spring Choir Concert, at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Performing Arts Center.


The curricular choir classes include: the Stevenson Choir, the Advanced Choir, and the Patriot Singers while the co-curricular vocal groups include: Low~Frequency, Polyphonics, and Nothing But Treble.

The Choral Guild, which is a parent organization, is also facilitating this event with not only general program support but help with senior recognitions as this is a very special Senior Night concert. All senior choir students will be recognized and celebrated!


There will be a short awards ceremony preceding the concert that is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.

For those unable to attend in person, the Concert is accessible via the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

Student Announcements

Patriot School Store “End-Of-Year Sale” Runs All This Week!

Don’t miss your chance to save some green…and stock up on all of your favorite green and gold Stevenson gear before the school year comes to a close! The Patriot School Store is having its “End-of-Year Sale” this entire week! All merchandise will be 20 PERCENT OFF storewide and clearance items will be an additional 50 PERCENT OFF! This is an in-person only sale. The sale does not apply to online items. Please contact the Patriot School Store with questions at (847) 415-4126 or via e-mail at: mshahinian@d125.org or aheredia@d125.org.

Juniors: Sign Up For Summer Workshop That Helps With Writing College Essays

Juniors: As you make plans for your summer, consider registering online for the College Essay Workshop! This is a four-day workshop that offers ideas on writing various college essays, including the personal statement. This is offered through summer school and taught by expert instructors. The workshop is offered during three different weeks of Summer School. Early registration helps with sectioning and avoiding waitlists.

Here’s a testimonial from a former student: “The best feature was getting all of the information/prompts of the essays and getting feedback from a teacher that has an extensive knowledge in reading college essays.”

Spring Fling Deadline Extended: Register Now Through Sunday!

The deadline for Spring Fling registration has been extended to Sunday (May 8) at 11:59 p.m. What is Spring Fling? It’s an end-of-school-year celebration where students can socialize and build teams to go head-to-head in kickball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball and cricket! This year, Spring Fling will be held after school on Friday, May 20. Again, Captain’s Forms need to be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. Anyone can form a team with 10 to 14 total players. Teams must be co-ed. Students who are interested should visit @stucostevenson on Instagram for more information or scan the QR code shown in the graphic to the right.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Badminton: The undefeated Patriots (15-0, 6-0) traveled to Warren for the North Suburban Conference championship and rolled to the title, sweeping the entire tournament! It was a clean sweep on the singles side. No. 1 singles player Anvi Harish, took first place. No. 2 singles player Meha Krishnareddigari placed first as did No. 3 singles player Reshma Rajesh and No. 4 singles player Riddhi Mallela. It was more of the same on the doubles side. The No. 1 doubles team of Ema Akutsu and Katherine Li came in first place as did the No. 2 team of Ellie Ouyang and Nancy Zhang, the No. 3 team of Ruhi Sachar and Meghana Dixit and the No. 4 team of Sanjitha Vaidyanathan and Sruja Konada. Next up for the Patriots is the state playoffs which begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Fieldhouse.

Boys Baseball: The Patriots were in action on Friday against Vernon Hills and Saturday against Buffalo Grove. Vernon Hills edged Stevenson, 8-6. Despite the loss, Stevenson collected 5 hits. Owen Housinger’s sacrifice fly in the third inning scored 1 run for the Patriots. Then the team put up 3 runs in the fourth inning and the bats were led by Colin SchmitkeLuca Morelli, and Bryan ParkJonas Salgado took the loss for Stevenson, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs over five innings, striking out 4 batters and walking none. The Patriots rallied on Saturday morning to take on Buffalo Grove and got a 3-0 shutout as pitchers Michael BelbotPayton Diaz and Max Rosenkranz combined to keep the scoreboard clean. In the second inning Morelli drove in 1 run when he singled. Rosenkranz was credited with the victory for the Patriots, allowing 2 hits and no runs over four innings while striking out 2 batters. Morelli, Chris Iannuzzi and Housinger all had 1 hit each to seal the win. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at Waukegan at 4:45 p.m. tonight.

Girls Lacrosse: Stevenson (10-2, 2-1) won its game on Friday against Huntley, 13-6. Lili Sorenson was the leading goal-scorer with 4 goals and 1 assist. Teagan Hendricks (1 assist), Jordyn Ackerman, and Michelle Cabrera each had 3 goals. Alicia Sharun and Kasey Woods also tallied 1 assist apiece. Next up for the Patriots is conference opponent Libertyville on the road at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Softball: The Patriots (7-6, 4-3) didn’t allow a single run on Friday night with Aubrey Jepson on the mound in a big 14-0 win against Rolling Meadows. Abbie Lewis led the Patriots by driving in 6 runs. Lewis was 3-for-3 at the plate and drove in runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Annie GrisamoreReagan Koenigs and Sophia Becker kept the pressure on by putting up singles. Jepson surrendered no runs on 1 hit over five innings, striking out 4 batters. Continuing to rack up the runs, Koenigs, Lexi Gitler and Hailey Langer all went deep, socking 3 home runs. Next up for Stevenson is a road game at Mundelein at 4:45 p.m. tonight.

Boys Track and Field: Coming in third place at the Glenbrook North Invite, the Patriots scored high in several events. In the 4×100 meter relay, Zach GoldmanMarcus CaselberryTrevor Abbott and Jimmy Davis came in second place with a time of 44.29. The dynamic team of Goldman, Abbott, Caselberry, and Davis put up second place again in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:35.31. In the 4×400 meter relay, Davis, Abbott, Jeffery Danison, and Caselberry came in second place with a time of 3:36.38. In the sprint medley relay – 100 (Goldman), 100 (Abbott), 200 (Caselberry), and 400 (Davis) came in first with a time of 1:36.34. Rounding out the scorers for the Invite were Larry Han in the discus with a distance of 129-06.0, earning him a third place, and Mark Hellwig Jr who came in first in the high jump with a height of 6-04. Next up for the Patriots is the Lake County Invite which will take place at Lake Zurich at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

GirlsTrack and Field: The Patriots traveled to Grayslake Central for the Lake County Invite and senior Ella O’Neall walked away as the Lake County Champion in the shot put with a score of 13.42 meters. Other notable finishes came from the 4×100 meter relay team of Alex WuEve TraficantiAva Mecir, and Ava Wilson, who earned third place with a time of 50.61. Wu, Mecir, Hadley Thomas and Wilson placed third in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:48.31. Finally, O’Neall placed third in the discus with a distance of 34.17 meters. Next up for the Patriots is the NSC Championship at 5 p.m. on Thursday at the Stadium.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots participated in the Hersey Pitchford Invite this weekend and had a strong showing, finishing third before play was stopped due to rain. Ashy Madhushankar defeated both New Trier and Lake Forest, 6-0, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-3, respectively. Nick Stec followed up by prevailing over his opponents from St. Charles and Oak Park River Forest, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-0, 6-1. Adding to the Patriot winnings, was the No. 1 doubles team of Gabe Visotsky and Gautham Kappaganthula who defeated all three of their opponents, going 6-2, 6-0 against Metea Valley, 4-6, 6-1 (Fremd ret.) against Fremd and 6-4, 6-3 versus New Trier. Rounding out the big scorers on the weekend was the doubles team of Ervin Perkowski and Daniel Jaworski. The pair defeated Moline 6-0, 6-1, Lyons 6-2, 6-3, and Fremd, 6-1, 6-1. Next up for the Patriots is a match against Mundelein at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (11-1-1, 3-0-1) defeated Honenagah, 7-1. The final score was composed of two hat tricks and an unassisted goal. Mimi Van Zanten took care of the first hat trick with assists by Gabi Poretto and Ellie Egeland. Brynn Stein got the second hat trick, which was also assisted by Poretto Ellie Egeland. Along with her two assists, Egeland scored an unassisted goal of her own. Stevenson plays its next game at Waukegan at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Education News

Nebraska Teen Accepted To All Five Military Academies Sets Out To Serve America

High school senior Noble Rasmussen intends to serve his country well — and all five U.S. military academies seem to agree. The Nebraska teen was accepted to all five academies. He has decided that he will be attending the United States Air Force Academy in June.

Can The Metaverse Improve Learning? New Research Finds Some Promise

The metaverse is the latest tech frontier, with Facebook (now called Meta) and other tech giants rushing to build a parallel social and professional universe in virtual and augmented reality. And plenty of schools and colleges are wondering: Will this new realm work for education?

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

May 2: String Parents Association Meeting

May 2-13: AP Exams

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

Friday, April 29, 2022

Seniors Got Up Early This Morning To Celebrate Each Other At “Senior Sunrise!”

Seniors descended on the Stadium this morning to celebrate each other and the final weeks of their time together at SENIOR SUNRISE!

There was food, hot chocolate, and music, and some seniors wore gear from the college they will be attending. There was also a map that seniors used to indicate exactly where in the country they will be next year, and each senior got a Class of 2022 puppy (complete with its own adorable graduation cap…pictured right) that could be used to gather signatures and messages from friends. Caps and gowns for graduation were also available for seniors to pick up.

Despite a chill in the air, today’s Senior Sunrise was a great time for seniors to hang out with their friends and remember good times from high school at Stevenson!


At the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair. The following special awards were earned by Stevenson students:


Bradley University Center for STEM Education Excellence Award: Matthew Zhu for “Mimicking Human Gameplay in Tetris Versus with a Neural Network AI;” Oberweis Assets Innovation Award: Aditya Tiwari and Gaurish Lakhanpal for “A Novel Method For Tuberculosis Drug Identification Using Machine Learning;” Naval Science Award for STEM Excellence: Alexander Wang for “Possibility of Excess Stock Returns from Using Technical Indicator Based Strategies;” Excellence in Software Engineering: Yashwanth Ravipati for “Illegal Fishing Detection with Image Analysis and Edge AI Systems;”

Best in Category for Aerospace: Yousef Alkhayyat for “The Effect of Non-planar Wing Systems on the Performance of a Wing;” Best in Category for Behavioral Science: Sneha GuhaAnish Deshpande and Rohit Guha for “The Effect of Cheating on Average Centipawn Loss and Average Time Usage in Chess;” Best in Category for Computer Science: Aditya Gupta and Shrihan Tummala for “Detection of Fake News With Machine Learning;” Best in Category for Materials Science: Angela Guo for “Development of Luminscent Materials Nanoceramics by Cold Sintering Process;” Best in Category for Mathematics: Matthew Zhu for “Mimicking Human Gameplay in Tetris Versus with a Neural Network AI”

Jay and Jeremy Hoffman Memorial Award for Papers that Make a Difference: Delisha Nair for “Effect of Natural Essential Oils on Staphylococcus epidermidis;” Jay and Jeremy Hoffman Memorial Award for Papers that Make a Difference: Avisha Thota for “Addressing and Finding Effective Treatments for Cisplatin Induced Hearing Loss Through Honokiol”

Top 10 Paper: Yashwanth Ravipati for “Illegal Fishing Detection with Image Analysis and Edge AI Systems;” Essay Finalist: Gabriella Thalos; Artistic Design Finalist: Uma Pulugurtha, Lyell J and Ethyl M; Thomas Scholarship: Rohita Kotyada

In addition, the following students earned Gold awards at the Paper Competition: Yashwanth RavipatiAngela Guo, Matthew ZhuDylan IvanovRohita KotyadaDelisha NairNikhil GangavarapuAvisha ThotaAditya GuptaShrihan TummalaAlexander WangSurabhi Gangadkar and Trisha Gannu.

The following students earned Gold Awards at the Poster Competition: Yousif AlkhayyatSneha GuhaAnish DeshpandeRohit GuhaMatthew ZhuYashwanth RavipatiAditya GuptaShrihan TummalaAditya TiwariGaurish LakhanpalDeepti HegdeRitanya SubramanianAngela Guo and Alexander Wang.

Science Olympiad Team Wins Second Straight State Title and Sixth In Last 10 Years!

Back-to-Back! Stevenson’s Science Olympiad Team successfully defended its State Championship title last weekend during a virtual competition of 51 high schools from across the state of Illinois. The Patriots have been the reigning state champions since 2019 and have held the title six times in the past 10 years! Saturday’s victory also earned the Patriots their thirteenth consecutive trip to the national competition, which will be held virtually in May. The Patriots currently rank tenth in the nation!

Stevenson Students Could Have Art Displayed In U.S. Capitol

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District.

Three Stevenson students are competing in the contest representing Congressman Brad Schneider’s district. They are: Nijaa NashanthJenna Balaban, and Milo Jablonski. Winners will be announced May 5 and there will be a reception from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on May 7 at the College of Lake County Esper Peterson Reading Room, 19351 W Washington St, Grayslake.


The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in our District. The winning artwork of our district’s competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov’s Congressional Art Competition page.

Stevenson Art Students Clean Up At North Suburban Conference Art Show

A total of 60 Stevenson art students participated in the North Suburban Conference Art Show (pictured right) hosted by Lake Forest High School last week.

There were 10 students who received “Best Of Show” awards: Isabel Bridgeman (pastel), Melisa Demir (mixed media photo), Alina Qian (gouche), Lada Volkov (paint), Ari Aristodemo (mixed meda photo), Aliah Levnison (metals), Deevena Damera (sculpture), Shaan Majumdar (digital painting), Mahnoor Khawaja (ceramics), and Milo Jablonski (digital photo).

A special congratulations to Bridgeman who also won the “Artist Choice” award selected by visiting artist Jay Ryan, who presented to the students who helped set up the art show.

Student Announcements

Seniors: Last Chance For Cap And Gown Pick-Up Is May 18

Seniors: The last Day to pick up your Graduation Cap and Gowns is on Wednesday, May 18 during all three lunch periods outside of the Student Activities Office.

Stevenson’s Residency Verification Process Is Going Digital!

Each spring, Stevenson verifies that families reside within the District 125 attendance boundaries for the following school year. To streamline this process for families, the District is contracting with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information by comparing parent/guardian names and addresses with electronic databases.

If residency is electronically verified, families will receive a confirmation email to this effect during the week of May 9 and no additional documentation will be needed. Please do not provide documents if you receive this email.

Families whose residency is unable to be verified through this process will also receive an email the week of May 9 sharing more information regarding the documents required and the steps for submitting them.

Once the residency verification process has been finalized, families will be able to complete the online registration and fee payment process which will open in mid-June. More information regarding registration and fee payment will be shared in the beginning of June.

For more information about the residency verification process, please refer to the e-mail sent Thursday by Sarah Bowen and Regina Anderson in Student Services.

Stevenson Debaters Took On Top Debaters In the Nation At Tournament Of Champions

Last weekend, 10 Congressional Debaters from Stevenson competed in the virtual University of Kentucky Tournament of Champions against the nation’s top debaters.

Maddie Wang advanced all the way to the semifinals.

The students who qualified were: Natalie GarayevaWenjing HanKashyep RajeshSarah ZhangVivian ZhuLindsay WangPranav AtlruiEshaam Bhattad, Maddie Wang, and Vageesh Ramaswamy. Five students broke through to the quarterfinals: Lindsay Wang, Atlrui, Bhattad, Maddie Wang, and Ramaswamy.

Senior Andrew Liu To Compete In International Astronomy Competition

It was out of this world! In March, seven Stevenson students competed in the National Astronomy Competition hosted by the USA Astronomy and Astrophysics Organization (USAAAO). This is a competition that selects the best astronomy students in the country to represent the United States at an international competition in the country of Georgia in August. Senior Andrew Liu achieved a spot in the Top 10 at the national competition, which allows him to continue on to the international competition this summer.

History Bowl/Bee Competed In National Tournament Held In Virginia

The History Bowl/Bee team traveled to Arlington, Virginia last weekend for the national tournament run by International Academic Competitions. The Varsity A team of juniors Christian EpureAadit JunejaDhruv Pendharkar and Rishabh Wuppalapati placed 13th in the nation in the History Bowl competition. In the History Bee competition, Wuppalapati earned 11th while Epure, Juneja and Pendharkar were all quarterfinalists.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (10-1-1, 3-0-1) defeated Zion-Benton 6-0, with all 6 goals coming in the second half. The first goal was scored by Bella Chavez on a penalty kick. The second, third and fourth goals were scored by Mimi Van Zanten for a hat trick! Van Zanten’s goals were assisted by Chavez (3) and Gabi Poretto. This was followed up by a goal from Madi Kennedy, assisted by Arria Chavez. Ella Hong then scored an unassisted goal to close the game. The Patriots are back in action at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow against Hononegah at the Stadium.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (23-2, 4-0) beat conference rival Mundelein 25-14, 27-25 to take the lead in the North Suburban Conference standings. Libero Murad Shahzadah had 7 digs and 2 assists. Outside hitter Sam Nuudel had a team-high, 8 kills, 1 block assist, 1 assist and 1 dig. Setter Daniel Nuudel racked up 22 assists and contributed 3 kills, 2 block assists, and 2 digs. Finally, Chris Ehler had 3 kills, 1 solo block, 3 block assists and 1 dig. Next up for the Patriots is a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday at Palatine.

Girls Water Polo: Stevenson (25-0-1, 4-0) defeated York, 16-10. Becca Stone led the scoring with 5 goals. Sophia Berger and Elizabeth White both had 4 goals apiece. Stone also led in steals with 11. Faith Ma followed with 7 steals. Katie Delaney had 7 blocked shots. Next up for the Patriots is Naperville North on Senior Night, at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Pool.

Education News

Innovative Chicagoland Buildings Striving For Sustainability

Stevenson’s East Building addition, the first building in Illinois certified as zero energy by NBI, is one of the buildings featured.

Tips On Managing Students’ Screen Time

Education Week asked teachers and remote-learning experts for advice on ways to balance on-screen and off-screen time for students.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Apr. 29: Senior Sunrise

Apr. 29-30: One Act Plays

Apr. 29-30: Spring Dance Concert

May 2: String Parents Association Meeting

May 2-6: AP Exams Week

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Senior Sunrise: TOMORROW…Graduation: FOUR WEEKS!

The school year is flying by and there are some big events coming up for SENIORS!


SENIOR SUNRISE, Tomorrow, 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m., Stadium

  • Celebrate new beginnings at Senior Sunrise! Wear gear from the college you will be attending. There will be food, hot chocolate, and music and you can pick up your cap and gown for graduation! There will also be the opportunity for you to get your own autograph toy and have all of your friends sign it! Ultimately, it will be a great time to hang out with your friends and remember good times from high school at Stevenson!


GRADUATION, Friday, May 27, 5 p.m., NOW Arena ~ Hoffman Estates

Spring Dance Concert Is Slated For Tomorrow And Saturday

This weekend’s dynamic Spring Dance Concert showcases dances that are composed of student choreography from the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies and the Concert Dance Class.

Each dance for the concert, which runs at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday was chosen via an audition process. Choreographers developed the concept and cast the dancers for their pieces under the mentorship of their directors. There are also two guest artist pieces by Danielle Izzo and MaryAnn McGovern.

Tickets are $6. To purchase tickets for Friday’s concert, click here. To purchase tickets for Saturday’s concert, click here.


Participants from the Mélange Dance Company include: Grace CatlinAshley DoteCaroline FengJulia GobermanEmily HsiaoJoyce KangSammi MeyersKathryn PetkieAngelia PulosKhushi RaoShreeya RyaliHannah Stewart and Abigail Szwejbka.

Participants from the Repertory Dance Company include: Sophie EzrolJoy FeiElaina KravchenkoAlice PozharskaiaAlexis Trojan and Ava VanLue.

Participants from the Concert Dance Class include: Ella BrodyAshley CallenMaggie FeldsteinZoe FleddermanElli FreemanJulia GobermanJessica GoldvehktShayna JannEllie JayneTaylor JensenJuliette KoskelaLauren LeeAlyssa Marie MagsinoSophia PerlinJocelyn SilkZoey SilverElla van GervenKatie Wu and Angelina Yan.

One Acts To Dive Into How We’ve Changed Since COVID Began

In a world that changed overnight due to COVID, many people are rediscovering who they are to their friends and to their communities and how they communicate that.

The Patriot Theatre Company proudly presents its annual evening of student-written and student-produced One Acts that explore those ideas in comedic and dramatic ways. These shows, held at 7 p.m. on both tomorrow and Saturday in the West Auditorium, demonstrate all of the ways Stevenson’s student body is grappling with what seems to be the one constant in our lives: change.

Tickets are $6. To buy tickets for tomorrow’s show, click here. To buy tickets for Saturday’s show, click here.

Student Announcements

Stevenson Students Got A Backstage Pass To Condell’s Trauma Unit Last Week

Plenty of television shows give us a glimpse, but a group of Stevenson students recently got a hands-on, very behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the day-to-day workings of a hospital’s trauma unit.

Advocate Condell Medical Center hosted “Trauma Day” last week, giving students who may be interested in health careers an opportunity to experience the many professions involved in the care of trauma patients.

Students rotated through 12 practical stations and also learned about a variety of health disciplines and the education needed to enter each field. The disciplines included were: respiratory therapy, medical/nursing assistants, radiology, rehab services (physical/occupational/speech therapies), trauma services, operating room, ER and ICU, nursing, police/fire departments.

It’s Time For AP Exams: Here’s What You Need To Know

Advanced Placement Exams start on Monday and run through Friday, May 13. On Wednesday night, Stevenson sent out an e-mail to all students registered to take AP Exams with information about test-day protocol as well as the schedule of exams. Please refer to that e-mail for all of the details.

Some important points:

Arrival Time

  • Students scheduled to take a morning exam should arrive at their testing location promptly at 8:30 a.m., and students scheduled to take an afternoon exam should arrive at their testing location promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Attendance Policy

  • Students scheduled to take one exam will be expected to follow their regular class schedule for the other half of the day in which they are not testing: Morning testers will take lunch and return to their afternoon classes; afternoon testers will go to their morning classes, have lunch during fourth period and then proceed to their testing location.

Room Assignments

Please check with your teachers about expectations for makeup work. If you have any questions, please stop by Room 7096 or e-mail shs_testing@d125.org.

Patriot School Store Announces End-Of-Year Sale Is Running All Next Week!

Don’t miss your chance to save some green…and stock up on all of your favorite green and gold Stevenson gear before the school year comes to a close! The Patriot School Store is having its End-of-Year Sale next week, Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6. All merchandise will be 20 PERCENT OFF storewide and clearance items will be an additional 50 PERCENT OFF! This is an in-person only sale. Sale does not apply to online items. Please contact the Patriot School Store with questions at (847) 415-4126 or via e-mail at: mshahinian@d125.org or aheredia@d125.org.

I Scream For Ice Cream: Water Polo Teams Make Tomorrow A Frosty Friday!

The Girls and Boys Water Polo teams will be selling Chocolate and Vanilla Frosty Desserts tomorrow. Sales will begin after sixth period and run through the end of day in both the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. Desserts are $3 each or two for $5. Cash and Patriot Dollars will be accepted.

Stevenson English Students Recognized By IATE For Poetry And Prose

The Illinois Association of Teachers of English recently held its annual IATE Poetry and Prose writing contest, which draws submissions from across the state, and many Stevenson students were recognized. Several students will even be published in the 2022 issue of the IATE newsletter.


Here are the students who were recognized:

2022 POETRY TO BE PUBLISHED
Junior Shiloah Gomatam, “Glimpses of You” (Teacher – Martha Keller), Senior Sarah Sorrentino, “The Calabrian Way” (Teacher – Martha Keller)

2022 POETRY RUNNERS-UP

Senior Sela Grant, “Sensory Adaptation” (Teacher – Martha Keller), Senior Delilah Kapinos, “My grandmother” (Teacher – Martha Keller), Senior Rubab Sadiq, “The air” (Teacher – Martha Keller)

2022 PROSE TO BE PUBLISHED
Junior Jenna Balaban, “The Art Within All of Us” (Teacher – Martha Keller), Junior Caroline Hail, “The Power of a Book and a Moon” (Teacher – Martha Keller), Junior Wenjing (Megan) Han, “Me” (Teacher – Jacqueline Cullen), Junior Kelly Liu, “Knowing my ABCs” (Teacher – Jacqueline Cullen), Junior Srika Sudheer, “Fair and Lovely” (Teacher – Martha Keller), Junior Annie Thomas, “The Worth of a Knockout” (Teacher – Christina Kim)

2022 PROSE RUNNERS-UP
Junior Julia Levenshteyn, “Fluid Family Dynamics,” (Teacher – Elisa Galvan Alba), Junior Hanna Yu, “When You Can’t Find Jesus at Church (Teacher – Martha Keller), Junior Sarah Zhang, “A Man Tou for Her and Me,” (Teacher – Christina Kim)

2022 PROSE HONORABLE MENTIONS
Junior Katherine Arne, “Perspective” (Teacher – Christina Kim), Junior Alexa Collins, “Untitled (Teacher – Jacqueline Cullen), Junior Anika Krishnaswamy, “Adulting” (Teacher – Elisa Galvan Alba), Junior Julia Li, ” Bitter Melon” (Teacher – Jacqueline Cullen), Junior Lance Locker, “Ruling Rest” (Teacher – Jacqueline Cullen), Junior Alex (Allison) Wu, “Programmed to Lose” (Teacher – Martha Keller)

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Department Needs Your ESPPA Nominations For Spring Sports

The Athletic Department is asking that you please take the time to nominate a Stevenson team or individual for the “Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award” (ESPPA’s) for spring sports. Spring sports awards will be at 7 p.m. on May 23. Nominations are needed to decide the winners. Check out the nomination form and recommend your favorite event/individual for each award. The deadline to nominate is May 13.

Athletic Results

Baseball: After a long afternoon in the cold and a steady back-and-forth battle, the Patriots (15-5, 4-3) prevailed 8-5 against visiting New Trier. The game was tied at 5 runs apiece with Stevenson batting in the bottom of the sixth when Bryan Park singled on a 1-0 count, scoring 1 run. Michael Belbot was on the mound for the Patriots and lasted 2⅓ innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs while striking out 4 batters. Daniel Cabrales started the game for the Patriots, surrendering 3 runs on 7 hits over 4⅓ innings while striking out 3 batters. Dylan Katz, Park and Jordan Skolmar each collected 2 hits. Next up for the Patriots is Vernon Hills at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Varsity Baseball Field.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (22-2, 3-0) hosted Zion-Benton and won convincingly in two sets, 25-20, 25-6. Libero Murad Shahzadah had a team-high 8 digs, while defensive specialist Leo Kleban had 1 assist and 3 digs. Outside hitter Sam Nuudel had 4 kills, 1 block assist and 5 digs on the night and brother Daniel Nuudel had 1 ace, 1 kill, 1 block assist, 29 assists and 5 digs. Karl Lutz finished with 5 kills, 2 block assists and 2 digs, Ramsey Engel had 6 kills and 3 digs, Eric Hartman had 5 kills and 2 block assists, and Chris Ehler had 3 kills and 3 block assists. Sophomore Jason DeZutter was able to see some floor time and made good use of the opportunity, getting 2 key kills for the Patriots. Next up for Stevenson is conference opponent Mundelein tonight at 6 p.m. in the Sportscenter.

Badminton: Stevenson (14-0, 5-0) battled with New Trier, sweeping the match, 18-0. On a special night honoring Seniors, the No. 2 doubles team of Nancy Zhang and Ellie Ouyang defeated their opponents, 21-5, 21-8. The Senior doubles team of Veronica Liu and Sruja Konada also won their match, 21-2, 21-18. On the singles side, Seniors Ema Akutsu (21-8, 21-5), Meha Krishnareddigari (21-3, 21-7), and Gulnaaz Sayyad (21-9, 21-7) all won their matches. Next up for the Patriots is the NSC Championship at Warren’s O’Plaine Campus at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots (9-2, 2-1) knocked off Mundelein in a conference matchup, 19-4. Ryan Hynes had a productive night with 10 goals (4 assists). Caleb Lee contributed 4 goals, while Justin Lucas added 2 goals with 1 assist and was 80 percent at the Faceoff X for Stevenson. Ethan O’GradneyIan Harman, and Colin Livesay all supplied the Patriots with 1 goal each. Jack Myers and Ian McKelvey anchored the defense, along with goalie Jonathan Adler. Adler made his second start at any level and played the whole game for the first time in his career. He was stellar in the net making 6 saves for the Patriots. Next up for the Patriots is Vernon Hills at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Stadium.


Boys Tennis: Stevenson (11-1, 4-0) endured the cold and a couple marathon matches to get a great team victory against Glenbrook South, 9-0. Ashy Madhushankar came back from being down a set in the No. 1 singles spot and Ervin Perkowski and Daniel Jaworski followed suit as the No. 1 doubles team. This was a huge turning point in the tennis season as the Patriots are starting to play more confidently and for each other. The scores were: No. 1 singles: Madhushankar won 3-6, 7-6, 10-4 and the No. 1 doubles team of Perkowski/Jaworski won 3-6, 6-1, 10-4. Next up for the Patriots is Lake Forest at 4:45 p.m. today at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. This is a big match with North Suburban Conference and Sectional seeding implications.

Education News

Why One University Is Moving Toward A Subscription Model

One college in St. Louis, Maryville University, is revamping its curriculum and even changing its business model to include options like a subscription model—with the goal of helping its students get good jobs after graduation. The college’s president, Mark Lombardi said: “By the end of this decade or before, students should pay for higher ed the way they pay for Netflix or their cell phone bill.”

How Much Does College Really Cost?

The opacity of pricing hurts students — and institutions.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Apr. 28: Free The Children Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Local Scholarship Reception

Apr. 29: Senior Sunrise

Apr. 29-30: One Act Plays

Apr. 29-30: Spring Dance Concert

May 2: String Parents Association Meeting

May 2-13: AP Exams

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Best Buddies Walked For Friendship; Raised More Than $5,600!

Stevenson’s two Best Buddies chapters (Best Buddies High School and Best Buddies Transition) collectively raised $5,630.64 for the Friendship Walk held at Soldier Field in Chicago over the weekend.

The funds will go towards Best Buddies’ mission of empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through one-to-one friendships, job programs, and housing.

Stevenson ranked as the second-highest school-affiliated team and the fifth-highest group overall by amount raised for the walk. Representing Stevenson at the walk were: (pictured from left to right above): Marlee Golden, Sophie GoldenDarius Anta, Jared Schor, and Shelby Schor. Anta was on the Chicago Planning Committee for the Friendship Walk.

Stevenson’s Aspiring Entrepreneurs Make Their Pitches To Potential Investors

For aspiring entrepreneurs, Stevenson’s Startups in Business and Technology club is the perfect outlet because it encourages students to turn ideas for business into realities. And the competitive Symposiums attended by the club, led by EBoard members Lance LockerSohi ShahAnish NadellaSubham MitraKashyap RajeshSachet VermaAyaan Siddiqui, and Pranav Pullabhotla (all pictured right, except Pullabhotla), provides those entrepreneurs real-life “pitching” experience in front of potential investors.

At the SBT Business Pitch Symposium earlier this month, club members presented the startups that they created this school year to a panel of business founders and professionals who scored and critiqued the pitches. Six total teams competed against each other in this in-house competition, each having seven minutes to present, followed by five minutes of questioning.

Tsunami, a plant health monitoring device created by juniors Aditya RameshShreekar EarantiSudhi Chavadam and Akhil Ramidi (pictured top left), took first place. Second place was awarded to Blitz Breachers, a gamified exercise app for teens created by sophomores Sajan Patel and Alan Livingston and freshman Arjun Patel (pictured top center). Third place was earned by SafeSpot, a communicative mental health app for students created by freshmen Shaivi WankhedeShreya GuptaAamuktha YalamanchiliAkshaya Sahasra Ganji and Alekhya Dharna. Droplet, a sensor created by juniors Zayd KhanHamza Khan and Maaz Haider that measures household water usage, received an Honorable Mention.

Junior Ameya Mahajan competed with the company Evergreen that distributes sustainable furniture and sophomores Samrudh PrasannaSujith AllaAnsh SoniRakshit BezawadaVikram Jaiswal and Shoubhit Pusuluri competed with their company S.I.R.E., which educates young adults on how to enter the real estate industry.

eSports Qualifies Three Players For First-Ever IHSA State Finals

It was a first last weekend for high schools in Illinois…an IHSA-sanctioned eSports state competition. And Stevenson placed three teams at the sectional, held at Rockford Guilford High School. A total of three Stevenson students are now headed to the State Finals.

Angelo Abano came in first place in the Super Smash Brothers single competition to qualify for the state competition on Saturday at Bloomington High School. The Super Smash Brothers Duo-Team of Santiago Morales and Majid Abdelkareem also are headed to state after taking second place.

The Rocket League team made up of Marc GeigerTony Hwang, and Caden Pingel took fourth place at the sectional.

Stevenson’s Top Math Students Shine Brightly On National Stage

Throughout the school year, some of Stevenson’s best math students competed in various national competitions with the hope of ultimately qualifying for July’s International Math Olympiad in Oslo, Norway.

There was November’s American Mathematics Competition, a 75-minute, 25-question exam in which the top 2.5 percent of students qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam in February. Then, the top student scorers qualified for the USA Math Olympiad (USAMO) in March. There is also the USA Junior Math Olympiad in March.


Senior Lillian You, junior Benjamin Chen and sophomore Ethan Zhang qualified for the final round of the American Mathematics Competition. You and Chen then qualified for the USA Math Olympiad, giving them the opportunity to be considered for the United States’ International Olympiad. Zhang qualified for the USA Junior Math Olympiad. Chen was awarded a bronze award for a score in the top 18 percent of students’ scores.


Meanwhile, four female Stevenson math students were recently honored with annual awards from the Mathematical Association of America. The “Certificate for Young Women in Mathematics” acknowledges students who produce one of the top five student scores in the state of Illinois. Audrey Hong and Angela Guo were both honored with the Maryam Mirzakhani Certificate of Excellence for AMC 10A. Guo also was honored with the Two Sigma Certificate of Excellence for the AMC 10B. Lillian You was honored with the Jane Street Capital Certificate of Excellence for the AMC 12A. Katherine Li was honored with the Akamai Technologies Certificate of Excellence for the AMC 12B.

Student Announcements

Last Day To Vote For Your Tiny Home Favorites Is Tomorrow

Students in Advanced Architecture Design recently created designs of tiny homes, and voting for the best designs began nearly two weeks ago. The last day to vote is TOMORROW. Check out the students’ designs and cast your vote for your favorite interior and exterior tiny home designs. There are four interior designs (pictured above left) and five exterior designs (pictured above right) to choose from on each ballot. Please kindly limit yourself to just one vote per person.

Absences Can Now Be Reported Using Infinite Campus

A reminder to Parents and Guardians: You can now use Infinite Campus to submit an absence for your student. Please log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal using your credentials. Click on MORE in the menu and then “Absence Request.”

Please then pick an excuse code from the list. Indicate whether the student will be absent for the whole day. If the student will arrive late or leave early, please enter the anticipated arrival or departure time. Students are required to stop in the attendance office upon their departure/arrival. Verify the dates of the absence and enter any comments including the student ID. CLICK SUBMIT when finished.

You can also still call (847) 415-4000 and press 2 to report an absence.

Free The Children Fundraiser At Noodles & Co. Is Tomorrow

Free the Children is a service club at Stevenson that aims to organize campaigns to globally support the five pillars of food, water, education, opportunity, and health. Tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Free the Children is hosting a fundraiser at the Lincolnshire Noodles & Co. to support future campaigns. The flyer to the left should be shown to the location after making an order so that a percentage of the sale will go to support Free the Children.

Patriot Sports News

Nominate A Stevenson All-Time Great To The Athletic Hall Of Fame

The Athletic Department recently honored its Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2020 and 2021, but is already thinking about inductees for the Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2022. Nominations will be accepted until May 15. Please click here to nominate.

Quick Hits

Take Advantage Of Two Sports Boosters Offers: The Sports Boosters are offering two ways for families to honor their Class of 2022 Graduates. Families can Buy a Brick for $150 and it will be placed in the Hall of Fame Garden in the Summer of 2022. Bricks can be purchased through the Patriot Superstore. Lawn Signs can also be purchased. These can be customized for your graduate and delivered to your home. Lawn Signs can be purchased by clicking this link.

Frosty Friday Sales: The Girls and Boys Water Polo teams will be selling Chocolate and Vanilla Frosty Desserts on Friday. Sales will begin after sixth period and run through the end of day in both the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. Desserts are $3 each or two for $5. Cash and Patriot Dollars will be accepted.

Athletic Results

Softball: The Patriots (6-6, 4-3) took on visiting Lake Forest and got a 21-3 North Suburban Conference victory. Aubrey Jepson was clutch at the plate with runners on base, driving in 4 runs on 2 hits. Jepson drove in runs on a single in the first and second innings. Megan Orgler drove in 1 run when she singled in the second inning. Stevenson continued to rack up the runs, driven in by Annie GrisamoreKatelyn Dianis, Jepson, Lexi Gitler, and Allie StevensOlivia Ringham started in the circle for the Patriots, allowing 6 hits and 3 runs over three innings, striking out 2 batters. As a team, the Patriots stole 9 bases and didn’t commit a single error in the game. Next up for Stevenson is a tournament at Rolling Meadows beginning on Friday.

Baseball: Stevenson (14-5, 4-3) traveled to Zion-Benton and rolled to an 11-0 shutout. Brady Rosenkranz pitched the shutout, allowing 2 hits over six innings while the offense tallied 5 runs in the fifth inning, with Colin SchmitkeJR NelsonJordan Skolmar, and Bryan Park contributing to the scoring. Rosenkranz also struck out 9 batters and walked just one. Next up for the Patriots is New Trier at 4:45 p.m. today at the Varsity Baseball Field.

Boys Tennis: The tennis team (11-3, 4-0) visited Zion-Benton and recorded a 7-0 shutout victory. The Patriots ended up playing 1 singles match and 3 doubles matches. Stevenson won all of its matches by a score of 6-0, 6-0. Next up for the Patriots is Glenbrook South at 4:45 p.m. today at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex.

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (9-1-1, 2-0-1) battled Warren to a scoreless tie in their latest North Suburban Conference match. After a hard-fought battle, the match remained scoreless after 80 minutes of play. Goalkeeper Mandy Meliker had 6 saves and the shutout. The Patriots are back in action at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow against Zion-Benton at the Stadium.

Education News

Fear And Dislocation: Ukrainian Students In U.S. Warily Watch The War

Ukrainian college students are grappling with a terrifying new reality and fast-changing circumstances. And many are starting relief efforts from their campuses in the United States.

In An Effort To Make Schools Greener, The White House Is Offering Billions Of Dollars

“In most school districts, the second-largest yearly expense after salaries is the energy bill,”

said Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking earlier this month at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. She was announcing a new, multibillion-dollar federal push to renovate public schools in ways that are healthier both for children and the planet – and often, that save money too.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Apr. 27: Baroque Concert

Apr. 28: Free The Children Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Local Scholarship Reception

Apr. 29: Senior Sunrise

Apr. 29-30: One Act Plays

Apr. 29-30: Spring Dance Concert

May 2: String Parents Association Meeting

May 2-6: AP Exams Week

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

May 4: Music Production Showcase

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Stevenson Ranked Among The Top High Schools In The Nation!

Great news, Patriots! Stevenson High School was recognized (again!) as the No. 1 open-enrollment public high school in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report‘s 2022 Best High Schools Rankings!

Nearly 18,000 public high schools nationwide were evaluated by U.S. News, and its 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. You can check out our entire U.S. News profile here.

Thank you to all of 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.

Prom 2022 Was A Big Hit!

There was dinner and dancing…plenty of dancing!!

Kudos to the Junior Class Board for organizing and hosting Saturday’s Prom 2022, a night to remember at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont!

Baroque Ensemble To Host Spring Concert Tomorrow

Fresh off a performance on Sunday at the Church of the Ascension in Chicago, Stevenson’s Baroque Ensemble will be staging its Spring Concert tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Nationally and internationally recognized, Stevenson Baroque Ensemble will be performing works by BachCorelli, MerulaPurcell, and Vivaldi. Featured in this performance are soprano Jordan Winkleman, the cello section, and all of the harpsichord players. For those who cannot attend in person, the performance can be viewed via the Fine Arts Department Vimeo page.

Founded in 2010, Stevenson’s Baroque Ensemble and Viol Consort are unique co-curricular ensembles focused on Historically-Informed Performance (H.I.P) practices performed on period instruments. Participation in these co-curricular ensembles are by audition and meetings outside of regular music classes, and are comprised of string students enrolled in Stevenson’s music program.

Begun by orchestra director Enrique Vilaseco, the school initially owned only a few Baroque violins, a viola, a bass viol, and a Baroque cello. The program continues to grow through overwhelming institutional support at Stevenson, which has allowed for considerable expansion of instrument collection and offerings. In 2016, Stevenson purchased its second therobo alongside a 1974 Flemish single-manual harpsichord by Lyon and Werner from the Harpsichord Clearing House in Boston, Massachusetts.

Music Production 2 Classes Created Playlist Focused On Equity And Justice; Up On YouTube Until May 9

Stevenson’s Music Production 2 classes engaged in an activist songwriting project centered around equity and justice. Students are hoping that the music they wrote will encourage the Stevenson community to donate via Revtrak to these organizations:

The playlist went live on Monday and will be available via YouTube until May 9. This project also features the work of several Stevenson visual artists as well as interviews with different co-curricular groups at Stevenson.

NOTE: This playlist contains some songs with mature content, and may not be suitable for all ages.

Student Announcements

Call Out To Senior Parents For Senior Sunrise Donations

SENIOR PARENTS: The Senior Class Board is hosting Senior Sunrise on Friday as a way for senior students to share their future plans with peers. The event will happen before school and students can take fun photos, enjoy breakfast together, pick up their caps and gown and much more! The PPA needs Senior families to donate food or make a monetary donation to help supplement the breakfast items the school is providing. Please sign up here!

Filmmakers: The SNN Film Fest Is Now Accepting Submissions!

The SNN Film Fest is now accepting submissions from student filmmakers. The deadline is May 1 to upload films to the SNN website, or to submit by using this link. All filmmakers whose movies are accepted get free admission to this year’s fest on May 20. Films should be under 20 minutes and school appropriate. For more information, contact SNN@d125.org.

Amped Up! AMPlified Is Showcasing Its Work Tomorrow Night In Free Concert

Want to hear some of Stevenson’s most talented musicians? AMPlified is hosting a student showcase tomorrow in the Little Theater. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are free.

Find Your Lost Stuff In The Lost And Found Locations On Campus

Don’t let the school year end without checking out the Lost and Found. You may find some things you recognize there. Lost and Found locations are in Room 6120 (East) and Room 2416 (West) and are open during the school day. Please check for your lost items in a timely manner as all items will be donated two weeks from their arrival in the Lost and Found locations.

Tutoring Hours Adjusted For Tomorrow

The ILC/ELC will be closed tomorrow until 9 a.m. Tutoring, both in-person and by Zoom, will be available from 9 a.m. until the end of the day. The hours are provided on the tutoring page on the Stevenson website. You can sign-up for a specific Mandatory Targeted Tutoring time by visiting the tutors’ Canvas pages.

Kids’ Chance Is Offering College Scholarships; Apply By May 30

Still looking for college scholarship money? Kids’ Chance Inc. of Illinois was founded with the goal of awarding academic college scholarships to deserving children of workers seriously injured or killed on the job. Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of full disbursement of the scholarship and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Fill out the application by May 30.

Patriot Sports News

Starting To Plan Your Summer? Check Out Stevenson’s Summer Sports Camps

The Athletic Department is proud to offer a variety of sports camps for 9th through 12th graders. The programming exists to help student-athletes reach their athletic goals through affordable, high-quality sports programs for high school students during the summer season.

Click here for Stevenson’s “SHS Summer Sports Camps Guide,” which includes information about each program, schedules, locations, fees and registration. Registration can be completed up to the day before camp starts.

Athletic Results

Softball: The Patriots (5-6, 3-3) fell to North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville, 13-2. Olivia Ringham pitched for Stevenson, allowing 8 hits, 8 runs and 1 walk over 1⅓ innings. Aubrey Jepson threw 3⅔ innings out of the bullpen. Hailey Langer went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead in hits. Next up for the Patriots is Lake Forest at 4:45 p.m. today at the Varsity Softball Field.

Baseball: Stevenson (13-5, 3-3) rolled Zion-Benton, 15-2. Michael Belbot drove in 4 runs on 2 hits, including homeruns in the second and fourth innings. Several Patriots were involved in a big first inning. There was a single by Colin Schmitke, a walk by Dylan Katz, a single by Jordan Skolmar, a walk by Bryan Park and a wild pitch during Owen Housinger’s at bat and a single by Joe RichardsonBrett Gaynor was the winning pitcher, lasting five innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs while striking out 11 batters. Belbot and Skolmar each had multiple hits and tore up the bases. Park led the way for the Patriots with 3 hits. Next up is Zion-Benton again tonight at Zion-Benton starting at 4:30 p.m.

Girls Track and Field: The Patriots (5-2) traveled to Mundelein to take on conference opponents Lake Zurich and Mundelein. They defeated Mundelein 101.5-35.5 but fell to Lake Zurich 96.17-49.83. Top finishers included: Eve Traficanti (first place, 400 meter dash, 1:03.5), Ella O’Neall (first place, shot put, 12.62 meters), Adeline Gobble (first place, 1600 meter run, 5:53.4) and Ava Wilson (first place in both the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash with times of 12.7 and 26.6 respectively). Coming in second place with a time of 13.2 in the 100 meter dash was Ava Mecir. In the discus, Ella O’Neall came in second with a distance of 36.82 meters. Madison O’Neall took second in the shot put with a distance of 9.79 meters. In the high jump, Eileen Li came in second with a distance of 1.39 meters. Nanoko Seki also came in second in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:49.5. In the 200 meter dash, Hadley Thomas came in second with a time of 27.6. Olivia Barreca took third in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:07.8. Casie Bjork came in third in the 1600 meter run with a time of 6:04.7 and Allie Wassermann came in third in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 18.3. Next up for the Patriots is the Lake County Invite at Grayslake Central starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Boys Track and Field: The Patriots (11-1-1, 6-1) hosted two conference opponents and defeated both Mundelein and Lake Zurich, 78.5-63.5 and 93-40, respectively. Starting off the Patriots in the 100 meter dash was Marcus Caselberry and Jimmy Davis who came in second and third with times of 11.3 and 11.4, respectively. Taking first through third in the 200 meter dash was Davis, Caselberry, and Zach Goldman with times of 23.0, 23.4, and 23.9, respectively. In the 400 meter dash, Davis struck again earning first place with a time of 52.6 and Jeffery Danison gained second place with a time of 56.6. In the 1600 meter run, Dylan Zimmerman came in first with a time of 4:47.4 and Matthew Chan came in second with a time of 5:00.0. Taking the 3200 meter run by storm was Gurshaan Sohi who earned second place with a time of 10:43.6. Caselberry came in second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 42.0. In the relays, Goldman, Caselberry, Keegan Latuippe and Davis came in first in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 44.6. In the 4×200 meter relay, Goldman, Elijah RumphAlex Wilson, and Trevor Abbott earned second place with a time of 1:37.4. Then in the 4×400 meter relay, Abbott, Danison, Wilson, and Bryan Dick came in third with a time of 3:58.2. In the field events, the Patriots were just as strong. Lawrence Han came in third in the shot put with a distance of 11.04 meters and second in the discus with a distance of 36.31meters. In the high jump, Mark Hellwig Jr. took first place with a height of 1.93 meters and Stephen Friehammer earned second place with a height of 1.63 meters. In the long jump, G.K. Kim finished third with a distance of 5.37 meters. In the triple jump, Jacob DeGuzman took second place with a distance of 11.84 meters. Next up for the Patriots is the Glenbrook North Invite, starting at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Education News

Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Military Borrowers Slowly Improves

Under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, some veterans are getting their loans canceled but others report being mired in red tape.

Cyberattacks Pose ‘Existential Risk’ To Colleges—And Sealed One Small College’s Fate

Higher education institutions have historically underfunded cybersecurity efforts, and the environment of information sharing and different computer systems across departments combine to make colleges and universities prime targets for cyber criminals.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Apr. 26: PSAT 10 ~ Sophomores

Apr. 27: Baroque Concert

Apr. 28: Free The Children Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Local Scholarship Reception

Apr. 29: Senior Sunrise

Apr. 29-30: One Act Plays

Apr. 29-30: Spring Dance Concert

May 2: String Parents Association Meeting

May 2-6: AP Exams Week

May 3: Choral Concert

May 3: BPO Meeting

Monday, April 25, 2022

Heads Up: Tomorrow Is A Different Kind Of Day At Stevenson

Tomorrow is Testing Day for Sophomores, who will be taking the PSAT on campus.

Juniors and Seniors will be off tomorrow. No School!

Meanwhile, all Freshmen tomorrow will participate in a Freshman Wellness Day on campus rather than attending their regularly-scheduled classes.

Through a keynote speaker, followed by two breakout sessions, freshmen will explore the theme “Living Portraits” in which they will focus on the three components of the SHS Portrait of a Graduate – commitment to self, commitment to others and commitment to learning. For more details about Freshman Wellness Day, please refer to the letter sent to parents and guardians by Sarah Bowen, Director of Student Services.

Statesman Places In Various Categories Over The Weekend At State

At the IHSA State Journalism Finals at Heartland Community College in Normal over the weekend, the Statesman placed seventh overall as a team while also picking up multiple individual Top Six finishes.

Senior Raghav Khosla (pictured right) was the state runner-up in Broadcast News. Junior Collin Fan placed fourth in Newspaper Design, senior Bayarmaa Bat-erdene finished fifth in Review Writing, junior Aayushi Wadhawan placed fifth in Editorial Writing, senior Vaasu Kakuturu was sixth in Infographics, junior Surya Sethi was sixth in Yearbook Copy Writing, and senior Sophia Ismailed was sixth in Yearbook Double-Page Design. Only the Top Six in each event were recognized.

Student Announcements

Seniors: Get Up With The Sun On Friday For The “Senior Sunrise” Celebration!

Seniors: Celebrate new beginnings on Friday at the Senior Sunrise! The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. in the Stadium. Wear gear from the college you will be attending. There will be food, hot chocolate, and music and you can pick up your cap and gown for graduation! There will also be the opportunity for you to get your own autograph toy and have all of your friends sign it! Ultimately, it will be a great time to hang out with your friends and remember good times from high school at Stevenson!

Patriot Sports News

Girls Water Polo Takes On Top Out-Of-State Competition Over The Weekend; Stays Perfect On The Season

The girls water polo team hit the road to take on the top teams in the state of Michigan. And the Patriots more than held their own. Stevenson moved to 20-0 on the season with four decisive wins, as the starters held Hudsonville, Hot/El, Rockford and Forest Hills to a combined 6 goals in four games.

Against Hudsonville in the first game, Stevenson got a 9-1 victory. Elizabeth White had 6 goals. Katie Delaney had 6 blocked shots and 3 assists. Becca Stone had 6 steals. Stevenson then shut out Hot/El, 13-0. White had 3 goals followed by Emily Headley with 2 goals. Delaney had 6 blocked shots and 5 steals. The Patriots continued their winning ways by defeating Rockford 7-3. White had 4 goals. Faith Ma had 4 steals and Delaney had 10 blocked shots. Finally, Stevenson upended Forest Hills 11-2. Belle Cloeter had 3 goals followed by Ma and Sophia Berger with 2 goals apiece. Camila Maya had 7 steals and Delaney had 3 blocked shots.

The Patriots’ stinginess on defense, on display throughout the entire weekend, was led by the starters and seniors, including Delaney, Cloeter, Mary FouaniBecca StoneDelilah Ciezak, Ma, Shruthi Rajkumar, White and Calla Lermer. Stevenson’s next match is against York at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Stevenson.

Three Hockey Players Participated In National Showcase

Jonathan Adler, Nolan Jones and Cam Schneider were selected to attend The USA Hockey America’s Showcase, a five-day program in St. Louis that ended today and was designed to allow high school hockey players from around the country the opportunity to compete against the best of the best with nearly every major hockey institution in North America in attendance to observe.

Athletic Results

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (pictured right) won the Buffalo Grove Invite over the weekend, powered by four first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. Stevenson (10-3) relied on the experience of its upperclassmen throughout the day. No. 1 singles player Ashy Madushankar and No. 2 singles player Caden Zhao took second while No. 3 singles player Dustin Zhao earned first place. The No. 1 doubles team of Gabe Visotsky and Gautham Kappaganthula won first place, as did the No. 2 doubles team of Ervin Perkowski and Daniel Jaworski and Ervin Jang and Alex Jang and the No. 3 doubles team of Tejas Sheth and Jonathan Wang. Next up for the Patriots is a road match at Zion-Benton at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Girls Track: The Patriots traveled to Northbrook on Friday to attend the Titan Invite. There were several other local teams competing, including: Fremd, Glenbrook North, Glenbrook South, Loyola, Maine West, Maine South. The Patriots placed second overall with a score of 82 points. Notable finishes included: Ava Wilson (first place, 100 meter dash, 13.22), Alex Wu (first place, 200 meter dash, 28.14), Wu, Eve TraficantiAva Mecir, and Wilson (second place, 4×100 meter relay, 51.43), Traficanti (second place, 400 meter dash, 1:03.58), Allie Wasserman (second place, 100 meter hurdles, 18.43) and Adeline Gobble (second place, 800 meter run, 2:29.86). Next up are conference opponents Lake Zurich and Mundelein at Mundelein High School at 5 p.m. tonight.

Boys Track: At the competitive Bob Cohoon Invite, Stevenson finished eighth out of 14 teams. Notable finishes included: Jimmy Davis (second place, 400 meter run, 50.43), Zach GoldmanMarcus CaselberryKeegan Latuilppe, and Davis (fourth place, 4×100 meter relay, 44.13) and Mark Hellwig Jr. (first place, high jump, 1.95 meters). Next up for the Patriots is a home meet against conference opponents Lake Zurich and Mundelein at the Stadium at 5 p.m. tonight.

Badminton: The Patriots stayed undefeated on the season (13-0) after a busy weekend, starting with an 18-0 shutout of Evanston. Then, Stevenson headed to Oswego High School for an Invite there and finished in first place as a team. No. 1 singles player Anvi Harish (6-1 record) came in second place and No. 2 singles player Meha Krishnareddigari (6-1) also came in second place. No. 3 singles player Reshma Rajesh (7-0) rolled to a first-place finish as did No. 4 singles player Riddhi Mallela (7-0). The No. 1 doubles team of Ema Akutsu and Kathrine Li (7-0), the No. 2 doubles team of Nancy Zhang and Ellie Ouyang (7-0) and the No. 3 doubles team of Ruhi Sachar and Meghana Dixit (7-0) all came in first place. Next up for Stevenson is New Trier at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday in the Fieldhouse.

Boys Volleyball: Stevenson (21-2, 2-0) hosted a triangular with Notre Dame and Harlem and swept both matches, defeating Notre Dame 25-15, 25-12 and Harlem, 25-10, 25-9. Against Notre Dame, Chris Ehler had 2 kills, 1 solo block and 2 block assists. Christian Headley had 2 kills and 1 block assist with 3 digs. Setter Daniel Nuudel had 14 assists and 3 digs. Against Harlem, the Patriots made some great plays and maintained a positive hitting percentage, starting with Headley, who had 7 kills and Karl Lutz, who had 6 kills. Contributing to the attacking for the Patriots were Shiva Nallapati with 5 kills, Daniel Nuudel with 4 kills, and Ehler with 3 kills. Daniel Nuudel had 24 assists and 1 dig and libero Murad Shahzdah had a team-high of 6 digs. Next up for Stevenson is visiting Zion-Benton in the Sportscenter at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

Boys Water Polo: The Patriots (15-4) went 3-0 over the weekend, starting with a 7-6 win over Curie on Friday. Goalie Armaan Gill had 10 saves, while Kunal Rajadhyax (5 steals) scored 3 goals. Andrew MossmanAngelos KoutsogeorgasSully Swanson, and Jack Curtin all scored 1 goal apiece. Stevenson went on to defeat Fenwick, 9-7 on Saturday morning. Again, Gill dominated with 11 saves. Max Lapointe-St. Georges had 4 goals. Mossman and Koutsogeorgas had 2 goals each and Tamer Dalloul added 1 goal. The Patriots then edged St. Rita, 8-5 and goalie Mark Younan had 8 saves. Rajadhyax scored 3 goals. Lapointe-St. Georges had 2 goals. Koutsogeorgas, Swanson, and Dalloul each added 1 goal. Stevenson is now ranked No. 3 in the state and will host a 10-team tournament that will feature 5 of the top 6 teams in the state starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Allied Soccer: Stevenson opened its season with an 8-5 win over Mundelein on Saturday. Mark Brady and David Ha had 2 goals apiece. Meanwhile, Rachel EngJohn FalconJeremy Millman, and Gile Pomponi all scored 1 goal each. Next up for the Patriots is Lake Zurich at 12 Noon on Saturday in the Stadium.

Sports Notes

Sports Boosters Offers: The Sports Boosters are offering two ways for families to honor their Class of 2022 Graduates. Bricks that will be placed in the Hall of Fame Garden in Summer of 2022 are available for $150. Bricks can be purchased through the Patriot Superstore.

Lawn Signs can also be purchased. These signs can be customized for graduates and delivered to your home. Lawn Signs can be purchased by clicking this link.

Frosty Friday Sales: The girls and boys water polo teams will be selling Chocolate and Vanilla Frosty Desserts on Friday. Sales will begin after sixth period and run through the end of day in the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons. The desserts are $3/each or 2 for $5. Cash and Patriot Dollars will be accepted.

Education News

Why MIT Is An Outlier In Reinstating SAT/ACT Scores For Admissions

During the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of colleges and universities suspended or dropped SAT or ACT test scores as a requirement for admissions. Last month, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) made news by reinstating it — which runs counter to the path taken by other leading institutions of higher education.

Expensive Textbooks Are Still A Problem. Will Higher Quality Open Educational Resources Help?

High textbook costs continue to be a barrier to college for some students, with some studies showing that many students skip textbook purchases even if they worry it’ll harm their grades because of the price tag.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Apr. 25: Making A Healthy Transition To Stevenson

Apr. 26: PSAT 10 ~ Sophomores

Apr. 27: Baroque Concert

Apr. 28: Free The Children Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Local Scholarship Reception

Apr. 29: Senior Sunrise

Apr. 29-30: One Act Plays

Apr. 29-30: Spring Dance Concert

May 2: String Parents Association Meeting

May 2-6: AP Exams Week

Friday, April 22, 2022

Let’s Go Green! It’s Earth Week’s Friday Finale!

Earth Week is an opportunity to celebrate our planet and increase awareness of what we can do individually and collectively to care for it.

The Earth Week events at Stevenson this week have been hosted by the Green Team and include today’s tree planting, green trivia and a film screening on “The Story Of Plastic.”

And don’t forget, there are expanded vegan and vegetarian options at Jazzman’s.

There are also several fun off-campus Earth Week-related activities tomorrow. Please see the Earth Week page on the Stevenson website for more details.

Restoration Workday; Hosted by Lake County Forest Preserves

  • 9 a.m. at Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, Lake Forest

Chicago Climate Summit; Hosted by Sunrise Chicago

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago

Lake County Climate Solutions Summit; Hosted by College of Lake County

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CLC – Grayslake Conference Center, Room A013, A011 & A010

3rd Annual Earth Day at The Adler Arts Center; Hosted by Adler Arts Center

  • 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Adler Arts Center, Libertyville

It’s Earth Day: The Topper To Earth Week. And Stevenson Students Are Hands On!

Happy Earth Day, Patriots! Earth Day is held each year on April 22 and began on April 22, 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

EarthDay.org designated the theme for Earth Day 2022 as “Invest In Our Planet.” And this week, Stevenson students have been doing just that.

This morning a group of students braved the rain and mud to join the Stevenson grounds crew to plant a beautiful Blaze Maple tree in front of the bike racks and picnic area in Lot B (pictured above right).

On Wednesday, students from the Green Team and Horticulture Club joined Lake Forest Open Lands at the West Fork Preserve to clear an invasive species off of Old Mill Road and Route 22 (pictured above left).

Senior Ava LaCroix Honored By U.S. Figure Skating

After years of dedication on the ice, senior Ava LaCroix was recognized recently by the Program Development Committee of U.S. Figure Skating with a 2022 Gold Level Graduating Seniors Award.

The U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award recognizes the hard work of student-athletes who have participated in figure skating throughout high school and have done so while maintaining their academics. LaCroix is a member of National Honor Society.

Awards are given at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level based on a skater’s level of competitive achievement in high school. Selection for this award speaks to a skater’s continued commitment to succeeding in their athletic and academic endeavors. This year, awards are being presented to more than 1,100 student-athletes nationwide.

Student Announcements

Believe It…Graduation Is In FIVE WEEKS!

The school year is flying and graduation will be here before you know it!

Seniors: Just a friendly reminder that the Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony is:

Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m.

NOW Arena ~ Hoffman EstatesTickets: Tickets will be distributed to seniors at rehearsal the morning of May 27. Each participating senior will receive eight tickets.

One Acts To Dive Into How We’ve Changed Since COVID Began

In a world that changed overnight due to COVID, many people are rediscovering who they are to their friends and to their communities and how they communicate that.

The Patriot Theatre Company proudly presents its annual evening of student-written and student-produced One Acts that explore those ideas in comedic and dramatic ways. These shows, held at 7 p.m. on both Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 in the West Auditorium, demonstrate all of the ways Stevenson’s student body is grappling with what seems to be the one constant in our lives: change.

Starting today, tickets for the public go on sale and are $6 per ticket. To buy tickets for Friday’s show, click here. To buy tickets for Saturday’s show, click here.

Get Your Tickets Now For Next Weekend’s Spring Dance Concert

Tickets are now available for next weekend’s dynamic Spring Dance Concert, in which the dances showcased are composed of student choreography from the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies and the Concert Dance Class.

Each dance for the concert, which runs at 7 p.m. on both Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, was chosen via an audition process. Choreographers developed the concept and cast the dancers for their pieces under the mentorship of their directors. There are also two guest artist pieces by Danielle Izzo and MaryAnn McGovern. And there is a guest choreographer, Mindy Jackson.

Tickets are $6. To purchase tickets for Friday’s concert, click here. To purchase tickets for Saturday’s concert, click here.


Participants from the Mélange Dance Company include: Grace CatlinAshley DoteCaroline FengJulia GobermanEmily HsiaoJoyce KangSammi MeyersKathryn PetkieAngelia PulosKhushi RaoShreeya RyaliHannah Stewart and Abigail Szwejbka.

Participants from the Repertory Dance Company include: Sophie EzrolJoy FeiElaina KravchenkoAlice PozharskaiaAlexis Trojan and Ava VanLue.

Participants from the Concert Dance Class include: Ella BrodyAshley CallenMaggie FeldsteinZoe FleddermanElli FreemanJulia GobermanJessica GoldvehktShayna JannEllie JayneTaylor JensenJuliette KoskelaLauren LeeAlyssa Marie MagsinoIsabel PerlinJocelyn SilkZoey SilverElla van GervenKatie Wu and Angelina Yan.

Design Challenge: What Tiny Home (Inside And Out) Do You Like Best? Cast Your Vote Now!

It’s always fun to pick your favorite home on those HGTV design shows. Now, you can pick your favorite home design by your fellow classmates.

Students in Advanced Architectural Design recently designed mobile, stationary and floating tiny homes of just 400 square feet or less. They interviewed a client from their class to develop the client’s dream home in 5 to 10 years. Students used Sketchup to create their designs and then rendered their final design using a new software called Enscape.

Check out the students’ designs and cast your vote for your favorite interior and exterior tiny home designs. There are four interior designs (pictured above left) and five exterior designs (pictured above right) to choose from on each ballot. Please kindly limit yourself to just one vote per person. Just a reminder: The last day to vote is Thursday, April 28.

If you have any questions about this course or project feel free to reach out to instructor Kaitlin Rossi at krossi@d125.org.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (9-1, 2-0), defeated Mundelein 6-1 in their second North Suburban Conference match. The game opened with a header goal by Mimi Van Zanten off a corner kick by Ellie Egeland. Then, Egeland followed with a goal of her own, assisted by Bella Chavez. Brynn Stein added one goal before half, assisted by Chavez. Stein opened the second half with another goal, assisted by Egeland. Then, Egeland scored her second goal of the night off a free kick. Chavez then scored from a penalty kick to seal the victory. The Patriots are back in action at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday at Warren.

Softball: Stevenson (5-5, 3-2) fell behind early and couldn’t come back in an 11-7 loss to Taft. The Patriots collected 12 hits and the following players had multiple hits: Reagan KoenigsMegan OrglerSophia Becker, and Lexi Gitler. Koenigs went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Stevenson in hits. Pitcher Aubrey Jepson surrendered 5 runs and struck out 7 batters in 5 innings. Next up for the Patriots is Libertyville at 4:45 p.m. on Monday at the Varsity Softball Field.

Baseball: The Patriots (12-5, 2-3) traveled to Gurnee to take on Warren and lost in a walk-off, 5-4. Stevenson tallied 4 runs in the fifth inning, led by Jordan SkolmarRyan Tumpowsky, and Joe Richardson, who all knocked in runs in the inning. Richardson took the loss for the Patriots surrendering 3 runs on 4 hits. Brady Rosenkranz started the game for Stevenson, surrendering 2 runs on 5 hits over four innings, striking out 5 batters. Richardson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the team in hits. Next up for the Patriots is New Trier at 4:45 p.m. today at the Varsity Baseball Field.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (6-1, 3-0) took on conference opponent Lake Zurich and won 7-0. No. 1 singles player and co-athlete of the week, Nick Stec got a 6-0, 6-1 win. No. 2 singles player Caden Zhao got a 6-0, 6-0 shutout sweep. And No. 3 singles player Dustin Zhao also got a 6-0, 6-0 shutout sweep. Not only did the Patriots dominate in the singles matches, they also prevailed in their doubles matches. The No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Jaworski and Ervin Perkowski won 6-0, 6-1. The No. 2 team of Sam Cohan and Yunseong Jang won 6-0, 6-0. The No. 3 team of Tejas Sheth and Rithvik Mandumula won 6-0, 6-1. And the No. 4 team of Jonathan Wang and Thomas Guterson won 6-1, 6-0. Next up for the Patriots is the Buffalo Grove Invite tomorrow starting at 9 a.m.

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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Apr. 22: Final Day Of Earth Week

Apr. 23: Prom 2022

Apr. 25: Making A Healthy Transition To Stevenson

Apr. 26: PSAT 10 ~ Sophomores

Apr. 27: Baroque Concert

Apr. 28: Free The Children Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Local Scholarship Reception

Apr. 29: Senior Sunrise

Apr. 29-30: One Act Plays

Apr. 29-30: Spring Dance Concert

Thursday, April 21, 2022

More Than 300 Seniors Honored Last Night For Academic Accomplishments

More than 300 seniors were recognized last night in the Performing Arts Center at the Adlai E. Stevenson Senior Awards Program, which honors outstanding academic accomplishments and performances at Stevenson.

Prior to the event, Fine Arts students provided music. Then there were speeches by teachers, administrators and students as well as a slide show that showed every honoree.

Congratulations Senior Award Winners!

Let’s Go Green! It’s Earth Week, Day 4!

Earth Week is an opportunity to celebrate our planet and increase awareness of what we can do individually and collectively to care for it.

The Earth Week events at Stevenson this week are being hosted by the Green Team and include today’s fashion quiz, up-cycling and chalk art. Today is also Thrifty Thursday. Tomorrow there is tree planting, green trivia and a film screening on “The Story Of Plastic.”

And don’t forget, there will continue to be expanded vegan and vegetarian options as part of Earth Week at Jazzman’s.

On Saturday, there are several fun off-campus Earth Week-related activities. Please see the Earth Week page on the Stevenson website for more details.Restoration Workday; Hosted by Lake County Forest Preserves

  • 9 a.m. at Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, Lake Forest

Chicago Climate Summit; Hosted by Sunrise Chicago

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago

Lake County Climate Solutions Summit; Hosted by College of Lake County

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CLC – Grayslake Conference Center, Rooms A013, A011 & A010

3rd Annual Earth Day at The Adler Arts Center; Hosted by Adler Arts Center

  • 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Adler Arts Center, Libertyville
Student Announcements

Mark Your Calendars: Next Tuesday Is A Different Kind Of Day At Stevenson

Next Tuesday (April 26) is Testing Day for Sophomores, who will be taking the PSAT on campus.

Juniors and Seniors will be off next Tuesday. No School!

Meanwhile, all Freshmen next Tuesday will participate in a Freshman Wellness Day on campus rather than attending their regularly-scheduled classes.

Through a keynote speaker, followed by two breakout sessions, freshmen will explore the theme “Living Portraits” in which they focus on the three components of the SHS Portrait of a Graduate – commitment to self, commitment to others and commitment to learning. For more details about Freshman Wellness Day, please refer to the letter sent to parents and guardians by Sarah Bowen, Director of Student Services.

What’s Your Why? M&M Edition

Catalyst has come up with a sweet and tasty lunchtime activity tomorrow using…M&Ms! M&Ms will be sorted into different colors to represent important areas in students’ lives, such as academics or athletics or family or friends. Students can then determine what their “Whys” are for being drug- and alcolhol-free and drop the different colored M&Ms into the different corresponding bowls. Catalyst will then give students their own M&Ms to enjoy.

Good Luck Statesman…At State!

Fresh off its first sectional title in school history, the Statesman is now ready to compete in the IHSA State Finals, which get underway tomorrow in person at Heartland Community College in Normal. Statesman writers, editors and photographers will be competing in 12 categories, including: advertising, broadcast news, copy editing, news writing, newspaper design, photo storytelling, sports writing, video news, yearbook caption writing, yearbook copy writing, yearbook layout double-page spread and yearbook theme development.

EPIC Club Hosting Speaker Tomorrow After School In The Recital Hall

EPIC Club’s Bold Claims Outreach Week caps off tomorrow with a visit from Michael Phillips, who will speak on “Apologetics: Defending Christianity.” For any students or staff interested, this final event will be held in the Recital Hall from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Note: This is not a Stevenson-sponsored event.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Gymnastics: The Patriots hosted 12 teams in the Independent Conference Championships and took fourth overall with a score of 137.40. Thor Mace and Finlay Oyston started off with an 8.7 on the floor exercise, tying for fifth place. On the vault, Mace and Oyston both placed with an 8.6 (tie-fifth) and an 8.5 (tie-seventh), respectively. Mace continued his winning ways by placing eighth on the pommel horse with a 7.8 and sixth on the still rings with an 8.3. He then tied for sixth on the parallel bars with an 8.4, and placed first on the horizontal bar with a high score of 9.0. In the all around, Mace placed fifth with a 50.80. Next up for the Patriots is the sectional finals on May 3 at Lake Park High School starting at 6:30 p.m.

Badminton: Stevenson (12-0, 5-0) took on visiting Naperville North and won, 14-1. The No. 1 doubles team of Ema Akutsu and Katherine Li got a 21-6, 21-7 victory and the No. 3 doubles team of Ruhi Sachar and Meghana Dixit got a 21-9, 21-8 win. On the singles side, Ema Akutsu (21-8, 21-6), Katherine Li (21-7, 21-6) and Veronica Liu (21-4, 21-7) all got wins. Next up for the Patriots is visiting Evanston at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Lacrosse: The Patriots (8-2, 1-1) defeated NSC rival Lake Zurich, 7-4. Ryan Hynes scored 4 goals putting the first goal in the net at minute 1:04. Caleb LeeMichael Kominsky, and Colin Livesay all scored 1 goal each. Next up for the Stevenson is another conference matchup against Mundelein at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

Girls Lacrosse: The Patriots (8-2, 1-1) won their game against Lake Zurich, 15-2. Lili Sorenson (2 assists), Teagan Hendricks (1 assist), and Jordyn Ackerman each had 3 goals. Ria Sharma tallied 2 goals and Michelle Cabrera (1 assist), Aliyah OmranLizzy Dubilirer (1 assist) and Jackie Wynne each scored 1 goal. Goalie Megan Randol saved 6 of the 8 shots on goal. Next up for Stevenson will be under the lights in the Stadium against St. Viator at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Softball: The Patriots (5-4, 4-2) traveled to Waukegan and through a lot of rain, slipping, and sliding, they prevailed 13-10. Stevenson was down 7-6 in the top of the fourth inning when Michaela Duffy tripled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs. Lexi Gitler led the Patriots by driving in 5 runs and going 3-for-4. She drove in runs on a double in the second, a single in the third, and a triple in the sixth. Stevenson scored again when Gitler tripled on a 1-0 count, scoring 2 runs. Allie Stevens singled on a 1-0 count scoring 1 run. In the fourth inning Reagan Koenigs singled on a 2-1 count, scoring 1 run. Olivia Ringham led things off in the pitcher’s circle for Stevenson allowing 5 hits and 7 runs over four innings, striking out five batters. The Patriots totaled 12 hits as Hailey Langer (3), Gitler (3), and Stevens each managed multiple hits.

Girls Track: Stevenson (5-1, 4-1) headed to Libertyville for a conference meet against both Libertyville and Waukegan. The Patriots had mixed results, losing to Libertyville, 89-57 and defeating Waukegan, 114-22. The Patriots dominated the 100 meter run with five runners placing: Hadley Thomas and Alex Wu tied for first with a time of 13.1, Tiffany Washington had a time of 13.3 and finished third. And with a time of 13.5, Shannon Moser and Katelyn Robinson tied for fourth. In the 200 meter race, Thomas came in first with a time of 27.5 and Ava Wilson came in second with a time of 27.6. Allie Wasserman came in first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.7. In the 4×100 meter relay, the team of Wu, Eve Traficanti, Wilson, and Ava Mecir came in first with a time of 51.8. Traficanti, Katelyn Robinson, Mecir and Wilson came in first again in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:52.7. Finally in the 4×400 meter relay, Traficanit, Ida DiabOlivia Barreca, and Moser came in first with a time of 4:33.3. Rounding out the scoring with the field events was Ella O’Neall who came in first with a distance of 13 meters. Next up for the Patriots is the Titan Invite tomorrow at Glenbrook South, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Boys Track: The Patriots (9-1, 4-1) hosted Libertyville and Waukegan in the Stadium and beat the Wildcats, 80-56 and the Bulldogs, 121-9, taking the conference wins. Jimmy Davis and Zach Goldman started off in the 100 meter run finishing first and second respectively, with times of 11.1 and 11.6. Following that race, Davis and Goldman placed first and second again in the 200 meter run with times of 23.6 and 24.3. Anthony Hanes took first in the 400 meter run with a time of 1:05.9. Taking the hurdles by storm, Marcus Caselberry came in first in both the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles with times of 17.1 and 45.1. In the relays, Stevenson continued to place in the top with the relay team of Goldman, Caselberry, Keegan Latulippe, and Jimmy Davis taking first place with a time of 44.2 in the 4×100 meter. Goldman, Caselberry, Ssuuna McKitty, and Davis also took home first place in the 4×200 meter relay with a time of 1:33.6. In the field events, Mark Hellwig Jr got first place in the high jump with a height of 1.91 meters followed by Stephen Friehammer with a height of 1.63 meters. Finally, McKitty placed first in the long jump with a distance of 6.22 meters. Next up for Stevenson is the Downers Grove Invite tomorrow starting at 5 p.m.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (19-2, 2-0) traveled to Gurnee to take on Warren and got a 25-12, 25-14 sweep. Libero Murad Shahzadah had 2 aces and 13 digs, while Karl Lutz had 1 ace, 3 kills, and 2 digs. Sam Nuudel had 8 kills, 1 block assist, and 11 digs and setter Daniel Nuudel had 1 ace, 2 kills, 21 assists and 4 digs. Rounding out the Patriots was Christian Headley with 4 kills and 7 digs. Next up for Stevenson is a triangular tomorrow against Harlem and Notre Dame starting at 5 p.m. in the Sportscenter.

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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Apr. 21-22: Earth Week

Apr. 21: Late Arrival

Apr. 21: NHS Induction

Apr. 23: Prom 2022

Apr. 25: Making A Healthy Transition To Stevenson

Apr. 26: PSAT 10 ~ Sophomores

Apr. 27: Baroque Concert

Apr. 28: Free The Children Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Local Scholarship Reception