Friday, May 21, 2021

14 Patriots Named Among Top High School Students in Biology Competition
Stevenson’s Biology Olympiad Club participated in the USA Biolympiad, the country’s premiere biology competition for high school students. All competitions were held virtually this year, with 28 students competing in the Open Exam. Of those, 13 competed in the Semifinals, and one student qualified as a national Finalist.

  • Semifinalists: Joshua Song, Srihas Rao, Riddhi Bhagwat, Sayalee Patankar, Greycen Ren, Abigail Froyshteter, Kavya Akkina, Jia Shu (Tom) Hong, Nitika Goswami, Anmol Dash, Helen Qian, Linda Wang, Kelly Mao
  • Finalist: Greycen Ren

Congratulations, Patriots, for a job well done. We are so proud of you!

Recognizing a Rising Star in Career and Technical Education
Congratulations to our very own student Andrew Drag for recently winning gold in the SkillsUSA Illinois Championships. The competition brings together more than 2,000 career and technical education students who compete in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields, including electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, medical assisting and culinary arts.
Andrew competed against other students proving their skills as an emergency medical technician and placed as a gold medalist in that category! Congrats to Andrew, and thank you to all Stevenson Tech Campus students who competed!


Grab Some Popcorn and Enjoy the SNN Film Fest!
Don’t forget to join the Stevenson Networks News (SNN) for the 19th Annual SNN Film Fest this Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Families are in for a fun-filled night of student-made short films and the last 30 Random Student of the Day airings!
Families should use their student’s email to access the film fest. Anyone who needs to access the event with a different email address can make a special accommodation request to the SNN team by 5:00 p.m.

Tutoring During Finals Week
All tutoring for the week of May 24 will be offered both in-person and through Zoom. Students should check the ILC/ELC Tutoring Canvas pages for the exact availability of specific tutors. The hours for ILC/ELC tutoring for the last week of school are:

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


Athletic Results for May 20
The Patriots stayed in it until the end, but Saint Viator pulled away late in a 10-8 victory in a 10-inning marathon. The game was tied at six with Saint Viator batting in the top of the tenth when Tony Pluta homered on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs. The Patriots collected 16 hits and Saint Viator had 11 in the high-scoring affair. Salgado took the loss for the Patriots, allowing five hits and four runs over four innings and striking out one. The Patriots host the Libertyville Wildcats Saturday for a conference matchup at 10:00 a.m.

Stevenson had a nice bounce back win against Libertyville, ending in a 16-6 victory. Libertyville scored 1 run in the top of the 1st, but Stevenson responded with 10 in the bottom on singles by Hailey Langer, Haily Mulvihill, and Michaela Duffy, doubles by Haley Barnes, Lexi Gitler and Elle Ruchim and a 2 run home run by Reagan Koenigs. The slugging continued with 3 more runs in the 3rd on Singles by Allie Stevens and Reagan Koenigs and a double by Phoebe Guercio. Reagan Koenigs was credited with the victory and pitched the distance. Next up for Stevenson is a meeting with the Zion-Benton Zeebees on Monday, May 24, in Lincolnshire at 4:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer
Stevenson defeated NSC opponent Mundelein by the final score, 3-0, with all three goals coming in the second half. Leading the charge was sophomore Bella Chavez who scored the first goal off a free kick, followed by senior Gabi Nyc who scored off Bella Chavez’s corner kick. The third goal was scored by senior Abby Kalou, assisted by Bella Chavez. Keeper Mandy Meliker has yet to allow a goal during conference play this season as the Patriots remain undefeated in the NSC. The Varsity Girls’ next match is Tuesday, May 25, against Warren Township High School at 6:30 p.m. at the SHS Stadium.

Boys Water Polo Sectional Quarterfinal
Stevenson defeated McHenry by a score of 28-2 and advanced to tonight’s semi-final matchup with Deerfield at 7:30 p.m. in the SHS Aquatic Center. Tickets can be purchased for $6.00. Goalie Mark Younan started his first sectional game with 13 saves. Dimitriy Kobets led the team with 5 goals, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Jacob Whiting and Olin Kusevskis also added 4 goals in the win.


What American Kids Need This Summer
Many districts are planning for summer school this year. According to a survey conducted in April by the Center on Reinventing Public Education, the number of schools urban school district offering some form of summer programming jumped 32 percent compared to last year. A look at how some schools are tackling social emotional learning this summer.

Buffalo Grove Rotary Club Offering Scholarships to Buffalo Grove, Stevenson High School Students
The Buffalo Grove Rotary Club is offering scholarships of up to $2,000 each for Buffalo Grove, or Stevenson High School graduates preparing to attend a four-year college or a program in the public safety field. The deadline to apply is fast approaching, and is on Tuesday, June 1.


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Kick off the End of the School Year Celebrations!
Patriots, please join us tomorrow for Spring Fling! An athletic event where students gather to socialize and play recreational games like kickball, softball, volleyball and cricket. The festivities start at 3:30 p.m. with a Student Council planned virtual Spring Fling Assembly featuring acts such as performances from Polyphonics, MP vs. StuCo Spikeball Competition, Mr. SHS Beach Performance, and so much more! Students can tune into the assembly via Zoom. Athletics events will start immediately after the assembly is finished. Check out the assembly flyer on the Senior Fest website tab for more information!

Grab Some Popcorn and Enjoy This Year’s SNN Film Fest!
Join the Stevenson Networks News (SNN) for the 19th Annual SNN Stevenson Film Fest this Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m. via Zoom for a fun-filled night of student-made short films and the last 30+ “Random Student of the Day” videos! Attendees must have a D125 email address to gain entry. However, special admittance will be granted to non-Stevenson email addresses if they contact by Friday at 5:00 p.m. to request access. We hope to see you there!

Physics Bowl Team Place Top in Region
Kudos to Stevenson High School’s Physics Bowl Teams, who were named the top scoring team within the region (Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska) and among the top 10 highest scoring teams in the International Physics Bowl!
The competition, held last month, was a 40 question multiple choice test split into two divisions: Division I consists of students that have never taken a physics course or are currently in their first course. Division II is for students that have taken a full year or more of physics in high school.
Fourteen SHS students competed in the Bowl. Competitors include: Shaurya Agrawal (9), Shishir Bhatta (11), Collin Fan (10), Angela Guo (9), Logan Hanssler (10), Aadit Juneja (10), Srihitha Kurapati (11), Andrew Liu (11), Emily Liu (11), Jared Machtinger (12), Ellie Ouyang (11), Simon Sikora (10) and Lillian You (10).
Machtinger and Fan were the top two scorers within the region in Division II. Juneja was the top scorer within Division I.
Congratulations Patriots!


Class of 2021: Important Graduation Information!
Graduation is next week and we are so excited to celebrate the Class of 2021 at the NOW Arena on Friday, May 28!
This year graduation will be a series of two commencement ceremonies at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. assigned based on your counselor. Each graduate will receive six tickets, and tickets should not be shared with other families as this will not allow for social distancing between households. Guests will not be allowed to enter without a ticket. Seniors – you MUST pick up your tickets in person in the Forum on Monday, May 24 or Tuesday, May 25 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
On graduation day, families may arrive one hour prior to the ceremony. Seniors should enter the arena through Door 11. Guests can enter the arena through the main entrance. Additionally, both ceremonies will be live-streamed via the Stevenson D125 YouTube channel.
See the Graduation web page for more information about the graduation ceremony, including seating assignments, parking and arrival protocols. Families may also refer to the email sent May 19 from Student Activities Director Dr. Ted Goergen for similar information.

Help Design the SHS Wellness Fest T-Shirt
Attention all students! Student Services needs your help with a T-Shirt design for the first ever “SHS Wellness Fest Week” which will debut the week of August 23-28! The event will include various programs promoting self care and mental/physical wellness, culminating in a large fest on Saturday, August 28 in the Stadium and around campus – featuring food trucks, presentations and tables for community agencies/student groups to advertise how they promote wellness. Designs must be submitted by Friday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m. via this Google form.


Creating Warrior Poets on the Soccer Field
Our very own Soccer Head Coach PepeJon Chavez was featured on 98.3 WRLR with Rusty Silber.
During the interview, Chavez discussed creating team culture during social distancing; finding a balance of rhythm, play, strength and toughness to create Warrior Poets on the field; and gave an upcoming look on the rest of this year’s Girls Soccer season.
Check out the whole conversation here. Chavez is featured starting at the 12-minute mark.

Summer Sport Athletes VIP Picture Days
Team and individual portraits for summer sport athletes are now available to view and order online. Please use the link and instructions below to access your photos:

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

If you can’t find your team, it may have been photographed at a later date, so please check back within two weeks of your picture date. Contact for any questions.

Athletic Results for May 19
IHSA Girls Water Polo Sectional
The Stevenson girls water polo team defeated Deerfield 21- 5 in the Quarterfinal round of the IHSA Sectional. Liz Matlin led with four goals while Belle Cloeter, Emily Headley and Maria Mossakowski each had three apiece. Maggie Bauwens had nine saves. The Sectional Semifinal matchup between Stevenson and Lake Forest will take place on Friday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the SHS Aquatic Center. Tickets are $6.00 each and can be purchased in advance at

Boys Tennis
Stevenson defeated NSC opponent Lake Forest, 5-2. No. 1 – Eric Perkowski (6-1, 6-2), No. 2 – Ashy Madhushankar (6-2, 6-2), and No. 3 – Thomas Gong (4-6 , 6-0 , 6-1) all posted Singles wins for the Patriots. The No. 1 doubles team consisting of Payton Adkisson/Daniel Tulchinskiy won in 2 sets, 6-1, 7-6 (5) while the No. 3 doubles team of Gautham Kappaganthula/Kevin Fei won in straight sets, 6-3 , 6-4. The undefeated squad moves to 12-0 on the season and 4-0 in conference play.

Girls Lacrosse
Stevenson Girls Lacrosse continued their winning ways with a definitive 17-4 victory over Mundelein. Jordyn Ackerman led the Patriots with three goals, while many others shared in the scoring, with Keira Ferrigan (1), Alicia Sharun (2), Lili Sorenson (1), Adeline Brady (2), Michelle Cabrera (2), Angela Ran (1), Teagan Hendricks (2), Lauren Alcazar (1), MacKenzie Laughlin (1) and Naomi Miller (1) all getting on the board.

Boys Volleyball
The boys varsity volleyball team (12-3, 3-1) earned a two-set victory last night against the Waukegan Bulldogs, 25-18, 25-16. Akaash Tanjore (eight kills) and Ethan Holub (five kills with a .800 hitting percentage) led the offensive charge. Daniel Nuudel dished out 20 assists and went 11-11 from the service line. The Patriots return to action next Wednesday against conference foe, Lake Zurich!


Nonprofit Connects Middle-Schoolers With College Students to Combat Isolation
A California education nonprofit, Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano, started a near-peer mentoring program during the pandemic to connect underrepresented middle-school students with college students from the University of California at Irvine. They virtually meet weekly to discuss emotional needs and strengthen social connections.

Inequities Widen Reading Gap During E-Learning
Pandemic-related school closures and remote learning have been a challenge for everyone, but teaching students to read virtually has been particularly vexing for teachers. Remote learning can compound disparities since some learners don’t have access to the same technology, connectivity or parental support.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Help Give the Gift of Literacy
Did you know that 61% of low-income families have no books in their homes for their children?
As part of their AP Spanish Language and Culture project, Stevenson Juniors Abby Froyshteter, Neha Pinni, and Nandu Pentapati are fundraising to supply resources, including Spanish-language books, to promote and improve childhood literacy for K-5 students in need. Please join us in helping Abby, Neha and Nandu on this community outreach project! You can visit their GoFundMe page, where they hope to raise $500, or their Amazon Wish List, where you can purchase specific books for other students in need.
Thank you, Patriots! No matter how big or small, your contribution and support will help boost accessible education.

More Press for Our Student-Run Statesman Publication
Coming off a stellar second-place finish at the IHSA journalism state finals, the student-led Statesman received a Silver Certificate from the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association. While the students were unable to enter the overall newspaper/newsmagazine competition due to only publishing remotely during the competition, several students were recognized for exceptional writing, including:

  • Juniors Sabrina Xue and Tia Vasudeva received an Honorable Mention in Breaking News for their coverage of the presidential election that began at 7:00 p.m. on November 2 and ended at 1:30 p.m. on November 4.
  • Sophomores Kelly Liu and Aayushi Wadhawan received an Honorable Mention in Graphics for the graphic with the “Pushing and Pulling for In-Person Learning” article in November.
  • Juniors Myles Woodman and Matt McGowan and sophomore Aayushi Wadhawan received an Honorable Mention in Sports Writing for their coverage of how teams stayed in contact while remote in “Out of Contact Sports” from October.
  • Juniors Humza Qazi and Malini Pillai and sophomore Anika Krishnaswamy received an Honorable Mention in Feature Writing for their coverage of students’ social justice protests in “Students for Change” in October.

Congrats, Pats!

Tune Into the Spring Band Concert
Join us tomorrow at 7 p.m. for the Spring Band concert, featuring pre-recorded performances by the students of the Stevenson High School Band Program! You can view the digital program here and access the concert tomorrow at this link here.
Band sections represented include: Freshman Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Advanced Symphonic Band and Honor Band. Awards will also be presented to our seniors during this virtual event. We hope to “see” you all there!


Don’t Forget to Get Your Donettes!
This year’s last PPA Treat Day is coming up, Patriots! And it’s a sweet one — Donettes!
This one will be an in-person Treat Day at SHS! Students can pick up a pack of their mini-donuts on May 20 at the three main exit doors (the Point, the Sports Center and Door 18) from 2:30-4:15 p.m. as they are leaving for the day or arriving for sports practice. Enjoy!


Athletic Results for May 18
Boys Track & Field
On Monday night, the Patriot Boys Track & Field Team was victorious at Mundelein High School defeating both Lake Zurich (83-63) and Mundelein (102-39). The Patriots were victorious in the 4×100 (Zach Goldman, David Smolensky, Trevor Abbott and Marcus Caselberry), 4×200 (Goldman, Smolensky, Caselbury and Keegan Latulippe) and 4×400 (Abbott, Shreyas Khati, Sharan Satish and Shrijan Muralidharan), with respective times of 44.8, 1:33.1 and 3:43.7. Smolensky rounded out his day with two more first place finishes in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 11.0 and 22.9, respectively. Ethan Aghakhan won the shot put with a put of 11.85 meters. The Patriots added other first place finishes from Mark Hellwig clearing 6’0″ in the high jump and Shrijan Muralidharan in the triple jump with a mark of 11.66 meters. The Patriots have completed the Dual Meet season with a perfect 7-0 and are gearing up for the Lake County Invitational this Saturday, 10:00 a.m., at Deerfield.

Stevenson lost a thrilling game up in Gurnee against Warren, 12-11. The visiting Patriots opened the 1st with a run when Allie Stevens scored on a ground out. Warren answered with 1 run in the bottom of the 1st. The game remained tied until the top of the 4th when the Patriots scored 8 runs on singles by Megan Orgler, Hailey Langer, Phoebe Guercio and Haley Barnes, along with a double by Elle Ruchim, a triple by Michaela Duffy and a home run by Haley Barnes. With the score 9-1, Warren answered with 8 runs in the bottom of the 4th tying the game at 9. Warren then scored 1 run in the bottom of the 5th to take 10-9 lead. The Patriots answered with 2 runs in the 6th on singles by Haley Barnes and Lexi Gitler and a home run by Elle Ruchim to take a 11-10 lead. Warren followed with 2 in the bottom of the inning to take a 12-11 lead. Stevenson had 2 runners on base in the top of the 7th with 1 out but could not convert, which ended the game 12-11. The Wildcats from Libertyville visit Stevenson on Thursday May 20, for a 4:45 p.m. first pitch.

The Patriots defeated Waukegan 12-0 as three pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Joey Woods was the winning pitcher, allowing only two hits and no runs over two innings, striking out three. Jonas Salgado and Chris Iannuzzi entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. The Patriots secured the victory thanks to seven runs in the sixth inning. Benji Ries, Michael Belbot, Larry Han, Trent Henderson, Colin Schmitke and Iannuzzi all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Overall, Stevenson collected 12 hits on the day. Henderson, Schmitke, Iannuzzi, Han and Skolmar all managed multiple hits. The Patriots host Saint Viator on Thursday, with first pitch slated for 4:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer
The Patriots (9-2-1, 3-0) defeated NSC opponent Lake Forest, 2-0. Both goals came in the second half. First, sophomore Bella Chavez blasted a free kick past the Lake Forest goalie. Then, junior Elli Pease scored from a combination play, assisted by senior Abby Kalou. Stevenson remains undefeated in conference play, and their next NSC match is at Mundelein High School Thursday on May 20 at 6:30 p.m.


Will Study Abroad Program Resume This Year?
More than a year has passed since study abroad programs screeched to a near-universal halt in the early days of the pandemic, but the fate of the international experiences is still up in the air.

Career and Technical Education Could Provide a Path Forward for Students with Disabilities
Career and technical education programs could offer one way of bolstering educational attainment among and providing valuable job skills to students with disabilities, according to a new University of Michigan study.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Celebrate Student Voices During the Spring Choir Concert
Join the Stevenson choral ensembles for the culminating concert of the year, featuring both pre-recorded and live-streamed moments honoring our students, and especially, our 2021 graduating seniors! This virtual performance will be streamed via Vimeo, tomorrow, May 19 at 7 p.m.
All Stevenson choral ensembles will be featured. Curricular choirs include Stevenson Choir, Advanced Choir and Patriot Singers. Co-curricular groups include Low Frequency, Polyphonics and Nothing But Treble. See the Arts Event Schedule page for more information. We hope to see you there!

Operation Snowball Goes Beyond the Call of Duty
Kudos to Operation Snowball! The Illinois Association for Behavioral Health has announced that Stevenson High School’s group, Operation Snowball, has been selected to receive this year’s “Beyond the Call of Duty Award” for their spring retreat “Life is a Highway.” This award is given to students who worked together and went above and beyond to create a positive experience during an extremely challenging year. Operation Snowball student directors are Andrew Maher, Alex Eisen, Vera Greenspan, Allison Palmer and Josh Lerner (pictured above on left). The club sponsors are Tommy Wolfe, Lauren Epstein, Isaac Brubaker and Mary Czaplewski.


Don’t Forget to Pick Up Your Yearbook!
The 2020-21 yearbook is ready! Students attending school can pick up their yearbook in the lower Sports Center lobby from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 – Friday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 26 – Thursday, May 27.
Freshman, Sophomore and Junior students or parents/guardians who need to drop off materials can also pick up yearbooks curbside in Lot B during textbook and item collection times.

  • Tuesday, May 25: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 26: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 27: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Seniors can drive through to pick up graduation tickets and yearbooks at the same in the Forum on Monday, May 24 – Tuesday, May 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Calling All Students Interested in Theatre!
Patriots! There’s still time to get involved with the Fall Play! Auditions for The Patriot Theatre Company’s radically inclusive production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are due Tuesday, May 25 by 11:59 p.m. Those interested in leadership should fill out the online application form by Monday, May 24. To learn more, check out this promo video!


Athletic Results for May 17

The Patriots coasted to an easy victory over Waukegan, 11-1 to improve their record to 11-5-1, 5-2 NSC. The Patriots got on the board in the first inning. Benji Ries hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring one run. Stevenson tallied four runs in the fourth inning. Zach Oh, Ries and Jason Jagielo each had RBIs in the frame. Joey Splansky got the win. The right-hander lasted five innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six and walking one. Head Coach Nick Skala recognized his senior class consisting of Ethen Ge, Trent Henerson, Jason Jagielo, Casey Kedzierski, Zachary Oh, Benji Ries and Joey Splansky.

On Senior Night, Stevenson pulled out a 4-3 win vs. Mundelein in a nail biter. In the top of the 1st, Mundelein took a 1-0 lead. Stevenson responded with a run in the bottom of the inning when Allie Stevens scored on an error. Mundelein scored runs in the 2nd and 3rd to take a 3-1 lead. The Patriots scored two in the bottom of the 4th inning on a leadoff single by Hailey Langer, walks by Allie Stevens and Elle Ruchim and singles by Michaela Duffy and Haley Barnes. The score remained tied 3-3 until the bottom of the 6th. With one out, Elle Ruchim hit a solo home run down the left field line for the game winner. Reagan Koenigs started the game pitching, giving up three runs in three innings. Haley Barnes closed the game giving up no runs and no hits in the last four innings. Head Coach Bill McNamara honored seniors Abigail Day, Haley Barnes and Phoebe Guercio prior to first pitch. Senior members of the JV team: Oriana Lago, Madeline Rosenbaum and Mackenzie Wren, will be honored today prior to their game at 4:45 p.m. versus Lake Forest.

Boys Volleyball
The boys varsity volleyball team (11-3, 2-1 (NSC)) earned a thrilling two-set victory (25-20, 27-25) over the Fremd Vikings last night to highlight Senior Night. Leading the offensive charge were Ryan Myers (11 kills) and Akaash Tanjore (eight kills). Daniel Nuudel dished out 25 assists and went 10-10 serving. Murad Shahzadah’s five digs and Ethan Holub’s five total blocks supported the defensive effort. Christian Headley and and Max Goldstein contributed pivotal ace serves towards the end of set two to solidify the win. Head Coach Eric Goolish honored his senior class consisting of Maxwell Goldstein, Ethan Holub, Ryan Myers and Akaash Tanjore. The Patriots welcome the Waukegan Bulldogs Wednesday night for an NSC showdown! Match starts at 6:00 p.m.

Girls Track & Field
The last dual meet of the season for the Patriots began with a historic moment. Junior Ella O’Neall broke an 11 year old varsity record on Monday night with a winning throw in the shot put of 13.54 meters, besting the previous record of 12.8 meters (42’6) held by Rachel Redmond. Other champions of the night were senior Jade Cadichon in the 100 meter dash (13.08) and sophomore Shannon Moser in the 800 meter run (2:39.22). Cadichon also led the 4×200 meter relay team of Alex Wu, Ava, Mecir and Katelyn Robinson to victory (1:50.32). The 4×400 meter relay team of Lindsay Hendler, Ida Diab, Ashley Anderson and Eve Traficanti also were victorious in a season best of 4:24.27.
Second place finishers for the Patriots on the track were freshman Ekaterina Asayonak in the 3200 meter run (14:27), sophomore Ava Mecir in the 100 meter dash (13.33), freshman Adeline Gobble in the 1600 meter run (5:46), and the 4×100 meter relay team of Cadichon, Traficanti, Mecir and Robinson (50.59). In the field events securing second place finishes were freshman Eileen Li in the high jump (4’6”), sophomore Alex Wu in triple jump (9.47 meters), and Ella O’Neall in discus (35.07 meters).
The Stevenson Girls Track & Field team will compete at the Lake County Invite this Thursday at Antioch High School.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots beat Fremd, 7-6, in a nail-biter on Monday night. Junior Joshua Neela had seven saves to lead the defense, while Senior Anthony Spina added two goals. The Patriots are back in action against a NSC rival, when they travel to Mundelein High School, on Wednesday night for a 6:15 p.m. competition.

Girls Lacrosse
Girls Lacrosse beat Barrington 9-8, with contributions from several Patriots. Lili Sorenson lead the team with six goals, and nine controls off the draw, while Jordyn Ackerman contributed two goals. Tessie Primack, Teagan Hendricks and Adeline Brady each had assists on the evening and Goalie Megan Randol made 13 saves. The Mundelein Mustangs come to the Stevenson Stadium on Wednesday night for a 6:30 p.m. NSC matchup.

Correction: In yesterday’s edition of the Daily Digest, we incorrectly misspelled the name of Track and Field hurdler Aadarsh Hegde. Hegde was part of the hurdle relay events and was honored as part of Senior Night.


Schools Rethink Usual Approach to Final Exams
The academic year is winding down at schools and colleges, and some instructors are rethinking their usual approach to final exams to fit this unprecedented time – from reducing their overall grade percentage worth to replacing them with community projects.

Done Right, Summer Learning Provides the Opportunity for Creating Equity
While many education stakeholders have called for intensive remediation for students to address this year of disrupted schooling and potential learning loss, a new report argues that intensive remediation alone will not meet students’ needs. Schools and districts need to center learning on the experiences, needs and dreams young people bring with them to learning environments.


Monday, May 17, 2021

The 41st Annual Consortium ArtFest
We won’t let the pandemic stop us from celebrating the artistic and creative work of our students and K-8 Consortium! So this year, we bring the 41st annual Consortium ArtFest to you virtually! See the talent of our students in paintings, drawings, digital art & design, photography, 3D artwork and 2D animation. The exhibit will be available online from today, May 17, through May 31. We hope you and your family will attend! Visit the Arts Event Schedule page to learn more.

Announcing This Year’s National Merit Scholarship Finalists
The National Merit Scholarship Program has determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in the fall have met all requirements to advance to finalist standing in the competition. We are so excited to announce that the National Merit Scholarship Program announced 66 SHS Finalists! Of these students, some will go on to be National Merit Scholarship winners, which will be announced later this summer!
Congratulations to our students who have advanced this far, and keep your eyes peeled for the winners! Check out the full list of our finalists here.

SHS Junior Makes Headlines in High School Journalism
Kudos are in order to Junior Victoria Feng, who was recently named a member of the 2021 All-State Journalism team! Team members were chosen by judges for the Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) based on adviser nominating letters, essays and work samples.
The entire team will be honored on Saturday, June 5 in Springfield at a luncheon co-hosted by IJEA and the Illinois Press Foundation.
This fabulous accomplishment names Feng as one of the state’s top high school journalists. Congratulations, Victoria!


Reminders for Digital AP Testers
Digital AP Testers – have you completed your exam set up? Students need to complete all four steps to confirm that their testing device/computer is ready for the exam. Allow yourself no less than 1-3 days prior to your first digital exam to do this. Additionally, on the day of the test, students must login to the test 30 minutes before test time to complete some pre-test information. For more information refer to the email sent April 27.


Get Your Stevenson Gear!
Patriot Fans – The Sports Boosters will be holding their annual spring Flash Sale on Saturday, May 22 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the tent near the Stadium. Come get your Stevenson gear! Cash, check or credit cards will be accepted. We hope to see you there!

Athletic Results for May 13-16
Stevenson defeated conference rival Warren 66-9 on Friday, May 14. Lorenzo Frezza won by pin, and senior captains Kei Yamato and Arad Peregoudov each had wins. Head Coach Shane Cook recognized the Class of 2021 Seniors: Jair Diaz, Aerie Guzman, Keegan Houlihan, Julian Lopez, Arad Peregoudov, Jonathan Sanchez, Zachary Shanks, Sara Sulejmani, Richard Wade and Kei Yamato (see photo on right).

Boys Track & Field
The Patriots hosted the 49th Annual Patriot Relays Invitational in the Stadium. In the overall team standings, the Patriots finished 3rd out of the nine participating teams. The relay team of Jacob Kurek, David Smolensky, Marcus Casselberry and Shrijan Muraldliharan finish in 4th place in the 4 x 100 Meter relay and the team of Smolensky and Kurek were joined by Trevor Abbott and Shreyas Khati for another 4th place finish in the 4×400 Meter Relay. The High Hurdle Shuttley Relay and the Intermediate Hurdle Shuttle relays comprised of Khati, Braden Burns, Darsh Hedge and Noah Kim took 3rd place in both events. The distance runners of Tyler Roberts, Willem Jo, Tarun Kalyana-Sundarum and Stephen Moy took 4th place in the 4×800 Meter Relay. In the field events, Mark Helwig led the way placing 1st in the High Jump with a jump of 6’0″ and finishing 3rd in the pole vault clearing a height of 11’0″ – a new PR! For this Varsity invitational there are four Frosh/Soph events that also are included in the Varsity Scoring of the meet. The F/S 4×800 team of Allen Dragunsky, Matthew Chan, Siddarth Paleati and Sharan Satish took 2nd place honors. The Relay team of Zach Goldman, Keegan Latulippe, Joey Kalou and John Zachara took 2nd place in both the F/S 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays. Dragunsky and Satish joined Latulippe and Kalou to place 4th in the F/S 4×400 Meter Relay.
As Thursday, May 13, was the last home meet of the season, Coach Andy Farrissey and his staff honored our 2021 Seniors: Josh Chu, Tyler Goetting, Adarsh Hedge, Willem Jo, Tarun Kalyana Sundarum, Alex kalis, Shreyas Khati, Robert Martin, Stephen Moy, Shrijan Muralidharan, David Smolensky and Ivan Tzuoo.

Girls Lacrosse
Michelle Cabrera and Lili Sorenson led the Patriots (5-3, 1-1), on Saturday, with four and three goals, respectively, as the Girls Lacrosse team defeated Palatine 14-5. Helena Ebeling (two assists) and Lizzy Dublier also had two goals each. Goalie Megan Randol made 12 saves in the win.

Girls Water Polo
The girls water team had two final regular season contests heading into the IHSA State Series. They hosted St. Charles North and Naperville North on Saturday, posting a 15-2 victory over SCN and losing 10-4 to the Huskies from Naperville North. Maggie Bauwens had 14 blocks on the day, with nine of them coming in the second game. Elizabeth White had six combined goals in both games, while Belle Cloeter, Maria Mossakowski, Yachi Patel and Anna Gates got on the board, as well. They host the winner of the Deerfield/Vernon Hills game on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. in the Stevenson Aquatic Center. Tickets are $6 and will go on sale tonight (Monday) at 8 p.m. to the general public at

The Patriot’s effort to come back from down five runs in the fifth inning came up short, as they fell 10-8 to Antioch on Saturday, May 15. Stevenson scored five runs in the failed comeback on a double by JR Nelson, a single by Benji Ries, a double by Joey Little, and a single by Jordan Skolmar. Ethan Ge took the loss for The Patriots. The right-hander surrendered six runs on nine hits over three innings, striking out two and walking zero. Daniel Cabrales started the game for Stevenson. The pitcher surrendered four runs on six hits over three innings, striking out two and walking one. The Patriots totaled 13 hits. Jonas Salgado, Little, Chris Iannuzzi, Nelson and Skolmar all managed multiple hits for Stevenson. Tonight’s senior night will take place prior to the 4:45 p.m. first pitch against Waukegan.

Boys Tennis
Reigning North Suburban Conference champion Stevenson lifted the team trophy with 42 points, two points clear of runners-up Fremd and New Trier at the Pitchford Tournament, hosted by Hersey on May 14-15. Complete Daily Herald article.

The Patriots lost to Wauconda 10-4 Saturday at Stevenson. Wauconda opened the 1st inning by scoring three runs. Allie Stevens and Elle Ruchim scored in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to 3-2. Stevenson tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd on a solo home run by Haley Barnes. Wauconda extended the lead to 6-3 by the 6th inning. Stevenson scored one run in the bottom of the 6th on a RBI from Hailey Langer scoring Lexi Gitler cutting the lead to 6-4. The top of the seventh was a big one for the Bulldogs, as they put four more runs on the board. Next up for Stevenson is a tribute to the Class of 2021, as they host Mundelein at home today at 4:45 p.m.

The Patriots defeated defending Lake County Invite champion Antioch, 48-26, on the road Saturday. Lorenzo Frezza won by major decision over a returning All-State wrestler, and Cole Rhemrev defeated a returning state qualifier by pin.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots lost to the Libertyville 14-8 on Saturday. Juniors Ryan Hynes and Colin Livesay led the way in scoring with three goals each, while Livesay added two assists. Junior Cody Collins led the team in groundballs picking up five of them, and Junior Joshua Neela made eight saves in the cage. The Patriots are back in action on tonight when they travel to Fremd for a 7 p.m. start.


Former Stevenson Women’s Basketball Star Headed to the Hall of Fame
Tamika Catchings, a 10-time W.N.B.A. All-Star, who helped lead Stevenson to a state title in her Sophomore year, will become the first University of Tennessee women’s basketball player to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

New Outdoor Learning Spaces May Help Increase STEM Engagement
A new sustainable outdoor learning space is giving students in California an engaging opportunity for STEM learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The space provides a safe alternative to traditional classrooms while providing a custom and dynamic learning experience for students.


Friday, May 14, 2021

Celebrating Young Talented Women in Mathematics
Each year around 300,000 students complete the American Mathematics Competition. Emphasizing a more inclusive community of young mathematicians, the top achieving young women in each region are recognized.
We are so proud to announce that this year four Stevenson students have scored on their respective exams among the top 5 young women in Illinois and have received recognition by the Mathematical Association of America!

  • Angela Guo received the Maryam Mirzakhani AMC 10A award for achieving one of the top 5 scores in Illinois on the AMC 10A.
  • Keona Liu received the Two Sigma AMC 10B award for achieving one of the top 5 scores in Illinois on the AMC 10B.
  • Lillian You received the Jane Street AMC 12A award and the Akamai AMC 12B award for achieving one of the top 5 scores in Illinois on the AMC 12A and 12B.
  • Emily Hu received the Akamai AMC 12B award for achieving one of the top 5 scores in Illinois on the AMC 12B.

Diversity and inclusion matter, and we are so proud of these young women for their performance in the American Mathematics Competitions!

Students Get Down to Business at National Competition
Over the last two weeks, 19 Stevenson students competed in the 2021 National Leadership Conference of the Business Professionals of America, an organization for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, finance, accounting, office administration, and other business-related career fields. Stevenson was well represented on the virtual podium Saturday night at the closing ceremony! Here are the results and events:
National Runner-Ups:

  • Aditi Bobba: Parliamentary Procedures
  • Clement Wang: Computer Programming Concepts
  • Lillian You: Advanced Accounting
Top 10 Finishes:
  • Kaitlyn Chan: Administrative Support Concepts
  • Sayuj Choudhari and Daniel Saltzman: Financial Analyst Team
  • Julia Levenshteyn: Administrative Support Concepts, Business Meeting Management, and Digital Marketing
  • Clement Wang: Management, Marketing, and Human Resources

Kudos to all students who participated, including Sana Arvind, Tristen Arun, Chinmay Avsarkar, Blake Duvall, Tina Joe, Udit Mehta, Shreyas Mishra, Mihir Putcha, Anjay Krishnan, Bhavya Sharma, Isabelle Smart, and Fred Yuan!


Second Semester Materials Dropoff
Some students and families will have received an email because their student was enrolled in a second-semester course that has materials that need to be returned. Each family may choose to drop off materials either in-person or via drive-through. Please review the email sent today for more information about drop-off schedules and procedures and the list of all courses with materials returns. Any questions may go to Alexa McNish.


Athletic Results for May 13
The Patriots managed only 4 runs on 7 hits and fell to Vernon Hills 12-4. JR Nelson and Ryan Tumpowsky each managed two hits to lead all hitters. Larry Han started the game for the Patriots. The right-hander surrendered two runs on five hits over two innings, striking out two and walking zero. Jonas Salgado took the loss for the Patriots.

Girls Soccer
The Patriots (8-2-1) triumphed over the previously undefeated Libertyville High School Wildcats, 1-0. The game was scoreless going into halftime. With 25 minutes left during the second half, senior Gabi Nyc scored off a corner kick, assisted by Bella Chavez. With this win, the Stevenson Patriots are now first in the NSC Conference. Their next match is scheduled against Lake Forest Tuesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the SHS Stadium.

Girls Water Polo
Girls water polo (20-1, 8-0) defeated Fremd 20-6 behind Elizabeth White’s six goals and Maria Mossakowski’s four. Kayla Wadsworth had five steals while Becca Stone, Faith Ma, and Elizabeth White each had four steals. Mossakowski also had four assists. Catherine Delaney had four blocks and Maggie Bauwens had three. The next game is against St. Charles on Saturday, May 15.

Boys Volleyball
The volleyball squad fell in three sets to the Niles West Wolves last night, 26-28, 25-17, 25-23, bringing Stevenson’s overall record to 10-3. Ethan Holub (11 kills), Ryan Myers (9 kills), and Samuel Nuudel (9 kills) led the offensive effort. Daniel Nuudel dished out 35 assists. Murad Shahzadah (14 digs) and Christian Headley (7 digs) led the team defensively. This upcoming Monday night, the Patriots welcome the Fremd Vikings to Stevenson for Senior Night at 6 p.m.


New Bill Would Ban Hair Discrimination In Illinois Schools
State Senator Mike Simmons is introducing a bill to address “hair discrimination,” racism related to a person’s hair. “I understand what this feels like personally,” he says of being discriminated against for his own hair style.

TEAACH ACT Brings Holistic Asian American History To Schools
Illinois State Sen. Ram Villivalam speaks about the bill, which is focused on more accurate representation of Asian American history in public school curriculums.


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Stevenson Celebrates Strings Students in Live Performance
Tuesday’s Strings & Guitar Outdoor Concert was a huge success! Despite the chilly weather, students from Guitar I, Guitar II, Patriot Guitar Ensemble, Stevenson Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Patriot Orchestra performed on the front lawn, and families joined in, bringing chairs and blankets to watch and support their students! 

Stevenson Students Establish Nonprofit to Advocate for Computer Science 
Inspired to give back to the community after participation in Stevenson’s Startups in Business and Technology club and FBLA, Freshmen Sachet Verma, Maurya Bonu, Sricharan Veeravalli, Srikar Kovvuri, Arjun Anand, and Senior Rushil Vora launched a volunteering initiative, Code2Connect (C2C), to promote digital literacy worldwide.
The organization presents community members with the opportunity to volunteer virtually by mentoring students in the field of computer programming. C2C has developed incentive-based events in which all proceeds go to underprivileged communities. To date, 90+ members and multiple countries have partaken in designated computer languages through the organization. If you would like to get involved, C2C is currently seeking willing students mentors.

Scholastic Bowl Buzzes in Victory
Kudos to the Stevenson Scholastic Bowl for achieving great success at the May 8 Illinois DART Quiz Bowl Tournament!
The Scholastic Bowl A Team, consisting of Arjun Nageswaran (12), David Lee (12), Anish Arora (11), Rishabh Wuppalapati (10) and Spandan Goel (11), took first place compiling a 7-1 record, defeating the University of Illinois Lab School A Team in the final.
The Scholastic Bowl B Team, consisting of Jonny Abraham (11), Srikar Venkatesan (10) and Andrey Vlasov (10), also performed well, highlighted by Abraham’s whopping 38.75 points per game.
Congratulations to both teams!


Be a Part of a Radically Inclusive Fall Play!
The Patriot Theatre Company is partnering with Stevenson’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and Fostering Intercultural Respect & Empowerment (FIRE) to present a radically inclusive production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this fall. The Play Information Packet provides information on auditions and leadership opportunities for the production. This play is NO-CUT for anyone in an SHS theatre class during the 2021-22 school year. Meaning, if you are taking an acting or stagecraft class next year, you are guaranteed to be cast in the show!


Athletic Results for May 12
Boys Tennis

Stevenson did not drop a game as they cruised to victory at VHAC over Zion-Benton, 7-0. The win elevates their team record to 11-0 overall and 3-0 in North Suburban Conference play. The Patriots will travel to Hersey on Friday for the Pitchford Invitational.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots lost to the Lake Zurich Bears tonight 12-4. The Bears got up early and never looked back. Junior Monty Hashemi scored two for the Patriots. Senior Defensemen Darius Clemons added one goal, along with Junior Ryan Hynes adding the other. Junior Defensemen Cody Collins played stout defense with multiple caused turnovers. The Patriots will be back in action on Saturday when they take on another NSC foe in an away game against Libertyville.

Girls Lacrosse
Lili Sorenson led the Girls Lacrosse team with three goals in a 13-4 victory over Lake Zurich. Adeline Brady and Aliyah Omran each contributed two more, while Alex Varshavsky, Michelle Cabrera, Helena Ebeling, Maria Lukz, Lizzy Dublier and Alicia Sharun had a goal apiece. Goalie Megan Randol made six saves. Their next game is on Saturday, May 15 at 11:30 a.m. vs. Palatine in the SHS Stadium.

Girls Water Polo
A 19-9 effort resulted in another win for the Patriot Girls Water Polo team. Belle Cloeter led with four goals, followed by Anna Gates and Elizabeth White who both contributed three. Liz Matlin assisted on five of the team’s goals. Goalies Maggie Bauwens and Catherine Delaney each had five steals and seven blocked shots, respectively. The Patriots take on Fremd on Thursday, May 13.

Boys Volleyball
The boys varsity volleyball team took a road trip up north to the Illinois/Wisconsin border last night and secured their second conference win over the Zee-Bees, 25-23, 25-17, of Zion Benton High School. The Patriots currently hold a 10-2 overall record (2-1 NSC record). Leading the charge were Samuel Nuudel (six kills and two ace serves), Ryan Myers (five kills and two ace serves), and Akaash Tanjore (five kills). Daniel Nuudel recorded 14 assists. Murad Shahzadah’s 10 digs (two ace serves) and Chris Ehler’s four block assists bolstered the defensive effort. They welcome the Niles West Wolves to Lincolnshire this evening for an NSC/CSL showdown.


Several Suburban Chicago Schools Aim to be the Source for student COVID-19 Shots
Determined to get COVID-19 shots in young arms before the end of the school year, several suburban Chicago school districts hope to deliver vaccines to students 12 and older at school-based clinics as early as this week.

Summer Learning Programs To Emphasize Fun as Well as Academics
After more than a year of teaching remotely, some school districts have plans to bring kids back together in person to address academic stagnation due to COVID-19, and maybe more importantly, to focus on fun and engagement to help students feel good about themselves and learning again.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Stevenson Students Launch Math-Aid Tutoring Program
Math isn’t everyone’s strong suit, and for many students, learning the subject has been made even harder by the pandemic and remote learning. That’s why more than 30 Stevenson High School students have come together to help younger students in our community through the student-led Math Aid Tutoring program. Through this program, approximately 50 youngsters are provided free weekly tutoring by 22 volunteer tutors.
“Early in the pandemic, I witnessed firsthand how remote learning can make subjects like math that much harder,” said Meera Khare, who started the program. “I have always been enthusiastic about math, so I was eager to find a COVID-friendly, free solution to help kids in need of math assistance in a small group setting.”
Thank you, Patriots, for your commitment to others, especially during such a challenging time for our community!

Thank You, Stevenson Nurses!
May 12 is National School Nurse Day, a day to recognize and say thanks to our hard-working school nurses. Our nurses are responsible for the health and well-being of thousands of students, staff and faculty at Stevenson High School.
In these difficult times, school nurses have been on the front lines coordinating with local and state health departments in order to help keep everyone safe during the pandemic — and always with a smile on their face! Don’t forget to thank our nurses today!

Check Out the Virtual Spring Dance Concert!
Check out this year’s beautiful Virtual Spring Dance Concert, composed of student choreography from the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies and the Concert Dance Class.
Each dance was chosen via an audition process, and the choreographers developed the concept and cast the dancers for their pieces under the mentorship of their directors. Meet our guest choreographer Mindy Jackson here. Bravo, Patriots, for an absolutely stunning performance!


Scholarship Spotlight: Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove
The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is offering two scholarships:

  • Service Above Self Scholarship (Educational programs): Scholarship/Grant in the one-time amount of up to $2,000. To apply, please submit an essay of up to 500 words explaining how you have demonstrated the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self.”
  • Public Safety Scholarship: Scholarship/Grant in the one-time amount of up to $2,000 will be awarded to support educational programs preparing students for careers in a public safety field – law enforcement, fire or emergency medical services. To apply, please submit an essay of up to 500 words explaining why you would pursue a career in public safety and how you would apply the Rotary Motto of “Service Above Self” in your chosen public safety career.

Please email your completed application and supporting documents to Martha Weiss by June 1. Winners of the above scholarships will be notified by June 21.


Athletic Results for May 11
Boys Water Polo
Stevenson defeated Libertyville by a score of 15-4 with the help of 12 saves and 3 steals from goalie Alex Mitchell. Drew Wangard led the team with 3 goals and 3 assists. Dimitriy Kobets (2 assists), Jeffrey Mao, and Josh Moreyno each had 2 goals in the victory. This was the last regular season match for the senior class, consisting of Seniors Evan Engel, David Gorin, Grant Huey, Dimitriy Kobets, Jeffrey Mao, Samuel Maya, Alexander Mitchell, Nathan Mossman, Bhavin Patel, Nathaniel Pedigo, Hemsith Seneviratne, and Drew Wangard. The Patriots improved their record to 24-0, still ranked #1 in the state. They will host the IHSA Sectional Quarterfinal match against the 8/9 seed on Thursday, May 20, at 4:45 p.m.

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson (18-1, 7-0) defeated Libertyville 18-4. Maggie Bauwens led the team with blocked shots with six. Elizabeth White led goals and steals with six in each category. Their next game is today against Lake Forest.

The Patriots defeated Zion-Benton 12-0, as Joey Splansky and Chris Iannuzzi combined to throw a shutout. The home team got on the board in the first inning when Michael Belbot singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. Splansky lasted three innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out four and walking one. Iannuzzi threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Stevenson tallied 12 hits in the game. Belbot (3-for-3), Trent Henderson, Jason Jagielo, and Benji Ries each managed multiple hits for the Patriots.

Stevenson picked up another win this week at Lake Forest to extend their record to 9-2. Several Patriots had multiple hits, includingGrace Kuhr (2), Lexi Gitler (2), Abby Day (3), Hailey Mulvihill (2), and Phoebe Guercio (2). Reagan Koenigs went the distance giving up only 1 run on 2 hits. Next up for the Patriots is Wauconda on Saturday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. at Stevenson.


How a Fourth Grader in 1960 Inspired College Students in 2019
Sixty years ago, a New York Times article described one girl’s wish to find a pen pal. A college journalism class investigated how the story ended.

US Schools Turn Focus to Mental Health of Students Reeling From Pandemic
A Reuters survey found that a majority of surveyed school districts reported increased mental health stresses among students. Those concerns have led to a flood of new funding and initiatives aimed at helping schools navigate the pandemic’s aftermath.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Enjoy Live Music on the Front Lawn Tonight!
Join us tonight, May 11,  at 6 p.m. for a “Ravinia-style” outdoor concert on the front lawn of Stevenson featuring all of our Guitar and Orchestra classes! Families are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to come watch and support their students! Attendees will be expected to follow social distance guidelines and wear masks at all times. For those who can’t join in person, the concert will also be streamed via Vimeo. Participating classes will include: Guitar I, Guitar II, Patriot Guitar Ensemble, Stevenson Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Orchestra and Patriot Orchestra. There will also be an awards concert for all the Orchestra and Guitar students during the event. Learn more from the concert program.

Science REACH Club Continues to Excel
Members of the Science REACH Club recently had the opportunity to present their original research projects at the Illinois State University Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology High School Symposium to researchers and professors, receiving valuable feedback. Six students won the “Judges Award,” given to the very top projects. The Judges Awards winners are:

  • Yash Gangavarapu, Mathematics: “Constructing an Equal-Weighted Stock Portfolio Based on Systematic Risk”
  • Meha Krishnareddigari and Riya Khandelwal, Animal Sciences: “The Effects of Microplastics on Tisbe Biminiensis Copepods”
  • Delisha Nair, Microbiology: “The Effect of Tea Tree Essential Oil on Human Bacteria”
  • Surabhi Gangadkar and Trisha Gannu, Animal Sciences: “How Does Alternative Medicine Affect the Regeneration of Platyhelminthes?”
  • Gabriella Thalos, Environmental Science: “Air Quality in Retail Stores”
  • Srusti Donapati, Environmental Science: “Biodegradability of Various Cloth Face Mask Materials”

Several students also won Superior or Excellent awards: Rohita Kotyada, Avisha Thota, Anjay Krishnan, Bhavesh Anchala, Arya Gupta, Evelyn Jiang, Vikram Jaiswal, Sricharan Sevilimedu Veeravalli, Uma Pulugurtha, Akhil Ramidi, Pranav Atluri, Subham Mitra, Komal Talloo and Margaret Chen.
Bhavesh Anchala also will be attending the virtual Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Competition later this month. In Monday’s edition of the Daily Digest, we inadvertently omitted Anchala from the IJAS list.

SHS Students Make “Historical” Effort in Competition
Kudos are in order for several students from the Stevenson History Fair Club who were named finalists in the Illinois History Day competition!
Illinois History Day consists of yearly competitions across the state, seeking to cultivate the growth and development of young historians, while also inspiring a love of history. Participants choose a topic related to a theme and present their findings in one of five categories: Research Paper, Exhibit, Documentary, Performance or Website. From Stevenson, three projects were named as finalists:

  • In the Individual Website Category, Ainika Hou was a finalist for her project “Communication in War: Navajo Code Talkers.”
  • Abhay Agarwal and Simran Agarwal’s project, “The Unsung Warriors: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers,” was named as a finalist for the Group Documentary Category.
  • For the Group Website Category, Aditi Bobba and Kavya Akkina were named as finalists for “‘Fake News’ of the 1950s: How McCarthyism was Defeated.”

Bobba and Akkina’s project was also named a National History Day Qualifier, where they will compete against students from 57 other affiliate states or regions.
Congratulations Patriots!


Attention Sophomores: Start Your Career Exploration Today!
Student Services wants to remind sophomore students that it’s not too early to start your career exploration process! Information was posted to Canvas on May 7 regarding career resources and how to navigate Naviance. However, if you missed the announcement, you can also access this information from this Google Doc.

Remote Learning Reminder
Patriots – we wanted to remind you that tomorrow, May 12, will be a remote learning day while AP testing occurs on campus. To see more details about the current weekly schedule, check out the COVID-19 Updates web page.


Athletic Results for May 10
Girls Track and Field

The Stevenson’s Girls Track and Field faced off against Libertyville and Waukegan for their last home meet of the season. The Patriots commanded the throwing events with senior Camille Clay winning both the discus (37.66 meters) and shot put (12.62 meters). Other first place finishers for Stevenson were sophomore Alex Wu in the triple jump (31’5”) and Jade Cadichon in the 100 meter dash (12.8). Cadichon also led the 4×100 meter relay team of Eve Traficanti, Lindsay Hendler and Ava Mecir (51.69), as well as the 4×200 meter relay team of Shannon Moser, Ava Mecir and Katelyn Robinson (1:54.2), to victory. With an exciting finish to the night, the 4×400 meter relay team of Lindsay Hendler, Katelyn Robinson, Eve Traficanti and Ashley Anderson reigned victorious (4:30.75). Head Coach Emma Degen recognized the class of 2021 Seniors: Ashley Anderson, Jade Cadichon, Kaitlyn Chan, Gyungin Chong, Camille Clay, Ava Corso, Gabrielle Dacuycuy, Natali Freihammer, Kendall Goldenson, Lindsey Hendler, Lily Ma, Emma Potocki, Isabella Rondon, Akiki Uchida, Varsha Vinod and Ellie Warren (pictured above). The Patriots gear up for their last dual meet at Lake Zurich next Monday, May 17.

Girls Soccer
Stevenson (7-2-1, 1-0) defeated Grayslake Central 8-0. During the first half, five Patriots scored goals: Abby Kalou, Bella Chavez, Brynn Stein, Ellie Egeland and Ella Hong. During the second half, the Patriots were able to score an additional three goals from Gabi Nyc, Brynn Stein and Ellie Egeland. Overall, the Patriots recorded 41 shots. Stevenson continues conference play at Libertyville this Thursday, May 13 at 6:45 p.m.

Stevenson traveled to Libertyville Monday and captured a conference win, 5-2. Stevenson scored one in the first on a walk by Elle Ruchim, single by Michaela Duffy and a sacrifice fly by Haley Barnes. Tied 1-1 going into the 4th, the Patriots scored two runs on a solo home run by Haley Barnes and Reagan Koenigs scored on a Libertyville error. In the 5th, Michaela Duffy had a double and Haley Barnes hit her 2nd home run pushing the lead to 5-2. For an encore, Haley Barnes hit her 3rd home run with Michaela Duffy on first after a walk. Haley Barnes was 3-3 with three home runs and six RBI’s. She also pitched a complete game getting the win with 10 strikeouts and only three walks. The Patriots travel to Lake Forest today for first pitch at 4:45 p.m.

The Patriots sailed to an easy victory over Zion-Benton, 12-2, on Monday. The Patriots fired up the offense in the first inning starting with a Benji Ries single. Max Rosenkranz earned the win. Rosenkranz allowed four hits and two runs over four innings, striking out six. Matthew Bressler threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Stevenson racked up 16 hits in the game. Ries, JR Nelson, Michael Belbot, Joey Little, Jordan Skolmar and Ryan Tumpowsky all had multiple hits. Ries went four-for-five at the plate.

Boys Volleyball
The boys varsity volleyball team earned a two-set victory over the Hersey Huskies Monday night, 25-19, 25-17. Leading the offensive charge were Samuel Nuudel (seven kills and three ace serves), Ethan Holub (seven kills), and Ryan Myers (five kills and one ace serve). Akaash Tanjore’s consecutive three ace serves in the second set helped solidify the win. Daniel Nuudel contributed 19 assists and went nine-for-nine from the service line. Murad Shahzadah’s six digs bolstered the defensive effort. The Patriots advance to a 9-2 overall record and welcome the Zion-Benton Zeebees to the Shire Wednesday night for their third NSC match.

Boys Track and Field
The Patriots improved to 5-0 yesterday afternoon after defeating Libertyville and Waukegan High Schools on the track at Libertyville High School. David Smolensky led the Patriots with three individual victories in the 100, 200 and 400 meter sprint races with times of 11.2, 23.0 and 52.2 respectively. Stevenson was victorious in the 4×100 meter relay with a team of Zach Goldman, Keegan Latulippe, Jacob Kurek and Trevor Abbott with a time of 45.5. The 4×200 meter relay team led by Goldman and Lattulipe and were joined by Ssuuna McKitty and Marcus Casselberry to take top honors with a time of 1:36.2. Shreyas Khati was the other double event winner for Stevenson winning the 110 High Hurdle and 300 Intermediate Hurdle Races with times of 16.8 and 44.8 seconds. In the field events, the Stevenson boys team won three of the six events with Mark Helwig winning the High Jump at 6’0″ and the Pole Vault at 10’10”. Shrijan Muralidharan set a personal best and was victorious in the triple jump, jumping 39’8″. The Patriots finish the dual meet season next week running against Lake Zurich and Mundelein. Next up is our annual Home Invitational, “PATRIOT RELAYS,” this Thursday evening in the Stadium.


FDA Expands Emergency Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccine in Children Aged 12 to 15
The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 12 to 15, meaning access for millions more adolescents. The Pfizer vaccine is so far still the only one approved for use in 16-to-18 year olds.

Helping Students Heal After Pandemic Uncertainty
Educators across the country say their top priority right now isn’t math or reading – it’s helping students manage pandemic-driven stress. To help kids cope with the trauma of the past year, mental health experts recommend educators build in time every day for students to share feelings and practice identifying and managing their emotions.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Science Club REACH(es) Great Success!
Kudos are in order for Science REACH members who have excelled recently in competition!
Members Meha Krishnareddigari and Riya Khandelwal’s project, “The Application of Fruit Peels in the Extraction of Nitrite from Water” was chosen to represent the Illinois Water Environmental Association at the Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition this year. This is the 2nd year in a row that Krishnareddigari and Khandelwal have earned this honor. Last year, their project entitled, “The Effects of Microplastics on Copepods” was also selected for this honor.
Additionally, at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) Regional Competition, the following Science REACH members won Best in Category awards. For Mathematics, Yash Gangavarapu won with his project entitled, “Constructing an Equal-Weighted Stock Portfolio Based on Systematic Risk.” Srusti Dondapati won the Materials Science category with her project, “Biodegradability of Various Cloth Face Mask Materials.” For Behavioral Science, Komal Talloo and Margaret Chen won for their project, “The Effect of Positive and Negative Audio Stimuli on the Ability to Reach Flow State.”
Several Science REACH club members have also qualified to compete in the virtual Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Competition this month. All qualifiers completed an original research project involving experiment or design and earned a Gold award at the regional level fair to qualify them at the state level: See individual qualifiers.

Bass Fishing Team Continues to Make Waves
Matthew Qualich and Charlie Grisamore clinched a trip to the IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals on Thursday with a second place finish in the tournament in the midst of persistent rain, wind, and temps hovering around 40. Their 8.3lbs five fish limit held first place until the final boat out of the 20 boat field weighed in and toppled them. This is the second state tournament that the duo have qualified for. Liam Plautz and John Wall took 5th in the Sectionals with a five fish bag weighing 7.1lbs. The State Finals will take place May 21-22 on Carlyle Lake just south of Effingham. Good luck, Patriots!


May Scholarship Opportunity
Kids Chance of Illinois is awarding academic college scholarships. To be eligible for a scholarship grant, applicants must have a parent who has passed away or has been seriously injured as a result of a work-related accident that meets the criteria of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and that has resulted in demonstrated financial need. The deadline to apply is May 31. Learn more on the Kids Chance of Illinois website.


Athletic Results for May 7-9
The Patriots defeated the Libertyville Wildcats 11-6 on Friday with a great team win. The Patriots fired up the offense in the first inning when Jordan Skolmar hit a 3 run home run. A three run rally in the fourth inning was led by singles by Michael Belbot and Joey Little. Ethan Ge was credited with the victory. Ge allowed five hits and four runs over six innings, striking out three and walking one. Joey Woods threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Girls Water Polo
The girls water polo team defeated New Trier 8-3. Belle Cloeter had three goals while Maria Mossakowski had two goals. Liz Matlin led steals with five. Maggie Bauwens had eleven blocked shots from goal.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots lost 22-2 Friday to the top Boys Lacrosse team in the state of Illinois. Junior Ryan Hynes scored both goals for the Patriots.

Stevenson Defeated Mundelein 71-4. Lorenzo Frezza (126 lbs) and Shawn Tokmottsev (160 lbs) had pins, and Cole Rhemrev (138 lbs) won by major decision.

Girls Track & Field
The Stevenson girls track & field team competed at the Huntley Invitational this Friday and came home with some hardware and new personal best performances. Senior Camille Clay dominated in the throwing events coming in first in the shot put with a throw of 12.00 meters and first in the discus with a throw of 36.21 meters. Also scoring major points for Stevenson were junior Ella O’Neall, who earned second place in shot put with a throw of 11.88 meters, and senior Natali Freihammer, who secured third place in discus with a throw of 32.58 meters. Other top finishers for the Patriots were 4×800 relay team of Shannon Moser, Madelyn Lee, Ida Diab, and Sophia Sun who ran a 10:55.51 for a sixth place finish, Autumn Greaney with a time of 12:52.13 in the 3200 meter run scoring seventh place, and Alex Wu in the long jump with a 9.81 meter mark securing seventh place. Earning eighth place for the Patriots were junior Eve Traficanti in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:04.02 and senior Jade Cadichon in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.07. The Stevenson girls track & field team will celebrate their seniors tonight at their last home meet at 4:45 p.m.

Boys Volleyball
On Friday night, Stevenson earned their first conference win with a two-set victory over Lake Forest High School, 25-13, 25-9. Led by the attacking of seniors, Ryan Myers (9 kills), Akaash Tanjore (7 kills), and Ethan Holub (5 kills), the Patriots’ offense was on full display.

Girls Softball
The girls softball team had a non-conference win against Evanston Friday in Lincolnshire 5-2. The Patriots scored 2 in the bottom of the 1st after a leadoff walk by Allie Stevens, a single by Elle Ruchim and a single by Michaela Duffy. Evanston Tied the game in the Top of the 3rd on a couple Stevenson miscues, but the Pats quickly rebounded with 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th. Hailey Langer and Phoebe Guercio started the inning with singles, Elle Ruchim walked and Michaela Duffy had a 2 out double clearing the bases to put the Patriots up 5-2. Stevenson never looked back as Haley Barnes pitched a complete game striking out 9 with only 2 walks. Next up, the Patriots play at Libertyville today at 4:45 p.m.

The Patriots (9-3-1, 3-2) defeated Prairie Ridge on Saturday with a score of 5-3. Daniel Cabrales was the winning pitcher for Stevenson. Cabrales surrendered three runs on three hits over five innings, striking out seven and walking zero. Joey Woods threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen. Woods recorded the last six outs to earn the save. The Patriots tallied six hits on the day. Michael Belbot and Colin Schmitke each collected multiple hits. Schmitke and Belbot each collected two hits to lead the charge.

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson defeated St Charles North 14-2 in the first match of the Stevenson Triangular. Belle Cloeter and Maria Mossakowski led in the scoring column with three goals apiece. Maggie Bauwens had seven blocked shots and Liz Matlin and Anna Gates both had three steals. In the second match, Stevenson notched a 12-7 victory over York. Elizabeth White led the charges with three goals. White and Maria Mossakowski also had three steals a piece and Maggie Bauwens had eleven blocked shots. They travel to Libertyville on Tuesday for the final NSC regular season match.

Girls Soccer
New Trier scored once in the first half and again during the second half, both off of corner kicks and that was enough for the 2-0 victory over the Patriots (6-2-1, 1-0). Keeper, Mandy Meliker recorded 8 saves. The Patriots play their next game today vs. Grayslake Central at 4:45 p.m. on SHS game Field 13. Check out the Daily Herald article!

Girls Lacrosse
Girls Lacrosse had an exciting 10-6 win over Conant behind four goals and one assist from Lili Sorenson. Adeline Brady had two goals, including one breakaway goal on a turnover caused by Tessie Primack. Other Stevenson goals were scored by: Jordyn Ackerman (2), Teagan Hendricks (1) and Alicia Sharun (1). The Patriots are home again on Wednesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. against Lake Zurich in the SHS Stadium.

Boys Tennis
Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinsky set the tone for Stevenson’s boys tennis team Saturday with an impressive effort at No. 1 doubles to lead the Patriots to the team title at the Buffalo Grove-Palatine Invite. The Patriots’ duo dominated the field, including a straight-set (6-2, 6-0) victory over Ben Alzenberg-Max Rosenfeld (Highland Park) to lead a complete sweep at doubles for coach Tom Stanhope’s team, which outscored runner-up Glenbrook North 44-32 and third-place Latin (29). Check out the Daily Herald article!

Boys Volleyball
On Saturday, the Patriots opened the weekend quad tournament with a tough loss in a battle against their neighbor to the north, Vernon Hills High School, 23-25, 24-26. The Patriots bounced back with two wins over Niles West 25-21, 25-16, and Palatine 25-20, 25-23 High Schools. Offensive leaders on Saturday included Ethan Holub (21 kills), Akaash Tanjore (16 kills), and Samuel Nuudel (15 kills and 2 ace serves). Daniel Nuudel contributed 59 assists. Murad Shahzadeh’s 28 digs and Ethan Holub’s 16 block assists solidified the defense.
The Patriots face off against Hersey High School tonight as they look to build on this weekend’s success.

Stevenson missed some opportunities in two close losses to Glenbrook South 33-34 and Conant 33-35. Thomas Schoolman had 2 pins, and Shawn Tokmottsev, Lorenzo Frezza, Cole Rhemrev, Kei Yamato, and Arad Peregoudov won both of their individual bouts.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots beat Conant 18-6 on Saturday. Junior Ryan Hynes led the way, scoring 9 goals and adding 2 assists. Junior Joshua Neela got his second win in the cage as the Patriots Varsity goalie. The Patriots will take on Lake Zurich High School in an away game on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.


New Research Finds Arts Education Increases School Engagement, Attendance
Boston schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said in a statement that the new research provides evidence supporting “what we already know: arts education engages students, builds community, expresses our shared humanity and experience, and contributes to joyful learning environments.”

Do Kids Need to Catch Up in School or Take a Break This Summer?
The Daily Herald surveyed numerous parents on Facebook about what choices they would make for their children’s enrichment over the summer.