Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022

Special Deliveries: NHS Students Deliver Record Number Of Gifts And Goods To Lake County Families On Give-A-Thon Delivery Day

If you like candy, you may have run into junior Devin Singh over the last month. He was really hustling around school to sell as much candy as he could. 

“I did that because I think a large part of it was that I wanted to give back to my community,” Singh said. “It’s impactful and a lot of us enjoy spending time with each other knowing that we’re doing good for the people around us.” 

Singh, a member of National Honor Society, sold candy to help raise money for the family that he and his classmates were assigned to for Stevenson’s Give-A-Thon holiday fundraiser, where gifts and food and household items were purchased by students and faculty and staff, collected in boxes around campus and then distributed to three locations around Lake County.

Wednesday was Give-A-Thon’s big finale: Delivery Day…and Singh and other members of National Honor Society made in-person deliveries of all the goodies to Catholic Charities Warehouse in Libertyville, St. Mary of Vernon in Indian Creek and Vernon Township Food Pantry in Buffalo Grove.

CHECK OUT THE GALLERY OF PHOTOS FROM DELIVERY DAY!

“It’s a really nice thing to do. I’m excited to be here, knowing that I’m helping families in need to have a good Christmas,” senior Lila Brandwein said while unloading gifts at the warehouse in Libertyville. “We’ve got a lot of things they can really use and that will benefit them.”

There were all kinds of donations: gifts such as toys and bikes, food such as macaroni and cheese and soup, and baby items such as diapers and wipes.

“The aura at Stevenson changes as you go into the holiday season. There’s this giving spirit that comes around,” senior Nicole Lee said at the food pantry in Buffalo Grove. “It’s wonderful to see students think of such creative ideas when they’re trying to raise money for people in need in Lake County.”

While some students like Singh sold candy and other items to raise their money so that they could shop for their families’ wishlist items, others started GoFundMe pages so that they could raise enough money to get big-ticket items such as bikes. A total of 67 brand-new bikes were donated by Stevenson’s Give-A-Thon.

“It’s the reward you feel internally. It’s so nice seeing all the gifts distributed and to know that you were able to be a part of that to provide things to people who aren’t as fortunate as you,” junior Aafreen Nazimuddin said while eating lunch at St. Mary Of Vernon. “I feel like the Stevenson community is really big on giving back and helping others. Christmas is one of those holidays when everyone loves to give, so this is something that everyone looks forward to.”

Between 600 to 700 student leaders at Stevenson helped Give-A-Thon set record numbers this year. Typically, Give-A-Thon sets out to help between 300 and 350 families.

“We have more than 400 families that we are able to serve. And it’s close to 1,300 individual kids who will be getting gifts this year,” said teacher Courtney Zabrin, sponsor of National Honor Society, which runs Give-A-Thon. “My favorite part about it is that obviously we’re giving back to our community but also, it creates a sense of community within the school. It brings students together and adults into the process as well. Students really work hard to come together to give back to our community.”

Seniors Daniel Li and Hannah Yu are members of the Executive Board of National Honor Society and as leaders, were enjoying seeing Give-A-Thon push over the finish line yesterday, knowing that as a result of months of planning so many people would be helped.

“Finally being able to see everything come together is an amazing feeling,” Li said. “Everyone is involved and it’s something everyone can bond over and I find that so awesome.”

“It’s great to see all of the unity in our student body, especially on days like Collection Day and Delivery Day,” Yu added. “We get to see all of our efforts come to fruition. It’s good to see that what we do as a school community actually genuinely benefits people and that it really changes their lives.”

Original Student Music To Be Showcased TOMORROW!

A vast array of musical talent will be on display TOMORROW night in Stevenson’s popular Music Production Showcase.

The event, slated for a 7 p.m. start in the West Auditorium, Room 2104, the Patriot Lobby and the MIDI Lab (Room 2201), will feature the work that students have been doing in Music Production classes this semester. Students will be showcasing their original music through performances, artist talks, and live listening sessions.

The Music Production Showcase is free, and open to the public.

Seniors: Time To Order Your Grad Gear; Deadline Is Dec. 18!

Graduation may still seem far away, but planning for it is already getting underway!

Seniors can place orders now for graduation packages, graduation announcements, senior gear, class rings, caps and gowns and more with Jostens

The Jostens group order deadline for Stevenson is Sunday, Dec. 18. After Dec. 18, individual order pricing and handling charges will apply and orders will be subject to availability.

For questions, please call or text Jostens at (847) 818-8419 or e-mail:
walteroffice@jostens.com

Tell Your Younger Siblings: Master Dance Class For Eighth Graders Is Saturday And Space Is Limited!


Do you have a younger sibling who is interested in Dance and will be a freshman at Stevenson next year?

If so, make sure to pass along that the Stevenson Dance Faculty will be hosting a fun, free Master Dance Class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in Room 2112 at Stevenson.

Eighth graders who are interested in taking Dance 1 next year and would like a preview of what the class will be like will love this class…but spaces are limited so sign up now. There is no dance experience required: just arrive ready to dance in leggings/yoga pants/sweatpants and a tank top or T-shirt. No shoes needed, and bring a water bottle!

Athletic Results

Girls Gymnastics: The Patriots (0-2) hosted their season opener against Warren and Lake Zurich, falling to both teams, 128.85 to 126.20 against Warren and 127.60 to 126.20 against Lake Zurich. Notable finishes came from Ashley Schabes who came in second on the uneven bars with a score of 9.15, second on the vault with an 8.55, tied for first on the beam with a score of 9.00, first on the floor with a score of 8.45, and a first place in the all-around with a score of 35.15. Emma Fang took first on the uneven bars with a score of 9.30 and Samantha Matzek tied for second on the floor with a score of 8.25. Next up for Stevenson is the Rolling Meadows Invite on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

Girls Bowling: Stevenson (0-2) had its second match against conference opponent Libertyville and lost 2277 to 1817. Improving on their previous match, Amanda Xumsai and Anna Reyes both bowled high games of 164 for the Patriots. Next up for Stevenson is the Fremd Invite on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at Arlington Lanes.

Sports Notes


Boys Hockey:
 The Patriots will be partnering with Heartland Animal Shelter to inform families about animal adoption at their game on FRIDAY against Glenbrook North at Twin Rinks in Buffalo Grove. The JV game begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Varsity game begins at 8 p.m. Dogs and kittens will be in the rink lobby and Heartland will provide information about their shelter and adoptable animals. The Patriots are asking fans and families to please consider bringing some items from Heartland’s wishlist (pictured left) to the game.


United States Marine Corp: Stevenson will welcome local Marines on FRIDAY at 8 a.m. to engage in conversation and activity about leadership and teamwork. The event will take place on the Turf in the Patriot Wellness Center. 


Sports Boosters Annual Flash Sale:
 The Sports Boosters will be hosting their annual Winter Flash Sale on FRIDAY during Periods 4, 5 and 6 in Room 5120 (PWC).  Stop by and stock up on gifts for the holidays. Cash, credit and checks are accepted. Park in Lot D and enter through Door 19. Please check in with security personnel.

Boys Lacrosse Information Meeting: Athletes who are interested in trying out for boys lacrosse this spring are invited to attend an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. on MONDAY in Room 5132. The meeting will take approximately 30 minutes. E-mail Coach Hake at thake@d125.org with questions. NOTE: If you are in a Winter Sport, you should NOT attend.

Mark Your Calendars: Just a reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ If you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete meeting, there is one coming up on THURSDAY, Dec. 8 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and the meeting will start promptly.

Girls Basketball: The 2022 State Champion Girls Basketball team will be playing Huntley on SATURDAY, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the NOW Arena. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

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

Dec. 2: Music Production Showcase
Dec. 6-7:Winter ArtFest
Dec. 6:Winter ArtFest Reception
Dec. 7:Band Fundraiser ~ Noodles & Company
Dec. 8: Late Arrival
Dec. 8: CCC Presents: College And Career Center Night For Junior Families

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022

Collection Day Numbers Hit Record Highs; Delivery Day Is Today! 

Not that he has a crystal ball, but senior Sammy Entin (pictured right) is already certain about one thing in his future: It will include charitable work.

He’s fallen in love with the idea of helping others, giving back…thanks to his four-year involvement in Give-A-Thon, Stevenson’s nearly 40-year tradition of helping local children and families during the holidays.

“I definitely see myself doing this kind of stuff in college and beyond,” Entin said. “This is my fourth year being involved in Give-A-Thon and it’s one of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had at Stevenson High School. I encourage everyone to get involved.”

Entin, a member of the Executive Board of the National Honor Society, which runs Give-A-Thon, was the Group Leader during Tuesday’s Collection Day. Sporting a Santa hat and a red Give-A-Thon T-shirt, not only was he festive, he was also very busy keeping the bags and bags of donated gifts that were dropped off by Stevenson students at the Performing Arts Center organized and orderly.

The goal of the National Honor Society was to provide gifts and household goods and food to between 350 and 400 families, and Stevenson outdid itself, gathering items for more than 400 families. And more than 1,200 children will be supported with gifts, including 67 bikes!!

“I think we have definitely exceeded our expectations,” Entin said “When I look at all these gifts. It’s great to see. It’s really meaningful. A lot of us get gifts under the Christmas tree and it’s just great to know that children across the area will have a similar experience.”

The food and household gifts were plentiful, too, with more than 4,100 diapers, 2,800 boxes of macaroni and cheese, 86 boxes of canned soup, and many, many other items collected.

Junior Maya Sverdlov, also a member of National Honor Society and pictured left in front of boxes upon boxes of macaroni and cheese, was stationed in the room where all the donated food and household items were collected and sorted. This is her first year working behind the scenes during Give-A-Thon’s Collection Day.

“We’ve just been sorting through all this food that every class has collected. They bring it to us in boxes and then we re-sort it by food and then box it so that all the food is in one place,” Sverdlov said. “It’s so fulfilling to see that so much food is going to go to so many people. 

“I just love giving back. I know I have so much and I want to give back to people who don’t have so much. I think a lot of people here are like that because Give-A-Thon is so popular at Stevenson. People get super involved and it’s a really great community feeling to know that we’re all giving back.”
 Thank you Patriots for your spirited and generous participation in Give-A-Thon!

Today is Delivery Day, in which all the gifts and donated items that you provided will be loaded onto trucks and taken to locations around Lake County.

NHS students from Stevenson will personally help distribute the items at: Catholic Charities Warehouse in Libertyville, St. Mary of Vernon in Indian Creek and Vernon Township Pantry in Buffalo Grove.

You’re Up, Freshmen! Time To Select
Your Courses For Next Year!

The process of “Freshmen Course Selection” starts TODAY with presentations for freshmen from their counselors in their advisory classrooms. 

Freshmen will then begin selecting their courses for the 2023-24 school year starting on Dec. 15.

For more information about Course Selection, check out the “Course Selection Page” on the Stevenson website.

Planning Ahead: Final Experience Right Around The Corner!

Stevenson’s Final Experience will be here before you know it, and the timing of the two days is new this year.

Here’s a quick look at the structure of the schedule for Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 22.

More information about busing, tutoring, food services and Patriots Wellness Center hours during those two days is coming soon!

Want A Great Final Experience? Optimize Your Daily Health Behavior And Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!!

Did you know that your brain is 75 percent water!?

Leading up to your Final Experience, there are science-based tips that you can use to help reach your greatest personal potential.

Studies show that you need to be only 1 percent dehydrated to experience a 5 percent decrease in cognitive function. A 2 percent decrease in brain hydration can result in short-term memory loss and trouble with math computations.


The best tip to optimize your potential is to: HYDRATE DAILY.
An easy strategy to ensure maximum hydration is to divide your body weight (in pounds) by two and consume that many ounces of fluid per day. Water, sports drinks, juice, and coffee or tea all count toward your daily fluid intake!

Why is it important to stay hydrated?
Water, which makes up about 60 percent to 70 percent of human body weight, participates in metabolism, maintains electrolyte balance, and has other functions. Humans need to keep the balance of water input and output. People may be dehydrated when their water input is less than their output. Dehydration may lead to negative results, such as decreased muscle endurance and strength, and decreased cognitive performance.

 Here are some tips for meeting your daily fluid needs for optimal cognitive performance:

Drink a full glass of water first thing when you wake up.

Drink a full glass of water before each meal.

Carry a refillable water bottle and drink it as often as needed to make up your remaining fluid requirement.

Ready, Set…Audition: Frosh/Soph And Winter Plays To Hold Auditions Starting TODAY; Backstage Roles Available Too

More opportunities to get involved with Stevenson’s awarding-winning theater program are coming your way.

Auditions and leadership interviews for the Frosh/Soph Play “Romeo And Juliet” and the Winter Play “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time” start TODAY (3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and run through tomorrow (3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the Little Theatre, with rehearsals beginning next week.

“Romeo And Juliet” is a one-hour production that will run in February. Measures will be taken to make sure that students feel comfortable, confident and safe with Shakespearen text and some of the heavier themes of the story. Only freshmen and sophomores will be cast in the play.

The Winter Play, “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time,” will run in March and feature costume, scenic, lighting and sound design by the Advanced Stagecraft Class. The award-winning play concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by a young boy named Christopher, who has Autism.

Backstage Roles: Interested in learning more about the artists and technicians who work behind-the-scenes on live entertainment? As part of Stevenson Backstage, crew members work on the set, costumes, lighting, sound, props and assist with running the show.

Students of all grade and experience levels are encouraged to sign up to audition and join the crew! 

There is a Crew Information Session from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Black Box Theater. For more information and to sign up, click here for the Audition Packet.

Heads Up: New Campus Traffic Pattern Starting TOMORROW

Starting TOMORROW, Stevenson will change campus traffic flow during peak times.

From 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Stevenson Drive will be routed in such a way that will prevent cars from traveling from one end of campus to the other. When driving to campus during these peak times, please plan to exit the campus in the same location you entered.

Traffic that enters campus from Route 22 can access Lots B and C and will be routed back out to exit onto Route 22 only. Traffic that enters campus from Port Clinton Road can access Lots E and D/D Extension and will be routed back out to Port Clinton Road.

Calling All Ballers! Lace Up Those Sneaks And Join IM Hoops!


There will be a Captains/Informational Meeting for Stevenson’s Intramural Boys and Girls Basketball Leagues at 7:45 a.m. TOMORROW in the Student Activities Office.

Registration for the league will be open from Dec. 1 until Dec. 14.

Athletic Results
 Girls Basketball:
 Stevenson (4-1, 1-0) defeated Waukegan, 64-31. There were contributions from the entire team with Emory Klatt leading the way with 19 points. Nisha Musunuri added 17 points, Bri Welter put up 8 points and Kate Arne (pictured left) and Emma Brooks added 7 points and 6 points, respectively. The Patriots are back in action on Friday, hosting conference rival Libertyville at 7 p.m.

 Boys Bowling: The Patriots (5-1, 4-1) fell for the first time this season against Lake Zurich, 3053 to 2967. Stevenson was led by Shalimar Jacobs with a 660 series and a high game of 279, and Micheal Portiera with a 652 series and a high game of 274. In game three, Jacobs started the first eight frames with strikes, while Portiera started the first nine frames with strikes. Next up is a match at Waukegan at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow.

Sports Notes


United States Marine Corp: Stevenson will welcome local Marines on FRIDAY at 8 a.m. to engage in conversation and activity about leadership and teamwork. The event will take place on the Turf in the Patriot Wellness Center. 

Sports Boosters Annual Flash Sale: The Sports Boosters will be hosting their annual Winter Flash Sale on FRIDAY during Periods 4, 5 and 6 in Room 5120 (PWC).  Stop by and stock up on gifts for the holidays. Cash, credit and checks are accepted. Park in Lot D and enter through Door 19. Please check in with security personnel.

 Boys Basketball Manager Needed: The Varsity Boys Basketball team needs a manager to take statistics and assist with practice. Please e-mail Coach Ambrose at pambrose@d125.org if you are interested. The deadline to express interest is FRIDAY.

Boys Lacrosse Information Meeting: Athletes who are interested in trying out for boys lacrosse this spring are invited to attend an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. on MONDAY in Room 5132. The meeting will take approximately 30 minutes. E-mail Coach Hake at thake@d125.org with questions. NOTE: If you are in a Winter Sport, you should NOT attend.

Mark Your Calendars: Just a reminder to all Student-Athletes ~ If you have not attended the mandatory Student-Athlete meeting, there is one coming up on THURSDAY, Dec. 8 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and the meeting will start promptly.

Girls Basketball: The 2022 State Champion Girls Basketball team will be playing Huntley on SATURDAY, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the NOW Arena. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

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

Nov. 30: Give-A-Thon 2022 Delivery Day
Nov. 30: FAN ~ Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions
Dec. 2: Music Production Showcase
Dec. 6-7:Winter ArtFest
Dec. 6: Winter ArtFest Reception
Dec. 7: Band Fundraiser ~ Noodles & Company

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

Gifts Galore Descend On PAC For Give-A-Thon Collection Day; Delivery Day Is Tomorrow! 

Give-A-Thon, Stevenson’s long-running holiday fundraiser run by the National Honor Society, is nearing its fun and festive conclusion.

Today is Collection Day, where students can bring their gifts to the Performing Arts Center. Then tomorrow for Delivery Day, all the gifts and donated items will be loaded onto trucks that will take them to locations around Lake County.

NHS students from Stevenson will personally help distribute the items at: Catholic Charities Warehouse in Libertyville, St. Mary of Vernon in Indian Creek and Vernon Township Pantry in Buffalo Grove.

Takeover Tuesday: Kim Running Stevenson’s Instagram Today!

To capture all of the behind-the-scenes action of Give-A-Thon’sCollection Day today, senior Gyeongwu Kim (pictured right) has taken over the main Stevenson Instagram account.

Kim is on the Executive Board of the National Honor Society, which is running Give-A-Thon. A two-year member of NHS, Kim is also on the Collection Day Committee.

“Watching (everyone) sell candy and other things and buying from them and then watching how the amount of gifts grow on Collection Day,” Kim said of his favorite part of Give-A-Thon.

Thanks GK for your help today!

Today Is #GivingTuesday! You Can Ensure All Students Succeed At Stevenson…And Beyond

Stevenson inspires students to reach for the stars, and many go on to exciting colleges and careers, and lifelong successes.

But despite perceptions and outward appearances, hundreds of students at Stevenson carry a burden you may not see ~ significant financial hardships that lead to a lack of the most basic essentials needed to fully engage in the school day. Even worse, for financially under-resourced or first-generation students, college can feel out of reach.

What if there was a way to ensure that all students can succeed at Stevenson and beyond? 

Vital Stevenson Foundation programs such as One Family and Stevenson To College (S2C) provide the immediate assistance and long-term resources students need to achieve their full potential and brightest futures.

On #GivingTuesday, please consider giving a tax-deductible gift to the Stevenson Foundation to help provide essentials and opportunities to students in need on campus.

For more information and to learn about the positive impact of your support, contact Director of Development & Marketing Linda Knapp at (847) 415-4147 or LKnapp@StevensonFoundation.org.

You’re Up, Freshmen! Time To Select
Your Courses For Next Year!

The process of “Freshmen Course Selection” starts TOMORROW with presentations for freshmen from their counselors in their advisory classrooms. 

Freshmen will then begin selecting their courses for the 2023-24 school year starting on Dec. 15.

For more information about Course Selection, check out the “Course Selection Page” on the Stevenson website.

Model UN Club Racking Up Awards At Multiple Competitions

Stevenson’s Model United Nations Club has been recognized for winning awards at four conferences during the last month.

 Carl Sandburg Model UN

  • Honorable: Deeya Pendharkar, Tisha Vasudeva, Raghav Sharma
  • Outstanding: Dhruv Pendharkar, Ethan Yao, Elijah Cherian, Brian Hu
  • Best: Rishabh Wuppalapati

 St Ignatius Model UN

  • Honorable: Pranav Meraga, Pranav Atluri, Joseph Leptich, Nathan Chen, Stone Yan, Olivia Lee
  • Outstanding: Kelly Liu, Sherry Want, Pooja Sampelli, Tej Kosaraju, Tony Liu
  • Best: Eshaam Bhattad, Matthew Lewis, Medha Mamidipaka, Dhruv Pendharkar, Anish Nadella
  • Outstanding Large Delegation Award

 Brown Model UN

  • Honorable: Medha Mamidipaka, Sanya Mahajan, Sydney Lam, Pranav Meraga, Maddie Wang, Sherry Wang
  • Outstanding: Anish Nadella
  • Best: Alisha Chowdhary, Vageesh Ramaswamy, Mihir Putcha, Elijah Cherian

 UCLA Model UN

  • Research: Sadhvi Swaminathan
  • Honorable: Dhruv Malladi, Sanchi Deshpande, Pranav Harish, Shipra Jha
  • Outstanding: Sadhvi Swaminathan, Jiya Mehta
  • Best: Brian Hu

Ready, Set…Audition: Frosh/Soph And Winter Plays To Hold Auditions Starting TOMORROW; Backstage Roles Available Too

More opportunities to get involved with Stevenson’s awarding-winning theater program are coming your way.

Auditions and leadership interviews for the Frosh/Soph Play “Romeo And Juliet” and the Winter Play “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time” start TOMORROW (3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and run through Thursday (3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the Little Theatre, with rehearsals beginning next week.

“Romeo And Juliet” is a one-hour production that will run in February. Measures will be taken to make sure that students feel comfortable, confident and safe with Shakespearen text and some of the heavier themes of the story. Only freshmen and sophomores will be cast in the play.

The Winter Play, “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time,” will run in March and feature costume, scenic, lighting and sound design by the Advanced Stagecraft Class. The award-winning play concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by a young boy named Christopher, who has Autism.

Backstage Roles: Interested in learning more about the artists and technicians who work behind-the-scenes on live entertainment? As part of Stevenson Backstage, crew members work on the set, costumes, lighting, sound, props and assist with running the show.

Students of all grade and experience levels are encouraged to sign up to audition and join the crew! 

There is a Crew Information Session from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Black Box Theater. For more information and to sign up, click here for the Audition Packet.

Heads Up: New Campus Traffic Pattern Starting THURSDAY

Starting THURSDAY, Stevenson will change campus traffic flow during peak times.

From 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. and from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Stevenson Drive will be routed in such a way that will prevent cars from traveling from one end of campus to the other. When driving to campus during these peak times, please plan to exit the campus in the same location you entered.

Traffic that enters campus from Route 22 can access Lots B and C and will be routed back out to exit onto Route 22 only. Traffic that enters campus from Port Clinton Road can access Lots E and D/D Extension and will be routed back out to Port Clinton Road.

Calling All Ballers! Lace Up Those Sneaks And Join IM Hoops!


There will be a Captains/Informational Meeting for Stevenson’s Intramural Boys and Girls Basketball Leagues at 7:45 a.m. on THURSDAY in the Student Activities Office.

Registration for the league will be open from Dec. 1 until Dec. 14.

Sports Notes


Boys Hockey:
 The Patriots will be partnering with Heartland Animal Shelter to inform families about animal adoption at their game on FRIDAY against Glenbrook North at Twin Rinks in Buffalo Grove. The JV game begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Varsity game begins at 8 p.m. Dogs and kittens will be in the rink lobby and Heartland will provide information about their shelter and adoptable animals. The Patriots are asking fans and families to please consider bringing some items from Heartland’s wishlist (pictured left) to the game.


United States Marine Corp: Stevenson will welcome local Marines on FRIDAY at 8 a.m. to engage in conversation and activity about leadership and teamwork. The event will take place on the Turf in the Patriot Wellness Center. 

Sports Boosters Annual Flash Sale: The Sports Boosters will be hosting their annual Winter Flash Sale on FRIDAY during Periods 4, 5 and 6 in Room 5120 (PWC).  Stop by and stock up on gifts for the holidays. Cash, credit and checks are accepted. Park in Lot D and enter through Door 19. Please check in with security personnel.

Boys Basketball Manager Needed: The Varsity Boys Basketball team needs a manager to take statistics and assist with practice. Please e-mail Coach Ambrose at pambrose@d125.org if you are interested. The deadline to express interest is FRIDAY.

Boys Lacrosse Information Meeting: Athletes who are interested in trying out for boys lacrosse this spring are invited to attend an informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. on MONDAY in Room 5132. The meeting will take approximately 30 minutes. E-mail Coach Hake at thake@d125.org with questions. NOTE: If you are in a Winter Sport, you should NOT attend.

Girls Basketball: The 2022 State Champion Girls Basketball team will be playing Huntley on SATURDAY, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the NOW Arena. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

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

Nov. 29:Give-A-Thon 2022 Collection Day
Nov. 29:PPA Meeting
Nov. 30:Give-A-Thon 2022 Delivery Day
Nov. 30:FAN ~ Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions
Dec. 2:Music Production Showcase
Dec. 6-7:Winter ArtFest
Dec. 6:Winter ArtFest Reception

Monday, Nov. 28, 2022

Last Chance To Give: Give-A-Thon Enters Final Days! 

Three days and counting…

Give-A-Thon, Stevenson’s long-running holiday fundraiser, is nearing its fun and festive conclusion on Wednesday.

Collection Day is tomorrow and the National Honor Society, Give-A-Thon’s organizer, is reminding students, faculty and staff to finish up any last-minute efforts for fundraising for gifts and for collecting food and baby items.

All gifts should be purchased, wrapped and tagged by tomorrow. Students will bring their gifts to the PAC for Wednesday’s Delivery Day, where all of the donated items and gifts will be loaded onto trucks that will distribute them across Lake County.

Stevenson Fine Arts Students Collaborate In Concert With Other Musicians From The Area 

High School musicians from around the area, including a handful from Stevenson, performed in the Illinois Music Education Association Band, Choir And Orchestra Festival earlier this month at New Trier High School

Not only did the students get to play a fantastic concert, they also worked with guest conductors from across the nation. 

The above photos (clockwise, starting top left) include: choir students before the concert, choir students together with students from other schools during the performance, instrumental students backstage and instrumental students in rehearsal.

WEDNESDAY: FAN Event ~ Stevenson will host the Family Action Network event: “Who Gets In And Why” with author Jeff Selingo and Andy Borst, Dean of Admissions of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign at 7 p.m. on WEDNESDAY in the Performing Arts Center. This will be a unique opportunity for audience participants to hear about college admissions and ask questions of the speakers.

THURSDAY: CCC Night For Juniors Interpreter Deadline ~ The deadline is THURSDAY to request an interpreter for this event, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 8. Families needing interpreter assistance can contact the College Career Center via e-mail at shs_CollegeCareer@d125.org or at (847) 415-4517. The event will be in-person at the Performing Arts Center, but it will also be live-streamed via a Zoom Webinar: https://zoom.us/j/93148261034. Post-Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller and Career Program Specialist Dan Diambri will discuss ways students can further explore career options and options after high school and how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students and the next steps.

THE FINAL EXPERIENCE, DEC. 21, DEC. 22 ~ Stevenson’s Final Experience is just around the corner, and the timing of the two days is new this year. Here’s a quick look at the structure of the schedule. More information about busing, tutoring, food services and Patriots Wellness Center hours during the two days is coming soon!

Ready, Set…Audition: Frosh/Soph And Winter Plays To Hold Auditions Starting Wednesday; Backstage Roles Available Too

More opportunities to get involved with Stevenson’s awarding-winning theater program are coming your way.

Auditions and leadership interviews for the Frosh/Soph Play “Romeo And Juliet” and the Winter Play “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time” start on Wednesday (3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and run through Thursday (3:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), with rehearsals beginning next week.

“Romeo And Juliet” is a one-hour production that will run in February. Measures will be taken to make sure that students feel comfortable, confident and safe with Shakespearen text and some of the heavier themes of the story. Only freshmen and sophomores will be cast in the play.

The Winter Play, “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time,” will run in March and feature costume, scenic, lighting and sound design by the Advanced Stagecraft Class. The award-winning play concerns a mystery surrounding the death of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by a young boy named Christopher, who has Autism.

Backstage Roles: Interested in learning more about the artists and technicians who work behind-the-scenes on live entertainment? As part of Stevenson Backstage, crew members work on the set, costumes, lighting, sound, props and assist with running the show.

Students of all grade and experience levels are encouraged to sign up to audition and join the crew! 

There is a Crew Information Session from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 in the Black Box Theater. For more information and to sign up, click here for the Audition Packet.

Tell Your Younger Siblings: Master Dance Class For Eighth Graders Is Saturday And Space Is Limited!

Do you have a younger sibling who is interested in Dance and will be a freshman at Stevenson next year?

If so, make sure to pass along that the Stevenson Dance Faculty will be hosting a fun, free Master Dance Class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in Room 2112 at Stevenson.

Eighth graders who are interested in taking Dance 1 next year and would like a preview of what the class will be like will love this class…but spaces are limited so sign up now. There is no dance experience required: just arrive ready to dance in leggings/yoga pants/sweatpants and a tank top or T-shirt. No shoes are needed. And bring a water bottle!

PWC Headlines: Turf Use, PPT, Current Offerings

Here is the latest news from the Patriot Wellness Center:

Turf Use: Due to the PWC’s new fitness training program, Patriot Performance Training, the PWC Turf will be closed to general use on Tuesdays (3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.)

Patriot Performance Training (PPT) is a group training program that improves all aspects of fitness, including strength, speed, power, and muscular and aerobic endurance.

If you are interested in joining Patriot Performance Training, please ask one of our Wellness Coaches at the PWC.

Current PWC Offerings: The current PWC offerings include Zumba and Open Soccer.

Athletic Results


Girls Basketball:
 Stevenson (3-1) defeated Phillips, 54-26. Emory Klatt (pictured right) had a career-high 34 points and unofficially pulled down 20-plus rebounds. Kate Arne finished with 9 points. The Patriots will be taking on Waukegan tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Boys Basketball: In the opening weekend of the season, Stevenson competed at the Ed Molitor Classic at Palatine High School. The Patriots (3-1) opened with a victory over Buffalo Grove, 64-51. Leading scores were David Sulnius with 15 points while Jack Dabbs and Christian Uremovich each had 13 points. In game two, Stevenson defeated Jacobs, 67-35. Dabbs led the scoring with 15 points, Aidan Bardic tossed in 12 points and Sulnius added 10. In the third game, the Patriots defeated Palatine, 57-43. Uremovich led Stevenson with 17 points, Dabbs added 14 points and Sulnius contributed 11 points. As the Patriots wrapped up the weekend, they took on Glenbrook South and lost, 68-60. Next up for Stevenson is a road game at Chicago Westinghouse Prep at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Wrestling: Stevenson finished 10th out of 31 teams at the Barrington Moore-Prettyman Invite. Lorenzo Frezza (pictured left) was a champion in the 138-pound weight class, defeating one of the state’s top-ranked wrestlers who had beaten Lorenzo multiple times in the past. Themba Sitshela earned sixth in the 152-pound weight class and Thomas Schoolman finished third in the 160-pound weight class. Frezza was named the Moore-Prettyman Tournament Outstanding Wrestler! Thirty-one head coaches voted for Frezza out of nearly 400 competitors on the weekend. Next up for the Patriots is a road match at Lake Zurich at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. 

Boys Bowling: The Patriots (5-0, 4-0) had a busy holiday weekend, taking on Grayslake North first on Wednesday. Stevenson defeated the Knights 3500 to 3226. The Patriots competed in a 6-on-6 match and were able to keep all 6 scores. Jackson Sher and Ender Starr led the way for the Patriots with series scores of 657 and 643, respectively. At the Harlem Invite on Saturday, the Patriots finished sixth overall in a pool of 20, which included the top teams in the state and the two favorites to win the state championship. Starr finished second overall in the heavily-contested field with a 1439 series. Next up is a pivotal conference matchup at Lake Zurich on Tuesday, starting at 4:45 p.m.

Boys Hockey: The Patriots (21-7) lost to St. Viator, 4-1. Brandon Schultz put the Patriots on the board in the second period, assisted by Andrew Lermer.  Next up is New Trier at 5:50 p.m. on Thursday at Twin Rinks.

Sports Notes

United States Marine Corp: Stevenson will welcome local Marines on FRIDAY at 8 a.m. to engage in conversation and activity about leadership and teamwork. The event will take place on the Turf in the Patriot Wellness Center. 

Sports Boosters Annual Flash Sale: The Sports Boosters will be hosting their annual Winter Flash Sale on FRIDAY during Periods 4, 5 and 6 in Room 5120 (PWC).  Stop by and stock up on gifts for the holidays. Cash, credit and checks are accepted. Park in Lot D and enter through Door 19. Please check in with security personnel.

Boys Basketball Manager Needed: The Varsity Boys Basketball team needs a manager to take statistics and assist with practice. Please e-mail Coach Ambrose at pambrose@d125.org if you are interested. The deadline to express interest is FRIDAY.

Girls Basketball: The 2022 State Champion Girls Basketball team will be playing Huntley on SATURDAY, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the NOW Arena. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

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

Nov. 28: Activity Period
Nov. 29: Give-A-Thon 2022 Collection Day
Nov. 29: PPA Meeting
Nov. 30: Give-A-Thon 2022 Delivery Day
Nov. 30: FAN ~ Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions
Dec. 2: Music Production Showcase

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

Puerto Rico Draws Rosario Back Home For Swimming, Family, Food…And The Beaches!

It seems like a lifetime ago since Diego Rosario lived in Puerto Rico.

But his memories are vivid.

The food, his family, and…

“The beaches,” Rosario said with a smile. “I remember the beautiful beaches.”

Rosario, a junior at Stevenson, was born in Puerto Rico, and grew up in Trujillo Alto, outside of San Juan.

A member of the varsity swim team at Stevenson that won state last year, Rosario can trace his swimming roots all the way back to his native country.

“I was just a beginner there, but that’s where I learned,” Rosario said. “I was just (taking lessons) so that I could swim. Just the basics. Nothing serious.”

Just last month though, swimming in Puerto Rico suddenly got very serious for Rosario.

He took a chance and entered the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open, mostly for the fun of returning to and competing in the country he was born in, but also to test the waters and see how he might fare against top international competitors.

Rosario, who left Puerto Rico when he was 7 years old due to a job change for his Dad, wound up placing in three events: third in 100 butterfly, fourth in the 200 butterfly and fifth in the 100 freestyle.

To read more about Rosario, his next trip to Puerto Rico and his goals for the upcoming boys swimming season, please click here.

Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday, Gourmet Foods Class Gets Its Pie On!


Pie seems to be a Thanksgiving staple, and now, students in Ms. Metzler’s Gourmet Foods class are ready to help in the kitchen on Thursday if needed.

The class made homemade pies from scratch recently over a two-day lab. Students had the freedom to choose what type of pie they wanted to make and then made their own individual pie crusts and fillings and then had the challenge of plating and photographing their dish.

This connects the advanced culinary techniques and the plating/presentation skill that students are assessed on in class. 

Pictured left is senior Joseph Richardson, plating his pumpkin pie.

Have A Great Thanksgiving Break, Patriots!

Stevenson wishes all students, families, faculty and staff a wonderful Thanksgiving Break, starting with tomorrow’s Non-Attendance Day!

Enjoy all the good food, time with family and the break from school!

See you back on campus on Monday, Nov. 28!

Heads Up On Your Return To Campus On Monday: Activity Period

There will be an Activity Period on MONDAY in which FRESHMEN will report to the Sportscenter for a “Freshmen Rally,” run by the Freshmen Mentors.

The Activity Period runs from 10:06 a.m. to 10:49 a.m.

There will also be club meetings. Please check here for a list of clubs that are meeting on Monday and their meeting locations.

For those students who are not freshmen and who do not have a club meeting scheduled, please stay with your second-period class.

Deadline For Operation Snowball Extended To NEXT MONDAY!

A fun tradition each winter at Stevenson is Operation Snowball, a memorable two-night retreat where students can have fun and make friends outside of their normal social circles.

How about being a part of the fun this year, Dec. 1 through Dec. 3, at Camp Timber Lee in East Troy, Wisconsin?

REGISTRATION ENDS ON MONDAY, Nov. 28. All online registrants must print/sign the Field Trip Permission Form and the Timber Lee Health Form. Both student and parent/guardian signatures are REQUIRED.  
Registration and Permission Slips

Submit completed/signed forms to the drop box in the Student Activities Office in the Wood Commons. Registration is not complete until ALL permission forms are received. Students are responsible for their own medications. Transportation will be provided by Stevenson.

At Snowball, students participate in team-building while playing games, hearing some presenters, and engaging in small group activities.

Check out this photo gallery from last year’s Operation Snowball event.

Check Out Some Cool Japanese Animation: Anime Meets TODAY!

Under new sponsor Carla Suaste, Anime Club will be holding meetings every Tuesday (including TODAY) after school in Room 6022.

Anime Club focuses on different aspects of animation, anime, and Japanese culture as seen through videos, comic books and other popular media.

The atmosphere is relaxed and stress-free and usually, two anime epics are viewed per meeting. 

Please direct questions to: casuaste@d125.org.

Still Time To Sign Up For NYC Fashion Travel Experience!

Couldn’t make it to the recent New York Fashion Industry Informational Meeting?

It’s not too late to sign up for the trip, which will take place Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2 and is open to all current freshmen through junior Stevenson students.

The NYC Fashion Travel Experience allows students interested in fashion the opportunity to get a jumpstart on their career aspirations by determining if this is the direction that they want to pursue. During the tours, they might meet fashion designers in their studios, get an in-depth tour of one of the world’s most recognized premium lifestyle brands, have a private tour of a premier department store before it opens or visit a mega fabric store that is actively involved in the latest reality television programs, such as “Project Runway.”

Included in the trip is a visit to a well-known NYC museum to see a current fashion exhibit on display. Students will learn about various trends in education and business that they should consider when choosing a college that is right for them and ultimately a career that excites them.

For more information and to access the required paperwork, please click here. To view the NYC Trip Slide Show, please click here.

Please contact trip coordinator Christina Erickson at cerickson@d125.org with any questions.

Boys Hockey Shares Heart-Warming Story Of Young Cancer Survivor Through Fundraiser TOMORROW NIGHT

Out of nowhere, there were two golf-ball sized lumps sticking out of Austin Antell’s neck.

Appointments with doctors came next, and before they knew it, 9-year-old Austin (pictured right) and his parents, Adam and Amanda, were being given a cancer diagnosis. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, ironically referred to as NHL cancer. Ironic because Austin is a budding hockey player. A goalie. 

The Stevenson hockey team will be holding a fundraiser at its game tomorrow night for St. Jude’s Hospital (see story in “Sports Notes” below for details) in Antell’s honor.

Antell’s dad went to Stevenson and played hockey with Stevenson coach Tom Wood (pictured left). Adam Antell and Wood are also good friends with Tim Benz, the head coach at St. Viator, which is Stevenson’s opponent for the fundraiser game. Interestingly, Benz is also the director of Austin Antell’s youth hockey club, the Northwest Chargers.

Earlier this month, Austin Antell and his Northwest Chargers teammates were special guests at a Chicago Blackhawks game for “Hockey Fights Cancer Night.” All the boys were sporting Blackhawks jerseys. 

Antell, who had to put hockey on hold while he took on his cancer treatments, was introduced at the game and got to “Ring The Bell,” a tradition for cancer patients who make it through their last treatment. Check out the heart-warming video here.

At the hockey fundraiser tomorrow night, the teams hope to raise funds for toys for St. Jude’s patients and items for their activity rooms at the facility, at the request of the Antell family.

Sports Notes

Boys Hockey: Mark your calendars for “Fan Night” at the Patriots’ varsity rivalry game against St. Viator, starting at 7:40 p.m. TOMORROW NIGHT at Twin Rinks. There will be fan giveaways and chuck-a-puck between the second and third periods to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in honor of 9-year-old cancer survivor Austin Antell (see story above). Fans can buy pucks in the lobby or from one of the volunteers circulating in the stands for $5 each or five for $20. First prize is $100, the second-prize winner will take home $75, and the third prize is $50. Fans can also donate directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of Austin Antell at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Girls Basketball: The 2022 State Champion Girls Basketball team will be playing Huntley on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the NOW Arena. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

United States Marine Corp: Stevenson will welcome local Marines on Dec. 2 at 8 a.m. to engage in conversation and activity about leadership and teamwork. The event will take place on the Turf in the Patriot Wellness Center. 

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

Nov. 23: Non-Attendance Day
Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 28: Activity Period
Nov. 29:Give-A-Thon 2022 Collection Day
Nov. 29:PPA Meeting
Nov. 30:Give-A-Thon 2022 Delivery Day
Nov. 30:FAN ~ Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions
Dec. 2:Music Production Showcase

Monday, Nov. 21, 2022

“Beauty And The Beast” Dazzles In Front Of Packed Crowds At PAC

In front of nothing but packed crowds, the “Beauty And The Beast” cast and crew dazzled over the weekend, turning out a memorable production packed with beautiful costumes, music and set designs as well as impressive acting, singing and dancing.

The Performing Arts Center was a near sellout for all three shows, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“Beauty And The Beast” featured more than 160 actors, crew members, designers, managers, and musicians who dedicated months to the preparation of the production. During that time, students from the International Thespian Society partnered with Stevenson Backstage to complete more than 300 hours working on production builds.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30: FAN Event ~ Stevenson will host the Family Action Network event: “Who Gets In and Why” with author Jeff Selingo and Andy Borst, Dean of Admissions of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the Performing Arts Center. This will be a unique opportunity for audience participants to hear about college admissions and ask questions of the speakers.

THURSDAY, DEC. 1: CCC Night For Juniors Interpreter Deadline ~ The deadline is Dec. 1 to request an interpreter for this event, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 8. Families needing interpreter assistance can contact the College Career Center via e-mail at shs_CollegeCareer@d125.org or at (847) 415-4517. The event will be in-person at the Performing Arts Center, but it will also be live-streamed via a Zoom Webinar: https://zoom.us/j/93148261034. Post-Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller and Career Program Specialist Dan Diambri will discuss ways students can further explore career options and options after high school and how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the next steps.

Registration Deadline For Operation Snowball Extended To MONDAY!

A fun tradition each winter at Stevenson is Operation Snowball, a memorable two-night retreat where students can have fun and make friends outside of their normal social circles.

How about being a part of the fun this year, Dec. 1 through Dec. 3, at Camp Timber Lee in East Troy, Wisconsin?

REGISTRATION ENDS ON MONDAY. All online registrants must print/sign the Field Trip Permission Form and the Timber Lee Health Form. Both student and parent/guardian signatures are REQUIRED.  Registration and Permission Slips

Submit completed/signed forms to the drop box in the Student Activities Office in the Wood Commons. Registration is not complete until ALL permission forms are received. Students are responsible for their own medications. Transportation will be provided by Stevenson.

At Snowball, students participate in team-building while playing games, hearing some presenters, and engaging in small group activities.

Check out this photo gallery from last year’s Operation Snowball event.

Wrap Your Noodle Around This: Patriettes Fundraiser TODAY!

The Patriettes will be holding a fundraiser TODAY from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lincolnshire Noodles & Company, 900 Milwaukee Ave, Suite A.

To order, visit: noodles.com/order and enter code: GIVING25. Then hit apply and look for the red checkmark for confirmation.

PWC Headlines: Turf Use, Hours During Break, Current Offerings

Heading into the Thanksgiving Break, here are a few things to keep in mind about the Patriot Wellness Center:

Turf Use: Due to the PWC’s new fitness training program, Patriot Performance Training, the PWC Turf will be closed to general use on Tuesdays (3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays (3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.)

Patriot Performance Training is a group training program that improves all aspects of fitness, including strength, speed, power, and muscular and aerobic endurance.

If you are interested in joining Patriot Performance Training, please ask one of our Wellness Coaches at the PWC.

PWC Hours During The Thanksgiving Break
WEDNESDAY: Open 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
THURSDAY: Closed
FRIDAY: Closed
SATURDAY: Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SUNDAY: Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Current PWC Offerings: The current PWC offerings include Zumba and Open Soccer.

Check Out Some Cool Japanese Animation: Anime Meets Tomorrow!

Under new sponsor Carla Suaste, Anime Club will be holding meetings every Tuesday (including TOMORROW) after school in Room 6022.

Anime Club focuses on different aspects of animation, anime, and Japanese culture as seen through videos, comic books and other popular media.

The atmosphere is relaxed and stress-free and usually, two anime epics are viewed per meeting. 

Please direct questions to: casuaste@d125.org.

Don’t Forget To GIVE! Give-A-Thon Collection Boxes In Classrooms!

The holidays are right around the corner and Stevenson, along with the National Honor Society, is again conducting its popular Give-A-Thon, an annual school-wide campaign aimed at bringing joy to families around Lake County during the upcoming winter holiday season.

Collection boxes are positioned throughout classrooms around campus to make donating easy. Please fill them to the top!

This will be Stevenson’s 38th year of spreading this holiday cheer to those in need and the goal is to provide gifts to 300-plus Lake County families, enough food to stock the Vernon Area Pantry for more than six months, and more than six months of baby and young motherhood supplies for the Lake County P.A.D.S.

O Canada! North-Of-The-Border Scholarship Opportunity 

Seniors: Are you interested in Queen’s University in Canada?

In celebration of its 150th anniversary (1841-1991), Queen’s University is offering 50 Chancellor’s Scholarships to students chosen on the basis of nomination by high school principals and submission of a detailed application form.

Stevenson may nominate up to three candidates. Students must be entering the first year of any undergraduate program at Queen’s to qualify for a Chancellor’s Scholarship. Scholarship criteria include superior academic ability, creative and original thinking and proven leadership qualities. The total value of this scholarship is $48,000 (four-year award).

Please return this packet, along with the appropriate essays to the College Career Center or via e-mail (SHS_collegecareer@d125.org) by MONDAY, Nov. 28, prior to 3:30 p.m.

If you are selected as a Stevenson nominee, you will be notified by Dec.1. If you have additional questions, please contact Ms. English at senglish@d125.org or Mr. Miller at dmiller@d125.org.

Athletic Results

Girls Basketball: The Patriots (2-1) showed resilience against a tough New Trier team to win 59-54 in overtime on Friday night. Down the stretch, the team hit some big free throws. Emory Klatt led the way for Stevenson with 19 points with Kate Arne close behind with 17 points and Nisha Musunuri with 16. On Saturday, the Patriots lost a tough one to Loyola, 44-42. Klatt had a team-high of 22 points, Arne contributed 12 points while Musunuri added 6 points. The Patriots are back at it at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday against Phillips to finish up the New Trier Thanksgiving Tournament. **Note the time change from 2:45 p.m.

Boys Fencing: At the Catholic Memorial High School Invite, Brian Yoon placed seventh in the men’s epee, while in the men’s foil, Johnathon Franke-Gordon placed fifth. In the men’s saber, Vincent Oriatti-Bruns placed second followed by Joshua Lim, who placed seventh. Up next for Stevenson (4-1) is an Invite at Brookfield Academy in Wisconsin on Dec. 3, starting at 9 a.m.

Girls Fencing: At the Catholic Memorial High School Invite, Molly Hayden earned second, Ymna Ali-Khan got fifth and KC Ciaccio finished seventh in the women’s epee. In the women’s foil, Sahana Bawa earned fifth, while Rithika Muthyala placed eighth. In the women’s saber, Nicole Kim took second, Joyce Kim received third and Debbie Lee finished sixth. Next up for the Patriots (5-0) is an Invite at Brookfield Academy in Wisconsin on Dec. 3, starting at 9 a.m.

Boys Bowling: Stevenson (4-0) participated in the Mustang Invite this weekend and finished eighth out of 20 teams, with an overall score of 5654. Ender Starr finished seventh overall and medaled with a series score of 1304 and a high game of 244. Jude Snider had a series of 1056 with a high game of 216. Jacob Heald bowled 5 games and a series of 967 with a game-high 245. Shalimar Jacobs had a series 907 with a high game of 195 and bowled 5 games. Jackson Sher also bowled 5 games with an 890 series and a high game of 218. Joshua Stone bowled 3 games and had a 530 series with a high game of 191. Next up for the Patriots is a nonconference match against Grayslake North before the Harlem Invite on Saturday.

Boys Hockey: In the Blackhawks Rivalry Series game at Allstate Arena, Stevenson (9-4, 21-6) lost a tough one to St. Viator in a shootout, 6-5. Max Poretto started the scoring for the Patriots in the first, assisted by Andrew Lermer and David EtingenBryan Wojdelko added to the score in the second period assisted by Tristan Caridei and Alan Wu. Then in the second, Dylan Jette had an unassisted goal to put the Patriots up by one. St Viator tied it up soon after with back-to-back goals. Jette scored again in the third period, assisted by Davis Jegers. Stevenson went on to tie it up at the end of the third, with a score from Lermer, assisted by Will Harlow. In a scoreless overtime, the game resulted in a shootout with St. Viator scoring the final goal. Stevenson will be back on the ice for a re-match against St. Viator in a home game at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday at Twin Rinks.

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

Nov. 21: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Nov. 23: Non-Attendance Day
Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 28: Activity Period
Nov. 29: Give-A-Thon 2022 Collection Day
Nov. 29: PPA Meeting
Nov. 30:Give-A-Thon 2022 Delivery Day
Nov. 30: FAN ~ Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions
Dec. 2: Music Production Showcase

Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

Dressed For Success: “Beauty And The Beast” Cast And Crew Performs Official Dress Rehearsal Before A Packed House Of Sender School Eighth Graders; Ready For Tonight’s Opening Night

To make just one pick was almost too much.

Em Vollers, an eighth grader at Daniel Wright, had a really tough time singling out her very favorite part of the “Beauty And The Beast” dress rehearsal that she and hundreds of other eighth graders from Stevenson’s Sender Schools were treated to on Thursday morning at the Performing Arts Center.

“I just can’t choose. I loved all of it. All of it,” Vollers said excitedly. “I guess if I had to, I’d pick the last dance scene…or maybe “Be Our Guest” because it was just…it was just…I have no words. I can’t describe how cool it was to see that.”

Fans of “Beauty And The Beast” and of Stevenson’s award-winning Fine Arts Department can see the real thing, not the dress rehearsal, starting TONIGHT when “Beauty And the Beast” opens its first of three shows this weekend at the Performing Arts Center.

Tonight’s show starts at 7 p.m., tomorrow’s show is also a 7 p.m. start, and Sunday’s show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available online.

Also unable to narrow down a “Beauty And The Beast” favorite moment was Ben Tosyali, another eighth grader at Daniel Wright.

“It was a really good production, really neat,” Tosyali said. “I really liked it. My favorite part was just…everything.”The cast and crew were thrilled that the eighth graders could “Be Their Guests,” and that they could finally perform in front of a live audience.

“I’m pretty excited. It’s been a long time coming. We’ve put so much work into this,” said senior Caiden Sprague, who works on set design and plays percussion in the pit orchestra. “It’s so nice to finally see it on stage.”

The students who play the main characters “Beast” and “Belle,” Justin Katin and Lily Mace, respectively, say they were energized by the audience of eighth graders and loved getting to share their favorite parts of the musical with the young crowd.“I’d have to say the “Transformation” (dance finale) is my favorite,” Katin said. “Having that magic with the audience and us actors pulling that off is so rewarding.”

“Coming on stage and getting to sing “A Change In Me” is so special,” Mace said of her favorite scene. “It’s such a big change for the character and it’s just really special.

Please enjoy this gallery of photos from Thursday’s Dress Rehearsal. Photos: Joel Lerner.

Give-A-Thon Goal Met? Check! 

Pie In The Face? Check, Check! 

It seemed like the only way to celebrate meeting their Give-A-Thon goal. “Pie-ing” a classmate, of course! (A willing…and hungry…classmate!)

Ipshita Singh and the other Give-A-Thon leaders in her class, Esther WangVictoria Cai and Sarah Wang, quickly reached their goal of raising $200…and to mark the occasion, during the Activity Period on Monday, they “pied” one of their classmates.

Singh is hoping this unique celebration method will “motivate other Give-A-Thon leaders at Stevenson to continue their efforts as Give-A-Thon comes to a close soon.”

Singh and Cai did the honors of the “pie-ing” while Jacob Suby (pictured left) was the selfless volunteer on the receiving end of the delicious celebration.

“I’m glad to have been able to contribute to Give-A-Thon,” Suby said. “And I’m happy I got to eat the whipped cream after I got pied!”

The students are part of teacher Mr. Glinschert’s classroom.

“We didn’t think we could reach the goal so quickly, but even our teacher, Mr. Glinschert, contributed and bought items we were selling to contribute to the goal,” Singh said. “Our class really enjoyed this experience and I really think it motivated our class to further contribute to Give-A-Thon.”

Don’t forget to fill the boxes in your classroom for Give-A-Thon…and maybe, you, too, can get “Pied!”

Teaching Young Children Class Becomes One With Nature;
Tours Unique Preschool In Milwaukee

This “field trip” was heavy on the “field.”

The Advanced Teaching Young Children 2 seniors were certainly in their element, and also in the elements, last week as they got the opportunity to tour a unique children’s school: the Schlitz Audubon Outdoor Nature Preschool in Milwaukee.

Founded in 2003, the preschool was the first of its kind in Wisconsin and is nationally recognized. Housed in the Center’s Gold Lees-Certified Building, the Preschool’s uniqueness stems from a strong commitment to both environmental education and inquiry-based learning.

The school’s curriculum is nature-based and includes daily seasonal discovery of the diverse habitats at the Audubon. Nature learning inspires curiosity, environmental literacy, cognitive skill development, and so much more. 

Get Ready For Turkey And Football! Thanksgiving Break Is Coming!

Just a reminder, Patriots! Next week is a short week at Stevenson as the Thanksgiving Break will get started with a Non-Attendance Day on Wednesday and the Thanksgiving Break covering Thursday and Friday as days off from school!

We hope you have wonderful plans with family and friends awaiting you for the five-day break!

Hot Off The Presses! Pick Up The Latest Issue Of Award-Winning “Statesman” Today!

The latest issue of the “Statesman,” available around campus TODAY, features the piece “Outside the Lines,” which details student perspectives on allyship at Stevenson. Also included in the issue is a story about Give-A-Thon and its impact on the local community. Other issues tackled: How are different religions being recognized at Stevenson? And do all students feel that their voices are being heard?

To read the magazine online, go to statesmanshs.org. To receive monthly updates from the “Statesman’s” community news, columns and multimedia, subscribe to its newsletter.

Want To Be A Dance Leader Next Year? Deadline For Recs Is Today!

Students who would like to be Dance Leaders in the 2023-24 school year need to apply and submit recommendations for the leadership course, Dance Leadership. Faculty recommendations are due by TODAY while the entire application must be submitted via Google Classroom by Nov. 30. There are prerequisites: Students must complete a minimum of one year in Dance 3 or Dance 4, and have approval of instructors. This course may be repeated.

Dance Leadership is a one-year course in which students will intern and assist with dance instruction in a technique class. Student leaders will learn and demonstrate the teacher-created combinations including warm-ups, across the floor, and center combinations. Dance leaders will model proper technique and assist students, periodically working one-on-one in a peer-mentoring fashion. While taking this course, Dance Leadership students will also meet individually with the teacher outside of class to learn what they will instruct at the end of each semester.

TODAY: Take The First Steps To Starting Your Own Company!

Interested in starting your own business or non-profit? Becoming a CEO? Creating real change to solve global challenges?

Startups in Business and Technology Club guides student entrepreneurs through the process of creating authentic startup companies in fields ranging from computer science to climate change and much more in between. Form a team and pitch your company to experienced founders and venture capitalists!

Meetings are from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 6110 every Friday, including TODAY.

Last Day Of Patriot Superstore Knitwear Sale Is TODAY!

Gear up for winter by shopping the Patriot Superstore’s “Knitwear Sale,” featuring 20 percent off pom pom hats, scarves, headbands, and mittens.

The sale ENDS TODAY and is IN-STORE ONLY while supplies last.

The Patriot Superstore is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For any questions regarding the sale, contact the Patriot Superstore at (847) 415-4126 or e-mail Megan Shahinian at mshahinian@d125.org

Freshmen And Sophomores: Deadline To Submit Your Creative Gems To The “Half-Wit!” Is TODAY!

The “Half-Wit” is Stevenson’s literary magazine designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores that showcases the incredible fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and, of course, art that is produced each year by students.

The club brings together people who love to create and learn the skills of producing a gorgeous magazine.

Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in submitting their work to the “Half-Wit” can do so by TODAY by clicking here. All submissions are read anonymously for consideration for publication. 

Please e-mail rzagorski@d125.org with questions.

Got Questions About The College Admissions Process? Get Your Answers From Two Experts At Upcoming FAN Event!

Stevenson will host the Family Action Network event: “Who Gets In and Why” with author Jeff Selingo and Andy Borst, Dean of Admissions of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the Performing Arts Center.

This will be a unique opportunity for audience participants to hear about college admissions and ask questions of the speakers.

Selingo, an award-winning journalist, spent parts of 2018 and 2019 embedded at three different universities to get an inside look at the admissions process: University of Washington, Davidson College, and Emory University. He was trying to answer the central question millions of college-bound kids and their parents ask themselves every year: “Who gets in, and Why?” The answer, it turns out, is surprising, and has a lot more to do with the college or university’s needs than with what’s best for students.

Athletic Department Honors Fall Sports Awards Winners

After a prosperous fall, the Athletic Department had plenty to celebrate at its annual Fall Sports Awards event earlier this week.

Stevenson boasted two STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Sarah Wang, girls tennis and the 200 freestyle relay team of Abby CollinsStephanie KirovaLinnea Florin and Izzie Gattone, girls swimming) and five (Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Cross Country, Boys Soccer and Girls Swimming) appearances at STATE by teams or individuals.

There were dozens awards presented, including four major categories: Big Guns, Scholar Awards, ESPPA Winners and Sportsmanship Awards.

The Big Guns (pictured above) are similar to Most Valuable Players. They are voted on by their peers and the award is recognition of achievement for the most valuable team member over the entire season based on: practice effort, contest contributions, sportsmanship, attitude and character and team leadership. 

Please enjoy a gallery of photos from the Fall Sports Awards, courtesy Jeremiah Lunde.

Here are all the award winners: 

BIG GUNS
Emily Johnson – Allied Bowling, Samantha Wolfe – Student Athletic Training, Remy Herrejon – Football, Siddharth Paleati – Boys Cross Country, Jun Park – Boys Golf, Steven Nyc – Boys Soccer, Adeline Gobble – Girls Cross Country, Allie Santos – Girls Golf, Lili Sorenson – Girls Field Hockey, Isabelle Gattone – Girls Swimming, Teagon Ohlwein – Girls Volleyball, Sonia Mehta – Girls Tennis

SCHOLAR AWARDS
Blake Duvall, Izzie Gattone, Rohan Gopalam, Ainika Hou, Brady Hannon, Gyeongwu Kim, Camila Maya, Shannon Moser, Elise Regalado, Elizaveta Kolbunova, Brianna Welter, Ryan Sturtewagen, Mary Restis

 ESPPA WINNERS
** Community Team Service Award – Girls Varsity Volleyball
** Comeback Award – Ellie Choe
** Breakthrough Under-Level Athlete – Antoinette Olvia
** Breakthrough Varsity Athlete – Ben Snider
** Outstanding Under-Level Team Championship Performance – Girls JV Golf Team
** Best Under-Level Game Performance – Anjali Decker
** Best Varsity Game Performance – Girls Swimming 200-Yard Freestyle Relay Team 
** Super Fan – Katie Baxter
** Best Manager – Logan Weinberger and Matthew Stoll
** Best Moment in Sports – Back-To-Back Class 2A Tennis State Singles Champion – Sarah Wang

 SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS
Abby Minin – Girls Volleyball, Owen Sakrzewski – Boys Soccer, Ashley Adkisson – Girls Tennis, Jun Park – Boys Golf, Amy Andres – Girls Swimming, Allie Santos – Girls Golf, Neha Kamat – Girls Cross Country, Aditi Boddu – Girls Field Hockey, Luke Reaume – Boys Cross Country, Remy Herrejon – Football

Athletic Results

Boys Bowling: The Patriots improved to 4-0 after defeating Mundelein. Stevenson had a combined score of 2960 pins to 2862 for Mundelein. Jude Snider bowled a team-high series of 633, with his high game of 232. Ender Starr had a 601 series and a high game of 244. Jackson Sher hurled a 621 series and a game-high of 216. Jacob Heald finished with a 542 series and Joshua Stone had a 513. Next up is the Mustang Invite at Lakeside Lanes tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m.

Boys Hockey: Stevenson (21-5) took on Loyola in a hard-fought battle but ultimately suffered a 3-1 loss. Loyola struck first late in the second period. Davis Jegers tied the game early in the third with a goal assisted by Will Harlow. However, Loyola went ahead about five minutes later. Next up for the Patriots is a big game against St. Viator at Allstate Arena at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Sports Notes

Girls Basketball Tickets vs. New Trier: Tickets for games today and tomorrow at New Trier will be digital only at GoFan.co. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for students ($1 GoFan fee per ticket not included). There will be no cash sales at the door.

Boys Ice Hockey Allstate Arena Game: On Sunday, the Patriots will be taking on rival St. Viator at Allstate Arena right after the Chicago Wolves host the Iowa Wild. The puck will drop approximately 45 minutes after the Wolves game ends. Tickets can be purchased here. Seats will be assigned for the Wolves game and then become general admission seating in the south end between Sections 105 and 116 for the Scholastic Hockey League game between Stevenson and St. Viator.

Nonprofit Eyes Tech Workforce Hub For Greater Grand Crossing With Help Of $10M Prize
Comer Education Campus is one of six finalists for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation $10 million Chicago Prize 2022.

Two Women From Chicago Area Among 32 Latest U.S. Rhodes Scholars
The 2023 scholarship class, including 16 female and 16 male recipients, is expected to begin studies at the University of Oxford in England in October 2023.

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Nov. 18-20: Fall Musical ~ “Beauty And The Beast”
Nov. 21: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Nov. 23: Non-Attendance Day
Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Break 🍁🦃
Nov. 28: Activity Period
Nov. 29: Give-A-Thon 2022 Collection Day
Nov. 29: PPA Meeting
Nov. 30: Give-A-Thon 2022 Delivery Day
Nov. 30: FAN ~ Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

It’s (Almost) Showtime! “Beauty And The Beast” To Debut Tomorrow!

Don’t miss the beloved story of Belle and Beast in Stevenson’s Fall Musical, “Beauty And The Beast.”

Tickets are available online for all three shows, which will be held at the Performing Arts Center:

  • Friday at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday at 2 p.m.

Check out the program for this production, which explains the mission of the cast and crew: “Throughout this production, we focused on exploring connections between the characters onstage, as well as forming strong bonds offstage. We invite you to reflect on your own experiences from quarantine and reflect on what forms of connection have the power to ignite love and joy in your life.”

Brand New Set (Silver Tempest) Focus Of Today’s IGC Event

There’s a brand new Pokemon set, Silver Tempest, and the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting an event for players to receive six packs to build a deck.

The event is after school TODAY in Room 7116. The cost is $5, and all players must be able to stay until 5:30 p.m. to participate. New players are always welcome!

Contact RFedewa@d125.org with any questions.

Want To Be A Dance Leader Next Year? Apply Now!

Students who would like to be Dance Leaders in the 2023-24 school year need to apply and submit recommendations for the leadership course, Dance Leadership. Faculty recommendations are due by TOMORROW while the entire application must be submitted via Google Classroom by Nov. 30. There are prerequisites: Students must complete a minimum of one year in Dance 3 or Dance 4, and have approval of instructors. This course may be repeated.

Dance Leadership is a one-year course in which students will intern and assist with dance instruction in a technique class. Student leaders will learn and demonstrate the teacher-created combinations including warm-ups, across the floor, and center combinations. Dance leaders will model proper technique and assist students, periodically working one-on-one in a peer-mentoring fashion. While taking this course, Dance Leadership students will also meet individually with the teacher outside of class to learn what they will instruct at the end of each semester.

TOMORROW: Take The First Steps To Starting Your Own Company!

Interested in starting your own business or non-profit? Becoming a CEO? Creating real change to solve global challenges?

Startups in Business and Technology Club guides student entrepreneurs through the process of creating authentic startup companies in fields ranging from computer science to climate change and much more in between. Form a team and pitch your company to experienced founders and venture capitalists!

Meetings are from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 6110 every Friday, including TOMORROW.

Last Day Of Patriot Superstore Knitwear Sale Is TOMORROW!

Gear up for winter by shopping the Patriot Superstore’s “Knitwear Sale,” featuring 20 percent off pom pom hats, scarves, headbands, and mittens.

The sale ENDS TOMORROW and is IN-STORE ONLY while supplies last.

The Patriot Superstore is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For any questions regarding the sale, contact the Patriot Superstore at (847) 415-4126 or e-mail Megan Shahinian at mshahinian@d125.org

Freshmen And Sophomores: Deadline To Submit Your Creative Gems To The “Half-Wit!” Is TOMORROW!

The “Half-Wit” is Stevenson’s literary magazine designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores that showcases the incredible fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and, of course, art that is produced each year by students.

The club brings together people who love to create and learn the skills of producing a gorgeous magazine.

Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in submitting their work to the “Half-Wit” can do so by TOMORROW by clicking here. All submissions are read anonymously for consideration for publication. 

Please e-mail rzagorski@d125.org with questions.

Athletic Results

Boys Hockey: Stevenson (21-4) got a victory over Barrington, 6-3.  The Patriots came out firing, notching all 6 goals in the first period. Davis Jegers started the scoring, with assists by Ethan O’Gradney and Anthony Guz. From there, Stevenson continued to pour on the pressure with goals from Jimmy Brown, assisted by Will Harlow and Jegers; Tristan Caridei, assisted by Dylan JetteBryan Wojdelko, assisted by Justin Verlinsky and Alan Wu; Jette again, assisted by Brown and Harlow; and the final goal with 4 seconds left in the period by O’Gradney, assisted by Harlow and David Etingen. The Patriots moved to the No. 1 spot in the State of Illinois rankings by MyHockeyRankings.com based on their strong recent performances, eclipsing both New Trier and Glenbrook North, which were No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Next up is a conference matchup against Loyola tonight at Twin Rinks, beginning at 5:50 p.m.

Sports Notes

Girls Basketball Tickets vs. New Trier: Tickets for tomorrow’s games at New Trier will be digital only at GoFan.co. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for students ($1 GoFan fee per ticket not included). There will be no cash sales at the door.

Boys Ice Hockey Allstate Arena Game: On Sunday, the Patriots will be taking on rival St. Viator at Allstate Arena right after the Chicago Wolves host the Iowa Wild. The puck will drop approximately 45 minutes after the Wolves game ends. Tickets can be purchased here. Seats will be assigned for the Wolves game and then become general admission seating in the south end between Sections 105 and 116 for the Scholastic Hockey League game between Stevenson and St. Viator.

Why One Of The Most Selective Scholarship Programs Could Shut Down
The program is the Mitchell Scholarship, which sends 12 recent college graduates to study at a university in Ireland and Northern Ireland every year. Run by the nonprofit US-Ireland Alliance created in 1998 to administer the scholarship, the program is more selective than Harvard, and some years it’s harder to win than a Rhodes Scholarship. But its founder, Trina Vargo, is nearing retirement age, and she’s worried that the scholarship’s bank account isn’t substantial enough to continue funding the effort.

Is A Comprehensive U.S. History Course Still Possible? Scholars Weigh In
How do you teach an inclusive U.S. history course? What does such a course look like?

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

Nov. 17: Late Arrival
Nov. 18-20: Fall Musical ~ “Beauty And The Beast”
Nov. 21: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Nov. 23: Non-Attendance Day
Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Break 

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

Un-FOUR-gettable! Athletic Department Celebrates “FAB FOUR:” 200 Freestyle Relay State Champs!

They were certainly FOUR-midable.

They had a winning FOUR-mula, so to speak.

And that led to an un-FOUR-gettable Saturday for the Stevenson girls swim team last weekend that was full of good FOUR-tune.

Abby CollinsStephanie KirovaLinnea Florin and Izzie Gattone made up a Fabulous FOURsome for the Patriots that happened to clock the fourth-fastest time (1:33.06) in state history in the 200 freestyle relay at the IHSA State Finals last weekend. And their first-place finish in that event set the table for, you guessed it…a fourth-place team finish for Stevenson.

The “FAB FOUR” was honored this morning by the Athletic Department for their state championship, as was the entire swim team (pictured right recording the “Pledge Of Allegiance”) for their fourth-place finish at state.

“I don’t think we could have done it if it weren’t for all of our teammates,” Collins, a senior and team captain who led off the relay, said as she spoke to the entire team. “Everyone who was on deck or in the stands definitely played a role in getting us going, getting us excited and just cheering us on. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

That energy and encouragement helped the “FAB FOUR” blow away the competition. Gattone, the other senior in the group and the anchor of the race, crushed her leg and finished with room to spare, thanks in part to the big lead her three teammates provided.

“When I was on the block, not only was I thinking about my start, I was also thinking about how badly I wanted this for my team,” Gattone said. “Even though swimming is an individual sport, in that moment, it was more than that because that race was a culmination of everything we had worked towards this entire season. So when I finished and hit the wall, I couldn’t see the board but I saw my teammates and I knew we had done well. It was an amazing experience.”

The Patriots had been building to it for weeks.

They set a new Lake County record earlier in the season and, in each subsequent race, kept shaving their time from there.

“Through sectionals, state prelims and state finals, they had lowered their own team record on every occasion. It was really building to that moment (at state) and it was timed perfectly,” girls swim coach Ayrton Kasemets (pictured above left) said. “That group just works together well, they know each other well. And some have been swimming together for at least eight years or so. There was a lot of cohesiveness between them. They were a really special group.”

Thinking Thanksgiving: Ahead Of The Holiday Break, Think About Who And What You Are Grateful For…And Then Express It!

So what is Gratitude anyway?

Gratitude is a positive, mindful expression of feeling thankful or appreciative of something or someone, whether tangible or not, past, present or future.

Can Gratitude be practiced? Yes!!

Look for it! Take time to notice good or positive things, big or small.

Absorb it! Pay attention to the positive and appreciate it.

Express it! Say it to yourself, to someone else, or write it down.

What does practicing Gratitude do?
According to research of Positive Psychology, incorporating gratitude into our lives correlates with increasing happiness or positive emotions, in addition to improved health and strengthened relationships. Click here for more information!

Take the Gratitude Challenge:
Take a moment to sit down and physically or mentally document moments in which you felt grateful. Try writing a thank you letter to someone…or even to yourself! You do not need to deliver this, although you are welcome to do so!

 SURVEY SAYS…
Have a Social-Emotional topic you would like to read more about? Survey Here!

Extra Time Tomorrow Morning! Late Arrival Day!

Hey Patriots! Don’t forget that TOMORROW is a Late Arrival Day and that first period starts at 10:30 a.m.

In order for the Tutors to be able to engage in professional development, the ILC/ELC will be closed tomorrow until 9:45 a.m.

Tutoring, both in-person and via Zoom will be available from 9:45 a.m. until the end of the day. The hours are provided here. You can sign-up for a specific Mandatory Targeted Tutoring time by visiting the tutors’ Canvas pages.

Travel The World With Stevenson! JAPAN Finalized For 2024!

World travel is back en vogue and Stevenson is sponsoring several summer travel opportunities!

First up for 2024 is JAPAN! 

There is a virtual informational meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. TODAYHere’s the link to register for the meeting. Please note that registration is mandatory to receive the virtual meeting link!

There will be more information in the coming months about trips planned for 2024, such as:

  • Type of Tours: Language & Culture Immersion, Extension of the Class, Service, etc.
  • Possible Locations: Iceland, Latin Tour (Greece, Italy, France, etc.), Spanish language (Dominican Republic, Peru, Costa Rica, etc.)

We would also love for families to provide any feedback about travel experiences through Stevenson, which you may submit through this form

In the meantime, there are still travel opportunities that exist for 2023. For more information, please contact the trip leaders listed:

2023 Summer Travel Opportunities

  • Service Learning in Peru ~ Kristen One – kone@d125.org
  • Germany & Switzerland ~ Paulina Tuman – ptuman@d125.org
  • Global Leadership Summit in Berlin ~ Jennifer McBride – jmcbride@d125.org
  • New York Fashion Industry Tour ~ Christina Erickson – cerickson@d125.org
    • If you want to learn about the fashion industry in New York, then this trip is for you! This trip will be offered Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2 and is open to ALL current freshmen through juniors. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Room 1612. Parent/guardian and student should attend if possible.

3-2-1, Liftoff! Entrepreneurship Club Hosting An Out-Of-This World Event TODAY!

Ever wonder what it’s like to work at NASA? Wonder no more!

The Entrepreneurship Club is bringing in Nicho Onufer, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, for an event in which students can learn in-depth details on NASA’s present and future missions across space.

The event will be held at the West Auditorium from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. TODAY.

Yum! PPA Bake Sale Is Today!!

Is your stomach growling? The Patriot Parent Association has just the fix: There is a PPA Bake Sale TODAY!

Everything is $1 (cash only). Students can make it through the line quickest with exact change!

The bake sale starts immediately after sixth period in the Wood and Glass Commons.

Brand New Set (Silver Tempest) Focus Of Tomorrow’s IGC Event

There’s a brand new Pokemon set, Silver Tempest, and the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting an event for players to receive 6 packs to build a deck.

The event is after school TOMORROW in Room 7116. The cost is $5, and all players must be able to stay until 5:30 p.m. to participate. New players are always welcome!

Contact RFedewa@d125.org with any questions.

Want To Be A Dance Leader Next Year? Apply Now!

Students who would like to be Dance Leaders in the 2023-24 school year need to apply and submit recommendations for the leadership course, Dance Leadership. Faculty recommendations are due by Friday while the entire application must be submitted via Google Classroom by Nov. 30. There are prerequisites: Students must complete a minimum of one year in Dance 3 or Dance 4, and have approval of instructors. This course may be repeated.

Dance Leadership is a one-year course in which students will intern and assist with dance instruction in a technique class. Student leaders will learn and demonstrate the teacher-created combinations including warm-ups, across the floor, and center combinations. Dance leaders will model proper technique and assist students, periodically working one-on-one in a peer-mentoring fashion. While taking this course, Dance Leadership students will also meet individually with the teacher outside of class to learn what they will instruct at the end of each semester.

Take The First Steps To Starting Your Own Company On Friday!

Interested in starting your own business or non-profit? Becoming a CEO? Creating real change to solve global challenges?

Startups in Business and Technology Club guides student entrepreneurs through the process of creating authentic startup companies in fields ranging from computer science to climate change and much more in between. Form a team and pitch your company to experienced founders and venture capitalists!

Meetings are from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 6110 every Friday, including this Friday.

Freshmen And Sophomores: Deadline To Submit Your Creative Gems To The “Half-Wit!” Is FRIDAY!

The “Half-Wit” is Stevenson’s literary magazine designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores that showcases the incredible fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and, of course, art that is produced each year by students.

The club brings together people who love to create and learn the skills of producing a gorgeous magazine.

Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in submitting their work to the “Half-Wit” can do so by FRIDAY by clicking here. All submissions are read anonymously for consideration for publication. 

Please e-mail rzagorski@d125.org with questions.

Athletic Results


Girls Basketball: 
The Patriots opened the new season with a 49-25 victory over visiting Fenwick. Emory Klatt led the way for Stevenson with a team-high 26 points. Kate Arne added 8 points. Next up for the Patriots is a road game at 6:30 p.m. on Friday against New Trier at its Northfield Campus.

Boys Bowling: The Patriots improved to 3-0 in both conference and overall after defeating Libertyville. Senior Jacob Heald finished with a series high of 631 and freshman Joshua Stone had a series of 612. Next up is a road match on Thursday at Lakeside Lanes against Mundelein.

Sports Notes

Mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting: If you are a student-athlete and you have not attended the mandatory student-athlete meeting, there is one TOMORROW from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and the meeting will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.
 
Boys Ice Hockey Allstate Arena Game: On Sunday, (Nov. 20), the Patriots will be taking on rival St. Viator at Allstate Arena right after the Chicago Wolves host the Iowa Wild. The puck will drop approximately 45 minutes after the Wolves game ends. Tickets can be purchased here. Seats will be assigned for the Wolves game and then become general admission seating in the south end between Sections 105 and 116 for the Scholastic Hockey League game between Stevenson and St. Viator.

Jill Biden Touts ‘Career-Connected Learning’ In Chicago, Calling Education A Nonpartisan Issue
The First Lady visited Chicago Monday to highlight apprenticeship and career training opportunities for young people.

City Colleges Of Chicago Bet On Nonprofit’s Wraparound Support To Boost Graduation Rates
An expanded partnership aims to make participation in the One Million Degrees program automatic for 3,000 students within four years.

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

Nov. 16: PPA Bake Sale
Nov. 17: Late Arrival
Nov. 18-20: Fall Musical ~ “Beauty And The Beast”
Nov. 21: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Nov. 23: Non-Attendance Day
Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022

You’re Up, Juniors! Time To Select Your Courses For Senior Year!

The first day of Junior Course Selection is TOMORROW! Juniors will be selecting their courses for the 2023-24 school year.

For more information about Course Selection, check out the “Course Selection Page” on the Stevenson website.

Travel The World With Stevenson! JAPAN Finalized For 2024!

World travel is back en vogue and Stevenson is sponsoring several summer travel opportunities!

First up for 2024 is JAPAN! 

There is a virtual informational meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. TOMORROWHere’s the link to register for the meeting. Please note that registration is mandatory to receive the virtual meeting link!

There will be more information in the coming months about trips planned for 2024, such as:

  • Type of Tours: Language & Culture Immersion, Extension of the Class, Service, etc.
  • Possible Locations: Iceland, Latin Tour (Greece, Italy, France, etc.), Spanish language (Dominican Republic, Peru, Costa Rica, etc.)

We would also love for families to provide any feedback about travel experiences through Stevenson, which you may submit through this form. In the meantime, there are still travel opportunities that exist for 2023. For more information, please contact the trip leaders listed:

2023 Summer Travel Opportunities

  • Service Learning in Peru ~ Kristen One – kone@d125.org
  • Germany & Switzerland ~ Paulina Tuman – ptuman@d125.org
  • Global Leadership Summit in Berlin ~ Jennifer McBride – jmcbride@d125.org
  • New York Fashion Industry Tour ~ Christina Erickson – cerickson@d125.org
    • If you want to learn about the fashion industry in New York, then this trip is for you! This trip will be offered Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2 and is open to ALL current freshmen – juniors. An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in Room 1612. Parent/guardian and student should attend if possible. Questions can be directed to the trip coordinator Christina Erickson.

Before Thanksgiving…Go To Friendsgiving…TODAY!!

There will be food, and so much more as the Sexuality And Gender Alliance (SAGA) Club hosts a “Friendsgiving” from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. TODAY in Room 5120 of the Patriot Wellness Center.

There will be games such as Bingo and Jeopardy as well as karaoke. There will also be a potluck for food.

Diversity Council To Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

There will be food and fun as Diversity Council pays tribute to Native American Heritage Month at its next meeting, which is at 3:45 p.m. TODAY in Room 1912.

Activities include bracelet-making and strawberry origami folding. Free snacks will also be provided!

3-2-1, Liftoff! Entrepreneurship Club Hosting An Out-Of-This World Event TOMORROW!

Ever wonder what it’s like to work at NASA? Wonder no more! The Entrepreneurship Club is bringing in Nicho Onufer, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, for an event in which students can learn in-depth details on NASA’s present and future missions across space.

The event will be held at the West Auditorium from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. TOMORROW.

Yum! PPA Bake Sale Is Tomorrow!!

Is your stomach growling? The Patriot Parent Association has just the fix: There is a PPA Bake Sale TOMORROW!

Everything is $1 (cash only). Students can make it through the line quickest with exact change!

The bake sale starts immediately after sixth period in the Wood and Glass Commons.

No Yoga This and Next Week At PWC; Patriot Performance Training Meeting Today!

The Patriot Wellness Center has canceled its Yoga Classes for this week and next week. Normal scheduling for yoga classes will resume the week after Thanksgiving.

New program meeting today: Are you looking to take your fitness to the next level? Do you want to improve strength, speed, and endurance?

It’s finally here—the PWC’s new flagship fitness program. Reach your fitness goals with Patriot Performance Training. Come to the meeting TODAY at 3:45 p.m. on the PWC Turf to learn more and sign up for Patriot Performance Training.

Freshmen And Sophomores: Deadline To Submit Your Creative Gems To The “Half-Wit!” Is FRIDAY!

The “Half-Wit” is Stevenson’s literary magazine designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores that showcases the incredible fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and, of course, art that is produced each year by students.

The club brings together people who love to create and learn the skills of producing a gorgeous magazine.

Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in submitting their work to the “Half-Wit” can do so by FRIDAY by clicking here. All submissions are read anonymously for consideration for publication. 

Please e-mail rzagorski@d125.org with questions.

MEET THE CHAMPIONS: The Athletic Department will hold a special recognition at 8 a.m. TOMORROW to celebrate the state championship 200-yard freestyle relay team of Abby CollinsStephanie KirovaLinnea Florin, and Izzy Gattone. The event will be held in Room 2104. 

Girls Basketball: The defending IHSA Class 4A state champion girls basketball team will open the 2022-23 season by hosting Fenwick at 7 p.m. TODAY in the Sportscenter and tickets can be purchased via GoFan. General admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door in cash for $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.  

 Mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting: If you are a student-athlete and you have not attended the mandatory student-athlete meeting, there is one Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and the meeting will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.
 
Boys Ice Hockey Allstate Arena Game: On Sunday, (Nov. 20), the Patriots will be taking on rival St. Viator at Allstate Arena right after the Chicago Wolves host the Iowa Wild. The puck will drop approximately 45 minutes after the Wolves game ends. Tickets can be purchased here. Seats will be assigned for the Wolves game and then become general admission seating in the south end between Sections 105 and 116 for the Scholastic Hockey League game between Stevenson and St. Viator.

Amid A National Teacher Shortage, UChicago Appears To Be Dissolving Its Teacher Training Program
The university says it’s “pausing” admissions to its well-regarded grad program that trains teachers to work in urban districts like Chicago’s.

MIT Will Return To The Moon For The First Time Since Apollo
Space exploration company Lunar Outpost will be working with the university to aid NASA as it heads to the Lunar South Pole, the proposed landing site for the crewed Artemis III mission scheduled for 2025.

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

Nov. 16: PPA Bake Sale
Nov. 17: Late Arrival
Nov. 18-20: Fall Musical ~ “Beauty And The Beast”
Nov. 21: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting