Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Senior Chosen to Attend U.N. Drug Summit in Austria

Senior Ananya Pati has been selected by the federal government to participate in a United Nations-sponsored youth forum at the 61st session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria from March 12-16.

Ananya will attend workshops in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Youth Forum, which takes place during the first three days of the overall session. The forum brings together young people from around the world to discuss drug use prevention.

This is the latest honor for Ananya, who last fall was named Advocate of the Year by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. She is the youngest award-winner in the group’s history. Ananya has been a four-year member of the Catalyst club, and also has been involved with the Stand Strong Coalition. Most recently, she has been among the students working with state Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield to pass legislation that would raise the minimum age for the use and purchase of tobacco and tobacco products to 21.

Incoming Freshman Families Invited to Special Event

The Catalyst club and the Stand Strong Coalition are sponsoring a night for all incoming freshmen and their parents and guardians to learn about making the transition to Stevenson High School. The event will run from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Though not required, an RSVP is appreciated. Click here to register.

During the event, students and parents will be separated into different rooms and receive different presentations. Students will hear from a panel of Catalyst students and have a casual, candid question-and-answer discussion about social life at school and on weekends for Stevenson students.

Parents and guardians will hear from a panel that includes Claudia Kasten, chief of the Juvenile Division in the Lake County State’s Attorney Office; Dr. Cristina Cortesi, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator at Stevenson; and Lincolnshire Police Officer Rick Coakley, Stevenson’s School Resource Officer; and Stuart and Laurie Kessler, parents of a former SHS student who has struggled with addiction.

For more information on the topics to be discussed, visit this link.

Chamber Guitar Concert Tonight

The Chamber Guitar Concert will be held at 7 p.m. tonight in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The event is scheduled to be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network at www.d125.org/sbn.

CPN Presentation Tackles College Preparation Myths

The Community Parent Network, a committee of the Stevenson High School Foundation, will present “The Launching Years: Strategies for Parenting from Senior Year to College Life” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in the Vernon Area Public Library Meeting Room (in the main building). The presentation will be led by award-winning child psychologist, professor and author Dr. Laura Kastner. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Visit this link to register and to see more information.

Kastner’s talk is based on the book by the same name, which she co-authored with Dr. Jennifer Wyatt. During her presentation, she will tackle myths surrounding college preparation, and the pressures to produce stellar academic profiles that can negatively influence families. Kastner also will focus on the parenting qualities that best predict emotional, social and academic competence in adolescents, as well as some of the developmental dynamics that make parenting during these years particularly challenging. A book signing will follow. The Book Bin will have books for sale before and after the program.

Facebook Live to Discuss Potential Walkout

Public Information Coordinator Jim Conrey will discuss a potential student walkout during the next “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. You can watch at the school’s Facebook page.


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Hockey Team in State Quarterfinals Wednesday

The varsity boys ice hockey team takes on Providence Catholic in the Blackhawk Cup Red Division state quarterfinals at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Stevenson is the No. 3 seed in the Red Division, while the Celtics are No. 6. This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams. Stevenson won two of the games, 3-1 on Sept. 24 and 6-2 on Dec. 27, and the two schools tied 3-3 on Dec. 9. The SHS junior varsity also is playing in the state quarterfinals this week. The Patriot JV will take on St. Viator in the Blackhawk Cup Junior Varsity Division quarterfinals at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at The Edge Ice Arena. Stevenson is the No. 2 seed in the JV tournament, while St. Viator is No. 7.

All Fall Sports Teams Honored for Academics

Every Illinois High School Association-sanctioned varsity fall sports team earned the IHSA Team Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or higher throughout their season. These teams earned Team Academic Achievement Awards: Boys and girls cross country, football, girls and boys golf, girls tennis, boys soccer, girls volleyball, and girls swimming and diving.

Golfer Meets, Honored by Nicklaus for Fundraising

State champion golfer Jackson Bussell was recognized recently for his fundraising efforts on behalf of the Jack and Barbara Nicklaus Children’s Health Foundation. The junior raised close to $9,000 for the foundation last year as a member of the American Junior Golf Association’s Leadership Links program, which encourages junior golfers to give back through fundraising. He was one of the top fundraisers in the country. Jackson presented a check directly to Jack and Barbara Nicklaus at their home in Palm Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 25. Later that day he was recognized, along with six other top fundraisers, during the trophy presentation at the conclusion of the Honda Classic golf tournament. Together, they raised $60,000 for research into childhood diseases.


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Be Part of the Community Service “Double Play Weekend”

On Friday and Saturday, you can help others without spending a dime. All you have to do is give a little of your time during the “Community Service Double Play Weekend.” On Friday, students age 17 and older are encouraged to participate in a blood drive during periods 3-8 in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111). Each student donor who gives can save three lives. Plus, each donated unit of blood counts toward a projected honorarium of $2,000 to $3,000 for the Stevenson to College program. Use this link to sign up for the blood drive.

On Saturday, all students are invited to participate in the school’s first-ever St. Baldrick’s event to raise money for childhood cancer research. Come between 4:30-7 p.m. to get your head shaved in the Sports Center, or come to support someone who is having their head shaved. Don’t want to have that much taken off? You can have an undershave on the neck if you have long hair, or get your hair dyed green. Sign up or donate at this link. Our goal is to raise $20,000, and we’re getting close: About $17,000 has been raised already.


The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will be meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612 to begin working on the spring/summer edition of the Stevenson Styler fashion magazine. If you are interested in modeling, writing, journalism, photography, fashion styling or blogging, come and see what it is all about! New members are always welcome!

Come to Superhero Club after school Wednesday to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in Room 1414.


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