Historic Year Continues for Two Students
Junior Govind Prabhakar and sophomore Arjun Nageswaran cemented their status as two of the world’s best young history students this summer.
Less than three months after helping Stevenson win the junior varsity national championship at the National History Bowl and Bee, the pair earned a slew of medals at the third International History Olympiad in Berlin, Germany.
Govind won seven medals and Arjun captured four during the nine-day competition from July 14-22, which featured various history-themed competitions. They were among 230 students representing 21 U.S. states and 22 countries.
Govind, a national champion in two events at the 2018 National History Bowl, won the gold medal in the Junior Varsity Overall Individual Championships, and Arjun was the silver medalist. The overall championship is based on combined results of the International History Bee World Championships, a 400-question battery exam, and a written exam.
Arjun won the gold medal in the International History Bee, with Govind taking silver. Govind was the gold medalist in the battery exam and written exam, and Arjun claimed silver in the latter event. The pair also led Team India to a gold medal in the JV International History Bowl and Hexathlon. They have dual citizenship in the United States and India.
Govind and Arjun captured several medals in optional competitions. Govind claimed gold in Recent History and German Military History, and earned bronze in Ancient History. Arjun won a silver medal in Classical Music History.
Off to a Positive Start?
Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Dr. Cristina Cortesi will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Dr. Cortesi and the substance abuse prevention program, visit her web page.
The beginning of any school year can be a difficult time for students and their families. A new school year, though sometimes overwhelming, can also be a great opportunity to change the way we communicate. Consider taking advantage of existing opportunities (car rides, dinner, commercial breaks, etc) for conversation. Show your teen that you are available to tune everything else out and listen only to what they have to say. Try a few of these strategies:
- Listen rather than talk. This should be completely about them.
- Refrain from advice giving; instead, ask non-judgmental questions that prompt them to think through the situation aloud with you. (i.e., “That sounds like a tough situation. Were you happy with how things turned out?”)
- Show interest in what they are saying and affirm/agree with the parts of the conversation that you can. (i.e., “That’s cool” or “I love the way you did that.”)
- If they are not open to conversation, don’t push. Rethink how you approached the situation and try a different strategy next time.
For more tips, check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health.
Football Team Hungry for No. 30
The varsity Patriot football team begins pursuit of its 30th consecutive state playoff appearance with a season-opening home game Friday night against Palatine. (Season previews for each team: SHS – Pioneer Press | Daily Herald; PHS – Daily Herald) This is the second straight season the two schools have squared off in the season opener. Last year, Stevenson won 14-7 in Palatine and went on to finish the year with a 6-4 record. The Pirates ended 7-4. Friday’s game begins at 7:30 p.m., and will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on the NFHS Network platform. The game also can be heard on the school’s student radio station, WAES, 88.1 FM. Friday’s contest also has been selected as the Comcast Game of the Week, and will be shown live on Comcast Channel 100 and online at cn100.tv. The Comcast pregame show begins at 7:15. (The game will be replayed on Comcast Channel 100 at noon and 4 p.m. Saturday.) Prior to the game, Stevenson’s team and individual champions from the 2017-18 school year will be honored during the eighth annual Night of Champions ceremony. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Friday night also is Faculty Appreciation Night, with designated seating for teachers in the north end zone.
Sophomore Class Board meets today from 3:30-4:30 in Room 8046.
Freshman Class Board is meeting after school today and Thursday in the College Career Center. New members are needed to help with Homecoming decorations!
The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club will hold its first meeting of the 2018-19 school year from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 1612. We will be providing information on the events and activities planned for the year, and also will be making a DIY Yarn Wall Art. All students are welcome! Do you have any questions? Contact the faculty sponsor, Mrs. Erickson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girls in STEAM is a club created to support young women interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering, architecture and mathematics. The group meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Link Lab; its first meeting is this Wednesday.
The Interactive Gamers Club will be teaching students how to play the Pokemon card game during its meeting from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday in Room 1204. Free decks of Pokemon cards will be given away to introduce students to the game. No experience is necessary to play.
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