National Anti-Drug Group Honors SHS Student
One of the nation’s leading organizations in the fight against teen drug and alcohol use has given its highest honor to a Stevenson student for the second straight year. Victor Shi, a leader in the school’s Catalyst club, received the 2019 Youth Advocate of the Year award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America on Wednesday. Click here to watch his acceptance remarks. Ananya Pati (Class of 2018) earned the award last February.
The award recognizes prevention leaders who forge relationships with and educate local elected officials about key substance abuse-related issues. Victor was honored at CADCA’s 29th annual National Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Md. The forum is a training event for community-based substance abuse prevention professionals, coalition leaders, and prevention and addiction researchers.
Victor, a junior from Buffalo Grove, was honored for his advocacy work as an intern for U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, and for his efforts with Catalyst and the Stand Strong Coalition. In particular, the group cited his leadership against marijuana legalization in Illinois. He also has been involved in the Political Action Club and in Youth and Government at Stevenson.
Victor was joined at the forum by Vrushali Thakkar, a junior from Vernon Hills. They were chosen last summer to be youth trainers at the forum, which included about 500 young people from around the country. This video includes Victor and Vrushali addressing those in attendance. Victor speaks at the 1:34 mark, while Vrushali begins at 7:54.
The Advocate of the Year award is given to two individuals. Joining Victor as a recipient was Lisa Roberts, a nurse and anti-drug community coalition leader in Ohio.
Chess Team in Peoria for State Tournament
Stevenson is part of the 128-school field at the 45th annual Illinois High School Association state chess tournament in Peoria this weekend. Here is a preview from the IHSA. Coach Vincent Springer’s team finished third last year, and has earned three state trophies in his five-year tenure. Matches began at 10 a.m. today, with four rounds taking place into the evening. Stevenson won its opening round match against University High School from Normal, sweeping all eight boards. The final rounds are set for Saturday. Follow results at this link.
When Your Student Becomes a Legal Adult
Parents and guardians of juniors and seniors are invited to the next Community Parent Network program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the West Auditorium. Representatives of the Shire Law Group will present “Key Ways to Stay Connected When Your Kids are Legal Adults,” which will address some important issues that come up when students turn 18. Gaining access to health and education records, insurance for students studying abroad, and power of attorney are among the topics. The program is free but registration is requested. Sign up through this Eventbrite link.
Putting the Principal On the Spot
How does Stevenson decide when to call a snow day? Is evidence-based reporting just another education fad? Why do parents have to look in three different places for their students’ grades and coursework? Principal Troy Gobble answered these questions and more in the latest “Lunch With Jim” Facebook Live session on Wednesday. You can watch the video on Stevenson’s Facebook page, or check it out on the school’s YouTube site.
Parents Invited to Help With Next PPA Bake Sale
The next Patriot Parent Association Bake Sale is coming up on Wednesday. The PPA is looking for adult volunteers to provide store-bought or homemade treats, and to work the bake sale. Click here to sign up.
Keeping AP Students on a Healthy Path
Stevenson‘s Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Coordinator, Molly Gosline, will share regular reflections during the school year in the Daily Digest. For more information on Molly and SEL at Stevenson, follow her on Twitter @mollygosline.
It was a great pleasure recently to collaborate with Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning Dr. Gwen Zimmermann to host a “Lunch and Learn” for our Advanced Placement classroom teachers on the importance of building a supportive culture around AP coursework. Specifically, the Lunch and Learn highlighted SEL integration strategies that may reduce stress and anxiety as well as increasing a sense of belonging in AP courses. Because our students take an average of three AP courses during their tenure at SHS, helping them navigate a healthy path for success is critical. Nearly 100 teachers participated and look forward to building cultures for success for all their students.
Thursday’s Varsity Results
Brunson Returning to SHS Next Friday
The greatest player in Patriot boys basketball history, Jalen Brunson (Class of 2015), is returning to his alma mater on Friday, Feb. 15. The school’s all-time leading scorer and current member of the Dallas Mavericks will be honored before the final home game of the season against Warren. Click here for details.
Eight Wrestlers Heading to Sectional
Eight Patriot wrestlers head to the IHSA Class 3A Barrington Individual Sectional this weekend, hoping to finish in the top four of their weight class and earn a trip to the state finals. Leading the way is two-time state qualifier Tommy Frezza, the top seed at 120 pounds who enters with a 33-3 record. Tommy finished sixth in the state last season. Senior 195-pounder Max Gomez (32-7) also reached state last year. The remaining sectional qualifiers include seniors Jason Bickers (145 pounds, 25-18), Ivor Gueorguiev (152, 24-17), Michael Phelps (182, 17-14) and Dan Erdenetsogt (220, 23-13), junior Randy Lu (113, 23-15) and freshman Cole Rhemrev (106, 30-9). The opening rounds are today, with the state qualifiers determined on Saturday.
Boys Swim Team Seeks Fifth Straight NSC Title
The boys swimming and diving team will attempt to win its fifth consecutive North Suburban Conference championship this weekend. If the Patriots succeed, they’ll be able to raise the trophy at home. Stevenson, ranked second in the state, plays host to the races and relays at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center. The diving competition takes place tonight at Mundelein.
Make a Winter ESPPA Award Nomination
Have you seen a Patriot student-athlete or team have a great game or a great season this winter? Is there a team manager or fan that deserves to be recognized? Nominations are now being taken for the Athletic Division’s Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award (ESPPA). Several categories are available. To make a nomination, fill out the form at this link. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 4. Winners will be recognized at the Winter Sports Awards Night on Monday, March 11.
Today on NFHS Network
Tonight’s “Hoops for Heroes” varsity and sophomore boys basketball games will be streamed live by the NFHS Network. The sophomore game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7 o’clock. Watch the action on Stevenson’s NFHS Network page.
Applications Open for Spring One-Act Directors
Anyone interested in applying to be a director for the spring one-acts production must complete this application by Friday, Feb. 15. Auditions will be held March 18; sign-up information is coming soon. The spring one-acts will be performed May 3-4.
Valentine’s Day Candle Sale on Tuesday
The Bright Lights Candle Company is having a Valentine’s Day candle sale during the lunch periods Tuesday in front of the Performing Arts Center. Help spread the love and buy a candle.
Breakfast with Books will meet from 7:45-8:20 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All students are welcome. The only requirement is a love for reading!
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