Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Winners
Recently, the Libertyville VFW Post and Auxiliary #8741 held an audio contest for their annual Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program. Seniors were invited to submit an audio file and essay on “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?” The panel of judges including elected officials, police officers, community leaders, teachers, and members of the VFW Post and Auxiliary listened and read student submissions.
The entrants whose essays and presentations were found to be most outstanding include three Stevenson seniors:
First Place – Carson Ezell
Second Place – Aarthi Balaji
Third Place – Varsha Vinod
Libertyville Post 8741 awards cash prizes to the first-, second- and third-place local winners. Local winners have the opportunity to earn scholarship prizes at the district, state and national levels up to $30,000 by entering this annual contest.


Freshman Mentor Program Information Meetings
Current sophomores and juniors interested in becoming a freshman mentor are encouraged to attend an FMP information meeting during their lunch period on either Thursday, Nov. 12 or Friday, Nov. 13. Students will receive a Zoom link via their D125 student email to access this meeting during those periods.
The Freshman Mentor Program utilizes upperclassmen mentors who help incoming students become familiar with Stevenson as well as helping freshmen create and maintain connections to campus, classmates and the community.

Senior Class Board Clothing Locker Sale
The Senior Class Board is selling Zoom ’21 apparel including sweatshirts, T-shirts, sweatpants, hats and more.
Orders are being accepted through Nov. 16 and apparel will be delivered to your home address just in time for the holidays!


Tonight’s the night!
At 7 p.m., the link to the Fall Sports Awards Ceremony will go live. Please join the Stevenson Athletic Department and help us congratulate the student-athletes from girls golf, boys golf, girls tennis, girls swimming and diving, boys cross country, girls cross country, allied bocce and student athletic training who participated in this year’s modified fall sports season. You can follow along with tonight’s event with this event program which lists the student-athletes being honored.
Please note that if you access either the video link or the event program before the program starts you will receive a “private” or “access denied” message. Those links will be active just prior to the 7 p.m. program start.


The Fallout Over On-Field Celebrations at Notre Dame
There was a plan. The University of Notre Dame had an attendance policy that limited the number of fans in the stadium to less than 20% capacity, a directive for all attendees to wear masks and instructions to practice physical distancing. That distancing didn’t occur when students took to the field after No. 4 Notre Dame defeated No. 1 Clemson in double overtime. A number of restrictions have been placed on students following the event.

Studies Show Positive Correlation Between Trees and Learning Outcomes
A new University of Illinois study suggests that trees may be an unexpected remedy to help halt the slump in the academic performance of students transitioning to middle school. After evaluating 17 variables, the authors of the study found that the more tree cover around a school the better its standardized test scores in both math and reading.

Advocating for Older Students with Disabilities
Young adults with disabilities, specifically those who are currently 21 years old, face additional complexities this year with the pandemic-related loss of transitional programming. Advocates are pushing the state to allow students to continue their education through the end of the school year.

A Platform Brings Academics and Industries Together
Some industries such as eSports have jobs with unknown titles and other industries no longer have location limitations. Seizing on these industry changes, a learning platform was developed which helps connect student passions to professions in the arts, film and television, footwear design, music, and gaming industry. Students learn about themselves, connect with high-level mentors and learn about careers they otherwise wouldn’t know about.

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