Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020

Debate Team Members Awarded at Virtual Competition
The Illinois Congressional Debate Association Tournament 3 was held Nov. 14 with a contingency of Stevenson students competing virtually.
Sophomore Sarah Zhang was named first-place Quality Speaker. In varsity chambers, first place in their respective chambers was awarded to sophomore Sarah Zhang, junior Udit Mehta and senior Laya Reddy. This trio is pictured above.
Second- place honors in their chambers were awarded to junior Anmol Dash, senior Melissa Liu and junior Anthony Makhovic. Third-place in junior chambers was awarded to junior Evelyn Jiang.
Best Presiding Officer was awarded to junior Udit Mehta. In junior varsity chambers, first-place was awarded to freshmen Sriya Mamidanna and Srikar Kovvuri, and freshman Manya Singh was awarded second-place in her chamber. Third-place in her chamber was awarded to freshman Riddhi Mallela. Best Presiding Officer was awarded to freshmen Eshaan Shaik and Sriya Mamidanna.
Congratulations Patriots!


Fundraiser to Benefit Best Buddies
Students involved in Best Buddies develop activities to enhance the lives of fellow students with intellectual and development disabilities. Students with disabilities (buddies) are paired up with students without disabilities (peer buddies and associate buddies) and participate together in events at school and outside of school.
The Stevenson chapter of this organization is hosting a mobile app fundraiser on Monday, Nov. 23 from 5-7 p.m. Anyone placing a mobile order for pick-up at the Vernon Hills Chick-fil-A is asked to enter “BEST BUDDIES” in the special instructions area of their order to support this club.


Pausing the Winter Sports Season
Stevenson Winter Sports will be taking a pause, as recommended by the Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker, starting on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Practices will still be held today, Wednesday, Nov. 18. Coaches will use this time to assist athletes in preparing for virtual meetings during the break. This may include filming portions of practice to use for instructional purposes or checking out equipment. We will provide more information as the situation evolves.
Though we know this is disappointing news for our athletes and families, we are looking forward to the opportunity to grow together in a virtual environment in the future, as coaches will continue to hold practices in this format. We will provide more information as the situation evolves.


Illinois High School Winter Sports Season is On Hold
Yesterday, Gov. Pritzker ordered Tier 3 mitigations to be in place effective Friday at 12:01 a.m. For high school sports, those mitigations include pausing all indoor group sporting and recreational activities.

Helping First Generation to the US Students Get to College During the Pandemic
A New York-based academy for English language learners holds frequent information sessions about college and helps students new to the U.S. navigate college application deadlines and financial aid forms to support students interested in attending a four-year college after high school.

Harvard Fencing Coach and Parent Charged in College Admissions Scheme
Harvard University’s former fencing coach and a parent seeking admission for his sons were charged for their alleged involvement in a $1.5 million bribery scheme that allegedly secured Harvard admissions and spots on the university fencing team for the sons of the parent charged in the case.

Connecting Students to Careers in the Solar Industry
Students at a high school in Indiana can now connect with real-world experiences in environmentally sustainable career fields after the organization which includes their school partnered with a company that secures funds for schools in renewable and sustainable energy fields.

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