Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

FCCLA Sectional Medalists
Twenty-three members of the Stevenson chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competed virtually in the organization’s sectional competition on Feb. 1. Out of 20 projects submitted for review by a panel of judges, 16 received gold medals and four received silver.
Gold medal winners include Abby Kogan, Parker Lews, Danielle Schwartz, and Anhelina Vasylieva in culinary; Ella Van Gerven, Amelia Lin, Alice Lua and Angela Zhou, and Chahat Kapoor in Design; Kendall GoldensonHeloise Jacobs and Grace Harrington, Elizabeth Mark, Karolina Tuska, and Samantha Serpico in Development; and Natali Freihammer. Sophie Lichtenstein and Esah Raut in the General category.
Silver medalists include Rishinath Babu and Vanamali Dhurvaas, Sarah Harris and Emily Helfer, Lydia Stolman, and Anjini Thomas in the Design category.
For the competition, students presented an in-depth research and action project in their selected area. FCCLA is a national student club that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. The Stevenson FCCLA club sponsors are family and consumer science teachers Michelle Backes and Jamie Rieman.
Congratulations Patriots!

Strings Chamber Concert
Students, parents, guardians and the Stevenson community are invited to a virtual showcase performance by students in Symphonic and Patriot Orchestra classes on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. A link to view the performance will be posted on the Fine Arts Event webpage prior to the performance.
Students will perform in trios, quartets, quintets and sextets using student-selected music. Students received virtual coaching by professional music chamber coaches including Emma Strohbusch, Renee Henley, Nazar Dzhuryn, and Morgan Little. The Symphonic and Patriot Orchestras are directed by Enrique Vilaseco and Tony Krempa.


After hosting eleven-weeks of songwriting clinics and workshops, the co-curricular club Stevenson Live recently held a songwriting contest and Astrid Ariana was selected as the winner. Hear Ariana’s submission in this video and follow Stevenson Live on Instagram to hear more student performances!


Athletic Results for Wednesday, Feb. 10
Boys Basketball
Senior Evan Ambrose led the team with 17 points and four assists in a 48-42 to Lake Forest. Junior Jaden Evans contributed nine points while senior Darius Clemons notched eight points and 16 rebounds. The Patriots are now 2-1 and 0-1 in the North Suburban Conference. The travel to Mundelein on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 3:00 p.m. Check out the Athletic Schedules webpage for live-stream information. Daily Herald article

Boys Bowling
The boys bowling team broke the school three-game series total, with 3511 in victory over Grayslake North. The old record was 2499 and that was set at the IHSA State Championship in 2016. They also move into second all-time on the school leader board for team game with 1230, only behind 1263 that was an IHSA State record up until last year. The Patriots were led by:
Ryan Lerman: 762 ( with a high game of 269)
Ryan Grabiner: 740 (279)
Nicholas Sternes: 702 (257)
Joey Gluck: 687 (237)
Ender Starr 620 (215)
The team (3-0, 2-0) will compete against Mundelein on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 4:45 p.m.. Check out the Athletic Schedules webpage for live-stream information.

Girls Bowling
The girls bowling (1-3, 1-2) team put up a great fight against Lake Zurich in a North Suburban Conference meet, but ultimately fell, posting a score of 2089 versus the Wildcats 2513 points. Senior Yumin Kim led all bowlers with a three-game pinfall of 454 points, followed closely by sophomore Anna Reyes at 444. The team hits the lanes again Monday, Feb. 15 at 4:45 p.m. in a match-up against Waukegan. Check out the Athletic Schedules webpage for live-stream information.

Boys and Girls Fencing
Both fencing programs defeated Maine West at home last night. Team scores for the girls were 30-10 and the boys recorded a 42-6 victory. The Fencers play host to Glenbrook South on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 a.m. Check out the Athletic Schedules webpage for live-stream information.

Girls Gymnastics
The Patriots opened up the 2020-21 season with a 138.90-123.50 victory over the host Libertyville. Four Patriots claimed the top spots in the all-around, with junior Ally Gitler in first (35.95), senior Ainslee Cutler in second (33.95), junior Lauren Jackson in third (33.60) and sophomore Emma Fang (32.80) in fourth. Gitler also placed first in the vault (9.25) and floor exercise (9.00) and Lauren Jackson won the uneven bars event with a score of 8.90. Fang captured the balance beam with the top score of 8.85. The Patriots (1-0, 1-0) travel to Lake Zurich on Saturday to compete against Lake Zurich, Warren, and Wauconda. Check out the Athletic Schedules webpage for live-stream information.

Boys Swimming & Diving
The boys swimming and diving team dominated against Warren on Wednesday night, winning the meet 127-59. Senior Gordon Xu took first place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.44 The 200-yard medley relay team of junior Josh Song, senior Alan Luo, sophomore Johnny Farber, and sophomore Lance Bi won the event, clocking in a time of 1:42.35. Junior Brian Povilus swam a time of 58.00 in the 100-yard backstroke to claim second place and sophomore Johnny Farber won the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of 5:05.96. The team only dropped one event throughout the entire meet. The Patriots play host to Lake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. Check out the Athletic Schedules webpage for live-stream information.

Season Overlap for Multi-Sport Athletes
Detailed start and end dates for winter, spring, and summer sports seasons can be found on the IHSA webpage. For many multi-sport athletes, there is an overlap of seasons.
Student-athletes involved in a current sport season will be allowed to participate in a tryout for a cut sport in the next season, but they will be expected to finish the current season in good standing before joining that next sport, given they make a roster. If the sport in the next season is a no-cut sport, the athlete will be able to join that program after their current season is complete.
Please see the Stevenson Athletics webpage for more information on which teams are no-cut and cut sports. This page also has a link to updated season start and end dates.


Student Association Produces Guide for Celebrating Black History Month
Students involved in the Black Business Students Association at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia created an online guide to help the university community understand the Black experience through an online guide. The guide includes lists of podcasts to listen to, books to read, and movies and documentaries to watch.

School Districts Offer Tax Breaks and School Fee Refunds
Stevenson is one of a number of Ilinois school districts offering a tax abatement and student fee refund. District 125 Board of Education member Dave Weisberg outlined the board’s recent decision in the WBBM article.

Shortage of High School Game Officials a Problem for Some States
In a northern region of Michigan, only half of the normal pool of game officials are willing to work and some officials may pull doubleheaders to make up for the shortage.

Groups Getting Creative to Boost FAFSA Completion
A drive-in info night and virtual help appointments are two methods student advocacy groups are using to raise awareness and boost completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The completion rate is down 10% compared to this time last year and for states like Illinois and Louisiana which require the completion of the FAFSA for graduation, there is a greater push to make the process easier.

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