Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

The 20th Anniversary of the Girls Gymnastics State Title
Twenty years ago today, the Stevenson girls gymnastics team won the IHSA state title. Instead of hosting an in-person recognition of this anniversary this year, the Stevenson Athletics Department would like to honor the 2001 team with this video recap.
Coach Judy Harwood has coached the team since the 1994-95 season and has led five state championship teams (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009). We appreciate that some of the members of the 2001 team shared current photos of themselves and their families for this 20th-anniversary recognition. We congratulate the team once again.
Once a Patriot, always a Patriot!

Remembering Alumnus Jacob Grossman
It is with profound sadness that we share information about the loss of Jacob Grossman who was a member of the 2017 graduating class and participated in the Stevenson Transition Program.
Jacob passed away after a courageous battle with Fanconi Anemia on Friday evening surrounded by his family and sister. Jacob had an amazing sense of humor and zest for life and loved participating in many Stevenson activities including Best Buddies and Allied Sports. You can read more about Jacob’s life and/or leave a message for the family at Jacob Grossman Obituary. The service will be streamed lived Monday at 10 a.m. at
We know that while grief is a normal reaction to loss, it is experienced differently by everyone. Students are encouraged to reach out to any member of their Student Support Team if needed.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Grossman family and friends during this difficult time.

Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners
Stevenson students received more than 70 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards recently and the recipients will be invited to attend an online Scholastic Celebration premiering on March 7.
Gold Key Award winners include seniors Seohyun (Bella) Kim (four-time winner), Esha Raut (two-time winner), Laya Reddy and Varsha Vinod; juniors Rosie Wang, Victoria Feng (two-time winner), Tia Vasudeva, Clare Hu, Joy Qu and Glenna Wang; and freshmen Vivian Zhu and Jennifer Huang.
Silver Key Award winners include seniors Seohyun (Bella) Kim (recipient of six silver awards), Tanisha Gunashakar, Madeline Mitchell, two-time winners Laya ReddyEsha Raut and Hannah Stewart, and Maxine Tam; juniors Victoria Feng (two-time winner), Evelyn Jiang, Joy Quo (three-time winner), Tia Vasudeva (four-time winner), Sabrina Xue and Robert Yao (two-time winner); sophomores Dahyun (Julie) KimSrika Sudheer and Matthew Zhu; and freshmen Richard Lu, Veronika Upart, and Elizabeth Yuan who was a three-time winner.
Honorable Mention awardees include seniors Amber Atkinson (two-time selection), Seohyun (Bella) Kim, and four-time honorees Esha Raut and Hannah Steward; juniors Victoria Feng, Briana Iordan, Evelyn Jiang, Tia Vasudeva (two-time selection), Rosie Wang, Sabrina Xue and Robert Yao; sophomores Srika Sudheer and Matthew Zhu; and freshmen Jiya Mehta and Elizabeth Yuan.
For this competition, these students submitted original works in areas such as drawing, digital art, journalism, personal essay, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, short story, writing and more.
Congratulations Patriots!


Mr. SHS Talent Contest
Who will be crowned the winner of the 2020-21 Mr. SHS Talent Contest? You’ll have to watch the virtual show on Friday to see and audience members will help select the winner.
Ten Stevenson students are vying for the Mr. SHS title and they will be competing in the areas of talent, school spirit, and best dressed. This year’s contestants include Blake Finkel, Jordan Giddens, Shreyas Khati, Jack Lee, Anthony Lin, Jake Leyderman, Prabhav Peddinti, Shayaan Shaik, Rushil Vora and Shawn Zhu.
Part of the program is group dance and the contestants have been assisted by student choreographers Winnie Song and Katie Wu. The student-hosts for the evening will be Lindsey Grant, Abigail Mendoza and Trisha Arun.
This year’s Mr. SHS will be a free virtual show on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m., with a pre-show beginning at 6:45 p.m. on Zoom. Seniors are invited to purchase advance tickets to view Mr. SHS on-campus from their cars, drive-in style. Please note that the viewing will be limited to the first 100 sign-ups and costs $5 per car. Tickets for seniors can be purchased online. Drive-in attendees will receive a free cookie and popcorn, along with the option of pre-ordering pizza.
The Mr. SHS sponsors are teachers Jane Caballero and Courtney Croak.

Black History Month Meeting
The Diversity Council and Black Association of Stevenson Students (BASS) co-curricular clubs invite all students to attend their online meeting tomorrow at 4 p.m. on Zoom to learn more about different aspects of Black history and culture through a virtual museum tour!


Athletic Scores from Tuesday, Feb. 16
Girls Badminton vs. Lake Forest
The girls badminton team had another clean sweep tonight against Lake Forest, winning 18-0, bringing their overall record to 5-0 and their North Suburban Conference record to 4-0. Doubles team of seniors Emily Hu and Iyotsna Harikrishna only dropped four points throughout their two sets, winning 21-2/21-2. In singles, senior Emily Hu did not drop a single point, winning both of her sets 21-0.

Girls Basketball vs. Warren
The girls basketball team beat Warren 56-59 to bring their overall season record to 5-0. senior Simone Sawyer is continuing her streak of leading all scorers and helped the Patriots win by contributing 26 points. Freshman Emory Klatt pitched in 12 points for the team. The team is back on their home court on Friday night, Feb. 19 against Zion.

Boys Bowling vs. Libertyville
Less than a week after setting a new school record, the boys bowling team has broken it again with a game score of 3537, moving to 4-0 in the North Suburban Conference and 5-0 overall. The Patriots now own the top-two three-game series in program history. The team also had the second-highest team game with a 1262, just one pinfall from tying the school record. Sophomore Ender Starr led all scorers for the night with a total three-game pinfall of 763 and an individual game-high of 278. Seniors Nicholas Sternes and Ryan Grabiner scored 744 and 742, respectively. Next up, the team will take on Warren on Thursday, Feb. 18.


Remote Learning Halted due to Power Outages
Even with remote learning plans in place due to the pandemic, many schools across the country canceled classes this week due to severe weather. The largest public school system in Texas serving almost 200,000 children has canceled classes for the rest of this week.

Assuring Accessibility for Students with Visual Impairments
A New York teacher was recently named Teacher of the Year by the Braille Institute for his work with students with visual impairments. His work became especially challenging during remote learning but he developed strategies to create a bridge between inaccessible and accessible content for his students who rely on tactile cues.

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