Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

Vaccinations at Stevenson Continue
Stevenson student-journalists recently outlined the vaccination efforts occurring at Stevenson and Round Lake High Schools for Lake County educators in an article titled Protecting Patriots written by sophomore Anika Krishnaswamy and senior Serena Mehta. In the article, Stevenson science teacher Jason Carlson shared:
“I think it is an incredible opportunity not only for the faculty, staff, and adults in the building, but it’s [also] an incredible opportunity for the community because this once again gives Stevenson a chance to be a leader.”
This vaccination effort has been a true Patriot effort with many staff working after their normal hours to help process educational staff arriving for vaccine appointments. Pictured is Matt Godlewski, SHS technical director and president-elect of the Stevenson Support Staff Association who recently shared:
“Personally, I’ve spent the last year feeling quite helpless by the situation. By doing this small part to help vaccinate school workers, I feel like I’m able to make a direct impact to combat the virus and bring a sense of normalcy back to my fellow support staff, teachers, and ultimately our students. Ever since Dr. Twadell announced his idea to partner with the Lake County Health Department to use Stevenson as a vaccination site, I knew I wanted to help out in any way I could. And, to do so alongside my fellow support staff, I could not be prouder to be a Patriot.”
We thank Matt and the many medical and support workers who are working to administer these vaccines.

Strings Showcase Benefit Concert and Fundraising Campaign
The Stevenson Strings Program is hosting a Strings Winter Concert Showcase featuring students from the guitar and orchestra programs in small solo and chamber settings Thursday, Feb. 25, on Zoom beginning at 7 p.m. This concert also serves as the kickoff to a String Parent Association’s (SPA) fundraising campaign.
The SPA is holding a “4 Weeks of Giving” campaign with a focus on talent, treasure and time. This initiative runs from Feb. 22 to March 19. The fundraising campaign will begin with the concert on Thursday and SPA has identified a donor who will match dollar-for-dollar every donation given to SPA during these four weeks, up to $1000. A SPA donation page has been established on the online Stevenson School store for families who want to participate in this fundraiser.


View the Half Wit: 2020 Edition
The 2020 Half Wit can now be viewed online! Read and listen to the interactive magazine filled with fantastic student writing. The Half Wit is entirely student-written and produced.
The WIT is Stevenson High School’s nationally award-winning literary magazine. The Half Wit is a literary magazine designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores. Both magazines showcase the incredible student fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and art.
Congratulations to the students who have works featured and the students involved in the publication of this online magazine.

Project Pen Pal Bracelet Fundraiser
The Project Pen Pal co-curricular club is selling friendship bracelets to raise money for a writing scholarship for students in rural China.
Orders for customized bracelets can be placed and paid for online and the club is offering campus delivery, free shipping for orders being delivered within the D125 district and the option to arrange for shipping outside of the district. All orders will be accompanied by a note from club members.

Rotary Club Fundraiser
The Rotary Youth Club (Interact) in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Morning Star Rotary Club and Walker Brothers are taking online orders for Frozen Apple Pancakes through March 30.
All proceeds will benefit the Vernon Township Food Pantry. Purchasers are asked to print a copy of their receipt and bring it to a Walker Brothers restaurant for redemption.


Coach Wimer: Illinois Water Polo Coach of the Year
Stevenson Girls Water Polo Coach, Jeff Wimer, has been selected as the Illinois State Coach of the Year in Girls Water Polo by the National Federation of State High School Associations. This is the fourth consecutive year that Coach Wimer has been awarded this honor. His program, along with the boys program under Coach Sean Wimer, will begin their 2020-21 season on March 15.
Congratulations Coach Wimer!

Recent Athletic Results
At the Johnsburg Invitational on Saturday, the Patriot varsity team placed first with a score of 95.87.

Girls Basketball versus Lake Forest 
Yesterday, the girls basketball team defeated Lake Forest, in a non-conference meet, 48-42, to bring their overall season record to 8-0. Senior Simone Sawyer and freshman Emory Kltt lead the way by contributing 17 points. Next up, the Patriots will take on Waukegan in an away game, on Feb. 24.

Boys Tennis Tryout Meeting
There will be a virtual boys tennis tryout information meeting on Tuesday, March 2 at 4 p.m. on Zoom.

Contact Days for Summer Sports
Information regarding Contact Days for Summer Sports is now available on the Athletics webpage. Please note: Athletes planning to participate in a current SPRING sport should not sign up for SUMMER sport contact days. Athletes will need to do the following to be eligible to participate in contact days.

  1. Register for Spring Contact Days in the Sport – by March 6
  2. Complete the Covid Health History Form (you do not have to do this if you already did it for another sport)
  3. Complete the In-Person Co-Curricular Form (you do not have to do this if you already did it for another sport)


Ten More Universities Join IBM-HBCU Quantum Center
Last fall, 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities were inaugural members of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center with the goal of advancing quantum information science at member institutions and to promote STEM-based education in underrepresented communities. This week it was announced that another ten HBCUs have been added to this initiative.

Number of Americans with a Bachelor’s Degree Continues to Grow
A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that over the last 15 years the number of Americans 25 and older who hold at least a bachelor’s degree has steadily increased. This increase is consistent for every racial and ethnic group.

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