Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Opening Night for ‘The Compass’ is Friday
The Patriot Theatre Company’s online production of ‘The Compass’ will be streamed March 5-7 and a limited number of tickets can be reserved online. We congratulate the cast and crew of this production and encourage the Patriot community to visit the Fine Arts Events webpage for more information on this virtual event.

Debate Team Receives Multiple National and State Awards
Harvard National Forensics Tournament
Thirty-five Stevenson Congressional Debaters competed in the 47th Annual Harvard National Forensics Tournament which was held virtually Feb. 12-14. These students joined 600 students representing 65 high schools across the world.
Stevenson took first place in the Congressional Sweepstakes which is the most prestigious award the tournament offers and senior Ojasvi Saxena received third-place honors after advancing through octafinals, quarterfinals and semifinals. Out of the 65 schools that competed, Stevenson students compromised over 15% of the 20 students selected to compete in the semifinal round.
We congratulate these members of the team who advanced in the competition and helped Stevenson secure the School Sweepstakes Award: Octafinalists: sophomores Riddhi Bhagwat, Sara Zhang, Lindsey Wang; juniors Udit Mehta, Prachi Gyanmote, Aditi Ambravan, Samarth Arul; seniors James Xie, Jeanette Han, Aditi Singh, Arun Sivarajah, Melissa Liu, Laya Reddy and Ojasvi Saxena. Quarterfinalists: sophomore Lindsey Wang; seniors James Xie, Laya Reddy, Melissa Liu, Ojasvi Saxena, Arun Sivarajah and Aditi SinghSemifinalists: seniors Ojasvi Saxena, James Xie and Aditi Singh.Illinois Congressional Debate Association State Tournament
At the Feb. 27 ICDA State tournament, Stevenson congressional debaters took second-place in the Invitational sweepstakes and sophomore Maddie Wang received the second-place award in overall quality speaker.
We would also like to congratulate the following students who received individual honors in invitational chambers. Wang and fellow sophomore Natalie Garayeva were awarded first place, freshman Anisha Saxena received second place, and sophomore Collin Fan placed third. The best presiding officer in invitational chambers was awarded to Wang. In the championship chamber round, juniors Aditi Ambravan received first place and Mia Korsunsky took third-place.
Sponsors for the Stevenson Debate Team are Bill Fritz, Steve Heller, Alison Pearl and Chip Tompson. Congratulations Patriots!

Snowflake Program
Last week, 43 students involved in Stevenson Peer Theater and Catalyst helped facilitate the third-annual Snowflake program for 7th-grade students at Aptakisic Junior High. Students involved in these co-curricular clubs provided education to students about the risks of substance use for teenagers and promoted positive decision-making by leading small groups and performing skits. We salute these Patriots who are role models for other students and are showing a Commitment to Others by helping students stay safe.


Design Contests for Students
Odyssey Logo Competition
The Fine Arts Department is holding a student competition for the 2022 Odyssey logo design. The winner will receive a prize of $150 and will have their logo featured on all promotional materials for Odyssey Festival 2022. Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 31. Please see the Odyssey webpage for additional information about this contest and the biennial Odyssey fine arts festival.
Interested students are encouraged to attend a virtual Logo Design Workshop on Wednesday, March 10 at 3:45 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn from Kristin Maskalunas, principal designer and owner of KMGD Design, ask questions about the contest specifications and receive feedback on designs-in-progress. Please RSVP to Ms. Long at to receive the Zoom link.
Spirit Wear T-Shirt Design Competition
The Stevenson School Store is hosting a T-shirt design competition that will have two rounds. In the first round, all submissions will be voted on by Stevenson students, faculty and staff. The two designs with the most votes will move forward to the second round. The winning T-shirt will be available for purchase in the school store and online, and the winner will receive their T-shirt for no charge!
Please submit your creative, original design in a PDF format to by April 1 to be entered into the competition.


Athletic Results for Tuesday, March 2
Girls Badminton
The girls badminton team dominated against Waukegan, winning 18-0, to bring their overall season record to 9-0. The doubles team of junior Ema Akutsu and classmate Meha Krishnareddigari raced through their match 21-2/21-0, while the doubles team of seniors Shibani Ram and Benna Li won their match 21-2/21-2. In singles, junior Nancy Zhang crushed her opponent 21-2/21-1 and Ram and fellow senior Emily Hu both won their matches 21-2/21-2, only dropping four points in the two sets. The team is back in action on Thursday, March 4, at Lake Forest at 4:45 p.m.
Coach Grant Johnson recognized the senior class at yesterday’s match which, consists of team members Shibani Ram, Jyotsna Harikrishna, Emily Hu, Benna Li, and Lily Ma. The Class of 2021 is responsible for two IHSA Sectional Championships in 2017-18 and 2018-19, an IHSA State Championship in 2018, followed up with an IHSA Runner-up in 2019 and a record of 46-0 in three years (no competitions were played in 2019-20). Coach Johnson said this about the seniors: “They are better people than all the accomplishments. Our program was fortunate to have them make significant contributions both on and off the court.”

Boys Bowling
The boys bowling team improved to 8-0 in the North Suburban Conference and 11-0 overall with a huge win over Mundelein. The Patriots had a three-game series score of 3387, while Mundelein had a total pinfall of 2755. senior Nicholas Sternes had the highest score of the night, with a total pinfall of 764 and a one-game series high of 268, following by sophomore Ender Starr who had a total pinfall of 706 and a series high of 264. seniors Ryan Grabiner had a total score of 659, Joey Gluck scored 649 and Ryan Lerman had an overall pinfall of 609. The team is hitting Fairhaven Lanes on Thursday, March 4 against Libertyville at 4:45 p.m.


Stevenson Students Have More Opportunities to Attend Classes On-Campus
Beginning this week, Stevenson students have more opportunities to attend classes on-campus. An updated Hybrid Learning Plan with two student groups instead of three offers students the opportunity to attend a half-day of classes each school day. A recent survey of students attending on-campus classes showed 95% felt safe in the building and none felt unsafe.

Bill Extending Date Students with Special Needs “Age Out” Advances
The Illinois House Human Services Committee recently approved a bill to allow students to stay in special education programs until the end of the school year, even if they turn 22 years old earlier that year The bill heads to the House floor for second reading once lawmakers return for in-person sessions.


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