Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Arts Connect Us, Youth Arts Month 
Please join Stevenson’s Fine Arts Department in celebrating Youth Arts Month with a virtual presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 featuring student performances and creative highlights from the areas of Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Art.The evening will feature collections of artwork and montages of performances created during Fall 2020’s Remote Learning semester, including work from:

  • Patriot Theatre Company’s performances of NewsiesOliverio, and Failed Presidential Candidates Improv.
  • Collections of music and artwork from scenic design, sound design, music production and visual arts classrooms.
  • Performances from Dance 3 classrooms, Repertory Dance Company and Mélange Dance Company.
  • Performances by Patriot Orchestra, Concert Band, Freshman Band, Stevenson Orchestra Chamber Ensemble and all Stevenson choirs in a collaborative finale.

This event will be streamed on Vimeo. Please see the Fine Arts Events webpage for additional information including an online program which will be posted next week.

Online Solo Exhibition by Fine Arts Teacher Cristal Sabbagh
The works of Stevenson Fine Arts Teacher Cristal Sabbagh will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition at The Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago. The show, OOPS! POW! SURPRISE! opens on March 8. Students and community members are invited to listen to a virtual interview with Sabbagh on Thursday, March 11 from 6-7 p.m. Registration for this free event is required.
This exhibit takes a deep look at Sabbagh’s interdisciplinary practice that includes traditional portraiture, ceramics, and performance. While movement is the spine of her practice and the core that all her other work emanates from, intentional spontaneity, reverence and bliss are threads woven throughout.

Duo Win State Championship at BPA Conference
Stevenson’s Business Professionals of America co-curricular club was well represented on the virtual podium at the 2021 BPA State Leadership Conference Feb. 22-26. Fifty-four Patriots competed in more than 60 business-related events. The competition included over 40 high schools from around the state with nearly 750 students competing. Two Stevenson juniors were named state champions in their respective events:
Lillian You
– Advanced Accounting
Clement Wang
– C++ Programming
In addition, the following students also qualified for BPA Nationals which will be held virtually in May: sophomore Tristen Arun, junior Sana Arvind, junior Chinmay Avsarkar, sophomore Aditi Bobba, senior Kaitlyn Chan, junior Sayuj Choudhari, sophomore Blake Duvall, sophomore Avinash Gogineni, junior Tina Joe, sophomore Anjay Krishnansophomore Julia Levenshteyn, junior Aditya Mehrotra, junior Udit Mehta, junior Shreyas Mishra, sophomore Mihir Putcha, junior Daniel Saltzman, senior Bhavya Sharma, senior Isabelle Smart, and junior Fred Yuan.
The sponsors for the Stevenson BPA are Business Education teachers Beth Brilowski and Jason Ford. Congratulations Patriots!


Student Submissions Sought for the WIT
All student-writers and artists are encouraged to submit their fiction, poetry, drama, song lyrics, music scores, nonfiction and art in a call for submissions by The WIT, Stevenson’s literary magazine.
The submission deadline is April 9 and entries can be submitted via this Google form or by emailing club sponsor Jim Barnabee at Email submissions should include student ID number, the title of the work and genre.


Athletic Results for Wednesday, March 3
Boys Basketball
The boys basketball team won a pivotal matchup against Libertyville, defeating the Wildcats 47-45. Senior Jacob Morris had the most action on the court, posting 13 points, along with eight rebounds, two steals and three charges taken. Andrew Chieng assisted the team with 11 points and three rebounds and fellow senior Darius Clemons rang in 10 points and had five rebounds and three assists. Next up, the Patriots will take on Warren on Friday, March 5 at Woodlawn Middle School at 7:30 p.m. This game is the quarterfinals of the North Suburban Conference tournament.

Girls Basketball
The girls basketball team fell to Libertyville 61-46 but nonetheless put up a great fight on the court. Their overall season record is now 11-1. Junior Simone Sawyer led all scorers posting a whopping 18 points, followed by classmate Ava Bardic and senior Nicole Were who scored nine and eight points, respectively. Coach Ashley Graham honored the senior class of Carly King, Lydia Lueck, Madeline Rosenbaum, Akiko Uchida, and Nicole Ware. The Patriots have no time to rest as they take the court against St. Viator tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Twin Groves Middle School.

Girls Bowling
The girls bowling team put up a great fight in the lanes, but ended up trailing to Lake Zurich, and losing 2484-2176. Their overall season record is now 2-5. Senior Kelly Radelet had the highest total pinfall of the night, with a three-game series score of 485, followed by classmate Yumin Kim who had a total pinfall of 461. The Patriots will hit the lanes on Friday, March 5 at Fairhaven Lanes at 4:45 p.m. against Waukegan.

The boys and girl fencing teams hosted Deerfield-Highland Park on Wednesday night. The boys team went undefeated, winning 36-0, while the girls team lost 11-22. The boys on all three squads went undefeated including seniors Arun Sivarajah and Illia Svirinovskyi; juniors Albert Cheng, Vincent Oriatti-Bruns, Suhas Palwai, Greycen Ren and Philip Villano; sophomores Jonathan Franke Gordon, Eric Yang, Stephen Yi and Brian Yoon. The Patriots will take on Marian Central Catholic next on Saturday, March 6 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson.

Boys Swimming
The boys swimming and diving team defeated Waukegan 90-22. The Patriots won all but two events to bring their overall season record to 5-1. In the 50-yard free, the Patriots claimed the top three spots, with Seniors Jeffrey Mao, Grant Huey and Sammy Maya coming in first, second, and third, respectively with times of 23.87, 24.32, and 24.78. In the 200-yard free, senior Dima Kobets captured a win and was also the only swimmer to ring in a time under the two-minute mark, finishing with a final time of 1:57.28. The Stevenson coaching staff honored their class of 2021 on senior night. The seniors who were recognized include: Evan Engel, David Gorin, Grant Huey, Anthony Lin, Jeffrey Mao, Samuel Maya, Christopher Oei, Hemsith Seneviratne, Kenneth Wan, Drew Wangard, Josue Martinez, Bhavin Patel, Dimitry Kobets, Alan Luo, Nathan Mossman, Avigdor Roytman, Andrew Thalos, Gordon Xu, and Jaden Pazol. The divers will be back in action on Saturday, March 6 at 9 a.m. in an invitational hosted by Stevenson.


Illinois Education and Job Training Program Expanded
This week, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced that state grant dollars will assist in increasing the availability of training programs that teach marketable skills to people aged 16-24.

Colleges Planning for Near-Normal Fall Semesters
Numerous colleges and universities are announcing they plan to operate with greatly increased in-person class offerings. Contingency planning is still part of the conversation with some universities requesting that faculty make course materials available in online or hybrid formats and many institutions outlining the factors needed for the return to in-person instruction.


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