Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Junior Students Achieve Awards in National Writing Program
Kudos to the SHS students who have been selected for a 2021 Achievement Award in Writing, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)!
The NCTE Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students to write and to recognize some of the best student writers in the nation. Only students who are juniors may participate. Schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, American schools abroad and the Virgin Islands are eligible to nominate students for the writing program.
This year, schools nominated a total of 284 students for Certifications of Superior Writing and Certificates of Nomination. SHS students received four Superior Writing Awards and two Nomination Certificates. Each student submitted two pieces of writing, and two independent judges scored each submission on expression of ideas, language use and unique perspective/voice.
Certificate of Superior Writing recipients are:

  • Margaret Chen – Nominated by teacher Jacqueline Cullen
  • Natalie Koziol – Nominated by teacher Melissa Mack
  • Srinidhi Senapathi – Nominated by teacher Christina Kim
  • Tia Vasudeva – Nominated by teacher Christina Kim

Certificate of Nomination recipients are:

  • Niveheda Vasanth – Nominated by teacher Martha Keller
  • Glenna Wang – Nominated by teacher Melissa Mack

Congratulations to the award recipients and all the nominees!

Tech Campus Announces Student Honors
Congratulations are in order for the four SHS students selected by their Lake County Tech Campus instructors to be Program Student of the Year!

  • Andrew Drag, Emergency Medical Serv I
  • Unnathi Pasupuleti, Medical Assisting
  • Ethan Meyers, 3D Gaming & Cybersecurity
  • Thomas Cahuzac, Automotive Service I

Additionally, from these Program Students of the Year, Ethan Meyers was selected as finalist for the Tech Campus Student of the Year.
Meyers was also selected as one of the first annual Dual Credit Students of the Year through his dual credit work at the Tech Campus! Dual credit teachers were invited to nominate a student for this award and an impartial committee reviewed nominations to select the three winners.
We are truly proud of these students and their accomplishments. Congratulations to them all!


Last Day to Pick Up Graduation Tickets!
Seniors – don’t forget! Today is the last day to pick up graduation tickets. For those who haven’t gotten their tickets yet, you must pick them up in-person by 5 p.m. in the Forum. As a reminder, each senior will receive six tickets, and guests will not be allowed to enter the graduation ceremony without a ticket. For more information see the Graduation web page.

Help Teach Others and Be Part of a Passionate SHS Community
Want to help teach other people while forming meaningful relationships? Interested in being part of a close-knit SHS community of passionate volunteers? Stevenson Peer Tutors is starting the recruitment process for the 2021-22 school year! Peer Tutors bolster needed support in a variety of academic subjects for SHS students as well as students from some of our Junior High feeder schools.
In the Fall, applications will be open to all students who hold sophomore to senior status. Course-specific requirements vary by Content Area and are under review annually based on club needs. If you are interested in joining Peer Tutors or learning more about the club, please email one of the sponsors (kcaplan@d125.org or gpioquinto@d125.org), or check out the PeerTutors website


Girls and Boys Water Polo Teams Heading to I.H.S.A. State
Many Stevenson athletes have remained focused on their sport and committed to team success, as evident by the Patriots appearances in the 2020-21 IHSA State Series. Though, there have only been four sports who have had a State Series, due to IDPH restrictions, SHS has placed in the top five in three of those sports: Competitive Dance – State Champions, Girls Badminton – State Runner-Up, Competitive Cheerleading – 5th Place.
Both Boys and Girls Water Polo have qualified for the upcoming state tournament, which is being held Wednesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 29 at Fenwick High School. This is the 15th State Tournament appearance for the Girls and Boys Programs and the quest for the Girls program to earn its fifth State Championship (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and for the Boys to capture their second (2017).
The Girls play on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Boys play on Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Follow on NFHS Network.

Athletic Results for May 22-24
May 22
Boys Track & Field
Stevenson placed seventh as a team in the Lake County Track & Field Invite, with a score of 48.5. See full media coverage from the Daily Herald.

May 24

The Patriots fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 6-4 loss to Lake Zurich. Stevenson tallied three runs in the fifth inning. Stevenson Patriots Varsity scored its runs on an RBI home run by Jordan Skolmar. Joey Woods took the loss for Stevenson. The pitcher allowed seven hits and six runs over four innings, striking out six. The Patriots are back in action tomorrow as they host Lake Zurich at home. First pitch is at 4:45 p.m.

The girls softball team lost to Zion 3-1 in a non-conference competition. Reagan Koenigs pitched seven innings striking out eight with only one walk and two earned runs, but it was not enough as the Patriots bats went cold. The Patriots left runners on base in six of the seven innings but could not get a timely hit. Next up, the team will travel to Waukegan today for a 4:45 p.m. first pitch.

Boys Lacrosse
The Patriots defeated the Barrington Broncos, 12-10, to move to 5-6 on the season. Junior Ryan Hynes led the way with seven goals, adding one assist. Sophomore Caleb Lee added two goals to the tally, as well. Senior Darius Clemons led the team in ground balls to anchor the defense and added one assist on offense. Junior Josh Neela had a stellar game in net with nine saves in the contest. The Patriots will be back in action on Saturday when they face Deerfield at 11:00 a.m. in the Stevenson Stadium.


Some Schools Moving to Place Lower Stakes on Standardized Testing
Standardized tests are returning to the nation’s schools this spring, but millions of students will face shorter exams that carry lower stakes, and most families are being given the option to forgo testing entirely.

Cursive May Be Making a Comeback
Although cursive handwriting “is a dying field,” as one teacher said, it has made a comeback in the curriculum of some school districts – including those in Texas, Ohio and Illinois.


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