Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

Sophomores: Course Selection Mandatory Meetings On Monday

As part of the course selection process for the 2022-23 school year, all sophomores will be required to attend a mandatory meeting with their counselors during the activity period on Monday. Sophomores must attend this meeting even if they have a club meeting at that time. For a list of assignments and locations by counselor, click here.

Counselors at the activity period meetings on Monday will explain the course selection process as a precursor to the big course selection event for sophomores that will take place Oct. 28 – Nov. 12 during English classes.

World’s Fair Is Back At Stevenson…This Weekend

It’s baaaaaack! That’s right, World’s Fair is back this year….and in person! As a reminder, on Saturday and Sunday, take a trip around the world without leaving the Wood Commons, the Forum at the Point and the Performing Arts Center.

Families, students and the general public are welcome to browse booth experiences in the Wood Commons and Forum (10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) that will include food, activities and educational content on cultures from 30 different countries and cultural organizations. There will also be performances representing different countries at the PAC (3-5 p.m.). Performances are free, but will not be streamed.

Entry into the World’s Fair event, including the booth experiences and performances, is free. Tickets can be purchased at the Sportscenter and Forum entrances for $1 each that can be used for food and drinks at the booths, which will not be accepting cash.
For more information, refer to the map of the booths and the schedule of performances.

New Public Forum Debate Team Already Collecting Hardware

Stevenson has a long history of success in Congressional Debate. As a result, the team has grown to more than 150 members, and expansion was, well…debated.

Last year, the debate program added “Public Forum Debate,” where students compete with a partner in order to give even more team members the opportunity to participate.

Last week, in their first-ever in-person tournament, seven out of 23 students went home with trophies. In the varsity competition, team captain Deepa Pulugurtha and her partner Mehul Gautam took fifth place, while Alex Pollock and Michael Kirylau earned fourth place. In the JV competition, Andrew Li and Yash Nellavelli took second place and Nellavelli also was honored as fourth-place speaker, while Jason Zhao earned second-place speaker.

Student Announcements

Last Day to Register For Biliteracy Exam

Stevenson’s Fall Biliteracy exam opportunity has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Room 2104. The exam must be taken in-person and cannot be taken remotely. All students interested in registering for the test must complete the Registration Form and pay via the Stevenson School Store. The deadline to register for the Fall Biliteracy exam is by 11 p.m. today.

Former Cubs And White Sox Announcer To Visit Sports Broadcasting Club

Former Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox radio play-by-play announcer, and current WGN radio sportscaster, Andy Masur will be speaking to the Stevenson Sports Broadcasting Club at 3:45 p.m. on Monday in Room 1628. All students are welcome, and anyone who wishes to join the meeting remotely can do so through Zoom.

Winter Cheerleading To Hold Tryouts

Stevenson Cheerleading will be conducting its Winter Competitive season tryouts on Monday. Those who are interested in attending should e-mail Jorie Dwyer at:

Political Action Club Seeking Donations For Immigrant Families

The Political Action Club is conducting a fundraiser called “Children In Crisis” and is seeking donations for a nonprofit organization called Family Focus, which assists immigrant families in the area. The donation drive, which will run through Oct. 29, will collect gently-used baby clothes, formula and diapers. Drop boxes are located at school entrances and the Vernon Area Public Library. All of the donations will be given to families in need. For questions, e-mail

Patriot Sports News

“Neon Out” For Tomorrow’s Boys Soccer Regional Championship

The boys soccer team has advanced to the regional championship and will be hosting Buffalo Grove at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Stadium. The theme for the game, the last home contest of the season for the team, is a “Neon Out!” So please come out and wear your brightest, boldest neon!

On Thursday, to secure their spot in the regional championship, the Patriots came storming out of the gate in the regional semifinal against Zion-Benton, paving the way to a 4-1 victory. That game was a continuation of Wednesday’s game that had been suspended due to lightning. Nazar Mormul scored a goal, assisted by Kohei Mori and then Mori scored his own goal, assisted by Adam Hamad. This put Stevenson up 2-0 in the early minutes of the first half. Zion-Benton countered before the half to put the halftime score at 2-1. The Patriots scored two more goals in the second half. Filip Janda scored on an assist by Alex Zalewski and Mori put in another goal on an assist by Owen Zakrzewski. The win moves Stevenson to 14-2-4 heading into tomorrow’s regional championship. To read the semifinal story in the Daily Herald, please click here.

Admission to tomorrow’s regional championship at the Stadium is $5 and tickets can be purchased in advance at GoFan.

Cheerleaders Asking For Donations At Tonight’s Football Game

The varsity Cheerleaders are “leaVing a legaCy” in an important community effort and philanthropy project with local organization, Keeping Families Covered. Located right here in Lake County, the organization provides basic supplies to families in need. The cheerleaders’ effort is specifically focused on collecting tampons. Please drop off boxes of tampons at tonight’s football game at the two bins inside the Stadium once you enter the Fieldhouse gates. If you can’t make it to tonight’s game, there are three other locations that will be accepting donations of tampons through Nov. 19: Zizzo Auto Body at 121 Schelter Road in Lincolnshire, a residence at 138 Lilac Lane in Buffalo Grove and a residence at 236 Southfield Drive in Vernon Hills.

Athletic Results

Girls Tennis: Stevenson entered the second day of the IHSA State Tennis Finals with all of their entries still alive. The doubles team of Ainika Hou and Sonia Mehta lost in the first round to Manual Runyan and Gabby Runyan from Bloomington, but advanced to the fourth round of the consolation bracket and was scheduled to play at Wheeling today. Hou and Mehta will face Keira Botjer and Coc Zabel from New Trier. The doubles team of Thea Surya and Kate Herlihy dropped their first match to Rockford Auburn’s Maddy Harned and Rebecca Wang, but also advanced to the 4th round of the consolation bracket and will play Fremd’s Grace Ha and Sonal Matta. Sarah Wang, the No. 1-seeded singles player, has advanced to the third round of the championship bracket and was scheduled to face Shannele Lopez from Glenbard West today. Play continues throughout the day and into Saturday. To follow the brackets on the IHSA website, click here.

Boys Ice Hockey: Stevenson got edged by New Trier Green in overtime, 5-4. The Patriots went up 2-0 early in the game and took it to a 3-1 advantage before New Trier scored two quick goals in the second period to even the score. Tied after regulation, the game went to overtime where New Trier got a quick game-winning goal. Davis Jegers led all scorers with a hat trick. Raffi Biedron also added a goal and Dylan Jette and Will Harlow both had 2 assists. Andrew Lermer, Spencer Harman and Cam Schneider had 1 assist apiece. The team has a short break before its next game on Oct. 27 at Glenbrook North.

Education News

Test-Optional College Admissions Got A Major Boost During The Pandemic. Does It Work?

At DePaul University, the answer is a tentative “Yes,” along with caution when searching for a quick fix for equitable access to higher ed.

Stuff Your 5,000-Word Limit! Students Dare To Write Longer History Papers.

Very few U.S. high schools ask their students to write long research papers. Teachers may lack time to supervise such work. It is also feared that teenagers would rebel against such drudgery. Or, possibly, this is just one more sign of our unfortunate national tendency to overlook our children’s potential.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Oct. 22: Yearbook Retake Photo Day

Oct. 23-24: World’s Fair

Oct. 25: Activity Period – Sophomores

Oct. 25: Band Chamber Concert

Oct. 25-29: S*H*S Thanksgiving Care Package Fundraiser

Oct. 26: Deadline To Register for Ballapalooza

Oct. 26: SPA Fundraiser Night

Oct. 28: Fall Guitar Concert

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