And The Prominent Patriot Award Goes To…
Many students across the country struggled during the pandemic with the isolation and disconnection that was an unintentional byproduct of remote learning. With the emergence of a new school year and the return to full-time, in-person learning, a group of students at Stevenson decided to do something about that problem.
And that’s how a new version of Stevenson’s popular StreetFest, with a nod to Mental Wellness, was born. StreetFest, a long-running back-to-school celebration, was renamed StreetFest Wellness Week. The event was planned and organized by a collaboration between the Peer Helpers Executive Board and the National Honor Society Executive Board.
On Monday morning in the West Auditorium, those 19 students from the Peer Helpers Executive Board and the National Honor Society Executive Board who worked together on StreetFest Wellness Week were awarded the prestigious Prominent Patriot Award for their efforts. There were a total of 120 nominations made for the award, which was created in order to recognize students whose actions reflect those of someone with good character, and who demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community. The 19 winners each received Stevenson bobbleheads and certificates and will have their names inscribed on the Prominent Patriot Award trophy.
“Definitely what inspired us was the impact that quarantine and no school had on people,” senior winner Aditya Mehrota said. “We wanted to address the needs the students had on mental health and the lack of support they had over the past year, especially with closed school.”
To read more about the Prominent Patriot Award and the efforts by the Peer Helpers Executive Board and the National Honor Society Executive Board (including a list of all the winners), please click here.
It’s Mental Harmony Week…And That Means The Comfort Dogs Are On Their Way!
The Peer Helpers will be hosting “Mental Harmony Week,” starting today and running through Friday. The week is focused on making one’s wellness a priority and highlighting the importance of engaging great self-care and kindness towards ourselves and others.
Today, the Peer Helpers will be passing out their “kindness cards” to students and staff throughout the day! If you receive one of these cards, we encourage you to “pass on the kindness” to those around you by passing the card on to someone else throughout the week! Feel free to take a picture and tag the Peer Helpers on Instagram (@stevenson_peerhelpers) to show everyone how you’re “passing on the kindness”! Feel free to visit the Peer Helpers’ Instagram page throughout the week for various Mental Harmony Week posts!
The week continues with a self-care based giveaway during all lunch periods on Wednesday in front of the PAC and in the Wood Commons!
The week will conclude on Friday with a visit from the ever-popular COMFORT DOGS during all lunch periods in Room 6110! Come pet a pup and de-stress during your lunch/free period!
It’s “Band-A-Palooza!” Upcoming Band Concert To Feature Students From Five Different Programs
It will be a “Band-a-palooza” of sorts as students from five different band programs at Stevenson will be performing in a two-day Band Concert.
Students in the Freshman, Concert, Symphonic, Advanced Symphonic, and Honor Bands will be executing spectacular musicianship at 7 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow night at the Performing Arts Center.
For some students, this will be their third concert performance of the semester. For others, this will be their very first performance as students at Stevenson High School.
Sports Broadcasting Club To Get A Visit From Broadcaster Of The Year
The Stevenson Sports Broadcasting Club will be hosting broadcaster Sam Levitt, the 2021 Minor League Baseball Broadcaster of the Year, today after school. Levitt is also a broadcaster for Loyola-Chicago Basketball. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to join at 3:45 p.m. in Room 1628.
Got What It Takes To Be “Mr. Stevenson High School 2022?” Apply Now!
Attention all seniors! The time is NOW to apply for “Mr. SHS 2022!” Mr. SHS is a show put on by the Senior Class Board in which male seniors compete to be crowned “Mr. SHS,” and win free Prom tickets! The show consists of a swimwear and formal wear category, a talent act and a Q&A portion, each scored by a panel of faculty judges as well as the audience. There are a few community/school appearances the winner will need to attend later this year. NOTE: This is not just a “talent show.” You do not have to be musically inclined or have a legitimate talent to participate. “Talents” can be funny acts and contestants are encouraged to have fun and enjoy their time participating in the show. Pick up a packet in the College Career Center or the Principal’s Office or click here for the packet. You can also find a link to the packet on the 2022 Classboard Instagram @2022classboard.Turn in your completed packet to Student Activities by 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
Juniors: PSAT/NMSQT Scores To Be Released This Week
Starting this week, juniors will receive an email from the College Board with information on how to access scores from the PSAT/NMSQT that was taken in October. The PSAT/NMSQT measures the knowledge and skills that research shows are the most essential for college and career readiness and success. In anticipation of these score reports, the Testing Center sent an e-mail with information on how to access and interpret scores. NOTE: Students who tested with accommodations or incurred an irregularity may have their scores delayed.
Girls Basketball Team Turns Back Libertyville While Collecting Donations For Toys For Tots
As collection bins for Toys For Toys filled with donations outside the Sportscenter, the girls basketball team filled the stat sheet against visiting Libertyville Friday night, running away with a 51-28 North Suburban Conference victory. Simone Sawyer and Ava Bardic pumped in 17 and 14 points respectively while Emory Klatt added 10 points.
On Saturday, the Patriots faced Whitney Young at the Chicagoland Invitational Showcase hosted by Fremd High School and they edged out the Dolphins for a 69-60 win. High scorer and tournament MVP Simone Sawyer scored 31 points, Emory Klatt threw in an additional 20 points and Ava Bardic added 11 points. Kendall Williams finished with 5 points and was tough on the defensive end.
The Patriots will be back home at 7 p.m. tomorrow against Lake Forest in the Sportscenter.
Boys Basketball: Stevenson moved to 5-1 with a 47-30 victory over Chicago Westinghouse. Evan Porto scored 17 points and had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Christian Uremovich also put up 10 points, and added 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Davis Sulnius added another 7 points and 7 rebounds, while Tate Donica added 3 points and 5 assists. Stevenson will open North Suburban Conference play at Lake Forest at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Wrestling: It was a tough Friday night for the Patriots as they dropped their first conference dual meet against Libertyville, 32-41. Senior Cole Rhemrev gained points for the Patriots, responding with a technical fall and Thomas Schoolman contributed with a major decision, 11-3. Jacob Whiting, Andrew Chamkin, and Yash Jagtap all pinned their opponents, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Wildcats. Saturday at Grant, the Patriots bounced back to beat Barrington 35-29, Grant 65-13 and Evanston 46-24 to go 3-0 on the day. Next up for Stevenson is an away meet at Fremd at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Swimming/Diving: The Patriots had a record-breaking first performance of the season as they hosted their annual Patriot Relays Invitational. The meet included 15 other teams and by the end of the meet the Patriots were victorious while breaking six meet records. Jack White and Danny Silverstein started off the day with a win in the combined diving event. Meet records include the Sophomore 200 Medley Relay (Olin Kusevskis, Colin Zhang, Diego Rosario, Liam Plautz), 4×100 IM Relay (Brian Povilus, Michael Wywrocki, Josh Song, Colin Zhang), 4×25 Class Free Relay (Alex Drabczak, Liam Plautz, Jonny Farber, Brandon Xiong), 200 Free Relay (Jack Curtin, Diego Rosario, Josh Song, David Kohan), 350 Backstroke Relay (Kunal Rajadhyax, Brandon Xiong, Jonny Farber), and the 350 Breaststroke Relay (Jack Motl, David Badarch, Colin Zhang). This year’s version of the meet included the 50 Freestyle Skins, a brand new event in which each team’s best sprinters compete in a tournament-style elimination series of 50 freestyles. The Patriots’ own David Kohan was the victor. Stevenson stamped its runaway victory by sweeping the last 3 events: Freshmen 400 Free Relay (Felix Wang, Alex Drabczak, Finn Schneider, Maxim Kolbunov), Sophomore 400 Free Relay (Olin Kusevski, Liam Plautz, Diego Rosario, Colin Zhang), and the Open 400 Free Relay (Brandon Xiong, Jonny Farber, Josh Song, Brian Povilus). The Patriots will be back in action at 5 p.m. on Friday as they host the Titans from Glenbrook South.
Girls Gymnastics: Stevenson took home a third place win over the weekend at the Al Galette Invitational with a score of 67.10. Ally Gilter won the floor exercise with a 9.35. Other notable performances were from Lauren Jackson and Ashley Schabes, both of whom finished fifth in the parallel bars and the balance beam respectively to give a big assist. Stevenson will host Libertyville in the Fieldhouse at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Hockey: Stevenson improved to 13-5 and is in first place in the SHL Conference with wins over York (5-1) and Carmel (8-2) over the weekend. In the game against York, Davis Jegers continued his red-hot scoring streak with a Hat Trick (three goals) and Brandon Schultz and Ethan O’Gradney both added one goal a piece. SHL Network posted an article on this game and a Stevenson Hockey season summary. Meanwhile, the Carmel game was never in doubt as Stevenson had a dominant offensive performance with a balanced scoring attack and goals by seven different players. Cam Schneider led the team with two goals and Zack Kulick, Brandon Schultz, Zach Meyers, Ethan O’Gradney, Andrew Lermer and Davis Jegers each scored one goal apiece. Stevenson will return to the ice at 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday at Glenbrook South in Glenview.
Boys Bowling: The Patriots traveled to the Vernon Hills invite on Saturday to compete against the top teams in the state in some tough conditions. The Patriots finished 11th out of 22 teams and were led by Ender Starr. Ender finished seventh overall in a star-studded field finishing with a total of 1322, a 220 average. Braden Kunik finished with a total of 1168 and Jacob Sroka followed with a total of 1086. Other notable Patriots were Eric VonVondrak and Matthew McGowan.
The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 scuttled the state’s standardized assessments, but the annual Illinois Report Card returned this fall, with detailed school district results released by the Illinois State Board of Education last week.
News of the coronavirus variant has school officials preparing for the spring semester with an eye to emerging data.
The Week Ahead
Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Dec. 6: SPA Meeting
Dec. 6: Choral Guild Meeting
Dec. 6-7: Band Concerts
Dec. 7: BPO Meeting
Dec. 8: PPA Bake Sale
Dec. 8: Sports Booster Meeting
Dec. 8-9: Winter Dance Auditions
Dec. 9: Choral Concert
Dec. 10: PPA Treat Day
Dec. 10: Jazz Cafe
Dec. 13: Orchestra Concert