Senior Wyn Thomas (a.k.a Squidward) Named Finalist For National #ENOUGH Play Contest For The Second Year In A Row
You may recognize her from “SpongeBob,” Stevenson’s fall musical.
Senior Wyn Thomas deftly played the role of dry, sarcastic and often-annoyed Squidward, the neighbor of SpongeBob and the frustrated cashier at the Krusty Krab.
Still flying high off of her “SpongeBob” success, Thomas is now hitting another theatre highpoint with the news that, for the second year in a row, she has been named a finalist in an exceptionally high-profile nationwide play contest sponsored by #ENOUGH. She is also on the organization’s Teen Advisory Council. Many of the playwrights on the #ENOUGH selection committee are Tony and Pulitzer winners, a truly phenomenal team that is reading the work of all the finalists.
Thomas has taken every theatre class at Stevenson, and will complete an independent study in musical theatre writing next semester. Wyn is the president of Script Studio, and the Co-Captain of the Failed Presidential Candidates Improv Team. Wyn has also been involved in at least three plays each year at Stevenson.
Senior Krithik Praveen Wins Congressional Award
Senior Krithik Praveen has learned that he is the recipient of the Congressional Award.
The CongressionaI Award is Congress’s only charity. Established to law in 1979, the Congressional Award was created to honor, encourage, and inspire America’s youth. Through the CongressionaI Award, Congress urges young people to challenge themselves. Any interested, motivated student, ages 14 through 24, may participate in the Congressional Award by setting and achieving individually challenging goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, PersonaI Development, PhysicaI Fitness and Expedition/Exploration.
Praveen has earned the CongressionaI Award Silver Medal. To earn the Silver Medal, winners must complete at least 200 hours of Voluntary Public Service, 100 hours of PersonaI Development, which can include developing social and life skills as well as interests, and 100 hours of PhysicaI Fitness, spent in any way that improves their health and quality of life. Additionally, they must spend at least three days and two nights exploring a new environment or culture. Praveen has been consistently working to achieve this award for more than a year, the minimum time frame to earn the Silver Medal.
Two weeks off from school is awesome! Make sure you plan some time for yourself over the break! Do you feel like you did not get enough sleep during the first semester? Make sure you schedule time to rest. Did you know that when you slow down it is easier to notice what is around you? It is easier to build stronger relationships and have better communication. This is because you need to give the other person your full attention to form true connections.
Try to have some unstructured time to do whatever you want or just hang out. Maybe spend some time outside taking a walk and enjoying the winter air. Researchers suggest that taking 30 minutes a day for yourself has positive effects on your health, emotional regulation and capacity for learning. But remember to try to spend time with your family and/or friends, too! Maybe unplug together by playing a board game or watching a favorite movie. Maybe you can share your world through teaching them one of your favorite games or passions.
Don’t forget: You can destress at school during these finals days through “DeStress Days in the CCC”! On Wednesday, there was cookie decorating. There will be arts and crafts today, and on Friday, reserve some time to stop by and watch a movie and enjoy some popcorn! Other fun activities will be occurring all three days as well!
Here Are Four Opportunities To Earn (Scholarship) Money Over Winter Break
Seniors: Just in case you’re looking for things to do over the Winter Break, here are four scholarship opportunities that have recently been announced by the College Career Center. The deadlines will be here before you know it, so it might not be a bad idea to knock out those applications while you have some downtime.
- The Stephanie Joseph Memorial Fund was developed in loving memory of Stephanie Joseph . Stephanie lost her battle with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. A strong scholarship candidate has a great work ethic, is dedicated to schoolwork and sports, puts others ahead of self, and has a desire for completion and success. Candidates must be a high school senior student with a minimum 3.0 GPA and proven plans to attend a four-year college. To apply, go to the Stephanie Joseph website and complete the application with an essay and at least one letter of recommendation by Jan. 15, 2022.
- The Sommer Foundation’s mission is to provide college or university scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have experienced the death of a parent and, despite the resulting emotional trauma, have performed in an exemplary manner during their high school career. To apply, go to the Sommer Foundation’s website. Deadline to apply is Feb. 26, 2022.
- The Lambda Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of applications for its 2022 Academic Scholarship. The scholarship is open to high school seniors in Lake County who are matriculating to an accredited college or university for the Fall 2022 academic year. Applications are now being accepted at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s webite and are due by Feb. 28, 2022.
- The Wally Luettschwager Memorial Scholarship Grant, in an amount as high as $3,000, is awarded annually in the memory of Wally Luettschwager, who was a respected member of VFW Post 981. Students who attend (or will attend) college in a degree program or a recognized trade school should apply. The ideal candidate will be an active duty or reserve member of the military, honorably discharged veteran, or a direct descendent of an honorably discharged veteran. All other qualifications being equal, preference will be given to residents of the Northwest Cook County suburbs and adjacent areas in Lake County, with additional consideration to those towns and villages served by Post 981.To apply, go to the VFW Post 981 website. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.
Stevenson senior Kyubin Moon has received a 2022 YoungArts award in Voice(Classic) at the Merit level. Meanwhile, Stevenson sophomore Richelle Shi was named a 2022 National YoungArts Merit winner in Classical Music (piano). The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists (10th/11th/12th graders) in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. It is the only organization in the United States that is empowered to nominate the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Resilience and the importance of being observant are among the many lessons students have passed on to educators over the years.
The Week Ahead
Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Dec. 16-17: Finals Experience
Dec. 20-Jan. 3: Winter Break!
Jan. 4: School Resumes