Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

Nine Of Stevenson’s Top Athletes Sign National Letters Of Intent On Signing Day

With a few strokes of their pens, nine of Stevenson’s top athletes took the next step in their athletic careers on Wednesday after school in the Wood Commons by signing their National Letters of Intent, which is a binding commitment they are making to their selected institutions to play collegiate sports next school year.

The group of signees included: Ava Bardic (basketball) – U of Illinois, Springfield, Amanda Holsen (volleyball) – Columbia, Mark Hellwig (track & field) – Penn, Nora Kowalski (diving) – Miami Ohio, Katie Makarska (swimming) – Carnegie Mellon, Ella O’Neall (track & field) – Iowa State, Simone Sawyer (basketball) – Penn, Shreeya Sinha (diving) – Massachusetts, Jack White (diving)- Northwestern. For a video presentation with more pictures of signing day, please click here.

“What makes this group unique is not only do we have great female representation, we also have some sports that might not typically be seen signing at this time of the school year (early),” said Stevenson athletic director Trish Betthauser, whose department organized the after-school celebration attended by fellow students, faculty and staff and parents. “For instance to have three divers signing on the same day is incredibly impressive. It shows how far our program has come. I think back six or seven years ago, and we were struggling to get divers to come out for the team. To have three divers moving on to the next level says a lot about our program.

“And then to have our two track and field athletes who had shortened seasons last year, they showed what high-level athletes they are,” Betthauser continued. “Our swimmer, Katie, she’s also got a big weekend coming up (at the state meet), Amanda (Holsen) had a record-breaking season this year, and then Ava and Simone are part of a very special girls basketball team.”

To read more about Signing Day, including the special connection between Ava Bardic and Simone Sawyer, click here.

Stevenson Thanks Our Veterans On Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, the 11th day of the 11th month. It is a day for Americans to pay respect and show gratitude to those who have served our country. According to, Veterans Day “started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day in order to account for all veterans in all wars.”

Student Announcements

Be A Dance Leader: Apply Now For Dance Leadership Class For The 2022-23 School Year

Love to dance? Want to help others with their technique? Sophomores and juniors can apply now to be a Dance Leader for the 2022-23 school year. Dance Leadership is a one-year course in which students will intern and assist with dance instruction in a technique class.

  • Dance Leaders will learn and demonstrate the teacher-created combinations including warm-ups, across the floor, and center combinations.
  • Dance Leaders will model proper technique and assist students. Leaders will periodically work one-on-one with dance students in a peer-mentoring fashion.
  • While taking this course, Dance Leaders will also meet individually with the teacher outside of class to learn what they will instruct at the end of each semester.
  • In addition, Dance Leaders will create exercises and a lesson that they will instruct at the end of each semester.

Dance Leadership applications for 2022-23 are available on the Dance website and students who are interested need to apply and submit recommendations for this course via Google Classroom by Dec. 1. Students must complete a minimum of one year in Dance 3 or Dance 4, and get the approval of instructors. This course may be repeated.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Boys Ice Hockey: No. 2-ranked Stevenson held off No. 3 New Trier Green 3-1 in what proved to be a night in which consistency, patience, and teamwork paid off for the Patriots. After a scoreless first period, Stevenson’s Andrew Lermer scored the lone goal in the second period with a stellar feed from Cam Schneider, who tallied an assist along with Alan Wu. The Patriots wasted no time in the third period when Spencer Harman scored on an assist from Nolan Jones and Dylan Jette within the first minute, giving the Patriots a 2-0 advantage. New Trier Green scored a goal late in the third period, cutting its deficit to 2-1, but then Stevenson slammed the door shut on any hope of a last-minute comeback when Lermer scored his second goal of the evening with an empty netter assisted by Jones. Stevenson’s next game will be “Construction” themed at Twin Rinks at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday against St. Rita. Come support the Patriots with your hard hats and high-visibility vests.

Education News

As Facebook Changes Name To Meta, Company Wants To Pull Education Into Its ‘Metaverse’

Facebook changed its corporate name to Meta, as part of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sweeping vision of creating a next-generation “embodied” internet inspired by science fiction, where users, as he described it, will be “in the experience, not just looking at it.” And he is targeting education as one key part of that vision.

Purdue Northwest Joins National Recognition Of First-Generation Students

Monday marked National First-Generation College Celebration, which recognizes the U.S.’s first-generation college students on the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Higher Education Act. The TRIO programs located on the campuses of Purdue University Northwest were born out of this landmark legislation.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Nov. 11: Military Week

Nov. 11-12: LGBTQIA+ Awareness Week

Nov. 15: Fall Sports Awards

Nov. 15: Activity Period

Nov. 15: SPA Fundraiser/Lou Malnati’s

Nov. 15: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Nov. 16: International College Fair

Nov. 16-19: Trades/Direct To Career Week

Nov. 17: PPA Bake Sale

Nov. 18: Late Arrival

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