Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

Stevenson Picks Up Multiple Creative Writing Awards

A group of students from Stevenson’s Creative Writing classes, The Wit, and Write Club attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Creative Writing Festival earlier this month and returned with Top 3 finishes in multiple categories.

The festival is comprised of surrounding schools from Illinois and Wisconsin, where students share writing and receive feedback from professional writers and instructors. Here is a list of the winners, with links to their work:

  • Wyn Thomas: first place in Drama for her play “Beautiful Daughter.”
  • Annie Thomas: first place in Expository Essay for her “Untitled” essay.
  • Vivian Zhu: third place in Personal Essay for her work “Somewhere in Southern Florida”
  • Tia Vasudeva: first place in Personal Essay for her Untitled essay.
  • Vin Yolles was awarded third place in Poetry for her poem “Mother”
  • Caitlyn Guth was awarded second place in Poetry for her poem “Balloons”
  • Ava Mogensen was awarded first place in Prose Poetry for her poem “Occhiolism”
  • Anika Krishnaswamy was awarded second place in Short Fiction for her work “Something White”

Student Announcements

Want To Be A Freshman Mentor? Get Your Application In Now!

If you’d like to share your knowledge of Stevenson and help new freshmen get the hang of life on campus, become involved in the Freshman Mentor Program. Applications for new members are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17. It is highly recommended that you record your answers on Google Docs, Word, etc. so you do not lose your answers in case of application timeout. As part of your application to this program the following will be considered: Application, Videos, Faculty/Staff Evaluation, Attendance, Discipline and Availability on Training Day & Freshman Orientation Day. For an overview of the entire application process and specific instructions on each part of the application, please visit the Freshman Mentor page on the Stevenson website.

DivCo Hosting First-Ever Holiday Party

It’s time for some Holiday Cheer! The Diversity Council will be hosting its first-ever Holiday Party from 3:45-5 p.m. today in Room 1912/1914. There will be free food and DivCo is encouraging others to bring food as well. Additionally, there will be music and fun activities such as Carroms, Russian card games, and UNO.

Patriot Sports News

Congratulations Senior Amanda Holsen: 2021 News-Sun Girls Volleyball Player Of The Year!

Stevenson senior volleyball player Amanda Holsen, who led the state of Illinois in kills this season (507) and finished second in program history in career kills (1,193), was named the 2021 News-Sun Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. Here is an excerpt from the News-Sun story that ran on Friday:

Stevenson’s Amanda Holsen pursues perfection. Holsen, a 6-foot senior outside hitter who has committed to play at Columbia University, comes from a family of decorated athletes. Her father, Stan, played left tackle for Northwestern from 1987 to 1992. Her older sister Eva swam at Washington University in St. Louis. Two of her cousins are on the rowing team at Texas, and another cousin played tennis at Wisconsin-Whitewater. When Holsen was promoted to Stevenson’s varsity team during her freshman year, she tried to find her niche within both an athletic family and a successful team. So she said she focused on working hard — all the time.

To read the entire News-Sun story about Holsen, please click here.

Daily Herald Names Five Stevenson Football Players to 2021 Lake County All-Area Team

The Daily Herald announced on Saturday its 2021 Lake County All-Area Football Team, of which five Stevenson players were either selected or given honorable mention accolades.

Jacob Whiting (No. 53, right) was selected to the team as an offensive/defensive lineman. With much success over his illustrious career, Jacob has been a varsity player since he was a freshman.

Honorable mentions included the following players: Jason Hicks, center/long-snapper, Ryan Hynes, linebacker/fullback, Jordan Skolmar, running back/slot, and Alex Zhekov, as a middle linebacker.

Boys Basketball Opens Up NSC Play Tonight At Lake Forest; Purchase Your Tickets Online

Stevenson opens up North Suburban Conference play at 7 p.m. tonight at Lake Forest after the conclusion of the sophomore game, which tips off at 5:30 p.m. Please see the link to the Lake Forest ticket page in order to pre-purchase your tickets online.

Athletic Results

Girls Bowling: The Patriots suffered a rough loss to Libertyville as Libertyville took all nine games with a final score of 2594-1850. Next up is Lake Zurich at 4:45 p.m. tomorrow at Fairhaven Lanes.

Education News

Stevenson High School ‘Give-A-Thon’ Collects Holiday Gifts, Bikes For Area Families In Need

The Chicago Tribune was on campus last week for Give-A-Thon Delivery Day and interviewed students and snapped pictures while trucks were being loaded with toys, gifts and supplies.

Schools Are Battling Tech Fatigue. How Are They Responding?

Are schools suffering from tech fatigue? Recent survey data from the Clayton Christensen Institute about blended learning—a mix of face-to-face instruction and use of digital learning tools—suggests that might be the case. Nearly half of the educators surveyed by the nonprofit think tank said their schools offered blended learning in the past, and 29 percent said they offer it currently. But just 9 percent say they plan to offer blended learning once the pandemic is over. That’s according to a survey of 1,074 educators conducted in October. The recent data also suggests declining interest from last spring to October in offering blended learning.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Dec. 7: Band Concerts

Dec. 7: BPO Meeting

Dec. 8: College Night For Junior Families (IEP/504 Plans), 6:30 p.m. Zoom Meeting

Dec. 8: College Night For Junior Families, 7 p.m. Zoom Meeting

Dec. 8: PPA Bake Sale

Dec. 8-9: Winter Dance Auditions

Dec. 9: Choral Concert

Dec. 10: PPA Treat Day

Dec. 10: Jazz Cafe

Dec. 13: Orchestra Concert

Dec. 13: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Dec. 14: Move – Acting 3 Production

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