Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021

Season Favorites Highlight Monday’s Orchestra Concert

It was an evening of intense musical literature accented by popular seasonal favorites as the Stevenson and Concert Orchestra and the Symphonic and Patriot Orchestra performed on Monday in the Performing Arts Center.

This orchestra concert featured highlights from the Nutcracker, Schubert’s famous Unfinished Symphony, Benjamin Britten’s passionate and exciting Simple Symphony, Mendelssohn’s picturesque Hebrides Overture, Leroy Anderson’s Popular Sleigh Ride and Frank Gao (above right) performing the Rachmaninoff Piano concerto no. 3.

Math Team Wins Conference Competitions; Advances To Semifinals Of National Competition

The Stevenson Math Team traveled to Deerfield High School recently to compete in the third of five rounds in the North Suburban Math League (NSML). The Patriots won in decisive fashion with a total score of 300 points. Deerfield placed second with 156 points and Glenbrook South was in third with 155 points. Now with a total of 875 points over three rounds, Stevenson expands its first-place lead across the entire league of more than 50 schools. Second-place Whitney Young has 837 points. Perfect papers were submitted by freshmen Jaden ChenAudrey HongFaizaan SiddiqueAaroh Tak, and Lillian Wang, juniors Ben ChenAadit JunejaKatherine LiNathan Ma, and Andrey Vlasov and senior Lillian You.

Meanwhile, both of Stevenson’s Math Modeling teams have advanced as semifinalists in the 2021-2022 Modeling the Future Challenge. In this national competition, teams propose mathematically-motivated solutions to world problems. Finalists will be announced in March with top teams winning up to $25,000 in scholarship money. Spandan Goel leads the senior team, “Grilled Brains LLC,” with Andrew LiuJoy QuGreycen Ren, and Gabe VisotskyCollin Fan leads the junior team, “The Supermodel-ers,” with Jack ChenAadit JunejaAayush Kashyap, and Nathan Ma.

New members are invited to join in the New Year. Visit the Math Team’s separate website or e-mail Mr. Kim at for more details.

Student Announcements

Write An Essay About Diplomacy And Peacebuilding; Win A Scholarship

The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) is offering students an opportunity to compete in its High School Essay Contest to win awards and scholarships. Students must write an essay about “Why Diplomacy and Peacebuilding Matter,” exploring the role of the Foreign Service and civilian government in promoting peace, national security, and economic prosperity around the world. Visit the AFSA contest website or contact Theo at (202) 719-9705 for more information.

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Education News

For Kids In Crisis In Illinois, There Is Nowhere To Turn For Help

Many Illinois teens with developmental disabilities, behavior or mental health issues are being turned away from residential treatment facilities, experts and state lawmakers say. Finding a spot in these facilities, which is what many of these teens need to be stabilized and attend school, can be difficult under normal circumstances but the pandemic has both exacerbated the needs and created crisis-level shortages.

Writer: “Nonfiction Books Gave My Grandkids No Joy Last Holiday Season. It Was My Fault.”

New ‘What Kids Are Reading’ lists show nonfiction being chosen more — if done right.

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. 15-17: Finals Experience

Dec. 20-Jan. 3: Winter Break!

Jan. 4: School Resumes

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