Girls Tennis Captures Three First Team All-State Honors
To cap off its Class 2A state runner-up season, the Stevenson girls tennis team added three more major state awards to its list of achievements.
Singles star Sarah Wang, who won the IHSA Class 2A state championship, and doubles partners Ainika Hou and Sonia Mehta each were named first team all-state by the Illinois High School Tennis Coaches Association. Wang became just the fourth tennis player in Stevenson history to win a state singles championship. She is in good company, joining other Stevenson state singles champions Sue Jaeger, a three-time champion (1976-78), Andrea Jaeger (1979) and Denise Muresan (2005).
Just eight singles players and eight doubles teams from across the state earned IHSTCA first-team honors while a total of 24 singles players and 24 doubles team (across first-team, second-team and third-team) were selected for all-state distinctions.
Stevenson’s doubles team of Kate Herlihy and Thea Surya also earned all-state honors. They were named to the IHSTCA’s third team all-state list.
Bias: How To Respond; How To Speak Up
Every year, freshmen have the opportunity to learn about our school’s Speak Up framework, which gives students strategies to respond to offensive and/or biased behavior, whether they are the target of the language or behavior themselves or witness the language or behavior directed at another student. The framework is part of Stevenson’s larger mission to ensure every student feels a sense of inclusion, belonging and dignity at school. Last week, FIRE Club and Freshmen Mentors teamed up to facilitate these conversations with freshmen during their advisory periods.
The Speak Up framework offers four tools that students can use to speak out against biased behavior: Interrupt, Question, Educate, Echo.
- Interrupt: Speak up against every biased remark every time, in the moment, without exception.
- Question: Ask simple questions in response to hateful remarks to find out why the speaker made the offensive comment and how you can best address the situation.
- Educate: Explain why a term or phrase is offensive. Encourage the person to choose a different expression.
- Echo: If someone else speaks up against hate, thank them and reiterate their anti-bias message.
A huge thank you to the Freshmen Mentors and FIRE Club for facilitating these important conversations!
Be HEARD At Stevenson!
Do you want to be heard at Stevenson? Come to the next HEARD meeting! HEARD (Helpers in Equity and Racial Diversity) aims to give students a safe environment to have open discussions regarding concerns within the school community. These discussions help students promote meaningful solutions as they speak directly to the administration to bring forward their concerns. Join Diversity Council for the next HEARD meeting in Room 2104 at 4 p.m. on Thursday. To continue receiving updates for the monthly HEARD meetings, join the Diversity Council Facebook Group or follow the Diversity Council Instagram Page.
Help Stevenson Help Our Freshmen: Be A Freshman Mentor
The Freshman Mentor Program has long contributed to a connected and collaborative school atmosphere and FMP wants YOU to continue that legacy! Will you help us lead freshmen on the road to success at Stevenson High School? The FMP informational meeting is open to any sophomore and junior interested in learning more about the program and application process. All are welcome to attend this non-binding meeting on Friday, Nov. 19 during all half lunch periods (4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B) in the Recital Hall.
Boys Bowling: Stevenson traveled to Bertrand Lanes to take on Waukegan for a conference matchup. The visiting Patriots prevailed with a 2588-2511 win behind the scores of Ender Starr (586), Jackson Sher (535), Matthew McGowan (506), Eric Vondrak (497), and Jacob Sroka (464). Next up is another conference matchup as Lake Zurich will visit the Patriots on Thursday at Fairhaven Lanes.
An anonymous donation of $2 million is a huge boost for a proposed “net zero” educational facility at the Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area near Riverwoods. The donation — said to be the second largest gift in the 63-year history of the Lake County Forest Preserve District — is from the same source that provided seed money nearly two years ago. The building would generate enough renewable energy to power itself.
Nationally, 62% of 2021 graduates stayed the course of what they originally planned to do after high school, compared to 74% of 2020 graduates, according to a survey conducted by the EdWeek Research Center.
The Week Ahead
Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Nov. 10-11: Military Week
Nov. 10-12: LGBTQIA+ Awareness Week
Nov. 10: Sports Booster Meeting
Nov. 15: Fall Sports Awards
Nov. 15: Activity Period
Nov. 15: SPA Fundraiser/Lou Malnati’s
Nov. 16: International College Fair
Nov. 16-19: Trades/Direct To Career Week
Nov. 17: PPA Bake Sale