Monday, Jan. 24, 2022

And Your S-Factor Winner Is…Ashwini Narayanan!

As energetic audience members swayed together shining flashlights from their phones, Stevenson’s 13 S-Factor contestants knocked it out of the park Friday at the Performing Arts Center.

The big winners of the night (pictured right, from left to right) were: Ashwini Narayanan, who won first place, Heeva Manzouri, who placed second and Michelle Cabrera who finished in third place.

Narayanan dazzled with her renditions of “When We Were Young” by Adele and “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. Manzouri also sang an Adele song, “All I Ask,” as well as “Sway” by Michael Buble. Cabrera sang “She Taught Me To Yodel” by Frank Ifield and “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri.

S-Factor is an annual singing competition hosted by Kiva Club that features some of Stevenson’s best talent. Singers participated in two rounds of performances for members of the audience to watch and vote upon before they ultimately determined the winner. All proceeds from the show will go towards loans for entrepreneurs in economically developing countries.

Time To Register For Summer School!

It’s cold now…but the sunny, warm days of summer will be here before you know it, and so will summer school.

If you are interested in attending summer school at Stevenson, you can now register online. It is recommended that summer school registrations be submitted by 4 p.m. on March 4 to avoid a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Late registrations for summer school will be accepted up until 4 p.m. on June 3, but after March 4, all registrations are on a space-available basis and late fees will be applied.

The tuition fees (and additional lab, book, and/or field trip fees where appropriate) are listed in the course description. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Please contact the summer school office at (847) 415-4520 or via e-mail at with questions.

Student Announcements

Get Those Nagging Aches And Pains Dealt With Using Physical Therapy

Got some physical aches, pains or lingering issues that could use some physical therapy? Stevenson and Rebound Fitness and Rehabilitation may have just the program for you. In conjunction with the athletic department and athletic trainers at Stevenson, Rebound Fitness and Rehabilitation is on campus to provide athletic training and rehabilitation services to students, faculty and staff. Rebound Fitness and Rehabilitation is a physical therapy, sports medicine, and sports performance company headquartered in Northbrook. Physical therapy will be provided in the athletic training room by appointment, requires a prescription from a medical doctor for physical therapy and will be billed through insurance. Schedule appointments through the athletic training staff or contact the Rebound Fitness Office at (847) 714-7400. Rebound Fitness is currently offering a special on its Stretch Book, which helps to restore and improve flexibility.

Illinois State Scholars: Don’t Forget To Pick Up Your Certificates

Before Winter Break, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) announced its 2022-23 Illinois State Scholars. There are 392 Stevenson students who are Illinois State Scholars, and each of you has a certificate waiting for you at the College Career Center. If you are an Illinois State Scholar and have not picked up your certificate, please do so as soon as possible. Bring your ID to the West Building College Career Center (Room 1123). Students with Illinois Standard Test Scores (ISTS) of 31 or higher are automatically designated as State Scholars. Students with an ISTS lower than 31 but who have a Weighted Selection Score (WSS) greater than or equal to the cutoff score of 47 are also designated as State Scholars.

Have You Heard? HEARD Is Back And Meeting Tomorrow

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 their concerns to light. Join Diversity Council’s next HEARD meeting at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow in Rooms 1912/1914 where student representatives from other cultural affinity clubs will speak about the importance of representation. To continue receiving updates for the monthly HEARD meetings, join the Diversity Council’s Facebook GroupRemind, or follow the Diversity Council’s Instagram.”

Patriot Sports News

Patriettes Headed To State In Bloomington!

At the Deerfield Sectional over the weekend, the Patriettes took second place with a score of 95.60, qualifying them to advance downstate to compete for a state championship. The Patriettes, just .47 points out of first place at the sectional, will next be performing on Friday at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington.

Girls Water Polo Information Meeting Is Tomorrow On The Pool Balcony

Want to try out for the girls water polo team? Please attend tomorrow’s informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. on the Pool Balcony. Tryouts for the program, which includes both varsity and JV levels, begin on Feb. 28 at the Stevenson Aquatic Center. Click here for a detailed document listing information for all spring sports meetings and tryouts.

Athletic Results

Boys Swimming and Diving: No. 1 Stevenson (pictured right) hosted No. 8 New Trier on Saturday for Senior Day and the Patriots sent the seniors off in style, winning convincingly, 107-79. Senior diver Jack White led the way with a 296-point outing in diving. Senior Brandon Xiong teamed up with Colin ZhangDiego Rosario and Jack Curtin to win the 200 Medley Relay. The Patriots wound up sweeping all relay events. The winning 200 Free Relay team included Max LaPointe St GeorgesJonny Farber, Zhang and David Kohan while the winning 400 Free Relay team included Kohan, Rosario, Xiong and Farber. That foursome set the provisional top-ranked time in the state. Individual event winners included Farber (200 Free, 100 Free), Zhang (200 IM, 100 Breast), Kohan (50 Free, 100 Fly) and Michael Wywrocki (100 Back). The collective team effort logged victories in 11 of the meet’s 12 races. The seniors include: Brian PovilusJoshua SongSullivan SwansonJack WhiteBrandon XiongEthan BerkovichGriffin BrownJihoon ChaeLuke CuasayJonathan GuoAngelos KoutsogergasOleksander VermanVincent LeeSeth MorrowWalker Olson, and Nathaniel Pak. The Patriots will be back in action at 5 p.m. on Thursday as they host Zion-Benton for a North Suburban Conference matchup.

Wrestling: The Patriots won the Lake Country Invite on Saturday with a score of 196, which was 7 points ahead of North Suburban Conference opponent Libertyville. The following wrestlers placed in their specific weight class: Andrew Chamkin, fourth place at 106; Yash Jagtap, fifth place at 113; Allan Kantor, fourth place at 120; Lorenzo Frezza, first place at 126; Cole Rhemrev, first place at 138; Thomas Schoolman, first place at 145; Carter Rand, third place at 152; Themba Sitshela, third place at 160; Mesh Premanand, fifth place at 182; Jacob Whiting, first place at 195 and Blake Duvall, fifth place at 285. Next up for the wrestling team is a home meet against Lake Zurich tomorrow.

Girls Basketball: The Patriots moved to 23-1 and 10-0 in the North Suburban Conference with a gritty win against Lake Forest on Friday, 41-35. Simone Sawyer surpassed 1,500 career points with 10 points. She now is fourth on Stevenson’s all-time scoring list. Meanwhile, Ava Bardic scored a team-high 12 points, Kate Arne put up 7 points, Emory Klatt contributed 6 points and Kendall Williams rounded out the starters with 4 points. The Patriots are back in action tonight with a road game against North Suburban Conference rival Mundelein.

Boys Basketball: On Friday, the Patriots (12-6, 4-2) defeated Lake Forest in a nail biter, 45-43. Evan Porto had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Jaden Evans had 16 points and 3 rebounds. And rounding out the big scorers was David Sulnius with 9 points and 2 steals. The Patriots also played on Saturday night against Prospect, falling 53-42. Porto led the Patriots again with 13 points. Josh Thomas had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Next up is a North Suburban Conference showdown at Mundelein at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Bowling: At the sectional finals at the Bowlero in Glendale Heights, Stevenson ended its season with an eighth-place finish and a score of 6054. While the team did not advance to the state finals, Ender Starr finished with a potential at-large advance and a score of 1282.

Girls Bowling: Over the weekend, Stevenson competed in the Wauconda Tournament at 3-D Bowl. Despite tough competition, the Patriots took sixth place in their bracket. Next up is Zion-Benton tonight at Sunset Lanes. The action starts at 4:45 p.m.

Gymnastics: Over the weekend, Stevenson took first in the Niles West Invitational with a score of 142.25, scoring in every event. Ashley Schabes took first place on the vault, while Maya Fergus took third. On the uneven bars, Fergus took first place while Ally Gitler tied for fourth and Schabes finished sixth. Once again, the Patriots had four gymnasts score on the balance beam. Gitler tied for second, Schabes placed eighth, Fergus tied for ninth and Emma Fang rounded out the finishers with 11th place. On the floor exercise, Schabes finished second while Gitler placed fifth. In the all-around standings, three Patriots placed in the top 10. Schabes took first overall, while Fergus placed third, and Gitler came in sixth. Next up for the team is the North Suburban Conference Championships at Libertyville on Friday. The action starts at 6:30 p.m.

Education News

To Everyone, Former Stevenson Girls Basketball Scorekeeper Wudtke Was Kind, Selfless, Unique

During coaching great Frank Mattucci‘s run at Stevenson, the Patriots’ girls basketball teams were synonymous with two things. Winning and Willis Wudtke. The wiry and always affable Wudtke, who died just before Christmas at the age of 67, was the longtime official scorer for the Patriots’ girls program, later moving on to Grayslake Central when former Stevenson assistant coach Steve Ikenn took over the Rams — his omnipresence greatly felt in both programs for the last three-plus decades. According to Mattucci, the girls varsity coach from 1991-2006, “We lost one of the biggest girls high school hoops fans the state of Illinois has ever seen.”

Delayed Vote On Pell Grant Increase Could Disrupt College Financial Aid Offers

Proposal to increase the maximum Pell award by $400 is part of ongoing congressional budget talks. Colleges must decide whether to issue award letters with outdated numbers or hold off until federal appropriators are through with their work.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Jan. 24: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 25: Incoming Freshmen Course Selection Evenings

Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels

Jan. 31: Consortium Jazz Concert

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