Gangavarapu Brothers Inspired By Stevenson Clubs To Give Back
The holidays took on a different meaning for Stevenson brothers Yashwanth (pictured left) and Nikhil Gangavarapu (pictured right). Rather than make a list of the items that they wanted from friends and family, the Gangavarapu brothers had a different kind of request. And what a gift they ultimately ended up receiving.
The brothers asked that, in lieu of gifts for themselves, their family and friends instead donate to a fundraiser that they knew would help dozens of children in need. A post on Facebook drew the Gangavarapu brothers in. A fourth-grade teacher in Waukegan made a plea for her students. The brothers raised $850, enough to help provide coats and toys and board games for 40 children.
Both brothers are involved in philanthropic-based clubs at Stevenson, from National Honor Society to KIVA. They also volunteer teaching Telugu language at the Buffalo Grove Manabadi Center. To learn more about their fundraising effort, click here.
Statesman Wins Award at Fall 2021 National Conference
The Statesman was awarded fifth place Best In Show at the Fall 2021 National Scholastic Press Association conference, a national conference and competition which thousands of high school newspapers share their work. The conference is usually in person and this conference was supposed to be held in Philadelphia. But this year’s conference was conducted virtually.
Not Sure What To Do After Graduation? How About A Gap Year?
Seniors: If you’re interested in taking a Gap Year after graduation, check out the free Chicago Gap Year Fair, which will be held virtually on Saturday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. There will be a webinar for the first 45 minutes and then program information sessions and a question-and-answer period during the remaining time. Please register to attend individually. Parents and students should register separately unless you all plan to tune in using the same computer. Please note that the provider information sessions will NOT be recorded, so plan to tune in live and come prepared with questions.
More Spring Sports Meetings Coming Up: Girls Track, Badminton and Boys Water Polo
Girls Track And Field: If you would like to go out for the girls track and field team, a no-cut sport with both varsity and JV levels, there is an information meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Room 2104 starting at 4 p.m. Practice starts Feb. 21 in the Fieldhouse and runs from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Badminton: There will be an informational meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 2104 for athletes interested in trying out and being part of the girls badminton team this spring. If you are unable to attend the meeting, tryout information can be found on the athletics page of the SHS website. In addition, all athletes/families must complete the Athletic Participation Forms prior to being able to try out for the team.
Boys Water Polo: Interested in trying out for boys water polo, a cut sport with varsity and frosh/soph levels? There is an information meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 2 starting at 3:45 p.m. in the Pool Balcony. Tryouts begin on Feb. 28 (3:45-5:30 p.m.) and will be held at the Stevenson Aquatic Center.
The Patriots (12-7, 4-3) traveled to NSC opponent Mundelein where they lost, 20-23. Top scorers were Tate Donica with 7 points and Dave Sulnius with 6 points and 5 rebounds. Next up for Stevenson are the Warren Blue Devils on Friday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 p.m.
The SAT Is Going Digital And Getting Much Shorter. Say Goodbye To No. 2 Pencils On Testing Day.
Overhaul comes amid mounting challenges to the relevance of standardized testing in college admissions.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Will Examine Private Student Lending
The CFPB is updating its exam procedures to look at a category of loans often called institutional student loans. They’re not normally affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program but are offered by colleges themselves.
The Week Ahead
Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Jan. 27-29: Frosh/Soph Play: The Marvels
Jan. 31: Consortium Jazz Concert
Feb. 1: PPA Meeting
Feb. 1: BPO Meeting