Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022

Annual Student Wellness Survey Coming Up On Feb. 14

Stevenson maintains a strong commitment to success for every student. We know that students require an environment that supports their holistic needs in order to thrive. To that end, Stevenson has a long-standing dedication to substance use prevention. We consistently aim to implement new, evidence-based strategies that are responsive to the unique health and safety needs of our students.

In order to gather the data necessary to implement such programming, we will administer a survey to students on Monday, Feb. 14 during the Activity Period to better understand Illinois youth risk and protective behaviors as they relate to student wellness and academic success. Parents and guardians may access a parallel survey created by Stand Strong Coalition by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact our Substance Use Prevention Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Cortesi. She may be reached via email at or telephone at (847) 415-4529.

Black History Month Activities Kick Off With Screening Of “Hidden Figures”

As part of Black History Month, the Stevenson Film Club, in partnership with BASS Club, will be screening the 2016 film “Hidden Figures” today from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Based on the nonfiction book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race,” written by Margot Lee Shetterly, the story tells of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role at NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

To see the full list of Black History Month events at Stevenson, please visit the Black History Month page on the Stevenson website.

Stevenson Earns Dozens Of Art And Writing Contest Awards

The Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa, an education and talent oasis that creates leadership, research and advocacy programs for the international gifted community, recently staged its 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Contest.

Stevenson earned a total of 48 distinctions, including 13 Gold Keys, the highest award. Here is a list of Stevenson’s Gold Key recipients:

  • Junior Dahyun (Julie) Kim (Photography)
  • Junior Anika Krishnaswamy (Short Story)
  • Junior James Li (Painting)
  • Junior Samuel Minin (Drawing and Illustration)
  • Junior Carolyn Wei (Painting)
  • Sophomore Hannah Smith (Photography)
  • Sophomore Elizabeth Yuan (Digital Art)
  • Sophomore Vivian Zhu (one for Poetry and two for Short Story)
  • Freshman Fiona Jin (one for Personal Essay and Memoir and one for Photography)
  • Freshman Alina Qian (Digital Art)
Student Announcements

Reminder: Applications For National Honor Society Due On Feb. 17

Applications for National Honor Society have been e-mailed to all students who are eligible to apply (cumulative weighted grade point average of 3.9 or higher for sophomores and juniors). Applications are due on Thursday, Feb. 17 for any students who are interested. The link to apply is in the aforementioned e-mail.

Archery Team Opens Season On Target At Shootout In Champaign

Last weekend, the Archery team opened its season at the Jefferson Jaguar Schweighart Shootout in Champaign. Junior Olivia Gancarz led the team with 276 points and 13 bullseyes while junior Zoe Thorndyke contributed 267 points and 10 bullseyes, achieving the second-highest score for the team. Junior Alex Walker and senior Dylan Clavel both earned 50 pins for achieving perfect rounds. On Saturday, the team travels to Phoenix Military Academy in Chicago for the All-American Classic.

Patriot Sports News

Regional Champs! Gymnastics Team Dominates In Win

The Stevenson gymnastics team on Tuesday hosted the regional competition and won in convincing fashion with a score of 144.5. On the first apparatus, the vault, Ashley Schabes scored a 9.3, placing third. Ally Gitler came in fourth with a 9.275 and Maya Fergus took seventh with an 8.9. On the uneven bars, Fergus won first place with a score of 9.375. Then Gitler, Schabes and Lauren Jackson rounded out fourth, fifth and sixth places. Gitler placed second on the beam with a score of 9.25 while Fergus and Schabes tied for fourth with a 9. Emma Fang and Samantha Matzek tied for sixth with an 8.7. Finishing up the competition with strong floor routines, all five Patriots placed in the top seven. Gitler took first with a 9.475, Schabes placed third, and Jackson, Fergus and Fang placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. In the all-around, Stevenson had four gymnasts place in the top six. Gitler came in third, while Schabes, Fergus and Fang took fourth, fifth and six respectively. The team will be in action again on Tuesday at the Sectional, hosted by Mundelein. The action begins at 6 p.m.

Athletic Results

Girls Basketball: The Patriots moved to 27-1 overall and 13-0 in the North Suburban Conference with a 78-33 win over Zion-Benton on a very special Senior Night. The coaching staff recognized and thanked seniors Ava BardicJordan PolenElli Pease and Simone Sawyer for all they have done the past four years. Bardic finished with a career-high 34 points and set the single-game 3-point field goal record with seven 3-pointers. Next up for Stevenson is a road game at St. Viator on Monday. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

Boys Swimming/Diving: Stevenson hosted No. 3 Mundelein and wrapped up a perfect season, moving to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the North Suburban Conference with a 108-73 win. Senior diver Jack White broke the 6-Dive school record with 313.20 points. Other individual event winners for the Patriots included: Colin Zhang (200 Free), Brandon Xiong (200 IM), Josh Song (100 Fly), Olin Kusevskis (500 Free), Jonny Farber (100 Back) and David Badarch (100 Breast). The Patriots once again swept all three relays, a feat they have accomplished at every dual meet over the course of their perfect dual meet record. Winning Relay teams included: the 200 Medley Relay (Michael WywrockiLance Bi, Song and David Kohan; the 200 Free Relay (Xiong, Jack Curtin, Zhang, Farber); and the 400 Free Relay (Kohan, Zhang, Song, Xiong). The Patriots will be back in action for the NSC Championships at Lake Forest on Saturday, Feb. 12. Action starts at 11 a.m.

Boys Basketball: The Patriots (14-7, 6-3) got a road win at Zion-Benton, 76-39. Andy Wang contributed 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Dave Sulnius added 16 points. Rounding out the high scorers on the night was Jack Dabbs with 11 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Next up for the Patriots is Waukegan on Friday. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. after a celebration for the Seniors.

Education News

Child Obesity Grew During The Pandemic. How Schools Can Help Reverse The Trend

Anxiety, depression, and stalled social development are a few of the troubling developments that research has linked to the pandemic. Add obesity to that list. Recent research has found a significant rise in obesity rates among children and teens over the course of the pandemic, accelerating an already troubling upward trend. Schools, a key source of proper nutrition and physical education, are positioned to help head off this trend. But efforts to tackle the problem face stiff competition for educators’ attention alongside the ongoing pandemic, staff shortages, and the need to make up for lost academic ground.

College Students Are Back In Classrooms – But Many Say They’re Depleted And Stressed

College students are struggling academically and socially like never before as they grapple with the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Feb. 2-28: Black History Month

Feb. 5: Practice SAT: Juniors

Feb. 7-11: Odyssey Week

Feb. 7: SPA Meeting

Feb. 7: Choral Guild Meeting

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