Monday, Feb. 7, 2022

Welcome To Odyssey Fine Arts Week!

It’s Odyssey Week! That’s right…”Week!”

Typically a two-day event featuring more than 250 guest artists, Odyssey has been reimagined this year to be Odyssey Fine Arts Week and will be held every day this week. There is a special Odyssey page on the Stevenson website that gives an in-depth look at all of the fun activities and events that will take place, and also provides ticketing links for parents and members of the community as well.

  • The Main Events for Odyssey that will take place after school include:

Today: Magician Scott Green (4 p.m; Performing Arts Center…Preview the performance during Periods 4A, 5A, 6B)

Tomorrow: Comedy Dance Chicago

Wednesday: Singer/Songwriter Concert

Thursday: “Reeling,” LGBTQ+ FilmFest

Friday: Mural Reception on Friday.

  • The in-school activities for students during Odyssey Week include:

Today: Black-Light Painting (Periods 4, 5, 6; Room 2104), Live Painting (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Outside Link Doors Under Awning)

Tomorrow: Live Music, Doddle Room

Wednesday: Window Painting, Contortionist, Juggler, Clown/Acrobat, Living Statue

Thursday: Origami Cranes, Clown/Acrobat, Living Statue, “Reeling” FilmFest

Friday: Doodle Room, Student Lunch and Learn, Tape Art, Karaoke

Students will scan their student IDs for general admission to the Main Events, which is on a first-come basis. A block of 200 spots in the Performing Arts Center will be reserved for parents and members of the community for the Main Events each day. For more information on Odyssey, or to reserve Main Events tickets, please visit the special Odyssey page on the Stevenson website. For questions about Odyssey, please contact Odyssey Coordinator Amanda Long at

Head “Into The Woods” For Winterfest!

Winterfest, a weeklong celebration, is right around the corner, starting on the Tuesday after President’s Day (Feb. 22), and the themes, ticketing information and activities that will take place during the week have been announced.

The overall theme for the week is “Into The Woods.” Think fairy tales and flowers in an enchanted forest. There will be daily “Spirit Themes” as well. They are:

Tuesday: TuTu or Twins Day on 2/22/22 (It’s “TUES-“day!)

Wednesday: Anything But A Backpack Day (Carry around your books or iPads in anything besides a traditional backpack.)

Thursday: Country Versus Country Club (Dress as one or the other.)

Friday: Class Colors Day (Freshmen Red, Sophomore Blue, Juniors Gold, Seniors Green)

There will be an assembly during the activity period so you can show off your class pride.

The Patriot Parent Association is also hosting “Treat Day.”

During the week, there will be student selfies at lunch, glitter tattoos and other activities. Meanwhile, the grand finale of Winterfest will be the dance on Saturday. The three-hour event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will include a DJ on stage as well as interactive games, inflatables and a silent disco. Students will not be allowed to wear heels in the Sportscenter for the dance portion of Winterfest.

To purchase Winterfest dance tickets, which are $25 each, please click here.

Half-Wit Now Available To View (And Listen To)

Check out the amazing literary and artistic work of the freshmen and sophomores who are a part of the Half-Wit. The 2021-22 edition of the Half-Wit is now out and available to be viewed online. There are more than 60 pages of prose, fiction, poetry, musical scores and art. And there are some pieces that can be listened to as an audio file.

The Half-Wit is Stevenson’s literary magazine designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores. The club brings together students who love to read, who take the responsibility to judge student writing and who learn the skills necessary to produce a gorgeous magazine.

Student Announcements

Save The Date: D125 Night Market Is Coming Up This Weekend

Get ready for an afternoon full of food, performances, and fun from a variety of Asian countries.

The Asian American Student Association will be presenting its annual D125 Night Market on Saturday in the Glass Commons. The event will kick off at 4 p.m. and will feature performances that will start at 6 p.m. It is free to attend Night Market but there is a cost for the pre-packaged food items.

Patriot Sports News

Cheer Team Takes Fifth Place At State Finals

After two days of tough competition, the Stevenson Cheer Team finished fifth over the weekend in the large-team division at the IHSA State Cheer Finals in Bloomington. The Patriots stuck all of their stunts in their final competition and posted a score of 92.93. Lockport won the state championship with a score of 96.27.

Athletic Results

Boys Basketball: The Patriots celebrated Senior Night in winning fashion, defeating Waukegan, 62-28. Stevenson, now 15-7 overall and 6-3 in the North Suburban Conference, had 10 different players score. Senior Jaden Evans led the way with 20 points and 4 rebounds while Andy Wang finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. The Patriots were back in action just a day later, winning again against Zion-Benton, 71-22. Again with multiple scorers, Evans put up 13 points, 4 assists, and had 3 steals, while Evan Porto scored 13 points while putting up 3 assists and 4 steals. Rounding out the high scorers was Dave Sulnius with 11 points and 4 rebounds. The Patriots are back in action tomorrow at Lake Zurich. Tip off is at 7 p.m.

Girls Bowling: The Patriots finished the season in 10th place the the Palatine regional, with a score of 4235. Alexis Alanis completed her game series with an 897, while teammate Anna Reyes finished with an 888. Stevenson continued to battle through the regional finals with Vaishnavi Balmuri scoring a 703 and Diana Kwizera scoreing a 646. Other notable bowlers were Bianca VoicaAllison Parks and Jackie Vaysburg. The team finished 4-5 in North Suburban Conference play this season.

Girls/Boys Fencing: The Patriots competed at the Great Lakes High School Fencing Conference team championships at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights. The fencing program continues to dominate and had an amazing showing. The boys program competed in saber, epee, foil and overall and finished in second place, first place, second place and first place, respectively. The girls competed in the same divisions placing fourth in saber, third in epee, second in foil, and third overall.

Wrestling: The Patriots had a successful regional tournament with several wrestlers placing in the top four in their bracket. Stevenson finished third overall with a score of 177. Starting with weight class 113, Yash Jagtap came in fourth place. Allan Kantor, who is in weight class 120, also came in fourth place. Lorenzo Frezza, who is currently 34-1, came in first in the 126-pound weight class, winning by fall at 4:48. Coming in fourth in weight class 132, Everett Ciezak lost by decision. Cole Rhemrev, who is still undefeated on the season, took first in weight class 138 with a decision of 5-2. Thomas Schoolman finished second in weight class 145, losing a major decision. Carter Rand, finished first in weight class 152 with a major decision of 10-0. Themba Sitshela placed third in the 160 weight class, winning his final match by a decision of 7-2. Josh Choi and Jacob Whiting both finished second in their weight class, 170 and 195 respectively. Rounding out the matches was Blake Duvall who placed third at weight class 285.

Education News

This HBCU Wants To Better Serve Military Students. It Will Soon Offer Them Free Tuition.

Fayetteville State University in North Carolina is trying to remove financial barriers that can prevent military-connected students from completing their studies.

MacKenzie Scott Donates $133 Million For In-School Support Services

The billionaire and former spouse of Jeff Bezos has been handing out huge gifts, often with no notice.

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. 7-28: Black History Month

Feb. 7-11: Odyssey Week

Feb. 7: SPA Meeting

Feb. 7: Choral Guild Meeting

Feb. 10: SPA Fundraiser

Feb. 10: Choral Guild Fundraiser

Feb. 12: D125 Night Market

Feb. 14: Activity Period

Feb. 14: Orchestra Chamber Concert

Feb. 14: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

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