Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022

S-Factor Helps KIVA Club Raise Nearly $1,600 For Entrepreneurs

It wasn’t just great singing that came out of S-Factor last month. There were also feelings of great pride and satisfaction.

“S-Factor is very special,” senior Phil Edat said.

“S-Factor is an opportunity for the talented students at our school to compete, but there is a deeper meaning behind the event,” senior Sahan Yalavarthi said.

S-Factor, Stevenson’s annual singing competition that was won by senior Ashwini Narayanan this year, raises money while it entertains. It is one of many acts of giving back that KIVA Club, which sponsors S-Factor, stages throughout each school year.

Edat and Yalavarthi (pictured above left and above right, respectively) are co-presidents of KIVA Club and are now in their fourth year of membership. They say that S-Factor is a huge fundraiser for the club and that last month’s event nearly tripled the donations from another recent KIVA fundraiser.

“It’s a large platform that showcases the amazing voices and talent within our own school,” Edat said of S-Factor. “The aspect of friendly competition between the contestants draws in many people to see the students perform, and so the event is one of KIVA Club’s biggest.”

To read more about Edat and Yalavarthi, their involvement in KIVA Club and about the nearly $1,600 that was raised by S-Factor, please click here.

It’s Odyssey Fine Arts Week…Day 3!

Odyssey Fine Arts Week is a combination of fun, in-school activities and after-school performances by professional artists sponsored by the Fine Arts Department. Here are the events and activities for today…and a look ahead to tomorrow.

The in-school activities include:

  • Today: Window Painting (Periods 4, 5, 6; Glass Commons); Contortionist, Juggler, Clown/Acrobat, Living Statue (Periods 4, 5 6; Wood Commons, Forum)
  • Tomorrow: Live Painting (10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Outside Link Doors Under Awning); Origami Cranes (Periods 4, 5, 6; In Front Of The PAC), Clown/Acrobat, Living Statue (Periods 4, 5, 6; Glass Commons), AMPlified (Periods 4, 5, 6; Wood Commons)

The Main Events after school include:

  • Today: Singer/Songwriter Concert (4 p.m.; Performing Arts Center. There will be a preview of the show during Periods 4A, 5A, 6B)
  • Tomorrow: “Reeling,” LGBTQ+ FilmFest (4 p.m.; Little Theatre. There will be a preview of the show during Periods 4A, 5A, 6B)

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

Student Announcements

Register Now For The Snowball Retreat In Wisconsin!

Need a change of scenery? A different kind of social activity? Operation Snowball might be just the right experience for you! Operation Snowball is a fun-filled, two-and-a-half day retreat planned by students for students and packed with indoor and outdoor activities, speakers, small group sessions and more. It is held at an overnight camp in Wisconsin and gives students a chance to meet new people and step outside their comfort zone while building leadership skills. All Stevenson students are welcome. Registration is now open for the retreat, which will be held at the YMCA’s Camp MacLean in Burlington, Wisconsin from March 31 to April 1. The cost is $125 for the weekend and that includes meals, housing, and activities. The registration period ends March 17 and there are a limited number of spots available on a first-come basis.

Up Your Jewelry Game: Get a Rafiki Bracelet; Free The Children Fundraiser Ends Tomorrow

Have you always wanted a Rafiki bracelet? Need a new one? Stevenson’s Free The Children club, which seeks to globally impact people through the five pillars of health, food, water, education and opportunity, is sponsoring a Rafiki fundraiser in which the proceeds from the sales benefit women and families in Kenya and Ecuador. Founded in 2009 to provide economic opportunity in WE Village communities, and a sustainable source of funding for the WE Charity, ME to WE has grown into a global force for good. The last day to place your order for a Rafiki bracelet is tomorrow. Each bracelet is $10. You must place an order with a Free the Children member or Ms. One at

Choral Guild Hosts MOD Pizza Fundraiser Tomorrow In Buffalo Grove

It’s a Dining for Dollars Event! In partnership with the Buffalo Grove MOD Pizza location, 20 percent of the proceeds from sales tomorrow will benefit the Stevenson Choral Guild. Just make sure you mention the Stevenson Choir Programs with your order. The Choral Guild raises funds to support the needs of the choir directors and to help minimize the costs of programs available to all choir participants. MOD Pizza in Buffalo Grove is located at 1555 Deerfield Parkway.

Strings Fundraiser Is Tomorrow At Panda Express In Vernon Hills

The Stevenson String Parents Association (SPA) is hosting a fundraiser tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the more than 500 students who participate in the orchestra and guitar programs on campus. Panda Express of Vernon Hills will donate 20 percent of all sales from the day. Orders may be placed online using CODE 334110 or in person by showing the SPA Panda Express Flyer from a mobile device or printout. Panda Express in Vernon Hills is located at 252 Townline Road.

Patriot Sports News

Three Gymnasts Advance To State Finals Next Weekend

At the Mundelein sectional final last night, the girls gymnastics team placed third as a team and rolled up three Top 5 finishers. Those three individuals qualified for the upcoming IHSA State Finals.

Palatine will host the IHSA State Gymnastics Finals next weekend, with preliminary rounds taking place on Friday, Feb. 18 and the finals scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19. The action on both days begins at 2 p.m.

The Patriots advanced the following gymnasts to Palatine: Ashley Schabes (vault, with a score of 9.375), Maya Fergus (uneven bars, 9.425) and Ally Gitler (uneven bars, 9.400). Gitler also advanced in the all-around competition with an overall score of 36.850.

There could be more Patriots who will qualify for the state finals as at-large competitors. There are still two sectionals statewide that have yet to be completed. Once they are and scores across the state are tabulated and ranked, the IHSA will release its list of at-large state competitors. That list is scheduled to be published on Monday.

Boys Gymnastics Meeting Set For Tomorrow

If you would like to try out for the boys gymnastics team, please plan to attend the information meeting at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow in Room 2002. This is a no-cut sport with Varsity and Freshmen/Sophomore levels. Tryouts begin on Feb. 14 at the U.S. Gymnastics Training Center in Lake Zurich. If you cannot attend, please have a friend take notes or e-mail Coach Moran at

Athletic Results

Boys Basketball: The Patriots (17-7, 9-3) got a 51-41 win on the road last night at Lake Zurich. The win moves Stevenson to 17-7 overall an 9-3 in the North Suburban Conference. Evan Porto contributed 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists while Jaden Evan added 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. David Sulnius chipped in with 8 points and 6 rebounds. Next up for the Patriots is a road game against North Suburban Conference rival Libertyville on Friday. Tip off in Libertyville is at 7 p.m.

Girls Fencing: Good news for the Patriots! At the recent season-ending Great Lakes High School Fencing Championships, the equivalent of a conference championship, Stevenson was slated as having earned third place. But after a recalculation and an update of the scores, the Patriots actually finished in second place.

Education News

Jill Biden Acknowledges Free Community College Has Fallen Out Of Her Husband’s Build Back Better Agenda

The first lady addressed the status of the president’s sweeping social spending legislation during an appearance in Washington before the Community College National Legislative Summit, a gathering at which she delivered a more optimistic message a year ago. “One year ago, I told this group that Joe was going to fight for community colleges,” Jill Biden told the group on Monday. “But Joe has also had to make compromises. Congress hasn’t passed the Build Back Better agenda — yet. And free community college is no longer a part of that package.”

Medical Schools Add Climate Change Into Curriculum

Climate change affects health in many ways. At the urging of some medical students, some medical schools have started to teach future doctors about the health impacts of a warming planet.

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. 9-28: Black History Month

Feb. 9-11: Odyssey Week

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

Feb. 15: Choral Concert

Feb. 16: Sports Booster Meeting

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