Friday, Feb. 11, 2022

Check It Out: Rotunda Mural Projects To Be Officially Unveiled Today After School As Finale To Odyssey Fine Arts Week!

After more than a month in the making, Stevenson’s new rotunda murals will be officially unveiled today after school.

Professional muralists Nicole Salgar and Chuck Berrett of NS/CB Studios in Miami, along with help from Stevenson students and staff, have transformed the Rotunda ceilings in the West Building into exciting and beautiful new works of art.

To unveil the murals in style, and as a final celebration of Odyssey Fine Arts Week, the Fine Arts Department is hosting an after-school reception to honor everyone who made Stevenson’s latest Public Artwork possible. The reception begins at 3:45 p.m. at the first-floor Rotunda.

It’s The Final Day Of Odyssey Fine Arts Week!

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:

  • Doodle Room Display (All Day; Upper Forum and Glass Commons); Student Lunch and Learn: SMARTISTRY (Periods 4, 5, 6; College Career Center); Tape Art (Periods 4, 5, 6; Patriot Lobby and 5044 Hallway); Karaoke (Periods 4, 5, 6; Wood Commons)

The Main Events after school include:

  • Mural Unveiling Reception (3:45 p.m., West Building, First-Floor Rotunda)

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

Debate Team Shows Well At ICDA 5 Tournament

At the recent Illinois Congressional Debate Association 5 Tournament, the Stevenson Debate Team rolled up multiple awards, including a third-place finish in the final chamber by Sarah Zhang, who earned a bid to the Tournament of Champions at the University of Kentucky. Other award winners were:

In Invitational Chambers

First place: Chelsea SheSamarth ArulAjay RautSrikar KovurriAnsh AggarwalAnmol DashCharlie Carr

Second place: Alex XieKashyap RajeshLandis VarugheseRafeek Cherradi

Third place: Vidushi GuptaTony LiuVivian Zhu

Best PO: Landis Varughese

Tournament of Champions Chambers
Competitors: Aditi AmbravanMia KorsunskyNatalie GarayevaVageesh RamaswamySherry WangEshaam Bhattad, and Sarah Zhang

Consolation Chambers

First Place: Aditi Ambravan
Second Place: Mia Korsunsky

Student Announcements

Annual Student Wellness Survey Coming Up On Monday During Activity Period

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 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.

Sweet Sounds: Orchestra Chamber Concert Set For Monday

It’s been five weeks of practice and dedication for Stevenson’s Symphonic and Patriot musicians. Now, they are ready to perform the pieces they have perfected by a wide variety of composers of different genres and traditions. The Orchestra Chamber Concert, featuring string quartets, piano trios and quintets, is Monday with two shows in the Recital Hall, at 6 & 7:30 p.m. To view the concert remotely via Vimeo, please click here.

Come Feel The Love At “Love, Thespians” Cabaret Next Week

Looking for some music, drama, entertainment, and fun? If so, mark your calendars for next Thursday, Feb. 17 and check out “Love, Thespians <3” Cabaret, sponsored by StageCrafters Technical Theatre Club. The event will benefit Arts for Illinois Relief Fund. The fund provides financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19, which includes all artists and artisans, stage and production members and part-time cultural workers from large to small arts organizations in all disciplines. Inducted thespians in Troupe 1583 will be performing acts ranging from singing, to improv, to slam poetry, and more. All are welcome at 7 p.m. in the West Auditorium for a night full of love! The event is free but donations for Arts for Illinois Relief Fund will be collected at the door. In conjunction with the event, there is also a fundraiser on the same day at the Culver’s locations in Lincolnshire and Buffalo Grove.

St. Baldrick’s Information Meeting On Monday

Interested in raising awareness for childhood cancer in a fun way? Come to the informational meeting for the upcoming St. Baldrick’s event at Stevenson. It will be held during Monday’s Activity Period in Room 2104A. Students can attend this meeting after completing their Student Health and Wellness Surveys. Become a leader in the Stevenson community and beyond by fundraising with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Money raised will go towards finding cures for children with cancer! Participants can choose to shave their heads, temporarily dye their hair, do an undercut or have a shaved design into their hair as a statement.

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Boys Wrestling: Sectionals start at 6 p.m. tonight at Barrington for eight Stevenson wrestlers: Lorenzo FrezzaCole RhemrevThomas SchoolmanCarter RandThemba SitshelaJosh ChoiJacob Whiting, and Blake Duvall. The second round begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Girls Wrestling: Sectionals start at 4:30 p.m. tonight at Evanston for three Stevenson wrestlers: Samarah GoldsteinElise Glenn, and Sajra Sulejmani. The second round begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

Boys Hockey: The Patriots won their first playoff game against Glenbrook South, 2-1. Alan Wu scored the first goal at 5:08 in the first period with assists by Will Harlow and James Mendelson. On a power play, Davis Jegers scored Stevenson’s second goal at 5:04 in the second period with assists by Dylan Jette and Cam Schneider. Up next for the Patriots is game two in the best-of-three series against Glenbrook South at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday. The game will take place at the Glenview Community Ice Center on Rink A.

Boys Track Meeting Set For Monday

If you would like to try out for the boys track team, please plan to attend the information meeting at 6 a.m. on Monday morning in the Fieldhouse. This is a no-cut sport with Varsity and Freshmen/Sophomore levels. For more information about meetings and tryouts for all Spring Sports, please view this Google Document from the Athletic Department.

Education News

Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Says It Will Pay All Tuition Costs For Employees Pursuing Higher Education

Herschend Enterprises, Dollywood’s parent company, announced that Dollywood will pay 100 percent of the tuition costs, fees and books for employees who pursue higher education starting Feb. 24.

Colleges Can Make Calculus A Gateway — Not A Gatekeeper — To STEM Fields

Our technologically advanced society promises experiences that are user-friendly and intuitive. But the pathway to careers in science and technology is anything but user-friendly, as revealed by the sheer number of college students opting to switch out of a STEM major after facing a college calculus class.

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. 11-28: Black History Month

Feb. 11: Final Day Of Odyssey Week

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: PPA Bake Sale

Feb. 16: Sports Booster Meeting

Feb. 17: Patriot Theatre Company Fundraiser

Feb. 17: Love, Thespians Fundraiser

Feb. 18: Non-Attendance Day

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