Head “Into The Woods” For Winterfest!
Winterfest is here! 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” and activities as well. The activities, unless otherwise noted, will be held in both the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons each day and will take place during all lunch hours. Here’s the rundown:
Spirit Theme: TuTu or Twins Day on 2/22/22 (It’s “TUES-“day!)
Activities: Junior Class Board is sponsoring “Animal Print Coloring.”
Spirit Theme: Anything But A Backpack Day (Carry around your books or iPads in anything besides a traditional backpack.)
Activities: Sophomore Class Board is sponsoring “Making Flower Headbands” and Student Council will be doing Tattoos in the Wood Commons.
Spirit Theme: Country Versus Country Club (Dress as one or the other.)
Activities: Senior Class Board is sponsoring “Into the Woods Wordle” where students will guess a Wordle (like the new online game) related to the Winterfest event.
Spirit Theme: Class Colors Day (Freshmen Red, Sophomore Blue, Juniors Gold, Seniors Green)
There will be a Winterfest pep rally during the PM Assembly so you can show off your class and school pride.
Activities: Freshman Class Board is sponsoring “Origami” and the Patriot Parent Association is also hosting “Treat Day.”
Winterfest Dance! It’s the grand finale of Winterfest. 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.
COVID-19 NOTE: Stevenson will be offering voluntary COVID-19 spit tests to students ahead of the dance. For those students who wish to participate, please pick up your tests in the Student Activities office today and return them by the end of the day tomorrow.
“Planning Your Future” Night For Sophomores Coming Up Via Zoom; Deadline To Request An Interpreter Is Tomorrow
Sophomores: It’s time to start thinking about your futures!
The College Career Center will hold its annual “Planning Your Future” night for sophomore families at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2 via Zoom. Post Secondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller and Career Exploration Program Manager Dr. Mara Grujanac will discuss:
- What families can expect during their junior year as they embark on the college and career exploration process.
- Naviance, an online tool to assist Stevenson students with college planning.
- Career planning options, including internships, job shadowing, and more.
Students are strongly encouraged to attend with their parent(s) or guardian(s), and have their iPads ready to explore Naviance during the Zoom webinar. Interpreters are available. If an interpreter is needed, please call or e-mail Donna Wallach at (847) 415-4517 or firstname.lastname@example.org by tomorrow.
Please note: Parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans are invited to a pre-session via Zoom that will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. Families can access the special presentation via this Zoom link.
Contestants Gearing Up For Mr. SHS Contest On Friday
It’s about to get real! The annual Mr. SHS Contest, held for more than 30 years, is approaching quickly, slated for 7 p.m. on Friday in the Performing Arts Center.
Mr. SHS is an exciting event where 12 seniors compete for the coveted Mr. SHS title, crown, and prom tickets. The contestants compete in three distinct rounds: Formal Wear, Talent, and a Q&A. After each round, the audience and an esteemed panel of faculty judges vote, and then the final scores are tallied to determine the new Mr. SHS! In the end, it’s all about the contestants having a great time while putting on an entertaining show for the Stevenson community.
The Mr. SHS 2022 contestants are: Del Ankhbayar, Carmen Biel, Anshul Dandapani, Phil Edat, Alex Eilert, Ethan Hill, Raghav Khosla, Drew Kim, Zachary Lapeire, Jacques Malenfant, Udit Mehta, Shreyas Mishra. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door. Proceeds go to the Student Activities activity fund.
Shout Out To IM Championship Basketball Teams!
Earlier this month, four intramural basketball champions were crowned, one for each class. They were: The Swans (Seniors, pictured above), The Spartans (Juniors, pictured below left), the Yellow Jackets (Sophomores, pictured below center) and the Zoo Keepers (Freshmen, pictured below right).
If you are interested in participating in intramurals, which run throughout the entire school year, please visit the intramural page on the Stevenson website!
Sign Up For Make-A-Thon: A Coding And Problem-Solving Challenge At CLC
Like coding? Like a good challenge? Then Make-a-Thon at the College of Lake County could be right up your alley. Make-a-Thon is a FREE one-day, in-person workshop on March 12 that will introduce coding and reveal a specific challenge for you to complete as part of a team. Mentoring, technical assistance and makerspace resources (laser, 3D printer, vinyl/print cut machine and lots of cardboard) will be provided. Along with the provided resources, you will use your creativity to complete the challenge. Sign up with friends or CLC can assign you to a team. All the Make-a-Thon projects will be showcased at Maker Faire Lake County on April 9. Maker Faire attendees will be voting to determine our winners based on the following categories:
- Most Aesthetically Pleasing – Everyone is going to want this stylish contraption.
- Entrepreneurship Expert – This solution to a practical problem is ready for the market.
- Super Engineered – Thinking outside the kit and adding extras to take it to the next level.
Participation and the use of the Arduino kit and electronics are free, funded in part by a grant from Baxter International Foundation and the College of Lake County. Additional information is available by contacting CLC Engineering Department Co-Chair Jan Edwards at email@example.com.
Girl Power! Economics Club Hosting Women In Economics Watch Party
The Stevenson Economics Club is hosting a watch party for the Federal Reserve Bank’s Women in Economics Symposium tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 6110 and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Rom 6110. Hear speakers from Amazon, the Brookings Institute, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Indicator, Planet Money, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota and more. They will share their tips, insights and career paths in the field. Topics include: Women in the Labor Market, Business and Finance, the Environment and Healthcare as well as a “Day in the Life” and more. Also, as a nod to Black History Month, please check out these NOTABLE BLACK ECONOMISTS.
Squash Club Off To A Smashing Start!
Last week at Lifetime Fitness in Vernon Hills, the Squash Club hosted Lake Forest Academy in its inaugural match and got a 6-2 victory behind the leadership of senior captain Joy Qu. Others competing were: seniors Fred Yuan and Alex Liu, junior Matthew Zhu, and freshmen Tej Kosarajn, Dhruv Malladi, and Aiden Schroede.
Two Stevenson Wrestlers (Frezza And Rhemrev) Place At State!
The Stevenson Wrestling program sent three wrestlers to the State Finals at the State Farm Center in Champaign over the weekend and all three wrestlers — Lorenzo Frezza, Cole Rhemrev, and Jacob Whiting — advanced to the second round. Whiting lost his second match and was eliminated from further bouts while Frezza won two of his three preliminary matches, which placed him in the wrestleback on the second day of competition. Frezza won both of his wrestleback bouts and wound up winning third place in his 126-pound weight class. Meanwhile, Rhemrev also won two of his three preliminary matches, however, he lost his wrestleback. Yet, he was still able to wrestle for fifth place and won that match in the 138-pound weight class.
Girls Gymnastics Team Finishes Seventh At State; Ashley Schabes Takes Third Place In All-Around Competition
Stevenson competed in the Girls Gymnastics State Finals over the weekend at Palatine High School and finished seventh overall as a team, while earning one Top Three individual finish. Ashley Schabes (pictured right receiving her third-place medal) led the way with a third place in the all-around competition. Teammate Ally Gitler placed tenth in the all-around. Meanwhile, Schabes earned sixth place on the vault with a score of 9.625 and Gitler got sixth place on the uneven bars with a 9.225. Finally, on the floor exercise, Schabes placed seventh and Gitler placed ninth with scores of 9.25 and 9.05.
Stevenson Boys Swim And Dive Wins Sectional; Heads To State
The Patriots hosted the Sectionals on Saturday and won the Sectional Championship with a high score of 316. Coach Doug Lillydahl was named the Sectional Coach of the Year. Divers Jack White and Danny Silverstein both qualified for state, finishing second and third in the 11-dive event. White’s score of 553.35 was an 11-Dive record at Stevenson. Meanwhile, Colin Zhang won the 200 IM, breaking a pool- and school-record with a time of 1:52.17. That dropped .92 seconds off of his previous time. Other first-place finishes were: Brandon Xiong in the 50 free, with a time of 21.10, Josh Song in the 100 fly, with a time of 49.26 that dropped almost two seconds off of his previous time and Zhang, who won the 100 Breast with a time of 57.24. Next up for Stevenson is the State Meet, which begins on Friday at the FMC Natatorium at Ty Warner Park in Westmont. For more information, visit the IHSA Boys Swimming And Diving page.
Know An Exceptional Patriot? Submit Your Nomination For Winter Sports Now
Attention all coaches, students, and parents! Don’t FORGET – You still have time to nominate a team or individual for the “Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award” (ESPPA’s) for winter sports. Winter sports awards are coming up at 7 p.m. on March 8. We need your nominations to decide the winners. Please take a look at the nomination form and recommend your favorite event/individual for each award. The deadline to nominate is Friday.
Stevenson Students And Parents: You Need These Cool Lawn Signs!
It’s almost time to start decorating the yard again! Why not get into the Stevenson spirit and order a lawn sign from the Sports Boosters. Please take a look at this link to order the sign that is right for you!
Boys Lacrosse Meeting Set For Today
Calling all athletes interested in trying out for Boys Lacrosse this spring! There will be an informational meeting held at 3:30 p.m. today in the Health Classrooms (Room 2004/2006). At the meeting, there will be information presented about tryout dates, times, spaces, and more. If you cannot attend the meeting, please find the tryout information on the Stevenson website. If you have any questions, please reach out to Coach Hake.
Girls Basketball: The girls basketball team has advanced to the Warren Sectional and will play in the semifinals tonight. To get to Gurnee, the Patriots (31-2) defeated Round Lake, 64-31 over the weekend in the Regional Finals. Simone Sawyer pumped in a team-high 21 points. Emory Klatt contributed 17 points and was a force under the basket. Kendall Williams added 9 points, while Ava Bardic rounded out the big scorers with 8 points. The Patriots will face Libertyville tonight in the sectional semifinal at Warren’s Almond Campus. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. Tickets are available through the GoFan online ticketing platform. Warren’s Almond Campus is located at: 34090 N. Almond Road in Gurnee.
Boys Basketball: The Patriots, seeded third in the the Barrington Sectional, are heading into state tournament season and are preparing to face No. 13 Grant tomorrow night in the regional semifinal at Mundelein. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. If the Patriots defeat Grant, they would take on the winner of the other regional semifinal between No. 6 Prospect and No. 9 Mundelein at 7 p.m. Friday for the regional championship.
Girls Ice Hockey: The Scouts Girls Hockey Team finished up its season Monday night, losing to Loyola, 3-0 in the Illinois State Hockey Championships. Offense was tough to come by against Loyola’s tough defense. Congratulations to our Stevenson Patriots who participated in the 2021-22 season: Alicia Sharun, Maycie Sulkin, Lainey Switzer, and Rachel Wilson.
The Pandemic Has Increased Interest In Digital Transcripts. Will They Displace Degrees?
Even before students at Morgan State University finish their degrees, they’ll soon have something official to let them show the world what they’ve learned so far. The university is rolling out a new system that will give every student a new kind of digital transcript that will include things like what courses they’ve taken and involvement in community programs. It’s just one example of the growth of digital credential systems that leaders say will help build a better bridge between industry and academia—and may also change some of the ways higher education works.
DeVry, ITT Tech Students Among Thousands Of Defrauded Borrowers To Receive $415 Million In Loan Cancellation
About 16,000 federal student loan borrowers will have their debts erased after the Education Department determined their former schools — DeVry University, ITT Technical Institute and Minnesota School of Business/Globe University — defrauded them.
The Week Ahead
Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Feb. 22-28: Black History Month
Feb. 22-26: Winterfest
Feb. 23: Key Ways To Stay Connected When Your Kids Are Legal Adults (Zoom)
Feb. 24: Late Arrival
Feb. 25: PPA Treat Day
Feb. 25: PM Assembly
Feb. 25: Mr. SHS
Feb. 25-26: IHSA Girls Wrestling State Finals
Feb. 26: Winterfest Dance
Feb. 28: Activity Period
Feb. 28-Mar. 1: Winter Band Concert
Mar. 1: BPO Meeting