It’s The Final Day Of Winterfest!
Winterfest’s overall theme this week has been “Into The Woods.” Think fairy tales and flowers in an enchanted forest. There have also been daily “Spirit Themes” and activities as well, and today, the final day of Winterfest, is no different. The activities, unless otherwise noted, will be held in both the Glass Commons and the Wood Commons and will take place during all lunch hours. Here’s the rundown for today:
- Spirit Theme: Class Colors Day (Freshmen Red, Sophomores Blue, Juniors Gold, Seniors Green)
There will be a live Winterfest Pep Rally during the PM Assembly so you can show off your class and school pride. The Pep Assembly will be in the Sportscenter and is optional. Students can choose to view the Assembly in the Wood and Glass Commons as well. Busses will still run at 3:25 p.m.
- Activities: Freshman Class Board is sponsoring “Origami” and the Patriot Parent Association is also hosting “Treat Day.”
Dance The Night Away At Saturday’s Winterfest Dance!
It’s the grande finale of Winterfest: The Dance!
Doors at the Sportscenter open at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night and not only will there be dancing to the music of a DJ on the main stage, there will be other fun activities in the surrounding common areas! Don’t miss all kinds of interactive games, video games and table-top games as well as inflatables, a chill lounge and a silent disco in which dancers enter a separate, silent room wearing headphones so that they each can dance to their own chosen music.
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. Tickets will be available until 11:59 p.m. tonight!
Contestants Ready For Mr. SHS Contest Tonight
It’s about to get real! The annual Mr. SHS Contest, held for more than 30 years, is here…slated for 7 p.m. tonight 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 categories: 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. SHS-TV will be broadcasting a live webcast of the event, which can be viewed here.
Musical Mix: Winter Band Concert On Tap For Monday And Tuesday In The PAC Highlighted By Original Arrangements
Stevenson’s top ensembles will be performing some of the most challenging pieces that are available for high school bands to play in next week’s Winter Band Concert.
Performances, starting at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, will be on two nights, Monday and Tuesday. They are open to parents, students, faculty and staff and are also available on Vimeo.
The Winter Band Concert includes the Honor, Advanced Symphonic, Symphonic, Concert, and Freshman Bands, which will combine to perform two programs of music and original arrangements that they prepared and developed as a class in their second semester.
StuCo Secretary Ian Harman Takes Over Stevenson’s Instagram Account!
Be on the lookout for senior Ian Harman, who will be taking over Stevenson’s main Instagram account starting at lunchtime today and continuing through Saturday in order to help capture all things Winterfest! Harman, Secretary of the Student Council, took over Stevenson’s Instagram during Homecoming. This time, he will give us all an inside look at today’s lunchtime activities, which include Origami and “Treat Day,” while also recording all of the fun at the Pep Assembly later this afternoon. Of course, Harman will also be on hand for Saturday’s Winterfest Dance. Thank you, Ian!
Math Team Once Again Crushing The Numbers And The Competition
Once again, it all adds up for Stevenson’s Math Team! The Patriots recently completed the fourth of five rounds in the North Suburban Math League (NSML) and once again, they won in decisive fashion with a score of 322 out of a possible 350 points. Now with a total of 1,197 points over four rounds, Stevenson expands its first-place lead across the entire league of more than 50 schools. Second-place Whitney Young has 1,138 points. Perfect papers were submitted by juniors Ben Chen, Aadit Juneja, Katherine Li, Brian Shen, Evan Lin, and Nathan Ma; sophomores Angela Guo, Vidushi Gupta, and Vedant Rathi; and freshmen Faizaan Siddique and Aaroh Tak.
In national math news, thirty-two Stevenson Math Team students participated in the American Invitational Mathematics Exam last week. This selective 15-question, three-hour test is given only to the top 5 percent of performers on the American Mathematics Competition 12 (AMC12) and the top 2.5 percent of performers on the American Mathematics Competition 10 (AMC10). These thirty-two students are hoping to be among the roughly 250 students that are invited to take the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad test in late March.
Model UN Shows Well At University Of Chicago Competition
Stevenson’s Model United Nations Team finished second at the University of Chicago’s MUNUC event earlier this month. Stevenson’s club members earned the Honorable Large Delegation Award for this conference that was held via Zoom. Here are the individual awards by category:
- Verbal Commendation: Seniors Ashwathi Nair, Sia Shetkar, Mia Korsunsky and junior Sanya Mahajan
- Honorable Delegate: Seniors Anthony Makhovik, Pravar Annadanam, Jesenia Parthasarathy and Aarushi Sharma; juniors Anish Nadella, Lindsey Wang, Pranav Atluri, Michael Kirylau and Sherry Wang and sophomore Maurya Bonu
- Outstanding Delegate: Senior Samarth Arul and Kelly Liu and junior Mihir Putcha
Good Luck Girls Wrestling At IHSA State Finals In Bloomington!
The IHSA girls wrestling state finals begin today at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington and Stevenson sent two wrestlers: junior Samarah Goldstein and sophomore Sajra Sulejmani. Goldstein will be wrestling in the 105-pound weight class while Sulejmani will be wrestling in the 145-pound weight class. To follow the action and to get results, visit the girls wrestling page on the IHSA website. Tickets to the state finals are $9 and can be purchased through GoFan. Good Luck Patriots!
Good Luck Boys Swimming & Diving At IHSA State Finals!
The state meet for swimming and diving starts today at FMC Natatorium at Ty Warner Park in Westmont. Preliminary rounds began at 9 a.m. for diving and begin at 3:30 p.m. for swimming. For more information and results, visit the boys swimming and diving page on the IHSA website. Tickets to the state finals are $15 and can be purchased through GoFan. Good Luck Patriots!
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 today.
Girls Basketball WINS SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: For the first time since 2001, the Patriots have won a Sectional Championship and are headed to the Supersectional! Stevenson defeated Lake Zurich 46-26 on Thursday night to win the Warren Sectional title. Ava Bardic put up 14 points while Simone Sawyer added 12 points. Kate Arne was clutch under the basket, contributing 8 points. Rounding out the scorers were Kendall Williams and Emory Klatt both of whom added 6 points. The Patriots, now 33-2 on the season, will be taking on Loyola Academy at 7 p.m. Monday at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights in the Hersey Supersectional. The winner will punch a ticket to the IHSA Class 4A State Finals in Bloomington next weekend. You can purchase Supersectional tickets here through GoFan. The cost is $9. Stevenson is offering a pep bus for any student who wants to come out and support the Patriots at the Supersectional. The bus will leave LOT E at 5:45 p.m. on Monday. The cost is $5 and may be purchased here. Students on the pep bus will ALSO need to purchase a game ticket through GoFan.
Boys Basketball: The Patriots will take on Prospect tonight at Mundelein High School for the Regional Championship. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. You can purchase tickets on GoFan.
College Endowments Aren’t Piggy Banks. But Some Experts Say Schools Could Spend More.
Wealthy universities are under pressure to use more of their dollars to increase access for the neediest students. Although nearly half of endowment spending funds financial aid, experts say elite institutions can dedicate more of their investment returns to boost racial and economic equity on their campuses.
States Are Revamping Reading Instruction. Illinois Is Just Catching Up.
A pilot literacy program has become a potential lifeline to teens who’ve been flagged for slipping through the cracks of public education. Somehow they each made it to high school without fundamental reading skills — skills strongly correlated with future employment, earning potential, even better health. In Illinois, where curriculum is largely a matter of local control, there’s no centralized tracking of how districts teach children to read or a recommended curriculum list. Momentum is building for sweeping changes that could bring Illinois more in line with the 38 states that have begun widespread campaigns to tackle stubbornly low reading proficiency rates.
The Week Ahead
Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Feb. 25-28: Black History Month
Feb. 25-26: Winterfest
Feb. 25: PPA Treat Day
Feb. 25: PM Assembly
Feb. 25: Mr. SHS
Feb. 25-26: IHSA Girls Wrestling State Finals
Feb. 25-26: IHSA Boys Swim/Dive State Finals
Feb. 26: Winterfest Dance
Feb. 28: Activity Period
Feb. 28-Mar. 1: Winter Band Concert
Mar. 1: BPO Meeting
Mar. 2: Sophomore Family College And Career Night (Zoom)
Mar. 3: Baroque Concert
Mar. 4: Institute Day: No School
Mar. 4-5: Winter Play: Ranked