Thursday, March 10, 2022

Amid the loss and grief that many have felt during the last two years, there is also hope and joy, sometimes in the most unusual places. For some, it’s the happiness found in a new hobby. For others, it’s reimagining ways of connecting with loved ones. For Megan Han, a junior at Stevenson, it was podcasts.

Inspired by “Ologies with Alie Ward,” Han launched her very own podcast, “Lunch Break,” in which she invites faculty to share about their personal journeys as teachers.

“Virtual classes really changed the way that I connected with both my peers and teachers,” Han said. “Through this podcast, I’m hoping to restore some of the sense of community we lost during the pandemic.”

For more about Han’s story, please check out “Stories Of Stevenson” on Facebook and Instagram.

FCCLA Sends 22 Students To State Competition Next Month

More than 150 students from area schools competed in last month’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Sectional Competition at Harper College in Palatine and Stevenson put together a strong showing.

With gold medal and silver medal wins, there are 22 Stevenson students who advanced out of the sectional to next month’s state competition, held in Springfield April 7-9.

FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national organization that helps young people become leaders. FCCLA addresses important personal, family, work and societal issues through Family & Consumer Sciences Education.

Student Announcements

“Brave The Shave:” Annual St. Baldrick’s Event Is Tomorrow

Who can “Brave The Shave?”

Find out who will shave their heads in Stevenson’s annual St. Baldrick’s Event, which raises money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to help find cures for childhood cancers.

This year’s event will take place at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Wood Commons. The opening speaker will feature a local family with a 14-year-old son who survived cancer 10 years ago after being given a 20 percent chance of living.

During the event, individuals and teams who have previously registered to participate will either “Brave the Shave”…or choose some other way to support the cause. For those who choose not to shave their heads, they may dye their hair with temporary color (many often choose green), do an undercut or have a design shaved into their hair.

In addition to student participants, the Lincolnshire Fire Department is sending some of its firefighters to participate.

There’s A Blood Shortage In The United States: Donate Blood At Stevenson On Friday

Did you know that the United States is currently facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in more than a decade? Doctors have recently been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.

Please donate blood on Friday in the West Staff Dining Room. Not only will your donation help our national blood shortage, but it will also provide funding for our Stevenson To College program. For more information and to sign up, please click here.

NOTE: Students can donate only during their lunch or free periods and/or during PE classes.

First Deadline For “Wit” Submissions (Artwork) Is Tomorrow

Keep your wits about you and don’t forget that the first deadline for “Wit” submissions is tomorrow. Artwork is due tomorrow while writing is due by April 4. Scan the QR Code to the left for more information. The “Wit” is Stevenson’s nationally award-winning art and literary magazine.

Table Tennis Club Nabs Founders Cup Trophy At Maine East

In dominating fashion, Stevenson’s Table Tennis Club recently claimed the Founders Cup by winning the consolation bracket in a tournament at Maine East. The Patriots defeated Evanston 8-0 and Maine (East and South) Township 8-0. The team includes these players, all of whom went undefeated on the day: Seniors Jean Andrei BondadFrank Gao and Jasmine Leong (Assistant Coach); Juniors Lance LockerEthan RongSrihas Rao, and AJ Stewart; Sophomore Eshita Kulai and Freshman Isaac Sommerfeld.

Model UN Team Wins Awards At Conference Last Month

At the Model UN Conference at Lyons Township last month, the Stevenson Model UN team came away with multiple awards.

Senior Anmol Dash and juniors Anish Nadella and Lindsey Wang won in the best category. Juniors Kelly Liu and Sherry Wang and sophomore Srikar Kovvuri won in the outstanding category. And senior Anthony Makhovik and sophomore Medha Mamidipaka won honorable mention.

March Issue Of Statesman Comes Out Tomorrow; Behind-The-Scenes Video Of Mr. SHS New Addition To Website

Ever wonder what really goes into Mr. SHS? Well, the Statesman put together a fun, Behind-The-Scenes Of Mr. SHS” video as part of its new March issue, which will hit the halls (and online) tomorrow. The issue also looks back at the programs BASS created for Black History Month, as well as cancel culture, the dark side of competition within some sports, and Stevenson’s Best Buddies program. New to the Statesman website is its photo gallery for the girls’ basketball state title, a look at Stevenson’s state-winning chess team, and reviews of new albums recently released.

Patriot Sports News

Boys Hockey Drops Loyola In State Semifinals Last Night; Just One Win Away From STATE TITLE!

One more “W.” That’s what the boys hockey team needs on Sunday to complete its run for a state championship.

For the first time since 2018, the Patriots are playing for the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois (AHAI) Red Division State Championship on Sunday after earning a win last night in the state semifinals against the No. 2 team in the state, Loyola Gold. Stevenson, ranked third in the state, will face No. 5 St. Viator for the state championship at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.

Last night, in front of a large contingent of Stevenson fans, the Patriots defeated Loyola 7-5 in a game in which they dominated early, going up 6-1 in the second period. Loyola mounted a comeback but Stevenson held strong to the end.

Drew Lermer scored the first goal for the Patriots and was assisted by Brody Stokes. Dylan Jette scored the second goal off an assist by Nolan Jones. Spencer Harman scored the third goal unassisted. The final goal in the first period was by Cam Schneider who was assisted by James Mendelson. That put the Patriots up 4-0 and they kept adding to that. Ethan O’Gradney scored a goal on an assist by Schneider and then the roles flipped and Schneider scored his second goal off an assist by O’Gradney and Brandon Schultz. The final goal of the game came in the third period by Davis Jegers, which put the game out of reach and cemented the Patriots’ spot in the state championship game.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP NOTES: Since the game is on a Sunday, there will be a “send-off” at school for the hockey team tomorrow during fifth-period lunch. PatRiot will lead the “Parade Of Players” through the halls, starting in the Wood Commons. There will be no Pep Bus to the state championship. Tickets to the game are available for purchase at the door and are $3 with a Student ID. The team will leave Stevenson in a coach bus from Parking Lot B (by the Pointe) and parents are invited to come early (1:30 p.m.) to help decorate the bus, which departs for Bensenville at 2:15 p.m.

Get Your State Championship Gear For Girls Basketball And Boys Swim And Dive

To celebrate Stevenson’s two state champions that have been crowned over the last two weeks (the girls basketball team and the boys swimming and diving team), you can stock up on some championship swag.

Pease keep in mind:

  • All orders are processed once the store closes.
  • Orders will ship to the school/coach unless otherwise indicated.
  • Orders will not be accepted after the sale close deadline.
  • If an item you purchase becomes unavailable, you’ll be notified, and your credit card will be refunded.
  • Once your order ships, decorated items cannot be returned.
  • Please allow at least three weeks from the store close date to receive your product.

Athletic Results

Boys Gymnastics: The Patriots traveled to Naperville Central for a triangular against the host Redhawks and Libertyville. Stevenson got its first win of the season with a score of 125.6, five points higher than the competition. Thor Mace placed first in three of the six events: the pommel horse, the parallel bars, and the horizontal bar. Finlay Oyston placed first in the vault with an 8.5 and Santiago Gonzalez placed first on the floor exercise with an 8.6. Next up is a dual meet against Barrington, hosted at Stevenson on Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m.

Education News

New Bill Aims To Improve Meals At Illinois Schools

Under Illinois law, school districts reimbursed for serving free and reduced lunches to low-income children are required to accept the lowest bid for their food contracts. But a new bill aims to give those districts more options to choose from.

High School Students Find Employers And Colleges Are Trying To Recruit Them

As higher education and industry in Wisconsin try to adapt to pandemic challenges, the traditional pipeline leading students from high school directly to college is being refined.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.

Mar. 10: Late Arrival

Mar. 10: Chamber Guitar Concert

Mar. 11: NHS Blood Drive

Mar. 11: St. Baldricks Event

Mar. 11: Trivia Night

Mar. 12: SAT Test Day

Mar. 12: Spring Biliteracy Exam

Mar. 14: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting

Mar. 15: Orchestra Concert

Mar. 16: Co-Curricular Fair

Mar. 18: Non-Attendance Day

Mar. 21-25: Spring Break!

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