Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Winning Artwork By Vidipta Roy On Display In Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum In Springfield

It’s been a long two years for all of us as we’ve navigated through the choppy waters of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In search of a small slice of solace, sophomore Vidipta Roy (pictured right) took to her sketch pad and not only expressed some of her own personal frustrations, she also created a winning piece of artwork that is now proudly displayed in the atrium window of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield. Her piece, shown above, will be there along with other award winners until Mar. 21.

Roy recently was selected as the winner in the Grade 9-12 Division of the 2022 “Survival Through Self Expression” Art Contest hosted by the Library and Museum in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education.

“This competition was very engaging,” said Roy, who has taken art classes at Stevenson that include Digital Art and Design 1 and 2. “It was nice to create a piece that resonated with what I’ve been dealing with recently, especially with how COVID’s taken a toll on all of us, mentally, emotionally and physically.”

Artists in the contest were able to use whatever medium they preferred and could tackle the theme in any way. Roy, who has been interested in artwork since early childhood, says that she has worked with many mediums but prefers paper and graphite.

“Something I enjoy about art is the ability to freestyle and mix and match different mediums and techniques,” said Roy, who is also involved with History Bowl and Bee, “The Wit,” and Mock Trial. “I also like that there are no real rules to art, allowing artists to do whatever they feel.”

Final Days To Register For Summer School!

It’s cold now…but the sunny, warm days of summer will be here before you know it, and so will summer school. Believe it or not, the deadline to register on time (and without late fees) for summer school is this week!

If you are interested in attending summer school at Stevenson, you can still register online. It is recommended that summer school registrations be submitted by 4 p.m. on FRIDAY to avoid a class cancellation due to insufficient enrollment. Late registrations for summer school will be accepted up until 4 p.m. on June 3, but after Friday, all registrations are on a space-available basis and late fees will be applied.

The tuition fees (and additional lab, book, and/or field trip fees where appropriate) are listed in the course description. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Please contact the summer school office at (847) 415-4520 or via e-mail at with questions.

Baroque Ensemble Concert Tomorrow Night Features Period Instruments Such As The Harpsichord

Take a trip back in time as the Stevenson Viol Consort and the Baroque Ensemble perform on period instruments including violas da gamba, harpsichord, baroque guitar and more in the Baroque Ensemble Concert.

The performance, featuring the works of MontiverdiiBachVivaldi, and other classic musicians, is slated for 7 p.m. tomorrow night in the Recital Hall.

This concert also features the vocal talents of sopranos Ashwini Narayanan and Abigail Froyshteter; violas Dylan Ivanov and Philip Villano; and violins Dorsa Akbarzadeh and Eileen Li, and cello Jocelyn Gao. Meanwhile, the Viol Consort will be performing for the first time since 2019!

Donations will be accepted to help support our students’ future strings tours to Europe and other performance venues throughout the United States, including the Early Music Festival in Boston. The concert can also be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo link.

Student Announcements

Deadlines Are Fast Approaching For “Wit” Submissions

Keep your wits about you and don’t forget that the deadlines for “Wit” submissions are quickly approaching. Artwork is due by Mar. 11 while writing is due by April 4. Scan the QR Code to the right for more information. The “Wit” is Stevenson’s nationally award-winning art and literary magazine.

Patriot Sports News

Come Celebrate The Boys Swimming And Diving State Championship (There Will Be Food Too!)

History was made last weekend when the boys swimming and diving team won its first-ever IHSA State Championship. To commemorate this monumental achievement, and to honor the athletes as well as head coaches Doug Lillydahl and Amy Inselberger and assistants Ayrton KasemetsSean WimerRick DeLeon, and Kristin Barrett, the athletic department is hosting a celebration tomorrow morning in Room 2104. Food will be ready at 7:45 a.m. with a program to follow at 8 a.m.

Boys Basketball To Play In Sectional Semifinal Tonight!

Come out and support the boys basketball team tonight at Barrington High School in its march through the IHSA State Tournament. The third-seeded Patriots will take on North Suburban Conference rival and second-seeded Libertyville in the sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through GoFan. The winner will take on top-seeded Barrington in the sectional championship game at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

Make Your Plans To Follow The Girls Basketball Team To The State Finals On Friday In Bloomington!

The Girls Basketball Team is heading to the IHSA Class 4A State Finals! The Patriots will face Benet in the 2:30 p.m. semifinal on Friday, and the second semifinal between Bolingbrook and Barrington will follow at approximately 4:15 p.m.

To support the Patriots, you can sign up for the Pep Bus to Bloomington, which will be picking up students in Lot E at 11:15 a.m. on Friday. The bus will return to Stevenson by approximately 7 p.m.

To purchase a spot on the Pep Bus, and admission into the game, please click here. This purchase will require students to ride the Pep Bus to and from Redbird Arena in Bloomington.

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!

Education News

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Guess which district is No. 1 in Illinois?

Teachers Abandon Letter Grades In Search Of A Fairer Way

Across the country, educators are experimenting with a more tolerant grading system.

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. 2: Sophomore Family College And Career Night (Zoom)

Mar. 3: Baroque Concert

Mar. 4: Institute Day: No School

Mar. 4-5: Winter Play: Ranked

Mar. 7: Pulaski Day: No School

Mar. 7: String Parents Association Meeting

Mar. 8: Winter Sports Awards

Mar. 9: PPA Bake Sale

Mar. 9: Strings Guest Conductor

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