Friday, April 1, 2022

Feng Wins Another Journalism Award: Illinois Journalist Of The Year Runner-Up

When you know, you just know. And senior Victoria Feng has known for quite some time that journalism is her thing.

“I’ve been writing journalism for almost six years now,” Feng said. “I started when I was selected as a kid reporter for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps in middle school.”

Feng, a three-year member of the Statesman, has been on the fast track ever since, even getting published in The New York Times last year.

A winner of multiple state and national journalism awards along the way, Feng recently added another major distinction to her resume. She was named the runner-up in the Illinois Journalist of the Year Contest by the Illinois Journalism Education Association, which has been crowning the top high school journalist in Illinois for 33 years. Feng received a letter from IJEA executive editor Linda Jones that said, “Our board members, in reviewing your materials, noted particularly your strength in seeking out journalistic opportunities beyond your school. Your initiative impressed all of us.”

“Victoria represents the highest standards and ideals of journalism,” said Dean Bradshaw, Feng’s mentor and the sponsor of the Statesman. “She is so deserving of this recognition – not because she asked for it but because she has earned it with hours of dedicated reporting.”

To read more about Feng’s story, please click here.

Anti-Racism And Inclusivity Week Slated For Next Week

Get ready for some fun and thought-provoking activities next week! Stevenson’s second annual Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week, running from April 4 to 8, will be focused on the theme of “Allyship,” which is integral to our community’s collective commitment to equity, access and inclusivity. To be an ally requires that a person not simply notice an injustice, but also take action by bringing attention to the injustice and requesting that it be corrected.

Here is the schedule for Monday:
All Day:Social Media Takeover

Lunch Hours: Identity & Intersectionality: An Interactive Art Experience

  • Join the AASA as participants will create a color-coded post where students write a quick reflection on parts of the words “My Identity.”

After School: “RACE to Be Human:” Film Screening and Discussion

  • FIRE presents a screening and discussion of the indie film “RACE to Be Human,” which addresses the apprehension and confusion so many of us feel when it comes to talking about race and racism. The film examines micro-aggressions, allyship and the role of social media. It also shares how we can participate and build empathy through conversations at home, work and school.

For a full schedule of events, including times and locations, please visit the Anti-Racism and Inclusivity page on the Stevenson website.

See Stevenson’s Best Artists In The AP & Advanced Art Show

It’s an ART-A-PALOOZA, Stevenson style!

Students enrolled in AP Art, AP Photography & Digital Design as well as Advanced Photography & Digital Design have put their best work together to be showcased on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week in the AP and Advanced Art Show.

The exhibition will take place in Room 2104 and the Upper Forum and is open to students and faculty and staff during periods 1 through 8 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) on Tuesday and periods 1 through 7 (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) on Wednesday. There will also be an evening reception on Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 pm.

Students participating include:

AP Art, Drawing, 2D & 3D Design: Jenna BalabanNaransolongo BatgerelAbigail CabreraJessica CallahanDylan ClavelJoy FeiVarsha GaneshJazmin GaytanDrew HeilmanAbigail JiangIshaan JoshiMia KorsunskyNatalie KoziolMadelyn LeeAmili PaerDeven PuttickHannah Robertson, Nicole Rose VestidasVin YollesNancy ZhangMarharyta Zhyvozhenko and Zachary Zimbalist.

AP Photography & Digital Design: Aniketh BhaskarBraden BurnsRachael ChenMaya FergusTrisha GannuAndrew KrawcewiczYaci LiMaja MancewiczNikita TuliTia Vasudeva and Eric Zhou.

Advance Photography & Digital Design: Skylar BeegunAarnav BhagwanSiyaa BhargavaKatie BorgerdingSophia BrownAnshul Dandapani, Karina DyakovAlly FrankElan GurevichZara HashmiKamila JablonskiVibha JoshiRia KarwandeSantosha PochirajuNick PosadasHannah SmithRachel StavolaSrika SudheerSamantha SyuhanovaSonya TodorovAudrey TuttyTiffany WashingtonLizzy Yuan and Nancy Zhang.

Student Announcements

Schedule Your Sophomore SCoPE Meeting!

Every year, freshmen and sophomores get an opportunity to meet with their counselor for a Student Counselor Parent Engagement (SCoPE) meeting to have a meaningful discussion about the high school experience. During the meeting, students and families may cover the following topics with their counselor:

– Academics and extracurricular involvement

– Social and emotional strengths or challenges

– Thoughts on post-secondary goals

– How your counselor can best support your student

Starting now to the beginning of May, sophomores may schedule these SCoPE meetings. To schedule your meeting, please click the scheduling link in the e-mail you received from Sarah Bowen, Director of Student Services.

Freshman and Sophomore Summer 2023 Travel Opportunities

There is incredible growth that comes with seeing the world, exploring new places and experiencing new cultures – and Stevenson is excited to bring that opportunity to your family and our community.

Freshmen and sophomores have the opportunity to explore three travel-based learning opportunities next summer: Service Learning in Peru’s Mountain Villages; Germany and the Alps; and a Global Leadership Summit in Amsterdam and Berlin.

To learn more about these travel opportunities or to register for the information sessions, click here.

And Then There Were Two…Pick The Winner Of The Spirit Wear T-Shirt Design Contest

After starting with 10 finalists, the Spirit Wear T-Shirt Design Contest is in the home stretch, as previous voting has narrowed the field to the FINAL TWO (pictured above). It is time for the second round of voting! Please submit your vote for your favorite design by 8 a.m. on Monday, April 4. The winner, who will receive a free T-shirt, will be announced by the end of next week! The design will be put on T-shirts that will be available for purchase at the Patriot School Store and the online store.

Archery Team Competes At State

During Spring Break, the Archery Team traveled to Springfield for the State Archery Tournament. Stevenson’s top finishers were: junior Olivia Gancarz 271 (9 tens), freshman Joseph Jung 270 (12 tens) and senior Jackson Esposito 266 (9 tens). The team will travel to Canton on April 9 for the Canton 10M Invitational.

Patriot Sports News

Boys Hockey Makes History at 2022 National Championship

After our boys hockey team won their first state championship since the team’s inception in 1993, they continued their winning streak at the National Championships in Dallas where they took second overall.

The Stevenson Boys Ice Hockey team (45-15-0) concluded its magical season with a trip to the USA Hockey National Tournament. The Patriots went up against the top High School teams in Massachusetts, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and Minnesota. After losing a tight game versus Pope Francis Prep (MA) 2-1 in the opener, Stevenson made a run of 4 wins in a row taking them all the way to the Nationals final defeating before losing to the one of the most storied hockey programs in the country, Shattuck St. Mary’s (MN). For the tournament, Stevenson’s leading scorers were Davis Jegers with 7 goals, 3 assists, Dylan Jette with 3 goals and 7 assists, Cam Schneider with 9 assists and Will Harlow with 2 goals and 4 assists.

This was a season of firsts for the Boys Hockey Program, with their first-ever Illinois State Championship, first-ever appearance and runner-up finish in USA Hockey Nationals and, on top of that, their first ever Stevenson Community Service award.

Special thanks go to our seniors Nolan JonesRaffi BiedronJonathan AdlerBrody StokesCam SchneiderMac FitzpatrickBeckett Cole and Tuggy Erdenebat. We wish them well in their future both on and off the ice. We would also like to thank Stevenson High School faculty and staff, Stevenson Athletics, the Boosters and especially our student fans whose support and enthusiasm helped to carry us through this amazing season.

Athletic Results

Girls’ Badminton

The Patriots beat NSC opponent Waukegan, 18-0 in the conference matchup. Notable scores come from Katherine Li, winning her match 21-1, 21-3. Nancy Zhang defeated her opponent 21-4, 21-1 and finally Ellie Ouyang won her match as well 21-3, 21-1. Next up for Stevenson is a Quad match with Fremd, Neuqua Valley, and York in the SHS Field House. The action begins at 4:45 p.m. tonight.

Girls’ Soccer

The Patriots (3-0) defeated Hersey 1-0 on a snowy evening. The game’s only goal was scored off a free kick in the 38th minute by Mimi Van Zanten. Bella Chavez led Stevenson with 5 shots and 3 corners. Goalkeeper Mandy Meliker had 5 saves. The Patriots are back in action Monday, April 4, versus Nazareth Academy at 6:45 p.m. in the SHS Stadium.

Education News

Making Higher Ed More Accountable For Student Job Outcomes

Many colleges claim to help students find good jobs—but Texas State Technical College takes that to a new level. The multi-campus community college has a unique mission and funding structure. Its budget from the state of Texas depends on the employment outcomes of its students.

New Title IX Rules Set To Assert Rights Of Transgender Students

Discrimination against transgender students would be a violation of federal civil rights law under proposed regulations the Education Department is expected to finalize in the coming weeks. Title IX bars discrimination on the basis of sex in education, and the new rules would make clear this includes discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

Apr. 1: Evening Of Jazz

April 4-8: Anti-Racism and Inclusivity Week

Apr. 4: String Parents Association Meeting

Apr. 5-6: AP Art Show

Apr. 5: AP Art Show Reception

Apr. 5: BPO Meeting

Apr. 6: PPA Bake Sale

Apr. 6: Student Government Induction

Apr. 7: Freshmen Family Night

Apr. 8: Day Of Dance

Comments are closed.