Friday, April 22, 2022

Let’s Go Green! It’s Earth Week’s Friday Finale!

Earth Week is an opportunity to celebrate our planet and increase awareness of what we can do individually and collectively to care for it.

The Earth Week events at Stevenson this week have been hosted by the Green Team and include today’s tree planting, green trivia and a film screening on “The Story Of Plastic.”

And don’t forget, there are expanded vegan and vegetarian options at Jazzman’s.

There are also several fun off-campus Earth Week-related activities tomorrow. Please see the Earth Week page on the Stevenson website for more details.

Restoration Workday; Hosted by Lake County Forest Preserves

  • 9 a.m. at Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, Lake Forest

Chicago Climate Summit; Hosted by Sunrise Chicago

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Benito Juarez Community Academy, Chicago

Lake County Climate Solutions Summit; Hosted by College of Lake County

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CLC – Grayslake Conference Center, Room A013, A011 & A010

3rd Annual Earth Day at The Adler Arts Center; Hosted by Adler Arts Center

  • 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Adler Arts Center, Libertyville

It’s Earth Day: The Topper To Earth Week. And Stevenson Students Are Hands On!

Happy Earth Day, Patriots! Earth Day is held each year on April 22 and began on April 22, 1970 as a way to demonstrate support for environmental protection. designated the theme for Earth Day 2022 as “Invest In Our Planet.” And this week, Stevenson students have been doing just that.

This morning a group of students braved the rain and mud to join the Stevenson grounds crew to plant a beautiful Blaze Maple tree in front of the bike racks and picnic area in Lot B (pictured above right).

On Wednesday, students from the Green Team and Horticulture Club joined Lake Forest Open Lands at the West Fork Preserve to clear an invasive species off of Old Mill Road and Route 22 (pictured above left).

Senior Ava LaCroix Honored By U.S. Figure Skating

After years of dedication on the ice, senior Ava LaCroix was recognized recently by the Program Development Committee of U.S. Figure Skating with a 2022 Gold Level Graduating Seniors Award.

The U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award recognizes the hard work of student-athletes who have participated in figure skating throughout high school and have done so while maintaining their academics. LaCroix is a member of National Honor Society.

Awards are given at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level based on a skater’s level of competitive achievement in high school. Selection for this award speaks to a skater’s continued commitment to succeeding in their athletic and academic endeavors. This year, awards are being presented to more than 1,100 student-athletes nationwide.

Student Announcements

Believe It…Graduation Is In FIVE WEEKS!

The school year is flying and graduation will be here before you know it!

Seniors: Just a friendly reminder that the Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony is:

Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m.

NOW Arena ~ Hoffman EstatesTickets: Tickets will be distributed to seniors at rehearsal the morning of May 27. Each participating senior will receive eight tickets.

One Acts To Dive Into How We’ve Changed Since COVID Began

In a world that changed overnight due to COVID, many people are rediscovering who they are to their friends and to their communities and how they communicate that.

The Patriot Theatre Company proudly presents its annual evening of student-written and student-produced One Acts that explore those ideas in comedic and dramatic ways. These shows, held at 7 p.m. on both Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 in the West Auditorium, demonstrate all of the ways Stevenson’s student body is grappling with what seems to be the one constant in our lives: change.

Starting today, tickets for the public go on sale and are $6 per ticket. To buy tickets for Friday’s show, click here. To buy tickets for Saturday’s show, click here.

Get Your Tickets Now For Next Weekend’s Spring Dance Concert

Tickets are now available for next weekend’s dynamic Spring Dance Concert, in which the dances showcased are composed of student choreography from the Mélange and Repertory Dance Companies and the Concert Dance Class.

Each dance for the concert, which runs at 7 p.m. on both Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, was chosen via an audition process. Choreographers developed the concept and cast the dancers for their pieces under the mentorship of their directors. There are also two guest artist pieces by Danielle Izzo and MaryAnn McGovern. And there is a guest choreographer, Mindy Jackson.

Tickets are $6. To purchase tickets for Friday’s concert, click here. To purchase tickets for Saturday’s concert, click here.

Participants from the Mélange Dance Company include: Grace CatlinAshley DoteCaroline FengJulia GobermanEmily HsiaoJoyce KangSammi MeyersKathryn PetkieAngelia PulosKhushi RaoShreeya RyaliHannah Stewart and Abigail Szwejbka.

Participants from the Repertory Dance Company include: Sophie EzrolJoy FeiElaina KravchenkoAlice PozharskaiaAlexis Trojan and Ava VanLue.

Participants from the Concert Dance Class include: Ella BrodyAshley CallenMaggie FeldsteinZoe FleddermanElli FreemanJulia GobermanJessica GoldvehktShayna JannEllie JayneTaylor JensenJuliette KoskelaLauren LeeAlyssa Marie MagsinoIsabel PerlinJocelyn SilkZoey SilverElla van GervenKatie Wu and Angelina Yan.

Design Challenge: What Tiny Home (Inside And Out) Do You Like Best? Cast Your Vote Now!

It’s always fun to pick your favorite home on those HGTV design shows. Now, you can pick your favorite home design by your fellow classmates.

Students in Advanced Architectural Design recently designed mobile, stationary and floating tiny homes of just 400 square feet or less. They interviewed a client from their class to develop the client’s dream home in 5 to 10 years. Students used Sketchup to create their designs and then rendered their final design using a new software called Enscape.

Check out the students’ designs and cast your vote for your favorite interior and exterior tiny home designs. There are four interior designs (pictured above left) and five exterior designs (pictured above right) to choose from on each ballot. Please kindly limit yourself to just one vote per person. Just a reminder: The last day to vote is Thursday, April 28.

If you have any questions about this course or project feel free to reach out to instructor Kaitlin Rossi at

Patriot Sports News

Athletic Results

Girls Soccer: The Patriots (9-1, 2-0), defeated Mundelein 6-1 in their second North Suburban Conference match. The game opened with a header goal by Mimi Van Zanten off a corner kick by Ellie Egeland. Then, Egeland followed with a goal of her own, assisted by Bella Chavez. Brynn Stein added one goal before half, assisted by Chavez. Stein opened the second half with another goal, assisted by Egeland. Then, Egeland scored her second goal of the night off a free kick. Chavez then scored from a penalty kick to seal the victory. The Patriots are back in action at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday at Warren.

Softball: Stevenson (5-5, 3-2) fell behind early and couldn’t come back in an 11-7 loss to Taft. The Patriots collected 12 hits and the following players had multiple hits: Reagan KoenigsMegan OrglerSophia Becker, and Lexi Gitler. Koenigs went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Stevenson in hits. Pitcher Aubrey Jepson surrendered 5 runs and struck out 7 batters in 5 innings. Next up for the Patriots is Libertyville at 4:45 p.m. on Monday at the Varsity Softball Field.

Baseball: The Patriots (12-5, 2-3) traveled to Gurnee to take on Warren and lost in a walk-off, 5-4. Stevenson tallied 4 runs in the fifth inning, led by Jordan SkolmarRyan Tumpowsky, and Joe Richardson, who all knocked in runs in the inning. Richardson took the loss for the Patriots surrendering 3 runs on 4 hits. Brady Rosenkranz started the game for Stevenson, surrendering 2 runs on 5 hits over four innings, striking out 5 batters. Richardson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the team in hits. Next up for the Patriots is New Trier at 4:45 p.m. today at the Varsity Baseball Field.

Boys Tennis: The Patriots (6-1, 3-0) took on conference opponent Lake Zurich and won 7-0. No. 1 singles player and co-athlete of the week, Nick Stec got a 6-0, 6-1 win. No. 2 singles player Caden Zhao got a 6-0, 6-0 shutout sweep. And No. 3 singles player Dustin Zhao also got a 6-0, 6-0 shutout sweep. Not only did the Patriots dominate in the singles matches, they also prevailed in their doubles matches. The No. 1 doubles team of Daniel Jaworski and Ervin Perkowski won 6-0, 6-1. The No. 2 team of Sam Cohan and Yunseong Jang won 6-0, 6-0. The No. 3 team of Tejas Sheth and Rithvik Mandumula won 6-0, 6-1. And the No. 4 team of Jonathan Wang and Thomas Guterson won 6-1, 6-0. Next up for the Patriots is the Buffalo Grove Invite tomorrow starting at 9 a.m.

Education News

How Illinois Is Addressing The Nationwide Substitute Teacher Shortage

Schools don’t have enough short-term teachers to fill in the gaps. Districts in Illinois are now holding one-day online training to get short-term subs, even ones without teaching backgrounds.

Education Department Changes Will Bring 3.6 Million People Closer To Loan Forgiveness

Millions of student loan borrowers will be closer to debt forgiveness after a number of changes the U.S. Department of Education plans to make to the lending system. The Department recently announced that it plans to address “historical failures in the administration of the federal student loan programs.”

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. 22: Final Day Of Earth Week

Apr. 23: Prom 2022

Apr. 25: Making A Healthy Transition To Stevenson

Apr. 26: PSAT 10 ~ Sophomores

Apr. 27: Baroque Concert

Apr. 28: Free The Children Fundraiser

Apr. 28: Local Scholarship Reception

Apr. 29: Senior Sunrise

Apr. 29-30: One Act Plays

Apr. 29-30: Spring Dance Concert

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