Wednesday, May 4, 2022

End-Of-Year Strings Awards Concert Has A Surprise Ending!

It’s the end-of-the-year Strings Awards Concert, and aptly, there will be an ending that fits: a surprise encore to the show!

This annual awards concert, held at 6 p.m. tomorrow night in the Performing Arts Center, celebrates and honors the Strings seniors as well as all of the outstanding Strings students from both Orchestra and Guitar. The students in these featured classes and groups, including the Stevenson Orchestra, the Concert Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra, the Patriot Orchestra, Guitar 1, Guitar 2 and the Patriot Guitar Ensemble, are excited to perform great music featuring “Coco,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “One Direction,” “Encanto,” and “Toy Story.”

Senior Linda Wang will also be performing the Paganini violin concerto no.1. And of course, there’s the surprise encore!

For those unable to attend the concert in person, it can be viewed on the Fine Arts Vimeo Page.

It’s Official! Tiny Home Design Contest Winners Announced For Both Interior And Exterior Designs!

The results are finally in! After two weeks of voting via links in the Daily Digest and on Social Media, the Tiny Home Design Contest has been settled.

Senior Alex Buyandelger (pictured right, top) and junior Alex Varshavsky (pictured right, middle) tied for first place in the interior design portion of the contest while junior Mimi Ciezak (pictured right, bottom) won first place for exterior design. Both Buyandelger and Varshavsky each received about 39 percent of the interior votes while Ciezak earned 52 percent of the exterior votes.

In the interior competition, Belle Cloeter got second place and Lauren Guttman got third place. In the exterior competition, Brandon Mushailov got second place and Patrick Rzeznik got third place.

For full results of the contest, including pictures and a breakdown of the voting, please click here.

The contest involved students in Advanced Architectural Design Class. They 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.

For questions about this course or project, please contact instructor Kaitlin Rossi at

Student Announcements

Scholastic 3D Archery Team On Point In Stringers Tournament

Stevenson’s Scholastic 3D Archery Team recently competed in its first Select Stringers Regional Tournament near downstate Normal. Freshman Joseph Jung got first place in the Male Barebow competition while sophomore Dianna Baasantseren took first place in the Female Barebow. Also in Male Barebow, sophomore Aaron Gan got second place and senior Connor Stolman took third place. Meanwhile, freshman Nextanali Godoy got second place in Female Barebow.

Science Students Make Teacher Proud!

If science teacher Sheila Edstrom (pictured left, top) is beaming lately, there’s good reason. She’s been hit with a double dose of really good news.

One of her students, junior Collin Fan (pictured left, middle), alerted her that he has qualified for the 2022 U.S. Physics Team, which is a training program for U.S. citizens who will participate in the International Physics Olympiad. Fan wrote to her in an e-mail earlier this week, “Thank you so much for being an inspiration for me.”

Meanwhile, Edstrom clearly inspired another of her students, senior Anthony Smyrnov (pictured left, bottom). He wrote an essay about Edstrom for the 2022 “My Inspirational Teacher” Essay Contest, sponsored by Senator Dan McConchie of Lake Zurich. Smyrnov’s essay was the winner for his grade, chosen from 95 essays written by students in the 26th Senate District. As a winner, Smyrnov has been invited with Edstrom to an awards ceremony today at McConchie’s district office in Lake Zurich. Smyrnov’s essay will be displayed on and excerpts from the winning essays will be on display at a future date in the Illinois State Capitol.

Edstrom says that while she doesn’t need any of this attention, Smyrnov certainly does, and that she will proudly accompany him to the awards ceremony tonight along with her own children.

Patriot Sports News

Get Some Stevenson Gear Next Week!

The Sports Boosters will be holding their annual end-of-the-year “Flash Sale” on Wednesday, May 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Garden near the southwest entrance to the Stadium. Stop by on your way to watch boys volleyball against conference opponent Lake Zurich in the Sportscenter at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., or girls lacrosse in the Stadium against Warren at 6:30 p.m. Cash, check, and credit are accepted.

Nominate A Stevenson All-Time Great To The Athletic Hall Of Fame

The Athletic Department recently honored its Hall of Fame inductees for the Class of 2020 and 2021, but is already thinking about inductees for the Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2022. Nominations will be accepted until May 15. Please click here to nominate.

Athletic Results

Boys Gymnastics: The Patriots traveled to Lake Park to compete in the sectional round of the state tournament. The team came away with a score of 137.55, which was good for third place overall. Thor Mace earned an 8.05 on the still rings, an 8.70 on the parallel bars, and an 8.85 on the high bar, which qualifies him for the state competition starting on Friday, May 13 at Hoffman Estates High School.

Boys Volleyball: The Patriots (24-2, 4-0) cruised to a 25-11, 25-16 win over Palatine. Setter Daniel Nuudel contributed 1 ace, 3 kills, 19 assists and 6 digs, while Karl Lutz added another ace, 6 kills and 1 block assist. Sam Nuudel and Christian Headley combined for 8 kills, 3 aces, and 1 dig. And libero Murad Shahzadah contributed 6 digs on the defensive end for the Patriots. Next up for Stevenson is Waukegan at 6 p.m. tonight on Waukegan’s Washington Campus.

Education News

Stevenson Senior Wyn Thomas Is Featured In A Chicago Tribune Story About How Young Playwrights Across The Nation Are Using Their Plays To Tackle The Issue Of Gun Violence

In Thomas’s play, “Writing Their Wrongs,” four students discuss writing something powerful enough that it will persuade lawmakers to change gun laws to help prevent more school shootings. The four students in the piece recently experienced a school shooting of their own and their discussion gets contentious as they process what happened to them. Thomas (pictured right, kneeling center) grew up in Florida before moving to Buffalo Grove and had a childhood friend injured in the Parkland school shooting.

Teens Fight For The Right To Read With ‘Banned-Book Clubs’

In Missouri, two students filed a lawsuit against their school district for yanking eight books from school libraries. In New York, a group of students from the Brooklyn Public Library’s Intellectual Freedom Teen Council are meeting weekly on Zoom to coordinate national resistance to school book censorship. And in Pennsylvania, students held daily protests outside their high school this fall until administrators reversed their decision to ban more than 300 books, films and articles, the majority by Black and Latino authors.

The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

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

May 4-13: AP Exams

May 4: Music Production Showcase

May 5: Strings Awards Concert

May 7: Homers For Heroes

May 9: Choral Guild Meeting

May 11-12: Spring Band Concert

May 11: PPA Bake Sale

May 11: Sports Boosters Meeting

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