Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

NBA Star And Stevenson Alum Jalen Brunson Partners With Stevenson Foundation On Student Wellness

Elite skills certainly helped.

But former Stevenson standout basketball player Jalen Brunson is convinced that an overall focus on wellness, particularly proper nutrition and fitness, was also key in helping him ascend to a level he only once dreamed of as a kid: NBA superstar.

Brunson, now a highly regarded guard with the New York Knicks, returned to Stevenson last weekend to be inducted into the Stevenson Athletic Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2022. 

But his visit was two-fold. Brunson also announced that he is partnering with the Stevenson Foundation to establish the Jalen Brunson Patriot Wellness Initiative, which will be backed by a $300,000 philanthropic gift from his charitable foundation Second Round. The Initiative is designed to support physical and mental wellness for financially under-resourced students.

“Wellness has always been an important part of my life,” said Brunson, who began his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks in 2018 after leading Villanova to two NCAA championships and Stevenson to its first boys basketball state championship in 2015.

“Proper nutrition and fitness are core values that my parents introduced to my sister and I early on. I am very proud to partner with the Stevenson Foundation and my alma mater ~ a place that was integral to my growth and resilience during my own teenage years. 

To read more about Brunson and his Patriot Wellness Initiative, please click here.

Stevenson Bass Fishing Pulls Away In “Team Of The Year” Standings

It was a comfortable 52-point lead.

Now, with a solid showing last weekend at Kinkaid Lake and Lake of Egypt, Stevenson’s Bass Fishing Team has now built up an astounding 218-point lead over second-place Plainfield South in Illinois’ Bass Fishing “Team Of The Year” Standings.

With a 12th place and 18th place last weekend, John Wall (pictured above right) and Liam Plautz (pictured above left) led the way for Stevenson while Matthew Qualich and Charlie Grisamore contributed with a 36th place at Kinkaid and a 27th place at Lake of Egypt.

The team has two competitions remaining this fall ~ one next Sunday on Sangcris Lake outside of Springfield and one on its home water on the Chain O’Lakes.

Patriot Wellness Center Wants To Help With Fitness Fluency!

Gym lingo is definitely a thing!

There are certain terms and phrases that are used frequently in a fitness setting and the Patriot Wellness Center wants to make sure that no matter if you are a beginner or a frequent flier at the gym, you feel comfortable with common terms in the “fitness language” that you will likely hear often.

The staff at the PWC wants to help you challenge your body, and not just move weight. Doing so starts with feeling confident and knowledgeable with all the steps you’ll take along your wellness journey.

The video above explains and demonstrates a few terms. Here is a brief overview:

  • Reps: Short for repetitions. The number of times you move through an exercise.
  • Tempo: The pace at which you move through each rep.
  • Sets: Complete the total number of reps prescribed for each movement.
  • Superset: Couple two exercises and alternate between them until you’ve completed the total number of prescribed sets for each exercise.

Yoga Classes Now Being Offered At PWC On Wednesdays

The sample yoga class during Wellness Week went so well that the Patriot Wellness Center will now be offering two separate Yoga classes in the cardio fitness room of the PWC every Wednesday, starting TODAY!

Yoga One will run from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is great for training mobility, flexibility, and de-stressing with restorative exercise. Yoga Sculpt will be from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is perfect if you seek a more intense exercise experience. Participants will train mobility, and flexibility, and build strength while improving endurance.

Homecoming Week Is Next Week: Get Your Dance Tickets Now!

Believe it or not, Homecoming 2022 is right around the corner! Spirit Week starts next Tuesday and runs through next Friday. A Disco-themed Dance caps the Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Fieldhouse.

Tickets for the Homecoming Dance can be purchased online until Sept. 30 at $25 each. Tickets purchased on the day of the Dance are $40 each. No cash will be accepted when buying tickets at the door, but tickets can be purchased online until the Dance begins. Students must bring their IDs to check in at the Dance.

Doors open for the Dance at 7:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. Note that this is a lock-in event. Students will not be allowed to leave until the Dance ends at 10:30 p.m. 

Non-Stevenson students can attend the Dance as a guest of a Stevenson Student. One guest per student maximum. To bring a guest from another school, please fill out this form.

Discuss Inclusivity At Stevenson At First HEARD Meeting

Do you have any concerns regarding racial inclusivity and equity at Stevenson? Do you want to join a positive space to discuss issues regarding race at our school? Do you want the opportunity to work with the school to address these issues and make real CHANGE?

Come to the FIRST HEARD meeting of the new school year at 3:45 p.m. tomorrow in Room 2104 and have your voice HEARD! This particular meeting is jointly hosted by Diversity Council and Latin American Student Organization, with a focus on Latin American representation at Stevenson.

HEARD stands for Helpers in Equity And Racial Diversity, and meetings are a place for ALL students to discuss and voice any concerns around racial inclusivity at Stevenson with peers. Through fostering conversations about equity and inclusion at school, students are also able to work directly with the Stevenson administration to make tangible change.

Take A Seat! Sports Boosters Selling Comfy Stadium Chairs

Purchase your Stevenson High School Athletic Stadium Chairs and customize them to the sport you want.  Sports Boosters is selling sport-specific stadium chairs for $65. 

Proceeds go to the sports teams.

The deadline to order is Sunday, April 30, 2023.

Ready For A Road Trip? Follow Football To Mundelein On Friday!

Hey Patriots! Don’t forget that the football team is back in action at 7 p.m. on Friday night for a North Suburban Conference battle at Mundelein. Tickets can be purchased online through GoFan.

Stevenson is 1-3 on the season while Mundelein is 3-1 on the season.

Next week, the Patriots will host 1-3 Lake Forest for Homecoming.

Athletic Results

Boys Golf: Stevenson finished second in the North Suburban Conference Championships yesterday with a score of 311. The Patriots were led by Abhay Agarwal with a 73 and a fourth place finish, followed by Jun Park with a 75 for fifth place. Richard Wang had an 81 and both Andrew Chen and Bobby Yun finished with an 82. Next up for the Patriots is the Lake Forest Invite on Saturday, starting at Noon at Lake Bluff Golf Course. 

Girls Tennis: The Daily Digest would like to note that the correct spelling of the name of a member of the girls tennis team is Maggie Kuang.

Stevenson Senior Rena Knysz Is Part Of World-Class Team Of Synchronized Ice Skaters
The world’s best team of teenage synchronized skaters, ranked No. 1 by the International Skating Union for 14- to 18-year-olds, trains in Vernon Hills and Knysz (pictured right) has been a part of the junior program since its inception.

Waiting For Loan Forgiveness, Borrowers Are Targets For Scammers
Scams were a problem even before Biden’s announcement. More than 1 in 10 Google ads for searches on student loan forgiveness were fraudulent, according to a TTP report in July. And while new data isn’t yet available, experts say the problem has gotten worse in the weeks since Biden’s big reveal, with borrowers encountering scams in text messages, phone calls and e-mails.

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

Sept. 22-24:2022 Fall Play ~ Clue: High School Edition
Sept. 22:FAN: The Myth of Normal ~ Trauma, Illness And Healing In A Toxic Culture
Sept. 26: Non-Attendance Day
Sept. 27-30:Homecoming Week
Sept. 28:Fall Band Concert
Sept. 28:PPA Bake Sale
Sept. 28:FAN: The No Club ~ Putting An End To Women’s Dead-End Work

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