Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022

Costume Designer Shines Brightly Behind The Scenes

Making a Prom dress. From scratch.

The magnitude of senior Vicka Liokumovich’s current project is not lost on her. Especially since, just two years ago, Liokumovich didn’t even know how to sew. At all.

“Well, I wanted a challenge,” Liokumovich laughed.

But now, with Clothing And Design classes at Stevenson under her belt, and a wealth of experience as a member of the costume crew of multiple Stevenson theater performances, Liokumovich is like a seamstress extraordinaire and the challenge of making her own Prom dress is more fun than terrifying.

“It’s going to be made out of this lime green, shiny satin fabric and green glittery tulle fabric,” Liokumovich said of her dress. “I got the inspiration looking at photos on Pintrest. I’m working on the bodice right now. I’m excited. I think it will be a fun challenge to make something cool that I can wear.”

Usually, Liokumovich is making (or altering, or designing, or shopping for) something cool that others can wear, as she did most recently in the fall play “Clue,” as the lead costume designer, a role that students (it’s usually an adult member of the staff) rarely receive. Liokumovich had a hand in all of the costumes, but her favorite was making the whimsical feather hat (pictured left) that fit Mrs. Peacock and her persona perfectly.

A four-year member of Stevenson Backstage, Liokumovich is one of the many talented people behind the scenes who makes the Patriot Theatre Company nationally recognized at the high school level. And she epitomizes the idea that while Stevenson boasts plenty of forward-facing stars within the student population that get regular recognition, there are many stars who shine just as brightly without all the fanfare: a perfect “Stories Of Stevenson” selection.

To read more about Liokumovich and her journey in Costume Design, please click here.

Keeping It In The Family: Newest “Visiting” Artist Is Sodexo Team Member Bryan Gallo!

Stevenson is proud to feature Facilities Team member Bryan Gallo in the 2022-2023 Visiting Artist Series.

Gallo’s diorama and photography will be exhibited in the Visiting Artist Gallery (First-Floor Rotunda, West Building) through Nov. 11. He is known for his three-dimensional dioramas featuring replica locations from the comic book universe, as well as original and real-world settings.

Inspired by comic books and animated television series from the 1990s to present day, Gallo builds and paints intricate dioramas that become the backdrop for photo essays featuring new adventures for pop culture heroes and villains. Capturing his unique diorama subjects, textures, and mediums with dramatic lighting and composition, Gallo’s photography inspires observers to view his creations in a different light.

Monday’s Activity Period: Sophomores Meet With Counselors For Course Selection; Clubs To Meet As Well

First there was last night’s “Let’s Talk About Your Future Night.” Now, we move into “Course Selection Season.” And Sophomores, you’re up first.

On Monday, there will be an Activity Period from 10:06 a.m. to 10:49 a.m., and all sophomores will meet with their counselors to begin the course selection process for the 2023-24 school year. Sophomores must attend the meeting with their counselor even if they have a club meeting.

SOPHOMORES: Click here for the locations of your counselor meetings on Monday.

For all other students, if you are in a club that has a meeting on Monday, please attend the club meeting during the Activity Period. Click here for the locations of those club meetings.

Students who are not sophomores and who do not have a club meeting on Monday are expected to remain with their second-period class.

Got Game? Show Your Hoops Skills In “Ballapalooza” Tournament

Calling all Ballers! Lace up those high tops…it’s “Ballapalooza” Season!

Once again, KIVA Club will be hosting its popular “Ballapalooza,” a 3-v-3 basketball tournament at Stevenson that is not only for bragging rights, but also for a good cause!

The deadline to register for the event, held Saturday, Oct. 29 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the Sportscenter, is Monday, Oct. 24Please use this form to register.

KIVA Club, part of a national organization, raises money and lends it to entrepreneurs in economically developing countries who are looking to start a business. The entrepreneurs then pay back the loan to the club so it can use that money to loan to other entrepreneurs. 
At “Ballapalooza,” there will be gift card prizes for the top three winning teams consisting of $120 for first place, $90 for second place and $60 for third place. KIVA will then loan out more than $1000 to the choice entrepreneurs from the top three teams.

Get Your Halloween Costume From Stevenson’s Costume Department At PTC Sale TOMORROW!

Need a quick, easy but AWESOME and UNIQUE costume for Halloween?

Check out the Patriot Theatre Company’s “Halloween Costume Sale” TOMORROW during the lunch periods AND from 3:30 p.m to 4 p.m. after school in the Performing Arts Center Entrance Lobby of the Glass Commons.

This is a CASH ONLY fundraiser that will support Stevenson’s Patriot Theatre Company.

Calling All “Swifties!” This Is The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For!

It’s finally here…Taylor Swift’s new album, that is!

The Social Studies Department is having a listening party after school TOMORROW to celebrate Taylor Swift’s new album, “Midnights.”

According to Wikipedia, “Midnights” is the tenth studio album for Swift, set for release on Friday, via Republic Records. Announced at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards, the album marks Swift’s first body of new work since her ninth studio album, Evermore (2020). She wrote and produced “Midnights” with Jack Antonoff, and described the album as a “journey through terrors and sweet dreams”, encapsulating “13 sleepless nights” of her life. Journalists categorized Midnights as a concept album.

Everybody (including teachers!!) is welcome to attend the “listening party.” No RSVP is necessary, but you can e-mail Mr. Keith Hannigan with questions.

Not “Trick Or Treat…” But “TRUNK Or Treat!” Decorate Your Car Trunks And Pass Out Candy To Kids!

The Stevenson Key Club is hosting “Trunk Or Treat” later this month and is calling on other clubs at Stevenson and Stevenson students to join in on the fun.

Decorate your car trunk and pass out candy to school children in the community from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 in Parking Lot C.

An allotment of $20 will be given to each car to offset costs for decorations and candy

Register by Monday, Oct. 24.

Cuteness Contest: Vote For Your Favorite “Howl-O-Ween” Pet

The field is settled. Now for the tough part. The Animal Welfare Club is asking Stevenson students and staff to somehow settle on one favorite among all the cute candidates in the Patriot Pet Howl-O-Ween Contest.

Pictures of pets dressed in their Howl-O-Ween costumes were submitted by Stevenson students and staff and can be viewed and voted on HERE (or with the QR code to the left) from now until Tuesday, Oct. 25.

There will be first place, second place and third place winners for each of the two categories and the winner will get a Jazzman’s gift card.

Freshmen And Sophomores: Submit Your Creative Gems To The “Half-Wit!” Deadline Is Next Month

The “Half-Wit” is Stevenson’s literary magazine designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores that showcases the incredible fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and, of course, art that is produced each year by students.

The club brings together people who love to create and learn the skills of producing a gorgeous magazine.

Freshmen and sophomores who are interested in submitting their work to the “Half-Wit” can do so by Nov. 18 by scanning the QR Code to the right. All submissions are read anonymously for consideration for publication. 

Please e-mail with questions.

Are You Ready For Some (Flag) Football? Girls Division Spotlighted TOMORROW In Championship Game

It’s “23ENIORS” versus “PTERODACTYLS.” It’s Flag Football. It’s the Championship. It’s TOMORROW! And…it’s on!
The championship of the girls division of the IM flag football league will be settled at the Stadium before the varsity football game. 

Come early to the football game and support the girls!

AP Exam Registration Deadline Is Quickly Approaching!

Students who plan to take Advanced Placements Exams for first-semester courses and full-year courses must register by Nov. 8.

Please take the time now to double-check your AP Exam Registration. To confirm registration you must check two separate systems: Total Registration and College Board. For steps on how to register, please see information on the Stevenson website here.

Exams must show as “Registered for Exam”. Exams will not be ordered unless College Board accounts reflect this message for all exams and are partially paid for in Total Registration. Students MUST complete both steps in two separate systems to make sure they are fully registered. If one or both steps are incomplete, exams will not be ordered.

A minimum payment of $40 per exam is required to order first-semester-only and full-year course AP exams by the Nov. 8 deadline. AP exams will also not be ordered if minimum payment is not received.

Changed Your Mind and Need to Cancel?
To cancel an AP exam and receive full or partial refunds of monies paid, minus any fees, please log into Total Registration.

Please e-mail

Girls Tennis Begins Quest For State Championship Today

The IHSA Girls Tennis State Finals begin today at Buffalo Grove High School and other high schools in Districts 211 and 214.

Stevenson, which finished second in the state one year ago, is looking to finish just one notch higher this year for its second-ever state championship. The Patriots won the state title in 2017.

Junior Sarah Wang (pictured left) is beginning defense of her singles state championship from last year. Wang took the field by storm as a sophomore and got the strong start she was looking for this time with an opening round, straight-set shutout of Avery Trapp of Rockford Auburn, 6-0, 6-0, and a straight-set 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Sophia Chiou of Neuqua Valley in the second round, held at Hersey. Wang, the No. 1 seed in the singles field, moves on to a third-round matchup against Liza Gleyzer of Deerfield.

Stevenson, winner of its own sectional last week, also qualified two doubles teams. Abby Ma and Ana Sukovic and Ainika Hou and Sonia Mehta. Last year, Hou and Mehta won the consolation championship at State. Already today at State, both teams advanced to the second round and Hou and Mehta won their second-round match. As of publication, the results of second-round action for Ma and Sukovic were unavailable.

For all the results and pairings, visit the IHSA Girls Tennis results page.

Good Luck, Patriots!!!!

Athletic Results

Girls Volleyball: The Patriots (24-10) hosted NSC rival Libertyville and pulled out a hard-fought 25-22, 21-25, 25-20 victory. In a rollercoaster match, Stevenson bounced back after losing the second set. Setters Abby Minin and Rachel Shin combined for 24 assists, while Ava Wysocki had 13 kills with 4 block assists. Outsides Brynn Smith and Mija Jegers combinedfor 10 kills, 5 aces, and 10 digs. Middles Sasha Evenko and Cayla Weisner worked hard at the net for a total of 8 block assists. Rounding out the defense for Stevenson was libero Teagon Ohlwein with a team-high 8 digs. Next up for the Patriots is a match at Glenbard West at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Boys Hockey: Stevenson traveled to Winnetka to take on the Trevians in a conference matchup, losing 8-2. The Patriots scored their two goals in the first period and couldn’t hold New Trier back as it scored the majority of its goals in the third period. Tristan Caridei scored Stevenson’s first goal, assisted by Jimmy Brown. The second goal was scored by Sean Yurkov, assisted by Caridei. Next up for the Patriots is a conference game against York at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Twin Rinks. The theme for the student section is CONSTRUCTION as the Patriots promote their partnership with the Habitat for Humanity Lake County.

Sports Notes

Football Game on Friday: It will be Senior Night on Friday for Stevenson Football, Cheer, and Student Trainers at the Stadium. Prior to warmups, join the Athletic Department in recognizing the Seniors. Fans are urged to purchase tickets in advance for the game via GoFan. Cash admission is available at the gate, but there may be a longer wait to enter the Stadium. Admission: Students with an ID ~ $3. Senior Adults ~ $3. Adults ~ $5

T-Shirts For SALE: During the lunch periods in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons today, the Athletic Department will be selling Black T-shirts for $7 for the Black-Out at Friday’s Football Game. All proceeds will be going to the Cancer Wellness Center!

Boys Hockey Community Service: On Saturday night, the Patriots are hosting conference opponent York, with whom they are partnering to support Habitat for Humanity Lake County. Habitat for Humanity Lake County has provided both teams with a wish list of easy-to-find construction items that are needed for the building of local houses. The hockey team is asking fans to please consider bringing an item to the game. Habitat for Humanity Lake County execs and staff will be present with information and volunteer opportunities in the rink lobby of Twin Rinks in Buffalo Grove before the varsity game, which is slated for an 8 p.m. start. There will be a ceremonial puck drop and the student theme for the night is CONSTRUCTION.

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

Oct. 20: Late Arrival
Oct. 20-21:Yearbook Photo Re-Take Day
Oct. 20:CCC FAFSA Completion Night
Oct. 20:FAN~Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts Of People Who Think In Pictures, Patterns, And Abstractions
Oct. 22-23:World’s Fair
Oct. 24: Activity Period ~ Sophomore Guidance
Oct. 25: FAN ~ Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Important, Brave, Life-Changing Conversations about Race and Racism
Oct. 27:Fall Guitar Concert
Oct. 27: FAN ~ Us: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship

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