Breakfast…For A Champion: Wang Celebrated For Second State Title
There was that moment of doubt. Well, maybe a few moments, actually.
“I really thought I was going to lose,” junior tennis star Sarah Wang said of her final match at the IHSA State Tennis Finals two weeks ago. “I was down (2-5) in the first set, and she (her opponent) was playing really well. And I was thinking, ‘Ok, second place isn’t that bad.’”
But first place is better.
Wang knew that from first-hand experience. She was the state singles champion as a sophomore in 2021.
With cheers from her teammates and from athletic director Trish Betthauser giving her the perfect jolt of encouragement, Wang’s competitiveness kicked in.
“I was like, ‘I’m going to do better,’” Wang said. “‘I don’t want to let down my team and the entire Stevenson athletic department.’”
Wang dug deep, focused and sprang back to win not only that first set but also the entire match in straight sets to earn her second-straight IHSA state singles tennis title.
“I was pretty happy when I won,” said Wang, who was honored by the athletic department this morning in the Patriot Wellness Center for her back-to-back singles tennis state championship.
Although she had some struggles in that final match at state, Wang won it the same way she won most of her matches this season: in straight sets. Her relentless dominance was one of the big differences in her game from last year’s championship run.
“In terms of her physical game, she’s just a lot more aggressive and commanding,” girls tennis coach Jose Morales said of Wang. “But the biggest way she has grown from last year to this year is the mental part of her game. She’s a lot more resilient, tough and composed on the court.”
And to think Wang is just a junior, with the potential for so much more success ahead of her. Her dreams are big. She’s been playing tennis since she was 8 years old.
For now though, she’s trying not to get too far ahead of herself. She just smiles when people want her to contemplate a possible third consecutive championship…or even a college career.
“I don’t want to worry about next season yet,” Wang said with a bit of a giggle.”I just want to focus on the present.”
Army? Navy? Air Force? Marines? Learn More Next Week!
Get Ready: Stevenson’s annual Military Week will be held all next week, Nov. 7 through Nov. 11.
During this week, representatives from many branches of the military will be available to speak with students. Students interested in attending a session, and learning more about what is available may fill out this Google form.
Juniors and Seniors may sign up for as many programs that interest them. (Sophomores may only attend a Military Academy Visit.) Interested students must request their teacher’s permission to miss class prior to signing up, at least two school days in advance.
Here is the schedule for the week:
- Monday, Nov. 7: A Military Week Overview presentation will be held discussing the differences between enlistment, ROTC, National Guard, reserves, and military academies. There also will be a discussion about the ASVAB, a career exploration assessment that is required prior to joining the military. This will be offered during each lunch period.
- Tuesday, Nov. 8: No School
- Wednesday, Nov. 9: Representatives of the Army ROTC (fourth period), West Point Academy (fifth period), U.S. Coast Guard (sixth period), and U.S. Naval Academy (seventh period)
- Thursday, Nov. 10: Visitors will include the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (third period), U.S. Navy (fourth period), Air National Guard (fifth period), and U.S. Air Force (sixth period)
- Friday, Nov. 11: A member of the U.S. Army (fourth period), Army National Guard (fifth period), and U.S. Marine Corps (sixth period)
Thank You, Patriots! S*H*S Coat Drive Collects More Than 300 Coats!
The Students Helping Soldiers (S*H*S) Coat Drive last month collected more than 300 winter coats and hoodies for homeless veterans and military families that were donated to the Veterans Closet in North Chicago.
Also during the Drive, Mr. Dino Moran (Desert Storm) invited two of his comrades from Schaumburg VFW Post 2202 to speak with students during an Activity Period: Walt Kaczmarek (Korean War) and Rick Nieves (Operation Iraqi Freedom and the War on Terror).
Drum Roll, Please! Winners Of The Halloween Costume Contest Are…
There was spooky, funny, clever…and everything in between!
Great job, Patriots on your creativity for the Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by the Sophomore Class Board.
Here are your winners:
Most Creative Costume
Vivian Frobish as “Taylor Swift“
Best Group Costume
Roman Bilanicz and Julia Stencel as “Steve Irvin And Crocodile”
Matthew Post as “A Left Foot”
A special thank you to board members Jenny Johnson, Aamu Yalamanchili, and Ansh Aggarwal, all of whom organized the contestants yesterday. Aggarwal is the president of the sophomore class. Yalamanchili took the pictures of the contestants, which can be viewed in this full Halloween Costume Contest Gallery.
Bands Ready For The Challenge Of Chamber Concert
To prepare for their upcoming concert, students from the Advanced Symphonic and Honor Bands had the opportunity to work with and be coached by professionals from the Chicagoland area.
A professional brass quintet came to class to perform an hour of music for the students on their “Chamber Kick-Off Day.”
Chamber music is among the most challenging and demanding disciplines in music and for this entirely student-led concert, students chose their music and rehearsed everything without the aid of the band directors.
Give Yourself…A Give-A-Thon T-Shirt: Sale Starts Today At Lunch!
To get you hyped for this year’s “Give-A-Thon,” the National Honor Society is ramping up efforts to promote the event with T-shirt sales. The sale will be running this week during the lunch periods in both the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons. The shirts are $12 apiece.
It’s “Go Time”…For Updating Your iPad!
The Stevenson SMARTdesk is officially giving the GREEN LIGHT to update your Stevenson iPad to iPadOS16.1.
Please check your current iPadOS. If your iPadOS is less than 14.1, please visit the SMARTdesk BEFORE you update! Also, stop by if you encounter any issues during the process. The SMARTdesk is located in Room 3014 in the Link Hallway between the two buildings.
Steps to update to iPadOS 16.1:
- EXPECT the update to take at least one hour to download and install.
- Before you make any updates, backup your iPad to the iCloud. See this link for information on iCloud backup.
- Check your local storage to make sure you have at least 5 GB of open storage so that the iPad OS can download and install. If you do not have enough storage to get an iCloud backup, please see the SMART Desk. See this link for information on iCloud storage.
- PLUG your SHS iPad into a power source, preferably to an outlet and not a computer.
- Connect to a Wireless network. The only way to update your SHS iPad is wirelessly.
- Install iPadOS 16.1 Update: tap Settings>General>Software Update. Follow the directions to download and install the update.
Preparations For Frosh/Soph Play And Winter Play Begin Tomorrow
Colorful leaves are still on the trees, but the Patriot Theatre Company is already making plans for “Romeo And Juliet,” the Frosh/Soph Play and “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time,” the Winter Play, performed in February and March, respectively.
An optional (but encouraged) Audition And Interview Workshop will be held TOMORROW from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre.
Auditions and Leadership interviews will take place Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 and rehearsals will begin the following week.
Heads Up In Parking Lots: Second-Term Parking Starts Next Week
The first parking term is coming to a conclusion on Friday. Starting next Monday (Nov. 7), the second parking term begins.
Students must have a second-term parking sticker in order to park in Lots D and E on Monday, Nov. 7. Please be sure that you park in your assigned spot.
If you need a sticker or have a question on your parking spot location, please see one of our outside security team members in the white pick up trucks.
Plan Ahead And Get Your Summer Job Lined Up: Be A Summer Camp Role Model At Camp Patriot
Camp Patriot is already looking for Role Models (counselors) for the Summer of 2023.
Applications open TODAY for current sophomores and older, and will close once all spots are filled.
GAME DAY! Boys Soccer Vying For Berth In State Finals Tonight!
With a spot in the state soccer finals this weekend at Hoffman Estates High School on the line, Stevenson will take on New Trier in the Hersey Supersectional at 6 p.m. tonight.
ELITE EIGHT TICKETS: A Digital Ticket for the Supersectional is $8. A Cash Ticket is $9. Purchase tickets online via GoFan. Stevenson fans will use the west bleachers, which are the Hersey home bleachers.
ELITE EIGHT FAN THEME: It’s a BLACK-OUT! Wear Black!!
ELITE EIGHT PEP BUS: There will be a Pep Bus to the Elite Eight game at Hersey tomorrow night for Stevenson students. Sign up for the Pep Bus here. The Pep Bus will leave Lot D at approximately 4:30 p.m. and arrive back at Stevenson around 8:30 p.m.
Soccer photos courtesy: @b.nycphotography
Videographers Needed For Winter Sports: The Athletic Department is looking for individuals (adults and students) who can film varsity winter sports competitions for scouting purposes. This is a paid position and may require travel to away competitions. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Athletic Director Trish Betthauser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Sports Awards: The Sneaker Ball Awards are coming soon, so get your favorite sneakers ready and attend the Fall Sports Awards on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Dress to impress and win the best program award for the most fun sneakers. Attire: No sweats or pajama pants.
Tryouts For Winter Sports: Winter Sports are getting underway! If you are interested in trying out for a winter sport, please see the tryout dates and times here. You may also go to the Athletics Page on the Stevenson Website to see further information regarding each winter sport provided.
Why National Advocates Are Getting More Involved In School Board Elections
Outside political groups have spent millions in campaigns for school board members that represent their views.
A Serious Look At Game-Based Learning
Arana Shapiro has dedicated much of her career to helping educators integrate technology with purpose into their curriculum. Now the Managing Director and Chief Learning Officer at Games for Change, Shapiro stands at the vanguard of a movement to both normalize and prioritize game-based instruction in schools. She discusses the challenges involved in getting adults to take play seriously, as well the many life lessons that may be imparted through effective educational gaming.
Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.