Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

Chinese Honor Society Creates A Night Of Fun For Local Kids

Learning was definitely made fun last month when the National Chinese Honor Society co-hosted an activities night for local kids with the Vernon Area Public Library.

For nearly seven years, NCHS and the library have been collaborating on this event and it keeps gaining in popularity. The library recruits kids from the community to attend and the student-helpers from NCHS design and run activities for the night.

Approximately 35 NCHS student-helpers attended this year’s event on Oct. 12, where they taught the younger kids how to create Chinese calligraphy, how to make lanterns and slime and how to play Taiji and Jianzi.

Your Mission: Sign Up For Military 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)

“Ballapalooza” Ends With Bragging Rights For “Island Boys;” Money Raised For Entrepreneurs From Three Countries 

It was a productive day on the hardwood last month when KIVA Club hosted its annual “Ballapalooza” fundraiser.

Out of 31 teams and 93 competitors, three teams battled their way to the top of the standings while $5,000 was earmarked for loans that will be given to entrepreneurs in economically developing countries who are looking to start a business.

“Island Boys,” comprised of David SulniusBrandon Sorokin and Enzo Petrella, won the championship while second place went to “Team India” which included Advaith RamananIshan Shah and Jack Dabbs. The team of “BBC Elite,” with Kyle ParkJack Wolter and Ian Rosland finished in third place.

The top teams chose entrepreneurs from the Philippines, Rwanda, and Guatemala to receive $3,000, $1,500 and $500 in loans, respectively.

KIVA raised more than $600 from the “Ballapalooza” event.

Try Spikeball Today At The Patriot Wellness Center!

Interested in playing Spikeball? Come try out Intramural Spikeball on Thursdays (including TODAY) at the Patriot Wellness Center.

So what is Spikeball? It’s a little bit Volleyball, a little bit Four-Square but with its own unique twist and rules.

No experience is needed to try IM Spikewall. No commitment either. And all are welcome.

Students may participate from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm. Please e-mail Mr. Wellington with questions.

Be Our Guest: Get Your Tickets Now For “Beauty And The Beast!”

You don’t want to miss the beloved story of Belle and Beast in Stevenson’s Fall Musical, “Beauty And The Beast,” so don’t forget to get your tickets for the production now.

Tickets are available online for all three shows, which will be held at the Performing Arts Center:

  • Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

Give Yourself…A Give-A-Thon T-Shirt: On Sale 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 until the supply runs out. 

The shirts are $12 apiece. Sizes remaining: Small, Medium, Extra Large.

Don’t Forget: AP Exam Registration Deadline Is Next Week!

Students who plan to take Advanced Placements Exams for first-semester courses and full-year courses must register by Tuesday (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

Freshmen And Sophomores: Submit Your Creative Gems To The “Half-Wit!” Deadline Is In TWO WEEKS!

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 clicking here. All submissions are read anonymously for consideration for publication. 

Please e-mail with questions.

Student Activities TV Puts Info/Pics Right At Your Fingertips!

Ever lose track of all the fun things there are to do at Stevenson, all the clubs there are to join?

Fear not!!!! Student Activities is coming to the rescue!

Outside of the Student Activities Office is a touch-screen TV, which displays all the clubs at Stevenson, separated by the day each club meets.

Student Activities will also be uploading pictures from club events, sport events, theater events and other happenings around campus. 

Come check out the touch-screen at Student Activities!!

Boys Soccer Competes In STATE SEMIFINALS Tomorrow;
Get All The Details Here!

For just the second time in school history, the boys soccer team has qualified for the IHSA State Finals. The Patriots punched their ticket Tuesday night in dramatic fashion with a 1-0 double overtime victory over New Trier in the Hersey Supersectional.

Here Are The Details About Tomorrow’s State Semifinal:

Stevenson Patriots vs. Naperville Central Redhawks 7 p.m., TOMORROW

Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates

Fan Theme: NEON!!!!

Tickets: Purchase on GoFan. General Admission: $9
Student Pep Bus: Click on this link to purchase tickets. Tickets are $15, which includes Bus Fee and GoFan Ticket.
Broadcast: NFHS will broadcast the game. There is a fee.

Advancement: Winner faces the Winner of the Romeoville-York Semifinal at 8 p.m. Saturday at Hoffman Estates High School for the State Championship!

Sports Notes

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

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.

How Two Stanford Students Helped Make A Difference In Ukraine
The pair of business-school students made it their mission to get ambulances to a frontline city.

The Perilous Predicament Of The Very Small College
Many campuses with fewer than 1,000 students survived the pandemic on fumes. What’s next?

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

Nov. 4-5: IHSA Boys State Soccer
Nov. 5: IHSA Boys State Cross Country
Nov. 6: Clue Streaming Event
Nov. 7-11: CCC Military Week
Nov. 8: Election Day: No School
Nov. 9: Sports Boosters Meeting

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