Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022

Pop! Bam! Shazam! Comic Book Art A Passion For Stevenson’s Gallo

It happens to a lot of parents.

Helping your kids enjoy their childhoods takes you right back to your own.

Bryan Gallo (pictured below left) took his trip down memory lane while shopping at Toys ‘R Us.

“We were there looking at toys for my daughter Giana…and then I started to look at the action figures. I loved playing with action figures when I was a kid,” Gallo said with a laugh. “It was like I was right back in my childhood. My favorite is Wolverine. And I love X-Men.

“Then I found out there was a whole big action figure community…and it just took off from there.”

“It” is a passion, a hobby, and a possible career that Gallo never expected.

By day, Gallo is a member of the Facilities Team at Stevenson. By night, like many of the action figures he loves so dearly, he transforms into his alter-ego: an action figure and comic book artist extraordinaire.

“I’ve always been into art,” the 35-year-old Gallo said. “It is really rewarding that something you really care about can care about you back.”

Known for his colorful, precise, and three-dimensional dioramas that are made from foam and paint, and glue and are transformed into replica locations from the comic book universe, Gallo has become quite popular with collectors in the action figure world who are looking for accurate settings to stage and display their pieces.

For the last month, Gallo’s unique artwork has been featured as part of Stevenson’s 2022-23 Visiting Artist Series in the Visiting Artist Gallery. It will be there until Friday.

Last week, Gallo visited two art classes at Stevenson to explain his form of artistry and to give students a peek into his unique world, which really took off during the pandemic.

To read more about Gallo, including his biggest project yet (it recently sold for $72,000!!), please click here.

PWC Can Help With All Things Wellness; Take Your Performance To The Next Level With New PWC Programming!

Stevenson built the Patriot Wellness Center for many reasons, but one of the most important reasons was to give all students the opportunity to practice the wellness behaviors that can allow them to reach their greatest personal potential.

The four “Pillars Of Wellness” that students can work on or get help with at the PWC are:

  •  Mindset: Mindset is the foundation for growth, consistency, and balancing stress and our emotional state while incorporating wellness practices into everyday life.
  •  Movement: Physical activity enhances biological processes that support physical and mental health, vitality, and longevity.
  •  Nutrition: Food fuels daily vital functions and plays a crucial role in our metabolic and mental health.
  •  Restoration: Sleep and restoration quality and consistency directly impact learning, mood, energy, and physical and mental performance.

Check out the PWC after school to relax with friends on the staircase, grab a nutritious snack, move your body with purpose, and seek mindset tips from the Wellness Coaches.

 Are you looking to take your fitness to the next level? Do you want to improve strength, speed, and endurance?

It’s finally here—the PWC’s new flagship fitness program: Patriot Performance Training.

Come to the meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3:45 p.m. on the PWC Turf to sign-up for Patriot Performance Training and learn more about how you can reach your goals!

NOVEMBER SPECIAL HOURS: Keep in mind that the PWC will be operating under special hours due to the upcoming Thanksgiving Break:

Nov. 23 ~  Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nov. 24 ~ Closed
Nov. 25 ~ Closed
Nov. 26 ~ Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nov. 27 ~ Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PWC CHECK-IN PROCESS: When students leave the PWC and intend on re-entering, they must leave their IDs with the Staff Member attending the check-in desk and then collect their IDs upon re-entry. Starting after Thanksgiving break, the PWC will accept only current-year student IDs at the PWC check-in desk.

Stevenson Salutes Military Week!

Stevenson’s annual Military Week continues today! 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.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the week:

  •  TODAY: 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)
  •  Tomorrow: 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: A member of the U.S. Army (fourth period), Army National Guard (fifth period) and U.S. Marine Corps (sixth period)

Huge Contingent Of Stevenson Students Selected For Music Festivals

Of the hundreds of student musicians from the northern suburbs who recently auditioned, 47 students from Stevenson were selected to participate in this year’s Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District VII Senior Festival and Senior Jazz Festival.

The Senior Festival will take place on Saturday at New Trier High School while the Senior Jazz Festival will be hosted by Woodstock High School on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The following Stevenson students were selected for the Senior Festival:

Senior Chorus
Rachel Anand (junior), Alto; Alex Day (junior), Tenor; Hazel Kim (sophomore), Soprano; Ellen King (junior), Alto; Max Linder (senior), Bass; Madison Mayes (sophomore), Alto; Matthew Post (junior), Tenor and Hailey Rockoff (junior), Soprano.

Senior Band
Jennifer An (senior), Clarinet; Anna Edgcomb (junior), Oboe; Isabel Edgcomb (junior), Flute; Adam Hunt (senior), Trumpet; Jaden Kim (junior), Clarinet; Elizabeth Nelson (senior), Euphonium; Hagyun Park (junior), Trombone; Charlotte Post (senior), Alto Saxophone; Trinity Shin (senior), Flute; Lilie Shylak (junior), Trumpet; Elizabeth Tian (senior), Bass Clarinet; Estella Yan (senior), Flute.

Senior Orchestra
Madleine Afable (junior), Violin; Benjamin Chen (senior), Violin; Joelle Chong (freshman), Violin; Jocelyn Gao (sophomore), Cello; Angela Guo (junior), Viola; Megan Han (senior), Viola; Alex Jang (junior), Cello; Julie (Dahyun) Kim (senior), Viola; Nicole Kim (senior), Alto Saxophone; Jenny Lee (senior), Cello; Eileen Li (junior), Violin; Travis Lin (junior), Violin; Nathan Ma (senior), Violin; Hunter Otgontseren (junior), Bass Trombone; Helen Qian (junior), Violin; Vaishnavi Sankar (senior), Bass; Aria Shum (senior), Violin; Vishal Subramanian (junior), Violin; Saiswaroop Vignesh (sophomore), Bass; Lillian Wang (sophomore), Violin; Daniel Yoo (senior), Cello; Ethan Zheng (junior), Clarinet; Joseph Zhu (junior), Cello; Vincenzo Zuppardo (senior), Violin

The following Stevenson students were selected for the Senior Jazz Festival:

Adam Hunt (senior), Trumpet; David Kim (senior), Drum Set; Hunter Otgontseren (junior), Bass Trombone.

Don’t Forget: Drop Off Your Donations In Give-A-Thon Boxes!

The holidays are right around the corner and Stevenson, along with the National Honor Society, is again conducting its popular Give-A-Thon, an annual school-wide campaign aimed at bringing joy to families around Lake County during the upcoming winter holiday season.

Collection boxes were put together Friday after school by members of National Honor Society and they are now positioned throughout classrooms around campus to make donating easy. Please fill them to the top!

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.

Want To Be A Dance Leader Next Year? Apply Now!

Students who would like to be Dance Leaders in the 2023-24 school year need to apply and submit recommendations for the leadership course, Dance Leadership. Faculty recommendations are due by Friday, Nov. 18 while the entire application must be submitted via Google Classroom by Nov. 30. There are prerequisites: Students must complete a minimum of one year in Dance 3 or Dance 4, and have the approval of instructors. This course may be repeated.

Dance Leadership is a one-year course in which students will intern and assist with dance instruction in a technique class. Student leaders will learn and demonstrate the teacher-created combinations including warm-ups, across the floor, and center combinations. Dance leaders will model proper technique and assist students, periodically working one-on-one in a peer-mentoring fashion. While taking this course, Dance Leadership students will also meet individually with the teacher outside of class to learn what they will instruct at the end of each semester.

Game On! Table Tennis Tryouts Tomorrow

Looking for a fun club to join? The Table Tennis Club is hosting tryouts in the Lower East Commons from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. TOMORROW.

This is a recreational club for students who would like to learn the basic techniques, and is open to anyone who would like to play. Some tournaments will be scheduled. 

There is also Advanced Table Tennis at Stevenson. This club is designed for the more experienced player who is looking for higher level competition. Students will compete against other high schools.

Athletic Results

Boys Bowling: Stevenson (1-0, 1-0) hosted conference opponent Waukegan and started off the season with a big win, 2869 to 2350. The Patriots had three first-time varsity members compete in this match: sophomore Jude Snider (587 (213)), senior Shalimar Jacobs (528 (189)) and senior Myles Feirer (434 (147)). Veteran bowler Ender Starr had a 608 series with a high game of 223. Jackson Sher had a 602 series with a game-high of 242. Jacob Heald had a series of 523 and a game-high of 201. Next up for Stevenson is Warren at home today at Fairhaven Lanes, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Sports Notes

Mandatory Student-Athlete Meeting: If you are a student-athlete and you have not attended the mandatory student-athlete meeting, there is one Thursday, Nov. 17 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the auditorium fills up quickly and the meeting will start promptly at 9:45 a.m.

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. 

Boys Ice Hockey Allstate Arena Game: On Sunday, Nov. 20, the Patriots will be taking on rival St. Viator at Allstate Arena right after the Chicago Wolves host the Iowa Wild. The puck will drop approximately 45 minutes after the Wolves game ends. Tickets can be purchased here. Seats will be assigned for the Wolves game and then become general admission seating in the south end between Sections 105 and 116 for the Scholastic Hockey League game between Stevenson and St. Viator.

More High Schoolers Should Be Allowed To Learn On College Campuses
Minnesota’s dual enrollment program with free tuition for high school students taking classes on college campuses is an initiative that can inspire student achievement.

Johns Hopkins’s Other Engineering Lab: The Voodoo Drop At Six Flags
Biomedical engineering and physics classes at Johns Hopkins University learn as they free fall and shoot upside-down on rides at Six Flags America.

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

Nov. 9-11: CCC Military Week
Nov. 9: Sports Boosters Meeting
Nov. 9: Learning Supports At Stevenson High School
Nov. 14: Fall Sports Awards
Nov. 14: Activity Period 
Nov. 16: PPA Bake Sale

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