Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

Dressed For Success: “Beauty And The Beast” Cast And Crew Performs Official Dress Rehearsal Before A Packed House Of Sender School Eighth Graders; Ready For Tonight’s Opening Night

To make just one pick was almost too much.

Em Vollers, an eighth grader at Daniel Wright, had a really tough time singling out her very favorite part of the “Beauty And The Beast” dress rehearsal that she and hundreds of other eighth graders from Stevenson’s Sender Schools were treated to on Thursday morning at the Performing Arts Center.

“I just can’t choose. I loved all of it. All of it,” Vollers said excitedly. “I guess if I had to, I’d pick the last dance scene…or maybe “Be Our Guest” because it was just…it was just…I have no words. I can’t describe how cool it was to see that.”

Fans of “Beauty And The Beast” and of Stevenson’s award-winning Fine Arts Department can see the real thing, not the dress rehearsal, starting TONIGHT when “Beauty And the Beast” opens its first of three shows this weekend at the Performing Arts Center.

Tonight’s show starts at 7 p.m., tomorrow’s show is also a 7 p.m. start, and Sunday’s show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available online.

Also unable to narrow down a “Beauty And The Beast” favorite moment was Ben Tosyali, another eighth grader at Daniel Wright.

“It was a really good production, really neat,” Tosyali said. “I really liked it. My favorite part was just…everything.”The cast and crew were thrilled that the eighth graders could “Be Their Guests,” and that they could finally perform in front of a live audience.

“I’m pretty excited. It’s been a long time coming. We’ve put so much work into this,” said senior Caiden Sprague, who works on set design and plays percussion in the pit orchestra. “It’s so nice to finally see it on stage.”

The students who play the main characters “Beast” and “Belle,” Justin Katin and Lily Mace, respectively, say they were energized by the audience of eighth graders and loved getting to share their favorite parts of the musical with the young crowd.“I’d have to say the “Transformation” (dance finale) is my favorite,” Katin said. “Having that magic with the audience and us actors pulling that off is so rewarding.”

“Coming on stage and getting to sing “A Change In Me” is so special,” Mace said of her favorite scene. “It’s such a big change for the character and it’s just really special.

Please enjoy this gallery of photos from Thursday’s Dress Rehearsal. Photos: Joel Lerner.

Give-A-Thon Goal Met? Check! 

Pie In The Face? Check, Check! 

It seemed like the only way to celebrate meeting their Give-A-Thon goal. “Pie-ing” a classmate, of course! (A willing…and hungry…classmate!)

Ipshita Singh and the other Give-A-Thon leaders in her class, Esther WangVictoria Cai and Sarah Wang, quickly reached their goal of raising $200…and to mark the occasion, during the Activity Period on Monday, they “pied” one of their classmates.

Singh is hoping this unique celebration method will “motivate other Give-A-Thon leaders at Stevenson to continue their efforts as Give-A-Thon comes to a close soon.”

Singh and Cai did the honors of the “pie-ing” while Jacob Suby (pictured left) was the selfless volunteer on the receiving end of the delicious celebration.

“I’m glad to have been able to contribute to Give-A-Thon,” Suby said. “And I’m happy I got to eat the whipped cream after I got pied!”

The students are part of teacher Mr. Glinschert’s classroom.

“We didn’t think we could reach the goal so quickly, but even our teacher, Mr. Glinschert, contributed and bought items we were selling to contribute to the goal,” Singh said. “Our class really enjoyed this experience and I really think it motivated our class to further contribute to Give-A-Thon.”

Don’t forget to fill the boxes in your classroom for Give-A-Thon…and maybe, you, too, can get “Pied!”

Teaching Young Children Class Becomes One With Nature;
Tours Unique Preschool In Milwaukee

This “field trip” was heavy on the “field.”

The Advanced Teaching Young Children 2 seniors were certainly in their element, and also in the elements, last week as they got the opportunity to tour a unique children’s school: the Schlitz Audubon Outdoor Nature Preschool in Milwaukee.

Founded in 2003, the preschool was the first of its kind in Wisconsin and is nationally recognized. Housed in the Center’s Gold Lees-Certified Building, the Preschool’s uniqueness stems from a strong commitment to both environmental education and inquiry-based learning.

The school’s curriculum is nature-based and includes daily seasonal discovery of the diverse habitats at the Audubon. Nature learning inspires curiosity, environmental literacy, cognitive skill development, and so much more. 

Get Ready For Turkey And Football! Thanksgiving Break Is Coming!

Just a reminder, Patriots! Next week is a short week at Stevenson as the Thanksgiving Break will get started with a Non-Attendance Day on Wednesday and the Thanksgiving Break covering Thursday and Friday as days off from school!

We hope you have wonderful plans with family and friends awaiting you for the five-day break!

Hot Off The Presses! Pick Up The Latest Issue Of Award-Winning “Statesman” Today!

The latest issue of the “Statesman,” available around campus TODAY, features the piece “Outside the Lines,” which details student perspectives on allyship at Stevenson. Also included in the issue is a story about Give-A-Thon and its impact on the local community. Other issues tackled: How are different religions being recognized at Stevenson? And do all students feel that their voices are being heard?

To read the magazine online, go to To receive monthly updates from the “Statesman’s” community news, columns and multimedia, subscribe to its newsletter.

Want To Be A Dance Leader Next Year? Deadline For Recs Is Today!

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 TODAY 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 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.

TODAY: Take The First Steps To Starting Your Own Company!

Interested in starting your own business or non-profit? Becoming a CEO? Creating real change to solve global challenges?

Startups in Business and Technology Club guides student entrepreneurs through the process of creating authentic startup companies in fields ranging from computer science to climate change and much more in between. Form a team and pitch your company to experienced founders and venture capitalists!

Meetings are from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 6110 every Friday, including TODAY.

Last Day Of Patriot Superstore Knitwear Sale Is TODAY!

Gear up for winter by shopping the Patriot Superstore’s “Knitwear Sale,” featuring 20 percent off pom pom hats, scarves, headbands, and mittens.

The sale ENDS TODAY and is IN-STORE ONLY while supplies last.

The Patriot Superstore is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For any questions regarding the sale, contact the Patriot Superstore at (847) 415-4126 or e-mail Megan Shahinian at

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

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

Please e-mail with questions.

Got Questions About The College Admissions Process? Get Your Answers From Two Experts At Upcoming FAN Event!

Stevenson will host the Family Action Network event: “Who Gets In and Why” with author Jeff Selingo and Andy Borst, Dean of Admissions of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 in the Performing Arts Center.

This will be a unique opportunity for audience participants to hear about college admissions and ask questions of the speakers.

Selingo, an award-winning journalist, spent parts of 2018 and 2019 embedded at three different universities to get an inside look at the admissions process: University of Washington, Davidson College, and Emory University. He was trying to answer the central question millions of college-bound kids and their parents ask themselves every year: “Who gets in, and Why?” The answer, it turns out, is surprising, and has a lot more to do with the college or university’s needs than with what’s best for students.

Athletic Department Honors Fall Sports Awards Winners

After a prosperous fall, the Athletic Department had plenty to celebrate at its annual Fall Sports Awards event earlier this week.

Stevenson boasted two STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Sarah Wang, girls tennis and the 200 freestyle relay team of Abby CollinsStephanie KirovaLinnea Florin and Izzie Gattone, girls swimming) and five (Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Cross Country, Boys Soccer and Girls Swimming) appearances at STATE by teams or individuals.

There were dozens awards presented, including four major categories: Big Guns, Scholar Awards, ESPPA Winners and Sportsmanship Awards.

The Big Guns (pictured above) are similar to Most Valuable Players. They are voted on by their peers and the award is recognition of achievement for the most valuable team member over the entire season based on: practice effort, contest contributions, sportsmanship, attitude and character and team leadership. 

Please enjoy a gallery of photos from the Fall Sports Awards, courtesy Jeremiah Lunde.

Here are all the award winners: 

Emily Johnson – Allied Bowling, Samantha Wolfe – Student Athletic Training, Remy Herrejon – Football, Siddharth Paleati – Boys Cross Country, Jun Park – Boys Golf, Steven Nyc – Boys Soccer, Adeline Gobble – Girls Cross Country, Allie Santos – Girls Golf, Lili Sorenson – Girls Field Hockey, Isabelle Gattone – Girls Swimming, Teagon Ohlwein – Girls Volleyball, Sonia Mehta – Girls Tennis

Blake Duvall, Izzie Gattone, Rohan Gopalam, Ainika Hou, Brady Hannon, Gyeongwu Kim, Camila Maya, Shannon Moser, Elise Regalado, Elizaveta Kolbunova, Brianna Welter, Ryan Sturtewagen, Mary Restis

** Community Team Service Award – Girls Varsity Volleyball
** Comeback Award – Ellie Choe
** Breakthrough Under-Level Athlete – Antoinette Olvia
** Breakthrough Varsity Athlete – Ben Snider
** Outstanding Under-Level Team Championship Performance – Girls JV Golf Team
** Best Under-Level Game Performance – Anjali Decker
** Best Varsity Game Performance – Girls Swimming 200-Yard Freestyle Relay Team 
** Super Fan – Katie Baxter
** Best Manager – Logan Weinberger and Matthew Stoll
** Best Moment in Sports – Back-To-Back Class 2A Tennis State Singles Champion – Sarah Wang

Abby Minin – Girls Volleyball, Owen Sakrzewski – Boys Soccer, Ashley Adkisson – Girls Tennis, Jun Park – Boys Golf, Amy Andres – Girls Swimming, Allie Santos – Girls Golf, Neha Kamat – Girls Cross Country, Aditi Boddu – Girls Field Hockey, Luke Reaume – Boys Cross Country, Remy Herrejon – Football

Athletic Results

Boys Bowling: The Patriots improved to 4-0 after defeating Mundelein. Stevenson had a combined score of 2960 pins to 2862 for Mundelein. Jude Snider bowled a team-high series of 633, with his high game of 232. Ender Starr had a 601 series and a high game of 244. Jackson Sher hurled a 621 series and a game-high of 216. Jacob Heald finished with a 542 series and Joshua Stone had a 513. Next up is the Mustang Invite at Lakeside Lanes tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m.

Boys Hockey: Stevenson (21-5) took on Loyola in a hard-fought battle but ultimately suffered a 3-1 loss. Loyola struck first late in the second period. Davis Jegers tied the game early in the third with a goal assisted by Will Harlow. However, Loyola went ahead about five minutes later. Next up for the Patriots is a big game against St. Viator at Allstate Arena at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Sports Notes

Girls Basketball Tickets vs. New Trier: Tickets for games today and tomorrow at New Trier will be digital only at The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for students ($1 GoFan fee per ticket not included). There will be no cash sales at the door.

Boys Ice Hockey Allstate Arena Game: On Sunday, 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.

Nonprofit Eyes Tech Workforce Hub For Greater Grand Crossing With Help Of $10M Prize
Comer Education Campus is one of six finalists for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation $10 million Chicago Prize 2022.

Two Women From Chicago Area Among 32 Latest U.S. Rhodes Scholars
The 2023 scholarship class, including 16 female and 16 male recipients, is expected to begin studies at the University of Oxford in England in October 2023.

Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Nov. 18-20: Fall Musical ~ “Beauty And The Beast”
Nov. 21: District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Nov. 23: Non-Attendance Day
Nov. 24-25: Thanksgiving Break 🍁🦃
Nov. 28: Activity Period
Nov. 29: Give-A-Thon 2022 Collection Day
Nov. 29: PPA Meeting
Nov. 30: Give-A-Thon 2022 Delivery Day
Nov. 30: FAN ~ Who Gets In and Why: Inside College Admissions

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