Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

Puerto Rico Draws Rosario Back Home For Swimming, Family, Food…And The Beaches!

It seems like a lifetime ago since Diego Rosario lived in Puerto Rico.

But his memories are vivid.

The food, his family, and…

“The beaches,” Rosario said with a smile. “I remember the beautiful beaches.”

Rosario, a junior at Stevenson, was born in Puerto Rico, and grew up in Trujillo Alto, outside of San Juan.

A member of the varsity swim team at Stevenson that won state last year, Rosario can trace his swimming roots all the way back to his native country.

“I was just a beginner there, but that’s where I learned,” Rosario said. “I was just (taking lessons) so that I could swim. Just the basics. Nothing serious.”

Just last month though, swimming in Puerto Rico suddenly got very serious for Rosario.

He took a chance and entered the Puerto Rico International Swimming Open, mostly for the fun of returning to and competing in the country he was born in, but also to test the waters and see how he might fare against top international competitors.

Rosario, who left Puerto Rico when he was 7 years old due to a job change for his Dad, wound up placing in three events: third in 100 butterfly, fourth in the 200 butterfly and fifth in the 100 freestyle.

To read more about Rosario, his next trip to Puerto Rico and his goals for the upcoming boys swimming season, please click here.

Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday, Gourmet Foods Class Gets Its Pie On!

Pie seems to be a Thanksgiving staple, and now, students in Ms. Metzler’s Gourmet Foods class are ready to help in the kitchen on Thursday if needed.

The class made homemade pies from scratch recently over a two-day lab. Students had the freedom to choose what type of pie they wanted to make and then made their own individual pie crusts and fillings and then had the challenge of plating and photographing their dish.

This connects the advanced culinary techniques and the plating/presentation skill that students are assessed on in class. 

Pictured left is senior Joseph Richardson, plating his pumpkin pie.

Have A Great Thanksgiving Break, Patriots!

Stevenson wishes all students, families, faculty and staff a wonderful Thanksgiving Break, starting with tomorrow’s Non-Attendance Day!

Enjoy all the good food, time with family and the break from school!

See you back on campus on Monday, Nov. 28!

Heads Up On Your Return To Campus On Monday: Activity Period

There will be an Activity Period on MONDAY in which FRESHMEN will report to the Sportscenter for a “Freshmen Rally,” run by the Freshmen Mentors.

The Activity Period runs from 10:06 a.m. to 10:49 a.m.

There will also be club meetings. Please check here for a list of clubs that are meeting on Monday and their meeting locations.

For those students who are not freshmen and who do not have a club meeting scheduled, please stay with your second-period class.

Deadline For Operation Snowball Extended To NEXT MONDAY!

A fun tradition each winter at Stevenson is Operation Snowball, a memorable two-night retreat where students can have fun and make friends outside of their normal social circles.

How about being a part of the fun this year, Dec. 1 through Dec. 3, at Camp Timber Lee in East Troy, Wisconsin?

REGISTRATION ENDS ON MONDAY, Nov. 28. All online registrants must print/sign the Field Trip Permission Form and the Timber Lee Health Form. Both student and parent/guardian signatures are REQUIRED.  
Registration and Permission Slips

Submit completed/signed forms to the drop box in the Student Activities Office in the Wood Commons. Registration is not complete until ALL permission forms are received. Students are responsible for their own medications. Transportation will be provided by Stevenson.

At Snowball, students participate in team-building while playing games, hearing some presenters, and engaging in small group activities.

Check out this photo gallery from last year’s Operation Snowball event.

Check Out Some Cool Japanese Animation: Anime Meets TODAY!

Under new sponsor Carla Suaste, Anime Club will be holding meetings every Tuesday (including TODAY) after school in Room 6022.

Anime Club focuses on different aspects of animation, anime, and Japanese culture as seen through videos, comic books and other popular media.

The atmosphere is relaxed and stress-free and usually, two anime epics are viewed per meeting. 

Please direct questions to: casuaste@d125.org.

Still Time To Sign Up For NYC Fashion Travel Experience!

Couldn’t make it to the recent New York Fashion Industry Informational Meeting?

It’s not too late to sign up for the trip, which will take place Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2 and is open to all current freshmen through junior Stevenson students.

The NYC Fashion Travel Experience allows students interested in fashion the opportunity to get a jumpstart on their career aspirations by determining if this is the direction that they want to pursue. During the tours, they might meet fashion designers in their studios, get an in-depth tour of one of the world’s most recognized premium lifestyle brands, have a private tour of a premier department store before it opens or visit a mega fabric store that is actively involved in the latest reality television programs, such as “Project Runway.”

Included in the trip is a visit to a well-known NYC museum to see a current fashion exhibit on display. Students will learn about various trends in education and business that they should consider when choosing a college that is right for them and ultimately a career that excites them.

For more information and to access the required paperwork, please click here. To view the NYC Trip Slide Show, please click here.

Please contact trip coordinator Christina Erickson at cerickson@d125.org with any questions.

Boys Hockey Shares Heart-Warming Story Of Young Cancer Survivor Through Fundraiser TOMORROW NIGHT

Out of nowhere, there were two golf-ball sized lumps sticking out of Austin Antell’s neck.

Appointments with doctors came next, and before they knew it, 9-year-old Austin (pictured right) and his parents, Adam and Amanda, were being given a cancer diagnosis. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, ironically referred to as NHL cancer. Ironic because Austin is a budding hockey player. A goalie. 

The Stevenson hockey team will be holding a fundraiser at its game tomorrow night for St. Jude’s Hospital (see story in “Sports Notes” below for details) in Antell’s honor.

Antell’s dad went to Stevenson and played hockey with Stevenson coach Tom Wood (pictured left). Adam Antell and Wood are also good friends with Tim Benz, the head coach at St. Viator, which is Stevenson’s opponent for the fundraiser game. Interestingly, Benz is also the director of Austin Antell’s youth hockey club, the Northwest Chargers.

Earlier this month, Austin Antell and his Northwest Chargers teammates were special guests at a Chicago Blackhawks game for “Hockey Fights Cancer Night.” All the boys were sporting Blackhawks jerseys. 

Antell, who had to put hockey on hold while he took on his cancer treatments, was introduced at the game and got to “Ring The Bell,” a tradition for cancer patients who make it through their last treatment. Check out the heart-warming video here.

At the hockey fundraiser tomorrow night, the teams hope to raise funds for toys for St. Jude’s patients and items for their activity rooms at the facility, at the request of the Antell family.

Sports Notes

Boys Hockey: Mark your calendars for “Fan Night” at the Patriots’ varsity rivalry game against St. Viator, starting at 7:40 p.m. TOMORROW NIGHT at Twin Rinks. There will be fan giveaways and chuck-a-puck between the second and third periods to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, in honor of 9-year-old cancer survivor Austin Antell (see story above). Fans can buy pucks in the lobby or from one of the volunteers circulating in the stands for $5 each or five for $20. First prize is $100, the second-prize winner will take home $75, and the third prize is $50. Fans can also donate directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in honor of Austin Antell at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Girls Basketball: The 2022 State Champion Girls Basketball team will be playing Huntley on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. at the NOW Arena. Tickets are $10 for general admission.

United States Marine Corp: Stevenson will welcome local Marines on Dec. 2 at 8 a.m. to engage in conversation and activity about leadership and teamwork. The event will take place on the Turf in the Patriot Wellness Center. 

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

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
Dec. 2:Music Production Showcase

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