Prominent Patriot Award Winners Saw Problems/Issues;
Leapt Into Action, Found Solutions
When a parent fell down an entire flight of stairs during an Open House Night at the beginning of the school year, senior Nathan Simon didn’t think twice…and didn’t miss a beat.
He ran to the woman, who was bleeding and starting to go into shock, identified himself as knowing first aid and offered to help. He ran back and forth, and up and down the stairs, quickly grabbing items that others who were assisting needed, and never seemed fazed.
For his quick reaction and service to others, Simon won a Prominent Patriot Award on Monday morning in the West Auditorium.
“I think the main thing I would like other students to take away is that anyone can work to make our school a better place,” Simon said. “Opportunity arises all the time to make a difference, and I hope we can all work towards taking more of these opportunities to positively impact our community.”
Four senior girls, who teamed up to win the group Prominent Patriot Award, certainly helped to make a positive impact on Freshmen Orientation Day. Like Simon, they saw an issue, and reacted with action.
Shelby Schor, Avery Bock, Pravika Srivastava, and Abigail Minin, student directors of Freshmen Orientation Day, recognized that it was inefficient, and more importantly, no fun for incoming freshmen to wait in long lines for supplies when they first arrived on Freshmen Orientation Day. The group advocated for a new plan to immediately usher freshmen to their advisory groups for a more friendly and less intimidating issuing of supplies…and for a better first impression of Stevenson.
“We wanted to give (Freshmen Orientation Day) a bigger twist and make it feel more like a pep rally,” Srivastava said. “That was our motive: To make it more welcoming so freshmen didn’t feel intimidated to come to school and be surrounded by 1,000 other kids they’ve never seen before.”
Moving forward, Stevenson plans to keep this routine in place for future Freshmen Orientation Days.
“If you feel something is unnatural or not working well, don’t be afraid to speak up about it and try to change it to be the way that it’d work best for Stevenson,” Schor said. “Switching everything about FOD was a lot of work. For our hard work to be recognized, it feels good.”
The Prominent Patriot award was created in order to recognize students whose actions reflect those of someone with good character and demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community. Stevenson High School already recognizes students who are academically or athletically accomplished, but it is equally important to foster and recognize the actions of individuals who foster responsible, healthy, and ethical decision-making skills. The award recognizes students whose actions are beyond the expectations of someone in their position.
Here is a list of all 56 students who were nominated for the Prominent Patriot Award:
Ernst Achiampong, Reshma Adigal, Ansh Aggarwal, Nathaniel Bekin, Eshaam Bhattad, Roman Bilanicz, Avery Bock, Nitin Bright, Maelys Cadot, Florianne Che, Chi Chia Chen, Samuel Entin, Meara Evans, Myles Fierer, Julia Galyshych, Daemy Garcia, Nicholas Gawor, Nextanali Godoy, Manasa Gogula, Noah Hanif, Nethmi Hewawitharana, Lillah Hill, Evan Hollis, Ainika Hou, Elena Hu, Mija Jegers, Joshua Kahlert, Key Kanemori, Kacper Klusek, Eleanor Kroc, Olivia Lee, Sage Manning, Nawar Masood, Yug Mehta, Kailey Miller, Abigail Minin, Colby Nixon, Shaila Pochiraju, Iman Qazi, Kashyap Rajesh, Hailey Rockoff, Vedant Rupwal, Shelby Schor, Rayaan Shaik, Shanee Sheinman, Nathan Simon, Catherine Sobol, Pravika Srivastava, Hrithik Sugumar, Rajan Sukhatme, Tejas Sukhatme, Zayd Syed, Alexis Trojan, Natalie Wise, Daniel Xu, Karina Zakabluk, Aurelija Zalane, Jacob Zerull, Justin Zhao.
It’s “DeStress Days” This Week…With TEA TIME Today!
Ahead of the upcoming Final Experience (Dec. 21 and Dec. 22), DeStress Days, sponsored by Peer Helpers, will take place all week!
Today’s activity is: TEA TIME! Grab some relaxing, soothing tea in the Wood Commons and kick back and enjoy!
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:
Wednesday: Instagram Takeover ~ @stevenson_peerhelpers
Thursday: Kindness Cards ~ All Entrances, Before School
Friday: Trivia Activity ~ Glass Commons and Wood Commons, All Lunch Periods
Comfort Dogs Visited Stevenson Monday For DeStress Days!
Don’t Miss Night Two Of Band Extravaganza!
Get ready for the second night of the Band Concert where students from the Honor, Advanced Symphonic, Symphonic, Concert and Freshman Bands will perform in their musical extravaganza, starting at 7 p.m. TONIGHT at the Performing Arts Center.
The performances include works ranging from core repertoire of the band literature to new modern music to whimsical holiday favorites.
December Guitar Concert To Serve Up Eclectic Mix Of Music
Members of the guitar courses will perform in their first Stevenson concert of the year TOMORROW night.
The December Guitar Concert, slated for a 7 p.m. start in the West Auditorium, includes students from Guitar 1, Guitar 2 and Patriot Guitar Ensemble. Students will play a mixture of classical music, jazz, movie music and more!
Guitar 2 classes and the Patriot Guitar Ensembles just recently performed at Roosevelt University at a concert on their campus. Guitar 1 students have worked this semester on learning all the skills needed to perform at this event.
Hungry? PPA Bake Sale Is Tomorrow!
Don’t forget that there is a Bake Sale TOMORROW sponsored by the Patriot Parent Association.
Everything is $1 and students can make it through the line quickest with exact change!
The Bake Sale starts immediately after sixth period in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons.
State Title Up For Grabs TOMORROW For eSports Club
Boasting an undefeated season thus far, the Varsity Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team from Stevenson’s eSports Club will be vying for a chance to become the IHSA’s first-ever undefeated Super Smash Bros. state champions.
The championship match of the Fall Season will start at 3:45 p.m. TOMORROW in the Recital Hall (4100). It will end at around 6 p.m., and anyone is welcome to cheer on the team in an arena setting.
The IHSA recognizes eSports as an official Illinois activity. The league that partners with IHSA offers a variety of games that host competitions at the State level or the Central Regional level, depending on the participation. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (SSBU) is a game that has competition at the State level with 76 competing teams.
Calling All Dancers/Choreographers: Auditions Start TOMORROW!
Students should come dressed to dance having prepared a 1-minute solo of original choreography to present.
Scan the QR code on the graphic or click here to sign up and see more detailed information.
Questions: Please e-mail Mrs. Rothwell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hey Freshmen! You Are Appreciated!
It’s Your Night At Thursday’s “Fan Appreciation” Hoops Game!
It’s “Freshmen Fan Appreciation Night” at Thursday’s varsity boys basketball game against Lake Forest, which will tip off at 7 p.m. in the Sportscenter.
Freshmen will get free entry and those who bring two canned items (pantry staples such as pasta, canned vegetables, mac and cheese, etc.) will receive a FREE Loyalty T-shirt! It is also a “BLACK OUT,” so all fans are encouraged to wear black.
Freshmen who show exceptional sportsmanship and pep will get Culver’s Free Scoop Tokens to be redeemed at the Lincolnshire Culver’s on Milwaukee Ave.!
Girls Bowling: The Patriots (1-5) lost to North Suburban Conference foe Lake Zurich by only 88 pins, 2224 to 2136, making vast improvements as a team. Anna Reyes bowled a team game-high of 202, followed by Alexis Alanis with a game-high 190 and Amanda Xumsai with a game-high of 173. Next up is Round Lake at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow at Lakes Bowl.
Allied Basketball: The Patriots hosted Mundelein in a very tightly contested matchup and ended up losing but had so much fun with smiles all over the court. The team camaraderie was clear as every player scored. The next game for the Patriots is on Jan. 25 against Vernon Hills, starting at 6:15 p.m.
Mark your calendars for these events and see the Stevenson Calendar for details on these and future programs.
Dec. 13:Winter Band Concert
Dec. 14:PPA Bake Sale
Dec. 14:December Guitar Concert
Dec. 15: Chorus Fundraiser
Dec. 15:December Choir Concert
Dec. 16:PPA Treat Day
Dec. 16:Jazz Cafe
Dec. 19:Winter Orchestra Concert
Dec. 19:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting