Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Rodrigues Has The “It-Factor” At S-Factor!

Singing “If I Ain’t Got You,” by Alicia Keys, sophomore Nikki Rodrigues (pictured left) dazzled her way to first place in Friday’s
S-Factor, Stevenson’s annual premier singing competition sponsored by KIVA.

Senior Kayal Lavari (top picture, left) took second place with her rendition of “When We Were Young” by Adele and sophomore London Cabrera (top picture, right) finished in third place, singing “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” by Christina Aguilera.

Proceeds from S-Factor ticket sales, as well as a Culver’s Benefit held that day for S-Factor, will be donated by KIVA to micro-loans for people in financial need in areas of the world that do not have access to financial institutions. The winners chose to support entrepreneurs from Columbia, India and Nicaragua.

There was nearly $1,600 raised for the entrepreneurs: $1360 from S-Factor ticket sales and $235 from the Culver’s Benefit.

S-Factor was emceed by seniors Haylie Popkey, Abby Collins, Hailey Langer and Sarah Sagerman. 

NOTE: Thank you to senior KIVA member Ben Snider for his fun and engaging Instagram takeover on Friday, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at S-Factor!

 Thank you to Joel Lerner for all the great photos. His full gallery is here. For even more great photos, please check out the gallery of sophomore Ansh Aggarwal, who was also at the event. View Aggarwal’s full gallery here. 

 Dance Tickets On Sale NOW!!

Mark your calendars to “bust a move” (80s style!!!) at Winterfest 2023: Arcade!

Tickets for the Dance on SATURDAY, Feb. 25 (7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the West Commons and Sportscenter) are on sale STARTING TODAY. 

The price is$25 through Feb. 24. Tickets will be available at the door for $40.

NOTE: If you would like to bring a guest (a student from another school) to the Dance, you must fill out a guest form. Guest forms may be submitted NOW through Feb. 17. 

ONGOING ~ Registration For Summer School Is OPEN: Online registration for summer school courses is NOW until March 23Click here for instructions on how to register. Classes will be determined and staff will be hired based on the number of requests. After March 23, all registration is accepted on a space-available basis. Every effort will be made to accommodate all registrations. Families will be contacted as soon as possible if a registration request can not be accommodated due to a class being full or there are staffing issues. The tuition fees are listed in the course descriptions. All fees must be paid at the time of registration. Incomplete registration will not be accepted. Please contact the summer school office at 847-415-4520 
or with questions. *NOTE: Summer school registration is different from the academic school year registration/fees payment process.

TUESDAY ~  FAN | A Place Called Home: A Memoir of Deprivation and Hope: This virtual event via Zoom begins at 7 p.m. on TUESDAY and requires registration.

MONDAY, Feb. 6: Family Engagement Breakfast ~ Join this breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. on MONDAY, Feb. 6 in Room 5132 in the Patriot Wellness Center. The topic is: “Scheduling ~ Help Your Teen Find A Healthy Balance.” A teen’s day can be packed from morning to night with school, activities, and other obligations. It can be easy to have things slip and go unfinished. Helping teens create a schedule will allow them to better manage their time. Join us as we talk about tools to help teens build time management skills for high school and beyond.

PWC Updates: Classes, Hours And Closings

Check out the schedule and class offerings at the Patriot Wellness Center.

Please note that through the end of February, new hours at the PWC on Saturdays and Sundays are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The hours Monday through Friday will stay the same.

The PWC will be closed on the following dates:
Feb. 20, March 3, March 6, April 7, May 29

Gone Fishin’: Bass Fishing Team To Meet TOMORROW

There will be a Bass Fishing Informational Meeting for the Spring Season after school TOMORROW in Room 2626.

Please e-mail questions to:

HEARD Is Back: Have Your Voice HEARD!

Diversity Council is holding January’s HEARD Meeting at 3:45 p.m. TOMORROW in Room 1912.

HEARD (Helpers in Equity and Racial Diversity) meetings are for all students to express any concerns (racial/cultural discrimination) directly with the school administration to make direct change.

Join HEARD to discuss any thoughts you may have about racial and cultural diversity here at Stevenson with peers!

This meeting’s discussion will include religious diversity and representation.

Have your voice HEARD!

The Reminders For Students section tightens our Student Announcements section by including information about events/action items that have already been fully promoted in the Digest, but that have yet to happen or are still open-ended with deadlines (submissions/applications/permission slips). These reminders, which will run every day, will include direct links to applicable websites or documents, and/or to previous editions of the “Digest” that feature the full listing about the event. Please check here regularly! 

ACADEMICS ONGOING ~ Register Now For Summer School: Online registration for Summer School courses is open NOW until March 23. To get started, please go toInfinite CampusClick here for instruction on how to registerSummer School is open to current Stevenson studentsas well as current eighth graders who will be registered as incoming freshmen in the Class of 2027. *NOTE: Summer School registration is different from the academic school year registration/fees payment process that will begin in mid-May. Contact the summer school office at 847-415-4520 or with questions. Full “Daily Digest” listing.


TOMORROW ~ Information Meeting For “Kilometers For Kenya:” The National Honor Society will be hosting “Kilometers For Kenya,” its Spring Fundraising Event, in March and is looking for participants. **For those who would like to participate, there will be two informational meetings TOMORROW: at 3:40 p.m. in the Patriot Wellness Center Multipurpose Room (5024), and at 7 p.m. on Zoom. All students are welcome and must attend one of the informational meetings. “Kilometers For Kenya,” from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 11 in the Fieldhouse, is a team walking and running competition, and each lap completed will be a donation towards the Angaza Center. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

ONGOING ~ Check Out The Newest Half-Wit: The “Half-Wit” is Stevenson’s literary magazine that is designed specifically for freshmen and sophomores. The magazine showcases incredible student fiction, poetry, prose, drama, raps, musical scores and art. Check out the 2022 edition of the Half Wit!


THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY ~ “Romeo And Juliet:” The Freshmen/Sophomore Play, “Romeo & Juliet” features three shows and will run THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (7 p.m.), FRIDAY, Feb. 3 (7 p.m.) and SATURDAY, Feb. 4 (7 p.m.) in the Little Theater. Tickets are $7 and are available on GoFanFull “Daily Digest” listing.

Competitive Dance Team Gets Another Top 3 Finish At State

For the tenth time since 2013, Stevenson’s Competitive Dance team flexed its muscles at the IHSA State Finals, earning a Top 3 finish.

Competing at Grossinger Motors Arena in downstate Bloomington over the weekend, the Patriots finished third in the 3A bracket with a score of 94.02, just behind state champion Lake Park (97.87) and second-place Barrington (96.68).

This is the second year in a row that the team has placed third in state. The Patriots have also won three state championships: 2017, 2020 and 2021.

Bowler Jackson Sher Competes At State

Junior Jackson Sher (pictured left) participated in the IHSA Boys Bowling State Finals over the weekend at St. Clair Bowl in downstate O’Fallon, and finished as the third-highest bowler from Lake County.

Making it through the preliminary rounds, Sher ended the competition with a game high 256 and a 545 series. Sher bowled a 200.6 average on the weekend.

Sports Notes

Boys Hockey: Stevenson seniors Will HarlowDavis Jegers and Dylan Jette (pictured above) were all named to the All-State Team for the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois. There will be an All-State All-Star game that will take place on Feb.13 at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.

 Sports Events Ahead

TODAY ~ Girls Gymnastics Regional: The Patriots are headed to the IHSA Regional TODAY at Carmel High School. Tickets are $5 for general admission. There will be no cash sales. Live scoring can be viewed via MeetScorer. Action starts at 6 p.m.

SATURDAY ~ Boys Swimming And Diving NSC Open Invite: The Patriots will compete in the North Suburban Conference Open Invite on SATURDAY at Lake Forest High School. Action starts at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at GoFan – NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Sports Reminders

Similar to the new Reminders For Students section, Sports Reminders will be a daily sports section that includes sports items that have already been fully promoted in the “Digest,” but that have yet to happen or are still open-ended with deadlines. Please check here regularly! 

ONGOING ~ Spring Sports Registration: Please note that Spring Sports are right around the corner and registration is open NOW.Register for Spring Sports HEREAll Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

TODAY ~ Girls Basketball T-Shirt Sales At Lunch: The girls basketball program is doing a “Play For Kay/Think Pink” Cancer Fundraiser at its game on TOMORROW against Lake Forest. The Patriots are selling T-shirts that fans can wear at the game. The T-shirts are $10 and will be on sale during the lunch periods TODAY in the Wood Commons and the Glass Commons. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

TOMORROW ~ Girls Soccer Meeting: There is a Girls Soccer Information Meeting TOMORROW at 3:45 pm in Room 2004.  All prospective girls soccer student-athletes are invited and encouraged to attend.

THURSDAY ~Girls Badminton Meeting: There will be an Information Meeting for all athletes interested in trying out for the girls badminton team this Spring. The meeting will be held THURSDAY from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 2104. The meeting will cover program expectations and tryout information while providing an opportunity to meet the coaches. Any freshmen unable to attend can contact Coach Shanmugasundaram ( or Coach Edstrom ( for information. Any upperclassmen unable to attend can contact Coach Johnson (

FRIDAY, Feb. 10 ~Winter Sports Awards/ESPPA Nominations: All winter athletes and parents are invited to attend the Winter Sports Awards Night at 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, March 7 in the Sportscenter. Nominate a WINTER athlete for an Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) by FRIDAY, Feb. 10. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

Sports Results

Boys Basketball: It’s a milestone that few high school coaches reach: Win No. 500. Boys basketball coach Pat Ambrose, now in his 24th year, reached that summit over the weekend as the Patriots edged visiting Mundelein, 47-38. It was the 500th victory of Ambrose’s career as a head coach, which started at Stevenson with the 1999-2000 season. He has since taken four teams to the state finals: fourth place in 2007, seconnd place in 2013, third place in 2014, and a State Championship in 2015. Ambrose also has 8 NSC Championships, 9 Regional Championships, 5 Sectional Championships (1 Sweet 16-covid shutdown) and 4 Supersectional Championships. He is a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Against Mundelein, the Patriots (17-4, 8-1) got 18 points from Jack Dabbs, who is pictured above right and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Aidan Bardic contributed 14 points with 4 assists and 1 steal. Next up for the Patriots is a visit to Lake Forest at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Competitive Cheer: The Patriots qualified for State with an enthusiastic and electric performance over the weekend, taking second place in the Buffalo Grove Sectional with a 94.10, only 2.13 points behind the first-place Marist. The Patriots will travel to Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington for the state competition starting on Friday. 

Girls Bowling: The Patriots (5-10, 2-10) took on the North Suburban Conference in the conference championship on Friday and Allison Parks bowled her personal best and team high 221. Anna Reyes had two 167 games and was in the individual lead after three games. In the second half of the day, Amanda Xumsai bowled a team high 199. Next up for the Patriots is the IHSA Regional at Bertrand Lanes on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m.

Boys Hockey: 
Stevenson hosted the St. Viator Lions in the Blackhawk Rivalry Series and lost 8-7 in OT. Davis Jegers (pictured in both photos, middle in top photo) had 2 goals and 4 assists on the night and became the first player in the history of the Scholastic Hockey League to log more than 54 points (55) in a single season. Zach Meyers matched Jegers with 2 goals, scoring one during a power play. Brandon Schultz added 1 goal and 1 assist along with teammates Zach Kulick and Tristan Caridei who both scored one goal each. Will Harlow had 2 assists on the night followed by Jimmy BrownSpencer Harman and Dylan Jette, all with 1 assist each. Next up for the Patriots is conference opponent Loyola at Twin Rinks at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  

Boys Swimming And Diving: The Patriots traveled to Wisconsin to take on the best of the best in the Middleton High School Invite and finished second with a 403, 12.5 points behind the host and winner Middleton. Michael WywrockiDavid KohanColin Zhang and Jack Curtin placed second in the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:36.82. Diego Rosario-Freytes placed third in the 200-yard free and first in the 100-yard fly with a 51.73. Zhang took first in the 200-yard IM and in first the 100-yard breaststroke. Kohan placed third in the 50-yard free with a 22.19. Curtin placed third in the 100-yard free with a 48.65. In the 200-yard free relay, Rosario-Freytes, Kohan, Kyler Chou and Max St. Georges La Pointe finished third with a 1:28.15. The Patriots finished second in the 400-yard free relay with Rosario-Freytes, Jonny Farber, Zhang, and Curtin. Next up for Stevenson is a home meet against Zion-Benton at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Boys And Girls Fencing: The boys and girls fencing teams participated in the Great Lakes Individual Fencing Championships at Maine West. In the Men’s Epee, Brian Yoon placed third and Phillip Ivanov placed sixth. In the Men’s Foil, Patrick Eniou finished fifth and in the Men’s Saber, Joshua Lim finished third, Haici Li finished fifth and Daron Sun finished seventh. Molly Hayden finished fifth while Ruhi Sachar finished seventh in the Women’s Epee. In Women’s Foil, Sahana Bawa finished third and Lina Kim finished sixth. In the Women’s Saber, Joyce Kim and Nicole Kim tied for third. Next up for the Patriots is the Deerfield Invite on Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m.

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

Jan. 31:  FAN ~ A Place Called Home: A Memoir of Deprivation and Hope
Jan. 31:  Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Lake Forest: “Think Pink” Game
Feb. 1: Black History Month Begins 
Feb. 2-4:  2023 Frosh/Soph Play: Romeo and Juliet
Feb. 6-10: CCC Presents ~ College Week

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