Friday, Feb. 10, 2023

D125 Asian Night Market Serves Up Food/Performances TOMORROW!

Want to immerse yourself in Asian culture and cuisine? Check out D125 Asian Night Market TOMORROW.

Hosted by the Asian American Student Association, Asian Night Market will feature food booths (4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) in the Glass Commons and performances (6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.) in the Performing Arts Center. 

Tickets for food will be on sale for $1 (cash only) each, but performances are free.

SAGA Dance Is Back: Masquerade Ball Is TONIGHT!

It’s been three long years since the last SAGA Dance, so this year’s Masquerade Ball is going to be bigger and better than ever!

The Sexuality And Gender Alliance invites you to join your friends and show your support for Stevenson’s LGBTQ+ community by dancing the night away TONIGHT from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Lower East Glass Commons.

Music will be provided by the Stevenson DJ Club. There will also be free food and fun activities. This is a great opportunity to meet some new people and have fun!!

For more information, please visit SAGA’s special Masquerade Ball website.

Two For One: Orchestra Chamber Concert Doubles The Fun

It will be a busy MONDAY for members of the Patriot Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra classes as they will perform in small ensembles over two exciting events in one night!

The Orchestra Chamber Concert will be held at 6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Recital Hall.

A packed house is expected with students from all orchestra classes in attendance, plus family and friends of the performers.

The event may also be viewed via Vimeo.

On Target: Archery Team Hits The Mark For St. Jude;
Qualifies For State Tournament

There were plenty of bullseyes piling up last month as the Stevenson Archery Team hosted its annual fundraiser for the St. Jude Children Research Hospital.

Friends and family sponsored archers for an amount for every bullseye and the team raised nearly $3,000 for St. Jude, which advances cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.

Here are the Top 5 finishers in bullseyes: Evan Lin ~ 15 bullseyes, Joseph Jumg ~ 14 bullseyes, Elizabeth Kim ~ 13 bullseyes, Zoe Thorndyke ~ 11 bullseyes and Aarush Katta ~ 10 bullseyes.

More Archery News: The good vibes from the Archery Team’s fundraiser carried right over into its performance at Armstrong High School last weekend in the Armstrong-Potomac Cupid Classic.

The Patriots scored a 3208, which was a high enough score to qualify them for this year’s NASP State Tournament!

Top Scorers for the team were: Junior Arshdeep Saini with a 280 and 15 bullseyes, sophomore Zion Li (pictured left along with teammate Elizabeth Kim, foreground) with a 277 and 13 bullseyes, senior Olivia Gancarz with a 273 and 13 bullseyes, junior Aarush Katta with a 270 and 8 bullseyes and sophomore Austin Zehnder with a 269 and 12 bullseyes. Saini, who also finished seventh overall in the male division, and Zehnder are both new to the archery program this season.

The team will travel to Phoenix STEM Academy next weekend (Feb. 18) for the Rise of the Phoenix Tournament.

Robotics Team Advanced To Finals Of Spin Up Tournament

It was Stevenson versus Stevenson last weekend in the semifinals at the VEX Robotics Spin Up Tournament that was hosted on campus by the VEX Robotics Club and attracted 22 teams from nine schools.

During the elimination rounds of the tournaments, in the semifinals, Stevenson Team 1965 W Hugs and Krishes and their alliance partners went up against Team 1965Z Shreekar and Friends (pictured above) with a chance to advance to the finals.

Team 1965W (robot pictured above right) won a closely-contested matchup, but then unfortunately fell in the finals.

For more photos from the tournament, please check out this gallery from student photographer Ansh Aggarwal. Instagram:

Madame President!
Sonika Jalem Elected President Of Illinois Junior Classical League

For the first time in school history, a Stevenson student was elected to the presidency of the Illinois Junior Classical League. ILJCL is a chapter of the National Junior Classical League that aims to foster an appreciation and understanding of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome by hosting activities and events that promote the study of the classics in the modern world.

At the Illinois Junior Classical League Convention last weekend, Stevenson’s Latin Club put together a strong showing, topped by junior Sonika Jalem (pictured left) being elected president. That gives Stevenson a representative on the executive board of the ILJCL for the second consecutive year.

Meanwhile, Ainika Hou presented on her “Leaping Into Latin” tutoring program which aims to make Latin accessible to Stevenson’s middle school students free of charge. The presentation, which focused on the program’s development and implementation, highlighted the use of Zoom to increase accessibility. Hou’s co-presenters were Austin GolinkinVanshi Vempati, and Jalem.

Vaishnavi Sankar (pictured right), the outgoing First Vice President of the IlJCL, presented on “Bias In The Representation And Interpretation Of Romulus,” a topic that was more likely to be seen at a Masters Level presentation.

Stevenson’s Novice Certamen Team of Hadassah RingNataniah DanielJanardhan Vasireddy and Aaditya Sawant took third place overall.

Other place-winners: 
🏅 First Place: Sivani Potnuru ~ Drawing

🏅 Second Place: Sivani Potnuru ~ Vocabulary; Sonika Jalem ~ Traditional Vocabulary; Sonika Jalem ~ Drawing

🏅 Third Place: Max Slivich ~ Reading Comprehension, Large Models; Sonika Jalem ~ Computer Assisted Photography

🏅 Fourth Place: Nataniah Daniel ~ Decathelon; Ian Harmon ~ Decathelon, Latin Derivatives; Sonika Jalem ~ Cartoon Cards, Painting; Dhruv Pendharkar ~ Reading Comprehension

🏅 Fifth Place: Ainika Hou ~ Vocabulary; Sonika Jalem ~ Latin Derivatives; Vaishnavi Sankar ~ Greek Derivatives; Smaran Tadepalli ~ Mythology

“Community College Week” Wraps TODAY!

A total of six community colleges scheduled visits to Stevenson this week during “Community College Week,” with all visits taking place in the College And Career Center.

Today is the final day of “Community College Week.”

TODAY, Sixth Period ~ Harper College (students can receive in-district tuition rates by working within campus boundaries)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at D125 Asian Night Market TOMORROW night as senior Jenny (Sojung) Lee (pictured left) will be leading a take-over of Stevenson’s main Instagram account.

Lee, the social media director of the Asian American Student Association Club, has been a member of the club for three years, since its inception. During her freshman year, she and some friends helped create the club.

“(D125 Asian Night Market) is a great opportunity to showcase the multicultural backgrounds that Stevenson students have,” Lee said. “It is fun, and I love the food and watching the cool performances.”

During her first year, Lee performed with a group representing Korea and danced to K-Pop.

Matters Of The Heart: Get Tested Stevenson; It’s FREE!

It was a morning in September of 2005 like any other morning. Max Schewitz hugged his Mom goodbye and left for work.

By noon, Schewitz (pictured right) was dead. He was 20 years old.

Schewitz, a graduate of Lake Forest High School, died of a hidden cardiac disease.

Did you know that 1 in 300 young adults have an undetected heart condition that puts them at risk?

The Max Schewitz Foundation in partnership with Stevenson High School is offering cardiac testing, including an EKG, via the HeartSmart EKG program for FREE (normally the testing is $20 to $25 per student) for all Stevenson students.

The testing will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 in Rooms 5120 to 5128.

Schewitz had never had an EKG test. If he had, it might have saved his life. EKGs are not routinely done on seemingly healthy young adults in our communities. A painless, simple and non-invasive EKG detects 94 percent of high-risk individuals compared to 9 percent by physical examination and 20 percent detected by a physician discussing family history. 

The Max Schewitz Foundation has provided more than 100,000 EKG tests to high school and college students. More than 1,000 students have been referred for further medical evaluation. They may have failed their test but what they learned may have saved their lives.

Registration is now open for the FREE testing, and closes at 10 p.m. on Feb. 26. No late registrations or walk-ins will be accepted.

Students will receive a copy of their EKG.

Reminder: Activity Period On MONDAY

Don’t Forget, Patriots:
 There is an Activity Period on MONDAY from 10:06 a.m. to 10:49 a.m.

There will be meetings for nearly 20 clubs or activities and that list can be found here.

If you will not be attending one of those meetings, please stay in your second-period classroom.

TUESDAY Morning: Learn The “Dance Of The Month” ~ Dai!

Seniors Gloria Xing and Rachael Chen will be teaching the cultural Chinese dance Dai for a National Honor Society of Dance Arts “Dance Of The Month.”

Dai Dance originates from the Yunnan Province in southern China. It is known for its unique hand position as well as its hard-hitting and grounded movements. The movement encapsulates natural phenomenons and the Dai people’s nomadic Lifestyle.

Join Xing and Chen at 7:45 a.m. TUESDAY morning in the Dance Studio (Room 2112) to learn the “Dance Of The Month!”

Save The Date: Senior Showcase Is Next Weekend!

Are you excited for the first annual Senior Showcase (previously Mr. SHS)?

This show will include theatrical performances, stunning choreography and…magic!

Cheer on the 13 contestants from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. next Friday (Feb. 17) at the Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door.

SPARK An Interest In STEM: Attend Information Meeting Next Week 

Interested in pursuing a career related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) research?

Check out the upcoming Informational Meeting next week of the SPARK Summer Internship Program for the Summer of 2023.

The meeting, scheduled for THURSDAY (Feb. 16) during all lunch periods (lunch is not provided) in Room 2104, is MANDATORY for all sophomores and juniors who are interested in the SPARK program.

Each student who participates in SPARK is assigned to job-shadow a local practicing professional, and will participate in the educational programs offered by their scientific/research organization. Students will also work collaboratively with the mentor on a research problem or experiment developed by the mentor and the student for a period of 70 to 100 hours, in person over the summer. In the fall, following their internship experience, students will share what they have learned via a poster presentation during an evening Research Symposium at Stevenson High School.

NOTE: Space is limited to the amount of mentors supporting an internship each summer. For more information, you must attend the meeting. Any questions, please contact Mr. Brett Erdmann at

Run…Walk…And Fundraise, For A Good Cause!

There is still time to sign up and fundraise for a great event next month hosted by the National Honor SocietyKilometers For Kenya.

It is a team walking/running competition on MARCH 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Fieldhouse, and each lap completed will be a donation towards the Angaza Center. The Angaza Center is a nonprofit organization that empowers students in rural African schools with information technology literacy that is critical for attaining economic and social prosperity.

The last day to register a team is MARCH 4, and Team Captains can register here.

To start your team fundraising, share this link with family and friends, and have them put your name in the comment section so the donation will count towards your team totals.

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!


THROUGH TODAY ~ Certificate Pick-Up: Stevenson students who are Illinois State Scholars should pick up their certificates, which were first made available in mid-December, in the College Career Center by showing their ID.

TUESDAY, Feb. 14 ~ Summer Job Fair: Representatives from more than 40 local businesses (camps, food, retail) will be sharing part-time work opportunities available to students this summer at the upcoming Summer Job Fair. Stevenson is hosting the event next TUESDAY (Feb. 14) during the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-period lunches in Rooms 5120, 5124 and 5128 of the Patriot Wellness Center, and students may visit any time. To see which businesses and organizations will be attending, please be sure to check out the 2023 Summer Job Fair Information Map!

TUESDAY, Feb. 14 ~ CLC Workshops: The College And Career Center is hosting a series of College Of Lake County workshops throughout the Second Semester. The next date in the series is an application workshop on TUESDAY, Feb. 14, followed by another application workshop on THURSDAY, Feb. 23. Full “Daily Digest” listing, including more information and all dates. 

FRIDAY, Feb. 17 ~ Registration Deadline For Biliteracy Exam: The February 2023 Biliteracy Exam is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25. The exam is available only to Juniors and Seniors, and seating is limited. The registration deadline for the exam is Friday, Feb. 17, at 12 noon. Visit Stevenson’s Biliteracy page and Biliteracy Exam FAQ for languages offered, registration, and payment information.

MARCH 1-APRIL 1 ~ Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships: Apply for these post-secondary scholarships, with deadlines ranging from March 1 to April 1.

MARCH 8 ~ Deadline To Register For Second-Semester AP Tests: Students taking Second Semester (Only) Advanced Placement classes can now register for their AP Tests that will take place in May. Registration must be completed and a full payment must be made by March 8. Please refer to the AP page on the Stevenson website for more information.

MARCH 23 ~ Deadline To Register For Summer School: Online registration for Summer School courses is open until March 23. To get started, please go to Infinite 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.



FRIDAY, Feb. 24 ~ Early-Bird Ticket Deadline For Winterfest 2023: Arcade! Get your tickets for the upcoming Winterfest Dance, which will be held on SATURDAY, Feb. 25 (7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the West Commons and Sportscenter). 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. 

UNTIL MARCH 31 ~ Senior Party Cruise Tix: Seniors can now buy tickets for “The Senior Class Party,” an amazing two-hour boat cruise on Lake Michigan May 25, aboard the “Spirit Of Chicago!” Seniors will enjoy amazing skyline views and DJ entertainment during the cruise. There will also be a lunch buffet on the boat that will include delicious desserts and unlimited soft drinks. The early-bird price for tickets ($40 apiece) is good until MARCH 31, and after that tickets will increase to $45 apiece. To complete the transaction, put your Student ID in the Promo Code. Buses will board at Stevenson at 12 noon on May 25 and then head to Navy Pier to board the boat. The cruise will run from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Buses will bring everyone back to Stevenson by around 6 p.m.

TODAY Is Deadline For Winter Sports Awards Nominations!

The Winter Sports Awards Night is coming up next month and part of the event includes the announcement of the annual Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards.

Students, parents, faculty and staff are encouraged to vote for Winter athletes and teams in the following categories: Team Community Service, Comeback Award, Breakthrough Under-Level Athlete, Breakthrough Varsity Athlete, Best Under-Level Game Performance, Best Varsity Game Performance, Superfans, Best Manager and Best Moment in Winter Sports.

Nominate a WINTER athlete for an Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Awards (ESPPA) by TODAY.

The Winter Sports Awards Night is at 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, March 7 in the Sportscenter.

Sports Events Ahead

TODAY/TOMORROW ~ Girls Wrestling Sectional: Junior Sajra Sulejmani and senior Sammi Goldstein from Stevenson will be attempting to qualify for the IHSA Girls State Wrestling Finals for the second straight year by competing this weekend in the IHSA Sectional hosted at Evanston Township High School. The sectional at Evanston will run TODAY and TOMORROW in Beardsley Gym. Doors do not open to spectators until 4:45 p.m. today. Spectators may enter through the rear of the school at Entrance 3 or through Door 51 off of Dodge Avenue. Tickets are $7 per day and must be purchased via GoFan.

TODAY/TOMORROW ~ Boys Wrestling Sectional: Stevenson will be competing in the IHSA Boys Wrestling Sectional at Barrington High School’s Main Gym TODAY (5 p.m.) and TOMORROW (10 a.m.). Tickets are $7 per day and must be purchased at GoFan IHSA

TODAY/TOMORROW ~ Boys Swimming And Diving NSC Meet: Stevenson will be vying for the North Suburban Conference championship starting tonight in diving. Libertyville High School will be hosting the diving portion of the NSC Meet starting at 6 p.m. TONIGHT. Tickets for the diving-only portion of the NSC Meet can be purchased on GoFan. They are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $1 for senior citizens. Then, TOMORROW, Stevenson will host the swimming portion of the NSC Meet. Action starts at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan. They are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens/students.

Sports Reminders

Similar to the new Reminders For Students section, Sports Reminders is 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 HERE. All Spring Sports Information can be found in this document or on the Stevenson Athletics website. Full “Daily Digest” listing.

MONDAY, Feb. 13 ~ Recruiting 101: Are you interested in the college recruiting process? Do you want to know more about how to get started?

Then please attend the Recruiting Informational Meeting on MONDAY, Feb. 13 in Room 5132 with Athletic Coordinator Kyle Washburn during the Activity Period (from 10:06 a.m. to 10:49 a.m.).

Be sure to RSVP using the QR Code.

THURSDAY, Feb. 16 ~ Mandatory Meeting: For those who have not attended the mandatory student-athlete meeting, the next opportunity to attend one of the mandatory meetings is next THURSDAY, Feb. 16. from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the West Auditorium. Please be on time as the presentation will start right on time.

FRIDAY, Feb. 24 ~ Boys Lacrosse Meeting: There will be an Informational Meeting for Boys Lacrosse on FRIDAY, Feb. 24 in Room 1204 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, March 15 ~ Hall Of Fame Nominations: Nominations for the Stevenson Athletics Hall of Fame are now being accepted. Nominate an athlete, coach, staff member or supporter who through their commitment, sacrifice, and dedication to the Stevenson Athletic Program has brought pride and distinction to our school community. Deadline to submit is March 15.

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

Feb. 10-28:Black History Month
Feb. 10:CCC Presents ~ College Week
Feb. 10:SAGA Masquerade Ball
Feb. 11:D125 Asian Night Market
Feb. 13:Activity Period
Feb. 13:Chamber Orchestra Concert
Feb. 13:District 125 Board Of Education Meeting
Feb. 14:Summer Job Fair
Feb. 14:CCC Presents: CLC Application Workshop
Feb. 16: Late Arrival ⏰
Feb. 17:Senior Showcase

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