Monday, Feb. 13, 2023

Huge Crowds Got Taste Of Asian Culture At Night Market

Hosted by the Asian American Student Association, D125 Asian Night Market on Saturday featured food booths and performances, all with a colorful, fun and authentic Asian flair.

The Performing Arts Center and Glass Commons were crowded with nearly 2,000 people as students, parents and community members enjoyed a fun night of good eats and entertainment.

Proceeds from the food ticket sales will be donated to UNICEF and split between flood victims in Pakistan and victims of the Turkey/Syria earthquake.

Thank you to Jenny (Sojung) Lee for her fun and interesting takeover of Stevenson’s Instagram account on Saturday night to showcase the behind-the-scenes of D125 Asian Night Market. 

For more D125 Asian Night Market photos, check out this full gallery.

Photos: Joel Lerner

Chess Team Checkmates The State For Third Straight Championship

The third time was the charm.

But then again, so was the first time…and the second time.

Stevenson’s Chess Team again flexed its muscles and won the IHSA State Championship over the weekend at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria.

It essentially is a three-peat for the Patriots, who have won the last three in-person IHSA State Championships. Stevenson won the school’s second-ever chess state championship (the first was in 2008) in 2020, right before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. During COVID-19 in 2021, the state held an “online experience” and the Patriots placed third. Then, last year, when the state finals returned to in-person, Stevenson took first again…and then this year’s win made it three state titles in a row, in person.

“It is quite an accomplishment,” Chess Coach Vincent Springer said of the three-peat. “I am so impressed with our team this year because we had a bit of a scare in the fourth round against Hinsdale Central. The team became focused as I had never seen before, and they ended up handily defeating their last three opponents to win the title.

“I am very fortunate to work with such exceptional students. They exemplify good sportsmanship and leadership while at tournaments, which matches their great chess skill.”

To the above right is a photo of the seniors on the Chess Team. From left to right, they are: Stella PashyanKurinji ShivakumarRohit Guha and Srihas Rao. Pashyan, Guha and Rao have been a part of all three state championships.

Two For One TONIGHT: Orchestra Chamber Concert Doubles The Fun

The members of the Patriot Orchestra and Symphonic Orchestra classes will be busy, busy, busy as they perform in small ensembles over two exciting events…all in one night!

The Orchestra Chamber Concert will be held at 6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. TONIGHT 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.

FRIDAY ~ 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 at 12 noon. Visit Stevenson’s Biliteracy page and Biliteracy Exam FAQ for languages offered, registration, and payment information.

MARCH 1 ~ Deadline For Applications For PPA Executive Board: The Stevenson Patriot Parent Association (PPA) is looking for adults who are interested in joining the PPA Executive Board or serving as a co-chairperson of one of its many committees for the 2023-34 school year. You can be involved in PPA with the Bake Sale, Staff Hospitality, Free Treat Day, Freshman Class Reps, the Committee of Fun, or the Assignment Notebook committee. Applications are being taken online now until March 1. Sign up here. There will also be an opportunity this summer to sign up to volunteer for individual 2023-24 events. Watch for that announcement by following the PPA on Facebook or Instagram: @shsppa If you have any questions, please contact the PPA President, Rani Dabbs, at

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 14 ~ Submit Worksheet To Schedule A P-SCoPE Meeting For Juniors: Counselors are available to meet with JUNIORS for a Post Secondary SCoPE (P-SCoPE) meeting from NOW through mid-June. The P-SCoPE meeting is a 45-minute individual family appointment with a post-secondary counselor to discuss options after high school, and answer questions your family might have. Families may make one such appointment per student. To ensure the availability of appointments for the Class of 2024, please submit a completed worksheet by March 14 to or drop it off at the CCC (Room 1123). Interpreters can be available for the meeting with proper advanced notice.

MARCH 23 ~ Deadline to register for Summer School: Online registration for summer school courses is open 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.

NOW THROUGH END OF APRIL ~ SCoPE Meeting For Sophomores: Every year, Sophomores at Stevenson have an opportunity to meet with their counselor for a Student Counselor Parent Engagement (SCoPE) meeting to have a meaningful discussion about the high school experience. Sophomore SCoPE Meetings occur through the end of April. To schedule a meeting, parents/guardians should click the scheduling link in the e-mail they received from their counselor. If assistance is needed with translations, click here or e-mail your counselor.

Thinking About Attending The College Of Lake County?
Multiple CLC Workshops On Tap…Continuing TOMORROW!

Seniors: The College And Career Center is hosting a series of College Of Lake County workshops throughout the Second Semester, continuing TOMORROW.

If you would like to participate, please plan ahead. Students can attend application workshops during their lunch or free period(s). Other workshops during the school day will require teacher permission to be excused from class.

Here is the schedule for the rest of February:

TOMORROW: CLC Application Workshop ~ 8th period in the CCC

THURSDAY, Feb. 23:  CLC Application Workshops – All lunch periods in the CCC

TOMORROW 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. TOMORROW morning in the Dance Studio (Room 2112) to learn the “Dance Of The Month!”

TOMORROW: Find A Job At 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 TOMORROW 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!
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.

SPARK An Interest In STEM: Attend Information Meeting THURSDAY 

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 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

FRIDAY DEADLINE: Guest Form For Winterfest Dance

Don’t Forget:
 If you would like to bring a guest (a student from another school) to the Winterfest Dance on Saturday, Feb. 25, you must fill out a guest form.

Guest forms must be submitted BY FRIDAY. 

Save The Date: Senior Showcase Is FRIDAY!

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. on FRIDAY at the Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door.

Weekly 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

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!


FRIDAY ~ 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, 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 FRIDAY. 

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.

Sports Events Ahead

Boys Swimming/Diving Sectional: Fresh off its North Suburban Conference championship, Stevenson’s boys swimming and diving team will be competing in the IHSA Sectional on Saturday at Lake Forest High School, 1285 McKinley Road. Tickets are $6 and those who attend the diving competition in the morning (9 a.m. start with balcony opening at 8:30 a.m.) will be able to use that ticket for the entire swimming session in the afternoon (1 p.m. start, with balcony opening at 12 noon). Tickets must be purchased via GoFan.

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.

THURSDAY ~ Mandatory Meeting: For those who have not attended the mandatory student-athlete meeting, the next opportunity to attend one of the mandatory meetings is THURSDAY. 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.

Sports Results

Girls Wrestling: Stevenson wrestlers traveled to Evanston for the Girls Sectional and Sajra Suleman (pictured above) finishing first in the 145-pound weight class to qualify for the IHSA State Finals February 24-25 at Grossinger Arena in Bloomington.

Boys Wrestling: At the Class 3A Sectional at Barrington, Lorenzo Frezza (pictured left with black sweatshirt) qualified for the IHSA State Finals in the 138-pound weight class, winning by a major decision, 11-3. Thomas Schoolman (pictured left in green) also qualified for state in the 160-pound weight class with a major forfeit. The IHSA State Finals will take place this weekend at the State Farm Center in Champaign.

Girls Bowling: Anna Reyes participated in the New Trier Sectional on Saturday. While she didn’t qualify for the state finals, Reyes placed 25th out of 106 other bowlers. Reyes bowled a high game of 198 and a 1067 series. 

Boys Swimming and Diving: Stevenson hosted the NSC Championship on Saturday, winning the conference title with 346 points. It all started with the diving competition on Friday at Libertyville, with Danny Silverstein winning the 1-meter with a 479.65 and Finlay Oyston placing fourth with a 402.40. On Saturday, the Patriots started strong in the 200-yard medley relay, taking first with a 1:35.88. Jonny FarberMax Kolbunov and Liam Plautz placed first, second and third in the 200-yard free. Taking first in the 200-IM was Colin Zhang with a 1:55.25. In the 100-yard fly, Diego Rosario-Freytes (51.11) and David Kohan (51.56) placed first and second. The 200-yard free relay team of Kohan, Farber, Plautz and Jack Curtin placed first with a 1:26.21. Farber did it again, placing first (50.55) in the 100-yard backstroke followed by Olin Kusevskis with a 54.42. Stevenson swept the field in the 100-yard breaststroke, going 1, 2, 3.  And finally in the 400-yard free, the Patriots placed first (3:09.57) and second (3:14.78). Next up for Stevenson is the IHSA Sectional at Lake Forest on Saturday with diving beginning at 9 a.m. and swimming beginning at 1 p.m.

Boys Basketball: With first place in the North Suburban Conference on the line, the Patriots (20-6, 11-2) took on host Libertyville and fell in a tight game, 41-40. Christian Uremovich scored 14 points and added 3 rebounds. David Sulnius recorded 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Stevenson will end the regular season on the road at Mundelein at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Girls Basketball: The Patriots (10-4, 20-11) hosted their last home game on Friday and lost to Nazareth, 52-44. Emory Klatt led Stevenson with 21 points. Kendell Williams finished with 7 points and Nisha Musunuri had 6 points. Next up for the Patriots is the IHSA Regional against Highland Park at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Lake Zurich High School.

Boys Hockey: The Patriots (15-13, 40-15) played game two in the Scholastic Hockey League playoffs and lost to Loyola 4-0 in a tough matchup. Stay tuned for more information on the remainder of Stevenson’s season.

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

Feb. 13-28:Black History Month
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
Feb. 20:NO SCHOOL: President’s Day!

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