Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023

Stephen Freihammer Is Your 2023 Senior Showcase Winner!

There was acting, and choreography and even…magic! Contestants in Friday’s “Senior Showcase” went all out and wowed with their versatile and impressive skills in Stevenson’s annual talent competition in which a portion of scores are based on audience votes.

The competition was stiff, but it was Stephen Freihammer who pulled away from the pack with a memorable re-performance of Napoleon Dynamite. Freihammer won not only the competition and the bragging rights that come with it, but he also will receive two free Prom tickets as his prize. 

The runner-up, Arjun Nair, is receiving one free Prom ticket and Mr. Congeniality, Joey Kalou, gets one free Prom ticket as well.

For a full gallery of photos from Senior Showcase, please click here.

A special thank you to our other contestants, Nate Duffy,Jonathan Gordan, Charlie Grabiner, Joshua Kanapkapudi, Shaurya Khati, Maxwell Linder, Siddharth Paleati, Vedant Rupwal, Samuel Voronenko and Daniel Xu, and emcees Ean Kim and Lekha Kothapalli. A big thank you to senior Ashley Munkhbavar, a member of the Senior Class Board, for her interesting take-over of Stevenson’s main Instagram account, giving a behind-the-scenes look Friday night at Senior Showcase. 

Photos: Joel Lerner

Welcome To Winterfest Week!

Throwing it back to the 1980s, Winterfest Week kicks of TODAY with a week’s worth of fun activities and an arcade-themed dance that will serve as the grand finale on SATURDAY.

Early-bird pricing of $25 runs through FRIDAY. Tickets are $40 at the door.

Did you come to school “twinning” today? No worries, if not! Our themed spirit days continue this week, with Pink Wednesday tomorrow and 
Anything But a Backpack Day on Thursday! Check back on Student Council’s custom Winterfest Website for daily reminders!

TODAY ~Student Council will host “Fishing For Rubber Duckies” during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons.
TODAY ~ The Sophomore Class Board will host “Nintendo Night” from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Room 5120 and Room 5214. Bring your Nintendo Switch and compete for cool prizes in three different games: Smash Bros, Mario Kart and Mario Party.
TOMORROW ~Student Council will host “Ring Toss” during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons.
TOMORROW ~ The Senior Class Board will host a “Coloring Activity” during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons.

Check back on Student Council’s custom Winterfest Website for daily reminders!

Winter Choir Concert To Channel Its Inner Disney!

Get ready for a classic choir performance…Disney-style!

The Winter Choir Concert, scheduled for a 7 p.m. start TOMORROW in the Performing Arts Center, will include a variety of choral literature from the classics to…Disney. All of Stevenson’s Choir Classes ~ Stevenson Choir, Advanced Choir and Patriot SIngers ~ will perform, under the direction of Alice Nuteson and Kirstin Snelten. Concessions sold at the concert will serve as a fundraiser. The concert can also be viewed via Vimeo.

Winter Choir Concert To Channel Its Inner Disney!

Get ready for a classic choir performance…Disney-style!

The Winter Choir Concert, scheduled for a 7 p.m. start TOMORROW in the Performing Arts Center, will include a variety of choral literature from the classics to…Disney. All of Stevenson’s Choir Classes ~ Stevenson Choir, Advanced Choir and Patriot SIngers ~ will perform, under the direction of Alice Nuteson and Kirstin Snelten. Concessions sold at the concert will serve as a fundraiser. The concert can also be viewed via Vimeo.

Landau And Beckstrom Take The Cake At Baking Competiton

Think of your favorite baking competition on the Food Network.

That’s what reality was for seniors Anja Beckstrom (right in top left photo) and Jenna Landau (left in top left photo) earlier this month as they took place in the Family Careers and Community Leaders of America Section 2 STAR Baking & Pastry Arts Competition at the College of DuPage.

In this event, students had to demonstrate their baking and pastry arts skills through the preparation of a quick bread, choux pastry, and cake decorating ~ all within 2 hours and 45 minutes! The blueberry muffins, cranberry orange cookies, cream puffs and cake decorating were no match for them as Landau landed first place and Beckstrom took second place in the event. They will move to the state competition later in March.

FCCLA members compete in Child Development, Fashion, Interior Design, Culinary and Entrepreneurial events at the sectional, state and national levels. Students develop projects to showcase their knowledge and skills within Family & Consumer Sciences-related courses to compete against high schools nationwide.

TUESDAY, Feb. 28/WEDNESDAY, March 1 ~ HeartSmart EKG Testing: Registration closes at 10 p.m. on Feb. 26. 

MARCH 1 ~ Deadline Still Open For Applications For PPA Executive Board: The (PPA) is still 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. Applications are being taken online now until March 1. Sign up here. If you have any questions, please contact the PPA President, Rani Dabbs, at rhdabbs@gmail.com.

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.

Remembering Irie
Animal Welfare Club To Honor Search And Rescue Dog TODAY

It was an annual tradition for the Animal Welfare Club: a visit from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Vitale and his search and rescue dog, Irie.

Their visit for this year was scheduled long ago, but sadly, Irie was then diagnosed with kidney failure and died this past November. Irie was very well known, respected and loved in this area and was given a full decorated funeral service.

The Animal Welfare Club was not sure if Vitale would be up to keeping his scheduled visit at Stevenson, but he is and will be here from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on TODAY in Room 6110 with his new search and rescue puppy. The Animal Welfare Club will be presenting Vitale with a small “In Memory of Irie” remembrance. Stop by and give your regards to Mr. Vitale and meet his new pup!

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: March 3, March 6, April 7, May 29

Calling All Creatives! Attend The Odyssey Logo Workshop TODAY

Quick reminder: Students interested in designing the Odyssey logo for next year are strongly encouraged to attend a workshop on TODAY to get great tips from a professional designer. The workshop will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. today in Room 6108.

Ever Wonder What Medical School Is Like?
Med School Student To Give Zoom Presentation TOMORROW!

Sahil Sharma, who is currently attending Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, is excited to speak to students TOMORROW about his experience attending Chicago Medical School.

Some of the topics he plans to speak on include:

Why he chose medicine and what the path to medical school looks like.
What students should focus on in undergrad.
What a day in medical school looks like.
What it’s like working in a hospital/clinic.

This is a Zoom presentation beginning at 6 p.m. tomorrow. For those interested in attending, please fill out the “Everything About Medical School Signup Form.”

Interested In An HBCU? Sign Up For “Real Talk” Event

The College Board is offering a unique opportunity as part of its online information programming: “Real Talk: HBCU Edition.”

The is a two-night event, running March 1 and March 2, that will provide all kinds of information on HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges Or Universities), comparing colleges, providing advice on standing out during the admissions process, sharing information on special scholarships that can make college more affordable, and a session of answering questions in real time. Both events start at 6 p.m., and there is registration information here.

College Board’s Real Talk events were created to provide Black students and their families with the tools they need to feel confident while planning for their futures after high school.

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!


THURSDAY:  CLC Application Workshop – All lunch periods in the CCC
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 
MARCH 10″ Deadline For Odyssey Logo Contest Submission: Design the 2024 Odyssey Logo. Submissions will be accepted now through Friday, March 10. Prize is $150! More information about Odyssey and the logo contest can be found on the Odyssey website.

MARCH 4 ~ Deadline To Register For Team For Kilometers For Kenya This is a walking/Running Competition, sponsored by National Honor Society, that will be held on March 11 in the Fieldhouse. Make a donation.


THURSDAY: Operation Black History Month, our annual celebration about Black culture, is still on for ThursdayThe event will include plenty of fun activities and food from a local restaurant as well as performances, and is open to ALL Stevenson students. The food will be in Room 2104 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and the performances will be in the West Auditorium from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.
SATURDAY: Registration is open until this Saturday for Stevenson’s beloved annual 24-hour shsHacks! This year, shsHacks will be March 4 and March 5 from 12 noon to 12 noon in the ILC and is open to ALL Stevenson students, regardless of coding background. Registration is open until Friday! Visit the website shshacks.io and check out linktr.ee/shsHacks2023 for the most essential links!
THIS WEEKEND: Tickets are on sale now for the Patriot Theatre Company’s electric Winter Play production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” The show will run Friday, March 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 2 p.m. Seating is limited so get your tickets ($7 apiece) now.

Help Us Choose Our Class of 2024 Athletic Hall of Famers

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 Adlai E. Stevenson Athletic Program have brought pride and distinction to our school community. Deadline to submit is March 15. 

Sports Events Ahead

This weekend: Wrestler Sajra Sulejmani will head to the IHSA State Championship this weekend at Grossinger Motor Arena in Bloomington for the girls wrestling competition. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased here. The action starts at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Tomorrow: The boys’ basketball team will head to Lake Zurich HS tomorrow for the IHSA Regional semifinals against Highland Park. Tip off is at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at GoFan (Lake Zurich HS) starting tomorrow. 

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. For more information about Spring Sports, check out this document.
ONGOING ~ Register for Summer Sports Camp:
 For freshmen through seniors. Summer Sports Camp brochure, which is also located on the athletics webpage. Register here for Summer Sports Camp. Register early to make sure you are cleared to participate on the first day of camp.
FRIDAY ~ Boys Lacrosse Meeting: Room 1204 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, March 15 ~ Deadline For Hall Of Fame Nominations

Sports Results

Girls’ Gymnastics: Ashley SchabesEmma Fang and Clara Cavalcanti traveled to Palatine for the IHSA State finals on Friday and Saturday. Schabes finished sixth on the beam at the state finals with a score of 9.20 and tied for 17th in the all-around with a 35.975. Congratulations to Ashley, Emma and Clara for competing this weekend. 

Boys’ Swimming/Diving: Stevenson captures the Lake Forest Sectional with a score of 304 qualifying the defending champions for the IHSA State Finals once again. The 200-yd. medley relay team of Michael Wywrocki, Colin Zhang, Diego Rosario-Freytes and David Kohan rose to victory with a time of 1:34.55. Senior Jonny Farber placed first in both the 100-yd free (46.17) and the 200-yd free (1:40.95). In the 200-yd IM Zhang swam to first with a 1:51.62 and Jack Motl rounded out the top three with a 1:54.93. Wywrocki placed second in the 100-yd fly with a 50.35 and first in the 100-yd back with a 51.15. In the 500-yd free, Olin Kusevskis tallied a 4:45.82, giving him first place. In the 100-yd. breaststroke, Zhang placed first with a 57.28 and Sirui Wang finished third with a 58.54. Finally, diver Danny Silverstein placed third with a score of 524.95. Qualifying for state are the following swimmers and divers: Jack Curtin, Farber, Kohan, Kusevskis, Motl, Finlay Oyston, Liam Plautz, Rosario-Freytes, Silverstein, Wang, Wywrocki and Zhang. The Patriots move onto the IHSA State Finals next weekend at FMC Natatorium in Westmont starting on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

Wrestling: Lorenzo Frezza and Thomas Schoolman headed to Champaign to compete in the IHSA 3A State Finals and left it all on the mat! Frezza (42-1) took third in state in the 138 weight class defeating Cody Tavoso from Hinsdale Central in a tie breaker. Congratulations to both Lorenzo and Thomas for competing this weekend. 

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

Feb. 21-28:Black History Month
Feb 21-25:Winterfest Week 2023 ❄️
Feb. 22:Winter Choir Concert
Feb. 23:CCC Presents: CLC Application Workshop
Feb. 23:Operation Black History Month
Feb. 24: PM Assembly
Feb. 24:PPA Treat Day
Feb. 24:Baroque Ensemble Concert
Feb. 25:Winterfest Dance
Feb. 27:Spring Sports Begin
Feb. 28-Mar.1:EKG Testing For Students

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