Prominent Patriot Awards: Winter 2020
Each semester, faculty, staff and students are given an opportunity to nominate a current student for a Prominent Patriot Award. This award recognizes students whose actions reflect those of someone with good character and who demonstrate what it means to be a good citizen of the Stevenson community.
This semester, more than 50 students were nominated for this award. We have showcased some of the award winners on Instagram this week including:
Senior Emery Etzel
Senior Lindsey Grant
Senior Jared Heichman
Sophomore Hailey Langer
Senior Drew Wangard
Junior Rachel Wise
Junior Noah Zelkin
Tomorrow, Dec. 11, we will announce additional award recipients who have been selected among this semester’s honorees to have their names engraved on the Prominent Patriot Statuette. That announcement will be made on Instagram, in the e-Minuteman, and will be published here next week.
Congratulations to these honorees and to all students who show a commitment to others!
Stevenson Patriot Receives Semper Fidelis All-American Honors
Senior Haley Barnes was awarded the United States Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Award at a Veterans Day ceremony at VFW Schaumburg Post 2202. The award was presented to her by Stevenson Physical Education teacher and coach Dino Moran. She was one of 96 student-athletes in the nation honored at a recognition tour this fall.
The Semper Fidelis All-American Program recognizes high school students who face life’s battles with conviction and determination to succeed. Students are selected based on moral character, academic performance and athletic abilities demonstration of a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens.
Barnes, a member of the Stevenson varsity softball team was recognized for her leadership and accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. During the award presentation, Coach Moran outlined Haley’s determination, work ethic and commitment to excellence not only on the field but also during Early Bird PE classes.
Congratulations Haley for being named a 2020 Semper Fidelis All- American!
First Semester Material Drop-Off Procedures
At the beginning of this semester, students received books and equipment so they could fully participate in Remote Learning+ from home. Those items now need to be returned. A list of classes that have items that need to be returned is posted on the SHS website. As outlined in a letter sent today, students and families are asked to follow the following procedures:
All items should be returned to campus on the following days:
- Monday, Dec. 14: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, Dec. 15: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, Dec.16: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 17: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Please follow the following procedures:
- Families are expected to wear a mask when speaking to staff members.
- Please enter campus using the Route 22 entrance and turn left at the stop sign into lot B.
- You will be directed to the drop off point where a staff member will meet you at your car to collect your materials.
- If your student is dropping off items for multiple classes, please bag each class separately.
- Books do not need to be bagged.
- On each item or bag, please attach masking tape with your name and ID number.
Thank you for helping us return these materials so we can prepare for second semester.
Stevenson Students Participate in Princeton Speech and Debate Tournament
Six members of the Stevenson Debate Team joined 270 debaters from around the country on Dec. 5 for the Princeton Classic Congressional Speech and Debate tournament. Stevenson was represented by freshmen Chelsea She and Natalie Zaslavskiy, sophomore Angie Chang, junior, Landis Varughese, and seniors Sailaja Nallacheruvu and Laya Reddy. Congratulations to Reddy for advancing to the semi-finalist round!
Winter ArtFest Virtual ArtShow
As an online alternative to an in-person event, please enjoy this Winter Artfest Virtual Artshow with artwork created remotely by Stevenson students enrolled in the following curricular art courses this semester:
Digital Art & Design
2D Animations (a D125 student login is required to view this video)
These videos include student artwork created under the instruction of SHS Fine Arts teachers Maureen Connolly, Patrick Fairchild, Katie Hyken, Tim Myers, Cristal Sabbagh and Maria Yung. Well done, Patriots!
Stevenson Latin Team Competes in Scholastic Bowl Competition
Thirteen members of the Stevenson Latin Club participated virtually In the first of the winter Certamen (Latin Scholastic Bowl) competitions on Dec. 1 in the North Chicago Section. The Patriots finished in second place in the upper division, second in the lower division and third in the novice division. The upper-level team, comprised of seniors Aniket Dixit, and Allen Guo, as well as juniors Jonathan Burrer Brady Rivkin and Kayle Sacksteder, had the strongest finish ever for our Certamen teams at that level. The lower team had notable contributions from sophomores Gautham Kappaganthula and Dhruv Pendharkar.
Patriots who competed in the novice group included freshmen Bill Guo, Ian Harmon and Grace Sun. The lower team was comprised of Pendhakar and fellow sophomores Ella Berg-Coxhead, Ainika Hou, Kappaganthula and Vaishnavi Sankar.
The sponsor of the Stevenson Latin Club is Latin teacher Chris Mural.
Virtual Choir Concert
On Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m, members of the Stevenson curricular and co-curricular choral ensembles will hold a virtual concert on Vimeo. Students, parents and guardians, and members of the community are invited to hear choral pieces studied remotely during first semester under the direction of Stevenson choir teachers Alice Nuteson and Kirstin Snelten.
College Night for Junior Families
All juniors along with their parents and guardians are invited to the College Career Center’s annual College Night for Junior Families program on Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Students are highly encouraged to attend with their parent/guardian.
The night is a kickoff to the college search-and-selection process for students in the Class of 2022. Postsecondary Counselors Sara English and Dan Miller will discuss how to choose a college, how a college chooses its students, and the overall timeline for the search and application process over the next 18 months. Career Program Manager Diane Willock will discuss ways students can further explore career options.
A special session for parents and guardians of students with IEP/504 plans will take place before the main presentation. The special session will run from 6:30-6:50 p.m. via Zoom.
December Virtual Band Concert
Students, parents, guardians and members of the Patriot community are invited to attend a Virtual Band Concert on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m with performances by each of the five levels of the Stevenson Band Program.
This concert will include previously unseen solo and chamber performances from the semester and the concert will be streamed via Zoom.
Staff Development During Remote+ Learning
Late arrival days provide an opportunity for Stevenson faculty and staff to meet for program planning, collaboration and staff development. In order to adhere to current safety guidelines, today’s meetings required more technology and planning.
Stevenson Director of Fine Arts Jon Grice shared on Twitter the preparations he made to accommodate roomies – teachers participating in person, and zoomies – teachers participating remotely. His team discussed how they have grown as educators during remote learning and hybrid instructional strategies. While teachers were meeting this morning, we hope our student Patriots enjoyed a few extra hours of sleep!
PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS
Students Create National Education Platform
Stevenson juniors Rohita Kotyada and Nandu Pentapati launched an 8-week summer program to help students across the country advance their communication, presentation and research skills.
Their initiative called Project Efidy, had more than 30 participants last summer in grades 4-6 including students from California, Texas and Illinois. Students involved in the program chose a topic of interest such as space exploration or nutrition, received individual mentorship from Kotyada and Pentapati, and their presentations were streamed online to an audience of more than 100 viewers.
Kotyada and Pentapati credit their involvement in the Stevenson co-curricular Key Club as an activity that inspired them to give back through this initiative, and their involvement in Future Business Leaders of America and Future Health Professionals – HOSA helped them advance the skills they shared with students in the program. The Daily Herald recently published details of this program. Congratulations to these Patriots for sharing a commitment to learning with others!
PATRIOT SPORTS NEWS
Dance Out of the Box
Students taking Concert Dance don’t need a stage to perform self-choreographed pieces. Class members recently completed a series of episodes featuring student solos which can be viewed on the SHS Mediacast platform:
Out of the Box Site-Specific Solos Episode 1
Featuring senior Elli Freeman, junior Shayna Jann, and sophomores Zoe Fledderman, Lauren Lee and Zoey Silver.
Out of the Box Site-Specific Solos Episode 2
With performances by seniors Isabel Perlin and Katie Wu, and juniors Julia Goberman and Taylor Jensen.
Out of the Box Site-Specific Solos Episode 3
Performed by seniors Ella van Gerven and Ellie Jayne, junior Alyssa Marie Magsino, and sophomore Ella Brody.
Out of the Box Site-Specific Solos Episode 4
With appearances by seniors Juliette Koskela, Jessica Goldvekht and Jocelyn Silk, and juniors Maggie Feldstein and Angelina Yan.
Concert Dance is a full-year dance course open to sophomores and juniors who have taken Dance 4 and seniors who have completed Dance 3 or 4. In this course, student-dancers integrate dynamic qualities, technical skills and individual style to produce innovative choreography for performance under the instruction of Dance teachers Tiffany Van Cleaf and Janet Rothwell.
A Commitment to Others
Every year, Stevenson students and families demonstrate their commitment to others through charitable acts and giving. For those in our community who are interested in helping others on this Giving Tuesday, there are two active campaigns needing contributions.
This is the 36th year Stevenson Families will be spreading holiday cheer to Lake County families. Although the window to sign-up to donate gifts has passed, you can still provide a monetary donation through the Stevenson Superstore which will be used to help local families in need. Families can also sign-up to drop off food and baby items on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Stevenson: One Family
The Stevenson Foundation assists students throughout the year and has been providing meals and assistance to financially fragile Patriot families. Currently, they are accepting online donations and in-kind grocery donations to help stock the Exceptional Learners Collaborative Food Pantry. Food donations can be dropped off on all school days from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and donation boxes are located at the building doors. If you are delivering food that must be kept cold, please ring the doorbell, and someone will receive your donation at the door. The ELC is located at 990 Corporate Woods Parkway in Vernon Hills.
Thank you Patriot families for your generosity and for continuing to show your commitment to others!
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