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Celebrated Children’s Author Joanna Ho Visits RLS Students for AAPI Heritage Month

In observance of Asian-Pacific American (AAPI) Heritage Month (May), Stevenson hosted a virtual visit from celebrated children’s author Joanna Ho. Ms. Ho, who identifies as Chinese and Taiwanese, is a New York Times bestselling author who wrote Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, a children’s book that features an unnamed young Taiwanese girl as the protagonist. In Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, the narrator begins the book by envying the big, round eyes of her friends. However, she goes on to notice the beauty in the eyes of her beloved family members—which are shaped like hers—and she learns to embrace the parts of her that reflect her heritage and also make her unique and beautiful. The book is a story of self-love and acceptance. Ms. Ho spoke with both lower and middle division students and upper division students in three multi-grade level presentations. Before her visit, teachers on [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:55-07:00May 25, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Awards Season: Stevenson Students Receive Accolades for Outstanding Achievements

Stevenson Pirates regularly do outstanding work—in the classroom, on the athletics fields, onstage, in the art studio (and beyond). Here are some RLS students who have recently been recognized for noteworthy achievements: Fine Art Awards Several creative Stevenson students recently received awards for their excellent work in the fine arts. Click here to view their works. In the annual “Thinking Out Loud” Monterey high school art competition, Anthony Miguel ’21 won first place among 200 entries. Sean Seggerty ’23 received an honorable mention. Anthony Miguel ’21 garnered 5 Art & Scholastics Award regional medals for his work in digital art and photography. Sun Woo Kim ’21 received 8 regional medals for his paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media pieces. Both received multiple Gold Key Awards; their work now moves to consideration at the national level. In March, a drawing by Cindy Chen ’22 was displayed in US congressman Jimmy [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:56-07:00May 24, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Problem Solved! Outstanding Pirate Performance at Future Problem Solving Program of California State Bowl

Stevenson Pirates in the Upper and Middle Divisions recently competed in the Future Problem Solving (FPS) Program of California State Bowl, which was held both in-person and online on April 9-11. Many Stevenson students earned awards at the competition, and several will be moving on to represent Stevenson in the International Conference (June 2-6). In the Senior Division, Team S311, which includes Aurora Wu ‘23, Joyce Jiang ‘23, Vivian Xiao ‘23, and Judy Yu ‘23, placed first in Global Issues Problem Solving. The team is invited to compete at the international conference in June. As an individual competitor, Aurora Wu placed first in Global Issues Problem Solving, and she received an invitation to compete solo at the International Conference. Team S312, which includes Cindy Chen, Melody Song, Sue Wu, Jonathan Zhou, placed in the top 10% of all Senior Division California teams. In the Middle Division, Individual Sophia Yin [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:56-07:00May 24, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Stevenson Students Stand for Climate on Earth Day

To mark this past Earth Day (April 22, 2021), Upper Division students and Environmental Club members Jazmin Morenzi ’23, Bianca Rexine ’23, Evelyn Moore ’23, and Lydia Yu ’23 teamed up with students from Monterey High School’s Environmental Club to host a joint outdoor “Stand For Climate” Event. Held on Saturday, April 24, at Window on the Bay (across Lake El Estero in Monterey), the event was intended to help raise awareness for environmental conservation. Members of the RLS Environmental Club initially found out that the event was happening from friends who lived in the area. Excited by the idea of participating, they volunteered to help the original organizers spread the word about the event—and also to encourage fellow RLS day students to attend. While RLS boarding students were not able to participate due to current restrictions prohibiting them from leaving campus, day students were encouraged to come and [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:56-07:00May 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Pirate Profile: Aidan Carr ’21 Records and Releases Original Album, “Dear Whoever”

During their unprecedented year of online learning, many RLS students found creative ways to fill their free time while not on campus. Aidan Carr ’21 wrote, recorded, and released an album of his own songs, entitled, Dear Whoever. The album is now available to stream on a variety of online platforms. (Linked on Apple Music here and Spotify here.) Music has always been important in Aidan’s family, but it wasn’t until he took Stevenson’s songwriting and music production course his freshman year that he began to write his own songs. While he had no formal musical training, the class allowed him to experiment with a variety of instruments and their sounds, and ultimately, he was able to pick up the piano, vibraphone, ukulele, kalimba, guitar, and electric bass to utilize in his tracks. The songwriting class at Stevenson was just the start of Aidan’s musical journey. After the class, he [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:57-07:00May 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

The Stevenson Community Honors AAPI Heritage during the Month of May

During the month of May, Americans across the US celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, which provides an opportunity to acknowledge the generations of AAPI people who have contributed to the nation’s culture and success. At Stevenson, students, faculty, and community members are honoring AAPI Month in a variety of ways. Stevenson’s AAPI Student Affinity Group was at the helm of organizing the month’s events. They launched their celebration with a kickoff email, explaining, “Especially in light of the recent rises in anti-Asian hate speech, microaggressions, slurs, and violence, it is more important than ever for us to educate ourselves and learn more about what it means to be AAPI.” Throughout the month, the group has sent weekly email newsletters entitled “Celebration and Education,” which have highlighted various AAPI-related topics and included things like AAPI poetry and curated AAPI Heritage Month playlists. In addition to their [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:57-07:00May 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Clea C. ‘22 Receives the Robert U. Ricklefs Scholar Award

Each year, a committee of alumni representing the Alumni Association selects a member of the Junior Class to receive the Robert U. Ricklefs Scholar Award—the highest non-academic award an 11th grader can receive. This year, the committee chose to give the award to junior Clea Caddell. The Ricklefs Scholar Award recognizes a student who has distinguished his or herself in important ways. Candidates are considered on the basis of: academic standing, interest in leadership at the School or local community, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Finalists for the award are first selected based on a vote taken by the junior class and RLS faculty. Then, the chosen finalists are asked to submit a resume, transcript, and an essay on a topic chosen by the selection committee, and also to participate in an interview in the spring. Clea was chosen for the Award based on her academic and extracurricular excellence. [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:57-07:00May 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Pirate Profile: Wanzie ’26 Paints Her Way through the Pandemic

During remote learning, Grade 7 student Wanzie created a slew of stunning and impressive pieces for Mrs. Russell’s art class, and she found ways to nurture her growing passion for making art, despite not being able to attend in-person classes. Wanzie has always had fun with drawing and painting, but she says her more serious interest in art grew over time, especially once she turned ten. Wanzie was taking in-person painting classes before the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, once learning was forced to go remote, Wanzie signed up for online art classes, and she continued to develop her artistic skills while studying at home. In her online classes, Wanzie learned new, more advanced techniques like shading, drawing anatomy, and drawing architecture. She also started working with media beyond paint, and now, she says her favorite materials to work with include charcoal, watercolor, and ink. She also loves sketching and [...]

2022-05-13T18:34:54-07:00May 19, 2021|Middle Division Academics, News, News Posts-all|

Audrey Yip ’21 Awarded the Nathan Krissoff ’99 Award

Congratulations to Audrey Yip ’21, who recently received  RLS’ annual Nathan Krissoff Award. The Award, named in honor of Nathan Krissoff ’99—a Stevenson alum who was killed in Iraq while serving as a counterintelligence officer in the Marines—honors a member of the senior class who “best exemplifies Nathan in spirit and deed.” The characteristics embodied by a Krissoff Award winner include loyalty and caring, curiosity and intuitiveness, humor, vitality, and bravery. Audrey, who received the award for modeling leadership and pluck at Stevenson, currently serves as the School’s student body president and a head prefect. She is also a choir TA and a member of the Chamber Choir. When asked to describe Audrey, Upper Division Choral Director Willow Manspeaker explains, “Audrey is a natural and empathetic leader. As a TA in choir this year, she worked to thoughtfully build and develop a sense of community within the group, even [...]

2021-10-18T09:29:58-07:00May 19, 2021|News, News Posts-all|

Order in the Court: Upper Division Mock Trial Students Demonstrate Commitment to the Team

The RLS mock trial team recently wrapped up its fourth year, which was a success despite the challenges the team members faced due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Monterey County’s annual competition among local high schools, sponsored by Lyceum Monterey County, had to be held via Zoom since the Monterey County courthouse remains closed. Our team finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. John Hubanks, Senior Deputy District Attorney of Monterey County and one of the team’s legal advisors, explains “The team’s split record is a bit misleading, since both losses were extremely close contests against tough opponents: Pacific Grove High School and Palma High School.”

2021-10-18T09:29:58-07:00May 1, 2021|News|
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