Riders on the Storm

Riders on the Storm When Covid-19 left a nonprofit barn with 14 therapy horses without volunteers to feed, groom,  and exercise them, Stevenson junior Lucie Whatmore stepped in. It was disappointing for Lucie Whatmore ’21, when the Giant Steps Charity Club she started with her classmate Ryan Jones ’21 this year was cancelled along with the rest of the extracurriculars that make being a boarder at Stevenson so much fun. Lucie likes her online classes, but she was looking forward to the lunchtime bake sales and the fundraisers that would bring in donations for the nonprofit Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Petaluma, where Lucie had volunteered for years, walking horses on a lead while veterans with PTSD and children with cerebral palsy or autism gained a literal sense of balance and strength.  “Being on a horse that size,” Lucy says from her home in Marin County, “when you [...]

2020-05-28T20:52:50-07:00May 28, 2020|News Features (for TD)|

Seedfolks

Seedfolks When Nathan Carlyle, a seventh grader at Stevenson, found out that his pen pals at Seaside Middle School were going hungry during shelter in place, he helped organize a food drive that then grew and grew Mrs. Spencer’s Grade 7 history class at Stevenson had been pen pals with Mrs. Henry’s sixth-grade English classes at Seaside Middle since the beginning of the school year. They’d all started off reading Paul Fleischman’s novel Seedfolks—about a Vietnamese girl from a rough neighborhood in Cleveland, who, by planting some lima beans, starts off a chain reaction that ends up with thriving community garden—and they wrote each other letters about their favorite characters. The Stevenson students loved the pen-pal project so much that when Mrs. Spencer would hand out the new letters from their pen pals every couple of weeks—stapled into composition books and festooned with drawings and stickers—the excitement in the [...]

2020-05-21T23:38:01-07:00May 21, 2020|News Features (for TD)|

Stevenson Alumni Step Up for Seniors in Lockdown

Stevenson Alums Step Up for Seniors in Lockdown When the coronavirus shut down colleges—and therefore college events for seniors still deciding where they want to go to school—Pirate alums volunteered to help.  Normally around this time, Stevenson seniors are starting to visit the colleges they’re considering, having received their acceptance letters in the mail. Up until now, most colleges put on exciting events for incoming freshmen, trying to persuade them to join their ranks in the fall. “I remember at Yale,” says Katie Bell, Stevenson’s College Center coordinator, “it was a big deal at the end of April when all the pre-frosh were invited to come. Basically, the entire college put on a big show, and it was a nice way to get the vibe of the community, even if it was on steroids.” But this year, colleges are closed, travel restricted, and almost every senior in the country [...]

2020-05-14T19:57:27-07:00May 14, 2020|News Features (for TD)|

The Making of “Light of a Clear Blue Morning”

The Making of "Light of a Clear Blue Morning" Because of the limits of internet technology, Stevenson’s choral ensembles can’t sing together anymore. And yet, for the sake of their community, they made a pro-grade video of Dolly Parton’s hopeful song. Before students were sent home to quarantine with their families in mid-March, choirmaster Willow Manspeaker’s choral ensembles were rehearsing for their spring concert, scheduled for May 1. The students were set to perform what Manspeaker calls “great opera choruses”—maybe a fun choice if you’re standing shoulder to shoulder on a stage together in happier times, but less than ideal sung from your separate desks in your separate bedrooms during a pandemic.  To make matters more complicated, internet technology does not allow for students to sing in real time together online (because of the inevitable delay, buffering, and connections going in and out), and so even rehearsing together is [...]

2020-05-01T21:49:01-07:00May 1, 2020|News Features (for TD)|

Behind the Masks

Behind the Masks Stevenson families band together to help the school, but end up protecting the entire county Stevenson parents Emily Yang Bauer (P ’20, ’20 and ’25) and Hillary Lin’s (P ’18) first delivery of medical masks to local residents on the Monterey Peninsula in early April was, according to Bauer, a gesture of “good heart” from Stevenson’s Chinese families to the school, after Stevenson sent its boarders home and moved to online teaching. But there was also a greater purpose to the project: “Practically speaking,” says Bauer, “our children may not be able to return to school next fall if we can't control this coronavirus. So I told the other Chinese families, ‘I think we need to help.’” Hendrick Huang, the brother of two Stevenson freshmen, Jiahai and Jiafeng Huang ’23, had already delivered a shipment of 16,000 masks from Singapore to the school for its teachers and [...]

2020-04-30T22:22:06-07:00April 30, 2020|News Features (for TD)|

Special Delivery

Special Delivery Two Stevenson juniors do their part to curtail the spread of COVID-19 on the Monterey Peninsula It’s safe to say that juniors Bennett Bishop and James Nielsen didn’t know what was going to happen when they sent a letter out to the Stevenson mailing list on March 24, announcing that they were starting the Wenliang Initiative—a free service for elderly folks in Pebble Beach, Carmel, and Pacific Grove, who might need help getting groceries while in lockdown. All the boys knew was that they were, in Bennett’s words, “young, healthy, and licensed,” and felt it was “their duty” to help.  At first Bennett and James wanted to offer their services to vulnerable locals four days a week, but Bennett’s mom, Marianne Ford, who works in the tech sector at Stanford School of Medicine, convinced them that four days of prowling the aisles at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, [...]

2020-04-09T20:55:24-07:00April 9, 2020|News Features (for TD)|

Radio is Sound Salvation

KSPB 91.9 FM continues to air student shows, now recorded at home while sheltering in place Every Tuesday evening from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. since the beginning of the school year, Gunner McCormick ’20 and Ethan White ’20 have been meeting at the KSPB radio station across from Douglas Hall to do their live, hour-long radio show, The Feel. The seniors, called DJ G-Mac and DJ E-Dubs on air, have been students of radio since they were freshman at Stevenson, so they’re adept at hosting live shows from the station: they’ve memorized the FCC rules, they know when and how to artfully fade in and out of songs, and they can judge how much banter is the right amount. But this week, for the very first time, The Feel won’t be live: the boys, under a shelter-in-place order from California governor Gavin Newsom, recorded the show from their parents’ houses—Gunner [...]

2020-04-03T20:11:28-07:00April 3, 2020|News Features (for TD)|
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