Thursday, May 9, 2013

Two Students Named National Merit Scholars
SHS seniors Aaron Zalewski and Mark Zhang were named National Merit Scholars on Wednesday, joining a group of about 2,500 students from across the country to receive the distinction. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will award a $2,500 scholarship to each scholar. They were selected from among approximately 16,000 semifinalists.

The 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition began in October 2011, when about 1.5 million students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists.

Stevenson had 21 National Merit finalists this year. Those not chosen as National Merit Scholars are eligible for two other types of National Merit awards: corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships and college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.

1999 Graduate Dies After Fall
Ricardo Tolliver (Class of 1999) died last weekend after either jumping or falling from the eighth floor of the building in which he lived in Chicago, according to WLS-AM.

Jazz Band Playing Mother’s Day Show in Palatine
Stevenson’s Jazz Band 1 will play at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine at 6 p.m. Sunday as the opening act for the Jazz Consortium Big Band. Admission for students 17 and under is $5, and $10 for adults. Durty Nellie’s is located at 180 N. Smith Street in Palatine, across the street from the Metra station.


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Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Water Polo
Stevenson at IHSA Mundelein Sectional: The second-seeded Patriots crushed Lake Forest, 15-2, and advanced to Friday’s sectional semifinal against No. 3 Wheeling. Brittany Gartenberg, Melissa Gartenberg, Alex Kanaris and Bridget Wynne each scored three goals for SHS (24-7), which has won five straight and seven of its last eight. Allison Travetto scored twice and Alexa Kotlyar added one goal. Goalies Becky Callen and Lauren Burns made 10 and three saves, respectively. – Daily Herald | linescore

Boys Volleyball
Stevenson d. Warren, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19: Jonah May reeled off seven straight service points to break open a tight third game as the visiting Patriots (28-4, 9-0) moved a step closer to winning the North Suburban Conference championship outright. SHS has shared the league title the past two seasons. May had 21 assists, five kills and three blocks. Brad Tiller and Aaron Zalewski had six kills apiece. Kevin Xu made 25 digs. The Blue Devils fell to 20-8, 7-3. Stevenson can clinch at least a share of the NSC crown with a win over Mundelein in the Sports Center on Friday. – Daily Herald | statistics

Lake Zurich 5, Stevenson 3: Zach Novoselsky had a solo home run and also drove in another run for the visiting Patriots (14-9, 7-3) who now must sweep two games with front-running Mundelein to earn a share of the NSC Lake Division championship. Eli Greenspon went 2-for-3 with a double. The Bears (9-15, 4-5) broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth by scoring three runs. – Daily Herald | linescore

Three Lacrosse Alums’ Teams in NCAA Tournament
Three former Stevenson lacrosse players are on two of the 16 teams selected for the NCAA Division I men’s tournament, including Matt Harris (Class of 2010) of the No. 1 seed, Syracuse. Harris has played in all 16 games for the Orange this season, starting one. Syracuse will play host to Bryant at 6:30 p.m. Sunday; the game will be televised on ESPNU.

Also playing in the tournament is 13th-seeded Albany, which includes the Huber brothers, Jack and Max (both Class of 2011). Max has played in three games for the Great Danes, who made the tournament for the first time since 2007. Albany will face Denver at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

Putterman Makes NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament
Ross Putterman (Class of 2011) earned first-team all-University Athletic Association men’s tennis honors at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles for Washington University in St. Louis. His doubles partner is Adam Putterman, who is no relation. They were chosen Wednesday to be one of 16 doubles teams at the NCAA Division III championships in Kalamazoo May 23-25. The Putterman “brothers” sat down recently to talk about the challenges of having the same last name.

Ruchim Ripping for Northwestern Baseball
Kyle Ruchim (Class of 2010) has been the best offensive player for Northwestern University’s baseball team this season, and he has also been one of its top pitchers. Ruchim leads the Wildcats in runs scored, hits, doubles, triples and walks, and is hitting .350 with a .425 on-base percentage and a .517 slugging mark in 36 games. On the mound, he is 4-2 with a 1.91 earned run average and three saves in 15 appearances. Ruchim had a career-high three RBI in a loss to the University of Chicago Wednesday.


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All overdue library materials must be returned and fines paid by Friday. Materials will not be loaned until accounts are clear.


Want to learn more about specific careers? Plan on attending the upcoming Career Days in May. There will be a Science Career Day on Tuesday, May 21, a Computer and Technology Career Day on Thursday, May 23, and an Engineering Career Day on Friday, May 24.  A variety of professionals will be presenting every class period in the Recital Hall. You must sign up in the College and Career Center if you plan on attending. Contact Mrs. Willock if you need more information at

Attention students interested in veterinary medicine: The Anti-Cruelty Society, along with the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine office, has a program aimed at high school students that will run from September 2013 through April 2014. Students must apply for this program by June 30. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for more information and an application. Serious inquiries only, please.

Attention students interested in government, community service and business: The office of State Representative Carol Sente is seeking students for summer help in many different areas. Please contact Mrs. Willock at for information regarding this program.

Illinois Senate committee approves union-backed pension plan
Drivers with checkered pasts taxi school children
Abduction attempts reported outside Highwood school
Illinois State to raise tuition 2%, may pick president Friday
Charter school advocates call for fair funding at Loop rally
IHSA changes football safety rules for high schoolers
Benjamin District 25 approves five-year pact with teachers
Palatine District 15 holds off on buying 3,000 iPads
Libertyville High School still probing flood cause
Waukegan school board names new president
Lawsuit settled between ISBE, downstate district
Virtual Alma to stand in for UI grads’ photos
Popular Elgin high school teacher dies at 56
Teacher who loved Cubs dies after choking on hot dog at Wrigley

High schools set up community college students to fail, report says
Common standards set for federal education research
The new marshmallow test: Resisting the temptations of the web
W. Va. schools take on social work amid unemployment, drug abuse
High school baseball team lifts car, saves teen

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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