Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

29 Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists
Twenty-nine Stevenson High School seniors have been selected as semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition, based on their scores on the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test).

Stevenson’s National Merit semifinalists are: Gabriel Antoniak, Sanika Bhargaw, Lara Braverman, Ruibo Cao, Austin Hua, Nam-Joong Hwang, Mikhail Iouchkov, Joanne Jun, Pulkit Kashyap, Reilly Kohn, Jee Ho Lee, Stephanie Li, Michelle Liang, Brian Lin, Anthony Massat, Justin Millman, Aidan Murphy, Iryna Protasova, Akanksha Shah, Jeyeong Sone, Sonia Thosar, Vivian Wan, Cheryl Xiang, Adrienne Yang, Christopher Yao, Sunny Yun, Lily Zhang, Matthew Zhang and Licheng Zhu.

Approximately 16,000 students are semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They will compete for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million offered next spring.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 PSAT/NMSQT. The semifinalists represent less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors.

National Merit finalists will be announced in February. About 90 percent of semifinalists attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship.

Haebig Named Google Certified Teacher
Instructional Technology Coordinator Caroline Haebig was one of 50 educators to be named a Google Certified Teacher this summer. She was selected from among 514 applicants, and participated in the two-day Google Teacher Academy in Chicago in July. Academy participants got hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learned about innovative instructional strategies, and received resources to share with colleagues. This is the second major honor Haebig has earned in the last year. She received the Jacobs Educator Award from Indiana University’s School of Education last year.

Alum Takes First Step Toward Becoming a Pharmacist
Heather Cohen (Class of 2011) recently took part in the White Coat Ceremony at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, symbolizing the first step in becoming a pharmacist. She will finish her studies in 2017.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Swimming and Diving
Stevenson d. Glenbrook North: The Patriots were victorious in their season opener in Northbrook, thanks in part to double-winner Cheryl Xiang. She won the 100 free (52.72) and 200 IM (2:09.50). Julia Wawer won the 200 free (1:55.94), Rebecca Hannon claimed the 500 free (5:15.89) and Riley Kirby captured the 100 back. SHS also won the 200 relay (1:39.47). Wawer and Hannon were runners-up in the 100 free and 100 fly, respectively. Other second-place finishes came from Courtney Kamin (50 free), Casey Kirby (100 back) and Shayna Salzman (500 free). – Twitter feeds @SwimSHS and @skylerPREP

Girls Tennis
Stevenson 7, Antioch 0: The visiting Patriots recorded straight-set victories across the board for the second consecutive match. Kendall Kirsch and Vinaya Rao earned 6-0, 6-0 decisions at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, respectively, while Rachel Mopper was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 3. In doubles, the teams of Michelle Tulchinskaya/Kaylin Dong, Bryn Rubin/Caroline Kelmis, and Gwenna Heidkamp/Thalia Noegroho posted 6-1, 6-0 victories at the top three slots. Lindsey Waxman/Nikki Rezania had a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 doubles. – Daily Herald

Boys Soccer
Libertyville 2, Stevenson 0: The host Wildcats (2-2, 1-0) prevailed in the North Suburban Conference opener for both schools. Max Klaber made three saves for the Patriots (3-2-1, 0-1). – Daily Herald (stats)

Monday’s Varsity Results

Boys Cross Country
Stevenson d. Lake Forest and Lakes: Sam Oh and Jared Borowsky finished first and second, respectively.

Football Game to be Broadcast Online Thursday Night
Thursday night’s football game against Zion-Benton will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network through High School Cube. Watch the game through the SBN web page, or use this link.

K-8 Clinic Attendees Get Something to Cheer About
The football field in the Stadium will be very crowded at halftime of the varsity Homecoming football game on Friday, September 27. Up to 140 children in kindergarten through eighth grade will be joining Stevenson’s Spirit Revolution cheerleading and Patriette teams to perform a special routine. The children and Stevenson students practiced the routine during a special cheer and pom clinic Saturday in the Field House. Clinic fees were donated to the Christopher Steele Foundation, which is the designated charity for this year’s Spirit Fest.


Reminder: Thursday is a late arrival day due to tonight’s open house. Classes will start at 10:30. Bus routes begin picking up students at 9:20.

If you see the Patriot mascot wandering around the Commons areas during lunch Thursday, the Council of 100 has a simple request: Take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtag #picswithpat.

Don’t miss the first PPA Bake Sale of the year this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons! Puppy Chow, pies, donuts and more. All items $1.

Signing up for the Color Fun(d) Run just got easier: A registration table for the Color Fun(d) Run will be set up this week in the Wood Commons next to Student Activities. Use your student ID to pay … so quick and easy! This is a 5K run/walk where your time doesn’t matter. All that matters is how messy you can get! The Color Fun(d) Run will raise money for the Stevenson Foundation’s Kids In Need fund, which provides assistance for school-related expenses for SHS students in financial need, and a free breakfast program for students on free/reduced lunch. You can sign up as an individual or put a team together. The Color Fun(d) Run will take place on campus. Visit for details.

Due to staff training Thursday morning, the ILC circulation desk will not open until 9:30 a.m. The ILC will open at 7 a.m. as usual, but laptops, iPads and books will not be available for checkout.

Special T-shirts honoring the military will be on sale for $6 during the lunch periods today and Thursday. You can also buy them online through the school’s Web Store. Wear this shirt to Thursday night’s football game.

This year’s Spirit Fest will feature a wall honoring people affected by cancer: survivors, victims, plus those currently battling cancer. If you know someone who should be recognized on the wall, email the name of the person and a message to be posted on the wall, and attach a photo (JPG) of the person. Send your email to Mr. Erdmann at

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s fall children’s play “Snow White.” Auditions will be held in the West Auditorium next Tuesday and Wednesday, September 17-18, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would save Snow White if you were the mirror. Be sure to wear working clothes and shoes. We will be working with stage fighting and dramatic movements for the show on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy! See you there!

Class of 2014: VIP is still accepting senior portrait appointments for September! Please contact the VIP Wheeling Studio at 847-499-9300 to set up a time to have your photo taken. In order to appear in the yearbook, you must be photographed before October 11. Photographs submitted from other studios will not be accepted into the yearbook.

The Superstore will be selling Homecoming Dance tickets online and in store beginning today for $25 per person. The last day to buy tickets without paying a late fee is Monday, September 23. Late ticket purchase will be Tuesday, September 24 with a $10 late fee per ticket. The last day for refunds will be Wednesday, September 25. Click here for more details and to order tickets online.


Seniors: On Monday, there will be a University of Illinois Workshop during eight hour in Room 2104. This workshop will walk you through the UIUC application process. See you Monday during eighth period.

“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or your personal statement? Mrs. Biemeret will be holding “Write Stuff” essay workshops on these dates:

• Thursday, 9:30 a.m. (late arrival)

• Tuesday, September 17, 2:41 p.m. (eighth hour-second day of the week)

You only need to attend one seminar. This seminar will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process. All seminars will be in the College/Career Center, Room 1123.

Juniors and seniors, college visits have begun. Many colleges and universities have already scheduled a date to visit with Stevenson students. The following colleges will be visiting Stevenson next week: Rhodes College, Case Western Reserve University, College of William and Mary, College of the Holy Cross, Barnard College, Colgate University, University of Vermont, Duke University, University of Missouri, Mercer University, Marquette University, University of Washington and Evergreen State College.

New This Year! We no longer will be using the Blue College Passes”! Juniors and seniors will use your NAVIANCE to sign up for the college you are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up and print a confirmation page. Take this confirmation page to your teacher for his/her signature; and then bring this signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are on the CCC webpage. If the college visit occurs during your lunch or free hour, follow the same procedure, but no signature is necessary on the confirmation page.

The University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars application is available in the College/Career Center. Stevenson can nominate one student. Previous winners ranked in the top 3-5%, had ACT scores of 31+, and had a strong leadership record. Completed forms are due back to the College/Career Center by November 15.


Play Hard Hoops is looking for an interested youth coach for its basketball program. Programming will begin the week of September 30. Please visit the Career Exploration webpage ( for all the information and how to apply.

The College of Lake County STEM Speaker Series begins on Thursday with STEM Cell Technologies 2013-A Look at New Medical Applications. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. at the CLC Grayslake Campus and preregistration is required. Visit for more information.

Are you interested in a career in medicine or healthcare?  The Medical Explorers Program, run by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, allows students to learn more about careers in medical and healthcare fields through monthly activities.

The application deadline to apply for this program is September 27, so please email Mrs. Willock, Business Liaison, in the CCC at or stop by the CCC for more information.

Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


Make ‘em laugh; make ‘em cry; make ‘em think. The power is within you. Come develop persuasive and performance powers to last a lifetime. Join the Speech and Drama team. Make friends competing in one or more of 14 competitive events. Meets today and Thursday at 3:45 in Room 8048.

The Chess Club and Team will meet Thursday at 3:45 in Room 7022. We encourage players of all strengths and interest levels to come out and play.

Senior Class Board: We are meeting today after school in Room 2428. New members are always welcome. We are working on Homecoming decorations. SCB is a great way to meet new friends, have fun, and earn community service hours.

Interested in joining FCCLA? Future Career and Community Leaders of America will have an informational meeting today from 3:30-4 p.m.

The Stevenson Styler, Stevenson’s very own fashion magazine, will have its first meeting today at 3:30 in Room 1424. If you are interested in any aspect such as layout, writing, photography or leadership, please stop by! Questions? See Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410!

Do you like to write? Read? Do like poetry? Fiction? Drama? Painting? Drawing? If you like any of those, then come to the first WIT meeting where you can join the club that constructs a nationally recognized literary magazine! The first meeting is Thursday at 3:35  in Room 2516. We then meet every Thursday at the same time and in the same place! Come unleash the poet, fiction writer and editor in you!

Come to the first Art From the Heart Club meeting Thursday after school in Student Activities. Meet new people, make arts and crafts, and have fun doing community service! All are welcome.

Interactive Gamers Club meets Thursday after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or e-mail

Happy New Year! Join us for Club Israel’s first meeting of the year after school on Thursday in Room 1414. See old friends, make new ones …  and don’t forget about the pizza! Any questions, contact Mrs. Argentar in Room 1514.

Students interested in participating in Latino College Bowl Club should contact Ms. Bowen or Ms. Kellogg as soon as possible. This club allows you to participate in trivia competitions that can earn you scholarship money. Our first meeting will be Monday, September 16 after school in Room 2432. Come help us celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Let us know you are coming so we can plan to feed you yummy Mexican food and beverages.

Chinese Club will have its first meeting on Tuesday after school in Room 2812. We are going to have a taste of moon cakes, dumplings and Chinese games. You’re welcome to join us!

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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