Thursday, January 29, 2015

17 Seniors Named Presidential Scholar Candidates

Seventeen seniors have been invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for the 2015 United States Presidential Scholars Program. The program, created in 1964, recognizes up to 141 graduating seniors around America each year based on academic success, leadership, service to school and community, or demonstrating exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.

The members of Stevenson’s Class of 2015 invited to apply include: Nicole Chen, Mariana Feingold, Carter Feldman, Shravya Gogula, Ana Hugener, Fuyan Jiang, Diana Kowalski, Phillip Kwon, Jeremy Lan, Michelle Ling, Dmitriy Liokumovich, Carl Padgett, Marianna Shakhnazaryan, Anna Veselova, Jessie Wang, Karen Whisler and Borchueh Wu. They are among 170 candidates from Illinois and some 3,900 nationwide.

Following submission of application materials in late February, a review committee will whittle the list of candidates to approximately 560, who will be named semifinalists. In April, the Commission of Presidential Scholars reviews the semifinalists’ applications and select up to 121 academic scholars and up to 20 arts scholars. All scholars are honored in June in Washington, D.C.

Stevenson has had three Presidential Scholars since its opening: Michele Trickey (2006), Zach Blumenfeld (2011) and Vivian Wang (2013).

SHS Alum Moving to New Principal Post for 2015-16

Tanya Fergus, a Stevenson alumnus who has served as principal of Fairhaven School in West Oak District 76 for the past six years, will be taking the same role at Mechanics Grove School in July. Both schools are in Mundelein. Fergus will be replacing the retiring principal at Mechanics Grove. Daily Herald coverage ($)



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Brunson Selected to McDonald’s All-American Team

The top player in Stevenson boys basketball history received the top honor available to a prep hoops player on Wednesday. Jalen Brunson was selected to play in the 38th annual McDonald’s All-American Game on April 1 at the United Center. He was the only player — boy or girl — chosen from Illinois. The 6-foot-2 senior guard has earned all-state honors in each of the past two seasons, and is expected to reach the pinnacle again this season. He is averaging 23.3 points, 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals for the state’s top-ranked team. In his four years as a starter, the Patriots have a 95-20 record, finishing third in the state last year and second in 2013. Brunson, whose father Rick was a McDonald’s All-American in 1991, will play for Villanova University next season. The Brunsons are the fifth father-son combination to receive the McDonald’s honor. Brunson interview with ESPNU | Click here to buy tickets | Coverage: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, CSN Chicago,

Three Members of 1995 State Champs Heading to IBCA Hall

Three members of Stevenson’s 1995 state champion girls basketball team have been chosen for induction into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The trio includes sisters Tamika and Tauja Catchings, and Katie Coleman. They will be inducted into the IBCA Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Illinois State University on May 2.


Senior Class Party Price Going Up This Weekend

Seniors: The cost of attending the Senior Class Party will be going up Sunday. Save money by signing up now! The permission form is available for download at Turn in your form to the Patriot Superstore. The Senior Class Party will be held June 3 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship on Lake Michigan. Don’t wait too long! Spots are going fast and the trip will sell out.

50th Anniversary Stained Glass Student Design Meeting

Students are invited to attend the 50th anniversary commemorative stained glass window design meeting at 3:45 p.m. Monday in Room 7096. During this time, Colorsmith Studio will present the revised design based on the previous feedback. SHS and Colorsmith Studio will host field trips, artist talks, and a gallery exhibit during the upcoming months to share this experience with the student body. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Grice at

Bring Your Coins for the “Misters vs. Sisters” Change Drive

Freshman Class Board is holding a “Misters vs. Sisters” change drive on the next three Fridays to collect money for three worthy organizations: the Northern Illinois Food Bank, Feed My Starving Children, and Kay’s Animal Shelter. Change will be collected during all lunch periods in the Wood Commons and Glass Commons this Friday, plus February 6 and 13. All students are invited to participate.

Families Needed to Host Visiting German Students

If you’re interested in hosting a student visiting from Germany from April 12-24, applications are still being accepted. Applications are available by opening this link or stopping by Room 2414. For more information, contact Suzanne Paloian at 847-415-4500 or

ILC Hiring Student Aides; Paid Position

The ILC is hiring student aides for most periods throughout the school day. This is a paid position! You must have either a free period or a study hall to be eligible. Please see Mrs. Gorman in the upper West ILC to apply.

Village of Lincolnshire Seeks Your Feedback

The Village of Lincolnshire wants to hear from Stevenson High School students regarding their impression of Lincolnshire. Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey at The village will use the results of the survey to make further improvements. Student responses will be kept anonymous. The survey closes on Friday.

Yearbook Seeks Senior Selfies

Are you a senior running out of time to leave your mark on this school, but you’re already too busy with homework, clubs, sports, family, free time, etc.? Then say no more! Ambassador Yearbook is looking for seniors to submit their selfies for the 50th anniversary edition of the yearbook. Submit your silliest, prettiest and most photogenic selfie, and leave your mark as a Stevenson student. Submit your selfie to


The boys lacrosse information meeting (for all levels) will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Recital Hall (Room 4100). If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vignocchi at


Now accepting career shadow applications for 2014-15: Career shadows are available to students throughout the year. If you are interested in learning first hand about a specific career, please email Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.


Freshman Class Board: Our next meeting is today after school in the College/Career Center (Room 1123). New members are welcome!

Sophomore Class Board meets after school today in Room 2004.

The Best Buddies club is having a fundraiser at Go Roma in Lincolnshire today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eat in or carry out, and a portion of the sale will go to Best Buddies. Make sure to bring this flyer with you or mention Best Buddies when you order.

On Friday after school, the Interactive Gamers Club will be hosting a Magic League. Cost is $5, and the format will be announced at IGC.


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the Sunburst trip on February 7 is due by 8 a.m. Wednesday. Questions? Visit the Ski Club website at or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.



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