Friday, February 13, 2015

49 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Forty-nine members of Stevenson High School’s Class of 2015 have been named finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Stevenson’s National Merit finalists are: Nikhil Arora, Xuanhui Bao, David Cao, Ashley Chai, Theodore Chou, Yancheng Du, Kathryn Fatina, Mariana Feingold, Jacob Glaser, Shravya Gogula, Kevin Han, Alex Hong, Michelle Hu, Han Song Huang, Aidan Jabbarzadeh, Anvesh Jalasutram, He Bin Jeon, Renee Jhu, Jaymo Kang, Manaswi Kashyap, Diana Kowalski, Arvind Kumar, Christopher Ladan, Jeremy Lan, Monet Lee, Noelle Lee, Michelle Ling, Sophia Liu, Cindy Luan, Braden McDowell, Andrew Min, Jonathan Mishory, Carl Padgett, Sergey Papushin, Yongjae Park, Chirag Jay Patel, Ryan Rosenbaum, Marianna Shakhnazaryan, Christopher Song, Joshua Song, Adam Teng, Anna Veselova, Allen Wang, Jessie Wang, Karen Whisler, Borchueh Wu, Kevin Yang, David Zhang and Brian Zhou.

They are among more than 15,000 finalists nationwide. Of the finalists, about 8,000 will receive $2,500 Merit Scholarships.

10 Students Earn Regional Art, Writing Honors

Ten students earned recognition in the regional 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, with three earning the top honor, the Gold Key. Senior Jennifer Kong earned three Gold Keys in the Art category, two in painting and one in art portfolio, while sophomore Katherine Liu earned three Gold Keys in three Writing areas, “Flash Fiction,” personal essay/memoir, and poetry. Sophomore Amy Tian earned a Gold Key in drawing/illustration. Click here for the complete list of award recipients.



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Thursday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Glenbrook North 4, Stevenson 3: The second-seeded Spartans won the Scholastic Hockey League playoff series, 2-0. – Scholastic Hockey


Four Girls Basketball Players Named All-Conference

Four members of Stevenson’s girls basketball squad have been named to the All-North Suburban Conference Team. Seniors Sophia Way and Taylor Buford, junior Janine Fajardo and sophomore Ashley Richardson were selected. Melanie Despinich received the NSC Sportsmanship Award for SHS. Way was honored by the Daily Herald ($) this week as a girls basketball MVP based on recent performances.

Singer Named Finalist for Tribune Athlete of the Month Honor

Sophomore boys bowler Zach Singer is one of two finalists for the Chicago Tribune’s Athlete of the Month contest for the Lake Forest-Libertyville area. Singer rolled the first 300 game in school history, and also set a (then) new standard for three-game series with a 757, as the Patriots clinched their second consecutive Northern Illinois Boys Bowling Conference championship. You can vote once every 12 hours at through noon on Tuesday, February 24.

Tennis Alum Competing in Chicago This Weekend

2009 state tennis champion Blake Bazarnik and his University of Illinois teammates are competing at the ITA national men’s tennis team indoor championships this weekend at the Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago. The Daily Herald ($) talked with Bazarnik about his homecoming.

Ambrose Discusses Coaching Mentors

Head basketball coach Pat Ambrose was among several area hoops coaches who were asked by the Daily Herald’s Patricia Babcock McGraw ($) to talk about those who influenced their styles and practices.



Freshman-Sophomore Play Tonight and Saturday

Don’t miss the freshman-sophomore play, “Lend Me a Tenor,” at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday in the Little Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5.

Relay for Life Purple T-Shirts for Sale

Relay for Life is selling purple T-shirts to raise money for the fight against cancer, and for the “purple out” for tonight’s varsity boys basketball game against Mundelein. Shirts will be available during lunch periods today. The cost is $8.

Visiting Artist to Speak With Students Today

The Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month, Long Grove photographer Tobin Fraley, will visit SHS during periods 6 and 7 today to talk about his work and his career. His presentation will take place at the Visiting Artist Gallery on the first floor of the West Building.

Help Outfit Underprivileged Girls for Their Prom

The Student Council will be collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to donate to underprivileged girls in the Chicagoland area through the Glass Slipper Project. Items will be collected starting Tuesday and continuing through March 6 in the Student Activities Office. For students who turn in dresses, please attach a note with your name and ID number. Student Council will give one Ugive hour per dress up to a maximum of three hours to those students who donate.

Band Parents Fundraiser at Potbelly’s Wednesday

The Stevenson Band Parents Organization is having a fundraiser on Wednesday at Potbelly’s in Lincolnshire and Deer Park. The fundraiser runs from 4-8 p.m. Potbelly’s is giving 25% of all sales that night back to the BPO! No flyer is needed. Please spread the word to friends and family!

AP Exam Registration Underway

Registration for Advanced Placement exams has started. Registration is done online. You can find the registration link and other AP exam information on the AP web page. If you have questions, stop by Room 6000.

Sign Up for Next Month’s NHS Blood Drive

Will your heart still be pumping from Valentine’s Day? Don’t bypass a good opportunity, and participate in National Honor Society’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 6. Online registration is now available at The blood drive will take place in the Wrestling Room during all lunch, gym and free periods. You will be required to submit a health form available on the blood drive website, and a permission form in order miss any gym classes. Donate blood this spring — you’re somebody’s type! You must be 17 or older, and above 115 pounds to donate.

Feeling Stressed? Let Operation Snowball Recharge You

All students are invited to take part in Operation Snowball. In a school of nearly 4,000 it’s easy to get lost. Operation Snowball is a stress-free, weekend-long trip where students will have the opportunity to meet new people and it’s a great time for students to discover the community they go to school with. Operation Snowball is March 13-15. Students leave Friday after school and return on Sunday morning. Sign-up forms can be found in Rooms 7080 and 2628, Student Activities, and the Patriot Superstore. Forms are due by March 4.


Now accepting 2014-15 Career Shadow Applications: Applications are available on the Career Exploration web page or in the CCC. Please note all applications for summer shadows are due no later than May 2. Questions? Please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

Interested in being a Lawyer? The Career Exploration Program will be hosting an informational session in the College/Career Center for all students interested in pursuing a career in law on Tuesday, February 24 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. You will hear from an attorney who is vice president of an executive search firm in Chicago, and who has extensive knowledge on the profession and the various specialties within this profession. Find out what law school is like, where the jobs are, what type of lawyer best matches up with your particular interests and get a chance to ask questions. Snacks will be provided and space is limited so please sign up online at or in person in the College and Career Center.


Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 1500. If you’re a fan of trading card games or role-playing 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 email

Gay Straight Alliance meets Tuesdays after school in Room 6012. GSA is a club intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning youth and their straight allies. The club provides a confidential place where you can be yourself.

Chess Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 7022. Meetings run from 3:30 to approximately 5 p.m.

The Ambassador yearbook club meets Tuesday after school in Room 2712.


Boys track and field will have its first practice and informational meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Field House. Athletes should make sure their physical exam is up-to-date, and that all of their paperwork has been filed with the Athletic Office. Contact Coach Farrissey at if you have questions.

Girls softball will have informational meetings Wednesday. Meetings will take place at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in Room 7032. Do not go to both meetings; you only need to attend one. If you cannot attend, contact Coach Vikartofsky at


Reminder to all IM Ski Club members: Money for the February 21 Alpine Valley trip is due Wednesday by 8 a.m. Questions? Visit the Ski Club Website at or come to the PREP Office, Room 3040.


Seniors: Looking for financial support for a two- or four-year college education? The Local Scholarships Packet is available for pick up in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. Pick up a packet today. Applications are due March 12. (Notice: The Cannon Design Scholarship, Appendix L, has been discontinued for this year. Please disregard any information in regards to this scholarship in the packet.)


Prospective University of Illinois students find out today if they’re in

Bloomington state senator announces plan to introduce education funding bill

Oswego students suspended for tearing up artwork they claimed was racist

League of Women Voters, McHenry 156 teachers union in dispute over debate

Lake County students make hundreds of Valentine’s Day cards for veterans


Texas, federal government on collision course over No Child Left Behind Act

Schools using “classroom coaches” to help teachers keep up with Common Core

Study: Professors know about high-tech teaching methods, but few use them

Lead writer responds to Common Core English gripes

Harvard Business School opens the floodgates with online courses

Meet the new self-appointed MOOC accreditors: Google and Instagram

Education Corporation acquires 38 Kaplan College campuses

Ed-tech giant Blackboard buys ed website company Schoolwires

Former university president turns to selling marijuana


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