Wednesday, September 9, 2015

33 Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Thirty-three seniors have been named semifinalists in the 61at annual National Merit Scholarship competition. Stevenson’s National Merit semifinalists are: Reema Amin, Allison Bell, Joshua Brot, Allen Cao, William Chang, Patrick DeMichele, Michelle Fan, Gillian Grant, Keyu Guo, Haley Hauptman, Sarah Hou, Monique Hsu, Kelsey Huang, Andrew Jin, John Kollross, Adam Liu, Emery Liu, Rebecca Nelson, Maxim Papushin, Abhirami Ramakrishnan, Alexandr Sein, Kazuma Shimanaka, Allison Silverman, Alec Smith, Alexander Smith, Jesse Tabak, Lia Tziortzis, Ekaterina Villevald, Julianne Yang, Jiyun Yu, Shin Young Yu, Shu Zhang and Jeffry Zhang.

They were among 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools around the country who entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last fall. Overall, there are approximately 16,000 semifinalists for 2016, which represents less than 1% of all U.S. high school seniors.

Semifinalists will continue in the competition for about 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. The scholarship recipients will be announced next spring. The next step for semifinalists is to earn finalist status, and about 90% will. About half of National Merit finalists receive scholarships.

SHS Offering PSAT to Juniors, Sophomores on October 14

Speaking of the PSAT, Stevenson is offering the test to any interested sophomore or junior at 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 14. Testing will conclude by 11:30 a.m. Students testing will be excused from classes that morning and are expected to report to their afternoon classes. The cost of the PSAT is $20, and the registration deadline is October 8. Visit our PSAT page to sign up online and for more details.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Friday Morning

Students Helping Soldiers will hold its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at the Garden of Peace, Hope and Remembrance by parking lot B. All students, faculty, staff, parents and members of the community are invited to the event, which honors everyday first responders, military personnel, veterans and the casualties of September 11, 2001. Friday night, Students Helping Soldiers will honor veterans at the home football game during the “Touchdown for Troops” Military Appreciation Night.

Scholastic Bowl Team Third at Preseason Tournament

The varsity Scholastic Bowl finished third in the preseason TEAMS tournament at Hinsdale Central last weekend. The team of Ali Saeed, Nathan Cha, Marco Laudati and Kazuma Shimanaka won eight of 10 matches, knocking off last year’s national champion, Detroit Catholic Central, and almost upending the host school, which is currently ranked second in the country. Saeed finished first among all individuals, Cha was 21st, Shimanaka 23rd and Laudati 30th. Stevenson’s Scholastic Bowl team officially begins its season October 5.


Tuesday’s Digest had two errors in the “Miss Saigon” writeup. First, the article linked to an outdated cast list, which did not reflect a change in the female ensemble. This is the updated cast list. Also, since “Miss Saigon” is a “pop-opera” there are no speaking parts.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Cross Country

Stevenson 15, Libertyville 42; Lake Forest 24, Stevenson 34: Isabelle Sparreo captured first-place honors at Half Day Forest Preserve, running the 3-mile course in 17:39.05. Jessica Philipp was fifth (19:00.91) and Kendall Roberts sixth (19:37.54). Gabriela Jagielo placed 10th (20:11.65) and Shea Kirby was 12th (20:25.38).

Boys Soccer

Warren 5, Stevenson 1: The Patriots fell to 4-2 after dropping their North Suburban Conference opener in Gurnee. – Daily Herald


Learn About the ACT’s Updated Writing Section

Did you know the writing section of the ACT exam has changed, starting with the first test date this Saturday? Any students that would like to review the new format or practice the new writing section can visit the Communication Arts tutors: Ms. Rabe and Mr. Kramer in the ILC, and Ms. Olkanetskaya in the ELC. For more information on writing section changes, click here.

Want a Color Fun(d) Run Shirt and Sunglasses? Read This

Today is the last day to register for the Color Fun(d) Run and be guaranteed a T-shirt and neon sunglasses. You can still register for the Color Fun(d) Run after today, but you may not get a T-shirt or sunglasses. Don’t take any chances, register today! The 5k color blast run will be held Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m. at Stevenson. Grab your friends, form a team and register today! Go to to sign up!

Mandatory Meeting for Seniors Thursday

Seniors: There is a mandatory meeting with your counselor during the activity period on Thursday. You must attend even if you are involved in a club meeting during the activity period. Counselor locations will be posted throughout the school:

Grove Studio Theater (2204)
Jones Room 2104
Kellogg Room 7044-7046
Kelly Auditorium (2206)
Kulla Auditorium (2206)
Martin Room 7014
Moran Chorus Room (2202)
Perkins Recital Hall (4100)
Roznowski Recital Hall (4100)
Scanio Room 8046-8048
Seeger Room 6048-6050
Sullivan Room 7096
Timm Little Theater (4200)
Vazquez Room 2104

Auditions for Fall Children’s Play Today and Thursday

Come audition for the fall children’s play “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Auditions will be held in the Auditorium (Room 2206) today and Thursday from 4:30-6 p.m. Have a children’s poem or nursery rhyme ready to perform for your monologue. Tell us how you would help Dorothy defeat the Wicked Witch of the West. If you know ballet, jazz, or modern dance, show a piece of your work and bring your dance shoes. Even if you cannot dance, be sure to wear working clothes and shoes; we will be working with movements for the show on the stage floor. Bring your enthusiasm and your energy!


“Write Stuff” for Seniors: Would you like some assistance with your college essay writing or personal statement? The College Counselors are holding their final “Write Stuff” essay workshop at 9:30 a.m. Friday (a Late Arrival day) in the College/Career Center, Room 1123. This workshop will give direction and provide strategies for the use of the essay and/or personal statement in the admission process.

Juniors and seniors: Please check Naviance daily to see an updated list of colleges that have scheduled a visit to Stevenson. Here is a list of colleges that will be visiting soon: University of Illinois at Chicago, Syracuse University, Tulane University, American University, Butler University, DePauw University, Saint Mary’s College, Kenyon College, University of Notre Dame, University of Redlands and University of Rochester. Use Naviance to sign up for the college that you are interested in visiting. View all upcoming college visits, sign up, and print a confirmation page. Put your ID number on this page and have your teacher sign it at least 2 days prior to the visit. Bring the signed confirmation page to the visit. Instructions are posted on the College/Career Center 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.

Considering Indiana University in Bloomington? The Wells Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and selective undergraduate awards offered by any American university. The Wells Scholars Program provides special educational opportunities that encourage academic excellence, growth in leadership, and engagement in the larger world. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2016. Interested Seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return the nomination forms is Wednesday, September 16. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete the Wells Scholarship application by Thursday, October 1.

Considering the University of North Carolina? The Morehead-Cain award, the oldest and one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the country, recognizes well-rounded student leaders who demonstrate outstanding potential for leadership in high school, in college and beyond. The Morehead-Cain Scholar is expected to be, in conduct and achievement, a superior citizen. This merit-based award includes four years of tuition and expenses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as fully funded summer enrichment programs that supplement academic study with off-campus travel and experience. Stevenson is allowed to nominate one student from the Class of 2016. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return the nomination forms is Wednesday, September 16. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Thursday, October 15.


Are you interested in a future in a medical or health care field? HOSA is a nationally chartered club that allows students to compete in health science related events, including biomedical debate, medical math and health career display. The club is perfect for anyone interested in the medical field, as it offers valuable insight to how a career in medicine works. Club meetings consist of event preparation, presentations, and guest speakers. We meet once every two weeks on Wednesday after school in Room 6048/6050. Our first meeting is today; hope to see you there!

Archery Club starts today at 3:45 on the Sport Courts. Anyone interested in archery is more than welcome to join. No experience required!

Freshman Class Board will meet today after school in Room 6022. Homecoming is just around the corner. FCB has a lot to offer friends, fun, leadership opportunities community hours and snacks. All freshmen are welcome to come.

Future Educators of America: Think you might want to become a teacher? Attend our first meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 1516. We will discuss signing up for a weekly tutoring program and other volunteer opportunities.

Animal Welfare Club is having its first meeting on Tuesday at 3:45 in Room 2500. Research says that petting a dog reduces your stress, so come meet Monty the therapy dog and de-stress. We will also start planning for future meetings, so come with ideas about events or speakers, and fundraisers that our club can run. All animal lovers are invited. Hope to see you there.

Want to be heard? Join the Speech and Drama team! Practice writing and performing your very own speech, or take acting to the next level with competitions against other schools. Come to Room 2616 at 3:30 Tuesday for general information and snacks!

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

Guitar Club will be holding its first meeting after school in the Orchestra Room on Thursday, September 17. Guitar Club is primarily a casual, drop-in group in which students practice and jam. You can either bring your own guitars, or use one of the classical acoustic guitars or basses available through the Music Department. Complete beginners and advanced players are welcome, as well as singers and songwriters.

Are you interested in weather and always wanted to learn and understand it more? The Meteorology Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays beginning September 21 in Room 2500. Contact Mr. Eriksen for more information at

The Magicians Club meets for the first time on Monday, September 21 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 6066! Veteran and aspiring magicians are both welcome. Learn the craft, help aspiring magicians, and prepare for performances outside of school! For more information feel free to contact Nathan Ji at See you soon!


A reminder that IM Football packets are due this week! Sophomores are due today and freshman are due on Thursday. If you have any questions, come see us in Room 3040.

All ballplayers are welcome to take part in Open Field Baseball on the sophomore baseball field. Open Field Baseball dates are listed on the baseball web page and the Intramurals page.


The softball team will have a preseason informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss fundraising for a Spring Break training trip. Only attend this meeting if you missed Tuesday’s meeting. If you have any questions, contact Coach Vikartofsky in the Quiet Learning Center (Room 2115-G) or email her at


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