Friday, February 12, 2016

30 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Thirty members of Stevenson High School’s Class of 2016 have been named finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Stevenson’s National Merit finalists 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, Adam Liu, Emery Liu, Rebecca Nelson, Maxim Papushin, Abhirami Ramakrishnan, Alexandr Sein, Kazuma Shimanaka, Allison Silverman, Alec Smith, Alexander Smith, Lia Tziortzis, Ekaterina Villevald, Julianne Yang, Shin Young Yu, Shu Zhang and Jeffry Zheng.

They are among more than 15,000 finalists nationwide. Of the finalists, about 7,400 will receive $2,500 Merit Scholarships.

College Counselor Biemeret Honored

College Counselor Sue Biemeret received the Distinguished Service Award from the College Board at its Midwestern Regional Forum held earlier this week in Chicago. The award recognizes an individual who has made great contributions to education in the College Board’s Midwestern Region.

Biemeret has spent 36 years in college counseling, in both public and private school settings. Most of her career has been spent at Stevenson. She came to the school in 1989 to develop the college counseling program. Since then, Biemeret has become one of the most well-known counselors in Illinois and the Midwest. She received the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel award in 2001, and also has earned major honors from the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling. She served as president of IACAC during the 1991-92 school year. Biemeret also was a contributor to the New York Times“The Choice” blog in 2010.

In 1999, Biemeret founded the Academy for College Admission Counseling, and still serves as its executive director. The academy provides summer workshops, seminars and courses for high school counselors to help them improve their ability to provide college counseling to families.

Another Successful Odyssey Festival

The school wrapped up the 11th edition of Odyssey on Wednesday, the fine arts festival celebrated by all students and staff since 1996. More than 160 visual and performing artists, many of whom were Stevenson alumni, faculty and staff, led workshops, presentations and performances for students during the two-day event. Here’s a Daily Herald article from the first day of the event (registration required).

Chess Team No. 1 Seed, Not No. 2

Thursday’s Daily Digest erred by relying on a Daily Herald article that reported the school’s chess team as the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s state tournament. Stevenson is the top seed in the tournament. You can follow the team’s results here. The Daily Herald has a different preview today, reflecting Stevenson’s proper seeding.


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SHS Hockey Coaching Reins Passing From Father to Son

Tom Wood, who has been involved in the Stevenson boys ice hockey program for nearly 20 years as a player and coach, will succeed his father as head coach at the end of the current season. Jim Wood is stepping down after 20 years on the Patriots’ coaching staff, including the last 14 as head coach. Tom Wood played on the SHS varsity for two seasons, earning all-state honors during the 2007-08 season, his senior year. After college, he returned to the Chicago area and became an assistant coach in 2002 when his father was elevated to head coach. Read More

Eight Wrestlers Head to Barrington Sectional

Eight Patriot wrestlers will take part in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A Barrington Individual Sectional this weekend. Action begins at 4:30 this afternoon, with quarterfinals at 6:30. On Saturday, semifinals will take place at 10:30 a.m., with first- and third-place matches at 1:30 p.m. The championship matches will be streamed live on The Cube. The top four individuals in each weight class advance to the 79th annual state meet in Champaign next weekend. Stevenson’s sectional qualifiers are regional champions Dylan Geick (152 pounds) and Michael Kordek (182), plus Eric Carter (132), Ben Ponto (138), Robert Pavlovics (160), Nikita Nepomnyashchiy (170), Turbold Badral (195) and Nick Grujanac (285). Click here to check sectional results.

Pair of Patriots Take Aim at Girls Bowling Sectional

Kaitlyn Rudy and Xanthe Coulson will compete in the IHSA Round Lake Sectional on Saturday at Lakes Bowl in Round Lake. Rudy reached the sectional by winning last weekend’s Vernon Hills Regional, her second regional title in four years. Coulson, meanwhile, earned an at-large spot in the sectional. Click here for sectional results.

Three Named to All-NSC Girls Basketball Team

Three members of the North Suburban Conference champion girls basketball team have been selected to the all-conference squad. Senior forward Jessica Burke, junior guard Ashley Richardson and sophomore forward Klaire Steffens were named All-NSC, with senior guard Janine Fajardo receiving honorable mention.

Aoki Helps Patriot Hoopsters Come Together

As the season has progressed, the varsity boys basketball team has adjusted to losing four starters from last year’s state championship team. The Patriots now stand at 18-6 overall, are leading the North Suburban Conference Lake Division race, and have climbed back into the Chicago Tribune’s rankings. One reason has been the play of senior guard Ryuji Aoki, whose outside shooting dissuades opposing defenses from hovering around 6-foot-7 forward Justin Smith.


Trivia Night Tonight to Benefit South Sudan

Stevenson’s Interact Club and Geography Club are partnering together to host their first-ever Trivia Night tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Room 7096 of the East Building. The event will feature a Kahoot-style trivia game with teams of five. Admission is $5, and pizza, water and snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit CARE, an organization that provides clean drinking water and food for citizens in the South Sudan.

IM Basketball Championship Games on Monday

Come out to the Sports Center on Monday afternoon for the Intramural Basketball League’s championship games. The freshman championship is at noon, followed by the sophomores (12:45), juniors (1:30) and seniors (2:15).

2016 Yearbook Orders Due By Today

Today is the last day to order your 2016 Ambassador yearbook online. Don’t let your memories of this year fade away. Click here to order your yearbook today.

Does Your GPA Qualify for National Honor Society?

Sophomores and not juniors who are not currently in National Honor Society: If you have a cumulative, weighted GPA of 3.9 or higher and have not received an invitation via U.S. mail to apply, please email Mr. Erdmann ( Invitations were mailed about one week ago and the deadline to apply for NHS is March 2.

Voter Registration Deadline is Tuesday

Tuesday is the voter registration deadline for students who want to cast a ballot in the general election this fall. Eligible voters are anyone who is a U.S. citizen and who will turn 18 by November 8. Voter registration is available at the School Store, in the ILC, or with the following teachers: Peter Anderson, Andrew Conneen, Justin Fisk, Dan Larsen, Michelle Stone, Sandra Wright, Dave Hess and Sara Gutierrez. Newly registered voters can check their status at the Lake County Clerk’s website.

Watch the TED 2016 Conference Live at Vernon Area Library

The official TED 2016 Conference takes place in Vancouver on Tuesday, and you can watch it live at the Vernon Area Public Library. Stop by the library to watch the simulcast with other TED enthusiasts. They’ll be showing the most exciting talks from TED 2016: Dream, plus the library will provide food for thought and inspiration. Registration is required, but the program is free and open to all. To register, or find event details, visit:

Director Application for One Acts Available Online

If you’re interested in being a director for The One Acts — the one-act plays written, directed and acted by students this spring — the application is available at Applications are due to Ms. Nowak or Ms. Rawitz no later than 8 a.m. Thursday, February 25. Auditions and casting for The One Acts will take place March 15 in the West Auditorium.

Sign Up for the March 4 Blood Drive

Here’s your chance to be a hero. If you’re 17 or older and weigh at least 110 pounds, you could save three lives by giving blood on Friday, March 4. The school is having a blood drive with LifeSource in the Wrestling Room (Room 2111) during periods 3-8. Not only will you help save lives, but you’ll also help two worthy causes: the Stevenson to College program, and micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Click here to register and download the required forms.


“Think HBCU,” a college expo featuring historically black colleges and universities as well as many schools from Illinois, will be held at the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore campus in Waukegan from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 20. The expo will include campus tours as well as workshops with topics on scholarships and application assistance. The expo is hosted by CLC and TRIO Educational Talent Search. Click here for more information.

The College of Lake County Engineering Transfer Department will be holding several information sessions for prospective students and their parents interested in attending CLC for the first two years of a bachelor of science degree in engineering. Each session will last approximately 30 minutes, and will be followed by Q&A. The presentations will include information about the Engineering Transfer curriculum, the UIUC Engineering Pathways program (guaranteed admission to UIUC Engineering), the NSF Scholarship program, Engineering Club, and more. The dates and times are: Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m. on the Grayslake campus, Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. at the Waukegan campus, and Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. on the Southlake campus in Vernon Hills.


Applications are now being accepted for the Fermilab TARGET science and engineering program. This is a highly competitive, paid, summer internship program for sophomores and juniors. The application deadline is Friday, February 26. For an application and more information, click here. Explore more summer career camps and options by visiting the Career Exploration Website summer opportunities page. Find us on Facebook. Stay informed on all the latest college and career information and be aware of upcoming events.

Interested in participating in a Career Shadow? The Career Exploration Program can connect you with a professional that will host you for a day-long job shadow in a number of different areas, including healthcare, business, engineering and others.  Career shadows provide you the opportunity to experience what it is really like on the job, and can connect you to lifelong mentors that can help guide your career direction and future. Please visit the Career Exploration web page and fill out a Career Shadow application or email Mrs. Willock in the College and Career Center at


The informational meeting for boys track and field will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Field House. Practice will begin immediately after the meeting, so come prepared to practice. All paperwork must be turned in to the Athletic Office before the meeting.

The girls softball team will have an informational meeting on Tuesday in the Recital Hall. Meeting times are 7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. You only need to attend one of the meetings. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Vikartofsky at

There will be an informational meeting for boys baseball on Tuesday at 7:20 a.m. in the following locations: Varsity, Room 6050 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Block at; sophomores, Room 7050 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Sorkin at; and freshmen, Room 7066 (if you cannot attend, contact Coach Smith at

The informational meeting for boys tennis is Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1628. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact Coach Stanhope at


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