Wednesday, September 14, 2016

36 Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Thirty-six members of Stevenson’s Class of 2017 have been named semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide whose names are being announced today.

Stevenson’s National Merit semifinalists are Rahul Arun, Matthew Cabrera, Julie Chung, Isabel Edreva, Alice Fang, Danielle Fang, Serena Goldberg, Aman Grover, Aryn Harmon, Amber Hu, Joshua Hu, Christie Kang, Mia Kim, Hyungseok Lee, Young Lee, Kendra Lin, Alice Liu, David Liu, Katherine Liu, Jason Lu, Isaac Lucas, Emma McMahon, Anna Niesman, Eric Qian, David Raskin, Ali Saeed, Brett Sokol, Michelle Sun, Manikandan Swaminathan, Krishna Vepachedu, Kathy Xiang, Hannah Yan, Kevin You, Alice Zhang, Sabrina Zhang and Zimo Zhu.

Semifinalists entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants. The national pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Semifinalists will continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. They must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. Semifinalists also must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship. Finalists will be notified in February.

Street Fest Raises Between $10K-$15K

Saturday’s Street Fest raised between $10,000 and $15,000 for three local charities, according to Community Service Coordinator Brett Erdmann. The event drew approximately 2,000 people, he told Pioneer Press.

Meningitis Immunization Clinic for Seniors September 23

Stevenson seniors who have not yet had their state-required meningitis immunization can get the shot at school on Friday, September 23. Representatives from the Jewel-Osco Pharmacy will be providing the vaccinations at SHS between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. To participate, parents must complete this consent form and email it to Nurse Peg Cucci at by 3 p.m. Tuesday. All participants will receive a coupon for 10 percent off their next grocery purchase at Jewel-Osco. Questions can be directed to Chandi Clough at 224-240-6498.

Fall Play Takes the Stage Thursday Night

This year’s fall play is The Dream of the Burning Boy, a searing but surprisingly funny story about finding the strength to move on and the courage to live without regret. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Studio Theatre, by the Sports Center. There also will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6. Note: This play contains mature language.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: The host Patriots (9-0) posted a shutout at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, winning every match by a 6-0, 6-0 score. The winning singles players were Gina Kondos, Dhwani Kumar and Hanna Anssari. The victorious doubles teams were Athena Kolli/Elizabeth Ferdman, Paige Nierman/Alexandra Zoubareva, Bronwyn Heidkamp/Samantha Burger, and Alyssa Glaser/Maria Sarabia.

Girls Volleyball

Stevenson d. Mundelein, 25-23, 25-19: Jori Radtke smacked 12 kills and Sophie Sorenson added nine for the Patriots (15-1, 1-0) in their conference opener on the road. Alex Cuc was 53-of-54 setting with 25 assists. Sorenson had a team-high six digs and also served two aces, as did Chloe Robinson. Robinson and Radtke each made five digs.

Boys Soccer

Mundelein 2, Stevenson 1: The host Mustangs scored the winning goal in the final 90 seconds, dropping the Patriots to 4-2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Steven O’Reilly scored the lone goal on an assist from Ben Brandt, giving SHS a 1-0 lead in the first half. The game was tied at halftime.

Boys Golf

Lake Zurich 160, Stevenson 161: At Bittersweet Golf Course, Jackson Bussell led the Patriots with a 38, one shot from tying for medalist honors. Mark Noonan posted a 40, Alex Kim had a 41 and James Dvorak shot a 42. – Daily Herald



PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

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

Fall Play This Weekend

Tickets for the fall play, The Dream of the Burning Boy, are on sale for $6 at the Patriot Superstore. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Please note: The play contains mature language.

Auditions for “Beauty and the Beast” Next Week

Come audition for the Stevenson Foundation’s fall children’s play, “Beauty and the Beast.” Auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the West Auditorium. Be ready to present your favorite nursery rhyme or poem (lyrics work)! Then, tell us what you would become if you were under the witch’s spell.  Dress in working clothes. We will be doing improv, scene shorts, dance steps and theatre fighting. Be directable.


Vote for Jori Radtke to be the Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Month for September! She is one of three area student-athletes nominated in the Lake Shore zone, and you can vote for her once every 12 hours at this link. Voting ends at noon Thursday.

Each season, the Athletics Division honors Patriot athletes in a number of ways, including the ESPPA (Exceptional Stevenson Patriot Pride Award). ESPPA Awards honor athletes and teams in all sports and all levels, plus trainers, team managers and fans. Players, coaches, students and parents can submit nominations for Fall ESPPA Awards by clicking here. Nominations will be taken through October 28.


Junior Class Board is meeting today after school in the College Career Center to work on Homecoming decorations. All juniors are welcome to join in the fun!

The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is meeting today in Room 1612 from 3:30-4:30. We are looking for students to write about fashion, travel, trends, DIY and more! New members are always welcome.

Superhero Club meets today. Join us in Room 1414, at 3:30 to relax, watch movies, and enjoy snacks! Everyone is welcome!

Interested in joining the fight against cancer? Join Relay for Life Club! We raise awareness, fundraise and plan the Relay for Life overnight event. Relay for Life will have its first meeting today in Room 1708 at 3:35 p.m.

Senior Class Board is meeting after school Thursday in Room 2004 to work on Homecoming decorations. New members are always welcome!

The History Bowl team will meet for the first time in Room 2500 on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. If you’re a fan of history or just history trivia and like to compete, please join our team on Thursday. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Peter Anderson.

Crepes! They are all the rage in Israel right now. And now you can make them with Club Israel on Thursday. Join us in the Food Lab, Room 1406, after school.

The Breakfast with Books Club will have its first meeting at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in the upper ILC. All interested students are welcome!


Attention sophomores and juniors interested in a career in healthcare or medicine: The Northwestern Medicine Discovery Program (previously the Northwestern Medical Explorers Program) is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year. Applications will be accepted online until Wednesday, September 21 and in person until September 23. Program participants are exposed to a variety of activities designed to encourage their interest in healthcare. Activities include tours, guest speakers, group discussion and hands-on projects. In addition, the program offers leadership, mentorship, networking, and community service opportunities. Click here to find out more and to fill out an application.


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 2017. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College/Career Center. The deadline to return nomination forms is Wednesday, September 21. Please know if selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Saturday, October 15.


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