Thursday, March 9, 2017

32 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

Thirty-two members of Stevenson High School’s Class of 2017 have been named finalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Stevenson’s National Merit finalists are: Rahul Arun, Matthew Cabrera, Julie Chung, Alice Fang, Danielle Fang, Serena Goldberg, Aryn Harmon, Amber Hu, Joshua Hu, Christie Kang, Mia Kim, Hyung Seok Lee, Young Lee, Kendra Lin, Alice Liu, David Liu, Jason Lu, Isaac Lucas, Emma McMahon, Anna Niesman, 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.

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

Stevenson Community Rallying Around Freshman

The National Honor Society blood drive on Friday will be held in honor of freshman Matthew Abrams, who underwent a life-saving stem-cell transplant February 28 after being diagnosed with leukemia last fall. Although the blood drive is for students, faculty and staff, there are two ways parents, community members and others can help the Abrams family with its mounting medical bills.

First, this GoFundMe page has been created for those interested in making an online donation. Second, there will be a fundraiser today at Culver’s in Buffalo Grove, 450 McHenry Road, from 3-8 p.m. Culver’s will donate 20% of its sales from that timeframe to help the Abrams family with its mounting medical bills. The fundraiser, named “The Stevenson Jazz Lab Band’s Music for Matthew,” will feature SHS jazz bands performing throughout the evening, and students serving dinner to guests dining inside the restaurant and at the drive thru. The Culver’s fundraiser was organized by Abrams’ classmate and longtime friend, Nicole Ervin. Officials from Be the Match will be on hand to register guests into its registry for potential donors of marrow or umbilical cord blood for transplants.

Winter Play This Weekend

The Fine Arts Division will present its winter production, “The Heidi Chronicles,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6 each, and can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore in the Wood Commons, or online at this link. For more information and the cast list, click here.

Baroque Ensemble Fundraiser Friday

The Baroque Ensemble and Viol Consort will hold a fundraiser at the Embassy Suites Deerfield, 1445 Lake Cook Road, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday. The event is open to the public.

Annual Co-Curricular Fair Set for March 22

The Student Activities Division will hold its annual Co-Curricular Fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 in the Field House. The event is for all incoming freshman families, plus any current SHS family, interested in clubs, athletics, intramurals and other activities at Stevenson. Admission is free.

The SHS Nurses Need Your Help

The nurses want your feedback on how to provide you with health information, and find out what health topics interest you. Please complete this short survey by Friday.

NIU Honors Alum for Character, Academics

Sometimes you have to ignore what people say. When she was accepted to Northern Illinois University, SHS alum Tariana Sandkam (Class of 2014) was told that her chances of getting into the nursing program were not good. Sandkam, who had dreamed of being a nurse since she was a child, didn’t let the long odds deter her. Three semesters later, she was admitted into the NIU School of Nursing with a grade point average of 3.91. Buoyed by her success, Sandkam decided to encourage other students at NIU. She became involved in several leadership positions, and this year was named as coordinator of the leaders in the school’s summer orientation program. Sandkam’s accomplishments have led to her being chosen as one of five recipients of NIU’s Forward, Together Forward Scholarship.

Bad Showcase Link

Wednesday’s Digest included a bad link for ordering Showcase tickets online. Click here to order.


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Water Polo Teams Aiming for State Titles

Stevenson’s father-son combination of Jeff Wimer and Sean Wimer (Class of 2001) will lead the school’s water polo teams into action again this week. The elder Wimer and his Patriot girls open their season tonight at Conant, while Sean and the boys’ squad host a quadrangular Saturday in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Both teams are highly regarded: the boys are ranked No. 1 in the preseason rankings, while the girls are No. 3. The Patriot boys have finished second in the state the past two seasons, and three times in the last four years. The Patriot girls captured their first state title in 2015, and were third in Illinois last season and in 2014. Several players were named to the Preseason All-Illpolo Team. On the boys’ side, seniors Andrew Shashin and Dan Maleski, and junior Collin Kapecki were selected. Juniors Claire Haas and Eileen Hoang were chosen for the girls’ list. Several other Patriots were picked to emerge this season, and you can see the lists at this link.


Want to Help Transfer Students New to SHS?

If you’re interested in becoming a buddy to a transfer student, there will be a Transfer Buddies informational meeting during each lunch period Friday in the Recital Hall portion of the Performing Arts Center (Room 4100). Please bring your iPad to the meeting.

Spring One-Act Plays Auditions Tuesday

Auditions for the spring one-act plays will be held Tuesday starting at 3:40 p.m. in the West Auditorium. You can sign up for an audition slot on the Fine Arts Callboard. Click here for the audition packet.

Peer Helpers Applications Now Available

Are you a creative, open-minded person who is kind, thoughtful and a great leader? Do you want to help ensure that all kids at SHS feel safe and have positive experiences?  Do you want to help staff the Student Lounge and have the opportunity to meet and work with other students? If you said yes to those questions, and you’re currently a freshman, sophomore or junior, then Peer Helpers may be the program for you. Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available at this link and in the Student Activities Office. Applications are due no later than Monday, April 10. For more information, visit the Peer Helpers in the Student Lounge, or see Ms. Polisky or Ms DeHoyos.

Annual Summer Job Fair for Students Today

Looking for summer work? Visit the annual Summer Job Fair today during all lunch periods in Room 2104. Dozens of local companies will be on hand looking to hire, including: Home Depot, Six Flags, JCC Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp, Tamarak Day Camp, Marriott Resort Lincolnshire, Vernon Hills Park District, Panera, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Mariano’s, AKIRA and many more! Make sure to bring your student ID to be eligible for a $25 Jazzman’s gift card. Don’t miss this great chance to score a summer job!


Juniors and seniors, along with their parents, can learn about nearly 150 colleges and universities at the Illinois Regional College Fair hosted by the College of Lake County from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 16. The fair will be held in the Physical Education Center, Building 7, on CLC’s Grayslake campus. Parking is available in lots 2 or 3, closest to the Washington Street and Lancer Lane entrance, 19351 W. Washington St. The event also will include college financial aid sessions and representatives from the armed forces. For more information, call 847-543-2588 or visit for a list of colleges being represented.


It’s that time of year again. Purim is on Saturday night, which means Club Israel will be making hamantaschen after school today in the Food Lab. Any questions, ask Mrs. Argentar.


Hey Patriots, get in on the fun and be part of the newest IM league, Coed Kickball, this spring! There will be an informational meeting at 3:30 today in the Student Activities Office.


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