Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Two Seniors Named National Merit Scholars

SHS seniors David Liu and Kathy Xiang are among 2,500 winners in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program announced today. The pair were among more than 15,000 finalists in the running for the $2,500 college scholarships offered by the Evanston-based National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Merit Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. The committee looked at several factors, including the student’s academic record, including the difficulty level of subjects studies and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; a personal essay; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2015 when more than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than 1% of the nation’s high school seniors, were named semifinalists. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2017 program, about 7,500 finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of more than $32 million in college scholarships.

Bass Fishers Keeping Fingers Crossed for State

The bass fishing team took part in the Illinois High School Association Chain O’Lakes South Sectional tournament on Tuesday. Senior Will Reichert earned the Big Bass Award for catching the largest bass, which weighed 3.74 pounds. He and freshman Jason Qualich finished fourth among 15 boats in the competition, and are currently an alternate for the state tournament. Qualich and Reichert had a combined catch of 5.35 pounds. Stevenson’s second boat, with sophomore Daniel Salas and junior John Mistica, finished eighth at 2.25 pounds.

Choral Concert Thursday Night

The Stevenson choirs will conclude their concert schedule with a free performance at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will be streamed live by the Stevenson Broadcast Network on The Cube.

Students Say Thanks to SHS Teachers in Video

Stevenson is celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week this week. Here’s a video in which some SHS students offer their thanks to teachers who have inspired them.

Alum’s Op-Ed Piece Featured in Springfield Newspaper

SHS alumnus Dr. Kevin Rubenstein (Class of 1995) has a guest column in today’s Springfield State Journal-Register supporting an evidence-based school funding proposal put before the state legislature. Rubenstein, the president-elect of the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education, argues that the evidence-based model is the best solution to meet the needs of all students in Illinois, and not just the nearly 300,000 with disabilities. He is the director of student services, technology and assessment for Lake Bluff Elementary District 65.


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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Warren, 23-25, 25-18, 25-21: Leo Chen and Grant Maleski each racked up 13 kills as the Patriots (22-11, 4-2) rallied past the Blue Devils (15-13, 3-3) in Gurnee. Chen recorded five kills in the third game. Haddon Kay was 61-of-62 setting with 29 assists and also served a pair of service aces. Danny Orlov made 10 digs, and also contributed two assists and an ace. Matt Cliffer had five kills and Hudson Havenhill chipped in with three. Stevenson closes its league schedule at 6 o’clock tonight with a home match against Waukegan in the Sports Center. – Daily Herald


Stevenson 12, Waukegan 0 (6 inn.): Michael Thon, Michael Sobel and Michael D’Angelo combined to throw a four-hit shutout on the road for the Patriots (15-11, 9-7). Thon started and pitched the first three innings, giving up three hits and striking out three. Sobel followed with two innings of hitless relief, and D’Angelo tossed the final frame. Offensively, Scotty Max and Shane McGaha each had two hits and drove in two runs. Jack Housinger walked four times, stole four bases and scored four runs. Henry Marchese also had two hits and scored a pair of runs. SHS scored seven runs in the last two innings to bring an early end to the game. –


Lake Zurich 9, Stevenson 6: Alana Labaschin hit a three-run home run and Emma Oriatti added a two-run shot for the host Patriots (12-15, 3-9). The Bears (14-11, 8-4) scored four runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the victory. Vera Pflugradt, Mic Faunce and Gwen Heilman all doubled for SHS. – Daily Herald

Girls Track Team Prepares for Sectional

The varsity girls track and field team takes part in an IHSA sectional at Grayslake North on Thursday, and coach Emma Degen is looking for her Patriots to build off the momentum from last week’s fourth-place finish at the conference meet. Two of the leaders for SHS are seniors Juhi Jhaveri and Sydney Erickson. Jhaveri, one of the team captains, is in her fourth year on the varsity, while Erickson is running track for the first time in high school. She is a veteran of the Patriot cross country team, though, and also played for Stevenson’s girls volleyball team, which placed third at state last fall. The two seniors are featured in this Pioneer Press article.


Come to the SHS Math Carnival Tonight

The Stevenson Math Department and Freshmen Math Team invite all third- to fifth-grade students in the community, along with their parents, teachers and SHS faculty, to a Math Carnival tonight. Students are invited to play math-themed carnival games and win prizes from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forum (“Point”) entrance of the West Building. Come play all 40 games, or stop by to play just for a little while! For more information, contact or

Last PPA Bake Sale of the Year Today

Don’t miss the last PPA Bake Sale of the year today in the Wood and Glass Commons! Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, Puppy Chow and more will be available. All items are $1.

Choral Guild Fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Today

The Choral Guild is having a fundraiser at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Mention the fundraiser when ordering (dine-in, delivery or carryout), and show this flyer when paying. (The flyer also appears at The Choral Guild will receive 20% of total sales during the fundraiser.


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