Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

43 Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Forty-three members of Stevenson’s Class of 2018 have been named semifinalists in the 63rd 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 Ryan Abbott, Samuel An, Sanketh Bhaskar, Albert Cao, Shirley Cao, Joyce Chen, Zachary Chin, Degaulle Dai, Timothy Green, Andrew Hwang, Abhiram Kakuturu, Adam Kastler, Maura Kelleher, Tae-Hwan Kim, Noah Krakman, Seowon Lee, David Liang, Elias Lu, Andrew Luo, Samarth Madduru, Deepak Moparthi, Bhavana Muppavarapu, Conrad Oberhaus, Charis Pao, Serena Pao, Tanvee Patankar, Saketh Prazad, Ali Rahman, Srikar Rapaka, Divyanshi Sharma, Mengjing Shi, Owen Simon, Julia Sinkevich, Nikita Smyrnov, Carina Su, Daniel Tao, Jessica Wang, Joy Wang, Elaine Xiao, Ruidi Xu, Jonathan Xue, Joshua Yoon and Haoyang Yu.

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 1% 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 more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

About 90% 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. National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in April.

Seniors Running Out of Time for Yearbook Portraits

Members of the Class of 2018 who have not yet had their senior yearbook portrait taken are running out of time. The last round of portrait sessions begins Monday at Visual Image Photography’s Wheeling studio. (VIP is the official yearbook photographer; only portraits taken by VIP will be included in the yearbook.) See our Senior Yearbook Portraits page for available dates and reservation information.

Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

Two members of the Lincolnshire Police Department will be traveling to Texas with much-needed supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims. If you would like to help, see this list of requested items. You can drop off items at the Lincolnshire Village Hall through Friday.

PATRIOT SPORTS

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Tuesday’s Varsity Results

Boys Ice Hockey

Stevenson 7, Carmel 4: Trevor Hilt had a hat trick to pace the Patriots (5-1) at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills. The senior forward scored one goal in each period, and recorded the first and final goals of the game. SHS never trailed, jumping out to a 2-0 lead after one period, then withstanding three goals by the Corsairs in the second to maintain a 4-3 lead heading into the third. Junior Seth Cohen scored a goal and assisted on two of Hilt’s goals, while classmate Adam Offenbach registered a goal and an assist. Also scoring for Stevenson were junior Billy Kopka and senior Jackson Leptich. Senior Frank Wiest-Puchala recorded three assists. Sophomore Brett Stokes, junior Daniel Romm and senior Michael Dowd each had an assist. Senior goalie Nick Cimarusti earned the victory between the pipes. – Boxscore

Girls Tennis

Stevenson 7, Zion-Benton 0: The visiting Patriots (10-0, 3-0) surrendered only one game in six competed matches. Junior Alyssa Glaser and senior Bronwyn Heidkamp were 6-1, 6-0 winners at No. 1 doubles. Everyone else won by a 6-0, 6-0 score: sophomores Athena Kolli and Ellen Ma at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, and the Nos. 2-4 doubles teams of seniors Sam Burger and Ambika Singh, senior Carly Lefar and sophomore Sneha Yellapantula, and sophomores Maggie Gong and Kaya Rand. SHS won by default at No. 1 singles.

Boys Golf

Stevenson 146, Lake Zurich 166: At their home course, the Arboretum Golf Club in Buffalo Grove, junior Mark Noonan and senior Brett Ekenberg each shot an even-par round of 36. Junior Jackson Bussell and freshman Conan Pan carded a 1-over-par 37.

Girls Golf

Stevenson 167, Lake Zurich 190: Sophomore Joyce Bai captured medalist honors for the Patriots’ fifth consecutive match, shooting a 4-over-par 39 at Village Green Golf Course. Bai had a 3 on the par-4 opening hole, the only birdie of the match. Senior Olivia Stomberg shot a 41 and sophomore Julia Yoo recorded a 43, while senior Katie Hannahs and freshman Kelly Dong each had a 44 for SHS (9-0, 4-0). Freshman Sophia Zhuang posted a 46.

Boys Soccer

Stevenson 0, Mundelein 0: The Patriots and the Mustangs engaged in a scoreless duel at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. – News-Sun

Spirit Revolution Celebrating 30 Years

Stevenson’s Spirit Revolution program will celebrate 30 years with a pre-game tailgate event at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. Alumni who have participated in the cheerleading, competitive dance or pom squads during the school’s history are invited. Spirit Revolution alumni can RSVP to http://evite.me/mCTR7mZaQ1, and should include their name, graduation year, and whether they were a member of cheerleading or Patriettes.

Sports Boosters Meeting Today

Members of the Sports Boosters are invited to attend its monthly meeting at 5:30 this afternoon in the West Staff Dining Room, by the Sports Center entrance. If you’re not a Sports Booster and would like to join, send an email to SportsBoosters@d125.org.

STUDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Information Meeting for NYC Fashion Trip Tonight

The Family and Consumer Science Department is sponsoring a fashion industry-focused trip to New York City next summer from May 29-June 1. There will be an informational meeting at 6:30 tonight in Room 1414. The trip is open to all SHS students. Informational packets are available in Room 1410 for more information. If you have any questions or cannot attend the meeting, see Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410 or email her at cerickson@d125.org.

PPA Bake Sale This Afternoon

Don’t miss the PPA Bake Sale this afternoon in the Wood and Glass Commons. Cheesecake, apple pie, donuts, “puppy chow” and more will be available. All are $1.

Late Arrival on Thursday

The school will follow a late-arrival schedule on Thursday for teaching planning time. Classes will start at 10:30 a.m.

Late Bus Schedule for Students

During the regular school year, the school provides late buses to encourage students’ participation in after-school activities. Buses will be available at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. every school day, and at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays (except during exams) in parking lot B. All activity buses load at the Forum (“point”) entrance. Make sure you have your ID card when getting on the bus.

CLUB NEWS

Interested in a career in the fast-paced fashion industry? The Stevenson Styler Fashion Club is hosting a speaker today at its meeting to discuss the varying career paths the fashion industry can take you. The meeting will be held from 3:40-4:30 in Room 1612. Hope to see you there!

Thespians Club will meet from 8-8:25 a.m. Monday in the Black Box Theater (Room 2204). This will be the club’s second meeting of the year. The other meeting dates for the 2017-18 school year will be: Oct. 2, 16 and 30, Nov. 13 and 27, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and 26, March 12, and April 16 and 30.

ATHLETICS

Patriot Baseball 2018: Please let all parents know that we will have a meeting for parents of players trying out for the team next spring at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in Room 2104. The meeting is not mandatory, but will cover the upcoming season, tryouts and events this year.

Sophomore running back Jean-Marc Etienne is one of three candidates for the Chicago Tribune Lake Shore Athlete of the Month for September. You can vote for him once every 12 hours at this link.

COLLEGE NEWS

Yale, UCLA, Notre Dame, Western and Eastern Illinois, Villanova, Ball State and the University of Miami are just some of the colleges coming to visit Stevenson next week. To see the complete list of college rep visits, and to find out how to sign up for one, visit www.d125.org/RepVisits.

Have you done something to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness? If so, consider applying for a Rebecca’s Dream Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by Rebecca’s Dream, a nonprofit organization committed to serving the community by promoting awareness and compassionate understanding of depression and bipolar disorder. The application deadline is Dec. 31. For more information, visit http://www.rebeccasdream.org/scholarships/.

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 two students from the Class of 2018. Interested seniors may pick up nomination materials in the College Career Center (Room 1123). The deadline to return nomination forms is Tuesday, Sept. 26. If selected, the nominee will need to complete and submit the Morehead-Cain application by Sunday, Oct. 15.

ILLINOIS EDUCATION HEADLINES

Falling public university enrollment shows effect of state budget impasse

Freshman, law school enrollment up at NIU; total enrollment down

Suicide of Naperville student who made video shows dilemma for schools

Suburban districts brace for loss of business taxes to state

DACA concerns for Latino-majority Round Lake District 116

Police union: CPS must tell “full truth” about Burge torture era

Charter school initiative targets west suburban communities

CPS inspector: Alternative high school at Cook County Jail falsified records

District 181 superintendent on hot seat over Hinsdale Middle School delay

Loyola Academy renovation plan advances to Wilmette village board

Decatur school enrollment down slightly; proposed school merger on hold

Illinois Education Association official picked for Batavia City Council slot

Abandoned mine causing trouble for Belleville-area schools

Editor apologizes after publishing superintendent’s controversial column

Peyton Manning surprises CPS team with visit, new equipment

NATIONAL EDUCATION HEADLINES

Action on student loan forgiveness delayed as rules revised

Legal barriers may derail DeVos plan on campus assault investigations

University of California sues Trump administration over DACA decision

Protesters shroud Jefferson statue, decry U. of Virginia response to rallies

Districts seek new strategies to deal with special ed staffing shortages

Most Houston schools open again after Hurricane Harvey

This startup adds “digital citizenship” to school curriculums

A weird MIT dorm closes, and a crisis blooms at colleges

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