Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

16 Seniors Named Presidential Scholar Candidates

Sixteen seniors have been selected as candidates in the United States Presidential Scholars Program sponsored by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education.

Stevenson’s candidates are: Alexander Bian, Albert Cao, David Hou, Andrew Hwang, Michael Lee, Kevin Li, Andrew Luo, Deepak Moparthi, John Tan, Daniel Tao, Joy Wang, Ruidi Xu, Jonathan Xue, Joshua Yoon, Haoyang Yu and Jeremy Yu. They are among 152 seniors from Illinois to earn the honor.

Approximately 600 students nationwide will be named semifinalists in April, and the 161-member Presidential Scholar class will be announced in May.

Students have three paths to become a Presidential Scholar. The majority are selected based on broad academic achievement. Approximately 20 will be chosen based on their scholarship and talent in the arts. (David falls in this category.) Another 20 will be picked based on their ability and accomplishments in career and technical fields.

Since the program’s founding in 1964, four Stevenson students have been named Presidential Scholars: Kathy Xiang (Class of 2017), Vivian Wang (Class of 2013), Zach Blumenfeld (Class of 2011) and Michele Trickey (Class of 2006).

Table Tennis Team Ends Regular Season 6-1

The SHS table tennis team toppled St. Charles East, 6-3, and the Illinois Math and Science Academy, 9-0, in their regular-season finale Tuesday in St. Charles. Patriots wielding paddles in the triangular meet were senior Trever Pokot; juniors Tejas Ambravan, Ilya Hrynblat and Michael Hu; sophomores Joseph Choi, Donald G. Gillis,  Paul Park, Jonathon Raymond and Eric Wu; and freshmen Bradley Locker, Yoav Malka, David Polyakov and Nikhith Rao. Stevenson will carry a 6-1 record into the state championships at Niles West on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Political Action Club Hosting Candidate Forum Tuesday

The Political Action Club is sponsoring a candidate forum with candidates in two local primaries at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the West Auditorium. The forum is free and open to the public. The Democratic and Republican candidates in the 59th State Representative race will participate, as will the Republican candidate in the 10th Congressional District election. Students in the Political Action Club will serve as moderators. In addition to the forum, the Political Action Club will host a campaign fair starting at 6:45 p.m. in Room 2104. Representatives from the gubernatorial and attorney general campaigns, plus the state House and congressional races involved in the forum, will be invited to meet with community members and first-time voters.

“Tobacco 21” Bills Advance Through Committees

Two legislative committees gave approval Tuesday to bills that would raise the minimum age to purchase or possess tobacco products to 21. Senior Ashleigh Machado and former SHS Dean of Students Steve Tucker testified in favor of “Tobacco 21” legislation in Springfield on Tuesday. Tucker is now assistant principal at Highland Park High School.


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Tuesday, Feb. 6 Varsity Results

Boys Basketball

Stevenson 39, Zion-Benton 30: Senior Jackson Qualley scored a game-high 12 points and sophomore Matthew Ambrose added 10 as the host Patriots (14-6, 8-2) moved into sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Conference. SHS is one game ahead of Libertyville (7-3), which lost in triple overtime to Lake Forest Tuesday night. Stevenson plays host to Libertyville on Friday. Jackson also had seven rebounds and three assists. Seniors Samvit Ram (eight points, nine rebounds) and Nick Bonk (seven points, 12 rebounds) were major contributors. The Zee-Bees fell to 8-13 overall and 2-8 in the NSC.

Girls Gymnastics

Stevenson at IHSA Niles North Sectional: The Patriots placed sixth among six teams with a score of 139.55, and no gymnast finished in the top five to earn advancement to the state finals. – Official Results | Daily Herald

Alum Helps Yale Swim Team Go Undefeated

The Yale University women’s swimming and diving team, which includes senior Cheryl Xiang (Class of 2014), beat Harvard and Princeton last weekend to finish its dual-meet season undefeated. Xiang and her classmates went 44-3 during their four-year career, and won their last 31 dual meets.

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ACT Testing Location Change

The location for Saturday’s ACT test has changed. Testing will take place in the West Building rather than the East Building due to construction. Students should enter the West Building at the Forum (“point”) to check in.

How Do I Help a Friend Who’s Struggling?

What do you do if a friend is struggling with depression, bullying, an eating disorder, alcohol or other drugs? This week’s video from the Catalyst club and the Stand Strong Coalition offers some handy tips. Take a look.


The boys tennis team will hold a preseason meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 in Room 1634 for anyone interested in tryout out for the squad. If you have questions, contact Coach Stanhope at

Informational meetings for girls softball will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14 in Room 2002. There are two meeting times, and players only need to pick one: 7:45-8:15 a.m. or 3:45-4:15 p.m. If you cannot attend, please contact Coach Ruchim at


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ACT expands footprint from testing powerhouse to “learning company”

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Nashville works to integrate SEL in its 168 schools


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