Thursday, April 26, 2018

Two Named Presidential Scholar Semifinalists

Seniors David Hou and Joy Wang are among 630 students nationwide who have been named semifinalists in the 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars competition sponsored by the Department of Education. They are among 19 semifinalists from Illinois, and the only students from Lake County.

Becoming a semifinalist is extremely difficult. Of approximately 3.5 million graduating high school seniors, only about 5,300 were identified as candidates for the program.

The program annually honors 161 students. The majority, 121, will be selected based on overall academic achievement. Twenty will be chosen for academic and artistic scholarship in the visual or performing arts or creative writing, and another 20 will be picked for outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in career and technical education.

Presidential Scholars will be announced in early May, and they will be recognized in June in Washington, D.C.

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).

Student Council Receives National Award

Stevenson’s Student Council has been selected to receive a 2018 National Gold Council of Excellence award from the National Student Council. The award criteria include implementing a strong leadership program that meets council goals; functioning in an ethical and responsible way; and engaging others in leadership, spirit, civic and service activities. Stevenson is one of nine Illinois schools to receive the honor this year.

45 Students Participate in Annual WE Day Illinois

Forty-five SHS students involved in Free the Children joined peers from more than 700 Illinois schools for the annual WE Day Illinois Wednesday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Stevenson’s Free the Children club raised more than $4,000 selling rafiki bracelets, one of the top-selling groups in the state, and senior Olivia Hancock was chosen to speak about the club’s activities this year.

Fishing Team Casts Eye Toward Sectional

The bass fishing team warmed up for next week’s Illinois High School Association sectional tournament by competing Tuesday at Grant Community High School’s final event of the season on the Chain O’Lakes. SHS entered two boats, which finished fifth and sixth out of 30 teams. The fifth-place team of Cam Grisamore, Daniel Salas and Jason Qualich had to sift through 30 bass to find four keepers weighing a total of 4.32 pounds. The sixth-place team of Michael Crawford and Will Votapka had an easier time with only two fish caught, but weighing 4.29 pounds. The team will be compete in the Chain O’Lakes North Chain Sectional on Thursday, May 3.

Awards Day Honors Hundreds of Upperclassmen

Hundreds of 11th– and 12th-grade students received honors Wednesday during the annual Awards Day ceremonies in the Performing Arts Center. The Junior Awards Day ceremony took place during the last hour of the school day, while the Senior Awards Day event was Wednesday night. Here are links to all of the awards given out: Junior Awards | Senior Awards

School Board Member, Student Share Connection

Among the many awards given at Wednesday’s Junior Awards Day ceremony was an honor linking members of two generations. Amelia Lee received the Harvard Prize Book, an achievement award given by Harvard University alumni to students of outstanding scholarship and high character a year before they graduate. Giving her the award was District 125 Board of Education member Merv Roberts, who received the Harvard Prize Book 61 years earlier. Roberts attended Harvard Graduate School after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. The Harvard Prize Book award originated in 1910.

Intro to Business Classes on Restaurant Menu

Stevenson’s Introduction to Business classes and Half Day Brewing Company in Lincolnshire have partnered on a project to help students learn about the product development process. The public will be able to see and taste the fruits of the relationship beginning Friday through May 11, when four new recipe concepts (one for each section of the course) will be part of the restaurant’s menu. Click here to see the entrees developed by the Introduction to Business classes.


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Wednesday, April 25 Varsity Results

Boys Lacrosse

Stevenson 10, Libertyville 8: Austin Masters scored the game-winning goal with 2:23 remaining in the game, and added an empty netter with 20 seconds left for the host Patriots (3-7 overall, 1-1 North Suburban Conference). Goalie Chad Winter made 11 saves, including two point-blank stops in the final two minutes to secure the victory. Caleb Benoit-DiMaria scored three goals and had two assists for SHS, while Ryan Walsh also had a hat trick. Austin and Alex Dove each had two goals. Cole Okmin racked up four assists.

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 13, Libertyville 9: Kilian Weber and Erica Spieler scored four goals apiece to pace the seventh-ranked Patriots (11-2, 3-0) on the road. The game was tied 1-1 with 16:47 remaining in the first half when SHS took control with four unanswered goals in a six-minute span. Georgia Maskalunas scored both of her goals during the critical stretch, and Michelle Shen had one of her two tallies. Stephanie Schultz also scored. Goalie Ryan Johnson made nine saves. – Daily Herald

Boys Tennis

Stevenson 6, Benet Academy 1: At the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex, the Patriots (7-0) rolled past the Redwings, who finished third at the IHSA Class A tournament last spring. Eric Perkowski and Sai Merneedi were 6-3, 6-0 winners at No. 1 doubles, while Zachary Kim claimed a 6-0, 6-0 decision at No. 1 singles. Payton Adkisson and Daniel Tulchinskiy earned a 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 3 doubles, and Jeremy Park and Michael Maryniuk were victorious at No. 4 doubles by a 6-4, 6-1 score. Sam Komis shut out his opponent at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0, and Thomas Gong recorded a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 3 singles.

Girls Water Polo

Stevenson 14, St. Ignatius 1: Kalista Tapas scored six goals for the top-ranked Patriots (21-1), who have won 19 straight games. Claire Haas added four goals, Lauren Maloney had three and Eleanor Michaud contributed one. Starting goalie Anna Mossakowski made eight saves in three quarters, and backup Val Zlotnikova stopped six shots in one quarter.

Boys Gymnastics

Stevenson at Independent Conference Invitational: The Patriots finished fifth among six teams. Danny Less placed ninth in the all-around competition. – Daily Herald

Boys Volleyball

Libertyville d. Stevenson, 25-21, 31-29: In a battle for first place in the North Suburban Conference, Leo Chen hit a team-high 10 kills for the visiting Patriots (19-5, 3-1), who had their 10-match win streak snapped by the Wildcats (18-2, 4-0). Matt Cliffer and Gavin Meng each had four kills. Will Sorenson dished out 19 assists on 42-of-45 setting. Matt and Justin Ross had three block assists apiece. George Lie made eight digs, while Alex Bian added six to go along with two aces. – Daily Herald


Zion-Benton 9, Stevenson 8: The host Zee-Bees hit a walkoff single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to spoil two-hit performances by Maggie O’Brien, Gina Shanley and Haley Barnes. Maggie hit a two-run home run in the second inning as SHS (4-8, 3-3) built a 7-0 lead, then doubled and scored the tying run on a single by Mara Lippman to make it 8-8 in the fifth. She scored three runs. Gina drove in two runs in the first two innings with a single and double. Haley, Gwen Heilman and Hailey Peterson also doubled. Zion loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh, and the Pats nearly escaped the jam when Anna Fossier caught a line drive and tossed it to Maggie at third base for a double play. –


Libertyville 14, Stevenson 2: The visiting Patriots (10-9-1, 6-6) were held to three hits in the finale of their three-game season series with the Wildcats (16-3, 11-0). – Daily Herald

Tuesday, April 24 Varsity Results


Stevenson 6, Lake Forest 5: The Patriots (4-7, 3-2) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, winning when Maggie O’Brien’s grounder was misplayed allowing Hailey Peterson to score the winning run. The SHS rally started with Maggie Trotter’s sole home run, and Hailey followed four batters later with a two-run double. Hailey finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs batted in, two runs scored and three stolen bases. Maggie O’Brien and Anna Fossier each had two hits, including a double. –

Boys Water Polo Fundraiser Tonight

The boys water polo team is holding a fundraiser at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 700 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills from 5-8 p.m. today. Show this flyer and 25 percent of your purchase will go to the team.

Sophomore Announces College Soccer Plan

Sophomore Allie Kirby announced Wednesday that she has committed to play soccer for Fairfield University, a Division I program in Connecticut. She will join three older sisters in competing at the collegiate level: Shea, a senior, recently announced plans to row at the College of the Holy Cross; Casey (Class of 2016), a swimmer at Denison University; and Riley (Class of 2014), who swam for St. Louis University.


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Required Meeting for Students Taking Summer Trips

All students participating in a school-sponsored international summer travel experience (AP European History trip, Spain trip, Ecuador trip), and their parents, are required to attend the Spring Student/Parent Travel Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in the West Auditorium.


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