Thursday, May 17, 2018

Three Seniors Named National Merit Scholars

SHS seniors Tanvee Patankar, Owen Simon and Joshua Yoon are among 2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners for 2018. They were among more than 15,000 finalists in the running for $2,500 scholarships offered by the Evanston-based National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

National Merit winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

Scholars 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 2016 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 percent 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.

Coakley Named Officer of the Year

Lincolnshire Police Officer Rick Coakley, Stevenson’s school resource officer, received the village’s Officer of the Year Award on Monday. He was honored at the Lincolnshire Village Board meeting.

“His duties as SRO are more than just that of a police officer – he also acts as a mentor, an educator, and an investigator,” according to the Lincolnshire Police Department’s 2017 annual report. “On a regular basis, he is managing a ‘small town’ with 5,000 people handling everything imaginable.”

During the school year, Coakley speaks to the Constitutional Law and Driver Education classes. He also helps train SHS security personnel throughout the year to recognize

the latest drug and gang trends. Last year, Coakley worked with school officials to draft an updated reciprocal reporting agreement between SHS and the police department. He also is a member of the Stand Strong Coalition, which serves District 125 residents.

Coakley also provides mentoring and training to new police officers. During the summer, he assists the department’s patrol division.


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Wednesday, May 16 Varsity Results

Boys Volleyball

Stevenson d. Warren, 20-25, 25-18, 25-18: The Patriots (26-8, 6-1) rallied to win their final home match of the season. Junhao (Leo) Chen led SHS with 15 kills while George Lie served six aces and made 10 digs. Will Sorenson was 59-of-59 setting with 28 assists. Matt Cliffer had seven kills, a solo block and assisted on three blocks, while Justin Ross had four block assists. Thomas Finn made a team-high 13 digs for Stevenson, which has reached its highest win total in five seasons. The Pats close out their regular season today at Palatine. – Video Replay ($)

Girls Lacrosse

Stevenson 16, Warren 7: Taze Thompson scored five goals, and Kilian Weber had four goals and an assist, as the host and ninth-ranked Patriots 16-3, 5-0) captured their second North Suburban Conference championship in program history. Sophie Sorenson scored three times and added an assist for SHS, which won its first league title in 2016. Michelle Shen scored two goals, Tessa Simon had a goal and an assist, and Erica Spieler also scored. Gabi Siegel assisted on two goals, and Georgia Maskalunas also had an assist. Goalie Ryan Johnson made four saves. – Video Replay ($)

Boys Lacrosse

Evanston 10, Stevenson 1: Ryan Walsh scored the lone goal for the host Patriots (6-12) in their regular-season finale. Austin Masters had the assist. Jacob Guria (seven saves) and Chad Winter (five saves) split time at goalkeeper. SHS is the No. 6 seed in the IHSA St. Viator Sectional, and will face third-seeded Glenbrook South at 5 p.m. Monday in Glenview. – Video Replay ($)


Warren 9, Stevenson 4: Evan Kiah was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in for the host Patriots (20-12-1, 13-8), who had their seven-game win streak snapped. Nick Bonk was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and threw six-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless relief. He allowed three hits and struck out five. The Blue Devils scored all their runs in the first inning. –, Daily Herald

Two Patriots Headed to Girls State Track Meet

Two members of the girls track and field team will compete in the Illinois High School Association Class 3A state meet Friday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Senior Isabelle Sparreo, who finished 10th at the state cross country meet as a sophomore, looks to close out her prep career with a medal in track. She will compete in the 1,600-meter run, and enters with the 11th-fastest sectional time among 32 qualifiers. Freshman Camille Clay is making her first appearance at state, in the shot put. She had the 10th-best throw at last week’s sectional among 27 qualifiers. Stevenson has had one medalist in the 1,600: Kristyne McGuinn, who was fifth in 1999. SHS has had two shot put medalists, including 1995 state champion Tammy Renda. In 2010, Rachel Redmond finished seventh.

New Girls Tennis Coach Named

SHS mathematics teacher Angela Muresan, who has deep roots in the local tennis community, has been named the school’s new head girls tennis coach. She replaces Tom Stanhope, who stepped down last fall after guiding the Patriots to their first state championship. This will be the second coaching assignment for Muresan at Stevenson. She served on the girls basketball staff during the 2005-06 season.

Boys Tennis Team Seeks 12th Straight Sectional Title

Stevenson plays host to an IHSA sectional tournament beginning Friday at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. SHS has the top two seeds in singles and doubles. Sam Komis and Zach Kim are the top seeds in singles, while the teams of Eric Perkowski-Sai Merneedi and Arjun Sheelvanth-Ozzie Viswanathan are atop the doubles bracket. Stevenson is seeking its 12th consecutive sectional championship. The last eight have come under head coach Tom Stanhope.


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Final Exam Information

Final exams start Tuesday and ends Thursday. Visit for the final exam schedule, plus information on cafeteria and bus service, textbook returns and more.

Did You Forget to Pick Up Your Yearbook?

Students who ordered yearbooks and have yet to pick them up (about 400), can now get them at the Superstore in the Wood Commons. Also, the Superstore has a limited number of yearbooks available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis.

PPA Cookie Day on Friday

The Patriot Parent Association will give a free cookie to every student during the lunch periods on Friday. Celebrate the end of the school year with a sweet treat.


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