52 Seniors Named National Merit Finalists
All 52 seniors named semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program have been selected as finalists. They are among approximately 15,000 finalists nationwide who will compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million this spring. Click here to see Stevenson’s National Merit finalists.
Foundation Online Raffle and Auction Opens Today
If today‘s weather makes you wish for warmer climes, the Stevenson Foundation can fulfill your desire. The foundation’s annual Online Raffle and Auction opens today, featuring 23 high-end packages including luxury getaways, designer jewelry, turn-key parties, and exclusive Stevenson experiences. The raffle includes a vacation package to the winner’s choice of one of four destinations:
- Cabo San Lucas in Mexico
- Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia
- Pebble Beach golf course in Monterey, Calif.
- Las Vegas
There also are raffles for reserved parking at SHS for one senior and one junior during the entire 2020-21 school year, and a special 2020 graduation package with reserved parking and special family seating. Auction items include a vacation getaway for 16 to Antigua, tickets to the Cubs-White Sox Crosstown Classic, and more.
Click here to view the complete raffle and auction catalog, purchase raffle tickets, and start bidding. The event ends at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25. Proceeds benefit Foundation programs such as Stevenson to College (S2C) and Kids in Need (KIN). Questions? Contact Ashley Bunzol at 847-415-4472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter Play Tickets On Sale
Ticket sales begin today for the winter play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 5-7, in the West Auditorium. Tickets are $6. Click here to order online.
What They Saw at the Iowa Caucus
Several members of the Political Action Club traveled to Iowa recently to observe Democratic presidential campaign rallies and the caucus process. Two seniors, Jennifer Hellwig and Victor Shi, wrote about their experiences for the PBS News Hour website. Jennifer reflected on the challenges working people face when seeking to participate in the Iowa caucus, and recommended a better system that could be used nationwide. Victor, meanwhile, wrote about how being part of a campaign (he is a volunteer for former Vice President Joe Biden) gave him a sense of community.
Senior Earns AATSP Scholarship Honor
Senior Celeste Xu is one of 40 recipients of a Joseph Adams Senior Scholarship granted by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Celeste is a member of Stevenson’s National Spanish Honor Society, holding the liaison position on its e-board. In the role, she serves as a crucial communicator between the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society. “Her diligence, willingness to help her community and passion for the Spanish language and culture made her a remarkable candidate and the recipient of this scholarship,” said Raquel Antillera, society sponsor and a Spanish teacher at SHS. This document shows the scholarship criteria.
Students Teach Youngsters at Palatine School
Twenty-five seniors enrolled in the Teaching Young Children 2 course traveled Wednesday to Winston Campus Elementary School in Palatine, to teach kids in fourth-grade and fifth-grade classrooms. Their field trip, sponsored by Family and Consumer Science teachers Jamie Rieman and Courtney Croak, was the culmination of several weeks spent developing language arts lessons for the younger students. Winston, which serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade, is part of District 15, the second-largest elementary district in Illinois with more than 12,000 students.
Wednesday’s Varsity Results
Stevenson 63, Waukegan 34: Senior Avery King led all scorers with 19 points as she and classmate Nikki Kolz were honored on Senior Night. Avery tallied eight points in the opening quarter for the host Patriots (24-7 overall, 10-4 North Suburban Conference), who led 41-16 at halftime. Sophomores Ava Bardic and Simone Sawyer added 15 and 12 points, respectively, for SHS, which closed its regular season by winning 12 of its last 13 contests. Stevenson will face Grant in the first round of the IHSA Class 4A Lake Forest Regional at 6 p.m. Wednesday. – NFHS Network replay
In Search of Excellence: The Patriettes Way
After posting the highest score of any school during the preliminaries of the IHSA Competitive Dance state tournament on Jan. 31, Stevenson head coach Kristin Piekarski-Cook could have told her squad to relax and get ready for the next day’s final round. Instead, the Patriettes continued to tweak their routine, choreographed to the song “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi. “The small things make a lot of difference,” Piekarski told the Pioneer Press. “We talked through everything, practiced and improved our product.” The result? Stevenson was nearly perfect in the final round, achieving a score of 99.24 out of 100 after posting a 97.36 the night before. The student-athletes who developed the state championship dance routine were seniors Maya Shub, Maya Newmark, Jorie Knysz, Alyssa Halazonitis, Ari Reinstein and Chloe Lucido, and juniors Breanna Buan and Josie Ronson.