Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

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

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

Girls Basketball
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.

St. Baldrick’s Information Meeting Friday
Students interested in participating in next month’s St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser are invited to attend an information meeting during their lunch period Friday in the Student Activities Office. There will be an information meeting every half period.


GF Machining Solutions in Lincolnshire is holding its annual open house for prospective apprentices from 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. The open house will take place at its headquarters at 560 Bond Street. Students will have the opportunity to talk with GF employees, see the company’s technology, and learn about the company and its apprenticeship program. Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP to Anthony “Tony” Rubino at 224-343-8293 or


Students at Chicago’s Senn High School held a sit-in Wednesday in protest after a teacher allegedly told a student last month to “go back to your country” when she declined to stand for the U.S. national anthem during an assembly. Four Senn seniors said they heard a teacher tell the Latina student, who is a U.S. citizen, to leave the country if she didn’t want to stand for the anthem during a Hispanic heritage assembly Jan. 30 at the school.

A $10 million gift from the chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and his wife is among $454 million raised by universities involved with the Illinois Innovation Network that will help move it forward. The $454 million total raised by the members of the network was enough to convince Gov. J.B. Pritzker to confirm another $500 million in state funds pledged years ago.

Though the Southern Illinois University System has publicly announced it won’t raise tuition or fees at either of its campuses next year, a proposed change to the fee structure at SIU Carbondale could create significant new costs for on-campus students who take online courses. Online course fees would jump from $72.60 per credit hour to $117 under a proposal before the SIU Board of Trustees today.


The U.S. Education Department is investigating foreign gifts made to Harvard and Yale as part of a broader review of international money flowing to American universities, officials said. The department is reviewing whether the Ivy League schools potentially failed to report hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts and donations from countries including Saudi Arabia, Iran and China. The department previously opened investigations at Georgetown University and Texas A&M.

Three female high school athletes filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging Connecticut’s prep sports rules that allow biological males to compete against girls, arguing that the policy robs them of competition and scholarship opportunities. The lawsuit also argues that the policy violates the federal Title IX law.

For the first time, the law reviews at the top 16 law schools in the U.S. all have a female editor-in-chief. This year, women are leading the flagship law journals at Yale, Stanford, Harvard, Chicago, Columbia, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, Duke, Northwestern, Cal-Berkeley, Cornell, Georgetown, UCLA and Texas.

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