Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

No School at Stevenson Today
Classes and after-school activities at Stevenson today are cancelled due to the bitterly cold temperature.

SHS Alum Bozek Named to U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
Megan Bozek, a 2009 Stevenson graduate, has been selected to the U.S. women’s ice hockey team roster for the upcoming Olympic Games in Russia. Bozek, a defenseman, learned of her selection on December 20, but the announcement was not made public until New Year’s Day. She and other team members were honored at the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic game. Bozek was an All-American player at the University of Minnesota, helping lead the Golden Gophers to consecutive national championships in 2012 and 2013. She is one of five current or former Gophers on the Olympic roster. In her senior season, Minnesota went 41-0, the first perfect season in collegiate hockey since 1970. Pioneer Press caught up with Bozek for a brief Q&A.

Remembering Mary Layco
Stevenson suffered a terrible loss during Winter Break when mathematics teacher Mary Layco died on December 26, 10 days after becoming ill during one of her classes. She was 63 years old. Layco taught at Stevenson for more than 35 years, and was the school’s longest-serving teacher. She spent more than four decades in the classroom. Retired District 125 Superintendent Dr. Timothy Kanold, who served as director of mathematics at Stevenson for 12 years prior to his promotion, wrote this reflection about Layco, whom he called “the greatest teacher I ever knew.”

College Financial Aid Night for Junior, Senior Families
Junior and senior families are invited to attend the College/Career Center’s annual Financial Aid Evening at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Performing Arts Center. Jerry Cebrzynski of Lake Forest College will be discussing the philosophy, methodology and logistics of the federal financial aid process. Those who attend will learn the specifics of the financial aid process, and how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) required for financial aid consideration at every college. Stevenson’s Financial Aid Tips publication also will be available.


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Boys Basketball Team Wins Proviso West Title
The boys basketball team enters 2014 as the top-ranked team in Illinois after winning six games and the Proviso West Holiday Tournament championship during Winter Break. The 13-0 Patriots slipped past Warren, 52-51, on December 20 before rolling through their five tournament games. SHS crushed Urban Prep West, 78-36; scored the first 31 points of a 76-30 blowout of New Trier; thumped Morton, 75-62, and previously unbeaten St. Joseph, 85-71; then beat Morgan Park, 67-55, in a fight-married championship game. Stevenson set a championship game record by finishing 21-for-23 at the free throw line, besting a mark set in 1966. Jalen Brunson was named MVP of the tournament, and Connor Cashaw earned first-team all-tournament honors. Proviso West video replays: Morgan Park | St. Joseph | Morton | New Trier | Urban Prep West

Girls Basketball Squad Fifth at Dundee-Crown Tourney
The girls basketball team finished fifth at the Charger Classic held at Dundee-Crown High School, winning three of its four games. The Patriots (10-5) beat Barrington, 65-61, in overtime, Rockton Hononegah, 42-24, and Maine South, 68-46, and fell to Prospect, 69-41. Sophia Way and Ashley Richardson were named to the all-tournament team.

Other Winter Break Results
Nick Koto won the 200 (1:45.52) and 500 (4:49.47) and Blake Ripes captured the diving title (388.25), leading the boys swimming and diving team to a runner-up finish at the Lake County Invitational December 21 in the Patriot Aquatic Center. Allen Feng was second in the 100 butterfly (52.83) and finished third in the 100 backstroke (53.49). … Elizabeth Shank finished fifth in floor exercise (9.1) at the New Trier Invitational on December 21. … The Patriot wrestling team received pins from Eric Carter (113), Jeremy Nilsen (126), Tyler Harrington (170) and Nick Grujanac (285) during a 34-24 win over Lake Zurich on December 20.

Basketball Games on SBN This Week
The Stevenson Broadcast Network is scheduled to have webcasts of Tuesday’s varsity boys basketball game against Lake Zurich and Wednesday’s varsity girls basketball contest versus Lakes. Both broadcasts will begin at 7 p.m. Click here to watch.


Wednesday is Clothing Project Pride Day! If you have taken a Clothing and Design class, wear your favorite project this Wednesday and be the envy of all your friends.

Attention sophomores: P.E. Leader applications are due Monday, January 13 in the West P.E. Office (2108). Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare website at

For any sophomores interested in a leadership opportunity working with students with special needs and disabilities, all Alternative P.E. Leader applications are due Monday, January 13 in the West P.E. Office (2108). Applications can be found on the Physical Welfare website at

PSAT results are available for pick up in the West Attendance/Registrar Office, Room 2416. You must have your student ID with you to pick up results.

Freshmen who are in Band during first semester need to pick up their PE uniform at the Superstore before the start of second semester.


Senior Class Board: We will be meeting after school on Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 2428. We will be working on decorations for Winterfest. New members are always welcome.

The Stevenson Styler will have its first planning meeting for the Spring/Summer 2014 edition at 3:30 Wednesday in Room 1424. If you are interested in writing, working on layout, editing or modeling please come! Questions? See Mrs. Erickson in Room 1410!

The Speech and Drama team meets every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:45 in the East ILC. New members are always welcome! Come be a part of a friendly team where you can star in your own performance — there are 14 events to choose from — and learn valuable life-long communication skills.

Guitar Club meets every Tuesday after school in the Orchestra Room until 5 p.m. All players and all styles are welcome, even absolute beginners or faculty and staff. In addition, vocalists and/or musicians who play other instruments are encouraged to join in and jam. Classical style guitars are provided, but you are allowed to bring your own instrument. If possible, please don’t forget to bring your guitar pic! For questions or more information, you can contact Jacob Kramer at


Students interested in general career information or interested in participating in a career shadow experience, please contact Mrs. Willock at to set up an appointment.

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The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

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