Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Stevenson’s First Band Director Dies
Dave Habley, who started Stevenson’s band program and led it for 17 years, died Monday at the age of 82. His wife, Caryn, is a retired Stevenson teacher, and his brother, Tom, also is a retired SHS teacher who still coaches at the school and works in its Student Assistance Program.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Davenport Funeral Home, 149 W. Main Street, in Barrington. A funeral service will follow the visitation starting at 11 a.m. Burial will take place after the service at Ascension Catholic Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Road, in Libertyville.

The Berwyn, Illinois native arrived at Stevenson in 1967, two years after its opening, with the mandate to start a band program. He had previously taught at Richards High School in Blue Island. At Stevenson, he built a strong foundation for the band program and later in his tenure took students on performance trips around the country and to Europe. In 1980, the Concert Band finished third at the International Music Festival in Vienna, Austria and also performed in Germany and Switzerland. In another school year Habley took the band to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Marching Patriots also took part in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Habley was born April 9, 1931. He graduated from the University of Illinois, where he took part in the marching band and performed when the Fighting Illini played in the Rose Bowl in 1952.

Three Students Earn Honors at Concerto Competition
Junior Chris Gao won the MYA Senior Division string category at the 18th annual Walgreens National Concerto Competition at Ravinia’s Bennett-Gordon Hall on December 29. He also was named the overall winner of the Senior Division, earning an opportunity to perform as a soloist with the Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra at Chicago Symphony Center on February 22. Gao, a cellist, played the second movement of Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 125.

Two other students won honors in the MYA Senior Division. Sophomore cellist Torin Bakke won the Other Instruments category, and junior Allen Wang earned honorable mention in the piano competition.

The MYA Senior Division featured students in grades 9-12 who are active participants in the Midwest Young Artists orchestra program.

Visiting Artist of the Month for January
James Wilbat, a professional glass blower from Deerfield, is the SHS Art Department’s Visiting Artist of the Month for January. Samples of his work are on display in the West Building’s Rotunda Gallery. He will be visiting the school later this month to give a presentation to students at the gallery.


Click here to see today’s athletic schedule
Follow us on Twitter: @aeshssports

Wednesday’s Varsity Results

Girls Basketball
Stevenson 58, Lakes 36: The host Patriots (11-5) outscored the Eagles 16-4 in the third quarter to take control of the North Suburban Conference crossover game. SHS led by seven points at halftime, 25-18. Janine Fajardo led a balanced scoring attack with 11 points. Ashley Richardson and Taylor Buford each added 10, Sophia Way had eight and Jessica Burke added seven. Lakes fell to 3-13. – Daily Herald (boxscore)

Boys Ice Hockey
Loyola Maroon 7, Stevenson 1: Max Spiro scored the lone goal, assisted by Blake Johnson and Luke Favia. Goalie Corey Benjoya stopped 39 shots.

Boys Basketball Team Ranked No. 1 in State, No. 13 in U.S.
The varsity boys basketball team is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A in the latest Associated Press poll of writers around the state. The Patriots also have moved up to No. 13 in the USA Today national rankings.

Wrestling Tournament Online Saturday
The varsity boys wrestling team will take part in the 38th annual Leyden Invitational on Saturday, and you can watch the championship matches through High School Cube beginning at 2 p.m. Click this link to watch.


Don’t miss the Kiva Club’s S-Factor, Stevenson’s singing competition, at 7 p.m. Friday in the Performing Arts Center. In the S-Factor, everyone in the audience is a judge. Tickets are available for $5 if purchased during lunch periods in the Wood or Glass Commons, or for $7 at the door Friday night. All proceeds will benefit Kiva Club, which aids struggling entrepreneurs in Third World countries.

There is no second-day-of-the-week schedule this week. Also, the final exam schedule is unaffected by the closing of school on Monday and Tuesday. Those days will be made up at the end of the school year.

During finals, the Testing Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, January 14 and 16, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15. Students must sign up for tests during final times. A test can be taken only during a free period. Before and after final times don’t require signing up. If you have any questions, stop by the Testing Center.

The Future Educators of America club is looking for students who are interested in tutoring kids at Ivy Hall Elementary School during second semester. If you would like more information, please contact Ms. King or Ms. Ruiz.

Nine Danish students still need Stevenson homes! Show your Patriot pride by welcoming a visiting student into your family for two school days during the first week of March. The visit will provide a rewarding cultural experience for all involved and may be the beginning of a lifelong friendship! Click here for an application. If you have any questions, contact Director of Student Services Sarah Bowen at

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

The Illinois High School Theatre Festival trip scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled due to the cancellation of classes on Monday and Tuesday.

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.


Odyssey Student Volunteer Club will meet after school today in Room 2808. All interested students are welcome to attend.

The Speech and Drama team will meet today 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.

Interactive Gamers Club meets today after school in Room 2115. If you’re a fan of trading card games or roleplaying games, come by to play games and learn about events here at SHS. If you’re interested in more information, or if you’re a beginner that would like to try playing any of those games, come to the meeting or e-mail


There are a number of summer career courses and opportunities that are now accepting applications. Please make sure to visit the Career Exploration website for more details.

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.


Advance tickets for Stevenson’s January 25 showdown with Marian Catholic and star guard Tyler Ulis, a University of Kentucky recruit, can be purchased at the Patriot Superstore for $6, and also at the home boys basketball games on January 17 and 21. The game will be played at Glenbard East; tipoff is at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $8 at the door.

Report: Five Illinois pension funds owed $100.5 billion
Districts in western suburbs move closer to offering online courses
Archdiocese of Chicago orders closure of Mundelein school
Former top aide sues Chicago charter to get $200K job back
The rise and fall of UNO patron Juan Rangel

What’s ahead for education in 2014
Ohio lawmakers set to revamp state’s dual-enrollment programs
Some college athletes play like adults, read like fifth-graders
Friends surprise terminal teen with school dance

The Daily Digest is compiled and edited by Jim Conrey.

Comments are closed.