AHS seniors will be busy

as year comes to an end

Here are some important dates for seniors at Aurora High School:

April 25 -- deadline for return of commencement participation form (main office or to Gayle Lewis); May 1 -- senior internship begins (all seniors going on internship must have fees paid at this time); May 6-17 -- Advanced Placement exams; May 14 -- academic awards at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

May 18 -- prom from 6 to 11 p.m. at Bertram Inn and Conference Center ($100 per couple, $50 per person; no tickets sold after May 10); May 18-19 -- after prom from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (tickets cost $10; no tickets sold at door); May 21 -- annual senior family breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in AHS commons (distribution of caps and gowns to all seniors during the breakfast).

May 22 -- senior internship symposiums at 7 p.m.; May 23-24 -- final exams for seniors; May 24 -- last day for seniors; May 27 -- Memorial Day, no school; May 28 -- baccalaureate at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist; May 30 -- commencement practice in morning, senior picnic in afternoon and commencement at 7 p.m. at Parkside Church; May 31 -- anyone not participating in commencement can pick up their diplomas.

Every senior will receive five tickets with graduation information and cap and gown at the senior breakfast. Seniors are encouraged to exchange tickets among themselves for those who need more than five tickets. A limited number of extra tickets will be available May 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the varsity gym. All senior fees must be paid before the senior breakfast.

The commencement ceremony and senior slide show will be recorded and made available for purchase. Ohio School Pictures will photograph all graduates as they receive their diploma. Order forms for both services will be distributed when caps and gowns are distributed.

3 selected for Girls State

Three Aurora High School students have been selected to attend Buckeye Girls State in June. They are Kali Bachman, Elizabeth Domeck and Nikki Hurlbut.

The candidates were chosen by American Legion Post 803 Auxiliary officers based on their applications and an interview process.

The mission of the program is to provide an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity which instills the basic ideals and principles of American government through citizenship training.

The week-long opportunity informs the students about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities in the functioning of their government.

Patio bricks still sought

The Aurora Schools Foundation is continuing its brick campaign for the tribute patio to longtime schools volunteer Linda (Tacl) Allenspach (class of 1968).

The patio, called Linda's Place is located adjacent to the Veterans Stadium concession stand. It was built in 2011 using private donations.

Brick order forms are available at www.auroraschoolsfoundation.org or by calling 330-998-2185. Brick buyers can pay tribute to a graduate, favorite teacher or a loved one.

Students will be honored

This year's Outstanding Greenmen Award winners and their mentors will be recognized at a banquet April 10.

The honored students are Justin Bunka, Rachael Davis, Kelly Fussner, DeAnna Fyffe, Matt Gardner, Shawn Lambert, Thuy Le, Erin McNamara, Mitchell Moravec, Zoe Nietert, Lindsay Pizzuro and Michaela Ritz.

The educators who are being recognized by each student as having had a strong influence on them are Alicia Jimenez, John Eacott, Laura Bell-Peters, David Munson, Sean Berrodin, Chris Radtke, Toni Taylor, Sarah Dixon, DeAnna McCarrell, Conni Hilston, Bob Mihalik and Melissa Lindley.

Portage event to promote

safe driving among teens

Safety advocates in Portage and Trumbull counties, including the Portage County Safe Communities coalition, will educate more than 2,000 high school seniors from Portage and neighboring counties about the dangers of unsafe driving -- including drunken driving and distracted driving -- during the 11th annual None 4 Under 21 and Choices Beyond event April 16 at Hiram College.

Speakers will present their stories to encourage teen drivers to make good decisions when driving, especially during the prom and graduation season. Eleven area families who have lost loved ones in traffic-related crashes will participate in the Walk of Remembrance.

Organizers hope "to create an effective awareness for high school seniors regarding preventable consequences of choices, including impaired driving, seat belt usage, speed, and distracted driving" to help prevent traffic-related fatalities.

Statistics compiled by the Ohio Highway Patrol show that in 2011, troopers cited more teenage drivers for traffic offenses in Portage County than in 85 of Ohio's 88 counties.

Between 2009 and 2011, teen drivers ages 15-19 were at fault in almost 115,000 traffic crashes in Ohio.

KSU official at next PCF

Harmon School's next parents communication forum will take place April 18 at 11 a.m. in the media center. It will feature guest speaker Tom Hoiles, director of Enrollment Management & Student Services at Kent State-Geauga, who will discuss "What I Wish I Knew About College, When My Child Was Still In Middle School."

Grandparents tea nears

Harmon School's grandparents tea will be April 19 for sixth- to eighth-graders and their grandparents or anyone they wish to adopt as a "grandparent for a day." The tea will include refreshments provided by the PTO, entertainment by Harmon students and a tour of the school. Guests should meet their student in the cafeteria at 9 a.m. Reservations should be made by April 15 by visiting the school district's website at www.aurora-schools.org.

KSU leases house after

Lefton sells it to lawyer

Kent State University President Lester Lefton has sold his home in the River Bend neighborhood near Kent's northern border, but will continue living there thanks to a lease signed between KSU and the new owner.

KSU spokeswoman Emily Vincent said the university's board of trustees will consider a resolution making the house the school's official president's residence in May. She said KSU is one of the few Ohio universities without an official residence for its president.

Lefton has lived in the house since shortly after he became president at KSU in 2006. He and his wife sold it to Shaker Heights attorney Edward Cochran in March.

The university entered into a lease with Cochran on April 1, which will allow Lefton to continue living in the house after the sale. Lefton will not continue to receive a housing allowance. Cochran said it was a 20-year lease with an annual payment of $56,000.

Cochran said his only other real estate investment in Portage County is about 30 acres of undeveloped land off Chillicothe Road in Aurora.

-- Thomas Gallick, Record-Courier

KSU architecture school

building design chosen

The winning design team of a new $40 million building for Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design has been chosen.

KSU announced April 2 that the "Design Loft" submission by Weiss/Manfredi, lead designer, and Richard L. Bowen & Associates, architect of record, will be the new home for the architecture school on the Esplanade that extends from campus into downtown Kent.

The concept utilizes a "green" roof, open spaces for collaboration and three rectangular glass forms that increase in elevation as the building reaches from campus to downtown. A "green" roof is a roof that is partially or completely covered in vegetation, which helps insulate the structure and absorb rain water.

Douglas Steidl, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, called the structure's step-like elevations "crucial" to linking campus and downtown.

Michael Bruder, executive director of facilities planning and design at KSU, said students will be able to view the downtown and the campus clearly from the interior of the building.

-- Kyle McDonald, Record-Courier

Editor will speak at KSU's

Bowman Breakfast soon

The spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast will take place in Kent State University's Student Center ballroom April 16.

The featured speaker is Roger Di Paolo, editor of the Record-Courier. His topic will be "Beyond Audacity: Celebrating 21st Century Kent." Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program will follow at 8.

The cost to attend is $9 per person at the door, payable by cash or check. No invoicing is available for this event, and payment at the door is required.

Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or mmandala@kent.edu no later than April 10. No shows will be billed.

If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or mmandala@kent.edu to cancel your reservation by April 10.

Crestwood narrows hunt for school chief to a pair

The Crestwood Board of Education has narrowed its search for the district's superintendent position to two candidates, whom they will interview during two special meetings in executive session April 10 and 11.

The first candidate, David Toth, is a principal at West Geauga High School Geauga County. The second candidate, Mark Gleichauf, is the director of teaching and learning at Lakewood schools in Cuyahoga County.

Crestwood treasurer Jill Rowe said the interviews will last about five hours each. Rowe said the Board of Education should make a decision April 11. If everything goes as planned, a special meeting to hire the new superintendent will take place April 15.

Superintendent Joe Iacano, who has headed the school district for 10 years, is retiring effective July 1.

-- Rachel Hagenbaugh, Record-Courier

AHS activities coming up

National Honor Society at Aurora High School is selling sparkly headbands during lunch periods this week and next. They cost $2 each and proceeds will be donated to Wigs for Kids.

Alyssa Schwartz and Caroline Lukehart were last week's Pride Card winners at AHS.

An important meeting for next year's prospective AHS volleyball players and their parents will be April 15 at 7 p.m. in the media center.

Sixth-grade teachers are looking for high school students to be camp counselors. this spring. Applicatioins are available in the high school office and must be returned to Karen Myers by April 15.

Cheerleader tryouts for next fall will take place April 12 at 6 p.m. Tryout packets are available in the athletic office. Girls must have a current physical to try out. Adviser Connie Wells can answer questions.