Three Aurorans selected

scholarship semifinalists

Two Aurora High School students --Madeline G. Farr and Sarah M. Kronz -- have been named semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship program. They are among 16,000 semifinalists.

Also, Aurora resident Skylar E. Dittrich, who attends Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, also was named a semifinalist.

These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a scholarship, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of finalists will win a scholarship.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2014 program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

To become a finalist, semifinalists and their high schools must submit detailed applications in which they provide information about academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received.

Several earn recognition
for academics, athletics
Recent students and athletes of the week at Harmon  School are:
Sixth grade students — Caroline Eggett, R.C. Schmeider, Anthony Ventimiglia, Kaitlyn Zamary; seventh grade — Brooke Besinger, Mitchell Levanduski, Paul Nugent, Sophia Roberto, Ty Zaleski; eight grade — Alexa Amato, Michael Avalon, Hanna Duncan, Maxwell Ganzhorn, Sophia Palma.
Athletes — Madeline Schmitt, Jack Sovich, Gavin Blunt, Will Hermanowski, Stephanie Hartland, Annalisa McAllister, Julianna Ritter, Olivia Ryncarz, Julia Robinson, Grade Tutkovics, Nicholas Martin, Neel Saya, Marina Nelson, Grace Tomasko, Karli Springer, Kiley Kocianic, Katelyn Glaser, Jordan Parks, Steven Boan, Nick Kocar, Alena Paul, Morgan Riedel, Max Miotke and Marissa Sesny.

KSU sets freshman, Kent

campus enrollment mark

For the fall 2013 semester, Kent State University has set a record, attracting the biggest and highest-achieving freshman class at the Kent campus in the university's 103-year history.

With the release of the university's official 15th day census data for fall 2013, KSU reports the total number of first-time, full-time freshmen enrolled at the Kent campus is 4,314. This exceeds last year's freshman count of 4,076 by 5.8 percent. It also surpasses the record of 4,284 set in 2011.

"We are welcoming our largest and most academically motivated freshman class," said KSU President Lester A. Lefton. "The average GPA of our new freshmen is 3.3, which is terrific. More than 75 percent of our incoming freshmen have GPAs of 3.0 or higher."

Kent State also announced total enrollment at the Kent campus is a record. Unduplicated (or preponderant) headcount for fall 2013 is 28,019, which represents an increase of 313, or 1.1 percent, compared to last year's record.

Total enrollment for fall 2013 across the university's eight campuses is 41,891. The unduplicated headcount for the regional campuses is 13,872. Students are counted only once at the campus at which they hold a majority of their course load.

ACT online classes slated

Students can boost their ACT scores without leaving their homes. New online classes will help area students master testing strategies, conquer core subjects and build confidence to ace the ACT.

The five-week course will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays starting Sept 19. Another online course will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Feb. 12, 2014. Students only need a computer with Internet connection to join a test-preparation course. The classes provide live interaction between students and teachers.

The course fee is $162. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. To register or receive more information, call Laura Icardi at 330-722-7235 or email Parents and students also can visit the website at

KSU gets high rankings

in magazine's 'best' list

U.S. News and World Report named Kent State University to its list of best colleges in the National Universities category, according to data released last week.

KSU was named to the first tier of schools in the report. The school tied with five other schools for 201st place out of nearly 1,600 colleges overall.

The schools KSU tied with comprise Montana State University, South Dakota State University, University of Missouri (Kansas City), University of Montana and University of North Carolina (Charlotte).

The rankings are determined by a wide variety of factors including a university's mission and 16 indicators of academic excellence, according to U.S News and World Report. Similar criteria are considered by the federal government in determining eligibility for grant money.

The report also listed KSU at 159th place for best undergraduate business programs and 117th for top public schools in the National Universities category.

-- Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier

UA's enrollment declines

The University of Akron reported last week that its fall enrollment declined for the second straight year -- this time by 5.9 percent to 27,079 -- while its law school enrollment declined by 9 percent. Akron trustees will meet in October to discuss revising the budget, which will reflect the decline.

Military academy info set
U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce’s office will host a military academy information day Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Auburn Career Center’s technology learning center building, 8221 Auburn Road in Geauga County.
Representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Coast Guard Academy will attend.
The program is open to students of all ages and their families. Anyone who has an interest in the service academies and nomination process is welcome to attend.