2 Leighton DI squads

qualify for state level

Two Destination ImagiNation teams from Leighton School are moving on to the state tournament on April 26 after taking first place in their categories at the District 15 regional tournament March 8 at Hiram College.

The Doom of the Rainbow Colored Monkeys Return qualified in the "Dig In" category. Members are Christopher Cecere, Nicolas Embrascia, Justin Hartland, J.J. McGee, Rafael Perez and Keaton Thieding.

The Starfall qualified in the "Pandemonium" category. Members are Cameron Custer, Emma Himmel, Sophia Hildmann, Leslie Hengst, Katie Liang, Tara Jones and Miriam Harden.

Several other Leighton teams competed in the regional tourney. Fun Partying Seahorse was second in "Pandemonium," the Pandemonium Tacos was third in "Pandemonium," the Golden Minds was third in "The Tension Builds," Purple Twin Pigs Dancing Gangnam Style on the Titanic was fourth in "Laugh Art Loud," DI Minions was fourth in "Going to Extremes" and APL Adorable Puppy Lovers was seventh in "Going to Extremes."

Testing is a week later

The Aurora schools are moving the Ohio Achievement Assessment testing dates for students in grades 3 to 8 from the week of April 29- May 1 to May 6-8. This will give students another week of instruction to prepare for the tests. The new make-up testing dates will be the following week on May 13-15.

The Ohio Department of Education has given school districts the opportunity to change their OAA testing dates, and Aurora is responding. The state is allowing districts to move testing dates back becuse of the unusually large number of calamity days that districts have needed to use this school year.

KSU room, board up;

president gets bonus

Room-and-board costs for Kent State University student residents will rise this fall while tuition for the College of Podiatric Medicine goes up in May.

KSU trustees approved the cost hikes March 12, along with a $106,000 bonus for outgoing President Lester Lefton, who will retire this summer.

The bonus, which he will collect July 1, is 25 percent of his base salary of $426,155 and was for achieving goals like growing enrollment and diversifying the student body.

The combined increase of 3.9 percent to student double-room and board rates will go in effect beginning this fall. The double-room rates are to increase by 3.95 percent, while the basic board rate will increase by 3.83 percent.

The increase is expected to tack on about $100 to the overall, semester-based rates. Rates begin around $2,900 a semester for most standard double-room dorms. KSU's basic meal plan is $1,830 a semester.

The 4.5 percent hike in tuition for KSU's College of Podiatric Medicine for the 2014-15 academic year amounts to a roughly $1,440 increase per semester. Its annual tuition at is $33,240 for out-of-state students and $33,230 for those in-state.

-- Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier

Try for a scholarship

from teachers group

The Portage County Retired Teachers Association, a group of more than 400 retired educators from Portage County, will be awarding $1,500 scholarships to several graduating seniors from any high school in Portage County. Those applying must be entering the field of education.

Students wishing to apply may obtain the necessary application requirements by contacting their high school guidance counselor or visiting pcrta.oh@gmail.com.

Recipients will be chosen on the basis of their standardized test scores, leadership abilities, recommendations, community service, and college and professional goals. All applications must be submitted to James Montaquila, 1490 Morris Drive, Peninsula 44264 no later than April 4.

Master of fashion set

for Kent State this fall

Kent State University has launched the nation's first master of fashion degree program, the university announced March 10.

Launching in fall 2014, the degree program at the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising is designed for highly creative and motivated fashion industry professionals who wish to conduct intensive practitioner-based research.

The master of fashion is a 30-credit professional degree program designed to enable students with specialized interests to pursue advanced studies which complement the traditional elements of the fashion curriculum, allowing students to customize a cross-disciplinary course of study with a high level of specialization.

"We think of this program as the future of the fashion industry in practice," said J.R. Campbell, fashion school director. "The unique program is positioned to engage with the broad range of resources we support through the school, such as our TechStyleLAB, fashion school store and study away locations worldwide."

KSU plans new facility

for visual arts classes

Kent State University's art-based disciplines and their components -- from classrooms to galleries and studios -- soon will be combined into a single facility for the first time in more than five decades.

The Center for the Visual Arts will merge Van Deusen Hall and the Art Annex with a new addition physically connecting the two, ultimately providing a home to art classes and programs now spread across six buildings.

The KSU board of trustees gave approval for the project and the solicitation of public bids March 19. The university will finance the construction costs, which are not to exceed $33.58 million, by selling bonds.

The project will renovate the two existing buildings, while additions will create 38,000-square-feet of new space. The new facility will be 115,000-square-feet in total.

Tom Euclide, KSU's associate vice president of facilities planning and operations, said preliminary work has begun, and the complete facility should be finished by next summer.

-- Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier

Top students selected

The most recent students of the week at Harmon School are:

Sixth-graders -- Angelina Picone, Jane Puzder, Sam Schreck and Bryan Westfall; seventh-graders -- Jack Arnold, Morgan Copley, Maya Doskocil, Corinne Holman, Eli Peters and Cheyenne Settecase.

Eighth-graders -- Allen Benjamin, Kristen Cline, Lillian French, Kayla Phillips, Sebastian Potchen and Brandon Schambach.

Yearbooks available

The list of students who ordered Harmon School yearbooks is posted in the Harmon commons. A "1" beside a name means it is an on-line order. Yearbooks can still be ordered online only at www.RipchoStudio.com. The image locator number is harmonms5. Deadline to place an order is March 31.

Some Leighton news

Caught being good last week at Leighton School were: Thomas Vanstavel, third grade; Jon Hybil, fourth; and Jimmy Miller, fifth.

On March 21, Leighton students can donate $1 to wear pajamas. All the money will go to Project Night Night, an organization that helps children in crisis in Portage County.

Spring break is ahead

Aurora parents and students are reminded spring break in the schools is March 24-28.