McMurchy takes 2nd
in 4-Way Test district
Western Reserve Academy student and Aurora resident Anna McMurchy was the winner of the Rotary Club of Hudson’ annual 4-Way Speech Contest. She then went on to win second place in the District 6630 contest.
Students submitted entries based on the Rotary’s 4-Way Test. There were about two dozen contestants in the district competition from Northeast Ohio secondary schools.
McMurchy is a junior at Western Reserve Academy and hopes to pursue theatre arts at perhaps Yale University. She presented a talk on how Dove Soap is helping young women have positive images of their own bodies.
It received a warm reception on April 5 at Harmon School in Aurora, both in the preliminary round and during the district finals. A number of the 15 judges for the final round told McMurchy afterward how impressed theywere by her presentation.
Walsh event planned
Area Catholic families are invited to Walsh Jesuit High School’s Easter Bunny breakfast and egg hunt April 12 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the commons. Crafts, a basket raffle and performance by the band Zobapago are planned. Cost is $5 per person, with children age 10 and under free. Tickets can be purchased online at

Grandparents tea set
Harmon School has scheduled its annual grandparents tea for April 11 for all sixth- to eighth-grade students and their grandparents or adopted “grandparent for a day.” Reservations are due by today (April 9).
The tea will take place in the commons and 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.
Medcampers sought
Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown and the Area Health Education Center is providing eighth-grade students the opportunity to apply for Medcamp 2014 from July 17-19. Applications are due by April 18. For details, visit or call 330-330-6584.

AHS activities slated
All Aurora High students interested in being a sixth-grade camp counselor should pick up an application in the AHS office. Completed applications are due April 16.
International Club is hosting a potluck dinner to celebrate cultural backgrounds on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. RSVPs were due April 7.

Outstanding students,

educators get honors
At a banquet tonight (April 9) at the high school, the following AHS students will be given Outstanding Greenmen awards:
Grace Aldredge, Lukas Calcei, Madeline Farr, Colleen Houlahan, Alexandra Kokinchak, Michael Kuryshev, Alexandra Milano, Michael Nemeth, Joseph Roberto, Anne Robinson, Daniel Sovich and Zachary Stahl.
Educators who the students named as having had a strong influence on them, who also will be honored, are the following:
Tim Baczkowski, Monika Biro, Jason Burdett, Michelle Dirda, Robert Mihalik, David Munson, Karen Myers, Mary Pat Pavicic, Michael Roberto, Michael Rubin, George Snider and Connie Wells.
Summer school details
Aurora summer school forms are available in the main offices at Aurora High School and Harmon School. They also can be found online at under “school forms - AHS summer school forms.”

SECPTA sets session
Statistically one out of four girls and one out of seven boys will be molested before the age of 18 years.
Learn how to take proactive steps in molestation prevention at the Solon Early Childhood PTA’s April 15 general meeting at the Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Parkway, at 7 p.m.
Cathy DuBois, founder of the nonprofit ReInventing the Cycle and developer of Project Stop The Oppressive Predator, will share strategies to prevent abuse.
She will share her children’s book “When a Stranger to LOOK OUT for Isn’t a Stranger,” a tool that can be used to sensitively approach this subject. Books will be available for $10.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Free childcare will be provided by SECPTA and My Gym of Solon.
Academy info slated
U.S. Sens. Brown and Portman and U.S. Reps. Kaptur, Renacci and Fudge are hosting an informational meeting for students interested in attending a military academy on April 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Horizon Science Academy. For more information, visit the Aurora school district’s website at

AHS slates activities
The next Aurora High  Key Club meeting will be April 10 after school. Cheerleading tryouts for next year’s squad will be April 10 at 6 p.m.