Heath, Ruehr in chase

for Merit scholarships

Two Aurora High students have been named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarships Program. They are Colin Heath and Jared Ruehr.

The academically talent high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a scholarship.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high school entered the 2017 program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, including academic record, school and community activities employment and honors and awards receive.

A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed by a high school official, write an essay and earn qualifying SAT scores.

Kent campus of KSU

boasts nearly 30,000

Kent State University is marking the 10th consecutive year of enrollment growth on its Kent campus.

The university released its official 15th-day census data for the fall semester Sept. 13, reporting 29,105 enrolled students in Kent, compared to 28,981 in fall 2015.

The campus also has achieved record retention (82.2 percent compared to its previous highest of 81.7 percent in 2014) and record enrollment of underrepresented students (3,985 students compared to previous high of 3,850 students in 2015).

This fall's freshman class also set records in terms of size, quality based on GPA and diversity, according to the university. The class of 4,335 students beats the previous record of 4,314 in 2013.

The freshman class boasts an average GPA of 3.4, a new record for an incoming freshman class. Its average ACT score tops 23.

Total enrollment for the semester across the university's eight campuses is 40,782 students. The unduplicated headcount for the regional campuses is 11,677 students.

SAT/Merit test slated

The 2016 practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will be given Oct. 19 at 7:40 a.m. at Aurora High. Registration begins Sept. 26 and ends Oct. 12.

Aurora High student Samantha Szekely won an Amazon gift card by posting her summer reading to #greenmen read. Other students can win prizes by posting or checking books out of the AHS library.

Drivers' education classes start Oct. 3 at 4:45 in Room 202. Fliers are available in the school office or at www.NationalDriverTrainingOhio.com/aurora. To register, call Aurora Parks and Rec at 330 562-4333.

Harmon students win

businesses' gift cards

The following students were golden ticket winners and won Starbucks gift cards during Harmon School's magazine drive:

Medha Kishore, Julia Sapochetti, Grant Demyan, David Reker, Yasu Ozawa, Andrew Ploskunak, Alex Hendl, Haley Lambertson, Aria Haun, Mara Hanson, Ricky Reynolds, Kylie McGohan, Nina Riemenschneider, Karmen Naser, Suneet Singh and Sophia Miller.

The following Harmon students were randomly picked to receive Amazon gift cards for turning in their reachout books:

Dannica Amos, Maggie Bradley, Celeste Conley, Xaeleah Connell, Kyle Cook, Sophia Devine, Jade Famageltto, Trey Guerini, Colin Hensley, Ava Hernandez, Ronald Kilway, Zachary Kinkopf.

Mikayla Martin, Kate McGhee, Macy Metzger, Jordan Miller, Samuel Nabring, Vicky Nguyen, Rafael Perez, Olivia Salupo, Nicole Stratton, Logan Thomas, Thomas Wallack, Annabelle Zamary and Connor Zamary.

Last week's athletes of the week are: Coryn Hegele and Hailey Tucker, cheerleading; Rees Williams, football; Melanie Keller, Ila Kerchenski, Max Manderbach and Jimmy Mehallis, cross country; and Celeste Conley, Jenna Liepins, Katie Rosengarten and Shyanne Sellers, volleyball.

Students of the week are: sixth-graders Lily Brainard, Chris Kaczmarek, Alex Sobodosh and Bennett Winkler; seventh-graders Madison Burick, Aurora Collura, Mason Kacmar and Joseph Longo; and eighth-graders Andrew Horvath, Ila Kerchenski, Jenna Liepins, Ryan Plisko and Ryan Stahl.

KSU, Hiram make list

of U.S.'s top colleges

Kent State University and Hiram College placed high in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report best colleges list released last week.

KSU is the only public university in Northeast Ohio to be ranked in the top tier, placing 188 on the list, while Hiram College placed 149th in "best liberal arts colleges."

The ranks make KSU one of only six public universities in the state to make the top-tier "Best National Universities" list, and Hiram's placement is up five spots from last year's rank.

These distinctions are in recognition of continued growth in academic reputation, student retention and graduation rates, faculty strength and other measures, both qualitative and quantitative.

"Our continuing positive performance on key indicators such as freshman-to-sophomore retention and incoming student academic strength contributed to the increase in our overall score on the 'Best National Universities' list," said KSU President Beverly Warren.

Photos at two schools

Photos will be taken of Craddock School students Sept. 27 and Miller students Sept. 28. All students will be photographed before lunch except afternoon kindergarten and preschool. Order forms from Ripcho Studios were sent home recently.

Blue Ribbon readers at Craddock celebrated their achievement Sept. 15 with special guest Foster Brown. Participating students all read for 500 to 600 minutes over the summer and completed a journal.

The elementary parents communication forum will be Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Leighton School. Dana McNally from Leighton and guidance counselor Tami Mazzella will speak about Steven Covey's latest book "7 Habits of Highly Successful Families."

The Board of Education will meet Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the AHS media center. Miller and Craddock panoramic photographs will be taken Oct. 10.