Two Aurorans at WRA

may get scholarships

Two of the eight Western Reserve Academy students who recently were named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program are from Aurora.

Nearly 1.6 million juniors from more than 22,000 high schools applied to be a part of the 62nd annual program. The number of those who qualified as semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of the nation's high school population.

SRA seniors Daniel Mylott and Jaret Skonieczny are the two from Aurora who are among the 16,000 semifinalists and will continue in the competition to be considered as finalists for the 7,500 National Merit Scholarships.

"We are proud that these eight members of the senior class at WRA have been recognized as semifinalists," said Director of College Counseling Gunnar Olson. "This recognition is a tribute to their hard work, dedication and exceptional ability, and we look forward to their continued success in the competition."

To be named a semifinalist, the applicant must show outstanding academic merit, achieve high scores on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, be endorsed by a high school official, write and submit an essay, and receive SAT scores that confirm the high performance of their earlier test scores and academic record.

Test, drivers' ed slated

The 2016 practice SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will be given Oct. 19 at 7:40 a.m. at Aurora High. Registration deadline is Oct. 12. Visit the district's website at to sign up.

Drivers' education classes start Oct. 3 at 4:45 p.m. in Room 202 at the high school. Pick up a flier in AHS's main office for details or visit To register, call the city's parks-recreation department at 330 562-4333.

Homecoming shirts are being sold all this week at Aurora High. Cost is $15 and the shirts will count for green and white day Sept. 30.

Top students chosen;

cookout is coming up

Athletes and students of the week for last week at Harmon School are:

Athletes -- Parker Gorman and Megan Leibin, cheerleading; Charlotte Bartlett, Carolina Cardaman, Kelsey Dockman and Ava Ryncarz, volleyball; and Spencer Baldwin, Faith Bulone, Andrew Horvath and Hayley Joslyn, cross country.

Students -- sixth-graders Blake Barner, Zane Martin, Kate (LuLu) McGhee and Thomas Wallack; seventh-graders Kevin Falloon, Mya Frost, Emilee Siebenthal and Alexander Zlocki; eighth-grade Eilnor Case, Emma Krondorfer, Kayla Lembo, Kendall Taylor and Rhea Yendamuri.

Harmon students who have bought tickets can attend a cookout Sept. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at the school in honor of AHS's Homecoming.

Open houses planned

Open houses are coming up at two area parochial schools for parents of prospective future students.

Walsh Jesuit's open house is Oct. 2 with tours from noon to 2 p.m. Visit the admissions page at for information.

Notre Dame Cathedral Latin's open house will be Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. For details, call Michael Suso at 440-279-1088 or visit

Fall series for families

is on tap at Craddock

A fall family series sponsored by Townhall II and Portage County Mental Health & Recovery Board is planned at Craddock School.

The sessions will be Oct. 10, 17 and 24 and Nov. 7, 14 and 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Each meeting will begin with a family dinner, followed by presentations and discussions for parents and fun activities for the children. Topics will deal with discipline and parenting, stress management, communication and sibling rivalry.

he series is free, but space is limited. Call Sarah McCully or register by email at 330-346-3025 or

Those families who attend all six sessions will receive a $15 gift card from a local supermarket.

Other coming events for the elementary schools in Aurora are: Tonight (Sept. 28) --parents communication forum at 6:30 at Leighton; Oct. 10 -- panoramic photos taken at Miller and Craddock; Oct. 11, 13 -- first-grade fall conferences.