TBD robotics excels again

Robotics Team TBD competed at the Van Wert regional regional qualifier over the weekend and was a member of the winning alliance and won the Control Award for software and Rockwell-Collins Innovate Award for unique design.

The team will compete at the Ohio state championships in February. Members are Ian Doemling, Ethan Ellis, Kameron Fry, Kavya Kosana, Barbora Ptackova and Tyler Thieding.

AHS artists are in Beachwood show
Four Aurora High Advanced Placement art students will participate in the Beachwood Arts Council’s 22nd annual juried regional high school student show.  They are Deanna Sagaris, Kathryn Slates, Alyssa Korecky and Sakurako Reed.
Their teachers are Sean Berrodin and Brian Caponi. The students will be honored at an opening reception and awards program Feb. 12 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd. The awards ceremony begins at 3 p.m.
The artwork by students from 24 area high schools will be judged and eight top awards will be announced with winners receiving cash prizes.
Gallery hours to view the artwork are: weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
P.R.I.D.E. card winners last week at AHS are Eliza Wykoff and Meghan Mihalik.  Seniors are encouraged to check the Naviance scholarship page for available scholarship opportunities, and underclassmen should check the Naviance scholarship page for summer opportunities.

Meal info is given
Characters from Heinen’s 5-Star Dinner Program are visiting Miller and Craddock schools this week to encourage students to try new foods and maintain a balanced diet with a variety of fruit and vegetables.
The second annual mother-son dinner dance will be Feb. 25 at Aurora High. It is open to any Aurora student in preschool to fifth grade and the cost is $15 per person and $10 for each additional child. Reservations are due by Feb. 15 in the school offices.
For the Valentine Day parties Feb. 9-10, the district has a strict nut-free classroom policy. Parents should not send food items to class. The PTO will supply water bottles and individual treats.
Other coming events are: Feb. 7 — kickoff to kindergarten at 7 p.m. at Miller for parents of next year’s kindergartners; Feb. 17 — teacher in-service day, no school for students.

Top pupils listed; auditions coming
Last week’s athletes of the week at Harmon School are:  Mikayla Jones, Alana Wallack, Hannah Wiencek and Madison Yanoff (cheeleading);  Katherine Krofcheck (eighth-grade girls basketball); and Joseph Fontana, Evan McVay and Thomas Noel (wrestling).
Students of the week are: sixth-graders Michalene Blados, Mitchel Ganzhorn, Ava Hernandez and Logan Phillips; and seventh-graders Kenneth Bahleda, Zachary Geier, Abigail Kaufman and Stephanie Lubin.
Eighth-graders interested in auditioning for the AHS show choir Emerald Ensemble are reminded auditions will be Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. in the AHS auditorium.
Also, auditions for next year's AHS Chamber Singers will be Feb. 14 , 16 and 22. Students can sign up for a 5-minute audition time on the high school choir room doors. See or email Sarah Dixon with any questions.

School of nursing observes 50 years
Kent State University's College of Nursing celebrated its 50th anniversary Jan. 23 with a small “birthday celebration” inside Henderson Hall.
Speakers included KSU President Beverly Warren and Barbara Broome, dean of the College of Nursing. Students also filed into the hallways to view the celebration.
“When I think of my generation, I was told as a female that I could either teach or be a nurse,” Warren said. “Fifty years later, I'm proud to say that while you have so many options before you, there is a career for you and there can be no better career than nursing.
“We would love to see much more diversity in the field of nursing. I hope you know you are in a noble profession and noble hallways when you walk into Henderson Hall.”
Broome, dean since 2014, reflected on the past and looked to the future in her remarks.
“In 1967, the School of Nursing opened,” Broome said. “In 1971, we had our first graduates. In 1999, we became a college of nursing, no longer a school. President Warren will lead us into the future and we celebrate that.
“We celebrate where we have been, where we are (now) and where we are going. I offer congratulations to everyone that is hear, including our graduates and future graduates, as we move forward into the next century.”
— Andrew Bugel, Record-Courier