View decorations

The Aurora High after-prom invites all members of the community to get a sneak peak of the decorations that have been created for the May 13 event. The community can viewthem from 9 to 10 p.m. before the students are scheduled to arrive. The committee also is still asking for help with setup on May 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. If you want to help, just show up or contact lisa.parks@roadrunner.com with questions.

Solo winners told

On April 29, the Aurora Orchestra Association conducted its 19th annual solo competition, with students in grades 4 and 5 performing solos for an independent judge to earn ratings of outstanding, excellent, good and poor.

The following students earned placement awards: fourth grade -- Ishaan Shaik (first), Aashwi Tyagi (second) and Clara Bultrowicz (third); fifth grade -- Dong-ha Kim (first), Chiaki Ozawa (second), Alexanda Yuhasz and Hailey Kulawiak (tie for third).

The winners will receive their trophies and be recognized during the awards ceremony May 18 at 6:30 p.m. (fourth grade) and 7:30 p.m. (fifth grade) following the final concert of the year.

Meanwhile, 2017 Aurora Orchestra scholarship winners are Colin Heath, Carl Reitz, Julia Cyronek, Mary Elliot, Dominic Hesondhalgh, Justin Kovalycsik and Terry Sprouse.

Eatery aids team

The Science Olympiad team at Aurora High finished third in the region this past season and has qualified for the state tournament for three consecutive years, and now it is partnering with El Camino Mexican Restaurant to help raise funds. On May 11, the restaurant will donate 20 percent of each bill from lunch and dinner if supporters present a flier available on the district's website -- www.aurora-schools.org -- to a server.

Fashion school at

KSU gets big gift

Kent State University has received a $2.5 million gift for its Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation of Hudson.

The gift will fund two initiatives: $1.5 million to endow a chair to support the fashion school's director and a matching grant of up to $1 million to support the study-away program benefiting fashion school students.

"This incredible gift from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation will greatly enhance global experiences for our fashion students," said KSU President Beverly Warren. "The foundation's support of our Fashion School elevates the professional trajectory of both faculty and students and positions Kent State as a distinctive global innovator."

Kent State's fashion school is consistently rated among the best fashion institutions in the United States and worldwide. It is currently ranked No. 3 in the U.S. for design and merchandising by Fashion-Schools.org and No. 19 in the world by the Business of Fashion's 2016 global fashion school ranking.