Pollock a semifinalist
for merit scholarship
Aurora resident and Western Reserve Academy senior Mitch Pollock is one of five members of the Class of 2014 named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.
Pollock is active in the WRA theater, having participated in productions such as “Over the Tavern” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” He also earned a Gold Key in the 90th scholastic art and writing competition as a junior, is co-editor-in-chief of the Reserve Record student newspaper and is a member of the cross country team and track and field squad.
“WRA will change you for the better, but only if you let go of your fear and are open to changing,” Pollock said about his WRA experience. “Coming to WRA has turned out to be the best decision of my life.
“I have become a more mature and independent person, and I have been able to pursue interests I never knew I had. I tried out for a play my freshman year because I thought it would be fun and, since then, the great friends and amazing acceptance I have received from the theater department has fostered a love for drama.”
Merit schiolarship designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Scholarship award recipients will be announced in the spring.
‘Garden Club’ coming
to Aurora High stage
Aurora High School Players will present the play “The Girls of the Garden Club” by John Patrick on Nov. 22-23. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Curtain time is 7 p.m.
The cast includes Heather Gosnell as Rhoda, Clare Rahill as Cora, Grace Aldredge as Evie, Amanda Shimandle as Dora, Grace Klinger as Birdie, Laura Gieseler as Dede and Madison Proctor as Clara, Cameron Gorman as Margiold, Jordan Horst as Dillson, Naomi Castellano as Lilybelle and Ryan Roark as Vincent.
Other cast members are Emily Delis, Anna Dirda, Franki Franklin, Emily Hoff, Lydia Holman, Abbey Inram,, Emma Jacobson, Katie Kronz, Abby Marks, Taylor Miotke, Sarah Most, Michela Palma, Em Papa, Carli Reitz, Madison Smith and Ava Julia Valley.
Jeziel Chavez is the stage manager and Becky Raig is the assistant stage manager.
Shoe donations eyed
Harmon School students who have any types of unwanted shoes at home are encouraged to donate them so the sixth/seventh grades Student Council can turn them in to Soles 4 Souls.
Shoes can be brought to the school through Nov. 1 and dropped off on the stage in the commons between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m. Each pair of shoes will earn a student one raffle ticket and a chance to win a daily prize. The grand prize is a pizza party at lunch with seven friends.
UA visitation is Nov. 2
The University of Akron will host its fall visit day for prospective students Nov. 2, with check-in and refreshments at 8:30 a.m., a student services information fair from 8:30 to 10 and campus tour from 8:30 to 9:15.
Afternoon campus tours also are available, a residence hall open house is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Zips football game will be at 3:30 p.m. at Kent State. For more details, visit www.uakron.edu/visit UA or call 1-800-655-4884.
Top students for week
Recent students of the week at Harmon School are: sixth grade — Makenna Kish, Katelyn Kopper, John Papesh and Jack Tincher; seventh grade — Jacob French, Emma Kennis, Shayla Sellers and Emmaline Smith; eighth grade — Libby Blunden, Alexis Dubensky, Jack Gallucci, Brent Henderson, Rachel Murphy and David Riley; athletes — Eliza Clark and Julia Hirsch.
Alumni group at KSU
eyes award nominees
The Kent State University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the alumni awards, which recognize graduates in the area of leadership, service, character and professional development.
“The alumni association is proud to recognize notable, accomplished graduates,” said Joy Foreman, KSU’s assistant director of alumni relations.
Five individual alumni awards will be granted along with three awards for alumni association chapters and area representatives. Individuals can choose to nominate themselves or other deserving KSU graduates.
“We encourage everyone to nominate a graduate they feel is deserving of recognition,” Foreman said. “The alumni association wants alumni whose achievements represent Kent State’s spirit, character and tradition of excellence to be acknowledged.”
Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 31. For award criteria or to submit a nomination, visit www.ksualumni.org/alumniawards.
AHS winners unveiled
Last week’s Aurora High School Pride Card winners were Michael Bulone and Jonathan Blue.
KSU, OU, OSU manage
Enrollment at Ohio’s public colleges and universities has fallen for the second year in a row amid state and federal efforts emphasizing graduation rates over student totals.
As a result, more schools are laying off employees, freezing travel and reviewing academic programs, the Columbus Dispatch reported.
That includes Akron, where trustees agreed last week to cut an additional $12 million from its budget.
However, Kent State set a new record this fall, attracting the biggest freshman class in its 103-year history. Overall enrollment rose about 1 percent, while enrollment at Ohio U. rose by 4 percent and OSU saw a 2 percent gain.
— The Associated Press