Well, the holiday season is quickly approaching and the next several weeks will be filled with wonderful concerts, festive holiday shops, classroom parties and philanthropic giving projects. This time of year is always very busy and the season is gone before we know it. It’s hard to believe that not too many months ago the school year had just begun and fall is already behind us now.
The renovation to our Veterans Stadium turf and track was completed in time for all of our fall sports athletes. I want to especially thank Ganley Chevrolet of Aurora for very generously providing the new scoreboard for our stadium. I would like to congratulate our fall sports teams for a fantastic season highlighted by the both the girls’ soccer and cross country teams earning Suburban League championships. Two cross country team members, Karsen Zabell and Matt Singleton, qualified for the state cross country meet. Golfer Luke Radis went on to play in the OHSAA golf districts. The Boys’ Soccer Team played in the district Semi-Final game but lost to Chagrin Falls. Thank you to both Sean Devins and Don Qualters for their sponsorship of the AHS Safe Decisions Week in September which culminated in the Grey Out community football event. The Safe Decisions week was a huge success among students and staff.
Academically, we received our Ohio Department of Education’s Report Card and earned an A grade for the overall mark. We are proud to have earned this distinction and I congratulate our Board of Education, administration, faculty, staff and students for this level of success. I would also like to congratulate our Class of 2019 three National Merit Award Semifinalists, Gustav Burkhardt, Joey Esposito (perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT), and Ricky John for their outstanding success. Our students continue to perform at high levels throughout the district.
As always, our students have also been busy participating in many extracurricular activities. Our newly created AHS Drug Free Club has a membership of approximately 200 students. AHS senior Hannah Kulawiak took first place in the Shining Star CLE 2018 singing scholarship competition held by Montefiore and senior Chad Harris was an alternate performer in the same competition. Congratulations to both. Our AHS Marching Band was once again a highlight of the Thunder Over Aurora Band Show and our Friday night football games.
I want to invite our parents and community members to participate in our upcoming holiday events, including all of our choral, orchestra and band holiday performances that are free and open to the community to enjoy. We hope these events help bring brightness to the holiday season. I would like to wish all of our parents, students, staff, and community members all a wonderful holiday season and a safe winter.