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Updated: March 1, 2013 12:57PM


West High All-State Musicians: Ten West Aurora High School students have been selected to participate in the 2013 Illinois Music Educators Association All-State performing ensembles. In band, junior Matt Pilmer was selected the first-chair tenor saxophone in All-State Honors Band and senior Nicky Bartell was the third-chair trombone All-State Honors Orchestra. In choir, seniors Dezirae Maffit, Evan Lorenz, Hannah Scatterday and Bailey O’Neil, and junior Grace Currie were selected for the All-State Honors Choir. Seniors Tom Rieser and Lauren Gaffino, and junior Phil Buhrke were selected to participate in the All-State Choir.

Foundation awards grants: The Aurora East Educational Foundation awarded almost $20,000 in grants to teachers who applied for funding through the AEEF Educational Grants Program. The purpose of the program is to allow innovative ideas to be tested and the education of our youth to be enriched through these ideas. Students from the following schools have benefitted from these grants: Pre-School, Allen, Johnson, Cowherd, Simmons, Waldo and East High.

Youth Summit on the Environment: Chloe Craft, of Oswego, a student at Aurora Central Catholic High School, has been selected to represent Illinois as a National Youth Delegate at the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. The select group of 250 students from across the country will participate in an intensive weeklong study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Craft was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies. The Youth Summit will be June 23-28.

Fox Valley

Next Generation Science Standards workshop: On Jan. 25, Aurora University hosted Understanding and Implementing Next Generation Science Standards, a workshop for area elementary, middle and high school teachers that focuses on developing K-12 science standards across all disciplines and grades with the goal of providing all students an internationally benchmarked science education. About 60 local educators and community partners attended the workshop to find out how to implement these programs in their classrooms.


Parent University: Geneva School District will present the seminar “Building Resiliency and Independence in Our Youth” from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Feb. 9 at Geneva Middle School South, 1415 Viking Drive, Geneva. It will be a day of information and interactive workshops designed to provide practical information and discussions for parenting kids preschool through high school and beyond. Registration is due Feb. 4. Go to to learn more about registration, cost and the program.


2013 Illinois Music Educator’s Conference in Peoria: Senior percussionist Mary Watson and junior clarinetist Nathan Krumholz were selected to participate in the All-State bands in Peoria. Selected as an outstanding Future Music Educator was senior trumpeter Michelle Penley. And perhaps the biggest honor of all is that the OHS Jazz Ensemble, under direction of Kevin Schoenbach, was one of five jazz bands from the entire state selected to play at the convention. The conference ran Jan. 23 through Jan. 26.

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