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  • Olivia Lawless (left) and Cole Oswald get a few pointers on scholarship applications from AHS guidance counselor Sheila Hasenkamp.
    Olivia Lawless (left) and Cole Oswald get a few pointers on scholarship applications from AHS guidance counselor Sheila Hasenkamp.
  • Jerry and Lisa Riordan of Aurora have launched a new after-hours business called Jerry’s Junk Removal. They are pictured here with sons, from left, Jaxson, Dylan and Noah.
    Jerry and Lisa Riordan of Aurora have launched a new after-hours business called Jerry’s Junk Removal. They are pictured here with sons, from left, Jaxson, Dylan and Noah.
  • Media Productions students Cole Krejci (left), Danny Slocum and Spencer Griess help set up components of the Striv broadcast as well as the Daktronics scoreboard system.
    Media Productions students Cole Krejci (left), Danny Slocum and Spencer Griess help set up components of the Striv broadcast as well as the Daktronics scoreboard system.
  • Coach Chelsea Arendt works with the Aurora Husky Pups 4th grade team during a timeout Saturday morning at the PAC.
    Coach Chelsea Arendt works with the Aurora Husky Pups 4th grade team during a timeout Saturday morning at the PAC.
  • Hampton’s Zaya Stuart has a good grip on the basketball as two Osceola palyers guard tightly.
    Hampton’s Zaya Stuart has a good grip on the basketball as two Osceola palyers guard tightly.
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Seniors look toward ‘new normal’ college stories
Area youth getting ready for their senior years, or getting ready to fly the nest and head off to the next step in their educational journey, might be facing the most unique horizon of any in a long time. 
Guidance counselors from each of the four area schools -- Aurora, Giltner, Hampton and High Plains -- provided their perspective on just how the college landscape has changed, wether or not there has been a push toward two-year or trade colleges, and of course, how living in the time of a global pandemic has impacted it all.

Riordans in the junk removal business
An Aurora man has turned his truck, trailer and willingness to load up and haul away all kinds of unwanted items into a business venture called Jerry’s Junk Removal.
Jerry Riordan has lived in Aurora for 14 years, where he and his wife Lisa are raising their three young sons. Jerry has a full-time day job in Grand Island, while his wife works part-time at 1st Web Sales in Aurora. Late last year, however, the couple agreed to launch their own business venture, using evenings and weekends to help provide what they believe is a needed local service.

Media productions class gets behind-the-scenes experience
Always there, but generally overlooked, the behind-the-scenes superstars of Aurora High School’s favorite events are actually all part of Rod Havens “Media Productions” seminar class. 
While the class itself teaches many aspects of what goes into production, like making graphics and show planning, the most recognizable of the class’ projects centers around Striv. 
“A streaming platform to watch all of your high school -- and sometimes I think colleges use it too -- events,” said Aurora freshman Spencer Griess, when asked to describe Striv. “Just kind of a streaming platform.”

Lady Hawks set school record for points scored in game
A slow start to the CRC tournament was a bit too much for Hampton to overcome. 
The Lady Hawks rallied from 17 down in the third quarter, but were unable to complete the comeback in a 47-40 loss to Osceola Saturday in the opening round of the CRC tournament played at Shelby. 
Hampton, at least early on, looked to continue its offensive success as Lillian Dose scored on back-to-back shots to open the game, giving the Hawks a 4-0 lead.

Youth tourney draws nearly 100 teams to Aurora
Basketballs were bouncing all over town this weekend as the community welcomed nearly 100 teams for the Aurora Youth Winter Showdown.
Co-coordinators Cameron Hudson and Josh Nachtigal said youth teams from across the central and eastern portions of the state jumped at the opportunity to compete, since many other tournaments have been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

 

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