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Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Lisa Ziegler grew up in Hastings and attended Hastings Area Schools, as did her two younger brothers, Mike and Jimmy.  Her father, Dave Storms (who now works as a magician) was the executive director of the …

Profile and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Phyllis Newman was born and raised in Ann Arbor, the daughter of the late Dr. Rev. A.J. Lightfoot Jr. and Mary C. Kidd-Lightfoot. She attended Haisley, Forsythe, and Pioneer High School. After graduating from Pioneer in 1979, …

The Huron Rhythm Rat Jazz Orchestra performed at the 45th Annual Central Michigan University recently, competing in the AA division against 16 other advanced level ensembles. CMU honors bands in each division with the following awards: Outstanding Section 1st, 2nd, 3rd place/ Outstanding Soloist 1st, …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Amanda Houston was born in Houston, Texas, and spent her childhood in North Brunswick, New Jersey. At the age of 13, her family—including her parents, Michigan natives Donald and Julie Stolt and brother Adam—moved to Ypsilanti.   Houston, who …

By Kelle Barr/weloveannarbor.com The Salem Witch Trials took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the late 1600s – and more than 300 years later, the messages in Arthur Miller’s 1953 play, “The Crucible,” remain pertinent in today’s world, says Director Alex Leydenfrost. Leydenfrost, and his terrific Pioneer …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Nathan Hatt, lifetime Ann Arbor resident, is a product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools and a University of Michigan alumnus. After five years working as a production artist, animator, graphic designer, creative director, and business owner, Hatt started …

FutureStars 2018 showcases exceptional talent

January 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Video by Jo Mathis, AAPS District News Editor It was a night of unbelievable talent as 30 sets of performers wowed the audience during FutureStars 2018  at Pioneer High School. This final talent show followed a weekend of preliminary competition when more than 60 teens …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Low-cost. No-tech. And it works. Burns Park Elementary students this week put into practice a simple new way to make crossing an intersection a bit safer. And it’s as simple as carrying a bright orange flag while crossing the …

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