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By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Nicole Smitka grew up in Ann Arbor and considers herself lucky to have attended Lawton Elementary, Slauson Middle School, and Pioneer High School.  With a passion for math and science, she went on to the University of Michigan to earn …

By Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor Scott Thobe (pronounced “Toe-bee”)  and two older sisters grew up in the small Ohio farming community of  Ft. Recovery.  Thobe says that because there wasn’t a lot to do in the area,  hanging out with friends was at a …

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, …

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