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Cowherd student Joshua Golden is District 131 Middle School Spelling Champion

AURORA – It took more than 170 words and 16 rounds for East Aurora School District 131 to find a Spelling Bee winner Wednesday night.
 
When Cowherd Middle School sixth grader Joshua Golden correctly spelled the 172nd word - “chancellor” - he earned the title of District 131 Middle School Spelling Bee Champion.
 
Simmons Middle School eighth grader Chris Hernandez earned second place.
 
There was a tie for third place between Simmons Middle School sixth grader Carla Garcia and Waldo Middle School seventh grader David Maultz.
 
The Spelling Bee finalists included:
Cowherd Middle School: Ebony Davis, Lily Tran, Joshua Golden, Christian Cruz and Trent Payton.
Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy: Denise Gutierrez, Kevin Molina, Isabel Hughes, Carla Ortiz and Samantha Lazcano.
Simmons Middle School: Chris Hernandez, Carla Garcia, Carolina Quezada, Yesina Diaz and Citlaly de la Cruz.
Waldo Middle School: Luis Trejo, David Maultz, Evan Shackleford, Hisela Cardenas and Yasmine Jackson.

 
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Hull, Strand, Turza elected to fill leadership positions on East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education

AURORA – Three board members were elected to leadership positions at Monday’s regular East Aurora School District 131 Board of Education meeting.
 
Raymond Hull, 53, was elected to serve as President of the Board of Education. Hull has served on the Board since 2010, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy.
 
Hull has worked for the City of Aurora, Water and Sewer Division, since 1979. During that time, he worked as a laborer, machine operator, labor supervisor and assistant superintendent.
 
He also has served the Aurora community through various non-profit organizations including: United Way, Big Brothers/Sisters, Aurora Neighborhood baseball, and Aurora Community Study Circles.
 
Hull’s daughter graduated from East Aurora High School in 2013.
 
Kirsten Strand was elected to serve as Vice President of the Board of Education. Strand has been a member of the Board of Education since April 2013, when she was elected. Strand is the Director of Community 4:12, a Compassion & Justice non-profit associated with Community Christian Church. She has two sons at East Aurora High School and her husband teaches at Bardwell Elementary School.
 
Mary Anne Turza was elected to continue to serve as Secretary for the Board of Education. Turza has been a member of the Board of Education since she was appointed in 2009. She is a retired executive at Northern Trust Company in Chicago. She is a lifetime member of the Illinois PTA.
 
Last month, Annette Johnson announced she would not run again for President of the Board of Education. Johnson was first elected to the Board of Education in 2009. She has served as Board President since April 2010. She remains a member of the Board of Education.
 
Johnson is a 1981 graduate of East Aurora High School. During her time as President of the Board of Education, the District opened a Magnet Academy, purchased a facility for the new full-day kindergarten program and expanded free breakfast to all students.
 



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