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Hello Hillsboro: School to receive sign of the times
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Hillsboro High Schools reader sign, which was damaged in a recent accident, will be replaced by a new computerized sign. - photo by Hillsboro Sentry-Enterprise archive photo

Newsmen always get a kick out of it when bad stories become good stories unexpectedly!

We recently printed a photo about the demise of the High School sign in front of the building when a driver took a straight-on shortcut rather than using the circular drive to the front door.

That sign had heralded coming events for as long as I can remember, and must have earned enough credits to graduate by now. That’s not going to happen now, however, and it is facing retirement after the accident.

The good news is that it’s replacement will be one of those “state-of-the-art” dandies that tell you far more than what school it heralds and what event is coming up.

It will be a digital work of art that tells you everything you wanted to know about HHS, and possibly a few things you really didn’t even care about knowing.

The new sign will be computerized and operated, hopefully, by folks who are truly “in-the-know” about the school’s short-term future. My guess is that it will resemble that neat, modern sign at the Firemen’s Community Center that can be programmed to report the time, temperature, upcoming events, and just about anything else of interest other than “Where’s the fire?”

The news is that shortly after the aged HHS sign became a lot older, the school got an offer of a $10,000 donation from the Steve and Jenny Hynek family to help replace it!

That good deed was reported at the School Board meeting on Monday night. The Board and Administration is already looking at replacement possibilities and, like all school district residents, are very appreciative of the offer.

What a perfect situation. Not only can the Hynek family add some class to our school, but they will be able to see what’s coming up while sitting in their back yard!

Thanks very much, folks, from the entire community.


Congratulations to all the HHS Band and Choir students who participated in the District Solo and Ensemble March 22.

Here are the students who advancing to the State Solo and Ensemble on May 3:

Matt Bartels (bass clarinet solo), Michaela Bach (classical solo), Macey Brown (classical solo, theatrical solo), John Dank (music theater solo), Brody Fanshaw (classical solo), Sarah Fick (music theater solo), Cheyenne Hanke (classical solo), Sierra Hanke (classical solo), Morgan Huntley (classical solo, music theater solo), Alexis Mathis (classical solo, music theater solo), Abi Munson (classical solo, music theater solo), Shauna Parish (saxophone solo), Kelsey Skala (trumpet solo), Maddy Tengblad (flute solo, flute duet, classical solo, musical theater solo), Kelsey Thorell ( flute duet, classical solo, music theater solo), Haili Yoakum-Kehoe (classical solo, musical theater solo).