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Tammie Babbitt

West Aurora Challenge Coin “was meant to instill pride, honor a person for a special achievement, or acknowledge outstanding performance over time.  It is a symbol of respect.” 


Congratulations to the five lifelong supporters of the West Aurora schools that have been awarded West Aurora Challenge Coins by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeff Craig. These recipients have dedicated years of service for our students, schools, and community. They are the epitome of a West Aurora Blackhawk! 

Challenge coins, which began as a military tradition, have become a widely recognized way of showing membership and boosting morale. West Aurora has minted a limited number of coins that will be presented to those leaders in the West Aurora School District and community who personify commitment, courage, excellence, and integrity.

Tammie Babbitt

Those who make a difference


The Golden Apple honors outstanding teachers and dedicated staff for their roles in having lasting, positive effects on students’ lives in the West Aurora School District. Teachers and staff members who are awarded the Golden Apple demonstrate significant, positive impact on students’ growth and learning. Our congratulations to those educators who truly make a difference. 

Tammie Babbitt

Hayley Skye Darukhanavala, a 2016 graduate from West High.

Episode 15


Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jeff Craig sits down with West Aurora alumni, Hayley Skye Darukhanavala, to talk about her unique experiences as a West Aurora student, recording artist, producer, songwriter, pianist, professional model, and soon to be NYU Graduate.


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