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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Attorney Scott A. Bylewski received the "Trailblazer Award" for his work as a pilot project committee member for the Western District's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at a reception in the new federal courthouse, where Second Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs acknowledged the contributions of select Western District of New York attorneys.

Bylewski received his bachelor of science and master of business administration degrees from the University at Buffalo. He went on to UB Law School where he received the 1998 New York State Bar Association Law Student Achievement Award.

He served as an elected representative of the Town of Clarence for 10 years, including four years as town supervisor. He is the attorney development director for the law offices of William Mattar.


Amber Dean of Alden High School won the third annual Junior Achievement Business Plan Challenge, which featured nine finalists presenting business plans to a seven-judge panel.

She presented a plan to produce contact lenses that serve as sunglasses, or "Suntacts," that would change color in the sun. She won the John Lord Hettrick Sr. Memorial Scholarship.

The Junior Achievement Business Plan Challenge focuses on challenging high school students through interactive classroom activities to start their own entrepreneurial venture. Over the course of the current school year, students from Alden and Lancaster high schools participated in the "JA Be Entrepreneurial Program."


Jonathan Ward of Buffalo was honored with a Community Service Award at the Nazareth College President's Civic Engagement Awards ceremony. Ward, a senior psychology major, was selected from more than 150 nominees based on his commitment and dedication to service both on campus and in the greater Rochester and global communities.


Erie County Legislator Timothy R. Hogues, D-Buffalo, honored Murray Holman as March's Citizen of the Month with the presentation of a proclamation at a recent session.

Holman, who has been a county employee for 15 years, is a founding member of the Stop the Violence Coalition and currently serves as its chairman. He drives the Stop the Violence Coalition bus around his community to spread the group's message of peace.

Holman is a board member at the Schiller Park Community Center and a youth minister at Good Shepherd Temple on Goodyear Avenue.


Representatives from the New York State Association of Realtors and Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors presented Next Generation Scholarships at a reception ceremony last month at the BNAR's headquarters at 200 John James Audubon Parkway.

Scholarships in the amount of $500 each were awarded to Christina Logan, daughter of realtor Lynne Logan of Williamsville, and Claire Sukiennik, daughter of realtors Sheryl Ersing and James Sukiennik of Glenwood.

Logan earned a bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo and went on to attend law school and is currently working as a law clerk in the office of Michael Rakowski.

Sukiennik is a student at Niagara University studying political science and prelaw.


Five Tapestry Charter High School teachers have won national Fund for Teachers fellowships for summer research. The teachers won in the Expeditionary Learning Schools category.

Simon Farrell, English teacher, will observe ways in which Aboriginal Australian and Native Hawaiian students master standard English while retaining their heritage to develop a multicultural program.

Eric Levine, instructional guide; Jessica Mascle, history teacher; Anthony Riccio, English teacher; and Nathaniel Streicher, social studies teacher, will attend an educators' Civil Rights Institute in Little Rock, Ark., where they will study how to help students make important connections between historic events and challenges of modern society in a way that engages the question, "How can I make a difference?"


The following military personnel have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Reserve Airman Alex M. Przybyl is a 2007 graduate of Hamburg High School.

Air Force Airman Darwin D. Hilerio Valle is the son of Carmen and Luciano Caceres of Buffalo and a 2011 graduate of Emerson High School.

Air Force Airman Nicholas A. Alizadeh is the son of Theresa Alizadeh of Grand Island. He is a 2010 graduate of Grand Island Senior High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Joshua J. Zinkievich is the son of Amy and Todd Zinkievich of Medina. He is a 2008 graduate of Medina High School.

Air Force Airman Jennifer A. Norris is the daughter of Nancy Norris of East Amherst, and Vernon Norris of Suffolk, Va. She is a 2008 graduate of Sweet Home High School, Amherst.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.


One of Genesee Community College's most generous contributors will have a library research classroom named for him. Lynn E. Browne, who died last year after moving from Batavia to Colorado to be near his daughter, served on the GCC Foundation and was deeply involved in fundraising for a library renovation and construction of a technology building and student union.

Browne was a Batavia native who returned after selling his button distribution business in the 1980s. He immediately became involved in community activities, particularly at GCC. He was the first recipient of the college's Alpha Medal of Honor bestowed for outstanding philanthropic and volunteer work.


Carmela Reinhart, a major fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), and Bart Dentino, an award-winning musician, will be honored June 21 by the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation of Genesee County as outstanding Italian-Americans of 2012.

Reinhart has raised $100,000 for CASA and also has been active in Encore, an annual fundraising dinner for the Genesee Community College Foundation. She and her husband, Jerry, headed the St. Jerome Guild auction for many years.

Dentino is a professional songwriter, performer and teacher and through the Artistry in Residency school programs has designed creative teaching strategies. His honors include the state Jaycees' Outstanding New Yorker in the Performing Arts.

Paolo Busti was land agent for the Holland Purchase Society, which developed Western New York in the early 19th century.