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Kalie Pfohl, a senior at Eden Junior-Senior High School, has served as president of the Future Business Leaders of America at her school. During her tenure, she also was elected as state vice president for District 12. She had to interview with a member of the state FBLA Board of Trustees, write an application letter, obtain letters of recommendation, pass an examination and campaign at the State Leadership Conference. As state vice president representing her district, Kalie had to coordinate and run the fall and spring district meetings as well as a district meeting at the State Leadership Conference. She also served as vice chairwoman and chairwoman for the state Work Committee of Go Green and campaigned again to win election as the state historian. She plans to study at Cleveland State University in the fall.


Amherst native Alycia Ripley, a graduate of Buffalo Seminary, Vassar College and Syracuse University, will discuss her books at 7 p.m. today in the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence.


The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, will hold the Brass Ring Thing – XIV, a Renaissance festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $8. For information, call 693-1885 or visit


Niagara University in Lewiston is accepting registrations for its Summer Youth Camp, which is geared toward children ages 6 to 12, from June 30 to Aug. 15. For registration forms or more information, call 286-8055 or visit


Mackenzie Winiarski, a fourth-grader at Lindbergh Elementary School in the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District, was chosen as Young Miss New York and will compete for a national title at America’s Natural Supreme Beauties pageant in July in Louisville, Ky.


Ruby Soudant, a student at City Honors and member of the Urban Queens Chess Club, was the undefeated champion in the Armed Forces Day Chess Tournament at Main Place Mall last month. Antoinette Marshall, a fourth-grader at Olmsted School No. 64, came in second place, while Dalaun Paige, a seventh-grader at Bennett Park School No. 32, took third place. The winners were coached by Michael A. McDuffie.

In other chess news, the Archangel 8 Chess Academy will host its second annual Juneteenth Scholastic Beginners Chess Championships on June 14 at the Main Place Mall. Online registrations will be accepted no later than next Thursday at


Allie Dybala, a junior at Immaculata Academy, is the winner of the $250 First Niagara Challenge Scholarship from the First Niagara Foundation and GenHERation, a female empowerment startup for girls that was founded by Katlyn Grasso of Hamburg, a graduate of Immaculata Academy and a student at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. It provides girls the opportunity to work with national corporations and not-for-profit organizations to implement their ideas to address community issues. Allie’s winning proposal is for a financial literacy campaign in Buffalo.


Young Audiences of Western New York will present family-friendly programs in area libraries throughout the next few weeks, including Annette Daniels-Taylor with “Nancy Goes to Seneca Falls” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion.


The Lewiston Council on the Arts and Just Buffalo Literary Center will present the Lewiston Arts Cafe, a music and poetry gathering, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lewiston Opera Hall, 732 Center St., Lewiston. Featured will be Jennifer Campbell with music provided by Tom Stahl. For more information, visit or


Gay and Lesbian Youth Services will hold a Diversity Prom for LGBTA students ages 14 to 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. June 13 at Asbury Hall/Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. Cost is $10. For more information, call 855-0221.


The All-American Soap Box Derby of Hamburg will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 at 97 S. Buffalo St., Hamburg. To find out more information, visit Facebook or The website was created and is maintained by 12-year-old Miles Calloway of Eden.


Greta Garbo’s last film was “Two-Faced Woman” in 1941. The answer was incorrect in the Nichols’ General Information Test that appeared in NeXt last week.

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