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The Niagara Youth Forum, a leadership and service group for senior-high and middle-school students, has elected its officers for this school year.

Kathryn Crocker, a sophomore at LaSalle Senior High School, is the new president. She succeeds Kate Majka, a graduating senior at Niagara Falls High School.

Vice presidents are Katie Chamopoux, a sophomore at LaSalle Senior High School, and Theresa Giancola, a sophomore at Niagara Falls High School.

Other officers are: Amanda Brousseau, a 10th-grader at LaSalle, recording secretary; Susan Anthony, a ninth-grader at Niagara Falls High School, corresponding secretary; Jeffrey Crocker, an eighth-grader at Niagara Middle School, treasurer; Thomas Anthony, a junior at Niagara Falls High School, public relations officer; and April Anthony, a freshman at Niagara Falls High School, historian.

Founded in 1991 by the Police Athletic League, the Niagara Youth Forum provides opportunities for students in sixth through 12th grades to develop their leadership skills and do such community service work as cleanups, tutoring and work with the needy. New members are welcome; interested students may call the PAL office at 283-3991.

The Niagara Police Athletic League elected its board of directors for 1998 at a recent annual meeting.

All the officers were re-elected. They are: Al Cirrito, a Niagara Falls police officer, president; Steve Panepinto, a civilian employee of the Niagara Falls Air Base, first vice president; Frank Orfano, retired Niagara Falls school administrator, second vice president; Howard Warren, Niagara Falls police department dispatcher, treasurer; Joe Giarrizzo, manager of plant accounting with the Carbide/Graphite Group, comptroller; and Janice Wellsby, Niagara Falls police department dispatcher, secretary.

Karla LaChance, a Niagara Falls High School student, is the winner of the Upstate New York Transplant Services Inc. Organ and Tissue Donation Poster Art Contest.

The winners were selected by a group of celebrity judges based on originality, design, creativity, clarity of message, neatness, attention-getting potential and overall impression. An awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on April 18 at the Niagara International Factory Outlets.

All 165 poster entries will be displayed in the mall starting April 20.

Members of the Aid Association for Lutherans Branch 471 of Youngstown have been awarded a Gold Star rating by the fraternal benefit society in recognition of exemplary volunteer service to the community.

The Aid Association's 9,838 branches are ranked in several performance categories. To achieve a Gold Star rating, branches annually must sponsor at least one benevolent activity, one educational activity and one member awareness event; conduct at least 12 meetings, and comply with AAL's attendance, voting and reporting requirements.

The officers of Branch 471 are Glenwood Zastro of Youngstown, president; Marie Marshall of Ransomville, vice president; Richard Marshall of Ransomville, secretary; and Sarah Kunz of Youngstown, treasurer. James Milleville of Niagara Falls is the district representative.

The Aid Association for Lutherans, based in Appleton, Wis., is a fraternal benefit society of 1.7 million Lutherans joined together for insurance, investment, educational and volunteer opportunities.

The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association awarded six scholarships to students attending NCCC.

Full time enrolled students Harley Tong, Sanborn; Sheri Brooks, Sanborn; Katie Fisher, Lockport; and Richard Skorik, Niagara Falls; each received a $750 scholarship for the 1998-99 academic year.

Part-time enrolled students Harchitwant Bhinder, Sanborn; and Deborah Krysa, Wilson; each received a $350 scholarship for the 1998-99 academic year.

Tong is working toward a master's degree in chemical engineering, is involved with the college radio station, and has been named to the Dean's List.

Ms. Brooks plans on attending a four-year university to study accounting. She has been involved with NCCC basketball, and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Ms. Fisher plans to become a teacher. She is involved with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and is involved with the Ridgewood Bible Church's Sunday School program.

Skorik wants to become a minister. He has been involved with football in high school and with the St. James Lutheran Church's youth group.

Bhinder plans to continue to study in the human services curriculum. He is involved with the NCCC International Club, Tutoring Club and Human Service Association.

Ms. Krysa plans to continue in the science lab technician curriculum. She is active in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilson.

The six will be honored at the NCCC Distinguished Alumni Dinner at 6 p.m. May 8 on the NCCC campus.

For more information on any of the scholarships offered by the NCCC Alumni Association, contact the NCCC Alumni Office at 716-731-NCCC, Ext. 543; e-mail:

St. Paul Lutheran School, 453 Old Falls Boulevard, North Tonawanda, has announced its students of the month for March.

They are: Matthew Mullin, kindergarten; Stephanie Zambito, first grade; Alissa Kloc, second grade; Jeffrey Brittain, third and fourth grades; Geoffrey Grey; fifth and sixth grades; and Lindsey Schosek, seventh and eighth grades.

To receive the award, a student must demonstrate Christian character, a positive attitude, spirit of cooperation, be a hard worker and set a good example for other students.

Joan M. Conrad, president and chief operating officer of A Festival of Lights, announced the winners of the first annual A Festival of Lights "TOPS Friendly Markets/M&T Bank Picture the Magic of the Holidays" Photo Contest. They are:

Child Division (6-12 years) -- Ashley Schaffert of Lockport; honorable mention, Bryan Tuten of Lockport.

Student Division (13-18 years) -- Danielle Hewson of Orchard Park.

Adult Division (19 years and older) -- Denise Wyborski of San Diego, Calif.

Honorable Mentions: Rev. Dennis Fronczak of Grand Island and Julie Ciesinski of Cowelsville.

Winning photographs will be open to public viewing in the '98 Festival Display area.

Director Kyle LoConti has announced the cast of Niagara County Community College's spring musical, "Godspell," which will run Thursdays through Sundays, through April 5.

Cast members are Stephen Busch, Angela Issacs, Maura Pirrone, Erin Shank and Stacy Ann Ziehl, all of Lockport; Angela Cerrone and Ric Royer of Niagara Falls; and Christopher Kundl of Lewiston, Gary Grieco II of Amherst and Melissa Porter, Town of Tonawanda.

Robert Henwood, Niagara Falls, is stage manager.

Assisting LoConti, who will also serve as choreographer, are Technical Director Joseph Schmidt and Musical Director Lois Hall. Both are members of the NCCC Fine Arts Division faculty.

Tickets are $5; $3 for senior citizens and NCCC alumni and free to children under 12. Group rates are available for church youth groups. Call 731-NCCC, Ext. 580 for more information.

Paul Bodkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bodkin, has been selected Starpoint's junior high student of the month for March.

Paul is involved in the National Junior Honor Society, has been on the Honor Roll and has received awards for high average and achievement.

In his spare time, he enjoys sports, reading and drawing, and is interested in pursuing a career as a math or science teacher.

Starpoint has named Jennifer Stanton senior high student of the month for March. Jennifer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Stanton.

Jennifer is a member of Student Council, Spanish Club, treasurer of the United Way Youth Committee, president of Varsity Club, and has been a member of Starpoint's track and field team since seventh grade. She is also a member of the cross-country team.

In her spare time she takes dance lessons, volunteers her time in the elementary building, babysits, and works part time at Laux Sporting Goods.

She has taken advanced placement course work and has been on the Honor and Merit Rolls.

Jennifer plans to attend a four-year college and pursue a degree in education.

John R. Ennis, consultant of Krehbiel Associates, P.E., L.S., P.C., a consulting, engineering, planning and surveying firm in Tonawanda, has been given the Member of the Year award for 1997 from the Niagara County Builders Association.

Ennis is a professional land surveyor licensed in the states of New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.