JOURNALISM HONORS: Brocton High School's newspaper, The Brocton Review, has won the New York Press Association's best newspaper award for the fourth time in six years. The paper also won first place for overall excellence and design. "When a high school newspaper shows better content and display than two major universities in this region, it is obvious these student journalists take pride in their work," the judges wrote in their report. Senior Josiah Melendez won first place for best column; junior Steve Travis won first place for news writing; junior Christina Logel won second place for photography; junior Erin Stewart won second and third place citations for sports stories.
TREES FOR BUFFALO: Since the October storm destroyed so many trees, the people of Buffalo have been contributing to the effort to revive the city's beauty. At Clarence High School, chemistry teachers Jason Madden and Kristen Fiala organized students to raise money for the Re-Tree Western New York project, which is part of the Buffalo News Green Leaf campaign. "It morphed from a class project to a fundraiser," said Madden. Students are recycling cans and bottles, with the goal of raising enough money to plant 10 trees. "We're around $1,200 at this point, so we've almost met our goal," said Madden. Donors names are posted on a construction paper tree on a wall near Clarence's music and athletic offices. "Students who aren't even in chemistry have heard about it and contribute," Madden said.
-- Allison Eck, Clarence
ESSAY WINNER: Sarah Pozzuto, a sixth grader at West Seneca West Elementary, will be among six essay winners to be honored at a banquet Friday at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse in a contest sponsored by the New York Newspaper Publishers Association based on a Newspaper In Education serial story titled "Afloat on the Erie Canal" that ran in several newspapers across the state, including NeXt.
SUMMER SCHOOL: The Orleans-Niagara BOCES regional summer school at Niagara Falls High School will offer remedial programs, accelerated courses and enrichment classes for the Lew-Port, Niagara Falls City, Niagara Wheatfield and North Tonawanda school districts. Students register through their school guidance departments. Deadline is June 29. Classes start July 9. Tuition for non-residents is $200 per class, $40 per exam. Registration is $3 per program for residents of participating school districts. Call 286-7918 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Go online to www.onboces.org for registration information.
SUMMERSPACE: Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart will hold day camps starting with a basketball camp June 25 to 29 for girls entering grades 3 to 9. Other camps will be offered in leadership, study skills, sewing, dance, drama, volleyball and forensic science. The Red Cross Babysitting Course will be offered July 31 for girls and boys ages 11 to 15. Fees range from $125 to $200. Visit www.sacredheartacademy.org or call Eileen Maloney at 834-2101, Ext. 353.
VOLUNTEERS HONORED: Charles Johnston, a senior at Canisius High School, and Michael Martinek, a senior at City Honors, were recently honored for their volunteer efforts as mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Erie County. Big Brothers Big Sisters has volunteer opportunities for high school juniors and seniors. In the site-based Mentoring program, volunteers meet with their Little Brother or Sister one day a week, for 90 minutes. Call 873-5833 or visit the Web site at www.beafriend.org.
NeXt Editor: Jean Westmoore (849-4076)
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