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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

*Niagara County Community College President James P. Klyczek recently presented Kathie Kreppenneck and Maegan Kivler the President's Medallion Award at the annual Student Life Awards Dinner.

The award is presented each spring to a graduating sophomore who has contributed significantly to the development of co-curricular programs at NCCC. The medallion recognizes academic achievement along with outstanding contribution and achievement beyond the classroom.

Kreppenneck, a student-athlete, was co-captain of the women's volleyball team, which finished in fourth place at the National NJCAA Tournament, and received second team all-conference and second team all-region honors. She volunteers with a special-education class and with campus activities and serves as the Student Senate secretary, is a member of the Budget Committee and the Teacher Education Club and has been on the Dean's List for the past two semesters with a grade point average of 3.42.

Kivler is secretary of the NCCC College Association board of directors and chairwoman of the Student Senate Budget and Constitution committees. She serves as a student ambassador, assisting with numerous collegewide events, performs on and off campus with the NCCC All College Choir and is a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success. She was also the 2009-10 Student Senate president while accumulating a GPA of 3.47.

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The Wheatfield Business Association awarded four scholarships last month at a meeting. The recipients of the 2010 scholarships are: James Donner, Erik Popielarz, Brendan Reinert and Michael Richbart. This was the first year the association opened the scholarships to any Wheatfield graduating high school senior. The recipients and their families were invited to attend a ceremony, with dinner.

Donner is a Niagara Wheatfield High School senior who plans to attend the University at Buffalo, majoring in exercise science. Popielarz is a Starpoint High School senior who plans to attend South Dakota State College, majoring in agricultural engineering and specializing in power and machinery. Reinert is a Starpoint senior who plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in business management and finance. Richbart is a Niagara Catholic High School senior who plans to attend Houghton University, majoring in biblical studies and intercultural studies.

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The Zonta Club of the Tonawandas presented a $1,000 check to DeGraff Memorial Hospital. Funds were raised during Zonta's annual Soup Cook-Off held earlier in the year. The funds are designated to assist DeGraff's Women's Services through the purchase of gynecological-surgical specialty instruments. Dr. Diane Sutter is dedicated to enhancing women's services at DeGraff.

Tony Zito, DeGraff president, attended the Zonta dinner and accepted the donation.

The Zonta Club is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Local efforts of the Zonta Club of the Tonawandas include scholarship awards to college-bound students and giving financial assistance to local outreach organizations.

e-mail: lcontinelli@buffnews.com

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