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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

*Six new members of the 107th Airlift Wing, based at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, enlisted in the New York Air National Guard during a ceremony at mid-field prior to the Buffalo Bills-Pittsburgh Steelers game recently in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Their enlistment was broadcast over the Jumbotron during half-time.

"This is cool! Enlisting on the Bills field," said Airman Cara Sturdivant. "I'll remember this forever, get a picture of me."

Sturdivant and five other enlistees took to the field hours before fans arrived. After walking through the same tunnel players use, and forming up on the 50-yard line, Lt. Col. James Hoch, a 107th pilot, administered the Oath of Enlistment as family members and friends looked on.

"Mom, this is so cool," Airman Joshua Velez told his mother via cell phone. "This is amazing."

"There we are!," said Senior Airman Paul Boser pointing up to the Jumbotron as the pregame enlistment ceremony was broadcast.

Airmen 1st class Daniel Tremblett, Keith McArthur, Christina Swanson and Joanna Vail were sworn in along with Sturdivant and Velez.


The 17th Annual Volley for Life tournament was held at Wilson High School last month. Sixteen teams took part, and more than 90 players participated in the tourney, hosted by Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Guidance Center. Coordinators Robert Frost and Jackie Benton thanked those who helped make the tournament a success, including Amy Seeley, Dan Johnson, Sandy Walch, Jaime Lepsch, Wade Rick, Sue Anderson, Garrett Stack, members of SADD and all the student volunteer scorekeepers. The winning team, named B&G, was made up of Lindsay Bryer, Kayla Wilkinson, Kari Seabert, Joe Parrott, and Jordan and John Thilk.

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