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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour announced the promotion of Sgt. Michael P. Dunn to the rank of captain and Deputy Brett D. Thompson to sergeant.

Dunn has been a deputy assigned to road patrol since joining the Sheriff's Office on March 5, 2001, and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2008. He is a certified police instructor and a member of the Accident Investigation Unit. Dunn will command the road patrol's afternoon shift, replacing retired Capt. Scott Elliott. Voutour lauded Dunn for taking a lead role in technological advancements for the sheriff's road patrol.

Thompson joined the Sheriff's Office on Jan. 16, 1989, and since then has served on road patrol. Thompson is a member of the Emergency Response Team and Accident Investigation Unit and is a certified police instructor.

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The Rev. James J. Browne Division, Ancient Order of Hibernians of Niagara County, awarded its annual Niagara Catholic High School Scholarship to incoming freshman Sara Anderson, an eighth-grader at the Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls, St. Dominic Savio Middle School Campus.

The scholarship is for $250 per semester, with a total value of $2,000 for the four years.

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Niagara University recently announced that its student chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society was presented this year's Outstanding Chapter Award during the organization's 44th Biennial Convention at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Megan McGahan, a senior biochemistry major, attended the conference to showcase the work of Niagara's Kappa Kappa chapter, which she serves as vice president. Philanthropic projects undertaken last year by Niagara's chapter included donating $500 to, and volunteering for, the Magdalene Project, an organization that distributes Bible tracts, toiletries, food and roses to women in despair; raising $2,000 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life; generating funds in honor of breast cancer patients during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk; repeatedly visiting ailing elderly people at various area nursing homes; and performing a chemistry magic show for elementary school students.

For their efforts, Niagara's Kappa Kappa chapter received a plaque and $100 prize.

"Considering that Niagara's chapter of the National Chemistry Honor Society began in 2008, it's quite an accomplishment to be recognized with this award," said Ronny Priefer, an associate professor of chemistry at Niagara and the chapter's adviser.

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The Echocardiography Laboratory of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center has been granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.

Accreditation signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency that recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease. Dr. Zina Hajduczok, a cardiologist, is head of the Echo Lab, and the echocardiography technicians include Gary Ellwood, Cynthia Cerminara, Cheryl Czerwinski, Laura Bates and Angela Suchy.

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