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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

*Five 2011 Distinguished Student Scholarship recipients were selected to receive the most prestigious scholarship offered by the Niagara County Community College Foundation.

The recipients are Chelsea Callari, Culinary Arts (North Tonawanda High School); Jeffrey DiMayo, Computer Aided Drafting Design (Royalton-Hartland); Christina DeVaniter, Baking and Pastry Arts (Starpoint); Jessica Scherrer, Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Science (Niagara Wheatfield); Holly Zuch, Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and Social Science (Starpoint).

The five recipients were introduced to the NCCC Foundation Board at its meeting earlier this month and will be honored at the NCCC Foundation's Annual Scholarship Gala on Oct. 15. In the past year, nearly $200,000 in scholarships have been given through the foundation.

The Distinguished Student Scholarship award is given to incoming freshman and provides two years of tuition-free education. The students were selected based on their academic excellence, service to the community, ability to define goals and execute them with a strong follow-up.

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*Uncovering one of the year's underreported national news stories will, ironically, heap significant exposure upon a team of Niagara University students.

A submission by NU students George Antzoulis, Vincent Caruso, John M. Curtin, Maria Rose and Molliann Zahm recently placed third in a nationwide competition for the 25 most censored/underreported U.S. news stories for 2010-11. The selection was made by judges from Project Censored, a 35-year-old media watchdog organization founded by Carl Jensen.

By being chosen, the NU students' submission will appear as a chapter in the 2012 edition of Censored, an annual published anthology dedicated to exposing the previous year's most media-censored news stories. The book is slated for publication in October.

"I am thrilled and proud of my investigative research students for this achievement," said Brian Murphy, an associate professor of communication studies at NU and the faculty member who urged students to make submissions.

While all 25 students in Murphy's Investigation and Reporting for the Media course took part in the research and will be credited in the book, Antzoulis, Caruso, Curtin, Rose and Zahm were specifically cited for their role in revealing a story titled "Obama Authorizes International Assassination Campaign."

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The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) has announced that Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston has earned the designation as an accredited chest pain center, the first hospital in Niagara County with such a designation.

The SCPC, an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide, provided the designation after a full review of processes, procedures and other avenues of care provided to patients by Mount St. Mary's.

"This accreditation is evidence of the Mount St. Mary's commitment to treating cardiac patients with the highest level of care," said Dr. Benjamin Rueda, chief of cardiology, who led the team of health care professionals who helped earn the designation.

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*Lyndonville L.A. Webber Middle-High School recently held its 38th annual National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Inductees included Molly Breese, Sandra Clemons, Elisabeth Follman, Joy Follman, Dakota Froman, Thomas Goetze, Alexandra Harling, James Luckman Jr., Kyle Sentiff, Edward Silversmith Jr., Amanda Sullivan and Jamie Tombari.

Founded in 1921, the Senior National Honor Society is ranked as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. Inductees are chosen by a faculty selection committee based on academics, character, leadership and service. Membership is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors with an average of 87 percent or higher.

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*More than 6,000 pounds of used textbooks and teacher resources from the Lyndonville Central School District have found a new home in Panama.

After the recent capital improvement project at the L.A. Webber Middle-High School, there were a number of used text books and teacher resource books in storage that were not being used. When the assistant director of the Howard Academy in Panama City, Alberto Ayala, visited Lyndonville Central Schools earlier this year to speak to students, school officials saw a perfect opportunity. Ayala's wife, Anna Drake, is a Lyndonville native, and her father is pastor of Yates Baptist Church. The couple comes back to Lyndonville to visit at least once a year.