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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Gabrielle Jehle of Williamsville was named the Distinguished Young Woman of New York and awarded more than $1,700 in cash scholarships during a statewide scholarship program for high school girls at Maryvale High School.

Gabrielle, the daughter of Dietrich and Theresa Jehle, is a senior at Nardin Academy.

She was one of 12 high school senior girls from across the state who competed for the honor. Participants were evaluated on scholastics, an interview, fitness, self-expression and talent.

Throughout the next year, Gabrielle will represent New York at various public events and serve as a role model to young people by spreading the program's national outreach message of "Be Your Best Self." The outreach program is designed to encourage self-esteem and excellence in all young people through its five principles: Be Healthy, Be Involved, Be Studious, Be Ambitious and Be Responsible.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, Youth Leadership Erie County, the American Academy of Ballet and Amherst Youth Ballet. She is a NeXt correspondent for The Buffalo News.

The 55th national finals will take place on June 28-30 in Mobile, Ala. Gabrielle will travel to Mobile along with 49 other state representatives to participate in personal development activities and community service projects before competing for the opportunity to become the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2012 and for a share of more than $130,000 in cash scholarships.


St. Bonaventure University alumnus Raymond C. Dee of Naples, Fla., formerly of Pottsville, Pa., has been elected the next chairman of the university's board of trustees.

Dee's term will begin in June, and he will succeed John R. "Jack" McGinley Jr. of Pittsburgh, who has served as board chairman since 2004. Dee's fellow officers will be elected in June.

Dee has served for several terms as the chairman of the development committee of the board in addition to serving as vice chairman of the board for the past year.

An active alumnus, Dee has served on the university's President's Council, National Alumni Board and Capital Campaign Committee. He was Alumnus of the Year in 1990.

In addition to his bachelor's degree in economics from St. Bonaventure, Dee holds an MBA from Loyola University, Chicago.


Fredonia Radio Systems at Fredonia State College was nominated for four awards and won three at the 72nd annual Intercollegiate Broadcast Systems Conference in New York City earlier this month.

Station general manager Jud Heussler, a senior who has also been an on-air personality with Entercom Radio's Kiss 98.5 FM the past two years, won best on-air personality for the second year in a row. Best show promo and most creative show were given to Jeff Wick, radio news director and co-host of the station's show, "The Morning Inferno."

Students attended the conference along with their adviser, Dr. Laura Dean Johnson.


Project FLIGHT, an organization started at Buffalo State College in 1994, has recently placed thousands of books in the hands of children across the City of Buffalo. The book drive and donation was started by project FLIGHT in conjunction with the state Office of Children and Family Services in commemoration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Readers Are Leaders New York State Literacy Initiative.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literacy Initiative is a program that donates age-appropriate new books for children in grades K-12. This year's recipient is BPS International School 45. Nearly 2,800 books worth approximately $27,500 were donated.

Project FLIGHT's mission is to have every child have a book and read it at grade level, so that children will live in a literate environment whether at home or at school. To date, there have been more than 104,000 books donated, worth approximately $785,000.

"There is no doubt how education uplifts the power to fulfill dreams. We believe that the legacy of literacy is democracy and freedom," Project FLIGHT co-director, Dr. Betty Cappella said.


Buffalo resident Ronald M. Rivas, associate professor of management at Canisius College, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant.

He will use the grant to teach for six weeks this summer at the Universidad del Pacifico, a Jesuit university and business school in Lima, Peru. Rivas will teach a course on international markets strategy of Latin American multinationals. He also will participate in faculty development work and continue his ongoing research on the globalization of Andean-grown multinationals.

The Fulbright Senior Specialist initiative is designed to provide U.S. faculty and professionals with opportunities to collaborate with overseas counterparts on a variety of projects.


Air Force Reserve Senior Master Sgt. Leroy Cyr has retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve after 33 years of service. He was the superintendent of air freight assigned to the 2nd Aerial Port Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif.

Cyr, the son of Louis and Gisele Cyr of Olean, graduated in 1979 from Archbishop Walsh High School, Olean, and received a bachelor's degree in 1990 from the University of Washington in Seattle.


Lori D. Bannister and Bradford M. LaSalle have been elected to the board of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled.

Bannister, director of foundation and community development at WNED-TV, brings more than 20 years of professional experience in development, marketing and financial management to the board. She has experience in the areas of youth organizations from her involvement in Touching Bases Softball League and the Young Adult Life Transition group.

LaSalle is the vice president of Global Wealth & Investment Management at Merrill Lynch/ Bank of America. He has more than 20 years of banking and financial experience. He also has been active with Project Healing Waters.

Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, a local nonprofit agency that serves over 1,500 Western New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, provides a variety of programs including Service Coordination, Habilitation and Respite Services and Housing and Shelter Services.