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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

The Cancer Services Program of Niagara County honored Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and four people during its annual awards breakfast.

Niagara Falls Memorial was given the Outstanding Community Partner Award for its support of the program.

The office of Dr. Jayaselvi Kolli was presented the Outstanding Provider of the Year Award in recognition of its commitment to provide comprehensive care to women in Niagara County.

Tammy Prosser, a representative from Avon, was given a Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts during the program's Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye Campaign in October of 2011.

Kristina Young, former executive director of the WNY Public Health Alliance, was recognized for her outstanding leadership and support of the program and staff.

Suzan Lupejkis, LMT, of Your Healing Space of North Tonawanda, was recognized for the donation of services to the community and clients of the Cancer Services Program during breast cancer awareness activities. Cancer Services Program provides free breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening to people ages 40 to 64 who do not have health insurance.


A Lockport youth was one of the top finishers in Rochester Institute of Technology's sixth annual Math Competition for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Pawel Smistek, a student at St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo, came in third and won $50 for his achievement.

The competition, held at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf on March 31, welcomed 111 deaf and hard-of-hearing middle school students from 21 states.

They competed in tasks that tested their speed and accuracy, teamwork and math skills.

"The Math Competition is a great way for students to compete in things other than sports," said Mark Sommer, senior director of NTID's Outreach Consortium. "Students can compete with their peers on an individual basis and also work together as a team. As a result, they become excited about learning math, which will help them as they continue their education and in life."