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The Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus will hold auditions for its 26th season from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 6595 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park, and Wednesday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Call John Fleischman at 662-2923 to schedule an appointment.


Ten Western New York students were among the 26 incoming freshmen who were awarded Presidential Scholarships to the University at Buffalo. The scholarships cover full tuition, fees, housing, board and books for four years.

• Ellen E. Lutnick of Grand Island, Grand Island Senior High School

• Eileen R. Bennett of Clarence Center, Clarence High School

• Jessica E. Addesa of Depew, Depew High School

• Kimberly M. Potfora of Tonawanda, Kenmore East Senior High School

• Jacob W. Caldwell of Frewsburg, Frewsburg Central School

• Timothy L. Dubill of Hamburg, Hamburg High School

• James A. Corra of Clarence, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute

• Lauren E. Wager of Lockport, Lockport High School

• Pramod M. Rao of Almond, Alfred-Almond High School

• Natalia A. Alexandridi of Williamsville, Williamsville North High School.


Kala Esposito, a senior at Pioneer High School, won Best of Show at the 2013 Helen P. Kelley Memorial Art Show of the Western New York Federation of Women’s Clubs held at the Holland Community Center. Kala’s winning entry was in ceramics and titled “Perforation Series #2.”

Other winners were Sam Schagel, grade 11, Pioneer, first place, ceramics, “Milkweed”; Gina Christopher, grade 11, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, first place, photography, “Contemporary Bubbles”; Michael Edington, grade 11, Gowanda, first place, watercolor, “Sea Turtle”; and Hadowas Barner, grade 12, first place, original craftwork, “Deep Sea.”

From Iroquois Central School: Camille Wutz, grade 11, first place, charcoal, “Stepping Out”; Justine Krzemien, first place, acrylic, “Red Rocks”; Paige Goerke, grade 12, first place, pastel, “Inner Reflections”; and Harley Kilian, grade 11, first place, pencil, “Me, Myself and I.”

Also, Ruth Robinson, grade 11, Attica Central School, first place, woodworking, “Dualism”; Keely Foster, grade nine, Medina, first place, miscellaneous for “Spider Love”; Ribiwna Mondragon, grade 10, Medina, first place, jewelry, “Untitled”; and Alex Marklel, grade 10, Medina, first place, oil, “In the Beginning.”


The Houghton Academy Math League are the 2013 middle school champions. Under coach Keith Wiley, the team worked to compete and beat City Honors, which has held the trophy for more than five years. The team members are Lamont Senior, Zahoor Ali, Olivia Kaetzel, Mikaila Smith, Ariana Jones, Peter Newsham, Rico Smalls and Rafeek Thomas.