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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Emily Thiele of North Tonawanda, and Samantha Schermerhorn of Newfane, 2014 graduates of Niagara County Community College, were recently honored with 2015 Phi Theta Kappa All–New York Academic Awards to community college students. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society CEO Rod Risley were on hand to present the 2015 PTK All–New York Academic Awards to the students at the ceremony held in Albany earlier this month.

Members of the All–New York Academic Team are recognized for their academic achievements, leadership accomplishments, and engagement in community service. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in higher education, serving nearly 1,300 colleges in all 50 states and nine sovereign nations.

Thiele, a 2014 graduate in business administration at NCCC, is currently pursuing a degree in business management with a concentration in financial analysis at the University at Buffalo. After finishing a bachelor’s degree her goal is to obtain a master’s of business administration.

Schermerhorn graduated from the NCCC business administrative assistant program and is attending St. Bonaventure University. She is studying international business and spending a semester abroad in Seville, Spain.


The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Foundation has named a Niagara Falls chiropractor, Dr. Michael Cardamone, and a local business executive, Douglas Mooradian, chairpersons of the 24th Annual Niagara Cup Classic, which will be held June 9.

Mooradian, who returns for a sixth year as the tournament’s co-chair, is the director of customer relations for Pine Pharmaceuticals. He is involved in a variety of community organizations and is a 2014 recipient of Buffalo Business First’s 40 Under 40 award. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Niagara Falls Education Foundation’s Emerging Leader Alumni Award.

Dr. Cardamone, the owner of Cardamone Chiropractic in Niagara Falls, is specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, especially those resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is the 2014 recipient of the Niagara Falls Education Foundation’s Emerging Leader Alumni Award, the Niagara USA Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Award and the Main Street Business and Professional Association’s Business of the Year Award.

Since the inaugural tournament in 1992, the Niagara Cup Classic has raised more than $1 million for medical equipment and health care programs at Memorial Medical Center. Money raised at this year’s tournament will benefit the Golisano Center for Community Health.


Army Pvt. Otis N. Arterberry has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Benning, Ga.

He is the son of Monyuette Y. Helm of Wilson, and Otis B. Arterberry of North Tonawanda. He is a 2011 graduate of Lockport High School.

During the nine-week training period, he received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

Arterberry is the son of Monyuette Y. Helm of Wilson, and Otis B. Arterberry of North Tonawanda. He is a 2011 graduate of Lockport High School.


The Health Association of Niagara County named Home Care Aide Leona Hill recipient of its Caring Counts Award.

“Leona has been an outstanding member of the HANCI Home Care team for over 36 years,” said John Kinner, HANCI CEO. “She exemplifies the model of an extraordinary aide. Leona is knowledgeable, compassionate, and selfless while providing the highest quality of care to every one of her clients. We thank Leona for being such a loyal dedicated employee. I hope she will remain with us for another 36 years!”

The HANCI Caring Counts award is given monthly to a Home Care employee that exceeds work expectations by going above and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding care and service to clients.


An area corn grower has been honored as a state winner in the 2014 National Corn Yield contest sponsored annually by the National Corn Growers Association. Jesse L. Snyder of Lockport placed first in the state in the “A Non-Irrigated Class” with a yield of 279.9351 bushels per acre. The local grower was one of 434 state winners nationwide. Winners were recognized Feb. 27 at the 2015 Commodity Classic, the premier convention and trade show of the U.S. corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat industries, held this year in Phoenix.

The 2014 contest set a participation record with 8,129 entries from 46 states. Of the state winners, 18 growers   three from each of six classes   were named national winners, representing 10 states. The average yield among national winners was 383.56 bushels per acre   greater than the 2014 U.S. average of 171.00 bushels per acre. Six of the national winners recorded yields of 400 bushels or more per acre. Farmers are encouraged through the contest to utilize new, efficient production techniques.


The Niagara University student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America has been named the best in the nation for a sixth consecutive year. The announcement was made during the 88th World Conference on Club Management, held March 9 in San Antonio.

The recognition indicates that Niagara University has maintained the most outstanding student chapter in the United States from May 2008 through December 2014.

Niagara was selected ahead of 58 other chapters in the nation based on a series of factors, including the number and variety of educational programs offered, member employment and internships in clubs, membership growth, relationship with the state chapter of CMAA, and member attendance at events.

The winner of Student Chapter of the Year competition is awarded a $1,000 conference registration grant, courtesy of The Club Foundation.

In addition, a trophy, which is displayed at CMAA National Headquarters, lists the winning chapters’ name.

Students who join Niagara’s CMAA student chapter are required to complete a rigorous schedule of educational and networking events and to work at a club each summer between academic semesters. Dr. William D. Frye, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management and student chapter adviser, noted that these requirements, in addition to the chapter’s significant membership growth and internship placements with top-rated clubs, helped the chapter win the title.

“Our students are held to the same expectations and standards of private club managers who are currently working in the profession,” he said.

“This sixth consecutive award reaffirms the industry’s viewpoint that the Niagara University student chapter meets and excels at those standards and is the hallmark of excellence in education and professional development for club management students.”

The Niagara University CMAA student chapter focuses its efforts on education, professional development, networking and placement in accordance with the CMAA’s mission of fulfilling the educational and related needs of its members.


Air Force Airman John M. Fleming has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Fleming is the son of Diane and Martin Fleming of Kendall. He is a 2012 graduate of Kendall High School, Kendall.