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The fifth annual College Connections student speech contest was held at JCC’s Jamestown Campus in early May.

Emily-Jane Berakah, a Dunkirk High School senior, won first place. The other contestants were Christopher Michalski, a Dunkirk High School senior, and Henry Malarkey, a Jamestown High School junior.

The competition is open to College Connections students at partner high schools who are enrolled in JCC’s Public Speaking course. Course instructors are Donna Pucciarelli at Dunkirk High School and Barbie Price at Jamestown High School.

JCC graduates who earned honors citations were recognized recently. Students who maintain and graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and complete a minimum of nine hours of honors level work, which includes at least one credit of fieldwork, are eligible to receive an honors citation on their transcript.

Scholarships and awards were presented during the annual college awards ceremony held at JCC’s Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses in early May. Recipients, noted by their hometowns, included:

Ashville Laramie Ball (Social Science Award), Emilee Sperry (Individual Studies A.S. Award)

Bear Lake, PA Paul Waite (Business Administration - A.A.S. Award)

Bemus Point Chase Helgren (Roger C. Seager Presidential Scholarship)

Brocton Ryan Johnson (Freshman Environmental Science Award)

Registration for several summer youth programs at JCC’s Jamestown Campus has begun.

The programs feature interactive classes in science, technology, engineering, math, art, culinary arts, and music.

To register, call or visit JCC’s Center for Continuing Education in the Carnahan Center, 716.338.1005. The center is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fillmore Central School won the 56th annual Media One’s High School Bowl tournament recently, defeating Maple Grove High School 85-54.

The match was held at JCC. Player of the Match honors went to Mason Kelley of Fillmore.

Fillmore team members include Mason Kelley, captain, Michael McDonald, Rory Kelley, and Josh Buck. The team is coached by William Kelley. Fillmore finished the year with an 8-1 record.

Fillmore will compete in the National Academic Championship in Washington, DC in early June.

The first Louise Tefft Award was awarded recently to JCC's OTA program and the SUNY Fredonia Pre-Health Professionals Club. The award highlights a person or persons who have supported the Chautauqua Blind Association.

Louise, a CBA client for 28 years, credited the services that she received from the CBA for her ability to remain independent in her home until she died in 2016 at 101.

Emily-Jane Berakah, a Dunkirk High School senior, won first place in the fifth annual College Connections student speech contest at JCC.

The other contestants were Christopher Michalski, a Dunkirk High School senior, and Henry Malarkey, a Jamestown High School junior.

The competition is open to College Connections students at partner high schools who are enrolled in JCC’s Public Speaking course. Course instructors are Donna Pucciarelli at Dunkirk High School and Barbie Price at Jamestown High School.

Early auditions for JCC’s production of Hairspray will be held May 31 and June 1.

The auditions, which begin at 7 p.m. in Scharmann Theatre, are open to JCC students, high school students, and community members. Those auditioning must prepare a song from Hairspray that demonstrates vocal range and acting ability and should wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance portion of the audition.

Final auditions are scheduled August 30 and 31. Rehearsals begin in September and performances will be held November 3-5 and 9-12.

JCC will hold several Excelsior Scholarship information sessions in May and June.

Current college students, individuals who are planning to start college in the fall, and parents of college bound students are encouraged to visit JCC’s financial aid and admissions staff during the sessions to learn how the scholarship could impact those attending JCC.

Deborah Johnston, a senior JCC nursing adjunct instructor, presented several ideas during the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando, FL earlier this year.

The annual conference showcases the newest medical simulation technologies and techniques. Organized by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, IMSH is attended by leaders in simulation, authors of current research articles, and simulation theorists.

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