Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 3:29pm

JCC recently honored 46 area high school students from throughout southwestern New York as the 2016 students of the year in the College Connections program.

In selecting the students of the year, schools were asked to consider College Connections participants who had embraced the challenges of completing college level work while in high school and demonstrated resourcefulness, integrity, and dedication.

College Connections, JCC's concurrent enrollment program with regional high schools, is accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. Through the College Connections program, JCC offered 61 different credit courses in 42 area high schools during the 2015-2016 academic year, serving over 2,000 students across the region.

Recipients included: Allegany-Limestone Central School - Kiley Kinney, junior; BOCES Center at Belmont - Connor Nolan, senior; BOCES Center at Olean - Brock Minard, junior, and Mya Riehler, senior; Bolivar-Richburg Central School - Sarah Jones, junior, and Elizabeth Collins, senior; Brocton Central School - Peter Dolce, senior; Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School - Montana Lee, junior, and Hanna Powers, senior; Chautauqua Lake Central School - Brittany Fardink, junior, and Benjamin Stahlsmith, senior; Clymer Central School - Ashley Beckwith, junior, and Adam Honey, senior; Dunkirk High School - Brandon Katta, junior; Falconer Central School - Steven Overend, junior, and Justin Boedecker, senior; Fredonia Central School - William Schrantz, junior, and Maitlannd Langworthy, senior; Frewsburg Central School - Cecilia Pearson, junior, and Elizabeth Champlin, senior; Gowanda Central School - Elizabeth Monk, junior, and Taylor Smith, senior; Jamestown High School - Martin Dibble, junior, and Tage Boggs, senior; Maple Grove High School - Lauren Franczak, junior; Olean High School - Luciano Rogers, junior; Panama Central School - Joel Vollmer, junior; Pine Valley Central School - Troy Hoage, Senior; Randolph Central School - Lydia Gozdalski, junior, and Nolan Ditcher, senior; Salamanca Central School - Tiffany Nary, junior, and Madelynn Turano, senior; Scio Central School - Jonathan Silsby, junior; Sherman Central School - Kathryn Pacy, junior; Silver Creek Central School - Brandon Birner, junior, and Haylee Grover, senior; Southwestern High School - Alyssa Carlson, junior, and Emily Whitman, senior; Wellsville Central School - Taylor Case, junior, and Gwendolyn Middaugh, junior; West Valley Central School - Jacob Kearney, junior, and Madison Fleischman, senior; Westfield Academy and Central School - Hunter Howes, junior, and Meghan Bodenmiller, senior.

In celebration of the award, JCC hosted students and their guests at receptions on both the Jamestown and Olean campuses. Students were awarded a gift from the college and had an opportunity to meet with JCC administrators.

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