Friday, July 23, 2010 - 8:38am

High school students throughout southwestern New York were recognized as students of the year in JCC's College Connections program at the close of the 2009-2010 academic year.

JCC honored the students, who were chosen by their schools, during a special reception in June. 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. JCC partners with over 40 high schools and BOCES centers within JCC's service area to offer 58 different college courses in 26 disciplines. Over 2,000 students are served each year.

Recipients included: Allegany-Limestone Central School - Katherine McMullen, junior, and Faith Benson, senior; Bolivar-Richburg Central School - Shayna Perry, senior; Brocton Central School - Heather Barrett, junior, and Megan Borgstrom, senior; Cassadaga Valley Central School - Katherine Seibert, junior, and Andrew Greeley, senior; Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School - Shelby Ellis, senior; Chautauqua Lake Central School - Rachel Flint, junior, and Randall Shearer, senior; Clymer Central School - Kate Wiggers, junior, and Victoria Neckers, senior; Corry Area High School – Tyler McClain, junior; Cuba-Rushford Central School - Jacob Decker, senior; Dunkirk High School - Miranda Gill, junior, and Joshua Sobilo, senior; Ellicottville Central School - Samuel Doro, junior, and Rosemary Lanza, senior; Falconer Central School - John Sweeney, junior, and Samuel Garver, senior; Fillmore Central School - Claire Stewart, senior; Forestville Central School - Lisa Murray, junior; Fredonia Central School - Erin Yelich, junior, and Russell Walker, senior; Frewsburg Central School - Jamie Ernewein, junior, and Caleb Johnson, senior; Gowanda Central School - Kimberly Haller, junior, and Theresa Farris, senior; Hinsdale Central School - Michaela Ginter, junior, and Steven Jackson, senior; Jamestown High School - Joseph Campion, junior, and Savantuay Boyette, senior; Maple Grove High School - Ashlyn Norris, junior, and Brenda Hoglin, senior; Olean High School - Miles Marvin, junior, and Kaitlyn Andreano, senior; Panama Central School - Ashley Senske, senior; Pine Valley Central School - Cory Heitzenrater, senior; Pioneer Central School - Alyxis Mitrowski, junior, and Renee Smith, senior; Portville Central School - Morgan Grisewood, junior, and Erica Schmidt, senior; Randolph Central School - Carlyle Evans, junior, and Amanda Smith, senior; Salamanca High School - MacKenzie Hoag, junior, and Emily Haas, senior; Sherman Central School - Samantha Black, junior, and Taryn TeCulver, senior; Silver Creek Central School - Amanda Rivet, junior, and Shawn Ralston, senior; Southwestern High School - Kaitlin O'Brien, junior, and Taylor Swan, senior; West Valley Central School - Christyn Enser, senior; and Westfield Academy & Central School - Michael Bova, junior, and Gregory Wilson, senior.

For additional information on College Connections, call program coordinator Maria Kindberg at 716.338.1143 or visit



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