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West Valley High School won the 2009 High School Bowl championship, defeating Chautauqua Lake 73- 60 in the concluding match. The contest, held at JCC, broadcast over Media One radio stations WJTN and SE-93.

West Valley is only in its third year of competition in High School Bowl, and finished the season with a record of six wins and one loss. Chautauqua Lake finished with a record of four wins and two losses.

Three JCC students participated in the annual SUNY Model European Union Simulation (SUNYMEU) held in April at SUNY New Paltz.

This year's program was “European Council Summit: The Czech Presidency.” Students were assigned a role as a representative of a larger delegation (an EU country or the EU Commission), as heads of government, foreign ministers, EU commissioners, or even, for journalism majors, as members of the press corps.

Heather Pfeiffer of Olean and Kenneth Long of Dunkirk were honored recently with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The students are among 238 SUNY students recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

The annual awards are given to students who earn a grade point average of 3.78 or higher and record a significant contribution to their campus or local community.

JCC students Heather Pfeiffer of Olean and Jill Mahon of Dewittville were among 51 students from the State University and City University of New York placed on the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2009 All-New York Academic Team for Community Colleges.

The students were honored at a recent luncheon in Albany for their academic achievements, leadership, and service to their colleges and communities.

Gail O. Mellow, Charles C. Nazzaro, Carol L. O'Connell, and Glenn H. Utter have been selected to receive the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award during JCC's commencement ceremonies.

Presented by the JCC Alumni Association, the award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in service to their communities.

Jamestown Campus award recipients
Dr. Mellow, Dr. Utter, and Nazzaro will be honored at the Jamestown Campus ceremony on May 16, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

JCC will host “Understanding Islam & Muslims,” a public presentation by Sam Qadri at 7 p.m. on May 5 in the Lenna Teleconference Theatre of Hultquist Library on the Jamestown Campus.

Qadri serves as the community outreach and public relations officer for the Jamestown Islamic Society. His talk will highlight common misconceptions about Muslims in today's world, as well as some of the core teachings of the Islamic faith.

The presentation, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities at JCC.
 

The George Bataitis Open Golf Tournament will be held at Chautauqua Golf Club on May 9.

The GBO, a fundraiser for JCC athletics scholarships, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union is the major sponsor for the tournament for the next three years.

The JCC chorus, concert band, vocal jazz ensemble, and jazz ensemble will showcase a variety of music styles during a combined performance on May 5. The JCC rock ensembles perform on May 7.

Both concerts will be performed in JCC's Scharmann Theatre. Admission to each concert is $4, general public; $3, area students and senior citizens; and $2, JCC Faculty Student Association members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the JCC box office, 716.338.1187, or at the theatre door prior to a performance.

JCC's Cattaraugus County Campus will present the annual Scrabble Challenge from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on May 31 in the Magnano Reception Room.

JCC is again partnering with Literacy Volunteers of Cattaraugus County, the Olean Family YMCA, the Newspapers in Education program of the Olean Times Herald, and St. Bonaventure University to provide an afternoon of Scrabble games played by teams of six individuals vying to be tournament champions.

The registration fee is $25 per person or $125 per team. Prizes are awarded to the winning team members.

Scholarships and awards were presented during recent ceremonies on the Jamestown and Cattaraugus County campuses to:
Allegany Wesley Callahan, Most Improved in Mathematics Award
Baldwinsville Jeffrey Parker, Sophomore Computer Information Systems Award
Belmont Max Evans, Honorable Mention in Mathematics Award
Bemus Point Britt Anderson, Constance E. Casey Memorial Scholarship
Clymer Allison Carey, Andrew P. Kibler Memorial Scholarship

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