Twenty-Four Outstanding Scholars in Genesee's Advanced Studies Program Receive Awards

Twenty-four students in Genesee Community College’s Advanced Studies program were finalists for Outstanding Scholar Awards. The awardees were announced at a ceremony and reception on Tuesday, June 3, in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee’s Batavia campus.

Advanced Studies is part of the College’s ACE program, or Accelerated College Enrollment, and allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit from Genesee while attending class within their high school. High school teachers approved as Genesee adjunct faculty teach all Advanced Studies courses. Some of the most enterprising young students earn enough transferable Advanced Studies credit to enter their first year of college as sophomores.

“The Advanced Studies program allows students to make the most of the junior and senior high school years,” Ed Levinstein, Associate Dean of the ACE Program said. “They lighten their academic load of classes in their freshman year of college, and also save significantly in tuition costs.”

The 24 finalists were selected from 48 semi-finalists in the five subject areas of mathematics, science, social science, foreign language, and English. A committee of academic professionals from Genesee Community College selected the following award winners, listed by subject area along with their local school district:

ENGLISH Anne Palermo, Batavia; Angelica Schmitter, Keshequa; Joelle Lutz, Wayland-Cohocton; Noelle Barber, Attica

FOREIGN LANGUAGE Serina Brady, Springville Griffith Institute; Alcina Lidder, Batavia; Alyson Poole, Caledonia-Mumford; Noelle Barber, Attica

MATHEMATICS Morgan Wall, Notre Dame; Melissa Homner, York; Abigail Oakes, Lyndonville; Amy Quanz, Wayland-Cohocton; Peter Kosek, Attica; Erin Asquith, Pioneer

SCIENCE Brittany Boyce, Alden; Daniel Crossen, Oakfield-Alabama; Jordan Vokes, Caledonia-Mumford; Benjamin Wadhams, Albion; Amy Quanz, Wayland-Cohocton; Melanie Bonarski, Perry

SOCIAL SCIENCE Jessica Page, Alden; Sarah Rosner, Dansville; Lucas Wong, Newfane; Amanda Klafehn, Kendall; Darcy James, Letchworth; Sarah-Elizabeth Rindo, Notre Dame

For more information about the Advanced Studies program at Genesee Community College, call 585-345-6801. Please note: An additional, sidebar story about Batavia High School senior Alicina Lidder, with her plans to travel abroad this summer before she starts at Northwestern University is also available and has been sent separately.

Editor’s note: A group photograph of all the Outstanding Scholars is available upon request. Please contact Donna Rae Sutherland, Associate Director of Marketing Communications, at 585-343-0055 x6616.