Twenty-nine students from across Western New York were the finalists for 32 Outstanding Scholar Awards in Genesee Community College’s Advanced Studies program. The awardees were announced at a ceremony and reception on Wednesday, June 2, in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee’s Batavia campus. Keynote speaker for the evening was Joan Cole, superintendent of Elba Central School.
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.
“We’re delighted we could make this a special evening and event for the families of some of the best and brightest students from our region,” Karen Wilk program specialist for the ACE Program said. “The addition of the keynote address by Joan Cole was engaging and motivating to the students, and recognizing the long-serving efforts of the high school faculty helped make the event a great success.”
The 29 finalists were selected from 66 semi-finalists in the five subject areas of mathematics, science, social science, foreign language, and English. As in years past, a committee of academic professionals from Genesee Community College selected the following award winners, listed by subject area and high school:
Carissa HydeBatavia High
Kimberly ZimmerGates Chili
Wendy WhiteWayland Cohocton
Shelby CrossByron Bergen
Emily LimingCaledonia Mumford
Kristen BondiWayland Cohocton
Alexander ChichesterMt. Morris
Kevin BeulerOakfield Alabama
Kevin BeulerOakfield Alabama
Steven ConradWayland Cohocton
Molly Witter York
Samuel WilliamsLima Christian
Taylor BriscoNorthstar Christian
Jacob GriffinNotre Dame
“This year we also took the opportunity to recognize and thank our ACE teachers who commit their time to teaching these courses,” Ed Levinstein, Associate Dean of ACE programs said. “We have many instructors who have been teaching Advanced Studies courses for over 10 years and we commend them for their dedication. Each of them has helped hundreds of students get a head start on their college educations, saving them both time and money.”
For more information about the Advanced Studies program at Genesee Community College,
call 585-345-6801 or go to www.genesee.edu/ACE.
Editor’s Note: A photograph of the Outstanding Scholars who attended the ceremony at Genesee Community College on June 2 is available at:
Pictured from left to right: Front row- Wendy White, Shelby Cross, Rachael Farley, Cora Mason, Margaret Feldman, Carissa Hyde, Emily Liming, and Kristen Bondi. Back row- James Schuler, Ethan Morrissey, Samuel Williams, Steven Conrad, Jacob Griffin, Erin Colburn, Brandon Cole and Mark Heath.
A photograph of keynote speaker Joan Cole, retiring Superintendent of Elba Central Schools:
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