Genesee Honors ACE Students at Outstanding Scholars Awards Ceremony

The best and brightest regional high school students in Genesee Community College's Advanced Studies classes will be honored on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at 7:00pm.

Batavia, New York— The best and brightest regional high school students in Genesee Community College’s Advanced Studies classes will be honored on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at 7:00pm. Advanced Studies is part of the College’s ACE Programs, or Accelerated College Enrollment, and allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit from Genesee while attending class within their high school. More than 100 students from high schools throughout Western New York were named semi-finalists for the Outstanding Scholars award, which recognizes academic achievements.

“Advanced Studies classes allow high school students to get a head start on their college careers,” Ed Levinstein, associate dean of the ACE Program said. “Some of the most enterprising young students earn enough transferable Advanced Studies credits to enter their first year of college as sophomores.”

The students were selected as semi-finalists in the five subject areas of mathematics, science, social science, foreign language, and English after being nominated by their teachers. A committee of academic professionals from Genesee Community College will select the finalists, who will be announced during the ceremony. High school faculty members, who act as adjunct college instructors during the program, as well as the families of these exceptional students, will also be congratulated for their dedication and encouragement.

Loren Penman, a retired local educator whose career spanned more than 35 years, will deliver the keynote address to the ACE scholars. Over the course of her professional life, Ms. Penman has worked as a building principal and central office administrator and taught middle and high school English in Batavia, Elba, Gates Chili, Oakfield-Alabama, Webster, West Irondequoit and Byron-Bergen school districts. She also shared her expertise with students enrolled in Notre Dame High School and the BOCES program. Ms. Penman’s immersion in education included serving in various capacities on a number of prestigious committees and boards, including the SUNY Brockport College Council, the Genesee County Youth Board, Genesee Region Citizen Corps Council, Genesee County Juvenile Justice Committee and the GCC Tech Prep Advisory Board. She also remains an active member of the Delta Kappa Gamma honor society and the Gillam Grant Community Center.

The ACE Outstanding Scholars ceremony will also recognize the following teachers who have been an integral part of the program for ten years:

•Joseph Burnett, GVB Batavia
•David Dickson, Pavilion High School
•Dan Freeman, Caledonia-Mumford High School
•Dora Hayes, Hilton High School
•Ellen Heed, Kendall High School
•Mark Herman, Attica High School
•John King, Kendall High School
•Russ Mosher, Livonia High School
•Celestine Stores, Warsaw High School

GCC’s Faces of ACE campaign will be part of this year’s pre- and post-ceremonies. College photographers will be on hand to take group and individual pictures of any ACE student (and their families) who would like to celebrate their academic success on Facebook and the ACE website.

For more information about the Advanced Studies program at Genesee Community College,
call 585-345-6801 or visit www.genesee.edu/ACE.

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