GCC Celebrates 6th Grade Math Science Scholars of the Year

The best and brightest sixth grade math and science minds in the GLOW region were honored during an awards breakfast at Genesee Community College today.

Batavia, NY-The best and brightest sixth grade math and science minds in the GLOW region were honored during an awards breakfast at Genesee Community College today.

In February, school districts across the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming County region nominated 70 students for the inaugural cohort of the Math Science Preparatory Program at Genesee Community College. Embedded within the competitive application process was an opportunity for two students to earn a full scholarship to Math Science Preparatory Program at GCC for their first year in the program. Two students were selected from among 21 Scholar of the Year finalists to win the first-ever award, and all the finalists were recognized today, May 29, 2012 during an awards breakfast at GCC. The scholarship winners and 2012 Inaugural Math Science Scholars of the Year are Triton Adamski of Pembroke Central School and Kiera Gross of Pavilion Central School.

Triton Adamski earned the highest score in the competition by performing exceptionally well on the competitive placement examination (placing into college-level mathematics). Combined with his excellent classroom grades in math and science, a thoughtful essay on the role of LEGOS ® in the better understanding of math and science, and an educational Powerpoint presentation, Triton clearly earned top honors. Triton also received awards for reading and character, and has been asked to tutor younger students in reading and math. He is an active member in team sports, his school’s band, and the SADD club at Pembroke. Triton’s mother, Denise Adamski, told the ACE program that he is looking forward to a wonderful and challenging experience at Genesee Community College.

Kiera Gross demonstrated an exceptional understanding of the scientific method with her essay about the use of crash test dummies in safety experiments. An active sixth grader at Pavilion Central School, Kiera is a member of PageTurners, as well as 6th Grade Band and Chorus. Kiera is also a black stripe belt at Cain’s Taekwondo Academy, where she is a member of SMAC Competition Team and GOLD (Guidance on Leadership Development) Team. She also helps run craft activities for kids in grades 1-4 in Kids Count Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at Akron Free Methodist Church, and Kiera is a Cadette Girl Scout and a member of 4H. She enjoys caring for animals, camping, and making her own science experiments.

ACE program specialist Karlyn M. Finucane says she and other members of the GCC ACE team are looking forward to working with all of the students who were nominated for the Math Science Preparatory award throughout the next several years. “While the inaugural cohort was limited to 48 students, the over-all quality of the applicants and overwhelming interest expressed by the community for this type of program has prompted the research and development of several additional math and science enrichment opportunities to meet the educational needs of our region’s top performing students,” says Ms. Finucane.

In alphabetical order, students nominated by their school districts for the Math Science Preparatory Program include:
•Jamie Ackerman from Warsaw Middle/High School â—¦
•Triton Adamski from Pembroke Central School *â—¦§
•Alex Bellaire from Warsaw Middle/High School â—¦
•Landon Bish from Oakfield-Alabama Middle School *
•Anthony Brandl from Akron Central School â—¦ *
•Logan Cadieux from Oakfield-Alabama Middle School *â—¦§
•Matt Cicero from Warsaw Middle/High School â—¦ *
•Kim Davis from Pavilion Central School â—¦
•Cassandra DeLelys from Elba Central School â—¦
•Charles Fischer from Akron Central School *â—¦§
•Trevor Fitzgibbon from Alexander Central School *â—¦§
•Amaya Frost from Warsaw Middle/High School
•Samantha Gibbs from Alexander Central School
•Cassidy Graham from Alexander Central School â—¦
•Kiera Gross from Pavilion Central School *â—¦§
•Carrie Hathaway from Warsaw Middle/High School â—¦
•Cameron Hausfelder from Alexander Central School *
•Gabrielle Havens from Batavia Middle School *
•Kelsey Hilburger from Elba Central School â—¦ *
•Jack Hill from Medina Central School *â—¦§
•Sara Hoefler from Akron Central School â—¦
•Madison Hoerbelt from Batavia Middle School
•Lauren Hume from Alexander Central School â—¦
•Ethan Hutchins from Batavia Middle School *â—¦§
•Tara Jagodzinski from Pavilion Central School *â—¦§
•Chloe Karmazyn from Akron Central School *â—¦§
•Logan Kellogg from Oakfield-Alabama Middle School
•Toby Kiebala from Medina Central School *â—¦§
•Hannah Kitchell from Akron Central School *â—¦§
•Jora Kusmierski from Alexander Central School
•Anthony Lazzazero from Akron Central School *â—¦§
•Jay Lewis from Batavia Middle School *
•Nathan Loria from Batavia Middle School â—¦ *
•Michal Lullo from Batavia Middle School *
•Benjamin MacConnell from Warsaw Middle/High School *
•Joseph Marchese from Batavia Middle School
•Brandon Meek from Akron Central School â—¦ *
•Aaron Michalak from Batavia Middle School *â—¦§
•Christa Moscicki from Batavia Middle School
•Madison Murray from Batavia Middle School â—¦
•Jason Normandin from Pavilion Central School â—¦ *
•Callee Norton from Elba Central School â—¦
•Abigail Nunn from Akron Central School â—¦ *
•Anand Patel from Batavia Middle School *
•Benjamin Pflaumer from Elba Central School â—¦
•Mackenzie Post from Warsaw Middle/High School
•Justina Pruski from Oakfield-Alabama Middle School â—¦ *
•Lauren Reding from Oakfield-Alabama Middle School â—¦ *
•Erik Scharlau from Alexander Central School
•Kylie Schlagenhauf from Oakfield-Alabama Middle School â—¦
•Jordyn Schmidt from Batavia Middle School
•Trevor Schoonover from Pavilion Central School â—¦
•Chloe Schrier from Pavilion Central School â—¦
•Cori Shearing from Letchworth Central School District â—¦
•Edward Skalny from Batavia Middle School *â—¦§
•Benjamin Slenker from Alexander Central School *â—¦§
•Job Smith from Alexander Central School â—¦
•Elijah Sones from Medina Central School *â—¦§
•Hannah Sones from Medina Central School *â—¦§
•Ethan Stone from Pembroke Central School *â—¦§
•Nicholas Ventola from St. Joseph's School *â—¦§
•Grace Vogler from Pembroke Central School *â—¦§
•Stephen Wagner from Akron Central School *â—¦§
•Brittney Webb from Warsaw Middle/High School
•Moira Werner from St. Joseph's School â—¦
•Emma Whalen from Pavilion Central School â—¦
•Grace Wolf from Warsaw Middle/High School
•Christopher Wright from Warsaw Middle/High School
•Claire Zickl from Batavia Middle School *â—¦§
•Bethany Zwolinski from Pembroke Central School â—¦

Key:
* Accepted for Math Science Preparatory Program
â—¦ Nominated for Math Science Scholar of the Year Award
§ Award Finalist.

 

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