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Twenty-six Outstanding Scholars Receive Awards in Genesee’s Advanced Studies Program

June 02, 2014

1st Row: M. Spink, A. Pangrazio, L. Cisco, S. Kunker, J. Goodhue 2nd Row: C. Jones, B. Murphy, A. Feldman, J. Kersch, G. Kotas, M. Minotti; 3rd Row: T. Barrett, A. Monteleone, J. Stanek

Batavia, New York—Twenty-six students from across Western New York were the finalists for Outstanding Scholar Awards in Genesee Community College’s Advanced Studies program. The awardees were honored at a ceremony and reception, Wednesday, May 28, 2014 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.

This year’s Outstanding Scholars Award program featured a keynote address by Robert Knipe, a lifelong advocate of higher education and community colleges, and GCC’s recently retired dean of learning technologies. Knipe reflected not only on his 23 years of service at GCC, but also starting his career as a teacher and being a community college graduate himself. He advised the students that success in any field demands preparation, creativity and hard work. Knipe continues his work as an educational consultant, and serving several regional civic organizations including playing the French horn with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and the Batavia Concert Band.

“The Outstanding Scholars Awards Ceremony is always a wonderful evening as Advanced Studies students are recognized for their achievements with their families. Celebrating their hard work is one of the greatest pleasures of my job,” Ed Levinstein, associate dean of the ACE Program said. “The ACE program really helps students with their professional growth and career success, while saving their parents significant tuition dollars.”

The 26 finalists were selected from more than 165 nominations 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 school within their subject areas:


Courtney Jones ~ Batavia High School

Katie Pummel ~ Dansville High School

Olivia Fish ~ Monroe #2 BOCES

Abigail Feldman ~ Lyndonville High School

Michael Spink ~ Attica High School


Kaitlyn Nowak ~ Alden High School

Lucas Audsley ~ Byron-Bergen High School

Briar-Rose Murphy~ Avon High School

Alise Pangrazio ~ Albion High School

Thomas Finnigan III ~ Attica High School


Gerald Kotas ~  Alden High School

Tyler Barrett ~ Notre Dame High School

Joseph Goodhue ~ Caledonia-Mumford High School

Martha Smith ~ Albion High School

Jacob Stanek ~ Attica High School


Mathew Minotti ~ Alden High School

Tyler Barrett ~ Notre Dame High School

Lindsay Piraino ~ Keshequa High School

Shelby Kunker ~ Holley High School

Anthony Monteleone ~ Warsaw High School


Jordan Kersch ~ Alden High School

Tyler Barrett ~ Notre Dame High School

Lily Cisco~ Livonia High School

Benjamin Kaiser ~ Barker High School

Brett Zicari ~ Albion High School

Renae Gozelski~  Letchworth High School

GCC’s Faces of ACE campaign was part of this year’s pre- and post-ceremonies. College photographers were 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

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Editor’s note: For a photograph of the finalists who attended the award ceremony please go to:

1st Row: Michael Spink, Alise Pangrazio, Lily Cisco, Shelby Kunker, Joseph Goodhue

2nd Row: Courtney Jones, Briar-Rose Murphy, Abigail Feldman, Jordan Kersch, Gerald Kotas, Matthew Minotti; 3rd Row: Tyler Barrett, Anthony Monteleone, Jacob Stanek