Marwa Eltagouri of Grand Island, a magazine journalism major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and political science major in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, has been selected as one of 35 students to be a Remembrance Scholar.

The $5,000 scholarships were founded as a tribute to – and means of remembering – the 35 Syracuse University students who were killed in the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The students, who were returning from a semester of study in London and Florence, were among 270 people who perished in the bombing. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

Remembrance Scholars, who are chosen in their junior year, write three essays as part of a comprehensive application, and finalists are interviewed by members of the selection committee, composed of university faculty, staff and students. The $5,000 scholarships are awarded on the basis of distinguished academic achievement, citizenship and service to the community.

The 2013-14 Remembrance Scholars were recognized during a convocation Friday in Hendricks Chapel on the campus.


Joey Szadek III, 14, a member of Boy Scout Troop 457 in Williamsville, completed his Eagle Project at Clarence Town Park. The roofing project entailed reshingling and painting the 26- by 33-foot pavilion. The troop also beautified the park by cleaning up trash around the lake and pulling weeds out of the flower beds along Main Street.


Danielle Dowling was officially honored as part of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band during a ceremony held earlier this month at Orchard Park High School. She was presented an honorary jacket in front of family, friends, fellow musicians and classmates by local soldiers.

She joins the ranks of an elite group of 125 musicians and color guard members from across the country who will showcase their talent during a halftime performance at the nationally broadcast U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 4, 2014. Band members are selected for excellence in music, performance, loyalty and integrity.


Emily Geiger was awarded a scholarship from the Vein Treatment Centers of Williamsville and Clarence for a 10-day trip to Zambia, South Africa, to work with HIV/AIDS prevention services.

Emily is a sophomore at Orchard Park High School and plans to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner.

Emily’s sister, Nichole, received the same scholarship two years ago for HIV/AIDS prevention in Zambia. She is a freshman at Daemen College.

The Geiger sisters are active with the Wesleyan Church in Orchard Park.


The 67th Buffalo International Horse Show, held at the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, was dedicated to Marta K. Hiczewski in recognition of her hard work and support over the years.

Hiczewski, who co-chaired this year’s event and also chaired last year’s event, has been a member of the center’s board of directors for many years and also serves as secretary of Cradle Beach’s board of directors.

The Buffalo International Horse Show attracts riders and owners from throughout the Northeast as well as Western New York. Proceeds from the event benefit the therapeutic riding center, which offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 6 to 16.


The Park School appointed Carol S. Hasagawa and Francis A. “Frank” Soda to three-year terms on its board of trustees.

Hasagawa, the parent of three Park alumni and host parent to several international students, has been an active volunteer and committee member at Park for nearly 20 years. She has served as a consultant to the International Student Program since 2011, and on the board of visitors since 2012. She is a published author with articles appearing in the Vocational Guidance Quarterly and Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Soda, a middle school and upper school history teacher at Park from 1977 to 1987, also served as director of college placement and director of the Upper School and is a member of Park’s board of visitors. He was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission in 2012 and has served on the Niagara Falls City Council, Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center board of trustees and Niagara Catholic High School board of trustees.


John H. Knab, supervisor of the Wyoming County town of Sheldon, was honored for graduating from the New York State Association of Counties’ Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute at a ceremony last month at the group’s fall seminar in Saratoga Springs.

The institute is an educational program established by association in conjunction with Cornell University.

Knab has served in county government for 14 years as town supervisor and a member of the county Board of Supervisors.