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Josh Wooldridge, a physical education major at Niagara County Community College, recently became the first community college student ever selected to serve on the Executive Council of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance when he was named the president-elect of the future professionals section.

The council is responsible for setting policy, determining the location for the annual conference and establishing the conference program.

Wooldridge, who also serves as president of the NCCC Physical Education Majors Club, is originally from Booneville, Miss., and lives in Niagara Falls.

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Winners of the 2014 Young Writers Short Story Contest sponsored by the Newfane Free Library were announced at a recent event in the library, where the authors read their short works of fiction to the audience. The program offers budding authors from pre-school through eighth grade the opportunity to be recognized and share their works of original fiction.

The eight winners and their stories are:

Kayli Press, “Me and My Dog”; Paige Miller, “I Help My Dad at Work”; Mason Renz, “Danny’s Cool Adventure”; Jonathan Clarcq, “The Fuzzies Saved the Day”; Elliana Meyers, “The Two Friends”; Ethan Bronschidle, “The Awesome Alleghany Camping Trip”; Lyndsey Wilson, “My Hero”; and Carissa Clarcq, “Chester the Pig.”

A copy of each of the winners’ stories will be included in the library’s Young Writer’s Book of Fame for all time.

“The Young Writer’s Short Story Contest entries were a delight to read,” said Kris DeGlopper-Banks, library director. “The stories written by the children are not allowed to include illustrations in this competition, so the stories must stand on their own. All of the entrants did a great job, which made it very difficult to choose our winners.”

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The Orleans/Niagara BOCES Licensed Practical Nursing program has been ranked third out of 77 state-approved LPN programs in New York State. The ranking was determined by the results of the NCLEX-PN exam, which is used by state boards of nursing around the country for testing proficiency and granting licenses. The rates determine how well a school is preparing their students for a career in practical nursing.

“We could not be happier,” said Orleans/Niagara BOCES nursing coordinator Karen Kwandrans. “I think the rating definitely reflects the quality of our program and instructors. They do an amazing job with our adult students preparing them for a career in nursing. We had a passing rate of 97.76 percent, and we are very proud of our students and all their hard work.”

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Air Force Reserve Airman Joseph S. Hansen graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Hansen is the son of Christina and Stephen Hansen of Sanborn. He is a 2013 graduate of Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School, Sanborn.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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