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High school STEM grads earn GCC degrees | Lifestyles

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College celebrated its 54th annual Commencement Ceremony with a group of 15 students from area high schools and homeschools deserving special mention.

The students completed their GCC degree requirements concurrently with their high school diplomas or New York State Equivalents. The 15 graduates participated in the fourth annual cohort of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Enrichment Program through GCC’s Accelerated College Enrollment Office.

High school students earning GCC degrees included: Alexander Wright of Perry; Chase Graham of Alexander; Corden Zimmerman of Byron-Bergen; Elizabeth McCarthy of Batavia; Elli Schelemanow of Byron-Bergen; Jordyn Tobolski of Oakfield; Katarina Luker of Alexander; McKenna Johnson of Oakfield; Megan Zakes of Medina; Rebecca Clemens of Lyndonville; Samantha Nusstein of Attica; Sarah Volpe of Elba; Sophie Fulton of Batavia; Homeschoolers Zachary Neal, Bethany Faben and Markus Faben.

Emily Harling of Albion did not take part in the STEM Enrichment Program, but did earn a GCC degree alongside her high school diploma.

The STEM Enrichment program began in 2012, allowing students to start their college studies as early as the seventh grade. In addition to traditional schoolwork, students enrolled in college-level coursework each year taking advantage of many academic opportunities and successfully completing all of the requirements to earn an associate degree.

“Once again this year, we are delighted to celebrate the achievements of our STEM program students who have worked hard to earn GCC degrees along with their high school diplomas, or the New York State Equivalent in the case of our homeschooled students,” said Ed. Levinstein, associate dean of GCC’s ACE program, in a news release. “I commend their hard work and dedication to their studies, as well as the excellent contributions they make to GCC’s classes and college community.”

Genesee Community College’s 54th annual Commencement Ceremony took place May 21 with an in-person ceremony at the Richard C. Call Arena and featured as keynote speaker Daniel P. Ireland, president of United Memorial Medical Center.

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