Niagara Gazette — • JOSHUA KNEELAND, Newfane High School – Kneeland has taken drawing, studio art, sculpting, advertisement in art and computer graphics. He is a member of band (librarian), the National Honor Society, advisory board, varsity club, and varisty football, basketball and baseball. He will be attending Cedarville University and will major in graphic design.
• JOY HUANG, Niagara Falls High School – Huang is a clarinet player in the concert and marching bands and a piano player for the jazz band. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Masterminds, Donate Life Club and foreign language club. She is class Valedictorian and will be attending the University of Pittsburgh on a full tuition scholarship majoring in biomedical engineering.
• MEGAN HELD, Starpoint High School – Held has taken digital photography, advanced digital photography and plays clarinet in the band. She is a member of the musical club (treasurer), band (secretary), Donate Life (treasurer), Diocesan Youth Board, Parish Youth Group Leader, field hockey and track. She is a recipient of “Do the Right Thing” (2013), Gilbride Award (2011), and Altar Server of the Year Award (2013). She will be attending Niagara University on an economic grant and academic scholarship majoring in hospitality and hotel management.
• LEAH PERKINS, Barker High School – Perkins plays the trombone for the jazz band, concert band and musical productions at school. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Donate Life Club, varsity soccer (treasurer), varsity swim team (treasurer) and has also been awarded the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award. Leah will be attending Biola University studying interdisciplinary education and intercultural studies.
• JACOB PAYNE, Lewiston-Porter High School – Payne has made all-county symphonic band 2013, area all-state symphony orchestra 2012, area all-state symphonic band 2013, and conference all-State symphonic band 2013. He has won the MacKenzie Highlanders’ Pipe Band 2014 Scholarship, Niagara County Educators’ Association 2014 scholarship and the Daria Kuriscak Memorial scholarship. Jacob is snare drummer in MacKenzie Highlander’s Pipe Band and has a second degree black belt in Karate. He will be attending SUNY Fredonia majoring in music performance in percussion.