Niagara Gazette


May 5, 2013

Meet your 2013 Hewitt Award nominees

Niagara Gazette —

The 48th Annual Thomas E. Hewitt Awards Dinner will be held this evening at Niagara County Community College, honoring 18 local scholar-athletes representing nine area schools.

This year's dinner, which is named in memory of the late Niagara Gazette city editor, will include the presentation of $2,000 scholarships to the top male and female candidates as determined by a panel of judges. In addition, each student will receive a $100 award for their nomination.

Here are this year's honorees and finalists.

Jessica Brownschidle of Grand Island High School has a 5.706 non-weighted grade point average. She is actively involved with SABAH and SABAH hockey, the Donate Life Club and the Interact Club. She is a volunteer with the City Mission Soup Kitchen and is a power skating and youth soccer coach. Jessica has earned a New York State scholarship for Academic Excellence, three Scholar-Athlete Awards while participating in varsity sports, and an AP Scholar Award for academic excellence. Very involved in Grand Island athletics, she was a member of the varsity volleyball team as well as the varsity track and field team. She was voted “Athlete of the Year” by the Grand Island High School Coaches as a junior and was voted “Most Athletic” by her Senior Class. Outside of school she is captain of the Under-19 Buffalo Bisons Tier-1 Girl’s Travel hockey team. She currently participates in snowboarding and wakeboarding and has also participated in karate, baseball and basketball. The daughter of Donna Finney and Lee Brownschidle, Jessica will attend and play women's hockey at Middlebury College beginning this fall.

Margaret Dorian of Lewiston-Porter High School has a 99.58 weighted average. She is the president of the National Honor Society, a historian of the National Science Honor Society, a Member of the Business and Marketing Honor Society of New York State and has been the class president for four years, including her current senior class. Through academic excellence, Margaret has earned high honors all four years of high school, an AP Scholar Award and a George Eastman Young Leaders Award. In the community Margaret is involved in a number of activities including Leadership for Youth of Niagara, a volunteer with Niagara Pioneer Soccer, and Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara. She is also a member of the Varsity Club, Key Club and Lancer Council and was the Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Queen this past year. She is the captain of the varsity soccer team and varsity basketball team. She also participates in orchestra where she plays the violin. Margaret has applied to Miami of Ohio, Bowling Green and SUNY Binghamton in pursuit of becoming a certified public accountant. She is the daughter of Marcia and Robert Dorian.

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