BROCTON - Brocton Central School recently hosted the first Business Education Scholarship Test (BEST) competition. Established in August of last year, the BEST scholarship program aims to develop 21st Century skills in northern Chautauqua County students helping to prepare them for life after high school.
The two most qualified students from participating area schools competed for the scholarship. Selected to participate in this year's competition included: Jessica Putcher and Anthony Riforgiato from Brocton, Tara Hunt and Abdullah Khalil from Chautauqua Lake, Connor Aitcheson and Agape Berekah from Dunkirk, and Joseph Conti and Alyssa Vianese from Fredonia. Serving as judges were Diane Hannum from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation; Ellen Luczkowiak from First Niagara Bank, and Travis Heiser from Inner Lakes Federal Credit Union.
Winners of the competition are Connor Aitcheson, Joseph Conti, Anthony Riforigato and Alyssa Vianese. Each will receive a BEST scholarship. Congratulations to the winners and to all students who were chosen to participate.
Diane Hannum (left) delivers scholarship checks to Alyssa Vianese, Joseph Conti, Connor Aitcheson and Anthony Riforigato along with Diane Eades, Coordinator & Business Teacher at Brocton Central School (far right).
The NCCF is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is committed to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and community leadership. Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $9.4 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County. For more information, visit www.nccfoundation.org.