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South Salem Student Helps WCC Win Accolade

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – Ben Grobe, a South Salem student at Westchester Community College (WCC), along with his fellow events board members at the school, was named a winner of the Excellence in Programming Award, the region’s top award for a student activity group.

The National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Northeast Conference named the Westchester Events Board (WEB) as the recipient of the 2011 Excellence in Programming Award earlier this month. Westchester Community College was recognized by NACA for having the best student-run programming board and student events in the Northeast region of the United States.

In attendance at the recent awards ceremony were more than 1,200 individuals representing 160 regional institutions. Sixteen schools were named finalists for the awards. Westchester was the only community college in the finals.

“While our students may have been underdogs going into the competition, they impressed the judges with their professional presentation demonstrating the programming board’s outstanding operating structure, adherence to mission, and ability to plan, promote, execute and assess quality programs to serve the diverse student body,” said Patrick Hennessey, a spokesman for the school. “Of particular note is when you consider that WEB is only in its second year of existence at the college, and they were competing against very seasoned programming boards with decades of history and experience behind them. This is quite an achievement.”

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