Sarah Philomena Appleton (Phillie)

A 2009 graduate of the Kadimah School, Sarah Philomena Appleton (Phillie), continued her education at Buffalo Seminary. She started at the University at Buffalo this fall.

Phillie’s love of learning is evident in her classes. She is lively and engaged as she wrestles with the subject matter. Teachers remark “Phillie was a leader in the classroom … I was always impressed by her ability to think of solutions to problems in a nontraditional matter.” Her favorite subject is history and consequently loves to travel since the opportunity presents itself to learn about history and the people who make it.

Phillie plays the violin and piano, sings in the glee club and recently has taken up riding

Autumn Capodicasa

Autumn graduated from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Orchard Park in 2009 and continued on to Nardin Academy. She earned her way into rigorous courses where her commitment and hard work earned her high honors, induction into the National Honor Society and a National Merit Commended Scholar in 2013. Her teachers describe her as self-motivated, independent and kind.

Outside the classroom, Autumn was an active participant in the Italian Club, Go Green Club and the Grandfriends Club.

She is a first generation college student, which makes her that more cognizant of and grateful for her educational opportunities. Accepted Early Decision, Autumn started at New York University this fall, majoring in Media, Culture, and Communications.

Autumn is thankful to the BISON Fund for the educational opportunities she was given. She credits her education for granting her the opportunity to attend her dream school, NYU.

Keith Carter

A 2009, graduate of St. Joseph’s University, Keith continued his education at Cardinal O’Hara high school. He was a dedicated student and athlete, participating in Football and Basketball. His dedication emerged among his teammates, being named Most Improved Player in basketball and the Captain of the Football team. His favorite class was economics, which taught him real world money management skills.

His other activities included Boy Scouts, Campus Ministry, and summer employment at area summer youth programs.

Keith graduated from Cardinal O’Hara and is currently studying Criminal Justice at Buffalo State College. He chose this major to help others and make the world a better place.

Keith credits the BISON Fund for helping him get to where he is today.

Lawrence Williams

Lawrence graduated from St. Joseph’s University and continued his academic career at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. Lawrence took advantage of all that a St. Joe’s education has to offer. His teachers described him as having effective time management skills, strong work ethic, and being able to work well in group situations.

In addition to his academic courses, he was a member of both the football and track & field team. His extra-curricular activities included the Big Brothers Program, French Club, and various volunteer work.

At St. Joe’s Lawrence was known for his quiet, positive, and polite demeanor. He was the type of student who worked toward the “group goal” without ever expecting any recognition.

Lawrence started this fall at the University of Hartford.