For Immediate Release – Dec. 3, 2003

RUSH-HENRIETTA GRAD RECEIVES

SUNY GENESEO VANARSDALE SCHOLARSHIP

GENESEO, N.Y. – Peter Zachary Tichacek, a graduate of Rush-Henrietta High School and a freshman business administration major in the SUNY Geneseo Jones School of Business, has been selected to receive the $1,000 Charles VanArsdale Scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Tichacek, who graduated in the top 15 percent of his senior class, accomplished an outstanding academic record in high school with a 92.5 grade-point average and an SAT score of 1290. He was named to the National Honor Society in three consecutive years: 2001, 2002, and 2003.

While in high school, Tichacek served on the Class Council, participated in Science Olympiad, played viola in the school’s symphony orchestra for four years, and played on the Varsity Tennis Team for four years. He was in the Debate Club, and acted at Geva Theatre’s productions of "A Christmas Carol" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."

In addition to his strong academic record and extracurricular activities, Tichacek received two prestigious "Invent America" awards for his creativeness, one for designing a pulley system to enable his wheelchair-assisted mother to open her car trunk, and another for a device to provide access to smoke alarms mounted high up on walls.

As a result of the invention of these two devices, Tichacek was invited by Chip Holt, Xerox Chief Engineer in Research and Development, to spend a day with scientists and researchers at the company’s research labs in Webster. He also participated with other high school seniors in an Internet Discussion Forum, which was webcast worldwide.

Along with his educational and special academic achievements, Tichacek made time for extensive community service as a volunteer at Catholic Charities, Rotary Interact, and the Town of Henrietta Youth Group. Additionally, he received certification as a Red Cross Lifeguard.

A student with a strong interest in entrepreneurism, Tichacek is majoring in business administration and marketing, and, after graduation, plans to establish his own business to create new products from idea, to design, to manufacturing and marketing.

The Charles VanArsdale Scholarship was established five years ago by the Bank of Castile to provide an annual $1,000 scholarship to an area high school senior enrolling at SUNY Geneseo to pursue a career in business.

The scholarship offers recognition to VanArsdale, a former president of the Bank of Castile, for his interest in developing new business leaders and community service.

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