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New class of student leaders announced

ORCHARD PARK, NY - The Buffalo Bills and Time Warner Cable announced that 28 high school students have been selected for the 2008-09 Buffalo Bills Time Warner Cable Student Leaders program.

The program, designed to provide students with unique experiences that will develop leadership skills in preparation for their continuing education, is open to students who will be juniors or seniors as of September 2008.

During the months of April and May interested students completed an application that included an essay. The essay topic asked the candidates to describe a situation in which they have demonstrated leadership. Finalists were then interviewed during the month of June.

As part of the program, the Buffalo Bills and Time Warner Cable will be hosting monthly meetings with the selected students from August through February. At these meetings the Student Leaders will learn about a variety of careers and meet professionals within local business and community organizations. The Student Leaders will also have the opportunity to volunteer at Buffalo Bills home games, work with different community groups, assist various Buffalo Bills departments and serve as Buffalo Bills / Time Warner Cable ambassadors at their school.

"We are excited to announce this deserving class of Buffalo Bills Time Warner Student Leaders," stated Gretchen Geitter, Bills vice president of community relations. "We are pleased to partner with Time Warner Cable on this important initiative that provides leadership guidance for the future leaders of tomorrow."

"Time Warner Cable supports education in our community through various donations and partnerships. Working with the Bills on the Student Leader program not only provides high school students with a view of how a professional football team is run but also instills a true sense of the importance of volunteerism in our community. When these students leave the program they are empowered to make a real contribution and become true leaders," said Robin L. Wolfgang, Buffalo Division Vice President of Public and Government Affairs, Time Warner Cable.

Student (High School)
Joseph Tretter (Akron High School)
Derek Delzer (Alden High School)
David Forsythe (Allegany-Limestone High School)
Bryant Alexander (Burgard High School)
Brian Adams (Canisius High School)
Whit Mittlefehldt (Canisius High School)
Mitchell Narbe (Christian Central Academy)
Shalin Nohria (Clarence High School)
Kyle Zurawski (Dunkirk High School)
Zach Braunscheidel (Eden High School)
Grace Azcarate (Ellicottville High School)
Mariah D'Amato (Hamburg High School)
Bridget Kruszka (Immaculata Academy)
Kelsey Cox (Kenmore East)
Kyle Blask (Lancaster High School)
Leah Clancy (Mt. Mercy Academy)
Jackie April (Orchard Park High School)
Andrew Brydges (Orchard Park High School)
David Goltz (Orchard Park High School)
Brittany Symkowski (Pembroke High School)
Megan Osinski (Pittsford-Mendon High School)
Bradley Michael (Moss Spencerport High School)
Ted DiRienzo (St. Francis High School)
Kevin Schwab (St. Joseph Collegiate Institute)
Steven Wrobel (St. Mary's High School)
Amanda Pughakoff (West Seneca East High School)
Janelle Marie Stojkiewicz (West Seneca East High School)
Colin Potter (Williamsville North High School)

Time Warner Cable utilizes innovative technology, a fully upgraded fiber-based network and a commitment to increased choice to create value for our customers. Presently, Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems passing approximately 26 million homes in 33 states with 14.6 million customers who subscribed to one or more of its video, high- speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable delivers customers the choice of such advanced products as FREE HD channels, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, Road Runner high-speed internet service and digital home phone. Locally, Time Warner Cable serves 330,000 customers and has 1,200 employees throughout Western New York. Channel 13, the only local origination channel, offers customers a window to the world of high school and college sports and can only be found on cable. For more information, please visit or call 1-816-771-6249.

Founded in 1959, the Buffalo Bills are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills have won two American Football League (AFL) Championships (1964 - 1965) and won an NFL record four straight AFC Championships (1990 - 1993) that included four trips to the Super Bowl. The Bills are a progressive organization and pride themselves on the regionalization of their team. They hold their training camp in Rochester, NY and will be the first NFL team ever to play a home game in Canada with the Bills Toronto Series that begins this season. As Western New York's top-rated sports and entertainment choice, the Bills annually entertain nearly one million fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, produce the region's number-one rated sports television programming, have one of the NFL's largest fan clubs with the Bills Backers, and host the most visited team website in Western New York. For more Bills information, please visit or call (716) 648-1800.

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