Niagara Falls Schools Alumni to Receive Awards in Celebration of 10th Anniversary of Niagara Falls Education Foundation

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Anthony Quaranto

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 11:31 AM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- The Niagara Falls Education Foundation is honoring Niagara Falls School District alumni Rose (Mento) Brown, a 1940 Niagara Falls High graduate, and Anthony Quaranto Sr., a 1947 Trott Vocational graduate, with Distinguished Alumni Awards, as well as Christopher Stoianoff, a 1992 LaSalle High graduate with the first Emerging Leader Alumni Award, announced Foundation Board President V. James Cancemi. 

According to a news release:

The awards will be presented Friday, May 11, at the foundation’s Scholarship & Alumni Recognition Dinner at Antonio’s Banquet Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd., which will also celebrate the foundation’s 10th anniversary of supporting student scholarships, programs and athletics in the Niagara Falls School District.

Brown began her 27 year teaching career in 1944 in the 17th Street School kindergarten after graduating from SUNY Brockport.  She taught throughout the district at 79th Street School and 39th Street School, among others, while raising a family of seven children who all attended and graduated from the Niagara Falls School District.  She always knew she wanted to be a teacher.  As a supporter of public education, she has maintained contact with many of her students who continue to express the positive influence she has had on their lives.  Brown is a resident of Niagara Falls still today and is married to Harold Brown, founder of Brown & Co. CPAs.  She has 15 grandchildren, all who have pursued higher education, and one great grandchild.

Quaranto is most well known for his 25 year involvement in the public sector as a Niagara County Legislator in the 1970s and a Niagara Falls Councilman in the 1980s, as well as his numerous bowling accomplishments throughout his lifetime, including bowling a perfect 300 game.  A retiree of the Carborundum Company after 30 years, Quaranto raised four children while spending his time volunteering in the community and helping youth through coaching and refereeing. He took up bowling at age 15, although bowling was not an organized sport within the schools.  He continues this sport today and has been involved in the Niagara Falls Men’s Bowling Association Board since 1963, serving as Business Manager.  He also actively leads the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame.  While in high school he played basketball, baseball, football and track.  He continues his volunteering today with Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auxilary, Meals on Wheels, Whirlpool Park Little League for more than 40 years, and was involved with the United Way for 25 years.  He married Myrabelle in 1954 after meeting her in a bowling alley.  They have four grandchildren. 

Stoianoff will receive the first Emerging Leader Alumni Award given by the foundation in recognition of an alumnus of the past two decades who continues to grow his career.  Stoianoff is owner of Niagara Falls based StenzTV.com and Niagara Hub who has applied his education and self-taught computer expertise to launch these local initiatives.  After moving to Arizona and California upon graduation from NCCC, he realized he missed Niagara Falls and wanted to return to make a positive impact.  He taught computer classes at Stella Niagara, from 1998 – 2003 after learning about HTML and taking computer repair courses.  He decided he wanted to further inject creativity into his life and began blogging when he launched StenzTV.com, a personal blog focusing on happenings in Niagara Falls.  Today he has many online forums including NiagaraHub (www.niagarahub.com), an online Niagara news source, as well as Iwitnessniagara.org, a local history blog to express his love for local history.  Since January 2011, Stoianoff has served as City Historian, appointed by City of Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.  He also serves as President of the Friends of Local History, Neighborhood Coordinator of the Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association, a Board Member of the Niagara Falls Historic Preservation Commission and a Board Member of the Niagara Falls Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Niagara Falls Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2002 to support scholarship and educational pursuits within the Niagara Falls School district.  The foundation has quietly raised funds over the past several years through a basketball tournament and other endeavors.  The foundation will also award $6,500 in scholarships at the dinner to six graduating seniors pursuing higher education for the fall 2012 semester within New York State.  Last year was the first year scholarships were awarded at the inaugural recognition dinner.  There will also be an induction of an Athletic Hall of Fame honoree at the anniversary dinner.

Reservations are $50 per person, $25 for students and can be made by contacting Niagara Falls Education Foundation Executive Director Jill Spira at 341-6247 or emailing niagarafallseducation@gmail.com.  A cash bar is at 6 p.m. and the dinner is at 7 p.m.