[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E195]
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                           HON. BRIAN HIGGINS

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize two members of 
the senior class at Buffalo State College, Chris Castren and Justin 
Mitchell. Both students are members of the men's varsity basketball 
team at Buffalo State and will graduate this spring. I commend Chris 
and Justin for their dedication to academics and athletics and 
congratulate them at the culmination of their college careers.
   Chris Castren hails from Voorheesville, New York, where he attended 
the regional public high school. Upon graduation, Chris will have 
earned a degree in Elementary Education. On the basketball team, he 
excelled playing guard.
   Justin Mitchell is a native of Buffalo, and graduated from Bishop 
Timon-St. Jude High School in South Buffalo, New York. At Buffalo 
State, he pursued a degree in Sociology and held the position of 
forward on the team.
  Participating in collegiate athletics while enrolled as a full time 
student is notoriously demanding. In spite of the unique challenges 
faced by student athletes, Chris and Justin have excelled during their 
time at Buffalo State. They have shown extreme discipline in balancing 
both commitments and are leaders to their peers and teammates. As an 
alumnus of Buffalo State, I will be proud to call them fellow alumni.
   Mr. Speaker, I thank you for allowing my colleagues to join me in 
recognizing these exceptional Buffalo State Bengals and in 
congratulating them as they obtain their undergraduate degrees. Their 
work ethic, determination, and spirit will ensure their success, and I 
wish them all the best in their future endeavors.