[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 25 (Tuesday, February 11, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E196]
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RECOGNIZING GRADUATING SENIOR BUFFALO STATE BENGALS BASKETBALL PLAYERS, 
 MARY CAIN, KALA CRAWFORD, KELLY KELL, STACI McELROY, AND BIANCA SMILEY

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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 five outstanding 
members of the senior class at Buffalo State College, Mary Cain, Kala 
Crawford, Kelly Kell, Staci McElroy and Bianca Smiley. As members of 
the Buffalo State women's basketball team, these students are known as 
leaders among their peers and teammates. I commend these young women 
for their dedication to academics and athletics and congratulate them 
on the completion of their college careers.
   Hailing from Niagara Falls, New York, Mary Cain attended Niagara 
Catholic High School and majored in Health & Wellness. During her years 
on the basketball team, Mary played the position of guard.
   Kala Crawford enrolled at Buffalo State coming from her hometown of 
Middle Springs, New York and as a graduate of Saratoga Springs High 
School. Kala played guard for the Buffalo State Bengals and will be 
earning a degree in Business.
   During her time at Buffalo State, Kelly Kell played guard and 
studied Public Communication. Her hometown is Port Ewen, New York, and 
she attended Kingston High School.
   Staci McElroy traveled to Buffalo State from Saratoga Springs, New 
York, and graduated from Saratoga Springs High School. On the team, she 
played guard, and off the court, studied Psychology.
   A graduate of Sweet Home High School and native of Amherst, New 
York, Bianca Smiley played forward at Buffalo State. She will be 
earning her degree in Criminal Justice this year.
  Balancing the responsibilities demanded of student athletes is a true 
challenge, and each of these students handled the test with dignity and 
grace. 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 extraordinary Buffalo State Bengals and in 
congratulating them as they obtain their undergraduate degrees. Their 
dedication and drive will propel them to success, and I wish them all 
the best in their future endeavors.

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