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Local students debate end-of-life care

Hamburg students Caitlyn Robinson and Leah Elsaesser
HAMBURG — The Buffalo VA Medical Center was recently the scene of debate, as local high school students discussed end-of-life care.

Students enrolled in Erie 1 Boards of Cooperative Educational Centers’ New Visions Program debated whether society should ration end-of-life care.

A total of 16 teens from Amherst, Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Kenmore East, Hamburg and Frontier high schools participated in the annual event.

Frontier student Alyssa Peterson
Students representing Hamburg High School included Leah Elsaesser, who debated for the affirmative team, and Caitlyn Robinson, who defined end-of-life care for those attending. Also on the affirmative team was Alyssa Peterson from Frontier High School.

The Erie 1 BOCES New Visions program links qualified high school seniors with mentoring medical and legal professionals. These off-site programs integrate English and social studies credits needed for graduation, but take place at locations such as Medaille College, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 – 2015 New Visions school year. Interested students may visit www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselors.
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