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Chautauqua Lake names December-January Students of the Month

March 19, 2015
Westfield Republican

Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School honored for December and January achievements are Melanie McCutcheon, Katherine Syper, Emily Brown, Ryan Wilson, Megan Strine, and Danielle DiBenedetto. The student recognition program honors students in grades 7 through 12 whose classroom performance, attitude toward learning, work ethic and extra-curricular activities set them apart.

Senior Melanie Taylor McCutcheon is the daughter of Richard and Brenda McCutcheon of Ripley. Mel states that she enjoys all of her classes this year. She has been active in Student Administration and has played on the softball team since eighth grade. She also has competed on the girls' basketball team since seventh grade and in volleyball since she was a sophomore. As a freshman, Mel was named Most Improved Player in all three sports; the following year she won the Coach's Award for softball. Mel has also been a member of the National Honor Society for two years. Outside of school she enjoys playing sports, drawing and spending time with friends. When asked what person she most admires, Mel stated, "My mom because she is the strongest and best person I know. She is my rock." Mel would enjoy becoming Alex Hugo for a day, because of Alex's success in softball, for which National Fastpitch Coaches Association named her a First Team All-American. Mel plans to start her college education at Jamestown Community College.

Katherine Syper, daughter of Rick Syper and Lynette Gloss of Mayville, is a junior whose favorite classes are science and health. She has competed on the track and field team throughout high school. Outside of school, Katherine enjoys volunteering at the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue in Westfield. She admires her parents for "raising me and encouraging me to succeed as the person I am today." If given the chance to be someone else for a day, Katherine would "want to be someone famous to experience the life of fame and fortune." After high school, Katherine would like to attend college to prepare for a career in the health field.

Sophomore Emily Elizabeth Brown, who is the daughter of Thad and Leslie Brown of Ripley, selects Global Studies as her favorite subject. Emily has competed on the swim team for two years. Outside of school she enjoys camping and swimming. When asked what historical figure she most admires, Emily chose Queen Victoria. If she could be another person for a day, she would like to be a citizen of France, because "it seems fun." After college, Emily hopes to pursue a career in nursing.

Ryan Courtney Wilson, a freshman, is the son of Steve and Laura Wilson of Mayville. His favorite subjects this year are science and social studies. He participates in Ski Club and is competing on the track team this season. He has been named a Student of the Month every year since seventh grade. Outside of school, Ryan enjoys snowmobiling in the winter and swimming and biking in the summer. He admires Teddy Roosevelt, whose love of nature and the outdoors Ryan shares. Ryan wishes he could be Batman for a day, because "he's the definition of a real superhero." He looks forward to studying math in college.

Eighth grader Megan Judith Strine is the daughter of Martin and Patty Strine of Ripley. Science, physical education, and French are her favorite subjects. Megan competed on the soccer and basketball teams this year and has played flute in the band since seventh grade. Outside of school, Megan enjoys running and reading. When asked whom she most admires in history, Megan chose women's rights activist Alice Paul "because of everything she had to go through for women's suffrage" as the leader of the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which secured women's right to vote. If she could be someone else for a day, Megan would choose Barbara Corcoran of television's Shark Tank, "because you get to help people with their businesses." She looks forward to a career as an orthodontist or an oral surgeon.

Seventh grader Danielle DiBenedetto is the daughter of Crystal DiBenedetto of Ripley and James DiBenedetto of Rochester. Her favorite subjects in school are English with teacher Brian Binkley and social studies with Mike Fessel, because the classes "are really fun, with fun teachers." She has participated in the Art, Drama and Community Service Clubs. In 2013, Ripley Central School recognized her as cooperative, conscientious and courteous with a Triple C Award. Last year she earned awards for academic excellence in math, science and English, and this year she has been on the honor roll each quarter. Outside of school, she likes to do arts and crafts and listen to the Australian band, 5 Seconds of Summer. Danielle admires Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., because "he made a big impact on the world." She would like to be singer-songwriter Katy Perry for a day, because "she inspires people to be themselves and embrace who you are." After high school, she would like to move to New York City and "become famous."

Teachers Amy Redman and Tara Reyda coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.



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