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Chautauqua Lake names February Students of the Month

April 9, 2015
Westfield Republican

Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School honored for February achievements are Michael Parker, Bree Girdlestone, Maddison Webb, Sara Corwin, Grace Bukowski, and Hannah Morrison. 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 Michael Parker is the son of Jim and Judy Parker of Mayville. His favorite subjects this year are Human Anatomy and Physiology and government/economics. Extremely involved in school activities, Michael has actively participated throughout his high school career in Student Administration, Impact team and chorus, and he has competed on the High School Bowl academic team and represented Chautauqua Lake at the Envirothon science competition. Michael has also been a Peer Educator, has performed in school musicals, and played clarinet in the band. Michael has earned varsity letters in soccer, swimming and track and has been named an All-County Scholar-Athlete. Last year he was inducted into the National Honor Society; received the Clarkson Leadership Award; and was honored with the University of Rochester's Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues, leadership and dedication to community action, and academic excellence in the humanities and social sciences. In its inaugural year, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Alumni Association awarded Michael a summer Writer's Scholarship. Last summer he also participated in Boys' State. He has consistently been on the high honor roll and is among the 100 outstanding high school seniors named to the All-Western New York Academic Team by Buffalo's Business First magazine. Outside of school he is a Civil War reenactor, participates in the Footsteps Christian retreat, and is a cantor at St. Mary of Lourdes parish. As an active Eagle Scout, Michael earned the SCOUTStrong Navy SEAL Fitness Award. Michael says that he most admires his parents "due to their love of life and willingness to always help others. I strive to travel the world like my dad and invest in the people I meet with my time and energy. I also hope to have the heart of my mom, who is never afraid to go out of her way to improve the lives of others." When asked whom he would like to be for a day, Michael said, "I honestly would not be someone else, because our lives are what we make it. Yes, it would be cool to see a day in the life of the Pope or a professional soccer player, but I am truly happy just being me." After graduation, Michael will attend Miami University of Ohio as a kinesiology major on the path to becoming a physical therapist. He would also like to travel the world "and continue seizing every opportunity that comes my way."

Bree Girdlestone, daughter of K'Lynn McDonnell and Jerry Nichols of Dewittville, is a junior who says art and Advanced Placement History are her favorite classes. She has twice competed on the CLCS track and field team and the varsity soccer team. She has performed in the schools musicals and this year was inducted into the National Honor Society. She has also been active in the French and Spanish Club throughout high school. Outside of school, Bree likes to read, draw and run, and she plays the flute in the Chadwick Bay Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. She admires Gandhi, because "he stood for what he believed in." If given the chance to be someone else for a day, Bree would want to be her parents, because "they are everything I wish to be." Eager to prepare for a career involving history and art, Bree is considering becoming an exhibit designer.

Sophomore Maddison Webb, who is the daughter of Michael Webb of Mayville and Theresa Reed of Lakewood, selects Global Studies and English as her favorite subjects. As a freshman, Maddi competed on the varsity track and cheerleading teams. Outside of school, she participates in Cheer Starz in Westfield. She has repeatedly achieved honor roll status. When asked what historical person she most admires, Maddi chose Walt Disney, because "he gave kids humor, ability to use their imaginations, smiles, everything. He is the man." If she could be another person for a day, she would choose Ellen DeGeneres, because "she gets to live in a nice, warm place, meet lots of people, and pretty much do whatever she wants." Maddi's plans include taking a road trip around the United States, attending college, starting a career and, she hopes, meeting Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres and Johnny Depp.

Sara Corwin, a freshman, is daughter of Rob and Dana Corwin of Mayville. Her favorite subjects this year are science and Spanish. She has competed on the varsity soccer and softball teams, earning an honorable mention for soccer. She has also played saxophone in the band, sung in the chorus, and been active in Student Administration. Outside of school, Sara enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sports, and going to the gym. If she could be another person for a day, she would choose Yaniv "Nev" Shulman, host of the television show Catfish, because "he has such a cool, interesting job." After high school, Sara wants to attend college and "experience new things and new places in the world."

Eighth grader Grace Marie Bukowski is the daughter James and Stephanie Bukowski of Mayville. Math is her favorite subject this year. Grace has competed on the swimming, softball and basketball teams. Outside of school, Grace enjoys drawing and competing in basketball leagues. When asked whom she most admires, Grace chose Alice Paul, "because she fought for women's suffrage." If she could be someone else for a day, Grace would choose British video blogger Dan Howell, "because he is a youtuber who lives with his best friend Phil Lester who is also a youtuber. They have their own radio show and host the Brit Awards." She hopes to study at the University of the Arts in London, England, to prepare for a career as an artist.

Seventh grader Hannah Elizabeth Morrison is the daughter of Denver and Sarah Morrison of Sherman. Her favorite classes are English and science. She has competed on the varsity swimming team this year, earning a Scholar Athlete pin. Outside of school, she studies tap dance with Jill Keating at Pointe Chautauqua Dance. She is an active member of the Chautauqua Fireworks 4-H group, where she has enjoyed cooking classes and crafts projects. After high school, Hannah hopes to pursue a career involving science.

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



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