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Busy students overwhelm Westfield/Mayville Rotarians every month

May 21, 2015
Westfield Republican

It's not unusual after four high school Scholars of the Month have been introduced to hear Westfield/Mayville Rotarians say to each other, "When do they have time to sleep?"

That's because each whether boy or girl has a full school schedule, indulges in various volunteer projects, may hold a job and still have time for extra-curricular fun with friends. All are at the top of their class and will graduate with highest honors.

Kirsten Elliott is the first Chautauqua Lake Central School student to receive credit for Engineering through Jamestown Community College. She also has completed courses in Math, Science, History and Foreign Language and is a member of the National Honor Society.

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April Scholars of the Month visited Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club members. They were, seated left, Kirsten Elliott, Chautauqua Lake Central; Alexis Eller, Sherman Central; standing left, Kaitlyn Meegan, Westfield Academy & Central; Hannah Nichols, Brocton Central. All will graduate with honors and continue their education in college.

Involved throughout her high school years in the Swim & Dive team, basketball and a member of the Track team since 7th grade, Kirsten also is a past member of the senior band as a clarinet player.

Kirsten, who lives in Mayville, volunteers as a tutor to younger students and is a role model to the young swim team members. She also was nominated to represent Chautauqua Lake in the Rotary SLAPSHOT Leadership program which took place in Canada.

The daughter of Chris Elliott and Kate Sommer, Kirsten has successfully completed the complex and demanding application process, which included getting Congressional endorsement, and will attend the United States Air Force Academy after graduation.

Kaitlyn Meegan, who will have earned 12 JCC credits, will graduate from Westfield Academy and Central School with mastery in Mathematics. President of Student Government and a member of National Honor Society, she is on the morning announcement team and was selected Senior of the Month in October 2014.

Currently enrolled in Music Theory II and Voice, Kaitlyn is a four-year member of Senior High Chorus and Senior High Band, is a member of Westwinds, Firecrackers, Handbells and the McClurg Street String Band. She also has been in five musicals.

Kaitlyn has volunteered her time at the Thrifty Kitty, Westfield Stray Cat Rescue and Center State Dance Studio.

The daughter of Timothy and Cynthia Meegan of Westfield, Kaitlyn will attend UNC-Charlotte or SUNY Fredonia to pursue a degree in English and Theater Education.

Hannah Nichols, a three-year member and now secretary of Rotary-sponsored Interact, has volunteered to make pies for nine years for the Westfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary's annual pie booth in July. In addition, she has been invited to assist in the pie tent for two years.

Brocton Central School's Science, Communications, Journalism and Mental Health Services are Hannah's academic interests. She also is an active Brocton Bulldogs athlete having participated on the junior varsity volleyball team, Brocton-Westfield track team and Brocton's football junior and senior varsity cheerleading teams.

In addition to her pie donations, Hannah has participated in Tap and Toe's Dance Academy for the past 16 years, was chosen to be a demonstrator in her sophomore year and invited to become the production assistant in her senior year.

Also, outside of school, Hannah has volunteered in Westfield soup kitchen luncheons, Interact Preventative Angels and bake sales for the Make a Wish Foundation.

The daughter of Karen Ransom, Hannah plans to attend D'Youville College to major in dietetics and will work with those who have Diabetes and Crohn's disease after graduation.

Alexis Marie Eller, who has learned to properly care for animals from her mother and has become an advocate for the humane treatment of animals, has been in the cosmetology program at BOCES, has developed an appreciation for helping others and consistent honor roll status has ranked her in the top 10 students in her class.

Having participated in Student Council for two years, Alexis also played basketball and has been a member of the Sherman Music Program since 7th grade.

Outside of school, Alexis has done the stats book for girls' basketball for three years and held several jobs. She enjoys writing, reading and spending time with her family.

The daughter of Joanne Donnelly, Alexis plans to travel to Europe with her grandparents after graduation. When she returns in the fall, she will attend college to become an American Sign Language interpreter.



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