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Chautauqua Lake Central School honors Students of the Month

January 21, 2016
Westfield Republican

Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for October achievements, are Abigail Whipple, Gabrielle Woods, Thomas Gurga, Bryanna Davis, Naomi Fisher, and Rachel Wilson. 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 Abigail Whipple is the daughter of Gary and Lee Whipple of Mayville. Anatomy and psychology are her favorite classes this year. She has been active in the Spanish and French Club since freshman year and in Student Administration since her sophomore year. During her junior and senior years, she is also actively involved on the yearbook staff and in the National Honor Society. Abby attended Empire Girls' State last summer, and in September the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club recognized her as a Student of the Month. Last year Jamestown Community College named her to the dean's list of part-time students. Outside of school, Abby loves to read. When asked what historical person she most admires, Abby chose Rosa Parks "because of her bravery." If Abby could be another person for a day, she would be President Obama, "to experience having power over a country." After graduation, Abby plans to attend college to pursue a health-related career.

Gabrielle Woods, daughter of Daniel and Valerie Woods of Mayville, is a junior who says anatomy, French, and Spanish are her favorite classes this year. Having lived in Brazil for the past five years, Gabrielle competed on the CLCS varsity soccer team this year and was inducted into the National Honor Society. In Brazil, she performed community service in orphanages of Sao Paulo. Outside of school, she enjoys painting, drawing, baking, sewing, knitting, and going on bike rides. She admires Amelia Earhart because "of her adventurous spirit and how she still remains a symbol of perseverance." If she could be another person for a day, Gabrielle would choose "a young woman living in the Middle East under the Sharia law. It would be an eye-opening experience that would help me understand how a woman's life is, and how many rights they are deprived of." Gabrielle plans to return to Brazil for her senior year.

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Abigail Whipple

Sophomore Thomas Gurga, who is the son of Jen Brooks of Ripley and Stephen Gurga of Erie, selects science as his favorite subject. Tom competed on the varsity golf team as a freshman. Outside of school, he enjoys motor sports. In history, Tom thinks that Hitler is a "great example of how not to be." When asked what person he would like to be for a day, Tom chose Donald Trump, so "I could take his money and donate it." He looks forward to joining the United States Navy.

Bryanna Grace Davis, a freshman, is the daughter of Lisa and Richard Davis of Dewittville. Global studies and biology are her favorite subjects in school this year. This year Bry competed on the volleyball and basketball teams. Outside of school, Bry loves being outdoors, mudding, and spending times with friends. The people she most admires are her parents, because "they're always supportive." After high school, she looks forward to attending college.

Eighth grader Naomi Faith Fisher is the daughter of Sara and Martin Fisher of Ripley. Algebra and science are her favorite subjects. She is president of the eighth grade class and has competed on the modified basketball and track teams. Outside of school she likes reading books, doing gymnastics, and completing homework. She admires author John Green, because "I love his books!" For a day, she would like to be Athena, the goddess of wisdom, knowledge, crafting, and weaving from Greek mythology. She plans to attend college to prepare for a career in the medical field.

Seventh grader Rachel Marie Wilson is the daughter of Steve and Laura Wilson of Mayville. English and social studies are her favorite classes this year. Rachel is her class secretary this year and has also participated in Chautauqua Fireworks 4-H Club. In the 2014 science fair, she was a grand prize winner with her health project, "Hot and Bothered." Outside of school, she also enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends. She also is a paper seller for the Chautauquan Daily. When asked what person in history she most admires, Rachel chose "a Founding Father, because I'm glad I live in America where I have freedom." Rachel would not like to be another person for a day, because "I'm happy just being myself." She looks forward to a career as a nurse or a doctor.

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



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