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Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club honors its Scholars of the Month

December 28, 2016
Westfield Republican

At the Dec. 20 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville, Logan Kelley of Brocton Central School, Maximillian McKee of Chautauqua Lake Central School, and Jani Barney of Westfield Academy and Central School received recognition as "Scholars of the Month."

Rotarians Dan Smith and Luci Petrella introduced the three high school seniors and read summaries of their notable accomplishments. Each student made a brief statement about his or her future college and career plans. These seniors were chosen to receive this Rotary Club's recognition by administrators and counselors of each of their schools. The honorees and their parents were invited to attend a dinner meeting with club members present, which was held at The Parkview in Westfield.

Logan Kelley, a BCS senior, is the daughter of Lynn Pacos-Kelley and Edwin Kelley. Academically she maintains a 95% average, and she is ranked third in her class. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for four years, and prior she was a member of the Junior NHS.

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The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville recognized (left to right) Logan Kelley of Brocton Central School, Maximillian McKee of Chautauqua Lake Central School, and Jani Barney of Westfield Academy and Central School as “Scholars of the Month” at its Dec. 20 meeting.

During her high school career, Logan has received many academic awards, including the Triple C Award granted by the NYS Attorney General, BCS Student of the Month, and Principal's Lunch. She served as vice president of her class in her freshman year. Logan joined the Brocton Interact Club during her junior year, and she currently is the president of this service organization. Logan, who is a two-year member of the Brocton Review school newspaper, is presently the co-editor in chief. Her column from last year, which was called "Logan's Lowdowns," earned the gold medal at the Empire State Student Press Association. Also, she has been involved with the Brocton Drama Club for four years.

Logan has participated in various sports throughout her middle and high school years, although a serious knee injury during a freshman year soccer game resulted in her having ACL reconstruction surgery and being sidelined during a year and half of recovery. In the spring of her sophomore year, she played varsity softball, for which she earned the CCAA League Sportsmanship Award. Logan, who was captain of the varsity softball team in her junior year, also received the CCAA Second Team All-Star designation and the Coach's Award in that season. In the fall of 2016 Logan returned to playing soccer with the Westfield-Brocton Varsity Girls Soccer Team, and she was given the Most Improved Player Award for her participation.

Community service is a big part of Logan's life. She gives many volunteer hours through her involvement with the Brocton Interact Club. As president of this organization Logan led the Interactors with raising $200 for the PolioPlus Challenge of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville. This donation was given to the Rotary PolioPlus Fund for the purpose of helping to eradicate polio in the world. Last year Logan earned 17 hours of community service through her NHS involvement, and she performed 21 hours of service when she was a member of the Junior NHS. Outside of school Logan has volunteered with the Toys for Tots motorcycle run for three years.

Her hobbies include drawing, painting, playing recreational games of soccer and softball, exercising, and watching old movies. She has been employed by Pierce Services for the past two years, and she recently started working at the Brocton Fitness Center. Logan plans to attend Jamestown Community College for two years, and then transfer to another college to complete studies that prepare

her for a career in Sports Medicine, Criminal Justice, or one that allows her to find a cure for juvenile diabetes.

Maximillian McKee, a CLCS senior, is the son of Lisa Gierszal of Chautauqua and David McKee. Max, who is a very active student, is on track to graduate in June of 2017 with an Advanced Regents Diploma. Max has earned Rochester Institute of Technology college credits by excelling in the CLCS Project Lead the Way program. Some of the awards that he has received include the Rensselaer Medal, Bausch & Lomb Award, and RIT Computing Medal. A two-year member of the National Honor Society, Max has earned the High School Bowl Academic League MVP Award, and been named as a CLCS Student of the Month for the last two years.

Max is also a Peer Educator and Peer Mentor. In addition, he possesses outstanding musical talent. He is a founding member of the A Capella club at his school. He has participated in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Spring and Winter Solo Festivals, and also at the Fredonia Summer Music Festival. Max is a member of the Chautauqua Institution Music Camp percussion

ensemble, and also of Total Vocal, which offers a capella performances at Carnegie Hall. Plus, he is part of the technical and lighting crew for CLCS musicals.

Outside of school, Max has been a member of the Chautauqua Lake Rowing Association for the past three years. He also enjoys recreational biking and kick boxing. After graduating from CLCS in June of 2017, Max plans to attend a four-year university, such as Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology or Cornell University in order to prepare for a career in Aerospace Engineering, Astrophysics or Computer Science.

Jani Barney, a WACS senior, is the daughter of Anneliza Barney and Richard Barney of Westfield.

Demonstrating excellence in her academic studies, Jani is enrolled in Jamestown Community College English 1530 and 1540, as well as JCC Mathematics 1710 and 1720. At the end of her high school senior year, Jani will have earned 17 college credits.

In addition to her college courses, Jani has taken the Advanced Placement courses of World History, Microeconomics, and Government and Politics. She has also taken the courses of Regents Physics, We the People, Independent Study in Graphic Design, and others to fulfill graduation requirements. In June 2017, Jani will graduate from WACS with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

Jani currently serves as the WACS Class of 2017 Co-Treasurer. She is a member of the High School Academic Bowl and also the varsity softball team. A member of the National Honor Society since her sophomore year, Jani is a reliable and friendly student who embodies the core values of NHS, which are character, leadership, scholarship and service. Jani's musical talents are evident, when she performs as a four-year member of Senior High Chorus and Senior High Band, as well as with the Westwinds, a select choral ensemble.

She has volunteered at the Westfield Farmer's Market, Patterson Library, Crossroads Market, and Holly Tour, and has also held employment at Tops. In the fall of 2017, Jani will attend SUNY Fredonia to pursue a degree in Mathematics Education.

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville is proud of Logan Kelley, Maximillian McKee, and Jani Barney and their many outstanding accomplishments, and offers these senior students best wishes for much continued success in college and in the future.



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