Taylor Williams, a new graduate, is the daughter of Laurie Williams of Mayville. At her commencement ceremony, one of Williams’s teachers remarked, “The great Dominican priest Thomas Aquinas once said, ‘It is better to illuminate than merely to shine.’ When we think of Williams, we think of the light that illuminates through her brilliant smile, her amazingly positive attitude, and her deep passion for humanity.” In the fall, Williams will enter Rochester Institute of Technology.
Science, math and French are the favorite subjects of rising senior Zoe Leonarczyk, daughter of Sally Bobsein and Jeffrey Leonarczyk of Mayville. Leonarczyk competes on the varsity swimming team. She performed in the secondary school musical and was selected to sing in the All-County Chorus. Leonarczyk is a peer tutor who enjoys reading in her spare time. After high school, Leonarczyk would like to study biomedical engineering in college. She admires author Jane Austen, “because she defied standards of the time and followed her passion to write novels.”
Luciana Sena, entering her junior year in the fall, is the daughter of Carol and Richard Sena of Ashville. Spanish and history are her favorite subjects in school. Sena competes on the varsity girls’ soccer team, which won the Division III Team Sportsmanship Award. Her outstanding academic record contributed to the team’s Scholar-Athlete recognition, and Sena received honorable mention as a League All-Star. She also played on the varsity softball team. Sena was elected to Student Administration, is a Peer Educator and Peer Tutor, and is active in the Spanish Club. She plays trumpet in the band and was invited to play in the All-County Senior Band at the Chautauqua Institution in early June. She admires actor Sylvester Stallone for his acting, directing and writing talent, as well as for his movie star image. If she could be another person for one day, Sena would be Jeff Probst so that she could host the television show, “Survivor.” Sena looks forward to attending college after high school.
Rising sophomore Samantha Marie Robbins-Welty is the daughter of Dawn and Jim Warner of Mayville. Robbins-Welty’s favorite classes are English, social studies and history. She competes on the varsity tennis and track teams. For both teams, her academic achievements helped earn team Scholar-Athlete Awards. Robbins-Welty competes in All-Star Cheerleading with the North County Mega Stars’ traveling team. She also enjoys playing the piano. Robbins-Welty hopes to attend college to prepare for a career in psychiatric medicine.
Danielle Marie Barrows, who will enter ninth grade in the fall, is the daughter of Amy Barrows and Tad Barrows, both of Mayville. Her favorite classes are math and French. Barrows performs with the synchronized swimming team and likes to play basketball. She enjoys country music. Barrows admires Abraham Lincoln because he freed the slaves. If she could be another person for one day, Barrows would like to be American Idol’s Lauren Alaina, so she could meet Idol winner Scotty McCreery.
Entering eighth grade is Darian Nicole Stratton, the daughter of Rachel and Bill Stratton of Ashville. Health class is her favorite. Stratton takes piano lessons and enjoys reading, drawing and baking. She would like to be a photographer of animals and nature, but she is also considering a career in veterinary medicine. If she could be another person for one day, Stratton would like to be her Aunt Sonya. “She is always cheerful, in a good mood, and is always there if you need to talk to her,” Stratton said.
The recognition program is coordinated by secondary school teachers Marlea Brown and Amy Redman.