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Chautauqua Lake Central School Students Of The Month — September

November 16, 2011
Westfield Republican
Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for September achievements, are Kaitlyn Elderkin, Erica Homme, Megan Stahlsmith, Ashley Crandall, Elizabeth Carlson, and Amber Jusko. 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 Kaitlyn Elderkin is the daughter of John and Melissa Grover of Ashville. Math and health are Kaitlyn’s favorite classes in school. Kaitlyn is president of Peer Education, secretary of the Class of 2012 and editor of the school yearbook. Her other activities include student administration, National Honor Society, High School Bowl, All-County band, and the musical “Footloose.” Kaitlyn is captain of the varsity soccer team and the varsity track team. Outside of school she is a member of the Ashville Fire Department and enjoys babysitting and spending time with her friends. Kaitlyn, who expects to attend JCC, is undecided about her career path, but hopes to coach high school track and soccer at some point. Of all the people from history, Kaitlyn admires Martin Luther King, Jr. for encouraging her to stand up and go for her dreams, but she admires her mom the most because “my mom actually can help me achieve them. She is always there for me.” If Kaitlyn could be another person for one day, she would choose Morgan Freeman for his voice or Alex Trebeck for his hosting of Jeopardy.

Math and health are the favorite subjects of junior Erica Homme, daughter of Dena Carlson of Ashville and Russell Homme of Stockton. Erica is a member of the National Honor Society. She plays the French horn in the high school band, is a member of the varsity soccer team and plays the piano. Erica will be attending college and hopes to go to medical school and possibly become a pediatrician.

Sophomore Megan Stahlsmith is the daughter of Brian and Dennie Stahlsmith of Mayville. Megan’s favorite subjects are creative writing and social studies, and she is involved with peer educators, peer tutoring, and the Spanish Club. Megan is on the varsity tennis team. In her spare time she enjoys baking, cooking, shopping, reading and watching Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” repeatedly. Activities outside of school include the youth group at Hurlbut United Methodist Church, Chautauqua County Footsteps, the meal ministry at her church and babysitting. Megan plans to major in history in college and become a teacher. The Peace Corps, traveling, and a career in fashion are also possibilities. If Megan could be another person for one day, she would choose the Queen of England because Megan is fascinated with the British monarchy and it would “be really cool to say I’m a queen.”

Ashley Diane Crandall is the daughter of Terri and John Crandall of Mayville. Ashley is a freshman whose favorite subjects are art, band, history and science. She plays the flute in the high school band and enjoys photography, reading and horseback riding. As a member of the Chautauqua County Junior Trail Riders 4H Club, Ashley competes at horse shows. This year she qualified to compete at the New York State Fair in Syracuse and placed in seven out of 10 classes against the best in the state. She hopes to continue this love of horseback riding by majoring in equine studies in college. Susan B. Anthony and her work on improving women’s rights is Ashley’s choice for a person she admires. If she could be another person for one day, Ashley would choose to be an archaeologist.

Elizabeth Ann Carlson, an eighth grader, is the daughter of Mollie Zoda and Mary W. Carlson of Mayville. Math, French and computers rank high as Elizabeth’s favorite academic studies. She participates in track and field events and loves to read. Libby wants to go to college to pursue a career in literature and foreign language. The person she admires is Benjamin Franklin, and she chose J. K. Rowling as a person she would like to be for one day.

Seventh grader Amber Jusko is the daughter of Monica and Walter Jusko Jr. of Mayville. Amber’s favorite subject in school is English, and she plays the clarinet in band and plays basketball. Outside of school she loves using electronics, swimming and walking her dog Napoleon. She wants to go to college when she graduates from high school. Amber chose Amelia Earhart as the person in history who she admires, and for a day she would like to be her cousin Melanie because “I look up to her and she is wise.”

Teachers Marlea Brown and Amy Redman coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.

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Kaitlyn Elderkin



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