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Chautauqua Lake Students of the Month — October

December 21, 2011
Westfield Republican
Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for October achievements, are Rebecca Silliman, Mary Schmitz, Nicole Hemminger, Kirsten Elliott, Darian Stratton and Rachel Fisher. The student recognition program honors students in grades seven through 12 whose classroom performance, attitude toward learning, work ethic and extra-curricular activities set them apart.

Senior Rebecca L. Silliman is the daughter of Elizabeth Silliman of Dewittville and Rodney Silliman of Cassadaga. Spanish and English are Rebecca’s favorite classes. She is a member of the High School Bowl team, National Honor Society and Spanish Club. Rebecca, who plays trombone in the high school band, plans to attend college and looks forward to traveling. Outside of school, she enjoys playing harmonica, taking dance classes, kayaking, traveling and baking. She also participates in the Eucharistic ministry. The person from history Rebecca admires is Joan of Arc because she had a kind of courage that is too hard to even fathom. If allowed to be another person for a day, Rebecca would choose Sandra from Survivor because she made Survivor history by winning both times she played. Rebecca would love to have those strategic skills so that she could win Survivor.

English, French, history and band are the favorite subjects of junior Mary A. Schmitz, daughter of Jon and Elizabeth Schmitz of Mayville. Mary participates in soccer and track, and she plays trumpet in the band. Reading, writing, dancing and youth group are other interests. She participates in many school activities including High School Bowl, National Honor Society, yearbook, student administration, peer education, French Club, Spanish Club and peer tutoring. Mary is applying to participate in the Rotary Exchange Program in Europe and then will attend college and join the Peace Corps. Mary admires anyone in history because they had the unique ability to stand out and change the world. To be another person for a day, she would love to be someone who couldn’t speak English and then hear English spoken.

Sophomore Nicole Erin Hemminger is the daughter of Mark and Ann Hemminger of Mayville and enjoys participating on the basketball, volleyball and track teams. English is Nicole’s favorite subject, and spending time with family and friends is very important to her. Loving anything outdoors, Nicole spends her spare time fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, dirt-track racing, camping and boating. Susan B. Anthony is the person in history she admires. To be another person for a day, Nicole chooses Tyler Reddick, a 15 year old dirt-late-model driver because he gets to travel all over the country and race with the world’s best dirt track drivers.

Kirsten Elliott is the daughter of Kathleen Sommer-Elliott and Chris Elliott of Mayville. Kirsten is a freshman who enjoys French, art and math. In school, she is on the girls’ basketball team, swim team and track team. She participates in band and the Leo Club, and outside of school is a member of her youth group. Future plans include college and a career in graphic design. Rosa Parks, who refused to surrender her bus seat, is Kirsten’s choice for a person she admires. If Kirsten could be another person for a day, she would be Oprah Winfrey because she established a successful career and helps people with her talk show and through her charity.

Darian Nicole Stratton, an eighth grader, is the daughter of Bill and Rachel Stratton of Ashville. Math, science and health are favorite classes of Darian. She loves reading, drawing and gospel and country music. Outside of school Darian enjoys playing the piano. She hopes to attend college and become a veterinarian. Beethoven is the person she admires because of his skill as a pianist.

Seventh grader Rachel Fisher is the daughter of Ed and Sue Fisher of Sherman. Rachel’s favorite subjects are social studies, math and science. In school she participates in chorus, soccer and basketball while outside of school she likes to spend time with friends and family, go to the movies and ice skate. Future plans for Rachel include college and a career as a teacher or veterinarian. Rachel admires any military person who would put their life on the line to defend our freedoms. Wondering what it would be like to be a super star, Rachel would like to be Taylor Swift for a day.

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

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