MAYVILLE - Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for December achievements, are Michaela Gustafson, Jeremy Lesniowski, Cheyann Doud, Kara Tenpas, Rachael Fortney and Dakota Barrows. 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 Michaela Gustafson is the daughter of Susan and Jeremiah Johnson of Dewittville. Government, physics and several electives are Michaela's favorite subjects. She is currently an intern in the Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center at CLCS. Outside of school, she enjoys Zumba as well as spending time with her family and friends. She plans to attend Jamestown Community College for a year or two and then transfer to a four-year college. When asked what person in history she admires, Michaela said there was not a specific person. Looking at any person who is not having a great day, she admires the fact that the person can still smile at everyone, make another person's day better and just try to make society better in general.
Art, English, physics and TV productions are the favorite subjects of junior Jeremy Lesniowski, son of Sheila Lesniowski Kuch of North Harmony. Jeremy participates in varsity soccer, varsity track, the school musical and Student Administration; he is treasurer of the Junior Class. Outside of school Jeremy spends time writing and drawing an online web comic and writing sketches for a comedy group. After high school, he plans to live in New York City and hopes to attend New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He admires Bill Cosby because he is an icon in both the comedic and African-American communities, as well as achieving one of the most popular shows of the 80s. To be another person for a day, Jeremy said, "It doesn't matter who I was as long as I was someone else, just so I could experience the pleasure of being friends with myself."
Sophomore Cheyann Doud, who is the daughter of Warren and Danette Doud of Dewittville, selects science, Spanish and math as her favorite subjects. She participates with the synchronized swim team at CLCS, and she enjoys reading Manga books, four-wheeling and snowmobiling. Cheyann is a junior member of the Dewittville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and is a volunteer for Kristie's Kruise, which raises funds for scholarships in memory of Kristie Ward. Cheyann plans to attend college to become a forensic scientist. The person she admires in history is Albert Einstein because of his advances in science.
Kara Rae Tenpas is the daughter of Emmett and Anne Tenpas of Ashville. Kara is a freshman who enjoys math, science and French. She participates on the swim team and track team and is a member of the Leo Club. She sometimes plays basketball. Kara is on the STAR swim club and is a member of the Bemus Point United Methodist Church Youth Group. She has been involved with mission trips to Haiti, Jamaica, Belize and Kenya. Future plans for Kara include being an exchange student and attending college to be a radiologist.
Rachael Nicole Fortney, an eighth grader, is the daughter of Brian and June Fortney of Mayville. Science is Rachael's favorite class, and she participates in soccer, basketball, track and the Impact Campus Fellowship. She enjoys singing and is involved with her youth group. Her long-range plans include going to college and a career in which she helps the elderly. The person Rachael admires in history is Ella Fitzgerald because of her amazing singing voice. If she could be another person for a day, Rachael would choose her mom because she has always looked up to her mom as a person.
Seventh grader Dakota James Barrows is the son of Amy Barrows of Mayville. Dakota's favorite class is gym, and he is a member of the school's bowling and soccer teams. He sings in the school chorus and plays drums in the band. Outside of school Dakota enjoys spending time and working on the family farm. Playing with his iPod and mowing lawns in the summer keep him busy. After high school he would like to continue bowling. Dakota, who is a very distant relative of Abraham Lincoln, admires Lincoln for what he achieved as our President. Wanting to be a gym teacher himself, Dakota would like to be his gym teacher, Mr. Schuster, for a day.
Teachers Marlea Brown and Amy Redman coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.