Dan Smith, New Generations chair for Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club, introduced the January Students of the Month program. He was assisted by Phyllis Crockett and Crystal Layman, each of whom introduced two of the four plaque recipients, all seniors, from their respective schools who will graduate in June.
Brocton Central School
Racheal Risley currently has an 89 cumulative average, which ranks her 14th in her class, has regularly achieved Merit Role, is a 3-1-3 student at SUNY Fredonia and will receive an Advanced Regents Diploma at graduation. She also is active in the Yearbook Club, Rotary Interact Club, Student Council Envirothon Team, Drama Club and Brocton Review.
Students of the Month of January at Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club are, seated from left to right: Maria Sena, Chautauqua Lake Central School and Lynn Wood, Westfield Academy and Central School. Standing, from left to right: Racheal Risley, Brocton Central School and Zachary Starceski. Sherman Central School. All are seniors headed for college in the fall.
In her junior year, Racheal was elected co-captain of the varsity basketball and softball teams and chorus secretary. As a senior, she is chorus and Rotary Interact Club treasurer, band clarinet section leader and Youth Group leader.
She is co-captain of the varsity volleyball team and captain of her varsity basketball team. In her junior year, Racheal was co-captain of the varsity basketball and softball teams. She received Softball Varsity Offensive Player of the Year and Volleyball Varsity Most Improved in her junior year. In addition, she was asked to represent Brocton Central at the WNY Sportsmanship Banquet in her junior year. As a sophomore she received the Softball JV Coaches award and as a freshman the Softball JV MVP award.
Racheal gives to the community by volunteering in a number of projects, including Rake 'n Runs in Westfield, Convoy of Hope fundraisers and Brooks Memorial Hospital volunteer hours. She also is a member of the Medical Explorers Post 222 and Lakeshore Assembly of God.
The daughter of Dwayne and Rosalie Risley, she has a younger brother. She also has worked year-round at the Pierce Services Construction and Landscaping Inc. since she was 13 years old.
Racheal plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology in the physician assistant program.
Chautauqua Lake Central School
Maria Sena, currently ranked in the top five of her class, will graduate with Advanced Regents diploma with honors. A four-year member of the High School Bowl Academic team, she also is a three-year member of the Spanish Club, was inducted into the National Honor Society in her junior year, takes Advanced Placement and Honors courses and is a peer tutor.
Having participated in the All-County Band and Music Solo Festivals for the last three years, Maria also enjoys playing guitar and writing songs. Athletically, she participated in the softball, soccer and volleyball teams during her high school career.
Outside of school, Maria spends many hours as an altar server, working on youth group and National Honor Society projects and the Walk for Life for Women's Services of Jamestown. Most recently, she was chosen as third runner-up in the Distinguished Young Women of Jamestown competition.
Maria has three sisters and is the daughter of Richard and Carol Sena of Ashville. She plans to attend a four-year university - University of Rochester, Hiram College or SUNY Fredonia - to pursue a degree in biology.
Sherman Central School
Zachary Starceski has a grade point average of 95 percent and is ranked sixth in his class of 34 students. He will graduate in June with an Advanced Regents Diploma and nine college credits in English and chemistry.
He has played football for three years for Sherman where he started as a defensive back. He also is very involved in the school's Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) group. Meeting weekly, Zack helps lead in its activities as the vice president.
Outside of school, Zack enjoys helping on his family farm where they milk about 45 cows. He works 15 hours a week at Findley Lake Dairy where he serves as a farm hand and calf manager. He also spends a great deal of time outdoors hunting and fishing.
The son of Robin and Paul Starceski, he lives on the Mina French Creek Road with his parents, two sisters, two brothers and two cousins.
Zack plans to attend college for civil or mechanical engineering at the University at Buffalo or Penn State Behrend.
Westfield Academy and Central School
Lynn Wood is enrolled in Regents physics, functional anatomy of the limbs, psychology, United States military history, plus additional graduation requirements. She also is a two-participant in the Jamestown Community College's College Connections Program enrolled in English and calculus. Upon graduation she will have earned 13 college credits and a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors. She was inducted into the National Honor Society in her junior year.
Lynn has played one year of junior varsity volleyball and three of varsity volleyball, serving as captain during her senior year. In addition, she has played two years of junior varsity basketball, having been selected as captain in her sophomore year; two of junior varsity softball; and a member of the varsity softball team for three years.
Lynn volunteers her time in the community by cleaning, walking and working with dogs and cats at Creekside Boarding.
The daughter of Thomas and Renee Wood of Westfield, Lynn will attend Alfred State University to pursue a veterinary science degree.