MAYVILLE - Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for February achievements, are Tyler Shearer, Sam Snyder, Emilie Christie, Sadie Novak, David Gerber and Kaylyn Vaillancourt. 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 Tyler Scott Shearer is the son of Randy and Karin Shearer of Ashville. Math and science are Tyler's favorite subjects. He is a member of the varsity soccer team, and outside of school he enjoys roller hockey, weight lifting, indoor soccer and snowmobiling. Ty works as a lifeguard at Mayville's Lakeside Park. A career in sports medicine is in Ty's future, and he will attend Penn State Behrend in the fall for pre-med studies. When asked what person in history he admires, Ty chose Martin Luther King, Jr., because he stood up for what he believed. To be another person for a day, Ty chose Michael Jordan, "because he is a great role model whose hard work and dedication made him one of the best basketball players around."
Math, science and history are the favorite subjects of junior Sam Snyder, son of Steve and Amy Snyder of Mayville. Sam, who is vice president of his class, is a member of Student Administration, the National Honor Society and Spanish Club and is a student leader in the Sources of Strength comprehensive wellness program. He also competes in soccer and track. Outside of school, Sam is a member of the Medical Explorers Post 222 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, and his future plans include college and medical school. The person in history that Sam most admires is Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. If Sam could be another person for a day he would be teacher Brian Binkley, so he "could know what it is like to shape the minds of tomorrow."
Sophomore Emilie Christie, who is the daughter of Jeff and Fran Christie of Mayville, chose math and science as her favorite subjects. Emilie is a member of the tennis team. She participates in the school musical, the High School Bowl academic team, Student Administration, Spanish Club, Peer Education and Peer Tutoring. Outside of school Emilie participates in her church youth group and enjoys reading and spending time with her friends. Emilie is also a member of the Medical Explorers and Youth Making a Difference, a new school organization of students who strive to make a difference in the community by volunteering and bringing people together. She plans to attend college and is considering possible fields of study. The person in history she most admires is Mahatma Gandhi, because "despite horrible adversity he still advocated for peace between peoples of different backgrounds and was assertive without being aggressive." To be another person for a day, Emilie said, "I would want to be a homeless person, because I want to step inside the shoes of someone less fortunate and see first-hand what it's like to have nothing."
Sadie Novak is the daughter of Sarah Novak of Mayville and Diane Miller of Akron, Ohio. Sadie is a freshman whose favorite subjects are global studies and earth science. She is a member of the swimming and track teams. Outside of school, the performing arts are a part of Sadie's life, and she plans to attend college. Sadie admires Hillary Clinton because being a woman in the career track she pursued is hard. "I admire her strength, intelligence, dedication, and ambition," Sadie said. When asked who she would like to be for one day, Sadie said she is "pretty happy being myself right now."
David K. Gerber, an eighth grader, is the son of John and Tara Gerber of Clear Creek Farm in Mayville. David's favorite subjects are science and math, and he is a member of the tennis team and Student Council. He plays horn in the band and enjoys reading and writing. Outside of school he plays the piano. When asked if he had plans after high school, David said, "I am constantly debating on what I will attempt to major in college." Claude Debussy is the person David admires for his artistic ability and music. Being another person for a day, David said, "There is no one else in the universe I'd rather be than myself."
Seventh grader Kaylyn Elise Vaillancourt is the daughter of Mike and Chris Vaillancourt of Mayville. Kaylyn's favorite subjects are science and French, and she participates in softball, basketball and track. She enjoys popular music and plays Babe Ruth softball outside of school. She looks forward to a college education and a job. "I admire my great-grandfather," Kaylyn said. "He was in World War II and very dedicated to helping our country." Given the opportunity to be another person for a day, Kaylyn would still like to be herself. "Why be someone different if you don't have to be?"
Teachers Marlea Brown and Amy Redman coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.