Starting off the New Year for the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club were five students, each of whom are seniors at the top of their class at Brocton, Chautauqua Lake, Sherman and Westfield Academy & Central schools.
Two young ladies, one who couldn't make it in December, from Brocton Central were Jessica Putcher and Tory Harper. Jessica, who ranked 17 out of 37 in her class, makes the honor roll regularly. Secretary of her sophomore class, she was vice president during her junior and senior years. A member of the Rotary sponsored Interact club, she is a three-year member of Student Council and was treasurer for two years.
Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club January Students of the Month, seated left, Tory Harper, Brocton Central; Jordan Mulholland, Chautauqua Lake Central; standing from left, Jessica Putcher, Brocton Central; Ryan Carpenter, Sherman Central; Rachel Allen, Westfield Academy & Central.
In addition to a six-year membership in the band and as president this year, Jessica also is captain for basketball, softball and volleyball teams. She also holds two jobs, one as fitness clerk at the weight room at school weekdays and employee of The Green Arch diner on weekends.
Jessica has been honored as Student of the Month, Principles Lunch, softball MVP, basketball 2nd Team All-Star, softball 1st Team All-Star and volleyball Coaches and Sportsmanship awards. She also is the recipient of Dunkirk's radio station WDOE Player of the Week for May 2013.
The daughter of Glenn and Julie Putcher, Jessica plans to attend Canisuis College to earn an Early Childhood Education degree and work with young children.
Tory Harper is a two-year member of Rotary Interact who logged more than 33 hours in her first year and, so far this year, more than 15.5 hours of community service. She has been the unofficial Foreign Exchange Student Welcoming Committee and has donated to the Westfield Soup Kitchen. In addition, she is host for a foreign exchange student from Mexico.
In addition to attending the Jamestown mathematics competition, Tory has participated in band for eight years, which included jazz, pit and pep bands, and attended the All-County Music Festival in her junior year. Athletically, she has participated in Brocton's basketball team for four years and volleyball in her junior year.
Outside of school, Tory has worked at a local vegetable stand since she was 14 years old and also works for Cleaning by Renee.
The daughter of Troy and Lisa Harper, Tory plans to attend Niagara University to major in Mathematics and minor in Business Management and Tourism. She hopes to travel abroad in her future college years.
Chautauqua Lake Central
Jordan Mulholland's courses include Advanced Placement Environmental Science and dual credit Human Anatomy & Physiology. Named a CLCS student of the month twice, she also has received the Clarkson Achievement Award and has attended Empire Girls State Camp during summers.
Currently vice president of the National Honor Society, she is a member of Rotary Interact Club, Spanish Club, Peer Tutoring and is president of Student Administration. Active in athletics, she has played JV and varsity volleyball for four years and has been a member of the varsity track and field team for two years.
Jordan's community service includes Salvation Army bell ringing, Halloween Fun Night volunteer, Christmas Caroling at local nursing homes, leaf raking and Pennies for Polio volunteer. She also enjoys playing the guitar, yoga, traveling and spending time with her family. She also has been employed by Midway State Park for the past couple years as a ride operator.
The daughter of Timothy and Belinda Mulholland of Dewittville, Jordan plans to attend University of Colorado-Boulder, Binghamton University or SUNY Oswego to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist or clinical psychologist.
Ryan Carpenter, a 2013 Rotary-sponsored SLAPSHOT participant, is president of the National Honor Society and vice president of the Student Council. Athletically, he has been running cross country and track since 7th grade, has qualified for three state championship meets and was recipient of the Chautauqua County Sportsmanship Award. He was named All-Western New York Scholar Athlete this year.
Outside of school, Ryan is a ski instructor and a lifeguard. He currently is working on a documentary to prove how important it is to be a blood donor.
The son of Paul and Anne Marie Carpenter, Ryan has yet to select a university to study Health Science and Neuroscience.
Westfield Academy & Central
Rachel Allen, who will have earned additional graduation requirements, also will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation and 13 Jamestown Community College credits. A member of the Big Brother/Big Sister program, Rachel also is a member of National Honor Society and has been class president during her sophomore, junior and senior years.
Athletically, Rachel has been a member of the varsity girls' soccer team for five years, one year on junior varsity and three on varsity girls' basketball team and four-year member of girls varsity softball team. She served as captain in all three sports.
A four-year member of Senior High Chorus, Rachel is a member of Firecrackers and has participated in two musicals.
Outside of school, Rachel volunteers her time at the United Methodist church, has assisted with the Holly Tour, volunteered at Bethany Camp and referees youth soccer.
The daughter of Steve and Karen Allen, Rachel will attend Florida's Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to pursue a degree in Aeronautical Science.