Quite often, Westfield/Mayville Rotarians are flabbergasted when they hear about the full and exciting lives of monthly guest Students of the Month. For instance, recently the four February visitors are at the top of their classes, fill the roster for clubs and activities and have plans for their future.
Chautauqua Lake Central
Emilie Christie was a standout for her hosts because she is president of Chautauqua Lake Central's Rotary Interact Club. In addition, she is vice president of National Honor Society and a member of the IMPACT Christian Fellowship Group. Past honors include Student Administration secretary, class and student body president, Spanish Club secretary and president and member of the High School Bowl Academic Team.
Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club members welcomed February Students of the Month. Seated from left, Emily Beers, Westfield Academy & Central; Emilie Christie, Chautauqua Lake Central; standing from left, Lena Young, Sherman Central; Matthew Siragusa, Brocton Central.
The 2014 National Merit Program named Emilie a Commended Student. The Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award also was given and the 2013 Jamestown Community College Connections Student of the Year was awarded.
Emilie also participates in girls' Varsity Tennis as team captain, has performed with the CLCS Chorale and played singing and dancing parts in school musicals.
In the community, Emilie volunteers with Saint Mary of Lourdes Youth Group, junior high religious instruction, Sunday Mass lector and Friends in Lord's Places Young Adult Group. In addition, she has been a summer employee at Bemus Point Market since 2011.
The daughter of Jeffrey and Frances Christie of Mayville, Emilie plans to attend either John Carroll University, Catholic University of American or SUNY Geneseo to pursue a career in International Business or Diplomacy.
Matt Siragusa is a regular on the honor roll, National Honor Society, BCS Student of the Month honors and vice president of his sophomore class. He was selected in his junior year for the BCS Principal's Lunch for being cooperative, responsible and respectful.
The Brocton Review newspaper is on his writing list and he was awarded first place in the In Depth Story category by the New York State Press Association for his article, "About the Benefits of Running."
Matt is a Brocton Bulldogs athlete participating on the varsity basketball and baseball teams. In his junior year he was one of Brocton's representatives at the Athletic Leadership Symposium in Frewsburg.
Occasionally, Matt volunteers at the Dunkirk Soup Kitchen and volunteers at St. Anthony's Church in Fredonia. Last summer, he worked at Wendy's Restaurant.
The son of Paul and Kathy Siragusa, Matt has been accepted at SUNY Fredonia and has not decided on a major, which could include writing, athletics, psychology or science.
Lena Young, who ranks fourth in her class with a 97% Grade Point Average (GPA), has received 100% on her New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Level 6 vocal solo, the highest level one can sing or play at a NYSSMA solo festival. In addition, she attended Conference Allstate this winter.
Involved in drama club and school musicals for the past three years, Lena has been cast in musicals and has had a lead or supporting lead in all three of the plays in which she has been involved.
Currently, Lena serves as president of Student Council, Future Farmers of American Chapter and New York State District X.
Outside of school, Lena is active in her church and is an Ambassador Girl Scout. She has worked at Peek 'n Peak Resort as a ski instructor.
The daughter of Neil and Concetta Young, Lena plans to attend college for Music Performance or Primary Education.
Westfield Academy & Central
Emily Beers will add 17 Jamestown Community College credits to her Regents Diploma/Advanced Designation this year. Active in school organizations, she is a former member of the Environmental Club, class co-president and Junior/Senior Prom Committee member. She also is vice president for the Class of 2013 and National Honor Society.
Two of her numerous awards include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Rensselaer Medal and the 21st Century Leadership Award from Wells College.
A member of Runner's Club and Varsity Girls Track and Field Team, she has participated in cheerleading since 5th grade outside of school.
Emily volunteers her time at the Chautauqua County Health Department and the Thrifty Kitty. She also has been employed at Brazill's on Main.
The daughter of Jay and Alesa Beers of Westfield, Emily will attend either SUNY Geneso, Ithaca College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or SUNY Fredonia to pursue a degree in Biochemistry or Chemical Engineering.