Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for February/March achievements, are Megan Stahlsmith, Rebecca Wescott, Holly Nelson, Madison Dudley, Sydney Lachajczyk and Olivia Anderson. 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 Megan Stahlsmith is the daughter of Dennie Stahlsmith of Mayville and Brian Stahlsmith of Stedman. History and Spanish are Megan's favorite subjects. She plays on the varsity tennis team, is the editor of the yearbook, is the secretary of both the Senior Class and National Honor Society, and was the student director of the secondary school musical, The Wizard of Oz. Megan enjoys baking, reading, shopping, painting and traveling. Outside of school, Megan participates in Chautauqua County Footsteps and in the Hurlbut Memorial Community Church youth group, Meal Ministry and Nurture Committee. After graduation, she will attend Miami University of Ohio to major in social work; after college she would like to join the Peace Corps and eventually be a high school guidance counselor. When asked what person in history she most admires, Megan chose Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg, who as a rescuer in the Holocaust led one of the most extensive and successful rescue efforts. "It was because of him that tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews were saved from deportation," Megan explained. "Raoul was a rescuer in a sea of bystanders, and he is the type of courageous person I want to be." If she could be another person for one day, Megan would choose Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, because "she is so class and elegant. I would also love to be a princess, even if it is just for a day."
ReBecca Gift Wescott, daughter of Jeanette Sudul of Ripley, is a junior who says English and American Sign Language are her favorite classes. Rebecca enjoys singing in the Chautauqua Lake chorus, going on walks, reading, playing video games, taking pictures, four-wheeling, watching movies, and being with friends. In college she might study for a career in criminal justice, media arts, graphic design, or to become a therapist. Rebecca admires Martin Luther King, Jr., because "he stood up for his rights and was an honorable man." To be another person for a day, Rebecca would like to be Travis Barker, the drummer of the rock band Blink-182, because "he's an amazing drum player and is inspirational!" She would also like to be Adam Levine because "he's a great singer and I love to sing, plus, he's a really awesome dude!"
Sophomore Holly Alexandra Nelson, who is the daughter of Gary and Nancy Nelson of Ashville, selects English, science, global studies and health as her favorite subjects. Holly enjoys playing soccer, participating in Ski Club, running, reading, listening to music, jogging, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. After high school, Holly would like to go to college to prepare for a career in the health field. When asked whom she most admires, she chose Martin Luther King, Jr., because "he brought people closer and had the courage and passion to help defeat racism." If she could be another person for a day, Holly would be Taylor Swift because "I would love to travel the world like she does on her concert tours."
Madison Lynn Dudley is the daughter of Jason and Julie Dudley of Mayville. Madison is a freshman who enjoys global studies, algebra and Spanish. Outside of school, she enjoys All-Star Cheerleading, baking, and nail art. Future plans for Madison include attending college.
Sydney Lachajczyk, an eighth grader, is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Lachajczyk. Her favorite subjects are English and band, where Sydney enjoys playing the saxophone. She also swims, dives and runs track; outside of school she likes to go to the Blue Devil Divers Club in Fredonia. After high school, she would like to earn a college degree. When asked whom she most admires, she replied, "I admire anyone who has served in the military because they are true heroes." If Sydney could be another person for one day, she would be "any one of my grandparents because they are all amazing people, and I admire them so much."
Seventh grader Olivia Rose Anderson is the daughter of Jon and Kelly Anderson of Mayville. Her favorite class is social studies. Olivia is the Student Council president and plays on the varsity softball, JV volleyball and modified basketball teams. She also participates in Lightning travel softball and Babe Ruth softball. Outside of school, Olivia enjoys snowboarding, reading and swimming. She would like to play softball in college. Olivia admires Rosa Parks because she "stood up for what she believed in and didn't back down." When asked whom she would like to be for a day, Olivia chose "Abraham Lincoln because he accomplished so much."
Teachers Amy Redman and Tara Reyda coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.