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Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club honors its Scholars of the Month

October 5, 2016
Westfield Republican

Leadership, volunteer service and academic achievement are some of the common aspects that three local high school senior students share. At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville that was held at The Parkview in Westfield, Maddison Knapp of Westfield Academy & Central School, Molly Kucharski of Brocton Central School, and Taylor Phelps of Chautauqua Lake Central School were given recognition as "Scholars of the Month" for September 2016. A fourth student, one from Sherman Central School and who was unable to attend, will be announced and honored at a later date.

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville involves the above named four component school districts by asking their administrators and counselors to select one high school student for each of the ten months of September through June to be their "Scholars of the Month" representatives and to provide some biographical information about these students. The honorees and their parents are then invited by Dan Smith, this club's Youth Services Chair, to attend one meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville.

Maddison Knapp, a senior of Westfield Academy and Central School, is the daughter of Brenda Paternosh of Westfield. In addition to taking many challenging courses, such as Advanced Placement Micro Economics, and demonstrating academic success, Maddison participated on several athletic teams. She played modified and varsity soccer and currently serves as captain of her soccer team. She also participated in junior varsity and varsity basketball and varsity track. In her junior year Maddison represented WACS in the state championship in the 400 meter hurdles. Last year Maddison served as caption of both the basketball and track teams, and she will serve in the same capacity this year.

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Three area high school students, from left, Maddison Knapp - Westfield Academy & Central School, Taylor Phelps - Chautauqua Lake Central School, and Molly Kucharski - Brocton Central School were recently honored as “Scholars of the Month” by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville.

Maddison is a member of the National Honor Society and is the WACS Class of 2017 Vice President. She participates in Student Government, and is a four-year member of both the Senior High Chorus and Runner's Club. For the past two years Maddison has served as an intern in the WACS Athletic Department. At WACS, Westfield Memorial Hospital and the Westfield Recreation Department, Maddison has been a volunteer. In addition, she has held employment at Jack's Barcelona Drive-In. She plans to pursue her bachelor's degree in the fall of 2017.

Molly Kucharski, a senior of Brocton Central School, is the daughter of Mike and Jackie Kucharski. During her junior year, Molly was named to the Dean's List of Jamestown Community College for her academic achievement in both her World History and English courses. She received the George Eastman Young Leaders Award from the University of Rochester, and during the summer of her junior year, she was selected to attend the American Legion Association Girls State at SUNY Brockport. While at Girls State, Molly was elected as "County Executive." Molly has been a member of the National Honor Society since seventh grade. In November of 2015 the Brocton Teachers' Association honored her as its Student of the Month.

Throughout her high school career, Molly has held numerous leadership roles. She was a class officer in her freshman and junior years, Interact Club secretary, and French Club treasurer. Also, Molly has been very active in the Drama Club, and she has participated in her school's musicals since the fifth grade. In addition, she is a member of high school band, pep band and chorus. Outside of school Molly has danced for Tap "n" Toes for 14 years, and she annually devotes over 15 hours of service to her community. During the summer, Molly is employed as an office assistant at Chautauqua Energy. Molly plans to enroll in a college undergraduate program to study Marketing and Sports Management.

Taylor Phelps, a senior of Chautauqua Lake Central School, is the daughter of William and Katie Phelps of Ashville. Taylor, who currently is academically ranked in the top five of her senior class, has received academic awards in English 11 Honors and Spanish courses. She is the CLCS National Honor Society Secretary and also Student Administration Vice President. Taylor has been named CLCS Student of the Month, and last year she was nominated for and attended the Rotary SLAPSHOT (Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training), a weekend high school student leadership training program in Ancaster, Ontario.

In terms of athletics, Taylor has been a member of the varsity basketball team since her freshman year and has been a team captain. She is a four-year member of the varsity girls soccer team and is currently the team captain. In addition, Taylor has volunteered for the last three years for the Shooting Stars Youth Basketball Program.

Her other volunteer activities include helping with the Christmas movie night and Halloween Fun night at CLCS Elementary, working in the Thunderbird Athletic Club concession stand, and serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer. Each summer she is employed as a lifeguard at Camp Chautauqua. After graduation, Taylor plans to attend a four-year university, such as Notre Dame, University of Rochester or SUNY Binghamton, where her course of studies will prepare her for a career in international business or as a translator for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville salutes Maddison Knapp, Molly Kucharski and Taylor Phelps for their outstanding achievements and volunteer service to date, and it wishes them much success in college and in the future.



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