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Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club honors its Scholars of the Month

November 2, 2016
Westfield Republican

At the October 18 meeting of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville, three outstanding high school senior students were recognized for their many accomplishments. Samantha Bauer Chautauqua Lake Central School District, Emmanuelle Knappenberger Westfield Academy and Central School District, and Denali Smith of Brocton Central District were honored. The recognition was presented by Daniel Smith, Rotary District 7090 Youth Services Chair and Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville Youth Services Chair, and also by Luci Petrella, this Rotary Club's Youth Exchange Chair. The students were nominated to receive this recognition by administrators and counselors of their component school districts. They and their parents were invited to attend a dinner meeting held at The Parkview in Westfield. Rotarians were present to honor the students.

Samantha Bauer, who is the daughter of Todd and Susan Bauer of Chautauqua, will be graduating in June 2017 with an Advanced Regents Diploma. She is academically ranked in the top 20% of her class at Chautauqua Lake CSD. Excelling in academics, Samantha has been a VFW Voice of Democracy Essay Contest winner, Chautauqua Lake Student of the Month, and was recognized by her teacher for her achievement in Geometry. She currently holds the Treasurer role for both the National Honor Society and the Class of 2017 at CLCSD.

In addition, she was a leader of this school's Anti-Bullying Campaign, involved in Peer Mentoring, participated in concert band, and was a club member of Impact for Christian Teens.

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At a recent Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville meeting, three high school seniors (from left) Samantha Bauer, Chautauqua Lake Central School; Emmanuelle Knappenberger, Westfield Academy & Central School; and Denali Smith, Brocton Central School; were honored as this club’s “Scholars of the Month.”

Athletically, Samantha has been a basketball player, beginning on the JV team in the ninth grade, and moving up to the Varsity team during the same year. She has received the MVP and Coach's Awards for her efforts. Samantha, who has also been a member of the Varsity tennis team since her freshman year, has earned the awards of MVP and Chautauqua County "Best Sportsmanship," as well as being a Post-Journal "Player of the Week."

Outside of school, Samantha has volunteered for the Mayville Food Pantry, Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, and an American Red Cross blood drive. Also, she has refereed the elementary girls' Shooting Stars basketball games, and assisted the Thunderbird Athletic Club with its fundraisers, such as spaghetti dinners and golf scrambles. Her future plans include attending a four-year university, such as Wooster College or Forman University, where she will prepare for a career as either an orthodontist or a physical education teacher.

Emmanuelle Knappenberger, a Westfield Academy and Central School District senior, is the daughter of Lon and Kimberly Knappenberger of Westfield. Her rigorous coursework includes the Jamestown Community College's Connections Program courses of English 1510, 1530 and 1540, as well as Music 1510 and 1570. At the end of her high school career, she will have earned 15 college credits from Jamestown Community College.

For local high school credit, Emmanuelle is a participant in the "We The People" history competition, where she studies the U.S. Constitution and applies the document to real life situations and current events. Also, she is enrolled in Advanced Placement Micro Economics, A.P. Government,

Zoology, Utopian Literature, Psychology, Sociology, and additional graduation requirements. In June of 2017 she will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

Emmanuelle expresses her musical talents through her work in her Music Theory II and Voice courses. She is a four-year member of Senior High Chorus, and she plays the clarinet in the Senior High Band. Also, she is a member of Westwinds, a select choral ensemble, and Firecrackers, an all-female singing group. She has participated in the school musicals of Once on This Island, Tarzan, The Mikado, A Christmas Carol, and Cinderella. Emmanuelle is devoted to dance through her program at Center Stage Studio, where she takes ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap dance lessons. She has held employment at Webb's Captain's Table. In the fall of 2017 she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in Creative Writing and Editing, as she hopes to become an author in the future.

Denali Smith, who is the daughter of Peter and Renee Smith, is a senior who has regularly achieved the honor roll at Brocton Central School District. Academically she is ranked in the top 20% of her class. Denali had the opportunity to be one of two Brocton CSD students at this year's Empire Girls State, which was held at SUNY Brockport. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and has received numerous honors throughout her high school career, such as the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, the Riche Holliday Award, Brocton CSD Student of the Month in middle school and high school, and a Certificate of Recognition from the NYS Senate Youth Leadership program.

Denali has participated in the BCSD music program, beginning with elementary chorus and recently joining the school band. For the past eight years, she has been in the Drama Club and sung in the school musicals, starting with supporting roles and then earning leading ones. Denali has served as president of both the junior class and the French club. Presently she is vice president of the Interact Club, the Rotary International service organization for high school students. She is also a member of the Student Council, Book Club, Running Club, Envirothon, and Quest, a backpacking club.

Volunteerism is important to Denali. Some of the volunteer projects in which she has participated through the Interact Club, Honor Society, and Student Council include Coats for Kids, Blue Star Mothers, helping at the Westfield soup kitchen, and numerous community clean-up and fundraising events. Her favorite times as a volunteer include returning to the Quest backpacking club as junior leader during the past three years, and also helping to prepare dancers at the annual Tap n' Toes events.

In terms of athletics, Denali was the first-place female finisher in both of her races in her junior year, when she was a member of the running club. For seven years, she swam competitively for the Hammerhead Swim Club. She is a certified lifeguard, and this past summer she was a lifeguard for the City of Dunkirk at both of its beaches. Also, she was a lifeguard for Brocton's summer recreation program. Presently she lifeguards at Brocton CSD, teaches swim lessons to levels one and two students, and she works in the fitness center. During her few free times, Denali enjoys kayaking on Lake Erie. Denali will attend Jamestown Community College. Her goal is to pursue a medical career as an anesthesiologist, and perhaps participate in the Doctors Without Borders program.

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville congratulates Samantha Bauer, Emmanuelle Knappenberger and Denali Smith on their academic, athletic and extracurricular accomplishments and recognizes them for their positive attributes and volunteer service to their schools and communities.



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