Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for February achievements, are Allison Cummings, Breeza Alfaro, Chadelynn Johnson, Patrisha Elder, Amelia Brown and Lily Woodis. 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 Allison Cummings is the daughter of Scot and Beth Cummings of Mayville. Government, economics, accounting, Business Ownership, and Sports Marketing are the subjects she enjoys the most. Allie has competed on the CLCS varsity softball team for two years and is currently the editor of the yearbook, Legend. As a sophomore, she earned an English award for her exemplary anthology. Outside of school, Allie enjoys participating in her youth group, spending time with friends, and cheering on the athletic teams at Chautauqua Lake. The person in history whom she most admires is Rosa Parks because "she fought for the end of segregation in the United States." If Allie could be another person for a day, she would choose former collegiate All-American softball player Jennie Finch because "she is an amazing pitcher and is so strong. She is able to do anything life puts in front of her." After graduation, Allie plans to attend Jamestown Business College to study marketing and management, to prepare for a job in that field.
Breeza Alfaro, daughter of Oralia Alfaro of Ripley, is a junior who says Spanish and Culinary Arts are her favorite subjects. She has achieved merit and honor roll status this school year. Outside of school, Breeza enjoys babysitting her niece, watching Netflix, and playing basketball. She admires Rosa Parks as a great historical figure because "she helped fight for civil rights." If she could be another person for a day, Breeza would choose the late singer-songwriter Selena Quintanilla because "she is well-known as a young artist. She spoke Spanish and English. I would want to see how she lived her life as an artist at her age." Breeze looks forward to attending college and helping others by becoming either a social worker or a counselor.
Sophomore Chadelynn Rae Johnson, who is the daughter of Doug and Amy Johnson of Mayville, selects math and science as her favorite subjects. Since seventh grade, Chay has competed on the JV volleyball team and the varsity softball team. As a sophomore, she was named a second team All-Star for softball. Outside of school, Chay enjoys playing travel softball. She says she admires Jackie Robinson, "who inspired me because he broke the color barrier in baseball. Even with threats, he never gave up." When asked what person she would like to be for a day, Chay chose Yan Gomes of the Cleveland Indians, explaining, "He catches for some of the best people in Major League Baseball, and he plays the position I love." She looks forward to attending college to learn physical or occupational therapy and to coach softball.
Patrisha Mae Elder, a freshman, is the daughter of Patrick and Wanda Elder of Ripley. Algebra and Culinary Arts are her favorite classes this year. Trish has competed on the track team since eighth grade. She has won awards for her contributions to track and field and basketball. Outside of school, Trish enjoys working out in the gym, distance running, and bicycle riding. The person she most admires is her great-grandfather because "he served in World War II. He is a hero and part of the Greatest Generation." The person she would like to be for a day is guidance counselor Jessica Cowan because "she is kind and always helps others." After high school, Trish plans to prepare for a career as a therapist.
Eighth grader Amelia Christine Brown is the daughter of Thad and Leslie Brown of Ripley. Math is her favorite subject this year. Since seventh grade, Amelia has competed on the varsity girls' swim team, the varsity track and field team, and the modified basketball team. She admires Amelia Earhart because "she showed courage and was hardworking. She never gave up on her dreams." Continuing with the "Amelia" theme, she would like to be children's book character Amelia Bedelia for a day because "she always sees thing in a positive way." She looks forward to attending college and is considering a career as a teacher or a pediatric dentist.
Seventh grader Lily Belle Woodis is the daughter of Heather and Michael Woodis of Dewittville. Social studies and gym are her favorite subjects. This year, Lily has competed on the modified volleyball and softball teams and the JV basketball team; this winter she was named Most Valuable Player in two basketball tournaments. Lily has also been on the high honor roll each quarter of this school year. Outside of school, Lily participates in 4-H Club, Chautauqua County Holstein Club, and AAU Basketball. She admires basketball's Larry Bird because "he could carry his team without being a selfish player. He used his teammates whenever he could and made really awesome passes." If she could be someone else for a day, Lily would want to be Katie Lou Samuelson, a basketball player for the University of Connecticut Huskies. Lily explains, "She is an amazing player who plays for her team, not herself. Also, she is 6'3"!" After high school, Lily would like to attend University of Connecticut to play basketball.
Teachers Amy Redman and Tara Reyda coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.