The Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club was host to four December Students of the Month, each from a school district affiliated with the club. They were introduced by Crystal Laymen, Phyllis Crockett and Dan Smith, all Rotarians.
Ryan Eliason is ranked seventh in his senior class with a 93 percent grade point average at Sherman Central. He has been on the Honor Roll since sixth grade and is on track to graduate with an Advanced Regents diploma. Currently, he is taking Jamestown Community College English and will take JCC Statistics in the spring to graduate with nine college credits. He was inducted into the National Honor Society this past fall.
Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club Students of the Month were, seated, Ryan Eliason of Sherman; standing from left, Haleigh Hoebener, WACS; Emily Crandall, Brocton; and Jessica Fortney, CLCS.
Sherman Central held its first musical in many years in November with Eliason in the lead role of the Scarecrow. More than 600 attended during its three-night run, each a sell-out.
Eliason is one of a few male voices in the senior choir. In addition, he represents the senior class as part of the student council, and, each morning, he co-anchors the Channel 9 news show.
After school, Eliason likes to work out in the school's new weight room. Outside of school, he enjoys snowboarding and working at Peek 'n Peak.
The son of Dave and Chris Eliason of Findley Lake, his siblings are Shane and Holly and he enjoys his dog, Digger. After high school, Eliason plans to attend college at Point Park in Pittsburgh to major in business.
Emily Marie Crandall, a senior at Brocton Central, has a current cumulative 94.63 percent average and is ranked fifth in her class.
Recipient of the 2010-11 Student of the Year for the College Connections Program at JCC, Crandall also received the October Student of the Month this year, was nominated for the Business First magazine and has been vice president of her class for four years. During her junior and senior years, she was elected vice president of the National Honor Society in which she was inducted in her eighth grade year. In addition, she was elected secretary of Student Council during her senior year and has participated in band and chorus for seven years.
Crandall also is an active Lady Bulldogs athlete. She has participated in volleyball since eighth grade and varsity for three years, including most valuable player and has been on the softball team for nine years, four of which were playing varsity. She has received awards in both sports.
A volunteer outside of school, she is a member and involved in the Tri-Church Parish's ham dinner and Brocton's annual downtown clean-up.
The daughter of Todd Crandall and Laura Geraci, she has a younger sister. Crandall plans to attend Kent State and is undecided on her choice of a major.
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE CENTRAL
Jessica Fortney will graduate in the top five percent of her class and will receive an Advanced Regents with Honor diploma.
An officer of Student Administration since ninth grade, she is currently vice president. In addition, Jessica is co-vice president of the National Honor Society and member of High School Bowl Academic team and Spanish Club.
Fortney has been named Student of the Month three times, on the JCC part-time Student Dean's list, RIT Innovation and Creativity and the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and scholarship. She has participated in the Distinguished Women of Lakewood Area (formerly called Junior Miss) and won first place. She now will compete at the state level.
Outside of school, Fortney has spent more than 120 hours as the pianist for Community Bible Church, the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign, American Red Cross blood drive, Camp Onyasha and Angel Food Ministries.
In her spare time, she enjoys piano, reading, guitar, bass, drums, singing, knitting, crocheting, dance and gymnastics. She also is an employee of Haff Acres Farm in Mayville.
The daughter of Brian and June Fortney of Mayville, Fortney plans to attend a four-year university Roberts Wesleyan, Grove City, Geneseo or Fredonia to pursue a degree in engineering.
WESTFIELD ACADEMY AND CENTRAL
Haleigh Hoebener, a senior at WACS, is enrolled in JCC English, Calculus, Regents Physics, Functional Anatomy of the Limbs, We The People and additional graduation requirements. She will have earned 17 college credits and graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors.
During the past four years, she has participated in a history competition sponsored by the New York State Historical Association, the goal being that students create a thesis regarding a historical topic. Students perform in-depth research and present their work by creating an exhibit or project. In the competition, students are interviewed by experts in the field, judged on the quality of their research and then communicate what they learn. Hoebener has advanced to the state competition in Cooperstown during this period and has made it twice to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
Hoebener has been a two-year member of Key Club, a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams, having served as captain in her sophomore year, and has participated on the track and field team.
In the community, Hoebener volunteers her time at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church and Key Club.
The daughter of Karl and Natalie Hoebener, Hoebener plans to attend the University at Buffalo, St. Bonaventure University or the University of Texas to pursue a degree in pharmacy or special education.