The Kiwanis Students of the Month for March are Samantha Kate Wacenske and Tyler Lokietek.
Wacenske is the daughter of Lenard and Jennifer Wacenske. She is a senior at Fredonia High School eagerly anticipating the adventures that lie ahead for her. In high school, she has made the honor roll every quarter for four years. Wacenske has taken multiple advanced courses, which consist of Advanced English for three years and Advanced Global 10. She has also been on the Advanced Mathematics track since the eighth grade. She is currently enrolled in three AP classes, which are AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus and AP U.S. Government. During all four years, she has been pursuing the requirements for the Business and Marketing Honor Society, which requires students to have taken three business credits and maintain an 88 or higher. Wacenske has, however, taken five credits and maintains above a 90 average. When she graduates, she will receive an Advanced Regents Diploma.
Wacenske was a member of the cross country team for five years, which during that time she received the MIP and MVP awards. However, she decided not to run this year and concentrate on her academics and give more hours to her employer. Her junior year of high school she was a member of the yearbook staff. She is currently an honorary officer of the Key Club, where she enjoys volunteering and working with those individuals in her community to help them personally and better the community as a whole.
For her entire life, Wacenske has been a member of The Salvation Army and has participated in many volunteer activities for the organization which consist of bell ringing, volunteering in the Food Pantry, and the annual Christmas food and toy distribution. She participates in the Morning Worship by running the multimedia equipment. She has also been employed at the local Tim Horton's Cafe and Bake Shop for four years, mainly based in Fredonia, but she has worked in all of the local locations at some point.
After high school, Wacenske will be attending Baldwin Wallace University where she has received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Academics. Wacenske plans to major in international business with a minor in public relations.
Lokietek is the son of Maridyth Drummond and Andy Lokietek. He is a senior at Fredonia High School and ranked within the top 20 percent of his class. He is a member of the 3-1-3 program at Fredonia State and has taken his English, government and economics requirements there. Last year as a junior Lokietek won the award of Student of the Year through JCC as he took one of its accounting courses at Fredonia High School. Lokietek will be graduating in June with an Advanced Regents Diploma With Honors.
Growing up, Lokietek has tested his skills in all kinds of sports. The one that stuck out the most and Lokietek is most passionate about is hockey. He has grown up going to multiple tournaments and he thinks that there is nothing better than that experience. Now that Lokietek has reached the end of his high school sports career, he has continued to go to the gym as many days as he can and hopes to carry out his hockey career as long as he can.
Last year and this year, Lokietek helped on a few issues within the yearbook staff at Fredonia High School. He has tried to focus on his school work and hasn't had much job experience except for some summer landscaping work this past summer. He hopes to find some more strenuous work this summer.
Because of 3-1-3, Lokietek is already accepted to Fredonia State College. He plans on staying in Fredonia for college to save some money. Lokietek plans on majoring in business in hopes of owning his own business in something he loves to do or working his way through jobs until he becomes successful.