Fredonia Rotary selected Stephanie Kaminski and Shane Murphy, both members of the Fredonia High School Class of 2012, as Students of the Month for May.
Kaminski is the daughter of Carl and Colleen Kaminski. She received the Principal's Award every year of her high school career. In her junior year, she took AP History and JCC Spanish 4. In her senior year, she took four more AP classes, including Psychology, US Government and Politics, English Literature and Composition and Calculus. She graduated in June with an Advanced Regents Diploma with honors.
Kaminski has played the flute since fifth grade and participated in the FHS Band her entire high school career. She participated in the pit orchestra for the musical production of "Fiddler on the Roof."
Kaminski plans on attending SUNY Fredonia where she will double major in childhood education and mathematics. In the future, she hopes to attain a career as a primary school teacher.
Murphy is the son of Sean and Jody Murphy. Throughout his high school studies, Murphy took two years of advanced English, a year of advanced Global Studies 10, four years of Regents sciences, a year of AP statistics and a year of English 12. He earned an Advanced Regents Diploma with honors.
Throughout high school, Murphy participated in every possible sports season. He did one season of basketball, three seasons of swimming, four seasons of tennis, and four seasons of cross country. In each sport, he was awarded the Coaches Award. For swimming he received MIP and the WDOE Swimmer of the Week. He reached sectionals on both the swimming and cross country teams. He plans on continuing sports in college at the intramural level.
Murphy was also involved in music, always participating in orchestra and chorus. He participated in the musical as well. Murphy was selected to go to the Chautauqua All County Festival every year. In orchestra, Murphy played the violin and held the second violin position his senior year; he performed in the general cast of the school's annual musical. In his last three high school years, Murphy had a principal role in the musical. He is also a member of the quartet, Fredonia Fourtet.
Every year, Murphy was selected as a Junior Leader/Student Leader for the FMS/BMS Quest. Murphy loves hiking and working with younger kids.
In his free time, he runs, reads fantasy novels, plays adventure and puzzle video games and goofs around with his musical instruments. Last summer he worked as store clerk for the Book Nook. He also plays at assorted parties, charities and wedding with the quartet.
Murphy will be attending SUNY at Fredonia in the fall. His major is currently undecided, but he plans to focus on music and science.