Christian Saden and Megan Gugino were selected as Kiwanis Students of the Month for October.
Saden is the son of LuAnn Saden. He has been on the Honor Roll regularly throughout high school, and is also ranked in the top five in his class. He has taken Advanced English in grades nine through 11, along with Advanced Global in tenth grade and AP US History in eleventh grade. Saden is currently taking three AP classes: AP Calculus, AP Physics, and AP Psychology. His other classes at the high school include Broadcast Journalism and Economics. Saden will be graduating with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors next June.
In each year in high school, Saden has been named a scholar athlete. He is a three sport athlete participating in football, wrestling, and baseball at Fredonia. Saden was a member of the New York state semi-finalist football team in 2010 playing on the offensive line as a sophomore. That year, he was selected for Honorable Mention C South while only playing in one league game, and was also named as a member of the All-Far West Regional Team. Saden's playing time was limited during his junior season due to an ankle injury. As a wrestler, Saden has been a part of three League and Section Championship teams, as well as the No. 1 ranked Small School of New York team during the 2010-2011 season. This team was the first team in western New York history to accomplish this feat. Saden has been an All-League selection three times, All-Western New York twice, and has also placed second at the Sectional Tournament two years in a row. He was also a captain of the wrestling team during his junior year. In baseball, Saden has been a Class B2 Champion and League Champion as a sophomore and junior. During his junior season as a captain, Fredonia won the overall Section 6 Class B baseball title and reached the Far West Regional game, where they were one pitch away from the State Semi-Finals in Binghamton. This year, Saden was Honorable Mention All-League as an infielder.
Saden has worked as a youth wrestling coach for the Town of Pomfret and also does landscaping work. He has raised money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute and for the Fredonia All-Sports Boosters through various fundraising activities. Saden enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends, when he's not busy with a school sport.
Saden is looking forward to attending a four-year school after graduating in June, and possibly majoring in either physical therapy or engineering.
Megan Gugino is the eldest daughter of Kirk Gugino and Amy Gugino and lives in the town of Forestville. She is currently a senior, and also a tuition student, at Fredonia High School. She has been on honor roll every quarter all through high school and has taken many advanced classes and is also taking AP Statistics this year. She also loves her art classes. Each year in high school, Gugino has always had at least one art class, and in her senior year she has managed to get into three. In June 2013, Gugino will be graduating with an Advanced Regents Diploma. Gugino has also applied to join the National Honor Society at Fredonia.
Gugino is not only a devoted student in the area of her academics but also in the sports she participates in. In the fall, she has played volleyball for the last five years. She started in eighth grade when the first modified volleyball team was created in 2008. In ninth grade, she received the MIP (Most Improved Player) award and in 10th grade she received the Coach's Award.
In the spring and summer of her freshman and sophomore years, Gugino rode and showed horses competitively. As her junior year came up, she decided to downsize from riding to showing a miniature horse in hand classes. She says it gave her more time for getting into shape for volleyball season in the fall and more time to attend all practices. She hopes to enter her miniature horse in their first show this coming spring.
Gugino has participated in many Christmas productions at her church where she has had a leading role, several solos, and parts in the productions choir. Aside from the Christmas productions, she has expressed an interest in learning the piano or possibly the drums.
Gugino is not only an active participant in school, but also out of school as well. She is always helping out at their church whether it is working the book table before the service or helping with children in the nursery, she is always doing something. She has also been volunteering for six years for overhead ministry and has volunteered in the live-streaming ministry (camera operator and set-up the recording program each service) for the last four years. She is often at the church two to six times a week. She is also part of a mentoring group led and run by the senior pastor of Family Church of Chautauqua County, Pastor Michal Lokietek, who is also one of Gugino's mentors. She also works part-time at Loyal Oak Greenhouses which is owned by her father.
As for the future, Gugino is not sure of many things but she is positive that she wants to attend JCC through the Unified Student Assistance (USA Program), majoring in business administration and fine arts: studio arts. After that, she has not decided whether she wants to continue her education or go out to California and attend World Harvest Bible Training Center. Gugino hopes to open her own business or became an art therapist or a hippotherapist (someone who uses horses for therapy) or maybe do all three. She would love to continue playing volleyball throughout college and her life for as long as possible.