GOWANDA - Gowanda High School has announced its November Students of the Month, with outstanding students selected in several different categories:
Alexa Farner, Grade 12 - ELA
Farner was nominated by Carol Propp. She is a student who has continually challenged herself with upper level college credit classes. Farner is always prepared for class, very poised during presentations and easily able to express her points of view during discussions. Farner is the epitome of a scholar athlete who not only participates in three sports, yet is able to maintain her average on the high honor roll. She participates in varsity volleyball, basketball and softball along with a travel softball team, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend a four-year college to pursue a career in engineering.
Cassondra Conklin, Grade 9 - Mathematics
Conklin was nominated by Barb Baer. She diligently completes assignments, works to achieve excellence on projects, tests, and quizzes, and uses class time wisely. She had the highest average in her math course. Conklin created an amazing model container home with a working chandelier for the quarter research project. Conklin participates in football and basketball cheerleading, as well as chorus. She plans on taking veterinary science at BOCES and hopes to attend JCC after high school to become a veterinarian dealing mainly with household pets.
Jarred Krajewski, Grade 9 - The Arts
Krajewski was nominated by Cassey Mohr because of his excellent attitude and his artistic abilities. Krajewski participates in jazz band and is first chair for alto saxophone. He also bowls for the Panthers. After high school he plans to go to college to be a DEC officer, which he feels would be a perfect fit for him since he loves the outdoors.
Jenna Grainer, Grade 11 - Science
Grainer was chosen by John Spiegel. She was nominated because she is active in athletics (swimming), the arts (school musical) and school functions (student council treasure and school part-time lifeguard). Outside school, Grainer is also active at St. Joe's R.C. Church and participates in youth court. With everything going on in her life she also maintains a high honor average of 95.17 percent at Gowanda High School. Upon graduation, Grainer plans to continue her college education in criminal justice and have a career in the FBI.
Joseph Kruszka, Grade 9 - Physical Education
Kruszka was nominated by Amy Cassidy due to his perfect attendance record. Not only does Kruszka come to every class prepared to work, he displays proper sportsmanship and gives each activity his personal best. Kruszka always shows Panther Pride in his work and strives for excellence. He is a pleasure to have in class and sets an example for his peers. He is a three-sport athlete and hopes to have a future career than involves sports.
Justin Sowa, Grade 12 - Social Studies
Sowa was nominated by Dan Ratel because he is a hardworking student who is excited to learn each day. He asks great questions and is always willing to help out his classmates on projects. Sowa made the greatest margins on his quarterly stock project in economics. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Ignite Youth Group at Gowanda Free Methodist church, he also participates in both varsity basketball and track. Upon graduation Sowa plans to attend a private college and major in a math or science field such as chemistry or engineering.
Kelsey Eddy, Grade 9 - LOTE
Eddy was nominated by David George-Shongo because she is an excellent example of someone who is dedicated to learning the Seneca language. She is one to lighten up the classroom and is academically driven. Eddy is a freshman taking a full class load with many of her subjects at the 10th grade level. She is involved in volleyball, track, band, chorus and the musicals. She plans to go to college and study medicine because it has always been an interest of hers.
Meaka Jimerson, Grade 11 - Panther PRIDE
A student chosen for Panther PRIDE illustrates, on a daily basis, what being a Panther means: prepared, respectful, involved, determined and excellence. Jimerson is a softball player for GHS and takes college level courses along with her required courses. After graduation she plans to study sports medicine and have her own sports injury clinic on the reservation.
Tara Soska, Grade 11 - Technology
Soska was nominated by Paula Ondus because she has done a great job in all of the business classes she has taken throughout her high school career. She is currently taking business math and for the first quarter had a 99 average. Soska is always prepared for class, is respectful of her classmates and teacher, and puts forth 100 percent effort in whatever she sets out to accomplish. She is a softball player for the Gowanda Panthers. She is looking to graduate early and has been taking extra classes in order to accomplish her goal. Even with her busy schedule, Soska was able to hit the high honor roll for first quarter. She plans to attend D'Youville college for nursing after graduation.