The Rotary Club has chosen Students of the Month for March.
Patrick McCarthy is currently a senior at Fredonia High School. For most of his life, he lived in East Aurora and attended school there. In eighth grade his mother acquired a job in Dunkirk and she made the decision to go to the Fredonia School District.
McCarthy was always on the honor roll throughout middle school, so maintaining that award was a must for him in Fredonia; however, he also knew the importance of taking difficult classes. As a freshman, he took the only advanced class that was offered, Advanced English 9, along with other things like band, chorus and many regents classes, included accelerated math. This busy schedule made high school easier for him over the next three years. Over the course of his high school career, McCarthy has taken advanced English 9, 10, 11, advanced global 10 and AP US history. He is taking even more challenging courses during his senior year with three AP classes, AP government, AP physics and AP psychology. He always tries to challenge himself in the academic aspect of his life.
This competitive attitude also carried over in to the athletic part of his life. McCarthy has been a three-sport athlete for every year of high school. In football, he was a member of the team that boasts Far West Regional champions and State semi-finalists. Wrestling was his most successful and enjoyable sport. McCarthy was first-team all-league multiple times and was also a section place finisher for three straight years. The year he took second in section six and was able to qualify for the state meet with a wildcard. McCarthy also does track in the spring and this past year he took ninth place in section six for the 400 intermediate hurdles.
Music has also been an important part of McCarthy's life. He has always been a member of either the band or the chorus. This year he was unable to take part in chorus, but he did join the Fredonia Madrigals. He also made the decision to try out for the Fredonia High School musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie." To his surprise, he obtained a lead role in the show and loved every minute of it.
Matthew Schwerk is the son of Lauren (Reynolds) and Jim Schwerk. He is currently a senior at Fredonia High School, ranking 18 in his class of 113. He has achieved the Principal's Award every quarter of high school as he challenged himself with advanced and AP courses. In 10th grade he was enrolled in advanced English and global history courses; 11th grade he was enrolled in AP United States history; and this year he is enrolled in AP physics and psychology along with an advanced math, analysis of functions and differential calculus. In June he will graduate with an advanced Regents diploma with honors.
Along with a rigorous school schedule, Schwerk has played ice hockey for the Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association for the past fourteen seasons, and just finished his final season on the Midget Mohl team with a loss in the second round of playoffs. He also plays tennis for his high school team; he is going on his second season this month. Along with sports he has worked at Sunset Bay Beach for the past two summers, and he is currently working at Rite Aid in the D & F Plaza.
He tries to balance this all with being a member of the high school Key Club, and the new technology club. The technology club was brought about from his last year's technology class that came in third in the Jamestown Community College Lego Robotics competition. This year he hopes to attend the same competition with the club. He is also involved in the internship program with his high school and he is interning with Heidi Seddon at the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce.
After high school he will be attending Jamestown Community College for business administration and then he hopes to become a professional fire fighter.