As the end of another school year approaches, Westfield/Mayville Rotarians continue to welcome Students of the Month. Among the April honorees, all three young ladies are seniors at their schools, Brocton Central, Westfield Academy and Central and Sherman Central. Because of exams, Chautauqua Lake Central's Student of the Month will join the May group.
Courtney Ransom from Brocton is ranked 11th in her class with a 97 grade point average. She is the managing editor of The Brocton Review, the school's award-winning newspaper; was a student of the month and has achieved high honor roll every quarter.
During her junior year, Ransom received the Jamestown Optimist Citizen Award and was invited to join a developing group called Sources of Strength; students who help other students deal with bullying and how to feel good about themselves. She also kept busy in her freshman and sophomore years by participating in the All-County Music Festival, membership in chorus and band and taking part in the varsity bowling team and cheerleading. In addition, she was active in competitive cheerleading and dancing, as well as taking dance lessons at two different studios.
Students of the Month who visited Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club in April were, from left, Chloe Forsell, WACS; Courtney Ransom, Brocton Central; and Breanna Stoddard, Sherman Central.
Outside of school, Ransom enjoys dancing and working with younger children. She has done volunteer work with the Brocton-Portland Little League for the past three years by working in the snack stand and helping coach a T-ball team. She also has volunteered since seventh grade with Tap 'N' Toes dance lessons as an assistant teacher and choreographer in Brocton.
The daughter of Adam and Kim Morello, Ransom plans to attend SUNY Fredonia to major in business administration and minor in dance studio administration. She hopes to some day have her own dance studio while also maintaining a steady career in financing.
Chloe Forsell is enrolled in English, Aural Skills and Calculus at Jamestown Community College in addition to her WACS courses, plus regents Physics, We the People and additional graduation requirements. She will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation and Honors with Mastery in Science and Mathematics.
A four-year member of the Environmental Club, Forsell also served as class president, treasurer and now secretary, was on Prom Committee in junior year and is a member of High School Academic Bowl. She also participated in the Ophelia Project as well as Faith, Hope, Love Bible study and has played junior varsity for one year and varsity soccer for three years.
Selected for induction into National Honor Society in her sophomore year, Forsell received the Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation and Creativity Award and the Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award in her junior year.
Forsell has been a member of the Senior High Chorus and Band for the past four years, a member of Westwinds, the all-female singing Firecrackers and the Jazz and McClurg Street String bands. She was a participant in the musicals "Pirates of Penzance," "Hairspray," "Trial by Jury," "The Selfish Giant" and was a choreographer for "Lucky Duck."
A member of the Westfield United Methodist Church Youth group, Forsell participated in the 30-Hour Famine and recycling. In addition, she is employed by the local McDonalds. For the past 12 years, Forsell has performed with the Center Stage Dance Studio, works as a studio assistant, helps with showcase fundraising and performs in several programs during the year.
The daughter of Mathilde Forsell of Westfield, Forsell will attend SUNY Geneseo to pursue a degree in English and French.
Breanna Stoddard traveled to Indianapolis in October to compete in the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Food Science and Technology Career Development event after placing first in the NYS FFA Food Science and Technology career development event. In addition, Stoddard took silver placing nationally, both individually and with her team. She also is in the process of receiving her Empire Degree in May, which is the highest honor an FFA member can receive at state level.
As a consistent recipient of Honor Roll status each quarter, Stoddard is 11th in her class rankings at Sherman Central with a grade point average of 93 each quarter.
Throughout high school, Stoddard has been the scorekeeper for various school sports, including girls' basketball, baseball and modified softball. She also has been an active member of the FFA Chapter and has held the offices of president, vice president, treasurer, sentinel and historian. In addition, she participates in the Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) for which she is treasurer.
Stoddard also has been involved in Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) and choir during high school years. She continues to contribute community service through her church youth group and FFA. She has participated in the Chautauqua County Footsteps Program in the past as a candidate as well as a team member and has been a member of the county 4-H program by showing dairy cattle at the county fair.
Currently employed at Red's Best Pancake House, Stoddard also has worked for Crump's Dairy Farm, Sherman Central School and Tops Friendly Markets. When not working or in school, she can typically be found babysitting multiple families throughout the community.
The daughter of Gary and Cindy Stoddard of Sherman, Stoddard will major in human services at JCC. After receiving her associate's degree, she hopes to pursue a Bachelor's degree in social work at SUNY Fredonia and then complete her education at the University of Buffalo or University of Pittsburgh Bradford by obtaining a master's degree in social work.