MAYVILLE - Secondary school principal Josh Liddell has announced the top students in the Chautauqua Lake Central School Class of 2013, Erica Yi Chun Xue Homme and Mary Abigail Schmitz. Both Homme and Schmitz were members of the CLCS Envirothon Team that recently won the regional event and went on to represent Chautauqua County in the state competition. They have both been recognized by their teachers for excellence in AP Environmental Science and in French 5, earned Academic Letters and have been named to the JCC Dean's List for part-time students; and each received a Gold Honor Pin for an academic average 94.5 percent or higher, a CLCS Academic Excellence Award and several other scholarships at Honor Night ceremonies in early June.
Homme, the valedictorian, is the daughter of Dena Carlson of Ashville and Russell Homme of Stockton.
Throughout her high school career, Homme has played on the varsity soccer and track teams and competed on the High School Bowl academic team. She has also participated in Student Administration and is a Peer Tutor and this year served on the yearbook staff. Every year during high school, Homme has played French horn in the band and performed in the school musicals.
She has been named a Student of the Month for three consecutive years and twice received Scholar Athlete Awards. This year Homme was honored as a Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club Student of the Month. This year she earned awards for excellence in Calculus and in English 12, and as a junior she was honored with the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal, the Air Force Math and Science Award, and for achieving the highest grade point average in pre-calculus.
Homme has helped clean up Rails to Trails and volunteered at the Stockton Library, the Salvation Army, Halloween Fun Night at CLCS, and the Mayville Winter Festival, as well as many National Honor Society service projects. This year she also assisted with the fifth/sixth grade musical, helped at track meets, and with members of Student Administration she raked lawns for community residents.
She plans to attend the State University of New York at Geneseo for pre-medical studies in order to eventually become a doctor.
Schmitz, the salutatorian, is the daughter of Elizabeth and Jon Schmitz of Mayville.
Throughout her high school career, Schmitz has been active in Student Administration, on the High School Bowl academic team, and as a peer tutor. She has been a member of the Sources of Strength leadership team and the National Honor Society; participated in French Club; co-edited the school newspaper, The Bird's Beak; and for two years has been editor of the yearbook. Last year she was a student representative to the Secondary School Building Team. She recently helped found the Rotary Interact Club at CLCS.
Schmitz acted in the school musicals, sang in the chorus and chorale, and played trumpet in the band. She has been recognized with several awards for competing on the soccer, track and basketball teams; and she has been named a Scholar Athlete each year. Last winter she participated in Swim and Dive Club.
She has been named a Student of the Month each year during high school, was honored by the Mayville-Chautauqua Lions Club as a Junior Lion of the Month, and recently received the DAR History Award, as well as recognition from her teachers for achievement in Social Studies 12 and TV Productions. In 2012 Schmitz was named Jamestown Community College Connections Student of the Year for dual-enrollment courses taught at CLCS. She also received the Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award, the University of Rochester Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award and the Student Sage Award from Russell Sage College.
In the Lakewood Area Distinguished Young Women 2012 competition, Schmitz won honors for academics and for poise. She was selected by Rotary District 7090 to attend the SLAPSHOT 2012 youth leadership conference in Ancaster, Ontario.
Schmitz is also an active participant in the larger community, volunteering for various activities at St. Mary of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, where she is a lector, and helping at the Chautauqua Children's School in the summer. As a member of Youth Making a Difference, she helped develop community service opportunities for Chautauqua Lake students.
Following graduation, she will live in Belgium for a year on a Rotary Club Youth Exchange. She plans to study English and French at Elmira College, then join the Peace Corps.