January Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School are Azumi Futatsugi, Jessica Lewis, Kira Mellors, Bryce Bentley, Ryan Wilson and Shannon McKee. This recognition program honors students in grades 7 through 12 whose classroom performance, attitude toward learning, work ethic and extra-curricular activities set them apart.
Senior Azumi Futatsugi is a Rotary International exchange student from Japan who currently resides with Kathleen Kennedy and Kent Mathewson of Mayville. Physics, child development, and chorus are Azumi's favorite subjects in school. She recently performed in the CLCS production of The Wizard of Oz, and she competes on the High School Bowl academic team. Azumi enjoys watching movies and walking outside. She plans to return to Japan and complete her final year of school there before beginning college studies to become an obstetrician. When asked what person in history she admires, Azumi said Ino Tadataka because he made a map of the coasts of Japan in the eighteenth century, and "the map was almost as perfect as the map we see these days." If she could be another person for one day, Azumi would choose a girl in a village in the Pacific Islands because "it would be interesting and different, and I don't have to care about time or age."
Jessica Nicole Lewis, daughter of Kerri Lewis of Dewittville, is a junior who says she loves all parts of school, but would choose global studies if she had to name a favorite subject. Jessica enjoys basketball, playing guitar, working out, drawing, driving, snowboarding, doing her homework, learning to fish, writing poems and listening to music. After high school, she would like to be a cook in the Navy. Jessica admires Martin Luther King, Jr., because "he fought for freedom, and his 'I Have a Dream' speech was incredible." If she could be another person for a day, Jessica would be her grandfather because "although he's gone, he was unbelievably strong as a whole and very smart."
Sophomore Kira Mellors, who is the daughter of Allen and Justine Mellors of Ripley, selects math as her favorite subject. Kira enjoys music. After high school, she would like to eventually become a nurse. The person from history Kira most admires is Gandhi, because "he is inspirational." If she could be another person for a day, Kira would choose "a teacher, to see what they have to deal with."
Bryce Bentley is the son of Preston and Sherri Bentley of Ripley. Bryce is a freshman who especially likes his global studies class. He enjoys playing basketball both for CLCS and outside of school. Bryce hopes to join the Coast Guard after graduation.
Ryan Courtney Wilson, an eighth grader, is the son of Laura and Steven Wilson of Mayville. Math and social studies are his favorite subjects. Ryan enjoys participating in Ski Club, snowmobiling, and swimming. After high school, he would like to go to college and then "get a good job."
When asked who he admires, he replied, "My family. We may not make famous history, but we make our own history every day. I admire my family because we all love and care for each other." If Ryan could be another person for one day, he would be a doctor, in order to see what the job is like.
Seventh grader Shannon McKee is the daughter of Lisa and David McKee of Chautauqua. Her favorite classes are social studies, science, Mandarin Chinese, and technology. Shannon competes on the CLCS soccer, basketball, and track teams; participates in Ski Club; performed in The Wizard of Oz; and plays the flute in the band, including the All-County and concert bands. Outside of school, Shannon enjoys participating in the YMCA basketball league, playing the flute, volunteering at the Chautauqua County Humane Society, and creating pottery. After high school she would like to attend culinary school to be a pastry chef. Shannon admires Sandra Day O'Connor because she was the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court. When asked who she would like to be for a day, Shannon said, "Buddy Valastro from the show Cake Boss, because he runs an amazing bakery and makes beautiful cakes. I want to be a pastry chef like him."
Teachers Amy Redman and Tara Reyda coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.
There is no photograph for Kira Mellors; she did not want her photo used.