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Rotary welcomes December Students of the Month

January 9, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The female gender dominated December's Students of the Month for the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club when four lovely young ladies, all high school seniors, were introduced by Vocational Service Chair Dan Smith and Assistant Phyllis Crocket. All four received a Rotary plaque and pen.

Brocton Central School

Alison Wahl is ranked sixth in her class and is a regular on the honor roll. In her junior year, she received the High School Academic Achievement Award in Spanish from St. Bonaventure.

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Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club members welcomed December’s Students of the Month. These four young ladies, seated from left to right, are: Alison Wahl, Brocton Central School; and Kayla Bentham, Westfield Academy and Central School. Standing from left to right are: Jessica Latimer, Chautauqua Lake Central School; Michaela Yaw, Sherman Central School.

Vice president of her class all four years of high school, Wahl was elected president of the Junior National Honor Society in her sophomore year and was inducted in to the National Honor Society in her junior year.

Wahl is a member of the Brocton Envirothon team, which took second place at the Chautauqua County Envirothon last year. In addition, she has played various instruments in the band for eight years and was elected vice president in her senior year.

A member of the girls' varsity soccer and tennis teams her freshman year, Wahl played varsity volleyball her junior and senior years. She also is one of the editors for the school newspaper, the "Brocton Review."

Wahl gives back to the community with multiple volunteer projects with the Rotary-related Interact Club and volunteers at Agri Business Child Development, helping out with children aged 4 to 9 during the summer. She also has volunteered at numerous events held for children at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club.

The daughter of Susan Buck and Timothy Wahl, Alison plans to attend Pennsylvania State University in Erie for chemistry and continue to earn her Master's in Education.

Chautauqua Lake Central School

Jessica Latimer, ranked in the top 10 of her class, will graduate with Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors. During her high school years, she spent a year in Spain studying and immersing herself in that country's culture as part of the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club's Exchange Program.

At Chautauqua Lake Central School, Latimer enrolled in Advanced Placement classes and most of Jamestown Community College's classes. In addition, during her high school career, she has participated with yearbook staff, peer educators and tutoring, student administration, Spanish Club, National Honor Society and the High School Bowl Academic team.

Latimer was selected to participate in the "Leadership Launch" with New York Senator Catherine Young. Volunteer work outside of school includes being a soccer coach, a swimming instructor, participation in two cancer walks, Westfield Memorial Hospital, Red Cross blood drives, Salvation Army bell ringing and other drives through the National Honor Society.

The daughter of Brenda and David Latimer of Mayville, Jessica plans to continue her education at a four-year university, perhaps Northwestern University or Boston College, to pursue a career in medicine.

Sherman Central School

Michaela Yaw is ranked fifth in her class and maintains a grade point average of 97. She was inducted into the National Honor Society in the fall and her course load includes physics, AP chemistry, AP calculus and Jamestown Community College English.

She has played softball since ninth grade and volleyball since her junior year.

As a member of 4-H, Yaw participates in the hog and steer programs. During the summer, she shows and sells the animals she raises for these projects at the Chautauqua County Fair. In her first year showing hogs, Yaw received first place in her showmanship class.

Yaw contributes community service through her church youth group, and she attended Footsteps in the spring of 2010. She has worked or is currently employed at Peek'n Peak Ski Resort, Boxcar Barney's Ice Cream, Sherman Country General and Tenpas Farms.

The daughter of Kenneth and Maureen Yaw, Michaela lives in Sherman with the Sweatman family and her youngest sister, Bridget. Being the youngest two out of 10 children, her other eight siblings are spread across the U.S. and as far away as Iraq.

After graduation, Yaw hopes to attend the University of Vermont to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in psychology after which she would like to attend chiropractic school to start her career as a chiropractor.

Westfield Academy and Central School

Kayla Bentham excels in English, history, mathematics and science. She is enrolled in We the People and economics and will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. A member of Jamestown Community College's "College Connections" program, she has been enrolled in English, calculus and music theory and will graduate with 13 college credits.

During the past three years, Bentham has been a member of the anti-bullying program, the Ophelia Project and was inducted into the National Honor Society in her sophomore year.

A member of the senior high chorus and band, Bentham served as the treasurer of the Senior High Band for the past three years. In addition, she is a member of Westwinds and Firecrackers, an all-female signing group. She also has appeared in the musicals "Our Town," "Hairspray" and "Lucky Duck."

Bentham is a six-year member of the varsity soccer team, serving as captain for the past four years. In addition, she participated on the varsity track and field team during her freshman year, played varsity girls' basketball in ninth and 10th grades and played varsity tennis in her junior year.

Bentham volunteers her time as a youth soccer coach and referee for both the Westfield and Fredonia recreation departments and has played on numerous travel soccer teams.

Employed at the Thai restaurant, Bentham is the daughter of Larry and Cara Bentham and will graduate one semester early in the spring of 2013 to enroll at Point Park University in Pittsburgh where she will join the soccer team. In addition, she will pursue a degree in sports, art and entertainment management.



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