One of the best ways Westfield-Mayville Rotarians welcomed a new year was to greet busy, energetic seniors from three schools in Rotary's membership area, according to New Generations chair Dan Smith.
The three who represented their schools and will graduate with very high honors were Ryan Mancuso of Brocton Central School, Allyson Cady of Sherman Central School and Rebekah Herr of Westfield Academy and Central School. Smith and NG assistants Phyllis Crocket and Crystal Schrantz each introduced one student.
Herr not only succeeds at WACS, she also will graduate with 17 credits from Jamestown Community College plus her high school credits. Additional high achievements include National Honor Society, Faith, Hope and Love Bible Club and a former membership in Origami Club and Big Brother/Big Sister. Herr also is a four-year member of high school chorus and Firecrackers, the all-female singing group.
Starting 2013 for the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club were Students of the Month in January, from left, Rebekah Herr, Westfield Academy and Central; Ryan Mancuso, Brocton Central; and Allyson Cay, Sherman Central School. Each will graduate with high honors in the spring.
Outside of school, Herr volunteers her time at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship Church, Westfield Community Kitchen, Footsteps as a youth leader and babysitting. She also has participated in 10 recitals and helps teach classes at Center Stage Dance Studio. She was employed at Penn-York Camp.
The daughter of the Rev. David and Gwendolyn Herr of Westfield, Rebekah plans to pursue a special education major and minor in dance at SUNY Fredonia.
Cady, a National Honor Society member and Student Council treasurer at SCS, will have earned 27 credit hours in SUNY Fredonia's 3-1-3 program. In addition, essay contests won include Robert H. Jackson, Holocaust Center of Buffalo and Martin Luther King, Jr.
In addition to participating in volleyball for three years, Cady also was in Westfield's Winter Music Festival with Sherman's high school choir.
Outside of school, she hunts with her father, snowmobiles with her family and has fun snowboarding. Currently employed part-time at Peak 'N Peek Resort, she will go to the Dutch Village Restaurant in the spring.
The daughter of Keith and Shelly Cady, Allyson plans to attend the University at Buffalo or SUNY Cortland to double major in international business and pre-law. She then will apply to William and Mary University to pursue an international business law career.
Mancuso, consistently on the honor roll, is ranked number one in his class. He is a director for the Rotary Interact Club and forestry master in the Chautauqua County Envirothon, for which he and his team of five placed second. In addition, he received the University of Rochester's Bausch and Lomb honorary science award and named JCC College Connections Student of the Year.
An artist for the Brocton school newspaper, Mancuso also enjoys playing alumni volleyball, was a hitter on the school's volleyball team and was also on the golf team. He is an avid solo percussive acoustic guitar player with a small band and, in addition, enjoys camping, hunting, kayaking and four-wheeling.
Service projects in which Mancuso has assisted include town clean up, Preventative Angels, Rotary Gold Rush, shoveling walkways for the elderly and March of Dimes fundraisers. Mancuso has worked part-time at Harvestview Greenhouse and Wendy's.
The son of Alan and Jodi Mancuso, Ryan plans to attend the University at Buffalo and the University of Colorado to practice sedative and reconstructive dentistry.
The Westfield-Mayville Rotarians are always impressed with the scholastic, personal and society contributions exhibited by students in the four schools. The program, called Students of the Month, will continue once again through 2013.