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Rotarians nearing end of school year for Students of the Month

June 5, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Later this month there will be graduations at Chautauqua County schools which means that the Westfield/Mayville Rotarians also will experience no Students of the Month programs for awhile. Welcomed in May were four who soon will graduate.

Mackenzi Habig, Westfield Academy and Central School senior, will have earned 21 college credits from Jamestown Community College and participated in the Virtual Advanced Placement pilot program. She will have earned a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors with Mastery in Science.

Inducted into National Honor Society in her sophomore year, Mackenzi was selected the JCC Connections Program Junior of the Year and named to the Jamestown Business College Leadership Launch Program in her senior year with Senator Catherine Young.

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Welcomed last month by the Westfield/Mayville Rotarians were Students of the Month, seated left, Sean Peterson, Chautauqua Lake Central; Connor Dolce, Brocton Central; standing from left, Mackenzi Habig, Westfield Academy & Central; Kimberly Pacy, Sherman Central.

Mackenzi's additional memberships include an Ophelia Project student mentor, Key Club secretary, SADD membership, Prom Committee, Student Government and co-treasurer for the Class of 2014. A four-year member of Senior High Chorus and Band, Mackenzi also is a member of Westwinds, Firecrackers, Jazz Band, McClurg Street String Band and participant in five musicals.

Outside of school, she has been active in the First United Methodist Church, the 30-Hour Famine, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Also, Mackenzi has performed at Center Stare Dance Studio as studio assistant, showcase fundraising and several programs throughout the year. She also has volunteered her time at Absolut Care of Westfield and has more than 75 hours of job-shadowing experience with physicians from Westfield Memorial Hospital and Saint Vincent Medical Center.

The daughter of Thomas Habig and Michael and Adele Harrington, both Rotarians, Mackenzi will go to Daemen College to pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine.

Kimberly (Kim) Pacy, a National Honor society member, has been the chief editor of the Shermanite Yearbook for five years as well as an active ad saleswoman and page designer for it. She also was last year's participant with the Rotary SLAPSHOT program. She is class secretary, math and Spanish clubs treasurer, Spanish tutor, basketball scorekeeper, chess club member, High School Quiz Bowl team and has been SCS band as principal alto saxophonist since 5th grade.

Kim has danced under the tutelage of Jill Keating at Point Chautauqua Dance in Mayville for 15 years. This year, her final performance was a tap dance to Tony Bennett's Lullaby on Broadway. Musically inclined, she participated in various musical activities: saxophone tutor for a Clymer student, principal alto sax player for The Corner Pocket Big Band and The Infinity Performing Arts Big Band, founder and lead alto sax player with Chautauqua's Finest Sax Quartet.

Also since 5th grade, Kim has auditioned for and participated in various school-related county bands, including several winter band festivals such as the Dunkirk Jazz Invitational, All-County Concert and Jazz bands and her June 7 final All-County performance as principal alto saxophonist at Chautauqua Institution.

Kim has participated in approximately 15 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) solo festivals, also since 5th grade. This year, she was selected to perform with the NYSSMA Area All-State band at SUNY Fredonia as principal alto saxophonist. Following that, she performed in Rochester's Eastman School of Music with the NYSSMA Conference All-State Symphonic Band. Out of the entire state of New York, Kim was one of eight alto saxophonists chosen and the only alto saxophonist from Chautauqua County. In order to be selected to perform at the state level, the musician must receive a perfect score (100 %) on a level VI solo piece (a piece that is usually performed by music students graduating from an accredited school of music), obtain an outstanding letter of recommendation from their band director and also must have a strong recommendation from the NYSSMA judge for whom the musician performed.

Kim, who played Robert Muczynski's Sonata, a piece that her band director played for his final college performance, did just that. According to Kim, this is her greatest achievement. "Music is my biggest passion. Conference made me realize that there are people my age (who) share my same interests and passions, and that there also are students my age (who) strive to play with a certain caliber that high school bands usually don't possess," Kim has said. "It is, without a doubt, my greatest accomplishment and an experience I will never forget."

The daughter of David and Jill Pacy of Sherman, Kim, Salutatorian for her class, will attend Duquesne University in Pittsburgh to major in pharmacy. Further, she plans to receive a Doctorate of Pharmacy after six years while taking accelerated courses through Duquesne's Honor College and plans to perform with the university's symphonic band.

Sean Peterson, ranked in the number five spot of his class, will graduate from Chautauqua Lake Central School with an Advanced Regents Diploma. He has been named consistently to the Merit/Honor Roll which has earned him a Chautauqua Institution gate pass for each summer.

Having taken advantage of the CLCS Project Lead the Way Program, he earned RIT credits along the way plus RIT Computing Medal and Creativity Award, the Clarkson Leadership Award and the Army Math/Science Award.

Sean has competed on the Varsity Football team and, outside of school, he has been employed most recently at McDonald's during the summer.

The son of Scott and Vicki Peterson of Jamestown, Sean plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue studies in Electronics Engineering or Aerospace Engineering.

Connor Dolce, ranked 7th in his senior class at Brocton Central School, has regularly achieved honor or high honor roll. He is a recipient of a JCC Unified Student Assistance Scholarship which is provided by the JCC Foundation to top area high school graduates and pays the JCC tuition.

Inducted in the National Honor Society as a junior, Connor serves as secretary for it, has been class secretary as a junior and senior, has been a feature writer for the Brocton Review for two years having received first and third place awards for his articles and will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma. He also served as a student representative for the Brocton/Westfield Merger Study Committee.

Connor played JV volleyball in his freshman year, junior and varsity basketball and JV and varsity baseball.

In the community, Connor has organized and participated in the Relay for Life on a family team, "For Pete's Sake," for which his team raised thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society, volunteered for cleaning up the American Legion grounds each year and is a member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club.

Connor was confirmed in November to become a member of St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church. He also is employed as summer help for the Village of Brocton.

The son of Jim and Michele Dolce, Connor plans to attend JCC to major in biology.



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