Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for November achievements, are Kyle Smith, Jenna Briggs, Kasinda Reid, Naomi Fisher, Richard Syper and Sophia Shearer. The student 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 Kyle Smith is the son of Norm and Beth Smith of Ashville. Math and history are Kyle's favorite classes. Kyle loves athletics and has competed on the CLCS soccer and baseball teams since his freshman year, when he earned the Team Leader award for baseball. For soccer, last year he received the Iron Man Award, and this year he was named the Coaches' Player of the Year Award. Outside of school, Kyle enjoys hunting, sports, and making maple syrup. When asked what historical person he admires, Kyle chose "Franklin Delano Roosevelt because of his leadership skills." If he could be another person for a day, he would be Amari Cooper "to see what it is like to be a professional football player." He plans to attend college to prepare for a career as a landscaper.
Jenna Nicole Briggs, daughter of Kelli and Al Briggs of Sherman, is a junior who says she enjoys U.S. History, psychology, and gym the most this year. Jenna is active in school activities, competing on the volleyball team since seventh grade and softball team since eighth grade. She has performed in four school musicals and in November was inducted into the National Honor Society. Outside of school, Jenna enjoys weight lifting and playing club volleyball. She admires Harriet Tubman because "she had the courage to help so many people escape slavery and help save lives. She encouraged the end of slavery and was a strong individual." If she should be another person for a day, Jenna would choose Olympic gold medalist Carrie Walsh Jennings because "she's a really known volleyball player, and I wish that I could be as good as her." After high school, she would like to attend college to become a teacher of U.S. History or psychology.
Sophomore Kasinda Reid, daughter of Catina Gorske of Ripley, selects Global Studies and chemistry as her favorite subjects. Kasinda has competed on the JV softball team since eighth grade. This year, she also joined the yearbook staff. Outside of school, Kasinda likes to paint and draw. When asked what historical person she admires, Kasinda chose Gandhi because "he stood up for what he believed in and didn't care what other people think." If she could be another person for a day, she would like to be her geometry teacher, Danielle VerHague, because "she makes math fun!" Kasinda looks forward to attending college in the future to prepare for a career in science.
Naomi Fisher, a freshman, is the daughter of Martin and Sara Fisher of Ripley. Geometry and Spanish are her favorite subjects. For two years, Naomi has competed on the track team and has been the vice president of her class. Outside of school, she enjoys Bible Quizzing. When asked what historical person she admires, Naomi stated, "I admire those in history who have stood up for what they believe in through the hardest of times." For a day, she would like to "be someone from another culture and place to experience and see how things are for them." She hopes to attend college and medical school to become a doctor or psychiatrist.
Eighth grader Richard Syper is the son of Rick Syper and Lynette Gloss of Mayville. Ricky chose gym and math as his favorite subjects. He enjoys competing on the modified basketball team. In the winter, he enjoys snowmobiling and helping his father with shovel snow. Ricky admires Jim Kelly because "he brought the Bills to four straight Super Bowls (but still lost all four!)." He would like to be Bill Gates for a day because "he is rich!" His looks forward to taking over his father's business, R & R Property Services & Landscaping, someday.
Seventh grader Sophia Marie Shearer is the daughter of Ken and Jen Shearer of Mayville. Her favorite classes are science, social studies, and art. Soph, as she likes to be called, enjoys playing soccer, singing, listening to music, reading, playing video games, and spending time with friends. She admires Anne Frank because "her writing was amazing for her age, and she spoke her mind even though she was surrounded by war." When asked who she would like to be for a day, she chose "someone like Bill Gates, who revolutionized society with computers, which led to social media, YouTube, video games, and much more advanced technology." Sophia would like to study mathematics in college, then teach at the college level.
Teachers Amy Redman and Tara Reyda coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.