Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club honors its Scholars of the Month

WESTFIELD — The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville proudly honored seniors Maxwell Bates of Westfield Academy and Central School and Joseph Parker of Chautauqua Lake Central School as “Scholars of the Month” on Feb. 28 during a meeting of this organization in Westfield. These outstanding students were nominated for this recognition by officials in their respective school districts.

Rotarians, including representatives from the two school districts, parents of the two honorees, and guests were in attendance. Rotarians Luci Petrella and Dan Smith introduced Bates and Parker, and announced some of the students’ achievements. Each student received a framed certificate and a Rotary pen from Janese Berkhouse, Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club President-elect, who presided at the meeting.

Maxwell Bates, the son of Dr. Terrance and Kelly Bates of Westfield, will graduate in June from Westfield Academy and Central School with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. During his junior year, Bates was enrolled in Jamestown Community College English 1510, integrated algebra 2/trigonometry, pre-calculus, Regents chemistry, advanced placement microeconomics, and additional graduation requirements.

In his senior year, Bates is enrolled in JCC English 1530 and 1540. Also, he is taking the courses, “We the People,” Regents physics, psychology, sociology, and other studies.

Bates is a member of the National Honor Society, and during his junior year he served as president of his class. Bates’ excellent vocal music skills have been heard during his three years as a member of the Senior Chorus. He was a member of Westwinds, a select choral ensemble, and Apemen, an all-male singing group. He has performed in his school’s musicals The Mikado and Tarzan.

In terms of athletics, Bates has participated on the varsity boys’ football, basketball and baseball teams throughout his high school career. Following his high school graduation, he will attend Edinboro University in the fall of 2017 to pursue a degree in physical and health education.

Joseph Parker, the son of James and Judy Parker of Mayville, is academically ranked in the top 10 of his class at Chautauqua Lake Central School. He will graduate in June with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

A very active student all around, Parker is, or has been, a member of the National Honor Society, High School Bowl Academic Team and Spanish Club. This year he is the NHS vice president. He has been consistently named to the honor roll throughout his high school career. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the High School Academic Bowl Achievement Award and the George Eastman Young Leaders’ Award. Parker was the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership representative for his high school, and he was selected for the New York Boys’ State program.

Athletically, Parker has played soccer all four years and was captain of the varsity team. Also, he played two years of junior varsity basketball, during which time he was team captain and earned the Coaches’ Award. In seventh grade, he played tennis, earned the Coaches’ Award, and was named WDOE Player of the Week. Since his eighth-grade year, Parker has played golf, and he has received the Leadership Award, Coaches’ Award, and the Sportsmanship Award. In addition, he participated in the Chautauqua County Athletic Leadership Training program during his junior year.

Outside of school, Parker has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and he is an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for Boy Scouts of America Troop 126. He is a member of both the Sons of the American Legion and the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club. To support the Mayville Food Pantry, Parker has participated in the Harvest Walk.

Parker is a Red Cross certified lifeguard and is also CPR certified. Prior to his most recent employment as a lifeguard at Lake Erie State Park and also Chautauqua Lake Estates, he had been employed as a bell hop at The Maple Inn. Parker, who is an usher at St. Mary of Lourdes Church, has participated in the Footsteps Retreat for the last four years, and he was a rector-in-training last year.

His hobbies include wakeboarding, snowboarding, traveling, discovering new cuisines, and experiencing different cultures. After his high school graduation, Parker will attend a four-year university, such as the University of Tampa or John Carroll, where he will pursue studies in business management. He plans to major in marketing and minor in entrepreneurship.

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville congratulates Maxwell Bates and Joseph Parker on their exceptional accomplishments, and it wishes them much success in their college years and with their future careers.