Scholars of the Month named by Westfield-Mayville Rotary
Having the qualities of leadership, diligence, high academic success and willingness to volunteer, four area high school seniors were honored by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville as its “Scholars of the Month” during its Oct. 17 dinner meeting, which was held at The Parkview in Westfield. The honorees were Ryan Wilson from Chautauqua Lake Central School, David Skinner from Brocton Central School, Nicholas Presto from Westfield Academy and Central School, and Hailey Crossley from Sherman Central School.
In addition to the Rotarians who were present, numerous relatives of the honorees and various school representatives were in attendance. These outstanding seniors were nominated to receive this recognition by administrators of their respective school districts. During the program, the scholars were introduced by Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club Youth Services Chair Dan Smith, Club President-Elect Mary Swanson and Club Board Director Luci Petrella. Afterwards, Club President Janese Berkhouse congratulated the students and gave each of them a framed certificate.
Wilson, who is the son of Steven and Laura Wilson of Mayville and is a Chautauqua Lake CSD senior, will be graduating in June 2018 with an Advanced Regents diploma. Advanced Placement courses, Jamestown Community College courses and Rochester Institute of Technology’s Project Lead the Way classes, which have been a big part of Wilson’s academics. He has completed college credit courses in U.S. History, English Literature, mathematics and Spanish, as well as engineering and computer animation.
Throughout his high school years, Wilson has maintained Honor Roll status. He is the current president of the Chautauqua Lake CSD Chapter of the National Honor Society, and has been named CLCS Student of the Month. Other honors that Wilson has received include the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar Ambassador, Boys’ State nominee and delegate at The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Wilson is a recipient of the RIT Innovation and Creativity Scholarship, and was a SUNY Fredonia High School Math and Science Competition champion. He also participated in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Wars and the Envirothon.
Wilson is a four-year member of the CLCS track and field team, and has been a ski club participant since he was in the sixth grade. His hobbies include running, biking, disc golfing, snowmobiling, skiing and hiking. Wilson has volunteered for the CLCS mentoring program, the Red Cross Blood Drive, and Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign as a bell ringer. Employed by The Chautauquan Daily, he has worked his way up from seller and deliverer, through Newspaper Circulation Manager, and to the position of Business Office Manager.
After his high school graduation, Wilson plans to attend a four-year college or university, such as the University at Buffalo or Rochester Institute of Technology. Perhaps he will start at Jamestown Community College before transferring to a four-year school. His major will be in the field of engineering, though he has not yet decided if the focus will be mechanical or environmental.
David Skinner, a senior at Brocton Central School, is the son of Allyn and Laurie Skinner of Brocton. He is deeply honored to have received this award, especially since his twin brother Timothy was given the “Scholar of the Month” award last month. His twin brother and four other siblings have all served as role models and inspiration to him.
This scholar’s academic status is exemplary. In class ranking, he is currently tied for second, down to the thousandth place in the grade point average, with his twin brother. Skinner has consistently earned High Honor Roll status in his high school years. Special recognition that he has received include the George Eastman Young Leaders Award in his junior year and the Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training, in which he participated during his sophomore year. Also, Skinner has earned many awards for his athleticism in both varsity soccer and track and field.
According to Skinner, his senior year has “proved far less perilous than first imagined.” He said juggling two math classes became second nature in a heartbeat, and his journalism class has kept him doing something that he truly enjoys. Currently, Skinner is the co-editor of the Brocton Review, the school newspaper, and he “encourages everyone to snag a copy of this year’s first issue,” after it is published on Oct. 26.
Admitting that boredom does not suit him well, Skinner stays involved in as many activities as possible. Each year he has participated in the three sports of varsity soccer, indoor soccer and track and field. He is heavily involved with his school’s drama club, and he will be performing in a musical this spring. In addition, Skinner is a member of the Brocton Central School’s Chapter of the National Honor Society, and he is also a member of the Interact Club, both of which keep him busy with volunteer work in the community. Skinner says that the Rotary SLAPSHOT program and Interact Club have helped him to become more aware of and involved with community needs. He credits Jason Delcamp, Brocton Central School superintendent, with keeping the Interact Club a viable organization.
During his “down time,” Skinner enjoys reading, being with friends, and playing video games.
Occasionally Skinner thinks he has spare time, when in reality he has homework to do, but he says that thankfully his mother sets him straight.
Upon graduation from high school, Skinner would like to attend St. Bonaventure to study journalism. He has a desire to write for a science magazine, such as Popular Science or Wired, because he wants to experience firsthand the new age of technology.
Nicholas Presto is the son of Brandon and Maureen Presto of Westfield. He will graduate from Westfield Academy and Central School in June 2018 with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors and with Mastery in Mathematics and Science.
During his senior year, Presto enrolled in Jamestown Community College English 1530: English Composition II and English 1540: Writing About Literature. He also enrolled in Math 1710: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and Math 1720: Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, as well as Music 1510: Music Appreciation. At the end of his high school senior year, Presto will have earned 27 college credits. In addition to his college courses, Presto is enrolled in Regents Physics, We the People, Military History and other courses required for graduation.
Presto is four-year member of the senior high band and also of the McClurg Street String Band. He has played steel pans and was a member of a hand bells ensemble. During his sophomore year, Presto was inducted in the Westfield Academy and Central School Chapter of the National Honor Society, and this year he is the co-treasurer for his senior class.
Also, Presto is a member of the varsity football team, and he has volunteered for several years as the statistician for the varsity boys’ basketball team. In the fall of 2018, Presto will attend either Cornell University or the University at Buffalo to pursue a degree in civil engineering.
Hailey Crossley, who is a senior at Sherman Central School, is the daughter of Robert and Deanna Crossley of Sherman. Throughout her high school career, Crossley has maintained Honor Roll status, and during her junior year she was inducted into the Sherman Central School Chapter of the National Honor Society. Crossley received a nomination from her art teacher because “she is always willing to help her.” In addition, Crossley is the secretary of her school’s student council.
This year marks the third year that she has participated in volleyball, and she has been named as captain of her team. Also, this is the fifth year that she has been a member of the track team. In her sophomore year Crossley was in the culinary club. She has always participated in her school’s choir, and this year she joined the a cappella group. For one year she was a member of the women’s ensemble. In addition to her athletic and musical abilities, Crossley has artistic talents. She has taken every art class offered at her school, since art is something she really enjoys. Crossley has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian Students for two years, and she is a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions group. After school hours, she is a volunteer tutor to other students.
Outside of school, Crossley worked during the summer at the Brick Walk Cafe in the Chautauqua Institution, where she scooped ice cream and was a cashier. She also has a job in her school’s weight room. Crossley has been involved with her church’s youth group since she was in the seventh grade. In her spare time, Crossley enjoys shopping or going out to eat with her friends.
After high school, Crossley plans to attend Buffalo State College, where she will major in art education. She wants to become an art teacher, and also to be a florist on the side.
It is with great pride that the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville congratulates Ryan Wilson, David Skinner, Nicholas Presto and Hailey Crossley on their outstanding academic achievements and other accomplishments to date. It wishes them a very successful final year of high school and a bright future during their college studies and careers.