Westfield-Mayville Rotary name their Scholars of the Month

Photo by Sue Hammond. Awarded with "Scholars of the Month" distinction by the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club at its Jan. 22 meeting, which was held at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church in Westfield, were seniors (left to right) Abigail Henry, Chautauqua Lake Central School; MaryAnne Hosmer, Brocton Central School; and Sophia DeMarco, Westfield Academy and Central School.

WESTFIELD — Academic achievement, determination and involvement in school activities describe three high school seniors who were recognized as “Scholars of the Month” by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville. The trio was honored at the Jan. 22 meeting, which was held at the Lakeshore Assembly of God Church in Westfield. Honored were Abigail Henry, Chautauqua Lake Central School; MaryAnne Hosmer, Brocton Central School; and Sophia DeMarco, Westfield Academy and Central School. A fourth senior from Sherman Central School could not attend and will be honored at a later date.

Janese Berkhouse, Westfield-Mayville Rotary Immediate Past President, welcomed the honorees, their families and friends and Rotarians to the meeting. Following dinner and some club business, Rotarians Dan Smith and Barbara Fay introduced the three seniors to all and announced some of the scholars’ achievements. Each of the honorees was congratulated and given a framed certificate.

Abigail Henry, a Chautauqua Lake Central School senior, is the daughter of Gary and Pamela Henry of Dewittville. This scholar, who has been on the honor and high honor roll throughout her high school years, will be graduating this June with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors and with a Science endorsement.

Henry is the current vice president of the CLCS Honor Society, a four-year member of the Impact Team and a prior member of Peer Tutoring. During her sophomore year, she was selected for and attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Conference. Last year Henry received the Clarkson University Achievement Award.

Athletically involved, Henry has been a member of the junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams. This past fall she was the varsity team captain, and last year she was named to the Second Team All-Star roster. She is a three-year participant on the varsity basketball team, was named Defensive Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Also, Henry was recognized with a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Section VI Scholar-Athlete Award for her academic excellence and athletic participation.

Outside of school, Henry enjoys playing piano, reading, and she also volunteers her time for blood drives, Little League concession stands, and Shooting Stars. She is active in the West Portland Baptist Church, where she is a part of the worship team, helps in the nursery, at Sunday school and with Vacation Bible School. During her junior year, Henry went on a mission trip to Brazil. After her high school graduation, Henry plans to pursue a degree in Business Administration or Economics at Cedarville University, or she may begin her studies at Jamestown Community College and then transfer.

MaryAnne Hosmer, a Brocton Central School senior, is the daughter of David and Sharon Hosmer of Brocton. Throughout her high school years, this scholar has selected the hardest courses available and she has done well in all of them. She will graduate in June with an Advanced Regents Diploma, along with 15 Jamestown Community College credits that she has earned while at Brocton Central.

When she was younger, Hosmer did not really understand why grades mattered, but once she enrolled in Brocton Central, her attitude changed and her GPA rose from 83.6 to 91.4 during her middle school years, and it has stayed at about 91.4 since then. Her current cumulative average is 90.47. She has regularly achieved honor roll status, and she is academically ranked as seventh in her class.

In her junior year, Hosmer received the University of Rochester George Eastman Award, and she participated in Empire Girls State week-long program, for which she was sponsored by American Legion J.W. Dill Post No. 434. Having been a member of student council for four years, Hosmer currently serves as its treasurer. Also, she has been a crew member for school musicals since the eighth grade. She has been a manager for the softball team, and has kept its scorebooks since the seventh grade.

Hosmer is very active in her school life and attends many school events. Her school service includes planting flowers in front of the school and chaperoning school dances. She is well known throughout the community, puts others before herself and she is always willing to help others. Hosmer’s interests include fitness and spending time with her family and friends. After high school, Hosmer, who has already been accepted to Jamestown Community College and Buffalo State College, plans on attending University at Buffalo or Buffalo State College with an undecided major.

Sophia DeMarco, a Westfield Academy and Central School senior, is the daughter of Daniel DeMarco and Stephanie DiRaimo of Westfield. While in high school, this scholar has taken five Jamestown Community College courses and one SUNY College at Buffalo course, earning a total of 19 college credits. DeMarco will graduate in June of 2019 with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

In addition to college courses, she is enrolled in high school courses that are necessary for graduation. DeMarco has balanced her coursework with outstanding participation as a member of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams of which she has served as captain during her senior year. Also, this year she is completing an internship in the science department and another in the athletic department.

DeMarco volunteers her time for Environmental Club, the Winter Classic Basketball Tournaments and is the statistician for the track and field team. Outside of school, she has held employment at Meeder’s Restaurant and WeWanChu Cottages and Boat Rentals. In the fall of 2019, she will attend Jamestown Community College to pursue a degree in Nursing.

With great pride, the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville congratulates Abigail Henry, MaryAnne Hosmer and Sophia DeMarco for their hard work and outstanding achievements. The future certainly looks bright for these scholars, as they finish high school and enroll in college.

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