Westfield-Mayville Rotary honors its Scholars of the Month

Submitted Photo Timothy Skinner (left), a Brocton Central School senior, and Madison Lin Schroeder (right), a Westfield Academy & Central School senior, were recognized as "Scholars of the Month" for September by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville at its Sept. 26 meeting.

Academic excellence, leadership and commitment to volunteer service are some of the attributes that describe two area high school seniors who were honored as “Scholars of the Month” by the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville during its Sept. 26 dinner meeting, which was held at The Parkview in Westfield. The honorees were Timothy Skinner of Brocton Central School and Madison Lin Schroeder of Westfield Academy and Central School.

The seniors were nominated to receive this recognition by administrators of their respective school districts. Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club Youth Services Chair Dan Smith arranged the program. Club President Elect Mary Swanson introduced Timothy Skinner, and Club Board Director Luci Petrella introduced Madison Schroeder. After some of the accomplishments of both of the scholars were announced, Club President Janese Berkhouse presented each of the honorees with a framed certificate.

In addition to the Rotarians who were present, the superintendents of the two respective school districts, who are Westfield-Mayville Rotarians, and also some of the students’ parents were in attendance. Present were Mr. Jason Delcamp, Brocton Central School Superintendent, Mr. David Davison, Westfield Academy and Central School District Superintendent, and mothers Laurie Skinner and Lisa Young.

Timothy Skinner, who is the son of Allyn and Laurie Skinner of Brocton, is a senior at Brocton Central School. He is the youngest of five siblings. Skinner has a cumulative grade point average of 98.323, and he is academically ranked second in his class, along with his twin brother David Skinner. Throughout his high school years, Timothy Skinner has maintained academic excellence, and he says that he “does not feel like stopping now.”

He is an active member of the National Honor Society, and he is the president of the Brocton Interact Club, a high school service organization that is affiliated with Rotary International. He volunteers with various service activities. Also, Skinner participates in combined sports with Westfield Academy and Central School, which include varsity soccer and also track and field.

Among his loves are being outdoors, playing music, and performing. At his school, he is a member of drama club, band, jazz band and chorus. Outside of school, Skinner is an active member of the Quest Backpacking Club, which he believes has changed his life. He is also on an indoor soccer team.

Skinner has worked at Midway State Park by operating rides, has trudged through the vineyards tying grapes, and has also operated the scoreboard for home basketball games, all with his brother David. Timothy Skinner believes that his parents and close connection with his twin brother have really made him into the person he is. He stated, “I am incredibly lucky to be where I am, and I cannot thank everyone enough for what they have done for me.”

After graduating from high school, Skinner plans on enrolling in either a Navy or Army ROTC Scholarship Program to hopefully attend Niagara University. He wants to study medicine, specifically surgery. Skinner has always wanted to be a part of the military, and he believes that through ROTC he can grow as a person, get a college education, and also become a doctor.

Madison Lin Schroeder, a senior at Westfield Academy and Central School, is the daughter of Lisa Young and Richard Schroeder. During her final year of high school, Schroeder has enrolled in Jamestown Community College English Composition II, Writing about Literature, Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and II, and Public Speaking. At the end of her senior year, she will have earned 20 college credits.

In addition to college courses, Schroeder has enrolled in Advanced Placement Microeconomics, Advanced Placement Government and Politics, We the People, Regents Physics, Criminal Justice, and Physical Education. She will graduate in June 2018 with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.

Schroeder has participated in a variety of extracurricular programs at Westfield Academy. She is currently the president of student government, and is also a member of the National Honor Society. Also, she was a member of the Spanish club, and she was president of her class during her sophomore year.

For two years, she served as a tutor for middle school students. In the community, Schroeder volunteered her time with the Westfield Golden Hawks, the varsity baseball team, vacation bible school, tutoring, and helping in an elementary classroom at Fredonia Central School. She has held employment at the Chautauqua Institution, Brazill’s on Main, the Brick Walk Cafe, and When Pigs Fly BBQ Pit.

In the fall of 2018, Schroeder will attend either St. Bonaventure University or Allegheny College in order to pursue a degree in Pre-Law.

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville proudly congratulates Timothy Skinner and Madison Schroeder on their academic excellence and many fine accomplishments to date. It wishes them much continued success during their final year of high school, as well as when they pursue their college degrees and future careers.