GOWANDA- Gowanda High School selected Students of the Month for March in several different categories. Honored students are as follows:
Steven Hedges - Grade 12, Panther PRIDE
Hedges was chosen as student of the month in Panther Pride. A student chosen for Panther PRIDE illustrates, on a daily basis, what being a panther means - being prepared, respectful, involved, determined, and excellence. Hedges has impressed his teachers with his dedication to academic studies and his stellar leadership qualities. He is a mature young man who exemplifies every quality that PRIDE stands for.
Over his high school career Hedges has participated in band and was band treasurer. He is a class officer, captain of the football team and plays on the basketball team. He is also a proud member of NHS. Hodges plans to attend UB for exercise science and physical therapy.
Rachel Greco - Grade 10, Mathematics
Greco was chosen as student of the month in Mathematics by Richard Webber. Her cumulative average of 97 percent through almost three quarters of Geometry makes her stand out among her peers. She has completed every homework assignment this year and has never been late to class. She comes to class with a positive attitude every day. Greco is also a role model to other students in her class as she has helped her fellow classmates on homework assignments on multiple occasions. Webber states that it is a privilege to have her as one of his students this year.
Greco plays tennis, bowls and participates in softball as extra-curricular activities. She is also a gymnast. She plans to attend college and have a career as a physician's assistant.
Andrea Tempesta - Grade 12, Science
Tempesta was chosen as student of the month in science by Ed Vonlderstein due to his excellence in both chemistry and physics. His achievement comes from his desire for knowledge. The questions he asks both during and outside class shows his desire to gain a deeper understanding of science, not just what is required to pass the test. He uses his understanding to think critically and solve problems both in and out of the classroom. Tempesta has also shown success with the Gowanda Waverunners swim team. He finished third, fourth, and fifth in his three events at the Niagara League championships and his times qualified for the Gold Medal Meet in Rochester. Tempesta's drive and willingness to learn will give him nothing but success in the future.
Along with being a champion swimmer, Tempesta enjoyed skiing with the Gowanda ski club this past winter. Tempesta is an exchange student from Rome, Italy. He would like to go to college to study medicine and become a doctor because he likes to help people. He would like people to know that he is going to miss Gowanda but plans to come back and visit.
Alyssa Siragusa - Grade 9, Home and Careers
Siragusa was chosen as student of the month by Sherry Enders because she has an outgoing personality and her zest for life makes her a pleasure to teach. She brings a smile to everyone's face. Siragusa enjoys cooking activities and other hands-on projects. She always participates in class activities. She has been helping to promote healthy eating choices this year. She is planning on a career that involves working with children because she really enjoys helping them.
Siragusa is a busy person outside of school. She rides her bike, takes care of her dog and cat, and watches many cooking shows. After she graduates she would like to find a job that will allow her to help people read and write.
Kyra Delano - Grade 11, The Arts
Delano was chosen as student of the month in the Arts by Jake Swanson because of her dedication to the arts. She is a model office student for band and helps keep the music library organized. She has helped middle school students learn the clarinet and was a member of the Area All State honor band earlier this year. Delano received a 99 percent rating at All County Solo Festival this past January.
Delano participates in solo festivals for both band and chorus. Outside of school she continues to enhance her musical talent by taking private lessons in Fredonia. She plans to go to college and study music.
Hanna Brawdy - Grade 11, Physical Education
Brawdy was chosen for student of the month in physical education by Brian Denea because she is always present and prepared for class. She helps with class instruction through demonstrations in front of the class without any hesitation.
Brawdy is a cheerleader and runs track for the Panthers. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish club and on the prom committee. Outside of school she is a member of the Gowanda Wave runners, where she participated in the championship at SUNY Fredonia. After high school Brawdy plans to go to college to become a nurse.
Phyllis Conrow - Grade 9, LOTE
Conrow was chosen for student of the month in LOTE by Patti Estrada because of her zest for learning Spanish. She comes into class with a smile and a positive attitude. She demonstrates her language skills readily and thoughtfully. She pays close attention to details and her grades reflect this. She is an excellent role model in her class.
Conrow is a member of the yearbook club, a swimmer for the Gowanda Waverunners and volunteers at Lake Shore Nursing Home. She would like to attend college and study mathematics.
Leah DeCarlo - Grade 11, ELA
DeCarlo was chosen for student of the month in English/Language Arts by Lauren Giancola. She is a conscientious student, who always does her best. She readily volunteers answers during class discussions and willingly helps her peers. She has an upbeat attitude and shows her Panther PRIDE every day.
Decarlo is a member of NHS and is in the chamber choir. Her goal is to attend Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania where she plans to study medicine and become a nurse practitioner.
Breann John - Grade 12, Social Studies
John was chosen for student of the month in social studies by Dan Ratel because she is one of the hardest working students in her class and is never afraid to help her classmates when it comes to social studies. She is active in multiple varsity sports and provides an excellent example of a scholar-athlete.
John has participated in sports every season throughout her four years at GHS and continues her athletic endeavors outside of school, too. She plans to go to college and have a career in the athletic field.