Nearing the end of the 2011-12 school year, April's Students of the Month visited the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club. The hostess who introduced the four top seniors from their respective schools was Rotarian Phyllis Crockett.
Brocton Central School
Kristen Nicole Becker has a 90.42 cumulative average, is ranked no. 10 in her class and has always maintained an honor-roll average. Involved in Rotary Interact Club for two years, she is currently its vice president.
Seated from left, Marissa Williams, Sherman Central; Iris Weary, Chautauqua Lake Central; standing, Iain Cockram, Westfield Academy and Central; Kristen Becker, Brocton Central.
Inducted into the National Honor Society in her junior year, Becker now serves as president. In addition, she is the president of Student Council. As part of volunteer projects by these groups, she has been involved in pancake breakfasts, town cleanups and bottle and can drives.
Becker has received many awards for journalism and currently is one of the editors for the award-winning "Brocton Review" school newspaper. An active member of the music department, she has been a part of the school musicals for seven years and has served as a lead in the past two. In addition, she has been in chorus and band for eight years and now is chorus president. She has been part of Chautauqua County All-County for Jazz Choir and high school choir. In her junior year, Becker performed a solo in NYSSMA Solo Festival for the All-State audition and was accepted. She participated in All-State in 2011.
In addition to school and community service, Becker has worked at TJ Maxx for the past two years and recently received employment at McDonald's.
In the future, Becker, the daughter of Bud and Nancy Becker, plans to attend SUNY Fredonia to pursue music studies.
Chautauqua Lake Central School
Iris Weary will receive an Advanced Regents diploma with Honors at graduation and is ranked in the top 20 percent of her class. She has been enrolled in Advanced Placement, Honors and Chautauqua Lake Central School/Jamestown Community College dual enrollment classes. In addition, she has been named to the honor roll consistently.
Active in school activities during her high school years, Weary has been involved with student administration all four years, is a member of Spanish Club, French Club and Beat Literature Book Club, as well a being a team member of the High School Bowl Academic Team and a peer tutor.
This year, Weary assumed the role of art and creative section editor of the school newspaper for which she not only creates the layout, but she also writes poems to be included in the publication.
The daughter of Wally and Weary Koester of Mayville and James Weary, after graduation, Weary plans to attend a four-year university, such as SUNY Purchase, where she will pursue an education as an author, writer or perhaps as an English professor.
Sherman Central School
Marissa Williams of Sherman is ranked third in her class with a 97 percent GPA and will receive an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors. On the honor roll consistently since fifth grade and a member of the National Honor Society, Williams was awarded a Rochester Institute of Technology scholarship and medal in her junior year. She is currently enrolled in Jamestown Community College English, statistics, pre-calculus, sociology, economics and history of sport.
As treasurer of the Sherman Central School Fellowship of Christian Students, Williams is a member of the school's student council and has been in the school band since fifth grade playing clarinet.
Her sports involvement includes five years of varsity softball for which she earned the Most Improved Player trophy in eighth grade and honorable mention athlete in her junior year. Williams also has been on the varsity track team and played junior varsity and varsity basketball for four years, for which she received the Most Improved Player trophy in ninth grade, was co-captain in 10th grade and was Honorable Mention Athlete in her senior year.
Outside of school, Williams works at Webb's Captains Table in Mayville, attends Bemus Point United Methodist Church, is a regular blood donor and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
The daughter of Wade and Shellie Williams, Williams has been accepted in JCC's nursing program and also is eligible to enter its Honors Program.
Westfield Academy and Central School
Iain Cockram will graduate with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors. He is enrolled in Regents physics, functional anatomy of the limbs and We the People. In addition, he is enrolled in Jamestown Community College English, calculus and music theory II aural skills. At the end of this school year, he will have earned 18 college credits.
A member of several athletic teams, Cockram has played junior varsity and varsity soccer during the past five years and was junior varsity soccer captain in his freshman year. In addition, he played varsity volleyball for one year and is a five-year member of the varsity track and field team, for which he was elected co-captain in his junior year.
A four-year member of the senior high chorus and tuba player for the senior high band, Cockram has participated in area All-State, All-County and All-State for symphonic band. He is a member of the voice class, jazz band, Westwinds and Apemen, an all-male singing group. He won the Chautauqua County Music Teachers Association scholarship for voice and has participated in several musicals, including "Guys and Dolls," "Hairspray" and "Pirates of Penzance."
Cockram is a member of a variety of organizations and clubs including National Honor Society since 10th grade and embodies its core values of character, leadership, scholarship and service. In addition, he is captain of the High School Academic Bowl team.
In the community, Cockram is an active member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of its youth group leadership team and volunteers his time as a lay reader and with the 30-hour famine. He also has held employment at Sapore Restaurant and Wine Bar.
The son of Stephen and Karin Cockram of Westfield, Cockram will attend Nazareth College to pursue a degree in music business.
Westfield/Mayville Rotarians extend congratulations to all and wish all a successful future. Club members also extend an invitation to each and every parent to consider membership in Rotary.