The October Students of the Month were introduced to Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club members by Vocational Service chair Dan Smith.
The Students of the Month, all seniors, are from four of the five schools in the club's district - Westfield Academy and Central, Brocton Central, Sherman Central and Chautauqua Lake Central.
Brocton Central School
Rotary Students of the Month, seated from left, Ellie Reed, Sherman Central; Hillary Nelson, Westfield Academy and Central; and Anna Gerber, Chautauqua Lake Central; standing from left, Rotarian Dan Smith, Vocational Service chair; and Jeremy Eckstrom, Brocton Central.
Jeremy Eckstrom has an average of 93.33, ranks fifth in his class and is regularly on the honor roll.
A member of Brocton Central's Interact Club, which is associated with Rotary International, Eckstrom has been participating in various community service projects for the past two years. One includes the Preventative Angels program, which provides Christmas presents for needy children during the holiday season. He has been a member of the Junior and National Honor Society throughout high school.
Currently, Eckstrom is editor of the school paper, "The Brocton Review," for which he has been a writer for two years. He also has been an avid snowboarder, having joined the school's ski club in eighth grade and later the Westfield Academy and Central School ski club after Brocton's club was eliminated. In addition, he joined Brocton's volleyball team in ninth and 10th grades before that was disbanded.
Outside of school, Eckstrom received a $500 scholarship to SUNY Fredonia after attending Fitesmart, a one-week math and science program at the college.
The son of Ronald and Christine Eckstrom, he plans to continue his education for two years at Jamestown Community College to major in biotechnology or a similar subject before enlisting in the Navy for its nuclear propulsion program.
Chautauqua Lake Central School
Anna Gerber will graduate with an Advanced Regents diploma and is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. Having enrolled in CLCS at the beginning of her sophomore year, Gerber has excelled in a rigorous course schedule by taking honors classes and is currently taking two Advanced Placement courses. She also placed first in Western New York as well as first in the state in the Mayville Tuesday Club's Creative Writing 2012 competition.
Gerber is a two-year member of the National Honor Society for which she serves as secretary, a three-year member and treasurer of the French Club and a member of the Student Administration. Gerber is section leader for flute and last year received an award for Most Outstanding Woodwind player. This year, she has become a member of the Junior Erie Philharmonic.
The daughter of Dr. Jon and Tara Gerber of Mayville, Gerber plans to attend a four-year college, perhaps Smith or Sweet Briar, to pursue a career in investigative journalism.
Sherman Central School
Elle Reed, who has two brothers, a dog named Mia and a cow named Reba, is a member of the National Honor Society and is sixth in her class with a grade point average of 95 percent.
Having reached 1,000 points in basketball in her junior year, as well as being on third team All-State, her goal is, "to beat uncle's 1,250 record." Reed also was most valuable player for volleyball, basketball and softball last year. Her most meaningful award in her junior year was sportsmanship for basketball. For the past 12 years, she has been a volunteer for the Southern Tier Basketball Camp in Panama during the summer.
In addition to her involvement with multiple sports, Reed also gives time to Students Against Destructive Decisions, Fellowship of Christian Students, Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies and Amateur Athletic Union outside of school. She has been class president for four years, and the class has won the "Spirit of the Stick" three out of four years. Each year, a pep rally to show school spirit awards the stick.
Outside of school, Reed enjoys playing sports, waterskiing, snowmobiling and being with friends and family. She works on her parents' dairy farm and shows heifers at the Chautauqua County Fair. Her heifer was due to have a calf shortly after her appearance at Rotary, and she will show it at the fair next year.
The daughter of Ron and Beth Reed, Reed plans to play basketball and volleyball in college and major in chemistry or pre-med with the hope of one day becoming a dermatologist.
Westfield Academy and Central School
Hillary Nelson has shown particular strength in mathematics, music, history and science during her high school years. In addition, she is enrolled in Jamestown Community College's calculus programs and music theory and will earn 11 college credits. She currently is enrolled in We The People, Regents physics, functional anatomy of the limbs plus additional graduation requirements. She will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma.
A two-year member of French Club, Nelson is a member of National Honor Society, a four-year member of High School Chorus and attended New York State School Music Association with the McClurg Street String Band, an extra circular group that plays folk music.
She was captain of the junior varsity volleyball and softball teams.
In her senor year, Nelson volunteers in Kendra Bills' elementary classroom to read to students, help them write sentences and paragraphs and assist in a variety of art projects.
Outside of school, Nelson volunteers her time as a statistician for Babe Ruth softball, an umpire for softball games and peer tutoring. She has held employment at the House on the Hill and Webb's Captain's Table, both in Mayville, and also baby-sits.
The daughter of Timothy Cannon and Colleen Nelson-Cannon of Westfield, in the fall of 2013, Nelson intends to enroll in Gannon University, Daemen College or JCC to pursue a degree as a physician's assistant, physical therapy or orthodontics.