MAYVILLE - Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for December achievements, are Sydney Milliman, Mariana Mathewson, Hannah DeFries, Jamy Bigelow, Rachel Fisher and Evan Blakeslee. The student recognition program honors students in grades 7 through 12 whose classroom performance, attitude toward learning, work ethic and extra-curricular activities set them apart. Teachers Marlea Brown and Amy Redman coordinate the Student of the Month recognition program in the secondary school.
Senior Sydney Milliman is the daughter of Jennifer Stanton and Timothy Milliman of Mayville. Art, English, and math are her favorite subjects, and she plans to further her education in college studying to become an art therapist. Milliman is a member of the volleyball and basketball teams and enjoys drawing, painting, and making jewelry. She is a member of the Art Club and outside of school spends time making bracelets.
When asked what person in history she admires, she said, "I admire Keith Haring, a graphic artist, because although he was imperfect and unaccepted by others, he spoke out through art to make a difference." To be another person for a day she chose her older sister "who has no care in the world and a creative imagination."
English, French, physics and music are the favorite subjects of junior Mariana Elsa Mathewson, daughter of Kathleen Kennedy of Mayville and Kent Mathewson of Baton Rouge, La. Mathewson participates in varsity track and varsity bowling as well as being a member of the CLCS Chorale. She is a member of the High School Bowl academic team, the Science Olympiad team, National Honor Society and the French/Spanish Club and is also a Peer Educator. She enjoys singing, knitting, sewing, hiking and creative writing; she plays the cello, the piano and Irish fiddle.
Outside of school, she is a member of the Erie Junior Philharmonic Orchestra and the String Ensemble. She volunteers at the Mayville Public Library and gives piano lessons. This spring she will play the accordion in the secondary school musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Mathewson wants to become a music teacher and freelance writer. She hopes to make documentaries on a variety of social issues affecting modern society, such as violence against women and teen bullying. She greatly admires women who are not afraid to stand up for their personal rights and who willingly break free of societal expectations, such as Susan B. Anthony and Rosa Parks.
To be another person for a day, Yo-Yo Ma is her selection. He is not only a great musician but a great humanitarian. "I think it would be fun to play with some of the greatest musicians of our time and also promote peace and understanding through music."
Sophomore Hannah DeFries, who is the daughter of Eric and Elizabeth DeFries of Mayville, selected English and chemistry as her favorite subjects in school. DeFries is a member of the High School Bowl academic team and is participating in the secondary school musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," this spring. She enjoys reading and Bible quizzing, and she volunteers in her church nursery. After high school, she plans to attend college or go in the military. The person in history she most admires is Cleopatra VII because "she was brave and stubborn and was strong enough to make difficult decisions."
To be another person for a day, Hannah chose actress, writer and comedienne Catherine Tate because "she is hilarious and appears on a number of television shows."
Jamy Danielle Bigelow is the daughter of Brooks and Mark Glapa of Fredonia and David Bigelow of Mayville. Bigelow is a freshman who enjoys math and English. She participates in cheerleading, volleyball, bowling, gymnastics and swimming. She wants to attend college to earn a master's degree.
Bigelow admires her family because "they are there for me and they love me." She would not like to be a different person for a day because she is happy with who she is right now.
Rachel Sydney Fisher, an eighth-grader, is the daughter of Mark Graziano and Sue Fisher of Mayville and Ed Fisher of Sherman. Math, Spanish and English are her favorite subjects. She plays soccer, basketball, and softball. Outside of school she plays soccer every Saturday and loves spending time with her friends and family. Her long-range plans include college, studying to be a veterinarian or a teacher. To be another person for a day, she chose Carrie Underwood because she would like to be famous for a day.
Seventh-grader Evan James Blakeslee is the son of Pamela and Dene Blakeslee of Ashville. Science, math, social studies and gym are Evan's favorite subjects. He likes swimming in the pond, sledding, and riding the four-wheeler, and attends the Panama Baptist Church. His future plans include college and "getting a good job." The person in history whom Evan most admires is Noah "because when nobody listened to him, he obeyed God and did what was right." To be a person for a day, he wants to be one of Jesus' disciples.