Fredonia recently named its PRIDE students. Students are nominated by teachers for displaying the characteristics of PRIDE - participation, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence.
Deanna DeGolier was the PRIDE student of the month for 12th grade. Deanna is the granddaughter of Dennis and Shirley DeGolier. Deanna's favorite subject in school is chorus. Her hobbies, sports, and activities include Impact, youth group, varsity cheerleading, Easter musical at church, Footsteps, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Junior Year), officer of Soup on the Fly, big sister to elementary special education student, Special Olympics and making necklaces to spread and share God's word. Deanna's plans following high school are to be a special needs youth pastor.
Deanna's favorite teachers are "Mr. Conti, because he makes me laugh and he is like family to me and Mrs. Harrington, because she taught me how to use my voice."
Deanna said she admires "Anyone who has had a disability and hasn't let it define them. Also Nick Vujicic, a motivational speaker who has no arms or legs. He is an inspiration to me." The most important thing Deanna has learned in school is "how to be myself. I have learned how to be confident in a crowd and how to face my fears.
Brianne Ihasz was selected for 11th grade. Brianne is the daughter of Daniel and Helen Ihasz. Brianne's favorite subject in school is AP literature and composition. Her hobbies, sports, and activities include: Yearbook Club, Model UN, musical and the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra. Brianne's plans following high school are to go to college to get a French Horn performance degree and hopefully play in a professional orchestra someday.
Brianne's favorite teachers are "Mrs. Merwin because she is always engaging and encouraging and Mr. Bennett because he always puts a smile on my face." The person Brianne most admires is "Antonin Dvorak because his musical compositions are so incredibly powerful. Through his music, he is able to convey a multitude of meaning." The most important thing Brianne has learned in school is "to be responsible for all our actions and keep up with your work because it is so much easier to enjoy high school when you don't have to stress about anything."
Erin Bennett was selected for 10th grade. Erin is the daughter of Scott and Susan Bennett. Erin's favorite subjects in school are art and English. Her hobbies, sports, and activities include drawing, writing, Irish dancing, pit orchestra for the musical and art club. Erin's plans following high school are to go to a graphic arts college in New York City. Erin's favorite teachers are "Ms. Vanderzyden because she makes learning an instrument funny, and Ms. Gailor because she makes foreign languages fun." The person Erin most admires is "Van Gogh because he created his art even though, at the time, everyone thought he was a failure." The most important thing Erin has learned in school is that "everything always turns out all right, despite all the anxiety."
Deidra Osula is the selection from ninth grade. Deidra is the daughter of Collins and Esohe Osula. Deidra's favorite subjects in school are math and health. Her hobbies, sports, and activities include: Swimming for the Stars in Jamestown and swim team. Deidra's plans following high school are to go to college for swimming or track and possibly make the Olympics for swimming or track.
Deidra's favorite teachers are "Mr. Paschke, because he's funny and makes the lessons fun even when they are boring; Mrs. Lotter, because she is bubbly and fun and Mrs. Zebraski, because she is an amazing advanced English teacher."
The person Deidra most admires is "my mom because of all the work she has put in for me to make me the best that I can be." The most important thing Deidra has learned in school is that "as long as I try my best, I can be successful."