Advanced Regents diplomas, National Honor Society, earned college credits and career planning are the accomplishments of Westfield/Mayville Rotary Students of the Month every month. March was no different. The senior class scholars were introduced by New Generations Chair Dan Smith and Crystal Layman.
Brocton Central School
Abbigale Lee DeLand has a cumulative average of 85, is regularly on the honor roll and is senior class secretary. She is a four-year member of the Student Council, a member of the yearbook staff and school dance committees, secretary for band and chorus and a member of the award-winning school newspaper, "Brocton Review." In addition to helping the Special Olympics for four years, she has joined a new program at Brocton, "Sources of Strength," as a peer leader of her fellow students.
Year-round sports for DeLand included volleyball and basketball throughout high school and middle school, for which she received the coach's award, was declared a positive basketball leader, received the Triple "C" Award and was declared WDOE Athlete of the Week in November 2011.
A 13-year dancer with Tap-n-Toes Performing Arts Production, she is an active volunteer in her community. An independent Girl Scout, DeLand is a member of the Brocton Booster Club, Red Cross Certified Lifeguard, dance demonstrator, summer camp program aid and her church's nursery worker. In addition, she has spent hours on community service and participated in many different fundraisers.
After graduation, DeLand, the daughter of Michael and Angela DeLand, will attend Edinboro University for an as-yet undetermined major.
Chautauqua Lake Central School
Tyler Shearer will receive an Advanced Regents diploma and is in the top 15 percent of his class. Consistently named to the honor roll throughout high school, he has participated in a rigorous academic schedule which includes honors, advanced placement and college level courses. In addition, he received recognition for his high achievements in Physical Setting Earth Science.
A four-year member of the varsity soccer team, he was named captain this year and received the Most Improved Player award in 2011. In addition, he has played on the junior varsity and varsity basketball teams for the past four years, was captain during his junior year and received Most Valuable Player during his sophomore year.
Shearer volunteers his time for community service activities such as fixing a trailer park, mowing lawns, painting and shoveling snow. He has been employed by Chautauqua Marina and, most recently, the Village of Mayville. Free time is spent playing indoor soccer, summer league basketball, snowmobiling and spending time with friends and family.
The son of Randy and Karen Shearer of Ashville, Shearer plans to attend a four-year university such as SUNY Fredonia, Penn State-Behrend or Hiram where he plans to pursue a career in either dentistry or sports medicine.
Sherman Central School
Christina Walczak, fourth in her class, is enrolled in AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, college English, Regents physics and economics. Co-president of the National Honor Society, she has been on the honor roll every quarter since seventh grade. In addition, she represented her school for the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference in 2010 at Geneseo, received the 21st Century Leadership Award at Wells College and is senior copy editor for the Sherman yearbook.
Outside of school, Walczak is a 13-year Girl Scout for which she has received the Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. In addition, she is part of her youth group, an altar server at her church and a member of the band. She has been playing the clarinet for eight years.
Most outstanding, Walczak has been ice skating for nine years, is a skating coach and skates at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena six days a week. She is a double gold medalist for moves in the field and freestyle.
The daughter of Rick and Cindy Walczak, Walczak plans to travel with Disney on Ice for two or three years. After that, she intends to enroll at SUNY Fredonia for the dual program of early childhood/childhood education program.
Westfield Academy and Central School
Carly Backus, who is enrolled in the most rigorous coursework available at Westfield Academy and Central School, is a participant in the Jamestown Community College's Connections Program enrolled in English, calculus, music theory and aural skills. Upon graduation, she will have earned 21 college credits.
High school participation includes the history competition We the People where she studied the United State Constitution and applied the document to real life situation and current events, Regents physics, independent study in graphic design, yearbook and additional graduation requirements. She will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors.
President of the Environmental Club, Backus is also a four-year member of High School Academic Bowl, a three-year participant in Runner's Club and helped found the Origami Club, for which she serves as president. She is also a member of Key Club and the Westfield Chapter of National Honor Society.
Backus has played one year of junior varsity soccer and three of varsity soccer, was captain of the soccer team during her senior year and won the prestigious White Letter for her leadership, sportsmanship and ability. In addition, she is also a six-year participant on the varsity track team.
A four-year member of the senior high chorus and band, Backus is a member of the Westwinds and Firecrackers, an all-female singing group. In addition, she has participated in the musicals "Guys and Dolls," "Cinderella" and "Pirates of Penzance."
The daughter of Jason and Brenda Backus of Westfield, Backus volunteers her time at the Patterson Library and the YWCA of Westfield. She has held employment at Chautauqua Institution and the Westfield Recreation Department.
After graduation, Backus will attend Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in new media interactive development.