MAYVILLE - The class of 2013, the first in the 17-year history of Chautauqua Lake Central School to attend only the new school building from kindergarten through 12th grade, received diplomas in the school auditorium Thursday evening.
CLCS is the result of combining the former Chautauqua and Mayville school districts and until this senior class most graduates had attended at least one year in one of the old schools.
The class of 2013 is also notable for awarding a high school diploma to a Vietnam-era veteran as part of New York State's "Operation Recognition." Steven Lynn Milliman joined the U.S. Army nine days after his 17th birthday and did not graduate high school as a result. "Operation Recognition" is part of Section 305 of the state's education law (which) "recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans who left school before graduation by awarding them a high school diploma."
Steven Lynn Milliman, standing center, became part of Chautauqua Lake Central School’s 2013 graduating class as part of “Operation Recognition”, authorized by NYS Education Law to recognize “the dedication and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans who left school before graduation by awarding them a high school diploma”. Shown standing second from left is school board vice-president Jay Baker and third from left board president Jill Scott. Milliman was given a standing ovation when he was handed his diploma.
Photo by Dave O’Connor
Class Valedictorian Erica Yi Chun Xue Homme told her 54 classmates that the friendships, shared memories and achievements formed "an unbreakable bond" that would serve them all going forward.
Homme was one of six CLCS seniors who earned an Advanced Regents with Honors diploma. The others were Jessica Latimer, Jeremy Lesniowski, Mary Schmitz (salutatorian), Luciana Sena and Sam Snyder. All six also received Gold Honor Pins indicating a grade point average of 95 percent or better. Graduate Anna Gerber also was awarded the Gold Pin. Ten members of the class earned an Advanced Regents Diploma.
Snyder, Homme and Schmitz received NYS Legislative Scholarship for Academic Excellence awards. Snyder's award is $1,500 and Homme and Schmitz were each awarded $500. These awards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate studies.
Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club Awards of $400 each were earned by Leanna Harp and Latimer.
Class officers were Samantha Dailey, president; Angelique Schalk-Ruff, vice president and Sarah Harp, secretary. Class advisers were Kristine Stroth and Emily Perkins.
CLCS board member Micheal Ludwig presented his daughter, Amber Marie, her Advanced Regents Diploma.
Before receiving a diploma each graduate was introduced and either Stroth or Perkins related a few anecdotes about his or her school days.