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CLCS Names December Students Of The Month

Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for December achievements, are Catherine Klinek-Cornell, Christopher Lukasiak, Benjamin Siliano, Addison Harrington, Aubrey Giles, and Macy Ulsh.

MAYVILLE – Students of the Month at Chautauqua Lake Central School, honored for December achievements, are Catherine Klinek-Cornell, Christopher Lukasiak, Benjamin Siliano, Addison Harrington, Aubrey Giles, and Macy Ulsh.

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.

Senior Catherine Klinek-Cornell is the daughter of Christina Cornell of Mayville and Shelly Klinek of Newberry, South Carolina. She is enjoying her Psychology and English classes the most this year. Katie has participated in ski club since seventh grade and the High School Academic Bowl since tenth grade. As a junior, she was inducted into the National Honor Society, and as a senior, she also is participating in Student Administration and Yearbook. She has won the Eloquence Award as both an eighth grader and a freshman; the Leadership Rotary Award and JCC Student of the Year as a junior; and the Diligence Award as a senior. Outside of school Katie enjoys snowboarding, reading, writing, and working with the 4-year-olds at Chautauqua Institution Children’s School. She admires Jane Austen because “she wrote pieces of work that touched on how women were meant to follow societal expectations at the time while also challenging this belief by focusing on her own profession which amounted to great success.” If she could be another person for a day, Katie would choose Taylor Swift because “she is one of the most influential figures in society currently, so I would use her platform to help the world. I also admire her character and her positive energy.” Katie’s future plans include attending college and pursuing a career in education and teaching.

Christopher Lukasiak, a junior, is the son of Michelle Waters of Ripley and Chris Lukasiak of Northeast. Chris is really enjoying his physics class this year. He has participated on the school Envirothon team for the past two years. Last year, the team made it to the State competition and placed well. Chris also competes on the track and field team. Outside of school, Chris enjoys hunting, thrifting, and collecting vinyls. When asked what historical person he admires, Chris said Moses because “he led his people out of Egypt with the power of God.” If he could be another person for a day, he would choose Elon Musk because “I think it would be interesting having so much money.” His future plans include attending college to become an architect.

Sophomore Benjamin Siliano is the son of Brandon and Ashley Siliano of Ashville. He is enjoying his Digital Electronics class the most this year. Ben plays in the band and competes on the track team, as well as performing in the musical and participating in Chess Club. Outside of school, Ben enjoys running, music, playing chess, and carpentry. In history, he admires Albert Einstein because “of what he has done to help the scientific community with his theory of relativity.” If he could be another person for a day, Ben would choose Stan Lee because “it would be cool to see how the comics started and eventually were created.” Future plans for Ben include going to college to become an engineer or a scientist.

Addison Harrington, a freshman, is the daughter of Travis and Stacy Harrington of Mayville. Her favorite classes this year are English and geometry. Addy enjoys music and has performed in the “Music In Our School” concert as well as NYSSMA solos. She is also the stage manager for High School Musical this year. Outside of school, Addy enjoys horseback riding and singing. She admires Elizabeth Cady Stanton because “she stood up for what she believed. In a time when people told her she wasn’t capable of something, she showed then she was.” Addy would love the opportunity to swap lives with Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert for a day because “they are two very well-known singers in the genre I love and grew up listening to.” For her future, Addy would like to attend either law school or veterinary school following high school.

Eighth grader Aubrey Giles is the daughter of Arthur and Michelle Giles of Sherman. She enjoys ELA, gym and social studies the most this year. She has competed on the CLCS basketball, soccer, and track teams since seventh grade and performs in both the band and the chorus. She has been on the honor and high honor roll consistently. Outside of school, Aubrey enjoys playing soccer, painting, and reading. She admires Alexander Hamilton in history, largely due to the musical. If she could be another person for a day, she would choose her father because “I want to know what it is like to work in law enforcement.” Her future plans include “working in law enforcement, owing a nice house, getting into a good college, graduating high school, being rich, owning a nice car, and getting a dog.”

Macy Ulsh, a seventh grader, is daughter of Lee and Kelly Ulsh of Mayville. This year, she is enjoying his math and art classes the most. She competed on the JV volleyball team this year; she also earned a place on the High Honor Roll. Outside of school, she enjoys playing softball and volleyball. In history, she admires Harriet Tubman because “she paved the way for freeing enslaved people.” If she could switch places with someone for a day, Macy would choose Montana Fouts because “she is my favorite softball player and I would want to know what it feels like to play on a really good college team.” Macy’s future plans include studying zoology, life sciences, and animal behavior and eventually working at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.

Teacher Tara Reyda coordinates the secondary school Student of the Month recognition program with the help of a selection committee, which includes teachers Michelle Rowe and Stephanie Janicki.

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