At its Feb. 13 meeting at The Parkview in Westfield, the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville recognized four outstanding seniors from local high schools as its February “Scholars of the Month.”
The honorees and their respective schools were Sydney Lachajczyk, Chautauqua Lake Central School; Elyse Markham, Brocton Central School; Jessica Cady, Sherman Central School; and Madyson Abbey, Westfield Academy and Central School.
These seniors were selected for this honor by administrators and counselors in their school districts. Janese Berkhouse, Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club President, welcomed the honorees, their parents and relatives, school officials and Rotarians to the meeting. Thirty-four people were present.
Following dinner and some club business, Dan Smith, Club Youth Services Chair, Mary Swanson, Club President-Elect, and Luci Petrella, Club Youth Exchange Chair introduced the scholars and announced some of their many accomplishments. Each of the students received a framed certificate and congratulations.
Sydney Lachajczyk, a Chautauqua Lake CSD senior, is the daughter of Michael and Jennifer Lachajczyk of Dewittville. She is on track to graduate in June with an Advanced Regents Diploma, and is currently academically ranked in the top five of her class. Also, she has received academic recognition for her accomplishments in history. Lachajczyk’s team captured first place in the Soils, Forestry and Wildlife competition during the Chautauqua County Envirothon, and the team also participated in the Science Olympiad. In April of 2017, she participated in the Rotary District 7090 Student Leadership Award Program for Students High On Training (SLAPSHOT) in Ancaster, Ontario.
Being an active CLCS student, Lachajczyk is a member of the National Honor Society, student administration, prom committee and dance committee. She has had a role in many school musicals and has participated in ski club. Also active in athletics, Lachajczyk has been a member of the varsity swim team for the past five years, and has been a Sectional Qualifier. She was a one-year member of the modified track team, receiving the Most Improved Player award, before moving to the varsity track team for the past four years. On this varsity team she earned the Rising Star Award, Most Valuable Player in Field Events, and was named to the First Team All-County and also as a Sectional Qualifier.
Outside of school, Lachajczyk works as a lifeguard at Chautauqua Lake Estates, and she is also employed at Webb’s Captain’s Table. She has volunteered her time for community activities, such as blood drives, animal shelter drives, peer mentoring and food drives. She lists swimming, hiking running, traveling, culture studies and history as some of her hobbies. After graduation, Lachajczyk plans to attend a four-year university, such as New York University or University of Buffalo, where her major will be international relations. She intends to pursue a career in diplomacy.
Elyse Markham, a Brocton CSD senior, is the daughter of Dale and Colleen Markham of Brocton. With a current cumulative grade point average of 94.42, she is academically ranked as eighth in her class. She has achieved honor roll throughout her three completed high school years and is continuing on in her final year. Markham, who was inducted into the National Honor Society in her sophomore year, will be graduating this June with a Regents Diploma and will have earned six Jamestown Community College (JCC) credit hours.
Markham has participated in many school clubs and activities throughout her high school years, including French club for two years, student council for one, chorus for two, and she was part of the yearbook staff in her junior year. Also, she has had roles in four of the school’s musicals. Markham has been a member of the Rotary Interact Club at Brocton for two years. She strongly participates in senior class events and activities. In terms of athletics, Markham played junior varsity and varsity volleyball for four years, leading the team as a captain for two years, and she also played varsity softball for three years.
Throughout her high school career, Markham has volunteered both inside and outside of school. During the summer of 2016, she helped with the Summer Recreational Program held in Brocton, and she has volunteered at Math Night for elementary students this year. Through her participation with the Rotary Interact Club at school, Markham has helped with the Preventative Angels Project in December, as well as the bottle and can drive to raise funds for service projects. She will soon begin mentoring younger students at her school. This past summer, Markham worked at a restaurant in Lily Dale, and she is currently employed at T.J. Maxx in Dunkirk. Following high school graduation, she plans to attend The SUNY College at Brockport where she will major in athletic training.
Jessica Cady, a Sherman CSD senior, is the daughter of Kristine and Andrew Stroth of Sherman and Christopher and Becky Cady of Sherman. She has achieved honor roll every quarter of her high school career. She is a member of the National Honor Society, and is academically ranked in the top 20% of her class. Cady was chosen as Junior Optimist of the year, and because of her academic achievements, she received the Wells College Award at honors night last spring.
Cady currently serves as class treasurer. Also, she has been a member of the high school choir and performed in school musicals and plays for several years. Athletically, Cady has been a member of the volleyball and basketball teams during her high school years. As a senior, she served as captain of the volleyball team, and she is currently a captain of the basketball team.
Outside of school, Cady has been a coach for the Sherman Youth Recreation basketball program and a part of the SCS Cares yard raking community service project. Along with her family, she has also been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. During the summer months, Cady works as a busser at the Athenaeum Hotel and is employed at Webb’s Candy Shop. When she isn’t working or playing sports, she enjoys camping and boating with her grandparents, and spending time with friends. In the fall, Cady will be attending The SUNY College at Brockport, where she will major in social studies and secondary special education.
Madyson Abbey, a Westfield Academy & CSD senior, is the daughter of Timothy and Amber Abbey of Westfield. She will graduate in June with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. Abbey enrolled in the JCC courses of English 1510, 1530 and 1540, Communications 1610, and Mathematics 1600. At the end of her senior year, she will have earned 16 college credits. In addition to college courses, Abbey enrolled in Advanced Placement: Microeconomics and World History, as well as the Regents courses of physics, government, Spanish 4, psychology, sociology, functional anatomy of the limbs, and physical education.
In her junior year, Abbey was inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS). She is a reliable and friendly student who embodies the NHS core values of character, leadership, scholarship and service. She has earned several awards, including the Academic Achievement Honors Patch, Pin #1, and the All-Star Pin. Also, she was chosen by her teachers as the Senior of the Month for September 2017.
Abbey has balanced her coursework with outstanding participation as a member of the varsity girls’ soccer team for which she served as team captain during her senior year. She is secretary of her
senior class, and she is a member of several organizations and clubs, including Spanish club and ski club.
Abbey has held employment at Cakes by Brandy and the Brick Walk Café, and she volunteers at the Westfield Food Pantry. In the fall of 2018, Abbey will attend Jamestown Community College for two years to pursue a degree in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program, and afterwards she plans to continue her education at the University of Buffalo to obtain a degree in occupational therapy.
The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville proudly congratulates Sydney Lachajczyk, Elyse Markham, Jessica Cady and Madyson Abbey on their many outstanding academic, athletic, extracurricular and community service accomplishments, and it wishes them the best for much success in college and in the future.