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Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month

by jmaloni
Mon, Feb 28th 2011 05:45 pm
Brooke Chamberlain
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Brooke Chamberlain

Brooke Chamberlain has spent her high school career being involved in both her school and her community on Grand Island.

Brooke currently holds four varsity letters for her sports in high school, which began when she joined high school swimming in her freshman year and made varsity her very first day. Brooke continued swimming in her sophomore year, when she was the top 100 butterfly swimmer and made it to the Sectional meet.

An injury changed her outlook from swimming to track and field, where she earned her varsity letter as a sophomore in pole vaulting. With this success, she joined indoor track, which also earned her a varsity letter for pole vaulting. Brooke loved the people she met in track so much that she permanently switched from swimming to running in her junior year and joined the Grand Island cross country team.

Brooke stays busy in many extracurricular clubs at Grand Island, such as DECA, where she currently serves as secretary. Brooke's strong business appreciation continues, and she participates in the GISBA Corporate Bowl, Job Search, Shadow Day, and CEIP/Internship. She also enjoys her role as an editor of this year's Venture yearbook.

A love for music enabled Brooke to play the violin starting in fourth grade, with the highlight being her playing in the pit orchestra for "Fiddler on the Roof" in 10th grade. She also involved herself in concert choir during her junior year.

As this year's co-president of Student Council, Brooke is proud of her four-year involvement with this wonderful organization. Brooke has planned numerous dances and community service projects, and even served as treasurer one year.

Brooke's community service is exemplary and she finds time to give back frequently to organizations such as the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation, GIHS freshman orientation, the National Kidney Foundation and Relay For Life. Brooke is an avid sailor and has been a volunteer coach in training for sailing camp at the Niagara Sailing Club on Grand Island.

Brooke works hard at her academics, making the honor roll every marking period since the beginning of her freshman year. She was accepted into the National Honors Society and the Spanish National Honor Society in her junior year and continues to assist with those clubs.

Brooke currently works part time at Buzzy's Pizzeria and plans to study in the biology field at either Canisius College or the State University of New York at Oswego.

Korin Frantz

Korin Frantz has been a Grand Island resident since the day she was born and has attended only Grand Island schools. She has been involved in school, the community, and her church.

Korin is a well-rounded person. She is involved in sports, art, music, the National Honor Society, Girl Scouts, two church youth groups and still maintains her status on the honor roll. She is also able to hold two part-time jobs, a paper route once a week and working at Rainbow Roller Rink, to earn some money. She has varsity letters in softball, volleyball, bowling, music and academics.

Sports have been part of her life since she was 4 years old, when she started to play T-ball and soccer. After a few years, she started playing travel sports in both softball and soccer. In eighth grade, she decided to try modified volleyball and has stuck with it all the way through to the junior varsity and varsity levels. In her sophomore year, she decided to try out for the bowling team just to do something over the winter and soon became the 18th bowler in the league just after her second year. In 11th grade, she made the Niagara Frontier League first team for softball and was an honorable mention for All-Western New York large schools. She has also received many other awards for her sports.

Korin was able to teach herself how to play piano when she was young and eventually started taking lessons. She started playing the trumpet in fourth grade, but switched to flute in fifth grade. She currently plays in the high school concert band and has even played the oboe in concert.

Korin has been passionate about art all her life. She has always loved coloring, drawing and making crafts. She has always enjoyed art class and still does. She has taken advantage of the art program at the high school and will be graduating with five art credits. She is currently in Advanced Placement art hoping to eventually go to college for art.

She has been active in Girl Scouts for 13 years. Korin has earned her Bronze and Silver awards. She has done more than 65 hours toward her Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. For her project, she set up softball clinics at the Sidway gym and Veterans Park and taught girls from ages 8 through 12.

In the future, Korin is planning to become a police officer and having an art minor on the side. For college, she will attend Erie Community College Police Academy and then transfer to Buffalo State College to major in criminal justice and minor in fine arts.

Jason Chadwick

Jason Chadwick is a lifelong resident of Grand Island. He has attended Sidway School, Kaegebein Elementary School, Veronica Connor Middle School, and Grand Island High School. He has strived to be well-rounded and involved in his community.

Jason has done very well academically. He has consistently been on the high honor, honor, or merit roll since sixth grade. He has already taken four Advanced Placement courses and is currently enrolled in four more AP courses. He has received many academic honors, including being inducted into National Honor Society and receiving the PTSA academic certificate, pin, and letter. He has been recognized as a New York State Public High School Athletic Association scholar athlete every season so far. He has received the Grand Island Teacher Association Pride of the Island award, and the President's Award for Educational Excellence. He was also awarded the Sage College Art Award in his junior year.

Jason has been extremely active in extracurricular activities. He has been a member of the varsity cross country team in grades 9-12, the varsity indoor track team and the varsity track and field team in grades 10-12, and the junior varsity indoor track team and the JV track and field team in grade 9. He has served as co-captain in cross country and track and field. Jason went to the state meet this year as part of Grand Island High School's cross country team and has qualified twice for sectionals in the triple jump. Jason has been a member of PTSA throughout high school and served as corresponding secretary last year. He has been a member of Grand Island High School's Chalkwalk team since freshman year, and last year the team's design won first place in the Lewiston Art Festival. Jason has participated in Corporate Bowl the last two years. He played tenor saxophone in concert and jazz band in ninth grade and was a member of Ski Club in ninth grade as well. He has been a member of Young Life since ninth grade.

Jason has been very involved in his community. Jason is an Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 630, and his Eagle Scout project involved building planters in the butterfly garden at Eco Island. He has also helped many other fellow Scouts complete their Eagle Scout projects as well. Jason has participated for many years in Relay For Life. He has raised money for Special Olympics by participating in Student Olympics at Grand Island High School the last two years.

After graduation, Jason would like to attend college with the goal of pursuing a degree in graphic design or a design-related field.

Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson has been a Grand Island resident all her life. She attended Sidway School, Huth Road Elementary School, Veronica E. Connor Middle School, and is currently a senior at Grand Island High School.

Emma has received numerous academic awards throughout high school, including the Student Sage Award, Certificate of Academic Excellence, academic pin, academic letter, and the Advanced Placement Scholar Award. She has been placed on the high honor roll every marking period in high school, and challenges herself with multiple AP classes.

Emma plays violin with the high school orchestra, and she has participated in the pit orchestra, string quintet, All-County Orchestra, and Area All-State Orchestra. She has received varsity letters and pins for music. Emma is vice president of Interact Club, treasurer of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Donate Life, and a member of the Spanish Honor Society. She has also played travel, JV, and varsity softball, and has been named a scholar athlete.

Emma has taken tap and jazz classes at Step-in-Time Studio of Dance for 11 years, where she is also an assistant dance teacher.

Emma is a pre-kindergarten religious education teacher and youth group member at St. Stephen R.C. Church. She serves on the Diocesan Youth Board and is a co­-captain of St. Vincent De Paul's youth group. She has also received the Diocesan Spirit Award.

Emma has volunteered at many different organizations and events throughout Western New York, including Habitat for Humanity, the Nicaragua Mission, the Salvation Army, Vive La Casa, Niagara Falls Community Garden, St. Vincent De Paul's soup kitchen, Heart and Soul soup kitchen, Villa Maria Nursing Home, Kaegebein Family Fun Night, and the Rotary International Lobster Fest. Emma has also been a coach of Grand Island Memorial Library's Battle of the Books team for the past four years.

Emma plans on attending college with a major in chemical engineering and a minor in psychology.

The Grand Island Rotary Club will host Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month at an awards dinner April 29.

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