(Reprinted from the June 2014 ECS Newsletter)

Courtney Antholzner, daughter of Rick and Lori Antholzner, is ranked third for the Class of 2014. She graduates with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors. Courtney served as Treasurer for the ECS Drama Club (2012-2014) and for the Class of 2014 (2012-2014). She is currently Treasurer of the school’s National Honor Society. She has won numerous awards throughout her high school career, including the U.S. Department of Energy for Outstanding Achievement in Biology and Earth Science, and The American Chemical Society Penn York Chapter Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry. Courtney was one of two students to represent New York State at the annual Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects at Purdue University in July 2013.

Courtney received the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau Citizenship Award, JCC College Connections Senior Student of the Year 2014 and Independent Health’s Community All Star for Ellicottville. She was selected to attend the Leadership Launch program at Jamestown Business College. She was recently honored by the Brady Academic Excellence Awards Program as one of WNY’s top high school seniors for outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, leadership and service.

She is a member of National Honor Society, Academic Quiz Bowl, Jazz Band, Jazz Chorus, ESPRA Literacy Club and Drama Club. Courtney is a member of the varsity softball team. She earned the 2013 CCAA Sportsmanship Award for softball. Courtney is very active in community service, having been selected as the 2012 Activities Chair for the American Cancer Society’s Ellicottville Relay for Life. She has also walked in Roswell Park’s annual Bosom Buddies Walk. Currently, Courtney volunteers her time helping stray animals with the Empire Animal Rescue Society in Salamanca.

Courtney will attend Clarkson University and major in civil engineering. She is the recipient of the Clarkson Scholarship and the Merit Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement.

Megan Westfall is the daughter of Dawn and Charles Westfall. She is ranked fourth in her class and will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma. Throughout high school, Megan has been actively involved in Odyssey of the Mind, Student Council, Band and Jazz Band, ESPRA and is also a member of National Honor Society.

Her volunteer services have included Christmas caroling in town, playing trombone for the Memorial Day service, acting as DJ for middle school dances, serving during the Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner, helping out during the Dime Carnival, peer tutoring, and she has donated blood to the Red Cross several times. Megan has been employed as a hostess at the Ellicottville Depot and has worked several years at the Great Valley Berry Patch.

She plans to attend Swarthmore College in the fall but has not yet decided on a major.

Elizabeth Wendel, daughter of Mark and Louise Wendel, is ranked fifth in her class and will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma. Elizabeth is president of Chorus, Band and Drama Club. She is vice president of National Honor Society and a member of the Foreign Language Club, Jazz Band and Jazz Choir. She is a very involved member by participating in all concerts, Club Jazz, Darien Lake Competitions and Crêpes for a Cause. Elizabeth also was a captain in her soccer, basketball and softball programs.

Elizabeth has achieved many academic accomplishments within her high school career; she has consistently been on High Honor Roll and has been in the top five since 10th grade. This year, she received the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau Youth Citizenship Award, Channel 4 News Scholar Athlete of the month of January, and Time Warner Cable Scholar Athlete of the Week.

During her free time, she works as a snowboard instructor at Holiday Valley in the winter and as a burrito maker at the Bike & Bean during the summer. It is also a very important aspect for Elizabeth to be a part of her community by volunteering at the Rotary Club, Project Christmas, Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and being a part of the tutoring program at ECS. She also enjoyed cleaning up Ellicottville after Fall Fest, as well as playing and singing Christmas carols in town and for senior citizen dinners.

Elizabeth is planning on attending the University at Buffalo. While unsure about a major, she knows that music will definitely be a part of her life in college.