Ellicottville Central School has announced Louisa Benatovich is valedictorian for the Class of 2019 with a weighted average of 113.72. Louisa, who is the daughter of Katie and Adam Benatovich, will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors.

A great lover of, music, literature and learning, Louisa devoted much of her time in pursuit of those passions. Quiz Bowl, a trivia haven, was a safe space throughout her middle and high school years. Louisa attended two national competitions in Washington D.C. over her six years with the team and assumed the role of captain as a senior. This year, the team won the JCC Academic WorldQuest.

Louisa is also the vice-president of ESPRA (Ellicottville Students Preserving the Reading of America), a club devoted to bibliophiles everywhere. This year, she spearheaded the founding of a student publication called The ESPRA Magazine, an opportunity for all ages and talents to express their love of creativity. She got to play as editor-in-chief and graphic designer for the quarterly print issues.

Louisa loves all things music and is an avid French hornist. She has attended several NYSSMA Area All-States, All-Counties and Honor Bands during her time at ECS. She loves her instrument dearly and has even named it. She plans to continue playing in college for she claims she could not live without it. Louisa also devotes her time to Student Council, Yearbook and volunteering in the community. She is a proud peer tutor and NHS member.

Her senior year, Louisa was selected into the New Vision: Health Professions program. Through the program’s rotations at Olean General Hospital, she discovered her passion for podiatry and wound care. She hopes to someday turn this strange appreciation into a life-changing career.  

Louisa writes for The Ellicottville Times as a student correspondent, as well as Ellicottville’s Snowed-In periodical. She currently works at Watson’s Chocolates and will be the Ellicottville Memorial Library’s Student Intern this summer.

Louisa was the recipient of a Western New York Character Council Award this year, as well as the National Honor Society Betty Pappas Scholarship. She will be attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she will major in Biology on a Pre-Med track with a minor in French.

Meganne Chapman has been named Salutatorian with a weighted average of 111.77. The daughter of Tim and Stacey Chapman, Meganne has earned an Advanced Regents Diploma.

Meganne was an extremely active student who has been a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Vice-President, Class of 2019 President for three years, and a member of Student Council as well as Treasurer. She is also a Certified Peer Tutor.

Meganne has participated in Jazz Band, ESPRA (Ellicottville Students for the Preservation of Reading in America), Drama Club, Varsity Club, and the ECS Student Wellness Committee.  She enjoyed volunteering in Mr. Smith’s First Grade classroom, and she enjoyed reading an agricultural book to an Elementary grade for Ag Literacy Week.

Outside the classroom, Meganne is a three-sport athlete, participating in Varsity Soccer (Captain), Varsity Basketball (Captain), and Varsity Track and Field (Captain). Meganne is a member of Cattaraugus 4-H showing registered Jersey cattle.

She also has Christmas caroled with the school band, as well as played with the band for Memorial Day service and Graduation.  Meganne has also enjoyed volunteering her time with the Ellicottville Rotary Club with their Annual Tuscan Moon Dinner and Halloween Community Fun Night.

Meganne is the recipient of the following academic and athletic awards: Outstanding National Honor Society Member, Excellence in Chemistry, Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship, University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award, RIT Innovation and Creativity Award, WNY Character Council Character Award, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award, All WNY Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention, Buffalo First Community All-Star, Cattaraugus County Youth Citizen of the Week, ECS Athlete of the Week, League Sportsmanship Award for Varsity Soccer and Basketball, Gordy Aimes Memorial Award for Outstanding Shot Put and Discus Thrower, Coach’s Strength Award for Basketball and the ECS Female Eagles Pride Award.

Meganne will be attending the University of Akron and Williams Honors College to major in Civil Engineering. She has also been accepted into the University of Akron’s Emerging Leaders Program.