Gowanda names outstanding students

GOWANDA – The Students of the Month for April at Gowanda High School are as follows:

Ashley Dankert, Grade 12, Panther PRIDE

A student chosen for Panther PRIDE illustrates what being a panther means: prepared, respectful, involved, determined, and exhibiting excellence. This month’s selection is Ashley Dankert. Dankert is the treasurer for her senior class, on the prom committee, in band and a proud National Honor Society member. After high school she plans to become a meteorologist so that she can potentially save lives by forecasting dangerous weather.

Austin Seeley, Grade 9, mathematics

Seeley was recommended by Barbara Baer because he has the highest third quarter average. He is a student who attempts to solve all homework problems on his own. He exemplifies a master student in each endeavor by being prepared and taking good notes. He asks pertinent questions to clarify his understanding, and corrects any errors with assistance. He takes his time when working on a new topic and his questions enhance everyone’s learning. Baer expects Seeley to do well in college because he is already a serious student. He will tackle challenges head on and succeed. After graduating Seeley plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Benjamin Tessmer, Grade 10, social studies

Tessmer was nominated by Mark Leous because he is always prepared for class. Tessmer always has a smile on his face, participates freely in all discussions, and is interested in everything that the class is studying and learning. Tessmer always has his assignments in on time, and Leous loves having him in class. Tessmer plays varsity baseball for the panthers and is a junior fire fighter for Collins Fire Department. He plans to go to college and study law enforcement.

Dakota Lord, Grade 10, the arts

Lord was nominated by Jacob Swanson because Lord has gone above and beyond in all musical endeavors this year. Aside from participation in the curricular concert, marching, and pep bands, Lord performs with the jazz band, single reed ensemble, and saxophone quartet. He has arranged music for himself and his fellow students to perform and brings a contagious enthusiasm to every project. Lord is not only a gifted musician in school but he plays in two bands outside of school. After graduating he plans to get a job that pays well and that he enjoys. He will continue to play and write music as a hobby.

Emma Weyand, Grade 11, physical education

Weyand was nominated by Brian Denea because she is an ideal student. She puts in 100 percent with every class and always does what is expected of her. Weyand is an active student. She participates in volleyball, basketball, track and field, band and is an outstanding member of the chamber choir. Her future plans include attending a Division 3 college to study criminal justice while playing basketball.

Jessi Dankert, Grade 9, LOTE

Dankert was nominated by Patti Estrada because Dankert is an awesome young lady inside and outside of the classroom. Her diligence and attention to detail makes her a prime candidate for this recognition. She always has a positive attitude and wears a smile. She never hesitates to help other students and give a listening ear when needed. Dankert has a true knack for language and Estrada wouldn’t be surprised if she pursues it in post high school studies. Dankert is involved in band, media arts, tennis and she plays the drums in her free time. Her hopes after high school include college and pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Samantha Hedges, Grade 12, science

Hedges was chosen by Jonathan Spiegel because he can always depend on her to do her best. She has a high standard of quality with everything she does whether here at school or at her part time job. Hedges is a very caring student who can be trusted. Hedges is the secretary of her senior class and a friendly, outgoing student with genuine concerns for others. Her plan is to attend Canisus College and major in psychology.

Sean Burke, Grade 12, technology

Burke was nominated by Tom Partridge because he has taken several of Partridge’s technology classes and has done well in each. Burke is always polite, respectful and interested in learning something new. He takes each project seriously and knows that there is something that he will be able to apply in his future career. Burke is a part of Skills USA and the National Technical Honor Society. His future will include attending Ohio Technical College to become a diesel mechanic.

Taylor Olson, Grade 9, ELA

Olson was nominated by Shannon Styles because Olson gives 100-percent effort every class and is never afraid to ask questions. She is a positive role model for the rest of her class. She is self-directed, mindful, caring, and confident. Styles will miss having Olson as a student when she moves on to 10th grade. Olson plays JV volleyball and modified softball for Gowanda. She also plays on a softball travel team and volunteer coaches 10 and under softball. Olson plans to earn a college scholarship and study sports medicine in college.