Reed Donithen and Ryan Meredith recognized by Fredonia Rotary

The Fredonia Rotary Club recognized Reed Donithen and Ryan Meredith as students of the month for November.

Reed is the son Beth and David Donithen and the brother of Kate Donithen, who is a sophomore at Fredonia High School. He is a senior in Fredonia, and ranks third in his class. He took AP classes in both US History and Psychology last year, and is currently taking AP classes in Calculus, Statistics, and Physics. Reed is also participating in the 3-1-3 program at SUNY Fredonia. He is currently taking Political Science, Microeconomics, and English Composition at the college, and he will be taking a Literature class and a Cognitive Psychology class next semester. He has received the Marion Fellows Award in English, the Xerox scholarship for University of Rochester, and the America Chemical Society Award in Chemistry. He has also been on Honor Roll every year since his freshman year.

Reed became a member of the Fredonia chapter of the National Honor Society during his junior year. He is still part of the National Honor Society, and helps with the volunteer activities that the organization puts together.

Reed has played percussion since he was in elementary school. He has played in NYSSMA performances in which the Fredonia Symphonic Band has earned Gold with Distinction, the highest possible rating. He has played percussion in the pit band for Fredonia’s productions of the musicals Fiddler on the Roof and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Reed has also volunteered to play percussion for Santa’s Workshop, when elementary school students come to the school and make holiday-themed arts and crafts.

Reed has had a lot of experiences outside of school. He has volunteered working for Literacy Volunteers, a non-profit organization which teaches immigrants how to read English. Reed worked in the bookstore and the cafe of Literacy Volunteers. He also had the experience this fall of working at Falcone Farms, mainly selling apples.

Reed plans to study Neuroscience or Cognitive Psychology when he attends college, since he is interested in both psychology and biology. The school Reed is most interested in attending is University of Rochester, since they have an excellent Neuroscience program. Reed took classes at University of Rochester for two weeks this summer, and thoroughly enjoyed his stay there.

Ryan Meredith is the son of Jeff and Joanne Meredith. He is currently a senior at Fredonia High School. He has elected to take advanced classes in English and math for the past three years and one in global studies as a sophomore. In addition, Ryan took A.P. U.S. history as a junior and is currently taking four A.P. classes: literature and composition, government, calculus and physics. He has received the Principal’s Award every quarter to date.

Ryan has engaged himself in various extra-curricular activities, such as Key Club, the National Honor Society, FMS Quest, Model UN, the art club and tutoring Spanish. He is part of the Fredonia Recreation Department as a student representative. He is the vice president of National Honor Society, the publications officer for Key Club, and has been a student leader for FMS Quest. During his time in high school, Ryan has been involved in numerous community service activities through both Key Club and the National Honor Society.

Ryan also participates in many sports. He has played hockey for 11 years and has run cross country and track since seventh grade. He has received several honors for those sports. He has won the Scholar Athlete Team Award for both cross country and track; he has won the Coaches Award for cross country, along with the Most Improved Runner award, the CCAA Sportsmanship Award, and the WDOE Leadership Award.

In June of 2014, Ryan will graduate with an advanced Regents Diploma with Honors. Next year, he hopes to attend Cornell University to further his education. Once there, he plans to study physics so that he may one day become a physicist.