Fredonia Rotary honors two high school seniors

Senior Alyssa Vianese is the daughter of Wendy and David Patterson and Todd Vianese. She has two sisters. Cassidy is a freshman at the Crane School of music at SUNY Potsdam and Kelsey is in 8th grade at Fredonia Middle School.

Alyssa has taken part in the 3-1-3 program at Fredonia State. In addition to her college classes this year Alyssa is taking AP Calculus and JCC credit courses including molecular biology and personal finance. She has taken Advanced Global 10 and three years of advanced English. Last year she studies AP statistics. She attained the principal’s honor roll throughout high school and will graduate in June with an Advanced Regents Diploma.

During her freshman year, she participated in both the football and basketball cheerleading teams, but found that the sport she is most passionate about is sailing. Alyssa has sailed since she was 8 and has raced sailboats for the past 5 years. She has been a member of the Buffalo High School Sailing Team since her sophomore year and will be entering her 6th season at the end of March. For three years in a row, Alyssa received the Coaches Award, given to the best all-around sailor and member of the team. She also received the Pete Kane award and the Charlotte Bartle Kemper Memorial Trophy.

As a member of National Honor Society she was encouraged to go out and get involved in the community. Alyssa has become involved with the Literacy Volunteers Program in Dunkirk. Most Saturdays she works at the 21 East Book Store, sifting through donations, shelving books, running the cash register and helping customers find items. This past holiday season she had a cookie sale to benefit Literacy Volunteers. She took part in Spread the Love Campaign run by making many Valentine’s Day cards that were sent to Meals on Wheels to be distributed to the elderly. She helped paint the Dunkirk Pediatrics Center in an “around the world theme” and participated in a Learning to Save Initiative in the elementary school. One of her favorite service activities is Soup On the Fly, a student run organization that is managed by the special needs students at Fredonia High School. The program not only offers delicious soup to the staff at Fredonia High, but also teaches the students real life lessons about managing money and working with others.

Accepted by both the University of Vermont and Stony Brook University, Alyssa remains undecided as to where she plans to matriculate in the fall. She plans to enroll as a pathology major in the pre-med track.

Fredonia High School senior Eliz Arnavut is the daughter of Dr. Ziya Arnavut and Dr. Meral Arnavut. Her parents came to this country from Cyprus and Turkey, respectively. They both work as professors at SUNY Fredonia. Eliz has received the principal’s award and the honor roll every quarter of every year. Currently taking two AP courses, AP English and AP psychology, she also took advanced English classes and an advanced global course. She is a 3-1-3 student at SUNY Fredonia. Currently she is taking American politics, novels and tales, and middle Eastern literature. When she graduates, she will have an Advanced Regents Diploma and will be graduating with honors.

Eliz plays both the violin and the piano. She played the piano since eighth grade and the violin since fourth grade, which she continued into her freshman and sophomore years. She received outstanding ratings for her NYSSMA solo performances.

Eliz has an interest in journalism, and served as both a writer/photographer and an editor of the school newspaper. She won several wards for writing, including Syracuse University’s Gold Publication, second place for regional story, and first place for regional story. She has been a member of the yearbook staff, the Foreign Language Club, and Key Club at her school. She has volunteered at the County Home and helped her school’s Soup on the Fly program. Her interest in politics led her to take part as a delegate and an editor in the school’s award-winning Model U.N. Club. Eliz also serves as secretary of the National Honor Society at Fredonia High School.

She has been employed part time as a baby-sitter throughout her high school years. Her internships have included the Dunkirk veterinarian’s office, Dr. Alam’s private medical practice setting, and Brooks Memorial Hospital, where she currently job-shadows the various surgeons there.

Her hobbies include learning, volunteering, and traveling. She took part in the EF tour of Italy and Greece in her sophomore year. She has also been to Turkey, Cyprus, Spain, England, France, Belgium, and Canada.

After high school, she plans to attend college, majoring in neuroscience. Ultimately, she would like to attend medical school.