Secondary school principal Josh Liddell has announced the top students in the Chautauqua Lake Central School Class of 2014, Emilie Christie, Eve Taft, Destiny Safford and Megan Stahlsmith.
For this, the first year during which students from Ripley were tuitioned to Chautauqua Lake in grades 7-12, two valedictorians and two salutatorians were selected, one from each community. Each of the four honored students has earned a gold honor pin, reflecting a grade point average of 94.5 percent or higher.
Co-Valedictorian Emilie Christie is the daughter of Frances and Jeffrey Christie of Mayville. Throughout her high school career, Emilie has competed on the High School Bowl academic team, playing as a starter for two years. This spring she traveled to the national competition in Washington, D.C., as a member of the regional championship team. Emilie has been elected to Student Administration each year of high school, serving as class secretary and president and, this year, as student body president. A two-year member of National Honor Society, Emilie was elected vice president this year, and she has served as president of the Rotary Interact Club since its inception during her junior year.
She has been an active member of the Spanish Club, in which she served as both secretary and president. A three-time Student of the Month, she has also been active in the Impact Christian Fellowship and Shin Gi Tai Judo Club. Emilie sang in the select chorale and played first chair clarinet in the band, for which she was recognized last year as Most Improved Woodwind Player. She performed in the secondary school musicals "Happy Days," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "The Wizard of Oz."
She competed in varsity tennis throughout high school, earning her varsity letter as a freshman and serving as team captain during her senior year. Emilie earned her academic letter as a sophomore, academic pin as a junior and academic pullover as a senior. Last year Jamestown Community College named her College Connections Student of the Year, and she was on the Dean's List as a JCC part-time student. She also received the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service Mathematics & Science Award and the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award.
This year Buffalo Business First magazine named Emilie to the All Western New York Academic Team, recognizing her academic excellence, school leadership and community involvement.
She was honored by the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club as a Rotary Student of the Month and by the New York State Senate with a Youth Leadership Recognition Award. Emilie was named a Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship Program, among the top 34,000 high performers of over 1.5 million who took the qualifying test in fall 2012. She recently received a Chautauqua Lake Academic Excellence Award, a Ruth Barker Winch Scholarship, a FairPoint Communications Scholarship, a Thunderbird Athletic Club Award, the Wesley W. Weise Jr. VFW Post 8647 Scholarship, an Ordence Knowlton Scholarship Grant, and a CLCS Student Administration Student of the Year Award.
She was honored for exemplary literary insight in Advanced Placement English 12 and for excellence in Advanced Placement Environmental Science and in Spanish 5, a Jamestown Community College course taught at Chautauqua Lake. Emilie has logged over 45 hours of community service. She is active at Saint Mary of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, where she was active in the youth group for several years and now in the young adult group, Friends in Lourdes Places.
For two years she has served as a Lector at Sunday mass. For four years Emilie has worked as a cashier at Bemus Point Market.
Emilie participated in two European study tours: last year to Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, and this year to Italy and Greece. She looks forward to additional study abroad and cultural immersion experiences. She will attend John Carroll University as an Arrupe Scholar to pursue an undergraduate degree in international business with language and culture, along with a five-year master's program in business administration. Emilie hopes to be a leader in worldwide business and economic affairs.