- Fillmore Central School
Class of 2021 Senior Spotlights
Class of 2021 Senior Spotlights
Our first senior spotlight is our Valedictorian, Kieran Kelley. Kieran is graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors and Mastery in Math and Science. During his time at FCS, Kieran was president of Student Council for two years, editor of the yearbook, participated in Scholastic Challenge and Masterminds (League 9 all-star junior and senior year), track, choir, FROGS, several drama productions and also did the school’s morning announcements for three years. He also is a member of National Honor Society. Kieran’s favorite memory of Fillmore Central was listening to all the entertaining stories from Ms. Cartwright in Study Hall. He has received the Globetrotter Award, the Bausch & Lomb Science Award, the NY State Scholarship for Academic Excellence, an Allegany County Foundation Scholarship, the Geneseo Trustees award and Honors scholarship, and was the Standard Bearer for FCS.
Kieran’s teachers had wonderful things to say about him. Mr. Witkowski said: “Kieran is the true Renaissance Man of Fillmore Central School as he is an accomplished photographer, actor, singer, athlete, and scholar. He has made our school a better place by his willingness to constantly share his talents and kind spirit without asking anything in return as evidenced by his cheerfulness and dedication reading the morning announcements the past three years. He is a consummate collaborator in Physics class while tackling case study problems and lab activities and has the uncanny ability to work with everyone.”
Mrs. Reding added, “I find it difficult to truly express in simple words the amazing character of this wonderful young man. He is intelligent, talented, and truly a sincere individual. Whether singing bass in choir, preparing for a role in the musical, or rehearsing a solo and helping with Dessert Theater backdrops, Kieran is always ready to help, well prepared and dependable. As a member of the yearbook staff for several years and as editor of the 2021 FCS Crest, his thoughts and work are mature and complete. He is a leader who leads by example and quietly guides those around him leaving everyone better off for working with him and knowing him. Above all, he is kind, respectful, and endearing. Keep showing off that beautiful smile of yours Kieran because it lights up the room and warms the hearts of others.”
Our next senior spotlight is our Salutatorian, Harley Miller. Harley is graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors and Mastery in Science. During her time at FCS, Harley was President of the FFA and co-Vice President of student council. She also participated in band, National Honor Society, Girl’s State, basketball, softball, soccer, and volleyball. Harley’s favorite memory of FCS was spending time in the Ag room with her friends and the fact that things there were always upbeat and interesting. Harley was the winner of the Belva Waite Scholarship. She will be attending Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio to major in Zoo and Conservation Science as well as Biology.
Harley’s teachers had wonderful things to say about her. Mr. Vosburg said, “Harley is others-focused and dependable no matter where you find her. Whether she is in the classroom, on the sports field, or serving as president of the FFA, you can count of Harley's kind, warm, and compassionate attitude to allow both herself and those around her to excel.”
Miss Brandt added, “To put it simply, Harley Miller is a good human being. She is one of the most empathetic teens I have the privilege of knowing. She is kind, hardworking, and passionate. Harley has been my rock since day one. Whether it’s giving her 30 minutes notice to jump on a bus to Indiana or help with an injured turtle, there is never hesitation, just a “we got this” and a smile. She has made a huge impact on me as a new teacher and as a person. The Ag room won’t be as bright for a while when she graduates, but I cannot wait to watch her do big things!”
Our spotlight today is on Alberta Willmart. Alberta is graduating with a Regents Diploma. While at FCS, she was a member of Reality Check. Her favorite FCS memory was hanging out with her friends in the Media Center. Alberta plans on attending GCC and eventually becoming a pediatric nurse.
Alberta’s teachers had great things to say about her. Mr. Vosburg said, “Alberta is a spunky kid with a loveable personality. She has an inherent desire to succeed and worked hard in class.”
Mr. Witkowski added, “Alberta is the person at Fillmore Central School that can brighten everyone’s day. Her disarming smile and warmhearted personality bring a sense of relief to others when things aren’t going as planned. While showing a nonchalant attitude on the outside, Alberta is a very serious and committed person on the inside who is always fun to be around.”
Our next senior spotlight is Zach Herring. Zach is graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors and Mastery in Math and Science. During his time at FCS, he participated in soccer, wrestling, choir, band, All-County Band and Choir, and Area All State. Zach’s favorite memory of FCS was going to states in soccer his junior year. Zach is undecided on college, but will major in Computer Science.
Zach’s teachers had wonderful things to say about him. Mr. Vosburg said, “On any given day you can count on Zach to bring his reliable, hardworking, no-quit approach to life. This is reflected by his excellent performance in the classroom and dependable play on the soccer, wrestling, and tennis teams.”
Mrs. Chapman added, “Zach has done more than he knows to keep my spirits/teacher morale lifted during this COVID school year. Zach gave up his Study Hall pretty much every week to come down and have trombone lessons with me; not because he had to, but because he wanted to. His desire to continue striving to be better as a musician, even as a Senior during COVID has really helped shape my perspective on teaching and life this school year. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to teach him for eight years, and I am especially thankful for the difference he has made in my life this year.”
Today’s spotlight is on Kirstin Frazier. Kirstin is graduating with a Regents Diploma. Her favorite memory of FCS was winning sectionals twice in her Junior year. Kirstin will be attending Alfred State to major in Nursing.
Kirstin’s teacher had great things to say about her. Mrs. Chiu said, “Kirstin was enrolled in a very special Health class a few years ago. It was a very small class in which we were able to connect well with each other. I got to know Kirstin and we enjoyed our "cooking" field trip together. It has been great to work with Kirstin in her role as class secretary. She is an excellent student, athlete and has held down a job while going to school. Congratulations Kirstin, we will miss you, but wish you a bright future in Nursing!”
Miss Hatch added, “Kirstin has been a member of the Varsity Cheerleading team for 2 years. She is a great teammate and is always someone that you can count on. Kirstin has a team first mentality. She is constantly putting the team’s needs before her own. She is positive and keeps things entertaining but at the same time knows when to buckle down and get serious as well. Kirstin will be greatly missed next year! Congratulations Kirstin!”
Today’s spotlight is on Shelby Beardsley. Shelby is graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. During her time at FCS, Shelby participated in a variety of sports, including soccer (Allegany County All-Star, 2-time Tournament All-Star, and Team Captain), softball, cheerleading, basketball, and golf. She also participated in FROGS (Vice President), the Awards Committee (President), National Honor Society, and was the Class Treasurer. Her favorite memory at FCS was winning sectionals in soccer. Shelby has received the Alfred University Scholar Award (worth $120,000), the Ted Hopkins Athletic Scholarship, and an Allegany County Foundation Award. She will be attending Alfred University majoring in Athletic Training while also playing soccer.
Teachers had amazing things to share about Shelby. Mrs. Chiu said, “When I think of Shelby, I think of a beautiful, self-motivated, self-determined young lady who is not afraid to speak her mind. She will always stand up for what is right and if she is your friend, she will be by your side always. Even if she is not your friend, she will speak out against injustices she notices. Shelby was a pleasure to have in class because she had solid background knowledge and always had valuable contributions to our conversations. Shelby is not afraid to try anything new and usually excels in everything she participates in, including soccer AND golf! She has been a great senior class officer to work with, having great ideas and motivating others to get involved. Shelby- it was a pleasure knowing you, and we all are eager to follow you through your soccer career and educational experiences at Alfred. Best of luck to you!”
Mrs. Hannon added, “Best of luck to you Shelby! I have so enjoyed being your teacher throughout the years! I know you were so glad that I saved the embarrassing selfies you took on my iPad in 7th grade to show you as a junior in Calculus! You are such a strong, smart, independent person, and I can't wait to see the wonderful things you accomplish!”
Our next spotlight features Colby Wolfer. Colby is graduating with a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma. During his time at FCS, he participated in basketball and tennis. Colby’s favorite memory of FCS was playing sports throughout high school. Colby will be attending Alfred University where he received the Presidential Scholarship.
Colby’s teachers had fantastic things to share about him. Mr. Vosburg said, “If you spend enough time with Colby, you'll find he is a kid who enjoys being challenged and cares about being a good role model for those younger than him.”
Mr. Witkowski added, “Although Colby comes across as being the best “Eeyore” impersonator at Fillmore, deep down Colby cares a lot about what is going on around him and shows a great deal of concern for others.”
Our spotlight today is on Aurora Kraft. Aurora is graduating with a Regents Diploma. While at FCS, Aurora played softball and was a member of Reality Check. Her favorite FCS memory was hanging out with her friends. Aurora will be attending GCC.
Teachers had very nice things to share about Aurora. Mrs. Herman said, “Aurora has such a kind heart. She has been in Reality Check for several years and I have seen her leadership skills blossom. Her joy for animals radiates when the topic gets brought up, and I know she will do great things in that career field.”
Miss Newman added, “I had the pleasure of meeting Aurora during her sophomore year, when she played softball for FCS. Having very little experience, she came out and gave it 100% every day. Aurora had a great attitude and gave us everything she could on that field. I appreciated her grit and determination in every new skill she learned. Aurora has heart and it is obvious in the way she tries new things and challenges herself.”
Our spotlight today features Jacob Austin. Jake is graduating with a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma with a Mastery in Science. During his time at FCS, he participated in Scholastic Challenge, Student Council (Vice President), and track. Jake’s favorite memory of FCS was being in Mr. Wit’s Earth Science class. He will be attending MCC for two years before transferring to RIT majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Jake’s teachers had amazing things to say about him. Miss Brown said, “Jake is a super cool kid. He has really made the most of his school time here at FCS and has been so involved in a wide variety of activities including NHS, Band, FFA, Frogs, Student Council, Art Club, Robotics and Travel Club. He is kind, hardworking and so very funny. I have really enjoyed my time with him through the years.”
Mr. Witkowski added, “Jake sets the standard for how we should all live our lives and show a positive attitude when overcoming obstacles. I will always remember his sense of humor and his determination to succeed in both Earth Science and Physics classes.”
Anna Bliss is next up in our Senior Spotlights. Anna is graduating with a Regents with Advance Designation Diploma. During her time at FCS, she participated in Band, FFA (Vice President), National Honor Society, Solo-Fest, All County Band, and Area All-State. Anna’s favorite memory of FCS was spending time with friends especially during FFA events. Anna received the FFA Empire Degree. She will be attending Fredonia State to major in Early Childhood Education with a focus on English.
Anna’s teachers had amazing things to say about her. Miss Brown said, “Anna does not hold back and will always tell you what she has on her mind. Mix that with her dry, sarcastic wit and it results in some fun, engaging, honest conversations. Anna is a lover of animals, a great photographer, a musician and a quiet leader. Best of luck in the future Anna!”
Miss Brandt added, “Oh Anna, what can I say? There is never a dull moment with Anna. She is actually one of the funniest kids, but doesn’t know it. I always know where Anna stands on a subject. She is very direct, which can be refreshing when working with teenagers. I also never have to worry about my ego getting too big when she’s around ;). While I’ve only known Anna for two years, I have been able to witness her grow and mature and can honestly say it’s been a pleasure. When Anna is excited or passionate about something, it’s hard not to experience that joy yourself! And she will never let your phone bill get too small! I look forward to seeing her cultivate her dreams and cannot wait to hear what her future kindergarteners have to say about Miss Bliss.”
Today’s spotlight features Raylynn Ryan. Raylynn is graduating with a Regents Diploma. During her time at FCS, Raylynn participated in volleyball and basketball. Her favorite memory of FCS was playing sports and participating in Dessert Theater with her friends. Raylynn plans on attending GCC and majoring in Accounting.
Raylynn’s teachers had wonderful things to say about her. Mr. Vosburg said, “Raylynn is hard-working and dependable. Forcing yourself to take a challenging course like Algebra 2 as a senior is no easy task, but she comes in each day with a smile, ready to push herself. I can't wait to see the great things she will do in the future.”
Mr. Kelley added, “Raylynn is hard-working and dependable. Forcing yourself to take a challenging course like Algebra 2 as a senior is no easy task, but she comes in each day with a smile, ready to push herself. I can't wait to see the great things she will do in the future.”
Our Senior Spotlight for today is on Desi Labelle. Desi is graduating with a NY State Diploma. During her time at FCS Desi played volleyball. Her favorite memory at FCS was the Homecoming when Hailie and Trinity had the DJ sign Happy Birthday to her. Desi plans on attending Alfred State to major in Automotive Tech.
Desi’s teachers had great things to say about her. Mr. Witkowski said, “What I remember most about Desi was the enthusiasm she brought to Earth Science class each day. She was always willing to persevere through some of the most challenging lessons and succeed because she always stayed positive and was willing to work with others.”
Miss Brown added, “Desi has a quiet and calm demeanor that is very pleasant. She is a hard worker, asks questions when she needs help and was a real pleasure to have in class. I wish her the best in her future.”
Today’s spotlight is on Dylan Valentine. Dylan is graduating with a Regents Diploma. During his time at FCS, Dylan participated in golf for four years (Player of the Year, Most Improved), soccer for three years (Allegany County All-Star), and basketball for three years. The caring teachers and great friends Dylan made were his favorite FCS memories. Dylan received an Allegany County Foundation scholarship. He plans on attending Alfred State to major in Human Services.
Dylan’s teachers had great things to share about him. Miss Brown said, “Dylan Valentine always has the cleanest sneakers! Besides that he has lots of other awesome qualities too. He is kind, smart, athletic and has a fun, goofy sense of humor. One of my favorite memories of Dylan was his performance in the middle school version of Shrek. He cracked me up stealing the show as Lord Farquad. He always has a smile and a positive attitude.”
Mr. Vosburg added, “Dylan is a fun-loving kid who’s great to have in class or on the sports field. You can always count on his jovial personality to lighten the mood and he has played a huge part in making the soccer team as good as it has been the last few years. He will be missed.”
Our spotlight today is on Madyson Tucker. Mady is graduating with a Regents Diploma. During her time at FCS, Mady participated in Natural Helpers, SADD (president) soccer, basketball, and track. Her favorite FCS memory was being able to get close to her classmates and teachers. Mady will be getting her P&C license from MCC after graduation and then join the work force.
Madyson’s teachers had amazing things to share about her. Mrs. Rookey said, “I've had the privilege of knowing Madyson Tucker as the daughter of a colleague and as a student. I've watched her grow from a young girl into a confident young woman who is beautiful inside and out. I admire Mady's enthusiasm, her spirit, and her spunk! Mady pours 100% of herself into everything she does. I appreciate and respect the way Mady speaks her mind, passionately shares her opinions, and always is her own person. These character traits will enable her to achieve her goals and make her successful at everything she sets out to do! Mady, congratulations on your high school graduation! I wish you all the best as you step out into the world!”
Mr. Witkowski added, “One of Madyson’s greatest attributes is her ability and willingness to take charge when a group needs a leader. She was able to lead in a nonjudgmental, no-nonsense, but compassionate way in Earth Science that enabled not only herself, but other students to enjoy success during class.”
Today we feature Connor Potter. Connor is graduating with a Regents Diploma. During his time at FCS, Connor participated in baseball. His favorite FCS memory was playing baseball with all of his friends. After graduation Connor plans on gaining employment in Tree Service.
Connor’s teachers had very nice things to say about him. Mr. Witkowski said, “Connor is the rare person that has the talent to expect-- and then do high quality work while keeping the atmosphere of the group at a light, laid-back, and at times humorous level.”
Mrs. Ellsworth added, “I am so proud of the great young man Connor has become. It seems like just yesterday that I was watching him run around playing summer soccer on the lower field. If anyone knows Connor, you know how long ago this was. Connor was an excellent soccer player, but baseball has always been his first love. My joy of watching Connor play baseball started in Little League and continued on to Varsity. Connor has always been a great friend and role model to my son. Over the years they made a great team, Connor pitching and my son catching for him. There was even a year they played on the same travel baseball league. I will be sad to see Connor graduate High School this year, but I am excited to see the amazing things he does in his future.”
Our spotlight today is on Hailie VanKuren. Hailie is graduating with a Local Diploma. Her favorite FCS memory involves the fun she had with all of the friends she made. Hailie plans on attending Alfred State to major in Agricultural Technology.
Hailie’s teachers had wonderful things to share about her. Mrs. Herman said, “Working with Hailie for several years, I have been lucky enough to see how driven she has become. Hailie doesn't let an obstacle stop her from achieving what she wants. Here's wishing Hailie the very best for all the new ventures that life has in store for her!”
Mr. Kelley added, “Hailie always greets you with a hello and smile when you walk the halls at FCS. She has done a great job in the Animal Science Program at BOCES! Good luck in all your future projects Hailie.”
Today’s spotlight is on Ryan Ballard. Ryan in graduating with a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma with a Mastery in Science. During his time at FCS, Ryan participated in tennis, band, choir, Area All-State, All County, Solo Fest, National Honor Society, and has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. His favorite memory of FCS was being a part of Mr. Vosburg’s favorite Algebra 2 class. Ryan was the recipient of the Sandy Cochran Memorial Scholarship and the Belva Waite Memorial Scholarship. He will be attending Houghton College majoring in Biology with an Environmental emphasis.
Ryan’s teachers had fantastic things to share about him. Mr. Vosburg said, “It has been a pleasure working with Ryan in both Algebra 2 and Physics. He shines in team-based settings because of his ability to listen to others' feedback and ask good questions. His drive, persistence, and work ethic will allow him to succeed with whatever challenge is thrown his way as he moves on from FCS.”
Mrs. Chapman added, “I had the privilege of having Ryan in class for seven years straight during his years at FCS. He was very involved in the Music Department and someone Mrs. Reding and I could always rely on to contribute much to our programs. Ryan has a quiet demeanor, but put a harmonica in his hands and he will surely put a smile on your face! I am looking forward to seeing where life takes you Ryan - keep making music!”
Today we are featuring Shiloh Ellwood. Shiloh is graduating with a Regents Diploma. His favorite memory of FCS was the fun in the classrooms of Mr. Heaney and Mr. Rust. You could be in a fight with a humming bird one day or talking about the Amish the next. Shiloh will be attending Alfred State majoring in Criminal Justice.
Wonderful things were shared about Shiloh from his teachers. Mrs. Herman said, “Shiloh is a driven student always ready to tackle a new challenge. His excitement makes every class enjoyable. I know Shiloh will do great things in this world with his tenacious personality!”
Mr. Witkowski added, “It was such a great experience to watch as Shiloh developed confidence in himself as he went through Earth Science class. As a result of his confidence, he became a great group leader as he took it upon himself to make sure all members at his table fully understood what was going on and were up to speed with the task on hand.”
Today we are featuring Hannah Wilcox. Hannah is graduating with a Local Diploma. While at FCS, Hannah participated in tennis and Reality Check. She will be attending Monroe Community College majoring in Art Education.
Hannah’s teachers had very nice things to share about her. Mr. Witkowski said, “Although Hannah doesn’t say a lot, that doesn’t obscure the fact that she is a very talented, witty, and loyal student. Just her presence in any classroom makes the environment in that room a better place.”
Mrs. Wagner added, “Hannah has a kind heart and a wonderful joking spirit. She brings joy to those around her and sees the best in others. Her confidence and inner glow have grown over the past few years and it has been a pleasure to see this wonderful person flourish.”
We are featuring Lydia Schilke in today’s spotlight. Lydia is graduating with a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma. While at FCS she participated in track, soccer, volleyball, choir, National Honor Society, and Drama Club. Lydia’s favorite FCS memory was performing in musicals with her classmates. After graduation, Lydia will take a gap year and then attend Indian Wesleyan University.
Lydia’s teachers had amazing things to share about her. Mr. Witkowski said, “Lydia is the epitome of STEAM education. Although science may not be her first love, Lydia’s knowledge and application of science principles are right up there with the best science students anywhere. She truly excels with her ability to draw original diagrams that are textbook ready. I don’t think I have ever seen handwriting as neat as Lydia’s!”
Mr. Vosburg added, “What I appreciate the most about Lydia (aside from having the neatest handwriting and most organized notes I have ever seen) is her excellent attitude and approach to life. She's a great person who routinely puts forth her best effort. In a world full of darkness, Lydia shines bright not only as a scholar, but as a model citizen. I have no doubt that she is the type of person that will not only succeed but will also continue to make those around her better in the years ahead.”
Today’s spotlight features Russell Margaglio. Russell is graduating with a Regents Diploma. He is currently attending the Collision Repair Class at BOCES. While at FCS, Russell’s favorite memory was making a deer skull lamp in Mr. Mehlenbacher’s class. Russell plans on joining the Army after graduation.
Russell’s teachers had great things to say about him. Mrs. Wagner said, “Russell has always had a spirited whimsy and the will to accomplish many goals. It may take the long and winding path to get there, but he never gives up! Russell has a unique perspective on life and is a genuine friend, always looking out for others! Good luck Russell in your future endeavors!”
Mrs. Ellsworth added, “I will never forget Russell. Although I don’t see him as frequently as I would like, he is still just as respectful to me as he was way back in Computer Buddies. I have always appreciated how Russell wears his heart on his sleeve.”
Today we are featuring Cole Armison. Cole is graduating with a Regents Diploma. While at FCS, Cole participated in FFA, soccer, and track. His favorite FCS memory involved having fun adventures with Mr. Mehlenbacher. Cole has received scholarships from the Allegany County Credit Union and Allegany County Foundation. He will be attending Alfred State for Power Sports Technology.
Cole’s teachers had wonderful things to share. “Cole is a kid who is not afraid to get his hands dirty and work hard. He is goal-oriented and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. For over a year he has worked part-time at Pioneer Motorsports. By merging his passion for Power Sports with his future career path, he is likely to have a very successful future. I wish him all the best.”
Mr. Witkowski added, “I always appreciated Cole’s team-first approach when he played JV Boys’ Soccer. He had the unique ability as a team leader to keep the environment fun while keeping things serious and making our team better. I really admired the way he tried to take the lessons from Earth Science class and apply them to his everyday life. I’m looking forward to seeing Cole’s accomplishments at Alfred State College.”
Today’s feature is on Owen Potter. Owen is graduating with a Regents Diploma. While at FCS, Owen participated in baseball and golf and was the Senior Class President. His favorite FCS memory was when Shiloh sent Colby down the hill behind school. Owen has been awarded an Allegany County Foundation Award, a Deputy Sheriffs Scholarship and an Alfred State institutional scholarship. Owen plans on attending Alfred State majoring in Criminal Justice.
Owen’s teachers had great things to say about him. Mr. Witkowski said, “Owen is one of the hidden gems at Fillmore. Although he tries to go unnoticed, Owen carries a great degree of honesty and integrity that makes our school a better place.”
Mrs. Hatch added, “I've never had Owen as a student or an athlete but I've had the privilege of watching him grow up outside of school. Over the years I watched Owen go from being a shy kid who was afraid to talk or eat dinner at our house to a confident young man who has quickly become a member of our family. He is not only a great friend to Dylan but he is a great example and role model for my younger nephews as well. We will miss having him at the house all the time but know that he will do great things at Alfred! Congratulations and good luck!”
Our spotlight today is on Isaiah Voss. Isaiah is graduating with a Regents Diploma. While at FCS, Isaiah participated in soccer, basketball, baseball, and is a member of the National Honor Society. His favorite FCS memory was going to the NY state Final Four in soccer. Isaiah is enlisting in the United States Army.
Isaiah’s teachers had wonderful things to say about him. Mr. Vosburg said, “Isaiah is a bright kid who lightens the mood of any room he walks into. His personable demeanor allows him to hit it off with anyone he comes across. He has been a key part of the success of the soccer, basketball, and baseball teams over the past few years. I am so proud of him for choosing to serve our country following high school and wish him all the best!”
Mr. Witkowski added, “Nobody at Fillmore Central School has as big a heart as Isaiah. Even in the face of challenging circumstances, his smile is the big give away for the positive attitude Isaiah always displays. Whether on the soccer field, or in class, Isaiah was always lighthearted and engaging-- putting others first. I wish Isaiah all the best as he continues to serve others as a member of the United States Army."
Today we are featuring Phynix Halbach. Phynix is graduating with a Regents Diploma. While at FCS, Phynix participated in three years of varsity tennis. Having lunch in Mrs. Ellsworth’s room was her favorite FCS memory. Phynix has received a NTHS award, student of the month at BOCES, and has completed all 100 hours of her Cosmetology course. After graduation, she plans on owning and running her own nail salon.
Phynix’s teachers had great things to share about her. Mr. Witkowski said, “I always respected the passion Phynix has for her ideas and her approach to learning. Phynix is the person I want in my corner when the chips are down as she is persistent and keeps working until the job is done.”
Mr. Nolan added, “Phynix was a wonderful part of the girl's tennis team. She was an MVP her senior year and was a great leader with a tremendous sense of humor. I enjoyed working with her and so did the girls. Phynix played some singles and doubles during her career and was successful at both. Congratulations on graduation and all the best in the future.”
Devon Oliver is today’s spotlight. Devon is graduating with a Regents Diploma. While at FCS, he participated in basketball and track. His favorite FCS memory was making new friends and having great teachers after moving here. After graduation, Devon plans on attending GCC.
Devon’s teachers had great things to share about him. Mrs. Herman said, “Devon has always been intuitive and a very patient learner. He is always a pleasure to have in class because he is willing to support his classmates and respects each one of them. I am sure Devon's next adventure in the Criminal Justice field will be outstanding!”
Mrs. Wagner added, “Devon has always had a polite demeanor and a continuing work ethic. He is always a team player on the court and in the classroom. It has been a pleasure to watch him grown over the past few years and I wish him the best of luck in his future!”
Today we are featuring Morgan Byer. Morgan is graduating with a Regents Diploma. While at FCS, Morgan participated in soccer, basketball, and track. She is excited to begin her journey at Fredonia where she will major in molecular genetics.
Morgan’s teachers had nice things to share about her. Mrs. Ellsworth said, “I have always enjoyed my interactions with Morgan. She is full of passion and that is shown as both a student and an athlete. Although she wasn’t in any of my classes this year, I looked forward to our brief chats in the hall. She even volunteered to stop in to one of my classes and share her future college and career plans with my students. Because of whom she is, many students look up to her. Hearing her future college and career plans was very interesting to the underclassmen in my room at that time. I look forward to watching her continue to achieve all of the goals she has set for herself.”
Mr. Witkowski added, “I will always remember the feisty spirit that Morgan has. When Morgan puts her mind to something, nothing is going to stop her!”
Today’s spotlight is on Lexi Allan. Lexi is graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. While at FCS, Lexi participated in volleyball. She will be remembered for her hard work and determination. Lexi will be attending Genesee Community College.
Lexi’s teachers had great things to share about her. Mr. Witkowski said, “I always appreciated Lexi’s determination to do well in Earth Science class. She was always quick study, but was not afraid to ask for help in those rare instances when she didn’t understand something.”
Mr. Vosburg added, “Lexi is a hard worker who always came to class ready to give it her best effort. Her character traits of perseverance and grit, and her refusal to make excuses make her someone I'd expect to overcome whatever life throws her way. I wish her all the best in her future.”
Today we are featuring Aaron Buck. Aaron is graduating with a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma with a Mastery in Science. Aaron participated in basketball, baseball, Scholastic Challenge, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Aaron will be remembered as a positive contributor to any class he was in. After graduation, Aaron will be attending Alfred University.
Aaron’s teachers had fantastic things to share about him. Mr. Vosburg said “Aaron is a quiet leader and scholar. You can always count on him to turn in work of the highest quality. He is intrinsically driven to succeed and is incredibly self-motivated. For all these reasons and more, I can't wait to see what he accomplishes in his future.”
Mr. Nolan added, “Aaron Buck has been a valuable part of the varsity baseball team for years. He has been one of our busiest pitchers this season. He has also hit and played the field well during his career. Aaron has always approached the game with a positive attitude and he has been a pleasure to work with. Congratulations and all the best for the future.”
Today we are featuring Dawson Armison. Dawson is graduating with a Regents Diploma. Dawson will be remembered for his attitude and excellent work at BOCES. He will be seeking employment after graduation.
Dawson’s teachers had nice things to share about him. Mrs. Clark said, “Dawson Armison is a young man I have so much respect for! When Dawson was in fourth grade, we started out rough. We didn’t see eye to eye on many topics. We had struggles and angry looks. But I knew the night that Dawson stayed after school with me to work, that he was going to be a success! You see, Dawson Armison is a strong minded man who never quits! He doesn’t quit on anything that is truly important. Dawson is one of my biggest success stories! You’re going to do great things in this world Dawson! Congratulations! I always knew you could do it!”
Mrs. Hannon added, “It's been awesome to see you grow into the person you've become. In 7th and 8th I watched you mature and start to thrive, doing your best and realizing your potential. It was inspiring to see you in ski club being an example to the younger kids. I know you'll continue to grow and I wish you the best after high school!”
Today’s spotlight is on Mason Cool. Mason is graduating with a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma with a Mastery in Science. Mason participated in basketball, tennis, band, and was a member of the National Honor Society. Mason will be remembered at FCS for his quiet demeanor and always being ready to contribute when called upon. Mason was the winner of an Allegany County Counselors Scholarship, Big 30 Scholarship, and an Allegany County Foundation Scholarship. After graduation, Mason will be attending Houghton College.
Mason’s teachers had amazing things to share about him. Mr. Vosburg said, “Mason embodies the Renaissance student we have come to pride ourselves upon at FCS. In the classroom he is a scholar who quietly contributes to classroom discussion. In the sports arena he leads by example. His play is a key reason our soccer team has been as successful as it has been over the past few years. Finally, his contributions to whatever community he is a part of makes those around him better because you can always count on the decisions he makes to be delivered with the good of the whole in mind. He will be missed next year. I wish him all the best in his future.”
Mr. Witkowski added, “I felt fortunate to have worked with Mason in both the classroom (Earth Science and Physics) and on the soccer field. Inside of his extremely reserved and quiet exterior is a genuine person of character and integrity who truly cares about others and treats everyone well.”
Today’s spotlight is on Jennifer Gates. Jennifer is graduating with a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma. While at FCS, she participated in Masterminds and volleyball. Jennifer will be remembered as a positive influence in her short time at Fillmore. After graduation, Jennifer plans attending Messiah University to major in nursing.
Jennifer’s teachers had great things to share about her. Mrs. Hannon said, “I am so glad I got to teach you this year. I was immediately impressed with your confidence and strong sense of self. You are an incredible young woman with drive and purpose. I know you will do great things and be successful in whatever you put your mind to. Continue to believe in yourself and forge your own path!”
Mr. Kelley added, “Jennifer came to Fillmore this year and did an excellent job in her classes. I feel she is very well prepared to take the next step at Messiah. She was also an excellent member of our Scholastic Challenge Team! Good luck in the future Jennifer!”
Today’s spotlight is on Gwyn Howden. Gwyn is graduating with a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation. She participated volleyball, choir, All-county Senior High Honors Choir, Solo Festival, Dessert Theater, and Drama Club. Gwyn will be remembered for being a strong student. After graduation, Gwyn plans on working and then attending Alfred University.
Gwyn’s teachers had great things to share about her. Mr. Vosburg said, “Gwyn is an incredibly bright student who is gifted in math. It is my hope that she can continue to hone a set of routines and procedures to help her succeed in whatever field she chooses to pursue after high school. I wish her all the best.”
Mrs. Hannon added, “I have so enjoyed knowing you and teaching you over the last 5 years. You have a brilliant mind, a beautiful soul, and you are an incredibly strong person. I wish you all the best in whatever paths you take after high school. You have so many wonderful gifts and the world is blessed to have you in it!”
Today’s spotlight is on Connor McGeorge. Connor is graduating with a Regents with Advanced Designation Diploma with a mastery in Science. While at FCS, he participated in choir. Connor will be remembered as a great student who was able to grasp difficult material quickly. After graduation, Connor will be attending Alfred State for Power Sports Technology.
Connor’s teachers had nice things to share about him. Mr. Witkowski said, “Although Connor struggled at times to embrace the role of being a “student,” he was one of the best learners during Earth Science class who could think both deeply and critically. As he is passionate about motorized vehicles, I foresee Connor doing very well at Alfred State College in Motor Sports Technology and wish him all the best!”
Mr. Vosburg added, “Connor is that rare kid whose mind can naturally wrap itself around complex math and science concepts, but who is also gifted in working with his hands. For Connor, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to tapping into the boundless potential he possesses. I rest confident knowing that whatever field Connor chooses to pursue in his future, his innate curiosity for how things work will make him successful. I wish him all the best in the years ahead.”
Today’s spotlight is on Sydney Granger. Sydney is graduating with a Regents Diploma. Sydney will be remembered for her ever present smile and good nature. After graduation, Sydney will be attending Houghton College.
Sydney’s teachers had wonderful things to share about her. Mr. Vosburg said, “The switch to virtual learning was tough on everyone last fall, but Sydney took it in stride. She was self-motivated to complete her virtual work while showing great flexibility and an adept ability to adapt to a radically different learning environment. Tapping into these character traits should allow her to be successful in the career path she chooses after high school.”
Mr. Witkowski added, “I am always struck by Sydney’s pleasant personality and smile! It was unfortunate that the Covid-19 pandemic struck and Sydney’s time in our school building was cut short. I wish her all the best at Houghton College!”
Today’s spotlight is on Adrian McCarthy. Adrian is graduating with a Regents Diploma. Adrian will be remembered at FCS as a student who was quiet, kind, and continually persevered. After graduation, Adrian will be working at his family’s campground.
Adrian’s teachers had great things to share about him. Mrs. Herman said, “Adrian has been a pleasure to work with over the past several years. I will always appreciate his patience and ability to go with the flow. Adrian, wishing you the very best!”
Mr. Witkowski added, “Intrinsically Adrian is an extremely driven individual although he masks it very well through his quiet exterior appearance. I really enjoyed the opportunity to have worked with Adrian in Earth Science class and respected his approach to learning sometimes challenging concepts and ideas.”
Today’s spotlight is on Susan Simmons. Susan is graduating with a Regents Diploma. Susan’s favorite memory of FCS is talking with her friends and teachers. She also enjoyed Anna’s rants to the first period Ag class. After graduation, Susan plans on working and then becoming a dental hygienist.
Susan’s teachers had very nice things to share about her. Mrs. Herman said, “It has been a joy to work with Susan over the past few years. She has blossomed into such a great student, and I can't wait to see what her next adventure will be! Good luck Susan!”
Miss Brandt added, “Don’t let Susan’s quiet demeanor fool you, she is a force. Have you ever seen someone run across a log in heels?! Susan is who you want on your team in the apocalypse. She is strong, capable, and has the greatest stories! I look forward to seeing where her next chapter takes her.”