Batavia Teens Single out Peers' Characteristics for Senior Awards

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Byline: Tona Kunz, Erica Meltzer and Patrick Waldron Daily Herald Staff Writers

The Batavia High School yearbook has compiled its senior awards list for the Class of 2001.

The list includes traditional categories and more creative awards.

Some of the highlights - including a male winner and a female winner - from the 33 categories include:

Brian Nies and Michelle Rueffer for most likely to succeed. Doug Byrd and Ashley Venneman and Karin Isaacson (tie) for most likely to become president.

J.J. Freedlund and Jennifer Murray were voted most likely to become a comedian. Jay Berger and Colleen Fisher have the best hair.

Brian Brandenburg and Jill Thomas were voted most athletic. In the intelligence category, Stevie Hopkins and Judith Mendelsohn were voted smartest.

Giovanni Reyes was voted Mr. GQ, while Sara Schremp was voted Ms. Vogue.

All-American students: American Legion Post 75 selected four Geneva Middle School students as those their peers should look up to.

Anthony Johnson, Monica Mejia, Dan Monaco and Emily Scatterday were picked to receive the post's annual citizenship award.

The students were chosen from a list nominated by school faculty for exemplifying qualities of leadership, service, academics, citizenship, and sportsmanship.

Saying good-bye: The Geneva School District will lose five faculty members to retirement this year.

Leaving are Jim Newbill, social studies teacher at the high school; Carol Sissel, language arts teacher at the middle school; Linda Benstein, first-grade teacher at Western Avenue Elementary School; Ginny Temple, social worker at Western Avenue; and Chic Williams, district prevention/intervention coordinator.

Whiz kids: You wouldn't want to play Trivial Pursuit with Mill Creek Elementary School students.

The school's Quiz Bowl team ranked seventh in the state out of 64 teams competing in a computerized trivia contest. …