Ashley Charlesworth, the daughter of John and Sherry Charlesworth, has been named as the 2014 Ellicottville Central School Valedictorian, with a weighted average of 112.48. Ashley will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors.
Throughout high school, Ashley has repeatedly been listed on the High Honor Roll and has maintained a spot in the “Top 5” in her class for four years. This year she was named an outstanding student in Economics, Niagara University French 104, and JCC Music Theory. Ashley has earned these awards and grades all while taking 29 college credits through GCC, Niagara University, and the JCC College Connections program at ECS. Her attention to studies in these classes has resulted in her receiving numerous honors, which include the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Rensselaer Medal for distinguished work mathematics and science and from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) the Innovation and Creativity Award.
Ashley has been an active participant in a wide variety of activities throughout the past four years. At ECS, she participated in the Foreign Language Club, ESPRA (Ellicottville Students for the Preservation of Reading in America), Jazz Band, Band, Softball, and National Honor Society. As a member of the band, Ashley played at 17 Solo Festivals, participated in Area All-State, and performed in five All-County concerts.
Beyond ECS, Ashley has been a gymnast for 13 years, participating in the Olean-Bradford YMCA Flames Gymnastics Program. Ashley was named the New York State Level 8 Beam, Floor and All-Around Champion in the YMCA Gymnastics League two times. In 2013, she was named the Most Dedicated Gymnast, and the year before that was awarded the first Gymnast of the Month for her team.
Ashley is also very passionate about her work as a volunteer for different organizations, which include the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, 4-H, and the March of Dimes. As a testament to her desire to help others, this past year she created a fundraiser with her gymnastics team which raised over $3,400 to go to the American Cancer Society.
Next year, Ashley has enrolled in the Pre-Pharmacy program at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where she has been named a recipient of the Panther Scholarship for out-of-state students. While at college, Ashley will continue her involvement in gymnastics at the YMCA, and compete in the recently added Masters’ Program. After her attendance at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, she hopes to attend Ohio State University’s Pharmacy School.