Ellicottville senior class member, Cole Lapi, is this week’s featured Youth Citizen, announced by Dr. Anthony Evans, Executive Director of the Cattaraugus County Youth Bureau.
Cole is the son of Mollie and Rocky Lapi of Ellicottville.
During Cole’s seven years in Boy Scout Troop 652, he has performed numerous community service and volunteer projects. He sings carols at local nursing homes and collected toys for the Center for Family Unity. He has played the role of a shepherd in the annual village “Christmas Stroll” and has helped collect food for the needy. He was on clean-up crews with his troop after the Ellicottville Fall Festivals and Great Valley Regattas.
Cole has volunteered throughout High School for the Winter Olympics for Special Needs Students and High School Special Olympics. He was a Team Captain for Relay for Life, where he also filled luminaries. Cole was a volunteer soccer mentor for three years and a student coach for elementary school Basketball Clinics. He is an ongoing Math tutor for younger kids and volunteered as a student helper in a second grade classroom during middle school.
Cole has been playing on soccer teams since he was four years old. He started out in the summer youth soccer program, continued on the ECS JV/Varsity teams from seventh grade to present, played with Black Watch Travel League for two years and has been with SW Catts Travel League team since he was 13. He played ECS basketball throughout the last 6 years and attended Pitt-Bradford Basketball Camp for five seasons. He has been on the track team the last two years and played baseball when he was younger.
Cole has been on the High Honor Roll for four straight years and is a member of the National Honor Society. His academic and athletic achievements have been recognized with receipt of Scholar Athlete PINS for both Soccer and Basketball. He attended the national Student Leadership Conference in Berkley, California, last summer and received and Outstanding U. S. Honors Award.
Cole will be attending Alfred State College this fall to study Engineering Science.
Nominations for the current Youth Citizen Awards program year have closed. For more information regarding nominations for the 2016-17 program year, please contact: Laurie Peterson, Program Coordinator at (716) 938-2617.