The judges at the Union-Sun & Journal have done the tough job of choosing our Page 1 Valentine finalists, and now it’s time for our readers to choose their 2013 Page 1 Valentine.
Each day until Feb. 11, the newspaper will print a coupon with the names and photos of this year’s Page 1 Valentine finalists. Readers can vote on their favorite and return the coupons to the Union-Sun & Journal offices at 170 East Ave., either in person or by mail.
Readers can vote as many times as they wish, but only original coupons clipped from the paper will be accepted; no photocopies or email votes will be allowed. Vote for only one girl and boy; entries received with more than one girl or boy checked will be discarded.
The entries will be counted and the winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day.
The biographies of the contestants will be available at wwwlockportjournal.com throughout the contest.
• Brandi Condon
Brandi, 16, is a junior at at Lockport High School. She plays tennis and runs track for the high school.
Brandi is in several clubs, including Key Club, Teachers of Tomorrow and Recycling Club. She has been on the high honor roll throughout high school, and she is currently taking many advance and college courses.
Outside school, Brandi likes to compete in pageants. She has received many awards and trophies, and her favorite pageant competition is runway modeling. She also enjoys spending time with her family.
Brandi works part-time as a page at Lockport Public Library.
In the future, Brandi plans to attend LeMoyne College, to major in business.
Brandi is the daughter of Beverly and Edward Condon.
• Danielle Dembrow
Danielle, 18, is a senior at Lockport High School, where she is an honor student and student athlete. She has maintained a 97.8 GPA while participating in varsity swimming since the eighth grade.
Scholastically, Danielle is a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, and as a student athlete, she was recently honored with the Sportsmanship Award. This award, with one given per team, exemplifies the true spirit of competition, working hard while conducting oneself respectfully.
In school, Danielle is active in Class Council and Interact Club. As a member of Interact, Danielle has participated in “Clean Up Lockport,” “Youth Leadership Conference” and the Lockport CARES Homeless Shelter to raise money for local soup kitchens and shelters. She has also volunteered for the American Red Cross, Molinaro’s Italian Fest and St. Mary’s Church.
Danielle has also held a part-time job since the age of 16, and is currently employed by the Lockport City School District as a lifeguard.
In the future, Danielle plans to attend SUNY Fredonia, where she will pursue a career in the field of math education, while minoring in accounting. She has also committed to continue her swimming career.
She is the daughter of Michael and Rita Dembrow of Lockport.
• A’Lea Jackett
A’Lea, a Lockport High School senior, has been on the high honor roll since middle school, and has received multiple awards in specific educational areas, including social studies, math, and science. A’Lea has been an Academic “L” Award recipient for three years.
A’Lea is active at Lockport High School, where she is a member of the Recycling Club, Interact Club, Key Club, Teachers of Tomorrow, Upper New York Transplant Services (UNYTS), Principal’s Advisory Cabinet and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD).
She has also been involved in Stockings for Soldiers and Loving on Lockport. While doing this, she has been balancing working almost every weekend and about two days after school.
An animal lover, A’Lea plans to enroll in Niagara County Community College’s animal management program. Her favorite quote is from George Bernard Shaw, “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”
• Carly Susan Kane
Carly is a senior at Lockport High School, and takes pride in many community and school activities. She has played both varsity volleyball and basketball, and was named team captain for volleyball in her junior year, and was also named team MVP.
Carly is a four-year member of the DECA Club and Teachers of Tomorrow mentor.
Carly plans to attend college to study forensic science/crime scene investigation.
She is employed by the Lockport Youth Bureau.
In her free time, Carly enjoys boating and jet skiing with her friends at her family’s cottage.
She is the daughter of James Kane of Lockport.
• Paige Kelkenberg
Paige is a senior at Lockport High School. Throughout her high school career, she has been an active member of the varsity diving and varsity lacrosse teams. Paige says that sports have helped shape her into the competitive hard-working and compassionate person she is today.
When Paige isn’t participating in games or meets, she also works with young people at Zero Gravity Gymnastics. She enjoys being a positive role model for girls and enjoys volunteering.
A member of St. John’s Church, Paige has spent many years as a altar server. Throughout middle school and high school, Paige has volunteered at the church, working on spaghetti dinners and other fundraisers.
Next year, Paige plans to attend Akron University to dive and study marine biology.
• Shannon Marie Kidney
Shannon, 17, graduated early from Lockport High School, in January, with honors.
She has been accepted into the nursing program at Niagara County Community College, and will start classes in September.
Shannon has a part-time job at McDonald’s, and spends most of her time caring for her 17-month-old daughter.
When she does have free time, she enjoys bowling and shopping.
Shannon lives with her mom, Pam, and her two younger brothers, with whom she is very close.
• Shelby Kirkman
Shelby Kirkman is a junior at Lockport High School. She is active with the Lockport City Ballet and enjoys spending her spare time traveling and investigating new places.
Shelby has been a volunteer at the Palace Theatre for plays, movies and other events, as well as at Lockport Cruise Nights for the past three years.
Shelby is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lockport.
She plans on continuing her education after graduation next year and becoming an X-ray technician.
• Emily Kress
Emily is from Gasport and is a senior at Royalton-Hartland Central. She plans to graduate with an Advance Regents Diploma in June.
She has been in the graphic arts program at Orleans Niagara BOCES since her junior year, and is a member of Skills USA and National Technical Honor Society.
Emily has been an honor student throughout her high school career, and has been involved in swimming, track, and band. Along with babysitting, Emily maintains a part-time job during the school year, and works full time during the summer months at a local printing company.
In the fall, Emily will attend Genesee Community College for graphic design, with dreams of someday becoming an illustrator of children’s books.
In her free time, Emily enjoys hunting, trap-shooting, and four-wheeling.
• Jenna Wiedenbeck
Jenna Wiedenbeck is a sophomore at Lockport High School, where she is an honors student. This year, she received her Academic Letter. She works hard at maintaining her grades and takes great pride in her school work.
Jenna loves to dance and cheer. She has been a dancer at Onstage since she was 5; she dances four days a week and loves it. She has danced on a cruise ship and will again with Onstage in 2014.
Jenna has been involved in cheerleading since she was 7. She started with Lockport Little Loop and now she cheers for the Lockport High School football and basketball teams. This year, she is a co-captain of the basketball team.
Jenna hopes to be selected for the BOCES child development program through Lockport High School. Her goal is to attend college to become a child psychologist.