Five Students Honored at Lancaster Youth Bureau Hall of Fame

At the annual Hall of Fame ceremony conducted by the Lancaster Youth Bureau Hall of Fame, five Depew High School students were honored. 

John Mietus will attend SUNY Oswego to study business administration. In addition to earning a spot on the Hall of Fame, he was honored for an essay he wrote about his sister, Desiree. John has volunteered for Moving Miracles, a dance studio for students with special needs. He is a member of the Depew High School Academy of Finance, vice president of the French club and very involved with the Leo Club collecting for the Tri-Community Food Pantry. He has been involved with DECA and coached winter and summer basketball camps. He was captain of the lacrosse team and volunteers with the Depew Lacrosse Club.


Brittany Bobeck will attend Daemen College for nursing. She has been a peer facilitator with the Youth Bureau's health and wellness program for middle school students for the past two years. She volunteers weekdays in the summer at the North Buffalo Community Center as a camp counselor. She also volunteers for the Salvation Army as well as the kitchen at Resurrection Church for bingo nights. A member of the National Honor Society, she has been a class officer for four years and a member of HELP, SADD, Varsity D Club and a Link Crew Leader.


Aaron Schaefer, a junior at Depew High School, would like to study criminal justice in college. He is a member of the Erie County Sheriff Explorer Post 505 and has been a member of the Lancaster Fire Department Explorer Post 333 serving as vice president. He volunteers at Response to Love Center and at St. Mary of the Assumption Church. At Depew High School, he is lead attorney for the Mock Trial team. During his senior year, he will attend Erie 1 BOCES New Visions Legal Academy. He is a member of the production team at DHS operating the lighting and sound control panel. He plays percussion in the school band.


Timothy Steiner, a junior, would like to attend Alfred State College to study automotive mechanics. He is actively involved in the youth organization at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, also serving as its treasurer. He is a member of the Aetna Hose Fire Company. At high school, he was president of the junior class and a member of the Spanish club, Varsity D and stage crew. He was on the football and indoor/outdoor track team. He volunteered with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish "Stop Hunger Now" campaign, as well as Meals on Wheels and the Buffalo City Mission.


Samantha Szykowny will attend Mercyhurst University to study art education and graphic design. She has been volunteering for Cheektowaga Y.E.S. program for several years. Through the program, she has been involved with Bistro at Hospice Care, Meals on Wheels and provided daycare at Losson Park. At high school, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Leo club and French club. She has been a member of the marching band and school art programs. She plays saxophone and held first chair in the high school jazz band.