by Gina Greco
Town of Webb school senior Melanie Levi, 17, transferred to Webb school from Inlet Common School in the seventh grade.
She has lived in Inlet all her life, where many family members reside.
In the fall, Melanie is planning to further her education at Ithaca College, where she will study Accounting.
She said she has enjoyed math for a long time, and accounting seemed like a good career fit.
“I’m good with numbers,” she said.
Last year, Melanie said she was a student assistant with Brad Donovan in one of his math classes.
“At first I had wanted to be a math teacher after being Mr. Donovan’s aid. But I realized that’s not what I want to do. I started looking around and found that accounting was more for me,” she said.
Melanie said her favorite class is Pre-Calculus.
“I just really enjoy learning math,” she said.
She said AP-Biology is also one of her most liked classes.
Science teacher Miss Harmer is her favorite.
“I seem to learn the best from her, and there really isn’t a class she teaches that I don’t enjoy,” she said.
Melanie plays soccer, volleyball and softball for Webb.
“Soccer is my favorite. I have been playing since seventh grade,” she said.
This year, the team made it to Sectionals, she said.
Melanie has been playing the saxophone since ninth grade. Prior to that she played the flute.
She said she switched instruments because she was more intrigued by the saxophone.
She is a member of Senior Chorus, Key Club, Varsity Club, Big Sisters Club, and National Honor Society.
Melanie is the secretary of Student Council and treasurer of the Yearbook Staff.
Outside of school, she works on the weekends at The Ole Barn in Inlet and Ozzie’s Coffee Bar in Old Forge.
She said she also enjoys spending free time with friends.
Melanie likes to ice skate in the winter, and in the summer she enjoys being out on the lakes with friends and family.
She said she doesn’t have a favorite type of music—she likes them all the same.
Her parents are Jerry and Heather Levi of Inlet. They are employed at Levi Lumber and Outdoor Wood Boilers.
She has one sister, Britney, 14, who also attends Webb school.
Melanie said that a close friend of the family, Heather Briggs, was a big influence on her decision to enter the accounting field.
“She is also an accountant and I spend a lot of time with her, whether she is visiting us here or we are visiting her at her home. She is always really easy to talk to, and she has always given me really good advice,” she said.
Melanie said she is looking forward to graduation.
Her family has one dog, Oakley, who she said she is going to miss a lot when she leaves for college.
“I’m going to miss all my friends and how our community is like a family, being so close. It’s going to be so different going somewhere bigger and not knowing very many people,” she said.
Her plan for the summer is to work a lot and make money for school at The Ole Barn and Ozzie’s, she said.