Johnson Family Named YMCA Family Of The Year

The Johnson family of Lakewood recently was presented with the Family of the Year Award at the Jamestown Area YMCA’s annual meeting. Michael Sr., Lisa, Michael Jr., Matthew, Mikayla and Morgan are YMCA family members and have participated in and supported several programs at the Lakewood YMCA.

The award was presented by Paul Young, YMCA director of tennis.

Mr. Johnson, a dentist in Lakewood, takes tennis lessons at the Lakewood YMCA from Young and believes that the game of tennis is a wonderful sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Mrs. Johnson, who works with her husband at the dental office, participates in cycling and kickboxing classes and personal training with Brooke Sheesley at the Lakewood YMCA.

She runs in 5K races like the Amy King memorial 5K and took second place in her age group for the 2012 Chautauqua Strider’s Runner of the Year Series. She plans to run in the Y’s Firecracker Run in July and possibly the Lucy’s Half-Marathon in Jamestown this October.

Mrs. Johnson believes an active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle and also volunteers with several community organizations.

Michael Jr., age 19, just completed his sophomore year making the dean’s list at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. He is pursuing a career as an air traffic controller.

He began volunteering at the Lakewood YMCA and now is employed there part-time as a welcome center receptionist. He works at the Amy King Memorial Run, the Firecracker Run, March Madness Basketball Tournament and he even set up live streaming online of the tennis tournaments.

Mike was named Outstanding Teen in 2011 by the Jamestown Area YMCAs. He also plays tennis and pickleball.

Matthew, age 16, is a junior and honor student at Southwestern Central High School.

He has been taking tennis lessons at the Lakewood YMCA since he was 4 years old which has helped him become the 2013 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association singles champion.

He plays first singles for the Southwestern boys varsity tennis team and was undefeated in Division 1 this year.

He volunteers his time at the Amy King Memorial 5k and the Firecracker Run. He also helps teach tennis to the younger students. Matt plays on the YMCA tennis leagues, attends the summer tennis camps, and also really likes the game of pickleball.

Morgan, age 15, is a freshman and honor student at Southwestern Central High School. She is a member of the YMCA Lakewood Starz Gymnastic Team, where this year she was the Level 8 Vault Champion for New York State and placed second all-around at states.

She will be competing at the YMCA Nationals in Savannah.

She also began tennis lessons at age 4 at the Lakewood YMCA and has been undefeated at third singles for the Southwestern girls varsity tennis team for two years.

She has helped the younger tennis students, plays on a Y tennis league and plays pickleball. Morgan also belongs to the Jamestown Skating Club, where she teaches in the Learn to Skate Program, is a member of Tiffany Wakeley’s Academy of Dance and the Jr. Guilders of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre.

Mikayla, age 13, is a seventh-grade honor student at Southwestern Central Middle School. She also started taking tennis lessons at age 4 and this past year she took first place in both singles and doubles of her division of The Post-Journal Tennis Classic at the Lakewood YMCA.

She also plays for the Southwestern Girls Varsity Tennis Team and attends the summer tennis camps at the Lakewood YMCA. She also belongs to the Lakewood Starz Gymnastics Team and she qualified to be a Level 6 competitor at the 2013 YMCA Gymnastics Nationals.

Mikayla has also helped with the younger tennis group lessons and plays pickleball. Along with her sister, Mikayla also is a member of the Jamestown Skating Club where she volunteers in the Learn to Skate Program, Tiffany Wakeley Academy of Dance and the Jr. Guilders of the Lucille Ball Little Theatre.

As a family, they participate in the Y’s annual family golf scramble and take tennis lessons from Young, Ron Condio and James Getty.

“We love the Y,” said Mrs. Johnson. “It is such a big part of our life and we can’t imagine life without the Y. It seems that everyday someone from our family utilizes the facilities and the Y is like a second family to us.”