‘A blessing’


A trio of students recently were recognized by Brownstown Central Community School Corp.

The March Students of the Month are third-grader Augie Reynolds for the elementary school; sixth-grader Kelsey Ault for the middle school; and senior Elena Reyes for the high school.

Augie’s teacher, Bethany Brewster, recommended him for the honor.

In her nominating letter, Brewster said she could focus on how Augie’s academics have improved, how he hasn’t missed any homework assignments and how he stays mentally focused throughout the day. But she chose to focus on his character.

One time, Augie earned a nice prize for the Accelerated Reader points he accumulated and without telling anyone gave it to another student to make them feel better.

He also helps tidy up the classroom without being asked and once defended his decision not to participate in a sport because he felt it was more important to help his family take care of farm animals.

“Not many children have the wisdom and confidence like Augie. Plus, he is funny and a joy to be around,” Principal Tom McCool said while reading Brewster’s comments.

“Augie’s attitude in class is a blessing to both his classmates and teachers. He has the ability and attitude to achieve whatever God places in his heart. To put it simply, I am proud of Augie, and I am grateful his parents have supported him and raised such a fine young man.”

Kelsey’s teachers described her as “a natural leader” and “an ideal student.”

“She played volleyball this fall and was an excellent teammate, always encouraging other players to be their best,” Principal Doug McClure said while reading the teachers’ comments. “Not only did she lead by example on the court, she leads by example daily at school both in class and as Tribal Council representative.”

In Tribal Council, Kelsey actively participates in meetings by giving directions, seeking input from classmates and taking initiative in fundraising activities, including the annual Christmas toy drive.

“Her teachers admire her responsibility and her effort in class,” the teachers wrote. “She is hard-working and dependable and is extremely conscientious with her work. More importantly, the teachers truly love her caring personality. She is the first to congratulate others on successes and give well-wishes to teachers and to students. She is one of those students who makes a lasting impression on those around her.”

Reyes was selected for the honor by two of her teachers, Sharon DeHart and Carolyn Ira.

They said Reyes has had to overcome personal and educational obstacles to be able to graduate in the spring.

“Elena has shown responsibility for her academic endeavors and is excited about her postsecondary goals,” Principal Joe Sheffer said in reading the teachers’ comments. “She is kind, caring and always willing to lend a helping hand. Her persistence and determination continue to be instrumental in the pursuit of her high school diploma.”