Brownstown names students of the month



The April Students of the Month recently were recognized during a Brownstown Central Community School Corp. school board meeting.

Those receiving certificates for the honor were senior Kent Criminger, eighth-grader Emma Winks and first-grader Ryder Deckard.

Criminger was nominated for the honor by choral director Stephanie Brock. He recently played Danny Zuko, one of the main characters in the school’s performance of the musical “Grease.”

During rehearsals, Brock said she saw Criminger’s leadership abilities emerge, and he showed great pride in his work.

“Kent has demonstrated tremendous growth this school year,” Principal Joe Sheffer said while reading Brock’s comments. “Kent has a wonderful sense of humor while working toward a common goal for our choir.”

Brownstown Central Middle School eighth-grade teachers had positive things to say about Emma’s effort in and out of the classroom.

“Emma is an exceptional student in the eyes of all of her teachers,” Principal Doug McClure said in reading the teachers’ nominating letter. “She is the type of student all teachers desire to have in their class. She always puts forth her best effort and never shies away from asking for help when in doubt.”

The teachers said Emma also is a determined athlete, having participated in basketball since third grade. She now is in the middle of the track and field season.

“Her coach said that she was an exemplary team player on and off the court,” McClure said. “Emma truly carries herself with poise and is extremely creative. We are very proud to have Emma Winks represent the eighth grade. She is without a doubt deserving of the title. We hope that more students take note of her maturity and work ethic.”

Deckard was nominated for the honor by his first-grade teacher, Tonya Fee. She said Deckard is a prime example of what a Student of the Month is.

“Ryder is always ready to learn,” Principal Tom McCool said as he read Fee’s comments. “He will have his materials out when asked. He always has his work completed, and if he has a question, he is not afraid to ask. Not only does Ryder take care of his work, but if he notices something is not where it’s supposed to be or is going to cause a problem, he is the one I can count on to fix it.”

Fee said Deckard always is ready to help other students in class.

“He likes helping others. I can count on Ryder to help in the best way,” Fee wrote. “He is considerate of others’ feelings and doesn’t just tell them the answers or do the work for them. He is a little teacher. He will help with finishing a math paper, reading an Accelerated Reader book or test or running an errand for his teacher. He does all of this with a smile.”

Fee said Deckard takes every task seriously and wants to do his best.

“There is no second option with Ryder,” she said. “He is a great asset to my room and to our school corporation. I can’t wait to see what Ryder accomplishes. This is a kid to watch.”

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