Brownstown honors first Students of the Month for new school year


Brownstown Central Community School Corp. honored its first three Students of the Month for the 2018-19 school year during Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting.

Earning recognition were first-grader Jake Hall, eighth-grader Mariah Cobb and senior Robbie Branaman.

The elementary school’s topic of the month was best listener. Jake was chosen for the honor by his teacher, Amy Ault.

“From the moment Jake walks into class in the morning, he knows what is expected of him, and he does it without complaining or procrastinating,” Principal Chrystal Street said in sharing Ault’s comments.

“He is a good example for the other students,” Ault wrote. “His attention is always on what the teacher is saying or the work he is working on at the time. He also has a very generous spirit and is kind to the students and staff around him. I think it is part of what makes him a good listener. I love how he walks in the classroom every morning with a smile on his face, is ready to learn and is always willing to help others around him.”

Cobb was selected by the eighth-grade teachers for her attitude, disposition and hard work, Principal Doug McClure said. This is her first year at the school.

“It is a privilege to have such an outstanding student in the classroom,” the teachers wrote. “Mariah’s presence in the classroom makes the teachers’ job that much more enjoyable. Mariah always arrives to class with a smile and an eagerness to learn. She never appears to have a bad day, and if she is having one, it never shows or affects her performance and attitude. When other students are struggling in the classroom, she is always willing to volunteer to assist them. Mariah is also a great leader in cooperative learning activities.”

McClure also shared a quote by Charles R. Swindoll: “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it.” He said nobody demonstrates that more than Cobb.

“Even after losing everything in a house fire, her mom being diagnosed with cancer and moving to a new school, she strives to do her absolute best every morning she walks through the middle school doors,” McClure said. “She is an excellent role model to her peers. … Mariah, you have been a tremendous addition to the eighth-grade class and to our school. Keep up the exemplary work.”

Branaman was chosen for the honor by the high school’s science department.

“Robbie is extremely conscientious with his work during class and lab,” Principal Joe Sheffer said while reading the teachers’ comments. “He goes above and beyond to ensure he understands the material and is also willing to help others when they are struggling. Robbie is a great student to work with, and he deserves this recognition as Student of the Month.”