Brownstown recognizes Students of the Month



Three boys were recognized as Brownstown Central Community School Corp. Students of the Month.

Receiving certificates during Tuesday night’s board of trustees meeting in the Brownstown Central Middle School cafeteria were second-grader Nathaniel Acton, eighth-grader E.J. Autry and senior Zach Thompson.

Acton was chosen as Little Brave of the Month for respect by his teacher, Sheila Reynolds.

"When I think about the definition of respect, to admire someone or something as a result of abilities, qualities or achievements, it makes sense that I think of Nathaniel Acton," Principal Chrystal Street said in reading Reynolds’ comments.

"You see, Nathaniel is a boy who sees the absolute best in those around him," Reynolds wrote. "He overlooks the negative and focuses on the positive. This leads him to showing respect to everyone he encounters. Nathaniel treats everyone in a way that makes them feel special."

Reynolds also said Acton is the first to offer help or a word of encouragement to others, and he greets her every morning with a smile and a quick hello and does anything she asks of him.

"He works hard and encourages others to do the same. When someone is not doing the right thing, he gives a gentle reminder to help them get back on track," Reynolds wrote.

"It is impossible for me to be around Nathaniel and not smile," she said. "Nathaniel is a wonderful example of respect. This is one of the many reasons he is such a beloved student in my class. We can all learn a thing or two about how to treat others by watching him."

The eighth grade teachers said Autry exemplifies the characteristics and attitude essential in recognizing him as Brave of the Month.

"As a student, E.J. displays a diligent work ethic and helpful nature," Principal Doug McClure said in sharing the teachers’ comments. "He is willing to assist other students or staff if needed. He also participates in class discussion and activities with a positive, upbeat attitude. His creativity and willingness to think outside the box has proven to be an asset when working with others to achieve goals within group projects and class activities."

The teachers said Autry has proven to be responsible by completing all of his assignments for the first two trimesters and maintaining an exemplary grade-point average while also participating in cross country and track and field.

"His friendly disposition makes him an all-around great student to have at Brownstown Central Middle School and an individual the eighth grade teachers are proud to have representing the Class of 2024," the teachers said.

McClure also had good things to say about Autry.

"He is one of the most pleasant young men that I think I’ve professionally had the opportunity to get to know and work with," McClure said. "Always has a great attitude, always has a smile on his face, always willing to do whatever you ask without complaining, with complete cooperation."

Each spring, McClure gives his three R awards — respect, resourcefulness and responsibility — as his top annual honors. Last year as a seventh-grader, Autry won for resourcefulness.

"It’s only fitting that he also be recognized by the eighth grade teachers," McClure said. "We’re going to be missing him at the middle school when he moves to the high school, but they are getting an excellent one in E.J. Autry."

Thompson was selected for Student of the Month by his teachers at the high school.

"Zach is a very conscientious student," Principal Joe Sheffer said in reading the teachers’ nomination letter. "He is punctual to class and engaged in his academics. Zach is thoughtful, kind and a hard worker. He cares about all of his academics as well as his part-time job performance. Zach brings a smile to those around him daily."

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